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Daniel Navin Olschewski, Verena Hofschröer, Nikolaj Nielsen, Daniela G Seidler, Albrecht Schwab, Christian Stock
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The peptide hormone angiotensin II (ATII) plays a prominent role in regulating vasoconstriction and blood pressure. Its primary target is the angiotensin II receptor type 1 (AT1), the stimulation of which induces an increase in cytosolic [Ca2+] and calmodulin activation. Ca2+-bound (activated) calmodulin stimulates the activity of the Na+/ H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1); and increased NHE1 activity is known to promote melanoma cell motility. The competitive AT1 receptor inhibitor losartan is often used to lower blood pressure in hypertensive patients...
March 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Kosaku Sawada, Ken Nakahara, Maiko Haga-Tsujimura, Tateyuki Iizuka, Masako Fujioka-Kobayashi, Kensuke Igarashi, Nikola Saulacic
This study aimed to evaluate the impact of three types of block bone substitute material on bone formation and graft resorption in vivo. Standardized bone defects (n = 4 defects/animal) were created in the calvaria of nine dogs. Block bone substitutes made of deproteinized bovine bone mineral (DBBM), beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and a mixture alpha-TCP and hydroxyapatite (α-TCP/HA) were inserted into the bone defects. A fourth defect was left untreated (empty). All sites were covered with a collagenous membrane...
March 20, 2018: Odontology
Keisuke Kawasaki, Yasuko Fujita, Noriyuki Uesugi, Tamotsu Sugai, Takayuki Matsumoto
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March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Silvio Mario Meloni, Sascha Alexander Jovanovic, Milena Pisano, Giacomo De Riu, Edoardo Baldoni, Marco Tallarico
PURPOSE: To present the medium-term results of one-stage guided bone regeneration (GBR) using autologous bone and anorganic bovine bone, placed in layers, in association with resorbable collagen membranes, for the reconstruction of horizontal bony defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was designed as an uncontrolled prospective study. Partially edentulous patients, having less than 6.0 mm and more than 4.0 mm of residual horizontal bone width were selected and consecutively treated with simultaneously implant installation and bone regeneration by using 2...
2018: European Journal of Oral Implantology
Jian-An Li, Chang-Fu Zhao, Shao-Jun Li, Jun Zhang, Zhen-Hua Li, Qiao Zhang, Xiao-Yu Yang, Chun-Fang Zan
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is a potential nutrient for nerve repair. However, it is impractical as a therapy because of its limited half-life, rapid clearance, and limited target specificity. To achieve targeted and long-lasting treatment, we investigated the addition of a binding structure by fusing a collagen-binding domain to IGF-1. After confirming its affinity for collagen, the biological activity of this construct was examined by measuring cell proliferation after transfection into PC12 and Schwann cells using a 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2-H-tetrazolium bromide assay...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Choung-Soo Kim, Hyunsu Choi, Ki Cheol Park, Sung Won Kim, Dong-Il Sun
Objective This study investigated the ability of implanted human nasal inferior turbinate-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hTMSCs) to repair injured vocal folds. To this end, we used quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to analyze the early phase of wound healing and histopathological analysis to explore the late phase of wound healing in xenograft animal models. Study Design Prospective animal study. Setting Research laboratory. Subjects and Methods The right-side lamina propria of the vocal fold was injured in 20 rabbits and 30 rats...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Arash Mehdizadeh, Bruce S Gardiner, Michael Lavagnino, David W Smith
The composition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in tendon depends on the secretion profile of resident cells known as tenocytes. For tissues with a mechanical role like tendon, mechanical strain is known to play an important role in determining the secretion profile of resident cells. Previously we explored the idea of estimating average concentrations of ECM molecules as a function of tendon strain magnitude and number of loading cycles. Specifically, we developed a model of the mechanical fatigue damage of tendon collagen fibers and introduced elementary cell responses (ECRs) by which local cellular-level responses to the strain environment, combined with the fatigue damage model, were scaled up to predict tissue-level responses...
March 20, 2018: Connective Tissue Research
Forouzan Mohamadi, Somayeh Ebrahimi-Barough, Mohammad Reza Nourani, Akbar Ahmadi, Jafar Ai
Regeneration of peripheral nerve defects remained a remarkable clinical challenge. Engineered nerve conduits represent a promising strategy to improve functional recovery in peripheral nerve injury repair. However, nerve conduits require additional factors such as neurotrophic factors to create a more conducive microenvironment for nerve regeneration. Neurotrophic factors have well-demonstrated abilities to improve neurite outgrowth, making them great candidates for repairing of defected nerves. To this end, we examined the beneficial effects of repairing the transected rat sciatic nerve by loading of nerve growth factor (NGF) in nerve conduits...
March 20, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Feng Fu, Xiang Zhu, Zhe Qin, Jing-Jing Wang, Chao Xu, Li-Na Wang, Yue Tu, Sai Zhang, Rui-Xin Li, Xiao-Hong Li, Ming-Liang Zhao
Degradation rate is an important index for evaluating biomaterials. The authors' aim was to determine whether the degradation rate of biomaterials is different in distinct tissues and to clarify the underlying mechanism of degradation. The collagen-chitosan (CG-CS) composite scaffolds were prepared using freeze-drying technology. The porosity, water absorption and swelling ratio of the scaffolds were tested in vitro. The scaffolds were implanted into the subcutis, spinal cord and brain tissues of SD rats, the rate of degradation was assessed by continuous monitoring of weight loss, the pathological changes of target areas were observed by histological staining, and matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) and lysozyme were detected at the rapid stage of degradation of the scaffolds...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Sang Woo Park, Jaehoon Choi, Junhyung Kim, Woohhyeok Jeong, Jun Sik Kim, Bae Kwon Jeong, Sung Chul Shin, Jin Hee Kim
The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects of anthocyanins from the black soybean seed coat against radiation injury in dermal fibroblasts and mouse skin. Dermal fibroblasts treated with 50 and 100 µg/mL anthocyanins were irradiated with single doses of 20 Gy. Cell viability, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, and mRNA expression were measured. A total of 60 mice were used for an in vivo study. A dose of 100 µg/mL anthocyanins was administered daily for 5 days before or after radiation therapy...
March 19, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Yuanyuan Zhao, Zhanyong Wang, Jing Zhang, Tingting Su
The production of Hasma generates plentiful non-edible by-products in China and Central Asia. As one of main by-products, the skin of Rana chensinensis is discarded as waste without utilization. In this work, R. chensinensis skin collagen (RCSC) hydrolysates were extracted using pepsin under acidic conditions. The yield of RCSC is 15.1% (w/w). Amino acid analysis revealed that RCSC contained glycine (204.5/1000 residues) and imino acids (182/1000 residues). RCSC exhibited high solubility in acidic pH (1-4) and low NaCl concentrations (< 2%, w/v)...
March 2018: 3 Biotech
Cem Gabay, Jérôme Msihid, Moshe Zilberstein, Caroline Paccard, Yong Lin, Neil M H Graham, Anita Boyapati
Introduction: Interleukin-6 (IL-6) orchestrates formation of an inflammatory pannus, leading to joint damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Sarilumab is a human monoclonal antibody blocking the IL-6Rα. In TARGET (NCT01709578), a phase 3 study in adults with moderate-to-severe RA and inadequate response or intolerance to tumour necrosis factor inhibitors, subcutaneous sarilumab 200 mg or 150 mg every 2 weeks (q2w) plus conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) significantly reduced disease activity versus placebo plus csDMARDs...
2018: RMD Open
Hyeran Cho, Aeri Lee, Kyobum Kim
Background: Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most essential supplement in culture media for cellular proliferation, metabolism, and differentiation. However, due to a limited supply and subsequently rising prices, a series of studies have investigated a biological feasibility of replaceable serums to substitute FBS. Along with the increasing interests to manufacture stem cell-based cellular products, optimizing the composition of culture media including serums and exogenous growth factors (GFs) is of importance...
2018: Biomaterials Research
Jingtian Liu, Zongyou Chen, Jianbin Xiang, Xiaodong Gu
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common malignancies. Aberrant expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated to have strong associations with colorectal cancer by repressing their targets. Therefore, miRNAs are thought to have significant promise in the diagnosis and prognosis of colorectal cancer. Previous studies indicated that miR-155 and collagen triple helix repeat containing 1 (CTHRC1) were both involved in pathogenesis of colorectal cancer, but the underlying mechanisms of miR-155 and CTHRC1 are still unknown...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Caroline Magnani Spagnol, Ana Melero Zaera, Vera Lucia Borges Isaac, Marcos Antonio Corrêa, Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado
Caffeic acid (CA), a phenolic compound found in plants with antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, induces collagen production and prevents premature aging of the skin. The objective of this study was to develop two types of chitosan microparticles (MP) containing CA and to relate the morphology with the release and permeation profiles. One type of MP was prepared from a hydroalcoholic solution (MPI) and the other from an aqueous solution (MPII). Their morphology and size was evaluated by high-resolution scanning electron microscopy...
March 2018: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Hwi Don Lee, Jun Geun Shin, Hoon Hyun, Bong-Ahn Yu, Tae Joong Eom
Tendons are tough, flexible, and ubiquitous tissues that connect muscle to bone. Tendon injuries are a common musculoskeletal injury, which affect 7% of all patients and are involved in up to 50% of sports-related injuries in the United States. Various imaging modalities are used to evaluate tendons, and both magnetic resonance imaging and sonography are used clinically to evaluate tendons with non-invasive and non-ionizing radiation. However, these modalities cannot provide 3-dimensional (3D) structural images and are limited by angle dependency...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xingli Ji, Honglian Wang, Zhaojun Wu, Xia Zhong, Menglian Zhu, Yuwei Zhang, Ruizhi Tan, Yuhang Liu, Jianchun Li, Li Wang
BACKGROUND Fibrosis is the common pathological feature in most kinds of chronic kidney disease (CKD). TGF-β/Smads signaling is the master pathway regulating kidney fibrosis pathogenesis, in which Smad3 acts as the integrator of various pro-fibrosis signals. In this study, we analyzed the role of SIS3, a specific inhibitor of Smad3, in mouse unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) kidneys. MATERIAL AND METHODS UUO mice were intraperitoneally injected with 0.2 mg/kg/day or 2 mg/kg/day of SIS3 or control saline for 7 days, followed by analysis of structure injury, fibrosis status, inflammation, apoptosis, and TGF-β/Smads signaling activity...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Syazrah Salam, Orla Gallagher, Fatma Gossiel, Margaret Paggiosi, Arif Khwaja, Richard Eastell
Background Renal osteodystrophy is common in advanced CKD, but characterization of bone turnover status can only be achieved by histomorphometric analysis of bone biopsy specimens (gold standard test). We tested whether bone biomarkers and high-resolution peripheral computed tomography (HR-pQCT) parameters can predict bone turnover status determined by histomorphometry. Methods We obtained fasting blood samples from 69 patients with CKD stages 4-5, including patients on dialysis, and 68 controls for biomarker analysis (intact parathyroid hormone [iPTH], procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide [PINP], bone alkaline phosphatase [bALP], collagen type 1 crosslinked C-telopeptide [CTX], and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b [TRAP5b]) and scanned the distal radius and tibia of participants by HR-pQCT...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Alice Pasini, Oliver J Brand, Gisli Jenkins, Alan J Knox, Linhua Pang
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), with its main antifibrotic metabolite PGE2 , is regarded as an antifibrotic gene. Repressed COX-2 expression and deficient PGE2 have been shown to contribute to the activation of lung fibroblasts and excessive deposition of collagen in pulmonary fibrosis. We have previously demonstrated that COX-2 expression in lung fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is epigenetically silenced and can be restored by epigenetic inhibitors. This study aimed to investigate whether COX-2 downregulation induced by the profibrotic cytokine transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in normal lung fibroblasts could be prevented by epigenetic inhibitors...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Xiaofei Zhang, Huaibin Mabel Ko, Joana Torres, Hinaben J Panchal, Zhenjian Cai, Mathilde Wagner, Bruce E Sands, Jean-Frederic Colombel, Judy Cho, Bachir Taouli, Noam Harpaz
Intestinal stricture, a major complication of Crohn's disease (CD), results from fibromuscular remodeling and expansion of the intestinal wall. The corresponding microanatomical alterations have not been fully described, hindering progress toward understanding their pathogenesis and devising appropriate treatments. We used tissue-specific staining and quantitative digital histomorphometry for this purpose. Serial histological sections from 37 surgically-resected ileal strictures and adjacent non-strictured controls from patients with CD were evaluated after staining for smooth muscle actin, collagen (Sirius red) and collagen types I, III and V...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
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