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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454466/identification-of-molecular-characteristics-induced-by-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-based-on-microarray-data
#1
Chang Ge, Mengxia Wu, Guifang Chen, Guanying Yu, Dehui Ji, Shaozhao Wang
The present study aimed to reveal the molecular characteristics induced by radiotherapy in rectal cancer at the transcriptome level. Microarray data (ID, GSE26027) downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database were re-analyzed to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between rectal cancer tissues during and prior to radiotherapy. The DEGs were then inputted into the database for annotation, visualization and integrated discovery, an online tool to perform enrichment analyses, and into the search tool for the retrieval of interacting genes/proteins database to identify protein-protein interactions (PPIs)...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453968/association-of-altered-collagen-content-and-lysyl-oxidase-expression-in-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease
#2
K-Raman Purushothaman, Meerarani Purushothaman, Irene C Turnbull, David H Adams, Anelechi Anyanwu, Prakash Krishnan, Annapoorna Kini, Samin K Sharma, William N O'Connor, Pedro R Moreno
BACKGROUND: Collagen cross-linking is mediated by lysyl oxidase (LOX) enzyme in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of mitral valve leaflets. Alterations in collagen content and LOX protein expression in the ECM of degenerative mitral valve may enhance leaflet expansion and disease severity. METHODS: Twenty posterior degenerative mitral valve leaflets from patients with severe mitral regurgitation were obtained at surgery. Five normal posterior mitral valve leaflets procured during autopsy served as controls...
April 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453913/bioprinting-of-biomimetic-skin-containing-melanocytes
#3
Daejin Min, Wonhye Lee, Il-Hong Bae, Tae Ryong Lee, Phillip Croce, Seung-Schik Yoo
This study reports a three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting technique that is capable of producing a full-thickness skin model containing pigmentation. Multiple layers of fibroblasts (FB)-containing collagen hydrogel precursor were printed and crosslinked through neutralization using sodium bicarbonate, constituting the dermal layer. Melanocytes (MC) and keratinocytes (KC) were sequentially printed on top of the dermal layer to induce skin pigmentation upon subsequent air-liquid interface culture. Histological analysis was performed not only to confirm the formation of distinct skin layers, but also to identify the presence of pigmentation...
April 28, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453902/lighting-up-kinase-action-in-platelets
#4
Albert Smolenski
Platelet functions are highly regulated by signaling networks involving at least 300 protein kinases [2]. Platelets express members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family including p42 ERK2 and, at lower concentrations, p44 ERK1. Both ERK isoforms are activated by agonists like von Willebrand factor, collagen, thrombin, ADP and thromboxane A2 [3-7]. ERK activation depends on MAPK kinase (MKK-1 or MEK) and involves Gq, Gi, phospholipase C and Src family kinase signaling [5, 8]. Active ERK has been shown to stimulate thromboxane A2 production [5] and to contribute to platelet aggregation [4, 9]...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453726/osteopontin-rna-aptamer-can-prevent-and-reverse-pressure-overload-induced-heart-failure
#5
Jihe Li, Keyvan Yousefi, Wen Ding, Jayanti Singh, Lina A Shehadeh
Aims: Cardiac myocyte hypertrophy, the main compensatory response to chronic stress in the heart often progresses to a state of decompensation that can lead to heart failure. Osteopontin (OPN) is an effector for extracellular signalling that induces myocyte growth and fibrosis. Although increased OPN activity has been observed in stressed myocytes and fibroblasts, the detailed and long term effects of blocking OPN signalling on the heart remain poorly defined. Targeting cardiac OPN protein by an RNA aptamer may be beneficial for tuning down OPN pathologic signalling...
May 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453437/umbilical-cord-as-human-cell-source-for-mitral-valve-tissue-engineering-venous-vs-arterial-cells
#6
Axel Malischewski, Ricardo Moreira, Luis Hurtado, Valentine Gesché, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela
Around 2% of the population in developed nations are affected by mitral valve disease and available valvular replacements are not designed for the atrioventricular position. Recently our group developed the first tissue-engineered heart valve (TEHV) specifically designed for the mitral position - the TexMi valve. The valve recapitulates the main components of the native valve, i.e. annulus, asymmetric leaflets and the crucial chordae tendineae. In the present study, we evaluated the human umbilical cord as a clinically applicable cell source for the TexMi valve...
April 28, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453295/postinjury-exercise-and-platelet-rich-plasma-therapies-improve-skeletal-muscle-healing-in-rats-but-are-not-synergistic-when-combined
#7
Paola Contreras-Muñoz, Joan Ramon Torrella, Xavier Serres, David Rizo-Roca, Meritxell De la Varga, Ginés Viscor, Vicente Martínez-Ibáñez, José Luis Peiró, Tero A H Järvinen, Gil Rodas, Mario Marotta
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle injuries are the most common sports-related injury and a major concern in sports medicine. The effect of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections on muscle healing is still poorly understood, and current data are inconclusive. PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of an ultrasound-guided intramuscular PRP injection, administered 24 hours after injury, and/or posttraumatic daily exercise training for 2 weeks on skeletal muscle healing in a recently established rat model of skeletal muscle injury that highly mimics the muscle trauma seen in human athletes...
April 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449369/exposure-to-the-insecticide-endosulfan-induces-liver-morphology-alterations-and-oxidative-stress-in-fruit-eating-bats-artibeus-lituratus
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Jerusa Maria Oliveira, Alessandro Brinati, Liany Divina Lima Miranda, Danielle Barbosa Morais, José Cola Zanuncio, Reggiani Vilela Gonçalves, Maria do Carmo Gouveia Peluzio, Mariella Bontempo Freitas
Exposure to pesticides may increase the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), leading to oxidation of cell membrane lipids and proteins. Although fruit bats are potentially exposed to pesticides during their entire lifespan, the impacts of this exposure are still poorly investigated. We examined the effects of low, commercially recommended concentrations (0, 1.05 and 2.1 g/l) of an organochlorine insecticide endosulfan (EDS) formulation on oxidative responses in the liver and kidneys of Neotropical fruit bats (Artibeus lituratus), as well as possible liver morphological alterations following a 35-day oral exposure...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449068/development-of-a-novel-human-recellularized-endometrium-that-responds-to-a-28-day-hormone-treatment
#9
Susan A Olalekan, Joanna E Burdette, Spiro Getsios, Teresa K Woodruff, J Julie Kim
Three dimensional (3D) in vitro models have been established to study the physiology and pathophysiology of the endometrium. With emerging evidence that the native extracellular matrix (ECM) provides appropriate cues and growth factors essential for tissue homeostasis, we describe, a novel 3D endometrium in vitro model developed from decellularized human endometrial tissue repopulated with primary endometrial cells. Analysis of the decellularized endometrium using mass spectrometry analysis revealed an enrichment of cell adhesion molecules, cytoskeletal proteins and ECM proteins such as Collagen IV and Laminin...
April 25, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448588/allogeneic-pasc-transplantation-in-humanized-pigs-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-post-myocardial-infarction
#10
Rafael Dariolli, Marcus V Naghetini, Euclydes F Marques, Celso K Takimura, Leonardo S Jensen, Bianca Kiers, Jeane M Tsutsui, Wilson Mathias, Pedro A Lemos Neto, Jose E Krieger
Cell therapy repair strategies using adult mesenchymal stromal cells have shown promising evidence to prevent cardiac deterioration in rodents even in the absence of robust differentiation of the cells into cardiomyocytes. We tested whether increasing doses of porcine adipose-tissue derived mesenchymal stem cells (pASCs) increase cardiac tissue perfusion in pigs post-myocardial infarction (MI) receiving angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitor (ACE inhibitors) and Beta-blockers similarly to patients. Female pigs were subjected to MI induction by sponge permanent occlusion of left circumflex coronary artery (LCx) generating approximately 10% of injured LV area with minimum hemodynamic impact...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448563/corticosteroids-effects-on-lps-induced-rat-inflammatory-keratocyte-cell-model
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Huize Yan, Yingwei Wang, Shuhao Shen, Zheng Wu, Pengxia Wan
PURPOSE: Corticosteroids are efficient anti-inflammation treatments. However, there are still arguments on whether it should be used in keratitis. This study was to observe the effect of corticosteroids on keratocytes both in normal condition and inflammation status in vitro. METHODS: Rat keratocytes were cultured and used for examination. 10 μg/ml lipopolysaccharide (LPS) was used to establish the inflammatory keratocyte cell model, and prednisolone acetate (PA), dexamethasone (Dex) and fluorometholone (Flu) were used as corticosteroids treatments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448522/nestin-expression-is-upregulated-in-the-fibrotic-rat-heart-and-is-localized-in-collagen-expressing-mesenchymal-cells-and-interstitial-cd31-cells
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Vanessa Hertig, Kim Tardif, Marc Andre Meus, Natacha Duquette, Louis Villeneuve, Fanny Toussaint, Jonathan Ledoux, Angelino Calderone
Renal and lung fibrosis was characterized by the accumulation of collagen-immunoreactive mesenchymal cells expressing the intermediate filament protein nestin. The present study tested the hypothesis that nestin expression was increased in the hypertrophied/fibrotic left ventricle of suprarenal abdominal aorta constricted adult male Sprague-Dawley rats and induced in ventricular fibroblasts by pro-fibrotic peptide growth factors. Nestin protein levels were upregulated in the pressure-overloaded left ventricle and expression positively correlated with the rise of mean arterial pressure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448446/renalase-protects-against-renal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-the-erk-signaling-pathways
#13
Yiru Wu, Liyan Wang, Dai Deng, Qidong Zhang, Wenhu Liu
Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common pathway for the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease. Renalase, acting as a signaling molecule, has been reported to have cardiovascular and renal protective effects. However, its role in renal fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of renalase in rats with complete unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and examined the inhibitory effects of renalase on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human proximal renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448438/antiplatelet-activity-of-a-newly-synthesized-novel-ruthenium-ii-a-potential-role-for-akt-jnk-signaling
#14
Themmila Khamrang, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chih-Hsuan Hsia, Cheng-Ying Hsieh, Marappan Velusamy, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Joen-Rong Sheu
In oncotherapy, ruthenium complexes are considered as potential alternatives for platinum compounds, and have been proved as promising anticancer drugs with high efficacy and lesser side effects. Platelet activation plays a major role in cancer metastasis and progression. Hence, this study explored the effect of a newly synthesized ruthenium complex, [Ru(η⁶-cymene)(L)Cl]BF₄(TQ5), where L = 4-phenyl-2-pyridin-2-yl-quinazoline), on human platelet activation. TQ5 (3-5 µM) inhibited concentration-dependent collagen-induced platelet aggregation in washed human platelets...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448268/the-effect-of-pycnogenol-on-wound-healing-in-diabetic-rats
#15
Elif Dogan, Latif Yanmaz, Semin Gedikli, Ugur Ersoz, Zafer Okumus
Pycnogenol (PYC), an extract of pine bark, is known to have photoprotective, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. An in vivo study was conducted to evaluate the effects of PYC treatment on wound healing in 48 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats, of which 24 were injected with a single dose of alloxan to induce diabetes. Three (3) excisional skin wounds (1.3 cm x 1.3 cm x 2 mm) were created in each healthy and diabetic animal. One (1) wound in each animal was left untreated, 1 was treated daily with a cleanser (ethacridine lactate) and covered with silver sulfadiazine (SSD), and 1 was treated with PYC powder (30 mg)...
April 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448267/endogenous-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-expression-in-sacrococcygeal-pilonidal-sinus-disease-a-retrospective-immunohistochemical-analysis-of-excisional-skin-biopsy-samples
#16
Sevinc Sahin
Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is a peptide that has been shown in dermal, corneal, and cardiac preclinical injury models to potentially affect tissue protection, regeneration, and repair. Sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus disease (SPSD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with a high incidence of recurrence, chronic fistulation, and a challenging postoperative surgical wound healing process. Retrospectively, an immunohistochemical analysis was conducted to evaluate endogenous Tβ4 expression in excisional skin biopsies from patients with SPSD...
April 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448264/use-of-ovine-based-collagen-extracellular-matrix-and-gentian-violet-methylene-blue-antibacterial-foam-dressings-to-help-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-lower-extremity-wounds-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#17
Eric L Lullove
Dressings that provide broad spectrum metalloprotease reduction along with inherent aspects of an extracellular matrix may contribute to improved wound healing outcomes and shorter treatment times. OBJECTIVE: The author performed a retrospective case series analysis to determine the clinical outcomes of regular debridement with the use of ovine-based collagen extracellular matrix dressings and gentian violet/methylene blue polyurethane antibacterial foam dressings in treating 53 patients with 53 chronic lower extremity wounds (diabetic foot ulcers [DFUs], venous leg ulcers, and heel pressure ulcers)...
April 2017: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448052/an-in-vitro-organ-culture-model-of-the-murine-intervertebral-disc
#18
Jennifer W Liu, Kevin H Lin, Christian Weber, Sameer Bhalla, Sean Kelso, Kaixi Wang, Simon Y Tang
Intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration is a significant contributor to low back pain. The IVD is a fibrocartilaginous joint that serves to transmit and dampen loads in the spine. The IVD consists of a proteoglycan-rich nucleus pulposus (NP) and a collagen-rich annulus fibrosis (AF) sandwiched by cartilaginous end-plates. Together with the adjacent vertebrae, the vertebrae-IVD structure forms a functional spine unit (FSU). These microstructures contain unique cell types as well as unique extracellular matrices...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448011/turbidimetry-on-human-washed-platelets-the-effect-of-the-pannexin1-inhibitor-brilliant-blue-fcf-on-collagen-induced-aggregation
#19
Filippo Molica, Séverine Nolli, Pierre Fontana, Brenda Renata Kwak
Turbidimetry is a laboratory technique that is applied to measure the aggregation of platelets suspended in either plasma (platelet-rich plasma, PRP) or in buffer (washed platelets), by the use of one or a combination of agonists. The use of washed platelets separated from their plasma environment and in the absence of anticoagulants allows for studying intrinsic platelet properties. Among the large panel of agonists, arachidonic acid (AA), adenosine di-phosphate (ADP), thrombin and collagen are the most frequently used...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447989/fabrication-of-extracellular-matrix-derived-foams-and-microcarriers-as-tissue-specific-cell-culture-and-delivery-platforms
#20
Anna Kornmuller, Cody F C Brown, Claire Yu, Lauren E Flynn
Cell function is mediated by interactions with the extracellular matrix (ECM), which has complex tissue-specific composition and architecture. The focus of this article is on the methods for fabricating ECM-derived porous foams and microcarriers for use as biologically-relevant substrates in advanced 3D in vitro cell culture models or as pro-regenerative scaffolds and cell delivery systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Using decellularized tissues or purified insoluble collagen as a starting material, the techniques can be applied to synthesize a broad array of tissue-specific bioscaffolds with customizable geometries...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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