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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352710/changes-in-hepg2-spheroid-behavior-induced-by-differences-in-the-gap-distance-between-spheroids-in-a-micropatterned-culture-system
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Daisuke Miyamoto, Takuya Hara, Ai Hyakutake, Kohji Nakazawa
Micropatterning is a promising technique for modulating culture environments. In this study, we investigated the effect of spheroid separation distance on their properties in a micropatterned chip of HepG2 spheroids. The basic chip design consisted of 37 collagen spots (300 μm in diameter) in a hexagonal arrangement on a glass substrate; the region without collagen-spots was modified by polyethylene glycol to create the non-adhesive surface. Three similar chips were fabricated with gap distances between collagen-spots of 500, 1000, and 1500 μm...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352658/role-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-in-the-development-of-renal-fibrosis-in-mouse-obstructed-kidney-special-references-to-hif-1-dependent-gene-expression-of-profibrogenic-molecules
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Kazuya Kabei, Yu Tateishi, Masakazu Nozaki, Masako Tanaka, Masayuki Shiota, Mayuko Osada-Oka, Shunji Nishide, Junji Uchida, Tatsuya Nakatani, Shuhei Tomita, Katsuyuki Miura
The aim of the study is to clarify the role of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) in the development of renal fibrosis in mouse obstructive nephropathy. We used mice with floxed HIF-1α alleles and tamoxifen-inducible Cre/ERT2 recombinase under ubiquitin C promoter to induce global HIF-1α deletion. Following tamoxifen administration, mice were subjected to unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). At 3, 7 and 14 days after UUO, renal gene expression profiles and interstitial fibrosis were assessed. HIF-1 dependent up-regulation of prolyl hydroxylase 3 and glucose transporter-1 was observed in the obstructed kidney at 3 and 7 days but not at 14 days after UUO...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352651/catheter-injected-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-efficacious-occlusion-of-arteriovenous-nidus-in-a-swine-model
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Joseph Touma, Jianping Dai, Andre Gaston, Marianne Gervais, Eric Allaire
OBJECTIVES: Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) are complex vascular lesions. Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, but is often not achievable. Embolo-sclerotherapy alone is associated with high recurrence rates. This study tested the hypothesis that seeding hydrogel conditioned bone marrow derived mesenchymatous stem cells (BM-MSCs) in an AVM nidus model induces solid microvascular occlusion through endoluminal tissue growth. METHODS: AVMs were modelled as arteriovenous microvascular nidus, using swine rete mirabile, a plexiform intracranial structure composed of arterial microvessels that extensively anastomose...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352483/epidermal-aspects-of-type-vii-collagen-implications-for-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-and-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita
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Mika Watanabe, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Hiroshi Shimizu
Type VII collagen (COL7), a major component of anchoring fibrils in the epidermal basement membrane zone, has been characterized as a defective protein in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and as an autoantigen in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Although COL7 is produced and secreted by both epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts, the role of COL7 with regard to the epidermis is rarely discussed. This review focuses on COL7 physiology and pathology as it pertains to epidermal keratinocytes. We summarize the current knowledge of COL7 production and trafficking, its involvement in keratinocyte dynamics, and epidermal carcinogenesis in COL7 deficiency and propose possible solutions to unsolved issues in this field...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352392/impact-of-dexamethasone-concentration-on-cartilage-tissue-formation-from-human-synovial-derived-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Ryota Chijimatsu, Masato Kobayashi, Kosuke Ebina, Toru Iwahashi, Yosuke Okuno, Makoto Hirao, Atsunori Fukuhara, Norimasa Nakamura, Hideki Yoshikawa
Human synovial mesenchymal stem cells (hSMSCs) are a promising cell source for cartilage regeneration because of their superior chondrogenic potential in vitro. This study aimed to further optimize the conditions for inducing chondrogenesis of hSMSCs, focusing on the dose of dexamethasone in combination with transforming growth factor-β3 (TGFβ3) and/or bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP2). When hSMSCs-derived aggregates were cultured with TGFβ3, dexamethasone up to 10 nM promoted chondrogenesis, but attenuated it with heterogeneous tissue formation when used at concentrations over than 100 nM...
January 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352125/biomolecular-regulation-composition-and-nanoarchitecture-of-bone-mineral
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Atharva A Poundarik, Adele Boskey, Caren Gundberg, Deepak Vashishth
Tough natural nanocomposites like bone, nacre and sea sponges contain within their hierarchy, a mineral (phosphate, silicate or carbonate) phase that interacts with an organic phase. In bone, the role of mineral ultrastructure (organization, morphology, composition) is crucial to the mechanical and biological properties of the tissue. Better understanding of mineral interaction with the organic matrix, in particular non-collagenous proteins, osteocalcin (OC) and osteopontin (OPN), can lead to better design of biomimetic materials...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351870/de-novo-generation-in-an-in-vivo-rat-model-and-biomechanical-characterization-of-autologous-transplants-for-ligament-and-tendon-reconstruction
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Marc Soubeyrand, Elisabeth Laemmel, Nathalie Maurel, Amadou Diop, Thierry Lazure, Jacques Duranteau, Eric Vicaut
BACKGROUND: Surgical reconstruction of ligaments and tendons is frequently required in clinical practice. The commonly used autografts, allografts, or synthetic transplants present limitations in terms of availability, biocompatibility, cost, and mechanical properties that tissue bioengineering aims to overcome. It classically combines an exogenous extracellular matrix with cells, but this approach remains complex and expensive. Using a rat model, we tested a new bioengineering strategy for the in vivo and de novo generation of autologous grafts without the addition of extracellular matrix or cells, and analyzed their biomechanical and structural properties...
December 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351724/the-role-of-extracellular-matrix-components-in-angiogenesis-and-fibrosis-possible-implication-for-systemic-sclerosis
#8
Vasiliki Liakouli, Paola Cipriani, Paola Di Benedetto, Piero Ruscitti, Francesco Carubbi, Onorina Berardicurti, Noemi Panzera, Roberto Giacomelli
Extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a crucial role in the regulation of both physiological and pathological angiogenesis. ECM homeostasis and function is ensuring by the tightly regulation of the different ECM components including, collagens, proteoglycans and a variety of different glycoproteins. An altered expression of the above ECM molecules as well as an imbalance between the action of matrix remodeling enzymes and their tissue inhibitors is known to be responsible for impaired angiogenesis and fibrosis. Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by micro-angiopathy, failure of reparative angiogenesis and excessive fibrosis of the skin and various internal organs, dues to an increased production of ECM...
January 19, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351434/cub-domain-containing-protein-1-cdcp1-negatively-regulates-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-and-myofibroblast-differentiation
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Nina Noskovičová, Katharina Heinzelmann, Gerald Burgstaller, Jürgen Behr, Oliver Eickelberg
Fibroblasts are thought to be the prime cell type for producing and secreting extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the connective tissue. The profibrotic cytokine, transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGFβ1) activates and transdifferentiates fibroblasts into αSMA-expressing myofibroblasts, which exhibit increased ECM secretion, in particular collagens. Little information, however, exists about cell-surface molecules on fibroblasts that mediate this transdifferentiation process. We recently identified, using unbiased cell-surface proteome analysis, Cub domain containing protein 1 (CDCP1) to be strongly downregulated by TGFβ1...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351309/a-modified-elliptical-formula-to-estimate-kidney-collagen-content-in-a-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Jake A Nieto, Janice Zhu, Bin Duan, Jingsong Li, Ping Zhou, Latha Paka, Michael A Yamin, Itzhak D Goldberg, Prakash Narayan
The extent of scarring or renal interstitial collagen deposition in chronic kidney disease (CKD) can only be ascertained by highly invasive, painful and sometimes risky, tissue biopsy. Interestingly, while CKD-related abnormalities in kidney size can often be visualized using ultrasound, not only does the ellipsoid formula used today underestimate true renal size, but the calculated renal size does not inform tubulointerstitial collagen content. We used coronal kidney sections from healthy mice and mice with kidney disease to develop a new formula for estimating renal parenchymal area...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351058/development-and-characterization-of-an-in-vitro-model-for-radiation-induced-fibrosis
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Dhruv Kumar, Sreeya Yalamanchali, Jacob New, Sean Parsel, Natalie New, Andrew Holcomb, Sumedha Gunewardena, Ossama Tawfik, Chris Lominska, Bruce F Kimler, Shrikant Anant, Kiran Kakarala, Terance Tsue, Yelizaveta Shnayder, Kevin Sykes, Subhash Padhye, Sufi Mary Thomas
Radiation-induced fibrosis (RIF) is a major side effect of radiotherapy in cancer patients with no effective therapeutic options. RIF involves excess deposition and aberrant remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) leading to stiffness in tissues and organ failure. Development of preclinical models of RIF is crucial to elucidate the molecular mechanisms regulating fibrosis and to develop therapeutic approaches. In addition to radiation, the main molecular perpetrators of fibrotic reactions are cytokines, including transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)...
January 19, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350343/syringic-acid-a-phenolic-acid-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-by-stimulation-of-runx2-expression-and-targeting-of-smad7-by-mir-21-in-mouse-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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B Arumugam, K Balagangadharan, N Selvamurugan
Syringic acid (SA), a phenolic acid, has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for treating diabetes but its role in osteogenesis has not yet been investigated. In the present study, at the molecular and cellular levels, we evaluated the effects of SA on osteoblast differentiation. At the cellular level, there was increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcium deposition by SA treatment in mouse mesenchymal stem cells (mMSCs). At the molecular level, SA treatment of these cells stimulated expression of Runx2, a bone transcription factor, and of osteoblast differentiation marker genes such as ALP, type I collagen, and osteocalcin...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349780/protective-effect-of-bled-exposed-conditioned-media-on-cell-injury
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Phil-Sun Oh, Eun-Mi Kim, Minjoo Kim, In Sun Kim, Yeon-Hee Han, SeokTae Lim, Myung-Hee Sohn, Myoung-Hwan Ko, Hwan-Jeong Jeong
Previous studies have reported that 450 nm blue light emitting diode (BLED) induces apoptosis through a mitochondria-mediated pathway in cancer cells and reduces the early stage tumor growth. The present study was performed to determine the effects of BLED-irradiated cell metabolites on cell injury. Our results showed that conditioned medium (CM) from cells irradiated with low-dose BLED (LCM) inhibited apoptosis and increased cell survival. Cell protection-related proteins were identified in cell metabolites of CM and LCM using 2-DE and MALDI-TOF analysis...
January 19, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349667/comparison-of-enalapril-candesartan-and-intralesional-triamcinolone-in-reducing-hypertrophic-scar-development-an-experimental-study
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Canser Yilmaz Demir, Muhammet Eren Ersoz, Remzi Erten, Omer Faruk Kocak, Yilmaz Sultanoglu, Yildiray Basbugan
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of oral enalapril, an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I), oral candesartan, an angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), and intralesional corticosteroid treatments in reducing scar formation. METHODS: Twenty male rabbits were divided into five study groups: A (sham), B (control), C (ACE-I), D (ARB) and E (intralesional corticosteroid). The rabbit ear hypertrophic scar model was used. The hypertrophic scars were photographed and analyzed with the program ImageJ quantitatively to determine the degree of collagen fibers...
January 18, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349588/amphiregulin-enhances-cardiac-fibrosis-and-aggravates-cardiac-dysfunction-in-mice-with-experimental-myocardial-infarction-partly-through-activating-egfr-dependent-pathway
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Liang Liu, Xian Jin, Cui-Fen Hu, Ya-Ping Zhang, Zhong'e Zhou, Rong Li, Cheng-Xing Shen
Cardiac fibrosis (CF), a main process of ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI), plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF) post-MI. It is known that amphiregulin (AR) is involved in fibrosis of several organs. However, the expression of AR and its role post-MI are yet to be determined. This study aimed to investigate the impact of AR on CF post-MI and related mechanisms. Significantly upregulated AR expression was evidenced in the infarct border zone of MI mice in vivo and the AR secretion was enhanced in macrophages, but not in cardiac fibroblasts...
January 18, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349300/tensile-forces-drive-a-reversible-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-transition-during-tissue-growth-in-engineered-clefts
#16
Philip Kollmannsberger, Cécile M Bidan, John W C Dunlop, Peter Fratzl, Viola Vogel
Myofibroblasts orchestrate wound healing processes, and if they remain activated, they drive disease progression such as fibrosis and cancer. Besides growth factor signaling, the local extracellular matrix (ECM) and its mechanical properties are central regulators of these processes. It remains unknown whether transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and tensile forces work synergistically in up-regulating the transition of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts and whether myofibroblasts undergo apoptosis or become deactivated by other means once tissue homeostasis is reached...
January 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349053/myxoid-solitary-fibrous-tumor-on-the-scalp
#17
Ji Hyun Kim, Dong Chul Kim, Ryun Lee, Chi Ho Shin, Yea Sik Han, Sang Hun Chung, So Ya Paik
Myxoid solitary fibrous tumor (SFT) is very rare soft tissue neoplasm. It is microscopically composed of spindle cells which is individually separated by delicate band of collagen fibers. And this tumor cells are immunohisto-chemistrically highlighted by CD34. Myxoid SFT has indolent clinical course and a good prognosis, so it is important to make a diagnosis because of its morphological similarities to myxoid spindle cell neoplasms that have different prognoses and treatment. We report the case of a 20-year-old female with a myxoid SFT found in the left temporo-parietal scalp...
December 2017: Archives of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348860/silencing-ror1-and-ror2-inhibits-invasion-and-adhesion-in-an-organotypic-model-of-ovarian-cancer-metastasis
#18
Claire Henry, Neville Hacker, Caroline Ford
OBJECTIVE: Elevated expression of the ROR1 and ROR2 Wnt receptors has been noted in both the tumour and stromal compartments of ovarian cancer patient tissue samples. In vitro studies have suggested these receptors play a role in ovarian cancer metastasis. However, these previous studies have utilised simple 2D in vitro models to investigate cancer cell growth and migration, which does not allow investigation of stromal involvement in Wnt driven metastasis. AIM: To investigate targeting ROR1 and ROR2 using a primary co-culture 3D model of epithelial ovarian cancer dissemination to the omentum...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348818/high-cyp2e1-activity-correlates-with-hepatofibrogenesis-induced-by-nitrosamines
#19
Jie Gao, Gao-Ju Wang, Zhao Wang, Na Gao, Jing Li, Yun-Fei Zhang, Jun Zhou, Hong-Xin Zhang, Qiang Wen, Han Jin, Hai-Ling Qiao
Hepatofibrosis, which leads to cirrhosis and eventual hepatocellular carcinoma, is a common response to chronic toxin-mediated liver injury. Nitrosamines are potent hepatotoxic agents that cause necrosis and subsequent fibrosis in the liver as a result of cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1)-dependent metabolism, which generates toxic metabolites that form adducts with nucleic acids, leading to hepatotoxicity and mutagenesis. Herein, CYP2E1 activity and content were determined in fibrotic liver tissue from patients with hepatocellular carcinoma...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348469/treprostinil-inhibits-proliferation-and-extracellular-matrix-deposition-by-fibroblasts-through-camp-activation
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Christopher Lambers, Michael Roth, Peter Jaksch, Gabriella Muraközy, Michael Tamm, Walter Klepetko, Bahil Ghanim, Feng Zhao
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is characterized by peripheral lung fibrosis and increased interstitial extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition. In IPF, tumor growth factor (TGF)-β1 which is the major stimulus of ECM deposition, and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF)-BB is a potent stimulus of fibrosis. Thus, the effect of Treprostinil on TGF-ß1 and PDGF-induced fibroblast proliferation and ECM deposition was investigated. Human peripheral lung fibroblasts of seven IPF patients and five lung donors were stimulated by PDGF, or TGF-β1, or the combination...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
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