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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350991/serum-proteases-potentiate-bmp-induced-cell-cycle-re-entry-of-dedifferentiating-muscle-cells-during-newt-limb-regeneration
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Ines Wagner, Heng Wang, Philipp M Weissert, Werner L Straube, Anna Shevchenko, Marc Gentzel, Goncalo Brito, Akira Tazaki, Catarina Oliveira, Takuji Sugiura, Andrej Shevchenko, András Simon, David N Drechsel, Elly M Tanaka
Limb amputation in the newt induces myofibers to dedifferentiate and re-enter the cell cycle to generate proliferative myogenic precursors in the regeneration blastema. Here we show that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and mature BMPs that have been further cleaved by serum proteases induce cell cycle entry by dedifferentiating newt muscle cells. Protease-activated BMP4/7 heterodimers that are present in serum strongly induced myotube cell cycle re-entry with protease cleavage yielding a 30-fold potency increase of BMP4/7 compared with canonical BMP4/7...
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345956/modulation-of-steroidogenesis-by-vitamin-d3-in-granulosa-cells-of-the-mouse-model-of-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome
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Shabnam Bakhshalizadeh, Fardin Amidi, Ashraf Alleyassin, Masoud Soleimani, Reza Shirazi, Maryam Shabani Nashtaei
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder of women of reproductive age characterized by polycystic ovarian morphology, anovulation or oligomenorrhea, and hyperandrogenism. It is shown that disruption in the steroidogenesis pathway caused by excess androgen in PCOS is a critical element of abnormal folliculogenesis and failure in dominant follicle selection. Vitamin D plays an important role in the regulation of ovulatory dysfunction and can influence genes involved in steroidogenesis in granulosa cells...
March 27, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345489/primary-culture-of-human-cumulus-cells-requires-stearoyl-coenzyme-a-desaturase-1-activity-for-steroidogenesis-and-enhancing-oocyte-in-vitro-maturation
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Shabnam Fayezi, Marefat Ghaffari Novin, Masoud Darabi, Mohsen Norouzian, Mohammad Nouri, Laya Farzadi, Maryam Darabi
Stearoyl-coenzyme A desaturase 1 (SCD1) is a key enzyme in lipid metabolism and is expressed in cumulus cells. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of SCD1 inhibition in human cumulus cells on triglyceride content, steroidogenesis, and oocyte in vitro maturation. Human cumulus cells were exposed to SCD1 inhibitor CAY10566 (SCDinhib) alone or in combination with oleic acid in primary culture. The SCDinhib markedly suppressed triglyceride accumulation (-47%, P = .01), aromatase gene expression (-36%, P = ...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345004/homology-directed-recombination-for-enhanced-engineering-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells
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Malika Hale, Baeckseung Lee, Yuchi Honaker, Wai-Hang Leung, Alexandra E Grier, Holly M Jacobs, Karen Sommer, Jaya Sahni, Shaun W Jackson, Andrew M Scharenberg, Alexander Astrakhan, David J Rawlings
Gene editing by homology-directed recombination (HDR) can be used to couple delivery of a therapeutic gene cassette with targeted genomic modifications to generate engineered human T cells with clinically useful profiles. Here, we explore the functionality of therapeutic cassettes delivered by these means and test the flexibility of this approach to clinically relevant alleles. Because CCR5-negative T cells are resistant to HIV-1 infection, CCR5-negative anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells could be used to treat patients with HIV-associated B cell malignancies...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344869/il-15-tim-3-and-nk-cells-subsets-predict-responsiveness-to-anti-ctla-4-treatment-in-melanoma-patients
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Rossana Tallerico, Costanza M Cristiani, Elina Staaf, Cinzia Garofalo, Rosa Sottile, Mariaelena Capone, Yago Pico de Coaña, Gabriele Madonna, Eleonora Palella, Maria Wolodarski, Valentina Carannante, Domenico Mallardo, Ester Simeone, Antonio M Grimaldi, Sofia Johansson, Paolo Frumento, Elio Gulletta, Andrea Anichini, Francesco Colucci, Gennaro Ciliberto, Rolf Kiessling, Klas Kärre, Paolo A Ascierto, Ennio Carbone
Despite the success of immune checkpoint blockade in melanoma, the majority of patients do not respond. We hypothesized that the T and NK cell subset frequencies and expression levels of their receptors may predict responses and clinical outcome of anti-CTLA-4 treatment. We thus characterized the NK and T cell phenotype, as well as serum levels of several cytokines in 67 melanoma patients recruited in Italy and Sweden, using samples drawn prior to and during treatment. Survival correlated with low expression of the inhibitory receptor TIM-3 on circulating T and NK cells prior to and during treatment and with the increased frequency of mature circulating NK cells (defined as CD3(-)CD56(dim) CD16(+)) during treatment...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344860/il-32-induces-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd1c-dendritic-cells-and-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd163-macrophages-relevance-to-mycosis-fungoides-progression
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Hanako Ohmatsu, Daniel Humme, Juana Gonzalez, Nicholas Gulati, Markus Möbs, Wolfram Sterry, James G Krueger
Mycosis fungoides (MF) progresses from patch to tumor stage by expansion of malignant T-cells that fail to be controlled by protective immune mechanisms. In this study, we focused on IL-32, a cytokine, highly expressed in MF lesions. Depending on the other cytokines (IL-4, GM-CSF) present during in vitro culture of healthy volunteers' monocytes, IL-32 increased the maturation of CD11c(+) myeloid dendritic cells (mDC) and/or CD163(+) macrophages, but IL-32 alone showed a clear ability to promote dendritic cell (DC) differentiation from monocytes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343701/toll-like-receptor-8-agonist-nanoparticles-mimic-immunomodulating-effects-of-the-live-bcg-vaccine-and-enhance-neonatal-innate-and-adaptive-immune-responses
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David J Dowling, Evan A Scott, Annette Scheid, Ilana Bergelson, Sweta Joshi, Carlo Pietrasanta, Spencer Brightman, Guzman Sanchez-Schmitz, Simon D Van Haren, Jana Ninković, Dina Kats, Cristiana Guiducci, Alexandre de Titta, Daniel K Bonner, Sachiko Hirosue, Melody A Swartz, Jeffrey A Hubbell, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: Newborns display distinct immune responses, leaving them vulnerable to infections and impairing immunization. Targeting newborn dendritic cells (DCs), which integrate vaccine signals into adaptive immune responses, might enable development of age-specific vaccine formulations to overcome suboptimal immunization. OBJECTIVE: Small-molecule imidazoquinoline Toll-like receptor (TLR) 8 agonists robustly activate newborn DCs but can result in reactogenicity when delivered in soluble form...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343439/toward-improved-myocardial-maturity-in-an-organ-on-chip-platform-with-immature-cardiac-myocytes
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Sean P Sheehy, Anna Grosberg, Pu Qin, David J Behm, John P Ferrier, Mackenzie A Eagleson, Alexander P Nesmith, David Krull, James G Falls, Patrick H Campbell, Megan L McCain, Robert N Willette, Erding Hu, Kevin K Parker
In vitro studies of cardiac physiology and drug response have traditionally been performed on individual isolated cardiomyocytes or isotropic monolayers of cells that may not mimic desired physiological traits of the laminar adult myocardium. Recent studies have reported a number of advances to Heart-on-a-Chip platforms for the fabrication of more sophisticated engineered myocardium, but cardiomyocyte immaturity remains a challenge. In the anisotropic musculature of the heart, interactions between cardiac myocytes, the extracellular matrix (ECM), and neighboring cells give rise to changes in cell shape and tissue architecture that have been implicated in both development and disease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343241/in-vitro-activity-of-alpha-mangostin-in-killing-and-eradicating-staphylococcus-epidermidis-rp62a-biofilms
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Murugesan Sivaranjani, Manivannan Prakash, Shanmugaraj Gowrishankar, Janarthanam Rathna, Shunmugiah Karutha Pandian, Arumugam Veera Ravi
Alpha-mangostin (α-MG) has been reported to be an effective antibacterial agent against planktonic cells of many Gram-positive bacteria. However, the antibiofilm potency of α-MG remains unexplored till date. In this study, the antibiofilm and mature biofilm eradication ability of α-MG against Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A (ATCC 35984) biofilms were evaluated. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of α-MG against S. epidermidis RP62A were found to be 1...
March 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342879/stable-subcutaneous-cartilage-regeneration-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-directed-by-chondrocyte-sheet
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Dan Li, Lian Zhu, Yu Liu, Zongqi Yin, Yi Liu, Fangjun Liu, Aijuan He, Shaoqing Feng, Yixin Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
In vivo niche plays an important role in regulating differentiation fate of stem cells. Due to lack of proper chondrogenic niche, stable cartilage regeneration of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in subcutaneous environments is always a great challenge. This study explored the feasibility that chondrocyte sheet created chondrogenic niche retained chondrogenic phenotype of BMSC engineered cartilage (BEC) in subcutaneous environments. Porcine BMSCs were seeded into biodegradable scaffolds followed by 4 weeks of chondrogenic induction in vitro to form BEC, which were wrapped with chondrocyte sheets (Sheet group), acellular small intestinal submucosa (SIS, SIS group), or nothing (Blank group) respectively and then implanted subcutaneously into nude mice to trace the maintenance of chondrogenic phenotype...
March 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342150/expression-and-characterization-of-human-%C3%AE-1-4-galactosyltransferase-1-%C3%AE-4galt1-using-silkworm-baculovirus-expression-system
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Daisuke Morokuma, Jian Xu, Masato Hino, Hiroaki Mon, Jasmeen S Merzaban, Masateru Takahashi, Takahiro Kusakabe, Jae Man Lee
Baculovirus expression vector system (BEVS) is widely known as a mass-production tool to produce functional recombinant glycoproteins except that it may not be always suitable for medical practice due to the differences in the structure of N-linked glycans between insects and mammalian. Currently, various approaches have been reported to alter N-linked glycan structures of glycoproteins derived from insects into terminally sialylated complex-type N-glycans. In the light of those studies, we also proposed in vitro maturation of N-glycan with mass-produced and purified glycosyltransferases by silkworm-BEVS...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
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Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339741/shear-stress-regulated-mir-27b-controls-pericyte-recruitment-by-repressing-sema6a-and-sema6d
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Shemsi Demolli, Anuradha Doddaballapur, Kavi Devraj, Konstantin Stark, Yosif Manavski, Annekathrin Eckart, Christoph Zehendner, Tina Lucas, Thomas Korff, Markus Hecker, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Liebner, David Kaluza, Reinier A Boon, Stefanie Dimmeler
Aims: Vessel maturation involves the recruitment of mural cells such as pericytes and smooth muscle cells. Laminar shear stress is a major trigger for vessel maturation, but the molecular mechanisms by which shear stress affects recruitment of pericytes are unclear. MicroRNAs (miRs) are small non-coding RNAs, which post-transcriptionally control gene expression. The aim of the present study was to unveil the mechanism by which shear stress-regulated microRNAs contribute to vessel maturation...
February 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339706/differential-proliferation-and-metabolic-activity-of-sertoli-cells-in-the-testes-of-broiler-and-layer-breeder-chickens
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Mélanie Faure, Edith Guibert, Sabine Crochet, Pascal Chartrin, Jean-Pierre Brillard, Anne Collin, Pascal Froment
Decades of genetic selection have generated 2 different, highly specialized types of chickens in which 1 type, known as the layer-type chicken, expresses high laying performance while the other type, known as the broiler-type chicken, is dedicated to the production of fast-growing birds. Selected lines for the latter type often express disorders in their reproductive performance including early sexual maturation and accelerated, non-reversible seasonal decline of their semen production and mating behavior. The aim of the present study was to characterize some metabolic markers of the Sertoli cell populations...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339016/paeonol-ameliorates-imiquimod-induced-psoriasis-like-skin-lesions-in-balb-c-mice-by-inhibiting-the-maturation-and-activation-of-dendritic-cells
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Yujiao Meng, Mingxing Wang, Xiangjiang Xie, Tingting Di, Jingxia Zhao, Yan Lin, Xiaolong Xu, Ningfei Li, Yating Zhai, Yan Wang, Ping Li
Paeonol, an active component derived from the traditional Chinese medicine Cortex Moutan, possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and anti-allergic properties. Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory dermatosis accompanied by excessive activation of Toll‑like receptors (TLRs) in dendritic cells (DCs), which are primarily responsible for initiating an immune response. We investigated the effect of paeonol on inflammation in an imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis-like mouse model and murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) stimulated by R848...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338294/paradoxical-gain-of-function-mutant-of-the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-prokr2-promotes-early-puberty
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Maki Fukami, Erina Suzuki, Yoko Izumi, Tomohiro Torii, Satoshi Narumi, Maki Igarashi, Mami Miyado, Momori Katsumi, Yasuko Fujisawa, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Kenichiro Hata, Akihiro Umezawa, Yoichi Matsubara, Junji Yamauchi, Tsutomu Ogata
The human genome encodes ~750 G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), including prokineticin receptor 2 (PROKR2) involved in the regulation of sexual maturation. Previously reported pathogenic gain-of-function mutations of GPCR genes invariably encoded aberrant receptors with excessive signal transduction activity. Although in vitro assays demonstrated that an artificially created inactive mutant of PROKR2 exerted paradoxical gain-of-function effects when co-transfected with wild-type proteins, such a phenomenon has not been observed in vivo...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337462/time-and-dose-dependent-effects-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-short-term-real-time-proliferation-and-gene-expression-in-porcine-granulosa-cells
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Sylwia Ciesiółka, Joanna Budna, Karol Jopek, Artur Bryja, Wiesława Kranc, Sylwia Borys, Michal Jeseta, Adrian Chachuła, Agnieszka Ziółkowska, Paweł Antosik, Dorota Bukowska, Klaus P Brüssow, Małgorzata Bruska, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel, Bartosz Kempisty
The key mechanisms responsible for achievement of full reproductive and developmental capability in mammals are the differentiation and transformation of granulosa cells (GCs) during folliculogenesis, oogenesis, and oocyte maturation. Although the role of 17 beta-estradiol (E2) in ovarian activity is widely known, its effect on proliferative capacity, gap junction connection (GJC) formation, and GCs-luteal cells transformation requires further research. Therefore, the goal of this study was to assess the real-time proliferative activity of porcine GCs in vitro in relation to connexin (Cx), luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR), follicle stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR), and aromatase (CYP19A1) expression during short-term (168 h) primary culture...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337288/which-has-more-stem-cell-characteristics-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-or-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-derived-from-in-vivo-culture-in-neurospheres
#18
Hong-Pei Ji, Yu Xiong, En-Dong Zhang, Wei-Tao Song, Zhao-Lin Gao, Fei Yao, Hong Sun, Rong-Rong Zhou, Xiao-Bo Xia
OBJECTIVE: Müller cells can be acquired from in vitro culture or a neurosphere culture system. Both culture methods yield cells with progenitor-cell characteristics that can differentiate into mature nervous cells. We compared the progenitor-cell traits of Müller cells acquired from each method. METHODS: Primary murine Müller cells were isolated in serum culture media and used to generate Müller cells derived from neurospheres in serum-free culture conditions...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337208/natural-killer-cell-development-and-maturation-revisited-possible-implications-of-a-novel-distinct-lin-cd34-dnam-1-bright-cxcr4-cell-progenitor
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Federica Bozzano, Francesco Marras, Andrea De Maria
Since the first description of natural killer (NK) cells, the view on their role in innate immunity has evolved considerably. In addition to first-line defense against transformed and pathogen-infected autologous cells, NK cells contribute to modulate adaptive immune responses and in some cases acquire specialized functions, including exhausted, adaptive, and decidual NK cells. NK cells derive from CD34(+) progenitors, in vivo and in vitro; however, it is unclear whether the high phenotype diversity in vivo may be generated from these precursors alone...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336451/effect-of-soybean-phosphatidylcholine-on-lipid-profile-of-bovine-oocytes-matured-in-vitro
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Caroline P Pitangui-Molina, Alessandra A Vireque, Alessandra Tata, Katia Roberta A Belaz, Vanessa G Santos, Christina R Ferreira, Marcos N Eberlin, Marcos Felipe S Sá, Rui A Ferriani, Ana Carolina J S Rosa-E-Silva
The phospholipid (PL) composition of embryo and oocyte membranes affects thermal phase behavior and several physicochemical properties such as fluidity and permeability. The characterization of PL profiles and the development of suitable in vitro maturation (IVM) protocols, that are able to modify membrane's composition, may result in significant improvements in oocyte developmental potential and cryotolerance. Using soybean phosphatidylcholine (PC) as a model supplement, we evaluated the effect of PL supplementation during IVM on bovine cumulus-oocyte-complex (COC)...
March 20, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
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