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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731571/model-based-investigation-on-the-mass-transfer-and-adsorption-mechanisms-of-mono-pegylated-lysozyme-in-ion-exchange-chromatography
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Josefine Morgenstern, Gang Wang, Pascal Baumann, Jürgen Hubbuch
Recent studies highlighted the potential of PEGylated proteins to improve stabilities and pharmacokinetics of protein drugs. Ion-exchange chromatography (IEX) is among the most frequently used purification methods for PEGylated proteins. However, the underlying physical mechanisms allowing for a separation of different PEGamers (proteins with a varying number of attached PEG molecules) are not yet fully understood. In this work, mechanistic chromatography modeling was applied to gain a deeper understanding of the mass transfer and adsorption/desorption mechanisms of mono-PEGylated proteins in IEX...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731181/mir%C3%A2-21-promotes-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-sma-and-collagen-i-expression-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-the-smad7-signaling-pathway
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Rong-Quan Fu, Dan-Ping Hu, Yi-Bing Hu, Liang Hong, Qing-Feng Sun, Ji-Guang Ding
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of microRNA (miR)‑21 in regulating collagen I and Smad7 expression in activated rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Rat HSCs were isolated by single‑step density gradient centrifugation with Nycodenz. Cellular content of miR‑21, SMAD7, α‑smooth muscle actin (α‑SMA), collagen type I alpha 1 (COLLA1) and COLL alpha 2 (A2) mRNA was examined by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR), and cellular content of Smad7 and α‑SMA protein was detected by western blotting...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729525/expression-of-fibrogenic-markers-in-tumor-and-tumor-surrounding-tissue-at-time-of-transplantation-correlates-with-recurrence-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-undergoing-liver-transplantation
#3
Peri Kocabayoglu, Katja Piras-Straub, Guido Gerken, Andreas Paul, Kerstin Herzer
BACKGROUND Liver transplantation (LT) remains the only curative treatment option for patients with defined stages of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Up to 25% of patients show a tumor recurrence following transplantation. The correlation of fibrogenic markers prior to LT with HCC recurrence has not been characterized. We explored the expression of fibrogenic markers in tumor tissue and tumor-surrounding liver tissue of patients undergoing LT and correlated these findings with tumor recurrence. MATERIAL AND METHODS Fibrogenic marker expression in explanted livers was assessed using tumor and tumor-surrounding liver tissue from patients who recently underwent liver transplantation at our center with a follow-up period of at least 3 years...
July 21, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729346/distinct-pka-regulatory-subunits-mediate-pge2-inhibition-of-tgf%C3%AE-1-stimulated-collagen-i-translation-and-myofibroblast-differentiation
#4
Scott H Wettlaufer, L Raghu Penke, Katsuhide Okunishi, Marc Peters-Golden
Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), via cAMP signaling, inhibits a variety of fibroblast functions relevant to fibrogenesis. Among these are their translation of collagen I protein and their differentiation to myofibroblasts. PKA is central to these actions, with cAMP binding to regulatory (R) subunits leading to the release of catalytic subunits. Here we examined the role of specific PKAR subunit isoforms in these inhibitory actions in transforming growth factorβ-1 (TGFβ-1)-stimulated human lung fibroblasts (HLFs)...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728298/-the-prognostic-analysis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-the-tumor-neo-vessels-macrophages-and-%C3%AE-sma-in-tumor-microenvironment
#5
M Fang, J P Yuan, L L Liu, G P Cheng, H J Ying, Y M Chen, M Chen
Objective: To analyze the quantitative expression and prognostic significance of tumor neo-vessels, macrophages and fibroblasts in tumor microenvironment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: The clinic-pathological features and tissue samples for 101 HCC cases were collected. Immunohistochemistry was used to stain the tumor neo-vessels, macrophages and fibroblasts on tumor tissue. The distribution results and quantitative data of above key components were acquired by inverted microscopy equipped with CRi Nuance multispectral analysis system...
July 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728003/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-low-energetic-microwave-irradiation-on-anaerobic-digestion
#6
Bert Bastiaens, Rob Van den Broeck, Lise Appels, Raf Dewil
The present study investigates the effects of microwave irradiation on the performance of anaerobic digestion processes. A first set of experiments is performed to distinguish the upper limit of the applied energy levels. Secondly, the effects of these treatments on the performance of the digestion process are evaluated in 3 experimental setups: (i) monitoring the acetic acid degradation, (ii) performing a biological methane potential (BMP) assay and (iii) conducting a specific methanogenic activity (SMA) test...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725488/generation-and-analysis-of-spheroids-from-human-primary-skin-myofibroblasts-an-experimental-system-to-study-myofibroblasts-deactivation
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Giuseppina Granato, Maria R Ruocco, Antonino Iaccarino, Stefania Masone, Gaetano Calì, Angelica Avagliano, Valentina Russo, Claudio Bellevicine, Gaetano Di Spigna, Giuseppe Fiume, Stefania Montagnani, Alessandro Arcucci
Myofibroblasts are activated fibroblasts involved in tissue repair and cancer. They are characterized by de novo expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), immunoregulatory phenotype and paracrine interaction with normal and tumorigenic cells leading to cell proliferation. At the end of wound-healing myofibroblasts undergo apoptotic cell death, whereas in vitro-activated fibroblasts are also subjected to a programmed necrosis-like cell death, termed nemosis, associated with cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression induction and inflammatory response...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725012/phycocyanin-attenuates-pulmonary-fibrosis-via-the-tlr2-myd88-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Chengcheng Li, Yan Yu, Wenjun Li, Bo Liu, Xudong Jiao, Xinyu Song, Changjun Lv, Song Qin
Our aim was to investigate the effects of phycocyanin (PC) on bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis (PF). In this study, C57 BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice and toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 deficient mice were treated with PC for 28 days following BLM exposure. Serum and lung tissues were collected on days 3, 7 and 28. Data shows PC significantly decreased the levels of hydroxyproline (HYP), vimentin, surfactant-associated protein C (SP-C), fibroblast specific protein-1 (S100A4) and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) but dramatically increased E-cadherin and podoplanin (PDPN) expression on day 28...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724648/mass-scaling-of-metabolic-rates-in-carabid-beetles-carabidae-the-importance-of-phylogeny-regression-models-and-gas-exchange-patterns
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Agnieszka Gudowska, Bartosz W Schramm, Marcin Czarnoleski, Andrzej Antoł, Ulf Bauchinger, Jan Kozłowski
The origin of the allometric relationship between standard metabolic rate (MR) and body mass (M), often described as MR=aM (b) , remains puzzling and interpretation of the mass-scaling exponent, b may depend on the methodological approach, shapes of residuals, coefficient of determination (r(2) ) and sample size. We investigated the mass scaling of MRs within and between species of Carabidae beetles. We used ordinary least squares (OLS) regression, phylogenetically generalized least squares (PGLS) regression and standardized major axis (SMA) regression to explore the effects of different model-fitting methods and data clustering caused by phylogenetic clades (grade shift) and gas exchange patterns (discontinuous, cyclic and continuous)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723302/why-use-group-visits-for-opioid-use-disorder-treatment-in-primary-care-a-patient-centered-qualitative-study
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Randi Sokol, Chiara Albanese, Deviney Chaponis, Jessica Early, George Maxted, Diana Morrill, Grace Poirier, Fran Puopolo, Zev Schuman-Olivier
BACKGROUND: Primary care providers are well positioned to respond to the opioid crisis by providing buprenorphine/naloxone (B/N) through shared medical appointments (SMA). While quantitative research has been previously conducted on SMAs with B/N, we conducted a qualitative assessment from the patients' point of view, considering whether and how group visits provide value for patients. METHODS: Twenty-five participants with opioid use disorder (OUD) who were enrolled in a weekly B/N group visit at a family medicine clinic participated in either of two one-hour-long focus groups, which were conducted as actual group visits...
July 19, 2017: Substance Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722118/at2-r-deficiency-mediated-podocyte-loss-via-activation-of-ectopic-hedgehog-interacting-protein-hhip-gene-expression
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Min-Chun Liao, Xin-Ping Zhao, Shiao-Ying Chang, Chao-Sheng Lo, Isabelle Chenier, Tomoko Takano, Julie R Ingelfinger, Shao-Ling Zhang
Angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2 R) deficiency in AT2 R knockout (KO) mice has been linked to congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract; however, the mechanisms by which this occurs are poorly understood. In this study, we examined whether AT2 R deficiency impaired glomerulogenesis and mediated podocyte loss/dysfunction in vivo and in vitro. Nephrin-cyan fluorescent protein (CFP)-transgenic (Tg) and Nephrin/AT2 RKO mice were used to assess glomerulogenesis, while wild-type and AT2 RKO mice were used to evaluate maturation of podocyte morphology/function...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720386/cdc42-interacting-protein-4-silencing-relieves-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-stz-induced-diabetic-mice-via-the-wnt-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Xiaoping Zhang, Ying Liu, Runxia Shao, Wei Li
Cdc42-interacting protein-4 (CIP4) has been reported to be closely associated with diabetic nephropathy in rat. However, little is known about the correlation between CIP4 and diabetic pulmonary fibrosis (PF) in mice. Here, diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ), and later lung tissue was collected and subjected to hematoxylin and eosin (H & E) staining for morphological examination. The distinct up-regulation of CIP4 was observed in diabetic PF mice. CIP4 silencing increased overall weight and decreased lung weight...
July 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719075/fibrosis-in-small-syngeneic-rat-liver-grafts-due-to-damaged-bone-marrow-stem-cells-from-chronic-alcohol-consumption
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Masayuki Hisada, Xiuying Zhang, Yoshihiro Ota, Andrew M Cameron, James Burdick, Bin Gao, George Melville Williams, Zhaoli Sun
A patient with liver failure due to chronic and acute alcohol abuse under consideration for an urgent liver transplant shortly after stopping alcohol may have residual abnormalities that threaten transplant success, particularly for a small graft. To address this, we studied a model in which reduced size (50%) Lewis rat livers are transplanted into green fluorescence protein (GFP) transgenic Lewis recipients after they are fed alcohol or a control diet for 5 weeks. Here we show that normal small Lewis grafts transplanted to alcohol fed Lewis hosts developed fibrosis whereas no fibrosis was observed in control fed recipients...
July 18, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717059/pharmacological-effects-of-a-vitamin-k1-2-3-epoxide-reductase-vkor-inhibitor-3-acetyl-5-methyltetronic-acid-on-cisplatin-induced-fibrosis-in-rats
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Masashi Uchida, Tomoya Miyoshi, Yohei Miyamoto
Cisplatin (CDDP) is a chemotherapeutic agent that is widely used in the treatment of lymphomas and solid malignancies. However, its clinical usage is limited by its severe side effects in the kidneys. Glomerular and tubular injuries in the kidneys commonly progress to interstitial fibrosis and, ultimately, the end stage of renal failure. We previously reported that 3-acetyl-5-methyltetronic acid (AMT) had inhibitory effects on rat renal vitamin K1 2,3-epoxide reductase (VKOR) in vitro and also suppressed mesangial cell proliferation and, consequently, the formation of fibrosis via the vitamin K-dependent activation of the growth arrest-specific 6 (Gas6)/Axl pathway in anti-Thy-1 glomerulonephritis (Thy-1 GN) in rats...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716966/hierarchically-organized-medial-frontal-cortex-basal-ganglia-loops-selectively-control-task-and-response-selection
#15
Franziska M Korb, Jiefeng Jiang, Joseph A King, Tobias Egner
Adaptive behavior requires context-sensitive configuration of task-sets that specify time-varying stimulus-response mappings. Intriguingly, response time costs associated with changing task-sets and motor responses are known to be strongly interactive: switch costs at the task-level are small in the presence of a response-switch but large when accompanied by a response-repetition, and vice versa for response-switch costs. The reasons behind this well-known inter-dependence between task- and response-level control processes are currently not well understood...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715799/resident-arterial-cells-and-circulating-bone-marrow-derived-cells-both-contribute-to-intimal-hyperplasia-in-a-rat-allograft-carotid-transplantation-model
#16
Yi He, Xin Xu, Ting Zhu, Min Tang, Ju Mei, Yi Si
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neointimal formation following vascular injury remains a major mechanism of restenosis, whereas the precise sources of neointimal cells are still uncertain. We tested the hypothesis that both injured arterial cells and non-arterial cells contribute to intimal hyperplasia. METHODS: Following allograft transplantation of the balloon-injured carotid common artery (n = 3-6), the cellular composition of the transplant grafts and the origins of neointimal cells were measured by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence staining...
July 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714233/bioinspired-size-tunable-self-assembly-of-polymer-lipid-bilayer-nanodiscs
#17
Thirupathi Ravula, Sudheer Ramadugu, Giacomo Di Mauro, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
Polymer-based nanodiscs are valuable tools in biomedical research that can offer a detergent-free solubilization of membrane proteins maintaining their native lipid environment. Here, we introduce a novel ~1.6 kDa SMA-based polymer with styrene:maleic acid moieties that can form nanodiscs containing a planar lipid bilayer which are useful to reconstitute membrane proteins for structural and functional studies. The physicochemical properties and the mechanism of formation of polymer-based nanodiscs are characterized by light scattering, NMR, FT-IR, and TEM imaging experiments...
July 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713484/moderate-autophagy-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-senescence-to-stabilize-progressed-atherosclerotic-plaque-via-the-mtorc1-ulk1-atg13-signal-pathway
#18
Zhenli Luo, Wenhuan Xu, Sai Ma, Hongyu Qiao, Lei Gao, Ran Zhang, Bo Yang, Ya Qiu, Jiangwei Chen, Ming Zhang, Bo Tao, Feng Cao, Yabin Wang
In order to investigate the effects of autophagy induced by rapamycin in the development of atherosclerosis plaque we established murine atherosclerosis model which was induced in ApoE(-/-) mice by high fat and cholesterol diet (HFD) for 16 weeks. Rapamycin and 3-Methyladenine (MA) were used as autophagy inducer and inhibitor respectively. The plaque areas in aortic artery were detected with HE and Oil Red O staining. Immunohistochemical staining were applied to investigate content of plaque respectively. In contrast to control and 3-MA groups, rapamycin could inhibit atherosclerosis progression...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713274/stimulation-of-adenosine-a2b-receptor-inhibits-endothelin-1-induced-cardiac-fibroblast-proliferation-and-%C3%AE-smooth-muscle-actin-synthesis-through-the-camp-epac-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#19
Sarawuth Phosri, Ajaree Arieyawong, Kwanchai Bunrukchai, Warisara Parichatikanond, Akiyuki Nishimura, Motohiro Nishida, Supachoke Mangmool
Background and Purpose: Cardiac fibrosis is characterized by an increase in fibroblast proliferation, overproduction of extracellular matrix proteins, and the formation of myofibroblast that express α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is involved in the pathogenesis of cardiac fibrosis. Overstimulation of endothelin receptors induced cell proliferation, collagen synthesis, and α-SMA expression in cardiac fibroblasts. Although adenosine was shown to have cardioprotective effects, the molecular mechanisms by which adenosine A2 receptor inhibit ET-1-induced fibroblast proliferation and α-SMA expression in cardiac fibroblasts are not clearly identified...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713267/epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-analog-decreases-renal-fibrosis-by-reducing-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#20
Melissa Skibba, Md Abdul Hye Khan, Lauren L Kolb, Michael M Yeboah, John R Falck, Radhika Amaradhi, John D Imig
Renal fibrosis, which is a critical pathophysiological event in chronic kidney diseases, is associated with renal epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are Cyp epoxygenase arachidonic acid metabolites that demonstrate biological actions that result in kidney protection. Herein, we investigated the ability of 14,15-EET and its synthetic analog, EET-A, to reduce kidney fibrosis induced by unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). C57/BL6 male mice underwent sham or UUO surgical procedures and were treated with 14,15-EET or EET-A in osmotic pump (i...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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