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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793112/3d-printed-membrane-as-an-alternative-to-amniotic-membrane-for-ocular-surface-conjunctival-defect-reconstruction-an-in-vitro-in-vivo-study
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Shima Dehghani, Morteza Rasoulianboroujeni, Hamed Ghasemi, Saeed Heidari Keshel, Zohreh Nozarian, Mohammad Naser Hashemian, Mehran Zarei-Ghanavati, Golshan Latifi, Reza Ghaffari, Zhanfeng Cui, Hua Ye, Lobat Tayebi
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the surgical handling and clinical applicability of a specific 3D-printed membrane design fabricated using a gelatin, elastin and sodium hyaluronate blend for conjunctival reconstruction and compare it with amniotic membrane (AM), which is normally used in such surgeries. METHODS: 3D printing technique was employed to fabricate the membrane based on gradient design. Prior to printing, rheometry was employed to optimize the ink composition...
May 11, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793012/endovascular-repair-of-a-penetrating-aortic-ulcer-with-a-custom-made-relay-stent-graft-featuring-a-single-celiac-trunk-fenestration-and-a-superior-mesenteric-artery-scallop
#2
G Natalicchio, A Biello, G Castriotta, M G C La Marca, G Sorino, M Salcuni
We report the case of a 70-year-old man with an asymptomatic, fast-growing, paraceliac penetrating aortic ulcer (PAU). Guidelines recommend endovascular repair if an asymptomatic PAU shows a mean growth rate ≥5 mm per year: this patient's maximum aortic diameter was 47 mm but had increased 10 mm in the previous year. The very short sealing zones required a custom-made stent-graft. A custom-made Relay stent-graft with a single celiac trunk fenestration, a superior mesenteric artery (SMA) scallop measured according to SMA ostium size, an uncovered distal stent, and 6-mm tapering was used with technical and clinical success...
May 21, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790918/temporal-and-tissue-specific-variability-of-smn-protein-levels-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Ewout Jn Groen, Elena Perenthaler, Natalie L Courtney, Crispin Y Jordan, Hannah K Shorrock, Dinja van der Hoorn, Yu-Ting Huang, Lyndsay M Murray, Gabriella Viero, Thomas H Gillingwater
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive motor neuron disease caused by deleterious variants in SMN1 that lead to a marked decrease in survival motor neuron (SMN) protein expression. Humans have a second SMN gene (SMN2) that is almost identical to SMN1. However, due to alternative splicing the majority of SMN2 mRNA is translated into a truncated, unstable protein that is quickly degraded. Because the presence of SMN2 provides a unique opportunity for therapy development in SMA patients, the mechanisms that regulate SMN2 splicing and mRNA expression have been elucidated in great detail...
May 22, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790698/inhibition-of-migration-and-invasion-by-berberine-via-inactivation-of-pi3k-akt-and-p38-in-human-retinoblastoma-cell-line
#4
Yuwen Wang, Jianshu Yuan, Liangyan Yang, Pengyun Wang, Xiajun Wang, Yue Wu, Kan Chen, Rong Ma, Yike Zhong, Xiaohong Guo, Yan Gong, Mengfang Gui, Yaming Jin
BACKGROUND: As a clinically important natural isoquinoline alkaloid, berberine has been reported to possess various pharmacological effects. OBJECTIVES: This study was aimed to investigate the effect of berberine on cell migration and invasion in human retinoblastoma (Rb) cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cytotoxicity of berberine was estimated by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. After being stimulated with berberine under various concentrations, the cell migration and invasion were evaluated by transwell assay...
May 17, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789683/bmp-2-restoration-aids-in-recovery-from-liver-fibrosis-by-attenuating-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling
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Yueh-Hua Chung, Ying-Hsien Huang, Tien-Huei Chu, Chun-Lin Chen, Pey-Ru Lin, Shih-Chung Huang, Deng-Chyang Wu, Chao-Cheng Huang, Tsung-Hui Hu, Ying-Hsien Kao, Ming-Hong Tai
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) plays a central role in hepatic fibrogenesis. This study investigated the function and mechanism of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) in regulation of hepatic fibrogenesis. BMP-2 expression in fibrotic liver was measured in human tissue microarray and mouse models of liver fibrosis induced by bile duct ligation surgery or carbon tetrachloride administration. Adenovirus-mediated BMP-2 gene delivery was used to test the prophylactic effect on liver fibrosis. Primary hepatic stellate cells (HSC), HSC-T6 and clone-9 cell lines were used to study the interplay between BMP-2 and TGF-β1...
May 22, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787749/epidermal-hmgb1-activates-dermal-fibroblasts-and-causes-hypertrophic-scar-formation-in-reduced-hydration
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Jingling Zhao, Jianxing Yu, Yingbin Xu, Lei Chen, Fei Zhou, Qiyi Zhai, Jun Wu, Bin Shu, Shaohai Qi
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) protein is a multifunctional cytokine involved in inflammatory reactions and is known to play a key role in tissue repair and fibrosis. However, the function of HMGB1 in fibrotic skin diseases, such as hypertrophic scar formation, remains unclear. In this study, HMGB1 was detected in the nuclei of epidermal cells in normal skin and had accumulated in the cytoplasm in hypertrophic scars. By establishing a keratinocyte-fibroblast co-culture and conditional medium treatment models, we found that a reduced hydration condition increased the expression and secretion of HMGB1 in keratinocytes, subsequently activating dermal fibroblasts...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787588/angiogenic-and-pleiotropic-effects-of-vegf165-and-hgf-combined-gene-therapy-in-a-rat-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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Pavel I Makarevich, Konstantin V Dergilev, Zoya I Tsokolaeva, Maria A Boldyreva, Evgeniy K Shevchenko, Evgeny V Gluhanyuk, Julia O Gallinger, Mikhail Yu Menshikov, Yelena V Parfyonova
Since development of plasmid gene therapy for therapeutic angiogenesis by J. Isner this approach was an attractive option for ischemic diseases affecting large cohorts of patients. However, first placebo-controlled clinical trials showed its limited efficacy questioning further advance to practice. Thus, combined methods using delivery of several angiogenic factors got into spotlight as a way to improve outcomes. This study provides experimental proof of concept for a combined approach using simultaneous delivery of VEGF165 and HGF genes to alleviate consequences of myocardial infarction (MI)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785110/prefrontoparietal-dysfunction-during-emotion-regulation-in-anxiety-disorder-a-meta-analysis-of-functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-studies
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Hai-Yang Wang, Xiao-Xia Zhang, Cui-Ping Si, Yang Xu, Qian Liu, He-Tao Bian, Bing-Wei Zhang, Xue-Lin Li, Zhong-Rui Yan
Objective: Impairments in emotion regulation, and more specifically in cognitive reappraisal, are thought to play a key role in the pathogenesis of anxiety disorders. However, the available evidence on such deficits is inconsistent. To further illustrate the neurobiological underpinnings of anxiety disorder, the present meta-analysis summarizes functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) findings for cognitive reappraisal tasks and investigates related brain areas. Methods: We performed a comprehensive series of meta-analyses of cognitive reappraisal fMRI studies contrasting patients with anxiety disorder with healthy control (HC) subjects, employing an anisotropic effect-size signed differential mapping approach...
2018: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785090/semen-brassicae-ameliorates-hepatic-fibrosis-by-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-smad-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-akt-signaling-pathways-in-rats
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Si Cao, Baoping Zheng, Tao Chen, Xinfeng Chang, Bao Yin, Zhihua Huang, Ping Shuai, Limin Han
Purpose: There is no effective treatment for liver fibrosis, which is a common phase during the progression of many chronic liver diseases to cirrhosis. Previous studies found that Semen Brassicae therapy can effectively improve the clinical symptoms of patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and chronic lung diseases; however, its effects on liver fibrosis in rats and its possible mechanisms of action remain unclear. Methods: Rats were injected intraperitoneally with 4% thioacetamide aqueous solution (5 mL·kg-1 ) at a dose of 200 mg·kg-1 twice a week for 8 consecutive weeks to establish the liver fibrosis model and were then treated with different concentrations of Semen Brassicae extract...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784949/neuronal-activity-regulates-drosha-via-autophagy-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Inês do Carmo G Gonçalves, Johanna Brecht, Maximilian P Thelen, Wiebke A Rehorst, Miriam Peters, Hyun Ju Lee, Susanne Motameny, Laura Torres-Benito, Darius Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Natalia L Kononenko, Janine Altmüller, David Vilchez, Mustafa Sahin, Brunhilde Wirth, Min Jeong Kye
Dysregulated miRNA expression and mutation of genes involved in miRNA biogenesis have been reported in motor neuron diseases including spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Therefore, identifying molecular mechanisms governing miRNA expression is important to understand these diseases. Here, we report that expression of DROSHA, which is a critical enzyme in the microprocessor complex and essential for miRNA biogenesis, is reduced in motor neurons from an SMA mouse model. We show that DROSHA is degraded by neuronal activity induced autophagy machinery, which is also dysregulated in SMA...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784903/exercise-ameliorates-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-vascular-dysfunction-in-mesenteric-arteries-in-atherosclerosis
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Junyoung Hong, Kwangchan Kim, Eunkyung Park, Jonghae Lee, Melissa M Markofski, Sean P Marrelli, Yoonjung Park
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is closely associated with atherosclerosis, but the effects of exercise on ER stress-mediated endothelial dysfunction in atherosclerosis is not yet fully understood. We assessed endothelium-dependent vasodilation in isolated mesenteric arteries from wild type (WT), WT with exercise (WT-EX), ApoE knockout (ApoE KO), and ApoE KO mice with exercise (ApoE KO-EX). Vasodilation to acetylcholine (ACh) was elicited in the presence of inhibitors of ER stress, eNOS, caspase-1, and UCP-2 (Tudca, L-NAME, AC-YVARD-cmk, and Genipin, respectively) and the ER stress inducer (Tunicamycin)...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783626/development-and-characterization-of-high-performance-shape-memory-alloy-coatings-for-structural-aerospace-applications
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Dimitrios A Exarchos, Panagiota T Dalla, Ilias K Tragazikis, Konstantinos G Dassios, Nikolaos E Zafeiropoulos, Maria M Karabela, Carmen De Crescenzo, Despina Karatza, Dino Musmarra, Simeone Chianese, Theodore E Matikas
This paper presents an innovative approach, which enables control of the mechanical properties of metallic components by external stimuli to improve the mechanical behavior of aluminum structures in aeronautical applications. The approach is based on the exploitation of the shape memory effect of novel Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) coatings deposited on metallic structural components, for the purpose of relaxing the stress of underlying structures by simple heating at field-feasible temperatures, therefore enhancing their structural integrity and increasing their stiffness and rigidity while allowing them to withstand expected loading conditions safely...
May 18, 2018: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783127/free-acetic-acid-as-the-key-factor-for-the-inhibition-of-hydrogenotrophic-methanogenesis-in-mesophilic-mixed-culture-fermentation
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Wei Zhang, Kun Dai, Xiu-Yang Xia, Hua-Jie Wang, Yun Chen, Yong-Ze Lu, Fang Zhang, Raymond Jianxiong Zeng
The inhibition of acetate under acidic pH is an ideal way to reduce methanogenesis in mesophilic mixed culture fermentation (MCF). However, the effects of acetate concentration and acidic pH on methanogenesis remain unclear. Besides, although hydrogenotrophic methanogens can be suitable targets in MCF, they are generally ignored. Therefore, we intentionally enriched hydrogenotrophic methanogens and found that free acetic acid (FAA, x) concentration and specific methanogenic activity (SMA, y) were correlated according to the equation: y = 0...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783125/contralateral-functional-reorganization-of-the-speech-supplementary-motor-area-following-neurosurgical-tumor-resection
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Srinivas Chivukula, Brian K Pikul, Keith L Black, Nader Pouratian, Susan Y Bookheimer
We evaluated plasticity in speech supplemental motor area (SMA) tissue in two patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), following resection of tumors in or associated with the dominant hemisphere speech SMA. Patient A underwent resection of a anaplastic astrocytoma NOS associated with the left speech SMA, experienced SMA syndrome related mutism postoperatively, but experienced full recovery 14 months later. FMRI performed 32 months after surgery demonstrated a migration of speech SMA to homologous contralateral hemispheric regional tissue...
May 18, 2018: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782856/sirt1-activation-prevents-anti-thy-1-1-mesangial-proliferative-glomerulonephritis-in-the-rat-through-the-nrf2-are-pathway
#15
Kaipeng Huang, Ruiming Li, Wentao Wei
Mesangial proliferative glomerulonephritis (MsPGN) is characterized by glomerular mesangial cells proliferation and extracellular matrix deposition in mesangial area, which develop into glomerulosclerosis. Both silent information regulator 2-related protein 1 (Sirt1) and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2/ anti-oxidant response element (Nrf2/ARE) pathway had remarkable renoprotective effects. However, whether Sirt1 and Nrf2/ARE pathway can regulate the pathological process of MsPGN remains unknown...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781327/the-progress-of-aav-mediated-gene-therapy-in-neuromuscular-disorders
#16
Sara Aguti, Alberto Malerba, Haiyan Zhou
The well-defined genetic causes and monogenetic nature of many neuromuscular disorders, including Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), present gene therapy as a prominent therapeutic approach. The novel variants of adeno-associated virus (AAV) can achieve satisfactory transduction efficiency of exogenous genes through the central nervous system and body-wide in skeletal muscle. Areas covered: In this review, we summarize the strategies of AAV gene therapy that are currently under preclinical and clinical evaluation for the treatment of degenerative neuromuscular disorders, with a focus on diseases such as DMD and SMA...
May 20, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781318/hypochlorite-modified-albumins-promote-cell-death-in-the-tubule-interstitium-in-rats-via-mitochondrial-damage-in-obstructive-nephropathy-and-the-protective-effects-of-antioxidant-peptides
#17
Zong-Rui Liu, Si-Qi Chen, Yao-Wei Zou, Xiao-Yu Wu, Hong-Ying Li, Xiao-Qiao Wang, Yue Shi, Hong-Xin Niu
A major feature of the injury sustained by the kidney during obstructive nephropathy is a profound induction of apoptosis in the tubular epithelium. In this study, we explored the central roles of mitochondria and the mechanism of the protective effect of the mitochondrial targeted peptides in tubular cell apoptosis and interstitial fibrosis during obstructive nephropathy. Unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO) was performed on rats, and the animals were randomly assigned to intravenous treatment with normal saline, rat serum albumin (RSA), or HOCl-rat serum albumin (HOCl-RSA) in the presence or absence of SS-31...
May 2018: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780673/breast-fibroblasts-in-both-cancer-and-normal-tissues-induce-phenotypic-transformation-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-a-preliminary-study
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Bixiao Wang, Chunfang Xi, Mingwei Liu, Haichen Sun, Shuang Liu, Lei Song, Hua Kang
Background: Breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) are associated with the invasion of breast cancer. In recent years, studies have demonstrated different phenotypes among BCSCs. Furthermore, BCSCs of diverse phenotypes are present at different tumour sites and different histological stages. Fibroblasts are involved in the phenotypic transformation of BCSCs. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) participate in the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, thereby promoting the acquisition of stem cell characteristics, but little is known about the role of normal fibroblasts (NFs) in the phenotypic transformation of BCSCs or about the effect of CAFs and NFs on BCSC phenotypes...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778400/stromal-heterogeneity-in-pancreatic-cancer-and-chronic-pancreatitis
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Lena Haeberle, Katja Steiger, Anna Melissa Schlitter, Sami Alexander Safi, Wolfram Trudo Knoefel, Mert Erkan, Irene Esposito
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: An abundant stromal reaction is a hallmark of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) and chronic pancreatitis (CP). The cells mainly responsible for the stromal reaction are activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). Despite their crucial role, PSCs are not well characterized. PSCs share characteristics with the better-known hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). The aim of this study was a detailed analysis of PSCs in PDAC and CP. METHODS: Whole-slide specimens of CP (n = 12) and PDAC (n = 10) were studied by histochemistry and immunohistochemistry...
May 12, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777737/type-i-collagen-induces-mesenchymal-cell-differentiation-into-myofibroblasts-through-yap-induced-tgf-%C3%AE-1-activation
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Xiaoling Liu, Xinyu Long, Weiwei Liu, Yeli Zhao, Toshihiko Hayashi, Masayuki Yamato, Kazunori Mizuno, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takaaki Ogura, Yuji Atsuzawa, Takashi Ikejima
In organ fibrosis, mechanical stress and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) promote differentiation into myofibroblast from mesenchymal cells, leading to extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling or active synthesis, deposition or degradation of ECM components. A major component of ECM, type I collagen (col I) triple helical molecules assemble into fibrils or are denatured to gelatin without triple-helicity in remodeling. However, whether changes of ECM components in remodeling have influence on mesenchymal cell differentiation remains elusive...
May 16, 2018: Biochimie
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