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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811609/rapid-and-accurate-in-silico-solubility-screening-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-library
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Pietro Sormanni, Leanne Amery, Sofia Ekizoglou, Michele Vendruscolo, Bojana Popovic
Antibodies represent essential tools in research and diagnostics and are rapidly growing in importance as therapeutics. Commonly used methods to obtain novel antibodies typically yield several candidates capable of engaging a given target. The development steps that follow, however, are usually performed with only one or few candidates since they can be resource demanding, thereby increasing the risk of failure of the overall antibody discovery program. In particular, insufficient solubility, which may lead to aggregation under typical storage conditions, often hinders the ability of a candidate antibody to be developed and manufactured...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806665/a-sequential-delivery-system-employing-the-synergism-of-epo-and-ngf-promotes-sciatic-nerve-repair
#2
Wei Zhang, Gongshe Zhou, Yuan Gao, Yan Zhou, Jianheng Liu, Licheng Zhang, Anhua Long, Lihai Zhang, Peifu Tang
The different mechanisms of nerve growth factor (NGF) and erythropoietin (EPO) in promoting repair of peripheral nerve injuries suggest a potential therapeutic application through the synergism of the two. Yet NGF has also been reported to induce early nerve apoptosis after injury. To utilize the potential synergism of NGF and EPO while minimize the possible defect, in this study, we first confirmed the time dependency of NGF caused nerve apoptosis, and then established a sequential and sustained delivery system for NGF and EPO with poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA), which has been approved by the US FDA for human use because of its injectable, biocompatible, and biodegradable properties...
August 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804998/peripheral-nerve-growth-within-a-hydrogel-microchannel-scaffold-supported-by-a-kink-resistant-conduit
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Dena Shahriari, Masataka Shibayama, Daniel Lynam, Kayla Wolf, Go Kubota, Jacob Koffler, Mark Tuszynski, Wendy Campana, Jeff Sakamoto
Nerve repair in several mm-long nerve gaps often requires an interventional technology. Microchannel scaffolds have proven effective for bridging nerve gaps and guiding axons in the peripheral nervous system (PNS). Nonetheless, fabricating microchannel scaffolds at this length scale remains a challenge and/or is time consuming and cumbersome. In this work, a simple computer-aided microdrilling technique was used to fabricate 10 mm-long agarose scaffolds consisting of 300 µm-microchannels and 85 µm-thick walls in less than an hour...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804608/remyelination-improvement-after-neurotrophic-factors-secreting-cells-transplantation-in-rat-spinal-cord-injury
#4
Shahnaz Razavi, Nazem Ghasemi, Mohammad Mardani, Hossein Salehi
OBJECTIVES: Neurotrophic factors secreting cells (NTS-SCs) may be a superior cell source for cell-based therapy in neurodegenerative diseases. NTS-SCs are able to secrete some neurotrophic Such as nerve growth factor and glia-derived neurotrophic factor. Our primary aim was to assess transplantation of neurotrophic factor secreting cells derived from human adipose-derived stem cells (hADSCs) into the damaged spinal cord rats and determine the potential of these cells in remyelination...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803853/developmental-suppression-of-forebrain-trka-receptors-and-attentional-capacities-in-aging-rats-a-longitudinal-study
#5
Brittney Yegla, Vinay Parikh
Basal forebrain (BF) cholinergic neurons innervating the cortex regulate cognitive, specifically attentional, processes. Cholinergic atrophy and cognitive decline occur at an accelerated pace in age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's disease; however, the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon remains unknown. Here we hypothesized that developmental suppression of nerve growth factor signaling, mediated via tropomyosin-related kinase A (trkA) receptors, would escalate age-related attentional vulnerability...
August 10, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801063/chondroitin-sulfates-do-not-impede-axonal-regeneration-in-goldfish-spinal-cord
#6
Akihito Takeda, Soichiro Okada, Kengo Funakoshi
Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans produced in glial scar tissue are a major inhibitory factor for axonal regeneration after central nervous system injury in mammals. The inhibition is largely due to chondroitin sulfates, whose effects differ according to the sulfation pattern. In contrast to mammals, fish nerves spontaneously regenerate beyond the scar tissue after spinal cord injury, although the mechanisms that allow for axons to pass through the scar are unclear. Here, we used immunohistochemistry to examine the expression of two chondroitin sulfates with different sulfation variants at the lesion site in goldfish spinal cord...
August 8, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800076/human-dental-pulp-cells-differentiate-toward-neuronal-cells-and-promote-neuroregeneration-in-adult-organotypic-hippocampal-slices-in-vitro
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Li Xiao, Ryoji Ide, Chikako Saiki, Yasuo Kumazawa, Hisashi Okamura
The adult mammalian central nerve system has fundamental difficulties regarding effective neuroregeneration. The aim of this study is to investigate whether human dental pulp cells (DPCs) can promote neuroregeneration by (i) being differentiated toward neuronal cells and/or (ii) stimulating local neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus. Using immunostaining, we demonstrated that adult human dental pulp contains multipotent DPCs, including STRO-1, CD146 and P75-positive stem cells. DPC-formed spheroids were able to differentiate into neuronal, vascular, osteogenic and cartilaginous lineages under osteogenic induction...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800073/electronegative-low-density-lipoprotein-l5-impairs-viability-and-ngf-induced-neuronal-differentiation-of-pc12-cells-via-lox-1
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Jiz-Yuh Wang, Chiou-Lian Lai, Ching-Tien Lee, Chen-Yen Lin
There have been striking associations of cardiovascular diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis) and hypercholesterolemia with increased risk of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a cardiovascular risk factor, plays a crucial role in AD pathogenesis; further, L5, a human plasma LDL fraction with high electronegativity, may be a factor contributing to AD-type dementia. Although L5 contributing to atherosclerosis progression has been studied, its role in inducing neurodegeneration remains unclear...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798232/conformational-characterization-of-nerve-growth-factor-%C3%AE-reveals-that-its-regulatory-pro-part-domain-stabilizes-three-loop-regions-in-its-mature-part
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Esben Trabjerg, Fredrik Kartberg, Søren Christensen, Kasper D Rand
Nerve growth factor-β (NGF) is essential for correct development of the nervous system. NGF exists both in a mature and a pro-form (proNGF). The two forms have opposing effects on neurons, in which NGF induces proliferation, while proNGF induces apoptosis via binding to a receptor complex of the common neurotrophine receptor (p75NTR) and Sortilin. Overexpression of both proNGF and Sortilin has been associated with several neurodegenerative diseases. Insights into the conformational differences between proNGF and NGF are central to a better understanding of the opposing mechanisms of action of NGF and proNGF on neurons...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797868/neuropathic-pain-and-nerve-growth-factor-in-chemotherapy-induced-peripheral-neuropathy-prospective-clinical-pathological-study
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R Velasco, X Navarro, M Gil-Gil, M Herrando-Grabulosa, A Calls, J Bruna
CONTEXT: Neuropathic pain can be present in patients developing chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Nerve growth factor (NGF) is trophic to small sensory fibers and regulates nociception. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the changes in serum NGF and intraepidermal nerve fiber density (IENFD) in skin biopsies of cancer patients receiving neurotoxic chemotherapy in a single-center prospective observational study. METHODS: Patients were evaluated before and after chemotherapy administration...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797603/chronic-traumatic-stress-impairs-memory-in-mice-potential-roles-of-acetylcholine-neuroinflammation-and-corticotropin-releasing-factor-expression-in-the-hippocampus
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Ami Bhakta, Kartheek Gavini, Euitaek Yang, Lani Lyman-Henley, Kodeeswaran Parameshwaran
Chronic stress in humans can result in multiple adverse psychiatric and neurobiological outcomes, including memory deficits. These adverse outcomes can be more severe if each episode of stress is very traumatic. When compared to acute or short term stress relatively little is known about the effects of chronic traumatic stress on memory and molecular changes in hippocampus, a brain area involved in memory processing. Here we studied the effects of chronic traumatic stress in mice by exposing them to adult Long Evan rats for 28 consecutive days and subsequently analyzing behavioral outcomes and the changes in the hippocampus...
August 8, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796579/effects-of-localized-x-ray-irradiation-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-in-transected-sciatic-nerve-in-rats
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Bo Jiang, Yong Zhang, Jiaju Zhao, Chang She, Xiaozhong Zhou, Qirong Dong, Peiji Wang
Low-dose radiation has been used in clinical and experimental models for the prevention of scarring and for fracture healing. There is evidence that low-dose radiation improves the hormesis of various cell types but little is known about its effects on peripheral nerve tissue. In this study, we investigated the beneficial effects of low-dose radiation on the regeneration of transectional peripheral nerve injury in an experimental rat model. Seventy-two male Sprague-Dawley rats received transection injury to the left sciatic nerves, and the nerves were subsequently sutured by epineurium end-to-end anastomosis to restore continuity...
August 10, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796340/application-of-differentiated-human-tonsil-derived-stem-cells-to-trembler-j-mice
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Saeyoung Park, Yoonyoung Choi, Geon Kwak, Young Bin Hong, Namhee Jung, Jieun Kim, Byung-Ok Choi, Sung-Chul Jung
INTRODUCTION: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can differentiate into various cell types. METHODS: We investigated the potential of human tonsil-derived MSCs (T-MSCs) for neuromuscular regeneration in trembler-J (Tr-J) mice: a model for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A. RESULTS: T-MSCs differentiated toward skeletal myocytes with increased expression of skeletal muscle-related markers (including troponin I type 1, and myogenin), and the formation of myotubes in vitro...
August 10, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795960/advances-in-experimental-optic-nerve-regeneration
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Bo Young Chun, Dean M Cestari
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Recent advances in experimental studies of optic nerve regeneration to better understand the pathophysiology of axon regrowth and provide insights into the future treatment of numerous optic neuropathies. RECENT FINDINGS: The optic nerve is part of the central nervous system and cannot regenerate if injured. There are several steps that regenerating axons of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) must take following optic nerve injury that include: maximizing the intrinsic growth capacity of RGCs, overcoming the extrinsic growth-inhibitory environment of the optic nerve, and optimizing the reinnervation of regenerated axons to their targets in the brain...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791491/retinal-vegf-levels-correlate-with-ocular-circulation-measured-by-a-laser-speckle-micro-system-in-an-oxygen-induced-retinopathy-rat-model
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Tadashi Matsumoto, Yuta Saito, Takashi Itokawa, Tomoaki Shiba, Mari S Oba, Haruo Takahashi, Yuichi Hori
PURPOSE: We used a Laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG)-micro system to examine the relationship between ocular blood flow and retinal vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) at retinopathy onset in oxygen-induced ischemic retinopathy (OIR) model rats. METHODS: Sixteen 50/10 OIR rats were compared with 17 control rats reared in room air. In postnatal day 14 (P14) and P18 rats, we measured and analyzed the left eye's mean blur rate (MBR) by setting a rubber band on the optic nerve head center, using the LSFG-Micro...
August 8, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791287/bidirectional-mast-cell-eosinophil-interactions-in-inflammatory-disorders-and-cancer
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Maria Rosaria Galdiero, Gilda Varricchi, Mansour Seaf, Giancarlo Marone, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Gianni Marone
Human mast cells (MCs) and eosinophils were first described and named by Paul Ehrlich. These cells have distinct myeloid progenitors and differ morphologically, ultrastructurally, immunologically, biochemically, and pharmacologically. However, MCs and eosinophils play a pivotal role in several allergic disorders. In addition, these cells are involved in autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. MCs are distributed throughout all normal human tissues, whereas eosinophils are present only in gastrointestinal tract, secondary lymphoid tissues, and adipose tissue, thymus, mammary gland, and uterus...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790232/corneal-sensitivity-as-a-potential-marker-of-diabetic-neuropathy
#17
Ratna Sitompul
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a complex and chronic metabolic disorder leading to many complications. One of the most common complications of DM is diabetic neuropathy. There are many studies exploring corneal sensitivity as a potential marker of diabetic neuropathy. This review aims to explore association between corneal sensitivity and diabetic neuropathy. In diabetic neuropathy, corneal sensitivity is impaired due to low level of corneal nerve trophic factors, impaired sensory nerve fibers, and lost communication of dendtritic cell...
April 2017: Acta Medica Indonesiana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789942/statins-reduce-tgf-beta2-modulation-of-the-extracellular-matrix-in-cultured-astrocytes-of-the-human-optic-nerve-head
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Mi-Lyang Kim, Kyung Rim Sung, Jin A Shin, Joo Young Yoon, Joonhee Jang
Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs and have shown beneficial effects on glaucoma. With regard to the mechanism of statin action on glaucoma, we investigated the effects of statins on transforming growth factor-beta 2 (TGF-β2)-induced expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in human astrocytes of the optic nerve head (ONH) lamina cribrosa (LC). By using primary human ONH astrocytes, we found that both simvastatin and lovastatin inhibited TGF-β2-mediated expression of ECM proteins such as connective tissue growth factor, collagen I, fibronectin, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1...
August 5, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782282/the-effect-of-amino-plasma-enhanced-chemical-vapor-deposition-treated-titanium-surface-on-schwann-cells
#19
Jinghui Zhao, Yu Guo, Lan A, Wenjing Luo, Xiaona Wang, Li Fu, Qing Cai, Yanmin Zhou
The surface modification of titanium and its alloys with amino group plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition has been proven to enhance the performance of implants on initial osteoblast bioactivity in vitro. However, scarce information on the effect of this kind of surface modification on nerve regeneration exists. In this study, the surface chemistry of pure Ti disks and surface-modified disks was examined using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Cell counting kit 8 assay, 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole staining, flow cytometry, and scanning electron microscopy showed that either the p30% or cw+p30% mode-mediated surface significantly promote Schwann cell adhesion without any cytotoxicity compared with the pure Ti surface, and the cw+p30% group showed the best performance on cell adhesion...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781091/dental-pulp-stem-cells-their-potential-in-reinnervation-and-angiogenesis-by-using-scaffolds
#20
Ivo Lambrichts, Ronald B Driesen, Yörg Dillen, Pascal Gervois, Jessica Ratajczak, Tim Vangansewinkel, Esther Wolfs, Annelies Bronckaers, Petra Hilkens
Dental pulp is a highly vascularized and innervated tissue containing a heterogeneous stem cell population with multilineage differentiation potential. Current endodontic treatments focus on the preservation of the pulp tissue and the regeneration of dental pulp after pathological insults. Human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) are currently investigated as stem cell-based therapy for pulp regeneration and for peripheral nerve injury in which neurons and Schwann cells display limited regenerative capacity. We have developed a neuronal differentiation protocol for hDPSCs that requires neurosphere formation before neuronal maturation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
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