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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227795/simplified-realistic-human-head-model-for-simulating-tumor-treating-fields-ttfields
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Cornelia Wenger, Ze'ev Bomzon, Ricardo Salvador, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ze'ev Bomzon, Ricardo Salvador, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Peter J Basser, Pedro C Miranda, Cornelia Wenger, Ricardo Salvador, Ze'ev Bomzon
Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields) are alternating electric fields in the intermediate frequency range (100-300 kHz) of low-intensity (1-3 V/cm). TTFields are an anti-mitotic treatment against solid tumors, which are approved for Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) patients. These electric fields are induced non-invasively by transducer arrays placed directly on the patient's scalp. Cell culture experiments showed that treatment efficacy is dependent on the induced field intensity. In clinical practice, a software called NovoTal(TM) uses head measurements to estimate the optimal array placement to maximize the electric field delivery to the tumor...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227439/three-dimensional-graphene-scaffold-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering-and-in-situ-electrical-recording
#2
S K Ameri, P K Singh, R D'Angelo, W Stoppel, L Black, S R Sonkusale, S K Ameri, P K Singh, R D'Angelo, W Stoppel, L Black, S R Sonkusale, L Black, P K Singh, W Stoppel, S R Sonkusale, R D'Angelo, S K Ameri
In this paper, we present a three-dimensional graphene foam made of few layers of CVD grown graphene as a scaffold for growing cardiac cells and recording their electrical activity. Our results show that graphene foam not only provides an excellent extra-cellular matrix (ECM) for the culture of such electrogenic cells but also enables recording of its extracellular electrical activity in-situ. Recording is possible due to graphene's excellent conductivity. In this paper, we present our results on the fabrication of the graphene scaffold and initial studies on the culture of cardiac cell lines such as HL-1 and recording of their real-time electrical activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227435/gelatin-methacrylamide-hydrogel-with-graphene-nanoplatelets-for-neural-cell-laden-3d-bioprinting
#3
Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang, Wei Zhu, Brent T Harris, Lijie Grace Zhang
Nervous system is extremely complex which leads to rare regrowth of nerves once injury or disease occurs. Advanced 3D bioprinting strategy, which could simultaneously deposit biocompatible materials, cells and supporting components in a layer-by-layer manner, may be a promising solution to address neural damages. Here we presented a printable nano-bioink composed of gelatin methacrylamide (GelMA), neural stem cells, and bioactive graphene nanoplatelets to target nerve tissue regeneration in the assist of stereolithography based 3D bioprinting technique...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226458/investigating-parylene-ht-as-a-substrate-for-human-cell-patterning
#4
Brad J Raos, E Scott Graham, Alan F Murray, M Cather Simpson, Charles P Unsworth, Brad J Raos, E Scott Graham, Alan F Murray, M Cather Simpson, Charles P Unsworth, Alan F Murray, Charles P Unsworth, Brad J Raos, E Scott Graham, M Cather Simpson
We demonstrate, for the first time, how parylene-HT on SiO2 substrates can be used as a human cell patterning platform. We demonstrate this platform with hNT astrocytes, derived from the human NTera2.D1 cell line. We show how hNT astrocytes are attracted to Parylene-HT and repelled by the SiO2 and are shown to adopt a similar morphology as that attained on standard tissue culture polystyrene. Furthermore, parylene-HT was capable of patterning the astrocytes achieving a ratio of 8:1 for cells on parylene compared to SiO2...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225655/mnte-2-pyp-treatment-or-nox4-inhibition-protects-against-radiation-induced-damage-in-mouse-primary-prostate-fibroblasts-by-inhibiting-the-tgf-beta-1-signaling-pathway
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Arpita Chatterjee, Elizabeth A Kosmacek, Rebecca E Oberley-Deegan
Prostate cancer patients who undergo radiotherapy frequently suffer from side effects caused by radiation-induced damage to normal tissues adjacent to the tumor. Exposure of these normal cells during radiation treatment can result in tissue fibrosis and cellular senescence, which ultimately leads to postirradiation-related chronic complications including urinary urgency and frequency, erectile dysfunction, urethral stricture and incontinence. Radiation-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been reported as the most potent causative factor for radiation damage to normal tissue...
February 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225583/microfluidic-encapsulation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-regeneration
#6
Fanyi Li, Vinh X Truong, Helmut Thissen, Jessica Frith, John S Forsythe
Stem cell injections for the treatment of articular cartilage damage are a promising approach to achieve tissue regeneration. However, this method is encumbered by high cell apoptosis rates, low retention in the cartilage lesion and inefficient chondrogenesis. Here, we have used a facile, very low cost-based microfluidic technique to create visible light-cured hydrogel microparticles composed of gelatin norbornene (GelNB) and a polyethylene glycol (PEG) crosslinker. In addition, we have demonstrated that the process enables the rapid in situ micro-encapsulation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) under biocompatible microfluidic-processing conditions for long-term maintenance...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225057/intracellular-drug-bioavailability-a-new-predictor-of-system-dependent-drug-disposition
#7
André Mateus, Andrea Treyer, Christine Wegler, Maria Karlgren, Pär Matsson, Per Artursson
Intracellular drug exposure is influenced by cell- and tissue-dependent expression of drug-transporting proteins and metabolizing enzymes. Here, we introduce the concept of intracellular bioavailability (Fic) as the fraction of extracellular drug available to bind intracellular targets, and we assess how Fic is affected by cellular drug disposition processes. We first investigated the impact of two essential drug transporters separately, one influx transporter (OATP1B1; SLCO1B1) and one efflux transporter (P-gp; ABCB1), in cells overexpressing these proteins...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224971/biofabrication-of-bundles-of-poly-lactic-acid-collagen-blends-mimicking-the-fascicles-of-the-human-achille-tendon
#8
Alberto Sensini, Chiara Gualandi, Luca Cristofolini, Gianluca Tozzi, Manuela Dicarlo, Gabriella Teti, Monica Mattioli-Belmonte, Maria Letizia Focarete
Electrospinning is a promising technique for the production of scaffolds aimed at the regeneration of soft tissues. The aim of this work was to develop electrospun bundles mimicking the architecture and mechanical properties of the fascicles of the human Achille tendon. Two different blends of poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA) and collagen (Coll) were tested, PLLA/Coll-75/25 and PLLA/Coll-50/50, and compared with bundles of pure PLLA. First, a complete physico-chemical characterization was performed on non-woven mats made of randomly arranged fibers...
February 22, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224898/non-covalently-crosslinked-chitosan-nanofibrous-mats-prepared-by-electrospinning-as-substrates-for-soft-tissue-regeneration
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Chiara Tonda-Turo, Francesca Ruini, Martina Ramella, Francesca Boccafoschi, Piergiorgio Gentile, Emilia Gioffredi, Giuseppe Falvo D'Urso Labate, Gianluca Ciardelli
Chitosan (CS) membranes obtained by electrospinning are potentially ideal substrates for soft tissue engineering as they combine the excellent biological properties of CS with the extracellular matrix (ECM)-like structure of nanofibrous mats. However, the high amount of acid solvents required to spun CS solutions interferes with the biocompatibility of CS fibres. To overcome this limitation, novel CS based solutions were investigated in this work. Low amount of acidic acid (0.5M) was used and dibasic sodium phosphate (DSP) was introduced as ionic crosslinker to improve nanofibres water stability and to neutralize the acidic pH of electrospun membranes after fibres soaking in biological fluids...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224499/finding-rna-protein-interaction-sites-using-hmms
#10
Tao Wang, Jonghyun Yun, Yang Xie, Guanghua Xiao
RNA-binding proteins play important roles in the various stages of RNA maturation through binding to its target RNAs. Cross-linking immunoprecipitation coupled with high-throughput sequencing (CLIP-Seq) has made it possible to identify the targeting sites of RNA-binding proteins in various cell culture systems and tissue types on a genome-wide scale. Several Hidden Markov model-based (HMM) approaches have been suggested to identify protein-RNA binding sites from CLIP-Seq datasets. In this chapter, we describe how HMM can be applied to analyze CLIP-Seq datasets, including the bioinformatics preprocessing steps to extract count information from the sequencing data before HMM and the downstream analysis steps following peak-calling...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224370/a-dual-mode-bioreactor-system-for-tissue-engineered-vascular-models
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N Bono, S Meghezi, M Soncini, M Piola, D Mantovani, Gianfranco Beniamino Fiore
In the past decades, vascular tissue engineering has made great strides towards bringing engineered vascular tissues to the clinics and, in parallel, obtaining in-lab tools for basic research. Herein, we propose the design of a novel dual-mode bioreactor, useful for the fabrication (construct mode) and in vitro stimulation (culture mode) of collagen-based tubular constructs. Collagen-based gels laden with smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were molded directly within the bioreactor culture chamber. Based on a systematic characterization of the bioreactor culture mode, constructs were subjected to 10% cyclic strain at 0...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224343/amphotericin-b-increases-transglutaminase-2-expression-associated-with-upregulation-of-endocytotic-activity-in-mouse-microglial-cell-line-bv-2
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Kenji Kawabe, Katsura Takano, Mitsuaki Moriyama, Yoichi Nakamura
Amphotericin B (AmB), a polyene antibiotic, is reported to cause the microglial activation to induce nitric oxide (NO) production and proinflammatory cytokines expression, and change neurotrophic factors expression in cultured microglia (Motoyoshi et al. in Neurochem Int 52:1290-1296, 2008). On the other hand, tissue-type transglutaminase (TG2) is involved in connection to phagocytes with apoptotic cells. Engulfment of neurons by activated microglia is thought to cause neurodegenerative diseases but detail is unclear, and involvement of TG2 in phagocytosis has been reported in our previous study using lipopolysaccharide-stimulated BV-2 cells (Kawabe et al...
February 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224204/effect-of-hypoxia-on-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-its-potential-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Jane Ru Choi, Kar Wey Yong, Wan Kamarul Zaman Wan Safwani
Human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hASCs) are an ideal cell source for regenerative medicine due to their capabilities of multipotency and the readily accessibility of adipose tissue. They have been found residing in a relatively low oxygen tension microenvironment in the body, but the physiological condition has been overlooked in most studies. In light of the escalating need for culturing hASCs under their physiological condition, this review summarizes the most recent advances in the hypoxia effect on hASCs...
February 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223942/ameloblastin-peptides-modulates-the-osteogenic-capacity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Øystein Stakkestad, Ståle P Lyngstadaas, Jiri Vondrasek, Jan O Gordeladze, Janne Elin Reseland
During amelogenesis the extracellular enamel matrix protein AMBN is quickly processed into 17 kDa (N-terminus) and 23 kDa (C-terminus) fragments. In particular, alternatively spliced regions derived by exon 5/6 within the N-terminus region are known to be critical in biomineralization. Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) also express and secrete AMBN, but it is unclear if this expression has effects on the hMSC themselves. If, as suggested from previous findings, AMBN act as a signaling molecule, such effects could influence hMSC growth and differentiation, as well as promoting the secretion of other signaling proteins like cytokines and chemokines...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223275/vascular-cxcr4-expression-promotes-vessel-sprouting-and-sensitivity-to-sorafenib-treatment-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Jing Xu, Jing Liang, Ya-Ming Meng, Jing Yan, Xin-Juan Yu, Chao-Qun Liu, Li Xu, Shi-Mei Zhuang, Limin Zheng
PURPOSE: Chemokine receptor CXCR4 is known to be involved in both developmental and adult angiogenesis; however, its role in tumor angiogenesis remains largely unknown. Here the role of vascular CXCR4 in regulating vascular structure in HCC was assessed and the clinical value of CXCR4 was explored. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The expression of CXCR4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was determined by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. Characteristics of CXCR4+ cells were determined by in vitro and mice experiments...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223209/langmuir-schaefer-film-deposition-onto-honeycomb-porous-films-for-retinal-tissue-engineering
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Maria Teresa Calejo, Tanja Ilmarinen, Elina Vuorimaa-Laukkanen, Elina Talvitie, Hanna M Hakola, Heli Skottman, Minna Kellomäki
: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in senior citizens in the developed world. The disease is characterised by the degeneration of a specific cell layer at the back of the eye - the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), which is essential in retinal function. The most promising therapeutic option to restore the lost vision is considered to be RPE cell transplantation. This work focuses on the development of biodegradable biomaterials with similar properties to the native Bruch's membrane as carriers for RPE cells...
February 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223179/biological-aspects-of-axonal-damage-in-glaucoma-a-brief-review
#17
REVIEW
Ernst R Tamm, C Ross Ethier, Claude Burgoyne, C Ross Ethier, Ernst R Tamm, Cheri Stowell, John E Dowling, Crawford Downs, Mark H Ellisman, Steven Fisher, Brad Fortune, Marcus Fruttiger, Tatjana Jakobs, Geoffrey Lewis, Claire H Mitchell, John Morrison, Sansar C Sharma, Ian Sigal, Michael Sofroniew, Lin Wang, Janey Wiggs, Samuel Wu, Richard H Masland
Intraocular pressure (IOP) is a critical risk factor in glaucoma, and the available evidence derived from experimental studies in primates and rodents strongly indicates that the site of IOP-induced axonal damage in glaucoma is at the optic nerve head (ONH). However, the mechanisms that cause IOP-induced damage at the ONH are far from understood. A possible sequence of events could originate with IOP-induced stress in the ONH connective tissue elements (peripapillary sclera, scleral canal and lamina cribrosa) that leads to an increase in biomechanical strain...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222773/nitric-oxide-generating-compound-gsno-suppresses-porcine-circovirus-type-2-infection-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#18
Chuanmin Liu, Libin Wen, Qi Xiao, Kongwang He
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO), an important signaling molecule with biological functions, has antimicrobial activity against a variety of pathogens including viruses. To our knowledge, little information is available about the regulatory effect of NO on porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) infection. This study was conducted to investigate the antiviral activity of NO generated from S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), during PCV2 infection of PK-15 cells and BALB/c mice. RESULTS: GSNO released considerable NO in the culture medium of PK-15 cells, and NO was scavenged by its scavenger hemoglobin (Hb) in a dose-dependent manner...
February 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222740/dibutyryl-camp-attenuates-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-blocking-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-pka-creb-cbp-signaling-in-rats-with-silicosis
#19
Yan Liu, Hong Xu, Yucong Geng, Dingjie Xu, Lijuan Zhang, Yi Yang, Zhongqiu Wei, Bonan Zhang, Shifeng Li, Xuemin Gao, Ruimin Wang, Xianghong Zhang, Darrell Brann, Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: Myofibroblasts play a major role in the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the stimulation of these cells is thought to play an important role in the development of silicosis. The present study was undertaken to investigate the anti-fibrotic effects of dibutyryl-cAMP (db-cAMP) on rats induced by silica. METHODS: A HOPE MED 8050 exposure control apparatus was used to create the silicosis model. Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: 1)controls for 16 w; 2)silicosis for 16 w; 3)db-cAMP pre-treatment; 4) db-cAMP post-treatment...
February 21, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222387/baicalein-enhances-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#20
Li-Jiao Chen, Bi-Bo Hu, Xin-Lian Shi, Man-Man Ren, Wen-Bin Yu, Sheng-Dan Cen, Rong-Dang Hu, Hui Deng
OBJECTIVE: Periodontium regeneration is one of the most important processes for periodontitis therapy. Human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) play a vital role in the repair and regeneration of periodontal tissues. Our study aimed to investigated the mechanisms underlying the promotion of hPLDCs osteogenic differentiation by baicalein. DESIGN: hPDLCs were obtained from periodontal ligament (PDL) tissues by primary culture. The MTT assay was used to determine the growth curves of hPDLCs treated with different concentrations of baicalein (1...
February 7, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
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