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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656592/the-applicability-of-furfuryl-gelatin-as-a-novel-bioink-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Shweta AnilKumar, Shane C Allen, Nishat Tasnim, Tahmina Akter, Shinhye Park, Alok Kumar, Munmun Chattopadhyay, Yoshihiro Ito, Laura J Suggs, Binata Joddar
Three-dimensional bioprinting is an innovative technique in tissue engineering, to create layer-by-layer structures, required for mimicking body tissues. However, synthetic bioinks do not generally possess high printability and biocompatibility at the same time. So, there is an urgent need for naturally derived bioinks that can exhibit such optimized properties. We used furfuryl-gelatin as a novel, visible-light crosslinkable bioink for fabricating cell-laden structures with high viability. Hyaluronic acid was added as a viscosity enhancer and either Rose Bengal or Riboflavin was used as a visible-light crosslinker...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656561/advances-in-controlling-differentiation-of-adult-stem-cells-for-peripheral-nerve-regeneration
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REVIEW
Metin Uz, Suprem R Das, Shaowei Ding, Donald S Sakaguchi, Jonathan C Claussen, Surya K Mallapragada
Adult stems cells, possessing the ability to grow, migrate, proliferate, and transdifferentiate into various specific phenotypes, constitute a great asset for peripheral nerve regeneration. Adult stem cells' ability to undergo transdifferentiation is sensitive to various cell-to-cell interactions and external stimuli involving interactions with physical, mechanical, and chemical cues within their microenvironment. Various studies have employed different techniques for transdifferentiating adult stem cells from distinct sources into specific lineages (e...
April 14, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656470/mechanical-and-in-vitro-degradation-behavior-of-magnesium-bioactive-glass-composites-prepared-by-sps-for-biomedical-applications
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Sourav Dutta, K Bavya Devi, Sanjay Gupta, Biswanath Kundu, Vamsi Krishna Balla, Mangal Roy
In order to make magnesium (Mg) a successful candidate for fracture fixation devices, it is imperative to control the corrosion rate and enhance its elastic modulus. In the present work, we have prepared bioactive glass (BG) reinforced magnesium composite using spark plasma sintering (SPS). Simultaneous application of heat and pressure during SPS decreased the softening point of BG (600°C), allowing it to coat the Mg particles partially. As a result, BG was found along the Mg particle boundaries, which was confirmed by elemental mapping...
April 15, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656459/desktop-stereolithography-3d-printing-of-a-poly-dimethylsiloxane-based-material-with-sylgard-184-properties
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Nirveek Bhattacharjee, Cesar Parra-Cabrera, Yong Tae Kim, Alexandra P Kuo, Albert Folch
The advantageous physiochemical properties of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) have made it an extremely useful material for prototyping in various technological, scientific, and clinical areas. However, PDMS molding is a manual procedure and requires tedious assembly steps, especially for 3D designs, thereby limiting its access and usability. On the other hand, automated digital manufacturing processes such as stereolithography (SL) enable true 3D design and fabrication. Here the formulation, characterization, and SL application of a 3D-printable PDMS resin (3DP-PDMS) based on commercially available PDMS-methacrylate macromers, a high-efficiency photoinitiator and a high-absorbance photosensitizer, is reported...
April 14, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656338/morphology-of-living-cells-cultured-on-nanowire-arrays-with-varying-nanowire-densities-and-diameters
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Zhen Li, Henrik Persson, Karl Adolfsson, Stina Oredsson, Christelle N Prinz
Vertical nanowire arrays are increasingly investigated for their applications in steering cell behavior. The geometry of the array is an important parameter, which influences the morphology and adhesion of cells. Here, we investigate the effects of array geometry on the morphology of MCF7 cancer cells and MCF10A normal-like epithelial cells. Different gallium phosphide nanowire array-geometries were produced by varying the nanowire density and diameter. Our results show that the cell size is smaller on nanowires compared to flat gallium phosphide...
April 2, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656332/rdh13-deficiency-weakens-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-injury-by-regulating-spot14-and-cyp2e1-expression-levels
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Xiaofang Cui, Benting Ma, Yan Wang, Yan Chen, Chunling Shen, Ying Kuang, Jian Fei, Lungen Lu, Zhugang Wang
Mitochondrion-localized retinol dehydrogenase 13 (Rdh13) is a short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase involved in vitamin A metabolism in both humans and mice. We previously generated Rdh13 knockout mice and showed that Rdh13 deficiency causes severe acute retinal light damage. In this study, considering that Rdh13 is highly expressed in mouse liver, we further evaluated the potential effect of Rdh13 on liver injury induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ). Although Rdh13 deficiency showed no significant effect on liver histology and physiological functions under regular culture, the Rdh13-/- mice displayed an attenuated response to CCl4 -induced liver injury...
April 14, 2018: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656317/inflammatory-response-of-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-exposed-to-oxidative-and-biophysical-stress
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Joanna Costa, Yan Zhu, Timothy Cox, Paul Fawcett, Thomas Shaffer, Deepthi Alapati
Pulmonary hypertension in the neonate requires treatment with oxygen and positive pressure ventilation, both known to induce lung injury. The direct response of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells, the most abundant cells in the artery wall, to the stress of positive pressure and hyperoxia has not been previously studied. Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells were cultured in temperature- and pressure-controlled air-tight chambers under conditions of positive pressure or hyperoxia for 24 h. Control cells were cultured in room air under atmospheric pressure...
April 14, 2018: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656307/alveolar-bone-protective-effect-of-hiziki-extracts-on-the-progression-of-periodontitis
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Don-Gil Lee, Yu-Kyong Shin, Jae-Hee Park, Sang-Yong Park, Eunson Hwang, Jung-Eun Yang, Hae Jo, Ki-Young Kim, Gafurjon T Mavlonov, Tae-Hoo Yi
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of hiziki extract on alveolar bone loss, inflammation, and osteo-biomarker expression in hPDL cells (10, 50, 100 μg/ml final concentrations in culture medium) and on a ligature-induced periodontitis rat model (50, 100, 200 mg/kg with oral administration). Hiziki extract increased alkaline phosphatase activity and mineralized nodule formation in hPDL cell. In western blot analysis, hiziki extract resulted in increased expression of osteoblast markers, including transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), SMAD anchor for receptor activation (SARA) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) in hDPL cells...
April 14, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656291/activin-a-is-a-pro-inflammatory-regulator-in-type-2-driven-upper-airway-disease
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Adam M Chaker, Ulrich Matthias Zissler, Nikolaos Poulos, Martin Wagenmann, Murat Bas, Ferdinand Gürth, Georgina Xanthou, Carsten Schmidt-Weber
BACKGROUND: Allergic upper airway disease involves pro-inflammatory type-2 cytokines such as IL-5 and regulatory tissue repair mediators, in particular transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1. The TGF-β-superfamily member activin-A displays multiple biological functions and shares certain signalling pathways with TGF-β1. We aimed to examine the coregulation of mucosal activin-A and TGF-β1 in acute allergic and chronic Th2-driven upper airway disease. METHODS: We investigated mucosal cytokine expression profiles and kinetics using RT-PCR after nasal allergen challenges in patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis...
April 13, 2018: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656244/human-organoid-cultures-transformative-new-tools-for-human-virus-studies
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REVIEW
Sasirekha Ramani, Sue E Crawford, Sarah E Blutt, Mary K Estes
Studies of human infectious diseases have been limited by the paucity of functional models that mimic normal human physiology and pathophysiology. Recent advances in the development of multicellular, physiologically active organotypic cultures produced from embryonic and pluripotent stem cells, as well as from stem cells isolated from biopsies and surgical specimens are allowing unprecedented new studies and discoveries about host-microbe interactions. Here, we summarize recent developments in the use of organoids for studying human viral pathogens, including intestinal infections with human rotavirus, norovirus, enteroviruses and adenoviruses (intestinal organoids and enteroids), neuronal infections with Zika virus (cerebral organoids) and respiratory infections with respiratory syncytial virus in (lung bud organoids)...
April 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656212/myeloid-related-proteins-are-up-regulated-in-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases-and-activate-toll-like-receptor-4-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-vitro
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Shiqiao Peng, Xuren Sun, Xinyi Wang, Haoyu Wang, Zhongyan Shan, Weiping Teng, Chenyan Li
PURPOSE: Myeloid-related protein (MRP) family plays an important role in the promotion of cell proliferation and the production of inflammatory cytokines. We investigated the expression of MRP6, MRP8 and MRP14 in thyroid tissues, serum, and peripheral blood monocular cells (PBMCs) in patients with autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITD). METHOD: The expression of MRP6, MRP8, and MRP14 was investigated using immunohistochemical staining and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction in the thyroid glands of 7 patients with Graves' disease (GD), 8 with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT), and 7 healthy controls (HC)...
April 12, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656208/akt-mtor-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-activation-in-treponema-pallidum-stimulates-m1-macrophages
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Li-Rong Lin, Zheng-Xiang Gao, Yong Lin, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Wei Liu, Dan Liu, Kun Gao, Man-Li Tong, Hui-Lin Zhang, Li-Li Liu, Yao Xiao, Jian-Jun Niu, Fan Liu, Tian-Ci Yang
The polarization of macrophages and the molecular mechanism involved during the early process of syphilis infection remain unknown. This study was conducted to explore the influence of Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) treatment on macrophage polarization and the Akt-mTOR-NFκB signaling pathway mechanism involved in this process. M0 macrophages derived from the phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate-induced human acute monocytic leukemia cell line THP-1 were cultured with T. pallidum. T. pallidum induced inflammatory cytokine (IL-1β and TNF-α) expression in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
April 12, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656182/co-culture-of-ovarian-cancer-stem-like-cells-with-macrophages-induced-skov3-cells-stemness-via-il-8-stat3-signaling
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Yingxia Ning, Yinghong Cui, Xiang Li, Xiaocheng Cao, A Chen, Chang Xu, Jianguo Cao, Xin Luo
Among recent concepts in the cancer biology field, the tumor microenvironment is highly associated with cancer stem cells, and plays a key role in tumor progression. This study aimed to explore the mechanism that the stemness induction of SKOV3 cell line by macrophages derived from THP-1 cells, which was co-cultured with SKOV3-derived ovarian cancer stem-like cells (OCSLCs). Sphere formation, soft agar colony formation, and expression levels of CD133 and CD44 were assessed to reflect OCSLC properties. ELISA was used to evaluate secretion profile changes in macrophages co-cultured with or without SKOV3-derived OCSLCs...
April 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656124/development-of-an-improved-rapid-bacpro%C3%A2-protocol-and-a-method-for-direct-identification-from-blood-culture-positive-bottles-using-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Takatoshi Yonezawa, Tomohisa Watari, Kazuho Ashizawa, Daisuke Hanada, Takako Yanagiya, Naoki Watanabe, Takashi Terada, Yutaka Tomoda, Satoshi Fujii
Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) has been incorporated into pathogenic bacterial identification methods and has improved their rapidity. Various methods have been reported to directly identify bacteria with MALDI-TOF MS by pretreating culture medium in blood culture bottles. Rapid BACpro® (Nittobo Medical Co., Ltd.) is a pretreatment kit for effective collection of bacteria with cationic copolymers. However, the Rapid BACpro® pretreatment kit is adapted only for MALDI Biotyper (Bruker Daltonics K...
April 12, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656112/influence-of-immunosuppressive-drugs-on-the-cd30-molecule-in-kidney-transplanted-patients
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Patricia Cristina Grenzi, Érika Fernandes Campos, Hélio Tedesco-Silva, Claudia Rosso Felipe, Maria Fernanda Soares, José Medina-Pestana, Hinrich Peter Hansen, Maria Gerbase-DeLima
BACKGROUND: Soluble CD30 (sCD30) is a suggested marker for kidney transplantation outcomes. We investigated whether sCD30 serum levels are influenced by immunosuppression and whether they correlate with findings in protocol biopsies and with CD30 gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). METHODS: We studied 118 kidney transplant recipients that initially received tacrolimus (TAC) and, at month-3, were converted or not to sirolimus (SRL). RESULTS: sCD30 serum levels gradually declined after transplantation, being the decline more pronounced in the SRL group...
April 12, 2018: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656078/microbial-expression-systems-for-membrane-proteins
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REVIEW
Marvin V Dilworth, Mathilde S Piel, Kim E Bettaney, Pikyee Ma, Ji Luo, David Sharples, David R Poyner, Stephane R Gross, Karine Moncoq, Peter J F Henderson, Bruno Miroux, Roslyn M Bill
Despite many high-profile successes, recombinant membrane protein production remains a technical challenge; it is still the case that many fewer membrane protein structures have been published than those of soluble proteins. However, progress is being made because empirical methods have been developed to produce the required quantity and quality of these challenging targets. This review focuses on the microbial expression systems that are a key source of recombinant prokaryotic and eukaryotic membrane proteins for structural studies...
April 12, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29656073/protective-therapeutic-effects-of-peptide-nanofiber-and-hyaluronic-acid-hybrid-membrane-in-in-vivo-osteoarthritis-model
#17
Elif Arslan, Melis Sardan Ekiz, Cagla Eren Cimenci, Nuray Can, M Hanifi Gemci, Huseyin Ozkan, Mustafa O Guler, Ayse B Tekinay
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition where tissue function is lost through a combination of secondary inflammation and deterioration in articular cartilage. One of the most common causes of OA is age-related tissue impairment because of wear and tear due to mechanical erosion. Hyaluronic acid-based viscoelastic supplements have been widely used for the treatment of knee injuries. However, the current formulations of hyaluronic acid are unable to provide efficient healing and recovery. Here, a nanofiber-hyaluronic acid membrane system that was prepared by using a quarter of the concentration of commercially available hyaluronic acid supplement, Hyalgan® , was used for the treatment of an osteoarthritis model, and Synvisc® , which is another commercially available hyaluronic acid containing viscoelastic supplement, was used as a control...
April 12, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655901/in-vivo-heterotopic-culturing-of-prefabricated-tendon-grafts-with-mechanical-stimulation-in-a-sheep-model
#18
M Petri, P Lu, M Omar, M Ettinger, C Krettek, C Neunaber, M Jagodzinski
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to investigate the biomechanical and histological properties of in vivo heterotopically prefabricated cruciate ligament replacement grafts with and without mechanical stimulation. The clinical goal is to heterotopically prefabricate a bone-tendon-bone graft for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, which allows rapid ingrowth and early full weight bearing. METHODS: In a sheep model, eight quadriceps tendon grafts were harvested and introduced into culture chambers at their proximal and distal ends...
April 11, 2018: Knee
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655849/effect-of-cadmium-on-morphometric-traits-antioxidant-enzyme-activity-and-phytochelatin-synthase-gene-expression-sopcs-of-saccharum-officinarum-var-cp48-103-in-vitro
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Z Yousefi, M Kolahi, A Majd, P Jonoubi
Cadmium is an important environmental pollutant which genetically, physiologically and biochemically affects the cell. Phytochelatins (PC) are involved in one of the phytoremediation mechanisms, in which they are able to bind heavy metals, such as cadmium. The objective of this study was to evaluate morphometric, antioxidant enzyme activity, and SoPCS gene expression in sugarcane growing under cadmium stress. After propagation, samples were cultured in triplicate for 14 days in modified MS medium containing CdCl2 (100, 250, 500 µmol)...
April 12, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29655803/role-of-msc-derived-galectin-3-in-the-aml-microenvironment
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Peter P Ruvolo, Vivian R Ruvolo, Jared K Burks, YiHua Qiu, Rui-Yu Wang, Elizabeth J Shpall, Leonardo Mirandola, Numsen Hail, Zhihong Zeng, Teresa McQueen, Naval Daver, Sean M Post, Maurizio Chiriva-Internati, Steven M Kornblau, Michael Andreeff
In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), high Galectin 3 (LGALS3) expression is associated with poor prognosis. The role of LGALS3 derived from mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) in the AML microenvironment is unclear; however, we have recently found high LGALS3 expression in MSC derived from AML patients is associated with relapse. In this study, we used reverse phase protein analysis (RPPA) to correlate LGALS3 expression in AML MSC with 119 other proteins including variants of these proteins such as phosphorylated forms or cleaved forms to identify biologically relevant pathways...
April 12, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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