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Christian Schulz, Radovan Vukićević, Anne Krüger-Genge, Axel T Neffe, Andreas Lendlein, Friedrich Jung
The formation of a functionally-confluent and shear-resistant endothelial cell monolayer on cardiovascular implants is a promising strategy to prevent thrombogenic processes after implantation. On the basis of existing studies with arterial endothelial cells adhering after two hours on gelatin-based hydrogels in marked higher numbers compared to tissue culture plates, we hypothesize that also venous endothelial cells (HUVEC) should be able to adhere and form an endothelial monolayer on these hydrogels after days...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Anja Göder, Nisintha Mahendrarajah, Oliver H Krämer
Autophagy is a lysosome-dependent, intracellular pathway for the recycling of cellular components. It plays a pivotal role in both cancer development and the response to chemotherapy. Here we describe how autophagy can be monitored in living cells by flow cytometry using the cationic amphiphilic tracer dye Cyto-ID(®) Green. The detection of autophagy induction in the human leukemia cell line K562 after the treatment with the HDAC class I inhibitor MS-275 serves as an example for this approach.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sanjay Kumar Dey, Pankaj Prabhakar, Manisha Saini, Toyanji Joseph, B K Thelma, Subir K Maulik, Suman Kundu
OBJECTIVE: To identify novel inhibitors of dopamine beta hydroxylase (DBH) and evaluate their antihypertensive properties in L-NAME induced hypertensive rat model. DESIGN AND METHOD: An experimentally validated computational model for hDBH, built in our lab, was used for structure-based, rational drug-design. The three-dimensional model was used for virtual-screening against small molecule databases from NCI, USA and elsewhere. Identified top hits were then tested in vitro against DBH with known inhibitors nepicastat and disulfiram as controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yuanting Cui, Li Li, Peng Gao, Liqun Ma, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is global healthy problem. Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) mainly expresses on brown adipose tissue (BAT), uncouples energy substrate oxidation from mitochondrial ATP production and results in the loss of potential energy as heat. Transient receptor potential vanilloid subfamily, member 1 (TRPV1) is the heat-gated cation ion channel. The aim of this study was to investigate the in vivo role of TRPV1 and UCP1 co-action in obesity. DESIGN AND METHOD: We generated and characterized UCP1 mice lacking TRPV1 activity (TRPV1/UCP1 mice)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Esther Diana Rossi, Maurizio Martini, Tommaso Bizzarro, Fernando Schmitt, Adhemar Longatto-Filho, Luigi Maria Larocca
This review article deals with the analysis and the detection of the morphological features associated with somatic mutations, mostly BRAFV600E mutation, on both cytological and histological samples of carcinomas. Few authors demonstrated that some architectural and specific cellular findings (i.e. polygonal eosinophilic cells defined as "plump cells" and sickle-shaped nuclei) are able to predict BRAF V600E mutation in both cytological and histological samples of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) as well as in other carcinomas...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Adam Neal, Austin Rountree, Kelly Kernan, Brian Van Yserloo, Huiliang Zhang, Benjamin J Reed, William Osborne, Wang Wang, Ian R Sweet
A real time method to measure intracellular H2O2 would be very impactful in characterizing rapid changes that occur in physiologic and pathophysiologic states. Current methods do not provide the sensitivity, specificity and spatiotemporal resolution needed for such experiments on intact cells. We developed the use of HyPer, a genetic indicator for H2O2 that can be expressed in the cytosol (cyto-HyPer) or the mitochondria (mito-HyPer) of live cells. INS-1 cells or islets were permeabilized and the cytosolic HyPer signal was a linear function of extracellular H2O2, allowing fluorescent cyto-HyPer signals to be converted to H2O2 concentrations...
October 11, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Fang Ye, Xiaoyi Li, Fen Li, Jianxin Li, Wei Chang, Jing Yuan, Jun Chen
Mitochondria play a key role in the process of lead (Pb)-induced impairment in nervous system. To further clarify the underlying mechanism of Pb neurotoxicity, this study was designed to investigate the role of mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) and cyclophilin D (CyPD), a component of MPT pore (MPTP), in Pb-induced mitochondrial apoptosis in nerve cells. In SH-SY5Y and PC12 cells, Cyclosporin A (CSA), a special inhibitor of CyPD, could alleviate cell death, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) leakage and adenosine 5 triphosphate (ATP) decrease caused by PbAc...
October 7, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Marcela Martin-Del-Campo, Raul Rosales-Ibañez, Keila Alvarado, Jose G Sampedro, Christian A Garcia-Sepulveda, Sanjukta Deb, Julio San Román, Luis Rojo
Strontium folate (SrFO) is a recently developed bone promoting agent with interest in medical and pharmaceutical fields due to its improved features in comparison to current strontium based therapies for osteoporosis and other bone diseases. In this work SrFO derivative was synthesized and loaded into biohybrid scaffolds obtained through lyophilisation of semi-interpenetrating networks of chitosan polyethylene glycol dimethacrylate and beta tri-calcium phosphate (βTCP) fabricated using free radical polymerization...
October 18, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Bianyun Cai, Zhongbing Huang, Zhi Wu, Lei Wang, Guangfu Yin, Fabao Gao
The development of multimodal probes with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and intraoperative fluorescence imaging is the most challenging task in the field of tumor diagnosis. Herein, a simple one-pot hydrothermal method is used to prepare Eu-doped Gd(OH)3 nanorods (Gd(OH)3:Eu NRs) with good fluorescence and the longitudinal relaxivity r1 value of 4.78 (Gd mM s(-1)). After dual-functionalized maleimide-polyethylene glycol-succinimide (Mal-PEG-NHS) macromolecules are coated on the surface of Gd(OH)3:Eu NRs (PEG-NRs), the results of a lower degradation ratio in newborn calf serum (NCS), reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation in L929 cells and the hemolytic rate of PEG-NRs show their good cyto-compatibility and longer blood circulation time...
September 13, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Thomas Karrasch, Andreas Schaeffler
Recently, adipocytes have been recognized as actively participating in local and systemic immune responses via the secretion of peptides detectable in relevant levels in the systemic circulation, the so-called "adipo(cyto)kines". Multiple studies appearing within the last 10-15 years have focused on the possible impact of adipose tissue depots on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Consequently, various hypotheses regarding the role of different adipokines in inflammatory diseases in general and in intestinal inflammatory processes in particular have been developed and have been further refined in recent years...
October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
J Zhang, J H Liang, J G Huang
Osteosarcoma (OS) causes millions of death worldwide and, since there is no effective therapy, it is necessary to identify the molecular mechanism of OS, which can direct the development of new therapies. This study investigated the role of bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9), a member of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family, in OS development. This study first examined BMP9 expression in tissue from OS patients and normal subjects. The OS cell line (MG63) and tumor cells from OS patients were then transfected with BMP9 and cell proliferation and apoptosis were assessed...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Biswanath Dinda, Anthony M Kyriakopoulos, Subhajit Dinda, Vassilis Zoumpourlis, Nikolaos S Thomaidis, Aristea Velegraki, Charlambos Markopoulos, Manikarna Dinda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cornus mas L. (cornelian cherry) fruits have been used for centuries as traditional cuisine and folk medicine in various countries of Europe and Asia. In folk medicines, the fruits and other parts of the plant have been used for prevention and treatment of a wide range of diseases such as diabetes, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders, fevers, rheumatic pain, skin and urinary tract infections, kidney and liver diseases, sunstroke, among others. This review provides a systematic and constructive overview of ethnomedicinal uses, chemical constituents and pharmacological activities of this plant as well as future research need for its commercial utilization as nutraceutical food supplement and medicine...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Hung-Chi Yang, Yi-Hsuan Wu, Hui-Ya Liu, Arnold Stern, Daniel Tsun-Yee Chiu
G6PD deficiency has been the most pervasive inherited disorder in the world since having been discovered. G6PD has an antioxidant role by functioning as a major NADPH provider to reduce excessive oxidative stress. NADPH can produce reactive oxygen species and reactive nitrogen species mediated by NADPH oxidase (NOX) and nitric oxide synthase (NOS), respectively. Hence, G6PD also has a pro-oxidant role. Research in the past has focused on the enhanced susceptibility of G6PD-deficient cells or individuals to oxidative challenge...
August 10, 2016: Free Radical Research
Goran Gajski, Marko Gerić, Ana-Marija Domijan, Vera Garaj-Vrhovac
Antineoplastic drugs are highly cytotoxic chemotherapeutic agents that can often interfere directly or indirectly with the cell's genome. In an environmental or medical setting simultaneous exposure may occur. Such multiple exposures may pose a higher risk than it could be assumed from the studies evaluating the effect of a single substance. Therefore, in the present study we tested the combined cyto/genotoxicity of a mixture of selected antineoplastic drugs with different mechanisms of action (5-fluorouracil, etoposide, and imatinib mesylate) towards human lymphocytes in vitro...
December 2016: Chemosphere
Brian S Edwards, William J Isom, Amy M Navratil
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) assembles into two different multi-protein complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. The mTORC2 complex is distinct due to the unique expression of the specific core regulatory protein Rictor (rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR). mTORC2 has been implicated in regulating actin cytoskeletal reorganization but its role in gonadotrope function is unknown. Using the gonadotrope-derived LβT2 cell line, we find that the GnRH agonist buserelin (GnRHa) phosphorylates both mTOR and Rictor...
September 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Manosij Ghosh, Sonali Sinha, Manivannan Jothiramajayam, Aditi Jana, Anish Nag, Anita Mukherjee
ZnO-np has immense potential and application in cosmetic and health care sectors. Hence it was imperative to assess the toxicity/safety of these nanoparticles. In this study, we have evaluated the effects of ZnO-np in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in vitro and in Swiss albino male mice in vivo for cyto-genotoxicity and oxidative damage. In vitro results showed that ZnO-nps were weakly genotoxic, induced significant decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential and was capable of ROS generation, leading to apoptosis...
September 19, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
M Tötsch
Education and training in cytology in Europe is hampered by the fact that there is no homogenous programme across Europe. This can be observed for (Cyto)Pathologists and Cytotechnologists. However, lack of workforce and lack of a pan-European Cytology diploma are decreasing motivation among junior staff to dedicate their professional interests to cytology. Cytology and histology are complementary approaches for the diagnosis or exclusion of disease in patients and there are many individual efforts of National Societies to maintain competencies in cytology by workshops, seminars, tutorials and congresses...
October 2016: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
Petra Rejmontová, Zdenka Capáková, Nikola Mikušová, Nela Maráková, Věra Kašpárková, Marián Lehocký, Petr Humpolíček
Polyaniline shows great potential and promises wide application in the biomedical field thanks to its intrinsic conductivity and material properties, which closely resemble natural tissues. Surface properties are crucial, as these predetermine any interaction with biological fluids, proteins and cells. An advantage of polyaniline is the simple modification of its surface, e.g., by using various dopant acids. An investigation was made into the adhesion, proliferation and migration of mouse embryonic fibroblasts on pristine polyaniline films and films doped with sulfamic and phosphotungstic acids...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Zhigang Hong, Kuang-Hueih Chen, Asish Dasgupta, Francois Potus, Kimberly Dunham-Snary, Sebastien Bonnet, Lian Tian, Jennifer Fu, Sandra Breuils-Bonnet, Steeve Provencher, Danchen Wu, Jeffrey Mewburn, Mark L Ormiston, Stephen L Archer
RATIONALE: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an obstructive vasculopathy characterized by excessive pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC) proliferation, migration, and apoptosis-resistance. This cancer-like phenotype is promoted by increased cytosolic calcium ([Ca2+]cyto), aerobic glycolysis and mitochondrial fission. OBJECTIVES: To determine how changes in mitochondrial calcium uniporter complex (MCUC) function influence mitochondrial dynamics and contribute to PAH's cancer-like phenotype...
September 20, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Hilary A Edgington, Colleen M Ingram, Douglas R Taylor
Our understanding of the evolutionary history and ecology of cave-associated species has been driven historically by studies of morphologically adapted cave-restricted species. Our understanding of the evolutionary history and ecology of nonrestricted cave species, troglophiles, is limited to a few studies, which present differing accounts of troglophiles' relationship with the cave habitat, and its impact on population dynamics. Here, we used phylogenetics, demographic statistics, and population genetic methods to study lineage divergence, dates of divergence, and population structure in the Cave Salamander, Eurycea lucifuga, across its range...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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