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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735290/membrane-tethered-metalloproteinase-expressed-by-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-limits-the-progression-of-proliferative-atherosclerotic-lesions
#1
Richard H Barnes, Takeshi Akama, Miina K Öhman, Moon-Sook Woo, Julian Bahr, Stephen J Weiss, Daniel T Eitzman, Tae-Hwa Chun
BACKGROUND: The MMP (matrix metalloproteinase) family plays diverse and critical roles in directing vascular wall remodeling in atherosclerosis. Unlike secreted-type MMPs, a member of the membrane-type MMP family, MT1-MMP (membrane-type 1 MMP; MMP14), mediates pericellular extracellular matrix degradation that is indispensable for maintaining physiological extracellular matrix homeostasis. However, given the premature mortality exhibited by MT1-MMP-null mice, the potential role of the proteinase in atherogenesis remains elusive...
July 22, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735221/physicochemical-properties-of-ionic-and-non-ionic-biocompatible-hydrogels-in-water-and-cell-culture-conditions-relation-with-type-of-morphologies-of-bovine-fetal-fibroblasts-in-contact-with-the-surfaces
#2
Rebeca Rivero, Fabrisio Alustiza, Virginia Capella, Cecilia Liaudat, Nancy Rodriguez, Pablo Bosch, Cesar Barbero, Claudia Rivarola
Cationic, anionic and non-ionic hydrogels having acrylamide polymer backbones were synthesized via free radical polymerization with N,N-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) as crosslinker. The chemical structures of the hydrogels were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). Physicochemical properties such as swelling kinetic, maximum swelling capacity, volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) and wettability (static water contact angle) of hydrogels swollen in aqueous and cell culture medium, at room and cell culture temperatures were studied...
July 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734180/bottom-up-assembly-of-salivary-gland-microtissues-for-assessing-myoepithelial-cell-function
#3
Tugba Ozdemir, Padma Pradeepa Srinivasan, Daniel R Zakheim, Daniel A Harrington, Robert L Witt, Mary C Farach-Carson, Xinqiao Jia, Swati Pradhan-Bhatt
Myoepithelial cells are flat, stellate cells present in exocrine tissues including the salivary glands. While myoepithelial cells have been studied extensively in mammary and lacrimal gland tissues, less is known of the function of myoepithelial cells derived from human salivary glands. Several groups have isolated tumorigenic myoepithelial cells from cancer specimens, however, only one report has demonstrated isolation of normal human salivary myoepithelial cells needed for use in salivary gland tissue engineering applications...
July 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733649/an-in-vitro-model-for-the-ocular-surface-and-tear-film-system
#4
Qiaozhi Lu, Hongbo Yin, Michael P Grant, Jennifer H Elisseeff
Dry eye is a complicated ocular surface disease whose exact pathogenesis is not yet fully understood. For the therapeutic evaluation and pathogenesis study of dry eye, we established an in vitro three-dimensional (3D) coculture model for the ocular surface. It is composed of rabbit conjunctival epithelium and lacrimal gland cell spheroids, and recapitulates the aqueous and mucin layers of the tear film. We first investigated the culture conditions for both cell types to optimize their secretory functions, by employing goblet cell enrichment, air-lifting culture, and 3D spheroid formation techniques...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733457/role-of-bone-morphogenetic-proteins-in-sprouting-angiogenesis-differential-bmp-receptor-dependent-signaling-pathways-balance-stalk-vs-tip-cell-competence
#5
Andreas Benn, Christian Hiepen, Marc Osterland, Christof Schütte, An Zwijsen, Petra Knaus
Before the onset of sprouting angiogenesis, the endothelium is prepatterned for the positioning of tip and stalk cells. Both cell identities are not static, as endothelial cells (ECs) constantly compete for the tip cell position in a dynamic fashion. Here, we show that both bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 2 and BMP6 are proangiogenic in vitro and ex vivo and that the BMP type I receptors, activin receptor-like kinase (ALK)3 and ALK2, play crucial and distinct roles in this process. BMP2 activates the expression of tip cell-associated genes, such as DLL4 (delta-like ligand 4) and KDR (kinase insert domain receptor), and p38-heat shock protein 27 (HSP27)-dependent cell migration, thereby generating tip cell competence...
July 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733347/ultrastructural-characteristics-and-immune-profile-of-equine-mscs-from-fetal-adnexa
#6
Eleonora Iacono, Luisa Pascucci, Barbara Rossi, Cinzia Bazzucchi, Aliai Lanci, Monica Ceccoli, Barbara Merlo
Both in human and equine species, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from amniotic membrane (AM) and Wharton's jelly (WJ), may be particularly useful for immediate use or in later stages of life, after cryopreservation in cell bank. The aim of this study was to compare equine AM- and WJ-MSCs in vitro features, that may be relevant for their clinical employment. MSCs were more easily isolated from WJ, even if MSCs derived from AM exhibited more rapid proliferation (P<0.05). Osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation were more prominent in MSCs derived from WJ...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732351/tropomyosin-isoform-tpm2-1-regulates-collective-and-amoeboid-cell-migration-and-cell-aggregation-in-breast-epithelial-cells
#7
HyeRim Shin, Dayoung Kim, David M Helfman
Metastasis dissemination is the result of various processes including cell migration and cell aggregation. These processes involve alterations in the expression and organization of cytoskeletal and adhesion proteins in tumor cells. Alterations in actin filaments and their binding partners are known to be key players in metastasis. Downregulation of specific tropomyosin (Tpm) isoforms is a common characteristic of transformed cells. In this study, we examined the role of Tpm2.1 in non-transformed MCF10A breast epithelial cells in cell migration and cell aggregation, because this isoform is downregulated in primary and metastatic breast cancer as well as various breast cancer cell lines...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731328/bisphosphonate-functionalized-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticles-for-the-delivery-of-the-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-in-the-treatment-of-osteosarcoma
#8
Victoria Wu, Jarrett Mickens, Vuk Uskokovic
Osteosarcoma (OS) is one of the most common neoplasia among children and its survival statistics have been stagnating since the combinatorial anticancer therapy triad was first introduced. Here we report on the assessment of the effect of hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles loaded with medronate, the simplest bisphosphonate, as a bone-targeting agent and JQ1, a small-molecule bromodomain inhibitor, as a chemotherapeutic in different 2D and 3D K7M2 OS in vitro models. Both additives decreased the crystallinity of HAp, but the effect was more intense for medronate because of its higher affinity for HAp...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731323/analyzing-liposomal-drug-delivery-systems-in-three-dimensional-cell-culture-models-using-maldi-imaging-mass-spectrometry
#9
Jessica K Lukowski, Eric M Weaver, Amanda B Hummon
Cancer chemotherapeutics often fail to reach all diseased cells. To help solve this problem, researchers are investigating novel drug delivery systems. Liposomes are an attractive option due to their low toxicity, high biocompatibility, and potential to carry a large amount of a drug to the tumor site, all while avoiding being eliminated from the body. This study evaluates the penetration of doxorubicin-encased liposomes into three-dimensional cell cultures, or spheroids. Liposomes composed of lipids containing head groups of phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), and cholesterol were created by extrusion...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731284/the-rna-binding-protein-hur-inhibits-expression-of-ccl5-and-limits-recruitment-of-macrophages-into-tumors
#10
Thilo F Brauß, Sofia Winslow, Sebastian Lampe, Anica Scholz, Andreas Weigert, Nathalie Dehne, Kristoffer von Stedingk, Tobias Schmid, Bernhard Brüne
The RNA-binding protein HuR promotes tumor growth by affecting proliferation, metastasis, apoptosis, and angiogenesis. Although immune cells, especially tumor-associated macrophages, are critical components of the tumor stroma, the influence of HuR in tumors on the recruitment of immune cells remains poorly understood. In the present study, we therefore aimed to elucidate the impact of tumor cell HuR on the interaction between tumor cells and macrophages. To this end, we stably depleted HuR in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729713/tunable-uptake-release-mechanism-of-protein-microgel-particles-in-biomimicking-environment
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A Pepe, P Podesva, G Simone
Microgels are intra-molecular crosslinked macromolecules that can be used as vehicles to deliver and release drugs at the point-of-need in the patient's body. Here, gelatin microgels were formed from microfluidics droplets, stabilised by aldehydes and frozen into a spheroidal shape. Microgel morphology and response to external stimuli were characterised. It was found that the behaviour of the spheroidal microgels was sensitive to both pH and ionic strength and that the distribution of charges into the microgels affected the behaviour of swelling and uptake...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729128/rosettes-engrailed-edges-and-star-shaped-patterns-between-rediscovery-and-forgetfulness-in-the-early-accounts-of-vibrating-liquid-drops-floating-over-hot-surfaces
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Seán M Stewart
Small drops of liquid brought into contact with very hot surfaces float above it as beautiful, slightly flattened spheroids without coming to the boil. An example of film boiling, drops that are sessile can often suddenly and quite unexpectedly start to oscillate forming highly symmetric patterns of surprising pulchritude. The rim of these oscillating drops take on "star-shaped" patterns with many different modes of vibration possible. Still an object of study today, their discovery, early accounts, rediscovery and ensuing controversies over claims of priority, before quietly slipping away from the collective memory of the scientific community to become all but forgotten makes for a compelling story in the early history of film boiling...
July 17, 2017: Endeavour
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727981/engaging-cold-to-upregulate-cell-proliferation-in-alginate-encapsulated-liver-spheroids
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Peter Kilbride, Krishnaa T Mahbubani, Kourosh Saeb-Parsy, George John Morris
For many years, the impact of hyper- and hypothermia on mammalian cells has been examined. With the exception of short, low temperature storage, which has uses in areas such as preservation for transplantation or regenerative medicine, advantages for the use of low temperature treatment in hepatocytes have not been previously reported. We have observed that alginate-encapsulated HepG2 liver spheroids that are cryopreserved or experience a cold reduction in temperature (≤10°C) for periods between 1 and 90 min display an enhanced cell proliferation during culture 7-16 days post-treatment compared with untreated samples...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726781/autophagy-inhibition-reduces-chemoresistance-and-tumorigenic-potential-of-human-ovarian-cancer-stem-cells
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Anna Pagotto, Giorgia Pilotto, Elena Laura Mazzoldi, Maria Ornella Nicoletto, Simona Frezzini, Anna Pastò, Alberto Amadori
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is one of the most malignant gynecological tumors with a high mortality rate owing to tumor relapse after anticancer therapies. It is widely accepted that a rare tumor cell population, known as cancer stem cells (CSC), is responsible for tumor progression and relapse; intriguingly, these cells are able to survive nutrient starvation (such as in vitro culture in the absence of glucose) and chemotherapy treatment. Recent data also indicated that chemotherapy resistance is associated with autophagy activation...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726681/a-novel-cylindrical-microwell-featuring-inverted-pyramidal-opening-for-efficient-cell-spheroid-formation-without-cell-loss
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Jae Min Cha, HyungDal Park, Eun Kyoung Shin, Ji Hee Sung, Ockchul Kim, Woohyun Jung, Oh Young Bang, Jinseok Kim
Spheroid cultures have been often used to simulate and understand in situ biological occurrences with potential to be further applied to therapeutic approaches, such as cell transplantation. However, traditional lab-scale techniques hardly reached the needed large scale production of cell spheroids, thus limiting their versatility in many biomedical fields. Microscale technologies have rapidly improved in the last decade, and contributed to the large scale production of cell spheroids with high controllability and reproducibility...
July 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726548/wnt-yap-interactions-during-neural-tissue-patterning-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#16
Julie Bejoy, Liqing Song, Yi Zhou, Yan Li
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have special ability to self-assemble into neural spheroids or mini-brain like structures. During the self-assembly process, Wnt signaling plays an important role in regional patterning and establishing positional identity of hiPSC-derived neural progenitors. Recently, the role of Wnt signaling in regulating Yes-associated protein (YAP) expression (nuclear or cytoplasmic), the pivotal regulator during organ growth and tissue generation, has attracted increasing interests...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726331/novel-fluid-shear-based-dissociation-device-for-improved-single-cell-dissociation-of-spheroids-and-cell-aggregates
#17
Ursula L Triantafillu, Jaron N Nix, Yonghyun Kim
Biological industries commonly rely on bioreactor systems for the large-scale production of cells. Cell aggregation, clumping, and spheroid morphology of certain suspension cells make their large-scale culture challenging. Growing stem cells as spheroids is indispensable to retain their stemness, but large spheroids (>500 µm diameter) suffer from poor oxygen and nutrient diffusion, ultimately resulting in premature cell death in the centers of the spheroids. Despite this, most large-scale bioprocesses do not have an efficient method for dissociating cells into single cells, but rely on costly enzymatic dissociation techniques...
July 20, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725488/generation-and-analysis-of-spheroids-from-human-primary-skin-myofibroblasts-an-experimental-system-to-study-myofibroblasts-deactivation
#18
Giuseppina Granato, Maria R Ruocco, Antonino Iaccarino, Stefania Masone, Gaetano Calì, Angelica Avagliano, Valentina Russo, Claudio Bellevicine, Gaetano Di Spigna, Giuseppe Fiume, Stefania Montagnani, Alessandro Arcucci
Myofibroblasts are activated fibroblasts involved in tissue repair and cancer. They are characterized by de novo expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), immunoregulatory phenotype and paracrine interaction with normal and tumorigenic cells leading to cell proliferation. At the end of wound-healing myofibroblasts undergo apoptotic cell death, whereas in vitro-activated fibroblasts are also subjected to a programmed necrosis-like cell death, termed nemosis, associated with cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression induction and inflammatory response...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725199/heart-performance-determination-by-visualization-in-larval-fishes-influence-of-alternative-models-for-heart-shape-and-volume
#19
Prescilla Perrichon, Martin Grosell, Warren W Burggren
Understanding cardiac function in developing larval fishes is crucial for assessing their physiological condition and overall health. Cardiac output measurements in transparent fish larvae and other vertebrates have long been made by analyzing videos of the beating heart, and modeling this structure using a conventional simple prolate spheroid shape model. However, the larval fish heart changes shape during early development and subsequent maturation, but no consideration has been made of the effect of different heart geometries on cardiac output estimation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724666/braf-inhibitors-amplify-the-pro-apoptotic-activity-of-mek-inhibitors-by-inducing-er-stress-in-nras-mutant-melanoma
#20
Heike Niessner, Tobias Sinnberg, Corinna Kosnopfel, Keiran S M Smalley, Daniela Beck, Christian Praetorius, Marion Mai, Stefan Beissert, Dagmar Kulms, Martin Schaller, Claus Garbe, Keith T Flaherty, Dana Westphal, Ines Wanke, Friedegund Meier
<p>NRAS mutations in malignant melanoma are associated with aggressive disease requiring rapid antitumor intervention, but there is no approved targeted therapy for this subset of patients. In clinical trials, the MEK inhibitor (MEKi) binimetinib displayed modest antitumor activity, making combinations a requisite. In a previous study, the BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi) vemurafenib was shown to induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress that together with inhibition of the RAF-MEK-ERK (MAPK) pathway amplified its pro-apoptotic activity in BRAF-mutant melanoma...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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