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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636254/pirfenidone-reduces-subchondral-bone-loss-and-fibrosis-after-murine-knee-cartilage-injury
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Deva D Chan, Jun Li, Wei Luo, Dan N Predescu, Brian J Cole, Anna Plaas
Pirfenidone is an anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic drug that has shown efficacy in lung and kidney fibrosis. Because inflammation and fibrosis have been linked to the progression of osteoarthritis, we investigated the effects of oral Pirfenidone in a mouse model of cartilage injury, which results in chronic inflammation and joint-wide fibrosis in mice that lack hyaluronan synthase 1 (Has1(-/-) ) in comparison to wild-type. Femoral cartilage was surgically injured in wild-type and Has1(-/-) mice, and Pirfenidone was administered in food starting after 3 days...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635519/the-elicitor-protein-ases-induces-a-sar-response-accompanied-by-systemic-microbursts-and-micro-hrs-in-fragaria-ananassa
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Verónica Hael Conrad, Silvia Marisa Perato, Marta Elena Arias, Martín Gustavo Martínez Zamora, Pía de Los Ángeles Di Peto, Gustavo Gabriel Martos, Atilio Pedro Castagnaro, Juan Carlos Diaz-Ricci, Nadia Regina Chalfoun
The elicitor AsES (Acremonium strictum Elicitor Subtilisin) is a 34 KDa subtilisin-like protein secreted by the opportunistic fungus Acremonium strictum. AsES activates the innate immunity and confers resistance against anthracnose and grey mold diseases in strawberry plants (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) and the last disease also in Arabidopsis. In the present work, we show that upon AsES recognition, a cascade of defense responses is activated, including: calcium influx, biphasic oxidative burst (O2(.-) and H2O2), HR response, accumulation of autofluorescent compounds, cell wall reinforcement with callose and lignin deposition, salicylic acid accumulation, and expression of defense-related genes such as FaPR1, FaPG1, FaMYB30, FaRBOH-D, FaRBOH-F, FaCHI23 and FaFLS...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634726/connexin-channels-at-the-glio-vascular-interface-gatekeepers-of-the-brain
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Marijke De Bock, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Neuronal survival, electrical signaling and synaptic activity require a well-balanced micro-environment in the central nervous system. This is achieved by the blood-brain barrier (BBB), an endothelial barrier situated in the brain capillaries, that controls near-to-all passage in and out of the brain. The endothelial barrier function is highly dependent on signaling interactions with surrounding glial, neuronal and vascular cells, together forming the neuro-glio-vascular unit. Within this functional unit, connexin (Cx) channels are of utmost importance for intercellular communication between the different cellular compartments...
June 20, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634611/micro-and-nano-patterned-conductive-graphene-peg-hybrid-scaffolds-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#4
Alec S T Smith, Hyok Yoo, Hyunjung Yi, Eun Hyun Ahn, Justin H Lee, Guozheng Shao, Ekaterina Nagornyak, Michael A Laflamme, Charles E Murry, Deok-Ho Kim
A lack of electrical conductivity and structural organization in currently available biomaterial scaffolds limits their utility for generating physiologically representative models of functional cardiac tissue. Here we report on the development of scalable, graphene-functionalized topographies with anisotropic electrical conductivity for engineering the structural and functional phenotypes of macroscopic cardiac tissue constructs. Guided by anisotropic electroconductive and topographic cues, the tissue constructs displayed structural property enhancement in myofibrils and sarcomeres, and exhibited significant increases in the expression of cell-cell coupling and calcium handling proteins, as well as in action potential duration and peak calcium release...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634084/drug-delivery-to-melanoma-brain-metastases-can-current-challenges-lead-to-new-opportunities
#5
Gautham Gampa, Shruthi Vaidhyanathan, Jann N Sarkaria, William F Elmquist
Melanoma has a high propensity to metastasize to the brain, and patients with melanoma brain metastases (MBM) have an extremely poor prognosis. The recent approval of several molecularly-targeted agents (e.g., BRAF, MEK inhibitors) and biologics (anti-CTLA-4, anti-PD-1 and anti-PD-L1 antibodies) has brought new hope to patients suffering from this formerly untreatable and lethal disease. Importantly, there have been recent reports of success in some clinical studies examining the efficacy of both targeted agents and immunotherapies that show similar response rates in both brain metastases and extracranial disease...
June 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633641/expression-levels-of-atherosclerosis-associated-mir-143-and-mir-145-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-hyperhomocysteinaemia
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Kejian Liu, Saiyare Xuekelati, Yue Zhang, Yin Yin, Yue Li, Rui Chai, Xinwei Li, Yi Peng, Jiangdong Wu, Xiaomei Guo
BACKGROUND: An elevated level of homocysteine (Hcy) in the blood is designated hyperhomocysteinaemia (Hhcy) and is regarded as a strong risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis (ATH), although the association remains controversial. Considered to be essential gene expression regulators, micro-RNAs (miRNAs) modulate cardiovascular disease development and thus can be regarded as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets in atherosclerosis. The aim of the current study is to investigate the expression levels of atherosclerosis-associated miR-143 and miR-145 in Hhcy patients and predict the progress of atherosclerosis in Hhcy patients...
June 20, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632647/high-osteogenic-potential-of-adipose-and-muscle-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-spinal-ossification-model-mice
#7
Xizhe Liu, Gentaro Kumagai, Kanichiro Wada, Toshihiro Tanaka, Toru Asari, Kazuki Oishi, Taku Fujita, Hiroki Mizukami, Ken-Ichi Furukawa, Yasuyuki Ishibashi
STUDY DESIGN: Basic experiments in a mouse model of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL). OBJECTIVE: To assess the osteogenic potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) obtained from muscle and adipose tissue in Tiptoe-walking (ttw) mice, in which cervical OPLL compresses the spinal cord and causes motor and sensory dysfunction. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: In humans, MSCs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of cervical OPLL...
June 19, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631500/pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-and-proliferation-are-promoted-by-protein-kinase-g-type-i%C3%AE-and-downstream-regulation-of-akt-foxo1
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Janica C Wong, Van Vo, Priyatham Gorjala, Ronald R Fiscus
Early studies showed nitric oxide as a pro-inflammatory-cytokine-induced toxin involved in pancreatic β-cell destruction during pathogenesis of type-1 diabetes. However, nitric oxide has both cytotoxic and cytoprotective effects on mammalian cells, depending on concentration and micro-environmental surroundings. Our studies have shown that low/physiological-level nitric oxide selectively activates protein kinase G type Iα isoform, promoting cytoprotective/pro-cell-survival effects in many cell types. In bone marrow-derived stromal/mesenchymal stem cells, protein kinase G type Iα mediates autocrine effects of nitric oxide and atrial natriuretic peptide, promoting DNA-synthesis/proliferation and cell survival...
June 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629069/evaluation-of-electrospun-biomimetic-substrate-surface-decorated-with-nanohydroxyapatite-precipitation-for-osteoblasts-behavior
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Sai Zhang, Guojun Jiang, Molamma P Prabhakaran, Xiaohong Qin, Seeram Ramakrishna
To engineer bone tissue, it is crucial to design scaffolds with micro- and nano-sized architecture imitating approximate hierarchical structure of native bone, and afford desirable biological properties by introducing biocompatible polymers and bioceramics into the scaffolds. Here, a novel scaffold consisting of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/polyaspartic acid (PAA) was fabricated by electrospinning and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) was deposited by calcium-phosphate dipping process for bone tissue regeneration...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628915/mir-495-promotes-senescence-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-targeting-bmi-1
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Xiujun Li, Yuxian Song, Dan Liu, Jiaojiao Zhao, Jingjing Xu, Jing Ren, Yali Hu, Zhiqun Wang, Yayi Hou, Guangfeng Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) play an important role in regulating angiogenesis and immune balance. Abnormal proliferation and function of MSCs were reported at maternal fetal interface in patients with pre-eclampsia (PE). Micro-RNA-495 was known to be upregulated in the MSCs derived from patients with PE. However, it is not clear whether the up-regulated miR-495 is related to the pathogenesis of PE. METHODS: We analyzed the expression of miR-495 in MSCs and umbilical cords derived from healthy pregnancies (NC) and PE, then we upregulated or downregulated the expression of miR-495 in MSCs derived from NC and tested the proliferation, apoptosis, migration, invasion, tube formation and senescence...
June 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628624/heterogeneity-of-mirna-expression-in-localized-prostate-cancer-with-clinicopathological-correlations
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Ahmed Hussein Zedan, Søren Garm Blavnsfeldt, Torben Frøstrup Hansen, Boye Schnack Nielsen, Niels Marcussen, Mindaugas Pleckaitis, Palle Jörn Sloth Osther, Flemming Brandt Sørensen
INTRODUCTION: In the last decade microRNAs (miRNAs) have been widely investigated in prostate cancer (PCa) and have shown to be promising biomarkers in diagnostic, prognostic and predictive settings. However, tumor heterogeneity may influence miRNA expression. The aims of this study were to assess the impact of tumor heterogeneity, as demonstrated by a panel of selected miRNAs in PCa, and to correlate miRNA expression with risk profile and patient outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prostatectomy specimens and matched, preoperative needle biopsies from a retrospective cohort of 49 patients, who underwent curatively intended surgery for localized PCa, were investigated with a panel of 6 miRNAs (miRNA-21, miRNA-34a, miRNA-125b, miRNA-126, miRNA-143, and miRNA-145) using tissue micro-array (TMA) and in situ hybridization (ISH)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628116/cadherin-composition-and-multicellular-aggregate-invasion-in-organotypic-models-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-intraperitoneal-metastasis
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Y Klymenko, O Kim, E Loughran, J Yang, R Lombard, M Alber, M S Stack
During epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) progression, intraperitoneally disseminating tumor cells and multicellular aggregates (MCAs) present in ascites fluid adhere to the peritoneum and induce retraction of the peritoneal mesothelial monolayer prior to invasion of the collagen-rich submesothelial matrix and proliferation into macro-metastases. Clinical studies have shown heterogeneity among EOC metastatic units with respect to cadherin expression profiles and invasive behavior; however, the impact of distinct cadherin profiles on peritoneal anchoring of metastatic lesions remains poorly understood...
June 19, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625922/macrophage-infiltration-regulates-the-adipose-ecm-reconstruction-and-the-fibrosis-process-after-fat-grafting
#13
Junrong Cai, Kaiyang Liu, Guanghui Li, Feng Lu
BACKGROUND: Fat grafting experiences a regeneration process from free lipoaspirate to intact adipose tissue. The adipose extracellular matrix (ECM) provides the structure and biochemical support for the surrounding cells, and is regulated by inflammatory cells, like macrophages. It is hypothesized that transferred fat undergoes ECM remodeling after fat grafting and the process can be regulated by macrophage infiltration. METHODS: Lipoaspirate was injected subcutaneously into the back of nude mice...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623357/adiponectin-regulates-bmsc-osteogenic-differentiation-and-osteogenesis-through-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#14
Yiyao Wang, Xiaohui Zhang, Jun Shao, Hanghang Liu, Xian Liu, En Luo
Recent studies have demonstrated the stimulatory effects of adiponectin on bone formation, but the mechanism underlying these effects remains unclear. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway, one of the most important pathways in osteogenesis, has rarely been associated with the osteogenic effects of adiponectin in previous studies. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of adiponectin on bone mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC) osteogenic differentiation and bone formation through the Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623160/basic-concepts-in-molecular-biology-related-to-genetics-and-epigenetics
#15
Dolores Corella, Jose M Ordovas
The observation that "one size does not fit all" for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, among other diseases, has driven the concept of precision medicine. The goal of precision medicine is to provide the best-targeted interventions tailored to an individual's genome. The human genome is composed of billions of sequence arrangements containing a code that controls how genes are expressed. This code depends on other nonstatic regulators that surround the DNA and constitute the epigenome...
June 13, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621056/denervation-effectively-aggravates-rat-experimental-periodontitis
#16
X Yu, Z Gong, Q Lin, W Wang, S Liu, S Li
BACKGROUND: Nerve and its related factors in the occurrence and development of periodontitis are worthy of further study. Denervation research is a useful addition to nerve and innervation studies. The aim of this study is to establish a rat model of inferior alveolar nerve transection combined with ligature-induced periodontitis to elucidate the effects of denervation on ligature-induced rat periodontitis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-four Wistar rats were distributed to the four groups randomly: ligation (L); denervation (D); ligation+denervation (LD); and normal (N) as control...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620768/carbon-nanotube-reinforced-collagen-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-improve-bone-tissue-formation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#17
Zheng Jing, Yeke Wu, Wen Su, Mi Tian, Wenlu Jiang, Li Cao, Lixing Zhao, Zhihe Zhao
Current bone regeneration strategies faced major challenges in fabricating the bionic scaffolds with nano-structure, constituents and mechanical features of native bone. In this study, we developed a new porous scaffold by adding the multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) into collagen (Col)/hydroxyapatite (HA) composites. Data showed that 0.5%CNT/Col/HA (0.5%CNT) group was approximately tenfolds stiffer than Col-HA, and it was superior in promoting bone marrow mesenchymal stem proliferation and spreading, mRNA and protein expressions of bone sialoprotein (BSP) and osteocalcin (OCN) than Col-HA group...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620300/novel-anti-fibrotic-therapies
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REVIEW
Benita L McVicker, Robert G Bennett
Fibrosis is a major player in cardiovascular disease, both as a contributor to the development of disease, as well as a post-injury response that drives progression. Despite the identification of many mechanisms responsible for cardiovascular fibrosis, to date no treatments have emerged that have effectively reduced the excess deposition of extracellular matrix associated with fibrotic conditions. Novel treatments have recently been identified that hold promise as potential therapeutic agents for cardiovascular diseases associated with fibrosis, as well as other fibrotic conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619022/effect-of-low-magnitude-different-frequency-whole-body-vibration-on-subchondral-trabecular-bone-microarchitecture-cartilage-degradation-bone-cartilage-turnover-and-joint-pain-in-rabbits-with-knee-osteoarthritis
#19
Wang Junbo, Liu Sijia, Chen Hongying, Liu Lei, Wang Pu
BACKGROUD: Whole-body vibration(WBV) has been suggested for the prevention of subchondral bone loss of knee osteoarthritis (OA) . This study examined the effects of different frequency of whole-body vibration on subchondral trabecular bone microarchitecture, cartilage degradation and metabolism of the tibia and femoral condyle bone, and joint pain in an anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT)-induced knee osteoarthritisrabbit model. METHOD: Ninety adult rabbits were divided into six groups: all groups received unilateral ACLT; Group 1, ACLT only; Group 2, 5 Hz WBV; Group 3, 10 Hz WBV; Group 4, 20 Hz WBV; Group 5, 30 Hz WBV; and Group 6, 40 Hz WBV...
June 15, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618401/64cu-psma-617-a-novel-psma-targeted-radio-tracer-for-pet-imaging-in-gastric-adenocarcinoma-xenografted-mice-model
#20
Xue-di Han, Chen Liu, Fei Liu, Qing-Hua Xie, Te-Li Liu, Xiao-Yi Guo, Xiao-Xia Xu, Xing Yang, Hua Zhu, Zhi Yang
Here, we report that it's feasible for imaging gastric adenocarcinoma mice model with prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) targeting imaging agents, which could potentially provide an alternate and readily translational tool for managing gastric adenocarcinoma. DKFZ-PSMA-617, a PSMA targeting ligand reported recently, was chosen to be radio-labeled with nuclide 64Cu. 64Cu-PSMA-617 was radio-synthesized in high radio-chemical yield and specific activity up to 19.3 GBq/μmol. It showed good stability in vitro...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
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