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Cell biology

Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Heart valves are currently under thorough investigation in tissue engineering (TE) research. Mechanical and biological heart valve prostheses which are recently used have several shortcomings. While allogenic and xenogenic biological prostheses are related to graft rejection, degeneration and thrombosis, resulting in a high rate of reoperation. Mechanical prostheses on the other hand are based on metallic, carbon, and polymeric components, and require continuous treatment with anticoagulant, which result in adverse reactions, e...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Marcelo Anderson Barbosa Nascimento, Cassiano Francisco Weege Nonaka, Carlos Augusto Galvão Barboza, Roseana de Almeida Freitas, Leão Pereira Pinto, Lélia Batista de Souza
OBJECTIVES: The present study evaluated the immunohistochemical expression of BMP-2 and BMP-4 and of their receptors (BMPR-IA and BMPR-II) in solid ameloblastoma (SA), unicystic ameloblastoma (UA) and adenomatoid odontogenic tumor (AOT) in order to obtain a better understanding of their role in the development and biological behavior of these tumors. DESIGN: This study analyzed these proteins in 30 cases of SA, 10 cases of UA, and 30 cases of AOT. Immunoexpression was evaluated in the parenchyma and stroma by attributing the following scores: 0, no stained cells; 1, ≤10%; 2, >10% and ≤25%; 3, >25% and ≤50%; 4, >50% and ≤75%...
October 19, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Gordon D Brown, Paul R Crocker
Lectins recognize a diverse array of carbohydrate structures and perform numerous essential biological functions. Here we focus on only two families of lectins, the Siglecs and C-type lectins. Triggering of intracellular signaling cascades following ligand recognition by these receptors can have profound effects on the induction and modulation of immunity. In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of each family and then focus on selected examples that highlight how these lectins can influence myeloid cell functioning in health and disease...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Blanka Bucsella, Antoine Fornage, Catherine Le Denmat, Franka Kálmán
In biotechnological processes the intracellular level of nucleotides and nucleotide sugars have a direct impact on the post-translational modification (glycosylation) of the therapeutic protein products and on the exopolysaccharide pattern of the cells. Thus, they are precursors and also key components in the production of glycoproteins and glycolipids. All four nucleotides (at different phosphorylation stages) and their natural sugar derivatives coexist in biological samples. Their relative ratios depend on the actual conditions under which the cells are grown...
October 2016: Chimia
Sandra Maria Barbalho, Marcelo Dib Bechara, Ricardo de Alvares Goulart, Karina Quesada, Rodrigo Galhardi Gasparini, Antonely de Cássio Alves de Carvalho, Adriana Maria Ragassi Fiorini
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are two major forms of the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). Vitamin A (VA) and vitamin D (VD) may be associated with reduction in inflammation in these disorders. The aim of this review was to show the current evidence that may associate VA and VD with IBDs. Data linking VA, VD, and IBDs were studied. Both VA and VD may be related to the immune system in different manners. The active form of VA, retinoic acid, may be related to the growth factor-β and release of interleukin-10 (IL-10), thus involved with the resolution of the inflammation...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
Alena Vanduchova, Veronika Tomankova, Pavel Anzenbacher, Eva Anzenbacherova
The influence of metabolites of sulforaphane, natural compounds present in broccoli (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis italica) and in other cruciferous vegetables, on drug-metabolizing cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes in human liver microsomes and possible entry of sulforaphane into human hepatic cells were investigated. Metabolites studied are compounds derived from sulforaphane by the mercapturic acid pathway (conjugation with glutathione and by following reactions), namely sulforaphane glutathione and sulforaphane cysteine conjugates and sulforaphane-N-acetylcysteine...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
Hui Xie, Yu-Tao Li, Yong-Min Lei, Yan-Lin Liu, Meng-Meng Xiao, Chuan Gao, Dai-Wen Pang, Wei-Hua Huang, Zhiyong Zhang, Guo-Jun Zhang
An ultrasensitive and highly efficient assay for real-time monitoring of nitric oxide (NO) at single cell level based on reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and iron-porphyrin functionalized graphene (FGPCs) field effect transistor (FET) biosensor is reported. A layer-to-layer assembly of RGO and FGPCs on a pre-fabricated FET sensor surface through p-p stacking interaction allowed superior electrical conductivity caused by RGO, and highly catalytic specificity induced by metalloporphyrin, ensuring the ultrasensitive and highly specific detection of NO...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Vivien Béziat, Hugo Hilton, Paul J Norman, James A Traherne
Killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) are components of two fundamental biological systems essential for human health and survival. Firstly, they contribute to host immune response, both innate and adaptive, through their expression by natural killer (NK) cells and T cells. Secondly, KIR play a key role in regulating placentation, and hence reproductive success. Analogous to the diversity of their HLA class I ligands, KIR are extremely polymorphic. In this review, we describe recent developments, fuelled by methodological advances, which are helping to decipher the KIR system in terms of haplotypes, polymorphisms, expression patterns and their ligand interactions...
October 25, 2016: Immunology
Mingjiang Liu, He Xiusheng, Xiangjun Xiao, Yichun Wang
Osteosarcoma (OS) is an aggressive malignant tumor that is mesenchymal in origin with a very low 5-year survival rate, particularly in the patients with locally advanced or metastatic tumors and recurrent disease. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a critical role in essential biological processes as cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis in normal or cancer cells, including OS cells. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-422a in OS. We demonstrated that miR-422a expression was significantly downregulated in OS tissues and cell lines compared with the normal controls...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jiaqi Yao, Chi Ma, Wei Gao, Jinxiao Liang, Chang Liu, Hongfang Yang, Qiu Yan, Qingping Wen
Cancer pain is the most common complication of lung carcinoma. Opioid agonist fentanyl is widely used for relieving pain in cancer patients, and cisplatin (DDP)‑based chemotherapy is commonly used for the treatment of advanced lung cancer; these two drugs are always used together in lung carcinoma patients. However, the mechanisms and related biological pathways by which fentanyl influences cisplatin sensitivity are relatively poorly reported. Here, we found that fentanyl reduces the sensitivity of cisplatin in human lung cancer cells and induces autophagy...
October 19, 2016: Oncology Reports
Eva Vidomanova, Peter Racay, Ivana Pilchova, Erika Halasova, Jozef Hatok
Glioblastoma (GB) is the most frequent and biologically the most aggressive primary brain tumor in adults. Standard treatment for newly diagnosed GB consists of surgical resection, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Resistance to therapy is a major obstacle, even with optimal treatment with a survival median of only 12-15 months. The heterogeneity and treatment response of GB makes this tumor type a challenging area of research. The aim of our study was to study the response of normal human astrocyte (HA) and human GB (T98G) cell lines to apoptosis inhibitors in vitro...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Ziyao Wang, Tinghe Yu, Ping Huang
The Forkhead box O (FOXO) protein family is predominantly involved in apoptosis, oxidative stress, DNA damage/repair, tumor angiogenesis, glycometabolism, regulating life span and other important biological processes. Its activity is affected by a variety of posttranslational modifications (PTMs), including phosphorylation, acetylation, ubiquitination, methylation and glycosylation. When cells are subjected to different environments, the corresponding PTMs act on the FOXO protein family, to change transcriptional activity or subcellular localization, and the expression of downstream target genes, will ultimately affect the biological behavior of the cells...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ling Gong, Chunhong Di, Xiaofang Xia, Jie Wang, Gongying Chen, Junping Shi, Pengshuai Chen, Hui Xu, Weibing Zhang
Chinese medicines are emerging as an attractive new generation of anticancer drugs. Here, we explored the impact of salvianolic acid B (Sal B), the major water-soluble compounds of Danshen, on apoptosis and autophagy of human hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC). We also investigated the related molecular mechanisms. We found that Sal B exhibits potent ability to inhibit HCC cells viability in a concentration-dependent manner, and to induce apoptosis via the mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. Additionally, Sal B could also induce autophagy...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
A Rybicka, C Eyileten, B Taciak, J Mucha, K Majchrzak, E Hellmen, M Krol
Cancer stem-like cells as cells with ability to self-renewal and potential to differentiate into various types of cells are known to be responsible for tumour initiation, recurrence and drug resistance. Hence a comprehensive research is concentrated on discovering cancer stem-like cells biology and interdependence between them and other cells. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of macrophages on cancer stem-like cells in canine mammary carcinomas. As recent studies indicated presence of macrophages in cancer environment stimulates cancer cells into more motile and invasive cells by acquisition of macrophage phenotypes...
August 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Wen Zhang, Fujian Zhao, Deqiu Huang, Xiaoling Fu, Xian Li, Xiaofeng Chen
Host immune response induced by foreign bone biomaterials plays an important role in determining their fate after implantation. Hence, it is well worth designing advanced bone substitute materials with beneficial immunomodulatory properties to modulate the host-material interactions. Bioactive glasses (BG), with excellent osteoconductivity and osteoinductivity, are regarded as important biomaterials in the field of bone regeneration. In order to explore a novel BG-based osteoimmunomodulatory implant with the capacity of potentially enhancing bone regeneration, it is a possible way to regulate the local immune microenvironment through manipulating macrophage polarization...
October 25, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Andrea Venturato, Gillian MacFarlane, Jin Geng, Mark Bradley
The development of polymeric materials with cell adhesion abilities requires an understanding of cell-surface interactions which vary with cell type. To investigate the correlation between cell attachment and the nature of the polymer, a series of random and block copolymers composed of 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate are synthesized through single electron transfer living radical polymerization. The polymers are synthesized with highly defined and controlled monomer compositions and exhibited narrow polydispersity indices...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Mohammed I El-Gamal, Woo-Seok Lee, Ji-Sun Shin, Chang-Hyun Oh, Kyung-Tae Lee, Jungseung Choi, Nohsun Myoung, Daejin Baek
The synthesis of a new series of 21 fused coumarin derivatives is described, and the biological evaluation of their in vitro antiinflammatory effects as inhibitors of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) production in RAW 264.7 macrophages. The target compounds 1a-u were first tested for cytotoxicity to determine a non-toxic concentration for antiinflammatory screening, so that the inhibitory effects against NO and PGE2 production would not be caused by cytotoxicity...
October 24, 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
Stuart A Cain, Ewa J Mularczyk, Mukti Singh, Teresa Massam-Wu, Cay M Kielty
ADAMTS10 and ADAMTS6 are homologous metalloproteinases with ill-defined roles. ADAMTS10 mutations cause Weill-Marchesani syndrome (WMS), implicating it in fibrillin microfibril biology since some fibrillin-1 mutations also cause WMS. However little is known about ADAMTS6 function. ADAMTS10 is resistant to furin cleavage, however we show that ADAMTS6 is effectively processed and active. Using siRNA, over-expression and mutagenesis, it was found ADAMTS6 inhibits and ADAMTS10 is required for focal adhesions, epithelial cell-cell junction formation, and microfibril deposition...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ahmad Kotb, Antonina Klippert, Maria Daskalaki, Ulrike Sauermann, Christiane Stahl-Hennig, Berit Neumann
Granzyme B-expressing (GrB(+)) B cells are thought to contribute to immune dysfunctions in HIV patients, but so far their exact role is unknown. This report demonstrates for the first time the existence of GrB(+) B cells in SIV-infected rhesus macaques, which represent the most commonly used nonhuman primate model for HIV research. Similar to HIV patients, we found significantly higher frequencies of these cells in the blood of chronically SIV-infected rhesus monkeys compared with uninfected healthy ones. These frequencies correlated with plasma viral load and inversely with absolute CD4 T-cell counts...
October 25, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Edward Taylor, Ivan Yeung, Harald Keller, Bradley G Wouters, Michael Milosevic, David W Hedley, David A Jaffray
Compared to FDG, the signal of (18)F-labelled hypoxia-sensitive tracers in tumours is low. This means that in addition to the presence of hypoxic cells, transport properties contribute significantly to the uptake signal in static PET images. This sensitivity to transport must be minimized in order for static PET to provide a reliable standard for hypoxia quantification. A dynamic compartmental model based on a reaction-diffusion formalism was developed to interpret tracer pharmacokinetics and applied to static images of FAZA in twenty patients with pancreatic cancer...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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