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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823040/maternal-predictors-and-quality-of-umbilical-cord-blood-units
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Beata Bielec-Berek, Żaneta Jastrzębska-Stojko, Agnieszka Drosdzol-Cop, Cecylia Jendyk, Dariusz Boruczkowski, Tomasz Ołdak, Agnieszka Nowak-Brzezińska, Rafał Stojko
The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between the maternal age at delivery and selected properties of the cord blood stem cells. The study included 50 pregnant women aged between 18 and 38 years in which spontaneous labors or elective cesarean sections were performed. Umbilical cord blood was collected immediately after the women were delivered of newborns. The samples were analyzed in the Polish Stem Cells Bank in Warsaw. The highest mean WBC level (p < 0.05) was observed in the umbilical blood collected from patients aged 35 years and more...
August 19, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821557/selected-alkylating-agents-can-overcome-drug-tolerance-of-g0-like-tumor-cells-and-eradicate-brca1-deficient-mammary-tumors-in-mice
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Marina Pajic, Sohvi Blatter, Charlotte Guyader, Maaike Gonggrijp, Ariena Kersbergen, Aslı Küçükosmanoğlu, Wendy Sol, Rinske Drost, Jos Jonkers, Piet Borst, Sven Rottenberg
We aimed to characterize and target drug-tolerant BRCA1-deficient tumor cells that cause residual disease and subsequent tumor relapse.<br /><br />Experimental Design: We studied responses to various mono- and bifunctional alkylating agents in a genetically engineered mouse model for BRCA1/p53-mutant breast cancer. Due to the large intragenic deletion of the Brca1 gene, no restoration of BRCA1 function is possible, and therefore no BRCA1-dependent acquired resistance occurs. To characterize the cell cycle stage from which Brca1(-/-);p53(-/-) mammary tumors arise after cisplatin treatment, we introduced the fluorescent ubiquitination-based cell cycle indicator (FUCCI) construct into the tumor cells...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819849/rarecyte%C3%A2-ctc-analysis-step-1-accucyte%C3%A2-sample-preparation-for-the-comprehensive-recovery-of-nucleated-cells-from-whole-blood
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Arturo B Ramirez, Lance U'Ren, Daniel E Campton, David Stewart, Joshua J Nordberg, Jackie L Stilwell, Eric P Kaldjian
The RareCyte platform addresses important technology limitations of current circulating tumor cell (CTC) collection methods, and expands CTC interrogation to include advanced phenotypic characterization and single-cell molecular analysis. In this respect, it represents the "next generation" of cell-based liquid biopsy technologies. In order to identify and analyze CTCs, RareCyte has developed an integrated sample preparation, imaging and individual cell retrieval process. The first step in the process, AccuCyte(®), allows the separation, collection, and transfer to a slide the nucleated cell fraction of the blood that contains CTCs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819695/theoretical-modeling-of-mechanical-homeostasis-of-a-mammalian-cell-under-gravity-directed-vector
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Lüwen Zhou, Chen Zhang, Fan Zhang, Shouqin Lü, Shujin Sun, Dongyuan Lü, Mian Long
Translocation of dense nucleus along gravity vector initiates mechanical remodeling of a eukaryotic cell. In our previous experiments, we quantified the impact of gravity vector on cell remodeling by placing an MC3T3-E1 cell onto upward (U)-, downward (D)-, or edge-on (E)- orientated substrate. Our experimental data demonstrate that orientation dependence of nucleus longitudinal translocation is positively correlated with cytoskeletal (CSK) remodeling of their expressions and structures and also is associated with rearrangement of focal adhesion complex (FAC)...
August 17, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819224/the-role-of-rho-gtpases-and-actin-polymerization-during-macrophage-tunneling-nanotube-biogenesis
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Samer J Hanna, Kessler McCoy-Simandle, Veronika Miskolci, Peng Guo, Michael Cammer, Louis Hodgson, Dianne Cox
Macrophage interactions with other cells, either locally or at distances, are imperative in both normal and pathological conditions. While soluble means of communication can transmit signals between different cells, it does not account for all long distance macrophage interactions. Recently described tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) are membranous channels that connect cells together and allow for transfer of signals, vesicles, and organelles. However, very little is known about the mechanism by which these structures are formed...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817217/mind-the-cell-seasonal-variation-in-telomere-length-mirrors-changes-in-leukocyte-profile
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Michaël Beaulieu, Laure Benoit, Steven Abaga, Peter M Kappeler, Marie J E Charpentier
Leukocytes are typically considered as a whole in studies examining telomere dynamics in mammals. Such an approach may be precarious, as leukocytes represent the only nucleated blood cells in mammals, their composition varies temporally, and telomere length differs between leukocyte types. To highlight this limitation, we examined here whether seasonal variation in leukocyte composition was related to variation in telomere length in free-ranging mandrills (Mandrilllus sphinx). We found that the leukocyte profile of mandrills varied seasonally, with lower lymphocyte proportion being observed during the long dry season presumably because of the combined effects of high nematode infection and stress at that time of the year...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813247/switch-like-arp2-3-activation-upon-wasp-and-wip-recruitment-to-an-apparent-threshold-level-by-multivalent-linker-proteins-in-vivo
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Yidi Sun, Nicole T Leong, Tommy Jiang, Astou Tangara, Xavier Darzacq, David G Drubin
Actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex activation by nucleation promoting factors (NPFs) such as WASP, plays an important role in many actin-mediated cellular processes. In yeast, Arp2/3-mediated actin filament assembly drives endocytic membrane invagination and vesicle scission. Here we used genetics and quantitative live-cell imaging to probe the mechanisms that concentrate NPFs at endocytic sites, and to investigate how NPFs regulate actin assembly onset. Our results demonstrate that SH3 (Src homology 3) domain-PRM (proline-rich motif) interactions involving multivalent linker proteins play central roles in concentrating NPFs at endocytic sites...
August 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812905/correlation-of-the-solubility-with-the-metastable-limit-of-nucleation-using-gauge-cell-monte-carlo-simulations
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Michael David Clark, Kenneth R Morris, Maria Silvina Tomassone
We present a novel simulation-based investigation of the nucleation of nanodroplets from solution and from vapor. Nucleation is difficult to measure or model accurately, and predicting when nucleation should occur remains an open problem. Of specific interest is the "metastable limit", the observed concentration at which nucleation occurs spontaneously, which cannot currently be estimated a priori. To investigate the nucleation process, we employ Gauge Cell Monte Carlo simulations to target spontaneous nucleation and measure thermodynamic properties of the system at nucleation...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804549/treatment-effect-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-on-leukopenia-induced-by-cyclophosphamide-in-rabbits
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Baoru Liu, Yueping Luo, Dong Luo, Weichen Zhou, Yu Zhang, Ruixin He, Junshu Li, Yong Wang, Yan Wang, Wenzhi Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to examine the effects of low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) on leukopenia induced by cyclophosphamide in a rabbit model. METHODS: The leukopenia model in New Zealand rabbit was established by injecting cyclophosphamide into the ear vein. Forty leukopenia model rabbits were randomly allocated to control group (n = 20) and LIPUS group (n = 20). LIPUS group underwent 20 minutes of daily ultrasound treatment at femoral metaphysis for 7 days while control group received sham treatment...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803604/bone-marrow-urokinase-plasminogen-activator-receptor-levels-are-associated-with-the-progress-of-multiple-myeloma
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Li-Hong Shou, Dan Cao, Xiao-Hui Dong, Qiu Fang, Bao-Lian Xu, Ju-Ping Fei
Objective To determine the mRNA and protein levels of urokinase plasminogen activator receptors (uPAR) in bone marrow fluid and bone marrow tissue from multiple myeloma (MM) patients and assess association of uPAR level with prognosis of MM. Methods uPAR levels in bone marrow fluid of 22 MM patients at the stable and progressive stages and 18 iron deficiency anemia patients with normal bone marrow (control) were examined by ELISA. Furthermore, uPAR expression in bone marrow tissue was investigated by RT-PCR and Western blot, respectively...
September 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803236/enhancement-of-bone-healing-by-local-administration-of-carbon-nanotubes-functionalized-with-sodium-hyaluronate-in-rat-tibiae
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Vanessa B Andrade, Marcos A Sá, Renato M Mendes, Paulo A Martins-Júnior, Gerluza A B Silva, Bruna R Sousa, Marcelo V Caliari, Erick S Ávila, Luiz Orlando Ladeira, Rodrigo R Resende, Anderson J Ferreira
It has been reported that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) serve as nucleation sites for the deposition of bone matrix and cell proliferation. Here, we evaluated the effects of multi-walled CNTs (MWCNTs) on bone repair of rat tibiae. Furthermore, because sodium hyaluronate (HY) accelerates bone restoration, we associated CNTs with HY (HY-MWCNTs) in an attempt to boost bone repair. The bone defect was created by a 1.6-mm-diameter drill. After 7 and 14 days, tibiae were processed for histological and morphometric analyses...
August 12, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801028/convergent-evolution-of-germ-granule-nucleators-a-hypothesis
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Arpita Kulkarni, Cassandra G Extavour
Germ cells have been considered "the ultimate stem cell" because they alone, during normal development of sexually reproducing organisms, are able to give rise to all organismal cell types. Morphological descriptions of a specialized cytoplasm termed 'germ plasm' and associated electron dense ribonucleoprotein (RNP) structures called 'germ granules' within germ cells date back as early as the 1800s. Both germ plasm and germ granules are implicated in germ line specification across metazoans. However, at a molecular level, little is currently understood about the molecular mechanisms that assemble these entities in germ cells...
July 19, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800464/accelerated-biomineralization-of-graphene-oxide-incorporated-cellulose-acetate-nanofibrous-scaffolds-for-mesenchymal-stem-cell-osteogenesis
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Xiaoyun Liu, He Shen, Saijie Song, Wei Chen, Zhijun Zhang
For bone tissue engineering, it requires that the scaffolds have excellent biocompatibility, proper mechanical and osteoinductive properties. Electrospun nanofibers with extracellular matrices mimicking structure have proven to be good scaffolds for bone tissue repairing. Hybrid nanofibers in particular, endow the nanofibers with specific and multiple functionalities, and therefore have attracted increasing interests in the recent years. In this study, we fabricated graphene oxide (GO)-incorporated cellulose acetate (CA) nanofibrous scaffolds by electrospinning technique for enhancement of biomineralization and osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs)...
July 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799169/mitotic-inheritance-of-the-golgi-complex-and-its-role-in-cell-division
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Inmaculada Ayala, Antonino Colanzi
The Golgi apparatus plays essential roles in the processing and sorting of proteins and lipids, but it can also act as a signalling hub and a microtubule-nucleation centre. The Golgi complex of mammalian cells is composed of stacks connected by tubular bridges to form a continuous membranous system. In spite of this structural complexity, the Golgi structure is highly dynamic, and this feature becomes particularly evident during mitosis, when the Golgi complex undergoes a multi-step disassembly process that allows its correct partitioning and inheritance by daughter cells...
August 10, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798321/crispr-cas9-mediated-deletion-of-foxn1-in-nod-scid-il2rg-mice-results-in-severe-immunodeficiency
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Xinru Wei, Yunxin Lai, Baiheng Li, Le Qin, Youdi Xu, Simiao Lin, Suna Wang, Qiting Wu, Qiubin Liang, Guohua Huang, Qiuhua Deng, Pentao Liu, Donghai Wu, Liangxue Lai, Yao Yao, Peng Li
Immunodeficient mice engrafted with either normal or cancerous human cells are widely used in basic and translational research. In particular, NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) mice can support the growth of various types of human cancer cells. However, the hairs of these mice interfere with the observation and imaging of engrafted tissues. Therefore, novel hairless strains exhibiting comparable immunodeficiency would be beneficial. Recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been used for efficient multiplexed genome editing. In the present study, we generated a novel strain of nude NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) (NSIN) mice by knocking out Foxn1 from NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) (NSI) mice using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798145/tnf-induces-neutrophil-adhesion-via-formin-dependent-cytoskeletal-reorganization-and-activation-of-%C3%AE-integrin-function
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Angélica Aparecida Antoniellis Silveira, Venina Marcela Dominical, Camila Bononi Almeida, Hanan Chweih, Wilson Alves Ferreira, Cristina Pontes Vicente, Fabio Trindade Maranhão Costa, Claudio C Werneck, Fernando Ferreira Costa, Nicola Conran
Although essential for inflammatory responses, leukocyte recruitment to blood vessel walls in response to inflammatory stimuli, such as TNF-α, can contribute to vascular occlusion in inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis. We aimed to further characterize the mechanisms by which TNF stimulates adhesive and morphologic alterations in neutrophils. Microfluidic and intravital assays confirmed the potent effect that TNF has on human and murine neutrophil adhesion and recruitment in vitro and in vivo, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796583/the-origin-of-the-autophagosomal-membrane-in-human-atherosclerotic-plaque-a-preliminary-ultrastructural-study
#17
Ida Perrotta
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved process that occurs ubiquitously and functions as a primary route for the degradation of damaged organelles and proteins in response to starvation, oxidative stress, and other harmful conditions. The initial event upon autophagy induction is the formation of a membranous cistern called the phagophore or isolation membrane, a cup-shaped structure that elongates, engulfs cytoplasmic "cargo", and fuses at its rims to give rise to the autophagosome within which cytoplasmic material is enclosed...
August 10, 2017: Ultrastructural Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796524/porous-al-current-collector-for-dendrite-free-na-metal-anodes
#18
Shan Liu, Shan Tang, Xinyue Zhang, Aoxuan Wang, Quan-Hong Yang, Jiayan Luo
Na-based batteries are proposed as promising energy storage candidates for beyond Li-ion technology due to the higher natural earth of Na metal. For its high capacity and low potential, Na metal may carve itself a niche when directly used as anodes. Similar to or even more problematic than Li, however, uneven plating/stripping of Na leads to dendrite formation. As the plating substrates, current collectors have a paramount influence on the Na plating/stripping behaviors. Here we propose porous Al current collectors as the plating substrate to suppress Na dendrites...
August 14, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794026/mammalian-orthoreovirus-factories-modulate-stress-granule-protein-localization-by-interaction-with-g3bp1
#19
Promisree Choudhury, Luke Bussiere, Cathy L Miller
Mammalian orthoreovirus (MRV) infection induces phosphorylation of translation initiation factor eIF2α which promotes formation of discrete cytoplasmic inclusions, termed stress granules (SGs). SGs are emerging as a component of the innate immune response to virus infection, and modulation of SG assembly is a common mechanism employed by viruses to counter this antiviral response. We previously showed that MRV infection induces SGs early, then interferes with SG formation as infection proceeds. In this work, we found that SG associated proteins localized to the periphery of virus-encoded cytoplasmic structures, termed virus factories (VFs), where viral transcription, translation, and replication occur...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793220/mechanism-for-triggered-waves-in-atrial-myocytes
#20
Yohannes Shiferaw, Gary L Aistrup, J Andrew Wasserstrom
Excitation-contraction coupling in atrial cells is mediated by calcium (Ca) signaling between L-type Ca channels and Ryanodine receptors that occurs mainly at the cell boundary. This unique architecture dictates essential aspects of Ca signaling under both normal and diseased conditions. In this study we apply laser scanning confocal microscopy, along with an experimentally based computational model, to understand the Ca cycling dynamics of an atrial cell subjected to rapid pacing. Our main finding is that when an atrial cell is paced under Ca overload conditions, Ca waves can then nucleate on the cell boundary and propagate to the cell interior...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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