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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#1
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323988/basement-membrane-laminin-%C3%AE-2-regulates-btb-dynamics-via-its-effects-on-f-actin-and-microtubule-mt-cytoskeletons-via-mtorc1-signaling
#2
Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, C Yan Cheng
A local axis connects the apical ectoplasmic specialization (apical ES) at the Sertoli-spermatid interface, the basal ES at the blood-testis barrier (BTB), and the basement membrane across the seminiferous epithelium functionally in rat testes. As such, cellular events that take place across the epithelium such as spermiation and BTB remodeling that occur at the apical ES and the basal ES, respectively, at stage VIII of the cycle are coordinated. Herein, laminin α2, a structural component of the basement membrane, was found to regulate BTB dynamics...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320105/anti-fibrotic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-mononuclear-cells-and-mouse-bone-marrow-cells-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
#3
Nageh Ahmed Elmahdy, Samia Salem Sokar, Mohamed Labib Salem, Naglaa Ibrahim Sarhan, Sherin Hamed Abou-Elela
Liver fibrosis is the consequence of hepatocyte injury that leads to the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC). The treatment of choice is Liver transplantation; however, it has many problems such as surgery-related complications, immunological rejection and high costs associated with the procedure. Stem cell-based therapy would be a potential alternative, so the aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic potential of human umbilical cord mononuclear cells (MNC) and mouse bone marrow cells (BMC) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced liver fibrosis in mice and compare it with that of silymarin...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317912/the-soft-mechanical-signature-of-glial-scars-in-the-central-nervous-system
#4
Emad Moeendarbary, Isabell P Weber, Graham K Sheridan, David E Koser, Sara Soleman, Barbara Haenzi, Elizabeth J Bradbury, James Fawcett, Kristian Franze
Injury to the central nervous system (CNS) alters the molecular and cellular composition of neural tissue and leads to glial scarring, which inhibits the regrowth of damaged axons. Mammalian glial scars supposedly form a chemical and mechanical barrier to neuronal regeneration. While tremendous effort has been devoted to identifying molecular characteristics of the scar, very little is known about its mechanical properties. Here we characterize spatiotemporal changes of the elastic stiffness of the injured rat neocortex and spinal cord at 1...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317173/extracellular-matrix-in-the-cns-induced-by-neuropathogenic-viral-infection
#5
Rihito Watanabe, Masatoshi Kakizaki
During the early phase of infection with an extremely neurovirulent murine coronavirus, cl-2, the ER-TR7 antigen (ERag)-positive fibers (ERfibs) associated with laminin and collagen III show a rapid increase in expression levels in the meninges, followed by an appearance of the antigens in the ventricle and brain parenchyma. Then, cl-2 invades the ventricle and ventricular wall along the newly assembled ERfibs after infection, using them as a pathway from the meninges, the initial site of infection. In the lymph nodes and spleen, ERag is mainly produced by fibroblastic reticular cells (FRCs), which play a key role in nursing the ERfibs to form a fibroblastic reticular network (FRN)...
March 20, 2017: Neuropathology: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316146/cover-image-volume-118-number-5-may-2017
#6
Lipsa Das, Todd A Anderson, Jaime M C Gard, Isis C Sroka, Stephanie R Strautman, Raymond B Nagle, Colm Morrissey, Beatrice S Knudsen, Anne E Cress
Cover: The cover image, by Anne E. Cress., is based on the Article Characterization of Laminin Binding Integrin Internalization in Prostate Cancer Cells, DOI: 10.1002/jcb.25673.
May 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314941/neuropeptide-expression-and-morphometric-differences-in-crushed-alveolar-inferior-nerve-of-rats-effects-of-photobiomodulation
#7
Daniel Oliveira Martins, Fabio Martinez Dos Santos, Adriano Polican Ciena, Ii-Sei Watanabe, Luiz Roberto G de Britto, José Benedito Dias Lemos, Marucia Chacur
Inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) injuries may occur during various dental routine procedures, especially in the removal of impacted lower third molars, and nerve recovery in these cases is a great challenge in dentistry. Here, the IAN crush injury model was used to assess the efficacy of photobiomodulation (PBM) in the recovery of the IAN in rats following crushing injury (a partial lesion). Rats were divided into four experimental groups: without any procedure, IAN crush injury, and IAN crush injury with PBM and sham group with PBM...
March 17, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314368/metallic-nanoparticles-reduce-the-migration-of-human-fibroblasts-in-vitro
#8
Larissa Fernanda de Araújo Vieira, Marvin Paulo Lins, Iana Mayane Mendes Nicácio Viana, Jeniffer Estevão Dos Santos, Salete Smaniotto, Maria Danielma Dos Santos Reis
Nanoparticles have extremely wide applications in the medical and biological fields. They are being used in biosensors, local drug delivery, diagnostics, and medical therapy. However, the potential effects of nanoparticles on target cell and tissue function, apart from cytotoxicity, are not completely understood. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the in vitro effects of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on human fibroblasts with respect to their interaction with the extracellular matrix and in cell migration...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301326/functional-decline-at-the-aging-neuromuscular-junction-is-associated-with-altered-laminin-%C3%AE-4-expression
#9
Kah Meng Lee, Kirat K Chand, Luke A Hammond, Nickolas A Lavidis, Peter G Noakes
Laminin-α4 is involved in the alignment of active zones to postjunctional folds at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Prior study has implicated laminin-α4 in NMJ maintenance, with altered NMJ morphology observed in adult laminin-α4 deficient mice (lama4(-/-)). The present study further investigated the role of laminin-α4 in NMJ maintenance by functional characterization of transmission properties, morphological investigation of synaptic proteins including synaptic laminin-α4, and neuromotor behavioral testing...
March 14, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300675/the-morphofunctional-changes-in-the-wall-of-varicose-veins
#10
Jeļena Birdina, Māra Pilmane, Artūrs Ligers
INTRODUCTION: Varicose vein (VV) disease is a frequently occurring pathology of the lower extremities. Although the pathogenesis of varicosity development is not clearly defined, the final common pathway leading to chronic venous insufficiency is the development of venous hypertension, which is associated with severe changes in the venous wall. The aim of this study was to clarify the histological and immunohistochemical changes in great saphenous veins in chronic venous insufficiency...
March 11, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300193/interplay-of-myosin-phosphatase-and-protein-phosphatase-2a-in-the-regulation-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-phosphorylation-and-nitric-oxide-production
#11
Róbert Bátori, Bálint Bécsi, Dénes Nagy, Zoltán Kónya, Csaba Hegedűs, Zsuzsanna Bordán, Alexander Verin, Beáta Lontay, Ferenc Erdődi
The inhibitory phosphorylation of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS) at Thr497 (eNOS(pThr497)) by protein kinase C or RhoA-activated kinase is a major regulatory determinant of eNOS activity. The signalling mechanisms involved in the dephosphorylation of eNOS(pThr497) have not yet been clarified. This study identifies myosin phosphatase (MP) holoenzyme consisting of protein phosphatase-1 catalytic subunit (PP1c) and MP target subunit-1 (MYPT1) as an eNOS(pThr497) phosphatase. In support of this finding are: (i) eNOS and MYPT1 interacts in various endothelial cells (ECs) and in in vitro binding assays (ii) MYPT1 targets and stimulates PP1c toward eNOS(pThr497) substrate (iii) phosphorylation of MYPT1 at Thr696 (MYPT1(pThr696)) controls the activity of MP on eNOS(pThr497)...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299992/developmental-programming
#12
Muraly Puttabyatappa, Ashleigh Irwin, Jacob D Martin, Makeda Mesquitta, Almudena Veiga-Lopez, Vasantha Padmanabhan
Prenatal testosterone (T)-treated sheep, similar to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), manifests reproductive defects that include multifollicular ovarian phenotype. Women with PCOS manifest increased ovarian matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) activity. We tested the hypothesis that gestational T excess in sheep would alter ovarian expression of MMPs, tissue inhibitors of MMP (TIMP) and their target proteins laminin B (LAMB), collagen, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF), and connexin 43 (GJA1) consistent with increased MMP activity and that these changes are developmentally regulated...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297570/human-lung-spheroids-as-in-vitro-niches-of-lung-progenitor-cells-with-distinctive-paracrine-and-plasticity-properties
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Isotta Chimenti, Francesca Pagano, Francesco Angelini, Camilla Siciliano, Giorgio Mangino, Vittorio Picchio, Elena De Falco, Mariangela Peruzzi, Roberto Carnevale, Mohsen Ibrahim, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Elisa Messina, Giacomo Frati
Basic and translational research on lung biology has discovered multiple progenitor cell types, specialized or facultative, responsible for turnover, renewal, and repair. Isolation of populations of resident lung progenitor cells (LPCs) has been described by multiple protocols, and some have been successfully applied to healthy human lung tissue. We aimed at understanding how different cell culture conditions may affect, in vitro, the phenotype of LPCs to create an ideal niche-like microenvironment. The influence of different substrates (i...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289267/dual-role-of-pericyte-%C3%AE-6%C3%AE-1-integrin-in-tumour-blood-vessels
#14
Louise E Reynolds, Gabriela D'Amico, Tanguy Lechertier, Alexandros Papachristodoulou, José M Muñoz-Félix, Adèle De Arcangelis, Marianne Baker, Bryan Serrels, Kairbaan M Hodivala-Dilke
The integrin α6β1 is a major laminin receptor, and formation of a laminin-rich basement membrane is a key feature in tumour blood vessel stabilisation and pericyte recruitment; processes that are important in the growth and maturation of tumour blood vessels. However, the role of pericyte α6β1-integrin in angiogenesis is largely unknown. We developed mice where the α6-integrin subunit is deleted in pericytes and examined tumour angiogenesis and growth. These mice had: i) reduced pericyte coverage of tumour blood vessels; ii) reduced tumour blood vessel stability; iii) increased blood vessel diameter; iv) enhanced leakiness and, v) abnormal blood vessel basement membrane architecture...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287600/defined-and-scalable-generation-of-hepatocyte-like-cells-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#15
Yu Wang, Sharmin Alhaque, Kate Cameron, Jose Meseguer-Ripolles, Baltasar Lucendo-Villarin, Hassan Rashidi, David C Hay
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) possess great value for biomedical research. hPSCs can be scaled and differentiated to all cell types found in the human body. The differentiation of hPSCs to human hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) has been extensively studied, and efficient differentiation protocols have been established. The combination of extracellular matrix and biological stimuli, including growth factors, cytokines, and small molecules, have made it possible to generate HLCs that resemble primary human hepatocytes...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287599/a-versatile-method-of-patterning-proteins-and-cells
#16
Anil B Shrirao, Frank H Kung, Derek Yip, Bonnie L Firestein, Cheul H Cho, Ellen Townes-Anderson
Substrate and cell patterning techniques are widely used in cell biology to study cell-to-cell and cell-to-substrate interactions. Conventional patterning techniques work well only with simple shapes, small areas and selected bio-materials. This article describes a method to distribute cell suspensions as well as substrate solutions into complex, long, closed (dead-end) polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannels using negative pressure. This method enables researchers to pattern multiple substrates including fibronectin, collagen, antibodies (Sal-1), poly-D-lysine (PDL), and laminin...
February 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282029/distribution-of-pericellular-matrix-molecules-in-the-temporomandibular-joint-and-their-chondroprotective-effects-against-inflammation
#17
Wern Cui Chu, Shipin Zhang, Timothy J Sng, Yu Jie Ong, Wen-Li Tan, Vivien Y Ang, Casper B Foldager, Wei Seong Toh
The objectives of this study were to (1) determine the distribution and synthesis of pericellular matrix (PCM) molecules (collagen VI, collagen IV and laminin) in rat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and (2) investigate the effects of PCM molecules on chondrocytes against inflammation in osteoarthritis. Four zones (fibrous, proliferating, mature and hypertrophic) of condylar cartilage and three bands (anterior, intermediate and posterior) of disc were analysed by immunohistochemistry for the presence of PCM molecules in rat TMJs...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281577/potent-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-molecules-osteopontin-and-galectin-3-are-not-major-disease-modulators-of-laminin-%C3%AE-2-chain-deficient-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Kinga I Gawlik, Johan Holmberg, Martina Svensson, Mikaela Einerborg, Bernardo M S Oliveira, Tomas Deierborg, Madeleine Durbeej
A large number of human diseases are caused by chronic tissue injury with fibrosis potentially leading to organ failure. There is a need for more effective anti-fibrotic therapies. Congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A) is a devastating form of muscular dystrophy caused by laminin α2 chain-deficiency. It is characterized with early inflammation and build-up of fibrotic lesions, both in patients and MDC1A mouse models (e.g. dy(3K)/dy(3K)). Despite the enormous impact of inflammation on tissue remodelling in disease, the inflammatory response in MDC1A has been poorly described...
March 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276469/engineering-a-vascularised-3d-in-vitro-model-of-cancer-progression
#19
Tarig Magdeldin, Víctor López-Dávila, Judith Pape, Grant W W Cameron, Mark Emberton, Marilena Loizidou, Umber Cheema
The hallmark of tumours is the ability of cancerous cells to promote vascular growth, to disseminate and invade to distant organs. The metastatic process is heavily influenced by the extracellular matrix (ECM) density and composition of the surrounding tumour microenvironment. These microenvironmental cues, which include hypoxia, also regulate the angiogenic processes within a tumour, facilitating the spread of cancer cells. We engineered compartmentalized biomimetic colorectal tumouroids with stromal surrounds that comprised a range of ECM densities, composition and stromal cell populations...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275314/ebm-regeneration-and-changes-in-ebm-component-mrna-expression-in-stromal-cells-after-corneal-injury
#20
Abirami Santhanam, Gustavo K Marino, Andre A M Torricelli, Steven E Wilson
PURPOSE: To investigate the production of the epithelial basement membrane (EBM) component mRNAs at time points before lamina lucida and lamina densa regeneration in anterior stromal cells after corneal injury that would heal with and without fibrosis. METHODS: Rabbit corneas were removed from 2 to 19 days after -4.5D or -9.0D photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) with the VISX S4 IR laser. Corneas were evaluated with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for full regeneration of the lamina lucida and the lamina densa...
2017: Molecular Vision
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