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Xingxing Zhou, Anneng Yang, Zhongbing Huang, Guangfu Yin, Ximing Pu, Juan Jin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) can promote peripheral nerve repair. In this study, a conductive fiber-film (CFF) with core-sheath structure and conductivity of ∼10Scm(-1) was prepared by electrospinning of aligned poly(l-lactide acid) (PLLA) fibers and electrochemical deposition of polypyrole (PPy) nanoparticles. Then the multiple components of ECM, including laminin, fibronectin and collagen, were coated on the surface of CFF by culturing and lysing L929 cells to fabricate the bioactive scaffold of ECM-linked CFF (ECM-CFF)...
October 11, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Lauren Brasile, Nicholas Henry, Bart Stubenitsky
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported on a novel organ-specific immunomodifying therapy that provides protection from early allograft rejection in the absence of systemic immunosuppressive drugs. This novel therapy is a nano-barrier membrane called ImmunoCloak, consisting of a matrix of laminin, proteoglycans, fibronectin and collagens. The membrane "immunocloaks" the luminal surfaces within the renal vasculature by covering the point of contact between donor vascular endothelial cells and the recipient's immune cells; without adversely affecting renal function...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
Z Riedelová-Reicheltová, E Brynda, T Riedel
Fibrin is a versatile biopolymer that has been extensively used in tissue engineering. In this paper fibrin nanostructures prepared using a technique based on the catalytic effect of fibrin-bound thrombin are presented. This technique enables surface-attached thin fibrin networks to form with precisely regulated morphology without the development of fibrin gel in bulk solution. Moreover, the influence of changing the polymerization time, along with the antithrombin III and heparin concentrations on the morphology of fibrin nanostructures was explored...
October 20, 2016: Physiological Research
Lauren Sfakis, Tim Kamaldinov, Melinda Larsen, James Castracane, Alexander Khmaladze
Quantifying confocal images to enable location of specific proteins of interest in 3D is important for many tissue engineering applications. Quantification of protein localization is essential for evaluation of specific scaffold constructs for cell growth and differentiation for application in tissue engineering and tissue regeneration strategies. Although obtaining information regarding protein expression levels is important, the location of proteins within cells grown on scaffolds is often key to evaluating scaffold efficacy...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Anna Otte, Yuanyuan Yang, Juliane von der Ohe, Catharina Melzer, Peter Hillemanns, Friedrich Feuerhake, Ralf Hass
Chemotherapeutic drug testing of SCCOHT-1 and BIN-67 tumor cells revealed synergistic growth-inhibition of >95% in vitro with a combination of foretinib and FK228. Application of this drug combination in vivo in NODscid mice-induced SCCOHT-1GFP tumors was associated with ~6-fold reduction in tumor mass within 10 days, whereby synergistic effects of the two compounds remained undetectable compared to previous results with foretinib treatment alone. Histopathologic evaluation revealed a reduced vascularization and a lower amount of proliferating cells in the treated tumors...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Hongjie Wu, Jing Li, Dongxiao Xu, Donghui Jv, Xiaofeng Meng, Peng Qiao, Tao Cui, Baozhong Shi
Glioma is one of the most common brain tumors and one of the most aggressive cancers. Although extensive progress has been made regarding to the diagnosis and treatment, the mortality in glioma patients is still high. Therefore, finding new therapeutic targets to the glioma is critical to the advancement in cancer treatment. Recently, the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor (37LRP) was reported to play important roles in occurrence of some types of cancer, indicating that this molecule may function as a key regulator in the tumor migration and metastasis...
October 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
Naoki Morimoto, Chizuru Jinno, Atsushi Mahara, Michiharu Sakamoto, Natsuko Kakudo, Masukazu Inoie, Toshia Fujisato, Shigehiko Suzuki, Kenji Kusumoto, Tetsuji Yamaoka
We previously reported that human nevus tissue was inactivated after high hydrostatic pressure (HHP) higher than 200 MPa and that human cultured epidermis (hCE) engrafted on the pressurized nevus at 200 MPa but not at 1000 MPa. In this study, we explore the changes to the epidermal basement membrane in detail and elucidate the cause of the difference in hCE engraftment. Nevus specimens of 8 mm in diameter were divided into five groups (control and 100, 200, 500, and 1000 MPa). Immediately after HHP, immunohistochemical staining was performed to detect the presence of laminin-332 and type VII collagen, and the specimens were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
2016: BioMed Research International
Ritva Heljasvaara, Mari Aikio, Heli Ruotsalainen, Taina Pihlajaniemi
Collagen XVIII is a ubiquitous basement membrane (BM) proteoglycan produced in three tissue-specific isoforms that differ in their N-terminal non-collagenous sequences, but share collagenous and C-terminal non-collagenous domains. The collagenous domain provides flexibility to the large collagen XVIII molecules on account of multiple interruptions in collagenous sequences. Each isoform has a complex multi-domain structure that endows it with an ability to perform various biological functions. The long isoform contains a frizzled-like (Fz) domain with Wnt-inhibiting activity and a unique domain of unknown function (DUF959), which is also present in the medium isoform...
October 13, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Natalie Weber, Kristin Schwanke, Stephan Greten, Meike Wendland, Bogdan Iorga, Martin Fischer, Cornelia Geers-Knörr, Jan Hegermann, Christoph Wrede, Jan Fiedler, Henning Kempf, Annika Franke, Birgit Piep, Angelika Pfanne, Thomas Thum, Ulrich Martin, Bernhard Brenner, Robert Zweigerdt, Theresia Kraft
Human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived cardiomyocytes hold great potential for in vitro modeling of diseases like cardiomyopathies. Yet, knowledge about expression and functional impact of sarcomeric protein isoforms like the myosin heavy chain (MyHC) in hPSC-cardiomyocytes is scarce. We hypothesized that ventricular β-MyHC expression alters contraction and calcium kinetics and drives morphological and electrophysiological differentiation towards ventricular-like cardiomyocytes. To address this, we (1) generated human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hESC-CMs) that switched towards exclusive β-MyHC, and (2) functionally and morphologically characterized these hESC-CMs at the single-cell level...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
Mirko Nowak, Uwe Freudenberg, Mikhail V Tsurkan, Carsten Werner, Kandice R Levental
Matrix systems used to study complex three-dimensional (3D) cellular processes like mammary epithelial tissue morphogenesis and tumorigenesis ex vivo often require ill-defined biological components, which lead to poor reproducibility and a lack of control over physical parameters. In this study, a well-defined, tunable synthetic biohybrid hydrogel composed of the glycosaminoglycan heparin, star-shaped poly(ethylene glycol) (starPEG), and matrix metalloproteinase- (MMP-) cleavable crosslinkers was applied to dissect the biophysical and biochemical signals promoting human mammary epithelial cell (MEC) morphogenesis...
October 6, 2016: Biomaterials
P Urban, M Rabajdová, B Veliká, I Špaková, B Bolerázska, M Mareková
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma is one of the most aggressive types of cancers. Melanoma is derived from pigment-producing cells, melanocytes, which are characterized by a specific survival mechanism. Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF-M) plays a role in the metabolism of melanoma and is involved in the regulation of the expression of multiple genes mediating processes such as melanogenesis, proliferation, differentiation, and melanocyte survival. The expression of this transcription factor in melanocytes is activated by several signaling pathways, and reduced expression or function of MITF-M can cause the dysregulation of anti-apoptotic mechanisms...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Kerstin Kick, Katharina Nekolla, Markus Rehberg, Angelika M Vollmar, Stefan Zahler
OBJECTIVE: Cell-matrix interactions are crucial for regulating cellular activities, such as migration. This is of special importance for morphogenic processes, such as angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). Most of our understanding of cell migration relies on 2-dimensional (2D) experiments. However, the awareness that 3D settings might elicit different results has increased. Knowledge about endothelial cell (EC) behavior in 3D environments and the influence of matrix composition on EC migration, in particular, is still limited...
October 13, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Serban San-Marina, Ayushman Sharma, Stephen G Voss, Jeffrey R Janus, Grant S Hamilton
Importance: Nasal reconstruction in patients who are missing a significant amount of structural nasal support remains a difficult challenge. One challenge is the deficiency of cartilage left within the nose as a consequence of rhinectomy or a midline destructive disease. Historically, the standard donor source for large quantities of native cartilage has been costal cartilage. Objective: To enable the development of protocols for new mesenchymal stem cell technologies as alternative procedures with reduced donor site morbidity, risk of infection and extrusion...
October 13, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Alon Peled, Ofer Sarig, Liat Samuelov, Marta Bertolini, Limor Ziv, Daphna Weissglas-Volkov, Marina Eskin-Schwartz, Christopher A Adase, Natalia Malchin, Ron Bochner, Gilad Fainberg, Ilan Goldberg, Koji Sugawara, Avital Baniel, Daisuke Tsuruta, Chen Luxenburg, Noam Adir, Olivier Duverger, Maria Morasso, Stavit Shalev, Richard L Gallo, Noam Shomron, Ralf Paus, Eli Sprecher
Despite recent advances in our understanding of the pathogenesis of ectodermal dysplasias (EDs), the molecular basis of many of these disorders remains unknown. In the present study, we aimed at elucidating the genetic basis of a new form of ED featuring facial dysmorphism, scalp hypotrichosis and hypodontia. Using whole exome sequencing, we identified 2 frameshift and 2 missense mutations in TSPEAR segregating with the disease phenotype in 3 families. TSPEAR encodes the thrombospondin-type laminin G domain and EAR repeats (TSPEAR) protein, whose function is poorly understood...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Claudia Frick, Marcus Müller, Ute Wank, Anke Tropitzsch, Benedikt Kramer, Pascal Senn, Helge Rask-Andersen, Karl-Heinz Wiesmüller, Hubert Löwenheim
Cochlear implants (CI) allow for hearing rehabilitation in patients with sensorineural hearing loss or deafness. Restricted CI performance results from the spatial gap between spiral ganglion neurons and the CI, causing current spread that limits spatially restricted stimulation and impairs frequency resolution. This may be substantially improved by guiding peripheral processes of spiral ganglion neurons towards and onto the CI electrode contacts. An injectable, peptide-based hydrogel was developed which may provide a permissive scaffold to facilitate neurite growth towards the CI...
October 4, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Alessia Deglincerti, Fred Etoc, M Cecilia Guerra, Iain Martyn, Jakob Metzger, Albert Ruzo, Mijo Simunovic, Anna Yoney, Ali H Brivanlou, Eric Siggia, Aryeh Warmflash
Fate allocation in the gastrulating embryo is spatially organized as cells differentiate into specialized cell types depending on their positions with respect to the body axes. There is a need for in vitro protocols that allow the study of spatial organization associated with this developmental transition. Although embryoid bodies and organoids can exhibit some spatial organization of differentiated cells, methods that generate embryoid bodies or organoids do not yield consistent and fully reproducible results...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Karen Stanic, Natalia Saldivia, Benjamín Förstera, Marcela Torrejón, Hernán Montecinos, Teresa Caprile
Extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules are pivotal for central nervous system (CNS) development, facilitating cell migration, axonal growth, myelination, dendritic spine formation, and synaptic plasticity, among other processes. During axon guidance, the ECM not only acts as a permissive or non-permissive substrate for navigating axons, but also modulates the effects of classical guidance cues, such as netrin or Eph/ephrin family members. Despite being highly important, little is known about the expression of ECM molecules during CNS development...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
J Loget, J Plee, F Antonicelli, P Bernard
Predisposing factors for bullous pemphigoid (BP), the most common autoimmune blistering disease, include neurological disorders, chronic use of certain drugs (spironolactone, loop diuretics, psycholeptics).(1) The coexistence of psoriasis with classical BP is occasionally observed, whereas half of the patient population with anti-laminin γ1 pemphigoid of Japanese origin have coexisting psoriasis.(2-3) We report for the first time a case of relapsing BP associated with psoriasis, in which both dermatoses completely disappeared after treatment with ustekinumab, a monoclonal antibody that targets the p40 subunit of IL-12/23...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Monika Pesch, Sabrina König, Monique Aumailley
Genetic, clinical and biochemical studies have demonstrated that integrity of the dermal-epidermal junction requires a particular subset of laminins, i.e those containing the α3 chain encoded by the Lama3 gene. Inherited mutations in the human gene or introduction of constitutive mutations in the mouse gene prevent expression of these laminins, causing junctional epidermolysis bullosa, a very severe, often lethal disorder characterized by detachment of the epidermis from the dermis. This has precluded in vivo functional analysis of α3 chain-containing laminins and it is still unknown whether and how they contribute to adult skin homeostasis...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Vaidotas Stankevicius, Gintautas Vasauskas, Danute Bulotiene, Stase Butkyte, Sonata Jarmalaite, Ricardas Rotomskis, Kestutis Suziedelis
BACKGROUND: The extracellular matrix (ECM), one of the key components of tumor microenvironment, has a tremendous impact on cancer development and highly influences tumor cell features. ECM affects vital cellular functions such as cell differentiation, migration, survival and proliferation. Gene and protein expression levels are regulated in cell-ECM interaction dependent manner as well. The rate of unsuccessful clinical trials, based on cell culture research models lacking the ECM microenvironment, indicates the need for alternative models and determines the shift to three-dimensional (3D) laminin rich ECM models, better simulating tissue organization...
October 11, 2016: BMC Cancer
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