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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635591/camoptimus-a-tool-for-exploiting-complex-adaptive-evolution-to-optimize-experiments-and-processes-in-biotechnology
#1
Ayca Cankorur-Cetinkaya, Joao M L Dias, Jana Kludas, Nigel K H Slater, Juho Rousu, Stephen G Oliver, Duygu Dikicioglu
Multiple interacting factors affect the performance of engineered biological systems in synthetic biology projects. The complexity of these biological systems means that experimental design should often be treated as a multiparametric optimization problem. However, the available methodologies are either impractical, due to a combinatorial explosion in the number of experiments to be performed, or are inaccessible to most experimentalists due to the lack of publicly available, user-friendly software. Although evolutionary algorithms may be employed as alternative approaches to optimize experimental design, the lack of simple-to-use software again restricts their use to specialist practitioners...
June 21, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629079/silver-doped-resorbable-tricalcium-phosphate-scaffolds-for-bone-graft-applications
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Sean Hoover, Solaiman Tarafder, Amit Bandyopadhyay, Susmita Bose
Bone graft procedures, in particular maxillofacial repair, account for half of the orthopedic procedures done in the US each year. Infection is a major issue in surgery, and should be of primary concern when engineering biomaterials. Silver is of renewed importance today, as it has the ability to potentiate antibiotics against resistant bacterial strains. In order to reduce long term infection risks, it is necessary for the scaffold to maintain a silver ion release for the length of the healing process. In this study, silver doped porous β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) scaffolds were engineered using liquid porogen based method with the goal of meeting these requirements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629047/two-phase-electrospinning-to-incorporate-growth-factors-loaded-chitosan-nanoparticles-into-electrospun-fibrous-scaffolds-for-bioactivity-retention-and-cartilage-regeneration
#3
Chongyang Wang, Wenxiu Hou, Xuran Guo, Juehong Li, Tu Hu, Manle Qiu, Shen Liu, Xiumei Mo, Xudong Liu
Growth factor is an essential ingredient to regulate mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) chondrogenic differentiation in cartilage tissue engineering. However, non-osteochondral specification, short plasma half time and bioactivity loss restrict growth factor's application. Thus, novel chondrogenic growth factors, specifically target osteochondral lineage cells, that can be sustained release and bioactivity protected to exert functions continually and effectively have attracted increasing researchers' interest. To achieve these goals, chitosan nanoparticles and electrospun fiber scaffolds were used as dual release system to sustain release Nel-like molecule-1 (Nell-1) growth factor and protect bioactivity, then the effect and mechanism of Nell-1 on inducing human bone MSCs (hBMSCs) differentiate toward chondrocytes were investigated...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625174/quantification-of-cardiomyocyte-alignment-from-three-dimensional-3d-confocal-microscopy-of-engineered-tissue
#4
William J Kowalski, Fangping Yuan, Takeichiro Nakane, Hidetoshi Masumoto, Marc Dwenger, Fei Ye, Joseph P Tinney, Bradley B Keller
Biological tissues have complex, three-dimensional (3D) organizations of cells and matrix factors that provide the architecture necessary to meet morphogenic and functional demands. Disordered cell alignment is associated with congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, and neurodegenerative diseases and repairing or replacing these tissues using engineered constructs may improve regenerative capacity. However, optimizing cell alignment within engineered tissues requires quantitative 3D data on cell orientations and both efficient and validated processing algorithms...
June 19, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621452/osteogenic-commitment-and-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-stimulation
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Viviana Costa, Valeria Carina, Simona Fontana, Angela De Luca, Francesca Monteleone, Stefania Pagani, Maria Sartori, Stefania Setti, Cesare Faldini, Riccardo Alessandro, Milena Fini, Gianluca Giavaresi
Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) as an adjuvant therapy in in vitro and in vivo bone engineering has proven to be extremely useful. The present study aimed at investigating the effect of 30 mW/cm(2) LIPUS stimulation on commercially available human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) cultured in basal or osteogenic medium at different experimental time points (7d, 14d, 21d). The hypothesis was that LIPUS would improve the osteogenic differentiation of hMSC and guarantying the maintenance of osteogenic committed fraction, as demonstrated by cell vitality and proteomic analysis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616842/characterization-of-magneto-endosymbionts-as-mri-cell-labeling-and-tracking-agents
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Kimberly D Brewer, Ryan Spitler, Kayla R Lee, Andrea C Chan, Joyce C Barrozo, Abdul Wakeel, Chandler S Foote, Steven Machtaler, James Rioux, Juergen K Willmann, Papia Chakraborty, Bradley W Rice, Christopher H Contag, Caleb B Bell, Brian K Rutt
PURPOSE: Magneto-endosymbionts (MEs) show promise as living magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents for in vivo cell tracking. Here we characterize the biomedical imaging properties of ME contrast agents, in vitro and in vivo. PROCEDURES: By adapting and engineering magnetotactic bacteria to the intracellular niche, we are creating magneto-endosymbionts (MEs) that offer advantages relative to passive iron-based contrast agents (superparamagnetic iron oxides, SPIOs) for cell tracking...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614918/the-significance-of-sdf-1alpha-cxcr4-axis-in-in-vivo-angiogenic-ability-of-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
#7
Yoon-Kyung Bae, Gee-Hye Kim, Jae Cheoun Lee, Byoung-Moo Seo, Kyeung-Min Joo, Gene Lee, Hyun Nam
Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) are multipotent stem cells derived from periodontium and have mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-like characteristics. Recently, the perivascular region was recognized as the developmental origin of MSCs, which suggests the in vivo angiogenic potential of PDLSCs. In this study, we investigated whether PDLSCs could be a potential source of perivascular cells, which could contribute to in vivo angiogenesis. PDLSCs exhibited typical MSC-like characteristics such as the expression pattern of surface markers (CD29, CD44, CD73, and CD105) and differentiation potentials (osteogenic and adipogenic differentiation)...
June 14, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614795/a-3d-microfluidic-model-for-preclinical-evaluation-of-tcr-engineered-t-cells-against-solid-tumors
#8
Andrea Pavesi, Anthony T Tan, Sarene Koh, Adeline Chia, Marta Colombo, Emanuele Antonecchia, Carlo Miccolis, Erica Ceccarello, Giulia Adriani, Manuela T Raimondi, Roger D Kamm, Antonio Bertoletti
The tumor microenvironment imposes physical and functional constraints on the antitumor efficacy of adoptive T cell immunotherapy. Preclinical testing of different T cell preparations can help in the selection of efficient immune therapies, but in vivo models are expensive and cumbersome to develop, while classical in vitro 2D models cannot recapitulate the spatiotemporal dynamics experienced by T cells targeting cancer. Here, we describe an easily customizable 3D model, in which the tumor microenvironment conditions are modulated and the functionality of different T cell preparations is tested...
June 15, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613324/a-fusion-of-minicircle-dna-and-nanoparticle-delivery-technologies-facilitates-therapeutic-genetic-engineering-of-autologous-canine-olfactory-mucosal-cells
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Alexander M Delaney, Christopher F Adams, Alinda R Fernandes, Arwa F Al-Shakli, Jon Sen, Darren R Carwardine, Nicolas Granger, Divya M Chari
Olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) promote axonal regeneration and improve locomotor function when transplanted into the injured spinal cord. A recent clinical trial demonstrated improved motor function in domestic dogs with spinal injury following autologous OEC transplantation. Their utility in canines offers promise for human translation, as dogs are comparable to humans in terms of clinical management and genetic/environmental variation. Moreover, the autologous, minimally invasive derivation of OECs makes them viable for human spinal injury investigation...
June 14, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610481/efficacy-of-humanized-mesenchymal-stem-cell-cultures-for-bone-tissue-engineering-a-systematic-review-with-a-focus-on-platelet-derivatives
#10
Siddharth Shanbhag, Andreas Stavropoulos, Salwa Suliman, Tor Hervig, Kamal Mustafa
Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most commonly used supplement for ex vivo expansion of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) for bone tissue engineering applications. However, from a clinical standpoint, it is important to substitute animal-derived products according to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) guidelines. Humanized alternatives to FBS include three categories of products: human serum (HS), human platelet-derivatives (HPD) - including platelet lysate (PL) or releasate (PR), produced by freeze-/thawing or chemical activation of platelet concentrates, respectively; and chemically-defined media (CDM)...
June 13, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602855/effects-of-substrate-stiffness-on-the-tenoinduction-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#11
Anowarul Islam, Thomas Mbimba, Mousa Younesi, Ozan Akkus
Extracellular matrix modulus plays an important role in regulating cell morphology, proliferation and differentiation during regular and diseased states. Although the effects of substrate topography and modulus on MSC differentiation are well known with respect to osteogenesis and adipogenesis, there has been relatively little investigation on the effects of this phenomenon on tenogenesis. Furthermore, relative roles of topographical factors (matrix alignment vs. matrix modulus) in inducing tenogenic differentiation is not well understood...
June 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602697/gsk3-inhibitor-ar-a014418-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-via-erk-and-mtorc2-akt-signaling-pathway
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Min Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yunsong Liu, Yongsheng Zhou
Small molecule-based bone tissue engineering is emerging as a promising strategy for bone defects restoration. In this study, we intended to identify the roles and mechanisms of AR-A014418, a highly selective inhibitor of GSK3, on the osteogenic differentiation. We found that AR-A014418 exhibited a dose-dependent effect on osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs). hASCs treated with AR-A014418 showed higher activity of ERK and mTORC2/Akt signaling. Administration of ERK inhibitor U0126 or knockdown of RICTOR by siRNA attenuated AR-A014418 induced osteogenic differentiation of hASCs...
June 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602122/transcriptome-wide-analyses-of-human-neonatal-articular-cartilage-and-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-hmscs-derived-cartilage-provide-a-new-molecular-target-for-evaluating-engineered-cartilage
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Rodrigo Alfonso Somoza, Diego Correa, Ivan Labat, Hal Sternberg, Megan E Forrest, Ahmad M Khalil, Michael D West, Paul J Tesar, Arnold I Caplan
Cellular differentiation comprises a progressive, multistep program that drives cells to fabricate a tissue with specific and site distinctive structural and functional properties. Cartilage constitutes one of the potential differentiation lineages that Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) can follow under the guidance of specific bioactive agents. Single agents such as TGF-β and BMP2 in unchanging culture conditions have been historically used to induce in vitro chondrogenic differentiation of MSCs. Despite the expression of traditional chondrogenic biomarkers such as type II collagen and aggrecan, the resulting tissue represents a transient cartilage rather than an in vivo articular cartilage (AC), differing significantly in structure, chemical composition, cellular phenotypes, and mechanical properties...
June 10, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601970/suppressing-the-crispr-cas-adaptive-immune-system-in-bacterial-infections
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REVIEW
P Gholizadeh, M Aghazadeh, M Asgharzadeh, H S Kafil
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) coupled with CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins (CRISPR/Cas) are the adaptive immune system of eubacteria and archaebacteria. This system provides protection of bacteria against invading foreign DNA, such as transposons, bacteriophages and plasmids. Three-stage processes in this system for immunity against foreign DNAs are defined as adaptation, expression and interference. Recent studies suggested a correlation between the interfering of the CRISPR/Cas locus, acquisition of antibiotic resistance and pathogenicity island...
June 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598857/sdf-1-overexpression-by-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhances-gap-43-positive-axonal-growth-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Andrew Nathaniel Stewart, Jessica Jane Matyas, Ryan Matthew Welchko, Alison Delanie Goldsmith, Sarah Elizabeth Zeiler, Ute Hochgeschwender, Ming Lu, Zhenhong Nan, Julien Rossignol, Gary Leo Dunbar
PURPOSE: Utilizing genetic overexpression of trophic molecules in cell populations has been a promising strategy to develop cell replacement therapies for spinal cord injury (SCI). Over-expressing the chemokine, stromal derived factor-1 (SDF-1α), which has chemotactic effects on many cells of the nervous system, offers a promising strategy to promote axonal regrowth following SCI. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of human SDF-1α, when overexpressed by mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), on axonal growth and motor behavior in a contusive rat model of SCI...
June 6, 2017: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598615/induction-of-slug-by-chronic-exposure-to-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-promotes-tumor-formation-and-metastasis
#16
Peng Wang, Maria Voronkova, Sudjit Luanpitpong, Xiaoqing He, Heimo Riedel, Cerasela Zoica Dinu, Liying Wang, Yon Rojanasakul
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) represent a major class of engineered nanomaterials that are being used in diverse fields. However, their use has increasingly become a concern because of their carcinogenic potential. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that certain types of CNTs are carcinogenic or tumor-promoting in animal models. However, the underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms are unclear. Here we report that chronic exposure to single-walled (SW) CNTs results in the induction of Slug, a key transcription factor to induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), in human lung epithelial cells...
June 9, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597211/characterization-and-use-of-equine-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-equine-cartilage-engineering-study-of-their-hyaline-cartilage-forming-potential-when-cultured-under-hypoxia-within-a-biomaterial-in-the-presence-of-bmp-2-and-tgf-%C3%A3-1
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Thomas Branly, Lélia Bertoni, Romain Contentin, Rodolphe Rakic, Tangni Gomez-Leduc, Mélanie Desancé, Magalie Hervieu, Florence Legendre, Sandrine Jacquet, Fabrice Audigié, Jean-Marie Denoix, Magali Demoor, Philippe Galéra
Articular cartilage presents a poor capacity for self-repair. Its structure-function are frequently disrupted or damaged upon physical trauma or osteoarthritis in humans. Similar musculoskeletal disorders also affect horses and are the leading cause of poor performance or early retirement of sport- and racehorses. To develop a therapeutic solution for horses, we tested the autologous chondrocyte implantation technique developed on human bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on horse BM-MSCs. This technique involves BM-MSC chondrogenesis using a combinatory approach based on the association of 3D-culture in collagen sponges, under hypoxia in the presence of chondrogenic factors (BMP-2 + TGF-β1) and siRNA to knockdown collagen I and HtrA1...
June 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595424/animal-models-of-meningiomas
#18
Christian Mawrin
Meningiomas are frequent intracranial and intraspinal tumors. They are tumors of the elderly, and meningioma growth at certain localizations, as well as recurrent tumors or primary aggressive biology may pose a therapeutic challenge. To understand the growth characteristics of meningiomas, animal models can provide insights both from a biological and therapeutical point of view. Using genetically-engineered mouse models (GEMM), it has been proven that alterations of the neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) gene are key steps for benign meningioma development...
June 4, 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593699/angiogenic-potential-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-and-circulating-mononuclear-cell-co-cultures-is-reflected-in-the-expression-profiles-of-proangiogenic-factors-leading-to-endothelial-cell-and-pericyte-differentiation
#19
Katriina Joensuu, Liina Uusitalo-Kylmälä, Teuvo A Hentunen, Terhi J Heino
Endothelial progenitors found among the peripheral blood (PB) mononuclear cells (MNCs) are interesting cells for their angiogenic properties. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in turn can produce proangiogenic factors as well as differentiate into mural pericytes, making MSCs and MNCs an attractive co-culture setup for regenerative medicine. In this study, we co-cultured human bone marrow-derived MSCs and PB-derived MNCs in basal or osteoblastic medium without exogenously supplied growth factors to demonstrate endothelial cell, pericyte and osteoblastic differentiation...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588623/angiogenic-capacity-of-dental-pulp-stem-cell-regulated-by-sdf-1%C3%AE-cxcr4-axis
#20
Hyun Nam, Gee-Hye Kim, Yoon-Kyung Bae, Da-Eun Jeong, Kyeung-Min Joo, Kyunghoon Lee, Sun-Ho Lee
Previously, the perivascular characteristics of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) were reported, which suggested the potential application of DPSCs as perivascular cell source. In this study, we investigated whether DPSCs had angiogenic capacity by coinjection with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vivo; in addition, we determined the role of stromal cell-derived factor 1-α (SDF-1α) and C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) axis in the mutual interaction between DPSCs and HUVECs. Primarily isolated DPSCs showed mesenchymal stem cell- (MSC-) like characteristics...
2017: Stem Cells International
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