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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453861/virus-like-particle-engineering-from-rational-design-to-versatile-applications
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REVIEW
Xuanwei Ding, Dong Liu, George Booth, Wei Gao, Yuan Lu
As mimicking natural virus structures, virus-like particles (VLPs) have evolved to become a widely accepted technology used for humans which are safe, highly efficacious and profitable. Several remarkable advantages have been achieved to revolutionize the molecule delivery for diverse applications in nanotechnology, biotechnology, and medicine. Here, we review the rational structure design, manufacturing process, functionalization strategy, and emerging applications of VLPs. The situation and challenges in the VLP engineering, the key development orientation, and future applications have been discussed...
February 17, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452946/time-responsive-osteogenic-niche-of-stem-cells-a-sequentially-triggered-dual-peptide-loaded-alginate-hybrid-system-for-promoting-cell-activity-and-osteo-differentiation
#2
Zuyuan Luo, Siqi Zhang, Jijia Pan, Rui Shi, Hao Liu, Yalin Lyu, Xiao Han, Yan Li, Yue Yang, Zhixiu Xu, Yi Sui, En Luo, Yuanyuan Zhang, Shicheng Wei
The efficacy of stem cell-based bone tissue engineering has been hampered by cell death and limited fate control. A smart cell culture system with the capability of sequentially delivering multiple factors in specific growth stages, like the mechanism of the natural extracellular matrix modulating tissue formation, is attractive for enhancing cell activity and controlling cell fate. Here, a bone forming peptide-1 (BFP-1)-laden mesoporous silica nanoparticles (pep@MSNs) incorporated adhesion peptide, containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) domain, modified alginate hydrogel (RA) system (pep@MSNs-RA) was developed to promote the activity and stimulate osteo-differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in sequence...
February 10, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452238/human-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-in-combination-with-exogenous-stimuli-facilitate-three-dimensional-network-formation-of-human-endothelial-cells-derived-from-various-sources
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Dominique Manikowski, Birgit Andrée, Esther Samper, Clémence Saint-Marc, Ruth Olmer, Peter Vogt, Sarah Strauß, Axel Haverich, Andres Hilfiker
In natural tissues, the nutrition of cells and removal of waste products is facilitated by a dense capillary network which is generated during development. This perfusion system is also indispensable for tissue formation in vitro. Nutrition depending solely on diffusion is not sufficient to generate tissues of clinically relevant dimensions, which is a core aim in tissue engineering research. In this study, the establishment of a vascular network was investigated in a self-assembling approach employing endothelial and mural cells...
February 13, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448894/noninvasive-optical-assessment-of-implanted-engineered-tissues-correlates-with-cytokine-secretion
#4
Sakib F Elahi, Seung Yup Lee, William R Lloyd, Leng-Chun Chen, Shiuhyang Kuo, Ying Zhou, Hyungjin Myra Kim, Robert Kennedy, Cynthia Marcelo, Stephen E Feinberg, Mary-Ann Mycek
Fluorescence lifetime sensing has been shown to noninvasively characterize the pre-implantation health and viability of engineered tissue constructs. However, current practices to monitor post-implantation construct integration are either qualitative (visual assessment) or destructive (tissue histology). We employed label-free fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy for quantitative, noninvasive optical assessment of engineered tissue constructs that were implanted in a murine model. The portable system was designed to be suitable for intravital measurements and included a handheld probe to precisely and rapidly acquire data at multiple sites per construct...
February 16, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448134/enhancing-proliferation-and-optimizing-the-culture-condition-for-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-using-hypoxia-and-fibroblast-growth-factor-2
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Jung-Seok Lee, Seul Ki Kim, Byung-Joo Jung, Seong-Bok Choi, Eun-Young Choi, Chang-Sung Kim
This study aimed to determine the cellular characteristics and behaviors of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) expanded in media in a hypoxic or normoxic condition and with or without fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2) treatment. hBMSCs isolated from the vertebral body and expanded in these four groups were evaluated for cellular proliferation/migration, colony-forming units, cell-surface characterization, in vitro differentiation, in vivo transplantation, and gene expression. Culturing hBMSCs using a particular environmental factor (hypoxia) and with the addition of FGF-2 increased the cellular proliferation rate while enhancing the regenerative potential, modulated the multipotency-related processes (enhanced chondrogenesis-related processes/osteogenesis, but reduced adipogenesis), and increased cellular migration and collagen formation...
January 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440377/efficient-derivation-of-stable-primed-pluripotent-embryonic-stem-cells-from-bovine-blastocysts
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Yanina Soledad Bogliotti, Jun Wu, Marcela Vilarino, Daiji Okamura, Delia Alba Soto, Cuiqing Zhong, Masahiro Sakurai, Rafael Vilar Sampaio, Keiichiro Suzuki, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Pablo Juan Ross
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are derived from the inner cell mass of preimplantation blastocysts. From agricultural and biomedical perspectives, the derivation of stable ESCs from domestic ungulates is important for genomic testing and selection, genome engineering, and modeling human diseases. Cattle are one of the most important domestic ungulates that are commonly used for food and bioreactors. To date, however, it remains a challenge to produce stable pluripotent bovine ESC lines. Employing a culture system containing fibroblast growth factor 2 and an inhibitor of the canonical Wnt-signaling pathway, we derived pluripotent bovine ESCs (bESCs) with stable morphology, transcriptome, karyotype, population-doubling time, pluripotency marker gene expression, and epigenetic features...
February 9, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432742/knockdown-of-arl4c-inhibits-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-through-disruption-of-the-wnt-signaling-pathway
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Wensi Wang, Siyi Wang, Xuenan Liu, Ranli Gu, Yuan Zhu, Ping Zhang, Yunsong Liu, Yongsheng Zhou
ADP-ribosylation factor-like 4C (ARL4C) has been shown to play an important role in cholesterol secretion, microtubule dynamics, and cell morphological changes. However, its role in osteogenesis has not been explored. In this study, we found that ARL4C is downregulated during the osteogenic differentiation of human adipose derived stem cells (hASCs). Knockdown of ARL4C suppresses osteogenesis of hASCs in vitro and in vivo. We demonstrate that ARL4C knockdown likely attenuates osteogenesis of hASCs through inhibition of the Wnt signaling pathway...
February 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29431698/mef2c-phosphorylation-is-required-for-chemotherapy-resistance-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#8
Fiona C Brown, Eric Still, Richard P Koche, Christina Y Yim, Sumiko Takao, Paolo Cifani, Casie Reed, Shehana Gunasekera, Scott B Ficarro, Peter Romanienko, Willie Mark, Craig McCarthy, Elisa de Stanchina, Mithat Gonen, Venkatraman Seshan, Patrick Bhola, Conor O'Donnell, Barbara Spitzer, Crystal Stutzke, Vincent-Philippe Lavallée, Josée Hébert, Andrei V Krivstov, Ari Melnick, Elisabeth M Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Anthony Letai, Guy Sauvageau, Gayle Pouliot, Ross Levine, Jarrod A Marto, Scott A Armstrong, Alex Kentsis
In acute myeloid leukemia, chemotherapy resistance remains prevalent and poorly understood. Using functional proteomics of patient AML specimens, we identified MEF2C S222 phosphorylation as a specific marker of primary chemoresistance. We found that Mef2c S222A/S222A knock-in mutant mice engineered to block MEF2C phosphorylation exhibited normal hematopoiesis, but were resistant to leukemogenesis induced by MLL-AF9. MEF2C phosphorylation was required for leukemia stem cell maintenance, and induced by MARK kinases in cells...
February 5, 2018: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428675/a-human-osteoarthritis-osteochondral-organ-culture-model-for-cartilage-tissue-engineering
#9
P Yeung, W Zhang, X N Wang, C H Yan, B P Chan
RATIONALE: In vitro human osteoarthritis (OA)-mimicking models enabling pathophysiological studies and evaluation of emerging therapies such as cartilage tissue engineering are of great importance. OBJECTIVE: We describe the development and characterization of a human OA osteochondral organ culture. We also apply this model for evaluation of the phenotype maintenance of a human MSC derived engineered cartilage, as an example of emerging therapeutics, under long term exposure to the OA-mimicking environment...
February 4, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425719/cell-reprogramming-by-3d-bioprinting-of-human-fibroblasts-in-polyurethane-hydrogel-for-fabrication-of-neural-like-constructs
#10
Lin Ho, Shan-Hui Hsu
3D bioprinting is a technique which enables the direct printing of biodegradable materials with cells into 3D tissue. So far there is no cell reprogramming in situ performed with the 3D bioprinting process. Forkhead box D3 (FoxD3) is a transcription factor and neural crest marker, which was reported to reprogram human fibroblasts into neural crest stem-like cells. In this study, we synthesized a new biodegradable thermo-responsive waterborne polyurethane (PU) gel as a bioink. FoxD3 plasmids and human fibroblasts were co-extruded with the PU hydrogel through the syringe needle tip for cell reprogramming...
February 6, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29425174/solid-particle-number-emission-factors-of-euro-vi-heavy-duty-vehicles-on-the-road-and-in-the-laboratory
#11
Barouch Giechaskiel
Particulate matter (PM), and in particular ultrafine particles, have a negative impact on human health. The contribution of vehicle PM emissions to air pollution is typically quantified with emission inventories, which need vehicle emission factors as input. Heavy-duty vehicles, although they represent a small percentage of the vehicle population in nearly every major country, contribute the majority of the on-road PM emissions. However, the published data of modern heavy-duty vehicle emissions are scarce, and for the newest Euro VI technologies, almost non-existent...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424184/-different-sources-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-the-treatment-of-cartilage-repair-in-knee-joint
#12
REVIEW
Lian Wang, Peng Hou, Tao Jiang, Zong-Bao Wang, Yin-Xue Zhao, Ke Wu
As propose of organ repair stem cell therapy technology, articular cartilage cannot be repaired by itself has become one of the research hotspots, repair of articular cartilage with mesenchymal stem cells has shown obvious advantages for the treatment. The scholars have made a preliminary study on the role of mesenchymal stem cells from different sources in the repair of knee articular cartilage, and with the combination of transplantation and cartilage tissue engineering, these technologies improved the human cartilage repair effect of bone marrow, adipose, synovium, cord blood derived stem cells, which achieved good clinical curative effect...
June 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423059/brain-and-brain-tumor-penetrating-disulfiram-nanoparticles-sequence-of-cytotoxic-events-and-efficacy-in-human-glioma-cell-lines-and-intracranial-xenografts
#13
Hanumantha Rao Madala, Surendra R Punganuru, Francis Ali-Osman, Ruiwen Zhang, Kalkunte S Srivenugopal
There is great interest in repurposing disulfiram (DSF), a rapidly metabolizing nontoxic drug, for brain cancers and other cancers. To overcome the instability and low therapeutic efficacy, we engineered passively-targeted DSF-nanoparticles (DSFNPs) using biodegradable monomethoxy (polyethylene glycol) d,l-lactic-co-glycolic acid (mPEG-PLGA) matrix. The physicochemical properties, cellular uptake and the blood brain-barrier permeability of DSFNPs were investigated. The DSFNPs were highly stable with a size of ∼70 nm with a >90% entrapment...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421560/dual-non-viral-gene-delivery-from-microparticles-within-3d-high-density-stem-cell-constructs-for-enhanced-bone-tissue-engineering
#14
Alexandra McMillan, Minh Khanh Nguyen, Tomas Gonzalez-Fernandez, Peilin Ge, Xiaohua Yu, William L Murphy, Daniel J Kelly, Eben Alsberg
High-density mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) aggregates can be guided to form bone-like tissue via endochondral ossification in vitro when culture media is supplemented with proteins, such as growth factors (GFs), to first guide the formation of a cartilage template, followed by culture with hypertrophic factors. Recent reports have recapitulated these results through the controlled spatiotemporal delivery of chondrogenic transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and chondrogenic and osteogenic bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) from microparticles embedded within human MSC aggregates to avoid diffusion limitations and the lengthy, costly in vitro culture necessary with repeat exogenous supplementation...
January 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29421555/synthetic-design-of-growth-factor-sequestering-extracellular-matrix-mimetic-hydrogel-for-promoting-in%C3%A2-vivo-bone-formation
#15
Hong Ji Yan, Tommaso Casalini, Gry Hulsart-Billström, Shujiang Wang, Oommen P Oommen, Matteo Salvalaglio, Sune Larsson, Jöns Hilborn, Oommen P Varghese
Synthetic scaffolds that possess an intrinsic capability to protect and sequester sensitive growth factors is a primary requisite for developing successful tissue engineering strategies. Growth factors such as recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) is highly susceptible to premature degradation and to provide a meaningful clinical outcome require high doses that can cause serious side effects. We discovered a unique strategy to stabilize and sequester rhBMP-2 by enhancing its molecular interactions with hyaluronic acid (HA), an extracellular matrix (ECM) component...
February 3, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29416335/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-combined-gold-nanoparticles-for-enhancement-of-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-in-inflammatory-microenvironments
#16
Jing Zhou, Yangheng Zhang, Lingjun Li, Huangmei Fu, Wenrong Yang, Fuhua Yan
Objective: It is a great challenge to absorb and conduct biophysicochemical interactions at the nano-bio interface. Peptides are emerging as versatile materials whose function can be programmed to perform specific tasks. Peptides combined nanoparticles might be utilized as a new approach of treatment. Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3), possesses both antimicrobial and proregeneration properties. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have shown promising applications in the field of tissue engineering. However, the coordinating effects of AuNPs and hBD3 on human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) remain unknown...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415996/antitumor-activity-of-egfr-specific-car-t-cells-against-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-in-vitro-and-in-mice
#17
He Li, Yao Huang, Du-Qing Jiang, Lian-Zhen Cui, Zhou He, Chao Wang, Zhi-Wei Zhang, Hai-Li Zhu, Yong-Mei Ding, Lin-Fang Li, Qiang Li, Hua-Jun Jin, Qi-Jun Qian
Effective control of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains clinically challenging, especially during advanced stages of the disease. This study developed an adoptive T-cell treatment through expression of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) to target human epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in NSCLC. We optimized the non-viral piggyBac transposon system to engineer human T cells for the expression of EGFR-CAR, consisting of EGFR scFv, transmembrane domain, and intracellular 4-1BB-CD3ζ signaling domains...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415631/silk-biomaterials-mediated-mirna-functionalized-orthopedic-devices
#18
Eric James, Emily Van Doren, Chunmei Li, David L Kaplan
Silk-based bioresorbable medical devices, such as screws, plates and rods, have been under investigation due to their promising properties for orthopedic repairs. Options to functionalize these devices for enhanced control of bone regeneration would also exploit the compatible processing methods used to generate the devices. MicroRNAs are important regulators of bone maintenance and formation, and miRNA-based therapeutics have the potential to aid bone repair, utilizing a transient therapeutic approach with local bioactivity...
February 7, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414775/the-maz-transcription-factor-is-a-downstream-target-of-the-oncoprotein-cyr61-ccn1-and-promotes-pancreatic-cancer-cell-invasion-via-craf-erk-signaling
#19
Gargi Maity, Inamul Haque, Arnab Ghosh, Gopal Dhar, Vijayalaxmi G Gupta, Sandipto Sarkar, Imaan Azeem, Douglas McGregor, Abhishek Choudhary, Donald R Campbell, Suman Kambhampati, Sushanta K Banerjee, Snigdha Banerjee
Myc-associated zinc-finger protein (MAZ) is a transcription factor with dual roles in transcription initiation and termination. Deregulation of MAZ expression is associated with the progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, the mechanism of action of MAZ in PDAC progression is largely unknown. Here, we present evidence that MAZ mRNA expression and protein levels are increased in human PDAC cell lines, tissue samples, a subcutaneous tumor xenograft in a nude mouse model, and spontaneous cancer in the genetically engineered PDAC mouse model...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29410245/engineered-humanized-bone-organs-maintain-human-hematopoiesis-in-vivo
#20
Kristin Fritsch, Sébastien Pigeot, Xiaomin Feng, Paul E Bourgine, Timm Schroeder, Ivan Martin, Markus G Manz, Hitoshi Takizawa
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are maintained in a specialized bone marrow (BM) environment, the so-called HSC niche, that provides pivotal factors for their maintenance. While the cellular and molecular components of the mouse BM HSC niche have been extensively studied using genetically modified animals, relatively little is known about the counterpart human BM niche components. We have previously shown with a developmental tissue engineering approach that human adult BM-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) can develop into human bone organs (so-called ossicles) through endochondral ossification in vivo, and that these human ossicles are able to maintain functional mouse HSCs...
February 2, 2018: Experimental Hematology
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