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Maria Chatzinikolaidou, Charalampos Pontikoglou, Konstantina Terzaki, Maria Kaliva, Athanasia Kalyva, Eleni Papadaki, Maria Vamvakaki, Maria Farsari
The regeneration of bone via a tissue engineering approach involves components from the macroscopic to the nanoscopic level, including appropriate 3D scaffolds, cells and growth factors. In this study, hexagonal scaffolds of different diagonals were fabricated by Direct Laser Writing using a photopolymerizable hybrid material. The proliferation of bone marrow (BM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) cultured on structures with various diagonals, 50, 100, 150 and 200μm increased significantly after 10days in culture, however without significant differences among them...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Sharon L I Wong, Maria B Sukkar
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein which regulates interactions between cells and their surrounding extracellular matrix (ECM), and thus governs fundamental cellular functions such as cell adhesion, proliferation and differentiation. SPARC also regulates the expression and activity of numerous growth factors and matrix metalloproteinases essential for ECM degradation and turnover. Studies in SPARC-null mice have revealed a critical role for SPARC in tissue development, injury and repair, and in the regulation of the immune response...
October 19, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
P Karásek, M Hermanová
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a highly aggressive disease with 5-year overall survival not exceeding 5%. In the Czech Republic, the incidence of this tumor has been increasing; according to recent statistics, the Czech Republic is already number one worldwide in the occurrence of this malignancy. Delayed diagnosis due to asymptomatic course of the disease in the early stages is characteristic for this disease. AIM: The objective of this article is to give an overview of the most important factors, which according to current knowledge of pancreatic adenocarcinoma have a prognostic and predictive potential...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Amalia Katafigioti, Ioannis Katafigiotis, Stavros Sfoungaristos, Christos Alamanis, Konstantinos Stravodimos, Ioannis Anastasiou, Eleni Roumelioti, Mordechai Duvdevani, Constantinos Constantinides
OBJECTIVE: To search which category of proteins can be detected in urine in order to examine subsequently its ability to improve our accuracy for the diagnosis of Prostate Cancer (PCa) as biomarkers in clinical useful fluids like urine and serum. Material and method(s): Urine samples of 127 patients were obtained after a vigorous transrectal prostatic massage to both lobes. The patients were considered to have a high risk for PCa according to their PSA (> 4 ng/ml), their digital rectal examination (DRE) (positive for suspicious prostatic lesions) or to their abnormal PSA kinetics (PSA velocity (PSAV > 0...
October 5, 2016: Archivio Italiano di Urologia, Andrologia
Christopher B Horner, Koji Hirota, Junze Liu, Maricela Maldonado, B Hyle Park, Jin Nam
Biomechanical forces have been shown to significantly affect tissue development, morphogenesis, pathogenesis and healing, especially in orthopaedic tissues. Such biological processes are critically related to the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). However, the mechanistic details regarding how mechanical forces direct MSC differentiation and subsequent tissue formation are still elusive. Electrospun three-dimensional scaffolds were utilized to culture and subject hMSCs to various magnitudes of dynamic compressive strains at 5, 10, 15, or 20% (ε = 0...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Sabina Sangaletti, Claudio Tripodo, Alessandra Santangelo, Nadia Castioni, Paola Portararo, Alessandro Gulino, Laura Botti, Mariella Parenza, Barbara Cappetti, Rosaria Orlandi, Elda Tagliabue, Claudia Chiodoni, Mario P Colombo
The extracellular matrix (ECM) contributes to the biological and clinical heterogeneity of breast cancer, and different prognostic groups can be identified according to specific ECM signatures. In high-grade, but not low-grade, tumors, an ECM signature characterized by high SPARC expression (ECM3) identifies tumors with increased epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), reduced treatment response, and poor prognosis. To better understand how this ECM3 signature is contributing to tumorigenesis, we expressed SPARC in isogenic cell lines and found that SPARC overexpression in tumor cells reduces their growth rate and induces EMT...
September 27, 2016: Cell Reports
David A Tumbarello, Melissa R Andrews, James D Brenton
TGFBI has been shown to sensitize ovarian cancer cells to the cytotoxic effects of paclitaxel via an integrin receptor-mediated mechanism that modulates microtubule stability. Herein, we determine that TGFBI localizes within organized fibrillar structures in mesothelial-derived ECM. We determined that suppression of SPARC expression by shRNA decreased the deposition of TGFBI in mesothelial-derived ECM, without affecting its overall protein expression or secretion. Conversely, overexpression of SPARC increased TGFBI deposition...
2016: PloS One
Daniel L P Holyoake, Elizabeth Ward, Derek Grose, David McIntosh, David Sebag-Montefiore, Ganesh Radhakrishna, Neel Patel, Michael Silva, Somnath Mukherjee, Victoria Y Strauss, Lang'o Odondi, Emmanouil Fokas, Alan Melcher, Maria A Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Standard therapy for borderline-resectable pancreatic cancer in the UK is surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy, but rates of resection with clear margins are unsatisfactory and overall survival remains poor. Meta-analysis of single-arm studies shows the potential of neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy but the relative radio-resistance of pancreatic cancer means the efficacy of conventional dose schedules is limited. Stereotactic radiotherapy achieves sufficient accuracy and precision to enable pre-operative margin-intensive dose escalation with the goal of increasing rates of clear resection margins and local disease control...
2016: BMC Cancer
Steven N Mathews, Ryan Lamm, Jie Yang, Lijuan Kang, Dana Telem, Aurora D Pryor, Mark Talamini, Jill Genua
Conservative management trends in diverticulitis may lead to increased hospitalizations secondary to repeated attacks. The study aimed to characterize trends in management and risk-assess patients with diverticulitis that required multiple admissions to identify high utilizers. A total of 265,724 patients with diverticulitis were identified from 1995 to 2014 from the New York SPARCS database. Patients with ≥2 hospital admissions were stratified across demographics, comorbidities, insurance status, and surgical intervention...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Chiara Caparello, Laura L Meijer, Ingrid Garajova, Alfredo Falcone, Tessa Y Le Large, Niccola Funel, Geert Kazemier, Godefridus J Peters, Enrico Vasile, Elisa Giovannetti
Pancreatic cancer is an extremely aggressive disease; although progress has been made in the last few years, the prognosis of these patients remains dismal. FOLFIRINOX is now considered a standard treatment in first-line setting, since it demonstrated an improved overall and progression-free survival vs gemcitabine alone. However, the enthusiasm over the benefit of this three-drug regimen is tempered by the associated increased toxicity profile, and many efforts have been made to improve the feasibility of this schedule...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Mireia M Ginesta, Zamira Vanessa Diaz-Riascos, Juli Busquets, Núria Pelaez, Teresa Serrano, Miquel Àngel Peinado, Rosa Jorba, Francisco Javier García-Borobia, Gabriel Capella, Joan Fabregat
Early detection of pancreatic and periampullary neoplasms is critical to improve their clinical outcome. The present authors previously demonstrated that DNA hypermethylation of adenomatous polyposis coli (APC), histamine receptor H2 (HRH2), cadherin 13 (CDH13), secreted protein acidic and cysteine rich (SPARC) and engrailed-1 (EN-1) promoters is frequently detected in pancreatic tumor cells. The aim of the present study was to assess their prevalence in pancreatic juice of carcinomas of the pancreas and periampullary area...
September 2016: Oncology Letters
Malgorzata Pieniazek, Piotr Donizy, Agnieszka Halon, Marek Leskiewicz, Rafal Matkowski
AIM: To investigate secreted protein acidic and rich in cystein (SPARC) and neural cadherin (NCAD), which are associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition in primary skin melanoma and nodal metastases and their prognostic impact in melanoma patients. METHODS: Expression of proteins was assessed by immunochemistry in archival paraffin samples from 103 primary melanoma tumors and 16 nodal metastases. RESULTS: Increased expression of SPARC and NCAD in primary skin melanoma was associated with decreased overall survival, adverse clinicopathological features and particularly with microsatellitosis (SPARC) and ulceration (NCAD)...
September 2016: Biomarkers in Medicine
Renate Gehwolf, Andrea Wagner, Christine Lehner, Amy D Bradshaw, Cornelia Scharler, Justyna A Niestrawska, Gerhard A Holzapfel, Hans-Christian Bauer, Herbert Tempfer, Andreas Traweger
Acute and chronic tendinopathies remain clinically challenging and tendons are predisposed to degeneration or injury with age. Despite the high prevalence of tendon disease in the elderly, our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying the age-dependent deterioration of tendon function remains very limited. Here, we show that Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (Sparc) expression significantly decreases in healthy-aged mouse Achilles tendons. Loss of Sparc results in tendon collagen fibrillogenesis defects and Sparc-/- tendons are less able to withstand force in comparison with their respective wild type counterparts...
2016: Scientific Reports
T S Whiteside, S H Hilal, A Brenner, L A Carreira
The entropy of fusion, enthalpy of fusion, and melting point of organic compounds can be estimated through three models developed using the SPARC (SPARC Performs Automated Reasoning in Chemistry) platform. The entropy of fusion is modelled through a combination of interaction terms and physical descriptors. The enthalpy of fusion is modelled as a function of the entropy of fusion, boiling point, and flexibility of the molecule. The melting point model is the enthalpy of fusion divided by the entropy of fusion...
August 2016: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
Hanlu Yin, Yi Wang, Wenping Chen, Shanliang Zhong, Zhian Liu, Jianhua Zhao
High expression of Chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is important in tumor invasion, metastasis, drug-resistance and maintenance of stemness in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We therefore studied the molecular characteristics of drug-resistant CXCR4-positive cells on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) for the future identification of the tumor cells with the properties of both EMT and stemness. EMT RT(2) Profier PCR Array was performed to determine the expression levels of mRNA genes in A549 with TGF-β1 induced EMT (A549/TGF-β1) and gefitinib-resistant CXCR4-positive cells (A549/GR)...
December 5, 2016: Gene
Samir Alkabie, Jayasree Basivireddy, Lixin Zhou, Jane Roskams, Peter Rieckmann, Jacqueline A Quandt
BACKGROUND: SPARC (secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine) is a nonstructural, cell-matrix modulating protein involved in angiogenesis and endothelial barrier function, yet its potential role in cerebrovascular development, inflammation, and repair in the central nervous system (CNS) remains undetermined. METHODS: This study examines SPARC expression in cultured human cerebral microvascular endothelial cells (hCMEC/D3)-an in vitro model of the blood-brain barrier (BBB)-as they transition between proliferative and barrier phenotypes and encounter pro-inflammatory stimuli...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
M Sinn, B V Sinn, J K Striefler, J L Lindner, J M Stieler, P Lohneis, S Bischoff, H Bläker, U Pelzer, M Bahra, M Dietel, B Dörken, H Oettle, H Riess, C Denkert
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August 30, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Meg Bruening, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Alexandra Brewis, Melissa Laska, Michael Todd, Daniel Hruschka, David R Schaefer, Corrie M Whisner, Genevieve Dunton
BACKGROUND: The transition from the home to college is a phase in which emerging adults shift toward more unhealthy eating and physical activity patterns, higher body mass indices, thus increasing risk of overweight/obesity. Currently, little is understood about how changing friendship networks shape weight gain behaviors. This paper describes the recruitment, data collection, and data analytic protocols for the SPARC (Social impact of Physical Activity and nutRition in College) study, a longitudinal examination of the mechanisms by which friends and friendship networks influence nutrition and physical activity behaviors and weight gain in the transition to college life...
2016: BMC Public Health
Neveen Said
Secreted Protein Acidic and Rich in Cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular glycoprotein that is implicated in myriad physiological and pathological conditions characterized by extensive remodeling and plasticity. The functions and disease association of SPARC in cancer is being increasingly appreciated as it plays multi-faceted contextual roles depending on the cancer type, cell of origin and the unique cancer milieu at both primary and metastatic sites. Herein we will review our current knowledge of the role of SPARC in the multistep cascades of urinary bladder carcinogenesis, progression and metastasis from preclinical models and clinical data and shine the light on its prognostic and therapeutic potentials...
August 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Geng-Fan Ye, Shao-Wei Zhu, Shu-Gan Zhu, Feng Li, Yun-Yan Wang
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is widely expressed in the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) of human intracranial aneurysms (IAs), but the effect and underlying mechanism of SPARC on VSMCs during the formation and progression of IAs needs to be probed. Human umbilical arterial smooth muscle cells (HUASMCs) were treated with a gradient concentrations of SPARC in vitro for different time. Cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay, cell cycle, and cell apoptosis were used to investigate the effect of SPARC on HUASMCs...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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