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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816097/meltblown-polymer-fabrics-as-candidate-scaffolds-for-rotator-cuff-tendon-tissue-engineering
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Thomas Jenkins, Sean Meehan, Behnam Pourdeyhimi, Dianne Little
Various biomaterial technologies are promising for tissue engineering, including electrospinning, but commercial scale-up of throughput is difficult. The goal of the study was to evaluate meltblown fabrics as candidate scaffolds for rotator cuff tendon tissue engineering. Meltblown poly(lactic acid) fabrics were produced with several polymer crystallinities and airflow velocities (500(low), 900(medium) or 1400(high) m<sup>3</sup>air/hour/m fabric). Fiber diameter, alignment, and baseline bi-directional tensile mechanical properties were evaluated...
August 17, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815373/autologous-nasal-chondrocytes-delivered-by-injectable-hydrogel-for-in-vivo-articular-cartilage-regeneration
#2
Wenliang Chen, Changhua Li, Maoxiu Peng, Bingju Xie, Lei Zhang, Xiaojun Tang
Cell based tissue engineering serves as a promising strategy for articular cartilage repair, which remains a challenge both for researchers and clinicians. The aim of this research was to assess the potential of autologous nasal chondrocytes (NCs) combined with alginate hydrogel as injectable constructs for rabbit articular cartilage repair. Autologous nasal chondrocytes were isolated from rabbit nasal septum, expanded either on monolayer or in 3D alginate hydrogel. In vitro, DNA quantification revealed that NCs can proliferate stable in 3D alginate matrix, but slower than that cultured in monolayer...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813597/synthesis-of-4-azido-n-acetylhexosamine-uridine-diphosphate-donors-clickable-glycosaminoglycans
#3
Xing Zhang, Dixy E Green, Victor L Schultz, Lei Lin, Xiaorui Han, Ruitong Wang, Alexander Yaksic, So Young Kim, Paul L DeAngelis, Robert J Linhardt
Unnatural chemically modified, nucleotide sugars, UDP-4-N3-GlcNAc and UDP-4-N3-GalNAc were synthesized for the first time. These unnatural UDP-sugar products were then tested for incorporation into hyaluronan, heparosan or chondroitin using polysaccharide synthases. The UDP-4-N3-GlcNAc served as a chain termination substrate for hyaluronan or heparosan synthases; a single analog was added to the non-reducing end of the sugar chain and no subsequent elongation was detected. Compared to chemical method to introduce azido groups into polysaccharides, this enzymatic technique provided a "green" approach to access regioselectively azide-functionalized GAGs, which would bring better control of the final structure and composition of these macromolecules...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810287/seeding-density-is-a-crucial-determinant-for-the-in-vivo-vascularisation-capacity-of-adipose-tissue-derived-microvascular-fragments
#4
T Später, C Körbel, F S Frueh, R M Nickels, M D Menger, M W Laschke
Adipose tissue-derived microvascular fragments (ad-MVF) represent effective vascularisation units for the seeding of dermal substitutes. However, particularly in case of extensive skin defects, the required amounts of donor fat tissue for the harvesting of ad-MVF may not always be available. Therefore, we herein determined the lowest ad-MVF density needed to induce a sufficient vascularisation and incorporation of seeded implants. Collagen-glycosaminoglycan matrices (Integra®; diameter: 4 mm) were seeded with 15,000 (HD), 10,000 (MD) and 5,000 (LD) ad-MVF and implanted into full-thickness skin defects within mouse dorsal skinfold chambers, to analyse their in vivo vascularisation and incorporation...
August 15, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803264/hyaluronan-in-the-experimental-injury-of-the-cartilage-biochemical-action-and-protective-effects
#5
REVIEW
Angela Avenoso, Angela D'Ascola, Michele Scuruchi, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Alberto Calatroni, Antonino Saitta, Salvatore Campo, Giuseppe M Campo
INTRODUCTION: Our knowledge of extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and function has increased enormously over the last decade or so. There is evidence demonstrating that ECM provides signals affecting cell adhesion, shape, migration, proliferation, survival, and differentiation. ECM presents many domains that become active after proteolytic cleavage. These active ECM fragments are called matrikines which play different roles; in particular, they may act as potent inflammatory mediators during cartilage injury...
August 12, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803113/how-a-decreased-fibrillar-interconnectivity-influences-stiffness-and-swelling-properties-during-early-cartilage-degeneration
#6
Mieke Nickien, Ashvin Thambyah, Neil D Broom
OBJECTIVE: The functional coupling between the fibrillar network and the high-swelling proteoglycans largely determines the mechanical properties of the articular cartilage matrix. The objective of this new study was to show specifically how changes in fibrillar interconnectivity arising from early cartilage degeneration influence transverse stiffness and swelling properties at the tissue level. DESIGN: Radial zone transverse layers of cartilage matrix were obtained from intact and mildly degenerate bovine patellae...
August 3, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800457/fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-oligosaccharides-exert-anticoagulant-activity-by-targeting-at-intrinsic-tenase-complex-with-low-fxii-activation-importance-of-sulfation-pattern-and-molecular-size
#7
Junhui Li, Shan Li, Lufeng Yan, Tian Ding, Robert J Linhardt, Yanlei Yu, Xinyue Liu, Donghong Liu, Xingqian Ye, Shiguo Chen
Fucosylated chondroitin sulfates (fCSs) are structurally unusual glycosaminoglycans isolated from sea cucumbers that exhibit potent anticoagulant activity. These fCSs were isolated from sea cucumber, Isostichopus badionotus and Pearsonothuria graeffei. Fenton reaction followed by gel filtration chromatography afforded fCS oligosaccharides, with different sulfation patterns identified by mass and NMR spectroscopy, and these were used to clarify the relationship between the structures and the anticoagulant activities of fCSs...
July 28, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800324/fluid-in-the-tissue-channels-of-vascular-adventitia-investigated-by-afm-and-tem
#8
Xinxiao Han, Hongyi Li, Wenda Hua, Luru Dai, Zhuo Ao, Fulong Liao, Dong Han
BACKGROUND: Tissue channels as a part of microcirculation system have been proposed over three decade, playing an important role in fluid transportation as reported. Adventitia of inferior vena cava (IVC) is a typical hierarchical porous media with abundant tissue channels. Its fluid transportation behaviors attract massive research interest. However, the mechanism of the driving force and microstructure was lack of deep research. OBJECTIVE: This study was to investigate the microstructural basis of fluid transportation within inferior vena cava (IVC)...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799715/cloning-and-expression-of-recombinant-chondroitinase-ac-ii-and-its-comparison-to-the-arthrobacter-aurescens-enzyme
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Asher Williams, Wenqin He, Brady F Cress, Xinyue Liu, Jordanne Alexandria, Hiroki Yoshizawa, Kazuhiro Nishimura, Toshihiko Toida, Mattheos Koffas, Robert J Linhardt
Chondroitin sulfates are the glycosaminoglycan chains of proteoglycans critical in the normal development and pathophysiology of all animals. Chondroitinase ACII, a polysaccharide lyase originally isolated from Arthrobacter aurescens IAM 110 65, which is widely used in the analysis and study of chondroitin structure, is no longer commercially available. The aim of the current study was to prepare recombinant versions of this critical enzyme for the glycobiology research community. Two versions of recombinant chondroitinase ACII were prepared in Escherichia coli, and their activity, stability, specificity and action pattern were examined, along with a non-recombinant version secreted by an Arthrobacter strain...
August 11, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798857/the-role-of-shear-stress-and-altered-tissue-properties-on-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transformation-and-tumor-endothelial-cell-interaction
#10
Sara G Mina, Peter Huang, Bruce T Murray, Gretchen J Mahler
Tumor development is influenced by stromal cells in aspects including invasion, growth, angiogenesis, and metastasis. Activated fibroblasts are one group of stromal cells involved in cancer metastasis, and one source of activated fibroblasts is endothelial to mesenchymal transformation (EndMT). EndMT begins when the endothelial cells delaminate from the cell monolayer, lose cell-cell contacts, lose endothelial markers such as vascular endothelial-cadherin (VE-cadherin), gain mesenchymal markers like alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and acquire mesenchymal cell-like properties...
July 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797092/studies-of-the-antitumor-mechanism-of-action-of-dermaseptin-b2-a-multifunctional-cationic-antimicrobial-peptide-reveal-a-partial-implication-of-cell-surface-glycosaminoglycans
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Célia Dos Santos, Sabah Hamadat, Karen Le Saux, Clara Newton, Meriem Mazouni, Loussiné Zargarian, Mickael Miro-Padovani, Patricia Zadigue, Jean Delbé, Yamina Hamma-Kourbali, Mohamed Amiche
Dermaseptin-B2 (DRS-B2) is a multifunctional cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAP) isolated from frog skin secretion. We previously reported that DRS-B2 possesses anticancer and antiangiogenic activities in vitro and in vivo. In the present study, we evaluated the antiproliferative activity of DRS-B2 on numerous tumor cell lines, its cell internalization and studies of its molecular partners as well as their influences on its structure. Confocal microscopy using ([Alexa594]-(Cys0)-DRS-B2) shows that in sensitive human tumor cells (PC3), DRS-B2 seems to accumulate rapidly at the cytoplasmic membranes and enters the cytoplasm and the nucleus, while in less sensitive tumor cells (U87MG), DRS-B2 is found packed in vesicles at the cell membrane...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795878/effects-of-prisma%C3%A2-skin-dermal-regeneration-device-containing-glycosaminoglycans-on-human-keratinocytes-and-fibroblasts
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Raffaella Belvedere, Valentina Bizzarro, Luca Parente, Francesco Petrella, Antonello Petrella
Prisma® Skin is a new pharmaceutical device developed by Mediolanum Farmaceutici S.p.a. It includes alginates, hyaluronic acid and mainly mesoglycan. The latter is a natural glycosaminoglycan preparation containing chondroitin sulfate, dermatan sulfate, heparan sulfate and heparin and it is used in the treatment of vascular disease. Glycosaminoglycans may contribute to the re-epithelialization in the skin wound healing, as components of the extracellular matrix. Here we describe, for the first time, the effects of Prisma® Skin in in vitro cultures of adult epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts...
August 10, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793213/critical-influence-of-cosolutes-and-surfaces-on-the-assembly-of-serpin-derived-amyloid-fibrils
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Michael W Risør, Dennis W Juhl, Morten Bjerring, Joachim Mathiesen, Jan J Enghild, Niels C Nielsen, Daniel E Otzen
Many proteins and peptides self-associate into highly ordered and structurally similar amyloid cross-β aggregates. This fibrillation is critically dependent on properties of the protein and the surrounding environment that alter kinetic and thermodynamic equilibria. Here, we report on dominating surface and solution effects on the fibrillogenic behavior and amyloid assembly of the C-36 peptide, a circulating bioactive peptide from the α1-antitrypsin serine protease inhibitor. C-36 converts from an unstructured peptide to mature amyloid twisted-ribbon fibrils over a few hours when incubated on polystyrene plates under physiological conditions through a pathway dominated by surface-enhanced nucleation...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792472/glycosaminoglycan-interactions-with-chemokines-add-complexity-to-a-complex-system
#14
REVIEW
Amanda E I Proudfoot, Zoë Johnson, Pauline Bonvin, Tracy M Handel
Chemokines have two types of interactions that function cooperatively to control cell migration. Chemokine receptors on migrating cells integrate signals initiated upon chemokine binding to promote cell movement. Interactions with glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) localize chemokines on and near cell surfaces and the extracellular matrix to provide direction to the cell movement. The matrix of interacting chemokine-receptor partners has been known for some time, precise signaling and trafficking properties of many chemokine-receptor pairs have been characterized, and recent structural information has revealed atomic level detail on chemokine-receptor recognition and activation...
August 9, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791236/interstitial-cystitis-intravesical-therapy
#15
REVIEW
Tanya Ha, Jie Hua Xu
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a progressive bladder disorder that presents with symptoms of bladder urgency, frequency and pain. The aetiology of the disease remains uncertain, but it is postulated that there is an initial infective insult which damages the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer of the bladder urothelium. This defect allows an influx of ions, particularly potassium, which initiates an inflammatory reaction in the bladder wall, which incites the symptoms described above. Treatment initially involves behavioural and oral medication, with second line being intravesical instillation therapy...
July 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791233/non-surgical-management-of-recurrent-urinary-tract-infections-in-women
#16
REVIEW
Paul A Bergamin, Anthony J Kiosoglous
One in three women will experience a clinically significant urinary tract infection (UTI) by age twenty-four and almost half will have at least one in their lifetime. Recurrent UTIs (rUTIs) are defined as having greater than two infections in a 6-month period, or three infections over twelve months, with complete resolution for at least two weeks. These may be due to relapse from incomplete treatment (persistence) or re-infection (new source). It may be difficult to distinguish between the two, where the same organism is cultured...
July 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783560/a-study-of-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-in-aortic-heart-valves-using-a-novel-biaxial-stretch-bioreactor
#17
Ying Lei, Shirin Masjedi, Zannatul Ferdous
In aortic valves, biaxial cyclic stretch is known to modulate cell differentiation, extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and organization. We designed a novel bioreactor that can apply independent and precise stretch along radial and circumferential directions in a tissue culture environment. While this bioreactor can be used for either native or engineered tissues, this study determined matrix remodeling and strain distribution of aortic cusps after culturing under biaxial stretch for 14 days. The contents of collagen and glycosaminoglycans were determined using standard biochemical assays and compared with fresh controls...
July 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783314/deciphering-the-role-of-sulfonated-unit-in-heparin-mimicking-polymer-to-promote-neural-differentiation-of-escs
#18
Jiehua Lei, Yuqi Yuan, Zhonglin Lyu, Mengmeng Wang, Qi Liu, Hongwei Wang, Lin Yuan, Hong Chen
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), especially heparin and heparan sulfate (HS) hold great potential for inducing the neural differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and have brought new hope for the treatment of neurological diseases. However, the disadvantages of natural heparin/HS, such as difficulty in isolating with a sufficient amount, highly heterogeneous in structure, the risk of immune responses, have limited their further therapeutic applications. Thus, there is a great demand for stable, controllable and well-defined synthetic alternatives of heparin/HS with more effective biological functions...
August 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782725/the-bio-in-the-ink-cartilage-regeneration-with-bioprintable-hydrogels-and-articular-cartilage-derived-progenitor-cells
#19
Riccardo Levato, William R Webb, Iris A Otto, Anneloes Mensinga, Yadan Zhang, Mattie van Rijen, René van Weeren, Ilyas M Khan, Jos Malda
Cell-laden hydrogels are the primary building blocks for bioprinting, and, also termed bioinks, are the foundations for creating structures that can potentially recapitulate the architecture of articular cartilage. To be functional, hydrogel constructs need to unlock the regenerative capacity of encapsulated cells. The recent identification of multipotent articular cartilage-resident chondroprogenitor cells (ACPCs), which share important traits with adult stem cells, represents a new opportunity for cartilage regeneration...
August 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773931/charged-triazole-cross-linkers-for-hyaluronan-based-hybrid-hydrogels
#20
Maike Martini, Patricia S Hegger, Nicole Schädel, Burcu B Minsky, Manuel Kirchhof, Sebastian Scholl, Alexander Southan, Günter E M Tovar, Heike Boehm, Sabine Laschat
Polyelectrolyte hydrogels play an important role in tissue engineering and can be produced from natural polymers, such as the glycosaminoglycan hyaluronan. In order to control charge density and mechanical properties of hyaluronan-based hydrogels, we developed cross-linkers with a neutral or positively charged triazole core with different lengths of spacer arms and two terminal maleimide groups. These cross-linkers react with thiolated hyaluronan in a fast, stoichiometric thio-Michael addition. Introducing a positive charge on the core of the cross-linker enabled us to compare hydrogels with the same interconnectivity, but a different charge density...
September 30, 2016: Materials
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