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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911030/acellular-endocardium-as-a-novel-biomaterial-for-the-intima-of-tissue-engineered-small-caliber-vascular-grafts
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Feng Wang, Xin Guan, TianYi Wu, JianOu Qiao, ZhaoQing Han, JinLong Wu, XiaoWei Yu, QingJun You
We aimed to investigate whether acellular endocardium can be used as a useful biomaterial for the intima of engineered small-caliber vascular grafts. Fresh endocardium was harvested from the swine left atrium and was decellularized by digestion with the decellularization solution of Triton X-100 and SDS containing DNase I and RNase A. Surface morphological characteristics and Young's modulus were evaluated. To analyze the effect of mechanical characteristics on cell adhesion, the decellularized endocardium was stiffened with 2...
December 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907181/the-role-of-ocean-currents-in-the-temperature-selection-of-plankton-insights-from-an-individual-based-model
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Ferdi L Hellweger, Erik van Sebille, Benjamin C Calfee, Jeremy W Chandler, Erik R Zinser, Brandon K Swan, Neil D Fredrick
Biogeography studies that correlate the observed distribution of organisms to environmental variables are typically based on local conditions. However, in cases with substantial translocation, like planktonic organisms carried by ocean currents, selection may happen upstream and local environmental factors may not be representative of those that shaped the local population. Here we use an individual-based model of microbes in the global surface ocean to explore this effect for temperature. We simulate up to 25 million individual cells belonging to up to 50 species with different temperature optima...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907090/forkhead-box-c1-regulates-human-primary-keratinocyte-terminal-differentiation
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Lianghua Bin, Liehua Deng, Hengwen Yang, Leqing Zhu, Xiao Wang, Michael G Edwards, Brittany Richers, Donald Y M Leung
The epidermis serves as a critical protective barrier between the internal and external environment of the human body. Its remarkable barrier function is established through the keratinocyte (KC) terminal differentiation program. The transcription factors specifically regulating terminal differentiation remain largely unknown. Using a RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) profiling approach, we found that forkhead box c 1 (FOXC1) was significantly up-regulated in human normal primary KC during the course of differentiation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906184/1-methyl-tryptophan-attenuates-regulatory-t-cells-differentiation-due-to-the-inhibition-of-estrogen-ido1-mrc2-axis-in-endometriosis
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Chunyan Wei, Jie Mei, Lingli Tang, Yukai Liu, Dajin Li, Mingqing Li, Xiaoyong Zhu
Foxp3(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells contribute to the local dysfunctional immune environment in endometriosis, an estrogen-dependent gynecological disease, which affects the function of ectopic endometrial tissue clearance by the immune system. The reason for the high percentage of peritoneal Treg in endometriosis patients is unknown. Here, we show that the proportion of peritoneal Treg cells increases as endometriosis progresses. To determine the probable mechanism, we established a naive T cell-macrophage-endometrial stromal cell (ESC) co-culture system to mimic the peritoneal cavity microenvironment...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904654/augmentation-of-histone-deacetylase-3-hdac3-epigenetic-signature-at-the-interface-of-proinflammation-and-insulin-resistance-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Chandrakumar Sathishkumar, Paramasivam Prabu, Mahalingam Balakumar, Raji Lenin, Durai Prabhu, Ranjith Mohan Anjana, Viswanathan Mohan, Muthuswamy Balasubramanyam
BACKGROUND: A role of proinflammation has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetes, but the up-stream regulatory signals and molecular signatures are poorly understood. While histone modifications such as changes in histone deacetylase (HDAC) are emerging as novel epigenetic biomarkers, there is lack of studies to demonstrate their clinical relevance in diabetes. Therefore, we investigated the extent of HDAC machinery and inflammatory signals in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) compared to control subjects...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895996/label-free-fast-3d-coherent-imaging-reveals-pancreatic-islet-micro-vascularization-and-dynamic-blood-flow
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Corinne Berclaz, Daniel Szlag, David Nguyen, Jérôme Extermann, Arno Bouwens, Paul J Marchand, Julia Nilsson, Anja Schmidt-Christensen, Dan Holmberg, Anne Grapin-Botton, Theo Lasser
In diabetes, pancreatic β-cells play a key role. These cells are clustered within structures called islets of Langerhans inside the pancreas and produce insulin, which is directly secreted into the blood stream. The dense vascularization of islets of Langerhans is critical for maintaining a proper regulation of blood glucose homeostasis and is known to be affected from the early stage of diabetes. The deep localization of these islets inside the pancreas in the abdominal cavity renders their in vivo visualization a challenging task...
November 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895171/impairment-of-ccr6-and-cxcr3-th-cell-migration-in-hiv-1-infection-is-rescued-by-modulating-actin-polymerization
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Valentina Cecchinato, Enos Bernasconi, Roberto F Speck, Michele Proietti, Ulrike Sauermann, Gianluca D'Agostino, Gabriela Danelon, Tanja Rezzonico Jost, Fabio Grassi, Lorenzo Raeli, Franziska Schöni-Affolter, Christiane Stahl-Hennig, Mariagrazia Uguccioni
CD4(+) T cell repopulation of the gut is rarely achieved in HIV-1-infected individuals who are receiving clinically effective antiretroviral therapy. Alterations in the integrity of the mucosal barrier have been indicated as a cause for chronic immune activation and disease progression. In this study, we present evidence that persistent immune activation causes impairment of lymphocytes to respond to chemotactic stimuli, thus preventing their trafficking from the blood stream to peripheral organs. CCR6(+) and CXCR3(+) Th cells accumulate in the blood of aviremic HIV-1-infected patients on long-term antiretroviral therapy, and their frequency in the circulation positively correlates to levels of soluble CD14 in plasma, a marker of chronic immune activation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893712/blood-vessel-endothelium-directed-tumor-cell-streaming-in-breast-tumors-requires-the-hgf-c-met-signaling-pathway
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E Leung, A Xue, Y Wang, P Rougerie, V P Sharma, R Eddy, D Cox, J Condeelis
During metastasis to distant sites, tumor cells migrate to blood vessels. In vivo, breast tumor cells utilize a specialized mode of migration known as streaming, where a linear assembly of tumor cells migrate directionally towards blood vessels on fibronectin-collagen I-containing extracellular matrix (ECM) fibers in response to chemotactic signals. We have successfully reconstructed tumor cell streaming in vitro by co-plating tumors cells, macrophages and endothelial cells on 2.5 μm thick ECM-coated micro-patterned substrates...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891193/in-epithelial-cancers-aberrant-col17a1-promoter-methylation-predicts-its-misexpression-and-increased-invasion
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Pulari U Thangavelu, Tibor Krenács, Eloise Dray, Pascal H G Duijf
BACKGROUND: Metastasis is a leading cause of death among cancer patients. In the tumor microenvironment, altered levels of extracellular matrix proteins, such as collagens, can facilitate the first steps of cancer cell metastasis, including invasion into surrounding tissue and intravasation into the blood stream. However, the degree of misexpression of collagen genes in tumors remains understudied, even though this knowledge could greatly facilitate the development of cancer treatment options aimed at preventing metastasis...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888757/bmp4-id2-signaling-pathway-is-a-novel-therapeutic-target-for-late-outgrowth-endothelial-progenitor-cell-mediated-endothelial-injury-repair
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Wen-Hao Xia, Long Chen, Jian-Wen Liang, Xiao-Yu Zhang, Chen Su, Xinzhu Tong, Jiang He, Yan Li, Zheng Cao, Xiu-Fang Lin, Jun Tao
BACKGROUND: Endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play a pivotal role in endothelial repair following artery injury, however, the molecular mechanism of late outgrowth EPCs (LEPCs) in endothelial repair remained to be studied. Bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) is involved in vascular injury-mediated mobilization and homing of LEPCs. Here, we investigated the influence of BMP4-modified signaling pathway in LEPC-related endothelial repair of human and underlying molecular mechanism. METHODS AND RESULTS: In vitro, after a 28day culture, human LEPCs were pretreated with different concentrations of recombinant BMP4 (0, 10, 50, or 100ng/mL), which markedly augmented the migration and adhesion in vitro and demonstrated a significantly accelerated in vivo endothelial repair capacity of human LEPCs after transplantation into nude mice with carotid artery denudation injury...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876894/ddit4-regulates-mesenchymal-stem-cell-fate-by-mediating-between-hif1%C3%AE-and-mtor-signalling
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Borzo Gharibi, Mandeep Ghuman, Francis J Hughes
Stem cell fate decisions to remain quiescent, self-renew or differentiate are largely governed by the interplay between extracellular signals from the niche and the cell intrinsic signal cascades and transcriptional programs. Here we demonstrate that DNA Damage Inducible Transcript 4 (DDIT4) acts as a link between HIF1α and mTOR signalling and regulation of adult stem cell fate. Global gene expression analysis of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) derived from single clones and live RNA cell sorting showed a direct correlation between DDIT4 and differentiation potentials of MSC...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875619/automated-leukocyte-processing-by-microfluidic-deterministic-lateral-displacement
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Curt I Civin, Tony Ward, Alison M Skelley, Khushroo Gandhi, Zendra Peilun Lee, Christopher R Dosier, Joseph L D'Silva, Yu Chen, MinJung Kim, James Moynihan, Xiaochun Chen, Lee Aurich, Sergei Gulnik, George C Brittain, Diether J Recktenwald, Robert H Austin, James C Sturm
We previously developed a Deterministic Lateral Displacement (DLD) microfluidic method in silicon to separate cells of various sizes from blood (Davis et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci 2006;103:14779-14784; Huang et al., Science 2004;304:987-990). Here, we present the reduction-to-practice of this technology with a commercially produced, high precision plastic microfluidic chip-based device designed for automated preparation of human leukocytes (white blood cells; WBCs) for flow cytometry, without centrifugation or manual handling of samples...
November 22, 2016: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858201/semaphorin3a-neuropilin1-signalling-is-involved-in-the-generation-of-cortical-interneurons
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William D Andrews, Melissa Barber, Marion Nemitz, Fani Memi, John G Parnavelas
Cortical interneurons are generated predominantly in the medial ganglionic eminence of the ventral telencephalon and migrate to the cortex during embryonic development. These cells express neuropilin (Nrp1 and Nrp2) receptors which mediate their response to the chemorepulsive class 3 semaphorin (Sema) ligands. We show here that semaphorins Sema3A and Sema3F are expressed in layers adjacent to cortical interneuron migratory streams as well as in the striatum, suggesting they may have a role in guiding these cells throughout their journey...
November 17, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857883/the-incorporation-of-microfluidics-into-circulating-tumor-cell-isolation-for-clinical-applications
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Molly Kozminsky, Yang Wang, Sunitha Nagrath
The second leading cause of death in the United States, cancer is at its most dangerous as it spreads to secondary locations. Cancer cells in the blood stream, or circulating tumor cells (CTCs), present an opportunity to study metastasis provided they may be extracted successfully from blood. Engineers have accelerated the development of technologies that achieve this goal based on exploiting differences between tumor cells and surrounding blood cells such as varying expression patterns of membrane proteins or physical characteristics...
February 2016: Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849508/rates-of-microbiologically-diagnosed-infection-and-pathogen-detection-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-patients
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Lauren E Lee, Alice E Barsoumian, Alexander W Brown, Michael A Wiggins, John S Renshaw, Michael B Osswald, Clinton K Murray
Infections remain a significant cause of mortality in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients. Evaluations of causes of infection are often unrevealing, and at some sites, increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance have been noticed. We performed a retrospective analysis of infection rates and microbiologic testing yield, or percent of tests ordered to diagnose an infection, in the first 100 days of 30 allogeneic and 56 autologous stem cell transplants performed at San Antonio Military Medical Center from July 2011 to April 2014...
November 2016: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847507/e-coli-surface-properties-differ-between-stream-water-and-sediment-environments
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Xiao Liang, Chunyu Liao, Michael L Thompson, Michelle L Soupir, Laura R Jarboe, Philip M Dixon
The importance of E. coli as an indicator organism in fresh water has led to numerous studies focusing on cell properties and transport behavior. However, previous studies have been unable to assess if differences in E. coli cell surface properties and genomic variation are associated with different environmental habitats. In this study, we investigated the variation in characteristics of E. coli obtained from stream water and stream bottom sediments. Cell properties were measured for 77 genomically different E...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836571/effect-of-acrylamide-induced-neurotoxicity-in-a-primary-astrocytes-microglial-co-culture-model
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Mengyao Zhao, Fu Sheng Lewis Wang, Xiao Song Hu, Fang Chen, Hing Man Chan
Acrylamide (AA),is acommon food contaminant generated by heat processing. Astrocytes and microglia are the two major glial cell types in the brain that play pivotal but different roles in maintaining optimal brain function. The objective of this study is to investigate the neurotoxicity of AA, using a primary astrocytes/microglia co-culture model. Co-cultural cells obtained from Balb/c mice were cultured and treated with 0-1.0mM AA for 24-96h. Cell viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, oxidative end produces formation and glutathione (GSH) levels were measured...
November 8, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832587/the-liver-at-the-nexus-of-host-microbial-interactions
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Andrew J Macpherson, Mathias Heikenwalder, Stephanie C Ganal-Vonarburg
The liver receives blood from the intestine, from the spleen, and directly from the heart and holds a vital position in vertebrate physiology. It plays a role in intermediary metabolism, bile secretion, maintaining blood sterility, serum homeostasis, xenobiotic detoxification, and immunological activity. This article provides our perspective on the liver as a nexus in establishing and maintaining host microbial mutualism. We discuss the role of the liver not only in sanitizing the blood stream from penetrant live microbes, but also in metabolizing xenobiotics that are synthesized or modified by intestinal microbes, and how microbiota modify the signaling potential of bile acids...
November 9, 2016: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830686/-beta-adrenoceptor-mediated-cyclic-amp-signal-in-different-types-of-cultured-nerve-cells-in-normoxic-and-hypoxic-conditions
#19
M Jóźwiak-Bębenista, A Wiktorowska-Owczarek, E Kowalczyk
β-adrenergic neurotransmission is an important factor regulating brain activity such as neuronal and glial survival, plasticity, membrane transport or cellular metabolism. Intracellular β-adrenergic signaling, via a stimulatory G protein (Gs), activates two major down-stream effectors, i.e., adenylyl cyclase (AC) and cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA). The aim of this work was to study the ability of endogenous (adrenaline and noradrenaline) and exogenous (isoprenaline) β-adrenergic receptor agonists to increase cAMP in different types of nerve cells...
September 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830317/on-line-monitoring-of-methanol-and-methyl-formate-in-the-exhaust-gas-of-an-industrial-formaldehyde-production-plant-by-a-mid-ir-gas-sensor-based-on-tunable-fabry-p%C3%A3-rot-filter-technology
#20
Andreas Genner, Christoph Gasser, Harald Moser, Johannes Ofner, Josef Schreiber, Bernhard Lendl
On-line monitoring of key chemicals in an industrial production plant ensures economic operation, guarantees the desired product quality, and provides additional in-depth information on the involved chemical processes. For that purpose, rapid, rugged, and flexible measurement systems at reasonable cost are required. Here, we present the application of a flexible mid-IR filtometer for industrial gas sensing. The developed prototype consists of a modulated thermal infrared source, a temperature-controlled gas cell for absorption measurement and an integrated device consisting of a Fabry-Pérot interferometer and a pyroelectric mid-IR detector...
November 9, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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