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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931742/barn-owls-have-ageless-ears
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Bianca Krumm, Georg Klump, Christine Köppl, Ulrike Langemann
We measured the auditory sensitivity of the barn owl (Tyto alba), using a behavioural Go/NoGo paradigm in two different age groups, one younger than 2 years (n = 4) and another more than 13 years of age (n = 3). In addition, we obtained thresholds from one individual aged 23 years, three times during its lifetime. For computing audiograms, we presented test frequencies of between 0.5 and 12 kHz, covering the hearing range of the barn owl. Average thresholds in quiet were below 0 dB sound pressure level (SPL) for frequencies between 1 and 10 kHz...
September 27, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931463/severe-streptomycin-ototoxicity-in-the-mouse-utricle-leads-to-a-flat-epithelium-but-the-peripheral-neural-degeneration-is-delayed
#2
Guo-Peng Wang, Ishani Basu, Lisa A Beyer, Hiu Tung Wong, Donald L Swiderski, Shu-Sheng Gong, Yehoash Raphael
The damaged vestibular sensory epithelium of mammals has a limited capacity for spontaneous hair cell regeneration, which largely depends on the transdifferentiation of surviving supporting cells. Little is known about the response of vestibular supporting cells to a severe insult. In the present study, we evaluated the impact of a severe ototoxic insult on the histology of utricular supporting cells and the changes in innervation that ensued. We infused a high dose of streptomycin into the mouse posterior semicircular canal to induce a severe lesion in the utricle...
September 11, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922518/accelerated-epithelialization-and-improved-wound-healing-metrics-in-porcine-full-thickness-wounds-transplanted-with-full-thickness-skin-micrografts
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Christina L Rettinger, John L Fletcher, Anders H Carlsson, Rodney K Chan
Split-thickness skin grafting (STSG) is the current gold standard for treatment of extensive burn and traumatic skin injuries. However, STSG is limited by donor-site morbidity and availability, and often leads to scarring and wound contracture. Furthermore, these thin grafts lack dermal elements such as nerves and adnexa which are important in recapitulating normal skin function. Methods of fractional skin replacement either as minced STSGs or microscopic skin tissue columns (MSTCs) have been proposed, though these techniques have not been fully-characterized and lack evidence of regenerated adnexal structures...
September 18, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905175/the-promotion-of-hair-regrowth-by-topical-application-of-a-perilla-frutescens-extract-through-increased-cell-viability-and-antagonism-of-testosterone-and-dihydrotestosterone
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Jing-Jie Li, Zheng Li, Li-Juan Gu, Kang-Ju Choi, Dong-Seon Kim, Ho-Kyoung Kim, Chang-Keun Sung
This study investigated the potential hair regrowth effects associated with a plant extract of Perilla frutescens, which was selected due to its putative hair regrowth activity. Extracts were prepared from dried P. frutescens suspended in distilled water, where the resultant aqueous suspension was fractionated sequentially using hexane, ethyl acetate, n-butanol, and distilled water. We observed that the n-butanol fraction resulted in the highest hair regrowth activity. The n-butanol soluble fraction of P. frutescens extract (BFPE) was further separated using AB-8 macroporous resin and silica gel chromatography to obtain rosmarinic acid (RA), which demonstrated effective hair growth regeneration potential...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886268/implanted-hair-follicle-associated-pluripotent-hap-stem-cells-encapsulated-in-polyvinylidene-fluoride-membrane-cylinders-promote-effective-recovery-of-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Aiko Yamazaki, Kohya Obara, Natsuko Tohgi, Kyoumi Shirai, Sumiyuki Mii, Yuko Hamada, Nobuko Arakawa, Ryoichi Aki, Robert M Hoffman, Yasuyuki Amoh
Hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells are located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, express the stem-cell marker, nestin, and have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. Transplanted HAP stem cells promote the recovery of peripheral nerve and spinal cord injuries and have the potential for heart regeneration as well. In the present study, we implanted mouse HAP stem-cell spheres encapsulated in polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-membrane cylinders into the severed sciatic nerve of immunocompetent and immunocompromised (nude) mice...
September 8, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875863/the-basic-mechanism-of-hair-growth-stimulation-by-adipose-derived-stem-cells-and-their-secretory-factors
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Chong-Hyun Won, Gyeong-Hun Park, Xunwei Wu, Thanh-Nga Tran, Ki-Young Park, Byung-Soon Park, Dong Young Kim, Ohsang Kwon, Kyu-Han Kim
Adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) within the stromal vascular fraction of subcutaneous adipose tissue. ADSCs secrete growth factors and other proteins, and have been used to regenerate skin with satisfactory results. ADSCs promote hair growth in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo. The conditioned media of ADSCs (ADSC-CM) increases the proliferation rate of human follicular cells. ADSCs-derived proteins improve hair growth and protect human dermal papilla cells against cytotoxic injury caused by androgen and reactive oxygen species...
August 29, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814279/musashi-1-is-the-candidate-of-the-regulator-of-hair-cell-progenitors-during-inner-ear-regeneration
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Takahiro Wakasaki, Hiroaki Niiro, Siamak Jabbarzadeh-Tabrizi, Mitsuru Ohashi, Takashi Kimitsuki, Takashi Nakagawa, Shizuo Komune, Koichi Akashi
BACKGROUND: Hair cell loss in the cochlea is caused by ototoxic drugs, aging, and environmental stresses and could potentially lead to devastating pathophysiological effects. In adult mammals, hair cell loss is irreversible and may result in hearing and balance deficits. In contrast, nonmammalian vertebrates, including birds, can regenerate hair cells through differentiation of supporting cells and restore inner ear function, suggesting that hair cell progenitors are present in the population of supporting cells...
August 16, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798321/crispr-cas9-mediated-deletion-of-foxn1-in-nod-scid-il2rg-mice-results-in-severe-immunodeficiency
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Xinru Wei, Yunxin Lai, Baiheng Li, Le Qin, Youdi Xu, Simiao Lin, Suna Wang, Qiting Wu, Qiubin Liang, Guohua Huang, Qiuhua Deng, Pentao Liu, Donghai Wu, Liangxue Lai, Yao Yao, Peng Li
Immunodeficient mice engrafted with either normal or cancerous human cells are widely used in basic and translational research. In particular, NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) mice can support the growth of various types of human cancer cells. However, the hairs of these mice interfere with the observation and imaging of engrafted tissues. Therefore, novel hairless strains exhibiting comparable immunodeficiency would be beneficial. Recently, the CRISPR/Cas9 system has been used for efficient multiplexed genome editing. In the present study, we generated a novel strain of nude NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) (NSIN) mice by knocking out Foxn1 from NOD/SCID/IL2rg(-/-) (NSI) mice using the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798065/self-organization-process-in-newborn-skin-organoid-formation-inspires-strategy-to-restore-hair-regeneration-of-adult-cells
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Mingxing Lei, Linus J Schumacher, Yung-Chih Lai, Wen-Tau Juan, Chao-Yuan Yeh, Ping Wu, Ting-Xin Jiang, Ruth E Baker, Randall Bruce Widelitz, Li Yang, Cheng-Ming Chuong
Organoids made from dissociated progenitor cells undergo tissue-like organization. This in vitro self-organization process is not identical to embryonic organ formation, but it achieves a similar phenotype in vivo. This implies genetic codes do not specify morphology directly; instead, complex tissue architectures may be achieved through several intermediate layers of cross talk between genetic information and biophysical processes. Here we use newborn and adult skin organoids for analyses. Dissociated cells from newborn mouse skin form hair primordia-bearing organoids that grow hairs robustly in vivo after transplantation to nude mice...
August 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749199/hair-follicle-associated-pluripotent-hap-stem-cells
#10
Yasuyuki Amoh, Robert M Hoffman
Various types of stem cells reside in the skin, including keratinocyte progenitor cells, melanocyte progenitor cells, skin-derived precursors (SKPs), and nestin-expressing hair follicle-associated-pluripotent (HAP) stem cells. HAP stem cells, located in the bulge area of the hair follicle, have been shown to differentiate to nerve cells, glial cells, keratinocytes, smooth muscle cells, cardiac muscle cells, and melanocytes. HAP stem cells are positive for the stem-cell marker CD34, as well as K15-negative, suggesting their relatively undifferentiated state...
July 27, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747011/bioconversion-of-scutellaria-baicalensis-extract-can-increase-recovery-of-auditory-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-noise-induced-hearing-loss
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Isabel Rodriguez, Bin Na Hong, Youn Hee Nam, Eun Young Kim, Geun Ha Park, Min Gun Ji, Tong Ho Kang
In noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), noise exposure damages cochlear sensory hair cells, which lack the capacity to regenerate. Following noise insult, intense metabolic activity occurs, resulting in a cochlear free radical imbalance. Oxidative stress and antioxidant enzyme alterations, including lipoxygenase upregulation, have been linked to chronic inflammation, which contributes to hearing impairment. We previously proposed Scutellaria baicalensis (SB) extract as an alternative therapeutic for preventing NIHL and attributed its pharmacological effects to baicalein...
September 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741310/homo-and-heteropolymer-self-assembly-of-recombinant-trichocytic-keratins
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Rachael N Parker, Kristina L Roth, Christina Kim, Jennifer P McCord, Mark E Van Dyke, Tijana Z Grove
In the past two decades, keratin biomaterials have shown impressive results as scaffolds for tissue engineering, wound healing, and nerve regeneration. In addition to its intrinsic biocompatibility, keratin interacts with specific cell receptors eliciting beneficial biochemical cues. However, during extraction from natural sources, such as hair and wool fibers, natural keratins are subject to extensive processing conditions that lead to formation of unwanted by-products. Additionally, natural keratins suffer from limited sequence tunability...
July 24, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727410/exosomes-mediate-epithelium-mesenchyme-crosstalk-in-organ-development
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Nan Jiang, Lusai Xiang, Ling He, Guodong Yang, Jinxuan Zheng, Chenglin Wang, Yimei Zhang, Sainan Wang, Yue Zhou, Tzong-Jen Sheu, Jiaqian Wu, Kenian Chen, Paulo G Coelho, Nicky M Tovar, Shin Hye Kim, Mo Chen, Yan-Heng Zhou, Jeremy J Mao
Organ development requires complex signaling by cells in different tissues. Epithelium and mesenchyme interactions are crucial for the development of skin, hair follicles, kidney, lungs, prostate, major glands, and teeth. Despite myriad literature on cell-cell interactions and ligand-receptor binding, the roles of extracellular vesicles in epithelium-mesenchyme interactions during organogenesis are poorly understood. Here, we discovered that ∼100 nm exosomes were secreted by the epithelium and mesenchyme of a developing tooth organ and diffused through the basement membrane...
August 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725177/characterization-of-lgr5-progenitor-cell-transcriptomes-after-neomycin-injury-in-the-neonatal-mouse-cochlea
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Shasha Zhang, Yuan Zhang, Pengfei Yu, Yao Hu, Han Zhou, Lingna Guo, Xiaochen Xu, Xiaocheng Zhu, Muhammad Waqas, Jieyu Qi, Xiaoli Zhang, Yan Liu, Fangyi Chen, Mingliang Tang, Xiaoyun Qian, Haibo Shi, Xia Gao, Renjie Chai
Lgr5+ supporting cells (SCs) are enriched hair cell (HC) progenitors in the cochlea. Both in vitro and in vivo studies have shown that HC injury can spontaneously activate Lgr5+ progenitors to regenerate HCs in the neonatal mouse cochlea. Promoting HC regeneration requires the understanding of the mechanism of HC regeneration, and this requires knowledge of the key genes involved in HC injury-induced self-repair responses that promote the proliferation and differentiation of Lgr5+ progenitors. Here, as expected, we found that neomycin-treated Lgr5+ progenitors (NLPs) had significantly greater HC regeneration ability, and greater but not significant proliferation ability compared to untreated Lgr5+ progenitors (ULPs) in response to neomycin exposure...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699278/regulatory-t-cells-in-skin
#15
REVIEW
Niwa Ali, Michael D Rosenblum
Foxp3+ CD4+ Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a subset of immune cells that function to regulate tissue inflammation. Skin is one of the largest organs and is home to a large proportion of the body's Tregs. However, relative to other tissues (such as the spleen and gastrointestinal tract) the function of Tregs in skin is less well defined. Here, we review our understanding of how Tregs migrate to skin and the cellular and molecular pathways required for their maintenance in this tissue. In addition, we outline what is known about the specialized functions of Tregs in skin...
July 12, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697631/recent-advances-on-biomedical-applications-of-scaffolds-in-wound-healing-and-dermal-tissue-engineering
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Azizeh Rahmani Del Bakhshayesh, Nasim Annabi, Rovshan Khalilov, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh, Mohammad Samiei, Effat Alizadeh, Mohammadreza Alizadeh-Ghodsi, Soodabeh Davaran, Azadeh Montaseri
The tissue engineering field has developed in response to the shortcomings related to the replacement of the tissues lost to disease or trauma: donor tissue rejection, chronic inflammation and donor tissue shortages. The driving force behind the tissue engineering is to avoid the mentioned issues by creating the biological substitutes capable of replacing the damaged tissue. This is done by combining the scaffolds, cells and signals in order to create the living, physiological, three-dimensional tissues. A wide variety of skin substitutes are used in the treatment of full-thickness injuries...
July 12, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689433/experimental-and-early-investigational-drugs-for-androgenetic-alopecia
#17
REVIEW
Hongwei Guo, Wendi Victor Gao, Hiromi Endo, Kevin John McElwee
Treatments for androgenetic alopecia constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry, however, currently available therapeutic options have variable efficacy. Consequently, in recent years small biotechnology companies and academic research laboratories have begun to investigate new or improved treatment methods. Research and development approaches include improved formulations and modes of application for current drugs, new drug development, development of cell-based treatments, and medical devices for modulation of hair growth...
August 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686713/transcriptome-wide-comparison-of-the-impact-of-atoh1-and-mir-183-family-on-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-multipotent-otic-progenitor-cells
#18
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Michael Ebeid, Prashanth Sripal, Jason Pecka, Kirk W Beisel, Kelvin Kwan, Garrett A Soukup
Over 5% of the global population suffers from disabling hearing loss caused by multiple factors including aging, noise exposure, genetic predisposition, or use of ototoxic drugs. Sensorineural hearing loss is often caused by the loss of sensory hair cells (HCs) of the inner ear. A barrier to hearing restoration after HC loss is the limited ability of mammalian auditory HCs to spontaneously regenerate. Understanding the molecular mechanisms orchestrating HC development is expected to facilitate cell replacement therapies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682135/using-zebrafish-as-a-model-to-study-the-role-of-epigenetics-in-hearing-loss
#19
REVIEW
Yingzi He, Beier Bao, Huawei Li
The rapid progress of bioinformatics and high-throughput screening techniques in recent years has led to the identification of many candidate genes and small-molecule drugs that have the potential to make significant contributions to our understanding of the developmental and pathological processes of hearing, but it remains unclear how these genes and regulatory factors are coordinated. Increasing evidence suggests that epigenetic mechanisms are essential for establishing gene expression profiles and likely play an important role in the development of inner ear and in the pathology of hearing-associated diseases...
September 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672008/nanofibrous-scaffolds-for-the-guidance-of-stem-cell-derived-neurons-for-auditory-nerve-regeneration
#20
Sandra Hackelberg, Samuel J Tuck, Long He, Arjun Rastogi, Christina White, Liqian Liu, Diane M Prieskorn, Ryan J Miller, Che Chan, Benjamin R Loomis, Joseph M Corey, Josef M Miller, R Keith Duncan
Impairment of spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) of the auditory nerve is a major cause for hearing loss occurring independently or in addition to sensory hair cell damage. Unfortunately, mammalian SGNs lack the potential for autonomous regeneration. Stem cell based therapy is a promising approach for auditory nerve regeneration, but proper integration of exogenous cells into the auditory circuit remains a fundamental challenge. Here, we present novel nanofibrous scaffolds designed to guide the integration of human stem cell-derived neurons in the internal auditory meatus (IAM), the foramen allowing passage of the spiral ganglion to the auditory brainstem...
2017: PloS One
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