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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777737/type-i-collagen-induces-mesenchymal-cell-differentiation-into-myofibroblasts-through-yap-induced-tgf-%C3%AE-1-activation
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Xiaoling Liu, Xinyu Long, Weiwei Liu, Yeli Zhao, Toshihiko Hayashi, Masayuki Yamato, Kazunori Mizuno, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takaaki Ogura, Yuji Atsuzawa, Takashi Ikejima
In organ fibrosis, mechanical stress and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) promote differentiation into myofibroblast from mesenchymal cells, leading to extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling or active synthesis, deposition or degradation of ECM components. A major component of ECM, type I collagen (col I) triple helical molecules assemble into fibrils or are denatured to gelatin without triple-helicity in remodeling. However, whether changes of ECM components in remodeling have influence on mesenchymal cell differentiation remains elusive...
May 16, 2018: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777557/are-stable-isotope-ratios-and-oscillations-consistent-in-all-baleen-plates-along-the-filtering-apparatus-validation-of-an-increasingly-used-methodology
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Raquel García-Vernet, Pol Sant, Gísli Víkingsson, Asunción Borrell, Alex Aguilar
RATIONALE: Baleen plates are anatomical structures composed of inert tissue that hang from the upper jaw in mysticetes. Baleen plates may differ in size and in coloration between different segments of the filtering row or between sides of the mouth. Concern has been raised that variation in baleen plate characteristics may reflect dissimilar structural composition and growth rates liable of affecting the stable isotope ratios and their oscillation patterns. METHODS: We measured stable carbon (δ13 C values) and nitrogen (δ15 N values) isotope ratios at intervals of one centimeter along the longitudinal axis of six baleen plates collected from different positions along the mouth of a fin whale...
May 18, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776416/rapid-urease-test-rut-for-evaluation-of-urease-activity-in-oral-bacteria-in-vitro-and-in-supragingival-dental-plaque-ex-vivo
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Gunnar Dahlén, Haidar Hassan, Susanne Blomqvist, Anette Carlén
BACKGROUND: Urease is an enzyme produced by plaque bacteria hydrolysing urea from saliva and gingival exudate into ammonia in order to regulate the pH in the dental biofilm. The aim of this study was to assess the urease activity among oral bacterial species by using the rapid urease test (RUT) in a micro-plate format and to examine whether this test could be used for measuring the urease activity in site-specific supragingival dental plaque samples ex vivo. METHODS: The RUT test is based on 2% urea in peptone broth solution and with phenol red at pH 6...
May 18, 2018: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775757/molecular-characterization-of-physis-tissue-by-rna-sequencing
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Christopher R Paradise, Catalina Galeano-Garces, Daniela Galeano-Garces, Amel Dudakovic, Todd A Milbrandt, Daniel B F Saris, Aaron J Krych, Marcel Karperien, Gabriel B Ferguson, Denis Evseenko, Scott M Riester, Andre J van Wijnen, A Noelle Larson
The physis is a well-established and anatomically distinct cartilaginous structure that is crucial for normal long-bone development and growth. Abnormalities in physis function are linked to growth plate disorders and other pediatric musculoskeletal diseases. Understanding the molecular pathways operative in the physis may permit development of regenerative therapies to complement surgically-based procedures that are the current standard of care for growth plate disorders. Here, we performed next generation RNA sequencing on mRNA isolated from human physis and other skeletal tissues (e...
May 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774013/dynamics-of-aspen-roots-colonization-by-pseudomonads-reveals-strain-specific-and-mycorrhizal-specific-patterns-of-biofilm-formation
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Marie-Francoise Noirot-Gros, Shalaka Shinde, Peter E Larsen, Sarah Zerbs, Peter J Korajczyk, Kenneth M Kemner, Philippe H Noirot
Rhizosphere-associated Pseudomonas fluorescens are known plant growth promoting (PGP) and mycorrhizal helper bacteria (MHB) of many plants and ectomycorrhizal fungi. We investigated the spatial and temporal dynamics of colonization of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal Aspen seedlings roots by the P. fluorescens strains SBW25, WH6, Pf0-1, and the P. protegens strain Pf-5. Seedlings were grown in laboratory vertical plates systems, inoculated with a fluorescently labeled Pseudomonas strain, and root colonization was monitored over a period of 5 weeks...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770592/particles-of-vaterite-a-metastable-caco-3-polymorph-exhibit-high-biocompatibility-for-human-osteoblasts-and-endothelial-cells-and-may-serve-as-a-biomaterial-for-rapid-bone-regeneration
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Romina Schröder, Laura Besch, Hannah Pohlit, Martin Panthöfer, Wilfried Roth, Holger Frey, Wolfgang Tremel, Ronald E Unger
We have previously described a promising alternative to conventional synthetic bone biomaterials using vaterite, a metastable CaCO3 polymorph, that increases the local Ca2+ concentration in vitro and leads to an over-saturation of phosphate, the primary bone mineral. This stimulates a natural bone-like mineralization in a short period of time. In this study, sterile and endotoxin-free vaterite particles were synthesized in a nearly quantitative yield. The 500-1000 nm vaterite particles did not exhibit any cytotoxic effects as measured by MTT, LDH or crystal violet assays on the human osteoblast cell line (MG-63) exposed to concentrations up to 500 μg/ml vaterite up to 72 hr...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770354/3d-co-culture-system-of-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Lingli Long, Mingzhu Yin, Wang Min
Ovarian cancer is fairly unique in that ovarian carcinoma cells can detach and spread directly through peritoneal cavity. It has been unclear, however, how detached cancer cells survive in the peritoneum and form spheroid structure. We have recently reported that there is a strong correlation between Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs)-associated spheroid and clinical pathology of ovarian cancer, and that TAMs promote spheroid formation and tumor growth at early stages of transcoelomic metastasis in orthotopic mouse models...
April 20, 2018: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769550/prenatal-alcohol-exposure-increases-the-susceptibility-to-develop-aggressive-prolactinomas-in-the-pituitary-gland
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Shaima Jabbar, Kenneth Reuhl, Dipak K Sarkar
Excess alcohol use is known to promote development of aggressive tumors in various tissues in human patients, but the cause of alcohol promotion of tumor aggressiveness is not clearly understood. We used an animals model of fetal alcohol exposure that is known to promote tumor development and determined if alcohol programs the pituitary to acquire aggressive prolactin-secreting tumors. Our results show that pituitaries of fetal alcohol-exposed rats produced increased levels of intra-pituitary aromatase protein and plasma estrogen, enhanced pituitary tissue growth, and upon estrogen challenge developed prolactin-secreting tumors (prolactinomas) that were hemorrhagic and often penetrated into the surrounding tissue...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769543/the-cytokine-secretion-profile-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-is-determined-by-surface-structure-of-the-microenvironment
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Daniëlle G Leuning, Nick R M Beijer, Nadia A du Fossé, Steven Vermeulen, Ellen Lievers, Cees van Kooten, Ton J Rabelink, Jan de Boer
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) secrete factors that contribute to organ homeostasis and repair in a tissue specific manner. For instance, kidney perivascular mesenchymal stromal cells (kPSCs) can facilitate renal epithelial repair through secretion of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) while the secretome of bone marrow MSCs gives rise to immunosuppression. Stromal cells function in a complex 3-dimensional (3D) connective tissue architecture that induces conformational adaptation. Here we tested the hypothesis that surface topography and associated cell adaptations dictate stromal cell function through tuning of the cytokines released...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768030/evaluation-of-petrifilm-lactic-acid-bacteria-plates-for-counting-lactic-acid-bacteria-in-food
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Satomi Kanagawa, Chihiro Ohshima, Hajime Takahashi, Burenqiqige, Misato Kikuchi, Fumina Sato, Ayaka Nakamura, Shimaa M Mohamed, Takashi Kuda, Bon Kimura
Although lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are used widely as starter cultures in the production of fermented foods, they are also responsible for food decay and deterioration. The undesirable growth of LAB in food causes spoilage, discoloration, and slime formation. Because of these adverse effects, food companies test for the presence of LAB in production areas and processed foods and consistently monitor the behavior of these bacteria. The 3M Petrifilm LAB Count Plates have recently been launched as a time-saving and simple-to-use plate designed for detecting and quantifying LAB...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768025/the-post-injury-inflammatory-state-and-the-bone-marrow-response-to-anemia
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Tyler J Loftus, Juan C Mira, Elizabeth S Miller, Kolenkode B Kannan, Jessica M Plazas, Daniel Delitto, Julie A Stortz, Jennifer E Hagen, Hari K Parvataneni, Kalia K Sadasivan, Scott C Brakenridge, Frederick A Moore, Lyle L Moldawer, Philip A Efron, Alicia M Mohr
RATIONALE: The pathophysiology of persistent injury-associated anemia is incompletely understood, and human data are sparse. OBJECTIVE: To translate pre-clinical findings by characterizing injury-associated anemia among critically ill trauma patients. This study compared elective hip repair patients with an acute stress response to severely injured trauma patients with a prolonged stress response and evaluated the bone marrow response to anemia. METHODS: A translational prospective observational cohort study comparing severely injured, blunt trauma patients who had operative fixation of a hip or femur fracture (n=17) with elective hip repair patients (n=22) and healthy donors (n=8)...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764717/mitochondrial-damage-and-cytoskeleton-reorganization-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-exposed-to-artificial-visible-light-similar-to-screen-emitted-light
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Adeline Rascalou, Jérôme Lamartine, Pauline Poydenot, Frédéric Demarne, Nicolas Bechetoille
BACKGROUND: Artificial visible light is everywhere in modern life. Social communication confronts us with screens of all kinds, and their use is on the rise. We are therefore increasingly exposed to artificial visible light, the effects of which on skin are poorly known. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to model the artificial visible light emitted by electronic devices and assess its effect on normal human fibroblasts. METHODS: The spectral irradiance emitted by electronic devices was optically measured and equipment was developed to accurately reproduce such artificial visible light...
May 5, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763915/serum-from-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-promotes-growth-and-proliferation-via-the-igf-ii-igf-ir-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Yuanyuan Ji, Zhidong Wang, Haiyan Chen, Lei Zhang, Fei Zhuo, Qingqing Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (CHB) plays a central role in the etiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Emerging evidence implicates insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-II as a major risk factor for the growth and development of HCC. However, the relationship between HBV infection and IGF-II functions remains to be elucidated. METHODS: Levels of circulating IGF-II and IGF-I receptor (IGF-IR) in healthy donors (HDs) and CHB patients were tested by ELISA...
May 9, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763613/neuroprotective-effect-of-duloxetine-in-a-mouse-model-of-diabetic-neuropathy-role-of-glia-suppressing-mechanisms
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Mona K Tawfik, Seham A Helmy, Dahlia I Badran, Sawsan A Zaitone
AIMS: Painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) is one of the most frequent complications of diabetes and the current therapies have limited efficacy. This study aimed to study the neuroprotective effect of duloxetine, a serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), in a mouse model of diabetic neuropathy. MAIN METHODS: Nine weeks after developing of PDN, mice were treated with either saline or duloxetine (15 or 30 mg/kg) for four weeks. The effect of duloxetine was assessed in terms of pain responses, histopathology of sciatic nerve and spinal cord, sciatic nerve growth factor (NGF) gene expression and on the spinal expression of astrocytes (glial fibrillary acidic protein, GFAP) and microglia (CD11 b)...
May 12, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763471/importance-of-extracellular-matrix-and-growth-state-for-the-ea-hy926-endothelial-cell-response-to-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids
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Youjia Du, Carla G Taylor, Harold M Aukema, Peter Zahradka
Consumption of different PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) can induce functional changes in blood vessels via endothelial cells, which interact with dietary factors in the circulation. The basement membrane that separates the endothelium from the smooth muscle cells of the medial layer can also influence the functional state of endothelial cells. However, the effect of basement membrane on the endothelial response to dietary PUFAs in relation to growth state (e.g. proliferation versus quiescence) has never been investigated...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762489/comparison-of-cell-arrays-and-multi-well-plates-in-microscopy-based-screening
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Ann-Kristin Becker, Holger Erfle, Manuel Gunkel, Nina Beil, Lars Kaderali, Vytaute Starkuviene
Multi-well plates and cell arrays enable microscopy-based screening assays in which many samples can be analysed in parallel. Each of the formats possesses its own strengths and weaknesses, but reference comparisons between these platforms and their application rationale is lacking. We aim to fill this gap by comparing two RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated fluorescence microscopy-based assays, namely epidermal growth factor (EGF) internalization and cell cycle progression, on both platforms. Quantitative analysis revealed that both platforms enabled the generation of data with the appearance of the expected phenotypes significantly distinct from the negative controls...
May 15, 2018: High-throughput
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762237/growth-plate-suppression-in-an-adolescent-patient-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-after-treatment
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Ekaterina Tiktinsky, Daniel Levin, Sophia Lantsberg, Joseph Kapelushnik
Osteotoxic effect is a common adverse effect of chemotherapy for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The pathophysiology of impaired bone growth is multifactorial and can affect both osteoblast and osteoclast function. Significant contribution in affecting skeletal metabolism belongs to high-dose corticosteroid treatment. We present the case of a 12-year-old adolescent girl who was treated for high-risk pro-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The Tc-MDP bone scan, as a sensitive indicator of osteoblastic activity, shows that growth plate inhibition after intensive treatment may be temporary and reversible...
May 14, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761106/current-strategies-and-future-directions-to-optimize-acl-reconstruction-in-adolescent-patients
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Dustin Jon Richter, Roger Lyon, Scott Van Valin, Xue-Cheng Liu
The incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in the pediatric population has risen in recent years. These injuries have historically presented a management dilemma in skeletally immature patients with open physes and significant growth remaining at time of injury. While those nearing skeletal maturity may be treated with traditional, transphyseal adult techniques, these same procedures risk iatrogenic damage to the growth plates and resultant growth disturbances in younger patients with open physes...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760128/nitric-oxide-releasing-macromolecule-exhibits-broad-spectrum-anti-fungal-activity-and-utility-as-a-topical-treatment-for-superficial-fungal-infections
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Nathan Stasko, Kimberly McHale, Stanley J Hollenbach, Megan Martin, Ryan Doxey
Cutaneous and superficial fungal infections affecting the skin, nails, and hair of humans are caused primarily by dermatophytes of the genera Trichophyton, and Epidermophyton, or by yeasts of the genera Candida and Malassezia Onychomycosis is a common fungal infection of the nail frequently coexisting with tinea pedis, the most prevalent mycotic skin infection. Efficacy rates for current topical onychomycosis therapies are hampered by low drug penetration across the nail plate that is theoretically obviated with nitric oxide (NO)-based topical therapies...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753678/deficiency-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-fgf21-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-in-mice-on-a-long-term-obesogenic-diet
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Garima Singhal, Gaurav Kumar, Suzanne Chan, Ffolliott M Fisher, Yong Ma, Hilde G Vardeh, Imad A Nasser, Jeffrey S Flier, Eleftheria Maratos-Flier
OBJECTIVE: Non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) associated with obesity is a major cause of liver diseases which can progress to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) plays an important role in liver metabolism and is also a potential marker for NAFL. Here we aimed to test the effect of FGF21 deficiency on liver pathology in mice consuming a conventional high fat, high sucrose (HFHS) obesogenic diet for up to 52 weeks...
March 8, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
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