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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550309/the-ppsu-plasmids-for-generating-dna-molecular-weight-markers
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Ryan C Henrici, Turner J Pecen, James L Johnston, Song Tan
Visualizing nucleic acids by gel electrophoresis is one of the most common techniques in molecular biology, and reference molecular weight markers or ladders are commonly used for size estimation. We have created the pPSU1 & pPSU2 pair of molecular weight marker plasmids which produce both 100 bp and 1 kb DNA ladders when digested with two common restriction enzymes. The 100 bp ladder fragments have been optimized to migrate appropriately on both agarose and native polyacrylamide, unlike many currently available DNA ladders...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549413/external-magnetic-field-promotes-homing-of-magnetized-stem-cells-following-subcutaneous-injection
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Yu Meng, Changzhen Shi, Bo Hu, Jian Gong, Xing Zhong, Xueyin Lin, Xinju Zhang, Jun Liu, Cong Liu, Hao Xu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent stromal cells that have the ability to self-renew and migrate to sites of pathology. In vivo tracking of MSCs provides insights into both, the underlying mechanisms of MSC transformation and their potential as gene delivery vehicles. The aim of our study was to assess the ability of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs)-labeled Wharton's Jelly of the human umbilical cord-derived MSCs (WJ-MSCs) to carry the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene to cutaneous injury sites in a murine model...
May 26, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549346/functional-heterogeneity-in-tumor-derived-human-pancreatic-stellate-cells-differential-expression-of-hgf-and-implications-for-mitogenic-signaling-and-migration-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Vegard Tjomsland, Monica Aasrum, Thoralf Christoffersen, Ivar P Gladhaug
The pancreatic stellate cell (PSC) is the principal cell type of the desmoplastic stroma of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PSCs interact with cancer cells and influence the progression of the disease through a complex network of signaling molecules including hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Functional heterogeneity of PSCs within a tumor might conceivably influence tumor progression. We investigated PSC populations isolated from different human PDACs and examined the effects of PSC-conditioned medium on BxPC-3 and AsPC-1 pancreatic cancer cells...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546318/an-environment-dependent-transcriptional-network-specifies-human-microglia-identity
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David Gosselin, Dylan Skola, Nicole G Coufal, Inge R Holtman, Johannes C M Schlachetzki, Eniko Sajti, Baptiste N Jaeger, Carolyn O'Connor, Conor Fitzpatrick, Martina P Pasillas, Monique Pena, Amy Adair, David G Gonda, Michael L Levy, Richard M Ransohoff, Fred H Gage, Christopher K Glass
Microglia play essential roles in central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis and influence diverse aspects of neuronal function. However, the transcriptional mechanisms that specify human microglia phenotypes are largely unknown. We examined the transcriptomes and epigenetic landscapes of human microglia isolated from surgically resected brain tissue ex vivo and following transition to an in vitro environment. Transfer to a tissue culture environment results in rapid and extensive downregulation of microglia-specific genes that are induced in primitive mouse macrophages following migration into the fetal brain...
May 25, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542676/detailed-clinical-phenotype-and-molecular-genetic-findings-in-cln3-associated-isolated-retinal-degeneration
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Cristy A Ku, Sarah Hull, Gavin Arno, Ajoy Vincent, Keren Carss, Robert Kayton, Douglas Weeks, Glenn W Anderson, Ryan Geraets, Camille Parker, David A Pearce, Michel Michaelides, Robert E MacLaren, Anthony G Robson, Graham E Holder, Elise Heon, F Lucy Raymond, Anthony T Moore, Andrew R Webster, Mark E Pennesi
Importance: Mutations in genes traditionally associated with syndromic retinal disease are increasingly found to cause nonsyndromic inherited retinal degenerations. Mutations in CLN3 are classically associated with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, a rare neurodegenerative disease with early retinal degeneration and progressive neurologic deterioration, but have recently also been identified in patients with nonsyndromic inherited retinal degenerations. To our knowledge, detailed clinical characterization of such cases has yet to be reported...
May 25, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542561/impaired-functional-capacity-of-fetal-endothelial-cells-in-preeclampsia
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Lars Brodowski, Jennifer Burlakov, Sarah Hass, Constantin von Kaisenberg, Frauke von Versen-Höynck
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is one of the main contributers to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality during pregnancy. A history of preeclampsia puts mother and offspring at an increased cardiovascular risk in later life. We hypothesized that at the time of birth functional impairments of fetal endothelial cells can be detected in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia and that a therapeutic intervention using 1,25 (OH)2 vitamin D3 can reverse the adverse effects of preeclampsia on cell function...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542550/a-spatio-temporal-assessment-of-simian-human-immunodeficiency-virus-shiv-evolution-reveals-a-highly-dynamic-process-within-the-host
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Alison F Feder, Christopher Kline, Patricia Polacino, Mackenzie Cottrell, Angela D M Kashuba, Brandon F Keele, Shiu-Lok Hu, Dmitri A Petrov, Pleuni S Pennings, Zandrea Ambrose
The process by which drug-resistant HIV-1 arises and spreads spatially within an infected individual is poorly understood. Studies have found variable results relating how HIV-1 in the blood differs from virus sampled in tissues, offering conflicting findings about whether HIV-1 throughout the body is homogeneously distributed. However, most of these studies sample only two compartments and few have data from multiple time points. To directly measure how drug resistance spreads within a host and to assess how spatial structure impacts its emergence, we examined serial sequences from four macaques infected with RT-SHIVmne027, a simian immunodeficiency virus encoding HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT), and treated with RT inhibitors...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542070/collagen-elastin-and-collagen-glycosaminoglycan-scaffolds-promote-distinct-patterns-of-matrix-maturation-and-axial-vascularization-in-arteriovenous-loop-based-soft-tissue-flaps
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Volker J Schmidt, Johanna O Wietbrock, Nico Leibig, Torsten Gloe, Dominic Henn, J Frederik Hernekamp, Leila Harhaus, Ulrich Kneser
INTRODUCTION: Autologous free flaps are the criterion standard for reconstructions of complex soft tissue defects; however, they are limited by donor-site morbidities. The arteriovenous (AV) loop model enables the generation of soft tissue constructs based on acellular dermal matrices with a functional microvasculature and minimal donor site morbidity. The ideal scaffold for AV loop-based tissue engineering has not been determined. METHODS: AV loops were placed into subcutaneous isolation chambers filled with either a collagen-elastin scaffold or a collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffold in the thighs of rats...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539655/angiopoietin-1-enhances-neutrophil-chemotaxis-in-vitro-and-migration-in-vivo-through-interaction-with-cd18-and-release-of-ccl4
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Amanda Burnett, Ingrid Gomez, David Davila De Leon, Mark Ariaans, Pavlos Progias, Richard A Kammerer, Guillermo Velasco, Marie Marron, Paul Hellewell, Victoria Ridger
Angiopoietins are a family of growth factors that are ligands for the tyrosine kinase receptor, Tie2. Angiopoietin 1 (Ang-1) is agonistic for Tie2, plays a key role in blood vessel maturation and stability and has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties. However, Tie2 expression has been demonstrated on human neutrophils and the observation that neutrophils migrate in response to Ang-1 in vitro has confounded research into its exact role in inflammation as well as its potential use as a therapeutic agent...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539283/-effect-of-globular-adiponectin-on-proliferation-migration-and-tube-formation-of-ovarian-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Lei Chen, Xiao-Sheng Lu, Ya-Lan Li, Zhou-Fei Mao, Luan-Juan Xiao, Yan-Hong Yu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effect of globular adiponectin on angiogenesis of ovarian microvascular endothelial cells (OMECs). METHODS: Mouse OMECs were isolated and purified by density gradient centrifugation with Percoll and identified by immunofluorescence analysis of follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR), luteinizing hormone receptor (LHR), and endothelial cell marker von Willebrand factor (vWF). The capillary-like tube formation of OMECs was determined by vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) treatment in Matrigel matrix...
May 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538671/engineering-exosomes-for-cancer-therapy
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Katie E Gilligan, Róisín M Dwyer
There remains an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies to treat metastatic cancer, which results in over 8 million deaths annually worldwide. Following secretion, exosomes are naturally taken up by cells, and capable of the stable transfer of drugs, therapeutic microRNAs and proteins. As knowledge of the biogenesis, release and uptake of exosomes continues to evolve, and thus also has interest in these extracellular vesicles as potential tumor-targeted vehicles for cancer therapy. The ability to engineer exosome content and migratory itinerary holds tremendous promise...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534941/two-natural-eudesmane-type-sesquiterpenes-from-laggera-alata-inhibit-angiogenesis-and-suppress-breast-cancer-cell-migration-through-vegf-and-angiopoietin-2-mediated-signaling-pathways
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Ning Liang, Yaolan Li, Hau Yin Chung
Eudesmane-type sesquiterpenes are natural sesquiterpenes with anti-inflammatory properties, but their anti-angiogenic activities are not known. The present study demonstrated that 5α-hydroxycostic acid and hydroxyisocostic acid, two eudesmane-type sesquiterpenes (ETSs), isolated from the herb Laggera alata, possessed anti-angiogenic effects. Under non-toxic dosage, ETSs suppressed VEGF‑induced proliferation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and vessel formation in zebrafish embryos. Moreover, ETSs inhibited VEGF-stimulated HUVEC migration, stress fibers and tube formation...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533412/extraordinarily-rapid-speciation-in-a-marine-fish
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Paolo Momigliano, Henri Jokinen, Antoine Fraimout, Ann-Britt Florin, Alf Norkko, Juha Merilä
Divergent selection may initiate ecological speciation extremely rapidly. How often and at what pace ecological speciation proceeds to yield strong reproductive isolation is more uncertain. Here, we document a case of extraordinarily rapid speciation associated with ecological selection in the postglacial Baltic Sea. European flounders (Platichthys flesus) in the Baltic exhibit two contrasting reproductive behaviors: pelagic and demersal spawning. Demersal spawning enables flounders to thrive in the low salinity of the Northern Baltic, where eggs cannot achieve neutral buoyancy...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528862/crocetin-restores-diabetic-endothelial-progenitor-cell-dysfunction-by-enhancing-no-bioavailability-via-regulation-of-pi3k-akt-enos-and-ros-pathways
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Wei Cao, Jinjin Cui, Shufeng Li, Donghui Zhang, Yibo Guo, Qiannan Li, Ying Luan, Xian Liu
AIMS: Endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) dysfunction underlies a critical risk factor in diabetic vascular complications due to function defect in restoring endothelium injury. Crocetin has attracted increasing attention in several vascular-related diseases. In present study, we aimed to explore the role of crocetin in diabetic EPC dysfunction. MAIN METHODS: EPCs were isolated from bone marrow in diabetic mice and identified using the fluorescence staining and flow cytometry...
May 18, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527850/complement-activation-by-pulp-capping-materials-plays-a-significant-role-in-both-inflammatory-and-pulp-stem-cells-recruitment
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Thomas Giraud, Pierre Rufas, Fanny Chmilewsky, Charlotte Rombouts, Jacques Dejou, Charlotte Jeanneau, Imad About
INTRODUCTION: The role of complement, especially through the C5a fragment, is well-known for the initiation of inflammation. Its involvement in regeneration has been shown more recently by the recruitment of mesenchymal stem cells. C5a can be produced locally by the pulp fibroblasts in response to injury or infection. This work aims to investigate the effect of different pulp capping biomaterials on complement activation and its possible influence on inflammatory and pulp stem cell recruitment...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526890/a-heteromeric-molecular-complex-regulates-the-migration-of-lung-alveolar-epithelial-cells-during-wound-healing
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Manik C Ghosh, Patrudu S Makena, Joseph Kennedy, Bin Teng, Charlean Luellen, Scott E Sinclair, Christopher M Waters
Alveolar type II epithelial cells (ATII) are instrumental in early wound healing in response to lung injury, restoring epithelial integrity through spreading and migration. We previously reported in separate studies that focal adhesion kinase-1 (FAK) and the chemokine receptor CXCR4 promote epithelial repair mechanisms. However, potential interactions between these two pathways were not previously considered. In the present study, we found that wounding of rat ATII cells promoted increased association between FAK and CXCR4...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526501/hypoxia-modulates-cell-migration-and-proliferation-in-placenta-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Li Li, Prashant Kumar Jaiswal, Georges Makhoul, Rishi Jurakhan, Kaviyanka Selvasandran, Khalid Ridwan, Renzo Cecere
OBJECTIVES: For more than a decade, stem cells isolated from different tissues have been evaluated in cell therapy. Among them, the human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSCs) were investigated extensively in the treatment of myocardial infarction. Recently, the human placenta-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hPD-MSCs), which are readily available from a biological waste, appear to be a viable alternative to hBM-MSCs. METHODS: C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) gene expression and localization were detected and validated in hPD-MSCs and hBM-MSCs via polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525375/ros-enhance-angiogenic-properties-via-regulation-of-nrf2-in-tumor-endothelial-cells
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Takayuki Hojo, Nako Maishi, Alam Mohammad Towfik, Kosuke Akiyama, Noritaka Ohga, Masanobu Shindoh, Yasuhiro Hida, Kazuyuki Minowa, Toshiaki Fujisawa, Kyoko Hida
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are unstable molecules that activate oxidative stress. Because of the insufficient blood flow in tumors, the tumor microenvironment is often exposed to hypoxic condition and nutrient deprivation, which induces ROS accumulation. We isolated tumor endothelial cells (TECs) and found that they have various abnormalities, although the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. Here we showed that ROS were accumulated in tumor blood vessels and ROS enhanced TEC migration with upregulation of several angiogenesis related gene expressions...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516428/cerebrovascular-angiogenic-reprogramming-upon-lrp1-repression-impact-on-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-signaling-in-brain-endothelial-cell-chemotactism
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Amélie Vézina, Cyndia Charfi, Alain Zgheib, Borhane Annabi
Switches in sphingolipid metabolism have recently been associated with oncogenic transformation, and a role for the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) in sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) proangiogenic signaling inferred. S1P signaling crosstalk with LRP1 in brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMEC) is however unclear. Transient in vitro siLRP1 gene silencing was compared to stable shLRP1 knockdown. We observed decreased expression of CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ), a transcription factor for which multiple binding sites are found within the promoter sequences of all five S1P receptor members, upon stable but not transient LRP1 repression...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516066/the-alpha-tocopherol-form-of-vitamin-e-boosts-elastase-activity-of-human-pmns-and-their-ability-to-kill-streptococcus-pneumoniae
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Elsa N Bou Ghanem, James N Lee, Basma H Joma, Simin N Meydani, John M Leong, Alexander Panda
Despite the availability of vaccines, Streptococcus pneumoniae remains a leading cause of life-threatening infections, such as pneumonia, bacteremia and meningitis. Polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) are a key determinant of disease course, because optimal host defense requires an initial robust pulmonary PMN response to control bacterial numbers followed by modulation of this response later in infection. The elderly, who manifest a general decline in immune function and higher basal levels of inflammation, are at increased risk of developing pneumococcal pneumonia...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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