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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911401/an-optimized-protocol-to-analyze-glycolysis-and-mitochondrial-respiration-in-lymphocytes
#1
Javier Traba, Pietro Miozzo, Billur Akkaya, Susan K Pierce, Munir Akkaya
Lymphocytes respond to a variety of stimuli by activating intracellular signaling pathways, which in turn leads to rapid cellular proliferation, migration and differentiation, and cytokine production. All of these events are tightly linked to the energy status of the cell, and therefore studying the energy-producing pathways may give clues about the overall functionality of these cells. The extracellular flux analyzer is a commonly used device for evaluating the performance of glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration in many cell types...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909288/reconstruction-of-isolated-inferior-right-hepatic-vein-s-in-right-lobe-living-donor-liver-transplantation-using-polytetrafluoroethylene-grafts-a-new-feasible-concept-technique-of-bridging-conduit-venoplasty-and-outcomes
#2
Ashok Thorat, Shih-Chao Hsu, Horng-Ren Yang, Ping-Chun Li, Ming-Li Li, Chun-Chieh Yeh, Te-Hung Chen, Kin-Shing Poon, Long-Bin Jeng
BACKGROUND Right lobe living donor liver transplantation (LDLT) remains the most common form of liver transplantation in Asia. However, reconstruction of the venous outflow in a right liver allograft may pose technical difficulties if hepatic venous variations are present. Recently, much emphasis has been given to the reconstruction of large and multiple inferior right hepatic veins (IRHVs). The method of reconstructive technique, type of vascular grafts, and the outcome after the procedure have been a point of debate...
December 2, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907853/sewall-wright-shifting-balance-theory-and-the-hardening-of-the-modern-synthesis
#3
Yoichi Ishida
The period between the 1940s and 1960s saw the hardening of the modern synthesis in evolutionary biology. Gould and Provine argue that Wright's shifting balance theory of evolution hardened during this period. But their account does not do justice to Wright, who always regarded selection as acting together with drift. This paper presents a more adequate account of the development of Wright's shifting balance theory, paying particular attention to his application of the theory to the geographical distribution of flower color dimorphism in Linanthus parryae...
November 28, 2016: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904054/epidemiology-of-dermatophytoses-in-crete-greece
#4
Sofia Maraki, Viktoria Eirini Mavromanolaki
Dermatophytoses are among the most frequently diagnosed skin infections worldwide. However, the distribution of pathogenic species and the predominating anatomical sites of infection vary with geographical location and change over time. The aim of this study was to determine the epidemiological and aetiological factors of dermatophytoses in Crete, Greece over the last 5-year period (2011-2015) and their incidence in relation to the gender and the age of the patients. We compared our findings with those previously reported from the same area and from other parts of the world...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903224/evaluation-on-monocyte-mediated-delivery-of-a-therapeutic-gene-into-the-inflamed-brain
#5
Hsin-I Tong, Wen Kang, Guangzhou Zhou, Min Liu, Yingli Shi, Yuanan Lu
This study was aimed to explore the potential of a non-invasive monocytes-based delivery system to transport therapeutic genes into the diseased brain. The study was conducted by first establishing the optimized conditions for lentiviral vector (LV)-mediated gene transfer into freshly isolated monocytes, followed by investigating the inflamed-brain homing efficiency and in vivo cell-mediated transgene expression by carrier monocytes in a mouse model with acute subregional neuroinflammation. Using a newly optimized spin-infection method, up to 35% of freshly isolated monocytes were successfully transduced with the LV system DHIV-101 at M...
November 18, 2016: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902740/extensive-characterization-and-comparison-of-endothelial-cells-derived-from-dermis-and-adipose-tissue-potential-use-in-tissue-engineering
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Hanneke N Monsuur, Ester M Weijers, Frank B Niessen, Amit Gefen, Pieter Koolwijk, Susan Gibbs, Lenie J van den Broek
Tissue-engineered constructs need to become quickly vascularized in order to ensure graft take. One way of achieving this is to incorporate endothelial cells (EC) into the construct. The adipose tissue stromal vascular fraction (adipose-SVF) might provide an alternative source for endothelial cells as adipose tissue can easily be obtained by liposuction. Since adipose-EC are now gaining more interest in tissue engineering, we aimed to extensively characterize endothelial cells from adipose tissue (adipose-EC) and compare them with endothelial cells from dermis (dermal-EC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902376/detection-of-a-novel-equine-like-g3-rotavirus-associated-with-acute-gastroenteritis-in-brazil
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Sylvia F S Guerra, Luana S Soares, Patrícia S Lobo, Edvaldo T Penha Júnior, Edivaldo C Sousa Júnior, Delana A M Bezerra, Lívia R Vaz, Alexandre C Linhares, Joana D P Mascarenhas
Genotype G3P[8] of rotavirus A (RVA) is detected worldwide, usually associated with Wa-like constellation and exhibiting a long RNA migration pattern. More recently, a novel intergenogroup, G3P[8] reassortant variant with a short electropherotype has emerged in Asia, Oceania and Europe, denoting an overall potential of unusual rotavirus strains. During a RVA surveillance in Brazil, G3P[8] strains were found displaying a short electropherotype pattern, which had not been detected before in this region. This study aims to characterize the complete genomes of 10 G3P[8] strains detected in Northern region of Brazil...
October 18, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899290/didymin-induces-apoptosis-through-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-up-regulation-of-rkip-in-human-hepatoma-cells
#8
Jinbin Wei, Quanfang Huang, Facheng Bai, Jun Lin, Jinlan Nie, Shengjuan Lu, Chunyuang Lu, Renbin Huang, Zhongpeng Lu, Xing Lin
In the present study, a flavonoid was isolated from Origanum vulgare and identified as didymin. The effect and mechanism of O. vulgare didymin (OVD) on human HepG2 liver carcinoma cell was then assessed. Our results showed that OVD strongly inhibited the viability, clonogenicity and migration of HepG2 cells. OVD significantly induced apoptosis and induced cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase by regulating cyclin B1, cyclin D1 and CDK4. The anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects were associated with changes in the Bcl-2/Bax ratio and induction of caspase-mediated apoptosis...
November 26, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899163/human-fetal-and-adult-epicardial-derived-cells-a-novel-model-to-study-their-activation
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Asja T Moerkamp, Kirsten Lodder, Tessa van Herwaarden, Esther Dronkers, Calinda K E Dingenouts, Fredrik C Tengström, Thomas J van Brakel, Marie-José Goumans, Anke M Smits
BACKGROUND: The epicardium, a cell layer covering the heart, plays an important role during cardiogenesis providing cardiovascular cell types and instructive signals, but becomes quiescent during adulthood. Upon cardiac injury the epicardium is activated, which includes induction of a developmental gene program, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and migration. However, the response of the adult epicardium is suboptimal compared to the active contribution of the fetal epicardium to heart development...
November 29, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899144/hypoxia-induced-responses-by-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-are-modulated-by-placental-growth-factor
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Michelle B Hookham, Imran H A Ali, Christina L O'Neill, Emer Hackett, Melanie H Lambe, Tina Schmidt, Reinhold J Medina, Sara Chamney, Bharathi Rao, Eibhlin McLoone, David Sweet, Alan W Stitt, Derek P Brazil
BACKGROUND: Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs), also termed late outgrowth endothelial cells, are a well-defined circulating endothelial progenitor cell type with an established role in vascular repair. ECFCs have clear potential for cell therapy to treat ischaemic disease, although the precise mechanism(s) underlying their response to hypoxia remains ill-defined. METHODS: In this study, we isolated ECFCs from umbilical cord blood and cultured them on collagen...
November 29, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898729/rna-contaminates-glycosaminoglycans-extracted-from-cells-and-tissues
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Jasper J van Gemst, Markus A Loeven, Mark J J de Graaf, Jo H M Berden, Ton J Rabelink, Cornelis H Smit, Johan van der Vlag
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are linear negatively charged polysaccharides and important components of extracellular matrices and cell surface glycan layers such as the endothelial glycocalyx. The GAG family includes sulfated heparin, heparan sulfate (HS), dermatan sulfate (DS), chondroitin sulfate (CS), keratan sulfate, and non-sulfated hyaluronan. Because relative expression of GAGs is dependent on cell-type and niche, isolating GAGs from cell cultures and tissues may provide insight into cell- and tissue-specific GAG structure and functions...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898365/capillary-electrophoresis-with-online-stacking-in-combination-with-agnps-mcm-41-reinforced-hollow-fiber-solid-liquid-phase-microextraction-for-quantitative-analysis-of-capecitabine-and-its-main-metabolite-5-fluorouracil-in-plasma-samples-isolated-from-cancer
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Mehrdad Forough, Khalil Farhadi, Rahim Molaei, Hedayat Khalili, Ramin Shakeri, Asghar Zamani, Amir Abbas Matin
The purpose of this study is the development and validation of a simple, novel, selective and fast off-line microextraction technique combining capillary electrophoresis with in-column field-amplified sample injection (FASI) for the simultaneous determination of capecitabine (CAP) and its active metabolite, 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), in human plasma. At the moment, there is a lack of using cost-effective CE tool combined with novel miniaturized sample clean-up techniques for analysis of these important anti-cancer agents in plasma samples...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895585/feto-maternal-trafficking-of-exosomes-in-murine-pregnancy-models
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Samantha Sheller-Miller, Jun Lei, George Saade, Carlos Salomon, Irina Burd, Ramkumar Menon
Timing and initiation of labor are well-orchestrated by signals communicated between the fetal and maternal compartments; however, how these signals are communicated is not completely understood. Fetal exosomes, intercellular signaling vesicles, may play a key role in the process. The objective of this study was to evaluate exosome trafficking in vivo from fetal to maternal compartments. Pregnant CD-1 mice were intra-amniotically injected on gestational day 16 and 17 with exosomes isolated from primary human amnion epithelial cells fluorescently labeled with the lipophilic dye 1,1-dioctadecyl-3,3,3,3-tetramethylindotricarbocyanine iodide (DiR)...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893716/hic-5-remodeling-of-the-stromal-matrix-promotes-breast-tumor-progression
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G J Goreczny, J L Ouderkirk-Pecone, E C Olson, M Krendel, C E Turner
The remodeling of the stromal extracellular matrix (ECM) has a crucial, but incompletely understood role during tumor progression and metastasis. Hic-5, a focal adhesion scaffold protein, has previously been implicated in tumor cell invasion, proliferation and metastasis. To investigate the role of Hic-5 in breast tumor progression in vivo, Hic-5(-/-) mice were generated and crossed with the Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus-Polyoma Middle T-Antigen mouse. Tumors from the Hic-5(-/-);PyMT mice exhibited increased latency and reduced growth, with fewer lung metastases, as compared with Hic-5(+/-);PyMT mice...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891756/motility-patterns-in-mouse-colon-gastrointestinal-dysfunction-induced-by-anticancer-chemotherapy
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REVIEW
N J Spencer
Colon cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related death in humans. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU), a major chemotherapy treatment, has been used for decades to fight numerous types of cancers, including breast, colon, and head and neck carcinomas. Unfortunately, a large proportion of patients treated with 5-FU develop toxicities that include diarrhea, mucositis, neutropenia, and vomiting. While the side effects of 5-FU are well known, the mechanisms underlying the induction of these unpleasant symptoms are poorly understood...
December 2016: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889748/mir-146a-regulates-inflammatory-infiltration-by-macrophages-in-polymyositis-dermatomyositis-by-targeting-traf6-and-affecting-il-17-icam-1-pathway
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Yuanqin Yin, Fei Li, Jing Shi, Songlin Li, Jingjing Cai, Youhong Jiang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The primary objective of this study was to investigate the role of miR-146a in inducing the inflammatory infiltration of macrophages in polymyositis/dermatomyositis (PM/DM) through targeting TNF receptor associated factor 6 (TRAF6), which may further down-regulate the Interleukin-17 (IL-17)/Intercellular Adhesion Molecule 1 (ICAM-1) pathway. METHODS: Biopsies were collected from PM/DM patients and healthy volunteers. PM/DM model establishment and macrophage isolation were performed on Sprague Dawley (SD) rats...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888098/identification-of-novel-peptide-motifs-in-the-serpin-maspin-that-affect-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-function
#17
S E Jenkinson, L J Brown, J Ombor, J A Milburn, T Smulders-Srinivasan, S Veuger, D R Edwards, R Bass
Maspin is a non-inhibitory member of the serpin family that affects cell behaviours related to migration and survival. We have previously shown that peptides of the isolated G α-helix (G-helix) domain of maspin show bioactivity. Migration, invasion, adhesion and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) are important processes that contribute to the build-up of atherosclerotic plaques. Here we report the use of functional assays of these behaviours to investigate whether other maspin-derived peptides impact directly on VSMC; focusing on potential anti-atherogenic properties...
November 23, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887867/evaluation-of-function-and-recovery-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-after-exposure-to-paclitaxel
#18
William M Harris, Ping Zhang, Michael Plastini, Telisha Ortiz, Nikolas Kappy, Jefferson Benites, Edward Alexeev, Shaohua Chang, Ross Brockunier, Jeffrey P Carpenter, Spencer A Brown
BACKGROUND AIMS: Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) are considered to play a positive role in wound healing as evidenced by their increasing use in breast reconstructive procedures. After chemotherapy for breast cancer, poor soft tissue wound healing is a major problem. In the present study, the functional capabilities and recovery of ASCs after exposure to chemotherapeutic agent paclitaxel (PTX) using in vitro and ex vivo models were demonstrated. METHODS: Human ASCs were isolated from periumbilical fat tissue and treated with PTX at various concentrations...
November 22, 2016: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887569/immune-modulation-of-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-by-zoledronic-acid
#19
Hsien Liu, Shih-Han Wang, Shin-Cheh Chen, Ching-Ying Chen, Jo-Lin Lo, Tsun-Mei Lin
BACKGROUND: CD4(+)CD25(+) regulatory T (Treg) cells suppress tumor immunity by inhibiting immune cells. Manipulation of Treg cells represents a new strategy for cancer treatment. Zoledronic acid (ZA), a nitrogen-containing bisphosphonate, inhibits the expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) on osteoblasts to inhibit osteoclastogenesis. In a mouse model of bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, administration of ZA suppressed Treg-cell activity and activated inflammatory Th17 cells...
November 25, 2016: BMC Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884342/optimizing-neurogenic-potential-of-enteric-neurospheres-for-treatment-of-neurointestinal-diseases
#20
Lily S Cheng, Hannah K Graham, Wei Hua Pan, Nandor Nagy, Alfonso Carreon-Rodriguez, Allan M Goldstein, Ryo Hotta
BACKGROUND: Enteric neurospheres derived from postnatal intestine represent a promising avenue for cell replacement therapy to treat Hirschsprung disease and other neurointestinal diseases. We describe a simple method to improve the neuronal yield of spontaneously formed gut-derived neurospheres. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Enteric neurospheres were formed from the small and large intestines of mouse and human subjects. Neurosphere size, neural crest cell content, cell migration, neuronal differentiation, and neuronal proliferation in culture were analyzed...
December 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
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