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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550762/forensic-age-estimation-by-morphometric-analysis-of-the-manubrium-from-3d-mr-images
#1
Naira P Martínez Vera, Johannes Höller, Thomas Widek, Bernhard Neumayer, Thomas Ehammer, Martin Urschler
Forensic age estimation research based on skeletal structures focuses on patterns of growth and development using different bones. In this work, our aim was to study growth-related evolution of the manubrium in living adolescents and young adults using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which is an image acquisition modality that does not involve ionizing radiation. In a first step, individual manubrium and subject features were correlated with age, which confirmed a statistically significant change of manubrium volume (Mvol:p<0...
May 12, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550730/transplantation-of-aire-overexpressing-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-delays-the-onset-of-type-1-diabetes
#2
Dongbei Li, Bo Zhao, Yadong Luo, Steven Limbara, Bingjie Zhao, Xueyang Zou, Wei Yang, Yi Li
Autoimmune regulator (Aire) plays an indispensable role in maintaining central immune tolerance by promoting the ectopic expression of tissue-restricted antigens (TRAs) in medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs) and dendritic cells (DCs), which lead to the deletion of autoreactive T cells or the induction of Tregs and consequently prevent autoimmune disease development. Curing autoimmune diseases has always been a challenge. DC-based immunotherapy represents a new and effective method to establish tolerance...
May 24, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550198/host-derived-cd70-suppresses-murine-graft-versus-host-disease-by-limiting-donor-t-cell-expansion-and-effector-function
#3
Nicholas D Leigh, Rachel E O'Neill, Wei Du, Chuan Chen, Jingxin Qiu, Jonathan D Ashwell, Philip L McCarthy, George L Chen, Xuefang Cao
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a potentially curative treatment for hematologic and immunologic diseases. However, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) may develop when donor-derived T cells recognize and damage genetically distinct normal host tissues. In addition to TCR signaling, costimulatory pathways are involved in T cell activation. CD27 is a TNFR family member expressed on T cells, and its ligand, CD70, is expressed on APCs. The CD27/CD70 costimulatory pathway was shown to be critical for T cell function and survival in viral infection models...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550042/t-cell-expression-of-ahr-inhibits-the-maintenance-of-ptreg-cells-in-the-gi-tract-in-acute-gvhd
#4
Trisha A Dant, Kaifeng L Lin, Danny W Bruce, Stephanie A Montgomery, Oleg V Kolupaev, Hemamalini Bommiasamy, Lisa M Bixby, John T Woosley, Karen P McKinnon, Frank J Gonzalez, Bruce R Blazar, Benjamin G Vincent, James M Coghill, Jonathan S Serody
The Aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that affects the function and development of immune cells. Here, we show that recipient mice receiving AhR(-/-) T cells have improved survival and decreased acute graft versus host disease (aGvHD) in two different murine allogeneic bone marrow transplant models (BMT). We also show that CD4(+) T cells lacking AhR demonstrate reduced accumulation in secondary lymphoid tissue due to low levels of proliferation 4 days after BMT. Additionally, we found a significant increase in the quantity of peripherally induced regulatory donor T cells (pTregs) in the colon of recipients transplanted with AhR(-/-) T cells 14 days after transplant...
May 26, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549768/myasthenia-gravis-after-allogeneic-bone-marrow-transplantation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#5
Yutaka Tsutsumi, Takashi Kamiishi, Ryo Kikuchi, Shinichi Ito, Satomi Matsuoka, Takanori Teshima
A 52-year-old man with acute myeloid leukemia underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and developed extensive chronic graft-versus-host disease and myasthenia gravis (MG), which became involved with oculobulbar and proximal upper and lower limb weakness in 677days. In the literature, we identified 24 cases where MG developed after allo-SCT. Graft-versus-host disease development and male recipients of female donors might be prone to the development of posttransplant MG (odds ratio, 3.75)...
May 18, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549688/fibrodysplasia-ossificans-progressiva-the-patient-voice
#6
Ian L Cali, Laura Rossano
The following essays are the personal statements of two remarkable young individuals, Ian Cali and Laura Rossano, who candidly share their perspectives on living life with fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP). These essays are excerpts from the opening comments that Ian and Laura delivered at The First and The Second International FOP Association Drug Development Forums in 2014 and 2016, respectively. We present these unedited essays in this special issue of BONE so that physicians, scientists, and researchers everywhere can glimpse the valiant challenges that envelop the lives of all individuals with FOP and can appreciate that diseases are not just biological processes but indelible human experiences...
May 23, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549617/hematopathological-alterations-of-major-tumor-suppressor-cascade-vital-cell-cycle-inhibitors-and-hematopoietic-niche-components-in-experimental-myelodysplasia
#7
Ritam Chatterjee, Shubhangi Gupta, Sujata Law
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a poorly understood dreadful hematopoietic disorder that involves maturational defect and abnormalities in blood cell production leading to dysplastic changes and peripheral blood pancytopenia. The present work aims in establishing the mechanistic relationship of the expressional alterations of major tumor suppressor cascade, vital cell cycle inhibitors and hematopoietic microenvironmental components with the disease pathophysiologies. The study involves the development of N-N' Ethylnitrosourea (ENU) induced mouse model of MDS, characterization of the disease with blood film and bone marrow smear studies, scanning electron microscopic observation, mitochondrial membrane potential determination, flowcytometric analysis of osteoblastic and vascular niche components along with the expressional study of cleaved caspase-3, PCNA, Chk-2, p53, Ndn, Gfi-1, Tie-2, Sdf-1, Gsk-3β, p18 and Myt-1 in the bone marrow compartment...
May 23, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549373/production-of-a-potential-liquid-plant-bio-stimulant-by-immobilized-piriformospora-indica-in-repeated-batch-fermentation-process
#8
Nikolay Vassilev, Bettina Eichler-Löbermann, Elena Flor-Peregrin, Vanessa Martos, Antonia Reyes, Maria Vassileva
Piriformospora indica, a mycorrhizal-like fungus able to establish associations with roots of a wide range of plants, supporting plant nutrition and increasing plant resistance and tolerance to stress, was shown to solubilise phosphate applied in the form of animal bone char (HABO) in fermentation systems. The process of P solubilisation was caused most likely by proton extrusion and medium pH lowering. The fungal mycelium was successfully immobilized/retained in a polyurethane foam carrier. Further employment of the immobilized mycelium in repeated-batch fermentation process resulted in at least 5 cycles of P solubilization...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549041/value-of-osteoblast-derived-exosomes-in-bone-diseases
#9
Min Ge, Yingzhi Wu, Ronghu Ke, Tianyi Cai, Junyi Yang, Xiongzheng Mu
PURPOSE: The authors' purpose is to reveal the value of osteoblast-derived exosomes in bone diseases. METHODS: Microvesicles from supernatants of mouse Mc3t3 were isolated by ultracentrifugation and then the authors presented the protein profile by proteomics analysis. RESULTS: The authors detected a total number of 1536 proteins by mass spectrometry and found 172 proteins overlap with bone database. The Ingenuity Pathway Analysis shows network of "Skeletal and Muscular System Development and Function, Developmental Disorder, Hereditary Disorder" and pathway about osteogenesis...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548682/arthrotomy-based-pre-clinical-models-of-particle-induced-osteolysis-a-systematic-review
#10
REVIEW
Meghan M Moran, Brittany M Wilson, Ryan D Ross, Amarjit S Virdi, D Rick Sumner
We completed a systematic literature review of in vivo animal models that use arthrotomy-based methods to study particle-induced peri-implant osteolysis. The purpose of the review was to characterize the models developed to date, to determine the questions addressed, to assess scientific rigor and transparency and to identify gaps in knowledge. We probed three literature databases (Medline, Embase and Scopus) and found 77 manuscripts that fit the search parameters. In the most recent 10 years, researchers mainly used rat and mouse models, whereas in the previous 20 years large animal, canine and rabbit models were more common...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548630/tenogenic-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#11
Tina P Dale, Shazia Mazher, William R Webb, Jing Zhou, Nicola Maffulli, G-Q Chen, Alicia J El Haj, Nicholas R Forsyth
Tendon healing is complex to manage because of the limited regeneration capacity of tendon tissue; stem cell-based tissue engineering approaches may provide alternative healing strategies. We sought to determine whether human embryonic stem cells (hESC) could be induced to differentiate into tendon-like cells by the addition of exogenous bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)12 (growth differentiation factor(GDF)7) and BMP13 (GDF6). hESC (SHEF-1) were maintained with or without BMP12/13 supplementation, or supplemented with BMP12/13 and the SMAD signalling cascade blocking agent, dorsomorphin...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548470/whole-exome-sequencing-of-etv6-runx1-in-four-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-cases
#12
Zubaidah Zakaria, Norodiyah Othman, Azli Ismail, Nor Rizan Kamaluddin, Ezalia Esa, Eni Juraida Abdul Rahman, Yuslina Mat Yusoff, Fazlin Mohd Fauzi, Ten Sew Keoh
Background: ETV6/RUNX1 gene fusion is the most frequently seen chromosomal abnormality in childhood acute lymphobastic leukamia (ALL). However, additional genetic changes are known to be required for the development of this type of leukaemia. Therefore, we here aimed to assess the somatic mutational profile of four ALL cases carrying the ETV6/RUNX1 fusion gene using whole-exome sequencing. Methods: DNA was isolated from bone marrow samples using a QIAmp DNA Blood Mini kit and subsequently sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq system...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548240/viscoelastic-computational-modeling-of-the-human-head-neck-system-eigenfrequencies-and-time-dependent-analysis
#13
E Boccia, A Gizzi, C Cherubini, M G C Nestola, S Filippi
A subject-specific three-dimensional viscoelastic finite element model of the human head-neck system is presented and investigated based on Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance biomedical images. Ad hoc imaging processing tools are developed for the reconstruction of the simulation domain geometry and the internal distribution of bone and soft tissues. Materials viscoelastic properties are characterized point-wise through an image-based interpolating function used then for assigning the constitutive prescriptions of a heterogenous viscoelastic continuum model...
May 26, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548038/marek-s-disease-virus-infection-of-phagocytes-a-de-novo-in-vitro-infection-model
#14
Pankaj Chakraborty, Lonneke Vervelde, Robert G Dalziel, Peter S Wasson, Venugopal Nair, Bernadette M Dutia, Pete Kaiser
Marek's disease virus (MDV) is an alphaherpesvirus that induces T-cell lymphomas in chickens. Natural infections in vivo are caused by the inhalation of infected poultry house dust and it is presumed that MDV infection is initiated in the macrophages from where the infection is passed to B cells and activated T cells. Virus can be detected in B and T cells and macrophages in vivo, and both B and T cells can be infected in vitro. However, attempts to infect macrophages in vitro have not been successful. The aim of this study was to develop a model for infecting phagocytes [macrophages and dendritic cells (DCs)] with MDV in vitro and to characterize the infected cells...
May 26, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547661/targeting-sclerostin-in-postmenopausal-osteoporosis-focus-on-romosozumab-and-blosozumab
#15
Ian R Reid
Most current treatments for osteoporosis inhibit bone resorption and reduce total fracture numbers by about one-quarter. The identification of the osteocytic protein sclerostin as a potent regulator of bone turnover and bone density has led to the development of a new therapeutic class-agents that inhibit sclerostin activity, resulting in increased bone formation and reduced bone resorption. Romosozumab and blosozumab are monoclonal antibodies that bind to sclerostin, reducing its inhibition of Wnt signaling...
May 25, 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547137/age-dependent-arthrosonographic-reference-values-of-the-hip-joint-in-healthy-children-and-adolescents-a-cross-sectional-multicenter-ultrasound-study
#16
Ralf Felix Trauzeddel, Hartwig Lehmann, Daniel Windschall, Gerd Ganser, Rainer Berendes, Maria Haller, Manuela Krumrey-Langkammerer, Katharina Palm-Beden, Antje Nimtz-Talaska, Christine Nirschl, Phillip Schoof, Ralf Trauzeddel
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal US is a noninvasive imaging method for diagnosing and monitoring inflammatory rheumatic diseases. OBJECTIVES: To develop age- and gender-related arthrosonographic reference intervals for the hip joint of healthy children and adolescents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cross-sectional US study, we examined both hip joints of 445 children and adolescents with an age range of 1 year to 18 years. We measured the distance between the bone surface and the outer margin of the joint capsule to define the bone-capsule distance, the joint capsule and cartilage thickness, and the capsule layer thickness...
May 25, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546545/extensive-phenotypic-characterization-of-a-new-transgenic-mouse-reveals-pleiotropic-perturbations-in-physiology-due-to-mesenchymal-hgh-minigene-expression
#17
Aimilios Kaklamanos, Jan Rozman, Manolis Roulis, Niki Karagianni, Maria Armaka, Moya Wu, Laura Brachthäuser, Julia Calzada-Wack, Marion Horsch, Johannes Beckers, Birgit Rathkolb, Thure Adler, Frauke Neff, Eckhard Wolf, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, George Kollias
The human growth hormone (hGH) minigene used for transgene stabilization in mice has been recently identified to be locally expressed in the tissues where transgenes are active and associated with phenotypic alterations. Here we extend these findings by analyzing the effect of the hGH minigene in TgC6hp55 transgenic mice which express the human TNFR1 under the control of the mesenchymal cell-specific CollagenVI promoter. These mice displayed a fully penetrant phenotype characterized by growth enhancement accompanied by perturbations in metabolic, skeletal, histological and other physiological parameters...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546339/bmp-induced-reprograming-of-the-retina-into-rpe-requires-wnt-signalling-in-the-developing-chick-optic-cup
#18
Jörg Steinfeld, Ichie Steinfeld, Alexander Bausch, Nicola Coronato, Meggi-Lee Hampel, Heike Depner, Paul G Layer, Astrid Vogel-Höpker
In vertebrates, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors of the neural retina (NR) comprise a functional unit required for vision. During vertebrate eye development, a conversion of the RPE into NR can be induced by growth factors in vivo at optic cup stages, but the reverse process, the conversion of NR tissue into RPE has not been reported. Here, we show that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) signalling can reprogram the NR into RPE at optic cup stages in chick. Shortly after BMP application, expression of Microphthalmia associated transcription factor (Mitf) is induced in the NR and selective cell death on the basal side of the NR induces an RPE-like morphology...
May 25, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545997/factors-associated-with-survival-following-radium-223-treatment-for-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
#19
William W Wong, Eric M Anderson, Homan Mohammadi, Thomas B Daniels, Steve E Schild, Sameer R Keole, C Richard Choo, Katherine S Tzou, Alan H Bryce, Thai H Ho, Fernando J Quevedo, Sujay A Vora
BACKGROUND: Radium-223 ((223)Ra) improves survival in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). This retrospective analysis was performed to better understand its efficacy in routine clinical practice and identify factors associated with survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-four patients with mCRPC who received (223)Ra between 2013 and 2015 were the basis of this retrospective study. Clinical outcomes and patient characteristics were obtained...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545565/the-combination-of-nano-calcium-sulfate-platelet-rich-plasma-gel-scaffold-with-bmp2-gene-modified-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promotes-bone-regeneration-in-rat-critical-sized-calvarial-defects
#20
Zunpeng Liu, Xue Yuan, Gabriela Fernandes, Rosemary Dziak, Ciprian N Ionita, Chunyi Li, Changdong Wang, Shuying Yang
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be differentiated into an osteoblastic lineage in the presence of growth factors (GFs). Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which can be easily isolated from whole blood, contains a large amount of GFs, and, therefore, promotes bone growth and regeneration. The main goal of this work was to develop and investigate the effect of a new sandwich-like bone scaffold which combines a nano-calcium sulfate (nCS) disc along with PRP fibrin gel (nCS/PRP) with BMP2-modified MSCs on bone repair and regeneration in rat critical-sized calvarial defects...
May 25, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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