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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030649/whole-genome-sequence-and-comparative-genomics-of-the-novel-lyme-borreliosis-causing-pathogen-borrelia-mayonii
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Luke C Kingry, Dhwani Batra, Adam Replogle, Lori A Rowe, Bobbi S Pritt, Jeannine M Petersen
Borrelia mayonii, a Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bbsl) genospecies, was recently identified as a cause of Lyme borreliosis (LB) among patients from the upper midwestern United States. By microscopy and PCR, spirochete/genome loads in infected patients were estimated at 105 to 106 per milliliter of blood. Here, we present the full chromosome and plasmid sequences of two B. mayonii isolates, MN14-1420 and MN14-1539, cultured from blood of two of these patients. Whole genome sequencing and assembly was conducted using PacBio long read sequencing (Pacific Biosciences RSII instrument) followed by hierarchical genome-assembly process (HGAP)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024362/controlled-sub-nanometer-epitope-spacing-in-a-three-dimensional-self-assembled-peptide-hydrogel
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E Thomas Pashuck, Benoît J R Duchet, Catherine S Hansel, Stephanie A Maynard, Lesley W Chow, Molly M Stevens
Cells in the body use a variety of mechanisms to ensure the specificity and efficacy of signal transduction. One way that this is achieved is through tight spatial control over the position of different proteins, signaling sequences, and biomolecules within and around cells. For instance, the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin presents RGDS and PHSRN sequences that synergistically bind the α5β1 integrin when separated by 3.2 nm but are unable to bind when this distance is >5.5 nm.1 Building biomaterials to controllably space different epitopes with subnanometer accuracy in a three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel is challenging...
December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005397/tns1-is-essential-for-myofibroblast-differentiation-and-extracellular-matrix-formation
#3
Ksenija Bernau, Elizabeth E Torr, Michael D Evans, Jason K Aoki, Caitlyn R Ngam, Nathan Sandbo
Myofibroblasts, the primary effector cells that mediate matrix remodeling during pulmonary fibrosis, rapidly assemble an extracellular fibronectin matrix1. Tensin1 (TNS1) is a key component of specialized cellular adhesions (fibrillar adhesions) that bind to extracellular fibronectin fibrils. We hypothesized that TNS1 may play a role in modulating myofibroblast-mediated matrix formation. We found that TNS1 expression is increased in fibroblastic foci from lungs with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. TGF-β profoundly upregulates TNS1 expression with kinetics that parallel the expression of the myofibroblast marker, ACTA2...
December 22, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977886/self-assembled-arginine-rich-peptides-as-effective-antimicrobial-agents
#4
Gujie Mi, Di Shi, Whitney Herchek, Thomas J Webster
Bacteria can adapt to their ever-changing environment to develop a resistance to commonly-used antibiotics. This escalating evolution of bacteria coupled with a diminished number of effective antibiotics have caused a global healthcare crisis. New antimicrobials and novel approaches to tackle this problem are urgently needed. Antimicrobial peptides are of particular interest in this endeavor due to their broad spectrum antimicrobial properties as well as ability to combat multi-drug resistant bacteria. Most peptides have both hydrophobic and hydrophilic regions that enables them to be soluble in an aqueous solution, yet can insert into and subsequently disintegrate lipid rich membranes through diverse mechanisms...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965171/human-placenta-hydrogel-reduces-scarring-in-a-rat-model-of-cardiac-ischemia-and-enhances-cardiomyocyte-and-stem-cell-cultures
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Michael P Francis, Erick Breathwaite, Anna A Bulysheva, Frency Varghese, Rudy U Rodriguez, Sucharita Dutta, Iurii Semenov, Rebecca Ogle, Alexander Huber, Alexandra-Madelaine Tichy, Silvia Chen, Christian Zemlin
INTRODUCTION: Xenogeneic extracellular matrix (ECM) hydrogels have shown promise in remediating cardiac ischemia damage in animal models, yet analogous human ECM hydrogels have not been well development. An original human placenta-derived hydrogel (hpECM) preparation was thus generated for assessment in cardiomyocyte cell culture and therapeutic cardiac injection applications. METHODS AND RESULTS: Hybrid orbitrap-quadrupole mass spectrometry and ELISAs showed hpECM to be rich in collagens, basement membrane proteins, and regenerative growth factors (e...
December 10, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925458/an-engineered-breast-cancer-model-on-a-chip-to-replicate-ecm-activation-in-vitro-during-tumor-progression
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Filomena Gioiella, Francesco Urciuolo, Giorgia Imparato, Virginia Brancato, Paolo A Netti
In this work, a new model of breast cancer is proposed featuring both epithelial and stromal tissues arranged on a microfluidic chip. The main task of the work is the in vitro replication of the stromal activation during tumor epithelial invasion. The activation of tumor stroma and its morphological/compositional changes play a key role in tumor progression. Despite emerging evidences, to date the activation of tumor stroma in vitro has not been achieved yet. The tumor-on-chip proposed in this work is built in order to replicate the features of its native counterpart: multicellularity (tumor epithelial cell and stromal cell); 3D engineered stroma compartment composed of cell-assembled extracellular matrix (ECM); reliable 3D tumor architecture...
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920201/the-streptococcus-gordonii-adhesin-csha-binds-host-fibronectin-via-a-catch-clamp-mechanism
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Catherine R Back, Maryta N Sztukowska, Marisa Till, Richard J Lamont, Howard F Jenkinson, Angela H Nobbs, Paul R Race
Adherence of bacteria to biotic or abiotic surfaces is a prerequisite for host colonization and represents an important step in microbial pathogenicity. This attachment is facilitated by bacterial adhesins at the cell surface. Due to their size and often elaborate multi-domain architectures, these polypeptides represent challenging targets for detailed structural and functional characterization. The multifunctional fibrillar adhesin CshA, which mediates binding to both host molecules and other microorganisms, is an important determinant of colonisation by Streptococcus gordonii, an oral commensal and opportunistic pathogen of animals and humans...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914270/surface-mediated-transfection-of-a-pdna-vector-encoding-short-hairpin-rna-to-downregulate-tgf-%C3%AE-1-expression-for-the-prevention-of-in-stent-restenosis
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He Zhang, Ke-Feng Ren, Hao Chang, Jin-Lei Wang, Jian Ji
In-stent restenosis is one of the most serious modes of failure of cardiovascular stent implant. Although drug-eluting stents have been proven to reduce in-stent restenosis, the nonspecific inhibitory effects of anti-proliferative drugs, such as rapamycin, result in delayed re-endothelialization and fatal late stent thrombosis. Although many studies have focused on promoting rapid re-endothelialization, a feasible method of reducing excessive extracellular matrix (ECM) production and cell proliferation might provide a promising way to efficiently inhibit the restenosis in vivo...
February 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909707/in-vitro-study-of-the-host-responses-to-model-biomaterials-via-a-fibroblast-macrophage-co-culture-system
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Guoying Zhou, Andrea Liedmann, Chandralekha Chatterjee, Thomas Groth
Surface properties are believed to play important roles in initial inflammatory and subsequent wound healing/fibrotic responses after implantation of biomaterials. To investigate the surface property effect in mediating these host responses, we used an in vitro fibroblast/macrophage co-culture model established with a cell migration chamber, and a series of self-assembling monolayers (SAMs) bearing different terminal groups as model surfaces to study the effect of surface properties on macrophage fusion, fibroblast attachment, spreading morphology, proliferation, outgrowth, as well as pro-(interleukin-6) and anti-(interleukin-10) inflammatory cytokine production, expression of ED-A fibronectin (FN) and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA)...
December 20, 2016: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893712/blood-vessel-endothelium-directed-tumor-cell-streaming-in-breast-tumors-requires-the-hgf-c-met-signaling-pathway
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E Leung, A Xue, Y Wang, P Rougerie, V P Sharma, R Eddy, D Cox, J Condeelis
During metastasis to distant sites, tumor cells migrate to blood vessels. In vivo, breast tumor cells utilize a specialized mode of migration known as streaming, where a linear assembly of tumor cells migrate directionally towards blood vessels on fibronectin-collagen I-containing extracellular matrix (ECM) fibers in response to chemotactic signals. We have successfully reconstructed tumor cell streaming in vitro by co-plating tumors cells, macrophages and endothelial cells on 2.5 μm thick ECM-coated micro-patterned substrates...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863391/nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-impairs-prostate-cancer-cell-migration-and-tumor-metastasis-by-suppressing-neuropilin-1
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Xin Li, Shengjun Fan, Xueyang Pan, Yilixiati Xiaokaiti, Jianhui Duan, Yundi Shi, Yan Pan, Lu Tie, Xin Wang, Yuhua Li, Xuejun Li
Tumor metastasis is a major cause leading to the deaths of cancer patients. Nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) is a natural product that has been demonstrated to show therapeutic values in multiple diseases. In this study, we report that NDGA can inhibit cell migration and tumor metastasis via a novel mechanism. NDGA suppresses NRP1 function by downregulating its expression, which leads to attenuated cell motility, cell adhesion to ECM and FAK signaling in cancer cells. Moreover, due to its cross-cell type activity on NRP1 suppression, NDGA also impairs angiogenesis function of endothelial cells and fibronectin assembly by fibroblasts, both of which are critical to promote metastasis...
November 15, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859262/functional-and-prognostic-significance-of-the-genomic-amplification-of-frizzled-6-fzd6-in-breast-cancer
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Gabriele Corda, Gianluca Sala, Rossano Lattanzio, Manuela Iezzi, Michele Sallese, Giorgia Fragassi, Alessia Lamolinara, Hasan Mirza, Daniela Barcaroli, Sibylle Ermler, Elisabete Silva, Hemad Yasaei, Robert F Newbold, Paola Vagnarelli, Marcella Mottolese, Pier Giorgio Natali, Letizia Perracchio, Jelmar Quist, Anita Grigoriadis, Pierfrancesco Marra, Andrew N Tutt, Mauro Piantelli, Stefano Iacobelli, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Arturo Sala
Frizzled receptors mediate Wnt ligand signalling, which is crucially involved in regulating tissue development and differentiation, and is often deregulated in cancer. In this study, we found that the gene encoding the Wnt receptor frizzled 6 (FZD6) is frequently amplified in breast cancer, with an increased incidence in the triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) subtype. Ablation of FZD6 expression in mammary cancer cell lines: (1) inhibited motility and invasion; (2) induced a more symmetrical shape of organoid three-dimensional cultures; and (3) inhibited bone and liver metastasis in vivo...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808176/sulfated-hyaluronan-alters-fibronectin-matrix-assembly-and-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells
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Sarah Vogel, Simon Arnoldini, Stephanie Möller, Matthias Schnabelrauch, Ute Hempel
Extracellular matrix (ECM) composition and structural integrity is one of many factors that influence cellular differentiation. Fibronectin (FN) which is in many tissues the most abundant ECM protein forms a unique fibrillary network. FN homes several binding sites for sulfated glycosaminoglycans (sGAG), such as heparin (Hep), which was previously shown to influence FN conformation and protein binding. Synthetically sulfated hyaluronan derivatives (sHA) can serve as model molecules with a well characterized sulfation pattern to study sGAG-FN interaction...
November 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804918/self-assembled-nanoparticles-comprising-aptide-sn38-conjugates-for-use-in-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Hyungjun Kim, Yonghyun Lee, Sukmo Kang, Minsuk Choi, Soyoung Lee, Sunghyun Kim, Vipul Gujrati, Jinjoo Kim, Sangyong Jon
Self-assembled nanoparticles (NPs) have been intensively utilized as cancer drug delivery carriers because hydrophobic anticancer drugs may be efficiently loaded into the particle cores. In this study, we synthesized and evaluated the therapeutic index of self-assembled NPs chemically conjugated to a fibronectin extra domain B-specific peptide (APTEDB) and an anticancer agent SN38. The APTEDB-SN38 formed self-assembled structures with a diameter of 58 ± 3 nm in an aqueous solution and displayed excellent drug loading, solubility, and stability properties...
November 2, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798121/minireview-fibronectin-in-retinal-disease
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Charles G Miller, Greg Budoff, Jonathan L Prenner, Jean E Schwarzbauer
Retinal fibrosis, characterized by dysregulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) protein deposition by retinal endothelial cells, pigment epithelial cells, and other resident cell-types, is a unifying feature of several common retinal diseases. Fibronectin is an early constituent of newly deposited ECM and serves as a template for assembly of other ECM proteins, including collagens. Under physiologic conditions, fibronectin is found in all layers of Bruch's membrane. Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR), a complication of retinal surgery, is characterized by ECM accumulation...
January 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787529/self-assembly-of-vascularized-tissue-to-support-tumor-explants-in-vitro
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Despina Bazou, Nir Maimon, Gabriel Gruionu, Lance L Munn
Testing the efficacy of cancer drugs requires functional assays that recapitulate the cell populations, anatomy and biological responses of human tumors. Although current animal models and in vitro cell culture platforms are informative, they have significant shortcomings. Mouse models can reproduce tissue-level and systemic responses to tumor growth and treatments observed in humans, but xenografts from patients often do not grow, or require months to develop. On the other hand, current in vitro assays are useful for studying the molecular bases of tumorigenesis or drug activity, but often lack the appropriate in vivo cell heterogeneity and natural microenvironment...
December 5, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783674/kinetic-controlled-tag-catcher-interactions-for-directed-covalent-protein-assembly
#17
Lee Ling Tan, Shawn S Hoon, Fong T Wong
Over the last few years, a number of different protein assembly strategies have been developed, greatly expanding the toolbox for controlling macromolecular assembly. One of the most promising developments is a rapid protein ligation approach using a short polypeptide SpyTag and its partner, SpyCatcher derived from Streptococcus pyogenes fibronectin-binding protein, FbaB. To extend this technology, we have engineered and characterized a new Tag-Catcher pair from a related fibronectin-binding protein in Streptococcus dysgalactiae...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775029/protein-kinase-d1-regulates-focal-adhesion-dynamics-and-cell-adhesion-through-phosphatidylinositol-4-phosphate-5-kinase-type-l-%C3%AE
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Nisha Durand, Ligia I Bastea, Jason Long, Heike Döppler, Kun Ling, Peter Storz
Focal adhesions (FAs) are highly dynamic structures that are assembled and disassembled on a continuous basis. The balance between the two processes mediates various aspects of cell behavior, ranging from cell adhesion and spreading to directed cell migration. The turnover of FAs is regulated at multiple levels and involves a variety of signaling molecules and adaptor proteins. In the present study, we show that in response to integrin engagement, a subcellular pool of Protein Kinase D1 (PKD1) localizes to the FAs...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770914/corrosion-resistance-and-biocompatibility-of-magnesium-alloy-modified-by-alkali-heating-treatment-followed-by-the-immobilization-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-fibronectin-and-heparin
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Changjiang Pan, Youdong Hu, Yu Hou, Tao Liu, Yuebin Lin, Wei Ye, Yanhua Hou, Tao Gong
In recent years, magnesium alloys are attracting more and more attention as a kind of biodegradable metallic biomaterials, however, their uncontrollable biodegradation speed in vivo and the limited surface biocompatibility hinder their clinical applications. In the present study, with the aim of improving the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility, the magnesium alloy (AZ31B) surface was modified by alkali heating treatment followed by the self-assembly of 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS). Subsequently, poly (ethylene glycol) (PEG) and fibronectin or fibronectin/heparin complex were sequentially immobilized on the modified surface...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27759118/factor-xiii-a-transglutaminase-deficient-mice-show-signs-of-metabolically-healthy-obesity-on-high-fat-diet
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Vamsee D Myneni, Aisha Mousa, Mari T Kaartinen
F13A1 gene, which encodes for Factor XIII-A blood clotting factor and a transglutaminase enzyme, was recently identified as a potential causative gene for obesity in humans. In our previous in vitro work, we showed that FXIII-A regulates preadipocyte differentiation and modulates insulin signaling via promoting plasma fibronectin assembly into the extracellular matrix. To understand the role of FXIII-A in whole body energy metabolism, here we have characterized the metabolic phenotype of F13a1-/- mice. F13a1-/- and F13a1+/+ type mice were fed chow or obesogenic, high fat diet for 20 weeks...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
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