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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818689/sol-gel-derived-hydroxyapatite-films-over-porous-calcium-polyphosphate-substrates-for-improved-tissue-engineering-of-osteochondral-like-constructs
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Whitaik David Lee, Rahul Gawri, Robert M Pilliar, William L Stanford, Rita A Kandel
Integration of in vitro-formed cartilage on a suitable substrate to form tissue-engineered implants for osteochondral defect repair is a considerable challenge. In healthy cartilage, a zone of calcified cartilage (ZCC) act as an intermediary for mechanical force transfer from soft to hard tissue, as well as an effective interlocking structure to better resist interfacial shear forces. We have developed biphasic constructs that consist of scaffold-free cartilage tissue grown in vitro on, and interdigitated with, porous calcium polyphosphate (CPP) substrates...
August 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818232/review-of-the-endothelial-pathogenic-mechanism-of-tie2-related-venous-malformation
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Zhong Du, JiaWei Zheng, ZhiYuan Zhang, YanAn Wang
BACKGROUND: Venous malformation (VM) is a type of disease involving vascular morphogenesis in humans. Clinically, VM can be sporadic or inherited. TIE2, also known as TEK or HYK, is a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase subfamily and is highly conserved among species. In 1996, an arginine-to-tryptophan substitution at position 849 (R849W) in TIE2 was found to induce hereditary VM. Additional alterations in TIE2 involved in the pathogenesis of inherited or sporadic VM have since been reported...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817117/increased-tumor-infiltrating-cd45ra-ccr7-regulatory-t-cell-subset-with-immunosuppressive-properties-foster-gastric-cancer-progress
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Fang-Yuan Mao, Hui Kong, Yong-Liang Zhao, Liu-Sheng Peng, Weisan Chen, Jin-Yu Zhang, Ping Cheng, Ting-Ting Wang, Yi-Pin Lv, Yong-Sheng Teng, Xiao-Long Fu, Yu-Gang Liu, Xiao-Long Wu, Chuan-Jie Hao, Nan You, Ping Luo, Pei-Wu Yu, Quan-Ming Zou, Gang Guo, Yuan Zhuang
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are major components of tumor-infiltrating immune cells with potent immunosuppressive properties in gastric cancer (GC) microenvironment. However, different subsets of the Tregs and their relevance to GC are unknown. Here, we found that patients with GC showed a significantly higher Tregs infiltration in tumors, and CD45RA(-)CCR7(-) Treg subset constituted most tumor-infiltrating Tregs. Tumor-infiltrating CD45RA(-)CCR7(-) Treg subset with an effector/memory phenotype accumulated in tumors and expressed low level of HLA-DR...
August 17, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816340/coagulation-factor-xii-regulates-inflammatory-responses-in-human-lungs
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Rosanna Hess, Lukasz Wujak, Christina Hesse, Katherina Sewald, Danny Jonigk, Gregor Warnecke, Hans-Gerd Fieguth, Steven de Maat, Coen Maas, Francesco Bonella, Klaus T Preissner, Benjamin Weiss, Liliana Schaefer, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Philipp Markart, Malgorzata Wygrecka
Increased procoagulant activity in the alveolar compartment and uncontrolled inflammation are hallmarks of the acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Here, we investigated whether the contact phase system of coagulation is activated and may regulate inflammatory responses in human lungs. Components of the contact phase system were characterized in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids (BALF) from 54 ARDS patients and 43 controls, and their impact on cytokine/chemokine expression in human precision cut lung slices (PCLS) was assessed by a PCR array...
August 17, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814641/ceramide-activation-of-rhoa-rho-kinase-impairs-actin-polymerization-during-aggregated-ldl-catabolism
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Rajesh K Singh, Abigail S Haka, Alexandria Brumfield, Inna Grosheva, Priya Bhardwaj, Harvey F Chin, Yuquan Xiong, Timothy Hla, Frederick R Maxfield
Macrophages use an extracellular, hydrolytic compartment formed by local actin polymerization to digest aggregated LDL (agLDL). Catabolism of agLDL promotes foam cell formation and creates an environment rich in LDL catabolites including cholesterol and ceramide. Increased ceramide levels are present in lesional LDL, but the effect of ceramide on macrophage pro-atherogenic processes remains unknown. Here, we show that macrophages accumulate ceramide in atherosclerotic lesions. Using macrophages from Sphingosine Kinase 2 knockout (SK2KO) mice to mimic ceramide rich conditions of atherosclerotic lesions, we show that SK2KO macrophages display impaired actin polymerization and foam cell formation in response to contact with agLDL...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813441/cross-over-endocytosis-of-claudins-is-mediated-by-interactions-via-their-extracellular-loops
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Nora Gehne, Agathe Lamik, Martin Lehmann, Reiner F Haseloff, Anuska V Andjelkovic, Ingolf E Blasig
Claudins (Cldns) are transmembrane tight junction (TJ) proteins that paracellularly seal endo- and epithelial barriers by their interactions within the TJs. However, the mechanisms allowing TJ remodeling while maintaining barrier integrity are largely unknown. Cldns and occludin are heterophilically and homophilically cross-over endocytosed into neighboring cells in large, double membrane vesicles. Super-resolution microscopy confirmed the presence of Cldns in these vesicles and revealed a distinct separation of Cldns derived from opposing cells within cross-over endocytosed vesicles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812969/functional-expression-of-bmp7-receptors-in-oral-epithelial-cells-interleukin-17f-production-in-response-to-bmp7
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Kensuke Nishio, Yasumasa Ozawa, Hisanori Ito, Takashi Kifune, Tatsuya Narita, Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nobuhito Gionhaku, Masatake Asano
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily. Recently, BMP7 has been demonstrated to be produced by salivary glands and contribute to embryonic branching in mice. The BMP7 in saliva is thought to be delivered to the oral cavity and is expected to contact with stratified squamous epithelial cells which line the surface of oral mucosa. In this study, we attempted to investigate the effects of BMP7 on oral epithelial cells...
October 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809479/natural-seminal-amyloids-as-targets-for-development-of-synthetic-inhibitors-of-hiv-transmission
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Daniel A Sheik, Stephen Dewhurst, Jerry Yang
Amyloids refer to a class of protein or peptide aggregates that are heterogeneous in size, morphology, and composition, and are implicated to play a central role in many neurodegenerative and systemic diseases. The strong correlation between biological activity and extent of aggregation of amyloidogenic proteins and peptides has led to an explosion of research efforts to target these materials with synthetic molecules or engineered antibodies to try to attenuate their function in disease pathology. Although many of these efforts to attenuate amyloid function have shown great promise in laboratory settings, the vast majority of work has been focused on targeting amyloids associated with neurologic diseases, which has been met with significant additional challenges that preclude clinical evaluation...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808257/stochastic-model-of-contact-inhibition-and-the-proliferation-of-melanoma-in-situ
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Mauro César Cafundó Morais, Izabella Stuhl, Alan U Sabino, Willian W Lautenschlager, Alexandre S Queiroga, Tharcisio Citrangulo Tortelli, Roger Chammas, Yuri Suhov, Alexandre F Ramos
Contact inhibition is a central feature orchestrating cell proliferation in culture experiments; its loss is associated with malignant transformation and tumorigenesis. We performed a co-culture experiment with human metastatic melanoma cell line (SKMEL- 147) and immortalized keratinocyte cells (HaCaT). After 8 days a spatial pattern was detected, characterized by the formation of clusters of melanoma cells surrounded by keratinocytes constraining their proliferation. In addition, we observed that the proportion of melanoma cells within the total population has increased...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807566/electrospun-collagen-based-nanofibres-a-sustainable-material-for-improved-antibiotic-utilisation-in-tissue-engineering-applications
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Ivan J Hall Barrientos, Eleonora Paladino, Peter Szabó, Sarah Brozio, Peter J Hall, Charles I Oseghale, Melissa K Passarelli, Susan J Moug, Richard A Black, Clive G Wilson, Romana Zelkó, Dimitrios A Lamprou
For the creation of scaffolds in tissue engineering applications, it is essential to control the physical morphology of fibres and to choose compositions which do not disturb normal physiological function. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body, is a well-established biopolymer used in electrospinning compositions. It shows high in-vivo stability and is able to maintain a high biomechanical strength over time. In this study, the effects of collagen type I in polylactic acid-drug electrospun scaffolds for tissue engineering applications are examined...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807013/microneedle-physical-contact-as-a-therapeutic-for-abnormal-scars
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David C Yeo, Elizabeth R Balmayor, Jan-Thorsten Schantz, Chenjie Xu
BACKGROUND: Abnormal (keloid and hypertrophic) scars are a significant affliction with no satisfactory single modality therapy to-date. Available options are often ineffective, painful, potentially hazardous, and require healthcare personnel involvement. Herein a self-administered microneedle device based on drug-free physical contact for inhibiting abnormal scars is reported. Its therapeutic activity through microneedle contact eliminates hazards associated with toxic anti-scarring drugs while self-treatment enables administration flexibility...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803831/localization-of-connexin-43-gap-junctions-and-hemichannels-in-tanycytes-of-adult-mice
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Anett Szilvásy-Szabó, Edina Varga, Zsuzsa Beliczai, Ronald M Lechan, Csaba Fekete
Tanycytes are specialized glial cells lining the lateral walls and the floor of the third ventricle behind the optic chiasm. In addition to functioning as barrier cells, they also have an important role in the regulation of neuroendocrine axes and energy homeostasis. To determine whether tanycytes communicate with each other via Connexin 43 (Cx43) gap junctions, individual tanycytes were loaded with Lucifer yellow (LY) through a patch pipette. In all cases, LY filled a larger group of tanycytes as well as blood vessels adjacent to tanycyte processes...
August 10, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802844/structural-basis-for-cullins-and-ring-component-inhibition-targeting-e3-ubiquitin-pathway-conductors-for-cancer-therapeutics
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Shagufta Shafique, Waqar Ali, Sonia Kanwal, Sajid Rashid
Cullin (CUL)-RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) are attractive therapeutic targets as they regulate diverse biological processes important for cancer cell survival by conferring substrate selectivity for ubiquitination and degradation. Given the complexity of CRL complexes, steps toward the structure-based design of small-molecule inhibitors to modulate their activity have remained elusive. In this study, we explored the structural assembly and interaction details of closely related CUL scaffolds (CUL1, CUL2, CUL3, CUL4A, CUL4B, CUL5 and CUL7) with RBX1 to screen potent small molecules against CRLs...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802271/antibiofilm-effect-of-poly-vinyl-alcohol-co-ethylene-pva-co-pe-halamine-film-against-listeria-innocua-and-escherichia-coli-o157-h7
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Andrea Cossu, Yang Si, Gang Sun, Nitin Nitin
Bacterial biofilm formation is linked to several infections and foodborne disease outbreaks. To address this challenge, there is an unmet need to develop rechargeable antimicrobial materials that can provide continuous sanitation of contact surfaces especially in the food industry. This study was aimed at evaluating a novel rechargeable antimicrobial polymer formed using PVA-co-PE with halamine functionality to prevent biofilm formation with repeated exposure to high loads of bacteria and organic content and also aid in inactivation of pre-formed biofilms upon contact with this novel material...
August 11, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800852/growth-of-amanita-caesarea-in-the-presence-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-and-bacillus-cereus
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J M Cano, M Berrocal-Lobo, J A Domínguez-Núñez
The ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungus Amanita caesarea CECT 20127 was tested in vitro with two potentially mycorrhizal-promoting bacterial strains, Pseudomonas fluorescens CECT 844 and Bacillus cereus CECT 148. Although P. fluorescens showed spatial and temporal compatibility with A. caesarea, it did not affect growth of the fungus. Conversely, B. cereus exhibited no such compatibility and also inhibited fungal growth. The expression pattern of the A. caesarea gene AcMST-1 was analysed using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) at three time points...
September 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798756/aerial-warfare-a-volatile-dialogue-between-the-plant-pathogen-verticillium-longisporum-and-its-antagonist-paenibacillus-polymyxa
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Daria Rybakova, Ute Rack-Wetzlinger, Tomislav Cernava, Angelika Schaefer, Maria Schmuck, Gabriele Berg
Verticillium wilt caused by Verticillium spp. results in severe yield losses in a broad range of crops. Verticillium outbreaks are challenging to control, and exacerbated by increases in soil temperatures and drought associated with global warming. Employing natural antagonists as biocontrol agents offers a promising approach to addressing this challenge. Paenibacillus polymyxa Sb3-1 was proven to reduce the growth of Verticillium longisporum during in vitro experiments and was shown to promote the growth of oilseed rape seedlings infested with V...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798413/structural-basis-for-ccd1-auto-inhibition-in-the-wnt-pathway-through-homomerization-of-the-dix-domain
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Shin-Ichi Terawaki, Shohei Fujita, Takuya Katsutani, Kensuke Shiomi, Kazuko Keino-Masu, Masayuki Masu, Kaori Wakamatsu, Naoki Shibata, Yoshiki Higuchi
Wnt signaling plays an important role in governing cell fate decisions. Coiled-coil-DIX1 (Ccd1), Dishevelled (Dvl), and Axin are signaling proteins that regulate the canonical pathway by controlling the stability of a key signal transducer β-catenin. These proteins contain the DIX domain with a ubiquitin-like fold, which mediates their interaction in the β-catenin destruction complex through dynamic head-to-tail polymerization. Despite high sequence similarities, mammalian Ccd1 shows weaker stimulation of β-catenin transcriptional activity compared with zebrafish (z) Ccd1 in cultured cells...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795568/stable-superhydrophobic-porous-coatings-from-hybrid-abc-triblock-copolymers-and-their-anti-corrosive-performance
#18
Xin Zhou, Junhua Kong, Jiao-Tong Sun, Hui Li, Chaobin He
Superhydrophobic porous surfaces with ultra-low water adhesion were successfully fabricated via micelle fusion-aggregation assembly of newly designed linear hybrid ABC triblock copolymers, where A, B, and C denote poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), polystyrene (PS), and poly(methacrylolsobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane) (PiBuPOSSMA), respectively. It was found that aggregation behavior in diluted solution and subsequent formation of nano/microscale hierarchical surfaces in condensed state were affected by the molar mass of the triblock copolymers, which were evidenced by dynamic light scattering (DLS), SEM and TEM studies...
August 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793053/cerebrospinal-fluid-contacting-nucleus-mediates-nociception-via-release-of-fractalkine
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Q Q Zhou, S S Chen, Q Q Zhang, P F Liu, H Z Fang, Y Yang, L C Zhang
Increasing evidence suggests that the cerebrospinal fluid-contacting nucleus (CSF-contacting nucleus) mediates the transduction and regulation of pain signals. However, the precise molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Studies show that release of fractalkine (FKN) from neurons plays a critical role in nerve injury-related pain. We tested the hypothesis that release of FKN from the CSF-contacting nucleus regulates neuropathic pain, in a chronic constriction injury rat model. The results show that FKN is expressed by neurons, via expression of its only receptor CX3CR1 in the microglia...
August 7, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783689/inhibition-of-hdac8-and-hdac9-by-microbial-short-chain-fatty-acids-breaks-immune-tolerance-of-the-epidermis-to-tlr-ligands
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James A Sanford, Ling-Juan Zhang, Michael R Williams, Jon A Gangoiti, Chun-Ming Huang, Richard L Gallo
Epidermal keratinocytes participate in immune defense through their capacity to recognize danger, trigger inflammation, and resist infection. However, normal skin immune function must tolerate contact with an abundant community of commensal microbes without inflammation. We hypothesized that microbial environmental conditions dictate the production of molecules that influence epigenetic events and cause keratinocytes to break innate immune tolerance. Propionibacterium acnes, a commensal skin bacterium, produced the short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) propionate and valerate when provided a lipid source in hypoxic growth conditions, and these SCFAs inhibited histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity...
October 28, 2016: Science Immunology
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