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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222408/severe-osteoporosis-with-multiple-spontaneous-vertebral-fractures-in-a-young-male-carrying-triple-polymorphisms-in-the-vitamin-d-receptor-collagen-type-1-and-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-related-peptide-5-genes
#1
Maria P Yavropoulou, Panagoulia Kollia, Dimitris Chatzidimitriou, Stavroula Samara, Lemonia Skoura, John G Yovos
: Osteoporosis is a common disease with a strong genetic component. Several studies have reported the vitamin D receptor (VDR), collagen type I (COL1A1), and LDL receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) genes as the most likely candidates. However, most of the studies have been carried out in postmenopausal women and older men and show inconsistent results. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of a 26-year old male who presented with severe back pain of acute onset, unrelated to any kind of trauma, and diffuse myalgia...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222172/rhoa-promotes-epidermal-stem-cell-proliferation-via-pkn1-cyclin-d1-signaling
#2
Fan Wang, Rixing Zhan, Liang Chen, Xia Dai, Wenping Wang, Rui Guo, Xiaoge Li, Zhe Li, Liang Wang, Shupeng Huang, Jie Shen, Shirong Li, Chuan Cao
OBJECTIVE: Epidermal stem cells (ESCs) play a critical role in wound healing, but the mechanism underlying ESC proliferation is not well defined. Here, we explore the effects of RhoA on ESC proliferation and the possible underlying mechanism. METHODS: Human ESCs were enriched by rapid adhesion to collagen IV. RhoA(+/+)(G14V), RhoA(-/-)(T19N) and pGFP control plasmids were transfected into human ESCs. The effect of RhoA on cell proliferation was detected by cell proliferation and DNA synthesis assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222169/decellularized-wharton-s-jelly-from-human-umbilical-cord-as-a-novel-3d-scaffolding-material-for-tissue-engineering-applications
#3
Sushma Jadalannagari, Gabriel Converse, Christopher McFall, Eric Buse, Michael Filla, Maria T Villar, Antonio Artigues, Adam J Mellot, Jinxi Wang, Michael S Detamore, Richard A Hopkins, Omar S Aljitawi
In tissue engineering, an ideal scaffold attracts and supports cells thus providing them with the necessary mechanical support and architecture as they reconstruct new tissue in vitro and in vivo. This manuscript details a novel matrix derived from decellularized Wharton's jelly (WJ) obtained from human umbilical cord for use as a scaffold for tissue engineering application. This decellularized Wharton's jelly matrix (DWJM) contained 0.66 ± 0.12 μg/mg sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), and was abundant in hyaluronic acid, and completely devoid of cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222045/validation-of-scaffold-design-optimization-in-bone-tissue-engineering-finite-element-modeling-versus-designed-experiments
#4
Nicholas Uth, Jens Mueller, Byran Smucker, Azizeh-Mitra Yousefi
This study reports the development of biological/synthetic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering (TE) via 3D bioplotting. These scaffolds were composed of poly(L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA), type I collagen, and nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) in an attempt to mimic the extracellular matrix of bone. The solvent used for processing the scaffolds was 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The produced scaffolds were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, microcomputed tomography, thermogravimetric analysis, and unconfined compression test...
February 21, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222042/compound-effects-of-aging-and-experimental-fsgs-on-glomerular-epithelial-cells
#5
Remington R S Schneider, Diana G Eng, J Nathan Kutz, Mariya T Sweetwyne, Jeffrey W Pippin, Stuart J Shankland
Advanced age portends a poorer prognosis in FSGS. To understand the impact of age on glomerular podocytes and parietal epithelial cells (PECs), experimental FSGS was induced in 3m-old mice (20-year old human age) and 27m-old mice (78-year old human age) by abruptly depleting podocytes with a cytopathic anti-podocyte antibody. Despite similar binding of the disease-inducing antibody, podocyte density was lower in aged FSGS mice compared to young FSGS mice. Activated PEC density was higher in aged versus young FSGS mice, as was the percentage of total activated PECs...
February 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221758/synthesis-and-fabrication-of-collagen-coated-ostholamide-electrospun-nanofiber-scaffold-for-wound-healing
#6
Subramani Kandhasamy, Sathiamurthi Perumal, Balaraman Madhan, Narayanan Umamaheswari, Javaid Ahmad Banday, Paramasivan Thirumalai Perumal, Vichangal Pridiuldi Santhanakrishnan
A novel scaffold for effective wound healing treatment was developed utilizing natural product bearing collagen based biocompatible electro-spun nanofibres. Initially, ostholamide (OSA) was synthesized from osthole (a natural coumarin), characterized by 1H, 13C, DEPT-135 NMR, ESI-MS and FT-IR spectroscopy analysis. OSA was incorporated into Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) and Gelatin (GEL), which serve as templates for electro-spun nanofibers. The coating of OSA-PHB-GEL nanofibers with collagen resulted in PHB-GEL-OSA-COL nanofibrous scaffold which mimics extra cellular matrix and serves as an effective biomaterial for tissue engineering applications, especially for wound healing...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221720/imaging-cell-matrix-interactions-in-3d-collagen-hydrogel-culture-systems
#7
Aaron R Short, Catherine Czeisler, Benjamin Stocker, Sara Cole, José Javier Otero, Jessica O Winter
3D hydrogels better replicate in vivo conditions, and yield different results from 2D substrates. However, imaging interactions between cells and the hydrogel microenvironment is challenging because of light diffraction and poor focal depth. Here, cryosectioning and vibrating microtomy methods and fixation protocols are compared. Collagen I/III hydrogel sections (20-100 µm) are fixed with paraformaldehyde (2%-4%) and structurally evaluated. Cryosectioning damaged hydrogels, and vibrating microtomy (100 µm, 2%) yielded the best preservation of microstructure and cell integrity...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221337/modulation-of-digital-flexor-tendon-healing-by-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-gene-transfection-in-a-chicken-model
#8
W F Mao, Y F Wu, Q Q Yang, Y L Zhou, J B Tang
A major challenge in tendon injury is the weak intrinsic healing capacity of tendon, which may cause re-rupture after surgery. Growth factors are believed to be critical during tendon healing. This study aimed to investigate the effects of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) genes delivered by adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors on tendon healing and molecular events involved in a chicken model. One hundred and twenty eight deep flexor tendons in the long toes of chickens were completely transected and injected with 2 × 10(9) particles of AAV2-VEGF or saline before surgically repaired...
February 21, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221299/treatment-of-burn-and-surgical-wounds-with-recombinant-human-tropoelastin-produces-new-elastin-fibers-in-scars
#9
Hua Xie, Lisa Lucchesi, Bo Zheng, Elena Ladich, Teresa Pineda, Rose Merten, Cynthia Gregory, Michael Rutten, Kenton Gregory
Tropoelastin (TE), the soluble precursor of insoluble elastin fibers, is produced in minimal amounts in adults. Burn injuries result in inflexible collagen-rich scars because of lack of elastin fiber formation. We studied the feasibility of using recombinant human tropoelastin to enable elastin fiber production in burn and surgical scars to improve skin flexibility. In a swine hypertrophic burn scar model, normal skin and 3 × 3-cm partial thickness thermal burns underwent dermatome resection at 1 week post burn and randomized to four subcutaneous injections of saline or TE (either 0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221139/how-do-stones-form-is-unification-of-theories-on-stone-formation-possible
#10
Victoria Y Bird, Saeed R Khan
There are two basic pathways for formation of calcium based kidney stones. Most idiopathic calcium oxalate (CaOx) stones are formed in association with sub-epithelial plaques of calcium phosphate (CaP), known as Randall's plaques, on renal papillary surfaces. Crystal formation and retention within the terminal collecting ducts, the ducts of Bellini, leading to the formation of Randall's plugs, is the other pathway. Both pathways require supersaturation leading to crystallization, regulated by various crystallization modulators produced in response to changing urinary conditions...
January 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221099/sphingomyelin-phosphodiesterase-3-enhances-cytodifferentiation-of-periodontal-ligament-cells
#11
S Miyauchi, J Kitagaki, R Masumoto, A Imai, K Kobayashi, A Nakaya, S Kawai, C Fujihara, Y Asano, M Yamashita, M Yanagita, S Yamada, M Kitamura, S Murakami
Sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 3 ( Smpd3), which encodes neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2), is a key molecule for skeletal development as well as for the cytodifferentiation of odontoblasts and alveolar bone. However, the effects of nSMase2 on the cytodifferentiation of periodontal ligament (PDL) cells are still unclear. In this study, the authors analyzed the effects of Smpd3 on the cytodifferentiation of human PDL (HPDL) cells. The authors found that Smpd3 increases the mRNA expression of calcification-related genes, such as alkaline phosphatase (ALPase), type I collagen, osteopontin, Osterix (Osx), and runt-related transcription factor (Runx)-2 in HPDL cells...
March 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221007/ionic-colloidal-molding-as-a-biomimetic-scaffolding-strategy-for-uniform-bone-tissue-regeneration
#12
Jian Zhang, Jinpeng Jia, Jimin P Kim, Hong Shen, Fei Yang, Qiang Zhang, Meng Xu, Wenzhi Bi, Xing Wang, Jian Yang, Decheng Wu
Inspired by the highly ordered nanostructure of bone, nanodopant composite biomaterials are gaining special attention for their ability to guide bone tissue regeneration through structural and biological cues. However, bone malformation in orthopedic surgery is a lingering issue, partly due to the high surface energy of traditional nanoparticles contributing to aggregation and inhomogeneity. Recently, carboxyl-functionalized synthetic polymers have been shown to mimic the carboxyl-rich surface motifs of non-collagenous proteins in stabilizing hydroxyapatite and directing intrafibrillar mineralization in-vitro...
February 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220946/light-and-energy-based-therapeutics-for-genitourinary-syndrome-of-menopause-consensus-and-controversies
#13
Yona Tadir, Adrian Gaspar, Ahinoam Lev-Sagie, Macrene Alexiades, Red Alinsod, Alex Bader, Alberto Calligaro, Jorge A Elias, Marco Gambaciani, Jorge E Graviria, Cheryl B Iglesia, Ksenija Selih-Martinec, Patricia L Mwesigwa, Urska B Ogrinc, Stefano Salvatore, Paolo Scollo, Nicola Zerbinati, John Stuart Nelson
Gynecologist and plastic surgeons pioneered the application of lasers in medicine and surgery almost 5 decades ago, initially used to treat cervical and vaginal pathologies. Ever since, energy-based devices have been deployed to treat pelvic pathologies and improve fertility. Recent technological developments triggered an unprecedented wave of publications, assessing the efficacy of fractional laser, and radiofrequency on the vaginal wall in reversing natural aging processes. Studies have shown that a certain degree of thermal energy deposited on the vaginal wall stimulates proliferation of the glycogen-enriched epithelium, neovascularization, and collagen formation in the lamina propria, and improves natural lubrication and control of urination...
February 21, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220834/stellera-chamaejasme-and-its-constituents-induce-cutaneous-wound-healing-and-anti-inflammatory-activities
#14
Myungsuk Kim, Hee Ju Lee, Ahmad Randy, Ji Ho Yun, Sang-Rok Oh, Chu Won Nho
Stellera chamaejasme L. (Thymelaeaceae) is a perennial herb that is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat tumours, tuberculosis and psoriasis. S. chamaejasme extract (SCE) possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic and wound healing activities; however, the effect of S. chamaejasme and its active compounds on cutaneous wound healing has not been investigated. We assessed full-thickness wounds of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats and topically applied SCE for 2 weeks. In vitro studies were performed using HaCaT keratinocytes, Hs68 dermal fibroblasts and RAW 264...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220813/foxo1-expression-in-keratinocytes-promotes-connective-tissue-healing
#15
Chenying Zhang, Jason Lim, Jian Liu, Bhaskar Ponugoti, Sarah Alsadun, Chen Tian, Rameen Vafa, Dana T Graves
Wound healing is complex and highly orchestrated. It is well appreciated that leukocytes, particularly macrophages, are essential for inducing the formation of new connective tissue, which requires the generation of signals that stimulate mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), myofibroblasts and fibroblasts. A key role for keratinocytes in this complex process has yet to be established. To this end, we investigated possible involvement of keratinocytes in connective tissue healing. By lineage-specific deletion of the forkhead box-O 1 (FOXO1) transcription factor, we demonstrate for the first time that keratinocytes regulate proliferation of fibroblasts and MSCs, formation of myofibroblasts and production of collagen matrix in wound healing...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220341/adenovirus-mediated-small-interfering-rna-targeting-tak1-ameliorates-joint-inflammation-with-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-mice
#16
Xinjing Luo, Yongfeng Chen, Guoju Lv, Zhidong Zhou, Jie Chen, Xuanrong Mo, Jiangwen Xie
Transforming growth factor β-activated kinase-1 (TAK1) is a key upstream kinase in cell signaling during inflammation, which regulates the expression of inflammatory mediators. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) against TAK1 offers promise as a potential therapeutic strategy in immune-mediated inflammatory disorder including rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we are to evaluate the therapeutic effects of intra-articular administration of adenoviral-mediated siRNA against TAK1 (ad-siRNA-TAK1) on collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) in mice...
February 21, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220264/treatment-of-stage-ii-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-with-necrosectomy-and-autologous-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#17
Pit Jacob Voss, Akihiko Matsumoto, Esteban Alvarado, Rainer Schmelzeisen, Fabian Duttenhöfer, Philipp Poxleitner
Treatment strategies for medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) remain controversial. Although the AAOMS suggests a conservative approach, a surgical management with necrosectomy is often required when conservative management has failed. Moreover, recent studies have shown promising results using an early stage surgical treatment. Over the past decade, cell-based bone regeneration utilizing bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) received increased attention. MSCs are known to promote wound healing and induce new bone formation in compromised tissue...
February 20, 2017: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220210/applicability-of-in-vitro-in-vivo-translation-of-cathepsin-k-inhibition-from-animal-species-to-human-with-the-use-of-free-drug-hypothesis
#18
Bennett Ma, Bin Luo, Danielle H Euler, Tara E Cusick, Gregg Wesolowski, Helmut Glantschnig, Le T Duong, Yangsi Ou, Steven S Carroll, Laura S Lubbers
The correlation of in vitro inhibition of cathepsin K (CatK) activity and in vivo suppression of collagen I biomarkers was examined with three selective CatK inhibitors to explore the potential translatability from animal species to human. These inhibitors exhibited good in vitro potencies toward recombinant CatK enzymes across species, with IC50 values ranging from 0.20 to 6.1 nM. In vivo studies were conducted in animal species following multiple-day dosing of the CatK inhibitors to achieve steady-state plasma drug concentration-time profiles...
February 20, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220032/pharmacologic-blockade-of-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-1-integrin-ameliorates-renal-failure-and-fibrosis-in-vivo
#19
Yongen Chang, Wei Ling Lau, Hyunil Jo, Kazuyuki Tsujino, Leslie Gewin, Nilgun Isik Reed, Amha Atakilit, Ane Claudia Fernandes Nunes, William F DeGrado, Dean Sheppard
Activated fibroblasts are deemed the main executors of organ fibrosis. However, regulation of the pathologic functions of these cells in vivo is poorly understood. PDGF receptor β (PDGFRβ) is highly expressed in activated pericytes, a main source of fibroblasts. Studies using a PDGFRβ promoter-driven Cre system to delete αv integrins in activated fibroblasts identified these integrins as core regulators of fibroblast activity across solid organs, including the kidneys. Here, we used the same PDGFRβ-Cre line to isolate and study renal fibroblasts ex vivo We found that renal fibroblasts express three αv integrins, namely αvβ1, αvβ3, and αvβ5...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219919/dickkopf-3-ablation-attenuates-the-development-of-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
#20
Wen-Lin Cheng, Yang Yang, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Junhong Guo, Jun Gong, Fu-Han Gong, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hao Xia, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Dickkopf-3 (DKK3) is a negative regulator of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is involved in inflammation. However, little is known about the relationship between DKK3 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to define the role of DKK3 and its potential mechanism in the development of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunofluorescence analysis showed that DKK3 was strongly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaques from patients with coronary heart disease and in hyperlipidemic mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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