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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636255/recombinant-human-serum-albumin-for-corneal-preservation
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Mohit Parekh, Hossein Elbadawy, Gianni Salvalaio, Marie-Claude Amoureux, Enzo Di Iorio, Denis Fortier, Diego Ponzin, Stefano Ferrari, Alessandro Ruzza
PURPOSE: To study the performance of a completely synthetic organ culture (OC) preservation system containing recombinant human serum albumin (rHSA) for preservation of human donor corneas. METHODS: Twenty-four paired donor corneas were randomly collected, and one cornea from each donor was preserved in synthetic (experimental) and serum-based media (control). The tissues were assessed at day 0; after 6 days of preservation at room temperature (RT) in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Prep II(®) ; after 28 days at 31°C in Cornea Syn(®) [with rHSA] and Cornea Max(®) [with foetal calf serum (FCS)] and; 4-day post deswelling in Cornea Trans(®) and Cornea Jet(®) ...
June 21, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635383/rendering-lgbtq-visible-in-nursing-embodying-the-philosophy-of-caring-science
#2
Lisa Goldberg, Neal Rosenburg, Jean Watson
Although health care institutions continue to address the importance of diversity initiatives, the standard(s) for treatment remain historically and institutionally grounded in a sociocultural privileging of heterosexuality. As a result, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) communities in health care remain largely invisible. This marked invisibility serves as a call to action, a renaissance of thinking within redefined boundaries and limitations. We must therefore refocus our habits of attention on the wholeness of persons and the diversity of their storied experiences as embodied through contemporary society...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Holistic Nursing: Official Journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634640/the-microbiome-of-eucalyptus-roots-under-different-management-conditions-and-its-potential-for-biological-nitrogen-fixation
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Eduardo da Siva Fonseca, Raquel Silva Peixoto, Alexandre Soares Rosado, Fabiano de Carvalho Balieiro, James M Tiedje, Caio Tavora Coelho da Costa Rachid
Eucalyptus plantations offer a cost-effective and renewable source of raw material. There is substantial interest in improving forestry production, especially through sustainable strategies such as the use of plant growth-promoting bacteria. However, little is known about Eucalyptus microbiology. In this study, the endophytic bacterial community was assessed in Eucalyptus urograndis roots using culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques with plants grown under different conditions. Three phyla accounted for approximately 95% of the community, with Actinobacteria corresponding to approximately 59%...
June 21, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634331/genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-of-the-plasma-jet-treated-medium-on-lymphoblastoid-wil2-ns-cell-line-using-the-cytokinesis-block-micronucleus-cytome-assay
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Sung-Ha Hong, Endre J Szili, Michael Fenech, Nishtha Gaur, Robert D Short
Despite growing interest in the application of atmospheric plasma jets as medical treatment strategies, there has been comparatively little research on the potential genotoxic and cytotoxic effects of plasma jet treatment. In this study, we have employed the cytokinesis block micronucleus cytome (CBMN-Cyt) assay with WIL2-NS B lymphoblastoid cells to test the potential genotoxicity, as well as the cytotoxicity, of toxic species generated in cell culture media by an argon (Ar) plasma jet. Elevated levels of cell death (necrosis) and occurrence of chromosomal damage (micronuclei MN, nculeoplasmic bridge NPBs and nuclear bus, Nbuds) were observed when cells were exposed to plasma jet-treated media...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633424/three-dimensional-3d-heparg-spheroid-model-with-physiologically-relevant-xenobiotic-metabolism-competence-and-hepatocyte-functionality-for-liver-toxicity-screening
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Sreenivasa C Ramaiahgari, Suramya Waidyanatha, Darlene Dixon, Michael J DeVito, Richard S Paules, Stephen S Ferguson
Effective prediction of human responses to chemical and drug exposure is of critical importance in environmental toxicology research and drug development. While significant progress has been made to address this challenge using in vitro liver models, these approaches often fail due to inadequate tissue model functionality. Herein, we describe the development, optimization, and characterization of a novel three-dimensional (3D) spheroid model using differentiated HepaRG cells that achieve and maintain physiologically-relevant levels of xenobiotic metabolism (CYP1A2, CYP2B6, and CYP3A4/5)...
June 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632844/complement-mediated-regulation-of-apolipoprotein-e-in-cultured-human-rpe-cells
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Ping Yang, Nikolai P Skiba, Grace M Tewkesbury, Victoria M Treboschi, Peter Baciu, Glenn J Jaffe
PURPOSE: Complement activation is implicated in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) and complement activation products such as membrane attack complex (MAC) are present in eyes of individuals with AMD. Herein, we investigated the effect of complement activation on induction of ApoE accumulation in human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. METHODS: Cultured human RPE cells were primed with a complement-fixing antibody followed by treatment with C1q-depleted (C1q-Dep) human serum to elicit alternative pathway complement activation...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632669/effect-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-lipus-on-endochondral-ossification-via-the-wnt-signaling-pathway
#7
Ken Kumagai, Yasuteru Yamaguchi, Kazuma Miyatake, Hironori Tanabe, Sosuke Imai, Tomoyuki Saito
OBJECTIVE: We have previously demonstrated that LIPUS stimulates endochondral ossification with decreased expression of sclerostin. The Wnt signaling pathway was examined in vitro to further address the effect of LIPUS on endochondral ossification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ATDC5 cells were plated at an initial density of 6 × 10 cells/well in a 6-multiwell plate and cultured in the presence of 5% FBS plus ITS. The bottom of the culture plate was treated every day with LIPUS for 20 minutes...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631420/expression-of-pten-long-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-can-repress-u87-cell-proliferation
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Na Fang, Tingxuan Gu, Yahui Wang, Shuzhen Wang, Fengling Wang, Yang An, Wenqiang Wei, Weijuan Zhang, Xiangqian Guo, Adil J Nazarali, Shaoping Ji
PTEN is a tumour suppressor that is frequently mutated in a variety of cancers. Hence, PTEN has significant potential as a therapeutic molecule. PTEN-long is an alternative translation variant, with an additional 173 amino acids added to the N-terminal of the canonical PTEN when CUG of the mRNA is utilized as the start codon. PTEN-long is secreted into serum and can re-enter cells throughout the body. One of the major barriers for gene therapy is to efficiently and specifically deliver DNA or RNA material to target cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631388/the-efficacy-of-commercial-tooth-storage-media-for-maintaining-the-viability-of-human-periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts
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W Lee, S Stover, M Rasoulianboroujeni, K Sherman, F Fahimipour, E Dashtimoghadam, C Zito, H Jazayeri, L Tayebi
AIM: To evaluate Save-A-Tooth (SAT), EMT Toothsaver (EMT), and Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) for their influence on the viability and proliferative capacity of human periodontal ligament fibroblast (HPDLF). METHODOLOGY: Primary HPDLFs were seeded on 96-well cell culture plates and exposed to SAT, EMT, HBSS and water (negative control) for 0.5, 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 hours at room temperature (22°C). After each exposure time, cell viability was measured by quantifying adenosine triphosphate (ATP) using a luminescent dye...
June 20, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631154/soil-derived-organic-particles-and-their-effects-on-the-community-of-culturable-microorganisms
#10
Lukáš Bystrianský, Marcel Štofik, Milan Gryndler
Soil microbial community interacts with a range of particulate material in the soil, consisting of both inorganic and organic compounds with different levels of water solubility. Though sparingly water-soluble and insoluble organic compounds in the soil may affect living organisms, they are difficult to introduce into microbiological media. Their biological activity (i.e., their effect on soil microorganisms) thus has been almost neglected in most of the cultivation assays. To fill this gap, we propose the use of fine organic particles prepared from soil organic matter that are introduced into a laboratory medium where microbial community is cultivated...
June 19, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630431/role-of-methionine-adenosyltransferase-2a-in-bovine-preimplantation-development-and-its-associated-genomic-regions
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Shuntaro Ikeda, Ryouka Kawahara-Miki, Hisataka Iwata, Miki Sugimoto, Shinichi Kume
Methionine adenosyltransferase (MAT) is involved in folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism, which is essential for preimplantation embryos in terms of both short-term periconceptional development and long-term phenotypic programming beyond the periconceptional period. Here, our immunofluorescence analysis of bovine oocytes and preimplantation embryos revealed the consistent expression of MAT2A (the catalytic subunit of the ubiquitously expressed-type of MAT isozyme) during this period. Addition of the MAT2A inhibitor FIDAS to the culture media of bovine preimplantation embryos reduced their blastocyst development, revealing the particular importance of MAT2A in successful blastocyst development...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630039/low-level-internalization-of-cystatin-e-m-affects-legumain-activity-and-migration-of-melanoma-cells
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Hanna Wallin, Jenny Apelqvist, Freddi Andersson, Ulf Ekstr Oumlm, Magnus Abrahamson
The ratio between proteases and their inhibitors is unbalanced in cancer. The cysteine protease inhibitor cystatin C is internalized by some cancer cells and affect cellular properties. Here we aimed to investigate if uptake of cystatin C and the related inhibitor cystatin E/M occur in melanoma cell lines and to evaluate to what extent the uptake affects the legumain activity that is typically increased in melanoma. First we studied the basic expression, secretion and intracellular content of all type 2 cystatins, as well as expression and activity of their possible target enzymes legumain and cathepsin B, in MDA-MB-435S, A375 and C8161 melanoma cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629892/engineered-myocardium-model-to-study-the-roles-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-hif1a-as1-in-paracrine-only-signaling-under-pathological-level-oxidative-stress
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Aylin Acun, Pinar Zorlutuna
Studying heart tissue is critical for understanding and developing treatments for cardiovascular diseases. In this work, we fabricated precisely controlled and biomimetic engineered model tissues to study how cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions influence myocardial cell survival upon exposure to pathological level oxidative stress. Specifically, the interactions of endothelial cells (ECs) and cardiomyocytes (CMs), and the role of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), with its novel alternative regulator, HIF-1α antisense RNA1 (HIF1A-AS1), in these interactions were investigated...
June 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629882/quantification-of-fungal-growth-and-destruxin-a-during-infection-of-galleria-mellonella-larvae-by-metarhizium-brunneum
#14
A Ríos-Moreno, I Garrido-Jurado, M C Raya-Ortega, E Quesada-Moraga
Destruxin A is among the major secondary metabolites produced by the entomopathogenic ascomycete Metarhizium sp., and the lack of studies concerning production of destruxin A by the fungus is most likely the biggest obstacle for the registration of new fungal strains. Although several studies focus on the production of destruxin A in culture media, few studies examine destruxin A in vivo during host infection. In the current work, Galleria mellonella was used as an insect model to develop for the first time in vivo real-time PCR- and HPLC-MS-based quantification of fungal growth and metabolite production, respectively, during infection by two strains of M...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629733/an-optimized-protocol-for-the-generation-and-functional-analysis-of-human-mast-cells-from-cd34-enriched-cell-populations
#15
Yuzhi Yin, Yun Bai, Ana Olivera, Avanti Desai, Dean D Metcalfe
The culture of mast cells from human tissues such a cord blood, peripheral blood or bone marrow aspirates has advanced our understanding of human mast cells (huMC) degranulation, mediator production and response to pharmacologic agents. However, existing methods for huMC culture tend to be laborious and expensive. Combining technical approaches from several of these protocols, we designed a simplified and more cost effective approach to the culture of mast cells from human cell populations including peripheral blood and cryopreserved cells from lymphocytapheresis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629363/fibroblast-paracrine-tnf-%C3%AE-signaling-elevates-integrin-a5-expression-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-ipf
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Gali Epstein Shochet, Elizabetha Brook, Lilach Israeli-Shani, Evgeny Edelstein, David Shitrit
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease with a poor prognosis. Inflammatory cytokines play a significant role in IPF pathology. However, the fibroblast itself is also believed to be the primary effector in IPF. We hypothesized that the fibroblasts themselves secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines that could propagate IPF by affecting normal neighboring cells. Thus, we explored the effects of IPF fibroblast derived media on normal fibroblast characteristics...
June 19, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628602/procoagulant-activity-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#17
Barbara A Christy, Maryanne C Herzig, Robbie K Montgomery, Christopher Delavan, James A Bynum, Kristin M Reddoch, Andrew P Cap
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) show great potential for the treatment of military and civilian trauma based on their reduced immunogenicity and ability to modulate inflammation and immune function in the recipient. Although generally considered to be safe, MSCs express tissue factor (TF), a potent activator of coagulation. In the current study, we evaluated multiple MSC populations for tissue factor expression and procoagulant activity to characterize safety considerations for systemic use of MSCs in trauma patients who may have altered coagulation homeostasis...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627870/encapsulation-of-autoinducer-sensing-reporter-bacteria-in-reinforced-alginate-based-microbeads
#18
Ping Li, Mareike Müller, Matthew Wook Chang, Martin Frettlöh, Holger Schönherr
Quorum sensing, in which bacteria communities use signaling molecules for inter- and intracellular communication, has been intensively studied in recent decades. In order to fabricate highly sensitive easy-to-handle point of care biosensors that detect quorum sensing molecules, we have developed, as is reported here, reporter bacteria entrapped alginate-methacrylate (alginate-MA) hydrogel beads. The alginate-MA beads, which were obtained by electrostatic extrusion, were reinforced by photo-crosslinking to increase stability and thereby to reduce bacteria leaching...
June 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627416/a-combined-application-of-tunable-diode-laser-absorption-spectroscopy-and-isothermal-micro-calorimetry-for-calorespirometric-analysis
#19
David Brueckner, Anna Solokhina, Stephan Krähenbühl, Olivier Braissant
Calorespirometry is the simultaneous analysis of the rate of heat emission (Rq), O2 consumption (RO2) and CO2 production (RCO2) by living systems such as tissues or organism cultures. The analysis provides useful knowledge about thermodynamic parameters relevant for e.g. biotechnology where parameter based yield maximization (fermentation) is relevant. The determination of metabolism related heat emission is easy and normally done by a calorimeter. However, measuring the amount of consumed O2 and produced CO2 can be more challenging, as additional preparation or instrumentation might be needed...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627319/selection-and-evaluation-of-media-for-behavioral-health-interventions-employing-critical-media-analysis
#20
Patrick A Wilson, Emily M Cherenack, Laura Jadwin-Cakmak, Gary W Harper
Although a growing number of psychosocial health promotion interventions use the critical analysis of media to facilitate behavior change, no specific guidelines exist to assist researchers and practitioners in the selection and evaluation of culturally relevant media stimuli for intervention development. Mobilizing Our Voices for Empowerment is a critical consciousness-based health enhancement intervention for HIV-positive Black young gay/bisexual men that employs the critical analysis of popular media. In the process of developing and testing this intervention, feedback on media stimuli was collected from youth advisory board members (n = 8), focus group participants (n = 19), intervention participants (n = 40), and intervention facilitators (n = 6)...
June 1, 2017: Health Promotion Practice
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