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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340187/biofilm-adherence-and-hydrophobicity-as-virulence-factors-in-malassezia-furfur
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Letizia Angiolella, Claudia Leone, Florencia Rojas, Javier Mussin, María de Los Angeles Sosa, Gustavo Giusiano
Malassezia species are natural inhabitants of the healthy skin. However, under certain conditions, they may cause or exacerbate several skin diseases. The ability of this fungus to colonize or infect is determined by complex interactions between the fungal cell and its virulence factors. This study aims to evaluate "in vitro" the hydrophobicity levels, the adherence on a plastic surface and the biofilm formation of 16 clinical isolates of Malassezia furfur. Cellular surface hydrophobicity (CSH) levels were determined by two-phase system...
March 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339802/alterations-in-urinary-collagen-peptides-in-lupus-nephritis-subjects-correlate-with-renal-dysfunction-and-renal-histopathology
#2
Ru Wei, Benbo Gao, Fei Shih, Ann Ranger, Andrea Dearth, Harald Mischak, Justyna Siwy, Nicolas Wisniacki, Michelle Petri, Linda C Burkly
Background.: The excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the renal tubulointerstitium is a key component of chronic renal damage in lupus nephritis (LN) and a critical determinant of the disease progression to renal failure. Detection of fibrosis requires renal biopsy and is therefore limited by high risks associated with an invasive procedure. This study explores whether a unique LN urinary peptidome can be identified and whether LN-specific alteration reflects the underlying fibrogenic process of altered ECM turnover...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339760/ultrastructural-immunohistochemical-study-of-l-type-amino-acid-transporter-1-4f2-heavy-chain-in-tumor-microvasculatures-of-n-butyl-n-4-hydroxybutyl-nitrosamine-bbn-induced-rat-bladder-carcinoma
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Eisuke Kume, Tomoko Mutou, Norio Kansaku, Hitoyuki Takahashi, Michael F Wempe, Masahiro Ikegami, Yoshikatsu Kanai, Hitoshi Endou, Shin Wakui
Angiogenesis is essential for tumor growth, and an enhanced vasculature supplying nutrients and oxygen might reflect malignant potential. L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1/4F2hc) comprises a major nutrient transport system responsible for the Na+-independent transport of large neutral amino acids. Seventy five to seventy eight percent N-butyl-N-(4-hydroxybutyl) nitrosamine-induced rat bladder carcinoma cells showed high LAT1/4F2hc expression. While the intracarcinoma microvasculatures of fenestrated endothelial cells highly expressing LAT1/4F2hc might progressively transport essential amino acids from the microvasculatures to the extracellular matrix, non-fenestrated endothelial cells and pericytes did not...
February 24, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339553/de-and-recellularization-of-the-pig-uterus-a-bioengineering-pilot-study%C3%A2
#4
Hannes Campo, Pedro M Baptista, Nuria López-Pérez, Amparo Faus, Irene Cervelló, Carlos Simón
Absolute uterine factor infertility, or the absence of a functional uterus, has a prevalence of 3%-5% in the general population. Despite the great strides being made in reproductive medicine, patients diagnosed with absolute uterine factor infertility remain untreatable. The only available solution has been gestational surrogacy, but recently the Brannström group presented a viable alternative by reporting the first successful live birth after uterus transplantation. Similar to other transplantations, this approach has inherent limitations such as the paucity of donor organs and the need for long-term immunosuppression...
December 27, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339457/targeted-aav5-smad7-gene-therapy-inhibits-corneal-scarring-in-vivo
#5
Suneel Gupta, Jason T Rodier, Ajay Sharma, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Prashant R Sinha, Nathan P Hesemann, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Rajiv R Mohan
Corneal scarring is due to aberrant activity of the transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) signaling pathway following traumatic, mechanical, infectious, or surgical injury. Altered TGFβ signaling cascade leads to downstream Smad (Suppressor of mothers against decapentaplegic) protein-mediated signaling events that regulate expression of extracellular matrix and myogenic proteins. These events lead to transdifferentiation of keratocytes into myofibroblasts through fibroblasts and often results in permanent corneal scarring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339082/effects-of-autophagy-and-endocytosis-on-the-activity-of-matrix-metalloproteinase%C3%A2-2-in-human-renal-proximal-tubular-cells-under-hypoxia
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Wenmin Yu, Zhi Wang, Yiping Li, Lei Liu, Jing Liu, Fenggan Ding, Xiaoyi Zhang, Zhengyuan Cheng, Pingsheng Chen
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is characterized by tubular atrophy with basement membrane thickening and accumulation of interstitial extracellular matrix (ECM). A decrease in the activity of matrix metalloproteinase‑2 (MMP‑2) may promote this process. Although proximal tubular cells are sensitive to oxygen deprivation, whether cellular autophagy or endocytosis induced by hypoxia can alter the activity of MMP‑2 remains to be elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether autophagy and endocytosis induced by hypoxia can have an effect on the activity of MMP‑2 in HK‑2 cells...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339078/comparative-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-platelet%C3%A2-rich-plasma-formulations-on-extracellular-matrix-formation-and-the-nf%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-human-articular-chondrocytes
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Wenjing Yin, Haitao Xu, Jiagen Sheng, Zhengliang Xu, Xuetao Xie, Changqing Zhang
Concentrated leukocytes in leukocyte and platelet‑rich plasma (L‑PRP) may deliver increased levels of pro‑inflammatory cytokines to activate the nuclear factor (NF)‑κB signaling pathway, to counter or overwhelm the beneficial effects of growth factors on cartilage regeneration. However, to date, no relevant studies have substantiated this. In the present study, L‑PRP and pure platelet‑rich plasma (P‑PRP) were prepared, and leukocytes, platelets, pro‑inflammatory cytokines and growth factor concentrations were quantified; they were then used to treat human articular chondrocytes (HACs)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339064/extracellular-matrix-metabolism-disorder-induced-by-mechanical-strain-on-human-parametrial-ligament-fibroblasts
#8
Jie Min, Bingshu Li, Cheng Liu, Wenjun Guo, Shasha Hong, Jianming Tang, Li Hong
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a global health problem that may seriously impact the quality of life of the sufferer. The present study aimed to investigate the potential mechanisms underlying alterations in extracellular matrix (ECM) metabolism in the pathogenesis of POP, by investigating the expression of ECM components in human parametrial ligament fibroblasts (hPLFs) subject to various mechanical strain loads. Fibroblasts derived from parametrial ligaments were cultured from patients with POP and without malignant tumors, who underwent vaginal hysterectomy surgery...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339036/fgf7-fgfr2-signal-promotes-invasion-and-migration-in-human-gastric-cancer-through-upregulation-of-thrombospondin-1
#9
Tingting Huang, Lei Wang, Dian Liu, Piao Li, Huihua Xiong, Liang Zhuang, Li Sun, Xianglin Yuan, Hong Qiu
Fibroblast growth factor 7 (FGF7) is a mesenchyme-specific heparin-binding growth factor that binds FGF receptor 2 (FGFR2) to regulate numerous cellular and physiological processes. FGF7/FGFR2 signal is associated with gastric cancer progression. In the present study, we investigated the molecular mechanism by which FGF7/FGFR2 promotes invasion and migration in human gastric cancer. We first demonstrated that increased FGFR2 expression in human gastric cancer tissues was significantly associated with tumor depth and clinical stage in human gastric cancer tissues...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338973/inflammation-autoimmunity-and-hypertension-the-essential-role-of-tissue-transglutaminase
#10
Chen Liu, Rodney E Kellems, Yang Xia
Inflammatory cytokines cause hypertension when introduced into animals. Additional evidence indicates that cytokines induce the production of autoantibodies that activate the AT1 angiotensin receptor (AT1R). Extensive evidence shows that these autoantibodies, termed AT1-AA, contribute to hypertension. We review here recent studies showing that cytokine-induced hypertension and AT1-AA production require the ubiquitous enzyme, tissue transglutaminase (TG2). We consider 3 mechanisms by which TG2 may contribute to hypertension...
March 13, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338676/dirhamnolipids-secreted-from-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-modify-anjpegungal-susceptibility-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-by-inhibiting-%C3%AE-1-3-glucan-synthase-activity
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Benoit Briard, Vero Rasoldier, Perrine Bomme, Noureddine ElAouad, Catherine Guerreiro, Pierre Chassagne, Laetitia Muszkieta, Jean-Paul Latgé, Laurence Mulard, Anne Beauvais
Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aspergillus fumigatus are the two microorganisms responsible for most of the chronic infections in cystic fibrosis patients. P. aeruginosa is known to produce quorum-sensing controlled rhamnolipids during chronic infections. Here we show that the dirhamnolipids secreted from P. aeruginosa (i) induce A. fumigatus to produce an extracellular matrix, rich in galactosaminogalactan, 1,8-dihydroxynaphthalene (DHN)- and pyo-melanin, surrounding their hyphae, which facilitates P. aeruginosa binding and (ii) inhibit A...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338443/fluorescent-labeling-of-collagen-production-by-cells-for-noninvasive-imaging-of-extracellular-matrix-deposition
#12
Katie Bardsley, Ying Yang, Alicia J El Haj
Extracellular matrix (ECM) is an essential component of tissues and provides both integrity and biological cues for cells. Collagen is one of the major proteins found within the ECM and therefore is an essential component of all engineered tissues. Therefore, in this article, we present a method for the online real-time monitoring of collagen deposition in three-dimensional engineered constructs. This method revolves around modification of collagen through the addition of azide-L-proline to cell culture media...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338424/monocytes-seeded-on-engineered-hypertrophic-cartilage-do-not-enhance-endochondral-ossification-capacity
#13
Atanas Todorov, Celeste Scotti, Andrea Barbero, Arnaud Scherberich, Adam Papadimitropoulos, Ivan Martin
Engineered hypertrophic cartilage (HC) represents an attractive bone substitute material, capable to induce bone formation by endochondral ossification. Since bone formation by HC depends on factors released from the extracellular matrix, in this study, we hypothesized that HC seeding with monocytes committed to osteoclastogenesis could enhance its remodeling, improve chemotaxis of skeletal and vascular cells, and consequently enhance bone formation. This would be particularly relevant for devitalized HC, which currently exhibits only limited osteoinductivity...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338421/harnessing-the-osteogenicity-of-in-vitro-stem-cell-derived-mineralized-extracellular-matrix-as-3d-biotemplate-to-guide-bone-regeneration
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Yoke Chin Chai, Johanna Bolander, Ioannis Papantoniou, Jennifer Patterson, Jef Vleugels, Jan Schrooten, Frank P Luyten
Advanced biomaterials that are capable of guiding robust bone regeneration are highly demanded for translational therapy of bone defects or bone augmentation in clinics. One of the strategic approaches is to produce tissue engineering (TE) constructs that mediate bone regeneration by recapitulating the natural bone formation or healing process. In this study, we aimed at producing devitalized mineralized carriers with augmented bone forming capacity via a modified culture protocol (i.e., culture conditions with high calcium and/or phosphate concentrations) that first promotes cell growth and, subsequently, mineralized extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition by human periosteum-derived osteoprogenitor cells (hPDCs) on additive manufactured three-dimensional (3D) porous titanium (Ti)-based scaffolds...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338417/a-3d-tissue-printing-approach-for-validation-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-skeletal-muscle
#15
David B Berry, Shangting You, John Warner, Lawrence R Frank, Shaochen Chen, Samuel R Ward
The ability to noninvasively assess skeletal muscle microstructure, which predicts function and disease, would be of significant clinical value. One method that holds this promise is diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI), which is sensitive to the microscopic diffusion of water within tissues and has become ubiquitous in neuroimaging as a way of assessing neuronal structure and damage. However, its application to the assessment of changes in muscle microstructure associated with injury, pathology, or age remains poorly defined, because it is difficult to precisely control muscle microstructural features in vivo...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338091/intermediate-filament-reorganization-dynamically-influences-cancer-cell-alignment-and-migration
#16
Andrew W Holle, Melih Kalafat, Adria Sales Ramos, Thomas Seufferlein, Ralf Kemkemer, Joachim P Spatz
The interactions between a cancer cell and its extracellular matrix (ECM) have been the focus of an increasing amount of investigation. The role of the intermediate filament keratin in cancer has also been coming into focus of late, but more research is needed to understand how this piece fits in the puzzle of cytoskeleton-mediated invasion and metastasis. In Panc-1 invasive pancreatic cancer cells, keratin phosphorylation in conjunction with actin inhibition was found to be sufficient to reduce cell area below either treatment alone...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337871/cytokine-modulation-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-treatment-with-steroids-immunosuppressants-and-ifn-%C3%AE-1b
#17
S Marinari, V De Iuliis, V Dadorante, S Colella, A Marino, A Nunziata, V Flati, M Caruso, A Pennelli, F De Benedetto, S Matera, S Capodifoglio, S Martinotti, S Caputi, E Toniato
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lung disease of unknown etiology and pathogenic mechanisms. From an etiopathogenic point of view, alveolar macrophages play a key role in accumulation of fibroblasts and deposition of collagen and extracellular matrix by releasing specific cytokines and inflammatory mediators. IPF seems to be also associated with circulating fibrocytes, which might be involved with an abnormal pulmonary vascular repair and remodeling. Based on its hypothesized pathologic mechanisms, anti-inflammatory, anti-fibrotic and immunosuppressive therapies are often used...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337850/high-throughput-screening-of-vascular-endothelium-destructive-or-protective-microenvironments-cooperative-actions-of-extracellular-matrix-composition-stiffness-and-structure
#18
Yonghui Ding, Michael Floren, Wei Tan
Pathological modification of the subendothelial extracellular matrix (ECM) has closely been associated with endothelial activation and subsequent cardiovascular disease progression. To understand regulatory mechanisms of these matrix modifications, the majority of previous efforts have focused on the modulation of either chemical composition or matrix stiffness on 2D smooth surfaces without simultaneously probing their cooperative effects on endothelium function on in vivo like 3D fibrous matrices. To this end, a high-throughput, combinatorial microarray platform on 2D and 3D hydrogel settings to resemble the compositions, stiffness, and structure of healthy and diseased subendothelial ECM has been established, and further their respective and combined effects on endothelial attachment, proliferation, inflammation, and junctional integrity have been investigated...
March 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337637/in-vivo-paracoccidioides-sp-biofilm-on-vascular-prosthesis
#19
Maria Emilia Cattana, Maria Fernanda Tracogna, Isabel Marques, Florencia Rojas, Mariana Fernández, María de Los Ángeles Sosa, Javier Mussin, Gustavo Giusiano
Paracoccidioidomycosis is an endemic mycosis caused by Paracoccidioides species limited to Latin America arising with the chronic form in 90% of cases. The capacity of microorganisms to form biofilms is considered of great importance medical since can contribute to the persistence and to the chronic state of the diseases. The ability of Paracoccidioides to form biofilm has been demonstrated in vitro. In our study, for the first time we have observed this capability in vivo on a vascular prosthesis using scanning electron microscope showing a dense network of Paracoccidioides yeasts covered by an extracellular matrix...
March 23, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337580/bacteriophage-encoded-virion-associated-enzymes-to-overcome-the-carbohydrate-barriers-during-the-infection-process
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Agnieszka Latka, Barbara Maciejewska, Grazyna Majkowska-Skrobek, Yves Briers, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
Bacteriophages are bacterial viruses that infect the host after successful receptor recognition and adsorption to the cell surface. The irreversible adherence followed by genome material ejection into host cell cytoplasm must be preceded by the passage of diverse carbohydrate barriers such as capsule polysaccharides (CPSs), O-polysaccharide chains of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules, extracellular polysaccharides (EPSs) forming biofilm matrix, and peptidoglycan (PG) layers. For that purpose, bacteriophages are equipped with various virion-associated carbohydrate active enzymes, termed polysaccharide depolymerases and lysins, that recognize, bind, and degrade the polysaccharide compounds...
March 23, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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