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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820993/changing-profiles-of-bound-water-content-and-distribution-in-the-activated-sludge-treatment-by-nacl-addition-and-ph-modification
#1
Dong-Qin He, Ying-Jie Zhang, Chuan-Shu He, Han-Qing Yu
Currently the dewatering of activated sludge from wastewater treatment plants is a problem not well solved. Extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), including loosely bound EPS (LB-EPS) and tightly bound EPS (TB-EPS), are highly hydrated biopolymers and play important roles in sludge dewatering. In the present work, two types of treatments, i.e., salt addition and pH modification, were proposed to evaluate the effects of bound water content and its distribution on the dewatering performance of activated sludge...
August 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820989/permanganate-bisulfite-pm-bs-conditioning-horizontal-electro-dewatering-hed-of-activated-sludge-effect-of-reactive-mn-iii-species
#2
Xinxin Guo, Yili Wang, Dongsheng Wang
A novel activated sludge (AS) conditioning method through permanganate/bisulfate (PM/BS) process was proposed. The method involved a new conditioner of reactive Mn(III) intermediate. Moreover, a Mn(III) conditioning-horizontal electro-dewatering (Mn(III) C-HED) process was established to improve AS dewatering performance. Underlying mechanisms were unraveled by investigating changes in physicochemical characteristics, scanning electron microscope (SEM) morphology, and transformation of water and organic matters...
August 11, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820530/cxcr7-attenuates-the-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-pulmonary-fibrosis
#3
Shuhong Guan, Jun Zhou
Lung fibrosis is a progressive and often fatal lung disease characterized by fibroblast proliferation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix in the lungs. The chemokine receptor CXCR7 has been shown to control cell adhesion, migration and proliferation by regulating the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), but the role of CXCR7 in regulating the endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) and lung fibrosis remains largely unclear. In this study, we investigated the interrelation of CXCR7 and TGF-β, a crucial player in lung fibrogenesis...
August 18, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820396/the-role-of-mtor-inhibitors-and-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibitors-on-young-and-old-endothelial-cell-functions-critical-for-re-endothelialisation-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-an-in-vitro-study
#4
K Korybalska, E Kawka, A Breborowicz, J Witowski
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become a standard treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, it is associated with endothelial cell denudation, which may predispose to in-stent thrombosis and restenosis. Pharmacological methods which prevent restenosis can delay post-PCI re-endothelialisation. We have therefore examined how atorvastatin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), sirolimus and everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) affect young and old endothelial cell functions which are responsible for wound healing after PCI...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820240/the-interaction-between-the-third-type-iii-domain-from-fibronectin-and-anastellin-involves-%C3%AE-strand-exchange
#5
Jessica M Stine, Gabriel J H Ahl, Casey Schlenker, Domnita-Valeria Rusnac, Klára Briknarová
Anastellin is a small recombinant fragment derived from the extracellular matrix protein fibronectin; it comprises the first type III (FN3) domain without the two N-terminal β-strands. It inhibits angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis in mouse models and requires endogenous fibronectin for its in vivo anti-angiogenic activity. It binds to fibronectin in vitro and converts the soluble protein to insoluble fibrils that structurally and functionally resemble fibronectin fibrils deposited in the extracellular matrix by cells...
August 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819748/lipoxin-a4-attenuates-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-via-upregulation-of-let-7c-and-downregulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-pathway
#6
Xiao-Qing Chen, Sheng-Hua Wu, Yan-Yan Luo, Bing-Jie Li, Shu-Jun Li, Hong-Yan Lu, Rui Jin, Zhong-Yi Sun
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily members are key regulators for lung development and progress of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). The mechanisms by which lipoxin A4 (LXA4) attenuates development of BPD have not been clarified. Neonatal murine BPD models were inducted by hyperoxia treatment. Neonatal mice were exposed to room air or 85% O2 hyperoxia with or without treatment with 5S,6R-methyl-LXA4 or anti-TGF-β antibodies. Mouse lung epithelial cells (MLE-12 cells) and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (NIH/3T3 cells) were cultured in room air or 85% O2 followed by treatment of LXA4, anti-TGF-β antibodies, and let-7c mimic/anti-microRNA transfections...
August 17, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819560/a-novel-peptide-blocking-cancer-cell-invasion-by-structure-based-drug-design
#7
Yuki Yamada, Seiji Kanayama, Fuminori Ito, Noriyuki Kurita, Hiroshi Kobayashi
The receptor for the urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA), uPAR, facilitates tumor cell invasion and metastasis by focusing on several ligands, including uPA, integrins and vitronectin. With computational prediction algorithms and structure-based drug design, we identified peptides containing the Gly-Lys-Gly-Glu-Gly-Glu-Gly-Lys-Gly sequence (peptide H1), which strongly interacts with uPAR. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of allosteric inhibition at the uPAR interface using a novel synthetic peptide and its function on ovarian cancer cell invasion...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819457/type-1-diabetes-urinary-proteomics-and-protein-network-analysis-support-perturbation-of-lysosomal-function
#8
Harinder Singh, Yanbao Yu, Moo-Jin Suh, Manolito G Torralba, Robert D Stenzel, Andrey Tovchigrechko, Vishal Thovarai, Derek M Harkins, Seesandra V Rajagopala, Whitney Osborne, Fran R Cogen, Paul B Kaplowitz, Karen E Nelson, Ramana Madupu, Rembert Pieper
While insulin replacement therapy restores the health and prevents the onset of diabetic complications (DC) for many decades, some T1D patients have elevated hemoglobin A1c values suggesting poor glycemic control, a risk factor of DC. We surveyed the stool microbiome and urinary proteome of a cohort of 220 adolescents and children, half of which had lived with T1D for an average of 7 years and half of which were healthy siblings. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene did not reveal significant differences in gut microbial alpha-diversity comparing the two cohorts...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819423/reelin-promotes-adhesion-of-multiple-myeloma-cells-to-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-via-integrin-%C3%AE-1-signaling
#9
Liang Lin, Xinwei Zhang, Li Cao, Quanming An, Jie Hao, Yan Zhang, Rong Jin, Yingjun Chang, Xiaojun Huang, Jin Lu, Qing Ge
The close interaction between tumor cells and bone marrow stromal cells plays a crucial role in the tumorigenesis of multiple myeloma (MM). Reelin, an extracellular matrix protein, is found expressed in myeloma cells and is negatively associated with prognosis. We examined the role of Reelin in myeloma cell adhesion to bone marrow stromal cells and the signaling pathways involved. The results revealed that Reelin promoted the adhesion of myeloma cells to HS-5, a bone marrow stromal cell line, via the activation of β1 integrin...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819366/paracrine-potential-of-the-human-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-to-modulate-balance-between-matrix-metalloproteinases-and-their-inhibitors-in-the-osteoarthritic-cartilage-in-vitro
#10
Jaroslav Denkovskij, Edvardas Bagdonas, Ilona Kusleviciute, Zygmunt Mackiewicz, Ausra Unguryte, Narunas Porvaneckas, Sandrine Fleury, Algirdas Venalis, Christian Jorgensen, Eiva Bernotiene
Adipose tissue represents an abundant source of stem cells. Along with anti-inflammatory effects, ASC secrete various factors that may modulate metabolism of extracellular matrix in osteoarthritic (OA) cartilage, suggesting that the presence of ASC could be advantageous for OA cartilage due to the recovery of homeostasis between matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs). To evaluate these effects, cartilage explants (CE) were cocultured with ASC for 3 and 7 days under stimulation with or without IL-1β...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819304/novel-stat-binding-elements-mediate-il-6-regulation-of-mmp-1-and-mmp-3
#11
Samuel J Cutler, James D Doecke, Ibtisam Ghazawi, Jinbo Yang, Lyn R Griffiths, Kevin J Spring, Stephen J Ralph, Albert S Mellick
Dynamic remodelling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) is a key feature of cancer progression. Enzymes that modify the ECM, such as matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), have long been recognised as important targets of anticancer therapy. Inflammatory cytokines are known to play a key role in regulating protease expression in cancer. Here we describe the identification of gamma-activated site (GAS)-like, signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) binding elements (SBEs) within the proximal promoters of the MMP-1 and MMP-3 genes, which in association with AP-1 components (c-Fos or Jun), bind STAT-1 in a homodimer like complex (HDLC)...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819200/periostin-binding-dna-aptamer-treatment-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-under-diabetic-conditions
#12
Jae Eun Um, Jung Tak Park, Bo Young Nam, Jung Pyo Lee, Jong Ha Jung, Youndong Kim, Seonghun Kim, Jimin Park, Meiyan Wu, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang
Diabetic nephropathy, the major cause of chronic kidney disease, is associated with progressive renal fibrosis. Recently, accumulation of periostin, an extracellular matrix protein, was shown to augment renal fibrosis. Aptamers have higher binding affinities without developing the common side effects of antibodies. Thus, we evaluated the effect of periostin inhibition by an aptamer-based inhibitor on renal fibrosis under diabetic conditions. In vitro, transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) treatment significantly upregulated periostin, fibronectin, and type I collagen mRNA and protein expressions in inner medullary collecting duct (IMCD) cells...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819182/impact-of-extracellular-matrix-on-engraftment-and-maturation-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-in-a-rat-myocardial-infarct-model
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Tatsuki Ogasawara, Satomi Okano, Hajime Ichimura, Shin Kadota, Yuki Tanaka, Itsunari Minami, Motonari Uesugi, Yuko Wada, Naoto Saito, Kenji Okada, Koichiro Kuwahara, Yuji Shiba
Pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes show great promise in regenerating the heart after myocardial infarction; however, several uncertainties exist that must be addressed before clinical trials. One practical issue is graft survival following transplantation. Although a pro-survival cocktail with Matrigel has been shown to enhance graft survival, the use of Matrigel may not be clinically feasible. The purpose of this study was to test whether a hyaluronan-based hydrogel, HyStem, could be a substitute for Matrigel...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819176/use-of-biocompatible-sorafenib-gold-nanoconjugates-for-reversal-of-drug-resistance-in-human-hepatoblatoma-cells
#14
Sandeep Kumar Vishwakarma, Priyanka Sharmila, Avinash Bardia, Lakkireddy Chandrakala, N Raju, G Sravani, B V S Sastry, Md Aejaz Habeeb, Aleem Ahmed Khan, Marshal Dhayal
The present study identifies the potential of highly biocompatible SF-GNP nano-conjugate to enhance the chemotherapeutic response to combat drug resistance in cancer cells. We developed a stable colloidal suspension of sorafenib-gold nanoconjugate (SF-GNP) of <10 nm size in aqueous medium for reverting the cancer drug resistance in SF-resistant HepG2 cells in a 3D ex-vivo model system. In-vivo biocompatibility assay of SF-GNPs showed absence of systemic toxicological effects including hematological, biochemical and histological parameters...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819137/precise-stacking-of-decellularized-extracellular-matrix-based-3d-cell-laden-constructs-by-a-3d-cell-printing-system-equipped-with-heating-modules
#15
Geunseon Ahn, Kyung-Hyun Min, Changhwan Kim, Jeong-Seok Lee, Donggu Kang, Joo-Yun Won, Dong-Woo Cho, Jun-Young Kim, Songwan Jin, Won-Soo Yun, Jin-Hyung Shim
Three-dimensional (3D) cell printing systems allow the controlled and precise deposition of multiple cells in 3D constructs. Hydrogel materials have been used extensively as printable bioinks owing to their ability to safely encapsulate living cells. However, hydrogel-based bioinks have drawbacks for cell printing, e.g. inappropriate crosslinking and liquid-like rheological properties, which hinder precise 3D shaping. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the influence of various factors (e.g. bioink concentration, viscosity, and extent of crosslinking) on cell printing and established a new 3D cell printing system equipped with heating modules for the precise stacking of decellularized extracellular matrix (dECM)-based 3D cell-laden constructs...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819082/dysregulation-of-calpain-proteolytic-systems-underlies-degenerative-vascular-disorders
#16
Takuro Miyazaki, Akira Miyazaki
Chronic vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, aneurysms, diabetic angiopathy/retinopathy as well as fibrotic and proliferative vascular diseases are generally complicated by the progression of degenerative insults, which are characterized by endothelial dysfunction, apoptotic/necrotic cell death in vascular/immune cells, remodeling of extracellular matrix or breakdown of elastic lamella. Increasing evidence suggests that dysfunctional calpain proteolytic systems and defective calpain protein metabolism in blood vessels contribute to degenerative disorders...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818870/fra-2-negatively-regulates-postnatal-alveolar-septation-by-modulating-myofibroblast-function
#17
Kazuyuki Tsujino, John T Li, Tatsuya Tsukui, Xin Ren, Latifa Bakiri, Erwin F Wagner, Dean Sheppard
Mice that globally over-express the transcription factor, Fos-related antigen-2 (Fra-2), develop extensive pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary vascular remodeling. To determine if these phenotypes are a consequence of ectopic Fra-2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts, we generated mice that over-express Fra-2 specifically in these cells types (α-SMA-rtTA; tetO-Fra-2). Surprisingly, these mice did not develop vascular remodeling or pulmonary fibrosis, but developed a spontaneous emphysema-like phenotype characterized by alveolar enlargement...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818858/pai-1-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-expression-renders-alternatively-activated-human-macrophages-proteolytically-quiescent
#18
Philipp J Hohensinner, Johanna Baumgartner, Julia B Kral-Pointner, Pavel Uhrin, Benjamin Ebenbauer, Barbara Thaler, Konstantin Doberer, Stefan Stojkovic, Svitlana Demyanets, Michael B Fischer, Kurt Huber, Gernot Schabbauer, Walter S Speidl, Johann Wojta
OBJECTIVE: Macrophages are versatile immune cells capable of polarizing into functional subsets depending on environmental stimulation. In atherosclerotic lesions, proinflammatory polarized macrophages are associated with symptomatic plaques, whereas Th2 cytokine-polarized macrophages are inversely related with disease progression. To establish a functional cause for these observations, we analyzed extracellular matrix degradation phenotypes in polarized macrophages. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We provide evidence that proinflammatory polarized macrophages rely on membrane-bound proteases including matrix metalloproteinase 14 and the serine protease uPA (urokinase plasminogen activator) together with its receptor uPAR for extracellular matrix degradation...
August 17, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818856/deletion-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-rela-in-angiotensin-ii-sensitive-mesenchymal-cells-blocks-aortic-vascular-inflammation-and-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-formation
#19
Talha Ijaz, Hong Sun, Irina V Pinchuk, Dianna M Milewicz, Ronald G Tilton, Allan R Brasier
OBJECTIVE: Infusion of angiotensin II (Ang II) induces extracellular matrix remodeling and inflammation resulting in abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in normolipidemic mice. Although Ang II activates mesenchymal cells in the media and adventitia to become fibrogenic, the sentinel role of this mesenchymal population in modulating the inflammatory response and aneurysms is not known. We test the hypothesis that these fibrogenic mesenchymal cells play a critical role in Ang II-induced aortic wall vascular inflammation and AAA formation...
August 17, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818797/h2o2-induced-cost-effective-microwave-disintegration-of-dairy-waste-activated-sludge-in-acidic-environment-for-efficient-biomethane-generation
#20
A Parvathy Eswari, S Kavitha, J Rajesh Banu, O Parthiba Karthikeyan, Ick-Tae Yeom
This study aimed to improve the biomethane potential of dairy waste activated sludge (WAS) by H2O2-acidic pH induced microwave disintegration (HAMW-D) pretreatment approach. The results of HAMW-D compared with the microwave disintegration (MW-D) alone for energy and economic factors. In the two phase disintegration process, the H2O2 concentration of about 0.5mg/g SS under acid pH of 5 was found to be optimum for effective dissociation of Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS) matrix. A higher liquefaction of about 46...
August 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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