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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545202/memantine-inhibits-degradation-of-the-articular-cartilage-extracellular-matrix-induced-by-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages
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Jijun Zhao, Yinghao Yu, Zhaofeng Wu, Ling Wang, Wei Li
The accumulation of inflammation and cartilage damage induced by advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are important hallmarks of osteoarthritis (OA). Memantine is a clinically licensed drug used for the treatment of moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease. To date, little information has been reported regarding the effects of memantine on cartilage destruction. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of memantine on AGE-induced degradation of collagen II and aggrecans in human SW1353 chondrocytes...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544639/biomimetic-model-of-tumor-microenvironment-on-microfluidic-platform
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Minhwan Chung, Jungho Ahn, Kyungmin Son, Sudong Kim, Noo Li Jeon
The "Tumor microenvironment" (TME) is a complex, interacting system of the tumor and its surrounding environment. The TME has drawn more attention recently in attempts to overcome current drug resistance and the recurrence of cancer by understanding the cancer and its microenvironment systematically, beyond past reductionist approaches. However, a lack of experimental tools to dissect the intricate interactions has hampered in-depth research into the TME. Here, a biomimetic TME model using a microfluidic platform is presented, which enables the interaction between TME constituents to be studied in a comprehensive manner...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544606/effects-of-tooth-storage-media-on-periodontal-ligament-preservation
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Md Riasat Hasan, Hiroaki Takebe, Nazmus Shalehin, Nobuko Obara, Takashi Saito, Kazuharu Irie
BACKGROUND / AIMS: An easily available tooth storage medium is required to preserve a tooth after avulsion. Milk and Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) are recommended as tooth storage media, and egg white is also reported to be comparable with milk. The aim of the present study was to histologically and immunohistochemically evaluate the effect of different tooth storage media on the periodontal ligament (PDL) of extracted teeth. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This experiment used HBSS, milk and egg white as tooth storage media...
May 24, 2017: Dental Traumatology: Official Publication of International Association for Dental Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544462/biomimetic-macroporous-pcl-scaffolds-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-cord-blood-derived-cd34-cells-with-feeder-cells-support
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Xiuwei Pan, Qiong Sun, Yuanhao Zhang, Haibo Cai, Yun Gao, Yongjia Shen, Weian Zhang
Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with most current methods can hardly satisfy clinical application requirement. While in vivo, HSCs efficiently self-renew in niche where they interact with 3D extracellular matrix and stromal cells. Therefore, co-cultures of CD34(+) cells and mesenchyme stem cells derived from human amniotic membrane (hAMSCs) on the basis of biomimetic macroporous three-dimensional (3D) poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffolds are developed, where scaffolds and hAMSCs are applied to mimic structural and cellular microenvironment of HSCs...
May 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543639/lncrna-rp11-296a18-3-mir-138-hif1a-pathway-regulates-the-proliferation-ecm-synthesis-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-hnpcs-%C3%A2
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Xiaobin Wang, Guohua Lv, Jing Li, Bing Wang, Qianshi Zhang, Chang Lu
BACKGROUND: During the process of Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD), nucleus pulposus apoptosis increases, extracellular matrix (ECM) alters and/or degrades, abnormal proliferation of cells forms cell clusters, and the expression of various inflammatory factors increases. Thus, regulation of human nucleus pulposus cell (HNPC) proliferation and ECM synthesis present promising strategies for IDD treatment. Accumulating evidence indicates that non-coding RNAs are involved in various cellular processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and metastasis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543554/smad3-expression-and-regulation-of-fibroplasia-in-vocal-fold-injury
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Nao Hiwatashi, Peter A Benedict, Gregory R Dion, Renjie Bing, Iv Kraja, Milan R Amin, Ryan C Branski
OBJECTIVE: Recent reports highlight the efficacy of small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting SMAD3 to regulate transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)-mediated fibroplasia in vocal fold fibroblasts. The current study sought to investigate SMAD3 expression during wound healing in vivo and quantify the downstream transcriptional events associated with SMAD3 knockdown in vitro. STUDY DESIGN: In vivo and in vitro. METHODS: Unilateral vocal fold injury was created in a rabbit model...
May 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543409/synergic-and-antagonistic-relationship-between-mmp-2-and-mmp-9-with-fibrosis-and-inflammation-in-chagas-cardiomyopathy
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Nayara I Medeiros, Juliana A S Gomes, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira
Cardiomyopathy is the most important clinical manifestation in the chronic phase of Chagas disease because of its frequency, severity and impact on morbidity and mortality. The extracellular matrix degradation during cardiac remodeling in Trypanosoma cruzi infection is driven by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily the MMP-2 and MMP-9 gelatinases. MMPs also regulate some molecules related to inflammation, such as growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines. The involvement of MMP-2 and MMP-9 is not yet fully understood in Chagas disease...
May 24, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543403/decellularized-human-liver-is-too-heterogeneous-for-designing-a-generic-extracellular-matrix-mimic-hepatic-scaffold
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Giorgio Mattei, Chiara Magliaro, Andrea Pirone, Arti Ahluwalia
Decellularized human livers are considered the perfect extracellular matrix (ECM) surrogate because both three-dimensional architecture and biological features of the hepatic microenvironment are thought to be preserved. However, donor human livers are in chronically short supply, both for transplantation or as decellularized scaffolds, and will become even scarcer as life expectancy increases. It is hence of interest to determine the structural and biochemical properties of human hepatic ECM to derive design criteria for engineering biomimetic scaffolds...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543398/interdigital-tissue-remodelling-in-the-embryonic-limb-involves-dynamic-regulation-of-the-mirna-profiles
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Beatriz Garcia-Riart, Carlos I Lorda-Diez, Jessica C Marin-Llera, Juan A Garcia-Porrero, Juan M Hurle, Juan A Montero
Next-generation sequencing in combination with quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed a dynamic miRNA signature in the interdigital mesoderm of the chick embryonic hinlimb in the course of interdigit remodelling. During this period, 612 previously known chicken miRNAs (gga-miRNAs) and 401 non-identified sequences were expressed in the interdigital mesoderm. Thirty-six microRNAs, represented by more than 750 reads per million, displayed differential expression between stages HH29 (6 id) and HH32 (7...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542982/cancer-associated-fibroblast-derived-lumican-promotes-gastric-cancer-progression-via-the-integrin-%C3%AE-1-fak-signaling-pathway
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Xiaofeng Wang, Quan Zhou, Zhenjia Yu, Xiongyan Wu, Xuehua Chen, Jianfang Li, Chen Li, Min Yan, Zhenggang Zhu, Bingya Liu, Liping Su
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the most frequent malignant tumors worldwide and is associated with high invasiveness, high metastasis, and poor prognosis. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), residing around tumor cells in tumor stroma, are important modifiers of tumor initiation and progression. However, the molecular mechanisms by which CAF's modulate tumor development have yet not to be characterized in GC. Here we performed tissue assay analyses identifying that Lumican, an extracellular matrix protein, is highly expressed in human gastric CAFs and its expression is positively associated with depth of invasion, lymph node metastasis, TNM stage, and poor survival rate of GC...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542651/cellular-migration-transition-and-interaction-during-regeneration-of-the-sponge-hymeniacidon-heliophila
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Cristiano C Coutinho, Ivone de Andrade Rosa, John Douglas de Oliveira Teixeira, Leonardo R Andrade, Manoel Luis Costa, Claudia Mermelstein
Sponges have a high capacity for regeneration and this process improves biomass production in some species, thus contributing to a solution for the biomass supply problem for biotechnological applications. The aim of this work is to characterize the dynamics of cell behavior during the initial stages of sponge regeneration, using bright-field microscopy, confocal microscopy and SEM. We focused on the first 20 h of regeneration, during which blastema formation and epithelium initialization occur. An innovative sponge organotypic culture of the regenerating internal region is described and investigated by confocal microscopy, cell transplantation and vital staining...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542410/gla-rich-protein-function-as-an-anti-inflammatory-agent-in-monocytes-macrophages-implications-for-calcification-related-chronic-inflammatory-diseases
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Carla S B Viegas, Rúben M Costa, Lúcia Santos, Paula A Videira, Zélia Silva, Nuna Araújo, Anjos L Macedo, António P Matos, Cees Vermeer, Dina C Simes
Calcification-related chronic inflammatory diseases are multifactorial pathological processes, involving a complex interplay between inflammation and calcification events in a positive feed-back loop driving disease progression. Gla-rich protein (GRP) is a vitamin K dependent protein (VKDP) shown to function as a calcification inhibitor in cardiovascular and articular tissues, and proposed as an anti-inflammatory agent in chondrocytes and synoviocytes, acting as a new crosstalk factor between these two interconnected events in osteoarthritis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542244/a-quantitative-label-free-analysis-of-the-extracellular-proteome-of-human-supraspinatus-tendon-reveals-damage-to-the-pericellular-and-elastic-fibre-niches-in-torn-and-aged-tissue
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Osnat Hakimi, Nicola Ternette, Richard Murphy, Benedikt M Kessler, Andrew Carr
Tears of the human supraspinatus tendon are common and often cause painful and debilitating loss of function. Progressive failure of the tendon leading to structural abnormality and tearing is accompanied by numerous cellular and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) changes in the tendon tissue. This proteomics study aimed to compare torn and aged rotator cuff tissue to young and healthy tissue, and provide the first ECM inventory of human supraspinatus tendon generated using label-free quantitative LC-MS/MS. Employing two digestion protocols (trypsin and elastase), we analysed grain-sized tendon supraspinatus biopsies from older patients with torn tendons and from healthy, young controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541273/nonlinear-mechanics-of-hybrid-polymer-networks-that-mimic-the-complex-mechanical-environment-of-cells
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Maarten Jaspers, Sarah L Vaessen, Pim van Schayik, Dion Voerman, Alan E Rowan, Paul H J Kouwer
The mechanical properties of cells and the extracellular environment they reside in are governed by a complex interplay of biopolymers. These biopolymers, which possess a wide range of stiffnesses, self-assemble into fibrous composite networks such as the cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix. They interact with each other both physically and chemically to create a highly responsive and adaptive mechanical environment that stiffens when stressed or strained. Here we show that hybrid networks of a synthetic mimic of biological networks and either stiff, flexible and semi-flexible components, even very low concentrations of these added components, strongly affect the network stiffness and/or its strain-responsive character...
May 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541092/amniotic-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-exhibit-preferential-osteogenic-and-chondrogenic-differentiation-and-enhanced-matrix-production-compared-with-adipose-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Natasha Topoluk, Richard Hawkins, John Tokish, Jeremy Mercuri
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic efficacy of various mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) types for orthopaedic applications is currently being investigated. While the concept of MSC therapy is well grounded in the basic science of healing and regeneration, little is known about individual MSC populations in terms of their propensity to promote the repair and/or regeneration of specific musculoskeletal tissues. Two promising MSC sources, adipose and amnion, have each demonstrated differentiation and extracellular matrix (ECM) production in the setting of musculoskeletal tissue regeneration...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540585/antibiofilm-activity-and-mode-of-action-of-dmso-alone-and-its-combination-with-afatinib-against-gram-negative-pathogens
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Mohd Fakharul Zaman Raja Yahya, Zazali Alias, Saiful Anuar Karsani
Biofilms are complex microbial communities that tend to attach to either biotic or abiotic surface. Enclosed in a self-produced extracellular polymeric substance (EPS) matrix, the biofilms often cause persistent infections. The objective of this study was to investigate the antibiofilm activity of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and afatinib against Gram-negative pathogens. Test microorganisms used in this study were Escherichia coli ATCC 1299, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 10145, and Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 14028...
May 24, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540560/alveolar-rhabdomyosarcoma-decellularization
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Michela Pozzobon, Mattia Saggioro, Stefania D'Agostino, Gianni Bisogno, Maurizio Muraca, Piergiorgio Gamba
In cancer research, it is an urgent need in the obtainment of a simple and reproducible model that mimics in all the complexity the pathological microenvironment. Specifically, the will to improve the overall survival of young patients affected by rhabdomyosarcoma compels researchers to develop new models resembling the multifaceted environment of the pathology to deeply study the disease under novel and different aspects. To this end, we developed a decellularization protocol for alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) able to maintain the three-dimensional structure...
May 25, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540555/plasma-activated-water-antibacterial-activity-and-artifacts
#18
Tung-Po Chen, Junfeng Liang, Tsan-Liang Su
Broad biological activities of "plasma-activated water" (PAW) have drawn great attentions recently. Treatment of water using gas discharge plasma led to acidic solutions with excellent and broad antibacterial activity. Because PAW caused severe membrane damages in bacteria and diffused freely in extracellular matrix, PAW also demonstrated good anti-biofilm activity. However, further studies revealed that trace amounts of metal ions (mainly copper and zinc) in PAW brought by plasma treatment played key roles in bacteria inactivation...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540307/decellularization-strategies-for-regenerative-medicine-from-processing-techniques-to-applications
#19
REVIEW
Anna Gilpin, Yong Yang
As the gap between donors and patients in need of an organ transplant continues to widen, research in regenerative medicine seeks to provide alternative strategies for treatment. One of the most promising techniques for tissue and organ regeneration is decellularization, in which the extracellular matrix (ECM) is isolated from its native cells and genetic material in order to produce a natural scaffold. The ECM, which ideally retains its inherent structural, biochemical, and biomechanical cues, can then be recellularized to produce a functional tissue or organ...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540289/stem-cell-induced-biobridges-as-possible-tools-to-aid-neuroreconstruction-after-cns-injury
#20
REVIEW
Jea Y Lee, Kaya Xu, Hung Nguyen, Vivian A Guedes, Cesar V Borlongan, Sandra A Acosta
Notch-induced mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) mediate a distinct mechanism of repair after brain injury by forming a biobridge that facilitates biodistribution of host cells from a neurogenic niche to the area of injury. We have observed the biobridge in an area between the subventricular zone and the injured cortex using immunohistochemistry and laser capture. Cells in the biobridge express high levels of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), specifically MMP-9, which co-localized with a trail of MSCs graft...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
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