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Daniel Freund, Silke Brilloff, Tamer Ghazy, Stephan Kirschner, Gabor Gäbel, Irene Hinterseher, Norbert Weiss, Adrian Mahlmann
BACKGROUND: Microarray analysis has been carried out in this pilot study to compare delineated gene expression profiles in the biopsies of skeletal muscle taken from patients with chronic critical limb ischaemia (CLI) and non-ischaemic control subjects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Biopsy of gastrocnemius muscle was obtained from six patients with unreconstructed CLI referred for surgical major amputation. As control, biopsies of six patients undergoing elective knee arthroplasty without evidence of peripheral arterial occlusive disease were taken...
March 20, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
Baubak Shamim, John A Hawley, Donny M Camera
Human skeletal muscle satellite cells are activated in response to both resistance and endurance exercise. It was initially proposed that satellite cell proliferation and differentiation were only required to support resistance exercise-induced hypertrophy. However, satellite cells may also play a role in muscle fibre remodelling after endurance-based exercise and extracellular matrix regulation. Given the importance of dietary protein, particularly branched chain amino acids, in supporting myofibrillar and mitochondrial adaptations to both resistance and endurance-based training, a greater understanding of how protein intake impacts satellite cell activity would provide further insight into the mechanisms governing skeletal muscle remodelling with exercise...
March 20, 2018: Sports Medicine
Jingyu Jin, Sharada Tilve, Zhonghai Huang, Libing Zhou, Herbert M Geller, Panpan Yu
As one major component of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the central nervous system, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs) have long been known as inhibitors enriched in the glial scar that prevent axon regeneration after injury. Although many studies have shown that CSPGs inhibited neurite outgrowth in vitro using different types of neurons, the mechanism by which CSPGs inhibit axonal growth remains poorly understood. Using cerebellar granule neuron (CGN) culture, in this study, we evaluated the effects of different concentrations of both immobilized and soluble CSPGs on neuronal growth, including cell adhesion, spreading and neurite growth...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Arash Mehdizadeh, Bruce S Gardiner, Michael Lavagnino, David W Smith
The composition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in tendon depends on the secretion profile of resident cells known as tenocytes. For tissues with a mechanical role like tendon, mechanical strain is known to play an important role in determining the secretion profile of resident cells. Previously we explored the idea of estimating average concentrations of ECM molecules as a function of tendon strain magnitude and number of loading cycles. Specifically, we developed a model of the mechanical fatigue damage of tendon collagen fibers and introduced elementary cell responses (ECRs) by which local cellular-level responses to the strain environment, combined with the fatigue damage model, were scaled up to predict tissue-level responses...
March 20, 2018: Connective Tissue Research
Boju Pan, Junchao Guo, Quan Liao, Yupei Zhao
Integrins are transmembrane glycoproteins that consist of an α and a β subunit. Specific integrin heterodimers preferentially bind to distinct extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins to affect the characteristics of cells or the components of the ECM. Among the different integrins, β1 and β3 integrins serve essential roles in the progression of different cancer-associated processes, including the initiation, proliferation, survival, migration and invasion. Furthermore, previous studies have revealed a ratio between these two integrins in cancer cells, which also demonstrated that the functions of these two integrins are paradoxical...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Tong Zhu, Xueqian Hu, Pinkang Wei, Guangzhi Shan
Gastric cancer (GC) is one of the deadliest types of cancer in the world. Lymph node (LN) metastasis is a complex and malignant behavior of GC, involving a sequence of biological processes, including decreased adherence to adjacent cells, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation and lymphatic channel permeation. LN metastasis is directly associated with the treatment response, local recurrence and long-term survival of patients with GC. Therefore, the molecular mechanisms of LN metastasis in GC development require further investigation...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Yujie Ning, Xi Wang, Pan Zhang, Amin Liu, Xin Qi, Meidan Liu, Xiong Guo
Previous studies have identified a close association between diet and the prevalence of Kashin-Beck disease (KBD); however, the mechanisms via which the diet protects against KBD-associated cartilage injury has remained elusive. Recent international research studies have revealed a therapeutic role of dietary exosome micro (mi)RNAs in repairing chondrocyte lesions by regulating genes and proteins associated with cellular apoptosis and extracellular matrix. Vital molecules affecting bio-functions of chondrocytes, including miR-23b and protein kinase cyclic AMP-activated catalytic subunit β, were preliminarily identified to be dysregulated in cells and cartilage tissue of KBD patients...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hui Cao, Senlin Li, Rui Xie, Na Xu, Ying Qian, Hongdan Chen, Qinyu Hu, Yihong Quan, Zhihong Yu, Junjun Liu, Ming Xiang
Dangguiliuhuang decoction (DGLHD) has been demonstrated to be effective in treating inflammatory, hepatic steatosis, and insulin resistance. In the study, we tried to elucidate the pharmacological efficacy and mechanism of DGLHD against liver fibrosis and predicate potential active ingredients and targets via network analysis and experimental validation. In the formula, we totally discovered 76 potential active ingredients like baicalein, berberine, and wogonin, and 286 corresponding targets including PTGS (prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase) 2, PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors) -γ, and NF-κB (nuclear factor-κB)...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Selma Cirrik, Geert W Schmid-Schönbein
Increased protease activity causes receptor dysfunction due to extracellular cleavage of different membrane receptors in hypertension. The vasodilatory effects of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are decreased in hypertension. Therefore, in the present study the association of an enhanced protease activity and IGF-1 receptor cleavage was investigated using the spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and their normotensive Wistar Kyoto (WKY) controls (n = 4). Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activities were determined using gelatin zymography on plasma and different tissue samples...
March 19, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Xingli Ji, Honglian Wang, Zhaojun Wu, Xia Zhong, Menglian Zhu, Yuwei Zhang, Ruizhi Tan, Yuhang Liu, Jianchun Li, Li Wang
BACKGROUND Fibrosis is the common pathological feature in most kinds of chronic kidney disease (CKD). TGF-β/Smads signaling is the master pathway regulating kidney fibrosis pathogenesis, in which Smad3 acts as the integrator of various pro-fibrosis signals. In this study, we analyzed the role of SIS3, a specific inhibitor of Smad3, in mouse unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) kidneys. MATERIAL AND METHODS UUO mice were intraperitoneally injected with 0.2 mg/kg/day or 2 mg/kg/day of SIS3 or control saline for 7 days, followed by analysis of structure injury, fibrosis status, inflammation, apoptosis, and TGF-β/Smads signaling activity...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Jelle J F Sleeboom, Hossein Eslami Amirabadi, Poornima Nair, Cecilia M Sahlgren, Jaap M J den Toonder
Most cancer deaths are not caused by the primary tumor, but by secondary tumors formed through metastasis, a complex and poorly understood process. Cues from the tumor microenvironment, such as the biochemical composition, cellular population, extracellular matrix, and tissue (fluid) mechanics, have been indicated to play a pivotal role in the onset of metastasis. Dissecting the role of these cues from the tumor microenvironment in a controlled manner is challenging, but essential to understanding metastasis...
March 16, 2018: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Eugenia Roupakia, Georgios Markopoulos, Evangelos Kolettas
Liu and colleagues investigated the expression of matrix matalloproteinases (MMPs) in human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPDLFs) regulated by interleukin-12 (IL-12), a cytokine implicated in inflammatory and immune responses. They showed that IL-12 activates canonical NF-kappaB signalling leading to increased expression of MMP-1 (Interstitial collagenase), MMP-3 (stromelysin 1) and MMP-13 (collagenase 3), and to a smaller reduction in the expression of MMP-2 (gelatinase A) and MMP-9 (gelatinase B) at both mRNA and protein levels, with corresponding changes in the secreted levels of these extracellular matrix-remodelling and immune regulatory metalloproteinases...
March 19, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Kai Li, Yue Zhang, Yuwei Zhang, Wenqing Jiang, Junhui Shen, Song Xu, Daozhang Cai, Jie Shen, Bin Huang, Mangmang Li, Qiancheng Song, Yu Jiang, Anling Liu, Xiaochun Bai
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the role of tyrosine kinase Fyn in the development of osteoarthritis (OA) and the underlying mechanisms, and to define whether targeting Fyn could prevent OA in mice. METHODS: Cartilage samples from normal and aged mice were analysed with proteome-wide screening. Fyn expression was examined with immunofluorescence in human and age-dependent or experimental mouse OA cartilage samples. Experimental OA in Fyn-knockout mice was induced by destabilisation of the medial meniscus...
March 19, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Xiaopeng Zhou, Jingkai Wang, Weijing Fang, Yiqing Tao, Tengfei Zhao, Kaishun Xia, Chengzhen Liang, Jianming Hua, Fangcai Li, Qixin Chen
Nucleus pulposus (NP) degeneration is usually the origin of intervertebral disc degeneration and consequent lower back pain. Although adipose-derived stem cell (ADSC)-based therapy is regarded to be promising for the treatment of degenerated NP, there is a lack of viable cell carriers to transplant ADSCs into the NP while maintaining cell function. In this study, we developed a type II collagen/chondroitin sulfate (CS) composite hydrogel-like ADSC (CCSA) delivery system with genipin as the cross-linking agent...
March 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Qing Li, Chao Wang, Biao Han, Feini Qu, Hao Qi, Christopher Y Li, Robert L Mauck, Lin Han
To elucidate how maturation impacts the structure and mechanics of meniscus extracellular matrix (ECM) at the length scale of collagen fibrils and fibers, we tested the micromechanical properties of fetal and adult bovine menisci via atomic force microscopy (AFM)-nanoindentation. For circumferential fibers, we detected significant increase in the effective indentation modulus, Eind , with age. Such impact is in agreement with the increase in collagen fibril diameter and alignment during maturation, and is more pronounced in the outer zone, where collagen fibrils are more aligned and packed...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
Yered Pita-Juarez, Gabriel Altschuler, Sokratis Kariotis, Wenbin Wei, Katjusa Koler, Claire Green, Rudolph Tanzi, Winston Hide
A goal of genomics is to understand the relationships between biological processes. Pathways contribute to functional interplay within biological processes through complex but poorly understood interactions. However, limited functional references for global pathway relationships exist. Pathways from databases such as KEGG and Reactome provide discrete annotations of biological processes. Their relationships are currently either inferred from gene set enrichment within specific experiments, or by simple overlap, linking pathway annotations that have genes in common...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Dongwan Kim, Ara Jo, Kusuma Betha Cahaya Imani, Dowan Kim, Jin Woong Chung, Jinhwan Yoon
Stimuli-responsive hydrogel microfibers and microtubes are in great attention for the biomedical application due to their similarity with the native extracellular matrix. In this study, we prepared pH- and temperature-responsive hydrogel microfibers and microtubes using a microfluidic device through alginate-templated photopolymerization. Hydrogel monomer solutions containing N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and sodium acrylate (SA) or allyl amine (AA) were irradiated with UV light to invoke in situ photopolymerization...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Lisa A Sawicki, Leila H Choe, Katherine L Wiley, Kelvin H Lee, April M Kloxin
Cells interact with and remodel their microenvironment, degrading large extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins (e.g., fibronectin, collagens) and secreting new ECM proteins and small soluble factors (e.g., growth factors, cytokines). Synthetic mimics of the ECM have been developed as controlled cell culture platforms for use in both fundamental and applied studies. However, how cells broadly remodel these initially well-defined matrices remains poorly understood and difficult to probe. In this work, we have established methods for widely examining both large and small proteins that are secreted by cells within synthetic matrices...
March 12, 2018: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Anandan Murugesan, Lakshman Kumar, P Janarthanan
Background: Urine is a supersaturated solution with solutes in very high concentration. Matrix gla protein (MGP) is one of the proteins involved in inhibition of extracellular calcification. Among the various polymorphisms studied, polymorphism of SNP rs4236 in the MGP gene is found to have association with nephrolithiasis. We evaluated the significance of SNP rs4236 polymorphism in nephrolithiasis among the Indian population. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in 2013 and 2014 among fifty participants...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Joke Terryn, Tine Tricot, Madhavsai Gajjar, Catherine Verfaillie
Pluripotent stem cells have the property of long-term self-renewal and the potential to give rise to descendants of the three germ layers and hence all mature cells in the human body. Therefore, they hold the promise of offering insight not only into human development but also for human disease modeling and regenerative medicine. However, the generation of mature differentiated cells that closely resemble their in vivo counterparts remains challenging. Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics and computational modeling of gene regulatory networks are revealing a better understanding of lineage commitment and are driving modern genome editing approaches...
2018: F1000Research
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