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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231509/a-single-injection-of-protein-loaded-coacervate-gel-significantly-improves-cardiac-function-post-infarction
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H K Awada, D W Long, Z Wang, M P Hwang, K Kim, Y Wang
After myocardial infarction (MI), the heart undergoes fibrotic pathological remodeling instead of repair and regeneration. With multiple pathologies developing after MI, treatment using several proteins is expected to address this range of pathologies more effectively than a single-agent therapy. A factorial design of experiments study guided us to combine three complementary factors in one injection: tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-3 (TIMP-3) was embedded in a fibrin gel for signaling in the initial phase of the treatment, while basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) and stromal cell-derived factor 1-alpha (SDF-1α) were embedded in heparin-based coacervates for sustained release and distributed within the same fibrin gel to exert their effects over a longer period...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231508/regulating-dynamic-signaling-between-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-niche-cells-via-a-hydrogel-matrix
#2
Bhushan P Mahadik, Narayanan A K Bharadwaj, Randy H Ewoldt, Brendan A C Harley
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) reside in unique bone marrow niches and are influenced by signals from surrounding cells, the extracellular matrix (ECM), ECM-bound or diffusible biomolecules. Here we describe the use of a three-dimensional hydrogel to alter the balance of HSC-generated autocrine feedback and paracrine signals generated by co-cultured niche-associated cells. We report shifts in HSC proliferation rate and fate specification in the presence of lineage positive (Lin(+)) niche cells. Hydrogels promoting autocrine feedback enhanced expansion of early hematopoietic progenitors while paracrine signals from Lin(+) cells increased myeloid differentiation...
February 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231306/effects-of-adamts14-genetic-polymorphism-and-cigarette-smoking-on-the-clinicopathologic-development-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
Ming-Jen Sheu, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Ying-Erh Chou, Po-Hui Wang, Chao-Bin Yeh, Shun-Fa Yang, Hsiang-Lin Lee, Yu-Fan Liu
BACKGROUND: ADAMTS14 is a member of the ADAMTS (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motifs), which are proteolytic enzymes with a variety of further ancillary domain in the C-terminal region for substrate specificity and enzyme localization via extracellular matrix association. However, whether ADAMTS14 genetic variants play a role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) susceptibility remains unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Four non-synonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) of the ADAMTS14 gene were examined from 680 controls and 340 patients with HCC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231275/suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-by-pirfenidone-decreases-extracellular-matrix-deposition-in-ocular-fibroblasts-in-vitro
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Thomas Stahnke, Bhavani S Kowtharapu, Oliver Stachs, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Johannes Wurm, Andreas Wree, Rudolf Friedrich Guthoff, Marina Hovakimyan
In glaucoma surgery, fibrotic processes occur, leading to impairment of liquid outflow. Activated fibroblasts are responsible for postoperative scarring. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast function, differentiation and proliferation. The aim of this study was the characterization of the fibrotic potential of two subtypes of primary human ocular fibroblasts and the attempt to inhibit fibrotic processes specifically, without impairing cell viability. For fibrosis inhibition we focused on the small molecule pirfenidone, which has been shown to prevent pulmonary fibrosis by the decrease of the expression of TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231240/galectin-3-histone-deacetylases-and-hedgehog-signaling-possible-convergent-targets-in-schistosomiasis-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Katia Carneiro, José Marques Brito, Mariana Cabanel, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Ligia de Almeida Paiva, Wingkin Syn, Neil C Henderson, Marcia Cury El-Cheikh
Schistosomiasis affects approximately 240 million people in the world. Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the liver induce periportal fibrosis and hepatic failure driven by monocyte recruitment and macrophage activation, resulting in robust Th2 response. Here, we suggested a possible involvement of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), histone deacetylases (HDACs), and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling with macrophage activation during Th1/Th2 immune responses, fibrogranuloma reaction, and tissue repair during schistosomiasis. Gal-3 is highly expressed by liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) around Schistosoma eggs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230811/basigin-rs8259-polymorphism-confers-decreased-risk-of-chronic-heart-failure-in-a-chinese-population
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Mu-Peng Li, Xiao-Lei Hu, Yong-Long Yang, Yan-Jiao Zhang, Ji-Peng Zhou, Li-Ming Peng, Jie Tang, Xiao-Ping Chen
Left ventricular remodeling is an essential risk factor contributing to the pathogenesis of chronic heart failure (CHF). Basigin (BSG) promotes cardiovascular inflammation and myocardial remodeling processes by induction of extracellular matrix metalloproteinases and inflammatory cytokines. BSG rs8259 polymorphism was associated with BSG expression and risk of acute coronary syndrome. Therefore, we investigated whether rs8259 polymorphism contributes to risk and prognosis of CHF in Chinese patients. In total 922 adult patients with CHF and 1107 matched healthy controls were enrolled...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230777/cryptomphalus-aspersa-mollusc-egg-extract-promotes-regenerative-effects-in-human-dermal-papilla-stem-cells
#7
María Teresa Alameda, Esther Morel, Concepción Parrado, Salvador González, Ángeles Juarranz
The aim of this study was to test, by an in vitro approach, whether a natural extract derived from eggs of the mollusc Cryptomphalus aspersa (e-CAF) that seems to present regenerative properties, can enhance the mobilization of human hair dermal papilla cells (HHDPCs) and play a role on tissue repair and regeneration. We have tested HHDPCs proliferation by the 3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium-bromide (MTT) assay; cell migration by using a wound healing assay, as well as the modulation of the expression of cytoskeletal (F-actin and vimentin) and cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) (vinculin and P-FAK) proteins...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229407/assessment-of-energy-metabolic-changes-in-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells
#8
Ghazaleh Hajmousa, Martin C Harmsen
Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSC) are promising candidates for therapeutic applications in cardiovascular regenerative medicine. By definition, the phenotype ADSCs, e.g., the ubiquitous secretion of growth factors, cytokines, and extracellular matrix components is not met in vivo, which renders ADSC a culture "artefact." The medium constituents therefore impact the efficacy of ADSC. Little attention has been paid to the energy source in medium, i.e., glucose, which feeds the cell's power plants: mitochondria...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229263/exosomes-derived-from-human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-accelerate-wound-healing-and-inhibit-scar-formation
#9
Bin Zhao, Yijie Zhang, Shichao Han, Wei Zhang, Qin Zhou, Hao Guan, Jiaqi Liu, Jihong Shi, Linlin Su, Dahai Hu
Wound healing is a highly orchestrated physiological process consisting of a complex events, and scarless wound healing is highly desired for the development and application in clinical medicine. Recently, we have demonstrated that human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs) promoted wound healing and inhibited scar formation through a paracrine mechanism. However, exosomes (Exo) are one of the most important paracrine factors. Whether exosomes derived from human amniotic epithelial cells (hAECs-Exo) have positive effects on scarless wound healing have not been reported yet...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229142/olive-leaf-extract-concentrated-in-hydroxytyrosol-attenuates-protein-carbonylation-and-the-formation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-a-hepatic-cell-line-hepg2
#10
Marta Navarro, Francisco J Morales, Sonia Ramos
Glycation takes place both at the cellular level and at the extracellular matrix level and generates, consequently, advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) associated with chronic diseases and the aging process. Two olive leaf extracts concentrated in (i) oleuropein (OLE-A; 93.9 mg oleuropein g(-1)) and (ii) hydroxytyrosol (OLE-B; 54.5 mg hydroxytyrosol g(-1)) were evaluated according to their antiglycative and antioxidant capacity in vitro. OLE-B exerted the highest anti-AGE effect in different glycation models (IC50: 0...
February 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228941/renal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-mice-cardiac-morphological-and-morphometric-characterization
#11
Rogério Cirino-Silva, Fernanda V Kmit, Mayra Trentin-Sonoda, Karina K Nakama, Karine Panico, Juliana M Alvim, Thiago R Dreyer, Herculano Martinho-Silva, Marcela S Carneiro-Ramos
BACKGROUND: Tissue remodeling is usually dependent on the deposition of extracellular matrix that may result in tissue stiffness and impaired myocardium contraction. OBJECTIVES: We had previously demonstrated that renal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is able to induce development of cardiac hypertrophy in mice. Therefore, we aimed to characterize renal I/R-induced cardiac hypertrophy. DESIGN: C57BL/6 J mice were subjected to 60 minutes' unilateral renal pedicle occlusion, followed by reperfusion (I/R) for 5, 8, 12 or 15 days...
January 2017: JRSM Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228843/a-new-mechanism-for-efficient-hydrocarbon-electro-extraction-from-botryococcus-braunii
#12
Alexis Guionet, Bahareh Hosseini, Justin Teissié, Hidenori Akiyama, Hamid Hosseini
BACKGROUND: Recent understanding that specific algae have high hydrocarbon production potential has attracted considerable attention. Botryococcus braunii is a microalga with an extracellular hydrocarbon matrix, which makes it an appropriate green energy source. RESULTS: This study focuses on extracting oil from the microalgae matrix rather than the cells, eliminating the need for an excessive electric field to create electro-permeabilization. In such a way, technical limitations due to high extraction energy and cost can be overcome...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228478/an-engineered-tgf-%C3%AE-monomer-that-functions-as-a-dominant-negative-to-block-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Sun Kyung Kim, Lindsey Barron, Cynthia S Hinck, Elyse M Petrunak, Kristin E Cano, Avinash Thangirala, Brian Iskra, Molly Brothers, Machell Vonberg, Belinda Leal, Blair Richter, Ravindra Kodali, Alex B Taylor, Shoucheng Du, Christopher O Barnes, Traian Sulea, Guillermo Calero, P John Hart, Matthew J Hart, Borries Demeler, Andrew P Hinck
The transforming growth factor beta isoforms, TGF-β1, -β2, and -β3 are small secreted homodimeric signaling proteins with essential roles in regulating the adaptive immune system and maintaining the extracellular matrix. However, dysregulation of the TGF-β pathway is responsible for promoting the progression of several human diseases, including cancer and fibrosis. In spite of the known importance of TGF-βs in promoting disease progression, no inhibitors have been approved for use in humans. Herein, we describe an engineered TGF-β monomer, lacking the heel helix, a structural motif essential for binding the TGF-β type I receptor, TβRI, but dispensible for binding the other receptor required for TGF-β signaling, the TGF-β type II receptor, TβRII, as an alternative therapeutic modality for blocking TGF-β signaling in humans...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228250/stratum-a-homolog-of-the-human-gef-mss4-partnered-with-rab8-controls-the-basal-restriction-of-basement-membrane-proteins-in-epithelial-cells
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Olivier Devergne, Gina H Sun, Trudi Schüpbach
The basement membrane (BM), a sheet of extracellular matrix lining the basal side of epithelia, is essential for epithelial cell function and integrity, yet the mechanisms that control the basal restriction of BM proteins are poorly understood. In epithelial cells, a specialized pathway is dedicated to restrict the deposition of BM proteins basally. Here, we report the identification of a factor in this pathway, a homolog of the mammalian guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) Mss4, which we have named Stratum...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227912/a-hybrid-discrete-continuous-model-of-in-vitro-spheroid-tumor-growth-and-drug-response
#15
Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Evangelos Liapis, Eleftheria Tzamali, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Giannis Zacharakis, Vangelis Sakkalis, Evangelos Liapis, Giorgos Tzedakis, Eleftheria Tzamali
Anti-cancer therapy efficacy in solid tumors mainly depends on drug transportation through the vasculature system and the extracellular matrix, on diffusion gradients and clonal heterogeneity within the tumor mass, as well as on the responses of the individual tumor cells to drugs and their interactions with each other and their local microenvironment. In this work, we develop a mathematical predictive model for tumor growth and drug response based on 3D spheroids experiments that possess several in vivo features of tumors and are considered better for drug screening...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227439/three-dimensional-graphene-scaffold-for-cardiac-tissue-engineering-and-in-situ-electrical-recording
#16
S K Ameri, P K Singh, R D'Angelo, W Stoppel, L Black, S R Sonkusale, S K Ameri, P K Singh, R D'Angelo, W Stoppel, L Black, S R Sonkusale, L Black, P K Singh, W Stoppel, S R Sonkusale, R D'Angelo, S K Ameri
In this paper, we present a three-dimensional graphene foam made of few layers of CVD grown graphene as a scaffold for growing cardiac cells and recording their electrical activity. Our results show that graphene foam not only provides an excellent extra-cellular matrix (ECM) for the culture of such electrogenic cells but also enables recording of its extracellular electrical activity in-situ. Recording is possible due to graphene's excellent conductivity. In this paper, we present our results on the fabrication of the graphene scaffold and initial studies on the culture of cardiac cell lines such as HL-1 and recording of their real-time electrical activity...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226217/sulfation-of-glycosaminoglycans-and-its-implications-in-human-health-and-disorders
#17
Diana Soares da Costa, Rui L Reis, Iva Pashkuleva
Sulfation is a dynamic and complex posttranslational modification process. It can occur at various positions within the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) backbone and modulates extracellular signals such as cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions; different sulfation patterns have been identified for the same organs and cells during their development. Because of their high specificity in relation to function,GAGsulfation patterns are referred to as the sulfation code. This review explores the role of GAG sulfation in different biological processes at the cell, tissue, and organism levels...
February 2, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225870/pdk2-promotes-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-upregulation-of-sox6-and-activation-of-jnk-mapk-erk-pathway
#18
H Wang, X B Shan, Y J Qiao
This study was undertaken to clarify the role and mechanism of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase isoform 2 (PDK2) in chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs were isolated from femurs and tibias of Sprague-Dawley rats, weighing 300-400 g (5 females and 5 males). Overexpression and knockdown of PDK2 were transfected into MSCs and then cell viability, adhesion and migration were assessed. Additionally, the roles of aberrant PDK2 in chondrogenesis markers SRY-related high mobility group-box 6 (Sox6), type ΙΙ procollagen gene (COL2A1), cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), aggrecan (AGC1), type ΙX procollagen gene (COL9A2) and collagen type 1 alpha 1 (COL1A1) were measured by quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
February 16, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224898/non-covalently-crosslinked-chitosan-nanofibrous-mats-prepared-by-electrospinning-as-substrates-for-soft-tissue-regeneration
#19
Chiara Tonda-Turo, Francesca Ruini, Martina Ramella, Francesca Boccafoschi, Piergiorgio Gentile, Emilia Gioffredi, Giuseppe Falvo D'Urso Labate, Gianluca Ciardelli
Chitosan (CS) membranes obtained by electrospinning are potentially ideal substrates for soft tissue engineering as they combine the excellent biological properties of CS with the extracellular matrix (ECM)-like structure of nanofibrous mats. However, the high amount of acid solvents required to spun CS solutions interferes with the biocompatibility of CS fibres. To overcome this limitation, novel CS based solutions were investigated in this work. Low amount of acidic acid (0.5M) was used and dibasic sodium phosphate (DSP) was introduced as ionic crosslinker to improve nanofibres water stability and to neutralize the acidic pH of electrospun membranes after fibres soaking in biological fluids...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224610/structural-changes-in-cartilage-and-collagen-studied-by-high-temperature-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Mark Fields, Nicholas Spencer, Jayesh Dudhia, Paul F McMillan
Understanding the high temperature behavior of collagen and collagenous tissue is important for surgical procedures and biomaterials processing for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. One primary event for proteins is thermal denaturation that involves unfolding the polypeptide chains while maintaining the primary structure intact. Collagen in the extracellular matrix of cartilage and other connective tissue is a hierarchical material containing bundles of triple-helical fibers associated with water and proteoglycan components...
February 22, 2017: Biopolymers
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