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    Immune Cells Migrating through the Brain Endothelia Junctions Served as Shuttles for Nanoparticles Delivery to Glioblastoma

    Gloria B. Kim1,†, Qiong Wei2,†, Virginia Aragon-Sanabria1, Sulin Zhang2, Jian Yang1, Cheng Dong1,*

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.16, Suppl.2, pp. 15-15, 2019, DOI:10.32604/mcb.2019.07137

    Abstract Most cells survive and grow by attaching and spreading on a substrate. They generate internal tension that contracts the cell body and thus exert tractions on the underlying substrate through focal adhesions. Traction force also plays a critical role in many biological processes, such as inflammation, metastasis, and angiogenesis. Thus, measuring the cell traction force provides valuable information on understanding the underlying mechanism of these biological processes. Here, a traction force microscopy (TFM) method using super thin hydrogels composed of immobilized fluorescent beads was utilized to quantify the mechanical forces generated during the transmigration of Jurkat cells (a human T… More >

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    The antitumor effects of Newcastle disease virus on glioma

    Ji SHI; Peixin SUN, Ye ZHANG, Bing YAO, Haozhe PIAO

    BIOCELL, Vol.43, No.3, pp. 119-128, 2019, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2019.07577

    Abstract Glioma is the most common primary malignant brain tumor with a poor survival rate. In recent years, no significant progress has been made in the treatment of gliomas in contrast to the development of improved diagnosis via molecular typing. Newcastle disease virus (NDV), a negative-stranded RNA virus that exhibits oncolytic activity, has been investigated for its capacity to elicit antitumor activity in many types of cancers, including glioma. Therefore, application of oncolytic viruses, such as NDV, as a new treatment strategy to specifically target aberrant signaling in glioblastomas has brought new hope. For many years, NDV has been investigated for… More >

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    Transforming Growth Factor-β1 Remodels the Cytoskeleton Organization of Mature Dendritic Cells via Smad2/3 Signaling Pathway

    Molecular & Cellular Biomechanics, Vol.15, No.1, pp. 21-36, 2018, DOI:10.3970/mcb.2018.015.021

    Abstract Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most potent professional antigen presenting cells as now known, which play critical roles in the initiation, programming and regulation of the immune response. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), one of the major suppressive cytokines in tumor microenvironment, can deteriorate the biomechanical characteristics and motility of mature dendritic cells (mDCs),but the underlying molecular mechanisms are not well defined. In this study, the effects of TGF-β1 on the motilities and T cell priming capabilities of mDCs as well as the molecular regulatory mechanisms were investigated. The results showed that the cytoskeleton (F-actin) organizations of mDCs were abnormally remodeled… More >

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    A Dynamical Modeling to Study the Adaptive Immune System and the Influence of Antibodiesin the Immune Memory

    Alexandre de Castro1,2, Carlos Frederico Fronza2, Domingos Alves2,3

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.45, No.1, pp. 83-96, 2009, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2009.045.083

    Abstract Immunological systems have been an abundant inspiration to contemporary computer scientists. Problem solving strategies, stemming from known immune system phenomena, have been successfully applied to chall enging problems of modern computing. Simulation systems and mathematical modeling are also beginning use to answer more complex immunological questions as immune memory process and duration of vaccines, where the regulation mechanisms are not still known sufficiently (Lundegaard, Lund, Kesmir, Brunak, Nielsen, 2007). In this article we studiedin machinaa approach to simulate the process of antigenic mutation and its implications for the process of memory. Our results have suggested that the durability of the… More >

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