A proof-of-concept study was done to determine whether an electronic nose developed for air quality monitoring at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) could be used to distinguish between the odors of organ and tumor tissues, with an eye to using such a device as one of several modes in multi-modal imaging and tumor differentiation during surgery. Hypothesis We hypothesized that the JPL electronic nose (ENose) would be able to distinguish between the odors of various organ and tumor tissues. Materials and methods The odor signatures, or array response, of two organs, chicken heart and chicken liver, and cultured glioblastoma and melanoma tumor cell lines were recorded using the JPL Electronic Nose. The overall array responses were compared to determine whether they were sufficiently different to allow the organs and cell lines to be identified by their array responses. Results The ENose was able to distinguish between the two types of organ tissue and between the two types of tumor cell lines. The variation in array response for the organ tissues was 19% and between the two types of cultured cell lines was 22%. Conclusion This study shows that it is possible to use an electronic nose to distinguish between two types of tumor cells and between two types of organ tissue. As we conducted the experiment with a sensor array built for air quality monitoring rather than for medical purposes, it may be possible to select an array that is optimized to distinguish between different types of cells and organ tissues. Further focused studies are needed to investigate the odor signatures of different cells as well as cellular proliferation, growth, differentiation and infiltration.
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Capacity of omega-3 fatty acids or eicosapentaenoic acid to counteract weightlessness-induced bone loss by inhibiting NF-kappaB activation: from cells to bed rest to astronauts
NF-kappaB is a transcriptional activator of many genes, including some that lead to muscle atrophy and bone resorption-significant concerns for astronauts. NF-kappaB activation is inhibited by eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), but the influence of this omega-3 fatty acid on the effects of weightlessness are unknown. We report here cellular, ground analogue, and spaceflight findings. We investigated the effects of EPA on differentiation of RAW264.7 monocyte/macrophage cells induced by receptor activator of NF-kappaB ligand (RANKL) and on activation of NF-kappaB by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) or exposure to modeled weightlessness. EPA (50 microM for 24 hours) inhibited RANKL-induced differentiation and decreased activation of NF-kappaB induced by 0.2 microg/mL of TNF-alpha for 30 minutes or by modeled weightlessness for 24 hours (p < .05). In human studies, we evaluated whether NF-kappaB activation was altered after short-duration spaceflight and determined the relationship between intake of omega-3 fatty acids and markers of bone resorption during bed rest and the relationship between fish intake and bone mineral density after long-duration spaceflight. NF-kappaB was elevated in crew members after short-duration spaceflight, and higher consumption of fish (a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids) was associated with reduced loss of bone mineral density after flight (p < .05). Also supporting the cell study findings, a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids was associated with less N-telopeptide excretion during bed rest (Pearson r = -0.62, p < .05). Together these data provide mechanistic cellular and preliminary human evidence of the potential for EPA to counteract bone loss associated with spaceflight.
The effects of space flight and microgravity on the growth and differentiation of PICM-19 pig liver stem cells
The PICM-19 pig liver stem cell line was cultured in space for nearly 16 d on the STS-126 mission to assess the effects of spaceflight on the liver's parenchymal cells-PICM-19 cells to differentiate into either monolayers of fetal hepatocytes or 3-dimensional bile ductules (cholangiocytes). Semi-quantitative data included light microscopic assessments of final cell density, cell morphology, and response to glucagon stimulation and electron microscopic assessment of the cells' ultrastructural features and cell-to-cell connections and physical relationships. Quantitative assessments included assays of hepatocyte detoxification functions, i.e., inducible P450 activities and urea production and quantitation of the mRNA levels of several liver-related genes. Three post-passage age groups were included: 4-d-, 10-d-, and 14-d-old cultures. In comparing flight vs. ground-control cultures 17 h after the space shuttle's return to earth, no differences were found between the cultures with the exception being that some genes were differentially expressed. By light microscopy both young and older cultures, flight and ground, had grown and differentiated normally in the Opticell culture vessels. The PICM-19 cells had grown to approximately 75% confluency, had few signs of apoptosis or necrosis, and had either differentiated into monolayer patches of hepatocytes with biliary canaliculi visible between the cells or into 3-dimensional bile ductules with well-defined lumens. Ultrastructural features between flight and ground were similar with the PICM-19 cells displaying numerous mitochondria, Golgi apparatus, smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum, vesicular bodies, and occasional lipid vacuoles. Cell-to-cell arrangements were typical in both flight and ground-control samples; biliary canaliculi were well-formed between the PICM-19 cells, and the cells were sandwiched between the STO feeder cells. PICM-19 cells displayed inducible P450 activities. They produced urea in a glutamine-free medium and produced more urea in response to ammonia. The experiment's aim to gather preliminary data on the PICM-19 cell line's suitability as an in vitro model for assessments of liver function in microgravity was demonstrated, and differences between flight and ground-control cultures were minor.
Development of a Novel Three-Dimensional, Automatable and Integrated Bioprocess for the Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells into Pulmonary Alveolar Cells in a Rotating Vessel Bioreactor System
Application of stem cells for cell therapy of respiratory diseases is a developing field. We have previously established several protocols for the differentiation of embryonic stem cells (ESC) into alveolar epithelial cells, which require a high degree of operator interference and result in a low yield of target cells. Herein, we have shown that, by provision of a medium conditioned using A549 cells and by integration of classic steps of ESC differentiation into a single step through encapsulation in hydrogels (three-dimensional) and culture in a rotary bioreactor, murine ESC (mESC) could be directed to differentiate into distal respiratory epithelial cells. Type I and II pneumocytes (with a yield of 50% for type II) and Clara cells were demonstrated by the expression of aquaporin 5, surfactant protein C, and Clara cell secretory protein, respectively. We identified target cells as early as day 5 of culture and stably maintained our differentiated cells in vitro for 100 days. Electron microscopy demonstrated microvilli and intracellular lamellar bodies (LB), and fluorescent staining confirmed the active process of exocytosis of these LB in differentiated type II cells. When these cells were decapsulated and cultured in static conditions in flask cultures (two-dimensional), they retained their characteristic type II phenotype and morphology. In conclusion, our protocol offers integrated bioprocessing, shorter time of differentiation, lower cost, no use of growth factors, high reproducibility, and high phenotypic and functional stability, as well as being amenable to automation and being scalable, which would move this field closer to future clinical applications.
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Modeled Microgravity Sensitizes Osteoclast Precursors to RANKL Mediated Osteoclastogenesis by Increasing DAP12
Mechanical forces are essential to maintain skeletal integrity, and microgravity exposure leads to bone loss. The underlying molecular mechanisms leading to the changes in osteoblasts and osteoclast differentiation and function remain to be fully elucidated. Because of the infrequency of spaceflights and payload constraints, establishing in vitro and in vivo systems that mimic microgravity conditions becomes necessary. We have established a simulated microgravity (modeled microgravity, MMG) system to study the changes induced in osteoclast precursors. We observed that MMG, on its own, was unable to induce osteoclastogenesis of osteoclast precursors; however, 24 h of MMG activates osteoclastogenesis-related signaling molecules ERK, p38, PLCgamma2, and NFATc1. Receptor activator of NFkB ligand (RANKL) (with or without M-CSF) stimulation for 3-4 days in gravity of cells that had been exposed to MMG for 24 h enhanced the formation of very large tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive multinucleated (>30 nuclei) osteoclasts accompanied by an upregulation of the osteoclast marker genes TRAP and cathepsin K. To validate the in vitro system, we studied the hindlimb unloading (HLU) system using BALB/c mice and observed a decrease in BMD of femurs and a loss of 3D microstructure of both cortical and trabecular bone as determined by micro-CT. There was a marked stimulation of osteoclastogenesis as determined by the total number of TRAP-positive multinucleated osteoclasts formed and also an increase in RANKL-stimulated osteoclastogenesis from precursors removed from the tibias of mice after 28 days of HLU. In contrast to earlier reported findings, we did not observe any histomorphometric changes in the bone formation parameters. Thus, the foregoing observations indicate that microgravity sensitizes osteoclast precursors for increased differentiation. The in vitro model system described here is potentially a valid system for testing drugs for preventing microgravity-induced bone loss by targeting the molecular events occurring in microgravity-induced enhanced osteoclastogenesis.
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Multipotent neural precursors can be cultured in suspension bioreactors as aggregates of stem cells and progenitor cells. However, it is important to limit the size of the aggregates, as necrotic centers may develop at very large diameters. Previously, we have shown that the hydrodynamics within a suspension bioreactor can be used to control the diameter of NSC aggregates (D-MAVO < 150 μm) below sizes where necrosis would be expected to occur. In the present study, power law correlations were developed for our bioreactors showing the dependence of the maximum mean aggregate diameter on both the kinematic viscosity of the medium and the power input per unit mass of medium, The power input was manipulated by changing the agitation rate (60-100 rpm), and the viscosity was manipulated through the addition of non-toxic levels of carboxymethylcellulose. The study also confirmed that the maximum liquid shear generated at the surface of the aggregates was sufficient to dislodge single cells, thus limiting the maximum diameter of the aggregates, without causing cell damage (τ(max) = 9.76 dyn/cm(2)). This is a first step in the development of a reproducible, scaled-up process for the production of neural stem cells for therapeutic applications including the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and acute central nervous system injuries. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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Microgravity (microXg) leads to a 10-15% loss of bone mass in astronauts during space flight. Osteoclast (OCL) is the multinucleated bone-resorbing cell. In this study, we used the NASA developed ground-based rotating wall vessel bioreactor (RWV), rotary cell culture system (RCCS) to simulate microXg conditions and demonstrated a significant increase (2-fold) in osteoclastogenesis compared to normal gravity control (Xg). Gene expression profiling of RAW 264.7 OCL progenitor cells in modelled microXg by Agilent microarray analysis revealed significantly increased expression of critical molecules such as cytokines/growth factors, proteases and signalling proteins, which play an important role in enhanced OCL differentiation/function. Transcription factors such as c-Jun, MITF and CREB implicated in OCL differentiation are upregulated; however no significant change in the levels of NFATc1 expression in preosteoclast cells subjected to modelled microXg. We also identified high-level expression of calcium-binding protein, S100A8 (calcium-binding protein molecule A8/calgranulin A) in preosteoclast cells under microXg. Furthermore, modelled microXg stimulated RAW 264.7 cells showed elevated cytosolic calcium (Ca(2+)) levels/oscillations compared to Xg cells. siRNA knock-down of S100A8 expression in RAW 264.7 cells resulted in a significant decrease in modelled microXg stimulated OCL differentiation. We also identified elevated levels of phospho-CREB in preosteoclast cells subjected to modelled microXg compared to Xg. Thus, modelled microXg regulated gene expression profiling in preosteoclast cells provide new insights into molecular mechanisms and therapeutic targets of enhanced OCL differentiation/activation to prevent bone loss and fracture risk in astronauts during space flight missions.
Modeled microgravity and hindlimb unloading sensitize osteoclast precursors to RANKL-mediated osteoclastogenesis
Mechanical forces are essential to maintain skeletal integrity, and microgravity exposure leads to bone loss. The underlying molecular mechanisms leading to the changes in osteoblasts and osteoclast differentiation and function remain to be fully elucidated. Because of the infrequency of spaceflights and payload constraints, establishing in vitro and in vivo systems that mimic microgravity conditions becomes necessary. We have established a simulated microgravity (modeled microgravity, MMG) system to study the changes induced in osteoclast precursors. We observed that MMG, on its own, was unable to induce osteoclastogenesis of osteoclast precursors; however, 24 h of MMG activates osteoclastogenesis-related signaling molecules ERK, p38, PLC gamma 2, and NFATc1. Receptor activator of NFkB ligand (RANKL) (with or without M-CSF) stimulation for 3-4 days in gravity of cells that had been exposed to MMG for 24 h enhanced the formation of very large tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP)-positive multinucleated (> 30 nuclei) osteoclasts accompanied by an upregulation of the osteoclast marker genes TRAP and cathepsin K. To validate the in vitro system, we studied the hindlimb unloading (HLU) system using BALB/c mice and observed a decrease in BMD of femurs and a loss of 3D microstructure of both cortical and trabecular bone as determined by micro-CT. There was a marked stimulation of osteoclastogenesis as determined by the total number of TRAP-positive multinucleated osteoclasts formed and also an increase in RANKL-stimulated osteoclastogenesis from precursors removed from the tibias of mice after 28 days of HLU. In contrast to earlier reported findings, we did not observe any histomorphometric changes in the bone formation parameters. Thus, the foregoing observations indicate that microgravity sensitizes osteoclast precursors for increased differentiation. The in vitro model system described here is potentially a valid system for testing drugs for preventing microgravity-induced bone loss by targeting the molecular events occurring in microgravity-induced enhanced osteoclastogenesis.
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Most cells in tissues contact an extracellular matrix on at least one surface. These complex mixtures of interacting proteins provide structural support and biological signals that regulate cell differentiation and may be important for stem cell differentiation. In this study, we have grown a rhesus monkey embryonic stem cell line in the presence of various extracellular matrix components in monolayer, in a NASA-developed rotating wall vessel bioreactor in vitro, and subcutaneously in vivo. We find that individual components of the extracellular matrix, such as laminin-1 or collagen 1, do not influence the growth or morphology of the cells. In contrast, a basement membrane extract, Matrigel, containing multiple extracellular matrix components, induces the cells within 4 days to form immature glandular- and tubular-like structures, many of which contain a lumen with polarized epithelium and microvilli. Such structures were seen in vitro when the cells were grown in the bioreactor and when the cells were injected into mice. These tubular- and glandular-like structures were polarized epithelia based on immunostaining for laminin and cytokeratin. The cell aggregates and tumors also contained additional mixed populations of cells, including mesenchymal cells and neuronal cells, based on immunostaining with vimentin and neuronal markers. An extract of cartilage, containing multiple cartilage matrix components, promoted chondrogenesis in vivo where alcian blue-stained cartilage nodules could be observed. Some of these nodules stained with von Kossa, indicating that they had formed calcified cartilage. We conclude that extracellular matrices can promote the differentiation of embryonic stem cells into differentiated cells and structures that are similar to the tissue from which the matrix is derived. Such preprogramming of cell differentiation with extracellular matrices may be useful in targeting stem cells to repair specific damaged organs.
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Percutaneous tumor ablation: microencapsulated echo-guided interstitial chemotherapy combined with cryosurgery increases necrosis in prostate cancer
This study aimed at confirming the increased growth inhibition (GI) of human prostate tumors produced by a intentionally palliative combination treatment of cryochemotherapy, i.e., partial cryoablation (CA) followed by intratumor partial chemotherapy with injection of microencapsulated 5-fluorouracil (MCC/5FU) at the ice ball (IB) periphery. We report the local effectiveness of cryochemotherapy compared to chemotherapy only with using multiple injections of MCC/5FU spaced out to maximize cumulative effect of sustained release of 5-fluorouracil (5FU) during a 21-day period. Prostate bioluminescent tumor cells – DU145 Luc+ – were implanted sub-cutaneously and bilaterally in each flank of nude mice. Tumors were treated with: (i) cryoablation alone (CA), causing necrosis in approximately 45% of the tumor volume; (ii) cryo-chemotherapy (CA+MCC/5FU), a combined regimen consisting of partial CA followed immediately and on day 14 by ultrasound assisted, intra-tumor injections (40 mul) of MCC/5FU( 0.81 ng/mm3 of tumor) containing Ethiodol (IPO) an imaging contrast agent, on two opposite sides of the unfrozen part of tumor; (iii) intratumor chemotherapy (MCC/5FU), consisting of three successive intra-tumor injections of microencapsulated 5FU on two opposite sides on Day 0, 4, and 11, and (iv) control series (MM), consisting of a single injection of echogenic microcapsules (mucaps) containing IPO but no 5FU. Tumor growth and viability were followed during a 21-day period with using biometric measurements, bioluminescent imaging (BLI) and ultrasonography (US), and then animals were sacrificed. CA, spared 54.4% of the tumor volume and the IB kill ratio was 0.4 +/-0.9. The maximum tumor volume reduction observed by Day 3 was short-lived as re-growth became significant by Day 6. CA+ MCC/5FU spared 55.6% of the tumor volume and the IB kill ratio was 0.54 +/- 0.12. The viable tumor cells, as measured by BLI remained at preoperative levels. After 11 days CA+ MCC/5FU limited the growth of the partially ablated tumors to only 10.6% of the growth of CA treated tumors (p=0.04). By Day 18 the CA+MCC/5FU had inhibited tumor growth by 78% compared to the CA treated tumors (p=0.05) and after 21 days the growth was inhibited by 71% (p=0.04) compared to more than 650% growth in the MM group and 600% growth in the CA treated group. The two injections of MCC/5FU produced a visible focal necrosis in 55% of the tumors. MCC/5FU proved effective by themselves and reduced the growth of prostate tumor volumes by 51% (p=0.025) compared to MM controls during the 21 days. Focal necrosis was macroscopically visible at the site of 66% of the tumors injected only with MCC/5FU. The BLI clearly showed zones of reduced tumor cell viability at the injection sites. The mean number of bioluminescent (viable) tumor cells, remained below preoperative levels for the first 6 days and then increased at a rate approximately 20% that of the growth of control tumor cells. The chemoablative effects of intentionally limited doses of MCC/5FU injected within the IB margin augment the effects of incomplete cryoablation in this prostate tumor model, with dramatic tumor GI and directionally increased necrosis dimensions compared to CA alone, confirming the results of a previous study. Our results indicate the potential advantages of our combination cryochemotherapy that utilizes different mechanisms to kill tumor cells and retard tumor growth in the region surrounding the IB where tumor cells escape the lethal effects of cryosurgery. The study suggests that cryochemotherapy may become a more predictable technique that could be indicated as an adjuvant or an alternative to palliative therapy of hormone refractory prostate cancer (HRPC).