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    An Alternative Technique for Monitoring the Live Interaction of Monocytes and Tumor Cells with Nanoparticles in the Mouse Lung
    Authors:  Fernanda Ramos-Gomes, Nathalia Ferreira, Frauke Alves and M. Andrea Markus, date: 01/20/2022, view: 1188, Q&A: 0

    Nanomaterials are increasingly used for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including lung cancer. For the clinical translation of nano-based theranostics, it is vital to detect and monitor their accumulation in the tumor, as well as their interaction with tumor, immune cells, and the tumor microenvironment (TME). While high resolution

    Chronic Daily House Dust Mite Exposure in Mice is an Effective Model to Quantify the Effect of Pharmacologic Agents on Discrete Stages of Artery Remodeling in Pulmonary Hypertension
    Authors:  Lea C. Steffes and Maya E. Kumar, date: 01/05/2022, view: 1365, Q&A: 0

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a heterogenous and incurable disease marked by varying degrees of pulmonary vascular remodeling. This vascular remodeling, which includes thickening of the smooth muscle layer (an early finding) and formation of occlusive neointimal lesions (a late finding) in the pulmonary arteries, is a major driver of morbidity

    Surface Engineering and Multimodal Imaging of Multistage Delivery Vectors in Metastatic Breast Cancer
    Authors:  Shreya Goel, Mauro Ferrari and Haifa Shen, date: 05/20/2021, view: 4182, Q&A: 0

    The design of effective nanoformulations that target metastatic breast cancers is challenging due to a lack of competent imaging and image analysis protocols that can capture the interactions between the injected nanoparticles and metastatic lesions. Here, we describe the integration of in vivo whole-body PET-CT with high temporal resolution, ex

    Bioorthogonal Labeling and Chemoselective Functionalization of Lung Extracellular Matrix
    Authors:  Zihan Ling, Yunhui Xing, Emily Reinoso Jacome, Shierly W. Fok and Xi Ren, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1980, Q&A: 0

    Decellularized extracellular matrix (ECM) biomaterials derived from native tissues and organs are widely used for tissue engineering and wound repair. To boost their regenerative potential, ECM biomaterials can be functionalized via the immobilization of bioactive molecules. To enable ECM functionalization in a chemoselective manner, we have

    Murine Acute Pneumonia Model of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Lung Infection
    Authors:  Xiaolei Pan and Weihui Wu, date: 11/05/2020, view: 1941, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Animal infection models play significant roles in studying bacterial pathogenic mechanisms, host pathogen interaction as well as evaluating drug and vaccine efficacies. We have been utilizing an acute pneumonia model to study bacterial colonization in lungs and assess virulence to the host by determination of bacterial loads and survival assays, ...
    Analysis of Generalized Fibrosis in Mouse Tissue Sections with Masson’s Trichrome Staining
    Authors:  Diantha van de Vlekkert, Eda Machado and Alessandra d’Azzo, date: 05/20/2020, view: 4644, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Expansion of fibrous connective tissue and abnormal deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) are at the basis of many fibrotic diseases. Fibrosis can occur in response to both physiological and pathological cues, including wound healing, tissue remodeling/repair and inflammation. Chronic fibrosis can lead to severe tissue damage, organ failure and ...
    Flow Cytometry Analysis and Fluorescence-activated Cell Sorting of Myeloid Cells from Lung and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Samples from Mycobacterium tuberculosis-infected Mice
    Authors:  Alissa C. Rothchild, Dat Mai, Alan Aderem and Alan H. Diercks, date: 05/20/2020, view: 3980, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is transmitted by aerosol and can cause serious bacterial infection in the lung that can be fatal if left untreated. Mtb is now the leading cause of death worldwide by an infectious agent. Characterizing the early events of in vivo infection following aerosol challenge is critical for ...
    Circadian Gene Profiling in Laser Capture Microdissected Mouse Club Cells
    Authors:  Zhenguang Zhang and Andrew Loudon, date: 04/20/2020, view: 2909, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cell heterogeneity is high in tissues like lung. Research conducted on pure population of cells usually offers more insights than bulk tissues, such as circadian clock work. In this protocol, we provide a detailed work flow on how to do circadian clock study by RNA seq in laser capture micro-dissected mouse lung club cells. The method uses frozen ...
    Time-lapse Imaging of Alveologenesis in Mouse Precision-cut Lung Slices
    [Abstract] Alveoli are the gas-exchange units of lung. The process of alveolar development, alveologenesis, is regulated by a complex network of signaling pathways that act on various cell types including alveolar type I and II epithelial cells, fibroblasts and the vascular endothelium. Dysregulated alveologenesis results in bronchopulmonary dysplasia in ...
    Fibroblast Gap-closure Assay-Microscopy-based in vitro Assay Measuring the Migration of Murine Fibroblasts
    Authors:  Agnieszka P. Looney and Mallar Bhattacharya, date: 08/20/2019, view: 4101, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Pulmonary fibrosis is characterized by pathological scaring of the lung. Similar to other fibrotic diseases, scar formation is driven by excessive extracellular matrix deposition by activated, proliferative, and migratory fibroblasts.

    Currently, the two most widely used chemotaxis and cell migration assays are the scratch assay and the ...

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