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American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345968/mature-gastric-chief-cells-are-not-required-for-the-development-of-metaplasia
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Hiroto Kinoshita, Yoku Hayakawa, Zhengchuan Niu, Mitsuru Konishi, Masahiro Hata, Mayo Tsuboi, Yuki Hayata, Yohko Hikiba, Sozaburo Ihara, Hayato Nakagawa, Yoshihiro Hirata, Timothy C Wang, K Koike
During human gastric carcinogenesis, intestinal metaplasia (IM) is frequently seen in the atrophic stomach. In mice, a distinct type of metaplasia known as spasmolytic polypeptide-expressing metaplasia (SPEM) is found in several inflammatory and genetically engineered models. Given the diversity of long- and short-term models of mouse SPEM, it remains unclear whether all models have a shared or distinct molecular mechanism. The origin of SPEM in mice is currently under debate. It is postulated that stem or progenitor cells acquire genetic alterations that then supply metaplastic cell clones, while the possibility of transdifferentiation or dedifferentiation from mature gastric chief cells has also been suggested...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351391/the-bile-acids-deoxycholic-acid-and-ursodeoxycholic-acid-regulate-colonic-epithelial-wound-healing
#2
Magdalena S Mroz, Natalia K Lajczak, Bridie J Goggins, Simon Keely, Stephen Joseph Keely
The intestinal epithelium constitutes an innate barrier which, upon injury, undergoes self-repair processes known as restitution. Although, bile acids are known as important regulators of epithelial function in health and disease, their effects on wound healing processes are not yet clear. Here we set out to investigate the effects of the colonic bile acids, deoxycholic acid (DCA) and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) on epithelial restitution. Wound healing in T84 cell monolayers grown on transparent, permeable, supports was assessed over 48 hrs {plus minus} bile acids...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351390/vagally-mediated-gastric-effects-of-brainstem-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-activation-in-stressed-rats
#3
Yanyan Jiang, Kirsteen N Browning, Luca Toti, R Alberto Travagli
Chronic stress exerts vagally-dependent effects to disrupt gastric motility; previous studies have shown that, among other nuclei, A2 neurons are involved in mediating these effects. Several studies have also shown robust in vitro and in vivo effects of α2 adrenoceptor agonists on vagal motoneurons. We have demonstrated previously that brainstem vagal neurocircuits undergo remodeling following acute stress, however, the effects following brief periods of chronic stress have not been investigated. Our aim, therefore, was to test the hypothesis that different types of chronic stress influence gastric tone and motility by inducing plasticity in the response of vagal neurocircuits to α2 adrenoreceptor agonists...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351389/proliferation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-mediated-by-yap-and-taz-contributes-to-liver-repair-and-regeneration-after-liver-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#4
Takanori Konishi, Rebecca M Schuster, Alex B Lentsch
Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) are key regulators of cell proliferation and organ size, however, their physiological contribution after liver injury has not been fully understood. In this study, we sought to determine the role of YAP and TAZ during liver recovery after ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). A murine model of partial (70%) I/R was used to induce liver injury and study the reparative and regenerative response. After liver injury, there was marked activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351392/young-mice-expel-the-tapeworm-hymenolepis-diminuta-and-are-protected-from-colitis-by-triggering-a-memory-response-with-worm-antigen
#5
Toshio Arai, Fernando Lopes, Adam Shute, Arthur Wang, Derek M McKay
Infection with helminth parasites reduces the severity of concomitant inflammatory disease in adult mice. There is an alarming increase of IBD in children. It is important to determine if helminth therapy would be of value in pediatric IBD, and if triggering immunological memory to the worm would be anti-colitic. Three-week (young) and eight-week (adult) old Balb/c mice were infected with H. diminuta, and infectivity and T helper (TH)-2 immunity assessed. Other mice received H. diminuta {plus minus} a crude worm extract (HdE) 28-42 days post-infection (dpi) {plus minus} dinitrobenzene sulphonic acid (DNBS; 1...
January 4, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351393/liver-tissue-metabolically-transformed-by-alcohol-induces-immune-recognition-of-liver-self-proteins-but-not-in-vivo-inflammation
#6
Michael J Duryee, Benjamin M Wiese, Jordan R Bowman, Jared D Vanlandingham, Lynell W Klassen, Geoffrey E Thiele, Carlos D Hunter, Daniel R Anderson, Ted R Mikuls, Geoffrey M Thiele
Precision cut liver slices (PCLSs) provide a novel model for studies in alcoholic liver disease (ALD). This is relevant, as in vivo ethanol exposure does not appear to generate significant liver damage in ethanol fed mice, except in the NIAAA binge model of ALD. Previous studies have shown that the two metabolites of ethanol consumption, malondialdhyde (MDA) and acetaldehyde (AA), combine to form (MAA), which has been correlated with the development and progression of ALD. In this study murine PCLSs were incubated with ethanol and examined for the production of MAA...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351396/mechanisms-of-repetitive-retrograde-contractions-in-response-to-sustained-esophageal-distension-a-study-evaluating-patients-with-post-fundoplication-dysphagia
#7
Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, retrograde contractions (RRCs) in response to sustained esophageal distension are a distinct contractility pattern observed with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry that are common in type III (spastic) achalasia. RRCs are hypothesized to be indicative of either impaired inhibitory innervation or esophageal outflow obstruction. We aimed to apply FLIP panometry to patients with post-fundoplication dysphagia (a model of esophageal obstruction) to explore mechanisms behind RRCs...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351395/macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-increases-hepatic-macrophage-content-liver-growth-and-lipid-accumulation-in-neonatal-rats
#8
Clare Pridans, Kristin A Sauter, Katharine M Irvine, Gemma M Davis, Lucas Lefevre, Anna Raper, Rocio Rojo, Ajit J Nirmal, Philippa Beard, Michael Cheeseman, David A Hume
Signaling via the colony stimulating factor 1 receptor (CSF1R) controls the survival, differentiation and proliferation of macrophages. Mutations in CSF1, or CSF1R in mice and rats have pleiotropic effects on postnatal somatic growth. We tested the possible application of CSF1-Fc as a therapy for low birth weight (LBW) at term, using a model based upon maternal dexamethasone treatment in rats. Neonatal CSF1-Fc treatment did not alter somatic growth, and did not increase the blood monocyte count. Instead, there was a substantial increase in the size of liver in both control and LBW rats, and the treatment greatly exacerbated the lipid droplet accumulation seen in the dexamethasone LBW model...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351394/bile-acid-profiles-within-the-enterohepatic-circulation-in-a-diabetic-rat-model-after-bariatric-surgeries
#9
Meng Wei, Yi Shao, Qiao-Ran Liu, Qun-Zheng Wu, Xiang Zhang, Ming-Wei Zhong, Shao-Zhuang Liu, Guang-Yong Zhang, San-Yuan Hu
Bile acids (BAs), which are synthesized in the liver and cycled in the enterohepatic circulation, have been recognized as signaling molecules by activating their receptors in the intestine and liver. Serum taurine-conjugated BAs have been shown to be elevated after bariatric surgeries, although the postoperative BA profiles within the enterohepatic circulation have not been investigated. Clarification of these profiles could help explain the mechanisms by which bariatric surgery leads to BA profile alterations and subsequent metabolic effects...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351398/visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-optogenetic-activation-of-the-amygdala-in-conscious-rats
#10
Anthony C Johnson, Rocco Latorre, Casey O Ligon, Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld
In vivo optogenetics identifies brain circuits controlling behaviors in conscious animals by using light to alter neuronal function and offers a novel tool to study the brain-gut axis. Using adenoviral-mediated expression, we aimed to investigate whether photoactivation with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) or photoinhibition with halorhodopsin (HR3.0) of fibers originating from the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) at the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) had any effect on colonic sensitivity. We also investigated whether that there was any deleterious effect of the adenovirus on the neuronal population or the neuronal phenotype within the CeA-BNST circuitry activated during the optogenetic stimulation...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351397/acute-small-intestinal-inflammation-results-in-persistent-lymphatic-alterations
#11
Sonia Rehal, Matthew Stephens, Simon Roizes, Shan Liao, Pierre-Yves von der Weid
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has a complex pathophysiology with limited treatments. Structural and functional changes in the intestinal lymphatic system have been associated with the disease, with increased risk of IBD occurrence linked to a history of acute intestinal injury. To examine the potential role of the lymphatic system in inflammation recurrence, we evaluated morphological and functional changes in mouse mucosal and mesenteric lymphatic vessels, and within the mesenteric lymph nodes during acute ileitis caused by a 7-day treatment with dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212771/establishment-of-a-surgical-bile-duct-injection-technique-giving-direct-access-to-the-bile-ducts-for-studies-of-the-murine-biliary-tree
#12
Natalie Lie Berntsen, Bjarte Fosby, Laura Valestrand, Corey Tan, Henrik Reims, Elisabeth Schrumpf, Tom H Karlsen, Pål-Dag Line, Espen Melum
Cholangiopathies are progressive disorders with largely unknown pathoetiology and limited treatment options. We aimed to develop a novel surgical technique with direct access to the bile ducts that would complement existing mouse models of cholestasis, biliary inflammation and fibrosis, and present a new route of administration for testing of potential treatment strategies. We developed a surgical technique to access the murine biliary tree by injection of different solvents through catheterization of the gall bladder with simultaneous clamping of the common bile duct...
December 6, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191942/%C3%AE-pix-plays-important-role-in-regulation-of-intestinal-epithelial-restitution-by-interacting-with-git1-and-rac1-after-wounding
#13
Navneeta Rathor, Hee Kyoung Chung, Shelley R Wang, Michael Qian, Douglas J Turner, Jian-Ying Wang, Jaladanki N Rao
Early gut mucosal restitution is a process by which intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) migrate over the wounded area, and its defective regulation occurs commonly in various critical pathological conditions. This rapid reepithelialization is mediated by different activating small GTP-binding proteins, but exact mechanism underlying this process remains largely unknown. Recently, it has been reported that interaction between p21-activated kinase-interacting exchange factor (β-PIX) and G-protein-coupled receptor kinase-interacting protein 1 (GIT1) activates small GTPases and plays important role in the regulation of cell motility...
November 30, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191941/genetic-deletion-of-the-circadian-clock-transcription-factor-bmal1-and-chronic-alcohol-consumption-differentially-alter-hepatic-glycogen-in-mice
#14
Uduak S Udoh, Jennifer A Valcin, Telisha M Swain, Ashley N Filiano, Karen L Gamble, Martin E Young, Shannon M Bailey
Multiple metabolic pathways exhibit time-of-day dependent rhythms that are controlled by the molecular circadian clock. We have shown that chronic alcohol is capable of altering the molecular clock and diurnal oscillations in several elements of hepatic glycogen metabolism. Herein, we sought to determine whether genetic disruption of the hepatocyte clock differentially impacts hepatic glycogen content in chronic alcohol-fed mice. Male hepatocyte-specific BMAL1 knockout (HBK) and littermate controls were fed control or alcohol-containing diets for 5 weeks to alter hepatic glycogen content...
November 30, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191940/loss-of-cellular-flice-inhibitory-protein-promotes-acute-cholestatic-liver-injury-and-inflammation-from-bile-duct-ligation
#15
Nadine Gehrke, Michael Nagel, Beate Katharina Straub, Marcus A Wörns, Marcus Schuchmann, Peter R Galle, Jörn M Schattenberg
BACKGROUND: Cholestatic liver injury results from impaired bile flow or metabolism and promotes hepatic inflammation and fibrogenesis. Toxic bile acids that accumulate in cholestasis induce apoptosis and contribute to early cholestatic liver injury, which is amplified by accompanying inflammation. Aim of the current study was to evaluate the role of the anti-apoptotic caspase 8-homologue cellular FLICE-inhibitory (cFLIP) protein during acute cholestatic liver injury. METHODS: Transgenic mice exhibiting hepatocyte-specific deletion of cFLIP (cFLIP-/-) were utilized for in vivo and in vitro analysis of cholestatic liver injury using bile duct ligation (BDL) and the addition of bile acids ex vivo...
November 30, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167116/medullary-raphe-nuclei-activate-the-lumbosacral-defecation-center-through-the-descending-serotonergic-pathway-to-regulate-colorectal-motility-in-rats
#16
Hiroyuki Nakamori, Kiyotada Naitou, Yuuki Horii, Hiroki Shimaoka, Kazuhiro Horii, Hiroki Sakai, Akihiro Yamada, Hidemasa Furue, Takahiko Shiina, Yasutake Shimizu
Colorectal motility is regulated by two defecation centers located in the brain and spinal cord. In previous studies, we have shown that administration of serotonin into the lumbosacral spinal cord causes enhancement of colorectal motility. Since spinal serotonin is derived from neurons of the medullary raphe nuclei including the raphe magnus, raphe obscurus and raphe pallidus, we examined whether stimulation of the medullary raphe nuclei enhances colorectal motility via the lumbosacral defecation center. Colorectal pressure was recorded with a balloon in vivo in anesthetized rats...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167115/epigenetic-modulation-of-intestinal-na-h-exchanger-3-expression
#17
Anoop Kumar, Pooja Malhotra, Hayley P Coffing, Shubha Priyamvada, Arivarasu Natarajan Anbazhagan, Harish R Krishnan, Ravinder K Gill, Waddah A Alrefai, David P Gavin, Subhash C Pandey, Pradeep K Dudeja, Seema Saksena
Na+/H+ exchanger-3 (NHE3) is crucial for intestinal Na+ absorption and its reduction has been implicated in infectious and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD)-associated diarrhea. Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation are involved in the pathophysiology of IBD. Whether changes in DNA methylation are involved in modulating intestinal NHE3 gene expression is not known. Caco-2 and HUTU-80 cells were used as models of human intestinal epithelial cells (IECs). Normal C57/BL6, wild type or GADD45b KO mice were used as in vivo models...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167114/exocrine-pancreas-glutamate-secretion-help-to-sustain-enterocyte-nutritional-needs-under-protein-restriction
#18
Selene Araya, Evelyne Kuster, Dino Gluch, Luca Mariotta, Christian Lutz, Theresia V Reding, Rolf Graf, François Verrey, Simone M R Camargo
Glutamine (Gln) is the most concentrated amino acid in blood and considered conditionally essential. Its requirement is increased during physiological stress, such as malnutrition or illness, despite its production by muscle and other organs. In the malnourished state Gln has been suggested to have a trophic effect on the exocrine pancreas and small intestine. However, the Gln transport capacity, the functional relationship of these two organs and the potential role of the Gln-glutamate (Glu) cycle are unknown...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167113/irritable-bowel-syndrome-ibs-patients-have-scn5a-channelopathies-that-lead-to-decreased-nav1-5-current-and-mechanosensitivity
#19
Peter R Strege, Amelia Mazzone, Cheryl E Bernard, Leila Neshatian, Simon J Gibbons, Yuri A Saito, David J Tester, Melissa L Calvert, Emeran A Mayer, Lin Chang, Michael J Ackerman, Arthur Beyder, Gianrico Farrugia
The SCN5A-encoded voltage-gated mechanosensitive sodium (Na(+)) channel NaV1.5 is expressed in human GI smooth muscle cells and interstitial cells of Cajal. NaV1.5 contributes to smooth muscle electrical slow waves and mechanical sensitivity. In predominately Caucasian IBS patient cohorts, 2-3% have SCN5A missense mutations which alter NaV1.5 function and may contribute to IBS pathophysiology. In this study examined a racially and ethnically diverse cohort of IBS patients for SCN5A missense mutations, and compared them to IBS negative controls, and determined the resulting NaV1...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146678/cross-organ-sensitisation-between-the-colon-and-bladder-to-pee-or-not-to-pee
#20
Luke Grundy, Stuart M Brierley
Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain are common, debilitating clinical conditions experienced by millions of patients around the globe. The origin of such pain commonly arises from the intestine and bladder, which share common primary roles; the collection, storage and expulsion of waste. These visceral organs are located in close proximity to one another, and also share common innervation from spinal afferent pathways. Chronic abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhoea are primary symptoms for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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