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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
#1
Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646303/three-dimensional-fine-structure-of-the-organization-of-microtubules-in-neurite-varicosities-by-ultra-high-voltage-electron-microscope-tomography
#2
Tomoki Nishida, Ryoichi Yoshimura, Yasuhisa Endo
Neurite varicosities are highly specialized compartments that are involved in neurotransmitter/ neuromodulator release and provide a physiological platform for neural functions. However, it remains unclear how microtubule organization contributes to the form of varicosity. Here, we examine the three-dimensional structure of microtubules in varicosities of a differentiated PC12 neural cell line using ultra-high voltage electron microscope tomography. Three-dimensional imaging showed that a part of the varicosities contained an accumulation of organelles that were separated from parallel microtubule arrays...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639134/kifc1-and-myosin-va-two-motors-for-acrosomal-biogenesis-and-nuclear-shaping-during-spermiogenesis-of-portunus-trituberculatus
#3
Dan-Dan Ma, Meng-Ying Pan, Cong-Cong Hou, Fu-Qing Tan, Wan-Xi Yang
To investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the spermiogenesis of the swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus, full lengths of motor proteins KIFC1 and myosin Va were cloned by rapid-amplification of cDNA ends from P. trituberculatus testes cDNA, and their respective probes and specific antibodies were used to track their localization during sperm maturation. Antisense probes were designed from the gene sequences and used to detect the mRNA levels of each gene. According to the results of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), the transcription of kifc1 and myosin Va began at the mid-stage of spermatids, with the kifc1 mRNA being most active at the location where the acrosome cap was formed and the myosin Va was more concentrated in the acrosome complex...
June 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623422/effects-of-omega-3-on-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-myoblast-transplantation-and-satellite-cell-activation-in-dystrophin-deficient-muscle-fibers
#4
Samara Camaçari de Carvalho, Sajedah M Hindi, Ashok Kumar, Maria Julia Marques
In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), lack of dystrophin leads to progressive muscle degeneration, with DMD patients suffering from cardiorespiratory failure. Cell therapy is an alternative to life-long corticoid therapy. Satellite cells, the stem cells of skeletal muscles, do not completely compensate for the muscle damage in dystrophic muscles. Elevated levels of proinflammatory and profibrotic factors, such as metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9), impair muscle regeneration, leading to extensive fibrosis and poor results with myoblast transplantation therapies...
June 17, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620760/notch-an-interactive-player-in-neurogenesis-and-disease
#5
REVIEW
Runrui Zhang, Anna Engler, Verdon Taylor
Notch signaling is evolutionarily conserved from Drosophila to human. It plays critical roles in neural stem cell maintenance and neurogenesis in the embryonic brain as well as in the adult brain. Notch functions greatly depend on careful regulation and cross-talk with other regulatory mechanisms. Deregulation of Notch signaling is involved in many neurodegenerative diseases and brain disorders. Here, we summarize the fundamental role of Notch in neuronal development and specification and discuss how epigenetic regulation and pathway cross-talk contribute to Notch function...
June 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597098/maximized-complexity-in-miniaturized-brains-morphology-and-distribution-of-octopaminergic-dopaminergic-and-serotonergic-neurons-in-the-parasitic-wasp-trichogramma-evanescens
#6
Emma van der Woude, Hans M Smid
The parasitic wasp, Trichogramma evanescens, is an extremely small insect, with a body length as small as 0.3 mm. To facilitate this miniaturization, their brains may have evolved to contain smaller neural components and/or reduced neural complexity than larger insects. Here, we study whether the size and number of neurons are reduced in the miniaturized brain of T. evanescens, focusing on neurons that express serotonin (5HT), octopamine (OA) and dopamine (DA). We provide the first description of the distribution, projection patterns and number of 5HT-, OA- and DA-like immunoreactive cell bodies in T...
June 9, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560691/role-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-metastatic-colon-cancer-it-is-finally-time-for-targeted-therapy
#7
REVIEW
Maria Villalba, Stephanie R Evans, Fernando Vidal-Vanaclocha, Alfonso Calvo
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most frequent tumor types in Western countries. Approximately 20 % of patients show metastasis at the time of diagnosis, with the liver being one of the most affected organs. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) plays a regulatory role not only in the physiology of the normal colon but also in the development of CRC and its metastatic process. In this review, we analyze the molecular mechanisms leading to TGF-β dysregulation in tumor and stroma cells and the modification of the microenvironment that fosters CRC metastasis...
May 30, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550425/cpg-oligonucleotide-mediated-co-stimulation-of-mouse-invariant-natural-killer-t-cells-negatively-regulates-their-activation-status
#8
Raveendra R Kulkarni, Alexander Ian Villanueva, Leah R Read, Jennifer T Brisbin, Siddhartha Kumar Bhaumik, Jonathan LaMarre, Kaja Murali-Krishna, Shayan Sharif
Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells play important roles in antimicrobial defense and immune-regulation. We have previously shown that iNKT cells express certain toll-like receptors (TLR), and that TLR co-stimulation of iNKT cells in the presence of suboptimal concentrations of T cell receptor (TCR) agonists enhances cellular activation. In the present study, we investigated the regulatory effects of CpG oligonucleotides in mouse primary hepatic and splenic iNKT cells and in DN32.D3 iNKT cells. We show that CpG treatment of iNKT cells in the presence of higher concentrations of TCR agonists (α-GalCer or anti-CD3 mAb) results in the up-regulation of TLR9 in iNKT cells with a concurrent reduction in their cellular activation, as assessed by their production of IL-2, IL-4 and IFN-γ compared with controls...
May 27, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547659/quiescent-adult-stem-cells-in-murine-teeth-are-regulated-by-shh-signaling
#9
Yuko Ishikawa, Mitsushiro Nakatomi, Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Hayato Ohshima
The mechanisms regulating the maintenance of quiescent adult stem cells in teeth remain to be fully elucidated. Our aim is to clarify the relationship between BrdU label-retaining cells (LRCs) and sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling in murine teeth. After prenatal BrdU labeling, mouse pups were analyzed during postnatal day 1 (P1) to week 5 (P5W). Paraffin sections were processed for immunohistochemistry for BrdU, Sox2, Gli1, Shh, Patched1 (Ptch1) and Ki67 and for in situ hybridization for Shh and Ptch1. Dense LRCs, Gli1-(+) cells and Ptch1-(+) cells were co-localized in the outer enamel epithelium of the apical bud and apical dental papilla of incisors...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547658/time-of-day-dependent-expression-of-purinergic-receptors-in-mouse-suprachiasmatic-nucleus
#10
Julian Lommen, Anna Stahr, Marc Ingenwerth, Amira A H Ali, Charlotte von Gall
Purinergic P2X and P2Y receptors are involved in mediating intercellular signalling via purines such as adenosine triphosphate (ATP). P2X and P2Y receptors have been implicated in numerous body functions including learning, memory and sleep. All of these body functions show time-of-day-dependent variations controlled by the master circadian oscillator located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). Evidence exists for a role of purinergic signalling in intercellular coupling within SCN. However, few studies have been performed on the expression of purinergic receptors in SCN...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547657/compartmentalized-expression-patterns-of-pancreatic-and-gastric-related-genes-in-the-alimentary-canal-of-the-ascidian-ciona-intestinalis-evolutionary-insights-into-the-functional-regionality-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-in-olfactores
#11
Satoshi Nakayama, Michio Ogasawara
Many heterotrophic animals have a one-way alimentary canal that is essential for their nutrition and sequential steps of the digestive system, namely ingestion, digestion, absorption and elimination, are widely shared among bilaterians. Morphological, functional and molecular knowledge of the alimentary canal has been obtained in particular from mammalian research but the shared features and evolution of these aspects of the highly diverged alimentary canal in the animal kingdom are still unclear. We therefore investigate spatial gene expression patterns of pancreatic- and gastric-related molecules of ascidians (a sister group of vertebrates) with special reference to the functional regionality of the gastrointestinal tract...
May 25, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484848/microrna-27a-b-mediates-endothelin-1-induced-ppar%C3%AE-reduction-and-proliferation-of-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells
#12
Xinming Xie, Shaojun Li, Yanting Zhu, Lu Liu, Yilin Pan, Jian Wang, Wenhua Shi, Yang Song, Lan Yang, Li Gao, Weijin Zang, Manxiang Li
The down-regulation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) expression has been found to correlate with the proliferation of pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMC), pulmonary vascular remodeling and pulmonary hypertension, while the molecular mechanisms underlying PPARγ reduction in PASMC remain largely unclear. The aim of the current study is to address this issue. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) dose- and time-dependently resulted in PPARγ reduction and proliferation of primary cultured rat PASMC, which was accompanied by the activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) and subsequent induction of microRNA-27a/b (miR-27a/b) expression...
May 8, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466093/myeloperoxidase-immunoreactive-cells-are-significantly-increased-in-brain-areas-affected-by-neurodegeneration-in-parkinson-s-and-alzheimer-s-disease
#13
Sandra Gellhaar, Dan Sunnemark, Håkan Eriksson, Lars Olson, Dagmar Galter
Myeloperoxidase (MPO) is a key enzyme in inflammatory and degenerative processes, although conflicting reports have been presented concerning its expression in the brain. We studied the cellular localization of MPO and compared numbers of MPO cells in various brain regions between neurologically healthy individuals and patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) or Alzheimer's disease (AD; n = 10-25). We also investigated two rodent PD models. MPO immunoreactivity (ir) was detected in monocytes, perivascular macrophages and amoeboid microglia in the human brain parenchyma, whereas no co-localization with glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) ir was observed...
May 2, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455723/synthesis-localization-and-possible-function-of-serine-or-cysteine-peptidase-inhibitor-clade-b-member-6a-serpinb6a-in-mouse-submandibular-gland
#14
Hiroki Nakata, Miyuki Yamamoto, Tewarat Kumchantuek, Kannika Adhapanyawanich, Takumi Nishiuchi, Shoichi Iseki
The granular convoluted tubule (GCT) in the duct system of the submandibular gland (SMG) develops preferentially in male mice and produces a number of bioactive peptides including proteases such as renin and kallikrein. We examine the synthesis and localization of the serine (or cysteine) peptidase inhibitor, clade B, member 6a (Serpinb6a), the mouse ortholog of the human intracellular serine protease inhibitor SERPINB6, in the mouse SMG by using reverse transcription plus the polymerase chain reaction, in situ hybridization, immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry...
April 28, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451751/natriuretic-peptide-activation-of-extracellular-regulated-kinase-1-2-erk1-2-pathway-by-particulate-guanylyl-cyclases-in-gh3-somatolactotropes
#15
Kim C Jonas, Timothy Melrose, Iain R Thompson, Gary F Baxter, Victoria J Lipscomb, Stijn J Niessen, Charlotte Lawson, Craig A McArdle, Mark S Roberson, Imelda M McGonnell, Caroline P Wheeler-Jones, Robert C Fowkes
The natriuretic peptides, Atrial-, B-type and C-type natriuretric peptides (ANP, BNP, CNP), are regulators of many endocrine tissues and exert their effects predominantly through the activation of their specific guanylyl cyclase receptors (GC-A and GC-B) to generate cGMP. Whereas cGMP-independent signalling has been reported in response to natriuretic peptides, this is mediated via either the clearance receptor (Npr-C) or a renal-specific NPR-Bi isoform, which both lack intrinsic guanylyl cyclase activity. Here, we report evidence of GC-B-dependent cGMP-independent signalling in pituitary GH3 cells...
April 27, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436000/foxo3a-suppression-and-vps34-activity-are-essential-to-anti-atrophic-effects-of-leucine-in-skeletal-muscle
#16
Igor L Baptista, João G Silvestre, William J Silva, Siegfried Labeit, Anselmo S Moriscot
Our aim is to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the anti-atrophic effects of leucine, namely, the way that this amino acid can restrain the up-regulation of MuRF1 and Mafbx/Atrogin-1 in muscle atrophy. Male rats received dietary leucine supplementation for 1-3 days, during which time their hind limbs were immobilized. Our results showed that leucine inhibited Forkhead Box O3 (FoxO3a) translocation to cell nuclei. In addition, leucine was able to reverse the expected reduction of FoXO3a ubiquitination caused by immobilization...
April 24, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434079/cell-culture-complications-due-to-mechanical-release-of-atp-and-activation-of-purinoceptors
#17
REVIEW
Geoffrey Burnstock, Gillian E Knight
There is abundant evidence that ATP (adenosine 5'-triphosphate) is released from a variety of cultured cells in response to mechanical stimulation. The release mechanism involved appears to be a combination of vesicular exocytosis and connexin and pannexin hemichannels. Purinergic receptors on cultured cells mediate both short-term purinergic signalling of secretion and long-term (trophic) signalling such as proliferation, migration, differentiation and apoptosis. We aim in this review to bring to the attention of non-purinergic researchers using tissue culture that the release of ATP in response to mechanical stress evoked by the unavoidable movement of the cells acting on functional purinergic receptors on the culture cells is likely to complicate the interpretation of their data...
April 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432466/calpain-inhibition-prevents-flotillin-re-ordering-and-src-family-activation-during-capacitation
#18
Deneb Maldonado-García, Monica L Salgado-Lucio, Ana L Roa-Espitia, Tania Reyes-Miguel, Enrique O Hernández-González
Prior to fertilization, mammalian sperm undergo several molecular, biochemical and physiological changes in a process termed capacitation. However, the mechanisms explaining the involvement of cytoskeletal remodeling and membrane re-ordering in each process prior to fertilization remain poorly understood. We found that the migration of both flotillin microdomains and Src family kinases towards the apical ridge of guinea pig sperm occurs under capacitating conditions. This re-ordering is associated with spectrin cleavage by calpain...
April 22, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432465/ppar%C3%AE-activation-regulates-lipid-droplet-formation-and-lactate-production-in-rat-sertoli-cells
#19
A Gorga, G M Rindone, M Regueira, E H Pellizzari, M C Camberos, S B Cigorraga, M F Riera, M N Galardo, S B Meroni
Sertoli cells provide the structural and nutritional support for germ cell development; they actively metabolize glucose and convert it to lactate, which is an important source of energy for germ cells. Furthermore, Sertoli cells can oxidize fatty acids, a metabolic process that is assumed to fulfill their own energy requirements. Fatty acids are stored as triacylglycerides within lipid droplets. The regulation of fatty acid storage in conjunction with the regulation of lactate production may thus be relevant to seminiferous tubule physiology...
April 21, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413862/a-simple-strategy-for-culturing-morphologically-conserved-rat-hypothalamic-tanycytes
#20
Pablo Nicolás De Francesco, Daniel Castrogiovanni, Maia Uriarte, Victoria Frassa, Francina Agosti, Jesica Raingo, Mario Perello
Hypothalamic tanycytes are specialized bipolar ependymal cells that line the floor of the third ventricle. Given their strategic location, tanycytes are believed to play several key functions including being a selective barrier and controlling the amount of hypothalamic-derived factors reaching the anterior pituitary. The in vitro culture of these cells has proved to be difficult. Here, we report an improved method for the generation of primary cultures of rat hypothalamic tanycytes. Ependymal cultures were derived from tissue dissected out of the median eminence region of 10-day-old rats and cultured in a chemically defined medium containing DMEM:F12, serum albumin, insulin, transferrin and the antibiotic gentamycin...
April 17, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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