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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146100/emerging-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-as-a-senescence-associated-secretory-phenotype-insights-into-the-pathophysiology-of-lung-diseases
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Tsukasa Kadota, Yu Fujita, Yusuke Yoshioka, Jun Araya, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Takahiro Ochiya
Aging is a major risk factor for the development of chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), and lung cancer. A main aspect of aging is the impaired function of maintaining homeostasis in the organs and body, which is associated with cellular senescence. Cellular senescence is recognized as the state of irreversible cell cycle arrest in response to a variety of cellular stresses. Senescent cells are not simply cell cycle-arrested cells; they also affect bystander cells through the secretion of bioactive molecules, termed the senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP)...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155161/extracellular-vesicles-compartment-in-liquid-biopsies-clinical-application
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Noemi Garcia-Romero, Susana Esteban-Rubio, Gorjana Rackov, Josefa Carrión-Navarro, Cristobal Belda-Iniesta, Angel Ayuso-Sacido
Liquid biopsy is becoming a new source of biomarkers that complement and resolve some of the most important limitations of surgical biopsy, which are the accessibility to the diseased tissue and its heterogeneity, especially relevant for tumors. The diseased tissues release their molecule content to the bloodstream in free form, inside a cell or within extracellular vesicles (EVs). While the identification of molecular alterations in total DNA isolated from peripheral blood is already in use for some tumors that secrete large amounts of DNA, it is challenging to assay those secreting lower amounts of molecules as well as for many other non-tumoral pathologies like immunological and cardiovascular diseases...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155002/pdgf-in-organ-fibrosis
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Barbara Mara Klinkhammer, Jürgen Floege, Peter Boor
Fibrosis is part of a tissue repair response to injury, defined as increased deposition of extracellular matrix. In some instances, fibrosis is beneficial; however, in the majority of diseases fibrosis is detrimental. Virtually all chronic progressive diseases are associated with fibrosis, representing a huge number of patients worldwide. Fibrosis occurs in all organs and tissues, becomes irreversible with time and further drives loss of tissue function. Various cells types initiate and perpetuate pathological fibrosis by paracrine activation of the principal cellular executors of fibrosis, i...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146101/nutrition-epidemiology-of-flavan-3-ols-the-known-unknowns
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Gunter G C Kuhnle
Nutritional epidemiology has an important role, as it can provide long-term data from large populations and does not rely on surrogate markers for morbidity/mortality. Meaningful interpretation and applications of outcomes from epidemiological studies depend on the accurate assessment of dietary intake, which is currently mainly based on a combination of self-reporting and food composition data. Flavan-3-ols are a group of bioactives (non-essential dietary components with significant impact on health) that is a possible candidate for the development of dietary recommendations...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137923/the-pdgf-pdgfr-pathway-as-a-drug-target
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Natalia Papadopoulos, Johan Lennartsson
Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) promotes cell proliferation, survival and migration, primarily of cells of mesenchymal origin. Dysfunction of PDGF signaling has been observed in a wide array of pathological conditions, such as cancer, fibrosis, neurological conditions and atherosclerosis. Reported abnormalities of the PDGF pathway include overexpression or amplification of PDGF receptors (PDGFRs), gain of function point mutations or activating chromosomal translocations. Current development of therapeutic drugs often aims at producing compounds that specifically target interaction between PDGFs and their receptors by specific DNA aptamers and ligand traps, or downregulate PDGFRs with blocking antibodies, or inhibit tyrosine kinase activity of PDGFRs with small molecules...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137922/extracellular-vesicles-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Tommaso Croese, Roberto Furlan
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are released by all neural cells, including neurons, oligodendrocytes, astrocytes, and microglia. The lack of adequate technology has not halted neuroscientists from investigating EVs as a mean to decipher neurodegenerative disorders, still in search of comprehensible pathogenic mechanisms and efficient treatment. EVs are thought to be one of ways neurodegenerative pathologies spread in the brain, but also one of the ways the brain tries to displace toxic proteins, making their meaning in pathogenesis uncertain...
November 11, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122679/extracellular-vesicles-novel-mediator-for-cell-to-cell-communications-in-liver-pathogenesis
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Pradip B Devhare, Ratna B Ray
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membrane derived nanometer-sized vesicles. EVs are released by normal, diseased, and transformed cells in vitro and in vivo, and carry lipids, proteins, mRNAs, non-coding RNAs, and even DNA out of cells. Transferring biological information via EVs to neighboring cells and inter-cellular communication not only maintain physiological functions, but also involve in the pathogenesis of several diseases, including cancer. The aim of this review is to discuss the emerging role of EVs in viral hepatitis, non-alcoholic or alcoholic liver disease and liver cancers...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927943/laser-microdissection-a-powerful-tool-for-genomics-at-cell-level
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Claudia Bevilacqua, Bertrand Ducos
Laser microdissection (LM) has become widely democratized over the last fifteen years. Instruments have evolved to offer more powerful and efficient lasers as well as new options for sample collection and preparation. Technological evolutions have also focused on the post-microdissection analysis capabilities, opening up investigations in all disciplines of experimental and clinical biology, thanks to the advent of new high-throughput methods of genome analysis, including RNAseq and proteomics, now globally known as microgenomics, i...
November 10, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126853/absorption-metabolism-distribution-and-excretion-of-epicatechin-a-review-of-recent-findings
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Gina Borges, Javier I Ottaviani, Justin J J van der Hooft, Hagen Schroeter, Alan Crozier
This paper reviews pioneering human studies, their limitations and recent investigations on the absorption, metabolism, distribution and excretion (aka bioavailability) of (-)-epicatechin. Progress has been made possible by improvements in mass spectrometric detection when coupled to high performance liquid chromatography and through the increasing availability of authentic reference compounds of in vivo metabolites of (-)-epicatechin. Studies have shown that [2-(14)C](-)-epicatechin is absorbed in the small intestine with the 12 structural-related (-)-epicatechin metabolites (SREMs), mainly in the form of (-)-epicatechin-3'-O-glucuronide, 3'-O-methyl-(-)-epicatechin-5-sulfate and (-)-epicatechin-3'-sulfate, attaining sub-μmol/L peak plasma concentrations (Cmax) ∼1 h after ingestion...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122678/exosomes-and-cardioprotection-a-critical-analysis
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Sean M Davidson, Derek M Yellon
Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles released by numerous cell types that appear to have diverse beneficial effects on the injured heart. Studies using exosomes from stem cells or from the blood have indicated that they are able to protect the heart both in models of acute ischaemia and reperfusion, and during chronic ischaemia. In addition to decreasing initial infarct size, they are able to stimulate angiogenesis, reduce fibrosis and remodelling, alter immune cell function and improve long-term cardiac contractile function...
November 6, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117513/mechanisms-of-dietary-flavonoid-action-in-neuronal-function-and-neuroinflammation
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Baptiste N Jaeger, Sarah L Parylak, Fred H Gage
Flavonoids are a class of plant-derived dietary polyphenols that have attracted attention for their pro-cognitive and anti-inflammatory effects. The diversity of flavonoids and their extensive in vivo metabolism suggest that a variety of cellular targets in the brain are likely to be impacted by flavonoid consumption. Initially characterized as antioxidants, flavonoids are now believed to act directly on neurons and glia via the interaction with major signal transduction cascades, as well as indirectly via interaction with the blood-brain barrier and cerebral vasculature...
November 5, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107741/constructing-cell-lineages-from-single-cell-transcriptomes
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Jinmiao Chen, Laurent Rénia, Florent Ginhoux
Advances in single-cell RNA-sequencing have helped reveal the previously underappreciated level of cellular heterogeneity present during cellular differentiation. A static snapshot of single-cell transcriptomes provides a good representation of the various stages of differentiation as differentiation is rarely synchronized between cells. Data from numerous single-cell analyses has suggested that cellular differentiation and development can be conceptualized as continuous processes. Consequently, computational algorithms have been developed to infer lineage relationships between cell types and construct developmental trajectories along which cells are re-ordered such that similarity between successive cell pairs is maximized...
October 28, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079201/pdgf-c-and-pdgf-d-in-ocular-diseases
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Anil Kumar, Xuri Li
PDGFs and their receptors are critical regulators of numerous tissues and organs, including the eye. Extensive studies have shown that PDGFs and their receptors play critical roles in many ocular neovascular diseases, such as neovascular age-related macular degeneration, retinopathy of prematurity, and proliferative vitreoretinopathy. In addition, PDGFs and PDGFRs are also important players in ocular diseases involving the degeneration of retinal neuronal and vascular cells, such as glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa...
October 24, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965750/emerging-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-musculoskeletal-diseases
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Cameron Murphy, Joseph Withrow, Monte Hunter, Yutao Liu, Yao Liang Tang, Sadanand Fulzele, Mark W Hamrick
Research into the biology of extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes and microvesicles, has expanded significantly with advances in EV isolation techniques, a better understanding of the surface markers that characterize exosomes and microvesicles, and greater information derived from -omics approaches on the proteins, lipids, mRNAs, and microRNAs (miRNAs) transported by EVs. We have recently discovered a role for exosome-derived miRNAs in age-related bone loss and osteoarthritis, two conditions that impose a significant public health burden on the aging global population...
October 10, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28989053/pdgfs-and-their-receptors-in-vascular-stem-progenitor-cells-functions-and-therapeutic-potential-in-retinal-vasculopathy
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Weisi Lu, Xuri Li
Vascular stem/progenitor cells (VSCs) include endothelial progenitor cells, smooth muscle progenitor cells, pericytes, and mesenchymal stem cells. VSCs can produce functional and mature vascular cells required to build blood vessels. VSCs therefore play critical roles in vascular repair and regeneration, particularly, in various retinal vasculopathies, in which vascular defects are a devastating pathology. The platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) and their receptors (PDGFRs) are important regulators of numerous physiological events and diseases, and they play key roles in regulating the formation and function of blood vessels...
October 6, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28965749/platelet-derived-growth-factor-c-and-d-in-the-cardiovascular-system-and-diseases
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Chunsik Lee, Xuri Li
The cardiovascular system is among the first organs formed during development and is pivotal for the formation and function of the rest of the organs and tissues. Therefore, the function and homeostasis of the cardiovascular system are finely regulated by many important molecules. Extensive studies have shown that platelet-derived growth factors (PDGFs) and their receptors are critical regulators of the cardiovascular system. Even though PDGF-C and PDGF-D are relatively new members of the PDGF family, their critical roles in the cardiovascular system as angiogenic and survival factors have been amply demonstrated...
September 28, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923782/single-cell-epigenome-sequencing-technologies
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Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang
Epigenetic regulation plays crucial roles in the development and disease processes. Since different cell types with distinct epigenetic characteristics are always intermingled together in the tissues or organs, the single cell analysis provides a universal resolution for dissecting their intrinsic complexities. In this review, we discuss recent advances of developing single cell epigenome sequencing techniques for profiling DNA modifications (5mC, 5hmC, 5fC and 5caC), chromatin accessibility, histone modifications, protein-DNA interactions and three-dimensional genome architecture (Hi-C) in an individual mammalian cell...
September 21, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927942/microfluidic-single-cell-technology-in-immunology-and-antibody-screening
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Yu Fen Samantha Seah, Hongxing Hu, Christoph A Merten
Single-cell technology has a major impact on the field of immunology. It enables the kinetics and logic of immune signaling and immune cell migration to be elucidated, facilitates antibody screening and allows massively parallelized analysis of B- and T-cell repertoires. Impressive progress has been made over the last decade, strongly boosted by microfluidic approaches. In this review, we summarize the most powerful microfluidic systems based on continuous-flow, nanowells, valves and droplets and we analyze their benefits for phenotypic characterization, drug discovery and next generation sequencing experiments...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887275/ffa4-gpr120-as-a-fatty-acid-sensor-involved-in-appetite-control-insulin-sensitivity-and-inflammation-regulation
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Dong-Soon Im
Unsaturated long-chain fatty acids have been suggested to be beneficial in the context of cardiovascular disorders based in epidemiologic studies conducted in Greenland and Mediterranean. DHA and EPA are omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that are plentiful in fish oil, and oleic acid is an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid, rich in olive oil. Dietary intake of these unsaturated long-chain fatty acids have been associated with insulin sensitivity and weight loss, which contrasts with the impairment of insulin sensitivity and weight gain associated with high intakes of saturated long-chain fatty acids...
September 8, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802834/vegetable-derived-bioactive-nitrate-and-cardiovascular-health
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Catherine P Bondonno, Lauren C Blekkenhorst, Alex H Liu, Nicola P Bondonno, Natalie C Ward, Kevin D Croft, Jonathan M Hodgson
Vegetable derived nitrate is now recognised as an important bioactive phytochemical with cardioprotective properties. Nitrate, through the recently described enterosalivary nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide (NO) pathway, increases NO, a molecule pivotal for cardiovascular health. Clinical trials have observed that dietary nitrate has similar effects to NO when supplied exogenously. These effects include reduced blood pressure and improvements in other markers of vascular health such as endothelial function, arterial stiffness, ischemia reperfusion injury, blood flow, and platelet aggregation...
September 6, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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