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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713900/nlrc5-silencing-ameliorates-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-1-smad3-signaling-pathway
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Hongtao Zhou, Xuefang Yu, Guiming Zhou
The proliferation of cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix are the predominant pathological characteristics of cardiac fibrosis. As the largest member of the nucleotide‑binding domain and leucine‑rich repeat (NLR) family, NLRC5 has been shown to be pivotal in the development of hepatic fibrosis. However, whether NLRC5 is involved in the pathogenesis of cardiac fibrosis remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the role of NLRC5 and its mechanisms in regulating cardiac fibrosis...
July 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710422/enmd-1068-inhibits-liver-fibrosis-through-attenuation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad2-3-signaling-in-mice
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Quan Sun, Yan Wang, Jie Zhang, Jing Lu
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR-2) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. We studied the effect of N1-3-methylbutyryl-N4-6-aminohexanoyl-piperazine (ENMD-1068), a PAR-2 antagonist, on the development of CCl4-induced liver fibrosis in mice and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) isolated from the mice. Before CCl4 injection, the mice were injected intraperitoneally with either 25 mg/kg or 50 mg/kg ENMD-1068 or with 200 μL of the vehicle control twice per week for 4 weeks...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702135/effect-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway-blocking-on-expression-profiles-of-mir-335-mir-150-mir-194-mir-27a-and-mir-199a-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-hscs
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Parivash Davoodian, Mehrdad Ravanshad, Seyed Younes Hosseini, Sayyad Khanizadeh, Mohammad Almasian, Azim Nejati Zadeh, Hamed Esmaiili Lashgarian
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of inhibition of TGF-β/smad signaling on the expression profiles of miR-335, miR-150, miR-194, miR-27a, miR-199a of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). BACKGROUND: Liver fibrosis is excessive deposition of extracellular matrix proteins due to ongoing inflammation and HSC activation that occurs in most types of chronic liver diseases. Recent studies have shown the importance of microRNAs in the pathogenesis of chronic liver diseases...
2017: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689803/lipopolysaccharides-induce-smad2-phosphorylation-through-pi3k-akt-and-mapk-cascades-in-hsc-t6-hepatic-stellate-cells
#4
Ying-Hsien Kao, Po-Han Chen, Tin-Ya Wu, Yu-Chun Lin, Ming-Shian Tsai, Po-Huang Lee, Tzong-Shyuan Tai, Huoy-Rou Chang, Cheuk-Kwan Sun
AIMS: Endotoxemia and its pro-fibrogenic signaling play a significant role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. This study investigated whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS) directly activate cultured HSC-T6 hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) through triggering Smad-dependent pro-fibrogenic signaling pathway. MAIN METHODS: Direct cell counting and assays for cell proliferation and migration were used to measure the effects of LPS on HSC behaviors. Quantitative PCR, Western blot, and gelatin zymography were used to quantify the molecular effects of LPS on expression of HSC activation markers and signaling activity...
July 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647476/substance-p-promotes-hepatic-stellate-cell-proliferation-and-activation-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-3-signaling-pathway
#5
Lei Peng, Xiaoqing Jia, Jianjian Zhao, Ruibing Cui, Ming Yan
Prolonged activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) usually results in the initiation and progression of liver fibrosis following injury. Recent studies have shown that Substance P (SP) participates in the development of fibrosis. However, whether SP is involved in liver fibrosis, especially in the activation and proliferation of HSCs, is largely unknown. In the present study, we measured the effects of a series of concentrations of SP on the cell viability and activation of HSC-T6 cells and LX2 cells...
June 21, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623783/scoparone-attenuates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-inhibiting-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway
#6
Xing Liu, Xiuxia Zhao
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a critical role in liver fibrosis. Scoparone, a major constituent isolated from Artemisia capillaris, was reported to possess hepatoprotective effect. However, the role of scoparone in liver fibrosis remains unknown. In the present study, we investigated the effects of scoparone on liver fibrosis in HSCs. Our results demonstrated that scoparoene inhibited the proliferation of HSCs exposed to transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1. In addition, scoparoene significantly suppressed TGF-β1-induced the expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and collagen I in HSC-T6 cells, as well as attenuated the expression of NADPH oxidase (NOX) isoforms expression and ROS production in TGF-β1-stimialted HSC-T6 cells...
June 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623179/modulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-and-erk-signaling-pathways-mediates-the-anti-fibrotic-effect-of-mirtazapine-in-mice
#7
Dalia M El-Tanbouly, Walaa Wadie, Rabab H Sayed
Serotonin (5-HT) has been implicated as a key driver of liver fibrosis, acting via 5-HT2 receptor activation in the hepatic stellate cells. The current study was conducted to investigate the effects of mirtazapine, a 5-HT2A antagonist, in a mouse model of liver fibrosis. Mice received thioacetamide (TAA, 150mg/kg/biweekly, ip) for nine successive weeks for induction of liver fibrosis. Administration of mirtazapine significantly improved the plasma aminotransferases, reduced hepatic 5-HT concentration and ameliorated TAA-induced liver fibrosis, as demonstrated by reduced portal blood pressure, liver procollagen I content and α alpha smooth muscle actin expression...
June 13, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599486/knockout-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-10-suppresses-hepatic-cell-proliferation-in-a-partially-hepatectomized-mouse-model
#8
Seung-Ho Heo, Eui-Suk Jeong, Kyoung-Sun Lee, Jin-Hee Seo, Woon-Kyu Lee, Yang-Kyu Choi
The liver has marked regenerative capabilities, and numerous signaling pathways are involved in liver regeneration. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad pathway, which is also involved in liver regeneration, regulates numerous biological processes. Krüppel-like factor 10 (KLF10) has been reported to activate the TGF-β/Smad signaling pathway; however, the exact functions of KLF10 under various pathophysiological conditions remain unclear. In the present study, the role of KLF10 in liver regeneration following partial hepatectomy (PH) was investigated using KLF10-knockout (KO) mice...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585096/cellular-citrate-levels-establish-a-regulatory-link-between-energy-metabolism-and-the-hepatic-iron-hormone-hepcidin
#9
Ana Rita da Silva, Joana Neves, Katarzyna Mleczko-Sanecka, Amol Tandon, Sven W Sauer, Matthias W Hentze, Martina U Muckenthaler
Expression of the hepatic peptide hormone hepcidin responds to iron levels via BMP/SMAD signaling, to inflammatory cues via JAK/STAT signaling, to the nutrient-sensing mTOR pathway, as well as to proliferative signals and gluconeogenesis. Here, we asked the question whether hepcidin expression is altered by metabolites generated by intermediary metabolism. To identify such metabolites, we took advantage of a comprehensive RNAi screen, which revealed effectors involved in citrate metabolism. We show that the inhibition of citrate-consuming enzymes increases hepcidin mRNA expression in primary murine hepatocytes...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561587/protective-effects-of-functional-chicken-liver-hydrolysates-against-liver-fibrogenesis-antioxidation-anti-inflammation-and-antifibrosis
#10
Po-Ju Chen, Jung-Kai Tseng, Yi-Ling Lin, Yi-Hsieng Samuel Wu, Yi-Tse Hsiao, Jr-Wei Chen, Yi-Chen Chen
Via an assay using an Amino Acid Analyzer, pepsin-digested chicken liver hydrolysates (CLHs) contain taurine (365.57 ± 39.04 mg/100 g), carnosine (14.03 ± 1.98 mg/100 g), and anserine (151.58 ± 27.82 mg/100 g). This study aimed to evaluate whether CLHs could alleviate thioacetamide (TAA)-induced fibrosis. A dose of 100 mg TAA/kg BW significantly increased serum liver damage indices and liver cytokine contents. Cell infiltration and monocytes/macrophages in livers of TAA-treated rats were illustrated by the H&E staining and immunohistochemical analysis of cluster of differentiation 68 (CD68, ED1), respectively...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552397/morin-attenuates-diethylnitrosamine-induced-rat-liver-fibrosis-and-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-co-ordinated-regulation-of-hippo-yap-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling
#11
Perumal NaveenKumar, Perumal MadanKumar, Halagowder Devaraj, Sivasithamparam NiranjaliDevaraj
Despite great progress in understanding the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during liver fibrosis, therapeutic approaches to inhibit HSC activation remain very limited. Recent reports highlight Yes-associated protein (Yap) and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) as critical regulators of HSC activation and henceforth a compound targeting Hippo/Yap and TGF-β1/Smad pathways would be a potential anti-fibrotic candidate. Morin, a dietary flavonoid, was earlier reported to inhibit HSC proliferation and induction of apoptosis of cultured HSCs, mainly by suppressing Wnt/β-catenin and NF-κB signaling, but its effect on Hippo/Yap and TGF-β1/Smad pathways was not determined...
May 25, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518142/mir-130a-3p-attenuates-activation-and-induces-apoptosis-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-nonalcoholic-fibrosing-steatohepatitis-by-directly-targeting-tgfbr1-and-tgfbr2
#12
Yang Wang, Jinghua Du, Xuemin Niu, Na Fu, Rongqi Wang, Yuguo Zhang, Suxian Zhao, Dianxing Sun, Yuemin Nan
Nonalcoholic fibrosing steatohepatitis is a uniform process that occurs throughout nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be involved in the biological processes, but the role and molecular mechanism of miRNAs in NAFLD are not entirely clear. In this study, we observed a significant reduction in the expression of miR-130a-3p in livers of a mouse model with fibrosis induced by a methionine-choline-deficient diet, of NAFLD patients, and in activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504959/casticin-attenuates-liver-fibrosis-and-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-blocking-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway
#13
Ling Zhou, Xiaoying Dong, Linlin Wang, Lanlan Shan, Ting Li, Wanfu Xu, Yan Ding, Mingqiang Lai, Xiaojun Lin, Meng Dai, Xiaochun Bai, Chunhong Jia, Hang Zheng
Although many advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis, few options are available for treatment. Casticin, one of the major flavonoids in Fructus Viticis extracts, has shown hepatoprotective potential, but its effects on liver fibrosis are not clear. In this study, we investigated the antifibrotic activity of casticin and its underlying mechanism in vivo and in vitro. Male mice were injected intraperitoneally with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or underwent bile duct ligation (BDL) to induce liver fibrosis, followed by treatment with casticin or vehicle...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498453/the-inhibition-of-microrna-15a-suppresses-hepatitis%C3%A2-b-virus-associated-liver-cancer-cell-growth-through-the-smad-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway
#14
Yan Wang
In the present study, the role of microRNA‑15a (miR‑15a) was investigated in hepatitis B virus (HBV)‑associated liver cancer. The results revealed that the expression levels of miR-15a were increased in HBV-associated liver cancer tissues compared with the levels in normal tumor‑adjacent tissues. Moreover, Smad-7 protein expression in patients with HBV-associated liver cancer was higher than that in normal tumor-adjacent tissues. In addition, miR-15a expression and Smad-7 protein expression were increased in HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells compared with that noted in L-02 normal hepatocytes...
May 2, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494543/-effects-of-anluohuaxianwan-on-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-and-related-signaling-pathways-in-rats-with-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-fibrosis
#15
W Lu, Y H Gao, Z Z Wang, Y S Cai, Y Q Yang, Y Q Miao, F Pei, X E Liu, H Zhuang
Objective: The traditional Chinese medicine Anluohuaxianwan (ALHXW) has been used to treat liver fibrosis induced by chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. However, the anti-fibrosis mechanisms of ALHXW remain to be investigated. This study used a rat model of carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4))-induced liver fibrosis to explore the potential antifibrogenic mechanisms of ALHXW. Methods: Twenty-seven male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to control group, model group, and treatment group (n = 9 per group). Rats in the model and treatment group were injected intraperitoneally with 40% CCl(4)(2 ml/kg), and rats in the control group were administered saline twice a week for 6 weeks...
April 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437886/activation-of-imidazoline-i1-receptor-by-moxonidine-regulates-the-progression-of-liver-fibrosis-in-the-nrf2-dependent-pathway
#16
Wenfeng Zhang, Xuanfei Li, Yanmin Liu, Hao Chen, Jianping Gong
Imidazoline I1 receptor (I1R) has been recognized as a promising target in the treatment of many diseases, but little is known about its function in liver fibrogenesis. This study aimed to investigate the effect of I1R activation on the development and progression of liver fibrosis. The results showed that I1R expression was decreased in the livers of both patients and mice with liver fibrosis, and in TGF-β-treated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Activation of I1R by moxonidine (MOX) significantly inhibited the progression of liver fibrosis in carbon tetrachloride-induced mice and attenuated the activation of HSCs and kupffer cells...
June 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423499/imidazoline-i2-receptor-inhibitor-idazoxan-regulates-the-progression-of-hepatic-fibrosis-via-akt-nrf2-smad2-3-signaling-pathway
#17
Li Xuanfei, Chen Hao, Yi Zhujun, Liu Yanming, Gong Jianping
Liver fibrosis is a global health problem and its relationship with imidazoline I2 receptor has not been reported. This study aimed to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of imidazoline I2 receptor (I2R) inhibitor idazoxan (IDA) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver fibrosis. In vivo liver fibrosis in mice was induced by intraperitoneally injections of CCl4 for eight weeks, and in vitro studies were performed on activated LX2 cells treated with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β). Our results showed that IDA significantly improved liver inflammation, ameliorated hepatic stellate cells activation and reduced collagen accumulation by suppressing the pro-fibrogenic signaling of TGF-β/Smad...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406452/suppression-of-hepatic-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-melittin-via-blocking-of-tgf%C3%AE-smad-and-mapk-jnk-signaling-pathways
#18
Ji-Hyun Park, Byoungduck Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 plays a crucial role in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in hepatocytes and hepatic stellate cells (HSC), which contributes to the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. Melittin (MEL) is a major component of bee venom and is effective in rheumatoid arthritis, pain relief, cancer cell proliferation, fibrosis and immune modulating activity. In this study, we found that MEL inhibits hepatic EMT in vitro and in vivo, regulating the TGFβ/Smad and TGFβ/nonSmad signaling pathways...
April 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405682/apamin-suppresses-biliary-fibrosis-and-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells
#19
Jung-Yeon Kim, Hyun-Jin An, Woon-Hae Kim, Yoon-Yub Park, Kyung Duck Park, Kwan-Kyu Park
Cholestatic liver disease is characterized by the progressive destruction of biliary epithelial cells (BECs) followed by fibrosis, cirrhosis and liver failure. Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and portal fibroblasts are the major cellular effectors of enhanced collagen deposition in biliary fibrosis. Apamin, an 18 amino acid peptide neurotoxin found in apitoxin (bee venom), is known to block Ca2+-activated K+ channels and prevent carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis. In the present study, we aimed to ascertain whether apamin inhibits biliary fibrosis and the proliferation of HSCs...
May 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364097/-effect-of-lamivudine-and-silymarin-on-liver-fibrosis-relevant-factors-in-hbv-transgenic-mice-with-alcohol-drinking
#20
Juanjuan Huang, Shikun Liu, Zuojun Li, Libo Cao, Linqi Ouyang
To observe the role of lamividine and silymarin preventing and curing liver fibrosis-relevant factors induced by alcohol drinking in hepatitis B virus (HBV) transgenic mice (Tg mice).
 Methods: Forty HBV-Tg BALB/C mice with 1.3 copy were randomly divided into 4 groups: a control group, a model group, a lamivudine group and a silymarin group. Tg mice in control group were treated with normal saline via intragastric administration; Tg-mice in the model group were treated with 50% alcohol (5 mL/kg) once a day via intragastric administration; while Tg-mice in lamivudine group and silymarin group were treated with alcohol (5 mL/kg) plus laminvudine (100 mg/kg) and silymarin (200 mg/kg) once a day via intragastric administration respectively...
March 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
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