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Akihiro Tsuchimoto, Toshiaki Nakano, Shoko Hasegawa, Kosuke Masutani, Yuta Matsukuma, Masahiro Eriguchi, Masaharu Nagata, Takehiro Nishiki, Hidehisa Kitada, Masao Tanaka, Takanari Kitazono, Kazuhiko Tsuruya
BACKGROUND: Lymphangiogenesis occurs in diseased native kidneys and kidney allografts, and correlates with histological injury; however, the clinical significance of lymphatic vessels in kidney allografts is unclear. METHODS: This study retrospectively reviewed 63 kidney transplant patients who underwent protocol biopsies. Lymphatic vessels were identified by immunohistochemical staining for podoplanin, and were classified according to their location as perivascular or interstitial lymphatic vessels...
October 21, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Shaoping Huang, Jing Wang, Lei Wang
INTRODUCTION: Lymphatic invasion (LYI) and lymphangiogenesis in the primary tumor are important processes related to the dissemination of neoplasms. The aim of the study was to examine the relationship of LYI status in cutaneous melanoma with patient survival and clinicopathological data. MATERIAL AND METHODS: LYI status was assessed in 104 hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) stained melanoma primary tumor samples and analyzed in relation to patient survival and other clinicopathological and histopathological characteristics...
2016: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
T Sheveleva, V Bejenar, E Komlichenko, A Dedul, A Malushko
Endometriosis is a chronic, progressive, relapsing estrogen-dependent disorder characterized by the growth of tissue structure and function similar to the endometrium outside the normal mucosa of the uterine cavity localization. Endometriosis is found in 10-15% of women in reproductive age and it is one of the main causes of pelvic pain syndrome and infertility. Mechanisms of the development of endometriosis and related pathological pain impulses are still poorly understood and therapeutic approaches do not always have a sufficient effect; in this connection, the study of the pathogenesis of endometriosis and endometriosis-associated pain currently is perspective...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Chenfang Zhu, Xiaoliang Qi, Xin Zhou, Xin Nie, Yan Gu
In our previous studies, sulfatase 2 (Sulf2) was found to upregulate vascular endothelial growth factor-D (VEGF-D) expression in breast cancer. As VEGF-D plays an important role in lymphangiogenesis, we hypothesized that Sulf2 facilitates lymphangiogenesis in breast cancer by regulating VEGF-D. To evaluate the functions of Sulf2 on lymphangiogenesis in breast cancer, proliferation, apoptosis, cell cycle, cell mobility and tube-formation of lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) were measured in vitro. Lymphangiogenesis in nude mouse ears and breast cancer xenografts were examined in vivo...
October 4, 2016: Oncology Reports
Kenichi Shinagawa, Souichi Yanamoto, Tomofumi Naruse, Akiko Kawakita, Kota Morishita, Yuki Sakamoto, Satoshi Rokutanda, Masahiro Umeda
The effect inflammation has on cancer prognosis is marked by the presence of cytokines and chemokines. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is one a multifunctional cytokine that regulates inflammatory responses. We investigated the roles of IL-6 and STAT3 and examined the relationship between IL-6 signaling and clinicopathological factors in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We retrospectively examined 116 patients who underwent radical surgery for OSCC. IL-6 and STAT3 expression were detected by immunohistochemistry...
October 15, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Georgios Lolas, Lasse Jensen, George C Bourantas, Vasiliki Tsikourkitoudi, Konstantinos Syrigos
With the exception of a limited number of sites in the body, primary tumors infrequently lead to the demise of cancer patients. Instead, mortality and a significant degree of morbidity result from the growth of secondary tumors in distant organs. Tumor survival, growth and dissemination are associated with the formation of both new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and new lymph vessels (lymphagenesis or lymphangiogenesis). Although intensive research in tumor angiogenesis has been going on for the past four decades, experimental results in tumor lymphangiogenesis began to appear only in the last 10 years...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Fei Su, Xuemei Li, Kai You, Mingwei Chen, Jianbing Xiao, Yafang Zhang, Jing Ma, Baoquan Liu
AIM: The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and TGF-β1 pathways play important roles in cancer. However, few studies have evaluated the expression and roles of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 in colon cancer, and the conclusions remain controversial. To clarify the roles of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 in colon cancer, we examined their expression and evaluated correlations with lymphangiogenesis, prognosis, and chemotherapeutic outcome. METHODS: The expression of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 was immunohistochemically examined in 251 primary colon cancer samples obtained from the Harbin Medical University...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Igor Hrgovic, Monika Doll, Johannes Kleemann, Xiao-Fan Wang, Nadja Zoeller, Andreas Pinter, Stefan Kippenberger, Roland Kaufmann, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: The formation of new lymphatic vessels provides an additional route for tumour cells to metastasize. Therefore, inhibiting lymphangiogenesis represents an interesting target in cancer therapy. First evidence suggests that histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) may mediate part of their antitumor effects by interfering with lymphangiogenesis. However, the underlying mechanisms of HDACi induced anti-lymphangiogenic properties are not fully investigated so far and in part remain unknown...
September 30, 2016: BMC Cancer
Guangwei Zhu, Qiang Huang, Yongjian Huang, Wei Zheng, Jin Hua, Shugang Yang, Jinfu Zhuang, Jinzhou Wang, Jianxin Ye
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) exists in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. Colorectal normal epithelium and colorectal cancer cells in situ are continuously exposed to LPS from intestinal bacteria, while little is known about the influence of LPS on colorectal cancer progression and metastasis. In this study, we investigated the potential role of LPS on colorectal cancer progression and metastasis as well as the underlying mechanisms. We measured higher LPS concentration in colorectal cancer tissues and even higher LPS concentration in colorectal cancer tissues with lymph node metastasis...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Kanako Hosono, Risa Isonaka, Tadashi Kawakami, Shuh Narumiya, Masataka Majima
Lymphangiogenesis plays an important role in homeostasis, metabolism, and immunity, and also occurs during wound-healing. Here, we examined the roles of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) receptor (EP) signaling in enhancement of lymphangiogenesis in wound healing processes. The hole-punch was made in the ears of male C57BL/6 mice using a metal ear punch. Healing process and lymphangiogenesis together with macrophage recruitment were analyzed in EP knockout mice. Lymphangiogenesis was up-regulated in the granulation tissues at the margins of punched-hole wounds in mouse ears, and this increase was accompanied by increased expression levels of COX-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1...
2016: PloS One
Eun-Joo Jeon, Munkhtugs Davaatseren, Jin-Taek Hwang, Jae Ho Park, Haeng Jeon Hur, Ae Sin Lee, Mi Jeong Sung
In patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), inflammation is induced and maintained by lymphangiogenesis and angiogenesis. 3,3'-Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a natural product formed in acidic conditions from indole-3-carbinol in cruciferous vegetables, and it is known for its chemotherapeutic activity. This study evaluated DIM's effects on angiogenesis, lymphangiogenesis, and inflammation in a mouse colitis model. Experimental colitis was induced in mice by administering 3% dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) via drinking water...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Jason C Gardenier, Geoffrey E Hespe, Raghu P Kataru, Ira L Savetsky, Jeremy S Torrisi, Gabriela D García Nores, Joseph J Dayan, David Chang, Jamie Zampell, Inés Martínez-Corral, Sagrario Ortega, Babak J Mehrara
Development of novel treatments for lymphedema has been limited by the fact that the pathophysiology of this disease is poorly understood. It remains unknown, for example, why limb swelling resulting from surgical injury resolves initially, but recurs in some cases months or years later. Finding answers for these basic questions has been hampered by the lack of adequate animal models. In the current study, we used Cre-lox mice that expressed the human diphtheria toxin receptor (DTR) driven by a lymphatic-specific promoter in order to noninvasively ablate the lymphatic system of the hind limb...
September 22, 2016: JCI Insight
Hai-Tao Du, Ping Liu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the roles of matrix metalloproteinase 14 (MMP-14) in corneal inflammatory lymphangiogenesis. The expression of MMP-14 in vivo was detected by immunohistochemistry, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blot assays, under various corneal conditions. pCMV-MMP-14 or empty pCMV vectors were injected into mouse corneal stroma, 3 days after suture placement in a standard suture-induced inflammatory corneal neovascularization assay...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hai-Lang He, Dan Wang, Jie Tang, Xian-Mei Zhou, Jian-Xin Li, Ling Xu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Jin Fu Kang (JFK), an oral liquid prescription of Chinese herbal drugs, has been clinically available for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Lymphangiogenesis is a primary event in the process of cancer development and metastasis, and the formation and migration of lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) play a key role in the lymphangiogenesis. To assess the activity of stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and the coeffect of SDF-1 and vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) on the formation and migration of LECs and clarify the inhibitory effects of JFK on the LECs, the LECs were differentiated from CD34(+)/VEGFR-3(+) endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), and JFK-containing serums were prepared from rats...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Shotaro Maehana, Masaki Nakamura, Fumihiro Ogawa, Rimika Imai, Rei Murakami, Fumiaki Kojima, Masataka Majima, Hidero Kitasato
The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family has a key role in the formation of blood vessels and lymphatics. Among the members of this family, VEGF-C is one of the most important factors involved in lymphangiogenesis via binding with two receptors (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 and -3: VEGFR-2 and VEGFR-3). Soluble VEGFR-2 (sVEGFR-2) has a role in maintaining the alymphatic state of the cornea associated with binding to VEGF-C, and selectively inhibits lymphangiogenesis but not angiogenesis...
September 30, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Ayumi Nagasawa-Masuda, Kenta Terai
Vasculogenesis is essential during early development to construct networks transporting oxygen, blood and nutrients. Tip and stalk cells are specialized endothelial cells involved in novel vessel formation because of their behavior such as sprouting as a leading cell and following tip cell. However, the spatiotemporal details determining the emergence of these cells are unknown. Here, we first show that the ERK activity in endothelial cells represents the precursor of tip and stalk cells for vasculogenesis in zebrafish...
October 3, 2016: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Uwe Rueckschloss, Stefanie Kuerten, Süleyman Ergün
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-related cell adhesion molecules belong to the immunoglobulin superfamily, are expressed in a broad spectrum of tissues and cell types and exert context-dependent activating as well as inhibitory effects. Among these molecules, the CEA-related cell adhesion molecule-1 (CEACAM1) is a transmembrane molecule with an extracellular, a transmembrane and a cytoplasmic domain. The latter contains immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs and functions as a signaling molecule. CEACAM1 can form homo- and heterodimers which is relevant for its signaling activities...
September 30, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Muhammet Maden, Omer Nuri Pamuk, Gulsum Emel Pamuk
BACKGROUND: Apelin/APJ system regulates angiogenesis and is overexpressed in some malignancies. Apelin can induce lymphangiogenesis and lymph node metastasis. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated apelin levels in multiple myeloma (MM) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL); and analyzed the association between apelin levels and clinical findings. METHODS: We included consecutive 29 MM, 31 NHL patients, and 19 healthy controls. Patients' demographic and clinical features, treatment modalities, and responses were recorded from hospital records...
February 19, 2016: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
Arianna Bianchi, Kevin J Painter, Jonathan A Sherratt
Several studies suggest that one possible cause of impaired wound healing is failed or insufficient lymphangiogenesis, that is the formation of new lymphatic capillaries. Although many mathematical models have been developed to describe the formation of blood capillaries (angiogenesis), very few have been proposed for the regeneration of the lymphatic network. Lymphangiogenesis is a markedly different process from angiogenesis, occurring at different times and in response to different chemical stimuli. Two main hypotheses have been proposed: (1) lymphatic capillaries sprout from existing interrupted ones at the edge of the wound in analogy to the blood angiogenesis case and (2) lymphatic endothelial cells first pool in the wound region following the lymph flow and then, once sufficiently populated, start to form a network...
September 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
Shinya Takahashi, Ryuta Kikuchi, Kimiharu Ambe, Toshihiro Nakagawa, Satoshi Takada, Takashi Ohno, Hiroki Watanabe
Type I diabetes, an autoimmune disease, induces insulin deficiency, which then disrupts vascular endothelial cell function, affecting blood and lymphatic vessels. Nitric oxide (NO) is an immune-induced destructive mediator in type I diabetes, and inhibition of its production promotes arteriosclerosis. In this study, lymphangiogenesis and expression of NO synthase (NOS) during the healing process after tooth extraction were investigated immunohistochemically in control (C57BL) and Akita mice as a diabetes model...
2016: Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College
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