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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302133/activin-b-is-a-novel-biomarker-for-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-myalgic-encephalomyelitis-cfs-me-diagnosis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Brett A Lidbury, Badia Kita, Donald P Lewis, Susan Hayward, Helen Ludlow, Mark P Hedger, David M de Kretser
BACKGROUND: Investigations of activin family proteins as serum biomarkers for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME). CFS/ME is a disease with complex, wide-ranging symptoms, featuring persistent fatigue of 6 months or longer, particularly post exertion. No definitive biomarkers are available. METHODS: A cross-sectional, observational study of CFS/ME patients fulfilling the 2003 Canadian Consensus Criteria, in parallel with healthy non-fatigued controls, was conducted...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301516/follistatin-attenuates-radiation-induced-fibrosis-in-a-murine-model
#2
Helen B Forrester, David M de Kretser, Trevor Leong, Jim Hagekyriakou, Carl N Sprung
PURPOSE: Fibrosis can be a disabling, severe side effect of radiotherapy that can occur in patients, and for which there is currently no effective treatment. The activins, proteins which are members of the TGFβ superfamily, have a major role in stimulating the inflammatory response and subsequent fibrosis. Follistatin is an endogenous protein that binds the activins virtually irreversibly and inhibits their actions. These studies test if follistatin can attenuate the fibrotic response using a murine model of radiation-induced fibrosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281288/maternal-circulating-levels-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-superfamily-and-its-soluble-receptors-in-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy
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Yan-Ting Xu, Min-Hong Shen, Ai-Ying Jin, Hong Li, Rui Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To assess circulating levels of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β superfamily members and their soluble receptors in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and to investigate associations with clinical manifestations. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted using data for women admitted to a center in China for delivery between May 2011 and April 2013. Women with severe pre-eclampsia, mild pre-eclampsia, and gestational hypertension were included, along with a control group...
March 9, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272740/comparative-proteomic-profiling-of-human-osteoblast-derived-extracellular-matrices-identifies-proteins-involved-in-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-osteogenic-differentiation-and-mineralization
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Marta Baroncelli, Bram C van der Eerden, Yik-Yang Kan, Rodrigo D Alves, Jeroen A Demmers, Jeroen van de Peppel, Johannes P van Leeuwen
The extracellular matrix (ECM) is a dynamic component of tissue architecture that physically supports cells and actively influences their behavior. In the context of bone regeneration, cell-secreted ECMs have become of interest as they reproduce tissue-architecture and modulate the promising properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). We have previously created an in vitro model of human osteoblast-derived devitalized ECM that was osteopromotive for MSCs. The aim of this study was to identify ECM regulatory proteins able to modulate MSC differentiation to broaden the spectrum of MSC clinical applications...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272550/activin-a-is-increased-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-following-a-cocaine-binge
#5
Zi-Jun Wang, Jennifer A Martin, Amy M Gancarz, Danielle N Adank, Fraser J Sim, David M Dietz
Drug addiction is a long-lasting disease characterized by compulsive drug intake mediated in part by neuronal and biological adaptations in key brain areas, such as the nucleus accumbens (NAc). While we previously demonstrated involvement of the activin 2a receptor in drug taking, the role of its ligand, activin A, in cocaine relapse is unknown. Activin A levels in the NAc were assessed via ELISA and immunohistochemistry (in neurons, astrocytes, and microglia) following a cocaine binge paradigm. Cocaine exposure significantly increased the levels of activin A in the NAc of animals that had self-administered cocaine prior to the 14-day withdrawal compared with levels in saline controls...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262687/the-syndrome-of-central-hypothyroidism-and-macroorchidism-igsf1-controls-trhr-and-fshb-expression-by-differential-modulation-of-pituitary-tgf%C3%AE-and-activin-pathways
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Marta García, Raquel Barrio, Montserrat García-Lavandeira, Angela R Garcia-Rendueles, Adela Escudero, Esther Díaz-Rodríguez, Darya Gorbenko Del Blanco, Ana Fernández, Yolanda B de Rijke, Elena Vallespín, Julián Nevado, Pablo Lapunzina, Vilborg Matre, Patricia M Hinkle, Anita C S Hokken-Koelega, María P de Miguel, José Manuel Cameselle-Teijeiro, Manuel Nistal, Clara V Alvarez, José C Moreno
IGSF1 (Immunoglobulin Superfamily 1) gene defects cause central hypothyroidism and macroorchidism. However, the pathogenic mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. Based on a patient with a full deletion of IGSF1 clinically followed from neonate to adulthood, we investigated a common pituitary origin for hypothyroidism and macroorchidism, and the role of IGSF1 as regulator of pituitary hormone secretion. The patient showed congenital central hypothyroidism with reduced TSH biopotency, over-secretion of FSH at neonatal minipuberty and macroorchidism from 3 years of age...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262465/characterization-of-human-fibroblastic-reticular-cells-as-potential-immunotherapeutic-tools
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Jaris Valencia, Eva Jiménez, Víctor G Martínez, Beatriz G Del Amo, Laura Hidalgo, Ana Entrena, Lidia M Fernández-Sevilla, Francisco Del Río, Alberto Varas, Ángeles Vicente, Rosa Sacedón
Fibroblastic reticular cells (FRCs) are essential players during adaptive immune responses not only as a structural support for the encounter of antigen-presenting cells and naive T lymphocytes but also as a source of modulatory signals. However, little is known about this cell population in humans. To address the phenotypical and functional analysis of human FRCs here we established splenic (SP) and mesenteric lymph node (LN) CD45(-)CD31(-)CD90(+)podoplanin(+) myofibroblastic cell cultures. They shared the phenotypical characteristics distinctive of FRCs, including the expression of immunomodulatory factors and peripheral tissue antigens...
March 2, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257634/structural-basis-for-potency-differences-between-gdf8-and-gdf11
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Ryan G Walker, Magdalena Czepnik, Erich J Goebel, Jason C McCoy, Ana Vujic, Miook Cho, Juhyun Oh, Senem Aykul, Kelly L Walton, Gauthier Schang, Daniel J Bernard, Andrew P Hinck, Craig A Harrison, Erik Martinez-Hackert, Amy J Wagers, Richard T Lee, Thomas B Thompson
BACKGROUND: Growth/differentiation factor 8 (GDF8) and GDF11 are two highly similar members of the transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) family. While GDF8 has been recognized as a negative regulator of muscle growth and differentiation, there are conflicting studies on the function of GDF11 and whether GDF11 has beneficial effects on age-related dysfunction. To address whether GDF8 and GDF11 are functionally identical, we compared their signaling and structural properties. RESULTS: Here we show that, despite their high similarity, GDF11 is a more potent activator of SMAD2/3 and signals more effectively through the type I activin-like receptor kinase receptors ALK4/5/7 than GDF8...
March 3, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238709/occludin-expression-and-regulation-in-small-follicles-of-the-layer-and-broiler-breeder-hen
#9
C S Stephens, P A Johnson
Synchronized yolk accumulation and follicle development are essential for egg production in oviparous species. In birds, yolk is incorporated into the oocyte by an avian specific yolk receptor (LR8), and it has been suggested that occludin (OCLN), a tight junction protein, mediates transfer of yolk material to the oocyte surface. OCLN may be a key regulator of yolk accumulation and follicle growth, however, the expression and regulation of OCLN in granulosa cells during various stages of follicle development is unknown...
February 24, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228419/seasonal-expressions-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-in-the-scented-gland-of-male-muskrat-ondatra-zibethicus
#10
Haolin Zhang, Fengwei Zhang, Manyu Zhu, Junjie Wang, Xia Sheng, Zhengrong Yuan, Yingying Han, Gen Watanabe, Kazuyoshi Taya, Qiang Weng
Accumulating evidence has shown that follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) may influence the functions of non-gonadal tissues, in addition to their classic target gonads. Our previous studies revealed that the scented glands of male muskrats expressed prolactin receptor, steroidogenic enzymes and inhibin/activin subunits. To further seek the evidence of the activities of pituitary gonadotropins in scented glands, we investigated the seasonal expression patterns of FSH receptor (FSHR) and LH/choriogonadotropin receptor (LHCGR)...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214591/hyperglycemia-is-associated-with-reduced-testicular-function-and-activin-dysregulation-in-the-ins2-akita-mouse-model-of-type-1-diabetes
#11
Constanze C Maresch, Dina C Stute, Helen Ludlow, Hans-Peter Hammes, David M de Kretser, Mark P Hedger, Thomas Linn
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with subfertility in men. We hypothesised that this results from inhibitory effects of chronic hyperglycemia on testicular function and used the Ins2(Akita+/-) mouse model to investigate this. Diabetic mice exhibited progressive testicular dysfunction, with a 30% reduction in testis weight at 24 weeks of age. Diabetic mice showed significantly reduced seminiferous tubule diameters and increased spermatogenic disruption, although testes morphology appeared grossly normal. Unexpectedly, serum LH and intra-testicular testosterone were similar in all groups...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214509/haplodeficiency-of-activin-receptor-like-kinase-4-alleviates-myocardial-infarction-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-and-preserves-cardiac-function
#12
Yi-He Chen, Qian Wang, Chang-Yi Li, Jian-Wen Hou, Xiao-Meng Chen, Qing Zhou, Jie Chen, Yue-Peng Wang, Yi-Gang Li
Cardiac fibrosis (CF), a repairing process following myocardial infarction (MI), is characterized by abnormal proliferation of cardiac fibroblasts and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) resulting in inevitable resultant heart failure. TGF-β (transforming growth factor-β)/ALK5 (Activin receptor-like kinase 5)/Smad2/3/4 pathways have been reported to be involved in the process. Recent studies have implicated both activin and its specific downstream component ALK4 in stimulating fibrosis in non-cardiac organs...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214341/angiopoietin-2-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stem-cells
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Mi-Lan Kang, Eun-Ah Kim, Se-Young Jeong, Gun-Il Im
Our previous studies revealed that co-transplantation of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) and adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) can enhance bone regeneration and angiogenesis. However, it is unclear which genes are involved in the regulation of osteogenesis and/or angiogenesis during the co-culturing of BMSCs and ADSCs. The expression patterns of genes associated with osteogenesis and/or angiogenesis were analyzed in osteogenesis-induced BMSCs and ADSCs using an oligonucleotide microarray. Significant difference in the expression patterns of several genes were identified from hierarchical clustering and analyzed on co-cultured BMSCs and ADSCs...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213819/conditional-knockout-of-activin-like-kinase-1-alk-1-leads-to-heart-failure-without-maladaptive-remodeling
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Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, Richard H Karas, S Paul Oh, Navin K Kapur
Activin like kinase-1 (AlK-1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) family of ligands. AlK-1 activity promotes endothelial proliferation and migration. Reduced AlK-1 activity is associated with arteriovenous malformations. No studies have examined the effect of global AlK-1 deletion on indices of cardiac remodeling. We hypothesized that reduced levels of AlK-1 promote maladaptive cardiac remodeling. To test this hypothesis, we employed AlK-1 conditional knockout mice (cKO) harboring the ROSA26-CreER knock-in allele, whereby a single dose of intraperitoneal tamoxifen triggered ubiquitous Cre recombinase-mediated excision of floxed AlK-1 alleles...
February 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212568/an-anthocyanin-rich-strawberry-extract-induces-apoptosis-and-ros-while-decreases-glycolysis-and-fibrosis-in-human-uterine-leiomyoma-cells
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Md Soriful Islam, Francesca Giampieri, Milijana Janjusevic, Massimiliano Gasparrini, Tamara Y Forbes-Hernandez, Luca Mazzoni, Stefania Greco, Stefano Raffaele Giannubilo, Andrea Ciavattini, Bruno Mezzetti, Franco Capocasa, Mario Castellucci, Maurizio Battino, Pasquapina Ciarmela
Uterine leiomyomas are highly prevalent benign tumors in reproductive aged women. Unfortunately, medical treatments are still limited and no preventive therapies have been developed. In the present study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of strawberry extract on uterine leiomyoma cells. Leiomyoma and myometrial cells were treated with strawberry (cultivar Alba) extract (250 μg/ml) for 48 h to measure apoptosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS), oxidative phosphorylation (OCR, oxygen consumption rate) and glycolysis (ECAR, extracellular acidification rate) as well as fibrosis associated gene and/or protein expression...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209092/fibroblast-growth-factor-1-fgf-1-promotes-adipogenesis-by-downregulation-of-carboxypeptidase-a4-cpa4-a-negative-regulator-of-adipogenesis-implicated-in-the-modulation-of-local-and-systemic-insulin-sensitivity
#16
Jingjing He, Daniel L Chen, Dorit Samocha-Bonet, Kevin R Gillinder, Johanna L Barclay, Graham W Magor, Andrew C Perkins, Jerry R Greenfield, Gongshe Yang, Jonathan P Whitehead
Fibroblast growth factor-1 (FGF-1) promotes differentiation of human preadipocytes into mature adipocytes via modulation of a BMP and Activin Membrane-Bound Inhibitor (BAMBI)/Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPARγ)-dependent network. Here, we combined transcriptomic and functional investigations to identify novel downstream effectors aligned with complementary analyses of gene expression in human adipose tissue to explore relationships with insulin sensitivity. RNA-Seq and qRT-PCR analysis revealed significant down-regulation of carboxypeptidase A4 (CPA4) following FGF-1 treatment or induction of differentiation of human preadipocytes in a BAMBI/PPARγ-independent manner...
December 2016: Growth Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208629/effects-of-the-activin-a-follistatin-system-on-myocardial-cell-apoptosis-through-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-pathway-in-heart-failure
#17
Miao Liu, Cuiying Mao, Jiayu Li, Fanglei Han, Ping Yang
BACKGROUND: A previous study suggested that activin A inhibited myocardial cell apoptosis. This study thus aimed to explore the effects of the activin A-follistatin system on myocardial cell apoptosis in heart failure (HF) rats in order to determine whether or not the mechanism operates through the endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) pathway. METHODS: Myocardial infarction (MI) by vascular deprivation was used to induce HF. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was used to detect activin A, follistatin and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) contents in serum...
February 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205525/testicular-activin-and-follistatin-levels-are-elevated-during-the-course-of-experimental-autoimmune-epididymo-orchitis-in-mice
#18
Nour Nicolas, Vera Michel, Sudhanshu Bhushan, Eva Wahle, Susan Hayward, Helen Ludlow, David M de Kretser, Kate L Loveland, Hans-Christian Schuppe, Andreas Meinhardt, Mark P Hedger, Monika Fijak
Experimental autoimmune epididymo-orchitis (EAEO) is a model of chronic inflammation, induced by immunisation with testicular antigens, which reproduces the pathology of some types of human infertility. Activins A and B regulate spermatogenesis and steroidogenesis, but are also pro-inflammatory, pro-fibrotic cytokines. Expression of the activins and their endogenous antagonists, inhibin and follistatin, was examined in murine EAEO. Adult untreated and adjuvant-treated control mice showed no pathology. All mice immunised with testis antigens developed EAEO by 50 days, characterised by loss of germ cells, immune cell infiltration and fibrosis in the testis, similar to biopsies from human inflamed testis...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202676/harnessing-the-bmp-signaling-pathway-to-control-the-formation-of-cancer-stem-cells-by-effects-on-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Ashish Bosukonda, William D Carlson
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) persist in tumors as a distinct population and may be causative in metastasis and relapse. CSC-rich tumors are associated with higher rates of metastasis and poor patient prognosis. Targeting CSCs therapeutically is challenging, since they seem to be resistant to standard chemotherapy. We have shown that a novel peptide agonist of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling, P123, is capable of inhibiting the growth of primary tumor cells by interacting with type I receptors selectively [activin receptor-like kinase 2 (ALK2) and ALK3, but not ALK6] and type II BMP receptors, activating SMAD 1/5/8 signaling and controlling the cell cycle pathway...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202025/mild-electrical-stimulation-with-heat-shock-guides-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-into-pdx1-expressing-cells-within-the-definitive-endoderm
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Tomoaki Koga, Nobuaki Shiraki, Shuichiro Yano, Mary Ann Suico, Saori Morino-Koga, Takashi Sato, Tsuyoshi Shuto, Shoen Kume, Hirofumi Kai
BACKGROUND: Because of the increasing number of diabetic patients, it is important to generate pancreatic and duodenal homeobox gene 1 (Pdx1)-expressing cells, which are capable of differentiating into pancreatic endocrine β cells. Mild electrical stimulation was reported to modulate the differentiation of ES cells into ectoderm-derived neuronal cells or mesoderm-derived cardiac cells. RESULTS: In this study, we report that mild electrical stimulation with heat shock (MET) potentiates the differentiation of ES cells into definitive endoderm-derived Pdx1-expressing cells...
February 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
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