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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
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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
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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 15, 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
#3
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 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214341/angiopoietin-2-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stem-cells
#4
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
#5
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191871/distinct-modes-of-smad2-chromatin-binding-and-remodeling-shape-the-transcriptional-response-to-nodal-activin-signaling
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Davide M Coda, Tessa Gaarenstroom, Philip East, Harshil Patel, Daniel S J Miller, Anna Lobley, Nik Matthews, Aengus Stewart, Caroline S Hill
NODAL/Activin signaling orchestrates key processes during embryonic development via SMAD2. How SMAD2 activates programs of gene expression that are modulated over time however, is not known. Here we delineate the sequence of events that occur from SMAD2 binding to transcriptional activation, and the mechanisms underlying them. NODAL/Activin signaling induces dramatic chromatin landscape changes, and a dynamic transcriptional network regulated by SMAD2, acting via multiple mechanisms. Crucially we have discovered two modes of SMAD2 binding...
February 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191760/directing-differentiation-of-pluripotent-stem-cells-toward-retinal-pigment-epithelium-lineage
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Parul Choudhary, Heather Booth, Alex Gutteridge, Beata Surmacz, Irene Louca, Juliette Steer, Julie Kerby, Paul John Whiting
Development of efficient and reproducible conditions for directed differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into specific cell types is important not only to understand early human development but also to enable more practical applications, such as in vitro disease modeling, drug discovery, and cell therapies. The differentiation of stem cells to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in particular holds promise as a source of cells for therapeutic replacement in age-related macular degeneration. Here we show development of an efficient method for deriving homogeneous RPE populations in a period of 45 days using an adherent, monolayer system and defined xeno-free media and matrices...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188131/momelotinib-inhibits-acvr1-alk2-decreases-hepcidin-production-and-ameliorates-anemia-of-chronic-disease-in-rodents
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Malte Asshoff, Verena Petzer, Matthew R Warr, David Haschka, Piotr Tymoszuk, Egon Demetz, Markus Seifert, Wilfried Posch, Manfred Nairz, Pat Maciejewski, Peter Fowles, Christopher J Burns, Gregg Smith, Kay-Uwe Wagner, Guenter Weiss, J Andrew Whitney, Igor Theurl
Patients with myelofibrosis (MF) often develop anemia and frequently become dependent on red blood cell transfusions. Results from a phase 2 study for the treatment of MF with the Janus kinase1/2 (JAK1/2) inhibitor momelotinib (MMB) demonstrated that MMB treatment ameliorated anemia, unexpected for a JAK1/2 inhibitor, as erythropoietin-mediated JAK2 signaling is essential for erythropoiesis. Using a rat model of anemia of chronic disease (ACD), we now demonstrate that MMB treatment can normalize hemoglobin and red blood cell numbers...
February 10, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178680/prognostic-value-of-follistatin-like-3-in-human-invasive-breast-cancer
#15
Henrique L Couto, Marcelo A Buzelin, Nivaldo H Toppa, Enrrico Bloise, Alberto J Wainstein, Fernando M Reis
Follistatin-like 3 (FSTL3) binds and inactivates activin, a growth factor involved with cell growth and differentiation. We have previously shown FSTL3 overexpression in invasive breast cancers, but its clinical relevance remained unexplored. Here we evaluate FSTL3 as a prognostic tool and its relation with clinical and pathological features of breast cancer. A cohort of 154 women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2008 and 2012 was followed up for 5 years. Tumor samples were processed by immunohistochemistry to detect FSTL3 expression in tumor epithelium...
February 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178568/midgut-derived-activin-regulates-glucagon-like-action-in-the-fat-body-and-glycemic-control
#16
Wei Song, Daojun Cheng, Shangyu Hong, Benoit Sappe, Yanhui Hu, Neil Wei, Changqi Zhu, Michael B O'Connor, Pavlos Pissios, Norbert Perrimon
While high-caloric diet impairs insulin response to cause hyperglycemia, whether and how counter-regulatory hormones are modulated by high-caloric diet is largely unknown. We find that enhanced response of Drosophila adipokinetic hormone (AKH, the glucagon homolog) in the fat body is essential for hyperglycemia associated with a chronic high-sugar diet. We show that the activin type I receptor Baboon (Babo) autonomously increases AKH signaling without affecting insulin signaling in the fat body via, at least, increase of Akh receptor (AkhR) expression...
February 7, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173831/immunoselected-stro-3-mesenchymal-precursor-cells-reduce-inflammation-and-improve-clinical-outcomes-in-a-large-animal-model-of-monoarthritis
#17
Anwar Abdalmula, Laura M Dooley, Claire Kaufman, Elizabeth A Washington, Jacqueline V House, Barbara A Blacklaws, Peter Ghosh, Silviu Itescu, Simon R Bailey, Wayne G Kimpton
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of intravenously administered immunoselected STRO-3 + mesenchymal precursor cells (MPCs) on clinical scores, joint pathology and cytokine production in an ovine model of monoarthritis. METHODS: Monoarthritis was established in 16 adult merino sheep by administration of bovine type II collagen into the left hock joint following initial sensitization to this antigen. After 24 h, sheep were administered either 150 million allogeneic ovine MPCs (n = 8) or saline (n = 8) intravenously (IV)...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169326/novel-peptides-for-deciphering-structural-and-signalling-functions-of-e-cadherin-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#18
Joe M Segal, Christopher M Ward
We have previously shown that E-cadherin regulates the naive pluripotent state of mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) by enabling LIF-dependent STAT3 phosphorylation, with E-cadherin null mESCs exhibiting over 3000 gene transcript alterations and a switch to Activin/Nodal-dependent pluripotency. However, elucidation of the exact mechanisms associated with E-cadherin function in mESCs is compounded by the difficulty in delineating the structural and signalling functions of this protein. Here we show that mESCs treated with the E-cadherin neutralising antibody DECMA-1 or the E-cadherin binding peptide H-SWELYYPLRANL-NH2 (Epep) exhibit discrete profiles for pluripotent transcripts and NANOG protein expression, demonstrating that the type of E-cadherin inhibitor employed dictates the cellular phenotype of mESCs...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168444/fluid-shear-stress-induced-tgf-%C3%AE-alk5-signaling-in-renal-epithelial-cells-is-modulated-by-mek1-2
#19
Steven J Kunnen, Wouter N Leonhard, Cor Semeins, Lukas J A C Hawinkels, Christian Poelma, Peter Ten Dijke, Astrid Bakker, Beerend P Hierck, Dorien J M Peters
Renal tubular epithelial cells are exposed to mechanical forces due to fluid flow shear stress within the lumen of the nephron. These cells respond by activation of mechano-sensors located at the plasma membrane or the primary cilium, having crucial roles in maintenance of cellular homeostasis and signaling. In this paper, we applied fluid shear stress to study TGF-β signaling in renal epithelial cells with and without expression of the Pkd1-gene, encoding a mechano-sensor mutated in polycystic kidney disease...
February 6, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165669/non-invasive-ct-screening-for-pulmonary-arteriovenous-malformations-in-children-with-confirmed-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia-results-from-two-pediatric-centers
#20
Nurcan Soysal, Mélanie Eyries, Suzanne Verlhac, Virginie Escabasse, Natascha Remus, Aline Tamalet, Jean-Yves Rioux, Stéphanie Franchi-Abella, Manuela Vasile, Sarah Robert, Céline Delestrain, Isabelle Hau, Hubert Ducou-Le Pointe, Florent Soubrier, Marie-France Carette, Ralph Epaud
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder that is caused by mutations in mainly two genes, that is ENG, encoding endoglin (HHT1), or ACVRL1, encoding activin receptor-like kinase 1 (ALK-1/HHT2). HHT is characterized by recurrent epistaxis, mucocutaneous telangiectasia, and vascular visceral dysplasia responsible for visceral arteriovenous malformations (AVM). AIM: to report the experience of two university hospitals (Trousseau, Paris, and CHIC, Creteil) with screening children for HHT and pulmonary AVM (PAVM) using high resolution computed tomography (HRCT)...
February 6, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
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