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Shiho Fujita, Toru Hasegawa, Yuki Nishiyama, Satoshi Fujisawa, Yasuhiro Nakano, Takahiro Nada, Nahoko Iwata, Yasuhiko Kamada, Hisashi Masuyama, Fumio Otsuka
The involvement of orexins in reproductive function has been gradually uncovered. However, the functional role of orexins in ovarian steroidogenesis remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of orexin A on ovarian steroidogenesis by using rat primary granulosa cells that express both OX1 and OX2 receptors for orexins. Treatment with orexin A enhanced progesterone, but not estradiol, biosynthesis induced by FSH, whereas it did not affect basal levels of progesterone or estradiol. In accordance with the effects on steroidogenesis, orexin A increased the mRNA levels of progesterogenic enzymes, including StAR, P450scc and 3βHSD, but not P450arom, and cellular cAMP synthesis induced by FSH...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Priyanka Singh, Laura M Jenkins, Ben Horst, Victoria Alers, Shrikant Pradhan, Prabhjot Kaur, Tapasya Srivastava, Nadine Hempel, Balázs Győrffy, Eugenia V Broude, Nam Y Lee, Karthikeyan Mythreye
Inhibin is a heterodimeric TGF-β family ligand that is expressed in many cancers and is a selective biomarker for ovarian cancers, however its tumor-specific functions remain unknown. Here we demonstrate that the α subunit of Inhibin (INHA), which is critical for the functionality of dimeric Inhibin A/B, correlates with microvessel density (MVD) in human ovarian tissues and xenografts and is predictive of poor clinical outcomes in multiple cancers. We demonstrate that Inhibin regulated angiogenesis is necessary for metastasis...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Research
Cui Zhang, Liang Li, Yuanda Jiang, Cuicui Wang, Baoming Geng, Yanqiu Wang, Jianling Chen, Fei Liu, Peng Qiu, Guangjie Zhai, Ping Chen, Renfu Quan, Jinfu Wang
Bone formation is linked with osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the bone marrow. Microgravity in spaceflight is known to reduce bone formation. In this study, we used a real microgravity environment of the SJ-10 Recoverable Scientific Satellite to examine the effects of space microgravity on the osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). hMSCs were induced toward osteogenic differentiation for 2 and 7 d in a cell culture device mounted on the SJ-10 Satellite...
March 13, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Hongxia Liu, Liang Zhong, Taixian Yuan, Sicheng Chen, Yiqing Zhou, Liqin An, Yangliu Guo, Mengtian Fan, Ya Li, Yanting Sun, Wang Li, Qiong Shi, Yaguang Weng
Previous studies have indicated that bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) can promote the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and increase bone formation in bone diseases. However, the mechanisms involved remained poorly understood. It is necessary to investigate the specific regulatory mechanisms of osteogenic differentiation that were induced by BMP9. During the process of osteogenic differentiation induced by BMP9, the expression of microRNA-155 (miR-155) exhibited a tendency of increasing at first and then decreasing, which made us consider that miR-155 may have a modulatory role in this process, but the roles of this process have not been elucidated...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Tarunkumar Hemraj Madne, Mark Edward Carl Dockrell
Growth factors like TGFβ and CTGF (CCN2) plays a vital role in various cellular functions. TGFβ and CTGF are overexpressed in renal fibrosis. CTGF act as profibrotic stimuli to TGFβ. CCN3 is a member of CCN family which also comprises CCN1 (CYR61), CCN2 (CTGF), CCN4 (WISP-1), CCN5 (WISP-2) and CCN6 (WISP-3). CCN3 has been shown to antagonise CTGF. In this study, we investigated the role of CCN3 in TGFβ1-mediated signalling in human podocytes culture. This study describes the novel function of CCN3 in regulation of TGFβ1 mediated non-canonical Smad signalling in human podocytes culture...
February 28, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Di Zhu, Xue Deng, Xiao-Fei Han, Xiao-Xin Sun, Tao-Wen Pan, Lu-Ping Zheng, Yan-Qiu Liu
Our previous study showed that wedelolactone, a compound isolated from Ecliptae herba , has the potential to enhance osteoblastogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms by which wedelolactone promoted osteoblastogenesis from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) remain largely unknown. In this study, treatment with wedelolactone (2 μg/mL) for 3, 6, and 9 days resulted in an increase in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs), c-Jun N -terminal protein kinase (JNK), and p38. Phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), ERK and JNK started to increase on day 3 of treatment, and p38 phosphorylation was increased by day 6 of treatment...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Toshio Doi, Tatsumi Moriya, Yui Fujita, Naoto Minagawa, Masaru Usami, Tomoko Sasaki, Hideharu Abe, Seiji Kishi, Taichi Murakami, Motoshi Ouchi, Go Ichien, Keiichi Yamamoto, Hiroki Ikeda, Yasuhiko Koezuka, Norimichi Takamatsu, Kenji Shima, Michael Mauer, Kojiro Nagai, Tatsuya Tominaga
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the major cause of end-stage kidney disease but early biomarkers of DN risk are limited. Herein we examine urinary immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) and Smad1 as additional early DN biomarkers. 815 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were recruited; 554 patients fulfilled the criteria of more than 60 ml/min of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and no macroalbuminuria at baseline with followed-up for 5 years. Patients without macroalbuminuria were also recruited for renal biopsies...
February 28, 2018: Diabetes
Ya-Yu Chen, Chia-Fang Tsai, Ming-Chu Tsai, Wen-Kang Chen, Yu-Wen Hsu, Fung-Jou Lu
AIM: To investigate the anti-fibrosis effect of rosmarinic acid (RA) in pterygium epithelial cells (PECs) to determine if RA is a potent agent for treating pterygium. METHODS: The PECs (1×104 cells/mL) were treated with 100 µmol/L of RA for 1, 3 and 6h. After RA treatment, the cell viability was determined by staining with acridine orange/DAPI and analysis via a NucleoCounter NC-3000. The protein expression levels of type I collagen, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), TGF-β type II receptor (TGF-βRII), p-Smad1/5, p-Smad2, p-Smad3, and Smad4 of the cell lysates were measured by Western blot analysis...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Inka Gallitz, Niklas Lofruthe, Lisa Traeger, Nicole Bäumer, Verena Hoerr, Cornelius Faber, Tanja Kuhlmann, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Andrea U Steinbicker
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory stimuli induce the hepatic iron regulatory hormone hepcidin, which contributes to anaemia of inflammation (AI). Hepcidin expression is regulated by the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and the interleukin-6 (IL-6) signalling pathways. Prior results indicate that the BMP type I receptor ALK3 is mainly involved in the acute inflammatory hepcidin induction four and 72 h after IL-6 administration. In this study, the role of ALK3 in a chronic model of inflammation was investigated...
February 27, 2018: BMC Physiology
Mutsumi Araki, Takashi Hisamitsu, Yumi Kinugasa-Katayama, Toru Tanaka, Yukihiro Harada, Shu Nakao, Sanshiro Hanada, Shuhei Ishii, Masahide Fujita, Teruhisa Kawamura, Yoshihiko Saito, Koichi Nishiyama, Yusuke Watanabe, Osamu Nakagawa
Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9)/BMP10-ALK1 receptor signaling is essential for endothelial differentiation and vascular morphogenesis. Mutations in ALK1/ACVRL1 and other signal-related genes are implicated in human vascular diseases, and the Alk1/Acvrl1 deletion in mice causes severe impairment of vascular formation and embryonic lethality. In the microarray screen to search for novel downstream genes of ALK1 signaling, we found that the mRNA and protein expression of serum/glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) was rapidly up-regulated by the BMP9 stimulation of cultured human endothelial cells...
February 24, 2018: Angiogenesis
Hao Wang, Weitao Jin, Haibin Li
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the 4A > C and -349C > T single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in bone morphogenetic protein receptor type IA (BMPR-IA) gene, which significantly associated with the occurrence and the extent of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) in the cervical spine. METHODS: The SNPs in BMPR-IA gene were genotyped, and the association with the occurrence and severity of OPLL were evaluated in 356 OPLL patients and 617 non-OPLL controls...
February 20, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Chijian Zuo, Xiaoying Zhao, Yu Shi, Wen Wu, Ning Zhang, Jiake Xu, Chuandong Wang, Guoli Hu, Xiaoling Zhang
Although the mechanisms of Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) on facilitating osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption is well known, the mechanisms behind the suppression of the osteoblast differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are still poorly understood. In this study, we observed a negative correlation between TNF-α levels and the expression of special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 (SATB2), a critical osteoblastogenesis transcription factor, in ovariectomy (OVX)-induced bone loss and IL-1-induced arthritis animal model...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Bo Yuan, Zhiming Wu
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common type of rheumatoid disease, which has recently been demonstrated to be associated with the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether MMP-2 interference reduced the osteogenic differentiation of fibroblasts and to explore the mechanism involved in the differentiation. Fibroblasts from patients with AS were divided into control, mock and small interfering (si)RNA-MMP-2 groups. Cell viability was assessed using the MTT assay...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Hong-Jin Zhao, Christian Klausen, Yan Li, Hua Zhu, Yan-Ling Wang, Peter C K Leung
BMP2 expression is spatiotemporally correlated with embryo implantation and is crucial for endometrial decidualization and fertility in mice. BMP2 has been reported to increase the mesenchymal adhesion molecule N-cadherin and enhance cell invasion in cancer cells; moreover, studies suggest that N-cadherin promotes placental trophoblast invasion. However, whether BMP2 can promote trophoblast cell invasion during placentation remains unknown. The objective of our study was to investigate the effects of BMP2 on human trophoblast cell invasion and the involvement of N-cadherin and SMAD signaling...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jennifer L Graef, Elizabeth Rendina-Ruedy, Erica K Crockett, Ping Ouyang, Jarrod B King, Robert H Cichewicz, Edralin A Lucas, Brenda J Smith
Dried plum supplementation has been shown to enhance bone formation while suppressing bone resorption. Evidence from previous studies has demonstrated that these responses can be attributed in part to the fruit's polyphenolic compounds. The purpose of this study was to identify the most bioactive polyphenolic fractions of dried plum with a focus on their osteogenic activity and to investigate their mechanisms of action under normal and inflammatory conditions. Utilizing chromatographic techniques, six fractions of polyphenolic compounds were prepared from a crude extract of dried plum...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Yutong Li, Wenji Hu, Guanghong Han, Wenqian Lu, Dongxu Jia, Min Hu, Di Wang
Aucubin, an iridoid glycoside found in several plants, such as Eucommia ulmoide and Rehmannia, has various pharmacological effects. Bone formation is a complex process in which osteoblast differentiation plays an important role. This study aimed to investigate the promotion effects of aucubin on osteoblast differentiation in MG63 cells, a human osteoblast-like cell line. Aucubin not only improved osteoblast differentiation, as shown by enhanced ALP (alkaline phosphatase) concentration and mineralization in cells, but increased the expression of various cytokines, including collagen I, osteocalcin, osteopontin, integrin β1, and Osterix...
February 3, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Hyo-Eun Son, Kyeong-Min Kim, Eun-Jung Kim, Won-Gu Jang
Kisspeptin-10 (KP-10) acts as a tumor metastasis suppressor via its receptor, G-protein-coupled receptor 54 (GPR54). The KP-10-GPR54 system plays an important role in embryonic kidney development. However, its function in osteoblast differentiation is unknown. Osteoblast differentiation is controlled by a range of hormones and cytokines, such as bone morphogenetic protein (BMPs), and multiple transcription factors, such as Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and Distal-less homeobox 5 (Dlx5)...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Gordon P Meares, Rajani Rajbhandari, Magda Gerigk, Chih-Liang Tien, Chenbei Chang, Samuel C Fehling, Amber Rowse, Kayln C Mulhern, Sindhu Nair, G Kenneth Gray, Nicolas F Berbari, Markus Bredel, Etty N Benveniste, Susan E Nozell
Previously, we determined microRNA-31 (miR-31) is a noncoding tumor suppressive gene frequently deleted in glioblastoma (GBM); miR-31 suppresses tumor growth, in part, by limiting the activity of NF-κB. Herein, we expand our previous studies by characterizing the role of miR-31 during neural precursor cell (NPC) to astrocyte differentiation. We demonstrate that miR-31 expression and activity is suppressed in NPCs by stem cell factors such as Lin28, c-Myc, SOX2 and Oct4. However, during astrocytogenesis, miR-31 is induced by STAT3 and SMAD1/5/8, which mediate astrocyte differentiation...
January 30, 2018: Glia
Yoo-Mi Lee, Hyung-Mun Yun, Hye-Young Lee, Hyun-Chang Lim, Hae-Hyoung Lee, Hae-Won Kim, Eun-Cheol Kim
A xerogel was interfaced onto biopolymer nanofibers though a core–shell electrospinning design for bone regeneration. The xerogel-interfaced biopolymer nanofibrous matrix was bioactive and highly hydrophilic, with a significant decrease in the water contact angle. The matrix showed excellent in vitro responses of primary osteoblasts in terms of adhesion, proliferation, and migration. Furthermore, the osteoblastic differentiation of cells, including alkaline phosphatase activity, mineralization, and gene expression, was significantly upregulated by the xerogel interface...
February 2017: Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology
Xiaohua Liu, Caixia Ji, Li Xu, TingTing Yu, Chaoqun Dong, Jinyong Luo
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are multipotent progenitors that can differentiate into a variety of cell types under proper stimuli. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) is able to simultaneously induce both adipogenic and osteogenic differentiation of MSCs although the regulatory molecules involved remain to be fully identified and characterized. Heme oxygenase 1 (Hmox1) plays an essential role not only in fat metabolism, but also in bone development. In the present study, we investigated the functional role of Hmox1 in BMP9-induced osteogenic/adipogenic differentiation in MSCs line C3H10T1/2 and probed the possible mechanism involved...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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