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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647906/exogenous-gdf11-induces-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-and-wasting
#1
Teresa A Zimmers, Yanling Jiang, Meijing Wang, Tiffany W Liang, Joseph E Rupert, Ernie D Au, Francesco E Marino, Marion E Couch, Leonidas G Koniaris
Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a TGF-beta superfamily member, is highly homologous to myostatin and essential for embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Reports of GDF11 effects on adult tissues are conflicting, with some describing anti-aging and pro-regenerative activities on the heart and skeletal muscle while others opposite or no effects. Herein, we sought to determine the in vivo cardiac and skeletal muscle effects of excess GDF11. Mice were injected with GDF11 secreting cells, an identical model to that used to initially identify the in vivo effects of myostatin...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638997/follistatin-treatment-suppresses-serca1b-levels-independently-of-other-players-of-calcium-homeostasis-in-c2c12-myotubes
#2
János Fodor, Adrienn Gomba-Tóth, Tamás Oláh, János Almássy, Ernő Zádor, László Csernoch
Follistatin (FS) is a high affinity activin-binding protein, neutralizing the effects of the Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily members, as myostatin (MSTN). Since MSTN emerged as a negative regulator, FS has been considered as a stimulator of skeletal muscle growth and differentiation. Here, we studied the effect of FS administration on the Ca(2+)-homeostasis of differentiating C2C12 skeletal muscle cells. FS-treatment increased the fusion index, the size of terminally differentiated myotubes, and transiently elevated the expression of the calcium-dependent protein phosphatase, calcineurin, at the beginning of differentiation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632033/overexpression-of-alk5-induces-human-tenon-s-capsule-fibroblasts-transdifferentiation-and-fibrosis-in-vitro
#3
Shu-Hao Fu, Hui-Ying Wang, Jia-Ying Zhang, Hui-Min Shi, Nan Zhang, Wen Ye, Yi-Qin Xiao
PURPOSE: To investigate the involvement of activin receptor-like kinase 5 (ALK5) in human Tenon's capsule fibroblasts (HTFs) transdifferentiation and fibrosis. METHODS: (1) Cultured HTFs were treated with transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) at different concentrations for different durations, mRNA expression of ALK5 and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) was measured by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) while protein expression of ALK5, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and extracellular matrix deposition including fibronectin (FN) and collagen I (Col1) was assessed by western blot...
February 28, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616035/neuroprotective-effects-of-activin-a-on-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-apoptotic-and-autophagic-pc12-cell-death
#4
Long-Xing Xue, Hong-Yu Liu, Yang Cui, Yue Dong, Jiao-Qi Wang, Qiu-Ye Ji, Jin-Ting He, Min Yao, Ying-Ying Wang, Yan-Kun Shao, Jing Mang, Zhong-Xin Xu
Activin A, a member of the transforming growth factor-beta superfamily, plays a neuroprotective role in multiple neurological diseases. Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-mediated apoptotic and autophagic cell death is implicated in a wide range of diseases, including cerebral ischemia and neurodegenerative diseases. Thapsigargin was used to induce PC12 cell death, and Activin A was used for intervention. Our results showed that Activin A significantly inhibited morphological changes in thapsigargin-induced apoptotic cells, and the expression of apoptosis-associated proteins [cleaved-caspase-12, C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and cleaved-caspase-3] and biomarkers of autophagy (Beclin-1 and light chain 3), and downregulated the expression of thapsigargin-induced ER stress-associated proteins [inositol requiring enzyme-1 (IRE1), tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), apoptosis signal-regulating kinase 1 (ASK1), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38]...
May 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515224/activin-a-regulates-activation-of-mouse-neutrophils-by-smad3-signalling
#5
Yan Qi, Jingyan Ge, Chunhui Ma, Na Wu, Xueling Cui, Zhonghui Liu
Activin A, a member of the transforming growth factor beta superfamily, acts as a pro-inflammatory factor in acute phase response, and influences the pathological progress of neutrophil-mediated disease. However, whether activin A can exert an effect on the activities of neutrophils remains unclear. In this study, we found that the release of activin A was enhanced from neutrophils of mouse when stimulated with lipopolysaccharide. Furthermore, neutrophils were not only the source of activin A but also the target cells in response to activin A, in which canonical activin signalling components existed, and levels of ACTRIIA, SMAD3 and p-SMAD3 proteins were elevated in activin A-treated neutrophils...
May 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500669/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-signaling-is-influenced-by-follistatin-288-but-not-14-other-transforming-growth-factor-beta-superfamily-regulators
#6
Yui Kawagishi, Michael W Pankhurst, Yoshio Nakatani, Ian S McLennan
The hypothesis that, in contrast to other transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) superfamily ligands, the dose-response curve of Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is unmodulated was tested by examining whether known TGFB superfamily modulators affect AMH signaling, using a P19/BRE luciferase reporter assay. AMHC and AMHN,C activated the reporter with an EC50 of approximately 0.5 nM. Follistatins (FS) produced concentration-dependent increases in AMHC - and AMHN,C -initiated reporter activity, with FS288 being more potent than FS315; however, the maximum bioactivity of AMH was not altered by either follistatin...
July 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479070/the-effects-of-activin-a-on-the-migration-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-and-neutrophils-and-their-migratory-interaction
#7
Dongxue Xie, Zhonghui Liu, Jiandong Wu, Wenfang Feng, Ke Yang, Jixian Deng, Ganghong Tian, Susy Santos, Xueling Cui, Francis Lin
Activin A belongs to the superfamily of transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) and is a critical regulatory cytokine in breast cancer and inflammation. However, the role of activin A in migration of breast cancer cells and immune cells was not well characterized. Here, a microfluidic device was used to examine the effect of activin A on the migration of human breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-231 cells and human blood neutrophils as well as their migratory interaction. We found that activin A promoted the basal migration but impaired epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced migration of breast cancer cells...
August 1, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466233/age-related-expression-of-tgf-beta-family-receptors-in-human-cumulus-oophorus-cells
#8
A Ribeiro, C Freitas, L Matos, A Gouveia, F Gomes, J L Silva Carvalho, H Almeida
PURPOSE: During ovarian follicle growth, local cellular interactions are essential for oocyte quality acquisition and successful fertilization. While cumulus cells (CCs) nurture oocytes, they also deliver oocyte-secreted factors (OSFs) that activate receptors on CCs. We hypothesized that disturbance of those interactions contributes to age-related lower reproductive success in women submitted to assisted reproductive technology treatments. METHODS: Women aged 27-48, without recognized personal reproductive disorder, were enrolled in the study and divided in <35- and ≥35-year-old groups...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424263/the-kielin-chordin-like-protein-kcp-attenuates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-mice
#9
Abdul Soofi, Katherine I Wolf, Margo P Emont, Nathan Qi, Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, Edward Grimley, Wesam Ostwani, Gregory R Dressler
Obesity and its associated complications such as insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are reaching epidemic proportions. In mice, the TGF-β superfamily is implicated in the regulation of white and brown adipose tissue differentiation. The kielin/chordin-like protein (KCP) is a secreted regulator of the TGF-β superfamily pathways that can inhibit both TGF-β and activin signals while enhancing bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling. However, KCP's effects on metabolism and obesity have not been studied in animal models...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146239/combined-pi3k-akt-and-smad2-activation-promotes-corneal-endothelial-cell-proliferation
#10
Alfonso L Sabater, Enrique J Andreu, María García-Guzmán, Tania López, Gloria Abizanda, Victor L Perez, Javier Moreno-Montañés, Felipe Prósper
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to develop a culture method for expansion of corneal endothelial cells (CEC) based on the combined activation of PI3K/Akt and Smad2. Methods: Morphology, proliferation, and migration of cultured rabbit and nonhuman primate CEC were examined in the presence of the PI3K/Akt activators IGF-1 and heregulin beta in combination with the Smad2 activator activin A. Phenotypic characterization of CEC was performed at the RNA and protein levels...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126904/biochemical-and-cellular-analysis-reveals-ligand-binding-specificities-a-molecular-basis-for-ligand-recognition-and-membrane-association-dependent-activities-of-cripto-1-and-cryptic
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Senem Aykul, Anthony Parenti, Kit Yee Chu, Jake Reske, Monique Floer, Amy Ralston, Erik Martinez-Hackert
Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) pathways are key determinants of cell fate in animals. Their basic mechanism of action is simple. However, to produce cell-specific responses, TGF-β pathways are heavily regulated by secondary factors, such as membrane-associated EGF-CFC family proteins. Cellular activities of EGF-CFC proteins have been described, but their molecular functions, including how the mammalian homologs Cripto-1 and Cryptic recognize and regulate TGF-β family ligands, are less clear. Here we use purified human Cripto-1 and mouse Cryptic produced in mammalian cells to show that these two EGF-CFC homologs have distinct, highly specific ligand binding activities...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27937745/ionizing-radiation-alters-human-embryonic-stem-cell-properties-and-differentiation-capacity-by-diminishing-the-expression-of-activin-receptors
#12
Sabine Luft, Onetsine Arrizabalaga, Ireen Kulish, Elena Nasonova, Marco Durante, Sylvia Ritter, Insa S Schroeder
Exposure of the embryo to ionizing radiation (IR) is detrimental as it can cause genotoxic stress leading to immediate and latent consequences such as functional defects, malformations, or cancer. Human embryonic stem (hES) cells can mimic the preimplantation embryo and help to assess the biological effects of IR during early development. In this study, we describe the alterations H9 hES cells exhibit after X-ray irradiation in respect to cell cycle progression, apoptosis, genomic stability, stem cell signaling, and their capacity to differentiate into definitive endoderm...
December 22, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807906/activin-a-and-follistatin-in-patients-with-asthma-does-severity-make-the-difference
#13
Anastasia Papaporfyriou, Petros Bakakos, Konstantinos Kostikas, Georgios Papatheodorou, Georgios Hillas, Rodoula Trigidou, Patroklos Katafigiotis, Nikolaos G Koulouris, Spyros A Papiris, Stelios Loukides
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Activin A is a pleiotropic cytokine holding a fundamental role in inflammation and tissue remodelling. Follistatin can modulate the bioactivity of activin. We aimed to measure activin A and follistatin in sputum supernatants and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) of asthmatic patients and to determine the possible associations with severity as well as with inflammatory and remodelling indices. METHODS: A total of 58 asthmatic patients (33 with severe refractory asthma (SRA)) and 10 healthy controls underwent sputum induction for % cells, activin A, follistatin, eosinophilic cationic protein (ECP), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), IL-13 and IL-8 measurements...
April 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807065/clinical-and-therapeutic-implications-of-follistatin-in-solid-tumours
#14
REVIEW
Lei Shi, Jeyna Resaul, Sioned Owen, Lin Ye, Wen G Jiang
Follistatin (FST), as a single-chain glycosylated protein, has two major isoforms, FST288 and FST315. The FST315 isoform is the predominant form whilst the FST288 variant accounts for less than 5% of the encoded mRNA. FST is differentially expressed in human tissues and aberrant expression has been observed in a variety of solid tumours, including gonadal, gastric and lung cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and melanoma. Based on the current evidence, FST is an antagonist of transforming growth factor beta family members, such as activin and bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs)...
November 2016: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769861/activin-a-smads-signaling-pathway-negatively-regulates-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-induced-autophagy-via-suppression-of-jnk-and-p38-mapk-pathways-in-neuronal-pc12-cells
#15
Long-Xing Xue, Zhong-Hang Xu, Jiao-Qi Wang, Yang Cui, Hong-Yu Liu, Wen-Zhao Liang, Qiu-Ye Ji, Jin-Ting He, Yan-Kun Shao, Jing Mang, Zhong-Xin Xu
Activin A (Act A), a member of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), reduces neuronal apoptosis during cerebral ischemia through Act A/Smads signaling pathway. However, little is known about the effect of Act A/Smads pathway on autophagy in neurons. Here, we found that oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-induced autophagy was suppressed by exogenous Act A in a concentration-dependent manner and enhanced by Act A/Smads pathway inhibitor (ActRIIA-Ab) in neuronal PC12 cells. These results indicate that Act A/Smads pathway negatively regulates autophagy in OGD-treated PC12 cells...
November 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732750/activin-inhibition-limits-early-innate-immune-response-in-rat-kidney-allografts-a-pilot-study
#16
Niina K Palin, Johanna Savikko, Arja Pasternack, Jukka M Rintala, Bhanu Kalra, Shivani Mistry, Ajay Kumar, Marie-Paule Roth, Heikki Helin, Olli Ritvos
Activins are members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily of cytokines. They play critical roles in the onset of acute and chronic inflammatory responses. The aim of this study was to investigate how activin inhibition affects acute kidney injury and inflammation after transplantation. The study was carried out in kidney transplantation and renal ischemia-reperfusion models in the rat. Soluble activin type 2 receptor (sActRIIB-Fc) was used to inhibit activin signaling. Transplantation groups were as follows: (i) cyclosporine A (CsA) (ii) CsA + sActRIIB-Fc, (iii) CsA+ inactive protein control Fc-G1...
January 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27720345/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-increases-collagen-content-and-stimulates-procollagen-i-and-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-1-production-of-dental-pulp-cells-role-of-mek-erk-and-activin-receptor-like-kinase-5-smad-signaling
#17
Po-Shuen Lin, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Chien-Yang Yeh, Mei-Chi Chang, Chiu-Po Chan, Han-Yueh Kuo, Hsin-Cheng Liu, Wan-Chuen Liao, Po-Yuan Jeng, Sin-Yuet Yeung, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In order to clarify the role of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) in pulp repair/regeneration responses, we investigated the differential signaling pathways responsible for the effects of TGF-β1 on collagen turnover, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) production in human dental pulp cells. METHODS: Pulp cells were exposed to TGF-β1 with/without pretreatment and coincubation by 1,4-diamino-2,3-dicyano-1,4-bis(o-aminophenyl mercapto)butadiene (U0126; a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase [MEK]/extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK] inhibitor) and 4-(5-benzol[1,3]dioxol-5-yl-4-pyrldin-2-yl-1H- imidazol-2-yl)-benzamide hydrate (SB431542; an activin receptor-like kinase-5/Smad signaling inhibitor)...
May 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27592306/nodal-signaling-modulates-the-expression-of-oct-4-via-nuclear-translocation-of-%C3%AE-catenin-in-lung-and-prostate-cancer-cells
#18
Yi-Fei Qi, Long Wu, Zi-Qian Li, Meng-Ling Wu, Hai-Fang Wang, Ka-Ying Chan, Lin-Lin Lu, Shao-Hui Cai, Hong-Sheng Wang, Jun Du
Nodal is a member of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) superfamily. Nodal promotes the self-renewal of human cancer stem cells (CSCs) and triggers carcinogenesis of human cancers via an autocrine manner through Smad2/3 pathway. In our study, generation of Nodal-overexpressed cancer cells was constructed, and the effect of Nodal on the stem cell marker Oct-4 was evaluated by overexpression or blocked Nodal/ALKs signaling pathway in non-small cell lung cancer cells A549 and prostate cancer cells PC3. Functionally, Nodal also increased the proliferation via the β-catenin nuclear translocation...
October 15, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27528762/targeting-tumour-vasculature-by-inhibiting-activin-receptor-like-kinase-alk-1-function
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REVIEW
Amaya García de Vinuesa, Matteo Bocci, Kristian Pietras, Peter Ten Dijke
Angiogenesis is a hallmark of cancer and is now a validated therapeutic target in the clinical setting. Despite the initial success, anti-angiogenic compounds impinging on the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pathway display limited survival benefits in patients and resistance often develops due to activation of alternative pathways. Thus, finding and validating new targets is highly warranted. Activin receptor-like kinase (ALK)1 is a transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) type I receptor predominantly expressed in actively proliferating endothelial cells (ECs)...
August 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27514733/in-vitro-differentiation-potential-of-human-haematopoietic-cd34-cells-towards-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Manne Mudhu Sunitha, Lokanathan Srikanth, Pasupuleti Santhosh Kumar, Chodimella Chandrasekhar, Potukuchi Venkata Gurunadha Krishna Sarma
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) possess multipotent ability to differentiate into various types of cells on providing appropriate niche. In the present study, the differentiating potential of human HSCs into β-cells of islets of langerhans was explored. Human HSCs were apheretically isolated from a donor and cultured. Phenotypic characterization of CD34 glycoprotein in the growing monolayer HSCs was confirmed by immunocytochemistry and flow cytometry techniques. HSCs were induced by selection with beta cell differentiating medium (BDM), which consists of epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), transferrin, Triiodo-l-Tyronine, nicotinamide and activin A...
October 2016: Cell Biology International
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