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I Barchetta, F A Cimini, R De Gioannis, G Ciccarelli, L Bertoccini, A Lenzi, M G Baroni, M G Cavallo
AIMS: Procollagen-III peptide (PIIINP) is a marker of fibrosis associated with increased cardio-metabolic risk and progression of chronic liver diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and steatohepatitis (NASH); its association with type 2 diabetes mellitus has not been elucidated yet. Aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between circulating PIIINP levels, metabolic traits and body fat distribution in subjects with T2DM with or without NAFLD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from sixty-two T2DM subjects recruited in our Diabetes outpatient clinics at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, were analysed...
February 22, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Yu-Hsiang Lin, Yi-Hsuan Hsiao, Shun-Fa Yang, Yu-Fan Liu, Chun-Fang Hsu, Po-Hui Wang
To date, no study has investigated the involvement of the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of WNT1 inducible signaling pathway protein 1 (WISP1) in uterine cervical cancer. Therefore, we conducted this study to explore the clinical implications of WISP1 SNPs in cervical cancer. One hundred and fifteen patients with invasive cervical cancer, 95 patients with preinvasive lesions, and 316 normal controls were enrolled. The WISP1 SNPs rs62514004, rs2929973, rs2977530, and rs2977537 were selected, and their genotypic distributions were determined through real-time polymerase chain reaction...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
María Del Pilar Navarrete-Meneses, Patricia Pérez-Vera
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer. It is well-known that genetic alterations constitute the basis for the etiology of ALL. However, genetic abnormalities are not enough for the complete development of the disease, and additional alterations such as epigenetic modifications are required. Such alterations, like DNA methylation, histone modifications, and noncoding RNA regulation have been identified in ALL. DNA hypermethylation in promoter regions is one of the most frequent epigenetic modifications observed in ALL...
July 2017: Boletín Médico del Hospital Infantil de México
Mitsuaki Ono, Asuka Masaki, Azusa Maeda, Tina M Kilts, Emilio S Hara, Taishi Komori, Hai Pham, Takuo Kuboki, Marian F Young
Understanding the mechanisms that control cutaneous wound healing is crucial to successfully manage repair of damaged skin. The goal of the current study was to uncover novel extracellular matrix (ECM) components that control the wound healing process. Full thickness skin defects were created in mice and used to show CCN4 up-regulation during wound-healing as early as 1 day after surgery, suggesting a role in inflammation and subsequent dermal migration and proliferation. To determine how CCN4 could regulate wound healing we used Ccn4-KO mice and showed they had delayed wound closure accompanied by reduced expression of Col1a1 and Fn mRNA...
January 9, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Tae Woo Jung, Changmuk Kang, Jiwon Goh, Soo In Chae, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Tae Jin Lee, A M Abd El-Aty, Ji Hoon Jeong
Wnt1-inducible signaling pathway protein-1 (WISP1) is a Cyr61/CTGF/NOV (CCN) family matricellular protein involved in adipogenesis and low-grade inflammation in obesity. However, the roles of WISP1 in hepatic steatosis and insulin resistance in skeletal muscle remain elusive. Mouse primary hepatocytes and differentiated mouse skeletal muscle cells (C2C12) were treated with various concentrations of WISP1 and the functions and signaling pathways were analyzed by Western blot analysis. In vivo transfection for WISP1 knockdown was also performed to examine the effects of WISP1 on hepatic steatosis and skeletal muscle insulin resistance...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Mirjana Polovic, Sandro Dittmar, Isabell Hennemeier, Hans-Ulrich Humpf, Barbara Seliger, Paolo Fornara, Gerit Theil, Patrick Azinovic, Alexander Nolze, Marcel Köhn, Gerald Schwerdt, Michael Gekle
Long non-coding RNAs represent a fraction of the transcriptome that is being increasingly recognized. For most of them no function has been allocated so far. Here, we describe the nature and function of a novel non-protein-coding transcript, named WISP1-AS1, discovered in human renal proximal tubule cells exposed to the carcinogenic nephrotoxin ochratoxin A. WISP1-AS1 overlaps parts of the fourth intron and fifth exon of the Wnt1-inducible signaling pathway protein 1 (WISP1) gene. The transcript is 2922 nucleotides long, transcribed in antisense direction and predominantly localized in the nucleus...
December 27, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Hsiang-Lin Lee, Hui-Ling Chiou, Shian-Shiang Wang, Sheng-Chun Hung, Ming-Chih Chou, Shun-Fa Yang, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Ying-Erh Chou
OBJECTIVES: Urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) of the urinary bladder is a major malignancy of the genitourinary tract. Etiological factors, such as the environment, ethnicity, genetics, and diet, contribute to UCC carcinogenesis. WNT1-inducible signaling pathway protein 1 (WISP1), also known as CCN4, a cysteine-rich protein belonging to the Cyr61, CTGF, Nov (CCN) family of matricellular proteins, has many developmental functions and might be involved in carcinogenesis. This study investigated WISP1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms to evaluate UCC susceptibility and clinicopathological characteristics...
December 22, 2017: Urologic Oncology
Kenneth Maiese
BACKGROUND: With almost 47 million individuals worldwide suffering from some aspect of dementia, it is clear that cognitive loss impacts a significant proportion of the global population. Unfortunately, definitive treatments to resolve or prevent the onset of cognitive loss are limited. In most cases such care is currently non-existent prompting the need for novel treatment strategies. METHODS: Mammalian forkhead transcription factors of the O class (FoxO) are one such avenue of investigation that offer an exciting potential to bring new treatments forward for disorders that involve cognitive loss...
November 15, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
Di Jing, Qian Zhang, Haiming Yu, Yajie Zhao, Liangfang Shen
Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive primary brain tumor and has a high mortality in humans. However, mechanisms and factors involved in the progression of glioblastoma remain elusive. WISP1 (WNT1 inducible signaling pathway protein 1), has been suggested to be a critical regulator of cancer development. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of WISP1 in regulating the progression of glioblastoma. Clinicopathological characteristics of glioblastoma were assessed, and higher levels of WISP1 were positively associated with advanced clinical stage and a poor prognosis...
October 2017: International Journal of Oncology
Yongqi Ye, Pengju Zhang, Yuhang Qian, Baoxin Yin, Meijuan Yan
WISP1, as a member of the CCN4 protein family, has cell protective effects of promoting cell proliferation and inhibiting cell apoptosis. Although some studies have confirmed that WISP1 is concerned with colon cancer and lung cancer, there is little report about the influence of WISP1 in traumatic brain injury. Here, we found that the expression of WISP1 mRNA and protein decreased at 3 d and then increased at 5 d after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Meanwhile, immunofluorescence demonstrated that there was little colocation of WISP1 with GFAP, Iba1, and WISP1 colocalized with NeuN partly...
2017: Stem Cells International
Anorut Jenwitheesuk, Seongjoon Park, Prapimpun Wongchitrat, Jiraporn Tocharus, Sujira Mukda, Isao Shimokawa, Piyarat Govitrapong
It has been suggested that age-related neurodegeneration might be associated with neuropeptide Y (NPY); sirtuin1 (SIRT1) and forkhead box transcription factors O subfamily (FOXOs) pathways. Melatonin, a hormone mainly secreted by the pineal gland, is another anti-aging agent associated with the SIRT1-FOXOs pathway. This study aimed to compare the effects of melatonin (Mel) and caloric restriction (CR) on the expression of Sirt1, FoxO1, FoxO3a and FOXOs target genes in the aging mouse hippocampus. Neuropeptide Y-knockout (NpyKO) and wild-type (WT) male mice aged 19 months were previously treated either with food ad libitum or CR for 16 months...
August 2, 2017: Neurochemical Research
M H van den Bosch, A B Blom, V Kram, A Maeda, S Sikka, Y Gabet, T M Kilts, W B van den Berg, P L van Lent, P M van der Kraan, M F Young
OBJECTIVE: Increased Wisp1 expression was previously reported in experimental and human osteoarthritis (OA). Moreover, adenoviral overexpression of Wisp1 in naïve mouse knee joints resulted in early OA-like cartilage lesions. Here, we determined how the matricellular protein WISP1 is involved in the pathology that occurs in the complex osteoarthritic environment with aging and experimental OA in wild type (WT) and Wisp1(-/-) mice. METHODS: WT and Wisp1(-/-) mice were aged or experimental OA was induced with intraarticular collagenase injection, destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM) or anterior cruciate ligament transection (ACLT)...
July 19, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Sanjay Basak, Arnab Sarkar, Santosh Mathapati, Asim K Duttaroy
Adequate placental angiogenesis is critical for the establishment of the placental circulation and thus for normal feto-placental growth and development. Fatty acid-binding protein-4 (FABP4) plays a pro-angiogenic role in endothelial cells; however, very little information is available in placental first trimester trophoblast cells. Here we report that exogenously added FABP4 (exo-FABP4) stimulated tube formation (as a measure of in vitro angiogenesis) in HTR8/SVneo trophoblastic cells. HTR-8/SVneo cells were incubated in the presence of exogenously added FABP4 at different concentrations and time points...
June 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Nathalie Ferrand, Véronique Béreziat, Marthe Moldes, Maurice Zaoui, Annette K Larsen, Michèle Sabbah
WISP1 (Wnt1-inducible signaling pathway protein-1, also known as CCN4) is a member of the CCN family able to mediate cell growth, transformation and survival in a tissue-specific manner. Here, we report that WISP1 expression was highly increased in preadipocytes and decreased during adipocyte differentiation. Moreover, we observed an increase in WISP1 gene expression in adipose tissue from both diet-induced and leptin-deficient ob/ob obese mice, suggesting that WISP1 could be involved in the pathophysiological onset of obesity...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
Aristea K Batsali, Charalampos Pontikoglou, Dimitrios Koutroulakis, Konstantia I Pavlaki, Athina Damianaki, Irene Mavroudi, Kalliopi Alpantaki, Elisavet Kouvidi, George Kontakis, Helen A Papadaki
BACKGROUND: In view of the current interest in exploring the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from different sources, we performed a side-by-side comparison of the biological properties of MSCs isolated from the Wharton's jelly (WJ), the most abundant MSC source in umbilical cord, with bone marrow (BM)-MSCs, the most extensively studied MSC population. METHODS: MSCs were isolated and expanded from BM aspirates of hematologically healthy donors (n = 18) and from the WJ of full-term neonates (n = 18)...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Hon-Kit Lau, Edie-Rosmin Wu, Mu-Kuan Chen, Ming-Ju Hsieh, Shun-Fa Yang, Lyu-Yao Wang, Ying-Erh Chou
BACKGROUND: Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), which is the most common head and neck cancer, accounts for 1%-2% of all human malignancies and is characterized by poor prognosis and reduced survival rates. WNT1-inducible signaling pathway protein 1 (WISP1), a cysteine-rich protein belonging to the Cyr61, CTGF, Nov (CCN) family of matricellular proteins, has many developmental functions and may be involved in carcinogenesis. This study investigated WISP1 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) to elucidate OSCC susceptibility and clinicopathologic characteristics...
2017: PloS One
Dorra Elhaj Mahmoud, Nadia Sassi, Ghassen Drissi, Maher Barsaoui, Khaled Zitouna, Hela Sahli, Maryam Kallel-Sellami, Lassad Kanoun, Elhem Cheour, Lilia Laadhar
CONTEXT: Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) display pathogenic behavior. Various members of the Wnt pathway, especially the canonical Wnt/β-catenin cascade, may contribute to autonomous RA FLS activation. It has been shown that the two Wnt inhibitors: sFRP3 and DKK1 contribute to several critical aspects of joint biology. However, their effects on RA FLS are poorly characterized. The aim of our study was to investigate the effects of sFRP3 and DKK1 on FLS markers, Wnt components, and target oncogenes expression by RA FLS and compare the findings to osteoarthritic (OA) FLS...
April 2017: Immunological Investigations
Kenneth Maiese
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) contribute to a significant amount of disability and death in the world. Of these disorders, vascular disease is ranked high, falls within the five leading causes of death, and impacts multiple other disease entities such as those of the cardiac system, nervous system, and metabolic disease. Targeting the silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) (SIRT1) pathway and the modulation of micro ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) may hold great promise for the development of novel strategies for the treatment of vascular disease since each of these pathways are highly relevant to cardiac and nervous system disorders as well as to metabolic dysfunction...
2017: Current Neurovascular Research
Afsoon Taghavi, Mohammad Esmaeil Akbari, Mohammad Hashemi-Bahremani, Nahid Nafissi, Ahad Khalilnezhad, Seyed Mohammad Poorhosseini, Feyzollah Hashemi-Gorji, Vahid Reza Yassaee
Gene expression profiling has been suggested to predict breast cancer outcome. The prognostic value of the 8q22-24 position in breast cancer remains to be elucidated. The present study evaluated expression patterns of the genes located at this position in metastatic and non-metastatic breast cancer. A total of 85 patients with recurrent/metastatic (n=15) and non-metastatic (n=70) early-stage, estrogen receptor-positive and lymph node-negative breast tumors were included. In addition, 15 normal breast tissue samples were used as controls...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
Qunfeng Wu, Marda Jorgensen, Joanna Song, Junmei Zhou, Chen Liu, Liya Pi
Hepatic stem/progenitor cells (HPC) reside quiescently in normal biliary trees and are activated in the form of ductular reactions during severe liver damage when the replicative ability of hepatocytes is inhibited. HPC niches are full of profibrotic stimuli favoring scarring and hepatocarcinogenesis. The Cyr61/CTGF/NOV (CCN) protein family consists of six members, CCN1/CYR61, CCN2/CTGF, CCN3/NOV, CCN4/WISP1, CCN5/WISP2, and CCN6/WISP3, which function as extracellular signaling modulators to mediate cell-matrix interaction during angiogenesis, wound healing, fibrosis, and tumorigenesis...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
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