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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303752/bone-morphogenetic-proteins-and-dickkopf-1-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#1
H-T Liao, Y-F Lin, C-Y Tsai, T-C Chou
OBJECTIVES: To determine bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and Dickkopf homologue-1 (Dkk-1) levels in ankylosing spondylitis (AS). METHOD: Serum BMPs and Dkk-1 were measured in 72 AS patients and 30 healthy controls. For AS patients, we recorded the demographic data, disease activity, functional index, and global assessment with questionnaires, and image changes with roentgenography. We also measured human leucocyte antigen-B27 and systemic inflammatory reactants...
March 17, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299863/dickkopf-3-attenuates-xanthine-dehydrogenase-expression-to-prevent-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis
#2
Shuang Qui, Junko Kano, Masayuki Noguchi
Dickkopf (DKK) 3 is a DKK glycoprotein family member that controls cell fate during embryogenesis and exerts opposing effects on survival in a cell type-dependent manner; however, the mechanisms governing its pro-apoptosis versus pro-survival functions remain unclear. Here, we investigated DKK3 function in Li21 hepatoma cells and tPH5CH immortalized hepatocytes. DKK3 knockdown by siRNA resulted in reactive oxygen species accumulation and subsequent apoptosis, which were abrogated by administration of the antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine...
March 15, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273073/src-2-mediated-coactivation-of-anti-tumorigenic-target-genes-suppresses-myc-induced-liver-cancer
#3
Shruthy Suresh, Deniz Durakoglugil, Xiaorong Zhou, Bokai Zhu, Sarah Comerford, Chao Xing, Xian-Jin Xie, Brian York, Kathryn A O'Donnell
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common solid tumor in the world and the third leading cause of cancer-associated deaths. A Sleeping Beauty-mediated transposon mutagenesis screen previously identified mutations that cooperate with MYC to accelerate liver tumorigenesis. This revealed a tumor suppressor role for Steroid Receptor Coactivator 2/Nuclear Receptor Coactivator 2 (Src-2/Ncoa2) in liver cancer. In contrast, SRC-2 promotes survival and metastasis in prostate cancer cells, suggesting a tissue-specific and context-dependent role for SRC-2 in tumorigenesis...
March 8, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261616/the-protective-effect-of-chrysanthemum-indicum-extract-against-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-mouse-models
#4
Mei Dong, Dongsheng Yu, Veeramuthu Duraipandiyan, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi
In traditional Chinese and Korean homeopathic medicine, Chrysanthemum indicum Linné (Asteraceae) is a time-honored herb, prescribed for the resolution of symptoms associated with inflammatory and hypertensive conditions as well as those affecting the lungs and its associated structures. The goal of this work is to investigate the defensive role of Chrysanthemum indicum extract in fighting ankylosing spondylitis (AS) using mouse models, through which the manifestation and extent of the disease progression were measured with quantitative analysis of the intervertebral joints...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259940/dickkopf-related-protein-3-negatively-regulates-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-rat-dental-follicle-cells
#5
Xinchun Zhang, Yu Du, Junqi Ling, Weiqiang Li, Yan Liao, Xi Wei
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of Dickkopf-related protein 3 (DKK3) on osteogenic differentiation of rat dental follicle cells (DFCs). A PCR array analysis of Wnt pathway activation in DFCs identified genes dysregulated by mineral induction. Among them, DKK3expression levels were decreased, and further experiments were conducted to investigate its role in DFC osteogenesis. By comparing DFCs grown in normal growth and mineral‑induction media for 4 weeks, the present study confirmed that DKK3 was a potential target gene of osteogenesis through reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR) and western blotting (WB)...
February 3, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259755/chordin-and-dickkopf-1b-are-essential-for-the-formation-of-head-structures-through-activation-of-the-fgf-signaling-pathway-in-zebrafish
#6
Shingo Tanaka, Hiroshi Hosokawa, Eric S Weinberg, Shingo Maegawa
The ability of the Spemann organizer to induce dorsal axis formation is dependent on downstream factors of the maternal Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. The fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling pathway has been identified as one of the downstream components of the maternal Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. The ability of the FGF signaling pathway to induce the formation of a dorsal axis with a complete head structure requires chordin (chd) expression; however, the molecular mechanisms involved in this developmental process, due to activation of FGF signaling, remain unclear...
March 1, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249601/a-novel-foxo1-mediated-dedifferentiation-blocking-role-for-dkk3-in-adrenocortical-carcinogenesis
#7
Joyce Y Cheng, Taylor C Brown, Timothy D Murtha, Adam Stenman, C Christofer Juhlin, Catharina Larsson, James M Healy, Manju L Prasad, Wolfram T Knoefel, Andreas Krieg, Ute I Scholl, Reju Korah, Tobias Carling
BACKGROUND: Dysregulated WNT signaling dominates adrenocortical malignancies. This study investigates whether silencing of the WNT negative regulator DKK3 (Dickkopf-related protein 3), an implicated adrenocortical differentiation marker and an established tumor suppressor in multiple cancers, allows dedifferentiation of the adrenal cortex. METHODS: We analyzed the expression and regulation of DKK3 in human adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) by qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence, promoter methylation assay, and copy number analysis...
March 1, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248066/serum-dickkopf-1-act-as-a-new-biomarker-in-human-breast-cancer
#8
Jin-Tao Liu, Wen-Bin Guo, Jia-Yi Sun
BACKGROUND: The serum levels of Dickkopf-1 (Dkk1), a secreted Wnt family protein is changed in patients suffering various types of cancers. In the present study, we aim to explore the diagnostic value of Dkk1 as a new biomarker in breast cancer. METHODS: Serum was collected from 38 patients with breast cancer and 23 healthy controls. Serological levels of DKK1 were examined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Significance and diagnostic performance including receiver operator characteristic (ROC) and areas under the curve (AUC) were determined by SPSS software...
March 1, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235973/endothelin-signaling-regulates-mineralization-and-posttranscriptionally-regulates-sost-in-tmob-cells-via-mir-126-3p
#9
Michael G Johnson, Kathryn Konicke, Jasmin Kristianto, Anne Gustavson, Rachel Garbo, Xiaohu Wang, Baozhi Yuan, Robert D Blank
Previously, our laboratory identified ECE-1, encoding endothelin-converting enzyme-1 (ECE-1), as a positional candidate for a pleiotropic quantitative trait locus affecting femoral size, shape, and biomechanical performance. We hypothesized that endothelin-1 (ET-1) signaling promotes osteogenesis. Exposure of immortalized mouse osteoblast (TMOb) cells to big ET-1 increased mineralization. Following big ET-1 treatment, we measured the secretion of insulin-like-growth factor-1 (IGF1), dickkopf-homolog-1 protein 1 (DKK1), and sclerostin (SOST)...
February 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223757/attenuation-of-dickkopf-1-induced-hair-growth-inhibition-in-cultured-human-hair-follicles-by-tianeptine
#10
Hyun Sik Jeong, Mi Hee Kwack, Moon Kyu Kim, Jung Chul Kim, Young Kwan Sung
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223136/wnt3%C3%AE-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-induce-myofibroblast-differentiation-from-periodontal-ligament-cells-via-different-pathways
#11
Hui Xu, Yao He, Jian Q Feng, Rui Shu, Zhe Liu, Jingyu Li, Yating Wang, Yang Xu, Huan Zeng, Xin Xu, Zichao Xiang, Chaoran Xue, Ding Bai, Xianglong Han
Myofibroblasts are specialized cells that play a key role in connective tissue remodeling and reconstruction. Alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), vimentin and tenascin-C are myofibroblast phenotype, while α-SMA is the phenotypic marker. The observation that human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) differentiate into myofibroblasts under orthodontic force has provided a new perspective for understanding of the biological and biomechanical mechanisms involved in orthodontic tooth movement. However, the cell-specific molecular mechanisms leading to myofibroblast differentiation in the periodontal ligament (PDL) remain unclear...
February 20, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222387/baicalein-enhances-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#12
Li-Jiao Chen, Bi-Bo Hu, Xin-Lian Shi, Man-Man Ren, Wen-Bin Yu, Sheng-Dan Cen, Rong-Dang Hu, Hui Deng
OBJECTIVE: Periodontium regeneration is one of the most important processes for periodontitis therapy. Human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) play a vital role in the repair and regeneration of periodontal tissues. Our study aimed to investigated the mechanisms underlying the promotion of hPLDCs osteogenic differentiation by baicalein. DESIGN: hPDLCs were obtained from periodontal ligament (PDL) tissues by primary culture. The MTT assay was used to determine the growth curves of hPDLCs treated with different concentrations of baicalein (1...
February 7, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219919/dickkopf-3-ablation-attenuates-the-development-of-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Wen-Lin Cheng, Yang Yang, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Junhong Guo, Jun Gong, Fu-Han Gong, Zhi-Gang She, Zan Huang, Hao Xia, Hongliang Li
BACKGROUND: Dickkopf-3 (DKK3) is a negative regulator of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is involved in inflammation. However, little is known about the relationship between DKK3 expression and the progression of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to define the role of DKK3 and its potential mechanism in the development of atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Immunofluorescence analysis showed that DKK3 was strongly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaques from patients with coronary heart disease and in hyperlipidemic mice...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185033/stimulation-of-osteogenic-differentiation-by-saikosaponin-a-in-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#14
Weiqi Huang, Xiaoling Zheng, Xiaodong Yang, Shicai Fan
Saikosaponin-A (SA), a class of native compound with numerous biological activities, may exert protective effect against postmenopausal bone loss. However, it remains unknown whether SA regulates the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. In this study, BMSCs were treated with various concentrations of SA to stimulate osteogenic differentiation over a 14-day period. Additionally, a canonical ovariectomized (OVX) mouse model was used to evaluate the effect of 3-month SA treatment in preventing postmenopausal osteoporosis...
February 9, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174758/interferon-alpha-promotes-th1-response-and-epithelial-apoptosis-via-inflammasome-activation-in-human-intestinal-mucosa
#15
Anne Jarry, Florent Malard, Chantal Bou-Hanna, Guillaume Meurette, Mohamad Mohty, Jean-François Mosnier, Christian L Laboisse, Céline Bossard
BACKGOUND & AIMS: Several lines of investigation suggest that interferon (IFN) alpha can alter human intestinal mucosa homeostasis. These include the endogenous production of IFN alpha in celiac disease or inflammatory bowel diseases, as well as the occurrence of intestinal side effects of exogenous IFN alpha used as a therapeutic tool. Here, we present an ex vivo translational approach to investigate the effects of IFN alpha on the human normal intestinal mucosa, as well as its underlying mechanisms...
January 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173817/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-alleviates-endothelial-injury-by-inhibiting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#16
Shouyuan Ma, Shutong Yao, Hua Tian, Peng Jiao, Nana Yang, Ping Zhu, Shucun Qin
BACKGROUND: Oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) can induce endothelial injury and plays a vital role in the procession and development of atherosclerosis. Little is known regarding whether Wnt/β-catenin pathway is involved in ox-LDL-induced endothelial injury or whether it further promotes atherosclerosis via increased oxidative stress. This study aimed to investigate the role of Wnt/β-catenin pathway in ox-LDL-induced vascular endothelial injury and determine whether pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) could alleviate ox-LDL-induced endothelial injury by inhibiting Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
February 7, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168749/promising-therapeutic-efficacy-of-a-novel-reic-dkk-3-expressing-adenoviral-vector-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Hiroaki Sawahara, Hidenori Shiraha, Daisuke Uchida, Hironari Kato, Ryo Kato, Atsushi Oyama, Teruya Nagahara, Masaya Iwamuro, Shigeru Horiguchi, Koichiro Tsutsumi, Mari Mandai, Tetsushige Mimura, Nozomu Wada, Yasuto Takeuchi, Kenji Kuwaki, Hideki Onishi, Shinichiro Nakamura, Masami Watanabe, Masakiyo Sakaguchi, Akinobu Takaki, Kazuhiro Nouso, Takahito Yagi, Yasutomo Nasu, Hiromi Kumon, Hiroyuki Okada
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Reduced expression in immortalized cells (REIC)/dickkopf 3 (Dkk-3) is a tumor suppressor gene that is downregulated in various cancers. In our previous study of prostate cancer, the REIC/Dkk-3-expressing adenoviral vector (Ad-REIC) was found to induce cancer-selective apoptosis. We recently developed a novel super gene expression (SGE) system and used this system to re-construct an Ad-REIC vector, termed the Ad-SGE-REIC, to achieve more effective therapeutic outcomes...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163317/embelin-attenuates-adipogenesis-and-lipogenesis-through-activating-canonical-wnt-signaling-and-inhibits-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity
#18
Y Gao, J Li, X Xu, S Wang, Y Yang, J Zhou, L Zhang, F Zheng, X Li, B Wang
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that Embelin, a natural plant extract might have the potential to prevent body weight gain in rats. However, the mechanisms involved remain to be elucidated. METHODS: Effects of Embelin on adipocyte differentiation and lipogenesis were studied in murine ST2 stromal cells and C3H10T1/2 mesenchymal cells. The mechanisms through which Embelin regulates adipogenic differentiation and lipogenesis were explored. The in vivo anti-obesity effects of Embelin in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity mice and possible transcriptional impact were investigated...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155238/dickkopf-1-is-involved-in-dexamethasone-mediated-hair-follicle-regression
#19
Mi Hee Kwack, Jun Ho Lee, Chang Hoon Seo, Jung Chul Kim, Moon Kyu Kim, Young Kwan Sung
The stress-related neurohormones including glucocorticoids (GCs) are secreted by hair follicles (HFs) and GCs suppress murine hair growth in vivo. In this study, we found that dexamethasone (Dex), a synthetic GC, increased the expression of dickkopf-1 (DKK1), a known catagen inducer, in dermal papilla (DP) cells but not in follicular keratinocytes. The neutralizing DKK1 antibody significantly attenuated the Dex-induced inhibition of human hair shaft elongation. In addition, the neutralizing Dkk1 antibody delayed Dex-induced catagen in mice...
February 3, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154134/cdon-deficiency-causes-cardiac-remodeling-through-hyperactivation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#20
Myong-Ho Jeong, Hyun-Ji Kim, Jung-Hoon Pyun, Kyu-Sil Choi, Dong I Lee, Soroosh Solhjoo, Brian O'Rourke, Gordon F Tomaselli, Dong Seop Jeong, Hana Cho, Jong-Sun Kang
On pathological stress, Wnt signaling is reactivated and induces genes associated with cardiac remodeling and fibrosis. We have previously shown that a cell surface receptor Cdon (cell-adhesion associated, oncogene regulated) suppresses Wnt signaling to promote neuronal differentiation however its role in heart is unknown. Here, we demonstrate a critical role of Cdon in cardiac function and remodeling. Cdon is expressed and predominantly localized at intercalated disk in both mouse and human hearts. Cdon-deficient mice develop cardiac dysfunction including reduced ejection fraction and ECG abnormalities...
February 2, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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