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Wnt inflammation

Ritva Heljasvaara, Mari Aikio, Heli Ruotsalainen, Taina Pihlajaniemi
Collagen XVIII is a ubiquitous basement membrane (BM) proteoglycan produced in three tissue-specific isoforms that differ in their N-terminal non-collagenous sequences, but share collagenous and C-terminal non-collagenous domains. The collagenous domain provides flexibility to the large collagen XVIII molecules on account of multiple interruptions in collagenous sequences. Each isoform has a complex multi-domain structure that endows it with an ability to perform various biological functions. The long isoform contains a frizzled-like (Fz) domain with Wnt-inhibiting activity and a unique domain of unknown function (DUF959), which is also present in the medium isoform...
October 13, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Sarah A Comerford, Elizabeth A Hinnant, Yidong Chen, Hima Bansal, Shawn Klapproth, Dinesh Rakheja, Milton J Finegold, Dolores Lopez-Terrada, Kathryn A O'Donnell, Gail E Tomlinson, Robert E Hammer
Aberrant wnt/β-catenin signaling and amplification/overexpression of Myc are associated with hepatoblastoma (HB), the most prevalent type of childhood liver cancer. To address their roles in the pathogenesis of HB, we generated mice in which Myc and mutant β-catenin were targeted to immature cells of the developing mouse liver. Perinatal coexpression of both genes promoted the preferential development of HBs over other tumor types in neonatal mice, all of which bore striking resemblance to their human counterparts...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Chiharu Ota, Hoeke A Baarsma, Darcy E Wagner, Anne Hilgendorff, Melanie Königshoff
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is one of the most common chronic lung diseases in infants caused by pre- and/or postnatal lung injury. BPD is characterized by arrested alveolarization and vascularization due to extracellular matrix remodeling, inflammation, and impaired growth factor signaling. WNT signaling is a critical pathway for normal lung development, and its altered signaling has been shown to be involved in the onset and progression of incurable chronic lung diseases in adulthood, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)...
December 2016: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
Xia Yang, Jian-Ning Lv, Hui Li, Bo Jiao, Qiu-Hong Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jie Zhang, Yan-Qin Liu, Ming Zhang, Hu Shan, Jin-Zhao Zhang, Run-Miao Wu, Ya-Li Li
OBJECTIVES: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory, heterogeneous airway disease affecting millions of people around the world. Curcumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrosis effects. Researchers reported that curcumin regulated Wnt/b-catenin signaling in lots of cells. However, whether curcumin regulates the levels of Wnt/ b-Catenin signaling in lung tissues and DCs (dendritic cells) remains unclear. In this study, we assessed the effects of curcumin on DCs and asthma. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice immunized with OVA (ovalbumin) were challenged thrice with an aerosol of OVA every second day for 8 days...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Bin Ma, Michael O Hottiger
Besides its important role in embryonic development and homeostatic self-renewal in adult tissues, Wnt/β-catenin signaling exerts both anti-inflammatory and proinflammatory functions. This is, at least partially, due to either repressing or enhancing the NF-κB pathway. Similarly, the NF-κB pathway either positively or negatively regulates Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Different components of the two pathways are involved in this crosstalk, forming a complex regulatory network. This review summarizes our current understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the cross-regulation between the two pathways and discusses their involvement in inflammation and inflammation-associated diseases such as cancer...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Xiqiang Liu, Gaojian Luo, Jingbo Jiang, Tonghui Ma, Xiaozhu Lin, Liping Jiang, Jilin Cheng, Ran Tao
: Terlipressin has been used extensively in the management of certain complications associated with end-stage liver diseases (ESLDs). In our pilot study, terlipressin treatment showed beneficial effects on liver function in patients with decompensated cirrhosis, however whether it plays a role in liver ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) remains unknown. Using a mouse nonlethal hepatic IR model, we found terlipressin administration significantly ameliorated IR-induced liver apoptosis, necrosis and inflammation...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Wei Liu, Jimmy W Crott, Lin Lyu, Anna C Pfalzer, Jinchao Li, Sang-Woon Choi, Yingke Yang, Joel B Mason, Zhenhua Liu
Obesity is an established risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC). Our previous study indicated that obesity increases activity of the pro-tumorigenic Wnt-signaling. Presently, we sought to further advance our understanding of the mechanisms by which obesity promotes CRC by examining associations between microbiome, inflammation and Wnt-signaling in Apc(+/1638N) mice whose obesity was induced by one of two modalities, diet- or genetically-induced obesity. Three groups were employed: Apc(+/1638N)Lepr(+/+) fed a low fat diet (10% fat), Apc(+/1638N)Lepr(+/+) fed a high fat diet (60% fat, diet-induced obesity), and Apc(+/1638N)Lepr(db/db) fed a low fat diet (genetically-induced obesity)...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Keytam S Awad, James D West, Vinicio de Jesus Perez, Margaret MacLean
The proliferative endothelial and smooth muscle cell phenotype, inflammation, and pulmonary vascular remodeling are prominent features of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Mutations in bone morphogenetic protein type 2 receptor (BMPR2) have been identified as the most common genetic cause of PAH and females with BMPR2 mutations are 2.5 times as likely to develop heritable forms of PAH than males. Higher levels of estrogen have also been observed in males with PAH, implicating sex hormones in PAH pathogenesis...
September 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
Huimin Yan, Xin Duan, Hua Pan, Nilsson Holguin, Muhammad Farooq Rai, Antonina Akk, Luke E Springer, Samuel A Wickline, Linda J Sandell, Christine T N Pham
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of disability and morbidity in the aging population. Joint injury leads to cartilage damage, a known determinant for subsequent development of posttraumatic OA, which accounts for 12% of all OA. Understanding the early molecular and cellular responses postinjury may provide targets for therapeutic interventions that limit articular degeneration. Using a murine model of controlled knee joint impact injury that allows the examination of cartilage responses to injury at specific time points, we show that intraarticular delivery of a peptidic nanoparticle complexed to NF-κB siRNA significantly reduces early chondrocyte apoptosis and reactive synovitis...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wenyao Zhang, Xuezhong Li, Tong Xu, Mengru Ma, Yong Zhang, Ming-Qing Gao
Hypernomic secretion of epithelial cytokines has several effects on stromal cells. The contributions of inflammatory epithelial cells to stromal fibroblasts in bovine mammary glands with mastitis remain poorly understood. Here, we established an inflammatory epithelial cell model of bovine mastitis with gram-negative lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and gram-positive lipoteichoic acid (LTA) bacterial cell wall components. We characterized immune responses of mammary stromal fibroblasts induced by inflammatory epithelial cells...
September 25, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yukiko Maeda, Nicholas H Farina, Melissa M Matzelle, Paul J Fanning, Jane B Lian, Ellen M Gravallese
Articular bone erosion in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is mediated by the interaction between inflammation and pathways regulating bone metabolism. Inflammation promotes osteoclastogenesis and also inhibits osteoblast function, further contributing to the persistence of erosions. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulators of skeletal remodeling and play a role in RA pathogenesis. We therefore determined the expression of miRNAs in inflamed synovial tissue and the role they play in pathways regulating osteoblast and osteoclast function...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Anne Tr Noll, Thorsten Cramer, Steven Wm Olde Damink, Frank G Schaap
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a relatively rare malignancy of the intra- or extra-hepatic bile ducts that is classified according to its anatomical localization as intrahepatic, perihilar or distal. Overall, CCA has a dismal prognosis due to typical presentation at an advanced irresectable stage, lack of effective non-surgical treatments, and a high rate of disease recurrence. CCA frequently arises on a background of chronic liver inflammation and cholestasis. Chronic inflammation is accompanied by enhanced cell turnover with generation of additional inflammatory stimuli, and a microenvironment rich in pro-inflammatory mediators and proliferative factors that enable accumulation of mutations, transformation and expansion of mutated cells...
September 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
Demirpolat Eren, Yerer Mukerrem Betul
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In our study, anticancer effects of 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol from ginger and curcumin from turmeric were investigated and the results were compared with each other. We aimed to reveal their effects on microsomal prostaglandine E2 synthase 1 (mPGES-1) which is related with cancer progression and inflammation as well as β-catenin and glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) that are the main components of Wnt/GSK3 pathway. As it is known activation of GSK-3β and high levels of mPGES-1 pathway leads to cell proliferation and aggravates cancer progression...
October 25, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Lihong Yao, Haijin Zhao, Haixiong Tang, Jing Xiong, Wenqu Zhao, Laiyu Liu, Hangming Dong, Fei Zou, Shaoxi Cai
Aberrant activation of β-catenin signaling by both WNT-dependent and -independent pathways has been demonstrated in asthmatic airways, which is thought to contribute critically in remodeling of the airways. Yet the exact role of β-catenin in asthma is very poorly defined. As we've previously reported abnormal expression of β-catenin in a toluene diisocyanate (TDI)-induced asthma model, in this study we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of two small molecules XAV-939 and ICG-001 in TDI-asthmatic male BALB/c mice, which selectively block β-catenin mediated transcription...
September 14, 2016: Allergy
Shirin Sedghi, Frédérick Barreau, Ian Morilla, Nicolas Montcuquet, Dominique Cazals-Hatem, Eric Pedruzzi, Emilie Rannou, Xavier Tréton, Jean-Pierre Hugot, Eric Ogier-Denis, Fanny Daniel
BACKGROUND: Aside from cases of backwash ileitis, the ileal mucosa of patients with ulcerative colitis (UC), an idiotypic inflammatory bowel disease, has received little attention despite the fact that colitis is known to trigger alterations in morphology and/or functions of the small intestine remotely. METHODS: The ileal mucosa was studied in patients with UC and in a spontaneous model of colitis (Il10/Nox1 mice) mimicking the histological and clinical features of UC and was also studied in acute and chronic murine models of chemically induced colitis...
October 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Antwoine Flowers, Jea-Young Lee, Bethany Grimmig, Sandra Acosta, Charles Hudson, Brent Small, Cyndy D Sanberg, Paula C Bickford
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2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Özge Uluçkan, Erwin F Wagner
Inflammation is a physiological reaction to tissue injury, pathogen invasion and a natural response to various stress stimuli. Innate and adaptive immune cells are activated and recruited to the site of inflammation to suppress or promote inflammation. The recruitment and activation of immune cells is modulated by cytokines and chemokines, which are regulated by transcription factors, such as AP-1 (Fos/Jun), NF-kB, NFATs and STATs. Moreover, it is now appreciated that chronic inflammation can lead to systemic effects affecting the whole organism by mechanisms which are not well understood...
July 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Jessica Gagné-Sansfaçon, Geneviève Coulombe, Marie-Josée Langlois, Ariane Langlois, Marilene Paquet, Julie Carrier, Gen-Sheng Feng, Cheng-Kui Qu, Nathalie Rivard
A major risk factor of developing colorectal cancer (CRC) is the presence of chronic inflammation in the colon. In order to understand how inflammation contributes to CRC development, the present study focused on SHP-2, a tyrosine phosphatase encoded by PTPN11 gene in which polymorphisms have been shown to be markers of colitis susceptibility. Conversely, gain-of-function mutations in PTPN11 gene (E76 residue) have been found in certain sporadic CRC. Results shown herein demonstrate that SHP-2 expression was markedly increased in sporadic human adenomas but not in advanced colorectal tumors...
August 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Marwa S Asem, Steven Buechler, Rebecca Burkhalter Wates, Daniel L Miller, M Sharon Stack
Wnt5a is involved in activating several non-canonical WNT signaling pathways, through binding to different members of the Frizzled- and Ror-family receptors. Wnt5a signaling is critical for regulating normal developmental processes, including proliferation, differentiation, migration, adhesion and polarity. However, the aberrant activation or inhibition of Wnt5a signaling is emerging as an important event in cancer progression, exerting both oncogenic and tumor suppressive effects. Recent studies show the involvement of Wnt5a in regulating cancer cell invasion, metastasis, metabolism and inflammation...
August 26, 2016: Cancers
Kazuhiko Uchiyama, Toshio Sakiyama, Takumu Hasebe, Mark W Musch, Hiroyuki Miyoshi, Yasushi Nakagawa, Tong-Chuan He, Lev Lichtenstein, Yuji Naito, Yoshito Itoh, Toshikazu Yoshikawa, Bana Jabri, Thaddeus Stappenbeck, Eugene B Chang
Proliferation and spatial development of colonic epithelial cells are highly regulated along the crypt vertical axis, which, when perturbed, can result in aberrant growth and carcinogenesis. In this study, two key factors were identified that have important and counterbalancing roles regulating these processes: pericrypt myofibroblast-derived Wnt-5a and the microbial metabolite butyrate. Cultured YAMC cell proliferation and heat shock protein induction were analzyed after butryate, conditioned medium with Wnt5a activity, and FrzB containing conditioned medium...
2016: Scientific Reports
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