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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821715/invasive-trophoblast-promote-stromal-fibroblast-decidualization-via-profilin-1-and-alox5
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E M Menkhorst, M L Van Sinderen, K Rainczuk, C Cuman, A Winship, E Dimitriadis
During the establishment of pregnancy, extravillous trophoblast (EVT) must invade into the uterine decidua to facilitate decidual artery remodelling to create the placental blood supply. The local decidual environment is thought to regulate trophoblast invasion, however these interactions are poorly defined in humans. Recent evidence in women suggests impaired decidualization is associated with miscarriage and preeclampsia. Primary human endometrial stromal cells (HESC) and first trimester extravillous trophoblast (EVTs) were used to assess the effect of EVT-secreted factors on HESC decidualization, adhesion, proliferation and migration...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819322/nampt-enzyme-activity-regulates-catabolic-gene-expression-in-gingival-fibroblasts-during-periodontitis
#2
Ka Hyon Park, Duck-Kyu Kim, Yun Hyun Huh, Gyuseok Lee, Su-Hyeon Lee, Yunkyung Hong, Sun-Hun Kim, Min-Suk Kook, Jeong-Tae Koh, Jang-Soo Chun, Shee Eun Lee, Je-Hwang Ryu
Periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent chronic disorders worldwide. It is accompanied by inflammation of the gingiva and destruction of periodontal tissues, leading to alveolar bone loss. Here, we focused on the role of adipokines, which are locally expressed by periodontal tissues, in the regulation of catabolic gene expression leading to periodontal inflammation. The expression of the nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) adipokine was dramatically increased in inflamed human and mouse gingival tissues...
August 18, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818870/fra-2-negatively-regulates-postnatal-alveolar-septation-by-modulating-myofibroblast-function
#3
Kazuyuki Tsujino, John T Li, Tatsuya Tsukui, Xin Ren, Latifa Bakiri, Erwin F Wagner, Dean Sheppard
Mice that globally over-express the transcription factor, Fos-related antigen-2 (Fra-2), develop extensive pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary vascular remodeling. To determine if these phenotypes are a consequence of ectopic Fra-2 expression in vascular smooth muscle cells and myofibroblasts, we generated mice that over-express Fra-2 specifically in these cells types (α-SMA-rtTA; tetO-Fra-2). Surprisingly, these mice did not develop vascular remodeling or pulmonary fibrosis, but developed a spontaneous emphysema-like phenotype characterized by alveolar enlargement...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818394/focal-adhesion-kinase-family-is-involved-in-matrix-contraction-by-transdifferentiated-m%C3%A3-ller-cells
#4
Rintaro Tsukahara, Kazuhiko Umazume, Kevin McDonald, Henry J Kaplan, Shigeo Tamiya
Transdifferentiated Müller cells that adopt a fibroblastic/myofibroblastic phenotype have been identified in epiretinal membranes (ERMs) in several ocular disorders, and have been implicated to play a role in the formation and/or the contraction of ERMs. We have previously demonstrated that dasatinib, a dual inhibitor of Src-family kinases and Abl kinase, can prevent matrix contraction by transdifferentiated Müller cells. In this study, we examined molecules involved in matrix contraction downstream of primary dasatinib targets...
August 14, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816710/establishment-of-primary-cell-culture-from-ascitic-fluid-and-solid-tumor-obtained-from-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-patients
#5
Rajarshi Kar, Diwesh Chawla, Bindiya Gupta, Mohit Mehndiratta, Neelam Wadhwa, Rachna Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is the seventh leading cause of cancer death worldwide. This is mainly due to late diagnosis and high rate of relapse and resistance following chemotherapy. In the present study, we describe simple and cost-effective method to establish primary culture from ascitic fluid and solid tumor obtained from epithelial ovarian carcinoma patient, which may provide a better tool for in vitro testing of drug sensitivity and designing individualized treatment protocol. METHODS: Complete Dulbecco modified Eagle medium (DMEM) was prepared by supplementing DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum and antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and amphotericin B)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816602/synthesis-and-in-vitro-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activities-of-quaternary-ammonium-chitosan-modified-with-nisin
#6
Lian Min, Meng Liu, Chen Zhu, Liangling Liu, Zhiqie Rao, Lihong Fan
Nisin had been grafted onto quaternary ammonium chitosan (QCS) through an enzyme-catalyzed reactionto enhanceitslimitedantimicrobial activity. QCS was synthesizedby incorporating N-(3-chloro-2-hydroxypropyl) trimethyl ammonium chloride(CHPTAC)ontochitosan's primary aminegroup.The modificationhad been confirmed by FT-IR and (1)H NMR spectroscopy. Degree of substitution (DS) of QCS-nisin could be controlled by adjusting the reaction conditions. The synthesized compounds were screened in vitroto evaluate their antimicrobial and antioxidant activities...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815598/lpa1-is-a-key-mediator-of-intracellular-signalling-and-neuroprotection-triggered-by-tetracyclic-antidepressants-in-hippocampal-neurons
#7
Maria C Olianas, Simona Dedoni, Pierluigi Onali
Both lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and antidepressants have been shown to affect neuronal survival and differentiation, but whether LPA signalling participates in the action of antidepressants is still unknown. In the present study we examined the role of LPA receptors in the regulation of ERK1/2 activity and neuronal survival by the tetracyclic antidepressants mianserin and mirtazapine in hippocampal neurons. In HT22 immortalized hippocampal cells antidepressants and LPA induced a time- and concentration-dependent stimulation of ERK1/2 phosphorylation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815354/nf-e2-related-factor-2-suppresses-intestinal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-reactive-oxygen-species-dependent-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-pathway
#8
Yadi Guan, Yue Tan, Weiyu Liu, Jun Yang, Dongxu Wang, Di Pan, Yan Sun, Changqing Zheng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the antifibrotic effects of NF-E2-Related Factor 2 (Nrf2) on intestinal fibrosis. Intestinal fibrosis is a common complication of Crohn's disease; however, its mechanism of intestinal fibrosis is largely unclear. METHODS: BALB/c mice received 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid weekly via intrarectal injections to induce chronic fibrotic colitis. They also diet containing received 1% (w/w) tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ), which is an agonist of Nrf2...
August 16, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815244/-cytotoxicity-of-carboxymethyl-chitosan-zinc-and-peptide-to-human-periodontal-ligament-cells
#9
Hui Guo, Ke-Qing Pan, Jing Deng, Xue-Yu Liu, Jia Song
PURPOSE: The purpose of this investigation was to study the cytotoxicity of carboxymethyl chitosan zinc and peptide to human periodontal ligament cells in vitro, in order to provide a reference for understanding materials' safety. METHODS: The primary cells were obtained from human periodontal tissues and cultured. The cultured cells were identified by observing the shape under microscope and by immunocytochemical method. HPDLCs were cultured in different concentrations of the tested materials extract and the activity of cells was evaluated using CCK-8 assay...
April 2017: Shanghai Kou Qiang Yi Xue, Shanghai Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813592/3d-printed-phema-materials-for-topographical-and-biochemical-modulation-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-cell-response
#10
Adina Badea, Joselle M McCracken, Emily G Tillmaand, Mikhail Eugene Kandel, Aaron W Oraham, Molly B Mevis, Stanislav S Rubakhin, Gabriel Popescu, Jonathan V Sweedler, Ralph G Nuzzo
Understanding and controlling the interactions occurring between cells and engineered materials are central challenges towards progress in the development of biomedical devices. In this work, we describe materials for direct ink writing (DIW), an extrusion-based type of 3D printing, that embed a custom synthetic protein (RGD-PDL) within the microfilaments of 3D-hydrogel scaffolds to modify these interactions and differentially direct tissue-level organization of complex cell populations in vitro. The RGD-PDL is synthesized by modifying poly-ᴅ-lysine (PDL) to varying extents with peptides containing the integrin-binding motif Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813533/18%C3%A3-glycyrrhetinic-acid-derivative-promotes-proliferation-migration-and-aquaporin-3-expression-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
#11
Chi-Feng Hung, Chien-Yu Hsiao, Wen-Hao Hsieh, Hsin-Ju Li, Yi-Ju Tsai, Chun-Nan Lin, Hsun-Hsien Chang, Nan-Lin Wu
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) species have been widely used as a traditional medicine and a natural sweetener in foods. The 18β-glycyrrhetinic acid (18β-GA) is a bioactive compound in licorice that exhibits potential anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial activities. Many synthesized derivatives of 18β-GA have been reported to be cytotoxic and suggested for the treatment of malignant diseases. In this study, we explored the possible pharmacological roles of an 18β-GA derivative in skin biology using primary human dermal fibroblasts and HaCaT keratinocytes as cell models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811873/a-human-plasma-derived-supplement-preserves-function-of-human-vascular-cells-in-absence-of-fetal-bovine-serum
#12
C Castells-Sala, J Martorell, M Balcells
Current techniques for cell culture routinely use animal-derived components. Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most widely applied supplement, but it often displays significant batch-to-batch variations and is generally not suitable for clinical applications in humans. A robust and xeno-free alternative to FBS is of high interest for cellular therapies, from early in vitro testing to clinical trials in human subjects. In the current work, a highly consistent human plasma derived supplement (SCC) has been tested, as a potential substitute of FBS in primary human vascular cells culture...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811495/low-protein-induced-increases-in-fgf21-drive-ucp1-dependent-metabolic-but-not-thermoregulatory-endpoints
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Cristal M Hill, Thomas Laeger, Diana C Albarado, David H McDougal, Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Heike Münzberg, Christopher D Morrison
Dietary protein restriction increases adipose tissue uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), energy expenditure and food intake, and these effects require the metabolic hormone fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21). Here we test whether the induction of energy expenditure during protein restriction requires UCP1, promotes a resistance to cold stress, and is dependent on the concomitant hyperphagia. Wildtype, Ucp1-KO and Fgf21-KO mice were placed on control and low protein (LP) diets to assess changes in energy expenditure, food intake and other metabolic endpoints...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811097/type-i-collagen-promotes-primary-cilia-growth-through-down-regulating-hdac6-mediated-autophagy-in-confluent-mouse-embryo-fibroblast-3t3-l1-cells
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Qian Xu, Weiwei Liu, Xiaoling Liu, Wuxiyar Otkur, Toshihiko Hayashi, Masayuki Yamato, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takashi Ikejima
Primary cilia are microtubule-based organelles that extend from nearly all vertebrate cells. Abnormal ciliogenesis and cilia length are suggested to be associated with hypertension and obesity as well as diseases such as Meckel-Gruber syndrome. Extracellular matrix (ECM), comprising cellular microenvironment, influences cell shape and proliferation. However, influence of ECM on cilia biogenesis has not been well studied. In this study we examined the effects of type I collagen (col I), the major component of ECM, on primary cilia growth...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810065/olodaterol-shows-anti-fibrotic-efficacy-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-models-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
#15
Franziska Elena Herrmann, Lutz Wollin, Johannes Wirth, Florian Gantner, Bärbel Lämmle, Eva Wex
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal respiratory disease characterized by excessive fibroblast activation ultimately leading to scarring of the lungs. Although, the activation of β2 -adrenergic receptors (β2 -AR) has been shown to inhibit pro-fibrotic events primarily in cell lines, the role of β2 -AR agonism has not yet been fully characterized. The aim of our study was to explore the anti-fibrotic activity of the long-acting β2 -AR-agonist olodaterol in primary human lung fibroblasts, and in murine models of pulmonary fibrosis...
August 15, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810000/effect-of-a-blueberry-derived-antioxidant-matrix-on-infrared-a-induced-gene-expression-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
#16
Susanne Grether-Beck, Jean Krutmann, Katherine Wilkens, Kasey D'Amato
<p>There is compelling evidence that Infrared A (IRA) from natural sunlight contributes to photoaging of human skin by inducing the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (MMP-1) expression in human dermal fibroblasts. Corresponding mechanistic studies have shown that IRA does so by increasing the production of reactive oxygen species in irradiated cells. In the present study, we therefore asked if treatment of primary human skin fibroblasts with a blueberry-derived antioxidant matrix (BerrimatrixTM), which is employed as an active ingredient in commercially available skin care products that are topically applied, can prevent IRA-induced MMP-1 expression in these cells...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807595/sphingosine-kinase-2-deficiency-ameliorates-kidney-fibrosis-by-up-regulating-smad7-in-a-mouse-model-of-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
#17
Stephanie Schwalm, Sandra Beyer, Helena Frey, Riad Haceni, Georgios Grammatikos, Dominique Thomas, Gerd Geisslinger, Liliana Schaefer, Andrea Huwiler, Josef Pfeilschifter
Kidney fibrosis is a hallmark of chronic kidney disease and leads to extracellular matrix accumulation, organ scarring, and loss of kidney function. In this study, we investigated the role of sphingosine kinase-2 (SPHK2) on the progression of tubular fibrosis by utilizing a mouse unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) model. We found that SPHK2 protein and activity are up-regulated in fibrotic renal tissue. Functionally, Sphk2 deficient (Sphk2(-/-)) mice showed an attenuated fibrotic response to UUO compared to wild-type mice as demonstrated by reduced collagen abundance and decreased expression of fibronectin-1, collagen I, α-smooth muscle actin, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), and plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1)...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806774/fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-1-mediates-internalization-of-pathogenic-spotted-fever-rickettsiae-into-host-endothelium
#18
Abha Sahni, Jignesh Patel, Hema P Narra, Casey L C Schroeder, David H Walker, Sanjeev K Sahni
Rickettsial infections continue to cause serious morbidity and mortality in severe human cases around the world. Host cell adhesion and invasion is an essential requisite for intracellular growth, replication, and subsequent dissemination of pathogenic rickettsiae. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans [HSPGs] facilitate the interactions between fibroblast growth factor(s) and their tyrosine kinase receptors resulting in receptor dimerization/activation and have been implicated in bacterial adhesion to target host cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806643/mixed-ligand-aroylhydrazone-and-n-donor-heterocyclic-lewis-base-cu-ii-complexes-as-potential-antiproliferative-agents
#19
Manas Sutradhar, Rajeshwari, Tannistha Roy Barman, Alexandra R Fernandes, Fabiana Paradinha, Catarina Roma-Rodrigues, M Fátima C Guedes da Silva, Armando J L Pombeiro
A series of four mixed ligand aroylhydrazone and N-donor heterocyclic Lewis base Cu(II) complexes [CuL(X)]2 [L refers to the dianionic form of (5-bromo-2-hydroxybenzylidene)-2-hydroxybenzohydrazide; X=pyrazine (Pz; 1), pyridine (Py; 2), imidazole (Imz; 3) and 3-pyridinecarbonitrile (3-PyCN; 4)] has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, various spectroscopic techniques and X-ray crystallography (for 1, 2 and 4). The antiproliferative effect of complexes 1-4 was examined in 4 human tumor cell lines (ovarian carcinoma (A2780), colorectal carcinoma (HCT116), lung adenocarcinoma (A549) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF7)) and in normal human primary Fibroblasts...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804544/sirt3-attenuates-angii-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-myofibroblasts-transdifferentiation-via-stat3-nfatc2-pathway
#20
Xiaobin Guo, Fangying Yan, Jingyuan Li, Chunmei Zhang, Peili Bu
Cardiac fibrosis is a maladaptive response to various stresses, characterized by increased interstitial collagen deposition and progressive cardiac dysfunction. The transdifferentiation of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts is an essential process in the pathogenesis of cardiac fibrosis. SIRT3, as a mitochondrial NAD(+)-dependent histone deacetylase, has been demonstrated beneficial in many cardiovascular diseases. However, the specific mechanism of its protective role in cardiac fibrosis needs to be elucidated further...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
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