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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527877/esculetin-ameliorates-hepatic-fibrosis-in-high-fat-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-regulation-of-foxo1-mediated-pathway
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Anuradha Pandey, Priyank Raj, Santosh Kumar Goru, Almesh Kadakol, Vajir Malek, Nisha Sharma, Anil Bhanudas Gaikwad
BACKGROUND: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a chronic metabolic disorder is associated with oxidative stress, inflammation and fibrotic cascades. In this study, we aimed to examine the effects of Esculetin, a well-known anti-oxidant on TGF-β1 mediated liver fibrosis and FoxO1 activity. METHODS: A non-genetic murine model for NAFLD was developed by chronic high fat diet (HFD) (58% calories from fats) feeding in Wistar rats. The plasma biochemical parameters, liver function tests, oxidative stress, and histopathological alterations were assessed...
February 4, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527846/characterization-of-dental-pulp-myofibroblasts-in-rat-molars-after-pulpotomy
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Naoki Edanami, Nagako Yoshiba, Naoto Ohkura, Ryosuke Takeuchi, Aiko Tohma, Yuichiro Noiri, Kunihiko Yoshiba
INTRODUCTION: Myofibroblasts express alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and play a critical role in wound healing. Myofibroblast differentiation is controlled by the joint actions of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and the extradomain A fibronectin splice variant (EDA-FN). Currently, the contribution of myofibroblasts to dental pulp healing is unknown. Therefore, we analyzed expressional characteristics of α-SMA-positive cells and investigated TGF-β1, EDA-FN, and α-SMA expression levels after pulpotomy to better understand dental pulp healing...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526992/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-omani-women
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Ritu Lakhtakia, Adil Aljarrah, Muhammad Furrukh, Shyam S Ganguly
Breast cancer (BC) in Oman affects younger women and has a more aggressive course. Clinical and biological variables like age, pregnancy, tumor size, type, grade, receptor expression and proliferation predict disease aggression but there is no direct predictor of metastasis except lymphovascular invasion. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is characterized by epithelial cells losing epithelial and acquiring mesenchymal morpho-immunophenotypic characteristics. In tumors, EMT-like transitions may signify a metastatic phenotype and have features in common with cancer stem cells (CSC) which show resistance to chemotherapy...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Microenvironment: Official Journal of the International Cancer Microenvironment Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526320/mercury-exposure-induces-cytoskeleton-disruption-and-loss-of-renal-function-through-epigenetic-modulation-of-mmp9-expression
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Hafizurrahman Khan, Radha Dutt Singh, Ratnakar Tiwari, Siddhartha Gangopadhyay, Somendu Kumar Roy, Dhirendra Singh, Vikas Srivastava
Mercury is one of the major heavy metal pollutants occurring in elemental, inorganic and organic forms. Due to ban on most inorganic mercury containing products, human exposure to mercury generally occurs as methylmercury (MeHg) by consumption of contaminated fish and other sea food. Animal and epidemiological studies indicate that MeHg affects neural and renal function. Our study is focused on nephrotoxic potential of MeHg. In this study, we have shown for the first time how MeHg could epigenetically modulate matrix metalloproteinase 9(MMP9) to promote nephrotoxicity using an animal model of sub chronic MeHg exposure...
May 16, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526237/small-molecule-inhibition-of-wnt-signaling-abrogates-dexamethasone-induced-phenotype-of-primary-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Sarah D Ahadome, Chi Zhang, Elizabeth Tannous, James Shen, Jie J Zheng
Trabecular meshwork (TM) cells are the governing regulators of the TM structure. When the functionality of these cells is impaired, the structure of the TM is perturbed, which often results in increased ocular hypertension. High intraocular pressure is the most significant risk factor for steroid-induced glaucoma. Dexamethasone (Dex) induced phenotype of TM cells is widely utilized as a model system to gain insight into mechanisms underlying damaged TM in glaucoma. In this study, to assess the possible role of the abnormal Wnt signaling in steroid-induced glaucoma, we analyzed the effects of small-molecule Wnt signaling modulators on Dex-induced expression extracellular matrix proteins of primary human TM cells...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525819/combination-of-flow-and-micropattern-alignment-affecting-flow-resistant-endothelial-cell-adhesion
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Xianghui Gong, Jie Yao, Hongping He, Xixi Zhao, Xiaoyi Liu, Feng Zhao, Yan Sun, Yubo Fan
Assuring cell adhesion to an underlying biomaterial surface under blood flow is vital to functional vascular grafts design. In vivo endothelial cells (ECs) are located under the microenvironment of both surface topography of the basement membrane and the mechanical loading resulting from blood flow. Both topographical and mechanical factors should thus be considered when designing vascular grafts to enhance the flow-resistant EC adhesion. This study aims to investigate effects of integrating biomaterial surface topography and flow on EC adhesion, which was a deficit in previous studies...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525322/a-systemic-review-of-existing-serological-possibilities-to-diagnose-canine-osteoarthritis-with-a-particular-focus-on-extracellular-matrix-proteoglycans-and-protein
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M Shahid, G Manchi, P Slunsky, O Naseer, A Fatima, B Leo, J Raila
Extra-cellular matrix (ECM) components are important and their stabilization is significant in maintaining normal healthy joint environment. In osteoarthritis (OA), ECM components are altered and indicate disease progression. The joint ECM is composed of proteoglycans (aggrecan, perlecan, inter α-trypsin inhibitor), glycoproteins (fibronectin, lubricin, COMP) and collagen types (most abundantly collagen type II) which represent structural and functional transformation during disease advancement. ECM investigation revealed significant biomarkers of OA that could be used as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool in different canine orthopedic diseases...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523173/thrombotic-responses-to-coronary-stents-bioresorbable-scaffolds-and-the-kounis-hypersensitivity-associated-acute-thrombotic-syndrome
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Nicholas G Kounis, Ioanna Koniari, Anastasios Roumeliotis, Grigorios Tsigas, George Soufras, Nicholas Grapsas, Periklis Davlouros, George Hahalis
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty with coronary stent implantation is a life-saving medical procedure that has become, nowadays, the most frequent performed therapeutic procedure in medicine. Plain balloon angioplasty, bare metal stents, first and second generation drug-eluting stents, bioresorbable and bioabsorbable scaffolds have offered diachronically a great advance against coronary artery disease and have enriched our medical armamentarium. Stented areas constitute vulnerable sites for endothelial damage, endothelial dysfunction, flow turbulence, hemorheologic changes, platelet dysfunction, coagulation changes and fibrinolytic disturbances...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522569/brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-airway-fibrosis-in-asthma
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Michelle R Freeman, Venkatachalem Sathish, Logan J Manlove, Shengyu Wang, Rodney D Britt, Michael A Thompson, Christina M Pabelick, Y S Prakash
Airway remodeling in asthma driven by inflammation involves proliferation of epithelial cells and airway smooth muscle (ASM), as well as enhanced extracellular matrix (ECM) generation and deposition, i.e. fibrosis. Accordingly, understanding pro-fibrotic mechanisms is important for developing novel therapeutic strategies in asthma. Recent studies, including our own, have suggested a role for locally-produced growth factors such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in mediating and modulating inflammation effects...
May 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521777/cip2a-mediates-fibronectin-induced-bladder-cancer-cell-proliferation-by-stabilizing-%C3%AE-catenin
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Fengbin Gao, Tianyuan Xu, Xianjin Wang, Shan Zhong, Shanwen Chen, Minguang Zhang, Xiaohua Zhang, Yifan Shen, Xiaojing Wang, Chen Xu, Zhoujun Shen
BACKGROUND: Fibronectin (FN) is associated with tumorigenesis and progression in bladder cancer, however, the underlying mechanisms causing this remain largely unknown. Furthermore, cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A) has been shown to play important regulatory roles in cancer proliferation. Here, we investigated whether FN regulates CIP2A expression to promote bladder cancer cell proliferation. METHODS: The correlations of stromal FN with CIP2A and proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) expression were analyzed in a cohort bladder cancer patients...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521486/fibronectin-induces-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells-via-activation-of-calpain
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Cheng-Lin Li, Dan Yang, Xin Cao, Fan Wang, Duan-Yang Hong, Jing Wang, Xiang-Chun Shen, Yan Chen
Fibronectin (FN) is a primary component of the mammary mesenchymal compartment and undergoes dramatic changes during breast cancer development. Increased FN expression is associated with an invasive and metastatic breast cancer phenotype. The present study demonstrated that FN causes an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-like morphological change in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. FN stimulation caused the downregulation of epithelial markers E-cadherin and tight junction protein ZO-1, and the upregulation of mesenchymal markers N-cadherin and vimentin...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520869/comparative-pathogenomic-characterization-of-a-non-invasive-serotype-m71-strain-streptococcus-pyogenes-ns53-reveals-incongruent-phenotypic-implications-from-distinct-genotypic-markers
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Yun-Juan Bao, Yang Li, Zhong Liang, Garima Agrahari, Shaun W Lee, Victoria A Ploplis, Francis J Castellino
The strains serotyped as M71 from group A Streptococcus are common causes of pharyngeal and skin diseases worldwide. Here we characterize the genome of a unique non-invasive M71 human isolate, NS53. The genome does not contain structural rearrangements or large-scale gene gains/losses, but encodes a full set of non-truncated known virulence factors, thus providing an ideal reference for comparative studies. However, the NS53 genome showed incongruent phenotypic implications from distinct genotypic markers. NS53 is characterized as an emm pattern D and FCT (fibronectin-collagen-T-antigen) type-3 strain, typical of skin tropic strains, but is phylogenetically close to emm pattern E strains with preference for both skin and pharyngeal infections...
May 17, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518129/cardiac-muscle-cell-based-actuator-and-self-stabilizing-biorobot-part-2
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Neerajha Nagarajan, Merrel T Holley, Christian Danielson, Kidong Park, Pinar Zorlutuna
In recent years, hybrid devices that consist of a living cell or tissue component integrated with a synthetic mechanical backbone have been developed. These devices, called biorobots, are powered solely by the force generated from the contractile activity of the living component and, due to their many inherent advantages, could be an alternative to conventional fully artificial robots. Here, we describe the methods to seed and characterize a biological actuator and a biorobot that was designed, fabricated, and functionalized in the first part of this two-part article...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518115/analysis-of-retinoic-acid-induced-neural-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-in-two-and-three-dimensional-embryoid-bodies
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Junning Yang, Chuanshen Wu, Ioana Stefanescu, Arie Horowitz
Mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) isolated from the inner mass of the blastocyst (typically at day E3.5), can be used as in vitro model system for studying early embryonic development. In the absence of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), ESCs differentiate by default into neural precursor cells. They can be amassed into a three dimensional (3D) spherical aggregate termed embryoid body (EB) due to its similarity to the early stage embryo. EBs can be seeded on fibronectin-coated coverslips, where they expand by growing two dimensional (2D) extensions, or implanted in 3D collagen matrices where they continue growing as spheroids, and differentiate into the three germ layers: endodermal, mesodermal, and ectodermal...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517972/glycated-collagen-stimulates-the-differentiation-of-gingival-myofibroblasts
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Ignacio N Retamal, Romina Hernández, Francisco Melo, Paulina Zapata, Constanza Martínez, Jorge Martínez, Patricio C Smith
BACKGROUND: Glucose-derived metabolites may alter the structure and biological properties of important proteins in the periodontium such as collagens. As a consequence, it is possible that collagen-binding cells may change their phenotypic traits. Though the glucose derived product methylglyoxal has been detected in periodontal lesions, the precise effect of collagen glycation on gingival connective tissue biology is far from being understood. In the present study we have evaluated whether collagen glycation by methylglyoxal may affect the phenotypic properties and remodeling capacity of human gingival fibroblasts...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507335/bnip3l-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-in-cardiac-fibroblasts-through-ca-2-i-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-3-pathway
#16
Weili Liu, Xinxing Wang, Zhusong Mei, Jingbo Gong, Lishuang Huang, Xiujie Gao, Yun Zhao, Jing Ma, Lingjia Qian
Fibrosis is an important, structurally damaging event that occurs in pathological cardiac remodeling, leading to cardiac dysfunction. BNIP3L is up-regulated in pressure overload-induced heart failure and has been reported to play an important role in cardiomyocyte apoptosis; however, its involvement in cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) remains unknown. We prove for the first time that the expression of BNIP3L is significantly increased in the CFs of rats undergoing pressure overload-induced heart failure. Furthermore, this increased BNIP3L expression was confirmed in cultured neonatal rat CFs undergoing proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) protein over-expression that was induced by norepinephrine (NE)...
May 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507069/saers-is-responsive-to-cellular-respiratory-status-and-regulates-fermentative-biofilm-formation-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Ameya A Mashruwala, Casey M Gries, Tyler D Scherr, Tammy Kielian, Jeffrey M Boyd
Biofilms are multicellular communities of microorganisms living as a quorum rather than as individual cells. The bacterial human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus uses oxygen as a terminal electron acceptor during respiration. Infected human tissues are hypoxic or anoxic. We recently reported that impaired respiration elicits a programmed cell lysis (PCL) phenomenon in S. aureus leading to the release of cellular polymers that are utilized to form biofilms. PCL is dependent upon the AtlA murein hydrolase and is regulated, in part, by the SrrAB two-component regulatory system (TCRS)...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506831/cryab-promotes-the-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer-via-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Chuanbing Shi, Xiaojun Yang, Xiaodong Bu, Ning Hou, Pingsheng Chen
Alpha B-crystallin (CRYAB, HSPB5) is a protein that was first discovered in the lens of the eye. It is a member of the small heat-shock protein family (sHsps). CRYAB functions primarily as a molecular chaperone to prevent the aggregation and degradation of damaged unfolded proteins due to cellular damage resulting from heat shock, radiation, oxidative stress, and other insults, thereby promoting cell survival and preventing apoptosis. In recent years, the role of CRYAB in tumorigenesis, tumor invasion, and metastasis has received increasing attention...
May 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504620/identification-of-a-distinctive-phenotype-for-endocarditis-associated-clonal-complex-22-mrsa-isolates-with-reduced-vancomycin-susceptibility
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Helene Marbach, Eve Boakes, Steven Lynham, Malcolm Ward, Jonathan A Otter, Jonathan D Edgeworth
PURPOSE: We previously identified an association between CC22 meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection isolates with an elevated vancomycin MIC (V-MIC) in the susceptible range (1.5-2 mg l-1) and endocarditis. This study explores whether these isolates have a specific phenotype consistent with the clinical findings. METHODOLOGY: CC22 and CC30 MRSA isolates with high (1.5-2 mg l-1) and low (≤0.5 mg l-1) V-MICs were tested for fibrinogen and fibronectin binding, virulence in a Galleria mellonella caterpillar model, phenol soluble modulin production and accessory gene regulator (agr) expression...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503264/skin-wound-healing-effects-and-action-mechanism-of-acai-berry-water-extracts
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Mi Hyun Kang, Seunghye Choi, Bae-Hwan Kim
The purpose of this study was to investigate the wound healing effect of acai berry water extracts (ABWE) and a possible underlying mechanism involved in its action using various in vitro and in vivo models. The wound healing effect of ABWE was evaluated by migration assay using HS68 fibroblast cells. In addition, its effect on mRNA expression of procollagen, fibronectin, and MMP-1 was determined. Moreover, the wound healing effect of ABWE was evaluated in in vivo wound models through macroscopic and microscopic observation...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
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