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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441064/bacillus-calmette-guerin-alleviates-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-by-preventing-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
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Xinrui Tian, Xinli Tian, Rujie Huo, Qin Chang, Guoping Zheng, Yan Du, Yan Chen, Bo Niu
Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a potent agent for the prevention of tuberculosis. Current studies have regarded BCG as an immunomodulator. However, there is little information on whether it can be used to inhibit airway inflammation and airway remodeling caused by asthma. Therefore, in this study, we investigate the role of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in airway inflammation and airway remodeling as well as the possible therapeutic mechanism of BCG for the treatment of asthma. Wistar rats were sensitized and challenged by ovalbumin for 2 weeks or 8 weeks...
April 25, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440499/effects-of-tanshinone-iia-on-the-regulation-of-renal-proximal-tubular-fibrosis
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Luoyuan Cao, Baoying Huang, Xianguo Fu, Jing Yang, Yinghua Lin, Feng Lin
The development of diabetes mellitus, along with its complications, is a chronic inflammatory response process. Chronic kidney diseases are characterized by renal fibrosis, and fibrosis is an important pathway for end‑stage renal failure. According to previous studies, high glucose (HG) has been demonstrated to be the most important fibrogenesis‑inducing agent. Tanshinone IIA is one of the main components isolated from Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza). Although tanshinone IIA has been widely used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the possible role of tanshinone IIA in fibrosis regulation remains to be elucidated and requires investigation...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440482/kmup-1-attenuates-high-glucose-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-induced-pro-fibrotic-proteins-in-mesangial-cells
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Sheng-Hsuan Lin, Ing-Jun Chen, Chao-Tang Chuang, Wan-Ting Ho, Lea-Yea Chuang, Jinn-Yuh Guh
We have previously demonstrated that KMUP-1, a xanthine-based nitric oxide enhancer, attenuates diabetic glomerulosclerosis, while increasing renal endothelial nitric oxide synthase expression in rats. However, the anti‑fibrotic mechanisms of KMUP‑1 treatment in diabetic nephropathy in terms of cell biology and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF‑β1) remain unclear. Therefore, the present study involved investigating the effects of KMUP‑1 on high glucose (HG) or TGF‑β1‑induced pro‑fibrotic proteins in mouse mesangial (MES13) cells, and the effects of KMUP‑1 on streptozotocin (STZ)‑induced diabetic rats...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440442/role-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-inducing-apoptosis-and-renal-fibrosis-in-5-6-nephrectomized-rats
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Xin Lin, Yan Zha, Xiang-Zhen Zeng, Rong Dong, Qing-Hua Wang, Dong-Tao Wang
Renal fibrosis is the final common pathway of all progressive renal disease. Excessive and chronic activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway results in chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression. To mimic CKD, the present study used 5/6-nephrectomized rats, and alterations in kidney histology, expression of β‑catenin and renal cell apoptosis were assessed. In addition, mesangial cells were cultured in vitro and transfected with β‑catenin siRNA to evaluate the effect of blocking Wnt/β‑catenin signaling on cell apoptosis and the expression of markers of renal fibrosis...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440399/%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-promotes-lung-adenocarcinoma-metastasis-through-upregulating-fibronectin-expression
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Yan Li, Liyun Miao, Min Yu, Minke Shi, Yongsheng Wang, Jun Yang, Yonglong Xiao, Hourong Cai
α1-antitrypsin (AAT) has been recognized to be associated with lung adenocarcinoma metastasis. However, the mechanisms by which AAT promotes tumor metastasis remain to be investigated. Herein, we first examined AAT expression in a panel of formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor tissues from 88 lung adenocarcinoma patients undergoing curative resection, using immunohistochemical methods. Lung adenocarcinoma patients with high AAT expression showed a significantly shorter overall survival compared to those with low AAT expression by Kaplan-Meier method (P=0...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439989/using-size-controlled-multicellular-spheroids-of-murine-adenocarcinoma-cells-to-efficiently-establish-pulmonary-tumors-in-mice
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Tomoko Nishikawa, Yutaro Tanaka, Makiya Nishikawa, Kosuke Kusamori, Narumi Mizuno, Yuya Mizukami, Yuka Ogino, Kazunori Shimizu, Satoshi Konishi, Yuki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Takakura
Previous studies demonstrated that multicellular spheroids developed using polydimethylsiloxane-based microwells exhibited superior functions, such as insulin secretion from pancreatic cells, over suspended cells. To successfully apply these spheroids, the effect of spheroid size on cellular functions must be determined. In this study, using murine adenocarcinoma colon26 cells, we examined whether such spheroids were useful for developing tumor-bearing animal models, which requires the efficient and stable engraftment of cancer cells at implanted sites and/or metastatic sites...
April 25, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438703/multilayered-membranes-with-tuned-well-arrays-to-be-used-as-regenerative-patches
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Nádia I Martins, Maria P Sousa, Catarina A Custódio, Vânia C Pinto, Paulo J Sousa, Graça Minas, Franck Cleymand, João F Mano
Membranes have been explored as patches in tissue repair and regeneration, most of them presenting a flat geometry or a patterned texture at the nano/micrometer scale. Herein, a new concept of a flexible membrane featuring well arrays forming pore-like environments to accommodate cell culture is proposed. The processing of such membranes using polysaccharides is based on the production of multilayers using the layer-by-layer methodology over a patterned PDMS substrate. The detached multilayered membrane exhibits a layer of open pores at one side and a total thickness of 38 ± 2...
April 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438687/dietary-nitrite-supplementation-attenuates-cardiac-remodeling-in-l-name-induced-hypertensive-rats
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Kunihiro Sonoda, Kazuo Ohtake, Hiroyuki Uchida, Junta Ito, Masaki Uchida, Hideshi Natsume, Hazuki Tamada, Jun Kobayashi
Loss of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability underlies the development of hypertensive heart disease. We investigated the effects of dietary nitrite on N(G)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME)-induced hypertension. Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups: an untreated control group, an l-NAME-treated group, and three other l-NAME-treated groups supplemented with 10 mg/L or 100 mg/L of nitrite or 100 mg/L of captopril in drinking water. After the 8-week experimental period, mean arterial blood pressure was measured, followed by sampling of blood and heart tissue for assessment of nitrite/nitrate levels in the plasma and heart, the plasma level of angiotensin II (AT II), and the heart transcriptional levels of AT II type 1 receptor (AT1R), transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), and connective tissue proteins such as type 1 collagen and fibronectin...
April 21, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438659/the-nrf2-activator-dh404-attenuates-adverse-ventricular-remodelling-post-myocardial-infarction-by-modifying-redox-signalling
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Kristen J Bubb, Cindy Kok, Owen Tang, Nathalie B Rasko, Asa Birna Birgisdottir, Thomas Hansen, Rebecca Ritchie, Ravinay Bhindi, Scott A Reisman, Colin Meyer, Keith Ward, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Gemma A Figtree
BACKGROUND: The novel synthetic triterpenoid, bardoxolone methyl, has the ability to upregulate cytoprotective proteins via induction of the nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway. This makes it a promising therapeutic agent in disease states characterized by dysregulated oxidative signalling. We have examined the effect of a Nrf2 activator, dihydro-CDDO-trifluoroethyl amide (DH404), a derivative of bardoxolone methyl, on post-infarct cardiac remodeling in rats. METHODS/RESULTS: DH404, administered from day 2 post myocardial infarction (MI: 30 min transient ischemia followed by reperfusion) resulted in almost complete protection against adverse ventricular remodeling as assessed at day 28 (left ventricular end-systolic area: sham 0...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437464/inhibition-of-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-induces-loss-of-cell-directionality-of-oral-squamous-carcinoma-cells-oscc
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Cyntia F Montenegro, Bruna C Casali, Rafael L B Lino, Bianca C Pachane, Patty K Santos, Alan R Horwitz, Heloisa S Selistre-de-Araujo, Marcelo L Lamers
The connective tissue formed by extracellular matrix (ECM) rich in fibronectin and collagen consists a barrier that cancer cells have to overpass to reach blood vessels and then a metastatic site. Cell adhesion to fibronectin is mediated by αvβ3 and α5β1 integrins through an RGD motif present in this ECM protein, thus making these receptors key targets for cell migration studies. Here we investigated the effect of an RGD disintegrin, DisBa-01, on the migration of human fibroblasts (BJ) and oral squamous cancer cells (OSCC, SCC25) on a fibronectin-rich environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437200/effects-of-dietary-macronutrient-composition-on-fndc5-and-irisin-in-mice-skeletal-muscle
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Simone Moreira de Macêdo, Deborah de Farias Lelis, Keila Lopes Mendes, Carlos Alberto de Carvalho Fraga, Igor V Brandi, Jonh David Feltenberger, Lucyana Conceição Farias, André Luiz Sena Guimarães, Alfredo Maurício Batista de Paula, Sérgio Henrique de Sousa Santos
BACKGROUND: Fibronectin type III domain containing 5 (FNDC5) and its protein product Irisin are therapeutic targets for obesity-associated disorders. Irisin plays an important role in energy regulation, inducing browning of white adipocytes, and improving obesity. We aimed to investigate the association between muscle Irisin expression and dietary quality. METHODS: Twenty-eight female mice were divided into four groups and fed the following experimental diets for 60 days: standard diet (SD), high-carbohydrate diet (HCD), high-fat diet (HFD), and high-protein diet (HPD)...
February 23, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437180/a-novel-drug-induced-hybrid-electrospun-pcl-cell-derived-ecm-scaffold-for-liver-tissue-engineering
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Rhiannon Grant, David Hay, Anthony Callanan
Liver transplant is the only treatment option for patients with end-stage liver failure, however there are too few donor livers available for transplant. Whole organ tissue engineering presents a potential solution to the problem of rapidly escalating donor liver shortages world-wide. A major challenge for liver tissue engineers is the creation of a hepatocyte micro-environment; a niche in which liver cells can survive and function optimally. While polymers and decellularized tissues pose an attractive option for scaffold manufacturing, neither alone has thus far proved sufficient...
February 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436125/the-quipp-app-a-safe-alternative-to-a-treat-all-strategy-for-threatened-preterm-labour
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Helena A Watson, Jenny Carter, Paul T Seed, Rachel M Tribe, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of a treat-all policy (advocated by NICE) compared to the QUIPP app (predictive model combining history of spontaneous preterm birth gestation and quantitative fetal fibronectin) for women in threatened preterm labour at <30 weeks gestation. METHODS: We conducted a subanalysis of prospectively collected data of pregnant women presenting with symptoms of preterm labour from the EQUIPP (REC Ref. 10/H0806/68) and PETRA (REC Ref...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435893/opacification-domain-of-serum-opacity-factor-inhibits-beta-hemolysis-and-contributes-to-virulence-of-streptococcus-pyogenes
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Luchang Zhu, Randall J Olsen, James M Musser
Serum opacity factor (SOF) is a cell surface virulence factor made by the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes. We found that S. pyogenes strains with naturally occurring truncation mutations in the sof gene have markedly enhanced beta-hemolysis. Moreover, deletion of the sof gene in a SOF-positive parental strain resulted in significantly increased beta-hemolysis. Together, these observations suggest that SOF is an inhibitor of beta-hemolysis. SOF has two major functional domains, including an opacification domain and a fibronectin-binding domain...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434979/synergistic-effects-of-bmp-2-bmp-6-or-bmp-7-with-human-plasma-fibronectin-onto-hydroxyapatite-coatings-a-comparative-study
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Isabelle Brigaud, Rémy Agniel, Johanne Leroy Dudal, Sabrina Kellouche, Arnaud Ponche, Tahar Bouceba, Natalia Mihailescu, Mihai Sopronyi, Eric Viguier, Carmen Ristoscu, Felix Sima, Ion N Mihailescu, Ana Claudia O Carreira, Mari Cleide Sogayar, Olivier Gallet, Karine Anselme
Design of new osteoinductive biomaterials to reproduce an optimized physiological environment capable of recruiting stem cells and instructing their fate towards the osteoblastic lineage has become a priority in orthopedic surgery. This work aims at evaluating the bioactivity of BMP combined with human plasma fibronectin (FN/BMP) delivered in solution or coated onto titanium-hydroxyapatite (TiHA) surfaces. Herein, we focus on the comparison of in vitro osteogenic efficacy in mouse C2C12 pre-osteoblasts of three BMP members, namely: BMP-2, BMP-6 and BMP-7...
April 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434976/compartmentalized-microfluidic-perfusion-system-to-culture-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-aggregates
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Yuki Kondo, Koji Hattori, Shota Tashiro, Eri Nakatani, Ryosuke Yoshimitsu, Taku Satoh, Shinji Sugiura, Toshiyuki Kanamori, Kiyoshi Ohnuma
Microfluidic perfusion systems enable small-volume cell cultures under precisely controlled microenvironments, and are typically developed for cell-based high-throughput screening. However, most such systems are designed to manipulate dissociated single cells, not cell aggregates, and are thus unsuitable to induce differentiation in human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), which is conventionally achieved by using cell aggregates to increase cell-cell interactions. We have now developed a compartmentalized microfluidic perfusion system with large flow channels to load, culture, and observe cell aggregates...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434806/fibronectin-adherent-peripheral-blood-derived-mononuclear-cells-as-paclitaxel-carriers-for-glioblastoma-treatment-an-in-vitro-study
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Marco Paolo Schiariti, Francesco Restelli, Paolo Ferroli, Anna Benetti, Angiola Berenzi, Anna Ferri, Valentina Ceserani, Emilio Ciusani, Moris Cadei, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Augusto Pessina, Eugenio Parati, Roberto Pallini, Giulio Alessandri
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) represents the most aggressive malignant brain tumor in adults, with a risible median life expectancy despite gold standard treatment. Novel drug-delivery methods have been explored. Here we evaluated the possibility to use mononuclear cells (MCs) belonging to the monocytic-dendritic lineage as drug-carrier. METHODS: MCs were obtained from 10 patients harboring a GBM, and from healthy volunteers, considered as controls. GBM tissue was also obtained from patients...
April 20, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433772/mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer-cells-through-direct-cell-to-cell-contact
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Hidehiko Takigawa, Yasuhiko Kitadai, Kei Shinagawa, Ryo Yuge, Yukihito Higashi, Shinji Tanaka, Wataru Yasui, Kazuaki Chayama
We previously reported that in an orthotopic nude mouse model of human colon cancer, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) migrated to the tumor stroma and promoted tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we evaluated the proliferation and migration ability of cancer cells cocultured with MSCs to elucidate the mechanism of interaction between cancer cells and MSCs. Proliferation and migration of cancer cells increased following direct coculture with MSCs but not following indirect coculture. Thus, we hypothesized that direct contact between cancer cells and MSCs was important...
April 20, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433566/%C3%AE-aminoisobutyric-acid-ameliorates-the-renal-fibrosis-in-mouse-obstructed-kidneys-via-inhibition-of-renal-fibroblast-activation-and-fibrosis
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Huijuan Wang, Jun Qian, Xiufen Zhao, Changing Xing, Bin Sun
Renal fibrosis is a hallmark feature of chronic kidney disease, which is reflected by proliferation and migration of interstitial fibroblasts and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation. β-Aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) is recently demonstrated to exert a protective role from metabolic diseases. However, whether and how BAIBA on fibroblast activation and renal fibrosis response to angiotensin II (Ang II) remains largely obscure. Herein, we showed that BAIBA significantly depressed the proliferation and migration of NRK-49F cells in vitro...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430959/expression-immunogenicity-and-variation-of-iron-regulated-surface-protein-a-from-bovine-isolates-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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N Misra, T F Wines, C L Knopp, M A McGuire, J K Tinker
Staphylococcus aureus iron-regulated surface protein A (IsdA) is a fibrinogen and fibronectin adhesin that also contributes to iron sequestration and resistance to innate immunity. IsdA is conserved in human isolates and has been investigated as a human vaccine candidate. Here we report the expression of isdA, the efficacy of anti-IsdA responses, and the existence of IsdA sequence variants from bovine Staphylococcus. Clinical staphylococci were obtained from U.S. dairy farms and assayed by PCR for the presence and expression of isdA...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
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