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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337306/thymoquinone-potentiates-chemoprotective-effect-of-vitamin-d3-against-colon-cancer-a-pre-clinical-finding
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Amr M Mohamed, Bassem A Refaat, Adel G El-Shemi, Osama A Kensara, Jawwad Ahmad, Shakir Idris
Prevention of colon cancer among high-risk group has been long lasting research goal. Emerging data have evidenced the anticancer activities of Vitamin D3 (Vit.D) and Thymoquinone (TQ). The aim of the current study was to evaluate the synergistic potential of Thymoquinone and Vitamin D3 in the control of colon cancer progression using azoxymethane-induced rat model. Vit.D and TQ were given individually or in combination 4 week prior to induction and continued for a total of 20 week. At the end of the study, all animals were euthanized and their resected colons were examined macroscopically and microscopically for tumor growth...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332284/ezh2-mediated-repression-of-dkk1-promotes-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-hepatic-fibrosis
#2
Yang Yang, Xiao-Xia Chen, Wan-Xia Li, Xiao-Qin Wu, Cheng Huang, Juan Xie, Yu-Xin Zhao, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
EZH2, a histone H3 lysine-27-specific methyltransferase, is involved in diverse physiological and pathological processes including cell proliferation and differentiation. However, the role of EZH2 in liver fibrosis is largely unknown. In this study, it was identified that EZH2 promoted Wnt pathway-stimulated fibroblasts in vitro and in vivo by repressing Dkk-1, which is a Wnt pathway antagonist. The expression of EZH2 was increased in CCl4 -induced rat liver and primary HSCs as well as TGF-β1-treated HSC-T6, whereas the expression of Dkk1 was reduced...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303752/bone-morphogenetic-proteins-and-dickkopf-1-in-ankylosing-spondylitis
#3
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/28275825/co-expression-of-dkk-1-and-sclerostin-in-subchondral-bone-of-the-proximal-femoral-heads-from-osteoarthritic-hips
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Allahdad Zarei, Philippa A Hulley, Afsie Sabokbar, M Kassim Javaid
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressively degenerative joint disease influenced by structural and metabolic factors. There is growing evidence that subchondral bone is involved in both symptomatic and structural progression in OA. The Wnt pathway has been implicated in the progression of OA but the expression and function of the Wnt inhibitors, Dikkopf (DKK-1) and sclerostin (SOST), are unclear. METHODS: We examined the regional distribution of DKK-1 and SOST in subchondral bone of the femoral head using resection specimens following arthroplasty in patients presenting with end-stage OA...
March 9, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261616/the-protective-effect-of-chrysanthemum-indicum-extract-against-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-mouse-models
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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/28222387/baicalein-enhances-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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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/28188409/tipe2-inhibits-the-expression-of-asthma-related-inflammatory-factors-in-hyperstretched-bronchial-epithelial-cells-through-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Xinrong Sun, Lu Chen, Wen Yan
Childhood asthma, an airway inflammatory disease, is a serious threat to the child's quality of life. Recently, TIPE2 expression was reported to be decreased in children with asthma. Therefore, additional studies focusing on TIPE2 might provide an approach for treating childhood asthma. In this study, we found that TIPE2 was poorly expressed in hyperstretched human bronchial epithelial cells (BEAS-2B). TIPE2 overexpression also significantly suppressed the stretch-induced secretion of asthma-related inflammatory factors (TNF-α, TSLP, MMP-9, and VEGF)...
February 10, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173817/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-alleviates-endothelial-injury-by-inhibiting-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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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/28159704/effects-of-targeted-therapies-on-the-bone-in-arthritides
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REVIEW
Ágnes Szentpétery, Ágnes Horváth, Katalin Gulyás, Zsófia Pethö, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Sándor Szántó, Gabriella Szücs, Oliver FitzGerald, Georg Schett, Zoltán Szekanecz
Inflammatory arthritides, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and spondyloarthritides (SpA) have been associated with both localized bone resorption and/or formation, and generalized osteoporosis. Systemic inflammation may be the major driver for bone loss in arthritis. In RA and peripheral SpA the RANK-RANKL-OPG network is involved in bone resorption, while in axial SpA the Wnt-β-catenin axis and its inhibitors (DKK-1, sclerostin) are the most relevant. Targeted therapies including biologics and small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors may interfere with inflammatory bone metabolism...
January 31, 2017: Autoimmunity Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154134/cdon-deficiency-causes-cardiac-remodeling-through-hyperactivation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153008/correlation-of-blood-bone-turnover-biomarkers-and-wnt-signaling-antagonists-with-as-dish-opll-and-oyl
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Chi-Chien Niu, Song-Shu Lin, Li-Jen Yuan, Lih-Huei Chen, Chuen-Yung Yang, An-Ni Chung, Meng-Ling Lu, Tsung-Ting Tsai, Po-Liang Lai, Wen-Jer Chen
BACKGROUND: Wnt signaling plays an important role in development and maintenance of many organs and tissues. The most-studied secreted Wnt inhibitors are sclerostin (SOST), Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK-1), and secreted frizzled related protein 1 (SFRP-1) which play important roles in bone turnover. The present study investigated the relationship between serum Wnt inhibitors and diseases with excessive ossification structures, such as ossification of posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), and ossification of yellow ligament (OYL)...
February 2, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149772/differentiation-potential-of-human-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-into-photoreceptors-through-explants-culture-and-enzyme-methods
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Wei-Wei Xu, Li Huang, Kelvin K L Chong, Doreen S Y Leung, Benjamin F L Li, Zheng-Qin Yin, Yi-Fei Huang, Chi Pui Pang
AIM: To investigate the retinal photoreceptor differentiation potential of human orbital adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) generated by enzyme (EN) and explant (EX) culture methods. METHODS: We investigated potentials of human orbital ADSCs to differentiate into photoreceptors through EN and EX culture methods. EN and EX orbital ADSCs were obtained from the same donor during rehabilitative orbital decompression, and then were subject to a 3-step induction using Noggin, DKK-1, IGF-1 and b-FGF at different time points for 38d...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142224/effects-of-sulforaphane-on-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Zhenxian Han, Qian Xu, Changfu Li, Hong Zhao
Sulforaphane (SFN) is a natural organosulfur compound with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammation properties. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of SFN on the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells (NSC). NSCs were exposed to SFN at the concentrations ranging from 0.25 to 10 µM. Cell viability was evaluated with MTT assay and lactate dehydogenase (LDH) release assay. The proliferation of NSCs was evaluated with neurosphere formation assay and Ki-67 staining. The level of Tuj-1 was evaluated with immunostaining and Western blot to assess NSC neuronal differentiation...
January 31, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128299/lps-induced-inflammatory-response-is-suppressed-by-wnt-inhibitors-dickkopf-1-and-lgk974
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Jaewoong Jang, Yoonju Jung, Youngeun Kim, Eek-Hoon Jho, Yoosik Yoon
In this study, LPS-induced inflammatory responses in BEAS-2B human bronchial epithelial cells and human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC)s were found to be prevented by Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1), a secreted Wnt antagonist, and LGK974, a small molecular inhibitor of the Wnt secretion. LPS-induced IκB degradation and NF-κB nuclear translocation as well as the expressions of pro-inflammatory genes including IL-6, IL-8, TNF- α, IL-1β, MCP-1, MMP-9, COX-2 and iNOS, were all suppressed by DKK-1 and LGK974 in a dose-dependent manner...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097491/small-interfering-rna-targeting-dickkopf-1-contributes-to-neuroprotection-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage-in-rats
#15
Zhihua Li, Xi Chen, Xiaoyang Zhang, Xiuhua Ren, Xuemei Chen, Jing Cao, Weidong Zang, Xianzhi Liu, Fuyou Guo
Excessive Dickkopf-1 (Dkk-1) plays a vital role in secondary brain injury following ischemic stroke and psychotic disease. However, it is unclear whether an increased expression of Dkk-1 occurred after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). The present study examined the potential role of Dkk-1 after ICH. ICH was induced by a single injection of autologous blood into the basal ganglia of rats. Dkk-1 protein levels in brain tissue and serum were detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay after ICH. Rats were treated with small interfering RNA targeting Dkk-1 (siDkk-1) or vehicle following ICH...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078875/circulating-srage-in-the-diagnosis-of-osteolytic-bone-metastasis
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LETTER
E Galliera, M G Marazzi, E Vianello, L Drago, A Luzzati, P Bendinelli, P Maroni, L Tacchini, M A Desiderio, M M Corsi Romanelli
Despite the clinical importance of metastasis to the skeleton, the diagnostic tools for early detection and monitoring of bone metastasis lack sensitivity and specificity. We evaluated a promising new serum biomarker, the soluble form of the Receptor of Advanced Glycosylated End-products (sRAGE). sRAGE is involved in the Wnt-signaling pathway, and has been reported to reduce the risk of cancer. We investigated the diagnostic potential of sRAGE to improve the detection and monitoring of bone metastasis. We measured sRAGE in the serum of control healthy subjects, patients with primary tumors and patients with bone metastasis...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27937051/wnt10b-and-dkk-1-gene-therapy-differentially-influenced-trabecular-bone-architecture-soft-tissue-integrity-and-osteophytosis-in-a-skeletally-mature-rat-model-of-osteoarthritis
#17
Jeffrey B Mason, Brittney L Gurda, Kurt D Hankenson, Lindsey R Harper, Cathy S Carlson, James M Wilson, Dean W Richardson
AIMS: Our goals in the current experiments were to determine if (a) upregulation of Wnt signaling would induce osteoarthritis changes in stable stifle joints and (b) if downregulation of Wnt signaling in destabilized joints would influence the progression of OA. METHODS: At 37 weeks of age, rats were injected in the stifle joint with a recombinant adeno-associated viral vector containing the Wnt-inhibitor Dkk-1 or a Wnt10b transgene. At 40 weeks of age, rats underwent surgical destabilization of the joint...
December 9, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927230/molecular-control-of-nitric-oxide-synthesis-through-enos-and-caveolin-1-interaction-regulates-osteogenic-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-by-modulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Nadeeka Bandara, Saliya Gurusinghe, Shiang Yong Lim, Haying Chen, Shuangfeng Chen, Dawei Wang, Bryan Hilbert, Le-Xin Wang, Padraig Strappe
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) plays a role in a number of physiological processes including stem cell differentiation and osteogenesis. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), one of three NO-producing enzymes, is located in a close conformation with the caveolin-1 (CAV-1(WT)) membrane protein which is inhibitory to NO production. Modification of this interaction through mutation of the caveolin scaffold domain can increase NO release. In this study, we genetically modified equine adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) with eNOS, CAV-1(WT), and a CAV-1(F92A) (CAV-1(WT) mutant) and assessed NO-mediated osteogenic differentiation and the relationship with the Wnt signaling pathway...
December 7, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922964/the-effect-of-uniaxial-mechanical-stretch-on-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#19
Chuang Zhao, Yunfeng Li, Xuemei Wang, Shujuan Zou, Jing Hu, En Luo
Wnt/β-catenin signal is required in bone formation and remodling, but little is known about whether Wnt/β-catenin signal could promote osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) after uniaxial mechanical stretch. In this study, rat BMSCs were identified by flow cytometry and used for mechanical stretch. A custom-made uniaxial dynamic stretch apparatus was applied for rat BMSCs stretch. There were 2 groups in the study: the mechanical stretch group and the nonstretch control group...
January 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911913/effect-of-osteoprotegerin-and-dickkopf-related-protein-1-on-radiological-progression-in-tightly-controlled-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Carmen Gómez-Vaquero, Irene Martín, Estibaliz Loza, Loreto Carmona, José Ivorra, José Antonio Narváez, Javier Hernández-Gañán, Pedro Alía, Javier Narváez
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the association between circulating osteoprotegerin (OPG) and Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK-1) and radiological progression in patients with tightly controlled rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Serum levels of OPG and DKK-1 were measured in 97 RA patients who were treated according to a treat-to-target strategy (T2T) aimed at remission (DAS28<2.6). Radiologic joint damage progression was assessed by changes in the total Sharp-van der Heijde score (SHS) on serial radiographs of the hands and feet...
2016: PloS One
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