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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647906/exogenous-gdf11-induces-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-and-wasting
#1
Teresa A Zimmers, Yanling Jiang, Meijing Wang, Tiffany W Liang, Joseph E Rupert, Ernie D Au, Francesco E Marino, Marion E Couch, Leonidas G Koniaris
Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a TGF-beta superfamily member, is highly homologous to myostatin and essential for embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Reports of GDF11 effects on adult tissues are conflicting, with some describing anti-aging and pro-regenerative activities on the heart and skeletal muscle while others opposite or no effects. Herein, we sought to determine the in vivo cardiac and skeletal muscle effects of excess GDF11. Mice were injected with GDF11 secreting cells, an identical model to that used to initially identify the in vivo effects of myostatin...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643928/calvarial-bone-development-and-suture-closure-in-dicer-deficient-mice
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P Atsawasuwan, M Ouibaidin, B Dalal, H Khan, A Mohammed
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether lack of Dicer during calvaria development would lead to dysmorphology of calvaria and suture closure in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A conditional Dicer deficient under Osx promoter mouse was employed in this study. The 4- and 10-week-old conditional Dicer-deficient mice control littermates and Osx-cre transgenic mice were studied for calvarial bone morphology and suture closure. Dry skull, microcomputed tomography (μCT), histological and gene expression studies were investigated to evaluate the effect of Dicer deficiency on calvarial bone morphology and their related genes during calvaria development...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643088/potential-therapeutic-applications-of-human-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-analogues-in-reproductive-medicine
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REVIEW
Vitaly A Kushnir, David B Seifer, David H Barad, Aritro Sen, Norbert Gleicher
Members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily are key regulators of various physiological processes. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) which is also commonly known as Müllerian-inhibiting substance (MIS) is a member of the TGF-beta superfamily and an important regulator of reproductive organ differentiation and ovarian follicular development. While AMH has been used for diagnostic purposes as a biomarker for over 15 years, new potential therapeutic applications of recombinant human AMH analogues are now emerging as pharmacologic agents in reproductive medicine...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641514/clinically-relevant-biomarkers-in-acute-heart-failure-an-update
#4
Agnibh Mukherji, Uzair Ansari, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin, Michael Behnes
Acute heart failure (AHF) has been one of the fields, where owing to difficulties in diagnosis, prognostic stratification and management the associated morbidity and mortality remains unusually high. The advent of novel biomarkers apart from the traditional B-type natriuretic peptide and N-terminal proBNP involved in myocardial injury, neuro-hormonal activation, and ventricular remodeling augurs immense hope in redefining our approach towards AHF. METHODS: Biomarkers like midregional proatrial natriuretic peptide, soluble ST2, highly-sensitive troponin, and midregional proadrenomedullin are some such examples that have passed various stages of substantiation while there is an array of potential biomarkers in nascent stages like osteopontin, CTGF, GDF-15 and TGF beta-1 awaiting further reiteration...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640248/voluntary-distance-running-prevents-tnf-mediated-liver-injury-in-mice-through-alterations-of-the-intrahepatic-immune-milieu
#5
Yvonne Huber, Nadine Gehrke, Jana Biedenbach, Susanne Helmig, Perikles Simon, Beate K Straub, Ina Bergheim, Tobias Huber, Detlef Schuppan, Peter R Galle, Marcus A Wörns, Marcus Schuchmann, Jörn M Schattenberg
Physical activity confers a broad spectrum of health benefits. Beyond the obvious role in metabolically driven diseases, the role of physical activity in acute liver injury is poorly explored. To study the role of physical activity in acute liver injury, a novel model of voluntary distance running in mice was developed and mice were subjected to acute liver injury induced by N-galactosamine (GalN) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Analyses included histological stains, immunoblotting, qRT-PCR and FACS analysis...
June 22, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638279/preventive-actions-of-allergen-immunotherapy-the-facts-and-the-effects-in-search-of-evidence
#6
REVIEW
Irene Martignago, Cristoforo Incorvaia, Erminia Ridolo
Allergen immunotherapy (AIT) is the only treatment that works on the causes of allergy. Available AIT nowadays are subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT) and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for allergic rhinitis and asthma, while for allergy to Hymenoptera venom only subcutaneous route is recommended. A bulk of trials and meta-analyses demonstrated that efficacy and safety of AIT in decreasing allergic clinical symptoms and use of rescue medications, while its preventive capacity is yet under investigation. The most important of these effects is the prevention of potentially fatal anaphylactic reactions to Hymenoptera stings by venom immunotherapy (VIT)...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634911/novel-insights-into-a-reputably-irreversible-process-combined-mrna-and-mirna-profiling-of-tissue-from-vesicourethral-anastomotic-stenosis-after-radical-prostatectomy
#7
T S Worst, K Daskalova, A Steidler, K Berner-Leischner, R Röth, B Niesler, C-A Weis, M C Kriegmair, P Erben, D Pfalzgraf
PURPOSE: Until recently, tissue fibrosis-ultimately leading to permanent scaring-has been considered an irreversible process. However, recent findings indicate that it may be reversible after all. Vesicourethral anastomotic stenosis (VUAS) as fibrous narrowing is a frequent complication after radical prostatectomy with high recurrence rates and requires invasive treatment. The pathophysiology is poorly understood. Therefore, a combined mRNA and miRNA transcription profiling in tissue from VUAS was performed using nCounter technology...
June 20, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627741/proteomics-approach-to-identify-novel-metastatic-bone-markers-from-the-secretome-of-pc-3-prostate-cancer-cells
#8
EunJi Sung, Oh Kwang Kwon, Jae-Mok Lee, Sangkyu Lee
Prostate cancer is the leading type of cancer diagnosed, and the most frequent cause of worldwide male cancer-related deaths annually. The limitations of current prostate cancer screening tests demand the identification of novel biomarkers for the early diagnosis of prostate cancer bone metastasis. In the present study, we performed a proteomic analysis of secreted proteins from the prostate cancer bone metastasis cell line, PC-3, and the normal prostate cell line, RWPE-1. We thus quantified 917 proteins, of which 68 were found to be secreted at higher levels by PC-3 than by RWPE-1 cells via LC-MS/MS...
June 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625142/proteotoxic-stress-desensitizes-tgf-beta-signaling-through-receptor-downregulation-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
#9
X Tan, C Chen, Y Zhu, J Deng, X Qiu, S Huang, F Shang, B Cheng, Y Liu
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor (TGFβ)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and proteotoxic stress are two main contributors of intraocular fibrotic disorders, including proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). However, how these two factors communicate with each other is not well-characterized. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate the regulatory role of proteotoxic stress on TGFβ signaling in retinal pigment epithelium...
June 19, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621668/blocking-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-glioblastoma-with-a-sextet-of-repurposed-drugs-the-eis-regimen
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Richard E Kast, Nicolas Skuli, Georg Karpel-Massler, Guido Frosina, Timothy Ryken, Marc-Eric Halatsch
This paper outlines a treatment protocol to run alongside of standard current treatment of glioblastoma- resection, temozolomide and radiation. The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) inhibiting sextet, EIS Regimen, uses the ancillary attributes of six older medicines to impede EMT during glioblastoma. EMT is an actively motile, therapy-resisting, low proliferation, transient state that is an integral feature of cancers' lethality generally and of glioblastoma specifically. It is believed to be during the EMT state that glioblastoma's centrifugal migration occurs...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620241/tgf-beta-atra-induced-tregs-express-a-selected-set-of-micrornas-involved-in-the-repression-of-transcripts-related-to-th17-differentiation
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Josiane Lilian Dos Santos Schiavinato, Rodrigo Haddad, Felipe Saldanha-Araujo, João Baiochi, Amélia Goes Araujo, Priscila Santos Scheucher, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Marco Antonio Zago, Rodrigo Alexandre Panepucci
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are essential regulators of immune tolerance. atRA and TGF-β can inhibit the polarization of naïve T cells into inflammatory Th17 cells, favoring the generation of stable iTregs, however the regulatory mechanisms involved are not fully understood. In this context, the roles of individual microRNAs in Tregs are largely unexplored. Naïve T cells were immunomagnetically isolated from umbilical cord blood and activated with anti-human CD2/CD3/CD28 beads in the presence of IL-2 alone (CD4Med) or with the addition of TGF-β and atRA (CD4TGF/atRA)...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614933/-study-on-the-establishment-of-hmld-model-and-the-expression-of-kl-6-tgf-beta-in-rat
#12
Z S Zhang, Y F Zhao, L Tang, H K Xie, D Y Sun
Objective: To establish an animal model of hard metal lung disease (HMLD) in rats, and to screen the indications for diagnosis of HMLD. Methods: The rats were randomly divided into 5 groups, each group included 8 rats: saline group, pure cobalt group, pure tungsten carbide group, silica group and hard metal (HM) group. 10 mg subjects were administered in each group by using the pulmonary endotracheal tube. After 8 week, the lung CT scan and lung tissue pathology were observed, the serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) were collected for KL-6, TGF-beta1 and TGF-beta2...
April 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600710/the-influence-of-systemic-renin-angiotensin-inhibition-on-ocular-cytokines-related-to-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy
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Robert Hoerster, Sascha Fauser, Claus Cursiefen, Bernd Kirchhof, Ludwig M Heindl
PURPOSE: The renin-angiotensin system is involved in the pathogenesis of fibrosis in several organs via induction of transforming growth factor (TGF) beta. In the pathogenesis of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) TGF-beta plays a pivotal role, promoting transition of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells into myofibroblasts. We studied the influence of angiotensin converting enzyme-inhibition (ACEI) on cytokines and growth factors, related to PVR in aqueous humor. METHODS: We performed a post hoc analysis of a prospectively conducted interventional case series...
June 9, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600439/a-high-density-genetic-linkage-map-and-qtl-fine-mapping-for-body-weight-in-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-using-2b-rad-sequencing
#14
Haiyang Liu, Beide Fu, Meixia Pang, Xiu Feng, Xiaomu Yu, Jingou Tong
A high-resolution genetic linkage map is essential for a wide range of genetics and genomics studies such as comparative genomics analysis and QTL fine mapping. Crucian carp (Carassius auratus) widely distributes in Eurasia and is an important aquaculture fish worldwide. In this study, a high-density genetic linkage map was constructed for crucian carp using 2b-RAD technology. The consensus map contains 8,487 SNP markers assigning on 50 linkage groups (LGs) and spanned 3,762.88 cM with an average marker interval of 0...
June 9, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583232/effect-of-topical-beclomethasone-on-inflammatory-markers-in-adults-with-eosinophilic-esophagitis-a-pilot-study
#15
Neeti Bhardwaj, Faoud Ishmael, Erik Lehman, Deborah Bethards, Francesca Ruggiero, Gisoo Ghaffari
BACKGROUND: Topical corticosteroids have proven efficacy in the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and are considered the cornerstone of therapy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of topical beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) therapy on clinical outcomes, esophageal eosinophilia, and other markers of inflammation in patients with EoE. METHODS: Nine subjects with a biopsy-proven diagnosis of EoE were enrolled. In a cross-over design, the subjects were randomly assigned to a sequence of BDP and placebo...
June 1, 2017: Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579529/genes-directly-regulated-by-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hepg2
#16
Wei Dai, Jian Wu, Shuyan Zhang, Bingjie Shi, Xinhui Xu, Danyang Wang, Jinke Wang
It has been well-known that over activation of NF-κB has close relationship with hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the complete and exact underlying molecular pathways and mechanisms still remain not fully understood. By manipulating NF-κB activity with its recognized activator TNFα and using ChIP-seq and RNA-seq techniques, this study identified 699 NF-κB direct target genes (DTGs) in a widely used HCC cell line, HepG2, including 399 activated and 300 repressed genes. In these NF-κB DTGs, 216 genes (126 activated and 90 repressed genes) are among the current HCC gene signature...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542487/characterization-of-micrornas-expression-profiles-in-human-dental-derived-pluripotent-stem-cells
#17
Xiaobing Tan, Qingyuan Dai
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) technology provides a powerful means to generate and regenerate unlimited pluripotent stem cells directly from body tissue cells. Stem cells from apical papilla (SCAP) and Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) are present in 'cell-rich zones' within the dental pulp region, which are capable of regenerating pulp and dentin tissues in vivo. In this study, we investigated the difference of miRNAs expression in SCAPs and DPSCs before and after the reprogramming. Using miRNA microarray, 134 and 265 differentially expressed miRNAs in DPSCs- and SCAP-iPSCs were up-regulated compared to these before reprogramming...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539642/combinatory-evaluation-of-transcriptome-and-metabolome-profiles-of-low-temperature-induced-resistant-ascites-syndrome-in-broiler-chickens
#18
Shourong Shi, Yiru Shen, Shan Zhang, Zhenhua Zhao, Zhuocheng Hou, Huaijun Zhou, Jianmin Zou, Yuming Guo
To select metabolic biomarkers and differentially expressed genes (DEGs) associated with resistant-ascites syndrome (resistant-AS), we used innovative techniques such as metabolomics and transcriptomics to comparatively examine resistant-AS chickens and AS controls. Metabolomic evaluation of chicken serum using ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadruple time-of-flight high-sensitivity mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF/HSMS) showed significantly altered lysoPC(18:1), PE(18:3/16:0), PC(20:1/18:3), DG(24:1/22:6/0:0), PS(18:2/18:0), PI(16:0/16:0), PS(18:0/18:1), PS(14:1/14:0), dihydroxyacetone, ursodeoxycholic acid, tryptophan, L-valine, cycloserine, hypoxanthine, and 4-O-Methylmelleolide concentrations on day 21 and LysoPC(18:0), LysoPE(20:1/0:0), LysoPC(16:0), LysoPE(16:0/0:0), hypoxanthine, dihydroxyacetone, 4-O-Methylmelleolide, LysoPC(18:2), and PC(14:1/22:1) concentrations on day 35, between the susceptible and resistant groups...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536305/shaping-the-tumor-stroma-and-sparking-immune-activation-by-cd40-and-4-1bb-signaling-induced-by-an-armed-oncolytic-virus
#19
Emma Eriksson, Ioanna Milenova, Jessica Wenthe, Magnus Ståhle, Justyna Leja-Jarblad, Gustav Ullenhag, Anna Dimberg, Rafael Moreno, Ramon Alemany, Angelica Loskog
PURPOSE: Pancreatic cancer is a severe indication with short expected survival despite surgery and/or combination chemotherapeutics. Checkpoint blockade antibodies are approved for several cancer indications but pancreatic cancer has remained refractory. However, there are clinical data suggesting that stimulation of the CD40 pathway may be of interest for these patients. Oncolytic viruses armed with immunostimulatory genes represent an interesting approach. Herein we present LOAd703, a designed adenovirus armed with trimerized CD40L and 4-1BBL that activate the CD40 and 4-1BB pathways, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533545/treatment-effects-of-the-traditional-chinese-medicine-shenks-in-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-through-regulation-of-tgf-beta-smad3-signaling-and-oxidative-stress
#20
Haiyan Chu, Ying Shi, Shuai Jiang, Qicheng Zhong, Yongqiang Zhao, Qingmei Liu, Yanyun Ma, Xiangguang Shi, Weifeng Ding, Xiaodong Zhou, Jimin Cui, Li Jin, Gang Guo, Jiucun Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is a kind of devastating interstitial lung disease due to the limited therapeutic strategies. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices have put forth Shenks as a promising treatment approach. Here, we performed in vivo study and in vitro study to delineate the anti-fibrotic mechanisms behind Shenks treatment for pulmonary fibrosis. We found that regardless of the prophylactic or therapeutic treatment, Shenks was able to attenuate BLM-induced-fibrosis in mice, down regulate extracellular matrix genes expression, and reduce collagen production...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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