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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638152/combination-of-a-high-fat-diet-with-sweetened-condensed-milk-exacerbates-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-induced-by-each-separately-in-mice
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Laureane Nunes Masi, Amanda Roque Martins, Amanda Rabello Crisma, Cátia Lira do Amaral, Mariana Rodrigues Davanso, Tamires Duarte Afonso Serdan, Roberta Dourado Cavalcante da Cunha de Sá, Maysa Mariana Cruz, Maria Isabel Cardoso Alonso-Vale, Rosângela Pavan Torres, Jorge Mancini-Filho, Joice Naiara Bertaglia Pereira, Marta Maria da Silva Righetti, Edson Aparecido Liberti, Sandro Massao Hirabara, Rui Curi
Obesogenic diets increase body weight and cause insulin resistance (IR), however, the association of these changes with the main macronutrient in the diet remains to be elucidated. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed with: control (CD), CD and sweetened condensed milk (HS), high-fat (HF), and HF and condensed milk (HSHF). After 2 months, increased body weight, glucose intolerance, adipocyte size and cholesterol levels were observed. As compared with CD, HS ingested the same amount of calories whereas HF and HSHF ingested less...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637928/the-long-noncoding-rna-wisper-controls-cardiac-fibrosis-and-remodeling
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Rudi Micheletti, Isabelle Plaisance, Brian J Abraham, Alexandre Sarre, Ching-Chia Ting, Michael Alexanian, Daniel Maric, Damien Maison, Mohamed Nemir, Richard A Young, Blanche Schroen, Arantxa González, Samir Ounzain, Thierry Pedrazzini
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as powerful regulators of cardiac development and disease. However, our understanding of the importance of these molecules in cardiac fibrosis is limited. Using an integrated genomic screen, we identified Wisper (Wisp2 super-enhancer-associated RNA) as a cardiac fibroblast-enriched lncRNA that regulates cardiac fibrosis after injury. Wisper expression was correlated with cardiac fibrosis both in a murine model of myocardial infarction (MI) and in heart tissue from human patients suffering from aortic stenosis...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629818/corydalis-hendersonii-hemsl-protects-against-myocardial-injury-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-fibrosis-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathways
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Ruifeng Bai, Xu Yin, Xiao Feng, Yuan Cao, Yan Wu, Zhixiang Zhu, Chun Li, Pengfei Tu, Xingyun Chai
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Corydalis hendersonii Hemsl. (CH) with heat clearing and detoxifying effects are well described in Tibetan folk medicine. It has been used for centuries in China largely for the treatment of high altitude polycythemia, a pathophysiological condition referred to "plethora" in Tibetan medicine, hypertension, hepatitis, edema, gastritis, and other infectious diseases. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the cardioprotective effects of Corydalis hendersonii extract in an ICR mouse model of myocardial ischemic injury...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626025/intranasal-administration-of-mesenchymoangioblast-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-abrogates-airway-fibrosis-and-airway-hyperresponsiveness-associated-with-chronic-allergic-airways-disease
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Simon G Royce, Siddharth Rele, Brad R S Broughton, Kilian Kelly, Chrishan S Samuel
Structural changes known as airway remodeling (AWR) characterize chronic/severe asthma and contribute to lung dysfunction. Thus, we assessed the in vivo efficacy of induced pluripotent stem cell and mesenchymoangioblast-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MCA-MSCs) on AWR in a murine model of chronic allergic airways disease (AAD)/asthma. Female Balb/c mice were subjected to a 9-wk model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced chronic AAD and treated intravenously or intranasally with MCA-MSCs from weeks 9 to11. Changes in airway inflammation (AI), AWR, and airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) were assessed...
June 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624812/extracorporeal-shock-wave-treatment-attenuated-left-ventricular-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-mini-pig-with-cardiorenal-syndrome
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Jiunn-Jye Sheu, Hani E E Ali, Ben-Chung Cheng, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Pei-Hsun Sung, Kuan-Hung Chen, Chih-Chao Yang, Yen-Ta Chen, John Y Chiang, Pao-Yuan Lin, Sarah Chua, Han-Tan Chai, Sheng-Ying Chung, Cheuk-Kwan Sun, Hon-Kan Yip
This study tested the hypothesis that extracorporeal shock wave (ECSW) treatment can improve ischemia-induced left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in mini-pig with co-existing chronic kidney disease (CKD). LV ischemia in mini-pigs was induced by applying an ameroid constrictor over mid-left anterior descending artery (LAD), while model of CKD was established by right nephrectomy with partial ligation of left renal arterioles 2 weeks before LAD constriction. Thirty mini-pigs were randomly divided into group 1 (sham-control), group 2 (LV-ischemia), group 3 (LV-ischemia + CKD), Group 4 [LV-ischemia + ECSW (applied 1200 shots at 0...
May 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615349/cftr-protects-against-vascular-inflammation-and-atherogenesis-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Zhengzhang Li, Zhe Shen, Haoping Xue, Shi Cheng, Qun Ji, Yutan Liu, Xiangjun Yang
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the vascular wall. Dysfunction of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) has been shown to result in inflammatory responses in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. However, little is known about the role of CFTR in vascular inflammation and atherogenesis. Our results showed that CFTR was dominantly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaque and reduced in aorta and aortic sinus from atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mice...
June 14, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611390/protective-and-therapeutic-effect-of-felodipine-against-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-mice
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Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Tomomi Niino, Tomoaki Ishihara, Ayaka Takafuji, Takahiro Takayama, Yuki Kanda, Toshifumi Sugizaki, Fumiya Tamura, Shota Kurotsu, Masahiro Kawahara, Tohru Mizushima
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) involves alveolar epithelial injury and abnormal collagen production caused by activated fibroblasts; transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is implicated in this activation. In this study, we screened for chemicals capable of inhibiting TGF-β1-induced collagen production in cultured fibroblasts from medicines already in clinical use. We selected felodipine based on its extent of collagen production inhibition, clinical safety profile, and other pharmacological activity. Felodipine is a dihydropyridine Ca(2+) channel blocker that has been used clinically to treat patients with high blood pressure...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607103/dynamin-related-protein-1-inhibition-attenuates-cardiovascular-calcification-in-the-presence-of-oxidative-stress
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Maximillian Rogers, Natalia Maldonado-Martinez, Joshua D Hutcheson, Claudia Goettsch, Shinji Goto, Iwao Yamada, Tyler Faits, Hiromi Sesaki, Masanori Aikawa, Elena Aikawa
Rationale: Mitochondrial changes occur during cell differentiation and cardiovascular disease. Dynamin-related protein 1 (DRP1) is a key regulator of mitochondrial fission. We hypothesized that DRP1 plays a role in cardiovascular calcification, a process involving cell differentiation and a major clinical problem with high unmet needs. Objective: To examine the effects of osteogenic promoting conditions on DRP1, and whether DRP1 inhibition alters the development of cardiovascular calcification. Methods and Results: DRP1 was enriched in calcified regions of human carotid arteries, examined by immunohistochemistry...
June 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603043/tak1-as-the-mediator-in-the-protective-effect-of-propofol-on-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Huiping Wu, Jun Zhou, Weiming Ou, Yun Li, Meifang Liu, Chengxiang Yang
Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), which is a major cause of acute and chronic renal dysfunction, induces both apoptosis and fibrotic processes. The mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) was implicated in the processes of inflammation and fibrosis. The protective effect of propofol on renal functionality after acute kidney injury (AKI) in mice has been identified, whereas the mechanisms underlying fibrosis induced by kidney injury remain obscure...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602782/associations-between-serum-ghrelin-and-knee-symptoms-joint-structures-and-cartilage-or-bone-biomarkers-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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J Wu, K Wang, J Xu, G Ruan, Q Zhu, J Cai, J Ren, S Zheng, Z Zhu, P Otahal, C Ding
OBJECTIVE: The roles of ghrelin in knee osteoarthritis (OA) are unclear. This study aimed to examine cross-sectional associations of ghrelin with knee symptoms, joint structures and cartilage or bone biomarkers in patients with knee OA. METHODS: This study included 146 patients with symptomatic knee OA. Serum levels of ghrelin and cartilage or bone biomarkers including cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP), cross linked C-telopeptide of type I collagen (CTXI), cross linked N-telopeptide of type I collagen (NTXI), N-terminal procollagen III propeptide (PIIINP), and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, 10, 13 were measured using Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
June 15, 2017: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593055/a-surgical-cryoprobe-for-targeted-transcorneal-freezing-and-endothelial-cell-removal
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Alina Akhbanbetova, Shinichiro Nakano, Stacy L Littlechild, Robert D Young, Madara Zvirgzdina, Nigel J Fullwood, Ian Weston, Philip Weston, Shigeru Kinoshita, Naoki Okumura, Noriko Koizumi, Andrew J Quantock
PURPOSE: To examine the effects of transcorneal freezing using a new cryoprobe designed for corneal endothelial surgery. METHODS: A freezing console employing nitrous oxide as a cryogen was used to cool a series of different cryoprobe tip designs made of silver for high thermal conductivity. In vitro studies were conducted on 426 porcine corneas, followed by preliminary in vivo investigations on three rabbit corneas. RESULTS: The corneal epithelium was destroyed by transcorneal freezing, as expected; however, the epithelial basement membrane remained intact...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585295/bioinspired-collagen-scaffolds-in-cranial-bone-regeneration-from-bedside-to-bench
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REVIEW
Justine C Lee, Elizabeth J Volpicelli
Calvarial defects are common reconstructive dilemmas secondary to a variety of etiologies including traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, oncologic resection, and congenital anomalies. Reconstruction of the calvarium is generally undertaken for the purposes of cerebral protection, contour restoration for psychosocial well-being, and normalization of neurological dysfunction frequently found in patients with massive cranial defects. Current methods for reconstruction using autologous grafts, allogeneic grafts, or alloplastic materials have significant drawbacks that are unique to each material...
June 6, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580536/annexin-a2-plus-low-dose-tissue-plasminogen-activator-combination-attenuates-cerebrovascular-dysfunction-after-focal-embolic-stroke-of-rats
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Xiang Fan, Yinghua Jiang, Zhanyang Yu, Qi Liu, Shuzhen Guo, Xiaochuan Sun, Klaus van Leyen, MingMing Ning, Xiumei Gao, Eng H Lo, Xiaoying Wang
Previous studies showed recombinant annexin A2 (rA2) in combination with low-dose tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) improved thrombolytic efficacy and long-term neurological outcomes after embolic focal ischemia in rats. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects and mechanisms of the combination in early BBB integrity and cerebrovascular patency in the rat focal embolic stroke model. Ischemic brain infarct volume and hemorrhagic transformation were quantified at 24 h after stroke. At an earlier time point, 16 h after stroke, BBB integrity was evaluated by IgG extravasation, and the involved mechanisms were assessed for tight junction ZO-1 and adhesion junction ve-cadherin protein expression, matrix metalloproteinase activation, extracellular matrix collagen IV and endothelial barrier antigen expression, and activation of microglia/macrophages and astrocytes...
June 4, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575570/-aging-of-the-myocardium-and-dilated-cardiomyopathy-morphological-and-molecular-aspects
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I B Antonov, K L Kozlov, N S Linkova, E M Paltseva, E O Kykanova
The review considers various aspects of myocardium aging in normal and dilated cardiomyopathy (DC). There is a partial fibrosis of the heart tissue due to accumulation of collagen type 1, and accumulation of amyloid during normal aging. Men myocardial aging is accompanied by loss of cardiomyocytes and increased volume of the remaining cells, whereas in women this effect is absent. There is an expression of nuclear proteins decrease (lamin A and C), the accumulation of lipofuscin, increased content of reactive oxygen species, reduction of protein synthesis Sirt1 in cardiomyocytes with aging...
2017: Advances in Gerontology, Uspekhi Gerontologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566504/apigenin-ameliorates-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats-via-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-tnf-%C3%AE-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-mapk-fibronectin-pathways
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Salma Malik, Kapil Suchal, Sana Irfan Khan, Jagriti Bhatia, Kamal Kishore, A K Dinda, Dharamveer Singh Arya
Diabetic nephropathy (DN), a microvascular complication of diabetes, has emerged as an important health problem worldwide. There is strong evidence to suggest that oxidative stress, inflammation, and fibrosis play a pivotal role in the progression of DN. Apigenin has been shown to possess antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, anti-fibrotic, as well as anti-diabetic properties. Hence, we evaluated whether apigenin halts the development and progression of DN in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565941/insulin-replacement-limits-progression-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-the-low-dose-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rat
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Mitchel Tate, Minh Deo, Anh H Cao, Sally G Hood, Karina Huynh, Helen Kiriazis, Xiao-Jun Du, Tracey L Julius, Gemma A Figtree, Gregory J Dusting, David M Kaye, Rebecca H Ritchie
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a major contributor to the increasing burden of heart failure globally. Effective therapies remain elusive, in part due to the incomplete understanding of the mechanisms underlying diabetes-induced myocardial injury. The objective of this study was to assess the direct impact of insulin replacement on left ventricle structure and function in a rat model of diabetes. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered streptozotocin (55 mg/kg i.v.) or citrate vehicle and were followed for 8 weeks...
May 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554983/cyp2j2-metabolites-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acids-attenuate-angii-induced-cardiac-fibrotic-response-by-targeting-g%C3%AE-12-13
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Zuowen He, Yong Yang, Zheng Wen, Chen Chen, Xizhen Xu, Yanfang Zhu, Yan Wang, Dao Wen Wang
Arachidonic acid-cytochrome P450 2J2-epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (AA-CYP2J2-EETs) metabolic pathway has been identified protective in cardiovascular system. This study explored effects of AA-CYP2J2-EETs metabolic pathway on cardiac fibrosis from perspective of cardiac fibroblast and underlying mechanisms. In vivo studies, eight-week-old male CYP2J2 transgenic mice (aMHC-CYP2J2-Tr) and littermates were infused with angiotensin II (Ang II) or saline for 2 weeks. Results showed that CYP2J2 overexpression increased EETs production...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554563/left-ventricular-fibrosis-and-systolic-hypertension-persist-in-a-repaired-aortic-coarctation-model
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Jie Liu, Douglas Drak, Anish Krishnan, Sing-Young Chen, Carla Canniffe, Shisan Bao, Gareth Denyer, David S Celermajer
BACKGROUND: Despite successful repair in early life, patients with coarctation of the aorta (CoA) are predisposed to several cardiovascular complications in later life related to systemic hypertension or left ventricular (LV) dysfunction, or both, the pathogenesis of which is unclear. METHODS: Three-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats underwent transverse aortic constriction (TAC) or a sham operation, with release of the constriction 3 weeks later. Twenty-five weeks after the repair operation, animals underwent hemodynamic assessment, LV gene profiling, and histologic analysis...
May 27, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552866/meningeal-plasma-cell-granuloma-in-the-early-stage-of-relapsing-polychondritis
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Shintaro Hayashi, Norihiko Akao, Koichi Okamoto
A 77-year-old man showed an asymptomatic meningeal lesion beneath the dura matter in the left fronto-parietal region on MRI during an examination for recurrent hoarsness. The lesion showed no gadolinium enhancement, and extended to neither the sulci nor skull. Neurological examinations revealed hoarseness, cochlear and vestibular dysfunction of the right ear, and mildly decreased Achilles tendon reflexes bilaterally. Laboratory findings showed marked inflammatory responses, but no abnormalities for LDH, IgG4, angiotensin-converting enzyme, or soluble IL-2 receptor...
May 26, 2017: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546987/current-progress-in-understanding-the-molecular-pathogenesis-of-burn-scar-contracture
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REVIEW
Jianglin Tan, Jun Wu
Abnormal wound healing is likely to induce scar formation, leading to dysfunction, deformity, and psychological trauma in burn patients. Despite the advancement of medical care treatment, scar contracture in burn patients remains a challenge. Myofibroblasts play a key role in scar contracture. It has been demonstrated that myofibroblasts, as well as inflammatory cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and epithelial cells, secrete transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and other cytokines, which can promote persistent myofibroblast activation via a positive regulation loop...
2017: Burns and trauma
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