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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339861/constitutive-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-signaling-causes-sexual-dysfunction-and-leydig-cell-adenomas-in-male-mice1
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Lan Hai, Deepak S Hiremath, Marilène Paquet, Prema Narayan
The luteinizing hormone receptor (LHCGR) is necessary for fertility and genetic mutations cause defects in reproductive development and function. Activating mutations in LHCGR cause familial male limited precocious puberty (FMPP). We have previously characterized a mouse model (KiLHRD582G) for FMPP that exhibits the same phenotype of precocious puberty, Leydig cell hyperplasia and elevated testosterone as boys with the disorder. We observed that KiLHRD582G male mice became infertile by 6 months of age although sperm count and motility were normal...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339802/alterations-in-urinary-collagen-peptides-in-lupus-nephritis-subjects-correlate-with-renal-dysfunction-and-renal-histopathology
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Ru Wei, Benbo Gao, Fei Shih, Ann Ranger, Andrea Dearth, Harald Mischak, Justyna Siwy, Nicolas Wisniacki, Michelle Petri, Linda C Burkly
Background.: The excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the renal tubulointerstitium is a key component of chronic renal damage in lupus nephritis (LN) and a critical determinant of the disease progression to renal failure. Detection of fibrosis requires renal biopsy and is therefore limited by high risks associated with an invasive procedure. This study explores whether a unique LN urinary peptidome can be identified and whether LN-specific alteration reflects the underlying fibrogenic process of altered ECM turnover...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339742/topiramate-modulates-post-infarction-inflammation-primarily-by-targeting-monocytes-or-macrophages
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Zhaohui Wang, Shiyuan Huang, Yuling Sheng, Xu Peng, Hui Liu, Nan Jin, Jun Cai, Yanwen Shu, Ting Li, Ping Li, Cheng Fan, Xiaofan Hu, Wenyong Zhang, Rui Long, Ya You, Caihong Huang, Yi Song, Chunhua Xiang, Jue Wang, Yong Yang, Kun Liu
Aims: Monocytes/macrophages response plays a key role in post-infarction inflammation that contributes greatly to post-infarction ventricular remodeling and cardiac rupture. Therapeutic targeting of the GABAA receptor, which is enriched in monocytes/macrophages but not expressed in the myocardium, may be possible after myocardial infarction. Methods and results: After MI was induced by ligation of the coronary artery, C57BL/6 mice were intraperitoneally administered with one specific agonist or antagonist of the GABAA receptor (topiramate or bicuculline), in the setting of presence or depletion of monocytes/macrophages...
February 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327551/genomic-reprograming-analysis-of-the-mesothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-identifies-biomarkers-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Vicente Ruiz-Carpio, Pilar Sandoval, Abelardo Aguilera, Patricia Albar-Vizcaíno, María Luisa Perez-Lozano, Guadalupe T González-Mateo, Adrián Acuña-Ruiz, Jesús García-Cantalejo, Pedro Botías, María Auxiliadora Bajo, Rafael Selgas, José Antonio Sánchez-Tomero, Jutta Passlick-Deetjen, Dorothea Piecha, Janine Büchel, Sonja Steppan, Manuel López-Cabrera
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is an effective renal replacement therapy, but a significant proportion of patients suffer PD-related complications, which limit the treatment duration. Mesothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (MMT) contributes to the PD-related peritoneal dysfunction. We analyzed the genetic reprograming of MMT to identify new biomarkers that may be tested in PD-patients. Microarray analysis revealed a partial overlapping between MMT induced in vitro and ex vivo in effluent-derived mesothelial cells, and that MMT is mainly a repression process being higher the number of genes that are down-regulated than those that are induced...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320854/nonsteroidal-mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonist-finerenone-protects-against-acute-kidney-injury-mediated-chronic-kidney-disease-role-of-oxidative-stress
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Lionel Lattenist, Sebastian M Lechner, Smail Messaoudi, Alan Le Mercier, Soumaya El Moghrabi, Sonia Prince, Norma A Bobadilla, Peter Kolkhof, Frédéric Jaisser, Jonatan Barrera-Chimal
Acute kidney injury induced by ischemia/reperfusion (IR) is a frequent complication in hospitalized patients. Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonism has shown to be helpful against renal IR consequences; however, the potential benefit of novel nonsteroidal mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists such as finerenone has to be further explored. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of finerenone to prevent the acute and chronic consequences of ischemic acute kidney injury. For the acute study (24 hours), 18 rats were divided into sham, bilateral renal ischemia of 25 minutes, and rats that received 3 doses of finerenone at 48, 24, and 1 hour before the ischemia...
March 20, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316086/cardiac-fibrosis-in-the-ageing-heart-contributors-and-mechanisms
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Lu Lu, Jingbin Guo, Yue Hua, Kevin Huang, Ruth Magaye, Jake Cornell, Darren J Kelly, Christopher Reid, Danny Liew, Yingchun Zhou, Aihua Chen, Wei Xiao, Qiang Fu, Bing Hui Wang
Cardiac fibrosis refers to an excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) in cardiac tissue. Fibrotic tissue is stiffer and less compliant, resulting in subsequent cardiac dysfunction and heart failure. Cardiac fibrosis in the ageing heart may involve activation of fibrogenic signalling and inhibition of anti-fibrotic signalling, leading to an imbalance of ECM turnover. Excessive accumulation of ECM such as collagen in older patients contributes to progressive ventricular dysfunction. Overexpression of collagen is derived from various sources, including higher levels of fibrogenic growth factors, proliferation of fibroblasts and cellular trans-differentiation...
March 18, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315812/onset-of-coagulation-function-recovery-is-delayed-in-severely-injured-trauma-patients-with-venous-thromboembolism
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Belinda H McCully, Christopher R Connelly, Kelly A Fair, John B Holcomb, Erin E Fox, Charles E Wade, Eileen M Bulger, Martin A Schreiber
BACKGROUND: Altered coagulation function after trauma may contribute to venous thromboembolism (VTE) development. Severe trauma impairs coagulation function, but the trajectory for recovery is not known. We hypothesized that enhanced, early recovery of coagulation function increases VTE risk in severely-injured trauma patients. STUDY DESIGN: Secondary analysis was performed on data from The Pragmatic Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratio (PROPPR) trial, excluding patients who died within 24 hours and/or were on pre-injury anticoagulants...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299638/the-impact-of-aging-on-cardiac-extracellular-matrix
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Cesar A Meschiari, Osasere Kelvin Ero, Haihui Pan, Toren Finkel, Merry L Lindsey
Age-related changes in cardiac homeostasis can be observed at the cellular, extracellular, and tissue levels. Progressive cardiomyocyte hypertrophy, inflammation, and the gradual development of cardiac fibrosis are hallmarks of cardiac aging. In the absence of a secondary insult such as hypertension, these changes are subtle and result in slight to moderate impaired myocardial function, particularly diastolic function. While collagen deposition and cross-linking increase during aging, extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation capacity also increases due to increased expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs)...
February 2017: Geroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295520/androgen-deficiency-impairs-erectile-function-in-rats-through-promotion-of-corporal-fibrosis
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K Cui, R Li, R Chen, M Li, T Wang, J Yang, Z Chen, S Wang, J Liu, K Rao
The aim of this study was to investigate the underlying mechanism of androgen deficiency inducing corporal fibrosis, thereby causing erectile dysfunction (ED). Forty 12-week-old healthy male rats were divided randomly into four groups: normal control group (Control); castration group (Castration); the other 20 rats were castrated followed by testosterone (T) (orally) each day: castration + 10mg/kg T group (Castration + 10T) and castration + 20 mg/kg T group (Castration + 20T). After 8 weeks' treatment, the main outcome measures were the following: serum levels of T; the ratios of intracavernous pressure (ICP) to mean arterial pressure (MAP); histologic changes in penile smooth muscle cells; the Smad and non-Smad pathways; and extracellular matrix (ECM) protein deposition...
March 10, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293100/adenosine-a2a-receptor-agonist-prevents-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-male-rats-after-myocardial-infarction
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Jaqueline S da Silva, Daniele Gabriel-Costa, Roberto T Sudo, Hao Wang, Leanne Groban, Emanuele B Ferraz, José Hamilton M Nascimento, Carlos Alberto M Fraga, Eliezer J Barreiro, Gisele Zapata-Sudo
BACKGROUND: This work evaluated the hypothesis that 3,4-methylenedioxybenzoyl-2-thienylhydrazone (LASSBio-294), an agonist of adenosine A2A receptor, could be beneficial for preventing cardiac dysfunction due to hypertension associated with myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were randomly divided into four groups (six animals per group): sham-operation (SHR-Sham), and myocardial infarction rats (SHR-MI) were treated orally either with vehicle or LASSBio-294 (10 and 20 mg...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292746/robust-generation-of-quiescent-porcine-valvular-interstitial-cell-cultures
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Ana M Porras, Nicole C A van Engeland, Evelyn Marchbanks, Ann McCormack, Carlijn V C Bouten, Magdi H Yacoub, Najma Latif, Kristyn S Masters
BACKGROUND: Valvular interstitial cells (VICs) in the healthy aortic valve leaflet exhibit a quiescent phenotype, with <5% of VICs exhibiting an activated phenotype. Yet, in vitro culture of VICs on tissue culture polystyrene surfaces in standard growth medium results in rapid transformation to an activated phenotype in >90% of cells. The inability to preserve a healthy VIC phenotype during in vitro studies has hampered the elucidation of mechanisms involved in calcific aortic valve disease...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292028/bixin-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-cardiac-injury-in-mice-through-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress-suppression
#12
Zhou Xu, Xiang-Qing Kong
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is known as an essential complication of diabetes, a main reason leading to mortality for diabetic patients, and novel therapeutic strategies for treatment are urgently required. Bixin (BX), isolated from the seeds of Bixa orellana, is a carotenoid, possessing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and anti-oxidant activities. In our study, we attempted to calculate the role of bixin in cardiac injury progression, and reveal the possible molecular mechanism. Bixin treatment ameliorated cardiac dysfunction through inhibiting fibrosis, inflammation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation...
March 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291245/tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-bibf1120-ameliorates-inflammation-angiogenesis-and-fibrosis-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrogenesis-mouse-model
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Büsra Öztürk Akcora, Gert Storm, Jai Prakash, Ruchi Bansal
Hepatic fibrosis, a progressive chronic disease mainly caused by hepatitis viral infections, alcohol abuse or metabolic syndrome leading to liver dysfunction and is the growing cause of mortality worldwide. Tyrosine kinase inhibitor BIBF1120 (Nintedanib) has been evaluated in clinical trials for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and advanced Hepatocellular carcinoma, but has not been explored for liver fibrosis yet. In this study, we aimed to investigate the therapeutic effects and mechanism of BIBF1120 in liver fibrogenesis...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290877/-dynamics-of-biochemical-markers-of-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-arterial-hypertension
#14
V I Podzolkov, A I Tarzimanova
Arterial hypertension (AH) occupies the first place among causes of atrial fibrillation (AF) in general population. AF in patients with AH substantially elevates risk of cardiovascular complications. Endothelial dysfunction (ED) in patients with AH at appearance of AF might have great prognostic value for stratification of risk of thromboembolic complications. We studied biochemical markers of ED in patients with AH and various forms of AF. Collagen binding activity of the von Willebrand factor (vWF) in patients with permanent AF was significantly higher than in patients without heart rhythm disturbances and did not depend on degree of AH...
August 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282577/therapeutic-efficacy-of-a-co-blockade-of-il-13-and-il-25-on-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-in-a-mouse-model-of-asthma
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Fang-Qi Zhang, Xin-Peng Han, Fang Zhang, Xuan Ma, Dong Xiang, Xue-Min Yang, Hai-Feng Ou-Yang, Zhikui Li
Repeated airway inflammation and unremitting remodeling provoke irreversible pulmonary dysfunction and resistance to current drugs in patients with chronic bronchial asthma. Interleukin (IL)-13 and IL-25 play an important role in airway inflammation and remodeling in asthma. We aimed to investigate whether co-inhibiting IL-13 and IL-25 can effectively down-regulate allergen-induced airway inflammation and remodeling in mice. Mice with asthma induced by chronic exposure to ovalbumin (OVA) were given soluble IL-13 receptor α2 (sIL-13R) or soluble IL-25 receptor (sIL-25R) protein alone and in combination to neutralize the bioactivity of IL-13 and IL-25, and relevant airway inflammation and remodeling experiments were performed...
March 7, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276884/exposure-to-tetrabromobisphenol-a-induces-cellular-dysfunction-in-osteoblastic-mc3t3-e1-cells
#16
Eun Mi Choi, Kwang Sik Suh, Sang Youl Rhee, Seungjoon Oh, Sung Woon Kim, Youngmi Kim Pak, Wonchae Choe, Joohun Ha, Suk Chon
This study was undertaken to investigate the possible involvement of oxidative stress in tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)-induced toxicity in osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells. To examine the potential effect of TBBPA on cultured osteoblastic cells, we measured cell viability, apoptosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial superoxide, and mitochondrial parameters including adenosine triphosphate (ATP) level, cardiolipin content, cytochrome c release, cyclophilin levels, and differentiation markers in osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276818/diverticular-disease-is-associated-with-benign-intra-abdominal-cystic-disease
#17
Paula F Wrafter, Tara M Connelly, Jody S A Khan, Brian C Lucey, Arthur Berg, Walter Koltun, William P Joyce
BACKGROUND: Diverticular disease (DD) and hepatic and renal cysts have been linked with defects in collagen and dysfunctional matrix metalloproteinases. METHODS: Consecutive abdominal computed tomography scans between January-July 2015 were prospectively studied to determine a correlation between visceral cysts and DD. Patients with a sigmoid colectomy for pathology other than DD and scans in which DD and/or solid organs were not fully visualized were excluded. A subgroup analysis was performed on youthful DD patients (<55 years of age, n = 32) vs...
February 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272348/zinc-prevents-the-development-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-db-db-mice
#18
Shudong Wang, Bowei Wang, Yuehui Wang, Qian Tong, Quan Liu, Jian Sun, Yang Zheng, Lu Cai
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is highly prevalent in type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients. Zinc is an important essential trace metal, whose deficiency is associated with various chronic ailments, including vascular diseases. We assessed T2DM B6.BKS(D)-Leprdb/J (db/db) mice fed for six months on a normal diet containing three zinc levels (deficient, adequate, and supplemented), to explore the role of zinc in DCM development and progression. Cardiac function, reflected by ejection fraction, was significantly decreased, along with increased left ventricle mass and heart weight to tibial length ratio, in db/db mice...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270772/lack-of-abcg2-leads-to-biventricular-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-response-to-hypoxia
#19
Bence M Nagy, Chandran Nagaraj, Bakytbek Egemnazarov, Grazyna Kwapiszewska, Rudolf E Stauber, Alexander Avian, Horst Olschewski, Andrea Olschewski
Aims: The ATP-binding cassette (ABC)G2 transporter protects the heart from pressure overload-induced ventricular dysfunction but also protects cancer cells from chemotherapeutic agents. It is upregulated in the myocardium of heart failure patients and clears hypoxia-induced intracellular metabolites. This study employs ABCG2 knockout (KO) mice to elucidate the relevance of ABCG2 for cardiac and pulmonary vascular structure and function in chronic hypoxia, and uses human primary cardiac fibroblasts to investigate the potential role of ABCG2 in cardiac fibrosis...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265203/overexpression-of-aquaporin-4-in-articular-chondrocytes-exacerbates-the-severity-of-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-an-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-study
#20
Li Cai, Chao Lei, Rong Li, Wei-Na Chen, Cheng-Mu Hu, Xiao-Yu Chen, Chun-Mei Li
BACKGROUND: The dysfunction of articular chondrocytes is a crucial step in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) pathogenesis while its molecular mechanisms are not fully known. This study was aimed to investigate the expression of aquaporin 4 (AQP4) in articular chondrocytes of adjuvant-induced arthritis (AIA) rats and its involvement in AIA development. METHODS: Thirty rats were divided into normal and AIA group (n = 15). Rat AIA was induced by intradermal injection of complete Freund's adjuvant and evaluated by secondary paw swelling and histological assessments on knee joint damage...
2017: Journal of Inflammation
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