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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545780/requirement-of-zinc-transporter-slc39a7-zip7-for-dermal-development-to-fine-tune-endoplasmic-reticulum-function-by-regulating-protein-disulfide-isomerase
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Bum-Ho Bin, Jinhyuk Bhin, Juyeon Seo, Se-Young Kim, Eunyoung Lee, Kyuhee Park, Dong-Hwa Choi, Teruhisa Takagishi, Takafumi Hara, Daehee Hwang, Haruhiko Koseki, Yoshinobu Asada, Shinji Shimoda, Kenji Mishima, Toshiyuki Fukada
Skin is the first area that manifests zinc deficiency. However, the molecular mechanisms by which zinc homeostasis affects skin development remain largely unknown. Here, we show that zinc-regulation transporter-/iron-regulation transporter-like protein 7 (ZIP7) localized to the endoplasmic reticulum plays critical roles in connective tissue development. Mice lacking the Slc39a7/Zip7 gene in collagen 1-expressing tissue exhibited dermal dysplasia. Ablation of ZIP7 in mesenchymal stem cells inhibited cell proliferation thereby preventing proper dermis formation, indicating that ZIP7 is required for dermal development...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544569/maintenance-of-the-contractile-phenotype-in-corpus-cavernosum-smooth-muscle-cells-by-myocardin-gene-therapy-ameliorates-erectile-dysfunction-in-bilateral-cavernous-nerve-injury-rats
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H-B Zhang, Z-Q Wang, F-Z Chen, W Ding, W-B Liu, Z-R Chen, S-H He, A-Y Wei
The pathophysiology of erectile dysfunction post radical prostatectomy is not clearly clarified, and the low efficacy of traditional PDE5i treatment remains a major complaint in contemporary practice. This study aimed to demonstrate phenotypic modulation in bilateral cavernous nerve injury (BCNI) rats within 7 days, and subsequently validate gene therapy with Myocardin (Mycod) by maintaining a contractile phenotype in corpus cavernosum smooth muscle cells. Initially, 36 male rats were randomly divided into BCNI and negative control (NC) groups for histological and phenotypic molecular measurements at 3, 5, and 7 days...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543854/endocardial-fibroelastosis-is-secondary-to-hemodynamic-alterations-in-the-chick-embryonic-model-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Zivorad Pesevski, Alena Kvasilova, Tereza Stopkova, Ondrej Nanka, Eliska Drobna Krejci, Christine Buffinton, Radka Kockova, Adam Eckhardt, David Sedmera
BACKGROUND: Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) is a diffuse thickening of the ventricular endocardium, causing myocardial dysfunction and presenting as unexplained heart failure in infants and children. One of the postulated causes is persistent and increased wall tension in the ventricles. RESULTS: To examine whether reduced ventricular pressure in a chick model of hypoplastic left heart syndrome induced by left atrial ligation (LAL) at ED4 is associated with EFE at later stages, myocardial fibrosis was evaluated by histology and immunoconfocal microscopy and mass spectrometry (MS) at ED12...
May 20, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541155/characterization-of-aminoaciduria-and-hypoaminoacidemia-in-dogs-with-hepatocutaneous-syndrome
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John P Loftus, Sharon A Center, John M Lucy, Julie A Stanton, Sean P McDonough, Jeanine Peters-Kennedy, Kenneth A Arceneaux, Molly A Bechtold, Courtney L Bennett, Christina A Bradbury, Martha G Cline, Deborah L Hall-Fonte, Julie F Hammer-Landrum, Janice L Huntingford, Jennifer Marshall, Kristopher S Sharpe, Jessica L Redin, Samuel T Selva, Tomasina A Lucia
OBJECTIVE To characterize aminoaciduria and plasma amino acid concentrations in dogs with hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). ANIMALS 20 client-owned dogs of various breeds and ages. PROCEDURES HCS was definitively diagnosed on the basis of liver biopsy specimens (n = 12), gross and histologic appearance of skin lesions (4), and examination of skin and liver biopsy specimens (2) and presumptively diagnosed on the basis of cutaneous lesions with compatible clinicopathologic and hepatic ultrasonographic (honeycomb or Swiss cheese pattern) findings (2)...
June 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539827/traditional-chinese-medication-qiliqiangxin-protects-against-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Hui Wang, Xiaomin Zhang, Pujiao Yu, Qiulian Zhou, Jialiang Zhang, Haifeng Zhang, Hongsheng Zhu, Chenlin Zhang, Wenming Yao, Lin Che, Jiahong Xu, Yihua Bei, Xinli Li
Qiliqiangxin (QLQX), a traditional Chinese herbs medication, exerted protective effect in chronic heart failure patients in a multicenter randomized double-blind study. QLQX has also been found to improve cardiac function and reduce cardiac fibrosis in spontaneously hypertension animal model. However, the effect of longterm treatment with QLQX in such a condition and the related molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In the present study, thirteen-week-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) were treated by daily intragastric administration of QLQX or saline for one year...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533750/characterization-of-cardiovascular-alterations-induced-by-different-chronic-cisplatin-treatments
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Esperanza Herradón, Cristina González, José A Uranga, Raquel Abalo, Ma I Martín, Visitacion López-Miranda
In the last years, many clinical studies have revealed that some cisplatin-treated cancer survivors have a significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events, being cisplatin-induced cardiovascular toxicity an increasing concern. The aim of the present work was to evaluate the cardiovascular alterations induced by different chronic cisplatin treatments, and to identify some of the mechanisms involved. Direct blood pressure, basal cardiac (left ventricle and coronary arteries) and vascular (aortic and mesenteric) functions were evaluated in chronic (5 weeks) saline- or cisplatin-treated male Wistar rats...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533260/relationship-between-monocyte-platelet-aggregation-and-endothelial-function-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-adults
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Andrew Haynes, Matthew D Linden, Elisa Robey, Louise H Naylor, Kay L Cox, Nicola T Lautenschlager, Daniel J Green
Low-grade inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and platelet hyper-reactivity to agonists are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. In vitro and animal studies infer an inverse mechanistic relationship between platelet activation and the production of endothelium-derived nitric oxide and prostacyclin. This concept is supported by evidence of an inverse relationship between endothelial function and platelet activation in high-risk cardiac patients. The aim of this study was to investigate what relationship, if any, exists between platelet and endothelial function in healthy, middle-aged, and elderly adults...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529666/a-microfluidic-model-of-hemostasis-sensitive-to-platelet-function-and-coagulation
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R M Schoeman, K Rana, N Danes, M Lehmann, J A Di Paola, A L Fogelson, K Leiderman, K B Neeves
Hemostasis is the process of sealing a vascular injury with a thrombus to arrest bleeding. The type of thrombus that forms depends on the nature of the injury and hemodynamics. There are many models of intravascular thrombus formation whereby blood is exposed to prothrombotic molecules on a solid substrate. However, there are few models of extravascular thrombus formation whereby blood escapes into the extravascular space through a hole in the vessel wall. Here, we describe a microfluidic model of hemostasis that includes vascular, vessel wall, and extravascular compartments...
February 2017: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528324/new-role-for-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-myocardial-homeostasis-and-heart-failure
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Uri Amit, David Kain, Allon Wagner, Avinash Sahu, Yael Nevo-Caspi, Nir Gonen, Natali Molotski, Tal Konfino, Natalie Landa, Nili Naftali-Shani, Galia Blum, Emmanuelle Merquiol, Danielle Karo-Atar, Yariv Kanfi, Gidi Paret, Ariel Munitz, Haim Y Cohen, Eytan Ruppin, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Jonathan Leor
BACKGROUND: The immune system plays a pivotal role in myocardial homeostasis and response to injury. Interleukins-4 and -13 are anti-inflammatory type-2 cytokines, signaling via the common interleukin-13 receptor α1 chain and the type-2 interleukin-4 receptor. The role of interleukin-13 receptor α1 in the heart is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed myocardial samples from human donors (n=136) and patients with end-stage heart failure (n=177). We found that the interleukin-13 receptor α1 is present in the myocardium and, together with the complementary type-2 interleukin-4 receptor chain Il4ra, is significantly downregulated in the hearts of patients with heart failure...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526293/new-biomarkers-defining-a-novel-early-stage-of-fabry-nephropathy-a-diagnostic-test-study
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Patrício Aguiar, Olga Azevedo, Rui Pinto, Jacira Marino, Robert Baker, Carlos Cardoso, José Luís Ducla Soares, Derralynn Hughes
BACKGROUND: Renal involvement in Fabry disease is a major determinant of overall disease prognosis and early enzyme replacement therapy seems effective in preventing progression of kidney injury. Gb3 storage, glomerular sclerosis and tubulo-interstitial fibrosis may occur with minimal or no changes on standard renal tests, hence alternative markers of renal dysfunction are crucial. In this study we compared several biomarkers with albuminuria in the identification of incipient Fabry nephropathy and their diagnostic accuracy to identify chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage≥2...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522596/lysyl-oxidase-overexpression-accelerates-cardiac-remodeling-and-aggravates-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertrophy
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María Galán, Saray Varona, Anna Guadall, Mar Orriols, Miquel Navas, Silvia Aguiló, Alicia de Diego, María A Navarro, David García-Dorado, Antonio Rodríguez-Sinovas, José Martínez-González, Cristina Rodriguez
Lysyl oxidase (LOX) controls matrix remodeling, a key process that underlies cardiovascular diseases and heart failure; however, a lack of suitable animal models has limited our knowledge with regard to the contribution of LOX to cardiac dysfunction. Here, we assessed the impact of LOX overexpression on ventricular function and cardiac hypertrophy in a transgenic mouse model with a strong cardiac expression of human LOX (TgLOX). TgLOX mice exhibited high expression of the transgene in cardiomyocytes and cardiofibroblasts, which are associated with enhanced LOX activity and H2O2 production and with cardiofibroblast reprogramming...
May 18, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509131/growth-hormone-therapy-for-a-patient-with-idiopathic-fanconi-syndrome-and-growth-hormone-deficiency
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Takayuki Okamoto, Yasuyuki Sato, Takeshi Yamazaki, Asako Hayashi, Toshiyuki Takahashi
Idiopathic Fanconi syndrome (FS) is characterized by a generalized dysfunction of the renal proximal tubules. Patients with FS often exhibit growth retardation due to complex factors, such as hypophosphatemia, metabolic acidosis, disturbed vitamin D metabolism and hypokalemia. To date, one FS patient has been reported to exhibit growth failure due to growth hormone deficiency (GHD), but the long-term clinical course of recombinant human GH (rhGH) therapy has not been reported. At 10 months of age, the patient was admitted to our hospital due to growth failure...
May 2017: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508555/laminin-and-collagen-iv-inclusion-in-immunoisolating-microcapsules-reduces-cytokine-mediated-cell-death-in-human-pancreatic-islets
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Alberto Llacua, Bart J de Haan, Paul de Vos
Extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules have several functions in pancreatic islets including provision of mechanical support and prevention of cytotoxicity during inflammation. During islet isolation, ECM-connections are damaged and are not restored after encapsulation and transplantation. Inclusion of specific combinations of collagen type IV and laminins in immunoisolating capsules can enhance survival of pancreatic islets. Here we investigated whether ECM can also enhance survival and lower susceptibility of human islets to cytokine-mediated cytotoxicity...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503127/the-role-of-platelet-function-analyzer-testing-in-cardiac-surgery-transfusion-management
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Dejana Bogdanic, Nenad Karanovic, Jela Mratinovic-Mikulandra, Branka Paukovic-Sekulic, Dijana Brnic, Ivanka Marinovic, Diana Nonkovic, Nikolina Bogdanic
BACKGROUND: Identifying high-risk patients for transfusion after cardiac operations would alter postoperative management. The aim of this study was to investigate closure time (CT) measured by platelet function analyzer (PFA) for prediction of bleeding and transfusions. METHODS: 66 patients were scheduled for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and 30 patients for valve repair and replacement (non-CABG). Measurements of PFA-100® CT for collagen and adenosine diphosphate (cADP) and collagen and epinephrine (cEPI) were performed 15 min after protamine administration...
April 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495756/cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-mediates-tenogenic-differentiation-of-tendon-derived-stem-cells-and-tendon-repair-accelerating-tendon-injury-healing-by-intervening-in-its-downstream-signaling
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Yang Liu, Jia Xu, Liangliang Xu, Tianyi Wu, Yuxin Sun, Yuk-Wai Lee, Bin Wang, Hsiao-Chang Chan, Xiaohua Jiang, Jinfang Zhang, Gang Li
Tendons are a mechanosensitive tissue, which enables them to transmit to bone forces that are derived from muscle. Patients with tendon injuries, such as tendinopathy or tendon rupture, were often observed with matrix degeneration, and the healing of tendon injuries remains a challenge as a result of the limited understanding of tendon biology. Our study demonstrates that the stretch-mediated activation channel, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR), was up-regulated in tendon-derived stem cells (TDSCs) during tenogenic differentiation under mechanical stretching...
May 11, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490606/comparison-of-10-murine-models-reveals-a-distinct-biomechanical-phenotype-in-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms
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C Bellini, M R Bersi, A W Caulk, J Ferruzzi, D M Milewicz, F Ramirez, D B Rifkin, G Tellides, H Yanagisawa, J D Humphrey
Thoracic aortic aneurysms are life-threatening lesions that afflict young and old individuals alike. They frequently associate with genetic mutations and are characterized by reduced elastic fibre integrity, dysfunctional smooth muscle cells, improperly remodelled collagen and pooled mucoid material. There is a pressing need to understand better the compromised structural integrity of the aorta that results from these genetic mutations and renders the wall vulnerable to dilatation, dissection or rupture. In this paper, we compare the biaxial mechanical properties of the ascending aorta from 10 murine models: wild-type controls, acute elastase-treated, and eight models with genetic mutations affecting extracellular matrix proteins, transmembrane receptors, cytoskeletal proteins, or intracellular signalling molecules...
May 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485292/assessment-and-management-of-retraction-pockets
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Alper Cuneyt, Ewa Olszewska
This manuscript intends to review types, pathogenesis, associated risk factors, and potential methods of prevention and treatment of the retraction pockets in adults and children. The importance of retraction pockets (RP) lies in loss of original histological and anatomical structure which is associated with development of ossicular chain erosion, cho¬lesteatoma formation and potentially life threatening complications of cholesteatoma. The trans-mucosal exchange each gas in the middle ear (ME) is towards equalizing its partial pressures with the partial pressure in the environ¬ment...
February 28, 2017: Otolaryngologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476142/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-dpp-4-inhibition-with-linagliptin-reduces-western-diet-induced-myocardial-traf3ip2-expression-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-female-mice
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Annayya R Aroor, Javad Habibi, Hemanth Kumar Kandikattu, Mona Garro-Kacher, Brady Barron, Dongqing Chen, Melvin R Hayden, Adam Whaley-Connell, Shawn B Bender, Thomas Klein, Jaume Padilla, James R Sowers, Bysani Chandrasekar, Vincent G DeMarco
BACKGROUND: Diastolic dysfunction (DD), a hallmark of obesity and primary defect in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, is a predictor of future cardiovascular events. We previously reported that linagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, improved DD in Zucker Obese rats, a genetic model of obesity and hypertension. Here we investigated the cardioprotective effects of linagliptin on development of DD in western diet (WD)-fed mice, a clinically relevant model of overnutrition and activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system...
May 5, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474421/the-emerging-role-of-skeletal-muscle-extracellular-matrix-remodelling-in-obesity-and-exercise
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REVIEW
S Martinez-Huenchullan, S V McLennan, A Verhoeven, S M Twigg, C S Tam
Skeletal muscle extracellular matrix remodelling has been proposed as a new feature associated with obesity and metabolic dysfunction. Exercise training improves muscle function in obesity, which may be mediated by regulatory effects on the muscle extracellular matrix. This review examined available literature on skeletal muscle extracellular matrix remodelling during obesity and the effects of exercise. A non-systematic literature review was performed on PubMed of publications from 1970 to 2015. A total of 37 studies from humans and animals were retained...
May 5, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
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