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Eliza Tsitoura, Athol U Wells, Kostantinos Karagiannis, Ismini Lasithiotaki, Eirini Vasarmidi, Eleni Bibaki, Chara Koutoulaki, Hiroe Sato, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikolaos M Siafakas, George Sourvinos, Katerina M Antoniou
MicroRNA signatures of BAL cells and alveolar macrophages are currently lacking in IPF. Here we sought to investigate the expression of fibrosis-related microRNAs in the cellular component of the BAL in IPF. We thus focused on microRNAs previously associated with fibrosis (miR-29a, miR-29b, miR-29c, let-7d, and miR-21) and rapid IPF progression (miR-185, miR-210, miR-302c-3p miR-376c and miR-423-5p). Among the tested microRNAs miR-29a and miR-185 were found significantly downregulated in IPF while miR-302c-3p and miR-376c were not expressed by BAL cells...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Petra Kraus, Thomas Lufkin
The adult bovine (Bos taurus) intervertebral disc is primarily comprised of two major tissue types: The outer annulus fibrosus (AF) and the central nucleus pulposus (NP). We isolated several primary cell lineages of passage (P) 0 cells from the AF tissue omitting typically used enzymatic tissue digestion protocols. The cells grow past p10 without signs of senescence in DMEM + 10% FCS on 0.1% gelatin coated/uncoated surfaces of standard cell culture plates and survive freeze-thawing. Preliminary analysis of the AF derived cells for expression of the two structural genes Col1a1 and Col2a1 was performed by PISH recapitulating the expression observed in vivo...
December 2016: Genomics Data
Hao Zhang, Hua Yue, Chun Wang, Weiwei Hu, Jiemei Gu, Jinwei He, Wenzhen Fu, Yunqiu Hu, Miao Li, Zhenlin Zhang
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is an inherited connective tissue disorder characterized by brittle bone fractures. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pathogenic gene mutation spectrum and clinical manifestations of mutations in collagen type I, alpha 1 (COL1A1) and collagen type I, alpha 2 (COL1A2) genes in Chinese patients with OI. A total of 61 unrelated Chinese OI patients with COL1A1 and COL1A2 mutations were recruited. All the exons and the exon-intron boundaries of the COL1A1 and COL1A2 genes were amplified and directly sequenced and lumbar spine bone mineral density was measured by dual‑energy X‑ray absorptiometry...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Shanfei Ge, Lunli Zhang, Jianping Xie, Fei Liu, Jinni He, Jinwen He, Xiaowei Wang, Tianxing Xiang
:  Background. We previously identified miR-146b as being up-regulated during the development of hepatic fibrosis using deep sequencing technology and gene expression analysis. However, the roles and related mechanisms of miR-146b in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which are involved in fibrogenesis and fibrosis, have not been elucidated. RESULTS: We report that miR-146b expression was increased in TGF-ß1-treated HSCs. TGF- ß1 enhanced α-SMA and COL1A1 protein expression in HSCs and stimulated proliferation of these cells compared with cells transfected with inhibitor NC...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Renpeng Zhou, Chen Wang, Congji Wen, Danru Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the biological function of miR-21 in the formation of keloid. METHODS: Normal skin and keloid tissue samples underwent histopathologic study and qPCR analysis. The expression of miR-21 and mRNA expression of Smad7, Col1A1, Col3A1 in fibroblasts derived from keloid tissue and normal skin tissue samples were detected by qPCR. Normal and keloid fibroblasts were transfected with miR-21 mimics or inhibitor respectively, and expression of Smad7, Col1A1 and Col3A1 were examined...
October 4, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Yu Wang, Hua Guan, Da-Fei Xie, Yi Xie, Xiao-Dan Liu, Qi Wang, Li Sui, Man Song, Hong Zhang, Jianhua Zhou, Ping-Kun Zhou
Radiotherapy with heavy ions is considered advantageous compared to irradiation with photons due to the characteristics of the Braggs peak and the high linear energy transfer (LET) value. To understand the mechanisms of cellular responses to different LET values and dosages of heavy ion radiation, we analyzed the proteomic profiles of mouse embryo fibroblast MEF cells exposed to two doses from different LET values of heavy ion 12C. Total proteins were extracted from these cells and examined by Q Exactive with Liquid Chromatography (LC)-Electrospray Ionization (ESI) Tandem MS (MS/MS)...
2016: PloS One
F R Bhatti, A Mehmood, N Latief, S Zahra, H Cho, S N Khan, S Riazuddin
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is a major obstacle against cartilage repair in osteoarthritis (OA). Anti-oxidant agents can play a vital role in addressing this issue. We evaluated the effect of Vitamin E preconditioning in improving the potential of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to confer resistance against oxidative stress prevailing during OA. METHODS: Vitamin E pretreated MSCs were exposed to oxidative stress in vitro by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and also implanted in surgically-induced rat model of OA...
September 30, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Renzhi Wang, Yakun Yang, Miaomiao Sheng, Dechao Bu, Fengming Huang, Xiaohai Liu, Cuiqi Zhou, Congxin Dai, Bowen Sun, Jindong Zhu, Yi Qiao, Yong Yao, Huijuan Zhu, Lin Lu, Hui Pan, Ming Feng, Kan Deng, Bing Xing, Wei Lian, Yi Zhao, Chengyu Jiang
Adrenocorticotrophin (ACTH)-secreting pituitary adenoma, also known as Cushing disease (CD), is rare and causes metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis due to hypercortisolism. However, the molecular pathogenesis of CD is still unclear because of a lack of human cell lines and animal models. Here, we study 106 clinical characteristics and gene expression changes from 118 patients, the largest cohort of CD in a single-center. RNA deep sequencing is used to examine genotypic changes in nine paired female ACTH-secreting pituitary adenomas and adjacent nontumorous pituitary tissues (ANPT)...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Emily S Fuller, Cindy Shu, Margaret M Smith, Christopher B Little, James Melrose
The role of hyaluronan (HA) oligosaccharides in disc cell mediated matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) and anabolic gene expression in-vitro and annular repair in-vivo were examined in this study. Monolayer and alginate bead cultures of ovine intervertebral disc cells were stimulated with 10-12 mer hyaluronan oligosaccharides (HA-oligos). Annulus fibrosus (AF) monolayers were poorly responsive to the HA-oligos, proMMP-2 levels were marginally elevated and MMP-9 unaffected. ProMMP-2 displayed a strong dose dependant increase in the nucleus pulposus (NP) monolayers...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Ramani Soundararajan, Timothy M Stearns, Alexander Czachor, Jutaro Fukumoto, Christina Turn, Emma Westermann-Clark, Mason Breitzig, Lee Tan, Richard F Lockey, Benjamin L King, Narasaiah Kolliputi
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies implicate cardiolipin oxidation in several age-related diseases. Atp8b1 encoding Type 4 P-type ATPases is a cardiolipin transporter. Mutation in Atp8b1 gene or inflammation of the lungs impairs the capacity of Atp8b1 to clear cardiolipin from lung fluid. However, the link between Atp8b1 mutation and age-related gene alteration is unknown. Therefore, we investigated how Atp8b1 mutation alters age-related genes. METHODS: We performed Affymetrix gene profiling of lungs isolated from young (7-9 wks, n=6) and aged (14 months, 14 M, n=6) C57BL/6 and Atp8b1 mutant mice...
September 29, 2016: Aging
Christopher B Horner, Koji Hirota, Junze Liu, Maricela Maldonado, B Hyle Park, Jin Nam
Biomechanical forces have been shown to significantly affect tissue development, morphogenesis, pathogenesis and healing, especially in orthopaedic tissues. Such biological processes are critically related to the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). However, the mechanistic details regarding how mechanical forces direct MSC differentiation and subsequent tissue formation are still elusive. Electrospun three-dimensional scaffolds were utilized to culture and subject hMSCs to various magnitudes of dynamic compressive strains at 5, 10, 15, or 20% (ε = 0...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Bin-Bin Li, Dong-Liang Li, Chao Chen, Bao-Hai Liu, Chun-Yan Xia, Han-Jun Wu, Chao-Qun Wu, Guo-Qin Ji, Su Liu, Wu Ni, Ding-Kang Yao, Zhi-Yu Zeng, Da-Gui Chen, Bao-Dong Qin, Xuan Xin, Gang-Li Yan, Dan Tang, Hui-Min Liu, Jin He, Hongli Yan, Wei-Jian Zhu, Hong-Yu Yu, Liang Zhu
Early diagnosis of liver fibrosis is critical for early intervention and prognosis of various chronic liver diseases. Conventional repeated histological assessment is impractical due to the associated invasiveness. In the current study, we evaluated circulating miR-185 as a potential biomarker to predict initiation and progression of liver fibrosis. We found that miR-185 was significantly up-regulated in blood specimens from patients with HBV-liver fibrosis and rats with liver fibrosis, the miR-185 levels were correlated with liver fibrosis progression, but not with the different viral loads in HBV-infected patients...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Charlotte Marshall, Jaime Lopez, Laura Crookes, Rebecca C Pollitt, Meena Balasubramanian
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterised by low bone mineral density resulting in fractures. 85-90% of patients with OI carry a variant in the type 1 collagen genes, COL1A1 and COL1A2, which follows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. However, within the last two decades, there have been growing number of variants identified in genes that follow an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance. Our proband is a child born in Mexico with multiple fractures of ribs, minimal calvarial mineralisation, platyspondyly, marked compression and deformed long bones...
September 24, 2016: Gene
S Khanizadeh, M Ravanshad, S Y Hosseini, P Davoodian, A N Zadeh, F Sabahi, J Sarvari, Z Khanlari, M Hasani-Azad
The various roles of hepatitis C virus (HCV) NS3 protein in viral pathogenesis are emphasized, especially in the progression of fibrosis and tumors. The levels of miR-122 have been widely accepted as a critical factor in viral pathogenesis and disease progression. However, the possible correlation between miR-122 levels and fibrosis state has been less investigated. Therefore, in this study, plasmids expressing protease competent and protease mutated non-structural proteins 3 (NS3) were transfected into LX-2 cell line...
2016: Acta Virologica
Jagmohan Singh, Ettickan Boopathi, Sankar Addya, Benjamin Phillips, Isidore Rigoutsos, Raymond B Penn, Satish Rattan
A comprehensive -omic, computational, and physiological approach was employed to examine the (previously unexplored) role of microRNAs (miRNAs) as regulators of IAS smooth muscle contractile phenotype and basal tone. MicroRNA profiling, genome wide expression, validation and network analyses were employed to assess changes in mRNA and miRNA expression in IAS smooth muscles from young vs. aging rats. Multiple miRNAs, including rno-miR-1, rno-miR-340-5p, rno-miR-185, rno-miR-199a-3p, rno-miR-200c, rno-miR-200b, rno-miR-31, rno-miR-133a and rno-miR-206 were found to be up-regulated in aging IAS...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Marta Stępień-Słodkowska, Krzysztof Ficek, Pawea Ziętek, Mariusz Kaczmarczyk, Wioletta Łubkowska, Mirosawa Szark-Eckardt, Pawea Cięszczyk
CONTEXT: The most commonly injured body part for skiing was found to be the knee. The rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) was the most frequent diagnosis. ACL ruptures are determined by several extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors, including those which are hormonal, neuromuscular, anatomical or genetic. OBJECTIVES: To examine the association of both COL1A1 rs1800012 (+1245G/T) and COL1A1 rs1107946 (-1997G/T) polymorphisms, individually and as haplotypes, with anterior cruciate ligament ruptures in recreational Polish skiers...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
Ke Zhu, Pingping Song, Yumei Lai, Chuanju Liu, Guozhi Xiao
The roles of prolyl hydroxylase domain proteins (PHDs) in bone are incompletely understood. Here we deleted the expression of genes encoding PHD1, PHD2, and PHD3 in osteoblasts in mice by breeding the floxed Phd1-3 mice with Col1a1-Cre transgenic mice. Results showed that mice lacking PHD1-3 in osteoblasts (Phd1-3ob-/-) had increased bone mass. Bone parameters such as bone volume/tissue volume (BV/TV), trabecular number (Tb.N), and trabecular thickness (Tb.Th) were increased, while trabecular spacing (Tb.Sp) was decreased in Phd1-3ob-/- relative to wild-type (WT) femurs...
December 5, 2016: Gene
Yongjun Tang, Ruoxi He, Jian An, Pengbo Deng, Li Huang, Wei Yang
Pulmonary fibrosis, characterized by the destruction of lung tissue architecture and the formation of fibrous foci, currently has no satisfactory treatment. Emodin is a component of Chinese herb that has been reported to be medicable on pancreatic fibrosis and liver fibrosis. However, its role in pulmonary fibrosis has not been reported yet. In the present study, we investigated the hypothesis that H19 play a promotive role in bleomycin-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition of alveolar epithelial cell, and H19 exerts its effect through miR-29b regulation...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Natsuki Kushida, Seitaro Nomura, Imari Mimura, Takanori Fujita, Shogo Yamamoto, Masaomi Nangaku, Hiroyuki Aburatani
BACKGROUND: Kidney injury, including chronic kidney disease and acute kidney injury, is a worldwide health problem. Hypoxia and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) are well-known factors that promote kidney injury. Hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and SMAD3 are their main downstream transcriptional factors. Hypoxia-HIF pathway and TGF-β/SMAD3 pathway play a crucial role in the progression of kidney injury. However, reports on their interactions are limited, and the global transcriptional regulation under their control is almost unknown...
September 9, 2016: American Journal of Nephrology
Yi Cui, Sheng Lu, Hongbo Tan, Jun Li, Min Zhu, Yongqing Xu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Osteomyelitis is defined as an inflammation of the bones and bone marrow. The inflammatory microenvironment attenuates the osteogenic differentiation capacity of stem cells and inhibits osteoblast-mediated bone formation, leading to net bone loss. However, the whole expression profile, function and side effect of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) on osteogenic differentiation of stem cells in an inflammatory microenvironment of osteomyelitis are not known. METHODS: In the present study, human bone mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) were treated with different concentrations of Staphylococcal protein A (SpA) to trigger an inflammatory microenvironment in vitro to partly duplicate the inflammatory microenvironment of osteomyelitis, which was confirmed using ELISA for detecting the inflammatory cytokines...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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