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Yanqin Lu, Yanzhou Wang, Frank Rauch, Hu Li, Yao Zhang, Naixiang Zhai, Jian Zhang, Xiuzhi Ren, Jinxiang Han
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) are rare genetic disorders that are typically inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Few cases of OI/EDS overlap syndrome have been documented. Described here is a 30-year-old Chinese male with OI type III and EDS. Sequencing of genomic DNA revealed a heterozygous COL1A1 mutation (c.671G>A, p.Gly224Asp) that affected the N-anchor domain of the alpha 1 chain of collagen type I. Ultrastructural analysis of a skin biopsy specimen revealed thin collagen fibers with irregular alignment of collagen fibers...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
De-Gang Ji, Yan Zhang, Song-Mei Yao, Xu-Jie Zhai, Li-Rong Zhang, Yao-Zhong Zhang, Hui Li
Caveolin-1 (Cav-1), as a membrane protein involved in the formation of caveolae, binds steroid receptors and endothelial nitric oxide synthase, limiting its translocation and activation. In the present study, we investigated the role of Cav-1 in the progression of hepatic fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ) in murine animals. Therefore, the wild type (WT) and Cav-1-knockout (Cav-1-/- ) mice were used in our study and subjected to CCl4 . The results indicated that CCl4 induced the decrease of Cav-1 expression in liver tissue samples...
March 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Teruyo Nakatani, Tiffany Chen, Joshua Johnson, Jennifer J Westendorf, Nicola C Partridge
Histone deacetylase 4 (Hdac4) is known to control chondrocyte hypertrophy and bone formation. We have previously shown that parathyroid hormone (PTH) regulates many aspects of Hdac4 function in osteoblastic cells in vitro; however, in vivo confirmation was previously precluded by pre-weaning lethality of the Hdac4 deficient mice. To analyze the function of Hdac4 in bone in mature animals, we generated mice with osteoblast lineage-specific knockout of Hdac4 (Hdac4ob-/- ) by crossing transgenic mice expressing Cre recombinase under the control of a 2...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Diana Olvera, Rachel Stolzenfeld, Joan C Marini, Michelle S Caird, Kenneth M Kozloff
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic disorder characterized by altered bone quality and imbalanced bone remodeling, leading to skeletal fractures which are most prominent during childhood. Treatments for OI have focused on restoring pediatric bone density and architecture to recover functional strength and consequently reduce fragility. Though antiresorptive agents like bisphosphonates (BP) are currently the most common intervention for the treatment of OI, a number of studies have shown efficacy of sclerostin antibody (SclAb) in inducing gains in bone mass and reducing fragility in OI mouse models...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Aleksandra Augusciak-Duma, Joanna Witecka, Aleksander L Sieron, Magdalena Janeczko, Jacek J Pietrzyk, Karolina Ochman, Anna Galicka, Maria K Borszewska-Kornacka, Jacek Pilch, Elzbieta Jakubowska-Pietkiewicz
Although over 85% of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) cases are associated with mutations in the procollagen type I genes (COL1A1 or COL1A2), no hot spots for the mutations were associated with particular clinical phenotypes. Eight patients that were studied here, diagnosed with OI by clinical standards, are from the Polish population with no ethnic background indicated. Previously unpublished mutations were found in six out of those eight patients. Genotypes for polymorphisms (Sp1 - rs1800012 and PvuII - rs412777), linked to bone formation and metabolism were determined...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Shencun Fang, Huifang Guo, Yusi Cheng, Zewei Zhou, Wei Zhang, Bing Han, Wei Luo, Jing Wang, Weiping Xie, Jie Chao
Excessive proliferation and migration of fibroblasts contribute to pulmonary fibrosis in silicosis, and both epithelial cells and endothelial cells participate in the accumulation of fibroblasts via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), respectively. A mouse endothelial cell line (MML1) was exposed to silicon dioxide (SiO2 , 50 μg/cm2 ), and immunofluorescence and western blot analyses were performed to evaluate levels of specific endothelial and mesenchymal markers and to elucidate the mechanisms by which SiO2 induces the EndMT...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Carolyn J Baglole, Feng Liang, Hussein Traboulsi, Angela Rico de Souza, Christian Giordano, Josephine T Tauer, Frank Rauch, Basil J Petrof
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is most often caused by mutations in type I collagen genes. Respiratory complications have been largely attributed to spine and ribcage deformities. We hypothesized that direct involvement of the pulmonary parenchyma and/or diaphragm by the disease may occur. METHODS: In Col1a1Jrt/+ mice, a model of severe dominant OI, mean linear intercept length (Lm) was used to assess distal airspace size. Cross-sectional area (CSA) and myosin heavy chain (MyHC) phenotype of diaphragm muscle fibers, as well as contractile properties, were determined...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Fang-Tian Bu, Yu Chen, Hai-Xia Yu, Xin Chen, Yang Yang, Xue-Yin Pan, Qin Wang, Yu-Ting Wu, Cheng Huang, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
SUMOylation and deSUMOylation, a dynamic process, is proved to be involved in various fibrotic diseases. Here, we found SENP2, one of deSUMOylation protease family member, was decreased in CCl4 -induced mice fibrotic liver tissues, primary HSCs and restored after spontaneously recovery. In addition, HSC-T6 cells with TGF-β1 treatment resulted in a significant reduction of SENP2. Ectopic expression of SENP2 hindered cells activation and proliferation induced by TGF-β1 while knockdown of SENP2 showed an opposite effect...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Sarah A Marshall, Jonathan T McGuane, Yu May Soh, Helen M Gehring, Emma Simpson, Laura J Parry
Relaxin regulates cervical extracellular matrix (ECM) remodelling during pregnancy by modifying collagen and other ECM molecules by unknown mechanisms. We hypothesised that abnormal collagen remodelling in the cervix of pregnant relaxin-deficient (Rln1-/-) mice is due to excessive collagen (Col1a1 and Col3a1) and decreased matrix metalloproteinases (Mmp2, Mmp9, Mmp13 and Mmp7) and oestrogen receptors (Esr1 and Esr2). Quantitative polymerase chain reaction, gelatinase zymography, MMP activity assays and histological staining evaluated changes in ECM in pregnant wildtype (Rln1+/+) and Rln1-/- mice...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
Matthias Christian Reichert, Juozas Kupcinskas, Marcin Krawczyk, Christoph Jüngst, Markus Casper, Frank Grünhage, Beate Appenrodt, Vincent Zimmer, Susanne Nicole Weber, Algimantas Tamelis, Jaune Ieva Lukosiene, Neringa Pauziene, Gediminas Kiudelis, Laimas Jonaitis, Christoph Schramm, Tobias Goeser, Antje Schulz, Maciej Malinowski, Matthias Glanemann, Limas Kupcinskas, Frank Lammert
BACKGROUND: Colonic diverticulosis is one of the most common gastroenterological disorders. Although diverticulosis is typically benign, many individuals develop diverticulitis or other aspects of diverticular disease. Diverticulosis is thought to stem from a complex interaction of environmental, dietary, and genetic factors; however, the contributing genetic factors remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our present study was to determine the role of genetic variants within genes encoding for collagens of the connective tissue in diverticulosis...
March 12, 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
Jiang Qiu, Gang Huang, Ning Na, Lizhong Chen
Postmenopausal osteoporosis (OPM) is a common type of osteoporosis in females. It is a systemic, chronic bone disease that presents as microstructure degradation of osseous tissue, decreased bone mineral density and increased osteopsathyrosis caused by hypoovarianism and reduced estrogen levels in the body following menopause. In the present study, the role of microRNA (miR)‑214‑5p in the regulation of the expression of bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) was investigated, and its molecular mechanism of osteogenic induction in vitro was assessed...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yaling Liu, Tulika Sharma, I-Ping Chen, Ernst Reichenberger, Yasuyoshi Ueki, Yumna Arif, Daniel Parisi, Peter Maye
We utilized a bone marrow stromal culture system to investigate changes in TGFβ signaling in a mouse model for cherubism (Sh3bp2KI/KI ). Interestingly, bone marrow cultures derived from cherubism mice not only displayed impaired osteoblast differentiation, but also had spontaneous osteoclast formation. PAI1, a target gene of TGFβ signaling, was elevated 2-fold in cherubism CD11b- ,CD45- cells compared to wild type cells, while the expression of BAMBI, an inhibitor of TGFβ signaling, was down-regulated. We also discovered that treatment of cherubism cultures with antagonists of the TGFβ signaling pathway could largely rescue osteoblast differentiation and markedly reduce spontaneous osteoclast formation...
March 9, 2018: Bone
Claus Uhrenholt Christensen, Emilie Glavind, Karen Louise Thomsen, Yong Ook Kim, Sara Heebøll, Detlef Schuppan, Stephen Hamilton-Dutoit, Christian Würtz Heegaard, Henning Grønbæk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatic cholesterol deposition drives inflammation and fibrosis in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The Niemann-Pick type C2 (NPC2) protein plays an important role in regulating intracellular cholesterol trafficking and homeostasis. We hypothesized that intravenous NPC2 supplementation reduces cholesterol accumulation, hepatic inflammation and fibrogenesis in a nutritional NASH rat model. METHODS: Rats were fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol (HFHC) diet for four weeks resulting in moderately severe NASH...
2018: PloS One
Tadayoshi Hayata, Masahiko Chiga, Yoichi Ezura, Makoto Asashima, Hidetaka Katabuchi, Ryuichi Nishinakamura, Masaki Noda
In mammals, the ovarian follicles are regulated at least in part by bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family members. Dullard (also known as Ctdnep1) gene encodes a phosphatase that suppresses BMP signaling by inactivating or degrading BMP receptors. Here we report that the Col1a1-Cre-induced Dullard mutant mice displayed hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, with red blood cells accumulated in the follicles, resulting in infertility. Cells expressing Cre driven by Col1a1 2.3-kb promoter and their descendants were found in granulosa cells in the ovary and in Sertoli cells in the testis...
March 9, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
W Liang, F Sun
OBJECTIVE: To identify novel clinically relevant genes in papillary thyroid carcinoma from public databases. METHODS: Four original microarray datasets, GSE3678, GSE3467, GSE33630 and GSE58545, were downloaded. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were filtered from integrated data. Gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway enrichment analyses were performed, followed by protein-protein interaction (PPI) network construction...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
Elena A Pudova, Anna V Kudryavtseva, Maria S Fedorova, Andrew R Zaretsky, Dmitry S Shcherbo, Elena N Lukyanova, Anatoly Y Popov, Asiya F Sadritdinova, Ivan S Abramov, Sergey L Kharitonov, George S Krasnov, Kseniya M Klimina, Nadezhda V Koroban, Nadezhda N Volchenko, Kirill M Nyushko, Nataliya V Melnikova, Maria A Chernichenko, Dmitry V Sidorov, Boris Y Alekseev, Marina V Kiseleva, Andrey D Kaprin, Alexey A Dmitriev, Anastasiya V Snezhkina
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common cancer worldwide. The main cause of death in CRC includes tumor progression and metastasis. At molecular level, these processes may be triggered by epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and necessitates specific alterations in cell metabolism. Although several EMT-related metabolic changes have been described in CRC, the mechanism is still poorly understood. RESULTS: Using CrossHub software, we analyzed RNA-Seq expression profile data of CRC derived from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project...
February 9, 2018: BMC Genomics
C-H Wang, S Wang, B Zhang, X-Y Zhang, X-J Tong, H-M Peng, X-Z Han, C Liu
The temporomandibular joint disk (TMJD) lacks blood vessels and is characterized by slow self-repair. Qualitative lesions in TMJD are difficult to repair. In this study, electrospun poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) scaffolds were used to reconstruct temporomandibular joint discs by tissue engineering. Rabbit temporomandibular joint disc cells (TMJDCs) and rabbit synovium-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SMSCs) were co-cultured in 1:1 ratios. Cell sheets were induced by ascorbic acid incubated with electrospun PLGA scaffolds for 14 days in the presence (10 ng/ml in culture medium) or absence of TGF-β3...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Priya Vijayvargiya, Michael Camilleri, Robert R Cima
A 22-year-old woman presented with 12 years of progressive constipation; she had increased joint flexibility, hyperextensible skin, and excessive perineal descent on examination. Radiological studies confirmed evidence of rectal evacuation disorder due to descending perineum syndrome, enterocele, and rectocele. In a wide genetic screen (∼611,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms), 4 variations were identified in COL1A1 gene ([rs72656352, Chr17: 50,185,535-50,185,539, deletion], [rs72654794, Chr17: 50,188,575, deletion], [rs72667023, Chr17: 50,198,170, deletion], [rs67828806, Chr17: 50,198,177 G→C])...
March 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Julia Mrosk, SriLakshmi Bhavani Gandham, Hitesh Shah, Jochen Hecht, Ulrike Krüger, Anju Shukla, Uwe Kornak, Katta Mohan Girisha
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder. Although differential diagnosis is greatly facilitated by next generation sequencing, its availability can vary considerably. In this study, we compared targeted gene panel or exome sequencing with clinical scoring and grouping in a cohort of 50 OI index patients recruited by a single Indian clinical center in an unselected fashion. In 48 patients we observed a total of 24 novel mutations and 24 known OI mutations, of which several were recurrent...
February 27, 2018: Bone
Yaser Hosny Ali Elewa, Osamu Ichii, Kensuke Takada, Teppei Nakamura, Md Abdul Masum, Yasuhiro Kon
Bleomycin (BLM) has been reported to induce lung inflammation and fibrosis in human and mice and showed genetic susceptibility. Interestingly, the C57BL/6 (B6) mice had prominent mediastinal fat-associated lymphoid cluster (MFALCs) under healthy condition, and showed susceptibility to development of lung fibrosis following BLM administration. However, the pathogenesis of lung lesion progression, and their correlation with MFALC morphologies, remain to be clarified. To investigate the correlations between MFALC structures and lung injuries in B6 mice, histopathological examination of mediastinal fat tissues and lungs was examined at 7 and 21 days (d) following a single 50 μL intranasal (i...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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