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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802097/heat-shock-protein-47-effects-on-hepatic-stellate-cell-associated-receptors-in-hepatic-fibrosis-of-schistosoma-japonicum-infected-mice
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Yumin Zhao, Zhisheng Dang, Shuo Xu, Shigui Chong
The study aimed to explore the regulation of heat shock protein 47 (HSP47) on expressions of receptors associated with hepatic stellate cell (HSC) in liver fibrosis mouse models induced by Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum). Mouse fibroblasts (NIH/3T3) were transfected with HSP47 shRNA plasmid by lipofectamine transfection, and experimental fibrosis in HSCs was studied in S. japonicum mouse models treated with HSP47 shRNA in vivo. HSP47 expression was assessed using Western blot and real-time PCR. Flow cytometry was adopted to determine the expression of cell membrane receptors...
August 28, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800626/targeting-lysyl-oxidase-reduces-peritoneal-fibrosis
#2
Christopher R Harlow, Xuan Wu, Marielle van Deemter, Fiona Gardiner, Craig Poland, Rebecca Green, Sana Sarvi, Pamela Brown, Karl E Kadler, Yinhui Lu, J Ian Mason, Hilary O D Critchley, Stephen G Hillier
BACKGROUND: Abdominal surgery and disease cause persistent abdominal adhesions, pelvic pain, infertility and occasionally, bowel obstruction. Current treatments are ineffective and the aetiology is unclear, although excessive collagen deposition is a consistent feature. Lysyl oxidase (Lox) is a key enzyme required for crosslinking and deposition of insoluble collagen, so we investigated whether targeting Lox might be an approach to reduce abdominal adhesions. METHODS: Female C57Bl/6 mice were treated intraperitoneally with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (NT) to induce fibrosis, together with chemical (ß-aminoproprionitrile-BAPN) or miRNA Lox inhibitors, progesterone or dexamethasone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799096/a-quantitative-and-qualitative-rna-expression-profiling-assay-for-cell-culture-with-single-cell-resolution
#3
Petra Kraus, Rachel Yerden, Darren Sipes, Shantanu Sur, Thomas Lufkin
Cells are often characterized by their gene expression profile. However, commonly used methods to detect mRNA require cell pooling and could therefore mask differences in gene expression within heterogeneous cell populations. q(2)PISH allows for the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative (q(2)) gene expression on cultured cells for quality control measures with single cell resolution. q(2)PISH was optimized for the subsequent use of two alkaline phosphatase substrates in combination with a cell nucleus count to allow for accurate quantification of gene expression per cell and simultaneously qualitative assessment of potential culture population drift or heterogeneity...
August 10, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796060/candidate-genes-investigation-for-severe-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-based-on-bioinformatics-analysis
#4
Shan Qi, Changhong Wang, Chunfu Li, Pu Wang, Minghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common chronic liver condition worldwide. However, its etiology and fundamental pathophysiology for the disease process are poorly understood. In this study, we thus used bioinformatics to identify candidate genes potentially causative of severe NAFLD. METHODS: Gene expression profile data GSE49541 were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Tissues samples from 32 severe and 40 mild NAFLD patients were evaluated to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between the 2 groups, followed by analyses of Gene Ontology (GO) functions and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782909/silencing-of-ca1-mrna-in-tumour-cells-does-not-change-the-gene-expression-of-the-extracellular-matrix-proteins
#5
Radivojka Vulic, Silvia Tyciakova, Maria Dubrovcakova, Ludovit Skultety, Jan Lakota
We report the silencing of CA1 mRNA in PC3 and MDA cells. The levels of mRNA coding CA1 protein in the knock-down mRNA (CA1 siRNA) cells have been measured by RT-PCR and were approximately 5% (PC3) and 20% (MDA-MB-231), respectively, of the level of control (Mock siRNA) used during silencing. In PC3 and MDA-MB-231 cells, the mRNAs for COL1A1 and COL4A4 were up-regulated. The mRNAs for CTHRC1, LAMC2, and WNT7B were not changed when compared to the control. The morphology of the cells during the treatments remained the same...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782183/pectin-nanocoating-reduces-proinflammatory-fibroblast-response-to-bacteria
#6
A Mieszkowska, J Folkert, T Gaber, K Miksch, K Gurzawska
Implant failures are primarily related to bacterial infections and inflammation. Nanocoating of implant devices with organic molecules is a method used for improving their integration into host tissues and limiting inflammation. Bioengineered plant-derived rhamnogalacturonan-Is (RG-Is) from pectins improve tissue regeneration and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the in vitro effect of RG-I nanocoating on human gingival primary fibroblast (HGF) activity and proinflammatory response following Porphyromonas gingivalis (P...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781950/role-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-in-dedifferentiation-of-human-mature-adipocytes
#7
Julie Anne Côté, Julie Lessard, Mélissa Pelletier, Simon Marceau, Odette Lescelleur, Julie Fradette, André Tchernof
Dedifferentiation of adipocytes contributes to the generation of a proliferative cell population that could be useful in cellular therapy or tissue engineering. Adipocytes can dedifferentiate into precursor cells to acquire a fibroblast-like phenotype using ceiling culture, in which the buoyancy of fat cells is exploited to allow them to adhere to the inner surface of a container. Ceiling culture is usually performed in flasks, which limits the ability to test various culture conditions. Using a new six-well plate ceiling culture approach, we examined the relevance of TGF-β signaling during dedifferentiation...
August 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777372/p53-inhibits-sp7-osterix-activity-in-the-transcriptional-program-of-osteoblast-differentiation
#8
Natalia Artigas, Beatriz Gámez, Mónica Cubillos-Rojas, Cristina Sánchez-de Diego, José Antonio Valer, Gabriel Pons, José Luis Rosa, Francesc Ventura
Osteoblast differentiation is achieved by activating a transcriptional network in which Dlx5, Runx2 and Osx/SP7 have fundamental roles. The tumour suppressor p53 exerts a repressive effect on bone development and remodelling through an unknown mechanism that inhibits the osteoblast differentiation programme. Here we report a physical and functional interaction between Osx and p53 gene products. Physical interaction was found between overexpressed proteins and involved a region adjacent to the OSX zinc fingers and the DNA-binding domain of p53...
August 4, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763844/-mechanism-of-action-of-yiqi-huoxue-recipe-in-regulating-autophagy-and-reversing-liver-fibrosis
#9
B Y Wang, W Zhao, X M Niu, J H Du, N Fu, S X Zhao, Y Wang, R Q Wang, Y G Zhang, Y M Nan
Objective: To investigate the role and mechanism of action of Yiqi Huoxue Recipe (YQHXR) in regulating autophagy and reversing liver fibrosis in rats with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver fibrosis. Methods: Healthy male Wistar rats were intraperitoneally injected with a mixture of CCl4 (30%) and olive oil (70%) twice a week for 8 weeks to establish a rat model of liver fibrosis. The rats administered normal diet were used as control group. Furthermore, YQHXR or Fuzheng Huayu Recipe (FZHYR) was intragastrically administered to the rats...
May 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761774/proinflammatory-and-anabolic-gene-expression-effects-of-platelet-rich-gel-supernatants-on-equine-synovial-membrane-explants-challenged-with-lipopolysaccharide
#10
Jorge U Carmona, Diana L Ríos, Catalina López, María E Álvarez, Jorge E Pérez
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) preparations are used in horses with osteoarthritis (OA). However, some controversies remain regarding the ideal concentration of platelets and leukocytes to produce an adequate anti-inflammatory and anabolic response in the synovial membrane. The aims of this study were to study the influence of leukoconcentrated platelet-rich gel (Lc-PRG) and leukoreduced platelet-rich gel (Lr-PRG) supernatants on the quantitative expression of some proinflammatory and anabolic genes in equine synovial membrane explants (SMEs) challenged with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
2017: Veterinary Medicine International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761364/effect-of-astaxanthin-on-cutaneous-wound-healing
#11
Jitlada Meephansan, Atiya Rungjang, Werayut Yingmema, Raksawan Deenonpoe, Saranyoo Ponnikorn
Wound healing consists of a complex series of convoluted processes which involve renewal of the skin after injury. ROS are involved in all phases of wound healing. A balance between oxidative and antioxidative forces is necessary for a favorable healing outcome. Astaxanthin, a member of the xanthophyll group, is considered a powerful antioxidant. In this study, we investigated the effect of topical astaxanthin on cutaneous wound healing. Full-thickness dermal wounds were created in 36 healthy female mice, which were divided into a control group and a group receiving 78...
2017: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757138/early-life-antibiotic-exposure-causes-intestinal-dysbiosis-and-exacerbates-skin-and-lung-pathology-in-experimental-systemic-sclerosis
#12
Heena Mehta, Philippe-Olivier Goulet, Shunya Mashiko, Jade Desjardins, Gemma Pérez, Martial Koenig, Jean-Luc Senécal, Marco Constante, Manuela M Santos, Marika Sarfati
Patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) display altered intestinal microbiota. However, the influence of intestinal dysbiosis on development of experimental SSc remains unknown. Topoisomerase I peptide-loaded dendritic cells (TOPOIA DCs) immunization induces SSc-like disease, with progressive skin and lung fibrosis. Breeders were given streptomycin and pups continued to receive antibiotic (ATB) until endpoint (lifelongATB). Alternately, ATB was withdrawn (earlyATB) or initiated (adultATB) during adulthood. TOPOIA DCs (no ATB) immunization induced pronounced skin fibrosis, with increased matrix (Col1a1), pro-fibrotic (Il13, Tweakr) and vascular function (Serpine1) gene expression...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746340/effects-of-tanshinol-on-markers-of-bone-turnover-in-ovariectomized-rats-and-osteoblast-cultures
#13
Jianfeng Han, Wei Wang
This study was aimed to explore the role of tanshinol in osteoblastic cells, and the role in vivo using an ovariectomized (OVX) rat model of osteoporosis. MC3T3-E1 cells were pretreated with 0-400 μg/mL tanshinol, and then cell viability, apoptosis, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and the expressions of Collagen Type I Alpha 1 (Col1A1), Runt Related Transcription Factor 2 (Runx2) and osteocalcin (OCN) were respectively detected. Rats underwent OVX surgery was intervened with 5 mg/kg tanshinol or 25 μg/kg β-estradiol (E2) for 12 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739418/deficiency-of-dgcr8-increases-bone-formation-through-downregulation-of-mir-22-expression
#14
Young-Jin Choi, Sujin Jeong, Kyung-Ae Yoon, Hye-Jin Sung, Hye-Sim Cho, Dong Wook Kim, Je-Yoel Cho
MicroRNAs (miRNA) significantly contribute to bone formation by post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Mature miRNAs are generated following sequential cleavage by DROSHA/DGCR8 and DICER. However, recent studies have identified that some miRNAs require only one of these enzymes. Most studies seeking to clarify the role of miRNA during bone formation have been performed using DICER deletion strategies, but little is known regarding the role of DGCR8. To study the function of DGCR8 in osteogenesis, we generated mice in which Dgcr8 is conditionally deleted in osteoprogenitor cells by Col1a1-Cre...
July 21, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735299/identification-of-the-first-dominant-mutation-of-lama5-gene-causing-a-complex-multisystem-syndrome-due-to-dysfunction-of-the-extracellular-matrix
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Simone Sampaolo, Filomena Napolitano, Alfonsina Tirozzi, Mafalda Giovanna Reccia, Luca Lombardi, Olimpia Farina, Adriano Barra, Ferdinando Cirillo, Mariarosa Anna Beatrice Melone, Fernando Gianfrancesco, Giuseppe Di Iorio, Teresa Esposito
BACKGROUND: The laminin alpha 5 gene (LAMA5) plays a master role in the maintenance and function of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in mammalian tissues, which is critical in developmental patterning, stem cell niches, cancer and genetic diseases. Its mutations have never been reported in human disease so far. The aim of this study was to associate the first mutation in LAMA5 gene to a novel multisystem syndrome. METHODS: A detailed characterisation of a three-generation family, including clinical, biochemical, instrumental and morphological analysis, together with genetics and expression (WES and RNAseq) studies, was performed...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734947/platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-contributes-to-human-hepatic-stellate-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#16
Alexander Kikuchi, Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd, Sucha Singh, Shanmugam Nagarajan, Nick Loizos, Satdarshan Monga
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα), a tyrosine kinase receptor, is up-regulated in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during chronic liver injury. HSCs mediate hepatic fibrosis through their activation from a quiescent state partially in response to pro-fibrotic growth factors. HSC activation entails enhanced expression of pro-fibrotic genes, increase in proliferation, and increase in motility, which facilitates migration within the hepatic lobule. We show co-localization of PDGFRα in murine carbon tetrachloride, bile duct ligation (BDL), and 0...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727318/appropriate-cyclic-tensile-strain-promotes-biological-changes-of-cranial-base-synchondrosis-chondrocytes
#17
F Chu, Q Feng, Z Hu, G Shen
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to clarify biological changes of cranial base synchondrosis chondrocytes (CBSCs) upon cyclic tensile strain (CTS) loading which simulated orthopaedic mechanical protraction on cranial base synchondroses (CBS). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A two-step digestion method was used to isolate CBSCs obtained from 1-week-old Sprague Dawley rats. Immunohistochemical staining of type II collagen and Sox9 was conducted to identify chondrocytes. A CTS of 1 Hz and 10% elongation was applied to the second passage of CBSCs by FX-5000™ Tension System for 24 hours...
August 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727179/overexpression-of-g%C3%AE-s-in-murine-osteoblasts-in-vivo-leads-to-increased-bone-mass-and-decreased-bone-quality
#18
Lucia Zhang, Kim S Sugamori, Colin Claridge, Ariana Dela Cruz, Marc D Grynpas, Jane Mitchell
GαS is a heterotrimeric G protein that transduces signals from activated G protein-coupled receptors on the cell surface to stimulate adenylyl cyclase/cyclic adenosine monophosphate (AMP) signaling. GαS plays a central role in mediating numerous growth and maintenance processes including osteogenesis and bone turnover. Decreased GαS expression or activating mutations in GαS both affect bone, suggesting that modulating GαS protein levels may be important for bone health and development. To examine the effects of increased osteoblastic GαS expression on bone development in vivo, we generated transgenic mice with GαS overexpression in osteoblasts (HOM-Gs mice) driven by the 3...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725987/gene-mutation-spectrum-and-genotype-phenotype-correlation-in-a-cohort-of-chinese-osteogenesis-imperfecta-patients-revealed-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
#19
Y Liu, Asan, D Ma, F Lv, X Xu, J Wang, W Xia, Y Jiang, O Wang, X Xing, W Yu, J Wang, J Sun, L Song, Y Zhu, H Yang, J Wang, M Li
The achievement of more accurate diagnosis would greatly benefit the management of patients with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). In this study, we present the largest OI sample in China as screened by next generation sequencing. In particular, we successfully identified 81 variants, which included 45 novel variants. We further did a genotype-phenotype analysis, which helps make a better understanding of OI. INTRODUCTION: This study aims to reveal the gene mutation spectrum and the genotype-phenotype relationship among Chinese OI patients by next generation sequencing (NGS)...
July 19, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716975/metabolic-phenotype-in-the-mouse-model-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#20
Iris Boraschi-Diaz, Josephine T Tauer, Omar El Rifai, Delphine Guillemette, Geneviève Lefebvre, Frank Rauch, Mathieu Ferron, Svetlana V Komarova
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is the most common heritable bone fragility disorder, usually caused by dominant mutations in genes coding for collagen type I alpha chains, COL1A1 or COL1A2. Osteocalcin is now recognized as a bone-derived regulator of insulin secretion and sensitivity and glucose homeostasis. Since OI is associated with increased rates of bone formation and resorption, we hypothesized that the levels of undercarboxylated osteocalcin are increased in OI. The objective of this study was to determine changes in osteocalcin and to elucidate the metabolic phenotype in the Col1a1Jrt/+ mouse, a model of dominant OI caused by a Col1a1 mutation...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
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