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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097378/-molecular-pathogenesis-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-related-fibrosis
#1
K Ohlendieck, D Swandulla
Progressive myofibrosis plays a key role in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The dystrophic loss of contractile cells triggers a relatively nonspecific restructuring of the surrounding mesenchyme. The increase in connective and fatty tissue leads to muscular weakness and is therefore of critical importance for the cellular pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy. The systematic biochemical analysis of fibrosis using comparative proteomics has identified a number of extracellular matrix proteins that are indirectly involved in muscular dystrophy...
January 17, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096061/connexin37-deficiency-alters-organic-bone-matrix-cortical-bone-geometry-and-increases-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#2
Rafael Pacheco-Costa, Jay R Kadakia, Emily G Atkinson, Joseph M Wallace, Lilian I Plotkin, Rejane D Reginato
Deletion of connexin (Cx) 37 in mice leads to increased cancellous bone mass due to defective osteoclast differentiation. Paradoxically; however, Cx37-deficient mice exhibit reduced cortical thickness accompanied by higher bone strength, suggesting a contribution of Cx37 to bone matrix composition. Thus, we investigated whether global deletion of Cx37 alters the composition of organic bone extracellular matrix. Five-month-old Cx37(-/-) mice exhibited increased marrow cavity area, and periosteal and endocortical bone surface resulting in higher total area in tibia compared to Cx37(+/+) control mice...
January 13, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075546/matrix-pathobiology-central-roles-for-proteoglycans-and-heparanase-in-health-and-disease
#3
Nikos K Karamanos
This thematic minireview series highlights new concepts in matrix pathobiology. The reviews in this series cover the roles of the two matrix proteoglycans, decorin and biglycan, in inflammation and autophagy, the various functions of syndecans in cancer development and prognosis and the recently discovered mechanisms underlying the multiple roles of heparanase in cancer progression, inflammation, and autophagy.
January 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054366/the-role-of-molecular-pain-biomarkers-in-temporomandibular-joint-internal-derangement
#4
REVIEW
Malin Ernberg
There is evidence that low-grade inflammation may be responsible for pain and development of degenerative changes in temporomandibular joint internal derangement. This article reviews the current knowledge of the molecular mechanisms behind TMJ internal derangements. A non-systematic search was carried out in PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane library for studies regarding pathophysiological mechanisms behind internal derangements focusing on pain mediating inflammatory and cartilage degrading molecules. Recent data suggests that release of cytokines may be the key event for pain and cartilage destruction in TMJ internal derangements...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019669/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-modulates-the-expression-of-syndecan-4-in-cultured-vascular-endothelial-cells-in-a-biphasic-manner
#5
Takato Hara, Eiko Yoshida, Yasuyuki Fujiwara, Chika Yamamoto, Toshiyuki Kaji
Proteoglycans are macromolecules that consist of a core protein and one or more glycosaminoglycan side chains. Previously, we reported that transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1 ) regulates the synthesis of a large heparan sulfate proteoglycan, perlecan, and a small leucine-rich dermatan sulfate proteoglycan, biglycan, in vascular endothelial cells depending on cell density. Recently, we found that TGF-β1 first upregulates and then downregulates the expression of syndecan-4, a transmembrane heparan sulfate proteoglycan, via the TGF-β receptor ALK5 in the cells...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005443/identification-and-characterization-of-adult-mouse-meniscus-stem-progenitor-cells
#6
Laura W Gamer, Rui Rui Shi, Ashira Gendelman, Dylan Mathewson, Jackson Gamer, Vicki Rosen
Meniscal damage is a common problem that accelerates the onset of knee osteoarthritis. Stem cell based tissue engineering treatment approaches have shown promise in preserving meniscal tissue and restoring meniscal function. The purpose of our study was to identify meniscus-derived stem/progenitor cells (MSPCs) from mouse, a model system that allows for in vivo analysis of the mechanisms underlying meniscal injury and healing. MSPCs were isolated from murine menisci grown in explant culture and characterized for stem cell properties...
December 22, 2016: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994093/association-of-anti-citrullinated-protein-or-peptide-antibodies-with-left-ventricular-structure-and-function-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#7
Laura Geraldino-Pardilla, Cesare Russo, Jeremy Sokolove, William H Robinson, Afshin Zartoshti, Jenny Van Eyk, Justyna Fert-Bober, Joao Lima, Jon T Giles, Joan M Bathon
OBJECTIVE: High levels of ACPAs in RA are associated with more severe arthritis and worse prognosis. However, the role of ACPAs in mediating the increased risk of heart failure in RA remains undefined. We examined whether specific ACPAs were associated with subclinical left ventricular (LV) phenotypes that presage heart failure. METHODS: Sera from RA patients without clinical cardiovascular disease were assayed for specific ACPAs using a custom Bio-Plex bead assay, and their cross-sectional associations with cardiac magnetic resonance-derived LV measures were evaluated...
December 19, 2016: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994047/contaminants-in-commercial-preparations-of-purified-small-leucine-rich-proteoglycans-may-distort-mechanistic-studies
#8
Sharon J Brown, Heidi R Fuller, Philip Jones, Bruce Caterson, Sally L Shirran, Catherine H Botting, Sally Roberts
This paper reports the perplexing results that came about because of seriously impure commercially available reagents. Commercial reagents and chemicals are routinely ordered by scientists and are expected to have been rigorously assessed for their purity. Unfortunately, we found this assumption to be risky. Extensive work was carried out within our laboratory using commercially-sourced preparations of the small leucine-rich proteoglycans, decorin and biglycan, to investigate their influence on nerve cell growth...
December 19, 2016: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939764/elevated-bmi-and-antibodies-to-citrullinated-proteins-interact-to-increase-rheumatoid-arthritis-risk-and-shorten-time-to-diagnosis-a-nested-case-control-study-of-women-in-the-nurses-health-studies
#9
Sara K Tedeschi, Jing Cui, Elizabeth V Arkema, William H Robinson, Jeremy Sokolove, Nithya Lingampalli, Jeffrey A Sparks, Elizabeth W Karlson, Karen H Costenbader
OBJECTIVE: Overweight/obesity and anti-citrullinated protein antibodies (ACPA) increase rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk. We investigated the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and ACPA, tested for an interaction between BMI and ACPA for RA risk, and examined effects of BMI and ACPA on time to RA diagnosis. DESIGN: Within the Nurses' Health Studies, blood samples were collected before diagnosis from medical record-confirmed incident RA cases and matched controls...
September 13, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925300/the-importance-of-serum-biglycan-levels-as-a-fibrosis-marker-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#10
Rafiye Ciftciler, Seren Ozenirler, Aysegul Atak Yucel, Mustafa Cengiz, Gulbanu Erkan, Erkan Buyukdemirci, Cemile Sönmez, Guldal Yılmaz Esendaglı
BACKGROUND: Liver biopsy is recommended in the majority of patients with chronic viral hepatitis for fibrosis evaluation. Because of the potential risks of liver biopsy, many studies related to non-invasive biomarkers of hepatic fibrosis have been performed. We aimed to assess the diagnostic value of serum biglycan as a non-invasive fibrosis marker in chronic hepatitis B patients. METHODS: This study included 120 patients with biopsy-proven hepatitis B patients and 60 healthy controls...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907131/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-comparison-of-early-and-late-passage-human-dermal-papilla-cell-secretome-in-relation-to-inducing-hair-follicle-regeneration
#11
Huan Zhang, Ning-Xia Zhu, Keng Huang, Bo-Zhi Cai, Yang Zeng, Yan-Ming Xu, Yang Liu, Yan-Ping Yuan, Chang-Min Lin
Alopecia is an exceedingly prevalent problem that lacks effective therapy. Recently, research has focused on early-passage dermal papilla cells (DPCs), which have hair inducing activity both in vivo and in vitro. Our previous study indicated that factors secreted from early-passage DPCs contribute to hair follicle (HF) regeneration. To identify which factors are responsible for HF regeneration and why late-passage DPCs lose this potential, we collected 48-h-culture medium (CM) from both of passage 3 and 9 DPCs, and subcutaneously injected the DPC-CM into NU/NU mice...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886664/degradation-behaviors-of-geometric-cues-and-mechanical-properties-in-a-3d-scaffold-for-tendon-repair
#12
Yang Wu, Yoke San Wong, Jerry Ying Hsi Fuh
A three-dimensional (3D) scaffold fabricated via electrohydrodynamic jet printing (E-jetting) and thermally uniaxial stretching, has been developed for tendon tissue regeneration in our previous study. In this study, more in-depth biological test showed that the aligned cell morphology guided by the anisotropic geometries of the 3D tendon scaffolds, leading to up-regulated tendious gene expression including collagen type I, decorin, tenascin-C and biglycan, as compared to the electrospun scaffolds. Given the importance of geometric cues to the biological function of the scaffolds, the degradation behaviors of the 3D scaffolds were investigated...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860287/proteoglycan-neofunctions-regulation-of-inflammation-and-autophagy-in-cancer-biology
#13
REVIEW
Liliana Schaefer, Claudia Tredup, Maria A Gubbiotti, Renato V Iozzo
Inflammation and autophagy have emerged as prominent issues in the context of proteoglycan signaling. In particular, two small, leucine-rich proteoglycans, biglycan and decorin, play pivotal roles in the regulation of these vital cellular pathways and, as such, are intrinsically involved in cancer initiation and progression. In this minireview, we will address novel functions of biglycan and decorin in inflammation and autophagy, and analyze new emerging signaling events triggered by these proteoglycans, which directly or indirectly modulate these processes...
January 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849015/sterile-inflammation-as-a-factor-in-human-male-infertility-involvement-of-toll-like-receptor-2-biglycan-and-peritubular-cells
#14
C Mayer, M Adam, L Glashauser, K Dietrich, J U Schwarzer, F-M Köhn, L Strauss, H Welter, M Poutanen, A Mayerhofer
Changes in the wall of seminiferous tubules in men with impaired spermatogenesis imply sterile inflammation of the testis. We tested the hypothesis that the cells forming the wall of seminiferous tubules, human testicular peritubular cells (HTPCs), orchestrate inflammatory events and that Toll like receptors (TLRs) and danger signals from the extracellular matrix (ECM) of this wall are involved. In cultured HTPCs we detected TLRs, including TLR2. A TLR-2 ligand (PAM) augmented interleukin 6 (IL-6), monocyte chemo-attractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and pentraxin 3 (PTX3) in HTPCs...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789290/ablation-of-biglycan-attenuates-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-fibrosis-after-left-ventricular-pressure-overload
#15
Nadine Beetz, Carolin Rommel, Tilman Schnick, Elena Neumann, Achim Lother, Elsa Beatriz Monroy-Ordonez, Martin Zeeb, Sebastian Preissl, Ralf Gilsbach, Ariane Melchior-Becker, Bartosz Rylski, Monika Stoll, Liliana Schaefer, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Brigitte Stiller, Lutz Hein
AIMS: Biglycan, a small leucine-rich proteoglycan, has been shown to play an important role in stabilizing fibrotic scars after experimental myocardial infarction. However, the role of biglycan in the development and regression of cardiomyocyte hypertrophy and fibrosis during cardiac pressure overload and unloading remains elusive. Thus, the aim of the present study was to assess the effect of biglycan on cardiac remodeling in a mouse model of left ventricular pressure overload and unloading...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742920/strenuous-treadmill-running-induces-a-chondrocyte-phenotype-in-rat-achilles-tendons
#16
Shao-Yong Xu, Shu-Fen Li, Guo-Xin Ni
BACKGROUND Although tendinopathy is common, its underlying pathogenesis is poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the possible pathogenesis of tendinopathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS In this study, a total of 24 rats were randomly and evenly divided into a control (CON) group and a strenuous treadmill running (STR) group. Animals in the STR group were subjected to a 12-week treadmill running protocol. Subsequently, all Achilles tendons were harvested to perform histological observation or biochemical analyses...
October 15, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716343/high-levels-of-biomarkers-of-collagen-remodeling-are-associated-with-increased-mortality-in-copd-results-from-the-eclipse-study
#17
Jannie M B Sand, Diana J Leeming, Inger Byrjalsen, Asger R Bihlet, Peter Lange, Ruth Tal-Singer, Bruce E Miller, Morten A Karsdal, Jørgen Vestbo
BACKGROUND: There is a need to identify individuals with COPD at risk for disease progression and mortality. Lung tissue remodeling is associated with the release of extracellular matrix (ECM) fragments into the peripheral circulation. We hypothesized that ECM remodeling was associated with mortality in COPD and measured neo-epitopes originating from ECM proteins associated with lung tissue remodeling. METHODS: Biomarkers of ECM remodeling were assessed in a subpopulation (n = 1000) of the Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate End-points (ECLIPSE) cohort...
October 4, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27687492/single-cell-analysis-reveals-igf-1-potentiation-of-inhibition-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-pathway-of-fibrosis-in-human-keratocytes-in-vitro
#18
Tomislav Sarenac, Martin Trapecar, Lidija Gradisnik, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Dusica Pahor
Corneal wound healing is often affected by TGF-β-mediated fibrosis and scar formation. Guided fibrosis with IGF-1 and antifibrotic substances might maintain corneal transparency. Primary human corneal keratocytes under serum-free conditions were used as a model of corneal stromal wounding, with markers of corneal fibrosis and opacity studied under TGF-β2 stimulation. Single-cell imaging flow cytometry was used to determine nuclearization of Smad3, and intracellular fluorescence intensity of Smad7 and the corneal crystallin aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632686/loss-of-function-mutations-in-the-x-linked-biglycan-gene-cause-a-severe-syndromic-form-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-dissections
#19
Josephina A N Meester, Geert Vandeweyer, Isabel Pintelon, Martin Lammens, Lana Van Hoorick, Simon De Belder, Kathryn Waitzman, Luciana Young, Larry W Markham, Julie Vogt, Julie Richer, Luc M Beauchesne, Sheila Unger, Andrea Superti-Furga, Milan Prsa, Rami Dhillon, Edwin Reyniers, Harry C Dietz, Wim Wuyts, Geert Mortier, Aline Verstraeten, Lut Van Laer, Bart L Loeys
PURPOSE: Thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection (TAAD) is typically inherited in an autosomal dominant manner, but rare X-linked families have been described. So far, the only known X-linked gene is FLNA, which is associated with the periventricular nodular heterotopia type of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. However, mutations in this gene explain only a small number of X-linked TAAD families. METHODS: We performed targeted resequencing of 368 candidate genes in a cohort of 11 molecularly unexplained Marfan probands...
September 15, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27615609/interleukin-1%C3%AE-induces-focal-degradation-of-biglycan-and-tissue-degeneration-in-an-in-vitro-ovine-meniscal-model
#20
Emily Fuller, Christopher B Little, James Melrose
We have developed an ovine meniscal explant model where the focal degradative events leading to characteristic fragmentation patterns of biglycan in human OA of the knee and hip, and evident in animal models of knee OA and IVD degeneration are reproduced in culture. Lateral and medial menisci were dissected into outer, mid and inner zones and established in explant culture±IL-1 (10ng/ml). The biglycan species present in conditioned media samples and in GuHCl extracts of tissues were examined by Western blotting using two C-terminal antibodies PR-85 and EF-Bgn...
September 9, 2016: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
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