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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654888/mek-inhibition-enhances-efficacy-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-on-bladder-cancer-cells-by-reducing-release-of-toll-like-receptor-2-activated-antimicrobial-peptides
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Young Mi Whang, Su Bin Jin, Serk In Park, In Ho Chang
Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is one of the standard treatment options for non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. The details of the biological defense mechanisms against BCG remain unclear. Here, we investigated whether BCG-induced release of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs; e.g., human β-defensin-2, -3, and cathelicidin) is involved with mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathways, and investigated the enhanced anticancer effect of BCG through the down-regulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and MAPK pathways in bladder cancer cells...
May 26, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654680/serum-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4-fabp4-concentration-is-associated-with-insulin-resistance-in-peripheral-tissues-a-clinical-study
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Risa Nakamura, Tsuyoshi Okura, Yohei Fujioka, Keisuke Sumi, Kazuhiko Matsuzawa, Shoichiro Izawa, Etsuko Ueta, Masahiko Kato, Shin-Ichi Taniguchi, Kazuhiro Yamamoto
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is caused by insulin resistance and β cell dysfunction. In recent studies reported that several markers associated with insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle, Adiponectin and other parameters, such as fatty acid-binding protein (FABP4), have been reported to regulate insulin resistance, but it remains unclear which factor mostly affects insulin resistance in T2DM. In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated the relationships between several kinds of biomarkers and insulin resistance, and insulin secretion in T2DM and healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654435/myasthenia-gravis-new-developments-in-research-and-treatment
#3
Amelia Evoli
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Myasthenia gravis, a rare disorder of the neuromuscular transmission, is increasingly acknowledged as a syndrome more than as a single disease. This review summarizes recent advances in pathophysiology which confirm the disease heterogeneity, and may help find disease-targeted and patient-targeted therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: Antibodies to the acetylcholine receptor, the muscle-specific tyrosine kinase and the lipoprotein receptor protein 4, characterize disease subtypes with distinct clinical traits and immune-pathogenic mechanisms...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652077/vitamin-c-deficiency-exacerbates-diabetic-glomerular-injury-through-activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Xing Ji, Xinhua Hu, Chaochun Zou, Hongfeng Ruan, Xueying Fan, Chao Tang, Wei Shi, Liu Mei, Haibin Zhu, Musaddique Hussain, Linghui Zeng, Xiaodong Zhang, Ximei Wu
BACKGROUND: The hyperglycemia and hyperoxidation that characterize diabetes lead to reduced vitamin C (VC) in diabetic humans and experimentally diabetic animals. Herein, we access the effects of VC deficiency on the diabetic kidney injury and explore the underlying mechanism. METHODS: l-gulonolactone oxidase conventional knockout (Gulo(-/-)) mice genetically unable to synthesize VC were subjected to streptozotocin-induced diabetic kidney injury and the role of VC deficiency was evaluated by biochemical and histological approaches...
June 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650457/fibroblast-growth-factor-19-regulates-skeletal-muscle-mass-and-ameliorates-muscle-wasting-in-mice
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Bérengère Benoit, Emmanuelle Meugnier, Martina Castelli, Stéphanie Chanon, Aurélie Vieille-Marchiset, Christine Durand, Nadia Bendridi, Sandra Pesenti, Pierre-Axel Monternier, Anne-Cécile Durieux, Damien Freyssenet, Jennifer Rieusset, Etienne Lefai, Hubert Vidal, Jérôme Ruzzin
The endocrine-derived hormone fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 19 has recently emerged as a potential target for treating metabolic disease. Given that skeletal muscle is a key metabolic organ, we explored the role of FGF19 in that tissue. Here we report a novel function of FGF19 in regulating skeletal muscle mass through enlargement of muscle fiber size, and in protecting muscle from atrophy. Treatment with FGF19 causes skeletal muscle hypertrophy in mice, while physiological and pharmacological doses of FGF19 substantially increase the size of human myotubes in vitro...
June 26, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649088/targeting-aggf1-angiogenic-factor-with-g-patch-and-fha-domains-1-for-blocking-neointimal-formation-after-vascular-injury
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Yufeng Yao, Zhenkun Hu, Jian Ye, Changqing Hu, Qixue Song, Xingwen Da, Yubin Yu, Hui Li, Chengqi Xu, Qiuyun Chen, Qing Kenneth Wang
BACKGROUND: Despite recent improvements in angioplasty and placement of drug-eluting stents in treatment of atherosclerosis, restenosis and in-stent thrombosis impede treatment efficacy and cause numerous deaths. Research efforts are needed to identify new molecular targets for blocking restenosis. We aim to establish angiogenic factor AGGF1 (angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1) as a novel target for blocking neointimal formation and restenosis after vascular injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: AGGF1 shows strong expression in carotid arteries; however, its expression is markedly decreased in arteries after vascular injury...
June 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648404/osthole-inhibits-intimal-hyperplasia-by-regulating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad2-signalling-pathways-in-the-rat-carotid-artery-after-balloon-injury
#7
Yi-Qi Li, Jun-Yi Wang, Zhi-Qiang Qian, Ye-Li Li, Wen-Na Li, Yang Gao, Dan-Li Yang
Osthole (7-methoxy-8-isopentenoxy-coumarin), a compound extracted from Cnidiummonnieri (L.) Cusson seeds, has been found to exhibit potent therapeutic effects in cancer due to its ability to inhibit inflammation and cell proliferation. However, its effects on arterial wall hypertrophy-related diseases remain unclear. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of Osthole on intimal hyperplasia in a rat model of carotid artery balloon injury. We established the balloon-induced carotid artery injury rat model in male Sprague-Dawley rats, after which we administered Osthole (20mg/kg/day or 40mg/kg/day) or volume-matched normal saline orally by gavage for 14 consecutive days...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647779/transcriptome-profiling-and-digital-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-skin-of-dybowski-s-frog-rana-dybowskii-exposed-to-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Yi-Gang Xu, Long-Hui Chai, Wen Shi, Dan-Dan Wang, Jing-Yu Zhang, Xiang-Hong Xiao
Recently, populations of Rana dybowskii, an important amphibian species in Northeast China, have decreased, mainly owing to the disease caused by Aeromonas hydrophila. However, effective control methods have not yet been developed. In order to explore the immune responses of R. dybowskii upon exposure to A. hydrophila infection, Illumina high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and digital gene expression (DGE) technology were employed to investigate transcriptomic changes in the skin of R. dybowskii exposed to A...
June 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644441/micrornas-143-and-145-induce-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-modulate-the-expression-of-junction-proteins
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Lidia Avalle, Danny Incarnato, Aurora Savino, Marta Gai, Francesca Marino, Sara Pensa, Isaia Barbieri, Michael B Stadler, Paolo Provero, Salvatore Oliviero, Valeria Poli
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is one of the major inducers of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), a crucial program that has a critical role in promoting carcinoma's metastasis formation. MicroRNAs-143 and -145, which are both TGF-β direct transcriptional targets, are essential for the differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) during embryogenesis, a TGF-β-dependent process reminiscent of EMT. Their role in adult tissues is however less well defined and even ambiguous, as their expression was correlated both positively and negatively with tumor progression...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642614/ultrasound-mediated-piezoelectric-differentiation-of-neuron-like-pc12-cells-on-pvdf-membranes
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Marcus Hoop, Xiang-Zhong Chen, Aldo Ferrari, Fajer Mushtaq, Gagik Ghazaryan, Theo Tervoort, Dimos Poulikakos, Bradley Nelson, Salvador Pané
Electrical and/or electromechanical stimulation has been shown to play a significant role in regenerating various functionalities in soft tissues, such as tendons, muscles, and nerves. In this work, we investigate the piezoelectric polymer polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) as a potential substrate for wireless neuronal differentiation. Piezoelectric PVDF enables generation of electrical charges on its surface upon acoustic stimulation, inducing neuritogenesis of PC12 cells. We demonstrate that the effect of pure piezoelectric stimulation on neurite generation in PC12 cells is comparable to the ones induced by neuronal growth factor (NGF)...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642261/transforming-growth-factor-beta-stimulates-smad1-5-signaling-in-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-and-fibroblasts-of-the-newborn-mouse-through-alk1
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Huili Zhang, Lili Du, Ying Zhong, Kathleen C Flanders, Jesse D Roberts
The intracellular signaling mechanisms through which TGFβ regulates pulmonary development are incompletely understood. Canonical TGFβ signaling involves Smad2/3 phosphorylation, Smad2/3·Smad4 complex formation and nuclear localization, and gene regulation. Here we show that physiologically relevant TGFβ1 levels also stimulate Smad1/5 phosphorylation, typically a mediator of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling, in mouse pup pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (mPASMC) and lung fibroblasts and other interstitial lung cell lines...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642129/fucoxanthin-inhibits-profibrotic-protein-expression-in-vitro-and-attenuates-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-in-vivo
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Sun Young Ma, Won Sun Park, Dae-Sung Lee, Grace Choi, Mi-Jin Yim, Jeong Min Lee, Won-Kyo Jung, Sae Gwang Park, Su-Kil Seo, Sung Jae Park, Il Yong Han, Yung Hyun Choi, Il-Whan Choi
Pulmonary fibrosis, a potentially fatal disease, results from acute and chronic interstitial lung diseases. Fucoxanthin (Fx), a carotenoid found in brown seaweed, shows a wide range of pharmacological activities. In this study, we investigated the antifibrotic effects of fucoxanthin and their underlying molecular mechanisms in transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1)-stimulated human pulmonary fibroblasts (HPFs). Thus, the effects of Fx on TGF-β1-induced expression of fibrotic factors, such as alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), type 1 collagen, fibronectin, and interleukin-6 (IL-6), in HPFs were investigated...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641602/milk-replacers-supplemented-with-either-l-arginine-or-l-carnitine-potentially-improve-muscle-maturation-of-early-reared-low-birth-weight-piglets-from-hyperprolific-sows
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J G Madsen, S Mueller, M Kreuzer, M B Bigler, P Silacci, G Bee
As a result of the selection for genotypes with greater sow prolificacy, litter size increased and, concomitantly, average litter birth weight and early postnatal survival rates of low birth weight (L-BtW) offspring decreased. This study compared the impact of l-carnitine (CAR) and l-arginine (ARG) supplemented with a milk replacer and fed to L-BtW piglets born from large litters from days 7 to 28 of age on growth performance, carcass composition, organ and Semitendinosus muscle (STM) development. A total of 30 female and castrated Swiss Large White piglets weaned at 7 days of age were assigned to three milk replacer diets containing either no supplement (CON), CAR (0...
June 23, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640447/role-of-serca-pump-in-muscle-thermogenesis-and-metabolism
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Muthu Periasamy, Santosh Kumar Maurya, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Sushant Singh, Sanjaya Kumar Sahoo, Felipe C G Reis, Naresh Chandra Bal
In muscle cells, the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) not only acts as a Ca2+ store, but also regulates the contractile characteristics of the muscle. Ca2+ release from the SR is the primary mechanism for activating muscle contraction and reuptake of Ca2+ by the sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase (SERCA) pump causes muscle relaxation. The SERCA pump isoforms are encoded by three genes, SERCA 1, 2, and 3, which are differentially expressed in muscle and determine SR Ca2+ dynamics by affecting the rate and amount of Ca2+ uptake, thereby affecting SR store and release of Ca2+ in muscle...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638997/follistatin-treatment-suppresses-serca1b-levels-independently-of-other-players-of-calcium-homeostasis-in-c2c12-myotubes
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János Fodor, Adrienn Gomba-Tóth, Tamás Oláh, János Almássy, Ernő Zádor, László Csernoch
Follistatin (FS) is a high affinity activin-binding protein, neutralizing the effects of the Transforming Growth Factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily members, as myostatin (MSTN). Since MSTN emerged as a negative regulator, FS has been considered as a stimulator of skeletal muscle growth and differentiation. Here, we studied the effect of FS administration on the Ca(2+)-homeostasis of differentiating C2C12 skeletal muscle cells. FS-treatment increased the fusion index, the size of terminally differentiated myotubes, and transiently elevated the expression of the calcium-dependent protein phosphatase, calcineurin, at the beginning of differentiation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637501/s100a8-inhibits-pdgf-induced-proliferation-of-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-dependent-on-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products
#16
Yu-Dong Xu, Yu Wang, Lei-Miao Yin, Ling-Ling Peng, Gyoung-Hee Park, Yong-Qing Yang
BACKGROUND: Airway remodeling is a key feature of asthma, characterized by increased proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs). S100A8 is a calcium-binding protein with a potential to regulate cell proliferation. Here, the effect of exogenous S100A8 protein on the proliferation of ASMCs induced by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. METHODS: Rat ASMCs were cultured with or without a neutralizing antibody to the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), a potential receptor for S100A8 protein...
June 21, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637396/modulation-of-mir29a-improves-impaired-post-ischemic-angiogenesis-in-hyperglycemia
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Lingdan Chen, Emmanuel Okeke, Dawit Ayalew, Danny Wang, Lyeba Shahid, Ayotunde O Dokun
Individuals with diabetes mellitus suffer from impaired angiogenesis and this contributes to poorer peripheral arterial disease outcomes. In experimental peripheral arterial disease, angiogenesis and perfusion recovery are impaired in mice with diabetes. We recently showed that a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-containing protein 12 (ADAM12) is upregulated in ischemic endothelial cells and plays a key role in post-ischemic angiogenesis and perfusion recovery following experimental peripheral arterial disease...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637297/a-role-for-progesterone-regulated-sfrp4-expression-in-uterine-leiomyomas
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Meaghan A Delaney, Ying-Wooi Wan, Gyoung-Eun Kim, Chad J Creighton, Margaret G Taylor, Ramya Masand, Andrew Park, Cecilia Valdes, William Gibbons, Zhandong Liu, Matthew L Anderson
Context: Despite progesterone's key role in uterine smooth muscle tumorigenesis, the mechanisms by which it promotes the growth of uterine leiomyomas remain poorly understood. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify novel gene products mediating progesterone's effects in uterine leiomyomas. Design: Gene expression profiling was used to identify putative progesterone-regulated genes differentially expressed in uterine leiomyomas, which were then studied in vitro...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635679/the-role-of-angiogenesis-in-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Mehdi Rajabi, Shaker A Mousa
A number of anti-angiogenesis drugs have been FDA-approved and are being used in cancer treatment, and a number of other agents are in different stages of clinical development or in preclinical evaluation. However, pharmacologic anti-angiogenesis strategies that arrest tumor progression might not be enough to eradicate tumors. Decreased anti-angiogenesis activity in single mechanism-based anti-angiogenic strategies is due to the redundancy, multiplicity, and development of compensatory mechanism by which blood vessels are remodeled...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634089/wedelolactone-a-plant-coumarin-prevents-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-injury-induced-neointimal-hyperplasia-through-akt-and-ampk-signaling
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Lu Peng, Xuefeng Huang, Xin Jin, Zuo Jing, Lichao Yang, Yu Zhou, Jie Ren, Yun Zhao
Wedelolactone (WDL) is a natural compound derived from Chinese herbal medicine Eclipta prostrate L, and has been reported to exhibit various effects potentially beneficial for human health. However, the possible preventive effects of WDL toward vascular remodeling and mechanisms involved have not been investigated to date. In this study, we investigated the effects of WDL on proliferation induced by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) in primary rat aortic smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and on neointimal hyperplasia resulted from balloon injury in rats...
June 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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