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Lin Yang, Junmei Xu, Yaping Wang, Xin Wang
As a member of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) family, bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are multi-functional factors and play critical roles in heart, cartilage, neural development and postnatal bone formation. It has been demonstrated that among the family, BMP2/4 have been reported to be especially important for the developmental and maturation of central nervous system (CNS). It has different, even opposite functions, in certain given circumstances, which could be a potential risk for BMPs' clinical use...
February 28, 2018: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Aiko Machiya, Sho Tsukamoto, Satoshi Ohte, Mai Kuratani, Mai Fujimoto, Keigo Kumagai, Kenji Osawa, Naoto Suda, Alex N Bullock, Takenobu Katagiri
Various substitution mutations in ALK2, a transmembrane serine/threonine kinase receptor for bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), have been identified in patients with genetic disorders such as fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) and heart defects. In this study, we characterized the ALK2 mutants R258G, G328V and F246Y, which were identified in patients with severe FOP, DIPG and unusual hereditary skeletal dysplasia, respectively. Both R258G and G328V were gain-of-function mutations, but F246Y was equivalent to wild-type ALK2...
March 15, 2018: Bone
P Buffière, M Dooms, S Hattou, H Benbelkacem
The role of the hydrolytic stage in high solids temperature phased anaerobic digestion was investigated with a mixture of cattle slurry and maize silage with variable ratios (100, 70 and 30% volatile solids coming from cattle slurry). It was incubated for 48 h at 37, 55, 65 and 72 °C. Soluble chemical oxygen demand and biochemical methane potential were measured at 0, 24 and 48 h. Higher temperatures improved the amount of solubilized COD, which confirmed previously reported results. Nevertheless, solubilization mostly took place during the first 24 h...
March 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Kelsey A Herrmann, Heather T Broihier
Although retrograde neurotrophin signaling has provided an immensely influential paradigm for understanding growth factor signaling in the nervous system, recent studies indicate that growth factors also signal via cell-autonomous, or autocrine, mechanisms. Autocrine signals have been discovered in many neuronal contexts, providing insights into their regulation and function. The growing realization of the importance of cell-autonomous signaling stems from advances in both conditional genetic approaches and in sophisticated analyses of growth factor dynamics, which combine to enable rigorous in vivo dissection of signaling pathways...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Shiho Fujita, Toru Hasegawa, Yuki Nishiyama, Satoshi Fujisawa, Yasuhiro Nakano, Takahiro Nada, Nahoko Iwata, Yasuhiko Kamada, Hisashi Masuyama, Fumio Otsuka
The involvement of orexins in reproductive function has been gradually uncovered. However, the functional role of orexins in ovarian steroidogenesis remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of orexin A on ovarian steroidogenesis by using rat primary granulosa cells that express both OX1 and OX2 receptors for orexins. Treatment with orexin A enhanced progesterone, but not estradiol, biosynthesis induced by FSH, whereas it did not affect basal levels of progesterone or estradiol. In accordance with the effects on steroidogenesis, orexin A increased the mRNA levels of progesterogenic enzymes, including StAR, P450scc and 3βHSD, but not P450arom, and cellular cAMP synthesis induced by FSH...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sheena L P Regan, Phil G Knight, John L Yovich, Yee Leung, Frank Arfuso, Arun Dharmarajan
Primordial germ cells migrate to the fetal gonads and proliferate during gestation to generate a fixed complement of primordial follicles, the so-called ovarian reserve. Primordial follicles comprise an oocyte arrested at the diplotene stage of meiosis, surrounded by a layer of pregranulosa cells. Activation of primordial follicles to grow beyond this arrested stage is of particular interest because, once activated, they are subjected to regulatory mechanisms involved in growth, selection, maturation, and ultimately, ovulation or atresia...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Priyam Jani, Chao Liu, Hua Zhang, Khaled Younes, M Douglas Benson, Chunlin Qin
OBJECTIVE: The bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play crucial roles in tooth development. However, several BMPs retain expression in the dentin of the fully patterned and differentiated tooth. We hypothesized that BMP signaling therefore plays a role in the function of the differentiated odontoblast, the job of which is to lay down and mineralize the dentin matrix. DESIGN: We generated mice deficient in Bmp2 and 4 using a dentin matrix protein 1 (Dmp1) promoter-driven cre recombinase that was expressed in differentiated odontoblasts...
February 7, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Clarissa S Craft, Thomas J Broekelmann, Robert P Mecham
Microfibril-associated glycoproteins 1 and 2 (MAGP-1, MAGP-2) are protein components of extracellular matrix microfibrils. These proteins interact with fibrillin, the core component of microfibrils, and impart unique biological properties that influence microfibril function in vertebrates. MAGPs bind active forms of TGFβ and BMPs and are capable of modulating Notch signaling. Mutations in MAGP-1 or MAGP-2 have been linked to thoracic aneurysms and metabolic disease in humans. MAGP-2 has also been shown to be an important biomarker in several human cancers...
March 7, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Chantal Tumpach, Puneet Dwivedi, Robert Izlar, Chase Cook
Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are critical in ensuring sustainable forest management in the United States because of their effectiveness in protecting water quality, reducing soil erosion, maintaining riparian habitat, and sustaining site productivity. The success of forestry BMPs depends heavily on coordination among primary stakeholder groups. It is important to understand perceptions of such groups for a successful forest policy formulation. We used the SWOT-AHP (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis with the Analytical Hierarchy Process) framework to assess perceptions of three stakeholder groups (loggers, landowners, agency foresters) about forestry BMPs in Georgia, the largest roundwood producing state in the United States...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Yang Liu, Ran-Xi Zhang, Wei Yuan, Hou-Qing Chen, Dong-Dong Tian, Hao Li, Xiao Jiang, Zhong-Liang Deng, Yang Wang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and BMP receptors widely participate in osteolytic metastasis of breast cancer, while their role in tumor-stromal interaction is largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether BMP receptor type 1a (BMPR1a) can alter the interaction between metastatic cancer cells and osteoclast precursors. METHODS: Adenovirus-mediated RNA interference was used to interrupt target genes of human breast cancer cell lines and nude mice were injected intratibially with the cancer cells...
February 23, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Z Malik, M Alexiou, B Hallgrimsson, A N Economides, H U Luder, D Graf
Formation of highly organized dental hard tissues is a complex process involving sequential and ordered deposition of an extracellular scaffold, followed by its mineralization. Odontoblast and ameloblast differentiation involves reciprocal and sequential epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. Similar to early tooth development, various Bmps are expressed during this process, although their functions have not been explored in detail. Here, we investigated the role of odontoblast-derived Bmp2 for tooth mineralization using Bmp2 conditional knockout mice...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Dental Research
Florence Zylbersztejn, Mario Flores-Violante, Thibault Voeltzel, Franck-Emmanuel Nicolini, Sylvain Lefort, Véronique Maguer-Satta
The microenvironment (niche) governs the fate of stem cells (SC) by balancing self-renewal and differentiation. Increasing evidence indicates that the tumor niche plays an active role in cancer but its (important) properties for tumor initiation progression and resistance remain to be identified. Clinical data show that leukemic stem cells (LSC) survival is responsible for disease persistence and drug resistance probably due to their sustained interactions with the tumor niche. The Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling is a key pathway controlling stem cells and their niche, such as BMP2 and BMP4 important in both normal and cancer context...
February 22, 2018: Experimental Hematology
Jian Wu, Olan Jackson-Weaver, Jian Xu
TGFβ superfamily includes the transforming growth factor βs (TGFβs), bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), growth and differentiation factors (GDFs) and Activin/Inhibin families of ligands. Among the 33 members of TGFβ superfamily ligands, many act on multiple types of cells within the heart, including cardiomyocytes, cardiac fibroblasts/myofibroblasts, coronary endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and immune cells (e.g. monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils). In this review, we highlight recent discoveries on TGFβs, BMPs, and GDFs in different cardiac residential cellular components, in association with functional impacts in heart development, injury repair, and dysfunction...
February 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Li-Guo Zhu, Ping Zhang, Qing-Hui Song, Wan-Qiang Zhang, Hong-Wei Zhu, Li-Ping Yang, Yan Zhu, Yuan Wang, Ling-Hui Li
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Bushen Huoxue decoction on calcification of cartilage endplate in lumbar vertebrae. METHODS: Six healthy male gerbils with 2-month-old were selected as normal control group, and 24 7-month-old healthy male gerbils were fed to 12-month-old to establish the aged gerbil model. Thirty gerbils were randomly divided into five groups as follow: the normal control group ( n =6), model group ( n =6, normal saline 4 ml/kg, intragastric 30 d), Bushen Huoxue low dose group( n =6, 1...
October 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Tobias Sinnberg, Mitchell P Levesque, Jelena Krochmann, Phil F Cheng, Kristian Ikenberg, Francisco Meraz-Torres, Heike Niessner, Claus Garbe, Christian Busch
BACKGROUND: During embryonic development Wnt family members and bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) cooperatively induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the neural crest. Wnt and BMPs are reactivated during malignant transformation in melanoma. We previously demonstrated that the BMP-antagonist noggin blocked the EMT phenotype of melanoma cells in the neural crest and malignant invasion of melanoma cells in the chick embryo; vice-versa, malignant invasion was induced in human melanocytes in vivo by pre-treatment with BMP-2...
February 17, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Matthew T Morris, Sandip P Tarpada, Woojin Cho
BACKGROUND: Iliac crest has long been the gold standard for lumbar fusion, but concerns over donor site morbidity have led to a wide variety of bone graft substitutes. Despite prolific research, a general consensus is yet to be reached on bone graft materials that lead to optimal fusion. PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to evaluate the current literature for bone graft material options that maximize fusion rate in posterolateral lumbar fusion surgery. DESIGN: Systematic Review...
February 14, 2018: European Spine Journal
Wade W Sugden, Arndt F Siekmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mutations in the Endoglin (Eng) gene, an auxiliary receptor in the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ)-superfamily signaling pathway, are responsible for the human vascular disorder hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) type 1, characterized in part by blood vessel enlargement. A growing body of work has uncovered an autonomous role for Eng in endothelial cells. We will highlight the influence of Eng on distinct cellular behaviors, such as migration and shape control, which are ultimately important for the assignment of proper blood vessel diameters...
February 12, 2018: Current Opinion in Hematology
R M Kreiling, M C Thoms, W B Richardson
Despite much research and investment into understanding and managing nutrients across agricultural landscapes, nutrient runoff to freshwater ecosystems is still a major concern. We argue there is currently a disconnect between the management of watershed surfaces (agricultural landscape) and river networks (riverine landscape). These landscapes are commonly managed separately, but there is limited cohesiveness between agricultural landscape-focused research and river science, despite similar end goals. Interdisciplinary research into stream networks that drain agricultural landscapes is expanding but is fraught with problems...
January 2018: Journal of Environmental Quality
Mi-Jeong Lee
Accumulation of dysfunctional white adipose tissues increases risks for cardiometabolic diseases in obesity. In addition to white, brown or brite adipose tissues are also present in adult humans and increasing their amount may be protective. Therefore, understanding factors regulating the amount and function of each adipose depot is crucial for developing therapeutic targets for obesity and its associated metabolic diseases. The transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) superfamily, which consists of TGFβ, BMPs, GDFs, and activins, controls multiple aspects of adipose biology...
January 30, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yoichi Yamasaki, Sumiya Ishigami, Takaaki Arigami, Yoshiaki Kita, Yasuto Uchikado, Hiroshi Kurahara, Yuko Kijima, Kosei Maemura, Shoji Natsugoe
As an antagonist of bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), 2, 4 and 7, gremlin1 plays a role in regulating organogenesis, tissue differentiation and angiogenesis. However, there is little information regarding gremlin1 in gastrointestinal cancer. We attempted to clarify how gremlin1 expression affects the clinical features and biological properties of gastric cancer. A total of 232 gastric cancer patients who received R0 gastrectomy at Kagoshima University Hospital were enrolled. Gremlin1 expression in gastric cancer was detected by immunohistochemical and western blotting methods...
February 2, 2018: Medical Oncology
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