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Hepatocyte growth factor

Dongsheng Xu, Aini Wan, Jingjing Zhang, Lin Peng, Yun Chen, Yang He, Jianfeng Yang, Jian Jin
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a potent multi-functional protein that stimulates proliferation, survival, motility, scattering and differentiation during growth and development, and has been considered to be a potential therapeutic agent for the treatment of a number of intractable diseases. The aim of this study was to enhance the expression of recombinant fusion protein HSA-HGF (R494E) in CHO cells by inhibiting the intracellular ubiquitin ligase activity. The high stable expression sub-clones with different signal peptides were selected by western blot (WB) analysis and used for suspension culture...
October 18, 2016: Bioengineered
Amal Akour, Violet Kasabri, Nailya Boulatova, Yasser Bustanji, Randa Naffa, Dana Hyasat, Nahla Khawaja, Haidar Bustanji, Ayman Zayed, Munther Momani
AIMS: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and prediabetes (pre-DM) are associated with changes in levels of metabolic markers. The main aim of this study is to compare the levels of omentin, irisin, endothelin-1, nesfatin, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), fibroblast growth factor, and oxytocin (OXT) between normoglycemic and pre-DM/T2DM obese Jordanian patients. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-eight adult Jordanian subjects were recruited. Demographic data and clinical parameters were collected...
October 18, 2016: Acta Diabetologica
Christopher W Mangieri, Jason C McCartt, Matthew A Strode, John E Lowry, Prasad M Balakrishna
BACKGROUND: As hepatic surgery has become safer and more commonly performed, the extent of hepatic resections has increased. When there is not enough expected hepatic reserve to facilitate primary resection of hepatic tumors, a clinical adjunct to facilitating primary resection is portal vein embolization (PVE). PVE allows the hepatic remnant to increase to an appropriate size prior to resection via hepatocyte regeneration; however, PVE is not always successful in facilitating adequate regeneration...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Gabriela M Balarini, Eliana Zandonade, Leandro Tanure, Gilda A Ferreira, Wildner M Sardenberg, Érica V Serrano, Cleia C Dias, Túlio P Navarro, Hilde H Nordal, Piotr M Mydel, Johan G Brun, Karl A Brokstad, Eva Gerdts, Roland Jonsson, Valéria Valim
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to identify the association of carotid atherosclerosis with the traditional risk factors, disease features, cytokine profile, and calprotectin in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS). METHODS: 63 primary pSS patients and 63 age- and sex-matched healthy controls underwent carotid ultrasound, clinical and laboratory examination. The presence of carotid plaques was taken as carotid atherosclerosis. The covariates of carotid atherosclerosis were identified in univariate and multivariate regressions...
September 8, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Kangkang Wu, Rui Huang, Hongyan Wu, Yong Liu, Chenchen Yang, Shufeng Cao, Xianglin Hou, Bing Chen, Jianwu DaI, Chao Wu
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) serves an important role in promoting angiogenesis and tissue regeneration. However, the lack of an effective delivery system that can target this growth factor to the injured site reduces its therapeutic efficacy. Therefore, in the current study, collagen‑binding VEGF was constructed by fusing a collagen‑binding domain (CBD) to the N‑terminal of native VEGF. The CBD‑VEGF can specifically bind to collagen which is the major component of the extracellular matrix in fibrotic liver...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Huabo Wang, Jie Lu, Lia R Edmunds, Sucheta Kulkarni, James Dolezal, Junyan Tao, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Laura Jackson, Marc Fromherz, Donna Beer Stolz, Radha Uppala, Sivakama Bharathi, Satdarshan P Monga, Eric S Goetzman, Edward V Prochownik
Hepatoblastoma (HB) is associated with aberrant activation of the β-catenin and Hippo/YAP signaling pathways. Over-expression of mutant β-catenin and YAP in mice induces HBs that express high levels of c-Myc (Myc). In light of recent observations that Myc in unnecessary for long-term hepatocyte proliferation, we have now examined its role in HB pathogenesis using the above model. While Myc was found to be dispensable for in vivo HB initiation it was necessary to sustain rapid tumor growth. Gene expression profiling identified key molecular differences between myc+/+ (WT) and myc-/- (KO) hepatocytes and HBs that explain these behaviors...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Cheng Zhong, Hai-Yang Xie, Lin Zhou, Xiao Xu, Shu-Sen Zheng
BACKGROUND: Because of an increasing discrepancy between the number of potential liver graft recipients and the number of organs available, scientists are trying to create artificial liver to mimic normal liver function and therefore, to support the patient's liver when in dysfunction. 3D printing technique meets this purpose. The present study was to test the feasibility of 3D hydrogel scaffolds for liver engineering. METHODS: We fabricated 3D hydrogel scaffolds with a bioprinter...
October 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
Shuyun Liu, Lanlan Zhang, Jingqiu Cheng, Yanrong Lu, Jingping Liu
Inflammatory response is a major cause of grafts dysfunction in islet transplantation. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) had shown anti-inflammatory activity in multiple diseases. In this study, we aim to deliver HGF by self-assembling peptide/heparin (SAP/Hep) hybrid gel to protect β-cell from inflammatory injury. The morphological and slow release properties of SAPs were analyzed. Rat INS-1 β-cell line was treated with tumor necrosis factor α in vitro and transplanted into rat kidney capsule in vivo, and the viability, apoptosis, function, and inflammation of β-cells were evaluated...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Elizabeth J Bell, Nicholas B Larson, Paul A Decker, James S Pankow, Michael Y Tsai, Naomi Q Hanson, Christina L Wassel, W T Longstreth, Suzette J Bielinski
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is positively associated with ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke risk factors. However, understanding the relation between HGF and stroke is in its infancy. Therefore, we sought to examine the association of circulating HGF with incident stroke using data from the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). We hypothesized that circulating HGF would be positively associated with an increased risk of stroke. METHODS: Participants aged 45 to 84 years (n=6711) had HGF measured between 2000 and 2002 and were followed for incident stroke through 2013 (n=233)...
October 11, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Jiang-Rui Guo, Wei Li, Yong Wu, Lin-Qing Wu, Xin Li, Ya-Fei Guo, Xiao-Hui Zheng, Xiao-Lan Lian, Hui-Fang Huang, Yuan-Zhong Chen
This study aims to investigate effects of HGF expression on biological behaviors of Kasumi-1 and HL60. Expression of HGF and c-Met gene were detected using qRT-PCR. Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) was used to reduce HGF expression. Silencing effect of shRNA was verified by qRT-PCR and western blot. Cell reproductive capacity, cell clonality and cell cycle (apoptosis) were detected by CCK-8, clone formation, flow cytometry (FCM), respectively. Cell adhesion, cell invasion ability and cell proliferation were also examined...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Mijeong Park, Mark J Raftery, Paul S Thomas, Carolyn L Geczy, Katherine Bryant, Nicodemus Tedla
FcγRI cross-linking on monocytes may trigger clathrin-mediated endocytosis, likely through interaction of multiple intracellular molecules that are controlled by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation events. However, the identity of phospho-proteins and their regulation are unknown. We proposed the leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor B4 (LILRB4) that inhibits FcγRI-mediated cytokine production via Tyr dephosphorylation of multiple kinases, may also regulate endocytosis/phagocytosis through similar mechanisms...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shira Toledano, Huayi Lu, Agustina Palacio, Boaz Kigel, Ofra Kessler, Gilad Allon, Yoreh Barak, Gera Neufeld, Shlomit Schaal
Abnormal subretinal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) is a major cause of blindness in exudative age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Current anti-angiogenic treatments by VEGF sequestering agents have been successful, but a significant proportion of patients do not respond well to these treatments, and the response of others diminishes over time, suggesting that additional anti-angiogenic agents that function by separate mechanisms may be of use to such patients. We have previously found that a point mutated form of semaphorin-3E resistant to cleavage by furin like pro-protein convertases (UNCL-Sema3E) displays potent anti-angiogenic properties...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Hiroshi Nagahisa, Kazutaka Mukai, Hajime Ohmura, Toshiyuki Takahashi, Hirofumi Miyata
Hypoxic training is believed to increase endurance capacity in association with hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), a modulator of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), and to influence activation of satellite cells (SCs). However, the effect of hypoxic training on SC activation and its relation to angiogenesis has not been thoroughly investigated. Eight Thoroughbred horses were subjected to normoxic (FIO2 = 21%) or hypoxic (FIO2 = 15%) training for 3 days/week (100%  [Formula: see text]) for 4 weeks...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Yuan-Yuan Zhan, Jin-Hui Wang, Xing Tian, Shi-Xiu Feng, Lin Xue, Li-Ping Tian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Citrullus lanatus ssp. vulgaris var. megalaspermus Lin et Chao, was also known as watermelon belongs to family Cucurbitaceae, variously used as healthy food and in the treatment of liver and lungs problems. Currently, Citrullus lanatus has become a major economic crop of medicinal and edible effects with regional characteristics. AIM: This study was designed to evaluate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of the seed melon (Citrullus lanatus ssp...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Madeleine Themanns, Kristina M Mueller, Sonja M Kessler, Nicole Golob-Schwarzl, Thomas Mohr, Doris Kaltenecker, Jerome Bourgeais, Jamile Paier-Pourani, Katrin Friedbichler, Doris Schneller, Michaela Schlederer, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Luigi M Terracciano, Xiaonan Han, Lukas Kenner, Kay-Uwe Wagner, Wolfgang Mikulits, Andrey V Kozlov, Markus H Heim, Fabrice Gouilleux, Johannes Haybaeck, Richard Moriggl
Genetic deletion of the tyrosine kinase JAK2 or the downstream transcription factor STAT5 in liver impairs growth hormone (GH) signalling and thereby promotes fatty liver disease. Hepatic STAT5 deficiency accelerates liver tumourigenesis in presence of high GH levels. To determine whether the upstream kinase JAK2 exerts similar functions, we crossed mice harbouring a hepatocyte-specific deletion of JAK2 (JAK2(Δhep)) to GH transgenic mice (GH(tg)) and compared them to GH(tg)STAT5(Δhep) mice. Similar to GH(tg)STAT5(Δhep) mice, JAK2 deficiency resulted in severe steatosis in the GH(tg) background...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hong Lu
The liver is essential for survival due to its critical role in the regulation of metabolic homeostasis. Metabolism of xenobiotics, such as environmental chemicals and drugs by the liver protects us from toxic effects of these xenobiotics, whereas metabolism of cholesterol, bile acids (BAs), lipids, and glucose provide key building blocks and nutrients to promote the growth or maintain the survival of the organism. As a well-established master regulator of liver development and function, hepatocyte nuclear factor 4 alpha (HNF4α) plays a critical role in regulating a large number of key genes essential for the metabolism of xenobiotics, metabolic wastes, and nutrients...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
N Kilic-Baygutalp, N Ozturk, E Orsal-Ibisoglu, B Gündogdu, F B Ozgeris, N Bakan, E Bakan, A F Kilic
Cytokeratins are thought to play a role in apoptosis. Cytokeratin 18 (CK18) is involved in the formation of intracellular cytoskeleton, and has been considered a promising apoptosis marker in gastrointestinal carcinomas. Growth factors, including hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), may provide a microenvironment for malignant cells. In this study, we aimed to compare serum HGF and CK18 levels between esophageal squamous cell carcinoma patients and healthy controls. The study included 41 adult patients (20 male, 21 female) diagnosed with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, with a mean age of 63...
August 29, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Yetkin Yıldız, Cenk Sokmensuer, Suayib Yalcin
BACKGROUND: Met and HER-2 are proto-oncogenes encoding receptor tyrosine kinase c-Met and HER-2, respectively. Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) is a ligand of c-Met. The frequency of c-Met, HGF, and HER-2 expressions in gastric cancer and their association with other clinicopathological factors have not been fully understood. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with stage 1-4 disease were analyzed. Expressions of c-Met, HGF, and HER-2 were examined using immunohistochemistry...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Kar Wey Yong, Yuhui Li, Fusheng Liu, Bin Gao, Tian Jian Lu, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas, Wan Kamarul Zaman Wan Safwani, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Yufei Ma, Feng Xu, Guoyou Huang
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) hold great promise in cardiac fibrosis therapy, due to their potential ability of inhibiting cardiac myofibroblast differentiation (a hallmark of cardiac fibrosis). However, the mechanism involved in their effects remains elusive. To explore this, it is necessary to develop an in vitro cardiac fibrosis model that incorporates pore size and native tissue-mimicking matrix stiffness, which may regulate cardiac myofibroblast differentiation. In the present study, collagen coated polyacrylamide hydrogel substrates were fabricated, in which the pore size was adjusted without altering the matrix stiffness...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Justin D Schumacher, Grace L Guo
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are a family of growth factors critically involved in developmental, physiological, and pathological processes, including embryogenesis, angiogenesis, wound healing, and endocrine functions. In the liver, several FGFs are produced basally by hepatocytes and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Upon insult to the liver, expression of FGFs in HSCs is greatly upregulated, stimulating hepatocyte regeneration and growth. Various FGF isoforms have also been shown to directly induce HSC proliferation and activation thereby enabling autocrine and paracrine regulation of HSC function...
2016: BioMed Research International
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