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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336942/selective-inhibitor-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-cbp-signaling-ameliorates-hepatitis-c-virus-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mouse-model
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Yuko Tokunaga, Yosuke Osawa, Takahiro Ohtsuki, Yukiko Hayashi, Kenzaburo Yamaji, Daisuke Yamane, Mitsuko Hara, Keisuke Munekata, Kyoko Tsukiyama-Kohara, Tsunekazu Hishima, Soichi Kojima, Kiminori Kimura, Michinori Kohara
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of serious liver diseases, including liver cirrhosis. There are no anti-fibrotic drugs with efficacy against liver cirrhosis. Wnt/β-catenin signaling has been implicated in the pathogenesis of a variety of tissue fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effects of a β-catenin/CBP (cyclic AMP response element binding protein) inhibitor on liver fibrosis. The anti-fibrotic activity of PRI-724, a selective inhibitor of β-catenin/CBP, was assessed in HCV GT1b transgenic mice at 18 months after HCV genome expression...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336518/bmp-9-interferes-with-liver-regeneration-and-promotes-liver-fibrosis
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Katja Breitkopf-Heinlein, Christoph Meyer, Courtney König, Haristi Gaitantzi, Annalisa Addante, Maria Thomas, Eliza Wiercinska, Chen Cai, Qi Li, Fengqi Wan, Claus Hellerbrand, Nektarios A Valous, Maximilian Hahnel, Christian Ehlting, Johannes G Bode, Stephanie Müller-Bohl, Ursula Klingmüller, Jutta Altenöder, Iryna Ilkavets, Marie-José Goumans, Lukas J A C Hawinkels, Se-Jin Lee, Matthias Wieland, Carolin Mogler, Matthias P Ebert, Blanca Herrera, Hellmut Augustin, Aránzazu Sánchez, Steven Dooley, Peter Ten Dijke
OBJECTIVE: Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-9, a member of the transforming growth factor-β family of cytokines, is constitutively produced in the liver. Systemic levels act on many organs and tissues including bone and endothelium, but little is known about its hepatic functions in health and disease. DESIGN: Levels of BMP-9 and its receptors were analysed in primary liver cells. Direct effects of BMP-9 on hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and hepatocytes were studied in vitro, and the role of BMP-9 was examined in acute and chronic liver injury models in mice...
March 23, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335859/making-it-new-again-insight-into-liver-development-regeneration-and-disease-from-zebrafish-research
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Shuang Wang, Sophie R Miller, Elke A Ober, Kirsten C Sadler
The adult liver of most vertebrates is predominantly comprised of hepatocytes. However, these cells must work in concert with biliary, stellate, vascular, and immune cells to accomplish the vast array of hepatic functions required for physiological homeostasis. Our understanding of liver development was accelerated as zebrafish emerged as an ideal vertebrate system to study embryogenesis. Through work in zebrafish and other models, it is now clear that the cells in the liver develop in a coordinated fashion during embryogenesis through a complex yet incompletely understood set of molecular guidelines...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332284/ezh2-mediated-repression-of-dkk1-promotes-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-hepatic-fibrosis
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Yang Yang, Xiao-Xia Chen, Wan-Xia Li, Xiao-Qin Wu, Cheng Huang, Juan Xie, Yu-Xin Zhao, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
EZH2, a histone H3 lysine-27-specific methyltransferase, is involved in diverse physiological and pathological processes including cell proliferation and differentiation. However, the role of EZH2 in liver fibrosis is largely unknown. In this study, it was identified that EZH2 promoted Wnt pathway-stimulated fibroblasts in vitro and in vivo by repressing Dkk-1, which is a Wnt pathway antagonist. The expression of EZH2 was increased in CCl4 -induced rat liver and primary HSCs as well as TGF-β1-treated HSC-T6, whereas the expression of Dkk1 was reduced...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331224/enhanced-wnt-signalling-in-hepatocytes-is-associated-with-schistosoma-japonicum-infection-and-contributes-to-liver-fibrosis
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Qi Wang, Xin Chou, Fei Guan, Zhengming Fang, Shengjun Lu, Jiahui Lei, Yonglong Li, Wenqi Liu
Liver fibrosis is the most serious pathology caused by Schistosoma japonicum infection, which arises when schistosome eggs are deposited in the liver. Eosinophils, macrophages and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) have been identified as major cellular contributors to the development of granulomas and fibrosis, but little is known about the effects of hepatocytes on granuloma formation. Here, we found that the levels of Wnt signalling-related molecules, transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in hepatocytes were markedly elevated after S...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327434/-99m-tc-3prgd2-scintigraphy-to-stage-liver-fibrosis-and-evaluate-reversal-after-fibrotic-stimulus-withdrawn
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Xin Zhang, Qiyong Guo, Yu Shi, Weina Xu, Shupeng Yu, Zhiguang Yang, Li Cao, Changping Liu, Zhoushe Zhao, Jun Xin
OBJECTIVE: Scintigraphy using 99mTc-3PRGD2 targeting integrin αvβ3 could assess activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Liver fibrogenesis is intimately associated with activation of HSCs, and the fibrolytic process is accompanied by the reduction of the activated HSCs. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the feasibility of this method to assess the severity of liver fibrosis and the reversal after the fibrotic stimulus withdrawal. METHODS: Liver fibrosis of different stages was induced by thioacetamide (TAA) injection for 2, 4 and 6 weeks (n = 6 for each time point)...
March 7, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325896/egg-antigen-p40-of-schistosoma-japonicum-promotes-senescence-in-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-skp2-p27-signaling-pathway
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Tianhua Xu, Jinling Chen, Dandan Zhu, Liuting Chen, Jianxin Wang, Xiaolei Sun, Bin Hu, Yinong Duan
Schistosomiasis is characterized by egg deposition, granulomatous inflammatory reaction and then subsequent hepatic fibrosis formation. Activated HSCs are regarded as the main effector cells in the progression of liver fibrosis and induction of senescence in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is vital to the reversion of hepatic fibrosis. Our previous work has showed that S. japonicum egg antigen p40 (Sjp40) could promote HSCs senescence via a STAT3/p53/p21 mechanism. In this paper, the major aim was to explore whether there are other signaling pathways in the process of Sjp40-induced HSCs aging and the underlying effect of SKP2/P27 signal pathway in this procedure...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322865/palmitic-acid-elicits-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-inflammasomes-and-hedgehog-signaling
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Na-Na Duan, Xue-Jing Liu, Jian Wu
AIMS: Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a pivotal role at the center of the fibrogenic progression in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). However, it is poorly understood that how various molecules interact within HSCs during the progression of NASH to fibrosis. The aim of the present study is to delineate how inflammasome molecules, hedgehog signaling and autophagy provoke HSC activation using palmitic acid (PA) as a major insult. MAIN METHODS: Inflammasome activation, hedgehog signaling activity and autophagy in PA-exposed HSCs were determined to investigate their role in activation of human and rodent HSC lines or primary HSCs...
March 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322443/all-trans-retinoic-acid-ameliorates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-via-suppression-of-thioredoxin-interacting-protein-expression
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Hiroki Shimizu, Toshiaki Tsubota, Keita Kanki, Goshi Shiota
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is the effector factor of hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development. Accumulating evidence suggests that retinoic acids (RAs), derivatives of vitamin A, contribute to prevention of liver fibrosis and carcinogenesis, however, regulatory mechanisms of RAs still remain exclusive. To elucidate RA signaling pathway, we previously performed a genome-wide screening of RA-responsive genes by in silico analysis of RA-response elements, and identified 26 RA-responsive genes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322389/alteration-of-pancreatic-carcinoma-and-promyeloblastic-cell-adhesion-in-liver-microvasculature-by-co-culture-of-hepatocytes-hepatic-stellate-cells-and-endothelial-cells-in-a-physiologically-relevant-model
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Mathieu Danoy, Marie Shinohara, Astia Rizki-Safitri, Dominique Collard, Vincent Senez, Yasuyuki Sakai
In vitro models of the liver microvasculature, especially with respect to cancer cell extravasation, should include not only endothelial and cancer cells but also surrounding cells to mimic the physiological situation. To this end, in the present study, we established a physiologically-relevant hierarchical co-culture model by stacking layers of primary rat hepatocytes (Hep), hepatic stellate cells embedded in collagen gel (LX-2) and endothelial cells (HUVECs) on a specially designed oxygen-permeable polydimethylsiloxane PDMS bottom plate...
March 21, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322315/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-on-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells-reversion-reveal-stat1-as-a-key-regulator-between-liver-fibrosis-and-recovery
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Hongyu Zhang, Fangyan Chen, Xu Fan, Cong Lin, Yunwei Hao, Handong Wei, Weiran Lin, Ying Jiang, Fuchu He
Understanding the changes of activated HSCs reversion is an essential step toward clarifying the potential roles of HSCs in the treatment of liver fibrosis. In this study, we chose adipocyte differentiation mixture to induce LX-2 cells for 2 days in vitro as reversion phase, comparing with normal cultured LX-2 cells as activation phase. Mass spectrometric-based SILAC technology was adopted to study differentially expressed proteome of LX-2 cells between reversion and activation. Compared with activated HSCs, 273 proteins showed significant differences in reverted HSCs...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322247/tricyclic-antidepressants-promote-ceramide-accumulation-to-regulate-collagen-production-in-human-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Jennifer Y Chen, Benjamin Newcomb, Chan Zhou, Joshua V Pondick, Sarani Ghoshal, Samuel R York, Daniel L Motola, Nicolas Coant, Jae Kyo Yi, Cungui Mao, Kenneth K Tanabe, Irina Bronova, Evgeny V Berdyshev, Bryan C Fuchs, Yusuf Hannun, Raymond T Chung, Alan C Mullen
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in response to injury is a key step in hepatic fibrosis, and is characterized by trans-differentiation of quiescent HSCs to HSC myofibroblasts, which secrete extracellular matrix proteins responsible for the fibrotic scar. There are currently no therapies to directly inhibit hepatic fibrosis. We developed a small molecule screen to identify compounds that inactivate human HSC myofibroblasts through the quantification of lipid droplets. We screened 1600 compounds and identified 21 small molecules that induce HSC inactivation...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320106/ctrp3-attenuates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway
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Chuantao Cheng, Shuo Yu, Ran Kong, Qinggong Yuan, Yuefeng Ma, Wenbin Yang, Gang Cao, Liyi Xie
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) plays a pivotal role in the development of liver fibrosis. C1q/tumor necrosis factor-related protein 3 (CTRP3), a member of CTRPs, was involved in fibrosis. However, little is known about the role of CTRP3 in liver fibrosis. This study aimed to determine its role in liver fibrosis and explore the possible mechanism. Our results demonstrated that CTRP3 was lowly expressed in liver fibrosis tissues and activated HSCs. Overexpression of CTRP3 inhibited the proliferation and migration of HSCs, as well as suppressed the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) in transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-stimulated HSC-T6 cells...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320105/anti-fibrotic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-mononuclear-cells-and-mouse-bone-marrow-cells-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice
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Nageh Ahmed Elmahdy, Samia Salem Sokar, Mohamed Labib Salem, Naglaa Ibrahim Sarhan, Sherin Hamed Abou-Elela
Liver fibrosis is the consequence of hepatocyte injury that leads to the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSC). The treatment of choice is Liver transplantation; however, it has many problems such as surgery-related complications, immunological rejection and high costs associated with the procedure. Stem cell-based therapy would be a potential alternative, so the aim of this study is to investigate the therapeutic potential of human umbilical cord mononuclear cells (MNC) and mouse bone marrow cells (BMC) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced liver fibrosis in mice and compare it with that of silymarin...
March 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320086/antifibrotic-effect-of-diethylcarbamazine-combined-with-hesperidin-against-ethanol-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-rats
#15
Alaa El-Din El-Sayed El-Sisi, Samia Salim Sokar, Abdelhadi Mohamed Shebl, Dina Zakaria Mohamed
Chronic alcohol consumption leads to extracellular matrix hyperplasia and liver fibrosis with a great role of hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation in this process. The present study was designed to investigate the possible protective effects of diethylcarbamazine (DEC) (50mg/kg, acting as an anti-inflammatory drug, interferes with the arachidonic acid metabolism) when administrated in combination with hesperidin (HDN) (200mg/kg, a flavanone glycoside with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities) against alcoholic liver fibrosis in wistar rats compared to silymarin (Sil) (100mg/kg)...
March 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318046/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-ccl5-secretion-from-macrophages-activates-hepatic-stellate-cells
#16
Reina Sasaki, Pradip B Devhare, Robert Steele, Ranjit Ray, Ratna B Ray
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) mediated chronic liver disease is a serious health problem around the world, and often causes fibrosis/cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The mechanism of liver disease progression during HCV infection is still unclear, although inflammation is believed to be an important player in disease pathogenesis. We previously reported that macrophages including Kupffer cells exposed to HCV induce proinflammatory cytokines. These secreted cytokines may activate hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) towards fibrosis...
March 20, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317386/hepatoprotective-effect-of-blocking-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptors-in-male-albino-rats-exposed-to-acute-and-repeated-restraint-stress
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Shaimaa Nasr Amin, Ahmed Amro El-Aidi, Maha Zickri, Laila Ahmed Rashed, Sherif Sabry Hassan
Stress affects multiple organs in the body in addition to the brain including the liver. We aimed to assess the effects of blocking N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) glutamate receptors by memantine on the liver in acute and repeated restraint stress. Forty two male albino rats divided into seven groups; control, Acute restraint stress (ARS), ARS+memantine, repeated restraint stress, repeated restraint +memantine and positive control groups. We measured serum iron, zinc, alanine transferase and Aspartame transferase, hepatic malondialdehyde, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), glutathione peroxidase, Superoxide dismutase, metallothionein content, zinc transporter ZRT/IRT-like Protein 14 mRNA expression, hepcidin expression...
March 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315398/hepatic-expressions-of-cannabinoid-receptors-cb1-and-cb2-correlate-with-the-fibrogenesis-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
#18
Erhei Dai, Lianshan Zhang, Lihong Ye, Shiqing Wan, Lulu Feng, Qi Qi, Fang Yao, Zhen Li
AIM: The endocannabinoid system is involved in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. However, most of the findings come from experiment researches on animal model or clinical trial on chronic hepatitis C. The roles of cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) in hepatofibrosis on patients with chronic hepatitis B(CHB) have not been studied universally. This study aimed to explore the relationship between liver fibrosis and expressions of CB1 and CB2 on patients with CHB...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304404/interactions-between-th1-cells-and-tregs-affect-regulation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-in-biliary-atresia-through-the-ifn-%C3%AE-stat1-pathway
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Jie Wen, Ying Zhou, Jun Wang, Jie Chen, Wenbo Yan, Jin Wu, Junkai Yan, Kejun Zhou, Yongtao Xiao, Yang Wang, Qiang Xia, Wei Cai
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) and CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells have important roles in bile duct injury of biliary atresia (BA). However, their impacts on liver fibrosis are undefined. Between 2013 and 2016, 146 patients with various stages of BA were enrolled in this study. Peripheral blood, liver biopsy and lymph node samples were collected. Flow cytometry, magnetic cell sorting and immunostaining were used to characterize lymphocytes from BA patients. Deficiency of Tregs was observed along with increased Th1, Th2 and Th17 frequencies in the peripheral blood and livers of BA patients...
March 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303169/diallyl-trisulfide-suppresses-oxidative-stress-induced-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-through-production-of-hydrogen-sulfide
#20
Feng Zhang, Huanhuan Jin, Li Wu, Jiangjuan Shao, Xiaojing Zhu, Anping Chen, Shizhong Zheng
Accumulating data reveal that garlic has beneficial effects against chronic liver disease. We previously reported that diallyl trisulfide (DATS), the primary organosulfur compound in garlic, reduced fibrosis and attenuated oxidative stress in rat fibrotic liver. The present study was aimed at elucidating the underlying mechanisms. The primary rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) were cultured and stimulated with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for inducing HSC activation under oxidative stress. We examined the effects of DATS on the profibrogenic properties and oxidative stress in H2O2-treated HSCs...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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