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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810542/electroacupuncture-promotes-axonal-regeneration-in-rats-with-focal-cerebral-ischemia-through-the-downregulation-of-nogo-a-ngr-rhoa-rock-signaling
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Saie Huang, Danxia Huang, Jiapei Zhao, Lidian Chen
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on the axonal regeneration environment following cerebral ischemia injury and to investigate whether it was associated with Nogo-A/Nogo receptor (NgR)/RhoA/Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) signaling. Using a rat model of focal cerebral ischemia, the effects of EA at the Quchi (LI11) and Zusanli (ST36) acupoints on axonal growth inhibitory protein and axonal growth factors were assessed and the underlying molecular mechanisms were investigated...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804648/inhibition-of-rho-kinase-induces-antioxidative-molecules-and-suppresses-reactive-oxidative-species-in-trabecular-meshwork-cells
#2
Tomokazu Fujimoto, Toshihiro Inoue, Saori Ohira, Nanako Awai-Kasaoka, Takanori Kameda, Miyuki Inoue-Mochita, Hidenobu Tanihara
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of rho kinase inhibitors on oxidative stress in trabecular meshwork (TM) cells. METHODS: TM cells were isolated from the eyes of cynomolgus monkeys. Y-27632 and menadione were used to inhibit rho kinase and induce production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), respectively. The cynomolgus monkey array and 12,613 probes were used in DNA microarray analysis, and the affected genes were categorized using gene ontology analysis. The mRNA levels of the target genes were confirmed by real-time RT-PCR...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798145/tnf-induces-neutrophil-adhesion-via-formin-dependent-cytoskeletal-reorganization-and-activation-of-%C3%AE-integrin-function
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Angélica Aparecida Antoniellis Silveira, Venina Marcela Dominical, Camila Bononi Almeida, Hanan Chweih, Wilson Alves Ferreira, Cristina Pontes Vicente, Fabio Trindade Maranhão Costa, Claudio C Werneck, Fernando Ferreira Costa, Nicola Conran
Although essential for inflammatory responses, leukocyte recruitment to blood vessel walls in response to inflammatory stimuli, such as TNF-α, can contribute to vascular occlusion in inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis. We aimed to further characterize the mechanisms by which TNF stimulates adhesive and morphologic alterations in neutrophils. Microfluidic and intravital assays confirmed the potent effect that TNF has on human and murine neutrophil adhesion and recruitment in vitro and in vivo, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796998/microrna-dependent-control-of-serotonin-induced-pulmonary-arterial-contraction
#4
Diana Dahan, Tran Thi Hien, Philip Tannenberg, Mari Ekman, Catarina Rippe, Thomas Boettger, Thomas Braun, Karin Tran-Lundmark, Phan-Kiet Tran, Karl Swärd, Sebastian Albinsson
BACKGROUND: Serotonin (5-HT) is considered to play a role in pulmonary arterial hypertension by regulating vascular remodeling and smooth muscle contractility. Here, arteries from mice with inducible and smooth muscle-specific deletion of Dicer were used to address mechanisms by which microRNAs control 5-HT-induced contraction. METHODS: Mice were used 5 weeks after Dicer deletion, and pulmonary artery contractility was analyzed by wire myography. RESULTS: No change was seen in right ventricular systolic pressure following dicer deletion, but systemic blood pressure was reduced...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794110/involvement-of-connexin43-phosphorylation-and-gap-junctional-communication-in-vasopressin-induced-rock-dependent-vasoconstriction-after-hemorrhagic-shock
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Guangming Yang, Xiaoyong Peng, Yue Wu, Tao Li, Liangming Liu
We examined the roles played by gap junctions (GJs) and the GJ channel protein connexin43 (Cx43) in arginine vasopressin (AVP)-induced vasoconstriction after hemorrhagic shock, and their relationship to Rho kinase (ROCK) and protein kinase C (PKC). The results showed AVP induced an endothelium-independent contraction in rat superior mesenteric arteries (SMAs). Blocking the GJs significantly decreased the contractile response of SMAs and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to AVP after shock and hypoxia. The selective Cx43-mimetic peptide inhibited the vascular contractile effect of AVP after shock and hypoxia...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794073/rock-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-ocular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ramin Nourinia, Shintaro Nakao, Souska Zandi, Sare Safi, Ali Hafezi-Moghadam, Hamid Ahmadieh
The Rho-kinase/ROCK (Rho-associated coiled-coil-containing protein kinase) pathway is involved in the pathogenesis of multiple ocular and systemic disorders. Recently, ROCK inhibitors have been suggested as novel treatments for various ocular diseases. Several in vitro, in vivo and clinical studies have demonstrated the safety and efficacy of ROCK inhibitors in the management of ocular disorders such as corneal epithelial and endothelial damage, glaucoma, retinal and choroidal neovascularisation, diabetic macular oedema and optic nerve disorders...
August 9, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794003/antenatal-early-postnatal-hypothyroidism-alters-arterial-tone-regulation-in-2-week-old-rats
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Svetlana I Sofronova, Dina K Gaynullina, Anastasia A Shvetsova, Anna A Borzykh, Ekaterina K Selivanova, Anna P Sharova, Andrey A Martyanov, Olga S Tarasova
The mechanisms of vascular alterations resulting from early thyroid hormones deficiency are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that antenatal/early postnatal hypothyroidism would alter the activity of endothelial NO-pathway and Rho-kinase pathway, which are specific for developing vasculature. Dams were treated with propylthiouracil (PTU, 7 ppm) in drinking water during gestation and 2 weeks after delivery, their progeny had normal body weight but markedly reduced blood levels of thyroid hormones (ELISA)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793244/rho-associated-kinases-and-non-muscle-myosin-iis-inhibit-the-differentiation-of-human-ipscs-to-pancreatic-endoderm
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Taro Toyoda, Azuma Kimura, Hiromi Tanaka, Tomonaga Ameku, Atsushi Mima, Yurie Hirose, Masahiro Nakamura, Akira Watanabe, Kenji Osafune
There has been increasing success with the generation of pancreatic cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs); however, the molecular mechanisms of the differentiation remain elusive. The purpose of this study was to reveal novel molecular mechanisms for differentiation to PDX1(+)NKX6.1(+) pancreatic endoderm cells, which are pancreatic committed progenitor cells. PDX1(+) posterior foregut cells differentiated from hiPSCs failed to differentiate into pancreatic endoderm cells at low cell density, but Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) or non-muscle myosin II (NM II) inhibitors rescued the differentiation potential...
August 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791309/research-progress-on-mechanism-of-podocyte-depletion-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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REVIEW
Haoran Dai, Qingquan Liu, Baoli Liu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) together with glomerular hyperfiltration has been implicated in the development of diabetic microangiopathy in the initial stage of diabetic diseases. Increased amounts of urinary protein in DN may be associated with functional and morphological alterations of podocyte, mainly including podocyte hypertrophy, epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT), podocyte detachment, and podocyte apoptosis. Accumulating studies have revealed that disruption in multiple renal signaling pathways had been critical in the progression of these pathological damages, such as adenosine monophosphate-activated kinase signaling pathways (AMPK), wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways, endoplasmic reticulum stress-related signaling pathways, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)/autophagy pathway, and Rho GTPases...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783171/the-pdgfr%C3%AE-laminin-b1-keratin-19-cascade-drives-tumor-progression-at-the-invasive-front-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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O Govaere, M Petz, J Wouters, Y-P Vandewynckel, E J Scott, B Topal, F Nevens, C Verslype, Q M Anstee, H Van Vlierberghe, W Mikulits, T Roskams
Human hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) expressing the biliary/hepatic progenitor cell marker keratin 19 (K19) have been linked with a poor prognosis and exhibit an increase in platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) and laminin beta 1 (LAMB1) expression. PDGFRα has been reported to induce de novo synthesis of LAMB1 protein in a Sjogren syndrome antigen B (La/SSB)-dependent manner in a murine metastasis model. However, the role of this cascade in human HCC remains unclear. This study focused on the functional role of the PDGFRα-La/SSB-LAMB1 pathway and its molecular link to K19 expression in human HCC...
August 7, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782712/effects-of-fasudil-on-pulmonary-hypertension-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Yiqing Zhang, Shangjie Wu
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a pathophysiologic disorder that may involve multiple clinical conditions and can complicate the majority of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. The presence of PH is associated with worse outcomes, but the efficacy of current therapy is still unsatisfactory. Because Rho-kinase (ROCK) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of PH, the ROCK inhibitor fasudil is expected to contribute to PH treatment. In animal models of PH, fasudil reduced pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and improved survival...
August 4, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775097/platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-pdgfr%C3%AE-and-ras-related-c3-botulinum-toxin-substrate-1-rac1-regulate-mechano-responsiveness-of-lung-fibroblasts
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Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-A, which only signals through PDGF-receptor-alpha (PDGFRα) is required for secondary alveolar septal formation. Although PDGFRα distinguishes mesenchymal progenitor cells during the saccular stage, PDGFRα-expressing alveolar cells persist through adulthood. PDGF-A sustains proliferation, limits apoptosis, and maintains alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) containing alveolar cells, which congregate at the alveolar entry ring at postnatal day (P)12. PDGFRα-expressing, αSMA-containing, alveolar cells re-distribute in the elongating septum, suggesting that they migrate to the alveolar entry rings where mechanical tension is higher...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768647/activation-of-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-subtype-8-attenuates-cold-induced-hypertension-through-ameliorating-vascular-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Shiqiang Xiong, Bin Wang, Shaoyang Lin, Hexuan Zhang, Yingsha Li, Xing Wei, Yuanting Cui, Xiao Wei, Zongshi Lu, Peng Gao, Li Li, Zhigang Zhao, Daoyan Liu, Zhiming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Environmental cold-induced hypertension is common, but how to treat cold-induced hypertension remains an obstacle. Transient receptor potential melastatin subtype 8 (TRPM8) is a mild cold-sensing nonselective cation channel that is activated by menthol. Little is known about the effect of TRPM8 activation by menthol on mitochondrial Ca(2+) homeostasis and the vascular function in cold-induced hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Primary vascular smooth muscle cells from wild-type or Trpm8(-/-) mice were cultured...
August 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765914/atorvastatin-increases-fads1-fads2-and-elovl5-gene-expression-via-the-geranylgeranyl-pyrophosphate-dependent-rho-kinase-pathway-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Noriko Ishihara, Sawako Suzuki, Shou Tanaka, Yasuhiro Watanabe, Daiji Nagayama, Atsuhito Saiki, Tomoaki Tanaka, Ichiro Tatsuno
Numerous clinical studies have reported that statins increase the plasma concentration of arachidonic acid, which is an ω-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA), and decrease the concentrations of eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, which are ω‑3 LCPUFAs. These findings indicate that statins may affect the endogenous synthesis of LCPUFAs, which is regulated by fatty acid desaturases (FADSs) and elongation of very long‑chain fatty acids proteins (ELOVLs). The present study aimed to investigate the roles of the intrinsic mevalonate cascade and Rho‑dependent pathway in statin‑induced regulation of these desaturases and elongases, as well as cell viability using mouse 3T3‑L1 cells...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752652/y-27632-simplifies-the-isolation-procedure-of-human-primary-epidermal-cells-by-selectively-blocking-focal-adhesion-of-dermal-cells
#15
Jie Wen, Tingjian Zu, Qian Zhou, Xue Leng, Xunwei Wu
Primary skin epidermal cells isolation and in vitro expansion culture has been widely used for laboratory research and clinical applications. The conventional methods involving sequential enzymatic digestion of adult tissues have given low cell recovery rate and reduced cell viability. We report here an advanced method for human primary epidermal progenitor cells isolation from skin tissues including the Rho kinase inhibitor Y-27632. Compared to traditional protocols, the current protocol is simple, easy and faster; moreover, it gives a greater yield of integrin-expressing epithelial stem cells...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751979/application-of-rho-kinase-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-corneal-endothelial-diseases
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REVIEW
Naoki Okumura, Shigeru Kinoshita, Noriko Koizumi
ROCK (Rho kinase) signaling regulates a wide spectrum of fundamental cellular events and is involved in a variety of pathological conditions. It has therefore attracted research interest as a potential therapeutic target for combating various diseases. We showed that inhibition of ROCK enhances cell proliferation, promotes cell adhesion onto a substrate, and suppresses apoptosis of corneal endothelial cells (CECs). In addition, we reported that a ROCK inhibitor enhances wound healing in the corneal endothelium in animal models and in pilot clinical research...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751650/rhoa-phosphorylation-mediated-by-rho-rhoa-associated-kinase-pathway-improves-the-anti-freezing-potentiality-of-murine-hatched-and-diapaused-blastocysts
#17
Meichao Gu, Hemin Ni, Xihui Sheng, Alfredo Pauciullo, Yunhai Liu, Yong Guo
Embryonic cryopreservation has a relatively low survival rate because of cytoskeletal damage. However, molecular anti-freezing mechanisms have been largely unexplored. This study investigated the significance of RhoA, involved in embryonic development, and the Rho/RhoA-associated kinase (ROCK) signalling pathway in cryopreservation. The anti-freezing mechanism in murine dormant embryos, compared with normal blastocysts, was assessed by combining molecular, physiological and pharmacological approaches. Real-time PCR and western blotting experiments showed high RhoA expression in cryo-dormant and dormant embryos...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751570/association-of-coronary-perivascular-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-drug-eluting-stent-induced-coronary-hyperconstricting-responses-in-pigs-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-imaging-study
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Kazuma Ohyama, Yasuharu Matsumoto, Hirokazu Amamizu, Hironori Uzuka, Kensuke Nishimiya, Susumu Morosawa, Michinori Hirano, Hiroshi Watabe, Yoshihito Funaki, Satoshi Miyata, Jun Takahashi, Kenta Ito, Hiroaki Shimokawa
OBJECTIVE: Although coronary perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) may play important roles as a source of inflammation, the association of coronary PVAT inflammation and coronary hyperconstricting responses remains to be examined. We addressed this important issue in a porcine model of coronary hyperconstricting responses after drug-eluting stent implantation with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) positron emission tomographic imaging. APPROACH AND RESULTS: An everolimus-eluting stent (EES) was randomly implanted in pigs into the left anterior descending or the left circumflex coronary artery while nonstented coronary artery was used as a control...
July 27, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750371/mitochondrial-fission-inhibitors-suppress-endothelin-1-induced-artery-constriction
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Chang Chen, Jin-Lai Gao, Ming-Yu Liu, Shan-Liang Li, Xiu-Chen Xuan, Xin-Zi Zhang, Xi-Yue Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Wei, Chang-Lin Zhen, Jing Jin, Xin Shen, De-Li Dong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endothelin-1 is implicated in the pathogenesis of hypertension, but the underlying mechanisms remained elusive. Our previous study found that inhibition of mitochondrial fission of smooth muscle cells suppressed phenylephrine- and high K+-induced artery constriction. Here, we studied the effects of mitochondrial fission inhibitors on endothelin-1-induced vasoconstriction. METHODS: The tension of rat mesenteric arteries and thoracic aorta was measured by using a multi-wire myograph system...
July 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743828/tm4sf5-promotes-metastatic-behavior-of-cells-in-3d-extracellular-matrix-gels-by-reducing-dependency-on-environmental-cues
#20
Dae-Geun Song, Gyu-Ho Lee, Seo Hee Nam, Jin-Gyu Cheong, Doyoung Jeong, Seo-Jin Lee, Cheol-Ho Pan, Jae Woo Jung, Hye-Jin Kim, Jihye Ryu, Ji Eon Kim, Somi Kim, Chang Yun Cho, Min-Kyung Kang, Kyung-Min Lee, Jung Weon Lee
Transmembrane 4 L six family member 5 (TM4SF5) is highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma tissues and enhances migration in two-dimensional environments. Here, we investigated how TM4SF5 is involved in diverse pro-metastatic phenotypes in in vivo-like three-dimensional (3D) extracellular matrix gels. TM4SF5-positive cells aggressively formed invasive foci in 3D Matrigel, depending on TM4SF5-mediated signaling activity, cytoskeletal organization, and matrix metallopeptidase (MMP) 2-mediated extracellular remodeling, whereas TM4SF5-null cells did not...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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