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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921022/the-protective-effect-of-hydro-alcoholic-extract-of-mangrove-avicennia-marina-l-leaves-on-kidney-injury-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-male-rats
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Naser Mirazi, Seyedeh-Nahid Movassagh, Mahmoud Rafieian-Kopaei
BACKGROUND: Materials can cause liver and kidney damage which carbon tetrachloride is one of these substances. Medicinal plants and their essential oils and extracts have been used to a large extent as drugs to better control and management of kidney diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hydro-alcoholic extract of Avicennia marina leaves in the treatment of renal toxicity induced by carbon tetrachloride. METHODS: Forty-two male rats were randomly divided into 6 groups (n = 7): control (taking normal saline, 0...
October 2016: Journal of Nephropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918557/automated-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis-in-thioacetamide-carbon-tetrachloride-and-bile-duct-ligation-rodent-models-using-second-harmonic-generation-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-microscopy
#2
Feng Liu, Long Chen, Hui-Ying Rao, Xiao Teng, Ya-Yun Ren, Yan-Qiang Lu, Wei Zhang, Nan Wu, Fang-Fang Liu, Lai Wei
Animal models provide a useful platform for developing and testing new drugs to treat liver fibrosis. Accordingly, we developed a novel automated system to evaluate liver fibrosis in rodent models. This system uses second-harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy to assess a total of four mouse and rat models, using chemical treatment with either thioacetamide (TAA) or carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), and a surgical method, bile duct ligation (BDL). The results obtained by the new technique were compared with that using Ishak fibrosis scores and two currently used quantitative methods for determining liver fibrosis: the collagen proportionate area (CPA) and measurement of hydroxyproline (HYP) content...
December 5, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917279/minocycline-attenuates-cirrhotic-cardiomyopathy-and-portal-hypertension-in-a-rat-model-possible-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-pathway
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Seyyedeh Elaheh Mousavi, Seyed Mahdi Rezayat, Maliheh Nobakht, Seyed Soheil Saeedi Saravi, Iraj Yazdani, Amir Rashidian, Ahmad Reza Dehpour
OBJECTIVES: An increase in nitric oxide (NO) production has been reported in cirrhotic cardiomyopathy and, portal hypertension. Since minocycline has been shown to inhibit NO overproduction, we aimed to examine its role in a rat model of CCl4-induced cirrhotic cardiovascular complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Portal pressure and inotropic responsiveness of isolated papillary muscles to isoproterenol were measured in cirrhotic rats, following minocycline (50 mg/kg/day for 8 weeks) treatment...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916537/the-chronic-hepatotoxicity-assessment-of-the-herbal-formula-zishen-yutai-pill
#4
Xiaoyan Xing, Xuehong Deng, Jinjin Shi, Meishuang Zhang, Guibo Sun, Shimin Tang, Qiuling Huang, Xiaobo Sun
Zishen Yutai pill (ZYP) is an oriental herbal formula, while hepatotoxicity assessment of ZYP was rarely evaluated. Therefore, our aim is to re-evaluate its hepatotoxicity in both normal and carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced chronic liver injury rats. In the normal model, two doses of ZYP (1.575 and 9.450 g kg(-1) d(-1); i.e. 1 × , 6 × clinical doses) were given orally to rats for 24 weeks. In the chronic liver injury model, 10% CCl4 was administered to rats abdominally twice a week at a dose of 5 mL kg(-1) for 12 consecutive weeks...
December 1, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916511/liqustri-lucidi-fructus-inhibits-hepatic-injury-and-functions-as-an-antioxidant-by-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#5
Hye Lim Seo, Su Youn Baek, Eun Hye Lee, Ju-Hee Lee, Seul-Gi Lee, Kwang-Youn Kim, Mi Hee Jang, Min-Hui Park, Joung-Hee Kim, Keun-Jun Kim, Hyeong Sik Lee, Soon-Cheol Ahn, Jong Rok Lee, Sook Jahr Park, Sang Chan Kim, Young Woo Kim
Medicinal herbs are used to treat or prevent various diseases, and function to regulate protective mechanisms as nutraceuticals. Fructus Ligustri lucidi is the fruit of Ligustrum lucidum and has been used for its tonic effects on the liver. This study was designed to examine the effects of Fructus Ligustri lucidi water extract (FLL) against severe oxidative stress and mitochondrial impairment in vivo and in vitro and to elucidate its cellular mechanisms of action. Treatment of HepG2 cells with arachidonic acid (AA) + iron successfully induced oxidative stress and apoptosis, as indicated by depletion of glutathione, formation of ROS, increases in mitochondrial membrane permeability (MMP), and altered expression of apoptosis-related proteins, such as procaspase-3 and Bcl-xL...
December 1, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912149/didymin-ameliorates-hepatic-injury-through-inhibition-of-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-by-up-regulating-rkip-expression
#6
Quanfang Huang, Facheng Bai, Jinlan Nie, Shengjuan Lu, Chunyuang Lu, Xunshuai Zhu, Lang Zhuo, Xing Lin
A flavone was isolated from Origanum vulgare and identified as didymin (O. vulgare didymin, OVD). The protective effect and mechanism of OVD on acute liver injury was then assessed in vivo and in vitro. Our results showed that OVD significantly alleviated CCl4-induced liver injury in mice and markedly decreased serum ALT and AST activities. OVD treatment significantly reduced CYP2E1 activity, lipid peroxidation level, ROS generation, NO production and pro-inflammatory cytokines (such as TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-1β) in liver tissues and RAW 264...
November 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908221/dasatinib-prevent-hepatic-fibrosis-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-ccl4-via-anti-inflammatory-and-antioxidant-mechanism
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Adel Mohammadalipour, Jamshid Karimi, Iraj Khodadadi, Ghasem Solgi, Mohammad Hashemnia, Nasrin Sheikh, Majid Bahabadi
OBJECTIVES: Dasatinib, a potent and broad-spectrum tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of imatinib-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-fibrotic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of this agent against CCl4-induced hepatic fibrosis and oxidative status. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Experimental fibrosis was induced in Wistar male rats by 12 weeks of CCl4 administration (i.p.). During the last 8 weeks of injection, rats were gavaged daily with Dasatinib (10 mg/kg)...
December 1, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906829/evidence-for-cd16a-mediated-nk-cell-stimulation-in-antibody-mediated-kidney-transplant-rejection
#8
Michael D Parkes, Philip F Halloran, Luis G Hidalgo
BACKGROUND: Natural killer (NK) cells localize in the microcirculation in antibody-mediated rejection (ABMR) and have been postulated to be activated by donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies triggering their CD16a Fc receptors. However, direct evidence for NK cell CD16a triggering in ABMR is lacking. We hypothesized that CD16a-inducible NK cell-selective transcripts would be expressed in human ABMR biopsies and would offer evidence for CD16a triggering. METHODS: We stimulated human NK cells through CD16a in vitro, characterized CD16a-inducible transcripts, and studied their expression in human kidney transplant biopsies with ABMR and in an extended human cell panel to determine their selectivity...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899813/the-pro-fibrotic-role-of-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-in-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-experimental-liver-injury
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Xin M Wang, Lauren E Holz, Sumaiya Chowdhury, Shaun P Cordoba, Kathryn A Evans, Margaret G Gall, Ana Júlia Vieira de Ribeiro, Yuan Zhou Zheng, Miriam T Levy, Denise M T Yu, Tsun-Wen Yao, Natasa Polak, Christopher J Jolly, Patrick Bertolino, Geoffrey W McCaughan, Mark D Gorrell
Liver fibrosis is a progressive pathological process involving inflammation and extracellular matrix deposition. Dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4), also known as CD26, is a cell surface glycoprotein and serine protease. DPP4 binds to fibronectin, can inactivate specific chemokines, incretin hormone and neuropeptides, and influences cell adhesion and migration. Such properties suggest a pro-fibrotic role for this peptidase but this hypothesis needs in vivo examination. Experimental liver injury was induced with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) in DPP4 gene knockout (gko) mice...
November 30, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899232/expression-of-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-hepatocytes-from-rat-fibrotic-liver
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Lin Luo, Tingting Xu, Pengbo Wang, Liuliu Mao, Chenghao Xi, Jinhua Huang, Wei Zhang
The pathological changes of parasympathetic nerve are considered as an independent prognostic factor of the survival rate of patients with chronic liver disease. The non-selective muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAchR) agonists and antagonists can affect the proliferation of hepatocytes and hepatic stellate cells, but the subtypes of mAchR expressions in HCs are still uncertain. Here, we investigate the expression of mAchR in hepatic fibrosis on rats. 3ml/kg 40% carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) was given to induce hepatic fibrosis on rats and the hepatocytes were isolated...
November 26, 2016: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896916/dihydroartemisinin-counteracts-fibrotic-portal-hypertension-via-farnesoid-x-receptor-dependent-inhibition-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-contraction
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Wenxuan Xu, Chunfeng Lu, Feng Zhang, Jiangjuan Shao, Shunyu Yao, Shizhong Zheng
Portal hypertension is a frequent pathological symptom occurring especially in hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. Current paradigms indicate that inhibition of hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and contraction is anticipated to be an attractive therapeutic strategy, because activated HSC dominantly facilitates an increase in intrahepatic vein pressure through secreting extracellular matrix and contracting. Our previous in vitro study indicated that dihydroartemisinin (DHA) inhibited contractility of cultured HSC by activating intracellular farnesoid X receptor (FXR)...
November 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891208/endogenous-n-3-fatty-acids-alleviate-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-fat-1-transgenic-mice
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Ruibing Feng, Meng Wang, Chunyan Yan, Peng Li, Meiwan Chen, Chengwei He, Jian-Bo Wan
n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are beneficial for numerous models of liver diseases. The probable protective effects of n-3 PUFA against carbon-tetrachloride- (CCl4-) induced acute liver injury were evaluated in a fat-1 transgenic mouse that synthesizes endogenous n-3 from n-6 PUFA. Fat-1 mice and their WT littermates were fed a modified AIN93 diet containing 10% corn oil and were injected intraperitoneally with a single dose of CCl4 or vehicle. CCl4 challenge caused severe liver injury in WT mice, as indicated by serum parameters and histopathological changes, which were remarkably ameliorated in fat-1 mice...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889626/absence-of-kynurenine-3-monooxygenase-reduces-mortality-of-acute-viral-myocarditis-in-mice
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Hisako Kubo, Masato Hoshi, Akihiro Mouri, Chieko Tashita, Yasuko Yamamoto, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Kuniaki Saito
Infection of the encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV) in mice is an established model for viral myocarditis. Previously, we have demonstrated that indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), an L-tryptophan - kynurenine pathway (KP) enzyme, affects acute viral myocarditis. However, the roles of KP metabolites in EMCV infection remain unclear. Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (KMO) is one of the key regulatory enzymes, which metabolizes kynurenine to 3-hydroxykynurenine in the KP. Therefore, we examined the role of KMO in acute viral infection by comparing between KMO(-/-) mice and KMO(+/+) mice...
November 23, 2016: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888590/erythrocytes-membrane-alterations-reflecting-liver-damage-in-ccl%C3%A2-induced-cirrhotic-rats-the-ameliorative-effect-of-naltrexone
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Fatemeh Sarhadi Kholari, Ahmad Reza Dehpour, Mitra Nourbakhsh, Amir Hossein Doustimotlagh, Molood Bagherieh, Abolfazl Golestani
Cirrhosis is the consequence of chronic liver disease. Deleterious effects of oxidative stress on hepatocytes may be reflected in the erythrocyte membrane. Naltrexone (NTX) has been shown to attenuate hepatocellular injury in fibrotic animal models. The aim of this study was to investigate the progressive effect of CCl4 on the liver and whether the improvement of liver cirrhosis can be monitored through alterations in the erythrocyte membrane. In this study, 84 male Wistar rats were divided into 4 groups and received reagents (i...
October 2016: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883059/hepatic-satb1-induces-paracrine-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-and-is-upregulated-by-hbx
#15
Jin Gong, Wei Tu, Jian Han, Jiayi He, Jingmei Liu, Ping Han, Yunwu Wang, Mengke Li, Mei Liu, Jiazhi Liao, Dean Tian
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases, but its involvement in hepatic fibrogenesis remains unclear. Special AT-rich binding protein 1 (SATB1) has been implicated in reprogramming chromatin organization and transcription profiles in many cancers and non-cancer-related conditions. We found that hepatic SATB1 expression was significantly up-regulated in fibrotic tissues from chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected patients and HBV transgenic (HBV-Tg) mouse model...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879269/basophils-promote-tumor-rejection-via-chemotaxis-and-infiltration-of-cd8-t-cells
#16
Ibrahim M Sektioglu, Rafael Carretero, Nadja Bulbuc, Tobias Bald, Thomas Tüting, Alexander Y Rudensky, Günter J Hämmerling
Elevated numbers of regulatory T-cells (Tregs) in patient tumors are known to inhibit efficient anti-tumor T-cell responses. To study the mechanisms controlling tumor rejection, we assessed different mouse models for Treg depletion. In Foxp3DTR knock-in mice, about 99% Treg depletion was achieved, resulting in complete rejection of transplanted HCmel12 melanomas in a CD8+ T cell-dependent way. In contrast, about 90% Treg depletion obtained in BAC transgenic Foxp3.LuciDTR4 mice failed to induce complete rejection of HCmel12 melanomas, demonstrating that residual Tregs were able to control CD8+ T cell responses against the tumor...
November 22, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876854/mir-706-inhibits-the-oxidative-stress-induced-activation-of-pkc%C3%AE-taok1-in-liver-fibrogenesis
#17
Ruili Yin, Duo Guo, Shuxian Zhang, Xiuying Zhang
Oxidative stress induces the activation of liver fibrogenic cells (myofibroblasts), thus promoting the expression of fibrosis-related genes, leading to hepatic fibrogenesis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a new class of small RNAs ~18-25 nucleotides in length involved in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Wound-healing and remodeling processes in liver fibrosis have been associated with changes in hepatic miRNA expression. However, the role of miR-706 in liver fibrogenesis is currently unknown. In the present study, we show that miR-706 is abundantly expressed in hepatocytes...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874233/induction-of-hepatocyte-like-cells-from-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-defined-micrornas
#18
Xia Zhou, Lina Cui, Xinmin Zhou, Qiong Yang, Lu Wang, Guanya Guo, Yu Hou, Weile Cai, Zheyi Han, Yongquan Shi, Ying Han
Generating functional hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is of great urgency for bio-artificial liver support system (BALSS). Previously, we obtained HLCs from human umbilical cord-derived MSCs by overexpressing seven microRNAs (HLC-7) and characterized their liver functions in vitro and in vivo. Here, we aimed to screen out the optimal miRNA candidates for hepatic differentiation. We sequentially removed individual miRNAs from the pool and examined the effect of transfection with remainder using RT-PCR, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) staining and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) uptake assays and by assessing their function in liver injury models...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871061/a-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inducing-kinase-nik-protects-liver-from-toxin-induced-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-injury
#19
Xiaomeng Ren, Xinzhi Li, Linna Jia, Deheng Chen, Hai Hou, Liangyou Rui, Yujun Zhao, Zheng Chen
Potent and selective chemical probes are valuable tools for discovery of novel treatments for human diseases. NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) is a key trigger in the development of liver injury and fibrosis. Whether inhibition of NIK activity by chemical probes ameliorates liver inflammation and injury is largely unknown. In this study, a small-molecule inhibitor (B022) of NIK was found to be a potent and selective chemical probe for liver inflammation and injury. B022 inhibited the NIK signaling pathway, including NIK-induced p100-to-p52 processing and inflammatory gene expression, both in vitro and in vivo Furthermore, in vivo administration of B022 protected against not only NIK but also CCl4-induced liver inflammation and injury...
November 8, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871059/selective-p38%C3%AE-map-kinase-mapk14-inhibition-in-enzymatically-modified-ldl-stimulated-human-monocytes-implications-for-atherosclerosis
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Fei Cheng, Laura Twardowski, Sarah Fehr, Christoph Aner, Elke Schaeffeler, Thomas Joos, Thomas Knorpp, Bernhard Dorweiler, Stefan Laufer, Matthias Schwab, Michael Torzewski
The first ATP-competitive p38α MAPK/MAPK14 inhibitor with excellent in vivo efficacy and selectivity, skepinone-L, is now available. We investigated the impact of selective p38α MAPK/MAPK14 inhibition on enzymatically modified LDL (eLDL) stimulated human monocytes with its implications for atherosclerosis. Among the different p38 MAPK isoforms, p38α/MAPK14 was the predominantly expressed and activated isoform in isolated human peripheral blood monocytes. Moreover, eLDL colocalized with macrophages positive for p38α MAPK/MAPK14 in human carotid endarterectomy specimens...
November 8, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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