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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332268/methylmercury-intoxication-promotes-metallothionein-response-and-cell-damage-in-salivary-glands-of-rats
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Leidiane Alencar de Oliveira Lima, Leonardo Oliveira Bittencourt, Bruna Puty, Rafael Monteiro Fernandes, Priscila Cunha Nascimento, Marcia Cristina Freitas Silva, Sérgio Melo Alves-Junior, João de Jesus Viana Pinheiro, Rafael Rodrigues Lima
Environmental and occupational mercury exposure is considered a major public health issue. Despite being well known that MeHg exposure causes adverse effects in several physiologic functions, MeHg effects on salivary glands still not completely elucidated. Here, we investigated the cellular MeHg-induced damage in the three major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, and sublingual) of adult rats after chronic, systemic and low doses of MeHg exposure. Rats were exposed by 0.04 mg/kg/day over 60 days. After that, animals were euthanized and all three glands were collected...
January 14, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332133/fumarate-hydratase-fh-deficiency-in-uterine-leiomyomas-recognition-by-histological-features-versus-blind-immunoscreening
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Lisa Siegler, Ramona Erber, Stefanie Burghaus, Tobias Brodkorb, David Wachter, Nafisa Wilkinson, James Bolton, Helen Stringfellow, Florian Haller, Matthias W Beckmann, Arndt Hartmann, Abbas Agaimy
Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell carcinoma (HLRCC) syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disease caused by germline mutations in the fumarate hydratase (FH) gene. Affected individuals develop cutaneous and uterine leiomyomas and aggressive RCC. To date, only few publications described the frequency and morphology of FH-deficient uterine leiomyomas. We reviewed 22 cases collected over 8 years from routine and consultation files based on distinctive histological features. In addition, we screened 580 consecutive uterine leiomyomas from 484 patients, 23 extra-uterine and 8 uterine leiomyosarcomas, and 6 leiomyomas with bizarre nuclei for FH loss using immunohistochemistry (IHC) on tissue microarrays (TMAs)...
January 13, 2018: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331337/elastin-in-lung-development-and-disease-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Robert P Mecham
Elastin is expressed in most tissues that require elastic recoil. The protein first appeared coincident with the closed circulatory system, and was critical for the evolutionary success of the vertebrate lineage. Elastin is expressed by multiple cell types in the lung, including mesothelial cells in the pleura, smooth muscle cells in airways and blood vessels, endothelial cells, and interstitial fibroblasts. This highly crosslinked protein associates with fibrillin-containing microfibrils to form the elastic fiber, which is the physiological structure that functions in the extracellular matrix...
January 10, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331210/to-roll-the-eyes-and-snap-a-bite-function-development-and-evolution-of-craniofacial-muscles
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REVIEW
Frank R Schubert, Arun J Singh, Oluwatomisin Afoyalan, Chrissa Kioussi, Susanne Dietrich
Craniofacial muscles, muscles that move the eyes, control facial expression and allow food uptake and speech, have long been regarded as a variation on the general body muscle scheme. However, evidence has accumulated that the function of head muscles, their developmental anatomy and the underlying regulatory cascades are distinct. This article reviews the key aspects of craniofacial muscle and muscle stem cell formation and discusses how this differs from the trunk programme of myogenesis; we show novel RNAseq data to support this notion...
January 10, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330836/pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-mediated-by-yap
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Ping Chen, Qihui Luo, Chao Huang, Qi Gao, Like Li, Jingfei Chen, Bing Chen, Wentao Liu, Wen Zeng, Zhengli Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of the interaction between Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling pathways in the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: Serum samples of monkeys with biopsy-proven NAFLD and healthy normal monkeys were used to measure fasting plasma glucose (FPG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglyceride (TG) and albumin (ALB) with the BECKMAN CX5 PRO...
January 12, 2018: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330517/iron-induced-calcification-in-human-aortic-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-interleukin-24-il-24-with-without-tnf-alpha
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Sayuri Kawada, Yasuyuki Nagasawa, Mutsuki Kawabe, Hideki Ohyama, Aritoshi Kida, Nahoko Kato-Kogoe, Masayoshi Nanami, Yukiko Hasuike, Takahiro Kuragano, Hiromitsu Kishimoto, Keiji Nakasho, Takeshi Nakanishi
In CKD patients, arteriosclerotic lesions, including calcification, can occur in vascular smooth muscle cells in a process called Moenckeberg's medial arteriosclerosis. Iron overload induces several complications, including the acceleration of arteriosclerosis. However, the relationship between Moenckeberg's arteriosclerosis in vascular smooth muscle cells and iron accumulation has remained unknown. We tested the accelerated effect of iron on calcification in cultured human aortic vascular smooth muscle cells (HASMCs)...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330066/regulation-of-vascular-tone-homeostasis-by-no-and-h2s-implications-in-hypertension
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REVIEW
Sevda Gheibi, Sajad Jeddi, Khosrow Kashfi, Asghar Ghasemi
Nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) are two gasotransmitters that are produced in the vasculature and contribute to the regulation of vascular tone. NO and H2S are synthesized in both vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cells; NO functions primarily through the sGC/cGMP pathway, and H2S mainly through activation of the ATP-dependent potassium channels; both leading to relaxation of vascular smooth muscle cells. A deficit in the NO/H2S homeostasis is involved in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension...
January 9, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329129/primary-cutaneous-spindle-cell-squamous-carcinoma-expressing-smooth-muscle-actin-diagnostic-pitfalls
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Abdullahi Ahmad, Hye Jin Chung, Jag Bhawan
Alpha smooth muscle actin (SMA) belongs to the actin proteins. It is a known immunohistochemical marker for tumors of mesenchymal origin. There have been reports of expression of SMA in certain epithelial malignancies in the head and neck and genital regions. In this study, the authors report a primary cutaneous spindle cell squamous carcinoma expressing SMA. Both high- and low-molecular-weight keratins and p63 were positive, and S100 protein, SOX10, MART-1/Melan-A, and muscle-specific actin stains were negative...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328431/bioinformatic-analysis-of-gene-expression-profiling-of-intracranial-aneurysm
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Lijuan Bo, Bo Wei, Zhanfeng Wang, Chaohui Li, Zheng Gao, Zhuang Miao
Intracranial aneurysm (IA) is a severe clinical condition of primary concern and currently, there is no effective therapeutic reagent. The present study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of IA via bioinformatic analysis. Various gene expression profiles (GSE26969) were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including 3 IA and 3 normal superficial temporal artery samples. Firstly, the limma package in R language was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs; P‑value <0...
December 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327938/glaucocalyxin-a-attenuates-the-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-through-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-pathway
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Zhichao Dong, Qi Gao, Hao Guo
Glaucocalyxin A (GLA) is a biologically active ent-kauranoid diterpenoid isolated from Rabdosia japonica var. glaucocalyx. A large number of studies have shown that GLA possesses important pharmacological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antifibrosis, and antiplatelet activities. However, the role of GLA in the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis remains undefined. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of GLA on hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) activation/proliferation and migration in vitro and its possible mechanism in liver fibrosis...
January 12, 2018: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327677/autologous-smooth-muscle-progenitor-cells-enhance-regeneration-of-tissue-engineered-bladder
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Liuhua Zhou, Jiadong Xia, Pengji Wang, Ruipeng Jia, Jun Hua Zheng, Xudong Yao, Yun Chen, Yutian Dai, Bin Yang
Tissue engineering techniques provide a great potential to de novo construct a histological bladder. Smooth muscle regeneration is extremely important for the functional recovery of engineered neo-bladder. However, many challenges remain for the use of bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) as the cell sources. Recent evidences showed that smooth muscle progenitor cells (SPCs) in the peripheral blood have the capacity of differentiating into SMCs, while their use for bladder regeneration hasn't yet been reported...
January 12, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327490/fetal-subcutaneous-cells-have-potential-for-autologous-tissue-engineering
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Åsa Ekblad, Magnus Westgren, Magdalena Fossum, Cecilia Götherström
BACKGROUND: Major congenital malformations affect up to 3% of newborns. Infants with prenatally diagnosed soft tissue defects should benefit from having autologous tissue readily available for surgical implantation in the perinatal period. In this study, we investigate fetal subcutaneous cells (fSC) as cellular source for tissue engineering. METHODS: Fetal subcutaneous biopsies were collected from elective terminations at gestational week 20-21. Cells were isolated, expanded and characterized in vitro...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327345/serum-lipoprotein-a-predicts-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-patients-with-severe-carotid-stenosis
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Fabio Rigamonti, Federico Carbone, Fabrizio Montecucco, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Fabienne Burger, Aline Roth, Maria Bertolotto, Giovanni Spinella, Bianca Pane, Domenico Palombo, Aldo Pende, Franco Dallegri, François Mach, Stefano Bertolini, Livia Pisciotta
Different cut-off values of serum lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] were recently identified in order to better stratify cardiovascular risk categories. Both pathophysiological and prognostic values of Lp(a) remain unclear. Here, the prognostic value of Lp(a) and its correlation with intraplaque features were assessed in patients with severe carotid artery stenosis undergoing endarterectomy (n=180). The cut-off value of 10 mg/dL for serum Lp(a) was selected to predict 24-month follow-up acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In addition, the association between serum Lp(a) and intraplaque lipids, collagen, inflammatory and vascular cells was assessed...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326878/ten-year-long-enzyme-replacement-therapy-shows-a-poor-effect-in-alleviating-giant-leg-ulcers-in-a-male-with-fabry-disease
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Jun Okada, Mohammad Arif Hossain, Chen Wu, Takashi Miyajima, Hiroko Yanagisawa, Keiko Akiyama, Yoshikatsu Eto
Fabry disease is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of α-galactosidase A (α-gal A), leading to the progressive accumulation of glycosphingolipids. Classical hemizygous males usually present symptoms, including pain and paresthesia in the extremities, angiokeratoma, hypo- or anhidrosis, abdominal pain, cornea verticillata, early stroke, tinnitus, and/or hearing loss, during early childhood or adolescence. Moreover, proteinuria, renal impairment, and cardiac hypertrophy can appear with age...
March 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326316/fibronectin-containing-extra-domain-a-induces-plaque-destabilization-in-the-innominate-artery-of-aged-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Prakash Doddapattar, Manish Jain, Nirav Dhanesha, Steven R Lentz, Anil K Chauhan
OBJECTIVE: Fibronectin containing extra domain A (Fn-EDA) is an endogenous ligand of TLR4 (toll-like receptor 4) and is abundant in the extracellular matrix of advanced atherosclerotic lesions in human and mice. Irrespective of sex, deletion of Fn-EDA reduces early atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E-deficient (Apoe-/-) mice. However, the contribution of Fn-EDA in advanced atherosclerosis remains poorly characterized. We determined the contribution of Fn-EDA in advanced atherosclerotic lesions of aged (1-year-old) Apoe-/- mice...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326312/foxo3a-forkhead-transcription-factor-o-subfamily-member-3a-links-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-apoptosis-matrix-breakdown-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-remodeling-through-a-novel-pathway-involving-mmp13-matrix-metalloproteinase-13
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Haixiang Yu, Adam Fellows, Kirsty Foote, Zhaoqing Yang, Nichola Figg, Trevor Littlewood, Martin Bennett
OBJECTIVE: Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) apoptosis accelerates atherosclerosis and promotes breakdown of the extracellular matrix, but the mechanistic links between these 2 processes are unknown. The forkhead protein FOXO3a (forkhead transcription factor O subfamily member 3a) is activated in human atherosclerosis and induces a range of proapoptotic and other transcriptional targets. We, therefore, determined the mechanisms and consequences of FOXO3a activation in atherosclerosis and arterial remodeling after injury...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326163/lim-and-cysteine-rich-domains-1-is-required-for-thrombin-induced-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-promotes-atherogenesis
#17
Jagadeesh Janjanam, Baolin Zhang, Arul M Mani, Nikhlesh K Singh, James G Traylor, A Wayne Orr, Gadiparthi N Rao
Restenosis arises after vascular injury and is characterized by arterial wall thickening and decreased arterial lumen space. Vascular injury induces the production of thrombin, which in addition to its role in blood clotting, acts as a mitogenic and chemotactic factor. In exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying restenosis, here we identified LIM and cysteine-rich domains 1 (LMCD1) as a gene highly responsive to thrombin in human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMCs). Of note, LMCD1 depletion inhibited proliferation of human but not murine vascular smooth muscle cells...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325741/functional-engineered-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-fibronectin-gold-composite-coated-catheters-for-vascular-tissue-regeneration
#18
Yun-Wen Chen, Shu-Chen Hsieh, Yi-Chin Yang, Shan-Hui Hsu, Mei-Lang Kung, Pei-Ying Lin, Hsien-Hsu Hsieh, Ching-Hao Lin, Cheng-Ming Tang, Huey-Shan Hung
Vascularization of engineered tissues remains one of the key problems. Here, we described a novel approach to promote vascularization of engineered tissues using fibronectin (FN) incorporated gold nanoparticles (AuNP) coated onto catheters with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for tissue engineering. We found that the FN-AuNP composite with 43.5 ppm of AuNP exhibited better biomechanical properties and thermal stability than pure FN. FN-AuNP composites promoted MSC proliferation and increased the biocompatibility...
January 8, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324470/fibroma-like-pecoma-a-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-related-lesion
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Ana B Larque, Richard L Kradin, Ivan Chebib, G Petur Nielsen, Martin K Selig, Elizabeth A Thiele, Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, Miriam A Bredella, Pawel Kurzawa, Vikram Deshpande
Perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa), mesenchymal tumors morphologically characterized by epithelioid cells, coexpress melanocytic and muscle markers. Herein, we describe a heretofore-undescribed tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-related neoplasm, morphologically resembling a soft tissue fibroma-like lesion, but showing an immunophenotype resembling PEComa. We identified 3 soft tissue fibroma-like lesions in individuals with TSC. We also evaluated 6 TSC-related periungual fibroma as well as a range of non-TSC fibroma-like lesions (n=19)...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324316/microrna-145-alleviates-high-glucose-induced-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-targeting-rock1
#20
Mantian Chen, Yi Zhang, Wei Li, Jieying Yang
The excessive proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are important steps in atherosclerosis. The present study aimed to investigate whether the high glucose-induced changes of VSCMs are mediated by miR-145 and the potential molecular mechanism involved. We found that loss of miR-145 accompanied with increased proliferation and migration was observed in cultured human VSMCs exposed to high glucose. Exogenous overexpression of miR-145 effectively suppressed the high glucose-induced excessive proliferation and migration of VSMCs...
January 8, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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