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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655168/bmp4-uses-several-different-effector-pathways-to-regulate-proliferation-and-differentiation-in-the-epithelial-and-mesenchymal-tissue-compartments-of-the-developing-mouse-ureter
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Tamrat M Mamo, Anna B Wittern, Marc-Jens Kleppa, Tobias Bohnenpoll, Anna-Carina Weiss, Andreas Kispert
Heterozygous loss of Bmp4 results both in humans and mice in severe malformation of the urinary tract. These defects have at least partially been attributed to loss of expression of Bmp4 in the ureteric mesenchyme, yet the cellular and molecular function of this signal as well as its effector pathways in this tissue have remained incompletely resolved. Here, we show that mice with a conditional deletion of Bmp4 in the ureteric mesenchyme exhibited hydroureter and hydronephrosis at newborn stages due to functional and physical ureter obstruction...
June 26, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654057/murine-aortic-crush-injury-an-efficient-in-vivo-model-of-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-endothelial-function
#2
Dan Yu, George Makkar, Rajabrata Sarkar, Dudley K Strickland, Thomas S Monahan
Arterial reconstruction, whether angioplasty or bypass surgery, involves iatrogenic trauma causing endothelial disruption and vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation. Common murine models study small vessels such as the carotid and femoral arteries. Herein we describe an in vivo system in which both VSMC proliferation and endothelial barrier function can be simultaneously assessed in a large vessel. We studied the infrarenal aortic response to injury in C57BL/6 mice. The aorta was injured from the left renal vein to the aortic bifurcation by 30 transmural crushes of 5-seconds duration with a cotton-tipped applicator...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653894/molecular-and-clinical-attributes-of-uterine-leiomyomas
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Dana Dvorská, Dušan Braný, Zuzana Danková, Erika Halašová, Jozef Višňovský
Uterine leiomyomas, also called uterine fibroids or myomas, represent one of the most common benign tumour types in women of a fertile age. Leiomyomas arise due to transformation of the layer of smooth muscle cells of corpus uteri - the myometrium. Despite frequent occurrence of this disease, the molecular mechanisms behind the origin and development of leiomyomas are still relatively unknown. Most predisposed are obese women and women of African origin. In more than half of cases, leiomyomas remain asymptomatic...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653858/transplantation-of-a-human-tissue-engineered-bowel-in-an-athymic-rat-model
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Elie Zakhem, Riccardo Tamburrini, Giuseppe Orlando, Kenneth L Koch, Khalil N Bitar
Intestinal failure is a serious clinical condition characterized by loss of motility, absorptive function, and malnutrition. Current treatments do not provide the optimal solution for patients due to the numerous resulting complications. A bioengineered bowel that contains the necessary cellular components provides a viable option for patients. In this study, human tissue-engineered bowel (hTEB) was developed using a technique, whereby human-sourced smooth muscle cells were aligned and neoinnervated using human-sourced neural progenitor cells, resulting in the formation of intrinsically innervated smooth muscle sheets...
June 27, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653201/chondrolipoma-of-the-breast-as-a-rare-variant-of-myofibroblastoma-an-immunohistochemical-study-of-two-cases
#5
Masayuki Shintaku, Yoshihiro Yamamoto, Fumihiko Kono, Toshiyuki Kitai, Wakako Tsuji, Fumiaki Yotsumoto, Ryoji Kushima
Chondrolipoma of the breast is a very rare tumor whose histogenesis remains obscure. We report two cases (56-year-old and 43-year-old women) and present the results of an immunohistochemical study which strongly suggests that this tumor is a variant of myofibroblastoma. The tumors predominantly consisted of lipoma-like, mature adipose tissue, and many islands of hyaline cartilage. A proliferation of spindle cells associated with the deposition of collagen fibers was also seen. On immunohistochemical examination, spindle cells showed cytoplasmic reactivity for vimentin, desmin, bcl-2, and α-smooth muscle actin, as well as nuclear reactivity for estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PgR)...
June 26, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652653/serelaxin-increases-the-antifibrotic-action-of-rosiglitazone-in-a-model-of-hepatic-fibrosis
#6
Robert G Bennett, Ronda L Simpson, Frederick G Hamel
AIM: To determine the effect of combined serelaxin and rosiglitazone treatment on established hepatic fibrosis. METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in mice by carbon tetrachloride administration for 6 wk, or vehicle alone (nonfibrotic mice). For the final 2 wk, mice were treated with rosiglitazone, serelaxin, or both rosiglitazone and serelaxin. Serum liver enzymes and relaxin levels were determined by standard methods. The degree of liver collagen content was determined by histology and immunohistochemistry...
June 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652563/vascular-graft-impregnation-with-antibiotics-the-influence-of-high-concentrations-of-rifampin-vancomycin-daptomycin-and-bacteriophage-endolysin-hy-133-on-viability-of-vascular-cells
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Monika Herten, Evgeny A Idelevich, Sonja Sielker, Karsten Becker, Anna S Scherzinger, Nani Osada, Giovanni B Torsello, Theodosios Bisdas
BACKGROUND Rifampin-soaked synthetic prosthetic grafts have been widely used for prevention or treatment of vascular graft infections (VGIs). This in vitro study investigated the effect of the antibiotics daptomycin and vancomycin and the new recombinant bacteriophage endolysin HY-133 on vascular cells, as potential alternatives compared to rifampin. MATERIAL AND METHODS Primary human ECs, vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMC), and fibroblasts were cultivated in 96-well plates and incubated with rifampin, daptomycin, vancomycin, and endolysin HY-133 for 24 h...
June 27, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652537/current-knowledge-of-ghrelin-in-amphibians
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Hiroyuki Kaiya, Kenji Kangawa, Mikiya Miyazato
We are exploring physiological importance of the ghrelin system in vertebrates. This review summarizes current knowledge of the ghrelin system in amphibians. Our study on ghrelin precursor in various amphibians revealed that the third amino acid with acyl modification has changed to threonine (Thr-3) instead of serine (Ser-3) only in the genus, Rana. Functional analyses of the ghrelin receptor in three species of amphibians, Japanese fire belly newt, American bullfrog and Japanese tree frog revealed that ghrelin and GHS-R1a agonists increase intracellular Ca(2+) concentration in HEK293 cells expressing each receptor, and that ligand selectivity of ghrelin with Ser-3 and Thr-3 that expected to see in the bullfrog receptor was not found in the two frog receptors, but in the newt receptor...
2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652518/the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-myometrial-contractility-changes-during-ex-situ-culture-of-pregnant-human-uterine-smooth-muscle-tissue
#9
Marina Ilicic, Trent Butler, Tamas Zakar, Jonathan W Paul
BACKGROUND: Ex situ analyses of human myometrial tissue has been used to investigate the regulation of uterine quiescence and transition to a contractile phenotype. Following concerns about the validity of cultured primary cells, we examined whether myometrial tissue undergoes culture-induced changes ex situ that may affect the validity of in vitro models. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether human myometrial tissue undergoes culture-induced changes ex situ in Estrogen receptor 1 (ESR1), Prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2) and Oxytocin receptor (OXTR) expression...
2017: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652363/vascular-disease-causing-mutation-smooth-muscle-%C3%AE-actin-r258c-dominantly-suppresses-functions-of-%C3%AE-actin-in-human-patient-fibroblasts
#10
Zhenan Liu, Audrey N Chang, Frederick Grinnell, Kathleen M Trybus, Dianna M Milewicz, James T Stull, Kristine E Kamm
The most common genetic alterations for familial thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections (TAAD) are missense mutations in vascular smooth muscle (SM) α-actin encoded by ACTA2 We focus here on ACTA2-R258C, a recurrent mutation associated with early onset of TAAD and occlusive moyamoya-like cerebrovascular disease. Recent biochemical results with SM α-actin-R258C predicted that this variant will compromise multiple actin-dependent functions in intact cells and tissues, but a model system to measure R258C-induced effects was lacking...
June 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652077/vitamin-c-deficiency-exacerbates-diabetic-glomerular-injury-through-activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
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Xing Ji, Xinhua Hu, Chaochun Zou, Hongfeng Ruan, Xueying Fan, Chao Tang, Wei Shi, Liu Mei, Haibin Zhu, Musaddique Hussain, Linghui Zeng, Xiaodong Zhang, Ximei Wu
BACKGROUND: The hyperglycemia and hyperoxidation that characterize diabetes lead to reduced vitamin C (VC) in diabetic humans and experimentally diabetic animals. Herein, we access the effects of VC deficiency on the diabetic kidney injury and explore the underlying mechanism. METHODS: l-gulonolactone oxidase conventional knockout (Gulo(-/-)) mice genetically unable to synthesize VC were subjected to streptozotocin-induced diabetic kidney injury and the role of VC deficiency was evaluated by biochemical and histological approaches...
June 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651946/layered-smooth-muscle-cell-endothelial-progenitor-cell-sheets-derived-from-the-bone-marrow-augment-postinfarction-ventricular-function
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Yasuhiro Shudo, Andrew B Goldstone, Jeffrey E Cohen, Jay B Patel, Michael S Hopkins, Amanda N Steele, Bryan B Edwards, Masashi Kawamura, Shigeru Miyagawa, Yoshiki Sawa, Y Joseph Woo
OBJECTIVE: The angiogenic potential of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may be limited by the absence of their natural biologic foundation, namely smooth muscle pericytes. We hypothesized that joint delivery of EPCs and smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in a novel, totally bone marrow-derived cell sheet will mimic the native architecture of a mature blood vessel and act as an angiogenic construct to limit post infarction ventricular remodeling. METHODS: Primary EPCs and mesenchymal stem cells were isolated from bone marrow of Wistar rats...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651938/elevated-oxidative-stress-in-the-aortic-media-of-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve
#13
Marie Billaud, Julie A Phillippi, Mary P Kotlarczyk, Jennifer C Hill, Bradley W Ellis, Claudette M St Croix, Nadiezhda Cantu-Medéllin, Eric E Kelley, Thomas G Gleason
OBJECTIVE: Congenital bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is distinctly associated with the development of ascending aortopathy in adulthood, portending risk of both ascending aortic aneurysm and dissection. Our previous work implicated deficiency in oxidative stress response as a mediator of the BAV-associated aortopathy. We hypothesize that reactive oxygen species generation invokes elevated local oxidative tissue damage in ascending aorta of patients with BAV. METHODS: Ascending aortic specimens were obtained from patients undergoing elective aortic replacement and/or aortic valve replacement and during heart transplant operations...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649750/vasopressin-physiology-assessment-and-osmosentation
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Lise Bankir, Daniel G Bichet, Nils G Morgenthaler
Vasopressin (AVP) plays a major role in the regulation of water and sodium homeostasis by its antidiuretic action on the kidney, mediated by V2 receptors. AVP secretion is stimulated by a rise in plasma osmolality, a decline in blood volume, or stress. V1a receptors are expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells but the role of vasopressin in blood pressure regulation is still a matter of debate. AVP may also play a role in some metabolic pathways, including gluconeogenesis, through its action on V1a receptors expressed in the liver...
June 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649088/targeting-aggf1-angiogenic-factor-with-g-patch-and-fha-domains-1-for-blocking-neointimal-formation-after-vascular-injury
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Yufeng Yao, Zhenkun Hu, Jian Ye, Changqing Hu, Qixue Song, Xingwen Da, Yubin Yu, Hui Li, Chengqi Xu, Qiuyun Chen, Qing Kenneth Wang
BACKGROUND: Despite recent improvements in angioplasty and placement of drug-eluting stents in treatment of atherosclerosis, restenosis and in-stent thrombosis impede treatment efficacy and cause numerous deaths. Research efforts are needed to identify new molecular targets for blocking restenosis. We aim to establish angiogenic factor AGGF1 (angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1) as a novel target for blocking neointimal formation and restenosis after vascular injury. METHODS AND RESULTS: AGGF1 shows strong expression in carotid arteries; however, its expression is markedly decreased in arteries after vascular injury...
June 25, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648404/osthole-inhibits-intimal-hyperplasia-by-regulating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad2-signalling-pathways-in-the-rat-carotid-artery-after-balloon-injury
#16
Yi-Qi Li, Jun-Yi Wang, Zhi-Qiang Qian, Ye-Li Li, Wen-Na Li, Yang Gao, Dan-Li Yang
Osthole (7-methoxy-8-isopentenoxy-coumarin), a compound extracted from Cnidiummonnieri (L.) Cusson seeds, has been found to exhibit potent therapeutic effects in cancer due to its ability to inhibit inflammation and cell proliferation. However, its effects on arterial wall hypertrophy-related diseases remain unclear. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of Osthole on intimal hyperplasia in a rat model of carotid artery balloon injury. We established the balloon-induced carotid artery injury rat model in male Sprague-Dawley rats, after which we administered Osthole (20mg/kg/day or 40mg/kg/day) or volume-matched normal saline orally by gavage for 14 consecutive days...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648041/-effects-of-hypoxia-on-the-phenotype-transformation-of-human-dermal-fibroblasts-to-myofibroblasts-and-the-mechanism
#17
B Zhao, F Han, W Zhang, X J Wang, J Zhang, F F Yang, J H Shi, L L Su, D H Hu
Objective: To investigate the effects of hypoxia on the phenotype transformation of human dermal fibroblasts to myofibroblasts and the mechanism. Methods: The third passage of healthy adult human dermal fibroblasts in logarithmic phase were cultured in DMEM medium containing 10% fetal bovine serum for the following five experiments. (1) In experiments 1, 2, and 3, cells were divided into normoxia group and hypoxia group according to the random number table, with 10 dishes in each group. Cells of normoxia group were cultured in incubator containing 21% oxygen, while those of hypoxia group with 1% oxygen...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648030/-effect-and-mechanism-of-intermittent-alkaline-stimulation-on-high-phosphorus-induced-calcification-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-of-rats
#18
Y L Bai, J S Xu, T Tian, J X Zhang, L W Cui, H R Zhang, S L Zhang
Objective: To explore the effect and possible mechanisms of intermittent alkaline on rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) calcification induced by high phosphorus. Methods: VSMCs were isolated from rat thoracic aorta and cultured in vitro. The fourth generation VSMCs were randomly divided into control group, high phosphorus+ pH7.4, high phosphorus+ pH7.5, high phosphorus+ pH7.6 and high phosphorus+ pH7.7 group with random number table. The control group was cultured in DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum. Other groups were cultured in DMEM with 10 mmol/L β-glycerophosphate and alkalized by 7...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647196/smooth-muscle-cells-of-human-veins-show-an-increased-response-to-injury-at-valve-sites
#19
Shinsuke Kikuchi, Lihua Chen, Kevin Xiong, Yukihiro Saito, Nobuyoshi Azuma, Gale Tang, Michael Sobel, Thomas N Wight, Richard D Kenagy
OBJECTIVE: Venous valves are essential but are prone to injury, thrombosis, and fibrosis. We compared the behavior and gene expression of smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in the valve sinus vs nonvalve sites to elucidate biologic differences associated with vein valves. METHODS: Tissue explants of fresh human saphenous veins were prepared, and the migration of SMCs from explants of valve sinus vs nonvalve sinus areas was measured. Proliferation and death of SMCs were determined by staining for Ki67 and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647181/rosmarinic-acid-attenuates-hepatic-fibrogenesis-via-suppression-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-proliferation-and-induction-of-apoptosis
#20
Naglaa M El-Lakkany, Walaa H El-Maadawy, Sayed H Seif El-Din, Olfat A Hammam, Salwa H Mohamed, Shahira M Ezzat, Marwa M Safar, Samira Saleh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antifibrotic role of rosmarinic acid (RA), a natural polyphenolic compound, on HSCs activation/proliferation and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The impact of RA on stellate cell line (HSC-T6) proliferation, activation and apoptosis was assessed along with its safety on primary hepatocytes. In vivo, rats were divided into: (i) normal; (ii) thioacetamide (TAA)-intoxicated rats for 12 weeks; (iii) TAA + silymarin or (iv) TAA + RA...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
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