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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102732/exacerbating-effects-of-pm2-5-in-ova-sensitized-and-challenged-mice-and-the-expression-of-trpa1-and-trpv1-protein-in-lung
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Hong Liu, Xinsheng Fan, Naiqian Wang, Yuyan Zhang, Jinghua Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of PM2.5 on asthma-related phenotypes and on the expression of TRPA1, V1 protein in lung in a mouse model of asthma. METHODS: Female Balb/c mice were utilized to establish 28 and 42 day asthma models. Mice were sensitized with OVA and challenged with OVA, OVA plus normal saline (NS), or OVA plus PM2.5 at two doses, 1.6 mg·kg(-1) or 8.0 mg·kg(-1). PM2.5 was administrated by intratracheal instillationwithout anesthesia. 24 hours after the final OVA challenge changes in airway resistance (RI) and lung compliance (Cdyn) in response to acetylcholine chloride (ACH) were evaluated, and blood, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lung tissue samples were taken...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102232/aetiology-and-management-of-hereditary-aortopathy
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Aline Verstraeten, Ilse Luyckx, Bart Loeys
Aortic aneurysms are a major health problem because they account for 1-2% of all deaths in the Western population. Although abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are more prevalent than thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs), TAAs have been more exhaustively studied over the past 2 decades because they have a higher heritability and affect younger individuals. Gene identification in both syndromic and nonsyndromic TAA is proceeding at a rapid pace and has already pinpointed >20 genes associated with familial TAA risk...
January 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102118/myeloid-cells-in-asthma
#3
Bart N Lambrecht, Emma K Persson, Hamida Hammad
Asthma is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways, and not surprisingly, many myeloid cells play a crucial role in pathogenesis. Antigen-presenting dendritic cells are the first to recognize the allergens, pollutants, and viruses that are implicated in asthma pathogenesis, and subsequently initiate the adaptive immune response by migrating to lymph nodes. Eosinophils are the hallmark of type 2 inflammation, releasing toxic compounds in the airways and contributing to airway remodeling. Mast cells and basophils control both the early- and late-phase allergic response and contribute to alterations in smooth muscle reactivity...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101343/effect-of-1-25-oh-2d3-on-transdifferentiation-of-rat-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-induced-by-high-glucose
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Hongtao Hu, Shen Xu, Shuang Hu, Yue Gao, Hua Shui
Deficiency in vitamin D and its active metabolite is a characteristic of chronic kidney diseases (CKDs). Previous studies have reported that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3], the active form of vitamin D, can attenuate renal interstitial fibrosis. The present study aimed to explore the effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 on the transdifferentiation of NRK-52E rat renal tubular epithelial cells (RTECs) induced by high glucose, as well as the expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR) and production of angiotensin (Ang) II...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101173/particularly-interesting-cys-his-rich-protein-is-highly-expressed-in-human-intracranial-aneurysms-and-resists-aneurysmal-rupture
#6
Yu-Tao Peng, Xiang-En Shi, Zhi-Qiang Li, Xin He, Yu-Ming Sun
Particularly interesting Cys-His-rich protein (PINCH) has several biological functions in cancer development, invasion and metastasis in malignant cells, and the expression of PINCH is upregulated in several cancer types, including breast cancer, gastric adenocarcinoma and rectal cancer. However, the contribution of PINCH to human cerebral aneurysms remains largely unknown. Therefore, the significance of PINCH expression in cerebral aneurysm growth and rupture was examined in the present study. The protein expression levels of alpha-smooth muscle actin, osteopontin (OPN), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 9 and PINCH were evaluated using immunohistochemistry and western blot analyses...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100502/rack1-regulates-angiotensin-ii-induced-contractions-of-shr-preglomerular-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#7
Xiao Zhu, Edwin K Jackson
The preglomerular microcirculation of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) is hypersensitive to angiotensin II, and studies show that this is likely due to enhanced convergent signaling between G-protein subunits αq (Gαq; released by angiotensin II) and G-protein subunits βγ (Gβγ; released by Gi-coupled receptors) to active phospholipase C (PLC). Here we investigated the molecular basis for the enhanced convergent signaling between Gβγ and Gαq in SHR preglomerular vascular smooth muscle cells (PGVSMCs)...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100346/-impact-of-cd137-cd137l-signaling-mediated-exocytosis-of-autophagosome-within-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-on-the-formation-of-atherosclerotic-calcification
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B Li, X Y Li, W Zhong, C Shao, Z Q Wang, W Yuan, J C Yan
Objective: To explore whether CD137-CD137L signaling mediated exocytosis of autophagosome within vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) could influence the formation of atherosclerotic calcification. Methods: Fifteen 8-week-old male ApoE(-/-)(C57BL/6J-KO) mice fed with high fat diet for 5 weeks were randomly divided into three groups by using stochastic indicator method as follows: control group, n=5; agonist-CD137 group: agonist-CD137 antibody 200 μg/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5; anti-CD137 group: 200 μg anti-CD137 antibody+ 200 μg agonist-CD137 antibody/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100269/a-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-attenuates-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Hyang-Hee Seo, Sang Woo Kim, Chang Youn Lee, Kyu Hee Lim, Jiyun Lee, Eunhyun Choi, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Ki-Chul Hwang
BACKGROUND: Pathologic vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration after vascular injury promotes the development of occlusive vascular disease. Therefore, an effective chemical agent to suppress aberrant proliferation and migration of VSMCs can be a potential therapeutic modality for occlusive vascular disease such as atherosclerosis and restenosis. To find an anti-proliferative chemical agent for VSMCs, we screened an in-house small molecule library, and the selected small molecule was further validated for its anti-proliferative effect on VSMCs using multiple approaches, such as cell proliferation assays, wound healing assays, transwell migration assays, and ex vivo aortic ring assay...
January 18, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099257/antifibrotic-effect-of-saturated-fatty-acids-via-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-response-in-rat-pancreatic-stellate-cells
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Lingaku Lee, Tetsuhide Ito, Taichi Nakamura, Robert T Jensen, Hisato Igarashi, Ryoichi Takayanagi
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effect of saturated fatty acids on chronic pancreatitis pathogenesis by elucidating the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response in pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are major effector cells in pancreatic fibrosis. METHODS: Wistar Bonn/Kobori rats were fed either control diet or high-fat diet (HFD) for 4 weeks. Meanwhile, cultured rat PSCs were stimulated with thapsigargin, an ER stress inducer, or palmitic acid (PA). Pancreatic fibrosis, expressions of fibrosis-related and ER stress-related proteins and mRNA, cell viability, and apoptosis were examined...
January 18, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099082/therapeutics-targeting-drivers-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-acute-aortic-dissections-insights-from-predisposing-genes-and-mouse-models
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Dianna M Milewicz, Siddharth K Prakash, Francesco Ramirez
Thoracic aortic diseases, including aneurysms and dissections of the thoracic aorta, are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Risk factors for thoracic aortic disease include increased hemodynamic forces on the ascending aorta, typically due to poorly controlled hypertension, and heritable genetic variants. The altered genes predisposing to thoracic aortic disease either disrupt smooth muscle cell (SMC) contraction or adherence to an impaired extracellular matrix, or decrease canonical transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099079/lymphangioleiomyomatosis-a-monogenic-model-of-malignancy
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Vera P Krymskaya, Francis X McCormack
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare, low-grade, metastasizing neoplasm that arises from an unknown source, spreads via the lymphatics, and targets the lungs. All pulmonary structures become infiltrated with benign-appearing spindle and epithelioid cells (LAM cells) that express smooth-muscle and melanocyte-lineage markers, harbor mTOR-activating mutations in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) genes, and recruit abundant stromal cells. Elaboration of lymphangiogenic growth factors and matrix remodeling enzymes by LAM cells enables their access to lymphatic channels and likely drives the cystic lung remodeling that often culminates in respiratory failure...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098882/downregulation-of-microrna%C3%A2-34b-is-responsible-for-the-elevation-of-blood-pressure-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Fan Yang, Haiyu Li, Youyou Du, Qiangwei Shi, Luosha Zhao
The present study aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) responsible for the development of primary hypertension, and examine the downstream signaling pathway, which mediates the effect of the miRNA. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis was performed to identify which miRNA may be involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. In silico analysis and a luciferase assay were used to validate the target of the selected miRNA, and miRNA mimics and small interfering (si)RNA of the target were transfected into smooth muscle cells to examine its effect on the biological activity of the cells...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098199/optogenetic-modulation-of-urinary-bladder-contraction-for-lower-urinary-tract-dysfunction
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Jae Hong Park, Jin Ki Hong, Ja Yun Jang, Jieun An, Kyu-Sung Lee, Tong Mook Kang, Hyun Joon Shin, Jun-Kyo Francis Suh
As current clinical approaches for lower urinary tract (LUT) dysfunction such as pharmacological and electrical stimulation treatments lack target specificity, thus resulting in suboptimal outcomes with various side effects, a better treatment modality with spatial and temporal target-specificity is necessary. In this study, we delivered optogenetic membrane proteins, such as channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) and halorhodopsin (NpHR), to bladder smooth muscle cells (SMCs) of mice using either the Cre-loxp transgenic system or a viral transfection method...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097678/aberrant-tyrosinase-expression-in-an-atypical-fibroxanthoma-a-case-report
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Amy Weiss, Vijay Vanchinathan, Eun Ji Kwon
Atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX) is a histologic mimicker of a variety of spindle cell neoplasms and careful microscopic and immunohistochemical evaluation is critical in establishing the correct diagnosis. Here we report the histologic and immunohistochemical work-up of a 1 cm nodule involving the left dorsal hand of a 66-year-old patient. Light microscopy revealed fascicles of spindled and pleomorphic cells within the dermis demonstrating increased mitotic activity occurring in the background of sun-damaged skin...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096456/antibody-conjugated-dna-based-nanocarriers-intercalated-with-doxorubicin-eliminate-myofibroblasts-in-explants-of-human-lens-tissue
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Jacquelyn Gerhart, Marvin Greenbaum, Lou Casta, Anthony Clemente, Keith Mathers, Robert Getts, Mindy George-Weinstein
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) occurs in some adults and most children following cataract surgery. The fibrotic form of PCO arises, in part, from migratory, contractile myofibroblasts that deform the lens capsule and impair vision. In short-term cultures of human anterior lens tissue, myofibroblasts emerge from Myo/Nog cells that are identified with the G8 monoclonal antibody and by their expression of the MyoD transcription factor and bone morphogenetic protein inhibitor noggin. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that targeted depletion of Myo/Nog cells with the G8 mAb conjugated to three-dimensional DNA nanocarriers intercalated with Doxorubicin (G8:3DNA:Dox) would prevent the accumulation of myofibroblasts in long-term, serum and growth factor free cultures of human lens tissue obtained by capsulorhexis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095789/mirna-338-3p-cdk4-signaling-pathway-suppressed-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-proliferation
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Bensong Duan, Jiangfeng Hu, Tongyangzi Zhang, Xu Luo, Yi Zhou, Shun Liu, Liang Zhu, Cheng Wu, Wenxiang Liu, Chao Chen, Hengjun Gao
BACKGROUND: Activated hepatic stellate cell (HSC) is the main fibrogenic cell type in the injured liver. miRNA plays an important role in activation and proliferation of HSC. METHODS: Our previous study examined the expression profiles of microRNAs in quiescent and activated HSC. Real-time PCR and western blot were used to detect the expression of Collagen type I (Col 1) and Alpha-Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA). CCK-8 and Edu assay was used to measure the proliferation rate of HSC...
January 17, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095470/endogenous-semaphorin-7a-impedes-human-lung-fibroblast-differentiation
#18
Stephane Esnault, Elizabeth E Torr, Ksenija Bernau, Mats W Johansson, Elizabeth A Kelly, Nathan Sandbo, Nizar N Jarjour
Semaphorin-7A is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein, initially characterized as an axon guidance protein. Semaphorin-7A also contributes to immune cell regulation and may be an essential pro-fibrotic factor when expressed by non-fibroblast cell types (exogenous). In mouse models, semaphorin-7A was shown to be important for TGF-ß1-induced pulmonary fibrosis characterized by myofibroblast accumulation and extracellular matrix deposition, but the cell-specific role of semaphorin-7A was not examined in fibroblasts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094663/high-pressure-low-flow-remodeling-of-the-rat-saphenous-vein-wall
#19
Judit R Hetthéssy, Anna-Mária Tőkés, Sándor Kérész, Petra Balla, Gabriella Dörnyei, Emil Monos, György L Nádasy
Objective To better understand factors that may play a role in the development of varicosities. Methods We induced combined flow-pressure disturbance in the saphenous system of the rat by performing chronic partial clipping of the main branch. Biomechanical and quantitative histological testing was undertaken. Results A rich microvenous network developed. Bloodflow decreased to 0.65 ± 0.18 µl/s (control side, 3.5 ± 1.4 µl/s) and pressure elevated to 6.8 ± 0.7 mmHg (control side, 2.3 ± 0...
January 1, 2017: Phlebology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093048/myofibroblasts-are-evidence-of-chronic-tissue-microtrauma-at-the-endometrial-myometrial-junctional-zone-in-uteri-with-adenomyosis
#20
Mohamed Gamal Ibrahim, Martin Sillem, Johanna Plendl, Vito Chiantera, Jalid Sehouli, Sylvia Mechsner
BACKGROUND: Adenomyosis (AM) uteri exhibit hyperperistalsis. The latter causes a chronic tissue trauma at the endometrial-myometrial junctional zone (EMJZ). Upon tissue trauma, microdehiscences in the myometrium facilitate the translocation of basal endometrial fragments into the myometrium. There, a metaplasia (mediated by transforming growth factor β1 [TGFβ1] and connective tissue growth factor [CTGF]) occurs and AM lesions develop. The abundance of myofibroblasts in a tissue hallmarks metaplasia and points to a tissue microtrauma...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
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