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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922109/regulation-of-hepcidin-expression-by-inflammation-induced-activin-b
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Yohei Kanamori, Makoto Sugiyama, Osamu Hashimoto, Masaru Murakami, Tohru Matsui, Masayuki Funaba
Activin B is induced in response to inflammation in the liver and enhances hepcidin expression, but the source of activin B and the molecular mechanism underlying hepcidin induction are not clear yet. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation induced inhibin βB but not inhibin α or inhibin βA expression in the liver, implicating activin B induction. Immunoreactive inhibin βB was detected in endothelial cells and Kupffer cells in LPS-treated liver. Activin B, but not activin A or activin AB, directly increased hepcidin expression...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920038/tgf-%C3%AE-family-signaling-in-the-control-of-cell-proliferation-and-survival
#2
Yun Zhang, Peter B Alexander, Xiao-Fan Wang
The transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) family controls many fundamental aspects of cellular behavior. With advances in the molecular details of the TGF-β signaling cascade and its cross talk with other signaling pathways, we now have a more coherent understanding of the cytostatic program induced by TGF-β. However, the molecular mechanisms are still largely elusive for other cellular processes that are regulated by TGF-β and determine a cell's proliferation and survival, apoptosis, dormancy, autophagy, and senescence...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913625/absence-of-mir-146a-in-podocytes-increases-risk-of-diabetic-glomerulopathy-via-upregulation-of-erbb4-and-notch-1
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Ha Won Lee, Samia Q Khan, Shehryar Khaliqdina, Mehmet M Altintas, Florian Grahammer, Jimmy L Zhao, Kwihey Koh, Nicholas J Tardi, Mohd Hafeez Faridi, Terese Geraghty, David J Cimbaluk, Katalin Susztak, Luis F Moita, David Baltimore, Pierre-Louis Tharaux, Tobias B Huber, Matthias Kretzler, Markus Bitzer, Jochen Reiser, Vineet Gupta
Podocyte injury is an early event in diabetic kidney disease and is a hallmark of glomerulopathy. MicroRNA-146a (miR-146a) is highly expressed in many cell types under homeostatic conditions, and plays an important anti-inflammatory role in myeloid cells. However, its role in podocytes is unclear. Here, we show that miR-146a expression levels decrease in the glomeruli of patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), which correlates with increased albuminuria and glomerular damage. MiR-146a levels are also significantly reduced in the glomeruli of albuminuric BTBR ob/ob mice, indicating its significant role in maintaining podocyte health...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911920/sirna-targeting-mtor-effectively-prevents-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-lens-epithelial-cells
#4
Chunmei Zhang, Jingjing Liu, Na Jin, Guiming Zhang, Yahui Xi, Hongling Liu
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) is the most common complication that causes visual decrease after extracapsular cataract surgery. The primary cause of PCO formation is the proliferation of the residual lens epithelial cells (LECs). The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) plays an important role in the growth and migration of LECs. In the current study, we used small interfering RNA (siRNA) to specifically attenuate mTOR in human lens epithelial B3 cells (HLE B3). We aimed to examine the effect of mTOR-siRNA on the proliferation, migration and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of HLE B3 cells and explore the underlying mechanisms...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911796/egr2-and-egr3-in-regulatory-t-cells-cooperatively-control-systemic-autoimmunity-through-ltbp3-mediated-tgf-%C3%AE-3-production
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Kaoru Morita, Tomohisa Okamura, Mariko Inoue, Toshihiko Komai, Shuzo Teruya, Yukiko Iwasaki, Shuji Sumitomo, Hirofumi Shoda, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a prototypical autoimmune disease characterized by multiorgan inflammation induced by autoantibodies. Early growth response gene 2 (Egr2), a transcription factor essential for T-cell anergy induction, controls systemic autoimmunity in mice and humans. We have previously identified a subpopulation of CD4(+) regulatory T cells, CD4(+)CD25(-)LAG3(+) cells, that characteristically express both Egr2 and LAG3 and control mice model of lupus via TGF-β3 production. However, due to the mild phenotype of lymphocyte-specific Egr2-deficient mice, the presence of an additional regulator has been speculated...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910154/interferon-free-regimens-improve-portal-hypertension-and-histological-necroinflammation-in-hiv-hcv-patients-with-advanced-liver-disease
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P Schwabl, M Mandorfer, S Steiner, B Scheiner, D Chromy, M Herac, T Bucsics, H Hayden, K Grabmeier-Pfistershammer, A Ferlitsch, G Oberhuber, M Trauner, M Peck-Radosavljevic, T Reiberger
BACKGROUND: HIV/HCV co-infected patients show accelerated fibrosis progression and higher risk for complications of portal hypertension (PHT). AIM: To assess the effects of interferon-free therapy on portal pressure, liver histology and plasma biomarkers in HIV/HCV-coinfected patients with PHT. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with paired hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) measurements prior and after successful treatment (SVR) with interferon-free regimens were included...
January 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909336/c-terminal-truncated-hbv-x-promotes-hepato-oncogenesis-through-inhibition-of-tumor-suppressive-%C3%AE-catenin-bambi-signaling
#7
Seok Lee, Mi-Jin Lee, Jun Zhang, Goung-Ran Yu, Dae-Ghon Kim
C-terminal-truncated hepatitis B virus (HBV) X (HBx) (ctHBX) is frequently detected in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through HBV integration into the host genome. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ctHBx-associated oncogenic signaling have not yet been clarified. To elucidate the biological role of ctHBx in hepato-oncogenesis, we functionally analyzed ctHBx-mediated regulation of the activin membrane-bound inhibitor bone morphogenetic protein and activin membrane-bound inhibitor (BAMBI) through transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) or β-catenin (CTNNB1) in HCC cells and in an animal model, and we compared its role to that of the full-length HBx protein...
December 2, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902486/ed-b-fibronectin-expression-is-a-marker-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-translational-oncology
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Iacopo Petrini, Serena Barachini, Vittoria Carnicelli, Sara Galimberti, Letizia Modeo, Roberto Boni, Martina Sollini, Paola Anna Erba
Fibronectin is a component of the extracellular matrix that links collagen fibers to integrins on the cell's surface. The splicing isoforms, containing the ED-B domain, are not expressed in adult tissues but only in tumor stroma or during embryonic development. Fibroblasts and endothelial cells express ED-B fibronectin during angiogenesis. Also cancer cells can synthetize ED-B fibronectin, but its function in tumor growth needs to be further elucidated.We evaluated the expression of ED-B fibronectin in prostate cancer cell lines: PC3 and DU145...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899639/histone-demethylase-phf8-promotes-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-breast-tumorigenesis
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Peng Shao, Qi Liu, Peterson Kariuki Maina, Jiayue Cui, Thomas B Bair, Tiandao Li, Shaikamjad Umesalma, Weizhou Zhang, Hank Heng Qi
Histone demethylase PHF8 is upregulated and plays oncogenic roles in various cancers; however, the mechanisms underlying its dysregulation and functions in carcinogenesis remain obscure. Here, we report the novel functions of PHF8 in EMT (epithelial to mesenchymal transition) and breast cancer development. Genome-wide gene expression analysis revealed that PHF8 overexpression induces an EMT-like process, including the upregulation of SNAI1 and ZEB1. PHF8 demethylates H3K9me1, H3K9me2 and sustains H3K4me3 to prime the transcriptional activation of SNAI1 by TGF-β signaling...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895107/long-noncoding-rna-h19-accelerates-tenogenic-differentiation-and-promotes-tendon-healing-through-targeting-mir-29b-3p-and-activating-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling
#10
Ying-Fei Lu, Yang Liu, Wei-Ming Fu, Jia Xu, Bin Wang, Yu-Xin Sun, Tian-Yi Wu, Liang-Liang Xu, Kai-Ming Chan, Jin-Fang Zhang, Gang Li
Tendon injures are common orthopedic conditions, but tendon development and the pathogenesis of tendon injures, such as tendinopathy, remain largely unknown and have limited the development of clinical therapy. Studies on tenogenic differentiation at the molecular level may help in developing novel therapeutic strategies. As novel regulators, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been found to have widespread biological functions, and emerging evidence demonstrates that lncRNAs may play important regulatory roles in cell differentiation and tissue regeneration...
November 28, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895039/region-specific-effect-of-the-decellularized-meniscus-extracellular-matrix-on-mesenchymal-stem-cell-based-meniscus-tissue-engineering
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Kazunori Shimomura, Benjamin B Rothrauff, Rocky S Tuan
BACKGROUND: The meniscus is the most commonly injured knee structure, and surgical repair is often ineffective. Tissue engineering-based repair or regeneration may provide a needed solution. Decellularized, tissue-derived extracellular matrices (ECMs) have received attention for their potential use as tissue-engineered scaffolds. In considering meniscus-derived ECMs (mECMs) for meniscus tissue engineering, it is noteworthy that the inner and outer regions of the meniscus have different structural and biochemical features, potentially directing the differentiation of cells toward region-specific phenotypes...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893708/tgf-%C3%AE-upregulates-the-translation-of-usp15-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-to-promote-p53-stability
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W-T Liu, K-Y Huang, M-C Lu, H-L Huang, C-Y Chen, Y-L Cheng, H-C Yu, S-Q Liu, N-S Lai, H-B Huang
Crosstalk between transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) signaling and p53 has a critical role in cancer progression. TGF-β signals via Smad and non-Smad pathways. Under normal conditions, wild-type p53 forms a complex with Smad2/3 and co-activates transcription of a variety of tumor suppressor genes, resulting in tumor suppressive effects. Thus, p53 stability is essential in progression of tumor suppressive responses mediated by TGF-β signaling. However, it remains unknown whether p53 stability is regulated by TGF-β...
November 28, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893098/vitreal-cytokine-profile-differences-between-eyes-with-epiretinal-membranes-or-macular-holes
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Souska Zandi, Christoph Tappeiner, Isabel B Pfister, Alain Despont, Robert Rieben, Justus G Garweg
Purpose: Cytokines play an important role in cell signaling in inflammatory and repair processes, also within the posterior segment of the eye. These molecules are thus implicated in the pathophysiology of several vitreoretinal diseases. In the present study, we compared vitreal cytokine profiles in patients with idiopathic epiretinal membranes (ERMs) and idiopathic full-thickness macular holes (MHs) without epiretinal membranes. Methods: Native vitreal humor was collected during elective pars plana vitrectomy for the treatment of macular pathologies (group 1: ERM; group 2: MH) from patients without any other ocular or systemic disease...
November 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891653/polymorphisms-in-cytokine-genes-influence-cognitive-and-functional-performance-in-a-population-aged-75%C3%A2-years-and-above
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Vanessa G Fraga, Henrique C Guimarães, Antônio L Teixeira, Maira T Barbosa, Maria G Carvalho, Paulo Caramelli, Karina B Gomes
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the frequency of the cytokine single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α -308G > A, tumor growth factor (TGF)-β1 codon +10C > T, TGF-β1 codon +25G > C, interleukin (IL)-10 -1082A > G, IL-10 -819C > T, IL-10 -592C > A, IL-6 -174G > C, and IFN-γ +874T > A in a sample of healthy and cognitively impaired elderlies and to verify the probable association between these SNPs and cognitive and functional performance of subjects aged 75 years and above...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889753/renal-denervation-attenuates-multi-organ-fibrosis-and-improves-vascular-remodeling-in-rats-with-transverse-aortic-constriction-induced-cardiomyopathy
#15
Kai Wang, Dasheng Lu, Bin Zhang, Shengchan Wang, Qian Liu, Qi Zhang, Jie Geng, Qijun Shan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To investigate the effects of renal denervation (RDN) on multi-organ fibrosis and vascular remodeling in cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Thirty-six male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Five weeks later, 28 surviving TAC rats were randomly assigned to three groups: (1) RDN, (2) Sham, (3) Carvedilol. Six male Sham TAC rats served as the Control. Ten weeks after TAC, samples were collected. RESULTS: TAC rats showed an increased diastolic interventricular septal thickness at week 5...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888130/protective-role-of-phenylalanine-on-the-ros-induced-oxidative-damage-apoptosis-and-tight-junction-damage-via-nrf2-tor-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling-molecules-in-the-gill-of-fish
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Lin Feng, Wen Li, Yang Liu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
This study explored the possible preventive effects of dietary phenylalanine (Phe) on antioxidant responses, apoptosis and tight junction protein transcription in the gills of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Fish were fed six different experimental diets containing graded levels of Phe (3.4-16.8 g kg(-1)) for 8 weeks. The results showed that Phe deficiency induced protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation by decreasing the glutathione content and the activities and mRNA levels of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) in fish gill (P < 0...
November 23, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883085/phenotypic-and-functional-characterization-of-the-major-lymphocyte-populations-in-the-fruit-eating-bat-pteropus-alecto
#17
Julia María Martínez Gómez, Pravin Periasamy, Charles-Antoine Dutertre, Aaron Trent Irving, Justin Han Jia Ng, Gary Crameri, Michelle L Baker, Florent Ginhoux, Lin-Fa Wang, Sylvie Alonso
The unique ability of bats to act as reservoir for viruses that are highly pathogenic to humans suggests unique properties and functional characteristics of their immune system. However, the lack of bat specific reagents, in particular antibodies, has limited our knowledge of bat's immunity. Using cross-reactive antibodies, we report the phenotypic and functional characterization of T cell subsets, B and NK cells in the fruit-eating bat Pteropus alecto. Our findings indicate the predominance of CD8(+) T cells in the spleen from wild-caught bats that may reflect either the presence of viruses in this organ or predominance of this cell subset at steady state...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882117/glycitin-regulates-osteoblasts-through-tgf-%C3%AE-or-akt-signaling-pathways-in-bone-marrow-stem-cells
#18
Liyan Zhang, Jiying Chen, Wei Chai, Min Ni, Xin Sun, Dan Tian
The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of glycitin on the regulation of osteoblasts from bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) through transforming growth factor (TGF)-β or protein kinase B (AKT) signaling pathways. BMSCs were extracted from New Zealand white rabbits and used to analyze the effect of glycitin on BMSCs. BMSCs were cleared using xylene and observed via light microscopy. BMSCs were subsequently induced with glycitin (0.01, 0.5, 1, 5 and 10 µM) for 7 days, and stained with Oil Red O...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872867/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-the-differentiation-of-human-switched-memory-b-lymphocytes-into-plasma-cells-in-serum-free-medium
#19
Guillaume Bonnaure, Catherine Gervais-St-Amour, Sonia Néron
The differentiation of human B lymphocytes into plasma cells is one of the most stirring questions with regard to adaptive immunity. However, the terminal differentiation and survival of plasma cells are still topics with much to be discovered, especially when targeting switched memory B lymphocytes. Plasma cells can migrate to the bone marrow in response to a CXCL12 gradient and survive for several years while secreting antibodies. In this study, we aimed to get closer to niches favoring plasma cell survival...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871783/human-dental-pulp-stem-cells-suppress-alloantigen-induced-immunity-by-stimulating-t-cells-to-release-transforming-growth-factor-beta
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Kyu Hwan Kwack, Jung Min Lee, Sang Hyuk Park, Hyeon Woo Lee
INTRODUCTION: Human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) are ideal candidates for regenerating damaged dental tissue. To examine the possibility that hDPSCs may be used to regenerate pulp, we tested their in vitro effects on acute allogeneic immune responses. METHODS: A peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) proliferation assay and immunoglobulin (Ig) production assay were performed to evaluate the immunosuppressive properties of hDPSCs. RESULTS: The mixed lymphocyte reaction was suppressed by incubation with hDPSCs...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
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