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Vascular endothelial growth factor

Wojciech Marlicz, Katarzyna Sielatycka, Karol Serwin, Ewa Kubis, Marta Tkacz, Rafał Głuszko, Andrzej Białek, Teresa Starzyńska, Mariusz Z Ratajczak
Bone marrow (BM) residing stem cells are mobilized from their BM niches into peripheral blood (PB) in several pathological situations including tissue organ injury and systemic inflammation. We recently reported that the number of BM-derived stem cells (SCs) increases in patients with pancreatic and stomach cancer. Accordingly, we observed higher numbers of circulating very small embryonic/epiblast‑like stem cells (VSELs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that were associated with the activation of pro-mobilizing complement cascade and an elevated level of sphingosine-1 phosphate (S1P) in PB plasma...
October 18, 2016: Oncology Reports
Jiumao Lin, Jianyu Feng, Yiyi Jin, Zhaokun Yan, Zijun Lai, Jun Peng
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies worldwide. The majority of patients are not suitable for surgery due to the presence of metastatic disease at the time of diagnosis, which has led to a high mortality rate for patients with CRC. Lymphangiogenesis, formation of new lymphatic vessels, plays an critical role in cancer progression particularly in cancer metastasis. Vascular endothelial growth factor-C (VEGF-C) has been previously demonstrated to play a pivotal role in cancer metastasis and therefore has become an attractive target for anticancer treatments...
October 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Pan Huang, Zhengrong Zhou, Fangxiong Shi, Genbao Shao, Ran Wang, Jintian Wang, Kangxin Wang, Wei Ding
The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of the insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)/phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN)/Akt/forkhead box (FoxO) signaling pathway on male reproduction in rats subjected to water immersion and restraint stress (WRS). Sperm morphology, sperm malformation rate, and serum testosterone concentration were analyzed following WRS. In addition, the expression levels and immunolocalization of IGF‑1, PTEN, Akt and FoxO proteins, as well as the rate of cell apoptosis in rat testes, were investigated...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Luka Dobovišek, Marko Hojnik, Polonca Ferk
The physiological and pathophysiological roles of sex hormones have been well documented and the modulation of their effects is applicable in many current treatments. On the other hand, the physiological role of endocannabinoids is not yet clearly understood and the endocannabinoid system is considered a relatively new therapeutic target. The physiological association between sex hormones and cannabinoids has been investigated in several studies; however, its involvement in the pathophysiology of common human diseases has been studied separately...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Liangliang Quan, Yang Wang, Jiulong Liang, Tao Qiu, Hongyi Wang, Ye Zhang, Yu Zhang, Qiang Hui, Kai Tao
In the present study, we aimed to reveal the molecular mechanisms responsible for the differentiation of human adipose tissue-derived stem cells (hASCs) into myocytes and osteoblasts. Microarray data GSE37329 were obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including three hASC cell lines from healthy donors, two osteogenic lineages and two myogenic lineages from the in vitro‑induction of hASCs. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the two lineages were firstly screened. Subsequently, the underlying functions of the two sets of DEGs were investigated by Gene Ontology function and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analysis, followed by protein-protein interaction (PPI) network construction...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Yong Cheng, Xuan Shi, Jin-Feng Qu, Ming-Wei Zhao, Xiao-Xin Li
BACKGROUND: Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) is characterized by the presence of polyps with or without a branching vascular network and more prevalent among Asians. The aim of this study was to compare the outcomes of conbercept therapy between two different angiographic subtypes of PCV. METHODS: Fifty-eight patients of PCV were classified into two phenotypes according to indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). In Type 1, both feeder and draining vessels are visible on ICGA and network vessels are numerous...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Wei Zhu, Chi Xu, Bu-Peng Ma, Zhi-Bo Zheng, Yu-Long Li, Qi Ma, Guo-Liang Wu, Xi-Sheng Weng
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology holds great promise for treating diseases or injuries that affect human bones with enhanced performance over traditional techniques. Different patterns of design can lead to various mechanical properties and biocompatibility to various degrees. However, there is still a long way to go before we can fully take advantage of 3D printing technologies. METHODS: This study tailored 3D printed scaffolds with gelatin and platelets to maximize bone regeneration...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jenni Kyyriäinen, Xavier Ekolle Ndode-Ekane, Asla Pitkänen
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) is upregulated after brain injury and its depletion results in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) damage. We investigated the time-window and localization of PDGFRβ expression in mice with intrahippocampal kainic acid-induced status epilepticus (SE) and in rats with lateral fluid-percussion-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Tissue immunohistochemistry was evaluated at several time-points after SE and TBI. The distribution of PDGFRβ was analyzed, and its cell type-specific expression was verified with double/triple-labeling of astrocytes (GFAP), NG2 cells, and endothelial cells (RECA-1)...
October 25, 2016: Glia
Peter A Campochiaro, Kevin G Peters
Tie2 is a tyrosine kinase receptor located predominantly on vascular endothelial cells that plays a central role in vascular stability. Angiopoietin-1 (Angpt1), produced by perivascular cells, binds, clusters, and activates Tie2, leading to Tie2 autophosphorylation and downstream signaling. Activated Tie2 increases endothelial cell survival, adhesion, and cell junction integrity, thereby stabilizing the vasculature. Angiopoietin-2 (Angpt2) and vascular endothelial-protein tyrosine phosphatase (VE-PTP) are negative regulators increased by hypoxia; they inactivate Tie2, destabilizing the vasculature and increasing responsiveness to vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and other inflammatory cytokines that stimulate vascular leakage and neovascularization...
December 2016: Current Diabetes Reports
Kwame Yeboah, Eric Kyei-Baafour, Daniel A Antwi, Henry Asare-Anane, Ben Gyan, Albert G B Amoah
BACKGROUND: Impaired angiogenesis is amongst the underlining mechanisms of organ damage in diabetes and hypertensive patients. In diabetes and hypertensive patients without proteinuria and overt CVDs, we studied the levels of angiogenic growth factors, angiopoietin (Ang)-1, Ang-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and the relationship between these angiogenic growth factors and renal function, measured as estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). METHOD: In a case control design, 107 type 2 diabetes (T2DM) patients and 93 non-diabetes controls were recruited into the study...
2016: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
Yemarshet K Gebreyohannes, Patrick Schöffski, Thomas Van Looy, Jasmien Wellens, Lise Vreys, Jasmien Cornillie, Ulla Vanleeuw, Dana T Aftab, Maria Debiec-Rychter, Raf Sciot, Agnieszka Wozniak
In the majority of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) oncogenic signaling is driven by KIT mutations. Advanced GIST is treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) such as imatinib. Acquired resistance to TKI is mainly caused by secondary KIT mutations, but can also be attributed to a switch of KIT dependency to another receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK). We tested the efficacy of cabozantinib, a novel TKI targeting KIT, MET, AXL, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptors (VEGFR), in patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models of GIST, carrying different KIT mutations...
October 24, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Ioannis Politikos, Haesook Kim, Theodoros Karantanos, Julia Brown, Sean McDonough, Lequn Li, Corey Cutler, Joseph H Antin, Karen K Ballen, Jerome Ritz, Vassiliki A Boussiotis
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) is a valuable graft source for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients who lack adult donors. UCB transplantation (UCBT) in adults results in delayed immune reconstitution leading to high infection-related morbidity and mortality. Angiogenic factors and markers of endothelial dysfunction have biologic and prognostic significance in conventional HSCT, but their role in UCBT has not been investigated. Furthermore, the interplay between angiogenesis and immune reconstitution has not been studied...
October 21, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Bing Kan, Li Yang, Yan-Jun Wen, Jin-Rong Yang, Ting Niu, Jiong Li, Hong-Xin Deng, Wei Wei, Li-Gong Chen, Quan Zhang, Wei Wang, Yu-Quan Wei
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an important regulating molecule of angiogenesis in tumor formation and progression. Cancer cells always secrete VEGF to stimulate angiogenesis that facilitate growth and invasion of the tumor. In this study, we established a VEGF164 overexpressing LL/2 lung cancer cell model and found that the postirradiated VEGF164-modified tumor cells protected the host against the challenge with LL/2 wild-type tumor cells. Histochemical assay showed that there were large areas of tumor necrosis with macrophage infiltration in the mice vaccinated with the VEGF164-modified tumor vaccine...
October 21, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Angela Sorice, Francesco Siano, Francesca Capone, Eliana Guerriero, Gianluca Picariello, Alfredo Budillon, Gennaro Ciliberto, Marina Paolucci, Susan Costantini, Maria Grazia Volpe
In this study, a hydroalcoholic chestnut shell extract was characterized and tested on six different human cell lines. Gallic, ellagic, and syringic acids were the most abundant non-condensed compounds in the chestnut extract, as determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Tannins were mainly represented by condensed monomeric units of epigallocatechin and catechin/epicatechin. After 48 h of treatment, only the human hepatoblastoma HepG2 cells reached an inhibition corresponding to IC50 with an increase of apoptosis and mitochondrial depolarization...
October 21, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Do Yeh Yoon, Se Joon Woo
PURPOSE: To report a case of a choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to ocular toxocariasis treated with intravitreal injections of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) agents. METHODS: A 66-year-old woman presented with decreased vision (20/40) and metamorphopsia in the right eye. Fundus examination revealed inferotemporal retinal whitish lesion and subretinal hemorrhage in the right eye. RESULTS: She was diagnosed with ocular toxocariasis based on the clinical features and positive serological anti-toxocara antibody test result...
October 24, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Stela Vujosevic, Tommaso Torresin, Silvia Bini, Enrica Convento, Elisabetta Pilotto, Raffaele Parrozzani, Edoardo Midena
PURPOSE: To evaluate changes of specific retinal imaging biomarkers [intraretinal hyper-reflective retinal spots: HRS ; subfoveal neuroretinal detachment: SND; and increased foveal autofluorescence: IFAF after intravitreal steroid or anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment in diabetic macular oedema (DME)] as possible indicators of retinal inflammatory condition. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of images and clinical charts of 49 eyes (49 patients) with DME treated with intravitreal dexamethasone (dexamethasone, 23 eyes) or intravitreal ranibizumab (ranibizumab, 26 eyes)...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Mohammad Hossein Dehghan, Hossein Mirmiranpour, Sara Faghihi-Kashani, Kourosh Kabir, Mehrdad Larry, Ehsan Zayerzadeh, Salume Salehi
BACKGROUND: Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) has been associated with the inhibition of angiogenesis, as well as the prevention of cancers and inflammatory processes. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of curcumin in suppressing angiogenesis in the cultured endothelial cells of rat aortic rings. METHODS: Eight-week-old male Wistar rats were randomized into five groups each with a different treatment and cell culturing paradigm: controls cultured in the absence of VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) (C), controls cultured in the presence of VEGF (C-V), controls treated with curcumin and then cultured in media lacking VEGF (C-TC), diabetics cultured in media supplemented with VEGF (D-V) and diabetics treated with curcumin and then cultured in media supplemented with VEGF (D-V-TC)...
October 2016: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Milena V Oliveira, Soraia C Abreu, Gisele A Padilha, Nazareth N Rocha, Lígia A Maia, Christina M Takiya, Debora G Xisto, Bela Suki, Pedro L Silva, Patricia R M Rocco
Many experimental models have been proposed to study the pathophysiological features of emphysema, as well as to search for new therapeutic approaches for acute or chronically injured lung parenchyma. We aimed to characterize an emphysema model induced by multiple instillations of elastase by tracking changes in inflammation, remodeling, and cardiac function after each instillation. Forty-eight C57BL/6 mice were randomly assigned across two groups. Emphysema (ELA) animals received 1, 2, 3, or 4 intratracheal instillations of pancreatic porcine elastase (PPE, 0...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Hugh S O'Neill, Caroline C Herron, Conn L Hastings, Roel Deckers, Adolfo Lopez Noriega, Helena M Kelly, Wim E Hennink, Ciarán O McDonnell, Fergal J O'Brien, Eduardo Ruiz-Hernández, Garry P Duffy
Lysolipid-based thermosensitive liposomes (LTSL) embedded in a chitosan-based thermoresponsive hydrogel matrix (denoted Lipogel) represents a novel approach for the spatiotemporal release of therapeutic agents. The entrapment of drug-loaded liposomes in an injectable hydrogel permits local liposome retention, thus providing a prolonged release in target tissues. Moreover, release can be controlled through the use of a minimally invasive external hyperthermic stimulus. Temporal control of release is particularly important for complex multi-step physiological processes, such as angiogenesis, in which different signals are required at different times in order to produce a robust vasculature...
October 20, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Miho Nakamichi, Yuri Akishima-Fukasawa, Chie Fujisawa, Tetsuo Mikami, Kiyoshi Onishi, Yoshikiyo Akasaka
The precise role of fibrocytes in angiogenesis in wounds remains unclear. We therefore demonstrated the specific changes in fibrocyte accumulation for angiogesis in basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)-treated wounds. bFGF-treated wounds exhibited marked formation of arterioles and inhibition of podoplanin(+) lymph vessels that were lacking in vascular endothelial growth factor-A-treated wounds. Real-time PCR in bFGF-treated wounds manifested enhanced expression of CD34, CD31, and bFGF mRNA and reduced expression of podoplanin and collagen type I, III, and IV mRNA...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
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