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Catherine St-Georges, Antoine Désilets, François Béliveau, Mariana Ghinet, Sébastien P Dion, Éloic Colombo, Pierre-Luc Boudreault, Rafael J Najmanovich, Richard Leduc, Éric Marsault
Matriptase-2, a type II transmembrane serine protease (TTSP), is expressed in the liver and regulates iron homeostasis via the cleavage of hemojuvelin. Matriptase-2 emerges as an attractive target for the treatment of conditions associated with iron overload, such as hemochromatosis or beta-thalassemia. Starting from the crystal structure of its closest homolog matriptase, we constructed a homology model of matriptase-2 in order to further optimize the selectivity of serine trap peptidomimetic inhibitors for matriptase-2 vs matriptase...
March 31, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
S V Torti, E Lemler, B K Mueller, A Popp, F M Torti
OBJECTIVE: Hepcidin is a peptide hormone produced by the liver that regulates systemic iron homeostasis. Hepcidin is also synthesized by tumors, where it contributes to tumor growth by increasing the tumoral retention of iron. Targeted reduction of hepcidin may therefore be useful in reducing tumor growth. H5F9-AM8 is an antibody in preclinical development for the anemia of chronic disease that reduces hepcidin synthesis by binding to RGMc, a co-receptor involved in the transcriptional induction of hepcidin by BMP6...
November 2016: Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology
Seppo T Nikkari, Anni-Laura Visto, Kirsi M Määttä, Tarja A Kunnas
It is known that iron overload may lead to an increased risk for many diseases. According to GWAS studies, iron regulatory protein HFE gene variant H63D (rs1799945) was associated with hypertension, an observation which we were able to confirm also in our TAMRISK cohort. Thus, it is possible that abnormalities in iron homeostasis may predispose to hypertension. This prompted us to study whether there is an association between hypertension and another iron overload-associated gene, hemojuvelin (HJV), which has 2 common polymorphic sites (rs 16827043, rs7536827)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Heba W El Said, Khaled H Abou Seif, Yasser S Ahmed, Hesham A Abou Elleil, Tamer W El Said, Maha A Behairy, Mohamed M Mohamed, Fatma A Ahmed
BACKGROUND: Iron overload is frequently reported in hemodialysis (HD) patients particularly those with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Soluble Hemojuvelin (sHJV) has recently emerged as one of the significant regulators of iron homeostasis and hepcidin expression. AIMS: to evaluate the potential associations of sHJV and hepcidin with inflammation, iron parameters and Erythropoietin requirement in prevalent HD patients with HCV. METHODS: Serum sHJV and hepcidin were measured in 60 prevalent HD patients with [group I (n = 30)] and without [group II (n = 30)] HCV, and controls (n = 30) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 28, 2017: Nephrology
Subhash K Das, Vaibhav B Patel, Ratnadeep Basu, Wang Wang, Jessica DesAulniers, Zamaneh Kassiri, Gavin Y Oudit
BACKGROUND: Sex-related differences in cardiac function and iron metabolism exist in humans and experimental animals. Male patients and preclinical animal models are more susceptible to cardiomyopathies and heart failure. However, whether similar differences are seen in iron-overload cardiomyopathy is poorly understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male and female wild-type and hemojuvelin-null mice were injected and fed with a high-iron diet, respectively, to develop secondary iron overload and genetic hemochromatosis...
January 23, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Christian Siebold, Toshihide Yamashita, Philippe P Monnier, Bernhard K Mueller, R Jeroen Pasterkamp
Although originally discovered as neuronal growth cone-collapsing factors, repulsive guidance molecules (RGMs) are now known as key players in many fundamental processes, such as cell migration, differentiation, iron homeostasis, and apoptosis, during the development and homeostasis of many tissues and organs, including the nervous, skeletal, and immune systems. Furthermore, three RGMs (RGMa, RGMb/DRAGON, and RGMc/hemojuvelin) have been linked to the pathogenesis of various disorders ranging from multiple sclerosis (MS) to cancer and juvenile hemochromatosis (JHH)...
December 19, 2016: Trends in Cell Biology
Yongwei Wang, Yali Du, Gang Liu, Shanshan Guo, Bo Hou, Xianyong Jiang, Bing Han, Yanzhong Chang, Guangjun Nie
Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is a group of inherited iron-overload disorders associated with pathogenic defects in the genes encoding hemochromatosis (HFE), hemojuvelin (HJV/HFE2), hepcidin (HAMP), transferrin receptor 2 (TfR2), and ferroportin (FPN1/SLC40A1) proteins, and the clinical features are well described. However, there have been only a few detailed reports of HH in Chinese populations. Thus, there is insufficient patient information for population-based analyses in Chinese populations or comparative studies among different ethical groups...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Susanna Canali, Kimberly B Zumbrennen-Bullough, Amanda B Core, Chia-Yu Wang, Manfred Nairz, Richard Bouley, Filip K Swirski, Jodie L Babitt
Bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6) signaling in hepatocytes is a central transcriptional regulator of the iron hormone hepcidin that controls systemic iron balance. How iron levels are sensed to regulate hepcidin production is not known, but local induction of liver BMP6 expression by iron is proposed to have a critical role. To identify the cellular source of BMP6 responsible for hepcidin and iron homeostasis regulation, we generated mice with tissue-specific ablation of Bmp6 in different liver cell populations and evaluated their iron phenotype...
January 26, 2017: Blood
Katsuya Ikuta, Mayumi Hatayama, Lynda Addo, Yasumichi Toki, Katsunori Sasaki, Yasuaki Tatsumi, Ai Hattori, Ayako Kato, Koichi Kato, Hisao Hayashi, Takahiro Suzuki, Masayoshi Kobune, Miyuki Tsutsui, Akihiko Gotoh, Yasuo Aota, Motoo Matsuura, Yuzuru Hamada, Takahiro Tokuda, Norio Komatsu, Yutaka Kohgo
Transfusion is believed to be the main cause of iron overload in Japan. A nationwide survey on post-transfusional iron overload subsequently led to the establishment of guidelines for iron chelation therapy in this country. To date, however, detailed clinical information on the entire iron overload population in Japan has not been fully investigated. In the present study, we obtained and studied detailed clinical information on the iron overload patient population in Japan. Of 1109 iron overload cases, 93.1% were considered to have occurred post-transfusion...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Matthew B Lanktree, Bekim Sadikovic, John S Waye, Alexander Levstik, Bruce B Lanktree, Jovana Yudin, Mark A Crowther, Guillaume Pare, Paul C Adams
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing of an iron metabolism gene panel could identify pathogenic mutations, improving on standard hemochromatosis genetic testing and providing a molecular diagnosis in patients with suspected iron overload. METHODS: A next-generation sequencing panel of 15 genes with known roles in iron metabolism was constructed. A total of 190 patients were sequenced: 94 from a tertiary hemochromatosis clinic and 96 submitted for HFE testing with biochemical evidence of iron overload [elevated ferritin (>450 μg/L) or transferrin saturation (>55%)] obtained from a chart review...
March 2017: European Journal of Haematology
Kaczorowska-Hac Barbara, Luszczyk Marcin, Antosiewicz Jedrzej, Ziolkowski Wieslaw, Adamkiewicz-Drozynska Elzbieta, Mysliwiec Malgorzata, Milosz Ewa, Kaczor Jan Jacek
The molecular mechanism that regulates iron homeostasis is based on a network of signals, which reflect on the iron requirements of the body. Hereditary hemochromatosis is a heterogenic metabolic syndrome which is due to unchecked transfer of iron into the bloodstream and its toxic effects on parenchymatous organs. It is caused by the mutation of genes that encode proteins that help hepcidin to monitor serum iron. These proteins include the human hemochromatosis protein -HFE, transferrin-receptor 2, hemojuvelin in rare instances, and ferroportin...
December 2016: Annals of Hematology
Juliana Frossard Ribeiro Mendes, Egle Machado de Almeida Siqueira, João Gabriel Marques de Brito E Silva, Sandra Fernandes Arruda
BACKGROUND: Considering that vitamin A deficiency modulates hepcidin expression and consequently affects iron metabolism, we evaluated the effect of vitamin A deficiency in the expression of genes involved in the hemojuvelin (HJV)-bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6)-small mothers against decapentaplegic protein (SMAD) signaling pathway. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were treated: control AIN-93G diet (CT), vitamin A-deficient diet (VAD), iron-deficient diet (FeD), vitamin A- and iron-deficient diet (VAFeD), or 12 mg all-trans retinoic acid (atRA)/kg diet...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
Halie K Miller, Leah Schwiesow, Winnie Au-Yeung, Victoria Auerbuch
The iron overload disorder hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) predisposes humans to serious disseminated infection with pathogenic Yersinia as well as several other pathogens. Recently, we showed that the iron-sulfur cluster coordinating transcription factor IscR is required for type III secretion in Y. pseudotuberculosis by direct control of the T3SS master regulator LcrF. In E. coli and Yersinia, IscR levels are predicted to be regulated by iron bioavailability, oxygen tension, and oxidative stress, such that iron depletion should lead to increased IscR levels...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Elisa Ferro, Angela Di Pietro, Giuseppa Visalli, Basilia Piraino, Carmelo Salpietro, Maria Angela La Rosa
OBJECTIVE: The hemojuvelin-bone morphogenetic protein axis is the principal iron-dependent mechanism of hepcidin regulation. The determination of soluble hemojuvelin (sHJV) levels could allow for a better understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of hepcidin regulation in thalassaemia. METHOD: We have assessed sHJV in 45 transfused and 15 untransfused thalassaemic patients in comparison with 15 healthy subjects, evaluating its relationships with some parameters of iron overload, anaemia and erythropoiesis...
January 2017: European Journal of Haematology
Sandra Ribeiro, Patrícia Garrido, João Fernandes, Susana Rocha, Petronila Rocha-Pereira, Elísio Costa, Luís Belo, Flávio Reis, Alice Santos-Silva
The crosstalk between several factors controlling hepcidin synthesis is poorly clarified for different physiological and pathological conditions. Our aim was to study the impact of increasing recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) doses on erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and hepcidin, using a rat model. Male Wistar rats were divided in 5 groups: control (vehicle) and rHuEPO-treated groups (100, 200, 400 and 600IU/kgbody weight/week), 3 times per week, during 3weeks. Hematological and iron data were evaluated...
July 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Heinz Zoller, Benjamin Henninger
Hemochromatosis is a common cause of chronic liver disease and HFE genotyping allows decisive and non-invasive diagnosis. Molecular and clinical genetic studies have led to the identification of genes other than HFE in patients with inherited diseases associated with increased hepatic iron storage that can cause hemochromatosis, which adds complexity to a diagnostic approach to patients with suspected hemochromatosis. Despite major advances in genetics, hepatic iron quantification by non-invasive methods therefore remains the key to the diagnosis of hemochromatosis...
2016: Digestive Diseases
Simeng Chen, Teng Feng, Maja Vujić Spasić, Sandro Altamura, Katja Breitkopf-Heinlein, Jutta Altenöder, Thomas S Weiss, Steven Dooley, Martina U Muckenthaler
The hepatic hormone hepcidin is the master regulator of systemic iron homeostasis. Its expression level is adjusted to alterations in iron levels, inflammatory cues, and iron requirements for erythropoiesis. Bone morphogenetic protein 6 (BMP6) contributes to the iron-dependent control of hepcidin. In addition, TGF-β1 may stimulate hepcidin mRNA expression in murine hepatocytes and human leukocytes. However, receptors and downstream signaling proteins involved in TGF-β1-induced hepcidin expression are still unclear...
June 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ningning Zhao, Julia E Maxson, Richard H Zhang, Mastura Wahedi, Caroline A Enns, An-Sheng Zhang
Hemojuvelin (HJV) regulates iron homeostasis by direct interaction with bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) ligands to induce hepcidin expression through the BMP signaling pathway in the liver. Crystallography studies indicate that HJV can simultaneously bind to both BMP2 and the ubiquitously expressed cell surface receptor neogenin. However, the role of the neogenin-HJV interaction in the function of HJV is unknown. Here we identify a mutation in HJV that specifically lowers its interaction with neogenin. Expression of this mutant Hjv in the liver of Hjv(-/-) mice dramatically attenuated its induction of BMP signaling and hepcidin mRNA, suggesting that interaction with neogenin is critical for the iron regulatory function of HJV...
June 3, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Pachiappan Arjunan, Jaya P Gnanaprakasam, Sudha Ananth, Michelle A Romej, Veeranan-Karmegam Rajalakshmi, Puttur D Prasad, Pamela M Martin, Mariappan Gurusamy, Muthusamy Thangaraju, Yangzom D Bhutia, Vadivel Ganapathy
PURPOSE: Hemochromatosis, an iron-overload disease, occurs as adult and juvenile types. Mutations in hemojuvelin (HJV), an iron-regulatory protein and a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) coreceptor, underlie most of the juvenile type. Hjv(-/-) mice accumulate excess iron in retina and exhibit aberrant vascularization and angiomas. A succinate receptor, GPR91, is pro-angiogenic in retina. We hypothesized that Hjv(-/-) retinas have increased BMP signaling and increased GPR91 expression as the basis of angiomas...
April 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Jingqi Liu, Chunwen Pu, Lang Lang, Liang Qiao, Mohanud Abukar Haji Abdullahi, Chunmeng Jiang
Hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) is an inherited iron overload disorder characterized by normal iron-driven erythropoiesis and abnormal iron metabolism, leading to excess iron deposited in parenchymal cells of liver, heart, and endocrine glands. Iron hormone, hepcidin, plays a critical role in iron homeostasis through interaction with ferroportin (FPN), a major cellular iron exporter. Hepcidin is encoded by hepcidin antimicrobial peptide (HAMP). Mutations in hepcidin and any genes that regulate the biology of hepcidin, including hemochromatosis genes (HFE), Hemojuvelin (HJV), transferring receptor 2 (TFR2) and FPN, result in hemochromatosis...
August 2016: Histology and Histopathology
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