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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334566/deficiency-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling-disrupts-memory-processes-in-rats
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Vladimir I Arkhipov, Ekaterina V Pershina, Sergey G Levin
Cytokines, in addition to their participation in immune and inflammatory processes, play an important role in synaptic plasticity, neoneurogenesis, and cognitive functions. In our work, we aimed to clarify the role of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), which is recognized as a multifunctional cytokine, in memory processes. Behavioral experiments were carried out in rats using step-through passive avoidance test. The results obtained showed that the learning of animals after treatment with SB431542, a selective inhibitor of TGF-β receptors, was impaired, which indicated a significant memory deterioration...
January 12, 2018: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333048/astaxanthin-ameliorates-hepatic-damage-and-oxidative-stress-in-carbon-tetrachloride-administered-rats
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Md Ariful Islam, Md Abdullah Al Mamun, Md Faruk, Md Tauhid Ul Islam, Md Mizanur Rahman, Mohammad Nazmul Alam, A F M Towheedur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud Reza, Md Ashraful Alam
Background: Astaxanthin is of carotenoids group which possess strong antioxidant properties. The present study was conducted to evaluate the hepatoprotective effects of astaxanthin in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-treated rats. Materials and Methods: Female Long-Evans rats were administered with CCl4 orally (1 ml/kg) twice a week for 2 weeks and were treated with astaxanthin (10 mg/kg) every day for 2 weeks. Blood plasma samples were isolated from each group and were analyzed for alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alkaline phosphatase activities...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332922/role-of-gene-polymorphisms-haplotypes-and-plasma-level-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-in-susceptibility-to-in-stent-restenosis-following-coronary-implantation-of-bare-metal-stent-in-chinese-han-patients
#3
Hai-Jian Chen, Ni Mo, Yan-Feng Zhang, Guo-Zhu Su, Han-Dong Wu, Fang Pei
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 has been implicated in the pathogenesis of restenosis. However, the role of TGF-β1 polymorphisms in development of in-stent restenosis (ISR) after coronary bare metal stent (BMS) implantation in Chinese Han population has not been reported to date. The aim of this study was to explore the association between TGF-β1 gene polymorphisms (-509C/T and 869T/C) and its plasma level in Chinese Han patients with BMS-ISR.We investigated 419 patients after successful coronary stent placement...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331689/baicalin-inhibits-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-through-regulating-ampk-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
#4
Yichuan Xiao, Jiantao Ye, Ying Zhou, Junjun Huang, Xiawen Liu, Biyun Huang, Liu Zhu, Bo Wu, Genshui Zhang, Yi Cai
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a central regulator of multiple metabolic pathways. It has been shown that activation of AMPK could inhibit fibroblast proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation, thereby suppressing cardiac fibrosis. Baicalin, the major component found in skullcap, possesses multiple protective effects on the cardiovascular system. However, little is known about the effect of baicalin on cardiac fibrosis and the molecular mechanism by which baicalin exerts its anti-fibrotic effects has not been investigated...
January 10, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331653/gallic-acid-attenuates-type-i-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats
#5
Mayuresh Sudamrao Garud, Yogesh Anant Kulkarni
Literatures suggest that TGF-β1 have a central role in the progression of diabetic nephropathy and its down regulation can improve the disease condition. Oxidative stress, generation of advanced glycation end products and activation of renin angiotensin system are the connecting links between hyperglycemia and TGF-β1 over expression. Gallic acid is a phytochemical having wide range of biological activities. Gallic acid is reported to have antioxidant and advanced glycation inhibitory activity. It has also shown inhibitory effects on angiotensin converting enzyme...
January 10, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331278/impact-of-treatment-with-a-protein-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-genistein-on-acute-and-chronic-experimental-schistosoma-mansoni-infection
#6
Maysa Mohamed Kamel Sobhy, Soheir Sayed Mahmoud, Shaimaa Helmy El-Sayed, Enas Mohamed Ali Rizk, Amira Raafat, Mohamed Sherif Ismail Negm
Schistosomiasis mansoni is considered one of the most common fibrotic diseases resulting from inflammation and deposition of fibrous tissue around parasitic eggs trapped in the liver, causing morbidity and mortality. Chemotherapy against schistosomiasis is largely dependent on Praziquantel (PZQ). Yet, the huge administration of it in endemic areas and its incompetence towards the immature stages have raised serious alarms against the development of drug resistance. Few drugs are directed to reverse schistosomal liver fibrosis, particularly at the chronic and advanced stages of the disease...
January 10, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330836/pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-mediated-by-yap
#7
Ping Chen, Qihui Luo, Chao Huang, Qi Gao, Like Li, Jingfei Chen, Bing Chen, Wentao Liu, Wen Zeng, Zhengli Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of the interaction between Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling pathways in the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: Serum samples of monkeys with biopsy-proven NAFLD and healthy normal monkeys were used to measure fasting plasma glucose (FPG), low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), triglyceride (TG) and albumin (ALB) with the BECKMAN CX5 PRO...
January 12, 2018: Hepatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330743/acute-downregulation-of-mir-155-leads-to-a-reduced-collagen-synthesis-through-attenuating-macrophages-inflammatory-factor-secretion-by-targeting-ship1
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Longlong Yang, Lingying Liu, Huinan Ying, Yonghui Yu, Donghai Zhang, Huping Deng, Haijun Zhang, Jiake Chai
Fibrosis, tightly associated with fibroblasts collagen synthesis, is related closely with inflammatory response. Our previously study found that acute downregulation of miR-155 at wound sites leads to a reduced fibrosis, however its particular mechanism is unclear. Herein, we aimed to explore the mechanism of miR-155 in reducing fibrosis. We first found that down-regulation of miR-155 inhibited macrophages transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and IL-1β secretion. Next, we found that co-cultured with macrophages increased the proliferation and collagen synthesis of fibroblasts, and downregulation of miR-155 in macrophages could effectively attenuate the accelerative effects...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330453/calcium-sulfate-induced-versus-pmma-induced-membrane-in-a-critical-sized-femoral-defect-in-a-rat-model
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Yun-Fei Ma, Nan Jiang, Xiang Zhang, Cheng-He Qin, Lei Wang, Yan-Jun Hu, Qing-Rong Lin, Bin Yu, Bo-Wei Wang
Aimed to investigate the characteristics of CS-induced membrane in comparison with the PMMA-induced membrane. Cellular components, histological changes, growth factor expressions of IL-6, VEGF, BMP-2, and TGF-β1 in the two induced membranes were compared at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks, respectively. We also compared the histological changes at the bone defects between CS and PMMA groups. The structural characteristics of induced membrane were similar between CS and PMMA. Endochondral ossification took place in the CS-induced membrane at 8 week...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330193/structure-of-the-human-myostatin-precursor-and-determinants-of-growth-factor-latency
#10
Thomas R Cotton, Gerhard Fischer, Xuelu Wang, Jason C McCoy, Magdalena Czepnik, Thomas B Thompson, Marko Hyvönen
Myostatin, a key regulator of muscle mass in vertebrates, is biosynthesised as a latent precursor in muscle and is activated by sequential proteolysis of the pro-domain. To investigate the molecular mechanism by which pro-myostatin remains latent, we have determined the structure of unprocessed pro-myostatin and analysed the properties of the protein in its different forms. Crystal structures and SAXS analyses show that pro-myostatin adopts an open, V-shaped structure with a domain-swapped arrangement. The pro-mature complex, after cleavage of the furin site, has significantly reduced activity compared with the mature growth factor and persists as a stable complex that is resistant to the natural antagonist follistatin...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330036/regulation-of-fibrotic-changes-by-the-synergistic-effects-of-cytokines-dimensionality-and-matrix-towards-the-development-of-an-in-vitro-human-dermal-hypertrophic-scar-model
#11
Shikha Chawla, Sourabh Ghosh
Current therapeutic strategies to reduce scarring in full thickness skin defect offer limited success due to poor understanding of scar tissue formation and the underlying signaling pathways. There is an urgent need to develop human cell based in vitro scar tissue models as animal testing is associated with ethical and logistic complications and inter-species variations. Pro-inflammatory cytokines play critical role in regulating scar development through complex interplay and interaction with the ECM and corresponding signaling pathways...
January 9, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329619/hepatic-fibropoiesis-in-dogs-naturally-infected-with-leishmania-leishmania-infantum-treated-with-liposome-encapsulated-meglumine-antimoniate-and-allopurinol
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R S Castro, I F G de Amorim, R A Pereira, S M Silva, L J Pinheiro, A J W Pinto, E G Azevedo, C Demicheli, M M V Caliari, D M Mosser, M S M Michalick, Frédéric J G Frezard, Wagner L Tafuri
Hepatic fibropoiesis in canine visceral leishmaniasis (CVL) were evaluated by histological (morphometrical collagen deposition) and immunohistochemical assays characterizing alpha-actin (α-SMA), vimentin, calprotectin (L1 antigen), and TGF-β in 46 naturally infected dogs with Leishmania infantum treated with liposome-encapsulated meglumine antimoniate and allopurinol separately and in combination. Six treatment groups were defined: meglumine antimoniate encapsulated in nanometric liposomes (LMA), allopurinol (ALLOP); liposome-encapsulated meglumine antomoniate combined with allopurinol (LMA+ALLOP); empty liposomes (LEMP); empty liposomes combined with allopurinol (LEMP+ALLOP) and saline...
January 30, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329595/human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cell-conditioned-medium-attenuates-renal-fibrosis-by-reducing-inflammation-and-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Bo Liu, Fengxia Ding, Dong Hu, Yu Zhou, Chunlan Long, Lianju Shen, Yuanyuan Zhang, Deying Zhang, Guanghui Wei
BACKGROUND: Renal fibrosis is characterized by infiltration of interstitial inflammatory cells and release of inflammatory mediators, activation and proliferation of fibroblasts, and deposition of excessive extracellular matrix (ECM). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cell (hucMSC) conditioned medium (CM) on renal tubulointerstitial inflammation and fibrosis. METHODS: Renal interstitial fibrosis was prepared in vivo using the unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
January 12, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329547/microfluidic-co-culture-of-pancreatic-tumor-spheroids-with-stellate-cells-as-a-novel-3d-model-for-investigation-of%C3%A2-stroma-mediated-cell-motility-and-drug-resistance
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Ji-Hyun Lee, Seul-Ki Kim, Iftikhar Ali Khawar, Su-Yeong Jeong, Seok Chung, Hyo-Jeong Kuh
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), a major component of the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer, play roles in cancer progression as well as drug resistance. Culturing various cells in microfluidic (microchannel) devices has proven to be a useful in studying cellular interactions and drug sensitivity. Here we present a microchannel plate-based co-culture model that integrates tumor spheroids with PSCs in a three-dimensional (3D) collagen matrix to mimic the tumor microenvironment in vivo by recapitulating epithelial-mesenchymal transition and chemoresistance...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329393/tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-nadph-oxidase-4-dependent-oxidative-stress-promotes-colistin-induced-acute-kidney-injury
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Bo Young Jeong, Se-Ra Park, Sungkwon Cho, Seong-Lan Yu, Hoi Young Lee, Chang Gyo Park, Jaeku Kang, Da-Young Jung, Moon Hyang Park, Won-Min Hwang, Sung-Ro Yun, Ju-Young Jung, Se-Hee Yoon
Background: Colistin (polymyxin E) is an important constituent of the polymyxin class of cationic polypeptide antibiotics. Intrarenal oxidative stress can contribute to colistin-induced nephrotoxicity. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide 3-phosphate oxidases (Noxs) are important sources of reactive oxygen species. Among the various types of Noxs, Nox4 is predominantly expressed in the kidney. Objectives: We investigated the role of Nox4 and benefit of Nox4 inhibition in colistin-induced acute kidney injury using in vivo and in vitro models...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328490/galectin-1-expression-in-activated-pancreatic-satellite-cells-promotes-fibrosis-in-chronic-pancreatitis-pancreatic-cancer-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-pathway
#16
Dong Tang, Qi Wu, Jingqiu Zhang, Hongpeng Zhang, Zhongxu Yuan, Jiaming Xu, Yang Chong, Yuqin Huang, Qingquan Xiong, Sen Wang, Ying Tian, Yongdie Lu, Xiao Ge, Wenjing Shen, Daorong Wang
Chronic pancreatitis/pancreatic cancer (CP/PC) is characterized by fibrous connective tissue proliferation induced by activated pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs). Galectin-1 is upregulated in activated PSCs and is important for the continuing activation of PSCs. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of galectin-1 derived from activated PSCs on the progression of fibrosis in CP/PC. To this end, the expression of desmin, α-SMA, galectin-1, fibronectin and collagen type I in normal pancreatic, CP and PC tissues, as well as quiescent/activated PSCs, was investigated...
January 9, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328486/mir%C3%A2-873-inhibits-colorectal-cancer-cell-proliferation-by-targeting-traf5-and-tab1
#17
Hui Gong, Lishan Fang, Yifan Li, Jihui Du, Bei Zhou, Xiu Wang, Hekai Zhou, Lingli Gao, Kaixin Wang, Juan Zhang
MicroRNA-873 (miR‑873) has been reported to be dysregulated in a variety of malignancies, however, the biological function and underlying molecular mechanism of miR‑873 in colorectal cancer (CRC) remain unclear. In the present study we found that the expression levels of miR‑873 were markedly decreased in CRC cell lines and tissues from patients. Statistical analysis revealed that miR‑873 expression was inversely correlated with the disease stage of CRC. Kaplan‑Meier survival analysis revealed that patients with CRC with lower miR‑873 expression had shorter overall survival rates...
January 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328467/aspirin-and-metformin-exhibit-antitumor-activity-in-murine-breast-cancer
#18
Maoyuan Zhao, Yuyi Wang, Chi Du, Yanyang Liu, Nan Zhang, Feng Luo
Studies have shown that aspirin and metformin play important roles in chemoprevention and repression of breast cancers, even though the exact mechanism remains unclear. Aspirin is capable of stimulating apoptosis through prostaglandin-dependent or prostaglandin-independent pathways. Metformin inhibits cell growth by enhancing the tumor suppressive function of transforming growth factor (TGF-β). In the present study, we report a new link between aspirin, metformin, TGF-β1 and murine breast cancer inhibition...
January 4, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328420/ginsenoside-rg3-inhibits-keloid-fibroblast-proliferation-angiogenesis-and-collagen-synthesis-in-vitro-via-the-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-smad-and-erk-signaling-pathways
#19
Mengyao Tang, Weiwei Bian, Liying Cheng, Lu Zhang, Rong Jin, Wenbo Wang, Yuguang Zhang
A wide range of therapeutic options exists for the treatment of keloids, all of which have their own strengths; however, a high risk of side‑effects and frequent recurrence remains. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify improved therapeutic approaches or drugs for the treatment of keloids. Ginsenoside Rg3 (Rg3) has been reported to exert numerous antitumor effects, thus indicating that Rg3 may be a potential therapeutic agent that targets keloids. The present study determined the effects of Rg3 on human keloid fibroblasts (KFs) in vitro, and further explored the associated molecular and cellular mechanisms...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328411/dna-methylation-enzyme-inhibitor-rg108-suppresses-the-radioresistance-of-esophageal-cancer
#20
Yao Ou, Quan Zhang, Yiting Tang, Zhonghua Lu, Xujing Lu, Xifa Zhou, Changmin Liu
Esophageal cancer (EC) is the eighth most common highly aggressive cancer worldwide. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the DNA methyltransferase inhibitor RG108 on the radiosensitivity of EC cells. MTT and clonogenic assays were performed to assess the effect of RG108 on the proliferation and radiosensitivity of Eca‑109 and TE‑1 human EC cells. The cell cycle progression and alterations in apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry. For the in vivo analysis, the Eca‑109 cells were inoculated into nude mice to establish tumors...
January 11, 2018: Oncology Reports
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