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Antonio Layoun, Macha Samba-Mondonga, Gabriela Fragoso, Annie Calvé, Manuela M Santos
Iron homeostasis is tightly regulated to provide virtually all cells in the body, particularly red blood cells, with this essential element while defending against its toxicity. The peptide hormone hepcidin is central to the control of the amount of iron absorbed from the diet and iron recycling from macrophages. Previously, we have shown that hepcidin induction in macrophages following Toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation depends on the presence of myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88). In this study, we analyzed the regulation of iron metabolism in MyD88 -/- mice to further investigate MyD88 involvement in iron sensing and hepcidin induction...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Shiho Fujita, Toru Hasegawa, Yuki Nishiyama, Satoshi Fujisawa, Yasuhiro Nakano, Takahiro Nada, Nahoko Iwata, Yasuhiko Kamada, Hisashi Masuyama, Fumio Otsuka
The involvement of orexins in reproductive function has been gradually uncovered. However, the functional role of orexins in ovarian steroidogenesis remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of orexin A on ovarian steroidogenesis by using rat primary granulosa cells that express both OX1 and OX2 receptors for orexins. Treatment with orexin A enhanced progesterone, but not estradiol, biosynthesis induced by FSH, whereas it did not affect basal levels of progesterone or estradiol. In accordance with the effects on steroidogenesis, orexin A increased the mRNA levels of progesterogenic enzymes, including StAR, P450scc and 3βHSD, but not P450arom, and cellular cAMP synthesis induced by FSH...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Priyanka Singh, Laura M Jenkins, Ben Horst, Victoria Alers, Shrikant Pradhan, Prabhjot Kaur, Tapasya Srivastava, Nadine Hempel, Balázs Győrffy, Eugenia V Broude, Nam Y Lee, Karthikeyan Mythreye
Inhibin is a heterodimeric TGF-β family ligand that is expressed in many cancers and is a selective biomarker for ovarian cancers, however its tumor-specific functions remain unknown. Here we demonstrate that the α subunit of Inhibin (INHA), which is critical for the functionality of dimeric Inhibin A/B, correlates with microvessel density (MVD) in human ovarian tissues and xenografts and is predictive of poor clinical outcomes in multiple cancers. We demonstrate that Inhibin regulated angiogenesis is necessary for metastasis...
March 13, 2018: Cancer Research
Cui Zhang, Liang Li, Yuanda Jiang, Cuicui Wang, Baoming Geng, Yanqiu Wang, Jianling Chen, Fei Liu, Peng Qiu, Guangjie Zhai, Ping Chen, Renfu Quan, Jinfu Wang
Bone formation is linked with osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the bone marrow. Microgravity in spaceflight is known to reduce bone formation. In this study, we used a real microgravity environment of the SJ-10 Recoverable Scientific Satellite to examine the effects of space microgravity on the osteogenic differentiation of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). hMSCs were induced toward osteogenic differentiation for 2 and 7 d in a cell culture device mounted on the SJ-10 Satellite...
March 13, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Ye Jin, Daniel C Weinstein
The cement gland in Xenopus laevis has long been used as a model to study the interplay of cell signaling and transcription factors during embryogenesis. It has been shown that an intermediate level of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling is essential for cement gland formation. In addition, several transcription factors have been linked to cement gland development. One of these, the homeodomain-containing protein Pitx1, can generate ectopic cement gland formation; however, the mechanisms underlying this process remain obscure...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Biology
Polyxeni Bozatzi, Kevin S Dingwell, Kevin Zl Wu, Fay Cooper, Timothy D Cummins, Luke D Hutchinson, Janis Vogt, Nicola T Wood, Thomas J Macartney, Joby Varghese, Robert Gourlay, David G Campbell, James C Smith, Gopal P Sapkota
The BMP and Wnt signalling pathways determine axis specification during embryonic development. Our previous work has shown that PAWS1 (also known as FAM83G) interacts with SMAD1 and modulates BMP signalling. Here, surprisingly, we show that overexpression of PAWS1 in Xenopus embryos activates Wnt signalling and causes complete axis duplication. Consistent with these observations in Xenopus , Wnt signalling is diminished in U2OS osteosarcoma cells lacking PAWS1, while BMP signalling is unaffected. We show that PAWS1 interacts and co-localises with the α isoform of casein kinase 1 (CK1), and that PAWS1 mutations incapable of binding CK1 fail both to activate Wnt signalling and to elicit axis duplication in Xenopus embryos...
March 7, 2018: EMBO Reports
Hongxia Liu, Liang Zhong, Taixian Yuan, Sicheng Chen, Yiqing Zhou, Liqin An, Yangliu Guo, Mengtian Fan, Ya Li, Yanting Sun, Wang Li, Qiong Shi, Yaguang Weng
Previous studies have indicated that bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) can promote the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and increase bone formation in bone diseases. However, the mechanisms involved remained poorly understood. It is necessary to investigate the specific regulatory mechanisms of osteogenic differentiation that were induced by BMP9. During the process of osteogenic differentiation induced by BMP9, the expression of microRNA-155 (miR-155) exhibited a tendency of increasing at first and then decreasing, which made us consider that miR-155 may have a modulatory role in this process, but the roles of this process have not been elucidated...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Tarunkumar Hemraj Madne, Mark Edward Carl Dockrell
Growth factors like TGFβ and CTGF (CCN2) plays a vital role in various cellular functions. TGFβ and CTGF are overexpressed in renal fibrosis. CTGF act as profibrotic stimuli to TGFβ. CCN3 is a member of CCN family which also comprises CCN1 (CYR61), CCN2 (CTGF), CCN4 (WISP-1), CCN5 (WISP-2) and CCN6 (WISP-3). CCN3 has been shown to antagonise CTGF. In this study, we investigated the role of CCN3 in TGFβ1-mediated signalling in human podocytes culture. This study describes the novel function of CCN3 in regulation of TGFβ1 mediated non-canonical Smad signalling in human podocytes culture...
February 28, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Di Zhu, Xue Deng, Xiao-Fei Han, Xiao-Xin Sun, Tao-Wen Pan, Lu-Ping Zheng, Yan-Qiu Liu
Our previous study showed that wedelolactone, a compound isolated from Ecliptae herba , has the potential to enhance osteoblastogenesis. However, the molecular mechanisms by which wedelolactone promoted osteoblastogenesis from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) remain largely unknown. In this study, treatment with wedelolactone (2 μg/mL) for 3, 6, and 9 days resulted in an increase in phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERKs), c-Jun N -terminal protein kinase (JNK), and p38. Phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), ERK and JNK started to increase on day 3 of treatment, and p38 phosphorylation was increased by day 6 of treatment...
March 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Zizhao Wu, Xianjian Qiu, Bo Gao, Chengjie Lian, Yan Peng, Anjing Liang, Caixia Xu, Wenjie Gao, Liangming Zhang, Peiqiang Su, Limin Rong, Dongsheng Huang
Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs), with inherent chondrogenic differentiation potential, appear to be ideally suited for therapeutic use in cartilage regeneration. Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that melatonin can promote chondrogenic differentiation in human BMSCs. However, little is known about the mechanism. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to regulate the differentiation of BMSCs, but their roles in melatonin-promoted chondrogenic differentiation have not been characterized. Here, we demonstrate that melatonin promoted chondrogenic differentiation of human BMSCs via upregulation of miR-526b-3p and miR-590-5p...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
Toshio Doi, Tatsumi Moriya, Yui Fujita, Naoto Minagawa, Masaru Usami, Tomoko Sasaki, Hideharu Abe, Seiji Kishi, Taichi Murakami, Motoshi Ouchi, Go Ichien, Keiichi Yamamoto, Hiroki Ikeda, Yasuhiko Koezuka, Norimichi Takamatsu, Kenji Shima, Michael Mauer, Kojiro Nagai, Tatsuya Tominaga
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the major cause of end-stage kidney disease but early biomarkers of DN risk are limited. Herein we examine urinary immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) and Smad1 as additional early DN biomarkers. 815 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus were recruited; 554 patients fulfilled the criteria of more than 60 ml/min of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and no macroalbuminuria at baseline with followed-up for 5 years. Patients without macroalbuminuria were also recruited for renal biopsies...
February 28, 2018: Diabetes
Ya-Yu Chen, Chia-Fang Tsai, Ming-Chu Tsai, Wen-Kang Chen, Yu-Wen Hsu, Fung-Jou Lu
AIM: To investigate the anti-fibrosis effect of rosmarinic acid (RA) in pterygium epithelial cells (PECs) to determine if RA is a potent agent for treating pterygium. METHODS: The PECs (1×104 cells/mL) were treated with 100 µmol/L of RA for 1, 3 and 6h. After RA treatment, the cell viability was determined by staining with acridine orange/DAPI and analysis via a NucleoCounter NC-3000. The protein expression levels of type I collagen, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1), TGF-β type II receptor (TGF-βRII), p-Smad1/5, p-Smad2, p-Smad3, and Smad4 of the cell lysates were measured by Western blot analysis...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Sam York, Peter S Natov, Vikram Paruchuri, Yali Zhang, Mark J Aronovitz, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
Background -Heart failure is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β1) promotes cardiac fibrosis, but also activates counter-regulatory pathways that serve to regulate TGF-β1 activity in heart failure. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) is a member of the TGFβ family of cytokines and signals via the downstream effector protein Smad1. Endoglin is a TGFβ co-receptor that promotes TGF-β1 signaling via Smad3 and binds BMP9 with high affinity. We hypothesized that BMP9 limits cardiac fibrosis by activating Smad1 and attenuating Smad3 and further that neutralizing endoglin activity promotes BMP9 activity...
February 27, 2018: Circulation
Inka Gallitz, Niklas Lofruthe, Lisa Traeger, Nicole Bäumer, Verena Hoerr, Cornelius Faber, Tanja Kuhlmann, Carsten Müller-Tidow, Andrea U Steinbicker
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory stimuli induce the hepatic iron regulatory hormone hepcidin, which contributes to anaemia of inflammation (AI). Hepcidin expression is regulated by the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and the interleukin-6 (IL-6) signalling pathways. Prior results indicate that the BMP type I receptor ALK3 is mainly involved in the acute inflammatory hepcidin induction four and 72 h after IL-6 administration. In this study, the role of ALK3 in a chronic model of inflammation was investigated...
February 27, 2018: BMC Physiology
Mutsumi Araki, Takashi Hisamitsu, Yumi Kinugasa-Katayama, Toru Tanaka, Yukihiro Harada, Shu Nakao, Sanshiro Hanada, Shuhei Ishii, Masahide Fujita, Teruhisa Kawamura, Yoshihiko Saito, Koichi Nishiyama, Yusuke Watanabe, Osamu Nakagawa
Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9)/BMP10-ALK1 receptor signaling is essential for endothelial differentiation and vascular morphogenesis. Mutations in ALK1/ACVRL1 and other signal-related genes are implicated in human vascular diseases, and the Alk1/Acvrl1 deletion in mice causes severe impairment of vascular formation and embryonic lethality. In the microarray screen to search for novel downstream genes of ALK1 signaling, we found that the mRNA and protein expression of serum/glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) was rapidly up-regulated by the BMP9 stimulation of cultured human endothelial cells...
February 24, 2018: Angiogenesis
Hao Wang, Weitao Jin, Haibin Li
BACKGROUND: The present study investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the 4A > C and -349C > T single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in bone morphogenetic protein receptor type IA (BMPR-IA) gene, which significantly associated with the occurrence and the extent of ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament (OPLL) in the cervical spine. METHODS: The SNPs in BMPR-IA gene were genotyped, and the association with the occurrence and severity of OPLL were evaluated in 356 OPLL patients and 617 non-OPLL controls...
February 20, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Chijian Zuo, Xiaoying Zhao, Yu Shi, Wen Wu, Ning Zhang, Jiake Xu, Chuandong Wang, Guoli Hu, Xiaoling Zhang
Although the mechanisms of Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) on facilitating osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption is well known, the mechanisms behind the suppression of the osteoblast differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are still poorly understood. In this study, we observed a negative correlation between TNF-α levels and the expression of special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 (SATB2), a critical osteoblastogenesis transcription factor, in ovariectomy (OVX)-induced bone loss and IL-1-induced arthritis animal model...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Bo Yuan, Zhiming Wu
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common type of rheumatoid disease, which has recently been demonstrated to be associated with the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether MMP-2 interference reduced the osteogenic differentiation of fibroblasts and to explore the mechanism involved in the differentiation. Fibroblasts from patients with AS were divided into control, mock and small interfering (si)RNA-MMP-2 groups. Cell viability was assessed using the MTT assay...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Hong-Jin Zhao, Christian Klausen, Yan Li, Hua Zhu, Yan-Ling Wang, Peter C K Leung
BMP2 expression is spatiotemporally correlated with embryo implantation and is crucial for endometrial decidualization and fertility in mice. BMP2 has been reported to increase the mesenchymal adhesion molecule N-cadherin and enhance cell invasion in cancer cells; moreover, studies suggest that N-cadherin promotes placental trophoblast invasion. However, whether BMP2 can promote trophoblast cell invasion during placentation remains unknown. The objective of our study was to investigate the effects of BMP2 on human trophoblast cell invasion and the involvement of N-cadherin and SMAD signaling...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jennifer L Graef, Elizabeth Rendina-Ruedy, Erica K Crockett, Ping Ouyang, Jarrod B King, Robert H Cichewicz, Edralin A Lucas, Brenda J Smith
Dried plum supplementation has been shown to enhance bone formation while suppressing bone resorption. Evidence from previous studies has demonstrated that these responses can be attributed in part to the fruit's polyphenolic compounds. The purpose of this study was to identify the most bioactive polyphenolic fractions of dried plum with a focus on their osteogenic activity and to investigate their mechanisms of action under normal and inflammatory conditions. Utilizing chromatographic techniques, six fractions of polyphenolic compounds were prepared from a crude extract of dried plum...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
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