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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438754/smad1-5-is-required-for-erythropoietin-mediated-suppression-of-hepcidin-in-mice
#1
Chia-Yu Wang, Amanda B Core, Susanna Canali, Kimberly B Zumbrennen-Bullough, Sinan Ozer, Lieve Umans, An Zwijsen, Jodie L Babitt
Anemia suppresses liver hepcidin expression to supply adequate iron for erythropoiesis. Erythroferrone mediates hepcidin suppression by anemia, but its mechanism of action remains uncertain. The bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-SMAD signaling pathway has a central role in hepcidin transcriptional regulation. Here, we explored the contribution of individual receptor-activated SMADs in hepcidin regulation and their involvement in erythroferrone suppression of hepcidin. In Hep3B cells, SMAD5 or SMAD1, but not SMAD8, knockdown inhibited hepcidin (HAMP) mRNA expression...
April 24, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427181/metformin-inhibits-alk1-mediated-angiogenesis-via-activation-of-ampk
#2
Ying Ying, Takashi Ueta, Shanshan Jiang, Hui Lin, Yuanyuan Wang, Demetrios Vavvas, Rong Wen, Ye-Guang Chen, Zhijun Luo
Anti-VEGF therapy has been proven to be effective in the treatment of pathological angiogenesis. However, therapy resistance often occurs, leading to development of alternative approaches. The present study examines if AMPK negatively regulates ALK1-mediated signaling events and associated angiogenesis. Thus, we treated human umbilical vein endothelial cells with metformin as well as other pharmacological AMPK activators and showed that activation of AMPK inhibited Smad1/5 phosphorylation and tube formation induced by BMP9...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424263/the-kielin-chordin-like-protein-kcp-attenuates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-mice
#3
Abdul Soofi, Katherine I Wolf, Margo P Emont, Nathan Qi, Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, Edward Grimley, Wesam Ostwani, Gregory R Dressler
Obesity and its associated complications, such as insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, are reaching epidemic proportions. In mice, the TGF-beta superfamily is implicated in the regulation of white and brown adipose tissue differentiation. The Kielin/chordin-like Protein (KCP) is a secreted regulator of the TGF-beta superfamily pathways that can inhibit both TGF-beta and activin signals while enhancing bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling. However, KCP's effects on metabolism and obesity have not been studied in animal models...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397746/non-anticoagulant-heparins-are-hepcidin-antagonists-for-the-treatment-of-anemia
#4
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Maura Poli, Michela Asperti, Paola Ruzzenenti, Annamaria Naggi, Paolo Arosio
The peptide hormone hepcidin is a key controller of systemic iron homeostasis, and its expression in the liver is mainly regulated by bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), which are heparin binding proteins. In fact, heparins are strong suppressors of hepcidin expression in hepatic cell lines that act by inhibiting the phosphorylation of SMAD1/5/8 proteins elicited by the BMPs. The inhibitory effect of heparins has been demonstrated in cells and in mice, where subcutaneous injections of non-anticoagulant heparins inhibited liver hepcidin expression and increased iron bioavailability...
April 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389444/bone-morphogenetic-protein-based-therapeutic-approaches
#5
Jonathan W Lowery, Vicki Rosen
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) constitute the largest subdivision of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family of ligands and exert most of their effects through the canonical effectors Smad1, 5, and 8. Appropriate regulation of BMP signaling is critical for the development and homeostasis of numerous human organ systems. Aberrations in BMP pathways or their regulation are increasingly associated with diverse human pathologies, and there is an urgent and growing need to develop effective approaches to modulate BMP signaling in the clinic...
April 7, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386343/signaling-by-tgf-betas-in-tubule-cultures-of-adult-rat-testis
#6
Kai-Hui Chan, Sebastian P Galuska, Pradeep Kumar Kudipudi, Mohammad Assad Riaz, Kate L Loveland, Lutz Konrad
Although signal transduction of transforming growth factor-betas (TGF-βs) is well characterized in individual cell types, data about TGF-β signaling in a cellular context is still scarce. In this study, we used ex vivo tubule cultures from adult rat testis to investigate TGF-β signaling. We show for the first time in testicular tubules, that TGF-βs also signal via the BMP type I receptors, with ALK2 used by TGF-β1 and ALK3 and ALK6 by TGF-β2. This signal transduction is mediated via Smad3 as well as via Smad1...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377490/biological-role-and-therapeutic-targeting-of-tgf-%C3%AE-3-in-glioblastoma
#7
Katharina Seystahl, Alexandros Papachristodoulou, Isabel Burghardt, Hannah Schneider, Kathy Hasenbach, Michel Janicot, Patrick Roth, Michael Weller
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β contributes to the malignant phenotype of glioblastoma by promoting invasiveness and angiogenesis and creating an immunosuppressive microenvironment. So far, TGF-β1 and TGF-β2 isoforms have been considered to act in a similar fashion without isoform-specific function in glioblastoma. A pathogenic role for TGF-β3 in glioblastoma has not been defined yet. Here we studied the expression and functional role of endogenous and exogenous TGF-β3 in glioblastoma models. TGF-β3 mRNA is expressed in human and murine long-term glioma cell lines as well as in human glioma-initiating cell cultures with expression levels lower than TGF-β1 or TGF-β2 in most cell lines...
April 4, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374099/dalbergioidin-dal-protects-mc3t3-e1-osteoblastic-cells-against-h2o2-induced-cell-damage-through-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-smad1-pathway
#8
Yu-Qin Jin, Jia-Ling Li, Jin-Dong Chen, Chang-Liang Xu, Huang Li
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a pivotal pathogenic factor in the development of osteoporosis. Dalbergioidin (DAL) can be isolated from Uraria crinite, an edible herb used as a natural food for childhood skeletal dysplasia. Recent research has implicated DAL as having an antiosteoporosis effect, although the mechanism of this is unclear. We used an effective oxidative stress model, induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells, to investigate the protective effects of DAL in osteoporosis and the underlying molecular mechanisms...
April 3, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370465/pharmacologic-calcitriol-inhibits-osteoclast-lineage-commitment-via-the-bmp-smad1-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#9
Anna Li, Qian Cong, Xuechun Xia, Wai Fook Leong, James Yeh, Dengshun Miao, Yuji Mishina, Huijuan Liu, Baojie Li
Vitamin D is involved in a range of physiological processes and its active form and analogs have been used to treat diseases such as osteoporosis. Yet how vitamin D executes its function remains unsolved. Here we show that the active form of vitamin D calcitriol increases the peak bone mass in mice by inhibiting osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. Although calcitriol modestly promoted osteoclast maturation, it strongly inhibited osteoclast lineage commitment from its progenitor monocyte by increasing Smad1 transcription via vitamin D receptor and enhancing BMP-Smad1 activation, which in turn led to increased IκBα expression and decreased NF-κB activation and NFATc1 expression, with IκBα being a Smad1 target gene...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362829/oaz1-knockdown-enhances-viability-and-inhibits-er-and-lhr-transcriptions-of-granulosa-cells-in-geese
#10
Bo Kang, Dongmei Jiang, Rong Ma, Hui He, Zhixin Yi, Ziyu Chen
An increasing number of studies suggest that ornithine decarboxylase antizyme 1 (OAZ1), which is regarded as a tumor suppressor gene, regulates follicular development, ovulation, and steroidogenesis. The granulosa cells in the ovary play a critical role in these ovarian functions. However, the action of OAZ1 mediating physiological functions of granulosa cells is obscure. OAZ1 knockdown in granulosa cells of geese was carried out in the current study. The effect of OAZ1 knockdown on polyamine metabolism, cell proliferation, apoptosis, and hormone receptor transcription of primary granulosa cells in geese was measured...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357470/differential-molecular-regulation-of-processing-and-membrane-expression-of-type-i-bmp-receptors-implications-for-signaling
#11
Tal Hirschhorn, Michal Levi-Hofman, Oded Danziger, Nechama I Smorodinsky, Marcelo Ehrlich
The Type-I bone morphogenetic protein receptors (BMPRs), BMPR1A and BMPR1B, present the highest sequence homology among BMPRs, suggestive of functional similitude. However, sequence elements within their extracellular domain, such as signal sequence or N-glycosylation motifs, may result in differential regulation of biosynthetic processing and trafficking and in alterations to receptor function. We show that (i) BMPR1A and the ubiquitous isoform of BMPR1B differed in mode of translocation into the endoplasmic reticulum; and (ii) BMPR1A was N-glycosylated while BMPR1B was not, resulting in greater efficiency of processing and plasma membrane expression of BMPR1A...
March 29, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352232/dickkopf-3-upregulates-vegf-in-cultured-human-endothelial-cells-by-activating-activin-receptor-like-kinase-1-alk1-pathway
#12
Carla L Busceti, Simona Marchitti, Franca Bianchi, Paola Di Pietro, Barbara Riozzi, Rosita Stanzione, Milena Cannella, Giuseppe Battaglia, Valeria Bruno, Massimo Volpe, Francesco Fornai, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Speranza Rubattu
Dkk-3 is a member of the dickkopf protein family of secreted inhibitors of the Wnt pathway, which has been shown to enhance angiogenesis. The mechanism underlying this effect is currently unknown. Here, we used cultured HUVECs to study the involvement of the TGF-β and VEGF on the angiogenic effect of Dkk-3. Addition of hrDkk-3 peptide (1 or 10 ng/ml) to HUVECs for 6 or 12 h enhanced the intracellular and extracellular VEGF protein levels, as assessed by RTPCR, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry and ELISA...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351832/gonad-related-factors-promote-muscle-performance-gain-during-postnatal-development-in-male-and-female-mice
#13
Vanessa Ueberschlag-Pitiot, Amalia Stantzou, Julien Messéant, Megane Lemaitre, Daniel J Owens, Philippe Noirez, Pauline Roy, Onnik Agbulut, Daniel Metzger, Arnaud Ferry
In order to better define the role of male and female gonad-related factors (MGRF, presumably testosterone, and FGRF, presumably estradiol, respectively) on mouse hindlimb skeletal muscle contractile performance/function gain during postnatal development, we analysed the effect of castration initiated before puberty in male and female mice. We found that muscle absolute and specific (normalized to muscle weight) maximal forces were decreased in 6-month old male and female castrated mice, as compared to age- and sex-matched intact mice, without alteration in neuromuscular transmission...
March 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327634/scleraxis-is-required-for-maturation-of-tissue-domains-for-proper-integration-of-the-musculoskeletal-system
#14
Yuki Yoshimoto, Aki Takimoto, Hitomi Watanabe, Yuji Hiraki, Gen Kondoh, Chisa Shukunami
Scleraxis (Scx) is a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor that is expressed persistently in tendons/ligaments, but transiently in entheseal cartilage. In this study, we generated a novel Scx(Cre) knock-in (KI) allele, by in-frame replacement of most of Scx exon 1 with Cre recombinase (Cre), to drive Cre expression using Scx promoter and to inactivate the endogenous Scx. Reflecting the intensity and duration of endogenous expression, Cre-mediated excision occurs in tendinous and ligamentous tissues persistently expressing Scx...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322449/tgf-%C3%AE-inhibits-osteogenesis-by-upregulating-the-expression-of-ubiquitin-ligase-smurf1-via-mapk-erk-signaling
#15
Xuewu Sun, Ziang Xie, Yan Ma, Xin Pan, Jiying Wang, Zhijun Chen, Peihua Shi
High incidence of osteoporotic fractures emphasizes the necessity of developing effective measures to promote osteogenesis. In our study, we investigated a possible role of MAPK-ERK signaling in the TGF-β-mediated osteoblastic differentiation. Our results indicated that TGF-β activated the MAPK-ERK pathway and inhibited osteogenesis in mesenchymal pluripotent cell line, C3H10T1/2, and preosteoblastic cell line, MC3T3 cells. And the downregulation of MAPK-ERK signaling using pharmacological inhibitor U0126 and RNA interference rescued osteoblast differentiation suppressed by TGF-β, which was confirmed by Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) staining and alizarrn red staining and the enhanced expression of osteogenesic markers...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299652/roles-of-runx2-in-skeletal-development
#16
Toshihisa Komori
Runx2 is the most upstream transcription factor essential for osteoblast differentiation. It regulates the expression of Sp7, the protein of which is a crucial transcription factor for osteoblast differentiation, as well as that of bone matrix genes including Spp1, Ibsp, and Bglap2. Runx2 is also required for chondrocyte maturation, and Runx3 has a redundant function with Runx2 in chondrocyte maturation. Runx2 regulates the expression of Col10a1, Spp1, Ibsp, and Mmp13 in chondrocytes. It also inhibits chondrocytes from acquiring the phenotypes of permanent cartilage chondrocytes...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298490/aberrant-caveolin-1-mediated-smad-signaling-and-proliferation-identified-by-analysis-of-adenine-474-deletion-mutation-c-474dela-in-patient-fibroblasts-a-new-perspective-in-the-mechanism-of-pulmonary-hypertension
#17
Glenn Marsboom, Zhenlong Chen, Yang Yuan, Yanmin Zhang, Chinnaswamy Tiruppathi, James E Loyd, Eric D Austin, Roberto F Machado, Richard D Minshall, Jalees Rehman, Asrar B Malik
A heterozygous Caveolin-1 c.474delA mutation has been identified in a family with heritable pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). This frameshift mutation leads to caveolin-1 protein that contains all known functional domains but has a change only in the final 20 amino acids of the C terminus. Here we studied how this mutation alters caveolin-1 function using patient-derived fibroblasts. Transmission electron microscopy showed that fibroblasts carrying the c.474delA mutation formed typical caveolae. Expression of mutated caveolin-1 in caveolin-1-null mouse fibroblasts failed to induce formation of caveolae due to retention of the mutated protein in the endoplasmic reticulum...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298362/negative-regulation-of-smad1-pathway-and-collagen-iv-expression-by-store-operated-ca2-entry-in-glomerular-mesangial-cells
#18
Peiwen Wu, Yuezhong Ren, Yuhong Ma, Yanxia Wang, Hui Jiang, Sarika Chaudhari, Mark E Davis, Jonathan E Zuckerman, Rong Ma
Collagen IV (Col IV) is a major component of expanded glomerular extracellular matrix in diabetic nephropathy and Smad1 is a key molecule regulating Col IV expression in mesangial cells (MCs). The present study was conducted to determine if Smad1 pathway and Col IV protein abundance were regulated by store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE). In cultured human MCs, pharmacological inhibition of SOCE significantly increased the total amount of Smad1 protein. Activation of SOCE blunted high glucose-increased Smad1 protein content...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288971/activation-of-cd137-signaling-promotes-angiogenesis-in-atherosclerosis-via-modulating-endothelial-smad1-5-nfatc1-pathway
#19
Jiayi Weng, Cuiping Wang, Wei Zhong, Bo Li, Zhongqun Wang, Chen Shao, Yao Chen, Jinchuan Yan
BACKGROUND: Excessive angiogenesis is a key feature of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques, and is considered an independent predictor of cardiovascular risk. CD137 signaling has previously been shown to be involved in atherosclerosis. However, the possible role of CD137 signaling in regulating angiogenesis has not been reported. METHODS AND RESULTS: Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice were used as the in vivo model of atherosclerosis. Masson and immunohistochemical analysis of atherosclerotic plaques and Matrigel plug assay were used to evaluate the angiogenesis...
March 13, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259395/short-communication-tryptic-%C3%AE-casein-hydrolysate-modulates-enteric-nervous-system-development-in-primary-culture
#20
F Cossais, I Clawin-Rädecker, P C Lorenzen, M Klempt
The intestinal tract of the newborn is particularly sensitive to gastrointestinal disorders, such as infantile diarrhea or necrotizing colitis. Perinatal development of the gut also encompasses the maturation of the enteric nervous system (ENS), a main regulator of intestinal motility and barrier functions. It was recently shown that ENS maturation can be enhanced by nutritional factors to improve intestinal maturation. Bioactivity of milk proteins is often latent, requiring the release of bioactive peptides from inactive native proteins...
May 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
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