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Hepatic microenvironment

Youngmin Hwang, MeeiChyn Goh, Mihye Kim, Giyoong Tae
A micropatterned heparin-based hydrogel system that can provide sustained release of multiple growth factors upon one time loading was prepared via photopolymerization and lithography and it was employed as a culture matrix for differentiating hADSCs into hepatic lineage. Mature differentiation of hADSCs into hepatic lineage in terms of gene expression and immunofluorostaining of hepatic markers, and functional characteristics such as glycogen storage ability and production of albumin and urea was observed on the soft hydrogel (∼400 Pa) when the gel elasticity was modulated...
March 3, 2018: Biomaterials
Alessia Gallo, Monica Miele, Ester Badami, Pier Giulio Conaldi
Patients following solid organ transplantation show a higher risk of developing cancer compared to the general population. Elevated risk is likely due to the interplay of a combination of factors, such as chronic inflammation, coexisting medical conditions, immunosuppressive regimen and persistent infection with oncogenic viruses. In addition, the tumor microenvironment plays a pivotal role in cancer progression, by driving recruitment and in situ differentiation of anti-inflammatory cells of the adaptive and innate immune system such as regulatory T cells, Th17, Dendritic Cells, Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells, Type 2 Macrophages...
February 16, 2018: Cellular Immunology
Lifang Guo, Minggang Tian, Ruiqing Feng, Ge Zhang, Ruoyao Zhang, Xuechen Li, Zhiqiang Liu, Xiuquan He, Jing Zhi Sun, Xiaoqiang Yu
Lipid droplets (LDs) with own interface architecture not only play crucial roles in protecting cell from lipotoxicity and lipoapoptosis but also closely relate with many diseases such as fatty liver and diabetes. Thus, as one of important applied biomaterials, fluorescent probes with ultrahigh selectivity for in-situ and high-fidelity imaging LDs in living cells and tissues are critical to elucidate relevant physiological and pathological events as well as detect related diseases. However, available LDs probes only utilizing their waterless neutral cores but ignoring the unique phospholipid monolayer interfaces exhibit low selectivity...
March 9, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Aude Merdrignac, Gaëlle Angenard, Coralie Allain, Kilian Petitjean, Damien Bergeat, Pascale Bellaud, Allain Fautrel, Bruno Turlin, Bruno Clément, Steven Dooley, Laurent Sulpice, Karim Boudjema, Cédric Coulouarn
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) is a deadly liver primary cancer associated with poor prognosis and limited therapeutic opportunities. Active transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signaling is a hallmark of the iCCA microenvironment. However, the impact of TGFβ on the transcriptome of iCCA tumor cells has been poorly investigated. Here, we have identified a specific TGFβ signature of genes commonly deregulated in iCCA cell lines, namely HuCCT1 and Huh28. Novel coding and noncoding TGFβ targets were identified, including a TGFβ-induced long noncoding RNA (TLINC), formerly known as cancer susceptibility candidate 15 (CASC15)...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Jacey J Liu, Yanjie Li, Wendy S Chen, Yan Liang, Gaowei Wang, Min Zong, Kota Kaneko, Ruiyun Xu, Michael Karin, Gen-Sheng Feng
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Shp2 is an SH2-tyrosine phosphatase acting downstream of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). Most recent data demonstrated a liver tumor-suppressing role for Shp2, as ablating Shp2 in hepatocytes aggravated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) induced by chemical carcinogen or Pten loss. We further investigated the effect of Shp2 deficiency on liver tumorigenesis driven by classical oncoproteins c-Met (receptor for HGF), β-catenin and PIK3CA. METHODS: We performed hydrodynamic tail vein injection of two pairs of plasmids expressing c-Met and ΔN90-β-catenin (MET/CAT), or c-Met and PIK3CAH1047R (MET/PIK), into WT and Shp2hep-/- mice...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Aitor Benedicto, Irene Romayor, Beatriz Arteta
The liver is a common site for the metastatic spread of primary malignancies including colorectal cancer, and liver metastasis is a main cause of death in cancer patients. This is due to the complexity of the interactions taking place in the liver between tumor and stromal cells. In fact, cancer‑associated fibroblasts (CAFs) have been shown to support tumor growth through the CXCL12/CXCR4 axis. However, along with cancer cells, myeloid‑derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), immature dendritic cells with immunosuppressive potential, also express CXCR4...
February 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
Zhi-Chao Xu, Hao-Xin Shen, Chen Chen, Li Ma, Wen-Zhi Li, Lin Wang, Zhi-Min Geng
As a co-receptor for a variety of cytokines, neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) is detectable in primary liver cancer (PLC) cells. Previous studies determined that silencing of NRP-1 expression attenuated the proliferation, migration and invasion of PLC cells. An increasing number of studies have highlighted the crucial role of the tumor microenvironment in the pathogenesis of cancer. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are one of the major interstitial cell types present in the liver tumor microenvironment, and can promote the proliferation, migration and invasion of PLC cells...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Chen Chen, Alejandro Soto-Gutierrez, Pedro M Baptista, Bart Spee
The incidence of liver disease is increasing globally. The only curative therapy for severe end-stage liver disease, liver transplantation, is limited by the shortage of organ donors. In vitro models of liver physiology have been developed and new technologies and approaches are rapidly progressing. Stem cells might be used as a source of liver tissue for development of models, therapies, and tissue engineering applications. However, we have been unable to generate and maintain stable and mature adult liver cells ex vivo...
February 8, 2018: Gastroenterology
Lu Ding, Chunlan Xiang, Gang Zhou
Poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) brushes coated onto silica nanoparticles have been widely utilized in bioassays due to their abilities of providing favorable microenvironments and ensuring good biological activities for biomolecules. However, traditional PAA brushes are synthesized by reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization. Hence, it is generally difficult to control and characterize the molecular weight of the PAA brushes, which may depress the reproducibility and bring more uncertain results...
May 1, 2018: Talanta
Sha She, Min Yang, Huaidong Hu, Peng Hu, Yixuan Yang, Hong Ren
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Therefore, we aimed to obtain further information on HBV pathogenesis, and to search for novel putative molecules for anti-HBV therapy. METHODS: We utilized Isobaric Tags for Relative and Absolute Quantitation (iTRAQ) to identify the secretory proteins that are differentially expressed in the HBV DNA-transfected HepG2.2.15 cell line and its parental HepG2 cell line...
February 1, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
A-Rum Yoon, JinWoo Hong, Minjung Kim, Chae-Ok Yun
Cancer-specific promoter driven replication of oncolytic adenovirus (Ad) is cancer-specific, but shows low transcriptional activity. Thus, we generated several chimeric α-fetoprotein (AFP) promoter variants, containing reconstituted enhancer and silencer regions, to preferentially drive Ad replication in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Modified AFP promoter, containing 2 enhancer A regions and a single enhancer B region (a2bm), showed strong and HCC-specific transcription. In AFP-positive HCCs, gene expression was 43- to 456-fold higher than those of control AFP promoter lacking enhancers...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fuhao Chu, Wenxi Zhang, Wenbo Guo, Zhaoyi Wang, Yuqin Yang, Xinyu Zhang, Kang Fang, Mengmeng Yan, Penglong Wang, Haimin Lei
Activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are the main extracellular matrix (ECM)-producing cells in the injured liver and the key mediators of liver fibrosis; they also promote the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In the acidic extracellular microenvironment of HCC, HSCs are activated to promote the migration of HCC cells. It is worth attempting to alter the weak acidic microenvironment to promote activated HSC apoptosis to treat liver fibrosis and liver cancer. In the present study, a series of novel OA-amino acids analogues were designed and synthesized to introduce different amino acids in the 3-hydroxyl of OA using the ester condensation reaction to enhance hydrophilicity, alkalinity, and biological activity...
February 2, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Samar H Ibrahim, Petra Hirsova, Gregory J Gores
A subset of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease develop an inflammatory condition, termed non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH is characterised by hepatocellular injury, innate immune cell-mediated inflammation and progressive liver fibrosis. The mechanisms whereby hepatic inflammation occurs in NASH remain incompletely understood, but appear to be linked to the proinflammatory microenvironment created by toxic lipid-induced hepatocyte injury, termed lipotoxicity. In this review, we discuss the signalling pathways induced by sublethal hepatocyte lipid overload that contribute to the pathogenesis of NASH...
January 24, 2018: Gut
Di Lu, Wei Wang, Jingfeng Liu, Ling Qi, Runzhou Zhuang, Jianyong Zhuo, Xuanyu Zhang, Xiao Xu, Shusen Zheng
Peroxiredoxins (Prxs) belong to the superfamily of thiol-dependent peroxidases, and remove reactive oxygen species (ROS) and other oxidative stress products. The expression and activity of Prxs can be substantially affected by stimuli from the microenvironment, and in turn regulate cytokine secretion in the context of inflammation in both peroxidase-dependent and -independent pathways. Prxs translocate to mitochondria and are hyperoxidized during acute liver damage, and attenuate intracellular ROS accumulation through their peroxidase activity...
January 19, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Myth T S Mok, Jingying Zhou, Wenshu Tang, Xuezhen Zeng, Antony W Oliver, Simon E Ward, Alfred S L Cheng
Cyclin-dependent kinase 20 (CDK20), or more commonly referred to as cell cycle-related kinase (CCRK), is the latest member of CDK family with strong linkage to human cancers. Accumulating studies have reported the consistent overexpression of CCRK in cancers arising from brain, colon, liver, lung and ovary. Such aberrant up-regulation of CCRK is clinically significant as it correlates with tumor staging, shorter patient survival and poor prognosis. Intriguingly, the signalling molecules perturbed by CCRK are divergent and cancer-specific, including the cell cycle regulators CDK2, cyclin D1, cyclin E and RB in glioblastoma, ovarian carcinoma and colorectal cancer, and KEAP1-NRF2 cytoprotective pathway in lung cancer...
January 21, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Amanda M Clark, Manu Kumar, Sarah Wheeler, Carissa Young, Raman Venkataramanan, Donna Stolz, Linda Griffith, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Alan Wells
Breast cancer mortality predominantly results from dormant micrometastases that emerge as fatal outgrowths years after initial diagnosis. In order to gain insights concerning factors associated with emergence of liver metastases, we recreated spontaneous dormancy in an all-human ex vivo hepatic microphysiological system (MPS). Seeding this MPS with small numbers (<0.05% by cell count) of the aggressive MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell line, two populations formed: actively proliferating ('growing'; EdU+), and spontaneously quiescent ('dormant'; EdU-)...
January 20, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Tamara Muliaditan, James W Opzoomer, Jonathan Caron, Mary Okesola, Paris Kosti, Sharanpreet Lall, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Francesco Dazzi, Andrew Tutt, Anita Grigoriadis, Cheryl Gillett, Stephen F Madden, Joy M Burchell, Shahram Kordasti, Sandra S Diebold, James Spicer, James N Arnold
PURPOSE: Unprecedented clinical outcomes have been achieved in a variety of cancers by targeting immune checkpoint molecules. This preclinical study investigates heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), an immune suppressive enzyme that is expressed in a wide variety of cancers, as a potential immune checkpoint target in the context of a chemotherapy-elicited anti-tumor immune response. We evaluate repurposing tin mesoporphyrin (SnMP), which has demonstrated safety and efficacy targeting hepatic HO in the clinic for the treatment of hyperbilirubinaemia, as an immune checkpoint blockade therapy for the treatment of cancer...
January 16, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Mohamed Labib Salem, Randa E El Naggar, Sabry A El Naggar, Maysa A Mobasher, Mohamed H Mahmoud, Gamal Badr
The liver has unique microenvironment which is known to induce tolerance of cytolytic CD8+ T cells to hepatic and extra hepatic antigens, resulting in persistence of infection of the liver by the hepatitis B and C viruses. However, under some conditions, functional immune responses can be elicited in the liver in particular to show preferential retention of activated CD8+ T cells. It is not clear whether this retention depends on the type of the exogenous immunostimulatory or the endogenous innate immune cells...
December 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Yun-Zhong Nie, Yun-Wen Zheng, Miyuki Ogawa, Etsuko Miyagi, Hideki Taniguchi
BACKGROUND: Acute liver failure (ALF) is a life-threatening disease with a high mortality rate. However, there are limited treatments or devices available for ALF therapy. Here, we aimed to develop a new strategy for ALF treatment by transplanting functional liver organoids (LOs) generated from single donor-derived human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) endoderm, endothelial cells (ECs), and mesenchymal cells (MCs). METHODS: First, we isolated ECs and MCs from a single donor umbilical cord (UC) through enzyme digestion and characterized the UC-ECs and UC-MCs by flow cytometry...
January 10, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Shaofei Chen, Jiarui Pu, Jie Bai, Yuping Yin, Ke Wu, Jiliang Wang, Xiaoming Shuai, Jinbo Gao, Kaixiong Tao, Guobin Wang, Hang Li
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have shown that interferon-γ (IFN-γ)-induced galectin-9 expression in Kupffer cells plays an essential role in modulatingthe microenvironment of hepatitis-associated hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, whether or not IFN-γ induces galectin-9 expression in HCC cells, its biological role and regulatory mechanism in HCC development and progression are poorly defined. METHODS: Quantitative PCR and western blotting analysis were used to detect galectin-9 and EZH2 levels in HCC cell lines stimulated with IFN-γ...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
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