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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688805/low-level-of-ochratoxin-a-affects-genome-wide-expression-in-kidney-of-pig
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Daniela Eliza Marin, Cornelia Braicu, Mihai Alexandru Gras, Gina Cecilia Pistol, Roxana Cojocneanu Petric, Ioana Berindan Neagoe, Mihai Palade, Ionelia Taranu
Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a mycotoxin produced by fungus belonging to Aspergillus and Penicillium genra. The aim of the present paper was to investigate if a low concentration OTA has toxic effect in pigs. Twelve piglets were fed with a control or an OTA (0.05 mg/kg feed) contaminated diet. After 30 days, animals were slaughtered and samples of blood and kidney were used for further analyses. The mycotoxin analyses showed a significant higher (6.25 times) concentration of OTA in the kidney of OTA intoxicated piglets than in control ones...
July 5, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674503/male-seminal-relaxin-contributes-to-induction-of-the-post-mating-cytokine-response-in-the-female-mouse-uterus
#2
Danielle J Glynn, Kee Heng, Darryl L Russell, David J Sharkey, Sarah A Robertson, Ravinder Anand-Ivell, Richard Ivell
The hormone relaxin is important in female reproduction for embryo implantation, cardiovascular function, and during labor and lactation. Relaxin is also synthesized in males by organs of the male tract. We hypothesized that relaxin might be one component of seminal plasma responsible for eliciting the female cytokine response induced in the uterus at mating. When recombinant relaxin was injected into the uterus of wild-type (Rln(+/+)) mice at estrus, it evoked the production of Cxcl1 mRNA and its secreted protein product CXCL1 in four of eight animals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674260/relaxin-ameliorates-renal-fibrosis-and-expression-of-endothelial-cell-transition-markers-in-rats-of-isoproterenol-induced-heart-failure
#3
Gaoshu Zheng, Jiejie Cai, Xingxing Chen, Lingzhi Chen, Wenhua Ge, Xi Zhou, Hao Zhou
There may be cardio-renal interactions in rats of isoproterenol-induced heart failure, which may be associated with renal fibrosis and endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Since its discovery, relaxin (RLX) which was regarded as a reproductive hormone for a long time, is recently considered an effective antifibrotic hormone in cardiac and renal fibrosis. We studied whether RLX diminished renal fibrosis in rats of isoproterenol (Iso)-induced heart failure and investigated the mechanism. Fifty male Sprague-Dawley rats were separated into five groups for treatment: control; Iso subcutaneously injection to induce heart failure, which led to renal fibrosis; RLX subcutaneously injection at low, medium and high dose (0...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667126/functional-implications-of-the-relaxin-rln-system-in-the-dog-throughout-pregnancy-and-at-term
#4
Marta Nowak, Aykut Gram, Alois Boos, Selim Aslan, Serhan Serhat Ay, Firdevs Önyay, Mariusz Kowalewski
Relaxin (RLN) is a key hormone of pregnancy in mammals best known for its involvement in connective tissue remodeling. In the domestic dog, placental RLN is the only known endocrine marker of pregnancy. However, knowledge is sparse regarding the spatio-temporal expression of RLN and its receptors (RXFP1 and RXFP2) in the canine uterus and placenta. Here, their expression was investigated in the pre-implantation uterus and utero-placental compartments (UtPl) at selected time points during gestation: post-implantation, mid-gestation, and at normal and antigestagen-induced luteolysis/abortion...
June 30, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666004/a-novel-association-between-relaxin-receptor-polymorphism-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-yield-after-mobilization
#5
Saeam Shin, Juwon Kim, Soo-Zin Kim-Wanner, Halvard Bönig, Sung Ran Cho, Sinyoung Kim, Jong Rak Choi, Kyung-A Lee
Mobilization of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from the bone marrow to the peripheral blood is a complex mechanism that involves adhesive and chemotactic interactions of HSCs as well as their bone marrow microenvironment. In addition to a number of non-genetic factors, genetic susceptibilities also contribute to the mobilization outcome. Identification of genetic factors associated with HSC yield is important to better understand the mechanism behind HSC mobilization. In the present study, we enrolled 148 Korean participants (56 healthy donors and 92 patients) undergoing HSC mobilization for allogeneic or autologous HSC transplantation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660304/differences-in-the-renal-antifibrotic-cgmp-cgki-dependent-signaling-of-serelaxin-zaprinast-and-their-combination
#6
Veronika Wetzl, Elisabeth Schinner, Frieder Kees, Lothar Faerber, Jens Schlossmann
Renal fibrosis is an important factor for end-stage renal failure. However, only few therapeutic options for its treatment are established. Zaprinast, a phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitor, and serelaxin, the recombinant form of the naturally occurring hormone relaxin, are differently acting modulators of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling. Both agents enhance cGMP availability in kidney tissue. These substances alone or in combination might interfere with the development of kidney fibrosis. Therefore, we compared the effects of combination therapy with the effects of monotherapy on renal fibrosis...
June 28, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659810/expression-localization-of-sumo-1-and-analyses-of-potential-sumoylated-proteins-in-bubalus-bubalis-spermatozoa
#7
Rahim Dad Brohi, Li Wang, Najla Ben Hassine, Jing Cao, Hira Sajjad Talpur, Di Wu, Chun-Jie Huang, Zia-Ur Rehman, Dinesh Bhattarai, Li-Jun Huo
Mature spermatozoa have highly condensed DNA that is essentially silent both transcriptionally and translationally. Therefore, post translational modifications are very important for regulating sperm motility, morphology, and for male fertility in general. Protein sumoylation was recently demonstrated in human and rodent spermatozoa, with potential consequences for sperm motility and DNA integrity. We examined the expression and localization of small ubiquitin-related modifier-1 (SUMO-1) in the sperm of water buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) using immunofluorescence analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652653/serelaxin-increases-the-antifibrotic-action-of-rosiglitazone-in-a-model-of-hepatic-fibrosis
#8
Robert G Bennett, Ronda L Simpson, Frederick G Hamel
AIM: To determine the effect of combined serelaxin and rosiglitazone treatment on established hepatic fibrosis. METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in mice by carbon tetrachloride administration for 6 wk, or vehicle alone (nonfibrotic mice). For the final 2 wk, mice were treated with rosiglitazone, serelaxin, or both rosiglitazone and serelaxin. Serum liver enzymes and relaxin levels were determined by standard methods. The degree of liver collagen content was determined by histology and immunohistochemistry...
June 14, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646638/corrigendum-to-oncolytic-adenovirus-expressing-relaxin-ydc002-enhances-therapeutic-efficacy-of-gemcitabine-against-pancreatic-cancer-cancer-lett-396-2017-155-166
#9
Kyung Hee Jung, Il-Kyu Choi, Hee-Seung Lee, Hong Hua Yan, Mi Kwon Son, Hyo Min Ahn, JinWoo Hong, Chae-Ok Yun, Soon-Sun Hong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634453/relaxin-family-peptide-receptors-1-and-2-are-fully-functional-in-the-bovine
#10
Yanzhenzi Dai, Richard Ivell, Xuan Liu, Dana Janowski, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
In most mammals the peptide hormone relaxin is a key physiological component regulating early pregnancy and birth. However, synteny analysis shows that the gene encoding ovarian relaxin-2 is deleted in cows and sheep. While, these ruminants appear to exhibit a relaxin-like physiology, as in other mammals, until now a molecular understanding of this has been lacking. Cloning and expression analysis of the cognate bovine receptor for relaxin, RXFP1, as well as of the structurally related receptor, RXFP2, in female tissues, shows that these are expressed in a similar way to other mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634079/relaxin-reduces-susceptibility-to-post-infarct-atrial-fibrillation-in-mice-due-to-anti-fibrotic-and-anti-inflammatory-properties
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Thomas Beiert, Vedat Tiyerili, Vincent Knappe, Verena Effelsberg, Markus Linhart, Florian Stöckigt, Sabine Klein, Robert Schierwagen, Jonel Trebicka, Georg Nickenig, Jan W Schrickel, René P Andrié
BACKGROUND: Relaxin-2 (RLX) is a peptide hormone that exerts beneficial anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory effects in diverse models of cardiovascular disease. The goal of this study was to determine the effects of RLX treatment on the susceptibility to atrial fibrillation (AF) after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Mice with cryoinfarction of the left anterior ventricular wall were treated for two weeks with either RLX (75 μg/kg/d) or vehicle (sodium acetate) delivered via subcutaneously implanted osmotic minipumps...
June 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631012/rapid-preparation-of-bioluminescent-tracers-for-relaxin-family-peptides-using-sortase-catalysed-ligation
#12
Jia-Hui Wang, Xiao-Xia Shao, Meng-Jun Hu, Dian Wei, Wei-Han Nie, Ya-Li Liu, Zeng-Guang Xu, Zhan-Yun Guo
Relaxin family is a group of peptide hormones with a variety of biological functions by activating G protein-coupled receptors RXFP1-4. We recently developed bioluminescent tracers for their receptor-binding assays by chemical conjugation with the ultrasensitive NanoLuc reporter. To simplify preparation of the bioluminescent tracers, in the present study, we established a sortase-catalysed ligation approach using the chimeric R3/I5 as a model. Following catalysis by recombinant sortase A, a NanoLuc reporter carrying the LPETG sortase recognition motif at the C-terminus was efficiently ligated to an R3/I5 peptide carrying four successive Gly residues at the A-chain N-terminus, via the formation of a peptide bond between the C-terminal LPET sequence of NanoLuc and the A-chain N-terminal Gly residue of R3/I5...
June 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621254/use-of-microcomputed-tomography-to-measure-the-relaxin-induced-expansion-of-intrapubic-ligaments-in-mice
#13
Heather A Zimmerman, Richard P Kennan, Chunlian Zhang, Kashmira Shah, Douglas G Johns, Joseph J Lynch, Maya Dajee
Relaxin is a 6-kDa peptide in the insulin superfamily of hormones. In addition to its effects on reproductive and musculoskeletal ligaments, relaxin has demonstrated beneficial effects on cardiac, renal, and vascular systems in preclinical models. The mouse intrapubic ligament ex vivo bioassay is the current standard for measuring in vivo relaxin bioactivity. However, this bioassay necessitates euthanasia and dissection of large cohorts to measure the intrapubic ligament at specified time points. We hypothesized that μCT imaging could be used to reduce the number of animals necessary for the intrapubic ligament bioassay by enabling a single animal to be followed longitudinally throughout the study rather than euthanizing different cohorts at established time points...
June 15, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620300/novel-anti-fibrotic-therapies
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Benita L McVicker, Robert G Bennett
Fibrosis is a major player in cardiovascular disease, both as a contributor to the development of disease, as well as a post-injury response that drives progression. Despite the identification of many mechanisms responsible for cardiovascular fibrosis, to date no treatments have emerged that have effectively reduced the excess deposition of extracellular matrix associated with fibrotic conditions. Novel treatments have recently been identified that hold promise as potential therapeutic agents for cardiovascular diseases associated with fibrosis, as well as other fibrotic conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613403/opposite-actions-of-urotensin-ii-and-relaxin-2-on-cellular-expression-of-fibronectin-in-renal-fibrosis-a-preliminary-experimental-study
#15
Valeria Cernaro, Maria Antonietta Medici, Federica Bianco, Domenico Santoro, Antonio Lacquaniti, Adolfo Romeo, Silvia Lucisano, Antoine Buemi, Michele Buemi
Our aim was to evaluate the role of urotensin II, urantide (urotensin II receptor antagonist) and relaxin-2 on the cellular expression of fibronectin as a surrogate marker for renal fibrosis. We employed LLC-PK1 renal tubular epithelial cells and assessed the influence on the fibrotic process of the above-mentioned substances by using anti-fibronectin antibodies in western blot analysis. The addition of urotensin II increased fibronectin expression. Urantide reduced the positivity for fibronectin caused by urotensin II (P<0...
June 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607406/distinct-activation-modes-of-the-relaxin-family-peptide-receptor-2-in-response-to-insulin-like-peptide-3-and-relaxin
#16
Shoni Bruell, Ashish Sethi, Nicholas Smith, Daniel J Scott, Mohammed Akhter Hossain, Qing-Ping Wu, Zhan-Yun Guo, Emma J Petrie, Paul R Gooley, Ross A D Bathgate
Relaxin family peptide receptor 2 (RXFP2) is a GPCR known for its role in reproductive function. It is structurally related to the human relaxin receptor RXFP1 and can be activated by human gene-2 (H2) relaxin as well as its cognate ligand insulin-like peptide 3 (INSL3). Both receptors possess an N-terminal low-density lipoprotein type a (LDLa) module that is necessary for activation and is joined to a leucine-rich repeat domain by a linker. This linker has been shown to be important for H2 relaxin binding and activation of RXFP1 and herein we investigate the role of the equivalent region of RXFP2...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607363/development-of-a-selective-agonist-for-relaxin-family-peptide-receptor-3
#17
Dian Wei, Meng-Jun Hu, Xiao-Xia Shao, Jia-Hui Wang, Wei-Han Nie, Ya-Li Liu, Zeng-Guang Xu, Zhan-Yun Guo
Relaxin family peptides perform a variety of biological functions by activating four G protein-coupled receptors, namely RXFP1-4. Among these receptors, RXFP3 lacks a specific natural or synthetic agonist at present. A previously designed chimeric R3/I5 peptide, consisting of the B-chain of relaxin-3 and the A-chain of INSL5, displays equal activity towards the homologous RXFP3 and RXFP4. To increase its selectivity towards RXFP3, in the present study we conducted extensive mutagenesis around the B-chain C-terminal region of R3/I5...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606038/site-related-effects-of-relaxin-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-through-nitric-oxide-signaling-an-updated-report
#18
Rachele Garella, Roberta Squecco, Maria Caterina Baccari
The peptide hormone relaxin (RLX), in addition to its effects on reproduction, has been reported to influence gastrointestinal motility. Interestingly, the digestive tract has been shown to express RLX receptors and the hormone appears to exert site-specific effects acting at the neural or at the smooth muscle level, mainly by a nitric oxide (NO)-mediated mechanism. NO, released by the enteric nerves and/or smooth muscle cells, is one of the main mediators of gastrointestinal relaxation. In fact, in murine in vitro preparations, RLX depresses organ motility acting at the neural level in the stomach and at the muscular level in the small intestine; conversely, in the colon, this hormone paradoxically increases contractility operating at both neural and muscle levels...
June 12, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592882/ml290-is-a-biased-allosteric-agonist-at-the-relaxin-receptor-rxfp1
#19
Martina Kocan, Mohsin Sarwar, Sheng Y Ang, Jingbo Xiao, Juan J Marugan, Mohammed A Hossain, Chao Wang, Dana S Hutchinson, Chrishan S Samuel, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ross A D Bathgate, Roger J Summers
Activation of the relaxin receptor RXFP1 has been associated with improved survival in acute heart failure. ML290 is a small molecule RXFP1 agonist with simple structure, long half-life and high stability. Here we demonstrate that ML290 is a biased agonist in human cells expressing RXFP1 with long-term beneficial actions on markers of fibrosis in human cardiac fibroblasts (HCFs). ML290 did not directly compete with orthosteric relaxin binding and did not affect binding kinetics, but did increase binding to RXFP1...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580623/the-relationship-of-circulating-relaxin-2-concentrations-with-short-term-prognosis-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-the-relahf-study
#20
Pablo Herrero-Puente, Belén Prieto-García, María García-García, Pere Llorens, Francisco Javier Martín-Sánchez, Javier Jacob, Alexandre Mebazaa, Christian Mueller, Alan S Maisel, Víctor Gil, Pablo García-Hernandez, Òscar Miró
AIMS: This study aimed to determine the frequency of detectable relaxin-2 concentrations and associated factors in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) and to establish relationships with short-term outcome and clinical and analytical parameters. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a prospective, analytical, observational, multicentre study with cohort follow-up. We collected sociodemographic variables, previous history, basal status, previous treatment, vital signs, electrocardiographic and analytical data in the emergency department...
June 5, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
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