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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107746/induced-differentiation-of-human-gingival-fibroblasts-into-vsmc-like-cells
#1
Xuqian Liu, Jie Wang, Fusheng Dong, Hexiang Li, Yali Hou
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are major component of the vascular wall, and they play an essential role in maintaining the basic physiological function and stable structure of the vascular wall. In the present study, human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured and induced into VSMC-like cells in vitro to confirm that HGFs with properties of stem cells have the potential for differentiation. The epithelium isolated from patients was extracted from normal human gingiva consisting of epithelium and connective tissue...
January 17, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107665/a-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-conjugation-containing-soft-and-conductive-injectable-polymer-hydrogel-highly-efficiently-rebuilds-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Rui Bao, Baoyu Tan, Shuang Liang, Ning Zhang, Wei Wang, Wenguang Liu
Previous studies suggested that a stiffer hydrogel system exhibited a better performance to promote heart function after myocardial infarction (MI). However, the nature of myocardium, a tissue that alternately contracts and relaxes with electrical impulses, leads us to hypothesize that a soft and conductive hydrogel may be in favor of mechanical and electrical signals transmission to enhance heart function after MI. In this work, π-π conjugation interaction was first employed to produce a soft injectable hydrogel with conductive property...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107589/serum-lincrna-p21-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients
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Fujun Yu, Guangyao Zhou, Kate Huang, XuFei Fan, Guojun Li, Bicheng Chen, Peihong Dong, Jianjian Zheng
Serum long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as promising biomarkers for various human diseases. The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using serum long intergenic non-coding RNA-p21 (lincRNA-p21) as a biomarker for chronic hepatitis B patients. Serum lincRNA-p21 levels were quantified using real-time PCR in 417 CHB patients and 363 healthy controls. The promoter methylation level of lincRNA-p21 was detected using bisulfite-sequencing analysis in primary hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106131/hif-1%C3%AE-induction-during-reperfusion-avoids-maladaptive-repair-after-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-involving-mir127-3p
#4
Elisa Conde, Sara Giménez-Moyano, Laura Martín-Gómez, Macarena Rodríguez, M Edurne Ramos, Elia Aguado-Fraile, Ignacio Blanco-Sanchez, Ana Saiz, María Laura García-Bermejo
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) leads to Acute Kidney Injury. HIF-1α is a key factor during organ response to I/R. We previously demonstrated that HIF-1α is induced during renal reperfusion, after ischemia. Here we investigate the role of HIF-1α and the HIF-1α dependent mechanisms in renal repair after ischemia. By interference of HIF-1α in a rat model of renal I/R, we observed loss of expression and mis-localization of e-cadherin and induction of α-SMA, MMP-13, TGFβ, and collagen I. Moreover, we demonstrate that HIF-1α inhibition promotes renal cell infiltrates by inducing IL-1β, TNF-α, MCP-1 and VCAM-1, through NFkB activity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104938/percutaneous-transluminal-angioplasty-and-stenting-in-the-management-of-chronic-mesenteric-angina-a-single-center-experience
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Tixon Thomas, Nazar P Kader, Nirmal K Prabhu, Rajesh Kannan, Sreekumar K Pullara, Srikanth Moorthy
INTRODUCTION: The objective of our study was to review the results of percutaneous angioplasty (PTA)/stenting in the treatment of patients who presented with symptoms and angiographic findings of chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 13 consecutive patients from a single institution who underwent PTA/stenting for the treatment of symptoms suggestive of CMI. RESULTS: All 13 patients in our study were men, and most common presenting symptoms were weight loss and postprandial pain...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104472/downregulation-of-mir-145-in-venous-malformations-its-association-with-disorganized-vessels-and-sclerotherapy
#6
Hou-Fu Xia, Jian-Gang Ren, Jun-Yi Zhu, Zi-Li Yu, Wei Zhang, Yan-Fang Sun, Yi-Fang Zhao, Gang Chen
Venous malformations (VMs) are characterized by ectatic and tortuous venous channels with decreased perivascular cell coverage. Recent studies have discovered that miR-145 plays a critical role in amounts of vascular diseases through regulating the differentiation and phenotype of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). However, the potential roles of miR-145 in VMs remain unknown. In this study, 21 samples of VMs without treatment history, and 10 samples of healthy donor skin, were collected to evaluate the expression level of TGF-β, miR-145, and α-SMA by immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102719/pregnancy-and-delivery-in-women-with-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Bakri H Elsheikh, Xiaoli Zhang, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sharon Chelnick, Sandra P Reyna, Stephen J Kolb, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVES: To expand the limited available knowledge about pregnancy and delivery in women with spinal muscular atrophy using a cohort of genetically proven SMA patients form USA. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study. We mailed questionnaires to 58 women with confirmed SMA. RESULTS: Thirty-two women responded, reporting 35 pregnancies, including 19 women with at least one pregnancy. In this cohort, preterm labor and delivery by cesarean section were more common in mothers with SMA particularly SMA type 2...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101795/locally-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-successfully-treated-by-distal-pancreatectomy-with-celiac-axis-resection-dp-car-after-s-1-with-radiation-therapy-followed-by-gemcitabine-nab-paclitaxel-therapy-a-case-report
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Kyohei Ariake, Fuyuhiko Motoi, Masamichi Mizuma, Keigo Murakami, Tatsuyuki Takadate, Hideo Ohtsuka, Koji Fukase, Kunihiro Masuda, Hiroki Hayashi, Kei Nakagawa, Naoaki Sakata, Takanori Morikawa, Shimpei Maeda, Takeshi Naitoh, Shinichi Egawa, Michiaki Unno
BACKGROUND: The prognosis for pancreatic cancer remains dismal because many patients are diagnosed with unresectable cancer at the initial diagnosis. Recently, conversion surgery was reported as an effective treatment for initially unresectable pancreatic cancer with a favorable response to non-surgical treatment lasting over 240 days. Here, we describe a case of locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC) successfully resected after treatment with S-1 and radiation followed by gemcitabine/nab-paclitaxel therapy...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101343/effect-of-1-25-oh-2d3-on-transdifferentiation-of-rat-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-induced-by-high-glucose
#9
Hongtao Hu, Shen Xu, Shuang Hu, Yue Gao, Hua Shui
Deficiency in vitamin D and its active metabolite is a characteristic of chronic kidney diseases (CKDs). Previous studies have reported that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3], the active form of vitamin D, can attenuate renal interstitial fibrosis. The present study aimed to explore the effect of 1,25(OH)2D3 on the transdifferentiation of NRK-52E rat renal tubular epithelial cells (RTECs) induced by high glucose, as well as the expression of vitamin D receptor (VDR) and production of angiotensin (Ang) II...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100057/wilkie%C3%A2-s-syndrome
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Carlos Oliva-Fonte, Cristina Fernández Rey, Javier Pereda Rodríguez, Ana María González-Fernández
We report the case of a 14 year-old woman, who presents epigastric abdominal pain, abundant vomits and an important abdominal distension. Previously, she presented similar episodes. She has not any significant prior medical history. CT is performed and the imaging findings are consistent with Wilkie´s syndrome. Wilkie´s syndrome is a rare condition, that results from a intestinal obstruction caused by third portion duodenal compression between the abdominal aorta and the superior mesenteric artery. When the angle between both structures diminishes and the distance between the SMA and the aorta decreases (the most diagnostic value), duodenal obstruction occurs...
January 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099981/use-of-esophageal-hemoximetry-to-assess-the-effect-of-packed-red-blood-cell-transfusion-on-gastrointestinal-oxygenation-in-newborn-infants
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Farha M Vora, Judy Gates, Kimberley Gerard, Shawn Hanson, Richard L Applegate, Arlin B Blood
Objectives There are no widely accepted methods of continuously monitoring gut oxygenation in the newborn during packed red blood cell transfusion. We investigated the use of an orally inserted light spectroscopy probe to measure lower esophageal oxyhemoglobin saturations (eStO2) before, during, and after transfusion and made comparisons with abdominal near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and superior mesenteric artery (SMA) flow. Study Design Thirteen neonates with corrected gestational ages ranging from 22 weeks, 0 day to 37 weeks, 5 days were enrolled...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099958/distance-from-left-renal-vein-to-inferior-pancreaticoduodenal-artery-a-landmark-for-identifying-inferior-pancreaticoduodenal-artery-in-pancreatoduodenectomy
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Yoshito Tomimaru, Kaishu Tanaka, Kozo Noguchi, Hisanori Hatano, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Keizo Dono
BACKGROUND/AIM: During pancreatoduodenectomy, early ligation of major afferent arteries to pancreatic head prior to dissection of the corresponding veins may reduce intraoperative bleeding. Inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery (IPDA), one of the major afferent arteries, is difficult to identify. We measured the distance from left renal vein to IPDA based on preoperative multi-detector row computed tomography (MDCT) images for use as a new landmark for IPDA. METHODS: The distance between left renal vein and IPDA was measured in 417 patients using MDCT images...
January 19, 2017: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099929/modeling-the-phenotype-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-by-the-direct-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-to-motor-neurons
#13
Qi-Jie Zhang, Jin-Jing Li, Xiang Lin, Ying-Qian Lu, Xin-Xin Guo, En-Lin Dong, Miao Zhao, Jin He, Ning Wang, Wan-Jin Chen
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a lethal autosomal recessive neurological disease characterized by selective degeneration of motor neurons in the spinal cord. In recent years, the development of cellular reprogramming technology has provided an alternative and effective method for obtaining patient-specific neurons in vitro. In the present study, we applied this technology to the field of SMA to acquire patient-specific induced motor neurons that were directly converted from fibroblasts via the forced expression of 8 defined transcription factors...
January 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099346/liuwei-dihuang-pill-treats-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats-by-inhibiting-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-mapk-and-nf-kb-and-upregulating-expression-of-cytoglobin-in-renal-tissues
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Zhong Ju Xu, Shi Shu, Zhi Jie Li, Yu Min Liu, Rui Yi Zhang, Yue Zhang
Liuwei Dihuang pill (LDP) was assessed for its effects on renal deficiency.90 STZ induced DN rats were divided into groups (n = 22) without treatment (STZ) and LDP treated (STZ-L) (n = 23), Zhenwu decoction treated (STZ-Z) (n = 22), and valsartan treated (STZ-V) (n = 23) groups, with 16 normal control rats. Total urine protein (TP), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and serum creatinine (Cr) were measured. Superoxide dismutase (SOD), nitric oxide synthase (NOS), and malondialdehyde (MDA) concentrations as well as expression/phosphorylation of SMAD3, SMAD2, and α-SMA, TGF-β, RI /II, P38, ERK, and NF-kB in renal tissues were determined...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099334/laparoscopic-toupet-fundoplication-with-duodenojejunostomy-for-the-management-of-superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-with-reflux-symptoms
#15
Chao Yan, Zhi-Wei Hu, Ji-Min Wu, Chao Zhang, Liang Yan, Zhong-Gao Wang
RATIONALE: The patient had symptoms of GERD and the reflux even caused the symptom of cough. Gaining weight is a risk factor for the treatment of reflux as it could exacerbated symptoms of reflux and the drug treatment is not effective. Surgical intervention becomes necessary when there is failure following conservative medical therapy or the patient. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was not satisfied with the drug treatment. DIAGNOSES: Superior mesenteric artery syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux disease...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098912/microrna-9-limits-hepatic-fibrosis-by-suppressing-the-activation-and-proliferation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-directly-targeting-mrp1-abcc1
#16
Jie Sun, Huanying Zhang, Liying Li, Lianfeng Yu, Lifang Fu
Liver fibrosis is a chronic liver disease characterized by the proliferation and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). Research suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) are a new type of regulator of liver fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the role of microRNA-9 (miR-9) in the process of liver fibrosis, as well as the underlying mechanism of action. Downregulated levels of miR-9 were found in fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs as detected by qRT-PCR; whereas, expression of multidrug resistance‑associated protein 1 (MRP1/ABCC1) was upregulated in the fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs...
January 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097642/adrenal-cyst-with-both-m%C3%A3-llerian-and-mesothelial-differentiation-a-clinicopathological-and-immunohistochemical-study-with-implications-for-histogenesis
#17
Łukasz Koperski, Benedykt Szczepankiewicz, Paweł Pihowicz, Łukasz Fus, Ewa Wolińska, Barbara Górnicka
True epithelial-lined cysts are rare forms of adrenal cystic lesions, the pathogenesis of which is still not fully understood. In this report we present a case of an adrenal cyst diagnosed incidentally on imaging in a 31-year-old, previously healthy, obese woman. Due to non-specific hormonal disorders and enlargement of the lesion, a right-sided laparoscopic adrenalectomy was performed. The cyst was lined predominantly by ciliated cuboidal-to-columnar, Müllerian-type epithelium, and focally by flat-to-cuboidal, mesothelium-like lining...
January 18, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096456/antibody-conjugated-dna-based-nanocarriers-intercalated-with-doxorubicin-eliminate-myofibroblasts-in-explants-of-human-lens-tissue
#18
Jacquelyn Gerhart, Marvin Greenbaum, Lou Casta, Anthony Clemente, Keith Mathers, Robert Getts, Mindy George-Weinstein
Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) occurs in some adults and most children following cataract surgery. The fibrotic form of PCO arises, in part, from migratory, contractile myofibroblasts that deform the lens capsule and impair vision. In short-term cultures of human anterior lens tissue, myofibroblasts emerge from Myo/Nog cells that are identified with the G8 monoclonal antibody and by their expression of the MyoD transcription factor and bone morphogenetic protein inhibitor noggin. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that targeted depletion of Myo/Nog cells with the G8 mAb conjugated to three-dimensional DNA nanocarriers intercalated with Doxorubicin (G8:3DNA:Dox) would prevent the accumulation of myofibroblasts in long-term, serum and growth factor free cultures of human lens tissue obtained by capsulorhexis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095789/mirna-338-3p-cdk4-signaling-pathway-suppressed-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-proliferation
#19
Bensong Duan, Jiangfeng Hu, Tongyangzi Zhang, Xu Luo, Yi Zhou, Shun Liu, Liang Zhu, Cheng Wu, Wenxiang Liu, Chao Chen, Hengjun Gao
BACKGROUND: Activated hepatic stellate cell (HSC) is the main fibrogenic cell type in the injured liver. miRNA plays an important role in activation and proliferation of HSC. METHODS: Our previous study examined the expression profiles of microRNAs in quiescent and activated HSC. Real-time PCR and western blot were used to detect the expression of Collagen type I (Col 1) and Alpha-Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA). CCK-8 and Edu assay was used to measure the proliferation rate of HSC...
January 17, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095296/diverse-role-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein
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Ravindra N Singh, Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh
The multifunctional Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein is required for the survival of all organisms of the animal kingdom. SMN impacts various aspects of RNA metabolism through the formation and/or interaction with ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. SMN regulates biogenesis of small nuclear RNPs, small nucleolar RNPs, small Cajal body-associated RNPs, signal recognition particles and telomerase. SMN also plays an important role in DNA repair, transcription, pre-mRNA splicing, histone mRNA processing, translation, selenoprotein synthesis, macromolecular trafficking, stress granule formation, cell signaling and cytoskeleton maintenance...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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