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Matthias Mack
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March 20, 2018: Transplantation
Milton Packer, Dalane W Kitzman
Obesity-related heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is an important phenotype prevalent in the community, especially in people with metabolic disorders (e.g., dyslipidemia, diabetes). These individuals exhibit a marked expansion of plasma volume, but ventricular distensibility is limited, most likely as a result of cardiac microvascular rarefaction acting in concert with myocardial and pericardial fibrosis. Consequently, the increase in plasma volume causes a disproportionate increase in cardiac filling pressures, leading to heart failure, even though systolic ejection is not impaired...
March 7, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Lin Chen, Tian Yang, De-Wen Lu, Hui Zhao, Ya-Long Feng, Hua Chen, Dan-Qian Chen, Nosratola D Vaziri, Ying-Yong Zhao
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) has emerged as a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Interstitial fibrosis, glomerulosclerosis and inflammation play the central role in the pathogenesis and progression of CKD to end stage renal disease (ESRD). Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is the central mediator of renal fibrosis and numerous studies have focused on inhibition of TGF-β1 and its downstream targets for treatment of kidney disease. However, blockade of TGF-β1 has not been effective in the treatment of CKD patients...
March 5, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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
Bridget Wiafe, Adetola Adesida, Thomas Churchill, Peter Metcalfe
PURPOSE: Partial bladder outlet obstruction is a multifactorial urological condition in which hypoxia plays a significant role. We recently investigated hypoxia's role as a single stressor and found that hypoxia induced an intense inflammatory and profibrotic switch in bladder smooth muscle cells (bSMCs). With the immunomodulatory capacity of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), we aimed to investigate if the hypoxia-signaling pathways can be mitigated using MSCs. METHODS: Bladder smooth muscle cells were cultured in 3% oxygen tension for 72 h with either the direct or indirect co-culture with bone marrow derived MSCs...
March 2, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Caroline L Hall, Adrienne R Wells, Kai P Leung
Pirfenidone (PFD) is a synthetic small molecule inhibitor with demonstrated anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic properties in vitro and in vivo. The exact mechanism(s) of PFD action remain unclear, due in part to the broad effects of this drug on the complex processes involved in inflammation and fibrosis. While PFD is FDA-approved for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the efficacy of this compound for the treatment of dermal fibrosis has not yet been fully characterized. Dermal fibrosis is the pathological formation of excess fibrous connective tissue of the skin, usually the result of traumatic cutaneous injury...
March 1, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Eoin P Brennan, Muthukumar Mohan, Aaron McClelland, Christos Tikellis, Mark Ziemann, Antony Kaspi, Stephen P Gray, Raelene Pickering, Sih Min Tan, Syed Tasadaque Ali-Shah, Patrick J Guiry, Assam El-Osta, Karin Jandeleit-Dahm, Mark E Cooper, Catherine Godson, Phillip Kantharidis
Background The failure of spontaneous resolution underlies chronic inflammatory conditions, including microvascular complications of diabetes such as diabetic kidney disease. The identification of endogenously generated molecules that promote the physiologic resolution of inflammation suggests that these bioactions may have therapeutic potential in the context of chronic inflammation. Lipoxins (LXs) are lipid mediators that promote the resolution of inflammation. Methods We investigated the potential of LXA4 and a synthetic LX analog (Benzo-LXA4 ) as therapeutics in a murine model of diabetic kidney disease, ApoE-/- mice treated with streptozotocin...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Mohit Sharma, Smitha Sammith Shetty, Raghu Radhakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Oral submucous fibrosis is an oral potentially malignant disorder with high incidence of malignant transformation and rising global prevalence. However, the genesis of oral submucous fibrosis is still unclear despite superfluity of literature. In the background of ineffective treatment, it is necessary to decode its onset and progression before designing customized treatment regimens. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to decipher the pathogenesis of oral submucous fibrosis in order to identify novel drug targets...
February 26, 2018: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
Antoine L Carre, Michael S Hu, Aaron W James, Kenichiro Kawai, Michael G Galvez, Michael T Longaker, H Peter Lorenz
BACKGROUND: Acute wound healing is a dynamic process that results in the formation of scar tissue. The mechanisms of this process are not well understood; numerous signaling pathways are thought to play a major role. Here, the authors have identified β-catenin-dependent Wnt signaling as an early acute-phase reactant in acute wound healing and scar formation. METHODS: The authors created 6-mm full-thickness excisional cutaneous wounds on adult β-catenin-dependent Wnt signal (BAT-gal) reporter mice...
March 2018: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Cheng-Lin Zhang, Qian Zhao, Hui Liang, Xue Qiao, Jin-Yu Wang, Dan Wu, Li-Ling Wu, Li Li
Cardiac fibrosis is characterized by excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the myocardium and results in decreased ventricular compliance and diastolic dysfunction. Cartilage intermediate layer protein-1 (CILP-1), a novel identified cardiac matricellular protein, is upregulated in most conditions associated with cardiac remodeling, however, whether CILP-1 is involved in pressure overload-induced fibrotic response is unknown. Here, we investigated whether CILP-1 was critically involved in the fibrotic remodeling induced by pressure overload...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Haijie Li, Jingqin Lan, Caishun Han, Kaixuan Guo, Guihua Wang, Junbo Hu, Jianping Gong, Xuelai Luo, Zhixin Cao
Liver fibrosis, an important health concern associated to chronic liver injury that provides a permissive environment for cancer development, is characterized by the persistent deposition of extracellular matrix components mainly derived from activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Brg1, the core subunit of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex, has been proved to associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which may progress to cirrhosis. Herein, we determined whether Brg1 regulates liver fibrosis and examined its mechanism by focusing on HSCs activation...
February 7, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Liyan Wu, Zujin Luo, Jinxu Zheng, Peng Yao, Zhenyan Yuan, Xiaohong Lv, Jing Zhao, Min Wang
IL-33 played an important role in inflammatory diseases as evidenced by their high levels of expression in diseased tissues. Previous studies showed that IL-33/ST2L signal transduction pathway participated in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of A549 cells. Cytokine IL-1β can increase the expression of MMPs by activating NF-kB. The excessive or inappropriate expression of MMP-9 may randomly and non-selectively destroy the extracellular matrix. TIMP-1 (tissue inhibitor of MMP-9) effects on ebb and flow of ECM by inhibiting activation of MMP-9...
February 7, 2018: Inflammation
Mustapha Irnaten, Alexander Zhdanov, Deirdre Brennan, Thomas Crotty, Abbot Clark, Dmitri Papkovsky, Colm O'Brien
Purpose: Optic nerve cupping in glaucoma is characterized by remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) and fibrosis in the lamina cribrosa (LC). We have previously shown that glaucoma LC cells express raised levels of ECM genes and have elevated intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i). Raised [Ca2+]i is known to promote proliferation, activation, and contractility in fibroblasts via the calcineurin-NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) signaling pathway. In this study, we examine NFAT expression in normal and glaucoma LC cells, and investigate the effect of cyclosporin A (CsA, a known inhibitor of NFAT activity) on [Ca2+]i and ECM gene expression in normal and glaucoma LC cells...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Evan Austin, Eugene Koo, Jared Jagdeo
BACKGROUND: Keloids and hypertrophic scars are conditions of pathologic scarring characterized by fibroblast hyperproliferation and excess collagen deposition. These conditions significantly impact patients by causing psychosocial, functional, and aesthetic distress. Current treatment modalities have limitations. Clinical evidence indicates that botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) may prevent and treat keloids and hypertrophic scars. OBJECTIVE: To examine investigated cellular pathways involved in BoNT-A therapeutic modulation of keloids and hypertrophic scars...
February 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
A Wyczalkowska-Tomasik, B Czarkowska-Paczek, J Piekarczyk-Persa, M Zendzian-Piotrowska
Physical exercise causes adaptive changes, mainly in muscles, but it also influences other organs, including liver. Most changes are beneficial; however, strenuous exercise is a strong stressor, and it can result in splanchnic hypoperfusion with subsequent disturbances in liver homeostasis and energy. Cathepsin B is a protease linked to protein turnover and extracellular matrix degradation. It is also involved in autophagy and the activation of proinflammatory and profibrotic pathways. This study investigated the influences of one session of exercise and endurance training on the mRNA, protein level, and activity of cathepsin B in rat liver...
October 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
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
Andrea H Györfi, Alexandru E Matei, Jörg H W Distler
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) is widely recognized as a core pathway of fibrosis. Inhibition of TGF-β signaling may thus offer potential for antifibrotic therapies. Long-term inhibition of TGF-β signaling at the level of its isoforms and receptors can be associated with unacceptable adverse effects. However, TGF-β regulates a myriad of intracellular signaling cascades to transmit its profibrotic effects and several of those pathways offer potential for pharmacologic intervention. Moreover, the multiple interactions of TGF-β with other profibrotic pathways also yielded candidates for therapeutic intervention...
January 17, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Zhen Xiao, Jing Shu, Feng Zhou, Yong Han
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is one of the leading cause of morbidity and death worldwide. It is characterized by chronic pulmonary inflammation and obstructed airflow from the lungs. To date, there is no effective treatments for COPD. The activation of Agrin (AGRN) - YAP pathway can promote heart regeneration. Since Agrin can only induce mild cardiomyocyte (CM) proliferation compare to ERBB2 pathway activation, it might exert pleiotropic effects, such as mitigation of innate inflammation, immune response and fibrosis...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Alexandra Forestier, Thomas Guerrier, Mathieu Jouvray, Jonathan Giovannelli, Guillaume Lefèvre, Vincent Sobanski, Carine Hauspie, Eric Hachulla, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Hélène Zephir, Patrick Vermersch, Myriam Labalette, David Launay, Sylvain Dubucquoi
Beyond the production of autoantibodies, B-cells are thought to play a role in systemic sclerosis (SSc) by secreting proinflammatory/profibrotic cytokines. B-cells are a heterogeneous population with different subsets distinguished by their phenotypes and cytokine production. Data about B-cell subsets, cytokine production and intracellular pathways leading to this production are scarce in SSc. The aim of our study was to describe B-cell homeostasis, activation, proliferation, cytokine production in B-cells and serum and B-cell intracellular signaling pathways in SSc...
January 14, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Jung-Tsu Chen, Chen-Ying Wang, Min-Huey Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Many fibrotic processes are associated with an increased level of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). TGF-β1 can increase synthesis of matrix proteins and enhance secretion of protease inhibitors, resulting in matrix accumulation. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a downstream profibrotic effector of TGF-β1 and is associated with the fibrosis in several human organs. Curcumin has been applied to reduce matrix accumulation in fibrotic diseases. This study was aimed to evaluate whether curcumin could suppress TGF-β1-induced CTGF expression and its related signaling pathway involving in this inhibitory action in primary human gingival fibroblasts...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
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