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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215326/the-role-of-fabp5-in-radiation-induced-human-skin-fibrosis
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Jianyuan Song, Huojun Zhang, Zhenyu Wang, Wanglei Xu, Li Zhong, Jinming Cao, Jianfeng Yang, Ye Tian, Daojiang Yu, Jiang Ji, Jianping Cao, Shuyu Zhang
Radiation-induced skin fibrosis is a detrimental and chronic disorder that occurs after radiation exposure. The molecular changes underlying the pathogenesis of radiation-induced fibrosis of human skin have not been extensively reported. Technical advances in proteomics have enabled exploration of the biomarkers and molecular pathogenesis of radiation-induced skin fibrosis, with the potential to broaden our understanding of this disease. In this study, we compared protein expression in radiation-induced fibrotic human skin and adjacent normal tissues using iTRAQ-based proteomics technology...
December 7, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214163/protective-effects-of-pyridoxamine-supplementation-in-the-early-stages-of-diet-induced-kidney-dysfunction
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F Chiazza, A S Cento, D Collotta, D Nigro, G Rosa, F Baratta, V Bitonto, J C Cutrin, M Aragno, R Mastrocola, M Collino
Pyridoxamine, a structural analog of vitamin B6 that exerts antiglycative effects, has been proposed as supplementary approach in patients with initial diabetic nephropathy. However, the molecular mechanism(s) underlying its protective role has been so far slightly examined. C57Bl/6J mice were fed with a standard diet (SD) or a diet enriched in fat and fructose (HD) for 12 weeks. After 3 weeks, two subgroups of SD and HD mice started pyridoxamine supplementation (150 mg/kg/day) in the drinking water. HD fed mice showed increased body weight and impaired glucose tolerance, whereas pyridoxamine administration significantly improved insulin sensitivity, but not body weight, and reduced diet-induced increase in serum creatinine and urine albumin...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193875/dabigatran-inhibits-intravitreal-thrombin-activity
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Jeroen Bastiaans, Verena C Mulder, Jan C van Meurs, Marja Smits-Te Nijenhuis, Conny van Holten-Neelen, P Martin van Hagen, Willem A Dik
PURPOSE: Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is a vitreoretinal disorder in which retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell activation contributes to both formation of fibrotic retinal membranes and inflammation. Vitreous of patients with PVR contains increased thrombin activity which induces profibrotic and proinflammatory programs in RPE cells. Inhibition of intravitreal thrombin activity may thus represent a therapeutic option for PVR. In this study, we examined the capacity of the clinically available direct thrombin inhibitor dabigatran to inhibit thrombin activity in vitreous fluids...
November 30, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191563/tgf-%C3%AE-1-p53-signaling-in-renal-fibrogenesis
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Stephen P Higgins, Yi Tang, Craig E Higgins, Badar Mian, Wenzheng Zhang, Ralf-Peter Czekay, Rohan Samarakoon, David J Conti, Paul J Higgins
Fibrotic disorders of the renal, pulmonary, cardiac, and hepatic systems are associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Effective therapies to prevent or curtail the advancement to organ failure, however, remain a major clinical challenge. Chronic kidney disease, in particular, constitutes an increasing medical burden affecting >15% of the US population. Regardless of etiology (diabetes, hypertension, ischemia, acute injury, urologic obstruction), persistently elevated TGF-β1 levels are causatively linked to the activation of profibrotic signaling networks and disease progression...
November 28, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186429/extracellular-matrix-in-uterine-leiomyoma-pathogenesis-a-potential-target-for-future-therapeutics
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Md Soriful Islam, Andrea Ciavattini, Felice Petraglia, Mario Castellucci, Pasquapina Ciarmela
BACKGROUND: Uterine leiomyoma (also known as fibroid or myoma) is the most common benign tumor of the uterus found in women of reproductive age. It is not usually fatal but can produce serious clinical symptoms, including excessive uterine bleeding, pelvic pain or pressure, infertility and pregnancy complications. Due to lack of effective medical treatments surgery has been a definitive choice for the management of this tumor. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: Extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation and remodeling are thought to be crucial for fibrotic diseases such as uterine leiomyoma...
November 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160908/connective-tissue-growth-factor-induces-renal-fibrosis-via-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-activation
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Sandra Rayego-Mateos, José Luis Morgado-Pascual, Raúl R Rodrigues-Diez, Raquel Rodrigues-Diez, Lucas Falke, Sergio Mezzano, Alberto Ortiz, Jesús Egido, Roel Goldschmeding, Marta Ruiz-Ortega
Connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) is a matricellular protein overexpressed in progressive human renal diseases, mainly in fibrotic areas. In vitro studies have demonstrated that CCN2 regulates production of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), and therefore could contribute to renal fibrosis. CCN2 blockade ameliorates experimental renal damage, including diminution of ECM accumulation. We have described that CCN2 and its C-terminal degradation product CCN2(IV), bind to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to modulate renal inflammation...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115435/human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-alleviate-interstitial-fibrosis-and-cardiac-dysfunction-in-a-dilated-cardiomyopathy-rat-model-by-inhibiting-tnf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-and-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-1-erk1-2-signaling-pathways
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Changyi Zhang, Guichi Zhou, Yezeng Chen, Sizheng Liu, Fen Chen, Lichun Xie, Wei Wang, Yonggang Zhang, Tianyou Wang, Xiulan Lai, Lian Ma
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart characterized by pathological remodeling, including patchy interstitial fibrosis and degeneration of cardiomyocytes. In the present study, the beneficial role of human umbilical cord‑derived mesenchymal stem cells (HuMSCs) derived from Wharton's jelly was evaluated in the myosin‑induced rat model of DCM. Male Lewis rats (aged 8‑weeks) were injected with porcine myosin to induce DCM. Cultured HuMSCs (1x106 cells/rat) were intravenously injected 28 days after myosin injection and the effects on myocardial fibrosis and the underlying signaling pathways were investigated and compared with vehicle‑injected and negative control rats...
October 26, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111086/role-of-interleukin-17-in-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-mediated-renal-interstitial-fibrosis
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Bin Sun, Hui Wang, Lu Zhang, Xiaofan Yang, Mingshun Zhang, Xingxing Zhu, Xiaohui Ji, Huijuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Several studies suggest IL-17 is involved in the pathogenesis of organ fibrosis. The exact role of IL-17 in renal interstitial fibrosis has not been fully elucidated. METHODS: We compared the histopathology of renal fibrosis as well as profibrotic TGF-β signaling in wild-type (WT) and IL-17 knock-out (IL-17(-/-)) mice using UUO as the disease model. To find out the possible mechanisms involved in the exacerbated renal fibrosis happened to IL-17(-/-) mice, we analyzed the pattern of ECM synthesis by different fibroblasts cultured with IL-17 and associated signaling mediators...
October 27, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101170/the-prorenin-receptor-in-the-cardiovascular-system-and-beyond
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Matthew T Hennrikus, Alexis A Gonzalez, Minolfa C Prieto
Since the prorenin receptor (PRR) was first reported, investigations into its role in many cellular processes have been underway. Renin and prorenin binding to PRR and its soluble form (sPRR) increases angiotensin I formation and intracellular pathways resulting in induction of profibrotic factors. The PRR has supplementary roles as a vital accessory protein of the vacuolar-type H+-ATPase and also as an intermediate in Wnt signaling. As a component of the H-ATPase, the PRR has been found upregulated during cardiac stress...
November 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093267/loss-of-mir-141-200c-ameliorates-hepatic-steatosis-and-inflammation-by-reprogramming-multiple-signaling-pathways-in-nash
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Melanie Tran, Sang-Min Lee, Dong-Ju Shin, Li Wang
Accumulation of lipid droplets and inflammatory cell infiltration is the hallmark of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The roles of noncoding RNAs in NASH are less known. We aim to elucidate the function of miR-141/200c in diet-induced NASH. WT and miR-141/200c-/- mice were fed a methionine and choline deficient (MCD) diet for 2 weeks to assess markers of steatosis, liver injury, and inflammation. Hepatic miR-141 and miR-200c RNA levels were highly induced in human patients with NASH fatty liver and in WT MCD mice...
November 2, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080401/reactive-oxygen-species-as-signaling-molecules-in-the-development-of-lung-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Francisco J Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Navdeep Chandel, Manu Jain, G R Scott Budinger
Pulmonary fibrosis is a relatively rare but devastating disease characterized by the excessive deposition of extracellular matrix. The increased matrix results in reduced lung compliance and increased work of breathing, while the obliteration of alveolar-capillary structures can result in hypoxemia and pulmonary hypertension, which manifests clinically as worsening shortness of breath, respiratory failure, and death. Unbiased genome-wide association studies combined with animal models suggest that damage to the alveolar epithelium is the initiating factor in pulmonary fibrosis...
October 10, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073967/inhibition-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-blocks-mesomesenchymal-transition-and-attenuates-streptococcus-pneumonia-mediated-pleural-injury-in-mice
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Jake Boren, Grant Shryock, Alexis Fergis, Ann Jeffers, Shuzi Owens, Wenyi Qin, Kathleen B Koenig, Yoshikazu Tsukasaki, Satoshi Komatsu, Mitsuo Ikebe, Steven Idell, Torry A Tucker
Pleural loculation affects about 30,000 patients annually in the United States and in severe cases can resolve with restrictive lung disease and pleural fibrosis. Pleural mesothelial cells contribute to pleural rind formation by undergoing mesothelial mesenchymal transition (MesoMT), whereby they acquire a profibrotic phenotype characterized by increased expression of α-smooth muscle actin and collagen 1. Components of the fibrinolytic pathway (urokinase plasminogen activator and plasmin) are elaborated in pleural injury and strongly induce MesoMT in vitro...
November 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068765/mechanisms-of-renal-fibrosis
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Benjamin D Humphreys
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is a chronic and progressive process affecting kidneys during aging and in chronic kidney disease (CKD), regardless of cause. CKD and renal fibrosis affect half of adults above age 70 and 10% of the world's population. Although no targeted therapy yet exists to slow renal fibrosis, a number of important recent advances have clarified the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the disease. In this review, I highlight these advances with a focus on cells and pathways that may be amenable to therapeutic targeting...
October 25, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066712/activation-of-stat3-integrates-common-profibrotic-pathways-to-promote-fibroblast-activation-and-tissue-fibrosis
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Debomita Chakraborty, Barbora Šumová, Tatjana Mallano, Chih-Wei Chen, Alfiya Distler, Christina Bergmann, Ingo Ludolph, Raymund E Horch, Kolja Gelse, Andreas Ramming, Oliver Distler, Georg Schett, Ladislav Šenolt, Jörg H W Distler
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is phosphorylated by various kinases, several of which have been implicated in aberrant fibroblast activation in fibrotic diseases including systemic sclerosis (SSc). Here we show that profibrotic signals converge on STAT3 and that STAT3 may be an important molecular checkpoint for tissue fibrosis. STAT3 signaling is hyperactivated in SSc in a TGFβ-dependent manner. Expression profiling and functional studies in vitro and in vivo demonstrate that STAT3 activation is mediated by the combined action of JAK, SRC, c-ABL, and JNK kinases...
October 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066090/genetic-variants-associated-with-susceptibility-to-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-people-of-european-ancestry-a-genome-wide-association-study
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Richard J Allen, Joanne Porte, Rebecca Braybrooke, Carlos Flores, Tasha E Fingerlin, Justin M Oldham, Beatriz Guillen-Guio, Shwu-Fan Ma, Tsukasa Okamoto, Alison E John, Ma'en Obeidat, Ivana V Yang, Amanda Henry, Richard B Hubbard, Vidya Navaratnam, Gauri Saini, Norma Thompson, Helen L Booth, Simon P Hart, Mike R Hill, Nik Hirani, Toby M Maher, Robin J McAnulty, Ann B Millar, Philip L Molyneaux, Helen Parfrey, Doris M Rassl, Moira K B Whyte, William A Fahy, Richard P Marshall, Eunice Oballa, Yohan Bossé, David C Nickle, Don D Sin, Wim Timens, Nick Shrine, Ian Sayers, Ian P Hall, Imre Noth, David A Schwartz, Martin D Tobin, Louise V Wain, R Gisli Jenkins
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive lung disease with high mortality, uncertain cause, and few treatment options. Studies have identified a significant genetic risk associated with the development of IPF; however, mechanisms by which genetic risk factors promote IPF remain unclear. We aimed to identify genetic variants associated with IPF susceptibility and provide mechanistic insight using gene and protein expression analyses. METHODS: We used a two-stage approach: a genome-wide association study in patients with IPF of European ancestry recruited from nine different centres in the UK and controls selected from UK Biobank (stage 1) matched for age, sex, and smoking status; and a follow-up of associated genetic variants in independent datasets of patients with IPF and controls from two independent US samples from the Chicago consortium and the Colorado consortium (stage 2)...
November 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29062589/integration-of-canonical-and-noncanonical-pathways-in-tlr4-signaling-complex-regulation-of-the-wound-repair-program
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REVIEW
Paula J McKeown-Longo, Paul J Higgins
Significance: Chronic inflammation and maladaptive repair contribute to the development of fibrosis that negatively impacts quality of life and organ function. The toll-like receptor (TLR) system is a critical node in the tissue response to both exogenous (pathogen-associated) and endogenous (damage-associated) molecular pattern factors (PAMPs and DAMPs, respectively). The development of novel TLR ligand-, pathway-, and/or target gene-specific therapeutics may have clinical utility in the management of the exuberant inflammatory/fibrotic tissue response to injury without compromising the host defense to pathogens...
October 1, 2017: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049722/a-ppar-gamma-agonist-rosiglitazone-suppresses-fibrotic-response-in-human-pterygium-fibroblasts-by-modulating-the-p38-mapk-pathway
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Selikem Abla Nuwormegbe, Joon Hyung Sohn, Sun Woong Kim
Purpose: Fibroblast activation may play an important role in pterygium progression. Synthetic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPAR-γ) ligands have been shown to be effective antifibrotic agents against transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) induced fibrosis in several tissues. We aimed to investigate the antifibrotic effects of the PPAR-γ ligand rosiglitazone in pterygium fibroblasts and the underlying mechanisms. Methods: Profibrotic activation was induced by TGF-β1 in primary cultured human pterygium fibroblasts and the effect of rosiglitazone treatment on α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and extra cellular matrix proteins synthesis was detected by western blotting, real-time PCR, immunostaining, and flow cytometry...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29038968/anti-fibrotic-nintedanib-a-new-opportunity-for-systemic-sclerosis-patients
#18
REVIEW
Ana Catarina Duarte, Maria José Santos, Ana Cordeiro
Systemic sclerosis is a connective tissue disease characterized by progressive skin thickening and a wide spectrum of internal organ involvement. Pathogenesis includes vasculopathy, inflammation, and fibrosis. Although immunosuppressants such as cyclophosphamide and mycophenolate mofetil have shown some benefit in interstitial lung disease management, it is still a major cause of morbi-mortality in these patients. Therefore, there is a current need for new therapies. Here, we report a 65-year-old female patient with limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis, anti-topoisomerase-positive and extensive lung disease...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033929/immunity-and-fibrogenesis-the-role-of-th17-il-17-axis-in-hbv-and-hcv-induced-chronic-hepatitis-and-progression-to-cirrhosis
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REVIEW
Feliciano Chanana Paquissi
Cirrhosis is a common final pathway for most chronic liver diseases; representing an increasing burden worldwide and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Current evidence has shown that, after an initial injury, the immune response has a significant participation in the ongoing damage, and progression from chronic viral hepatitis (CVH) to cirrhosis, driving the activation and maintenance of main fibrogenic pathways. Among immune deregulations, those related to the subtype 17 of T helper lymphocytes (Th17)/interleukin-17 (IL-17) axis have been recognized as key immunopathological and prognostic elements in patients with CVH...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986417/cell-specific-expression-of-runt-related-transcription-factor-2-contributes-to-pulmonary-fibrosis
#20
Carlo Mümmler, Olivier Burgy, Sarah Hermann, Kathrin Mutze, Andreas Günther, Melanie Königshoff
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a fatal lung disease with limited therapeutic options and unknown etiology. IPF is characterized by epithelial cell injury, impaired cellular crosstalk between epithelial cells and fibroblasts, and the formation of fibroblast foci with increased extracellular matrix deposition (ECM). We investigated the role of runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2), a master regulator of bone development that has been linked to profibrotic signaling. RUNX2 expression was up-regulated in lung homogenates from patients with IPF and in experimental bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis...
October 6, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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