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Jiaqiang Ren, Dawn Ward, Steven Chen, Katherine Tran, Ping Jin, Marianna Sabatino, Pamela G Robey, David F Stroncek
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) have classically been cultured in media supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As an alternative to FBS, pooled solvent detergent apheresis platelets, HPGF-C18, was evaluated for BMSC culture. METHODS: A comparison of passage 2 BMSC growth revealed that 10% HPGF-C18 produced similar cell numbers as 20% FBS. Marrow aspirates from 5 healthy subjects were cultured for 4 passages in 10% HPGF-C18 or 20% FBS and were analyzed for proliferation, colony formation efficiency (CFE), surface marker expression, suppression of mixed lymphocyte reactions (MLRs), global gene and microRNA expression analysis...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Weiqing Qian, Yan Su, Yajie Zhang, Nianwei Yao, Nin Gu, Xu Zhang, Hong Yin
Osteoporosis is a serious public health problem and icariin (ICA) is the active component of the Epimedium sagittatum, a traditional Chinese medicinal herb. The present study aimed to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of ICA as a potential therapy for osteoporosis. Calvaria osteoblasts were isolated from newborn rats and treated with ICA. Cell viability, apoptosis, alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition were analyzed. Bioinformatics analyses were performed to identify differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) in response to ICA treatment...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Qixiang Zhao, Zhiwei Liu, Bing Huang, Yanliang Yuan, Xiucheng Liu, Hu Zhang, Fan Qiu, Yiqian Zhang, Yufeng Li, Haoran Miao, Hongyan Dong, Zhongming Zhang
The prevention and management of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/R) injury is an essential part of coronary heart disease surgery and is becoming a major clinical problem in the treatment of ischemic heart disease. Previous studies by our group have demonstrated that pigment epithelium‑derived factor (PEDF) improves cardiac function in rats with acute myocardial infarction and reduces hypoxia‑induced cell injury. However, the protective function and mechanisms underlying the effect of PEDF in MI/R injury remain to be fully understood...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Johann Schottler, Niklas Randoll, Ralph Lucius, Amke Caliebe, Johann Roider, Alexa Klettner
Anti-Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) therapy is given repeatedly for an extended period of time to patients when treated for age-related macular degeneration. While short-term effects of anti-VEGF agents on retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells have been investigated, the effects of long-term and repeated treatment on these cells are scarce. In this study, we have investigated the effects of anti-VEGF treatment after long-term, repeated treatment on cell aging and morphology. The experiments were conducted in primary porcine RPE cells passage one and two...
March 6, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Yufeng Li, Zhiwei Liu, Yiqian Zhang, Qixiang Zhao, Xiaoyu Wang, Peng Lu, Hao Zhang, Zhu Wang, Hongyan Dong, Zhongming Zhang
Pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) is known to exert diverse physiological activities. Previous studies suggest that hypoxia could induce mitophagy. Astoundingly, under hypoxic condition, we found that PEDF decreased the mitochondrial density of cardiomyocytes. In this study, we evaluated whether PEDF could decrease the mitochondrial density and play a protective role in hypoxic cardiomyocytes via promoting mitophagy. Immunostaining and western blotting were used to analyze mitochondrial density and mitophagy of hypoxic cardiomyocytes...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Charles Samuel Umbaugh, Adriana Diaz-Quiñones, Manoel Figueiredo Neto, Joseph J Shearer, Marxa L Figueiredo
Laminin receptor (67 LR) is a 67 kDa protein derived from a 37 kDa precursor (37 LR). 37/67 LR is a strong clinical correlate for progression, aggression, and chemotherapeutic relapse of several cancers including breast, prostate, and colon. The ability of 37/67 LR to promote cancer cell aggressiveness is further increased by its ability to transduce physiochemical and mechanosensing signals in endothelial cells and modulate angiogenesis. Recently, it was demonstrated that 37/67 LR modulates the anti-angiogenic potential of the secreted glycoprotein pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF)...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Josué Rivera-Pérez, María Del Rocío Monter-Vera, Cornelio Barrientos-Alvarado, Julia D Toscano-Garibay, Teresa Cuesta-Mejías, Javier Flores-Estrada
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) serve an important role in prostate cancer (PCa). The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the levels of VEGF and PEDF in serum are associated with the severity of PCa, and whether they can differentiate from patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Two groups of patients were recruited, patients with PCa or BPH that were newly diagnosed without other comorbidities, and were compared with healthy individuals...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Louiza Belkacemi, Jason L Atkins, L U Yang, Prajakta Gadgil, Amy K Sater, Diana S Chow, Rathindra N Bose, Shaun Xiaoliu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIM: Phosphaplatin platinum (IV) (RRD4) complex has exceptional antitumor properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and the mechanism of action of free and liposome-encapsulated RRD4 in breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Liposome-encapsulated RRD4 prepared by thin-film dehydration: hydration and free RRD4 were tested in vivo and in vitro against 4T1 breast cancer cells. Cell proliferation, migration and viability were determined...
February 2018: Anticancer Research
Fan Qiu, Hao Zhang, Yanliang Yuan, Zhiwei Liu, Bing Huang, Haoran Miao, Xiucheng Liu, Qixiang Zhao, Hu Zhang, Hongyan Dong, Zhongming Zhang
AIMS: The activated AMP activated protein kinase (AMPK) serves as a transient protective cardiovascular kinase via preserving adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production under ischemic conditions. However, recent studies reveal that inhibition of AMPK in stroke is neuroprotection. Pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is also known for the protection of ischemic cardiomyocytes. However, the relationship between PEDF and AMPK in cardiomyocytes is poorly understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Rat neonatal and adult left ventricular cardiomyocytes were isolated and subjected to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Mitra Farnoodian, Christine M Sorenson, Nader Sheibani
Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among the elderly population, and is associated with severe macular degeneration and choroidal neovascularization (CNV). Although the pathogenesis of AMD is associated with choroidal dysfunction and CNV, the detailed underlying mechanisms remain unresolved. Altered production of pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF), a neuroprotective and anti-angiogenic factor, contributes to CNV. Furthermore, exogenous PEDF mitigates angiogenesis in preclinical CNV models...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Medi Eslani, Ilham Putra, Xiang Shen, Judy Hamouie, Asha Tadepalli, Khandaker N Anwar, John A Kink, Samaneh Ghassemi, Gaurav Agnihotri, Sofiya Reshetylo, Alireza Mashaghi, Reza Dana, Peiman Hematti, Ali R Djalilian
Macrophages are crucial drivers of inflammatory corneal neovascularization and thus are potential targets for immunomodulatory therapies. We hypothesized that therapeutic use of cornea derived mesenchymal stromal cells (cMSCs) may alter the function of macrophages. We found that cMSCs can modulate the phenotype and angiogenic function of macrophages. In vitro, cMSCs induce apoptosis of macrophages while preferentially promoting a distinct CD14hi CD16hi CD163hi CD206hi immunophenotype that has significantly reduced angiogenic effects based on in vitro angiogenesis assays...
January 17, 2018: Stem Cells
Vasiliki Liakouli, Jacobo Elies, Yasser Mohamed El-Sherbiny, Margherita Scarcia, Gary Grant, Giuseppina Abignano, Emma C Derrett-Smith, Filomena Esteves, Paola Cipriani, Paul Emery, Christopher P Denton, Roberto Giacomelli, Georgia Mavria, Francesco Del Galdo
OBJECTIVES: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterised by tissue fibrosis and vasculopathy with defective angiogenesis. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) plays a major role in tissue fibrosis, including downregulation of caveolin-1 (Cav-1); however, its role in defective angiogenesis is less clear. Pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), a major antiangiogenic factor, is abundantly secreted by SSc fibroblasts. Here, we investigated the effect of TGF-β and Cav-1 on PEDF expression and the role of PEDF in the ability of SSc fibroblasts to modulate angiogenesis...
March 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Revathy Carnagarin, Mina Elahy, Arun M Dharmarajan, Crispin R Dass
Extensive bone defects arising as a result of trauma, infection and tumour resection and other bone pathologies necessitates the identification of effective strategies in the form of tissue engineering, gene therapy and osteoinductive agents to enhance the bone repair process. PEDF is a multifunctional glycoprotein which plays an important role in regulating osteoblastic differentiation and bone formation. PEDF treatment of mice and human skeletal myocytes at physiological concentration inhibited myogenic differentiation and activated Erk1/2 MAPK- dependent osteogenic transdifferentiation of myocytes...
December 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Laura Garcia-Garcia, Sergio Recalde, Maria Hernandez, Jaione Bezunartea, Juan Roberto Rodriguez-Madoz, Sandra Johnen, Sabine Diarra, Corinne Marie, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Zoltán Ivics, Daniel Scherman, Martina Kropp, Gabriele Thumann, Felipe Prosper, Patricia Fernandez-Robredo, Alfredo Garcia-Layana
Pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a potent antiangiogenic, neurotrophic, and neuroprotective molecule that is the endogenous inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the retina. An ex vivo gene therapy approach based on transgenic overexpression of PEDF in the eye is assumed to rebalance the angiogenic-antiangiogenic milieu of the retina, resulting in growth regression of choroidal blood vessels, the hallmark of neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Here, we show that rat pigment epithelial cells can be efficiently transfected with the PEDF-expressing non-viral hyperactive Sleeping Beauty transposon system delivered in a form free of antibiotic resistance marker miniplasmids...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Dah-Ching Ding, Yao-Tseng Wen, Rong-Kung Tsai
Clinical expansion of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is hampered by the lack of knowledge regarding how to prevent MSC apoptosis and promote their proliferation in serum-free medium. Our in vitro studies demonstrated that human umbilical cord MSCs (HUCMSCs) underwent apoptosis in the serum-free medium. When HUCMSCs were co-cultured with retinal pigment epithelial cells (ARPE19), however, HUCMSCs exhibited normal growth and morphology in serum-free medium. Their colony formation was promoted by the conditioned medium (CM) of ARPE19 cells on Matrigel...
December 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
J Zhang, J Wang, L Zheng, M Wang, Y Lu, Z Li, C Lian, S Mao, X Hou, S Li, J Xu, H Tian, C Jin, F Gao, J Zhang, F Wang, W Li, L Lu, G-T Xu
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of irreversible blindness in the elderly. Oxidative stress in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is deemed to play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of AMD. miR-25 functions as an essential modulator in response to oxidative-stress in several cell types, but its function in RPE cells is poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To explore the roles of miR-25 in RPE cells and in the development of AMD. METHODS: A rat model of retinal degeneration was induced by sodium iodate (SI)...
2017: Current Molecular Medicine
Yun Han, Mei Shen, Li-Yuan Tang, Gang Tan, Qi-Chen Yang, Lei Ye, Lin-Hong Ye, Nan Jiang, Gui-Ping Gao, Yi Shao
To investigate the effects of catalpol on corneal neovascularization (CNV) and associated inflammation, eye drops (5 mM catalpol or PBS) were administered four times daily to alkali‑burn rat models of CNV and inflammation. Clinical evaluations of CNV and the degree of inflammation were performed on days 0, 4, 7, 10 and 14 under slit lamp microscopy. Eyes were collected on day 14 and prepared for hematoxylin and eosin, and immunofluorescence staining; corneal cell apoptosis was investigated via terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase‑mediated nick end labeling (TUNEL) staining...
February 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Shawn H Tsai, Li-Pen Tsao, Shih-Hsin Chang, Tsung-Chuan Ho, Kwang-Yi Tung, Ai-Ching Wu, Yeou-Ping Tsao
A previous study by our group showed that a 44-amino-acid fragment of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) facilitated corneal epithelial wound healing. In the present study this fragment was shortened to obtain peptides of 18, 20 and 29 amino acids in length, and their promoting effects on the healing of full-thickness skin wounds were assessed. Peptides were delivered periodically by topical application to punch wounds of mice. The wound healing speed was evaluated by measuring the reduction of wound areas at 4 and 7 days after injury...
November 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Wolfram Eichler, Helena Savković-Cvijić, Susanne Bürger, Mike Beck, Manuela Schmidt, Peter Wiedemann, Andreas Reichenbach, Jan Darius Unterlauft
Background/ Aims: This study was performed to reveal signaling pathways exploited by pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) derived from retinal (glial) Müller cells to protect retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) from cell death. METHODS: The survival of RGCs was determined in the presence of conditioned culture media (MCM) from or in co-cultures with Müller cells. The significance of PEDF-induced STAT3 activation was evaluated in viability assays and using Western blotting analyses and siRNA-transfected cells...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Huixia Lu, Xunian Zhou, Hoi-Hin Kwok, Mei Dong, Zhaoqiang Liu, Po-Ying Poon, Xiaorong Luan, Ricky Ngok-Shun Wong
Angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels from the existing vasculature, which is involved in multiple biological processes, including atherosclerosis, ischemic heart disease, and cancer. Ginsenoside-Rb1 (Rb1), the most abundant ginsenoside isolated form Panax ginseng, has been identified as a promising anti-angiogenic agent via the up-regulation of PEDF. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms still unknown. In the present study, human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were selected to perform in vitro assays...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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