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Cheng-Ta Yang, Jhy-Ming Li, Wing-Keung Chu, Shu-Er Chow
The overexpression of lumican has been found in lung cancer cells; however, the functional role of lumican in lung cancer cells remains unclear. In this study, we found lumican functioned as a tubulin-binding protein and the depletion of lumican by transfection with its specific shRNA increased lung cancer cell invasion. Such alterations led to morphological changes and actin cytoskeleton remodeling, including the induction of membrane ruffling or protrusion and stress fiber formation, correlated with the increased activities of Rac and Rho...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Shanon Seger, Manuel Stritt, Enrico Vezzali, Oliver Nayler, Patrick Hess, Peter M A Groenen, Anna K Stalder
Intratracheal administration of bleomycin induces fibrosis in the lung, which is mainly assessed by histopathological grading that is subjective. Current literature highlights the need of reproducible and quantitative pulmonary fibrosis analysis. If some quantitative studies looked at fibrosis parameters separately, none of them quantitatively assessed both aspects: lung tissue remodeling and collagenization. To ensure reliable quantification, support vector machine learning was used on digitalized images to design a fully automated method that analyzes two important aspects of lung fibrosis: (i) areas having substantial tissue remodeling with appearance of dense fibrotic masses and (ii) collagen deposition...
2018: PloS One
Andrew R Kompa, Jiayu Lu, Thomas J Weller, Darren J Kelly, Henry Krum, Thomas G von Lueder, Bing H Wang
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor (ARNi) enhances beneficial natriuretic peptides by inhibiting their breakdown through neprilysin. Although the first-in-class ARNi sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) reduced mortality and morbidity in heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF) compared to angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi), mechanistic data on ARNi are scarce. ARNi may be superior to ACEi in attenuating adverse cardiac remodeling and dysfunction post-myocardial infarction (MI)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Justin Stebbing, Kalpit Shah, Lei Cheng Lit, Teresa Gagliano, Angeliki Ditsiou, Tingting Wang, Franz Wendler, Thomas Simon, Krisztina Sára Szabó, Timothy O'Hanlon, Michael Dean, April Camilla Roslani, Swee Hung Cheah, Soo-Chin Lee, Georgios Giamas
Lemur tyrosine kinase 3 (LMTK3) is an oncogenic kinase that is involved in different types of cancer (breast, lung, gastric, colorectal) and biological processes including proliferation, invasion, migration, chromatin remodeling as well as innate and acquired endocrine resistance. However, the role of LMTK3 in response to cytotoxic chemotherapy has not been investigated thus far. Using both 2D and 3D tissue culture models, we found that overexpression of LMTK3 decreased the sensitivity of breast cancer cell lines to cytotoxic (doxorubicin) treatment...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Laurie G Sherlock, Ashley Trumpie, Laura Hernandez-Lagunas, Sarah McKenna, Susan Fisher, Russell Bowler, Clyde J Wright, Cassidy Delaney, Eva Nozik-Grayck
BACKGROUND: A naturally occurring single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), (R213 G), in extracellular superoxide dismutase (SOD3), decreases SOD3 matrix binding affinity. Humans and mature mice expressing the R213 G SNP exhibit increased cardiovascular disease but decreased lung disease. The impact of this SNP on the neonatal lung at baseline or with injury is unknown. METHODS: Wild type and homozygous R213 G mice were injected with intraperitoneal bleomycin or phosphate buffered saline (PBS) three times weekly for three weeks and tissue harvested at 22 days of life...
March 14, 2018: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
Julien Daubriac, Shiwei Han, Jelena Grahovac, Eve Smith, Abdel Hosein, Marguerite Buchanan, Mark Basik, Yves Boucher
Carcinoma-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) can remodel the extracellular matrix to promote cancer cell invasion, but the paracrine signaling between CAFs and cancer cells that regulates tumor cell migration remains to be identified. To determine how the interaction between CAFs and cancer cells modulates the invasiveness of cancer cells, we developed a 3-dimensional co-culture model composed of breast cancer (BC) MDA-MB-231 cell spheroids embedded in a collagen gel with and without CAFs. We found that the crosstalk between CAFs and cancer cells promotes invasion by stimulating the scattering of MDA-MB-231 cells, which was dependent on RhoA/ROCK/phospho MLC signaling in cancer cells but independent of RhoA in CAFs...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Liya Pi, Chunhua Fu, Yuanquing Lu, Junmei Zhou, Marda Jorgensen, Vinayak Shenoy, Kenneth E Lipson, Edward W Scott, Andrew J Bryant
Chronic hypoxia frequently complicates the care of patients with interstitial lung disease, contributing to the development of pulmonary hypertension (PH), and premature death. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a matricellular protein of the Cyr61/CTGF/Nov (CCN) family, is known to exacerbate vascular remodeling within the lung. We have previously demonstrated that vascular endothelial-cell specific down-regulation of CTGF is associated with protection against the development of PH associated with hypoxia, though the mechanism for this effect is unknown...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Yong Zhou, Jeffrey C Horowitz, Alexandra Naba, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Kamran Atabai, Jenna Balestrini, Peter B Bitterman, Richard A Corley, Bi-Sen Ding, Adam J Engler, Kirk C Hansen, James S Hagood, Farrah Kheradmand, Qing S Lin, Enid Neptune, Laura Niklason, Luis A Ortiz, William C Parks, Daniel J Tschumperlin, Eric S White, Harold A Chapman, Victor J Thannickal
The lung's unique extracellular matrix (ECM), while providing structural support for cells, is critical in the regulation of developmental organogenesis, homeostasis and injury-repair responses. The ECM, via biochemical or biomechanical cues, regulates diverse cell functions, fate and phenotype. The composition and function of lung ECM become markedly deranged in pathological tissue remodeling. ECM-based therapeutics and bioengineering approaches represent promising novel strategies for regeneration/repair of the lung and treatment of chronic lung diseases...
March 7, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Katie A O'Brien, Ross D Pollock, Mike Stroud, Rob J Lambert, Alex Kumar, Robert A Atkinson, David A Green, Ana Anton-Solanas, Lindsay M Edwards, Steve D R Harridge
An insufficient supply of oxygen to the tissues (hypoxia), as is experienced upon high-altitude exposure, elicits physiological acclimatization mechanisms alongside metabolic remodeling. Details of the integrative adaptive processes in response to chronic hypobaric hypoxic exposure remain to be sufficiently investigated. In this small applied field study, subjects (n = 5, male, age 28-54 years) undertook a 40 week Antarctica expedition in the winter months, which included 24 weeks residing above 2500 m...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Lianwei Mu, Dong Dong Xia, Teresa Michalkiewicz, Matthew Hodges, Gary Mouradian, Girija G Konduri, Margaret T T Wong-Riley
We have identified a critical period of respiratory development in rats at postnatal days P12-13, when inhibitory influence dominates and when the response to hypoxia is at its weakest. This critical period has significant implications for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the cause of which remains elusive. One of the known risk factors for SIDS is prematurity. A common intervention used in premature infants is hyperoxic therapy, which, if prolonged, can alter the ventilatory response to hypoxia and induce sustained inhibition of lung alveolar growth and pulmonary remodeling...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Junfei Wang, Alen Faiz, Qi Ge, Cornelis J Vermeulen, Joanne Van der Velden, Kenneth J Snibson, Rob van de Velde, Sonia Sawant, Dikaia Xenaki, Brian Oliver, Wim Timens, Nick Ten Hacken, Maarten van den Berge, Alan James, John G Elliot, Liang Dong, Janette K Burgess, Anthony W Ashton
Neovascularization, increased basal membrane thickness and increased airway smooth muscle (ASM) bulk are hallmarks of airway remodelling in asthma. In this study, we examined connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) dysregulation in human lung tissue and animal models of allergic airway disease. Immunohistochemistry revealed that ASM cells from patients with severe asthma (A) exhibited high expression of CTGF, compared to mild and non-asthmatic (NA) tissues. This finding was replicated in a sheep model of allergic airways disease...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Valérie Besnard, Rania Dagher, Tania Madjer, Audrey Joannes, Madeleine Jaillet, Martin Kolb, Philippe Bonniaud, Lynne A Murray, Matthew A Sleeman, Bruno Crestani
Periplakin is a component of the desmosomes that acts as a cytolinker between intermediate filament scaffolding and the desmosomal plaque. Periplakin is strongly expressed by epithelial cells in the lung and is a target antigen for autoimmunity in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The aim of this study was to determine the role of periplakin during lung injury and remodeling in a mouse model of lung fibrosis induced by bleomycin. We found that periplakin expression was downregulated in the whole lung and in alveolar epithelial cells following bleomycin-induced injury...
March 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Nuno M Coelho, Christopher A McCulloch
The preservation of tissue and organ architecture and function depends on tightly regulated interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix (ECM). These interactions are maintained in a dynamic equilibrium that balances intracellular, myosin-generated tension with extracellular resistance conferred by the mechanical properties of the extracellular matrix. Disturbances of this equilibrium can lead to the development of fibrotic lesions that are associated with a wide repertoire of high prevalence diseases including obstructive cardiovascular diseases, muscular dystrophy and cancer...
March 7, 2018: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Chuanjun Huang, Zewen Zhang, Liuxin Wang, Ju Liu, Xiaodan Gong, Caiqing Zhang
Previous studies have indicated that smooth muscle myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) has a prominent role in the regulation of smooth muscle contraction, which tends to be upregulated in asthma. In recent years, numerous studies have reported that MLCK is intimately connected with the immunoregulatory mechanism of T cells. The imbalance of T helper type 1 cells (Th1)/Th2 constitutes the immune‑associated pathological basis of chronic asthma. Th2‑associated cytokines, including interleukin‑4, ‑5, ‑13, ‑25 and ‑33, are involved in airway inflammation, hyperresponsiveness and remodeling, which leads to a progressive decline in lung function...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Lei Gao, Jun Liu, Yongmei Hao, Zengren Zhao, Huilian Tan, Jie Zhang, Ning Meng, Qinghou Zheng, Zhen Wang, Yi Zhang
Objectives: Inflammation is involved in various forms of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Although the pathophysiology of PAH remains uncertain, NF-κB and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) has been reported to be associated with many inflammatory mediators of PAH. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of chronic intermittent hypobaric hypoxia (CIHH) on pulmonary inflammation and remodeling in monocrotaline (MCT) induced PAH in rats. Materials and Methods: An in vivo model of PAH induced by MCT was employed...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Xue Zhang, Wuping Bao, Xia Fei, Yingying Zhang, Guoqing Zhang, Xin Zhou, Min Zhang
Airway remodeling is a vital component of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Despite the broad anti-inflammation effects of glucocorticoids, they exhibit relatively little therapeutic benefit in COPD, indicating the accelerating demands of new agents for COPD. We aim to explore the effect of progesterone on airway remodeling in a murine modeling of exposing to ozone and to further examine the potential effect of progesterone on glucocorticoid insensitivity. C57/BL6 mice were exposed to ozone for 12 times over 6 weeks, and were administered with progesterone alone or combined with budesonide (BUD) after each exposure until the 10th week...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Emma Åhrman, Oskar Hallgren, Lars Malmström, Ulf Hedström, Anders Malmström, Leif Bjermer, Xiao-Hong Zhou, Gunilla Westergren-Thorsson, Johan Malmström
Remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) is a common feature in lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Here, we applied a sequential tissue extraction strategy to describe disease-specific remodeling of human lung tissue in disease, using end-stages of COPD and IPF. Our strategy was based on quantitative comparison of the disease proteomes, with specific focus on the matrisome, using data-independent acquisition and targeted data analysis (SWATH-MS)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
A Boucly, B Girerd, D Bourlier, S Nemlaghi, J Caliez, L Savale, X Jaïs, P Dorfmüller, G Simonneau, O Sitbon, M Humbert, D Montani
Pulmonary veno-occlusive disease (PVOD) is a rare form of pulmonary hypertension (PH) characterized by preferential remodelling of pulmonary venules and angioproliferation. PVOD term includes idiopathic, heritable (biallelic mutations of EIF2AK4 gene), drugs and toxins induced (alkylating agents, organic solvents) and connectivite-associated forms (especially systemic-sclerosis associated form). PVOD and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) share a similar clinical presentation. Lung biopsy is contraindicated in PVOD due to high risk of life-threatening bleeding...
February 28, 2018: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
Mario Boehm, Nadine Arnold, Adam Braithwaite, Josephine Pickworth, Changwu Lu, Tatyana Novoyatleva, David G Kiely, Friedrich Grimminger, Hossein A Ghofrani, Norbert Weissmann, Werner Seeger, Allan Lawrie, Ralph T Schermuly, Baktybek Kojonazarov
BACKGROUND: Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone critically involved in arterial blood pressure regulation. Although pharmacological aldosterone antagonism reduces mortality and morbidity among patients with severe left-sided heart failure, the contribution of aldosterone to the pathobiology of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and right ventricular (RV) heart failure is not fully understood. METHODS: The effects of Eplerenone (0.1% Inspra® mixed in chow) on pulmonary vascular and RV remodeling were evaluated in mice with pulmonary hypertension (PH) caused by Sugen5416 injection with concomitant chronic hypoxia (SuHx) and in a second animal model with established RV dysfunction independent from lung remodeling through surgical pulmonary artery banding...
March 2, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Qing Liu, Hui Hu, Tingting Hu, Ting Han, Ahui Wang, Lijie Huang, Qiwen Tan, Wen Tan
Right heart failure and pulmonary artery remodeling resulting from increased left heart pressure are prevalent in a clinical setting, and the specific pathological feature exhibits cancer-like cell proliferation in lung. STVNa has been previously demonstrated its anti-proliferation property. In this study, we want to verify the therapeutic effect of STVNa against right ventricle hypertrophy and pulmonary artery remodeling in rats induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). The results show that TAC surgery increased mean right ventricle pressure (mRVP) less in the STVNa group than that in the vehicle group (11...
February 27, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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