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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806774/fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-1-mediates-internalization-of-pathogenic-spotted-fever-rickettsiae-into-host-endothelium
#1
Abha Sahni, Jignesh Patel, Hema P Narra, Casey L C Schroeder, David H Walker, Sanjeev K Sahni
Rickettsial infections continue to cause serious morbidity and mortality in severe human cases around the world. Host cell adhesion and invasion is an essential requisite for intracellular growth, replication, and subsequent dissemination of pathogenic rickettsiae. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans [HSPGs] facilitate the interactions between fibroblast growth factor(s) and their tyrosine kinase receptors resulting in receptor dimerization/activation and have been implicated in bacterial adhesion to target host cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
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Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806419/effects-of-short-term-dry-immersion-on-bone-remodeling-markers-insulin-and-adipokines
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Marie-Thérèse Linossier, Liubov E Amirova, Mireille Thomas, Myriam Normand, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Arnaud Beck, Marie-Claude Costes-Salon, Christine Bonneau, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud, Laurence Vico
BACKGROUND: Dry immersion (DI), a ground-based model of microgravity previously used in Russia, has been recently implemented in France. The aim of this study was to analyze early events in a short-term DI model in which all conditions are met to investigate who is first challenged from osteo- or adipo-kines and to what extent they are associated to insulin-regulating hormones. METHODS: Twelve healthy men were submitted to a 3-day DI. Fasting blood was collected during pre-immersion phase for the determination of the baseline data collection (BDC), daily during DI (DI24h, DI48H and DI72h), then after recovery (R+3h and R+24h)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805978/obeticholic-acid-a-selective-farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-regulates-bile-acid-homeostasis-in-sandwich-cultured-human-hepatocytes
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Yuanyuan Zhang, Jonathan P Jackson, Robert L St Claire, Kimberly Freeman, Kenneth R Brouwer, Jeffrey E Edwards
Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a master regulator of bile acid homeostasis through transcriptional regulation of genes involved in bile acid synthesis and cellular membrane transport. Impairment of bile acid efflux due to cholangiopathies results in chronic cholestasis leading to abnormal elevation of intrahepatic and systemic bile acid levels. Obeticholic acid (OCA) is a potent and selective FXR agonist that is 100-fold more potent than the endogenous ligand chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA). The effects of OCA on genes involved in bile acid homeostasis were investigated using sandwich-cultured human hepatocytes...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804438/green-tea-extract-induces-genes-related-to-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue-and-limits-weight-gain-in-high-energy-diet-fed-rat
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Li-Han Chen, Yi-Wen Chien, Chung-Tiang Liang, Ching-Hung Chan, Meng-Han Fan, Hui-Yu Huang
Background: A wealth of research has reported on the anti-obesity effects of green tea extract (GTE). Although browning of white adipose tissue (WAT) has been reported to attenuate obesity, no study has disclosed the effects of GTE on browning in Sprague Dawley rats. Objectives: The aims of the study were to investigate the effects of GTE on anti-obesity and browning, and their underlying mechanisms. Methods: Four groups of rats (n=10/group) were used including a normal diet with vehicle treatment, and a high-energy diet (HED) with vehicle or GTE by oral gavage at 77...
2017: Food & Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803935/tnf-%C3%AE-upregulates-hif-1%C3%AE-expression-in-pterygium-fibroblasts-and-enhances-their-susceptibility-to-vegf-independent-of-hypoxia
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Kyoung Woo Kim, Soo Jin Lee, Jae Chan Kim
The clinical manifestations of pterygium are characterized by rapid growth and postoperative recurrences. We had previously proposed that hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α recruits progenitor cells during the development and progression of pterygia. Recently, it was reported that various stimuli, including inflammation, could activate HIF-1α even under normoxic conditions. The ocular surface directly faces external environments, and is thus frequently exposed to inflammatory insults. First, we examined the gene expression of HIF-1α, its downstream molecule, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A, and VEGF receptor (VEGFR)-2 in corneal and conjunctival cells compared with cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells...
August 10, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803689/sun-exposure-influences-the-prognostic-power-of-components-of-mineral-metabolism-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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A Aceña, J A Franco-Peláez, C Gutierrez-Landaluce, A M Pello, C Cristóbal, N Tarín, A Huelmos, R Carda, M L Martín-Mariscal, J Alonso, E González-Parra, M L González-Casaus, Ó Lorenzo, L López Bescos, J Egido, J Tuñón
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Calcidiol (vitamin D metabolite) plasma levels vary with sun exposure (SE). However, it is not known if SE influences its prognostic ability. We have studied the effect of SE on plasma levels of the components of mineral metabolism (calcidiol, fibroblast growth factor-23 [FGF-23], parathormone [PTH], and phosphate [P]) and on their prognostic value in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied prospectively 704 patients with stable CAD...
June 15, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802831/validation-of-a-targeted-rna-sequencing-assay-for-kinase-fusion-detection-in-solid-tumors
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Julie W Reeser, Dorrelyn Martin, Jharna Miya, Esko A Kautto, Ezra Lyon, Eliot Zhu, Michele R Wing, Amy Smith, Matthew Reeder, Eric Samorodnitsky, Hannah Parks, Karan R Naik, Joseph Gozgit, Nicholas Nowacki, Kurtis D Davies, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Lianbo Yu, Aharon G Freud, Joshua Coleman, Dara L Aisner, Sameek Roychowdhury
Kinase gene fusions are important drivers of oncogenic transformation and can be inhibited with targeted therapies. Clinical grade diagnostics using RNA sequencing to detect gene rearrangements in solid tumors are limited, and the few that are available require prior knowledge of fusion break points. To address this, we have analytically validated a targeted RNA sequencing assay (OSU-SpARKFuse) for fusion detection that interrogates complete transcripts from 93 kinase and transcription factor genes. From a total of 74 positive and 36 negative control samples, OSU-SpARKFuse had 93...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802681/activated-fgfr3-promotes-bone-formation-via-accelerating-endochondral-ossification-in-mouse-model-of-distraction-osteogenesis
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Yusuke Osawa, Masaki Matsushita, Sachi Hasegawa, Ryusaku Esaki, Masahito Fujio, Bisei Ohgawara, Naoki Ishiguro, Kinji Ohno, Hiroshi Kitoh
Achondroplasia (ACH) is one of the most common short-limbed skeletal dysplasias caused by gain-of-function mutations in the fibroblast growth factor receptors 3 (FGFR3) gene. Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is a treatment option for short stature in ACH in some countries. Although the patients with ACH usually show faster healing in DO, details of the newly formed bone have not been examined. We have developed a mouse model of DO and analyzed new bone regenerates of the transgenic mice with ACH (Fgfr3(ach) mice) histologically and morphologically...
August 9, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802586/nontypeable-haemophilus-influenzae-nthi-directly-interfere-with-the-regulation-of-e-cadherin-in-lung-epithelial-cells
#10
Inga Kaufhold, Sünja Osbahr, Kensuke Shima, Sebastian Marwitz, Kristina Rohmann, Daniel Drömann, Torsten Goldmann, Klaus Dalhoff, Jan Rupp
Loss of epithelial barriers characterized by reduction of E-cadherin is a hallmark of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We investigated the effects of nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) infections, associated with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, on the regulation of E-cadherin in host cells. NTHi infection decreased E-cadherin mRNA and protein-levels in lung epithelial cells. E-cadherin reduction was mediated by activation of the fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2), the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and Slug...
August 10, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802099/cancer-associated-fibroblasts-autophagy-enhances-progression-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#11
Mengchuan Wang, Jian Zhang, Yizhe Huang, Shufeng Ji, Guoli Shao, Shaobo Feng, Danxun Chen, Kankan Zhao, Zixiang Wang, Aiguo Wu
BACKGROUND Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are key factors in malignant tumor initiation, progression, and metastasis. However, the effect of CAFs autophagy on triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells is not clear. In this study, the growth effect of TNBC cells regulated by CAFs autophagy was evaluated. MATERIAL AND METHODS CAFs were obtained from invasive TNBC tumors and identified by Western blot and immunofluorescence staining assay. CAFs were co-cultured with TNBC cells, and migration and invasion were evaluated by Matrigel-coated Transwell and Transwell inserts...
August 12, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802066/targeting-senescent-cholangiocytes-and-activated-fibroblasts-with-bcl-xl-inhibitors-ameliorates-fibrosis-in-mdr2-mice
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Anja Moncsek, Mohammed S Al-Suraih, Christy E Trussoni, Steven P O'Hara, Patrick L Splinter, Camille Zuber, Eleonora Patsenker, Piero V Valli, Christian D Fingas, Achim Weber, Yi Zhu, Tamar Tchkonia, James L Kirkland, Gregory J Gores, Beat Müllhaupt, Nicholas F LaRusso, Joachim C Mertens
Cholangiocyte senescence has been linked to primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). Persistent secretion of growth factors by senescent cholangiocytes leads to the activation of stromal fibroblasts (ASF), which are drivers of fibrosis. The activated phenotype of ASF is characterized by an increased sensitivity to apoptotic stimuli. Here, we examined the mechanisms of apoptotic priming in ASF and explored a combined targeting strategy to deplete senescent cholangiocytes and ASF from fibrotic tissue to ameliorate liver fibrosis...
August 12, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801668/exercise-leads-to-unfavourable-cardiac-remodelling-and-enhanced-metabolic-homeostasis-in-obese-mice-with-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-autophagy-deficiency
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Zhen Yan, Ana Kronemberger, Jay Blomme, Jarrod A Call, Hannah M Caster, Renata O Pereira, Henan Zhao, Vitor U de Melo, Rhianna C Laker, Mei Zhang, Vitor A Lira
Autophagy is stimulated by exercise in several tissues; yet the role of skeletal and cardiac muscle-specific autophagy on the benefits of exercise training remains incompletely understood. Here, we determined the metabolic impact of exercise training in obese mice with cardiac and skeletal muscle disruption of the Autophagy related 7 gene (Atg7(h&mKO)). Muscle autophagy deficiency did not affect glucose clearance and exercise capacity in lean adult mice. High-fat diet in sedentary mice led to endoplasmic reticulum stress and aberrant mitochondrial protein expression in autophagy-deficient skeletal and cardiac muscles...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801122/deoxycholic-acid-a-metabolite-of-circulating-bile-acids-and-coronary-artery-vascular-calcification-in-ckd
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Anna Jovanovich, Tamara Isakova, Geoffrey Block, Jason Stubbs, Gerard Smits, Michel Chonchol, Makoto Miyazaki
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and it is associated with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Deoxycholic acid, a metabolite of circulating bile acids, is elevated in CKD and induces vascular mineralization and osteogenic differentiation in animal models. STUDY DESIGN: Cohort analysis of clinical trial participants. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 112 patients with moderate to severe CKD (estimated glomerular filtration rate, 20-45mL/min/1...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799166/the-molecular-mechanism-underlying-unconventional-secretion-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-from-tumor-cells
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REVIEW
Julia P Steringer, Walter Nickel
Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF2) is a potent cell survival factor involved in tumor induced angiogenesis. FGF2 is secreted from cells through an unconventional secretory mechanism based upon direct translocation across the plasma membrane. The molecular mechanism underlying this process depends on a surprisingly small set of trans-acting factors that are physically associated with the plasma membrane. FGF2 membrane translocation is mediated by the ability of FGF2 to oligomerize and to insert into the plasma membrane in a PI(4,5)P2 dependent manner...
August 10, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798775/maintenance-of-a-schwann-like-phenotype-in-differentiated-adipose-derived-stem-cells-requires-the-synergistic-action-of-multiple-growth-factors
#16
Alice E Mortimer, Alessandro Faroni, Mahmut A Kilic, Adam J Reid
Differentiating human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) towards Schwann cells produces an unstable phenotype when stimulating factors are withdrawn. Here, we set out to examine the role of glial growth factor 2 (GGF-2) in the maintenance of Schwann-like cells. Following ASC differentiation to Schwann-like cells, stimulating factors were withdrawn such that cells either remained in media supplemented with all stimulating factors, GGF-2 alone, or underwent complete withdrawal of all factors. Furthermore, each stimulating factor was also removed from the growth medium individually...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797567/docosahexaenoic-acid-induces-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-release-in-c6-glioma-cells-implications-of-antidepressant-effects-for-docosahexaenoic-acid
#17
Lanqiu Zhang, Zhuoran Zhu, Zhoubin Tan, Hongyan Luo, Xinwu Hu, Yan Li
Dietary deficiency of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) is involved in the pathophysiology and etiology of major depressive disorder. Supplementation with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) exerts antidepressant-like effect; however, the molecular mechanism of DHA action remains unclear. Here we examined the effects of DHA on the modulation of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), which is essential for neural development, plasticity, neurogenesis, and survival. We demonstrated that DHA treatment significantly increased GDNF release in a concentration dependent manner in rat C6 glioma cells (C6 cells) and primary cultured rat astrocytes, which is also associated with increased expression of GDNF mRNA...
August 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797129/differential-effects-of-amnion-and-chorion-membrane-extracts-on-osteoblast-like-cells-due-to-the-different-growth-factor-composition-of-the-extracts
#18
Yoon Young Go, Sung Eun Kim, Geum Joon Cho, Sung-Won Chae, Jae-Jun Song
Human amniotic membrane extracts contain numerous growth factors and bioactive substances. However, osteogenic effects of amnion and chorion membrane extracts (AME and CME, respectively) on osteoblasts are unclear. In this study, we explored the ability of AME and CME to promote the osteogenic differentiation of osteoblast-like MG-63 cells. MG-63 cells were cultured in osteogenic induction medium (OIM) with or without exogenous AME and CME. CME enhanced the osteogenic differentiation of MG-63 cells compared with AME, as indicated by increased mineralization; alkaline phosphatase activity; and mRNA expression of osteogenic marker genes encoding integrin-binding sialoprotein (IBSP), RUNX2, OSTERIX, and osteocalcin (OCN)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795885/the-influence-of-amniotic-membrane-extracts-on-cell-growth-depends-on-the-part-of-membrane-and-childbirth-mode-selected-a-proof-of-concept-study
#19
M Litwiniuk, M Radowicka, A Krejner, T Grzela
OBJECTIVE: The amniotic membrane (AM) is a rich source of biologically active factors, important for wound healing and is widely used in various clinical applications, including tissue engineering, reconstructive surgery and wound management. The aim of the present proof-of-concept study was to assess the influence of amniotic membrane extracts on in vitro proliferation of main cells involved in tissue regeneration. The assessment was done in regards to the content of selected biologically active factors in amniotic membrane extracts...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795382/liver-adipose-tissue-crosstalk-a-key-player-in-the-pathogenesis-of-glucolipid-metabolic-disease
#20
De-Wei Ye, Xiang-Lu Rong, Ai-Min Xu, Jiao Guo
Glucolipid metabolic disease (GLMD), a complex of interrelated disorders in glucose and lipid metabolism, has become one of the leading chronic diseases causing public and clinical problem worldwide. As the metabolism of lipid and glucose is a highly coordinated process under both physiological and diseased conditions, the impairment in the signals corresponding to the metabolism of either lipid or glucose represents the common mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of GLMD. The liver and adipose tissue are the major metabolic organs responsible for energy utilization and storage, respectively...
June 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
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