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Shiho Fujita, Toru Hasegawa, Yuki Nishiyama, Satoshi Fujisawa, Yasuhiro Nakano, Takahiro Nada, Nahoko Iwata, Yasuhiko Kamada, Hisashi Masuyama, Fumio Otsuka
The involvement of orexins in reproductive function has been gradually uncovered. However, the functional role of orexins in ovarian steroidogenesis remains unclear. In the present study, we investigated the effects of orexin A on ovarian steroidogenesis by using rat primary granulosa cells that express both OX1 and OX2 receptors for orexins. Treatment with orexin A enhanced progesterone, but not estradiol, biosynthesis induced by FSH, whereas it did not affect basal levels of progesterone or estradiol. In accordance with the effects on steroidogenesis, orexin A increased the mRNA levels of progesterogenic enzymes, including StAR, P450scc and 3βHSD, but not P450arom, and cellular cAMP synthesis induced by FSH...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Yanli Sun, Jianhua Fu, Xindong Xue, Haiping Yang, Linlin Wu
The present study investigated the expression of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 7 in a newborn rat model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and the biological effects of BMP7 on newborn rat lung fibroblast (LF) cells. For this purpose, a total of 196 newborn rats were randomly and equally assigned to a model group and a control group. Lung tissue was collected at days 3, 7, 14 and 21 for histological analysis. The location and expression of BMP7 was examined by immunohistochemical staining and reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR) analysis...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Francisco Javier Manzano-Moreno, Javier Ramos-Torrecillas, Lucia Melguizo-Rodríguez, Rebeca Illescas-Montes, Concepción Ruiz, Olga García-Martínez
The aim of the present study was to elucidate the role of osteoblasts in bisphosphonates-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ). The specific objective was to evaluate the effect on osteoblasts of two nitrogen-containing BPs (zoledronate and alendronate) and one non-nitrogen-containing BP (clodronate) by analyzing modulations in their expression of genes essential for osteoblast physiology. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to study the effects of zoledronate, alendronate, and clodronate at doses of 10-5 , 10-7 , or 10-9 M on the expression of Runx-2, OSX, ALP, OSC, OPG, RANKL, Col-I, BMP-2, BMP-7, TGF-β1, VEGF, TGF-βR1, TGF-βR2, and TGF-βR3 by primary human osteoblasts (HOBs) and MG-63 osteosarcoma cells...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
S Guner, S I Guner, M A Gokalp, M F Ceylan, S S Unsal, H Demir
OBJECTIVE: In view of the high occurrence of avascular necrosis of the femoral head (ANFH) after femoral neck fracture and the difficulties in the treatment, our work aimed to explore the effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with tri-calcium phosphate (TCP) on the repair of ANFH after femoral neck fracture and to provide reference for clinical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into control group, TCP group, and PRP+TCP group...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
X-L Zhang, Y-M Wang, K Chu, Z-H Wang, Y-H Liu, L-H Jiang, X Chen, Z-Y Zhou, G Yin
OBJECTIVE: In view of the high occurrence of avascular necrosis of the femoral head (ANFH) after femoral neck fracture and the difficulties in the treatment, our work aimed to explore the effects of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with tri-calcium phosphate (TCP) on the repair of ANFH after femoral neck fracture and to provide reference for clinical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty New Zealand white rabbits were randomly divided into control group, TCP group, and PRP+TCP group...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mirza Muhammad Fahd Qadir, Silvia Álvarez-Cubela, Dagmar Klein, Giacomo Lanzoni, Carlos García-Santana, Abelardo Montalvo, Fabiola Pláceres-Uray, Emilia Maria Cristina Mazza, Camillo Ricordi, Luca Alessandro Inverardi, Ricardo Luis Pastori, Juan Domínguez-Bendala
Treatment of human pancreatic non-endocrine tissue with Bone Morphogenetic Protein 7 (BMP-7) leads to the formation of glucose-responsive β-like cells. Here, we show that BMP-7 acts on extrainsular cells expressing PDX1 and the BMP receptor activin-like kinase 3 (ALK3/BMPR1A). In vitro lineage tracing indicates that ALK3+ cell populations are multipotent. PDX1+ /ALK3+ cells are absent from islets but prominently represented in the major pancreatic ducts and pancreatic duct glands. We identified the purinergic receptor P2Y1 (P2RY1) as a surrogate surface marker for PDX1...
February 27, 2018: Cell Reports
Qian Wang, Hui Zhang, Hongquan Gan, Hui Wang, Qijia Li, Zhiqiang Wang
PURPOSE: Porous tantalum (PT) has been widely used in orthopaedic applications for low modulus of elasticity, excellent biocompatibility, and the microstructures similar to cancellous bone. In order to improve the biological activity of PT, biologically active factors can be combined with the material. The purpose of this study was to investigate if bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7) modifications could enhance the repairing of cartilage of PT in osteochondral defect in medial femoral condyle of rabbits...
February 14, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Tie-Feng Song, Li-Wen Huang, Ying Yuan, Hui-Qin Wang, Hong-Peng He, Wen-Jian Ma, Li-Hong Huo, Hao Zhou, Nan Wang, Tong-Cun Zhang
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), switching from a differentiated to a proliferative phenotype, contribute to various vascular diseases. However, the role of long noncoding RNA metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 MALAT1 in the phenotype switching of VSMCs remains unclear. Here, we report that the knockdown of MALAT1 promotes the transformation of smooth muscle cells from a proliferative phenotype to a differentiated phenotype. MALAT1 knockdown inhibited cellular proliferation and migration, leading to significant cell cycle arrest in the G2 phase...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
W L O da Rosa, E Piva, A F Silva
The discovery that dentine is a reservoir of bioactive molecules that can be recruited on demand has attracted efforts to develop new protocols and materials for vital pulp therapy (VPT). The non-collagenous proteins (NCPs) present in the dentine extracellular matrix (ECM) include growth factors (TGF-β1, BMP-7, FGF-2, IGF-1 and -2, NGF, and GDNF), extracellular matrix molecules (DSP, DPP, BSP, DMP-1, and DSPP), and both anti- and pro-inflammatory chemokines and cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1, IL-6, and IL-10). Molecules such as DSP and DPP are mainly expressed by odontoblasts, and they are cleaved products from dentine sialophosphoprotein (DSPP)...
February 6, 2018: International Endodontic Journal
Neashan Mathavan, Mikael J Turunen, Manuel Guizar-Sicairos, Martin Bech, Florian Schaff, Magnus Tägil, Hanna Isaksson
Osteoporosis, a prevalent metabolic bone disorder, predisposes individuals to increased susceptibility to fractures. It is also, somewhat controversially, thought to delay or impair the regenerative response. Using high-resolution Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and small/wide-angle X-ray scattering we sought to answer the following questions: Does the molecular composition and the nano-structure in the newly regenerated bone differ between healthy and osteoporotic environments? And how do pharmacological treatments, such as bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP-7) alone or synergistically combined with zoledronate (ZA), alter callus composition and nano-structure in such environments? Cumulatively, on the basis of compositional and nano-structural characterizations of newly formed bone in an open-osteotomy rat model, the healing response in untreated healthy and ovariectomy-induced osteoporotic environments was fundamentally the same...
January 25, 2018: Scientific Reports
Nithideth Somsanith, Yu-Kyoung Kim, Young-Seok Jang, Young-Hee Lee, Ho-Keun Yi, Jong-Hwa Jang, Kyoung-A Kim, Tae-Sung Bae, Min-Ho Lee
TiO₂ nanotubes (TNT) formation is beneficial for improving bone cell-material interaction and drug delivery for Ti dental implants. Among the natural drugs to be installed in TNT, selected propolis has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a resinous natural product which is collected by the honeybees from the various types of plants with their salivary enzymes. This study concludes that TNT loaded with a propolis (PL-TNT-Ti) dental implant has the ability to improve osseointegration. The propolis particles were embedded within the TNT or adhered to the top...
January 1, 2018: Materials
Hong-Dan Fu, Hai-Rui Wang, Dai-He Li
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are able to differentiate into adipocytes, chondroblasts or cartilage under different stimulation conditions. Identifying a mechanism that triggers the differentiation of MSCs into cartilage may help the development of novel therapeutic approaches for heterotopic ossification, the pathological formation of lamellar bone in soft tissue outside the skeleton that may lead to debilitating immobility. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), including BMP-7, are the most potent growth factors for enhancing bone formation...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yalei Jin, Xinyao Cheng, Jinping Lu, Xia Li
Myocardial fibrosis after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is one of the main causes of myocardial remodeling and heart function abnormalities. Bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) has been reported to play essential roles in anti-fibrosis. In this study, we demonstrated the role of exogenous BMP-7 on myocardial fibrosis and heart function recovery after AMI. A rat model of AMI was established via ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Twenty rats were grouped into sham group which underwent chest open operation, but did not receive LAD ligation...
January 2018: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Wenshan Lv, George W Booz, Yangang Wang, Fan Fan, Richard J Roman
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health issue. At the histological level, renal fibrosis is the final common pathway of progressive kidney disease irrespective of the initial injury. Considerable evidence now indicates that renal inflammation plays a central role in the initiation and progression of CKD. Some of the inflammatory signaling molecules involved in CKD include: monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), bradykinin B1 receptor (B1 R), nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα), transforming growth factor β (TGF-β), and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)...
February 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Bruno Reible, Gerhard Schmidmaier, Matthäus Prokscha, Arash Moghaddam, Fabian Westhauser
Bone defect treatment belongs to the most challenging fields in orthopedic surgery and requires the well-coordinated application of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and differentiation factors. MSC isolated from reaming material (RMSC) and iliac crest (BMSC) in combination with bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP-7) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) have been used. The short half-life of both factors limit their applications: a burst release of the factor can probably not induce sustainable differentiation...
October 2017: Growth Factors
Jun Sik Lee, Mi Eun Kim, Jong Keun Seon, Ju Yeon Kang, Taek Rim Yoon, Yong-Duk Park, Hyung Keun Kim
A bone-remodeling imbalance induced by increased bone resorption and osteoclast formation causes skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis. Induction of osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) leads to bone regeneration. Many researchers have tried to develop new adjuvants as specific stimulators of bone regeneration for therapeutic use in patients with bone resorption. We tried to develop a new adjuvant that has stronger osteogenic differentiation-promoting activity than bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs)...
November 22, 2017: Stem Cell Research
Susan E Critchley, Rajalakshmanan Eswaramoorthy, Daniel J Kelly
There has been increased interest in co-cultures of stem cells and chondrocytes for cartilage tissue engineering as there are the limitations associated with using either cell type alone. Drawbacks associated with the use of chondrocytes include the limited numbers of cells available for isolation from damaged or diseased joints, their dedifferentiation during in vitro expansion, and a diminished capacity to synthesise cartilage-specific extracellular matrix components with age and disease. This has motivated the use of adult stem cells with either freshly isolated or culture-expanded chondrocytes for cartilage repair applications; however, the ideal combination of cells and environmental conditions for promoting robust chondrogenesis remains unclear...
November 26, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Xiaochuan Li, Shi Cheng, Yaohong Wu, Jingwei Ying, Chaofeng Wang, Tianyong Wen, Xuedong Bai, Wei Ji, Deli Wang, Dike Ruan
Although nucleus pulposus (NP) tissue engineering has achieved tremendous success, researches still face the huge obstacles in maintaining cell survival and function. A novel functional self-assembled peptide RADA-KPSS was constructed by conjugating BMP-7 short active fragment (KPSS) to the C-terminus of RADA16-I that displays anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptosis effects. However, whether this functional self-assembled RADA-KPSS peptide can alleviate inflammation and NPC apoptosis induced by TNF-α has not been studied...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Noha Attia, Mohamed Mashal, Santiago Grijalvo, Ramon Eritja, Jon Zárate, Gustavo Puras, José Luis Pedraz
Bone morphogenetic protein-7(BMP-7) plays a pivotal role in the transformation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into bone. However, its impact is hampered due to its short half-life. Therefore, gene therapy may be an interesting approach to deliver BMP-7 gene to D1-MSCs. In this manuscript we prepared and characterized niosomes based on cationic lipid 2,3-di(tetradecyloxy)propan-1-amine, combined with polysorbate 80 for gene delivery purposes. Niosomes were characterized and combined initially with pCMS-EGFP reporter plasmid, and later with pUNO1-hBMP-7 plasmid to evaluate osteogenesis differentiation...
February 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Albert Jung, Preeti Makkar, Jhaleh Amirian, Byong-Taek Lee
The objective of the present study was to develop a novel hybrid multichannel biphasic calcium phosphate granule (MCG)-based composite system for cartilage regeneration. First, hyaluronic acid-gelatin (HG) hydrogel was coated onto MCG matrix (MCG-HG). Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres was separately prepared and modified with polydopamine subsequent to BMP-7 loading (B). The surface-modified microspheres were finally embedded into MCG-HG scaffold to develop the novel hybrid (MCG-HG-PLGA-PD-B) composite system...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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