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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319354/inhibition-of-the-rhoa-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-protein-kinase-1-pathway-is-involved-in-the-therapeutic-effects-of-simvastatin-on-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#1
Wei-Hua Liu, Xiao-Hong Xu, Qin Luo, Hong-Liang Zhang, Yong Wang, Qun-Ying Xi, Zhi-Hui Zhao, Zhi-Hong Liu
BACKGROUND: Recent research has shown that statins improve pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the role of RhoA/ROCK1 regulation in the therapeutic effects of simvastatin on PAH. METHODS: For in vivo experiments, rats (N = 40) were randomly assigned to four groups: control, simvastatin, monocrotaline (MCT), and MCT + simvastatin. The MCT group and MCT + simvastatin groups received proline dithiocarbamate (50 mg/kg, i...
January 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311495/fluorescent-imaging-analysis-for-distribution-of-fluorescent-dye-labeled-or-encapsulated-liposome-in-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension-model-rat
#2
Yo Muraki, Midori Yamasaki, Hirohisa Takeuchi, Kimio Tohyama, Noriyasu Sano, Takanori Matsuo
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a life-threatening lung disease. Despite the availability of several approved drugs, the development of a new treatment method is needed because of poor prognosis. Tissue selective drug delivery systems can avoid the adverse effects of current therapy and enhance efficacy. We evaluated the possibility of delivering drugs to the lungs of a PH rat model using fluorescence dye-labeled nanosized liposomes. To evaluate the tissue distribution following systemic exposure, fluorescent dye-labeled, 40-180 nm liposomes with and without polyethylene glycol (PEG) were intravenously administered to a monocrotaline-induced PH (MCT) rat model and tissue fluorescence was measured...
January 6, 2018: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288124/adult-hepatocytes-direct-liver-organogenesis-through-non-parenchymal-cell-recruitment-in-the-kidney
#3
Rie Utoh, Junji Komori, Hiroyuki Kuge, Kohei Tatsumi, Masumi Yamada, Shinji Hirohashi, Masahiro Tsutsumi, Toshihiro Amanuma, Akira Yoshioka, Yoshiyuki Nakajima, Kenjiro Wake, Teruo Okano, Eric Lagasse, Kazuo Ohashi
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Since the first account of the myth of Prometheus, the amazing regenerative capacity of the liver has fascinated researchers due to its enormous medical potential. Liver regeneration is promoted by multiple types of liver cells, including hepatocytes and liver non-parenchymal cells (NPCs), through the complex intercellular signaling. However, the liver organogenetic mechanism, especially the role of adult hepatocytes at ectopic sites, remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that hepatocytes alone spurred liver organogenesis to form an organ-sized complex 3D liver that exhibited native liver architecture and functions in the kidneys of mice...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286128/protection-against-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-caveolin-1-downregulation-by-fluvastatin-in-rats
#4
Shaoping Zhu, Junyu Wang, Xianguo Wang, Jinping Zhao
Statins are Hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors, which are typically used to lower blood cholesterol. Additional beneficial effects, including improvement to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), have also been confirmed. However, the mechanisms underlying this improvement have not yet been clarified. The present study was conducted to determine if fluvastatin was protective against experimental PAH development and to investigate the potential effects of fluvastatin on caveolin‑1 (cav‑1) expression...
December 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278203/role-of-redox-homeostasis-and-inflammation-in-the-pathogenesis-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#5
Adriane Bello-Klein, Daniele Mancardi, Alex Sander da Rosa Araujo, Paulo Cavalheiro Schenkel, Bruna Gazzi de Lima Seolin, Patrick Türck
This review addresses pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), an incurable disease, which determines high morbidity and mortality. Definition of the disease, its characteristics, classification, and epidemiology are discussed. A difficulty in the diagnosis of PAH due to the lack of symptoms specificity is highlighted. Echocardiographic analysis and electrocardiogram of patients help in the diagnosis and in the follow up of the disease. Nevertheless, right ventricle (RV) catheterization constitutes the gold standard for diagnosing PAH...
December 25, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249493/exendin-4-improves-cardiovascular-function-and-survival-in-flow-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
#6
Jun-Neng Roan, Chih-Hsin Hsu, Shih-Yuan Fang, Hung-Wen Tsai, Chwan-Yau Luo, Chien-Chi Huang, Chen-Fuh Lam
OBJECTIVES: Systemic left-to-right shunting causes pulmonary arteriopathy, leading to progressive cardiopulmonary failure and a poor prognosis. In this study, we examined the extraglycemic effect of a synthetic glucagon-like peptide, exendin-4, on pulmonary arteriopathy regression and cardiopulmonary function in nondiabetic rats. METHODS: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) was induced by monocrotaline (60 mg/kg, subcutaneous) injection followed by the creation of an aortocaval fistula...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226075/prediction-of-target-genes-for-mir-140-5p-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-using-bioinformatics-methods
#7
Fangwei Li, Wenhua Shi, Yixin Wan, Qingting Wang, Wei Feng, Xin Yan, Jian Wang, Limin Chai, Qianqian Zhang, Manxiang Li
The expression of microRNA (miR)-140-5p is known to be reduced in both pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients and monocrotaline-induced PAH models in rat. Identification of target genes for miR-140-5p with bioinformatics analysis may reveal new pathways and connections in PAH. This study aimed to explore downstream target genes and relevant signaling pathways regulated by miR-140-5p to provide theoretical evidences for further researches on role of miR-140-5p in PAH. Multiple downstream target genes and upstream transcription factors (TFs) of miR-140-5p were predicted in the analysis...
December 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223258/fifty-years-of-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension-what-has-it-meant-to-the-field
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Nicholas S Hill, Mark N Gillespie, Ivan F McMurtry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218616/noninvasive-assessment-of-hepatic-sinusoidal-obstructive-syndrome-using-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-elastography-imaging-a-proof-of-concept-study-in-rat-models
#9
So Hyun Park, Seung Soo Lee, Ji-Youn Sung, Kiyong Na, Hyoung Jung Kim, So Yeon Kim, Beom Jin Park, Jae Ho Byun
OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography in the evaluation of hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) in rat models. METHODS: Rat SOS models of various severities were created by monocrotaline gavage (n = 40) or by intraperitoneal injection of 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) (n = 16). Liver shear-wave velocity (SWV) was measured using ARFI elastography. Liver samples were analysed for the SOS score, steatosis, lobular inflammation and fibrosis...
December 7, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193283/diastolic-dysfunction-in-pulmonary-artery-hypertension-creatine-kinase-and-the-potential-therapeutic-benefit-of-beta-blockers
#10
Ewan D Fowler, Mark J Drinkhill, Rachel Stones, Ed White
Passive properties of the myocardium influence diastolic filling and cardiac output. In heart failure, changes in contributors to the passive properties of the ventricle, such as titin and collagen, and loss of the metabolic enzyme creatine kinase, increase resistance to filling resulting in diastolic dysfunction. Pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) arises from interactions between the pulmonary vasculature and the right ventricle (RV) which ultimately leads to RV failure. Beta1-adrenergic receptor blockers (BB) act on the myocardium and are beneficial in left heart failure but are not used in PAH...
November 28, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151490/ppar%C3%AE-alleviates-right-ventricular-failure-secondary-to-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats
#11
Ying Xu, Qin Gu, Ning Liu, Yan Yan, Xilan Yang, Yingying Hao, Chen Qu
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by pulmonary vascular remodeling leading to right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) and failure. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ), a member of nuclear receptors, has been proved to ameliorate PAH. However, its effect on PAH-induced right ventricular failure (RVF) remains unknown. Therefore, we investigated the therapeutic potential of PPARγ in preventing monocrotaline (MCT) -induced RV dysfunction. The PAH model was induced by MCT administration...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151278/tetrahydrobiopterin-bh4-targeting-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-as-a-potential-therapy-for-pulmonary-hypertension
#12
Bahaa N Francis, Maram Salameh, Rola Khamisy-Farah, Raymond Farah
PURPOSE: Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is complex disease which is associated with endothelial and cardiac dysfunction. Tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4 ) regulates endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) to produce nitric oxide rather than superoxide which maintains normal endothelial and cardiac function. This study explores the therapeutic potential of BH4 in experimental PH. METHODS: Monocrotaline-induced PH in rats and Hph-1 deficiency in mice were used for animal experiments...
November 19, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146614/heart-rate-reduction-improves-biventricular-function-and-interactions-in-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
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Olga Gomez, Kenichi Okumura, Osami Honjo, Mei Sun, Ryo Ishii, Bart Bijens, Mark K Friedberg
OBJECTIVES: To investigate mechanisms of heart rate (HR) reduction on biventricular function and interactions in experimental pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: We compared cardiac-cycle mechanics and interventricular interactions in 15 sham, 8 monocrotaline-PAH, 9 PAH+carvedilol and 8 PAH+ivabradine rats. We used echocardiography to assess biventricular function, timing of cardiac- cycle events and septal position in PAH rats; and related HR reduction effect on biventricular function measured by echocardiography and conductance catheter...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146573/prostanoid-ep4-agonist-l-902-688-activates-ppar%C3%AE-and-attenuates-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#14
Hsin-Hsien Li, Hsao-Hsun Hsu, Gwo-Jyh Chang, I-Chen Chen, Wan-Jing Ho, Pei-Chen Hsu, Wei-Jan Chen, Jong-Hwei Su Pang, Chung-Chi Huang, Ying-Ju Lai
Prostacyclin agonists that bind the prostacyclin receptor (IP) to stimulate cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) synthesis are effective vasodilators for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH) but this signaling may occur through nuclear peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma (PPARγ). There is evidence of scant IP and PPARγ expression but stable prostanoid EP4 receptor (EP4) expression in IPAH patients. Both IP and EP4 functionally couple with stimulatory G protein (Gs), which activate signal transduction...
November 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146527/osthole-attenuates-right-ventricular-remodeling-via-decreased-myocardial-apoptosis-and-inflammation-in-monocrotaline-induced-rats
#15
Yeli Li, Yiqi Li, Fuguo Shi, Lina Wang, Lisheng Li, Danli Yang
Osthole (Ost) is a coumarin that exhibits wide pharmacological effects in the cardiovascular system. However, whether Ost can inhibit apoptosis and inflammation in right ventricle (RV) cardiomyocytes and prevent RV remodeling is not clear. This study was designed to investigate the effect of Ost on RV remodeling and the underlying mechanism. By applying a monocrotaline (MCT)-induced rat model, the effect of Ost on RV remodeling was investigated. Rats were given a single dose of MCT (50mg⁄kg) subcutaneously (s...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146157/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-activation-ameliorates-pulmonary-endothelial-dysfunction-in-rats-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-through-mediating-phosphorylation-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase
#16
Gang Li, Han Zhang, Lei Zhao, Yaozhong Zhang, Daole Yan, Yinglong Liu
This study aims to investigate the effect of angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) activation on pulmonary endothelial function in the process of preventing pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in rat models and to explore the underlying mechanisms. Specific pathogen free rats were randomly divided into five groups including control group, PAH group, PAH + Resorcinolnaphthalein (Res) group (ACE2 activation), PAH + Res + MLN4760 group (ACE2 inhibition), and PAH + Res + L-NAME group (endothelial nitric oxide synthase [eNOS] inhibition)...
October 28, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133079/baicalein-attenuates-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-by-inhibiting-vascular-remodeling-in-rats
#17
Ruizan Shi, Zehui Wei, Diying Zhu, Naijie Fu, Wang Chang, Sha Yin, Yueqin Liang, Jianfeng Xing, Xuening Wang, Yan Wang
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a devastating cardiopulmonary disorder characterized by elevated pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) and right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH) driven by progressive vascular remodeling. Reversing adverse vascular remodeling is an important concept in the treatment of PAH. Endothelial injury, inflammation, and oxidative stress are three main contributors to pulmonary vascular remodeling. Baicalein is a natural flavonoid that has been shown to possess anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and cardioprotective properties...
November 10, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115380/combination-treatment-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-and-adiponectin-attenuates-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats-by-inhibiting-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-regulating-the-ampk-bmp-smad-pathway
#18
Li Luo, Wuhong Zheng, Guili Lian, Huaning Chen, Ling Li, Changsheng Xu, Liangdi Xie
The present study aimed to assess the effects of therapy with adiponectin (APN) gene-modified adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) on pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in rats and the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms. ADSCs were successfully isolated from the rats and characterized. ADSCs were effectively infected with the green fluorescent protein (GFP)-empty (ADSCs-V) or the APN-GFP (ADSCs-APN) lentivirus and the APN expression was evaluated by ELISA. Sprague-Dawley rats were administered monocrotaline (MCT) to develop PAH...
October 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100963/reversal-effects-of-low-dose-imatinib-compared-with-sunitinib-on-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-and-right-ventricular-remodeling-in-rats
#19
Zi Ping Leong, Ayumi Okida, Masahi Higuchi, Yoshiaki Yamano, Yoshiaki Hikasa
High-dose imatinib reverses cardiopulmonary remodeling but adverse effects limit its clinical use. Efficacy of the multi-kinase inhibitor sunitinib remains questionable. We compared anti-remodeling effects of imatinib with sunitinib on monocrotaline-induced right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy and pulmonary arterial remodeling in rats, focusing on a lower dose. Fourteen days after monocrotaline injection, oral gavage of imatinib (5, 15, or 50mg/kg), sunitinib (0.3, 1, 3, or 10mg/kg), or water for 14days was started...
October 31, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097423/docosahexaenoic-acid-inhibits-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-hypertension-via-attenuating-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-inflammation
#20
Rui Chen, Wei Zhong, Chen Shao, Peijing Liu, Cuiping Wang, Zhongqun Wang, Meiping Jiang, Yi Lu, Jinchuan Yan
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and inflammation contribute to pulmonary hypertension (PH) pathogenesis. Previously, we confirmed docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) could improve hypoxic-induced PH. However, little is known about the link between DHA and monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PH. Our aims were, therefore, to evaluate the effects and molecular mechanisms of DHA on MCT-induced PH in rat. Rat PH was induced by MCT. Rats were treated with DHA daily in prevention group (following MCT injection) and reversal group (after MCT injection for 2 weeks) by gavage...
November 2, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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