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Fibrosis and cancer

Yu Wu, Ze-Yang Ding, Guan-Nan Jin, Yi-Xiao Xiong, Bin Yu, Yi-Min Sun, Wei Wang, Hui-Fang Liang, Bixiang Zhang, Xiao-Ping Chen
Hepatic progenitor cells (HPCs) are a subpopulation of cells which was usually expanded in chronic liver injury and are contributed to liver regeneration through differentiating into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition is a dynamic process which is important for the progression of liver fibrosis and cancer initiation. This study demonstrated that LE/6 and WB-F344 cells, both of which were HPC derived cell lines, were undergoing partial epithelial-mesenchymal transition states, which was indicated by the co-expression of epithelial markers (E-cadherin and zona occludin 1), and mesenchymal markers (vimentin, fibronectin, collagen 1and α-SMA)...
March 12, 2018: Biochimie
Matthew G K Benesch, Iain T K MacIntyre, Todd P W McMullen, David N Brindley
A quarter-century after the discovery of autotaxin in cell culture, the autotaxin-lysophosphatidate (LPA)-lipid phosphate phosphatase axis is now a promising clinical target for treating chronic inflammatory conditions, mitigating fibrosis progression, and improving the efficacy of existing cancer chemotherapies and radiotherapy. Nearly half of the literature on this axis has been published during the last five years. In cancer biology, LPA signaling is increasingly being recognized as a central mediator of the progression of chronic inflammation in the establishment of a tumor microenvironment which promotes cancer growth, immune evasion, metastasis, and treatment resistance...
March 15, 2018: Cancers
Yufeng Du, Xiaoyan Hao, Xuejun Liu
The present study aimed to investigate the expression of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) cyclin dependent kinase inhibitor-2B-antisense RNA 1 CDKN2B-AS1 in patients with peripheral blood of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). A total of 24 patients with IPF and 24 healthy controls were included in the study, four patients with IPF and four healthy controls were selected randomly to extract RNA. There were no other diseases such as hypertension and diabetes in the two groups. RNA from peripheral blood was extracted by high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics analysis was performed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Thenappan Thenappan, Mark L Ormiston, John J Ryan, Stephen L Archer
Pulmonary hypertension is defined as a resting mean pulmonary artery pressure of 25 mm Hg or above. This review deals with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a type of pulmonary hypertension that primarily affects the pulmonary vasculature. In PAH, the pulmonary vasculature is dynamically obstructed by vasoconstriction, structurally obstructed by adverse vascular remodeling, and pathologically non-compliant as a result of vascular fibrosis and stiffening. Many cell types are abnormal in PAH, including vascular cells (endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells, and fibroblasts) and inflammatory cells...
March 14, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Hye In Jung, Jae Seok Park, Mi-Young Lee, ByeongJu Park, Hyun Jung Kim, Sun Hyo Park, Won-Il Choi, Choong Won Lee
We aimed to explore lung cancer prevalence in interstitial lung disease (ILD) patients with or without connective tissue disorder (CTD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in comparison with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).We evaluated lung cancer prevalence associated with ILD and IPF using Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) data from January to December 2011. This database (HIRA-NPS-2011-0001) was sampled using random sampling of outpatients; 1,375,842 sample cases were collected, and 670,258 (age ≥ 40 ys) were evaluated...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Reinier Snetselaar, Matthijs F M van Oosterhout, Jan C Grutters, Coline H M van Moorsel
The enzyme telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) is essential for telomere maintenance. In replicating cells, maintenance of telomere length is important for the preservation of vital genetic information and prevention of genomic instability. A common genetic variant in TERT , rs2736100 C/A, is associated with both telomere length and multiple diseases. Carriage of the C allele is associated with longer telomere length, while carriage of the A allele is associated with shorter telomere length. Furthermore, some diseases have a positive association with the C and some with the A allele...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Azam Peyvandipour, Nafiseh Saberian, Adib Shafi, Michele Donato, Sorin Draghici
Motivation: Identification of novel therapeutic effects for existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, drug repurposing, is an approach aimed to dramatically shorten the drug discovery process, which is costly, slow and risky. Several computational approaches use transcriptional data to find potential repurposing candidates. The main hypothesis of such approaches is that if gene expression signature of a particular drug is opposite to the gene expression signature of a disease, that drug may have a potential therapeutic effect on the disease...
March 9, 2018: Bioinformatics
Juan Xu, Haiqing Wu, Songwen Chen, Baozhen Qi, Genqing Zhou, Lidong Cai, Liqun Zhao, Yong Wei, Shaowen Liu
Atrial fibrosis serves as an important contributor to atrial fibrillation (AF). Recent data have suggested that microRNA-30c (miR-30c) is involved in fibrotic remodelling and cancer development, but the specific role of miR-30c in atrial fibrosis remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of miR-30c in atrial fibrosis and its underlying mechanisms through in vivo and in vitro experiments. Our results indicate that miR-30c is significantly down-regulated in the rat abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) model and in the cellular model of fibrosis induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Xiao Sun, Xiao-Bin Zhuo, Yi-Ping Hu, Xuan Zheng, Qing-Jie Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is among the most common lethal cancers of the digestive system with poor prognosis rates and ineffective therapeutic options. Matrine, a traditional Chinese medicine found in the roots of sophora species, has been used in the clinical treatment of liver fibrosis, chronic hepatitis B and other diseases. We have synthesized a matrine derivatives named WM622 (C26H35ON3S2) with a significant inhibitory effect on transplanted tumors in vivo. The half inhibitory concentration (IC50) of WM622 is 34 µM, which is much lower than matrine...
March 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Dong Weng, Jian-Xia Chen, Hao-Hao Li, Feng Liu, Li-Dan Zhou, Hai-Peng Liu, Rui-Juan Zheng, Yan Jiang, Zhong-Hua Liu, Baoxue Ge
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a multifunctional cell process involved in the pathogenesis of numerous conditions, including fibrosis and cancer. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal disease characterized by fibroblast accumulation and collagen deposition in the lungs. The fibroblasts involved in this process partially originate from lung epithelial cells via the EMT. Evidence suggests that the EMT contributes to progression, invasion, and metastasis of various types of cancer...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Yongxia Wu, Steven Schutt, Katelyn Paz, Mengmeng Zhang, Ryan P Flynn, David Bastian, M Hanief Sofi, Hung Nguyen, Min Dai, Chen Liu, Ying-Jun Chang, Bruce R Blazar, Xue-Zhong Yu
Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is characterized as autoimmune-like fibrosis and antibody production mediated by pathogenic T-cells and B-cells. MicroRNA (miR)-17-92 influences the survival, differentiation and function of lymphocytes in cancer, infections and autoimmunity. To determine whether miR-17-92 regulates T- and B-cell responses in cGVHD, we generated mice conditionally deficient for miR-17-92 in T-cells, B-cells, or both. Using murine models of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT), we demonstrate that expression of miR-17-92 in donor T- and B-cells is essential for the induction of both scleroderma and bronchiolitis obliterans in cGVHD...
March 12, 2018: Blood
Karen L Posey, Francoise Coustry, Jacqueline T Hecht
Cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) is a large pentameric glycoprotein that interacts with multiple extracellular matrix proteins in cartilage and other tissues. While, COMP is known to play a role in collagen secretion and fibrillogenesis, chondrocyte proliferation and mechanical strength of tendons, the complete range of COMP functions remains to be defined. COMPopathies describe pseudoachondroplasia (PSACH) and multiple epiphyseal dysplasia (MED), two skeletal dysplasias caused by autosomal dominant COMP mutations...
March 9, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Cynthia C Jose, Lakshmanan Jagannathan, Vinay Singh Tanwar, Xiaoru Zhang, Chongzhi Zang, Suresh Cuddapah
Nickel (Ni) is an environmental and occupational carcinogen, and exposure to Ni is associated with lung and nasal cancers in humans. Furthermore, Ni exposure is implicated in several lung diseases including chronic inflammatory airway diseases, asthma and fibrosis. However, the mutagenic potential of Ni is low and does not correlate with its potent toxicity and carcinogenicity. Therefore, mechanisms underlying Ni exposure-associated diseases remain poorly understood. Since the health risks of environmental exposures often continue post exposure, understanding the exposure effects that persist after the termination of exposure could provide mechanistic insights into diseases...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Chunxia Li, Lili Xu, Zihua Liu, Zhengquan Li, Zewei Quan, Abdulaziz A Al Kheraif, Jun Lin
The design and fabrication of rare earth upconversion nanoparticle (UCNP)-based nanomedical platforms have evoked increasing interest. However, their bio-safety is always the most worrisome problem. Most nanoparticles can accumulate in the internal organs, leading to acute toxicity, a long-term inflammatory response, or even fibrosis and cancer. In contrast, ultrasmall (sub-10 nm) nanoparticles have minimal safety risk because they can escape from macrophages, pass biological barriers, and be easily degraded or excreted from the body...
March 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Hui Li, Ying Wang, Jiali Yang, Xiaoming Liu, Juan Shi
BACKGROUND: The incidence of lung cancer is gradually increased, and the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) has recently demonstrated to have an implication in the deoncogenesis and malignant transformation of many types of cancers. The aim of this study is to investigate impacts of CFTR on the malignant features of lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells. METHODS: The capacity of cell proliferation, migration, invasion and clonogenicity of non-small cell lung cancer A549 cells were detected by CCK8 cell proliferation assay, cell scratch assay, Transwell cell invasion assay and clone formation assay, respectively...
February 20, 2018: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Viktor Smanykó, Norbert Mészáros, Mihály Újhelyi, Georgina Fröhlich, Gábor Stelczer, Tibor Major, Zoltán Mátrai, Csaba Polgár
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: To report the clinical outcomes of second breast-conserving therapy with perioperative interstitial radiotherapy for the treatment of ipsilateral breast tumor recurrences. METHOD: Between 1999 and 2015, 33 patients, presenting with an ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence after previous breast conserving therapy, were salvaged by re-excision and perioperative high-dose-rate interstitial brachytherapy. A median of 8 (range: 4-24) catheters were implanted into the tumor bed intraoperatively...
March 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
N Golse, A El Bouyousfi, F Marques, B Bancel, K Mohkam, C Ducerf, P Merle, M Sebagh, D Castaing, A Sa Cunha, R Adam, D Cherqui, E Vibert, J-Y Mabrut
BACKGROUND: Hepatectomy remains the standard treatment for large hepatocellular carcinoma (LHCC) ≥5cm. Fibrosis may constitute a contraindication for resection because of high risk of post-hepatectomy liver failure, but its impact on patient outcome and cancer recurrence remains ill defined. Our aim was to compare predictors of survival in patients with and without cirrhosis following hepatectomy for LHCC. METHODS: The data on consecutive patients undergoing hepatectomy for LHCC in two tertiary centres between 2012 and 2016 were reviewed...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Visceral Surgery
Morgan Preziosi, Minakshi Poddar, Sucha Singh, Satdarshan P Monga
Activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling is reported in large subsets of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Upregulationof Wnt genes is one contributing mechanism. In the current study, we sought to address the role of hepatocyte-derived Wnts in a model of hepatic injury, fibrosis and carcinogenesis. We subjected hepatocyte-specific Wntless knockout mice (HP-KO), unable to secrete Wnts from hepatocytes, and littermate controls (HP-CON), to diethylnitrosamine and carbon tetrachloride (DEN/CCl4) and harvested at 3, 5, and 6 months for histological and molecular analysis...
March 8, 2018: Gene Expression
Merle I Ronden, David Palma, Ben J Slotman, Suresh Senan
Distinctive patterns of early and late benign fibrosis are commonly observed after stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for lung malignancies. These changes on computed tomographic scans need to be distinguished from so-called 'high-risk' radiological features, which can be associated with a higher risk for tumor recurrence. This pictorial report illustrates the different radiological changes seen following SABR delivered using the volumetric modulated radiotherapy, a technique which is increasingly used in clinical care...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Jessica Lawrence, Richard Nho
The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (AKT)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-dependent pathway is one of the most integral pathways linked to cell metabolism, proliferation, differentiation, and survival. This pathway is dysregulated in a variety of diseases, including neoplasia, immune-mediated diseases, and fibroproliferative diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis. The mTOR kinase is frequently referred to as the master regulator of this pathway. Alterations in mTOR signaling are closely associated with dysregulation of autophagy, inflammation, and cell growth and survival, leading to the development of lung fibrosis...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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