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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647181/rosmarinic-acid-attenuates-hepatic-fibrogenesis-via-suppression-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-proliferation-and-induction-of-apoptosis
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Naglaa M El-Lakkany, Walaa H El-Maadawy, Sayed H Seif El-Din, Olfat A Hammam, Salwa H Mohamed, Shahira M Ezzat, Marwa M Safar, Samira Saleh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antifibrotic role of rosmarinic acid (RA), a natural polyphenolic compound, on HSCs activation/proliferation and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The impact of RA on stellate cell line (HSC-T6) proliferation, activation and apoptosis was assessed along with its safety on primary hepatocytes. In vivo, rats were divided into: (i) normal; (ii) thioacetamide (TAA)-intoxicated rats for 12 weeks; (iii) TAA + silymarin or (iv) TAA + RA...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642261/transforming-growth-factor-beta-stimulates-smad1-5-signaling-in-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-and-fibroblasts-of-the-newborn-mouse-through-alk1
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Huili Zhang, Lili Du, Ying Zhong, Kathleen C Flanders, Jesse D Roberts
The intracellular signaling mechanisms through which TGFβ regulates pulmonary development are incompletely understood. Canonical TGFβ signaling involves Smad2/3 phosphorylation, Smad2/3·Smad4 complex formation and nuclear localization, and gene regulation. Here we show that physiologically relevant TGFβ1 levels also stimulate Smad1/5 phosphorylation, typically a mediator of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling, in mouse pup pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (mPASMC) and lung fibroblasts and other interstitial lung cell lines...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639749/evaluation-of-the-in%C3%A2-vivo-cosmetic-efficacy-of-the-mfiii-blue-cell-serum-gel-one-and-two-month-test-results
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Dina Tukhvatullina, Alain Béguin, Henry Pong, Maria Del Mar Cabarbas, Dmitry Klokol, Mike Ks Chan, Michelle B F Wong
INTRODUCTION: Skin is changing over time showing signs of aging: dryness, increase in visual and tactile roughness, decrease in collagen content and stiffness, and eventually formation of deep and surface wrinkles, and fine lines. METHODS: Eight-week open experimental study was conducted to test efficacy of MFIII Blue Cell Serum Gel. Main criteria to determine product efficacy by following skin biophysical techniques were as follows: skin moisturization, firmness, epidermal and dermal density, skin surface properties and sebum level, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637501/s100a8-inhibits-pdgf-induced-proliferation-of-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-dependent-on-the-receptor-for-advanced-glycation-end-products
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Yu-Dong Xu, Yu Wang, Lei-Miao Yin, Ling-Ling Peng, Gyoung-Hee Park, Yong-Qing Yang
BACKGROUND: Airway remodeling is a key feature of asthma, characterized by increased proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs). S100A8 is a calcium-binding protein with a potential to regulate cell proliferation. Here, the effect of exogenous S100A8 protein on the proliferation of ASMCs induced by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated. METHODS: Rat ASMCs were cultured with or without a neutralizing antibody to the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), a potential receptor for S100A8 protein...
June 21, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635679/the-role-of-angiogenesis-in-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Mehdi Rajabi, Shaker A Mousa
A number of anti-angiogenesis drugs have been FDA-approved and are being used in cancer treatment, and a number of other agents are in different stages of clinical development or in preclinical evaluation. However, pharmacologic anti-angiogenesis strategies that arrest tumor progression might not be enough to eradicate tumors. Decreased anti-angiogenesis activity in single mechanism-based anti-angiogenic strategies is due to the redundancy, multiplicity, and development of compensatory mechanism by which blood vessels are remodeled...
June 21, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631296/hydrogen-sulphide-as-a-signaling-molecule-regulating-physiopathological-processes-in-gastrointestinal-motility
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REVIEW
M Jimenez, V Gil, M Martinez-Cutillas, N Mañé, D Gallego
The biology of H2 S is an emerging area of research since several biological functions have been recently attributed to this gaseous molecule in a vast number of regions including the cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and central nervous system. H2 S exerts anti-inflammatory effects and can be considered an endogenous mediator with potential effects on gastrointestinal motility. During the last years, our research group has investigated the role of H2 S as a regulator of gastrointestinal motility using both animal and human tissues...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627460/polysaccharides-from-epimedium-koreanum-nakai-with-immunomodulatory-activity-and-inhibitory-effect-on-tumor-growth-in-llc-bearing-mice
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Chengcheng Wang, Liang Feng, Jiayan Su, Li Cui, Dan Liu, Jun Yan, Chuanlin Ding, Xiaobin Tan, Xiaobin Jia
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Epimedium koreanum Nakai is documented as tonic herbal in China for over a thousand years and has the potential to enhance the body's immunity according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides are one of the most important effective compounds in Epimedium koreanum Nakai. Accumulating evidence indicated polysaccharides derived from traditional Chinese medicine have potent immune-enhancing properties and relatively nontoxic effects in cancer treatment...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626483/bioassay-directed-isolation-of-falcarindiol-and-isoacetovanillon-from-pycnocycla-caespitosa-based-on-kcl-induced-contraction-in-rat-uterus-smooth-muscles
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Mostafa Ghanadian, Hassan Sadraei, Gholamreza Asghari, Zinat Abbasi
Hydroalcoholic extract and essential oil of aerial parts of Pycnocycla caespitosa have spasmolytic activity on rat ileum contractions. The objective of this research was to separate fractions of total hydroalcoholic extract of P. caespitosa guided by their spasmolytic activity on rat uterus. Aerial parts of P. caespitosa were extracted with ethanol. The concentrated extract was subjected to column chromatography and thin layer chromatography (TLC) for isolation fractions, then one of the bioactive fractions was subjected to further isolation to find its active components...
June 2017: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626343/anti-osm-antibody-inhibits-tubulointerstitial-lesion-in-a-murine-model-of-lupus-nephritis
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Qingjuan Liu, Yunxia Du, Kejun Li, Wei Zhang, Xiaojuan Feng, Jun Hao, Hongbo Li, Shuxia Liu
The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of oncostatin M (OSM) in tubulointerstitial lesion (TIL) in lupus nephritis (LN). We found that OSM was highly expressed in the renal tissue of LN mice. OSM is one of the interleukin-6 cytokine family members. In order to clarify the role and mechanism of OSM in LN, mice with LN were treated with anti-OSM antibody or isotype antibody. We evaluated the tubular epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT) by detecting the E-cadherin, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and fibronectin (FN) expression...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623179/modulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-and-erk-signaling-pathways-mediates-the-anti-fibrotic-effect-of-mirtazapine-in-mice
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Dalia M El-Tanbouly, Walaa Wadie, Rabab H Sayed
Serotonin (5-HT) has been implicated as a key driver of liver fibrosis, acting via 5-HT2 receptor activation in the hepatic stellate cells. The current study was conducted to investigate the effects of mirtazapine, a 5-HT2A antagonist, in a mouse model of liver fibrosis. Mice received thioacetamide (TAA, 150mg/kg/biweekly, ip) for nine successive weeks for induction of liver fibrosis. Administration of mirtazapine significantly improved the plasma aminotransferases, reduced hepatic 5-HT concentration and ameliorated TAA-induced liver fibrosis, as demonstrated by reduced portal blood pressure, liver procollagen I content and α alpha smooth muscle actin expression...
June 13, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622869/brucella-lipopolysaccharide-reinforced-salmonella-delivering-brucella-immunogens-protects-mice-against-virulent-challenge
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Jonathan Lalsiamthara, John Hwa Lee
Intracellular pathogen Salmonella exhibits natural infection broadly analogous to Brucella, this phenomenon makes Salmonella a pragmatic choice for an anti-Brucella vaccine delivery platform. In this study we developed and formulated a combination of four attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium live vector strains delivering heterologous Brucella antigens (rBs), namely lumazine synthase, proline racemase subunit A, lipoprotein outer membrane protein-19, and Cu-Zn superoxide dismutase. With an aim to develop a cross-protecting vaccine, Brucella pan-species conserved rBs were selected...
June 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622853/preexisting-salmonella-specific-immunity-interferes-with-the-subsequent-development-of-immune-responses-against-the-salmonella-strains-delivering-h9n2-hemagglutinin
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Irshad Ahmed Hajam, John Hwa Lee
Recombinant Salmonella strains expressing foreign heterologous antigens have been extensively studied as promising live vaccine delivery vehicles. In this study, we constructed attenuated smooth (S-HA) and rough (R-HA) Salmonella strains expressing hemagglutinin (HA) of H9N2, a low pathogenic avian influenza A virus. We then investigated the HA-specific immune responses following oral immunization with either S-HA or R-HA strain in chicken model. We further examined the effects of the preexisting anti-Salmonella immunity on the subsequent elicitation of the HA and the Salmonella ompA specific immune responses...
June 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620185/c-abl-regulates-gastrointestinal-muscularis-propria-homeostasis-via-erks
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Jinnan Xiang, Yiqun Zhang, Dandan Bao, Na Cao, Xin Zhang, Ping Li, Shoutao Qiu, Jigang Guo, Dan He, Baojie Li, Liqing Yao, Huijuan Liu
The gastrointestinal tract is responsible for food digestion and absorption. The muscularis propria propels the foodstuff through the GI tract and defects in intestine motility may cause obstruction disorders. Our present genetic studies identified non-receptor tyrosine kinase c-Abl as an important regulator of the muscularis propria homeostasis and a risk factor for rectal prolapse. Mouse deficient for c-Abl showed defects in the muscularis propria of gastrointestinal tract and older c-Abl (-/-) mice developed megaesophagus and rectal prolapse...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615349/cftr-protects-against-vascular-inflammation-and-atherogenesis-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Zhengzhang Li, Zhe Shen, Haoping Xue, Shi Cheng, Qun Ji, Yutan Liu, Xiangjun Yang
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the vascular wall. Dysfunction of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) has been shown to result in inflammatory responses in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. However, little is known about the role of CFTR in vascular inflammation and atherogenesis. Our results showed that CFTR was dominantly expressed in macrophages of atherosclerotic plaque and reduced in aorta and aortic sinus from atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mice...
June 14, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610597/anti-connective-tissue-growth-factor-ctgf-ccn2-monoclonal-antibody-attenuates-skin-fibrosis-in-mice-models-of-systemic-sclerosis
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Katsunari Makino, Tomoko Makino, Lukasz Stawski, Kenneth E Lipson, Andrew Leask, Maria Trojanowska
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by fibrosis of the skin and internal organs. Although the involvement of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) has been well-documented in SSc fibrosis, the therapeutic potential of targeting CTGF in SSc has not been fully investigated. Our aim was to examine the therapeutic potential of CTGF blockade in a preclinical model of SSc using two approaches: smooth muscle cell fibroblast-specific deletion of CTGF (CTGF knockout (KO)) or a human anti-CTGF monoclonal antibody, FG-3019...
June 13, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608951/tumstatin-regulates-the-angiogenic-and-inflammatory-potential-of-airway-smooth-muscle-extracellular-matrix
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Louise Margaret Harkness, Markus Weckmann, Matthias Kopp, Tim Becker, Anthony Wayne Ashton, Janette Kay Burgess
The extracellular matrix (ECM) creates the microenvironment of the tissue; an altered ECM in the asthmatic airway may be central in airway inflammation and remodelling. Tumstatin is a collagen IV-derived matrikine reduced in the asthmatic airway wall that reverses airway inflammation and remodelling in small and large animal models of asthma. This study hypothesized that the mechanisms underlying the broad asthma-resolving effects of tumstatin were due to autocrine remodelling of the ECM. Neutrophils and endothelial cells were seeded on decellularized ECM of non-asthmatic (NA) or asthmatic (A) airway smooth muscle (ASM) cells previously exposed to tumstatin in the presence or absence of a broad matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor, Marimastat...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607385/exogenous-interleukin-37-ameliorates-atherosclerosis-via-inducing-the-treg-response-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Qingwei Ji, Kai Meng, Kunwu Yu, Song Huang, Ying Huang, Xiaohong Min, Yucheng Zhong, Bangwei Wu, Yuzhou Liu, Shaoping Nie, Jianwei Zhang, Yujie Zhou, Qiutang Zeng
Our previous study indicated that interleukin (IL)-37 is involved in atherosclerosis. In the present study, Anterior tibial arteries were collected from diabetes patients and controls. A histopathological analysis showed that IL-37 was over-expressed in human atherosclerotic plaques. Many types of cells including macrophages, vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), endothelial cells and T lymphocyte expressed IL-37 in human atherosclerotic plaques. ApoE-/- mice were divided into a control group and a recombinant human IL-37-treated group...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599847/development-of-wound-healing-models-to-study-tgf%C3%AE-3-s-effect-on-sma
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Sriniwas Sriram, Jennifer A Tran, Xiaoqing Guo, Audrey E K Hutcheon, Andrius Kazlauskas, James D Zieske
The goal of this study was to test the efficacy of transforming growth factor beta 3 (TGFβ3) in reducing α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) expression in two models-an ex vivo organ culture and an in vitro 3D cell construct-both of which closely mimic an in vivo environment. For the ex vivo organ culture system, a central 6.0 mm corneal keratectomy was performed on freshly excised rabbit globes The corneas were then excised, segregated into groups treated with 1.0 ng/ml TGFβ1 or β3 (T1 or T3, respectively), and cultured for 2 weeks...
June 6, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599356/an-in-vitro-model-for-fibroblast-photoaging-comparing-single-and-repeated-uva-irradiations
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Wongnapa Nakyai, Aurasorn Saraphanchotiwitthaya, Celine Viennet, Philippe Humbert, Jarupa Viyoch
The current method for efficient evaluation of anti-photoaging compounds is an in vitro skin culture model using a single ultraviolet A (UVA) irradiation of fibroblasts. However, skin photoaging is caused by repeated exposure to UVA radiation. The objective of this study was to develop an appropriate model for in vitro skin photoaging by comparing the different effects of single (5 J/cm(2) ) and repeated exposures (5 J/cm(2) x 3 times) of fibroblasts to UVA irradiation. Our results demonstrated that a single and repeated exposure to UVA irradiation had different effects on fibroblasts...
June 9, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593025/ziziphus-nummularia-inhibits-inflammation-induced-atherogenic-phenotype-of-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells
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Manal Fardoun, Tuqa Al-Shehabi, Ahmed El-Yazbi, Khodr Issa, Fouad Zouein, Dina Maaliki, Rabah Iratni, Ali H Eid
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide. Atherosclerosis is a CVD characterized by plaque formation resulting from inflammation-induced insults to endothelial cells, monocytes, and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Despite significant advances, current treatments for atherosclerosis remain insufficient, prompting the search for alternative modalities, including herbal medicine. Ziziphus nummularia is an herb commonly used in the amelioration of symptoms associated with many health conditions such as cold, diarrhea, cancer, and diabetes...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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