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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100346/-impact-of-cd137-cd137l-signaling-mediated-exocytosis-of-autophagosome-within-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-on-the-formation-of-atherosclerotic-calcification
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B Li, X Y Li, W Zhong, C Shao, Z Q Wang, W Yuan, J C Yan
Objective: To explore whether CD137-CD137L signaling mediated exocytosis of autophagosome within vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) could influence the formation of atherosclerotic calcification. Methods: Fifteen 8-week-old male ApoE(-/-)(C57BL/6J-KO) mice fed with high fat diet for 5 weeks were randomly divided into three groups by using stochastic indicator method as follows: control group, n=5; agonist-CD137 group: agonist-CD137 antibody 200 μg/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5; anti-CD137 group: 200 μg anti-CD137 antibody+ 200 μg agonist-CD137 antibody/2 weeks for 4 weeks, ip, n=5...
January 25, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100269/a-spleen-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-attenuates-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Hyang-Hee Seo, Sang Woo Kim, Chang Youn Lee, Kyu Hee Lim, Jiyun Lee, Eunhyun Choi, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Ki-Chul Hwang
BACKGROUND: Pathologic vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and migration after vascular injury promotes the development of occlusive vascular disease. Therefore, an effective chemical agent to suppress aberrant proliferation and migration of VSMCs can be a potential therapeutic modality for occlusive vascular disease such as atherosclerosis and restenosis. To find an anti-proliferative chemical agent for VSMCs, we screened an in-house small molecule library, and the selected small molecule was further validated for its anti-proliferative effect on VSMCs using multiple approaches, such as cell proliferation assays, wound healing assays, transwell migration assays, and ex vivo aortic ring assay...
January 18, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099113/rage-deficiency-predisposes-mice-to-virus-induced-paucigranulocytic-asthma
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Jaisy Arikkatt, Md Ashik Ullah, Kirsty Renfree Short, Vivan Zhang, Wan Jun Gan, Zhixuan Loh, Rhiannon B Werder, Jennifer Simpson, Peter D Sly, Stuart B Mazzone, Kirsten M Spann, Manuel Ar Ferreira, John W Upham, Maria B Sukkar, Simon Phipps
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease. Although many patients with asthma develop type-2 dominated eosinophilic inflammation, a number of individuals develop paucigranulocytic asthma, which occurs in the absence of eosinophilia or neutrophilia. The aetiology of paucigranulocytic asthma is unknown. However, both respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection and mutations in the receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) are risk factors for asthma development. Here, we show that RAGE deficiency impairs anti-viral immunity during an early-life infection with pneumonia virus of mice (PVM; a murine analogue of RSV)...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095798/mir-27b-inhibits-fibroblast-activation-via-targeting-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Xiangming Zeng, Chaoqun Huang, Lakmini Senavirathna, Pengcheng Wang, Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are a group of small RNAs that regulate gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. They regulate almost every aspect of cellular processes. In this study, we investigated whether miR-27b regulates pulmonary fibroblast activation. RESULTS: We found that miR-27b was down-regulated in fibrotic lungs and fibroblasts from an experimental mouse model of pulmonary fibrosis. The overexpression of miR-27b with a lentiviral vector inhibited TGFβ1-stimulated mRNA expression of collagens (COL1A1, COL3A1, and COL4A1) and alpha-smooth muscle actin, and protein expression of Col3A1 and alpha-smooth muscle actin in LL29 human pulmonary fibroblasts...
January 17, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095789/mirna-338-3p-cdk4-signaling-pathway-suppressed-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-proliferation
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Bensong Duan, Jiangfeng Hu, Tongyangzi Zhang, Xu Luo, Yi Zhou, Shun Liu, Liang Zhu, Cheng Wu, Wenxiang Liu, Chao Chen, Hengjun Gao
BACKGROUND: Activated hepatic stellate cell (HSC) is the main fibrogenic cell type in the injured liver. miRNA plays an important role in activation and proliferation of HSC. METHODS: Our previous study examined the expression profiles of microRNAs in quiescent and activated HSC. Real-time PCR and western blot were used to detect the expression of Collagen type I (Col 1) and Alpha-Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA). CCK-8 and Edu assay was used to measure the proliferation rate of HSC...
January 17, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090562/hepatitis-c-virus-induced-monocyte-differentiation-into-polarized-m2-macrophages-promotes-stellate-cell-activation-via%C3%A2-tgf-%C3%AE
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Banishree Saha, Karen Kodys, Gyongyi Szabo
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Monocyte and macrophage (MΦ) activation contributes to the pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Disease pathogenesis is regulated by both liver-resident MΦs and monocytes recruited as precursors of MΦs into the damaged liver. Monocytes differentiate into M1 (classic/proinflammatory) or M2 (alternative/anti-inflammatory) polarized MΦs in response to tissue microenvironment. We hypothesized that HCV-infected hepatoma cells (infected with Japanese fulminant hepatitis-1 [Huh7...
May 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087488/cathepsin-k-targeted-sub-micron-particles-for-regenerative-repair-of-vascular-elastic-matrix
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Brenton Jennewine, Jonathan Fox, Anand Ramamurthi
: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) involve slow dilation and weakening of the aortic wall due to breakdown of structural matrix components, such as elastic fibers by chronically overexpressed matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), primarily, MMPs-2 and -9. Auto-regenerative repair of disrupted elastic fibers by smooth muscle cells (SMCs) at the AAA site is intrinsically poor and together with chronic proteolysis prevents restoration of elastin homeostasis, necessary to enable AAA growth arrest or regression to a healthy state...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079757/pathogenesis-of-abdominal-pain-in-bowel-obstruction-role-of-mechanical-stress-induced-upregulation-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-gut-smooth-muscle-cells
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You-Min Lin, Yu Fu, John Winston, Ravi Radhakrishnan, Sushil K Sarna, Li-Yen M Huang, Xuan-Zheng Shi
Abdominal pain is one of the major symptoms in bowel obstruction (BO); its cellular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. We tested the hypothesis that mechanical stress in obstruction upregulates expression of nociception mediator nerve growth factor (NGF) in gut smooth muscle cells (SMC), and NGF sensitizes primary sensory nerve to contribute to pain in BO. Partial colon obstruction was induced with a silicon band implanted in the distal bowel of Sprague-Dawley rats. Colon-projecting sensory neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were identified for patch clamp and gene expression studies...
January 6, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077839/atypical-trigeminal-neuralgia-a-rare-neurological-manifestation-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Viki Kumar, Jaspinder Kaur, Pallavi Pothuri, Sahiba Bandagi
BACKGROUND Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multisystem autoimmune disorder of unknown etiology which can present at any age with symptoms of mucocutaneous, musculoskeletal, renal, central nervous system, and nonspecific clinical pictures making the disease a "master of mimicry". CASE REPORT A 53-year-old female, who was recently diagnosed with SLE, presented with right-sided sharp and electric shock-like facial pain starting at the side of her right nostril and traveling down the naso-labial fold and then back to the angle of the jaw, mostly in the region of V2-V3 distribution with no radiation beyond trigeminal distribution...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069507/a-highly-versatile-adaptor-protein-for-the-tethering-of-growth-factors-to-gelatin-based-biomaterials
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Cyril Addi, Frédéric Murschel, Benoît Liberelle, Nesrine Riahi, Gregory De Crescenzo
: In the field of tissue engineering, the tethering of growth factors to tissue scaffolds in an oriented manner can enhance their activity and increase their half-life. We chose to investigate the capture of the basic Fibroblast Growth Factor (bFGF) and the Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) on a gelatin layer, as a model for the functionalization of collagen-based biomaterials. Our strategy relies on the use of two high affinity interactions, that is, the one between two distinct coil peptides as well as the one occurring between a collagen-binding domain (CBD) and gelatin...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058749/is-psoriasis-an-autoimmune-disease-interpretations-from-an-immunofluorescence-based-study
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Shashi Anand, Parikshaa Gupta, Ranjeet Bhardwaj, Tarun Narang, Sunil Dogra, Ranjana W Minz, Biman Saikia, Seema Chhabra
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a multisystem, immune-mediated inflammatory disease. Some authors have proposed an autoimmune basis for psoriasis; however, till date, it has not been definitely established. The present study was conducted to explore the autoimmune nature of psoriasis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study in which 43 psoriasis patients were assessed for detailed clinical, histopathological and immunopathological features to explore the diagnostic utility of subtypes, intensity, and number of immunoreactants in lesional and non-lesional skin in these patients...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043031/liver-5-ht7-receptors-a-novel-regulator-target-of-fibrosis-and-inflammation-induced-chronic-liver-injury-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Beyzagul Polat, Zekai Halici, Elif Cadirci, Emre Karakus, Yasin Bayir, Abdulmecit Albayrak, Deniz Unal
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is the sixth most common cancer and liver fibrosis is strongly associated with HCC. Treatment options are limited, and preventive strategies should be developed. An important step in the beginning of liver fibrosis is a strong inflammatory response. 5-HT7 is the last recognized member of the serotonin receptor family and is expressed in both central nerve system and peripheral system and have a lot of functions like learning, memory, smooth muscular relaxation, in the control of circadian rhythms and thermoregulation, pain and migraine, schizophrenia, anxiety, cognitive disturbances, and even inflammation...
February 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039849/liquiritigenin-attenuates-cardiac-injury-induced-by-high-fructose-feeding-through-fibrosis-and-inflammation-suppression
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Xiong-Wei Xie
Diabetes combined with cardiomyopathy is considered as an essential complication, showing diastolic persistently and causing cardiac injury, which is linked to fibrosis progression and inflammation response. Fibrosis and inflammation response are two markers for cardiomyopathy. Liquiritigenin is a flavanone, isolated from Radix glycyrrhiza, which exhibits various biological properties, including anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activities. Here, in our study, the protective effects and anti-inflammatory activity of liquiritigenin were explored in mice and cardiac muscle cells treated by fructose to reveal the possible mechanism by which liquiritigenin attenuates cardiac injury...
December 28, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039105/long-acting-%C3%AE-2-agonists-promote-glucocorticoid-mediated-repression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-by-enhancing-expression-of-the-feedback-regulator-tnfaip3
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Mohammed Omar Altonsy, Mahmoud M Mostafa, Anthony N Gerber, Robert Newton
Glucocorticoids, or corticosteroids, are effective treatments for many chronic inflammatory diseases and, in mild/moderate asthma, long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists (LABAs) enhance the efficacy of inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) more than increasing the ICS dose. In human bronchial epithelial, BEAS-2B, cells, expression of TNFα-induced protein 3 (TNFAIP3), or A20, a dual-ubiquitin ligase that provides feedback inhibition of NF-κB, was induced by budesonide, an ICS, formoterol, a LABA, and was further enhanced by budesonide/formoterol combination...
December 29, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039091/evaluation-of-paeonol-loaded-transethosomes-as-transdermal-delivery-carriers
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Z X Chen, B Li, T Liu, X Wang, Y Zhu, L Wang, X H Wang, X Niu, Y Xiao, Q Sun
Paeonol shows effective anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities. However, because of its poor solubility in water and high volatility at room temperature, the application of this drug is restricted in the clinic. The objective of this research was to develop a biocompatible paeonol formulation with improved stability, skin delivery and pharmacokinetic efficiency. In this paper, paeonol-loaded vesicles were prepared using an ethanol injection method. Nano-vesicles were characterized for their physical properties and encapsulation efficiency (EE)...
December 28, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036116/hmgb1-down-regulation-mediates-terameprocol-vascular-anti-proliferative-effect-in-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
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Rita Nogueira-Ferreira, Manuel J Ferreira-Pinto, Ana Filipa Silva, Rui Vitorino, Joana Justino, Raquel Costa, Daniel Moreira-Gonçalves, Jean-François Quignard, Thomas Ducret, Jean-Pierre Savineau, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Rita Ferreira, Tiago Henriques-Coelho
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease with a poor prognosis. Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) play a crucial role in PAH pathophysiology, displaying a hyperproliferative and apoptotic-resistant phenotype. In the present study, we evaluated the potential therapeutic role of terameprocol (TMP), an inhibitor of cellular proliferation and promoter of apoptosis, in a well-established pre-clinical model of PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT) and studied the biological pathways modulated by TMP in PASMCs...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035531/neuroimmune-modulation-of-gut-function
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Terez Shea-Donohue, Joseph F Urban
Neuroimmune communications are facilitated by the production of neurotransmitters by immune cells and the generation of immune mediators by immune cells, which form a functional entity called the "neuroimmune synapse." There are several mechanisms that further facilitate neuroimmune interactions including the anatomic proximity between immune cells and nerves, the expression of receptors for neurotransmitters on immune cells and for immune mediators on nerves, and the receptor-mediated activation of intracellular signaling pathways that modulate nerve and immune phenotype and function...
December 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032440/magnolol-attenuates-concanavalin-a-induced-hepatic-fibrosis-inhibits-cd4-t-helper-17-th17-cell-differentiation-and-suppresses-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-blockade-of-smad3-smad4-signalling
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Hongjun Zhang, Baoling Ju, Xiaoli Zhang, Yanfei Zhu, Ying Nie, Yuanhong Xu, Qiuxia Lei
Magnolol is a pharmacological biphenolic compound extracted from Chinese herb Magnolia officinalis, which displays anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This study was aimed at exploring the potential effect of magnolol on immune-related liver fibrosis. Herein, BALB/c mice were injected with concanavalin A (ConA, 8 mg/kg/week) up to 6 weeks to establish hepatic fibrosis, and magnolol (10, 20, 30 mg/kg/day) was given to these mice orally throughout the whole experiment. We found that magnolol preserved liver function and attenuated liver fibrotic injury in vivo...
December 29, 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009091/in-vitro-spontaneous-contractile-activity-of-colonic-smooth-muscle-in-naive-lewis-rats-acute-effect-of-gonadal-hormones
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Christine Baumgartner, Thomas Hubacher, Magali Krayer, Juergen Gschossmann
AIM: Functional gastrointestinal disorders affect females more often. Changes in colonic motility may be etiological co-factors for the clinical symptoms. The aim of the present study was to analyze the influence of gonadal hormones on colonic contractile activity. METHODS: In vitro measurements of colonic contractile activity in longitudinal smooth muscle strips of female and male Lewis rats were performed in an organ chamber experiment set-up. After administration of a gonadal hormone (estrogen (EST), progesterone (PROG) and testosterone (TEST)) or ethanol (ETH) solution as control, stimulation with acetylcholine (ACh) or inhibition with norepinephrine (NE) was performed...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008223/physician-patient-and-caregiver-experience-of-different-wet-age-related-macular-degeneration-anti-vegf-treatment-regimens-in-japan-a-qualitative-assessment
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Tomohiro Iida, Keirei Ishii
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to monitor anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) treatment regimens for wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) in clinical practice and to determine how they impact the physician, patient, and caregiver treatment experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a qualitative analysis based on semistructured interviews with 20 ophthalmologists who had practiced both pro re nata (PRN) and treat-and-extend (T&E) anti-VEGF regimens for wAMD...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
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