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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786783/a-xenograft-model-for-venous-malformation
#1
Jillian Goines, Xian Li, Yuqi Cai, Paula Mobberley-Schuman, Megan Metcalf, Steven J Fishman, Denise M Adams, Adrienne M Hammill, Elisa Boscolo
Vascular malformations are defects caused by the abnormal growth of the vasculature. Among them, venous malformation (VM) is an anomaly characterized by slow-flow vascular lesions with abnormally shaped veins, typically in sponge-like configuration. VMs can expand over years causing disfigurement, obstruction of vital structures, thrombosis, bleeding, and pain. Treatments have been very limited and primarily based on supportive care, compression garments, sclerotherapy, and/or surgical resection. Sirolimus treatment has recently shown efficacy in some patients with complicated vascular anomalies, including VMs...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785773/molecular-tension-probes-to-investigate-the-mechanopharmacology-of-single-cells-a-step-toward-personalized-mechanomedicine
#2
Kornelia Galior, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Yang Liu, Hanquan Su, Nusaiba Baker, Reynold A Panettieri, Cherry Wongtrakool, Khalid Salaita
Given that dysregulation of mechanics contributes to diseases ranging from cancer metastasis to lung disease, it is important to develop methods for screening the efficacy of drugs that target cellular forces. Here, nanoparticle-based tension sensors are used to quantify the mechanical response of individual cells upon drug treatment. As a proof-of-concept, the activity of bronchodilators is tested on human airway smooth muscle cells derived from seven donors, four of which are asthmatic. It is revealed that airway smooth muscle cells isolated from asthmatic donors exhibit greater traction forces compared to the control donors...
May 22, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785407/unusual-occurrence-of-orbital-hemangiopericytoma-in-the-zygomatic-bone-of-an-adolescent-a-case-report
#3
Bahram Eshraghi, Hadi Ghadimi, Zohreh Nozarian
Background: Hemangiopericytoma and solitary fibrous tumor are considered related variants on the same spectrum and both may essentially be the same tumor. They are infrequently encountered in the orbital region while the zygomatic bone is an extremely rare location for these neoplasms to occur. Case presentation: A 14-year-old boy presented with complaint of deformity of left infraorbital area and a firm, regular mass in the region. Orbital CT scan revealed a well-defined round isodense intraosseous lesion in the lowermost portion of the lateral orbital wall (zygomatic bone), expanding the bone and protruding anteriorly and medially...
2018: Eye and Vision (London, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785051/hyaluronan-negatively-regulates-vascular-calcification-involving-bmp2-signaling
#4
Yonglun Kong, Qingchun Liang, Yanting Chen, Pingzhen Yang, Xiaoyu Liu, Yining Li, Siyuan Feng, Ji Wu, Wantao Liu, Jingyi Tang, Huimin Yu, Jing-Song Ou, Lihe Lu, Jianyun Yan
Vascular calcification is a highly regulated biological process similar to bone formation involving osteogenic differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Hyaluronan (HA), a major structural component of the extracellular matrix in cartilage, has been shown to inhibit osteoblast differentiation. However, whether HA affects osteogenic differentiation and calcification of VSMCs remains unclear. In the present study, we used in vitro and ex vivo models of vascular calcification to investigate the role of HA in vascular calcification...
May 21, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785045/an-initial-study-on-the-effect-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-in-erectile-dysfunction-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#5
Cristiane Carboni, Alexandre Fornari, Karoline C Bragante, Marcio A Averbeck, Patrícia Vianna da Rosa, Rodrigo Della Mea Plentz
Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects approximately 150 million men worldwide. Functional electrical stimulation (FES) therapy has shown a high regenerative capacity for smooth muscle cells and, therefore, is being increasingly adopted. FES can be a beneficial treatment option when the cause of ED is related to degeneration of cavernous smooth muscle. To evaluate the impact of FES on erectile function in men with erectile dysfunction. Twenty-two patients with ED participated in this randomized clinical trial. Participants were randomly assigned to two groups: intervention (IG) or control (CG)...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782857/quaternary-ammonium-salt-of-u50-488h-elicits-protective-effects-against-hypoxic-pulmonary-hypertension
#6
Yaguang Zhou, Xin Tian, Xueying Wang, Yuanbo Wang, Rong Fan, Yuemin Wang, Na Feng, Shumiao Zhang, Haitao Guo, Xiaoming Gu, Min Jia, Wen Yin, Zuoxu Hou, Juan Li, Jianming Pei
The present study aimed to investigate the role of quaternary ammonium salt of U50,488H (Q-U50,488H) in hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH) and underlying mechanisms involved. A HPH animal model was established in rats under hypoxia and the mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) and right ventricular pressure (RVP) were measured. Relaxation of the pulmonary artery in response to Q-U50,488H was determined. In addition, expression and activity of endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS) and inducible NO synthase (iNOS) with NO content, Akt expression, total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC), and gp91phox were evaluated...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781158/role-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-the-pathogenesis-of-distention-associated-abdominal-pain-in-bowel-obstruction
#7
Y Fu, Y M Lin, J H Winston, R Radhakrishnan, L-Y M Huang, X Z Shi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies found that visceral sensitivity is increased in bowel obstruction (BO). We hypothesized that mechanical stress-induced expression of BDNF in smooth muscle cells (SMC) of the distended bowel plays a critical role in visceral hypersensitivity in BO by altering voltage-gated K+ channel (Kv ) activity in sensory neurons. METHODS: Partial colon obstruction was maintained in rats for 7 days. Colon-projecting neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were isolated for electrophysiological and gene expression studies...
May 21, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780673/breast-fibroblasts-in-both-cancer-and-normal-tissues-induce-phenotypic-transformation-of-breast-cancer-stem-cells-a-preliminary-study
#8
Bixiao Wang, Chunfang Xi, Mingwei Liu, Haichen Sun, Shuang Liu, Lei Song, Hua Kang
Background: Breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) are associated with the invasion of breast cancer. In recent years, studies have demonstrated different phenotypes among BCSCs. Furthermore, BCSCs of diverse phenotypes are present at different tumour sites and different histological stages. Fibroblasts are involved in the phenotypic transformation of BCSCs. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) participate in the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition, thereby promoting the acquisition of stem cell characteristics, but little is known about the role of normal fibroblasts (NFs) in the phenotypic transformation of BCSCs or about the effect of CAFs and NFs on BCSC phenotypes...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780644/spindle-cell-hemangioma-in-the-mucosa-of-the-upper-lip-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Kazuhiro Murakami, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Tsutomu Sugiura, Tadaaki Kirita
Spindle cell hemangioma (SCH) is a unique benign vascular lesion. We present a case of SCH in the upper lip of a 41-year-old woman. A submucosal nodular mass 30 × 20 mm in size was observed in the left upper lip. The mass developed 5 years earlier and enlarged after repeated ethanol injections. The mass was elastic firm, mobile, bluish in color, and well demarcated in magnetic resonance imaging. Under the clinical diagnosis of hemangioma, surgical excision was performed under local anesthesia. Microscopically, the lesion was composed of irregular cavernous spaces and multiple solid cellular areas...
2018: Case Reports in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780355/therapeutic-interference-with-vascular-calcification-lessons-from-klotho-hypomorphic-mice-and-beyond
#10
REVIEW
Florian Lang, Christina Leibrock, Lisann Pelzl, Meinrad Gawaz, Burkert Pieske, Ioana Alesutan, Jakob Voelkl
Medial vascular calcification, a major pathophysiological process associated with cardiovascular disease and mortality, involves osteo-/chondrogenic transdifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). In chronic kidney disease (CKD), osteo-/chondrogenic transdifferentiation of VSMCs and, thus, vascular calcification is mainly driven by hyperphosphatemia, resulting from impaired elimination of phosphate by the diseased kidneys. Hyperphosphatemia with subsequent vascular calcification is a hallmark of klotho-hypomorphic mice, which are characterized by rapid development of multiple age-related disorders and early death...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779471/hypoxia-induces-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-and-potential-hif-responsive-gene-expression-in-uterine-leiomyoma
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Hiroshi Ishikawa, Linlin Xu, Kunizui Sone, Tatsuya Kobayashi, Guiwen Wang, Makio Shozu
Uterine leiomyoma is characterized by abundant extracellular matrix and broad avascular areas, both constantly resulting in hypoxia, suggesting some hypoxia-induced response function. Here, we examined whether hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α)- mediated hypoxic response function in uterine leiomyoma. Immunoblotting detected higher basal HIF-1α protein expression in nuclear extracts from uterine leiomyoma tissues than in those from the adjacent myometrium ( P = .0011). Immunohistochemical analysis revealed the presence of HIF-1α-positive cellular components in both leiomyoma and surrounding myometrial tissues...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779031/a-novel-ex-vivo-mouse-mesometrium-culture-model-for-investigating-angiogenesis-in-microvascular-networks
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Ariana D Suarez-Martinez, Susanne Bierschenk, Katie Huang, Dana Kaplan, Carolyn L Bayer, Stryder M Meadows, Markus Sperandio, Walter L Murfee
BACKGROUND: The development of models that incorporate intact microvascular networks enables the investigation of multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis. Our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as such a tool, which would be enhanced with mouse tissue. Since mouse mesentery is avascular, an alternative is mouse mesometrium, the connective tissue of uterine horns. The study's objective was to demonstrate that mouse mesometrium contains microvascular networks that can be cultured to investigate multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778521/vasculature-on-the-clock-circadian-rhythm-and-vascular-dysfunction
#13
REVIEW
Sandra Crnko, Martin Cour, Linda W Van Laake, Sandrine Lecour
The master mammalian circadian clock (i.e. central clock), located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, orchestrates the synchronization of the daily behavioural and physiological rhythms to better adapt the organism to the external environment in an anticipatory manner. This central clock is entrained by a variety of signals, the best established being light and food. However, circadian cycles are not simply the consequences of these two cues but are generated by endogenous circadian clocks...
May 17, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777903/sox9-is-increased-in-arterial-plaque-and-stenosis-associated-with-synthetic-phenotype-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-causes-alterations-in-extracellular-matrix-and-calcification
#14
Antje Augstein, Johannes Mierke, David M Poitz, Ruth H Strasser
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) exhibit a dual role in progression and maintenance of arteriosclerosis. They are fundamental for plaque stability but also can drive plaque progression. During pathogenic vascular remodeling, VSMC transdifferentiate into a phenotype with enhanced proliferation and migration. Moreover, they exert an increased capacity to generate extracellular matrix proteins. A special lineage of transdifferentiated VSMC expresses Sox9, a multi-functional transcription factor. The aim of the study was to examine the role of Sox9 in phenotypic alterations leading to arteriosclerosis...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777873/cinnamaldehyde-protects-vsmcs-against-ox-ldl-induced-proliferation-and-migration-through-s-arrest-and-inhibition-of-p38-jnk-mapks-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#15
Weifeng Li, Wenbing Zhi, Jinmeng Zhao, Qing Yao, Fang Liu, Xiaofeng Niu
Cinnamaldehyde (Cin), as a traditional flavor constituent isolated from the bark of Cinnamonum cassia Presl, has been commonly used for - digestive, cardiovascular and immune system diseases. The pathology of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) accelerated the progression of atherosclerosis. In our study, we found that cinnamaldehyde significantly suppressed ox-LDL-induced VSMCs proliferation, migration and inflammatory cytokine overproduction, as well as foam cell formation in VSMCs and macrophages. Moreover, cinnamaldehyde inhibited the phosphorylation of p38, JNK and p65 NF-κB and increased heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) activity...
May 16, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777793/homocysteine-induces-vascular-inflammatory-response-via-smad7-hypermethylation-in-human-umbilical-vein-smooth-muscle-cells
#16
Li-Hua Wei, Nai-Xia Chao, Si Gao, Ya-Ting Yu, Lin Shi, Xin-Bo Ma, Na Liao, Ke Lan, Yu Luo, Zheng-Yi Xie, Yuan-Yuan Li
Homocysteine (Hcy) can induce atherosclerosis through the inflammatory response and DNA methylation disorder. Our recent study has reported a novel epigenetic modified gene related to atherosclerosis -SMAD7. To further understand the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, the current study was designed to investigate an inflammatory role of Hcy in human umbilical vein smooth muscle cells (HUVSMCs) through interfering with SMAD7 methylation. Using MALDI-TOF MS, we found that Hcy increased DNA methylation levels of SMAD7 promoter in a dose and time-dependent manner in HUVSMCs...
May 16, 2018: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777737/type-i-collagen-induces-mesenchymal-cell-differentiation-into-myofibroblasts-through-yap-induced-tgf-%C3%AE-1-activation
#17
Xiaoling Liu, Xinyu Long, Weiwei Liu, Yeli Zhao, Toshihiko Hayashi, Masayuki Yamato, Kazunori Mizuno, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takaaki Ogura, Yuji Atsuzawa, Takashi Ikejima
In organ fibrosis, mechanical stress and transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) promote differentiation into myofibroblast from mesenchymal cells, leading to extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling or active synthesis, deposition or degradation of ECM components. A major component of ECM, type I collagen (col I) triple helical molecules assemble into fibrils or are denatured to gelatin without triple-helicity in remodeling. However, whether changes of ECM components in remodeling have influence on mesenchymal cell differentiation remains elusive...
May 16, 2018: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777060/protease-activated-receptor-1-inhibits-cholesterol-efflux-and-promotes-atherogenesis-via-cullin-3-mediated-degradation-of-the-abca1-transporter
#18
Somasundaram Raghavan, Nikhlesh K Singh, Arul M Mani, Gadiparthi N Rao
Although signaling of thrombin via its receptor protease-activated receptor 1 (Par1) is known to occur in atherothrombosis, its link to the actual pathogenesis of this condition is less clear. To better understand the role of thrombin-Par1 signaling in atherosclerosis, here we have studied their effects on cellular cholesterol efflux in mice. We found that by activating Par1 and cullin 3-mediated ubiquitination and degradation of ATP-binding cassette subfamily A member 1 (ABCA1), thrombin inhibits cholesterol efflux in both murine macrophages and smooth muscle cells...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777058/gpr40-is-a-low-affinity-epoxyeicosatrienoic-acid-receptor-in-vascular-cells
#19
Sang Kyu Park, Anja Herrnreiter, Sandra L Pfister, Kathryn M Gauthier, Benjamin A Falck, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Endothelium-derived epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) have numerous vascular activities mediated by G protein--coupled receptors. Long-chain free fatty acids and EETs activate GPR40, prompting us to investigate the role of GPR40 in some vascular EET activities. 14,15-EET, 11,12-EET, arachidonic acid, and the GPR40 agonist GW9508 increase intracellular calcium concentrations in human GPR40-overexpressing HEK293 cells (EC50 = 0.58 ± 0.08 μM, 0.91 ± 0.08 μM, 3.9 ± 0.06 μM and 19 ± 0.37 nM, respectively)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776555/sudden-coronary-death-in-the-young-evidence-of-contractile-phenotype-of-smooth-muscle-cells-in-the-culprit-atherosclerotic-plaque
#20
Stefania Rizzo, Matteo Coen, Antonija Sakic, Monica De Gaspari, Gaetano Thiene, Giulio Gabbiani, Cristina Basso, Marie-Luce Bochaton-Piallat
BACKGROUND: Culprit coronary atherosclerotic plaques (APs) from young sudden cardiac death (SCD) victims are mostly non-atheromatous, i.e., consisting of proliferative smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Coronary vasospasm has been advocated to explain plaque instability in the absence of thrombosis. Our aim was to characterize the SMC phenotype in the intima and media of coronary arteries from young SCD victims. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 38 coronary artery segments were studied: (a) 18 APs from young (≤40 years old) SCD patients, (b) 9 APs from old (>40 years old) SCD patients, (c) 11 non-atherosclerotic coronary arteries from young patients (≤40 years old)...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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