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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543910/wheatgrass-derived-polysaccharide-has-antiinflammatory-anti-oxidative-and-anti-apoptotic-effects-on-lps-induced-hepatic-injury-in-mice
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Sarmila Nepali, Hyeon-Hui Ki, Ji-Hyun Lee, Hoon-Yeon Lee, Dae-Ki Kim, Young-Mi Lee
Hepatic injury occurs frequently during sepsis, and polysaccharides isolated from plants have been reported to have antiinflammatory and antioxidant effects in various models. However, the effect of wheatgrass-derived polysaccharide (WGP) has not been previously studied. In the present study, we investigated the effect of WGP on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced hepatic injury in mice. Mice were pre-treated with WGP (100 or 200 mg/kg daily for 2 days) and then challenged with LPS (1 mg/kg, intraperitoneal), and sacrificed after 12 h...
May 24, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542404/conditional-removal-of-the-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-delays-condylar-cartilage-degeneration-induced-by-a-partial-discectomy-in-mice
#2
Jie Fang, Li Xiao, Rebecca Chen, Zhihe Zhao
Recent emerging data indicate that the increase in the expression and activity of the transforming growth factor beta 1 (Tgf-β1) signaling may have detrimental effect to mature articular cartilage of knee joints. However, there is no information about whether or not this is the case in condylar cartilages. The objective of this study is to investigate the protein expression and activity of Tgf-β1 signaling in degenerative condylar cartilages. We also investigate biological effects of the conditional deletion of transforming growth factor receptor type II (Tgfbr2) in condylar cartilage of adult mice after a partial discectomy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538192/hepatic-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-hexane-extracts-of-dioscorea-batatas-decne-possible-suppression-of-toll-like-receptor-4-mediated-signaling
#3
Hyun Jung Koo, SungRyul Lee, Kwang Jin Chang, Eunsoo Sohn, Eun-Hwa Sohn, Se Chan Kang, Suhkneung Pyo
The hepatic anti-inflammatory potential of hexane extracts of Dioscorea batatas Decne edible part (EDH-1e) and bark (EDH-2b) were investigated in Western-type diet-fed apolipoprotein E null [ApoE (-/-)] mice and HepG2 cells. EDH-1e and EDH-2b suppressed the increased levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), vascular cell adhesion protein 1 (VCAM-1), and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), and reduced infiltration of monocytes into liver tissue...
May 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536305/shaping-the-tumor-stroma-and-sparking-immune-activation-by-cd40-and-4-1bb-signaling-induced-by-an-armed-oncolytic-virus
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Emma Eriksson, Ioanna Milenova, Jessica Wenthe, Magnus Ståhle, Justyna Leja-Jarblad, Gustav Ullenhag, Anna Dimberg, Rafael Moreno, Ramon Alemany, Angelica Loskog
PURPOSE: Pancreatic cancer is a severe indication with short expected survival despite surgery and/or combination chemotherapeutics. Checkpoint blockade antibodies are approved for several cancer indications but pancreatic cancer has remained refractory. However, there are clinical data suggesting that stimulation of the CD40 pathway may be of interest for these patients. Oncolytic viruses armed with immunostimulatory genes represent an interesting approach. Herein we present LOAd703, a designed adenovirus armed with trimerized CD40L and 4-1BBL that activate the CD40 and 4-1BB pathways, respectively...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533545/treatment-effects-of-the-traditional-chinese-medicine-shenks-in-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-through-regulation-of-tgf-beta-smad3-signaling-and-oxidative-stress
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Haiyan Chu, Ying Shi, Shuai Jiang, Qicheng Zhong, Yongqiang Zhao, Qingmei Liu, Yanyun Ma, Xiangguang Shi, Weifeng Ding, Xiaodong Zhou, Jimin Cui, Li Jin, Gang Guo, Jiucun Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is a kind of devastating interstitial lung disease due to the limited therapeutic strategies. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practices have put forth Shenks as a promising treatment approach. Here, we performed in vivo study and in vitro study to delineate the anti-fibrotic mechanisms behind Shenks treatment for pulmonary fibrosis. We found that regardless of the prophylactic or therapeutic treatment, Shenks was able to attenuate BLM-induced-fibrosis in mice, down regulate extracellular matrix genes expression, and reduce collagen production...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523126/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-a-master-regulator-of-the-gut-microbiota-and-immune-cell-interactions
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David Bauché, Julien C Marie
The relationship between host organisms and their microbiota has co-evolved towards an inter-dependent network of mutualistic interactions. This interplay is particularly well studied in the gastrointestinal tract, where microbiota and host immune cells can modulate each other directly, as well as indirectly, through the production and release of chemical molecules and signals. In this review, we define the functional impact of transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) on this complex interplay, especially through its modulation of the activity of local regulatory T cells (Tregs), type 17 helper (Th17) cells, innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) and B cells...
April 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518142/mir-130a-3p-attenuates-activation-and-induces-apoptosis-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-nonalcoholic-fibrosing-steatohepatitis-by-directly-targeting-tgfbr1-and-tgfbr2
#7
Yang Wang, Jinghua Du, Xuemin Niu, Na Fu, Rongqi Wang, Yuguo Zhang, Suxian Zhao, Dianxing Sun, Yuemin Nan
Nonalcoholic fibrosing steatohepatitis is a uniform process that occurs throughout nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to be involved in the biological processes, but the role and molecular mechanism of miRNAs in NAFLD are not entirely clear. In this study, we observed a significant reduction in the expression of miR-130a-3p in livers of a mouse model with fibrosis induced by a methionine-choline-deficient diet, of NAFLD patients, and in activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512472/pulsed-electromagnetic-field-regulates-microrna-21-expression-to-activate-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-to-enhance-osteoblast-differentiation
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Nagarajan Selvamurugan, Zhiming He, Daniel Rifkin, Branka Dabovic, Nicola C Partridge
Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have been documented to promote bone fracture healing in nonunions and increase lumbar spinal fusion rates. However, the molecular mechanisms by which PEMF stimulates differentiation of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) into osteoblasts are not well understood. In this study the PEMF effects on hBMSCs were studied by microarray analysis. PEMF stimulation of hBMSCs' cell numbers mainly affected genes of cell cycle regulation, cell structure, and growth receptors or kinase pathways...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508471/needleless-emulsion-electrospinning-for-the-regulated-delivery-of-susceptible-proteins
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Matej Buzgo, Eva Filova, Andrea Mickova Staffa, Michala Rampichova, Miroslav Doupnik, Karolina Vocetkova, Vera Lukasova, Radka Kolcun, David Lukas, Alois Necas, Evzen Amler
In the present work, we developed a novel needleless emulsion electrospinning technique which improves the production rate of the core/shell production process. The nanofibers are based on PCL as a continuous phase combined with a droplet phase based on Pluronic F-68 (PF-68). The PCL-PF-68 nanofibers show a time-regulated release of active molecules. Needleless emulsion electrospinning was used to encapsulate diverse set of compounds to the core phase (i.e. 5-DTAF-PF68, horseradish peroxidase (HRP), TRITC-dextran, insulin growth factor I (IGF-I), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF))...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507001/p38-mapk-as-an-essential-regulator-of-dorsal-ventral-axis-specification-and-skeletogenesis-during-sea-urchin-development-a-re-evaluation
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Maria Dolores Molina, Magali Quirin, Emmanuel Haillot, Felipe Jimenez, Aline Chessel, Thierry Lepage
Dorsal-ventral axis formation in the sea urchin embryo relies on the asymmetrical expression of the TGF-beta Nodal. The p38-MAPK pathway has been proposed to be essential for dorsal-ventral axis formation by acting upstream of nodal expression. Herein, we report that, in contrast to previous studies that used pharmacological inhibitors of p38, manipulating the activity of p38 by genetic means has no obvious impact on morphogenesis. Instead, we discovered that p38 inhibitors strongly disrupt specification of all germ layers by blocking signalling from the Nodal receptor and by interfering with the ERK pathway...
May 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503202/stabilization-of-foxp3-expression-by-crispr-dcas9-based-epigenome-editing-in-mouse-primary-t-cells
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Masahiro Okada, Mitsuhiro Kanamori, Kazue Someya, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Akihiko Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: Epigenome editing is expected to manipulate transcription and cell fates and to elucidate the gene expression mechanisms in various cell types. For functional epigenome editing, assessing the chromatin context-dependent activity of artificial epigenetic modifier is required. RESULTS: In this study, we applied clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-dCas9-based epigenome editing to mouse primary T cells, focusing on the Forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) gene locus, a master transcription factor of regulatory T cells (Tregs)...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498548/engineered-3d-cardiac-fibrotic-tissue-to-study-fibrotic-remodeling
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Amir Hossein Sadeghi, Su Ryon Shin, Janine C Deddens, Giuseppe Fratta, Serena Mandla, Iman K Yazdi, Gyan Prakash, Silvia Antona, Danilo Demarchi, Marc P Buijsrogge, Joost P G Sluijter, Jesper Hjortnaes, Ali Khademhosseini
Activation of cardiac fibroblasts into myofibroblasts is considered to play an essential role in cardiac remodeling and fibrosis. A limiting factor in studying this process is the spontaneous activation of cardiac fibroblasts when cultured on two-dimensional (2D) culture plates. In this study, a simplified three-dimensional (3D) hydrogel platform of contractile cardiac tissue, stimulated by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), is presented to recapitulate a fibrogenic microenvironment. It is hypothesized that the quiescent state of cardiac fibroblasts can be maintained by mimicking the mechanical stiffness of native heart tissue...
May 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495868/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-stimulates-collagen-synthesis-in-cultured-rainbow-trout-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Elizabeth F Johnston, Todd E Gillis
Cold acclimation of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, causes collagen to increase within the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the myocardium, while warm acclimation has the opposite effect. The mechanism responsible for this remodeling response is not known. In mammals, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) stimulates collagen deposition within the myocardial ECM. Therefore, we hypothesized that TGF-β1 regulates trout myocardial ECM turnover and predicted that TGF-β1 would induce collagen deposition in cultured rainbow trout cardiac fibroblasts...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493377/neonatal-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-show-reduced-apoptosis-and-immunosuppressive-activity-upon-infection-with-escherichia-coli
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Anja Leiber, Julian Schwarz, Natascha Köstlin, Bärbel Spring, Birgit Fehrenbach, Nenad Katava, Christian F Poets, Christian Gille
BACKGROUND: Susceptibility to infection during the neonatal period and reduced control of inflammation in neonates are attributed to immunosuppression persisting from fetal life. Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are immature myeloid progenitors with suppressive activity and increased numbers in cord blood. We hypothesized that MDSCs contribute to innate host defence in neonates, paralleled by anti-inflammatory signalling. METHODS: Phagocytic activity, infection induced apoptosis, expression of B-cell lymphoma (Bcl)-2 family proteins, production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), cytokine production and T-cell suppression of neonatal granulocytic-MDSCs (G-MDSCs) after infection with Escherichia coli (E...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481908/effect-of-intravenous-immunoglobulin-on-the-function-of-treg-cells-derived-from-immunosuppressed-mice-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pneumonia
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Junlu Li, Tingsang Chen, Congcong Yuan, Guoqiang Zhao, Min Xu, Xiaoyan Li, Jie Cao, Lihua Xing
AIM: The present study aimed to investigate the effect of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) on regulatory T (Treg) cells derived from immunosuppressed mice with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) pneumonia. METHODS: A total of 108 BALB/c mice were randomly divided into the following groups: control group (Control), immunosuppressed group (IS), PA pneumonia group (PA), PA pneumonia in immunosuppressed group (IS + PA), PA pneumonia with IVIG treatment in immunocompetent group (PA + IVIG) and PA pneumonia with IVIG treatment in immunosuppressed group (IS + PA + IVIG)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472080/transcriptome-analysis-of-muskrat-scented-glands-degeneration-mechanism
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Yimeng Li, Tianxiang Zhang, Juntong Zhou, Shuang Yang, Mengyuan Fan, Xiaoning Sun, Meishan Zhang, Shanghua Xu, Muha Cha, Xiaolong Hu, Lei Qi, Shaobi Lin, Shuqiang Liu, Defu Hu
The scented gland, a musk-secreting organ of male muskrats, shows clear seasonal changes. When entering the secreting season in March, scented glands gradually increase in size and active secretion starts. In September, scented glands become gradually smaller and secretion decreases. By November, scented glands are gradually replaced by adipose tissue. In this study, six healthy adult male muskrats were analysed: three from the secreting season (March) and three from the non-secreting season (November). Using RNA-Seq analysis, gene expression profiles of scented glands from both seasons were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467108/gremlin1-accelerates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-upregulation-of-tgf-beta-expression
#17
Yan-Qiong Zhang, Lin-Yan Wan, Xiao-Min He, Yi-Ran Ni, Chang Wang, Chang-Bai Liu, Jiang-Feng Wu
Gremlin1, the antagonist of bone morphogenetic protein-7 and one of the target genes of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signal pathway, plays an important role in embryonic development and its expression decreases along with aging. To explore the expression of gremlin1 in liver fibrosis and the causal link between gremlin1 and hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation, we detected the expression of gremlin1 in mice with hepatic fibrosis induced by porcine serum using real time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) and immunohistochemical staining...
May 3, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466233/age-related-expression-of-tgf-beta-family-receptors-in-human-cumulus-oophorus-cells
#18
A Ribeiro, C Freitas, L Matos, A Gouveia, F Gomes, J L Silva Carvalho, H Almeida
PURPOSE: During ovarian follicle growth, local cellular interactions are essential for oocyte quality acquisition and successful fertilization. While cumulus cells (CCs) nurture oocytes, they also deliver oocyte-secreted factors (OSFs) that activate receptors on CCs. We hypothesized that disturbance of those interactions contributes to age-related lower reproductive success in women submitted to assisted reproductive technology treatments. METHODS: Women aged 27-48, without recognized personal reproductive disorder, were enrolled in the study and divided in <35- and ≥35-year-old groups...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466138/a-translational-approach-from-an-animal-model-identifies-cd80-as-a-candidate-gene-for-the-study-of-bone-phenotypes-in-postmenopausal-women
#19
L Panach, E Serna, J J Tarín, A Cano, M Á García-Pérez
This study represented a translational study that first compared gene expression of B cells of BM from ovariectomized and control mice, and then analyzed some of the differentially expressed genes in women. Results showed novel genetic associations with bone phenotypes and points to the CD80 gene as relevant in postmenopausal bone loss. INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is a multifactorial disease with a strong genetic component. However, to date, research into osteoporosis has only been able to explain a small part of its heritability...
May 2, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464518/6q25-1-tab2-microdeletion-syndrome-congenital-heart-defects-and-cardiomyopathy
#20
Andrew Cheng, Mary Beth P Dinulos, Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser, Jill Rosenfeld, McKenna Kyriss, Suneeta Madan-Khetarpal, Hiba Risheg, Peter H Byers, Yajuan J Liu
Congenital heart defects (CHD) are the most frequent type of congenital anomaly and are often associated with genetic and chromosomal syndromes. Haploinsufficiency of TAB2 (TGF-beta activated kinase 1/MAP3K7 binding protein 2) has been proposed to cause valvular and cardiac outflow tract structural abnormalities. In this study, we describe 13 newly identified individuals with microdeletions of chromosome 6q25.1 that involve TAB2. One of the patients in our study cohort has the smallest deletion yet reported, affecting only TAB2...
May 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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