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TGF beta activation

Chung-Ching Chio, Mao-Tsun Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Hung-Jung Lin
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1) regulates many processes after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Both Neuro AiD(™) (MLC601) and Astragaloside (AST) attenuate microglia activation in rats with TBI. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether MLC601 or AST improves output of TBI by affecting microglial expression of TGF-β1. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (120 in number) were used to investigate the contribution of TGF-β1-containing microglia in the MLC601-mediated or the AST-mediated neuroprotection in the brain trauma condition using lateral fluid-percussion injury...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Piero Pingitore, Paola Dongiovanni, Benedetta Maria Motta, Marica Meroni, Saverio Massimo Lepore, Rosellina Margherita Mancina, Serena Pelusi, Cristina Russo, Andrea Caddeo, Giorgio Rossi, Tiziana Montalcini, Arturo Pujia, Olov Wiklund, Luca Valenti, Stefano Romeo
Liver fibrosis is a pathological scarring response to chronic hepatocellular injury and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are key players in this process. PNPLA3 I148M is a common variant robustly associated with liver fibrosis but the mechanisms underlying this association are unknown.We aimed to examine a) the effect of fibrogenic and proliferative stimuli on PNPLA3 levels in HSCs and b) the role of wild type and mutant PNPLA3 overexpression on markers of HSC activation and fibrosis.Here we show that PNPLA3 is upregulated by the fibrogenic cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), but not by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), and is involved in the TGF-β-induced reduction in lipid droplets in primary human HSCs...
October 13, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Bernardo Sousa-Pinto, Laura Gonçalves, Adriana R Rodrigues, Inês Tomada, Henrique Almeida, Delminda Neves, Alexandra M Gouveia
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of obesity, influencing the release of inflammation mediators and promoting remodeling and collagen deposition in the adipose tissue (AT). In this context, this work aims to elucidate whether TGF-β and Smad-dependent or Smad-independent signaling pathways contribute to regional differentiation of AT in high-fat diet (HFD) and energy-restricted (ER) rat models. For this, TGF-β, TGF-β receptors I and II, PAI-1 and GLUT4 mRNA levels were quantified by real-time PCR, and western blotting assays allowed the semiquantification of TGF-β and proteins from Smad3, ERK1/2 and Akt signaling pathways in subcutaneous and visceral (epididymal, retroperitoneal and mesenteric) fat depots from control, HFD and ER-treated rats...
August 26, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Aihua Hou, Kai Pong Law, Min Qi Tin, Yoon Pin Lim, Louis Tong
Pterygium is a triangular shaped ocular fibrous surface lesion growing from conjunctiva towards central cornea, causing ocular irritation, astigmatism, and visual disturbance. The condition is characterized by epithelial proliferation, fibrovascular growth, chronic inflammation, and prominent extracellular matrix remodeling. Studies have suggested that aberrant extracellular proteins secreted by fibroblasts lead to abnormal matrix production and tissue invasion contributing to the development of the disease...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Po-Shuen Lin, Hsiao-Hua Chang, Chien-Yang Yeh, Mei-Chi Chang, Chiu-Po Chan, Han-Yueh Kuo, Hsin-Cheng Liu, Wan-Chuen Liao, Po-Yuan Jeng, Sin-Yuet Yeung, Jiiang-Huei Jeng
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: In order to clarify the role of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) in pulp repair/regeneration responses, we investigated the differential signaling pathways responsible for the effects of TGF-β1 on collagen turnover, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) production in human dental pulp cells. METHODS: Pulp cells were exposed to TGF-β1 with/without pretreatment and coincubation by 1,4-diamino-2,3-dicyano-1,4-bis(o-aminophenyl mercapto)butadiene (U0126; a mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase [MEK]/extracellular signal-regulated kinase [ERK] inhibitor) and 4-(5-benzol[1,3]dioxol-5-yl-4-pyrldin-2-yl-1H- imidazol-2-yl)-benzamide hydrate (SB431542; an activin receptor-like kinase-5/Smad signaling inhibitor)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Yuan-Yuan Zhan, Jin-Hui Wang, Xing Tian, Shi-Xiu Feng, Lin Xue, Li-Ping Tian
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Citrullus lanatus ssp. vulgaris var. megalaspermus Lin et Chao, was also known as watermelon belongs to family Cucurbitaceae, variously used as healthy food and in the treatment of liver and lungs problems. Currently, Citrullus lanatus has become a major economic crop of medicinal and edible effects with regional characteristics. AIM: This study was designed to evaluate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of the seed melon (Citrullus lanatus ssp...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Claudio Corallo, Maurizio Cutolo, Bashar Kahaleh, Gianluca Pecetti, Antonio Montella, Chiara Chirico, Stefano Soldano, Ranuccio Nuti, Nicola Giordano
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is characterized by early vascular abnormalities and subsequent fibroblast activation to myofibroblasts, leading to fibrosis. Recently, endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT), a complex biological process in which endothelial cells lose their specific markers and acquire a mesenchymal or myofibroblastic phenotype, has been reported in SSc. In the present study, we evaluated the ability of endothelin-1 (ET-1) dual receptor antagonists bosentan (BOS) and macitentan (MAC) to antagonize EndoMT in vitro...
October 6, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Daniele Pereira Jardim, Paula Cristina Eiras Poço, Alexandre Holthausen Campos
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem that affects millions of men and women of all ages and racial groups. Loss of mesangial cells (MC) represents an early common feature in the pathogenesis of CKD. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is a key inducer of kidney damage and triggers several pathological changes in renal cells, notably MC apoptosis. However, the mechanism of MC apoptosis induced by TGF-β1 remains elusive. Here we demonstrate for the first time a novel regulatory pathway in which the disheveled-binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (Dact1) gene is upregulated by TGF-β1, inducing MC apoptosis...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Fuqiang Wan, Li Peng, ChaoYu Zhu, XinFa Zhang, FangWen Chen, Tao Liu
Latent transforming growth factor (TGF) beta-binding protein 2 (LTBP2) is one of four proteins in the LTBP family of proteins (LTBP-1-4) and was shown to play a vital role in tumorigenesis. However, little is known regarding the functional role of LTBP2 in thyroid carcinoma. Therefore, the current study aimed to evaluate the effect of LTBP2 expression on the proliferation, invasion, and tumorigenesis in thyroid carcinoma cells, and to explore the molecular mechanism of LTBP2 in tumor progression. Our results showed that the expression of LTBP2 is upregulated in human thyroid carcinoma and cell lines...
October 5, 2016: Oncology Research
Chao Zhu, Changchun Cao, Xiaofei Wang, Jie Yuan, Lai Jin, Shengnan Li
Urocortins (UCNs) and transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) have been demonstrated to participate in various cardiovascular diseases, many of which involve vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation. Cytosolic phospholipase A2 (cPLA2)-mediated arachidonic acid (AA) release is an important cause of VSMCs proliferation. The work was to investigate the regulation of VSMCs proliferation by UCN/TGF-beta and whether cPLA2 was a link between their signaling pathways. VSMCs proliferation was measured by colorimetric assay and immunofluorescence microscopy...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Lucy Cassar, Craig Nicholls, Alex R Pinto, Ruping Chen, Lihui Wang, He Li, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) plays a central role in telomere lengthening for continuous cell proliferation, but it remains unclear how extracellular cues regulate telomerase lengthening of telomeres. Here we report that the cytokine bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP7) induces the hTERT gene repression in a BMPRII receptor- and Smad3-dependent manner in human breast cancer cells. Chonic exposure of human breast cancer cells to BMP7 results in short telomeres, cell senescence and apoptosis...
September 30, 2016: Protein & Cell
Donghee Kim, Song Mi Lee, Hee-Sook Jun
Type 1 diabetes results from autoimmune-mediated pancreatic beta cell destruction and TGF-β is known to play a preventive role in type 1 diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. In this study, we investigated the role of Smad4, a key molecule for Smad-dependent TGF-β signaling, in T cells of NOD mice in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diabetes. We generated T cell-specific Smad4 knockout (Smad4 tKO) NOD mice and assessed the pathological and immunological changes. Smad4 tKO showed earlier onset and increased incidence of diabetes than wild-type (WT) NOD mice...
September 30, 2016: Immunology and Cell Biology
Xin Fang, Yang Gao, Qinglei Li
Ovarian granulosa cell tumors (GCTs) are rare gynecologic tumors in women. Due to the rarity and limited research efforts invested, the etiology of GCTs remains poorly defined. A landmark study has discovered the mutation of forkhead box L2 (FOXL2) as a genetic hallmark of adult GCTs in the human. However, our understanding of the role of cell signaling in GCT development is far from complete. Increasing lines of evidence highlight the importance of TGF-beta (TGFB) superfamily signaling in the pathogenesis of GCTs...
September 28, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
John A D'Elia, George Bayliss, Ray E Gleason, Larry A Weinrauch
Since angiotensin increases the expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI), mechanisms associated with an actively functioning renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system can be expected to be associated with increased PAI-1 expression. These mechanisms are present not only in common conditions resulting in glomerulosclerosis associated with aging, diabetes or genetic mutations, but also in autoimmune disease (like scleroderma and lupus), radiation injury, cyclosporine toxicity, allograft nephropathy and ureteral obstruction...
October 2016: Clinical Kidney Journal
Rui-Fang Li, Shan-Shan Cao, Wei-Jin Fang, Ying Song, Xue-Ting Luo, Hong-Yun Wang, Jian-Gang Wang
Recent studies indicate that histone deacetylases (HDACs) activity is associated with the development and progression of cardiac hypertrophy. In this study, we investigated the effects of a HDACs inhibitor, valproic acid sodium (VPA), on cardiac remodeling and the differential expression of HDACs in left ventricles (LVs) of renovascular hypertensive rats. Renovascular hypertension was induced in rats by the two-kidney two-clip (2K2C) method. Cardiac remodeling, heart function and the differential expression of HDACs were examined at different weeks after 2K2C operation...
September 27, 2016: Pharmacology
Kun Li, Meichen Wang, Yaping Hu, Na Xu, Qin Yu, Qinfu Wang
TGF-β activating protein kinase 1 (TAK1) belongs to the MAP kinase kinase kinase (MAP3K) family. TAK1 is involved in many signaling pathways, especially the innate and adaptive immune responses. TAK1 mediates nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) and MAPK signaling pathway in response to interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα), and toll-like receptor agonists, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The regulatory roles of TAK1 in LPS-induced proinflammatory cytokines production are dependent on the cell types. In this study, we examined the effects of TAK1 on the LPS induced production of proinflammatory cytokines in myeloid cells...
September 21, 2016: Cellular Immunology
Kosaku Sawada, Richard J Miron, Dominic Leiser, Jordi Caballé-Serrano, Dieter D Bosshardt, Benoit Schaller, Daniel Buser, Reinhard Gruber
Extracorporeal irradiation sterilizes resected tumor bone used as autografts in reconstruction surgery. Therapeutic irradiation is a standard technique in head and neck cancer therapy that aims to preserve organ function. Bone irradiation has a complex, mostly inhibitory, effect on remodeling and regeneration, although the underlying mechanisms are still not fully understood. It remains unclear if extracorporeal irradiation affects the paracrine-like activity of the corresponding autografts. We recently reported that bone-conditioned medium from autogenous bone chips contains a number of factors that might affect cell activity...
2016: Journal of Oral Science
Yousef Amini, Bagher Moradi, Mahdi Fasihi-Ramandi
Many materials such as aluminum hydroxide have been tried as adjuvants to compensate low inherent immunogenicity of subunit vaccines. The aim of this study was to evaluate the specific immune response following the administration of aluminum hydroxide nanoparticles with EsxV antigen. The physiochemical properties of the nanoparticle were characterized in vitro. After subcutaneous immunization, cytokine secretion patterns including IFN-gama,IL-4, and TGF-beta levels were measured by indirect enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
September 20, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Cui Yang, Si-Dao Zheng, Hong-Jin Wu, Shao-Jun Chen
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) play critical roles in the fibrotic process in different organs. We summarized the latest research progress on the roles and mechanisms of miRNAs in the regulation of the molecular signaling pathways involved in fibrosis. DATA SOURCES: Papers published in English from January 2010 to August 2015 were selected from the PubMed and Web of Science databases using the search terms "microRNA", "miR", "transforming growth factor β", "tgf β", "mitogen-activated protein kinase", "mapk", "integrin", "p38", "c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase", "jnk", "extracellular signal-regulated kinase", "erk", and "fibrosis"...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
John Chan, Chao-Sheng Lo, Yixuan Shi, Isabelle Chenier, Shao-Ling Zhang
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate whether overexpression of heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein F (HnRNP F, a transcription factor) in renal proximal tubular cells (RPTCs) prevents systemic hypertension and kidney injury in type 2 diabetic db/db transgenic (Tg) mice and study its underlying mechanism (s) of action. DESIGN AND METHOD: Db/db hnRNP F-Tg mice (BKS strain) were generated by cross-breeding of db/m + mice with Tg mice specifically overexpressing HnRNP F in their RPTCs using kidney-specific androgen-regulated protein promoter (KAP2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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