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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167120/acute-lysyl-oxidase-inhibition-alters-microvascular-function-in-normotensive-but-not-hypertensive-men-and-women
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Daniel H Craighead, Huilei Wang, Lakshmi Santhanam, Lacy M Alexander
The Lysyl oxidase (LOX) family of enzymes regulates collagen cross-linking. LOX is upregulated in hypertension, increasing vascular stiffness. In vivo human research is sparse as long-term LOX inhibition in animals causes vascular instability. Our aim was to evaluate the effects of LOX inhibition on cutaneous microvascular function to determine if LOX function was upregulated in hypertensive humans. Four intradermal microdialysis fibers were placed in the forearm of 10 young (age: 24±1 y, MAP: 87±2 mmHg), 10 normotensive (age: 50±2 y, MAP: 84±1 mmHg), and 10 hypertensive (age: 53±2 y, MAP 112±2 mmHg) subjects...
November 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166712/-effects-of-endostatin-pretreatment-on-fibrosis-of-human-skin-fibroblasts-and-the-mechanisms
#2
H T Ren, Y Li, S D Wang, C M Han
Objective: To explore the effects of endostatin pretreatment on fibrosis of human skin fibroblasts and the mechanisms. Methods: Human skin fibroblasts were routinely cultured in vitro, and then the cells of passage 3 to 5 were used in the following experiments. The cells were divided into blank control, endostatin, platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), endostatin+ PDGF-BB, transforming growth factor-β(1) (TGF-β(1)), and endostatin+ TGF-β(1) groups according to the random number table, with 3 wells in each group...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165618/human-specific-mutations-and-positively-selected-sites-in-marco-confer-functional-changes
#3
Kyle E Novakowski, Nicholas V L Yap, Charles Yin, Kaori Sakamoto, Bryan Heit, G Brian Golding, Dawn M E Bowdish
Macrophage Receptor with COllagenous structure (MARCO) is a class A scavenger receptor that binds, phagocytoses, and modifies inflammatory responses to bacterial pathogens. Multiple candidate gene approach studies have shown that polymorphisms in MARCO are associated with susceptibility or resistance to Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, but how these variants alter function is not known. To complement candidate gene approach studies, we previously used phylogenetic analyses to identify a residue, glutamine 452 (Q452), within the ligand-binding Scavenger Receptor Cysteine Rich (SRCR) domain as undergoing positive selection in humans...
November 20, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164516/mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonism-protects-the-aorta-from-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-collagen-deposition-in-a-rat-model-of-adrenal-aldosterone-producing-adenoma
#4
Yongji Yan, Chao Wang, Yiqin Lu, Huijie Gong, Zhun Wu, Xin Ma, Hongzhao Li, Baojun Wang, Xu Zhang
The number of patients with adrenal aldosterone-producing adenomas (APAs) has gradually increased. However, even after adenoma resection, some patients still suffer from high systolic blood pressure (SBP), which is possibly due to great arterial remodeling. Moreover, mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) were found to be expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). This study aims to determine whether MR antagonism protects the aorta from aldosterone-induced aortic remolding. Male rats were subcutaneously implanted with an osmotic minipumps and randomly divided into four groups: control; aldosterone (1 μg/h); aldosterone plus a specific MR antagonist, eplerenone (100 mg/kg/day); and aldosterone plus a vasodilator, hydralazine (25 mg/kg/day)...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163854/interactions-between-tgf-%C3%AE-1-canonical-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-and-ppar-%C3%AE-in-radiation-induced-fibrosis
#5
REVIEW
Alexandre Vallée, Yves Lecarpentier, Rémy Guillevin, Jean-Noël Vallée
Radiation therapy induces DNA damage and inflammation leading to fibrosis. Fibrosis can occur 4 to 12 months after radiation therapy. This process worsens with time and years. Radiation-induced fibrosis is characterized by fibroblasts proliferation, myofibroblast differentiation, and synthesis of collagen, proteoglycans and extracellular matrix. Myofibroblasts are non-muscle cells that can contract and relax. Myofibroblasts evolve towards irreversible retraction during fibrosis process. In this review, we discussed the interplays between transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), canonical WNT/β-catenin pathway and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR γ) in regulating the molecular mechanisms underlying the radiation-induced fibrosis, and the potential role of PPAR γ agonists...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163164/lassbio-897-reduces-lung-injury-induced-by-silica-particles-in-mice-potential-interaction-with-the-a2a-receptor
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Vinicius F Carvalho, Tatiana P T Ferreira, Ana C S de Arantes, François Noël, Roberta Tesch, Carlos M R Sant'Anna, Eliezer J L Barreiro, Carlos A M Fraga, Patrícia M Rodrigues E Silva, Marco A Martins
Silicosis is a lethal fibro-granulomatous pulmonary disease highly prevalent in developing countries, for which no proper therapy is available. Among a small series of N-acylhydrazones, the safrole-derived compound LASSBio-897 (3-thienylidene-3, 4-methylenedioxybenzoylhydrazide) raised interest due to its ability to bind to the adenosine A2A receptor. Here, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic potential of LASSBio-897, exploring translation to a mouse model of silicosis and the A2A receptor as a site of action...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163163/guanxin-danshen-formulation-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-induced-left-ventricular-remodeling-by-upregulating-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE
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Xuehong Deng, Xiaoyan Xing, Guibo Sun, Xudong Xu, Haifeng Wu, Guang Li, Xiaobo Sun
Background: Guanxin Danshen formulation (GXDSF) is a traditional Chinese herbal recipe recorded in the Chinese Pharmacopeia since 1995 edition, which consists of Salviae miltiorrhizae Radix et Rhizoma, Notoginseng Radix et Rhizoma and Dalbergiae odoriferae Lignum. Our previous research suggested GXDSF had positive effect on cardiovascular disease. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the effects of GXDSF on myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury-induced left ventricular remodelling (MIRI-LVR). Methods: The effects of GXDSF on cardiac function were detected by haemodynamics and echocardiograms...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162778/ryanodine-receptor-type-2-plays-a-role-in-the-development-of-cardiac-fibrosis-under-mechanical-stretch-through-tgf%C3%AE-1
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Zhiwen Ding, Jie Yuan, Yanyan Liang, Jian Wu, Hui Gong, Yong Ye, Guoliang Jiang, Peipei Yin, Yang Li, Guoping Zhang, Chunjie Yang, Junjie Guo, Zhidan Chen, Xingxu Wang, Liqing Weng, Yunzeng Zou
Ryanodine receptor type 2 (RyR-2), the main Ca(2+) release channel from sarcoplasmic reticulum in cardiomyocytes, plays a vital role in the regulation ofmyocardial contractile function and cardiac hypertrophy. However, the role of RyR-2 in cardiac fibrosis during the development of cardiac hypertrophy remains unclear.In this study, we examined whether RyR-2 regulates TGFβ1, which is secreted from cardiomyocytes and exerts on cardiac fibrosis using cultured cardiomyocytes and cardiac fibroblasts of neonatal rats...
November 22, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162108/reduced-suppressive-effect-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenoceptor-agonist-on-fibrocyte-function-in-severe-asthma
#9
Chun-Yu Lo, Charalambos Michaeloudes, Pankaj K Bhavsar, Chien-Da Huang, Po-Jui Chang, Chun-Hua Wang, Han-Pin Kuo, Kian Fan Chung
BACKGROUND: Patients with severe asthma have increased airway remodelling and elevated numbers of circulating fibrocytes with enhanced myofibroblastic differentiation capacity, despite being treated with high doses of corticosteroids, and long acting β2-adrenergic receptor (AR) agonists (LABAs). We determined the effect of β2-AR agonists, alone or in combination with corticosteroids, on fibrocyte function. METHODS: Non-adherent non-T cells from peripheral blood mononuclear cells isolated from healthy subjects and patients with non-severe or severe asthma were treated with the β2-AR agonist, salmeterol, in the presence or absence of the corticosteroid dexamethasone...
November 21, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160845/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-sequestration-enhances-in-vivo-cartilage-formation
#10
Carolina M Medeiros Da Cunha, Valeria Perugini, Petra Bernegger, Matteo Centola, Andrea Barbero, Anna L Guildford, Matteo Santin, Andrea Banfi, Ivan Martin, Anna Marsano
Autologous chondrocyte transplantation for cartilage repair still has unsatisfactory clinical outcomes because of inter-donor variability and poor cartilage quality formation. Re-differentiation of monolayer-expanded human chondrocytes is not easy in the absence of potent morphogens. The Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) plays a master role in angiogenesis and in negatively regulating cartilage growth by stimulating vascular invasion and ossification. Therefore, we hypothesized that its sole microenvironmental blockade by either VEGF sequestration by soluble VEGF receptor-2 (Flk-1) or by antiangiogenic hyperbranched peptides could improve chondrogenesis of expanded human nasal chondrocytes (NC) freshly seeded on collagen scaffolds...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159527/melatonin-ameliorates-intrarenal-renin-angiotensin-system-in-a-5-6-nephrectomy-rat-model
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Sayaka Ishigaki, Naro Ohashi, Takashi Matsuyama, Shinsuke Isobe, Naoko Tsuji, Takamasa Iwakura, Tomoyuki Fujikura, Takayuki Tsuji, Akihiko Kato, Hiroaki Miyajima, Hideo Yasuda
BACKGROUND: Activation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a critical role in the pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and hypertension. It has been reported that reactive oxygen species (ROS) are important components of intrarenal RAS activation. Melatonin is recognized as a powerful antioxidant, and we recently reported that impaired nighttime melatonin secretion correlates negatively with urinary angiotensinogen excretion, the surrogate marker of intrarenal RAS activity in patients with CKD...
November 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157905/a-new-collagenase-enzyme-of-the-marine-sponge-pathogen-pseudoalteromonas-agarivorans-nw4327-is-uniquely-linked-with-a-tonb-dependent-receptor
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Sayak Bhattacharya, Jayanta Debabrata Choudhury, Ratan Gachhui, Joydeep Mukherjee
The primary pathogen of the Great Barrier Reef sponge Rhopaloeides odorabile, recently identified as a novel strain (NW4327) of Pseudoalteromonas agarivorans, produced collagenase which degraded R. odorabile skeletal fibers. We now report the collagenase of P. agarivorans as a metalloprotease which required Ca(2+) and Zn(2+) as cofactors. The collagenase was a TonB dependent receptor (TBDR) having a carboxypeptidase regulatory like domain (CRLD) in the N-terminal along with an outer membrane(OM) channel superfamily domain...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156655/the-role-of-glyoxalase-i-glo-i-advanced-glycation-endproducts-ages-and-their-receptor-rage-in-chronic-liver-disease-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc
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REVIEW
Marcus Hollenbach
Glyoxalase-I (Glo-I) and glyoxalase-II (Glo-II) comprise the glyoxalase system and are responsible for the detoxification of methylglyoxal (MGO). MGO is formed non-enzymatically as a by-product, mainly in glycolysis, and leads to the formation of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs). AGEs bind to their receptor, RAGE, and activate intracellular transcription factors, resulting in the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, oxidative stress, and inflammation. This review will focus on the implication of the Glo-I/AGE/RAGE system in liver injury and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155481/peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-stimulation-for-prevention-of-5-fluorouracil-induced-oral-mucositis-in-mice
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Mariangela Sottili, Monica Mangoni, Chiara Gerini, Giulia Salvatore, Francesca Castiglione, Isacco Desideri, Pierluigi Bonomo, Icro Meattini, Daniela Greto, Mauro Loi, Giulio Francolini, Marco Perna, Roberta Grassi, Giampaolo Biti, Lorenzo Livi
BACKGROUND: Oral mucositis is a side effect of treatment regimens containing 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The purpose of this study was to present our evaluation to see if rosiglitazone (RGZ) protected normal tissues from chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were treated with 5-FU for 5 days, with or without RGZ. Mice were euthanized after 5, 8, 11, or 15 days, and mucosal segments were collected. RESULTS: The RGZ did not affect the 5-FU-induced decrease in mouse body weight...
November 20, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154826/w9-peptide-enhanced-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells
#15
Yuki Otsuki, Masaaki Ii, Kazumasa Moriwaki, Masashi Okada, Koichi Ueda, Michio Asahi
W9 is a peptide that abrogates osteoclast differentiation via blockade of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL)-RANK signaling, which activates bone formation. However, W9 stimulated osteogenesis in osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells. The present study demonstrated that the W9 peptide promoted osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (hAdSCs) even under non-osteogenic differentiation culture conditions. W9-treated hAdSCs exhibited several osteocalcin-expressing cells and great mineralization compared to the BMP2-treated hAdSCs, which suggests that the W9 peptide had potent osteogenic potential in hAdSCs...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152072/platelet-derived-tgf-%C3%AE-promotes-cervical-carcinoma-cell-growth-by-suppressing-klf6-expression
#16
Ao-Di He, Shao-Ping Wang, Wen Xie, Wei Song, Shuo Miao, Ru-Ping Yang, Ying Zhu, Ji-Zhou Xiang, Zhang-Yin Ming
Platelets in the primary tumor microenvironment play crucial roles in regulating tumor growth, metastasis, and angiogenesis, but the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Here, we show that platelet releasates exhibited a proliferative effect on HeLa cells, and this effect correlated with a reduction of KLF6 expression. After incubation with either washed human platelets or collagen-related peptide (CRP) activated platelet releasates, expression of KLF6 in the HeLa cervical tumor cell line was markedly reduced...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147013/integrin-alpha-11-in-the-regulation-of-the-myofibroblast-phenotype-implications-for-fibrotic-diseases
#17
Ruchi Bansal, Shigeki Nakagawa, Saleh Yazdani, Joop van Baarlen, Anu Venkatesh, Anna P Koh, Won-Min Song, Nicolas Goossens, Hideo Watanabe, Mary B Beasley, Charles A Powell, Gert Storm, Naftali Kaminski, Harry van Goor, Scott L Friedman, Yujin Hoshida, Jai Prakash
Tissue fibrosis, characterized by excessive accumulation of aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) produced by myofibroblasts, is a growing cause of mortality worldwide. Understanding the factors that induce myofibroblastic differentiation is paramount to prevent or reverse the fibrogenic process. Integrin-mediated interaction between the ECM and cytoskeleton promotes myofibroblast differentiation. In the present study, we explored the significance of integrin alpha 11 (ITGA11), the integrin alpha subunit that selectively binds to type I collagen during tissue fibrosis in the liver, lungs and kidneys...
November 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146302/mechanisms-involved-in-bone-resorption-regulated-by-vitamin-d
#18
REVIEW
Yuko Nakamichi, Nobuyuki Udagawa, Tatsuo Suda, Naoyuki Takahashi
Active forms of vitamin D enhance osteoclastogenesis in vitro and in vivo through the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in osteoblast-lineage cells consisting of osteoblasts and osteocytes. This pro-resorptive activity was evident basically with higher concentrations of active vitamin D than those expected in physiological conditions. Nevertheless, vitamin D compounds have been used in Japan for treating osteoporosis to increase bone mineral density (BMD). Of note, the increase in BMD by long-term treatment with pharmacological (=near-physiological) doses of vitamin D compounds was caused by the suppression of bone resorption...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146110/exploring-molecular-mechanism-of-bone-forming-capacity-of-eurycoma-longifolia-evidence-of-enhanced-expression-of-bone-related-biomarkers
#19
Hnin Ei Thu, Isa Naina Mohamed, Zahid Hussain, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid
BACKGROUND: Among the numerous well-documented medicinal herbs, Eurycoma longifolia (EL) has gained remarkable recognition due to its promising efficacy of stimulating bone formation in androgen-deficient osteoporosis. Though numerous animal studies have explored the bone-forming capacity of EL, the exact mechanism was yet to be explored. OBJECTIVES: The present study was aimed to investigate the mechanism of bone-forming capacity of EL using MC3T3-E1 as an in vitro osteoblastic model...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145520/opposite-effects-of-non-thermal-plasma-on-cell-migration-and-collagen-production-in-keloid-and-normal-fibroblasts
#20
Sung Un Kang, Yeon Soo Kim, Yang Eun Kim, Ju-Kyeong Park, Yun Sang Lee, Hee Young Kang, Jae Won Jang, Jeong Beom Ryeo, Yuijina Lee, Yoo Seob Shin, Chul-Ho Kim
Recent progress in the understanding non-thermal plasma (NTP) properties prompted its application in the treatment of various diseases. However, therapeutic effect of NTP on keloid cells has not been reported previously. We sought to investigate the effect of NTP treatment on keloid by comparing cell migration and collagen production of keloid (KFs) and normal fibroblasts (NFs) and determined the regulatory pathways involved. We assessed NTP effects on cell migration in KFs and NFs by the wound healing assay and measured the expression of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3), and collagen by western blot...
2017: PloS One
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