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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550640/endogenous-tissue-factor-pathway-inhibitor-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-inhibits-arterial-thrombosis
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Jichun Yang, Kaiyue Jin, Jiajun Xiao, Jing Ma, Duan Ma
Tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) is the main inhibitor of tissue factor-mediated coagulation. TFPI is expressed by endothelial and smooth muscle cells in the vasculature. Endothelium-derived TFPI has been reported to play a regulatory role in arterial thrombosis. However, the role of endogenous TFPI in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in thrombosis and vascular disease development has yet to be elucidated. In this TFPI(Flox) mice crossbred with Sma-Cre mice were utilized to establish TFPI conditional knockout mice and to examine the effects of VSMC-directed TFPI deletion on development, hemostasis, and thrombosis...
May 27, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529591/antitumor-activity-of-7-o-succinyl-macrolactin-a-tromethamine-salt-in-the-mouse-glioma-model
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Jun Jin, Suh Hee Choi, Jung Eun Lee, Jin-Deok Joo, Jung Ho Han, Su-Young Park, Chae-Yong Kim
Chemoradiotherapy with temozolomide is the current standard treatment option for patients with glioblastoma. However, the majority of patients with glioblastoma survive for <2 years. Therefore, it is necessary to develop more effective therapeutic strategies for the treatment of glioblastoma. 7-O-succinyl macrolactin A tromethamine salt (SMA salt), a macrolactin compound, is known to possess an antiangiogenic activity. The present study investigated the antitumor effects of SMA salt in the treatment of glioblastoma by evaluating in vitro and in vivo antitumor effects of SMA salt in an experimental glioblastoma model...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522797/protective-effects-of-hydrogen-rich-saline-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-alveolar-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Wen-Wen Dong, Yun-Qian Zhang, Xiao-Yan Zhu, Yan-Fei Mao, Xue-Jun Sun, Yu-Jian Liu, Lai Jiang
BACKGROUND Fibrotic change is one of the important reasons for the poor prognosis of patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The present study investigated the effects of hydrogen-rich saline, a selective hydroxyl radical scavenger, on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced pulmonary fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Male ICR mice were divided randomly into 5 groups: Control, LPS-treated plus vehicle treatment, and LPS-treated plus hydrogen-rich saline (2.5, 5, or 10 ml/kg) treatment. Twenty-eight days later, fibrosis was assessed by determination of collagen deposition, hydroxyproline, and type I collagen levels...
May 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520806/als-skeletal-muscle-shows-enhanced-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-fibrosis-and-induction-of-fibro-adipogenic-progenitor-markers
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David Gonzalez, Osvaldo Contreras, Daniela L Rebolledo, Juan Pablo Espinoza, Brigitte van Zundert, Enrique Brandan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease in which upper and lower motoneurons degenerate leading to muscle wasting, paralysis and eventually death from respiratory failure. Several studies indicate that skeletal muscle contributes to disease progression; however the molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Fibrosis is a common feature in skeletal muscle under chronic damage conditions such as those caused by muscular dystrophies or denervation. However, the exact mechanisms of fibrosis induction and the cellular bases of this pathological response are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515487/functional-interaction-between-fus-and-smn-underlies-sma-like-splicing-changes-in-wild-type-hfus-mice
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Alessia Mirra, Simona Rossi, Silvia Scaricamazza, Michela Di Salvio, Illari Salvatori, Cristiana Valle, Paola Rusmini, Angelo Poletti, Gianluca Cestra, Maria Teresa Carrì, Maur O Cozzolino
Several of the identified genetic factors in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) point to dysfunction in RNA processing as a major pathogenic mechanism. However, whether a precise RNA pathway is particularly affected remains unknown. Evidence suggests that FUS, that is mutated in familial ALS, and SMN, the causative factor in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), cooperate to the same molecular pathway, i.e. regulation of alternative splicing, and that disturbances in SMN-regulated functions, either caused by depletion of SMN protein (as in the case of SMA) or by pathogenic interactions between FUS and SMN (as in the case of ALS) might be a common theme in both diseases...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504959/casticin-attenuates-liver-fibrosis-and-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-blocking-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-pathway
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Ling Zhou, Xiaoying Dong, Linlin Wang, Lanlan Shan, Ting Li, Wanfu Xu, Yan Ding, Mingqiang Lai, Xiaojun Lin, Meng Dai, Xiaochun Bai, Chunhong Jia, Hang Zheng
Although many advances have been made in understanding the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis, few options are available for treatment. Casticin, one of the major flavonoids in Fructus Viticis extracts, has shown hepatoprotective potential, but its effects on liver fibrosis are not clear. In this study, we investigated the antifibrotic activity of casticin and its underlying mechanism in vivo and in vitro. Male mice were injected intraperitoneally with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or underwent bile duct ligation (BDL) to induce liver fibrosis, followed by treatment with casticin or vehicle...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504671/reduced-sensory-synaptic-excitation-impairs-motor-neuron-function-via-kv2-1-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Emily V Fletcher, Christian M Simon, John G Pagiazitis, Joshua I Chalif, Aleksandra Vukojicic, Estelle Drobac, Xiaojian Wang, George Z Mentis
Behavioral deficits in neurodegenerative diseases are often attributed to the selective dysfunction of vulnerable neurons via cell-autonomous mechanisms. Although vulnerable neurons are embedded in neuronal circuits, the contributions of their synaptic partners to disease process are largely unknown. Here we show that, in a mouse model of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a reduction in proprioceptive synaptic drive leads to motor neuron dysfunction and motor behavior impairments. In SMA mice or after the blockade of proprioceptive synaptic transmission, we observed a decrease in the motor neuron firing that could be explained by the reduction in the expression of the potassium channel Kv2...
May 15, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499312/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-monoaminergic-pathways-in-the-antidepressant-like-activity-of-cymbopogon-citratus-in-mice
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Solomon Umukoro, Somtochukwu I Ogboh, Osarume Omorogbe, Abdul-Lateef A Adekeye, Matthew O Olatunde
Objectives Depression is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder, which affects the quality of life of the sufferers and treatment approach is associated with serious adverse effects and sometimes therapeutic failures. Cymbopogon citratus leaf (CC) has been reported to exert anti-depressant effect but its mechanism of action is yet to be elucidated hence, the need for this study. Methods The anti-depressant-like effect of Cymbopogon citratus aqueous leaf was evaluated using forced swim test (FST), tail suspension test (TST) and yohimbine-induced lethality test (YLT) in aggregated mice...
May 12, 2017: Drug Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499247/nlrc5-deficiency-promotes-myocardial-damage-induced-by-high-fat-diet-in-mice-through-activating-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Shu-Ren Ma, Xiong-Wei Xie
The metabolic syndrome could be induced by high fat diet, leading to cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial damage. Inflammation response and oxidative stress have been reported to be involved in high fat-induced heart injury, and the molecular mechanism is not fully understood. The NOD-like protein family member, NLRC5, could interact with IKKα to inhibit IKK complex activation. In our study, high fat diet-feeding mice showed cardiac fibrosis, inflammation and oxidative stress through collagen accumulation, TLR4/NF-κB and MAPKs signaling pathways activation...
May 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496202/inhibition-of-jak-stat-signaling-reduces-the-activation-of-pancreatic-stellate-cells-in-vitro-and-limits-caerulein-induced-chronic-pancreatitis-in-vivo
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Hannah M Komar, Gregory Serpa, Claire Kerscher, Erin Schwoegl, Thomas A Mace, Ming Jin, Ming-Chen Yang, Ching-Shih Chen, Mark Bloomston, Michael C Ostrowski, Phil A Hart, Darwin L Conwell, Gregory B Lesinski
Chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a fibro-inflammatory disease leading to pain, maldigestion, and pancreatic insufficiency. No therapeutic options exist due to a limited understanding of the biology of CP pathology. Recent findings implicate pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) as prominent mediators of inflammatory and fibrotic processes during CP. Here, we utilized primary and immortalized PSC obtained from mice and patients with CP or pancreatic cancer to examine the effect of Jak/STAT and MAPK pathway inhibition in vitro...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493530/m2-macrophages-induce-emt-through-the-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-signaling-pathway
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Liangying Zhu, Xiao Fu, Xiang Chen, Xiaodong Han, Ping Dong
IPF is characterized by fibroblast accumulation, collagen deposition and ECM remodeling, with myofibroblasts believed to be the effector cell type. Myofibroblasts develop due to EMT of lung alveolar epithelial cells, which can be induced by TGF-β. M2 macrophages, a macrophage subpopulation, secrete large amounts of TGF-β. To clarify the relationship between IPF, EMT, TGF-β and M2 macrophages, a bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis mouse model was used. Seventeen days after mice were treated with bleomycin, the successful establishment of a pulmonary fibrosis model was confirmed by HE stain and Masson's trichrome stain...
May 11, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490801/dendritic-cells-provide-a-therapeutic-target-for-synthetic-small-molecule-analogues-of-the-parasitic-worm-product-es-62
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Felicity E Lumb, James Doonan, Kara S Bell, Miguel A Pineda, Marlene Corbet, Colin J Suckling, Margaret M Harnett, William Harnett
ES-62, a glycoprotein secreted by the parasitic filarial nematode Acanthocheilonema viteae, subverts host immune responses towards anti-inflammatory phenotypes by virtue of covalently attached phosphorylcholine (PC). The PC dictates that ES-62 exhibits protection in murine models of inflammatory disease and hence a library of drug-like PC-based small molecule analogues (SMAs) was synthesised. Four sulfone-containing SMAs termed 11a, 11e, 11i and 12b were found to reduce mouse bone marrow-derived dendritic cell (DC) pathogen-associated molecular pattern (PAMP)-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production, inhibit NF-κB p65 activation, and suppress LPS-induced up-regulation of CD40 and CD86...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484208/an-injectable-non-cross-linked-hyaluronic-acid-gel-containing-therapeutic-spheroids-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Jingwei Feng, Kazuhide Mineda, Szu-Hsien Wu, Takanobu Mashiko, Kentaro Doi, Shinichiro Kuno, Kahori Kinoshita, Koji Kanayama, Rintaro Asahi, Ataru Sunaga, Kotaro Yoshimura
For chronic wounds, the delivery of stem cells in spheroidal structures can enhance graft survival and stem cell potency. We describe an easy method for the 3D culture of adipose-derived stem/stromal cells (ASCs) to prepare a ready-to-use injectable. We transferred suspensions of monolayer-cultured ASCs to a syringe containing hyaluronic acid (HA) gel, and then incubated the syringe as a 3D culture vessel. Spheroids of cells formed after 12 h. We found that 6 × 10(6) ASCs/ml in 3% HA gel achieved the highest spheroid density with appropriate spheroid sizes (20-100 µm)...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483578/mhc-ii-but-not-mhc-ii-hepatic-stellate-cells-contribute-to-liver-fibrosis-of-mice-in-infection-with-schistosoma-japonicum
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Chun-Lei Zhou, De-Long Kong, Jin-Feng Liu, Zhong-Kui Lu, Hong-Fei Guo, Wei Wang, Jing-Fan Qiu, Xin-Jian Liu, Yong Wang
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are considered as the main effector cells in vitamin A metabolism and liver fibrosis, as well as in hepatic immune regulation. Recently, researches have revealed that HSCs have plasticity and heterogeneity, which depend on their lobular location and whether liver is normal or injured. This research aimed to explore the biological characteristics and heterogeneity of HSCs in mice with Schistosoma japonicum (S. japonicum) infection, and determine the subpopulation of HSCs in pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis caused by S...
May 5, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467108/gremlin1-accelerates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-upregulation-of-tgf-beta-expression
#15
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/28466012/obesity-induces-artery-specific-alterations-evaluation-of-vascular-function-and-inflammatory-and-smooth-muscle-phenotypic-markers
#16
Antonio Garcia Soares, Maria Helena Catelli de Carvalho, Eliana Akamine
Vascular alterations are expected to occur in obese individuals but the impact of obesity could be different depending on the artery type. We aimed to evaluate the obesity effects on the relaxing and contractile responses and inflammatory and smooth muscle (SM) phenotypic markers in two vascular beds. Obesity was induced in C57Bl/6 mice by 16-week high-fat diet and vascular reactivity, mRNA expression of inflammatory and SM phenotypic markers, and collagen deposition were evaluated in small mesenteric arteries (SMA) and thoracic aorta (TA)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462515/tab3-defect-induces-augmented-cardioprotection-loss-from-ischemic-injury
#17
Yang Sheng, Changfu Xu, Wenping Zeng
The transforming growth factor β-activated kinase-binding protein 3 (TAB3) plays a crucial role in modulating cell apoptosis and proliferation in many diseases, including hepatocellular carcinoma, lung cancer and intracerebral hemorrhage. However, the functional role of TAB3 in the heart is not well reported. In our study, we first investigated the role of TAB3 in ischaemia heart diseases. For in vitro studies, cardiomyocytes were isolated from both TAB3 knockout (KO) and WT mice, and the apoptosis ratios were tested after a 48-h ischaemic stimulation...
April 29, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458469/tm4sf5-mediated-roles-in-the-development-of-fibrotic-phenotypes
#18
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Jihye Ryu, Jung Weon Lee
Transmembrane 4 L six family member 5 (TM4SF5) can form tetraspanin-enriched microdomains (TERMs) on the cell's surface. TERMs contain protein-protein complexes comprised of tetraspanins, growth factor receptors, and integrins. These complexes regulate communication between extracellular and intracellular spaces to control diverse cellular functions. TM4SF5 influences the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), aberrant multilayer cellular growth, drug resistance, enhanced migration and invasion, circulation through the bloodstream, tumor-initiation property, metastasis, and muscle development in zebrafish...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458345/hydrogen-rich-water-attenuates-renal-injury-and-fibrosis-by-regulation-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-induced-sirt1
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Zhaoyu Xing, Wanma Pan, Jing Zhang, Xianlin Xu, Xuemei Zhang, Xiaozhou He, Min Fan
The current research was designed to study the role of hydrogen in renal fibrosis and the renal epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1). Hydrogen rich water (HW) was used to treat animal and cell models. Unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) was performed on Balb/c mice to create a model of renal fibrosis. Human kidney proximal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2 cells) were treated with TGF-β1 for 36 h to induce EMT. Serum creatinine (Scr) and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) were measured to test renal function, in addition, kidney histology and immunohistochemical staining of alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) positive cells was performed to examine the morphological changes...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455490/1-25-oh-2d3-protects-liver-fibrosis-through-decreasing-the-generation-of-th17-cells
#20
Lei Gu, Qing Xu, Hui Cao
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to study the effects of 1-alpha,25-dihydroxy-cholecalcifero (1,25(OH)2D3) on liver fibrosis and the generation of Th17 cells in vivo and in vitro. MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty C57 mice were randomly divided into control, model, and treatment groups. Hepatic fibrosis was induced by subcutaneous injection of CCl4. Liver fibrosis condition was evaluated through pathological inspection and blood biochemical examination of liver function. Immunohistochemical assays were used to detect the expression of α-SMA, TGF-β, and collagen I to observe hepatic stellate cell activation level...
April 29, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
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