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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320097/asiatic-acid-ameliorates-pulmonary-fibrosis-induced-by-bleomycin-blm-via-suppressing-pro-fibrotic-and-inflammatory-signaling-pathways
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Shu-Hong Dong, Yan-Wei Liu, Feng Wei, Hui-Zhen Tan, Zhi-Dong Han
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is known as a life-threatening disease with high mortality and limited therapeutic strategies. In addition, the molecular mechanism by which pulmonary fibrosis developed is not fully understood. Asiatic acid (AA) is a triterpenoid, isolated from Centella asiatica, exhibiting efficient anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities. In our study, we attempted to explore the effect of Asiatic acid on bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice. The findings indicated that pre-treatment with Asiatic acid inhibited BLM-induced lung injury and fibrosis progression in mice...
March 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315973/stem-cell-factor-kit-signal-insufficiency-contributes-to-hypoxia-induced-intestinal-motility-dysfunctions-in-neonatal-mice
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Hong Ren, Juan Han, Zhifang Li, Zhiyong Xiong
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders represent a group of problems that more constantly encountered in preterm infants. However, whether hypoxia exposure contributes to the GI dysfunctions is still unclear. METHODS: Newborn mice were exposed to hypoxia (10%) from P1 to P7. Intestinal motilities were examined by a strain gauge transducer. The proliferation of ICCs was detected by using immunostaining for BrdU, Ki67, Kit, Ano1, and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R+)...
March 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301357/the-effect-of-microporous-polysaccharide-hemospheres-on-wound-healing-and-scarring-in-wild-type-and-db-db-mice
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Kyle J Miller, Wei Cao, Mohamed M Ibrahim, Howard Levinson
BACKGROUND: Hemostasis, the initial phase of wound healing, sets the stage for tissue repair. Microporous polysaccharide hemosphere powder (MPH) is an FDA-approved hemostatic agent that may impact the wound-healing process. OBJECTIVE: This study examined the role of MPH in murine wild-type and diabetic (db/db) wound-healing models and a foreign body response scarring model. METHODS: The powder was topically applied to excisional wounds in wild-type C57BL/6 mice and db/db mice...
April 2017: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289706/plastin-3-extends-survival-and-reduces-severity-in-mouse-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Kevin A Kaifer, Eric Villalón, Erkan Y Osman, Jacqueline J Glascock, Laura L Arnold, D D W Cornelison, Christian L Lorson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a leading genetic cause of infantile death and is caused by the loss of survival motor neuron-1 (SMN1). Importantly, a nearly identical gene is present called SMN2; however, the majority of SMN2-derived transcripts are alternatively spliced and encode a truncated, dysfunctional protein. Recently, several compounds designed to increase SMN protein have entered clinical trials, including antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), traditional small molecules, and gene therapy. Expanding beyond SMN-centric therapeutics is important, as it is likely that the breadth of the patient spectrum and the inherent complexity of the disease will be difficult to address with a single therapeutic strategy...
March 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287886/overexpressed-connective-tissue-growth-factor-in-cardiomyocytes-attenuates-left-ventricular-remodeling-induced-by-angiotensin-ii-perfusion
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Ying Zhang, Hua Yan, Gong-Chang Guang, Zheng-Rong Deng
To evaluate the improving effects of specifically overexpressed connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) in cardiomyocytes on mice with hypertension induced by angiotensin II (AngII) perfusion, 24 transgenic mice with cardiac-restricted overexpression of CTGF (Tg-CTGF) were divided into two equal groups that were perfused with acetic acid and AngII, respectively, for 7 days. Another 24 cage-control wild-type C57BL/6 mice (NLC) were divided and treated identically. Blood pressure was detected by caudal artery cannulation...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286204/long-term-acetaminophen-treatment-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-mice-and-the-involvement-of-egr-1
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Qingyun Bai, Hongyu Yan, Yuchen Sheng, Yao Jin, Liang Shi, Lili Ji, Zhengtao Wang
Acetaminophen (APAP)-induced acute liver injury has already been well studied. However, whether long-term administration of APAP will cause liver fibrosis is still not very clear. This study aims to investigate the liver fibrosis in mice induced by long-term APAP treatment and the involvement of early growth response 1 (Egr-1). C57BL/6 mice were orally given with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 2, 6 or 10 weeks, respectively. Liver hydroxyproline content, collagen deposition and inflammatory cells infiltration were increased in mice treated with APAP (200, 300mg/kg) for 6 or 10 weeks...
March 9, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283678/deficiency-of-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-attenuates-bleomycin-induced-lung-fibrosis-in-mice
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Peiyu Sun, Ling Li, Caiqi Zhao, Mengyao Pan, Zhikang Qian, Xiao Su
α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7 nAChR, coded by Chrna7) is indispensible in dampening proinflammatory responses. However, whether α7 nAChR would play a role in regulating bleomycin (BLM)-induced lung fibrosis is less investigated. Here, we intratracheally challenged wildtype and Chrna7(-/-) mice with BLM to elicit lung fibrosis. Taken advantage of this model, we measured body weight loss, lung fibrogenic genes (Acta2, Col1a1, Fsp1, and Fstl1), histology, Masson's trichrome staining, hydroxyproline levels, and expression of α-SMA at protein levels in the BLM-challenged lung for evaluating severity of lung fibrosis...
March 6, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274094/calculation-of-a-first-in-man-dose-of-7-o-succinyl-macrolactin-a-based-on-allometric-scaling-of-data-from-mice-rats-and-dogs
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Keumhan Noh, Wonku Kang
7-O-succinyl macrolactin A (SMA) exerts several pharmacological effects including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation, and anticancer activities. Recently, SMA has been extensively evaluated as an anti-cancer drug. Thus, the objectives of the present study were to characterise the pharmacokinetics of SMA via both non-compartmental and compartmental analysis in mice, rats, and dogs, and to derive an appropriate first-in-man dose based on allometric scaling of the animal data. The time courses of plasma SMA concentrations after intravenous administration to rats and dogs were analysed retrospectively, as were data collected after intraperitoneal SMA injection in mice...
March 10, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270613/smn-deficiency-in-severe-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-causes-widespread-intron-retention-and-dna-damage
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Mohini Jangi, Christina Fleet, Patrick Cullen, Shipra V Gupta, Shila Mekhoubad, Eric Chiao, Norm Allaire, C Frank Bennett, Frank Rigo, Adrian R Krainer, Jessica A Hurt, John P Carulli, John F Staropoli
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease, is the leading monogenic cause of infant mortality. Homozygous loss of the gene survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) causes the selective degeneration of lower motor neurons and subsequent atrophy of proximal skeletal muscles. The SMN1 protein product, survival of motor neuron (SMN), is ubiquitously expressed and is a key factor in the assembly of the core splicing machinery. The molecular mechanisms by which disruption of the broad functions of SMN leads to neurodegeneration remain unclear...
March 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263743/deficiency-of-psgl-1-accelerates-bleomycin-blm-induced-lung-fibrosis-and-inflammation-in-mice-through-activating-pi3k-akt
#10
Xiang Han, Shu-Ming Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is a disease characterized by unremitting fibrosis accumulation in the lung, causing respiratory failure eventually. Presently, the immunological mechanism underlying pulmonary fibrosis still remains unclear. P-selectin glycoprotein ligand-1 (Psgl-1) is a leukocyte ligand that regulates recruitment and activation of multiple cell types, which is associated with phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT signaling pathway activation. In the present study, we attempted to clarify the AKT activation induced by Psgl-1 knockout in mice with bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis...
March 3, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259918/cxcl8-induces-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-pi3k-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Tao Shen, Zhibin Yang, Xianshuo Cheng, Youchuan Xiao, Kun Yu, Xinyi Cai, Cuifeng Xia, Yunfeng Li
The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 8 (CXCL8) in the proliferation, invasiveness and metastasis of colon cancer and its role in the induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) via activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt)/nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway. The plasmid vector containing CXCL8 cDNA was transfected into LoVo cells using Lipofectamine 2000 reagent. Real-time PCR and western blot analyses were performed to determine expression of CXCL8...
February 14, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257569/hyperleptinemia-exacerbates-high-fat-diet-mediated-atrial-fibrosis-and-fibrillation
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Akira Fukui, Yuki Ikebe-Ebata, Hidekazu Kondo, Shotaro Saito, Kohei Aoki, Naoya Fukunaga, Tetsuji Shinohara, Takayuki Masaki, Yasushi Teshima, Naohiko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Obesity including metabolic syndrome is an independent risk factor of atrial fibrillation (AF). Although hyperleptinemia is usually a characteristic of obese subjects, the relationship with atrial fibrosis and AF is unknown. We tested the hypothesis that high-fat diet (HFD)-induced hyperleptinemia exacerbates atrial fibrosis and AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eight-week-old male C57BL/6 (WT) and leptin-deficient ob/ob (Ob) mice were treated with a normal-fat diet (NFD) or 60% HFD...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254305/a-novel-hydrogel-of-poloxamer-407-and-chitosan-obtained-by-gamma-irradiation-exhibits-physicochemical-properties-for-wound-management
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Gerardo Leyva-Gómez, Erika Santillan-Reyes, E Lima, Abigail Madrid-Martínez, E Krötzsch, D Quintanar-Guerrero, David Garciadiego-Cázares, Alejandro Martínez-Jiménez, M Hernández Morales, Silvestre Ortega-Peña, M E Contreras-Figueroa, G E Cortina-Ramírez, René Fernando Abarca-Buis
Application of polymers cross-linked by gamma irradiation on cutaneous wounds has resulted in the improvement of healing. Chitosan (CH) and poloxamer 407 (P407)-based hydrogels confer different advantages in wound management. To combine the properties of both compounds, a gamma-irradiated mixture of 0.75/25% (w/w) CH and P407, respectively, was obtained (CH-P), and several physical, chemical, and biological analyses were performed. Notably, gamma radiation induced changes in the mixture's thermal behavior, viscosity, and swelling, and exhibited stability at neutral pH...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251449/a20-attenuates-liver-fibrosis-in-nafld-and-inhibits-inflammation-responses
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Xiaohan Wang, Luoyan Ai, Qingqing Xu, Changwei Wu, Zhiwei Chen, Dazhi Su, Xiaoke Jiang, Zhuping Fan
We previously reported A20 was able to inhibit lipid accumulation in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. We want to investigate whether A20 influences liver fibrosis in this study. Liver tissues from patients with hepatic fibrosis (n = 9) and healthy individuals (n = 7) were studied for A20 protein level by immunohistochemistry. A20 messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein level were also analyzed in two murine hepatic fibrosis models: methionine- and choline-deficient (MCD) diet and extrahepatic bile duct ligation (BDL) operation by real-time PCR and western blot...
March 1, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249220/chloroquine-attenuates-paraquat-induced-lung-injury-in-mice-by-altering-inflammation-oxidative-stress-and-fibrosis
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Haitao Shen, Na Wu, Yu Wang, Hongyu Zhao, Lichun Zhang, Tiegang Li, Min Zhao
Paraquat is one of the most extensively used herbicides and has high toxicity for humans and animals. However, there is no effective treatment for paraquat poisoning. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of chloroquine on paraquat-induced lung injury in mice. Mice received a single intraperitoneal injection of paraquat and a daily intraperitoneal injection of the indicated dosages of chloroquine or dexamethasone. The histological changes, inflammation and oxidative stress in the lungs were examined at day 3, and the degree of pulmonary fibrosis was examined at day 28...
February 25, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246592/stellate-cell-activation-and-imbalanced-expression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-tgf-%C3%AE-3-in-acute-autoimmune-liver-lesions-induced-by-cona-in-mice
#16
Liyun Wang, Lei Tu, Jinping Zhang, Keshu Xu, Wei Qian
Objective. To study the pathogenic feature of liver injury, activation of hepatic stellate cells, and dynamic expression of TGF-β1/TGF-β3 to reveal their role in liver injury induced by ConA. Methods. Mice were randomly divided into control group and ConA treatment group. ConA (20 mg/kg) was injected through vena caudalis in ConA treatment group; the controls received the same volume of saline injection. After injection for 2 h, 8 h, 24 h, and 48 h, animals were terminated. Blood, liver, and spleen were harvested...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239621/assay-to-evaluate-bal-fluid-regulation-of-fibroblast-%C3%AE-sma-expression
#17
Jennifer L Larson-Casey, A Brent Carter
Because transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β1) induces differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts, we developed a protocol to evaluate alveolar macrophage-derived TGF-β1 regulation of lung fibroblast differentiation (Larson-Casey et al., 2016). The protocol allows evaluating the ability of mouse bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid to alter fibroblast differentiation. Fibroblast differentiation was measured by the expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). BACKGROUND: Alveolar macrophages play an integral role in pulmonary fibrosis development by increasing the expression of TGF-β1 (He et al...
November 20, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231240/galectin-3-histone-deacetylases-and-hedgehog-signaling-possible-convergent-targets-in-schistosomiasis-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Katia Carneiro, José Marques Brito, Mariana Cabanel, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Ligia de Almeida Paiva, Wingkin Syn, Neil C Henderson, Marcia Cury El-Cheikh
Schistosomiasis affects approximately 240 million people in the world. Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the liver induce periportal fibrosis and hepatic failure driven by monocyte recruitment and macrophage activation, resulting in robust Th2 response. Here, we suggested a possible involvement of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), histone deacetylases (HDACs), and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling with macrophage activation during Th1/Th2 immune responses, fibrogranuloma reaction, and tissue repair during schistosomiasis. Gal-3 is highly expressed by liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) around Schistosoma eggs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209809/macrophage-to-myofibroblast-transition-contributes-to-interstitial-fibrosis-in-chronic-renal-allograft-injury
#19
Ying-Ying Wang, Hong Jiang, Jun Pan, Xiao-Ru Huang, Yu-Cheng Wang, Hong-Feng Huang, Ka-Fai To, David J Nikolic-Paterson, Hui-Yao Lan, Jiang-Hua Chen
Interstitial fibrosis is an important contributor to graft loss in chronic renal allograft injury. Inflammatory macrophages are associated with fibrosis in renal allografts, but how these cells contribute to this damaging response is not clearly understood. Here, we investigated the role of macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition in interstitial fibrosis in human and experimental chronic renal allograft injury. In biopsy specimens from patients with active chronic allograft rejection, we identified cells undergoing macrophage-to-myofibroblast transition by the coexpression of macrophage (CD68) and myofibroblast (α-smooth muscle actin [α-SMA]) markers...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209036/-primary-culture-and-functional-identification-of-distal-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-in-mice
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M C Li, Y Q Chen, C T Zhang, Q Jiang, W J Lu, J Wang
Objective: To establish a method of isolation and primary culture of mice distal pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) and identify the functional properties. Methods: PASMCs were harvested from the distal pulmonary artery (PA) tissue of mice by enzymatic digestion of collagenaseⅠand papain; and the growth characteristics were observed under inverted microscope and identified by Immunofluorescence technique. Effects on the intracellular calcium ion concentration of distal PASMCs were detected by Fura-2-AM fluorescent probe tracer under a fluorescence microscope in Krebs solution containing clopiazonic acid (CPA) and nifedipin (Nif)...
February 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
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