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Xiaofeng Lai, Hu Zhao, Yong Zhang, Kai Guo, Yuqiao Xu, Suning Chen, Jian Zhang
Copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) are widely used as catalysts or semiconductors in material fields. Recent studies have suggested that CuO NPs have adverse genotoxicity and cytotoxicity effects on various cells. However, little is known about the toxicity of CuO NPs following exposure to murine lungs. The purpose of this fundamental research was to investigate whether CuO NPs could induce epithelial cell injury, pulmonary inflammation, and eventually fibrosis in C57BL/6 mice. Our studies showed that CuO NPs aggravated pulmonary inflammation in a dose-dependent manner...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shencun Fang, Huifang Guo, Yusi Cheng, Zewei Zhou, Wei Zhang, Bing Han, Wei Luo, Jing Wang, Weiping Xie, Jie Chao
Excessive proliferation and migration of fibroblasts contribute to pulmonary fibrosis in silicosis, and both epithelial cells and endothelial cells participate in the accumulation of fibroblasts via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), respectively. A mouse endothelial cell line (MML1) was exposed to silicon dioxide (SiO2 , 50 μg/cm2 ), and immunofluorescence and western blot analyses were performed to evaluate levels of specific endothelial and mesenchymal markers and to elucidate the mechanisms by which SiO2 induces the EndMT...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Fang-Tian Bu, Yu Chen, Hai-Xia Yu, Xin Chen, Yang Yang, Xue-Yin Pan, Qin Wang, Yu-Ting Wu, Cheng Huang, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
SUMOylation and deSUMOylation, a dynamic process, is proved to be involved in various fibrotic diseases. Here, we found SENP2, one of deSUMOylation protease family member, was decreased in CCl4 -induced mice fibrotic liver tissues, primary HSCs and restored after spontaneously recovery. In addition, HSC-T6 cells with TGF-β1 treatment resulted in a significant reduction of SENP2. Ectopic expression of SENP2 hindered cells activation and proliferation induced by TGF-β1 while knockdown of SENP2 showed an opposite effect...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Natalia Pascuali, Leopoldina Scotti, Mariana Di Pietro, Gonzalo Oubiña, Diana Bas, María May, Antonio Gómez Muñoz, Patricia S Cuasnicú, Débora J Cohen, Marta Tesone, Dalhia Abramovich, Fernanda Parborell
STUDY QUESTION: Is ceramide-1-phosphate (C1P) an ovarian protective agent during alkylating chemotherapy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Local administration of C1P drastically reduces ovarian damage induced by cyclophosphamide (Cy) via protection of follicular reserve, restoration of hormone levels, inhibition of apoptosis and improvement of stromal vasculature, while protecting fertility, oocyte quality and uterine morphology. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Cancer-directed therapies cause accelerated loss of ovarian reserve and lead to premature ovarian failure (POF)...
March 9, 2018: Human Reproduction
Ze-Wu Dong, Yu-Fang Yuan
Acute lung injury in children is a complication showing devastating disorders linked to fibrosis progression and inflammation response. Fibrosis and inflammation response are two markers for acute lung injury. Juglanin is a natural product mainly isolated from green walnut husks of Juglans mandshurica, which isconsidered as the functional composition among a series of compounds. It exhibited effective role in various diseases by inhibiting inflammation response. In our study, the protective effects and anti-inflammatory activity of juglanin were investigated in mice and lung cells treated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to reveal the possible mechanism by which juglanin attenuates acute lung injury...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Ya-Kun Li, Dong-Xia Ma, Zhi-Min Wang, Xiao-Fan Hu, Shang-Lin Li, Hong-Zhe Tian, Meng-Jun Wang, Yan-Wen Shu, Jun Yang
Renal fibrosis is recognized as the common route of all chronic kidney disease (CKD) progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Additionally, accumulating evidence suggests that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a significant role in the process of renal fibrogenesis. Liraglutide is a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog that has been widely used to treat type 2 diabetes. Recent studies have demonstrated that the GLP-1 analogs could also exert protective effects in cardiac fibrosis models...
March 9, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Vasundhara Kain, Kevin A Ingle, Janusz Kabarowski, Stephen Barnes, Nita A Limdi, Sumanth D Prabhu, Ganesh V Halade
12/15 lipoxygenase (LOX) directs inflammation and lipid remodeling. However, the role of 12/15LOX in post-myocardial infarction (MI) left ventricular remodeling is unclear. To determine the role of 12/15LOX, 8-12 week-old C57BL/6 J wild-type (WT; n = 93) and 12/15LOX-/- (n = 97) mice were subjected to permanent coronary artery ligation and monitored at day (d)1 and d5 post-operatively. Post-MI d28 survival was measured in male and female mice. No-MI surgery mice were maintained as d0 naïve controls...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Zhongjian Cheng, Xinggui Shen, Xiaohua Jiang, Huimin Shan, Maria Cimini, Pu Fang, Yong Ji, Joon Young Park, Konstantinos Drosatos, Xiaofeng Yang, Christopher G Kevil, Raj Kishore, Hong Wang
Insufficient hydrogen sulfide (H2 S) has been implicated in Type 2 diabetic mellitus (T2DM) and hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy)-related cardiovascular complications. We investigated the role of H2 S in T2DM and HHcy-induced endothelial dysfunction in small mesenteric artery (SMA) of db/db mice fed a high methionine (HM) diet. HM diet (8 weeks) induced HHcy in both T2DM db/db mice and non-diabetic db/+ mice (total plasma Hcy: 48.4 and 31.3 µM, respectively), and aggravated the impaired endothelium-derived hyperpolarization factor (EDHF)-induced endothelium-dependent relaxation to acetylcholine (ACh), determined by the presence of eNOS inhibitor N(ω)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) and prostacyclin (PGI2 ) inhibitor indomethacin (INDO), in SMA from db/db mice but not that from db/+ mice...
February 14, 2018: Redox Biology
Xuelian Li, GuoYuan Wang, MuGe QiLi, HaiHai Liang, TianShi Li, XiaoQiang E, Ying Feng, Ying Zhang, Xiao Liu, Ming Qian, BoZhi Xu, ZhiHang Shen, Samuel Chege Gitau, DanDan Zhao, HongLi Shan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac interstitial fibrosis is an abnormality of various cardiovascular diseases, including myocardial infarction, hypertrophy, and atrial fibrillation, and it can ultimately lead to heart failure. However, there is a lack of practical therapeutic approaches to treat fibrosis and reverse the damage to the heart. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of long-term aspirin administration on pressure overload-induced cardiac fibrosis in mice and reveal the underlying mechanisms of aspirin treatment...
March 2, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
D Luo, S Y Hu, G X Liu
Objective: To observe the growth and metastasis of lung cancer promoted by bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) in tumor microenvironment and investigate the underlined mechanisms. Methods: Specific chemotaxis of BMSCs towards lung cancer was observed, and the tumor growth and metastasis were assessed in vivo . Furthermore, CD34 expression determined by immunohistochemistry was used to assess the microvessel density (MVD), and the expressions of GFP and α-SMA determined by immunofluorescence were used to detect the BMSCs derived mesenchymal cells...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Xue Zhang, Wuping Bao, Xia Fei, Yingying Zhang, Guoqing Zhang, Xin Zhou, Min Zhang
Airway remodeling is a vital component of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Despite the broad anti-inflammation effects of glucocorticoids, they exhibit relatively little therapeutic benefit in COPD, indicating the accelerating demands of new agents for COPD. We aim to explore the effect of progesterone on airway remodeling in a murine modeling of exposing to ozone and to further examine the potential effect of progesterone on glucocorticoid insensitivity. C57/BL6 mice were exposed to ozone for 12 times over 6 weeks, and were administered with progesterone alone or combined with budesonide (BUD) after each exposure until the 10th week...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Yong Li, Qiu-Hua Yu, Ying Chu, Wei-Min Wu, Jian-Xiang Song, Xiao-Bo Zhu, Qiang Wang
Hypertension is a multifactorial chronic inflammatory disease that leads to cardiac remodeling. A-kinase anchor protein 12 (AKAP12) is a scaffolding protein that has multiple functions in various biological events, including the regulation of vessel integrity and differentiation of neural barriers in blood. However, the role of AKAP12 in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac injury remains unclear. In the present study, Ang II infusion reduced AKAP12 expressions in the hearts of wild-type (WT) mice, and AKAP12 knockout (KO) enhanced the infiltration of inflammatory cells...
February 28, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xiao-Wei Jia, Zi-Wei Li, Ling-Yue Dong, Guang-Yong Sun, Xin Wang, Jian Gao, Yi-Peng Li, Yuan Wu, Wei An
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most lethal malignancies due to its high frequency of metastasis via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) pathway. Hepatic stimulator substance (HSS) can protect hepatocytes from injury and promote liver growth. Recent studies indicated that HSS expression is increased in HCC tissues; however, whether HSS expression is potentially associated with HCC metastasis, particularly through the EMT pathway, remains largely unknown. In this study, the relationship between HSS expression and HCC metastasis was investigated in clinical samples of HCC...
March 1, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Takemasa Senoo, Ryu Sasaki, Yuko Akazawa, Tatsuki Ichikawa, Satoshi Miuma, Hisamitsu Miyaaki, Naota Taura, Kazuhiko Nakao
BACKGROUND: Geranylgeranylacetone (GGA), an anti-ulcer drug widely used in Japan, has attracted interest because of its various therapeutic effects. Therefore, we investigated the effects of GGA on human hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in vitro and in a mouse model of liver fibrosis. METHODS: LX2, an immortalized human HSC line, was cultured and treated with GGA at concentrations up to 0.5 mM. After GGA treatment, changes in cellular morphology, apoptosis, and fibrosis-related gene expression were assessed...
February 27, 2018: BMC Gastroenterology
Islam N Mohamed, Nahla Reda Sarhan, Mohamed Ahmed Eladl, Azza B El-Remessy, Mohamed El-Sherbiny
Endemic prevalence of obesity is associated with alarming increases in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) with limited available therapeutics. Toll-like receptor2 (TLR2) and Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) Inflammasome are implicated in hepatic steatosis, inflammation and fibrosis; the histological landmark stages of NASH. TXNIP, a member of α-arrestin family activates NLRP3 in response to various danger stimuli. The aim of current work was to investigate the effect of TXNIP genetic deletion on histological manifestations of high fat diet-induced steatohepatitis and activation of TLR2-NLRP3-inflammasome axis...
February 23, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Luciana Lassance, Gustavo K Marino, Carla S Medeiros, Shanmugapriya Thangavadivel, Steven E Wilson
The aim of this study was to determine whether bone marrow-derived fibrocytes migrate into the cornea after stromal scar-producing injury and differentiate into alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) + myofibroblasts. Chimeric mice expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) bone marrow cells had fibrosis (haze)-generating irregular phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK). Multiplex immunohistochemistry (IHC) for GFP and fibrocyte markers (CD34, CD45, and vimentin) was used to detect fibrocyte infiltration into the corneal stroma and the development of GFP+ αSMA + myofibroblasts...
February 23, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Yi Zhang, Hui Miao, Hongyu Yan, Yuchen Sheng, Lili Ji
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The fruit of Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl, named Forsythiae Fructus (Lian-Qiao), is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used for clearing away heat and toxic material, eliminating the mass and relieving swelling. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aims to observe the attenuation of the water extract of Forsythiae Fructus (FSE) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced hepatic fibrosis in male C57BL/6 mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in male C57BL/6 mice by intraperitoneal injection with 2ml/kg CCl4 (mixed 1: 3 in olive oil) twice a week for 4 weeks...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Gillian K Maxwell, Eva Szunyogova, Hannah K Shorrock, Thomas H Gillingwater, Simon H Parson
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an autosomal recessive disease caused by a decrease in levels of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality. Although neuromuscular pathology is the most severe feature of SMA, other organs and tissues, including the heart, are also known to be affected in both patients and animal models. Here, we provide new insights into changes occurring in the heart, predominantly at pre- and early symptomatic ages, in the Taiwanese mouse model of severe SMA...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Anatomy
Mercedes Rubio-Manzanares Dorado, Luis Miguel Marín Gómez, Daniel Aparicio Sánchez, Sheila Pereira Arenas, Juan Manuel Praena-Fernández, Juan Jose Borrero Martín, Francisco Farfán López, Miguel Ángel Gómez Bravo, Jordi Muntané Relat, Javier Padillo Ruiz
AIM: To assess the viability of orthotopic and heterotopic patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts implanted into nude mice. METHODS: This study presents a prospective experimental analytical follow-up of the development of tumours in mice upon implantation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma samples. Specimens were obtained surgically from patients with a pathological diagnosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Tumour samples from pancreatic cancer patients were transplanted into nude mice in three different locations (intraperitoneal, subcutaneous and pancreatic)...
February 21, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Naoki Takemura, Yosuke Kurashima, Yuki Mori, Kazuki Okada, Takayuki Ogino, Hideki Osawa, Hirosih Matsuno, Lamichhane Aayam, Satoshi Kaneto, Eun Jeong Park, Shintaro Sato, Kouta Matsunaga, Yusuke Tamura, Yasuo Ouchi, Yutaro Kumagai, Daichi Kobayashi, Yutaka Suzuki, Yoshichika Yoshioka, Junichi Nishimura, Masaki Mori, Ken J Ishii, Mark E Rothenberg, Hiroshi Kiyono, Shizuo Akira, Satoshi Uematsu
Radiation-induced intestinal fibrosis (RIF) is a serious complication after abdominal radiotherapy for pelvic tumor or peritoneal metastasis. Herein, we show that RIF is mediated by eosinophil interactions with α-smooth muscle actin-positive (α-SMA+ ) stromal cells. Abdominal irradiation caused RIF especially in the submucosa (SM) of the small intestine, which was associated with the excessive accumulation of eosinophils in both human and mouse. Eosinophil-deficient mice showed markedly ameliorated RIF, suggesting the importance of eosinophils...
February 21, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
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