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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231275/suppression-of-tgf-%C3%AE-pathway-by-pirfenidone-decreases-extracellular-matrix-deposition-in-ocular-fibroblasts-in-vitro
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Thomas Stahnke, Bhavani S Kowtharapu, Oliver Stachs, Klaus-Peter Schmitz, Johannes Wurm, Andreas Wree, Rudolf Friedrich Guthoff, Marina Hovakimyan
In glaucoma surgery, fibrotic processes occur, leading to impairment of liquid outflow. Activated fibroblasts are responsible for postoperative scarring. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) pathway plays a key role in fibroblast function, differentiation and proliferation. The aim of this study was the characterization of the fibrotic potential of two subtypes of primary human ocular fibroblasts and the attempt to inhibit fibrotic processes specifically, without impairing cell viability. For fibrosis inhibition we focused on the small molecule pirfenidone, which has been shown to prevent pulmonary fibrosis by the decrease of the expression of TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 cytokines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228400/inhibiting-aerobic-glycolysis-suppresses-renal-interstitial-fibroblasts-activation-and-renal-fibrosis
#2
Hao Ding, Lei Jiang, Jing Xu, Feng Bai, Yang Zhou, Qi Yuan, Jing Luo, Ke Zen, Junwei Yang
Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) generally lead to renal fibrosis. Despite great progresses have been made in identifying molecular mediators of fibrosis, the mechanism that governs renal fibrosis remains unclear and so far no effective therapeutic anti-fibrosis strategy is available. Here we demonstrated that a switch of metabolism from oxidative phosphorylation to aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effect) in renal fibroblasts was the primary feature of fibroblast activation during renal fibrosis, and that suppressing renal fibroblast aerobic glycolysis could significantly reduce renal fibrosis...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225965/dermatomyofibroma
#3
Orley Alvaro Campagnolo, Carlos Floriano de Morais, Marina Ochoa Ughini, Camile Mayumi Aoki, Marília Menegazzo
We report a case of dermatomyofibroma that, to our knowledge, is the second case reported in Brazil. About 100 cases have been reported worldwide. Dermatomyofibroma represents a rare, benign mesenchymal neoplasm of fibroblastic/myofibroblastic differentiation, with prolonged evolution and little or no symptoms. It most commonly occurs in young women and male children. Dermatomyofibroma can be easily confused with other clinical entities, which could lead to unnecessary treatments. Therefore, it is important that dermatologists and pediatricians suspect and start to consider this hypothesis in their diagnostic exercises...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225294/role-of-rock-isoforms-in-regulation-of-stiffness-induced-myofibroblast-differentiation-in-lung-fibrosis
#4
Su S Htwe, Byung H Cha, Kan Yue, Ali Khademhosseini, Alan J Knox, Amir M Ghaemmaghami
Fibrosis is a major cause of progressive organ dysfunction in several chronic pulmonary diseases. Rho associated coiled-coil forming kinase (ROCK) has shown to be involved in myofibroblast differentiation driven by altered matrix stiffness in fibrotic state. There are two known ROCK isoforms in human, ROCK1 (ROKβ) and ROCK2 (ROKα), but specific role of each isoform in myofibroblast differentiation in lung fibrosis remains unknown. To study this, we developed a Gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) hydrogel based culture system with different stiffness levels relevant to healthy and fibrotic lungs...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225063/targeted-inhibition-of-focal-adhesion-kinase-attenuates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-preserves-heart-function-in-adverse-cardiac-remodeling
#5
Jie Zhang, Guangpu Fan, Hui Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Fei Li, Peide Zhang, Jing Zhang, Xu Wang, Wei Wang
Cardiac fibrosis in post-myocardial infarction (MI), seen in both infarcted and non-infarcted myocardium, is beneficial to the recovery of heart function. But progressively pathological fibrosis impairs ventricular function and leads to poor prognosis. FAK has recently received attention as a potential mediator of fibrosis, our previous study reported that pharmacological inhibition of FAK can attenuate cardiac fibrosis in post MI models. However, the long-term effects on cardiac function and adverse cardiac remodelling were not clearly investigated...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223136/wnt3%C3%AE-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-induce-myofibroblast-differentiation-from-periodontal-ligament-cells-via-different-pathways
#6
Hui Xu, Yao He, Jian Q Feng, Rui Shu, Zhe Liu, Jingyu Li, Yating Wang, Yang Xu, Huan Zeng, Xin Xu, Zichao Xiang, Chaoran Xue, Ding Bai, Xianglong Han
Myofibroblasts are specialized cells that play a key role in connective tissue remodeling and reconstruction. Alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), vimentin and tenascin-C are myofibroblast phenotype, while α-SMA is the phenotypic marker. The observation that human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) differentiate into myofibroblasts under orthodontic force has provided a new perspective for understanding of the biological and biomechanical mechanisms involved in orthodontic tooth movement. However, the cell-specific molecular mechanisms leading to myofibroblast differentiation in the periodontal ligament (PDL) remain unclear...
February 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222740/dibutyryl-camp-attenuates-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-blocking-myofibroblast-differentiation-via-pka-creb-cbp-signaling-in-rats-with-silicosis
#7
Yan Liu, Hong Xu, Yucong Geng, Dingjie Xu, Lijuan Zhang, Yi Yang, Zhongqiu Wei, Bonan Zhang, Shifeng Li, Xuemin Gao, Ruimin Wang, Xianghong Zhang, Darrell Brann, Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: Myofibroblasts play a major role in the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) and the stimulation of these cells is thought to play an important role in the development of silicosis. The present study was undertaken to investigate the anti-fibrotic effects of dibutyryl-cAMP (db-cAMP) on rats induced by silica. METHODS: A HOPE MED 8050 exposure control apparatus was used to create the silicosis model. Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups: 1)controls for 16 w; 2)silicosis for 16 w; 3)db-cAMP pre-treatment; 4) db-cAMP post-treatment...
February 21, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220813/foxo1-expression-in-keratinocytes-promotes-connective-tissue-healing
#8
Chenying Zhang, Jason Lim, Jian Liu, Bhaskar Ponugoti, Sarah Alsadun, Chen Tian, Rameen Vafa, Dana T Graves
Wound healing is complex and highly orchestrated. It is well appreciated that leukocytes, particularly macrophages, are essential for inducing the formation of new connective tissue, which requires the generation of signals that stimulate mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), myofibroblasts and fibroblasts. A key role for keratinocytes in this complex process has yet to be established. To this end, we investigated possible involvement of keratinocytes in connective tissue healing. By lineage-specific deletion of the forkhead box-O 1 (FOXO1) transcription factor, we demonstrate for the first time that keratinocytes regulate proliferation of fibroblasts and MSCs, formation of myofibroblasts and production of collagen matrix in wound healing...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220374/lipopolysaccharide-activates-toll-like-receptor-4-and-prevents-cardiac-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation
#9
Samir Bolívar, Roxana Santana, Pedro Ayala, Rodolfo Landaeta, Pía Boza, Claudio Humeres, Raúl Vivar, Claudia Muñoz, Viviana Pardo, Samuel Fernandez, Renatto Anfossi, Guillermo Diaz-Araya
Bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a known ligand of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) which is expressed in cardiac fibroblasts (CF). Differentiation of CF to cardiac myofibroblasts (CMF) is induced by transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), increasing alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression. In endothelial cells, an antagonist effect between LPS-induced signaling and canonical TGF-β1 signaling was described; however, it has not been studied whether in CF and CMF the expression of α-SMA induced by TGF-β1 is antagonized by LPS and the mechanism involved...
February 20, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220141/adhesive-peptide-sequences-regulate-valve-interstitial-cell-adhesion-phenotype-and-extracellular-matrix-deposition
#10
Yan Wu, K Jane Grande-Allen, Jennifer L West
Knowledge of how extracellular matrix (ECM) binding impacts valve interstitial cells (VICs) is critical not only to better understanding the etiology of valvular diseases but also to constructing living valve substitutes that can grow and remodel. Use of ECM-mimicking adhesive peptides with specific affinity to different receptors provides insights into adhesion-mediated cell signaling and downstream outcomes. Expression of adhesion receptors by VICs was assessed by flow cytometry and used to guide the choice of peptides studied...
December 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217409/muscle-derived-stem-cells-stimulate-muscle-myofiber-repair-and-counteract-fat-infiltration-in-a-diabetic-mouse-model-of-critical-limb-ischemia
#11
J Tsao, I Kovanecz, N Awadalla, R Gelfand, I Sinha-Hikim, R A White, N F Gonzalez-Cadavid
BACKGROUND: Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) affects patients with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and obesity, with high risk of amputation and post-surgical mortality, and no effective medical treatment. Stem cell therapy, mainly with bone marrow mesenchymal, adipose derived, endothelial, hematopoietic, and umbilical cord stem cells, is promising in CLI mouse and rat models and is in clinical trials. Their general focus is on angiogenic repair, with no reports on the alleviation of necrosis, lipofibrosis, and myofiber regeneration in the ischemic muscle, or the use of Muscle Derived Stem Cells (MDSC) alone or in combination with pharmacological adjuvants, in the context of CLI in T2D...
December 2016: Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210075/pancreatic-stellate-cell-pandora-s-box-for-pancreatic-disease-biology
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REVIEW
Ratnakar R Bynigeri, Aparna Jakkampudi, Ramaiah Jangala, Chivukula Subramanyam, Mitnala Sasikala, G Venkat Rao, D Nageshwar Reddy, Rupjyoti Talukdar
Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) were identified in the early 1980s, but received much attention after 1998 when the methods to isolate and culture them from murine and human sources were developed. PSCs contribute to a small proportion of all pancreatic cells under physiological condition, but are essential for maintaining the normal pancreatic architecture. Quiescent PSCs are characterized by the presence of vitamin A laden lipid droplets. Upon PSC activation, these perinuclear lipid droplets disappear from the cytosol, attain a myofibroblast like phenotype and expresses the activation marker, alpha smooth muscle actin...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209809/macrophage-to-myofibroblast-transition-contributes-to-interstitial-fibrosis-in-chronic-renal-allograft-injury
#13
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/28209733/dual-function-of-tgf%C3%AE-in-lens-epithelial-cell-fate-implications-for-secondary-cataract
#14
Bruce A Boswell, Anna Korol, Judith A West-Mays, Linda S Musil
The most common vision-disrupting complication of cataract surgery is posterior capsule opacification (PCO; secondary cataract). PCO is caused by residual lens cells undergoing one of two very different cell fates: either transdifferentiating into myofibroblasts, or maturing into lens fiber cells. Although TGFβ has been strongly implicated in lens cell fibrosis, the factors responsible for the latter process have not been identified. We show here for the first time that TGFβ can induce purified primary lens epithelial cells within the same culture to undergo differentiation into either lens fiber cells or myofibroblasts...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209491/the-preterm-cervix-reveals-a-transcriptomic-signature-in-the-presence-of-premature-pre-labor-rupture-of-membranes
#15
Sofia Makieva, Aurelija Dubicke, Sara F Rinaldi, Emma Fransson, Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, Jane E Norman
BACKGROUND: Premature Pre-labor Rupture of Fetal Membranes (PPROM) accounts for 30% of all premature births and is associated with detrimental long-term infant outcomes. Premature cervical remodeling, facilitated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), may trigger rupture at the zone of the fetal membranes overlying the cervix. The similarities and differences underlying cervical remodeling in PPROM and spontaneous preterm labor with intact membranes (PTL) are unexplored. OBJECTIVES: We aimed a) to perform the first transcriptomic assessment of the preterm human cervix to identify differences between PPROM and PTL and b) to compare the enzymatic activities of MMP-2 and 9 between PPROM and PTL...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207769/role-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-and-ppar-%C3%AE-on-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-dss-induced-colorectal-fibrosis
#16
Jacopo Di Gregorio, Roberta Sferra, Silvia Speca, Antonella Vetuschi, Caroline Dubuquoy, Pierre Desreumaux, Simona Pompili, Loredana Cristiano, Eugenio Gaudio, Vincenzo Flati, Giovanni Latella
BACKGROUND: Intestinal fibrosis is characterized by abnormal production and deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins by activated myofibroblasts. The main progenitor cells of activated myofibroblasts are the fibroblasts and the epithelial cells, the latter through the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). AIM: To evaluate the action of the new PPAR-γ modulator, GED-0507-34 Levo (GED) on the expression of EMT associated and regulatory proteins such as TGF-β, Smad3, E-cadherin, Snail, ZEB1, β-catenin, and GSK-3β, in a mouse model of DSS-induced intestinal fibrosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203568/mirna-sequence-indicates-that-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-exosomes-have-similar-mechanism-to-enhance-cardiac-repair
#17
Lianbo Shao, Yu Zhang, Beibei Lan, Juanjuan Wang, Zhiwei Zhang, Lulu Zhang, Pengli Xiao, Qingyou Meng, Yong-Jian Geng, Xi-Yong Yu, Yangxin Li
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) repair infarcted heart through paracrine mechanism. We sought to compare the effectiveness of MSCs and MSC-derived exosomes (MSC-Exo) in repairing infarcted hearts and to identify how MSC-Exo mediated cardiac repair is regulated. In a rat myocardial infarction model, we found that MSC-Exo inhibited cardiac fibrosis, inflammation, and improved cardiac function. The beneficial effects of MSC-Exo were significantly superior compared to that of MSCs. To explore the potential mechanisms underlying MSC-Exo's effects, we performed several in vitro experiments and miRNA-sequence analysis...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195168/taz-contributes-to-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-activating-profibrotic-functions-of-lung-fibroblasts
#18
Satoshi Noguchi, Akira Saito, Yu Mikami, Hirokazu Urushiyama, Masafumi Horie, Hirotaka Matsuzaki, Hideyuki Takeshima, Kosuke Makita, Naoya Miyashita, Akihisa Mitani, Taisuke Jo, Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Takahide Nagase
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) regulates a variety of biological processes. Nuclear translocation and activation of TAZ are regulated by multiple mechanisms, including actin cytoskeleton and mechanical forces. TAZ is involved in lung alveolarization during lung development and Taz-heterozygous mice are resistant to bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis. In this study, we explored the roles of TAZ in the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) through histological analyses of human lung tissues and cell culture experiments...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193608/dectin-2-deficiency-modulates-th1-differentiation-and-improves-wound-healing-after-myocardial-infarction
#19
Xiaoxiang Yan, Hang Zhang, Qin Fan, Jian Hu, Rong Tao, Qiujing Chen, Yoichiro Iwakura, Weifeng Shen, Lin Lu, Qi Zhang, Ruiyan Zhang
Rationale: Macrophages are involved in wound healing after myocardial infarction (MI). The role of Dectin-2, a pattern recognition receptor mainly expressed on myeloid cells, in the infarct healing remains unknown. Objective: To determine whether Dectin-2 signaling is involved in the healing process and cardiac remodeling after MI, and to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms. Methods and Results: In a mouse model of permanent coronary ligation, Dectin-2, mainly expressed in macrophages, was shown to be increased in the early phase after MI...
February 13, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191776/clinical-grade-isolated-human-kidney-perivascular-stromal-cells-as-an-organotypic-cell-source-for-kidney-regenerative-medicine
#20
Daniëlle G Leuning, Marlies E J Reinders, Joan Li, Anna J Peired, Ellen Lievers, Hetty C de Boer, Willem E Fibbe, Paola Romagnani, Cees van Kooten, Melissa H Little, Marten A Engelse, Ton J Rabelink
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are immunomodulatory and tissue homeostatic cells that have shown beneficial effects in kidney diseases and transplantation. Perivascular stromal cells (PSCs) identified within several different organs share characteristics of bone marrow-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs). These PSCs may also possess tissue-specific properties and play a role in local tissue homeostasis. We hypothesized that human kidney-derived PSCs (hkPSCs) would elicit improved kidney repair in comparison with BM-MSCs...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
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