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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933538/systems-genetics-of-liver-fibrosis
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Rabea A Hall, Frank Lammert
This systems genetics analysis comprises quantitative measurements of hepatic fibrogenesis in mouse models and mapping of quantitative traits in mouse genetic reference populations. It is part of a large mapping project of fibrogenic genes including the analyses of experimental crosses from different inbred mouse strains. Extensive quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of fibrosis phenotypes and liver expression profiling in combination with in silico mapping facilitated the identification of QTL regions and underlying candidate genes that confer fibrosis susceptibility also in humans...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924068/protein-inhibitor-of-activated-stat-4-pias4-regulates-liver-fibrosis-through-modulating-smad3-activity
#2
Huihui Xu, Zhiwen Fan, Wenfang Tian, Yong Xu
Excessive fibrogenesis disrupts normal liver structure, impairs liver function, and precipitates the development of cirrhosis, an irreversible end-stage liver disease. A host of factors including nutrition surplus contribute to liver fibrosis but the underlying mechanism is not fully understood. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of protein inhibitor for activated stat 4 (PIAS4) in liver fibrosis in a mouse model of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). We report that PIAS4 silencing using short hairpin RNA (shRNA) attenuated high-fat high-carbohydrate (HFHC) diet induced liver fibrosis in mice...
November 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922109/regulation-of-hepcidin-expression-by-inflammation-induced-activin-b
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Yohei Kanamori, Makoto Sugiyama, Osamu Hashimoto, Masaru Murakami, Tohru Matsui, Masayuki Funaba
Activin B is induced in response to inflammation in the liver and enhances hepcidin expression, but the source of activin B and the molecular mechanism underlying hepcidin induction are not clear yet. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammation induced inhibin βB but not inhibin α or inhibin βA expression in the liver, implicating activin B induction. Immunoreactive inhibin βB was detected in endothelial cells and Kupffer cells in LPS-treated liver. Activin B, but not activin A or activin AB, directly increased hepcidin expression...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919855/uncoupling-protein-2-deficiency-reduces-proliferative-capacity-of-murine-pancreatic-stellate-cells
#4
Sarah Muller, Sandra Maria Klingbeil, Andreea Sandica, Robert Jaster
BACKGROUND: Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) has been suggested to inhibit mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by decreasing the mitochondrial membrane potential. Experimental acute pancreatitis is associated with increased UCP2 expression, whereas UCP2 deficiency retards regeneration of aged mice from acute pancreatitis. Here, we have addressed biological and molecular functions of UCP2 in pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are involved in pancreatic wound repair and fibrogenesis...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916451/progressive-development-of-endometriosis-and-its-hindrance-by-anti-platelet-treatment-in-mice-with-induced-endometriosis
#5
Qi Zhang, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
We have recently shown that platelets drive smooth muscle metaplasia (SMM) and fibrogenesis in endometriosis through epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT). To see whether this is true in vivo, this prospective, randomized, and serially evaluated mouse investigation was conducted. Endometriosis was induced in female Balb/C mice, which were then randomly divided into two groups: Tanshinone IIA (TAN) and control (CTL) groups. TAN mice were treated with TAN but CTL mice received none...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909724/hsp27-regulates-tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-lung-fibroblast-differentiation-through-the-smad3-and-erk-pathways
#6
Gang Wang, Hao Jiao, Jun-Nian Zheng, Xia Sun
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lethal interstitial lung disease with unknown etiology. Recent studies have indicated that heat-shock protein 27 (HSP27) contributes to the pathogenesis of IPF through the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the expression and role of HSP27 in fibroblasts during pulmonary fibrogenesis has not been investigated to date, at least to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we examined the expression of HSP27 in fibrotic lung tissue and fibroblasts from bleomycin (BLM)-challenged mice and human lung fibroblasts treated with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909717/restorative-effects-of-hydroxysafflor-yellow%C3%A2-a-on-hepatic-function-in-an-experimental-regression-model-of-hepatic-fibrosis-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride
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Yanuo Li, Yan Shi, Yan Sun, Luying Liu, Xianyong Bai, Dong Wang, Hongxing Li
Hepatic fibrosis is a reversible pathological process, in which fibrotic tissue is excessively deposited in the liver during the repair process that follows hepatic injury. Early prevention or treatment of hepatic fibrosis has great significance on the treatment of chronic hepatic diseases. Hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) is a water-soluble monomer extracted from safflower, which serves numerous pharmacological roles. However, it remains to be elucidated how HSYA regulates hepatic fibrogenesis. The aim of the present study was to reveal the possible mechanisms underlying the effects of HSYA on the prevention and treatment of hepatic fibrosis...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902606/preoperative-aspartate-aminotransferase-to-platelet-ratio-index-apri-is-a-predictor-on-postoperative-outcomes-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
JiWen Cheng, Pu Zhao, JiangBo Liu, Xi Liu, XuanLin Wu
Preoperative aspartate aminotransferase-to-platelet ratio index (APRI) has been identified as a biochemical marker for histological fibrogenesis and fibrosis in cirrhosis and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Whether preoperative APRI can predict postoperative short-term outcomes has not been studied. The purpose of this study was to investigate the ability of preoperative APRI to predict short-term outcomes following liver resection for HCC. APRI was evaluated in 360 patients undergoing liver resection for HCC...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898114/vibration-induced-emission-vie-for-imaging-amyloid-%C3%AE-fibrils
#9
Wei-Tao Dou, Wei Chen, Xiao-Peng He, Jianhua Su, He Tian
This paper discusses the use of N,N'-disubstituted-dihydrodibenzo[a,c]phenazines with typical Vibration-Induced-Emission (VIE) properties for imaging amyloid β (Aβ) fibrils, which are a signature of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. A water-soluble VIEgen with a red fluorescence emission shows a pronounced, blue-shifted emission with Aβ peptide monomers and fibrils. The enhancement in blue fluorescence can be ascribed to the restriction of the molecular vibration by selectively binding to Aβ...
November 29, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896916/dihydroartemisinin-counteracts-fibrotic-portal-hypertension-via-farnesoid-x-receptor-dependent-inhibition-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-contraction
#10
Wenxuan Xu, Chunfeng Lu, Feng Zhang, Jiangjuan Shao, Shunyu Yao, Shizhong Zheng
Portal hypertension is a frequent pathological symptom occurring especially in hepatic fibrosis and cirrhosis. Current paradigms indicate that inhibition of hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and contraction is anticipated to be an attractive therapeutic strategy, because activated HSC dominantly facilitates an increase in intrahepatic vein pressure through secreting extracellular matrix and contracting. Our previous in vitro study indicated that dihydroartemisinin (DHA) inhibited contractility of cultured HSC by activating intracellular farnesoid X receptor (FXR)...
November 7, 2016: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894300/pleural-inhibition-of-the-caspase-1-il-1%C3%AE-pathway-diminishes-profibrotic-lung-toxicity-of-bleomycin
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Olivier Burgy, Pierre-Simon Bellaye, Sebastien Causse, Guillaume Beltramo, Guillaume Wettstein, Pierre-Marie Boutanquoi, Françoise Goirand, Carmen Garrido, Philippe Bonniaud
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic and toxic pulmonary fibrosis are severe diseases starting classically in the subpleural area of the lung. It has recently been suggested that pleural mesothelial cells acquire a myofibroblast phenotype under fibrotic conditions induced by TGF-β1 or bleomycin. The importance and role of inflammation in fibrogenesis are still controversial. In this work, we explored the role of IL-1β/caspase-1 signaling in bleomycin lung toxicity and in pleural mesothelial cell transformation...
November 29, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892645/endothelial-cell-derived-endothelin-1-is-involved-in-abnormal-scar-formation-by-dermal-fibroblasts-through-rhoa-rho-kinase-pathway
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Koichiro Kiya, Tateki Kubo, Kenichiro Kawai, Shinsuke Matsuzaki, Rieko Muramatsu, Daisuke Maeda, Toshihiro Fujiwara, Akimitsu Nishibayashi, Shigeyuki Kanazawa, Kenji Yano, Genki Amano, Taiichi Katayama, Ko Hosokawa
Hypertrophic scars and keloids are characterized by excessive dermal deposition of extracellular matrix due to fibroblast-to-myofibroblast differentiation. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is primarily produced by vascular endothelial cells, and plays multiple roles in the wound-healing response and organ fibrogenesis. In this study, we investigated the pathophysiological significance of ET-1 and involvement of RhoA, a member of the Rho GTPases, in hypertrophic scar/keloid formation. We found that ET-1 expression on dermal microvascular endothelial cells (ECs) in hypertrophic scars and keloids was higher than that in normal skin and mature scars...
November 28, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891128/immune-imbalances-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-from-general-biomarkers-and-neutrophils-to-interleukin-17-axis-activation-and-new-therapeutic-targets
#13
REVIEW
Feliciano Chanana Paquissi
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an increasing problem worldwide and is associated with negative outcomes such as cirrhosis, hepatocellular carcinoma, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular events. Current evidence shows that the immune response has an important participation driving the initiation, maintenance, and progression of the disease. So, various immune imbalances, from cellular to cytokines levels, have been studied, either for better compression of the disease pathophysiology or as biomarkers for severity assessment and outcome prediction...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889772/sonodynamic-therapy-inhibits-fibrogenesis-in-rat-cardiac-fibroblasts-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1
#14
Yuanyuan Guo, Zengxiang Dong, Yuanqi Shi, Wei Wang, Lu Wang, Jing Sun, Xin Sun, Zhen Tian, Jianting Yao, Zhitao Li, Jiali Cheng, Ye Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is a localized ultrasound-activated therapy for atherosclerosis when combined with a sonosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), but whether it can prevent cardiac fibrosis has not been studied. In the present study, we evaluated the effects SDT on fibrogenesis in rat cardiac fibroblasts. METHODS: The primary cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from rats, and induced to fibrogenesis with TGF-β1. With this in vitro model, we tested the preventive effects of SDT on fibrogenesis and further the underlying mechanism...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889556/compact-bone-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-a-mouse-model-by-modulation-of-cd4-cells-differentiation
#15
Huafeng Wang, Dong Wang, Luhong Yang, Yanxia Wang, Junli Jia, Dongchen Na, Huize Chen, Yongping Luo, Chengfang Liu
Increasing evidence has accrued which indicates that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have a potential clinical value in the treatment of certain diseases. Globally, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a widespread disorder. In the present study, MSCs were isolated successfully from compact bone and a mouse model of NASH was established as achieved with use of a methionine-choline deficient (MCD) diet. Compact bone-derived MSCs transplantation reduced MCD diet-induced weight loss, hepatic lipid peroxidation, steatosis, ballooning, lobular inflammation and fibrogenesis...
November 24, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885718/purinergic-receptors-new-targets-for-the-treatment-of-gout-and-fibrosis
#16
REVIEW
Thomas Gicquel, Brendan Le Daré, Elisabeth Boichot, Vincent Lagente
Adenosine triphosphate is involved in many metabolic reactions, but it has also a role as a cellular danger signal transmitted through purinergic receptors (PRs). Indeed, ATP can bind to PRs which are found in the membrane of many cell types, although the relative proportions of the receptor subtypes differ. PRs are classified according to genetic and pharmacological criteria and especially their affinities for agonists and their transduction mechanism (i.e. as metabotropic P2YRs or ionotropic P2XRs). Extracellular ATP release by activated or necrotic cells may activate various PRs and especially P2X7R, the best-characterized PR, on immune cells...
November 25, 2016: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884304/a-remedy-for-kidney-disease-successfully-alters-the-cold-shock-protein-response-during%C3%A2-inflammation
#17
Sabine Brandt, Peter R Mertens
Kidneys undergoing acute inflammatory responses are characterized by cell infiltration and a cytokinergic milieu. The hazard resides in the perpetuation of inflammation and ensuing fibrosis. In this issue of Kidney International, Wang et al.(4) identify the cold shock Y-box binding protein-1 as the key orchestrator of cell infiltration in experimental tubulointerstitial nephritis following ureteral obstruction. Intriguingly, a small molecule previously designed to interfere with Y-box binding protein-1 interactions mediates an anti-inflammatory response and halts fibrogenesis...
December 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883184/epigenetics-in-reactive-and-reparative-cardiac-fibrogenesis-the-promise-of-epigenetic-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Asish K Ghosh, Rahul Rai, Panagiotis Flevaris, Douglas E Vaughan
Epigenetic changes play a pivotal role in the development of a wide spectrum of human diseases including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and intellectual disabilities. Cardiac fibrogenesis is a common pathophysiological process seen during chronic and stress-induced accelerated cardiac aging. While adequate production of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins is necessary for post-injury wound healing, excessive synthesis and accumulation of extracellular matrix protein in the stressed or injured hearts causes decreased or loss of lusitropy that leads to cardiac failure...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883059/hepatic-satb1-induces-paracrine-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-and-is-upregulated-by-hbx
#19
Jin Gong, Wei Tu, Jian Han, Jiayi He, Jingmei Liu, Ping Han, Yunwu Wang, Mengke Li, Mei Liu, Jiazhi Liao, Dean Tian
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases, but its involvement in hepatic fibrogenesis remains unclear. Special AT-rich binding protein 1 (SATB1) has been implicated in reprogramming chromatin organization and transcription profiles in many cancers and non-cancer-related conditions. We found that hepatic SATB1 expression was significantly up-regulated in fibrotic tissues from chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV)-infected patients and HBV transgenic (HBV-Tg) mouse model...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881436/knockdown-of-histidine-rich-calcium-binding-protein-hrc-suppresses-liver-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells
#20
Jingmei Liu, Mengke Li, Jin Gong, Ping Han, Yunwu Wang, Dean Tian, Jiazhi Liao
The histidine-rich calcium binding protein (HRC) is a regulator of Ca(2+)- homeostasis and it plays a significant role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. However, the relationship between HRC and liver fibrogenesis is still unknown. Our data demonstrated that HRC was upregulated in fibrotic liver and activated HSCs. TGF-β treatment increased α-SMA and HRC expression dose-dependently in HSCs. Repression of HRC reduced α-SMA, CTGF and collagens expression, and inhibited HSCs proliferation and migration...
November 23, 2016: Biology Open
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