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Chen Qu, Dandan Zheng, Sai Li, Yingjun Liu, Anna Lidofsky, Jacinta A Holmes, Jianning Chen, Lu He, Lan Wei, Yadi Liao, Hui Yuan, Qimeng Jin, Zelong Lin, Qiaoting Hu, Yuchuan Jiang, Mengxian Tu, Xijun Chen, Weiming Li, Wenyu Lin, Bryan C Fuchs, Raymond T Chung, Jian Hong
Spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) plays a critical role in immune cell signaling pathways and has been reported as a novel biomarker for human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We sought to investigate the mechanism by which SYK promotes liver fibrosis and to evaluate SYK as a therapeutic target for liver fibrosis. We evaluated the cellular localization of SYK and the association between SYK expression and liver fibrogenesis in normal, HBV-infected, HCV-infected and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) liver tissue (n=36, 127, 22 and 30, respectively)...
March 14, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Patrício Aguiar, Olga Azevedo, Rui Pinto, Jacira Marino, Carlos Cardoso, Nuno Sousa, Damião Cunha, Derralynn Hughes, José Luís Ducla Soares
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathy is a major determinant of overall Fabry disease (FD) prognosis, with the worst outcomes in patients with myocardial fibrosis. Late gadolinium enhancement is currently the gold standard for evaluation of replacement myocardial fibrosis; however, this event is irreversible, thus identification of biomarkers of earlier diffuse fibrosis is paramount. METHODS AND RESULTS: Type I collagen synthesis and degradation biomarkers (PICP [carboxyterminal propeptide of procollagen type I], ICTP [carboxyterminal telopeptide of type I collagen], and MMP1 [matrix metalloproteinase 1] and MMP2) and markers of bone synthesis and degradation were evaluated (to adjust type I collagen metabolism to bone turnover) in FD patients and controls...
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
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
Claus Uhrenholt Christensen, Emilie Glavind, Karen Louise Thomsen, Yong Ook Kim, Sara Heebøll, Detlef Schuppan, Stephen Hamilton-Dutoit, Christian Würtz Heegaard, Henning Grønbæk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hepatic cholesterol deposition drives inflammation and fibrosis in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The Niemann-Pick type C2 (NPC2) protein plays an important role in regulating intracellular cholesterol trafficking and homeostasis. We hypothesized that intravenous NPC2 supplementation reduces cholesterol accumulation, hepatic inflammation and fibrogenesis in a nutritional NASH rat model. METHODS: Rats were fed a high-fat, high-cholesterol (HFHC) diet for four weeks resulting in moderately severe NASH...
2018: PloS One
M Graupp, B Rinner, M T Frisch, G Weiss, J Fuchs, M Sundl, A El-Heliebi, G Moser, L P Kamolz, M Karbiener, M Gugatschka
BACKGROUND: Vocal fold (VF) scarring remains a therapeutic dilemma and challenge in modern laryngology. To facilitate corresponding research, we aimed to establish an in vitro fibrogenesis model employing human VF fibroblasts (hVFF) and the principles of macromolecular crowding (MMC). METHODS: Fibrogenesis was promoted by addition of transforming growth factor-β1 to standard medium and medium containing inert macromolecules (MMC). Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and Botox type A were tested for their antifibrotic properties in various doses...
March 8, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Awen Menou, JanWillem Duitman, Bruno Crestani
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a devastating chronic, progressive and irreversible disease that remains refractory to current therapies. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their inhibitors, tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs), have been implicated in the development of pulmonary fibrosis since decades. Coagulation signalling deregulation, which influences several key inflammatory and fibro-proliferative responses, is also essential in IPF pathogenesis, and a growing body of evidence indicates that Protease-Activated Receptors (PARs) inhibition in IPF may be promising for future evaluation...
March 5, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Qian Ding, Zhen Li, Bin Liu, Liping Ling, Xiangguo Tian, Chunqing Zhang
Propranolol is known to reduce portal pressure by decreasing blood flow to the splanchnic circulation and the liver. However, it is unknown if propranolol improves fibrogenesis and sinusoidal remodeling in the cirrhotic liver. The aim of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effects of propranolol on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced liver fibrosis in a mouse model and the intrinsic mechanisms underlying those effects. In this study, a hepatic cirrhosis mouse model was induced by CCl4 administration for 6weeks...
March 4, 2018: Human Pathology
Xiaoshan Wu, Lei Hu, Yan Li, Yang Li, Fu Wang, Ping Ma, Jinsong Wang, Chunmei Zhang, Canhua Jiang, Songlin Wang
The tooth root transmits and balances occlusal forces through the periodontium to the alveolar bone. The periodontium, including the gingiva, the periodontal ligament, the cementum and the partial alveolar bone, derives from the dental follicle (DF), except for the gingiva. In the early developmental stages, the DF surrounds the tooth germ as a sphere and functions to promote tooth eruption. However, the morphological dynamics and factors regulating the differentiation of the DF during root elongation remain largely unknown...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Jacob E Friedman, Evgenia Dobrinskikh, Alba Alfonso-Garcia, Alexander Fast, Rachel C Janssen, Taylor K Soderborg, Aimee L Anderson, Julie A Reisz, Angelo D'Alessandro, Daniel N Frank, Charles E Robertson, Becky A de la Houssaye, Linda K Johnson, David J Orlicky, Xiaoxin X Wang, Moshe Levi, Eric O Potma, Karim C El Kasmi, Karen R Jonscher
Increasingly, evidence suggests that exposure to maternal obesity creates an inflammatory environment in utero , exerting long-lasting postnatal signatures on the juvenile innate immune system and microbiome that may predispose offspring to development of fatty liver disease. We found that exposure to a maternal Western-style diet (WD) accelerated fibrogenesis in the liver of offspring and was associated with early recruitment of proinflammatory macrophages at 8-12 weeks and microbial dysbiosis as early as 3 weeks of age...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Lu Zhao, Mengchen Shi, Lina Zhou, Hengchang Sun, Xiaona Zhang, Lei He, Zeli Tang, Caiqin Wang, Yinjuan Wu, Tingjin Chen, Mei Shang, Xinyi Zhou, Zhipeng Lin, Xuerong Li, Xinbing Yu, Yan Huang
BACKGROUND: Clonorchis sinensis (C. sinensis) is the most widespread human liver fluke in East Asia including China and Korea. Clonorchiasis as a neglected tropical zoonosis, leads to serious economic and public health burden in China. There are considerable evidences for an etiological relation between chronic clonorchiasis and liver fibrosis in human beings. Liver fibrosis is a highly conserved and over-protected response to hepatic tissue injury. Immune cells including CD4+ T cell as well as dendritic cell (DC), and pro-fibrogenic cytokines like interleukin 4 (IL-4), IL-13 have been identified as vital manipulators in liver fibrogenesis...
March 5, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Haitao Sun, Guanxin Chen, Bin Wen, Jialing Sun, Haiyan An, Jie Pang, Wei Xu, Xuemei Yang, Songqi He
Oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 is a Carapax trionycis extract component that has an effect on hepatic fibrosis, however, its mechanism of action is still unclear. This study investigated whether oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 could inhibit liver fibrosis by suppressing NF-κB and Wnt/β-catenin signaling, which are important in liver fibrosis. HSC-T6 cells were treated with oligo-peptide I-C-F-6, and rats were divided randomly into five groups: control (saline), CCl4 , CCl4 plus oligo-peptide I-C-F-6 (0.12 and 0.24 mg/kg), and CCl4 plus colchicine (0...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Li Zhou, Shunai Liu, Ming Han, Yanhua Ma, Shenghu Feng, Jing Zhao, Hongping Lu, Xiaoxue Yuan, Jun Cheng
Recent studies have shown the effect of microRNAs on HSC activation and transformation, which is essential for the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. In our study, we explored the role of miR-185 in liver fibrosis. Plasma miR-185 was detected in hepatitis B virus-related liver fibrosis patients (S2/3, n = 10) by Illumina HiSeq sequencing, and healthy volunteers were selected (n = 8) as the control group. We found that the plasma miR-185 level in fibrosis patients was significantly downregulated. CCl4 -induced fibrosis tissues in mouse livers and TGF-β1-activated HSCs also presented downregulated miR-185 concomitant with an increased expression of RHEB and RICTOR...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Iman Jamhiri, Saber Zahri, Davood Mehrabani, Zahra Khodabandeh, Mehdi Dianatpour, Ramin Yaghobi, Seyed Younes Hosseini
Induction of apoptosis or quiescent hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) can be an attractive molecular strategy due to the importance of activation of HSCs during hepatic fibrogenesis. Interleukin-24/melanoma differentiation-associated gene-7 (IL-24/mda-7) is a cytokine that has attracted a great deal of attention in the tumor killing as well as pathophysiology of the diseases. In this study, the Pro-apoptotic and senescence inductive properties of IL-24/mda-7 were assessed in human-derived HSCs. Three plasmids expressing natural mda-7, peptide modified version, mda-7-RGD genes beside a recombinant IL-24 protein, were added or transfected into activated LX-2 cells...
March 2, 2018: Immunological Investigations
Jos L van der Velden, Darcy E Wagner, Karolyn G Lahue, Sarah T Abdalla, Ying W Lam, Daniel J Weiss, Yvonne M W Janssen-Heininger
Epithelial cells have been suggested as potential drivers of lung fibrosis, although the epithelial-dependent pathways that promote fibrogenesis remain unknown. Extracellular matrix is increasingly recognized as an environment that can drive cellular responses in various pulmonary diseases. In this study, we demonstrate that transforming growth factor- beta (TGF-β1)-stimulated mouse tracheal basal (MTB) cells produce provisional matrix proteins in vitro, which initiate mesenchymal changes in subsequently freshly plated MTB cells via Rho kinase- and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK1)-dependent processes...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Remo Castro Russo, Benedetta Savino, Massimiliano Mirolo, Chiara Buracchi, Giovanni Germano, Achille Anselmo, Luca Zammataro, Fabio Pasqualini, Alberto Mantovani, Massimo Locati, Mauro M Teixeira
RATIONALE: Chemokines coordinate lung inflammation and fibrosis by acting on chemokine receptors expressed on leukocytes and other cell types. Atypical chemokine receptors (ACKRs) bind, internalize and degrade chemokines, tuning homeostasis and immune responses. ACKR2 recognizes and decreases levels of inflammatory CC chemokines. The role of ACKR2 in fibrogenesis is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the role of ACKR2 in the context of pulmonary fibrosis. METHODS: The effects of ACKR2 expression and deficiency during inflammation and fibrosis were analyzed using a bleomycin-model of fibrosis, ACKR2-deficient mice, bone marrow chimeras and antibody-mediated leukocyte depletion...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Baoping Zhou, Yange Wang, Chunlei Zhang, Guolin Yang, Fan Zhang, Boyang Yu, Chengzhi Chai, Zhengyu Cao
Two new acylated β-hydroxynitrile glycosides, ribemansides A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the aerial parts of Ribes manshuricum. Their structures were elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic analysis. Ribemansides A and B inhibited transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1)-induced expression of α-smooth muscle actin, fibronectin release, and changes in cell morphology in the human proximal tubular epithelial cell line (human kidney-2, HK-2). Further biological evaluation demonstrated that both 1 and 2 inhibit the activity of canonical transient receptor potential cation channel 6 (TRPC6), with IC50 values of 24...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
Marwa M Said, Samar S Azab, Noha M Saeed, Ebtehal El-Demerdash
INTRODUCTION: The present study aimed to elucidate the potential antifibrotic effects of pinocembrin (PIN), a flavanone found abundantly in honey and propolis, by studying its effect on different oxidative stress, inflammatory and fibrosis markers in an experimental model of CCl4-induced liver fibrosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: PIN (20 mg/kg) was given orally 3 times/week for 6 consecutive weeks alternating with CCl4 (0.5 mL/kg, 1:1 mixture with corn oil, i. p.) twice weekly...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Hepatology
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
Haihai Liang, Zhenwei Pan, Xiaoguang Zhao, Li Liu, Jian Sun, Xiaomin Su, Chaoqian Xu, Yuhong Zhou, Dandan Zhao, Bozhi Xu, Xuelian Li, Baofeng Yang, Yanjie Lu, Hongli Shan
Rationale: Cardiac fibrosis is associated with various cardiovascular diseases and can eventually lead to heart failure. Dysregulation of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) has recently been recognized as one of the key mechanisms involved in cardiac diseases. However, the potential roles and underlying mechanisms of lncRNAs in cardiac fibrosis have not been explicitly delineated. Methods and Results: Using a combination of in vitro and in vivo studies, we identified a lncRNA NONMMUT022555, which is designated as a pro-fibrotic lncRNA (PFL), and revealed that PFL is up-regulated in the hearts of mice in response to myocardial infarction (MI) as well as in the fibrotic cardiac fibroblasts (CFs)...
2018: Theranostics
Shih-Yen Weng, Xiaoyu Wang, Santosh Vijayan, Yilang Tang, Yong Ook Kim, Kornelius Padberg, Tommy Regen, Olena Molokanova, Tao Chen, Tobias Bopp, Hansjörg Schild, Frank Brombacher, Jeff R Crosby, Michael L McCaleb, Ari Waisman, Ernesto Bockamp, Detlef Schuppan
Chronic hepatitis leads to liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a major cause of worldwide morbidity and mortality. Macrophages play a key role in fibrosis progression and reversal. However, the signals that determine fibrogenic vs fibrolytic macrophage function remain ill defined. We studied the role of interleukin-4 receptor α (IL-4Rα), a potential central switch of macrophage polarization, in liver fibrosis progression and reversal. We demonstrate that inflammatory monocyte infiltration and liver fibrogenesis were suppressed in general IL-4Rα-/- as well as in macrophage-specific IL-4Rα-/- (IL-4RαΔLysM ) mice...
February 17, 2018: EBioMedicine
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