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Misun Kim, Takako Shibata, Soohyun Kwon, Tae Jun Park, Hee Young Kang
Ultraviolet (UV)-associated hyperpigmented skins are characterized with increased vasculature underlying pigmentation, suggestive of the possible biological role of endothelial cells in the regulation of skin pigmentation during UV irradiation. In this study, we showed that UV-irradiated endothelial cells significantly increased the pigmentation of melanocytes through epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk. The stimulatory effect of endothelial cells was further demonstrated using ex vivo human skin. RNA sequence analysis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that endothelial cells secrete more stem cell factor (SCF) upon UV irradiation than non-irradiated cells...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jing Xu, Hong Xu, Yang Yu, Yi He, Qi Liu, Bo Yang
BACKGROUND The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect of luteolin and solifenacin on diabetic cystopathy (DCP) and to investigate the mechanism of action. A novel link between the overexpression of c-Kit in the bladder and voiding dysfunction was identified in rats with DCP. MATERIAL AND METHODS A rat model of DCP was successfully established by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin and a diet high in glucose and lipids, and animals were treated with luteolin and solifenacin. The effect of luteolin and solifenacin on urinary dysfunction in DCP rats was investigated by assessing bladder pressure and performing a volume test...
March 10, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Brittni M Foster, Danish Zaidi, Tyler R Young, Mary E Mobley, Bethany A Kerr
Metastasis is the primary cause of cancer patient morbidity and mortality, but due to persisting gaps in our knowledge, it remains untreatable. Metastases often occur as patient tumors progress or recur after initial therapy. Tumor recurrence at the primary site may be driven by a cancer stem-like cell or tumor progenitor cell, while recurrence at a secondary site is driven by metastatic cancer stem cells or metastasis-initiating cells. Ongoing efforts are aimed at identifying and characterizing these stem-like cells driving recurrence and metastasis...
March 8, 2018: Biomedicines
Pawan Kumar Raghav, Ajay Kumar Singh, Gurudutta Gangenahalli
Several signaling pathways, ligands, and genes that regulate proliferative and self-renewal properties of the Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) have been studied meticulously. One of the signaling pathways that play a crucial role in the process of hematopoiesis is the Stem Cell Factor (SCF) mediated c-Kit pathway. The c-Kit is a Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK), which is expressed in the cells including HSCs. It undergoes dimerization upon binding with its cognate ligand SCF. As a result, phosphorylation of the Juxtamembrane (JM) domain of c-Kit takes place at Tyr568 and Tyr570 residues...
February 17, 2018: Mutation Research
Bei Zhong, Yu Li, Xiaodong Liu, Dongsheng Wang
The present study aimed to determine the expression of mast cells, C-C motif chemokine ligand 2 (CCL-2) and C-C motif chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) in gastric cancer tumor tissue; and the association of mast cells with the proliferation, migration, invasion and apoptosis of gastric cancer cells. In addition, whether the stem cell factor (SCF)/c-Kit pathway was associated with the secretion of CCL-2 by gastric cancer cells was explored. Flow cytometry analysis and immunohistochemistry were used to observe the relative number of mast cells, and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis were utilized to determine the expression of CCL-2 and CCR2 mRNA and protein...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Takao Niwano, Shuko Terazawa, Hiroaki Nakajima, Genji Imokawa
We recently found that treatment of normal human melanocytes (NHMs) with the antioxidant astaxanthin (AX) suppresses the stem cell factor (SCF)-stimulated protein expression levels of microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) at 1.5 h and of tyrosinase and endothelin B receptor at 96 h post-treatment. Analysis of the signaling cascade(s) involved revealed that although the major SCF-activated signaling cascade that leads to CREB activation (the c-KIT/Shc/Raf-1/ERK/RSK/CREB axis) is not interrupted, the increased phosphorylation of CREB is significantly abrogated by AX...
January 23, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Taras Afonyushkin, Olga V Oskolkova, Valery N Bochkov
Receptor tyrosine kinase c-Kit and its ligand stem cell factor (SCF) regulate resident vascular wall cells and recruit circulating progenitors. We tested whether SCF may be induced by oxidized palmitoyl-arachidonoyl-phosphatidylcholine (OxPAPC) known to accumulate in atherosclerotic vessels. Gene expression analysis demonstrated OxPAPC-induced upregulation of SCF mRNA and protein in different types of endothelial cells (ECs). Elevated levels of SCF mRNA were observed in aortas of ApoE-/- knockout mice. ECs produced biologically active SCF because conditioned medium from OxPAPC-treated cells stimulated activation (phosphorylation) of c-Kit in naïve ECs...
January 12, 2018: Angiogenesis
Cheng-Cheng Zhang, Ya-Ping Lin, Yan Peng, Zeng-Hui Yue, Hai-Jiao Chen, Jian-Wen Yang, Wei-Wei Liu, Li Liu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on gastrointestinal motility and the ultrastructure of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and the expressions of c-kit receptor protein and stem cell factor (SCF) mRNA in diabetic gastroparesis (DGP) rats, so as to explore its mechanism. METHODS: Fifty SD rats were randomly divided into normal, model, acupoint, non-acupoint and metoclopramide groups (n=10 rats/group). DGP model was established by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 2%), and raised with high-sugar high-fat diet irregularly...
December 25, 2017: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Hai-Lan Zhong, Chong-Li Xu, Guang-Sheng Chen, Xiu-Mei Chen
Objective The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between peripheral plasma stem cell factor (SCF)/c-kit levels and the types of dipper and non-dipper hypertension in hypertensive patients. Methods This cross-sectional study included newly diagnosed hypertensive patients who underwent 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor (ABPM) between January 2009 and 2012 in Jiangning city. Patients were divided into the dipper group and the non-dipper group according to ABPM measurements. The levels of SCF and its receptor c-kit, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin 6 (IL-6) in peripheral blood were measured via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays...
December 30, 2017: Chinese Medical Sciences Journal, Chung-kuo i Hsüeh K'o Hsüeh Tsa Chih
Li-Min Zhang, Li-Jun Zeng, Jing Deng, Yu-Qin Zhang, Yu-Jiao Wang, Tian-Yi Xie, Jiang-Hong Ling
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), especially myenteric interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC-MY), are key to gastrointestinal motility. However, their role in the pathogenesis of functional dyspepsia (FD) is unclear. Therefore, autophagy and differentiation of ICC-MY were investigated to elucidate the pathogenesis of gastric motility disorder in FD. METHODS: FD model was induced by chronic stress via tail clamping in rats, which was assessed by the vital signs of rats, gastric emptying rate result and histology...
December 23, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
Jing Xu, Yuzhu Du, Xuanping Zhang, Xin Zhang, Haijiao Xing, Lijia Pan, Rui Jia, Chun-Sheng Jia
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of acupuncture, electroacupuncture (EA) and moxibustion on functional constipation in rats. METHODS: Sixty male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into a control group ( n =8), a model group ( n =11), a medication group ( n =8), an acupuncture group ( n =11), an EA group ( n =11) and a moxibustion group ( n =11) by random number table. The rats in the model group, medication group, acupuncture group, EA group and moxibustion group were treated with intragastric administration of loperamide hydrochloride for 6 days continuously to establish the functional constipation models, while equal volume of drinking water was administrated to rats in the control group at the same time...
May 12, 2017: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
Jianqiao Yin, Yichao Liang, Dalu Wang, Zhaopeng Yan, Hongzhuan Yin, Di Wu, Qi Su
Constipation is a common affliction which causes discomfort and affects the quality of life of affected individuals. Naringenin (NAR), a natural flavonoid widely found in citrus fruits and tomatoes, has been reported to exhibit various pharmacological effects, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, anti-mutagenic, hepatoprotective and anticancer effects. Increasing evidence has indicated that NAR has potential for use in the treatment of constipation. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the laxative effects of NAR in mice with loperamide-induced (Lop-induced) constipation...
February 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Goran Radenkovic, Dina Radenkovic, Aleksandra Velickov
Neural crest cells (NCC) can migrate into different parts of the body and express their strong inductive potential. In addition, they are multipotent and are able to differentiate into various cell types with diverse functions. In the primitive gut, NCC induce differentiation of muscular structures and interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), and they themselves differentiate into the elements of the enteric nervous system (ENS), neurons and glial cells. ICC develop by way of mesenchymal cell differentiation in the outer parts of the primitive gut wall around the myenteric plexus (MP) ganglia, with the exception of colon, where they appear simultaneously also at the submucosal border of the circular muscular layer around the submucosal plexus (SMP) ganglia...
February 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Hee Jin Kim, Nayoung Kim, Yong Sung Kim, Ryoung Hee Nam, Sun Min Lee, Ji Hyun Park, Daeun Choi, Young-Jae Hwang, Jongchan Lee, Hye Seung Lee, Min-Seob Kim, Moon Young Lee, Dong Ho Lee
The aging-associated cellular and molecular changes in esophagus have not been established, yet. Thus we evaluated histological structure, interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)-positive cells, and contractility in the esophagus of Fischer 344 rat at different ages (6-, 31-, 74-weeks, and 2-years). The lamina propria thickness and endomysial area were calculated. The immunoreactivity of c-Kit, nNOS and protein gene product (PGP) 9.5 was counted after immunohistochemistry. Expression of c-Kit, stem cell factor (SCF), nNOS and PGP 9...
2017: PloS One
Yasue Kubota, Takashi Hamakawa, Satoshi Osaga, Atsushi Okada, Shuzo Hamamoto, Noriyasu Kawai, Kenjiro Kohri, Takahiro Yasui
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether c-kit ligand, stem cell factor (SCF) affects the biological behavior of overactive bladder (OAB) and discuss the role of SCF as a possible mediator inducing OAB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, we performed an immunohistochemical study to examine the localization of SCF in the guinea pig and human bladder. Next, urinary SCF levels were measured in patients with OAB and in control subjects to evaluate a potential biomarker for the diagnosis of OAB...
November 7, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Yang Yu, Jiang Jiang, Yi He, Wei Wang, Chen Shen, Bo Yang
Chronic prostatitis (CP) is a common urological disorder, with bladder voiding dysfunction being the primary clinical manifestation. Resveratrol is polyphenolic compound isolated from numerous plants, with widely‑reported anti-inflammatory properties. The present study aimed to investigate whether resveratrol may improve overactive bladder in rats with CP and to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. Furthermore, the potential pharmacological synergy between resveratrol and solifenacin was also investigated as a potential treatment for CP...
August 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Yi He, Huizhi Zeng, Yang Yu, Jiashu Zhang, Qi Liu, Bo Yang
To investigate the detrusor fibrosis and urinary dysfunction in chronic prostatitis (CP), and to investigate whether resveratrol can improve the urinary dysfunction and the underlying molecular mechanism. After rat model of CP is established by subcutaneously injecting DPT vaccine, rats are treated with resveratrol. Experiments of bladder pressure and volume test in rats are used to investigate the effect of resveratrol on urinary dysfunction in CP rats. To assess tissue fibrosis, picrosirius red staining is performed...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yukari Mizukami, Koji Sugawara, Yukimi Kira, Daisuke Tsuruta
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is a multi-kinase inhibitor for treating advanced hepatocellular and renal cell carcinomas by targeting various types of receptors and signaling molecules, including vascular endothelial growth factor receptors, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and Raf-1. Sorafenib may cause diverse cutaneous adverse reactions, including hand-foot reaction, facial and scalp eruptions, alopecia and pruritus. However, the mechanism of these adverse effects has not been well-investigated...
December 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
Yi He, Huizhi Zeng, Yang Yu, Jiashu Zhang, Xingping Duan, Qi Liu, Bo Yang
PURPOSE: Bladder smooth muscle cell death accompanied by hyperplasia and hypertrophy, as induced by inflammation, is the primary cause for poor bladder function. There are emerging evidences on the role of chronic inflammation as a factor involved in carcinogenesis and progression. We aim to determine the bladder smooth muscle pathological changes and dysfunction in chronic prostatitis (CP), to investigate whether resveratrol can improve the urinary dysfunction and the role of c-kit/SCF pathway, that has been associated with the smooth muscle carcinogenesis...
November 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Wenchang Zhang, Tingting Wu, Chenyun Zhang, Lingfeng Luo, Meimei Xie, Huiling Huang
Since the 1990s, the rising problem that gonad reproductive toxicity on adult female after exposing to cadmium (Cd), an environmental endocrine disruptor, has attracted high attention at home and abroad,and was systematically studied. Our research focuses on a further problem is that early cadmium exposure (during birth to before puberty) impact on development and function of ovarian cells and its possible mechanism. Our research focuses on the changes of ovarian cells growth and development after the newborn rat ovaries with cadmium exposure in vitro, and different expression of ovarian cells development-related factors, SCF/c-kit and changes of their DNA methylation status...
October 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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