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Yanli Sun, Jianhua Fu, Xindong Xue, Haiping Yang, Linlin Wu
The present study investigated the expression of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 7 in a newborn rat model of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and the biological effects of BMP7 on newborn rat lung fibroblast (LF) cells. For this purpose, a total of 196 newborn rats were randomly and equally assigned to a model group and a control group. Lung tissue was collected at days 3, 7, 14 and 21 for histological analysis. The location and expression of BMP7 was examined by immunohistochemical staining and reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR) analysis...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Suneel Gupta, Michael K Fink, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Ratnakar Tripathi, Prashant R Sinha, Ajay Sharma, Nathan P Hesemann, Shyam S Chaurasia, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Rajiv R Mohan
Purpose: We tested the potential of bone morphogenic protein 7 (BMP7) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) combination gene therapy to treat preformed corneal fibrosis using established rabbit in vivo and human in vitro models. Methods: Eighteen New Zealand White rabbits were used. Corneal fibrosis was produced by alkali injury. Twenty-four hours after scar formation, cornea received topically either balanced salt solution (BSS; n = 6), polyethylenimine-conjugated gold nanoparticle (PEI2-GNP)-naked plasmid (n = 6) or PEI2-GNP plasmids expressing BMP7 and HGF genes (n = 6)...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Udit Singhal, Yugang Wang, James Henderson, Yashar S Niknafs, Yuanyuan Qiao, Amy Gursky, Alexander Zaslavsky, Jae-Seung Chung, David C Smith, R Jeffrey Karnes, S Laura Chang, Felix Y Feng, Ganesh S Palapattu, Russell S Taichman, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Scott A Tomlins, Todd M Morgan
The trend towards precision-based therapeutic approaches dictated by molecular alterations offers substantial promise for men with metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). However, current approaches for molecular characterization are primarily tissue based, necessitating serial biopsies to understand changes over time and are limited by the challenges inherent to extracting genomic material from predominantly bone metastases. Therefore, a circulating tumor cell (CTC)-based assay was developed to determine gene expression across a panel of clinically relevant and potentially actionable prostate cancer related genes...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Laia Caja, Kalliopi Tzavlaki, Mahsa S Dadras, E-Jean Tan, Gad Hatem, Naga P Maturi, Anita Morén, Lotta Wik, Yukihide Watanabe, Katia Savary, Masood Kamali-Moghaddan, Lene Uhrbom, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Aristidis Moustakas
Glioblastoma multiforme is a brain malignancy characterized by high heterogeneity, invasiveness, and resistance to current therapies, attributes related to the occurrence of glioma stem cells (GSCs). Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) promotes self-renewal and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) induces differentiation of GSCs. BMP7 induces the transcription factor Snail to promote astrocytic differentiation in GSCs and suppress tumor growth in vivo. We demonstrate that Snail represses stemness in GSCs. Snail interacts with SMAD signaling mediators, generates a positive feedback loop of BMP signaling and transcriptionally represses the TGFB1 gene, decreasing TGFβ1 signaling activity...
February 16, 2018: Oncogene
Chelsey Zurowski, Heather Jamniczky, Daniel Graf, Jessica Theodor
Quantifying regulatory gene effects on dental morphology and function has implications for the underlying mechanisms that generated dental diversity in mammals. We tested the hypothesis that regulatory gene expression changes lead to differences in molars using a neural crest knockout of bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP7) in Mus musculus. Three-dimensional geometric morphometric methods were used to quantify the shape of the molar toothrow. BMP7 mutants have extra cusps on the first upper and lower molars, and alterations in cusp orientation and morphology...
January 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Tal Capucha, Noam Koren, Maria Nassar, Oded Heyman, Tsipora Nir, Maayan Levy, Gili Zilberman-Schapira, Katya Zelentova, Luba Eli-Berchoer, Martin Zenke, Thomas Hieronymus, Asaf Wilensky, Herve Bercovier, Eran Elinav, Björn E Clausen, Avi-Hai Hovav
Mucosal Langerhans cells (LCs) originate from pre-dendritic cells and monocytes. However, the mechanisms involved in their in situ development remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that the differentiation of murine mucosal LCs is a two-step process. In the lamina propria, signaling via BMP7-ALK3 promotes translocation of LC precursors to the epithelium. Within the epithelium, TGF-β1 finalizes LC differentiation, and ALK5 is crucial to this process. Moreover, the local microbiota has a major impact on the development of mucosal LCs, whereas LCs in turn maintain mucosal homeostasis and prevent tissue destruction...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
V M Jovanovic, A Salti, H Tilleman, K Zega, M M Jukic, H Zou, R H Friedel, N Prakash, S Blaess, F Edenhofer, C Brodski
The embryonic formation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons in vivo provides critical guidelines for the in vitro differentiation of mDA neurons from stem cells, currently being developed for Parkinson's disease cell replacement therapy. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)/SMAD inhibition is routinely used during early steps of stem cell differentiation protocols, including for the generation of mDA neurons. However, the function of the BMP/SMAD pathway for in vivo specification of mammalian mDA neurons is virtually unknown...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Eva Gravesen, Maria Lerche Mace, Anders Nordholm, Jacob Hofman-Bang, Keith Hruska, Carsten Haagen Nielsen, Andreas Kjær, Klaus Olgaard, Ewa Lewin
Hyperphosphatemia and vascular calcification are frequent complications of chronic renal failure and bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP7) has been shown to protect against development of vascular calcification in uremia. The present investigation examined the potential reversibility of established uremic vascular calcification by treatment of uremic rats with BMP7. A control model of isogenic transplantation of a calcified aorta from uremic rats into healthy littermates examined whether normalization of the uremic environment reversed vascular calcification...
2018: PloS One
Die Ren, Pan Ju, Jianing Liu, Dongsheng Ni, Yuping Gu, Yaoshui Long, Qin Zhou, Yajun Xie
Kidney mainly arises from the induction of metanephric mesenchymal cells (MM cells) and the ureteric bud (UB). Transmembrane protein-100 (Tmem100) consists of two transmembrane regions with strong temporal and spatial expression characteristics during renal development. However, the function of Tmem100 in mouse embryonic kidney-derived cells remained unclear. We provided qPCR to verify the relationship between Tmem100 and the BMP signal pathway. To clarify the role of Tmem100 in cell proliferation and apoptosis, we carry out EdU incorporation, annexin V- fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) apoptosis assay...
December 15, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Kuei-Chang Li, Yu-Han Chang, Mu-Nung Hsu, Shih-Chun Lo, Wan-Hua Li, Yu-Chen Hu
Osteoporotic patients often suffer from bone fracture but its healing is compromised due to impaired osteogenesis potential of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). Here we aimed to exploit adipose-derived stem cells from ovariectomized rats (OVX-ASCs) for bone healing. We unraveled that OVX-ASCs highly expressed miR-214 and identified 2 miR-214 targets: CTNNB1 (β-catenin) and TAB2. We demonstrated that miR-214 targeting of these two genes blocked the Wnt pathway, led to preferable adipogenesis and hindered osteogenesis...
November 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jinlong Yin, Ji-Eun Jung, Sun Il Choi, Sung Soo Kim, Young Taek Oh, Tae-Hoon Kim, Eunji Choi, Sun Joo Lee, Hana Kim, Eun Ok Kim, Yu Sun Lee, Hee Jin Chang, Joo Yong Park, Yeejeong Kim, Tak Yun, Kyun Heo, Youn-Jae Kim, Hyunggee Kim, Yun-Hee Kim, Jong Bae Park, Sung Weon Choi
Despite expressing high levels of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), a majority of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients show limited response to cetuximab and ultimately develop drug resistance. However, mechanism underlying cetuximab resistance in OSCC is not clearly understood. Here, using a mouse orthotopic xenograft model of OSCC, we show that bone morphogenic protein-7-phosphorylated Smad-1, -5, -8 (BMP7-p-Smad1/5/8) signaling contributes to cetuximab resistance. Tumor cells isolated from the recurrent cetuximab-resistant xenograft models exhibited low EGFR expression but extremely high levels of p-Smad1/5/8...
February 1, 2018: Cancer Letters
P Tríbulo, L G B Siqueira, L J Oliveira, T Scheffler, P J Hansen
Knowledge of the molecules used by the maternal reproductive tract to regulate development of the preimplantation embryo is largely incomplete. The goal of the present experiment was to identify candidates for this function. The approach was to assess expression patterns in the endometrium and oviduct of 93 genes encoding for hormones, growth factors, chemokines, cytokines, and WNT-related molecules. Results show that all of the genes were expressed in the reproductive tract. Expression in oviduct was affected by day of the estrous cycle for 21 genes with 11 genes having highest expression at estrus (CCL21, CTGF, CXCL10, CXCL16, DKK3, FGF10, IL18, IL33, IL34, PGF, and SFRP2), one gene at d 3 (WNT4), 8 at d 5 (BMP7, HGF, IL6, SFRP1, TGFB1, WIF1, WNT2, and WNT5A), and one at d 7 (IK)...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
S Rozenblit-Susan, N Chapnik, O Froy
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Serotonin is synthesized by many cells in the periphery to affect vasoconstriction, intestinal motility, and glucose and lipid metabolism. It has recently been shown that serotonin leads to fat accumulation in white adipose tissue (WAT). However, the direct effect of serotonin on brown adipose tissue differentiation and metabolism is limited. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the effect of serotonin on brown adipocyte metabolism and differentiation. METHODS: Non-differentiated HIB1B cells and differentiated HIB1B brown adipocytes were treated with serotonin and their metabolism and differentiation examined...
October 30, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Andrea M Chiariello, Andrea Esposito, Carlo Annunziatella, Simona Bianco, Luca Fiorillo, Antonella Prisco, Mario Nicodemi
In the last decade, the developments of novel technologies, such as Hi-C or GAM methods, allowed to discover that chromosomes in the nucleus of mammalian cells have a complex spatial organization, encompassing the functional contacts between genes and regulators. In this work, we review recent progresses in chromosome modeling based on polymer physics to understand chromatin structure and folding mechanisms. As an example, we derive in mouse embryonic stem cells the full 3D structure of the Bmp7 locus, a genomic region that plays a key role in osteoblastic differentiation...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Khan Mohammad Imran, Dahyeon Yoon, Yong-Sik Kim
Obesity poses a substantial threat of a worldwide epidemic and requires better understanding of adipose-tissue biology as well as necessitates research into the etiology and therapeutic interventions. In this study, Medicarpin (Med), a natural pterocarpan, was selected (by screening) as a small-molecule inducer of adipocyte differentiation among 854 candidates by using C3H10T1/2 mesenchymal stem cell; a cellular model of adipogenesis. Med induced the expression of brown-adipocyte commitment marker Bmp7 as well as the early regulators of brown fat fate Pparγ, Prdm16, and Pgc-1α during differentiation of C3H10T1/2 mesenchymal stem cells...
October 24, 2017: BioFactors
Kristy L Townsend, Christopher J Madden, Magdalena Blaszkiewicz, Lindsay McDougall, Domenico Tupone, Matthew D Lynes, Yuji Mishina, Paul Yu, Shaun F Morrison, Yu-Hua Tseng
The regulation of energy balance involves complex processes in the brain, including coordination by hypothalamic neurons that contain pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). We previously demonstrated that central bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) 7 reduced appetite. Now we show that a type 1 BMP receptor, BMPR1A, is colocalized with POMC neurons and that POMC-BMPR1A-knockout (KO) mice are hyperphagic, revealing physiological involvement of BMP signaling in anorectic POMC neurons in the regulation of appetite. Surprisingly, the hyperphagic POMC-BMPR1A-KO mice exhibited a lack of obesity, even on a 45% high-fat diet...
December 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Zhou-Yi Wu, Jian-Rui Li, Meng-Hao Huang, Jun-Jun Cheng, Hu Li, Jin-Hua Chen, Xiao-Qin Lv, Zong-Gen Peng, Jian-Dong Jiang
The hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with various extrahepatic manifestations, which are correlated with poor outcomes, and thus increase the morbidity and mortality of chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Therefore, understanding the internal linkages between systemic manifestations and HCV infection is helpful for treatment of CHC. Yet, the mechanism by which the virus evokes the systemic diseases remains to be elucidated. In the present study, using gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) and signaling pathway impact analysis (SPIA), a comprehensive analysis of microarray data of mRNAs was conducted in HCV-infected and -uninfected Huh7...
October 5, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Xiaomiao Li, Sheng Shi, Jianwei Chen, Guibin Zhong, Xinfeng Li, Zude Liu
Longitudinal bone growth is governed by a complex network of endocrine signals including leptin. In mouse, leptin deficiency leads to distinct phenotypes in bones of the limb and spine, suggesting the appendicular and axial skeletons are subject to differential regulation by leptin. We established primary cultures for the chondrocytes from tibial and vertebral epiphyseal plates. Cellular proliferation and apoptosis were analyzed for the chondrocytes that had been treated with various concentrations of leptin...
October 5, 2017: Cell Biology International
Yanli Zhang, Fengzhe Li, Xu Feng, Hua Yang, Aoxiang Zhu, Jing Pang, Le Han, Tingting Zhang, Xiaolei Yao, Feng Wang
BACKGROUND: Ovulation rate and litter size are important reproductive traits in sheep with high economic value. Recent work has revealed a potential link between DNA methylation and prolificacy. However, a genome-wide study that sought to identify potential DNA methylation sites involved in sheep prolificacy indicated that it is still unknown. Here, we aimed to investigate the genome-wide DNA methylation profiles of Hu sheep ovaries by comparing a high-prolificacy group (HP, litter size of three for at least 2 consecutive lambings) and low prolificacy group (LP, litter size of one for at least 2 consecutive lambings) using deep whole-genome bisulfite sequencing (WGBS)...
October 2, 2017: BMC Genomics
G-S Mao, M Yan, Z-Z Ma, L-Z Sun, Y Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the activation of the BMP7 and laminin pathway is associated with glioma cell proliferation and differentiation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 65 patients with primary operable glioma. Laminin and BMP7 protein expression and its subcellular localization were studied by immunofluorescence. RESULTS: We detected a higher level of BMP7 expression in glioma tissue in patients with a lower grade of glioma who had a lower eosinophil count...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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