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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922182/retinoid-derivative-tp80-exhibits-anti-hepatitis-c-virus-activity-through-restoration-of-gi-gpx-expression
#1
Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Yukiko Okuno, Masahiko Ajiro, Kei Iida, Masatsugu Denawa, Makoto Yamamoto, Naoya Sakamoto, Hiroyuki Kagechika, Masatoshi Hagiwara
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus with an estimated infection in ∼180 million people worldwide, and its chronic infection leads to development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Although recent development of direct acting antiviral (DAA) compounds improved anti-HCV regimens, alternative therapeutic compounds are still demanded due to an expected emergence of escape mutants for those DAAs. In order to identify novel anti-HCV agents, we conducted chemical library screening for 2,086 compounds using HCV Rep-Feo reporter replicon in Huh7 hepatoma cells...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922109/regulation-of-hepcidin-expression-by-inflammation-induced-activin-b
#2
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/27922102/slc2a8-glut8-is-a-mammalian-trehalose-transporter-required-for-trehalose-induced-autophagy
#3
Allyson L Mayer, Cassandra B Higgins, Monique R Heitmeier, Thomas E Kraft, Xia Qian, Jan R Crowley, Krzysztof L Hyrc, Wandy L Beatty, Kevin E Yarasheski, Paul W Hruz, Brian J DeBosch
Trehalose is a disaccharide demonstrated to mitigate disease burden in multiple murine neurodegenerative models. We recently revealed that trehalose rapidly induces hepatic autophagy and abrogates hepatic steatosis by inhibiting hexose transport via the SLC2A family of facilitative transporters. Prior studies, however, postulate that intracellular trehalose is sufficient to induce cellular autophagy. The objective of the current study was to identify the means by which trehalose accesses the hepatocyte cytoplasm, and define the distal signaling mechanisms by which trehalose induces autophagy...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922052/human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-exert-hgf-dependent-cytoprotective-effects-in-a-human-relevant-pre-clinical-model-of-copd
#4
Helen Kennelly, Bernard P Mahon, Karen English
Bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have potent immunomodulatory and tissue reparative properties, which may be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as COPD. This study examined the mechanisms by which human MSCs protect against elastase induced emphysema. Using a novel human relevant pre-clinical model of emphysema the efficacy of human MSC therapy and optimal cell dose were investigated. Protective effects were examined in the lung through histological examination. Further in vivo experiments examined the reparative abilities of MSCs after tissue damage was established and the role played by soluble factors secreted by MSCs...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921041/signaling-crosstalk-between-tubular-epithelial-cells-and-interstitial-fibroblasts-after-kidney-injury
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REVIEW
Roderick J Tan, Dong Zhou, Youhua Liu
BACKGROUND: A wide variety of kidney diseases ultimately lead to tubulointerstitial damage. The initial site of injury is usually the renal tubules, with activation of fibroblasts occurring later. Self-limited disease is characterized by transient cellular activation with timed deactivation and ultimately a return to normal functioning, whereas sustained responses characterize chronic disease and the development of irreversible fibrosis. The underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of this cascade of events remain an area of active research...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919947/high-fat-diet-enhances-mammary-tumorigenesis-and-pulmonary-metastasis-and-alters-inflammatory-and-angiogenic-profiles-in-mmtv-pymt-mice
#6
Sneha Sundaram, Lin Yan
The MMTV-PyMT transgenic mouse model is commonly used to study luminal B subtype, which has a lower prevalence but a worse prognosis than luminal A subtype among patients with breast cancer. The objective of the present study was to determine whether an obesogenic, high-fat diet enhances primary tumorigenesis and pulmonary metastasis in female MMTV-PyMT mice. The high-fat diet slightly but significantly increased caloric intake and body fat mass compared to the AIN93G diet. The high-fat diet significantly increased primary mammary tumor progression by 59%, primary tumor weight by 60%, and the number of lung metastases by 147%...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918992/investigation-of-the-metabolites-of-the-hif-stabilizer-fg-4592-roxadustat-in-five-different-in-vitro-models-and-in-a-human-doping-control-sample-using-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#7
Annelie Hansson, Mario Thevis, Holly Cox, Geoff Miller, Daniel Eichner, Ulf Bondesson, Mikael Hedeland
FG-4592 is a hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilizer, which can increase the number of red blood cells in the body. It has not been approved by regulatory authorities, but is available for purchase on the Internet. Due to its ability to improve the oxygen transportation mechanism in the body, FG-4592 is of interest for doping control laboratories, but prior to this study, little information about its metabolism was available. In this study, the metabolism of FG-4592 was investigated in a human doping control sample and in five in vitro models: human hepatocytes and liver microsomes, equine liver microsomes and S9 fraction and the fungus Cunninghamella elegans...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918718/randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-multicenter-phase-ii-study-of-onartuzumab-plus-bevacizumab-versus-placebo-plus-bevacizumab-in-patients-with-recurrent-glioblastoma-efficacy-safety-and-hepatocyte-growth-factor-and-o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase
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Timothy Cloughesy, Gaetano Finocchiaro, Cristóbal Belda-Iniesta, Lawrence Recht, Alba A Brandes, Estela Pineda, Tom Mikkelsen, Olivier L Chinot, Carmen Balana, David R Macdonald, Manfred Westphal, Kirsten Hopkins, Michael Weller, Carlos Bais, Thomas Sandmann, Jean-Marie Bruey, Hartmut Koeppen, Bo Liu, Wendy Verret, See-Chun Phan, David S Shames
Purpose Bevacizumab regimens are approved for the treatment of recurrent glioblastoma in many countries. Aberrant mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (MET) expression has been reported in glioblastoma and may contribute to bevacizumab resistance. The phase II study GO27819 investigated the monovalent MET inhibitor onartuzumab plus bevacizumab (Ona + Bev) versus placebo plus bevacizumab (Pla + Bev) in recurrent glioblastoma. Methods At first recurrence after chemoradiation, bevacizumab-naïve patients with glioblastoma were randomly assigned 1:1 to receive Ona (15 mg/kg, once every 3 weeks) + Bev (15 mg/kg, once every 3 weeks) or Pla + Bev until disease progression...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918551/hepatocarcinogenesis-in-transgenic-mice-carrying-hepatitis-b-virus-pre-s-s-gene-with-the-sw172-mutation
#9
M-W Lai, K-H Liang, W-R Lin, Y-H Huang, S-F Huang, T-C Chen, C-T Yeh
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) carrying the rtA181T/sW172* mutation conferred cross-resistance to adefovir and lamivudine. Cell-based and clinical studies indicated that HBV carrying this mutation had an increased oncogenic potential. Herein, we created transgenic mouse models to study the oncogenicity of the HBV pre-S/S gene containing this mutation. Transgenic mice were generated by transfer of the HBV pre-S/S gene together with its own promoter into C57B6 mice. Four lines of mice were created. Two of them carried wild-type gene and produced high and low levels of HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) (TgWT-H and L)...
December 5, 2016: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918136/development-of-cell-permeable-non-helical-constrained-peptides-to-target-a-key-protein-protein-interaction-in-ovarian-cancer
#10
Mareike M Wiedmann, Yaw Sing Tan, Yuteng Wu, Shintaro Aibara, Wenshu Xu, Hannah F Sore, Chandra S Verma, Laura Itzhaki, Murray Stewart, James D Brenton, David R Spring
There is a lack of current treatment options for ovarian clear cell carcinoma (CCC) and the cancer is often resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy. Hence there is an urgent need for novel therapeutics. The transcription factor hepatocyte nuclear factor 1β (HNF1β) is ubiquitously overexpressed in CCC and is seen as an attractive therapeutic target. This was validated through shRNA-mediated knockdown of the target protein, HNF1β, in five high- and low-HNF1β-expressing CCC lines. To inhibit the protein function, cell-permeable, non-helical constrained proteomimetics to target the HNF1β-importin α protein-protein interaction were designed, guided by X-ray crystallographic data and molecular dynamics simulations...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918111/imatinib-accelerates-progenitor-cell-mediated-liver-regeneration-in-choline-deficient-ethionine-supplemented-diet-fed-mice
#11
András Rókusz, Edina Bugyik, Vanessza Szabó, Armanda Szücs, Sándor Paku, Péter Nagy, Katalin Dezső
Severe chronic hepatic injury can induce complex reparative processes. Ductular reaction and the appearance of small hepatocytes are standard components of this response, which is thought to have both adverse (e.g. fibrosis, carcinogenesis) and beneficial (regeneration) consequences. This complex tissue reaction is regulated by orchestrated cytokine action. We have investigated the influence of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib on a regenerative process. Ductular reaction was induced in mice by the widely used choline-deficient ethionine-supplemented diet (CDE)...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Experimental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917591/the-pde4-inhibitor-roflumilast-reduces-weight-gain-by-increasing-energy-expenditure-and-leads-to-improved-glucose-metabolism
#12
Julia Möllmann, Florian Kahles, Corinna Lebherz, Ben Kappel, Christer Baeck, Frank Tacke, Christian Werner, Massimo Federici, Nikolaus Marx, Michael Lehrke
AIMS: The PDE4 inhibitor roflumilast is a clinically approved anti-inflammatory drug used for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In addition, roflumilast was found to reduce body weight and improve glucose metabolism by a yet unknown mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metabolic effects of roflumilast were investigated in C57BL/6J mice on high fat western-type diet treated with or without roflumilast for a period of 12 weeks. RESULTS: Roflumilast led to a marked reduction of body weight gain, which became apparent in the second week following treatment initiation and was attributable to a pronounced increase of energy expenditure...
December 5, 2016: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917262/toll-like-receptors-in-pathophysiology-of-liver-diseases
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REVIEW
Safak Kiziltas
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pattern recognition receptors that participate in host defense by recognizing pathogen-associated molecular patterns alongside inflammatory processes by recognizing damage associated molecular patterns. Given constant exposure to pathogens from gut, strict control of TLR-associated signaling pathways is essential in the liver, which otherwise may lead to inappropriate production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and interferons and may generate a predisposition to several autoimmune and chronic inflammatory diseases...
November 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917125/comparison-of-liver-cell-models-using-the-basel-phenotyping-cocktail
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Benjamin Berger, Massimiliano Donzelli, Swarna Maseneni, Franziska Boess, Adrian Roth, Stephan Krähenbühl, Manuel Haschke
Currently used hepatocyte cell systems for in vitro assessment of drug metabolism include hepatoma cell lines and primary human hepatocyte (PHH) cultures. We investigated the suitability of the validated in vivo Basel phenotyping cocktail (caffeine [CYP1A2], efavirenz [CYP2B6], losartan [CYP2C9], omeprazole [CYP2C19], metoprolol [CYP2D6], midazolam [CYP3A4]) in vitro and characterized four hepatocyte cell systems (HepG2 cells, HepaRG cells, and primary cryopreserved human hepatocytes in 2-dimensional [2D] culture or in 3D-spheroid co-culture) regarding basal metabolism and CYP inducibility...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916988/circulating-scd36-levels-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-controls
#15
S Heebøll, M K Poulsen, M J Ornstrup, T N Kjær, S B Pedersen, S Nielsen, H Grønbæk, A Handberg
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: CD36 is implicated in fatty acid uptake in multiple tissues, including hepatocytes and adipocytes. Circulating CD36 (sCD36) is increased in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).We explored this association further by investigating correlations between sCD36 levels, intrahepatic lipid content and markers of obesity in NAFLD patients and controls. METHODS: 111 NAFLD patients and 33 normal/overweight controls were included. Intrahepatic lipid content was measured by MR spectroscopy; and subgroups of participants had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (n=99), magnetic resonance imaging (n=94, subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue) and liver biopsy (n=28 NAFLD patients) performed...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916966/alpha-and-beta-cyclodextrin-inclusion-complexes-with-5-fluorouracil-characterization-and-cytotoxic-activity-evaluation
#16
Cristina Di Donato, Margherita Lavorgna, Roberto Fattorusso, Carla Isernia, Marina Isidori, Gaetano Malgieri, Concetta Piscitelli, Chiara Russo, Luigi Russo, Rosa Iacovino
Cyclodextrins are natural macrocyclic oligosaccharides able to form inclusion complexes with a wide variety of guests, affecting their physicochemical and pharmaceutical properties. In order to obtain an improvement of the bioavailability and solubility of 5-fluorouracil, a pyrimidine analogue used as chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of the colon, liver, and stomac cancers, the drug was complexed with alpha- and beta-cyclodextrin. The inclusion complexes were prepared in the solid state by kneading method and characterized by Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry...
December 1, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916916/aniline-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-of-primary-cultured-hepatocytes
#17
Yue Wang, Hong Gao, Xiao-Lin Na, Shu-Ying Dong, Hong-Wei Dong, Jia Yu, Li Jia, Yong-Hui Wu
The toxicity and carcinogenicity of aniline in humans and animals have been well documented. However, the molecular mechanism involved in aniline-induced liver toxicity and carcinogenesis remains unclear. In our research, primary cultured hepatocytes were exposed to aniline (0, 1.25, 2.50, 5.0 and 10.0 μg/mL) for 24 h in the presence or absence of N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC). Levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), and glutathione (GSH), activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT), mitochondrial membrane potential, DNA damage, cell viability, and apoptosis were detected...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916647/ppars-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#18
REVIEW
Kim H H Liss, Brian N Finck
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) encompasses a range of liver pathology ranging from simple steatosis to varying degrees of inflammation, hepatocyte injury and fibrosis. Without intervention it can progress to end-stage liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. Given its close association with obesity, the prevalence of NAFLD has increased dramatically worldwide. Currently, there are no FDA-approved medications for the treatment of NAFLD and although lifestyle modifications with appropriate diet and exercise have been shown to be beneficial, this has been difficult to achieve and sustain for the majority of patients...
December 1, 2016: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916608/functional-properties-of-hepatocytes-in-vitro-are-correlated-with-cell-polarity-maintenance
#19
Anja Zeigerer, Anne Wuttke, Giovanni Marsico, Sarah Seifert, Yannis Kalaidzidis, Marino Zerial
Exploring the cell biology of hepatocytes in vitro could be a powerful strategy to dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying the structure and function of the liver in vivo. However, this approach relies on appropriate in vitro cell culture systems that can recapitulate the cell biological and metabolic features of the hepatocytes in the liver whilst being accessible to experimental manipulations. Here, we adapted protocols for high-resolution fluorescence microscopy and quantitative image analysis to compare two primary hepatocyte culture systems, monolayer and collagen sandwich, with respect to the distribution of two distinct populations of early endosomes (APPL1 and EEA1-positive), endocytic capacity, metabolic and signaling activities...
December 1, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916538/myofibroblasts-derived-from-hepatic-progenitor-cells-create-the-tumor-microenvironment
#20
Sayaka Sekiya, Shizuka Miura, Kanae Matsuda-Ito, Atsushi Suzuki
Hepatic progenitor cells (HPCs) appear in response to several types of chronic injury in the human and rodent liver that often develop into liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and primary liver cancers. However, the contribution of HPCs to the pathogenesis and progression of such liver diseases remains controversial. HPCs are generally defined as cells that can differentiate into hepatocytes and cholangiocytes. In this study, however, we found that HPCs isolated from the chronically injured liver can also give rise to myofibroblasts as a third type of descendant...
November 26, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
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