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Lin Hai Kurahara, Keizo Hiraishi, Yaopeng Hu, Kaori Koga, Miki Onitsuka, Mayumi Doi, Kunihiko Aoyagi, Hidetoshi Takedatsu, Daibo Kojima, Yoshitaka Fujihara, Yuwen Jian, Ryuji Inoue
Background & Aims: The transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) channel is highly expressed in the intestinal lamina propria, but its contribution to gut physiology/pathophysiology is unclear. Here, we evaluated the function of myofibroblast TRPA1 channels in intestinal remodeling. Methods: An intestinal myofibroblast cell line (InMyoFibs) was stimulated by transforming growth factor-β1 to induce in vitro fibrosis. Trpa1 knockout mice were generated using the Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated 9 (Cas9) system...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Yoshinori Tanino
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March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Shanon Seger, Manuel Stritt, Enrico Vezzali, Oliver Nayler, Patrick Hess, Peter M A Groenen, Anna K Stalder
Intratracheal administration of bleomycin induces fibrosis in the lung, which is mainly assessed by histopathological grading that is subjective. Current literature highlights the need of reproducible and quantitative pulmonary fibrosis analysis. If some quantitative studies looked at fibrosis parameters separately, none of them quantitatively assessed both aspects: lung tissue remodeling and collagenization. To ensure reliable quantification, support vector machine learning was used on digitalized images to design a fully automated method that analyzes two important aspects of lung fibrosis: (i) areas having substantial tissue remodeling with appearance of dense fibrotic masses and (ii) collagen deposition...
2018: PloS One
Gali Epstein Shochet, Lutz Wollin, David Shitrit
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease with poor prognosis. Activated fibroblasts are the key effector cells in fibrosis, producing excessive amounts of collagen and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Whether the ECM conditioned by IPF fibroblasts determines the phenotype of naïve fibroblasts is difficult to explore. METHODS: IPF-derived primary fibroblasts were cultured on Matrigel and then cleared using ammonium hydroxide, creating an IPF-conditioned matrix (CM)...
March 12, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Caroline L Hall, Adrienne R Wells, Kai P Leung
Pirfenidone (PFD) is a synthetic small molecule inhibitor with demonstrated anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic properties in vitro and in vivo. The exact mechanism(s) of PFD action remain unclear, due in part to the broad effects of this drug on the complex processes involved in inflammation and fibrosis. While PFD is FDA-approved for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the efficacy of this compound for the treatment of dermal fibrosis has not yet been fully characterized. Dermal fibrosis is the pathological formation of excess fibrous connective tissue of the skin, usually the result of traumatic cutaneous injury...
March 1, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Eva Brunnemer, Julia Wälscher, Svenja Tenenbaum, Julia Hausmanns, Karen Schulze, Marianne Seiter, Claus Peter Heussel, Arne Warth, Felix J F Herth, Michael Kreuter
BACKGROUND: Nintedanib, an oral tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has been shown to slow down the progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in two randomised placebo-controlled trials by reducing the annual decline in forced vital capacity (FVC). However, real-world experience is limited. OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy and safety of nintedanib in a large cohort of patients treated at a tertiary referral site for interstitial lung diseases. METHODS: The records of patients with a confirmed diagnosis of IPF were reviewed...
February 28, 2018: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
Giacomo Sgalla, Bruno Iovene, Mariarosaria Calvello, Margherita Ori, Francesco Varone, Luca Richeldi
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive disease characterized by the aberrant accumulation of fibrotic tissue in the lungs parenchyma, associated with significant morbidity and poor prognosis. This review will present the substantial advances achieved in the understanding of IPF pathogenesis and in the therapeutic options that can be offered to patients, and will address the issues regarding diagnosis and management that are still open. MAIN BODY: Over the last two decades much has been clarified about the pathogenic pathways underlying the development and progression of the lung scarring in IPF...
February 22, 2018: Respiratory Research
Michelle Vega-Olivo, Gerard J Criner
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a rare disease characterized by decline in lung function, dyspnea, and cough. The clinical course of IPF is variable and unpredictable. Early referral to specialists is key to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis. Two antifibrotic drugs (nintedanib and pirfenidone) have been approved for the treatment of IPF.
February 19, 2018: Nurse Practitioner
Philippe Lachapelle, Meina Li, Jo Douglass, Alastair Stewart
The transforming growth factor (TGF)-β cytokines play a central role in development and progression of chronic respiratory diseases. TGF-β overexpression in chronic inflammation, remodeling, fibrotic process and susceptibility to viral infection is established in the most prevalent chronic respiratory diseases including asthma, COPD, lung cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Despite the overwhelming burden of respiratory diseases in the world, new pharmacological therapies have been limited in impact...
February 17, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Michel R Corboz, Jimin Zhang, Daniel LaSala, Keith DiPetrillo, Zhili Li, Vladimir Malinin, Jeremy Brower, Philip J Kuehl, Ted E Barrett, Walter R Perkins, Richard W Chapman
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive and lethal disease and while there are now two approved drugs (Esbriet® and Ofev®) additional effective treatments are still needed. Recently, prostacyclin analogs such as iloprost and treprostinil (TRE) have been shown to exert some protection against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in mice when administered in a prophylactic regimen. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the inhaled treprostinil prodrug hexadecyl-treprostinil (C16TR) formulated in a lipid nanoparticle (INS1009) administered therapeutically in a fibrotic rat model...
February 1, 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Nipun Verma, Pramod Kumar, Suvradeep Mitra, Sunil Taneja, Sahajal Dhooria, Ashim Das, Ajay Duseja, Radha Krishan Dhiman, Yogesh Chawla
Idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury (DILI) is ranked among the top most common etiologies of acute liver failure (ALF). It carries poor transplant-free survival. Pirfenidone is an anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic drug that is commonly used for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Hepatotoxicity due to pirfenidone is rare and generally manifests as a mild rise in serum aminotransferases. In this mini-review, we report an unusual case of idiosyncratic DILI due to pirfenidone presenting as ALF, with emphasis on the definition, classification, diagnostic criteria, histopathology, molecular markers, and treatment options for DILI and related ALF...
February 2018: Hepatology communications
Yan-Wu Sun, Yi-Yi Zhang, Xin-Jie Ke, Xue-Jing Wu, Zhi-Fen Chen, Pan Chi
Radiation-induced intestinal fibrosis (RIF) is a chronic toxicity following radiation, and can be very difficult to treat. Pirfenidone is a promising anti-fibrotic agent that inhibits fibrosis progression in various clinical and experimental studies. This study was aimed to explore whether pirfenidone could protect against RIF, and to evaluate the underlying mechanism. An animal model of RIF was induced by exposure of a single dose of 20Gy to the pelvis. Rats were orally administered with pirfenidone (200, 400 md/kg/d) for 12 weeks...
January 25, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Fanny Porte, Vincent Cottin, Laura Catella, Laura Luciani, Katell Le Lay, Stève Bénard
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a specific form of chronic, progressive, fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause. To date, there is no specific cure for IPF and only two treatments (pirfenidone and nintedanib) have marketing authorizations and recommendations in international and French guidelines. OBJECTIVES: A cost-utility analysis (CUA) has been conducted to evaluate the efficiency of nintedanib, in comparison to all available alternatives, in a French setting using the official methodological guidelines...
January 25, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Qiwang Ma, Yu Ma, Xiaotian Dai, Tao Ren, Yingjie Fu, Wenbin Liu, Yufei Han, Yingchuan Wu, Yu Cheng, Ting Zhang, Wei Zuo
Irreversible destruction of bronchi and alveoli can lead to multiple incurable lung diseases. Identifying lung stem/progenitor cells with regenerative capacity and utilizing them to reconstruct functional tissue is one of the biggest hopes to reverse the damage and cure such diseases. Here we showed that a rare population of SOX9+ basal cells (BCs) located at airway epithelium rugae can regenerate adult human lung. Human SOX9+ BCs can be readily isolated by bronchoscopic brushing and indefinitely expanded in feeder-free condition...
January 17, 2018: Protein & Cell
Jürgen Behr, Andreas Günther, Francesco Bonella, Klaus Geißler, Dirk Koschel, Michael Kreuter, Antje Prasse, Nicolas Schönfeld, Helmut Sitter, Joachim Müller-Quernheim, Ulrich Costabel
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a severe and often fatal disease with a median survival of 2 - 4 years after diagnosis. Since the publication of the German IPF guideline in 2013 new treatment trials have been published, necessitating an update of the pharmacological therapy of IPF. Different from the previous guideline, the GRADE system was discarded and replaced by the Oxford evidence classification system which allows a more differentiated judgement. The following pharmacological therapies were rated not suitable for the treatment of IPF patients (recommendation A; evidence 1-b): triple therapy with prednisolone, azathioprine and acetyl-cysteine; imatinib; ambrisentan; bosentan; macitentan...
January 16, 2018: Pneumologie
Francesco Varone, Giacomo Sgalla, Bruno Iovene, Teresa Bruni, Luca Richeldi
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is an interstitial lung disease characterized by the progressive loss of pulmonary function, ultimately leading to respiratory failure and death. Two novel compounds, nintedanib and pirfenidone, have shown efficacy in reducing the rate of decline of lung function in IPF patients. The multiple tyrosine kinase inhibitor nintedanib has extensively being studied as a potential angiogenesis inhibitor in clinical against various neoplastic disorders. Afterwards, this compound was successfully tested in IPF...
February 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Yukiko Miura, Takefumi Saito, Toru Tanaka, Hiroyuki Takoi, Yohei Yatagai, Minoru Inomata, Takahito Nei, Yoshinobu Saito, Akihiko Gemma, Arata Azuma
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a disease with a worse prognosis than some types of cancer. In patients with IPF, lung cancer is critical because of the associated high mortality rate from its progression and fatal complications from anticancer treatments. Therefore, preventing lung cancer in patients with IPF is primordial. Pirfenidone is an anti-fibrotic agent that reduces the decline in forced vital capacity. This study aimed to assess the effect of pirfenidone in the development of lung cancer in patients with IPF...
January 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Hua Xiao, Guang-Feng Zhang, Xiang-Ping Liao, Xiao-Jie Li, Jian Zhang, Haobo Lin, Zhe Chen, Xiao Zhang
AIM: To determine whether pirfenidone attenuates lung fibrosis by interfering with the hedgehog (Hh) signalling pathway in patients with systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease (SSc-ILD). METHODS: Twenty-five SSc-ILD patients (20 first visit, five who underwent pirfenidone treatment for 6 months) and 10 healthy controls were recruited. Lung tissues were obtained by open-chest surgery, and primary lung fibroblasts were isolated, cultured and stimulated with pirfenidone...
January 7, 2018: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
Wan Shun Daniel Tan, Wupeng Liao, Shuo Zhou, Dan Mei, Wai-Shiu Fred Wong
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a major role in regulating electrolyte balance and blood pressure. RAS has also been implicated in the regulation of inflammation, proliferation and fibrosis in pulmonary diseases such as asthma, acute lung injury (ALI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Current therapeutics suffer from some drawbacks like steroid resistance, limited efficacies and side effects. Novel intervention is definitely needed to offer optimal therapeutic strategy and clinical outcome...
December 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Cheng Chen, Yong-Yan Wang, Ying-Xia Wang, Meng-Qun Cheng, Jian-Bing Yin, Xuan Zhang, Zhi-Peng Hong
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a chronic and ultimately fatal interstitial lung disease of various causes. The advent of nintedanib and pirfenidone provides treatment options for PF patients for the first time. However, the adverse effects of the two drugs such as gastrointestinal disorders and hepatic dysfunction often lead to treatment discontinuation. Gentiopicroside (GPS) is a natural secoiridoid glycoside from gentian species of medicinal plants, and has a variety of pharmacological activities, including hepatoprotective and cholagogic, anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive, and smooth muscle relaxing activities...
December 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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