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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922122/identification-of-critical-paralog-groups-with-indispensable-roles-in-the-regulation-of-signaling-flow
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Dezso Modos, Johanne Brooks, David Fazekas, Eszter Ari, Tibor Vellai, Peter Csermely, Tamas Korcsmaros, Katalin Lenti
Extensive cross-talk between signaling pathways is required to integrate the myriad of extracellular signal combinations at the cellular level. Gene duplication events may lead to the emergence of novel functions, leaving groups of similar genes - termed paralogs - in the genome. To distinguish critical paralog groups (CPGs) from other paralogs in human signaling networks, we developed a signaling network-based method using cross-talk annotation and tissue-specific signaling flow analysis. 75 CPGs were found with higher degree, betweenness centrality, closeness, and 'bowtieness' when compared to other paralogs or other proteins in the signaling network...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922109/regulation-of-hepcidin-expression-by-inflammation-induced-activin-b
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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/27920819/co-administration-of-metformin-and-n-acetylcysteine-with-dietary-control-improves-the-biochemical-and-histological-manifestations-in-rats-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver
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Naglaa Mohamed El-Lakkany, Sayed Hassan Seif El-Din, Abdel-Nasser Abdel-Aal Sabra, Olfat Ali Hammam, Fatma Abdel-Latif Ebeid
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a burgeoning health problem that affects 1/3 of the adult population and an increasing number of children in developed countries. Oxidative stress and insulin resistance are the mechanisms that seem to be mostly involved in its pathogenesis. This study was conceived in a NAFLD rat model to evaluate the efficacy of both metformin (MTF) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) with dietary control on biochemical and histologic liver manifestations. Rats were classified into nine groups; normal (I), NAFLD-induced by feeding high-fat diet (HFD; II) for 12 weeks, NAFLD switched to regular diet (RD; III), NAFLD-HFD or -RD treated with MTF in a dose of 150 mg/kg (IV, V), NAC in a dose of 500 mg/kg (VI, VII) or MTF+NAC (VIII, IX) respectively for 8 weeks...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920040/regulation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-family-signaling-by-inhibitory-smads
#4
Keiji Miyazawa, Kohei Miyazono
Inhibitory Smads (I-Smads) have conserved carboxy-terminal MH2 domains but highly divergent amino-terminal regions when compared with receptor-regulated Smads (R-Smads) and common-partner Smads (co-Smads). Smad6 preferentially inhibits Smad signaling initiated by the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) type I receptors ALK-3 and ALK-6, whereas Smad7 inhibits both transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)- and BMP-induced Smad signaling. I-Smads also regulate some non-Smad signaling pathways. Here, we discuss the vertebrate I-Smads, their roles as inhibitors of Smad activation and regulators of receptor stability, as scaffolds for non-Smad signaling, and their possible roles in the nucleus...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920038/tgf-%C3%AE-family-signaling-in-the-control-of-cell-proliferation-and-survival
#5
Yun Zhang, Peter B Alexander, Xiao-Fan Wang
The transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) family controls many fundamental aspects of cellular behavior. With advances in the molecular details of the TGF-β signaling cascade and its cross talk with other signaling pathways, we now have a more coherent understanding of the cytostatic program induced by TGF-β. However, the molecular mechanisms are still largely elusive for other cellular processes that are regulated by TGF-β and determine a cell's proliferation and survival, apoptosis, dormancy, autophagy, and senescence...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919940/vitamin-d-and-myofibroblasts-in-fibrosis-and-cancer-at-cross-purposes-with-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling
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REVIEW
Shraga Shany, Ina Sigal-Batikoff, Sergio Lamprecht
The multifaceted involvement of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (henceforth referred to by the synonyms 1,25(OH)2D3, calcitriol or vitamin D) in blunting the growth of cancer cells is amply recognized. In this review we focused our attention on the cross-talk between 1,25 (OH)2D3 and the tumor microenvironment (TME), signaling out stromal cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), the most abundant TME population, as a target for calcitriol anticancer action. In view of the commonality of the phenotypic signature in myofibroblasts, resident in the cancer stroma and in non-neoplastic fibrotic loci, we examined modes of action of vitamin D in non-neoplastic chronic diseases and in cancer to assess mechanistic similarities and divergences...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919745/biomechanics-of-cell-reorientation-in-a-three-dimensional-matrix-under-compression
#7
Lijie Yang, Léolène Jean Carrington, Begum Erdogan, Mingfang Ao, Bryson M Brewer, Donna J Webb, Deyu Li
Although a number of studies have reported that cells cultured on a stretchable substrate align away from or perpendicular to the stretch direction, how cells sense and respond to compression in a three-dimensional (3D) matrix remains an open question. We analyzed the reorientation of human prostatic normal tissue fibroblasts (NAFs) and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in response to 3D compression using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method. Results show that NAFs align to specific angles upon compression while CAFs exhibit a random distribution...
December 2, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919737/histone-deacetylases-3-deletion-restrains-pm2-5-induced-mice-lung-injury-by-regulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-3-signaling-pathways
#8
Li-Zhi Gu, Hong Sun, Jian-Hui Chen
Acute lung injury (ALI) as a serious disease with high mortality has been emphasized as a threat to human health and life. Accumulating studies demonstrated that PM2.5 plays a significant role in metabolic and lung diseases. Histone deacetylases 3 (HDAC3) is an important regulator in control of gene transcription, required in up-regulation of inflammation-related signaling, and has been known as a key hotpot in treating a lot of chronic inflammatory diseases. TGF-β/Smad signaling pathway has been proven to be of significance in fibrosis development...
December 2, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919682/cyclosporine-a-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-2-induced-myofibroblasts-of-primary-cultured-human-pterygium-fibroblasts
#9
Sang Il Gum, Yeoun-Hee Kim, Jae-Chang Jung, Im Gyu Kim, Jun Seok Lee, Kyoo Won Lee, Young Jeung Park
Cyclosporine A (CsA), an immunomodulatory drug, and is increasingly used to treat moderate dry eye syndrome and ocular surface inflammation. However, any inhibitory effect on differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts remains unclear. Here, we show that the inhibitory effect of CsA on transforming growth factor-beta2 (TGF-β2)-induced myofibroblasts in primary cultured human pterygium fibroblasts. CsA significantly decreased mRNA and protein expression of myofibroblast-related markers including α-SMA, laminin, and fibronectin...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919341/human-epidermal-stem-cells-role-in-adverse-skin-reactions-and-carcinogenesis-from-radiation
#10
Michèle T Martin, Adeline Vulin, Jolyon H Hendry
In human skin, keratinopoiesis is based on a functional hierarchy among keratinocytes, with rare slow-cycling stem cells responsible for the long-term maintenance of the tissue through their self-renewal potential, and more differentiated daughter progenitor cells actively cycling to permit epidermal renewal and turn-over every month. Skin is a radio-responsive tissue, developing all types of radiation damage and pathologies, including early tissue reactions such as dysplasia and denudation in epidermis, and later fibrosis in the dermis and acanthosis in epidermis, with the TGF-beta 1 pathway as a known master switch...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918822/growth-differentiation-factor-15-induced-contractile-activity-and-extracellular-matrix-production-in-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Arumugam Ramachandran Muralidharan, Rupalatha Maddala, Nikolai P Skiba, Ponugoti Vasantha Rao
Purpose: To determine the role and regulation of growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), a TGF-β-related cytokine in human trabecular meshwork (TM) cells in the context of aqueous humor (AH) outflow and IOP. Methods: Regulation of expression by external cues, and the distribution and secretion of GDF-15 by human TM primary cell cultures, and the effects of recombinant (r) GDF-15 on TM cell contractile characteristics, actin cytoskeleton, cell adhesion, extracellular matrix (ECM), α-smooth muscle actin (αSMA), SMAD signaling, and gene expression were determined by immunoblot, immunofluorescence, mass spectrometry, cDNA microarray, and real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) analyses...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918735/comparative-immunoexpression-of-icam-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-and-ki-67-in-periapical-and-residual-cysts
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R Martins, L Armada, T-C Dos Santos, F-R Pires
BACKGROUND: This study compared the immunohistochemical expression of ki-67, transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in inflammatory periapical cysts and residual cysts. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study sample was composed by 25 periapical cysts and 25 residual cysts and immunohistochemical reactions were carried out using antibodies directed against ICAM-1, TGF-β1 and ki-67. Clinical, radiological, gross, histological and immunohistochemical data were tabulated for descriptive and comparative analysis using the SPSS software and differences were considered statistically significant when p<0...
December 6, 2016: Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916907/metformin-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-pkm2-relative-mtor-p70s6k-signaling-pathway-in-cervical-carcinoma-cells
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Keyan Cheng, Min Hao
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a prominent role in tumorigenesis. Metformin exerts antitumorigenic effects in various cancers. This study investigated the mechanisms of metformin in TGF-β1-induced Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cervical carcinoma cells. METHODS: cells were cultured with 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 to induce EMT and treated with or without metformin. Cell viability was evaluated by CCK-8 (Cell Counting Kit 8, CCK-8) assay; apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry; cell migration was evaluated by wound-healing assay...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916875/proteinase-activated-receptor-2-is-a-novel-regulator-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-pancreatic-cancer
#14
REVIEW
David Witte, Franziska Zeeh, Thomas Gädeken, Frank Gieseler, Bernhard H Rauch, Utz Settmacher, Roland Kaufmann, Hendrik Lehnert, Hendrik Ungefroren
TGF-β has a dual role in tumorigenesis, acting as a tumor suppressor in normal cells and in the early stages of tumor development while promoting carcinogenesis and metastasis in advanced tumor stages. The final outcome of the TGF-β response is determined by cell-autonomous mechanisms and genetic alterations such as genomic instability and somatic mutations, but also by a plethora of external signals derived from the tumor microenvironment, such as cell-to-cell interactions, growth factors and extracellular matrix proteins and proteolytic enzymes...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916872/switching-roles-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-cancer-development-implications-for-therapeutic-target-and-biomarker-studies
#15
REVIEW
Nan Sun, Ayumu Taguchi, Samir Hanash
TGF-β induces complicated and even opposite responses in numerous biological processes, e.g., tumor suppression in pre-malignant cells and metastasis promotion in cancer cells. However, the cellular contextual determinants of these different TGF-β roles remain elusive, and the driver genes triggering the determinants' changes have not been identified. Recently, however, several findings have provided new insights on the contextual determinants of Smads in TGF-β's biological processes. These novel switches and their effectors may serve as prognostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets of TGF-β-mediated cancer progression...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916734/azithromycin-ameliorates-airway-remodeling-via-inhibiting-airway-epithelium-apoptosis
#16
Yuanqi Liu, Yue Pu, Diandian Li, Liming Zhou, Lihong Wan
AIMS: Azithromycin can benefit treating allergic airway inflammation and remodeling. In the present study, we hypothesized that azithromycin alleviated airway epithelium injury through inhibiting airway epithelium apoptosis via down regulation of caspase-3 and Bax/Bcl2 ratio in vivo and in vitro. MAIN METHODS: Ovalbumin induced rat asthma model and TGF-β1-induced BEAS-2B cell apoptosis model were established, respectively. In vivo experiments, airway epithelium was stained with hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and periodic acid-Schiff (PAS) to histologically evaluate the airway inflammation and remodeling...
December 1, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916681/surfactant-protein-a-deficiency-exacerbates-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-following-obstructive-injury-in-mice
#17
Shaojiang Tian, Chenxiao Li, Ran Ran, Shi-You Chen
Renal interstitial fibrosis is an inevitable consequence of virtually every type of chronic kidney disease. The underlying mechanisms, however, are not completely understood. In the present study, we identified surfactant protein A (SP-A) as a novel protein factor involved in the renal fibrosis induced by unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO). UUO induced SP-A expression in mouse kidney epithelium, likely due to the increased acidic stress and inflammation. Interestingly, SP-A deficiency aggravated UUO-prompted kidney structural damage, macrophage accumulation, and tubulointerstitial fibrosis...
December 1, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916451/progressive-development-of-endometriosis-and-its-hindrance-by-anti-platelet-treatment-in-mice-with-induced-endometriosis
#18
Qi Zhang, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
We have recently shown that platelets drive smooth muscle metaplasia (SMM) and fibrogenesis in endometriosis through epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT). To see whether this is true in vivo, this prospective, randomized, and serially evaluated mouse investigation was conducted. Endometriosis was induced in female Balb/C mice, which were then randomly divided into two groups: Tanshinone IIA (TAN) and control (CTL) groups. TAN mice were treated with TAN but CTL mice received none...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916370/tanshinone-iia-attenuates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-to-inhibit-the-tracheal-narrowing
#19
Hongtao Duan, Lijie Ma, Honggang Liu, Yong Zhang, Zhipei Zhang, Xiaolong Yan, Xiaofei Li
BACKGROUND: This study examines the effects of tanshinone IIA (TIIA) on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in tracheal transplantation and the ability of TIIA to inhibit tracheal narrowing after tracheal transplantation. Mechanisms that may be involved in this process are also explored. METHODS: Human bronchial epithelial cells were treated in vitro with TGF-β1 for 72 h. The cells were pretreated with TIIA (40 μg/mL) or DMSO for 2 h before TGF-β1 stimulation...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916094/-knockdown-of-runx3-inhibits-hypoxia-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-cardiac-microvascular-endothelial-cells
#20
Yanhua Liu, Bingong Li, Yuqin Wang, Delong Wang, Jin Zou, Xuan Ke, Yanqin Hao
Objective To investigate the effects of Runt-related transcription factor 3 (RUNX3) knockdown on hypoxia-induced endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) of human cardiac microvascular endothelial cells (HCMECs), and elucidate the underlying molecular mechanism. Methods HCMECs were cultured in hypoxic conditions and infected with RUNX3-RNAi lentivirus to knock-down the expression of RUNX3. Reverse transcription PCR was performed to detect the mRNA expressions of RUNX3 and EndoMT related genes such as CD31, vascular endothelial cadherin (VE-cadherin), α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and fibroblast-specific protein-1 (FSP-1); Western blotting was used to determine the protein expressions of RUNX3, CD31, α-SMA and another molecules involved in EndoMT; and immunofluorescence cytochemistry was applied to observe the colocalization of CD31 and α-SMA...
December 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
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