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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648005/-components-of-human-placental-extract-and-its-protective-effect-to-rat-from-d-galn-induced-acute-liver-injury
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H Q Lei, M L Cheng, J Li, P P Zhou, X H Luo, F Yu
Objective: To evaluate the effect of human placental extracts (HPE) on the protection from acute liver injury (ALI) induced by D-GalN and analyze the components of HPE. Methods: (1)Fourty male mice were randomly divided into five groups (Blank, Model, MgIG, HPE and HPE+ MgIG) for the ALI model and treatments.The serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) were determined by biochemical assays.Nitric monoxide (NO), malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), total antioxidant capacity (T-AOC) in serum and hepatic tissue were detected by assay kits...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647906/exogenous-gdf11-induces-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle-dysfunction-and-wasting
#2
Teresa A Zimmers, Yanling Jiang, Meijing Wang, Tiffany W Liang, Joseph E Rupert, Ernie D Au, Francesco E Marino, Marion E Couch, Leonidas G Koniaris
Growth differentiation factor 11 (GDF11), a TGF-beta superfamily member, is highly homologous to myostatin and essential for embryonic patterning and organogenesis. Reports of GDF11 effects on adult tissues are conflicting, with some describing anti-aging and pro-regenerative activities on the heart and skeletal muscle while others opposite or no effects. Herein, we sought to determine the in vivo cardiac and skeletal muscle effects of excess GDF11. Mice were injected with GDF11 secreting cells, an identical model to that used to initially identify the in vivo effects of myostatin...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647476/substance-p-promotes-hepatic-stellate-cell-proliferation-and-activation-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-3-signaling-pathway
#3
Lei Peng, Xiaoqing Jia, Jianjian Zhao, Ruibing Cui, Ming Yan
Prolonged activation and proliferation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) usually results in the initiation and progression of liver fibrosis following injury. Recent studies have shown that Substance P (SP) participates in the development of fibrosis. However, whether SP is involved in liver fibrosis, especially in the activation and proliferation of HSCs, is largely unknown. In the present study, we measured the effects of a series of concentrations of SP on the cell viability and activation of HSC-T6 cells and LX2 cells...
June 21, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647409/a-residue-specific-insight-into-the-arkadia-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-activity-and-conformational-plasticity
#4
Maria Birkou, Christos T Chasapis, Konstantinos D Marousis, Ariadni K Loutsidou, Detlef Bentrop, Moreno Lelli, Torsten Herrmann, Jonathon M Carthy, Vasso Episkopou, Georgios A Spyroulias
Arkadia (Rnf111) is an E3 Ubiquitin ligase that plays a central role in the amplification of TGF-β signaling responses by targeting for degradation the negative regulators of the pathway, Smad6 and Smad7 and the nuclear co-repressors Ski and Skil (SnoN). Arkadia's function in vivo depends on the RING-H2 interaction with the E2 enzyme UbcH5b in order to ligate ubiquitin chains on its substrates. A conserved tryptophan (W972) in the C-terminal α-helix is widely accepted as essential for E2 recruitment and interaction and thus also for E3 enzymatic activity...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647356/optimizing-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-mediated-human-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-trophoblast-like-cells-using-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activin-nodal-signalling-inhibition
#5
Mariann Koel, Urmo Võsa, Kaarel Krjutškov, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Juha Kere, Juha Tapanainen, Shintaro Katayama, Sulev Ingerpuu, Viljar Jaks, Ulf-Hakan Stenman, Karolina Lundin, Timo Tuuri, Andres Salumets
Several studies have demonstrated that human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be differentiated into trophoblast-like cells if exposed to bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and/or inhibitors of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)/activin/nodal signalling pathways. The goal of this study was to investigate how the inhibitors of these pathways improve the efficiency of hESC differentiation when compared with basic BMP4 treatment. RNA sequencing was used to analyse the effects of all possible inhibitor combinations on the differentiation of hESC into trophoblast-like cells over 12 days...
June 12, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646913/interplay-between-craniofacial-stem-cells-and-immune-stimulus
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REVIEW
Ruili Yang, Tingting Yu, Yanheng Zhou
Craniofacial mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), isolated from an abundant and accessible source of craniofacial tissues, possess self-renewal and multilineage differentiation potential. It has been reported that craniofacial MSCs show elevated proliferation and regeneration capacities compared to bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs). Furthermore, the immunomodulatory property has generated an emerging multidisciplinary research field that translates MSC-based therapies to the clinic for the treatment of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases...
June 24, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
#7
Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646234/electroporation-as-a-vaccine-delivery-system-and-a-natural-adjuvant-to-intradermal-administration-of-plasmid-dna-in-macaques
#8
Biliana Todorova, Lucille Adam, Slobodan Culina, Raphaël Boisgard, Frédéric Martinon, Antonio Cosma, Mart Ustav, Thierry Kortulewski, Roger Le Grand, Catherine Chapon
In vivo electroporation (EP) is used to enhance the uptake of nucleic acids and its association with DNA vaccination greatly stimulates immune responses to vaccine antigens delivered through the skin. However, the effect of EP on cutaneous cell behavior, the dynamics of immune cell recruitment and local inflammatory factors, have not been fully described. Here, we show that intradermal DNA vaccination combined with EP extends antigen expression to the epidermis and the subcutaneous skin muscle in non-human primates...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646230/il-1%C3%AE-increases-asporin-expression-via-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-pathway-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#9
Shengjie Wang, Chao Liu, Zhongyi Sun, Peng Yan, He Liang, Kai Huang, Changwei Li, Jiwei Tian
Disc degeneration (DD) is a multifaceted chronic process that alters the structure and function of intervertebral discs. The pathophysiology of degeneration is not completely understood, but the consensus is that changes in genes encoding extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in the disc are the leading factors contributing to DD. Asporin is an ECM protein that has been shown to be increased in degenerated intervertebral discs, but little is known about how asporin is regulated during DD. In exploring the intricate mechanism, we confirmed that asporin was abundantly increased in patients' degenerated nucleus pulposus...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646179/herbal-medicine-yinchenhaotang-protects-against-%C3%AE-naphthylisothiocyanate-induced-cholestasis-in-rats
#10
Jingyu Yan, Guoxiang Xie, Chungeng Liang, Yiyang Hu, Aihua Zhao, Fengjie Huang, Ping Hu, Ping Liu, Wei Jia, Xiaoning Wang
Cholestasis is a clinical disorder defined as an impairment of bile flow, and that leads to toxic bile acid (BA) accumulation in hepatocytes. Here, we investigated the hepatoprotective effect of Yinchenhaotang (YCHT), a well-known formulae for the treatment of jaundice and liver disorders, against the cholestasis using the α-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT)-induced cholestasis in male Wistar rats. ANIT feeding induced significant cholestasis with substantially increased intrahepatic retention of hydrophobic BAs...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645219/pullulan-microbeads-si-hpmc-hydrogel-injectable-system-for-the-sustained-delivery-of-gdf-5-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-new-insight-into-intervertebral-disc-regenerative-medicine
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Nina Henry, Johann Clouet, Audrey Fragale, Louise Griveau, Claire Chédeville, Joëlle Véziers, Pierre Weiss, Jean Le Bideau, Jérôme Guicheux, Catherine Le Visage
Discogenic low back pain is considered a major health concern and no etiological treatments are today available to tackle this disease. To clinically address this issue at early stages, there is a rising interest in the stimulation of local cells by in situ injection of growth factors targeting intervertebral disc (IVD) degenerative process. Despite encouraging safety and tolerability results in clinic, growth factors efficacy may be further improved. To this end, the use of a delivery system allowing a sustained release, while protecting growth factors from degradation appears of particular interest...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645189/the-potential-role-of-retinoic-acid-receptor-%C3%AE-on-glomerulosclerosis-in-rats-and-podocytes-injury-is-associated-with-the-induction-of-mmp2-and-mmp9
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Xiuping Chen, Yuanhan Qin, Tianbiao Zhou, Ling Jiang, Fengying Lei, He Qin, Lei Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhou
Retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) plays a crucial role in kidney disease. However, the underlying mechanisms in glomerulosclerosis (GS) is still not clear. The roles of RARα in an adriamycin (ADR)-induced GS rat model and in ADR-induced podocyte injury in vitro were investigated. RARα was over-expressed in GS rats, and serum, urine and kidney samples were collected to detect the induction of the expression of the receptor. RARα expression was inhibited and/or over-expressed in cultured podocytes following injury, as demonstrated by morphometric assays, cell toxicity, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) enzymatic activity...
June 22, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644870/effects-of-nicotine-on-corneal-wound-healing-following-acute-alkali-burn
#13
Jong Won Kim, Chae Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
Epidemiological studies have indicated that smoking is a pivotal risk factor for the progression of several chronic diseases. Nicotine, the addictive component of cigarettes, has powerful pathophysiological properties in the body. Although the effects of cigarette smoking on corneal re-epithelialization have been studied, the effects of nicotine on corneal wound healing-related neovascularization and fibrosis have not been fully demonstrated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of chronic administration of nicotine on corneal wound healing following acute insult induced by an alkali burn...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644441/micrornas-143-and-145-induce-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-modulate-the-expression-of-junction-proteins
#14
Lidia Avalle, Danny Incarnato, Aurora Savino, Marta Gai, Francesca Marino, Sara Pensa, Isaia Barbieri, Michael B Stadler, Paolo Provero, Salvatore Oliviero, Valeria Poli
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β is one of the major inducers of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), a crucial program that has a critical role in promoting carcinoma's metastasis formation. MicroRNAs-143 and -145, which are both TGF-β direct transcriptional targets, are essential for the differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) during embryogenesis, a TGF-β-dependent process reminiscent of EMT. Their role in adult tissues is however less well defined and even ambiguous, as their expression was correlated both positively and negatively with tumor progression...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643928/calvarial-bone-development-and-suture-closure-in-dicer-deficient-mice
#15
P Atsawasuwan, M Ouibaidin, B Dalal, H Khan, A Mohammed
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether lack of Dicer during calvaria development would lead to dysmorphology of calvaria and suture closure in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A conditional Dicer deficient under Osx promoter mouse was employed in this study. The 4- and 10-week-old conditional Dicer-deficient mice control littermates and Osx-cre transgenic mice were studied for calvarial bone morphology and suture closure. Dry skull, microcomputed tomography (μCT), histological and gene expression studies were investigated to evaluate the effect of Dicer deficiency on calvarial bone morphology and their related genes during calvaria development...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643230/crosstalk-between-m2-macrophages-and-glioma-stem-cells
#16
Leora M Nusblat, Molly J Carroll, Charles M Roth
PURPOSE: Given its extremely poor prognosis, there is a pressing need for an improved understanding of the biology of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), including the roles of tumor subpopulations that may contribute to their growth rate and therapy resistance. The most malignant phenotypes of GBM have been ascribed to the presence of subpopulations of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs and ionizing radiation and which promote invasiveness and metastasis...
June 22, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643088/potential-therapeutic-applications-of-human-anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-analogues-in-reproductive-medicine
#17
REVIEW
Vitaly A Kushnir, David B Seifer, David H Barad, Aritro Sen, Norbert Gleicher
Members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily are key regulators of various physiological processes. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) which is also commonly known as Müllerian-inhibiting substance (MIS) is a member of the TGF-beta superfamily and an important regulator of reproductive organ differentiation and ovarian follicular development. While AMH has been used for diagnostic purposes as a biomarker for over 15 years, new potential therapeutic applications of recombinant human AMH analogues are now emerging as pharmacologic agents in reproductive medicine...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642882/tumor-related-exosomes-contribute-to-tumor-promoting-microenvironment-an-immunological-perspective
#18
REVIEW
Wuzhen Chen, Jingxin Jiang, Wenjie Xia, Jian Huang
Exosomes are a kind of cell-released membrane-form structures which contain proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. These vesicular organelles play a key role in intercellular communication. Numerous experiments demonstrated that tumor-related exosomes (TEXs) can induce immune surveillance in the microenvironment in vivo and in vitro. They can interfere with the maturation of DC cells, impair NK cell activation, induce myeloid-derived suppressor cells, and educate macrophages into protumor phenotype. They can also selectively induce effector T cell apoptosis via Fas/FasL interaction and enhance regulatory T cell proliferation and function by releasing TGF-β...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642794/adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-have-a-heterogenic-cytokine-secretion-profile
#19
Yongkang Wu, Martin J Hoogduijn, Carla C Baan, Sander S Korevaar, Ronella de Kuiper, Lin Yan, Lanlan Wang, Nicole M van Besouw
Mesenchymal stem cells derived from adipose tissue (ASC) have immune regulatory function, which makes them interesting candidates for cellular therapy. ASC cultures are however heterogeneous in phenotype. It is unclear whether all ASC contribute equally to immunomodulatory processes. ASC are also responsive to cytokine stimulation, which may affect the ratio between more and less potent ASC populations. In the present study, we determined IL-6 receptor (CD126 and CD130 subunits) and IFN-γ receptor (CD119) expression on ASC by flow cytometry...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642633/proteases-revisited-roles-and-therapeutic-implications-in-fibrosis
#20
REVIEW
Jakub Kryczka, Joanna Boncela
Proteases target many substrates, triggering changes in distinct biological processes correlated with cell migration, EMT/EndMT and fibrosis. Extracellular protease activity, demonstrated by secreted and membrane-bound protease forms, leads to ECM degradation, activation of other proteases (i.e., proteolysis of nonactive zymogens), decomposition of cell-cell junctions, release of sequestered growth factors (TGF-β and VEGF), activation of signal proteins and receptors, degradation of inflammatory inhibitors or inflammation-related proteins, and changes in cell mechanosensing and motility...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
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