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Yu-Dong Ma, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, May-Jywan Tsai, Sheng-I Lue, Yi-Chen Chia, Song-Kun Shyue, Ching-Feng Weng
Migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contributes to intimal hyperplasia and other vascular diseases. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) has been recognized as a proliferative inhibitor of VSMCs and is likely to be an important regulator of VSMC migration. The underlying mechanism of pyrogallol on the VSMC migration is not fully understood. This study attempted to dissect the role of Cav-1 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in VSMC migration and to investigate the effect of pyrogallol on VSMC mobility during carotid artery ligation mice...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Tiejun Chen, Hu Hou, Yan Fan, Shikai Wang, Qianru Chen, Leilei Si, Bafang Li
Chronic exposure to ultraviolet (UV) irradiation causes skin photoaging. This study was undertaken to identify the anti-photoaging mechanisms of gelatin hydrolysate (CH) derived from pacific cod skin. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and ELISA assays were used to investigate the effects of CH on matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and the signaling pathways after UV irradiation by using a mice skin photoaging model. The average molecular weight of CH was 1200Da, and 273/1000 residues were hydrophobic, Gly-Pro and Gly-Leu sequences and Arg at C-terminus appeared frequently in CH...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Andrea B Agarwal, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Amy L Altick, David R Quilici, Dan Wen, L Alan Johnson, Christopher S von Bartheld
Purpose: To determine whether structural protein composition and expression of key regulatory genes are altered in strabismic human extraocular muscles. Methods: Samples from strabismic horizontal extraocular muscles were obtained during strabismus surgery and compared with normal muscles from organ donors. We used proteomics, standard and customized PCR arrays, and microarrays to identify changes in major structural proteins and changes in gene expression. We focused on muscle and connective tissue and its control by enzymes, growth factors, and cytokines...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Namitosh Tyagi, D Dash, Rashmi Singh
OBJECTIVE: Paraquat (PQ), a potent herbicide can cause severe toxicity. We report here that fibroproliferation phase of acute lung injury (ALI) is initiated much earlier (within 48 h) after PQ intoxication than previously reported (after 2 weeks) and we aimed to study the protective effects of intranasal curcumin as new therapeutic strategy in mouse model. METHODS: Mice (Park's strain) were divided into five experimental groups (I) control, received only saline (0...
October 20, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Zijian Wu, Xuemin Zheng, Min Gong, Ying Li
Foot ulceration is a major cause of morbidity in patients with diabetes, and abnormal peripheral neuropathy often results in hospitalization. Up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases and down-regulation of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase 1 are noted to be distinctive biological functions of diabetic dermal fibroblasts. The aim of this study was to evaluate the biological effects of modified retinoids on diabetic fibroblasts. Myricetin, a natural compound, balances the TIMP1/MMP ratio and oxidative stress in diabetic fibroblasts...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Aliye Akcalı, Pınar Gümüş, Özgün Özçaka, Banu Öztürk-Ceyhan, Taina Tervahartiala, Heidi Husu, Anna Maria Heikkinen, Timo Sorsa, Nurcan Buduneli
OBJECTIVES: The study evaluated the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), MMP-9, and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) in biofluids of women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and systemically healthy counterparts with different status of periodontal health. MATERIALS & METHODS: 71 women with GDM and gingivitis (Gg), 30 women with GDM and healthy periodontium (Gh), 28 systemically and periodontally healthy women (Hh) and 37 systemically healthy women with gingivitis (Hg) were evaluated...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
Futoshi Matsui, Stephen Babitz, Audrey Rhee, Karen L Hile, Hongji Zhang, Kirstan Kathleen Meldrum
STAT3 is a transcription factor implicated in renal fibrotic injury, but the role of STAT3 in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-induced renoprotection during renal fibrosis remains unknown. We hypothesized that MSCs protect against obstruction-induced renal fibrosis by downregulating STAT3 activation and STAT3-induced matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) expression. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent renal arterial injection of vehicle or MSCs (1 x 106 per rat) immediately prior to sham operation or induction of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Zhu-Jun Wang, Jichen Dong, Yi Cui, Gyula Eres, Olaf Timpe, Qiang Fu, Feng Ding, R Schloegl, Marc-Georg Willinger
In the transition from graphene to graphite, the addition of each individual graphene layer modifies the electronic structure and produces a different material with unique properties. Controlled growth of few-layer graphene is therefore of fundamental interest and will provide access to materials with engineered electronic structure. Here we combine isothermal growth and etching experiments with in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal the stacking sequence and interlayer coupling strength in few-layer graphene...
October 19, 2016: Nature Communications
Karina Di Gregoli, Nur Najmi Mohamad Anuar, Rosaria Bianco, Stephen J White, Andrew C Newby, Sarah J George, Jason L Johnson
RATIONALE: Atherosclerosis and aneurysms are leading causes of mortality worldwide. MicroRNAs (miRs) are key determinants of gene and protein expression, and atypical miR expression has been associated with a number of cardiovascular diseases; although their contributory role to atherosclerotic plaque and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) stability are poorly understood. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether miR-181b regulates TIMP-3 expression and affects atherosclerosis and aneurysms Methods and Results: Here, we demonstrate that miR-181b was over-expressed in symptomatic human atherosclerotic plaques and abdominal aortic aneurysms, and correlated with decreased expression of predicted miR-181b targets, TIMP-3 and elastin...
October 18, 2016: Circulation Research
Mario A Cepeda, Jacob J H Pelling, Caitlin L Evered, Karla C Williams, Zoey Freedman, Ioana Stan, Jessica A Willson, Hon S Leong, Sashko Damjanovski
BACKGROUND: Membrane Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) is a multifunctional protease implicated in metastatic progression ostensibly due to its ability to degrade extracellular matrix (ECM) components and allow migration of cells through the basement membrane. Despite in vitro studies demonstrating this principle, this knowledge has not translated into the use of MMP inhibitors (MMPi) as effective cancer therapeutics, or been corroborated by evidence of in vivo ECM degradation mediated by MT1-MMP, suggesting that our understanding of the role of MT1-MMP in cancer progression is incomplete...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cancer
Che Wei Liao, Chi Sheng Hung, Chia Hung Chou, Yen Tin Lin, Xue Ming Wu, Yi Yao Chang, Ying Hsien Chen, Vin Cent Wu, Yi Lwun Ho, Kwan Dun Wu, Yen Hung Lin
OBJECTIVE: Aldosterone induces myocardial fibrosis. The tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) is a key factor of myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction, but the effect of aldosterone on TIMP-1 expression remains unclear. We tested the hypothesis that aldosterone induces TIMP-1 expression and contributes to the fibrotic process. DESIGN AND METHOD: In the human study, we prospectively enrolled 54 patients with primary aldosteronism. Plasma TIMP-1 and echocardiographic parameters were measured...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tanima Banerjee, Somaditya Mukherjee, Sudip Ghosh, Monodeep Biswas, Santanu Datta, Sanjib Pattari, Shelly Chatterjee, Arun Bandyopadhyay
OBJECTIVE: Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), a chronic acquired heart disorder results from Acute Rheumatic Fever. RHD is mostly prevalent in developing nations which is mainly diagnosed by transthoracic echocardiography. Till date, there is no biochemical marker for disease management. In the present study we aim to investigate whether mitral valve remodeling contributes to altered levels of circulating biomarkers of collagen metabolism in rheumatic heart disease. DESIGN AND METHOD: The study involved RHD subjects with before and after valve replacement surgery which includes age and sex matched controls...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ling Nie, Jing-Hong Zhao, Jiang Wang, Rong Song, Shan-Jun Zhu
Cardiac fibroblasts (CFs) play a key role in cardiac fibrosis by regulating the balance between extracellular matrix synthesis and breakdown. Although phosphatase and tensin homologue on chromosome 10 (PTEN) has been found to play an important role in cardiovascular disease, it is not clear whether PTEN is involved in functional regulation of CFs. In the present study, PTEN was overexpressed in neonatal rat CFs via recombinant adenovirus-mediated gene transfer. The effects of PTEN overexpression on cell-cycle progression and angiotensin II- (Ang II-) mediated regulation of collagen metabolism, synthesis of matrix metalloproteinases, and Akt/P27 signaling were investigated...
2016: BioMed Research International
Flavia Del Porto, Noemi Cifani, Maria Proietta, Danilo Toni, Maurizio Taurino
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-12 (MMP-12) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1, TIMP-2, TIMP-3, and TIMP-4 in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic critical carotid artery stenosis (CAS). METHODS: We enrolled 10 patients affected by symptomatic CAS within 12 hours from onset of stroke (S group) and 30 patients with asymptomatic CAS (CAS group); 31 patients matched for age, sex, and traditional cardiovascular risk factors were used as controls (RF group)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
V A Nevzorova, E A Kochetkova, L G Ugai, Yu V Maistrovskaya, E A Khludeeva
AIM: To define the role of circulating biomarkers for the metabolism of collagen and intercellular substance and vascular remodeling in the development of osteoporosis (OP) in idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Functional hemodynamic parameters, bone mineral density (BMD) in the lumbar spine and femoral neck and the serum levels of matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), MMP-9/TIMP-1 complex, C-terminal telopeptide of collagen type 1 (CITP), and endothelin-1 (ET-1) were determined in 27 high-risk IPAH patients and 30 healthy volunteers...
2016: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
Susan V McLennan, Danqing Min, Xiaoyu Wang, Stephen M Twigg
Many studies have shown effects of members of the CCN family on matrix synthesis and accumulation but few have examined degradative pathways. This scarcity of information is in part due to the lack of suitable model systems. Here we describe methods for making rhCCN2 and also for the preparation of a biosynthetically labeled matrix substrate that can be used to measure the effect of CCN on cellular or secreted degradative pathways.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jonathan A Lidbury, Aline Rodrigues Hoffmann, Joanna K Fry, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
The only way to diagnose hepatic fibrosis in dogs is by histological assessment of a liver biopsy specimen. As this technique is invasive and susceptible to sampling variation, serum biomarkers are used to detect hepatic fibrosis in humans. The objective of this study was to assess the utility of hyaluronic acid (HA), procollagen type III N-terminal peptide (PIIINP), and tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) as serum markers of canine hepatic fibrosis. Serum samples were collected from 47 dogs with histologically confirmed hepatobiliary disease and 24 healthy dogs in order to measure concentrations of HA, PIIINP, and TIMP-1...
October 2016: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, Revue Canadienne de Recherche Vétérinaire
Jennifer N Hahn, Deepak K Kaushik, Manoj K Mishra, Jianxiong Wang, Claudia Silva, V Wee Yong
Extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN, CD147) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that is upregulated on leukocytes in active lesions in multiple sclerosis (MS) and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Administration of anti-EMMPRIN Abs reduces the severity of EAE. Minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic with immune-modulatory properties that decreases the severity of EAE; it was recently found to attenuate the conversion from a first demyelinating event to clinically definite MS in a phase III trial...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Natasha Pahuja, Nimisha R Kumar, Rushad Shroff, Rohit Shetty, Rudy M M A Nuijts, Anuprita Ghosh, Abhijit Sinha-Roy, Shyam S Chaurasia, Rajiv R Mohan, Arkasubhra Ghosh
Purpose: In this study, we elucidated the differential expression of a set of local molecular factors in ectatic cone area of the cornea to uncover a functional cause for focal corneal weakening characteristic of the keratoconus (KC) disease. Methods: All human corneal samples were collected after approval of Institutional Ethics Committee and informed consent. Keratoconus patients were classified based on clinical parameters, topographical features, and structural deformity...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Beatriz B Lustosa, Bertha Polegato, Marcos Minicucci, Bruna Rafacho, Priscila P Santos, Ana Angélica Fernandes, Katashi Okoshi, Diego Batista, Pamela Modesto, Andrea Gonçalves, Elenize J Pereira, Vanessa Pires, Sergio Paiva, Leonardo Zornoff, Paula S Azevedo
BACKGROUND: Considering the high morbidity and mortality after myocardial infarction (MI), the study of compounds with potential benefits for cardiac remodeling is reasonable. Green tea (GT) (Cammellia sinensis) is the most consumed beverage in the world. The potential action mechanisms of GT include anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, antioxidant, and lipid-lowering properties. OBJECTIVE: This study analyzed the effects of GT on cardiac remodeling following coronary occlusion in rats...
October 2, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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