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Zacharias Kontarakis, Andrea Rossi, Sophie Ramas, Michael T Dellinger, Didier Y R Stainier
Organ homeostasis relies upon cellular and molecular processes that restore tissue structure and function in a timely fashion. Lymphatic vessels help maintain fluid equilibrium by returning interstitial fluid that evades venous uptake back to the circulation. Despite its important role in tissue homeostasis, cancer metastasis, and close developmental origins with the blood vasculature, the number of molecular players known to control lymphatic system development is relatively low. Here we show, using genetic approaches in zebrafish and mice, that the endothelial specific microRNA mir-126, previously implicated in vascular integrity, regulates lymphatic development...
March 14, 2018: Developmental Biology
Athanasia Bletsa, Hisham Abdalla, Sigbjørn Løes, Ellen Berggreen
BACKGROUND: The lymphatic growth factors vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) -C and -D are important for maintenance and growth of lymphatic vessels (lymphangiogenesis), but their localization in human gingiva is unknown. This study investigated the expression of VEGF-C and -D in human gingiva and isolated human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs). In addition, the localization of their main receptor VEGFR-3 was explored. METHODS: Non-inflamed gingiva from 6 donors was used for immunohistochemistry or isolation of HGFs...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
Aneta Cymbaluk-Płoska, Anita Chudecka-Głaz, Ewa Pius-Sadowska, Agnieszka Sompolska-Rzechuła, Bogusław Machaliński, Janusz Menkiszak
Obesity is a well-known factor that leads to many diseases including endometrial cancer. The adipose tissue is a heterogeneous organ of internal secretion. Visfatin is a newly discovered protein produced by fat tissues. The purpose of this work was to evaluate serum level concentrations of visfatin in patients with endometrial cancer based on clinical progression and histopathological tumor differentiation. The diagnostic capabilities of visfatin protein in high differentiation (FIGO III and IV) from a lower (FIGO I and II) clinical stage and prognostic degree of cell differentiation (G1 versus G2, G2 versus G3) on the basis of the analysis of the area under the ROC curve are as follows: 0...
2018: BioMed Research International
Yinzhi Lin, Tamami Ukaji, Naoki Koide, Kazuo Umezawa
We previously designed and synthesized dehydroxyepoxyquinomicin (DHMEQ) as an inhibitor of NF-κB based on the structure of microbial secondary metabolite epoxyquinomicin C. DHMEQ showed anti-inflammatory and anticancer activity in various in vivo disease models without toxicity. On the other hand, the process of cancer metastasis consists of cell detachment from the primary tumor, invasion, transportation by blood or lymphatic vessels, invasion, attachment, and formation of secondary tumor. Cell detachment from the primary tumor and subsequent invasion are considered to be early phases of metastasis, while tumor cell attachment to the tissue and secondary tumor formation the late phases...
March 3, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Javier R Jaldin-Fincati, Rafaela V S Pereira, Philip J Bilan, Amira Klip
Whereas the blood microvasculature constitutes a biological barrier to the action of blood-borne insulin on target tissues, the lymphatic microvasculature might act as a barrier to subcutaneously administrated insulin reaching the circulation. Here, we evaluate the interaction of insulin with primary microvascular endothelial cells of lymphatic (HDLEC) and blood (HAMEC) origin, derived from human dermal and adipose tissues, respectively. HDLEC express higher levels of insulin receptor (IR) and signal in response to insulin as low as 2...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Jie Yang, Siya Zhang, Lingyun Zhang, Xiaoping Xie, Hui Wang, Zuliang Jie, Meidi Gu, Jin-Young Yang, Xuhong Cheng, Shao-Cong Sun
B cells home to the lymph nodes (LNs) via high endothelial venules (HEVs) under the guidance of chemokines, particularly CXCL13. However, as CXCL13 is not directly made in HEVs, the molecular mechanism mediating B-cell homing to LNs has remained unclear. We show here that nuclear factor (NF)-κB-inducing kinase (NIK), a kinase mediating activation of the noncanonical NF-κB pathway, functions in lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) to regulate B-cell homing to LNs. LEC-conditional deletion of NIK in mice did not affect the integrity or global function of lymphatic vessels but caused a severe reduction in the frequency of B cells in LNs...
March 5, 2018: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Manu Beerens, Xabier L Aranguren, Benoit Hendrickx, Wouter Dheedene, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Catherine Verfaillie, Aernout Luttun
Lymphatic capillary growth is an integral part of wound healing, yet, the combined effectiveness of stem/progenitor cells on lymphatic and blood vascular regeneration in wounds needs further exploration. Stem/progenitor cell transplantation also emerged as an approach to cure lymphedema, a condition caused by lymphatic system deficiency. While lymphedema treatment requires lymphatic system restoration from the capillary to the collector level, it remains undetermined whether stem/progenitor cells support a complex regenerative response across the entire anatomical spectrum of the system...
March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rebecca M Izen, Tomoko Yamazaki, Yoko Nishinaka-Arai, Young-Kwon Hong, Yoh-Suke Mukouyama
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, the central nervous system (CNS) has been viewed as an immune-privileged environment with no lymphatic vessels. This view was partially overturned by the discovery of lymphatic vessels in the dural membrane that surrounds the brain, in contact with the interior surface of the skull. We here examine the distribution and developmental timing of these lymphatic vessels. RESULTS: Using the Prox1-GFP BAC transgenic reporter and immunostaining with antibodies to lymphatic markers LYVE-1, Prox1, and Podoplanin, we have carried out whole-mount imaging of dural lymphatic vasculature at postnatal stages...
March 1, 2018: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Khushbu Rauniyar, Sawan Kumar Jha, Michael Jeltsch
Because virtually all tissues contain blood vessels, the importance of hemevascularization has been long recognized in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. However, the lymphatic vasculature has only recently become a subject of interest. Central to the task of growing a lymphatic network are lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs), which constitute the innermost layer of all lymphatic vessels. The central molecule that directs proliferation and migration of LECs during embryogenesis is vascular endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C)...
2018: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Catalina A Lopez Gelston, Dakshnapriya Balasubbramanian, Gabriella R Abouelkheir, Alexandra H Lopez, Kayla R Hudson, Eric R Johnson, Mariappan Muthuchamy, Brett M Mitchell, Joseph M Rutkowski
<u>Rationale:</u> Hypertension is associated with renal infiltration of activated immune cells; however, the role of renal lymphatics and immune cell exfiltration is unknown. <u>Objective:</u> We tested the hypotheses that increased renal lymphatic density is associated with 2 different forms of hypertension in mice and that further augmenting renal lymphatic vessel expansion prevents hypertension by reducing renal immune cell accumulation. <u>Methods and Results:</u> Mice with salt-sensitive hypertension or nitric oxide synthase inhibition-induced hypertension exhibited significant increases in renal lymphatic vessel density and immune cell infiltration associated with inflammation...
February 23, 2018: Circulation Research
Yiyuan Li, Chunxiao Cui, Ruhong Zhang, Qun Zhang, Zhicheng Xu, Feng Xu, Datao Li
OBJECTIVES: The retroauricular fascia flap (RFF) is one of the most commonly used vascularized linings for auriculocephalic sulcus reconstruction in staged total auricular reconstruction. This study aims to investigate the histomorphometric features regarding the retroauricular fascia. METHODS: Histological evaluation included qualitative observation and quantitative analysis of sections of RFF stained with hematoxylin and eosin, Masson's trichrome, Elastica van Gieson, CD31, and Lyve-1...
February 22, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Mark W Majesky
The vascular system forms as a branching network of endothelial cells that acquire identity as arterial, venous, hemogenic, or lymphatic. Endothelial specification depends on gene targets transcribed by Ets domain-containing factors, including Ets variant gene 2 (Etv2), together with the activity of chromatin-remodeling complexes containing Brahma-related gene-1 (Brg1). Once specified and assembled into vessels, mechanisms regulating lumen diameter and axial growth ensure that the structure of the branching vascular network matches the need for perfusion of target tissues...
March 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Irina Mitrofanova, Marina Zavyalova, Vladimir Riabov, Nadezhda Cherdyntseva, Julia Kzhyshkowska
Angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis play a crucial role in tumor growth, invasion and metastasis. Tumor-associated macrophages (TAM) induce both angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis in mouse breast cancer models and positively correlate with these processes in human breast cancer patients. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) is a widely used therapeutic option for cancer treatment. However, the effect of NAC on the distribution of TAM within intratumoral compartments and their correlation with angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis remained unknown...
October 31, 2017: Immunobiology
G Liebig-Hörl, C Puchner, M Gerken, M Klinkhammer-Schalke, A Fürst
BACKROUND: A common consensus for the definition for early rectal cancer does not exist. This item is used in cases of histological findings including pTis, pT1 or pT2 tumors. The term early rectal cancer is not mentioned in the German S3 guidelines on colorectal cancer. The pTis tumors are located at the mucosa level of the intestinal wall and they have nearly no tendency to develop metastases but pT2 tumors have a high risk of local metastases; therefore, the term early rectal cancer is not adequate for pT2 tumors...
February 14, 2018: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
Jens Marius Nesgaard, Bojan V Stimec, Pricilla Soulie, Bjørn Edwin, Arne Bakka, Dejan Ignjatovic
BACKGROUND: There has been a lengthy discussion on the extent of lymphatic resection for right-sided colon cancer and the central borders of the mesentery that are not yet defined. The objectives of this study are to define minimal clearances for adequate lymphatic resection in regard to colic artery origins and the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and vein (SMV) relevant to right colectomy. METHODS: Central mesenteric lymph vessels, nodes, and blood vessels were dissected in 16 cadavers...
February 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
David G Jackson
LYVE-1, a close relative of the leucocyte receptor, CD44, is the main receptor for hyaluronan (HA) in lymphatic vessel endothelium and a widely used marker for distinguishing between blood and lymphatic vessels. Enigmatic for many years because of its anomalous HA-binding characteristics, the function of LYVE-1 has just recently been identified as that of a lymphatic docking receptor for dendritic cells, selectively engaging with their surface HA glycocalyx to regulate entry to peripheral lymphatics and migration to downstream lymph nodes for immune activation...
February 6, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Jeremy J Pruzin, Peter T Nelson, Erin L Abner, Zoe Arvanitakis
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and Alzheimer disease (AD) are both highly prevalent diseases worldwide, and each is associated with high-morbidity and high-mortality. Numerous clinical studies have consistently shown that T2D confers a two-fold increased risk for a dementia, including dementia attributable to AD. Yet, the mechanisms underlying this relationship, especially non-vascular mechanisms, remain debated. Cerebral vascular disease (CVD) is likely to be playing a role. But increased AD neuropathologic changes (ADNC), specifically neuritic amyloid plaques (AP) and neurofibrillary tangles (NFT), are also posited mechanisms...
February 8, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
Wendy K Steagall, Gustavo Pacheco-Rodriguez, Thomas N Darling, Olga Torre, Sergio Harari, Joel Moss
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a multisystem disease of women, affecting lungs, kidneys, and lymphatics. It is caused by the proliferation of abnormal smooth muscle-like LAM cells, with mutations and loss of heterozygosity in the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) 1 or, more frequently, 2 genes. Isolated pulmonary LAM cells have been difficult to maintain in culture and most studies of LAM lung cells involve mixtures of TSC2 wild-type and TSC2-null cells. A clonal population of LAM lung cells has not been established, making analysis of the cells challenging...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
John C Kraft, Piper M Treuting, Rodney J Y Ho
The distributed network of lymph vessels and nodes in the body, with its complex architecture and physiology, presents a major challenge for whole-body lymphatic-targeted drug delivery. To gather physiological and pathological information of the lymphatics, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging of NIR fluorophores is used in clinical practice due to its tissue-penetrating optical radiation (700-900 nm) that safely provides real-time high-resolution in vivo images. However, indocyanine green (ICG), a common clinical NIR fluorophore, is unstable in aqueous environments and under light exposure, and its poor lymphatic distribution and retention limits its use as a NIR lymphatic tracer...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Drug Targeting
Andrzej Smereczyński, Katarzyna Kołaczyk, Elżbieta Bernatowicz
Chest wall neoplasms mainly include malignancies, metastatic in particular. Differential diagnosis should include clinical data; tumor location, extent, delineation; the degree of homogeneity; the presence of calcifications; the nature of bone destruction and the degree of vascularization. The aim of the paper is to present both the benefits and limitations of ultrasound for the diagnosis of chest wall neoplasms. The neoplastic process may be limited to the chest wall; it may spread from the chest wall into the intrathoracic structures or spread from the inside of the chest towards the chest wall...
December 2017: Journal of Ultrasonography
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