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Epithelial to mesenchymal transition and fibrosis

Shencun Fang, Huifang Guo, Yusi Cheng, Zewei Zhou, Wei Zhang, Bing Han, Wei Luo, Jing Wang, Weiping Xie, Jie Chao
Excessive proliferation and migration of fibroblasts contribute to pulmonary fibrosis in silicosis, and both epithelial cells and endothelial cells participate in the accumulation of fibroblasts via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), respectively. A mouse endothelial cell line (MML1) was exposed to silicon dioxide (SiO2 , 50 μg/cm2 ), and immunofluorescence and western blot analyses were performed to evaluate levels of specific endothelial and mesenchymal markers and to elucidate the mechanisms by which SiO2 induces the EndMT...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Dong Weng, Jian-Xia Chen, Hao-Hao Li, Feng Liu, Li-Dan Zhou, Hai-Peng Liu, Rui-Juan Zheng, Yan Jiang, Zhong-Hua Liu, Baoxue Ge
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a multifunctional cell process involved in the pathogenesis of numerous conditions, including fibrosis and cancer. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and fatal disease characterized by fibroblast accumulation and collagen deposition in the lungs. The fibroblasts involved in this process partially originate from lung epithelial cells via the EMT. Evidence suggests that the EMT contributes to progression, invasion, and metastasis of various types of cancer...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Ya-Kun Li, Dong-Xia Ma, Zhi-Min Wang, Xiao-Fan Hu, Shang-Lin Li, Hong-Zhe Tian, Meng-Jun Wang, Yan-Wen Shu, Jun Yang
Renal fibrosis is recognized as the common route of all chronic kidney disease (CKD) progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Additionally, accumulating evidence suggests that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a significant role in the process of renal fibrogenesis. Liraglutide is a long-acting glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analog that has been widely used to treat type 2 diabetes. Recent studies have demonstrated that the GLP-1 analogs could also exert protective effects in cardiac fibrosis models...
March 9, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Ana Valero-Jiménez, Joaquín Zúñiga, José Cisneros, Carina Becerril, Alfonso Salgado, Marco Checa, Ivette Buendía-Roldán, Criselda Mendoza-Milla, Miguel Gaxiola, Annie Pardo, Moisés Selman
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic and progressive lung disease characterized by epithelial cell activation, expansion of the fibroblast population and excessive extracellular matrix accumulation. The mechanisms are incompletely understood but evidence indicates that the deregulation of several proteases contributes to its pathogenesis. Transmembrane protease serine 4 (TMPRSS4) is a novel type II transmembrane serine protease that may promote migration and facilitate epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), two critical processes in the pathogenesis of IPF...
2018: PloS One
Cynthia C Jose, Lakshmanan Jagannathan, Vinay Singh Tanwar, Xiaoru Zhang, Chongzhi Zang, Suresh Cuddapah
Nickel (Ni) is an environmental and occupational carcinogen, and exposure to Ni is associated with lung and nasal cancers in humans. Furthermore, Ni exposure is implicated in several lung diseases including chronic inflammatory airway diseases, asthma and fibrosis. However, the mutagenic potential of Ni is low and does not correlate with its potent toxicity and carcinogenicity. Therefore, mechanisms underlying Ni exposure-associated diseases remain poorly understood. Since the health risks of environmental exposures often continue post exposure, understanding the exposure effects that persist after the termination of exposure could provide mechanistic insights into diseases...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Xianhua Gui, Lingyun Sun, Luo Gu, Hourong Cai, Hongwei Chen
Leptin, a protein-related product of the obesity gene, plays an important role in the pathogenesis of fibrotic diseases including pulmonary fibrosis. As a highly conservative process, autophagy regulates various biological functions. Otherwise, insufficient autophagy has been described in alveolar epithelial cells (AEC) to cope with the progression of pulmonary fibrosis. Hence, this study is to investigate the effects of leptin on fibrosis in TGF-β1 induced epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the potential roles of autophagy in this processes...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
J S Lawson, H M Syme, C P D Wheeler-Jones, J Elliott
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is common in geriatric cats, and the most prevalent pathology is chronic tubulointerstitial inflammation and fibrosis. The cell type predominantly responsible for the production of extra-cellular matrix in renal fibrosis is the myofibroblast, and fibroblast to myofibroblast differentiation is probably a crucial event. The cytokine TGF-β1 is reportedly the most important regulator of myofibroblastic differentiation in other species. The aim of this study was to isolate and characterise renal fibroblasts from cadaverous kidney tissue of cats with and without CKD, and to investigate the transcriptional response to TGF-β1...
March 9, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Shouzhe Lin, Dameng Lian, Weihua Liu, Aaron Haig, Ian Lobb, Ahmed Hijazi, Hassan Razvi, Jeremy Burton, Matthew Whiteman, Alp Sener
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of slow-releasing H2 S donor GYY4137 on post-obstructive renal function and injury following unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) by using the UUO and reimplantation (UUO-R) model in rats and to elucidate potential mechanisms by using an in vitro model of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). METHODS: Male Lewis rats underwent UUO at the left ureterovesical junction. From post-obstructive day (POD) 1-13, rats received daily intraperitoneal (IP) injection of phosphate buffered saline (PBS, 1 mL) or GYY4137 (200 μmol/kg/day in 1 mL PBS, IP)...
March 6, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Soojung Hahn, Myeong-Ok Nam, Jung Hyun Noh, Dong Hyeon Lee, Hyun Wook Han, Duk Hwan Kim, Ki Baik Hahm, Sung Pyo Hong, Jun-Hwan Yoo, Jongman Yoo
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March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Teppei Shibata, Shinsuke Shibata, Yasuhito Ishigaki, Etsuko Kiyokawa, Masahito Ikawa, Dhirendra P Singh, Hiroshi Sasaki, Eri Kubo
The process of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of lens epithelial cells (LECs) after cataract surgery contributes to tissue fibrosis, wound healing and lens regeneration via a mechanism not yet fully understood. Here, we show that tropomyosin 2 (Tpm2) plays a critical role in wound healing and lens aging. Posterior capsular opacification (PCO) after lens extraction surgery was accompanied by elevated expression of Tpm2. Tpm2 heterozygous knockout mice, generated via the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat/Cas9 (CRISPR/Cas9) system showed promoted progression of cataract with age...
March 3, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Chen Zong, Hangjie Zhang, Xue Yang, Lu Gao, Jing Hou, Fei Ye, Jinghua Jiang, Yang Yang, Rong Li, Zhipeng Han, Lixin Wei
Increasing evidences suggest that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) could migrate to the tumor site and play a vital role in tumorigenesis and progression. However, it is still a lively debate whether MSCs exert a pro- or anticancer action. Cancer development and progression is a multistep process. Therefore, we investigated the effect of MSCs on hepatocarcinoma and whether the role of MSCs depends on the stage of cancer development. In our study, chronically exposing rats to N-diethylnitrosamine (DEN) was employed as hepatocarcinoma model...
March 1, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Wanling Xuan, Yan Wang, Yaoliang Tang, Ailia Ali, Hong Hu, Mark Maienschein-Cline, Muhammad Ashraf
Cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) being multipotent offer a promising source for cardiac repair due to their ability to proliferate and multiply into cardiac lineage cells. Here, we explored a novel strategy for human CPCs generation from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using a cardiogenic small molecule, isoxazole (ISX-9) and their ability to grow in the scar tissue for functional improvement in the infarcted myocardium. CPCs were induced from hiPSCs with ISX-9. CPCs were characterized by immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR...
February 26, 2018: Shock
Yiru Wu, Liyan Wang, Xiaoqi Wang, Yahui Wang, Qidong Zhang, Wenhu Liu
BACKGROUND: Renal interstitial fibrosis (RIF) is a common pathway for progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease. In our previous study, it has been provided that renalase can ameliorate renal interstitial fibrosis in unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) rats. The other mechanism of renalase to alleviate renal fibrosis should be explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we evaluated the role of oxidative stress in UUO rats and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human proximal renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells and examined the association of renalase...
February 23, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Yi Zhang, Hui Miao, Hongyu Yan, Yuchen Sheng, Lili Ji
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The fruit of Forsythia suspensa (Thunb.) Vahl, named Forsythiae Fructus (Lian-Qiao), is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) used for clearing away heat and toxic material, eliminating the mass and relieving swelling. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aims to observe the attenuation of the water extract of Forsythiae Fructus (FSE) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced hepatic fibrosis in male C57BL/6 mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hepatic fibrosis was induced in male C57BL/6 mice by intraperitoneal injection with 2ml/kg CCl4 (mixed 1: 3 in olive oil) twice a week for 4 weeks...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
M Wesseling, T R Sakkers, S C A de Jager, G Pasterkamp, M J Goumans
Cell transdifferentiation occurs during cardiovascular development or remodeling either as a pathologic feature in the progression of disease or as a response to injury. Endothelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EndMT) is a process that is classified as a specialized form of Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), in which epithelial cells lose their epithelial characteristics and gain a mesenchymal phenotype. During transdifferentiation, cells lose both cell-cell contacts and their attachment to the basement membrane...
February 19, 2018: Vascular Pharmacology
Jos L van der Velden, Darcy E Wagner, Karolyn G Lahue, Sarah T Abdalla, Ying W Lam, Daniel J Weiss, Yvonne M W Janssen-Heininger
Epithelial cells have been suggested as potential drivers of lung fibrosis, although the epithelial-dependent pathways that promote fibrogenesis remain unknown. Extracellular matrix is increasingly recognized as an environment that can drive cellular responses in various pulmonary diseases. In this study, we demonstrate that transforming growth factor- beta (TGF-β1)-stimulated mouse tracheal basal (MTB) cells produce provisional matrix proteins in vitro, which initiate mesenchymal changes in subsequently freshly plated MTB cells via Rho kinase- and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK1)-dependent processes...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Jian Lu, Yongbing Qian, Wei Jin, Rui Tian, Yong Zhu, Jinfeng Wang, Xiaoxiao Meng, Ruilan Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is one of the most prevalent causes of death following paraquat (PQ) poisoning. As demonstrated in previous studies by the present authors, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is associated with PQ-induced PF. In addition, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and lysyl oxidase (LOX) promote EMT following PQ poisoning. However, the association between HIF-1α- and LOX-mediated regulation of EMT remains unclear. The present study investigated the association between HIF-1α and LOX with regard to PQ-induced EMT...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Carissa C James, Michael J Zeitz, Patrick J Calhoun, Samy Lamouille, James W Smyth
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is activated during development, wound healing, and pathologies including fibrosis and cancer metastasis. Hallmarks of EMT are remodeling of intercellular junctions and adhesion proteins, including gap junctions. The GJA1 mRNA transcript encoding the gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43) has been demonstrated to undergo internal translation initiation, yielding truncated isoforms that modulate gap junctions. The PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway is central to translation regulation and is activated during EMT, leading us to hypothesize that altered translation initiation would contribute to gap junction loss...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Sandeep M Nalluri, Joseph W O'Connor, Gage A Virgi, Samantha E Stewart, Dan Ye, Esther W Gomez
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an important process that mediates organ development and wound healing, and in pathological contexts it can contribute to the progression of fibrosis and cancer. During EMT, cells exhibit marked changes in cytoskeletal organization and increased expression of a variety of actin associated proteins. Here, we sought to determine the role of caldesmon in mediating EMT in response to transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1. We find that the expression level and phosphorylation state of caldesmon increase as a function of time following induction of EMT by TGFβ1 and these changes in caldesmon correlate with increased focal adhesion number and size and increased cell contractility...
February 21, 2018: Cytoskeleton
Joëlle Roche
The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) occurs during normal embryonic development, tissue regeneration, organ fibrosis, and wound healing.[...].
February 16, 2018: Cancers
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