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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215822/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-two-small-leucine-rich-repeat-proteoglycans-fibromodulin-and-chondroadherin
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Patricia Paracuellos, Sebastian Kalamajski, Arkadiusz Bonna, Dominique Bihan, Richard W Farndale, Erhard Hohenester
The small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs) are important regulators of extracellular matrix assembly and cell signalling. We have determined crystal structures at ~2.2 Å resolution of human fibromodulin and chondroadherin, two collagen-binding SLRPs. Their overall fold is similar to that of the prototypical SLRP, decorin, but unlike decorin neither fibromodulin nor chondroadherin forms a stable dimer. A previously identified binding site for integrin α2β1 maps to an α-helix in the C-terminal cap region of chondroadherin...
February 16, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214837/efficacy-of-glucosamine-sulphate-in-skin-ageing-results-from-an-ex-vivo-anti-ageing-model-and-a-clinical-trial
#2
Audrey Gueniche, Isabelle Castiel-Higounenc
BACKGROUND: Glucosamine sulphate (GS) is essential in the biosynthesis of glycolipids, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), hyaluronate, and proteoglycans. Connective tissues primarily contain collagen and proteoglycans and play an important role in skin ageing. OBJECTIVE: The objectives were to assess ex vivo the impact of GS on skin ageing parameters and in vivo the effect of GS on the skin physiology of mature healthy volunteers after oral intake. METHODS: The impact of GS on skin ageing was assessed ex vivo via different immunohistochemical assays and histology and via a clinical study using biopsies...
February 18, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212278/the-effect-of-the-human-peptide-ghk-on-gene-expression-relevant-to-nervous-system-function-and-cognitive-decline
#3
Loren Pickart, Jessica Michelle Vasquez-Soltero, Anna Margolina
Neurodegeneration, the progressive death of neurons, loss of brain function, and cognitive decline is an increasing problem for senior populations. Its causes are poorly understood and therapies are largely ineffective. Neurons, with high energy and oxygen requirements, are especially vulnerable to detrimental factors, including age-related dysregulation of biochemical pathways caused by altered expression of multiple genes. GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) is a human copper-binding peptide with biological actions that appear to counter aging-associated diseases and conditions...
February 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199387/dermatan-sulfate-is-a-player-in-the-transglutaminase-2-interaction-network
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Grzegorz Wisowski, Ewa M Koźma, Tomasz Bielecki, Adam Pudełko, Krystyna Olczyk
Transglutaminase 2 (TG2) is a multifunctional protein that is primarily engaged in cell adhesion/signaling or shows Ca2+-dependent transglutaminase activity in the extracellular space of tissues. This latter action leads to the cross-linking of the extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. The enhanced extracellular expression of TG2 is associated with processes such as wound healing, fibrosis or vascular remodeling that are also characterized by a high deposition of dermatan sulfate (DS) proteoglycans in the ECM...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174297/decorin-inducible-peg3-evokes-beclin-1-mediated-autophagy-and-thrombospondin-1-mediated-angiostasis
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Annabel Torres, Maria A Gubbiotti, Renato V Iozzo
We previously discovered that systemic delivery of decorin for treatment of breast carcinoma xenografts induces the paternally expressed gene 3 (Peg3), an imprinted gene encoding a zinc finger transcription factor postulated to function as a tumor suppressor. Here we found that de novo expression of Peg3 increased Beclin 1 promoter activity and protein expression. This process required the full-length Peg3 as truncated mutants lacking either the N-terminal SCAN domain or the zinc fingers failed to translocate to the nucleus and promote Beclin 1 transcription...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138904/the-histopathological-and-pharmacodynamic-effects-of-intradetrusor-decorin-injected-in-a-rabbit-partial-bladder-outlet-obstruction-model
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Engin Kaya, Yusuf Kibar, Sercan Yılmaz, Turgay Ebiloglu, Ayhan Ozcan, Melik Seyrek, Oguzhan Yıldız, Kemal Gokhan Ulusoy
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether or not the bladder function can be protected by supporting the detrusor with decorin levels during the fibrotic process. METHODS: Forty-two male rabbits were divided into three main groups, partial bladder outlet obstruction (pBOO) group, pBOO + intradetrusor decorin-injected (IDI) group and control group. Both pBOO and pBOO + IDI groups were divided into three subgroups according to the killing schedule. Histopathological, immunohistochemical and pharmacodynamics studies were performed for the evaluation of fibrotic process and tissue characteristics...
January 30, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138416/retinoic-acid-enhances-the-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-to-keratocytes-in-vitro
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Amy P Lynch, Mark Ahearne
PURPOSE: All-trans retinoic acid (RA) supplementation was investigated as a method of enhancing the differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) to corneal keratocytes in vitro, in combination with a chemically defined serum-free medium. METHODS: Adipose-derived stem cells were cultured in monolayer and supplemented with 0.1, 1, or 10 μM RA for 14 days. The effects of RA on cell proliferation, migration, and extracellular matrix (ECM) accumulation were evaluated...
January 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116125/use-of-fgf-2-and-fgf-18-to-direct-bone-marrow-stromal-stem-cells-to-chondrogenic-and-osteogenic-lineages
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Cindy Shu, Susan M Smith, Christopher B Little, James Melrose
AIM: Intervertebral disc degeneration/low back pain is the number one global musculoskeletal condition in terms of disability and socioeconomic impact. MATERIALS & METHODS: Multipotent mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were cultured in micromass pellets ± FGF-2 or -18 up to 41 days, matrix components were immunolocalized and gene expression monitored by quantitative-reverse transcription PCR. RESULTS: Chondrogenesis occurred earlier in FGF-18 than FGF-2 cultures...
December 2016: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105121/expression-of-decorin-in-intestinal-tissues-of-mice-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-its-correlation-with-autophagy
#9
Huazhou Zhao, Hongqing Xi, Bo Wei, Aizhen Cai, Ting Wang, Yi Wang, Xudong Zhao, Yanjing Song, Lin Chen
The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of decorin (DCN) in the intestinal tissues of mice with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and its correlation with autophagy. The IBD mouse model was created by intrarectal injection of trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid. The pathology of colon tissues of the mice was examined using hematoxylin and eosin staining. Expression of DCN and the proteins associated with autophagy was detected using immunohistochemistry. Normal human colon mucosal epithelial cells (NCM460 cells) were transfected with DCN expression plasmid and the expression of DCN and autophagy-associated proteins was detected by western blot analysis...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097378/-molecular-pathogenesis-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-related-fibrosis
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K Ohlendieck, D Swandulla
Progressive myofibrosis plays a key role in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The dystrophic loss of contractile cells triggers a relatively nonspecific restructuring of the surrounding mesenchyme. The increase in connective and fatty tissue leads to muscular weakness and is therefore of critical importance for the cellular pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy. The systematic biochemical analysis of fibrosis using comparative proteomics has identified a number of extracellular matrix proteins that are indirectly involved in muscular dystrophy...
January 17, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096061/connexin37-deficiency-alters-organic-bone-matrix-cortical-bone-geometry-and-increases-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Rafael Pacheco-Costa, Jay R Kadakia, Emily G Atkinson, Joseph M Wallace, Lilian I Plotkin, Rejane D Reginato
Deletion of connexin (Cx) 37 in mice leads to increased cancellous bone mass due to defective osteoclast differentiation. Paradoxically; however, Cx37-deficient mice exhibit reduced cortical thickness accompanied by higher bone strength, suggesting a contribution of Cx37 to bone matrix composition. Thus, we investigated whether global deletion of Cx37 alters the composition of organic bone extracellular matrix. Five-month-old Cx37(-/-) mice exhibited increased marrow cavity area, and periosteal and endocortical bone surface resulting in higher total area in tibia compared to Cx37(+/+) control mice...
January 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075546/matrix-pathobiology-central-roles-for-proteoglycans-and-heparanase-in-health-and-disease
#12
Nikos K Karamanos
This thematic minireview series highlights new concepts in matrix pathobiology. The reviews in this series cover the roles of the two matrix proteoglycans, decorin and biglycan, in inflammation and autophagy, the various functions of syndecans in cancer development and prognosis and the recently discovered mechanisms underlying the multiple roles of heparanase in cancer progression, inflammation, and autophagy.
January 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071719/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-of-the-extracellular-matrix-of-pancreatic-islets-during-the-angiogenic-switch-and-insulinoma-progression
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Alexandra Naba, Karl R Clauser, D R Mani, Steven A Carr, Richard O Hynes
The angiogenic switch, the time at which a tumor becomes vascularized, is a critical step in tumor progression. Indeed, without blood supply, tumors will fail to grow beyond 1 mm(3) and are unlikely to disseminate. The extracellular matrix (ECM), a major component of the tumor microenvironment, is known to undergo significant changes during angiogenesis and tumor progression. However the extent of these changes remains unknown. In this study, we used quantitative proteomics to profile the composition of the ECM of pancreatic islets in a mouse model of insulinoma characterized by a precisely timed angiogenic switch...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071602/microgrooved-topographical-surface-directs-tenogenic-lineage-specific-differentiation-of-mouse-tendon-derived-stem-cells
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Yuan Shi, Kaili Zhou, Wenjie Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Guangdong Zhou, Yilin Cao, Wei Liu
Tendon derived stem cells (TDSCs) are the endogenous cell source for tenocyte turnover and tendon functional maintenance. They are also the important cell source for tendon engineering and regeneration. In addition, TDSCs also play an important role in tendinopathy via their non-tenogenic lineage differentiation. It has been well demonstrated that cell shape could determine mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) lineage differentiation. In this study, a parallel microgrooved polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membrane (10 µm groove width and 3 µm depth) was employed to investigate the role of cell elongation via this particular topographic surface in directing murine TDSC (mTDSC) lineage differentiation...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064059/par1-activation-affects-the-neurotrophic-properties-of-schwann-cells
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Elena Pompili, Cinzia Fabrizi, Francesca Somma, Virginia Correani, Bruno Maras, Maria Eugenia Schininà, Viviana Ciraci, Marco Artico, Francesco Fornai, Lorenzo Fumagalli
Protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR1) is the prototypic member of a family of four G-protein-coupled receptors that signal in response to extracellular proteases. In the peripheral nervous system, the expression and/or the role of PARs are still poorly investigated. High PAR1 mRNA expression was found in the rat dorsal root ganglia and the signal intensity of PAR1 mRNA increased in response to sciatic nerve transection. In the sciatic nerve, functional PAR1 receptor was reported at the level of non-compacted Schwann cell myelin microvilli of the nodes of Ranvier...
January 4, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009689/a-comparison-of-gene-expression-of-decorin-and-mmp13-in-hypertrophic-scars-treated-with-calcium-channel-blocker-steroid-and-interferon-a-human-scar-carrying-animal-model-study
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Shih-Yi Yang, Jui-Yung Yang, Yen-Chang Hsiao, Shiow-Shuh Chuang
BACKGROUND: The formation of hypertrophic scaring (HSc) is an abnormal wound-healing response. In a previous study, an animal model with human scar tissue implanted into nude mice (BALB/c) has been successfully established. The effects of verapamil as well as combination therapy with verapamil and kenacort have been studied and compared. OBJECTIVE: To treat persistent hypertrophic scars, local injection of drugs composed of steroids, calcium channel blockers (CCBs), and interferon might be a good method...
January 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002796/oncolytic-adenovirus-coexpressing-interleukin-12-and-decorin-overcomes-treg-mediated-immunosuppression-inducing-potent-antitumor-effects-in-a-weakly-immunogenic-tumor-model
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Eonju Oh, Il-Kyu Choi, JinWoo Hong, Chae-Ok Yun
Interleukin (IL)-12 is a potent antitumor cytokine. However, immunosuppressive tumor microenvironments containing transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) attenuate cytokine-mediated antitumor immune responses. To enhance the efficacy of IL-12-mediated cancer immunotherapy, decorin (DCN) was explored as an adjuvant for overcoming TGF-β-mediated immunosuppression. We designed and generated a novel oncolytic adenovirus (Ad) coexpressing IL-12 and DCN (RdB/IL12/DCN). RdB/IL12/DCN-treated tumors showed significantly greater levels of interferon (IFN)-γ, tumor necrosis factor-α, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and IFN-γ-secreting immune cells than tumors treated with cognate control oncolytic Ad expressing a single therapeutic gene (RdB/DCN or RdB/IL12)...
December 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994047/contaminants-in-commercial-preparations-of-purified-small-leucine-rich-proteoglycans-may-distort-mechanistic-studies
#18
Sharon J Brown, Heidi R Fuller, Philip Jones, Bruce Caterson, Sally L Shirran, Catherine H Botting, Sally Roberts
The present study reports the perplexing results that came about because of seriously impure commercially available reagents. Commercial reagents and chemicals are routinely ordered by scientists and expected to have been rigorously assessed for their purity. Unfortunately, we found this assumption to be risky. Extensive work was carried out within our laboratory using commercially sourced preparations of the small leucine-rich proteoglycans (SLRPs), decorin and biglycan, to investigate their influence on nerve cell growth...
February 28, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942228/reactivating-the-extracellular-matrix-synthesis-of-sulfated-glycosaminoglycans-and-proteoglycans-to-improve-the-human-skin-aspect-and-its-mechanical-properties
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Hanane Chajra, Daniel Auriol, Francine Joly, Aurélie Pagnon, Magda Rodrigues, Sophie Allart, Gérard Redziniak, Fabrice Lefevre
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to demonstrate that a defined cosmetic composition is able to induce an increase in the production of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (sGAGs) and/or proteoglycans and finally to demonstrate that the composition, through its combined action of enzyme production and synthesis of macromolecules, modulates organization and skin surface aspect with a benefit in antiaging applications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gene expression was studied by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction using normal human dermal fibroblasts isolated from a 45-year-old donor skin dermis...
2016: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928435/a-debate-about-ultrasound-and-anatomic-aspects-of-the-cervix-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth
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REVIEW
Bohîlțea Re, Munteanu O, Turcan N, Baros A, Bodean O, Voicu D, Cîrstoiu Mm
Preterm birth is the legal first global cause of neonatal death. The cervix has two roles: it has to stay closed to allow the fetus to undergo a normal development during gestation, and at term, the cervix has to dilate under the pressure of uterine contractions to allow the delivery. The purpose of this article is to establish if the ultrasound measured length of the cervix and its appearance are predictive for the spontaneous preterm birth. Cervical insufficiency can be described by painless cervical dilatation leading to pregnancy losses/ births, with no other risk factors present...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
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