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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636167/berberine-ameliorates-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-suppressing-th17-cell-responses-via-inducing-cortistatin-in-the-gut
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Mengfan Yue, Yufeng Xia, Can Shi, Chunge Guan, Yunfan Li, Rui Liu, Zhifeng Wei, Yue Dai
Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has been reported to ameliorate various autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis by oral administration. However, its mechanism remains mysterious due to an extremely low bioavailability. The fact that berberine is easy to accumulate in gut, the largest endocrine organ in the body, attracts us to explore its anti-arthritic mechanism in view of the induction of intestinal immunosuppressive neuropeptides. In this study, berberine (200 mg/kg, i.g.) was shown to ameliorate collagen-induced arthritis in rats, which was manifested by the reduction of clinical signs and joint destruction, as well as marked down-regulation of Th17 cell frequency and IL-17 level in blood...
June 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636071/the-role-of-homocysteine-in-seminal-vesicles-remodeling-in-rat
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Adel Ghoul, Elara Moudilou, Mohamed El Hadi Cherifi, Fouzia Zerrouk, Billel Chaouad, Anissa Moulahoum, Souhila Aouichat-Bouguerra, Khira Othmani, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Yasmina Benazzoug
INTRODUCTION: Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels have been associated with several tissue injuries including heart and liver fibrosis. In these diseases, hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) plays a major role in modulating the alteration of the balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), leading to the pathological accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Since the effect of Hhcy on ECM of seminal vesicle was not studied, the aim of our research was to check if Hcy can induce a remodeling within seminal vesicles ECM...
June 21, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635514/effects-of-thyroid-hormone-therapy-on-cut-surface-healing-of-the-remnant-stomach-with-short-term-weight-loss-alterations-after-sleeve-gastrectomy
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Suleyman Orman, Kerem Karaman, Banu Isbilen Basok, Ucler Kisa, Ayse Bahar Ceyran, Erdal Birol Bostanci
BACKGROUND: The hypothalamic-pituitary-tyhroid axis is directly affected by drastic changes in energy stores. The aim of the present study was to determine the effects of triiodothyronine (T3) treatment on cut-surface healing of remnant stomach with weight loss alterations after sleeve gastrectomy (SG). METHODS: Thirty male Wistar Albino rats were divided into three groups: sham (n = 6), control (n = 12), and experimental (n = 12). Control and experimental group rats underwent sleeve gastrectomy...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634697/in-psoriatic-arthritis-dkk-1-and-pth-are-lower-than-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-healthy-controls
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Angelo Fassio, Luca Idolazzi, Ombretta Viapiana, Camilla Benini, Elisabetta Vantaggiato, Francesco Bertoldo, Maurizio Rossini, Davide Gatti
Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is characterized by bone erosive damage often associated with exuberant bone formation especially in enthesial sites. Dkk-1 and sclerostin are the main inhibitors of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway and play a key role in the regulation of both bone formation and resorption. We performed this study in order to compare the serum levels of the WNT-pathway regulators along with bone turnover markers (BTM) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) between three different groups: one group of female patients affected by PsA, one group of female patients affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and healthy female controls (HC)...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634394/the-roles-of-toll-like-receptor-4-in-the-pathogenesis-of-pathogen-associated-biliary-fibrosis-caused-by-clonorchis-sinensis
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Chao Yan, Bo Li, Fang Fan, Ying Du, Rui Ma, Xiao-Dan Cheng, Xiang-Yang Li, Bo Zhang, Qian Yu, Yu-Gang Wang, Ren-Xian Tang, Kui-Yang Zheng
Pathogen-associated biliary fibrosis (PABF) is a type of liver fibrosis characterized by injuries of cholangiocytes and extra cellular matrix (ECM) deposition around bile ducts caused by various bacteria, fungi, virus and parasites. Recent studies show that TLR4 plays an important role in several other types of liver fibrosis, but the mechanism of TLR4 in PABF is yet really unclear. In the present study, a PABF mouse model was established by a trematode infection-Clonorchis sinensis which dwells in the bile ducts and causes severe biliary fibrosis of mice...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634054/effect-of-endothelin-1-on-proliferation-migration-and-fibrogenic-gene-expression-in-human-rpe-cells
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Dong Qin, Li Zhang, Xuemin Jin, Zhaoxia Zhao, Yanrong Jiang, Zijun Meng
The pathology of the fibrotic proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) membrane represents an excessive wound healing response characterised by cells' proliferation, migration and secretion of extracellular matrix molecules (ECMs). Retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells are a major cellular component of the fibrotic membrane. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) has been reported to be involved in the development of PVR in vivo research. However, little is known about the role of ET-1 in RPE cells in vitro. In the present study, we investigated the role of ET-1 in the proliferation, migration and secretion of ECMs (such as type I collagen and fibronectin) in RPE cells in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634008/aging-associated-modifications-of-collagen-affect-its-degradation-by-matrix-metalloproteinases
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Preety Panwar, Georgina S Butler, Andrew Jamroz, Pouya Azizi, Christopher M Overall, Dieter Brömme
The natural aging process and various pathologies correlate with alterations in the composition and the structural and mechanical integrity of the connective tissue. Collagens represent the most abundant matrix proteins and provide for the overall stiffness and resilience of tissues. The structural changes of collagens and their susceptibility to degradation are associated with skin wrinkling, bone and cartilage deterioration, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory malfunctions. Here, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are major contributors to tissue remodeling and collagen degradation...
June 17, 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634005/semaphorin-3e-alleviates-hallmarks-of-house-dust-mite-induced-allergic-airway-disease
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Hesam Movassagh, Lianyu Shan, Jonathan S Duke-Cohan, Andrew J Halayko, Jude E Uzonna, Abdelilah S Gounni
Semaphorins are an essential family of guidance cues ubiquitously expressed in various organs, which play diverse developmental, homeostatic, and pathological roles. Semaphorin 3E (Sema3E), initially identified as a neuronal chemorepellent, is involved in the regulation of cell migration, proliferation, and angiogenesis. However, expression and function of Sema3E in allergic asthma has not been extensively investigated. We determined the expression of Sema3E in the airways and its effect on airway inflammation, hyperresponsiveness, and remodeling as pathological features of allergic asthma provoked by house dust mite in vivo...
July 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633987/a-paradigm-shift-for-bone-quality-in-dentistry-a-literature-review
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Shinichiro Kuroshima, Masaru Kaku, Takuya Ishimoto, Muneteru Sasaki, Takayoshi Nakano, Takashi Sawase
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to present the current concept of bone quality based on the proposal by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and some of the cellular and molecular factors that affect bone quality. STUDY SELECTION: This is a literature review which focuses on collagen, biological apatite (BAp), and bone cells such as osteoblasts and osteocytes. RESULTS: In dentistry, the term "bone quality" has long been considered to be synonymous with bone mineral density (BMD) based on radiographic and sensible evaluations...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633927/dencichine-ameliorates-kidney-injury-in-induced-type-ii-diabetic-nephropathy-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signalling-pathway
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Li Jie, Qiu Pengcheng, He Qiaoyan, Bi Linlin, Zhang Meng, Wang Fang, Jia Min, Yan Li, Zhang Ya, Yang Qian, Wang Siwang
Diabetic nephropathy (DN), a common complication associated with both type I and type II diabetes mellitus (DM), is a major cause of chronic nephropathy and a common cause of end-stage renal diseases (ESRD) throughout the world. This study is aimed to determine whether dencichine (De) can ameliorate renal damage in high-glucose-and-fat diet combined STZ (streptozocin) induced DN in type II DM rats and to investigate the potential underlying mechanisms. Markers of metabolism, diabetes, and renal function, and levels of extracellular matrix (ECM) collagen I (Col I), collagen IV (Col IV), fibronectin (FN) and laminin (LN), and of proteins in the TGF-β/Smad pathway were analysed through RT-PCR, western blot, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633868/daidzein-stimulates-osteogenesis-facilitating-proliferation-differentiation-and-antiapoptosis-in-human-osteoblast-like-mg-63-cells-via-estrogen-receptor-dependent-mek-erk-and-pi3k-akt-activation
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Xin Jin, Jing Sun, Bo Yu, Yue Wang, Wei Jia Sun, Jing Yang, Su Hui Huang, Wen Li Xie
Daidzein, a natural soy isoflavone, has a structure similar to estradiol and exhibiting bone-sparing effects against osteoporosis. However, the molecular mechanisms of osteogenesis remain unclear. We hypothesized that daidzein stimulates osteogenesis through estrogen receptor (ER)-dependent signal pathways. To test this hypothesis, we investigated the effects of daidzein compared with 17β-estradiol on proliferation, differentiation, and cisplatin-induced apoptosis in human osteoblast-like MG-63 cells containing 2 ER isoforms...
June 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633808/impact-of-mr-guided-boiling-histotripsy-in-distinct-murine-tumor-models
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Martijn Hoogenboom, Dylan C Eikelenboom, Renske J E van den Bijgaart, Arend Heerschap, Pieter Wesseling, Martijn H den Brok, Jurgen J Fütterer, Gosse J Adema
Interest in mechanical high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation is rapidly growing. Boiling histotripsy (BH) is applied for mechanical fragmentation of soft tissue into submicron fragments with limited temperature increase using the shock wave and cavitation effects of HIFU. Research on BH has been largely limited to ex vivo experiments. As a consequence, the in vivo pathology after BH treatment and the relation to preexistent tissue characteristics are not well understood. This study reports on in vivo MR guided BH treatment, either with 100 or 200 pulses per focal spot, in three different subcutaneous mouse tumor models: a soft-tissue melanoma (B16OVA), a compact growing thymoma (EL4), and a highly vascularized neuroblastoma (9464D)...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633197/influence-of-electron-beam-irradiation-doses-on-bone-regeneration-by-octacalcium-phosphate-collagen-composites
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Fumihiko Kajii, Atsushi Iwai, Hidenori Tanaka, Keiko Matsui, Tadashi Kawai, Shinji Kamakura
An octacalcium phosphate and collagen composite (OCP/Col) achieved efficient bone regeneration with excellent resorbability. After the confirmation of its safety and efficacy in preclinical animal studies, the present study investigated the influence of electron beam irradiation doses on bone regeneration by OCP/Col in order to secure its commercialization. OCP/Col was prepared as previously described, and the packed OCP/Col was sterilized using different doses of electron beam irradiation. A standardized defect, 9 mm in diameter, was made in the rat calvarium...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632965/frequent-col4-mutations-in-familial-microhematuria-accompanied-by-later-onset-alport-nephropathy-due-to-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis
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Louiza Papazachariou, Gregory Papagregoriou, Despina Hadjipanagi, Panagiota Demosthenous, Konstantinos Voskarides, Constantina Koutsofti, Kostas Stylianou, Petros Ioannou, Dimitris Xydakis, Ioannis Tzanakis, Antonia Papadaki, Nicolaos Kallivretakis, Nicolaos Nikolakakis, Garyfalia Perysinaki, Daniel P Gale, Athanasios Diamantopoulos, Pavlos Goudas, Dimitris Goumenos, Andreas Soloukides, Ioannis Boletis, Christina Melexopoulou, Eleni Georgaki, Elena Frysira, Fifi Komianou, Dimitrios Grekas, Christos Paliouras, Polichronis Alivanis, George Vergoulas, Alkis Pierides, Eugenios Daphnis, Constantinos Deltas
Familial microscopic hematuria (FMH) is associated with a genetically heterogeneous group of conditions including the collagen-IV nephropathies, the heritable C3/CFHR5 nephropathy and the glomerulopathy with fibronectin deposits. The clinical course varies widely, ranging from isolated benign familial hematuria to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) later in life. We investigated 24 families using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for five genes: COL4A3, COL4A4, COL4A5, CFHR5 and FN1. In 17 families (71%), we found 15 pathogenic mutations in COL4A3/A4/A5, nine of them novel...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632510/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-lungs-in-murine-polymicrobial-sepsis-with-hydrogen-gas-treatment
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Yingxue Bian, Chao Qin, Yuchang Xin, Yang Yu, Hongguang Chen, Guolin Wang, Keliang Xie, Yonghao Yu
Sepsis-associated acute lung injury (ALI), which carries a high morbidity and mortality in patients, has no effective therapeutic strategies to date. Our group have already reported that hydrogen gas (H2) exerts a protective effect against sepsis in mice. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying H2 treatment are not fully understood. This study investigated the effects of H2 on lung injuries in septic mice through the iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. Male ICR mice used in this study were subjected to cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or sham operation...
June 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632473/a-rare-occurrence-of-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita-in-a-patient-with-retroviral-disease
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Zambare Uddhao, Chhonkar Aditi, Nayak Chitra, Tambe Swagata
Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita is a chronic subepidermal blistering disease associated with autoimmunity to type-VII collagen within anchoring fibrils located at the dermo-epidermal junction. This entity is rarely reported from India. It can have a variety of presentations. Its occurrence with retroviral disease has rarely been reported. Here, we present a case of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita in a patient with HIV infection.
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632033/overexpression-of-alk5-induces-human-tenon-s-capsule-fibroblasts-transdifferentiation-and-fibrosis-in-vitro
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Shu-Hao Fu, Hui-Ying Wang, Jia-Ying Zhang, Hui-Min Shi, Nan Zhang, Wen Ye, Yi-Qin Xiao
PURPOSE: To investigate the involvement of activin receptor-like kinase 5 (ALK5) in human Tenon's capsule fibroblasts (HTFs) transdifferentiation and fibrosis. METHODS: (1) Cultured HTFs were treated with transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1) at different concentrations for different durations, mRNA expression of ALK5 and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) was measured by quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) while protein expression of ALK5, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and extracellular matrix deposition including fibronectin (FN) and collagen I (Col1) was assessed by western blot...
February 28, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631920/microfluidic-mapping-of-cancer-cell-protein-binding-interaction
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Zongbin Liu, Xin Han, Rui Chen, Kai Zhang, Ying Li, Shelby Fruge, Joon Hee Jang, Yuan Ma, Lidong Qin
The interaction between tumor cells and microenvironment during metastasis is mediated by the binding of cell surface receptors, such as integrins and selectins, with protein ligands. Delineation of their binding interaction and identification of key receptors may be particularly important both in understanding ECM remodeling and in developing potential therapeutic targets. Here we present a microfluidic chip that allows qualitative and quantitative mapping of large population cell-protein interaction. It was found that β1 integrin showed stronger binding interaction with collagen than with other ECM proteins...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631905/-rationale-of-pharmacotherapy-duration-in-patients-with-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-clinical-morphological-study
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M E Sitdykova, D E Tsyplakov, E N Sitdykov, A R Nurtdinov
AIM: To investigate the nature of morphological alterations in the urinary bladder wall in BPH patients receiving pharmacotherapy to establish treatment time limits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study comprised 120 BPH patients who underwent a transvesical adenomectomy. Prior to the surgery, 110 patients received pharmacotherapy (-blockers and 5-reductase inhibitors) lasting from 1-6 months to 5-10 years. Preoperative evaluation included a standard diagnostic algorithm...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631801/morphology-of-elastic-nematic-liquid-crystal-membranes
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Pardis Rofouie, Damiano Pasini, Alejandro D Rey
Liquid crystalline phases found in many biological materials, such as actin, DNA, cellulose, and collagen can be responsible for the deformation of cell membranes. In this paper, cell membrane deformation is investigated through the coupling between liquid crystal anisotropy and membrane bending elasticity. The generalized shape equation for anisotropic interfaces, which resort to the Cahn-Hoffman capillarity vector, the Rapini-Papoular anchoring energy, and the Helfrich elastic energy, is applied to gain insight into the deformation of closed liquid crystal membranes...
June 20, 2017: Soft Matter
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