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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430983/absence-of-endothelial-er%C3%AE-results-in-arterial-remodeling-and-decreased-stiffness-in-western-diet-fed-male-mice
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Camila Manrique-Acevedo, Francisco I Ramirez-Perez, Jaume Padilla, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, Annayya R Aroor, Brady J Barron, Dongqing Chen, Dominic Haertling, Cory Declue, James R Sowers, Luis A Martinez-Lemus
The role of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) signaling in the vasculature of females has been described under different experimental conditions and our group recently reported that lack of endothelial ERα in female mice fed a Western diet (WD) results in amelioration of vascular stiffness. Conversely, the role of ERα in the male vasculature in this setting has not been explored. In conditions of over-nutrition and insulin resistance, augmented arterial stiffness, endothelial dysfunction and arterial remodeling contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease...
April 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430784/non-invasive-quantification-of-collagen-turnover-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Elisabeth G D Stribos, Signe Holm Nielsen, Susanne Brix, Morten Asser Karsdal, Marc A Seelen, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Peter Olinga, Henricus A M Mutsaers, Federica Genovese
Kidney allograft failure due to chronic injury/rejection remains the main cause of graft loss in renal transplant recipients (RTR). Here, we investigated whether specific biomarkers of extracellular matrix (ECM) turnover are associated with allograft function and chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage in RTR. Seventy-eight patients who attended the University Medical Center Groningen for a routine check-up after kidney transplantation were enrolled in the study. Plasma and/or 24h-urine samples were collected and specific matrix-metalloproteinase-generated neo-epitope fragments of collagens were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428828/bioinformatics-analysis-of-key-genes-and-latent-pathway-interactions-based-on-the-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma-gene-expression-profile
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Yun Huang, Yiming Tao, Xinying Li, Shi Chang, Bo Jiang, Feng Li, Zhi-Ming Wang
Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) is an aggressive malignant disease in older adults with a high mortality rate. The present study aimed to examine several key genes and pathways, which are associated with ATC. The GSE33630 gene expression profile was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, which included 11 ATC and 45 normal thyroid samples. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in ATC were identified using the Limma package in R. The Gene Ontology functions and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways of the selected DEGs were enriched using the Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery...
January 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428687/lysyl-oxidase-its-diversity-in-health-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Suchitra Kumari, Tarun Kumar Panda, Tapaswini Pradhan
The mechanical properties of extracellular matrix (ECM) and connective tissues is largely dependent on the collagen and elastin structure. Lysyl oxidase (LOX) plays a critical role in the formation and repair of the ECM by oxidizing lysine residues in elastin and collagen, thereby initiating the formation of covalent cross linkages which stabilize these fibrous proteins. Due to its multiple functions both extracellularly and intracellularly, lysyl oxidase is involved in several processes in the tumorigenic pathway, in many different cancer types and stages...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428218/gain-of-function-mutation-in-filamin-a-potentiates-platelet-integrin-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-activation
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Eliane Berrou, Frédéric Adam, Marilyne Lebret, Virginie Planche, Patricia Fergelot, Odile Issertial, Isabelle Coupry, Jean-Claude Bordet, Paquita Nurden, Dominique Bonneau, Estelle Colin, Cyril Goizet, Jean-Philippe Rosa, Marijke Bryckaert
OBJECTIVE: Dominant mutations of the X-linked filamin A (FLNA) gene are responsible for filaminopathies A, which are rare disorders including brain periventricular nodular heterotopia, congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, cardiac valves or skeleton malformations, and often macrothrombocytopenia. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We studied a male patient with periventricular nodular heterotopia and congenital intestinal pseudo-obstruction, his unique X-linked FLNA allele carrying a stop codon mutation resulting in a 100-amino acid-long FLNa C-terminal extension (NP_001447...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428079/mineralization-inhibiting-effects-of-transglutaminase-crosslinked-polymeric-osteopontin
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Betty Hoac, Valentin Nelea, Wenge Jiang, Mari T Kaartinen, Marc D McKee
Osteopontin (OPN) belongs to the SIBLING family (Small, Integrin-Binding LIgand N-linked Glycoproteins) of mineral-binding matrix proteins found in bones and teeth. OPN is a well-known inhibitor of matrix mineralization, and enzymatic modification of OPN can affect this inhibitory function. In bone, OPN exists both as a monomer and as a high-molecular-weight polymer - the latter is formed by transglutaminase-mediated crosslinking of glutamine and lysine residues in OPN to create homotypic protein assemblies...
April 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427186/microrna-494-promotes-apoptosis-and-extracellular-matrix-degradation-in-degenerative-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
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Liang Kang, Cao Yang, Yu Song, Kangcheng Zhao, Wei Liu, Wenbin Hua, Kun Wang, Ji Tu, Shuai Li, Huipeng Yin, Yukun Zhang
PURPOSE: This study investigated the expression and function of the microRNA-494 in intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). RESULTS: MicroRNA-494 expression was upregulated during IDD progression; its overexpression increased the expression of ECM catabolic factors such as matrix metalloproteinase and A disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin motif in NP cells while decreasing that of anabolic genes such as type II collagen and aggrecan; it also induced the apoptosis of NP cells, as determined by flow cytometry...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426786/t140-blocks-the-sdf-1-cxcr4-signaling-pathway-and-prevents-cartilage-degeneration-in-an-osteoarthritis-disease-model
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Kun Wang, Yanlin Li, Rui Han, Guofeng Cai, Chuan He, Guoliang Wang, Di Jia
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common diseases affecting older people; however, there remains no effective targeted drug to combat OA. The aims of this study were (1) to explore the effect of T140 in regulating degeneration of articular cartilage in vivo by targeted blocking of the SDF-1/CXCR4 signaling pathway, and (2) to provide experimental evidence for the development of a novel OA-targeted pharmacotherapy. Thirty-six healthy Hartley guinea pigs were randomly divided into three groups: a T140-treated group (n = 12), a phosphate buffer saline control group (n = 12) and an untreated control group (n = 12)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426781/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-tudca-attenuates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-remodeling-by-reducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Shilpa Rani, Pradeep Kumar Sreenivasaiah, Jin Ock Kim, Mi Young Lee, Wan Seok Kang, Yong Sook Kim, Youngkeun Ahn, Woo Jin Park, Chunghee Cho, Do Han Kim
Pressure overload in the heart induces pathological hypertrophy and is associated with cardiac dysfunction. Apoptosis and fibrosis signaling initiated by the endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) is known to contribute to these maladaptive effects. The aim of this study was to investigate whether reduction of ERS by a known chemical chaperone, tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) can attenuate pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling in a mouse model of transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Oral administration of TUDCA at a dose of 300 mg/kg body weight (BW) in the TUDCA-TAC group reduced ERS markers (GRP78, p-PERK, and p-eIf2α), compared to the Vehicle (Veh)-TAC group...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426715/acute-hypoxia-influences-collagen-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-expression-by-human-keratoconus-cells-in-vitro
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Tina B McKay, Jesper Hjortdal, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Dimitrios Karamichos
Keratoconus (KC) is a progressive corneal ectasia linked to thinning of the central cornea. Hard contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, and scleral lenses are the primary treatment modalities for early to mid- stages of KC to correct refractive error and astigmatism that develops as a result of an irregular corneal structure. These treatments are associated with significant drawbacks, including reduced availability of the tear film and oxygen to the corneal epithelium and stroma. However, it remains unknown whether hypoxia affects corneal integrity in the KC pathobiology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426371/optimization-of-preculture-conditions-to-maximize-the-in-vivo-performance-of-cell-seeded-engineered-intervertebral-discs
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John T Martin, Sarah E Gullbrand, Bhavana Mohanraj, Beth G Ashinsky, Dong Hwa Kim, Kensuke Ikuta, Dawn M Elliott, Lachlan J Smith, Robert L Mauck, Harvey E Smith
The development of engineered tissues has progressed over the past 20 years from in vitro characterization to in vivo implementation. For musculoskeletal tissue engineering in particular, the emphasis of many of these studies was to select conditions that maximized functional and compositional gains in vitro. However, the transition from the favorable in vitro culture environment to a less favorable in vivo environment has proven difficult, and, in many cases, engineered tissues do not retain their preimplantation phenotype after even short periods in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425919/cell-behavior-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-response-to-silica-collagen-based-xerogels-and-calcium-deficient-culture-conditions
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Alena Wagner, Kristina Glenske, Anja Henß, Benjamin Kruppke, Sina Rößler, Thomas Hanke, Andreas Moritz, Marcus Rohnke, Monika Kressin, Stefan Arnhold, Reinhard Schnettler, Sabine Wenisch
Presently, we aim to elucidate osteogenic effects of two silica-based xerogels with different degrees of bioactivity on human bone-derived mesenchymal stromal cells. By means of scanning electron microscopy and quantitative PCR enhanced osteogenic effects and the formation of an extracellular matrix could be ascribed to the sample with lower bioactivity. Given the high levels of bioactivity, the cells revealed remarkable sensitivity to extremely low calcium levels of the media. Therefore, additional experiments were performed to elucidate cell behavior under calcium deficient conditions...
April 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425561/creating-homogenous-strain-distribution-within-3d-cell-encapsulated-constructs-using-a-simple-and-cost-effective-uniaxial-tensile-bioreactor-design-and-validation-study
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Gayathri Subramanian, Mostafa Elsaadany, Callan Bialorucki, Eda Yildirim-Ayan
Mechanical loading bioreactors capable of applying uniaxial tensile strains are emerging to be a valuable tool to investigate physiologically-relevant cellular signaling pathways and biochemical expression. In this study, we have introduced a simple and cost-effective uniaxial tensile strain bioreactor for the application of precise and homogenous uniaxial strains to 3D cell-encapsulated collagen constructs at physiological loading strains (0-12%) and frequencies (0.01-1 Hz). The bioreactor employs silicone-based loading chambers specifically designed to stretch constructs without direct gripping to minimize stress concentration at the ends of the construct and preserve its integrity...
April 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424209/the-sulfilimine-cross-link-of-collagen-iv-contributes-to-kidney-tubular-basement-membrane-stiffness
#14
Gautam Bhave, Selene Colon, Nicholas Ferrell
Basement membranes (BMs) are a specialized form of extracellular matrix (ECM) which underlie nearly all cell layers and provide structural support for tissues and interact with cell surface receptors to determine cell behavior. Both macromolecular composition and stiffness of BM influence cell-BM interactions. Collagen IV is major constituent of BM that forms an extensively cross-linked oligomeric network. Its deficiency leads to BM mechanical instability as observed with glomerular basement membrane (GBM) in Alport Syndrome...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423706/identification-of-ras-suppressor-1-rsu-1-as-a-potential-breast-cancer-metastasis-biomarker-using-a-three-dimensional-in-vitro-approach
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Vasiliki Gkretsi, Andreas Stylianou, Maria Louca, Triantafyllos Stylianopoulos
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common malignant disease in women, with most patients dying from metastasis to distant organs, making discovery of novel metastasis biomarkers and therapeutic targets imperative. Extracellular matrix (ECM)-related adhesion proteins as well as tumor matrix stiffness are important determinants for metastasis. As traditional two-dimensional culture does not take into account ECM stiffness, we employed 3-dimensional collagen I gels of increasing concentration and stiffness to embed BC cells of different invasiveness (MCF-7, MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-231-LM2) or tumor spheroids...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423488/mmp8-polymorphism-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-osteonecrosis-of-the-femoral-head-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Feimeng An, Jieli Du, Yuju Cao, Jianping Shi, Yongchang Guo, Tianbo Jin, Jian Li, Junyu Chen, Ping Li, Mei Dong, Guoqiang Wang, Jianzhong Wang
Osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) is an orthopedic refractory disease that adversely affects quality of life. Matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) produced by the bone marrow has been implicated in the degradation of collagen during bone development. We assessed whether MMP8 polymorphisms are associated with ONFH. In a case-control study, using χ2 tests and genetic model analyses, we genotyped 5 MMP8 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 585 ONFH patients and 507 healthy control subjects in a Chinese Han population...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422173/critical-involvement-of-zeb2-in-collagen-fibrillogenesis-the-molecular-similarity-between-mowat-wilson-syndrome-and-ehlers-danlos-syndrome
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Mika Teraishi, Mikiro Takaishi, Kimiko Nakajima, Mitsunori Ikeda, Yujiro Higashi, Shinji Shimoda, Yoshinobu Asada, Atsushi Hijikata, Osamu Ohara, Yoko Hiraki, Seiji Mizuno, Toshiyuki Fukada, Takahisa Furukawa, Nobuaki Wakamatsu, Shigetoshi Sano
Mowat-Wilson syndrome (MOWS) is a congenital disease caused by de novo heterozygous loss of function mutations or deletions of the ZEB2 gene. MOWS patients show multiple anomalies including intellectual disability, a distinctive facial appearance, microcephaly, congenital heart defects and Hirschsprung disease. However, the skin manifestation(s) of patients with MOWS has not been documented in detail. Here, we recognized that MOWS patients exhibit many Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)-like symptoms, such as skin hyperextensibility, atrophic scars and joint hypermobility...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421903/expression-of-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-its-substrate-level-in-patients-with-premature-rupture-of-membranes
#18
Ge Zuo, Jian-Xin Dong, Fang-Fei Zhao, Yan Chen
In this study, 30 case of patients with full-term premature membrane rupture and another 30 cases of full-term delivered subject without premature rupture of membranes (PROM) were selected to explore the relationship between premature membrane rupture with matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) and its substrate level. Results showed the plasma zinc, MMP-9 in serum and amniotic fluid increased in patients with PROM; their type IV collagen in serum and foetal membrane decreased. Increased Zinc ion concentration results in increased concentration of MMP-9, a zinc-dependent enzyme; the degradation of type IV collagen by MMP-9 might be the potential mechanism of premature rupture of membranes in full-term pregnant women...
May 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421197/ginsenoside-rg1-ameliorates-cigarette-smoke-induced-airway-fibrosis-by-suppressing-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-pathway-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#19
Sibin Guan, Qian Liu, Fengfeng Han, Wen Gu, Lin Song, Yue Zhang, Xuejun Guo, Weiguo Xu
Small airway fibrosis is a key pathological process accompanying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and includes fibroblast/myofibroblast transdifferentiation and excessive extracellular matrix deposition. Ginsenoside Rg1, one of the main active ingredients of Panax ginseng, has been shown to exert an antifibrotic effect in many tissues. However, little is known about the underlying mechanism and whether ginsenoside Rg1 can exert an effect on small airway fibrosis. We investigated the anti-small airway fibrosis effects of ginsenoside Rg1 in human embryonic lung fibroblasts and in COPD rats...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420171/pannexin-and-connexin-mediated-intercellular-communication-in-platelet-function
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REVIEW
Filippo Molica, Florian B Stierlin, Pierre Fontana, Brenda R Kwak
The three major blood cell types, i.e., platelets, erythrocytes and leukocytes, are all produced in the bone marrow. While red blood cells are the most numerous and white cells are the largest, platelets are small fragments and account for a minor part of blood volume. However, platelets display a crucial function by preventing bleeding. Upon vessel wall injury, platelets adhere to exposed extracellular matrix, become activated, and form a platelet plug preventing hemorrhagic events. However, when platelet activation is exacerbated, as in rupture of an atherosclerotic plaque, the same mechanism may lead to acute thrombosis causing major ischemic events such as myocardial infarction or stroke...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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