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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
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Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801914/blockade-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling-enhances-oncolytic-herpes-simplex-virus-efficacy-in-patient-derived-recurrent-glioblastoma-models
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Shinichi Esaki, Fares Nigim, Esther Moon, Samantha Luk, Juri Kiyokawa, William Curry, Daniel P Cahill, Andrew S Chi, A John Iafrate, Robert L Martuza, Samuel D Rabkin, Hiroaki Wakimoto
Despite the current standard of multimodal management, glioblastoma (GBM) inevitably recurs and effective therapy is not available for recurrent disease. A subset of tumor cells with stem-like properties, termed GBM stem-like cells (GSCs), are considered to play a role in tumor relapse. Although oncolytic herpes simplex virus (oHSV) is a promising therapeutic for GBM, its efficacy against recurrent GBM is incompletely characterized. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) plays vital roles in maintaining GSC stemness and GBM pathogenesis...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789942/statins-reduce-tgf-beta2-modulation-of-the-extracellular-matrix-in-cultured-astrocytes-of-the-human-optic-nerve-head
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Mi-Lyang Kim, Kyung Rim Sung, Jin A Shin, Joo Young Yoon, Joonhee Jang
Statins are cholesterol lowering drugs and have shown beneficial effects on glaucoma. With regard to the mechanism of statin action on glaucoma, we investigated the effects of statins on transforming growth factor-beta 2 (TGF-β2)-induced expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins in human astrocytes of the optic nerve head (ONH) lamina cribrosa (LC). By using primary human ONH astrocytes, we found that both simvastatin and lovastatin inhibited TGF-β2-mediated expression of ECM proteins such as connective tissue growth factor, collagen I, fibronectin, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1...
August 5, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696894/preference-of-aerosolized-pirfenidone-to-oral-intake-an-experimental-model-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-paraquat
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Rokhsana Rasooli, Hamid Rajaian, Abbas Pardakhty, Ali Mandegary
BACKGROUND: Inhalation drug delivery is a fast, effective, and safe route of delivering medication directly to the lungs. Thanks to the large surface area and highly vascularized epithelium in lung, pulmonary drug delivery has been considered as an effective route to deliver drugs to the systemic circulation. Pirfenidone (PF), an oral antifibrotic agent, has been shown to slow down the progression of the lung fibrosis. Inhalation or intrapulmonary delivery of PF appears to be a good alternative to optimize drug delivery and minimize the dosage, adverse and nonspecific effects...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663339/the-influence-of-connective-tissue-growth-factor-on-rabbit-ligament-injury-repair
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X Sun, W Liu, G Cheng, X Qu, H Bi, Z Cao, Q Yu
OBJECTIVES: The injured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is thought to exhibit an impaired healing response, and attempts at surgical repair have not been successful. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is reported to be associated with wound healing, probably through transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1). METHODS: A rabbit ACL injury model was used to study the effect of CTGF on ligament recovery. Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was performed for detection of changes in RNA levels of TGF-β1, type 1 collagen (COL1), type 2 collagen (COL2), SRY-related high mobility group-box gene9 (SOX9), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1) and matrix metallopeptidase 13 (MMP-13)...
July 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649665/tgf-%C3%AE-target-genes-are-differentially-regulated-in-corneal-epithelial-cells-and-fibroblasts
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Xiaoqing Guo, Audrey E K Hutcheon, Jennifer A Tran, James D Zieske
PURPOSE: Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) activates the canonical Smad pathway, which includes the Smad family of proteins and SARA (Smad Anchor for Receptor Activation) and other less understood pathways, including one involving p38(MAPK). The goal of the current research was to determine if corneal epithelial cells and fibroblasts used the classical or alternative TGF-β-signaling pathways. To examine this question, we made use of Trx-SARA, which inhibits native SARA, thus blocking the Smad pathway...
2017: New Front Ophthalmol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647356/optimizing-bone-morphogenic-protein-4-mediated-human-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-into-trophoblast-like-cells-using-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-activin-nodal-signalling-inhibition
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Mariann Koel, Urmo Võsa, Kaarel Krjutškov, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Juha Kere, Juha Tapanainen, Shintaro Katayama, Sulev Ingerpuu, Viljar Jaks, Ulf-Hakan Stenman, Karolina Lundin, Timo Tuuri, Andres Salumets
Several studies have demonstrated that human embryonic stem cells (hESC) can be differentiated into trophoblast-like cells if exposed to bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and/or inhibitors of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) and the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β)/activin/nodal signalling pathways. The goal of this study was to investigate how the inhibitors of these pathways improve the efficiency of hESC differentiation when compared with basic BMP4 treatment. RNA sequencing was used to analyse the effects of all possible inhibitor combinations on the differentiation of hESC into trophoblast-like cells over 12 days...
September 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642549/focal-adhesion-kinase-regulates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-and-liver-fibrosis
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Xue-Ke Zhao, Lei Yu, Ming-Liang Cheng, Pulin Che, Yin-Ying Lu, Quan Zhang, Mao Mu, Hong Li, Li-Li Zhu, Juan-Juan Zhu, Meng Hu, Po Li, Yue-Dong Liang, Xin-Hua Luo, Yi-Ju Cheng, Zhi-Xiang Xu, Qiang Ding
Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of liver fibrosis is important to develop effective therapy. Herein, we show that focal-adhesion-kinse (FAK) plays a key role in promoting hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) activation in vitro and liver fibrosis progression in vivo. FAK activation is associated with increased expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and collagen in fibrotic live tissues. Transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) induces FAK activation in a time and dose dependent manner. FAK activation precedes the α-SMA expression in HSCs...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28625142/proteotoxic-stress-desensitizes-tgf-beta-signaling-through-receptor-downregulation-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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X Tan, C Chen, Y Zhu, J Deng, X Qiu, S Huang, F Shang, B Cheng, Y Liu
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor (TGFβ)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and proteotoxic stress are two main contributors of intraocular fibrotic disorders, including proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). However, how these two factors communicate with each other is not well-characterized. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to investigate the regulatory role of proteotoxic stress on TGFβ signaling in retinal pigment epithelium...
June 19, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610976/dioscin-suppresses-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-suppresses-a549-lung-cancer-migration-and-invasion
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Won-Chul Lim, Hyunhee Kim, Young-Joo Kim, Kyung-Chul Choi, In Ho Lee, Ki Heon Lee, Mi Kyung Kim, Hyeonseok Ko
Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), an important cellular process, occurs during cancer development and progression, has a crucial role in metastasis by enhancing the motility of tumor cells. Dioscin is a polyphenolic component isolated from Phyllanthus amarus, which exhibits a wide range of pharmacological and physiological activities, such as anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-obesity, anti-fungal, and anti-viral activities. However, the possible role of dioscin in the EMT is unclear. We investigated the suppressive effect of dioscin on the EMT...
August 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608941/tgf-%C3%AE-stimulates-expression-of-chondroitin-polymerizing-factor-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-through-the-smad3-rhoa-rock1-and-mapk-signaling-pathways
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Bo Hu, Chen Xu, Peng Cao, Ye Tian, Ying Zhang, Changgui Shi, Jun Xu, Wen Yuan, Huajiang Chen
The enzyme chondroitin polymerizing factor (ChPF) is primarily involved in extension of the chondroitin sulfate backbone required for the synthesis of sulfated glycosaminoglycan (sGAG). Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) upregulates sGAG synthesis in nucleus pulposus cells; however, the mechanisms mediating this induction are incompletely understood. Our study demonstrated that ChPF expression was negatively correlated with the grade of degenerative intervertebral disc disease. Treatment of nucleus pulposus cells with TGF-β induced ChPF expression and enhanced Smad2/3, RhoA/ ROCK activation, and the JNK, p38 and ERK1/2 MAPK signaling pathways...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545810/thymic-stromal-lymphopoietin-and-apocynin-alter-the-expression-of-airway-remodeling-factors-in-human-rhinovirus-infected-cells
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Joanna Wieczfinska, Rafal Pawliczak
Airway remodeling is a characteristic of bronchial asthma. The process involves the expression of many genes, such as transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP-1), MMP and arginase. Human rhinovirus (HRV) is known to cause asthma exacerbations, and viral infections might be involved in the development of airway remodeling. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the influence of HRV on the genes involved in airway remodeling and to examine the impact of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) and contribution of oxidative stress on airway remodeling in the context of HRV infection...
August 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529481/topical-ophthalmic-formulation-of-trichostatin-a-and-surr9-c84a-for-quick-recovery-post-alkali-burn-of-corneal-haze
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Kislay Roy, Chun Hei Antonio Cheung, Rupinder K Kanwar, Rajat Sandhir, Jagat R Kanwar
Alkali burn injury is a true ocular emergency of the conjunctiva and cornea that requires immediate precision. Lack of an immediate therapy can lead to a substantial damage in the ocular surface and anterior segment further causing visual impairment and disfigurement. We explored the regenerative capability of dominant negative survivin protein (SurR9-C84A) and histone deacetylase inhibitor trichostatin-A (TSA) in vivo, in a rat alkali burn model. A topical insult in rat eyes with NaOH led to degradation of the conjunctival and corneal epithelium...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512472/pulsed-electromagnetic-field-regulates-microrna-21-expression-to-activate-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-human-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-to-enhance-osteoblast-differentiation
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Nagarajan Selvamurugan, Zhiming He, Daniel Rifkin, Branka Dabovic, Nicola C Partridge
Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have been documented to promote bone fracture healing in nonunions and increase lumbar spinal fusion rates. However, the molecular mechanisms by which PEMF stimulates differentiation of human bone marrow stromal cells (hBMSCs) into osteoblasts are not well understood. In this study the PEMF effects on hBMSCs were studied by microarray analysis. PEMF stimulation of hBMSCs' cell numbers mainly affected genes of cell cycle regulation, cell structure, and growth receptors or kinase pathways...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507001/p38-mapk-as-an-essential-regulator-of-dorsal-ventral-axis-specification-and-skeletogenesis-during-sea-urchin-development-a-re-evaluation
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Maria Dolores Molina, Magali Quirin, Emmanuel Haillot, Felipe Jimenez, Aline Chessel, Thierry Lepage
Dorsal-ventral axis formation in the sea urchin embryo relies on the asymmetrical expression of the TGFβ Nodal. The p38-MAPK pathway has been proposed to be essential for dorsal-ventral axis formation by acting upstream of nodal expression. Here, we report that, in contrast to previous studies that used pharmacological inhibitors of p38, manipulating the activity of p38 by genetic means has no obvious impact on morphogenesis. Instead, we discovered that p38 inhibitors strongly disrupt specification of all germ layers by blocking signalling from the Nodal receptor and by interfering with the ERK pathway...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495868/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-tgf-%C3%AE-1-stimulates-collagen-synthesis-in-cultured-rainbow-trout-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Elizabeth F Johnston, Todd E Gillis
Cold acclimation of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, causes collagen to increase within the extracellular matrix (ECM) of the myocardium, while warm acclimation has the opposite effect. The mechanism responsible for this remodeling response is not known. In mammals, transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) stimulates collagen deposition within the myocardial ECM. Therefore, we hypothesized that TGF-β1 regulates trout myocardial ECM turnover and predicted that TGF-β1 would induce collagen deposition in cultured rainbow trout cardiac fibroblasts...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464379/activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-by-thrombin-via-integrins-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-1-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-and-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-5-in-buccal-fibroblasts-suppression-by-epigallocatechin-3-gallate
#18
Jenny Zwei-Chieng Chang, Yu-Ping Hsieh, Wen-Hsin Lin, Hsin-Ming Chen, Mark Yen-Ping Kuo
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of oral submucous fibrosis (OSF). Thrombin is a key player in tissue repair, inflammation, and fibrosis after injury. METHODS: Effects of thrombin on activated-TGF-β1 levels, Smad3 phosphorylation, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF/CCN2) synthesis in primary human buccal mucosal fibroblasts (BMFs) were assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay or Western blot analysis...
May 2, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463588/the-lactate-dehydrogenase-inhibitor-gossypol-inhibits-radiation-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Jennifer L Judge, Shannon H Lacy, Wei-Yao Ku, Kristina M Owens, Eric Hernady, Thomas H Thatcher, Jacqueline P Williams, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime, R Matthew Kottmann
Exposure of the lung to ionizing radiation that occurs in radiotherapy, as well as after accidental or intentional mass casualty incident can result in pulmonary fibrosis, which has few treatment options. Pulmonary fibrosis is characterized by an accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins that create scar tissue. Although the mechanisms leading to radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis remain poorly understood, one frequent observation is the activation of the profibrotic cytokine transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β)...
July 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458020/signaling-by-growth-differentiation-factor-5-through-the-bone-morphogenetic-protein-receptor-type-ib-protects-neurons-against-kainic-acid-induced-neurodegeneration
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Yuanzheng Zhao, Min Zhang, Hengfang Liu, Jianping Wang
Growth/differentiation factor-5 (GDF-5), a member of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) superfamily, has been shown to protect rat dopaminergic neurons against insult both in embryonic neuronal culture and in Parkinson's disease models. However, whether GDF-5 exerts neuroprotective effects in hippocampal neurons is unclear. Here, we show that both mRNA levels and protein levels of GDF-5 are decreased in the mouse hippocampus upon kainic acid (KA) treatment. KA induced dramatic neuronal loss specifically in the cornu ammonis 1 (CA1) and CA3 areas of the mouse hippocampus, while intracerebral infusion of GDF-5 prevented this neuronal loss...
April 27, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
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