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TGF beta inhibitors

Youhei Okada, Ting Wang, Kazuhiro Kasai, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takikawa
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) is critical in cancer cell invasion and metastasis. The effects of a treatment that targets TGF-β using the combination of interferon alpha (IFNα)-2b and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) are unknown. Here, we show that the serum levels of TGF-β1 prior to the therapy correlate with increased maximum tumor diameter, which is significantly ( p  < 0.01) decreased after the combination therapy. 5-FU increased both the expression and secretion levels of TGF-β1 in hepatoma cells, but not in normal hepatocytes...
2018: Cell Death Discovery
Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Sam York, Peter S Natov, Vikram Paruchuri, Yali Zhang, Mark J Aronovitz, Richard H Karas, Navin K Kapur
Background -Heart failure is a growing cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β1) promotes cardiac fibrosis, but also activates counter-regulatory pathways that serve to regulate TGF-β1 activity in heart failure. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 (BMP9) is a member of the TGFβ family of cytokines and signals via the downstream effector protein Smad1. Endoglin is a TGFβ co-receptor that promotes TGF-β1 signaling via Smad3 and binds BMP9 with high affinity. We hypothesized that BMP9 limits cardiac fibrosis by activating Smad1 and attenuating Smad3 and further that neutralizing endoglin activity promotes BMP9 activity...
February 27, 2018: Circulation
Priyanka Grover, Sritama Nath, Monica D Nye, Ru Zhou, Mohammad Ahmad, Pinku Mukherjee
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDA) has a mortality rate that nearly matches its incidence rate. Transforming Growth Factor Beta (TGF-β) is a cytokine with a dual role in tumor development switching from a tumor suppressor to a tumor promoter. There is limited knowledge of how TGF-β function switches during tumorigenesis. Mucin 1 (MUC1) is an aberrantly glycosylated, membrane-bound, glycoprotein that is overexpressed in >80% of PDA cases and is associated with poor prognosis. In PDA, MUC1 promotes tumor progression and metastasis via signaling through its cytoplasmic tail (MUC1-CT) and interacting with other oncogenic signaling molecules...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Mingyong Li, Lin Qiu, Wei Hu, Xiang Deng, Hanfeng Xu, Youhan Cao, Zijian Xiao, Liangyu Peng, Shawn Johnson, Lyundup Alexey, Paul A Kingston, Qing Li, Yuanyuan Zhang
Extensive scar tissue formation often occurs after severe burn injury, trauma, or as one of complications after surgical intervention. Despite significant therapeutic advances, it is still a significant challenge to manage massive scar tissue formation while also promoting normal wound healing. The goal of this study was to investigate the therapeutic effect of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) that were genetically modified to overexpress transforming growth factor-beta 3 (TGF-β3 ), an inhibitor of myofibroblast proliferation and collagen type I deposition, on full-thickness cutaneous wound healing in a rabbit model...
February 14, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Jianmei Wu, Yulin Ding, Jinling Wang, Fenglong Wang
Staphylococcus aureus is a common Gram-positive pathogen that causes bovine mastitis, a persistent infection of the bovine mammary gland. Bovine mammary epithelial cells (BMEC) are important parenchymal cells of the bovine mammary gland. To better understand the importance of BMEC and the roles of the TLR-NF-κBand TLR-AP-1 signaling pathways in the regulation of S. aureus-associated mastitis and mammary fibrosis, BMEC cultured in vitro were stimulated with different concentrations of heat-inactivated S. aureus to analyze the gene and protein expression and production of toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2), toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4), transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β1), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) as well as the protein expression of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) and activation protein-1 (AP-1) by means of quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and western blotting, respectively...
February 13, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
Chiara Giacomelli, Simona Daniele, Chiara Romei, Laura Tavanti, Tommaso Neri, Ilaria Piano, Alessandro Celi, Claudia Martini, Maria L Trincavelli
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a complex process in which cell phenotype switches from the epithelial to mesenchymal one. The deregulations of this process have been related with the occurrence of different diseases such as lung cancer and fibrosis. In the last decade, several efforts have been devoted in understanding the mechanisms that trigger and sustain this transition process. Adenosine is a purinergic signaling molecule that has been involved in the onset and progression of chronic lung diseases and cancer through the A2B adenosine receptor subtype activation, too...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Xiang Lin, Yongdong Dai, Wenzhi Xu, Libing Shi, Xiaoying Jin, Chao Li, Feng Zhou, Yibin Pan, Yinli Zhang, Xiaona Lin, Songying Zhang
Hypoxia plays a vital role in the progression of endometriosis. And integrin-mediated aberrant adhesion is also essential for establishment of endometriotic lesions. Here, we aim to determine the function of hypoxia in integrin-mediated adhesion of endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) in endometriosis. The expressions of adhesion molecule integrins (integrin-α5, integrin-αV, integrin-β3, and integrin-β5) were determined in 15 normal endometrium and 15 paired eutopic and ectopic endometrium by immunohistochemistry...
February 8, 2018: Endocrinology
Mercedes N Munkonda, Shareef Akbari, Chloe Landry, Suzy Sun, Fengxia Xiao, Maddison Turner, Chet E Holterman, Rania Nasrallah, Richard L Hébert, Christopher R J Kennedy, Dylan Burger
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is a hallmark of advanced diabetic kidney disease that is linked to a decline in renal function, however the pathogenic mechanisms are poorly understood. Microparticles (MPs) are 100-1000 nm vesicles shed from injured cells that are implicated in intercellular signalling. Our lab recently observed the formation of MPs from podocytes and their release into urine of animal models of type 1 and 2 diabetes and in humans with type 1 diabetes. The purpose of the present study was to examine the role of podocyte MPs in tubular epithelial cell fibrotic responses...
2018: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
Fredrik Ghosh, Hodan Abdshill, Karin Arnér, Ulrikke Voss, Linnéa Taylor
The purpose of this study was to explore retina-intrinsic neuroinflammatory reactions, effects on neuronal survival, relationship with classic gliosis, and possible role of the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4). To isolate the adult retina from the systemic immune system, a previously described large animal explant culture model was used in which full-thickness porcine retinal sheets can be kept in vitro for extended time periods. Explants were kept for 5 days in vitro (DIV) and were treated with either; lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a Toll-like receptor-4 (TLR4) inhibitor (CLI-095), LPS + CLI-095, or solvent vehicle throughout the culture period after which retinal sections were examined with hematoxylin and eosin staining and extensive immunohistochemistry...
February 7, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Zhenning Liu, Jiangtao Sheng, Guoyi Peng, Jinhua Yang, Weiqiang Chen, Kangsheng Li
Central nervous system (CNS) diseases can cause a series of neuronal lesions, which may be improved by the anti-apoptotic neuroprotection of transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1). In neurons, L-type Ca2+ channels (LTCC) are mainly composed of Cav1.2 subunits. Given the implication of TGF-β1 in numerous CNS diseases, we examined the neuroprotective effects of TGF-β1 on the Cav1.2 channel in the CNS. To simulate acute mechanical traumatic brain injury (TBI), we used a needle to create parallel scratches across plates, which were cultured for 9 h...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Sangmin Kim, Jeongmin Lee, Daeun You, Yisun Jeong, Myeongjin Jeon, Jonghan Yu, Seok Won Kim, Seok Jin Nam, Jeong Eon Lee
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Transforming growth factor-beta proteins (TGF-βs) are multifunctional growth factors and powerful modulators of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in a variety of cancer types including breast and lung cancer cells. Here, we demonstrated the inhibitory effect of berberine (BBR) on tumor growth and metastasis of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells via suppression of TGF-β1 expression. METHODS: The levels of mRNA expression were analyzed by real-time PCR...
January 31, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Marta Sesé, Pedro Fuentes, Anna Esteve-Codina, Eva Béjar, Kimberley McGrail, George Thomas, Trond Aasen, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal
Breast cancer is the most prevalent malignancy in women and there is an urgent need for new therapeutic drugs targeting aggressive and metastatic subtypes, such as hormone-refractory triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Control of protein synthesis is vital to cell growth and tumour progression and permits increased resistance to therapy and cellular stress. Hypoxic cancer cells attain invasive and metastatic properties and chemotherapy resistance, but the regulation and role of protein synthesis in this setting is poorly understood...
December 29, 2017: Oncotarget
Yaping Zhang, Li Cao, Qiang Su, Kai Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhang
Objective To explore the effect of autophagic inhibitors chloroquine (CQ) and 3-methyl adenine (3-MA) on apoptosis of non-small cell lung adenocarcinoma NCI-H1975 cells induced by camptothecin (CPT). Methods After NCI-H1975 cells were treated with CPT, cell proliferation was detected by CCK-8 assay, morphological changes of cells were observed by PI staining, and the apoptosis of NCI-H1975 cells was determined by flow cytometry. The levels of autophagy-and apoptosis-related proteins LC3I, LC3II, P62, caspase-3 and poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) and transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-beta 1) were detected by Western blot analysis...
December 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Folashade Otegbeye, Evelyn Ojo, Stephen Moreton, Nathan Mackowski, Dean A Lee, Marcos de Lima, David N Wald
Natural killer cells harnessed from healthy individuals can be expanded ex vivo using various platforms to produce large doses for adoptive transfer into cancer patients. During such expansion, NK cells are increasingly activated and more efficient at killing cancer cells. Adoptive transfer however introduces these activated cells into a highly immunosuppressive tumor microenvironment mediated in part by excessive transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) from both cancer cells and their surrounding stroma...
2018: PloS One
Maysa Mohamed Kamel Sobhy, Soheir Sayed Mahmoud, Shaimaa Helmy El-Sayed, Enas Mohamed Ali Rizk, Amira Raafat, Mohamed Sherif Ismail Negm
Schistosomiasis mansoni is considered one of the most common fibrotic diseases resulting from inflammation and deposition of fibrous tissue around parasitic eggs trapped in the liver, causing morbidity and mortality. Chemotherapy against schistosomiasis is largely dependent on Praziquantel (PZQ). Yet, the huge administration of it in endemic areas and its incompetence towards the immature stages have raised serious alarms against the development of drug resistance. Few drugs are directed to reverse schistosomal liver fibrosis, particularly at the chronic and advanced stages of the disease...
January 10, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
Hui Song Cui, A Ram Hong, June-Bum Kim, Joo Hyang Yu, Yoon Soo Cho, So Young Joo, Cheong Hoon Seo
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) considerably improves the appearance and symptoms of post-burn hypertrophic scars (HTS). However, the mechanism underlying the observed beneficial effects is not well understood. The objective of this study was to elucidate the mechanism underlying changes in cellular and molecular biology that is induced by ESWT of fibroblasts derived from scar tissue (HTSFs). We cultured primary dermal fibroblasts derived from human HTS and exposed these cells to 1000 impulses of 0...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Mei Wang, Ping Su
The Fas/FasL signaling pathway is one of the major pathways that regulate apoptosis. Increasing studies have shown that the activation of the Fas/FasL signaling pathway is closely associated with testicular cell apoptosis. However, the mechanism involved is still unclear. We discuss recent findings regarding the molecular mechanisms by which environmental toxicants induce testicular pathology via Fas/FasL signaling. These findings suggest that Fas/FasL signaling is employed to impact the sensitivity (a response to external factors) of germ cells, disrupt steroidogenic hormone and cytokine metabolism mediated by Sertoli cells, and elicit the activation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) in Leydig cell apoptosis...
January 4, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Laura Tapella, Matteo Cerruti, Isabella Biocotino, Alessio Stevano, Francesca Rocchio, Pier Luigi Canonico, Mariagrazia Grilli, Armando A Genazzani, Dmitry Lim
Astrocytes participate in the development and resolution of neuroinflammation in numerous ways, including the release of cytokines and growth factors. Among many, astrocytes release transforming growth factors beta (TGF-β) TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3. TGF-β1 is the most studied isoform, while production and release of TGF-β2 and 3 by astrocytes has been poorly characterized. Here we report that purified cultures of hippocampal astrocytes produce mainly TGF-β3 followed by TGF-β2 and TGF-β1. Furthermore, astrocytes release principally the active form of TGF-β3 over the other two...
December 28, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
Juan Du, Yu Yu, Jun Zhan, Hongquan Zhang
Breast cancer is the most prevalent female malignancy throughout the world. Conventional treatment strategies for breast cancer consist of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, chemoradiation, hormone therapy, and targeted therapies. Among them, targeted therapies show advantages to reduce cost and toxicity for being possible for individualized treatments based on the intrinsic subtypes of breast cancer. With deeper understanding of key signaling pathways concerning tumor growth and survival, growth factor-controlled signaling pathways are frequently dysregulated in the development and progression of breast cancer...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Alaliaa M Sallam, Ahmed Esmat, Ashraf B Abdel-Naim
Liver fibrosis is a major health concern worldwide. Inhibitors of Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) have been reported to attenuate experimental liver fibrosis. Therefore, the aim of current study was to investigate the potential ameliorative effect of cucurbitacin-B (Cucu-B) against CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis in mice. Treatment with Cucu-B (5 mg/kg) preserved hepatocellular membrane integrity and amended the metabolic function as indicated by preventing the rise of serum liver function markers...
December 17, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
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