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Ifigeneia Kalampouka, Angel van Bekhoven, Bradley T Elliott
Ageing is associated with a general reduction of physiological function and a reduction of muscle mass and strength. Endocrine factors such as myostatin, activin A, growth and differentiation factor 11 (GDF-11) and their inhibitory peptides influence muscle mass in health and disease. We hypothesised that myocytes cultured in plasma from older and younger individuals would show an ageing effect, with reduced proliferation and differentiation in older environments. C2C12 myoblasts were grown as standard and stimulated with media conditioned with 5% plasma from healthy male participants that were either younger ( n = 6, 18-35 years of age) or older ( n = 6, >57 years of age)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Kelli A Davis, Kristin M Klohonatz, Darcy S O Mora, Hannah M Twenter, Peter E Graham, Pablo Pinedo, Douglas C Eckery, Jason E Bruemmer
Currently there is no contraceptive vaccine that can cause permanent sterility in mares. This study investigates the effect of vaccination against oocyte-specific growth factors, Bone Morphogenetic Protein 15 (BMP-15) and Growth Differentiation Factor 9 (GDF-9), on ovarian function of mares. It was hypothesized that immunization against these growth factors would prevent ovulation and/or accelerate depletion of the oocyte reserve. For this study, 30 mares were randomly assigned to three groups (n = 10/group) and vaccinated with BMP-15 or GDF-9 peptides conjugated to KLH and adjuvant, or a control of phosphate buffered saline and adjuvant...
March 6, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Ling Sun, Xuejun Zhou, Jianguang Jiang, Xuan Zang, Xin Chen, Haiyan Li, Haitao Cao, Qingjie Wang
BACKGROUND: Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging biomarker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) is an important complication in patients undergoing coronary angiography (CAG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In this retrospectively observational study, we aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 and the risk of AKI in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients. METHODS: The medical records of 1195 patients with AMI were reviewed...
2018: PloS One
Hamza Sunman, Uğur Canpolat, Hikmet Yorgun, Adem Özkan, Muhammet Ulvi Yalçın, Tülin Bayrak, Levent Şahiner, Ergün Barış Kaya, Asuman Özkara, Kudret Aytemir, Ali Oto
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) induces structural and electrical reverse remodeling of the failing heart. However, the association between native QRS narrowing and cardiac fibrosis markers has not been investigated in patients with an implanted CRT device. METHODS: A total of 41 symptomatic patients diagnosed with systolic heart failure who underwent CRT implantation were included in this study. Electrocardiogram findings and cardiac fibrosis marker levels [galectin-3, growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) and procollagen III N-terminal propeptide (P3TD)] were collected before and 12 months after initiation of biventricular pacing...
March 2018: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Xiao-Ping Chen, Xiao-Sen Shang, Yan-Bin Wang, Zhi-Hua Fu, Yu Gao, Tao Feng
OBJECTIVE: To explore the correlation between growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) -3148C/G polymorphism and the formation of collateral circulation in acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in Han population of Taiyuan area. METHOD: The present study included 92 STEMI patients and 56 normal controls based on coronary angiography; STEMI group was divided into collateral group and non-collateral group according to Rentrop's grading method. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing methods were used to detect and analyze the GDF-15 -3148C/G polymorphism in all participants...
December 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
Johan Ljungberg, Mikael Janiec, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Anders Holmgren, Johan Hultdin, Bengt Johansson, Ulf Näslund, Agneta Siegbahn, Tove Fall, Stefan Söderberg
Background -Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is the most common indication for cardiac valve surgery; untreated AS is linked to high mortality. The aetiological background of AS is unknown. Previous human studies were typically based on case-control studies. Biomarkers identified in prospective studies could lead to novel mechanistic insights. Methods -Within a large population survey with blood samples obtained at baseline, 334 patients were identified that later underwent surgery for AS (median age (interquartile range) 59...
February 27, 2018: Circulation
Jan Korbecki, Izabela Gutowska, Ireneusz Kojder, Dariusz Jeżewski, Marta Goschorska, Agnieszka Łukomska, Anna Lubkowska, Dariusz Chlubek, Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka
Recent years have seen considerable progress in understanding the biochemistry of cancer. For example, more significance is now assigned to the tumor microenvironment, especially with regard to intercellular signaling in the tumor niche which depends on many factors secreted by tumor cells. In addition, great progress has been made in understanding the influence of factors such as neurotensin, growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), and infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV) on the 'hallmarks of cancer' in glioblastoma multiforme...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
L F Mendes, H Katagiri, W L Tam, Y C Chai, L Geris, S J Roberts, F P Luyten
BACKGROUND: Chondrogenic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have not yet been used to address the clinical demands of large osteochondral joint surface defects. In this study, self-assembling tissue intermediates (TIs) derived from human periosteum-derived stem/progenitor cells (hPDCs) were generated and validated for stable cartilage formation in vivo using two different animal models. METHODS: hPDCs were aggregated and cultured in the presence of a novel growth factor (GF) cocktail comprising of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)2, growth differentiation factor (GDF)5, BMP6, and fibroblast growth factor (FGF)2...
February 21, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
O Hermine, Th Maciel, I Moura
Erythropoietin (EPO) plays an essential role in the regulation of erythropoiesis. Its production is under the control of the Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) protein whose stability varies according to the oxygen level. During chronic renal failure, EPO deficiency is the main cause of anemia, but other factors such as iron deficiency and inflammatory syndrome are also involved. More recently, it is hypothesized that other factors such an excess of GDF-11 production may be also involved. Thus, beside Epo treatment HIF and GDF-11 are potentially new therapeutic targets in anemia of chronic kidney disease...
June 2017: Néphrologie & Thérapeutique
Christopher deFilippi, Robert Christenson, Jessica Joyce, Elli A Park, Ashley Wu, Kathleen V Fitch, Sara E Looby, Michael T Lu, Udo Hoffmann, Steven K Grinspoon, Janet Lo
BACKGROUND: In observational studies, HIV patients have higher levels of soluble ST2 (sST2), galectin-3, growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) than non-HIV controls. As statins exert pleiotropic immunomodulatory effects that may affect markers of myocardial fibrosis, the objective of the current study is to determine if biomarkers of myocardial fibrosis reflecting subclinical pathology may be modified by statin therapy in patients with HIV. SETTING: and Methods: 40 HIV+ men and women participated in a single center 12-month randomized, double-blind placebo controlled trial of atorvastatin 40mg qd vs...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
Wei Le, Andre Eu-Jin Cheah, Jeffrey Yao
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effect of myostatin (GDF-8) stimulation of bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on tenogenesis in the setting of tendon repair. GDF-8 has demonstrated the ability to augment tenogenesis and we sought to identify if this effect could lead to the focused differentiation of pluripotential stem cells down a tenocyte lineage ex vivo. METHODS: Cadaveric upper limb flexor tendons were harvested, decellularized and divided into 1 cm segments...
March 2018: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
Ting-Ting Lin, Hsun-Ming Chang, Xiao-Ling Hu, Peter C K Leung, Yi-Min Zhu
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age and its etiology has not been characterized. Growth differentiation factor 8 (GDF8) is a member of the transforming growth factor-β superfamily that plays a critical role in the regulation of ovarian functions. However, the expression pattern of GDF8 in the human ovary is not yet clear. This study examined the cellular distribution of GDF8 and its putative cellular receptors (ACVR2A, ACVR2B and ALK5) in a series of normal (n = 34) and PCOS ovaries (n = 14)...
February 2, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Kevin Willy, Matthias Girndt, Jakob Voelkl, Roman Fiedler, Peter Martus, Markus Storr, Ralf Schindler, Daniel Zickler
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification is a common phenomenon in patients with chronic kidney disease and strongly associated with increased cardiovascular mortality. Vascular calcification is an active process mediated in part by inflammatory processes in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). These could be modified by the insufficient removal of proinflammatory cytokines through conventional high-flux (HF) membranes. Recent trials demonstrated a reduction of inflammation in VSMC by use of dialysis membranes with a higher and steeper cut-off...
December 22, 2017: Blood Purification
Michal Vocka, Daniel Langer, Vladimir Fryba, Jaromir Petrtyl, Tomas Hanus, Marta Kalousova, Tomas Zima, Lubos Petruzelka
BACKGROUND: GDF-15 is a protein belonging to the transforming growth factor beta superfamily that has a role in regulating inflammatory and apoptotic pathways. High level GDF-15 in tumor tissues and plasma correlate with an increased risk of recurrence and reduced overall survival. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to screen GDF-15 capacity to detecting metastatic CRC and compare it with standard tumor markers CEA and CA19-9. METHODS: We collected serum samples from 97 patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and 79 samples from healthy controls...
January 19, 2018: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
Stefan Stojkovic, Alexandra Kaider, Lorenz Koller, Mira Brekalo, Johann Wojta, Andre Diedrich, Svitlana Demyanets, Thomas Pezawas
Growth differentiation factor (GDF)-15 and soluble ST2 (sST2) are established prognostic markers in acute and chronic heart failure. Assessment of these biomarkers might improve arrhythmic risk stratification of patients with non-ischaemic, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) based on left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). We studied the prognostic value of GDF-15 and sST2 for prediction of arrhythmic death (AD) and all-cause mortality in patients with DCM. We prospectively enrolled 52 patients with DCM and LVEF ≤ 50%...
February 4, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Efstathios Kastritis, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Giampaolo Merlini, Paolo Milani, Evangelos Terpos, Marco Basset, Athanasios Akalestos, Francesca Russo, Erasmia Psimenou, Filia Apostolakou, Maria Roussou, Maria Gavriatopoulou, Evangelos Eleutherakis Papaiakovou, Despina Fotiou, Dimitrios C Ziogas, Elektra Papadopoulou, Constantinos Pamboucas, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Giovanni Palladini
Growth differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) improves prognostication in patients with cardiovascular disorders in addition to conventional cardiac markers (NT-proBNP, troponins) and has shown prognostic value in patients with renal diseases. In patients with AL amyloidosis cardiac involvement is the major determinant of prognosis and cardiac markers define prognosis, while biomarkers of renal involvement stratify renal risk. We explored the prognostic importance of serum levels of GDF-15 in patients with AL amyloidosis, in two independent cohorts...
January 31, 2018: Blood
Nandini Nair, Enrique Gongora
Growth and differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) has been implicated in fibrosis, inflammation, and ventricular remodeling. The role of GDF-15 in the regulation of cardiac remodeling in idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) remains poorly defined. This study attempts to analyze the molecular interactions between GDF-15 and markers of fibrosis as well as its positive correlations with worsening functional capacity. The study population consisted of 24 DCM patients and 8 control subjects. All DCM patients had normal coronary angiographic studies...
January 2018: Journal of Circulating Biomarkers
Xinxin Zhang, Xuesha Xing, Xing Liu, Yu Hu, Shengqiang Qu, Heyi Wang, Yang Luo
Proximal symphalangism (SYM1) is an autosomal dominant disorder, mainly characterized by bony fusions of the proximal phalanges of the hands and feet. GDF5 and NOG were identified to be responsible for SYM1. We have previously reported on a p.Leu373Arg mutation in the GDF5 proregion present in a Chinese family with SYM1. Here, we investigated the effects of the GDF-L373R mutation. The variant caused proteolysis efficiency of GDF5 increased in ATDC5 cells. The variant also caused upregulation of SMAD1/5/8 phosphorylation and increased expression of target genes SMURF1, along with COL2A1 and SOX9 which are factors associated with chondrosis...
December 26, 2017: Oncotarget
Xiao Feng Hu, Rui Zhan, Shanhu Xu, Junjun Wang, Jiong Wu, Xiaoli Liu, Yaguo Li, Linhui Chen
BACKGROUND: There is evidence suggesting that growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15) appears to be associated with stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). AF-related thromboembolic stroke is predominantly attributed to the thrombus from the left atrium (LA) or left atrial appendage (LAA). HYPOTHESIS: GDF-15 is related to LA/LAA thrombus in nonvalvular AF (NVAF) patients. METHODS: A total of 894 patients with NVAF without anticoagulation therapy were included in this study...
January 24, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Leila Motlagh Scholle, Diana Lehmann, Marcus Deschauer, Torsten Kraya, Stephan Zierz
The diagnosis of mitochondrial diseases is still challenging due to clinical and genetical heterogeneity. The development of advanced technologies including Whole-Exome-Sequencing (WES) and Whole-Genome-Sequencing (WGS) have led to improvements in genetic diagnosis. However, a reliable biomarker in serum could enhance and ease the diagnosis and indeed reduce the need for muscle biopsy. Several studies suggest Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF-21) as a biomarker for diagnosis in mitochondrial disorders. It is known, that in patients with mitochondrial disorders, the expression of FGF-21 gets elevated in an effort to counteract the underlying metabolic deficiency...
January 10, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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