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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920344/smad3-4-binding-to-promoter-ii-of-p450arom-so-as-to-regulate-aromatase-expression-in-endometriosis
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Juan Qu, Yuanyuan Zhu, Xiadi Wu, Juan Zheng, Zhen Hou, Yugui Cui, Yundong Mao, Jiayin Liu
Activin A can stimulate aromatase P450 (P450arom) expression in eutopic endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) of endometriosis by activin type I receptor-Smad pathway. In order to identify Smad3/4 binding to P450arom promoter II that mediates activin A response in ESCs, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products of a serial truncated deletion of the P450arom promoter II region between -904 and +87 bp were inserted into the pGL3-basic vector to generate the promoter reporter plasmids. Luciferase reporter plasmids were cotransfected into cells with or without activin A (25 ng/mL)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917905/establishment-of-a-gastric-cancer-subline-with-high-metastatic-potential-using-a-novel-microfluidic-system
#2
Zhe-Zhou Chen, Wan-Ming Li, Yu Zhang, Min Yu, Lian-Feng Shan, De-Zheng Yuan, Fu-Rong Liu, Jin Fang
Metastasis is an important hallmark of malignant tumors. In this study, we developed a microfluidic system to screen highly metastatic sublines via differential resolution of cell invasiveness. The system was composed of a PDMS-glass device connected with a syringe pump and a Petri dish. To facilitate the selection process, a long-term cell invasion driving force based on a chemotactic factor gradient was created using the Petri dish-based liquid supply pattern, and the invasive cells were collected for round-by-round selection via an open region in the chip...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916451/progressive-development-of-endometriosis-and-its-hindrance-by-anti-platelet-treatment-in-mice-with-induced-endometriosis
#3
Qi Zhang, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
We have recently shown that platelets drive smooth muscle metaplasia (SMM) and fibrogenesis in endometriosis through epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT). To see whether this is true in vivo, this prospective, randomized, and serially evaluated mouse investigation was conducted. Endometriosis was induced in female Balb/C mice, which were then randomly divided into two groups: Tanshinone IIA (TAN) and control (CTL) groups. TAN mice were treated with TAN but CTL mice received none...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913661/effects-of-exendin-4-on-the-intrarenal-renin-angiotensin-system-and-interstitial-fibrosis-in-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-mice-exendin-4-and-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
#4
Ying Le, Zongji Zheng, Junyu Xue, Mengling Cheng, Meiping Guan, Yaoming Xue
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to investigate the renoprotecive effects of exendin-4 in a mouse model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and explore the putative mechanisms. METHODS: Male Balbc mice underwent sham operation or UUO surgery, and then received intraperitoneal injection of vehicle or exendin-4, respectively. After 14 days, mice were sacrificed and the left kidneys were collected and analyzed by histology, immunohistochemistry, Western blot, quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, radioimmunoassay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
October 2016: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912093/direct-regulation-of-alternative-splicing-by-smad3-through-pcbp1-is-essential-to-the-tumor-promoting-role-of-tgf-%C3%AE
#5
Veenu Tripathi, Katherine M Sixt, Shaojian Gao, Xuan Xu, Jing Huang, Roberto Weigert, Ming Zhou, Ying E Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909731/hypoxia-drives-the-transition-of-human-dermal-fibroblasts-to-a-myofibroblast-like-phenotype-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Bin Zhao, Hao Guan, Jia-Qi Liu, Zhao Zheng, Qin Zhou, Jian Zhang, Lin-Lin Su, Da-Hai Hu
Keloids, partially considered as benign tumors, are characterized by the overgrowth of fibrosis beyond the boundaries of the wound and are regulated mainly by transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, which induces the transition of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts. Hypoxia is an important driving force in the development of lung and liver fibrosis by activating hypoxia inducible factor-1α and stimulating epithelial‑mesenchymal transition. However, it is unknown whether and hypoxia can influence human dermal scarring...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909724/hsp27-regulates-tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-lung-fibroblast-differentiation-through-the-smad3-and-erk-pathways
#7
Gang Wang, Hao Jiao, Jun-Nian Zheng, Xia Sun
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic lethal interstitial lung disease with unknown etiology. Recent studies have indicated that heat-shock protein 27 (HSP27) contributes to the pathogenesis of IPF through the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). However, the expression and role of HSP27 in fibroblasts during pulmonary fibrogenesis has not been investigated to date, at least to the best of our knowledge. In this study, we examined the expression of HSP27 in fibrotic lung tissue and fibroblasts from bleomycin (BLM)-challenged mice and human lung fibroblasts treated with transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909336/c-terminal-truncated-hbv-x-promotes-hepato-oncogenesis-through-inhibition-of-tumor-suppressive-%C3%AE-catenin-bambi-signaling
#8
Seok Lee, Mi-Jin Lee, Jun Zhang, Goung-Ran Yu, Dae-Ghon Kim
C-terminal-truncated hepatitis B virus (HBV) X (HBx) (ctHBX) is frequently detected in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through HBV integration into the host genome. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ctHBx-associated oncogenic signaling have not yet been clarified. To elucidate the biological role of ctHBx in hepato-oncogenesis, we functionally analyzed ctHBx-mediated regulation of the activin membrane-bound inhibitor bone morphogenetic protein and activin membrane-bound inhibitor (BAMBI) through transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) or β-catenin (CTNNB1) in HCC cells and in an animal model, and we compared its role to that of the full-length HBx protein...
December 2, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907012/the-signature-of-microrna-dysregulation-in-muscle-paralyzed-by-spinal-cord-injury-includes-downregulation-of-micrornas-that-target-myostatin-signaling
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Rita De Gasperi, Zachary A Graham, Lauren M Harlow, William A Bauman, Weiping Qin, Christopher P Cardozo
Spinal cord injury (SCI) results in muscle atrophy, reduced force generation and an oxidative-to-glycolytic fiber type shift. The mechanisms responsible for these alterations remain incompletely understood. To gain new insights regarding mechanisms involved in deterioration of muscle after SCI, global expression profiles of miRs in paralyzed gastrocnemius muscle were compared between sham-operated (Sham) and spinal cord-transected (SCI) rats. Ingenuity Pathways Analysis of the altered miRs identified signaling via insulin, IGF-1, integrins and TGF-β as being significantly enriched for target genes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906182/bcl-3-regulates-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-by-stabilizing-smad3-during-breast-cancer-pulmonary-metastasis
#10
Xi Chen, Xinwei Cao, Xiaohua Sun, Rong Lei, Pengfei Chen, Yongxu Zhao, Yuhang Jiang, Jie Yin, Ran Chen, Deji Ye, Qi Wang, Zhanjie Liu, Sanhong Liu, Chunyan Cheng, Jie Mao, Yingyong Hou, Mingliang Wang, Ulrich Siebenlist, Y Eugene Chin, Ying Wang, Liu Cao, Guohong Hu, Xiaoren Zhang
Transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signaling in breast cancer is selectively associated with pulmonary metastasis. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that Bcl-3, a member of the IκB family, serves as a critical regulator in TGFβ signaling to modulate breast cancer pulmonary metastasis. Bcl-3 expression was significantly associated with metastasis-free survival in breast cancer patients. Bcl-3 deletion inhibited the migration and invasion of breast cancer cells in vitro, as well as breast cancer lung metastasis in vivo...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906099/p311-induces-the-transdifferentiation-of-epidermal-stem-cells-to-myofibroblast-like-cells-by-stimulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-expression
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Haisheng Li, Zhihui Yao, Weifeng He, Hongyan Gao, Yang Bai, Sisi Yang, Lu Zhang, Rixing Zhan, Jianglin Tan, Junyi Zhou, Masao Takata, Jun Wu, Gaoxing Luo
BACKGROUND: Epithelial to mesenchymal transition, especially to myofibroblasts, plays an important role in wound healing, fibrosis, and carcinogenesis. Epidermal stem cells (EpSCs) are responsible for epidermal renewal and wound re-epithelialization. However, it remains unclear whether and how EpSCs transdifferentiate into myofibroblasts or myofibroblast-like cells (MFLCs). Here, we provide the first evidence showing that P311 induces EpSC to MFLC transdifferentiation (EpMyT) via TGFβ1/Smad signaling...
December 1, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905842/airway-smooth-muscle-cells-from-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice-show-increased-proliferative-response-to-tgf%C3%AE-1-due-to-up-regulation-of-smad3-and-tgf%C3%AE-rii
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Jianting Shi, Ming Chen, Lihua Ouyang, Linjie Huang, Xiaoling Lin, Wei Zhang, Ruiyun Liang, Zhiqiang Lv, Shanying Liu, Shanping Jiang
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 is an important cytokine in airway remodeling in asthma. However, results of studies focusing on the effect of TGFβ1 on proliferation of airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) are controversial. This study aimed to elucidate the role of TGFβ1 signaling in the proliferation of ASMCs by establishing an allergic model that mimics airway remodeling in chronic asthma and cell culture. Cell proliferation was detected by viable cell counting and Cell Counting Kit (CCK)-8 analysis...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898661/methyl-cpg-binding-domain-3-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells-via-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signalling
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Min Xu, Junbo He, Jie Li, Wen Feng, Hailang Zhou, Hong Wei, Meng Zhou, Ying Lu, Jian Zeng, Wanxin Peng, Fengyi Du, Aihua Gong
BACKGROUND: Methyl-CpG-binding domain 3 (MBD3) is an aberrant expression in human malignancies. However, the role of MBD3 in pancreatic cancer progression remains to be clarified. In this study, we investigated the effects of MBD3 on the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and the underlying mechanism in pancreatic cancer cells. METHODS: The abilities of migration and invasion were examined by transwell and BD Matrigel invasion assays. EMT and TGF-β/Smad signalling were evaluated...
November 29, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895151/high-fat-diet-promotes-mammary-gland-myofibroblast-differentiation-through-mir-140-downregulation
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Benjamin Wolfson, Yongshu Zhang, Ramkishore Gernapudi, Nadire Duru, Yuan Yao, Pang-Kuo Lo, Qun Zhou
Human breast adipose tissue is a heterogonous cell population consisting of mature white adipocytes, multipotent mesenchymal stem cells, committed progenitor cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and immune cells. Dependent on external stimulation, adipose derived stem cells differentiate along diverse lineages into adipocytes, chondrocytes, osteoblasts, fibroblasts, and myofibroblasts. It is currently not fully understood how high-fat diet reprograms adipose-derived stem cells into myofibroblasts. In our study, we use regular-diet and high-fat diet induced obesity mouse models to investigate the role of dietary fat on myofibroblast differentiation in the mammary stromal microenvironment...
November 28, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894619/expression-of-pro-fibrotic-and-anti-fibrotic-molecules-in-dimethylnitrosamine-induced-hepatic-fibrosis
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Roberta Sferra, Antonella Vetuschi, Simona Pompili, Eugenio Gaudio, Silvia Speca, Giovanni Latella
BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is characterized by a progressive accumulation of fibrillar extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, produced by activated myofibroblasts which are modulated by both profibrotic and antifibrotic factors. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in vivo the expression of pro-fibrotic molecules like avβ6 integrin, transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), Smad3, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and mammalian target of Rapamycin (mTOR), as well as anti-fibrotic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) in an experimental model of chronic hepatitis-associated fibrosis induced by intraperitoneal administration of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) in mice...
November 11, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892764/stat3-mediated-smad3-activation-underlies-oncostatin-m-induced-senescence
#16
Benjamin L Bryson, Damian J Junk, Rocky Cipriano, Mark W Jackson
Cytokines in the developing tumor microenvironment (TME) can drive transformation and subsequent progression towards metastasis. Elevated levels of the Interleukin-6 (IL-6) family cytokine Oncostatin M (OSM) in the breast TME correlate with aggressive, metastatic cancers, increased tumor recurrence, and poor patient prognosis. Paradoxically, OSM engages a tumor-suppressive, Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3)-dependent senescence response in normal and non-transformed human mammary epithelial cells (HMEC)...
November 28, 2016: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890429/knockdown-of-hipk2-attenuates-the-pro-fibrogenic-response-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1
#17
Ping He, Zu-Jiang Yu, Chang-Yu Sun, Shu-Jie Jiao, He-Qing Jiang
Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase 2 (HIPK2), a member of HIPKs family, is considered as a key regulator in fibrosis. However, the roles of HIPK2 in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) activation and liver fibrosis are still unclear. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the roles of HIPK2 in HSCs activation and liver fibrosis. Our results showed that HIPK2 expression was significantly up-regulated in liver fibrotic tissues and TGF-β1-treated HSCs. Knockdown of HIPK2 significantly inhibited TGF-β1-induced HSCs proliferation, as well as decreased the expression levels of α-SMA and collagen I...
November 24, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889772/sonodynamic-therapy-inhibits-fibrogenesis-in-rat-cardiac-fibroblasts-induced-by-tgf-%C3%AE-1
#18
Yuanyuan Guo, Zengxiang Dong, Yuanqi Shi, Wei Wang, Lu Wang, Jing Sun, Xin Sun, Zhen Tian, Jianting Yao, Zhitao Li, Jiali Cheng, Ye Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is a localized ultrasound-activated therapy for atherosclerosis when combined with a sonosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA), but whether it can prevent cardiac fibrosis has not been studied. In the present study, we evaluated the effects SDT on fibrogenesis in rat cardiac fibroblasts. METHODS: The primary cardiac fibroblasts were isolated from rats, and induced to fibrogenesis with TGF-β1. With this in vitro model, we tested the preventive effects of SDT on fibrogenesis and further the underlying mechanism...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889505/candesartan-ameliorates-arsenic-induced-hypertensive-vascular-remodeling-by-regularizing-angiotensin-ii-and-tgf-beta-signaling-in-rats
#19
Maibam Wanta Khuman, Sankaran Kutty Harikumar, Abdul Sadam, Manickam Kesavan, Vattaparambil Sukumaran Susanth, Subhashree Parida, Karam Pal Singh, Souvendra Nath Sarkar
Arsenic exposure can cause several cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, atherosclerosis and microvascular disease. Earlier, we reported that arsenic-mediated enhancement of angiotensin II (AngII) signaling can impair vascular physiology. Here, we investigated whether the AT1 receptor (AT1R) blocker candesartan can ameliorate the arsenic-induced hypertensive vascular remodeling in rats and whether the amelioration could relate to attenuation in vascular AngII and TGF-β signaling. Rats were exposed to sodium arsenite (50ppm) through drinking water for 90 consecutive days...
November 23, 2016: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885250/cxc-chemokine-receptor-4-cxcr4-antagonist-a-novel-pathway-to-prevent-chronic-allograft-nephropathy
#20
Yue Xu, Qiang Zhang, Wenrui Xue, Song Zeng, Zijian Zhang, Xiaodong Zhang, Xiaopeng Hu
BACKGROUND Chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN) remains a major problem for long-term graft survival and different pathways participate in its development. CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) is significantly upregulated following renal injury and fibrotic response. We investigated the effect of AMD3100, a CXCR4 antagonist, on the development of CAN in rat models. MATERIAL AND METHODS CAN rat models (n=20) were established using male Fisher 344 to Lewis rats. Rats in the experimental group (n=10) were treated with AMD3100 (1 mg/kg/day subcutaneously, 0-12 weeks), rats in the control group (n=10) were treated with saline...
November 25, 2016: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
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