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Shan-Shan Rao, Xiang-Yan Zhang, Ming-Jun Shi, Ying Xiao, Ying-Ying Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Wang, Chang-Zhi Zhang, Song-Jun Shao, Xin-Mei Liu, Bing Guo
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence suggests that a histone deacetylase inhibitor, suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid (SAHA), has anti-fibrotic effect. However, the exact mechanism of its anti-fibrotic potential remains is unclear. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of SAHA in attenuating pulmonary fibrosis by regulating stability of Smad7 in paraquat (PQ)-induced lung fibrosis animal model and cultured pulmonary fibroblasts. METHODS: Rats with paraquat-induced lung fibrosis were fed with a SAHA solution (15 mg/kg) by gastric gavage...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Dan Ouyang, Lifeng Xu, Lihua Zhang, Dongguang Guo, Xiaotong Tan, Xiaofang Yu, Junjie Qi, Yaqiong Ye, Qihong Liu, Yongjiang Ma, Yugu Li
MicroRNAs are highly conserved non-coding small RNAs participating in almost all kinds of biological activities. MiR-181a has been reported to be involved in the differentiation of porcine primary preadipocytes, but the profound effect of miR-181a-5p on 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation and proliferation is still unclear. In this study, we found that supplementation of miR-181a-5p in 3T3-L1 cells significantly promoted the adipogenesis and inhibited cell proliferation with increased expression of adipogenic marker genes including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (Pparγ), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/ebpα), fatty acid-binding protein 4 (Fabp4), and Adiponectin, accompanied by an accumulation of lipid droplet, an increase of triglyceride content, and a decrease of cell proliferation...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Shih-Yao Chen, Ai-Li Shiau, Chao-Liang Wu, Chrong-Reen Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and Crohn's disease (CD) are autoimmune disorders with a crosstalk between their pathogenesis such as increased expression of TNF in the target organs. Despite a successful clinical trial with an oral Smad7 antisense oligonucleotide in CD, intraarticular (i.a.) modulation of Smad7 expression has not been performed in rheumatoid joint yet. In this study, contradictory to the findings in CD mucosa, higher levels of pSmad2/3 were found in RA synovium. In vitro experiments with synovial fibroblasts revealed that higher acetylated Smad7 expression was associated with lower activation status...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fei Su, Xuemei Li, Kai You, Mingwei Chen, Jianbing Xiao, Yafang Zhang, Jing Ma, Baoquan Liu
AIM: The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and TGF-β1 pathways play important roles in cancer. However, few studies have evaluated the expression and roles of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 in colon cancer, and the conclusions remain controversial. To clarify the roles of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 in colon cancer, we examined their expression and evaluated correlations with lymphangiogenesis, prognosis, and chemotherapeutic outcome. METHODS: The expression of VEGF-D, SMAD4, and SMAD7 was immunohistochemically examined in 251 primary colon cancer samples obtained from the Harbin Medical University...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Mi Na Gil, Du Ri Choi, Kwang Sik Yu, Ji Heun Jeong, Dong-Ho Bak, Do-Kyung Kim, Nam-Seob Lee, Je-Hun Lee, Young-Gil Jeong, Chun Soo Na, Dae Seung Na, Ki-Hyun Ryu, Seung Yun Han
Cholestatic liver cirrhosis (CLC) eventually proceeds to end-stage liver failure by mediating overwhelming deposition of collagen, which is produced by activated interstitial myofibroblasts. Although the beneficial effects of Rhus verniciflua Stokes (RVS) on various diseases are well-known, its therapeutic effect and possible underlying mechanism on interstitial fibrosis associated with CLC are not elucidated. This study was designed to assess the protective effects of RVS and its possible underlying mechanisms in rat models of CLC established by bile duct ligation (BDL)...
September 2016: Anatomy & Cell Biology
Xudong Sun, Jianyu Liu, Cuicui Zhuang, Xu Yang, Yanfei Han, Bing Shao, Miao Song, Yanfei Li, Yanzhu Zhu
Aluminum (Al) is recognized worldwide as serious inorganic contaminants. Exposure to Al is associated with low BMD and an increased risk of osteoporosis. However, the precise molecular mechanisms remains unclear. Thus, in this study, rats were orally exposed to 0 (control group, CG) and 0.4g/L AlCl3 (AlCl3 treated group, AG) in drinking water for 120 days; osteoblasts were treated with AlCl3 (0.12mg/mL) and/or TGF-β1 (4.5ng/mL) for 24h. We found that AlCl3 decreased the BMD, damaged femoral ultrastructure, decreased the activities of GSH-Px and SOD, and increased the levels of ROS and MDA in bone, decreased the activity of B-ALP and content of PINP, and increased the activity of TRACP-5b and content of NTX-I in serum, decreased mRNA expressions of TGF-β1, TβRI, TβRII and Smad4, protein expressions of TGF-β1, p-Smad2/3 and Smad2/3/4 complex, and increased Smad7 mRNA expression in bone and in osteoblasts...
October 5, 2016: Toxicology
Renpeng Zhou, Chen Wang, Congji Wen, Danru Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the biological function of miR-21 in the formation of keloid. METHODS: Normal skin and keloid tissue samples underwent histopathologic study and qPCR analysis. The expression of miR-21 and mRNA expression of Smad7, Col1A1, Col3A1 in fibroblasts derived from keloid tissue and normal skin tissue samples were detected by qPCR. Normal and keloid fibroblasts were transfected with miR-21 mimics or inhibitor respectively, and expression of Smad7, Col1A1 and Col3A1 were examined...
October 4, 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Y H Xie, X P Li, Z X Xu, P Qian, X L Li, Y Q Wang
In this research, compound Maqin decoction (CMD) has been shown to positively affect in airway inflammation of asthma models. We evaluated the effects of CMD on the expression of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1/Smad proteins, interleukin (IL)-17, and IL-10 in lung tissue of asthmatic rats. Asthma was induced in a rat model using ovalbumin. After a 4-week treatment with CMD, rats were killed to evaluate the expression of TGF-β1 and Smad proteins in lung tissue. IL-10 and IL-17 levels in lung tissue homogenates were determined by ELISA...
September 2, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
W Gao, R Su, W Sun, Q Z Wang, X Y Lv, J J Bao, J R Yu, L H Wang, H H Musa, L Chen
The temporal and spatial patterns of Smad and Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) expression were investigated in skeletal muscle (gastrocnemius muscle and extensor digitorum longus) at different growth stages (2 days old, 2 and 6 months old) in Hu sheep. Smads were differentially expressed in sheep skeletal muscle, with high expression in the gastrocnemius muscle and lower expression in the extensor digitorum longus. Expression of Smad2, Smad3, and Smad4 at the 2-day-old stage was significantly higher than at other stages (P < 0...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Kar Wey Yong, Yuhui Li, Fusheng Liu, Bin Gao, Tian Jian Lu, Wan Abu Bakar Wan Abas, Wan Kamarul Zaman Wan Safwani, Belinda Pingguan-Murphy, Yufei Ma, Feng Xu, Guoyou Huang
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) hold great promise in cardiac fibrosis therapy, due to their potential ability of inhibiting cardiac myofibroblast differentiation (a hallmark of cardiac fibrosis). However, the mechanism involved in their effects remains elusive. To explore this, it is necessary to develop an in vitro cardiac fibrosis model that incorporates pore size and native tissue-mimicking matrix stiffness, which may regulate cardiac myofibroblast differentiation. In the present study, collagen coated polyacrylamide hydrogel substrates were fabricated, in which the pore size was adjusted without altering the matrix stiffness...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lei Chang, Yufeng Yuan, Cuicui Li, Tao Guo, Haolong Qi, Yusha Xiao, Xu Dong, Zhisu Liu, Quanyan Liu
Emerging evidence suggests that small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) and their host genes (SNHGs) have malfunctioning roles in the development of human cancers. We globally investigated the molecular mechanisms by which snoRNA host gene 6 (SNHG6) promotes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression using human tissues and cell lines. We found that SNHG6 is overexpressed in HCC tissues and in hepatoma cell lines and is closely associated with histologic grade, hepatitis B virus DNA, Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer stage and portal vein tumor thrombus in patients with HCC...
October 1, 2016: Cancer Letters
Shifeng Li, Wei Liu, Ying Lei, Jianhong Long
Keloid scarring is an abnormal pathological scar characterized by excessive fibro proliferation and extracellular matrix deposition. Electronic beam irradiation is commonly used with surgical removal to control high recurrence rates of keloid scarring; however, the mechanism remains unknown. In this study, we used keloid-derived primary fibroblasts (KF) as the cell model. A dose of 15Gy energy was used on the cells, followed by quantitative PCR (Q-PCR), Western blotting and gene overexpression/knock down techniques to reveal the molecular mechanisms affected by electronic beam irradiation...
September 30, 2016: Biology Open
Fang Zhang, Catherine Sodroski, Helen Cha, Qisheng Li, T Jake Liang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The signaling molecule and transcriptional regulator SMAD6, which inhibits the transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) signaling pathway, is required for infection of hepatocytes by hepatitis C virus (HCV). We investigated the mechanisms by which SMAD6, and another inhibitory SMAD (SMAD7), promote HCV infection in human hepatoma cells and hepatocytes. METHODS: We infected Huh7 and Huh7.5.1 cells and primary human hepatocytes with JFH1 HCVcc; we measured HCV binding, intracellular levels of HCV RNA, and expression of target genes...
September 29, 2016: Gastroenterology
Tomislav Sarenac, Martin Trapecar, Lidija Gradisnik, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Dusica Pahor
Corneal wound healing is often affected by TGF-β-mediated fibrosis and scar formation. Guided fibrosis with IGF-1 and antifibrotic substances might maintain corneal transparency. Primary human corneal keratocytes under serum-free conditions were used as a model of corneal stromal wounding, with markers of corneal fibrosis and opacity studied under TGF-β2 stimulation. Single-cell imaging flow cytometry was used to determine nuclearization of Smad3, and intracellular fluorescence intensity of Smad7 and the corneal crystallin aldehyde dehydrogenase 3A1...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jinmei Chen, Weijian Zhang, Lurong Zhang, Jiemin Zhang, Xiuying Chen, Meichun Yang, Ting Chen, Jinsheng Hong
Radiation-induced lung injury (RILI) is a common complication of thoracic radiotherapy, but efficacious therapy for RILI is lacking. This study ascertained whether glycyrrhetinic acid (GA; a functional hydrolyzed product of glycyrrhizic acid, which is extracted from herb licorice) can protect against RILI and investigated its relationship to the transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1/Smads signaling pathway. C57BL/6 mice were divided into four groups: a control group, a GA group and two irradiation (IR) groups...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Radiation Research
C De Andres, M I García, H Goicoechea, M L Martínez-Ginés, J M García-Domínguez, M L Martín, F Romero-Delgado, A Benguría, M Sanjurjo, L A López-Fernández
Intravenous methylprednisolone (IVMP) is the gold standard treatment in acute relapses of multiple sclerosis. Knowing the response to IVMP in advance could facilitate earlier selection of patients for subsequent courses of therapy. However, molecular mechanisms and changes in gene expression induced by methylprednisolone remain unknown. The aim of the study was to identify in vivo differentially expressed genes in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients after 3-6 days of treatment with IVMP. For this purpose, whole-genome transcription profiling of CD4+ T lymphocytes was performed before and after treatment with IVMP in 8 relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients during relapse using Human GE 4x44K v2 microarrays...
September 27, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
José María Sayagués, Luís Antonio Corchete, María Laura Gutiérrez, Maria Eugenia Sarasquete, María Del Mar Abad, Oscar Bengoechea, Encarna Fermiñán, María Fernanda Anduaga, Sofia Del Carmen, Manuel Iglesias, Carmen Esteban, María Angoso, Jose Antonio Alcazar, Jacinto García, Alberto Orfao, Luís Muñoz-Bellvis
Metastatic dissemination is the most frequent cause of death of sporadic colorectal cancer (sCRC) patients. Genomic abnormalities which are potentially characteristic of such advanced stages of the disease are complex and so far, they have been poorly described and only partially understood. We evaluated the molecular heterogeneity of sCRC tumors based on simultaneous assessment of the overall GEP of both coding mRNA and non-coding RNA genes in primary sCRC tumor samples from 23 consecutive patients and their paired liver metastases...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Wencai Shi, Heyang Wang, Xuan Zheng, Xin Jiang, Zheng Xu, Hui Shen, Min Li
Hepcidin synthesis is reported to be inadequate according to the body iron store in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) undergoing hepatic iron overload (HIO). However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We hypothesize that hepatocyte nuclear factor-4α (HNF-4α) may negatively regulate hepcidin expression and contribute to hepcidin deficiency in NAFLD patients. The effect of HNF-4α on hepcidin expression was observed by transfecting specific HNF-4α small interfering RNA (siRNA) or plasmids into HepG2 cells...
September 23, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Gaoxin Xiong, Zhang Huang, Hua Jiang, Zhengjun Pan, Jie Xie, Shuangli Wang
OBJECTIVES: MicroRNA-21 (miR21) is aberrantly elevated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, the significance of this microRNA in RA pathogenesis and treatment, however, has not been investigated. In this study, by using RA-derived fibroblast-like synoviocyte (FLS) cells as a model, we investigated the effect and corresponding mechanism of miR21 inhibition on FLSs invasion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: miR21 expression in synovial tissue and FLSs in RA patients and non-RA controls were determined by stem-loop RT-PCR...
July 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Yangsook Song Green, Sunjong Kwon, Mizuho S Mimoto, Yuanyuan Xie, Jan L Christian
In Xenopus laevis, Bone morphogenetic proteins induce expression of the transcription factor Gata2 during gastrulation, and Gata2 is required in both ectodermal and mesodermal cells to enable mesoderm to commit to a hematopoietic fate. In the current studies, we identify tril as a Gata2 target gene that is required in both ectoderm and mesoderm for primitive hematopoiesis to occur. Tril is a transmembrane protein that functions as a co-receptor for Toll like receptors to mediate innate immune responses in the adult brain, but developmental roles for this molecule have not been identified...
September 15, 2016: Development
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