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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706418/naringenin-prevents-experimental-liver-fibrosis-by-blocking-tgf%C3%AE-smad3-and-jnk-smad3-pathways
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Erika Hernández-Aquino, Natanael Zarco, Sael Casas-Grajales, Erika Ramos-Tovar, Rosa E Flores-Beltrán, Jonathan Arauz, Mineko Shibayama, Liliana Favari, Víctor Tsutsumi, José Segovia, Pablo Muriel
AIM: To study the molecular mechanisms involved in the hepatoprotective effects of naringenin (NAR) on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver fibrosis. METHODS: Thirty-two male Wistar rats (120-150 g) were randomly divided into four groups: (1) a control group (n = 8) that received 0.7% carboxy methyl-cellulose (NAR vehicle) 1 mL/daily p.o.; (2) a CCl4 group (n = 8) that received 400 mg of CCl4/kg body weight i.p. 3 times a week for 8 wk; (3) a CCl4 + NAR (n = 8) group that received 400 mg of CCl4/kg body weight i...
June 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698735/cardioprotection-against-heart-failure-by-shenfu-injection-via-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
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Jingyu Ni, Yang Shi, Lan Li, Jingrui Chen, Lingyan Li, Min Li, Jinqiang Zhu, Yan Zhu, Guanwei Fan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential cardioprotective mechanism of Shenfu injection (SFI) against heart failure (HF) by attenuating myocardial fibrosis and cardiac remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four weeks after myocardial infarction (MI), adult male Sprague Dawley rats were randomized for 4-week treatment with Valsartan, SFI, or vehicle. Echocardiography and hemodynamics were applied to evaluate cardiac functions. Myocardia of coronary artery ligated (CAD) rats were observed to investigate changes in cardiac structure and function...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685927/altering-equine-corneal-fibroblast-differentiation-through-smad-gene-transfer
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Todd L Marlo, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Ratnakar Tripathi, Ajay Sharma, Rajiv R Mohan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the impact of equine corneal fibroblast (ECF) to myofibroblast (ECM) differentiation by altering the expression of the Smad genes either individually or in combination. Specifically, we sought to examine the ECF differentiation after (a) silencing of Smad2, 3, and 4 profibrotic genes individually and (b) overexpression of antifibrotic Smad7 gene and in a combination with pro- and antifibrotic Smad genes. METHODS: Equine corneal fibroblast primary cultures were generated as previously described...
July 6, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646304/ndrg2-knockdown-promotes-fibrosis-in-renal-tubular-epithelial-cells-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Zhibo Jin, Chaohui Gu, Fengyan Tian, Zhankui Jia, Jinjian Yang
Renal fibrosis is a common pathological pathway of various chronic kidney diseases progressing to end-stage renal disease and is characterized by tubular atrophy, fibroblast/myofibroblast activation and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). N-Myc downstream-regulated gene-2 (NDRG2) is reported to be associated with liver fibrosis in rats. However, the biological function of NDRG2 in renal fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we investigate the effect of NDRG2 on renal fibrosis and the underlying mechanism of NDRG2 in TGF-β1-induced renal tubular epithelial cells (HK-2)...
June 23, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638433/shenqiwan-ameliorates-renal-fibrosis-in-rats-by-inhibiting-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-signaling-pathway
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Hongshu Chen, Yiqing Xu, Yuanxiao Yang, Xiaojie Zhou, Shijie Dai, Changyu Li
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) refers to the transition of epithelial cells into mesenchymal cells. Emerging evidence suggests that EMT is a key point in renal interstitial fibrosis (RIF). Traditional Chinese Medicine Shenqiwan (SQW) is widely used in clinical treatment of chronic kidney disease, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of SQW on renal fibrosis and its association with TGF-β1/Smads signaling pathway. A rat model of adenine (150 mg/kg) was established and intragastrically treated with various concentrations of SQW at dose of 1...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630605/xinfuli-granule-improves-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-remodeling-and-myocardial-fibrosis-in-rats-by-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
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Jie Ma, Zhi-Yuan Li, Xiao-Peng Liang, Cai-Xia Guo, Pei-Pei Lu, Li-Hong Ma
BACKGROUND: Recent clinical and experimental studies have confirmed the effects of Xinfuli Granule (XG), a compound Chinese medicine in the prevention and treatment of heart failure (HF). This study aimed to investigate the effects and the mechanisms of XG on ventricular reconstruction in rats with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to left anterior descending branch ligation. The rats that survived 24 h were randomly assigned to five groups: medium-dose of XG group (MI+XGM), high-dose of XG group (MI+XGH), carvedilol group (MI+C), medium-dose of XG + carvedilol group (MI+C+XGM)...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571007/eplerenone-prevents-atrial-fibrosis-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Lili Du, Mu Qin, Yi Yi, Xiaoqing Chen, Weifeng Jiang, Li Zhou, Daoliang Zhang, Kai Xu, Yiqing Yang, Chao Li, Yan Liu, Xu Liu, Sheng-Zhong Duan
OBJECTIVES: Eplerenone (EPL), an antagonist of the mineralocorticoid receptor, is beneficial for atrial fibrillation and atrial fibrosis. However, the underlying mechanism remains less well known. We aimed to investigate the effect of EPL on atrial fibrosis using a mouse with selective atrial fibrosis and to explore the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: EPL-treated MHC-TGFcys33ser transgenic mice that have selective atrial fibrosis (Tx+EPL mice), as well as control mice, were used for in vivo studies including histological analyses, Western blotting, and qRT-PCR studies...
2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545667/arctigenin-suppresses-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-in-a-rat-model-of-obstructive-nephropathy
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Ao Li, Xiaoxun Zhang, Mao Shu, Mingjun Wu, Jun Wang, Jingyao Zhang, Rui Wang, Peng Li, Yitao Wang
BACKGROUND: Renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis (TIF) is commonly the final result of a variety of progressive injuries and leads to end-stage renal disease. There are few therapeutic agents currently available for retarding the development of renal TIF. PURPOSE: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the role of arctigenin (ATG), a lignan component derived from dried burdock (Arctium lappa L.) fruits, in protecting the kidney against injury by unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) in rats...
July 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544244/branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-pathway-and-interleukins-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Naglaa F Khedr, Eman G Khedr
The alterations and low levels of circulating branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), leucine, isoleucine and valine, are associated with liver diseases. The study was designed to evaluate hepatoprotective effect of BCAAs on CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis and to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects in rats. Thirty male rats were divided into three groups. Control group (n=10), CCl4 group (n=10); rats were injected with CCl4 (1 mL/kg of 0.5:1 v/v injected i.p. twice weekly for 12 weeks). CCl4 +BCAAs group (n=10); rats were injected with similar doses of CCl4 and supplemented with a mixture of 600 mg/kg BCAAs (2: 1: 1...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543554/smad3-expression-and-regulation-of-fibroplasia-in-vocal-fold-injury
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Nao Hiwatashi, Peter A Benedict, Gregory R Dion, Renjie Bing, Iv Kraja, Milan R Amin, Ryan C Branski
OBJECTIVE: Recent reports highlight the efficacy of small interfering RNA (siRNA) targeting SMAD3 to regulate transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)-mediated fibroplasia in vocal fold fibroblasts. The current study sought to investigate SMAD3 expression during wound healing in vivo and quantify the downstream transcriptional events associated with SMAD3 knockdown in vitro. STUDY DESIGN: In vivo and in vitro. METHODS: Unilateral vocal fold injury was created in a rabbit model...
May 20, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499242/potential-ameliorative-effects-of-grape-seed-derived-polyphenols-against-cadmium-induced-prostatic-deficits
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Yongfang Lei, Qian Chen, Jinglou Chen, Dong Liu
Grape (Vitis vinifera) is consumed as fruit and wine for people. In this study, rat model of prostatic deficits was induced by orally receiving 60mg/L cadmium chlorine (CdCl2) through drinking water for 20 weeks. Grape seed-derived polyphenols extract (GSP) was orally given for 20 weeks. Finally, the prostatic levels of E-cadherin, fibronectin, and α-smooth muscle actin were measured by immunohistochemical and qPCR analysis. The oxidative stress was measured by detecting the levels of malondialdehyde, nitric oxide, reduced glutathione/oxidized glutathione and enzymatic antioxidant status...
July 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439009/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-a-regulator-of-androgen-receptor-signaling-in-the-mouse-ventral-prostate
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Wan-Fu Wu, Laure Maneix, Jose Insunza, Ivan Nalvarte, Per Antonson, Juha Kere, Nancy Yiu-Lin Yu, Virpi Tohonen, Shintaro Katayama, Elisabet Einarsdottir, Kaarel Krjutskov, Yu-Bing Dai, Bo Huang, Wen Su, Margaret Warner, Jan-Åke Gustafsson
As estrogen receptor β(-/-) (ERβ(-/-)) mice age, the ventral prostate (VP) develops increased numbers of hyperplastic, fibroplastic lesions and inflammatory cells. To identify genes involved in these changes, we used RNA sequencing and immunohistochemistry to compare gene expression profiles in the VP of young (2-mo-old) and aging (18-mo-old) ERβ(-/-) mice and their WT littermates. We also treated young and old WT mice with an ERβ-selective agonist and evaluated protein expression. The most significant findings were that ERβ down-regulates androgen receptor (AR) signaling and up-regulates the tumor suppressor phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN)...
May 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414804/cyclosporine-a-alters-expression-of-renal-micrornas-new-insights-into-calcineurin-inhibitor-nephrotoxicity
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Jennifer L Gooch, Clayton King, Cynthia E Francis, Paul S Garcia, Yun Bai
Calcineurin inhibitors are powerful immunosuppressants that revolutionized organ transplantation. However, non-immune effects of the calcineurin inhibitor, such as cyclosporine A (CsA), have significantly hindered their use. Specifically, nephrotoxicity, which is associated with tubulointerstitial fibrosis, inflammation, and podocyte damage, affects up to half of all transplant patients. Calcineurin is involved in many aspects of kidney development and function; therefore, mechanisms of CsA-induced nephrotoxicity are complex and not yet fully understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364097/-effect-of-lamivudine-and-silymarin-on-liver-fibrosis-relevant-factors-in-hbv-transgenic-mice-with-alcohol-drinking
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Juanjuan Huang, Shikun Liu, Zuojun Li, Libo Cao, Linqi Ouyang
To observe the role of lamividine and silymarin preventing and curing liver fibrosis-relevant factors induced by alcohol drinking in hepatitis B virus (HBV) transgenic mice (Tg mice).
 Methods: Forty HBV-Tg BALB/C mice with 1.3 copy were randomly divided into 4 groups: a control group, a model group, a lamivudine group and a silymarin group. Tg mice in control group were treated with normal saline via intragastric administration; Tg-mice in the model group were treated with 50% alcohol (5 mL/kg) once a day via intragastric administration; while Tg-mice in lamivudine group and silymarin group were treated with alcohol (5 mL/kg) plus laminvudine (100 mg/kg) and silymarin (200 mg/kg) once a day via intragastric administration respectively...
March 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352366/prolyl-oligopeptidase-attenuates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-through-induction-of-smad7-and-ppar-%C3%AE
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Da Zhou, Jing Wang, Ling-Nan He, Bing-Hang Li, Yong-Nian Ding, Yuan-Wen Chen, Jian-Gao Fan
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine endopeptidase widely distributed in vivo with high activity in the liver. However, its biological functions in the liver have remained largely elusive. A previous study by our group has shown that POP produced N-acetyl-seryl-aspartyl-lysyl-proline (AcSDKP) and thereby exerted an anti-fibrogenic effect on hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in vitro. It was therefore hypothesized that POP may affect the activation state of HSCs and has an important role in liver fibrosis. The HSC-T6 immortalized rat liver stellate cell line was treated with the POP inhibitor S17092 or transfected with recombinant lentivirus to overexpress POP...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339457/targeted-aav5-smad7-gene-therapy-inhibits-corneal-scarring-in-vivo
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Suneel Gupta, Jason T Rodier, Ajay Sharma, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Prashant R Sinha, Nathan P Hesemann, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Rajiv R Mohan
Corneal scarring is due to aberrant activity of the transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) signaling pathway following traumatic, mechanical, infectious, or surgical injury. Altered TGFβ signaling cascade leads to downstream Smad (Suppressor of mothers against decapentaplegic) protein-mediated signaling events that regulate expression of extracellular matrix and myogenic proteins. These events lead to transdifferentiation of keratocytes into myofibroblasts through fibroblasts and often results in permanent corneal scarring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284148/effect-enhancing-and-toxicity-reducing-activity-of-usnic-acid-in-ascitic-tumor-bearing-mice-treated-with-bleomycin
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Zu-Qing Su, Yu-Hong Liu, Hui-Zhen Guo, Chao-Yue Sun, Jian-Hui Xie, Yu-Cui Li, Jian-Nan Chen, Xiao-Ping Lai, Zi-Ren Su, Hai-Ming Chen
Usnic acid (UA) can be found in certain lichen species. Growing evidence suggests that UA possesses antitumoral, antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities. Bleomycin (BLM) is widely used in the treatment of malignant ascites, however, it unexpectedly causes pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Researches show that excessive inflammatory response and oxidative stress in lung tissue is conspicuous causes of BLM-induced PF. Here we investigated mechanism underlying the effect-enhancing and toxicity-reducing activity of UA on H22-bearing mice treated with BLM...
May 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208683/plasma-gelsolin-induced-glomerular-fibrosis-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-signal-transduction-pathway-in-iga-nephropathy
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Lei Zhang, Changsong Han, Fei Ye, Yan He, Yinji Jin, Tianzhen Wang, Yiqi Wu, Yang Jiang, Fengmin Zhang, Xiaoming Jin
Glomerular fibrosis has been shown to be closely related to the progression and prognosis of IgA nephropathy (IgAN). However, mechanism underlying IgAN glomerular fibrosis remains unclear. Recently, our study showed that plasma gelsolin (pGSN) was decreased in the serum of an IgAN mouse model and that pGSN deposition was found in the glomeruli. Another cytokine, TGF-β1, which is closely related to glomerular fibrosis, was also found to be highly expressed in the glomeruli. In the present study, we report that pGSN induces glomerular fibrosis through the TGF-β1/Smads signal transduction pathway...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108300/tieg1-represses-smad7-mediated-activation-of-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-in%C3%A2-keloid-pathogenesis
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Zhi-Cheng Hu, Fen Shi, Peng Liu, Jian Zhang, Dong Guo, Xiao-Ling Cao, Chu-Fen Chen, Shan-Qiang Qu, Jia-Yuan Zhu, Bing Tang
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling plays a key role in excessive fibrosis and keloid formations. Smad7 is a negative feedback regulator that prevents activation of TGF-β/Smad signaling. However, the regulatory mechanism for Smad7 in the keloid pathogenic process remains elusive. Here, we show that expression of TIEG1 is markedly higher in keloid fibroblasts, whereas protein, mRNA, and promoter activity levels of Smad7 are decreased. When TIEG1 was knocked down with small interfering RNA, both the promoter activity and protein expression of Smad7 were increased, whereas collagen production and the proliferation, migration, and invasion of keloid fibroblasts were decreased...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991776/capsaicin-inhibits-dimethylnitrosamine-induced-hepatic-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-pathway-via-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-gamma-activation
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Jae Ho Choi, Sun Woo Jin, Chul Yung Choi, Hyung Gyun Kim, Gi Ho Lee, Yong An Kim, Young Chul Chung, Hye Gwang Jeong
Capsaicin (CPS) exerts many pharmacological effects, but any possible influence on liver fibrosis remains unclear. Therefore, we evaluated the inhibitory effects of CPS on dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) and TGF-β1-induced liver fibrosis in rats and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). CPS inhibited DMN-induced hepatotoxicity, NF-κB activation, and collagen accumulation. CPS also suppressed the DMN-induced increases in α-SMA, collagen type I, MMP-2, and TNF-α. In addition, CPS inhibited DMN-induced TGF-β1 expression (from 2...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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