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Zhonghua Shao Shang Za Zhi ; 35(9): 683-689, 2019 Sep 20.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31594187

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Objective: To explore the effects of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in the repair of soft tissue defects of rabbits with free flap. Methods: Thirty 6-month-old New Zealand white rabbits, male and female unlimited, were used to harvest blood from the heart. PRP was prepared by Aghaloo method, then free flap model with size of 5 cm×3 cm was reproduced on each ear of the rabbit. According to the random number table, one ear of each rabbit was recruited to PRP group, and the other ear was recruited to normal saline group. The base of flap on rabbit ear in PRP group was evenly spread with 1.0 mL autologous PRP, and equivalent volume of normal saline was applied to that in normal saline group. Then, the flap was replanted in situ. On post surgery day (PSD) 2, 3, 5, 7, and 14, 6 rabbits in each group were taken. The survival of flap was observed and recorded. The morphology of the basal tissue of flap was observed by hematoxylin-eosin staining. The expressions of CD31 and α smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) in the basal tissue of flap were detected by immunofluorescence method. Another 6-month-old male New Zealand white rabbit without making flap under the same experimental conditions was used for harvesting whole blood and preparing PRP. Then blood platelet count in whole blood and PRP was determined, and the content of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and transforming growth factor ß (TGF-ß) was detected by double-antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Data were processed with analysis of variance of factorial design, paired sample t test, and Bonferroni correction. Results: (1) On PSD 2, the flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group were reddish and adhered well to the basal tissue; the flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group were dark red and poorly attached to the basal tissue. On PSD 3, the flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group were ruddy and closely adhered to the basal tissue; the flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group were scattered in the plaque-like dark red and generally attached to the base. On PSD 5, the flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group were reddish and closely adhered to the basal tissue, and the flaps were alive; while flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group were rosy and closely adhered to the basal tissue. On PSD 7, the surface of flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group was covered with a medium amount of rabbit hair. The color of flap was similar to that of the surrounding skin. The flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group were generally attached to the base, and the surface was only covered with a small amount of fluff. On PSD 14, the incisions were healed well in PRP group, while small wounds in normal saline group were not healed. (2) On PSD 2, inflammatory cell infiltration was observed in flaps of wounds of rabbits in both groups. On PSD 3, the flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group showed neovascularization, with less interstitial hemorrhage; while there were less neovascularization in the flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group. On PSD 5, a medium number of inflammatory cell infiltration and a small amount of new microvessels were observed in flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group. Many fibroblasts, a small amount of inflammatory cells, and scattered new microvessels were observed in flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group. On PSD 7, the number of new microvessels in normal saline group was significantly lower than that in PRP group. On PSD 14, the new microvessels in the flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group gradually matured, and a large number of fibroblasts distributed around them. Some of the newly formed microvessels in the flaps of wounds of rabbits in normal saline group were mature, and the healing was slower than that of PRP group. (3) On PSD 2, 3, 5, 7, and 14, the expressions of CD31 and α-SMA in the basal tissue of flaps of wounds of rabbits in PRP group were significantly higher than those in normal saline group (t=10.133, 5.444, 9.450, 6.986, 8.394, 14.896, 10.328, 9.295, 13.902, 10.814, P<0.01). (4) The platelet count in activated PRP of rabbits was (2 863±962)×10(9)/L, which was significantly higher than (393±49)×10(9)/L in whole blood (t=7.690, P<0.05). (5) The content of VEGF and TGF-ß in activated PRP of rabbits was (564.3±3.2) and (1 143±251) pg/mL, which was significantly higher than (99.7±0.4) and (274±95) pg/mL in whole blood, respectively (t=287.390, 9.648, P<0.05 or P<0.01). Conclusions: PRP of rabbits contains high concentrations of VEGF and TGF-ß. Therefore, PRP can effectively promote microvascular regeneration in free flap tissue and accelerate the survival of free flap.


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Retalhos de Tecido Biológico/transplante , Plasma Rico em Plaquetas , Lesões dos Tecidos Moles/terapia , Cicatrização , Animais , Feminino , Masculino , Coelhos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo
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Arch Endocrinol Metab ; 63(5): 536-544, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31482959

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Thyroid cancer has been rapidly increasing in prevalence among humans in last 2 decades and is the most prevalent endocrine malignancy. Overall, thyroid-cancer patients have good rates of long-term survival, but a small percentage present poor outcome. Thyroid cancer aggressiveness is essentially related with thyroid follicular cell loss of differentiation and metastasis. The discovery of oncogenes that drive thyroid cancer (such as RET, RAS, and BRAF), and are aligned in the MAPK/ERK pathway has led to a new perspective of thyroid oncogenesis. The uncovering of additional oncogene-modulated signaling pathways revealed an intricate and active signaling cross-talk. Among these, microRNAs, which are a class of small, noncoding RNAs, expanded this cross-talk by modulating several components of the oncogenic network - thus establishing a new layer of regulation. In this context, TGFß signaling plays an important role in cancer as a dual factor: it can exert an antimitogenic effect in normal thyroid follicular cells, and promote epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, cell migration, and invasion in cancer cells. In this review, we explore how microRNAs influence the loss of thyroid differentiation and the increase in aggressiveness of thyroid cancers by regulating the dual function of TGFß. This review provides directions for future research to encourage the development of new strategies and molecular approaches that can improve the treatment of aggressive thyroid cancer.


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MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Glândula Tireoide/patologia , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/patologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Transformação Celular Neoplásica , Progressão da Doença , Humanos , Invasividade Neoplásica , Metástase Neoplásica , Transdução de Sinais , Neoplasias da Glândula Tireoide/metabolismo
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BMC Ophthalmol ; 19(1): 191, 2019 Aug 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31438893

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BACKGROUND: To investigate the efficacy and safety of repeated phototherapeutic keratectomies (PTKs) during long-term treatment for corneal dystrophy (CD) in a Chinese pedigree carrying the R124L mutation in TGFBI. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of 20-year medical and genetic records involving five CD patients (10 eyes) from one pedigree. During this period, PTK was conducted for an eye when best-corrected distance visual acuity (BCDVA) reached > 1.0 (LogMAR), due to either primary or recurrent opacities in the cornea. All PTKs were performed by 193-nm excimer laser with or without creation of epithelial flaps. For each eye, routine measurements were conducted for the number of PTKs during follow-up, mean time to recurrence, and BCDVA pre- and post- every PTK (measurements within 3 months from each PTK). Corneal thicknesses measured after the last PTK and at the last visit were analyzed, and subjective satisfaction was assessed. RESULTS: Gene testing revealed an R124L mutation in TGFBI. During 19.60 ± 1.78 years of follow-up, PTKs were conducted twice for three eyes, three times for six eyes, and four times for one eye. After each PTK, effective visual acuity was maintained for 3.60 ± 1.12 years before significant recurrence. BCDVA improved significantly postoperatively than preoperatively for the first PTK for each eye (p < 0.001), as well as the second (p < 0.001) and third one (p < 0.001). After the last PTK and at the final visit, the thinnest corneal thickness was 371.50 ± 56.47 µm and 358.40 ± 101.11 µm, respectively. The average subjective satisfaction score was 8.60 ± 0.89. CONCLUSIONS: Multiple repeated PTKs were effective and safe in a long-term study of CD patients with an R124L mutation in TGFBI.


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Córnea/cirurgia , Distrofias Hereditárias da Córnea/cirurgia , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/genética , Previsões , Lasers de Excimer/uso terapêutico , Mutação , Ceratectomia Fotorrefrativa/métodos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Adulto , Idoso , China/epidemiologia , Córnea/patologia , Distrofias Hereditárias da Córnea/epidemiologia , Distrofias Hereditárias da Córnea/genética , DNA/genética , Análise Mutacional de DNA , Proteínas da Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Feminino , Seguimentos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Linhagem , Estudos Retrospectivos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Resultado do Tratamento , Acuidade Visual
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DNA Cell Biol ; 38(10): 1134-1142, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31433203

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Diabetes mellitus is a complicated metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia. Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a progressive kidney disease, which results in mortality in diabetic patients. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of applying spironolactone (S), captopril (C), and their combination (S+C) on some renal performance indices and microRNAs' (miRNAs) expression. A total of 35 two-month-old male Wistar rats were provided for the study. Intraperitoneal injection of freshly dissolved streptozotocin (60 mg/kg) in cold citrate buffer was used to induce diabetes. Blood samples were examined through calorimetry to assess serum concentrations of glucose, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine. To measure the microalbuminuria and transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) levels and to evaluate the miRNAs expression levels of the kidney tissue, the ELISA method and the real-time PCR were used. The obtained results serve as in vivo evidence for the positive relationship between miR-192 and TGF-ß levels in the DN rats. A significant increase and decrease were found for miR-29a/b/c and the miR-192 expression of DN after treatment with S, C, and S+C. TGF-ß levels and microalbuminuria of diabetic rats also increased. The results obtained from this research study suggest that S, C, and S + C can improve DN by targeting miR-192 and miR-29 family and changing their expression. These findings suggest that miR-192 and miRs-29a/b/c can be potential targets for DN remediation.


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Captopril/farmacologia , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Nefropatias Diabéticas/tratamento farmacológico , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Hiperglicemia/tratamento farmacológico , Hipoglicemiantes/farmacologia , Espironolactona/farmacologia , Animais , Anti-Hipertensivos/farmacologia , Glicemia/efeitos dos fármacos , Glicemia/metabolismo , Nitrogênio da Ureia Sanguínea , Creatinina/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/induzido quimicamente , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/genética , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/patologia , Nefropatias Diabéticas/induzido quimicamente , Nefropatias Diabéticas/genética , Nefropatias Diabéticas/patologia , Diuréticos/farmacologia , Combinação de Medicamentos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Hiperglicemia/induzido quimicamente , Hiperglicemia/genética , Hiperglicemia/patologia , Masculino , MicroRNAs/genética , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Estreptozocina/administração & dosagem , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Resultado do Tratamento
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Cancer Sci ; 110(9): 2834-2845, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31278880

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Recurrence and chemoresistance in colorectal cancer remain important issues for patients treated with conventional therapeutics. Metformin and phenformin, previously used in the treatment of diabetes, have been shown to have anticancer effects in various cancers, including breast, lung and prostate cancers. However, their molecular mechanisms are still unclear. In this study, we examined the effects of these drugs in chemoresistant rectal cancer cell lines. We found that SW837 and SW1463 rectal cancer cells were more resistant to ionizing radiation and 5-fluorouracil than HCT116 and LS513 colon cancer cells. In addition, metformin and phenformin increased the sensitivity of these cell lines by inhibiting cell proliferation, suppressing clonogenic ability and increasing apoptotic cell death in rectal cancer cells. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 and transforming growth factor-ß/Smad signaling pathways were more activated in rectal cancer cells, and inhibition of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 expression using an inhibitor or siRNA sensitized rectal cancer cells to chemoresistant by inhibition of the expression of antiapoptotic proteins, such as X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis, survivin and cellular inhibitor of apoptosis protein 1. Moreover, metformin and phenformin inhibited cell migration and invasion by suppression of transforming growth factor ß receptor 2-mediated Snail and Twist expression in rectal cancer cells. Therefore, metformin and phenformin may represent a novel strategy for the treatment of chemoresistant rectal cancer by targeting signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 and transforming growth factor-ß/Smad signaling.


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Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/farmacologia , Resistencia a Medicamentos Antineoplásicos/efeitos dos fármacos , Metformina/farmacologia , Fenformin/farmacologia , Neoplasias Retais/terapia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Apoptose/efeitos da radiação , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Movimento Celular/efeitos da radiação , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos da radiação , Quimiorradioterapia/métodos , Colo/patologia , Neoplasias do Colo/patologia , Neoplasias do Colo/terapia , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/efeitos dos fármacos , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/efeitos da radiação , Fluoruracila/farmacologia , Fluoruracila/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Masculino , Metformina/uso terapêutico , Camundongos , Camundongos Nus , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia , Fenformin/uso terapêutico , Neoplasias Retais/patologia , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos da radiação , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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Life Sci ; 231: 116674, 2019 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31344427

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Hypertrophic scar formation is a fibroproliferative disorder caused by abnormal wound healing. At present, there are limited treatment strategies for hypertrophic scars. In this study, we identified an endogenous peptide, LYENRL, through peptidomics screening that is downregulated in scar skin tissues. The peptide exhibited concentration dependent inhibitory effects on the proliferation, migration and extracellular matrix (ECM) production of scar fibroblasts. By eukaryotic transcriptome sequencing analysis, we noted that LYENRL downregulated gene sets in scar fibroblasts were associated with the transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) signaling pathway. Further experiments revealed that LYENRL was able to inhibit the activation of TGF-ß1/Smad signaling and TGF-ß1-induced activation of scar fibroblasts at the source by blocking the binding of AP-1 to the corresponding region of the Tgfb1 promoter, which in turn inhibited gene expression of Tgfb1. Taken together, we concluded that the effects of LYENRL on scar fibroblasts make it a potential peptide drug for hypertrophic scar treatment.


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Cicatriz Hipertrófica/metabolismo , Cicatriz Hipertrófica/patologia , Peptídeos/farmacologia , Actinas/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Células Cultivadas , Regulação para Baixo/efeitos dos fármacos , Matriz Extracelular/metabolismo , Feminino , Fibroblastos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibroblastos/fisiologia , Humanos , Peptídeos/metabolismo , Cultura Primária de Células , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Pele/metabolismo , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Proteínas Smad/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/fisiologia
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 323-336, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31359737

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vascular calcification represents a huge clinical problem contributing to adverse cardiovascular events, with no effective treatment currently available. Upregulation of hepatocyte growth factor has been linked with vascular calcification, and thus, represent a potential target in the development of a novel therapeutic strategy. Glycomimetics have been shown to interrupt HGF-receptor signalling, therefore this study investigated the effect of novel glycomimetics on osteogenic signalling and vascular calcification in vitro. METHODS: Primary human vascular smooth muscle cells (HVSMCs) were induced by ß-glycerophosphate (ß-GP) and treated with 4 glycomimetic compounds (C1-C4). The effect of ß-GP and C1-C4 on alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteogenic markers and c-Met/Notch3/HES1 signalling was determined using colorimetric assays, qRT-PCR and western blotting respectively. RESULTS: C1-C4 significantly attenuated ß-GP-induced calcification, as shown by Alizarin Red S staining and calcium content by day 14. In addition, C1-C4 reduced ALP activity and prevented upregulation of the osteogenic markers, BMP-2, Runx2, Msx2 and OPN. Furthermore, ß-GP increased c-Met phosphorylation at day 21, an effect ameliorated by C2 and C4 and the c-Met inhibitor, crizotinib. We next interrogated the effects of the Notch inhibitor DAPT and confirmed an inhibition of ß-GP up-regulated Notch3 protein by C2, DAPT and crizotinib compared to controls. Hes-1 protein upregulation by ß-GP, was also significantly downregulated by C2 and DAPT. GOLD docking analysis identified a potential binding interaction of C1-C4 to HGF which will be investigated further. CONCLUSION: These findings demonstrate that glycomimetics have potent anti-calcification properties acting via HGF/c-Met and Notch signalling.


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Músculo Liso Vascular/citologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-met/metabolismo , Receptor Notch3/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição HES-1/metabolismo , Calcificação Vascular/metabolismo , Materiais Biomiméticos/farmacologia , Proteína Morfogenética Óssea 2/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Subunidade alfa 1 de Fator de Ligação ao Core/metabolismo , Glicerofosfatos/farmacologia , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Miócitos de Músculo Liso/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 232: 116669, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31326566

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AIMS: This study investigated the effects of hyaluronic acid (HA), a commonly used osteogenic medium referred to as DAG, and the combined administration of HA and DAG (CG) on the osteogenic differentiation of human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs), and the underlying mechanism. MAIN METHODS: The phenotype of hAMSCs was detected by flow cytometry and immunocytochemical staining. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and calcium deposition assays were employed for evaluating the osteogenic differentiation of hAMSCs. The expression of osteogenesis-related genes and proteins was determined by quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blotting, respectively. Meanwhile, the molecular mechanism of osteogenic differentiation of hAMSCs was detected by PCR array and qRT-PCR. KEY FINDINGS: The results showed that treatment with CG could significantly stimulate hAMSC ALP activity and calcium deposition compared to treatment with DAG, while HA had little effect. The expression of osteogenesis-related molecules and stemness-related molecules was up-regulated at the mRNA and protein levels in all three groups, and this up-regulation was most significant in the CG group. In addition, treatment with CG significantly increased the gene expressions involved in regulation of the TGF-ß/Smad signalling pathway compared to treatment with DAG. Furthermore, the pro-osteogenic differentiation effects as well as the up-regulated expression of genes observed in the CG treatment group were significantly inhibited when the cells were pre-treated with SB431542, an inhibitor of the TGF-ß/Smad pathway. SIGNIFICANCE: These results suggest that HA in combination with DAG could significantly enhance the osteogenic differentiation of hAMSCs, potentially via the TGF-ß/Smad signalling pathway.


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Âmnio/citologia , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácido Hialurônico/farmacologia , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/efeitos dos fármacos , Osteogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , Humanos , Ácido Hialurônico/química , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/citologia , Peso Molecular
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Toxicol Lett ; 314: 18-26, 2019 Oct 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31299270

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Epidemiological investigations indicate that effects related to prenatal adverse environments on the organs of the offspring could continue to adulthood. This study intends to confirm that prenatal nicotine exposure (PNE) increases the susceptibility of osteoarthritis (OA) in the male offspring, and to explore the potential intrauterine programming mechanism. During pregnancy, rats were divided into a PNE group and a control group. After birth, rats were given a high-fat diet for 6 months and long-distance running for 6 weeks. The rats were euthanized at 18 months after birth (PM18) and on gestational day 20 (GD20), respectively. Knee joints were collected for histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assays. Histological analyses and the Mankin's score showed increased cartilage destruction and accelerated OA progression in adult offspring from the PNE group. Immunohistochemistry results showed decreased expression of transforming growth factor beta (TGFß) signaling pathway. Furthermore, the expression of apoptosis factors (caspase-3 and caspase-8), inflammatory factors [interleukin (IL)-1, IL-6] and matrix degradation enzymes [matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, MMP-13] were also significantly increased. Traced back to the intrauterine period, it was found that the number of chondrocytes and the contents of Col2A1 and aggrecan in the matrix in the PNE group were decreased. And, the expression of the TGFß signaling pathway was inhibited. These results suggested that PNE enhanced the susceptibility of OA in male elderly offspring rats by down-regulating TGFß signaling, which increased articular cartilage local inflammation, matrix degradation, and cell apoptosis. This study confirmed the developmental origin of OA, and clarified the congenital and the living environment impact on the occurrence and development of OA. Our findings provide a theoretical and experimental basis for OA early prevention.


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Articulações/efeitos dos fármacos , Nicotina/toxicidade , Agonistas Nicotínicos/toxicidade , Osteoartrite/induzido quimicamente , Efeitos Tardios da Exposição Pré-Natal , Transdução de Sinais , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Fatores Etários , Agrecanas/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Caspase 8/metabolismo , Condrócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Condrócitos/metabolismo , Condrócitos/patologia , Condrogênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Colágeno Tipo II/metabolismo , Feminino , Idade Gestacional , Interleucina-1/metabolismo , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Articulações/metabolismo , Articulações/patologia , Masculino , Exposição Materna , Metaloproteinase 13 da Matriz/metabolismo , Metaloproteinase 3 da Matriz/metabolismo , Osteoartrite/metabolismo , Osteoartrite/patologia , Gravidez , Ratos Wistar , Fatores de Risco , Fatores Sexuais
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Cell Prolif ; 52(5): e12633, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31264317

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OBJECTIVES: Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) has been frequently noticed in the breast cancers. In this study, we aim to investigate the associations of MMP-9 with the activation of transforming growth factor beta (TGF-ß)/SMAD signalling and the malignancy of breast malignant tumour cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The distributions of MMP-9 and TGF-ß in the tissues of canine breast cancers were screened by immunohistochemical assays. A recombinant plasmid expressing mouse MMP-9 was generated and transiently transfected into three different breast cancer cell lines. Cell Counting Kit-8 and colony formation assay were used to study cell viability. Migration and invasion ability were analysed by wound assay and transwell filters. Western blot and quantitative real-time PCR were used to determine the protein and mRNA expression. RESULT: Remarkable strong MMP-9 and TGF-ß signals were observed in the malignant tissues of canine breast cancers. In the cultured three cell lines receiving recombinant plasmid expressing mouse MMP-9, the cell malignancy was markedly increased, including the cell colony formation, migration and epithelial-mesenchymal transition. The levels of activated TGF-ß, as well as SMAD4, SMAD2/3 and phosphorylation of SMAD2, were increased, reflecting an activation of TGF-ß/SMAD signalling. We also demonstrated that the inhibitors specific for MMP-9 and TGF-ß sufficiently blocked the overexpressing MMP-9 induced the activation of SMAD signalling and enhancement on invasion in the tested breast cancer cell lines. CONCLUSION: Overexpression of MMP-9 increases the malignancy of breast cancer cell lines, largely via activation of the TGF-ß/SMAD signalling.


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Metaloproteinase 9 da Matriz/metabolismo , Proteínas Smad/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/patologia , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Feminino , Humanos , Metaloproteinase 9 da Matriz/química , Metaloproteinase 9 da Matriz/genética , Fosforilação , Transdução de Sinais , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/antagonistas & inibidores
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 3071, 2019 07 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31296856

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The formation of new blood vessels is essential for normal development, tissue repair and tumor growth. Here we show that inhibition of the kinase p38α enhances angiogenesis in human and mouse colon tumors. Mesenchymal cells can contribute to tumor angiogenesis by regulating proliferation and migration of endothelial cells. We show that p38α negatively regulates an angiogenic program in mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs), multipotent progenitors found in perivascular locations. This program includes the acquisition of an endothelial phenotype by MSCs mediated by both TGF-ß and JNK, and negatively regulated by p38α. Abrogation of p38α in mesenchymal cells increases tumorigenesis, which correlates with enhanced angiogenesis. Using genetic models, we show that p38α regulates the acquisition of an endothelial-like phenotype by mesenchymal cells in colon tumors and damage tissue. Taken together, our results indicate that p38α in mesenchymal cells restrains a TGF-ß-induced angiogenesis program including their ability to transdifferentiate into endothelial cells.


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Neoplasias do Colo/patologia , Proteínas Quinases JNK Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Proteína Quinase 14 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Neoplasias Experimentais/patologia , Neovascularização Patológica/patologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Animais , Azoximetano/administração & dosagem , Azoximetano/toxicidade , Carcinógenos/administração & dosagem , Carcinógenos/toxicidade , Proliferação de Células , Transdiferenciação Celular , Células Endoteliais/patologia , Endotélio Vascular/citologia , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Células HT29 , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Transgênicos , Proteína Quinase 14 Ativada por Mitógeno/genética , Neoplasias Experimentais/induzido quimicamente , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 301-322, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31343125

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Propolis is one of the most promising natural products, exhibiting not only therapeutic but also prophylactic actions. Propolis has several biological and pharmacological properties, including hepatoprotective activities. The present study aimed to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of propolis against CCl4-mediated liver fibrosis. METHODS: Three groups of male BALB/c mice (n=15/ group) were used: group 1 comprised control mice; groups 2 and 3 were injected with CCl4 for the induction of liver fibrosis. Group 3 was then orally supplemented with propolis (100 mg/kg body weight) for four weeks. Different techniques were used to monitor the antifibrotic effects of propolis, including histopathological investigations using H&E, Masson's trichrome and Sirius red staining; Western blotting; flow cytometry; and ELISA. RESULTS: We found that the induction of liver fibrosis by CCl4 was associated with a significant increase in hepatic collagen and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression. Moreover, CCl4-treated mice also exhibited histopathological alterations in the liver architecture. Additionally, the liver of CCl4-treated mice exhibited a marked increase in proinflammatory signals, such as increased expression of HSP70 and increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines and ROS. Mechanistically, the liver of CCl4-treated mice exhibited a significant increase in the phosphorylation of AKT and mTOR; upregulation of the expression of BAX and cytochrome C; downregulation of the expression of Bcl2; a significant elevation in the levels of TGF-ß followed by increased phosphorylation of SMAD2; and a marked increase in the expression of P53 and iNOS. Interestingly, oral supplementation of CCl4-treated mice with propolis significantly abolished hepatic collagen deposition, abrogated inflammatory signals and oxidative stress, restored CCl4-mediated alterations in the signaling cascades, and hence repaired the hepatic architecture nearly to the normal architecture observed in the control mice. CONCLUSION: Our findings revealed the therapeutic potential and the underlying mechanisms of propolis against liver fibrosis.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/patologia , Própole/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Tetracloreto de Carbono/toxicidade , Citocinas/metabolismo , Células Estreladas do Fígado/citologia , Células Estreladas do Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Estreladas do Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/patologia , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/induzido quimicamente , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Proteína Smad2/metabolismo , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/metabolismo , Proteína X Associada a bcl-2/metabolismo
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Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3621-3631, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262888

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Cetrimonium bromide (CTAB), a quaternary ammonium surfactant, is an antiseptic agent against bacteria and fungi. However, the mechanisms by which its pharmacological actions affect epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, such as adenocarcinoma in SK-HEP-1 cells, have not been investigated. We, thereby, investigated whether CTAB inhibits cellular mobility and invasiveness of human hepatic adenocarcinoma in SK-HEP-1 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SK-HEP-1 cells were treated with CTAB, and subsequent migration and invasion were measured by wound healing and transwell assays. Protein expression was detected by immunoblotting analysis. RESULTS: Our data revealed that treatment of SK-HEP-1 cells with CTAB altered their mesenchymal spindle-like morphology. CTAB exerted inhibitory effects on the migration and invasion of SK-HEP-1 cells dose-dependently, and reduced protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-9, snail, slug, twist, vimentin, fibronectin, N-cadherin, Smad2, Smad3, Smad4, phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K), p-PI3K, Akt, p-Akt, ß-catenin, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), p-mTOR, p-p70S6K, p-extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK)1/2, p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and p-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), but increased protein levels of tissue inhibitor matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), TIMP-2, claudin-1 and p-GSK3ß. Based on these observations, we suggest that CTAB not only inhibits the canonical transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) signaling pathway though reducing SMADs (an acronym from the fusion of Caenorhabditis elegans Sma genes and the Drosophila Mad, Mothers against decapentaplegic proteins), but also restrains the non-canonical TGF-ß signaling including MAPK pathways like ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, JNK and PI3K. CONCLUSION: CTAB is involved in the suppression of TGF-ß-mediated mesenchymal phenotype and could be a potent medical agent for use in controlling the migration and invasion of hepatic adenocarcinoma.


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Adenocarcinoma/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Cetrimônio/farmacologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Adenocarcinoma/tratamento farmacológico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Invasividade Neoplásica , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Toxicol Lett ; 313: 178-187, 2019 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31284023

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Long-term inhalation of crystalline silica particles leads to silicosis characterized by pulmonary inflammation and interstitial fibrosis. The growth arrest-specific protein 6 (Gas6) and its tyrosine receptor Mer have been implicated to involve in the regulation of inflammation, innate immunity and tissue repair. However, the role of Gas6 or Mer in silica-induced lung inflammation and fibrosis has not been investigated previously. In this study, we observed a remarkable increase of Gas6 in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) from wild-type C57BL/6 mice after silica intratracheal administration. Then, we investigated whether genetic loss of Gas6 or Mer could attenuate silica-induced lung inflammation and fibrosis. Our results showed that Gas6-/- and Mer-/- mice exhibited reduced lung inflammation response from days 7 to 84 after silica exposure. We also uncovered an overexpression of the suppressor of cytokine signaling protein 1 in silica-treated deficient mice. Moreover, Gas6 or Mer deficiency attenuated silica-induced collagen deposition by inhibiting the expression of transforming growth factor-ß. We conclude that gene absence of Gas6 or Mer is protective against silica-induced lung inflammation and fibrosis in mice. Targeting Gas6/Mer pathway may be a potential therapeutic approach to treat pulmonary fibrosis in patients with silicosis.


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Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/deficiência , Pulmão/enzimologia , Pneumonia/prevenção & controle , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , Silicose/prevenção & controle , c-Mer Tirosina Quinase/deficiência , Animais , Colágeno Tipo I/genética , Colágeno Tipo I/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/genética , Pulmão/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Pneumonia/enzimologia , Pneumonia/genética , Pneumonia/patologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/enzimologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/genética , Fibrose Pulmonar/patologia , Transdução de Sinais , Silicose/enzimologia , Silicose/genética , Silicose/patologia , Proteína 1 Supressora da Sinalização de Citocina/genética , Proteína 1 Supressora da Sinalização de Citocina/metabolismo , Fatores de Tempo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , c-Mer Tirosina Quinase/genética
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Chem Commun (Camb) ; 55(52): 7466-7469, 2019 Jul 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31184647
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Nat Commun ; 10(1): 2795, 2019 06 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31243287

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Inflammaging induces osteoporosis by promoting bone destruction and inhibiting bone formation. TRAF3 limits bone destruction by inhibiting RANKL-induced NF-κB signaling in osteoclast precursors. However, the role of TRAF3 in mesenchymal progenitor cells (MPCs) is unknown. Mice with TRAF3 deleted in MPCs develop early onset osteoporosis due to reduced bone formation and enhanced bone destruction. In young mice TRAF3 prevents ß-catenin degradation in MPCs and maintains osteoblast formation. However, TRAF3 protein levels decrease in murine and human bone samples during aging when TGFß1 is released from resorbing bone. TGFß1 induces degradation of TRAF3 in murine MPCs and inhibits osteoblast formation through GSK-3ß-mediated degradation of ß-catenin. Thus, TRAF3 positively regulates MPC differentiation into osteoblasts. TRAF3 deletion in MPCs activated NF-κB RelA and RelB to promote RANKL expression and enhance bone destruction. We conclude that pharmacologic stabilization of TRAF3 during aging could treat/prevent age-related osteoporosis by inhibiting bone destruction and promoting bone formation.


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Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/metabolismo , Fator 3 Associado a Receptor de TNF/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Envelhecimento , Animais , Diferenciação Celular , Feminino , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Osteoblastos/fisiologia , Osteoporose , Fator 3 Associado a Receptor de TNF/genética
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Microbiol Immunol ; 63(8): 303-315, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31218724

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We investigated the correlation between the beneficial effect of Lactobacillus acidophilus on gut microbiota composition, metabolic activities, and reducing cow's milk protein allergy. Mice sensitized with ß-lactoglobulin (ß-Lg) were treated with different doses of L. acidophilus KLDS 1.0738 for 4 weeks, starting 1 week before allergen induction. The results showed that intake of L. acidophilus significantly suppressed the hypersensitivity responses, together with increased fecal microbiota diversity and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) concentration (including propionate, butyrate, isobutyrate, and isovalerate) when compared with the allergic group. Moreover, treatment with L. acidophilus induced the expression of SCFAs receptors, G-protein-coupled receptors 41 (GPR41) and 43 (GPR43), in the spleen and colon of the allergic mice. Further analysis revealed that the GPR41 and GPR43 messenger RNA expression both positively correlated with the serum concentrations of transforming growth factor-ß and IFN-γ (p < .05), but negatively with the serum concentrations of IL-17, IL-4, and IL-6 in the L. acidophilus-treated group compared with the allergic group (p < .05). These results suggested that L. acidophilus protected against the development of allergic inflammation by improving the intestinal flora, as well as upregulating SCFAs and their receptors GPR41/43.


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Ácidos Graxos Voláteis/metabolismo , Intestinos/microbiologia , Lactobacillus acidophilus/fisiologia , Lactoglobulinas/efeitos adversos , Receptores Acoplados a Proteínas-G/metabolismo , Animais , Butiratos/metabolismo , Colo/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Fezes/microbiologia , Feminino , Microbioma Gastrointestinal/fisiologia , Interferon gama/metabolismo , Interleucina-17/sangue , Interleucina-4/sangue , Interleucina-6/sangue , Isobutiratos/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Hipersensibilidade a Leite/terapia , Proteínas do Leite , Ácidos Pentanoicos/metabolismo , Propionatos/metabolismo , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Baço/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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Cancer Sci ; 110(8): 2507-2519, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31215741

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Abnormal tumor microenvironment and the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are important features of tumor metastasis. However, it remains unknown how signals can form complicated networks to regulate the sustainability of the EMT process. The aim of our study is to explore the possible interaction between tumor-associated macrophages and tumor cells in the EMT process mediated by microRNA (miR)-362-3p. In this study, we found that by releasing TGF-ß, M2 macrophages mediate binding of Smad2/3 to miR-362-3p promoter, leading to overexpression of miR-362-3p. MicroRNA-362-3p maintains EMT by regulating CD82, one of the most important members of the family of tetraspanins. Our finding suggests that miR-362-3p can serve as a core factor mediating cross-talk between the TGF-ß pathway in tumor-associated macrophages and tetraspanins in tumor cells, and thus facilitates the EMT process.


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Carcinoma Hepatocelular/metabolismo , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/patologia , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/fisiologia , Proteína Kangai-1/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Macrófagos/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Macrófagos/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Nus , Transdução de Sinais/fisiologia , Proteína Smad2/metabolismo , Proteína Smad3/metabolismo , Tetraspaninas/metabolismo
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Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue Za Zhi ; 35(4): 296-301, 2019 Apr.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31167687

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Objective To investigate the role of CD161+ regulatory T cells (Treg) in reducing valve injury in rheumatic heart disease rats and the underlying mechanism. Methods CD161- and CD161+ regulatory T cells (Tregs) were separated by flow cytometry and then cultured. The concentrations of interleukin 10 (IL-10) and transforming growth factor ß (TGF-ß) in the supernates were detected by ELISA. Rat models of rheumatic heart disease were established by mixing A type hemolytic streptococcus suspension with Freund's complete adjuvant. They were divided into control group, CD161-Treg group and CD161+Treg group. One week later, heart blood and mitral valve were taken from the model rats. The proportion of follicular helper T (Tfh) cells, B cells and plasma cells was detected by flow cytometry. Histopathological changes were detected by HE staining and the number of B cells and plasma cells by immunohistochemical staining. ELISA was used to detect the level of IL-21 in serum. Results The ability of CD161+Tregs to secrete IL-10 and TGF-ß was significantly higher than that of CD161-Tregs. Compared with the rats injected with CD161-Tregs, CD161+Tregs could significantly reduce the damage of valve tissue and the proportion of B cells and plasma cells in valve tissue. Moreover, CD161+Tregs injection could reduce the proportion of Tfh cells, B cells and plasma cells in rat blood and decrease the content of IL-21 in serum. Conclusion CD161+Tregs can reduce the valve injury of rheumatic heart disease by inhibiting the proliferation and differentiation of Tfh cells and B cells.


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Valvas Cardíacas/patologia , Cardiopatia Reumática/imunologia , Linfócitos T Reguladores/citologia , Animais , Linfócitos B/citologia , Interleucina-10/metabolismo , Interleucinas/sangue , Subfamília B de Receptores Semelhantes a Lectina de Células NK , Plasmócitos/citologia , Ratos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(1): 62-75, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31184447

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Skeletal muscle injuries are the most common type of injury occurring in sports, and investigating skeletal muscle regeneration as well as understanding the related processes is an important aspect of the sports medicine field. The process of regeneration appears to be complex and precisely orchestrated, involving fibro-adipogenic progenitors (FAPs) which are a muscle-resident stem cell population that appears to play a major role in abnormal development of fibrotic tissue or intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT). Our present study aims to investigate whether muscle resting or endurance exercise following muscle injury may change the behavior of FAPs and subsequently impact the development of fatty infiltrations and fibrosis, two hallmarks of regeneration failure. METHODS: We used the validated glycerol muscle injury model to mimic abnormal muscle regenerative conditions in mice. We challenged this specific regeneration model with hindlimb unloading or endurance exercise and, in a second set of experiments, we treated mice with decorin, a TGF-ß inhibitor. RESULTS: In this study, we demonstrated that: i) muscle resting just after injury leads to inhibition of IMAT development, ii) TNF-α mediated FAP apoptosis might be perturbed in this specific glycerol model of muscle injury, leading to IMAT development, and iii) treatment with the TGF-ß inhibitor decorin decreases IMAT development and might restores FAP apoptosis. CONCLUSION: In addition to the potential clinical relevance of decorin treatment in situations involving muscle plasticity and regeneration, this study also demonstrates that a period of muscle resting is necessary following muscle injury to achieve efficient muscle regeneration which is associated with a reduction in fatty infiltration. Unreasonably early resumption of exercise brings no gain to regeneration, further highlighting that this resting period is necessary.


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Decorina/uso terapêutico , Músculo Esquelético/lesões , Doenças Musculares/tratamento farmacológico , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Tecido Adiposo/efeitos dos fármacos , Tecido Adiposo/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Decorina/farmacologia , Feminino , Glicerol/toxicidade , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Músculo Esquelético/patologia , Doenças Musculares/induzido quimicamente , Doenças Musculares/patologia , Condicionamento Físico Animal , Receptor alfa de Fator de Crescimento Derivado de Plaquetas/metabolismo , Células-Tronco/citologia , Células-Tronco/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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