Key Specifications Table
|Key Applications||Detection Methods|
|ICC, IHC, IH(P)||Fluorescent|
|Safety Information according to GHS|
|Material Size||40 assays|
|Reference overview||Application||Pub Med ID|
|Enhanced expression of VEGF-A in Î² cells increases endothelial cell number but impairs islet morphogenesis and Î² cell proliferation.|
Qing Cai,Marcela Brissova,Rachel B Reinert,Fong Cheng Pan,Priyanka Brahmachary,Marie Jeansson,Alena Shostak,Aramandla Radhika,Greg Poffenberger,Susan E Quaggin,W Gray Jerome,Daniel J Dumont,Alvin C Powers,Fong Cheng Pan,W Gray Jerome
Developmental biology 367 2012
There is a reciprocal interaction between pancreatic islet cells and vascular endothelial cells (EC) in which EC-derived signals promote islet cell differentiation and islet development while islet cell-derived angiogenic factors promote EC recruitment and extensive islet vascularization. To examine the role of angiogenic factors in the coordinated development of islets and their associated vessels, we used a tet-on inducible system (mice expressing rat insulin promoter-reverse tetracycline activator transgene and a tet-operon-angiogenic factor transgene) to increase the Î² cell production of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), angiopoietin-1 (Ang1), or angiopoietin-2 (Ang2) during islet cell differentiation and islet development. In VEGF-A overexpressing embryos, ECs began to accumulate around epithelial tubes residing in the central region of the developing pancreas (associated with endocrine cells) as early as embryonic day 12.5 (E12.5) and increased dramatically by E16.5. While Î± and Î² cells formed islet cell clusters in control embryos at E16.5, the increased EC population perturbed endocrine cell differentiation and islet cell clustering in VEGF-A overexpressing embryos. With continued overexpression of VEGF-A, Î± and Î² cells became scattered, remained adjacent to ductal structures, and never coalesced into islets, resulting in a reduction in Î² cell proliferation and Î² cell mass at postnatal day 1. A similar impact on islet morphology was observed when VEGF-A was overexpressed in Î² cells during the postnatal period. In contrast, increased expression of Ang1 or Ang2 in Î² cells in developing or adult islets did not alter islet differentiation, development, or morphology, but altered islet EC ultrastructure. These data indicate that (1) increased EC number does not promote, but actually impairs Î² cell proliferation and islet formation; (2) the level of VEGF-A production by islet endocrine cells is critical for islet vascularization during development and postnatally; (3) angiopoietin-Tie2 signaling in endothelial cells does not have a crucial role in the development or maintenance of islet vascularization.
|Role of Gadd45a in Wip1-dependent regulation of intestinal tumorigenesis.|
O N Demidov,Y Zhu,C Kek,A R Goloudina,N Motoyama,D V Bulavin
Cell death and differentiation 19 2012
Conversion of intestinal stem cells into tumor-initiating cells is an early step in Apc(Min)-induced polyposis. Wild-type p53-induced phosphatase 1 (Wip1)-dependent activation of a DNA damage response and p53 has a permanent role in suppression of stem cell conversion, and deletion of Wip1 lowers the tumor burden in Apc(Min) mice. Here we show that cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2a, checkpoint kinase 2, and growth arrest and DNA damage gene 45a (Gadd45a) exert critical functions in the tumor-resistant phenotype of Wip1-deficient mice. We further identified Gadd45a as a haploinsufficient gene in the regulation of Wip1-dependent tumor resistance in mice. Gadd45a appears to function through its ability to activate the Jnk-dependent signaling pathway that in turn is a necessary mediator of the proapoptotic functions of p53 that respond to activation of the β-catenin signaling pathway. We propose that silencing of Gadd45a is sufficient to override p53 activation in the presence of active β-catenin under conditions of an enhanced DNA damage response.
|Protective effects of dispersive viscoelastics on corneal endothelial damage in a toxic anterior segment syndrome animal model.|
Jong-Suk Song,Jeong-Hwa Heo,Hyo-Myung Kim
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 53 2012
Purpose. We evaluated whether viscoelastics have protective effects on the corneal endothelial cell damage in a toxic anterior segment syndrome (TASS) animal model depending on the types of viscoelastics. Methods. A TASS animal model was established with an injection of 0.1 mL o-phthaldehyde solution (0.14%) into the anterior chamber of New Zealand white rabbits. One of two different viscoelastics, 1% sodium hyaluronate (cohesive group) or a 1:3 mixture of 4% chondroitin sulfate and 3% sodium hyaluronate (dispersive group), was injected into the anterior chamber. After five minutes, it was removed using a manual I/A instrument, and then 0.1 mL of o-phthaldehyde solution (0.14%) was injected into the anterior chamber. Damage to corneal endothelial cells was compared between the two groups. Results. The corneal thickness increased quickly in both groups after the disinfectant injection. However, the dispersive group showed relatively mild corneal edema compared to the cohesive group. The mean corneal haze score in the dispersive group also was lower than that of the cohesive group. These partial protective effects of the dispersive viscoelastic were demonstrated by the different findings of a live/dead cell assay, TUNEL staining, and scanning electron microscopy between the two groups. Conclusions. The TASS animal model seems to be a useful means to evaluate corneal endothelial cell damage caused by toxic substances to find ways to protect or reduce endothelial cell damage. Dispersive viscoelastics were shown to have partial protective effects against corneal endothelial cell damage caused by a toxic disinfectant.
|Cone degeneration following rod ablation in a reversible model of retinal degeneration.|
Choi RY, Engbretson GA, Solessio EC, Jones GA, Coughlin A, Aleksic I, Zuber ME
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 52 364-73. Print 2011. 2011
PURPOSE: Amphibian retinas regenerate after injury, making them ideal for studying the mechanisms of retinal regeneration, but this leaves their value as models of retinal degeneration in question. The authors asked whether the initial cellular changes after rod loss in the regenerative model Xenopus laevis mimic those observed in nonregenerative models. They also asked whether rod loss was reversible.METHODS: The authors generated transgenic X. laevis expressing the Escherichia coli enzyme nitroreductase (NTR) under the control of the rod-specific rhodopsin (XOP) promoter. NTR converts the antibiotic metronidazole (Mtz) into an interstrand DNA cross-linker. A visually mediated behavioral assay and immunohistochemistry were used to determine the effects of Mtz on the vision and retinas of XOPNTR F1 tadpoles.RESULTS: NTR expression was detected only in the rods of XOPNTR tadpoles. Mtz treatment resulted in rapid vision loss and near complete ablation of rod photoreceptors by day 12. Müller glial cell hypertrophy and progressive cone degeneration followed rod cell ablation. When animals were allowed to recover, new rods were born and formed outer segments.CONCLUSIONS: The initial secondary cellular changes detected in the rodless tadpole retina mimic those observed in other models of retinal degeneration. The rapid and synchronous rod loss in XOPNTR animals suggested this model may prove useful in the study of retinal degeneration. Moreover, the regenerative capacity of the Xenopus retina makes these animals a valuable tool for identifying the cellular and molecular mechanisms at work in lower vertebrates with the remarkable capacity of retinal regeneration.
|Metaflumizone-amitraz (Promeris)-associated pustular acantholytic dermatitis in 22 dogs: evidence suggests contact drug-triggered pemphigus foliaceus.|
Ursula Oberkirchner,Keith E Linder,Stan Dunston,Petra Bizikova,Thierry Olivry
Veterinary dermatology 22 2011
Promeris Duo (PD) is a novel topical flea and tick preventative for dogs, which is also licensed for treatment of canine demodicosis. In this article, we present 22 dogs that all developed pemphigus foliaceus (PF)-like cutaneous drug reactions at the site of PD application. In eight dogs, the lesions were restricted to the application site (localized group). Signs of systemic illness were reported in three dogs, and four required immunosuppressive treatment. Direct immunofluorescence for IgG was positive in four dogs, although circulating antikeratinocyte IgG could not be detected in any tested sera. Complete remission was achieved in all dogs, with one patient still remaining on treatment. Fourteen dogs developed skin lesions at the application site as well as other noncontiguous areas (distant group). Systemic signs were reported in 11 dogs, and immunosuppression was required in 10 cases. Direct and indirect immunofluorescence tests were positive for antikeratinocyte autoantibodies in 10 of 13 and six of 10 patients with distant disease, respectively. Complete remission was achieved in 10 of 13 dogs with distant disease; one-third are still on treatment. Histological changes were similar to canine PF. Desmosomal architectural changes, assessed by desmoglein-1 immunostaining, were also similar to those of dogs with spontaneous autoimmune PF. Apoptosis did not appear to contribute to lesion formation, in either autoimmune or PD-associated PF. In conclusion, PD has the potential of triggering a variant of PF that resembles spontaneously occurring autoimmune PF at clinical, morphological, immunological and treatment outcome levels.
|Potentiation of femtosecond laser intratissue refractive index shaping (IRIS) in the living cornea with sodium fluorescein.|
Nagy LJ, Ding L, Xu L, Knox WH, Huxlin KR
Investigative ophthalmology & visual science 51 850-856 2010
PURPOSE: To assess the effectiveness of intratissue refractive index shaping (IRIS) in living corneas and test the hypothesis that it can be enhanced by increasing the two-photon absorption (TPA) of the tissue. METHODS: Three corneas were removed from adult cats and cut into six pieces, which were placed in preservative (Optisol-GS; Bausch & Lomb, Inc., Irvine, CA) containing 0%, 0.25%, 1%, 1.5%, or 2.5% sodium fluorescein (Na-Fl). An 800-nm Ti:Sapphire femtosecond laser with a 100-fs pulse duration and 80-MHz repetition rate was used to perform IRIS in each piece, creating several refractive index (RI) modification lines at different speeds (between 0.1 and 5 mm/s). The lines were 1 mum wide, 10 microm apart, and approximately 150 microm below the tissue surface. The RI change of each grating was measured using calibrated, differential interference contrast microscopy. TUNEL staining was performed to assess whether IRIS or Na-Fl doping causes cell death. RESULTS: Scanning at 0.1 mm/s changed the RI of undoped, living corneas by 0.005. In doped corneas, RI changes between 0.01 and 0.02 were reliably achieved with higher scanning speeds. The magnitude of RI changes attained was directly proportional to Na-Fl doping concentration and inversely proportional to the scanning speed used to create the gratings. CONCLUSIONS: IRIS can be efficiently performed in living corneal tissue. Increasing the TPA of the tissue with Na-Fl increased both the scanning speeds and the magnitude of RI changes in a dose-dependent manner. Ongoing studies are exploring the use of IRIS to alter the optical properties of corneal tissue in situ, over an extended period.
|Epithelial ablation of Bcl-XL increases sensitivity to oxygen without disrupting lung development.|
Staversky, RJ; Vitiello, PF; Yee, M; Callahan, LM; Dean, DA; O'Reilly, MA
American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology 43 376-85 2010
Recent studies indicate that the antiapoptotic Bcl-X(L), one of five isoforms expressed by the Bcl-X gene, protects a variety of cell lines exposed to hyperoxia. However, its role in lung development and protection against oxidative stress in vivo is not known. Here, we show Bcl-X(L) is the predominant isoform expressed in the lung, and the only isoform detected in respiratory epithelium. Because loss of Bcl-X(L) is embryonically lethal, Bcl-X(L) was ablated throughout the respiratory epithelium by mating mice with a floxed exon II of the Bcl-X gene with mice expressing Cre under control of the surfactant protein-C promoter. Interestingly, the loss of Bcl-X(L) in respiratory epithelium was perinatally lethal in approximately 50% of the expected offspring. However, some adult mice lacking the gene were obtained. The epithelial-specific ablation of Bcl-X(L) did not disrupt pulmonary function, the expression of epithelial cell-specific markers, or lung development. However, it shifted the lung toward a proapoptotic state, defined by a reduction in antiapoptotic Mcl-1, an increase in proapoptotic Bak, and increased sensitivity of the respiratory epithelium to hyperoxia. Intriguingly, increased 8-oxoguanine lesions seen during hyperoxia were also evident as lungs transitioned to room air at birth, a time when perinatal lethality in some mice lacking Bcl-X(L) was observed. These findings reveal that the epithelial-specific expression of Bcl-X(L) is not required for proper lung development, but functions to protect respiratory epithelial cells against oxygen-induced toxicity, such as during hyperoxia and the lung's first exposure to ambient air.
|Complement and alcoholic liver disease: role of C1q in the pathogenesis of ethanol-induced liver injury in mice.|
Cohen JI, Roychowdhury S, McMullen MR, Stavitsky AB, Nagy LE
Gastroenterology 139 664-74, 674.e1. Epub 2010 Apr 21. 2010
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Complement is involved in the development of alcoholic liver disease in mice; however, the mechanisms for complement activation during ethanol exposure have not been identified. C1q, the recognition subunit of the first complement component, binds to apoptotic cells, thereby activating the classical complement pathway. Because ethanol exposure increases hepatocellular apoptosis, we hypothesized that ethanol-induced apoptosis would lead to activation of complement via the classical pathway.
|ADIPONECTIN INDUCED ERK AND AKT PHOSPHORYLATION PROTECTS AGAINST PANCREATIC BETA CELL APOPTOSIS AND INCREASES INSULIN GENE EXPRESSION AND SECRETION.|
Wijesekara N, Krishnamurthy M, Bhattacharjee A, Suhail A, Sweeney G, Wheeler MB
J Biol Chem 2010
The functional impact of adiponectin on pancreatic beta cells is so far poorly understood. Although adiponectin receptors (AdipoR1/2) were identified, their involvement in adiponectin induced signaling and other molecules involved are not clearly defined. Therefore, we investigated the physiological role of adiponectin in beta cells and the signaling mediators involved. MIN6 beta cells and mouse islets were stimulated with globular [2.5 mug/mL] or full-length [5 mug/mL] adiponectin under serum starvation, and cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, insulin gene expression and secretion were measured. Lysates were subjected to western blot analysis to determine phosphorylation of AMPK, Akt or ERK. Functional significance of signaling was confirmed using dominant negative mutants or pharmacological inhibitors. Participation of AdipoRs was assessed by overexpression or siRNA. Adiponectin failed to activate AMPK after 10 min, 1 h and 24 h stimulation. ERK was significantly phosphorylated after 24 h treatment with adiponectin, while Akt was activated at all time points examined. 24 h stimulation with adiponectin significantly increased cell viability by decreasing cellular apoptosis and this was prevented by dominant negative Akt, wortmannin (PI3K inhibitor) and U0126 (MEK inhibitor). Moreover, adiponectin regulated insulin gene expression and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion, which was also prevented by wortmannin and U0126 treatment. Interestingly, adiponectin-induced changes in Akt and ERK phosphorylation and caspase-3 may occur independent of the level of AdipoR expression. This study demonstrates a lack of AMPK involvement and implicates Akt and ERK in adiponectin signaling, leading to protection against apoptosis and stimulation of insulin gene expression and secretion in pancreatic beta cells.
|The balance of autocrine VEGF-A and VEGF-C determines podocyte survival.|
Janina Müller-Deile,Kirstin Worthmann,Moin Saleem,Irini Tossidou,Hermann Haller,Mario Schiffer
American journal of physiology. Renal physiology 297 2009
Podocytes are an important component of the glomerular filtration barrier and are the major source of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the glomerulus. The role of VEGF for the phenotype of the glomerular endothelium has been intensely studied; however, the direct effects of autocrine VEGF on the podocyte are largely unknown. In this study we characterized the expression of VEGF isoforms and VEGF receptors in cultured human podocytes and examined direct effects on cell signaling and apoptosis after stimulation with exogenous VEGF or ablation of autocrine VEGF. We identified VEGF-A and VEGF-C as the dominant isoforms in human podocytes and showed that autocrine levels of both are important for the intracellular activation of antiapoptotic phosphoinositol 3-kinase/AKT and suppression of the proapoptotic p38MAPK via VEGFR-2. We demonstrated that ablation of VEGF-A or VEGF-C as well as treatment with bevacizumab or a VEGFR-2/-3 tyrosine kinase inhibitor led to reduced podocyte survival. In contrast, ablation of VEGF-B had no effect on podocyte survival. Treatment with exogenous VEGF-C reversed the effect of VEGF-A neutralization, and exogenous VEGF-A abrogated the effect of VEGF-C ablation in human podocytes. Our results underline the importance of autocrine VEGF for podocyte survival and indicate the delicate balance of VEGF-A and VEGF-C to influence progression of glomerular diseases.
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