Extracellular Matrix Research, Respiratory System, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
12. Feb 2019

Serological Assessment of Activated Fibroblasts by alpha-Smooth Muscle Actin (α-SMA): A Noninvasive Biomarker of Activated Fibroblasts in Lung Disorders

OBJECTIVES:
Remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM) is a key event in different lung disorders, such as fibrosis and cancer. The most common cell type in the connective tissue is fibroblasts, which transdifferentiate into myofibroblasts upon activation. All myofibroblasts express α-SMA, which …

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Respiratory System, Oncology, Lung, Extracellular Matrix Research
2. Jan 2019

The mTORC1/4E-BP1 axis represents a critical signaling node during fibrogenesis.

Myofibroblasts are the key effector cells responsible for excessive extracellular matrix deposition in multiple fibrotic conditions, including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The PI3K/Akt/mTOR axis has been implicated in fibrosis, with pan-PI3K/mTOR inhibition currently under clinical evaluatio…

Respiratory System, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Oncology, Lung
30. Nov 2018

A serological marker of the N-terminal neoepitope generated during LOXL2 maturation is elevated in patients with cancer or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

OBJECTIVES:
Lysyl oxidase like 2 (LOXL2) is associated with poor prognosis in idiopathic pulmonary disease (IPF) and cancer. We developed an Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) targeting the LOXL2 neo-epitope generated through the release of the signal peptide during LOXL2 maturation.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Lung, Extracellular Matrix Research
7. Mar 2018

Tumstatin, a Matrikine Derived from Collagen Type IVα3, is Elevated in Serum from Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

OBJECTIVES
Fibrosis and cancer are characterized by extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling. The basement membrane is mainly composed by collagen type IV and laminin. Tumstatin is a matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) generated matrikine of collagen type IV α3 chain. We evaluated the potential of tums…

Respiratory System, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
9. Jul 2015

Levels of circulating MMP-7 degraded elastin are elevated in pulmonary disorders

OBJECTIVES:
Elastin is a signature protein of the lungs. Matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) is important in lung defence mechanisms and degrades elastin. However, MMP-7 activity in regard to elastin degradation has never been quantified serologically in patients with lung diseases. An assay for the…

Respiratory System, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
20. Jul 2012

Measurement of MMP-9 and -12 degraded elastin (ELM) provides unique information on lung tissue degradation

BACKGROUND:
Elastin is an essential component of selected connective tissues that provides a unique physiological elasticity. Elastin may be considered a signature protein of lungs where matrix metalloprotease (MMP) -9-and -12, may be considered the signature proteases of the macrophages, which in …

Respiratory System, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
11. Jul 2012

Serological investigation of the collagen degradation profile of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

In both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), abnormally high collagen remodeling occurs within the lung tissue. Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-degraded type I, III, IV, V and VI collagen and a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin moti…