Pancreatic regeneration in chronic pancreatitis requires activation of the notch signaling pathway.
ABSTRACT Chronic pancreatitis as an inflammatory process characterized by morphological changes, pancreatic dysfunction, and pain. During pancreatic injury and repair the Notch signaling pathway is reinstated. The current study analyzed this pathway in chronic pancreatitis and characterized its influence on fibrogenesis. Real-time quantitative PCR and immunohistochemistry were used for expression studies. Notch activation was determined by a specific luciferase-HES-1-reporter gene constructs. Cells were stimulated with alcohol, glucose, bile acids, and steroids. Notch-2, -3, and -4 mRNA, were overexpressed in chronic pancreatitis specimens. The ligands Jagged-1, -2, and Delta-1 were highly overexpressed. Jagged-1 and Notch receptors were observed in nerves, regenerating exocrine cells, and endocrine cells. Delta staining was present in ductal but not in acinus cells and not in nerves. Activation of Notch signaling was detectable upon cell stimulation with glucose, steroids, and bile acids. High glucose levels were further associated with increased collagen-I production. The Notch pathway is reactivated during chronic pancreatitis. Among the stimuli activating the Notch pathway are steroids, high glucose levels, and bile acids. These findings suggest a possible role of the Notch pathway during pancreatic regeneration since Jagged-1 inhibits inducible collagen-1 production, suggesting a new mechanism of tissue repair in this disease.
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ABSTRACT: The hormone relaxin (RLX) is produced by the heart and has beneficial actions on the cardiovascular system. We previously demonstrated that RLX stimulates mouse neonatal cardiomyocyte growth, suggesting its involvement in endogenous mechanisms of myocardial histogenesis and regeneration. In the present study, we extended the experimentation by evaluating the effects of RLX on primary cultures of neonatal cardiac stromal cells. RLX inhibited TGF-β1-induced fibroblast-myofibroblast transition, as judged by its ability to down-regulate α-smooth muscle actin and type I collagen expression. We also found that the hormone up-regulated metalloprotease (MMP)-2 and MMP-9 expression and downregulated the tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-2 in TGF-β1-stimulated cells. Interestingly, the effects of RLX on cardiac fibroblasts involved the activation of Notch-1 pathway. Indeed, Notch-1 expression was significantly decreased in TGF-β1-stimulatedfibroblasts as compared to the unstimulated controls; this reduction was prevented by the addition of RLX to TGF-β1-stimulated cells. Moreover, pharmacological inhibition of endogenous Notch-1 signaling by N-3,5-difluorophenyl acetyl-L-alanyl-2-phenylglycine-1,1-dimethylethyl ester (DAPT), a γ-secretase specific inhibitor, as well as the silencing of Notch-1 ligand, Jagged-1, potentiated TGF-β1-induced myofibroblast differentiation and abrogated the inhibitory effects of RLX. Interestingly, RLX and Notch-1 exerted their inhibitory effects by interfering with TGF-β1 signaling, since the addition of RLX to TGF-β1-stimulated cells caused a significant decrease in Smad3 phosphorylation, a typical downstream event of TGF-β1 receptor activation, while the treatment with a prevented this effect. These data suggest that Notch signaling can down-regulate TGF-β1/Smad3-induced fibroblast-myofibroblast transition and that RLX could exert its well known anti-fibrotic action through the up-regulation of this pathway. In conclusion, the results of the present study beside supporting the role of RLX in the field of cardiac fibrosis, provide novel experimental evidence on the molecular mechanisms underlying its effects.PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(5):e63896. · 3.53 Impact Factor