Connective Tissue Growth Factor

Publication Title: 
Disease Models & Mechanisms

Cardiac fibrosis is critically involved in the adverse remodeling accompanying dilated cardiomyopathies (DCMs), which leads to cardiac dysfunction and heart failure (HF). Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a profibrotic cytokine, plays a key role in this deleterious process. Some beneficial effects of IGF1 on cardiomyopathy have been described, but its potential role in improving DCM is less well characterized.

Author(s): 
Touvron, Melissa
Escoubet, Brigitte
Mericskay, Mathias
Angelini, Aude
Lamotte, Luciane
Santini, Maria Paola
Rosenthal, Nadia
Daegelen, Dominique
Tuil, David
Decaux, Jean-FranÁois
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Biological Chemistry

Osteoblast lineage-specific differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells is a well regulated but poorly understood process. Both bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and Wnt signaling are implicated in regulating osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. Here we analyzed the expression profiles of mesenchymal stem cells stimulated with Wnt3A and osteogenic BMPs, and we identified connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) as a potential target of Wnt and BMP signaling.

Author(s): 
Luo, Qing
Kang, Quan
Si, Weike
Jiang, Wei
Park, Jong Kyung
Peng, Ying
Li, Xinmin
Luu, Hue H.
Luo, Jeffrey
Montag, Anthony G.
Haydon, Rex C.
He, Tong-Chuan
Publication Title: 
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao = Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of Wenyang Chubi Decoction (WYCBD), a compound traditional Chinese herbal medicine, on connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and collagen-I (COL-I) in a mouse model of scleroderma. METHODS: Scleroderma was induced in BALB/c mice by daily local injection of bleomycin for three weeks and the mice were randomly divided into untreated, WYCBD-treated and normal saline (NS) treated groups, with another group of BALB/c mice as normal control. WYCBD and NS were given orally for one month respectively. Histopathology in the skin and lungs of the mice were examined.

Author(s): 
Yan, Xiao-ning
Feng, Jie
Li, Wen-bin
Cui, Rong
Shi, Bin-jun
Publication Title: 
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao = Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine

OBJECTIVE: To investigate the changes of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) protein and CTGF mRNA in kidney tissue of rats with adriamycin (ADR)-induced nephropathy and to study the effects of compound Biejia Ruangan tablet (CBJRGT), a traditional Chinese herbal medicine for treatment of liver fibrosis. METHODS: A rat model of ADR-induced nephropathy after one-sided nephrectomy was established. Forty-five Wistar rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: normal control group, sham-operated group, untreated group, lotensin-treated group and CBJRGT-treated group.

Author(s): 
Zhao, Zong-jiang
Qiu, Qi
Zhang, Xin-xue
Yang, Mei-juan
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