Purpose: To demonstrate the signaling transduction of TGFbRII→Smads⊣SPDEF→Muc5/ac axis for conjunctival goblet cell differentiation.. Methods: We employed conditional deletion of transforming growth factor β receptor II (TGFβRII) in keratin 14-positive stratified epithelia. Phenotypic and biochemical analyses of the resultant ocular surface were compared to the wild-type littermates at various stages.. Results: We found that, in the absence of an external phenotype, the ocular surface epithelium develops properly, but young mice displayed conjunctival goblet cell expansion, demonstrating that TGFβ signaling is required for normal restriction of goblet cells within the conjunctiva. We observed increased expression of SAM-pointed domain containing ETS transcription factor (SPDEF) in stratified conjunctival epithelial cells in TGFβRII cKO mice, suggesting that TGFβ restricted goblet cell differentiation directly by repressing Spdef transcription. Gain-of-function of Spdef in keratin ...
For immunofluorescence microscopy, the eyes were enucleated with the lids intact and fixed in 4% formaldehyde in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS; 145 mM NaCl, 7.3 mM Na2HPO4, and 2.7 mM NaH2PO4 [pH 7.2]), for 4 hours at 4°C. The eyes were then rinsed in 5% sucrose dissolved in PBS, placed overnight in 30% sucrose dissolved in PBS at 4°C, embedded in OCT, and frozen. Cryostat sections (6 μm) were placed on slides (Colorfrost/Plus; Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, PA) and kept at −20°C until use. Cultured goblet cells (CGCs) grown on glass coverslips were fixed in absolute methanol. Tissue sections and CGCs were then washed in PBS and blocked in PBS containing 1% bovine serum albumin, 4% goat serum, and 0.2% to 0.3% Triton X-100. The NT antibodies (NGF, BDNF, NT3, and NT4) were used at a dilution of 1:800. The NTr antibodies (TrkA, TrkB, TrkC, and p75) were used at a dilution of 1:200. All antibodies were diluted in PBS containing 0.3% Triton X-100 and incubated for 48 hours at 4°C. The ...
Mammalian anterior gradient 2 (AGR2), an endoplasmic reticulum protein disulfide isomerase, is involved in cancer cell growth and metastasis, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. Mice lacking Agr2 exhibit decreased Muc2 protein in intestinal goblet cells, abnormal Paneth cell development, ileitis, and colitis. Despite its importance in cancer biology and inflammatory diseases, the mechanisms regulating agr2 expression in the gastrointestinal tract remain unclear. Here, we investigated the mechanisms that control agr2 expression in the pharynx and intestine of zebrafish by transient/stable transgenesis, coupled with motif mutation, morpholino knockdown, mRNA rescue, and chromatin immunoprecipitation. A 350 bp DNA sequence with a hypoxia-inducible response element (HRE) and fork head response element (FHRE) within a region -4.5 to -4.2 kbp upstream of agr2 directed EGFP expression specifically in the pharynx and intestine. No EGFP expression was detected in the intestinal goblet cells of ...
The conjunctiva is a mucous membrane that covers the sclera and lines the inside of the eyelids. Throughout the conjunctiva are goblet cells that secrete mucins to protect the eye. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as allergic conjunctivitis and early dry eye lead to increased goblet cell mucin secretion into tears and ocular surface disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the actions of the inflammatory mediators, the leukotrienes and the proresolution resolvins, on secretion from cultured rat and human conjunctival goblet cells. We found that both cysteinyl leukotriene (CysLT) receptors, CysLT(1) and CysLT(2,) were present in rat conjunctiva and in rat and human cultured conjunctival goblet cells. All leukotrienes LTB(4), LTC(4), LTD(4), and LTE(4), as well as PGD(2), stimulated goblet cell secretion in rat goblet cells. LTD(4) and LTE(4) increased the intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)), and LTD(4) activated ERK1/2. The CysLT(1) receptor antagonist MK571 ...
Resolution of inflammation is an active process mediated by pro-resolution lipid mediators. As resolvin (Rv) D1 is produced in the cornea, pro-resolution mediators could be effective in regulating inflammatory responses to histamine in allergic conjunctivitis. Two key mediators of resolution are the …
BACKGROUND: Goblet cell hyperplasia is a classic but variable pathologic finding in COPD. Current literature shows that smoking is a risk factor for chronic bronchitis but the relationship of these clinical features to the presence and magnitude of large airway goblet cell hyperplasia has not been well described. We hypothesized that current smokers and chronic bronchitics would have more goblet cells than nonsmokers or those without chronic bronchitis (CB), independent of airflow obstruction. METHODS: We recruited 15 subjects with moderate to severe COPD, 12 healthy smokers, and 11 healthy nonsmokers. Six endobronchial mucosal biopsies per subject were obtained by bronchoscopy and stained with periodic acid Schiff-Alcian Blue. Goblet cell density (GCD) was quantified as goblet cell number per millimeter of basement membrane. Mucin volume density (MVD) was quantified as volume of mucin per unit area of basement membrane. RESULTS: Healthy smokers had a greater GCD and MVD than nonsmokers and COPD
Goblet cell in the lining of the nasal epithelium, coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM). The goblet cell (yellow) is full of mucus granules (purple) and is surrounded by microvilli (orange) coated columnar epithelial cells (brown). The squamous nasal epithelium is made up of both ciliated (not seen here) and microvilli coated columnar epithelial cells. Goblet cells are interspersed through this nasal epithelial layer. The goblet cells secrete mucus onto the surface of the nasal cavity (where the surface of the ciliated and microvilli coated columnar epithelial cells are exposed in the nasal cavity). Cilia and microvilli become coated with sticky mucus that helps trap foreign objects such as dust, bacteria and pathogens, preventing them from entering the lungs. Coordinated, wave-like beating of the cilia propels the mucus to the back of the nasopharynx where it is swallowed, thus removing foreign objects. Magnification: x2,030 when shortest - Stock Image C031/9948
The exposure of materials to the respiratory tract can result in a variety of tissue effects including irritation, inflammation and downstream effects such as goblet cell hyperplasia (GCH). GCH is the elevated expression of Goblet cells in the airway and is involved in various diseases that can lead to debilitation conditions. IIVS uses human reconstructed airway tissues (RHuA) from both MatTek and Epithelix to assess exposures that may lead to GCH as an indicator of risk to human health.. A variety of materials can induce changes to the respiratory epithelium. Some of these exposures result in low level toxicities or adverse events that may not manifest as overt cytotoxicity, but may perturb cell systems to generate signaling pathways resulting in the expression of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines. RHuA that are exposed to certain cytokines for prolonged periods of time will overexpress goblet cells. This effect requires several weeks and IIVS use of high quality, long-term cultures of ...
Innate immune signaling pathways contribute to the protection of host tissue when bacterially challenged. Colonic goblet cells are responsible for generating the two mucus layers that physically separate the luminalmicrobiota from the host epithelium. Analysis of colonic tissues from multiple mouse strains allowed us to identify a "sentinel" goblet cell (senGC) localized to the colonic crypt entrance. This cell nonspecifically endocytoses and reacts to the TLR2/1, TLR4, and TLR5 ligands by activating the Nlrp6 inflammasome downstream of TLR-and MyD88-dependent Nox/Duox reactive oxygen species synthesis. This triggers calcium ion-dependent compound exocytosis ofMuc2 mucin fromthe senGC and generates an intercellular gap junction signal; in turn, this signal induces Muc2 secretion from adjacent goblet cells in the upper crypt, which expels bacteria. Thus, senGCs guard and protect the colonic crypt from bacterial intruders that have penetrated the inner mucus layer. ...
Lung diseases that involve dysfunctional development and regeneration of the pseudostratified proximal airway epithelium are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. A hallmark of the response of the proximal airways to both injury and disease is an increase in the goblet cell lineage with a concomitant increase in mucin production and altered morphology of the pseudostratified epithelium. We show that Foxp1/4 play a central role in restricting secretory cell fate in the proximal airways of the lung by regulation of a novel pathway involving direct repression of the protein disulfide isomerase Agr2. Ectopic expression of Agr2 alone can promote the goblet cell fate in the secretory epithelium of the lung. This result, along with previous findings that Agr2 is essential for intestinal goblet cell development (Zhao et al., 2010), suggests that Agr2 is a central player in defining goblet cell fate and function in the epithelium of multiple tissues including the lung and intestine. Given that ...
Fkh6 was deleted from the genome of embryonic stem cells by targeting the gene with a neomycin resistance gene, the standard technique for producing knockout mice through homologous recombination. Homozygous null mice (Fkh6−/−) did not express Fkh6 mRNA. Importantly, they also displayed changes in gastrointestinal epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation. Normally in fetal mice, the small intestine develops from a stratified into a columnar epithelium. This transition is associated with the invagination and condensation of mesenchyme. Rudimentary villi then grow, the timing of which was delayed in the Fkh6−/− mice. When villi did appear, they were less well developed and were shorter, wider and fewer in number. Although all four epithelial cell types (enterocytes, goblet cells, enteroendocrine cells, and Paneth cells) were present in the null mice, goblet cell numbers were increased in the proximal intestine. Normally there are fewer goblet cells in the proximal than in the ...
Next, we demonstrated, on the basis of morphological analysis of paraffin-embedded swiss rolls prepared from the intestinal tracts of DBZ-treated mice, that this Muc2 overexpression is associated with a massive and homogeneous goblet cell conversion, all along the small intestine and colonic crypts. Interestingly, at a high concentration of DBZ, this goblet cell conversion has been reported to be partial and heterogeneous in the intestinal adenomas of ApcMin mice (van Es et al., 2005), suggesting that some neoplastic cells could be resistant to GSI. Altogether, these findings suggest that the early steps of intestinal neoplasia are characterized by the resistance of some intestinal epithelial cells to the effect of GSI on goblet cell conversion, even at high concentrations. Finally, we also showed that DBZ elicits a homogeneous increase in lysozyme-positive Paneth cells in their normal location, the small intestine, a finding in line with reports using Math1-deficient mice, showing that Math1 ...
in BMC Cell Biology (2006), 7. Background: The absorptive and goblet cells are the main cellular types encountered in the intestine epithelium. The cell lineage Caco-2 is a model commonly used to reproduce the features of the bowel ... [more ▼]. Background: The absorptive and goblet cells are the main cellular types encountered in the intestine epithelium. The cell lineage Caco-2 is a model commonly used to reproduce the features of the bowel epithelium. However, there is a strong debate regarding the value of Caco-2 cell culture to mimick in vivo situation. Indeed, some authors report in Caco-2 a low paracellular permeability and an ease of access of highly diffusible small molecules to the microvilli, due to an almost complete lack of mucus. The HT29-5M21 intestinal cell lineage is a mucin-secreting cellular population. A co-culture system carried out in a serum-free medium and comprising both Caco-2 and HT29-5M21 cells was developed. The systematic use of a co-culture system requires the ...
Cystic fibrosis (CF) results from mutations in CFTR, which encodes an anion channel that mediates transepithelial secretion of chloride and bicarbonate. A hallmark of CF is mucoviscidosis, the secretion of tenacious, viscous mucus that plugs ducts and glands of epithelia-lined organs, including the lungs and intestines. Goblet cells secrete mucins; however, it is not clear if these cells have altered exocytosis in the CF intestine. Jinghua Liu and colleagues at the University of Missouri evaluated goblet cells within intestinal organoid cultures from a murine CF model. Compared to those from WT mice, CF goblet cells exhibited altered exocytosis, including granule swelling and incomplete mucus discharge. Additionally, CF goblet cells exhibited distorted morphology and ectopic granule localization. Increasing the luminal bicarbonate concentration largely restored abnormal exocytosis defects, suggesting goblet cell alterations directly result from loss of CFTR function. Mucin granules within CF ...
Differentiated primary cultures of airway epithelia. Cells were obtained from the University of Iowa Cells and Tissue Core. Epithelial cells were isolated from the trachea and bronchi by enzymatic digestion, seeded onto collagen-coated, semipermeable membranes (0.6 cm2 Millicell-PCF; MilliporeSigma), and grown at the air-liquid interface as previously described (142). Culture medium, a 1:1 mixture of DMEM/F12, was supplemented with 2% Ultroser G (PALL Corp.). Differentiated epithelial cells were used at least 14 days after seeding. All experiments were performed on passage-0 primary cells obtained from fresh tissue. Media were changed every 2 days. At every media change, 20 μl basolateral media were uniformly added to the apical surface to allow basolateral and apical exposure to treatment conditions. Treatment conditions included IL-13 (20 ng/ml), IL-17 (20 ng/ml), geldanamycin (25 μM), and HDAC6 inhibitor ISOX (10 μM). Treatment durations are indicated in the results section corresponding ...
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Omentin-1, also known as intelectin-1, is a recently identified novel adipocytokine of 313 amino acids, which is expressed in visceral (omental and epicardial) fat as well as mesothelial cells, vascular cells, airway goblet cells, small intestine, colon, ovary, and plasma. The level of omentin-1 expression in (pre)adipocytes is decreased by glucose/insulin and stimulated by fibroblast growth factor-21 and dexamethasone. Several lines of experimental evidence have shown that omentin-1 plays crucial roles in the maintenance of body metabolism and insulin sensitivity, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic, and cardiovascular protective effects via AMP-activated protein kinase/Akt/nuclear factor-κB/mitogen-activated protein kinase (ERK, JNK, and p38) signaling ...
They noticed that the airway lining kept an excess of goblet cells (mucus-producing cells) because of a cup-like shape. The number of goblet cells increased as a result of two cellular mechanisms. One mechanism let the cells live longer because of the cilia, small hairs that help remove remains out of the lungs. The other mechanism provoked those cells to change into goblet cells ...
17. van Klinken BJ, Dekker J, van Gool SA, van Marle J, Buller HA, Einerhand AW. MUC5B is the prominent mucin in human gallbladder and is also expressed in a subset of colonic goblet cells. Am J Physiol 1998; 274(5, Pt 1): G871-878. [ Links ...
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The structural features of airways in patients with COPD are airway wall inflammation, fibrosis, muscle hypertrophy, and goblet cell metaplasia. These structural cellular changes contribute to mucus...
Background: Ovarian cancer G protein-coupled receptor 1 (OGR1) stimulation by extracellular protons causes the activation of G proteins and subsequent cellular functions. However, the physiological and pathophysiological roles of OGR1 in airway responses remain largely unknown.. Objective: We examined whether OGR1 is involved in the asthmatic inflammatory responses.. Methods: Mice deficient in OGR1 were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) to measure airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness. To examine the involvement of dendritic cells (DCs) in the airway responses, OVA-pulsed bone marrow-derived DCs were intratracheally transferred. Functional OGR1 expression and its activities in relation to migration in DCs were examined in vitro.. Results: OGR1-deficient mice are resistant to the cardinal features of asthma, including airway eosinophilia, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and goblet cell metaplasia, in association with a remarkable inhibition of TH2 cytokine production, in an ...
A cell that is found in a zone occupying the bottom region of the crypt; provide the source of most of the cell types of the intestinal epithelium; proliferate by mitotic division; differentiates into columnar or goblet cells." [GOC:tfm, ISBN:0517223651 ...
Colon, light micrograph. Goblet cells, which secrete mucous to lubricate the epithelium, are red. Magnification: x150 when printed at 10 centimetres wide. - Stock Image F006/9806
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Goblet cells reside throughout the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and are responsible for the production and preservation of a protective mucus blanket by synthesizing and secreting high molecular weight glycoproteins known as mucins. The concept of the mucus layer functioning as a dynamic protective barrier is suggested by studies showing changes in mucins in inflammatory conditions of the GI tract, by the altered goblet cell response in germ-free animals, and by the enhanced mucus secretion seen in response to infections. The mucin-containing mucus layer coating the GI epithelium is the front line of innate host defense. Mucins are likely to be the first molecules that invading pathogens interact with at the cell surface and thus, can limit binding to other glycoproteins and neutralize the pathogen. This review will focus on what is known about goblet cell response in various GI infections and the regulatory networks that mediate goblet cell function and mucin production in response to intestinal insults
It has been found by immunohistochemical staining that antigens normally found in gastric and/or intestinal epithelial cells are expressed in most differentiated duct cell carcinomas of the pancreas. Among 88 such tumors, 93% and 92%, respectively, expressed M1 and cathepsin E, markers of gastric surface-foveolar epithelial cells, 51% expressed pepsinogen II, a marker of gastroduodenal mucopeptic cells, 48% expressed CAR-5, a marker of colorectal epithelial cells, and 35% expressed M3SI, a marker of small intestinal goblet cells. Most of the tumors also expressed normal pancreatic duct antigens; 97% expressed DU-PAN-2, and 59% expressed N-terminus gastrin-releasing peptide. In agreement with these findings, electron microscopy revealed malignant cells with fine structural features of gastric foveolar cells, gastric mucopeptic cells, intestinal goblet cells, intestinal columnar cells, pancreatic duct epithelial cells, and cells with features of more than one cell type. Normal pancreatic duct epithelium
Epithelial hyperplasia and metaplasia are common features of inflammatory and neoplastic disease, but the basis for the altered epithelial phenotype is often uncertain. Here we show that long-term ciliated cell hyperplasia coincides with mucous (goblet) cell metaplasia after respiratory viral clearance in mouse airways. This chronic switch in epithelial behavior exhibits genetic susceptibility and depends on persistent activation of EGFR signaling to PI3K that prevents apoptosis of ciliated cells and on IL-13 signaling that promotes transdifferentiation of ciliated to goblet cells. Thus, EGFR blockade (using an irreversible EGFR kinase inhibitor designated EKB-569) prevents virus-induced increases in ciliated and goblet cells whereas IL-13 blockade (using s-IL-13Rα2-Fc) exacerbates ciliated cell hyperplasia but still inhibits goblet cell metaplasia. The distinct effects of EGFR and IL-13 inhibitors after viral reprogramming suggest that these combined therapeutic strategies may also correct ...
A Cytological Study of the Secretory Activity of the Goblet Cells of the Intestine of the Golden Hamster, Cricetus Auratus, With Special Referenceto the Golgi Apparatus and ...
ZNP induced changes in the number of goblet cells in the jejunum of noninfected mice and mice infected with Eimeria papillata on day 5 postinnoculation.Notes: D
Damage to and shedding of the airway epithelium is observed in bronchial biopsies in asthma. The shedded epithelial cell clusters have been described in sputum as creola bodies. It is however still under debate whether this is an artifact of the sampling procedure. Thus, the loss of surface epithelium in mild asthma is variable and in some studies it has not been significant different from controls (7). In other studies (8) a correlation between bronchial hyperresponsiveness and the degree of epithelial shedding have been observed. In COPD, squamous cell metaplasia and goblet cell hyperplasia and loss of ciliated epithelial cells are reported in the large airways (2).. Increased numbers of goblet cells is observed in chronic bronchitis (9). In fatal asthma as well as in chronic bronchitis, the number of mucus glands is increased. There are data supporting that this may not be the case in COPD with a marked emphysematous phenotype (10). In severe asthma, the airways can be obstructed by mucus. ...
Marlene L. Durand, M.D.. The Infectious Disease Institute is a Harvard-wide initiative that operates in conjunction with the NIH-sponsored Harvard-wide Program on Antibiotic Resistance/Boston Area Antibiotic Resistance Network. This alliance promotes interdisciplinary collaboration between Harvard affiliate hospitals and industry partners to screen and validate new compounds and for microbial infections-many of which can affect the eye. Members of the Infectious Disease Institute also explore the cellular mechanisms of infection (including host-pathogen interactions) and the genetics of microbial pathogens (such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi) to identify novel therapeutic targets. Image: Staphylococcus aureus leads to caspase-1 activation in primary conjunctival goblet cells. From: McGilligan VE et al. PLoS One. 2013 Sep 10;8(9):e74010. ...
In the gastric mucosa of a patient with Helicobacter pylori infection and a precancerous lesion called "incomplete intestinal metaplasia" (Genta stain), the gastric cells lining a gland have been replaced by absorptive intestinal cells with visible brush border and goblet cells, which are normally present in the intestine, but not in the stomach. Goblet cells contain acidic mucins stained blue by Alcian blue. This type of precancerous transformation is caused by long-term infection with H. pylori, visible in the lumen of the gland as curved bacterial rods stained black by silver stain. A few bacteria invade the goblet cells and can be found within blood capillaries, where they bind to red blood cells (see Aspholm et al. 2006).. ...
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Members of the trefoil family are characterized by having at least one copy of the trefoil motif, a 40-amino acid domain that contains three conserved disulfides. They are stable secretory proteins expressed in gastrointestinal mucosa. Their functions are not defined, but they may protect the mucosa from insults, stabilize the mucus layer and affect healing of the epithelium. This gene is expressed in goblet cells of the intestines and colon. This gene and two other related trefoil family member genes are found in a cluster on chromosome 21. [provided by RefSeq, Jul 2008 ...
Skin: When the skin is damaged, pathogens may be able to enter the body at the damaged area, to prevent this, blood clots at this area, forming a scab, to prevent any (more) pathogens getting in.. Respiratory System: Pathogens are sometimes breathed in from the air around us. When this happens, the pathogens are caught in the mucus secreted from the goblet cells on the epithelium of our lungs. This mucus is then beated and wafted up out from the lungs by tiny little…. ...
The intestinal epithelium is rich in γδ T cells and the gut is a site of residence for a wide variety of pathogens, including nematodes. Although CD4+ T-cell receptor (TCR) -αβ+ T helper type 2 T cells are essential for the expulsion of intestinal nematodes, little information is available on the function of γδ T cells in this type of infection. Here, we demonstrate two major functions of γδ T cells as a potently protective T-cell population against Nippostrongylus brasiliensis infection using γδ T-cell-deficient (TCR-δ(-/-) ) mice. First, γδ T cells are required to initiate rapid expulsion of adult worms from the intestine and to limit egg production. Second, γδ T cells prevent the pathological intestinal damage associated with nematode infection, evident by increased clinical disease and more severe microscopic lesions in infected TCR-δ(-/-) mice. γδ T-cell deficiency led to delayed goblet cell hyperplasia in association with reduced expression of phosphorylated STAT6, MUC2, Trefoil
Bronchi are tube like structures that allow air to be transported from the surrounding atmosphere to the lung. The respiratory system (airways) consists of the trachea (essentially a large bronchi) that branch off into smaller and smaller bronchi before reaching the most distal lung alveoli, where oxygen can be transferred to the blood. The respiratory bronchus is lined by respiratory epithelium comprising an admixture of pseudostratified ciliated columnar epithelium, goblet cells (mucin producing cells also termed mucous cells) and basal cells that function as progenitor cells for both the ciliated columnar cells and goblet cells. Ciliated cells are about five times more numerous than goblet cells in the central airways and the ratio of ciliated cells increases in the smaller and peripheral bronchi (bronchioles) as the goblet cells diminish. The basal cells are more abundant in the proximal airways, where they form more or less, a continuous layer and gradually diminish in number in peripheral ...
May be involved in mediating calcium-activated chloride conductance (PubMed:8537359). May play critical roles in goblet cell metaplasia, mucus hypersecretion, cystic fibrosis and AHR. May be involved in the regulation of mucus production and/or secretion by goblet cells. Involved in the regulation of tissue inflammation in the innate immune response. May play a role as a tumor suppressor. Induces MUC5AC.
The airway epithelium made up of ciliated cells and goblet cells forming a tight barrier to the outside world. Inset: In a healthy airway epithelium, goblet cells secrete mucin proteins that are incorporated into a thick gel that coats the luminal side of airways and is propelled out of the lung by the beating of cell-surface cilia. In asthma and other airway disease, this mucociliary defense mechanism does not function as effectively and mucus can become trapped and form mucus plugs. Four general mechanisms of mucus dysfunction have been described, including the following: (a) mucus dehydration leading to collapse of the periciliary brush mucus layer, (b) excess production of mucins such as Muc5AC, (c) abnormal tethering of mucus strands to the goblet cell surface, and (d) mucus crosslinking during inflammation. In the presence of eosinophilic airway inflammation, eosinophil peroxidase (EPX), together with other oxidant molecules, can crosslink mucus strands, leading to a more viscous gel that ...
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Columnar epithelial cells are elongated and column-shaped and have a height of at least four times their width. Their nuclei are elongated and are usually located near the base of the cells. Columnar epithelium forms the lining of the stomach and intestines. The cells here may possess microvilli for maximising the surface area for absorption and these microvilli may form a brush border. Other cells may be ciliated to move mucus in the function of mucociliary clearance. Other ciliated cells are found in the fallopian tubes, the uterus and central canal of the spinal cord. Some columnar cells are specialized for sensory reception such as in the nose, ears and the taste buds. Hair cells in the inner ears have stereocilia which are similar to microvilli. Goblet cells are modified columnar cells and are found between the columnar epithelial cells of the duodenum. They secrete mucus, which acts as a lubricant. Single-layered non-ciliated columnar epithelium tends to indicate an absorptive function. ...
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Hypoxia is an important regulator of normal and cancer stem cell (CSC) differentiation. Colorectal CSCs from SW1222, LS180, and CCK81 colorectal cancer-derived cell lines are able to differentiate into complex 3D lumen-containing structures in normoxia, whereas in hypoxia, they form undifferentiated dense colonies that have reduced expression of the enterocyte differentiation marker CDX1, lack goblet cell formation, and have increased expression of BMI1 and activated Notch1. Hypoxia increases the clonogenicity of CSCs, which is cumulative as each round of hypoxia enriches for more CSCs. The hypoxic phenotype is reversible, because cells from hypoxic-dense colonies are able to reform differentiated structures when regrown in normoxia. We show that CDX1 is able to stimulate the generation of lumens even in hypoxia and has a negative feedback on BMI1 expression. Knockdown of CDX1 reduces lumen formation but does not affect goblet cell formation, suggesting that enterocytes and goblet cells form from
Dietary factors, including bile acids, are important in the causation of colorectal cancer (CRC). We have previously shown that in vitro exposure of colorectal mucosal biopsies to low concentrations of bile acids produces apoptosis selectively in goblet cells. Apopotosis is an important mechanism for clearing DNA-damaged cells. Inhibition of apoptosis would result in increasing accumulation of DNA-damaged cells, resulting in increased cancer risk. We compared the percentage of apoptosis induced by bile acids in mucosal biopsies from CRC patients with that of noncancer subjects.. Mucosal biopsies from 15 to 20 cm from the anal verge were incubated in 1 mm sodium deoxycholate, and the percentage of goblet cells undergoing apoptosis was quantitated. Seven patients with a history of CRC within the previous 5 years were compared with 18 noncancer subjects [4 neoplasia free and 14 with small (≤9 mm) polyps only].. The CRC patients had a significantly lower percentage of apoptosis than noncancer ...
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