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Fibrosis Research : Methods and Protocols

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Leading investigators review the highlights of current fibrosis research and the experimental methodologies used uncover the mechanisms that drive it. In their discussion of research methodologies utilizing cultured cells to model various aspects of the fibrotic response in vitro, the authors describe the isolation, characterization, and propagation of mesenchymal cells, and highlight the similarities and differences between methods that are appropriate for different types of fibroblasts. Approaches for studying collagen gene regulation and TGF-b production are also discussed, along with experimental methodologies utilizing animal models to study the pathogenesis of fibrosis. The protocols follow the successful Methods in Molecular Medicine(TM) series format, each offering step-by-step laboratory instructions, an introduction outlining the principles behind the technique, lists of the necessary equipment and reagents, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.show more

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  • Hardback | 392 pages
  • 157.5 x 231.1 x 27.9mm | 748.44g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2005 ed.
  • 80 black & white illustrations, biography
  • 158829479X
  • 9781588294791

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"...a must for the shelf of every researcher and physician interested in fibrotic diseases." -Rheumatologyshow more

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Fibrosis, or scar tissue, is increasingly recognized as an important feature of many chronic diseases of the lung, kidney, heart, skin, eye, and bone. With some 45% of deaths in the United States attributed to fibrosing disorders and the lack of any effective treatment, research into the cellular, molecular, and genetic basis of fibrosis has exploded. In Fibrosis Research: Methods and Protocols, leading investigators at the forefront of this emerging field review the highlights of current fibrosis work in a variety of disciplines and the experimental methodologies used to uncover the mechanisms that drive it. In their discussion of research techniques utilizing cultured cells to model various aspects of the fibrotic response in vitro, the authors describe the isolation, characterization, and propagation of mesenchymal cells, and highlight the similarities and differences between methods that are appropriate for different types of fibroblasts. Approaches for studying collagen gene regulation and TGF-b production are also discussed, along with experimental methodologies utilizing animal models to study the pathogenesis of fibrosis. Additional techniques presented cover the evolving genetic methods for identifying "fibrosis genes" or allelic polymorphisms in human populations, microarray studies for describing global patterns of gene expression associated with fibrosis, and proteomic approaches to the same. The protocols follow the successful Methods in Molecular Medicine(TM) series format, each offering step-by-step laboratory instructions, an introduction outlining the principles behind the technique, lists of the necessary equipment and reagents, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Authoritative and state-of-the-art, Fibrosis Research: Methods and Protocols offers investigators all the powerful experimental methodologies, techniques, and strategies needed today to study and ultimately understand the daunting problem of pathological fibrosis.show more

Table of contents

Part I. The Clinical Scope of Fibrosis Pulmonary Fibrosis David A. Zisman, Michael P. Keane, John A. Belperio, Robert M. Strieter, and Joseph P. Lynch, III Renal Fibrosis H. William Schnaper Transforming Growth Factor-b: A Key Mediator of Fibrosis Alain Mauviel Part II. Regulation of Extracellular Matrix Metabolism: Cultured Cells Isolation and Culture of Skin Fibroblasts Laure Rittie and Gary J. Fisher Isolation and Culture of Hepatic Stellate Cells Ralf Weiskirchen and Axel M. Gressner Isolation and Phenotypic Characterization of Lung Fibroblasts Carolyn J. Baglole, Sireesha Y. Reddy, Stephen J. Pollock, Steven E. Feldon, Patricia J. Sime, Terry J. Smith, and Richard P. Phipps Methods for Measuring Type I Collagen Synthesis In Vitro David C. Rishikof, Ping-Ping Kuang, Mangalalaxmy Subramanian, and Ronald H. Goldstein Methods for Assessing the Molecular Mechanisms Controlling Gene Regulation Richard A. Rippe and Branko Stefanovic Methods for Measuring TGF-b Using Antibodies, Cells, and Mice Vladimir Jurukovski, Branka Dabovic, Vesna Todorovic, Yan Chen, and Daniel B. Rifkin Part III. Studying Fibrosis Using Animal Models Morphological Methods for Assessment of Fibrosis Rakesh K. Kumar Methods for Measuring Hydroxyproline and Estimating In Vivo Rates of Collagen Synthesis and Degradation Robin J. McAnulty Approaches to Evaluation of Fibrogenic Pathways in Surgical Lung Biopsy Specimens Cory M. Hogaboam, Kristin J. Carpenter, Holly Evanoff, and Steven L. Kunkel Animal Models for Adult Dermal Wound Healing Mary Birch, Annette Tomlinson, and Mark W. J. Ferguson Modeling Liver Fibrosis in Rodents Christothea Constandinou, Neil Henderson, and John P. Iredale Animal Models of Pulmonary Fibrosis MehrnazGharaee-Kermani, Matthew Ullenbruch, and Sem H. Phan Animal Models of Renal Fibrosis Michael Zeisberg, Mary A. Soubasakos, and Raghu Kalluri Animal Models of Cardiac Fibrosis Yao Sun and Karl T. Weber Part IV. Genetic Approaches to Studying Fibrosis Finding Fibrosis Genes: The Lung Lauranell H. Burch and David A. Schwartz Genetic Studies to Identify Hepatic Fibrosis Genes and SNPs in Human Populations Christopher Paul Day Analysis of Microarray Experiments for Pulmonary Fibrosis Nilesh B. Dave and Naftali Kaminski DNA Microarrays and Data Mining to Study Hepatic Fibrosis Bernd Schnabl, Youkyung Hwang Choi, Curt H. Hagedorn, and Ramon Bataller Analysis of Proteins Dominantly Expressed in Hepatic Stellate Cells of Activated Phenotype: The Molecular Approach for Liver Fibrosis Norifumi Kawada Indexshow more