Flashcards in lecture 7 Deck (36)
What is the molecular environment of a wound?
(healing vs chronic ulcers)
- mitogenic activity (high vs low)
- inflammatory cytokines (low vs high)
- proteases (low vs high
- mitotically competent cells vs senescent cells
What is one the most important things that needs to happen in order to heal?
Clearing of the inflammatory response
What the potential outcomes of an injury?
Stimulus removed (acute injury)
1. Parenchymal cell death (intact tissue framework), superficial wounds, some inflammatory processes:
Regeneration: restitution of normal structure
E.g. liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy
superficial skin wounds
resorption of exudate in lobar pneumonia
2. parenchymal cell death (damaged tissue framework), deep wounds
Repair: scar formation
e.g. deep excisional wounds
Persistent tissue damage
Fibrosis: tissue scar
e.g. chronic inflammatory diseases (cirrhosis, chronic pancreatitis, pulmonary fibrosis)
What is an aspect of normal homeostasis that relates to wound healing?
In normal tissues there is an equilibrium of proliferation vs apoptosis
- low level of proliferation in many tissues but not all
- brain: nerve cells are essentially life long (almost no proliferation)
What are examples of renewing tissues?
- GI tract epithelium
- Haematopoietic system
- constant homeostatic replacement
What are examples of stable tissues that undergo compensatory growth?
Liver and kidney
What occurs during cell/tissue homeostasis?
- baseline cell population that replaces itself (proliferation vs apoptosis)
- certain level of plasticity - may have a function of their own but can divide/differentiate into cells of more specified functions
- differentiated cells no longer able to divide
- stem cells: small number of cells that are able to replace baseline population
How do cells know when to proliferate or undergo apoptosis?
- autocrine (same cell) e.g. liver regeneration
- paracrine (next door neighbour) (many Growth Factors) e.g. wound healing
- endocrine (far away, delivered by blood), e.g. hormones
What are some examples of organ normal and abnormal healing?
- normal healing: wounds, burns
- abnormal healing: chronic ulcers – pressure, venous stasis, diabetes
- normal healing (slower)
- abnormal healing - chronic non-healing fractures
- normal healing - mechanical or toxic lesions
- abnormal healing - chronic peptic ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease
- normal healing: simple acute injuries
- abnormal healing: ARDS, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Myocardial infarction: very difficult to heal, often the site of injury will retain fibrotic tissue
What are mitotically active cells?
- always dividing (?)
- replace dying cells
- epithelia: skin, oral cavity, exocrine ducts, GI tract, hematopoietic
What are quiescent cells?
- usually G0 and low rate of division
- driven into G1 and rapid proliferation
- liver, kidney, pancreas, endothelium, fibroblasts
What are long-lived/stable cells?
- 'permanently' removed from cell cycle
- irreversible injury leads only to scar (replacement with non-specialised/non-functional cells/tissue)
- nerve cells, myocardium
- excluding 'tissue-specific' stem cells
What is regeneration?
Regeneration of injured cells by cells of same type as with regeneration of skin/oral mucosa.
Requires basement membrane.
What is replacement?
Injured tissue replaced by fibrous tissue (fibroplasia, scar formation) – 'non-functional'
What do both regeneration and replacement require?
Cell growth, differentiation, and cell-matrix interaction
What are the major cells associated with healing?
- fibroblasts: produce growth factors important in the healing process
- endothelial cells: every cell requires a blood supply
- epithelial cells: esp GIT
- osteoblasts: cell types of bone involved in regenerating bone tissue
What affects the outcome of healing?
- organ affected
- cells: labile/stable/permanent
- ? loss of matrix ~ severity of injury
What are healing mechanisms controlled by?
- controlled by biochemical factors released in response to cell injury, cell death, or trauma
- most important control: inducing resting cells to enter cell cycle, i.e. to 'awaken' them
- balance of stimulatory or inhibitory factors
- shorten cell cycle i.e. faster cell division
- decrease rate of cell loss i.e. inhibit apoptosis
What are the 5 steps of molecular mechanisms of proliferation?
1. ligand (growth factors, matrix proteins, hormones, cytokines, chemokines etc) and receptor (at cell membrane)
2. 2nd messenger cascade (cytoplasm)
3. transcription factor activation (nucleus)
4. gene expression (nucleus)
What is the role of the ligand-receptor interaction?
designed to amplify the signal cascade: the binding of just a few ligands can trigger a rapid and sustained response
What are the three classes of receptor types?
growth factor receptors
- intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity
- receptors exist as monomers (ligand binding, transmembrane, cytoplasmic)
- growth factors bind
- binding --> dimerisation --> autophosphorylation at tyrosine
- activation of tyrosine kinase activity
- phosphorylates/activates 4 types cytoplasmic proteins (adaptor molecules)
- leads to a variety of cytoplasmic pathways (effector molecules)
- leads to proliferation
seven transmembrane G-protein coupled receptors
- inflammatory chemokines and hormones bind
-e.g. vasopressin, serotonin, histamine, many drugs
-w/o intrinsic tyrosine kinase activity
- don't have any capacity on their own to trigger a response
- rather they respond to a secondary messenger which then has enzyme activity
- bind to cytokines
- e.g. IL-2, IL-3, IFN-alpha, beta, gamma, GM-CSF, growth hormone etc
- activate cytosolic protein tyrosine kinases
- phosphorylation of receptor leads to functional activities e.g. synthesis, secretion, migration etc OR inhibition of these things
- all involve ligand interaction
What are the actions of growth factors?
- stimulate cell division and proliferation
- cell migration
- promote cell survival
What are some examples of major growth factors?
EGF/TGF-alpha (epidermal growth factor/transforming growth factor-alpha)
- from macrophages, platelets, epithelia and found in tissue fluids and secretions (e.g. sweat, saliva, urine)
- mitogenic for epithelial cells and fibroblasts
PDGF (platelet derived...)
- family - 3 isoforms, from platelets, macrophages, endothelial cells, smooth muscle cells and tumour cells
- proliferation and migration of fibroblasts, smooth muscle cells, monocytes, pro-inflammatory
- family - > 10 types, acidic and basic most studied
- from macrophages, T cells, endothelial cells and fibroblasts
- angiogenesis and [mac, fibroblast, epithelial] migration during wound repair
- development - skeletal muscle and lung
- from fibroblasts, endothelial cells, liver non-parenchymal cells
- mitogenic for epithelial cells - liver, bile, duct, lung, breast, skin
- also causes cell migration
- required for survival during embryogenesis
VEGF (vascular endothelial...)
- family – from fibroblasts and endothelial cells
- induces blood vessel formation
- binds to receptor on endothelial cells
What is a case of cell growth that is independent of growth factor signals?
- cells can also respond to loss of cell-cell contact signals
- 'loss of their neighbourhood'
- e.g. cells anchor to dish surface and divide
- when cells have formed a complete single layer, they stop dividing (density-dependent inhibition)
- if some cells are scraped away, the remaining cells divide to fill the gap and then stop
- this is as opposed to cells which require growth factors to grow in a lab
What are examples of second messenger cascades in the context of proliferation?
- MAP (mitogen associated) kinase pathway
- Inositol-lipid (IP3)
- cyclic AMP (adenosine monophosphate) - major pathway emanating from G-protein couple receptor
- phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3)
- JAK/STAT (janus kinase/signal transduction and activators of transcription)
What is the MAP kinase pathway?
- GF binds receptor tyrosine kinase
- chain of adaptor proteins/phosphorylation events that ultimately lead to the nucleus and stimulate growth
What are the ultimate targets of secondary messenger pathways?
- signal transduction pathways aim to transmit signals to the nucleus and cause changes in regulation of gene expression
- thus their targets are transcription factors
- e.g. protooncogenes: c-fos, c-jun, c-myc = growth promoting
- e.g. tumour suppressor genes: p53, Rb (retinoblastoma), PTEN = inhibit growth promoting pathways
What is an important inhibitor of proliferation?
- inhibits progress through S phase
- transforming growth factor - beta
- pleiotropic = multiple actions depending on tissue/cell and type of injury
- decreases epithelial cell proliferation, increases collagen production, anti-inflammatory
Why should we control the cell cycle?
- cells duplicate their genetic material before they divide, ensuring that each daughter cell receives an exact copy of the genetic material
- a dividing cell duplicates its DNA, allocates the two copies to opposite ends of the cell, and only then splits into daughter cells
- it is important that these events flow in a precise order
- timing is crucial
- regulation of the cell cycle itself is cell autonomous
- cell cycle is complex - therefore control is complex