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Targeting Nuclear Receptors to Treat Fibrostenotic Crohn's Disease

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2016,31 Jul 2017

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The University of Calgary Calgary,Alberta Canada

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While current therapies are effective in many patients with Crohns disease CD, others exhibit complications that require surgery. Fibrosis and increased smooth muscle SMthickening contributing to stricture formation and intestinal obstruction, occurs in 30-50 of CD patients within 10 years of disease onset. NR4A1 is an orphan nuclear receptor that has recently been identified as a key regulator of fibrosis and cell growth in non-intestinal systems. We found that NR4A1 activation reduces fibrosis and SM thickening, caused by established chronic inflammation, in a spontaneous CD-like model of ileitis SAMPYitFcsJ mouse. Deletion of Nr4a1 enhances fibrosis and SM thickening in the chronic DSS-model of colitis. In vitro, exposing primary intestinal fibroblasts IF to TGF-Beta1 enhances the expression of NR4A1, whereas, NR4A1 activation suppressed TGF-Beta1-induced expression of fibrotic genes, supporting the existence of an NR4A1-TGF-Beta1 negative feedback loop.

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