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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(14)2021 Jul 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34298894

RESUMO

(1) The high-fat diet (HFD) of western countries has dramatic effect on the health of several organs, including the digestive tract, leading to the accumulation of fats that can also trigger a chronic inflammatory process, such as that which occurs in non-alcohol steatohepatitis. The effects of a HFD on the small intestine, the organ involved in the absorption of this class of nutrients, are still poorly investigated. (2) To address this aspect, we administered a combined HFD with sucrose (HFD w/Suc, fat: 58% Kcal) regimen (18 months) to mice and investigated the morphological and molecular changes that occurred in the wall of proximal tract of the small intestine compared to the intestine of mice fed with a standard diet (SD) (fat: 18% Kcal). (3) We found an accumulation of lipid droplets in the mucosa of HFD w/Suc-fed mice that led to a disarrangement of mucosa architecture. Furthermore, we assessed the expression of several key players involved in lipid metabolism and inflammation, such as perilipin, leptin, leptin receptor, PI3K, p-mTOR, p-Akt, and TNF-α. All these molecules were increased in HFD mice compared to the SD group. We also evaluated anti-inflammatory molecules like adiponectin, adiponectin receptor, and PPAR-γ, and observed their significant reduction in the HFD w/Suc group compared to the control. Our data are in line with the knowledge that improper eating habits present a primary harmful assault on the bowel and the entire body's health. (4) These results represent a promising starting point for future studies, helping to better understand the complex and not fully elucidated spectrum of intestinal alterations induced by the overconsumption of fat.


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Dieta Hiperlipídica/efeitos adversos , Sacarose na Dieta/administração & dosagem , Sacarose na Dieta/efeitos adversos , Mucosa Intestinal/patologia , Intestino Delgado/patologia , Adiponectina/metabolismo , Animais , Comportamento Alimentar/fisiologia , Mucosa Intestinal/metabolismo , Intestino Delgado/metabolismo , Leptina/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Obesidade/metabolismo , Obesidade/patologia , PPAR gama/metabolismo , Receptores para Leptina/metabolismo
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Nutrition ; 75-76: 110782, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32268264

RESUMO

OBJECTIVES: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become the most common liver disease globally. It is caused by a complex network of factors, including diet. The hallmark of NAFLD is the benign accumulation of triacylglycerols, however, this condition may worsen into non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a more severe form associated with inflammation and fibrosis. Currently, no therapies are available, and diet modifications are the only strategy. Although there is increasing evidence emerging about how an abuse of carbohydrates could be involved in the progression of liver injury, a comprehensive understanding of the damage induced by an enriched carbohydrate diet is still far from complete. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the effects of a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet (LF-HCD) with high-fat (HFD) and standard (SD) diets in a nutritional mouse model of NAFLD/NASH. METHODS: Histologic, real-time polymerase chain reaction, and immunohistochemical evaluations were performed. RESULTS: The results showed that the prolonged abuse of both LF-HCDs and HFDs induced a significant increase in hepatic steatosis, inflammation, and fibrosis scores compared with SD. At the same time, both LF-HCDs and HFDs led to significant increases in the expression of the molecules involved in the progression of NAFLD that we assessed (perilipin, CD68, TGF-ß1, CTGF, leptin, leptin receptor, and α-SMA). CONCLUSIONS: The present study highlighted that the simple substitution of fats with carbohydrates is not a proper strategy to prevent or mitigate the progression of NAFLD/NASH. Further studies are required to define the best nutritional strategy to prevent NAFLD and its related metabolic syndrome.


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Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica , Animais , Carboidratos , Dieta Hiperlipídica/efeitos adversos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Fígado , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Hepatopatia Gordurosa não Alcoólica/etiologia
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Eur J Histochem ; 64(1)2020 01 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31988531

RESUMO

Chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) is a persistent sinonasal mucosa inflammatory disease with still unclear pathophysiologic mechanisms that imply events of tissue repair and structural remodelling. Several cascades seem to have a considerable role in the onset and progression of mucosa hyperproliferation in nasal polyps including transforming growth factor ß/Small mother against decapentaplegic (TGFß/Smads), mitogenactivated protein kinases (MAPKs), advanced glycosylation end-products (AGEs) together with epithelial-tomesenchymal transition (EMT). Since many inflammatory mediators are reported to play important roles in the development of nasal polyps (NP) disease, this study aimed to analyse the correlation between the AGEs/receptor of advanced glycosylation end-products (RAGE)/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signalling pathway and the main markers of EMT to better understand the influence that they exert on the remodelling of nasal mucous membranes in patients affected by CRSwNP vs normal controls. A total of 30 patients were enrolled in this study. Immunohistochemical analysis, using AGE, RAGE, p-ERK, MMP-3, TGF-ß1, Smad2/3, Collagen I-III, α-SMA, E-cadherin, IL-6 and Vimentin antibodies, was performed. AGE, RAGE, ERK, p-ERK and MMP3 were also evaluated using western blot analysis. We observed an overexpression of the AGE/RAGE/p-ERK and the main mesenchymal markers of EMT (Vimentin and IL-6) in CRSwNP vs controls whereas the TGF-ß/Smad3 pathway did not show any significant differences between the two groups of patients. These observations suggest a complex network of processes in the pathogenesis of NP, and the AGE/RAGE/ERK pathway and EMT might work together in promoting tissue remodelling in the formation of CRSwNP.


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Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/fisiologia , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/fisiologia , Pólipos Nasais/etiologia , Sinusite/etiologia , Adulto , Doença Crônica , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/metabolismo , Feminino , Produtos Finais de Glicação Avançada/metabolismo , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Masculino , Mucosa Nasal/patologia , Pólipos Nasais/patologia , Pólipos Nasais/fisiopatologia , Receptor para Produtos Finais de Glicação Avançada/metabolismo , Sinusite/patologia , Sinusite/fisiopatologia , Vimentina/metabolismo
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Cancers (Basel) ; 11(10)2019 Oct 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31640252

RESUMO

Background. Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a devastating disease showing a very poor prognosis. New therapeutic approaches are needed to improve survival and quality of life. GBM is a highly vascularized tumor and as such, chemotherapy and anti-angiogenic drugs have been combined for treatment. However, as treatment-induced resistance often develops, our goal was to identify and treat pathways involved in resistance to treatment to optimize the treatment strategies. Anti-angiogenetic compounds tested in preclinical and clinical settings demonstrated recurrence associated to secondary activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/mTOR pathway. Aims. Here, we determined the sensitizing effects of the small molecule and oral available dual TORC1/TORC2 dissociative inhibitor, RES529, alone or in combination with the anti-VEGF blocking antibody, bevacizumab, or the tyrosine kinase inhibitor, sunitinib, in human GBM models. Results. We observed that RES529 effectively inhibited dose-dependently the growth of GBM cells in vitro counteracting the insurgence of recurrence after bevacizumab or sunitinib administration in vivo. Combination strategies were associated with reduced tumor progression as indicated by the analysis of Time to Tumor Progression (TTP) and disease-free survival (DSF) as well as increased overall survival (OS) of tumor bearing mice. RES529 was able to reduce the in vitro migration of tumor cells and tubule formation from both brain-derived endothelial cells (angiogenesis) and tumor cells (vasculogenic mimicry). Conclusions. In summary, RES529, the first dual TORC1/TORC2 dissociative inhibitor, lacking affinity for ABCB1/ABCG2 and having good brain penetration, was active in GBM preclinical/murine models giving credence to its use in clinical trial for patients with GBM treated in association with anti-angiogenetic compounds.

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Int J Mol Sci ; 20(16)2019 Aug 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31434263

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One of the main mechanisms carried out by the cells to counteract several forms of stress is the activation of the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2) signaling. Nrf2 signaling controls the expression of many genes through the binding of a specific cis-acting element known as the antioxidant response element (ARE). Activation of Nrf2/ARE signaling can mitigate several pathologic mechanisms associated with an autoimmune response, digestive and metabolic disorders, as well as respiratory, cardiovascular, and neurodegenerative diseases. Indeed, several studies have demonstrated that Nrf2 pathway plays a key role in inflammation and in cancer development in many organs, including the intestine. Nrf2 appears to be involved in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an immune-mediated chronic and disabling disease, with a high risk of developing intestinal fibrotic strictures and cancer. Currently, drugs able to increase cytoprotective Nrf2 function are in clinical trials or already being used in clinical practice to reduce the progression of some degenerative conditions. The role of Nrf2 in cancer development and progression is controversial, and drugs able to inhibit abnormal levels of Nrf2 are also under investigation. The goal of this review is to analyze and discuss Nrf2-dependent signals in the initiation and progression of intestinal fibrosis and cancers occurring in IBD.


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Neoplasias Colorretais/metabolismo , Inflamação/metabolismo , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Animais , Fibrose/metabolismo , Humanos , Doenças Inflamatórias Intestinais/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/fisiologia , Transdução de Sinais/fisiologia
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Cancers (Basel) ; 11(3)2019 Mar 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30871240

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Therapies against glioblastoma (GBM) show a high percentage of failure associated with the survival of glioma stem cells (GSCs) that repopulate treated tumours. Forced differentiation of GSCs is a promising new approach in cancer treatment. Erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph) receptors drive tumourigenicity and stemness in GBM. We tested GLPG1790, a first small molecule with inhibition activity versus inhibitor of various Eph receptor kinases, in preclinical GBM models using in vitro and in vivo assays. GLPG1790 rapidly and persistently inhibited Ephrin-A1-mediated phosphorylation of Tyr588 and Ser897, completely blocking EphA2 receptor signalling. Similarly, this compound blocks the ephrin B2-mediated EphA3 and EphB4 tyrosine phosphorylation. This resulted in anti-glioma effects. GLPG1790 down-modulated the expression of mesenchymal markers CD44, Sox2, nestin, octamer-binding transcription factor 3/4 (Oct3/4), Nanog, CD90, and CD105, and up-regulated that of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and pro-neural/neuronal markers, ßIII tubulin, and neurofilaments. GLPG1790 reduced tumour growth in vivo. These effects were larger compared to radiation therapy (RT; U251 and T98G xenografts) and smaller than those of temozolomide (TMZ; U251 and U87MG cell models). By contrast, GLPG1790 showed effects that were higher than Radiotherapy (RT) and similar to Temozolomide (TMZ) in orthotopic U87MG and CSCs-5 models in terms of disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). Further experiments were necessary to study possible interactions with radio- and chemotherapy. GLPG1790 demonstrated anti-tumor effects regulating both the differentiative status of Glioma Initiating Cells (GICs) and the quality of tumor microenvironment, translating into efficacy in aggressive GBM mouse models. Significant common molecular targets to radio and chemo therapy supported the combination use of GLPG1790 in ameliorative antiglioma therapy.

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Radiol Med ; 124(9): 795-803, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30903605

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PURPOSE: The characterization of atherosclerotic carotid plaque plays a key role in the identification of patients at risk. The aim of our work was to evaluate the potentialities of carotid computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in assessing composition of atherosclerotic plaque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 29 patients (7 women and 22 men, age range 54-81; mean age 69) who underwent carotid endarterectomy. All patients underwent pre-surgical CCTA using a 320-slice scanner. Post-processing reconstructions and analysis were performed using a specific software. Percentage of three different components of the atherosclerotic plaque (adipose, fibrotic and calcific) were classified based on Hounsfield unit values. Post-processing results were compared with histological analysis. Vessel and plaque parameters were compared using the Pearson correlation coefficient (r). Bland-Altman plots with 95% confidence intervals were calculated for correlation. McNemar's test was used for comparison of dichotomous variables. RESULTS: A significant correlation between histology and CCTA was found with respect to the areas corresponding to adipose, fibrotic and calcified plaques. The existence of proportional bias was observed between the two quantifying methods with lower discrepancies found for the adipose and fibrotic plaque areas. The Bland-Altman analyses showed a mean bias of 3.2%, 2.5% and 0.6% between histology and CCTA, for adipose, fibrotic and calcified plaque areas, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Multi-detector CT angiography represents a valuable technique to assess quantitatively the composition of atherosclerotic plaques, with particular reference to the prevalence of fibrotic tissue, and is a useful diagnostic tool to improve risk stratification of patients for cerebral stroke.


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Estenose das Carótidas/diagnóstico por imagem , Estenose das Carótidas/patologia , Imageamento Tridimensional , Tomografia Computadorizada por Raios X/métodos , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estudos Retrospectivos
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Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis ; 1865(6): 1389-1401, 2019 06 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30771486

RESUMO

Methylglyoxal (MG), a highly reactive dicarbonyl derived from metabolic processes, is the most powerful precursor of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Glycative stress has been recently associated with ovarian dysfunctions in aging and PCOS syndrome. We have investigated the role of the NAD+-dependent Class III deacetylase SIRT1 in the adaptive response to MG in mouse oocytes and ovary. In mouse oocytes, MG induced up-expression of glyoxalase 1 (Glo1) and glyoxalase 2 (Glo2) genes, components of the main MG detoxification system, whereas inhibition of SIRT1 by Ex527 or sirtinol reduced this response. In addition, the inhibition of SIRT1 worsened the effects of MG on oocyte maturation rates, while SIRT1 activation by resveratrol counteracted MG insult. Ovaries from female mice receiving 100 mg/kg MG by gastric administration for 28 days (MG mice) exhibited increased levels of SIRT1 along with over-expression of catalase, superoxide dismutase 2, SIRT3, PGC1α and mtTFA. Similar levels of MG-derived AGEs were observed in the ovaries from MG and control groups, along with enhanced protein expression of glyoxalase 1 in MG mice. Oocytes ovulated by MG mice exhibited atypical meiotic spindles, a condition predisposing to embryo aneuploidy. Our results from mouse oocytes revealed for the first time that SIRT1 could modulate MG scavenging by promoting expression of glyoxalases. The finding that up-regulation of glyoxalase 1 is associated with that of components of a SIRT1 functional network in the ovaries of MG mice provides strong evidence that SIRT1 participates in the response to methylglyoxal-dependent glycative stress in the female gonad.


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Produtos Finais de Glicação Avançada/genética , Oócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ovário/efeitos dos fármacos , Aldeído Pirúvico/farmacologia , Sirtuína 1/genética , Animais , Benzamidas/farmacologia , Carbazóis/farmacologia , Catalase/genética , Catalase/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Feminino , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Produtos Finais de Glicação Avançada/metabolismo , Lactoilglutationa Liase/antagonistas & inibidores , Lactoilglutationa Liase/genética , Lactoilglutationa Liase/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos , Proteínas Mitocondriais/genética , Proteínas Mitocondriais/metabolismo , Naftóis/farmacologia , Oócitos/citologia , Oócitos/metabolismo , Ovário/citologia , Ovário/metabolismo , Coativador 1-alfa do Receptor gama Ativado por Proliferador de Peroxissomo/genética , Coativador 1-alfa do Receptor gama Ativado por Proliferador de Peroxissomo/metabolismo , Cultura Primária de Células , Aldeído Pirúvico/antagonistas & inibidores , Resveratrol/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais , Sirtuína 1/metabolismo , Sirtuína 3/genética , Sirtuína 3/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase/genética , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Tioléster Hidrolases/antagonistas & inibidores , Tioléster Hidrolases/genética , Tioléster Hidrolases/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Eur J Histochem ; 62(4)2018 Nov 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30504933

RESUMO

Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is an aggressive biliary tract malignancy with limited treatment options and low survival rates. The intrahepatic subtype comprises two forms: mucin-iCCA and mixed-iCCA. Epidermal growth factor-like domain multiple (EGFL7) is overexpressed in less differentiated liver tumors. The aim of this study was to assess the presence of EGFL7 due to its possible role in the growth of CCA. Hematoxylin and Eosin and periodic acid-Schiff staining were used to evaluate the morphological aspects and glycogen deposition. Immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence were performed to identify the presence of EGFL7 both in tumor sections ex vivo and in appropriate cell lines in culture. We found that EGFL7 is expressed in malignant cholangiocytes of mixed-iCCA and absent in mucin-iCCA. In conclusion the expression of EGFL7 might be useful in the classification of CCA subtypes.


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Neoplasias dos Ductos Biliares/metabolismo , Ductos Biliares Intra-Hepáticos/metabolismo , Colangiocarcinoma/metabolismo , Fatores de Crescimento Endotelial/metabolismo , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Neoplasias dos Ductos Biliares/patologia , Ductos Biliares Intra-Hepáticos/patologia , Proteínas de Ligação ao Cálcio , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Colangiocarcinoma/patologia , Família de Proteínas EGF , Epitélio/metabolismo , Epitélio/patologia , Humanos , Pessoa de Meia-Idade
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Eur J Histochem ; 62(3)2018 Jul 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30064196

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A concomitant action of multiple profibrotic mediators appears crucial in the development and progression of fibrosis. Sphingosine kinase/sphingosine 1 phosphate and transforming growth factor-ß/Smads pathways are both involved in pathogenesis of fibrosis in several organs by controlling differentiation of fibroblasts to myofibroblasts and the epithelial to-mesenchymal transition. However, their direct involvement in chronic colitis-associated fibrosis it is not yet known. In this study we evaluated the immunohistochemical expression of some proteins implicated in sphingosine kinase/sphingosine 1 phosphate and transforming growth factor-ß/Smads pathways in Dextrane Sodium Sulphate (DSS)-induced colorectal fibrosis in mice. Compared to control mice, DSS-induced chronic colitis mice developed a marked intestinal fibrosis associated with a concomitant overexpression of TGF-ß, p-Smad3, α-SMA, collagen I-III, SPHK1, RhoA, PI3K, Akt, p-Akt, p-mTOR. This study highlights the relationship between the two pathways and the possible role of SPHK1 in the intestinal fibrosis.  These results, if confirmed by in vitro studies, may have important clinical implications in the development of new therapeutical approaches in inflammatory bowel disease.


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Colite/imunologia , Colite/fisiopatologia , Intestinos/patologia , Lisofosfolipídeos/fisiologia , Fosfotransferases (Aceptor do Grupo Álcool)/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/fisiologia , Esfingosina/análogos & derivados , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/fisiologia , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Fibrose/patologia , Imuno-Histoquímica , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Padrões de Referência , Transdução de Sinais , Esfingosina/fisiologia
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Oncotarget ; 9(36): 24347-24363, 2018 May 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29849945

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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most malignant brain tumor, showing high resistance to standard therapeutic approaches that combine surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. As opposed to healthy tissues, EphA2 has been found highly expressed in specimens of glioblastoma, and increased expression of EphA2 has been shown to correlate with poor survival rates. Accordingly, agents blocking Eph receptor activity could represent a new therapeutic approach. Herein, we demonstrate that UniPR1331, a pan Eph receptor antagonist, possesses significant in vivo anti-angiogenic and anti-vasculogenic properties which lead to a significant anti-tumor activity in xenograft and orthotopic models of GBM. UniPR1331 halved the final volume of tumors when tested in xenografts (p<0.01) and enhanced the disease-free survival of treated animals in the orthotopic models of GBM both by using U87MG cells (40 vs 24 days of control, p<0.05) or TPC8 cells (52 vs 16 days, p<0.01). Further, the association of UniPR1331 with the anti-VEGF antibody Bevacizumab significantly increased the efficacy of both monotherapies in all tested models. Overall, our data promote UniPR1331 as a novel tool for tackling GBM.

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J Histochem Cytochem ; 66(9): 673-686, 2018 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29737911

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Collagen and matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) as a switch between type I and III collagen together with a simultaneous activation of MMPs have been observed in the vaginal wall. The aim of this study was to evaluate the Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products, ERK1/2 and transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß/Smad pathway expression in muscularis propria in women with POP compared with control patients. We examined 20 patients with POP and 10 control patients treated for uterine fibromatosis. Immunohistochemical analysis using AGE, RAGE, ERK1/2, Smads-2/3, Smad-7, MMP-3, and collagen I-III, TIMP, and α-SMA were performed. Smad-2/3, Smad-7, AGE, ERK1/2, p-ERK, and p-Smad3 were also evaluated using Western-blot analysis. POP samples from the anterior vaginal wall showed disorganization of the normal muscularis architecture. In POP samples, AGE, ERK1/2, Smad-2/3, MMP-3, and collagen III were upregulated in muscularis whereas in controls, Smad-7 and collagen I were increased. The receptor for AGEs (RAGE) was mild or absent both in controls and prolapse. We demonstrated the involvement of these markers in women with POP but further studies are required to elucidate if the overexpression of these molecules could play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of POP disease.


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Produtos Finais de Glicação Avançada/análise , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/análise , Prolapso de Órgão Pélvico/patologia , Proteínas Smad/análise , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/análise , Feminino , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica
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Oxid Med Cell Longev ; 2017: 8928604, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29270246

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Cancer therapies are associated with increased infertility risk due to accelerated reproductive aging. Oxidative stress (OS) is a potential mechanism behind ovarian toxicity by cyclophosphamide (CPM), the most ovotoxic anticancer drug. An important sensor of OS is SIRT1, a NAD+-dependent deacetylase which regulates cellular defence and cell fate. This study investigated whether the natural carotenoid crocetin and the synthetic compound AS101 protect the ovary against CPM by modulating SIRT1 and mitochondrial markers. We found that the number of primordial follicles of female CD1 mice receiving crocetin plus CPM increased when compared with CPM alone and similar to AS101, whose protective effects are known. SIRT1 increased in CPM mouse ovaries revealing the occurrence of OS. Similarly, mitochondrial SIRT3 rose, whilst SOD2 and the mitochondrial biogenesis activator PGC1-α decreased, suggesting the occurrence of mitochondrial damage. Crocetin and AS101 administration prevented SIRT1 burst suggesting that preservation of redox balance can help the ovary to counteract ovarian damage by CPM. Decreased SIRT3 and increased SOD2 and PGC1-α in mice receiving crocetin or AS101 prior to CPM provide evidence for mitochondrial protection. Present results improve the knowledge of ovarian damage by CPM and may help to develop interventions for preserving fertility in cancer patients.


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Carotenoides/uso terapêutico , Ciclofosfamida/efeitos adversos , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Ovário/efeitos dos fármacos , Sirtuína 1/metabolismo , Telúrio/uso terapêutico , Animais , Feminino , Humanos , Camundongos , Ovário/metabolismo
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Oncotarget ; 8(32): 53482-53494, 2017 Aug 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28881825

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Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common chronic liver disease. It can progress to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and, in a percentage of cases, to hepatocarcinogenesis. The strong incidence in western countries of obesity and metabolic syndrome, whose NAFLD is the hepatic expression, is thought to be correlated to consumption of diets characterized by processed food and sweet beverages. Previous studies described high-fat diet-induced liver tumors. Conversely, the involvement of low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet in the progression of liver disease or cancer initiation has not been described yet. Here we show for the first time hepatic cancer formation in low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet fed NAFLD/NASH mouse model. Animals were long term high-fat, low-fat/high-carbohydrate or standard diet fed. We observed progressive liver damage in low-fat/high-carbohydrate and high-fat animals after 12 and, more, 18 months. Tumors were detected in 20% and 50% of high-fat diet fed mice after 12 and 18 months and, interestingly, in 30% of low-fat/high-carbohydrate fed animals after 18 months. No tumors were detected in standard diet fed mice. Global increase of hepatic interleukin-1ß, interleukin-6, tumor necrosis factor-α and hepatocyte growth factor was detected in low-fat/high-carbohydrate and high-fat with respect to standard diet fed mice as well as in tumor with respect to non-tumor bearing mice. A panel of 15 microRNAs was analyzed: some of them revealed differential expression in low-fat/high-carbohydrate with respect to high-fat diet fed groups and in tumors. Data here shown provide the first evidence of the involvement of low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet in hepatic damage leading to tumorigenesis.

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Eur J Histochem ; 61(2): 2732, 2017 May 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28735518

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Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive tumor of the central nervous system. Unfortunately, patients affected by this disease have a very poor prognosis, due to high level of invasiveness and resistance to standard therapies. Although the molecular profile of GBM has been extensively investigated, the events responsible for its pathogenesis and progression remain largely unknown. Histone Deacetylases (HDAC) dependent epigenetic modifications and transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß/Smad pathway seem to play an important role in GBM tumorigenesis, resistance to common therapies and poor clinical outcome.  The aim of this study was to evaluate the involvement and the possible interaction between these two molecular cascades in the pathogenesis and prognosis of GBM. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) was performed on microdissected GBM samples, collected from 14 patients (6 men and 8 women) ranging in age from 43 to 74 years. The patients were previously divided, on the basis of their overall survival (OS), into two groups: short and long OS. Patients with poor prognosis showed hyperexpression of HDAC4 and HDAC6, an activation of the TGF-ß/Smad pathway, with high levels of IL-13, Smad2, PDGF and MMP3 expression, compared to the long survivors. The short OS group exhibits a decrease in Smad 7 expression and also low levels of p21 immunostaining, which represents a common target of the two pathways. The IHC data was confirmed by quantitative analysis and Immunoblotting. Our preliminary results suggest that both HDAC4 and HDAC6 together with the TGF-ß/Smad pathway may be involved in progression of GBM and this cross talking could be a useful prognostic marker in this deadly disease.


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Quimiorradioterapia , Glioma/diagnóstico , Glioma/terapia , Histona Desacetilases/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Proteína Smad2/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Feminino , Glioma/fisiopatologia , Glioma/cirurgia , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Prognóstico , Proteína Smad2/genética , Coloração e Rotulagem , Transcriptoma , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética
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Cancer Lett ; 397: 1-11, 2017 07 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28342984

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The role of histone deacetylase (HDAC) 4 and 6 in glioblastoma (GBM) radioresistance was investigated. We found that tumor samples from 31 GBM patients, who underwent temozolomide and radiotherapy combined treatment, showed HDAC4 and HDAC6 expression in 93.5% and 96.7% of cases, respectively. Retrospective clinical data analysis demonstrated that high-intensity HDAC4 and/or HDAC6 immunostaining was predictive of poor clinical outcome. In vitro experiments revealed that short hairpin RNA-mediated silencing of HDAC4 or HDAC6 radiosensitized U87MG and U251MG GBM cell lines by promoting DNA double-strand break (DSBs) accumulation and by affecting DSBs repair molecular machinery. We found that HDAC6 knock-down predisposes to radiation therapy-induced U251MG apoptosis- and U87MG autophagy-mediated cell death. HDAC4 silencing promoted radiation therapy-induced senescence, independently by the cellular context. Finally, we showed that p53WT expression contributed to the radiotherapy lethal effects and that HDAC4 or HDAC6 sustained GBM stem-like radioresistant phenotype. Altogether, these observations suggest that HDAC4 and HDAC6 are guardians of irradiation-induced DNA damages and stemness, thus promoting radioresistance, and may represent potential prognostic markers and therapeutic targets in GBM.


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Neoplasias Encefálicas/radioterapia , Quebras de DNA de Cadeia Dupla , Reparo do DNA/efeitos da radiação , Glioblastoma/radioterapia , Histona Desacetilases/metabolismo , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/efeitos da radiação , Tolerância a Radiação , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Adulto , Idoso , Apoptose/efeitos da radiação , Autofagia/efeitos da radiação , Neoplasias Encefálicas/enzimologia , Neoplasias Encefálicas/genética , Neoplasias Encefálicas/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos da radiação , Senescência Celular/efeitos da radiação , Relação Dose-Resposta à Radiação , Feminino , Glioblastoma/enzimologia , Glioblastoma/genética , Glioblastoma/patologia , Desacetilase 6 de Histona , Histona Desacetilases/genética , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Mutação , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/enzimologia , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas/patologia , Fenótipo , Interferência de RNA , Tolerância a Radiação/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos da radiação , Fatores de Tempo , Transfecção , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 12(2): e0171093, 2017.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28207769

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BACKGROUND: Intestinal fibrosis is characterized by abnormal production and deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins by activated myofibroblasts. The main progenitor cells of activated myofibroblasts are the fibroblasts and the epithelial cells, the latter through the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). AIM: To evaluate the action of the new PPAR-γ modulator, GED-0507-34 Levo (GED) on the expression of EMT associated and regulatory proteins such as TGF-ß, Smad3, E-cadherin, Snail, ZEB1, ß-catenin, and GSK-3ß, in a mouse model of DSS-induced intestinal fibrosis. METHODS: Chronic colitis and fibrosis were induced by oral administration of 2.5% DSS (w/v) for 6 weeks. GW9662 (GW), a selective PPAR-γ inhibitor, was also administered by intraperitoneal injection at the dose of 1 mg/kg/day combined with GED treatment. All drugs were administered at the beginning of the second cycle of DSS (day 12). 65 mice were randomly divided into five groups (H2O as controls n = 10, H2O+GED n = 10, DSS n = 15, DSS+GED n = 15, DSS+GED+GW n = 15). The colon was excised for macroscopic examination and histological and morphometric analyses. The level of expression of molecules involved in EMT and fibrosis, like TGF-ß, Smad3, E-cadherin, Snail, ZEB1, ß-catenin, GSK-3ß and PPAR-γ, was assessed by immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, western blot and Real Time PCR. RESULTS: GED improved the DSS-induced chronic colitis and fibrosis. GED was able to reduce the expression of the main fibrosis markers (α-SMA, collagen I-III and fibronectin) as well as the pivotal pro-fibrotic molecules IL-13, TGF-ß and Smad3, while it increased the anti-fibrotic PPAR-γ. All these GED effects were nullified by co-administration of GW with GED. Furthermore, GED was able to normalize the expression levels of E-cadherin and ß-catenin and upregulated GSK-3ß, that are all known to be involved both in EMT and fibrosis. CONCLUSIONS: The DSS-induced intestinal fibrosis was improved by the new PPAR-γ modulator GED-0507-34 Levo through the modulation of EMT mediators and pro-fibrotic molecules and through GSK-3ß induction.


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Colite/patologia , Sulfato de Dextrana/toxicidade , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal , Fibrose/patologia , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/metabolismo , PPAR gama/metabolismo , Reto/patologia , Animais , Células Cultivadas , Colite/induzido quimicamente , Colite/metabolismo , Fibrose/induzido quimicamente , Fibrose/metabolismo , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/genética , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , PPAR gama/genética , Reto/efeitos dos fármacos , Reto/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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J Hematol Oncol ; 10(1): 5, 2017 01 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28057017

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BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma recurrence after treatment with the anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) antibody bevacizumab is characterized by a highly infiltrative and malignant behavior that renders surgical excision and chemotherapy ineffective. It has been demonstrated that anti-VEGF/VEGFR therapies control the invasive phenotype and that relapse occurs through the increased activity of CXCR4. We therefore hypothesized that combining bevacizumab or sunitinib with the novel CXCR4 antagonist, PRX177561, would have superior antitumor activity. METHODS: The effects of bevacizumab, sunitinib, and PRX177561 were tested alone or in combination in subcutaneous xenografts of U87MG, U251, and T98G cells as well as on intracranial xenografts of luciferase tagged U87MG cells injected in CD1-nu/nu mice. Animals were randomized to receive vehicle, bevacizumab (4 mg/kg iv every 4 days), sunitinib (40 mg/kg po qd), or PRX177561 (50 mg/kg po qd). RESULTS: The in vivo experiments demonstrated that bevacizumab and sunitinib increase the in vivo expression of CXCR4, SDF-1α, and TGFß1. In addition, we demonstrate that the co-administration of the novel brain-penetrating CXCR4 antagonist, PRX177561, with bevacizumab or sunitinib inhibited tumor growth and reduced the inflammation. The combination of PRX177561 with bevacizumab resulted in a synergistic reduction of tumor growth with an increase of disease-free survival (DSF) and overall survival (OS), whereas the combination of PRX177561 with sunitinib showed a mild additive effect. CONCLUSIONS: The CXC4 antagonist PRX177561 may be a valid therapeutic complement to anti-angiogenic therapy, particularly when used in combination with VEGF/VEGFR inhibitors. Therefore, this compound deserves to be considered for future clinical evaluation.


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Protocolos de Quimioterapia Combinada Antineoplásica/uso terapêutico , Bevacizumab/uso terapêutico , Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Glioblastoma/tratamento farmacológico , Indóis/uso terapêutico , Pirróis/uso terapêutico , Receptores CXCR4/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores da Angiogênese , Animais , Antineoplásicos/farmacocinética , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Bevacizumab/farmacologia , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Neoplasias Encefálicas/tratamento farmacológico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações Medicamentosas , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Xenoenxertos , Humanos , Indóis/farmacologia , Camundongos , Pirróis/farmacologia , Sunitinibe
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Pathol Res Pract ; 213(1): 58-65, 2017 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27894619

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BACKGROUND: Hepatic fibrosis is characterized by a progressive accumulation of fibrillar extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, produced by activated myofibroblasts which are modulated by both profibrotic and antifibrotic factors. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate in vivo the expression of pro-fibrotic molecules like avß6 integrin, transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß), Smad3, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and mammalian target of Rapamycin (mTOR), as well as anti-fibrotic peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) in an experimental model of chronic hepatitis-associated fibrosis induced by intraperitoneal administration of dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) in mice. METHODS: Chronic hepatitis was induced in 12 Smad3 wild-type (WT) and 12 knock-out (KO) mice by intraperitoneal DMN administration. Histological, morphometric and immunohistochemical analyses using α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), collagen types I-III, TGF-ß1, Smad3, avß6 integrin, CTGF, mTOR and PPARγ antibodies were performed. RESULTS: The liver of DMN-treated Smad3 WT mice showed a higher degree of hepatic accumulation of connective tissue compared to KO mice. The expression of α-SMA, collagen I-III and CTGF was increased in Smad3 WT compared to KO mice treated with DMN, associated with a concomitant up-regulation of avß6, TGFß, Smad3, and mTOR and a reduction in PPARγ expression. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest a possible interaction between pro-fibrotic and anti-fibrotic molecules in the development of hepatic fibrosis.


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Fator de Crescimento do Tecido Conjuntivo/metabolismo , Integrinas/metabolismo , Cirrose Hepática/metabolismo , PPAR gama/metabolismo , Proteína Smad3/metabolismo , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Animais , Dimetilnitrosamina , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/patologia , Cirrose Hepática/induzido quimicamente , Cirrose Hepática/patologia , Camundongos
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