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J Ethnopharmacol ; 255: 112779, 2020 Jun 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32209388

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ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Asteris Radix et Rhizoma (AR) refers to the roots and rhizomes of Aster tataricus L., which is widely distributed throughout East Asia. AR has been consumed as a traditional medicine in Korea, Japan and China for the treatment of urologic symptoms. To date, however, the therapeutic effect of AR on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) has not been investigated. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study evaluated the therapeutic effects of AR on a testosterone-induced BPH rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We induced BPH to rats by subcutaneous injections (s.c) of testosterone propionate (TP) daily for four weeks. Rats were also administered daily oral gavage of AR (150 mg/kg) or vehicle. After four weeks of induction, all animals were euthanized humanely and their prostate glands were removed, weighed and processed for further analysis, including histopathological examination, real-time PCR, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay and Western blot analysis. RESULTS: Administration of AR to TP-induced BPH rats considerably reduced prostate weight and concentrations of serum testosterone and prostate dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Epithelial thickness and expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) were markedly suppressed by AR-treatment in the rats. Furthermore, the expression of the B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) were reduced and expression of the Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax) increased, resulting in significant reduction in Bcl-2/Bax ratio. In addition, AR decreased the level of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin-1ß (IL-1ß), interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). The expression of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) were reduced by AR treatment in a TP-induced BPH rat model. CONCLUSIONS: AR alleviates BPH by promoting apoptosis and suppressing inflammation, indicating that AR may be used clinically to treat BPH accompanied by inflammation.

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Int J Med Sci ; 17(6): 815-823, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32218703

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Importin-11 (Ipo11) is a novel member of the human importin family of transport receptors (karyopherins), which are known to mediate the nucleocytoplasmic transport of protein and RNA cargos. Despite its role in the transport of protein, we found that knockout of Ipo11 nuclear import factor affects normal embryonic development and govern embryo-lethal phenotypes in mice. In this study, we for the first time produced a mouse line containing null mutation in Ipo11 gene utilized by gene trapping. The Ipo11-/- embryos showed an embryonic lethal phenotype. The Ipo11-/- embryos showed a reduced size at embryonic day 10.5 (E10.5) when compared with Ipo11+/+ or Ipo11+/- embryos and died by E11.5. Whereas Ipo11+/- mice were healthy and fertile, and there was no detectable changes in embryonic lethality and phenotype when reviewed. In the X-gal staining with the Ipo11-/- or Ipo11+/- embryos, strong X-gal staining positivity was detected systematically in the whole mount embryos at E10.5, although almost no X-gal positivity was detected at E9.5, indicating that the embryos die soon after the process of Ipo11 expression started. These results indicate that Ipo11 is essential for the normal embryonic development in mice.

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Int J Med Sci ; 16(12): 1557-1563, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31839743

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E2F3, a member of the E2F family, plays a critical role in cell cycle and proliferation by targeting downstream, retinoblastoma (RB) a tumor suppressor family protein. The purpose of this study, was to investigate the role and function of E2F3 in vivo. We examined phenotypic abnormalities, by deletion of the E2f3 gene in mice. Complete ablation of the E2F3 was fully penetrant, in the pure C57BL/6N background. The E2f3+/ - mouse embryo developed normally without fatal disorder. However, they exhibited reduced body weight, growth retardation, skeletal imperfection, and poor grip strength ability. Findings suggest that E2F3 has a pivotal role in muscle and bone development, and affect normal mouse growth.

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J Ethnopharmacol ; 233: 115-122, 2019 Apr 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30508623

RESUMO

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ulmus macrocarpa Hance (UMH), of the family Ulmaceae, is a deciduous tree, widely distributed throughout Korea. UMH has been used as a traditional oriental medicine in Korea for the treatment of urological disorders, including bladder outlet obstruction (BOO), lower urinary tract syndrome (LUTS), diuresis, and hematuria. To date, its possible protective effects against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) have not been analyzed. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study investigated the effects of UMH on the development of BPH using a rat model of testosterone propionate (TP)-induced BPH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BPH was induced by daily subcutaneous injections of testosterone propionate (TP) for four weeks. UMH was administrated daily by oral gavage at a dose of 150 mg/kg during the four weeks of TP injections. Animals were sacrificed, and their prostates were weighed and subjected to histopathological examination, TUNEL assay, and western blot analysis. RESULTS: Treatment of BPH-model rats with UMH significantly reduced prostate weight, serum testosterone concentration and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) concentration in prostate tissue. TP-induced prostatic hyperplasia and the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) were significantly attenuated in UMH-treated rats. In addition, UMH administration markedly induced the activation of caspases-3, - 8, and - 9 in prostate tissues of BPH rats, accompanied by upregulation of expression of Fas, Fas-associated protein with death domain (FADD), and Fas ligand (FasL) and a reduction in the ratio of B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) to Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax). CONCLUSIONS: UMH effectively inhibited the proliferation and promoted the apoptosis of prostate cells, suggesting it may be useful for the treatment of BPH.


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Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Hiperplasia Prostática/tratamento farmacológico , Ulmus , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Di-Hidrotestosterona/metabolismo , Masculino , Fitoterapia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Próstata/efeitos dos fármacos , Próstata/patologia , Próstata/fisiologia , Hiperplasia Prostática/induzido quimicamente , Hiperplasia Prostática/metabolismo , Hiperplasia Prostática/patologia , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Testosterona/sangue , Propionato de Testosterona
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Biol Pharm Bull ; 42(1): 1-9, 2019 Jan 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30381617

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Veratrum maackii (VM), a perennial plant in the Melanthiaceae family, has anti-hypertensive, anti-cholinergic, anti-asthmatic, anti-tussive, anti-fungal, anti-melanogenesis, and anti-tumor activities. Here, we investigated the therapeutic effect of VM on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in human normal prostate cell line (WPMY-1) and a testosterone propionate-induced BPH animal model. WPMY-1 cells were treated with VM (1-10 µg/mL) and testosterone propionate (100 nM). BPH in rats was generated via daily subcutaneous injections of testosterone propionate (3 mg/kg) dissolved in corn oil, for 4 weeks. VM (150 mg/kg) was administered daily for 4 weeks by oral gavage concurrently with the testosterone propionate. All rats were sacrificed and the prostates were dissected, weighed, and subjected to histological, immunohistochemical, and biochemical examinations. Immunoblotting experiments indicated that WPMY-1 cells treated testosterone propionate had increased expression of prostate specific antigen (PSA) and androgen receptor (AR), and treatment with VM or finasteride blocked this effect. In rat model, VM significantly reduced prostate weight, prostatic hyperplasia, prostatic levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and expression of proliferation markers such as proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and cyclin D1, but increased the expression of pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax) and the cleavage of caspase-3. VM administration also suppressed the testosterone propionate-induced activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB). Our results indicate that VM effectively represses the development of testosterone propionate-induced BPH, suggesting it may be a useful treatment agent for BPH.


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Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Hiperplasia Prostática/induzido quimicamente , Hiperplasia Prostática/tratamento farmacológico , Propionato de Testosterona/toxicidade , Veratrum , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/fisiologia , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Humanos , Masculino , Extratos Vegetais/isolamento & purificação , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Hiperplasia Prostática/patologia , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Resultado do Tratamento
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Biomed Chromatogr ; 33(2): e4388, 2019 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30238481

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In this study, we developed a method for the determination of Penicillium griseofulvum-oriented pyripyropene A (PPPA), a selective inhibitor of acyl-coenzyme A:cholesterol acyltransferase 2, in mouse and human plasma and validated it using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Pyripyropene A (PPPA) and an internal standard, carbamazepine, were separated using a Xterra MS C18 column with a mixture of acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid as the mobile phase. The ion transitions monitored in positive-ion mode [M + H]+ of multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) were m/z 148.0 from m/z 584.0 for PPPA and m/z 194.0 from m/z 237.0 for the internal standard. The detector response was specific and linear for PPPA at concentrations within the range from 1 to 5,000 ng/mL. The intra-/inter-day precision and accuracy of the method was acceptable by the criteria for assay validation. The matrix effects of PPPA ranged from 97.6 to 104.2% and from 93.3 to 105.3% in post-preparative mouse and human plasma samples, respectively. PPPA was also stable under various processing and/or handling conditions. Finally, PPPA concentrations in the mouse plasma samples could be measured after intravenous, intraperitoneal, or oral administration of PPPA, suggesting that the assay is useful for pharmacokinetic studies on mice and applicable to human studies.


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Cromatografia Líquida/métodos , Penicillium/química , Piridinas/sangue , Piridinas/farmacocinética , Sesquiterpenos/sangue , Sesquiterpenos/farmacocinética , Espectrometria de Massas em Tandem/métodos , Animais , Estabilidade de Medicamentos , Modelos Lineares , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos ICR , Piridinas/química , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Sensibilidade e Especificidade , Sesquiterpenos/química , Esterol O-Aciltransferase/antagonistas & inibidores
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Exp Biol Med (Maywood) ; 243(5): 408-417, 2018 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29409347

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FRY like transcription coactivator ( Fryl) gene located on chromosome 5 is a paralog of FRY microtubule binding protein ( Fry) in vertebrates. It encodes a protein with unknown functions. Fryl gene is conserved in various species ranging from eukaryotes to human. Although there are several reports on functions of Fry gene, functions of Fryl gene remain unclear. A mouse line containing null mutation in Fryl gene by gene trapping was produced in this study for the first time. The survival and growth of Fryl-/- mice were observed. Fryl gene expression levels in mouse tissues were determined and histopathologic analyses were conducted. Most Fryl-/- mice died soon after birth. Rare Fryl-/- survivors showed growth retardation with significantly lower body weight compared to their littermate controls. Although they could breed, more than half of Fryl-/- survivors died of hydronephrosis before age 1. No abnormal histopathologic lesion was apparent in full-term embryo or adult tissues except the kidney. Abnormal lining cell layer detachments from walls of collecting and convoluted tubules in kidneys were apparent in Fryl-/- neonates and full-term embryos. Fryl gene was expressed in renal tubular tissues including the glomeruli and convoluted and collecting tubules. This indicates that defects in tubular systems are associated with Fryl functions and death of Fryl-/- neonates. Fryl protein is required for normal development and functional maintenance of kidney in mice. This is the first report of in vivo Fryl gene functions. Impact statement FRY like transcription coactivator ( Fryl) gene is conserved in various species ranging from eukaryotes to human. It expresses a protein with unknown function. We generated a Fryl gene mutant mouse line and found that most homozygous mice died soon after their birth. Rare Fryl-/- survivors showed growth retardation with significantly lower body weight compared to their littermate controls. Although they could breed, more than half of Fryl-/- survivors died of hydronephrosis before age 1. Full-term mutant embryos showed abnormal collecting and convoluted tubules in kidneys where Fryl gene was expressed. Collectively, these results indicate that Fryl protein is required for normal development and functional maintenance of kidney in mice. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report on in vivo Fryl gene functions.


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Hidronefrose/genética , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/genética , Glomérulos Renais/embriologia , Túbulos Renais/embriologia , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Feminino , Hidronefrose/mortalidade , Peptídeos e Proteínas de Sinalização Intercelular/deficiência , Glomérulos Renais/patologia , Túbulos Renais/patologia , Masculino , Proteínas de Membrana/deficiência , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout
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Biol Pharm Bull ; 40(12): 2125-2133, 2017 Dec 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28943529

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Quisqualis indica (QI) has been used for treating disorders such as stomach pain, constipation, and digestion problem. This study was aimed to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of QI extract on treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) in LNCaP human prostate cancer cell line and a testosterone-induced BPH rat model. LNCaP cells were treated with QI plus testosterone propionate (TP), and androgen receptor (AR) and prostate specific antigen (PSA) expression levels were assessed by Western blotting. To induce BPH, the rats were subjected to a daily subcutaneous injection of TP (3 mg/kg) for 4 weeks. The rats in treatment group were orally gavaged with QI (150 mg/kg) together with the TP injection. In-vitro studies showed that TP-induced increases in AR and PSA expression in LNCaP cells were reduced by QI treatment. In BPH-model rats, the prostate weight, testosterone in serum, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) concentration and 5α-reductase type 2 mRNA expression in prostate tissue were significantly reduced following the treatment with QI. TP-induced prostatic hyperplasia and the expression of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) and cyclin D1 were significantly attenuated in QI-treated rats. In addition, QI induced apoptosis by up-regulating caspase-3 and -9 activity and decreasing the B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2)/Bcl-2-associated X protein (Bax) ratio in prostate tissues of BPH rats. Further investigation showed that TP-induced activation of AKT and glycogen synthase kinase 3ß (GSK3ß) was reduced by QI administration. Therefore, our findings suggest that QI attenuates the BPH state in rats through anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activities and might be useful in the clinical treatment of BPH.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Combretaceae/química , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Próstata/efeitos dos fármacos , Hiperplasia Prostática/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Di-Hidrotestosterona/sangue , Humanos , Masculino , Extratos Vegetais/uso terapêutico , Antígeno Nuclear de Célula em Proliferação , Próstata/citologia , Próstata/patologia , Antígeno Prostático Específico/sangue , Hiperplasia Prostática/sangue , Hiperplasia Prostática/induzido quimicamente , Hiperplasia Prostática/patologia , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Receptores Androgênicos/metabolismo , Sementes/química , Testosterona/sangue , Testosterona/metabolismo , Propionato de Testosterona/toxicidade
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Int Immunopharmacol ; 49: 67-76, 2017 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28551494

RESUMO

Isoimperatorin (IMP), an active natural furocoumarin, has numerous pharmacologic effects, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antispasmodic, and anticancer activities. This study aimed to evaluate the preventive activity of IMP in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced murine model of asthma and to investigate its possible molecular mechanisms. Female BALB/c mice were sensitized on days 0 and 14 via intraperitoneal injection of 20µg OVA. On days 21-23 after the initial sensitization, the mice received an airway challenge with OVA (1% w/v in PBS) for 1h; meanwhile, IMP (10 or 30mg/kg once daily) was administered by gavage on days 18-23. Our results revealed that IMP significantly lowered the productions of interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-13, eotaxin, and immunoglobulin (Ig)E in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), plasma, or lung tissues. Histological studies showed that IMP inhibited OVA-induced inflammatory cell infiltration and mucus production in the respiratory tract. In addition, pretreatment with IMP suppressed the activation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK), extracellular-signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2), and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). Together, these results suggest that IMP effectively inhibits airway inflammation and mucus hypersecretion by downregulating the levels of Th2 cytokines and inhibiting NF-κB and MAPK pathways.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Furocumarinas/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia/tratamento farmacológico , Células Th2/imunologia , Alérgenos/imunologia , Animais , Citocinas/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Humanos , Imunoglobulina E/sangue , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Proteína Quinase 3 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Muco/metabolismo , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Ovalbumina/imunologia , Transdução de Sinais , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo
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Int Immunopharmacol ; 31: 239-47, 2016 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26773771

RESUMO

meso-Dihydroguaiaretic acid (MDGA), which is a dibenzylbutane lignin isolated from the ethyl acetate fraction of Saururus chinensis, has various biological activities, including anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and neuroprotective effects. However, no report has examined the potential anti-asthmatic activity of MDGA. In this study, we evaluated the protective effects of MDGA on asthmatic responses, particularly airway inflammation and mucus hypersecretion in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced murine model of asthma. Intragastric administration of MDGA significantly lowered the productions of interleukin (IL)-4, IL-5, IL-13, tumor necrosis-α (TNF-α), eotaxin, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and immunoglobulin (Ig)E in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), plasma, or lung tissues. Histological studies showed that MDGA inhibited OVA-induced inflammatory cell infiltration and mucus production in the respiratory tract. Moreover, MDGA markedly attenuated the OVA-induced activations of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), extracellular-signal-regulated kinases 1/2 (ERK1/2), and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK). Together, these results suggest that MDGA effectively inhibits airway inflammation and mucus hypersecretion by downregulating the levels of T helper 2 (Th2) cytokines, chemokines, and adhesion molecules, and inhibiting the activations of NF-κB and MAPKs.


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Antiasmáticos/uso terapêutico , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Guaiacol/análogos & derivados , Lignanas/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia/tratamento farmacológico , Saururaceae/imunologia , Animais , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Quimiocina CCL2/metabolismo , Citocinas/metabolismo , Feminino , Guaiacol/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Imunoglobulina E/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Células Th2/imunologia , Molécula 1 de Adesão de Célula Vascular/metabolismo
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Toxicol Appl Pharmacol ; 291: 38-45, 2016 Jan 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26701066

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Obesity increases the risk of chronic liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, alcohol-induced liver disease, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. In this study, we investigated the effects of obesity in acute hepatic failure using a murine model of thioacetamide (TA)-induced liver injury. Genetically obese ob/ob mice, together with non-obese ob/+ littermates, were subjected to a single intraperitoneal injection of TA, and examined for signs of hepatic injury. ob/ob mice showed a significantly higher survival rate, lower levels of serum alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase, and less hepatic necrosis and apoptosis, compared with ob/+ mice. In addition, ob/ob mice exhibited significantly lower levels of malondialdehyde and significantly higher levels of glutathione and antioxidant enzyme activities compared with their ob/+ counterparts. Bioactivation analyses revealed reduced plasma clearance of TA and covalent binding of [(14)C]TA to liver macromolecules in ob/ob mice. Together, these data demonstrate that genetically obese mice are resistant to TA-induced acute liver injury through diminished bioactivation of TA and antioxidant effects.


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Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/genética , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/prevenção & controle , Obesidade/genética , Tioacetamida/toxicidade , Animais , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/metabolismo , Dose Letal Mediana , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Obesos , Obesidade/metabolismo , Tioacetamida/metabolismo
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Biol Pharm Bull ; 39(2): 221-9, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26632199

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Manassantin A, a neolignan isolated from Saururus chinensis, is a major phytochemical compound that has various biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, neuroleptic, and human acyl-CoA : cholesterol acyltransferase (ACAT) inhibitory activities. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of manassantin A against ethanol-induced acute gastric injury in rats. Gastric injury was induced by intragastric administration of 5 mL/kg body weight of absolute ethanol to each rat. The positive control group and the manassantin A group were given oral doses of omeprazole (20 mg/kg) or manassantin A (15 mg/kg), respectively, 1 h prior to the administration of absolute ethanol. Our examinations revealed that manassantin A pretreatment reduced ethanol-induced hemorrhage, hyperemia, and epithelial cell loss in the gastric mucosa. Manassantin A pretreatment also attenuated the increased lipid peroxidation associated with ethanol-induced acute gastric lesions, increased the mucosal glutathione (GSH) content, and enhanced the activities of antioxidant enzymes. The levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, and IL-1ß were clearly decreased in the manassantin A-pretreated group. In addition, manassantin A pretreatment enhanced the levels of cyclooxygenase (COX)-1, COX-2, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and reduced the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) overproduction and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) phosphorylation. Collectively, these results indicate that manassantin A protects the gastric mucosa from ethanol-induced acute gastric injury, and suggest that these protective effects might be associated with COX/PGE2 stimulation, inhibition of iNOS production and NF-κB activation, and improvements in the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory status.


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Antiulcerosos/farmacologia , Lignanas/farmacologia , Gastropatias/induzido quimicamente , Animais , Antiulcerosos/química , Catalase , Etanol , Glutationa , Lignanas/química , Masculino , Malondialdeído , Estrutura Molecular , Omeprazol/farmacologia , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Saururaceae/química , Gastropatias/prevenção & controle , Superóxido Dismutase
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Lab Anim Res ; 31(1): 1-6, 2015 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25806077

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The leptin receptor-deficient db/db mouse is a rodent model of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Diabetes in db/db mice shows an age-dependent progression, with early insulin resistance followed by an insulin secretory defect resulting in profound hyperglycemia. However, there is insufficient data on agedependent changes of energy metabolism in db/db mice. We demonstrated an age-dependent decrease in the respiratory exchange ratio (RER), calculated by a ratio of VO2/VCO2, in db/db mice. The RER determined by indirect calorimetry, was 1.03 in db/db mice under 6 weeks of age, which were similar to those in heterozygote (db/+) and wild-type (+/+) mice. However, RER decreased from approximately 0.9 to 0.8 by 10 weeks of age and subsequently returned to approximately 0.9 at 22 weeks of age. The changes in RER were concurrent with the alterations in body weight and blood glucose level. However, other metabolic indicators such as glucose tolerance, changes in body fat mass, and urinary glucose levels, did not change with age. The results suggested that the energy source utilized in db/db mice changed with the age-related progression of diabetes.

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Hepatology ; 60(1): 146-57, 2014 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24492981

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UNLABELLED: Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is the major enzyme that metabolizes acetaldehyde produced from alcohol metabolism. Approximately 40-50% of East Asians carry an inactive ALDH2 gene and exhibit acetaldehyde accumulation after alcohol consumption. However, the role of ALDH2 deficiency in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver injury remains obscure. In the present study, wild-type and ALDH2(-/-) mice were subjected to ethanol feeding and/or carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ) treatment, and liver injury was assessed. Compared with wild-type mice, ethanol-fed ALDH2(-/-) mice had higher levels of malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde (MAA) adduct and greater hepatic inflammation, with higher hepatic interleukin (IL)-6 expression but surprisingly lower levels of steatosis and serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT). Higher IL-6 levels were also detected in ethanol-treated precision-cut liver slices from ALDH2(-/-) mice and in Kupffer cells isolated from ethanol-fed ALDH2(-/-) mice than those levels in wild-type mice. In vitro incubation with MAA enhanced the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated stimulation of IL-6 production in Kupffer cells. In agreement with these findings, hepatic activation of the major IL-6 downstream signaling molecule signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) was higher in ethanol-fed ALDH2(-/-) mice than in wild-type mice. An additional deletion of hepatic STAT3 increased steatosis and hepatocellular damage in ALDH2(-/-) mice. Finally, ethanol-fed ALDH2(-/-) mice were more prone to CCl4 -induced liver inflammation and fibrosis than ethanol-fed wild-type mice. CONCLUSION: ALDH2(-/-) mice are resistant to ethanol-induced steatosis but prone to inflammation and fibrosis by way of MAA-mediated paracrine activation of IL-6 in Kupffer cells. These findings suggest that alcohol, by way of acetaldehyde and its associated adducts, stimulates hepatic inflammation and fibrosis independent from causing hepatocyte death, and that ALDH2-deficient individuals may be resistant to steatosis and blood ALT elevation, but are prone to liver inflammation and fibrosis following alcohol consumption.


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Aldeído Desidrogenase/genética , Fígado Gorduroso Alcoólico/enzimologia , Hepatite/enzimologia , Cirrose Hepática/enzimologia , Acetaldeído/metabolismo , Aldeído Desidrogenase/sangue , Aldeído Desidrogenase/deficiência , Aldeído-Desidrogenase Mitocondrial , Animais , Intoxicação por Tetracloreto de Carbono/enzimologia , Intoxicação por Tetracloreto de Carbono/genética , Depressores do Sistema Nervoso Central/farmacocinética , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/enzimologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/genética , Citocromo P-450 CYP2E1/metabolismo , Etanol/farmacocinética , Fígado Gorduroso Alcoólico/genética , Feminino , Hepatite/genética , Isoenzimas/metabolismo , Macrófagos do Fígado/enzimologia , Cirrose Hepática/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/fisiologia , Retinal Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo
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Hepatology ; 59(3): 1094-106, 2014 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24115096

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UNLABELLED: Prednisolone is a corticosteroid that has been used to treat inflammatory liver diseases such as autoimmune hepatitis and alcoholic hepatitis. However, the results have been controversial, and how prednisolone affects liver disease progression remains unknown. In the current study we examined the effect of prednisolone treatment on several models of liver injury, including T/NKT cell hepatitis induced by concanavalin A (ConA) and α-galactosylceramide (α-GalCer), and hepatotoxin-mediated hepatitis induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 ) and/or ethanol. Prednisolone administration attenuated ConA- and α-GalCer-induced hepatitis and systemic inflammatory responses. Treating mice with prednisolone also suppressed inflammatory responses in a model of hepatotoxin (CCl4 )-induced hepatitis, but surprisingly exacerbated liver injury and delayed liver repair. In addition, administration of prednisolone also enhanced acetaminophen-, ethanol-, or ethanol plus CCl4 -induced liver injury. Immunohistochemical and flow cytometric analyses demonstrated that prednisolone treatment inhibited hepatic macrophage and neutrophil infiltration in CCl4 -induced hepatitis and suppressed their phagocytic activities in vivo and in vitro. Macrophage and/or neutrophil depletion aggravated CCl4 -induced liver injury and impeded liver regeneration. Finally, conditional disruption of glucocorticoid receptor in macrophages and neutrophils abolished prednisolone-mediated exacerbation of hepatotoxin-induced liver injury. CONCLUSION: Prednisolone treatment prevents T/NKT cell hepatitis but exacerbates hepatotoxin-induced liver injury by inhibiting macrophage- and neutrophil-mediated phagocytic and hepatic regenerative functions. These findings may not only increase our understanding of the steroid treatment mechanism but also help us to better manage steroid therapy in liver diseases.


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Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/tratamento farmacológico , Células Matadoras Naturais/efeitos dos fármacos , Prednisolona/farmacologia , Linfócitos T/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Tetracloreto de Carbono/toxicidade , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/imunologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/patologia , Concanavalina A/toxicidade , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Galactosilceramidas/toxicidade , Glucocorticoides/farmacologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/imunologia , Células Matadoras Naturais/patologia , Regeneração Hepática/efeitos dos fármacos , Regeneração Hepática/imunologia , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Mitógenos/toxicidade , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Neutrófilos/patologia , Linfócitos T/imunologia , Linfócitos T/patologia
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J Vet Sci ; 14(3): 257-62, 2013.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23820201

RESUMO

Vitamin D3 up-regulated protein 1 (VDUP1) is a potent growth suppressor that inhibits tumor cell proliferation and cell cycle progression when overexpressed. In a previous study, we showed that VDUP1 knockout (KO) mice exhibited accelerated liver regeneration because such animals could effectively control the expression of cell cycle regulators that drive the G1-to-S phase progression. In the present study, we further investigated the role played by VDUP1 in initial priming of liver regeneration. To accomplish this, VDUP1 KO and wild-type (WT) mice were subjected to 70% partial hepatectomy (PH) and sacrificed at different times after surgery. The hepatic levels of TNF-α and IL-6 increased after PH, but there were no significant differences between VDUP1 KO and WT mice. Nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB), c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK), and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT-3) were activated much earlier and to a greater extent in VDUP1 KO mice after PH. A single injection of TNF-α or IL-6 caused rapid activation of JNK and STAT-3 expression in both mice, but the responses were stronger and more sustained in VDUP1 KO mice. In conclusion, our findings provide evidence that VDUP1 plays a role in initiation of liver regeneration.


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Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Hepatócitos/citologia , Fígado/fisiologia , Regeneração , Tiorredoxinas/genética , Animais , Western Blotting , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células , Hepatectomia , Hepatócitos/fisiologia , Proteínas Quinases JNK Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Proteínas Quinases JNK Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos Knockout , NF-kappa B/genética , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/genética , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Tiorredoxinas/metabolismo
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J Vet Med Sci ; 75(3): 299-307, 2013.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23117827

RESUMO

Deregulated Wnt signaling pathway is implicated in many hereditary diseases and tumorigenesis including colorectal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and gastric cancer. In this study, to assess the relationship between chemically induced gastric tumor and canonical Wnt signaling pathway in genetically intact mice, histopathological and quantitative mRNA analyses were performed in C57BL/6J mice given drinking water containing N-methyl- N-nitrosurea (MNU). 60.5% of gastric adenoma and 27.9% of adenocarcinoma were observed 48 weeks after first administration. Also, in immunohistochemical analysis, aberrant expressions of phospho-GSK-3ß, ß-catenin, cyclin D1, c-Myc, osteopontin and COX-2 were found. In double immunofluorescent-antibody stains, ß-catenin accumulation was colocalized with other proteins. mRNA levels of cyclin D1, c-myc and COX-2 were relatively higher in adenocarcinoma. Altogether, canonical Wnt pathway was highly involved in MNU induced gastric neoplasia of C57BL/6J mice, and it could be a considerably suitable system for the study to examine the linkage between gastric tumorigenesis and the canonical Wnt pathway.


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Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Metilnitrosoureia/toxicidade , Neoplasias Gástricas/induzido quimicamente , Via de Sinalização Wnt/fisiologia , Animais , Imuno-Histoquímica , Camundongos , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo
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Gut ; 61(1): 53-63, 2012 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21917648

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D(3) upregulated protein 1 (VDUP1) is a potent tumour suppressor whose expression is dramatically reduced in various types of human cancers, including gastric cancer. However, the precise mechanisms underlying tumour development remain unclear. In the present study, the authors examined the effect of VDUP1 on Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric carcinogenesis in mice. DESIGN: Gastric cancer was generated in VDUP1 knockout (KO) and wild-type mice using a combination of N-methyl-N-nitrosourea treatment and H pylori infection. Fifty weeks after treatment, gastric tissues from both types of mice were examined by histopathology, immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting. In vitro tests on the human gastric cancer cell line, AGS, were also performed to identify the underlying mechanisms of cancer development. RESULTS: The overall incidence of gastric cancer was significantly higher in VDUP1 KO mice than in wild-type mice. Similarly, VDUP1 KO mice showed more severe chronic gastritis, glandular atrophy, foveolar hyperplasia, metaplasia and dysplasia. Although no differences in the apoptotic index were apparent, lack of VDUP1 increased the rate of gastric epithelial cell proliferation in non-cancerous stomachs, with corresponding increases in tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) level, nuclear transcription factor kappa B (NF-κB) activation and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression. An in vitro study showed that H pylori-associated cell proliferation and induction of TNFα, NF-κB and COX-2 were inhibited in cells transfected with VDUP1. In addition, overexpression of VDUP1 in AGS cells suppressed TNFα-induced NF-κB activation and COX-2 expression. CONCLUSION: Our data show that VDUP1 negatively regulates H pylori-associated gastric carcinogenesis, in part by disrupting cell growth and inhibiting the induction of TNFα, NF-κB and COX-2. These findings provide important insights into the role of VDUP1 in H pylori-associated tumourigenesis.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/metabolismo , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Infecções por Helicobacter/complicações , Helicobacter pylori , Neoplasias Gástricas/etiologia , Tiorredoxinas/metabolismo , Animais , Biomarcadores Tumorais/fisiologia , Proteínas de Transporte/fisiologia , Processos de Crescimento Celular/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Humanos , Metilnitrosoureia/efeitos adversos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Distribuição Aleatória , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo , Tiorredoxinas/fisiologia , Análise Serial de Tecidos , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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J Hepatol ; 54(6): 1168-76, 2011 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21145821

RESUMO

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Liver regeneration is a complicated process involving a variety of interacting factors. Vitamin D3 up-regulated protein 1 (VDUP1) is a potent growth suppressor that, upon over-expression, inhibits tumor cell proliferation and cell-cycle progression. Here, we investigated the function of VDUP1 in liver regeneration following hepatectomy in mice. METHODS: Liver regeneration after 70% partial hepatectomy (PH) was compared in VDUP1 knockout (KO) and wild-type (WT) mice, and the activities of proliferative- and cell-cycle-related signaling pathways were measured. RESULTS: Compared with WT mice, liver recovery was significantly accelerated in VDUP1 KO mice during the first day after PH, in association with increased DNA synthesis. Consistent with this observation, the expression levels of key cell-cycle regulatory proteins, including cyclin D, cyclin E, cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), p21, and p27, were markedly altered in the livers of VDUP1 KO mice. Induction of growth factors and activation of proliferative signaling pathway components including extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2), Akt, glycogen synthase kinase 3ß (GSK3ß), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), and p70S6 kinase (p70(S6K)), occurred much earlier and to a greater extent in VDUP1 KO mouse livers. In addition, primary hepatocytes isolated from VDUP1 KO mice displayed increased activation of ERK1/2 and Akt in response to HGF and TGF-α. CONCLUSIONS: Our results reveal an important role for VDUP1 in the regulation of proliferative signaling during liver regeneration. Altered activation of genes involved in ERK1/2 and Akt signaling pathways may explain the accelerated growth responses seen in VDUP1 KO mice.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Transporte/fisiologia , Regeneração Hepática/fisiologia , Tiorredoxinas/fisiologia , Animais , Proteínas de Transporte/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Proliferação de Células , Tamanho Celular , Ciclinas/metabolismo , Hepatectomia , Fator de Crescimento de Hepatócito/farmacologia , Hepatócitos/citologia , Hepatócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Hepatócitos/metabolismo , Regeneração Hepática/genética , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Tiorredoxinas/antagonistas & inibidores , Tiorredoxinas/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador alfa/farmacologia
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Clin Vaccine Immunol ; 17(12): 2029-32, 2010 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-20943879

RESUMO

The ability of potato-derived major surface antigen of hepatitis B virus (P-HBsAg) to elicit antibody responses to different dosages of P-HBsAg ranging from 0.02 to 30 µg administered orally in mice was examined. All immunized groups produced specific serum IgG and fecal IgA antibodies against P-HBsAg, even at low levels (<5 µg), after administration of a 0.5-µg yeast-derived HBsAg (Y-HBsAg; LG Life Sciences, Republic of Korea) booster.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Anti-Hepatite B/análise , Anticorpos Anti-Hepatite B/sangue , Antígenos de Superfície da Hepatite B/imunologia , Vacinas contra Hepatite B/imunologia , Administração Oral , Animais , Sangue/imunologia , Antígenos de Superfície da Hepatite B/administração & dosagem , Antígenos de Superfície da Hepatite B/genética , Vacinas contra Hepatite B/administração & dosagem , Vacinas contra Hepatite B/genética , Imunoglobulina A/análise , Imunoglobulina G/sangue , Mucosa Intestinal/imunologia , Camundongos , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , República da Coreia , Solanum tuberosum/genética , Vacinas Sintéticas/administração & dosagem , Vacinas Sintéticas/genética , Vacinas Sintéticas/imunologia
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