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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(3): 235-245, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865915

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an intractable ailment, in which may chronic inflammations/ulcerations may develop in the mucosal lining of the colon with multiple recurrences. Various drugs such as steroids, immunosuppressants, and antibiotics are extensively used to treat UC. The patients suffer from adverse effects of these advanced drugs. So, they need a harmless therapeutic agent from natural sources. The therapeutic D-carvone has an anti-inflammatory action against the investigational colon cancer models. Therefore, we analyzed the effect of D-carvone on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) provoked colitis model in mice as follows: Group I: noncolitis healthy control mice; Group II: ulcerative colitis mice models; Group III: D-carvone (40 mg/kg) + ulcerative colitis models; Group IV: sulfasalazine (50 mg/kg) + ulcerative colitis models. On the 8th day, the experimental study was terminated and serum samples and colon tissues were processed for further analysis. The effect of D-carvone at different concentration was studied on the LPS challenged RAW 264.7 cell lines. The D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treatment maintained the colon length and decreased disease activity index (DAI) score in UC animals. The increased antioxidant enzymes status and decreased oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory markers were noted in the D-carvone (40 mg/ kg) + UC mice. Histopathological study of colon tissue of D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treated UC mice displayed less mucosal damage and improved crypt integrity and goblet cells compared with DSS only provoked mice. The im-munohistochemical expression of iNOS and COX-2 was drastically diminished in the D-carvone treated UC mice. D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treatment appreciably diminished the LPS provoked NO production and pro-inflammatory modulators in the RAW 264.7 macrophage cell lines. These findings proved that D-carvone has a potential therapeutic effect to prevent LPS induced inflammation in in vitro cells and chemically induced ulcerative colitis in vivo models.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Colite Ulcerativa/tratamento farmacológico , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos/uso terapêutico , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/sangue , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Colite Ulcerativa/imunologia , Colite Ulcerativa/patologia , Colo/efeitos dos fármacos , Colo/imunologia , Colo/patologia , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos/administração & dosagem , Sulfato de Dextrana , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Lipopolissacarídeos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Células RAW 264.7
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Life Sci ; 259: 118382, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32898532

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AIM: Vancomycin (VCM) is a glycopeptide antibiotic widely used to treat serious infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and has been associated with some severe side effects such as hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. However, the underlying mechanism of VCM-induced hepatotoxicity is not yet fully understood. Therefore, the current study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of zingerone (Zin) against VCM-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: VCM was intraperitoneally administered at a dose of 200 mg/kg body weight (b.w.) for 7 days alone and in combination with the orally administered Zin (25 and 50 mg/kg b.w). KEY FINDINGS: Zin treatment significantly improved VCM-induced hepatic lipid peroxidation, glutathione depletion, reduced antioxidant enzyme (superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase) activities and liver function markers (aspartate aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase and alanine aminotransferase). Histopathological integrity and immunohistochemical expression of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in the VCM-induced liver tissue were ameliorated after Zin administration. In addition, Zin reversed the changes in levels and/or activities of inflammatory and apoptotic parameters such as nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-1ß (IL-1ß), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), p53, cysteine aspartate specific protease-3 (caspase-3), cysteine aspartate specific protease-8 (caspase-8), cytochrome c, Bcl-2 associated X protein (Bax) and B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) in the VCM-induced hepatotoxicity. SIGNIFICANCE: Collectively, these results reveal probable ameliorative role of Zin against VCM-induced hepatotoxicity.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/tratamento farmacológico , Guaiacol/análogos & derivados , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Vancomicina/toxicidade , Animais , Western Blotting , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Guaiacol/uso terapêutico , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Peroxidação de Lipídeos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/metabolismo , Masculino , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4064, 2020 08 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32792542

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Regulation of the programming of tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) controls tumour growth and anti-tumour immunity. We examined the role of FGF2 in that regulation. Tumours in mice genetically deficient in low-molecular weight FGF2 (FGF2LMW) regress dependent on T cells. Yet, TAMS not T cells express FGF receptors. Bone marrow derived-macrophages from Fgf2LMW-/- mice co-injected with cancer cells reduce tumour growth and express more inflammatory cytokines. FGF2 is induced in the tumour microenvironment following fractionated radiation in murine tumours consistent with clinical reports. Combination treatment of in vivo tumours with fractionated radiation and a blocking antibody to FGF2 prolongs tumour growth delay, increases long-term survival and leads to a higher iNOS+/CD206+ TAM ratio compared to irradiation alone. These studies show for the first time that FGF2 affects macrophage programming and is a critical regulator of immunity in the tumour microenvironment.


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Fator 2 de Crescimento de Fibroblastos/metabolismo , Radioterapia/métodos , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Fator 2 de Crescimento de Fibroblastos/genética , Células HT29 , Humanos , Lectinas Tipo C/genética , Lectinas Tipo C/metabolismo , Ativação de Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ativação de Macrófagos/efeitos da radiação , Lectinas de Ligação a Manose/genética , Lectinas de Ligação a Manose/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos Nus , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Receptores de Superfície Celular/genética , Receptores de Superfície Celular/metabolismo , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos dos fármacos , Microambiente Tumoral/efeitos da radiação , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0233818, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857777

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Macrophages serve as a first line of defense against infection with the facultative intracellular pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans (Cn). However, the ability of these innate phagocytic cells to destroy ingested Cn is strongly influenced by polarization state with classically (M1) activated macrophages better able to control cryptococcal infections than alternatively (M2) activated cells. While earlier studies have demonstrated that intracellular Cn minimally affects the expression of M1 and M2 markers, the impact on the broader transcriptome associated with these states remains unclear. To investigate this, an in vitro cell culture model of intracellular infection together with RNA sequencing-based transcriptome profiling was used to measure the impact of Cn infection on gene expression in both polarization states. The gene expression profile of both M1 and M2 cells was extensively altered to become more like naive (M0) macrophages. Gene ontology analysis suggested that this involved changes in the activity of the Janus kinase-signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK-STAT), p53, and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathways. Analyses of the principle polarization markers at the protein-level also revealed discrepancies between the RNA- and protein-level responses. In contrast to earlier studies, intracellular Cn was found to increase protein levels of the M1 marker iNos. In addition, common gene expression changes were identified that occurred post-Cn infection, independent of polarization state. This included upregulation of the transcriptional co-regulator Cited1, which was also apparent at the protein level in M1-polarized macrophages. These changes constitute a transcriptional signature of macrophage Cn infection and provide new insights into how Cn impacts gene expression and the phenotype of host phagocytes.


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Cryptococcus neoformans/patogenicidade , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Macrófagos/microbiologia , Animais , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/genética , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/metabolismo , Cryptococcus neoformans/imunologia , Ontologia Genética , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Imunidade Inata/genética , Ativação de Macrófagos/genética , Ativação de Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/imunologia , Camundongos , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Células RAW 264.7 , Transativadores/genética , Transativadores/metabolismo , Transcriptoma
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Life Sci ; 258: 118177, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738364

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AIM: Omapatrilat is an antagonist of angiotensin-converting (ACE) and neprilysin-neuropeptidase (NEP) enzymes. The aim of our study is to show that omapatrilat may have beneficial effects as a treatment for polymicrobial sepsis. MAIN METHODS: A cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) sepsis model was used to evaluate 10 and 20 mg/kg doses of omapatrilat in mice (n = 30) fasted for 12 h. The lungs were removed 12 h after CLP, and lung levels of cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-alpha [TNF-α], interleukin-6 [IL-6], NF-κB), iNOS and eNOS mRNA expression, GSH and MDA levels, and ACE and NEP activities were determined. Histopathological examinations were also performed. KEY FINDINGS: Omapatrilat treatment provided a dose-dependent reduction in oxidative stress and inflammatory parameters in lung tissues. Omapatrilat administration decreased lung iNOS and eNOS mRNA levels at 20 mg/kg dose. Histopathological analysis revealed a decline in the thickening and edema areas in the alveolar septa in the Sepsis+OMA20 group. SIGNIFICANCE: Omapatrilat, a dual ACE and NEP inhibitor, protected lung tissue from sepsis damage by reducing ACE and NEP activities, by decreasing the mRNA expression levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, and NF-κB), by suppressing leukocyte infiltration and edema, by restoring iNOS and eNOS levels, and by restoring SOD activity and GSH and MDA levels, thereby reducing oxidative stress.


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Neprilisina/metabolismo , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Sepse/enzimologia , Transdução de Sinais , Animais , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Interleucina-6/genética , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Pulmão/enzimologia , Pulmão/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Sepse/patologia , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/genética , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 258: 118137, 2020 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32712299

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AIMS: Chagas disease is a neglected tropical disease. The ability of Trypanosoma cruzi to survive within phagocytes is likely a critical factor for T. cruzi dissemination in the host. For control of the parasite load and host survival, macrophage action is required. Concanavalin-A (Con-A) presents properties that modulate immune functions and protect hosts from several experimental infectious diseases. Here, we evaluated the effects of Con-A on peritoneal macrophages as well as on the course of experimental infection by T. cruzi. MAIN METHODS: BALB/c mice, a susceptible model for T. cruzi infection, were treated with Con-A via the intraperitoneal route and 3 days later infected with T. cruzi. We quantified parasitemia, cytokines and nitric oxide (NO). Peritoneal exudate and macrophages were collected for macrophage phenotyping and cell viability, NO and cytokine detection, as well as for T. cruzi internalization and release index determination. KEY FINDINGS: Con-A treatment induced IL-17a and NO production by cells from the peritoneal cavity, and M1 marker expression predominated on peritoneal macrophages. These cells are also more prone to producing TNF-α, IL-6 and NO when infected by T. cruzi and show high trypanocidal capacity. Due to a hostile peritoneal microenvironment caused by Con-A, which induces macrophage cNOS and iNOS expression, infected BALB/c mice showed reduced parasitemia and an increased survival rate. SIGNIFICANCE: We conclude that Con-A can induce peritoneal M1 macrophage polarization to increase trypanocidal activity, resulting in ameliorated systemic infection in a susceptible experimental model.


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Polaridade Celular , Doença de Chagas/patologia , Concanavalina A/farmacologia , Interleucina-17/metabolismo , Macrófagos Peritoneais/patologia , Macrófagos Peritoneais/parasitologia , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Trypanosoma cruzi/fisiologia , Animais , Polaridade Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Doença de Chagas/metabolismo , Feminino , Macrófagos Peritoneais/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Parasitemia/metabolismo , Parasitemia/patologia , Trypanosoma cruzi/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(7): e0236300, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32702056

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Breadfruit is a traditional staple crop from Pacific islands with the potential to improve worldwide food security and mitigate diabetes. Flour produced from breadfruit is a gluten-free, low glycemic index, nutrient dense and complete protein option for modern foods but basic scientific knowledge of health impacts of a breadfruit-based diet in animals and humans was lacking. We designed a series of studies to provide basic and fundamental data on impacts of a breadfruit-based diet through an in vitro and in vivo model. Cooked breadfruit flour was digested through a multi-stage enzyme digestion model to estimate protein digestibility in comparison to wheat flour. Breadfruit protein was found to be easier to digest than wheat protein in the enzyme digestion model. The flour digestions were applied to Caco-2 cells to test the cytotoxicity and to measure the immunogenicity through cytokine expression. No significant differences were observed for immune factors and cytokines (IL-4, IL-10, IL-8, TNF-α, IFN-γ) on Caco-2 cells between the breadfruit and wheat groups. A breadfruit-based rodent chow was formulated by substitution of all of the wheat in the standard formulation with breadfruit. The diets were isocaloric, nutrient equivalent and used to feed male and female C57BL/6 mice for 21 days. No sign of malnutrition, discomfort, illness or death was observed among the mice because of the diet. The histology and the cytokine expression of the mice ileum from both groups were analyzed and showed similar results. The expression of major bacteria was measured in the colon and showed similar results. Mice fed the breadfruit diet had a significantly higher growth rate and body weight than standard diet fed mice. No negative health outcomes were observed in studies with in vitro or in vivo models and breadfruit flour is a healthy alternative to other starches for modern foods.


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Artocarpus/química , Farinha , Abastecimento de Alimentos , Alimentos , Animais , Composição Corporal/efeitos dos fármacos , Células CACO-2 , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Citocinas/metabolismo , Dieta , Fezes/química , Humanos , Íleo/efeitos dos fármacos , Íleo/patologia , Interleucina-1beta/farmacologia , Lipopolissacarídeos/farmacologia , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Minerais/análise , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0233612, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32479520

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BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating gastrointestinal disease of neonates, especially premature neonates. To date, there is no prophylactic treatment against NEC, except breast milk and slow increase in enteral feeding, and there is no antenatal prophylaxis. AIMS: To assess possible protective effects of antenatal N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) against the intestinal pathophysiological changes associated with NEC in a rat model of NEC and against its associated mortality. METHODS: Newborn Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into 5 groups: control (n = 33); NEC (n = 32)-subjected to hypoxia and formula feeding for 4 days to induce NEC; NEC-NAC (n = 34)-with induced NEC and concomitant postnatal NAC administration; NAC-NEC (n = 33)-born to dams treated with NAC for the last 3 days of pregnancy starting at gestational age of 18 days, and then subjected to induced NEC after birth; NAC-NEC-NAC (n = 36)-subjected to induced NEC with both prenatal and postnatal NAC treatment. At day of life 5, weight and survival of pups in the different groups were examined, and pups were euthanized. Ileal TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1ß, IL-10, NFkB p65, iNOS and cleaved caspase 3 protein levels (western blot) and mRNA expression (RT-PCR) were compared between groups. RESULTS: Pup mortality was significantly reduced in the NAC-NEC-NAC group compared to NEC (11% vs. 34%, P<0.05). Ileal protein levels and mRNA expression of all injury markers tested except IL-10 were significantly increased in NEC compared to control. These markers were significantly reduced in all NAC treatment groups (NEC-NAC, NAC-NEC, and NAC-NEC-NAC) compared to NEC. The most pronounced decrease was observed in the NAC-NEC NAC group. CONCLUSIONS: Antenatal NAC decreases injury markers and mortality associated with NEC in a rat model. Antenatal administration of NAC may present a novel approach for NEC prophylaxis in pregnancies with risk for preterm birth.


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Acetilcisteína/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Enterocolite Necrosante/prevenção & controle , Depuradores de Radicais Livres/uso terapêutico , Acetilcisteína/administração & dosagem , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Enterocolite Necrosante/tratamento farmacológico , Enterocolite Necrosante/metabolismo , Feminino , Depuradores de Radicais Livres/administração & dosagem , Interleucinas/metabolismo , Masculino , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(6): e0233767, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32531779

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Functional and anatomical connection between the liver and the spleen is most clearly manifested in various pathological conditions of the liver (cirrhosis, hepatitis). The mechanisms of the interaction between the two organs are still poorly understood, as there have been practically no studies on the influence exerted by the spleen on the normal liver. Mature male Sprague-Dawley rats of 250-260 g body weight, 3 months old, were splenectomized. The highest numbers of Ki67+ hepatocytes in the liver of splenectomized rats were observed at 24 h after the surgery, simultaneously with the highest index of Ki67-positive hepatocytes. After surgical removal of the spleen, expression of certain genes in the liver tissues increased. A number of genes were upregulated in the liver at a single time point of 24 h, including Ccne1, Egf, Tnfa, Il6, Hgf, Met, Tgfb1r2 and Nos2. The expression of Ccnd1, Tgfb1, Tgfb1r1 and Il10 in the liver was upregulated over the course of 3 days after splenectomy. Monitoring of the liver macrophage populations in splenectomized animals revealed a statistically significant increase in the proportion of CD68-positive cells in the liver (as compared with sham-operated controls) detectable at 24 h and 48 h after the surgery. The difference in the liver content of CD68-positive cells between splenectomized and sham-operated animals evened out by day 3 after the surgery. No alterations in the liver content of CD163-positive cells were observed in the experiments. A decrease in the proportion of CD206-positive liver macrophages was observed at 48 h after splenectomy. The splenectomy-induced hepatocyte proliferation is described by us for the first time. Mechanistically, the effect is apparently induced by the removal of spleen as a major source of Tgfb1 (hepatocyte growth inhibitor) and subsequently supported by activation of proliferation factor-encoding genes in the liver.


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Proliferação de Células , Hepatócitos/metabolismo , Esplenectomia/efeitos adversos , Animais , Hepatócitos/fisiologia , Interleucina-6/genética , Interleucina-6/metabolismo , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Macrófagos/fisiologia , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Transcriptoma , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(26): 14694-14702, 2020 06 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32554491

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Innate immune cells destroy pathogens within a transient organelle called the phagosome. When pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) displayed on the pathogen are recognized by Toll-like receptors (TLRs) on the host cell, it activates inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS2) which instantly fills the phagosome with nitric oxide (NO) to clear the pathogen. Selected pathogens avoid activating NOS2 by concealing key PAMPs from their cognate TLRs. Thus, the ability to map NOS2 activity triggered by PAMPs can reveal critical mechanisms underlying pathogen susceptibility. Here, we describe DNA-based probes that ratiometrically report phagosomal and endosomal NO, and can be molecularly programmed to display precise stoichiometries of any desired PAMP. By mapping phagosomal NO produced in microglia of live zebrafish brains, we found that single-stranded RNA of bacterial origin acts as a PAMP and activates NOS2 by engaging TLR-7. This technology can be applied to study PAMP-TLR interactions in diverse organisms.


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Encéfalo/enzimologia , DNA/química , Corantes Fluorescentes/química , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II , Animais , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Química Encefálica , DNA/metabolismo , Corantes Fluorescentes/metabolismo , Técnicas de Inativação de Genes , Camundongos , Microglia/química , Microglia/enzimologia , Microglia/metabolismo , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Sondas Moleculares/química , Sondas Moleculares/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/análise , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/química , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Fagossomos/química , Fagossomos/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra
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Gen Physiol Biophys ; 39(3): 249-258, 2020 May.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32525818

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Nitric oxide is known as relaxing factor because it acts as a vasodilator, increases blood flow, and inhibits platelet aggregation and adhesion, on the other hand nitric oxide can modulate cellular and physiological processes to limit oxidative injury, limiting processes such as leukocyte adhesion. As the complete mechanism of myricetin and its cardiovascular benefits is not completely understood, the aim of this study was to investigate the antihypertensive activity of myricetin in human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC). Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) activity, nitric oxide production, reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger activity, cellular calcium concentration, and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity and protein expression was investigated in HUVEC treated with different concentration of myricetin (1-60 µM). Myricetin increased nitric oxide production in HUVEC through decreased ROS levels and increased nitric oxide production and eNOS activation. Activation of eNOS enzyme was achieved by an increase of cellular calcium concentration. At the same examined concentration of myricetin, the activity of ACE was significantly inhibited. These findings indicate that myricetin may be helpful for lowering blood pressure; this could be achieved through dietary intervention or by the production of new antihypertensive treatments from a natural product.


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Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/farmacologia , Flavonoides/farmacologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Óxido Nítrico/biossíntese , Células Cultivadas , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Humanos , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 256: 117887, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32497629

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Vascular complications are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among diabetic patients. This work aimed to investigate possible influences of dimethyl fumarate (DMF) on streptozotocin (STZ) diabetes-associated vascular complications in rats, exploring its potential to modulate ROS-TXNIP-NLRP3 inflammasome pathway. Two weeks after induction of diabetes (via a single injection of 50 mg/kg STZ, i.p.), diabetic rats were administered either DMF (25 mg/kg/day) or its vehicle for further eight weeks. Age-matched normal and DMF-administered non-diabetic rats served as controls. DMF treatment elicited a mild ameliorative effect on diabetic glycemia. DMF reduced serum TG and AGE levels and enhanced serum HDL-C concentrations in diabetic rats. Moreover, DMF significantly diminished aortic levels of ROS and MDA and restored aortic GSH, SOD and Nrf2 to near-normal levels in STZ rats. Aortic mRNA levels of TXNIP, NLRP3 and NF-κB p65 in diabetic rats were significantly reduced by DMF treatment. Serum and aortic protein levels of TXNIP and aortic contents of IL-1ß, iNOS, NLRP3 and TGF-ß1 were significantly lower in DMF-diabetic animals than non-treated diabetic rats. Furthermore, protein expression of TNF-α and caspase-3 in diabetic aortas was greatly attenuated by DMF administration. DMF enhanced eNOS mRNA and protein levels and increased bioavailable NO in diabetic aortas. Functionally, DMF attenuated contractile responses of diabetic aortic rings to KCl and phenylephrine and enhanced their relaxant responses to acetylcholine. DMF also mitigated diabetes-induced fibrous tissue proliferation in aortic tunica media. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that DMF offered vasculoprotective influences on diabetic aortas via attenuation of ROS-TXNIP-NLRP3 inflammasome pathway.


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Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Angiopatias Diabéticas/tratamento farmacológico , Angiopatias Diabéticas/metabolismo , Fumarato de Dimetilo/uso terapêutico , Inflamassomos/metabolismo , Proteína 3 que Contém Domínio de Pirina da Família NLR/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Animais , Aorta/metabolismo , Aorta/patologia , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/sangue , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/metabolismo , Angiopatias Diabéticas/sangue , Fumarato de Dimetilo/farmacologia , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Masculino , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Oxirredução , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Estreptozocina , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/metabolismo , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 256: 117855, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32473245

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OBJECTIVE: Subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2D) have lower circulating hydrogen sulfide (H2S) levels following myocardial ischemia and a higher risk of mortality. The aim of this study was to determine the dose-dependent favorable effects of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH) on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury in rats with T2D. METHODS: T2D was induced using a high-fat diet (HFD) and low-dose of streptozotocin. Rats were divided into control, T2D, and T2D + NaSH groups. NaSH (0.28, 0.56, 1.6, 2.8, and 5.6 mg/kg) was administered intraperitoneally for 9 weeks. At the end of the study, heart from all rats were isolated and left ventricular developed pressure (LVDP) and the peak rates of positive and negative changes in LV pressure (±dp/dt) were recorded during baseline and following myocardial IR injury. In addition, infarct size as well as mRNA expression of H2S- and nitric oxide (NO)-producing enzymes were measured. RESULTS: In diabetic rats, NaSH only at doses of 0.56 and 1.6 mg/kg increased recovery of LVDP (16% and 42%), +dp/dt (25% and 35%) and -dp/dt (23% and 32%) as well as decreased infarct size (44% and 35%). At these doses, NaSH increased expressions of cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE) (440% and 271%) and endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) (232% and 148%) but it decreased the expressions of inducible NOS (iNOS) (55% and 71%). NaSH at 0.28, 2.8 and 5.6 mg/kg had no significant effects on these parameters. CONCLUSION: NaSH had a bell-shaped cardioprotective effect against myocardial IR injury in rats with T2D. Higher tolerance to IR injury in heart isolated from type 2 diabetic rats treated with intermediate doses of NaSH is associated with higher CSE-derived H2S and eNOS-derived NO as well as lower iNOS-derived NO.


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Cardiotônicos/farmacologia , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/tratamento farmacológico , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/tratamento farmacológico , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/tratamento farmacológico , Sulfetos/farmacologia , Animais , Cardiotônicos/administração & dosagem , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/fisiopatologia , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/fisiopatologia , Dieta Hiperlipídica , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Sulfeto de Hidrogênio/metabolismo , Masculino , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/fisiopatologia , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Obesidade/complicações , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Estreptozocina , Sulfetos/administração & dosagem
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Life Sci ; 254: 117760, 2020 Aug 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32418889

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AIM: The present study focused on the possible underlying protective mechanisms of UDCA against GNT-induced hepatic injury. METHODS: For achieving this goal, adult male rats were allocated into 4 groups: normal control (received vehicle), GNT (100 mg/kg, i.p. for 8 days), UDCA (60 mg/kg, P.O. for 15 days), and GNT + UDCA (received UDCA for 15 days and GNT started from the 7th day and lasted for 8 days). RESULTS: The results revealed that UDCA significantly improved GNT-induced hepatic injury, oxidative stress, apoptosis, and inflammatory response. Interestingly, UDCA inhibited apoptosis by marked down-regulation of the Bax gene, Caspase-3, and cleaved Caspase-3 protein expressions while the level of Bcl-xL gene significantly increased. Moreover, UDCA strongly inhibited the inflammatory response through the down-regulation of both NF-κB-p65 and TNF-α accompanied by IL-10 elevation. Furthermore, the obtained results ended with the restored of mitochondria function that confirmed by electron microscopy. Histological analysis showed that UDCA remarkably ameliorated the histopathological changes induced by GNT. SIGNIFICANCE: UDCA may be a promising agent that can be used to prevent hepatotoxicity observed in GNT treatment. This effect could be attributed to, at least in part, the ability of UDCA to modulate NF-κB-p65/TNF-α, Bax/Bcl-xl/Caspase-3, and eNOS/iNOS signaling pathways.


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Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/prevenção & controle , Gentamicinas/antagonistas & inibidores , Gentamicinas/toxicidade , Hepatócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácido Ursodesoxicólico/farmacologia , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/etiologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/metabolismo , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/patologia , Interações Medicamentosas , Hepatócitos/metabolismo , Hepatócitos/patologia , Masculino , Mitocôndrias Hepáticas/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Fator de Transcrição RelA/metabolismo , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo , Proteína X Associada a bcl-2/metabolismo , Proteína bcl-X/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 255: 117821, 2020 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32445759

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Human sepsis is the result of a multifaceted pathological process causing marked dysregulation of cardiovascular responses. A more sophisticated understanding of the pathogenesis of sepsis is certainly prerequisite. Evidence from studies provide further insight into the role of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) isoform. Results on inhibition of iNOS in sepsis models remain inconclusive. Concern has been devoted to improving our knowledge and understanding of the role of iNOS. The aim of this review is to define the role of iNOS in redox homeostasis disturbance, the detailed mechanisms linking iNOS and posttranslational modifications (PTMs) to cardiovascular dysfunctions, and their future implications in sepsis settings. Many questions related to the iNOS and PTMs still remain open, and much more work is needed on this.


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Doenças Cardiovasculares/etiologia , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Sepse/complicações , Animais , Doenças Cardiovasculares/enzimologia , Humanos , Oxirredução , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional , Sepse/enzimologia , Sepse/fisiopatologia
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Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis ; 30(6): 1032-1043, 2020 06 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32402583

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BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Luteolin is a common flavonoid that is abundantly present in various edible plants, it is known to exhibit beneficial effects on cardiovascular system. However, the mechanisms which underlie the protective effects of luteolin on endothelial cell damage caused by oxidative stress remains unclear. The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis which states that luteolin protects against H2O2-induced oxidative stress via modulating ROS-mediated P38 MAPK/NF-κB and calcium-evoked mitochondrial apoptotic signalling pathways. METHODS AND RESULTS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were pretreated with luteolin prior to being stimulated by 600 µM H2O2 for another 24 h. The expression of native and phosphorylated-P38, IκB, NF-κB, native eNOS, phosphorylated-eNOS, iNOS and several apoptosis-related proteins were analyzed by Western blot. In addition, intracellular calcium was determined by fura-2 AM and mitochondrial membrane potential was examined by using JC1. Using the data gathered, we found indications that H2O2 induced P38 MAPK/NF-κB activation. H2O2 downregulated the expression of eNOS and upregulated iNOS, which in turn contribute to an elevated NO generation and protein nitrosylation. However, pretreatment with luteolin markedly reversed all of these alterations dose-dependently. Additionally, an intracellular calcium rise and subsequent mitochondrial membrane potential collapse, P53 phosphorylation, reduced BcL-2/Bax ratio in the mitochondrial membrane, release cytochrome c from mitochondria, leading to the subsequent activation of caspase 3 activation by H2O2 were all markedly suppressed in the presence of luteolin. CONCLUSION: Results from this study may provide the possible molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular protective effects of luteolin.


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Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/toxicidade , Luteolina/farmacologia , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Sinalização do Cálcio/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Cultivadas , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/patologia , Humanos , Potencial da Membrana Mitocondrial/efeitos dos fármacos , Mitocôndrias/metabolismo , Mitocôndrias/patologia , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo
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Parasite Immunol ; 42(7): e12722, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32294247

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Leishmaniasis is a neglected infectious disease with clinical presentations ranging from asymptomatic or mild symptoms to chronic infection and eventual death. The mechanisms of disease susceptibility and pathology have been extensively studied, but there are no steadfast rules regarding leishmaniasis. A Th1 response is usually associated with infection control, while a predominant Th2 response is detrimental to the patient. In this scenario, the enzymes arginase and inducible nitric oxide synthase represent two possible pathways of immune response. While the former contributes to parasite replication, the latter is crucial for its control. In the present review, we collected study results that associate arginase expression in patients and in experimental models with disease susceptibility/chronicity and show some proposed mechanisms that explain the role of arginase in maintaining Leishmania infection, including polyamine and thiol synthesis, tissue-resident macrophage (TRM) proliferation and activation and T-cell suppression and exhaustion.


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Arginase/metabolismo , Leishmania/imunologia , Leishmaniose/imunologia , Macrófagos/imunologia , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Animais , Linfócitos T CD8-Positivos/imunologia , Humanos , Imunidade Inata/imunologia , Leishmaniose/parasitologia , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Células Th1/imunologia , Células Th2/imunologia
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J Pharmacol Sci ; 143(2): 65-73, 2020 Jun.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32229084

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Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) released from enteroendocrine (L) cells regulates insulin secretion. Intestinal inflammation and impaired GLP-1 release have been found in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), a known prebiotic, improve GLP-1 release and glucose homeostasis in T2DM models. This study aimed to investigate the effect of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), a proinflammatory cytokine associated with intestinal inflammation in T2DM, on L cell apoptosis and the effect of FOS on inflammation-associated impairment of GLP-1 secretion. Herein, using cell death assays, immunofluorescence staining, real time PCR and Western blot analyses, we found that TNF-α induced L cell apoptosis via nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB)- inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)-cleaved caspase-3-dependent pathways. Interestingly, FOS did not suppress TNF-α-induced NF-κB nuclear translocation, but inhibited expression of iNOS and cleaved caspase-3. In addition, FOS alleviated apoptosis and rescued impaired GLP-1 release in TNF-α-treated L cells. Altogether, our data indicate that TNF-α induces L cell apoptosis via an NF-κB-iNOS-caspase-3-dependent pathway. FOS may be useful in suppressing inflammation-associated L cell apoptosis and maintaining GLP-1 level in T2DM patients.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Caspase 3/genética , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Células Enteroendócrinas/metabolismo , Peptídeo 1 Semelhante ao Glucagon/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Oligossacarídeos/farmacologia , Apoptose/genética , Diabetes Mellitus Tipo 2/metabolismo , Humanos , Inflamação , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Ecotoxicol Environ Saf ; 197: 110608, 2020 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32305822

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Graphene oxide (GO) has broad application potential in many fields, such as biomedicine and energy. Due to the wide-ranging GO applications, its entry into the environment is inevitable along with the potential for ecological and environmental risks. In the present study, we systematically investigated the dose-dependent effects of three different-sized GO particles (50-200 nm, <500 nm, and >500 nm) on zebrafish during the very early developmental stages (4-124 h post-fertilization). The results showed that GOs could accumulate in the eyes, heart, yolk sac, and blood vessels of fish larvae. Consequently, their effects on multiple toxic endpoints were observed, including delayed hatching times, shortened body lengths, alterations in heart rate and blood flow, changes in swimming activity and responses to photoperiod stimulation, and the enhanced activity of total superoxide dismutase, inducible nitric oxide synthase, acetylcholinesterase, caspase-3, and induction of apoptosis-related gene expression. As a result, the occurrence of oxidative stress and the induction of apoptosis are suggested in fish larvae exposed to all three different-sized GO particles. In addition, our results highlight the impacts of waterborne-GO exposure on zebrafish during early development, which were not merely dependent on GO concentration but also on the associated GO sizes. This study hereby provides a basis for the potential ecological and health risks of GO exposure.


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Poluentes Ambientais/toxicidade , Grafite/toxicidade , Acetilcolinesterase/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/genética , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Embrião não Mamífero/efeitos dos fármacos , Desenvolvimento Embrionário/efeitos dos fármacos , Poluentes Ambientais/farmacocinética , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Grafite/farmacocinética , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Tamanho da Partícula , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Peixe-Zebra/embriologia , Peixe-Zebra/metabolismo
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Zhongguo Xiu Fu Chong Jian Wai Ke Za Zhi ; 34(4): 509-517, 2020 Apr 15.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32291991

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Objective: To explore the effect and mechanism of directive differentiation of microglia by SN50 on hypoxia-caused neurons injury in mice. Methods: The microglia were isolated and purified from brain tissue of new-born BALB/c mice through differential velocity adherent and vibration technique. The quantity of the microglia was identified by immunofluorescence staining of inducible nitric oxide synthetase (iNOS) and ionized calcium binding adapter molecule 1 (Iba1) and real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) for special expression genes [iNOS, CD32, and interlenkin 10 (IL-10)]. Then the microglia were cultured with SN50, and the expressions of nuclear factor κB (NF-κB), differentiation-related genes (iNOS, CD11b, IL-10, and CD206), and apoptosis were detected by Western blot, qRT-PCR, and flow cytometry, respectively. The hypoxia model of neuron was established, and the cell apoptosis was evaluated by MTT after 0, 2, 6, 12, 24, and 48 hours of anoxic treatment. The apoptosis related markers (Bcl-2 and Caspase-3) were measured by Western blot and flow cytometry. In addition, the neurons after anoxic treatment were co-cultured with SN50 treated microglia (experimental group) and normal microglia (control group) for 24 hours. And the cell viability and apoptosis related markers (Bcl-2 and Caspase-3) were also measured. Results: Immunofluorescence staining and qRT-PCR analysis showed that the cells expressed the specific proteins and genes of microglia. Compared with the normal microglia, the relative expressions of NF-κB protein and iNOS and CD11b mRNAs in the microglia treated with SN50 significantly decreased ( P<0.05), the relative expressions of IL-10 and CD206 mRNAs significantly increased ( P<0.05), and the cell apoptosis rate had no significant change ( P>0.05). Compared with the normal neurons, the cell viability, the relative expressions of Bcl-2 and Caspase-3 proteins after anoxic treatment significantly decreased ( P<0.05), while the relative expressions of cleaved-Caspase-3 protein and cell apoptosis rate of neurons significantly increased ( P<0.05). In the co-culture system, the cell viability, the relative expressions of Bcl-2 and Caspase-3 proteins were significantly higher in experimental group than those in control group ( P<0.05), while the relative expressions of cleaved-Caspase-3 protein and cell apoptosis rate were significantly lower in experimental group than those in control group ( P<0.05). Conclusion: SN50 can induce the microglia differentiation into M2 type through NF-κB pathway. The SN50-induced microglia can protect neurons from hypoxic injury.


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Diferenciação Celular , Hipóxia/patologia , Microglia/citologia , Neurônios/patologia , Peptídeos/farmacologia , Animais , Animais Recém-Nascidos , Apoptose , Células Cultivadas , Interleucina-10/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Receptores de IgG/metabolismo
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