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Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue Za Zhi ; 35(9): 806-811, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31750822

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Objective To explore the effect of tanshinone IIA (TSA) on hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced senescence of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and the underlying mechanism. Methods HUVECs were cultured in vitro and divided into the control group, model group and TSA group. The cells in the TSA group were pre-treated with TSA for 24 hours. H2O2 was used to induce cell senescence in the model and TSA groups. Transfection with SIRT1 siRNA was used for the knockdown of SIRT1 in HUVECs. CCK-8 assay was performed to detect cell viability. The expression levels of senescence-related proteins (P21 and P26), SIRT1, phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase (p-eNOS), and eNOS were detected by Western blot analysis. Senescence-associated ß-galactosidase (SA-ß-gal) staining was performed to evaluate cell senescence. Results Pretreatment with TSA at low concentrations (10, 20 and 40 µg/mL) for 24 hours did not affect cell viability, while high concentrations (80, 160 and 320 µg/mL) decreased cell viability significantly. In addition, 10, 20 and 40 µg/mL of TSA promoted H2O2-mediated cell viability of HUVECs in a concentration-dependent manner. Compared with the control group, the positive rate of SA-ß-gal staining in the model group increased, while the positive rate in the TSA group was significantly lower than that in the model group. The expression levels of P21 and P16 protein in the model group were higher than those in the control group, while SIRT1 and p-eNOS/eNOS were lower than those in the control group. Conversely, the expression of P21 and P16 proteins in the TSA group were lower than those in the model group, and SIRT1 and p-eNOS/eNOS were higher in the TSA group than those in the model group. Transfected with SIRT1 siRNA significantly down-regulated the expression of SIRT1 in HUVECs and the positive rate of SA-ß-gal staining was notably raised when SIRT1 was silenced in TSA-treated HUVECs. Conclusion TSA attenuates H2O2-induced endothelial cell senescence by activating SIRT1/eNOS signaling pathway.


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Senescência Celular , Diterpenos de Abietano/farmacologia , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Sirtuína 1/metabolismo , Células Cultivadas , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/citologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Peróxido de Hidrogênio , Transdução de Sinais
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(5): 865-886, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31724838

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Heart failure is characterized by chronic low-grade vascular inflammation, which in itself can lead to endothelial dysfunction. Clinical trials showed reductions in heart failure-related hospitalizations of type 2 diabetic patients using sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors (SGLT2i's). Whether and how SGLT2i's directly affect the endothelium under inflammatory conditions is not completely understood. The aim of the study was to investigate whether the SGLT2i Empagliflozin (EMPA) and Dapagliflozin (DAPA) reduce tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) induced endothelial inflammation in vitro. METHODS: Human coronary arterial endothelial cells (HCAECs) and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were (pre-)incubated with 1 µM EMPA or DAPA and subsequently exposed to 10 ng/ml TNFα. ROS and NO were measured using live cell imaging. Target proteins were either determined by infrared western blotting or fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). The connection between Cav-1 and eNOS was determined by co-immunoprecipitation. RESULTS: Nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability was reduced by TNFα and both EMPA and DAPA restored NO levels in TNFα-stimulated HCAECs. Intracellular ROS was increased by TNFα, and this increase was completely abolished by EMPA and DAPA in HCAECs by means of live cell imaging. eNOS signaling was significantly disturbed after 24 h when cells were exposed to TNFα for 24h, yet the presence of both SGLT2is did not prevent this disruption. TNFα-induced enhanced permeability at t=24h was unaffected in HUVECs by EMPA. Similarly, adhesion molecule expression (VCAM-1 and ICAM-1) was elevated after 4h TNFα (1.5-5.5 fold increase of VCAM-1 and 4-12 fold increase of ICAM-1) but were unaffected by EMPA and DAPA in both cell types. Although we detected expression of SGLT2 protein levels, the fact that we could not silence this expression by means of siRNA and the mRNA levels of SGLT2 were not detectable in HCAECs, suggests aspecificity or our SGLT2 antibody and absence of SGLT2 in our cells. CONCLUSION: These data suggest that EMPA and DAPA rather restore NO bioavailability by inhibiting ROS generation than by affecting eNOS expression or signaling, barrier function and adhesion molecules expression in TNFα-induced endothelial cells. Furthermore, the observed effects cannot be ascribed to the inhibition of SGLT2 in endothelial cells.


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Compostos Benzidrílicos/farmacologia , Regulação para Baixo/efeitos dos fármacos , Glucosídeos/farmacologia , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/farmacologia , Vasos Coronários/citologia , Células Endoteliais/citologia , Células Endoteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana , Humanos , Molécula 1 de Adesão Intercelular/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Permeabilidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Transportador 2 de Glucose-Sódio/genética , Transportador 2 de Glucose-Sódio/metabolismo , Molécula 1 de Adesão de Célula Vascular
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Acta Cir Bras ; 34(8): e201900802, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31618402

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PURPOSE: To reveal the function of miR-134 in myocardial ischemia. METHODS: Real-time PCR and western blotting were performed to measure the expression of miR-134, nitric oxide synthase 3 (NOS3) and apoptotic-associated proteins. Lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) assay, cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8), Hoechst 33342/PI double staining and flow cytometry assay were implemented in H9c2 cells, respectively. MiR-134 mimic/inhibitor was used to regulate miR-134 expression. Bioinformatic analysis and luciferase reporter assay were utilized to identify the interrelation between miR-134 and NOS3. Rescue experiments exhibited the role of NOS3. The involvement of PI3K/AKT was assessed by western blot analysis. RESULTS: MiR-134 was high regulated in the myocardial ischemia model, and miR-134 mimic/inhibitor transfection accelerated/impaired the speed of cell apoptosis and attenuated/exerted the cell proliferative prosperity induced by H/R regulating active status of PI3K/AKT signaling. LDH activity was also changed due to the different treatments. Moreover, miR-134 could target NOS3 directly and simultaneously attenuated the expression of NOS3. Co-transfection miR-134 inhibitor and pcDNA3.1-NOS3 highlighted the inhibitory effects of miR-134 on myocardial H/R injury. CONCLUSION: This present work puts insights into the crucial effects of the miR-134/NOS3 axis in myocardial H/R injury, delivering a potential therapeutic technology in future.


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Hipóxia/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Apoptose/fisiologia , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , MicroRNAs/genética , MicroRNAs/uso terapêutico , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/tratamento farmacológico , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/genética , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/patologia , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/uso terapêutico , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Ratos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Biol Regul Homeost Agents ; 33(5): 1577-1580, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31576731

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Nitric oxide (NO) plays a key role in inflammation. It is partly produced by three forms of NOS: eNOS of inflammatory cells, nNOS of neural cells and iNOS (inducible isoform). Estrogens can cause an anti-inflammatory effect, although it is not yet clear through which NOS isoforms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the different NOS isoforms, as well as estrogen receptors (ERs) α and ß, on the anti-inflammatory effects of estrogens. To avoid the influence of endogenous glucocorticoids or sexual hormones, male rats were hypophysectomized. Animals were segregated into two control groups (no-treatment control group and SHAM-operated animals) and three hypophysectomized groups (no-hormonal treatment, with estradiol-17ß, or with testosterone replacement treatment). Freund's complete adjuvant (1 mg) was administered to the footpad of all animals. Measurements were made based on footpad inflammation (with a plethysmometer) such as eNOS, nNOS, iNOS and ER α and ß protein expression (by immunohistochemistry principle/method) on days 1, 7 and 14. Only estradiol decreased inflammation, accompanied by increased levels of eNOS and nNOS and differential expression of ERs α and ß in the inflammatory infiltrate. The higher levels of estradiol-induced eNOS and nNOS ocurred perhaps through the activation of ER ß.


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Ressecção Endoscópica de Mucosa , Gastrite/cirurgia , Animais , Estradiol/farmacologia , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Ratos , Receptores Estrogênicos/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 235: 116837, 2019 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31493481

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AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the effects of the sigma-1 receptor (S1R) on atrial fibrillation (AF) susceptibility in rats. MAIN METHODS: Rats were randomly assigned into three groups for intraperitoneal treatment with saline (CTL group), BD1047 (an antagonist of the S1R, BD group) or BD1047 plus fluvoxamine (an agonist of the S1R, BD + F group) for 4 weeks. The heart rate variability (HRV) and atrial electrophysiological parameters were measured via the PowerLab system and analyzed by LabChart 8.0 software. Atrial histology was determined with Masson staining. The protein levels of connexin (Cx) 40, Cav1.2, S1R, eNOS, p-eNOS, and p-AKT were detected by western blot assays. KEY FINDINGS: Our results showed that BD1047 significantly shortened the atrial effective refractory period (ERP) and action potential duration (APD), increased AF inducibility and duration, augmented sympathetic activity, depressed parasympathetic activity, and reduced heart rate variability (HRV) compared with the CTL group. Masson staining also showed a significant increase in atrial fibrosis in the BD group. Furthermore, the expressions of S1R, Cx40, Cav1.2, p-eNOS, and p-AKT were dramatically reduced in the BD group compared with the CTL group (all P < 0.01). However, fluvoxamine administration mitigated most of the abovementioned alterations. SIGNIFICANCE: Our findings indicated that S1R inhibition contributed to atrial electrical remodeling, cardiac autonomic remodeling and atrial fibrosis, which could be attenuated by fluvoxamine, thus providing new insights into the relationship between the S1R and AF.


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Fibrilação Atrial/fisiopatologia , Remodelamento Atrial/fisiologia , Receptores sigma/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptores sigma/fisiologia , Potenciais de Ação , Animais , Fibrilação Atrial/patologia , Canais de Cálcio Tipo L , Conexinas/metabolismo , Etilenodiaminas/farmacologia , Fluvoxamina/farmacologia , Átrios do Coração/efeitos dos fármacos , Átrios do Coração/metabolismo , Átrios do Coração/patologia , Frequência Cardíaca/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Proteína Oncogênica v-akt/metabolismo , Ratos , Receptores sigma/agonistas , Receptores sigma/metabolismo
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Life Sci ; 235: 116821, 2019 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31476306

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AIMS: This study aims to examine the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) pretreatment on brain injury after cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CA/CPR) and its underlying mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Adult male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to 6 min of cardiac arrest induced with a potassium chloride infusion and resuscitated by chest compressions and an epinephrine infusion. During the 3 days prior to CA/CRP, mice received EA pretreatment (1 mA, 2 Hz; daily session of 30 min) at the Baihui acupoint (GV20) once daily. Stimulation at a nonacupoint served as a control. In mechanistic studies, mice received the AKT inhibitor LY294002 or endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) inhibitor L-NIO 30 min before EA pretreatment. A neurological assessment was conducted 24 h after CA/CRP, followed by animal sacrifice and evaluation of physiological brain damage. KEY FINDINGS: CA/CPR resulted in severe brain injury as evidenced by neurological deficits and increased neuronal apoptosis, oxidative stress and the proinflammatory cytokines TNF-α and IL-6. EA pretreatment at the GV20 acupoint but not at a nonacupoint attenuated the neurological deficits and the pathological changes induced by CA/CPR. LY294002 or L-NIO eliminated the neuroprotective effects of the EA pretreatment. SIGNIFICANCE: This study showed that EA pretreatment at the GV20 acupoint can protect the brain from damage associated with globalized ischemia followed by reperfusion and that these protective effects occur via the AKT/eNOS signaling pathway.


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Lesões Encefálicas/terapia , Reanimação Cardiopulmonar/efeitos adversos , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Eletroacupuntura/métodos , Parada Cardíaca/complicações , Fármacos Neuroprotetores , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Animais , Lesões Encefálicas/etiologia , Lesões Encefálicas/metabolismo , Lesões Encefálicas/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Estresse Oxidativo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética
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J Biol Regul Homeost Agents ; 33(5): 1395-1403, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31507154

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Nitric oxide (NO) plays a key role in inflammation. It is partly produced by three forms of NOS: eNOS of inflammatory cells, nNOS of neural cells and iNOS (inducible isoform). Estrogens can cause an anti-inflammatory effect, although it is not yet clear through which NOS isoforms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of the different NOS isoforms, as well as estrogen receptors (ERs) α and ß, on the anti-inflammatory effects of estrogens. To avoid the influence of endogenous glucocorticoids or sexual hormones, male rats were hypophysectomized. Animals were segregated into two control groups (no-treatment control group and SHAM-operated animals) and three hypophysectomized groups (no-hormonal treatment, with estradiol-17ß, or with testosterone replacement treatment). Freund's complete adjuvant (1 mg) was administered to the footpad of all animals. Measurements were made based on footpad inflammation (with a plethysmometer) such as eNOS, nNOS, iNOS and ER α and ß protein expression (by immunohistochemistry principle/method) on days 1, 7 and 14. Only estradiol decreased inflammation, accompanied by increased levels of eNOS and nNOS and differential expression of ERs α and ß in the inflammatory infiltrate. The higher levels of estradiol-induced eNOS and nNOS ocurred perhaps through the activation of ER ß.


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Estradiol/farmacologia , Receptor beta de Estrogênio/metabolismo , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Animais , Estrogênios , Masculino , Ratos
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Chem Biol Interact ; 313: 108821, 2019 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31525342

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Decrease in the bioavailability of vasoactive nitric oxide (NO), derived from the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (NOS3), underlines vascular endothelial damage. Our expanding knowledge on mature red blood cells (RBCs) makes it supposable that RBCs might contribute to vascular function and integrity via their active NO synthetizing system (RBC-NOS3). This "rescue" mechanism of RBCs could be especially important during pregnancy with smoking habit, when smoking acts as an additional stressor and causes active change in the redox status. In this study RBC populations of 82 non-smoking (RBC-NS) and 75 smoking (RBC-S) pregnant women were examined. Morphological variants were followed by confocal microscopy and quantified by a microscopy based intelligent analysis software. Fluorescence activated cell sorting was used to examine the translational and posttranslational regulation of RBC-NOS, Arginase-1 and the formation of the major product of lipid peroxidation, 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal. To survey the rheological parameters of RBCs like elasticity and plasticity atomic force microscopy-based measurement was applied. Significant morphological and functional differences of RBCs were found between the non-smoking and smoking groups. The phenotypic variations in RBC-S population, even the characteristic biconcave disc-shaped cells, could be connected to impaired NOS3 activation and are compromised in their physiological properties. Membrane lipid studies reveal an elevated lipid oxidation state well paralleled with the changed elastic and plastic activities. These features can form a basic tool in the prenatal health screening conditions; hence the compensatory mechanism of RBC-S population completely fails to sense and rescue the acute oxidative stress conditions.


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Arginase/metabolismo , Eritrócitos/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Fumar/efeitos adversos , Adulto , Aldeídos/metabolismo , Estudos de Casos e Controles , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Eritrócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Humanos , Peroxidação de Lipídeos/efeitos dos fármacos , Microscopia de Força Atômica , Gravidez
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An Acad Bras Cienc ; 91(3): e20190068, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31508664

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To investigate the mechanism of different exercise patterns on neurological function after focal cerebral ischaemia in rats. Rats with focal cerebral cerebral ischaemia were randomly divided into an aerobic exercise group, an exhaustive exercise group and a control group, with 8 rats in each group. A score for nerve function in each group was calculated, and the ultrastructure of nerve cells was observed. Levels of NO and NOS in the brain motor area of the ​​rats were measured in each group. The aerobic exercise group had lower nerve function scores than the exhaustive exercise group and higher scores than the control group (P<0.05). Under transmission electron microscopy, irregular shapes and organs were observed in nerve cells in the control group, while regular cell shapes and organs were observed in the aerobic exercise group. The aerobic exercise group and exhaustive exercise group had higher measures of NO content, NOS activity and eNOS, nNOS and iNOS gene expression than the control group, but eNOS expression in the aerobic exercise group and iNOS expression in the exhaustive exercise group were clearly higher according to RT-PCR (P<0.05). Aerobic exercise can promote the expression of NOS, mainly in eNOS, which can promote nerve repair.


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Isquemia Encefálica/fisiopatologia , Regeneração Nervosa/fisiologia , Óxido Nítrico/fisiologia , Condicionamento Físico Animal/métodos , Animais , Isquemia Encefálica/terapia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(35): 9805-9811, 2019 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31407895

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Stachydrine (STA) is a constituent of citrus fruits and Leonurus heterophyllus Sweet. In the present study, we established that STA caused acute endothelium-dependent relaxation. The vascular action of STA was mediated by nitric oxide (NO) via cyclic guanosine monophosphate. Mechanistically, STA activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protein kinase B/Akt, and endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) in vascular endothelial cells (ECs). AMPK inhibition by compound C blocked STA-induced Akt/eNOS phosphorylation, suggesting that AMPK is the upstream of Akt and eNOS. Inhibition of Akt by MK2206 blocked STA-stimulated eNOS phosphorylation without altering AMPK phosphorylation. Furthermore, we showed that STA activated AMPK via the induction of liver kinase B1 phosphorylation. These results indicated that STA can induce eNOS phosphorylation and vasorelaxation by regulating the interplay between AMPK and Akt pathways in ECs. These findings further highlighted the potential of STA as a nutritional factor in the beneficial effects of fruit intake in preventing the endothelial dysfunction-related metabolic cardiovascular diseases.


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Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/metabolismo , Aorta Torácica/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Prolina/análogos & derivados , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Vasodilatadores/farmacologia , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/genética , Animais , Aorta Torácica/metabolismo , Aorta Torácica/fisiopatologia , Bovinos , Citrus/química , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Leonurus/química , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Prolina/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Vasodilatação/efeitos dos fármacos
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Life Sci ; 232: 116662, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31323271

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AIMS: Vascular endothelial cells act as a selective barrier between circulating blood and vessel wall and play an important role in the occurrence and development of cardiovascular diseases. Astragaloside IV (As-IV) has a protective effect on vascular endothelial cells, but its underlying mechanism remains unclear. This study is aimed at investigating the effect of As-IV on endothelial dysfunction (ED). METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) were injected intraperitoneally with 65 mg/kg streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes and then administered orally with As-IV (40, 80 mg/kg) for 8 weeks. Vascular function was evaluated by vascular reactivity in vivo and in vitro. The expression of calpain-1 and eNOS in the aorta of diabetic rats was examined by western blot. NO production was measured using nitrate reductase method. Oxidative stress was determined by measuring SOD, GSH-px and ROS. RESULTS: Our results showed that As-IV administration significantly improved diabetes associated ED in vivo, and both NAC (an antioxidant) and MDL-28170 (calpain-1 inhibitor) significantly attenuated hyperglycemia-induced ED in vitro. Meanwhile, pretreatment with the inhibitor l-NAME nearly abolished vasodilation to ACh in all groups of rats. Furthermore, As-IV increased NO production and the expression of eNOS in the thoracic aorta of diabetic rats. In addition, the levels of ROS were significantly increased, and the activity of SOD and GSH-px were decreased in diabetic rats, while As-IV administration reversed this change in a concentration-dependent manner. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that As-IV improves endothelial dysfunction in thoracic aortas from diabetic rats by reducing oxidative stress and calpain-1.


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Calpaína/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Hiperglicemia/patologia , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Saponinas/farmacologia , Triterpenos/farmacologia , Acetilcisteína/farmacologia , Animais , Aorta Torácica/efeitos dos fármacos , Aorta Torácica/metabolismo , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Inibidores de Cisteína Proteinase/farmacologia , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/metabolismo , Dipeptídeos/farmacologia , Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Endotélio Vascular/patologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana , Humanos , Hiperglicemia/metabolismo , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Estreptozocina , Vasodilatação/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(32): 8839-8846, 2019 Aug 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31334651

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Natural products are one of the main sources for discovering new lead compounds. We previously reported that cinnamon extract has a promising effect in regulating lipid tissue volume and insulin sensitivity in vivo. However, its effective component and the underlying mechanism are not known. In the present study, we analyzed the effect of different components of cinnamon on regulating insulin sensitivity in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Functional assay revealed that, of the six major components of cinnamon extracts, the B-type procyanidin, procyanidin C1, improves the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells (TG content: 1.10 ± 0.09 mM at a dosage of 25 µM vs 0.67 ± 0.02 mM in vehicle group, p < 0.001) and promotes insulin-induced glucose uptake (8.58 ± 1.43 at a dosage of 25 µM vs 3.05 ± 1.24 in vehicle group, p < 0.001). Mechanism studies further suggested that procyanidin C1 activates the AKT-eNOS pathway, thus up-regulating glucose uptake and enhancing insulin sensitivity in mature adipocytes. Taken together, our study identified B-type procyanidin C1, a component of cinnamon extract, that stimulates preadipocyte differentiation and acts as a potential insulin action enhancer through the AKT-eNOS pathway in mature adipocytes.


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Adipócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Adipócitos/metabolismo , Biflavonoides/farmacologia , Catequina/farmacologia , Cinnamomum zeylanicum/química , Insulina/metabolismo , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Proantocianidinas/farmacologia , Células 3T3-L1 , Adipócitos/citologia , Animais , Transporte Biológico/efeitos dos fármacos , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Glucose/metabolismo , Camundongos , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo
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Zhongguo Ying Yong Sheng Li Xue Za Zhi ; 35(3): 204-208, 2019 May 28.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31257799

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula (the Chinese Medicine) on mesenteric artery function in rats exposed to chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), and to explore the related mechanism. METHODS: Forty-eight male SD rats were randomly divided into four groups as Normoxia, CIH, Formula+CIH and formula group. Rats were exposed to normoxia in the Normoxia and Formula group, or intermittent hypoxia in CIH or Formula+CIH group. Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula was given at 24g/kg by intragastric administration before intermittent hypoxia exposure. The pathological changes of mesenteric artery were determined by HE staining, and the relaxation of mesenteric artery (induced by acetylcholine(ACh) and L-arginine(L-Arg)) was recorded by microvascular ring technique. Serums of all rats were collected (0 d and 21 d) and the content of NO was detected by ELISA. The levels of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and p-eNOS were measured by Western blot. RESULTS: Compared with Normoxia group, the mesenteric arterial endothelial injury and media thickening were observed and the relaxation of mesenteric artery was significantly reduced in rats exposed to CIH. The level of NO in serum and the ratio of p-eNOS/eNOS were also decreased in the CIH group. Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula administration improved the pathologic changes and dilatation function of mesenteric artery, increased the levels of NO and p-eNOS. Compared with Normoxia group,all the results were not observed significant difference in Formula group. CONCLUSION: Xiaotan Huayu Liqiao formula increased the bioavailability of NO, and ameliorated the CIH induced mesenteric artery function injury.


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Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Hipóxia/patologia , Artérias Mesentéricas/efeitos dos fármacos , Acetilcolina , Animais , Masculino , Artérias Mesentéricas/patologia , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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Zhongguo Ying Yong Sheng Li Xue Za Zhi ; 35(3): 209-214, 2019 May 28.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31257800

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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of apple polyphenols on pulmonary vascular remodeling in rats with pulmonary arterial hypertension and its mechanism. METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups:control (Con) group, monocrotaline (MCT) group, apple polyphenol (APP) group,monocrotaline + apple polyphenol (MCT+APP) group. In Con group, rats received a subcutaneous injection of physical saline. In APP group, rats received intraperitoneal injection of 20 mg/kg APP, every other day. In MCT group, rats received a single subcutaneous injection of MCT(60 mg/kg). In MCT+APP group, rats received subcutaneous injection of 60 mg/kg MCT followed by an intraperitoneal injection of 20 mg/kg APP every other day. All the disposal lasted 3 weeks. Then the PAH-relevant indicators, such as mean pulmonary artery pressure(mPAP), pulmonary vascular resistance(PVR), right ventricular hypertrophy index (RVHI) ,wall thickness (WT%) and wall area (WA%) were tested. After that, the inflammatory pathway related indicators, such as interleukin1(IL-1),interleukin1(IL-6), tumor necrosis factor α(TNF-α), cyclooxygenase 2(COX-2) and myeloperoxidase(MPO) in pulmonary tissue and free intracellular Ca2+ in pulmonary smooth muscle cell(PASMC), content of eNOS and NO in endothelial cells were determined. RESULTS: Compared with the control group, the levels of mPAP, PVR, RVHI, WA%, WT%, and IL-1, IL-6, TNF-α, COX-2, MPO in tissue and the expression of Ca2 + in PASMC of MCT group were increased significantly, while the contents of eNOS and NO in endothelial cells were decreased significantly (P<0.05). Compared with the MCT group, the apple polyphenol treatment could improve the above mentioned situation, and the COX-2 and Ca2+ indicators of the apple polyphenol treatment group were decreased significantly (P<0.05). CONCLUSION: MCT can increase COX-2 expression and intracellular Ca2+ in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells, decrease the contents of eNOS and NO in endothelial cells, while apple polyphenols can significantly inhibit these effects.


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Malus/química , Polifenóis/farmacologia , Artéria Pulmonar/efeitos dos fármacos , Remodelação Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Cálcio/metabolismo , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Citocinas/metabolismo , Monocrotalina , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Artéria Pulmonar/patologia , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(1): 186-199, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31278696

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Estrogen could play a key role in the mechanisms underlying sex-related disparity in the incidence of thrombotic events. We investigated whether estrogen receptors (ERs) were expressed in human red blood cells (RBCs), and if they affected cell signaling of erythrocyte constitutive isoform of endothelial NO-synthase (eNOS) and nitric oxide (NO) release. METHODS: RBCs from 29 non-smoker volunteers (15 males and 14 females) aged between 20 and 40 years were analyzed by cytometry and western blot. In particular, content and distribution of ER-α and ER-ß, tyrosine kinases and eNOS phosphorylation and NO release were analyzed. RESULTS: We demonstrated that: i) both ER-α and ER-ß were expressed by RBCs; ii) they were both functionally active; and iii) ERs distribution and function were different in males and females. In particular, ERs modulated eNOS phosphorylation and NO release in RBCs from both sexes, but they induced the phosphorylation of specific tyrosine residues of kinases linked to eNOS activation and NO release in the RBCs from females only. CONCLUSION: Collectively, these data suggest that ERs could play a critical role in RBC intracellular signaling. The possible implication of this signaling in sex-linked risk disparity in human cardiovascular diseases, e.g. in thrombotic events, may not be ruled out.


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Receptores Estrogênicos/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais , Adulto , Dronabinol/farmacologia , Eritrócitos/citologia , Eritrócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Eritrócitos/metabolismo , Receptor alfa de Estrogênio/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptor alfa de Estrogênio/metabolismo , Receptor beta de Estrogênio/antagonistas & inibidores , Receptor beta de Estrogênio/metabolismo , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Proteína Quinase 3 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Piperidinas/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Pirazóis/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Adulto Jovem
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BMC Complement Altern Med ; 19(1): 127, 2019 Jun 13.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31196042

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BACKGROUND: Xin-Ji-Er-Kang (XJEK) is a Chinese herbal formula, which has been reported to exert effective protection against cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension and myocarditis. METHODS: Cultured human umbilical vascular endothelial cells (HUVECs) were treated with angiotensin II (Ang II) and different concentrations of aqueous layer extracts (AqE). Subsequently nitric oxide (NO) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression levels were detected. In addition, fifty Kunming mice were randomized into control, Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME), L-NAME+AqE, L-NAME+XJEK and L-NAME+fosinopril treatment groups. Following 8 weeks of treatment, the cardiac hemodynamic index was measured, relaxation of the aorta was examined and pathological changes were observed. Colorimetric analysis and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) were applied to determine the relevant indicators in plasma and cardiac tissues. RESULTS: The in vitro study results demonstrated that AqE could preserve endothelial function (NO, 21.05 ± 2.03 vs. 8.64 ± 0.59; eNOS, 1.08 ± 0.17 vs.0.73 ± 0.06). In addition, the in vivo results demonstrated that compared with the control group, treatment with AqE could enhance a high hemodynamic state (left ventricular systolic pressure, 116.76 ± 9.96 vs.114.5 ± 15.16), improve endothelial function (NO, 7.98 ± 9.64 vs. 1.66 ± 3.11; eNOS, 19.78 ± 3.18 vs.19.38 ± 3.85), suppress oxidative stress (OS) (superoxide dismutase, 178.17 ± 13.78 vs. 159.38 ± 18.86; malondialdehyde, 0.77 ± 0.13 vs.1.25 ± 0.36) and reverse cardiovascular remodeling. CONCLUSION: Polysaccharide from XJEK exerts protective effects against Ang II-induced injury in HUVECs and L-NAME-induced hypertension in mice and the underlying mechanism may be attributed to improving endothelial dysfunction, OS and the inflammation status in mice.


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Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Células Endoteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , Endotélio Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Hipertensão/tratamento farmacológico , Remodelação Vascular/efeitos dos fármacos , Angiotensina II , Animais , Aorta/efeitos dos fármacos , Arginina/análogos & derivados , Arginina/sangue , Pressão Sanguínea/efeitos dos fármacos , Citocinas/metabolismo , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana , Humanos , Hipertensão/induzido quimicamente , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Masculino , Malondialdeído/sangue , Camundongos , Miocárdio/metabolismo , NG-Nitroarginina Metil Éster , Óxido Nítrico/sangue , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Superóxido Dismutase/sangue
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Artif Cells Nanomed Biotechnol ; 47(1): 2325-2332, 2019 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31174433

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Increased free fatty acids (FFA) are one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. FFA also contribute to endothelial dysfunction in both the prediabetes and diabetes conditions. Therefore, FFA are an important link between diabetes and endothelial dysfunction. In therapeutic application, GLP-1 receptor agonists have been implemented to lower blood glucose in diabetes. Here, we investigate the role of the common clinically used GLP-1 receptor agonist lixisenatide in endothelial cells. We demonstrate that lixisenatide could protect endothelial cells from high FFA-induced toxicity and cell death. Lixisenatide also suppresses FFA-caused cellular ROS generation and production of the lipid oxidation byproduct 4-HNE. Lixisenatide inhibits FFA-triggered production of TNF-α, IL-6, VCAM-1 and ICAM-1. The presence of lixisenatide in co-culture experiments suppresses adhesion of monocytes to endothelial cells. Moreover, lixisenatide ameliorates FFA-induced decreased eNOS phosphorylation and NO reduction. We also demonstrate that lixisenatide inhibits FFA-induced IκBα activation, nuclear p65 translocation and NF-κB activation. This evidence indicates that lixisenatide suppresses activation of the NF-κB pathway in endothelial cells. Collectively, our findings suggest that lixisenatide might have therapeutic potential to modulate diabetes-associated vascular complications.


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Citoproteção/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácidos Graxos não Esterificados/farmacologia , Receptor do Peptídeo Semelhante ao Glucagon 1/agonistas , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Peptídeos/farmacologia , Adesão Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Citocinas/biossíntese , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/citologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Humanos , Inflamação/prevenção & controle , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico/biossíntese , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos
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Aquat Toxicol ; 213: 105218, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31203168

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The toxic effects of different atrazine concentrations on tadpoles and adult male African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) were assessed in a controlled laboratory environment following 90 days' exposure. The aim was to elucidate the danger of atrazine exposure on the cardiac tissue relative to its critical function of rhythmic contractility, fundamental for optimal blood circulation and homeostasis. Tadpoles and adult frogs were exposed to 0 µg/L (control), 0.01 µg L-1, 200 µg L-1 and 500 µg L-1 concentrations of atrazine for 90 days. Mortality was concenration-dependent and significantly increased in juvenile group (77%, 43%, 23% and 0 respectively for 500 µg L-1, 200 µg L-1, 0.01 µg L-1, and control group). While the mean juvenile heart area decreased concentration-dependently, adult frog mean heart area significantly increased in the 200 µg L-1 group only and mean heart weight change was variable across all exposure levels. Light microscopy of hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and Mallory-Heidenhain rapid one-step staining techniques on cardiac tissue sections of the juvenile and adult frogs revealed shrinkage of cardiac muscle cells into thin wavy myocytes. Additionally, disorganized branching of muscle fibres with reduced striations were observed in 0.01 µg L-1 and 200 µg L-1 but hypertrophied myocytes, thickened intensely staining myofibrils in the 500 µg L-1 group in juvenile and adult frogs. Significant increase in the mean percentage area of connective tissue in all the treated groups (p < 0.036) were also recorded. Immunohistochemistry analysis showed decreased eNOS localization in cardiac tissue in 200 µg L-1 and 500 µg L-1 of both juvenile and adult group, suggestive of decreased cardiac contractility due to atrazine exposure. The results indicate that environmentally relevant atrazine concentrations cause significant mortality in tadpoles while concentrations ≥200 µg L-1 adversely affect cardiac muscle morphology and may induce functional perturbations in cardiac tissue contractility and consequent dysfunction which generally may have an adverse impact on their survival and longevity.


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Atrazina/toxicidade , Cardiotoxicidade/patologia , Poluentes Químicos da Água/toxicidade , Xenopus laevis/fisiologia , Animais , Tecido Conjuntivo/efeitos dos fármacos , Coração/efeitos dos fármacos , Larva/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Tamanho do Órgão/efeitos dos fármacos , Análise de Sobrevida
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DNA Cell Biol ; 38(7): 670-677, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31188027

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Cutis laxa represents a heterogeneous group of rare, inherited, or acquired connective tissue disorders with the common feature of loose and redundant skin with decreased elasticity. The skin of affected deer showed abnormal collagen fiber morphology. To identify the differentially expressed genes of the unusual localized skin laxity in sika deer, we performed transcriptome analysis in the affected and control sika deer. The transcriptome analysis showed 700 genes with significant differential expression in the affected skin as compared with normal skin. Pathway analysis revealed an enrichment of genes involved in tumor necrosis factor signaling, the extracellular matrix-receptor interaction, platelet activation, and Huntington's disease. A gene network was constructed, and the hub nodes such as PTGS2, THBS1, COL1A1, FOS, and NOS3 were found through PPI network analysis, which may contributed to the unusual localized skin laxity in sika deer. Abnormal expression patterns of genes during the development of the affected sika deer were successfully uncovered in the present study, which provides a reference for revealing the related mechanism underlying cutis laxa in sika deer and human beings.


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Cútis Laxa/veterinária , Cervos/genética , Transcriptoma , Animais , Colágeno/genética , Colágeno/metabolismo , Cútis Laxa/genética , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/genética , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Redes Reguladoras de Genes , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-fos/metabolismo , Trombospondina 1/genética , Trombospondina 1/metabolismo
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Nutrients ; 11(5)2019 Apr 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31052183

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PURPOSE: Resveratrol (RSV), an antioxidant polyphenol, has demonstrated beneficial effects in various ocular diseases including glaucoma. Our study was designed to evaluate the effects of RSV on nitric oxide synthase (NOS) enzymes, nitric oxide (NO) and interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1 α), in human glaucomatous trabecular meshwork (TM) cells. METHODS: Western blot was utilized to determine endothelial and inducible NOS (eNOS, iNOS) expression. The concentration-related effects of RSV on IL-1 α and NO levels were assessed using the respective ELISA kits. RESULTS: Densitometry data showed concentration-related increases in eNOS, and reduction in iNOS expression at high RSV concentrations. RSV treatment (0.1, 1, 10 and 100 µM) resulted in increased NO levels (6 ± 0.7, 7 ± 0.8, 7.3 ± 0.7 and 9.5 ± 1 nM/mg protein, respectively). The average value obtained for control was 4.8 ± 0.6 nM/mg protein. Significant increases in IL-1α levels were observed with lower concentrations of RSV. However, at higher RSV concentrations (10-100 µM), IL-1 levels decreased. CONCLUSIONS: Resveratrol increased NO in glaucomatous TM cells, possibly by increasing eNOS expression. Thus, RSV-induced NO production supports the beneficial effects of this antioxidant in glaucoma. Furthermore, our results showing a reduction in iNOS, a contributor to oxidative stress expression, further support RSV's antioxidant capabilities in vision.


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Anti-Inflamatórios não Esteroides/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Biomarcadores/metabolismo , Glaucoma/tratamento farmacológico , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Resveratrol/farmacologia , Malha Trabecular/efeitos dos fármacos , Western Blotting , Selectina E/metabolismo , Glaucoma/fisiopatologia , Humanos , Interleucina-1alfa/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos
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