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Anticancer Res ; 39(10): 5329-5338, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31570426

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BACKGROUND/AIM: The P13K/Akt signaling pathway is a growth-regulating cellular pathway that is constitutively activated in a variety of human cancers. In previous studies, we reported that a solenopsin analog, compound B (MU-06-SC-608-7), shows inhibitory effects on Akt phosphorylation at a key activation site, as well as on proliferation of tumorigenic cells at sub-micromolar concentrations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of compound B on downstream effectors of Akt kinase, phosphorylation of Akt at a second activation site, Akt kinase activity in vitro, tumorigenic cell viability and other signaling pathways. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Western blot analyses were performed using WBras1 epithelial and H2009 human carcinoma cells and cell viability assays were performed on H2009 cells. In vitro Akt kinase assays were performed using a commercially available kit. RESULTS: Compound B decreased the phosphorylation of Akt at the Thr308 activation site and key downstream effectors of Akt kinase, but did not directly inhibit Akt kinase. Substantial decreases in cell viability were observed at concentrations above 5 µM. No effect was seen on ERK or JNK pathways. CONCLUSION: The results earmark this compound for further studies as a potential targeted cancer therapy.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Pirimidinas/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(40): 11230-11235, 2019 Oct 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31523955

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Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a mycotoxin which could cause strong immunosuppressive toxicological effects in animals and humans. Heterophil extracellular traps (HETs) as a novel defense of chicken heterophils play an important role against pathogen infection. It has been reported that OTA can weaken the phagocytosis function of neutrophils. However, whether or not OTA shows immunosuppressive effects on HET release remains unclear. In the present study, we aim to first investigate the effects of OTA on HET release and then try to clarify the mechanisms in this process. OTA-induced HET structures were observed and analyzed by fluorescence confocal microscopy. The quantitative determination of OTA-induced HETs was measured by PicoGreen and a fluorescence microplate. The results clearly showed that OTA obviously induced the release of HET-like structures in heterophils, and these extracellular networks were composed by chromatin decorated with histones and neutrophil elastase. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was also increased in the process of OTA-induced HET formation. Furthermore, the inhibitors of NADPH oxidase, ERK [Formula: see text], and p38 MAPK signaling pathways significantly decreased OTA-induced HET formation. The abovementioned results suggest that OTA-induced HET formation is related to ROS production dependent on the activation of NADPH oxidase, ERK [Formula: see text], and p38 MAPK signaling pathways. Taken together, this study first shows that OTA possesses the ability to trigger HET formation, which provides our understanding of the host that continuously suffered OTA exposure leading to the hyporeactivity of the immune system against infection.


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Galinhas/imunologia , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/imunologia , Armadilhas Extracelulares/imunologia , NADPH Oxidases/imunologia , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Ocratoxinas/toxicidade , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/imunologia , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/imunologia , Animais , Galinhas/genética , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/genética , Armadilhas Extracelulares/genética , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , NADPH Oxidases/genética , Neutrófilos/enzimologia , Neutrófilos/imunologia , Fagocitose , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética
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Br J Anaesth ; 123(4): 439-449, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31383364

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BACKGROUND: Nerve growth factor (NGF) has been implicated in hyperalgesia by sensitising nociceptors. A role for NGF in modulating myocardial injury through ischaemic nociceptive signalling is plausible. We examined whether inhibition of spinal NGF attenuates myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury and explored the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: In adult rats, lentivirus-mediated short-hairpin RNA targeted at reducing NGF gene expression (NGF-shRNA) or a transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) antagonist (capsazepine) was injected intrathecally before myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion. Infarct size (expressed as the ratio of area at risk) and risk of arrhythmias were quantified. Whole-cell clamp patch electrophysiology was used to record capsaicin currents in primary dorsal root ganglion neurones. The co-expression of substance P (SP) and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), plus activation of TRPV1, protein kinase B (Akt) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) were also quantified. RESULTS: NGF levels increased by 2.95 (0.34)-fold in dorsal root ganglion and 2.12 (0.27)-fold in spinal cord after myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury. Intrathecal injection of NGF-shRNA reduced infarct area at risk from 0.58 (0.02) to 0.37 (0.02) (P<0.01) and reduced arrhythmia score from 3.67 (0.33) to 1.67 (0.33) (P<0.01). Intrathecal capsazepine was similarly cardioprotective. NGF-shRNA suppressed expression of SP/CGRP and activation of Akt/ERK and TRPV1 in spinal cord. NGF increased capsaicin current amplitude from 144 (42) to 840 (132) pA (P<0.05), which was blocked by the TRPV1 antagonist 5'-iodoresiniferatoxin. Exogenous NGF enhanced capsaicin-induced Akt/ERK and TRPV1 activation in PC12 neuroendocrine tumour cells in culture. CONCLUSIONS: Spinal NGF contributes to myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury by mediating nociceptive signal transmission.


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Terapia Genética/métodos , Lentivirus/genética , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/genética , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/prevenção & controle , Fator de Crescimento Neural/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/administração & dosagem , RNA Interferente Pequeno/uso terapêutico , Animais , Arritmias Cardíacas/prevenção & controle , Capsaicina/análogos & derivados , Capsaicina/farmacologia , Cardiotônicos/administração & dosagem , Cardiotônicos/uso terapêutico , Gânglios Espinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Gânglios Espinais/metabolismo , Injeções Espinhais , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Infarto do Miocárdio/diagnóstico por imagem , Infarto do Miocárdio/prevenção & controle , Fator de Crescimento Neural/biossíntese , Células PC12 , Técnicas de Patch-Clamp , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Canais de Cátion TRPV/antagonistas & inibidores , Canais de Cátion TRPV/metabolismo
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J Microbiol Biotechnol ; 29(8): 1230-1239, 2019 Aug 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31370111

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Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi has been widely used in China for treatment of various diseases. This study investigated the effect of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi extracts (SBE) against Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3)-induced myocarditis in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, Hela cells and primary myocardial cells were infected with CVB3 and treated with SBE (50-800 µg/ml) and ribavirin (200 µM) for 48 h and then determined by CCK8 assay. Real-time PCR and western blotting assays were performed. In vivo, a myocarditis model was induced in male BALB/c mice by injecting CVB3 suspension intraperitoneally for three times, followed by treatment with SBE (400 and 200 mg/kg) and ribavirin (100 mg/kg) for 28 days. SBE ameliorated the cytotoxicity of CVB3 in Hela cells, especially at 400 µg/ml (39.93% vs 65.67%, p < 0.05) without influencing cell growth and also significantly reduced CVB3 replication in primary myocardial cells. The levels of AKT, ERK, and p38 were increased after CVB3 infection. SBE could downregulate the expressions of AKT and p38. In vivo, the mortality rate from CVB3 reached to 66.67%, while 10.00% and 23.33% of this came after 400 and 200 mg/kg SBE treatment, respectively (p < 0.05). The CVB3 replication was obviously reduced after SBE administration from day 5. Similarly, the levels of AKT, ERK, and p38 mRNAs and proteins were increased, and SBE suppressed the expression of AKT and p38. Our study indicates that SBE is a promising potent antiviral agent against CVB3-induced myocarditis by inhibition of virus replication via depressing AKT and p38 expressions.


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Antivirais/farmacologia , Infecções por Coxsackievirus/tratamento farmacológico , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Miocardite/tratamento farmacológico , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/efeitos dos fármacos , Scutellaria baicalensis/química , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Enterovirus/patogenicidade , Células HeLa , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Miocardite/patologia , Ribavirina/farmacologia , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Int J Nanomedicine ; 14: 5581-5594, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31413564

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Background: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder due to the existence of BCR-ABL fusion protein that allows the cells to keep proliferating uncontrollably. Although tyrosine kinase inhibitors can inhibit the activity of BCR-ABL fusion protein to trigger the cells apoptosis, drug resistance or intolerance exists in part of CML patients. Arsenic sulfide in its raw form (r-As4S4) can be orally administrated and certain therapeutic effects have been found out in the treatment of hematologic malignancies through inducing cell apoptosis. Methods: In this work, a water-dissolvable arsenic sulfide nanoformualtion (ee-As4S4) composed of As4S4 particulates with 470 nm in diameter and encapsulated by a kind of hydrophilic polymer was fabricated and applied to the CML cell line K562, K562/AO2 and primary cells from the bone marrow of CML patients. Results: Results showed that instead of inhibiting the activity of BCR-ABL, ee-As4S4 induced direct degradation of BCR-ABL in K562 cells within 6 hr incubation, followed by the occurrence of erythroid differentiation in K562 after 72 hr incubation, evidenced by the significantly upregulated CD235a and benzidine staining, which was not detectable with r-As4S4. The ee-As4S4-induced erythroid differentiation was also observed in K562/AO2 cells and bone marrow mononuclear cells of CML patients. Mechanistic studies indicated that ee-As4S4 induced autophagy by downregulating the level of intracellular ROS and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α significantly, which led to the subsequent degradation of BCR-ABL. When the concentration was increased, ee-As4S4 induced much more significant apoptosis and cell cycle arrest than r-As4S4, and the cytotoxicity of the former was about 178 times of the latter. Conclusion: ee-As4S4 was capable of inducing significant erythroid differentiation of CML cells by inducing the direct degradation of BCR-ABL; the new effect could improve hematopoietic function of CML patients as well as inhibit the leukemic cell proliferation.


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Arsenicais/farmacologia , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Composição de Medicamentos , Células Eritroides/citologia , Proteínas de Fusão bcr-abl/metabolismo , Leucemia Mielogênica Crônica BCR-ABL Positiva/patologia , Nanopartículas/química , Proteólise/efeitos dos fármacos , Sulfetos/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação para Baixo/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Eritroides/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Eritroides/ultraestrutura , Humanos , Subunidade alfa do Fator 1 Induzível por Hipóxia/genética , Subunidade alfa do Fator 1 Induzível por Hipóxia/metabolismo , Células K562 , Leucemia Mielogênica Crônica BCR-ABL Positiva/tratamento farmacológico , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo
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Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke Za Zhi ; 54(8): 541-547, 2019 Aug 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31461811

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Objective: To detect phosphorylated-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (p-ERK1/2) protein expression in epithelial ovarian cancer and cell lines, and to examine the effects of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) kinase (MEK) inhibitor AZD6244 on cell proliferation, apoptosis as well as cell cycle of ovarian cancer cells. To explore the function and significance of MAPK/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling pathway in the development of ovarian cancer. Methods: (1) A total of 104 cases of patients with ovarian cancer who accepted the treatment of gynecological surgery and being confirmed by pathological examination in First Affiliated Hospital, Dalian Medical University from January 2004 to December 2013 were selected. The expressions of p-ERK1/2 protein were detected by immunohistochemistry in ovarian cancer specimens, and the relationship between the expressions of p-ERK1/2 and the clinical features of patients was analyzed. (2) p-ERK1/2 and other related proteins were determined by western blot in various ovarian cancer cells, including SKOV3, OV2008, C13, A2780S, A2780CP, OVCAR4, OVCAR5, OVCAR8 and CAOV3 treated with or without MEK inhibitor. The cellular proliferation, apoptosis and cell cycle of ovarian cancer cells after treatment with MEK inhibitor were analyzed by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay and flow cytometry, respectively. Results: (1) The immunohistochemical method showed that p-ERK1/2 between low grade serous carcinoma and clear cell carcinoma were not significantly higher expressed (P>0.05) . However, a lower level of the p-ERK1/2 expression were observed among high grade serous carcinoma, mucinous carcinoma and endometrioid carcinoma (all P<0.05) . There was no significant correlation between the protein expression of p-ERK1/2 and patients' age, pathological stage of surgery, and preoperative serum CA(125) level (P>0.05). (2) Western blot showed that the protein p-ERK1/2 was widely expressed in various ovarian cancer cell lines such as SKOV3, OV2008, C13, A2780S, A2780CP, OVCAR4, OVCAR5, OVCAR8 and CAOV3. After treatment with AZD6244 (5, 10 µmol/L), the level of p-ERK1/2 in OVCAR5 and OVCAR8 decreased significantly in dose-dependent manner. Additionally, we found a reduction of the expression level of cyclin D1, caspase-3 and appeared cleaved poly adenosine diphosphate ribose polymerase (PARP) in OVCAR5 and OVCAR8, compared with control groups. MTT assays showed that OVCAR5, OVCAR8 and A2780S were differently inhibited in the dose-dependent manner after being treated with different concentrations of AZD6244 (0, 2.5, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 µmol/L, all P<0.05). Further tested by flow cytometry, the results showed that AZD6244 (5, 10 µmol/L) was able to induce the apoptosis of OVCAR5, OVCAR8 and A2780S, as well as G(0)/G(1) phase arrest, both in a dose-dependent manner (P<0.05). Conclusions: As the main active and functional unit of MAPK/ERK signaling pathway, p-ERK1/2 protein is expressed in both the tissues and various ovarian cancer cell lines. AZD6244 could down-regulated the expression of p-ERK1/2 in ovarian cancer cells, accompanied by the decreased proliferation and increased cell apoptosis of ovarian cancer cells. In conclusion, MAPK/ERK signaling pathway might play a role in the development and progression of ovarian cancer, and may be provide a novel option for molecular targeted therapies of the disease.


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Carcinoma Epitelial do Ovário , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Quinases de Proteína Quinase Ativadas por Mitógeno/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Neoplasias Ovarianas , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinoma Epitelial do Ovário/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Feminino , Humanos , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Neoplasias Ovarianas/genética
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Life Sci ; 233: 116682, 2019 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31348945

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AIMS: Fibrosis as the hallmark of adipose tissue dysfunction which is associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, results from deposition of excess extra cellular matrix components like collagen and increased cell death. Here we investigated the effect of antidiabetic drug, Metformin, on the factors that play role in fibrosis such as; integrin/ERK pathway, collagen VI, MMP2, MMP9, apoptosis markers including DAPK1, DAPK3, DAP, SIVA, necrosis markers including RIPK1, RIPK3, and MLKL in insulin resistant and hypertrophied adipocytes. METHODS: 3T3-L1 adipocytes after differentiation to insulin resistant and hypertrophied cells, treated with Metformin, and the gene expression of aforementioned factors assayed by real time PCR. The protein expression of collagen VI and ERK assayed by western blotting. KEY FINDINGS: The expression of integrins changed from 0.5 to 6-fold in hypertrophied adipocyte versus adipocyte. Apoptosis and necrosis markers increased >1.5-fold in insulin resistant and hypertrophied adipocytes. Also ECM components and ERK activation increased >2-fold and 1.5-fold, respectively in insulin resistant and hypertrophied adipocytes. Metformin caused reduction of activity of integrin/ERK pathway in Metformin treated insulin resistant and hypertrophied adipocytes compared to untreated group. Metformin also reduced collagen VI in both gene and protein expression level, MMP2 and MMP9 in gene expression, and also the expression of apoptosis and necrosis gene. SIGNIFICANCE: Metformin with reduction of ECM component as collagen VI, MMP2 and MMP9, integrin/ERK pathway, necrosis markers as RIPK1, RIPK3 and MLKL, and apoptosis markers including DAP, DAPK1, DAPK3 and SIVA effects on fibrosis in insulin resistant and hypertrophied adipocytes in vitro.


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Adipócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fibrose/prevenção & controle , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Hipertrofia/prevenção & controle , Hipoglicemiantes/farmacologia , Resistência à Insulina , Metformina/farmacologia , Células 3T3-L1 , Animais , Apoptose , Diferenciação Celular , Colágeno Tipo IV/genética , Colágeno Tipo IV/metabolismo , Matriz Extracelular/efeitos dos fármacos , Integrinas/genética , Integrinas/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Necrose
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Cytogenet Genome Res ; 158(1): 17-24, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31261155

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease characterized by progressive articular cartilage destruction and joint marginal osteophyte formation with different degrees of synovitis. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an unsaturated fatty acid with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiapoptotic functions. In this study, the human chondrosarcoma cell line SW1353 was cultured in vitro, and an OA cell model was constructed with inflammatory factor IL-1ß stimulation. After cells were treated with DHA, cell apoptosis was measured. Western blot assay was used to detect protein expression of apoptosis-related factors (Bax, Bcl-2, and cleaved caspase-3) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway family members, including extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), c-JUN N-terminal kinase (JNK), and p38 MAPK. Our results show that IL-1ß promotes the apoptosis of SW1353 cells, increases the expression of Bax and cleaved caspase-3, and activates the MAPK signaling pathway. In contrast, DHA inhibits the expression of IL-1ß, inhibits IL-1ß-induced cell apoptosis, and has a certain inhibitory effect on the activation of the MAPK signaling pathway. When the MAPK signaling pathway is inhibited by its inhibitors, the effects of DHA on SW1353 cells are weakened. Thus, DHA enhances the apoptosis of SW1353 cells through the MAPK signaling pathway.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias Ósseas/patologia , Condrossarcoma/patologia , Ácidos Docosa-Hexaenoicos/farmacologia , Interleucina-1beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Osteoartrite/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/biossíntese , Proteínas Reguladoras de Apoptose/genética , Butadienos/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Ativação Enzimática/efeitos dos fármacos , Indução Enzimática/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Interleucina-1beta/biossíntese , Interleucina-1beta/genética , Interleucina-1beta/farmacologia , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/fisiologia , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/biossíntese , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Proteínas de Neoplasias/biossíntese , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Nitrilos/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia
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Chem Biol Interact ; 310: 108741, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31299238

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Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) plays a key role in redox homeostasis. Activation of Nrf2 pathway by natural molecules effectively inhibits oxidants and toxicants-induced redox imbalance, and thus is able to intervene the onset and progression of many human diseases. In our previous study, a chalcone named as artocarmitin B (ACB), formed by artocarmitin A (ACA) and a trans-feruloyl substituent, was found to be a potential Nrf2 activator. In the present research, we found that ACB up-regulated the expressions of Nrf2, NAD(P)H: quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) and glutamate-cysteine ligase, modifier subunit (GCLM), inhibited Nrf2 degradation and promoted Nrf2 translocation to the nucleus under non-toxic doses. Moreover, ACB enhanced intracellular antioxidant capability in human lung epithelial cells through up-regulating reduced glutathione (GSH) level. Furthermore, ACB-induced activation of Nrf2 was related to the kinase pathways, including mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), protein kinase C (PKC), phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3K), and protein kinase R-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK). In terms of activation of Nrf2 pathway, ACB was more potent than ACA and ferulic acid (FA) individually or in combination. Collectively, our results indicate that ACB is an novel Nrf2 activator and enhances intracellular antioxidant capacity in human lung epithelial cells.


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Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Chalcona/farmacologia , Células Epiteliais/metabolismo , Pulmão/citologia , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Chalcona/uso terapêutico , Glutationa/metabolismo , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais
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Chem Biol Interact ; 310: 108748, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31306638

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BACKGROUND: Fracture healing is a very important process after fracture. Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) has been reported to possess beneficial impact on osteoblasts growth. Our study investigated the effects of Tan IIA on fracture healing. METHODS: In vitro, mouse pre-osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells were treated with Tan IIA. Then, the protein levels of Runx2, Osx, Collagen I, JNK and c-Jun, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and calcium deposition were detected, respectively. Furthermore, the roles of microRNA-424 (miR-424) and Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) in Tan IIA-caused MC3T3-E1 cell differentiation were probed. In vivo, mice open osteotomy at femur diaphysis model was established. The callus area, callus intensity, low-density bone volume/callus total volume (BV1/TV), tissue mineral density (TMD) and bone mineral density (BMD) were tested. RESULTS: In vitro, Tan IIA promoted MC3T3-E1 cell differentiation via increasing the Runx2, Osx and collagen I expression, along with enhancing ALP activity and calcium deposition. In addition, Tan IIA activated JNK pathway in MC3T3-E1 cells, while inhibition of JNK pathway mitigated the Tan IIA-caused MC3T3-E1 cell differentiation. Moreover, Tan IIA declined the miR-424 expression in MC3T3-E1 cells. Overexpression of miR-424 also weakened the Tan IIA-caused MC3T3-E1 cell differentiation. BMP-2 was a target gene of miR-424. BMP-2 silence reversed the Tan IIA-caused activation of JNK pathway. In vivo, Tan IIA increased the callus area, callus intensity, BV1/TV, TMD and BMD. CONCLUSION: Tan IIA could promote fracture healing. In vitro, Tan IIA promoted MC3T3-E1 cell differentiation might be via down-regulating miR-424, up-regulating BMP-2 and then activating JNK pathway.


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Diterpenos de Abietano/farmacologia , Consolidação da Fratura/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Proteína Morfogenética Óssea 2/metabolismo , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular , Diterpenos de Abietano/uso terapêutico , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , MicroRNAs/metabolismo , Osteoblastos/efeitos dos fármacos , Osteoblastos/metabolismo , Osteoblastos/patologia
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Expert Opin Ther Pat ; 29(8): 595-603, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31280615

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Introduction: As a key element in arguably the most important pathway MAPK signaling, the BRAF kinase gives rise to severe diseases including cancers when pathologically activated. Extensive research on BRAFi (BRAF inhibitor) has been carried out to profile the characters for optimized agents and to elaborate the therapeutic strategies for the related cancer treatment. Areas covered: This review gives an overview of recently approved BRAF agents on function mode, therapeutic efficacy, and deficiency, based on which current challenges and corresponding strategies were presented. New entities as BRAFi for medical purpose in patent literature during the period 2013-2018 were also briefly introduced. Expert opinion: With the disclosure of paradox-breaker BRAFi PLX7904 crystal in complex with BRAF, the rational design for next-generation BRAFi is becoming ever more feasible. Accompanying therapeutic strategies in BRAFi elaboration may also provide flexible choice in the future 'personal medicine'. Further digging in the greatly enriched BRAFi pool will greatly benefit the drug design processes such as FBDD- and SBDD-driven development.


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Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , Animais , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Desenho de Drogas , Compostos Heterocíclicos com 2 Anéis/farmacologia , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias/patologia , Patentes como Assunto , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/metabolismo , Sulfonamidas/farmacologia
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Life Sci ; 232: 116647, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31301416

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AIM: Brain injury after sepsis leads to high mortality and long-term brain dysfunction in patients. Previous studies revealed that borneol has a protective effect on the brain, but its function on sepsis associated encephalopathy (SAE) remains unknown. Herein, we investigated the protective effect of borneol against sepsis-related brain injury. MAIN METHODS: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced sepsis mice and cells were treated with borneol at the dose of 100 mg/kg by gavage or 10 µg/ml in culture, respectively. The protective effect of borneol on neurons and the microglia were assessed in vivo and in vitro. KEY FINDINGS: We observed that borneol attenuated brain neuronal and microglial inflammation in LPS-induced sepsis mice with a suppression of p-p65 and p38 signaling that were initially activated by LPS in the brain. In vitro examination confirmed that the protective effect of borneol on both neurons and microglia, and its suppressive effect on p-p65 and p38 pathways were, at least in part, direct. SIGNIFICANCE: An early protection of neurons and microglia from bacterial endotoxin during sepsis is beneficial, and borneol has the potential to protect these cells.


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Bornanos/uso terapêutico , Lesões Encefálicas/tratamento farmacológico , Lesões Encefálicas/etiologia , Endotoxinas/toxicidade , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/uso terapêutico , Sepse/complicações , Animais , Bornanos/administração & dosagem , Bornanos/farmacologia , Células Cultivadas , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Lipopolissacarídeos/toxicidade , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Microglia/efeitos dos fármacos , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/administração & dosagem , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia
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Chemosphere ; 233: 786-795, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31340409

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Microbial volatile organic compounds (mVCs) are formed in the metabolism of microorganisms and widely distributed in nature and pose threats to human health. However, the air pollution by microorganisms is a situation which is poorly understood. In this study, the cytotoxicity of E. aerogenes VCs was evaluated in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. E. aerogenes VCs inhibited the survival of yeast and triggered the formation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). The hypersensitive of MAP kinase mpk1/slt2 and 19S regulatory assembly chaperone adc17 mutants to the E. aerogenes VCs indicated cell wall integrity (CWI) pathway together with stress-inducible proteasome assembly regulation are essentially involved in mVCs tolerance mechanism. Furthermore, exposure to the mVCs resulted in the transcriptional upregulation of the CWI pathway, the regulatory particle assembly chaperones, and genes involved in proteasome regulations. Our research suggested that the ROS/MAPK signaling and proteasome regulatory pathway play pivotal roles in the integration and fine-tuning of the mVCs stress response. This study provides a molecular framework for future study of the effects of mVCs on more complex organisms, such as humans.


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Enterobacter aerogenes/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Complexo de Endopeptidases do Proteassoma/metabolismo , Proteínas de Saccharomyces cerevisiae/metabolismo , Saccharomyces cerevisiae/efeitos dos fármacos , Compostos Orgânicos Voláteis/farmacologia , Poluentes Atmosféricos/análise , Poluição do Ar/análise , Parede Celular/metabolismo , Citoplasma/metabolismo , Chaperonas Moleculares/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Ativação Transcricional
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Life Sci ; 232: 116618, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31265854

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AIMS: Mitochondrial dysfunction has been regarded as one of the hallmarks of cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury. In previous studies, we have provided evidence that the extracellular signaling pathway (ERK) 1/2 inhibitor PD98059 improved the neurological deficits by modulating antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activities in rats subjected to cardiac arrest/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CA/CPR). Since oxidative stress can activate mitochondria-dependent apoptosis and autophagy, we further explored the effects of PD98059 on mitochondria involved with apoptosis and autophagy in rat CA model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We disposed PD98059 in CA/CPR rats, tested the mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis pathway in brain tissues at 24 h post-resuscitation by mitochondrial permeability transition pores (MPTP), cytochrome c (CytC), BCL-2, BAX, caspase-3, as well as autophagy by LC3, Beclin-1, and p62. Furthermore, we explored the relationship of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) with apoptosis and autophagy. KEY FINDINGS: Our study showed that PD98059 decreased the openings of MPTP, CytC release, caspase3 activation, apoptotic indices, LC3-II, Beclin-1and increased P62. PD98059 also inhibited mitochondria-dependent apoptosis and the activity of autophagy in a dose-dependent manner in rat cerebral cortices at 24 h post-resuscitation. The generation of phosphorylated Drp1-616 was down-regulated accompanied by a decrease of TUNEL-positive cells and LC3 in dual immunostaining after PD98059 inhibited activation of ERK signaling pathway in a dose-dependent manner in rat cerebral cortices at 24 h post-resuscitation. SIGNIFICANCE: PD98059 protects the brain against mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis and autophagy at 24 h post-resuscitation in rats subjected to CA/CPR, which is linked with the downregulation of Drp1 expression.


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Flavonoides/farmacologia , Parada Cardíaca/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Reanimação Cardiopulmonar , Córtex Cerebral/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Flavonoides/metabolismo , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3955-3959, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262927

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BACKGROUND: Spindle cell oncocytoma (SCO) is a rare non-neuroendocrine neoplasm of the pituitary gland. In general, surgical excision and radiation therapy is performed. However, local recurrences are frequently seen, requiring repeated surgical and radio-oncological interventions. Thus, mutational analysis of the tumor and targeted therapy may represent a valuable therapy option in these patients. CASE REPORT: A 38-year-old female patient with past medical history of 6 surgeries (two transsphenoidal and four transcranial), radiation therapy, and chemoradiation therapy due to several recurrences of a SCO, presented for follow-up imaging. MRI of the brain showed growth of a tumor in the right parasellar region consistent with a new local recurrence, which due to its size and location was considered to be not resectable. Molecular analysis of a previously surgically removed tumor showed a BRAF V600E mutation and thus, combined targeted inhibition of the MAPK/ERK signaling pathway using a BRAF inhibitor and a MEK inhibitor was started. Due to drug-induced panniculitis, MEK inhibitor had to be stopped and BRAF inhibitor only was continued, which was well tolerated by the patient. Subsequent imaging revealed tumor regression already four weeks after therapy initiation and no disease progression has been observed to date. CONCLUSION: A SCO patient with BRAF V600E mutation was successfully treated using targeted inhibition of the MAPK/ERK signaling pathway. Under therapy, tumor regression was observed and the patient has been free of progressive disease for more than two years now. Thus, mutational analysis and targeted inhibition may offer an effective treatment option for SCO patients, while potential side-effects to this therapy, like observed in our case, can occur and needs to be adequately treated.


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Adenoma Oxífilo/tratamento farmacológico , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Paniculite/induzido quimicamente , Neoplasias Hipofisárias/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/efeitos adversos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas B-raf/genética , Adenoma Oxífilo/genética , Adulto , Feminino , Humanos , Mutação , Paniculite/genética , Neoplasias Hipofisárias/genética
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Eur J Med Chem ; 177: 401-413, 2019 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31158753

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Small molecules able to bind non-canonical G-quadruplex DNA structures (G4) have been recently tested as novel potential agents for the treatment of prostate cancer thanks to their repression of aberrant androgen receptor gene. However, metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), a letal form of prostate cancer, is still incurable. Here we tested two naphthalenediimide derivatives, previously reported as multitarget agents, on a couple of relevant mCRPC cell models (DU145 and PC-3). We showed that these compounds interfere with the RAS/MEK/ERK and PI3K/AKT pathways. Interestingly, both these two biological processes depend upon Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) activation. By means of biological and analytical tools we showed that our compounds are efficient inducers of the structural transition of the EGFR promoter towards a G-quadruplex conformation, ultimately leading to a reduction of the receptor production. The overall result is an interesting cytotoxic profile for these two derivatives. Thanks to their activity at different steps, these compounds can open the way to novel therapeutic approaches for mCRPC that could contribute to escape resistance to selective treatments.


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DNA/metabolismo , Quadruplex G/efeitos dos fármacos , Naftalimidas/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , DNA/genética , Ensaios de Seleção de Medicamentos Antitumorais , Receptores ErbB/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Ligantes , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Naftalimidas/química , Naftalimidas/metabolismo , Neoplasias de Próstata Resistentes à Castração/tratamento farmacológico
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Food Chem Toxicol ; 131: 110527, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31173817

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Zearalenone (ZEA) can widely contaminate crops and agricultural products. The ingestion of ZEA-contaminated food or feed affects the integrity and functions of the intestines. In this study, we aimed to find the potential protective mechanism against ZEA ingestion. We found that ZEA induced cell death in IPEC-J2 cells. Meanwhile, the cytoprotective autophagy was activated in ZEA-treated cells. Further studies demonstrated that a p38/MAPK inhibitor down-regulated autophagy and increased cell death compared to those of the controls. Furthermore, ZEA could induce the accumulation of ROS, and eliminating ROS with NAC resulted in a decline in cell death, p38/MAPK phosphorylation, and the expression of LC3-II compared to those of ZEA-group. In addition, cytochrome P450 reductase (CYPOR) was significantly increased in ZEA-treated cells compared to that in the controls, and an inhibitor of CYPOR decreased ROS levels and mitigated cell death compared to those of the ZEA-group. More importantly, we found that blocking both p38/MAPK signalling and autophagy could enhance CYPOR expression and elevate ROS levels. Overall, our study indicated that the p38/MAPK pathway could activate protective autophagy in response to the CYPOR-dependent oxidative stress that was induced by ZEA in IPEC-J2 cells.


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Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , NADPH-Ferri-Hemoproteína Redutase/metabolismo , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Zearalenona/toxicidade , Acetilcisteína/farmacologia , Animais , Células Epiteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/metabolismo , Intestinos/efeitos dos fármacos , MAP Quinase Quinase 4/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Suínos , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo
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Cell Prolif ; 52(4): e12650, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31225686

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OBJECTIVELY: Tendinopathy is a common problem in sports medicine which can lead to severe morbidity. Aspirin, as the classical representative of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, has been commonly used in treating tendinopathy. While its treatment effects on injury tendon healing are lacking, illuminating the underlying mechanism may provide scientific basis for clinical treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Firstly, we used immunohistochemistry and qRT-PCR to detect changes in CD14, CD206, iNOS, IL-6, IL-10, MMP-3, TIMP-3, Col-1a1, biglycan, Comp, Fibronectin, TGF-ß1,ACAN,EGR-1 and FMOD. Next, Western blot was used to measure the protein levels (IL-6, IL-10, TGF-ß1, COMP, TIMP-3, STAT-3/P-STAT-3 and JNK/P-JNK) in TSCs. Then, migration and proliferation of TSCs were measured through wound healing test and BrdU staining. Finally, the mechanical properties of injury tendon were detected. RESULTS: After aspirin treatment, the inflammation and scar formation in injury tendon were significantly inhibited by aspirin. Still, tendon's ECM was positively balanced. Increasing migration and proliferation ability of TSCs induced by IL-1ß were significantly reversed. JNK/STAT-3 signalling pathway participated in the process above. In addition, biomechanical properties of injury tendon were significantly improved. CONCLUSIONS: Taken together, the findings suggested that aspirin inhibited inflammation and scar formation via regulation of JNK/STAT-3 signalling and decreased rerupture risk of injury tendon. Aspirin could be an ideal therapeutic strategy in tendon injury healing.


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Aspirina/farmacologia , Cicatriz/tratamento farmacológico , Inflamação/tratamento farmacológico , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Traumatismos dos Tendões/tratamento farmacológico , Tendões/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Cicatriz/metabolismo , Inflamação/metabolismo , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Masculino , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Traumatismos dos Tendões/metabolismo , Tendões/metabolismo , Cicatrização/efeitos dos fármacos
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Life Sci ; 231: 116573, 2019 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31207310

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Hepatotoxicity is a common side effect encountered with tamoxifen (TAM) administration. Due to the great value of TAM in breast cancer treatment, hepato-protection is seriously recommended. AIMS: The present study investigated the hepato-protective effect of celecoxib (CX) against TAM-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. MAIN METHODS: Female rats were injected with TAM (45 mg/kg, i.p.) for 7 days and given CX (15 mg/kg, orally) 7 days before TAM injection, then continued for the following 7 days. KEY FINDINGS: Administration of CX for 14 days conferred significant hepatoprotection against TAM-induced hepatotoxicity indexed by decreased liver/body weight ratio, boosted cytoprotection and substantial reduction in serum LDH activity besides functional hepatic improvement; marked decrease in ALT, AST and ALP with significant elevation in serum albumin. Oxidant/antioxidants hemostasis was improved upon CX treatment with profound decrease in hepatic MDA content and elevation of GSH and SOD levels. Furthermore, hepatic content of NO decreased along with significant decrease in ASK-1, JNK and Bax levels as well as TNFα and caspase3 expression. Finally, CX administration resulted in obvious diminution of TAM-induced necrotic and apoptotic alterations. SIGNIFICANCE: Celecoxib might be used in combination with TAM in treatment protocol of breast to prevent liver injury induced by TAM and further clinical studies might be needed to approve this notion.


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Celecoxib/farmacologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/tratamento farmacológico , MAP Quinase Quinase 4/antagonistas & inibidores , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 5/antagonistas & inibidores , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Tamoxifeno/farmacologia , Animais , Antineoplásicos Hormonais/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas/prevenção & controle , Interações de Medicamentos , Feminino , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/metabolismo , MAP Quinase Quinase 4/metabolismo , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinase 5/metabolismo , Fatores de Proteção , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Tamoxifeno/toxicidade
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Life Sci ; 231: 116554, 2019 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31194992

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AIMS: Several adipokines have been proven to improve the therapeutic efficacy of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) when used to treat ischemic heart disease. Asprosin (ASP) is a newly-discovered adipokine. ASP might also predict the severity of coronary pathology. We investigated the role of ASP on MSCs and the effects of ASP-pretreated MSCs on myocardial infarction (MI). MAIN METHODS: MSCs were labelled with a lentivirus carrying green fluorescent protein (GFP). For in vivo study, after pretreatment with vehicle or ASP, MSCs were injected into infarcted hearts. Cardiac function and fibrosis were then evaluated 4 weeks after the induction of MI and survival of MSCs evaluated after 1 week. MSCs proliferation and migration were investigated after ASP treatment in vitro. MSCs apoptosis induced by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was assessed using flow cytometry. KEY FINDINGS: Compared to vehicle-pretreated MSCs, ASP-pretreated MSCs significantly improved the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and inhibited myocardial fibrosis 4 weeks after MI. ASP pretreatment may have promoted homing of transplanted MSCs. In vitro results showed that ASP had no significant effect on MSC proliferation and migration, but protected these cells from H2O2-induced apoptosis. Among 21 molecules associated with antioxidation and cell death, the antioxidant enzyme SOD2 was significantly upregulated by ASP. Furthermore, ASP treatment inhibited H2O2-induced ROS generation and apoptosis via the activated ERK1/2-SOD2 pathway. SIGNIFICANCE: This is the first evidence that ASP can regulate MSCs function and enhance MSCs therapy for ischemic heart disease. Furthermore, we demonstrate that ASP protects MSCs from oxidative stress-induced apoptosis via the ERK1/2-SOD2 pathway.


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Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas dos Microfilamentos/metabolismo , Infarto do Miocárdio/terapia , Fragmentos de Peptídeos/metabolismo , Hormônios Peptídicos/metabolismo , Superóxido Dismutase/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/fisiologia , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Sobrevivência Celular/fisiologia , Coração/fisiopatologia , Peróxido de Hidrogênio/farmacologia , Masculino , Transplante de Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/métodos , Células-Tronco Mesenquimais/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Infarto do Miocárdio/metabolismo , Infarto do Miocárdio/patologia , Isquemia Miocárdica/metabolismo , Isquemia Miocárdica/patologia , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Função Ventricular Esquerda
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