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J Cancer Res Clin Oncol ; 145(9): 2293-2301, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31401673

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PURPOSE: Androgen receptors (ARs) are expressed on a variety of cell types, and AR signaling plays an important role in tumor development and progression in several cancers. This in vitro study evaluated the effect of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) on the proliferation of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cells in relation to AR status. METHODS: Steroid hormone receptor expression was evaluated using RT-PCR and Western blotting. The effect of DHT on cell proliferation and STAT5 phosphorylation was evaluated in RCC cell lines (Caki-2, A498, and SN12C) and primary RCC cells using cell viability assays and Western blotting. ARs and glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) were knocked down with small interfering RNAs before assessing changes in cell proliferation and STAT5 activation. RESULTS: DHT treatment promoted cell proliferation and increased STAT5 phosphorylation regardless of AR status. The AR antagonist bicalutamide reduced kidney cancer cell proliferation, regardless of AR status. AR and GR knockdown blocked STAT5 activation and reduced cell proliferation in all RCC cell lines. In patient-derived primary cells, DHT enhanced cell proliferation and this effect was diminished by treatment with the AR antagonists bicalutamide and enzalutamide and the GR antagonist mifepristone. CONCLUSION: DHT promotes cell proliferation through STAT5 activation in RCC cells, regardless of AR status. DHT appears to utilize the AR and GR pathways to activate STAT5, and the inhibition of AR and GR showed antitumor activity in RCC cells. These data suggest that targeting AR and GR may be a promising new approach to the treatment of RCC.


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Carcinoma de Células Renais/patologia , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Di-Hidrotestosterona/farmacologia , Neoplasias Renais/patologia , Receptores Androgênicos/fisiologia , Receptores de Glucocorticoides/fisiologia , Fator de Transcrição STAT5/metabolismo , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/metabolismo , Antagonistas de Receptores de Andrógenos/farmacologia , Carcinoma de Células Renais/genética , Carcinoma de Células Renais/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Neoplasias Renais/genética , Neoplasias Renais/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT5/genética , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Supressoras de Tumor/genética
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Anticancer Res ; 39(8): 4185-4190, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31366504

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1)-mediated molecular pathway has been implicated in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) pathogenesis and progression. We aimed to evaluate serum levels of IGF-1, IGF-2 and IGF-binding protein 3 (IGF-BP3) before and after standard treatment in patients with advanced NSCLC and their prognostic and predictive correlations. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventy-three patients were prospectively included. Analysis and quantification of circulating levels of IGF1, IGF2, IGFBP3 were performed by total ELISA in peripheral blood samples at baseline and 3 months post-treatment. RESULTS: The median values of IGF-1 and IGF-1/IGF-BP3 ratios (125.82 vs. 133.4 ng/ml, p=0.087 and 0.01006 vs. 0.01252, p=0.011) were both decreased after treatment. Importantly, the post-treatment value of the ratio was significantly reduced only among responders to treatment (0.01044 from 0.01255, p=0.02). CONCLUSION: Reduction of IGF-1/IGF-BP3 ratio was statistically significant only among patients with NSCLC who responded to first-line treatment. If validated in larger cohorts, IGF-1/IGFBP3 might be a useful predictive tool for response to chemotherapy in NSCLC.


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Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/sangue , Proteína 3 de Ligação a Fator de Crescimento Semelhante à Insulina/sangue , Fator de Crescimento Insulin-Like II/genética , Fator de Crescimento Insulin-Like I/genética , Idoso , Biomarcadores Tumorais/sangue , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/tratamento farmacológico , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/patologia , Feminino , Humanos , Proteína 3 de Ligação a Fator de Crescimento Semelhante à Insulina/genética , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Estadiamento de Neoplasias , Pemetrexede/administração & dosagem , Prognóstico , Proteínas Recombinantes , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Enzyme Inhib Med Chem ; 34(1): 1426-1438, 2019 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31401883

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Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) has been recognised as a promising molecular target of targeted therapy for NSCLC. We performed SAR study of pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridines to override crizotinib resistance caused by ALK-L1196M mutation and identified a novel and potent L1196M inhibitor, 10g. 10g displayed exceptional enzymatic activities (<0.5 nM of IC50) against ALK-L1196M as well as against ALK-wt. In addition, 10g is an extremely potent inhibitor of ROS1 (<0.5 nM of IC50) and displays excellent selectivity over c-Met. Moreover, 10g strongly suppresses proliferation of ALK-L1196M-Ba/F3 and H2228 cells harbouring EML4-ALK via apoptosis and the ALK signalling blockade. The results of molecular docking studies reveal that, in contrast to crizotinib, 10g engages in a favourable interaction with M1196 in the kinase domain of ALK-L1196M and hydrogen bonding with K1150 and E1210. This SAR study has provided a useful insight into the design of novel and potent inhibitors against ALK gatekeeper mutant.


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Quinase do Linfoma Anaplásico/antagonistas & inibidores , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Pirazóis/farmacologia , Piridinas/farmacologia , Quinase do Linfoma Anaplásico/metabolismo , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Espectroscopia de Ressonância Magnética Nuclear de Carbono-13 , Linhagem Celular Transformada , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Cromatografia Líquida , Cristalografia por Raios X , Inibidores Enzimáticos/química , Humanos , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Espectroscopia de Prótons por Ressonância Magnética , Pirazóis/química , Piridinas/química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização por Electrospray , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 159: 163-172, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31400778

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Edifenphos (EDF) (O-ethyl-S, S-diphenyldithiophosphate) is an organophosphate pesticide that is extensively used as a fungicide in agricultural rice fields. However, EDF accumulated in various agricultural products and caused potential health hazards to human and other living organisms. Therefore, the present study was investigated to evaluate the ameliorative role of apigenin (APG); a natural antioxidant against EDF-induced hepato-renal toxicity in rats. Six groups with five male Wistar rats each, were used for this purpose; these groups included the control group (A) that received corn oil; (B) 10 mg/kg APG; (C) 10 mg/kg EDF; (D) 25 mg/kg EDF; (E) 10 mg/kg APG pretreatment for 1 h then 10 mg/kg EDF; (F) 10 mg/kg APG pretreatment for 1 h then 25 mg/kg EDF for 14 consecutive days. Oral administration of EDF led to disruption of the intracellular antioxidant machinery which cause the generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, EDF promotes deleterious effects like oxidative stress, DNA damage, reduced mitochondrial membrane potential, generation of ROS production, activation of caspase 3/9 activities and causing hepato-renal histopathological changes. However, the pretreatment of APG ameliorated the EDF-induced oxidative damage and apoptosis, through their antioxidant activity or by directly scavenging free radical property. Overall, these results suggest that EDF exerts oxidative stress, and APG could be a potent dietary anti-oxidant regimen against EDF-induced toxicity.


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Apigenina/farmacologia , Rim/metabolismo , Fígado/metabolismo , Compostos Organotiofosforados/toxicidade , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Rim/efeitos dos fármacos , Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Masculino , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Toxicol Lett ; 313: 150-158, 2019 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31276768

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Ochratoxin A (OTA), one of the most abundant food-contaminating mycotoxins, is a possible carcinogen to humans. We previously demonstrated that long-term (40 weeks) OTA exposure induces the malignant transformation of human gastric epithelium cells (GES-1) in vitro. However, the specific mechanism underlying OTA-induced gastric carcinogenesis is complex. In the present study, we used 2-DE and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI/TOF MS) combined with bioinformatics and immunoblotting to investigate the differentially expressed proteins between GES-1 and OTA-malignant transformed GES-1 cells (OTA-GES-1T cells) in vitro. We found that four differentially expressed proteins were identified after malignant transformation, including actin, cytoplasmic 1 (ACTB), F-actin-capping protein subunit alpha-1 (CAPZA1), Annexin A3 (ANXA3), thioredoxin peroxidase B from red blood cells (TPx-B) and Fibrinogen beta B (Fibrinogen ß). Among the differentially expressed proteins, the effect of Annexin A3 was analyzed by MTT assay, western blot, cell cycle analysis, wound healing assay, Transwell assay, and colony formation assay in OTA-GES-1T cells. The results showed that inhibition of Annexin A3 by siRNA effectively prevented the proliferation, migration, and invasion abilities of OTA-GES-1T cells. Collectively, the results of this study will guide future research on OTA carcinogenicity.


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Anexina A3/metabolismo , Carcinógenos/toxicidade , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/induzido quimicamente , Células Epiteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , Mucosa Gástrica/efeitos dos fármacos , Ocratoxinas/toxicidade , Neoplasias Gástricas/induzido quimicamente , Anexina A3/genética , Western Blotting , Linhagem Celular , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/genética , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/metabolismo , Transformação Celular Neoplásica/patologia , Biologia Computacional , Eletroforese em Gel Bidimensional , Células Epiteliais/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais/patologia , Mucosa Gástrica/metabolismo , Mucosa Gástrica/patologia , Humanos , Invasividade Neoplásica , Proteômica/métodos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização e Dessorção a Laser Assistida por Matriz , Neoplasias Gástricas/genética , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/patologia
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 301-322, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31343125

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Propolis is one of the most promising natural products, exhibiting not only therapeutic but also prophylactic actions. Propolis has several biological and pharmacological properties, including hepatoprotective activities. The present study aimed to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of propolis against CCl4-mediated liver fibrosis. METHODS: Three groups of male BALB/c mice (n=15/ group) were used: group 1 comprised control mice; groups 2 and 3 were injected with CCl4 for the induction of liver fibrosis. Group 3 was then orally supplemented with propolis (100 mg/kg body weight) for four weeks. Different techniques were used to monitor the antifibrotic effects of propolis, including histopathological investigations using H&E, Masson's trichrome and Sirius red staining; Western blotting; flow cytometry; and ELISA. RESULTS: We found that the induction of liver fibrosis by CCl4 was associated with a significant increase in hepatic collagen and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) expression. Moreover, CCl4-treated mice also exhibited histopathological alterations in the liver architecture. Additionally, the liver of CCl4-treated mice exhibited a marked increase in proinflammatory signals, such as increased expression of HSP70 and increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines and ROS. Mechanistically, the liver of CCl4-treated mice exhibited a significant increase in the phosphorylation of AKT and mTOR; upregulation of the expression of BAX and cytochrome C; downregulation of the expression of Bcl2; a significant elevation in the levels of TGF-ß followed by increased phosphorylation of SMAD2; and a marked increase in the expression of P53 and iNOS. Interestingly, oral supplementation of CCl4-treated mice with propolis significantly abolished hepatic collagen deposition, abrogated inflammatory signals and oxidative stress, restored CCl4-mediated alterations in the signaling cascades, and hence repaired the hepatic architecture nearly to the normal architecture observed in the control mice. CONCLUSION: Our findings revealed the therapeutic potential and the underlying mechanisms of propolis against liver fibrosis.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/patologia , Própole/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Tetracloreto de Carbono/toxicidade , Citocinas/metabolismo , Células Estreladas do Fígado/citologia , Células Estreladas do Fígado/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Estreladas do Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/metabolismo , Fígado/patologia , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/induzido quimicamente , Cirrose Hepática Experimental/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Proteína Smad2/metabolismo , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/metabolismo , Proteína X Associada a bcl-2/metabolismo
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Bioengineered ; 10(1): 282-291, 2019 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31311401

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Transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß1 plays a crucial role in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in many cancer types and in thyroid cancers. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the most important ingredient in the green tea, has been reported to possess antioxidant and anticancer activities. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms explaining its action have not been completely understood. In this study, we found that EGCG significantly suppresses EMT, invasion and migration in anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) 8505C cells in vitro by regulating the TGF-ß/Smad signaling pathways. EGCG significantly inhibited TGF-ß1-induced expression of EMT markers (E-cadherin reduction and vimentin induction) in 8505C cells in vitro. Treatment with EGCG completely blocked the phosphorylation of Smad2/3, translocation of Smad4. Taken together, these results suggest that EGCG suppresses EMT and invasion and migration by blocking TGFß/Smad signaling pathways.


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Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/farmacologia , Catequina/análogos & derivados , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Epiteliais da Tireoide/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/antagonistas & inibidores , Antígenos CD/genética , Antígenos CD/metabolismo , Caderinas/antagonistas & inibidores , Caderinas/genética , Caderinas/metabolismo , Catequina/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Transição Epitelial-Mesenquimal/genética , Humanos , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Transporte Proteico/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína Smad2/genética , Proteína Smad2/metabolismo , Proteína Smad3/genética , Proteína Smad3/metabolismo , Proteína Smad4/genética , Proteína Smad4/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais da Tireoide/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais da Tireoide/patologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/farmacologia , Vimentina/agonistas , Vimentina/genética , Vimentina/metabolismo
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 20(1): 375, 2019 Jul 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31272368

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BACKGROUND: Cells operate in an uncertain environment, where critical cell decisions must be enacted in the presence of biochemical noise. Information theory can measure the extent to which such noise perturbs normal cellular function, in which cells must perceive environmental cues and relay signals accurately to make timely and informed decisions. Using multivariate response data can greatly improve estimates of the latent information content underlying important cell fates, like differentiation. RESULTS: We undertake an information theoretic analysis of two stochastic models concerning glioma differentiation therapy, an alternative cancer treatment modality whose underlying intracellular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Discernible changes in response dynamics, as captured by summary measures, were observed at low noise levels. Mitigating certain feedback mechanisms present in the signaling network improved information transmission overall, as did targeted subsampling and clustering of response dynamics. CONCLUSION: Computing the channel capacity of noisy signaling pathways present great probative value in uncovering the prevalent trends in noise-induced dynamics. Areas of high dynamical variation can provide concise snapshots of informative system behavior that may otherwise be overlooked. Through this approach, we can examine the delicate interplay between noise and information, from signal to response, through the observed behavior of relevant system components.


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Glioma/tratamento farmacológico , Teoria da Informação , Diferenciação Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Glioma/metabolismo , Humanos , Modelos Biológicos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Processos Estocásticos
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Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3601-3608, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262885

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Nuclear receptors regulate the expression of cellular transporters, which may be contributing factors for cisplatin (CDDP) resistance. This study aimed to clarify whether nuclear receptor ligands could be potentially used as drugs to overcome CDDP resistance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Caspase-3 activity was measured using a fluorogenic substrate. mRNA levels were determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction. RESULTS: Pregnane X receptor (PXR) showed an expression level change dependent on caspase-3 activation by CDDP in HepG2. Rifampicin, a PXR agonist, reduced the accumulation of CDDP and suppressed growth inhibition and caspase-3 activation in HepG2 after CDDP exposure. Leflunomide, a PXR antagonist, significantly enhanced caspase-3 activation by CDDP in HepG2 and CDDP-resistant HepG2/R. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that PXR can modify the antitumor activity of CDDP, presumably through regulating the expression of transporters, which control intracellular CDDP concentration. Thus, PXR antagonists can be further investigated as potential drugs capable of overcoming CDDP resistance.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Cisplatino/farmacologia , Receptores Citoplasmáticos e Nucleares/genética , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Hep G2 , Humanos , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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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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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 323-336, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31359737

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vascular calcification represents a huge clinical problem contributing to adverse cardiovascular events, with no effective treatment currently available. Upregulation of hepatocyte growth factor has been linked with vascular calcification, and thus, represent a potential target in the development of a novel therapeutic strategy. Glycomimetics have been shown to interrupt HGF-receptor signalling, therefore this study investigated the effect of novel glycomimetics on osteogenic signalling and vascular calcification in vitro. METHODS: Primary human vascular smooth muscle cells (HVSMCs) were induced by ß-glycerophosphate (ß-GP) and treated with 4 glycomimetic compounds (C1-C4). The effect of ß-GP and C1-C4 on alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteogenic markers and c-Met/Notch3/HES1 signalling was determined using colorimetric assays, qRT-PCR and western blotting respectively. RESULTS: C1-C4 significantly attenuated ß-GP-induced calcification, as shown by Alizarin Red S staining and calcium content by day 14. In addition, C1-C4 reduced ALP activity and prevented upregulation of the osteogenic markers, BMP-2, Runx2, Msx2 and OPN. Furthermore, ß-GP increased c-Met phosphorylation at day 21, an effect ameliorated by C2 and C4 and the c-Met inhibitor, crizotinib. We next interrogated the effects of the Notch inhibitor DAPT and confirmed an inhibition of ß-GP up-regulated Notch3 protein by C2, DAPT and crizotinib compared to controls. Hes-1 protein upregulation by ß-GP, was also significantly downregulated by C2 and DAPT. GOLD docking analysis identified a potential binding interaction of C1-C4 to HGF which will be investigated further. CONCLUSION: These findings demonstrate that glycomimetics have potent anti-calcification properties acting via HGF/c-Met and Notch signalling.


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Músculo Liso Vascular/citologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-met/metabolismo , Receptor Notch3/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição HES-1/metabolismo , Calcificação Vascular/metabolismo , Materiais Biomiméticos/farmacologia , Proteína Morfogenética Óssea 2/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Subunidade alfa 1 de Fator de Ligação ao Core/metabolismo , Glicerofosfatos/farmacologia , Proteínas de Homeodomínio/metabolismo , Humanos , Miócitos de Músculo Liso/metabolismo , Proteínas Recombinantes/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(30): 8348-8360, 2019 Jul 31.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31304751

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We have recently demonstrated that tau hyperphosphorylation causes diabetic synaptic neurodegeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), which might be the earliest affair during the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR). Thus, there is a pressing need to seek therapeutic agents possessing neuroprotective effects against tau hyperphosphorylation in RGCs for arresting the progression of DR. Here, using a well-characterized diabetes model of db/db mouse, we discovered that topical ocular application of 10 mg/kg/day of ginsenoside Rg1 (GRg1), one of the major active ingredients extracted from Panax ginseng and Panax notoginseng, ameliorated hyperphosphorylated tau-triggered RGCs synaptic neurodegeneration in diabetic mice. The neuroprotective effects of GRg1 on diabetic retinae were abrogated when retinal IRS-1 or Akt was suppressed by intravitreal injection with si-IRS-1 or topically coadministered with a specific inhibitor of Akt, respectively. However, selective repression of retinal GSK3ß by intravitreal administration of si-GSK3ß rescued the neuroprotective properties of GRg1 when Akt was inactivated. Therefore, the present study showed for the first time that GRg1 can prevent hyperphosphorylated tau-induced synaptic neurodegeneration of RGCs via activation of IRS-1/Akt/GSK3ß signaling in the early phase of DR. Moreover, our data clarify the potential therapeutic significance of GRg1 for neuroprotective intervention strategies of DR.


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Retinopatia Diabética/tratamento farmacológico , Ginsenosídeos/administração & dosagem , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/metabolismo , Proteínas Substratos do Receptor de Insulina/metabolismo , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/administração & dosagem , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Células Ganglionares da Retina/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas tau/metabolismo , Animais , Retinopatia Diabética/genética , Retinopatia Diabética/metabolismo , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/genética , Humanos , Proteínas Substratos do Receptor de Insulina/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Degeneração Neural/tratamento farmacológico , Degeneração Neural/genética , Degeneração Neural/metabolismo , Panax notoginseng/química , Fosforilação , Extratos Vegetais/administração & dosagem , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética , Retina/patologia , Células Ganglionares da Retina/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas tau/genética
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Chem Commun (Camb) ; 55(61): 8919-8922, 2019 Aug 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31270526

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Cancer development is often associated with lipid metabolic reprogramming, including aberrant lipid accumulation. We create novel paradigms endowed with dual functions of anticancer activity and inhibition of lipid accumulation by conjugating the natural product quercetin and synthetic alkylphospholipid drugs, and harnessing the biomedical effects of both. These conjugates offer fresh perspectives in the search for anticancer candidates.


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Fármacos Antiobesidade/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Éteres Fosfolipídicos/farmacologia , Fosforilcolina/análogos & derivados , Quercetina/análogos & derivados , Quercetina/farmacologia , Fármacos Antiobesidade/síntese química , Antineoplásicos/síntese química , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Gotículas Lipídicas/metabolismo , Receptores X do Fígado/metabolismo , PPAR gama/metabolismo , Éteres Fosfolipídicos/síntese química , Fosforilcolina/síntese química , Fosforilcolina/farmacologia , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Quercetina/síntese química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Biol Res ; 52(1): 34, 2019 Jul 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31277690

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BACKGROUND: Psoralen is a coumarin-like and coumarin-related benzofuran glycoside, which is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine to treat patients with kidney and spleen-yang deficiency symptom. Psoralen has been reported to show estrogen-like activity, antioxidant activity, osteoblastic proliferation accelerating activity, antitumor effects and antibacterial activity. However, the antitumor mechanism of psoralen is not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the therapeutic efficacy of psoralen in human hepatoma cell line SMMC7721 and the mechanism of antitumor effects. RESULTS: Psoralen inhibited proliferation of SMMC7721 in a dose- and time-dependent manner, and promoted apoptosis. Further, psoralen activated the ER stress signal pathway, including the expansion of endoplasmic reticulum, increasing the mRNA levels of GRP78, DDIT3, ATF4, XBP1, GADD34 and the protein levels of GDF15, GRP78, IRE1α, XBP-1s in a time-dependent manner. Psoralen induces cell cycle arrest at G1 phase by enhancing CyclinD1 and reducing CyclinE1 expression. Moreover, TUDC couldn't inhibit the psoralen-induced ER stress in SMMC7721 cells. CONCLUSIONS: Psoralen can inhibit the proliferation of SMMC7721 cells and induce ER stress response to induce cell apoptosis, suggesting that psoralen may represent a novel therapeutic option for the prevention and treatment hepatocellular carcinoma.


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Antineoplásicos Fitogênicos/farmacologia , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/tratamento farmacológico , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse do Retículo Endoplasmático/efeitos dos fármacos , Ficusina/farmacologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Ficusina/química , Ficusina/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Chem Biodivers ; 16(8): e1900325, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31290253

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Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a lethal malignancy, and the progress toward long-term survival has stagnated in recent decades. Pristimerin, a quinone methide triterpenoid isolated from the Celastraceae and Hippocrateaceae families, is well-known to exert potential anticancer activities. In this study, we investigated the effects and the mechanisms of action on CML. We found that pristimerin inhibited cell proliferation of K562 CML cells by causing G1 phase arrest. Furthermore, we demonstrated that pristimerin triggered autophagy and apoptosis. Intriguingly, pristimerin-induced cell death was restored by an autophagy inhibitor, suggesting that autophagy is cross-linked with pristimerin-induced apoptosis. Further studies revealed that pristimerin could produce excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS), which then induce JNK activation. These findings provide clear evidence that pristimerin might be clinical benefit to patients with CML.


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Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Autofagia/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Triterpenos/farmacologia , Pontos de Checagem da Fase G1 do Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Proteínas Quinases JNK Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Células K562 , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Triterpenos/química
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Biol Res ; 52(1): 36, 2019 Jul 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31300048

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BACKGROUND: Recent evidences indicated that some local anaesthetic agents played a role in inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells; Whether ropivacaine is able to promote apoptosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of ropivacaine on the apoptosis of HCC cells. METHODS: In the present study, we treated the HCC cell lines, Bel7402 and HLE with ropivacaine. MTT, DAPI stain, trypan blue exclusion dye assay, flow cytometry, electron microscopy, computational simulation, laser confocal microscope, Western blotting, and enzyme activity analysis of caspase-3 were applied to detect the growth and apoptosis of HCC cells and to explore the role mechanism of ropivacaine. RESULTS: Ropivacaine was able to inhibit proliferation and promote apoptosis of HCC cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Ropivacaine also has a trait to inhibit the migration of HCC cells; ropivacaine damaged the mitochondria of HCC cells. The results also indicated that ropivacaine was able to interact with caspase-3, promote cytoplasmic caspase-3 migration into the nucleus, stimulate cleavage of caspase-3 and PARP-1, caspase-9 proteins, inhibit the expression of Bcl-2, promote expression of Apaf-1 and mitochondria release cytochrome C, and activate the activity of caspase-3. CONCLUSIONS: Ropivacaine has a novel role in promoting apoptosis of HCC cells; The role mechanism of ropivacaine maybe involve in damaging the function of mitochondria and activating the caspase-3 signalling pathway in HCC cells. Our findings provide novel insights into the local anaesthetic agents in the therapy of HCC patients.


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Anestésicos Locais/farmacologia , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/patologia , Caspase 3/metabolismo , Neoplasias Hepáticas/patologia , Ropivacaina/farmacologia , Apoptose/fisiologia , Carcinoma Hepatocelular/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Citometria de Fluxo , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Microscopia Confocal , Microscopia de Fluorescência , Mitocôndrias/efeitos dos fármacos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(29): 8227-8234, 2019 Jul 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31299148

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The mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases are not fully understood yet. However, an increasing amount of evidence has suggested that these disorders are related to oxidative stress. We reported herein that lipoamide (LM), a neutral amide derivative of lipoic acid (LA), could resist oxidative stress-mediated neuronal cell damage. LM is more potent than LA in alleviating hydrogen peroxide- or 6-hydroxydopamine-induced PC12 cell injury. Our results reveal that LM promotes the nuclear accumulation of NFE2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), following with the activation of expression of Nrf2-governed antioxidant and detoxifying enzymes. Notably, silencing Nrf2 gene annuls the protection of LM, which demonstrates that Nrf2 is engaged in this cytoprotection. Our findings suggest that LM might be used as a potential therapeutic candidate for oxidative stress-related neurological disorders.


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Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , Fármacos Neuroprotetores/farmacologia , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácido Tióctico/análogos & derivados , Animais , Elementos de Resposta Antioxidante/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/genética , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Neurônios/metabolismo , Células PC12 , Ratos , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácido Tióctico/farmacologia
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Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3621-3631, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262888

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Cetrimonium bromide (CTAB), a quaternary ammonium surfactant, is an antiseptic agent against bacteria and fungi. However, the mechanisms by which its pharmacological actions affect epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, such as adenocarcinoma in SK-HEP-1 cells, have not been investigated. We, thereby, investigated whether CTAB inhibits cellular mobility and invasiveness of human hepatic adenocarcinoma in SK-HEP-1 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SK-HEP-1 cells were treated with CTAB, and subsequent migration and invasion were measured by wound healing and transwell assays. Protein expression was detected by immunoblotting analysis. RESULTS: Our data revealed that treatment of SK-HEP-1 cells with CTAB altered their mesenchymal spindle-like morphology. CTAB exerted inhibitory effects on the migration and invasion of SK-HEP-1 cells dose-dependently, and reduced protein levels of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2), MMP-9, snail, slug, twist, vimentin, fibronectin, N-cadherin, Smad2, Smad3, Smad4, phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K), p-PI3K, Akt, p-Akt, ß-catenin, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), p-mTOR, p-p70S6K, p-extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK)1/2, p-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and p-c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), but increased protein levels of tissue inhibitor matrix metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), TIMP-2, claudin-1 and p-GSK3ß. Based on these observations, we suggest that CTAB not only inhibits the canonical transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) signaling pathway though reducing SMADs (an acronym from the fusion of Caenorhabditis elegans Sma genes and the Drosophila Mad, Mothers against decapentaplegic proteins), but also restrains the non-canonical TGF-ß signaling including MAPK pathways like ERK1/2, p38 MAPK, JNK and PI3K. CONCLUSION: CTAB is involved in the suppression of TGF-ß-mediated mesenchymal phenotype and could be a potent medical agent for use in controlling the migration and invasion of hepatic adenocarcinoma.


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Adenocarcinoma/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Cetrimônio/farmacologia , Neoplasias Hepáticas/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta/metabolismo , Adenocarcinoma/tratamento farmacológico , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Neoplasias Hepáticas/tratamento farmacológico , Invasividade Neoplásica , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Anticancer Res ; 39(7): 3823-3833, 2019 Jul.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31262910

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BACKGROUND/AIM: AKT, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), is an established therapeutic target in cancer and its inhibitors are increasingly designed. The anti-cancer potential of a compound class naphthoquinones has been constantly realized. The current work aimed to explore AKT1 inhibitors from 1,4-naphthoquionone derivatives. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A library of 1,4-naphthoquionone derivatives was formed using similarity search and visual analysis. The library was used for virtual screening using molecular docking. For the screened compounds, the detailed binding pose analysis, binding energy and dissociation constant calculations were performed. RESULTS: The top 10 screened compounds were proposed as potential AKT1 inhibitors with anti-cancer activity. The compounds were checked for any reported activity, and our 2nd rank compound was reported to have anti-cancer activity. CONCLUSION: Our study proposes 10 compounds as potential AKT1 inhibitors and anticancer agents and also provides insights into their binding. This study also proposes AKT1 as a potential target of the reported anticancer compound, CID: 341807.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Naftoquinonas/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/antagonistas & inibidores , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Humanos , Neoplasias/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos
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Gene ; 712: 143956, 2019 Sep 05.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31271843

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Gastric cancer represents a common malignancy of digestive tract with high incidence and mortality. Increasing evidence suggests that the growth of gastric tumor cells relies largely on aerobic glycolysis. Currently, many potential anti-cancer candidates are derived from natural products. Here, we evaluated the effects of oleanolic acid (OA), a triterpenoid component widely found in the plants of Oleaceae family, on aerobic glycolysis and proliferation in human MKN-45 and SGC-7901 gastric cancer cells. Our results demonstrated that OA reduced the viability and proliferation of gastric cancer cells and inhibited the expression of cyclin A and cyclin-dependent kinase 2. OA blocked glycolysis in these cells evidenced by decreases in the uptake and consumption of glucose, intracellular lactate levels and extracellular acidification rate. Glycolysis inhibitor 2-deoxy-d-glucose, similar to OA, suppressed gastric cancer cell proliferation. OA also decreased the expression and intracellular activities of glycolysis rate-limiting enzymes hexokinase 2 (HK2) and phosphofructokinase 1 (PFK1). Moreover, OA downregulated the expression of hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and decreased its nuclear abundance. Upregulation of HIF-1α by deferoxamine rescued OA-inhibited HK2 and PFK1. Furthermore, OA reduced the nuclear abundance of yes-associated protein (YAP) in gastric tumor cells. YAP inhibitor verteporfin, similar to OA, downregulated the expression of HIF-1α and glycolytic enzymes in gastric cancer cells; whereas overexpression of YAP abrogated all these effects of OA. Collectively, inhibition of YAP was responsible for OA blockade of HIF-1α-mediated aerobic glycolysis and proliferation in human gastric tumor cells. OA could be developed as a promising candidate for gastric cancer treatment.


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Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transdução de Sinal/metabolismo , Subunidade alfa do Fator 1 Induzível por Hipóxia/metabolismo , Ácido Oleanólico/farmacologia , Fosfoproteínas/antagonistas & inibidores , Fosfoproteínas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Gástricas/metabolismo , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células , Sobrevivência Celular , Ciclo do Ácido Cítrico , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Glicólise , Humanos , Fosforilação , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Estômago/patologia , Neoplasias Gástricas/tratamento farmacológico
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