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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-927956


The present study clarified the molecular mechanism of curcumol against liver fibrosis based on its effects on the autopha-gy and apoptosis of hepatic stellate cells. The hepatic stellate cells were divided into a blank control group, a transforming growth factor-β1(TGF-β1)(10 ng·mL~(-1)) group, and low-(12.5 mg·L~(-1)), medium-(25 mg·L~(-1)), and high-dose(50 mg·L~(-1)) curcumol groups. The effect of curcumol on the viability of hepatic stellate cells induced by TGF-β1 was detected by the MTT assay kit. The apo-ptosis in each group was determined by flow cytometry. Real-time fluorescence-based quantitative PCR(RT-PCR) was employed for the detection of mRNA expression of α-smooth muscle actin(α-SMA), type Ⅰ collagen(collagen Ⅰ), and type Ⅲ collagen(collagen Ⅲ). Western blot was used to detect the protein expression of p62, microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3(LC3), beclin1, B cell lymphoma 2(Bcl-2), and Bcl-2-associated X protein(Bax). Transmission electron microscopy(TEM) was used to observe cell morphology and autophagosome formation in each group. The autophagic flux was observed after cell infection with adenovirus under double fluorescence labeling. The cell viability assay revealed that compared with the TGF-β1 group, the curcumol groups showed significantly decreased cell viability. The apoptosis assay showed that the apoptosis rates of the curcumol groups were significantly higher than that of the TGF-β1 group. RT-PCR indicated that the mRNA expression of α-SMA, collagenⅠ, and collagen Ⅲ in the curcumol groups was significantly lower than that of the TGF-β1 group. Western blot showed that the expression of p62, LC3, beclin1, Bcl-2, and Bax in the curcumol groups was significantly different from that in the TGF-β1 group. As demonstrated by TEM, compared with the TGF-β1 group, the curcumol groups showed significantly increased autophagosomes. The detection of autophagic flow by the adenovirus under double fluorescence labeling showed that autolysosomes in the curcumol groups were significantly increased compared with those in the TGF-β1 group. Curcumol can induce the autophagy and apoptosis of hepatic stellate cells, which may be one of its anti-liver fibrosis mechanisms.

Humans , Actins/metabolism , Apoptosis , Autophagy , Hepatic Stellate Cells , Liver/metabolism , Liver Cirrhosis/metabolism , Sesquiterpenes , Transforming Growth Factor beta1/metabolism
Biol. Res ; 52: 10, 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1011412


BACKGROUND: Non-canonical Wnt pathways play important roles in liver fibrosis. Notum is a newly discovered inhibitor to Wnt proteins. This study was to investigate anti-fibrotic effects of Notum. METHODS: 53 patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection as well as a cell co-culture system of LX-2 and Hep AD38 cells were engaged in this study. Clinical, biological and virological data of each patient were analyzed. Cell viability was detected at different time points. mRNA and protein levels of NFATc1 (Nuclear factor of activated T-cells), Jnk, α-SMA, Col1A1 and TIMP-1 were detected both in LX-2 and liver tissue. Protein levels of NFATc1 and Jnk in liver tissue and their correlations with fibrosis score were analyzed. RESULTS: Hepatitis B virus replication up-regulated Wnt5a induced NFATc1 and Jnk activity in Hep AD38. Notum suppressed NFATc1, Jnk and fibrosis genes expression, reduced cell viability in co-cultured LX-2 cells induced by HBV. Interestingly, Patients with HBV DNA > 5log copies/ml had higher mRNA levels of NFATc1 and fibrosis genes than patients with HBV DNA < 5log copies/ml. Most importantly, protein expressions of NFATc1 and pJnk have positive correlations with liver fibrosis scores in HBV-infected patients. CONCLUSIONS: Our data showed that Notum inhibited HBV-induced liver fibrosis through down-regulating Wnt 5a mediated non-canonical pathways. This study shed light on anti-fibrotic treatment.

Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Esterases/administration & dosage , Wnt-5a Protein/antagonists & inhibitors , Hepatitis B/complications , Liver Cirrhosis/prevention & control , Virus Replication , Transfection , Cell Survival , Hepatitis B virus/physiology , Actins/metabolism , Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-1/metabolism , Collagen Type I/metabolism , MAP Kinase Kinase 4/metabolism , NFATC Transcription Factors/analysis , NFATC Transcription Factors/metabolism , Wnt Signaling Pathway , Wnt-5a Protein/metabolism , Liver Cirrhosis/metabolism , Liver Cirrhosis/virology
Int. j. morphol ; 36(3): 835-840, Sept. 2018. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-954194


Tyrosine phosphorylated proteins have been localized and identified in male reproductive tissues such as testis and capacitated/ acrosome reacted sperm except epididymis. The changes of such proteins are associated with decreased sperm quality of valproic acid treatment. This study aimed to investigate the presence and alterations of protein phosphorylation in epididymal epithelium and fluid of rats treated VPA. Sixteen adult male rats were divided into control and VPA-treated groups (n=8/ each). Treated rats were injected with VPA (500 mg/ kgBW, intraperitoneally) for 10 consecutive days. At the end of experiment, the monoclonal antiphosphotyrosine (clone 4G10) was used for immunohistochemistry to probe tyrosine phosphorylated proteins and also to examine the expression of such proteins using immuno-Western blotting in epididymal tissue and fluid. The result showed that positive reactivity of phosphorylated proteins was clearly observed in cytoplasmic principle cells, nuclei of apical & basal cells and sperm mass surrounded with epididymal fluids. The profiles of phosphorylated proteins in epididymal fluid were 182, 127, 80, 70, 57, 45, 34, and 31 kDas, respectively. Interestingly, VPA affected the changes of phosphorylated proteins and β actin in head, body, and tail epididymal fluids. We conclude that tyrosine phosphorylated proteins were detected in epididymal epithelium and fluid. The expressions of those proteins and actin were altered under VPA treating.

Las proteínas tirosina fosforiladas han sido localizadas e identificadas en tejidos reproductores masculinos tales como testículos y espermatozoides, capacitados a nivel acrosómico, excepto en el epidídimo. Los cambios de estas proteínas están asociadas con una disminución de la calidad del esperma en el tratamiento con ácido valproico (AVP). Este estudio tuvo como objetivo investigar la presencia y las alteraciones de la fosforilación de proteínas en el epitelio epididimal y en el fluido espermático de ratas tratadas con AVP. Dieciséis ratas macho adultas se dividieron en dos grupos: control y tratadas con AVP (n = 8 / cada uno). A las ratas tratadas se les inyectó AVP por vía intraperitoneal (500 mg / kg de peso corporal) durante 10 días consecutivos. Al final del experimento, se realizó inmunohistoquímica con la anti-fosfotirosina monoclonal (clon 4G10) para sondear las proteínas tirosina fosforiladas y también para examinar la expresión de tales proteínas usando inmunotransferencia Western, en tejido y fluido epididimarios. El resultado mostró reactividad positiva de proteínas fosforiladas en células citoplásmicas principales, en los núcleos de las células apicales y basales y en la masa de esperma rodeada por fluidos epididimarios. Los perfiles de proteínas fosforiladas en el fluido epididimal fueron 182, 127, 80, 70, 57, 45, 34 y 31 kDas, respectivamente. El AVP provocó cambios en las proteínas fosforiladas y en la β actina de los fluidos epididimarios de cabeza, cuerpo y cola del epidídimo. Concluimos que las proteínas tirosina fosforiladas se detectaron en el epitelio y el fluido epididimarios. Las expresiones de esas proteínas y de la β actina se alteraron bajo tratamiento con AVP.

Animals , Male , Rats , Phosphoproteins/drug effects , Tyrosine/drug effects , Valproic Acid/administration & dosage , Actins/drug effects , Anticonvulsants/administration & dosage , Phosphoproteins/metabolism , Phosphorylation , Tyrosine/metabolism , Immunohistochemistry , Blotting, Western , Actins/metabolism , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Phosphotyrosine , Epididymis
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-220498


BACKGROUND/AIMS: Asthma is characterized by airway hyperresponsiveness, inflammation, and remodeling. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors have been reported to regulate inflammatory responses in many cells. In this study, we examined the effects of intranasal rosiglitazone on airway remodeling in a chronic asthma model. METHODS: We developed a mouse model of airway remodeling, including smooth muscle thickening, in which ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized mice were repeatedly exposed to intranasal OVA administration twice per week for 3 months. Mice were treated intranasally with rosiglitazone with or without an antagonist during OVA challenge. We determined airway inflammation and the degree of airway remodeling by smooth muscle actin area and collagen deposition. RESULTS: Mice chronically exposed to OVA developed sustained eosinophilic airway inflammation, compared with control mice. Additionally, the mice developed features of airway remodeling, including thickening of the peribronchial smooth muscle layer. Administration of rosiglitazone intranasally inhibited the eosinophilic inflammation significantly, and, importantly, airway smooth muscle remodeling in mice chronically exposed to OVA. Expression of Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-kappaB) was increased in the OVA group and decreased in the rosiglitazone group. Co-treatment with GW9660 (a rosiglitazone antagonist) and rosiglitazone increased the expression of TLR-4 and NF-kappaB. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that intranasal administration of rosiglitazone can prevent not only air way inf lammation but also air way remodeling associated with chronic allergen challenge. This beneficial effect is mediated by inhibition of TLR-4 and NF-kappaB pathways.

Animals , Female , Actins/metabolism , Administration, Inhalation , Airway Remodeling/drug effects , Anti-Asthmatic Agents/administration & dosage , Asthma/chemically induced , Chronic Disease , Collagen/metabolism , Disease Models, Animal , Lung/drug effects , Mice, Inbred BALB C , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Ovalbumin , PPAR gamma/agonists , Pneumonia/chemically induced , Pulmonary Eosinophilia/chemically induced , Signal Transduction/drug effects , Thiazolidinediones/administration & dosage , Toll-Like Receptor 4/metabolism
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 49(10): e5526, 2016. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-792523


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the common colonizing bacteria of the human body and is an opportunistic pathogen frequently associated with respiratory infections. Inactivated P. aeruginosa (IPA) have a variety of biological effects against inflammation and allergy. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling plays a critical role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and development in a wide range of biological systems. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of IPA on TGF-β/Smad signaling in vivo, using a hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) rat model. Sprague Dawley rats (n=40) were exposed to 10% oxygen for 21 days to induce PH. At the same time, IPA was administered intravenously from day 1 to day 14. Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) and the right ventricle (RV) to left ventricle plus the interventricular septum (LV+S) mass ratio were used to evaluate the development of PH. Vessel thickness and density were measured using immunohistochemistry. Primary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) were isolated and the proliferation of PASMCs was assayed by flow cytometry. The production of TGF-β1 in cultured supernatant of PASMCs was assayed by ELISA. The expression levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), TGF-β1 and phospho-Smad 2/3 in PASMCs were assayed by western blot. Our data indicated that IPA attenuated PH, RV hypertrophy and pulmonary vascular remodeling in rats, which was probably mediated by restraining the hypoxia-induced overactive TGF-β1/Smad signaling. In conclusion, IPA is a promising protective treatment in PH due to the inhibiting effects on TGF-β1/Smad 2/3 signaling.

Animals , Male , Hypertension, Pulmonary/metabolism , Hypertension, Pulmonary/prevention & control , Hypoxia/metabolism , Myocytes, Smooth Muscle/physiology , Pseudomonas aeruginosa/physiology , Smad Proteins/metabolism , Transforming Growth Factor beta1/metabolism , Actins/analysis , Actins/metabolism , Blotting, Western , Cell Proliferation/physiology , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Flow Cytometry , Hypertension, Pulmonary/etiology , Hypoxia/complications , Immunohistochemistry , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Reproducibility of Results , Signal Transduction/physiology , Smad Proteins/analysis , Transforming Growth Factor beta1/analysis
Rev. bras. cir. cardiovasc ; 30(6): 644-649, Nov.-Dec. 2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-774551


ABSTRACT α-smooth muscle actin, encoded by ACTA2 gene, is an isoform of the vascular smooth muscle actins, typically expressed in the vascular smooth muscle cells contributing to vascular motility and contraction. ACTA2 gene mutations cause a diversity of diffuse vasculopathies such as thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections as well as occlusive vascular diseases, including premature coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke. Dynamics of differentiation-specific α-smooth muscle actin in arterial smooth muscle cells and proliferation of the proteins have been well described. Although a variety of research works have been undertaken in terms of modifications of α-smooth muscle actin and mutations of ACTA2 gene and myosin, the underlying mechanisms towards the pathological processes by way of gene mutations are yet to be clarified. The purpose of the present article is to describe the phenotypes of α-smooth muscle actin and implications of ACTA2 mutations in vasculopathies in order to enhance the understanding of potential mechanisms of aortic and coronary disorders.

Humans , Actins/genetics , Aortic Diseases/metabolism , Coronary Disease/metabolism , Muscle, Smooth, Vascular/metabolism , Myocytes, Smooth Muscle/metabolism , Actins/metabolism , Aortic Diseases/genetics , Coronary Disease/genetics , Gene Expression , Muscle Contraction/physiology , Mutation/genetics , Phenotype
Rev. bras. enferm ; 68(2): 253-260, Mar-Apr/2015. tab
Article in Portuguese | LILACS, BDENF | ID: lil-752516


RESUMO Objetivo: construir e validar um instrumento para monitorar a qualidade dos registros de enfermagem no Programa de Assistência Domiciliar (PAD) em um hospital universitário. Método: estudo metodológico envolvendo a elaboração de um manual e submetido à validação de conteúdo por seis juízes sob consenso ≥ 80%. A coleta ocorreu em 2012 por meio de questionário contendo: evolução de enfermagem, diagnóstico e prescrição de enfermagem e normas para os registros da equipe de enfermagem preconizadas pelo Conselho Regional de Enfermagem-SP e pela instituição. Os itens do manual foram julgados de acordo com as variáveis - relevância, pertinência, clareza e simplicidade. Resultados: das 39 proposições 100% atingiram consenso ≥ 80% em relevância, pertinência e clareza; 92,3% em simplicidade. Os itens sono/repouso, mobilidade e checagem nas atividades prescritas não atingiram consenso mínimo favorável, sendo aprimorados pelas sugestões dos juízes. Conclusão: acreditamos que o instrumento possibilitará a melhoria dos processos de trabalho no PAD. .

RESUMEN Objetivo: construir y validar un instrumento para monitorear la calidad del registros de enfermería en Programa de Atención Domiciliaria (PAD) de un Hospital Universitario. Metodo: estudio metodológico. Fue construido un manual y sometió a validación de contenido por seis jueces bajo el consenso ≥80%. La recogida currió en 2012, con un cuestionario que contiene: evolución de enfermería, diagnóstico y prescripción de enfermería y normas para los registros del personal de enfermaria estabelecidas por Consejo Regional de Enfermería-SP y por la institución. Los artículos del manual fueran juzgadso conforme las variables relevancia, pertinencia, claridad y sencillez. Resultados: de las 39 proposiciones 100% alcanzó consenso ≥ 80% en la relevancia, pertinencia y claridad; 92,3% en la simplicidad. Los itens sueño/resto, movilidad y verificar las actividades prescritas no alcanzó consenso favorable, siendo mejoradas por las sugerencias de los jueces. Conclusión: creemos que el instrumento permitirá la mejora de los procesos de trabajo en PAD. .

ABSTRACT Objective: to build and validate an instrument aimed at monitoring the quality of nursing records in the Home Care Program (HCP) of a university hospital. Method: methodological study involving the elaboration of a manual, whose content was later submitted to six experts for validation, reaching a ≥ 80% consensus. The data collection process was carried out in 2012 by means of a questionnaire comprised of the following issues: nursing evolution, nursing diagnosis, and nursing prescription, and standards for the nursing team recommended by the Regional Nursing Council of São Paulo and by the assessed institution. Manual items were judged according to the following variables: relevance, pertinence, clarity and simplicity. Results: of the 39 propositions, 100% achieved ≥ 80% agreement in the relevance, pertinence and clarity variables; 92.3% in the simplicity variable. Sleep/rest, Mobility and Check-out variables did not reach a favorable minimum consensus in the prescribed activities and were improved following suggestions from the experts. Conclusion: we believe that the instrument will enable the improvement of the HCP’s work process. .

Humans , Actins/metabolism , Cofilin 1/metabolism , Dysentery, Bacillary/microbiology , Nod1 Signaling Adaptor Protein/metabolism , Phosphoprotein Phosphatases/metabolism , Shigella flexneri/physiology , Actins/chemistry , Blotting, Western , Cells, Cultured , Cofilin 1/genetics , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Fluorescent Antibody Technique, Indirect , Gene Expression Regulation , HeLa Cells , High-Throughput Screening Assays , Immunoenzyme Techniques , Immunoprecipitation , Inflammation , Inflammation Mediators/metabolism , NF-kappa B/genetics , NF-kappa B/metabolism , Nod1 Signaling Adaptor Protein/antagonists & inhibitors , Nod1 Signaling Adaptor Protein/genetics , Phosphorylation , Phosphoprotein Phosphatases/genetics , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , RNA, Messenger/genetics , RNA, Small Interfering/genetics , Signal Transduction
Cad. saúde pública ; 31(3): 597-606, 03/2015. tab
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: lil-744836


Foi avaliada a associação entre menopausa e insônia e a influência de variáveis socioeconômicas e psicossociais, em estudo transversal com 2.190 funcionárias de uma universidade (Estudo Pró-Saúde), a partir de um questionário autopreenchível com variáveis sobre menopausa, insônia, transtorno mental comum, eventos de vida estressantes, apoio social e variáveis socioeconômicas. Odds ratios foram calculados por meio de regressão logística multivariada, com desfecho politômico. Após ajuste para potenciais confundidoras sociodemográficas, mulheres na menopausa há mais de 60 meses apresentaram maior chance de reportar queixas de sono frequentes (OR entre 1,53 e 1,86) do que as que estavam na menopausa há menos de 60 meses. Após os ajustes, no primeiro grupo, para as variáveis psicossociais, a magnitude dos ORs reduziu para 1,53 (IC95%: 0,92-2,52) para dificuldade em iniciar o sono, 1,81 (IC95%: 1,09-2,98) para dificuldade em manter o sono e 1,71 (IC95%: 1,08-2,73) para queixa geral de insônia. Fatores psicossociais podem mediar a manifestação da insônia em mulheres na menopausa.

This study evaluated the association between insomnia and menopausal status and the influence of socioeconomic and psychosocial variables on this association in a cross-sectional analysis of 2,190 university employees (the Pró-Saúde Study). A self-administered questionnaire was used, covering menopausal status, complaints of insomnia, common mental disorders, stressful life events, social support, and socioeconomic variables. Odds ratios were calculated using logistic regression with a polytomous outcome. After adjusting for potential socio-demographic confounders, women who had entered menopause more than 60 months previously were more likely to report complaints with sleep (OR 1.53-1.86) as compared to women in menopause for less than 60 months. After adjusting for psychosocial variables, in the first group the ORs decreased to 1.53 (95%CI: 0.92-2.52) for difficulty initiating sleep, 1.81 (95%CI: 1.09-2.98) for difficulty maintaining sleep, and 1.71 (95%CI: 1.08-2.73) for general complaints of insomnia. Psychosocial factors can mediate the manifestation of insomnia among menopausal women.

En este estudio se evaluó la asociación entre insomnio y menopausia y la influencia de las variables socioeconómicas y psicosociales, en un estudio transversal con 2.190 mujeres de una universidad (Estudio Pro-Salud), a partir de un cuestionario autoadministrado con variables de la menopausia, insomnio, trastornos mentales, situaciones de estrés vital, apoyo social y variables socioeconómicas. Se calcularon los odds ratio mediante regresión logística multivariante con desenlace politómico. Después de ajustar por factores de confusión sociodemográficos potenciales, las mujeres menopáusicas desde hace más de 60 meses fueron más propensas a reportar quejas frecuentes de sueño (OR entre 1,53 y 1,86) que las menopáusicas hace menos de 60 meses. Después de los ajustes, en el primer grupo, para las variables psicosociales la magnitud de los OR se redujo a 1,53 (IC95%: 0,92-2,52) para la dificultad para iniciar el sueño, un 1,81 (IC95%: 1,09-2,98) para mantener el sueño y un 1,71 (IC95%: 1,08-2,73) para las quejas de insomnio en general. Los factores psicosociales pueden mediar en la manifestación del insomnio en las mujeres menopáusicas.

Animals , Mice , Cerebral Cortex/metabolism , Drosophila Proteins/metabolism , Microfilament Proteins/metabolism , Microtubules/metabolism , Neurogenesis , Neurons/metabolism , Pseudopodia/metabolism , Actins/metabolism , Cell Line, Tumor , Cells, Cultured , Cerebral Cortex/embryology , Drosophila , Drosophila Proteins/genetics , /metabolism , Growth Cones/metabolism , Mutation , Microfilament Proteins/genetics , RNA Interference
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 110(1): 56-64, 03/02/2015. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-741619


Histology is the gold standard for diagnosing acute rejection and hepatitis C recurrence after liver transplantation. However, differential diagnosis between the two can be difficult. We evaluated the role of C4d staining and quantification of hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA levels in liver tissue. This was a retrospective study of 98 liver biopsy samples divided into four groups by histological diagnosis: acute rejection in patients undergoing liver transplant for hepatitis C (RejHCV+), HCV recurrence in patients undergoing liver transplant for hepatitis C (HCVTx+), acute rejection in patients undergoing liver transplant for reasons other than hepatitis C and chronic hepatitis C not transplanted (HCVTx-). All samples were submitted for immunohistochemical staining for C4d and HCV RNA quantification. Immunoexpression of C4d was observed in the portal vessels and was highest in the HCVTx- group. There was no difference in C4d expression between the RejHCV+ and HCVTx+ groups. However, tissue HCV RNA levels were higher in the HCVTx+ group samples than in the RejHCV+ group samples. Additionally, there was a significant correlation between tissue and serum levels of HCV RNA. The quantification of HCV RNA in liver tissue might prove to be an efficient diagnostic test for the recurrence of HCV infection.

Animals , Humans , Mice , Annexin A1/pharmacology , Macrophages/drug effects , Macrophages/immunology , Neutrophils/cytology , Neutrophils/immunology , Apoptosis , Actins/metabolism , Annexin A1/deficiency , Annexin A1/genetics , Annexin A1/immunology , Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases/metabolism , Cyclic AMP/metabolism , Dexamethasone/pharmacology , In Vitro Techniques , /biosynthesis , Mice, Knockout , Macrophages/metabolism , Peptides , Phagocytosis/drug effects , Transforming Growth Factor beta/biosynthesis
Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-147137


The long-term storage of memory requires the finely tuned coordination of intracellular signaling with the transcriptional, translational and epigenetic regulations of gene expression. Among the epigenetic mechanisms, however, we know relatively little about the involvement of chromatin remodeling-dependent control of gene expression in cognitive brain functions, compared with our knowledge of other such mechanisms (for example, histone modifications and DNA methylation). A few recent studies have implicated the Brm/Brg-associated factor (BAF) chromatin-remodeling complex, a mammalian homolog of the yeast Swi/Snf complex, in neuronal structural/functional plasticity and memory formation. The BAF complex was previously known to have a critical role in neurodevelopment, but these recent findings indicate that it also contributes to both cognitive functions in the adult brain and human mental disorders characterized by intellectual disability. In this review, we provide a brief overview of the BAF complexes, introduce recent research findings that link their functions to memory formation, and speculate on the yet-unknown molecular mechanisms that may be relevant to these processes.

Animals , Humans , Actins/metabolism , Chromatin Assembly and Disassembly , Chromosomal Proteins, Non-Histone/metabolism , DNA-Binding Proteins/metabolism , Gene Expression Regulation , Learning , Memory , Multiprotein Complexes/metabolism , Neurons/metabolism , Protein Binding , Signal Transduction , Transcription Factors/metabolism
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-165768


AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a metabolic sensor activated during metabolic stress and it regulates various enzymes and cellular processes to maintain metabolic homeostasis. We previously reported that activation of AMPK by glucose deprivation (GD) and leptin increases KATP currents by increasing the surface levels of KATP channel proteins in pancreatic beta-cells. Here, we show that the signaling mechanisms that mediate actin cytoskeleton remodeling are closely associated with AMPK-induced KATP channel trafficking. Using F-actin staining with Alexa 633-conjugated phalloidin, we observed that dense cortical actin filaments present in INS-1 cells cultured in 11 mM glucose were disrupted by GD or leptin treatment. These changes were blocked by inhibiting AMPK using compound C or siAMPK and mimicked by activating AMPK using AICAR, indicating that cytoskeletal remodeling induced by GD or leptin was mediated by AMPK signaling. AMPK activation led to the activation of Rac GTPase and the phosphorylation of myosin regulatory light chain (MRLC). AMPK-dependent actin remodeling induced by GD or leptin was abolished by the inhibition of Rac with a Rac inhibitor (NSC23766), siRac1 or siRac2, and by inhibition of myosin II with a myosin ATPase inhibitor (blebbistatin). Immunocytochemistry, surface biotinylation and electrophysiological analyses of KATP channel activity and membrane potentials revealed that AMPK-dependent KATP channel trafficking to the plasma membrane was also inhibited by NSC23766 or blebbistatin. Taken together, these results indicate that AMPK/Rac-dependent cytoskeletal remodeling associated with myosin II motor function promotes the translocation of KATP channels to the plasma membrane in pancreatic beta-cells.

Animals , Rats , AMP-Activated Protein Kinases/metabolism , Actins/metabolism , Cell Line , Glucose/metabolism , Insulin-Secreting Cells/metabolism , KATP Channels/metabolism , Leptin/metabolism , Myosin Type II/metabolism , Phosphorylation , Signal Transduction , rac GTP-Binding Proteins/metabolism
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 47(10): 850-857, 10/2014. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-722172


We previously described a selective bile duct ligation model to elucidate the process of hepatic fibrogenesis in children with biliary atresia or intrahepatic biliary stenosis. Using this model, we identified changes in the expression of alpha smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) both in the obstructed parenchyma and in the hepatic parenchyma adjacent to the obstruction. However, the expression profiles of desmin and TGF-β1, molecules known to be involved in hepatic fibrogenesis, were unchanged when analyzed by semiquantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Thus, the molecular mechanisms involved in the modulation of liver fibrosis in this experimental model are not fully understood. This study aimed to evaluate the molecular changes in an experimental model of selective bile duct ligation and to compare the gene expression changes observed in RT-PCR and in real-time quantitative PCR (qRT‐PCR). Twenty-eight Wistar rats of both sexes and weaning age (21-23 days old) were used. The rats were separated into groups that were assessed 7 or 60 days after selective biliary duct ligation. The expression of desmin, α-SMA and TGF-β1 was examined in tissue from hepatic parenchyma with biliary obstruction (BO) and in hepatic parenchyma without biliary obstruction (WBO), using RT-PCR and qRT‐PCR. The results obtained in this study using these two methods were significantly different. The BO parenchyma had a more severe fibrogenic reaction, with increased α-SMA and TGF-β1 expression after 7 days. The WBO parenchyma presented a later, fibrotic response, with increased desmin expression 7 days after surgery and increased α-SMA 60 days after surgery. The qRT‐PCR technique was more sensitive to expression changes than the semiquantitative method.

Animals , Female , Male , Actins/metabolism , Cholestasis/complications , Desmin/metabolism , Liver Cirrhosis/etiology , Liver/metabolism , Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction/methods , Transforming Growth Factor beta1/metabolism , Analysis of Variance , Actins/genetics , Biliary Atresia , Bile Ducts/surgery , Collagen Type I/biosynthesis , Disease Models, Animal , Desmin/genetics , Gene Expression , Ligation , Liver Cirrhosis/metabolism , Liver/surgery , Rats, Wistar , Transforming Growth Factor beta1/genetics
Acta cir. bras ; 29(9): 596-602, 09/2014. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-722126


PURPOSE: To assess the evolution profile of the immunohistochemical expression of stromal constituents over the time-course of wound healing in a murine model. METHODS: Surgical wounds were performed in the back of 24 Wistar rats. After three, seven, 14 and 21 days, six rats were euthanized and the wounded histologically processed to assess the immunohistochemical expression of CD3, CD20, CD31, α-SMA and type-I collagen. Non-injured skin samples (NSS) were used as control. Data were subjected to statistical analysis using ANOVA and Tukey test. RESULTS: The mean of CD3 and CD20 positive cells in the wounds was significantly higher than in NSS at seven and 14 days (p<0.001). The blood vessels content was significantly lower than in NSS (p<0.05) at three days, but increased at seven and 14 days (p<0.01). The mean of α-SMA positive cells at seven, 14 and 21 days was higher than in NSS (p<0.05). The relative content of type I collagen increased from three to 21 days, but remained lower than in NSS (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Lymphoid cells, myofibroblasts and microvessels contents varied over the time-course of wound healing, with peak at seven days and progressive reduction until 21 days. The type I collagen content increased over time. .

Animals , Male , Actins/metabolism , Antigens, CD/metabolism , Collagen Type I/metabolism , Disease Models, Animal , Lymphocytes/pathology , Skin/injuries , Wound Healing/physiology , /metabolism , /metabolism , /metabolism , Immunohistochemistry , Myofibroblasts/pathology , Rats, Wistar , Skin/metabolism , Stromal Cells/metabolism , Stromal Cells/pathology , Time Factors
Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 46(9): 739-745, 19/set. 2013. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-686570


Liver cirrhosis is one of the most common diseases of Chinese patients. Herein, we report the high expression of a newly identified histone 3 lysine 4 demethylase, retinoblastoma binding protein 2 (RBP2), and its role in liver cirrhosis in humans. The siRNA knockdown of RBP2 expression in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) reduced levels of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and vimentin and decreased the proliferation of HSCs; and overexpression of RBP2 increased α-SMA and vimentin levels. Treatment with transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) upregulated the expression of RBP2, α-SMA, and vimentin, and the siRNA knockdown of RBP2 expression attenuated TGF-β-mediated upregulation of α-SMA and vimentin expression and HSC proliferation. Furthermore, RBP2 was highly expressed in cirrhotic rat livers. Therefore, RBP2 may participate in the pathogenesis of liver cirrhosis by regulating the expression of α-SMA and vimentin. RBP2 may be a useful marker for the diagnosis and treatment of liver cirrhosis.

Animals , Humans , Male , Actins/metabolism , Hepatic Stellate Cells/metabolism , Histone Demethylases/metabolism , Liver Cirrhosis/metabolism , /metabolism , Vimentin/metabolism , Blotting, Western , Cell Proliferation , Disease Models, Animal , Gene Expression , Gene Knockdown Techniques , Rats, Wistar , RNA, Small Interfering/metabolism , Transforming Growth Factor beta/metabolism
Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 108(5): 631-636, ago. 2013. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-680777


Heteroxenic and monoxenic trypanosomatids were screened for the presence of actin using a mouse polyclonal antibody produced against the entire sequence of the Trypanosoma cruzi actin gene, encoding a 41.9 kDa protein. Western blot analysis showed that this antibody reacted with a polypeptide of approximately 42 kDa in the whole-cell lysates of parasites targeting mammals (T. cruzi, Trypanosoma brucei and Leishmania major), insects (Angomonas deanei, Crithidia fasciculata, Herpetomonas samuelpessoai and Strigomonas culicis) and plants (Phytomonas serpens). A single polypeptide of approximately 42 kDa was detected in the whole-cell lysates of T. cruzi cultured epimastigotes, metacyclic trypomastigotes and amastigotes at similar protein expression levels. Confocal microscopy showed that actin was expressed throughout the cytoplasm of all the tested trypanosomatids. These data demonstrate that actin expression is widespread in trypanosomatids.

Animals , Mice , Actins/metabolism , Trypanosomatina/metabolism , Blotting, Western , Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel , Fluorescent Antibody Technique , Microscopy, Confocal , Protozoan Proteins/metabolism
Clinics ; 68(6): 858-864, jun. 2013. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-676929


OBJECTIVES: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells contribute to the immunosuppressive microenvironment during tumor development and limit the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. Identifying myeloid-derived suppressor cells and associated factors is the first step in creating strategies to reverse the suppressive effects of these cells on the immune system. METHODS: To induce lung cancer, we administered 2 doses of urethane to BALB/c mice and observed these animals for 120 days. After this period, we evaluated the percentage of myeloid-derived suppressor cells in the blood, lung and bone marrow. The expression of alpha-smooth muscle actin, transforming growth factor-β, Toll-like receptor 2, Toll-like receptor 4, and interleukin-6 was also determined in the lung tissue. RESULTS: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells were increased in all evaluated tissues after lung cancer development in association with increased Toll-like receptor 4 expression and decreased interleukin-6 expression in the lung. We observed alpha-smooth muscle actin and transforming growth factor-β expression in lung nodules. CONCLUSIONS: We believe that the early diagnosis of cancer through determining the blood levels of myeloid-derived suppressor cells followed by the depletion of these cells should be further investigated as a possible approach for cancer treatment. .

Animals , Male , Mice , Lung Neoplasms/pathology , Myeloid Cells/pathology , Actins/metabolism , Blotting, Western , Carcinogens , Flow Cytometry , Immunohistochemistry , /metabolism , Lung Neoplasms/chemically induced , Lung Neoplasms/immunology , Lung/drug effects , Lung/pathology , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Myeloid Cells/immunology , Time Factors , /metabolism , Urethane
Indian J Cancer ; 2013 Jan-Mar; 50(1): 41-45
Article in English | IMSEAR | ID: sea-147318


Background: Extra gastrointestinal stromal tumors (EGIST) are uncommon compared to their gastrointestinal counterparts. EGISTs involve omentum, mesentery, retroperitoneum, pancreas, and pelvis. Materials and Methods: Ten EGISTs were analyzed in this study from January 1995 to November 2011. They were analyzed with respect to clinical features, imageological, histopathological, and immunohistochemical findings. The immunohistochemical stains used were Smooth muscle actin (SMA), Desmin, S-100 protein, CD34 and CD-117. Results: There was slight female preponderance with wide age range. Four of the tumors were in retroperitoneum, three in mesentery, and two in omentum and one in pelvis. Histopathologically majority were spindle cell tumors. Immunohistochemically CD117 was consistently positive followed by CD34. Smooth muscle actin was positive in eight cases, S-100 protein and desmin were positive in two cases each. Conclusion: EGISTs are rare and should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the mesenchymal tumors and immunohistochemistry helps to confirm the diagnosis. Further study with better follow-up is desired to characterize these uncommon tumors.

Abdomen/pathology , Actins/metabolism , Adult , Aged , Antigens, CD34/metabolism , Diagnosis, Differential , Female , Humans , Immunohistochemistry , Male , Middle Aged , Neoplasms, Connective Tissue/diagnosis , Neoplasms, Connective Tissue/metabolism , Neoplasms, Connective Tissue/pathology , Peritoneal Neoplasms/diagnosis , Peritoneal Neoplasms/metabolism , Peritoneal Neoplasms/pathology , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-kit/metabolism , Radiography, Abdominal , Sarcoma/diagnosis , Sarcoma/metabolism , Sarcoma/pathology , Tertiary Care Centers , Young Adult