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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz ; 116: e200417, 2021. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1154880

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND Toxoplasma gondii causes toxoplasmosis and is controlled by activated macrophages. However, infection of macrophages by tachyzoites induces TGF-β signaling (TGF-s) inhibiting nitric oxide (NO) production. NO inhibition may be a general escape mechanism of distinct T. gondii strains. OBJECTIVES To evaluate in activated macrophages the capacity of T. gondii strains of different virulence and genetics (RH, type I; ME-49, type II; VEG, type III; P-Br, recombinant) to evade the NO microbicidal defense system and determine LC3 loading to the parasitophorous vacuole. METHODS Activated peritoneal macrophages were infected with the different T. gondii strains, NO-production was evaluated by the Griess reagent, and inducible nitric oxide synthase expression, TGF-s, and LC3 localisation assayed by immunofluorescence. FINDINGS Only RH persisted in macrophages, while VEG was more resistant than P-Br and ME-49. All strains induced TGF-s, degradation of inducible nitric oxide synthase, and NO-production inhibition from 2 to 24 h of infection, but only RH sustained these alterations for 48 h. By 24 h of infection, TGF-s lowered in macrophages infected by ME-49, and P-Br, and NO-production recovered, while VEG sustained TGF-s and NO-production inhibition longer. LC3 loading to parasitophorous vacuole was strain-dependent: higher for ME-49, P-Br and VEG, lower for RH. All strains inhibited NO-production, but only RH sustained this effect probably because it persisted in macrophages due to additional evasive mechanisms as lower LC3 loading to parasitophorous vacuole. MAIN CONCLUSIONS These results support that T. gondii can escape the NO microbicidal defense system at the initial phase of the infection, but only the virulent strain sustain this evasion mechanism.


Subject(s)
Animals , Mice , Toxoplasma/physiology , Macrophages, Peritoneal/parasitology , Nitric Oxide Synthase/metabolism , Macrophages/parasitology , Nitric Oxide/biosynthesis , Toxoplasmosis, Animal/parasitology , Macrophages/metabolism
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Int. j. morphol ; 38(5): 1217-1222, oct. 2020. graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1134428

ABSTRACT

SUMMARY: Repeated stress is a risk factor for memory impairment and neurological abnormalities in both humans and animals. We sought to investigate the extent of (i) brain tissue injury; (ii) nitrosative and oxidative stress in brain tissue homogenates; (iii) apoptotic and survival biomarkers in brain tissue homogenates; and (iv) immobility and climbing abilities, induced over a period of three weeks by chronic unpredictable stress (CUS). Wistar rats were either left untreated (Control group) or exposed to a variety of unpredictable stressors daily before being sacrificed after 3 weeks (model group). Assessment of depression-like behavior was performed and animals were then culled and harvested brain tissues were stained with basic histological staining and examined under light microscopy. In addition, brain tissue homogenates were prepared and assayed for these parameters; inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD), caspase-3, and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2). Histology images showed CUS induced profound damage to the cerebral cortex as demonstrated by severe neuronal damage with shrunken cells, disrupted atrophic nuclei, perineuronal vacuolation and swollen glial cells. CUS also significantly (p<0.05) induced iNOS, MDA, and caspase-3, whereas SOD and Bcl-2 brain tissue levels were inhibited by CUS. In addition, data from the depression-like behavior, forced swimming test showed significant (p<0.05) increase in animal immobility and decrease in climbing ability in the model group of rats. Thus, here we demonstrated a reliable rat model of chronic stress-induced brain injury, which can further be used to investigate beneficial drugs or agents used for a period of three weeks to protect against CUS-induced brain damage.


RESUMEN: El estrés crónico es un factor de riesgo para el deterioro de la memoria y las anomalías neurológicas tanto en humanos como en animales. Intentamos investigar el alcance de lesión del tejido cerebral; (ii) estrés nitrosativo y oxidativo en homogeneizados de tejido cerebral; (iii) biomarcadores apoptóticos y de supervivencia en homogeneizados de tejido cerebral; y (iv) inmovilidad y habilidades de escalada, inducidas durante un período de tres semanas por estrés crónico impredecible (ECI). Se dejaron sin tratamiento (grupo control) ratas Wistar, o se expusieron a una variedad de factores estresantes impredecibles diariamente antes de ser sacrificadas después de 3 semanas (grupo modelo). Se realizó una evaluación del comportamiento similar a la depresión y luego se sacrificaron los animales y se tiñeron los tejidos cerebrales con tinción histológica básica y se examinaron con microscopía óptica. Además, se prepararon homogeneizados de tejido cerebral y se analizaron los siguientes parámetros; óxido nítrico sintasa inducible (iNOS), malondialdehído (MDA), superóxido dismutasa (SOD), caspasa- 3 y linfoma de células B 2 (Bcl-2). Las imágenes histológicas mostraron que el CUS indujo un daño profundo en la corteza cerebral como lo demuestra el daño neuronal severo con células encogidas, núcleos atróficos alterados, vacuolación perineuronal y células gliales inflamadas. ECI también indujo significativamente (p <0,05) iNOS, MDA y caspase-3, mientras que los niveles de tejido cerebral SOD y Bcl-2 fueron inhibidos por ECI. Además, los datos del comportamiento similar a la de- presión, la prueba de natación forzada mostró un aumento significativo (p <0,05) en la inmovilidad animal y una disminución en la capacidad de escalada en el grupo modelo de ratas. Por lo tanto, aquí demostramos un modelo confiable de daño cerebral crónico en rata inducido por el estrés, que se puede utilizar para investigar medicamentos o agentes beneficiosos usados durante un período de tres semanas para proteger el daño cerebral inducido por ECI.


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Rats , Stress, Psychological/complications , Brain Damage, Chronic/pathology , Superoxide Dismutase/analysis , Behavior, Animal , Brain Injuries/metabolism , Biomarkers , Cerebral Cortex , Chronic Disease , Analysis of Variance , Rats, Wistar , Apoptosis , Oxidative Stress , Nitric Oxide Synthase/analysis , Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-2 , Depression , Disease Models, Animal , Caspase 3/analysis , Nitrosative Stress , Malondialdehyde/analysis
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 53(3): e8761, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1089339

ABSTRACT

Nitric oxide (NO) inhibition by high-dose NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME) is associated with several detrimental effects on the cardiovascular system. However, low-dose L-NAME increases NO synthesis, which in turn induces physiological cardiovascular benefits, probably by activating a protective negative feedback mechanism. Aerobic exercise, likewise, improves several cardiovascular functions in healthy hearts, but its effects are not known when chronically associated with low-dose L-NAME. Thus, we tested whether the association between low-dose L-NAME administration and chronic aerobic exercise promotes beneficial effects to the cardiovascular system, evaluating the cardiac remodeling process. Male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to control (C), L-NAME (L), chronic aerobic exercise (Ex), and chronic aerobic exercise associated to L-NAME (ExL). Aerobic training was performed with progressive intensity for 12 weeks; L-NAME (1.5 mg·kg-1·day-1) was administered by orogastric gavage. Low-dose L-NAME alone did not change systolic blood pressure (SBP), but ExL significantly increased SBP at week 8 with normalization after 12 weeks. Furthermore, ExL promoted the elevation of left ventricle (LV) end-diastolic pressure without the presence of cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis. Time to 50% shortening and relaxation were reduced in ExL, suggesting a cardiomyocyte contractile improvement. In addition, the time to 50% Ca2+ peak was increased without alterations in Ca2+ amplitude and time to 50% Ca2+ decay. In conclusion, the association of chronic aerobic exercise and low-dose L-NAME prevented cardiac pathological remodeling and induced cardiomyocyte contractile function improvement; however, it did not alter myocyte affinity and sensitivity to intracellular Ca2+ handling.


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Physical Conditioning, Animal/physiology , Calcium/analysis , Nitric Oxide Synthase/drug effects , NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester/pharmacology , Enzyme Inhibitors/pharmacology , Myocardial Contraction/drug effects , Body Weight/physiology , Rats, Wistar , Ventricular Pressure/drug effects , Nitric Oxide Synthase/metabolism , NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester/administration & dosage , Models, Animal , Myocytes, Cardiac/drug effects , Myocytes, Cardiac/physiology , Enzyme Inhibitors/administration & dosage , Adiposity , Hemodynamics , Motor Activity/physiology , Myocardium/pathology
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Braz. J. Pharm. Sci. (Online) ; 56: e18636, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1132060

ABSTRACT

This study was initiated to determine whether 2 structurally related flavonoids found in Cyclopia subternata-vicenin-2 (VCN) and scolymoside (SCL)-could modulate renal functional damage in a mouse model of sepsis, and to elucidate the relevant underlying mechanisms. The potential of VCN and SCL treatment to reduce renal damage induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) surgery in mice was measured via assessment of serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), lipid peroxidation, total glutathione, glutathione peroxidase activity, catalase activity, and superoxide dismutase activity. Treatment with either VCN or SCL resulted in elevated plasma levels of BUN and creatinine, and of protein in the urine of mice with CLP-induced renal damage. Moreover, both VCN and SCL inhibited nuclear factor κB activation and reduced the induction of nitric oxide synthase and excessive production of nitric acid. VCN and SCL treatment also reduced the plasma levels of interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α, reduced lethality due to CLP-induced sepsis, increased lipid peroxidation, and markedly enhanced the antioxidant defense system by restoring the levels of superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, and catalase in kidney tissues. The present results suggest that VCN and SCL protect mice from sepsis-triggered renal injury


Subject(s)
Animals , Male , Mice , Flavonoids , Antioxidants/analysis , Wounds and Injuries/classification , Blood Urea Nitrogen , Catalase/adverse effects , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha , Sepsis/chemically induced , Nitric Oxide Synthase/pharmacology , Creatinine , Kidney
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Acta bioquím. clín. latinoam ; 53(2): 167-173, jun. 2019. tab
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-1019250

ABSTRACT

La esclerosis múltiple remitente-recurrente (EM-RR) es una enfermedad desmielinizante del sistema nervioso central. A fin de entender la asociación del estrés oxidativo a nivel periférico con la recaída de la enfermedad se determinaron los niveles de marcadores de estrés oxidativo en plasma de pacientes en la recaída o brote y una semana después de la misma. Se analizaron muestras de 60 personas (20 pacientes con recaída, 20 pacientes sin recaída y 20 controles sanos). Se cuantificaron mediante métodos espectrofotométricos las actividades enzimáticas de óxido nítrico sintasa (ONS), glutatión peroxidasa (GPx), los niveles de lipoperóxidos y nitritos-nitratos y la fluidez de membrana. En el brote de la enfermedad aumentan significativamente los niveles de las actividades enzimáticas de ONS y GPx y los niveles de nitritos-nitratos y lipoperóxidos (p<0,01 en todos los casos), al ser comparados con los de individuos sanos. Dichos parámetros disminuyeron significativamente una semana después de iniciado el brote. Además, los parámetros evaluados se mantuvieron elevados en pacientes que no experimentaron un brote de la enfermedad cuando se los comparó con individuos sanos. La fluidez de membrana en los pacientes con y sin brote fue similar a la de los controles. En conclusión, el estrés oxidativo es un componente importante en los pacientes con esclerosis múltiple.


Recurrent-remitting multiple sclerosis (RR-MS) is a demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. In order to understand the association of oxidative stress at the peripheral level with the relapse of the disease, the levels of oxidative stress markers in plasma of patients in the relapse or outbreak and one week after relapse were determined. Samples of 60 subjects were analyzed (20 patients in relapse, 20 patients without relapse, and 20 healthy controls). The enzymatic activities of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), lipoperoxides and nitrite-nitrate levels and membrane fluidity were quantified by spectrophotometric methods. In relapse, the levels of enzymatic activities of NOS and GPx, and the levels of lipoperoxides and nitrites-nitrates were significantly increased (p<0.01, in all cases), compared with healthy individuals. These parameters decreased significantly 1 week after the start of the outbreak. In addition, the parameters evaluated remained high in patients who did not experience an outbreak of the disease compared to healthy subjects. The membrane fluidity in the patients with and without outbreak was similar to that of the controls. In conclusion, oxidative stress is an important component in patients with multiple sclerosis.


A esclerose múltipla recorrente-remitente (EM-RR) é uma doença desmielinizante do sistema nervoso central. Para compreender a associação do estresse oxidativo a nível periférico com a recaída da doença foram determinados os níveis de marcadores de estresse oxidativo em plasma de doentes na recaída ou surto e uma semana após a recaída. Foram analisadas a amostras de 60 pessoas (20 pacientes com recaída, 20 pacientes sem recaída e 20 controles saudáveis). As atividades enzimáticas de óxido nítrico sintase (ONS), glutationa peroxidase (GPX), os níveis de lipoperóxidos e nitritos-nitratos e a fluidez de membrana foram quantificadas por métodos espectrofotométricos. No surto da doença aumentam em forma significativa os níveis da atividade enzimática de ONS e GPX, e os níveis de nitritos-nitratos e lipoperóxidos (p<0,01 em todos os casos), em comparação com os indivíduos saudáveis. Esses parâmetros diminuíram significativamente uma semana após o início do surto. Além disso, os parâmetros avaliados permaneceram elevados em pacientes que não experimentaram um surto da doença quando comparados com indivíduos saudáveis. A fluência de membrana nos pacientes com e sem surto foi semelhante à dos controles. Em conclusão, o estresse oxidativo é um componente importante nos pacientes com esclerose múltipla.


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , Adolescent , Adult , Middle Aged , Young Adult , Biomarkers/blood , Oxidative Stress , Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting/blood , Nitric Oxide Synthase/blood , Glutathione Peroxidase/blood , Lipid Peroxides/blood
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Braz. j. med. biol. res ; 52(9): e8525, 2019. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1011614

ABSTRACT

Many compounds of ginsenosides show anti-inflammatory properties. However, their anti-inflammatory effects in intervertebral chondrocytes in the presence of inflammatory factors have never been shown. Increased levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines are generally associated with the degradation and death of chondrocytes; therefore, finding an effective and nontoxic substance that attenuates the inflammation is worthwhile. In this study, chondrocytes were isolated from the nucleus pulposus tissues, and the cells were treated with ginsenoside compounds and IL-1β, alone and in combination. Cell viability and death rate were assessed by CCK-8 and flow cytometry methods, respectively. PCR, western blot, and immunoprecipitation assays were performed to determine the mRNA and protein expression, and the interactions between proteins, respectively. Monomeric component of ginsenoside Rd had no toxicity at the tested range of concentrations. Furthermore, Rd suppressed the inflammatory response of chondrocytes to interleukin (IL)-1β by suppressing the increase in IL-1β, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, IL-6, COX-2, and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression, and retarding IL-1β-induced degradation of chondrocytes by improving cell proliferation characteristics and expression of aggrecan and COL2A1. These protective effects of Rd were associated with ubiquitination of IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL1RAP), blocking the stimulation of IL-1β to NF-κB. Bioinformatics analysis showed that NEDD4, CBL, CBLB, CBLC, and ITCH most likely target IL1RAP. Rd increased intracellular ITCH level and the amount of ITCH attaching to IL1RAP. Thus, IL1RAP ubiquitination promoted by Rd is likely to occur by up-regulation of ITCH. In summary, Rd inhibited IL-1β-induced inflammation and degradation of intervertebral disc chondrocytes by increasing IL1RAP ubiquitination.


Subject(s)
Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Chondrocytes/drug effects , Ginsenosides/pharmacology , Interleukin-1beta/drug effects , Interleukin-1 Receptor Accessory Protein/metabolism , Intervertebral Disc Degeneration/metabolism , Dinoprostone/metabolism , Cell Survival/drug effects , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/metabolism , Low Back Pain/metabolism , Nitric Oxide Synthase/metabolism , Chondrocytes/cytology , Chondrocytes/metabolism , Ginsenosides/metabolism , Cyclooxygenase 2/metabolism , Aggrecans/metabolism , Interleukin-1beta/metabolism , Ubiquitination , Nucleus Pulposus/cytology , Nucleus Pulposus/drug effects , Nucleus Pulposus/metabolism , Inflammation/metabolism
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-763020

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Flavonoids are major plant constituents with numerous biological/pharmacological actions both in vitro and in vivo. Of these actions, their anti-inflammatory action is prominent. They can regulate transcription of many proinflammatory genes such as cyclooxygenase-2/inducible nitric oxide synthase and many cytokines/chemokines. Recent studies have demonstrated that certain flavonoid derivatives can affect pathways of inflammasome activation and autophagy. Certain flavonoids can also accelerate the resolution phase of inflammation, leading to avoiding chronic inflammatory stimuli. All these pharmacological actions with newly emerging activities render flavonoids to be potential therapeutics for chronic inflammatory disorders including arthritic inflammation, meta-inflammation, and inflammaging. Recent findings of flavonoids are summarized and future perspectives are presented in this review.


Subject(s)
Autophagy , Flavonoids , In Vitro Techniques , Inflammasomes , Inflammation , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Plants
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-762721

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PURPOSE: To determine the potential protective and therapeutic effects and action mechanism of ruscogenin on cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis (AP) model in rats. METHODS: Overall, 32 rats were attenuated to the sham (2-mL/kg/day isotonic solution for 4 weeks), control (20-µg/kg cerulein-induced AP for 12 hours), prophylaxis groups (cerulein-induced AP following 3-mL/kg/day ruscogenin for 4 weeks) and treatment (3-mL/kg/day ruscogenin following cerulein-induced AP for 12 hours). Blood samples were collected for biochemical analysis of nitric oxide synthase 1 (NOS1/neuronal NOS), malondialdehyde (MDA) and intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1). After sacrification, pancreas tissues were collected and prepared for light microscopic (hematoxylin and eosin), immunohistochemical (nuclear factor kappa B) and biochemical analysis (tumor necrosis factor-alpha [TNF-α], interleukin-6 and 1β [IL-6 and IL-1β], CRP, high-sensitivity CRP [hs-CRP] amylase, lipase, and ICAM-1). Ultrastructural analysis was performed by transmission electron microscopy. RESULTS: The protective and therapeutic actions of ruscogenin were accomplished by improvements in histopathology, by decreasing blood cytokine levels of CRP, hs-CRP levels, TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1β, ICAM-1, by reducing the pancreatic enzymes amylase and lipase in blood, and by suppressing the expression of nuclear factor kappa B, ICAM-1, and NOS-1, but not MDA in pancreatic tissues. Ruscogenin also improved cerulein-induced ultrastructural degenerations in endocrine and exocrine cells, especially in treatment group. CONCLUSION: The present findings have demonstrated the beneficial protective and therapeutical effects of ruscogenin, nominating it as a highly promising supplementary agent to be considered in the treatment of AP, and even as a protective agent against the damages induced by disease.


Subject(s)
Amylases , Animals , Ceruletide , Intercellular Adhesion Molecule-1 , Interleukin-6 , Lipase , Malondialdehyde , Microscopy, Electron, Transmission , Necrosis , NF-kappa B , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Pancreas , Pancreatitis , Rats , Therapeutic Uses
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The Korean Journal of Pain ; : 256-263, 2019.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-761714

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BACKGROUND: Antinociceptive anti-inflammatory drugs have many adverse effects. The goal of this investigation is to study the probable anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects of verapamil and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in experimental rats. METHODS: Adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 4 groups in the antinociceptive study, each containing 6 rats; the normal control group, which received saline (1 mL/kg); the diclofenac group, which received diclofenac sodium (5 mg/kg); the NAC group, which received NAC (125 mg/kg); and the verapamil group, which received verapamil (8 mg/kg). In the anti-inflammatory study, 5 groups were used, the 4 previous groups with the addition of an edema control group, received saline and were subjected to formalin test. Hot plate latency time was recorded for antinociceptive evaluation. Paw edema thickness and biochemical parameters were recorded for anti-inflammatory evaluation. RESULTS: Administration of NAC showed significant prolongation of hot plate latency time at 1 hour when compared to the control group while verapamil showed a significant prolongation of hot plate latency time at 1 and 2 hours when compared to the control group and NAC group values. Administration of NAC and verapamil significantly decreased paw edema thickness at 2, 4, and 8 hours when compared to edema control values. Regarding biochemical markers, NAC and verapamil significantly decreased serum nitric oxide synthase, C-reactive protein, and cyclooxygenase-2 levels compared to the edema control value. In accordance, a marked improvement of histopathological findings was observed with both drugs. CONCLUSIONS: NAC and verapamil have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects comparable to diclofenac sodium.


Subject(s)
Acetylcysteine , Adult , Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents , Biomarkers , C-Reactive Protein , Cyclooxygenase 2 , Diclofenac , Edema , Humans , Male , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Pain Measurement , Rats , Rats, Wistar , Verapamil
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-719636

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Ginger, one of worldwide consumed dietary spice, is not only famous as food supplements, but also believed to exert a variety of remarkable pharmacological activity as herbal remedies. In this study, a ginger constituent, 12-dehydrogingerdione (DHGD) was proven that has comparable anti-inflammatory activity with positive control 6-shogaol in inhibiting LPS-induced interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, prostaglandin (PG) E₂, nitric oxide (NO), inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, without interfering with COX-1 in cultured microglial cells. Subsequent mechanistic studies indicate that 12-DHGD may inhibit neuro-inflammation through suppressing the LPS-activated Akt/IKK/NF-κB pathway. Furthermore, 12-DHGD markedly promoted the activation of NF-E2-related factor (Nrf)-2 and heme oxygenase (HO)-1, and we demonstrated that the involvement of HO-1 on the production of pro-inflammatory mediators such as NO and TNF-α by using a HO-1 inhibitor, Zinc protoporphyrin (Znpp). These results indicate that 12-DHGD may protect against neuro-inflammation by inhibiting Akt/IKK/IκB/NF-κB pathway and promoting Nrf-2/HO-1 pathway.


Subject(s)
Dietary Supplements , Ginger , Heme Oxygenase (Decyclizing) , Interleukins , Microglia , Nitric Oxide , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Prostaglandin-Endoperoxide Synthases , Spices , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha , Zinc
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Araçatuba; s.n; 2019. 115 p. graf, ilus, tab.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS, BBO | ID: biblio-1051141

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A redução da reatividade vascular à fenilefrina (PE) em aorta de ratas espontaneamente hipertensas (SHR) ao final da prenhez é dependente de maior produção e/ou maior biodisponibilidade de óxido nítrico (NO), consequente do aumento da fosforilação da enzima óxido nítrico sintase endotelial (eNOS) via PI3K/Akt. A glicosilação do tipo N-acetil-glucosamina (O-GlcNAc) é uma modificação pós-traducional que compete com a fosforilação pelos mesmos sítios de ligação nas proteínas. A O-GlcNAcilação da eNOS em serina1177 leva a redução da sua atividade enquanto a fosforilação leva a sua ativação. Além destes mecanismos, a interação da eNOS com outras proteínas é capaz de regular positiva ou negativamente a sua atividade. O objetivo deste trabalho foi analisar possíveis alterações nos mecanismos de modificação pós-traducional que controlam a ativação da eNOS os quais poderiam contribuir para maior ativação e maior biodisponibilidade de NO observada em artérias de ratas prenhes. Foram avaliados o conteúdo proteico O-GlcNAc e também expressão das enzimas que participam desta modificação, O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) e O-GlcNAcase (OGA) por Western Blotting e a atividade da OGA por ensaio bioquímico em aorta e em artéria mesentérica (2º ou 3º ramo) de ratas não prenhes (NP) e prenhes (P), normotensas (Wistar) e SHR. Ensaios de Western Blotting foram realizados também para análise da expressão das seguintes proteínas: Cav-1, p-Cav-1, CaM e Hsp90. Realizamos a contagem do número de cavéolas endoteliais da aorta e da artéria mesentérica na presença ou ausência da metil-ß-ciclodextrina (dextrina, 10 mmol/L) por microscopia eletrônica. Em estudos funcionais, avaliamos a participação da enzima OGA, pela inibição com PugNAc (100 µmol/L) e das cavéolas, utilizando um desorganizador de cavéolas, a dextrina (10 ou 20 mmol/L), na menor reatividade vascular à PE observada em aortas de ratas P. Observamos que o conteúdo de proteínas O-GlcNAciladas estava diminuído em aorta e em leito mesentérico de ratas Wistar P e SHR P. Apesar da expressão da OGT e da OGA não estar alterada, a atividade da OGA foi aumentada em aorta e leito mesentérico de ratas Wistar P, mas, encontra-se diminuída em aorta e aumentada em leito mesentérico de SHP P. A incubação com PugNAc reverteu a reduzida reatividade à PE em aorta e artéria mesentérica de ratas Wistar P mas este efeito não foi observado em vasos SHR P, demonstrando que a OGA parece ter um papel importante na redução da O-GlcNAcilação de proteínas vasculares em Wistar P. Em vasos incubados com PugNAc, a remoção do endotélio ou a incubação com L-NAME, não alterou significativamente a reatividade à PE. Juntos estes resultados sugerem que a maior atividade da eNOS observada em vasos de Wistar P, fica prejudicada na presença do PugNAc, e depende da atividade da OGA. Como não houve alteração da resposta contrátil à PE em vasos de SHR P incubados com PugNAc, possivelmente um mecanismo diferente, envolvendo a menor atividade da OGT, ocorre nestas artérias para a redução da O-GlcNAcilação da eNOS. A desorganização das cavéolas por meio da dextrina causou aumento de contração à PE e redução de potência da ACh em aortas de Wistar NP e SHR NP, porém não houve alteração em aortas de ratas Wistar P e SHR P. A dextrina não alterou o número de cavéolas em artérias de Wistar P e SHR P quando comparado com ratas NP. SHR NP apresentam um reduzido número de cavéolas das aortas em relação a Wistar NP bem como expressão reduzida de Cav-1, p-Cav-1 e CaM. A prenhez não foi capaz de alterar a expressão da Cav-1, CaM e Hsp90 em aorta e leito mesentérico de ratas normotensas e hipertensas. Estes resultados sugerem que a prenhez não altera a expressão das proteínas Cav-1, CaM e Hsp90 e possivelmente a interação com a eNOS em aorta e artérias mesentéricas de ratas normotensas e hipertensas. Em conclusão, entre os mecanismos estudados de modificação pós-traducional da eNOS, a redução da O-GlcNAcilação da eNOS, por mecanismos que envolvem a atividade da OGA e possivelmente da OGT, favoreceria a fosforilação da eNOS e consequente maior biodisponibilidade de NO, contribuindo desta forma para modulação da resposta contrátil da PE nas artérias de ratas P(AU)


Reduction of vascular reactivity to phenylephrine (PE) in aorta of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) at the end of pregnancy is dependent on higher production and/or higer bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO), as a consequence of increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase enzyme (eNOS) phosphorylation, by PI3K/Akt. Glycosylation with O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a post-translational modification that competes with phosphorylation by the same binding sites in proteins. O-GlcNAcylation of eNOS on serine site leads to a reduction in its activity while eNOS phosphorylation leads to its activation. In addition to these mechanisms, the interaction of eNOS with other proteins is able to regulate positively or negatively its activity. The objective of this study was to analyze possible changes in the mechanisms of post-translational modification that control the eNOS activation, which could contribute to its the greater activation and greater bioavailability of NO observed in arteries of pregnant rats. The O-GlcNAc-protein content and also the enzymes expression that participate in this modification, O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) and O-GlcNAcase (OGA) was assessed by Western Blotting, and OGA activity were evaluated by biochemical assay in the aorta and in the artery mesenteric (2nd or 3rd branch) of non-pregnant (NP) and pregnant (P), normotensive rats (Wistar) and SHR. Western Blotting assays were also performed for expression analysis of the following proteins: Cav-1, p-Cav-1, CaM and Hsp90. We performed the counting of the number of endothelial caveolae in the aorta and the mesenteric artery in the presence or absence of methyl-ß-cyclodextrin (dextrin, 10 mmol/L) by electronic microscopy. In functional studies, we evaluated the participation of the OGA enzyme, by inhibition with PugNAc (100 µmol/L) and of the caveolae, using a caveolae disassembler, dextrin (10 or 20 mmol/L), in the reduced vascular reactivity observed in aortas or mesenteric arteries of P rats. We observed that the content of O-GlcNAcylated proteins was decreased in the aorta and in the mesenteric bed of Wistar P and SHR P rats. Although OGT and OGA expression is not altered, OGA activity was increased in the aorta and mesenteric bed of Wistar P rats but was decreased in the aorta and increased in the mesenteric bed of SHP P. Incubation with PugNAc reversed the reduced reactivity to PE in the aorta and mesenteric artery of Wistar P but this effect was not observed in SHR P arteries, demonstrating that OGA appears to play an important role in reducing O-GlcNAcylation of vascular proteins in Wistar P. In arteries incubated with PugNAc, endothelial removal or incubation with L-NAME did not significantly alter reactivity to PE. Together, these results suggest that the greater eNOS activity observed in Wistar P vessels was impaired in the presence of PugNAc, and it depends on OGA activity. As there was no change in the contractile response to PE in SHR P arteries incubated with PugNAc, possibly a different mechanism, involving the lower activity of OGT, occurs in these vessels for the reduction of O-GlcNAcylation of eNOS. Dextrin caused increased contraction of PE and decreased ACh potency in Wistar NP and SHR NP aortas, but there was no change in aortas of Wistar P and SHR P. Dextrin did not alter the number of cavelae in Wistar P and SHR P arteries compared to NP rats. SHR NP showed a lower number of caveolae than to NP Wistar as well reduced expression of Cav-1 and CaM. Pregnancy was not able to alter the expression of Cav-1, CaM and Hsp90 in the aorta and mesenteric bed of normotensive and hypertensive rats. These results suggest that pregnancy does not alter the expression of Cav-1, CaM and Hsp90 proteins and possibly interaction with eNOS in the aorta and mesenteric arteries of normotensive and hypertensive rats. In conclusion, among the studied mechanisms of post-translational modification of eNOS, the reduction of O-GlcNAcylation of eNOS, by mechanisms that involve OGA activity and possibly OGT, would favor eNOS phosphorylation and consequent greater NO bioavailability, contributing in this way for modulation of the contractile response to PE in the arteries of P rats(AU)


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Animals , Female , Pregnancy , Aorta , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Hypertension , Glycosylation , Calmodulin , Rats, Wistar , HSP90 Heat-Shock Proteins , Caveolin 1 , Mesenteric Arteries
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Acta cir. bras ; 34(12): e201901206, 2019. tab
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1054688

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Abstract Purpose To evaluate the effects of prednisolone against sodium diclofenac both with ciprofloxacin compared to artificial tears on the symptoms and signs of acute viral conjunctivitis. Methods Study included 37 patients diagnosed with acute conjunctivitis and distributed by three groups: A (1% prednisolone acetate + ciprofloxacin (0.3%); B (Sodium diclofenac (0.1%) + ciprofloxacin (0.3%) and C (artificial tears + ciprofloxacin (0.3%). Patients received medication 6/6 hours daily. Signs and symptoms (e.g. lacrimation, burning, photophobia, etc.) were scored at baseline and on the first, third, fifth and seventh days and in the end of treatment using a standardized questionnaire and slit lamp anterior segment examination. Results All three groups demonstrated an improvement in the signs and symptoms of conjunctivitis in their follow-up visits. There was no significant difference in symptom and sign scores between Group A and B and B and C in the study visits ( p >0.05). However, the comparison between groups A and C showed a clinical trend (p=0.05) on third evaluation suggesting better clinical action using the corticosteroids. Conclusion The prednisolone acetate was not superior to the use of sodium diclofenac or artificial tears in relieving the signs and symptoms of viral conjunctivitis.


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Humans , Male , Female , Adult , Middle Aged , Aged , Young Adult , Prednisolone/analogs & derivatives , Ciprofloxacin/administration & dosage , Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal/administration & dosage , Conjunctivitis, Viral/drug therapy , Diclofenac/administration & dosage , Adrenal Cortex Hormones/administration & dosage , Ophthalmic Solutions/administration & dosage , Prednisolone/administration & dosage , Acute Disease , Analysis of Variance , Interleukins/analysis , Interferon-gamma , Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha/analysis , Treatment Outcome , Nitric Oxide Synthase/analysis , Lubricant Eye Drops/administration & dosage
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São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2019. 79 p. tab, graf, ilus.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1049916

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A doença de Chagas é uma doença negligenciada causada pelo protozoário Trypanosoma cruzi constituindo-se em um problema de saúde pública em vários países da América Latina. No seu complexo ciclo de vida, o protozoário passa por quatro estágios diferentes: tripomastigota metacíclica, amastigota, tripomastigota sanguíneo e epimastigota, que permitem sua sobrevivência nos diferentes ambientes com os quais o parasita entra em contato. A diferenciação dos tripomastigotas de T. cruzi em amastigotas (amastigogênese) ocorre com grandes mudanças morfológicas, estruturais e metabólicas no parasita e pode ser reproduzido in vitro por exemplo, pela acidificação do meio extracelular. Apesar dos vários trabalhos descritos na literatura, o processo ainda não é totalmente compreendido. A participação de NO na transdução de sinal durante a amastigogênese, sugerida por dados não publicados de nosso grupo, assim como a via de sinalização dependente de AMPc, foram o foco do presente estudo. A indução da amastigogênese foi obtida por incubação de tripomastigotas em meio de cultura acidificado (pH 6,0) e os parâmetros estudados comparados com parasitas controle (meio de cultura, pH 7,4). Estudamos a variação no perfil de nucleotídios cíclicos (AMPc, GMPc), de quinases (PKA, MAPK- ERK1/2), de uma fosfatase (PP2A), assim como o perfil de proteínas fosforiladas, S-nitrosiladas e nitradas até 6 h do início da amastigogênese. O processo foi dividido nas etapas: inicial (até 60 minutos) e tardio (em torno de 3-4 h), caracterizados por um aumento de formas amastigotas na etapa tardia. Houve um aumento de aproximadamente 17 vezes no nível de AMPc nos primeiros 15 minutos da amastigogênese (meio pH 6,0), seguido por aumento discreto no nível de PKA fosforilada, utilizado como indicador de atividade enzimática, este mais evidente na etapa tardia (360 minutos). Quanto à subunidade catalítica fosforilada da MAPK (ativa), há uma aparente diminuição no nível de fosforilação na fase inicial (30 minutos) e aumento na etapa tardia (120 minutos) do processo de amastigogênese. Quanto ao perfil geral de fosforilação de proteínas, há uma diminuição de fosforilação em torno de 30 minutos, seguida de aumento de fosforilação em proteínas de aproximadamente 5 e 100 kDa, mas de maneira geral, não se observaram grandes mudanças nesse perfil com a metodologia utilizada. Quanto às modificações por NO e seus derivados, foram observadas modificações por S-nitrosilação e nitração das proteínas, além do aumento de GMPc em torno de 60 minutos. Embora essas modificações modulem a atividade biológica de uma grande diversidade de proteínas, seu papel biológico não foi explorado.8 Em resumo, nossos resultados apontam para uma variação no perfil de fosforilação, S-nitrosilação e nitração de proteínas, além do aumento de AMPc e GMPc ao longo do processo de amastigogênese in vitro, com a via de sinalização dependente de quinases/ fosfatases e de óxido nítrico ocorrendo ao longo do processo de amastigogênese


Chagas disease is a neglected disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and is a public health problem in several Latin American countries. In its complex life cycle, the protozoan goes through four different stages: metacyclic trypomastigote, amastigote, blood trypomastigote and epimastigote, which allow its survival in the different environments which the parasite comes into contact. The differentiation of T. cruzi trypomastigotes into amastigotes (amastigogenesis) occurs with large morphological, structural and metabolic changes in the parasite and can be reproduced in vitro by, for example, acidification of the extracellular medium. Despite the many data described in the literature, the process is not yet fully understood. The participation of NO in signal transduction during amastigogenesis, suggested by unpublished data from our group, as well as the cAMP-dependent signaling pathway, were the focus of the present study. The induction of amastigogenesis was obtained by incubating trypomastigotes in acidified culture medium (pH 6.0) and the studied parameters compared with control parasites (culture medium, pH 7.4). We studied the variation in the profile of cyclic nucleotides (cAMP, cGMP), kinases (PKA, MAPK-ERK1 / 2), phosphatase (PP2A), as well as the profile of phosphorylated, S-nitrosylated and nitrated proteins up to 6 h. onset of amastigogenesis. The process was divided into early (up to 60 minutes) and late (around 3-4 hours), characterized by an increase in amastigote forms in the late stage. There was an approximately 17-fold increase in cAMP level in the first 15 minutes of amastigogenesis (pH 6.0 medium), followed by a slight increase in phosphorylated PKA level, most evident in the late stage (360 minutes). As for the phosphorylated catalytic subunit of MAPK (active), there is an apparent decrease in the phosphorylation level in the early phase (30 minutes) and increase in the late stage (120 minutes) of the amastigogenesis process. As for the general protein phosphorylation profile, there is a decrease in phosphorylation around 30 minutes, followed by an increase in phosphorylation of proteins (approximately 5 and 100 kDa), but overall, no major changes were observed in this profile with the methodology used. As for modifications by NO and its derivatives, modifications were observed by S-nitrosylation and protein nitration, besides the increase of cGMP around 60 minutes. Although these modifications modulate the biological activity of a wide range of proteins, their biological role has not been explored. In summary, our results point to a variation in phosphorylation, S-nitrosylation and nitration profile of proteins, as well as an increase in cAMP and cGMP along the amastigogenesis process, implicating kinases / phosphatases and nitric oxide dependent signaling pathways in this differentiation


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Phosphorylation , Trypanosoma cruzi/metabolism , Nitric Oxide Synthase/chemistry , Receptors, Cyclic AMP/analysis , Cyclic GMP-Dependent Protein Kinases/analysis , MAP Kinase Kinase Kinases/analysis , Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinase RIalpha Subunit/analysis
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Experimental Neurobiology ; : 516-528, 2019.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-763776

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We have previously demonstrated that the neurosteroid dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) induces functional potentiation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors via increases in phosphorylation of NMDA receptor GluN1 subunit (pGluN1). However, the modulatory mechanisms responsible for the expression of the DHEA-synthesizing enzyme, cytochrome P450c17 following peripheral nerve injury have yet to be examined. Here we determined whether oxidative stress induced by the spinal activation of nitric oxide synthase type II (NOS-II) modulates the expression of P450c17 and whether this process contributes to the development of neuropathic pain in rats. Chronic constriction injury (CCI) of the sciatic nerve induced a significant increase in the expression of NOS-II in microglial cells and NO levels in the lumbar spinal cord dorsal horn at postoperative day 5. Intrathecal administration of the NOS-II inhibitor, L-NIL during the induction phase of neuropathic pain (postoperative days 0~5) significantly reduced the CCI-induced development of mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia. Sciatic nerve injury increased the expression of PKC- and PKA-dependent pGluN1 as well as the mRNA and protein levels of P450c17 in the spinal cord at postoperative day 5, and these increases were suppressed by repeated administration of L-NIL. Co-administration of DHEAS together with L-NIL restored the development of neuropathic pain and pGluN1 that were originally inhibited by L-NIL administration alone. Collectively these results provide strong support for the hypothesis that activation of NOS-II increases the mRNA and protein levels of P450c17 in the spinal cord, ultimately leading to the development of central sensitization and neuropathic pain induced by peripheral nerve injury.


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Animals , Central Nervous System Sensitization , Constriction , Cytochromes , Dehydroepiandrosterone , Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate , Hyperalgesia , N-Methylaspartate , Neuralgia , Nitric Oxide Synthase Type II , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Nitric Oxide , Oxidative Stress , Peripheral Nerve Injuries , Phosphorylation , Rats , RNA, Messenger , Rodentia , Sciatic Nerve , Spinal Cord , Spinal Cord Dorsal Horn
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-741650

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Inula helenium L. is rich source of eudesmane-type sesquiterpene lactones, mainly alantolactone and isoalantolactone, which have the various pharmacological functions. In this study, we examined the inhibitory effects of nitric oxide (NO) production of hexane, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, butanol, and water fractions from I. helenium and investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of hexane fraction of I. helenium (HFIH) in LPS-induced RAW 264.7 cells. Quantification of alantolactone and isoalantolactone from HFIH was carried out for the standardization by multiple reaction monitoring using triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. HFIH significantly inhibited inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) protein as well as their downstream products NO and prostaglandin E₂ (PGE₂) in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells. Moreover, HFIH suppressed NF-κB transcriptional activity by decreasing the translocation of p65 to the nucleus. The in vivo study further confirmed that HFIH attenuated the paw edema induced by carrageenan in an acute inflammation model. These findings suggest that HFIH may be useful as a promising phytomedicine for inflammatory-associated diseases.


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Carrageenan , Cyclooxygenase 2 , Edema , Inflammation , Inula , Lactones , Methylene Chloride , Nitric Oxide , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Staphylococcal Protein A , Water
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-741647

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Phytochemical studies were performed to identify the active principles of Phryma leptostachya var. asiatica (Phyrymaceae) for anti-inflammation. The anti-inflammatory activity was assessed by measuring the inhibition rate on nitric oxide (NO) formation in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated macrophage 264.7 cells. Of the five compounds including ursolic acid, phrymarolin I, harpagide, haedoxancoside A, and acteoside isolated from this plant, ursolic acid showed the most prominent inhibition of NO formation. Therefore, ursolic acid may be the anti-inflammatory principle of Phryma leptostachya var. asiatica.


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Macrophages , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Nitric Oxide , Plants
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Immune Network ; : e9-2019.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-740219

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Staphylococcus aureus, a Gram-positive pathogen, can cause severe inflammation in humans, leading to various life-threatening diseases. The lipoprotein is a major virulence factor in S. aureus-induced infectious diseases and is responsible for excessive inflammatory mediators such as nitric oxide (NO). Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) including butyrate, propionate, and acetate are microbial metabolites in the gut that are known to have anti-inflammatory effects in the host. In this study, we investigated the effects of SCFAs on S. aureus lipoprotein (Sa.LPP)-induced NO production in mouse macrophages. Butyrate and propionate, but not acetate, inhibited Sa.LPP-induced production of NO in RAW 264.7 cells and bone marrow-derived macrophages. Butyrate and propionate inhibited Sa.LPP-induced expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS). However, acetate did not show such effects under the same conditions. Furthermore, butyrate and propionate, but not acetate, inhibited Sa.LPP-induced activation of NF-κB, expression of IFN-β, and phosphorylation of STAT1, which are essential for inducing transcription of iNOS in macrophages. In addition, butyrate and propionate induced histone acetylation at lysine residues in the presence of Sa.LPP in RAW 264.7 cells. Moreover, Sa.LPP-induced NO production was decreased by histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors. Collectively, these results suggest that butyrate and propionate ameliorate the inflammatory responses caused by S. aureus through the inhibition of NF-κB, IFN-β/STAT1, and HDAC, resulting in attenuated NO production in macrophages.


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Acetylation , Animals , Butyrates , Communicable Diseases , Diethylpropion , Fatty Acids, Volatile , Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors , Histone Deacetylases , Histones , Humans , Inflammation , Lipoproteins , Lysine , Macrophages , Mice , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Nitric Oxide , Phosphorylation , Staphylococcus aureus , Virulence
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-765965

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Interstitial cells play important roles in gastrointestinal (GI) neuro-smooth muscle transmission. The underlying mechanisms of colonic dysmotility have not been well illustrated. We established a partial colon obstruction (PCO) mouse model to investigate the changes of interstitial cells and the correlation with colonic motility. METHODS: Western blot technique was employed to observe the protein expressions of Kit, platelet-derived growth factor receptor-α (Pdgfra), Ca²⁺-activated Cl⁻ (Ano1) channels, and small conductance Ca²⁺- activated K⁺ (SK) channels. Colonic migrating motor complexes (CMMCs) and isometric force measurements were employed in control mice and PCO mice. RESULTS: PCO mice showed distended abdomen and feces excretion was significantly reduced. Anatomically, the colon above the obstructive silicone ring was obviously dilated. Kit and Ano1 proteins in the colonic smooth muscle layer of the PCO colons were significantly decreased, while the expression of Pdgfra and SK3 proteins were significantly increased. The effects of a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor (L-NAME) and an Ano1 channel inhibitor (NPPB) on CMMC and colonic spontaneous contractions were decreased in the proximal and distal colons of PCO mice. The SK agonist, CyPPA and antagonist, apamin in PCO mice showed more effect to the CMMCs and colonic smooth muscle contractions. CONCLUSIONS: Colonic transit disorder may be due to the downregulation of the Kit and Ano1 channels and the upregulation of SK3 channels in platelet-derived growth factor receptor-α positive (PDGFRα⁺) cells. The imbalance between interstitial cells of Cajal-Ano1 and PDGFRα-SK3 distribution might be a potential reason for the colonic dysmotility.


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Abdomen , Animals , Apamin , Blotting, Western , Chloride Channels , Colon , Down-Regulation , Feces , Interstitial Cells of Cajal , Mice , Muscle, Smooth , Myoelectric Complex, Migrating , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Platelet-Derived Growth Factor , Silicon , Silicones , Small-Conductance Calcium-Activated Potassium Channels , Up-Regulation
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-765928

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and their special calcium-activated chloride channel, anoctamin-1 (ANO1) play pivotal roles in regulating colonic transit. This study is designed to investigate the role of ICC and the ANO1 channel in colonic transit disorder in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-treated colitis mice. METHODS: Colonic transit experiment, colonic migrating motor complexes (CMMCs), smooth muscle spontaneous contractile experiments, intracellular electrical recordings, western blotting analysis, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction were applied in this study. RESULTS: The mRNA and protein expressions of c-KIT and ANO1 channels were significantly decreased in the colons of DSS-colitis mice. The colonic artificial fecal-pellet transit experiment in vitro was significantly delayed in DSS-colitis mice. The CMMCs and smooth muscle spontaneous contractions were significantly decreased by 5-nitro-2-(3-phenylpropylamino)benzoic acid (NPPB), an ANO1 channel blocker, and NG-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME), an inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase activity, in DSS-colitis mice compared with that of control mice. Intracellular electrical recordings showed that the amplitude of NPPB-induced hyperpolarization was more positive in DSS-colitis mice. The electric field stimulation-elicited nitric-dependent slow inhibitory junctional potentials were also more positive in DSS-colitis mice than those of control mice. CONCLUSION: The results suggest that colonic transit disorder is mediated via downregulation of the nitric oxide/ICC/ANO1 signalling pathway in DSS-colitis mice.


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Animals , Blotting, Western , Chloride Channels , Colitis , Colon , Dextrans , Down-Regulation , In Vitro Techniques , Interstitial Cells of Cajal , Mice , Muscle, Smooth , Myoelectric Complex, Migrating , NG-Nitroarginine Methyl Ester , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Polymerase Chain Reaction , RNA, Messenger , Sodium
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Article in Korean | WPRIM | ID: wpr-718560

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PURPOSE: Sargassum horneri (S. horneri) is a species of brown macroalgae that is common along the coast of Japan and Korea. The present study investigated the immuno-modulatory effects of different types of S. horneri extracts in RAW264.7 macrophages. METHODS: S. horneri was extracted by three different methods, hot water extraction, 50% ethanol extraction, and supercritical fluid extraction. Cell viability was then measured by MTT assay, while the production levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), and nitric oxide (NO) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Griess assay, respectively. The expression and activation levels of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) were examined by western blot analysis. RESULTS: The three different S. horneri extracts were nontoxic against RAW 264.7 cells up to 50 µg/mL, among which treatment with hot water extract (HWE) of S. horneri significantly enhanced the production of TNF-α, IL-6, and NO in a dose-dependent manner. Hot water extract of S. horneri also increased the expression level of iNOS, suggesting that up-regulation of iNOS expression by HWE of S. horneri was responsible for the induction of NO production. In addition, treatment of RAW 264.7 macrophages with HWE of S. horneri increased the phosphorylation levels of ERK, p38 and JNK. Furthermore, the activation and subsequent nuclear translocation of NF-κB was enhanced upon treatment with HWE of S. horneri, indicating that HWE of S. horneri activates macrophages to secrete TNF-α, IL-6 and NO and induces iNOS expression via activation of the NF-κB and MAPKs signaling pathways. CONCLUSION: Taken together, these findings suggest that HWE of S. horneri possesses potential as a functional food with immunomodulatory activity.


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Blotting, Western , Cell Survival , Chromatography, Supercritical Fluid , Cytokines , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Ethanol , Functional Food , Interleukin-6 , Japan , Korea , Macrophages , Necrosis , Nitric Oxide , Nitric Oxide Synthase , Phosphorylation , Protein Kinases , Sargassum , Seaweed , Up-Regulation , Water
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