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Role of ITK signaling in acute kidney injury in mice: Amelioration of acute kidney injury associated clinical parameters and attenuation of inflammatory transcription factor signaling in CD4+ T cells by ITK inhibition.
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a world-wide health problem and linked with increased risk of morbidity/mortality in hospitalized patients and its incidence has been on the rise in the last few decades. AKI is characterized by renal tubular injury which results from interactions between bacterial products and host immune responses which manifests as a rapid deterioration in renal function. Immune system dysfunction induced by sepsis plays a crucial role in AKI through activation of multiple immune cells of both innate and adaptive origin. These cells release pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, IL-17A, IFN-γ, and reactive oxygen metabolites. Adaptive immune cells, especially T cells also participate in the amplification of renal inflammation through release of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-17A, IFN-γ, TNF-α, and IL-10. Non-receptor protein tyrosine kinases such as ITK play crucial role in T cell through modulation of key downstream molecules such as PLCγ, STAT3, NFkB, NFATc1, and p-38MAPK. However, it has not been explored in CD4+ T cells during AKI. Therefore, this study investigated the effect of ITK inhibitor on AKI linked clinical parameters (serum BUN, creatinine and renal histopathology), downstream signaling molecules in CD4+ T cells (PLCγ, STAT3, NFkB, and NFATc1), Th1/Th2/Treg cell markers (IL-17A, TNF-α, and IL-10), and neutrophil-mediated oxidative inflammation (MPO/carbonyl/nitrotyrosine formation) in mice. Our data exhibit elevated p-ITK levels in CD4+ T cells which is associated with renal dysfunction and elevated Th1/Th17/neutrophilic responses. Blockade of ITK signaling resulted in ameliorated of AKI associated biochemical; parameters through downregulation in transcription signaling in CD4+ T cells and Th1/Th17 immune responses. Therefore, this report suggests that ITK inhibition could be an effective strategy to halt renal dysfunction associated with AKI.
Publication Date: 2021-08-09
Journal: International immunopharmacology

Platelet lysate converts M (IFNγ+LPS) macrophages in CD206
Macrophages, thanks to their extreme plasticity, exert critical roles in wound healing by orchestrating tissue defenses in the early inflammatory phase, and by promoting tissue regeneration and angiogenesis at a later time point. In parallel, platelets release a large number of preformed molecules that could affect immunocyte functions. Platelet-rich plasma and platelet lysate (PL) have been widely used as a therapeutic preside for ulcers, although little is known about the effects of platelet-derived biomolecules on macrophage functions during wound healing. In this study, we analyze the effects of PL on macrophages phenotype and functions. Monocyte-derived macrophages were cultured in the presence of interferon-γ and lipopolysaccharides to induce the M1 polarization and were further exposed to 10% PL. PL treatment reduced CD80, CD86, and PDL-1 and enhanced CD206 and CD200R expression on macrophages analyzed by cytofluorimetry. Additionally, macrophage cultures show reduced TNF-α and CXCL10, while increased arginase protein, PPAR, TGF-β, and VEGF. TGF-β secretion was paralleled by the decrease of NFkB and increase of STAT3, STAT6, and SMAD2 and SMAD4. Supernatants of PL-treated macrophages induced a significant increase of type-I collagen and to a lesser extent of type-III collagen production by fibroblasts. Finally, the supernatant of PL-treated macrophages showed significantly reduced capacity to induce the in vitro migration of T lymphocytes. Our results demonstrate that PL dampens the macrophage secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and induces the release of arginase, TGF-β, and VEGF that may affect angiogenesis and tissue regeneration, thus facilitating the wound healing process.
Publication Date: 2021-07-27
Journal: Journal of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Natural Trienoic Acids as Anticancer Agents: First Stereoselective Synthesis, Cell Cycle Analysis, Induction of Apoptosis, Cell Signaling and Mitochondrial Targeting Studies.
The first Z-stereoselective method was developed for the synthesis of unsaturated acids containing a 1Z,5Z,9Z-triene moiety in 61-64% yields using the new Ti-catalyzed cross-coupling of oxygen-containing and aliphatic 1,2-dienes as the key synthetic step. It was shown for the first time that trienoic acids with non-methylene-interrupted Z-double bonds show moderate cytotoxic activities against tumor cell lines (Jurkat, K562, U937, HL60, HeLa), human embryonic kidney cells (Hek293), normal fibroblasts and human topoisomerase I (hTop1) inhibitory activity in vitro. The synthesized acids efficiently initiate apoptosis of Jurkat tumor cells, with the cell death mechanism being activated by the mitochondrial pathway. A probable mechanism of topoisomerase I inhibition was also hypothesized on the basis of in silico studies resorting to docking. The activation and inhibition of the most versatile intracellular signaling pathways (CREB, JNK, NFkB, p38, ERK1/2, Akt, p70S6K, STAT3 and STAT5 tyrosine kinases) responsible for cell proliferation and for initiation of apoptosis were studied by multiplex assay technology (Luminex xMAP).
Publication Date: 2021-05-01
Journal: Cancers

HMGA2 as a Critical Regulator in Cancer Development.
The high mobility group protein 2 (HMGA2) regulates gene expression by binding to AT-rich regions of DNA. Akin to other DNA architectural proteins, HMGA2 is highly expressed in embryonic stem cells during embryogenesis, while its expression is more limited at later stages of development and in adulthood. Importantly, HMGA2 is re-expressed in nearly all human malignancies, where it promotes tumorigenesis by multiple mechanisms. HMGA2 increases cancer cell proliferation by promoting cell cycle entry and inhibition of apoptosis. In addition, HMGA2 influences different DNA repair mechanisms and promotes epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition by activating signaling via the MAPK/ERK, TGFβ/Smad, PI3K/AKT/mTOR, NFkB, and STAT3 pathways. Moreover, HMGA2 supports a cancer stem cell phenotype and renders cancer cells resistant to chemotherapeutic agents. In this review, we discuss these oncogenic roles of HMGA2 in different types of cancers and propose that HMGA2 may be used for cancer diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic purposes.
Publication Date: 2021-03-07
Journal: Genes

Inhibition of interleukin-2-inducible T-cell kinase causes reduction in imiquimod-induced psoriasiform inflammation through reduction of Th17 cells and enhancement of Treg cells in mice.
Psoriasis is a debilitating chronic skin disease with a worldwide prevalence. Its main features include well-marked silvery scales on the skin of hands and feet and back which arise due to hyperproliferation of keratinocytes and infiltration of immune cells in the skin. Multiple interactions exist between adaptive immune cells such as T cells and innate immune cells such as neutrophils and macrophages which are key players in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Interleukin-2-inducible T-cell kinase (ITK) plays a key role in Th17 cell development through control of several transcription factors. ITK has been shown to control NFATc1, NFkB and STAT3 in CD4
Publication Date: 2020-10-03
Journal: Biochimie

Ubiquitous plasticizer, Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate enhances existing inflammatory profile in monocytes of children with autism.
Genetic as well as environmental factors are believed to play a significant role in the pathogenesis and progression of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Phthalates are ubiquitous environmental contaminants as they are used plasticizers in several household/industrial products such as vinyl flooring, plastic toys, and cosmetic products. One of the plasticizers that is quite prevalent in these products is di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) which can cause human exposure via dermal/inhalation/ingestion routes. DEHP and its metabolites are associated with behavioral dysregulations and reported to be increased in systemic circulation of ASD children. DEHP is reported to cause upregulation of several inflammatory cytokines in different cells/tissues, however its role in inflammatory signaling of ASD monocytes has not been investigated earlier. Therefore, this study evaluated the effects of DEHP (at 5 μM final concentration for 24 h) on inflammatory profile (NFkB, STAT3, IL-6, TNF-α, IL-1β) in monocytes of ASD subjects and typically developing control (TDC) children. Our data show that DEHP upregulates NFkB/STAT3 expression which is associated with increased inflammatory profile in monocytes of ASD and TDC subjects, however its effect is much greater in magnitude in the former group. This was confirmed by utilization of NFkB inhibitor, PDTC and STAT3 inhibitor, Stattic which caused reduction in inflammatory cytokines from DEHP-treated monocytes in ASD group. In short, DEHP causes further elevation in inflammatory signaling in ASD monocytes which could be due to existing inflammation in this group. These data suggest that use of plasticizers such as DEHP should be minimized in order to avoid their potential effects on immune dysfunction associated with ASD.
Publication Date: 2020-09-30
Journal: Toxicology

miR-196b-5p-mediated downregulation of FAS promotes NSCLC progression by activating IL6-STAT3 signaling.
Our recent study demonstrated that the QKI-5 regulated miRNA, miR-196b-5p, and it functions as an onco-microRNA in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by directly targeting GATA6 and TSPAN12. However, the role of miR-196b-5p in NSCLC progression and metastasis still remains unclear. We found that miR-196b-5p promotes lung cancer cell proliferation and colony formation by directly targeting tumor suppressor, FAS. The expression of FAS was significantly downregulated in NSCLC tissue samples and was negatively correlated with the miR-196b-5p expression. Knocking down FAS activates NFkB signaling and subsequent IL6 secretion, resulting in phosphorylation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) to promote lung cancer cell growth. Our findings indicated that miR-196b-5p might exhibit novel oncogenic function by FAS-mediated STAT3 activation in NSCLC, and suggested that targeting the miR-196b-5p/FAS/NFkB/IL6/STAT3 pathway might be a promising therapeutic strategy in treating NSCLC.
Publication Date: 2020-09-24
Journal: Cell death & disease

Rac1 Signaling: From Intestinal Homeostasis to Colorectal Cancer Metastasis.
The small GTPase Rac1 has been implicated in a variety of dynamic cell biological processes, including cell proliferation, cell survival, cell-cell contacts, epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), cell motility, and invasiveness. These processes are orchestrated through the fine tuning of Rac1 activity by upstream cell surface receptors and effectors that regulate the cycling Rac1-GDP (off state)/Rac1-GTP (on state), but also through the tuning of Rac1 accumulation, activity, and subcellular localization by post translational modifications or recruitment into molecular scaffolds. Another level of regulation involves Rac1 transcripts stability and splicing. Downstream, Rac1 initiates a series of signaling networks, including regulatory complex of actin cytoskeleton remodeling, activation of protein kinases (PAKs, MAPKs) and transcription factors (NFkB, Wnt/β-catenin/TCF, STAT3, Snail), production of reactive oxygen species (NADPH oxidase holoenzymes, mitochondrial ROS). Thus, this GTPase, its regulators, and effector systems might be involved at different steps of the neoplastic progression from dysplasia to the metastatic cascade. After briefly placing Rac1 and its effector systems in the more general context of intestinal homeostasis and in wound healing after intestinal injury, the present review mainly focuses on the several levels of Rac1 signaling pathway dysregulation in colorectal carcinogenesis, their biological significance, and their clinical impact.
Publication Date: 2020-03-18
Journal: Cancers

Identification of differentially expressed genes and functional annotations associated with metastases of the uveal melanoma.
Uveal melanoma (UVM) is an adult intraocular malignancy which is the most frequent and has a high tendency for metastasis. This study aims to develop significant differential gene subnetwork between primary and metastatic UVM to identify potential prognostic biomarkers. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) among three chip datasets were downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus and identified according to standardization annotation information. Genetic enrichment analyses were utilized to describe biologic functions. The protein-protein interaction network of DEGs was developed and the module analysis was constructed by STRING and Cytoscape. Kaplan-Meier method of the integrated expression score was applied to analyze survival outcomes. Functional annotation was assessed to perform GO and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes enrichment analysis. In addition, ClueGO and gene set enrichment analysis were analyzed to detect underlying significant genes and involved signaling pathways. A total of 103 DEGs with function enrichment were recognized and might be considered as candidate prognostic biomarkers between primary and metastatic UVM. Furthermore, Kaplan-Meier method suggested that SCD5, SPTBN1, FABP5, SQLE, PTPLA (HACD1), and CDC25B were independent prognostic factors in UVM. Functional annotations indicated that the most involved significant pathways including interferon-gamma response, IL-6 JAK STAT3 signaling, TNFA signaling via NFKB and inflammatory response. Significant DEGs between primary and metastatic UVM tissue were identified and might have involved in the metastasis of UVM. SCD5, SPTBN1, FABP5, SQLE, PTPLA (HACD1), and CDC25B transcription levels were of high prognostic value, which might assist us to understand the underlying carcinogenesis or advancement of UVM better.
Publication Date: 2019-07-05
Journal: Journal of cellular biochemistry

Nrf2 activator, sulforaphane ameliorates autism-like symptoms through suppression of Th17 related signaling and rectification of oxidant-antioxidant imbalance in periphery and brain of BTBR T+tf/J mice.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disease which is characterized by its core behavioral symptoms such as impairment in social interaction and stereotyped repetitive behavior. Th17 immune responses and oxidative stress are reported to be elevated in both human autistic subjects and BTBR T + Itpr3tf/J (BTBR) mice. On the other hand, activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2 related factor (Nrf2), a master transcription factor is essential for the management of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant genes. Sulforaphane activates Nrf2 and thus is considered a potential approach to treat several neurological disorders including autism. In the current work, we used sulforaphane in asocial BTBR mice and its social counterpart C57/BL6 (C57) mice to assess its therapeutic potential and molecular mechanisms (Th17 immune responses, and oxidant-antioxidant balance) through which it acts. Our results demonstrate that BTBR treated with sulforaphane had reduced self-grooming/marble burying behavior, and increased social interaction in three chambered sociability test as compared to untreated BTBR mice. Further, sulforaphane-treated BTBR mice had reduced Th17 immune responses (STAT3, RORC, IL-17 A and IL-23R expression in CD4 + T cells), oxidative stress parameters in neutrophils/cerebellum (NFkB, iNOS, and lipid peroxides). Furthermore, sulforaphane-treated BTBR and C57 mice had upregulated enzymatic antioxidant defenses in neutrophils/cerebellum (SOD, GPx and GR expression and activity). We reason that activation of Nrf2 by sulforaphane corrected Th17 immune dysfunction and oxidant-antioxidant imbalance in periphery and brain in BTBR mice. These mechanisms lead to improvement in autism-like symptoms in BTBR mice.
Publication Date: 2019-02-23
Journal: Behavioural brain research

HMGB1 knock-down promoting tumor cells viability and arrest pro-apoptotic proteins via Stat3/NFκB in HepG2 cells.
High mobility group box 1 protein (HMGB1) is functionally dynamic and pleiotropic molecule, it has the potential to promote both cell survival and death by regulating multiple signaling pathways, including inflammation and apoptosis. This study aimed at investigating the role of silencing HMGB1 on tumor cells apoptosis and pro-inflammatory proteins expression in hepatocellular HepG2 cancer cells. HepG2 cells was transfected with si-RNA HMGB1, and the effect on pro-apoptotic proteins expressions like Bax, Bcl2, and pro-inflammatory cytokines like, p65-NFκB, and Cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox2) was assessed using western blot, and also cells apoptosis and proliferation was assessed using annexin V FITC and Calcien AM expression in flow cytometry and fluorescence. HMGB1 silencing was found significantly increase tumor cells viability with significant decrease of pro-apoptotic proteins, also antiapoptotic protein Bcl2 was significantly up-regulated, which suggests a possible role in restricting apoptosis. Furthermore, HMGB1 knocked down found to inhibit Stat3 phosphorylation and significantly affect NFkB p65/Cox2 expression which suggests a link between HMGB1 and Stat3 activation. Our results revealed that HMGB1 knocked down may suppress cells apoptosis and enhance HepG2 cells viability via NFkB/Cox2 and Stat3. © 2018 BioFactors, 44(6):570-576, 2018.
Publication Date: 2018-10-31
Journal: BioFactors (Oxford, England)

Antiproliferative Effects of Cynaropicrin on Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer Cells.
The sesquiterpene lactone cynaropicrin, a major constituent of the artichoke leaves extracts, has shown several biologic activities in many preclinical experimental models, including anti-proliferative effects. Herein we evaluated the effects of cynaropicrin on the growth of three human anaplastic thyroid carcinoma cell lines, investigating the molecular mechanism underlying its action. MTT assay was used to evaluate the viability of CAL-62, 8505C and SW1736 cells, and flow cytometry to analyse cell cycle distribution. Western blot was performed to detect the levels of STAT3 phosphorylation and NFkB activation. Antioxidant effects were analyzed by measuring the reactive oxygen species and malonyldialdehyde dosage was used to check the presence of lipid peroxidation. Viability of CAL-62, 8505C and SW1736 cells was significantly reduced by cynaropicrin in a dose- and time-dependent way, with an EC50 of about 5 µM observed after 48 h of treatment with the compound. Cellular growth inhibition was accompanied both by an arrest of the cell cycle, mainly in the G2/M phase, and the presence of a significant percentage of necrotic cells. After 48 h of treatment with 10 µM of cynaropicrin, a reduced nuclear expression of NFkB and STAT3 phosphorylation were also revealed. Moreover, we observed an increase in lipid peroxidation, without any significant effect on the reactive oxygen species production. These results demonstrate that cynaropicrin reduces the viability and promotes cytotoxic effects in anaplastic thyroid cancer cells associated with reduced NFkB expression, STAT3 phosphorylation and increased lipid peroxidation. Further characterization of the properties of this natural compound may open the way for using cynaropicrin as an adjuvant in the treatment of thyroid cancer.
Publication Date: 2018-09-29
Journal: Endocrine, metabolic & immune disorders drug targets

Tumour-associated macrophages activate migration and STAT3 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells in co-cultures.
Tumour-associated macrophages participate in tumour development and progression. The aim of this study was to assess the interactions of pancreatic cancer cells and pro-inflammatory M1 and anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, specifically their effect on pancreatic cancer cell migration and the changes in STAT-signalling. Monocytes were isolated from healthy subjects and differentiated into macrophages with M-CSF. The macrophages were polarized towards M1 by IL-12 and towards M2 by IL-10. We studied also the effect of pan-JAK/STAT-inhibitor P6. Macrophage polarization and STAT and NFkB-activation in both MiaPaCa-2 and macrophages were assessed by flow cytometry. We recorded the effect of co-culture on migration rate of pancreatic cancer cells MiaPaCa-2. Macrophages increased the migration rate of pancreatic cancer cells. Co-culture activated STAT1, STAT3, STAT5, AKT, and NFkB in macrophages and STAT3 in MiaPaCa-2 cells. IL-12 polarized macrophages towards M1 and decreased the migration rate of pancreatic cancer cells in co-cultures as well as P6. IL-10 skewed macrophage polarization towards M2 and induced increase of pancreatic cancer cells in co-cultures. Co-culture with macrophages increased pancreatic cancer cell migration and activated STAT3. It is possible to activate and deactivate migration of pancreatic cancer cells trough macrophage polarization.
Publication Date: 2017-05-10
Journal: Pancreatology : official journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et al.]

Niclosamide As a Potential Nonsteroidal Therapy for Endometriosis That Preserves Reproductive Function in an Experimental Mouse Model.
Endometriosis causes severe chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Because the standard medication and surgical treatments of endometriosis show high recurrence of symptoms, it is necessary to improve current treatment options. In the initial study, we examined whether niclosamide can be a useful drug for endometriosis in a preclinical setting. Endometriotic implants were induced using an established mouse model involving transimplantation of mouse endometrial fragments to the peritoneal wall of recipient mice. When the recipient mice were treated with niclosamide for 3 weeks, niclosamide reduced the size of endometriotic implants with inhibition of cell proliferation, and inflammatory signaling including RELA (NFKB) and STAT3 activation, but did not alter expression of steroid hormone receptors. To identify genes whose expression is regulated by niclosamide in endometriotic implants, RNA-sequencing was performed, and several genes downregulated by niclosamide were related to inflammatory responses, WNT and MAPK signaling. In a second study designed to assess whether niclosamide affects reproductive function, the recipient mice started receiving niclosamide after the induction of endometriosis. Then, the recipient mice were mated with wild type males, and treatments continued until the pups were born. Niclosamide treated recipient mice became pregnant and produced normal size and number of pups. These results suggest that niclosamide could be an effective therapeutic drug, and acts as an inhibitor of inflammatory signaling without disrupting normal reproductive function.
Publication Date: 2016-08-19
Journal: Biology of reproduction

Possible Anticancer Mechanisms of Some Costus speciosus Active Ingredients Concerning Drug Discovery.
Costus speciosus is native to South East Asia, especially found in India, Srilanka, Indonesia and Malaysia. C. speciosus have numerous therapeutic potentials against a wide variety of complains. The therapeutic properties of C. speciosus are attributed to the presence of various ingredients such as alkaloids, flavonoids, glycosides, phenols, saponins, sterols and sesquiterpenes. This review presented the past, present, and the future status of C. speciosus active ingredients to propose a future use as a potential anticancer agent. All possible up-regulation of cellular apoptotic molecules as p53, p21, p27, caspases, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and others attribute to the anticancer activity of C. speciosus along the down-regulation of anti-apoptotic agents such as Akt, Bcl2, NFKB, STAT3, JAK, MMPs, actin, surviving and vimentin. Eventually, we recommend further investigation of different C. speciosus extracts, using some active ingredients and evaluate the anticancer effect of these chemicals against different cancers.
Publication Date: 2016-08-16
Journal: Current drug discovery technologies

Identification of Potential Drug Targets in Cancer Signaling Pathways using Stochastic Logical Models.
The investigation of vulnerable components in a signaling pathway can contribute to development of drug therapy addressing aberrations in that pathway. Here, an original signaling pathway is derived from the published literature on breast cancer models. New stochastic logical models are then developed to analyze the vulnerability of the components in multiple signalling sub-pathways involved in this signaling cascade. The computational results are consistent with the experimental results, where the selected proteins were silenced using specific siRNAs and the viability of the cells were analyzed 72 hours after silencing. The genes elF4E and NFkB are found to have nearly no effect on the relative cell viability and the genes JAK2, Stat3, S6K, JUN, FOS, Myc, and Mcl1 are effective candidates to influence the relative cell growth. The vulnerabilities of some targets such as Myc and S6K are found to vary significantly depending on the weights of the sub-pathways; this will be indicative of the chosen target to require customization for therapy. When these targets are utilized, the response of breast cancers from different patients will be highly variable because of the known heterogeneities in signaling pathways among the patients. The targets whose vulnerabilities are invariably high might be more universally acceptable targets.
Publication Date: 2016-03-19
Journal: Scientific reports

Differential gene network analysis for the identification of asthma-associated therapeutic targets in allergen-specific T-helper memory responses.
Asthma is strongly associated with allergic sensitization, but the mechanisms that determine why only a subset of atopics develop asthma are not well understood. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that variations in allergen-driven CD4 T cell responses are associated with susceptibility to expression of asthma symptoms. The study population consisted of house dust mite (HDM) sensitized atopics with current asthma (n = 22), HDM-sensitized atopics without current asthma (n = 26), and HDM-nonsensitized controls (n = 24). Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from these groups were cultured in the presence or absence of HDM extract for 24 h. CD4 T cells were then isolated by immunomagnetic separation, and gene expression patterns were profiled on microarrays. Differential network analysis of HDM-induced CD4 T cell responses in sensitized atopics with or without asthma unveiled a cohort of asthma-associated genes that escaped detection by more conventional data analysis techniques. These asthma-associated genes were enriched for targets of STAT6 signaling, and they were nested within a larger coexpression module comprising 406 genes. Upstream regulator analysis suggested that this module was driven primarily by IL-2, IL-4, and TNF signaling; reconstruction of the wiring diagram of the module revealed a series of hub genes involved in inflammation (IL-1B, NFkB, STAT1, STAT3), apoptosis (BCL2, MYC), and regulatory T cells (IL-2Ra, FoxP3). Finally, we identified several negative regulators of asthmatic CD4 T cell responses to allergens (e.g. IL-10, type I interferons, microRNAs, drugs, metabolites), and these represent logical candidates for therapeutic intervention. Differential network analysis of allergen-induced CD4 T cell responses can unmask covert disease-associated genes and pin point novel therapeutic targets.
Publication Date: 2016-02-29
Journal: BMC medical genomics

Integrated genomic approaches identify major pathways and upstream regulators in late onset Alzheimer's disease.
Previous studies have evaluated gene expression in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brains to identify mechanistic processes, but have been limited by the size of the datasets studied. Here we have implemented a novel meta-analysis approach to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in published datasets comprising 450 late onset AD (LOAD) brains and 212 controls. We found 3124 DEGs, many of which were highly correlated with Braak stage and cerebral atrophy. Pathway Analysis revealed the most perturbed pathways to be (a) nitric oxide and reactive oxygen species in macrophages (NOROS), (b) NFkB and (c) mitochondrial dysfunction. NOROS was also up-regulated, and mitochondrial dysfunction down-regulated, in healthy ageing subjects. Upstream regulator analysis predicted the TLR4 ligands, STAT3 and NFKBIA, for activated pathways and RICTOR for mitochondrial genes. Protein-protein interaction network analysis emphasised the role of NFKB; identified a key interaction of CLU with complement; and linked TYROBP, TREM2 and DOK3 to modulation of LPS signalling through TLR4 and to phosphatidylinositol metabolism. We suggest that NEUROD6, ZCCHC17, PPEF1 and MANBAL are potentially implicated in LOAD, with predicted links to calcium signalling and protein mannosylation. Our study demonstrates a highly injurious combination of TLR4-mediated NFKB signalling, NOROS inflammatory pathway activation, and mitochondrial dysfunction in LOAD.
Publication Date: 2015-07-24
Journal: Scientific reports

Curcumin and epigallocatechin gallate inhibit the cancer stem cell phenotype via down-regulation of STAT3-NFκB signaling.
The cancer stem cell (CSC) model postulates the existence of a small proportion of cancer cells capable of sustaining tumor formation, self-renewal and differentiation. Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling is known to be selectively activated in breast CSC populations. However, it is yet to be determined which molecular mechanisms regulate STAT3 signaling in CSCs and what chemopreventive agents are effective for suppressing CSC growth. The aim of this study was to examine the potential efficacy of curcumin and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) against CSC and to uncover the molecular mechanisms of their anticancer effects. To suppress the CSC phenotype, two breast cancer cell lines (MDA-MB-231 cells and MCF7 cells transfected with HER2) were treated with curcumin (10 μM) with or without EGCG (10 μM) for 48 h. We used tumor-sphere formation and wound-healing assays to determine CSC phenotype. To quantify CSC populations, Fluorescence-activated cell sorting profiling was monitored. STAT3 phosphorylation and interaction with Nuclear Factor-kB (NFkB) were analyzed by performing western blot and immunoprecipitation assays. Combined curcumin and EGCG treatment reduced the cancer stem-like Cluster of differentiation 44 (CD44)-positive cell population. Western blot and immunoprecipitation analyses revealed that curcumin and EGCG specifically inhibited STAT3 phosphorylation and STAT3-NFkB interaction was retained. This study suggests that curcumin and EGCG function as antitumor agents for suppressing breast CSCs. STAT3 and NFκB signaling pathways could serve as targets for reducing CSCs leading to novel targeted-therapy for treating breast cancer.
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
Journal: Anticancer research

Bisphenol-A impairs insulin action and up-regulates inflammatory pathways in human subcutaneous adipocytes and 3T3-L1 cells.
Current evidence indicates that chemical pollutants may interfere with the homeostatic control of nutrient metabolism, thereby contributing to the increased prevalence of metabolic disorders. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a lipophilic compound contained in plastic which is considered a candidate for impairing energy and glucose metabolism. We have investigated the impact of low doses of BPA on adipocyte metabolic functions. Human adipocytes derived from subcutaneous adipose tissue and differentiated 3T3-L1 cells were incubated with BPA, in order to evaluate the effect on glucose utilization, insulin sensitivity and cytokine secretion. Treatment with 1 nM BPA significantly inhibited insulin-stimulated glucose utilization, without grossly interfering with adipocyte differentiation. Accordingly, mRNA levels of the adipogenic markers PPARγ and GLUT4 were unchanged upon BPA exposure. BPA treatment also impaired insulin-activated receptor phosphorylation and signaling. Moreover, adipocyte incubation with BPA was accompanied by increased release of IL-6 and IFN-γ, as assessed by multiplex ELISA assays, and by activation of JNK, STAT3 and NFkB pathways. Treatment of the cells with the JNK inhibitor SP600125 almost fully reverted BPA effect on insulin signaling and glucose utilization. In conclusion, low doses of BPA interfere with inflammatory/insulin signaling pathways, leading to impairment of adipose cell function.
Publication Date: 2013-12-19
Journal: PloS one