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Julie Dubois-Chevalier, Vanessa Dubois, Hélène Dehondt, Parisa Mazrooei, Claire Mazuy, Aurélien A Sérandour, Céline Gheeraert, Guillaume Penderia, Eric Baugé, Bruno Derudas, Nathalie Hennuyer, Réjane Paumelle, Guillemette Marot, Jason S Carroll, Mathieu Lupien, Bart Staels, Philippe Lefebvre, Jérôme Eeckhoute
Control of gene transcription relies on concomitant regulation by multiple transcriptional regulators (TR). However, how recruitment of a myriad of TR is orchestrated at cis-regulatory modules (CRM) to account for co-regulation of specific biological pathways is only partially understood. Here, we have used mouse liver CRM involved in regulatory activities of the hepatic TR, NR1H4 (FXR; farnesoid X receptor), as our model system to tackle this question. Using integrative cistromic, epigenomic, transcriptomic and interactomic analyses, we reveal a logical organization where trans-regulatory modules (TRM), which consist of subsets of preferentially and co-ordinately co-recruited TR, assemble into hierarchical combinations at hepatic CRM...
April 11, 2017: Genome Research
Kang Ho Kim, Sungwoo Choi, Ying Zhou, Eun Young Kim, Jae Man Lee, Pradip K Saha, Sayeepriyadarshini Anakk, David D Moore
The nuclear receptors farnesoid X receptor (FXR; NR1H4) and small heterodimer partner (SHP; NR0B2) play crucial roles in bile acid homeostasis. Global disruption of both FXR and SHP signaling (DKO) causes severe cholestasis and liver injury at early ages. Here, we report an unexpected beneficial impact on glucose and fatty acid metabolism in aged DKO mice, which show suppressed body weight gain and adiposity when maintained on normal chow. This phenotype was not observed in single Fxr or Shp knockouts. Liver-specific Fxr/Shp double knockout (FS(LK) °) mice fully phenocopied the DKO mice, with lower hepatic triglyceride accumulation, improved glucose/insulin tolerance and accelerated fatty acid utilization...
April 5, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Stefanie Albrecht, Ann-Katrin Fleck, Ina Kirchberg, Stephanie Hucke, Marie Liebmann, Luisa Klotz, Tanja Kuhlmann
BACKGROUND: The nuclear receptor farnesoid-X-receptor (FXR; NR1H4) is expressed not only in the liver, gut, kidney and adipose tissue but also in the immune cells. FXR has been shown to confer protection in several animal models of inflammation, including experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis (MS). FXR agonists are currently tested in clinical trials for treatment of human metabolic diseases. The beneficial effect of FXR agonists in EAE suggests that FXR might represent a potential target in inflammatory-demyelinating CNS diseases, such as MS...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Geoffrey A Preidis, Kang Ho Kim, David D Moore
The nuclear receptors PPARα (encoded by NR1C1) and farnesoid X receptor (FXR, encoded by NR1H4) are activated in the liver in the fasted and fed state, respectively. PPARα activation induces fatty acid oxidation, while FXR controls bile acid homeostasis, but both nuclear receptors also regulate numerous other metabolic pathways relevant to liver energy balance. Here we review evidence that they function coordinately to control key nutrient pathways, including fatty acid oxidation and gluconeogenesis in the fasted state and lipogenesis and glycolysis in the fed state...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Vittoria Massafra, Alexandra Milona, Harmjan R Vos, Rúben J J Ramos, Johan Gerrits, Ellen C L Willemsen, José M Ramos Pittol, Noortje Ijssennagger, Martin Houweling, Hubertus C M T Prinsen, Nanda M Verhoeven-Duif, Boudewijn M Burgering, Saskia W C van Mil
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The nuclear receptor subfamily 1 group H member 4 (NR1H4 or farnesoid X receptor [FXR]) regulates bile acid synthesis, transport, and catabolism. FXR also regulates postprandial lipid and glucose metabolism. We performed quantitative proteomic analyses of liver tissues from mice to evaluate these functions and investigate whether FXR regulates amino acid metabolism. METHODS: To study the role of FXR in mouse liver, we used mice with a disruption of Nr1h4 (FXR-knockout mice) and compared them with floxed control mice...
January 25, 2017: Gastroenterology
Mei Liu, Xiu-Jun Wu, Gui-Lian Zhao, Ti Zhang, Shan-Sen Xu, Ya-Xin Sun, Feng Qiu, Li-Mei Zhao
The nuclear receptors (NR)-farnesoid X receptor (FXR, NR1H4) and pregnane X receptor (PXR, NR1I2) have important effects on the expression of genes related to the pharmacokinetics (PKs) of rosuvastatin. This study was designed to investigate whether the genetic variants in drug disposition genes (SLCO1B1 and ABCG2) combined with their upstream regulators (NR1H4 and NR1I2) would affect the PKs of rosuvastatin in a Chinese population. Sixty-one healthy male volunteers were enrolled and the plasma concentrations of rosuvastatin were measured using the LC-MS/MS method...
August 22, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Stephanie Hucke, Martin Herold, Marie Liebmann, Nicole Freise, Maren Lindner, Ann-Katrin Fleck, Stefanie Zenker, Stephanie Thiebes, Juncal Fernandez-Orth, Dorothea Buck, Felix Luessi, Sven G Meuth, Frauke Zipp, Bernhard Hemmer, Daniel Robert Engel, Johannes Roth, Tanja Kuhlmann, Heinz Wiendl, Luisa Klotz
Innate immune responses by myeloid cells decisively contribute to perpetuation of central nervous system (CNS) autoimmunity and their pharmacologic modulation represents a promising strategy to prevent disease progression in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Based on our observation that peripheral immune cells from relapsing-remitting and primary progressive MS patients exhibited strongly decreased levels of the bile acid receptor FXR (farnesoid-X-receptor, NR1H4), we evaluated its potential relevance as therapeutic target for control of established CNS autoimmunity...
September 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Regina Krattinger, Adrian Boström, Helgi B Schiöth, Wolfgang E Thasler, Jessica Mwinyi, Gerd A Kullak-Ublick
Farnesoid X receptor (FXR, NR1H4) plays an important role in the regulation of bile acid homeostasis in liver and intestine and may exert protective effects against certain forms of cancer such as colon carcinoma. However, the role of FXR in cell growth regulation, apoptosis, and carcinogenesis is still controversial. Similar to FXR, microRNA-192 (miR-192) is mainly expressed in the liver and colon and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of colon carcinoma. In this study, we investigated the extent to which FXR is regulated by miR-192...
June 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Sandra Verstraelen, Bernard Peers, Walid Maho, Karen Hollanders, Sylvie Remy, Pascale Berckmans, Adrian Covaci, Hilda Witters
Zebrafish phenotypic assays have shown promise to assess human hepatotoxicity, though scoring of liver morphology remains subjective and difficult to standardize. Liver toxicity in zebrafish larvae at 5 days was assessed using gene expression as the biomarker approach, complementary to phenotypic analysis and analytical data on compound uptake. This approach aimed to contribute to improved hepatotoxicity prediction, with the goal of identifying biomarker(s) as a step towards the development of transgenic models for prioritization...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Natalia Gomez-Ospina, Carol J Potter, Rui Xiao, Kandamurugu Manickam, Mi-Sun Kim, Kang Ho Kim, Benjamin L Shneider, Jennifer L Picarsic, Theodora A Jacobson, Jing Zhang, Weimin He, Pengfei Liu, A S Knisely, Milton J Finegold, Donna M Muzny, Eric Boerwinkle, James R Lupski, Sharon E Plon, Richard A Gibbs, Christine M Eng, Yaping Yang, Gabriel C Washington, Matthew H Porteus, William E Berquist, Neeraja Kambham, Ravinder J Singh, Fan Xia, Gregory M Enns, David D Moore
Neonatal cholestasis is a potentially life-threatening condition requiring prompt diagnosis. Mutations in several different genes can cause progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis, but known genes cannot account for all familial cases. Here we report four individuals from two unrelated families with neonatal cholestasis and mutations in NR1H4, which encodes the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), a bile acid-activated nuclear hormone receptor that regulates bile acid metabolism. Clinical features of severe, persistent NR1H4-related cholestasis include neonatal onset with rapid progression to end-stage liver disease, vitamin K-independent coagulopathy, low-to-normal serum gamma-glutamyl transferase activity, elevated serum alpha-fetoprotein and undetectable liver bile salt export pump (ABCB11) expression...
2016: Nature Communications
Yanping Xu
Bile acids are steroid-derived molecules synthesized in the liver, secreted from hepatocytes into the bile canaliculi, and subsequently stored in the gall bladder. During the feeding, bile flows into the duodenum, where it contributes to the solubilization and digestion of lipid-soluble nutrients. After a meal, bile-acid levels increase in the intestine, liver, and also in the systemic circulation. Therefore, serum bile-acid levels serve as an important sensing mechanism for nutrient and energy. Recent studies have described bile acids as versatile signaling molecules endowed with systemic endocrine functions...
July 28, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Juber Herrera Uribe, Melania Collado-Romero, Sara Zaldívar-López, Cristina Arce, Rocío Bautista, Ana Carvajal, Susanna Cirera, M Gonzalo Claros, Juan J Garrido
Infected pork meat is an important source of non-typhoidal human salmonellosis. Understanding of molecular mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis is important for the development of therapeutic and preventive strategies. Thus, hereby we study the transcriptional profiles along the porcine intestine during infection with Salmonella Typhimurium, as well as post-transcriptional gene modulation by microRNAs (miRNA). Sixteen piglets were orally challenged with S. Typhimurium. Samples from jejunum, ileum and colon, collected 1, 2 and 6 days post infection (dpi) were hybridized to mRNA and miRNA expression microarrays and analyzed...
January 7, 2016: Veterinary Research
Jose J G Marin, Rocio I R Macias, Oscar Briz, Jesus M Banales, Maria J Monte
Bile acids, synthesized by hepatocytes from cholesterol, are specific and quantitatively important organic components of bile, where they are the main driving force of the osmotic process that generates bile flow toward the canaliculus. The bile acid pool comprises a variety of species of amphipathic acidic steroids. They are not mere detergent molecules that play a key role in fat digestion and the intestinal absorption of hydrophobic compounds present in the intestinal lumen after meals, including liposoluble vitamins...
2015: Current Drug Metabolism
Jacqueline Chor Wing Tam, Chun Hay Ko, Chi Man Koon, Zhang Cheng, Wong Hing Lok, Ching Po Lau, Ping Chung Leung, Kwok Pui Fung, Wai Yee Chan, Clara Bik San Lau
Angiogenesis is vitally important in diabetic wound healing. We had previously demonstrated that a Chinese 2-herb formula (NF3) significantly stimulated angiogenesis of HUVEC in wound healing. However, the molecular mechanism has not yet been elucidated. In line with this, global expression profiling of NF3-treated HUVEC was performed so as to assess the regulatory role of NF3 involved in the underlying signaling pathways in wound healing angiogenesis. The microarray results illustrated that different panels of differentially expressed genes were strictly governed in NF3-treated HUVEC in a time-regulated manner...
2015: PloS One
Nicolai A Rhee, Camilla D Wahlgren, Jens Pedersen, Brynjulf Mortensen, Ebbe Langholz, Erik P Wandall, Steffen U Friis, Peter Vilmann, Sarah J Paulsen, Viggo B Kristiansen, Jacob Jelsing, Louise S Dalbøge, Steen S Poulsen, Jens J Holst, Tina Vilsbøll, Filip K Knop
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We studied the impact of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on the density and hormonal gene expression of small-intestinal enteroendocrine cells in obese patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: Twelve patients with diabetes and 11 age- and BMI-matched controls underwent RYGB followed by enteroscopy ~10 months later. Mucosal biopsies taken during surgery and enteroscopy were immunohistochemically stained for glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), peptide YY (PYY), cholecystokinin (CCK), glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) and prohormone convertase 2 (PC2) and the expression of GCG (encoding preproglucagon), PYY, CCK, GIP, GHRL (encoding ghrelin), SCT (encoding secretin), NTS (encoding neurotensin) and NR1H4 (encoding farnesoid X receptor) was evaluated...
October 2015: Diabetologia
Yang-fan Nie, Jun Hu, Xiang-hua Yan
Bile acid (BA) is de novo synthesized exclusively in the liver and has direct or indirect antimicrobial effects. On the other hand, the composition and size of the BA pool can be altered by intestinal microbiota via the biotransformation of primary BAs to secondary BAs, and subsequently regulate the nuclear farnesoid X receptor (FXR; NR1H4). The BA-activated FXR plays important roles in BA synthesis and metabolism, glucose and lipid metabolism, and even hepatic autophagy. BAs can also play a role in the interplays among intestinal microbes...
June 2015: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
Vincent Zimmer, Roman Liebe, Frank Lammert
This snapshot reviews the current state of knowledge on genetic variants of nuclear receptors (NRs) involved in regulating various aspects of liver metabolism. Interindividual differences in responses to diet and other 'in-' and environmental stressors can be caused by variants in components of the NR regulatory gene network. We recapitulate recent evidence for the application of NRs in genetic diagnosis of monogenic liver disease. Genetic analysis of multifactorial liver diseases, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetes mellitus, pinpoints key players in disease predisposition and progression...
2015: Digestive Diseases
Alicia Gil-Ramírez, Víctor Caz, Roberto Martin-Hernandez, Francisco R Marín, Carlota Largo, Arantxa Rodríguez-Casado, María Tabernero, Alejandro Ruiz-Rodríguez, Guillermo Reglero, Cristina Soler-Rivas
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of two extracts obtained from Agaricus bisporus on the mRNA expression of cholesterol-related genes. One of the extracts contained ergosterol and other fungal sterols (SFE) and the other contained β-glucans and fungal sterols (EβG). METHODS: Firstly, the dietary mixed micelles (DMMs) generated after in vitro digestion of standards and SFE were applied to Caco2 cells. Then, the lower compartment after a Caco2-transport experiment was applied to HepG2 cells...
April 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Mohit M Jain, Nirmala Kumari, Geeta Rai
LXR (encoded by NR1H2 and 3) and FXR (known as bile acid receptor) encoded by NR1H4 (nuclear receptor subfamily 1, group H and member 4) are nuclear receptors in humans and are important regulators of bile acid production, cholesterol, fatty acid and glucose homeostasis hence responsible for liver detoxification. Several strategies for drug design with numerous ligands for this target have failed owing to the inability of the ligand to access the target/receptor or their early metabolisation. In this work, we have evaluated FXR and LXR structure bound with agonist and compared the binding energy affinity of active ligands present in live green-real veggies with reference drugs (ligands) present in the market...
2015: International Journal of Computational Biology and Drug Design
Karen E Christensen, Leonie G Mikael, Kit-Yi Leung, Nancy Lévesque, Liyuan Deng, Qing Wu, Olga V Malysheva, Ana Best, Marie A Caudill, Nicholas D E Greene, Rima Rozen
BACKGROUND: Increased consumption of folic acid is prevalent, leading to concerns about negative consequences. The effects of folic acid on the liver, the primary organ for folate metabolism, are largely unknown. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) provides methyl donors for S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) synthesis and methylation reactions. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to investigate the impact of high folic acid intake on liver disease and methyl metabolism. DESIGN: Folic acid-supplemented diet (FASD, 10-fold higher than recommended) and control diet were fed to male Mthfr(+/+) and Mthfr(+/-) mice for 6 mo to assess gene-nutrient interactions...
March 2015: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
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