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Deepak Kotiya, Bharti Jaiswal, Sampa Ghose, Rachna Kaul, Kasturi Datta, Rakesh K Tyagi
The role of nuclear receptor PXR in detoxification and clearance of xenobiotics and endobiotics is well-established. However, its projected role in hepatic cancer is rather illusive where its expression is reported altered in different cancers depending on the tissue-type and microenvironment. The expression of PXR, its target genes and their biological or clinical significance have not been examined in hepatic cancer. In the present study, by generating DEN-induced hepatic cancer in mice, we report that the expression of PXR and its target genes CYP3A11 and GSTa2 are down-regulated implying impairment of hepatic detoxification capacity...
2016: PloS One
Martina Štěpánková, Kristýna Krasulová, Aneta Dořičáková, Ondřej Kurka, Pavel Anzenbacher, Zdeněk Dvořák
Dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers (CCBs) are used as anti-hypertensives and in the treatment of angina pectoris. Structurally, CCBs have at least one chiral center in the molecule, thereby existing in two or more different enantiomers. In the current paper we examined effects of benidipine, felodipine and isradipine enantiomers on the expression and enzyme activities of human xenobiotics-metabolizing cytochromes P450. All CCBs dose-dependently activated aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and pregnane X receptor (PXR), as revealed by gene reporter assays...
October 9, 2016: Toxicology Letters
Marija Pinne, Elsa Ponce, Judy L Raucy
The pregnane X receptor (PXR/SXR, NR1I2) and constitutive androstane receptor (CAR, NR1I3) are nuclear receptors (NRs) involved in the regulation of many genes including cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs) and transporters important in metabolism and uptake of both endogenous substrates and xenobiotics. Activation of these receptors can lead to adverse drug effects as well as drug-drug interactions. Depending on which nuclear receptor is activated will determine which adverse effect could occur, making identification important...
2016: PloS One
Gahl Levy, Naomi Habib, Maria Angela Guzzardi, Daniel Kitsberg, David Bomze, Elishai Ezra, Basak E Uygun, Korkut Uygun, Martin Trippler, Joerg F Schlaak, Oren Shibolet, Ella H Sklan, Merav Cohen, Joerg Timm, Nir Friedman, Yaakov Nahmias
Viruses lack the basic machinery needed to replicate and therefore must hijack the host's metabolism to propagate. Virus-induced metabolic changes have yet to be systematically studied in the context of host transcriptional regulation, and such studies shoul offer insight into host-pathogen metabolic interplay. In this work we identified hepatitis C virus (HCV)-responsive regulators by coupling system-wide metabolic-flux analysis with targeted perturbation of nuclear receptors in primary human hepatocytes. We found HCV-induced upregulation of glycolysis, ketogenesis and drug metabolism, with glycolysis controlled by activation of HNF4α, ketogenesis by PPARα and FXR, and drug metabolism by PXR...
October 10, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Maren C Podszun, Metta Jakobi, Marc Birringer, Johanna Weiss, Jan Frank
SCOPE: Members of the vitamin E family or their metabolites may induce the xenobiotic transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp), which can limit the bioavailability of drugs and phytochemicals. This study aimed to investigate if α- and γ-tocopherol, α- and γ-tocotrienol, the long chain metabolite α-tocopherol-13'-COOH, the short chain metabolites α- and γ-carboxyethylhydroxychromanol and plastochromanol-8 activate the pregnane X receptor (PXR) and thereby modulate P-gp expression and/or activity...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Beth Williamson, Mathias Lorbeer, Michael D Mitchell, Timothy G Brayman, Robert J Riley
The nuclear pregnane X receptor (PXR) regulates the expression of genes involved in the metabolism, hepatobiliary disposition, and toxicity of drugs and endogenous compounds. PXR is a promiscuous nuclear hormone receptor (NHR) with significant ligand and DNA-binding crosstalk with the constitutive androstane receptor (CAR); hence, defining the precise role of PXR in gene regulation is challenging. Here, utilising a novel PXR-knockout (KO) HepaRG cell line, real-time PCR analysis was conducted to determine PXR involvement for a range of inducers...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Jiong Yan, Wen Xie
The nuclear receptors pregnane X receptor (PXR) and constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) were cloned and/or established as xenobiotic receptors in 1998. Due to their activities in the transcriptional regulation of phase I and phase II enzymes as well as drug transporters, PXR and CAR have been defined as the master regulators of xenobiotic responses. The discovery of PXR and CAR provides the essential molecular basis by which drugs and other xenobiotic compounds regulate the expression of xenobiotic enzymes and transporters...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
C Trent Brewer, Taosheng Chen
The pregnane X receptor (PXR) plays an important and diverse role in mediating xenobiotic induction of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters. Several protein isoforms of PXR exist, and they have differential transcriptional activity upon target genes; transcript variants 3 (PXR3) and 4 (PXR4) do not induce target gene expression, whereas transcript variants 1 (PXR1) and 2 (PXR2) respond to agonist by activating target gene expression. PXR protein variants also display differences in protein-protein interactions; PXR1 interacts with p53, whereas PXR3 does not...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
William D Hedrich, Hazem E Hassan, Hongbing Wang
Mounting evidence demonstrates that CYP2B6 plays a much larger role in human drug metabolism than was previously believed. The discovery of multiple important substrates of CYP2B6 as well as polymorphic differences has sparked increasing interest in the genetic and xenobiotic factors contributing to the expression and function of the enzyme. The expression of CYP2B6 is regulated primarily by the xenobiotic receptors constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) and pregnane X receptor (PXR) in the liver. In addition to CYP2B6, these receptors also mediate the inductive expression of CYP3A4, and a number of important phase II enzymes and drug transporters...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Z P Wang, M Zhao, Q S Qu, S Z Miao
We investigated the effect of pregnane X receptor (PXR) polymorphisms on tacrolimus (FK506) blood trough concentrations and the associated adverse reactions in kidney transplantation recipients (KTRs). Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism was used to detect the genotypes of single nucleotide polymorphism loci in 336 KTRs. The PXR six-base deletion mutation was classified using specific allele PCR, and the FK506 blood trough concentration in the KTRs was measured by chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Ya-Li Nie, Hang He, Jiang-Feng Li, Xiang-Guang Meng, Liang Yan, Pei Wang, Shu-Jie Wang, Hong-Zheng Bi, Li-Rong Zhang, Quan-Cheng Kan
PURPOSE: Complete or partial inactivity of UGT1A1, the unique enzyme responsible for bilirubin glucuronidation, is commonly associated with hyperbilirubinemia. We investigated the dynamic expression of UGT1A1, and that of the transcription factors (TFs) involved in its developmental regulation, during human hepatic growth in Han Chinese individuals. METHODS: Eighty-eight prenatal, pediatric, and adult liver samples were obtained from Han Chinese individuals. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to evaluate mRNA expression of UGT1A1 and TFs including PXR, CAR, HNF1A, HNF4A, PPARA, etc...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Aneta Doricakova, Dirk Theile, Johanna Weiss, Radim Vrzal
The pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a transcription factor regulating P-glycoprotein (P-gp; ABCB1)-mediated transport and cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4)-mediated metabolism of xenobiotics thereby affecting the pharmacokinetics of many drugs and potentially modulating clinical efficacy. Thus, pharmacokinetic drug-drug interactions can arise from PXR activation. Here, we examined whether the selective α1-adrenoreceptor blocker tamsulosin or the antagonist of muscarinic receptors tolterodine affect PXR-mediated regulation of CYP3A4 and of P-gp at the messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein level in an enantiomer-specific way...
September 27, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Milou M L Dingemans, Marjolijn Kock, Martin van den Berg
At present, human risk assessment of the structurally similar non-dioxin-like (NDL) PCBs and polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) is done independently for both groups of compounds. There are however obvious similarities between NDL-PCBs and PBDEs with regard to modulation of the intracellular calcium homeostasis (basal calcium levels, voltage-gated calcium channels, calcium uptake, ryanodine receptor) and thyroid hormone (TH) homeostasis (TH levels and transport). which are mechanisms of action related to neurobehavioral effects (spontaneous activity, habituation and learning ability)...
October 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
Chieri Fujino, Yuki Tamura, Satoko Tange, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Seigo Sanoh, Yoko Watanabe, Naoto Uramaru, Hiroyuki Kojima, Kouichi Yoshinari, Shigeru Ohta, Shigeyuki Kitamura
The oxidative, reductive, and hydrolytic metabolism of methiocarb and the hydrolytic metabolism of carbaryl by liver microsomes and plasma of rats or humans were examined. The effects of the metabolism of methiocarb and carbaryl on their nuclear receptor activities were also examined. When methiocarb was incubated with rat liver microsomes in the presence of NADPH, methiocarb sulfoxide, and a novel metabolite, methiocarb sulfone were detected. Methiocarb sulfoxide was oxidized to the sulfone by liver microsomes and reduced back to methiocarb by liver cytosol...
2016: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
B J Hughes, J Thomas, A M Lynch, S J Borghoff, S Green, T Mensing, S S Sarang, M J LeBaron
In a National Toxicology Program (NTP) chronic inhalation study with methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), increases in hepatocellular adenomas and hepatocellular adenomas and carcinomas (combined) were observed in male and female B6C3F1 mice at 1800 ppm. A DNA reactive Mode-of-Action (MOA) for this liver tumor response is not supported by the evidence as MIBK and its major metabolites lack genotoxicity in both in vitro and in vivo studies. Constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) nuclear receptor-mediated activation has been hypothesized as the MOA for MIBK-induced mouse liver tumorigenesis...
September 21, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Sundaramoorthy Revathidevi, Ravi Sudesh, Varadharajan Vaishnavi, Muthukrishnan Kaliyanasundaram, Kilyara George MaryHelen, Ganesan Sukanya, Arasambattu Kannan Munirajan
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer, the commonest cancer among women in the world, ranks top in India with an incidence rate of 1,45,000 new cases and mortality rate of 70,000 women every year. Chemotherapy outcome for breast cancer is hampered due to poor response and irreversible dose-dependent cardiotoxicity which is determined by genetic variations in drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters. Pregnane X receptor (PXR), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, induces expression of drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) and transporters leading to regulation of xenobiotic metabolism...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Fan Zhang, Hongyan Qin, Yanshu Zhao, Yuhui Wei, Lili Xi, Zhi Rao, Jianping Zhang, Yanrong Ma, Yingting Duan, Xinan Wu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Long-term medical consequences of cholecystectomy are believed to be uncommon. It has been reported that bile acids (BAs) changed after cholecystectomy. As important signaling molecules, the alternations of BAs might favour the regulatory effect on enzymes and transporters involved in BAs physiological homeostasis at the transcriptional level, which could lead to pharmacokinetic changes of drugs. Here, we determined the effect of cholecystectomy on BAs, relevant enzymes and transporters and pharmacokinetic parameters of rifampicin, and explored the potential mechanisms at the transcriptional regulatory level via nuclear receptors...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kin Weng Kong, Azlina Abdul Aziz, Nurhanani Razali, Norhaniza Aminuddin, Sarni Mat Junit
BACKGROUND: Barringtonia racemosa is a medicinal plant belonging to the Lecythidaceae family. The water extract of B. racemosa leaf (BLE) has been shown to be rich in polyphenols. Despite the diverse medicinal properties of B. racemosa, information on its major biological effects and the underlying molecular mechanisms are still lacking. METHODS: In this study, the effect of the antioxidant-rich BLE on gene expression in HepG2 cells was investigated using microarray analysis in order to shed more light on the molecular mechanism associated with the medicinal properties of the plant...
2016: PeerJ
Yuen-Tsu N Yu, Manuel Kleiner, Gregory J Velicer
: Lost traits can re-evolve, but the probability of trait reversion depends partly on a trait's genetic complexity. Myxobacterial fruiting body development is a complex trait controlled by the small RNA Pxr, which blocks development under nutrient abundance. In developmentally proficient strains of Myxococcus xanthus, starvation relaxes Pxr inhibition, thereby allowing development to proceed. In contrast, the lab-evolved strain OC does not develop because it fails to relay an early starvation signal that alleviates Pxr inhibition...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Satyanarayana R Pondugula, Petr Pavek, Sridhar Mani
Pregnane X receptor (PXR) is an adopted orphan nuclear receptor that is activated by a wide-range of endobiotics and xenobiotics, including chemotherapy drugs. PXR plays a major role in the metabolism and clearance of xenobiotics and endobiotics in liver and intestine via induction of drug-metabolizing enzymes and drug-transporting proteins. However, PXR is expressed in several cancer tissues and the accumulating evidence strongly points to the differential role of PXR in cancer growth and progression as well as in chemotherapy outcome...
June 12, 2016: Nuclear Receptor Research
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