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Baroj Abdulkarim, Miriam Hernangomez, Mariana Igoillo Esteve, Daniel A Cunha, Lorella Marselli, Piero Marchetti, Laurence Ladriere, Miriam Cnop
Deficient as well as excessive/prolonged endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling can lead to pancreatic β cell failure and the development of diabetes. Saturated free fatty acids (FFAs) such as palmitate induce lipotoxic ER stress in pancreatic β cells. One of the main ER stress response pathways is under the control of the protein kinase R-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK), leading to phosphorylation of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α). The antihypertensive drug guanabenz has been shown to inhibit eIF2α dephosphorylation and protect cells from ER stress...
March 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Shakeeb Ahmed, Azka Gull, Tahir Khuroo, Mohd Aqil, Yasmin Sultana
Glial cells are integrated part of neurovascular unit of blood brain barrier (BBB). They undergo mitosis and mainly classified as astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglia, ependymal cells and nerve glial antigen 2 cells. Being a most versatile glial cell, astrocytes provide structural support to neurons, maintain brain homeostasis, take part in neuronal communication, and perform some housekeeping functions. Oligodendrocytes myelinate the neuronal axons for proper transmission of nerve impulse and microglia are brain immune cells...
March 16, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Krishna C Vadodaria, Sudhirkumar U Yanpallewar, Mayur Vadhvani, Devyani Toshniwal, L Cameron Liles, Karen S Rommelfanger, David Weinshenker, Vidita A Vaidya
The adult rodent piriform cortex has been reported to harbor immature neurons that express markers associated with neurodevelopment and plasticity, namely polysialylated neural cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM) and doublecortin (DCX). We characterized the expression of PSA-NCAM and DCX across the rostrocaudal axis of the rat piriform cortex and observed higher numbers of PSA-NCAM and DCX positive cells in the posterior subdivision. As observed in the rat piriform cortex, Nestin-GFP reporter mice also revealed a similar gradient of GFP-positive cells with an increasing rostro-caudal gradient of expression...
February 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Mahbobeh Montazeri, Mehdi Sharif, Shahabeddin Sarvi, Saeed Mehrzadi, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Ahmad Daryani
The currently available anti-Toxoplasma agents have serious limitations. This systematic review was performed to evaluate drugs and new compounds used for the treatment of toxoplasmosis. Data was systematically collected from published papers on the efficacy of drugs/compounds used against Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) globally during 2006-2016. The searched databases were PubMed, Google Scholar, Science Direct, ISI Web of Science, EBSCO, and Scopus. One hundred and eighteen papers were eligible for inclusion in this systematic review, which were both in vitro and in vivo studies...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Marianna Holczer, Gábor Bánhegyi, Orsolya Kapuy
The balance of protein synthesis and proteolysis (i.e. proteostasis) is maintained by a complex regulatory network in which mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin serine/threonine kinase) pathway and unfolded protein response are prominent positive and negative actors. The interplay between the two systems has been revealed; however the mechanistic details of this crosstalk are largely unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the elements of crosstalk during endoplasmic reticulum stress and to verify the key role of GADD34 in the connection with the mTOR pathway...
2016: PloS One
Minqing Jiang, Lei Liu, Xuelian He, Haibo Wang, Wensheng Lin, Huimin Wang, Sung O Yoon, Teresa L Wood, Q Richard Lu
Tuberous sclerosis complex-1 or 2 (TSC1/2) mutations cause white matter abnormalities, including myelin deficits in the CNS; however, underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. TSC1/2 negatively regulate the function of mTOR, which is required for oligodendrocyte differentiation. Here we report that, unexpectedly, constitutive activation of mTOR signalling by Tsc1 deletion in the oligodendrocyte lineage results in severe myelination defects and oligodendrocyte cell death in mice, despite an initial increase of oligodendrocyte precursors during early development...
2016: Nature Communications
Tin Sandar Zaw, Phyu Phyu Khin, Uy Dong Sohn
Amitriptyline, a well-known antidepressant, exerts inhibitory effect on electrically stimulated rat colon smooth muscle contraction. In this study, we investigated the signaling pathway of amitriptyline-induced inhibitory effect. Changes in isometric force of colon muscle were recorded on polygraph, and data were analyzed by measuring the inhibitory extent induced by amitriptyline. Firstly, muscles were contracted by stimulation with electric field stimulation (EFS), and then, amitriptyline was added cumulatively to determine its influence effect on EFS...
September 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Shinya Takigawa, Andy Chen, Akinobu Nishimura, Shengzhi Liu, Bai-Yan Li, Akihiro Sudo, Hiroki Yokota, Kazunori Hamamura
Integrated stress responses (ISR) may lead to cell death and tissue degeneration via eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 α (eIF2α)-mediated signaling. Alleviating ISR by modulating eIF2α phosphorylation can reduce the symptoms associated with various diseases. Guanabenz is known to elevate the phosphorylation level of eIF2α and reduce pro-inflammatory responses. However, the mechanism of its action is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the signaling pathway through which guanabenz induces anti-inflammatory effects in immune cells, in particular macrophages...
May 5, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
J E Fraser, C Wang, K W K Chan, S G Vasudevan, D A Jans
Infections by dengue virus (DENV) are increasing worldwide, with an urgent need for effective anti-DENV agents. We recently identified N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide (4-HPR), an anti-DENV agent effective against all 4 serotypes of DENV in cell culture, and in a lethal mouse model for DENV infection (Fraser et al., 2014b). Although identified as an inhibitor of DENV non-structural protein 5 (NS5) recognition by host nuclear import proteins, the precise impact and mode of action of 4-HPR in effecting DENV clearance remains to be defined...
June 2016: Antiviral Research
Mary Taub, Facundo Cutuli
This data article is concerned with chronic regulation of Na,K-ATPase by catecholamines. After a chronic treatment, inhibition of Na,K-ATPase activity was observed in cultures with dopamine, while a stimulation was observed in cultures treated with norepinephrine. Following a chronic incubation with guanabenz, an α adrenergic agonist, an increase in Na,K-ATPase α and β subunit mRNAs was observed. This data supports the research article entitled, "Renal proximal tubule Na, K-ATPase is controlled by CREB regulated transcriptional coactivators as well as salt inducible kinase 1" (Taub et al...
March 2016: Data in Brief
Carl Julien, Alexandra Lissouba, Surya Madabattula, Yasmin Fardghassemi, Cory Rosenfelt, Alaura Androschuk, Joel Strautman, Clement Wong, Andrew Bysice, Julia O'sullivan, Guy A Rouleau, Pierre Drapeau, J Alex Parker, François V Bolduc
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases causing progressive gait dysfunction. Over 50 genes have now been associated with HSP. Despite the recent explosion in genetic knowledge, HSP remains without pharmacological treatment. Loss-of-function mutation of the SPAST gene, also known as SPG4, is the most common cause of HSP in patients. SPAST is conserved across animal species and regulates microtubule dynamics. Recent studies have shown that it also modulates endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress...
March 15, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Maire F Osborn, Julia F Alterman, Mehran Nikan, Hong Cao, Marie C Didiot, Matthew R Hassler, Andrew H Coles, Anastasia Khvorova
One of the major obstacles to the pharmaceutical success of oligonucleotide therapeutics (ONTs) is efficient delivery from the point of injection to the intracellular setting where functional gene silencing occurs. In particular, a significant fraction of internalized ONTs are nonproductively sequestered in endo-lysosomal compartments. Here, we describe a two-step, robust assay for high-throughput de novo detection of small bioactive molecules that enhance cellular uptake, endosomal escape, and efficacy of ONTs...
October 15, 2015: Nucleic Acids Research
Shotaro Nakajima, Yuan Chi, Kun Gao, Koji Kono, Jian Yao
Salubrinal is a selective inhibitor of cellular complexes that dephosphorylate eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α (eIF2α). In previous reports, salubrinal was shown to have the potential to inhibit the activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) by several stimuli. However, the effects of salubrinal on NF-κB signaling are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated whether and how salubrinal affects NF-κB activation induced by tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-1β. We found that salubrinal selectively blocked TNF-α- but not IL-1β-induced activation of NF-κB...
2015: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Imaan Benmerzouga, Lisa A Checkley, Michael T Ferdig, Gustavo Arrizabalaga, Ronald C Wek, William J Sullivan
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite that persists as a chronic infection. Toxoplasma evades immunity by forming tissue cysts, which reactivate to cause life-threatening disease during immune suppression. There is an urgent need to identify drugs capable of targeting these latent tissue cysts, which tend to form in the brain. We previously showed that translational control is critical during infections with both replicative and latent forms of Toxoplasma. Here we report that guanabenz, an FDA-approved drug that interferes with translational control, has antiparasitic activity against replicative stages of Toxoplasma and the related apicomplexan parasite Plasmodium falciparum (a malaria agent)...
November 2015: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Wenxiao Xu, Qiaoqiao Wan, Sungsoo Na, Hiroki Yokota, Jing-Long Yan, Kazunori Hamamura
Chondrosarcoma is the second frequent type of primary bone cancer. In response to stress to the endoplasmic reticulum, activation of eIF2α-mediated signaling is reported to induce apoptosis. However, its effects on invasive and migratory behaviors of chondrosarcoma have not been understood. Focusing on potential roles of Src kinase, Rac1 GTPase, and MMP13, we investigated eIF2α-driven regulation of SW1353 chondrosarcoma cells. In particular, we employed two chemical agents (salubrinal, Sal; and guanabenz, Gu) that elevate the level of eIF2α phosphorylation...
December 2015: Cellular Signalling
Fernando G Vieira, Qinggong Ping, Andy J Moreno, Joshua D Kidd, Kenneth Thompson, Bingbing Jiang, John M Lincecum, Monica Z Wang, Gerard S De Zutter, Valerie R Tassinari, Beth Levine, Theo Hatzipetros, Alan Gill, Steven Perrin
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by loss of motor neurons. The mechanisms leading to motor neuron degeneration in ALS are unclear. However, there is evidence for involvement of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and the unfolded protein response (UPR) in ALS, notably in mutant SOD1 mediated models of ALS. Stress induced phosphorylation of the eIF2 alpha subunit by eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2-alpha kinase 3 Perk activates the UPR. Guanabenz is a centrally acting alpha2 adrenergic receptor agonist shown to interact with a regulatory subunit of the protein phosphatase, Pp1/Gadd34, and selectively disrupt the dephosphorylation of the alpha subunit of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 (eif2alpha)...
2015: PloS One
Johanna Bertrand, Luc Dannhoffer, Fabrice Antigny, Laura Vachel, Christophe Jayle, Clarisse Vandebrouck, Frédéric Becq, Caroline Norez
TRPC6 plays important human physiological functions, notably in artery and arterioles constriction, in regulation of vascular volume and in bronchial muscle constriction. It is implicated in pulmonary hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis and seems to play a role in cancer development. Previously, we identified Guanabenz, an α2-adrenergic agonist used for hypertension treatment (Wytensin®), as an activator of calcium-dependent chloride channels (CaCC) in human Cystic Fibrosis (CF) nasal epithelial cells by transiently increasing [Ca2+]i via an influx of extracellular Ca2+...
October 15, 2015: European Journal of Pharmacology
Kazunori Hamamura, Andy Chen, Hiroki Yokota
The phosphorylation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α) is activated in response to various stresses such as viral infection, nutrient deprivation, and stress to the endoplasmic reticulum. Severe stress to the endoplasmic reticulum, for instance, induces an apoptotic pathway, while mild stress, on the contrary, leads to a pro-survival pathway. Little has been known about the elaborate role of eIF2α phosphorylation in the development of bone-forming osteoblasts and bone-resorbing osteoclasts...
2015: Receptors & Clinical Investigation
K Hamamura, A Nishimura, T Iino, S Takigawa, A Sudo, H Yokota
OBJECTIVES: Salubrinal is a synthetic agent that elevates phosphorylation of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha (eIF2α) and alleviates stress to the endoplasmic reticulum. Previously, we reported that in chondrocytes, Salubrinal attenuates expression and activity of matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP13) through downregulating nuclear factor kappa B (NFκB) signalling. We herein examine whether Salubrinal prevents the degradation of articular cartilage in a mouse model of osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 2015: Bone & Joint Research
Sarah Crunkhorn
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June 2015: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
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