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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207286/lc-ms-ms-simultaneous-analysis-of-allopregnanolone-epiallopregnanolone-pregnanolone-dehydroepiandrosterone-and-dehydroepiandrosterone-3-sulfate-in-human-plasma
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Luana Lionetto, Fernando De Andrés, Matilde Capi, Martina Curto, Donata Sabato, Maurizio Simmaco, Paola Bossù, Eleonora Sacchinelli, Maria Donata Orfei, Federica Piras, Nerisa Banaj, Gianfranco Spalletta
AIM: Several neuropsychopharmacological properties have been attributed to the 3α-reduced pregnane steroids, allopregnanolone and pregnanolone, as well as to dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate because of their ability to modulate γ-aminobutyric acid (GABAA) receptors in the CNS. In order to understand better their role in several mechanisms in CNS, a new methodology is proposed to monitor these compounds in human plasma. Methodology & results: The analytes were first derivatized with 2-hydrazinopyridine and extracted from plasma using SPE...
February 16, 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199000/overexpression-of-pregnane-x-and-glucocorticoid-receptors-and-the-regulation-of-cytochrome-p450-in-human-epileptic-brain-endothelial-cells
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Chaitali Ghosh, Mohammed Hossain, Jesal Solanki, Imad M Najm, Nicola Marchi, Damir Janigro
OBJECTIVE: Recent evidence suggests a metabolic contribution of cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs) to the drug-resistant phenotype in human epilepsy. However, the upstream molecular regulators of CYP in the epileptic brain remain understudied. We therefore investigated the expression and function of pregnane xenobiotic (PXR) and glucocorticoid (GR) nuclear receptors in endothelial cells established from post-epilepsy surgery brain samples. METHODS: PXR/GR localization was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in specimens from subjects who underwent temporal lobe resections to relieve drug-resistant seizures...
February 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198586/influence-of-a-critical-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-on-nuclear-receptor-pxr-promoter-function
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Manjul Rana, Poonam Coshic, Ravinder Goswami, Rakesh K Tyagi
The Pregnane and Xenobiotic Receptor (PXR; NR1I2), is a ligand-modulated transcription factor that belongs to the nuclear receptor superfamily. It is expressed at higher levels primarily in liver and intestine as compared to the levels in several other organs. It is activated by a broad spectrum of xenobiotics and endobiotics. The primary function of PXR is to regulate the expression of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters and prevent the accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body, thereby maintaining body's homeostasis...
February 15, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192885/polyphenols-rich-passiflora-leschenaultii-leaves-modulating-farnesoid-x-receptor-and-pregnane-x-receptor-against-paracetamol-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-rats
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Saravanan Shanmugam, Dhivya Sivaraj, Bruno Dos Santos Lima, Paula Dos Passos Menezes, Yasmim Maria Barbosa Gomes de Carvalho, Adriano Antunes de Souza Araújo, Narendra Narain, Mairim Russo Serafini, Lucindo José Quintans Júnior, Luciana Scotti, Marcus Tulius Scotti, Thangaraj Parimelazhagan
The hepatoprotective effect of P. leschenaultii. (DC) leaves was investigated in rats under paracetamol induced oxidative stress. Leaf acetone extract (200 and 400mg/kg) were administered daily via gavage for 14days before paracetamol (2000mg/kg, p.o.) treatment. After the experiment, the levels of serum biochemical parameters and enzymatic antioxidant levels were determined. Furthermore, liver tissues were analyzed histopathologically. Additionally, the molecular docking studies of the identified compounds against PXR and FXR proteins were also performed...
February 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187366/a-combination-of-dietary-n-3-fatty-acids-and-a-cyclooxygenase-1-inhibitor-attenuates-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice
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Viswanathan Saraswathi, Curtis Perriotte-Olson, Murali Ganesan, Cyrus V Desouza, Yazen Alnouti, Michael J Duryee, Geoffrey M Thiele, Tara M Nordgren, Dahn L Clemens
We sought to determine whether a combination of purified n-3 fatty acids (n-3) and SC-560 (SC), a cyclooxygenase-1-specific inhibitor, is effective in ameliorating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in obesity. Female wild-type mice were fed a high-fat and high-cholesterol diet (HF) supplemented with n-3 in the presence or absence of SC. Mice treated with SC alone exhibited no change in liver lipids, whereas n-3-fed mice tended to have lower hepatic lipids. Mice given n-3+SC had significantly lower liver lipids compared with HF controls indicating enhanced lipid clearance...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173640/tanshinone-iia-protects-endothelial-cells-from-h2o2-induced-injuries-via-pxr-activation
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Haiyan Zhu, Zhiwu Chen, Zengchun Ma, Hongling Tan, Chengrong Xiao, Xianglin Tang, Boli Zhang, Yuguang Wang, Yue Gao
Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) is a pharmacologically active substance extracted from the rhizome of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (also known as the Chinese herb Danshen), and is widely used to treat atherosclerosis. The pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a nuclear receptor that is a key regulator of xenobiotic and endobiotic detoxification. Tan IIA is an efficacious PXR agonist that has a potential protective effect on endothelial injuries induced by xenobiotics and endobiotics via PXR activation. Previously numerous studies have demonstrated the possible effects of Tan IIA on human umbilical vein endothelial cells, but the further mechanism for its exerts the protective effect is not well established...
February 6, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165466/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-protects-bile-acid-homeostasis-under-inflammatory-conditions-and-dampens-crohn-s-disease-like-ileitis
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Lien Van den Bossche, Daniel Borsboom, Sarah Devriese, Sophie Van Welden, Tom Holvoet, Lindsey Devisscher, Pieter Hindryckx, Martine De Vos, Debby Laukens
Bile acids regulate the expression of intestinal bile acid transporters and are natural ligands for nuclear receptors controlling inflammation. Accumulating evidence suggests that signaling through these receptors is impaired in inflammatory bowel disease. We investigated whether tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), a secondary bile acid with cytoprotective properties, regulates ileal nuclear receptor and bile acid transporter expression and assessed its therapeutic potential in an experimental model of Crohn's disease (CD)...
February 6, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128444/suppression-of-carboxylesterases-by-imatinib-mediated-by-the-downregulation-of-pregnane-x-receptor
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Wenjing Luo, Yu Xin, Xia Zhao, Feng Zhang, Changqing Liu, Hongwei Fan, Tao Xi, Jing Xiong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Imatinib mesylate (IM) is first-line anti-chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) therapy as a specific inhibitor of BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase. IM in combination with other drugs has been widely applied in CML treatment, thus the influence of IM on drug metabolism enzymes (DMEs) is crucial to be understood in suggesting rational drug administration. Carboxylesterases (CESs) are important enzymes catalyzing hydrolytic biotransformation and play vital roles in the metabolism of numerous clinical drugs...
January 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128437/schisandrol-b-protects-against-cholestatic-liver-injury-through-pregnane-x-receptor
#9
Hang Zeng, Yiming Jiang, Pan Chen, Xiaomei Fan, Dongshun Li, Aiming Liu, Xiaochao Ma, Wen Xie, Peiqing Liu, Frank J Gonzalez, Min Huang, Huichang Bi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Currently, ursodeoxycholic acid is the only FDA-approved drug for limited cholestatic liver diseases, and thus the development of new therapeutic approaches is of great importance. This study aimed to evaluate the anti-cholestasis effect of Schisandrol B (SolB), a bioactive compound isolated from Schisandra sphenanthera. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Hepatoprotective effect of SolB against lithocholic acid (LCA)-induced intrahepatic extrahepatic cholestasis was evaluated in mice...
January 27, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126416/cytotoxic-pregnane-steroids-from-the-seeds-of-cipadessa-baccifera-roth-miq
#10
Lei Zhao, Ping Zhang, Xiao-Jie Su, Bing Zhang
A chemical investigation of the 80% ethanol extract of the seeds of Cipadessa baccifera (Roth.) Miq. led to the isolation of five new pregnane steroids, 17α,18,20S-trihydroxy-pregn-4-en-3,16-dione (1), 18-hydoxy-pregn-4,17(20)-trans-dien-3,16-dione (2), 3β,18-dihydroxy-pregn-5,17(20)-trans-dien-16-one (3), 2α,3β,4β,18-tetrahydroxy-pregn-5,17(20)-trans-dien-16-one (4), and 2α,3β,4β,17α,18,20S-hexahydroxy-pregn-5-en-16-one (5), along with two known compounds, 17α,20S-dihydroxy-pregn-4-en-3,16-dione (6) and 3β-hydroxy-pregn-5,17-dien-16-one (7)...
January 23, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115241/poly-and-perfluorinated-compounds-activate-human-pregnane-x-receptor
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Yi-Ming Zhang, Xiao-Yu Dong, Li-Juan Fan, Zhi-Lei Zhang, Qian Wang, Nan Jiang, Xu-Shu Yang
Poly- and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), which have been detected worldwide in human blood, surface water and house dust, are suspected to induce potential endocrine-disrupting hormonal effects. In this study, cell-based reporter gene assays were used to determine the activity of a variety of PFCs against the human pregnane X receptor (hPXR) to identify the critical structural feature of PFCs related to their hPXR activity. Molecular docking studies combined with site-directed mutagenesis were employed to investigate the mechanism by which PFCs interact with and activate hPXR...
January 20, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115221/epigallocatechin-gallate-induces-a-hepatospecific-decrease-in-the-cyp3a-expression-level-by-altering-intestinal-flora
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Nobutomo Ikarashi, Sosuke Ogawa, Ryuta Hirobe, Risako Kon, Yoshiki Kusunoki, Marin Yamashita, Nanaho Mizukami, Miho Kaneko, Nobuyuki Wakui, Yoshiaki Machida, Kiyoshi Sugiyama
In previous studies, we showed that a high-dose intake of green tea polyphenol (GP) induced a hepatospecific decrease in the expression and activity of the drug-metabolizing enzyme cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A). In this study, we examined whether this decrease in CYP3A expression is induced by epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is the main component of GP. After a diet containing 1.5% EGCG was given to mice, the hepatic CYP3A expression was measured. The level of intestinal bacteria of Clostridium spp., the concentration of lithocholic acid (LCA) in the feces, and the level of the translocation of pregnane X receptor (PXR) to the nucleus in the liver were examined...
January 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109972/biological-responses-to-phenylurea-herbicides-in-fish-and-amphibians-new-directions-for-characterizing-mechanisms-of-toxicity
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Vicki L Marlatt, Christopher J Martyniuk
Urea-based herbicides are applied in agriculture to control broadleaf and grassy weeds, acting to either inhibit photosynthesis at photosystem II (phenylureas) or to inhibit acetolactate synthase acetohydroxyacid synthase (sulfonylureas). While there are different chemical formulas for urea-based herbicides, the phenylureas are a widely used class in North America and have been detected in aquatic environments due to agricultural run-off. Here, we summarize the current state of the literature, synthesizing data on phenylureas and their biological effects in two non-target animals, fish and amphibians, with a primary focus on diuron and linuron...
January 19, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092182/an-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-selective-agonist-inhibits-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-preclinical-models-by-regulating-bile-acid-and-xenobiotic-receptors
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Suriyan Ponnusamy, Quynh T Tran, Thirumagal Thiyagarajan, Duane D Miller, Dave Bridges, Ramesh Narayanan
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) affects 8-10 million people in the US and up to 75% of obese individuals. Despite this, there are no approved oral therapeutics to treat NASH and therefore the need for novel approaches exists. The estrogen receptor β (ER-β)-selective agonist, β-LGND2, inhibits body weight and white adipose tissue, and increases metabolism, resulting in higher energy expenditure and thermogenesis. Due to favorable effects of β-LGND2 on obesity, we hypothesized that β-LGND2 will prevent NASH directly by reducing lipid accumulation in the liver or indirectly by favorably changing body composition...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077325/role-of-14-3-3-sigma-in-over-expression-of-p-gp-by-rifampin-and-paclitaxel-stimulation-through-interaction-with-pxr
#15
So Won Kim, Md Hasanuzzaman, Munju Cho, Nam Hyun Kim, Hye-Young Choi, Jung Woo Han, Hyun June Park, Ji Won Oh, Jae-Gook Shin
In this study, we presented the role of 14-3-3σ to activate CK2-Hsp90β-PXR-MDR1 pathway on rifampin and paclitaxel treated LS174T cells and in vivo LS174T cell-xenografted nude mouse model. Following several in vitro and in vivo experiments, rifampin and paclitaxel were found to be stimulated the CK2-Hsp90β-PXR-MDR1 pathway. Of the proteins in this pathway, Pregnane X receptor (PXR) is a representative transcription factor of multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1). We constructed FLAG-PXR-LS174T stable cell lines and discovered 22 proteins that interacted with PXR on rifampin treatment...
February 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068457/cellular-gabaergic-neuroactive-steroid-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-3-hydroxy-pregnan-20-one-3%C3%AE-5%C3%AE-thp-immunostaining-levels-are-increased-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-of-human-alcohol-use-disorder-patients-a-postmortem-study
#16
Ahmet Sait Hasirci, Antoniette M Maldonado-Devincci, Matthew C Beattie, Todd K O'Buckley, A Leslie Morrow
BACKGROUND: The GABAergic neuroactive steroid (3α,5α)-3-hydroxy-pregnan-20-one (3α,5α-THP; allopregnanolone) enhances GABAergic activity and produces subjective effects similar to ethanol (EtOH). The effect of chronic alcohol exposure on 3α,5α-THP concentrations has been studied in mouse, rat, and monkey limbic brain areas. Chronic EtOH exposure produced divergent brain region and cell-specific changes in 3α,5α-THP concentrations in animal studies. However, 3α,5α-THP levels in similar human brain regions have never been examined in individuals diagnosed with alcohol use disorder (AUD)...
February 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063306/constitutive-expression-and-activity-of-cytochrome-p450-in-conventional-pigs
#17
Søren Drud Nielsen, Yvonne Bauhaus, Galia Zamaratskaia, Matheus Antunes Junqueira, Karoline Blaabjerg, Bjørn Petrat-Melin, Jette Feveile Young, Martin Krøyer Rasmussen
Pigs have often been suggested to be a useful model for humans, when investigating CYP dependent events, like drug metabolism. However, comprehensive knowledge about the constitutive expression of the major CYP and corresponding transcription factors is limited. We compared the constitutive mRNA expression of aryl hydrocarbon receptor, constitutive androstane receptor and pregnane X receptor and CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP2A, CYP2E1 and CYP3A in liver, adipose tissue, muscle and small intestine in pigs, as well as the expression along the length of the small intestine and colon...
December 23, 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058446/hepatotoxic-effects-of-cyproconazole-and-prochloraz-in-wild-type-and-hcar-hpxr-mice
#18
Philip Marx-Stoelting, Katrin Ganzenberg, Constanze Knebel, Flavia Schmidt, Svenja Rieke, Helen Hammer, Felix Schmidt, Oliver Pötz, Michael Schwarz, Albert Braeuning
The agricultural fungicides cyproconazole and prochloraz exhibit hepatotoxicity in rodent studies and are tumorigenic following chronic exposure. Both substances are suspected to act via a CAR (constitutive androstane receptor)/PXR (pregnane-X-receptor)-dependent mechanism. Human relevance of these findings is under debate. A 28-day toxicity study was conducted in mice with humanized CAR and PXR (hCAR/hPXR) with two dose levels (50 or 500 ppm) of both substances, using the model CAR activator phenobarbital as a reference...
January 6, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043194/differential-regulation-of-intestinal-efflux-transporters-by-pregnancy-in-mice
#19
Jamie E Moscovitz, Gabriel Yarmush, Guadalupe Herrera-Garcia, Grace L Guo, Lauren M Aleksunes
1. In the intestines, the nuclear receptors farnesoid X receptor (Fxr) and pregnane X receptor (Pxr) regulate the transcription of metabolizing enzymes and transporters that dictate the absorption of nutrients and xenobiotics. 2. Here, we sought to determine whether Fxr and Pxr signaling pathways are disrupted in response to high-circulating concentrations of steroid hormones late in pregnancy leading to altered transporter expression. To test this, ileum were collected from virgin and pregnant C57BL/6 mice on gestation days 14, 17 and 19...
January 3, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998758/the-synthesis-and-antifungal-activity-of-20s-3%C3%AE-acetoxy-5%C3%AE-pregnane-20-16%C3%AE-carbolactone-against-fluconazole-resistant-candida-cells
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Izabella Jastrzebska, Katarzyna Niemirowicz, Wioleta I Brzozowska, Robert Bucki
An efficient procedure for the synthesis of (20S)-3β-acetoxy-5α-pregnane-20,16β-carbolactone is described. Bactericidal and fungicidal activity of the lactone against different bacteria such as MSSA, MRSA, E. coli ESBL, P. aeruginosa and clinical isolates of Candida spp., in planktonic and biofilm growth stage were assessed. Additionally, the affinity of this new compound to microbial plasma membrane and hemoglobin release from human red blood cells were determined using fluorometric and colorimetric assay, respectively...
December 18, 2016: Steroids
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