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Aryl hydrocarbon receptor

Ching-Hao Li, Chen-Wei Liu, Chi-Hao Tsai, Yi-Jen Peng, Yu-Hsuan Yang, Po-Lin Liao, Chen-Chen Lee, Yu-Wen Cheng, Jaw-Jou Kang
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), a ligand-activated transcription factor, has been studied extensively in carcinogenesis through the genomic pathway. In recent years, AHR has also been reported to exert positive or negative effects on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), the crucial step in tumor malignant progression. However, the detailed mechanism remains controversial. Analysis of AHR-expression levels in non-small cell lung cancer cell lines and lung cancer tissues revealed an inverse correlation between AHR protein levels and tumor cell invasion and metastasis...
October 17, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Ying Peng, Pu Xia, Junjiang Zhang, Daniel L Villeneuve, Jiamin Zhang, Zhihao Wang, Si Wei, Hongxia Yu, Xiaowei Zhang
Hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (OH-PBDEs) are analogs of PBDEs with hundreds of possible structures and are frequently detected in the environment. However, the in vivo evidence on the toxicity of OH-PBDEs is still very limited. Here the developmental toxicity of 6-OH-BDE47, a predominant congener of OH-PBDEs detected in the environment, in chicken embryos was assessed using a toxicogenomic approach. Fertilized chicken eggs were dosed via in ovo administration of 0.006 to 0.474 nmol 6-OH-BDE47/g egg followed by 18-days incubation...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
G Oxenkrug, J Cornicelli, M van der Hart, J Roeser, P Summergrad
Obesity is an increasingly urgent global problem and the molecular mechanisms of obesity are not fully understood. Dysregulation of the tryptophan (Trp) - kynurenine (Kyn) metabolic pathway (TKP) have been suggested as a mechanism of obesity and described in obese humans and in animal models of obesity. However, to the best of our knowledge, TKP metabolism has not been studied in leptin-receptor-deficient Zucker fatty rats (ZFR) (fa/fa), the best-known and most widely used rat model of obesity. We were interested to determine if there are any deviations of TKP in ZFR...
2016: Integrative Molecular Medicine
Lisa S Thomas, Stephan R Targan, Masato Tsuda, Qi T Yu, Brenda C Salumbides, Talin Haritunians, Emebet Mengesha, Dermot P B McGovern, Kathrin S Michelsen
TL1A contributes to the pathogenesis of several chronic inflammatory diseases, including those of the bowel by enhancing TH1, TH17, and TH2 responses. TL1A mediates a strong costimulation of these TH subsets, particularly of mucosal CCR9(+) T cells. However, the signaling pathways that TL1A induces in different TH subsets are incompletely understood. We investigated the function of TL1A on human TH17 cells. TL1A, together with TGF-β, IL-6, and IL-23, enhanced the secretion of IL-17 and IFN-γ from human CD4(+) memory T cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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
Sreekanth C Narayanapillai, Shang-Hsuan Lin, Pablo Leitzman, Pramod Upadhyaya, Carolyn J Baglole, Chengguo Xing
4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone (NNK) is a key carcinogen responsible for tobacco smoke-induced lung carcinogenesis. Among DNA damages caused by NNK and its metabolite 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanol (NNAL), O6-methylguanine (O6-mG) is likely the most carcinogenic in A/J mice. Results of our previous studies showed that O6-mG and other NNAL-derived DNA damages were preferentially reduced in the lung of female A/J mice upon the dietary treatment with dihydromethysticin (DHM), a promising lung cancer chemopreventive agent from kava...
October 11, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Ryota Nakazato, Shogo Hotta, Daisuke Yamada, Miki Kou, Saki Nakamura, Yoshifumi Takahata, Hajime Tei, Rika Numano, Akiko Hida, Shigeki Shimba, Michihiro Mieda, Eiichi Hinoi, Yukio Yoneda, Takeshi Takarada
Similar to neurons, microglia have an intrinsic molecular clock. The master clock oscillator Bmal1 modulates interleukin-6 upregulation in microglial cells exposed to lipopolysaccharide. Bmal1 can play a role in microglial inflammatory responses. We previously demonstrated that gliotransmitter ATP induces transient expression of the clock gene Period1 via P2X7 purinergic receptors in cultured microglia. In this study, we further investigated mechanisms underlying the regulation of pro-inflammatory cytokine production by clock molecules in microglial cells...
October 11, 2016: Glia
Ananddeep Patel, Shaojie Zhang, Amrit Kumar Shrestha, Paramahamsa Maturu, Bhagavatula Moorthy, Binoy Shivanna
Omeprazole (OM) is an aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonist and a proton pump inhibitor that is used to treat humans with gastric acid related disorders. Recently, we showed that OM induces NAD (P) H quinone oxidoreductase-1 (NQO1) via nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-dependent mechanism. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is another cytoprotective and antioxidant enzyme that is regulated by Nrf2. Whether OM induces HO-1 in fetal human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMEC) is unknown. Therefore, we tested the hypothesis that OM will induce HO-1 expression via Nrf2 in HPMEC...
October 8, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Hiroshi Uchi, Mao Yasumatsu, Saori Morino-Koga, Chikage Mitoma, Masutaka Furue
BACKGROUND: Dioxins and other environmental pollutants are toxic and remain in biological tissues for a long time leading to various levels of oxidative stress. Although the toxicity of these agents has been linked to activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), no effective treatment has been developed. OBJECTIVE: To explore novel phytochemicals that inhibit AHR activation in keratinocytes. METHODS: Keratinocytes were used in this study because the skin is one of the organs most affected by dioxin and other environmental pollutants...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Xiaoguang Li, Na Liu, Yizhu Wang, Jinglong Liu, Haigang Shi, Zhenzhen Qu, Tingting Du, Bin Guo, Bin Gu
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with inhibited osteogenesis of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). Brain and muscle ARNT-like protein 1 (BMAL1) has been linked to the T2DM-related bone remodeling, however, the specific mechanism is still unclear. Herein, we aimed to determine the role of BMAL1 in T2DM-induced suppression of BMSCs osteogenesis. Inhibited osteogenesis and BMAL1 expression were showed in diabetic BMSCs. And while β-catenin and T cell factor (TCF) expression were decreased, the glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) and nemo-like kinase (NLK) expression were increased in diabetic BMSCs...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Hesbon Z Amenya, Chiharu Tohyama, Seiichiroh Ohsako
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr) is a highly conserved nuclear receptor that plays an important role in the manifestation of toxicity induced by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. As a xenobiotic sensor, Ahr is involved in chemical biotransformation through activation of drug metabolizing enzymes. The activated Ahr cooperates with coactivator complexes to induce epigenetic modifications at target genes. Thus, it is conceivable that 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), a potent Ahr ligand, may elicit robust epigenetic changes in vivo at the Ahr target gene cytochrome P450 1a1 (Cyp1a1)...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Caroline Duval, Fatima Teixeira-Clerc, Alix F Leblanc, Sothea Touch, Claude Emond, Michèle Guerre-Millo, Sophie Lotersztajn, Robert Barouki, Martine Aggerbeck, Xavier Coumoul
BACKGROUND: Exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) has been associated with the progression of chronic liver diseases, yet the contribution of POPs to the development of fibrosis in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition closely linked to obesity, remains poorly documented. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effects of subchronic exposure to low-doses of the POP 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), an aryl hydrocarbon receptor ligand, on NAFLD progression in diet-induced obese C57BL/6J mice...
October 7, 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Hsueh-Chun Wang, Yufeng Zhou, Shau-Ku Huang
Previously we reported that exposure of mouse and human mast cells to aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligands resulted in reactive oxygen species (ROS)- and calcium (Ca(2+))-dependent activation of mast cells in vitro and in vivo. However, the mechanisms through which the AhR-ligand axis mediates stress response, Ca(2+) signaling and subsequent mast cell activation remain to be fully elucidated. Evidence is provided herein that SHP-2 is critical in regulating AhR-mediated ER stress response and intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics...
October 5, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Takashi Fukuda, Tomoko Tanaka, Yuriko Hamaguchi, Takako Kawanami, Takashi Nomiyama, Toshihiko Yanase
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor interacting protein (AIP) is thought to be a tumor suppressor gene, as indicated by a mutational analysis of pituitary somatotroph adenomas. However, the physiological significance of AIP inactivation in somatotroph cells remains unclear. Using CRISPR/Cas9, we identified a GH3 cell clone (termed GH3-FTY) in which Aip was genetically disrupted, and subsequently investigated its character with respect to growth hormone (Gh) synthesis and proliferation. Compared with GH3, GH3-FTY cells showed remarkably increased Gh production and a slight increase in cell proliferation...
2016: PloS One
Hsiang-Han Su, Hsin-Ting Lin, Jau-Ling Suen, Chau Chyun Sheu, Kazunari K Yokoyama, Shau-Ku Huang, Chih Mei Cheng
Pulmonary fibroblast migration and differentiation are critical events in fibrogenesis; meanwhile, fibrosis characterizes the pathology of many respiratory diseases. The role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a unique cellular chemical sensor, has been suggested in tissue fibrosis, but the mechanisms through which the AhR-ligand axis influences the fibrotic process remain undefined. In this study, the potential impact of the AhR-ligand axis on pulmonary fibroblast migration and differentiation was analyzed using human primary lung fibroblasts HFL-1 and CCL-202 cells...
September 30, 2016: Toxicology
Cheri L Lamb, Giovan N Cholico, Xinzhu Pu, Gerald D Hagler, Kenneth A Cornell, Kristen A Mitchell
2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) is a persistent environmental contaminant and high-affinity ligand for the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR). Increasing evidence indicates that AhR signaling contributes to wound healing, which involves the coordinated deposition and remodeling of the extracellular matrix. In the liver, wound healing is attributed to the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which mediate fibrogenesis through the production of soluble mediators and collagen type I. We recently reported that TCDD treatment increases the activation of human HSCs in vitro...
September 28, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Jan Vondráček, Kateřina Pěnčíková, Jiří Neča, Miroslav Ciganek, Aneta Grycová, Zdeněk Dvořák, Miroslav Machala
Activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)-mediated activity is one of key events in toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Although various classes of AhR ligands may differentially activate human and rodent AhR, there is presently a lack of data on the human AhR-inducing relative potencies (REPs) of PAHs. Here, we focused on estimation of the AhR-mediated activities of a large set of environmental PAHs in human gene reporter AZ-AhR cell line, with an aim to develop the human AhR-based REP values with potential implications for risk assessment of PAHs...
September 29, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Bo Huang, Ryan Butler, Yifei Miao, Yubing Dai, Wanfu Wu, Wen Su, Yoshiaki Fujii-Kuriyama, Margaret Warner, Jan-Åke Gustafsson
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is now recognized as an important physiological regulator in the immune and reproductive systems, and in the development of the liver and vascular system. AhR regulates cell cycle, cell proliferation, and differentiation through interacting with other signaling pathways, like estrogen receptor α (ERα), androgen receptor (AR), and Notch signaling. In the present study, we investigated Notch and estrogen signaling in AhR(-/-) mice. We found low fertility with degenerative changes in the testes, germ cell apoptosis, and a reduced number of early spermatids...
September 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Qian Zhao, Feng Shi, Lin Zhu
Humic acid (HA) is a major component of dissolved organic matter, is ubiquitous in the aquatic environment and influences the biological toxicity of organic pollutants. In this study, we investigated the cytochrome P450 1A (CYP 1A) mRNA expression and ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity in the gills and liver of zebrafish following exposure to the s-triazine herbicide prometryn with or without HA present. Prometryn induced both CYP 1A mRNA expression and EROD activity. The CYP 1A mRNA expression of zebrafish that were exposed to a combination of prometryn and HA was increased compared to those exposed to prometryn alone...
September 26, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Sebastian Heger, Kerstin Bluhm, Julia Brendt, Philipp Mayer, Nico Anders, Andreas Schäffer, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Henner Hollert
Only few information on the potential toxic effectiveness of biofuels are available. Due to increasing worldwide demand for energy and fuels during the past decades, biofuels are considered as a promising alternative for fossil fuels in the transport sector. Hence, more information on their hazard potentials are required to understand the toxicological impact of biofuels on the environment. In the German Cluster of Excellence "Tailor-made Fuels from Biomass" design processes for economical, sustainable and environmentally friendly biofuels are investigated...
2016: PloS One
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