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Glucocorticoid resistance

Greg Hodge, Eugene Roscioli, Hubertus Jersmann, Hai B Tran, Mark Holmes, Paul N Reynolds, Sandra Hodge
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroid resistance is a major barrier to effective treatment of COPD. We have shown that the resistance is associated with decreased expression of glucocorticoid receptor (GCR) by senescent CD28nullCD8+ pro-inflammatory lymphocytes in peripheral blood of COPD patients. GCR must be bound to molecular chaperones heat shock proteins (Hsp) 70 and Hsp90 to acquire a high-affinity steroid binding conformation, and traffic to the nucleus. We hypothesized a loss of Hsp70/90 from these lymphocytes may further contribute to steroid resistance in COPD...
October 21, 2016: Respiratory Research
Kim Heang Ly, François Dalmay, Guillaume Gondran, Sylvain Palat, Holy Bezanahary, Anne Cypierre, Anne-Laure Fauchais, Eric Liozon
Although a glucocorticoid (GC)-sparing strategy is needed for patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) suffering from refractory disease or serious treatment-related complications, evidence of efficacy in this setting of immunosuppressive drugs and biotherapies is lacking. Herein, we evaluated the GC-sparing effects and tolerability of addition of dapsone (DDS) to prednisone therapy in patients with GCA. We retrospectively assessed data on 18 GCA patients who received DDS as a first-line treatment (DDS-1 group) and 52 patients who received it as a second- or third-line treatment for refractory GCA, with or without excessive GC-related toxicity (DDS-2 group)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Fernando Sánchez-Vizcaíno, David Singleton, Philip H Jones, Bethaney Heayns, Maya Wardeh, Alan D Radford, Vanessa Schmidt, Susan Dawson, Peter J M Noble, Sally Everitt
Presentation for pruritus comprised 6.5 per cent, 3.6 per cent and 2.0 per cent of canine, feline and rabbit consultations, respectively, between January 2014 and June 2016Topical antimicrobials were the most commonly prescribed pruritus treatments for dogs (33.6 per cent of consultations); for cats, it was systemic glucocorticoids (53.5 per cent)In surveillance of coagulase-positive staphylococci, 16 per cent of 176 coagulase-positive staphylococci isolated from canine diagnostic samples were sensitive to all tested antibacterial classes; multidrug resistance (resistance to three or more antibacterial classes) was found in 6...
October 8, 2016: Veterinary Record
Sandip K Boss, Irina Hutson, Charles Harris
Exogenous glucocorticoid (GC) administration results in hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, hepatic dyslipidemia and hypertension, a constellation of findings known as Cushing's syndrome. These effects are mediated by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). Since GR activation in liver and adipose has been implicated in metabolic syndrome we wanted to determine the role of GR in these tissues in the development of metabolic syndrome. Since GRKO mice (whole body KO) exhibit perinatal lethality due to respiratory failure, we generated tissue specific (liver or adipose) GRKO mice using cre-lox technology...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Konrad Pazdrak, Christof Straub, Rosario Maroto, Susan Stafford, Wendy I White, William J Calhoun, Alexander Kurosky
The mechanisms contributing to persistent eosinophil activation and poor eosinopenic response to glucocorticoids in severe asthma are poorly defined. We examined the effect of cytokines typically overexpressed in the asthmatic airways on glucocorticoid signaling in in vitro activated eosinophils. An annexin V assay used to measure eosinophil apoptosis showed that cytokine combinations of IL-2 plus IL-4 as well as TNF-α plus IFN-γ, or IL-3, GM-CSF, and IL-5 alone significantly diminished the proapoptotic response to dexamethasone...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Michele Miraglia Del Giudice, Annalisa Allegorico
The role of vitamin D in calcium and phosphate homeostasis is well known; however, in addition to traditional functions, vitamin D modulates a variety of processes, and evidence shows that it has an important role in different allergic diseases such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, and food allergy. Vitamin D acts by binding to the vitamin D receptor, which is present in a variety of tissues; for this reason it is considered a hormone. One of the most important functions is to modulate the immune system response, both innate and adaptive, by suppressing Th2-type response and increasing natural killer cells...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
E D Rosen
Insulin resistance is one of the defining features of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome and accompanies many other clinical conditions, ranging from obesity to lipodystrophy to glucocorticoid excess. Extraordinary efforts have gone into defining the mechanisms that underlie insulin resistance, with most attention focused on altered signalling as well as mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum stress. Here, nuclear mechanisms of insulin resistance, including transcriptional and epigenomic effects, will be discussed...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
Ai-Ling Chen, Xi Sun, Wei Wang, Jin-Feng Liu, Xin Zeng, Jing-Fan Qiu, Xin-Jian Liu, Yong Wang
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppression has been described as a consequence of brain injury and infection by different mechanisms. Angiostrongylus cantonensis can cause injury to the central nervous system and eosinophilic meningitis to human. Both T cell and B cell immunity play an essential role in the resistance of the infection. However, whether brain injury caused by A. cantonensis infection can lead to immunosuppression is not clear. Therefore, the present study sought to observe the alteration of immune responses in mice infected with A...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Tanwir Habib, Ameera Sadoun, Nancy Nader, Shigeru Suzuki, Wei Liu, Puthen V Jithesh, Tomoshige Kino
Glucocorticoids are important therapeutic compounds for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). AKT1 or the protein kinase B is frequently activated in ALL, and contributes to the development of glucocorticoid resistance. We examined impact of AKT1 on glucocorticoid receptor (GR)-induced transcriptional activity in cooperation with phospho-serine/threonine-binding protein 14-3-3. AKT1 has two distinct actions on GR transcriptional activity, one through segregation of GR in the cytoplasm by phosphorylating GR at Ser-134 and subsequent association of 14-3-3, and the other through direct modulation of GR transcriptional activity in the nucleus...
October 4, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Nora Sundahl, Dorien Clarisse, Marc Bracke, Fritz Offner, Wim Vanden Berghe, Ilse M Beck
Although adverse effects and glucocorticoid resistance cripple their chronic use, glucocorticoids form the mainstay therapy for acute and chronic inflammatory disorders, and play an important role in treatment protocols of both lymphoid malignancies and as adjuvant to stimulate therapy tolerability in various solid tumors. Glucocorticoid binding to their designate glucocorticoid receptor (GR), sets off a plethora of cell-specific events including therapeutically desirable effects, such as cell death, as well as undesirable effects, including chemotherapy resistance, systemic side effects and glucocorticoid resistance...
2016: Oncoscience
Tetsuo Tani, Katsuhiko Naoki, Takanori Asakura, Toshiyuki Hirano, Shoji Suzuki, Keita Masuzawa, Hanako Hasegawa, Aoi Kuroda, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Makoto Ishii, Kenzo Soejima, Tomoko Betsuyaku
Epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI)-induced interstitial lung disease (ILD) may be a life-threatening condition that may develop during treatment of lung cancer patients harboring EGFR mutations. We herein present the case of a 41-year-old female patient diagnosed with lung adenocarcinoma with an EGFR mutation (exon 19 deletion). The patient was treated with gefitinib followed by erlotinib and developed ILD induced by both EGFR-TKIs; furthermore, the patient acquired resistance to EGFR-TKI treatment...
October 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Yasser Gamal, Ahlam Badawy, Salwa Swelam, Mostafa S K Tawfeek, Eman Fathalla Gad
Glucocorticoids are primary therapy of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS). However, not all children respond to steroid therapy. We assessed glomerular glucocorticoid receptor expression in fifty-one children with INS and its relation to response to steroid therapy and to histopathological type. Clinical, laboratory and glomerular expression of glucocorticoid receptors were compared between groups with different steroid response. Glomerular glucocorticoid expression was slightly higher in controls than in minimal change early responders, which in turn was significantly higher than in minimal change late responders...
October 3, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Samuel J Jurca, William J Elliott
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to highlight common or important substances or habits that elevate blood pressure and offer suggestions, based on recent literature, to limit their use or effects. RECENT FINDINGS: Despite decades of advice to the general populace from public health authorities to avoid or reduce dietary sodium and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use, more evidence has accumulated from nationwide surveys, clinical trials, and pathophysiological or mechanistic studies that show how important these modalities can (and should) be for hypertensive and prehypertensive individuals and the general population...
October 2016: Current Hypertension Reports
Dawn Elizabeth Livingstone, Emma M Di Rollo, Tracy Cs Mak, Karen Sooy, Brian R Walker, Ruth Andrew
5α-reductases irreversibly catalyse A-ring reduction of pregnene steroids, including glucocorticoids and androgens. Genetic disruption of 5α-reductase 1 in male mice impairs glucocorticoid clearance and predisposes to glucose intolerance and hepatic steatosis upon metabolic challenge. However it is unclear whether this is driven by changes in androgen and/or glucocorticoid action. Female mice with transgenic disruption of 5α-reductase 1 (5αR1-KO) were studied, representing a 'low androgen' state. Glucocorticoid clearance and stress responses were studied in mice aged 6m...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
J Banuelos, Y Cao, S C Shin, N Z Lu
Th17 cells contribute to several inflammatory conditions and increasing evidence supports that Th17 cells are glucocorticoid resistant. However, Th17 cells in psoriasis and related diseases are glucocorticoid sensitive. We compare glucocorticoid sensitive and resistant immunological diseases and suggest that several aspects in Th17-related diseases alter glucocorticoid sensitivity of Th17 cells. We identify molecular pathways that are implicated in glucocorticoid sensitivity of Th17 cells in the literature, as this information is useful for developing approaches to overcome glucocorticoid-resistant immunopathology...
September 20, 2016: Allergy
Juan M Rodriguez, Matías Monsalves-Alvarez, Sandra Henriquez, Miguel N Llanos, Rodrigo Troncoso
Glucocorticoids are involved in several responses triggered by a variety of environmental and physiological stimuli. These hormones have a wide-range of regulatory effects in organisms. Synthetic glucocorticoids are extensively used to suppress allergic, inflammatory, and immune disorders. Although glucocorticoids are highly effective for therapeutic purposes, some patients chronically treated with glucocorticoids can develop reduced glucocorticoid sensitivity or even resistance, increasing patient vulnerability to exaggerated inflammatory responses...
November 2016: Steroids
Javier Milara, Anselm Morell, Beatriz Ballester, Miguel Armengot, Esteban Morcillo, Julio Cortijo
BACKGROUND: Current evidence suggests that membrane-tethered mucins could mediate corticosteroid efficacy, interacting with glucocorticoid receptor (GR) in patients with chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP). Mucin 4 (MUC4)-tethered mucin is expressed in nasal polyp (NP) epithelial cells and upregulated under inflammatory conditions. Moreover, MUC4β has the capacity to interact with other intracellular proteins. We hypothesized that MUC4 modulates corticosteroid efficacy of patients with CRSwNP...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Lesley-Anne Bissell, Elizabeth M A Hensor, Lukasz Kozera, Sarah L Mackie, Agata N Burska, Jacqueline L Nam, Helen Keen, Edith Villeneuve, Helena Donica, Maya H Buch, Philip G Conaghan, Jacqueline Andrews, Paul Emery, Ann W Morgan
OBJECTIVES: To determine the change in established biomarkers of cardiovascular (CV) risk, namely, total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio (TC/HDL-C), N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and insulin resistance (IR) in patients with early RA treated with two different treat-to-target strategies. METHODS: Fasting glucose, lipids, insulin and NT-proBNP were measured at baseline, weeks 26 and 78 in 79 DMARD-naïve RA patients, free of CV disease, as part of a double-blind randomized controlled trial of MTX with either infliximab (IFX) or methylprednisolone as induction therapy...
September 16, 2016: Rheumatology
Nirali Shah, Henry H Ruiz, Usman Zafar, Kalmon D Post, Christoph Buettner, Eliza B Geer
CONTEXT: Inflammation contributes to the development of metabolic and cardiovascular disease. Cushing's disease (CD), a state of chronic glucocorticoid (GC) excess characterized by visceral obesity and insulin resistance, may be associated with increased systemic inflammation. Cardiovascular mortality in CD remains elevated even after successful remission. It is unclear whether a chronic low-grade inflammatory state persists even after remission of CD, which may account for the increased CVD mortality...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
Emayavaramban Priyadarshini, Carani Venkatraman Anuradha
OBJECTIVES: High intake of dietary fructose causes perturbation in lipid metabolism and provokes lipid-induced insulin resistance. A rise in glucocorticoids (GCs) has recently been suggested to be involved in fructose-induced insulin resistance. The objective of the study was to investigate the effect of GC blockade on lipid abnormalities in insulin-resistant mice. METHODS: Insulin resistance was induced in mice by administering a high-fructose diet (HFrD) for 60 days...
September 7, 2016: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
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