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George Vavougios, Sotirios G Zarogiannis, Triantafylos Doskas
Recent research has outlined that Dimethyl Fumarate (DMF) functions as a gene regulator via multiple pathways, critical among which is the NRF2 cytoprotective cascade. PARK7/DJ-1 is a multifunctional protein that acts as a redox sensor and effector of multiple cytoprotective pathways, including NRF2. Specifically, it prevents the association of NRF2 with its inhibitor KEAP1, allowing NRF2 to enter the nucleus and mediate cytoprotective and antioxidant cascades. It is our hypothesis that while the NRF2-KEAP1 inhibitory complex is reported the main pharmacological target for DMF's NRF dependent functions, no study to date has explored the effects of DMF on DJ-1's expression, and vice-versa, the possibility of a regulatory inadequacy in the upstream, oxidant-responsive DJ-1 activator of the NRF2 cascade...
February 26, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Mariko Yokota, Shoichi Yahagi, Yoshihiro Tokudome, Hitoshi Masaki
Alkyl glyceryl ethers (AKGs) are widely used as emulsion stabilizers, and their anti-inflammatory effects are well known. Daily exposure to environmental stresses, such as chemicals, low humidity and ultraviolet light (UV), can initiate and promote the development of various skin problems. Among those stresses, it has been established that UV induces skin pigmentation and accelerates premature skin aging due to the inflammation that results. Here, we investigated whether chimyl alcohol (CA), which is an AKG, suppresses the inflammatory process...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Oleo Science
Sarah A Best, David P De Souza, Ariena Kersbergen, Antonia N Policheni, Saravanan Dayalan, Dedreia Tull, Vivek Rathi, Daniel H Gray, Matthew E Ritchie, Malcolm J McConville, Kate D Sutherland
The lung presents a highly oxidative environment, which is tolerated through engagement of tightly controlled stress response pathways. A critical stress response mediator is the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (NFE2L2/NRF2), which is negatively regulated by Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (KEAP1). Alterations in the KEAP1/NRF2 pathway have been identified in 23% of lung adenocarcinomas, suggesting that deregulation of the pathway is a major cancer driver. We demonstrate that inactivation of Keap1 and Pten in the mouse lung promotes adenocarcinoma formation...
March 2, 2018: Cell Metabolism
Mara Fiorani, Andrea Guidarelli, Valentina Capellacci, Liana Cerioni, Rita Crinelli, Orazio Cantoni
Arsenite toxicity is in numerous cellular systems dependent on the formation of reactive oxygen and or nitrogen species. This is also true in U937 cells in which the metalloid selectively promotes the formation of mitochondrial superoxide (mitoO2 - ) rapidly converted to diffusible H2 O2 . We tested the hypothesis that, under the same conditions, mitoO2 - also mediates the triggering of a parallel survival signaling. We found that a low concentration of the metalloid causes an early activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2), and a downstream signaling leading to enhanced GSH biosynthesis, via a mechanism sensitive to various treatments/strategies selectively preventing mitoO2 - formation...
March 8, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Yun Shi, Yan Sun, Xuepei Sun, Hongye Zhao, Min Yao, Lianguo Hou, Lingling Jiang
Saturated fatty acids (SFAs) induce reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in neurons. Extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK)/nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)/heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a ROS response pathway. Therefore, high ROS is always accompanied by increase of HO-1, an anti-oxidative enzyme; but it remains unknown why there is no significant reduction of ROS with the increase of HO-1 in SFAs-treated neurons. We hypothesized that the up-regulation of HO-1 is compensatory for response to fatty acid-induced oxidative stress but not enough to reduce ROS levels...
February 12, 2018: Nutrition Research
Ann Kristin Frøyset, Amanda J Edson, Naouel Gharbi, Essa A Khan, Daniel Dondorp, Qing Bai, Ettore Tiraboschi, Maximiliano L Suster, Joanne B Connolly, Edward A Burton, Kari E Fladmark
DJ-1, a Parkinson's disease-associated protein, is strongly up-regulated in reactive astrocytes in Parkinson's disease. This is proposed to represent a neuronal protective response, although the mechanism has not yet been identified. We have generated a transgenic zebrafish line with increased astroglial DJ-1 expression driven by regulatory elements from the zebrafish GFAP gene. Larvae from this transgenic line are protected from oxidative stress-induced injuries as caused by MPP+ , a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor shown to induce dopaminergic cells death...
February 17, 2018: Redox Biology
June Lee, Karabasappa Mailar, Ok-Kyung Yoo, Won Jun Choi, Young-Sam Keum
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) catalyzes the enzymatic degradation of heme to produce three anti-oxidant molecules: carbon monoxide (CO), ferrous ion (Fe2+ ), and biliverdin. Induction of HO-1 is currently considered as a feasible strategy to treat oxidative stress-related diseases. In the present study, we identified marliolide as a novel inducer of HO-1 in human normal keratinocyte HaCaT cells. Mechanism-based studies demonstrated that the induction of HO-1 by marliolide occurred through activation of NRF2/ARE via direct binding of marliolide to KEAP1...
February 23, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Lisha Zhao, Xufeng Tao, Yan Qi, Lina Xu, Lianhong Yin, Jinyong Peng
Clinical application of doxorubicin (DOX) is limited because of its cardiotoxicity. Thus, exploration of effective lead compounds against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity is necessary. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects and possible mechanisms of dioscin against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity. The in vitro model of DOX- treated H9C2 cells and the in vivo models of DOX-treated rats and mice were used in this study. The results showed that discoin markedly increased H9C2 cell viability, decreased the levels of CK, LDH, and improved histopathological and electrocardio- gram changes in rats and mice to protect DOX-induced cardiotoxicity...
March 6, 2018: Redox Biology
Karilyn E Sant, Paul P Sinno, Haydee M Jacobs, Alicia R Timme-Laragy
The glutathione redox system undergoes precise and dynamic changes during embryonic development, protecting against and mitigating oxidative insults. The antioxidant response is coordinately largely by the transcription factor Nuclear factor erythroid-2 (Nrf2), an endogenous sensor for cellular oxidative stress. We have previously demonstrated that impaired Nrf family signaling disrupts the glutathione redox system in the zebrafish embryo, and that impaired Nrf2 function increases embryonic sensitivity to environmental toxicants...
February 20, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
Romina M Lasagni Vitar, Julia Tau, Natasha S Janezic, Agustina I Tesone, Ailen G Hvozda Arana, Claudia G Reides, Alejandro Berra, Sandra M Ferreira, Susana F Llesuy
The aim of this study was to evaluate the time course of oxidative stress markers and inflammatory mediators in human conjunctival epithelial cells (IOBA-NHC) exposed to diesel exhaust particles (DEP) for 1, 3, and 24 h. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid and protein oxidation, Nrf2 pathway activation, enzymatic antioxidants, glutathione (GSH) levels and synthesis, as well as cytokine release and cell proliferation were analyzed. Cells exposed to DEP showed an increase in ROS at all time points...
March 7, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Jinfeng Qu, Lei Zhang, Lanyu Li, Yujie Su
This study was aimed to investigate the tumor suppressive role of miR-148b in regulating endoplasmic reticulum metalloprotease 1 (ERMP1) expression and oxidative stress response in endometrial cancer cells. Human endometrial cancer RL95-2 cells were used and transfected with miR-148b mimic, miR-148b inhibitor, and their scrambled negative control. Thereafter, the transfection efficiency was determined by qRT-PCR and cell viability was assessed by MTT assay. The luciferase reporter assay, Western blot, and qRT-PCR were conducted to determine the target gene of miR-148b...
March 9, 2018: Oncology Research
Ali C M Johnson, Richard A Zager
Background: P21, a cyclin kinase inhibitor, is upregulated by renal 'ischemic preconditioning' (IPC), and induces a 'cytoresistant' state. However, P21-induced cell cycle inhibition can also contribute to cellular senescence, a potential adverse renal event. Hence, this study assessed whether: (i) IPC-induced P21 upregulation is associated with subsequent renal senescence; and (ii) preconditioning can be established 'independent' of P21 induction and avoid a post-ischemic senescent state? Methods: CD-1 mice were subjected to either IPC (5-15 min) or to a recently proposed 'oxidant-induced preconditioning' (OIP) strategy (tin protoporphyrin-induced heme oxygenase inhibition +/- parental iron administration)...
March 7, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Daehyun Shin, Sihyeong Lee, Yu-Hua Huang, Hye-Won Lim, Yoonjin Lee, Kyounghee Jang, Yongwan Cho, Sang Jun Park, Dae-Duk Kim, Chang-Jin Lim
CONTEXT: Geniposide (genipin-1-O-β-d-glucoside) is a major bioactive ingredient in the fruits of gardenia [Gardenia jasminoides J. Ellis (Rubiaceae)], a traditional herbal medicine in Asian countries. OBJECTIVE: This work assesses the skin anti-photoaging potential of geniposide in human dermal fibroblasts under UV-B irradiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The anti-photoaging property of geniposide, at varying concentrations (5, 12 and 30 μM) treated for 30 min prior to UV-B irradiation, was evaluated by analysing reactive oxygen species (ROS), promatrix metalloproteinase-2 (proMMP-2), glutathione (GSH), superoxide dismutase (SOD), nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and cellular viability...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Kwan-Woo Kim, Tran Hong Quang, Wonmin Ko, Dong-Cheol Kim, Chi-Su Yoon, Hyuncheol Oh, Youn-Chul Kim
CONTEXT: Cudrania tricuspidata Bureau (Moraceae) is an important source of traditional Korean and Chinese medicines used to treat neuritis and inflammation. OBJECTIVE: The anti-neuroinflammatory effects of cudraflavanone A isolated from a chloroform fraction of C. tricuspidata were investigated in LPS-induced BV2 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cudraflavanone A was isolated from the root of C. tricuspidata, and its structure was determined by MS and NMR data...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
Guannan Chen, Juan Wei, Xin Lyu
The anti-oxidant stress of the body is mainly mediated by the transcription factor nuclear factor-erythroid 2 related factor 2 (Nrf2). Nrf2 can promote cell protective gene expression. Nrf2 plays an important role in regulating the oxidative stress, the metabolism of toxic substances, the inflammation, the apoptosis, and the physiological functions of cells. Multiple studies have shown that the activation of Nrf2 alleviates oxidative stress and inflammation, plays an important role in acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS), and is expected to be potential targets for the prevention and treatment of ALI/ARDS...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Vachirapong Sompakdee, Auemduan Prawan, Laddawan Senggunprai, Upa Kukongviriyapan, Papavee Samathiwat, Jaroon Wandee, Veerapol Kukongviriyapan
AIMS: Transcription factor Nrf2, which regulates the expression of cytoprotective and antioxidant enzymes, contributes to proliferation and resistance to chemotherapy in cancer. The inhibition of Nrf2 can sensitize cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) cells to the cytotoxicity of several chemotherapeutic agents. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of this chemosensitizing effect. MAIN METHODS: KKU-100 cells were used in the study. Nrf2 expression was knocked down by siRNA and expression was validated by reverse transcription and polymerase chain reaction...
March 5, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Rafa S Almeer, Sahar M Mahmoud, Hatem K Amin, Ahmed E Abdel Moneim
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and protective effects of Ziziphus spina-christi fruit extract (ZFE) against acetic acid (AcOH)-induced colitis in rats. Before a single AcOH instillation, ZFE (100, 200, and 400 mg/kg/day) was administered for 5 days by oral gavage. Pretreatment with ZFE at different doses suppressed the spread of inflammation and inhibited mucosal damage; in addition, it reduced ulcer size and mitigated colitis markers. Administration of ZFE (400 mg/kg) resulted in a greater reduction of inflammatory colonic injury than that after reference drug, mesalazine (MLZ), administration...
March 5, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Mohammad-Reza Khajevand-Khazaei, Pouria Ziaee, Seyyed-Alireza Motevalizadeh, Mahdi Rohani, Siamak Afshin-Majd, Tourandokht Baluchnejadmojarad, Mehrdad Roghani
Systemic inflammation following infection is usually associated with long-term complications including cognitive deficit and dementia. Neuroinflammation and cognitive decline are also main hallmarks of several neurological conditions. Naringenin is a citrus flavanone with anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antioxidant potential. In this study, the protective effect of naringenin against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced cognitive decline was evaluated in the rat. LPS was daily injected at a dose of 167μg/kg for 1 week and naringenin was administered p...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Chhanda Bose, Sanjay Awasthi, Rajendra Sharma, Helen Beneš, Martin Hauer-Jensen, Marjan Boerma, Sharda P Singh
Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women of the Western world. Doxorubicin (DOX) continues to be used extensively to treat early-stage or node-positive breast cancer, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer, and metastatic disease. We have previously demonstrated in a mouse model that sulforaphane (SFN), an isothiocyanate isolated from cruciferous vegetables, protects the heart from DOX-induced toxicity and damage. However, the effects of SFN on the chemotherapeutic efficacy of DOX in breast cancer are not known...
2018: PloS One
Roberta Bortolozzi, Silvia Bresolin, Elena Rampazzo, Maddalena Paganin, Francesca Maule, Elena Mariotto, Daniele Boso, Sonia Minuzzo, Valentina Agnusdei, Giampietro Viola, Geertruy Te Kronnie, Giovanni Cazzaniga, Giuseppe Basso, Luca Persano
BACKGROUND: Despite chemotherapy intensification, a subgroup of high-risk paediatric T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) patients still experience treatment failure. In this context, we hypothesised that therapy resistance in T-ALL might involve aldo-keto reductase 1C (AKR1C) enzymes as previously reported for solid tumors. METHODS: Expression of NRF2-AKR1C signaling components has been analysed in paediatric T-ALL samples endowed with different treatment outcomes as well as in patient-derived xenografts of T-ALL...
March 8, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
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