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Jiho Jang, Sangjun Park, Hye Jin Hur, Hyun-Ju Cho, Inhwa Hwang, Yun Pyo Kang, Isak Im, Hyunji Lee, Eunju Lee, Wonsuk Yang, Hoon-Chul Kang, Sung Won Kwon, Je-Wook Yu, Dong-Wook Kim
X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD), caused by an ABCD1 mutation, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder associated with the accumulation of very long-chain fatty acids (VLCFA). Cerebral inflammatory demyelination is the major feature of childhood cerebral ALD (CCALD), the most severe form of ALD, but its underlying mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we identify the aberrant production of cholesterol 25-hydroxylase (CH25H) and 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) in the cellular context of CCALD based on the analysis of ALD patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells and ex vivo fibroblasts...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Zoe Daniel, Angelina Swali, Richard Emes, Simon C Langley-Evans
BACKGROUND: Fetal exposure to a maternal low protein diet during rat pregnancy is associated with hypertension, renal dysfunction and metabolic disturbance in adult life. These effects are present when dietary manipulations target only the first half of pregnancy. It was hypothesised that early gestation protein restriction would impact upon placental gene expression and that this may give clues to the mechanism which links maternal diet to later consequences. METHODS: Pregnant rats were fed control or a low protein diet from conception to day 13 gestation...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
Demin Cai, Mengjie Yuan, Haoyu Liu, Shifeng Pan, Wenqiang Ma, Jian Hong, Ruqian Zhao
Betaine serves as an animal and human nutrient which has been heavily investigated in glucose and lipid metabolic regulation, yet the underlying mechanisms are still elusive. In this study, feeding sows with betaine-supplemented diets during pregnancy and lactation increased cholesterol content and low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) and scavenger receptor class B type I (SR-BI) gene expression, but decreasing bile acids content and cholesterol-7a-hydroxylase (CYP7a1) expression in the liver of weaning piglets...
October 18, 2016: Nutrients
Carrie J Finno, Matthew H Bordbari, Stephanie J Valberg, David Lee, Josi Herron, Kelly Hines, Tamer Monsour, Erica Scott, Danika L Bannasch, James Mickelson, Libin Xu
Specific spontaneous heritable neurodegenerative diseases have been associated with lower serum and cerebrospinal fluid α-tocopherol (α-TOH) concentrations. Equine neuroaxonal dystrophy (eNAD) has similar histologic lesions to human ataxia with vitamin E deficiency caused by mutations in the α-TOH transfer protein gene (TTPA). Mutations in TTPA are not present with eNAD and the molecular basis remains unknown. Given the neuropathologic phenotypic similarity of the conditions, we assessed the molecular basis of eNAD by global transcriptome sequencing of the cervical spinal cord...
October 14, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Mariola Kurowska-Stolarska, Manhl K Hasoo, David J Welsh, Lynn Stewart, Donna McIntyre, Brian E Morton, Steven Johnstone, Ashley M Miller, Darren L Asquith, Neal L Millar, Ann B Millar, Carol A Feghali-Bostwick, Nikhil Hirani, Peter J Crick, Yuqin Wang, William J Griffiths, Iain B McInnes, Charles McSharry
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is progressive and rapidly fatal. Improved understanding of pathogenesis is required to prosper novel therapeutics. Epigenetic changes contribute to IPF therefore microRNAs may reveal novel pathogenic pathways. OBJECTIVES: To determine the regulatory role of microRNA(miR)-155 in the pro-fibrotic function of murine lung macrophages and fibroblasts, IPF lung fibroblasts and its contribution to experimental pulmonary fibrosis...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Genaro R Villa, Jonathan J Hulce, Ciro Zanca, Junfeng Bi, Shiro Ikegami, Gabrielle L Cahill, Yuchao Gu, Kenneth M Lum, Kenta Masui, Huijun Yang, Xin Rong, Cynthia Hong, Kristen M Turner, Feng Liu, Gary C Hon, David Jenkins, Michael Martini, Aaron M Armando, Oswald Quehenberger, Timothy F Cloughesy, Frank B Furnari, Webster K Cavenee, Peter Tontonoz, Timothy C Gahman, Andrew K Shiau, Benjamin F Cravatt, Paul S Mischel
Small-molecule inhibitors targeting growth factor receptors have failed to show efficacy for brain cancers, potentially due to their inability to achieve sufficient drug levels in the CNS. Targeting non-oncogene tumor co-dependencies provides an alternative approach, particularly if drugs with high brain penetration can be identified. Here we demonstrate that the highly lethal brain cancer glioblastoma (GBM) is remarkably dependent on cholesterol for survival, rendering these tumors sensitive to Liver X receptor (LXR) agonist-dependent cell death...
October 13, 2016: Cancer Cell
Tetsuya Kimura, Shigeyuki Nada, Noriko Takegahara, Tatsusada Okuno, Satoshi Nojima, Sujin Kang, Daisuke Ito, Keiko Morimoto, Takashi Hosokawa, Yoshitomo Hayama, Yuichi Mitsui, Natsuki Sakurai, Hana Sarashina-Kida, Masayuki Nishide, Yohei Maeda, Hyota Takamatsu, Daisuke Okuzaki, Masaki Yamada, Masato Okada, Atsushi Kumanogoh
Macrophages play crucial roles in host defence and tissue homoeostasis, processes in which both environmental stimuli and intracellularly generated metabolites influence activation of macrophages. Activated macrophages are classified into M1 and M2 macrophages. It remains unclear how intracellular nutrition sufficiency, especially for amino acid, influences on macrophage activation. Here we show that a lysosomal adaptor protein Lamtor1, which forms an amino-acid sensing complex with lysosomal vacuolar-type H(+)-ATPase (v-ATPase), and is the scaffold for amino acid-activated mTORC1 (mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1), is critically required for M2 polarization...
October 12, 2016: Nature Communications
Sankar Panneerselvam, Rajaa Muthu Packirisamy, Zachariah Bobby, Sajini Elizabeth Jacob, Magadi Gopalakrishna Sridhar
Obesity emerged as the major risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Postmenopausal women are more prone to develop obesity than premenopausal women. The absence of safe and effective conventional treatments for postmenopausal obesity has changed the focus to natural products as alternative remedy. We investigated the molecular basis of the effect of soy isoflavones (SIFs) on hypertriglyceridemia and hepatic steatosis in an animal model of postmenopausal obesity. Ovariectomized (OVX) and sham-operated Wistar rats were fed with high-fat diet (HFD) and normal diet for 8 weeks with and without SIF extract (150mg/kg body weight/day)...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Adam M Speen, Hye-Young H Kim, Rebecca N Bauer, Megan Meyer, Kymberly M Gowdy, Michael B Fessler, Kelly E Duncan, Wei Liu, Ned A Porter, Ilona Jaspers
When inhaled, ozone (O3) interacts with cholesterols of airway epithelial cell membranes or the lung lining fluid, generating chemically reactive oxysterols. The mechanism by which O3-derived oxysterols affect molecular function is unknown. Our data show that in vitro exposure of human bronchial epithelial cells to O3 results in the formation of oxysterols, epoxycholesterol-α and β (α-EpCh, β-EpCh) and Secosterol A and B (Seco A, SecoB), in cell lysates and apical washes. Similarly, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid obtained from human volunteers exposed to O3 contained elevated levels of these oxysterol species...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Adam Ceroi, David Masson, Anne Roggy, Christophe Roumier, Cécile Chagué, Thierry Gauthier, Laure Philippe, Baptiste Lamarthée, Fanny Angelot-Delettre, Francis Bonnefoy, Sylvain Perruche, Sabeha Biichle, Claude Preudhomme, Elisabeth Macintyre, Laurent Lagrost, Francine Garnache-Ottou, Philippe Saas
Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is an aggressive hematological malignancy with a poor prognosis that derives from plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC). No consensus for optimal treatment modalities is available today and the full characterization of this leukemia is still emerging. We identified here a BPDCN-specific transcriptomic profile when compared to those of acute myeloid leukemia and T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as the transcriptomic signature of primary PDC. This BPDCN gene signature identified a dysregulation of genes involved in cholesterol homeostasis, some of them being liver X receptor (LXR) target genes...
October 4, 2016: Blood
Sayaka Nomura, Kaori Endo-Umeda, Makoto Makishima, Yuichi Hashimoto, Minoru Ishikawa
Liver X receptor (LXR) agonists are candidates for the treatment of atherosclerosis via induction of ABCA1 (ATP-binding cassette A1) gene expression, which contributes to reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) and to cholesterol efflux from the liver and intestine. However, LXR agonists also induce genes involved in lipogenesis, such as SREBP-1c (sterol regulatory binding element protein 1c) and FAS (fatty acid synthase), thereby causing an undesirable increase in plasma and hepatic triglyceride (TG) levels...
September 30, 2016: ChemMedChem
Valentin Mutemberezi, Owein Guillemot-Legris, Giulio G Muccioli
Oxysterols are cholesterol metabolites that can be produced through enzymatic or radical processes. They constitute a large family of lipids (i.e. the oxysterome) involved in a plethora of physiological processes. They can act through GPCR (e.g. EBI2, SMO, CXCR2), nuclear receptors (LXR, ROR, ERα) and through transporters or regulatory proteins. Their physiological effects encompass cholesterol, lipid and glucose homeostasis. Additionally, they were shown to be involved in other processes such as immune regulatory functions and brain homeostasis...
September 26, 2016: Progress in Lipid Research
Jonathan G Boucher, Rémi Gagné, Andrea Rowan-Carroll, Adèle Boudreau, Carole L Yauk, Ella Atlas
Bisphenol S (BPS) is increasingly used as a replacement plasticizer for bisphenol A (BPA) but its effects on human health have not been thoroughly examined. Recent evidence indicates that both BPA and BPS induce adipogenesis, although the mechanisms leading to this effect are unclear. In an effort to identify common and distinct mechanisms of action in inducing adipogenesis, transcriptional profiles of differentiating human preadipocytes exposed to BPA or BPS were compared. Human subcutaneous primary preadipocytes were differentiated in the presence of either 25 μM BPA or BPS for 2 and 4 days...
2016: PloS One
Kristine Griffett, Thomas P Burris
The liver X receptor (LXR) functions as a receptor for oxysterols and plays a critical role in the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism. We recently described a synthetic LXR inverse agonist that displayed efficacy in treatment of hepatic steatosis in a mouse model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). This compound, SR9238, was designed to display liver specificity so as to avoid potential detrimental effects on reverse cholesterol transport in peripheral tissues. Here, we examined the effects of a LXR antagonist/inverse agonist, GSK2033, which displays systemic exposure...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Zhiqiang Ma, Chao Deng, Wei Hu, Jie Zhou, Chongxi Fan, Shouyin Di, Dong Liu, Yang Yang, Dongjin Wang
Liver X receptors α (LXRα) and β (LXRβ) are essential for protection against cardiovascular diseases. LXRs are members of the nuclear receptor superfamily of DNA-binding transcription factors and act as sensors of cholesterol homeostasis. In this review, we introduce LXRs and briefly describe the roles of LXRs in reverse cholesterol transport and trans-intestinal cholesterol efflux. We discuss LXR agonists and the downstream genes of LXRs that are involved in the regulation of cholesterol transport. In addition, we describe the cardioprotective effects of LXRs against atherosclerosis, myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury, diabetic cardiomyopathy, and myocardial hypertrophy...
September 27, 2016: Current Issues in Molecular Biology
Tain-Junn Cheng, Shu-Wen Lin, Chih-Wei Chen, How-Ran Guo, Ying-Jang Wang
Chronic arsenic exposure is associated with cerebrovascular disease and the formation of atherosclerotic lesions. Our previous study demonstrated that arsenic trioxide (ATO) exposure was associated with atherosclerotic lesion formation through alterations in lipid metabolism in the reverse cholesterol transport process. In mouse livers, the expression of the liver X receptor β (LXR-β) and the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) was suppressed without any changes to the lipid profile. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether ATO contributes to atherosclerotic lesions by suppressing LXR-β and CETP levels in hepatocytes...
October 25, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Muriel Smet, Lien Van Hoecke, Ans De Beuckelaer, Seppe Vander Beken, Thomas Naessens, Karl Vergote, Monique Willart, Bart N Lambrecht, Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Knut R Steffensen, Johan Grooten
INTRODUCTION: Liver X receptors (LXRs) are nuclear receptors that function as cholesterol sensors and regulate cholesterol homeostasis. High cholesterol has been recognized as a risk factor in asthma; however, the mechanism of this linkage is not known. METHODS: To explore the importance of cholesterol homeostasis for asthma, we investigated the contribution of LXR activity in an ovalbumin- and a house dust mite-driven eosinophilic asthma mouse model. RESULTS: In both models, airway inflammation, airway hyper-reactivity, and goblet cell hyperplasia were reduced in mice deficient for both LXRα and LXRβ isoforms (LXRα(-/-)β(-/-)) as compared to wild-type mice...
September 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Hai-Yan Jia, Quan-Zhong Li, Li-Fang Lv
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Liver X receptor (LXR), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is known to induce the expression of SREBP-1c and ChREBP, two master regulators of hepatic lipogenesis. Histone deacyetylases (HDACs) have been shown to play critical roles in glucose and lipids metabolism. However, the exact role of HDAC5 in lipogenesis remains elusive. METHODS: mRNA and protein levels of HDAC5 were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR and Western blots in high-fat-diet-induced and leptin receptor deficiency-induced obese mice...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Manuella Bouttier, David Laperriere, Babak Memari, Joseph Mangiapane, Amanda Fiore, Eric Mitchell, Mark Verway, Marcel A Behr, Robert Sladek, Luis B Barreiro, Sylvie Mader, John H White
To understand the epigenetic regulation of transcriptional response of macrophages during early-stage M. tuberculosis (Mtb) infection, we performed ChIPseq analysis of H3K4 monomethylation (H3K4me1), a marker of poised or active enhancers. De novo H3K4me1 peaks in infected cells were associated with genes implicated in host defenses and apoptosis. Our analysis revealed that 40% of de novo regions contained human/primate-specific Alu transposable elements, enriched in the AluJ and S subtypes. These contained several transcription factor binding sites, including those for members of the MEF2 and ATF families, and LXR and RAR nuclear receptors, all of which have been implicated in macrophage differentiation, survival, and responses to stress and infection...
September 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Colin M Tice, Paul B Noto, Kristi Yi Fan, Wei Zhao, Stephen D Lotesta, Chengguo Dong, Andrew P Marcus, Ya-Jun Zheng, Guozhou Chen, Zhongren Wu, Rebecca Van Orden, Jing Zhou, Yuri Bukhtiyarov, Yi Zhao, Kerri Lipinski, Lamont Howard, Joan Guo, Geeta Kandpal, Shi Meng, Andrew Hardy, Paula Krosky, Richard E Gregg, Katerina Leftheris, Brian M McKeever, Suresh B Singh, Deepak Lala, Gerard M McGeehan, Linghang Zhuang, David A Claremon
Liver X receptor (LXR) agonists have been reported to lower brain amyloid beta (Aβ) and thus to have potential for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Structure and property based design led to the discovery of a series of orally bioavailable, brain penetrant LXR agonists. Oral administration of compound 18 to rats resulted in significant upregulation of the expression of the LXR target gene ABCA1 in brain tissue, but no significant effect on Aβ levels was detected.
October 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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