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Moreshwar Desai, Bhoomika Mathur, Zeena Eblimit, Hernan Vasquez, Heinrich Taegtmeyer, Saul Karpen, Daniel J Penny, David D Moore, Sayeepriyadarshini Anakk
: Cardiac dysfunction in patients with liver cirrhosis is strongly associated with increased serum bile acid concentrations. Here we show that excess bile acids decrease fatty acid oxidation in cardiomyocytes and can cause heart dysfunction, a cardiac syndrome that we term Cholecardia. Fxr; Shp double knockout (DKO) mice, a model for bile acid overload, display cardiac hypertrophy, bradycardia, and exercise intolerance. In addition, DKO mice exhibit an impaired cardiac response to catecholamine challenge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Qiang Meng, Xing-Ping Duan, Chang-Yuan Wang, Zhi-Hao Liu, Peng-Yuan Sun, Xiao-Kui Huo, Hui-Jun Sun, Jin-Yong Peng, Ke-Xin Liu
AIM: Alisol B 23-acetate (AB23A) is a natural triterpenoid isolated from the traditional Chinese medicine rhizoma alismatis, which exhibits a number of pharmacological activities, including anti-hepatitis virus, anti-cancer and antibacterial effects. In this study we examined whether AB23A protected against non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in mice, and the mechanisms underlying the protective effects. METHODS: NASH was induced in mice fed a methionine and choline-deficient (MCD) diet for 4 weeks...
October 24, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Chia-Wen Hsu, Jui-Hua Hsieh, Ruili Huang, Dirk Pijnenburg, Thai Khuc, Jon Hamm, Jinghua Zhao, Caitlin Lynch, Rinie van Beuningen, Xiaoqing Chang, Rene Houtman, Menghang Xia
Chemicals that alter normal function of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) have been shown to affect the homeostasis of bile acids, glucose, and lipids. Several structural classes of environmental chemicals and drugs that modulated FXR transactivation were previously identified by quantitative high-throughput screening (qHTS) of the Tox21 10K chemical collection. In the present study, we validated the FXR antagonist activity of selected structural classes, including avermectin anthelmintics, dihydropyridine calcium channel blockers, 1,3-indandione rodenticides, and pyrethroid pesticides, using in vitro assay and quantitative structural-activity relationship (QSAR) analysis approaches...
October 20, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Stefano Fiorucci, Angela Zampella, Giuseppe Cirino, Mariarosaria Bucci, Eleonora Distrutti
Bile acids are end product of cholesterol metabolism generated in the liver and released in the intestine. In addition to their role in nutrient absorption, bile acids are increasingly recognized as regulatory signals which exert their function beyond the intestine by activating a network of membrane and nuclear receptors. The best characterized of these bile acid activated receptors, GPBAR1 (also known as TGR5) and the Farnesosid-x-receptor (FXR) have also been detected in the vascular system and their activation mediate the vasodilatory effects of bile acids in the systemic and splanchnic circulation...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Leonardo A Moraes, Amanda J Unsworth, Sakthivel Vaiyapuri, Marfoua S Ali, Parvathy Sasikumar, Tanya Sage, Gagan D Flora, Alex P Bye, Neline Kriek, Emilie Dorchies, Olivier Molendi-Coste, David Dombrowicz, Bart Staels, David Bishop-Bailey, Jonathan M Gibbins
OBJECTIVE: Although initially seemingly paradoxical because of the lack of nucleus, platelets possess many transcription factors that regulate their function through DNA-independent mechanisms. These include the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), a member of the superfamily of ligand-activated transcription factors, that has been identified as a bile acid receptor. In this study, we show that FXR is present in human platelets and FXR ligands, GW4064 and 6α-ethyl-chenodeoxycholic acid, modulate platelet activation nongenomically...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Zihang Yuan, Runping Liu, Hozeifa M Hassan, Hang Yang, Rong Sun, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Estrogen-induced cholestasis, known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), is an estrogen-related liver disease that is widely recognized as female or pregnancy-specific. Our previous findings showed that the synthetic estrogen, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE), induced cholestatic injury through ERK1/2-LKB1-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway and its mediated suppression of farnesoid X receptor (FXR). To investigate the role played by bile acids in EE-induced cholestasis, we evaluated the effects of chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA) on sandwich cultured rat primary hepatocytes (SCRHs) and an in vivo rat model...
October 12, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
J E Edwards, C LaCerte, T Peyret, N H Gosselin, J F Marier, A F Hofmann, D Shapiro
Obeticholic acid (OCA), a semisynthetic bile acid, is a selective and potent farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist in development for the treatment of chronic nonviral liver diseases. Physiologic pharmacokinetic models have been previously used to describe the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of bile acids. OCA plasma levels were measured in healthy volunteers and cirrhotic subjects. A physiologic pharmacokinetic model was developed to quantitatively describe the ADME of OCA in patients with and without hepatic impairment...
October 15, 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
Fan Yang, Junting Gong, Guangyun Wang, Peng Chen, Li Yang, Zhengtao Wang
Waltonitone (WA), an ursane-type pentacyclic triterpene extracted from Gentiana waltonii Burkill, was recently appeared to exert anti-tumor effect. However, the biological underpinnings underlying the role of WA in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells have not been completely elucidated. Our previous report indicated that the FXR-regulated miR-22-CCNA2 pathway contributed to the progression and development of HCC. Besides, a wide spectrum of microRNAs (miRNAs) could be up- or down-regulated upon WA treatment, including miR-22...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Ahmad Samer Alawad, Cynthia Levy
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October 12, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Ming Gu, Ping Zhao, Jinwen Huang, Yuanyuan Zhao, Yahui Wang, Yin Li, Yifei Li, Shengjie Fan, Yue-Ming Ma, Qingchun Tong, Li Yang, Guang Ji, Cheng Huang
Background and purpose: Silymarin, a standardized extract of the milk thistle seeds, has been widely used to treat chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and other types of toxic liver damage. Despite increasing studies on the action of silymarin and its major active constituent, silybin in their therapeutic properties against insulin resistance, diabetes and hyperlipidaemia in vitro and in vivo, the mechanism underlying silymarin action remains unclear. Experimental approach: C57BL/6 mice were fed high-fat diet (HFD) for 3 months to induce obesity, insulin resistance, hyperlipidaemia, and fatty liver...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Gahl Levy, Naomi Habib, Maria Angela Guzzardi, Daniel Kitsberg, David Bomze, Elishai Ezra, Basak E Uygun, Korkut Uygun, Martin Trippler, Joerg F Schlaak, Oren Shibolet, Ella H Sklan, Merav Cohen, Joerg Timm, Nir Friedman, Yaakov Nahmias
Viruses lack the basic machinery needed to replicate and therefore must hijack the host's metabolism to propagate. Virus-induced metabolic changes have yet to be systematically studied in the context of host transcriptional regulation, and such studies shoul offer insight into host-pathogen metabolic interplay. In this work we identified hepatitis C virus (HCV)-responsive regulators by coupling system-wide metabolic-flux analysis with targeted perturbation of nuclear receptors in primary human hepatocytes. We found HCV-induced upregulation of glycolysis, ketogenesis and drug metabolism, with glycolysis controlled by activation of HNF4α, ketogenesis by PPARα and FXR, and drug metabolism by PXR...
October 10, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
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
Lai Peng, Stephanie Piekos, Grace L Guo, Xiao-Bo Zhong
The expression of phase-I drug metabolizing enzymes in liver changes dramatically during postnatal liver maturation. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is critical for bile acid and lipid homeostasis in liver. However, the role of FXR in regulating ontogeny of phase-I drug metabolizing genes is not clear. Hence, we applied RNA-sequencing to quantify the developmental expression of phase-I genes in both Fxr-null and control (C57BL/6) mouse livers during development. Liver samples of male C57BL/6 and Fxr-null mice at 6 different ages from prenatal to adult were used...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Yan Zhu, Hongxia Liu, Min Zhang, Grace L Guo
The prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) worldwide has increased at an alarming rate, which will likely result in enormous medical and economic burden. NAFLD presents as a spectrum of liver diseases ranging from simple steatosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), fibrosis, cirrhosis, and even to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A comprehensive understanding of the mechanism(s) of NAFLD-to-NASH transition remains elusive with various genetic and environmental susceptibility factors possibly involved...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Runping Liu, Linxi Yu, Zihang Yuan, Rong Sun, Hang Yang, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) is widely used to induce cholestasis in basic researches. Although direct damage induced by ANIT to bile duct epithelial cells has been documented in previous studies, few works investigated ANIT-induced effects on hepatocytes. Our previous study indicated that activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) inhibited farnesoid X receptor (FXR) expression and further participated in the pathogenesis of estrogen-induced cholestasis. However, whether ANIT has effects on bile acid homeostasis in hepatocytes, and the role of AMPK-FXR pathway played in these effects remain unclear...
October 1, 2016: Toxicology
Jae Hoon Cha, Sun Rim Kim, Hyun Joong Kang, Myung Hwan Kim, Ae Wha Ha, Woo Kyoung Kim
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Corn silk (CS) extract contains large amounts of maysin, which is a major flavonoid in CS. However, studies regarding the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism is limited. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the effect of CS extract on cholesterol metabolism in C57BL/6J mouse fed high-fat diets. MATERIALS/METHODS: Normal-fat group fed 7% fat diet, high-fat (HF) group fed 25% fat diet, and high-fat with corn silk (HFCS) group were orally administered CS extract (100 mg/kg body weight) daily...
October 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
Serge J Zweers, Elisabeth M de Vries, Martin Lenicek, Dagmar Tolenaars, D Rudi de Waart, Kiran V K Koelfat, Albert K Groen, Steven W M Olde Damink, Ulrich Beuers, Cyriel Ponsioen, Peter L M Jansen, Frank G Schaap
BACKGROUND: Bile salts likely contribute to liver injury in patients with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and primary biliary cholangitis (PBC). Fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF19) is a bile salt-induced enterokine with hepatoprotective potential as it suppresses de novo bile salt synthesis. Here, we evaluated the bile salt receptor FXR/FGF19 gut-liver axis in PSC and PBC patients. METHODS: Fasted patients with PSC (n = 12) and PBC (n = 10), and healthy controls (HC; n = 10) were orally challenged with the natural FXR agonist chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA 15 mg/kg)...
September 30, 2016: Hepatology International
Luisa Pozzo, Andrea Vornoli, Ilaria Coppola, Clara Maria Della Croce, Lucia Giorgetti, Pier Giovanni Gervasi, Vincenzo Longo
AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate lipid, cholesterol and glucose metabolism in a novel rat model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MAIN METHODS: Rats (Wistar) were fed high fat/cholesterol diet (HFD) and a single low dose (35mg/kg) of streptozotocin (STZ). Collagen and glycogen content, oxidative stress and glucokinase activity were measured using biochemical assays. Other metabolic pathway were assessed by qRT-PCR. KEY FINDINGS: HFD/STZ treated rats, compared to control ones, showed an increase in expression of biomarkers of inflammation (TNFα, IL6), fibrosis (TGFβ), mitochondrial stress (UCP2) and oxidative stress (GSH and carbonylated proteins) but not of ER stress (CHOP, XBP1)...
September 28, 2016: Life Sciences
Laurens J Ceulemans, Emilio Canovai, Len Verbeke, Jacques Pirenne, Ricard Farré
Knowledge about the role of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) in the intestine is rapidly expanding. In pre-clinical animal models of inflammatory bowel disease and bile duct ligation, FXR activation has proven to directly target the three pillars of intestinal homeostasis: intestinal permeability, inflammation and bacterial translocation. The protective role of FXR-ligands on this homeostasis has implications for many intestinal pathologies like inflammatory bowel disease, ischemia reperfusion injury, the metabolic syndrome, colon cancer and even diarrhea...
August 10, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
Shi Feng, Laura Reuss, Yu Wang
Obesity is a global health problem characterized as an increase in the mass of adipose tissue. Adipogenesis is one of the key pathways that increases the mass of adipose tissue, by which preadipocytes mature into adipocytes through cell differentiation. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ), the chief regulator of adipogenesis, has been acutely investigated as a molecular target for natural products in the development of anti-obesity treatments. In this review, the regulation of PPARγ expression by natural products through inhibition of CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ) and the farnesoid X receptor (FXR), increased expression of GATA-2 and GATA-3 and activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway were analyzed...
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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