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Farnesoid x receptor

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
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
J Rodríguez-Castelán, A Corona-Pérez, L Nicolás-Toledo, M Martínez-Gómez, F Castelán, E Cuevas-Romero
Hypothyroidism is associated with the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, but cellular mechanisms have been scarcely analyzed. Thyroid hormones regulate the synthesis and secretion of bile acids that are endogenous ligands of the farnesoid receptor (FXRα), which have been involved in the development of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. However, the relationship between thyroid hormones and FXRα expression in the liver is yet unknown. Control (n=6) and methimazole-induced hypothyroid (n=6) female rabbits were used to evaluate the amount of lipids and glycogen, vascularization, hepatocytes proliferation, immune cells infiltration, and expression of FXRα...
October 4, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Christopher L Bowlus, James T Kenney, Gary Rice, Robert Navarro
BACKGROUND: Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States. Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), previously known as primary biliary cirrhosis and which has been designated an orphan condition, is a chronic autoimmune disease resulting in the destruction of the small bile ducts in the liver. Without effective treatment, disease progression frequently leads to liver failure and death. Until May 2016, the only FDA-approved treatment for PBC was ursodiol (UDCA), an oral hydrophilic bile acid, which can slow progression of liver damage due to PBC...
October 2016: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
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
Xian Pan, Miaoran Ning, Hyunyoung Jeong
CYP2D6-mediated drug metabolism exhibits large interindividual variability. While genetic variations in CYP2D6 gene are well-known contributors to the variability, accumulating data indicate that transcriptional regulation of CYP2D6 may also account for part of CYP2D6 variability. Yet, factors governing transcriptional regulation of CYP2D6 are poorly understood. Recently, mechanistic studies for increased CYP2D6-mediated drug metabolism in pregnancy revealed an important role of a transcription factor small heterodimer partner (SHP) as a transcriptional repressor of CYP2D6...
October 3, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
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
Giovanni Musso, Maurizio Cassader, Solomon Cohney, Franco De Michieli, Silvia Pinach, Francesca Saba, Roberto Gambino
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a risk factor for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). ESRD or CVD develop in a substantial proportion of patients with CKD receiving standard-of-care therapy, and mortality in CKD remains unchanged. These data suggest that key pathogenetic mechanisms underlying CKD progression go unaffected by current treatments. Growing evidence suggests that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and CKD share common pathogenetic mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets...
October 2016: Diabetes Care
Yaron Rotman, Arun J Sanyal
Given the high prevalence and rising incidence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), the absence of approved therapies is striking. Although the mainstay of treatment of NAFLD is weight loss, it is hard to maintain, prompting the need for pharmacotherapy as well. A greater understanding of disease pathogenesis in recent years was followed by development of new classes of medications, as well as potential repurposing of currently available agents. NAFLD therapies target four main pathways. The dominant approach is targeting hepatic fat accumulation and the resultant metabolic stress...
September 19, 2016: Gut
Frank J Gonzalez, Changtao Jiang, Andrew D Patterson
The gut microbiota is associated with metabolic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, as shown by correlative studies and by transplant of microbiota from obese humans and mice into germ-free mice. Modification of the microbiota by treatment of high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice with tempol or antibiotics resulted in decreased adverse metabolic phenotypes. This was owing to lower levels of the genera Lactobacillus and decreased bile salt hydrolase (BSH) activity. The decreased BSH resulted in increased levels of tauro-β-muricholic acid (MCA), a substrate of BSH and a potent farnesoid X receptor (FXR) antagonist...
September 14, 2016: Gastroenterology
Shogo Takahashi, Tatsuki Fukami, Yusuke Masuo, Chad N Brocker, Cen Xie, Kristopher W Krausz, C Roland Wolf, Colin J Henderson, Frank J Gonzalez
Bile acids are synthesized from cholesterol in the liver and subjected to multiple metabolic biotransformations in hepatocytes, including oxidation by cytochromes P450 (CYP)s and conjugation with taurine, glycine, glucuronic acid, and sulfate. Mice and rats can hydroxylate chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) at the 6-position to form α-muricholic acid (α-MCA), and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) to form β-muricholic acid (-MCA). However, MCA is not formed in humans to any appreciable degree and the mechanism for this species difference is not known...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Len Verbeke, Inge Mannaerts, Robert Schierwagen, Olivier Govaere, Sabine Klein, Ingrid Vander Elst, Petra Windmolders, Ricard Farre, Mathias Wenes, Massimiliano Mazzone, Frederik Nevens, Leo A van Grunsven, Jonel Trebicka, Wim Laleman
Hepatic inflammation drives hepatic stellate cells (HSC), resulting in liver fibrosis. The Farnesoid-X receptor (FXR) antagonizes inflammation through NF-κB inhibition. We investigated preventive and therapeutic effects of FXR agonist obeticholic acid (OCA) on hepatic inflammation and fibrosis in toxic cirrhotic rats. Cirrhosis was induced by thioacetamide (TAA) intoxication. OCA was given during or after intoxication with vehicle-treated rats as controls. At sacrifice, fibrosis, hemodynamic and biochemical parameters were assessed...
2016: Scientific Reports
Fan Yang, Xiaowen Tang, Lili Ding, Yue Zhou, Qiaoling Yang, Junting Gong, Guangyun Wang, Zhengtao Wang, Li Yang
Cholestasis is a clinically significant symptom and widely associated with liver diseases, however, there are very few effective therapies for cholestasis. Danning tablet (DNT, a Chinese patent medicine preparation) has been clinically used to treat human liver and gallbladder diseases for more than 20 years in China. However, which ingredients of DNT contributed to this beneficial effect and their mechanistic underpinnings have been largely unknown. In the present study, we discovered that DNT not only demonstrated greater benefits for cholecystitis patients after cholecystectomy surgery in clinic but also showed protective effect against alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT)-induced cholestasis model in rodent...
2016: Scientific Reports
Christopher L Bowlus
Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), previously known as primary biliary "cirrhosis", is a rare autoimmune liver disease characterized by the hallmark autoantibodies to mitochondrial antigens and immune-mediated destruction of small bile duct epithelial cells leading to cholestasis and cirrhosis. Surprisingly, while immune modulators have not been effective in the treatment of PBC, supplementation with the hydrophilic bile acid (BA) ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been demonstrated to slow the disease progression...
2016: Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research
Jamie E Moscovitz, Bo Kong, Kyle Buckley, Brian Buckley, Grace L Guo, Lauren M Aleksunes
The farnesoid X receptor (Fxr) controls bile acid homeostasis by coordinately regulating the expression of synthesizing enzymes (Cyp7a1, Cyp8b1), conjugating enzymes (Bal, Baat) and transporters in the ileum (Asbt, Ostα/β) and liver (Ntcp, Bsep, Ostβ). Transcriptional regulation by Fxr can be direct, or through the ileal Fgf15/FGF19 and hepatic Shp pathways. Circulating bile acids are increased during pregnancy due to hormone-mediated disruption of Fxr signaling. While this adaptation enhances lipid absorption, elevated bile acids may predispose women to develop maternal cholestasis...
November 1, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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