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Xiang Song, Yan Zhang, Li Zhang, Wengang Song, Lixin Shi
Hypoxia-associated metabolic reprogramming modulates the biological functions of many immune and non-immune cells, and affects immune response types and intensities. Adenosine and indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) are known immunosuppressors, and adenosine is a hypoxia-associated product. We investigated the impact of hypoxia on IDO production in dendritic cells (DCs). We found that hypoxia (1% O2 ) enhances IDO production in DCs, and this increase was dependent on the adenosine A3 receptor (A3R), but not A2aR or A2bR...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Wen Huang, Shunjie Bai, Xuzheng Zuo, Weiju Tang, Pengfei Chen, Xiuying Chen, Gong Wang, Haoxiang Wang, Peng Xie
Microglial activation-mediated inflammatory damage to oligodendrocytes is a key step in the etiology of ischemic white matter lesions. The adenosine A1 receptor (A1R) and adenosine A2a receptor (A2aR) have been reported to regulate the activation of microglia, however, the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Thus, the present study used a microglia/oligodendrocyte co‑culture model exposed to low glucose/hypoxia, and treated with agonists/antagonists of A1R and A2aR to investigate the role of A1R and A2aR...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Safa Bouabid, Fu-Ming Zhou
The indirect pathway striatal medium spiny projection neurons (iMSNs) are critical to motor and cognitive brain functions. These neurons express a high level of cAMP-increasing adenosine A2a receptors (A2aRs). However, the potential effects of cAMP production on iMSN spiking activity have not been established, and recording identified iMSNs in freely moving animals is challenging. Here we show that in the transgenic mice expressing cAMP-producing G protein Gs -coupled designer receptor exclusively activated by designer drug (Gs-DREADD) in iMSNs, the baseline spike firing in MSNs is normal, indicating DREADD expression does not affect the normal physiology of these neurons...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Neurochemistry
Dasiel O Borroto-Escuela, Sonja Hinz, Gemma Navarro, Rafael Franco, Christa E Müller, Kjell Fuxe
Adenosine is a nucleoside mainly formed by degradation of ATP, located intracellularly or extracellularly, and acts as a neuromodulator. It operates as a volume transmission signal through diffusion and flow in the extracellular space to modulate the activity of both glial cells and neurons. The effects of adenosine are mediated via four adenosine receptor subtypes: A1R, A2AR, A2BR, A3R. The A2AR has a wide-spread distribution but it is especially enriched in the ventral and dorsal striatum where it is mainly located in the striato-pallidal GABA neurons at a synaptic and extrasynaptic location...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
M H Madeira, K Rashid, A F Ambrósio, A R Santiago, T Langmann
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by pathological changes in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and loss of photoreceptors. Growing evidence has demonstrated that reactive microglial cells trigger RPE dysfunction and loss of photoreceptors, and inflammasome pathways and complement activation contribute to AMD pathogenesis. We and others have previously shown that adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) blockade prevents microglia-mediated neuroinflammatory processes and mediates protection to the retina...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Aránzazu Mediero, Tuere Wilder, Lopa Shah, Bruce N Cronstein
The axonal guidance proteins semaphorin (Sema)4D and Sema3A play important roles in communication between osteoclasts and osteoblasts. As stimulation of adenosine A2A receptors (A2AR) regulates both osteoclast and osteoblast function, we asked whether A2AR regulates both osteoclast and osteoblast expression of Semas. In vivo bone formation and Sema3A/PlexinA1/Neuropilin-1, Sema4D/PlexinB1 protein expression were studied in a murine model of wear particle-induced osteolysis. Osteoclast/osteoblast differentiation were studied in vitro as the number of tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase+/Alizarin Red+ cells after challenge with CGS21680 (A2AR agonist, 1 µM) or ZM241385 (A2AR antagonist, 1 µM), with or without Sema4D or Sema3A (10 ng/ml)...
February 2, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Dasiel O Borroto-Escuela, Karolina Wydra, Xiang Li, David Rodriguez, Jens Carlsson, Joanna Jastrzębska, Malgorzata Filip, Kjell Fuxe
Antagonistic allosteric A2AR-D2R receptor-receptor interactions in heteroreceptor complexes counteract cocaine self-administration and cocaine seeking in rats as seen in biochemical and behavioral experiments. It was shown that the human A2AR transmembrane five (TM5) was part of the interface of the human A2AR-D2R receptor heteromer. In the current paper, the rat A2AR synthetic TM5 (synthTM5) peptide disrupts the A2AR-D2R heteroreceptor complex in HEK293 cells as shown by the bioluminescence resonance energy transfer method...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
David Allard, Roxanne Charlebois, Loise Gilbert, John Stagg, Pavel Chrobak
Many individuals at risk of streptococcal infection respond poorly to the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine Pneumovax 23. Identification of actionable pathways able to enhance Pneumovax responsiveness is highly relevant. We investigated the contribution of the extracellular adenosine pathway regulated by the ecto-nucleotidase CD73 in Pneumovax-induced antibody responses. Using gene-targeted mice, we demonstrated that CD73-or A2a adenosine receptor deficiency significantly delayed isotype switching. Nevertheless, CD73- or A2aR- deficient adult mice ultimately produced antigen-specific IgG3 and controlled Streptococcus pneumoniae infection as efficiently as wild type (WT) mice...
2018: PloS One
Ahcene Boumendjel, Kim-Anh Nguyen, Marine Peuchmaur, Sandrine Magnard, Romain Haudecoeur, Cédric Boyère, Saravanan Mounien, Ikram Benammar, Veronica Zampieri, Sébastien Igonet, Vincent Chaptal, Anass Jawhari, Pierre Falson
To tackle the problem of membrane proteins (MPs) instability in detergent solutions, we designed a series of dicarboxylate-oside detergents (DCODs) in which we optimized the polar head to clamp the membrane domain, including on one side a cluster of two carboxyl groups that promotes salt-bridges with basic residues abundant at the membrane-cytoplasm interface of MPs, and on the other side a sugar to generate H-bonds. Tested on BmrA, an ATP-binding cassette pump, DCODs 8b, 8c, and 9b preserved its ATPase function upon extraction much more efficiently than reference or recently designed detergents...
January 29, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Tetsuro Ishii, Eiji Warabi, Giovanni E Mann
Circadian clock genes regulate energy metabolism partly through neurotrophins in the body. The low affinity neurotrophin receptor p75NTR is a clock component directly regulated by the transcriptional factor Clock:Bmal1 complex. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is expressed in the brain and plays a key role in coordinating metabolic interactions between neurons and astrocytes. BDNF transduces signals through TrkB and p75NTR receptors. This review highlights a novel molecular mechanism by which BDNF via circadian control of p75NTR leads to daily resetting of glucose and glycogen metabolism in brain astrocytes to accommodate their functional interaction with neurons...
January 24, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
James H Mehaffey, Dustin Money, Eric J Charles, Sarah Schubert, Angela Fernandez Piñeros, Di Wu, Sai Vineela Bontha, Robert Hawkins, Nicholas R Teman, Victor E Laubach, Valeria R Mas, Curtis G Tribble, Daniel G Maluf, Ashish K Sharma, Zequan Yang, Irving L Kron, Mark E Roeser
OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that systemic administration of an A2AR agonist will reduce multiorgan IRI in a porcine model of ECPR. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Advances in ECPR have decreased mortality after cardiac arrest; however, subsequent IRI contributes to late multisystem organ failure. Attenuation of IRI has been reported with the use of an A2AR agonist. METHODS: Adult swine underwent 20 minutes of circulatory arrest, induced by ventricular fibrillation, followed by 6 hours of reperfusion with ECPR...
January 25, 2018: Annals of Surgery
Andrew J Kwilasz, Amanda Ellis, Julie Wieseler, Lisa Loram, Jacob Favret, Andrew McFadden, Kendra Springer, Scott Falci, Jayson Rieger, Steven F Maier, Linda R Watkins
Central neuropathic pain is a debilitating outcome of spinal cord injury (SCI) and current treatments to alleviate this pain condition are ineffective. A growing body of literature suggests that activating adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs) decreases the production of proinflammatory cytokines and increases the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Here, the effect of administering intrathecal A2AR agonists on central neuropathic pain was measured using hindpaw mechanical allodynia in a rat model of SCI termed spinal neuropathic avulsion pain (SNAP)...
January 20, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Ting Chien, Yu-Ting Weng, Shu-Yung Chang, Hsing-Lin Lai, Feng-Lan Chiu, Hung-Chih Kuo, De-Maw Chuang, Yijuang Chern
Translin-associated protein X (TRAX) is a scaffold protein with various functions and has been associated with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. We have previously demonstrated that TRAX interacts with a Gsα protein-coupled receptor, the A2A adenosine receptor (A2AR), and mediates the function of this receptor in neuritogenesis. In addition, stimulation of the A2AR markedly ameliorates DNA damage evoked by elevated oxidative stress in neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here, we report that glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK3β) and disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) are two novel interacting proteins of TRAX...
January 3, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Joshua J Field, Elaine Majerus, Victor R Gordeuk, Michel Gowhari, Carolyn Hoppe, Matthew M Heeney, Maureen Achebe, Alex George, Hillary Chu, Brian Sheehan, Maneka Puligandla, Donna Neuberg, Gene Lin, Joel Linden, David G Nathan
Adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) agonists have been shown to decrease tissue inflammation induced by hypoxia/reoxygenation in mice with sickle cell disease (SCD). The key mediator of the A2AR agonist's anti-inflammatory effects is a minor lymphocyte subset, invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells. We tested the hypothesis that administration of an A2AR agonist in patients with SCD would decrease iNKT cell activation and dampen the severity of vaso-occlusive (VO) crises. In a phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, we administered a 48-hour infusion of the A2AR agonist regadenoson (1...
September 12, 2017: Blood Advances
Leen Kalash, Cristina Val, Jhonny Azuaje, María I Loza, Fredrik Svensson, Azedine Zoufir, Lewis Mervin, Graham Ladds, José Brea, Robert Glen, Eddy Sotelo, Andreas Bender
Compounds designed to display polypharmacology may have utility in treating complex diseases, where activity at multiple targets is required to produce a clinical effect. In particular, suitable compounds may be useful in treating neurodegenerative diseases by promoting neuronal survival in a synergistic manner via their multi-target activity at the adenosine A1 and A2A receptors (A1R and A2AR) and phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A), which modulate intracellular cAMP levels. Hence, in this work we describe a computational method for the design of synthetically feasible ligands that bind to A1 and A2A receptors and inhibit phosphodiesterase 10A (PDE10A), involving a retrosynthetic approach employing in silico target prediction and docking, which may be generally applicable to multi-target compound design at several target classes...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Cheminformatics
Arabella Young, Shin Foong Ngiow, Yulong Gao, Ann-Marie Patch, Deborah S Barkauskas, Meriem Messaoudene, Gene Lin, Jerome D Coudert, Kimberley A Stannard, Laurence Zitvogel, Mariapia A Degli-Esposti, Eric Vivier, Nicola Waddell, Joel Linden, Nicholas D Huntington, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Mark J Smyth
Extracellular adenosine is a key immunosuppressive metabolite that restricts activation of cytotoxic lymphocytes and impairs antitumor immune responses. Here, we show that engagement of A2A adenosine receptor (A2AR) acts as a checkpoint that limits the maturation of natural killer (NK) cells. Both global and NK-cell-specific conditional deletion of A2AR enhanced proportions of terminally mature NK cells at homeostasis, following reconstitution, and in the tumor microenvironment. Notably, A2AR-deficient, terminally mature NK cells retained proliferative capacity and exhibited heightened reconstitution in competitive transfer assays...
February 15, 2018: Cancer Research
Ricardo Márquez-Gómez, Meridith T Robins, Citlaly Gutiérrez-Rodelo, Juan-Manuel Arias, Jesús-Alberto Olivares-Reyes, Richard M van Rijn, José-Antonio Arias-Montaño
In the striatum, histamine H3 receptors (H3 Rs) are co-expressed with adenosine A2A receptors (A2A Rs) in the cortico-striatal glutamatergic afferents and the GABAergic medium-sized spiny neurons that originate the indirect pathway of the basal ganglia. This location allows H3 Rs and A2A Rs to regulate the striatal GABAergic and glutamatergic transmission. However, whether these receptors can physically interact has not yet been assessed. To test this hypothesis, a heteromer-selective in vitro assay was used to detect functional complementation between a chimeric A2A R302 -Gαqi4 and wild-type H3 Rs in transfected HEK-293T cells...
March 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Xin-Chun Ye, Jin-Xia Hu, Lei Li, Qiang Li, Fu-Lei Tang, Sen Lin, Dong Sun, Xiang-Dong Sun, Gui-Yun Cui, Lin Mei, Wen-Cheng Xiong
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Lrp4 (low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4) is predominantly expressed in astrocytes, where it regulates glutamatergic neurotransmission by suppressing ATP release. Here, we investigated Lrp4's function in ischemia/stroke-induced brain injury response, which includes glutamate-induced neuronal death and reactive astrogliosis. METHODS: The brain-specific Lrp4 conditional knockout mice (Lrp4GFAP-Cre ), astrocytic-specific Lrp4 conditional knockout mice (Lrp4GFAP-creER ), and their control mice (Lrp4f/f ) were subjected to photothrombotic ischemia and the transient middle cerebral artery occlusion...
January 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Kristin Feltmann, Dasiel Oscar Borroto-Escuela, Joëlle Rüegg, Luca Pinton, Thatiane de Oliveira Sergio, Manuel Narváez, Antonio Jimenez-Beristain, Tomas J Ekström, Kjell Fuxe, Pia Steensland
BACKGROUND: Reduced dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) ligand binding has repeatedly been demonstrated in the striatum of humans with alcohol use disorder (AUD). The attenuated D2R binding has been suggested to reflect a reduced D2R density, which in turn has been proposed to drive craving and relapse. However, results from rodent studies addressing the effects of alcohol drinking on D2R density have been inconsistent. METHODS: A validated alcohol drinking model (intermittent access to 20% alcohol) in Wistar rats was used to study the effects of voluntary alcohol drinking (at least 12 weeks) on the D2R in the striatum compared to age-matched alcohol-naïve control rats...
February 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Satoshi Goto
The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD) result from striatal dopamine (DA) deficiency due to a progressive degeneration of nigral dopaminergic cells. Although DA replacement therapy is the mainstay to treat parkinsonian symptoms, a long-term daily administration of levodopa often develops levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID). LID is closely linked to the dysregulation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) signaling cascades in the medium spiny neurons (MSNs), the principal neurons of the striatum, which are roughly halved with striatonigral MSNs by striatopallidal MSNs...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
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