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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431548/water-pipe-smoke-condensate-increases-the-internalization-of-mycobacterium-bovis-of-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-a549
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Esmaeil Mortaz, Shamila D Alipoor, Masoud Movassaghi, Mohammad Varahram, Jahangir Ghorbani, Gert Folkerts, Johan Garssen, Ian M Adcock
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major global health problem, and there is an association between tobacco smoke and TB. Water pipe smoking has become an increasing problem not only in Middle Eastern countries but also globally because users consider it as safer than cigarettes. The presence of high levels of toxic substances in water-pipe smoke may be a predisposing factor that enhances the incidence of pulmonary disorders. For example, uncontrolled macropinocytosis in alveolar epithelial cells following exposure to water-pipe smoke may predispose subjects to pulmonary infection...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428366/in-vitro-metabolism-of-oprozomib-an-oral-proteasome-inhibitor-role-of-epoxide-hydrolases-and-cytochrome-p450s
#2
Zhican Wang, Ying Fang, Juli Teague, Hansen Wong, Christophe Morisseau, Bruce D Hammock, Dan A Rock, Zhengping Wang
Oprozomib is an oral proteasome inhibitor currently under investigation in patients with hematologic malignancies or solid tumors. Oprozomib elicits potent pharmacological actions by forming a covalent bond with the active site N-terminal threonine of the 20S proteasome. Oprozomib has a short half-life across preclinical species and in patients due to systemic clearance via metabolism. Potential for drug-drug interactions (DDIs) could alter the exposure of this potent therapeutic therefore a thorough investigation of pathways responsible for metabolism is required...
April 20, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416371/modulation-by-nadph-oxidase-of-the-chronic-cardiovascular-and-autonomic-interaction-between-cyclosporine-and-nsaids-in-female-rats
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Ahmed F El-Yazbi, Karim S Ibrahim, Hanan M El-Gowelli, Nevine M El-Deeb, Mahmoud M El-Mas
Cyclosporine (CSA) and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are used together to manage arthritic disorders with an immune component. Previous reports showed contrasting effects for NSAIDs on CSA nephrotoxicity and acute elevations in blood pressure. Both effects were ameliorated or exaggerated after selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and nonselective COX inhibition, respectively. Here we investigated: (i) the interaction of CSA with NSAIDs possessing variable COX1/COX2 selectivities on hemodynamic, left ventricular (LV) and cardiac autonomic and histologic profiles, and (ii) role of NADPH-oxidase (NOX)/Rho-kinase (ROCK) pathway in the interaction...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415790/hyperglycemia-via-activation-of-thromboxane-a2-receptor-impairs-the-integrity-and-function-of-blood-brain-barrier-in-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Zhihong Zhao, Jue Hu, Xiaoping Gao, Hui Liang, Haiya Yu, Suosi Liu, Zhan Liu
Diabetes is one of high risk factors for cardio- and cerebra-vascular diseases, including stroke, atherosclerosis and hypertension. This study was conducted to elucidate whether and how thromboxane receptor (TPr) activation contributes to blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction in diabetes. Human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMECs) were cultured. The levels of phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) at Ser1177 (p-eNOS) and Akt at Ser473 (p-Akt) were assayed by western blot. Exposure of HBMECs to either high glucose (HG) or thromboxane A2 (TxA2) mimetic U46619, significantly reduced p-eNOS and p-Akt...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415789/hmga2-translocation-induced-in-skin-tumorigenesis
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Yong Li, Xiang-Ying Pi, Kelsey Boland, Sonali Lad, Kelly Johnson, Catherine Verfaillie, Rebecca J Morris
Hmga2 protein, a transcription factor involved in chromatin architecture, is expressed chiefly during development, where it has many key biological functions. When expressed in adult tissues from in various organs, Hmga2 is always related to cancer development. The role of Hmga2 in skin tumorigenesis is, however, not yet understood. We demonstrated that Hmga2 can be found in non-transformed epidermis, specifically located to the membrane of keratinocytes (KCs) in epidermis. Ex vivo culture of KCs and development of skin carcinomas in DMBA and TPA mouse models was associated with translocation of the Hmga2 protein from the membrane into the nucleus, where Hmga2 induced its own expression by binding to the Hmga2 promoter...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389592/cutting-edge-selective-oral-rock2-inhibitor-reduces-clinical-scores-in-patients-with-psoriasis-vulgaris-and-normalizes-skin-pathology-via-concurrent-regulation-of-il-17-and-il-10
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Alexandra Zanin-Zhorov, Jonathan M Weiss, Alissa Trzeciak, Wei Chen, Jingya Zhang, Melanie S Nyuydzefe, Carmen Arencibia, Seetharam Polimera, Olivier Schueller, Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Kathleen M Bonifacio, Norma Kunjravia, Inna Cueto, Jennifer Soung, Roy M Fleischmann, Alan Kivitz, Mark Lebwohl, Margarita Nunez, Johnnie Woodson, Shondra L Smith, Robert F West, Mark Berger, James G Krueger, John L Ryan, Samuel D Waksal
Targeted inhibition of Rho-associated kinase (ROCK)2 downregulates the proinflammatory T cell response while increasing the regulatory arm of the immune response in animals models of autoimmunity and Th17-skewing human cell culture in vitro. In this study, we report that oral administration of a selective ROCK2 inhibitor, KD025, reduces psoriasis area and severity index scores by 50% from baseline in 46% of patients with psoriasis vulgaris, and it decreases epidermal thickness as well as T cell infiltration in the skin...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384722/production-of-homogeneous-cultured-human-corneal-endothelial-cells-indispensable-for-innovative-cell-therapy
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Munetoyo Toda, Morio Ueno, Asako Hiraga, Kazuko Asada, Monty Montoya, Chie Sotozono, Shigeru Kinoshita, Junji Hamuro
Purpose: Cultured human corneal endothelial cells (cHCECs) are anticipated to become an alternative to donor corneas for the treatment of corneal endothelial dysfunction. The aim of this study was to establish proper culture protocols to successfully obtain a reproducibly homogeneous subpopulation (SP) with matured cHCEC functions and devoid of cell-state transition suitable for cell-injection therapy. Methods: The presence of SPs in cHCECs was investigated in terms of surface cluster-of-differentiation (CD) marker expression level by flow cytometry, as combined analysis of CD markers can definitively specify the SP (effector cells) conceivably the most suitable for cell therapy among diverse SPs...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381539/transient-tissue-priming-via-rock-inhibition-uncouples-pancreatic-cancer-progression-sensitivity-to-chemotherapy-and-metastasis
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Claire Vennin, Venessa T Chin, Sean C Warren, Morghan C Lucas, David Herrmann, Astrid Magenau, Pauline Melenec, Stacey N Walters, Gonzalo Del Monte-Nieto, James R W Conway, Max Nobis, Amr H Allam, Rachael A McCloy, Nicola Currey, Mark Pinese, Alice Boulghourjian, Anaiis Zaratzian, Arne A S Adam, Celine Heu, Adnan M Nagrial, Angela Chou, Angela Steinmann, Alison Drury, Danielle Froio, Marc Giry-Laterriere, Nathanial L E Harris, Tri Phan, Rohit Jain, Wolfgang Weninger, Ewan J McGhee, Renee Whan, Amber L Johns, Jaswinder S Samra, Lorraine Chantrill, Anthony J Gill, Maija Kohonen-Corish, Richard P Harvey, Andrew V Biankin, T R Jeffry Evans, Kurt I Anderson, Shane T Grey, Christopher J Ormandy, David Gallego-Ortega, Yingxiao Wang, Michael S Samuel, Owen J Sansom, Andrew Burgess, Thomas R Cox, Jennifer P Morton, Marina Pajic, Paul Timpson
The emerging standard of care for patients with inoperable pancreatic cancer is a combination of cytotoxic drugs gemcitabine and Abraxane, but patient response remains moderate. Pancreatic cancer development and metastasis occur in complex settings, with reciprocal feedback from microenvironmental cues influencing both disease progression and drug response. Little is known about how sequential dual targeting of tumor tissue tension and vasculature before chemotherapy can affect tumor response. We used intravital imaging to assess how transient manipulation of the tumor tissue, or "priming," using the pharmaceutical Rho kinase inhibitor Fasudil affects response to chemotherapy...
April 5, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370928/rho-kinase-regulates-extracellular-matrix-mediated-osteogenic-differentiation-of-periodontal-ligament-cells
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Yuki Ugawa, Tadashi Yamamoto, Mari Kawamura, Keisuke Yamashiro, Masayuki Shimoe, Kazuya Tomikawa, Shoichi Hongo, Hiroshi Maeda, Shogo Takashiba
The periodontal ligament (PDL) cells contain heterogeneous mesenchymal cell populations, which have the ability to differentiateinto cells that produce adjacent mineralized tissues and abundant extracellular matrix (ECM). ECM is essential not only for the homeostasis of the periodontal tissue, but also for controlling the differentiation of the PDL cells. The process of differentiation involves mechanotransduction, which links the ECM to the cytoskeleton. The present study investigated the roles of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase (ROCK) signaling, a crucial regulator of the cytoskeleton, during ECM-mediated osteogenic differentiation of PDL cells in vitro...
March 29, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363850/di-n-butyl-phthalate-exposure-negatively-influences-structural-and-functional-neuroplasticity-via-rho-gtpase-signaling-pathways
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Yuemin Ding, Lingchao Lu, Chengkai Xuan, Jiajv Han, Shumin Ye, Tingting Cao, Weibo Chen, Aiqing Li, Xiong Zhang
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) has been reported to cause disruptions in hippocampal plasticity, but its specific mechanism has not yet been ascertained. In this research, a mouse model of chronic DBP exposure was generated by intragastric administration of DBP (10, 50, or 250°mg/kg/d) for 5 weeks. Chronic exposure to high concentrations of DBP (250°mg/kg/d) induced a spatial learning deficit in the Morris water maze in male mice. By determining the activity of Rho-GTPase signaling pathways in the hippocampal tissues, we found that DBP exposure inhibited the activity of Rac1/PAK1/LIMK1 but activated RhoA/ROCK/LIMK2 signaling and eventually suppressed cofilin activity by phosphorylation...
March 28, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363184/treatment-with-platelet-derived-growth-factor-pdgf-and-rock-inhibitors-is-related-to-declined-nerve-growth-factor-ngf-signaling-in-an-experimental-model-of-rat-pulmonary-hypertension
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Magdalena Jasińska-Stroschein, Katarzyna Oszajca, Weronika Świtlik, Justyna Ruchwa, Daria Orszulak-Michalak
BACKGROUND: Recent studies reveal that nerve growth factor (NGF) plays a critical role in the pathobiology of pulmonary hypertension (PH). The aim of the present study is to clarify the relationship between NGF signaling and treatment with PDGF or ROCK inhibitors in an animal model of PH. METHODS: Lung tissues were obtained from animals with monocrotaline (MCT)-challenged PH which had been administered long term imatinib, fasudil or statin. Reversal of disease was indicated by decreases in right ventricle pressure (RVP) and hypertrophy...
February 1, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358928/regulation-of-white-and-brown-adipocyte-differentiation-by-rhogap-dlc1
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Choon Kiat Sim, Sun-Yee Kim, Reinhard Brunmeir, Qiongyi Zhang, Hongyu Li, Dharmini Dharmasegaran, Carol Leong, Ying Yan Lim, Weiping Han, Feng Xu
Adipose tissues constitute an important component of metabolism, the dysfunction of which can cause obesity and type II diabetes. Here we show that differentiation of white and brown adipocytes requires Deleted in Liver Cancer 1 (DLC1), a Rho GTPase Activating Protein (RhoGAP) previously studied for its function in liver cancer. We identified Dlc1 as a super-enhancer associated gene in both white and brown adipocytes through analyzing the genome-wide binding profiles of PPARγ, the master regulator of adipogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339093/rock-inhibition-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-involved-in-apoptosis-in-hemangioma
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Ming-Ke Qiu, Shu-Qing Wang, Chang Pan, Yang Wang, Zhi-Wei Quan, Ying-Bin Liu, Jing-Min Ou
Gene expression was examined in hemangiomas (HA), benign, birthmark-like tumors occurring in infancy, and confirmed in HA-derived endothelial cells (HDEC), for which cell proliferation and apoptosis were also assessed. Protein and mRNA accumulation of Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), Ki-67 and proliferating cell nuclear antigen was significantly higher in proliferating phase HAs than in involuting phase HAs. In contrast, p53 and caspase-3 exhibited higher levels of accumulation in involuting than proliferating HAs...
March 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321011/vehicle-dependent-effects-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-on-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-expression
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Chiharu Takahashi, Makoto Kurano, Masako Nishikawa, Kuniyuki Kano, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Hiroyuki Daida, Tomo Shimizu, Junken Aoki, Yutaka Yatomi
AIM: Sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) has been suggested to be a positive regulator of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) in adipocytes, while some studies are not consistent with this prothrombotic property of S1P. Since S1P is bound to apolipoprotein M (apoM) on HDL or to albumin in plasma, we compared the properties of these two forms on the PAI-1 induction. METHODS: We investigated the associations of S1P, apoM, and PAI-1 concentrations in the plasma of normal coronary artery (NCA), stable angina pectoris (SAP), and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) subjects (n=32, 71, and 38, respectively)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320516/l-f001-a-novel-multifunctional-rock-inhibitor-suppresses-neuroinflammation-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-involvement-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibition-and-nrf2-pathway-activation
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Jingkao Chen, Wei Yin, Yalin Tu, Shengnan Wang, Xiaohong Yang, Qiuhe Chen, Xiao Zhang, Yifan Han, Rongbiao Pi
Microglia and astrocytes are largely responsible for inflammatory injury in the brain of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Increasing evidence has indicated that Rho kinase (ROCK) plays an important role in the regulation of neuroinflammation. Previously, we synthesized a new chemical entity L-F001 and proved its potential inhibitory effects on ROCK and oxidative stress. Here, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects and the molecular mechanisms of L-F001 in vitro and in vivo. L-F001 remarkably suppressed lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-elevated expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) as well as LPS-induced production of nitric oxide (NO), reactive oxygen species, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and tumor necreactive oxygen speciesis factor-α (TNF-α) in microglial BV-2 cells and in cultured astrocytes...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317242/chemical-screening-identifies-rock-as-a-target-for-recovering-mitochondrial-function-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#16
Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Gyu Ree Kim, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) constitutes a genetic disease wherein an aging phenotype manifests in childhood. Recent studies indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in HGPS phenotype progression. Thus, pharmacological reduction in ROS levels has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment for patient with this disorder. In this study, we performed high-throughput screening to find compounds that could reduce ROS levels in HGPS fibroblasts and identified rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor (Y-27632) as an effective agent...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316141/dasatinib-inhibits-actin-fiber-reorganization-and-promotes-endothelial-cell-permeability-through-rhoa-rock-pathway
#17
Swapan K Dasgupta, Anhquyen Le, K Vinod Vijayan, Perumal Thiagarajan
Treatment with dasatinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is associated with edema, pleural effusion, and pulmonary edema. We investigated the effect of dasatinib on the barrier function of human microvascular endothelial cells-1 (HMEC-1) in vitro and in vivo. The permeability of HMEC-1 to fluorescein isothiocyante (FITC)-dextran increased in Transwell chambers within 5 min following the addition of therapeutic concentrations of dasatinib. The change in permeability was associated with increased activation of RhoA GTPase and its effector Rho-associated coiled-coil kinase 1(ROCK1)...
April 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297567/developing-a-novel-two-dimensional-culture-system-to-enrich-human-prostate-luminal-progenitors-that-can-function-as-a-cell-of-origin-for-prostate-cancer
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Dingxiao Zhang, Kevin Lin, Yue Lu, Kiera Rycaj, Yi Zhong, Hsueh-Ping Chao, Tammy Calhoun-Davis, Jianjun Shen, Dean G Tang
Elucidating the cell of origin of cancer has great significance in stratifying patients into appropriate treatment groups and for developing novel targeted therapies. Early studies demonstrate that only stem-like basal cells in the normal human prostate (NHP) can function as the cell of origin for prostate cancer (PCa). Here, we show that the organoids derived from bulk NHP luminal cells can also be tumorigenically transformed. We further show that the WIT medium, which is used to culture human mammary epithelial progenitor cells, when combined with the ROCK inhibitor, can readily propagate a population of progenitor-like cells from the primary NHP luminal cell isolates...
March 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284330/inhibition-of-ages-rage-rho-rock-pathway-suppresses-non-specific-neuroinflammation-by-regulating-bv2-microglial-m1-m2-polarization-through-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Jingkao Chen, Zhaowei Sun, Minghua Jin, Yalin Tu, Shengnan Wang, Xiaohong Yang, Qiuhe Chen, Xiao Zhang, Yifan Han, Rongbiao Pi
The microglia-mediated neuroinflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Advanced glycation end products (AGEs)/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) or Rho/Rho kinase (ROCK) are both involved in the development of non-specific inflammation. However, there are few reports about their effects on neuroinflammation. Here, we explored the mechanism of AGEs/RAGE/Rho/ROCK pathway underlying the non-specific inflammation and microglial polarization in BV2 cells...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283529/targeting-the-rhoa-rock-pathway-to-reverse-t-cell-dysfunction-in-sle
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Cristina Rozo, Yurii Chinenov, Reena Khianey Maharaj, Sanjay Gupta, Laura Leuenberger, Kyriakos A Kirou, Vivian P Bykerk, Susan M Goodman, Jane E Salmon, Alessandra B Pernis
OBJECTIVES: Deregulated production of interleukin (IL)-17 and IL-21 contributes to the pathogenesis of autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Production of IL-17 and IL-21 can be regulated by ROCK2, one of the two Rho kinases. Increased ROCK activation was previously observed in an SLE cohort. Here, we evaluated ROCK activity in a new SLE cohort, and an RA cohort, and assessed the ability of distinct inhibitors of the ROCK pathway to suppress production of IL-17 and IL-21 by SLE T cells or human Th17 cells...
April 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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