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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197100/rho-kinase-inhibition-with-fasudil-in-the-sod1-g93a-mouse-model-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-symptomatic-treatment-potential-after-disease-onset
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René Günther, Alexander Balck, Jan C Koch, Tobias Nientiedt, Michael Sereda, Mathias Bähr, Paul Lingor, Lars Tönges
Despite an improved understanding of the genetic background and the pathomechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) no novel disease-modifying therapies have been successfully implemented in clinical routine. Riluzole still remains the only clinically approved substance in human ALS treatment with limited efficacy. We have previously identified pharmacological rho kinase (ROCK) inhibitors as orally applicable substances in SOD1.G93A transgenic ALS mice (SOD1(G93A)), which are able to extend survival time and improve motor function after presymptomatic treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165055/human-embryonic-and-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-maintain-phenotype-but-alter-their-metabolism-after-exposure-to-rock-inhibitor
#2
Spyros I Vernardis, Konstantinos Terzoudis, Nicki Panoskaltsis, Athanasios Mantalaris
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) are adhesion-dependent cells that require cultivation in colonies to maintain growth and pluripotency. Robust differentiation protocols necessitate single cell cultures that are achieved by use of ROCK (Rho kinase) inhibitors. ROCK inhibition enables maintenance of stem cell phenotype; its effects on metabolism are unknown. hPSCs were exposed to 10 μM ROCK inhibitor for varying exposure times. Pluripotency (TRA-1-81, SSEA3, OCT4, NANOG, SOX2) remained unaffected, until after prolonged exposure (96 hrs)...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157424/a-rho-associated-kinase-inhibitor-protects-permeability-in-a-cell-culture-model-of-ocular-disease-and-reduces-aqueous-flare-in-anterior-uveitis
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Hiroshi Yamada, Masahiko Yoneda, Shingo Inaguma, Masahiko Gosho, Yusuke Murasawa, Zenzo Isogai, Masahiro Zako
PURPOSE: Recent clinical and experimental studies have reported favorable results when using Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) inhibitors for ocular disease, and in cell culture. Disruption of the human, nonpigmented ciliary epithelial cells (HNPCECs) that comprise the blood-aqueous barrier (BAB) induces anterior uveitis; these cells therefore provide a useful cell model of ocular disease. In this study, we examined the effects of ROCK inhibitors in anterior uveitis and in HNPCECs. METHODS: Aqueous flare values and intraocular pressures (IOPs) were determined in patients with anterior uveitis, 2 weeks after administration of ripasudil hydrochloride hydrate, a commercial ROCK inhibitor used to treat glaucoma or ocular hypertension...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155615/the-protective-effect-of-dl0805-derivatives-on-pulmonary-artery-cells-and-the-underlying-mechanisms-study
#4
Tianyi Yuan, Huifang Zhang, Yucai Chen, Xiaozhen Jiao, Ping Xie, Lianhua Fang, Guanhua Du
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a severe disease characterized by a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance, initially due to abnormal pulmonary vasoconstriction in response to endothelial and smooth muscle cells injury. The discovery of new chemical entities having a protective effect on pulmonary artery cells could be meaningful for the treatment of PH. We evaluated the protective effect of DL0805 derivatives (DL0805-1 and DL0805-2) on pulmonary artery vascular cells, including human pulmonary artery endothelial cells (HPAECs) and human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (HPASMCs)...
February 1, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122303/icariin-promotes-proliferation-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-rat-adipose-derived-stem-cells-by-activating-the-rhoa-taz-signaling-pathway
#5
Yaping Ye, Xingzhi Jing, Na Li, Yingxing Wu, Bingbing Li, Tao Xu
Icariin, the main active flavonoid glucoside isolated from Herba epimedii, has been demonstrated to be a potential alternative therapy to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis. Icariin has also been shown to regulate the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow stromal cells (rBMSCs). However, the detailed molecular mechanism of icariin has remained largely unknown. Besides, no investigation has focused on the relevance of icariin in the regulation of rat adipose-derived stem cells (rASCs) proliferation and osteogenic differentiation...
January 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122300/y-27632-a-rho-associated-protein-kinase-inhibitor-inhibits-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#6
Yuanyuan Wang, Yang Lu, Jixia Chai, Meiqun Sun, Xiaodong Hu, Wenxin He, Min Ge, Changhao Xie
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether Rho-kinase inhibition (Y-27632) modulated the expressions of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) in systemic lupus erythematosus. 20 wild type mice and 20 MRL/lpr mice were applied for the research. The animals were randomly assigned to wild type, wild type+Y-27632 group, MRL/lpr group and MRL/lpr+Y-27632 group. 5mg/kg Y-27632 was intravenously injected to inhibit the ROCK expressions.Y-27632 significantly decreased the serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and increased IL-10 level in serum of MRL/lpr mice...
January 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112365/targeting-rock2-rather-than-rock1-inhibits-ewing-sarcoma-malignancy
#7
Rosa Simona Pinca, Maria Cristina Manara, Valentina Chiadini, Piero Picci, Cinzia Zucchini, Katia Scotlandi
Understanding the molecular processes characterizing Ewing sarcoma (EWS) cell migration is crucial to highlight novel therapies for patients with disseminated disease. In this study we analyzed the role of ROCK kinases in the regulation of cell migration, growth and differentiation of EWS cells. Overexpression of ROCK promotes invasion and metastasis in many solid tumors. However, the effect of ROCK in EWS has not been extensively investigated. Expression of ROCK1 and ROCK2 was analyzed by western blotting in a representative panel of human EWS cell lines, in comparison with the parameters of in vitro malignancy...
January 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109911/rho-kinase-inhibitor-prevents-acute-injury-against-transient-focal-cerebral-ischemia-by-enhancing-the-expression-and-function-of-gaba-receptors-in-rats
#8
Lin Huang, Qin Li, Ruiting Wen, Zhiying Yu, Na Li, Liping Ma, Wanyu Feng
Studies have shown hydroxyfasudil-mediated inhibition of Rho-kinase (ROCK) has efficacy in rodent models of focal ischemia and in in vitro systems that recapitulate stroke conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of the ROCK inhibitor on stroke are not well understood. In this study, we examined the role of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) interneurons in the effects of hydroxyfasudil on transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) induced acute ischemia-reperfusion injury to explore the mechanisms...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104444/rhoa-rock-pathway-mediates-leptin-induced-upa-expression-to-promote-cell-invasion-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#9
Ahmad Ghasemi, Seyed Isaac Hashemy, Mahmoud Aghaei, Mojtaba Panjehpour
Previous studies have shown that leptin, an adipocyte-secreted hormone, stimulates ovarian cancer invasion. Here, we investigated the contribution of uPA in leptin-induced ovarian cancer cell invasion. The cell invasion and migration experiments were carried out using matrigel invasion and wound healing assays in ovarian cancer cell lines (OVCAR3, SKOV3and CaoV-3). The mechanism underlying the invasive effect of leptin was examined using cell transfection with Ob-Rb siRNA, pre-treatment with a specific inhibitor of RhoA and ROCK, RhoA activation assay, OB-Rb, Rock and upA protein expression...
January 16, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101628/rho-kinase-inhibitor-fasudil-mitigates-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemia-and-vascular-damage
#10
Nibrass Taher Abdali, Awny H Yaseen, Eman Said, Tarek M Ibrahim
The current study was designed to investigate the potential beneficial therapeutic outcome of Rho kinase inhibitor (fasudil) against hypercholesterolemia-induced myocardial and vascular injury in rabbits together with diet modification. Sixteen male rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group which received standard rabbit chow, hypercholesterolemic control group, and treated groups which received cholesterol-rich rabbit chow (1.5% cholesterol) for 8 weeks. Treated groups received either fasudil (100 mg/kg/day) or rosuvastatin (2...
January 18, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088401/pharmacological-rescue-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-a-mouse-model-of-x-linked-intellectual-disability
#11
Manuela Allegra, Cristina Spalletti, Beatrice Vignoli, Stefano Azzimondi, Irene Busti, Pierre Billuart, Marco Canossa, Matteo Caleo
Oligophrenin-1 (OPHN1) is a Rho GTPase activating protein whose mutations cause X-linked intellectual disability (XLID). How loss of function of Ophn1 affects neuronal development is only partly understood. Here we have exploited adult hippocampal neurogenesis to dissect the steps of neuronal differentiation that are affected by Ophn1 deletion. We found that mice lacking Ophn1 display a reduction in the number of newborn neurons in the dentate gyrus. A significant fraction of the Ophn1-deficient newly generated neurons failed to extend an axon towards CA3, and showed an altered density of dendritic protrusions...
January 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087651/frontline-science-multiple-cathepsins-promote-inflammasome-independent-particle-induced-cell-death-during-nlrp3-dependent-il-1%C3%AE-activation
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Gregory M Orlowski, Shruti Sharma, Jeff D Colbert, Matthew Bogyo, Stephanie A Robertson, Hiroshi Kataoka, Francis K Chan, Kenneth L Rock
Sterile particles cause several chronic, inflammatory diseases, characterized by repeating cycles of particle phagocytosis and inflammatory cell death. Recent studies have proposed that these processes are driven by the NLRP3 inflammasome, a platform activated by phagocytosed particles, which controls both caspase-1-dependent cell death (pyroptosis) and mature IL-1β secretion. After phagocytosis, particles can disrupt lysosomes, and inhibitor studies have suggested that the resulting release of a lysosomal protease-cathepsin B-into the cytosol somehow activates NLRP3...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078613/l-f001-a-multifunction-rock-inhibitor-prevents-6-ohda-induced-cell-death-through-activating-akt-gsk-3beta-and-nrf2-ho-1-signaling-pathway-in-pc12-cells-and-attenuates-mptp-induced-dopamine-neuron-toxicity-in-mice
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Liting Luo, Jingkao Chen, Dan Su, Meihui Chen, Bingling Luo, Rongbiao Pi, Lan Wang, Wei Shen, Rikang Wang
Amounting evidences demonstrated that Rho/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) might be a novel target for the therapy of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we synthesized L-F001 and revealed it was a potent ROCK inhibitor with multifunctional effects. Here we investigated the effects of L-F001 in PD models. We found that L-F001 potently attenuated 6-OHDA-induced cytotoxicity in PC12 cells and significantly decreased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), prevented the 6-OHDA-induced decline of mitochondrial membrane potential and intracellular GSH levels...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074433/partial-contribution-of-rho-kinase-inhibition-to-the-bioactivity-of-ganoderma-lingzhi-and-its-isolated-compounds-insights-on-discovery-of-natural-rho-kinase-inhibitors
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Yhiya Amen, Qinchang Zhu, Hai-Bang Tran, Mohamed S Afifi, Ahmed F Halim, Ahmed Ashour, Kuniyoshi Shimizu
Recent studies identified Rho-kinase enzymes (ROCK-I and ROCK-II) as important targets that are involved in a variety of diseases. Synthetic Rho-kinase inhibitors have emerged as potential therapeutic agents to treat disorders such as hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. Our study is the first to screen the total ethanol extract of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lingzhi with thirty-five compounds for Rho-kinase inhibitory activity. Moreover, a molecular binding experiment was designed to investigate the binding affinity of the compounds at the active sites of Rho-kinase enzymes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069441/transcription-of-hotair-is-regulated-by-rhoc-mrtf-a-srf-signaling-pathway-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#15
Hongpeng He, Zhaoqiang Wei, Fu Du, Chao Meng, Deliang Zheng, Yongwei Lai, Hailin Yao, Hao Zhou, Nan Wang, Xue-Gang Luo, Wenjian Ma, Tong-Cun Zhang
HOTAIR is a long non-coding RNA highly expressed in cancer tissues and is a negative prognostic factor, whereas the mechanism by which HOTAIR expression is upregulated in cancers remains elusive. In the present study, the regulation of HOTAIR transcription was investigated in breast cancer cells MCF7 and T47D. We found that, when the RhoC-ROCK signaling was disturbed by specific siRNAs or chemical inhibitors, the expression of HOTAIR would be down-regulated. Further, MRTF-A and SRF were found to affect HOTAIR expression...
February 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059107/single-cell-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-that-podoplanin-enhances-cell-survival-and-colony-formation-capacity-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells
#16
Tomoyuki Miyashita, Youichi Higuchi, Motohiro Kojima, Atsushi Ochiai, Genichiro Ishii
Tumor initiating cells (TICs) are characterized by high clonal expansion capacity. We previously reported that podoplanin is a TIC-specific marker for the human squamous cell carcinoma cell line A431. The aim of this study is to explore the molecular mechanism underlying the high clonal expansion potential of podoplanin-positive A431cells using Fucci imaging. Single podoplanin-positive cells created large colonies at a significantly higher frequency than single podoplanin-negative cells, whereas no difference was observed between the two types of cells with respect to cell cycle status...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054559/the-rhoa-rock-pathway-ameliorates-adhesion-and-inflammatory-infiltration-induced-by-ages-in-glomerular-endothelial-cells
#17
Jialing Rao, Zengchun Ye, Hua Tang, Cheng Wang, Hui Peng, Weiyan Lai, Yin Li, Wanbing Huang, Tanqi Lou
A recent study demonstrated that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a role in monocyte infiltration in mesangial areas in diabetic nephropathy. The Ras homolog gene family, member A Rho kinase (RhoA/ROCK) pathway plays a role in regulating cell migration. We hypothesized that the RhoA/ROCK pathway affects adhesion and inflammation in endothelial cells induced by AGEs. Rat glomerular endothelial cells (rGECs) were cultured with AGEs (80 μg/ml) in vitro. The ROCK inhibitor Y27632 (10 nmol/l) and ROCK1-siRNA were used to inhibit ROCK...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048944/rho-kinase-inhibitors-a-patent-review-2014-2016
#18
Olivier Defert, Sandro Boland
The Rho-kinases (ROCK), ROCK1 and ROCK2, are potent, widespread biochemical modulators which have been extensively studied. Due to the involvement of ROCKs in multiple biological processes, ROCK inhibitors have pleiotropic actions and may be of relevance for a number of therapeutic applications. The drawback is however that their use might be limited by occurrence of side effects. Areas covered: Since the publication of the latest review in 2014, there have been significant advances in the field of ROCK inhibitors...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043902/stem-cells-and-combination-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-traumatic-brain-injury
#19
AmiraSan Dekmak, Sarah Mantash, Abdullah Shaito, Amer Toutonji, Naify Ramadan, Hussein Ghazale, Nouhad Kassem, Hala Darwish, Kazem Zibara
TBI is a nondegenerative, noncongenital insult to the brain from an external mechanical force; for instance a violent blow in a car accident. It is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and has become a major cause of death and disability in addition to being a burden on public health and societies worldwide. As such, finding a therapy for TBI has become a major health concern for many countries, which has led to the emergence of many monotherapies that have shown promising effects in animal models of TBI, but have not yet proven any significant efficacy in clinical trials...
December 30, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043820/kinase-signaling-and-targeted-therapy-for-primary-myelofibrosis
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Qiong Yang, John D Crispino, Qiang Jeremy Wen
The myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are somatic mutation-driven hematologic malignancies characterized by bone marrow fibrosis and the accumulation of atypical megakaryocytes with reduced polyploidization in the primary myelofibrosis subtype of the MPNs. Increasing evidence points to a dominant role of abnormal megakaryocytes in disease initiation and progression. Here we review the literature related to kinase signaling pathways relevant to megakaryocyte differentiation and proliferation, including Aurora A kinase, RhoA/ROCK, and JAK/STAT, as well as the activities of their targeted inhibitors in models of the disease...
December 30, 2016: Experimental Hematology
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