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Shuo Yang, Shuo Yu, Xinli Liu, Jinyi Yu, Xiaosheng Zhang, Hong Lu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of lithium chloride in endotoxin-induced uveitis. METHODS: A total of 200 Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: a control group; EIU group; LiCl-treated control group; and LiCl-treated lipopolysaccharide group. Clinical score, slit-lamp photography, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining were used to determine the degree of inflammatory reaction. Level of glycogen synthase kinase3-beta and nuclear factor-kappa B p65 in iris-ciliary body was examined by western blot and RT-PCR...
January 12, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
P-M Martin, R E Stanley, A P Ross, A E Freitas, C E Moyer, A C Brumback, J Iafrati, K S Stapornwongkul, S Dominguez, S Kivimäe, K A Mulligan, M Pirooznia, W R McCombie, J B Potash, P P Zandi, S M Purcell, S J Sanders, Y Zuo, V S Sohal, B N R Cheyette
Mice lacking DIX domain containing-1 (DIXDC1), an intracellular Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway protein, have abnormal measures of anxiety, depression and social behavior. Pyramidal neurons in these animals' brains have reduced dendritic spines and glutamatergic synapses. Treatment with lithium or a glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibitor corrects behavioral and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in these animals. Analysis of DIXDC1 in over 9000 cases of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals higher rates of rare inherited sequence-disrupting single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in these individuals compared with psychiatrically unaffected controls...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Dhiana Efani Dahari, Raifana Mohamad Salleh, Fauze Mahmud, Lee Ping Chin, Noor Embi, Hasidah Mohd Sidek
Exploiting natural resources for bioactive compounds is an attractive drug discovery strategy in search for new anti-malarial drugs with novel modes of action. Initial screening efforts in our laboratory revealed two preparations of soil-derived actinomycetes (H11809 and FH025) with potent anti-malarial activities. Both crude extracts showed glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-inhibitory activities in a yeast-based kinase assay. We have previously shown that the GSK3 inhibitor, lithium chloride (LiCl), was able to suppress parasitaemia development in a rodent model of malarial infection...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
Antonina Luca, Carmela Calandra, Maria Luca
Objective. To discuss the link between glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) and the main biological alterations demonstrated in bipolar disorder (BD), with special attention to the redox status and the evidence supporting the efficacy of lithium (a GSK3 inhibitor) in the treatment of BD. Methods. A literature research on the discussed topics, using Pubmed and Google Scholar, has been conducted. Moreover, a manual selection of interesting references from the identified articles has been performed. Results. The main biological alterations of BD, pertaining to inflammation, oxidative stress, membrane ion channels, and circadian system, seem to be intertwined...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Myriam Fezai, Musaab Ahmed, Zohreh Hosseinzadeh, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The pleotropic functions of the large conductance Ca2+-activated K+ channels (maxi K+ channel or BK channels) include regulation of neuronal excitation and cell volume. Kinases participating in those functions include the glycogen synthase kinase GSK3 ß which is under negative control of protein kinase B (PKB/Akt). GSK3ß is inhibited by the antidepressant Lithium. The present study thus explored whether GSK3ß modifies the activity of BK channels. METHODS: cRNA encoding the Ca2+ insensitive BK channel mutant BKM513I+Δ899-903 was injected into Xenopus laevis oocytes without or with additional injection of cRNA encoding wild-type GSK3ß, inactive K85RGSK3ß, or wild-type GSK3ß with wild-type PKB...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
M Kouwenberg, C W M Jacobs, J van der Vlag, L B Hilbrands
INTRODUCTION: Tolerogenic dendritic cells (DCs) have the potential to prolong graft survival after transplantation. Tolerogenic DCs are in general characterized by a low expression of co-stimulatory molecule and a high IL-10:IL-12 production ratio. Based on promising results with earlier used alternatively activated DCs, we aimed to generate in culture potentially tolerogenic DC by simultaneously blocking GSK3 by lithium chloride (LiCl) and stimulating TLR2 by PAM3CysSerLys4. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bone marrow-derived LiClPAM3 DCs were generated by the addition of LiCl 24 hours before harvesting, and one hour later PAM3CysSerLys4...
2016: PloS One
Theodore Lemuel Mathuram, Vilwanathan Ravikumar, Lisa M Reece, Selvaraju Karthik, Changam Sheela Sasikumar, Kotturathu Mammen Cherian
Neuroblastoma is the most common tumor amongst children amounting to nearly 15% of cancer deaths. This cancer is peculiar in its characteristics, exhibiting differentiation, maturation and metastatic transformation leading to poor prognosis and low survival rates among children. Chemotherapy, though toxic to normal cells, has shown to improve the survival of the patient with emphasis given more towards targeting angiogenesis. Recently, Tideglusib was designed as an 'Orphan Drug' to target the neurodegenerative Alzheimer's disease and gained significant momentum in its function during clinical trials...
September 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Eduardo Mulato do Vale, Cecília Coelho Xavier, Brenda Gomes Nogueira, Bruna Caldas Campos, Pedro Everson Alexandre de Aquino, Roberta Oliveira da Costa, Luzia Kalyne Almeida Moreira Leal, Silvânia Maria Mendes de Vasconcelos, Kelly Rose Tavares Neves, Glauce Socorro de Barros Viana
Ketamine (KET), a NMDA antagonist, exerts an antidepressant effect at subanaesthetic doses and possesses analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities. We evaluated the involvement of KET antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects with its antidepressant action. Male Swiss mice were subjected to formalin, carrageenan-induced paw oedema and forced swimming tests, for assessing antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory and antidepressant effects. The treatment groups were as follows: control, KET (2, 5 and 10 mg/kg), lithium (LI: 5 mg/kg) and KET2 + LI5 combination...
December 2016: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Yuki Kurauchi, Akinori Hisatsune, Takahiro Seki, Hiroshi Katsuki
Cerebrovascular endothelial cell dysfunction resulting in imbalance of cerebral blood flow contributes to the onset of psychiatric disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Although decrease in Na(+), K(+)-ATPase activity has been reported in the patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the contribution of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase to endothelial cell dysfunction remains poorly understood. Here, by using rat neonatal prefrontal cortex slice cultures, we demonstrated that pharmacological inhibition of Na(+), K(+)-ATPase by ouabain induced endothelial cell injury...
August 1, 2016: Brain Research
Takeshi Isozaki, Suguru Komenoi, Qiang Lu, Takako Usuki, Shuntaro Tomokata, Daisuke Matsutomo, Hiromichi Sakai, Kana Bando, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Fumio Sakane
The η isozyme of diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) is highly expressed in the hippocampus and Purkinje cells in the central nervous system. Recently, several genome-wide association studies have implicated DGKη in the etiology of bipolar disorder (BPD). However, it is still unknown whether DGKη is indeed related to BPD. In this study, we generated DGKη-knockout (KO) mice and performed behavioral tests such as the open field test, the elevated plus maze test and tail suspension test using the KO mice to investigate the effects of DGKη deficits on psychomotor behavior...
August 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Yong-Xia Li, Yun Huang, Song Liu, Yan Mao, Cheng-Yan Yuan, Xiao Yang, Li-Jun Yao
AIM: Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) regulates urine concentration by mediating the vasopressin-induced aquaporin 2 expression and water permeability, although it is unknown whether GSK3 also mediates the accumulation of the urea transporter A1 (UT-A1). The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of GSK3 on UT-A1 distribution. METHODS: Mouse inner medullary collecting duct 3 cells were transfected with UT-A1-GFP construct. The stable transfected cells were cultured under hypertonic conditions, treated with GSK3 inhibitor lithium chloride, GSK3 activator, lysosome or proteasome inhibitor...
2016: Nephron
Hong Chen, Abul Fajol, Miriam Hoene, Bingbing Zhang, Erwin D Schleicher, Yun Lin, Carsten Calaminus, Bernd J Pichler, Cora Weigert, Hans U Häring, Florian Lang, Michael Föller
Metabolic syndrome is characterized by insulin resistance, obesity, and dyslipidemia. It is the consequence of an imbalance between caloric intake and energy consumption. Adiponectin protects against metabolic syndrome. Insulin-induced signaling includes activation of PI3 kinase and protein kinase B (PKB)/Akt. PKB/Akt in turn inactivates glycogen synthase kinase (GSK) 3, a major regulator of metabolism. Here, we studied the significance of PI3K-dependent GSK3 inactivation for adiponectin formation in diet-induced metabolic syndrome...
May 17, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Florence F Wagner, Joshua A Bishop, Jennifer P Gale, Xi Shi, Michelle Walk, Joshua Ketterman, Debasis Patnaik, Doug Barker, Deepika Walpita, Arthur J Campbell, Shannon Nguyen, Michael Lewis, Linda Ross, Michel Weïwer, W Frank An, Andrew R Germain, Partha P Nag, Shailesh Metkar, Taner Kaya, Sivaraman Dandapani, David E Olson, Anne-Laure Barbe, Fanny Lazzaro, Joshua R Sacher, Jaime H Cheah, David Fei, Jose Perez, Benito Munoz, Michelle Palmer, Kimberly Stegmaier, Stuart L Schreiber, Edward Scolnick, Yan-Ling Zhang, Stephen J Haggarty, Edward B Holson, Jen Q Pan
The mood stabilizer lithium, the first-line treatment for bipolar disorder, is hypothesized to exert its effects through direct inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) and indirectly by increasing GSK3's inhibitory serine phosphorylation. GSK3 comprises two highly similar paralogs, GSK3α and GSK3β, which are key regulatory kinases in the canonical Wnt pathway. GSK3 stands as a nodal target within this pathway and is an attractive therapeutic target for multiple indications. Despite being an active field of research for the past 20 years, many GSK3 inhibitors demonstrate either poor to moderate selectivity versus the broader human kinome or physicochemical properties unsuitable for use in in vitro systems or in vivo models...
July 15, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Thorsten R Doeppner, Britta Kaltwasser, Eduardo H Sanchez-Mendoza, Ahmet B Caglayan, Mathias Bähr, Dirk M Hermann
Lithium promotes acute poststroke neuronal survival, which includes mechanisms that are not limited to GSK3β inhibition. However, whether lithium induces long-term neuroprotection and enhanced brain remodeling is unclear. Therefore, mice were exposed to transient middle cerebral artery occlusion and lithium (1 mg/kg bolus followed by 2 mg/kg/day over up to 7 days) was intraperitoneally administered starting 0-9 h after reperfusion onset. Delivery of lithium no later than 6 h reduced infarct volume on day 2 and decreased brain edema, leukocyte infiltration, and microglial activation, as shown by histochemistry and flow cytometry...
April 28, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Rujun Gong, Pei Wang, Lance Dworkin
Lithium has been a valuable treatment for bipolar affective disorders for decades. Clinical use of lithium, however, has been problematic due to its narrow therapeutic index and concerns for its toxicity in various organ systems. Renal side effects associated with lithium include polyuria, nephrogenic diabetes insipidus, proteinuria, distal renal tubular acidosis, and reduction in glomerular filtration rate. Histologically, chronic lithium nephrotoxicity is characterized by interstitial nephritis with microcyst formation and occasional focal segmental glomerulosclerosis...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, Li Li, Kerri J Kinghorn, Dobril K Ivanov, Luke S Tain, Cathy Slack, Fiona Kerr, Tobias Nespital, Janet Thornton, John Hardy, Ivana Bjedov, Linda Partridge
The quest to extend healthspan via pharmacological means is becoming increasingly urgent, both from a health and economic perspective. Here we show that lithium, a drug approved for human use, promotes longevity and healthspan. We demonstrate that lithium extends lifespan in female and male Drosophila, when administered throughout adulthood or only later in life. The life-extending mechanism involves the inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) and activation of the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (NRF-2)...
April 19, 2016: Cell Reports
Guorong Tao, Qingsheng Xue, Yan Luo, Guohui Li, Yimeng Xia, Buwei Yu
Demand is increasing for safer inhalational anesthetics for use in pediatric anesthesia. In this regard, researchers have debated whether isoflurane is more toxic to the developing brain than desflurane. In the present study, we compared the effects of postnatal exposure to isoflurane with those of desflurane on long-term cognitive performance and investigated the role of the Akt/GSK3β signaling pathway. Postnatal day 6 (P6) mice were exposed to either isoflurane or desflurane, after which the phosphorylation levels of Akt/GSK3β and learning and memory were assessed at P8 or P31...
2016: BioMed Research International
Jeverson Moreira, Pierre Alexis Geoffroy
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe and common psychiatric disorder. BD pathogenesis, clinical manifestations and relapses are associated with numerous circadian rhythm abnormalities. Lithium (Li) is the first-line treatment in BD, and its therapeutic action has been related to its ability to alter circadian rhythms. We systematically searched the PubMed database until January 2016, aiming to critically examine published studies investigating direct and indirect effects of Li on circadian rhythms. The results, from the 95 retained studies, indicated that Li: acts directly on the molecular clocks; delays the phase of sleep-wakefulness rhythms and the peak elevation of diurnal cycle body temperature; reduces the amplitude and shortens the duration of activity rhythms and lengthens free-running rhythms...
2016: Chronobiology International
V Benard, G Vaiva, M Masson, P A Geoffroy
INTRODUCTION: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a severe and recurrent psychiatric disorder. The severity of prognosis in BD is mainly linked to the high rate of suicide in this population. Indeed, patients with BD commit suicide 20 to 30 times more frequently than the general population, and half of the BD population with an early age of onset have a history of suicide attempt. International therapeutic guidelines recommend lithium (Li) as the first-line treatment in BD for its prophylactic action on depressive or manic episodes...
June 2016: L'Encéphale
Alexander L Houck, Félix Hernández, Jesús Ávila
Tau proteins play a role in the stabilization of microtubules, but in pathological conditions, tauopathies, tau is modified by phosphorylation and can aggregate into aberrant aggregates. These aggregates could be toxic to cells, and different cell models have been used to test for compounds that might prevent these tau modifications. Here, we have used a cell model involving the overexpression of human tau in human embryonic kidney 293 cells. In human embryonic kidney 293 cells expressing tau in a stable manner, we have been able to replicate the phosphorylation of intracellular tau...
2016: Journal of Experimental Neuroscience
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