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G Vázquez-Gómez, L Rocha-Zavaleta, M Rodríguez-Sosa, P Petrosyan, J Rubio-Lightbourn
Benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P), the most extensively studied carcinogen in cigarette smoke, has been regarded as a critical mediator of lung cancer. It is known that B[a]P-mediated Aryl hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) activation stimulates the mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK) signaling cascade in different cell models. MAPK pathway disturbances drive alterations in cellular processes, such as differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis, and the disturbances may also modify the AhR pathway itself. However, MAPK involvement in B[a]P metabolic activation and toxicity in lung tissues is not well understood...
March 12, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Jun Kim, Hong Lan Jin, Dae Sik Jang, Kwang Won Jeong, Se-Young Choung
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is among the increasing number of diseases causing irreversible blindness in the elderly. Dry AMD is characterized by the accumulation of lipofuscin in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. N-Retinylidene-N-retinylethanolamine (A2E), a component of lipofuscin, is oxidized to oxo-A2E under blue light illumination, leading to retinal cell death. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect and mechanism of quercetin-3-O-α-l-arabinopyranoside (QA) against blue light (BL)-induced damage in both RPE cells and mice models...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Nuran Cikcikoglu Yildirim, Mehtap Tanyol, Numan Yildirim, Osman Serdar, Sule Tatar
The current study was aimed to investigate the detoxifying and antioxidant enzyme response of Gammarus pulex exposed to malachite green (MG) after decolorization by Coriolus versicolor. Response surface methodology (RSM) was utilized to optimize the decolorization conditions of MG synthetic solutions by C. versicolor. Glutathione (GSH), malondialdehyde (MDA) levels and glutathione peroxidase (GPX ), catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione S-transferase (GST), cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) activities in G...
March 8, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Adem Altunkol, Murat Savaş, Fuat Dilmeç, Mehmet Mazhar Utanğaç, Deniz Abat, Kemal Gümüş, İsmail Karlıdağ, Ercan Yeni
Objective: Understanding genetic polymorphisms might facilitate the analysis of differences between individuals in their susceptibility to developing cancers as a result of environmental carcinogens. Skin, lung, colon and bladder cancers emerge from biological defects in GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1 gene expressions. In this study, we aimed to investigate whether there was an association between CYP1A1 and GSTP1 gene polymorphisms and bladder cancer in a Turkish population. Material and methods: Blood samples were collected from 120 individuals (60 patients with bladder cancer and 60 healthy individuals), and their DNAs were isolated...
March 2018: Turkish Journal of Urology
Maria Wielsøe, Hans Eiberg, Mandana Ghisari, Peder Kern, Ole Lind, Eva Cecilie Bonefeld-Jørgensen
The present study investigated the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in xenobiotic and steroid hormone-metabolizing genes in relation to breast cancer risk and explored possible effect modifications on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and breast cancer associations. The study also assessed effects of Greenlandic BRCA1 founder mutations. Greenlandic Inuit women (77 cases and 84 controls) were included. We determined two founder mutations in BRCA1: Cys39Gly (rs80357164) and 4684delCC, and five SNPs in xenobiotic and oestrogen-metabolizing genes: CYP17A1 -34T>C (rs743572), CYP19A1 *19C>T (rs10046), CYP1A1 Ile462Val (rs1048943), CYP1B Leu432Val (rs1056836) and COMT Val158Met (rs4680)...
March 6, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
Francesca Citossi, Thomas Smith, Jong Bong Lee, Joel Segal, Pavel Gershkovich, Michael John Stocks, Tracey D Bradshaw, Barrie Kellam, Maria Marlow
Low molecular weight gelators (LMWGs) of chemotherapeutic drugs represent a valid alternative to the existing poly-mer-based formulations used for targeted delivery of anticancer drugs. Herein we report the design and development of novel self-assembling gelators of the antitumour benzothiazole 5F 203 (1). Two different types of derivatives of 1 were synthesized, formed by an amide (2) and a carbamate (3a-3d) linker, respectively, which showed potent in vitro anti-tumour activity against MCF-7 mammary and IGROV-1 ovarian carcinoma cells...
March 5, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Chris Schiering, Anne Vonk, Srustidhar Das, Brigitta Stockinger, Emma Wincent
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR)controls interleukin 22 production by T helper 17 cells (Th17). IL-22contributes to intestinalhomeostasis but has also been implicated inchronic inflammatory disorders and colorectal cancer, highlighting the need for appropriate regulation of IL-22 production. Upon activation, the AHR induces expression of cytochrome P4501 (CYP1) enzymes that in turn play an important feedback role that curtails the duration of AHR signaling by metabolizingAHRligands. Recently we described how agents that inhibit CYP1 function potentiate AHR signalingby disruptingmetabolic clearance of the endogenous ligand 6-formylindolo[3,2-b]carbazole (FICZ)...
February 28, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Aaron K Korpal, Colin H Brown, Daryl O Schwenke
Elevated plasma levels of the hormone vasopressin have been implicated in the pathogenesis of some forms of hypertension. Hypothalamic paraventricular and supraoptic nuclei neurons regulate vasopressin secretion into the circulation. Vasopressin neuron activity is elevated by day 7 in the development of angiotensin II-dependent hypertension in Cyp1a1-Ren2 rats. While microglial activation and blood-brain barrier (BBB) breakdown contribute to the maintenance of well-established hypertension, it is not known whether these mechanisms contribute to the early onset of hypertension...
March 2, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Isha Ranadive, Sonam Patel, Abhilasha Mhaske, Gowri Kumari Uggini, Isha Desai, Suresh Balakrishnan
Currently, scientists show keen interest in the drugs that inhibit multiple kinases, LDN193189, being an example. It combats certain cancers in vitro as well as in vivo, making it a prerequisite for researchers to study the toxic potential of this drug in animal models. As most of the drugs metabolized by liver cause hepatic injury, LDN193189-induced hepatotoxicity was examined using a teleost fish, Poecilia latipinna. As a prelude, calculation of LD50 showed a value of 95.22 mg/kg body weight and three doses were decided based on it for further evaluations...
March 2, 2018: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
Seong Eun Jin, Hyekyung Ha, Chang-Seob Seo, Hyeun-Kyoo Shin, Soo-Jin Jeong
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the possible herb-drug interactions between the traditional herbal formula Guibi-tang (GBT; Guipi-tang , Kihi-to ) and conventional drugs. Materials and Methods: GBT was orally administered to either male or female Sprague Dawley (SD) rats once daily at doses of 1000, 2000, or 5000 mg/kg/day for 13 weeks. The messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) expression of drug-metabolizing enzyme cytochrome P450 isozymes (cytochrome P450s; CYP1A1, 1A2, 2B1/2, 2C11, 2E1, 3A1, 3A2, and 4A1) was analyzed in hepatic tissues by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Md Wasimul Haque, Shakti Prasad Pattanayak
Background: Breast cancer (BC), because of its invasive characteristics, is one of the most common and deadliest cancers among the female population around the world. Research has demonstrated that AhR signaling also plays a vital role in BC initiation and development as well. Therefore, blocking this pathway to natural interferences paves a new channel for the prevention of BC. Several natural compounds such as flavonoids possess the anticancer activities against different cancers. Objective: The present study has been designed to estimate the chemotherapeutic potential of taxifolin (TAX) against 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-induced mammary carcinoma in Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Alexandra J Willis, Radek Indra, Laura E Wohak, Osman Sozeri, Kerstin Feser, Iveta Mrizova, David H Phillips, Marie Stiborova, Volker M Arlt
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) can induce cytochrome P450 1A1 (CYP1A1) via a p53-dependent mechanism. The effect of different p53-activating chemotherapeutic drugs on CYP1A1 expression, and the resultant effect on BaP metabolism, was investigated in a panel of isogenic human colorectal HCT116 cells with differing TP53 status. Cells that were TP53(+/+), TP53(+/-) or TP53(-/-) were treated for up to 48 hr with 60 μM cisplatin, 50 μM etoposide or 5 μM ellipticine, each of which caused high p53 induction at moderate cytotoxicity (60-80% cell viability)...
February 19, 2018: Toxicology
Pei Zhang, Min Yang, Li Zeng, Changjiang Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Triclosan, as an antimicrobial agent and a potential endocrine disruptor, has been used extensively in diverse products, resulting in widespread human exposure. In recent years, studies suggest that triclosan could disturb thyroid functions and decline thyroid hormones (THs). METHODS: To verify our hypothesis that the MAPK pathway may function significantly in triclosan-induced hypothyroidism, Sprague-Dawley rats were gavaged with triclosan for 31 consecutive days; Nthy-ori 3-1 cells were treated with triclosan in the presence/absence of NAC, inhibitors (SB203580 and SB202474), or TRHr siRNA...
February 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Elisabetta Buommino, Adone Baroni, Chiara Papulino, Francesca Paola Nocera, Lorena Coretti, Giovanna Donnarumma, Anna De Filippis, Luisa De Martino
Cytochrome P450 CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 enzymes are regulated by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a transcription factor activated by a variety of ligands among which Malassezia metabolites. In this study, we analyzed the modulation of CYP1A1, CYP1B1, and AhR in human keratinocytes infected with different strains of Malassezia pachydermatis, as well as the upregulation of some genes involved in the epidermal homeostasis. We demonstrated that all the strains induced AhR activation and its nuclear translocation in HaCaT cells infected for 24 h, compared to untreated cells...
February 15, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Melina Mescher, Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann
The human cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A1 gene encodes a monooxygenase that metabolizes multiple exogenous and endogenous substrates. CYP1A1 has become infamous for its oxidative metabolism of benzo[a]pyrene and related polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, converting these chemicals into very potent human carcinogens. CYP1A1 expression is mainly controlled by the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), a transcription factor whose activation is induced by binding of persistent organic pollutants, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and dioxins...
February 17, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kateřina Lněničková, Lenka Skálová, Lucie Stuchlíková, Barbora Szotáková, Petra Matoušková
In the present study, time-dependency of the induction effect of a selective inducer on the activity, protein and mRNA levels of cytochromes P450 1A1/2 (CYP1A1/2), NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1) and glutathione S-transferases (GSTA), in primary culture of rat hepatocytes was tested and evaluated. To show the differences in responses of tested enzymes, the common aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligand agonist, beta-naphthoflavone (BNF), was used. Induction of CYP1A1/2 by BNF was detected at all time intervals and at all levels (i...
March 1, 2018: Acta Pharmaceutica
Nana Li, Yi Mu, Zhen Liu, Ying Deng, Yixiong Guo, Xuejuan Zhang, Xiaohong Li, Ping Yu, Yanping Wang, Jun Zhu
The major causes of congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are the interactions of genetic and environmental factors. We conducted a case-control study in 357 mothers of CHDs fetuses and 270 control mothers to investigate the association of maternal PAHs exposure, AHR, CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP1B1 and CYP2E polymorphisms, the interaction between PAHs exposure and genetic variants with the risk of CHDs. The higher level PAHs exposure was associated with the risk of CHDs (aOR = 2.029, 95% CI: 1.266, 3.251) or subtypes. The haplotypes of AHR or CYP1A2 were associated with the risk of CHDs: AHR: C-G-A-C: aOR = 0...
February 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jamie E Moscovitz, Amit S Kalgutkar, Kelly Nulick, Nathaniel Johnson, Zhiwu Lin, Theunis C Goosen, Yan Weng
The potential for drug-drug interactions (DDIs) arising from transcriptional regulation of drug disposition genes via activation of nuclear receptors (NRs) such as pregnane X receptor (PXR), constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), and/or aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) remains largely unexplored, as highlighted in a recent guidance document from the European Medicines Agency. The goal of this research was to establish PXR/CAR/AhR-specific drug metabolizing enzyme (DME) and transporter gene expression signatures in sandwich-cultured cryopreserved human hepatocytes using selective activators of PXR (rifampin), CAR (CITCO) and AhR (omeprazole)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Paramahamsa Maturu, Yanhong Wei-Liang, Vasilis P Androutsopoulos, Weiwu Jiang, Lihua Wang, Aristides M Tsatsakis, Xanthi I Couroucli
Quercetin (QU) is one of the most common flavonoids that are present in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and beverages. This compound possesses potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Supplemental oxygen is routinely administered to premature infants with pulmonary insufficiency. However, hyperoxia is one of the major risk factors for the development of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), which is also termed chronic lung disease in premature infants. Currently, no preventive approaches have been reported against BPD...
February 9, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Apurva Bhardwaj, Charu Bahl, Siddharth Sharma, Navneet Singh, Digamber Behera
INTRODUCTION: Cancer, a multi-step, multifactorial and multi-gene disease, not only damages the genomic integrity of the cell but also hinders the DNA repair mechanisms of the body. Gene-gene and gene environment interactions amongst the genetic polymorphisms together modulate the susceptibility towards a cancer. We have studied the high order gene interactions between the genetic polymorphism of detoxifying genes (CYP1A1, Ahr, XRCC and GST1) that play a key role in the metabolism of the xenobiotics and have been proved to be prognostic markers for lung cancer METHODS: 237 cases and 250 controls have been genotyped using PCR-RFLP technique...
February 2018: Mutation Research
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