Aspirin prevents resistin-induced endothelial dysfunction by modulating AMPK, ROS, and Akt/eNOS signaling.
ABSTRACT Resistin, an adipocytokine, plays a potential role in cardiovascular disease and may contribute to increased atherosclerotic risk by modulating the activity of endothelial cells. A growing body of evidence suggests that aspirin is a potent antioxidant. We investigated whether aspirin mitigates resistin-induced endothelial dysfunction via modulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and explored the role that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a negative regulator of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase, plays in the suppressive effects of aspirin on resistin-induced endothelial dysfunction.
Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were pretreated with various doses of aspirin (10-500 μg/mL) for 2 hours and then incubated with resistin (100 ng/mL) for an additional 48 hours. Fluorescence produced by the oxidation of dihydroethidium (DHE) was used to quantify the production of superoxide in situ; superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase activities were determined by an enzymatic assay; and protein levels of AMPK-mediated downstream signaling were investigated by Western blot.
Treatment of HUVECs with resistin for 48 hours resulted in a 2.9-fold increase in superoxide production; however, pretreatment with aspirin resulted in a dose-dependent decrease in production of superoxide (10-500 μg/mL; n = 3 experiments; all P < .05). Resistin also suppressed the activity of superoxide dismutase and catalase by nearly 50%; that result, however, was not observed in HUVECs that had been pretreated with aspirin at a concentration of 500 μg/mL. The membrane translocation assay showed that the levels of NADPH oxidase subunits p47(phox)and Rac-1 in membrane fractions of HUVECs were threefold to fourfold higher in cells that had been treated with resistin for 1 hour than in untreated cells; however, pretreatment with aspirin markedly inhibited resistin-induced membrane assembly of NADPH oxidase via modulating AMPK-suppressed PKC-α activation. Application of AMPKα1-specific siRNA resulted in increased activation of PKC-α and p47(phox). In addition, resistin significantly decreased AMPK-mediated downstream Akt/endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)/nitric oxide (NO) signaling and induced the phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases, which in turn activated NF-κB-mediated inflammatory responses such as the release of interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8, the overexpression of adhesion molecules, and stimulation of monocytic THP-1 cell attachment to HUVECs (2.5-fold vs control; n = 3 experiments). Furthermore, resistin downregulated eNOS and upregulated inducible NO synthase (iNOS) expression, thereby augmenting the formation of NO and protein nitrosylation. Pretreatment with aspirin, however, exerted significant cytoprotective effects in a dose-dependent manner (P < .05).
Our findings suggest a direct connection between adipocytokines and endothelial dysfunction and provide further insight into the protective effects of aspirin in obese individuals with endothelial dysfunction.
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ABSTRACT: To establish a severe combined immunodeficient (SCID)-hu in vivo mouse model of human primary mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) for the study of the biology and novel therapy of human MCL. Primary MCL cells were isolated from spleen, lymph node, bone marrow aspirates, or peripheral blood of six different patients and injected respectively into human bone chips, which had been s.c. implanted in SCID-hu. Circulating human beta(2)-microglobulin in mouse serum was used to monitor the engraftment and growth of patient's MCL cells. H&E staining and immunohistochemical staining with anti-human CD20 and cyclin D1 antibodies were used to confirm the tumor growth and migration. Increasing levels of circulating human beta(2)-microglobulin in mouse serum indicated that the patient's MCL cells were engrafted successfully into human bone chip of SCID-hu mice. The engraftment and growth of patient's MCL cells were dependent on human bone marrow microenvironment. Immunohistochemical staining with anti-human CD20 and cyclin D1 antibodies confirmed that patient's MCL cells were able to not only survive and propagate in the bone marrow microenvironment of the human fetal bone chips, but also similar to the human disease, migrate to lymph nodes, spleen, bone marrow, and gastrointestinal tract of host mice. Treatment of MCL-bearing SCID-hu mice with atiprimod, a novel antitumor compound against the protection of bone marrow stromal cells, induced tumor regression. This is the first human primary MCL animal model that should be useful for the biological and therapeutic research on MCL.Clinical Cancer Research 05/2008; 14(7):2154-60. · 7.84 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The 26S proteasome is a large intracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate-dependent protease that identifies and degrades proteins tagged for destruction by the ubiquitin system. The orderly degradation of cellular proteins is critical for normal cell cycling and function, and inhibition of the proteasome pathway results in cell-cycle arrest and apoptosis. Dysregulation of this enzymatic system may also play a role in tumor progression, drug resistance, and altered immune surveillance, making the proteasome an appropriate and novel therapeutic target in cancer. Bortezomib (formerly known as PS-341) is the first proteasome inhibitor to enter clinical practice. It is a boronic aid dipeptide that binds directly with and inhibits the enzymatic complex. Bortezomib has recently shown significant preclinical and clinical activity in several cancers, confirming the therapeutic value of proteasome inhibition in human malignancy. It was approved in 2003 for the treatment of advanced multiple myeloma (MM), with approximately one third of patients with relapsed and refractory MM showing significant clinical benefit in a large clinical trial. Its mechanism of action is partly mediated through nuclear factor-kappa B inhibition, resulting in apoptosis, decreased angiogenic cytokine expression, and inhibition of tumor cell adhesion to stroma. Additional mechanisms include c-Jun N-terminal kinase activation and effects on growth factor expression. Several clinical trials are currently ongoing in MM as well as several other malignancies. This article discusses proteasome inhibition as a novel therapeutic target in cancer and focuses on the development, mechanism of action, and current clinical experience with bortezomib.Journal of Clinical Oncology 02/2005; 23(3):630-9. · 18.04 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Temsirolimus, a specific inhibitor of the mammalian target of rapamycin kinase, has shown clinical activity in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). We evaluated two dose regimens of temsirolimus in comparison with investigator's choice single-agent therapy in relapsed or refractory disease. In this multicenter, open-label, phase III study, 162 patients with relapsed or refractory MCL were randomly assigned (1:1:1) to receive one of two temsirolimus regimens: 175 mg weekly for 3 weeks followed by either 75 mg (175/75-mg) or 25 mg (175/25-mg) weekly, or investigator's choice therapy from prospectively approved options. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS) by independent assessment. Median PFS was 4.8, 3.4, and 1.9 months for the temsirolimus 175/75-mg, 175/25-mg, and investigator's choice groups, respectively. Patients treated with temsirolimus 175/75-mg had significantly longer PFS than those treated with investigator's choice therapy (P = .0009; hazard ratio = 0.44); those treated with temsirolimus 175/25-mg showed a trend toward longer PFS (P = .0618; hazard ratio = 0.65). Objective response rate was significantly higher in the 175/75-mg group (22%) compared with the investigator's choice group (2%; P = .0019). Median overall survival for the temsirolimus 175/75-mg group and the investigator's choice group was 12.8 months and 9.7 months, respectively (P = .3519). The most frequent grade 3 or 4 adverse events in the temsirolimus groups were thrombocytopenia, anemia, neutropenia, and asthenia. Temsirolimus 175 mg weekly for 3 weeks followed by 75 mg weekly significantly improved PFS and objective response rate compared with investigator's choice therapy in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL.Journal of Clinical Oncology 09/2009; 27(23):3822-9. · 18.04 Impact Factor