M. Leskiewicz

Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

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Publications (21)29.93 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Stress, inflammation and the reduced expression of neurotrophic factors are risk factors for depression. The objective of this study was to determine if prenatal stress affects IGF-1 – cytokine interactions by influencing suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS) in the brains of adult rats, in basal conditions and after acute lipopolysaccharide (LPS) treatment. We demonstrated that prenatal stress leads to depression-like behavior, decreased IGF-1, increased IL-1β, TNF-α and IFN-γ release and disturbed SOCS-1, SOCS-2 and SOCS-3 expression in the hippocampus and frontal cortex of adult offspring. Furthermore, prenatal stress enhances the brain response to LPS-evoked inflammatory challenges.
    Journal of Neuroimmunology. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: It has been shown that stressful events occurring in early life have a powerful influence on the development of the central nervous system. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) promotes the growth, differentiation and survival of both neurons and glial cells and is thought to exert antidepressant-like activity. Thus, it is possible that disturbances in the function of the IGF-1 system may be responsible for disturbances observed over the course of depression. Prenatal stress was used as a valid model of depression. Adult male offspring of control and stressed rat dams were subjected to behavioural testing (forced swim test). The level of IGF-1 in the blood and the expression of IGF-1, IGF-1R, IRS-1/2 in the hippocampus and frontal cortex using RT-PCR, ELISA and western blotting were measured. Additionally the effect of intracerebroventricularly administered IGF-1 and/or the IGF-1R receptor antagonist JB1 in the forced swim test was studied. Prenatally stressed rats showed depressive like behaviour, including increased immobility time as well as decreased mobility and climbing. Intracerebroventricular administration of IGF-1 reversed these effects in stressed animals, whereas concomitant administration of the IGF-1R antagonist JB1 completely blocked the effects. Biochemical analysis of homogenates from the hippocampus and frontal cortex revealed decreases in IGF-1 level and IGF-1R phosphorylation along with disturbances in IRS-1 phosphorylation. These findings reveal that prenatal stress alters IGF-1 signalling, which may contribute to the behavioural changes observed in depression.
    European Neuropsychopharmacology. 01/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Excessive glucocorticoid levels in depressed patients have been associated with atrophic changes in some brain regions, but only few studies suggest that some antidepressants can interfere with deleterious effect of glucocorticoids on neuronal cells. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of dexamethasone (DEX), a synthetic glucocorticoid and some antidepressants from different chemical groups (imipramine, desipramine, amitryptiline, citalopram, fluoxetine, reboxetine and tianeptine) on SH-SY5Y cells cultured in the medium containing steroid-free serum. DEX in concentrations from 1-100 μM did not change LDH release but exposure to 10 μM and 100 μM DEX for 24, 48 and 72 hr caused a significant reduction in cell viability and proliferation as confirmed by MTT reduction and BrdU ELISA assays, respectively. Twenty four-hour incubation of cells with antidepressants (0.05-10 μM) and DEX (10 μM) showed that imipramine, amitryptyline, desipramine, citalopram and fluoxetine at concentrations from 0.1 up to 1 μM, reboxetine (0.1 μM) and tianeptine (0.05 μM) prevented the DEX-induced decreases in cell viability and proliferation rate. The protective effects of antidepressants were ameliorated by inhibitors of MAPK/ERK1/2, but not PI3-K/Akt pathway as shown for imipramine, fluoxetine and reboxetine. Moreover, Western blot analysis showed the decrease in the activated form of ERK1/2 (p-ERK) after DEX treatment and this effect was inhibited by imipramine. Thus, the reduction in SH-SY5Y cell viability caused by DEX appears to be related to its antiproliferative activity and some antidepressant drugs in low concentrations attenuate this effect by mechanism which involves the activation of MAPK/ERK1/2 pathway.
    Neurochemistry International 07/2013; · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of a two-week desipramine or fluoxetine (10 mg/kg, i.p.) pretreatment on B16F10 melanoma growth in 3-5 month old female and male C57BL/6J mice differing in behavioral characteristics (high- vs. low-active) was compared. Antidepressant pretreatment increased metastasis formation, shortened the survival, decreased splenocyte anti-tumor natural killer cell cytotoxicity (in vitro), and the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-12p40, IFN-γ production while it increased anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 production in high-active males (desipramine) or females (fluoxetine). The obtained results emphasize a stimulatory effect of pretreatment with antidepressants on progress of B16F10 melanoma that depends on gender and behavioral characteristics of the animal.
    Journal of neuroimmunology 12/2011; 240-241:34-44. · 2.84 Impact Factor
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2011; 21.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2011; 21.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2011; 21.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2011; 21.
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    ABSTRACT: TRH (thyroliberin) and its analogues were reported to possess neuroprotective effects in cellular and animal experimental models of acute and chronic neurodegenerative diseases. In the present study we evaluated effects of TRH and its three stable analogues, montirelin (CG-3703), RGH-2202 and Z-TRH (N-(carbobenzyloxy)-pGlutamyl-Histydyl-Proline) on the neuronally differentiated human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line, which is widely accepted for studying potential neuroprotectants. We found that TRH and all the tested analogues at concentrations 0.1-50 μM attenuated cell damage induced by MPP(+) (2 mM), 3-nitropropionate (10 mM), hydrogen peroxide (0.5 mM), homocysteine (250 μM) and beta-amyloid (20μM) in retinoic acid differentiated SH-SY5Y cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that TRH and its analogues decreased the staurosporine (0.5 μM)-induced LDH release, caspase-3 activity and DNA fragmentation, which indicate the anti-apoptotic proprieties of these peptides. The neuroprotective effects of TRH (10 μM) and RGH-2202 (10 μM) on St-induced cell death was attenuated by inhibitors of PI3-K pathway (wortmannin and LY294002), but not MAPK/ERK1/2 (PD98059 and U0126). Moreover, TRH and its analogues at neuroprotective concentrations (1 and 10 μM) increased expression of Bcl-2 protein, as confirmed by Western blot analysis. All in all, these results extend data on neuroprotective properties of TRH and its analogues and provide evidence that mechanism of anti-apoptotic effects of these peptides in SH-SY5Y cell line involves induction of PI3K/Akt pathway and Bcl-2. Furthermore, the data obtained on human cell line with a dopaminergic phenotype suggest potential utility of TRH and its analogues in the treatment of some neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson's disease.
    Neuropeptides 12/2010; 44(6):495-508. · 2.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Our previous study suggests that in prenatal stress model of depression glucocorticoid receptor (GR) function in adult rats is enhanced. However, the long-term consequences of stress, a causal factor in depression, on intracellular elements involved into the regulation of GR function is poorly examined. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), activity of which is disturbed in depression, are important regulators of GR action, so they can mediate the effect of stress on GR function. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the levels of active phosphorylated forms of extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK), Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK) and the p38 kinase in the hippocampus and frontal cortex in rats subjected to prenatal stress. The concentration of MAP kinase phosphatase (MKP-1, MKP-2) and protein phosphatase-2A (PP2A), which dephosphorylate all forms of MAP kinases, were also determined. During verification of the applied model of depression, we found that prenatally stressed rats displayed high level of immobility in the Porsolt test and that the administration of imipramine, fluoxetine, mirtazapine and tianeptine for 21 days normalized this parameter. Western blot study revealed that rats subjected to prenatal stress had decreased levels of p-JNK1 and p-JNK2 in the hippocampus and p-p38 in the frontal cortex, but the concentrations of p-ERK1 and p-ERK2 were not changed. Chronic treatment with imipramine inhibited the stress-induced decrease in p-JNK1/2, while imipramine, fluoxetine and mirtazapine blocked changes in p-p38. PP2A phosphatase level was higher in the hippocampus and frontal cortex in prenatally stressed animals than in control rats. Chronic treatment with antidepressant drugs attenuated the stress-induced increase in the level of this phosphatase, but had no effect on its concentration in control animals. There was no significant difference in MKP-1 and in MKP-2 levels in both brain structures between control and prenatally stressed rats. The obtained results showed that prenatal stress decreased the levels of active form of JNK and p38, but enhanced PP2A phosphatase expression and most of these changes were reversed by antidepressant drugs. Since p-JNK and p-p38 are known to inhibit GR function their lowered levels may enhance glucocorticoid action. Furthermore, the increased PP2A concentration may intensify GR action not only by inhibition of JNK and p38 phosphorylation, but also by a direct influence on the process of GR translocation.
    Journal of physiology and pharmacology: an official journal of the Polish Physiological Society 04/2010; 61(2):207-15. · 2.48 Impact Factor
  • Brain Behavior and Immunity - BRAIN BEHAV IMMUN. 01/2010; 24.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2009; 19.
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2009; 19.
  • M Leskiewicz, D Jantas, B Budziszewska, W Lason
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    ABSTRACT: Some neurosteroids show neuroprotective action in in vitro and in vivo studies, but their interaction with apoptotic/necrotic processes has been only partially unraveled. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), pregnenolone (PGL) and allopregnanolone (Allo) on staurosporine-, glutamate-, and NMDA-induced damage in primary cortical neuronal culture. DHEA, DHEAS and PGL (0.1 and 1 microM) inhibited the staurosporine-evoked LDH release and decreased the number of apoptotic cells as shown by Hoechst;s staining, whereas Allo was without effect. The neurosteroids affected neither the staurosporine-evoked changes in caspase-3 activity nor the decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential. It was also shown that protective effects of DHEA, DHEAS and PGL against staurosporine-induced LDH release were attenuated by extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)--mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) inhibitor--PD 98059 (5 microM) but not by phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3-K) inhibitors such as LY 294002 (1 microM) or wortmannin (10 nM). The involvement of ERK2-MAPK in protective effects of neurosteroids was confirmed by Western blot study. Further study demonstrated that glutamate-induced cell damage was attenuated by DHEA, DHEAS, and PGL, but not by Allo. None of the steroids influenced NMDA-induced LDH release. The results of the present in vitro studies suggest that excitatory neurosteroids DHEA, DHEAS and PGL at physiological concentrations participate in the inhibition of cortical neuronal degeneration elicited by staurosporine and glutamate, whereas the most potent positive modulator of GABA(A) receptor--Allo--has no effect. Moreover, neurosteroids appear to attenuate the staurosporine-induced cell damage in a caspase-3 independent way and their neuroprotective mechanism of action involves the increase in ERK-MAPK phosphorylation.
    Journal of physiology and pharmacology: an official journal of the Polish Physiological Society 10/2008; 59(3):457-75. · 2.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cocaine addiction is known to impair immune system function, but the effects of repeated treatment with cocaine in a self-administration model, its withdrawal as well as reinstatement of cocaine-seeking behavior on cell-mediated immunity are not well known. Cocaine self-administered for 18 days induced a significant increase in spleen weight, plasma corticosterone levels, interleukin (IL)-10, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha production, while concanavalin A-stimulated proliferation responses of peripheral blood T-lymphocytes and interferon-gamma production by splenic lymphocytes were not altered. After 10 days withdrawal from cocaine, reinstatement of cocaine seeking behavior induced either by a priming dose of the drug (unconditioned stimulus), by cue previously associated with cocaine self-administration (conditioned stimuli), or by both these stimuli evoked similar changes in several immunological parameters, for example, a decrease in relative spleen weight, proliferative activity of splenocytes, and their ability to produce IL-10. The results showed that the cue previously associated with cocaine suppressed some parameters of cell-mediated immunity to the same degree as re-exposure to cocaine. The present study provides the first evidence that alterations of immune status can be conditioned by environmental stimuli paired with cocaine administration.
    Journal of Pharmacological Sciences 09/2008; 107(4):361-9. · 2.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Neurosteroids are important regulators of central nervous system function and may be involved in processes of neuronal cell survival. This study was undertaken to test the effect of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), pregnenolone (PGL), pregnenolone sulfate (PGLS), and allopregnanolone (Allo) on hydrogen peroxide- and staurosporine-induced toxicity in SH-SY5Y cells. It has been found that DHEAS inhibited the hydrogen peroxide toxicity in a concentration-dependent manner, whereas DHEA was active only at higher doses. PGL and PGLS showed neuroprotective effects only at the lowest concentration. Allo had no significant effect on hydrogen peroxide-evoked lactate dehydrogenase release and at the highest concentration aggravated its toxic effects. Next part of this study evaluated neurosteroid effects on staurosporine-induced apoptosis. DHEAS, DHEA, and PGL significantly antagonized effects of staurosporine on both caspase-3 activity and mitochondrial membrane potential. PGLS and Allo inhibited the staurosporine-induced changes in both apoptotic parameters only at the lowest concentration. Antiapoptotic properties of neurosteroids were positively verified by Hoechst staining. Furthermore, as shown by calcein assay, DHEA, DHEAS, and PGL increased viability of staurosporine-treated cells, and these effects were attenuated by specific inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (ERK)-mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK). These data indicate that neurosteroids prevent SH-SY5Y cell damage related to oxidative processes and activation of mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Moreover, neuroprotective effects of DHEA, DHEAS seem to depend on PI3-K and ERK/MAPK signaling pathways. It can be suggested that, at physiological concentrations, all studied neurosteroids participate in the inhibition of neuronal apoptosis, but with various potencies.
    Journal of Neuroscience Research 06/2008; 86(6):1361-70. · 2.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Memantine, a clinically used N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-receptor antagonist, has been shown to prevent apoptotic neuronal damage connected with the over-activity of NMDA receptors. In the present study, we examined the effect of memantine on staurosporine-, salsolinol- and doxorubicin-induced apoptosis in the SH-SY5Y cell line which does not possess functional NMDA receptors. Electrophysiological recordings and toxicity studies showed no response to NMDA-evoked currents in this cell line, irrespective of the stage of its neuronal differentiation. Memantine (0.1-2 microM) attenuated staurosporine-induced apoptosis as evidenced by reversal of the changes in mitochondrial membrane potential (DeltaPsi(m)) and decreased caspase-3 activity, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release and DNA fragmentation. Wortmannin (10 nM) and LY 294002 (10 microM) (inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase, PI3-K) reversed the inhibitory effect of memantine on the staurosporine-induced LDH release, suggesting that the PI3-K/Akt prosurvival pathway is a possible target for antiapoptotic action of memantine. Memantine at low micromolar concentrations also attenuated salsolinol- and doxorubicin-induced LDH release and DNA fragmentation, but only in the case of salsolinol was this effect accompanied by a decrease in caspase-3 activity. The present data indicate that memantine attenuates the toxic effects of various proapoptotic agents and the cytoprotective effect of memantine does not seem to be connected with its action on NMDA receptor but rather with its influence on intracellular pathways engaged in cellular survival/apoptotic processes.
    Neurochemistry International 01/2008; 52(4-5):864-77. · 2.66 Impact Factor
  • European Neuropsychopharmacology - EUR NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOL. 01/2008; 18.
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    ABSTRACT: The activation of cell-mediated immunity and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis may play a role in the pathophysiology of depression, especially a treatment-resistant one, and antidepressant treatments may exert their effect by suppressing this activation. In our previous studies we described synergistic, antidepressant-like effects of a combination of amantadine (10 mg/kg) and imipramine (5 mg/kg) - drugs otherwise ineffective when given separately in such doses - in the forced swimming test (FST), an animal model of depression. Moreover, preliminary clinical data show that the above-described combination has beneficial effects on treatment-resistant patients. However, it is still unknown whether these positive effects of combined treatment with amantadine and imipramine on behavioural depressive changes are accompanied with normalization of immunoendocrine parameters. Therefore, the present study was aimed at ascertaining whether the antidepressive effect of a combination of amantadine and imipramine was accompanied with a decrease in some immunoendocrine parameters. The antidepressant activity was accompanied with a reversal of the stress-induced increase in the proliferation of splenocytes in response to concanavalin A (ConA). Imipramine, amantadine and a combination of amantadine and imipramine enhanced the production of the negative immunoregulator IL-10 in rats subjected to the FST. The exposure to the FST produced an increase in plasma corticosterone levels, which was significantly attenuated by pretreatment with imipramine or amantadine (a combination of imipramine and amantadine causes reduction within the margin of error). In summary, the antidepressive efficacy of a combination of amantadine and imipramine given in suboptimal doses may be related to their negative immunoendocrine effects.
    The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology 07/2006; 9(3):297-305. · 5.64 Impact Factor
  • Behavioural Pharmacology - BEHAV PHARMACOL. 01/2006; 17.