Shirish Barve

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The role of host response-related factors in the fast progression of liver disease in individuals co-infected with HIV and HCV viruses remains poorly understood. This study compared patterns of cytokines, caspase-1 activation, endotoxin exposure in plasma as well as interferon signaling in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV/HCV co-infected (HIV(+)/HCV(+)), HCV mono-infected (HIV(-)/HCV(+)), HIV mono-infected (HIV(+)/HCV(-)) female patients and HIV- and HCV-uninfected women (HIV(-)/HCV(-)) who had enrolled in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). HIV(+)/HCV(+) women had higher plasma levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines as well as caspase-1 compared with other groups. Both HIV(+)/HCV(+) and HIV(+)/HCV(-) women had significantly higher sCD14 levels compared with other groups. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HCV mono-infected patients had reduced levels of phosphorylation of STAT1 compared with other groups as well as lower basal levels of expression of the IFN-stimulated genes, OAS1, ISG15, and USP18 (UBP43). Basal expression of USP18, a functional antagonist of ISG15, as well as USP18/ISG15 ratios were increased in the HIV(+)/HCV(+) group compared with HIV(-)/HCV(+) and HIV(+)/HCV(-) groups. A more pronounced systemic inflammatory profile as well as increased expression ratios of USP18 to ISG15 may contribute to the more rapid progression of liver disease in HIV(+)/HCV(+) individuals.
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    ABSTRACT: Activation-induced Fas ligand (FasL) mRNA expression in CD4(+) T cells is mainly controlled at transcriptional initiation. To elucidate the epigenetic mechanisms regulating physiologic and pathologic FasL transcription, TCR stimulation-responsive promoter histone modifications in normal and alcohol-exposed primary human CD4(+) T cells were examined. TCR stimulation of normal and alcohol-exposed cells led to discernible changes in promoter histone H3 lysine trimethylation, as documented by an increase in the levels of transcriptionally permissive histone 3 lysine 4 trimethylation and a concomitant decrease in the repressive histone 3 lysine 9 trimethylation. Moreover, acetylation of histone 3 lysine 9 (H3K9), a critical feature of the active promoter state that is opposed by histone 3 lysine 9 trimethylation, was significantly increased and was essentially mediated by the p300-histone acetyltransferase. Notably, the degree of these coordinated histone modifications and subsequent recruitment of transcription factors and RNA polymerase II were significantly enhanced in alcohol-exposed CD4(+) T cells and were commensurate with the pathologic increase in the levels of FasL mRNA. The clinical relevance of these findings is further supported by CD4(+) T cells obtained from individuals with a history of heavy alcohol consumption, which demonstrate significantly greater p300-dependent H3K9 acetylation and FasL expression. Overall, these data show that, in human CD4(+) T cells, TCR stimulation induces a distinct promoter histone profile involving a coordinated cross-talk between histone 3 lysine 4 and H3K9 methylation and acetylation that dictates the transcriptional activation of FasL under physiologic, as well as pathologic, conditions of alcohol exposure.
    Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950). 06/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Recently, we have demonstrated that acute alcohol exposure due to binge drinking leads to hepatic steatosis with the deregulation of hepatic histone deacetylase (HDAC) expression. Various class I, II, and IV HDACs were down-regulated, whereas expression of HDAC3 was solely up-regulated. Hence, in the present work, we specifically examined the mechanistic role of HDAC3 in the development of hepatic steatosis occurring in response to binge alcohol administration. C57BL/6 mice were gavaged 3 times with ethanol (EtOH) at a dose of 4.5 g/kg. HDAC inhibitor, Trichostatin A (TSA) was simultaneously injected intraperitoneally at a dose of 1 mg/kg. Hepatic steatosis, injury, expression of HDAC3 and carnitine palmitoyltransferase 1α (CPT1α) were evaluated. HDAC3 and histone H3 acetylation levels at the Cpt1α promoter were analyzed by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP). The binge EtOH-mediated increase in HDAC3 was prevented by simultaneous administration of HDAC inhibitor, TSA, which markedly attenuated hepatic steatosis and injury. Importantly, HDAC3 inhibition was able to normalize the down-regulation of Cpt1α expression. Causal role of HDAC3 in the transcriptional repression of Cpt1α was demonstrated by increased HDAC3 binding at the thyroid receptor element site in the Cpt1α distal promoter region. Further, a resultant decrease in the transcriptionally permissive histone H3 lysine 9 acetylation in the proximal promoter region near the transcriptional start site was observed. Notably, TSA treatment reduced HDAC3 binding and increased H3K9 acetylation at Cpt1α promoter leading to increased Cpt1α expression. These molecular events resulted in attenuation of binge alcohol-induced hepatic steatosis. These findings provide insights into potential epigenetic mechanisms underlying transcriptional regulation of Cpt1α in the hepatic steatosis occurring in response to binge EtOH administration.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 07/2013; · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic effects of the broad spectrum PDE inhibitor Pentoxifylline have suggested an important role for cyclic nucleotides in the pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis; however studies examining the role of specific PDEs are lacking. Endotoxemia and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) mediated inflammatory and pro-fibrotic signaling play a major role in the development of hepatic fibrosis. Since cAMPspecific PDE4 critically regulates LPS-TLR4 induced inflammatory cytokine expression, its pathogenic role in bile duct ligation induced hepatic injury and fibrogenesis in Sprague Dawley rats was examined. Initiation of cholestatic liver injury and fibrosis was accompanied by a significant induction of PDE4A, B and D expression and activity. Treatment with the PDE4-specific inhibitor, rolipram, significantly decreased liver PDE4 activity, hepatic inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokine expression, injury and fibrosis. At the cellular level, in relevance to endotoxemia and inflammatory cytokine production, PDE4B was observed to play a major regulatory role in the LPS-inducible TNF production by isolated Kupffer cells. Moreover, PDE4 expression was also involved in the in vitro activation and transdifferentiation of isolated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). Particularly, PDE4A, B and D up-regulation preceded induction of the HSC activation marker α-SMA. In vitro treatment of HSCs with rolipram effectively attenuated α-SMA, collagen expression and accompanying morphological changes. Overall, these data strongly suggest that up-regulation of PDE4 expression during cholestatic liver injury plays a potential pathogenic role in the development of inflammation, injury and fibrosis.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 07/2013; · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alcoholic hepatitis (AH) remains a major cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality in the United States and is actually increasing in certain areas of Europe. Thus, there is a pressing need for new therapies/approaches. Major barriers for reducing morbidity, mortality, and costs of care include: lack of translational animal and human studies of new therapies for AH; limited trials of combination therapies in AH targeted at specific disease mechanisms (e.g., gut permeability, cytokines, oxidative stress); limited studies on non-invasive, non-mortality end points; few studies on mechanisms of steroid non-responsiveness; and inadequate prognostic indicators, to name only a few. In spite of these gaps, we have made major advances in understanding mechanisms for AH and appropriate therapies for AH. This article reviews mechanisms and rationale for use of steroids and pentoxifylline in AH and future directions in therapy.
    Current Hepatitis Reports 03/2013; 12(1):59-65.
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    ABSTRACT: Alcohol and dietary fat both play an important role in alcohol-mediated multi-organ pathology, including gut and liver. In the present study we hypothesized that the combination of alcohol and dietary unsaturated fat (USF) would result in intestinal inflammatory stress and mucus layer alterations, thus contributing to disruption of intestinal barrier integrity. C57BL/6N mice were fed Lieber-DeCarli liquid diets containing EtOH and enriched in USF (corn oil/linoleic acid) or SF (medium chain triglycerides: beef tallow) for 8 weeks. Intestinal histology, morphometry, markers of inflammation, as well as levels of mucus protective factors were evaluated. Alcohol and dietary USF triggered an intestinal pro-inflammatory response, characterized by increase in Tnf-α, MCP1, and MPO activity. Further, alcohol and dietary USF, but not SF, resulted in alterations of the intestinal mucus layer, characterized by decreased expression of Muc2 in the ileum. A strong correlation was observed between down-regulation of the antimicrobial factor Cramp and increased Tnf-α mRNA. Therefore, dietary unsaturated fat (corn oil/LA enriched) is a significant contributing factor to EtOH-mediated intestinal inflammatory response and mucus layer alterations in rodents.
    Alcohol (Fayetteville, N.Y.) 02/2013; · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Enteric dysbiosis plays an essential role in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Detailed characterization of the alterations in the gut microbiome is needed for understanding their pathogenic role in ALD and developing effective therapeutic approaches using probiotic supplementation. Mice were fed liquid Lieber-DeCarli diet without or with alcohol (5% v/v) for 6 weeks. A subset of mice were administered the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) from 6 to 8 weeks. Indicators of intestinal permeability, hepatic steatosis, inflammation and injury were evaluated. Metagenomic analysis of the gut microbiome was performed by analyzing the fecal DNA by amplification of the V3-V5 regions of the 16S rRNA gene and large-scale parallel pyrosequencing on the 454 FLX Titanium platform. Chronic ethanol feeding caused a decline in the abundance of both Bacteriodetes and Firmicutes phyla, with a proportional increase in the gram negative Proteobacteria and gram positive Actinobacteria phyla; the bacterial genera that showed the biggest expansion were the gram negative alkaline tolerant Alcaligenes and gram positive Corynebacterium. Commensurate with the qualitative and quantitative alterations in the microbiome, ethanol caused an increase in plasma endotoxin, fecal pH, hepatic inflammation and injury. Notably, the ethanol-induced pathogenic changes in the microbiome and the liver were prevented by LGG supplementation. Overall, significant alterations in the gut microbiome over time occur in response to chronic alcohol exposure and correspond to increases in intestinal barrier dysfunction and development of ALD. Moreover, the altered bacterial communities of the gut may serve as significant therapeutic target for the prevention/treatment of chronic alcohol intake induced intestinal barrier dysfunction and liver disease.
    PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(1):e53028. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Chemokine and chemokine receptors play an essential role in tumorigenesis. Although chemokine-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are associated with various cancers, their impact on PCA among men of African descent is unknown. Consequently, this study evaluated 43 chemokine-associated SNPs in relation to PCA risk. We hypothesized inheritance of variant chemokine-associated alleles may lead to alterations in PCA susceptibility, presumably due to variations in antitumor immune responses. Methods. Sequence variants were evaluated in germ-line DNA samples from 814 African-American and Jamaican men (279 PCA cases and 535 controls) using Illumina's Goldengate genotyping system. Results. Inheritance of CCL5 rs2107538 (AA, GA+AA) and rs3817655 (AA, AG, AG+AA) genotypes were linked with a 34-48% reduction in PCA risk. Additionally, the recessive and dominant models for CCR5 rs1799988 and CCR7 rs3136685 were associated with a 1.52-1.73 fold increase in PCA risk. Upon stratification, only CCL5 rs3817655 and CCR7 rs3136685 remained significant for the Jamaican and U.S. subgroups, respectively. Conclusions. In summary, CCL5 (rs2107538, rs3817655) and CCR5 (rs1799988) sequence variants significantly modified PCA susceptibility among men of African descent, even after adjusting for age and multiple comparisons. Our findings are only suggestive and require further evaluation and validation in relation to prostate cancer risk and ultimately disease progression, biochemical/disease recurrence and mortality in larger high-risk subgroups. Such efforts will help to identify genetic markers capable of explaining disproportionately high prostate cancer incidence, mortality, and morbidity rates among men of African descent.
    Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice 11/2012; 10(1):16. · 1.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Acrolein is a common environmental, food and water pollutant and a major component of cigarette smoke. Also, it is produced endogenously via lipid peroxidation and cellular metabolism of certain amino acids and drugs. Acrolein is cytotoxic to many cell types including hepatocytes; however the mechanisms are not fully understood. We examined the molecular mechanisms underlying acrolein hepatotoxicity in primary human hepatocytes and hepatoma cells. Acrolein, at pathophysiological concentrations, caused a dose-dependent loss of viability of hepatocytes. The death was apoptotic at moderate and necrotic at high concentrations of acrolein. Acrolein exposure rapidly and dramatically decreased intracellular glutathione and overall antioxidant capacity, and activated the stress-signaling MAP-kinases JNK, p42/44 and p38. Our data demonstrate for the first time in human hepatocytes, that acrolein triggered endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activated eIF2α, ATF-3 and -4, and Gadd153/CHOP, resulting in cell death. Notably, the protective/adaptive component of ER stress was not activated, and acrolein failed to up-regulate the protective ER-chaperones, GRP78 and GRP94. Additionally, exposure to acrolein disrupted mitochondrial integrity/function, and led to the release of pro-apoptotic proteins and ATP depletion. Acrolein-induced cell death was attenuated by N-acetyl cysteine, phenyl-butyric acid, and caspase and JNK inhibitors. Our data demonstrate that exposure to acrolein induces a variety of stress responses in hepatocytes, including GSH depletion, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and ER stress (without ER-protective responses) which together contribute to acrolein toxicity. Our study defines basic mechanisms underlying liver injury caused by reactive aldehyde pollutants such as acrolein.
    Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology 09/2012; · 3.98 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Data from several laboratories have shown that ethanol (EtOH) feeding impairs many essential methylation reactions that contribute to alcoholic liver disease (ALD). EtOH is also a comorbid factor in the severity of hepatitis C virus-induced liver injury. The presence of viral proteins further exacerbates the methylation defects to disrupt multiple pathways that promote the pathogenesis of liver disease. This review is a compilation of presentations that linked the methylation reaction defects with proteasome inhibition, decreased antigen presentation, and impaired interferon (IFN) signaling in the hepatocytes and dysregulated TNFα expression in macrophages. Two therapeutic modalities, betaine and S-adenosylmethionine, can correct methylation defects to attenuate many EtOH-induced liver changes, as well as improve IFN signaling pathways, thereby overcoming viral treatment resistance.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 05/2012; · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Binge, as well as chronic, alcohol consumption affects global histone acetylation leading to changes in gene expression. It is becoming increasingly evident that these histone-associated epigenetic modifications play an important role in the development of alcohol-mediated hepatic injury. C57BL/6 mice were gavaged 3 times (12-hour intervals) with ethanol (EtOH; 4.5 g/kg). Hepatic histone deacetylase (Hdac) mRNAs were assessed by qRT-PCR. Total HDAC activity was estimated by a colorimetric HDAC activity/inhibition assay. Histone acetylation levels were evaluated by Western blot. Liver steatosis and injury were evaluated by histopathology, plasma aminotransferase (ALT) activity, and liver triglyceride accumulation. Expression of fatty acid synthase (Fas) and carnitine palmitoyl transferase 1a (Cpt1a) was also examined. HDAC 9 association with Fas promoter was analyzed. Binge alcohol exposure resulted in alterations of hepatic Hdac mRNA levels. Down-regulation of HDAC Class I (Hdac 1), Class II (Hdac 7, 9, 10), and Class IV (Hdac 11) and up-regulation of HDAC Class I (Hdac 3) gene expression were observed. Correspondent to the decrease in HDAC activity, an increase in hepatic histone acetylation was observed. These molecular events were associated with microvesicular hepatic steatosis and injury characterized by increased hepatic triglycerides (48.02 ± 3.83 vs. 19.90 ± 3.48 mg/g liver, p < 0.05) and elevated plasma ALT activity (51.98 ± 6.91 vs. 20.8 ± 0.62 U/l, p < 0.05). Hepatic steatosis was associated with an increase in FAS and a decrease in CPT1a mRNA and protein expression. Fas promoter analysis revealed that binge EtOH treatment decreased HDAC 9 occupancy at the Fas promoter resulting in its transcriptional activation. Deregulation of hepatic Hdac expression likely plays a major role in the binge alcohol-induced hepatic steatosis and liver injury by affecting lipogenesis and fatty acid β-oxidation.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 02/2012; 36(9):1578-86. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Interactions between the gut, immune system, and the liver, as well as the type of fat in the diet, are critical components of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of saturated fat (SF) and unsaturated fat (USF) on ethanol (EtOH)-induced gut-liver interactions in a mouse model of ALD. C57BL/6N mice were fed Lieber-DeCarli liquid diets containing EtOH and enriched in USF (corn oil) or SF (medium chain triglycerides:beef tallow). Control mice were pair-fed on an isocaloric basis. Liver injury and steatosis, blood endotoxin levels, intestinal permeability, and tight junction (TJ) integrity, as well as hepatic Toll-like receptor (TLR) gene expression, were evaluated. After 8 weeks of EtOH feeding, liver injury and steatosis were observed in USF + EtOH group compared with control and SF + EtOH. Significantly increased intestinal permeability in conjunction with elevated blood endotoxin levels were observed in the ileal segments of the mice fed USF + EtOH. USF diet alone resulted in down-regulation of intestinal TJ protein mRNA expression compared with SF. Importantly, alcohol further suppressed TJ proteins in USF + EtOH, but did not affect intestinal TJ in SF + EtOH group. The type of fat in the diet alone did not affect hepatic TLR expression. Compared with control animals, hepatic TLR (TLR 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9) mRNA expression was significantly (p < 0.05) increased in USF + EtOH, but not in SF + EtOH group. Notably, TLR5 was the only up-regulated TLR in both SF + EtOH and USF + EtOH groups. Dietary fat is an important cofactor in alcohol-associated liver injury. We demonstrate that USF (corn oil/linoleic acid) by itself results in dysregulation of intestinal TJ integrity leading to increased gut permeability, and alcohol further exacerbates these alterations. We postulate that elevated blood endotoxin levels in response to USF and alcohol in conjunction with up-regulation of hepatic TLRs combine to cause hepatic injury in ALD.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 12/2011; 36(5):835-46. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gut-derived endotoxin is a critical factor in the development and progression of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Probiotics can treat alcohol-induced liver injury associated with gut leakiness and endotoxemia in animal models, as well as in human ALD; however, the mechanism or mechanisms of their beneficial action are not well defined. We hypothesized that alcohol impairs the adaptive response-induced hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and that probiotic supplementation could attenuate this impairment, restoring barrier function in a mouse model of ALD by increasing HIF-responsive proteins (eg, intestinal trefoil factor) and reversing established ALD. C57BJ/6N mice were fed the Lieber DeCarli diet containing 5% alcohol for 8 weeks. Animals received Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) supplementation in the last 2 weeks. LGG supplementation significantly reduced alcohol-induced endotoxemia and hepatic steatosis and improved liver function. LGG restored alcohol-induced reduction of HIF-2α and intestinal trefoil factor levels. In vitro studies using the Caco-2 cell culture model showed that the addition of LGG supernatant prevented alcohol-induced epithelial monolayer barrier dysfunction. Furthermore, gene silencing of HIF-1α/2α abolished the LGG effects, indicating that the protective effect of LGG is HIF-dependent. The present study provides a mechanistic insight for utilization of probiotics for the treatment of ALD, and suggests a critical role for intestinal hypoxia and decreased trefoil factor in the development of ALD.
    American Journal Of Pathology 12/2011; 179(6):2866-75. · 4.60 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alcoholism is a major health problem in the United States and worldwide, and alcohol remains the single most significant cause of liver-related diseases and deaths. Alcohol is known to influence nutritional status at many levels including nutrient intake, absorption, utilization, and excretion, and can lead to many nutritional disturbances and deficiencies. Nutrients can dramatically affect gene expression and alcohol-induced nutrient imbalance may be a major contributor to pathogenic gene expression in alcohol-induced liver disease (ALD). There is growing interest regarding epigenetic changes, including histone modifications that regulate gene expression during disease pathogenesis. Notably, modifications of core histones in the nucleosome regulate chromatin structure and DNA methylation, and control gene transcription. This review highlights the role of nutrient disturbances brought about during alcohol metabolism and their impact on epigenetic histone modifications that may contribute to ALD. The review is focused on four critical metabolites, namely, acetate, S-adenosylmethionine, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and zinc that are particularly relevant to alcohol metabolism and ALD.
    World Journal of Gastroenterology 05/2011; 17(20):2465-72. · 2.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Alcohol abuse has long-term deleterious effects on the immune system, and results in a depletion and loss of function of CD4(+) T lymphocytes, which regulate both innate and adaptive immunity. T-lymphocyte activation via T-cell receptor (TCR) involves the lipid raft colocalization and aggregation of proteins into the immunological signalosome, which triggers a signaling cascade resulting in the production of interleukin-2 (IL-2). IL-2 regulates the proliferation and clonal expansion of activated T cells and is essential for an effective immune response. The present work examines the mechanisms underlying ethanol-induced dysfunction of CD4(+) T lymphocytes based on the hypothesis that ethanol downregulates lipid raft-mediated TCR signal transduction and resultant IL-2 production. Primary or cultured human T lymphocytes were exposed to ethanol for 24 hours prior to stimulation with anti-CD3/anti-CD28 antibodies or phytohemagglutinin. Effects of ethanol exposure on TCR-signaling (including activation of Lck, ZAP70, LAT, and PLCγ1) and IL-2 gene expression were examined. Exposure of both primary and cultured human CD4(+) T lymphocytes to physiologically relevant concentrations of ethanol leads to down-regulation of IL-2 mRNA and protein via inhibition of DNA-binding activity of NFAT, the essential transcription factor for IL-2. Ethanol decreases tyrosine phosphorylation and activation of upstream signaling proteins PLCγ1, LAT, ZAP70, and Lck. These effects are prevented by inhibition of metabolism of ethanol. Sucrose density gradient fractionation and confocal microscopy revealed that ethanol inhibited essential upstream lipid raft-mediated TCR-dependent signaling events, namely colocalization of Lck, ZAP70, LAT, and PLCγ1 with plasma membrane lipid rafts. Overall, our data demonstrate that ethanol inhibits lipid raft-mediated TCR-signaling in CD4(+) T lymphocytes, resulting in suppression of IL-2 production. These findings may represent a novel mechanism underlying alcohol abuse-associated immune suppression and may be particularly relevant in diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C virus infection where alcohol abuse is a known comorbidity.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 04/2011; 35(8):1435-44. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Malnutrition, both protein energy malnutrition (PEM) and deficiencies in individual nutrients, is a frequent complication of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Severity of malnutrition correlates with severity of ALD. Malnutrition also occurs in patients with cirrhosis due to etiologies other than alcohol. The mechanisms for malnutrition are multifactorial, and malnutrition frequently worsens in the hospital due to fasting for procedures and metabolic complications of liver disease, such as hepatic encephalopathy. Aggressive nutritional support is indicated in inpatients with ALD, and patients often need to be fed through an enteral feeding tube to achieve protein and calorie goals. Enteral nutritional support clearly improves nutrition status and may improve clinical outcome. Moreover, late-night snacks in outpatient cirrhotics improve nutritional status and lean body mass. Thus, with no FDA-approved therapy for ALD, careful nutritional intervention should be considered as frontline therapy.
    Alcoholism Clinical and Experimental Research 02/2011; 35(5):815-20. · 3.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) treatment has anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective effects against endotoxin-induced organ injury. An important component of the anti-inflammatory action of SAM involves down-regulation of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced transcriptional induction of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) expression by monocytes/macrophages. We examined the effect of SAM on expression and activity of LPS-induced up-regulation of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4), which regulates cellular cAMP levels and TNF expression. LPS treatment of RAW 264.7, a mouse macrophage cell line, led to the induction of Pde4b2 mRNA expression with no effect on Pde4a or Pde4d. SAM pretreatment led to a significant decrease in LPS-induced up-regulation of Pde4b2 expression in both RAW 264.7 cells and primary human CD14(+) monocytes. Of note, the decreased Pde4b2 mRNA expression correlated with the SAM-dependent increase in the transcriptionally repressive histone H3 lysine 9 trimethylation on the Pde4b2 intronic promoter region. The SAM-mediated decrease in LPS-inducible Pde4b2 up-regulation resulted in an increase in cellular cAMP levels and activation of cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA), which plays an inhibitory role in LPS-induced TNF production. In addition, SAM did not affect LPS-inducible inhibitor of nuclear factor-κB degradation or nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)-p65 translocation into the nucleus but rather inhibited NF-κB transcriptional activity. These results demonstrate for the first time that inhibition of LPS-induced PDE4B2 up-regulation and increased cAMP-dependent PKA activation are significant mechanisms contributing to the anti-TNF effect of SAM. Moreover, these data also suggest that SAM may be used as an effective PDE4B inhibitor in the treatment of chronic inflammatory disorders in which TNF expression plays a significant pathogenic role.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 01/2011; 337(2):433-43. · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease in the US and refers to a wide spectrum of liver damage, including simple steatosis, steatohepatitis, fibrosis and cirrhosis. The goal of the present study was to achieve a more detailed understanding of the molecular changes in response to high fat-induced liver steatosis through the identification of a differentially expressed liver transcriptome and proteome. Male C57/BL6 mice fed a high-fat lard diet for 8 weeks developed visceral obesity and hepatic steatosis characterized by significantly increased liver and plasma free fatty acid and triglyceride levels and plasma alanine aminotransferase activities. Transcriptome analysis demonstrated that, compared to the control diet (CD), high-fat diet changed the expression of 309 genes (132 up- and 177 down-regulated; by a twofold change and more, P<.05). Multiple genes encoding proteins involved in lipogenesis were down-regulated, whereas genes involved in fatty acid oxidation were up-regulated. Proteomic analysis revealed 12 proteins which were differentially expressed. Of these, glutathione S-transferases mu1 and pi1 and selenium-binding protein 2 were decreased at both the gene and protein levels. This is the first study to perform a parallel transcriptomic and proteomic analysis of diet-induced hepatic steatosis. Several key pathways involving xenobiotic and lipid metabolism, the inflammatory response and cell-cycle control were identified. These pathways provide targets for future mechanistic and therapeutic studies as related to the development and prevention of NAFLD.
    The Journal of nutritional biochemistry 03/2010; 22(1):38-45. · 4.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in the 1990s, liver disease is emerging as a major cause of morbidity and mortality among HIV-infected patients. This is attributed to a variety of factors, including HAART hepatotoxicity, coinfection with hepatitis B and C virus (HBV and HCV, respectively), and alcohol abuse. Several studies have examined the effects of HAART and HCV/HBV coinfection on liver toxicity. However, the impact of alcohol consumption as a cofactor for hepatotoxicity in HIV patients is only beginning to be understood. Similar to the general population, alcohol use is common in the HIV population but is often overlooked by health care providers. Approximately 25 percent of recently diagnosed HIV patients are alcohol dependent; moreover, alcohol dependence has been associated with HIV treatment failure. Alcohol/HAART interactions appear crucial for the development of liver disease in HIV patients. Recent research has shown that alcohol abuse is associated with severe hepatotoxicity in patients on HAART. Importantly, alcoholic- and HAART-induced liver disease share many potential mechanisms of injury, including altered metabolism of certain signaling molecules (i.e., cytokines) and dysfunction of some cell components (i.e., proteasomes and mitochondria).
    Alcohol research & health: the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism 01/2010; 33(3):229-36. · 0.58 Impact Factor
  • Gastroenterology 01/2010; 138(5). · 12.82 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 2013
    • Baylor College of Medicine
      Houston, Texas, United States
  • 2003–2013
    • University of Louisville
      • • Department of Medicine
      • • Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
      • • Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
      • • Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
      • • Department of Pediatrics
      Louisville, Kentucky, United States
  • 2008
    • Emory University
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 1997–2002
    • University of Kentucky
      • • Graduate Center for Toxicology
      • • Department of Medicine
      Lexington, KY, United States
  • 2001
    • University of Nebraska Medical Center
      Omaha, Nebraska, United States
  • 1999
    • Lexington VA Medical Center
      Washington, Washington, D.C., United States
    • Lexington Medical Center
      West Columbia, South Carolina, United States