[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We discovered a nonpeptidic compound, TAK-070, that inhibited BACE1, a rate-limiting protease for the generation of Abeta peptides that are considered causative for Alzheimer's disease (AD), in a noncompetitive manner. TAK-070 bound to full-length BACE1, but not to truncated BACE1 lacking the transmembrane domain. Short-term oral administration of TAK-070 decreased the brain levels of soluble Abeta, increased that of neurotrophic sAPPalpha by approximately 20%, and normalized the behavioral impairments in cognitive tests in Tg2576 mice, an APP transgenic mouse model of AD. Six-month chronic treatment decreased cerebral Abeta deposition by approximately 60%, preserving the pharmacological efficacy on soluble Abeta and sAPPalpha levels. These results support the feasibility of BACE1 inhibition with a noncompetitive inhibitor as disease-modifying as well as symptomatic therapy for AD.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience 08/2010; 30(33):11157-66. DOI:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2884-10.2010 · 6.34 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A large-scale transcriptome database of rat liver (TG-GATEs) has been established by the Toxicogenomics Project in Japan. In the present study, we focused on 8 hepatotoxic compounds within TG-GATEs, i.e., clofibrate, omeprazole, ethionine, thioacetamide, benzbromarone, propylthiouracil, Wy-14,643 and amiodarone, which induced coagulation abnormalities. Aspirin was selected as a reference compound that directly causes coagulation abnormality, but not through liver toxicity. In blood chemical examinations, for all the coagulopathic compounds there was little elevation of aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT), suggesting no severe cell death by treatment with the compounds. We extracted 344 probe sets from the data for these 8 typical drugs, which induced this phenotype at any time from 3 to 28 days of repeated administration. Principal component analysis using these probe sets clearly separated dose- and time-dependent clusters of the treated groups from their controls, except aspirin and propylthiouracil, both of which were considered to cause coagulopathy not due to their hepatotoxicity but due to their direct effects on the blood coagulation system. Reviewing the extracted genes, changes in lipid metabolism were found to be dominant. Genes related to blood coagulation were generally down-regulated by these drugs except that vitamin K epoxide reductase complex subunit 1 (Vkorc1) like 1, a paralogous gene of Vkorc1, was up-regulated. As expected, expression changes of these genes were least prominent in aspirin or propylthiouracil-treated liver. We concluded that these probe sets could be a good starting point in developing mechanism-based biomarkers for diagnosis or prognosis of hepatotoxicity-related coagulation abnormalities in the early stage of drug development.
The Journal of Toxicological Sciences 07/2009; 34(3):281-93. DOI:10.2131/jts.34.281 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have constructed a large-scale transcriptome database of rat liver treated with various drugs. In an effort to identify a biomarker for the diagnosis of elevated total bilirubin (TBIL) and direct bilirubin (DBIL), we extracted 59 probe sets of rat hepatic genes from the data for seven typical drugs, gemfibrozil, phalloidin, colchicine, bendazac, rifampicin, cyclosporine A, and chlorpromazine, which induced this phenotype from 3 to 28 days of repeated administration in the present study. Principal component analysis (PCA) using these probes clearly separated dose- and time-dependent clusters in the treated groups from their controls. Eighteen more drugs in the database, reported to elevate TBIL and DBIL, were estimated by PCA using these probe sets. Of these, 12 drugs, that is methapyrilene, thioacetamide, ticlopidine, ethinyl estradiol, alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate, indomethacin, methyltestosterone, penicillamine, allyl alcohol, aspirin, iproniazid, and isoniazid were also separated from the control clusters, as were the seven typical drugs causing elevation of TBIL and DBIL. The principal component 1 (PC1) value showed high correlation with TBIL and DBIL. In the cases of colchicine, bendazac, chlorpromazine, gemfibrozil, and phalloidin, the possible elevation of TBIL and DBIL could be predicted by expression of these genes 24 h after single administration. We conclude that these identified 59 probe sets could be useful to diagnose the cause of elevation of TBIL and DBIL, and that toxicogenomics would be a promising approach for prediction of this type of toxicity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have constructed a large-scale transcriptome database of rat liver treated with various drugs. In an effort to identify a biomarker for diagnosis of hepatic phospholipidosis, we extracted 78 probe sets of rat hepatic genes from data of 5 drugs, amiodarone, amitriptyline, clomipramine, imipramine, and ketoconazole, which actually induced this phenotype. Principal component analysis (PCA) using these probes clearly separated dose- and time-dependent clusters of treated groups from their controls. Moreover, 6 drugs (chloramphenicol, chlorpromazine, gentamicin, perhexiline, promethazine, and tamoxifen), which were reported to cause phospholipidosis but judged as negative by histopathological examination, were designated as positive by PCA using these probe sets. Eight drugs (carbon tetrachloride, coumarin, tetracycline, metformin, hydroxyzine, diltiazem, 2-bromoethylamine, and ethionamide), which showed phospholipidosis-like vacuolar formation in the histopathology, could be distinguished from the typical drugs causing phospholipidosis. Moreover, the possible induction of phospholipidosis was predictable by the expression of these genes 24 h after single administration in some of the drugs. We conclude that these identified 78 probe sets could be useful for diagnosis of phospholipidosis, and that toxicogenomics would be a promising approach for prediction of this type of toxicity.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: For assessing carcinogenicity in animals, it is difficult and costly, an alternative strategy has been desired. We explored the possibility of applying a toxicogenomics approach by using comprehensive gene expression data in rat liver treated with various compounds. As prototypic non-genotoxic hepatocarcinogens, thioacetamide (TAA) and methapyrilene (MP) were selected and 349 commonly changed genes were extracted by statistical analysis. Taking both compounds as positive with six compounds, acetaminophen, aspirin, phenylbutazone, rifampicin, alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate, and amiodarone as negative, prediction analysis of microarray (PAM) was performed. By training and 10-fold cross validation, a classifier containing 112 probe sets that gave an overall success rate of 95% was obtained. The validity of the present discriminator was checked for 30 chemicals. The PAM score showed characteristic time-dependent increases by treatment with several non-genotoxic hepatocarcinogens, including TAA, MP, coumarin, ethionine and WY-14643, while almost all of the non-carcinogenic samples were correctly predicted. Measurement of hepatic glutathione content suggested that MP and TAA cause glutathione depletion followed by a protective increase, but the protective response is exhausted during repeated administration. Therefore, the presently obtained PAM classifier could predict potential non-genotoxic hepatocarcinogenesis within 24 h after single dose and the inevitable pseudo-positives could be eliminated by checking data of repeated administrations up to 28 days. Tests for carcinogenicity using rats takes at least 2 years, while the present work suggests the possibility of lowering the time to 28 days with high precision, at least for a category of non-genotoxic hepatocarcinogens causing oxidative stress.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The present study was conducted as a model case of the toxicogenomics approach for analyzing toxicological mechanisms and toxicity assessments in the early stage of drug development by comparing with classical toxicology data. Methapyrilene (MP) 100 mg/kg produced obvious histopathological changes in liver of rats by single or repeated dose up to 28 days with significant elevation of ALT and AST. In the middle dose groups (30 mg/kg MP), no apparent changes were noted in blood biochemical data by single dosing or repeated dosing up to one week, and no obvious histopathological changes were observed except a slight hypertrophy in the hepatocytes. Comprehensive gene expression changes were analyzed using Affymetrix GeneChip and differentially expressed probe sets were statistically extracted. These contained many genes related to "glutathione metabolism", "apoptosis", "MAPK signaling pathway" and "regulation of cell cycle", which were all thought to be involved in the development of presently observed phenotypes. In the high dose groups, TGP1 scores (developed in our system in order to overview the responsiveness of drugs to multiple marker gene lists) for these categories were markedly increased from the early time point after single dose and kept their high expression throughout the repeated dose period. In the middle dose groups, the increment of the scores were noted not only at the time points when apparent pathological changes emerged, but also at the earlier stage of repeated dosing and even after single dosing. We conclude that toxicogenomics would enable a more sensitive assessment at the earlier time point than classical toxicology evaluation.
The Journal of Toxicological Sciences 03/2008; 33(1):37-50. DOI:10.2131/jts.33.37 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: One expected result from toxicogenomics technology is to overcome the barrier because of species-specific differences in prediction of clinical toxicity using animals. The present study serves as a model case to test if the well-known species-specific difference in the toxicity of coumarin could be elucidated using comprehensive gene expression data from rat in-vivo, rat in-vitro, and human in-vitro systems. Coumarin 150 mg/kg produced obvious pathological changes in the liver of rats after repeated administration for 7 days or more. Moreover, 24 h after a single dose, we observed minor and transient morphological changes, suggesting that some early events leading to hepatic injury occur soon after coumarin is administered to rats. Comprehensive gene expression changes were analyzed using an Affymetrix GeneChip approach, and differentially expressed probe sets were statistically extracted. The changes in expression of the selected probe sets were further examined in primary cultured rat hepatocytes exposed to coumarin, and differentially expressed probe sets common to the in-vivo and in-vitro datasets were selected for further study. These contained many genes related to glutathione metabolism and the oxidative stress response. To incorporate human data, human hepatocyte cultured cells were exposed to coumarin and changes in expression of the bridging gene set were examined. In total, we identified 14 up-regulated and 11 down-regulated probe sets representing rat-human bridging genes. The overall responsiveness of these genes to coumarin was much higher in rats than humans, consistent with the reported species difference in coumarin toxicity. Next, we examined changes in expression of the rat-human bridging genes in cultured rat and human hepatocytes treated with another hepatotoxicant, diclofenac sodium, for which hepatotoxicity does not differ between the species. Both rat and human hepatocytes responded to the marker genes to the same extent when the same concentrations of diclofenac sodium were exposed. We conclude that toxicogenomics-based approaches show promise for overcoming species-specific differences that create a bottleneck in analysis of the toxicity of potential therapeutic treatments.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: To identify candidate biomarker gene sets to evaluate the potential risk of chemical-induced glutathione depletion in livers, we conducted microarray analysis on rat livers administered with phorone (40, 120 and 400 mg/kg), a prototypical glutathione depletor. Hepatic glutathione content was measured and glutathione depletion-responsive gene probe sets (GSH probe sets) were identified using Affymetrix Rat Genome 230 2.0 GeneChip by the following procedure. First, probe sets, whose signal values were inversely correlated with hepatic glutathione content throughout the experimental period, were statistically identified. Next, probe sets, whose average signal values were greater than 1.5-fold compared to those of controls 3 hr after phorone treatment, were selected. Finally, probe sets without unique Entrez Gene ID were removed, ending up with 161 probe sets in total. The usefulness of the identified GSH probe sets was verified by a toxicogenomics database. It was shown that signal profiles of the GSH probe sets in rats treated with bromobenzene were strongly altered compared with other chemicals. Focusing on bromobenzene, time-course profiles of hepatic glutathione content and gene expression revealed that the change in gene expression profile was marked after the bromobenzene treatment, whereas hepatic glutathione content had recovered after initial acute depletion, suggesting that the gene expression profile did not reflect the hepatic glutathione content itself, but rather reflects a perturbation of glutathione homeostasis. The identified GSH probe sets would be useful for detecting glutathione-depleting risk of chemicals from microarray data.
The Journal of Toxicological Sciences 01/2008; 32(5):469-86. DOI:10.2131/jts.32.469 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have constructed a large-scale transcriptome database of rat liver treated with various drugs. In an effort to identify a biomarker for interpretation of plasma triglyceride (TG) decrease, we extracted 218 probe sets of rat hepatic genes from data of 15 drugs that decreased the plasma TG level but differentially affected food consumption. Pathway and gene ontology analysis revealed that the genes belong to amino acid metabolism, lipid metabolism and xenobiotics metabolism. Principal component analysis (PCA) showed that 12 out of 15 compounds were separated in the direction of PC1, and these 12 were separated in the direction of PC2, according to their hepatic gene expression profiles. It was found that genes with either large or small eigenvector values in principal component PC 2 were those reported to be regulated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)alpha or constitutive androstane receptor (CAR), respectively. In fact, WY-14,643, clofibrate, gemfibrozil and benzbromarone, reported to be PPARalpha activators, distributed to the former, whereas propylthiouracil, omeprazole, phenobarbital, thioacetamide, methapyrilene, sulfasalazine and coumarin did to the latter. We conclude that these identified 218 probe sets could be a useful source of biomarkers for classification of plasma TG decrease, based on the mechanisms involving PPARalpha and CAR.
The Journal of Toxicological Sciences 11/2007; 32(4):387-99. DOI:10.2131/jts.32.387 · 1.29 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A large-scale toxicogenomcis database has now been constructed in the Toxicogenomics Project in Japan (TGP). To facilitate the analytical procedures for such large-scale microarray data, we developed a simple one-dimensional score, named TGP1 which expresses the trend of the changes in expression of biomarker genes as a whole. To evaluate the usefulness of the TGP1 score, microarray data of rat liver and rat hepatocytes deposited in the TGP database were scored for three biomarker gene sets, i.e., carcinogenesis-related, PPARalpha-regulated and glutathione depletion-related gene sets. The TGP1 scoring system gave reasonable results, i.e., the scores for carcinogenesis-related genes were high in omeprazole-, chlorpromazine-, hexachlorobenzene-, sulfasalazine- and Wy-14,643-treated rat livers, that for PPARalpha-regulated genes were high in clofibrate-, Wy-14,643-, gemfibrozil-, benzbromarone- and aspirin-treated rat livers as well as rat hepatocytes, and for glutathione deficiency-related genes were high in omeprazole-, bromobenzene-, acetaminophen- and coumarin-treated rat liver. We concluded that the TGP1 score is useful for surveying the expression changes in multiple biomarker gene sets for a large-scale toxicogenomics database, which would reduce the time of doing conventional multivariate statistical analysis. In addition, the TGP1 score can be applied to screening of compatible biomarker gene sets between rat liver and rat hepatocytes, like PPARalpha-regulated gene sets, which will allow us to develop an appropriate in vitro system for drug safety assessment in vivo.
The Journal of Toxicological Sciences 01/2007; 31(5):433-48. DOI:10.2131/jts.31.433 · 1.29 Impact Factor