John M Seubert

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Publications (48)205.89 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n3, DHA) is an n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) known to affect numerous biological functions. While DHA possesses many properties that impact cell survival such as suppressing cell growth and inducing apoptosis, the exact molecular and cellular mechanism(s) remain unknown. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are a family of nuclear receptors that regulate many cell pathways including cell death. As DHA acts as a ligand to PPARs the aim of this study was to examine the involvement of PPARδ in DHA-mediated cytotoxicity toward H9c2 cells. Treatment with DHA (100μM) resulted in a significant decline in cell viability, cellular metabolic activity and total antioxidant capacity coinciding with increased total proteasome activities and activity of released lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). No changes in reactive oxygen species (ROS) production or accumulation of lipid peroxidation products were observed but DHA promoted apoptotic cell death as detected by flow cytometry, increased caspase-3 activity and decreased phosphorylation of Akt. Importantly, DHA enhanced PPARδ DNA binding activity in H9c2 cells strongly signifying that the cytotoxic effect of DHA might be mediated via PPARδ signaling. Co-treatment with the selective PPARδ antagonist GSK 3787(1μM) abolished the cytotoxic effects of DHA in H9c2 cells. Cytotoxic effects of DHA were attenuated by co-treatment with myriocin, a selective inhibitor of serine palmitoyl transferase (SPT), preventing de novo ceramide biosynthesis. LC/MS analysis revealed that treatment with DHA resulted in the accumulation of ceramide, which was blocked by GSK 3787. Interestingly, inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) oxidase with MS-PPOH (50μM) abolished DHA-mediated cytotoxicity suggesting downstream metabolites as the active mediators. We further demonstrate that CYP oxidase metabolites of DHA, methyl epoxydocosapentaenoate (EDP methyl esters, 1μM) (mix 1:1:1:1:1:1; 4,5-, 7,8-, 10,11-, 13,14-, 16,17- and 19,20-EDP methyl esters) and 19,20-EDP cause cytotoxicity via activation of PPARδ signaling leading to increased levels of intracellular ceramide. These results illustrate novel pathways for DHA-induced cytotoxicity that suggest an important role for CYP-derived metabolites, EDPs.
    Toxicology Letters 10/2014; · 3.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiovascular disease, including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally, despite well-established treatments. The discovery and development of novel therapeutics that prevent the progression of devastating consequences following AMI are thus important in reducing the global burden of this devastating disease. Scientific evidence for the protective effects of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) in the cardiovascular system are rapidly emerging and suggest that promoting the effects of these cytochrome P450-derived epoxyeicosanoids is a potentially viable clinical therapeutic strategy. Through a translational lens, this review will provide insight into the potential clinical utility of this therapeutic strategy for AMI by 1) outlining the known cardioprotective effects of EETs and underlying mechanisms demonstrated in preclinical models of AMI with a particular focus on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, 2) describing studies in human cohorts that demonstrate a relationship between EETs and associated pathways with coronary artery disease risk, and 3) discussing preclinical and clinical areas that require further investigation in order to increase the probability of successfully translating this rapidly emerging body of evidence into a clinically applicable therapeutic strategy for AMI.
    Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 05/2014; · 5.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a bacterial wall endotoxin producing many pathophysiological conditions including myocardial inflammation leading to cardiotoxicity. Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are biologically active metabolites of arachidonic acids capable of activating protective cellular pathways in response to stress stimuli. EETs evoke a plethora of pathways limiting impairments of cellular structures, reducing cell death, and promoting anti-inflammatory reactions in various cell types. Considering EETs are capable of producing various biological protective effects, we hypothesized that EETs would protect rat neonatal cardiomyocytes (NCM) against LPS-induced cytotoxicity. In this study, we used a dual-acting, synthetic analog of EETs, UA-8 [13-(3-propylureido)tridec-8-enoic acid], possessing both EET-mimetic and soluble epoxide hydrolase selective inhibitory properties and 14,15-EET as a model of canonical EET molecules. We found that both UA-8 and 14,15-EET significantly improved cell viability and mitochondrial function of cardiomyocytes exposed to LPS. Furthermore, treatment with UA-8 or 14,15-EET resulted in significant attenuation of LPS-triggered pro-inflammatory response, caspase-3 activation and reduction in the total antioxidant capacity in cardiomyocytes. Importantly, EET-mediated effects were significantly reduced by pharmacological inhibition of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors γ (PPARγ) suggesting that PPARγ signaling was required for EETs exerted protective effects. Data presented in the current study demonstrate that activation of PPARγ signaling plays a crucial role in EET-mediated protection against LPS-cytotoxicity in cardiomyocytes.
    Frontiers in Pharmacology 01/2014; 5:242.
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    ABSTRACT: Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are cytochrome P450 epoxygenase metabolites of arachidonic acid involved in regulating pathways promoting cellular protection. We have previously shown that EETs trigger a protective response limiting mitochondrial dysfunction and reducing cellular death. Considering it is unknown how EETs regulate cell death processes, the major focus of the current study was to investigate their role in the autophagic response of HL-1 cells and neonatal cardiomyocytes (NCMs) during starvation. We employed a dual-acting synthetic analog UA-8 (13-(3-propylureido)tridec-8-enoic acid), possessing both EET-mimetic and soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitory properties, or 14,15-EET as model EET molecules. We demonstrated that EETs significantly improved viability and recovery of starved cardiac cells, whereas they lowered cellular stress responses such as caspase-3 and proteasome activities. Furthermore, treatment with EETs resulted in preservation of mitochondrial functional activity in starved cells. The protective effects of EETs were abolished by autophagy-related gene 7 (Atg7) short hairpin RNA (shRNA) or pharmacological inhibition of autophagy. Mechanistic evidence demonstrated that sarcolemmal ATP-sensitive potassium channels (pmKATP) and enhanced activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) played a crucial role in the EET-mediated effect. Our data suggest that the protective effects of EETs involve regulating the autophagic response, which results in a healthier pool of mitochondria in the starved cardiac cells, thereby representing a novel mechanism of promoting survival of cardiac cells. Thus, we provide new evidence highlighting a central role of the autophagic response in linking EETs with promoting cell survival during deep metabolic stress such as starvation.
    Cell Death & Disease 10/2013; 4:e885. · 6.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is a transcription factor that plays a major role in the development of resistance to conventional anti-cancer drugs in many types of cancer, when constitutively activated. Inhibition of STAT3 is considered as a promising strategy for inhibition of tumor growth and overcoming the drug resistance manifested. In this study, the capability of STAT3 knockdown by lipid substituted low molecular weight (2 kDa) polyethyleneimine (PEI2) complexes of STAT3-siRNA was assessed. The efficiency of PEI/STAT3-siRNA polyplexes in the induction of STAT3 associated cell death in wild type and drug-resistant MDA-MB-435 breast cancer cells as mono-therapy and upon combination with chemotherapeutic agents, doxorubicin and paclitaxel, was also investigated. Our results identified linoleic acid-substituted (PEI-LA) polymer as the most efficient carrier among different lipid substituted PEI2 for siRNA delivery, leading to most STAT3 associated loss of cell viability in MDA-MB-435 cells. STAT3-siRNA delivery by the PEI-LA polymer resulted in efficient down-regulation of STAT3 at both mRNA and protein levels. Furthermore, pre-treatment of cancer cells with STAT3-siRNA formulation increased the cytotoxic effect of doxorubicin and paclitaxel in both wild type and drug resistant MDA-MB-435 cells. The results of this study point to the potential of PEI-LA polyplexes of STAT3-siRNA as inhibitors of STAT3 expression in breast tumor cells. The results also demonstrate an improved efficacy for chemotherapeutic drugs in combination with lipid-substituted low molecular weight PEI-LA/STAT3-siRNA complexes in comparison to drug therapy alone.
    Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 10/2013; · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Overexpression of the tyrosine kinase receptor ErbB2/HER2/Neu, occurs in 25% to 30% of invasive breast cancer (BC) with poor patient prognosis. Due to confounding factors, inconsistencies still remain regarding protective effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) on BC. We therefore evaluated whether fat-1 transgenic mice, endogenously synthesizing n-3 PUFA from n-6 PUFA, were protected against BC development and we then aimed to study in vivo a mechanism potentially involved in such protection. E0771 BC cells were implanted into fat-1 and wild-type (WT) mice. After tumorigenesis examination, we analyzed the expression of proteins involved in HER2 signaling pathway and lipidomic analyses were performed in tumor tissues and plasma. Our results showed that tumors totally disappeared by day 15 in fat-1 mice when they continued to grow up in the WT. This prevention can be related in part to significant repression of the HER2/beta-catenin signaling pathway and formation of significant levels of n-3 PUFAs derived bioactive mediators (particularly 15-HEPE, 17-HDHA and PGE3) in the tumor of fat-1 mice compared to WT. All together these data demonstrate an anti-BC effect of n-3 PUFAs through, at least in part, HER2 signaling pathway downregulation, and highlight the importance of gene-diet interactions in BC.
    The Journal of Lipid Research 09/2013; · 4.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sulfonylureas might increase the risk of adverse cardiovascular events; however, emerging evidence suggests there may be important differences amongst these drugs. Some, like glyburide, inhibit KATP channels in the heart and pancreas, while others, like gliclazide, are more likely to selectively inhibit KATP channels in the pancreas. We hypothesized that the risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events would be higher in patients using glyburide compared to gliclazide. This nested case-control study used administrative health data from Alberta, Canada. New users of glyburide or gliclazide aged ≥66 years between 1998-2010 were included. Cases were individuals with an ACS-related hospitalization or death. Up to 4 controls were matched on birth year, sex, cohort-entry year, and follow-up time. Multivariable conditional logistic regression was used to estimate adjusted odds ratios (OR), controlling for baseline drug use and comorbidities. Our cohort included 7,441 gliclazide and 13,884 glyburide users; 51.4% men, mean (SD) age 75.5 (6.6) years and mean (SD) duration of follow-up 5.5 (4.0) years. A total of 4,239 patients had an ACS-related hospitalization or death and were matched to 16,723 controls. Compared to gliclazide use, glyburide use was associated with a higher risk (adjusted OR 1.14; 95% CI 1.06-1.23) of ACS-related hospitalization or death over 5.5 years (number needed to harm 50). In this observational study, glyburide use was associated with a 14% higher risk of ACS events compared to gliclazide use. Although the difference is small and likely to have implications at the population level rather than the individual patient or clinician, any causal inferences regarding sulfonylurea use and adverse cardiovascular risk should be tested in a large-scale randomized controlled trial.
    Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism 06/2013; · 5.18 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The importance of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in the reduction of cardiovascular disease has been recognized for many years. Docosahexaenoic acid (22:6n3, DHA) is an n-3 PUFA known to affect numerous biological functions and provide cardioprotection; however, the exact molecular and cellular protective mechanism(s) remain unknown. In contrast, DHA also possesses many anti-tumorgenic properties including suppressing cell growth and inducing apoptosis. In the present study, we investigated the effect of DHA toward H9c2 cells (an immortalized cardiac cell line) and neonatal primary cardiomyocytes (NCM). Cells were treated with 0, 10 or 100μM DHA for 48h. Cell viability and mitochondrial activity were assayed at different time points. DHA caused a significant time- and dose-dependent decrease in cell viability and mitochondrial activity in H9c2 cells but not NCM. In addition, DHA decreased TGF-β1 activity but increased IL-6 release in H9c2 cells. Significant induction of apoptosis was observed only in H9c2 cells, which involved activation of caspase-8 and -3 activities with a marked release of cytochrome c from mitochondria. DHA-induced severe mitochondrial damage resulting in a fragmented and punctated morphology with corresponding loss of mitochondrial membrane potential within 3h, prior to activation of caspases and cytochrome c release at 6h in H9c2 cells. Our data indicate that DHA treatment targets mitochondria, triggering collapse of mitochondrial membrane potential, increasing cellular stress and mitochondrial fragmentation resulting in apoptosis in immortalized cardiac cells, H9c2, but not neonatal primary cardiomyocyte.
    Toxicology Letters 03/2013; · 3.15 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: : Caveolins (Cav) are structural proteins that insert into the plasma membrane to form caveolae that can bind molecules important in cardiac signal transduction and function. Cytochrome P450 epoxygenases can metabolize arachidonic acid to epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) which have known cardioprotective effects. Subsequent metabolism of EETs by soluble epoxide hydrolase reduces the protective effect. : (1) To assess the effect of ischemia-reperfusion injury on expression and subcellular localization of caveolins. (2) To study the effect of EETs on caveolins. : Hearts from soluble epoxide hydrolase null (KO) and littermate control (WT) mice were perfused in Langendorff mode and subjected to 20 minutes ischemia followed by 40 minutes reperfusion. Immunohistochemistry, immunoblot, and electron microscopy were performed to study localization of caveolins and changes in ultrastructure. : In WT heart, Cav-1 and Cav-3 were present in cardiomyocyte and capillary endothelial cell at baseline. After ischemia, Cav-1 but not Cav-3, disappeared from cardiomyocyte; moreover, caveolae were absent and mitochondrial cristae were damaged. Improved postischemic functional recovery observed in KO or WT hearts treated with 11,12-EET corresponded to higher Cav-1 expression and maintained caveolae structure. In addition, KO mice preserved the Cav-1 signaling after ischemia that lost in WT mice. : Taken together, our data suggest that ischemia-reperfusion injury causes loss of Cav-1 and caveolins, and EETs-mediated cardioprotection involves preservation of Cav-1.
    Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology 03/2013; 61(3):258-63. · 2.83 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 1-(7-Azabenzobicyclo[2.2.1]heptane)diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate (16) was designed with the expectation that it would act as a dual nitric oxide (NO) and nitroxyl (HNO) donor that is not carcinogenic or genotoxic. Compound 16, with a suitable half-life (17.8min) in PBS at pH 7, released NO (19%) and HNO (22%) during a 2h incubation in PBS at pH 7. In addition, compound 16 exhibited a significant in vitro positive inotropic effect, increased the rates of contraction and relaxation, and increased coronary flow rate, but did not induce a chronotropic effect. Furthermore, compound 16 (13.7mgkg(-1), po dose) provided a significant reduction in the blood pressure of mice up to 3h post-drug administration. All these data suggest that compound 16 constitutes an attractive 'lead-compound' that could have potential applications to treat cardiovascular disease(s) such as congestive heart failure.
    Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry letters 02/2013; · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Platelets promote angiogenesis by releasing angiogenesis-regulating factors from their α-granules upon aggregation. This effect has both physiological and pathological significance as it may contribute to carcinogenesis. Platelet α-granule release and aggregation are regulated, in part, via PKCα and β signaling. Therefore the purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of PKC inhibition on aggregation, angiogenesis-regulator secretion from α-granules and platelet-stimulated angiogenesis. We hypothesized that selective PKCα inhibition may preferentially suppress angiogenesis-regulator secretion from α-granules, but not aggregation, limiting platelet-stimulated angiogenesis. Human platelets were aggregated in the presence conventional PKC inhibitors myr-FARKGALRQ and Ro 32-0432. Immunofluorescence microscopy of PKC translocation was used to determine the specificity of PKC-inhibitor targeting. ELISA was used to measure vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) release from platelets. Platelet effects on angiogenesis were tested using a capillary-formation assay. Ro 32-0432, but not the peptide inhibitor myr-FARKGALRQ, inhibited aggregation in a concentration-dependent manner, while both Ro 32-0432 and myr-FARKGALRQ preferentially suppressed VEGF over TSP-1 secretion. Suppression of angiogenesis-regulator release occurred at inhibitor concentrations that did not signifcantly affect aggregation. Immunofluorescence microscopy revealed that PKCα targeting to α-granules is inhibited when angiogenesis-regulator secretion is uncoupled from aggregation. At concentrations that uncoupled α-granule release from aggregation, Ro 32-0432 and myr-FARKGALRQ inhibited platelet-stimulated angiogenesis. Hence, selective PKCα inhibition suppresses angiogenesis-regulator release from platelet α-granules with minimal effects on aggregation. Thus, selective PKCα inhibitors may have pharmacological significance to regulate platelet-promoted angiogenesis.
    Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 02/2013; · 3.89 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously showed that genetic inactivation of malonyl CoA decarboxylase (MCD), which regulates fatty acid oxidation, protects mice against high fat diet induced insulin resistance. Development of insulin resistance has been associated with activation of the inflammatory response. Therefore, we hypothesized that the protective effect of MCD inhibition might be caused by a favorable effect on the inflammatory response. We examined if pharmacological inhibition of MCD protects neonatal cardiomyocytes and peritoneal macrophages against inflammatory-induced metabolic perturbations. Cardiomyocytes and macrophages were treated with lipolysaccaride (LPS) to induce an inflammatory response, in the presence or absence of a MCD inhibitor (CBM-301106, 10 µM). Inhibition of MCD attenuated the LPS-induced inflammatory response in cardiomyocytes and macrophages. MCD inhibition also prevented LPS-impairment of insulin-stimulated glucose uptake in cardiomyocytes, and increased phosphorylation of Akt. Additionally, inhibition of MCD strongly diminished LPS-induced activation of palmitate oxidation. We also found that treatment with the MCD inhibitor prevented LPS-induced collapse of total cellular antioxidant capacity. Interestingly, treatment with either LPS or the MCD inhibitor did not alter intracellular triacylglycerol content. Furthermore, inhibition of MCD prevented LPS-induced increases in the level of ceramide in both cardiomyocytes and macrophages, while also ameliorating LPS-initiated decreases in PPAR's DNA binding activity. We suggest that the anti-inflammatory effect of MCD inhibition is mediated via accumulation of long chain acyl CoA, which in turn stimulates PPAR-dependent DNA binding activity. Our results also demonstrate that pharmacological inhibition of MCD is a novel and promising approach to treat insulin resistance and it's associated metabolic complications.
    AJP Endocrinology and Metabolism 10/2012; · 4.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: New types of nonexplosive O(2)-sulfonylethyl protected (-CH(2)CH(2)SO(2)R; R = OMe, NHOMe, NHOBn, Me) derivatives of isopropylamine diazen-1-ium-1,2-diolate (IPA/NO) (2-5) were developed that are designed to act as novel HNO donors. These compounds, with suitable half-lives (6.6-17.1 h) at pH 7.4, undergo a base-induced β-elimination reaction that releases a methyl vinyl sulfone product and the parent IPA/NO anion which subsequently preferentially releases HNO (46-61% range). Importantly, the O(2)-methylsulfonylethyl compound 5 exhibited a significant in vitro inotropic effect up to 283% of the baseline value and increased the rates of contraction and relaxation but did not induce a chronotropic effect. Furthermore, compound 5 (22.5 mg/kg po dose) provided a significant reduction in blood pressure up to 6 h after drug administration. All these data suggest that O(2)-sulfonylethyl protected derivatives of IPA/NO, which are efficient HNO donors, could have potential applications to treat cardiovascular disease(s) such as congestive heart failure.
    Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 10/2012; · 5.61 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Chemotherapy is still the treatment of choice for many types of cancer; but its effectiveness is hampered by dose limiting toxicity. Properly designed delivery systems can overcome this shortcoming by reducing the non-specific distribution and toxicity of chemotherapeutics in healthy organs and at the same time increasing drug concentrations at tumor tissue. In this study, we developed stealth liposomal formulations of doxorubicin (DOX) having a novel stable engineered peptide ligand, namely p18-4, that binds specifically to breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-435 on its surface. The coupling of p18-4 to liposomes was carried out through conventional, post insertion and post conjugation techniques and prepared liposomes were characterized for their size and level of peptide modification. The p18-4 decorated liposomal DOX formulations were then evaluated for their cellular uptake as well as cytotoxicity against the human breast cancer MDA-MB-435 cells. In this context, the effect of coupling technique on the uptake and cytotoxicity of p18-4 liposomal DOX in MDA-MB-435 cells was evaluated. The conventional and post conjugation methods of peptide incorporation were found to be more reliable for the preparation of p18-4 decorated liposomes for active DOX targeting to MDA-MB-435 cells. p18-4 decoration of liposomes by these methods did not have a notable effect on the size of prepared liposomes and DOX release, but increased the uptake and cytotoxicity of encapsulated DOX in MDA-MB-435 cells. The results show a potential for p18-4 decorated liposomes prepared by conventional and post conjugation method for tumor targeted delivery of DOX in breast tumor models.
    Cancer letters 10/2012; · 5.02 Impact Factor
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    Diabetologia 10/2012; 36(5):21-22. · 6.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cardioprotective effects of epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) have been demonstrated in models of young mice with either the cardiomyocyte specific over-expression of cytochrome P450 2J2 (CYP2J2 Tr) or deletion of soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH null). In this study we examined differences in EET-induced cardioprotection in young (2 months) and aged (12 months) CYP2J2 Tr and sEHnull mice using Langendorff isolated perfused heart model. Improved postischemic functional recovery was observed in both young and aged sEH null mice compared to age matched WT. Conversely, the cardioprotective effect observed in young CYP2J2 Tr was lost in aged CYP2J2 Tr mice. The loss of cardioprotection in aged CYP2J2 Tr was regained following perfusion with the sEH inhibitor t-AUCB. Data demonstrated increased levels of leukotoxin diol (DiHOME) and oxidative stress as well decreased protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) activation in aged CYP2J2 Tr. In conclusion, inhibition of sEH and EET-induced cardioprotection is maintained in aged mice. However, the loss of protective effects observed in aged CYP2J2 Tr might be attributed to increased levels of DiHOME, oxidative stress and/or decreased PP2A activity.
    Prostaglandins & other lipid mediators 08/2012; · 2.42 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Good news for the heart: The chronic use of rofecoxib causes adverse cardiovascular complications that prompted its withdrawal from the market. We recently modified rofecoxib into an NO-releasing, potent anti-inflammatory drug. Herein we describe the beneficial anti-hypertensive effects of the NO-releasing SO(2) NHOH COX-2 pharmacophore on blood pressure and its ability to enhance recovery in a cardiac ischemic reperfusion injury model.
    ChemMedChem 06/2012; 7(8):1365-8. · 2.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are active metabolites of arachidonic acid that are inactivated by soluble epoxide hydrolase enzyme (sEH) to dihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid. EETs are known to render cardioprotection against ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury by maintaining mitochondrial function. We investigated the effect of a novel sEH inhibitor (sEHi) in limiting IR injury. Mouse hearts were perfused in Langendorff mode for 40 min and subjected to 20 min of global no-flow ischemia followed by 40 min of reperfusion. Hearts were perfused with 0.0, 0.1, 1.0 and 10.0 µmol·L(-1) of the sEHi N-(2-chloro-4-methanesulfonyl-benzyl)-6-(2,2,2-trifluoro-ethoxy)-nicotinamide (BI00611953). Inhibition of sEH by BI00611953 significantly improved postischemic left-ventricular-developed pressure and reduced infarct size following IR compared with control hearts, and similar to hearts perfused with 11,12-EETs (1 µmol·L(-1)) and sEH(-/-) mice. Perfusion with the putative EET receptor antagonist 14,15-epoxyeicosa-5(Z)-enoic acid (14,15-EEZE, 10 µmol·L(-1)), or the plasma membrane K(ATP) channels (pmK(ATP)) inhibitor (glibenclamide, 10 µmol·L(-1)) abolished the improved recovery by BI00611953 (1 µmol·L(-1)). Mechanistic studies in H9c2 cells demonstrated that BI0611953 decreased ROS generation, caspase-3 activity, proteasome activity, increased HIF-1∝ DNA binding, and delayed the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨ(m)) caused by anoxia-reoxygenation. Together, our data demonstrate that the novel sEHi BI00611953, a nicotinamide-based compound, provides significant cardioprotection against ischemia reperfusion injury.
    Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 05/2012; 90(6):811-23. · 1.56 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are cytochrome P450 epoxygenase metabolites of arachidonic acid that have known cardioprotective properties. While the mechanism(s) remains unknown, evidence suggests that phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and sarcolemmal ATP-sensitive potassium channels (pmK(ATP)) are important. However the role of specific PI3K isoforms and corresponding intracellular mechanisms remains unknown. To study this, mice hearts were perfused in Langendorff mode for 40 min of baseline and subjected to 20 or 30 min of global no-flow ischemia followed by 40 min of reperfusion. C57BL6 mice perfused with 11,12-EET (1 μM) had improved postischemic recovery, whereas co-perfusion with PI3Kα inhibitor, PI-103 (0.1 μM), abolished the EET-mediated effect. In contrast, blocking of PI3Kβ or PI3Kγ isoforms failed to inhibit EET-mediated cardioprotection. In addition to the improved post-ischemic recovery, increased levels of p-Akt, decreased calcineurin activity and decreased translocation of proapoptotic protein BAD to mitochondria were noted in EET-treated hearts. Perfusion of 11,12-EET to Kir6.2 deficient mice (pmK(ATP)) failed to improve postischemic recovery, decrease calcineurin activity and translocation of proapoptotic protein BAD, however increased levels of p-Akt were still observed. Patch-clamp experiments demonstrated that 11,12-EET could not activate pmK(ATP) currents in myocytes pre-treated with PI-103. Mechanistic studies in H9c2 cells demonstrate that 11,12-EET limits anoxia-reoxygenation triggered Ca(2+) accumulation and maintains mitochondrial ΔΨm compared to controls. Both PI-103 and glibenclamide (10 μM, pmK(ATP) inhibitor) abolished EET cytoprotection. Together our data suggest that EET-mediated cardioprotection involves activation of PI3Kα, upstream of pmK(ATP), which prevents Ca(2+) overload and maintains mitochondrial function.
    Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology 04/2012; 53(1):43-52. · 5.15 Impact Factor
  • Diabetologia 01/2012; 55(suppl 1):28. · 6.49 Impact Factor

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  • 2006–2014
    • University of Alberta
      • Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
      Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • 2007
    • Tongji Hospital
      Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China
  • 2006–2007
    • National Institutes of Health
      • Division of Intramural Research (Dental Research)
      Bethesda, MD, United States
  • 2004
    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
      • Department of Medicine
      Boston, MA, United States
  • 2002
    • The University of Western Ontario
      London, Ontario, Canada