Nitin T Aggarwal

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Publications (10)46.69 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Endothelial 15-lipoxygenase-1 (15-LO-1) metabolites of arachidonic acid (AA), 11,12,15-trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid (THETA) and 15-hydroxy-11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (HEETA) and nitric oxide (NO) mediate relaxations to acetylcholine (ACH). However, interactions between NO and the 15-LO-1 pathway have not been explored. Therefore, the effect of physiological and pharmacological concentrations of NO on 15-LO activity and relaxation was studied in rabbit aorta. In indomethacin-treated aortic rings, maximal ACH relaxations of 91.3±4.0%, decreased to 54.5±3.0% by the NO synthase inhibitor, nitro-l-arginine (LNA), to 49.8±3% by the guanylate cyclase (GC) inhibitor, 1H-[1,2,4]oxadiazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one, to 63.7±4.9% by the lipoxygenase (LO) inhibitor, nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) and were completely inhibited by the combination of LNA and NDGA. AA relaxations were not affected by GC inhibition but were reduced by LO inhibition. The NO donor, dipropylenetriamine-NONOate (DPTA) caused concentration-related relaxations (EC(50)=4.7×10(-6)M). Aortic metabolism of (14)C-AA to THETA and HEETA was not altered by EC(50) concentrations of DPTA but were reduced 10-fold by 10(-3)M DPTA. In LNA-treated aorta, DPTA (3×10(-6)M) caused relaxations of 38.2.5±4%. Maximum relaxations to ACH did not differ in the presence and absence 3×10(-6)M DPTA (49.5±5% and 44.2±4%, respectively). These results indicate that NO and 15-LO-1 act in parallel to mediate ACH relaxations and NO does not alter 15-LO-1 activity.
    Vascular Pharmacology 12/2011; 56(1-2):106-12. · 3.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (AA) metabolites function as EDHFs in arteries of many species. They mediate cyclooxygenase (COX)- and nitric oxide (NO)-independent relaxations to acetylcholine (ACh). However, the role of AA metabolites as relaxing factors in mouse arteries remains incompletely defined. ACh caused concentration-dependent relaxations of the mouse thoracic and abdominal aorta and carotid, femoral, and mesentery arteries (maximal relaxation: 57 ± 4%, 72 ± 4%, 82 ± 3%, 80 ± 3%, and 85 ± 3%, respectively). The NO synthase inhibitor nitro-L-arginine (L-NA; 30 μM) blocked relaxations in the thoracic aorta, and L-NA plus the COX inhibitor indomethacin (10 μM) inhibited relaxations in the abdominal aorta and carotid, femoral, and mesenteric arteries (maximal relaxation: 31 ± 10%, 33 ± 5%, 41 ± 8%, and 73 ± 3%, respectively). In mesenteric arteries, NO- and COX-independent relaxations to ACh were inhibited by the lipoxygenase (LO) inhibitors nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA; 10 μM) and BW-755C (200 μM), the K(+) channel inhibitor apamin (1 μM), and 60 mM KCl and eliminated by endothelium removal. They were not altered by the cytochrome P-450 inhibitor N-methylsulfonyl-6-(2-propargyloxyphenyl)hexanamide (20 μM) or the epoxyeicosatrienoic acid antagonist 14,15-epoxyeicosa-5(Z)-enoic acid (10 μM). AA relaxations were attenuated by NDGA or apamin and eliminated by 60 mM KCl. Reverse-phase HPLC analysis revealed arterial [(14)C]AA metabolites that comigrated with prostaglandins, trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (THETAs), hydroxyepoxyeicosatrienoic acids (HEETAs), and hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acids (HETEs). Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids were not observed. Mass spectrometry confirmed the identity of 6-keto-PGF(1α), PGE(2), 12-HETE, 15-HETE, HEETAs, 11,12,15-THETA, and 11,14,15-THETA. AA metabolism was blocked by NDGA and endothelium removal. 11(R),12(S),15(S)-THETA relaxations (maximal relaxation: 73 ± 3%) were endothelium independent and blocked by 60 mM KCl. Western immunoblot analysis and RT-PCR of the aorta and mesenteric arteries demonstrated protein and mRNA expression of leukocyte-type 12/15-LO. Thus, in mouse resistance arteries, 12/15-LO AA metabolites mediate endothelium-dependent relaxations to ACh and AA.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 12/2010; 300(3):H725-35. · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 15-Lipoxygenase (15-LO-1) metabolizes arachidonic acid (AA) to 11,12,15-trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (THETAs) and 15-hydroxy-11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (HEETA) that dilate rabbit arteries. Increased endothelial 15-LO-1 expression enhances arterial relaxations to agonists. We tested the effect of hypoxia on 15-LO-1 expression, THETA and HEETA synthesis, and relaxations in rabbit arteries. The incubation of rabbit aortic endothelial cells and isolated aortas in 0.7% O(2) increased 15-LO-1 expression. Rabbits were housed in a hypoxic atmosphere of 12% O(2) for 5 days. 15-LO-1 expression increased in the endothelium of the arteries of rabbits in 12% O(2) compared with room air. THETA and HEETA synthesis was also enhanced in aortas and mesenteric arteries. AA hyperpolarized the smooth muscle cells in indomethacin- and phenylephrine-treated mesenteric arteries of hypoxic rabbits from -29.4 +/- 1 to -50.1 +/- 3 mV. The hyperpolarization to AA was less in arteries of normoxic rabbits (from -26.0 +/- 2 to -37 +/- 2 mV). This AA-induced hyperpolarization was inhibited by the 15-LO inhibitor BW-755C. Nitric oxide and prostaglandin-independent maximum relaxations to acetylcholine (79.7 +/- 2%) and AA (38.3 +/- 4%) were enhanced in mesenteric arteries from hypoxic rabbits compared with the normoxic rabbits (49.7 +/- 6% and 19.9 +/- 2%, respectively). These relaxations were inhibited by BW-755C and nordihydroguaiaretic acid. Therefore, hypoxia increased the relaxations to agonists in the rabbit mesenteric arteries by enhancing endothelial 15-LO-1 expression and synthesis of the hyperpolarizing factors THETA and HEETA.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 01/2009; 296(3):H678-88. · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (AA) metabolites from 15-lipoxygenase-1 (15-LO-1), trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid (THETA), and hydroxyepoxyeicosatrienoic acid (HEETA) relax arteries. We studied 15-LO-1 expression, THETA and HEETA synthesis, and their effect on arterial relaxations and blood pressure in hypercholesterolemic nonatherosclerotic rabbits. Immunoblots, RTPCR analysis, and (14)C-AA metabolism revealed that hypercholesterolemia increased 15-LO-1 expression in the endothelium and THETA and HEETA synthesis in the arteries. Isometric tension recording, in presence of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors, showed greater relaxations to acetylcholine (ACH) and AA (max 76.0+/-4.6% and 79.5+/-2.4%, respectively) in aortas from hypercholesterolemic rabbits compared with normal rabbits (max 39.1+/-2.8% and 39.9+/-2.2%, respectively). AA induced greater hyperpolarization in the smooth muscle cells of hypercholesterolemic aortas (-45.85+/-3.0 mV) compared with normal aortas (-31.45+/-1.9 mV). The ACH- and AA-relaxations were inhibited by 15-LO-1 inhibitors. ACH induced hypotensive responses were greater in hypercholesterolemic rabbits in absence (-54.9+/-3.3%) or presence (-48.5+/-3.2%) of NOS and COX-inhibitors compared with control rabbits (-31.6+/-3.3% and -24.3+/-1.6%, respectively). BW755C reduced these responses in hypercholesterolemic rabbits to -29.3+/-2.3%. Hypercholesterolemia increases endothelial 15-LO-1 expression, THETA and HEETA synthesis and enhances vasorelaxation.
    Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 11/2008; 28(12):2209-15. · 6.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (AA) metabolites from the 15-lipoxygenase-1 (15-LO-1) pathway, trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (THETAs) and hydroxy-epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (HEETAs), are endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHFs) and relax rabbit arteries. Rabbit vascular 15-LO-1 expression, THETA and HEETA synthesis, and nitric oxide and prostaglandin-independent relaxations to acetylcholine (ACh) and AA decreased with age (neonates to 16-wk-old). We characterized age-dependent ACh-hypotensive responses in vivo in 1-, 4-, 8-, and 16-wk-old rabbits and the contribution of THETAs and HEETAs to these responses. In anesthetized rabbits, blood pressure responses to ACh (4-4,000 ng/kg) were determined in the presence of vehicle or various inhibitors. ACh responses decreased with age (P > 0.001). In the absence or presence of N(omega)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME) and indomethacin (Indo), maximum responses in 1 (-54.7 +/- 7.4 and -37.9 +/- 3.9%)- and 4 (-48.8 +/- 2.4 and -35.5 +/- 7.8%)-wk-old rabbits were higher than 8 (-30.0 +/- 2.8 and -26.6 +/- 4.4%)- and 16 (-36.7 +/- 3.5 and -27.3 +/- 10%)-wk-old rabbits. A lipoxygenase inhibitor, BW755C, reduced THETA and HEETA synthesis in mesenteric arteries. In the presence of Indo and N(omega)-nitro-l-arginine, ACh relaxations were reduced by BW755C to a greater extent in the mesenteric arteries from the younger rabbits. In 4-wk-old rabbits treated with l-NAME and Indo, the maximum ACh hypotension was reduced by the potassium channel inhibitors apamin and charybdotoxin to -6.9 +/- 0.9%, by apamin alone to -19.5 +/- 1.4%, and by BW755C to -18.8 +/- 3.5%. The present study indicates that the age-related decrease in ACh-induced hypotension is mediated by the decreased synthesis of the 15-LO-1 metabolites THETAs and HEETAs.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 08/2008; 295(1):H89-96. · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid (AA) causes endothelium-dependent smooth muscle hyperpolarizations and relaxations that are mediated by a 15-lipoxygenase-I (15-LO-I) metabolite, 11,12,15-trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid (11,12,15-THETA). We propose that AA is metabolized sequentially by 15-LO-I and hydroperoxide isomerase to an unidentified hydroxyepoxyeicosatrienoic acid (HEETA), which is hydrolyzed by a soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) to 11,12,15-THETA. After incubation of aorta with 14C-labeled AA, metabolites were extracted and the HEETAs were resolved by performing HPLC. Mass spectrometric analyses identified 15-Hydroxy-11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (15-H-11,12-EETA). Incubation of aortic incubates with methanol and acetic acid trapped the acid-sensitive 15-H-11,12-EETA as methoxydihydroxyeicosatrienoic acids (MDHEs) (367 m/z, M-H). Pretreatment of the aortic tissue with the sEH inhibitor 12-(3-adamantan-1-yl-ureido)-dodecanoic acid (AUDA; 10(-6) M) increased the formation of 15-H-11,12-EETA, measured as MDHEs. Thus 15-H-11,12-EETA is an acid- and sEH-sensitive precursor of 11,12,15-THETA. Aortic homogenates and endothelial cells contain a 57-kDa protein corresponding to the rabbit sEH. In preconstricted aortic rings, AA (10(-7)-10(-4) M) and acetylcholine (10(-9)-10(-6) M) caused concentration-related relaxations that were enhanced by pretreatment with AUDA. These enhanced relaxations were inhibited by increasing extracellular [K(+)] from 4.8 to 20 mM. AA (3 x 10(-6) M) induced cell membrane hyperpolarization (from -31.0 +/- 1 to -46.8 +/- 2 mV) in aortic strips with an intact endothelium, which was enhanced by AUDA. These results indicate that 15-H-11,12-EETA is produced by the aorta, hydrolyzed by sEH to 11,12,15-THETA, and mediates relaxations by membrane hyperpolarization. 15-H-11,12-EETA represents an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 04/2008; 294(3):H1348-56. · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Rabbit 15-lipoxygenase-1 (15-LO-1) oxygenates arachidonic acid (AA) into 15-hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid, which is then converted to the vasodilatory 15-hydroxy-11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (HEETA) and 11,12,15-trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid (THETA). We studied the age-dependent expression of the 15-LO-1 in rabbit aorta and its effects on the synthesis of THETA, HEETA, and vasoactivity. Aortas of 1-wk-old rabbits express greater amounts of 15-LO-1 mRNA and protein compared with aortas of 4-, 8-, or 16-wk-old rabbits. The synthesis of THETA and HEETA in the rabbit aorta was also reduced with age. THETA synthesis was maximal in 1-wk-old aortas but decreased in aortas of 4- (42%), 8- (4%), and 16-wk-old (1%) rabbits. Similarly, THETA and HEETA synthesis decreased with age in mesenteric arteries from 1-, 4-, 8-, and 16-wk-old rabbits. The maximum vasorelaxation response to acetylcholine (10(-6) M) in the presence of indomethacin and nitro-l-arginine decreased in the order of 1 wk (64.5 +/- 6.9%), 4 wk (52.6 +/- 8.9%), 8 wk (53.0 +/- 9.4%), and 16 wk (33.3 +/- 6.6%). Similarly, the maximum relaxation to AA (3 x 10(-4) M) decreased with age in the order of 1 wk (60.4 +/- 8.9%), 4 wk (56.3 +/- 5.8%), 8 wk (41.8 +/- 12.3%), and 16 wk (28.9 +/- 1.6%). In contrast, the vasorelaxation to sodium nitroprusside was not significantly altered by age. These data indicate that aortic 15-LO-1 expression and activity are downregulated with aging in rabbits. This decrease is paralleled by the reduced synthesis of vasoactive THETA and HEETA and aortic relaxations to acetylcholine and AA.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 03/2008; 294(2):H679-87. · 4.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Arachidonic acid is metabolized by the 15-lipoxygenase-1 pathway to the vasodilatory eicosanoids hydroxy-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid and trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid. We determined the in vitro and in vivo effects of the 15-lipoxygenase-1 metabolites in rabbits infected with adenovirus containing cDNA for human 15-lipoxygenase-1 (Ad-15-LO-1). Forty hours after intravenous adenoviral injection, 15-lipoxygenase-1 expression increased in liver and mesenteric arteries 10-fold and 3-fold, respectively. Expression of 15-LO-1 was limited to the endothelium of mesenteric arteries. Overexpression did not occur in tissues from rabbits infected with a beta-galactosidase containing adenovirus. Trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid and hydroxy-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid synthesis per milligram of tissue increased by 2.1- and 1.5-fold, respectively, in mesenteric arteries from Ad-15-LO-1-infected rabbits compared with normal rabbits. Pretreatment with a 15-lipoxygenase inhibitor BW755C inhibited the synthesis. NO and prostaglandin-independent, maximal relaxations to acetylcholine were greater in mesenteric arteries from Ad-15-LO-1-infected rabbits (98.3+/-1.7%) compared with normal (60.93+/-10.5%) and beta-galactosidase containing adenovirus-infected rabbits (68.3+/-7.7%). Pretreatment with BW755C decreased these relaxations. Mean arterial pressure and heart rate did not differ in Ad-15-LO-1-infected rabbits compared with normal or beta-galactosidase containing adenovirus-infected rabbits. The hypotensive responses to acetylcholine in the presence and absence of inhibition of NO and prostaglandins were greater in Ad-15-LO-1-infected rabbits (-52+/-2% and -47+/-2%) compared with normal (-31+/-3% and -25+/-5%) or beta-galactosidase containing adenovirus-infected rabbits (-38+/-2% and -30+/-3%). Therefore, increased expression of 15-LO-1 increases acetylcholine relaxation in arteries and hypotensive responses in rabbits because of increased hydroxy-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid and trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid synthesis.
    Hypertension 03/2008; 51(2):246-51. · 6.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Endogenous 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) is antiinvasive in androgen-independent prostate carcinoma (PC-3) cells. Invasion of PC-3 cells is also inhibited by exogenously added noladin ether, a non-hydrolyzable analog of 2-AG. In contrast, exogenous 2-AG has the opposite effect. Cell invasion significantly increased with high concentrations of exogenous 2-AG. In PC-3 cells, arachidonic acid (AA) and 12-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (12-HETE) concentrations increased along with exogenously added 2-AG, and 12-HETE concentrations increased with exogenously added AA. Invasion of PC-3 cells also increased with exogenously added AA and 12(S)-HETE but not 12(R)-HETE. The exogenous 2-AG-induced invasion of PC-3 cells was inhibited by 3-octylthio-1,1,1-trifluoropropan-2-one (OTFP, an inhibitor of 2-AG hydrolysis) and baicalein (a 12-LO inhibitor). Western blot and RT-PCR analyses indicated expression of 12-HETE producing lipoxygenases (LOs), platelet-type 12-LO (P-12-LO) and leukocyte-type 12-LO (L-12-LO), in PC-3 cells. These results suggest that exogenous 2-AG induced, rather inhibited, cell invasion because of its rapid hydrolysis to free AA, and further metabolism by 12-LO of AA to 12(S)-HETE, a promoter of PC cell invasion. The results also suggest that PC-3 cells and human prostate stromal (WPMY-1) cells released free AA, 2-AG, and 12-HETE. In the microenvironment of the PC cells, this may contribute to the cell invasion. The 2-AG hydrolysis and concentration of 2-AG in microenvironment are critical for PC cell's fate. Therefore, inhibitors of 2-AG hydrolysis could potentially serve as therapeutic agents for the treatment of prostate cancer. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
    International Journal of Cancer 10/2007; 121(5):984-91. · 6.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation of the rabbit aorta is mediated by either nitric oxide (NO) or arachidonic acid (AA) metabolites from cyclooxygenase (COX) and 15-lipoxygenase (15-LO) pathways. 15-LO-1 metabolites of AA, 11,12,15-trihydroxyeicosatrienoic acid (THETA), and 15-hydroxy-11,12-epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (HEETA) cause concentration-dependent relaxation. We tested the hypothesis that in the 15-LO pathway of AA metabolism, 15-LO-1 is sufficient and is the rate-limiting step in inducing relaxations in rabbit aorta. Aorta and rabbit aortic endothelial cells were treated with adenoviruses containing human 15-LO-1 cDNA (Ad-15-LO-1) or beta-galactosidase (Ad-beta-Gal). Ad-15-LO-1-transduction increased the expression of a 75-kDa protein corresponding to 15-LO-1, detected by immunoblotting with an anti-human15-LO-1 antibody, and increased the production of HEETA and THETA from [(14)C]AA. Immunohistochemical studies on Ad-15-LO-1-transduced rabbit aorta showed the presence of 15-LO-1 in endothelial cells. Ad-15-LO-1-treated aortic rings showed enhanced relaxation to AA (max 31.7 +/- 3.2%) compared with Ad-beta-Gal-treated (max 12.7 +/- 3.2%) or control nontreated rings (max 13.1 +/- 1.6%) (P < 0.01). The relaxations in Ad-15-LO-1-treated aorta were blocked by the 15-LO inhibitor cinnamyl-3,4-dihydroxy-a-cyanocinnamate. Overexpression of 15-LO-1 in the rabbit aortic endothelium is sufficient to increase the production of the vasodilatory HEETA and THETA and enhance the relaxations to AA. This confirms the role of HEETA and THETA as endothelium-derived relaxing factors.
    AJP Heart and Circulatory Physiology 03/2007; 292(2):H1033-41. · 4.01 Impact Factor