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We reported earlier that X-box binding protein1 spliced (XBP1S), a key regulator of the unfolded protein response (UPR), as a bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2)-inducible transcription factor, positively regulates endochondral bone formation by activating granulin-epithelin precursor (GEP) chondrogenic growth factor. Under the stress of misfolded or unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the cells can be protected by the mammalian UPR. However, the influence of activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6), another transcriptional arm of UPR, in BMP2-induced chondrocyte differentiation has not yet been elucidated. In the current study, we investigate and explore the role of ATF6 in endochondral bone formation, focus on associated molecules of hypertrophic chondrocyte differentiation, as well as the molecular events underlying this process.
High-cell-density micromass cultures were used to induce ATDC5 and C3H10T1/2 cell differentiation into chondrocytes. Quantitative real-time PCR, immunoblotting analysis, and immunohistochemistry were performed to examine (1) the expression of ATF6, ATF6α, collagen II, collagen X, and matrix metalloproteinase-13 (MMP13) and (2) whether ATF6 stimulates chondrogenesis and whether ATF6 enhances runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2)-mediated chondrocyte hypertrophy. Culture of fetal mouse bone explants was to detect whether ATF6 stimulates chondrocyte hypertrophy, mineralization, and endochondral bone growth. Coimmunoprecipitation was employed to determine whether ATF6 associates with Runx2 in chondrocyte differentiation.
ATF6 is differentially expressed in the course of BMP2-triggered chondrocyte differentiation. Overexpression of ATF6 accelerates chondrocyte differentiation, and the ex vivo studies reveal that ATF6 is a potent stimulator of chondrocyte hypertrophy, mineralization, and endochondral bone growth. Knockdown of ATF6 via a siRNA approach inhibits chondrogenesis. Furthermore, ATF6 associates with Runx2 and enhances Runx2-induced chondrocyte hypertrophy. And, the stimulation effect of ATF6 is reduced during inhibition of Runx2 via a siRNA approach, suggesting that the promoting effect is required for Runx2.
Our observations demonstrate that ATF6 positively regulates chondrocyte hypertrophy and endochondral bone formation through activating Runx2-mediated hypertrophic chondrocyte differentiation.
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 09/2015; 10(1):141. DOI:10.1186/s13018-015-0284-7 · 1.39 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Eukaryotic cells possess several mechanisms to adapt to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and thereby survive. ER stress activates a set of signaling pathways collectively termed as the unfolded protein response (UPR). We previously reported that Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) mediates mild ER stress and activates UPR signal molecules in chondrogenesis. The mammalian UPR protects the cell against the stress of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum. Failure to adapt to ER stress causes the UPR to trigger apoptosis. Glucose regulated protein 78 (GRP78), as an important molecular chaperone in UPR signaling pathways, is responsible for binding to misfolded or unfolded protein during ER stress. However the influence on GRP78 in BMP2-induced chondrocyte differentiation has not yet been elucidated and the molecular mechanism underlyng these processes remain unexplored. Herein we demonstrate that overexpression of GRP78 enhanced cell proliferation in chondrocyte development with G1 phase advance, S phase increasing and G2-M phase transition. Furthermore, overexpression of GRP78 inhibited ER stress-mediated apoptosis and then reduced apoptosis in chondrogenesis induced by BMP2, as assayed by cleaved caspase3, caspase12, C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP/DDIT3/GADD153), p-JNK (phosphorylated c-Jun N-terminal kinase) expression during the course of chondrocyte differentiation by Western blot. In addition, flow cytometry (FCM) assay, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate-biotin nick end-labeling (TUNEL) assay and immune-histochemistry analysis also proved this result in vitro and in vivo. It was demonstrated that GRP78 knockdown via siRNA activated the ER stress-specific caspase cascade in developing chondrocyte tissue. Collectively, these findings reveal a novel critical role of GRP78 in regulating ER stress-mediated apoptosis in cartilage development and the molecular mechanisms involved.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 09/2015; 16(9):21153-76. DOI:10.3390/ijms160921153 · 2.86 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BRAFV600E mutation is the most common activating mutation associated with aggressive behaviors in human tumors including conventional papillary thyroid carcinoma (cPTC). P-cadherin and cadherin 6 have been shown to be mesenchymal-associated cadherins and promote cancer cell invasion and metastasis. The purpose of this study was to examine BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 expression in cPTC and to assess the association of their expression with clinicopathological indicators.
BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 protein expression in 80 cPTCs, 61 nodular hyperplasia and 76 normal thyroid tissues were examined by immunohistochemistry. The correlation of their protein expression with clinicopathological indicators of cPTC was statistically analyzed.
rotein expression of BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 was upregulated in cPTC. High protein expression of BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 was significantly correlated with high TNM stage and lymph node metastasis (LNM) (P < 0.001). Furthermore, BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 protein expression were correlated with one another. BRAFV600E high expression combined with both P-cadherin and cadherin-6 high expression had stronger correlation with high TNM stage and LNM when compared with BRAFV600E high expression combined with either P-cadherin or cadherin-6 high expression (P = 0.042, 0.017 for TNM stage and P = 0.003, 0.006 for LNM, respectively) and only BRAFV600E high expression (P < 0.001 for both TNM stage and LNM).
Concomitant high expression of BRAFV600E, P-cadherin and cadherin 6 is strongly associated with high TNM stage and LNM in cPTC. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In adults, bone hematopoietic cells are responsible for the lifelong production of all blood cells. It is affected in aging, with progressive loss of physiological integrity leading to impaired function by cellular intrinsic and extrinsic factors. However, intervention measures, which directly inhibit the aging of hematopoietic cells, remain to be investigated. In the present study, 10 µmol/l ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1) markedly alleviated the aging phenotypes of Sca‑1+ hematopoietic cells following in vitro exposure. In addition, the protective effects of ginsenoside Rg1 on the aging of Sca‑1+ hematopoietic cells was confirmed using a serial transplantation assay in C57BL/6 mice. The mechanistic investigations revealed that Rg1‑mediated Sca‑1+ hematopoietic cell aging alleviation was linked to a series of characteristic events, including telomere end attrition compensation, telomerase activity reconstitution and the activation of genes involved in p16‑Rb signaling pathways. Based on the above results, it was concluded that ginsenoside Rg1 is a potent agent, which acts on hematopoietic cells to protect them from aging, which has implications for therapeutic approaches in hemopoietic diseases.
Molecular Medicine Reports 06/2015; 12(3). DOI:10.3892/mmr.2015.3884 · 1.55 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Leukemia is a clonal disorder with blocked normal differentiation and cell death of hematopoietic progenitor cells. Traditional modalities with most used radiation and chemotherapy are nonspecific and toxic which cause adverse effects on normal cells. Differentiation inducing therapy forcing malignant cells to undergo terminal differentiation has been proven to be a promising strategy. However, there is still scarce of potent differentiation inducing agents. We show here that Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP), a major active component in Dong quai (Chinese Angelica sinensis), has potential differentiation inducing activity in human chronic erythro- megakaryoblastic leukemia K562 cells. MTT assays and flow cytometric analysis demonstrated that ASP inhibited K562 cell proliferation and arrested the cell cycle at the G0/G1 phase. ASP also triggered K562 cells to undergo erythroid differentiaton as revealed by morphological changes, intensive benzidine staining and hemoglobin colorimetric reaction, as well as increased expression of glycophorin A (GPA) protein. ASP induced redistribution of STAT5 protein from the cytoplasm to the nucleus. Western blotting analysis further identified that ASP markedly sensitized K562 cells to exogenous erythropoietin (EPO) by activating EPO-induced JAK2/ STAT5 tyrosine phosphorylation, thus augmenting the EPO-mediated JAK2/STAT5 signaling pathway. On the basis of these findings, we propose that ASP might be developed as a potential candidate for chronic myelogenous leukemia inducing differentiation treatment.
Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 05/2015; 16(9):3715-21. DOI:10.7314/APJCP.2015.16.9.3715 · 2.51 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Aminotriazole (ATZ) is commonly used as a catalase (CAT) inhibitor. We previously found ATZ attenuated oxidative liver injury, but the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose frequently induces life-threatening oxidative hepatitis. In the present study, the potential hepatoprotective effects of ATZ on oxidative liver injury and the underlying mechanisms were further investigated in a mouse model with APAP poisoning. The experimental data indicated that pretreatment with ATZ dose- and time-dependently suppressed the elevation of plasma aminotransferases in APAP exposed mice, these effects were accompanied with alleviated histological abnormality and improved survival rate of APAP-challenged mice. In mice exposed to APAP, ATZ pretreatment decreased the CAT activities, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) levels, malondialdehyde (MDA) contents, myeloperoxidase (MPO) levels in liver and reduced TNF-α levels in plasma. Pretreatment with ATZ also downregulated APAP-induced cytochrome P450 2E1 (CYP2E1) expression and JNK phosphorylation. In addition, posttreatment with ATZ after APAP challenge decreased the levels of plasma aminotransferases and increased the survival rate of experimental animals. Posttreatment with ATZ had no effects on CYP2E1 expression or JNK phosphorylation, but it significantly decreased the levels of plasma TNF-α. Our data indicated that the LD50 of ATZ in mice was 5367.4 mg/kg body weight, which is much higher than the therapeutic dose of ATZ in the present study. These data suggested that ATZ might be effective and safe in protect mice against APAP-induced hepatotoxicity, the beneficial effects might resulted from downregulation of CYP2E1 and inhibiton of inflammation.
PLoS ONE 04/2015; 10(4):e0122781. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0122781 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose
The purpose of this study was to assess the improved absorption and in vivo kinetic characteristics of a novel water-in-oil nanoemulsion containing evodiamine–phospholipid nanocomplex (NEEPN) when administered orally.
NEEPN was fabricated by loading an evodiamine–phospholipid nanocomplex into a water-in-oil nanoemulsive system. The gastrointestinal absorption of NEEPN was investigated using an in situ perfusion method. The modified in vivo kinetic characteristics of evodiamine (EDA) in NEEPN were also evaluated.
Compared with EDA or conventional nanoemulsions containing EDA instead of evodiamine–phospholipid complex, NEEPN with its favorable in vivo kinetic characteristics clearly enhanced the gastrointestinal absorption and oral bioavailability of EDA; for example, the relative bioavailability of NEEPN to free EDA was calculated to be 630.35%, and the effective permeability of NEEPN in the colon was 8.64-fold that of EDA.
NEEPN markedly improved the oral bioavailability of EDA, which was probably due to its increased gastrointestinal absorption. NEEPN also increased efficacy and reduced adverse effects for oral delivery of EDA. Such finding demonstrates great clinical significance as an ideal drug delivery system demands high efficacy and no adverse effects.
International Journal of Nanomedicine 09/2014; 9:4411-4420. DOI:10.2147/IJN.S59812 · 4.38 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic protein 2(BMP2) is known to activate unfolded protein response (UPR) signal molecules in chondrogenesis. Inositol-requiring enzyme-1α (IRE1α),as one of three unfolded protein sensors in UPR signaling pathways, can be activated during ER stress. However, the influence on IRE1α in chondrocyte differentiation has not yet been elucidated. Here we present evidence demonstrating that overexpression of IRE1α inhibits chondrocyte differentiation, as revealed by reduced expression of collagen II (ColII), Sox9, collagen X (ColX), matrix metalloproteinase 13 (MMP-13), Indian hedgehog (IHH), Runx2 and enhanced expression of parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP). Furthermore, IRE1α-mediated inhibition of chondrogenesis depends on its enzymatic activity, since its point mutant lacking enzymatic activity completely loses this activity. The RNase and Kinase domains of IRE1α C-terminal are necessary for its full enzymatic activity and inhibition of chondrocyte differentiation. Mechanism studies demonstrate that granulin–epithelin precursor(GEP), a growth factor known to stimulate chondrogenesis, induced IRE1α expression in chondrogenesis. The expression of IRE1α is depended on GEP signaling, and IRE1α expression is hardly detectable in GEP−/− embryos. In addition, IRE1α inhibits GEP-mediated chondrocyte differentiation as a negative regulator. Altered expression of IRE1α in chondrocyte hypertrophy was accompanied by altered levels of IHH and PTHrP. Collectively, IRE1α may be a novel regulator of chondrocyte differentiation by 1) inhibition GEP-mediated chondrocyte differentiation as a negative regulator; 2) promoting IHH/PTHrP signaling.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Emodin has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities. The aim of this study was to explore the effect and mechanism of emodin on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) in D-galactosamine (D-GalN)-sensitized mice. Our results showed that pretreatment with emodin inhibited the elevation of plasma aminotransferases, alleviated the hepatic histopathological abnormalities and improved the survival rate of LPS/D-GalN-primed mice. Moreover, emodin markedly attenuated the increased serum and hepatic tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) production, and activated hepatic p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) signal pathways in LPS/D-GalN-challenged mice. Furthermore, using an in vitro experiment, we found that emodin dose-dependently suppressed TNF-α production, dampened AP-1 and NF-κB activation, and blocked toll-like receptor (TLR) 4/myeloid differentiation factor (MD) 2 complex expression in LPS-elicited RAW264.7 mouse macrophage cells. Taken together, these data suggested that emodin could effectively prevent LPS-induced FHF, which might be mediated by inhibition of TNF-α production, deactivation of MAPKs and NF-κB, and blockade of TLR4/MD2 complex expression.
International Immunopharmacology 08/2014; 23(1). DOI:10.1016/j.intimp.2014.08.018 · 2.47 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We present evidences demonstrating that overexpression of IRE1a inhibits chondrocyte differentiation, as revealed by reduced expression of Col, SOX9, Col X, MMP-13, IHH, Runx2. Furthmore, IRE1a-mediated inhibition of chondrogenesis depends on its enzymatic activity, since its point mutant lacking enzymatic activity completely loses this activity. The RNase and Kinase domains of IRE1a C-terminal is necessary for its full enzymatic activity and inhibition of chondrocyte differentiation. Mechanism studies demonstrate that granulin-epithelin precursor(GEP),a growth factor known to stimulate chondrogenesis, induced IRE1a expression in chondrogenesis. In addition, IRE1a inhibits GEP-mediated chondrocyte differentiation as a negative regulator. Altered expression of IRE1a in chondrocyte hypertrophy was accompanied by altered levels of IHH and PTHrP.Collectively,IRE1a may be a novel regulator of chondrocyte differentiation by 1) inhibition GEP-mediated chondrocyte differentiation as a negative regulator; 2) promoting IHH/PTHrP signaling.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We previously report that BMP2 mediates mild ER stress-activated ATF6 and directly regulates XBP1S splicing in the course of chondrogenesis. The mammalian unfolded protein response (UPR) protects the cell against the stress of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Failure to adapt to ER stress causes the UPR to trigger apoptosis. The transcription factor activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6), a key regulator of the UPR, is known to be important for ER stress-mediated apoptosis and cell growth, but the molecular mechanism underlying these processes remains unexplored. In this study, we demonstrate that ATF6 is differentially expressed during BMP2-stimulated chondrocyte differentiation and exhibits prominent expression in growth plate chondrocytes. ATF6 can enhance the level of IRE1a-spliced XBP1S protein in chondrogenesis. IRE1a and ATF6 can synergistically regulate endogenous XBP1S gene expression in chondrogenesis. Furthermore, overexpression ATF6 inhibited, while ATF6-knockdown enhanced, the cell proliferation in chondrocyte development with G1 phase arresting, S phase reducing and G2-M phase delaying. Besides, Ad-ATF6 can activate, whereas knockdown ATF6 by an siRNA-silencing approach inhibited, ER stress-mediated apoptosis in chondrogenesis induced by BMP2, as assayed by cleaved caspase3, CHOP, p-JNK expression in the course of chondrocyte differentiation. On the other hand, FCM, TUNEL assay and immunohistochemistry analysis also proved this result in vitro and in vivo. It was demonstrated that Ad-ATF6 activation of the ER stress-specific caspase cascade in developing chondrocyte tissue. Collectively, these findings reveal a novel critical role of ATF6 in regulating ER stress-mediated apoptosis in chondrocyte differentiation and the molecular mechanisms involved.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2) is known to activate unfolded protein response (UPR) signaling molecules, such as BiP (IgH chain-binding protein), PERK (PKR-like ER-resistant kinase), and IRE1α. Inositol-requiring enzyme-1a (IRE1a), as one of three unfolded protein sensors in UPR signaling pathways, can be activated during ER stress. Granulin-epithelin precursor (GEP) is an autocrine growth factor that has been implicated in embryonic development, tissue repair, tumorigenesis, and inflammation. However, the influence on IRE1a in BMP2-induced osteoblast differentiation has not yet been elucidated. Herein we demonstrate that overexpression of IRE1a inhibits osteoblast differentiation, as revealed by reduced activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and osteocalcin; however, knockdown of IRE1a via the RNAi approach stimulates osteoblastogenesis. Mechanistic studies revealed that the expression of IRE1a during osteoblast was a consequence of JunB transcription factor binding to several AP1 sequence (TGAG/CTCA) in the 5'-flanking regulatory region of the IRE1a gene, followed by transcription. In addition, GEP induces IRE1a expressions and this induction of IRE1a by GEP depends on JunB. Furthermore, IRE1a inhibition of GEP-induced osteoblastogenesis relies on JunB. Besides, GEP is required for IRE1a inhibition of BMP2-induced bone formation. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that IRE1a negatively regulates BMP2-induced osteoblast differentiation and this IRE1a inhibition effect depends on GEP growth factor. Thus, IRE1a, BMP2, GEP growth factor, and JunB transcription factor form a regulatory loop and act in concert in the course of osteoblastogenesis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The syntheses of inflammatory mediators are energy-intensive processes and the mitochondria play pivotal roles in supporting these energy-requiring molecular responses. In the present studies, a mitochondrial respiratory complex I inhibitor rotenone was administrated in mice with lipopolysaccharide/D-galactosamine (LPS/D-Gal)-induced fulminant liver injury and the prophylactic and therapeutic effects on tissue injury were evaluated. We found that pretreatment with rotenone suppressed the elevation of plasma aminotransferases, alleviated the histopathological abnormalities and improved the survival rate of LPS/D-Gal-challenged mice. Pretreatment with rotenone has no obvious effects on hepatic malondialdehyde (MDA) contents but it significantly inhibited the up-regulation of both hepatic mRNA level and plasma protein level of TNF-α and IL-6. In the rotenone-pretreated group, the elevation of hepatic caspase-3, caspase-8 and caspase-9 activities induced by LPS/D-Gal decreased and rotenone reduced the count of TUNEL-positive apoptotic hepatocytes. In addition, posttreatment with rotenone at 1h after LPS/D-Gal challenge also suppressed the elevation of plasma aminotransferases. These data suggest that mitochondrial complex I inhibition might be a potential approach for the control of inflammation.
International immunopharmacology 05/2014; 21(1). DOI:10.1016/j.intimp.2014.04.028 · 2.47 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We previously reported that transcription factor XBP1S is upregulated during chondrocyte differentiation and demonstrates the temporal and spatial expression pattern during skeletal development. Herein, we found that XBP1S stimulates chondrocyte differentiation from mesenchymal stem cells in vitro and endochondral ossification ex vivo. In addition, XBP1S activates granulin-epithelin precursor (GEP), a growth factor known to stimulate chondrogenesis, then enhances GEP-stimulated chondrogenesis and endochondral bone formation. Collectively, these findings demonstrate that XBP1S positively regulates endochondral bone formation by activating GEP chondrogenic growth factor.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Human ribonuclease inhibitor (RI), a cytoplasmic protein, is constructed almost entirely of leucine rich repeats. RI could suppress activities of ribonuclease and angiogenin (ANG) through closely combining with them. ANG is a potent inducer of blood vessel growth and has been implicated in the establishment, growth, and metastasis of tumors. ILK /PI3K/AKT signaling pathway also plays important roles in cell growth, cell-cycle progression, tumor angiogenesis, and cell apoptosis. Our previous experiments demonstrated that RI might effectively inhibit some tumor growth and metastasis. Our recent study showed that ILK siRNA inhibited the growth and induced apoptosis in bladder cancer cells as well as increased RI expression, which suggest a correlation between RI and ILK. However, the exact molecular mechanism of RI in anti-tumor and in the cross-talk of ANG and ILK signaling pathway remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrated that up-regulating RI obviously decreased ANG expression and activity. We also discovered that RI overexpression could remarkably inhibit cell proliferation, regulate cell cycle and induce apoptosis. Furthermore, up-regulation of RI inhibited phosphorylation of ILK downstream signaling targets protein kinase B/Akt, glycogen synthase kinase 3-beta (GSK-3β), and reduced β-catenin expression in vivo and vitro. More importantly, RI significant inhibited the tumor growth and angiogenesis of tumor bearing C57BL/6 mice. In conclusion, our findings, for the first time, suggest that angiogenin and ILK signaling pathway plays a pivotal role in mediating the inhibitory effects of RI on melanoma cells growth. This study identifies that RI may be a useful molecular target for melanoma therapy.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Progranulin (PGRN) was reported to be a stress-response factor in response to hypoxia and acidosis. Here we present evidences demonstrating that PGRN is also an endoplasmic reticulum(ER) stress responsive factor: PGRN expression was induced and its activation of Erk1/2 and Akt signaling enhanced in response to ER stress; Normal ER stress response was lost in PGRN deficient cells and PGRN deficient cells became hypersusceptible to ER stress-induced apoptosis; additionally, recombinant PGRN could rescue the defects in ER-stress responses seen in PGRN deficient cells. Mechanistic studies indicated that PGRN/TNFR2 was critical for PGRN mediated regulation of ER stress response: similar to PGRN, the expression TNFR2, but not TNFR1, was also induced in the course of ER stress; in addition, the association between PGRN and TNFR2 was markedly enhanced following ER stress; More importantly, PGRN protection of ER stress induced apoptosis was abolished when TNFR2 signaling was blocked. In addition, the 2nd and 3rd cysteine-rich domains (CRD) in the extracellular portion of TNFR2 (CRD2CRD3), known to directly bind to PGRN, disturbed the interaction of PGRN with TNFR2, and in turn abolished PGRN-mediated activation of Erk1/2 and Akt signaling and protection against apoptosis in response to ER-stress. Collectively, PGRN plays an important role in ER stress and regulates ER stress response through interacting with TNFR2. This study provides new insight into PGRN regulation of stress response and may also present PGRN as a potential molecular target for treating stress-associated disorders.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Garcinol is a polyisoprenylated benzophenone derivative of Garcinia indica. Recent researches have revealed the antioxidant, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties of garcinol. In the present study, the pharmacological effects of garcinol in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced hepatic injury in D-galactosamine (D-Gal)-sensitized mice were investigated. We found that treatment with garcinol significantly decreased serum ALT and AST levels in LPS/D-Gal-exposed mice. These were accomplished with improved histological alterations in liver sections and reduced malondialdehyde (MDA) content in liver homogenates. Garcinol significantly reduced the acetylation level of NF-κB, but it had no obvious effects on the elevation of TNF-α or IL-6 in plasma or liver tissue. Garcinol significantly attenuated LPS/D-Gal-induced hepatic apoptosis as evidenced by reduced number of TUNEL-positive cells in liver sections. Our experiments also showed that garcinol markedly suppressed the cleavage of caspase-3 and significantly decreased the activities of caspase-3, -8, and -9 in liver tissues. In addition, garcinol obviously reduced the induction of Bax but did not alter the level of Bcl-2. These results indicated that garcinol might provide protective benefits in LPS/D-Gal-induced liver injury through suppressing apoptosis.
International immunopharmacology 04/2014; 19(2). DOI:10.1016/j.intimp.2014.02.012 · 2.47 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The latest findings of our laboratory showed that Angelica sinensis polysaccharide (ASP) showed a definite effect in regulating the aging of hematopoietic stem cells. Leukemia is a type of malignant hematopoietic tumor in hematopoietic stem cells. There have been no relevant reports about ASP's effect in regulating the aging of leukemia cells. In this study, human acute myeloid leukemia (AML) KG1alpha cell lines in logarithmic growth phase were taken as the study object, and were divided into the ASP group, the cytarabine (Ara-C) group, the ASP + Ara-C group and the control group. The groups were respectively treated with different concentration of ASP, Ara-C and ASP + Ara-C for different periods, with the aim to study the effect of ASP combined with Ara-C in regulating the aging of human acute myeloid leukemia KG1alpha cell lines and its relevant mechanism. The results showed that ASP, Ara-C and ASP + Ara-C could obviously inhibit KG1alpha cell proliferation in vitro, block the cells in G0/G1 phase. The cells showed the aging morphological feature. The percentage of positive stained aging cells was dramatically increased, and could significantly up-regulate the expression of aging-related proteins P16 and RB, which were more obvious in the ASP + Ara-C group. In conclusion, the aging mechanism of KG1alpha cell induced by ASP and Ara-C may be related to the regulation of the expression of aging-related proteins, suggesting that the combined administration of ASP and anticancer drugs plays a better role in the treatment of leukemia .
Zhongguo Zhong yao za zhi = Zhongguo zhongyao zazhi = China journal of Chinese materia medica 04/2014; 39(7):1260-4. DOI:10.4268/cjcmm20140722