Hitomi Takemura

Aichi Gakusen University, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Risk factors for breast cancer include estrogens such as 17β-estradiol (E2) and high stress levels. 4-hydroxyestradiol (4-OHE2), a metabolite of E2 formed preferentially by cytochrome P450 1B1, is oxidized to E2-3,4-quinone, which reacts with DNA to form depurinating adducts that exert genotoxicity and carcinogenicity. Endogenous catecholamines such as adrenaline (A) and noradrenaline (NA) are released from the adrenal gland and sympathetic nervous system during exposure to stress. Here, we found that treatment with 4-OHE2 (3 μM) and NA (3 nM) significantly induced the phosphorylation of histone H2AX (γ-H2AX), one of the earliest indicators of DNA damage, and apurinic (AP) sites via the α2-adrenergic receptor (α2-AR) in human mammary epithelial MCF-10A cells. As an inverse association between a higher intake of flavonoids and breast cancer risk has previously been suggested from epidemiological studies, we investigated the effects of quercetin-3-O-glucuronide (Q3G), a circulating metabolite of quercetin in the blood, on 4-OHE2- and NA-induced γ-H2AX and AP sites. Q3G (0.1 μM) suppressed their induction and inhibited the binding of [3H]-NA to α2-AR. These results suggest that Q3G acts as an α2-AR antagonist and that it could be used as a chemopreventive agent for stress-promoted breast cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology
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    ABSTRACT: Endogenous estrogens, such as 17β-estradiol (E2), are implicated in the development of breast cancer. The putative mechanisms by which estrogens exert the carcinogenic effects have been recognized to involve the redox cycling of estrogen metabolites and subsequent estrogen-DNA adduct formation as well as the estrogen receptor-dependent pathway of estrogen-induced cell growth. The former pathway is regulated by phase I enzymes, mainly cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A1, 1A2, and 1B1. Among them, CYP1B1 predominantly catalyzes the C4-position of E2 and forms carcinogenic 4-hydroxy-E2 (4-OHE2), whereas CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 convert E2 to noncarcinogenic 2-hydroxy-E2. Formed 4-OHE2 is further oxidized to semiquinones and quinones, which form DNA adducts, leading to mutagenic lesions. Consequently, CYP1B1 is highly expressed, and 4-OHE2 is predominantly detected in estrogen target neoplastic tissues. Moreover, invasion and metastasis are also involved in the development of breast cancer. Epidemiological studies suggest an inverse association between a higher intake of flavonoids and breast cancer risk. Flavonoids, which are widely distributed in the plant kingdom, have been recently reported as candidate compounds that can exert chemopreventive effects in estrogen-dependent or independent breast cancer. In this review, we provide a comprehensive overview of breast cancer and chemoprevention by flavonoids, mainly focusing on ER-mediated hormonal regulation, redox cycling of estrogen metabolites, and selective inhibition of CYP1B1.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Current pharmaceutical design
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    ABSTRACT: 17β-Estradiol (E2) is crucial for various physiological functions, such as in the development of the uterus and the mammary gland. However, prolonged exposure to E2 is a risk factor for breast cancer. E2 is metabolized to carcinogenic 4-hydroxyestradiol (4-OHE 2) and non-carcinogenic 2-hydroxyestradiol (2-OHE2) by CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 in the breast tissue, respectively. These two catechol estrogens are converted to methylated metabolites by catechol-O- methyltransferase (COMT). 4-OHE2 has been reported to be further oxidized to quinone intermediates which react with purine bases in DNA to form depurinating adducts, which generate highly mutagenic apurinic (AP) sites. Recently, phosphorylation of histone H2AX (γ-H2AX) has emerged as a sensitive marker for not only DNA double-strand breaks but also various types of DNA damage. 4-OHE2-induced γ-H2AX in MCF-7 cells has never been reported yet. In this study, we investigated whether 4-OHE2 induces γ-H2AX in response to DNA damage in the presence or absence of Ro 41-0960, an inhibitor of COMT, in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. AP sites and γ-H2AX were induced 1-2 h after treatment with 4-OHE2 and Ro 41-0960. The generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) was also observed, as determined by 2′-7′-dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate fluorescence. By comparison, 2-OHE2 and Ro 41-0960 had no effect on AP sites, γ-H2AX or the generation of ROS. KU-55933, an inhibitor of ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM), decreased the formation of γ-H2AX in conjunction with 4-OHE2 and Ro 41-0960. These results demonstrate that 4-OHE2, in the presence of Ro 41-0960, induces ATM-dependent γ-H2AX in MCF-7 cells.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Genes and Environment
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    ABSTRACT: Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1B1 catalyzes 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) to predominantly carcinogenic 4-hydroxy-E(2), whereas CYP1A1 and 1A2 convert E(2) to non-carcinogenic 2-hydroxy-E(2). Hence, selective inhibition of CYP1B1 is recognized to be beneficial for the prevention of E(2) related breast cancer. In this study, we first evaluated the structure-property relationship of 18 major flavonoids on inhibiting enzymatic activity of CYP1A1, 1A2 and 1B1 by using an ethoxyresorufin O-deethylation assay. Flavones and flavonols indicated relatively strong inhibitory effects on CYP1s compared with flavanone that does not have the double bond between C-positions 2 and 3 on the C-ring. Flavonoids used in this study selectively inhibited CYP1B1 activity. In particular, methoxy types of flavones and flavonols such as chrysoeriol and isorhamnetin showed strong and selective inhibition against CYP1B1. To understand why selective inhibition was observed, we carried out a molecular docking analysis of these methoxyflavonoids with the 2-3 double bond and CYP1s. The results suggested that chrysoeriol and isorhamnetin fit well into the active site of CYP1B1, but do not fit into the active site of CYP1A2 and 1A1 because of steric collisions between the methoxy substituent of these methoxyflavonoids and Ser-122 in CYP1A1 and Thr-124 in CYP1A2. In conclusion, our results demonstrate: (1) strong inhibitory effects of flavonoids on CYP1 activities require the 2-3 double bond on the C-ring; (2) methoxyflavonoids with the 2-3 double bond had strong and selective inhibition against CYP1B1, suggesting chemopreventive flavonoids for E(2) related breast cancer; and (3) binding specificity of these methoxyflavonoids is based on the interactions between the methoxy groups and specific CYP1s residues.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2010 · Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry
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    ABSTRACT: Cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1 families including CYP1A1, 1A2 and 1B1 are well known to be deeply involved in the initiation of several cancers, due to the fact that they activate environmental pro-carcinogens to form ultimate carcinogens. Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is one of the major classes of prototypical pro-carcinogen. It is activated by the CYP1 family to its ultimate carcinogenic forms, mainly BaP-7,8-diol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), and it forms adducts with DNA. This has been recognized to be a major initiation pathway for cancer. Our previous study demonstrated that chrysoeriol, which is a dietary methoxyflavonoid, selectively inhibited CYP1B1 enzymatic activity and might protect the CYP1B1 related-diseases such as breast cancer. In the present study, we further examined the effects of chrysoeriol on the other initiation pathway of cancer relating to the CYP1 family with BaP in human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. The effects of chrysoeriol on the formation of BPDE-DNA adducts were analyzed specifically using the liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method. When MCF-7 cells were incubated with 2 microM BaP for 24h, three types of BPDE-dG adducts, especially (+)-trans-BPDE-dG as the dominant adduct, were detected. Co-treatment of MCF-7 cells with 10 microM chrysoeriol and BaP remarkably reduced (+)-trans-BPDE-dG formation. Chrysoeriol (1-10 microM) dose-dependently inhibited both EROD activity and the gene expressions of CYP1A1, 1B1 and 1A2 stimulated by treatment with BaP. In addition, the same amounts of chrysoeriol significantly inhibited the binding of BaP to the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), which is the key factor concerning the induction of the CYP1 families. In conclusion, our results clearly indicate that chrysoeriol inhibited the formation of BPDE-DNA adducts via regulation of the AhR pathway stimulated by BaP. As a consequence chrysoeriol may be involved in the chemoprevention of environmental pro-carcinogens such as BaP.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2010 · Toxicology
  • Toshimasa Itoh · Hitomi Takemura · Kayoko Shimoi · Keiko Yamamoto
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    ABSTRACT: CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 exhibit catalytic activity predominantly for the 2-hydroxylation of estradiol, whereas CYP1B1 exhibits catalytic activity predominantly for 4-hydroxylation of estradiol. To understand why CYP1B1 predominantly hydroxylates the 4-position of estradiol, we constructed three-dimensional structures of CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 by homology modeling, using the crystal structure of CYP1A2, and studied the docking mode of estradiol with CYP1A1, CYP1A2, and CYP1B1. The results demonstrated that two particular amino acid residues for each CYP, namely Thr124 and Phe260 of CYP1A2, Ser122 and Phe258 of CYP1A1, and Ala133 and Asn265 of CYP1B1, play an important role in estradiol recognition.
    No preview · Article · May 2010 · Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
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    ABSTRACT: A 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) is hydrolyzed to 2-hydroxy-E(2) (2-OHE(2)) and 4-hydroxy-E(2) (4-OHE(2)) via cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A1 and 1B1, respectively. In estrogen target tissues including the mammary gland, ovaries, and uterus, CYP1B1 is highly expressed, and 4-OHE(2) is predominantly formed in cancerous tissues. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effects of chrysoeriol (luteorin-3'-methoxy ether), which is a natural methoxyflavonoid, against activity of CYP1A1 and 1B1 using in vitro and cultured cell techniques. Chrysoeriol selectively inhibited human recombinant CYP1B1-mediated 7-ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylation (EROD) activity 5-fold more than that of CYP1A1-mediated activity in a competitive manner. Additionally, chrysoeriol inhibited E(2) hydroxylation was catalyzed by CYP1B1, but not by CYP1A1. Methylation of 4-OHE(2), which is thought to be a detoxification process, was not affected by the presence of chrysoeriol. In human breast cancer MCF-7 cells, chrysoeriol did not affect the gene expression of CYP1A1 and 1B1, but significantly inhibited the formation of 4-methoxy E(2) without any effects on the formation of 2-methoxy E(2). In conclusion, we present the first report to show that chrysoeriol is a chemopreventive natural ingredient that can selectively inhibit CYP1B1 activity and prevent the formation of carcinogenic 4-OHE(2) from E(2.).
    No preview · Article · Oct 2009 · The Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, we compared the estrogenic activity of zearalenone (ZEN) and zeranol (ZOL) by determining their relative receptor binding affinities for human ERalpha and ERbeta and also by determining their uterotropic activity in ovariectomized female mice. ZOL displayed a much higher binding affinity for human ERalpha and ERbeta than ZEN did. The IC(50) values of ZEN and ZOL for binding to human ERalpha were 240.4 and 21.79nM, respectively, and the IC(50) values for binding to ERbeta were 165.7 and 42.76nM, respectively. In ovariectomized female ICR mice, s.c. administration of ZEN at doses >or=2mg/kg/day for 3 consecutive days significantly increased uterine wet weight compared with the control group, and administration of ZOL increased the uterine wet weight at lower doses (>or=0.5mg/kg/day for 3 days). Based on available X-ray crystal structures of human ERalpha and ERbeta, we have also conducted molecular modeling studies to probe the binding characteristics of ZEN and ZOL for human ERalpha and ERbeta. Our data revealed that ZEN and ZOL were able to occupy the active site of the human ERalpha and ERbeta in a strikingly similar manner as 17beta-estradiol, such that the phenolic rings of ZEN and ZOL occupied the same receptor region as occupied by the A-ring of 17beta-estradiol. The primary reason that ZOL and ZEN is less potent than 17beta-estradiol is likely because 17beta-estradiol could bind to the receptor pocket without significantly changing its conformation, while ZOL or ZEN would require considerable conformational alterations upon binding to the estrogen receptors (ERs).
    No preview · Article · Mar 2007 · The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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    ABSTRACT: The estrogenic activity of bisphenol A (BPA) and its chlorinated derivatives, 2-(3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenyl)-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (3-ClBPA) and 2,2-bis(3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (3,3'-diClBPA) was assessed by determining their relative binding affinity for the human estrogen receptor-alpha and -beta (ERalpha and ERbeta) and also their uterotrophic activity in ovariectomized female rats. BPA and its chlorinated derivatives were active in competing with [3H]17beta-estradiol for their binding to the human ERalpha and ERbeta proteins. While 3-ClBPA and 3,3'-diClBPA competed more effectively for ERalpha binding than BPA (IC50 values of 2.48x10(-5), 1.28x10(-5), and 1.08x10(-4)M, respectively), they had similar activity as BPA for competing the binding to ERbeta (IC50 values of 1.43x10(-5), 1.87x10(-5), and 2.59x10(-5)M, respectively). To determine the uterotropic activity, three doses (10, 50 and 100 mg/kg/day) of BPA and its derivatives were given to mature ovariectomized Sprague-Dawley rats for 3 consecutive days. Treatment of animals with 50 and 100 mg/kg/day of BPA or its chlorinated derivatives caused a significant increase in the uterine wet weight and the endometrial area. The results of our present study demonstrated that the affinities of 3-ClBPA and 3,3'-diClBPA for ERalpha were higher than the affinity of BPA, although the in vivo estrogenic activity of the two chlorinated BPAs in ovariectomized female Sprague-Dawley rats appeared to be comparable to that of BPA.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2005 · Toxicology
  • M Sato · Y Matsumoto · H Morita · H Takemura · K Shimoi · I Amano
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    ABSTRACT: Dysfunctional endothelium caused by oxidative stress is thought to play a role in pathogenesis of a variety of conditions including atherosclerosis. We investigated whether a microcirculatory disturbance in hemodialysis (HD) patients was associated with increased oxidative stress and endothelial injury. Transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcPO2) on the dorsum of the foot at rest was measured as a marker of microcirculation in 33 patients undergoing HD without clinical manifestations of peripheral arterial disease and 20 healthy controls. Furthermore, in order to examine whether TcPO2 was affected by antioxidants, oral supplementation with a combination of vitamin C (200 mg daily) and vitamin E (600 mg daily) was administered for 6 months to 8 patients with microcirculatory disturbance (TcPO2 values of 50 mmHg or less). Serum biochemical parameters including vitamins were also measured. Mean TcPO2 value was significantly lower in HD patients than in control subjects (47.9 +/- 13.5 mmHg versus 62.4 +/- 11.9 mmHg, p < 0.001). After vitamin supplementation, TcPO2 values remarkably increased (40.6 +/- 10.0 mmHg versus 57.4 +/- 6.5 mmHg, p < 0.005). Serum vitamin C and vitamin E levels increased significantly as well, while serum levels of thrombomodulin, a marker of endothelial injury, and thiobarbituric acid reactants, a marker of lipid peroxidation, were significantly decreased in comparison with those before supplementation. Our results suggest that the microcirculatory disturbance in HD patients seems to be associated with endothelial damage caused by oxidative stress. Combined supplementation with vitamin C and vitamin E may be of clinical benefit in improving the cutaneous microcirculation by reducing oxidative stress.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2003 · Clinical nephrology