(1/77) Novel N6-substituted adenosine 5'-N-methyluronamides with high selectivity for human adenosine A3 receptors reduce ischemic myocardial injury.

We recently reported the identification of a novel human adenosine A3 receptor-selective agonist, (2S,3S,4R,5R)-3-amino-5-[6-[5-chloro-2-(3-methylisoxazol-5-ylmethoxy)benzylamino] purin-9-yl]-4-hydroxytetrahydrofuran-2-carboxylic acid methylamide (CP-608,039), with 1,260-fold selectivity for the human A3 versus human A1 receptor (DeNinno et al., J Med Chem 46: 353-355, 2003). However, because the modest (20-fold) rabbit A3 receptor selectivity of CP-608,039 precludes demonstration of A3-mediated cardioprotection in rabbit models, we identified another member of this class, (2S,3S,4R,5R)-3-amino-5-[6-(2,5-dichlorobenzylamino)purin-9-yl]-4-hydroxytetrahyd rofuran-2-carboxylic acid methylamide (CP-532,903), which both retained human A3 receptor selectivity (210-fold; human A3/human A1 Ki: 23/4,800 nM) and had improved rabbit A3 receptor selectivity (90-fold; rabbit A3/rabbit A1 Ki: 23/2,000 nM). Infarct size was measured in Langendorff hearts or in vivo after 30 min of regional ischemia and 120 min of reperfusion. Five-minute perfusion with CP-532,903 before ischemia-reperfusion elicited a concentration-dependent reduction in infarct size in isolated hearts (EC50: 0.97 nM; maximum reduction in infarct size: 77%, P < 0.05 vs. control). Furthermore, administration of CP-532,903 (150 nM) at reperfusion also significantly reduced infarct size by 64% (P < 0.05 vs. control), which was not different (P > or = 0.05) from the cardioprotection provided by the same concentration of drug given before ischemia. The selective rabbit A1 receptor antagonist BWA1433 did not affect CP-532,903-dependent cardioprotection. In vivo, CP-532,903 (1 mg/kg) reduced infarct size by 50% in the absence of significant hemodynamic effects (mean arterial pressure, heart rate, rate-pressure product). CP-532,903 and CP-608,039 represent a novel class of human A3 receptor-selective agonists that may prove suitable for investigation of the clinical cardioprotective efficacy of A3 receptor activation.  (+info)

(2/77) An adenosine analogue, IB-MECA, down-regulates estrogen receptor alpha and suppresses human breast cancer cell proliferation.

Adenosine, a natural metabolite, plays important roles in several physiological and pathological processes, including modulation of cellular proliferation. Here, we report that among different adenosine analogues tested, micromolar concentrations of the A(3) adenosine receptor (A(3)AR)-selective agonist N(6)-(3-iodobenzyl)adenosine-5'-N-methyluronamide (IB-MECA) completely inhibited the growth of the human breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and ZR-75 while inducing apoptosis in T47D and Hs578T cells, which do not express A(3)AR mRNA. In MCF-7 cells, A(3)AR overexpression did not increase the sensitivity to drug treatment and an A(3)AR antagonist did not abolish IB-MECA effect. In search for mechanisms of the effect of this ligand, we found that in estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha)-positive cells, IB-MECA rapidly down-regulated ERalpha at mRNA and protein levels and consequently at the transcriptional activity level. Moreover, overexpression of ERalpha in MCF-7 cells alleviated the proliferation inhibition induced by IB-MECA. The inhibitory effects on cell growth and to some extent on ERalpha were mimicked by 2-chloro-adenosine >3'-deoxyadenosine> adenosine but not by a variety of other ligands. Our studies indicate that IB-MECA can down-regulate ERalpha and inhibit proliferation or induce apoptosis in different breast cancer cell types and raise the possibility of using this and related compounds in breast cancer treatment.  (+info)

(3/77) Role of direct RhoA-phospholipase D1 interaction in mediating adenosine-induced protection from cardiac ischemia.

Activation of adenosine A1 or A3 receptors protects heart cells from ischemia-induced injury. The A3 receptor signals via RhoA and phospholipase D (PLD) to induce cardioprotection. The objective of the study was to investigate how RhoA activates PLD to achieve the anti-ischemic effect of adenosine A3 receptors. In an established cardiac myocyte model of preconditioning using the cultured chick embryo heart cells, overexpression of the RhoA-noninteracting PLD1 mutant I870R selectively blocked the A3 agonist (Cl-IBMECA, 10 nM)-induced cardioprotection. I870R caused a significantly higher percentage of cardiac cells killed in A3 agonist-treated than in A1 agonist (CCPA, 10 nM)-treated myocytes (ANOVA and posttest comparison, P<0.01). Consistent with its inhibitory effect on the PLD activity, I870R attenuated the Cl-IBMECA-mediated PLD activation. Cl-IBMECA caused a 41 +/- 15% increase in PLD activity in mock-transfected myocytes (P<0.01, paired t test) while having only a slight stimulatory effect on the PLD activity in I870R-transfected cells. To further test the anti-ischemic role of a direct RhoA-PLD1 interaction, atrial cardiac myocytes were rendered null for native adenosine receptors by treatment with irreversible A1 antagonist m-DITC-XAC and were selectively transfected with the human adenosine A1 or A3 receptor cDNA individually or they were cotransfected with cDNAs encoding either receptor plus I870R. I870R preferentially inhibited the human A3 receptor-mediated protection from ischemia. The RhoA-noninteracting PLD1 mutant caused a significantly higher percentage of cardiac cells killed in myocytes cotransfected with the human A3 receptor than in those cells expressing the human A1 receptor (ANOVA and posttest comparison, P<0.01). The present data provided the first demonstration of a novel physiological role for the direct RhoA-PLD1 interaction, that of potent protection from cardiac ischemia. The study further supported the concept that a divergent signaling mechanism mediates the anti-ischemic effect of adenosine A1 and A3 receptors.  (+info)

(4/77) Partial agonists for A(3) adenosine receptors.

Selective agonists for A(3) adenosine receptors (ARs) could potentially be therapeutic agents for a variety of disorders, including brain and heart ischemic conditions, while partial agonists may have advantages over full agonists as a result of an increased selectivity of action. A number of structural determinants for A(3)AR activation have recently been identified, including the N(6)-benzyl group, methanocarba substitution of ribose, 2-chloro and 2-fluoro substituents, various 2'- and 3'-substitutions and 4'-thio substitution of oxygen. The 2-chloro substitution of CPA and R-PIA led to A(3) antagonism (CCPA) and partial agonism (Cl-R-PIA). 2-Chloroadenosine was a full agonist, while 2-fluoroadenosine was a partial agonist. Both 2'- and 3'- substitutions have a pronounced effect on its efficacy, although the effect of 2'-substitution was more dramatic. The 4-thio substitution of oxygen may also diminish efficacy, depending on other substitutions. Both N(6)-methyl and N(6)-benzyl groups may contribute to the A(3) affinity and selectivity; however, an N(6)-benzyl group but not an N(6)-methyl group diminishes A(3)AR efficacy. N(6)-benzyl substituted adenosine derivatives have similar potency for human and rat A(3)ARs while N(6)-methyl substitution was preferable for the human A(3)AR. The combination of 2-chloro and N(6)-benzyl substitutions appeared to reduce efficacy further than either modification alone. The A(2A)AR agonist DPMA was shown to be an antagonist for the human A(3)AR. Thus, the efficacy of adenosine derivatives at the A(3)AR appears to be more sensitive to small structural changes than at other subtypes. Potent and selective partial agonists for the A(3)AR could be identified by screening known adenosine derivatives and by modifying adenosine and the adenosine derivatives.  (+info)

(5/77) Inhibition of phenylephrine-induced cardiomyocyte hypertrophy by activation of multiple adenosine receptor subtypes.

Plasma adenosine levels are elevated in cardiovascular disease including hypertension and heart failure, and the nucleoside has been proposed to serve as an endogenous antimyocardial remodeling factor. We studied the modulation of phenylephrine-induced hypertrophy by adenosine receptor activation in isolated neonatal cultured ventricular myocytes. Phenylephrine (10 muM) increased cell size by 35% and significantly increased expression of atrial natriuretic peptide. These effects were reduced by the stable adenosine analog 2-chloroadenosine and were completely blocked by the adenosine A(1) receptor agonist N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine (1 microM), the A(2A) receptor agonist 2-p-(2-carboxyethyl)-phenethylamino-5'-N-ethylcarboxamidoadenosine (100 nM), and the A(3) receptor agonist N(6)-(3-iodobenzyl)adenosine-5'-methyluronamide (100 nM). The antihypertrophic effects of all three agonists were completely reversed by their respective antagonists. Phenylephrine significantly up-regulated expression of the immediate early gene c-fos especially within the first 30 min of phenylephrine treatment. These effects were almost completely inhibited by all adenosine receptor agonists. Although phenylephrine also induced early stimulation of both p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase, these responses were unaffected by adenosine agonists. The expression of the G-protein regulatory factors RGS2 and RGS4 were increased by nearly 3-fold by phenylephrine treatment although this was completely prevented by adenosine receptor agonists. These agents also blocked the ability of phenylephrine to up-regulate Na/H exchange isoform 1 (NHE1) expression in hypertrophied myocytes. Thus, our results demonstrate an antihypertrophic effect of adenosine acting via multiple receptor subtypes through a mechanism involving down-regulation of NHE1 expression. The ability to prevent regulators of G-protein signaling (RGS) up-regulation further suggests that adenosine receptor activation minimizes signaling which leads to hypertrophic responses.  (+info)

(6/77) Activation of A3 adenosine receptors attenuates lung injury after in vivo reperfusion.

BACKGROUND: A3 adenosine receptor (AR) activation worsens or protects against renal and cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury, respectively. The aims of the current study were to examine in an in vivo model the effect of A3AR activation on IR lung injury and investigate the mechanism by which it exerts its effect. METHODS: The arterial branch of the left lower lung lobe in intact-chest, spontaneously breathing cats was occluded for 2 h and reperfused for 3 h (IR group). Animals were treated with the selective A3 receptor agonist IB-MECA (300 microg/kg intravenously) given 15 min before ischemia or with IB-MECA as described, with pretreatment 15 min earlier with the selective A3AR antagonist MRS-1191, the nonsulfonylurea adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channel-blocking agent U-37883A, or the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor N-nitro-l-arginine benzyl ester. RESULTS: IB-MECA markedly (P < 0.01) reduced the percentage of injured alveoli (IR, 48 +/- 4%; IB-MECA, 18 +/- 2%), wet:dry weight ratio (IR, 8.2 +/- 0.4; IB-MECA, 4 +/- 2), and myeloperoxidase activity (IR, 0.52 +/- 0.06 U/g; IB-MECA, 0.17 +/- 0.04 U/g). This protective effect was completely blocked by pretreatment with the selective A3AR antagonist MRS-1191 and the adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channel blocking agent U-37883A but not the nitric oxide synthase inhibitor N-nitro-l-arginine benzyl ester. CONCLUSIONS: In the feline lung, the A3AR agonist IB-MECA confers a powerful protection against IR lung injury. This effect is mediated by a nitric oxide synthase-independent pathway and involves opening of adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channels. Therefore, selective activation of A3AR may be an effective means of protecting the reperfused lung.  (+info)

(7/77) Role of adenosine A1 and A3 receptors in regulation of cardiomyocyte homeostasis after mitochondrial respiratory chain injury.

Activation of either the A(1) or the A(3) adenosine receptor (A(1)R or A(3)R, respectively) elicits delayed cardioprotection against infarction, ischemia, and hypoxia. Mitochondrial contribution to the progression of cardiomyocyte injury is well known; however, the protective effects of adenosine receptor activation in cardiac cells with a respiratory chain deficiency are poorly elucidated. The aim of our study was to further define the role of A(1)R and A(3)R activation on functional tolerance after inhibition of the terminal link of the mitochondrial respiratory chain with sodium azide, in a state of normoxia or hypoxia, compared with the effects of the mitochondrial ATP-sensitive K(+) channel opener diazoxide. Treatment with 10 mM sodium azide for 2 h in normoxia caused a considerable decrease in the total ATP level; however, activation of adenosine receptors significantly attenuated this decrease. Diazoxide (100 muM) was less effective in protection. During treatment of cultured cardiomyocytes with hypoxia in the presence of 1 mM sodium azide, the A(1)R agonist 2-chloro-N(6)-cyclopentyladenosine was ineffective, whereas the A(3)R agonist 2-chloro-N(6)-iodobenzyl-5'-N-methylcarboxamidoadenosine (Cl-IB-MECA) attenuated the decrease in ATP level and prevented cell injury. Cl-IB-MECA delayed the dissipation in the mitochondrial membrane potential during hypoxia in cells impaired in the mitochondrial respiratory chain. In cells with elevated intracellular Ca(2+) concentration after hypoxia and treatment with NaN(3) or after application of high doses of NaN(3), Cl-IB-MECA immediately decreased the elevated intracellular Ca(2+) concentration toward the diastolic control level. The A(1)R agonist was ineffective. This may be especially important for the development of effective pharmacological agents, because mitochondrial dysfunction is a leading factor in the pathophysiological cascade of heart disease.  (+info)

(8/77) CF101, an agonist to the A3 adenosine receptor, enhances the chemotherapeutic effect of 5-fluorouracil in a colon carcinoma murine model.

NF-kappaB and the upstream kinase PKB/Akt are highly expressed in chemoresistance tumor cells and may hamper the apoptotic pathway. CF101, a specific agonist to the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR), inhibits the development of colon carcinoma growth in cell cultures and xenograft murine models. Because CF101 has been shown to downregulate PKB/Akt and NF-kappaB protein expression level, we presumed that its combination with chemotherapy will enhance the antitumor effect of the cytotoxic drug. In this study, we utilized 3-[4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) and colony formation assays and a colon carcinoma xenograft model. It has been shown that a combined treatment of CF101 and 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) enhanced the cytotoxic effect of the latter on HCT-116 human colon carcinoma cell proliferation and tumor growth. Downregulation of PKB/Akt, NF-kappaB, and cyclin D1, and upregulation of caspase-3 protein expression level were observed in cells and tumor lesions on treatment with a combination of CF101 and 5-FU. Moreover, in mice treated with the combined therapy, myelotoxicity was prevented as was evidenced by normal white blood cell and neutrophil counts. These results show that CF101 potentiates the cytotoxic effect of 5-FU, thus preventing drug resistance. The myeloprotective effect of CF101 suggests its development as an add-on treatment to 5-FU.  (+info)