Inhibitors of poly (ADP-ribose) synthetase reduce renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in the anesthetized rat in vivo. (65/4453)

The activation of poly (ADP-ribose) synthetase (PARS) subsequent to DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen or nitrogen species has been implicated in several pathophysiological conditions, including ischemia-reperfusion injury and shock. The aim of this study was to investigate whether PARS inhibitors could provide protection against renal ischemia-reperfusion injury in the rat in vivo. Male Wistar rats were subjected to 45 min bilateral clamping of the renal pedicles, followed by 6 h reperfusion (control animals). Animals were administered the PARS inhibitors 3-aminobenzamide, 1, 5-dihydroxyisoquinoline, or nicotinamide during the reperfusion period. Ischemia, followed by reperfusion, produced significant increases in plasma concentrations of urea, creatinine, and fractional excretion of Na(+) (FE(Na)) and produced a significant reduction in glomerular filtration rate (GFR). However, administration of the PARS inhibitors significantly reduced urea and creatinine concentrations, suggesting improved renal function. The PARS inhibitors also significantly increased GFR and reduced FE(Na), suggesting the recovery of both glomerular and tubular function, respectively, with a more pronounced recovery of tubular function. In kidneys from control animals, histological examination revealed severe renal damage and immunohistochemical localization demonstrated PARS activation in the proximal tubule. Both renal damage and PARS activation were attenuated by administration of PARS inhibitors during reperfusion. Therefore, we propose that PARS activation contributes to renal reperfusion injury and that PARS inhibitors may be beneficial in renal disorders associated with oxidative stress-mediated injury.  (+info)

Pharmacological chaperones rescue cell-surface expression and function of misfolded V2 vasopressin receptor mutants. (66/4453)

Over 150 mutations within the coding sequence of the V2 vasopressin receptor (V2R) gene are known to cause nephrogenic diabetes insipidus (NDI). A large number of these mutant receptors fail to fold properly and therefore are not routed to the cell surface. Here we show that selective, nonpeptidic V2R antagonists dramatically increase cell-surface expression and rescue the function of 8 mutant NDI-V2Rs by promoting their proper folding and maturation. A cell-impermeant V2R antagonist could not mimic these effects and was unable to block the rescue mediated by a permeant agent, indicating that the nonpeptidic antagonists act intracellularly, presumably by binding to and stabilizing partially folded mutants. In addition to opening new therapeutic avenues for NDI patients, these data demonstrate that by binding to newly synthesized mutant receptors, small ligands can act as pharmacological chaperones, promoting the proper folding and maturation of receptors and their targeting to the cell surface.  (+info)

Differential effects of mu-, delta-, and kappa-opioid receptor agonists on mechanosensitive gastric vagal afferent fibers in the rat. (67/4453)

Single-fiber recordings were made from the decentralized right cervical vagus nerve (hyponodosal) of the rat. A total of 56 afferent fibers that responded to gastric distension (GD) were studied: 6 fibers were stimulated by phasic balloon GD, 50 by fluid GD. All fibers gave increasing responses to increasing pressures of GD (5-60 mmHg). The effects of mu-opioid (morphine), delta-opioid (SNC80), and kappa-opioid (EMD61,753, U62,066) receptor agonists were tested on responses of afferent fibers to GD. Morphine, administered systemically over a broad dose range (10 microg to 31 mg/kg, cumulative), had no effect on either resting activity or responses of vagal afferent fibers to GD. Similarly, the delta-opioid receptor agonist SNC80 (0.05-3.2 mg/kg) did not affect resting activity or responses to GD. In contrast, cumulative intra-arterial doses of the kappa-opioid receptor agonist EMD61,753 or U62,066 dose dependently attenuated afferent fiber responses to GD. Doses producing inhibition to 50% of the control response to GD of EMD61,753 (8.0 mg/kg) and U62,066 (8.8 mg/kg) did not differ. The effect of U62,066 was moderately attenuated by a nonselective dose (4 mg/kg) of naloxone hydrochloride; the kappa-opioid receptor-selective antagonist nor-BNI (20 mg/kg) was ineffective. These results demonstrate that kappa-, but not mu- or delta-opioid receptor agonists modulate visceral sensation conveyed by vagal afferent fibers innervating the stomach. Given that kappa-opioid receptor agonists effects were only modestly antagonized by naloxone and not at all by nor-BNI, the results point to a novel site of action.  (+info)

Microtubule stabilization leads to growth reorientation in Arabidopsis trichomes. (68/4453)

The single-cell trichomes in wild-type Arabidopsis are either unbranched or have two to five branches. Using transgenic Arabidopsis plants expressing a green fluorescent protein-microtubule-associated protein4 fusion protein, which decorates the microtubular cytoskeleton, we observed that during trichome branching, microtubules reorient with respect to the longitudinal growth axis. Considering branching to be a localized microtubule-dependent growth reorientation event, we investigated the effects of microtubule-interacting drugs on branch induction in trichomes. In unbranched trichomes of the mutant stichel, a change in growth directionality, closely simulating branch initiation, could be elicited by a short treatment with paclitaxel, a microtubule-stabilizing drug, but not with microtubule-disrupting drugs. The growth reorientation appeared to be linked to increased microtubule stabilization and to aster formation in the treated trichomes. Taxol-induced microtubule stabilization also led to the initiation of new branch points in the zwichel mutant of Arabidopsis, which is defective in a kinesin-like microtubule motor protein and possesses trichomes that are less branched. Our observations suggest that trichome cell branching in Arabidopsis might be mediated by transiently stabilized microtubular structures, which may form a component of a multiprotein complex required to reorient freshly polymerizing microtubules into new growth directions.  (+info)

The treatment of hyponatraemia using vasopressin antagonists. (69/4453)

Hyponatraemia is a frequent electrolyte disorder. It is primarily attributable to vasopressin excess plus sustained fluid intake. Hyponatraemia causes CNS symptoms, especially during the first 2-4 days; these symptoms are related to brain swelling. Hyponatraemia occurs in the setting of liver cirrhosis and congestive cardiac failure, in which it is related to stimulation by low arterial blood pressure acting through baroreceptors. Hyponatraemia also occurs in the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, usually from neoplasms releasing vasopressin. The conventional treatment of hyponatraemia used to be fluid restriction and treatment of the underlying disorder. This kind of treatment has been unreliable, cumbersome and difficult to comply with for the patient. In the future, effective vasopressin V2 antagonists will become available for clinical use in the treatment of hyponatraemia, and are expected to improve the management of hyponatraemia. Pharmacological characteristics and observations of biological effects of three antagonists are reported in the present article.  (+info)

A simple and rapid method for the detection of poly(ADP-ribose) by flow cytometry. (70/4453)

Measurement of poly(ADP-ribose) levels was performed by a new method using a monoclonal antibody against poly(ADP-ribose) and flow cytometry from small amount of cultured cells without the need for isolation of poly(ADP-ribose) polymer. The increase of poly(ADP-ribose)-associated fluorescence intensity was observed in individual human leukemic HL-60 cells when treated with the carcinogen, N-methyl-N'-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine (MNNG), and was blocked by the treatment with 3-aminobenzamide before MNNG treatment. It is easy and rapid to detect the time-dependent change of poly(ADP-ribose) levels in HL-60 cells after MNNG treatment. We easily found that the increase of the poly(ADP-ribose) level in nicotinic acid-treated lymphocytes after MNNG treatment was observed, but not in nicotinamide-treated lymphocytes. We investigated the change of poly(ADP-ribose) levels especially in the early phase of apoptosis. Our method is simple and rapid. It is suggested that the investigation of poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation in various fields is possible by using this new method.  (+info)

The tyrosine kinase inhibitor CGP 57148 (ST1 571) induces apoptosis in BCR-ABL-positive cells by down-regulating BCL-X. (71/4453)

CGP 57148 is a potent inhibitor of the ABL protein tyrosine kinase and a promising new compound for the treatment of a variety of BCR-ABL-positive leukemias. We used this enzyme inhibitor to characterize the biological effects of BCR-ABL in primary cells and two growth factor-dependent BCR-ABL-transfected cell lines. The effect of CGP 57148 on primary cells is dependent on the stage of differentiation. The growth of maturing chronic myeloid leukemia cells is independent of BCR-ABL in the presence of growth factors. However, the proliferation of leukemic immature cobblestone-forming area cells is almost completely blocked after the inhibition of the BCR-ABL kinase. In the BCR-ABL-transfected cell lines, M07/ p210 and Ba/F3/p185, CGP 57148 induces apoptosis by releasing cytochrome c, activating caspase 3, and cleavage of PARP. No alteration of the expression level of the apoptosis regulator BCL-2 was observed. In contrast, BCL-X was down-regulated after exposure to CGP 57148. Inhibitors of signal transduction proteins such as PI-3 kinase, mitogen-activated protein/extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase, and Janus-activated kinase 2 pathways were not capable of a comparable down-regulation of BCL-X. The Fas/Fas ligand system was not involved either in the induction of apoptosis by CGP 57148. We conclude that the inhibition of the BCR-ABL kinase by CGP 57148 (a) preferentially inhibits the growth of immature leukemic precursor cells, (b) efficiently reverts the antiapoptotic effects of BCR-ABL by down-regulation of BCL-X, and (c) is more effective than the inhibition of the downstream signal transduction pathways of PI-3 kinase, mitogen-activated protein/extracellular signal-regulated kinase kinase, and Janus-activated kinase 2.  (+info)

Reduced striatal dopamine transporters in idiopathic rapid eye movement sleep behaviour disorder. Comparison with Parkinson's disease and controls. (72/4453)

Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is characterized by complex behaviour during REM sleep. The aetiology of this disorder is still unknown, but a recent study showed an association between RBD and Parkinson's disease. We therefore studied striatal postsynaptic dopamine D2 receptor density with [123I](S)-2-hydroxy-3-iodo-6-methoxy-(1-ethyl-2-pyrrolidinylmethyl ) benzamide ([123I]IBZM) and the striatal presynaptic dopamine transporter with (N)-(3-iodopropene-2-yl)-2beta-carbomethoxy-3beta-(4-chlorop henyl) tropane ([123I]IPT) using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with idiopathic RBD. We compared the [123I]IPT-SPECT results of five patients with polysomnographically confirmed idiopathic RBD with the [123I]IPT-SPECTs of seven age- and sex-matched controls without a history of sleep disorders, and of 14 patients with Parkinson's disease (Hoehn and Yahr stage I). All RBD patients had significantly reduced striatal [123I]IPT binding compared with the controls (RBD: right, 2.94 +/- 0.32, left, 3.03 +/- 0.41; controls: right, 4.41 +/- 0.17, left, 4.34 +/- 0.21; P = 0.003), but significantly higher striatal [123I]IPT binding compared with the striatum contralateral to the symptomatic body side of the Parkinson's disease patients (Parkinson's disease: ipsilateral, 3.17 +/- 0.36, P = 0.298; contralateral, 2.51 +/- 0.31, P = 0.019). Uptake of [123I]IBZM was not significantly different in the RBD group compared with the controls. This study demonstrates that [123I]IPT-SPECT is a useful diagnostic tool in RBD and that reduced striatal dopamine transporters may be a pathophysiological mechanism of idiopathic RBD. (Results are given as mean +/- standard deviation.)  (+info)