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Seok, Young Mi ; Azam, Mohammed Ali ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Sato, Atsushi ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Maeda, Masataka ; Kim, In Kyeom ; Takuwa, Yoh
出版情報: Hypertension.  56  pp.934-941,  2010-11-01.  American Heart Association
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/25788
概要: 金沢大学医薬保健研究域医学系<br />Rho-mediated inhibition of myosin light chain (MLC) phosphatase (MLCP), together with Ca-depen dent MLC kinase activation, constitutes the major signaling mechanisms for vascular smooth muscle contraction. We recently unveiled the involvement of Ca-induced, phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) class IIα isoform (PI3K-C2α)-dependent Rho activation and resultant Rho kinase-dependent MLCP suppression in membrane depolarization- and receptor agonist-induced contraction. It is unknown whether Ca- and PI3K-C2α- dependent regulation of MLCP is altered in vascular smooth muscle of hypertensive animals and is involved in hypertension. Therefore, we studied the role of the Ca-PI3K-C2α-Rho-MLCP pathway in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs). PI3K-C2α was readily detected in various vascular beds of Wistar-Kyoto rats and activated by high KCl. High KCl also stimulated vascular Rho activity and phosphorylation of the MLCP regulatory subunit MYPT1 at Thr in a PI3K inhibitor wortmannin-sensitive manner. In mesenteric and other vessels of SHRs at the hypertensive but not the prehypertensive stage, the activity of PI3K-C2α but not class I PI3K p110α was elevated with concomitant rises of Rho activity and Thr-phosphorylation of MYPT1, as compared with normotensive controls. Infusion of the Ca channel antagonist nicardipine reduced blood pressure with suppression of vascular activity of PI3K-C2α-Rho and phosphorylation of MYPT1 in hypertensive SHRs. Infusion of wortmannin lowered blood pressure with inhibition of PI3K-C2α-Rho activities and MYPT1 phosphorylation in hypertensive SHRs. These observations suggest that an increased activity of the Ca-PI3K-C2α-Rho signaling pathway with resultant augmented MLCP suppression contributes to hypertension in SHRs. The Ca- and PI3K-C2α-dependent Rho stimulation in vascular smooth muscle may be a novel, promising target for treating hypertension. © 2010 American Heart Association, Inc. 続きを見る
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Seok, Young Mi ; Choi, Young Whan ; Kim, Gyung-Duck ; Kim, Hye-Young ; Takuwa, Yoh ; Kim, In Kyeom
出版情報: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology.  383  pp.45-56,  2011-01-01.  Springer Verlag (Germany)
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/25789
概要: 金沢大学医薬保健研究域医学系<br />Gomisin A (GA) is an active ingredient of the fruits of Schisandra chinensis which has been wi dely used as a tonic in traditional Korean medicine. GA induces not only endothelium-dependent but also endothelium-independent relaxation in an isolated rat's thoracic aorta. This study was aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism by which GA induces endothelium-independent vasorelaxation. Rat aortic rings were denuded of endothelium, mounted in organ baths, and subjected to contraction or relaxation. We measured the amount of GTP RhoA as well as the phosphorylation level of 20 kDa myosin light chains (MLC20), myosin phosphatase-targeting subunit 1 (MYPT1) and protein kinase C-potentiated inhibitory protein for heterotrimeric myosin light-chain phosphatase of 17 kDa (CPI17). Pretreatment with GA dose-dependently inhibited the concentration-response curves in response to sodium fluoride (NaF) or thromboxane A2 agonist U46619, but not to phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (PDBu). GA decreased the activation of RhoA as well as the phosphorylation level of MLC20, MYPT1Thr855, and CPI17 induced by 8.0 mM NaF or 30 nM U46619. However, K+ channel blockers such as glibenclamide, apamin, or charybdotoxin did not affect the vascular relaxation induced by GA. Furthermore, GA did not affect the level of phosphorylation of CPI17 induced by PDBu. GA reduces vascular contraction through inhibition of RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway in endothelium-denuded rat aorta. © 2010 Springer-Verlag. 続きを見る
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Takuwa, Noriko ; Ohkura, Sei-Ichiro ; Takashima, Shin-ichiro ; Ohtani, Keisuke ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Tanaka, Tamotsu ; Hirano, Kaoru ; Usui, Soichiro ; Wang, Fei ; Du, Wa ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Banno, Yoshiko ; Sasaki, Motoko ; Ichi, Ikuyo ; Okamura, Miwa ; Sugimoto, Naotoshi ; Mizugishi, Kiyomi ; Nakanuma, Yasuni ; Ishii, Isao ; Takamura, Masayuki ; Kaneko, Shuichi ; Kojo, Shosuke ; Satouchi, Kiyoshi ; Mitumori, Kunitoshi ; Chun, Jerold ; Takuwa, Yoh
出版情報: Cardiovascular Research.  85  pp.484-493,  2010-02-01.  Oxford University Press (OUP)
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/21766
概要: 金沢大学医薬保健研究域医学系<br />Aims Sphingosine kinase 1 (SPHK1), its product sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), and S1P receptor subtypes have been suggested to play protective roles for cardiomyocytes in animal models of ischaemic preconditioning and cardiac ischaemia/reperfusion injury. To get more insight into roles for SPHK1 in vivo, we have generated SPHK1-transgenic (TG) mice and analysed the cardiac phenotype.Methods and results SPHK1-TG mice overexpressed SPHK1 in diverse tissues, with a nearly 20-fold increase in enzymatic activity. The TG mice grew normally with normal blood chemistry, cell counts, heart rate, and blood pressure. Unexpectedly, TG mice with high but not low expression levels of SPHK1 developed progressive myocardial degeneration and fibrosis, with upregulation of embryonic genes, elevated RhoA and Rac1 activity, stimulation of Smad3 phosphorylation, and increased levels of oxidative stress markers. Treatment of juvenile TG mice with pitavastatin, an established inhibitor of the Rho family G proteins, or deletion of S1P3, a major myocardial S1P receptor subtype that couples to Rho GTPases and transactivates Smad signalling, both inhibited cardiac fibrosis with concomitant inhibition of SPHK1-dependent Smad-3 phosphorylation. In addition, the anti-oxidant N-2-mercaptopropyonylglycine, which reduces reactive oxygen species (ROS), also inhibited cardiac fibrosis. In in vivo ischaemia/reperfusion injury, the size of myocardial infarct was 30 decreased in SPHK1-TG mice compared with wild-type mice.Conclusion These results suggest that chronic activation of SPHK1-S1P signalling results in both pathological cardiac remodelling through ROS mediated by S1P3 and favourable cardioprotective effects. 続きを見る
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Seok, Young Mi ; Choi, Young Whan ; Kim, Gyung-Duck ; Kim, Hye-Young ; Takuwa, Yoh ; Kim, In Kyeom
出版情報: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology.  383  pp.45-56,  2011-01-01.  Springer-Verlag
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/26244
概要: 金沢大学医薬保健研究域医学系<br />Gomisin A (GA) is an active ingredient of the fruits of Schisandra chinensis which has been wi dely used as a tonic in traditional Korean medicine. GA induces not only endothelium-dependent but also endothelium-independent relaxation in an isolated rat's thoracic aorta. This study was aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism by which GA induces endothelium-independent vasorelaxation. Rat aortic rings were denuded of endothelium, mounted in organ baths, and subjected to contraction or relaxation. We measured the amount of GTP RhoA as well as the phosphorylation level of 20 kDa myosin light chains (MLC20), myosin phosphatase-targeting subunit 1 (MYPT1) and protein kinase C-potentiated inhibitory protein for heterotrimeric myosin light-chain phosphatase of 17 kDa (CPI17). Pretreatment with GA dose-dependently inhibited the concentration-response curves in response to sodium fluoride (NaF) or thromboxane A2 agonist U46619, but not to phorbol 12, 13-dibutyrate (PDBu). GA decreased the activation of RhoA as well as the phosphorylation level of MLC20, MYPT1Thr855, and CPI17 induced by 8.0 mM NaF or 30 nM U46619. However, K+ channel blockers such as glibenclamide, apamin, or charybdotoxin did not affect the vascular relaxation induced by GA. Furthermore, GA did not affect the level of phosphorylation of CPI17 induced by PDBu. GA reduces vascular contraction through inhibition of RhoA/Rho-kinase pathway in endothelium-denuded rat aorta. © 2010 Springer-Verlag. 続きを見る
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Takuwa, Yoh ; Ikeda, Hitoshi ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Takuwa, Noriko ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki
出版情報: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids.  1831  pp.185-192,  2013-01-01.  Elsevier
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/32827
概要: Fibrosis is a pathological process characterized by massive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) such as type I/III collagens and fibronectin that are secreted by an expanded pool of myofibroblasts, which are phenotypically altered fibroblasts with more contractile, proliferative, migratory and secretory activities. Fibrosis occurs in various organs including the lung, heart, liver and kidney, resulting in loss of normal tissue architecture and functions. Myofibroblasts could originate from multiple sources including tissue-resident fibroblasts, epithelial and endothelial cells through mechanisms of epithelial/endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT/EndMT), and bone marrow-derived circulating progenitors called fibrocytes. Emerging evidence in recent years shows that sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) acts on several types of target cells and is engaged in pro-fibrotic inflammatory process and fibrogenic process through multiple mechanisms, which include vascular permeability change, leukocyte infiltration, and migration, proliferation and myofibroblast differentiation of fibroblasts. Many of these S1P actions are receptor subtype-specific. In these actions, S1P has multiple cross-talks with other cytokines, particularly transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ), which plays a major role in fibrosis. The cross-talks include the regulation of S1P production through altered expression and activity of sphingosine kinases in fibrotic lesions, altered expression of S1P receptors, and S1P receptor-mediated transactivation of TGFβ signaling pathway. These cross-talks may give rise to a feed-forward, amplifying loop between S1P and TGFβ, and possibly with other cytokines in stimulating fibrogenesis. Another lysophospholipid mediator lysophosphatidic acid has also been recently implicated in fibrosis. The lysophospholipid signaling pathways represent novel, promising therapeutic targets for treating refractory fibrotic diseases. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Advances in Lysophospholipid Research. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. 続きを見る
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Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Yoshida, Kotaro ; Cui, Hong ; Wakayama, Tomohiko ; Takuwa, Noriko ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Du, Wa ; Qi, Xun ; Asanuma, Ken ; Sugihara, Kazushi ; Aki, Sho ; Miyazawa, Hidekazu ; Biswas, Kuntal ; Nagakura, Chisa ; Ueno, Masaya ; Iseki, Shoichi ; Schwartz, Robert J. ; Okamoto, Hiroshi ; Sasaki, Takehiko ; Matsui, Osamu ; Asano, Masahide ; Adams, Ralf H. ; Takakura, Nobuyuki ; Takuwa, Yoh
出版情報: Nature Medicine.  18  pp.1560-1569,  2012-10-01.  Nature Publishing Group
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/32825
概要: The class II α-isoform of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K-C2α) is localized in endosomes, the trans-Golg i network and clathrin-coated vesicles; however, its functional role is not well understood. Global or endothelial-cell-specific deficiency of PI3K-C2α resulted in embryonic lethality caused by defects in sprouting angiogenesis and vascular maturation. PI3K-C2α knockdown in endothelial cells resulted in a decrease in the number of PI3-phosphate-enriched endosomes, impaired endosomal trafficking, defective delivery of VE-cadherin to endothelial cell junctions and defective junction assembly. PI3K-C2α knockdown also impaired endothelial cell signaling, including vascular endothelial growth factor receptor internalization and endosomal RhoA activation. Together, the effects of PI3K-C2α knockdown led to defective endothelial cell migration, proliferation, tube formation and barrier integrity. Endothelial PI3K-C2α deficiency in vivo suppressed postischemic and tumor angiogenesis and diminished vascular barrier function with a greatly augmented susceptibility to anaphylaxis and a higher incidence of dissecting aortic aneurysm formation in response to angiotensin II infusion. Thus, PI3K-C2α has a crucial role in vascular formation and barrier integrity and represents a new therapeutic target for vascular disease.<br />In Press / 2013-03-18公開予定. 続きを見る
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Takuwa, Yoh ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Takuwa, Noriko
出版情報: BioFactors.  38  pp.329-337,  2012-09-01.  International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc / Wiley-Blackwell
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/32828
概要: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), which acts as both the extracellular and intracellular messenger, exerts pleiotropic biological activities including regulation of formation of the vasculature, vascular barrier integrity, and lymphocyte trafficking. Many of these S1P actions are mediated by five members of the G protein-coupled S1P receptors (S1P 1-S1P 5) with overlapping but distinct coupling to heterotrimeric G proteins. The biological activities of S1P are based largely on the cellular actions of S1P on migration, adhesion, and proliferation. Notably, S1P often exhibits receptor subtype-specific, bimodal effects in these cellular actions. For example, S1P 1 mediates cell migration toward S1P, that is, chemotaxis, via G i/Rac pathway whereas S1P 2 mediates inhibition of migration toward a chemoattractant, that is, chemorepulsion, via G 12/13/Rho pathway, which induces Rac inhibition. In addition, S1P 1 mediates stimulation of cell proliferation through the G i-mediated signaling pathways including phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt and ERK whereas S1P 2 mediates inhibition of cell proliferation through mechanisms involving G 12/13/Rho/Rho kinase/PTEN-dependent Akt inhibition. These differential effects of S1P receptor subtypes on migration and proliferation lead to bimodal regulation of various biological responses. An observed biological response is likely determined by an integrated outcome of the counteracting signals input by S1P receptor subtypes. More recent studies identified the new intracellular targets of S1P including the inflammatory signaling molecule TRAF2 and histone deacetylases HDAC1 and HDAC2. These interactions of S1P regulate NF-κB activity and gene expression, respectively. Development of S1P receptor agonists and antagonists with improved receptor subtype-selectivity, inhibitors, or modulators of sphingolipid-metabolizing enzymes, and their optimal drug delivery system provide novel therapeutic tactics. © 2012 International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. 続きを見る
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Cui, Hong ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Du, Wa ; Takuwa, Noriko ; Zhang, Wei ; Asano, Masahide ; Shibamoto, Toshishige ; Takuwa, Yoh
出版情報: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  132  pp.1205-1214,  2013-11-01.  Elsevier
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/35640
概要: Background: Sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 2 (S1P2) is expressed in vascular endothelial cells (ECs). However, the role of S1P2 in vascular barrier integrity and anaphylaxis is not well understood. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) generates nitric oxide to mediate vascular leakage, compromising survival in patients with anaphylaxis. We recently observed that endothelial S1P2 inhibits Akt, an activating kinase of eNOS. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that endothelial S1P2 might suppress eNOS, exerting a protective effect against endothelial barrier disruption and anaphylaxis. Methods: Mice deficient in S1P2 and eNOS underwent antigen challenge or platelet-activating factor (PAF) injection. Analyses were performed to examine vascular permeability and the underlying mechanisms. Results: S1pr2 deletion augmented vascular leakage and lethality after either antigen challenge or PAF injection. PAF injection induced activation of Akt and eNOS in the aortas and lungs of S1pr2-null mice, which were augmented compared with values seen in wild-type mice. Consistently, PAF-induced increase in cyclic guanosine monophosphate levels in the aorta was enhanced in S1pr-null mice. Genetic Nos3 deletion or pharmacologic eNOS blockade protected S1pr2-null mice from aggravation of barrier disruption after antigen challenge and PAF injection. ECs isolated from S1pr2-null mice exhibited greater stimulation of Akt and eNOS, with enhanced nitric oxide production in response to sphingosine-1-phosphate or PAF, compared with that seen in wild-type ECs. Moreover, S1pr2-deficient ECs showed more severe disassembly of adherens junctions with augmented S-nitrosylation of β-catenin in response to PAF, which was restored by pharmacologic eNOS blockade. Conclusion: S1P2 diminishes harmful robust eNOS stimulation and thereby attenuates vascular barrier disruption, suggesting potential usefulness of S1P2 agonists as novel therapeutic agents for anaphylaxis. © 2013 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. 続きを見る
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Ishikura, Kazuhide ; Misu, Hirofumi ; Kumazaki, Masafumi ; Takayama, Hiroaki ; Matsuzawa-Nagata, Naoto ; Tajima, Natsumi ; Chikamoto, Keita ; Lan, Fei ; Ando, Hitoshi ; Ota, Tsuguhito ; Sakurai, Masaru ; Takeshita, Yumie ; Kato, Kenichiro ; Fujimura, Akio ; Miyamoto, Ken-ichi ; Saito, Yoshiro ; Kameo, Satomi ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Takuwa, Yoh ; Takahashi, Kazuhiko ; Kidoya, Hiroyasu ; Takakura, Nobuyuki ; Kaneko, Shuichi ; Takamaura, Toshinari
出版情報: Diabetologia.  57  pp.1968-1976,  2014-09-01.  Springer Verlag
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/39052
概要: Aims/hypothesis Impaired angiogenesis induced by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) resistance is a hallmark of vascular complications in type 2 diabetes; however, its molecular mechanism is not fully understood. We have previously identified selenoprotein P (SeP, encoded by the SEPP1 gene in humans) as a liver-derived secretory protein that induces insulin resistance. Levels of serum SeP and hepatic expression of SEPP1 are elevated in type 2 diabetes. Here, we investigated the effects of SeP on VEGF signalling and angiogenesis. Methods We assessed the action of glucose on Sepp1 expression in cultured hepatocytes. We examined the actions of SeP on VEGF signalling and VEGF-induced angiogenesis in HUVECs. We assessed wound healing in mice with hepatic SeP overexpression or SeP deletion. The blood flow recovery after ischaemia was also examined by using hindlimb ischaemia model with Sepp1-heterozygous-knockout mice. Results Treatment with glucose increased gene expression and transcriptional activity for Sepp1 in H4IIEC hepatocytes. Physiological concentrations of SeP inhibited VEGF-stimulated cell proliferation, tubule formation and migration in HUVECs. SeP suppressed VEGF-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and phosphorylation of VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) in HUVECs. Wound closure was impaired in the mice overexpressing Sepp1, whereas it was improved in SeP-/-mice. SeP+/-mice showed an increase in blood flow recovery and vascular endothelial cells after hindlimb ischaemia. Conclusions/interpretation The hepatokine SeP may be a novel therapeutic target for impaired angiogenesis in type 2 diabetes. © 2014 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 続きを見る
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Aki, Sho ; Yoshioka, Kazuaki ; Okamoto, Yasuo ; Takuwa, Noriko ; Takuwa, Yoh
出版情報: Journal of Biological Chemistry.  290  pp.6086-6105,  2015-03-06.  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2297/41360
概要: We have recently demonstrated that the PI3K class II-α isoform (PI3K-C2α), which generates phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate and phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphates, plays crucial roles in angiogenesis, by analyzing PI3K-C2α knock-out mice. The PI3K-C2α actions are mediated at least in part through its participation in the internalization of VEGF receptor-2 and sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor S1P1 and thereby their signaling on endosomes. TGFβ, which is also an essential angiogenic factor, signals via the serine/threonine kinase receptor complex to induce phosphorylation of Smad2 and Smad3 (Smad2/3). SARA (Smad anchor for receptor activation) protein, which is localized in early endosomes through its FYVE domain, is required for Smad2/3 signaling. In the present study, we showed that PI3K-C2α knockdown nearly completely abolished TGFβ1-induced phosphorylation and nuclear translocation of Smad2/3 in vascular endothelial cells (ECs). PI3K-C2α was necessary for TGFβ-induced increase in phosphatidylinositol 3,4-bisphosphates in the plasma membrane and TGFβ receptor internalization into the SARA-containing early endosomes, but not for phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate enrichment or localization of SARA in the early endosomes. PI3K-C2α was also required for TGFβ receptor-mediated formation of SARA-Smad2/3 complex. Inhibition of dynamin, which is required for the clathrin-dependent receptor endocytosis, suppressed both TGFβ receptor internalization and Smad2/3 phosphorylation. TGFβ1 stimulated Smad-dependent VEGF-A expression, VEGF receptor-mediated EC migration, and capillary-like tube formation, which were all abolished by either PI3K-C2α knockdown or a dynamin inhibitor. Finally, TGFβ1-induced microvessel formation in Matrigel plugs was greatly attenuated in EC-specific PI3K-C2α-deleted mice. These observations indicate that PI3K-C2α plays the pivotal role in TGFβ receptor endocytosis and thereby Smad2/3 signaling, participating in angiogenic actions of TGFβ. © 2015 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. 続きを見る