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Mattoscio D.,University of Chieti Pescara | Evangelista V.,Laboratory of Vascular Biology and Pharmacology | Recchiuti A.,University of Chieti Pescara | Pandolfi A.,University of Chieti Pescara | And 14 more authors.
FASEB Journal | Year: 2010

Inflammatory lung disease is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF). Mechanisms of unresolved acute inflammation in CF are not completely known, although the involvement of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in nonrespiratory cells is emerging. Here we examined CFTR expression and function in human platelets (PLTs) and found that they express a biologically active CFTR. CFTR blockade gave an ∼50% reduction in lipoxin A4 (LXA4) formation during PLT/polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) coincubations by inhibiting the lipoxin synthase activity of PLT 12-lipoxygenase. PLTs from CF patients generated ∼40% less LXA4 compared to healthy subject PLTs. CFTR inhibition increased PLT-dependent PMN viability (33.0±5.7 vs. 61.2±8.2%; P=0.033), suppressed nitric oxide generation (0.23±0.04 vs. 0.11±0.002 pmol/108 PLTs; P=0.004), while reducing AKT (1.02±0.12 vs. 0.71±0.007 U; P=0.04), and increasing p38 MAPK phosphorylation (0.650±0.09 vs. 1.04±0.24 U; P=0.03). Taken together, these findings indicate that PLTs from CF patients are affected by the molecular defect of CFTR. Moreover, this CF PLT abnormality may explain the failure of resolution in CF. © FASEB. Source

D'Aguanno S.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | D'Aguanno S.,Laboratory of Proteomics and Metabonomics | D'Agnano I.,CNR Institute of Neuroscience | De Canio M.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | And 5 more authors.
Molecular BioSystems | Year: 2012

Curcumin is a natural compound with recognized anti-inflammatory properties, but its anticancer activity is still object of study. We provided an unsupervised molecular investigation of the main proteome rearrangements involved in the cellular response to curcumin in a human neuroblastoma cell line sensitive to cisplatin and its resistant counterpart by a comparative proteomic approach. Shotgun analysis demonstrated that 66 proteins were differentially expressed in response to 24 h treatment with 40 μM curcumin in sensitive cells, whereas 32 proteins were significantly modulated in treated resistant cells. Functional analysis revealed that proteins involved in cellular assembly and organization, biosynthesis and glycolysis were down-regulated by curcumin treatment. Proteome changes were associated to cell cycle arrest in the G2/M phase and accumulation of polyubiquitinated proteins, also confirmed by flow cytometry and immunoblotting analysis, but not to a significant increment of reactive oxygen species production. Since the polyubiquitination of proteins influences a wide range of cellular pathways, the inhibition of the ubiquitin-proteasome system may be the main way through which curcumin performs its multi-target activity. © 2012 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Source

Capuani B.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Della-Morte D.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Donadel G.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | Caratelli S.,University of Rome Tor Vergata | And 21 more authors.
American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism | Year: 2015

Liver has a principal role in glucose regulation and lipids homeostasis. It is under a complex control by substrates such as hormones, nutrients, and neuronal impulses. Insulin promotes glycogen synthesis, lipogenesis, and lipoprotein synthesis and inhibits gluconeogenesis, glycogenolysis, and VLDL secretion by modifying the expression and enzymatic activity of specific molecules. To understand the pathophysiological mechanisms leading to metabolic liver disease, we analyzed liver protein patterns expressed in a mouse model of diabetes by proteomic approaches. We used insulin receptor-knockout (IR-/-) and heterozygous (IR+/-) mice as a murine model of liver metabolic dysfunction associated with diabetic ketoacidosis and insulin resistance. We evaluated liver fatty acid levels by microscopic examination and protein expression profiles by orthogonal experimental strategies using protein 2-DE MALDI-TOF/TOF and peptic nLC-MS/MS shotgun profiling. Identified proteins were then loaded into Ingenuity Pathways Analysis to find possible molecular networks. Twenty-eight proteins identified by 2-DE analysis and 24 identified by nLC-MS/MS shotgun were differentially expressed among the three genotypes. Bioinformatic analysis revealed a central role of high-mobility group box 1/2 and huntigtin never reported before in association with metabolic and related liver disease. A different modulation of these proteins in both blood and hepatic tissue further suggests their role in these processes. These results provide new insight into pathophysiology of insulin resistance and hepatic steatosis and could be useful in identifying novel biomarkers to predict risk for diabetes and its complications. © 2015 the American Physiological Society. Source

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