Windsor, Canada
Windsor, Canada

The University of Windsor is a public comprehensive and research university in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's southernmost university. It has a student population of approximately 15,000 full-time and part-time undergraduate students and over 1000 graduate students. The University of Windsor has graduated more than 100,000 alumni since its founding.The University of Windsor has nine faculties, including the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social science, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Engineering, Odette School of Business, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, the Faculty of Human Kinetics, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Nursing, and the Faculty of Science. Through its various faculties and independent schools, Windsor's primary research interests focus on automotive, environmental, and social justice research, yet it has increasingly began focusing on health, natural science, and entrepreneurship research. Wikipedia.


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PubMed | University of Windsor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Zhejiang University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Journal of cellular and molecular medicine | Year: 2016

The liver X receptor (LXR) is a cholesterol-sensing nuclear receptor that has an established function in lipid metabolism; however, its role in inflammation is elusive. In this study, we showed that the LXR agonist GW3965 exhibited potent anti-inflammatory activity by suppressing the firm adhesion of monocytes to endothelial cells. To further address the mechanisms underlying the inhibition of inflammatory cell infiltration, we evaluated the effects of LXR agonist on interleukin-8 (IL-8) secretion and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-B) activation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). The LXR agonist significantly inhibited lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC)-induced IL-8 production in a dose-dependent manner without appreciable cytotoxicity. Western blotting and the NF-B transcription activity assay showed that the LXR agonist inhibited p65 binding to the IL-8 promoter in LPC-stimulated HUVECs. Interestingly, knockdown of the indispensable small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) ligases Ubc9 and Histone deacetylase 4 (HDAC4) reversed the increase in IL-8 induced by LPC. Furthermore, the LPC-induced degradation of inhibitory B was delayed under the conditions of deficient SUMOylation or the treatment of LXR agonist. After enhancing SUMOylation by knockdown SUMO-specific protease Sentrin-specific protease 1 (SENP1), the inhibition of GW3965 was rescued on LPC-mediated IL-8 expression. These findings indicate that LXR-mediated inflammatory gene repression correlates to the suppression of NF-B pathway and SUMOylation. Our results suggest that LXR agonist exerts the anti-atherosclerotic role by attenuation of the NF-B pathway in endothelial cells.

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