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    Inhibition of NOX4/ROS Suppresses Neuronal and Blood-Brain Barrier Injury by Attenuating Oxidative Stress After Intracerebral Hemorrhage. Xie Jiayu,Hong Enhui,Ding Baiyun,Jiang Weiping,Zheng Shizhong,Xie Zhichong,Tian Dan,Chen Yizhao Frontiers in cellular neuroscience Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) is a common and severe neurological disorder that can effectively induce oxidative stress responses. NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4) is a member of the NOX family of oxidases. It is expressed in the brain normally and involved in cell signal transduction and the removal of harmful substances. In some pathological conditions, it mediates inflammation and the aging of cells. However, few studies have focused on whether NOX4 is involved in brain injury caused by ICH. Therefore, this study aimed to clarify the role of NOX4 in the pathological process that occurs after ICH and the potential mechanism underlying its role. A rat model of ICH was established by the injection of collagenase type IV, and the expression of NOX4 was then determined. Further, siRNA-mediated protein expression knockdown technology was used for NOX4 knockdown, and western immunoblotting, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and other molecular biological techniques were performed to assess the effects of NOX4 knockdown. Neurobiological scoring, brain water content determination, and other brain injury detection methods were also performed to assess the role of NOX4 following ICH. We found that the expression of NOX4 increased in the brains of rats after ICH, and that it was mainly expressed in neurons, astrocytes, vascular endothelial cells and microglia. Following NOX4 knockdown, the level of oxidative stress in the brain decreased considerably, the neurobehavioral scores improved, the levels of neuronal apoptosis reduced markedly, and the impairment of blood-brain barrier function was significantly ameliorated in rats with ICH. In conclusion, this study suggests that NOX4 expression is upregulated after ICH, which may cause an imbalance in the oxidative stress of relevant cells in the brain, leading to subsequent apoptosis of neurons and damage to the blood-brain barrier due to secondary brain injury following ICH. 10.3389/fncel.2020.578060
    Procyanidins exhibits neuroprotective activities against cerebral ischemia reperfusion injury by inhibiting TLR4-NLRP3 inflammasome signal pathway. Yang Bo,Sun Yanxia,Lv Chunchao,Zhang Wei,Chen Yizhao Psychopharmacology BACKGROUND:Ischemic stroke is a serious cardiovascular disease with high morbidity and mortality rates that affects millions of people worldwide.Currently, the only therapy with proven efficacy for acute ischemic stroke is alteplase, however, it still has many shortcomings and limitations. Therefore,we screen new compounds from traditional Chinese medicine to explore their efficacy against ischemic reperfusion injury. Procyanidins, a natural productextracted from grapes seed, which have been shown can ameliorate cerebral ischemic injury. However, the underlying mechanism is still not very clear. Theaim of this study was to investigate the effect of procyanidins on middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R)-mediated cerebral ischemic injuryand its underlying possible mechanisms. METHODS:SD rats were used to evaluate the effect of procyanidins on MCAO/R induced cerebral ischemic injury in vivo. Histological analysis was used toassess neuronal apoptosis. Cell signaling was assayed by Western blot. RESULTS:In this study, we found that procyanidins can significantly ameliorate the middle cerebral artery occlusion/reperfusion (MCAO/R)-mediatedneurological deficits, and relieved brain edema, cerebral infarction volume, histopathological damage and apoptosis in rats. In addition, procyanidins canalso markedly inhibit MCAO/R and oxygen-glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R)-mediated activation of TLR4-p38-NF-κB-NLRP3 signalingpathway in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, procyanidins can inhibit MCAO/R and OGD/R-induced the production of inflammatory cytokines such asinterleukin-1β (IL-1β) in vitro and in vivo. Besides, treatment with TLR4 inhibitor (Cli-095) in BV2 cell also shows the same effect. CONCLUSION:Altogether, these data suggested that procyanidins exerted a potential neuroprotective effect may by inhibit the TLR4-p38-NF-κB-NLRP3signaling pathway in the brain in MCAO/R rats. 10.1007/s00213-020-05610-z
    Isoliquiritigenin alleviates early brain injury after experimental intracerebral hemorrhage via suppressing ROS- and/or NF-κB-mediated NLRP3 inflammasome activation by promoting Nrf2 antioxidant pathway. Zeng Jun,Chen Yizhao,Ding Rui,Feng Liang,Fu Zhenghao,Yang Shuo,Deng Xinqing,Xie Zhichong,Zheng Shizhong Journal of neuroinflammation BACKGROUND:Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) induces potently oxidative stress responses and inflammatory processes. Isoliquiritigenin (ILG) is a flavonoid with a chalcone structure and can activate nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor 2 (Nrf2)-mediated antioxidant system, negatively regulate nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and nod-like receptor family, pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome pathways, but its role and potential molecular mechanisms in the pathology following ICH remain unclear. The present study aimed to explore the effects of ILG after ICH and underlying mechanisms. METHODS:ICH model was induced by collagenase IV (0.2 U in 1 μl sterile normal saline) in male Sprague-Dawley rats weighing 280-320 g. Different doses of ILG (10, 20, or 40 mg/kg) was administrated intraperitoneally at 30 min, 12 h, 24 h, and 48 h after modeling, respectively. Rats were intracerebroventricularly administrated with control scramble small interfering RNA (siRNA) or Nrf2 siRNA at 24 h before ICH induction, and after 24 h, ICH model was established with or without ILG (20 mg/kg) treatment. All rats were dedicated at 24 or 72 h after ICH. Neurological deficits, histological damages, brain water content (BWC), blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, and neuronal degeneration were evaluated; quantitative real-time RT-PCR (qRT-PCR), immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence, western blot, and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) were carried out; catalase, superoxide dismutase activities and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and glutathione/oxidized glutathione contents were measured. RESULTS:ILG (20 and 40 mg/kg) markedly alleviated neurological deficits, histological damages, BBB disruption, brain edema, and neuronal degeneration, but there was no significant difference between two dosages. ILG (20 mg/kg) significantly suppressed the NF-κB and NLRP3 inflammasome pathways and activated Nrf2-mediated antioxidant system. Gene silencing of Nrf2 aggravated the neurological deficits, brain edema, and neuronal degeneration and increased the protein levels of NF-κB p65, NLRP3 inflammasome components, and IL-1β. ILG delivery significantly attenuated the effects of Nrf2 siRNA interference mentioned above. CONCLUSIONS:Intraperitoneal administration of ILG after ICH reduced early brain impairments and neurological deficits, and the mechanisms were involved in the regulation of ROS and/or NF-κB on the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome pathway by the triggering of Nrf2 activity and Nrf2-induced antioxidant system. In addition, our experimental results may make ILG a potential candidate for a novel therapeutical strategy for ICH. 10.1186/s12974-017-0895-5
    Erratum to: P2X7R blockade prevents NLRP3 inflammasome activation and brain injury in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage: involvement of peroxynitrite. Feng Liang,Chen Yizhao,Ding Rui,Fu Zhenghao,Yang Shuo,Deng Xinqing,Zeng Jun Journal of neuroinflammation 10.1186/s12974-016-0627-2
    P2X7R blockade prevents NLRP3 inflammasome activation and brain injury in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage: involvement of peroxynitrite. Feng Liang,Chen Yizhao,Ding Rui,Fu Zhenghao,Yang Shuo,Deng Xinqing,Zeng Jun Journal of neuroinflammation BACKGROUND:The NLR family, pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome plays a key role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)-induced inflammatory injury, and the purinergic 2X7 receptor (P2X7R) is upstream of NLRP3 activation. This study aimed to investigate how P2X7R functions in ICH-induced inflammatory injury and how the receptor interacts with the NLRP3 inflammasome. METHODS:Rats were treated with P2X7R small interfering RNA (siRNA) 24 h before undergoing collagenase-induced ICH. A selective P2X7R inhibitor (blue brilliant G, BBG) or a peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) decomposition catalyst (5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-sulfonatophenyl)porphyrinato iron(III) [FeTPPS]) was injected 30 min after ICH. Brain water content, hemorrhagic lesion volume, and neurological deficits were evaluated, and western blot, immunofluorescence, and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling (TUNEL) were carried out. RESULTS:Striatal P2X7R and NLRP3 inflammasomes were activated after ICH. Gene silencing of P2X7R suppressed NLRP3 inflammasome activation and interleukin (IL)-1β/IL-18 release and significantly ameliorated brain edema and neurological deficits. Additionally, enhanced NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2, gp91(phox)) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), as well as their cytotoxic product (ONOO(-)) were markedly attenuated by BBG treatment following ICH. This was accompanied by downregulations of the inflammasome components, IL-1β/IL-18 and myeloperoxidase (MPO, a neutrophil marker). Most importantly, inflammasome activation and IL-1β/IL-18 release were significantly inhibited by ONOO(-) decomposition with FeTPPS. CONCLUSIONS:Our findings implicate that P2X7R exacerbated inflammatory progression and brain damage in ICH rats possibly via NLRP3 inflammasome-dependent IL-1β/IL-18 release and neutrophil infiltration. ONOO(-), a potential downstream signaling molecule of P2X7R, may play a critical role in triggering NLRP3 inflammasome activation. 10.1186/s12974-015-0409-2
    Increased activity of Rho kinase contributes to hemoglobin-induced early disruption of the blood-brain barrier in vivo after the occurrence of intracerebral hemorrhage. Fu Zhenghao,Chen Yizhao,Qin Fengzhen,Yang Shuo,Deng Xinqing,Ding Rui,Feng Liang,Li Weiguang,Zhu Jianfeng International journal of clinical and experimental pathology This study is to examine whether the activation of Rho kinase (ROCK) accounts for hemoglobin (Hb)-induced disruption of blood-brain barrier (BBB) after the occurrence of intracerebral hemorrhage. A model of intracerebral injection of Hb was established in rats. Changes in the levels of mRNA of RhoA, ROCK2 and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) were measured using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction. Protein expression of RhoA, ROCK2, claudin-5 and MMP-9, as well as ROCK activity, were determined using Western blotting. Immunohistochemical assay was performed to visualize the expression of RhoA, ROCK2, claudin-5 and MMP-9 in endothelial cells. Hb injection produced a significant increase in BBB permeability and water content in the brain. Significant reduction of claudin-5 expression was detected by Western blotting and immunofluorescence in Hb group. The levels of RhoA and ROCK2 were significantly up-regulated from 6 h to 12 h after Hb injection and were concomitant with the increase in ROCK activity. Immunofluorescence double staining showed enhanced p-myosin light chain immunoreactivity but diminished claudin-5 staining in endothelial cells. Significant up-regulation of MMP-9 expression was detected after Hb injection, and statistical analyses further confirmed a positive correlation of MMP-9 expression with ROCK activity. The results showed that ROCK was activated in endothelial cells by Hb. This may account for the early disruption of the BBB via up-regulation of p-myosin light chain expression and aggravation of injuries to TJ proteins. The activation of ROCK may also increase MMP-9 expression, thereby leading to further BBB disruption.
    Blood-brain barrier disruption induced by hemoglobin in vivo: Involvement of up-regulation of nitric oxide synthase and peroxynitrite formation. Ding Rui,Chen Yizhao,Yang Shuo,Deng Xinqing,Fu Zhenghao,Feng Liang,Cai Yingqian,Du Mouxuan,Zhou Yuxi,Tang Yanping Brain research Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that up-regulation of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and subsequent peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) formation exert a devastating effect on the damage of BBB in multiple diseases. However, considerably less attention has been focused on the role of NOS/ONOO(-) in BBB disruption after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Using an experimental stroke model by injecting hemoglobin (Hb) into the caudate nucleus of male Sprague Dawley rats, we explored the role of NOS/ONOO(-) in BBB disruption after ICH. Brain edema content, behavioral changes, alterations of TJ proteins (claudin-5 and ZO-1), expression of neuronal NOS (nNOS), inducible NOS (iNOS) and endothelial NOS (eNOS), formation of 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT), as well as NO production were investigated. Hb in the rat brain led to a significant brain edema production and neurological deficits. Overexpressed NOS was concomitant with large quantities of 3-NT formation. Moreover, sites of enhanced nNOS, iNOS, eNOS and 3-NT immunoreactivity were colocalized with diminished or discontinuous ZO-1 and/or claudin-5 staining as evidenced by Western blot and immunofluorescence, indicating the involvement of NOS and ONOO(-) in the BBB disruption. Meaningfully, levels of 3-NT in serum, which had a similar tendency with that of in brain tissues (r=0.934, P<0.001), had a marked correlation with brain edema content (r=0.782, P<0.001) and neurological deficits (r=0.851, P<0.001). We concluded that ONOO(-) formation by the upregulation of NOS may play a central role in promoting the BBB damage following ICH. Moreover, ONOO(-) may be a promising biomarker for the judgment or prediction of brain injury and clinical prognosis after ICH. 10.1016/j.brainres.2014.04.042
    Hemoglobin-induced nitric oxide synthase overexpression and nitric oxide production contribute to blood-brain barrier disruption in the rat. Yang Shuo,Chen Yizhao,Deng Xinqing,Jiang Weiping,Li Bing,Fu Zhenghao,Du Mouxuan,Ding Rui Journal of molecular neuroscience : MN Hemoglobin (Hb) released from extravasated erythrocytes may have a critical role in the process of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption and subsequent edema formation after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Excessive nitric oxide (NO) production synthesized by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) has been well documented to contribute to BBB disruption. However, considerably less attention has been focused on the role of NO in Hb-induced BBB disruption. This study was designed to examine the hypothesis that Hb-induced NOS overexpression and excessive NO production may contribute to the changes of tight junction (TJ) proteins and subsequent BBB dysfunction. Hemoglobin was infused with stereotactic guidance into the right caudate nucleus of male Sprague Dawley rats. Then, we investigated the effect of Hb on the BBB permeability, changes of TJ proteins (claudin-5, occludin, zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1), and junctional adhesion molecule-1 (JAM-1)), iron deposition, expression of inducible NOS (iNOS) and endothelial NOS (eNOS), as well as NO production. Hb injection caused a significant increase in BBB permeability. Significant reduction of claudin-5, ZO-1, and JAM-1 was observed after Hb injection as evidenced by PCR and immunofluorescence. After a decrease at early stage, occludin showed a fivefold increase in mRNA level at 7 days. Significant iron deposition was detectable from 48 h to 7 days in a time-dependent manner. The iNOS and eNOS levels dramatically increased after Hb injection concomitantly with large quantities of NO released. Furthermore, enhanced iNOS or eNOS immunoreactivity was co-localized with diffused or diminished claudin-5 staining. We concluded that overexpressed NOS and excessive NO production induced by Hb may contribute to BBB disruption, which may provide an important potential therapeutic target in the treatment of ICH. 10.1007/s12031-013-9990-y
    Absence of tight junctions between microvascular endothelial cells in human cerebellar hemangioblastomas. Chen Yizhao,Tachibana Osamu,Hasegawa Mitsuhiro,Xu Ruxiang,Hamada Jun-ichiro,Yamashita Junkoh,Hashimoto Nobuo,Takahashi Jun A Neurosurgery OBJECTIVE:Endothelial tight junctions form the main barrier of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In human hemangioblastomas, cyst formation is a common and important clinical manifestation. Although most researchers consider that the cyst formation in hemangioblastomas may be caused by the breakdown of the BBB, the underlying molecular mechanisms for cyst formation remain unknown. At present, there are few reports about the change of tight junctions in microvessel endothelium of human hemangioblastomas. The purpose of this research is to investigate the change of tight junction and its major molecular components in microvessel endothelium of human hemangioblastomas. METHODS:Twenty-four consecutive patients with cerebellar hemangioblastomas were studied. Tight junctions in the microvessels of hemangioblastomas and the control brain were examined by electron microscopy. Immunohistochemistry and double immunofluorescent microscopy were used to analyze the expression of CLN5 and its relationship with astrocytic endfeet in the control brain and hemangioblastomas. Quantitative real-time reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and Western blots were used to investigate the expression level of CLN5 in hemangioblastomas. Triple immunofluorescent microscopy was used to analyze the coexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor-R1, and placenta growth factor on microvessels of hemangioblastomas. Clinical and experimental data were correlated and analyzed by the one-way analysis of variance, Kruskal-Wallis test, and Spearman rank correlation test. RESULTS:In the control brain, the paracellular cleft between adjacent endothelial cells is sealed by continuous strands of tight junctions. In cystic hemangioblastomas, a significant paracellular cleft could be found between adjacent endothelial cells. Some endothelial cells were connected with adherens junction and no tight junction was found between them. Compared with the control brain, expression of CLN5 was decreased in cystic hemangioblastomas (P < 0.05). Phosphorylated CLN5 was detected in most hemangioblastomas, but not in the control brain. Microvessels in hemangioblastomas showed a significant absence of astrocytic endfeet. Coexpression of vascular endothelial growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor-R1, and placenta growth factor was detected in the endothelial cells. The Spearman rank correlation test showed a significant correlation between a greater degree of CLN5 expression and less morphological cystic formation in these patients studied (correlation coefficient = -0.520; P = 0.009). CONCLUSION:The continuity of tight junctions of the BBB is interrupted in human cerebellar hemangioblastomas. Significant absence of astrocytic endfeet and tight junctions can be found in microvessels of hemangioblastomas, which may lead to the breakdown of the BBB in these tumors. These findings suggest that the absence of tight junctions might play a role in cyst formation of hemangioblastomas. 10.1227/01.NEU.0000223372.18607.D7
    Increased expression of aquaporin 1 in human hemangioblastomas and its correlation with cyst formation. Chen Yizhao,Tachibana Osamu,Oda Masashi,Xu Ruxiang,Hamada Jun-Ichiro,Yamashita Junkoh,Hashimoto Nobuo,Takahashi Jun A Journal of neuro-oncology Aquaporins (AQPs) is a water channel family which facilitates the passage of water across cell membranes. Recently, expression of aquapporin 1 (AQP1) was found to be involved in not only water transport but also tumorigenesis. In present study, we analyzed the expression of AQP1 in 26 consecutive cases of human hemangioblastomas. Significant upregulation of AQP1 expression was found in hemangioblastomas compared with control brain (P=0.002). In hemangioblastomas, expression of AQP1 was predominantly localized on membranes of stromal cells. The expression level of AQP1 in cystic group of hemangioblastomas is much higher than that of solid group (P=0.021). Most hemangioblastomas showed a negative expression of AQP1 on endothelial cells. These results imply that increased expression of AQP1 in stromal cells may play a role in cyst formation and tumorigenesis of heman-gioblastomas. 10.1007/s11060-005-9057-1