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ADAMTS-4, also referred to as aggrecanase-1, is a glutamyl endopeptidase capable of generating catabolic fragments of aggrecan analogous to those released from articular cartilage during degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. Efficient aggrecanase activity requires the presence of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) attached to the aggrecan core… (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether aggrecanase (ADAMTS) activities in articular cartilage can directly lead to the release of hyaluronan (HA) and hyaladherins (aggrecan G1 domain and link proteins), as may occur ex vivo during stimulation of cartilage explants with interleukin-1 (IL-1) or retinoic acid or in vivo in synovial joints during aging and joint… (More)
Protein kinase Czeta (PKCzeta) is an intracellular serine/threonine protein kinase that has been implicated in the signaling pathways for certain inflammatory cytokines, including interleukin-1 (IL-1) and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha), in some cell types. A study of gene expression in articular chondrocytes from osteoarthritis (OA) patients… (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate aggrecanase activity after traumatic knee injury in a rat model by measuring the level of aggrecanase-generated Ala-Arg-Gly-aggrecan (ARG-aggrecan) fragments in synovial fluid, and compare with ARG-aggrecan release into joint fluid following human knee injury. To evaluate the effect of small molecule inhibitors on induced aggrecanase… (More)
The cytokine TWEAK and its cognate receptor Fn14 are members of the TNF/TNFR superfamily and are upregulated in tissue injury to mediate local tissue responses including inflammation and tissue remodeling. We found that in various models of kidney disease, Fn14 expression (mRNA and protein) is upregulated in the kidney. These models include: lupus nephritis… (More)
BACKGROUND Tenascin-C (TN-C) is an extracellular matrix glycoprotein that is involved in tissue injury and repair processes. We analyzed TN-C expression in normal and osteoarthritic (OA) human cartilage, and evaluated its capacity to induce inflammatory and catabolic mediators in chondrocytes in vitro. The effect of TN-C on proteoglycan loss from articular… (More)
The structure-based design and synthesis of a series of novel biphenyl sulfonamide carboxylic acids as potent MMP-13 inhibitors with selectivity over MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, MMP-7, MMP-8, MMP-9, MMP-14, Aggrecanase 1, and TACE are described.
OBJECTIVE Protein kinase Czeta (PKCzeta), an atypical PKC, has been found to be transcriptionally up-regulated in human osteoarthritic (OA) articular cartilage. This study was undertaken to examine the role of PKCzeta in interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta)-induced NF-kappaB signaling in human OA chondrocytes, and ultimately to better understand its function in the… (More)
Potent 3,4-disubstituted benzofuran P1' MMP-13 inhibitors have been prepared. Selectivity over MMP-2 was achieved through a substituent at the C4 position of the benzofuran P1' moiety of the molecule. By replacing a backbone benzene with a pyridine and valine with threonine, compounds (e.g., 44) with greatly reduced plasma protein binding were also obtained.
Design, synthesis and structure-activity relationship of a series of biphenylsulfonamido-3-methylbutanoic acid based aggrecanase-1 inhibitors are described. In addition to robust aggrecanase-1 inhibition, these compounds also exhibit potent MMP-13 activity. In cell-based cartilage explants assay compound 48 produced 87% inhibition of proteoglycan… (More)