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Astrocytes, the most abundant glial cell type in the brain, provide metabolic and trophic support to neurons and modulate synaptic activity. In response to a brain injury, astrocytes proliferate and become hypertrophic with an increased expression of intermediate filament proteins. This process is collectively referred to as reactive astrocytosis. Lipocalin(More)
The expression of TWEAK (TNFSF12) and TweakR/Fn14 was detected in regions rich in macrophage/foam cells in atherosclerotic plaques. The role of TWEAK in monocytes in relation to atherogenesis was investigated by analyzing the cellular events induced by TWEAK in a human macrophage-like cell line, THP-1. TWEAK induced various molecular mediators of(More)
TLRs mediate diverse signaling after recognition of evolutionary conserved pathogen-associated molecular patterns such as LPS and lipopeptides. Both TLR2 and TLR4 are known to trigger a protective immune response as well as cellular apoptosis. In this study, we present evidence that TLR4, but not TLR2, mediates an autoregulatory apoptosis of activated(More)
TL1A (VEGI/TNFSF15) is the ligand for DR3 (TNFRSF12) and is a newly identified member of the tumor necrosis factor superfamily (TNFSF). Previously, DR3 has been shown to have a role in atherogenesis through stimulation of matrix degrading enzymes including matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9. Immunohistochemical staining of human carotid atherosclerotic(More)
Fucoidans have been extensively studied for their various biological activities but the exact role of fucoidans on the inflammatory processes associated with arthritic disease has not been studied. The effect of the treatment of high, medium and low molecular weight fucoidans (HMWF, MMWF and LMWF, respectively) on the progression of collagen-induced(More)
Hypoxia is an important biological signal that regulates a wide variety of physiological responses. At the same time, hypoxia is involved in multiple pathological situations. In particular, hypoxia is closely associated with neural injury in the brain. Hypoxia has been recently proposed as a neuroinflammatogen, as it can induce the inflammatory activation(More)
Glial activation and neuroinflammatory processes play an important role in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and HIV dementia. Activated glial cells can secrete various proinflammatory cytokines and neurotoxic mediators, which may contribute to neuronal cell death. Inhibition of glial activation(More)
The secreted protein lipocalin-2 (LCN2) has been implicated in diverse cellular processes, including cell morphology and migration. Little is known, however, about the role of LCN2 in the CNS. Here, we show that LCN2 promotes cell migration through up-regulation of chemokines in brain. Studies using cultured glial cells, microvascular endothelial cells, and(More)
Astrocytes provide structural and functional support for neurons, as well as display neurotoxic or neuroprotective phenotypes depending upon the presence of an immune or inflammatory microenvironment. This study was undertaken to characterize multiple phenotypes of activated astrocytes and to investigate the regulatory mechanisms involved. We report that(More)
Lipocalin-2 (LCN2) plays an important role in cellular processes as diverse as cell growth, migration/invasion, differentiation, and death/survival. Furthermore, recent studies indicate that LCN2 expression and secretion by glial cells are induced by inflammatory stimuli in the central nervous system. The present study was undertaken to examine the(More)