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      Inhibition of Tumor-Necrosis-Factor-αDELETEInduced Endothelial Cell Activation by a New Class of PPAR-γ Agonists

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          Proinflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) play a critical role in initiating and promoting atherosclerosis. Agents that oppose these inflammatory effects in vascular cells include peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPAR-γ) ligands, including 15-deoxy-δ<sup>12,14</sup>-prostaglandin J2 (15d-PGJ2) and synthetic thiazolidinediones. Recently, a new structural class of potent PPAR-γ agonists, 1,1-bis(3′-indolyl)-1-( p-substituted phenyl) methanes, has been characterized. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of two PPAR-γ-active members of this class, 1,1-bis(3′-indolyl)-1-( p-t-butylphenyl)methane (DIM-C-pPhtBu) and 1,1-bis(3′-indolyl)-1-( p-biphenyl)methane (DIM-C-pPhC<sub>6</sub>H<sub>5</sub>), in ECs in vitro. Pretreatment of ECs with DIM-C-pPhC<sub>6</sub>H<sub>5</sub>, DIM-C- pPhtBu, or 15d-PGJ2 decreased tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α)-induced intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 expression in a concentration-dependent manner. At a concentration of 10 µ M, DIM-C-pPhtBu and DIM-C-pPhC<sub>6</sub>H<sub>5</sub> decreased ICAM-1 expression by 77.5 and 71.3%, respectively, and comparable inhibition (84.4%) was observed for 10 µ M 15d-PGJ2 (p < 0.05). In contrast, 10 µ M ciglitazone and DIM-C-pPhCH<sub>3</sub>, which exhibits low PPAR-γ agonist activity, were inactive. The two new PPAR-γ agonists and 15d-PGJ2 also inhibited TNF-α-induced interleukin-6 (IL-6) and monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) production in supernatants of TNF-α-stimulated ECs, whereas ciglitazone and DIM-C-pPhCH<sub>3</sub> did not decrease TNF-α-induced expression of these two proteins. This new structural class of PPAR-γ agonists inhibited the expression of ICAM-1 and the production of IL-6 and MCP-1 in TNF-α-activated ECs at lower concentrations than other synthetic PPAR-γ agonists, suggesting the potential clinical utility of 1,1-bis(3′-indolyl)-1-( p-substituted phenyl) methanes for decreasing endothelial inflammation.

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              One decade ago, vascular endothelium was commonly considered a "non-stick" lining of blood vessels that functioned only to prevent blood coagulation and to separate the vascular space from tissues. By comparison to many other cell types, endothelial cells were thought to be less active, less complex, and less interesting. Since that time, research concerning the endothelium has expanded dramatically and produced a new image of the vascular lining as an active participant in a wide variety of pathophysiological processes, including inflammation and immunity. Nowhere has the excitement been more intense than in the study of the molecular mechanisms of leukocyte adhesion to endothelium. Recent efforts resulted in the identification, characterization, and cloning of multiple endothelial cell-surface glycoproteins that support adhesion through an interaction with specific ligands (or counter-receptors) on leukocytes. The selectins, two of which are found on endothelium and one on leukocytes, support adhesion through the recognition of carbohydrates. Endothelial members of the immunoglobulin superfamily including ICAM-1 and VCAM-1/INCAM-110 bind to leukocyte cell-surface integrins. In various combinations, these and other molecules support leukocyte adhesion to the vessel wall and extravasation, key steps in our response to infection and tissue injury.

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                J Vasc Res
                Journal of Vascular Research
                S. Karger AG
                December 2005
                20 October 2005
                : 42
                : 6
                : 509-516
                aBrown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center, bTexas Heart Institute, St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, cInstitute of Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M University System, and dDepartment of Cardiology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas, Houston, Tex., USA
                88260 J Vasc Res 2005;42:509–516
                © 2005 S. Karger AG, Basel

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