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Role of PPAR gamma in inflammation and glucose transport in Caco-2 cells

Grant number: 18/21964-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 22, 2019
Effective date (End): March 24, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Physiology - General Physiology
Principal Investigator:José Cesar Rosa Neto
Grantee:Luana Amorim Biondo
Supervisor: Philip Charles Calder
Host Institution: Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas (ICB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Southampton, England  
Associated to the scholarship:16/06753-9 - Role of PPAR³ in the imunometabolic effects of adipose tissue and macrophages, in induced colon tumor model., BP.DR


Colorectal cancer compromises large bowel and rectum. Approximately 20% of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) develop colon cancer and this population has twofold increase in mortality. IBD is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal epithelium due to alterations in immune system reactivity. In colorectal colitis-associated tumors and in IBD, there is a disruption in pro- and anti-inflammatory responses and the intestinal mucosa secretes high concentrations of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Inflammatory cytokines can regulate carbohydrate metabolism.Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR³) is a nuclear receptor highly expressed in differentiated epithelial cells of the colon, including in the Caco-2 cell line, which controls the expression of large number of regulatory genes in glucose homeostasis and inflammation.Therefore, the aim of this study is to characterize the effects of a PPAR³ agonist and antagonist on inflammation and on glucose metabolism of the Caco-2 cell line. For this, human epithelial Caco-2 cells will be incubated with 2% dextran sodium sulfate (DSS) and the cells will be treated with PPAR³ agonist (pioglitazone 50 and 300uM) and PPAR³ antagonist (GW9662 5 and 10 uM).The methods to be used are: trans-epithelial electrical resistance to determine cellular permeability; glucose transport assay to check the passage through the epithelial monolayer; multiplex ELISA to measure changes in protein content of glucose transporters and inflammatory markers; real time-PCR to analyze changes in gene expression of glucose transporters and inflammatory markers; flow cytometry to understand any additional effects of PPAR³ on apoptosis and cell-cycle checkpoints.

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SILVEIRA, LOREANA SANCHES; BIONDO, LUANA AMORIM; DE SOUZA TEIXEIRA, ALEXANDRE ABILIO; DE LIMA JUNIOR, EDSON ALVES; CASTOLDI, ANGELA; SARAIVA CAMARA, NIELS OLSEN; FESTUCCIA, WILLIAN T.; ROSA-NETO, JOSE CESAR; LIRA, FABIO SANTOS. Macrophage immunophenotype but not anti-inflammatory profile is modulated by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR gamma) in exercised obese mice. EXERCISE IMMUNOLOGY REVIEW, v. 26, p. 94-106, . (18/21964-1, 13/25310-2, 14/01246-6, 16/01409-8)

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