Publications by authors named "Ilaria Dettori"

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Protective Effect of Adenosine A Receptor Agonist, BAY60-6583, Against Transient Focal Brain Ischemia in Rat.

Front Pharmacol 2020 11;11:588757. Epub 2021 Feb 11.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Cerebral ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized first by an acute injury, due to excitotoxicity, followed by a secondary brain injury that develops hours to days after ischemia. During ischemia, adenosine acts as an endogenous neuroprotectant. Few studies have investigated the role of A receptor in brain ischemia because of the low potency of adenosine for it and the few selective ligands developed so far. A receptors are scarcely but widely distributed in the brain on neurons, glial and endothelial cells and on hematopoietic cells, lymphocytes and neutrophils, where they exert mainly anti-inflammatory effects, inhibiting vascular adhesion and inflammatory cells migration. Aim of this work was to verify whether chronic administration of the A agonist, BAY60-6583 (0.1 mg/kg i.p., twice/day), starting 4 h after focal ischemia induced by transient (1 h) Middle Cerebral Artery occlusion (tMCAo) in the rat, was protective after the ischemic insult. BAY60-6583 improved the neurological deficit up to 7 days after tMCAo. Seven days after ischemia BAY60-6583 reduced significantly the ischemic brain damage in cortex and striatum, counteracted ischemia-induced neuronal death, reduced microglia activation and astrocytes alteration. Moreover, it decreased the expression of TNF-α and increased that of IL-10 in peripheral plasma. Two days after ischemia BAY60-6583 reduced blood cell infiltration in the ischemic cortex. The present study indicates that A receptors stimulation can attenuate the neuroinflammation that develops after ischemia, suggesting that A receptors may represent a new interesting pharmacological target to protect from degeneration after brain ischemia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.588757DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7905306PMC
February 2021

New Insight into the Role of Adenosine in Demyelination, Stroke and Neuropathic Pain.

Front Pharmacol 2020 29;11:625662. Epub 2021 Jan 29.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2020.625662DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7878385PMC
January 2021

A Adenosine Receptors: When Outsiders May Become an Attractive Target to Treat Brain Ischemia or Demyelination.

Int J Mol Sci 2020 Dec 18;21(24). Epub 2020 Dec 18.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, 50139 Florence, Italy.

Adenosine is a signaling molecule, which, by activating its receptors, acts as an important player after cerebral ischemia. Here, we review data in the literature describing AR-mediated effects in models of cerebral ischemia obtained in vivo by the occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAo) or in vitro by oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) in hippocampal slices. Adenosine plays an apparently contradictory role in this receptor subtype depending on whether it is activated on neuro-glial cells or peripheral blood vessels and/or inflammatory cells after ischemia. Indeed, ARs participate in the early glutamate-mediated excitotoxicity responsible for neuronal and synaptic loss in the CA1 hippocampus. On the contrary, later after ischemia, the same receptors have a protective role in tissue damage and functional impairments, reducing inflammatory cell infiltration and neuroinflammation by central and/or peripheral mechanisms. Of note, demyelination following brain ischemia, or autoimmune neuroinflammatory reactions, are also profoundly affected by ARs since they are expressed by oligodendroglia where their activation inhibits cell maturation and expression of myelin-related proteins. In conclusion, data in the literature indicate the ARs as putative therapeutic targets for the still unmet treatment of stroke or demyelinating diseases.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21249697DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7766015PMC
December 2020

Adenosine A receptors inhibit K currents and cell differentiation in cultured oligodendrocyte precursor cells and modulate sphingosine-1-phosphate signaling pathway.

Biochem Pharmacol 2020 07 3;177:113956. Epub 2020 Apr 3.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, Italy.

Oligodendrocytes are the only myelinating cells in the brain and differentiate from their progenitors (OPCs) throughout adult life. However, this process fails in demyelinating pathologies. Adenosine is emerging as an important player in OPC differentiation and we recently demonstrated that adenosine A receptors inhibit cell maturation by reducing voltage-dependent K currents. No data are available to date about the A receptor (AR) subtype. The bioactive lipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) and its receptors (S1P) are also crucial modulators of OPC development. An interaction between this pathway and the AR is reported in peripheral cells. We studied the role of ARs in modulating K currents and cell differentiation in OPC cultures and we investigated a possible interplay with S1P signaling. Our data indicate that the AR agonist BAY60-6583 and its new analogue P453 inhibit K currents in cultured OPC and the effect was prevented by the AR antagonist MRS1706, by K channel blockers and was differently modulated by the S1P analogue FTY720-P. An acute (10 min) exposure of OPCs to BAY60-6583 also increased the phosphorylated form of sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1). A chronic (7 days) treatment with the same agonist decreased OPC differentiation whereas SphK1/2 inhibition exerted the opposite effect. Furthermore, AR was overexpressed during OPC differentiation, an effect prevented by the pan SphK1/2 inhibitor VPC69047. Finally, AR silenced cells showed increased cell maturation, decreased SphK1 expression and enhanced S1P lyase levels. We conclude that ARs inhibit K currents and cell differentiation and positively modulate S1P synthesis in cultured OPCs.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bcp.2020.113956DOI Listing
July 2020

Adenosine A3 receptor activation inhibits pronociceptive N-type Ca2+ currents and cell excitability in dorsal root ganglion neurons.

Pain 2019 05;160(5):1103-1118

Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of NEUROFARBA, University of Florence, Italy.

Recently, studies have focused on the antihyperalgesic activity of the A3 adenosine receptor (A3AR) in several chronic pain models, but the cellular and molecular basis of this effect is still unknown. Here, we investigated the expression and functional effects of A3AR on the excitability of small- to medium-sized, capsaicin-sensitive, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons isolated from 3- to 4-week-old rats. Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction experiments and immunofluorescence analysis revealed A3AR expression in DRG neurons. Patch-clamp experiments demonstrated that 2 distinct A3AR agonists, Cl-IB-MECA and the highly selective MRS5980, inhibited Ca-activated K (KCa) currents evoked by a voltage-ramp protocol. This effect was dependent on a reduction in Ca influx via N-type voltage-dependent Ca channels, as Cl-IB-MECA-induced inhibition was sensitive to the N-type blocker PD173212 but not to the L-type blocker, lacidipine. The endogenous agonist adenosine also reduced N-type Ca currents, and its effect was inhibited by 56% in the presence of A3AR antagonist MRS1523, demonstrating that the majority of adenosine's effect is mediated by this receptor subtype. Current-clamp recordings demonstrated that neuronal firing of rat DRG neurons was also significantly reduced by A3AR activation in a MRS1523-sensitive but PD173212-insensitive manner. Intracellular Ca measurements confirmed the inhibitory role of A3AR on DRG neuronal firing. We conclude that pain-relieving effects observed on A3AR activation could be mediated through N-type Ca channel block and action potential inhibition as independent mechanisms in isolated rat DRG neurons. These findings support A3AR-based therapy as a viable approach to alleviate pain in different pathologies.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001488DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6669900PMC
May 2019

A Selective Histamine H Receptor Antagonist, JNJ7777120, Is Protective in a Rat Model of Transient Cerebral Ischemia.

Front Pharmacol 2018 29;9:1231. Epub 2018 Oct 29.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Cerebral ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized by different events evolving in time. The acute injury, characterized by excitoxicity, is followed by a secondary brain injury that develops from hours to days after ischemia. Extracellular levels of histamine increase in the ischemic area after focal cerebral ischemia induced by occlusion of the middle cerebral artery (MCAo). The histamine H receptor (HR) is predominantly expressed in cell types of immune system where is involved in the regulation of immunological and inflammatory responses, and in numerous area of the Central Nervous System (CNS) including cortex and striatum. Our aim was to assess the putative neuroprotective effects of the potent and selective HR antagonist, JNJ7777120 (JNJ), chronically administered (1 mg/kg, i.p., twice/day for 7 days) on damage parameters in a rat model of focal ischemia induced by transient MCAo (tMCAo). Chronic treatment with the HR antagonist JNJ, significantly protected from the neurological deficit and from body weight loss after tMCAo. Seven days after the ischemic insult, JNJ reduced the volume of the ischemic cortical and striatal damage, the number of activated microglia and astrocytes in the ischemic cortex and striatum and decreased the plasma levels of IL-1β and TNF-α, while increased the levels of IL-10. Two days after ischemia, JNJ has reduced granulocyte infiltration in the ischemic area. Results demonstrate that the selective antagonist of HR, JNJ, systemically and chronically administered after ischemia, reduces the ischemic brain damage, improves the neurological deficit and decreases blood pro-inflammatory cytokines, suggesting that HR is a valuable pharmacological target after focal brain ischemia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.01231DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6215858PMC
October 2018

The Selective Antagonism of Adenosine A Receptors Reduces the Synaptic Failure and Neuronal Death Induced by Oxygen and Glucose Deprivation in Rat CA1 Hippocampus .

Front Pharmacol 2018 24;9:399. Epub 2018 Apr 24.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health, NEUROFARBA, Section of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence, Florence, Italy.

Ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized by different events evolving in time. Immediately after the ischemic insult, primary brain damage is due to the massive increase of extracellular glutamate. Adenosine in the brain increases dramatically during ischemia in concentrations able to stimulate all its receptors, A, A, A, and A. Although adenosine exerts clear neuroprotective effects through A receptors during ischemia, the use of selective A receptor agonists is hampered by their undesirable peripheral side effects. So far, no evidence is available on the involvement of adenosine A receptors in cerebral ischemia. This study explored the role of adenosine A receptors on synaptic and cellular responses during oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in the CA1 region of rat hippocampus . We conducted extracellular recordings of CA1 field excitatory post-synaptic potentials (fEPSPs); the extent of damage on neurons and glia was assessed by immunohistochemistry. Seven min OGD induced anoxic depolarization (AD) in all hippocampal slices tested and completely abolished fEPSPs that did not recover after return to normoxic condition. Seven minutes OGD was applied in the presence of the selective adenosine A receptor antagonists MRS1754 (500 nM) or PSB603 (50 nM), separately administered 15 min before, during and 5 min after OGD. Both antagonists were able to prevent or delay the appearance of AD and to modify synaptic responses after OGD, allowing significant recovery of neurotransmission. Adenosine A receptor antagonism also counteracted the reduction of neuronal density in CA1 stratum pyramidale, decreased apoptosis at least up to 3 h after the end of OGD, and maintained activated mTOR levels similar to those of controls, thus sparing neurons from the degenerative effects caused by the simil-ischemic conditions. Astrocytes significantly proliferated in CA1 stratum radiatum already 3 h after the end of OGD, possibly due to increased glutamate release. Areceptor antagonism significantly prevented astrocyte modifications. Both A receptor antagonists did not protect CA1 neurons from the neurodegeneration induced by glutamate application, indicating that the antagonistic effect is upstream of glutamate release. The selective antagonists of the adenosine A receptor subtype may thus represent a new class of neuroprotective drugs in ischemia.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2018.00399DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5928446PMC
April 2018

Equilibrative nucleoside transporter ENT1 as a biomarker of Huntington disease.

Neurobiol Dis 2016 Dec 24;96:47-53. Epub 2016 Aug 24.

Integrative Neurobiology Section, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD 21224, United States. Electronic address:

The initial goal of this study was to investigate alterations in adenosine A receptor (AR) density or function in a rat model of Huntington disease (HD) with reported insensitivity to an AR antagonist. Unsuspected negative results led to the hypothesis of a low striatal adenosine tone and to the search for the mechanisms involved. Extracellular striatal concentrations of adenosine were measured with in vivo microdialysis in two rodent models of early neuropathological stages of HD disease, the Tg51 rat and the zQ175 knock-in mouse. In view of the crucial role of the equilibrative nucleoside transporter (ENT1) in determining extracellular content of adenosine, the binding properties of the ENT1 inhibitor [H]-S-(4-Nitrobenzyl)-6-thioinosine were evaluated in zQ175 mice and the differential expression and differential coexpression patterns of the ENT1 gene (SLC29A1) were analyzed in a large human cohort of HD disease and controls. Extracellular striatal levels of adenosine were significantly lower in both animal models as compared with control littermates and striatal ENT1 binding sites were significantly upregulated in zQ175 mice. ENT1 transcript was significantly upregulated in HD disease patients at an early neuropathological severity stage, but not those with a higher severity stage, relative to non-demented controls. ENT1 transcript was differentially coexpressed (gained correlations) with several other genes in HD disease subjects compared to the control group. The present study demonstrates that ENT1 and adenosine constitute biomarkers of the initial stages of neurodegeneration in HD disease and also predicts that ENT1 could constitute a new therapeutic target to delay the progression of the disease.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nbd.2016.08.013DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5102769PMC
December 2016

Purinergic signalling in brain ischemia.

Neuropharmacology 2016 05 12;104:105-30. Epub 2015 Nov 12.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini, 6, 50139 Florence, Italy.

Ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized by different events evolving in the time. After ischemia a primary damage due to the early massive increase of extracellular glutamate is followed by activation of resident immune cells, i.e microglia, and production or activation of inflammation mediators. Protracted neuroinflammation is now recognized as the predominant mechanism of secondary brain injury progression. Extracellular concentrations of ATP and adenosine in the brain increase dramatically during ischemia in concentrations able to stimulate their respective specific P2 and P1 receptors. Both ATP P2 and adenosine P1 receptor subtypes exert important roles in ischemia. Although adenosine exerts a clear neuroprotective effect through A1 receptors during ischemia, the use of selective A1 agonists is hampered by undesirable peripheral effects. Evidence up to now in literature indicate that A2A receptor antagonists provide protection centrally by reducing excitotoxicity, while agonists at A2A (and possibly also A2B) and A3 receptors provide protection by controlling massive infiltration and neuroinflammation in the hours and days after brain ischemia. Among P2X receptors most evidence indicate that P2X7 receptor contribute to the damage induced by the ischemic insult due to intracellular Ca(2+) loading in central cells and facilitation of glutamate release. Antagonism of P2X7 receptors might represent a new treatment to attenuate brain damage and to promote proliferation and maturation of brain immature resident cells that can promote tissue repair following cerebral ischemia. Among P2Y receptors, antagonists of P2Y12 receptors are of value because of their antiplatelet activity and possibly because of additional anti-inflammatory effects. Moreover strategies that modify adenosine or ATP concentrations at injury sites might be of value to limit damage after ischemia. This article is part of the Special Issue entitled 'Purines in Neurodegeneration and Neuroregeneration'.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropharm.2015.11.007DOI Listing
May 2016

Role of adenosine in oligodendrocyte precursor maturation.

Front Cell Neurosci 2015 24;9:155. Epub 2015 Apr 24.

Department NEUROFARBA, Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Florence Florence, Italy.

Differentiation and maturation of oligodendroglial cells are postnatal processes that involve specific morphological changes correlated with the expression of stage-specific surface antigens and functional voltage-gated ion channels. A small fraction of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) generated during development are maintained in an immature and slowly proliferative or quiescent state in the adult central nervous system (CNS) representing an endogenous reservoir of immature cells. Adenosine receptors are expressed by OPCs and a key role of adenosine in oligodendrocyte maturation has been recently recognized. As evaluated on OPC cultures, adenosine, by stimulating A1 receptors, promotes oligodendrocyte maturation and inhibits their proliferation; on the contrary, by stimulating A2A receptors, it inhibits oligodendrocyte maturation. A1 and A2A receptor-mediated effects are related to opposite modifications of outward delayed rectifying membrane K(+) currents (IK) that are involved in the regulation of oligodendrocyte differentiation. Brain A1 and A2A receptors might represent new molecular targets for drugs useful in demyelinating pathologies, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke and brain trauma.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fncel.2015.00155DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4408841PMC
May 2015

Time-course of protection by the selective A2A receptor antagonist SCH58261 after transient focal cerebral ischemia.

Neurol Sci 2015 Aug 25;36(8):1441-8. Epub 2015 Mar 25.

Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini, 6, 50139, Florence, Italy,

Evidence indicates that the adenosine A2A receptor subtype is of critical importance in stroke. In previous studies, in the model of permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion (pMCAo), the adenosine A2A receptor antagonist, SCH58261, administered soon after ischemia, proved protective against excessive glutamate outflow in the first 4 h after ischemia and against neurological deficit and tissue damage evaluated 24 h after pMCAo. In the present work, we investigated if neuroprotective effect of SCH58261 was maintained 7 days after transient MCAo (tMCAo). SCH58261 (0.01 mg/kg, i.p.), administered twice/day for 7 days, protected from neurological deficit 1 day after tMCAo, but no more after 5 and 7 days. Two days after tMCAo, SCH58261 did not reduce blood cell infiltration, evaluated as HIS-48 positive cells, into ischemic striatal and cortical tissue. Moreover, 7 days after tMCAo, SCH58261 has not protected ischemic areas from damage and has not ameliorated myelin organization into the ischemic striatum. Protection by the A2A receptor antagonist 24 h after ischemia is attributable to reduced excitotoxicity. Seven days after ischemia the early protective effect of the A2A receptor antagonist likely has been overwhelmed by a secondary damage due to blood cell infiltration and neuroinflammation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10072-015-2160-yDOI Listing
August 2015

Adenosine A2A receptors modulate acute injury and neuroinflammation in brain ischemia.

Mediators Inflamm 2014 5;2014:805198. Epub 2014 Aug 5.

Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug Research and Child Health (NEUROFARBA), University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini 6, 50139 Florence, Italy.

The extracellular concentration of adenosine in the brain increases dramatically during ischemia. Adenosine A(2A) receptor is expressed in neurons and glial cells and in inflammatory cells (lymphocytes and granulocytes). Recently, adenosine A(2A) receptor emerged as a potential therapeutic attractive target in ischemia. Ischemia is a multifactorial pathology characterized by different events evolving in the time. After ischemia the early massive increase of extracellular glutamate is followed by activation of resident immune cells, that is, microglia, and production or activation of inflammation mediators. Proinflammatory cytokines, which upregulate cell adhesion molecules, exert an important role in promoting recruitment of leukocytes that in turn promote expansion of the inflammatory response in ischemic tissue. Protracted neuroinflammation is now recognized as the predominant mechanism of secondary brain injury progression. A(2A) receptors present on central cells and on blood cells account for important effects depending on the time-related evolution of the pathological condition. Evidence suggests that A(2A) receptor antagonists provide early protection via centrally mediated control of excessive excitotoxicity, while A(2A) receptor agonists provide protracted protection by controlling massive blood cell infiltration in the hours and days after ischemia. Focus on inflammatory responses provides for adenosine A(2A) receptor agonists a wide therapeutic time-window of hours and even days after stroke.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/805198DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4138795PMC
May 2015