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Articles by B Nolan
Total Records ( 3 ) for B Nolan
  Y Lou , Q Peng , B Nolan , G. C Wagner and Y. Lu

Treatment of p53(–/–) mice orally with caffeine, voluntary exercise or their combination for 2 weeks prior to a single irradiation with UVB (i) decreased the weight of the epididymal fat pads by 22, 40 and 56%, (ii) decreased the thickness of the dermal fat layer by 10, 26 and 42%, (iii) increased the number of apoptotic sunburn cells by 29, 100 and 489%, (iv) increased the number of caspase-3-positive cells by 33, 117 and 667% and (v) increased the number of mitotic cells with cyclin B1-positive staining by 40, 210 and 510%, respectively. Pearson's correlation coefficient indicated a statistically significant inverse relationship between the level of tissue fat and the number of mitotic cells with cyclin B1 in p53(–/–) mice but not in p53(+/+) littermates. Western blot analysis indicated that treatment of p53(–/–) mice with caffeine together with exercise increased the level of cyclin B1 significantly more than in p53(+/+) mice. p53(–/–) mice, but not p53(+/+) mice, treated with caffeine during exercise exhibited a dramatic decrease in the level of survivin. Our results suggest that voluntary exercise in combination with oral caffeine may exert a synergistic increase in UVB-induced apoptosis and that tissue fat may be a more important modulator of apoptosis and carcinogenesis in p53-deficient mice than in p53-normal mice. The stimulatory effects on apoptosis in p53(–/–) mice by the combination treatment might be associated with increased levels of cyclin B1 and decreased levels of survivin.

  Y Etzion , A Hackett , B. M Proctor , J Ren , B Nolan , T Ellenberger and A. J. Muslin

Macrophage-derived foam cells are thought to play a major role in atherosclerotic lesion formation and progression. An automated assay was established to evaluate the uptake of fluorescently labeled oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL) by a monocyte/macrophage cell line. The assay was used to screen 480 known bioactive compounds. Twenty-two active compounds were identified. Efficacy studies in peritoneal macrophages demonstrated a high rate of concordance with the initial screening results. Inhibitory compounds confirmed important previous findings and identified new drugs of interest including: 3 blockers of nuclear factor b activation, 2 protein kinase C inhibitors, a phospholipase C inhibitor, and 2 antipsychotic drugs. In addition, an opioid receptor agonist was found to increase the oxLDL uptake of macrophages. The involvement of nuclear factor B in oxLDL uptake was validated in peritoneal macrophages in vivo. The results support a model in which oxLDL uptake is dependent on the activation of multiple intracellular signaling pathways that culminate in actin-mediated lipoprotein internalization.

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