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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; CELLS ; CELL ; Germany ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; TISSUE ; MICE ; TUMOR-NECROSIS-FACTOR ; DNA ; MACROPHAGES ; MECHANISM ; CONTRAST ; DENDRITIC CELLS ; KERATINOCYTES ; mechanisms ; SKIN ; T cell ; T cells ; T-CELL ; T-CELLS ; SUPPRESSION ; treatment ; cytokines ; TARGET ; MUTANT ; inactivation ; DNA-BINDING ; BETA ; MOUSE MODEL ; TARGETS ; side effects ; REPRESSION ; DIMERIZATION ; chemokine ; TNF-ALPHA ; NEUTROPHILS ; CYTOKINE ; molecular ; PERSISTENT ; RECOMBINANT ; INFILTRATION ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISM ; RE ; keratinocyte ; allergy ; IMMUNE SUPPRESSION ; chemokines ; INFLAMMATORY CYTOKINES ; MOLECULAR-MECHANISMS ; PHASE ; USA ; corticosteroids ; GLUCOCORTICOIDS ; RESISTANT ; SKIN INFLAMMATION ; CONTACT ; MEDICINE ; INFLAMMATORY RESPONSE ; EPIDERMAL LANGERHANS CELLS ; HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS ; INFLAMMATORY PROTEIN-2
    Abstract: Glucocorticoids (GCs) are widely used in the treatment of allergic skin conditions despite having numerous side effects. Here we use Cre/loxP-engineered tissue- and cell-specific and function-selective GC receptor (GR) mutant mice to identify responsive cell types and molecular mechanisms underlying the and inflammatory activity of GCs in contact hypersensitivity (CHS). CHS was repressed by GCs only at the challenge phase, i.e., during reexposure to the hapten. Inactivation of the GR gene in keratinocytes or T cells of mutant mice did not attenuate the effects of GCs, but its ablation in macrophages and neutrophils abolished downregulation of the inflammatory response. Moreover, mice expressing a DNA binding-defective GR were also resistant to GC treatment. The persistent infiltration of macrophages and neutrophils in these mice is explained by an impaired repression of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines such as IL-1 beta, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein-2, and IFN-gamma-inducible protein 10. In contrast TNF-alpha repression remained intact. Consequently, injection of recombinant proteins of these cytokines and chemokines partially reversed suppression of CHS by GCs. These studies provide evidence that in contact allergy, therapeutic action of corticosteroids is in macrophages and neutrophils and that dimerization GR is required
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 17446934
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    Keywords: brain ; RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; MODEL ; MODELS ; SYSTEM ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; MICE ; PATIENT ; MECHANISM ; MESSENGER-RNA ; RECEPTOR EXPRESSION ; chromosome ; MOUSE ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; hormone ; YEAST ; STRESS ; PATHOGENESIS ; DNA-BINDING ; Jun ; glucocorticoid receptor ; sensitivity ; BEHAVIOR ; OVEREXPRESSION ; GLUCOCORTICOID-RECEPTOR ; signaling ; molecular ; regulation ; KNOCKOUT MICE ; NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR ; FOREBRAIN ; RAT HIPPOCAMPUS ; depression ; DEXAMETHASONE-CRH TEST ; helplessness
    Abstract: Altered glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling is a postulated mechanism for the pathogenesis of major depression. To mimic the human situation of altered GR function claimed for depression, we generated mouse strains that underexpress or overexpress GR, but maintain the regulatory genetic context controlling the GR gene. To achieve this goal, we used the following: (1) GR-heterozygous mutant mice (GR(+/-)) with a 50% GRgene dose reduction, and (2) mice overexpressingGR by a yeast artificial chromosome resulting in a twofold gene dose elevation. GR(+/-) mice exhibit normal baseline behaviors but demonstrate increased helplessness after stress exposure, a behavioral correlate of depression in mice. Similar to depressed patients, GR(+/-) mice have a disinhibited hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system and a pathological dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing hormone test. Thus, they represent a murine depression model with good face and construct validity. Overexpression of GR in mice evokes reduced helplessness after stress exposure, and an enhanced HPA system feedback regulation. Therefore, they may represent a model for a stress-resistant strain. These mouse models can now be used to study biological changes underlying the pathogenesis of depressive disorders. As a first potential molecular correlate for such changes, we identified a downregulation of BDNF protein content in the hippocampus of GR+/- mice, which is in agreement with the so-called neurotrophin hypothesis of depression
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15987954
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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; SURVIVAL ; MODEL ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; MAP KINASE ; DNA-BINDING ; KAPPA-B ; REPRESSION ; INFLAMMATORY RESPONSES ; dexamethasone ; CLP ; GR ; IL-1 beta ; PHOSPHATASE-1
    Abstract: Sepsis is controlled by endogenous glucocorticoids (GCs). Previous studies provided evidence that crosstalk of the monomeric GC receptor (GR) with proinflammatory transcription factors is the crucial mechanism underlying the suppressive GC effect. Here we demonstrate that mice with a dimerization-deficient GR (GR(dim)) are highly susceptible to sepsis in 2 different models, namely cecal ligation and puncture and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced septic shock. TNF-alpha is normally regulated in these mice, but down-regulation of IL-6 and IL-1 beta is diminished. LPS-treated macrophages derived from GR(dim) mice are largely resistant to GC actions in vitro in terms of morphology, surface marker expression, and gene expression. Treatment with recombinant IL-1 receptor antagonist improved survival of GR(dim) mice and mice lacking the GR in macrophages (GR(LysMCre)) mice. This suggests that regulation of IL-1 beta in macrophages by GCs is pivotal to control sepsis.-Kleiman, A., Hubner, S., Rodriguez Parkitna, J. M., Neumann, A., Hofer, S., Weigand, M. A., Bauer, M., Schmid, W., Schutz, G., Libert, C., Reichardt, H. M., Tuckermann, J. P. Glucocorticoid receptor dimerization is required for survival in septic shock via suppression of interleukin-1 in macrophages.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22042221
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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; GROWTH ; CELL ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; MODEL ; VIVO ; SUPPORT ; liver ; GENE ; GENE-EXPRESSION ; PROTEIN ; PROTEINS ; transcription ; MICE ; ACTIVATION ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR ; REDUCTION ; hepatocytes ; TRANSCRIPTION FACTORS ; hormone ; inactivation ; DNA-BINDING ; REGION ; REGIONS ; TARGETED DISRUPTION ; BINDING PROTEIN-3 ; I IGF-I ; postnatal body growth,glucocorticoid receptor,growth hormone signaling,Stat5 ; STAT5B
    Abstract: Mice carrying a hepatocyte-specific inactivation of the glucorticoid receptor (GR) gene show a dramatic reduction in body size. Growth hormone signaling mediated by the Stat5 transcription factors is impaired. We show that Stat5 proteins physically interact with GR and GR is present in vivo on Stat5-dependent IGF-I and ALS regulatory regions. Interestingly, mice with a DNA-binding-deficient GR but an unaltered ability to interact with STAT5(GR(dim/dim)) have a normal body size and normal levels of Stat5-dependent mRNAs. These findings strongly support the model in which GR acts as a coactivator for Stat5-dependent transcription upon GH stimulation and reveal an essential role of hepatic GR in the control of body growth
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15037546
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