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See detailCombined estrogenic and anti-estrogenic properties of estetrol on breast cancer may provide a safe therapeutic window for the treatment of menopausal symptoms
Gérard, Céline ULg; Mestdagt, Mélanie; Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg et al

in Oncotarget (2015)

Increased risk of breast cancer is a critical side effect associated with the use of a menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced by the human fetal liver and is a ... [more ▼]

Increased risk of breast cancer is a critical side effect associated with the use of a menopausal hormone therapy (MHT). Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced by the human fetal liver and is a promising compound for clinical use in MHT. However, its impact on breast cancer is controversial and poorly defined. In this preclinical study, we show that E4 acts as a weak estrogen by stimulating the growth of hormone-dependent breast cancer only at concentrations exceeding menopausal therapeutic needs. E4 presents also an antitumor activity by decreasing the strong proliferative effect of estradiol (E2). While estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) is the predominant receptor mediating its effects, the dual weak-estrogenic/anti-estrogenic feature of E4 results from differential signaling pathways activation. Both nuclear and rapid extra-nuclear signaling pathway are necessary for a complete estrogenic effect of E4. However, the antitumor action of E4 is not due to a capacity to antagonize E2-induced nuclear activity. Altogether, our results highlight that E4 has a limited impact on breast cancer and may offer a safe therapeutic window for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailESTETROL AND ITS NEUROPROTECTIVE EFFECT IN NEONATAL HYPOXIC-ISCHEMIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in The 12th World Congress of Perinatal Medicine, Madrid, 3-6 November 2015 (2015)

Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) occurs in 1-8 cases per live 1000 births. Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes ... [more ▼]

Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) occurs in 1-8 cases per live 1000 births. Brain hypoxia and ischemia due to systemic hypoxemia and reduced cerebral blood flow (CBF) are the primary causes of neonatal HIE accompanied by gray and white matter injuries occurring in neonates. About 20% of affected newborns die in the postnatal period, and an additional 25% will sustain childhood disabilities. So far no medical treatment provides important neuroprotection against HIE. Studies of new neuroprotective agents in animal models of HIE may provide important information pertinent to the development of treatments for this pathological condition. Estetrol (E4) is a recently described estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. It has important antioxidative activity. In this study, in vitro we defined antioxidative effect of E4 on primary hippocampal cell cultures, taken from newborn rat pups, before/after induction of oxidative stress. To examine oxidative stress and cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity and cell survival (MTS) assays were performed on primary neuronal cell cultures. To study the neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of E4 in vivo neonatal HIE model of 7-day-old newborn rat pups was used. Rat pups body temperatures were examined along with their body and brain weights. Brains were studied at the level of the hippocampus and cortex. Intact cell counting and expressions of markers for neuronal cell viability (microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP-2)), neurogenesis (doublecortin (DCX)) and angiogenesis (vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF)) were evaluated by histo- and immunohistochemistry. The serum levels of brain damage markers (S100B and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)) were measured by ELISA. Our results demonstrate for the first time that E4 has a significant neuroprotective and therapeutic effects. Also, E4 has powerful antioxidative and cell survival properties in vitro. It decreases the early gray matter loss and promotes neuro- and angiogenesis in vivo. Estetrol treatment has no effects on body weight, brain weight or body temperature. Taken together, E4 might become an important safe and physiological substance to treat neonatal HIE. [less ▲]

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See detailHypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy and Premature Babies Brain Damage: Impact of Estetrol
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in The 11th Congress of the European Society of Gynecology, Prague 21-24 October, 2015 (2015)

Neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury remains a main problem of perinatal medicine. About 20% of affected newborns die in the postnatal period, and an additional 25% will sustain childhood disabilities ... [more ▼]

Neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury remains a main problem of perinatal medicine. About 20% of affected newborns die in the postnatal period, and an additional 25% will sustain childhood disabilities mostly in the form of motor and cognitive delays. The nature of the deficits is dependent on the gestational age and severity of the insult, though it is s seldom reported in preterm infants. No medical treatment provides important neuroprotection against HIE. Studies in animal models of HIE may provide important information for the development of treatment for this pathological condition. Estetrol (E4) is a recently described estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. In this study, we defined the antioxidative effect of E4 in primary hippocampal cell cultures taken from newborn rat pups (in vitro) and evaluated its neuroprotective and therapeutic potency in neonatal HIE model of the immature newborn rat (in vivo). Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) and cell survival (MTS) assays were performed on primary neuronal cell cultures. Rat pups body temperatures were examined along with their body and brain weights. Brains were studied at the level of the hippocampus and cortex. Intact cell counting and expressions of markers for neuronal cell viability (microtubule-associated protein-2 (MAP-2)), neurogenesis (doublecortin (DCX)) and angiogenesis (vascular-endothelial growth factor (VEGF)) were evaluated by histo- and immunohistochemistry. The serum levels of two markers of brain damage (S100B and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)) were measured by ELISA. Our results demonstrate that E4 has a significant neuroprotective and therapeutic dose-dependent effects. Estetrol has powerful antioxidative and cell survival effects in vitro. It decreases the early gray matter loss and promotes neuro- and angiogenesis in vivo. Estetrol treatment has no effects on body weight, brain weight or body temperature. Taken together, Estetrol might become an important safe and physiological substance to treat neonatal HIE. [less ▲]

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See detailEstetrol is a weak estrogen antagonizing estradiol-dependent mammary gland proliferation.
Gérard, Céline ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Communal, Laudine et al

in Journal of Endocrinology (2015), 224(1), 86-95

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced exclusively by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. Its physiological activity remains unknown. In contrast to ethinyl estradiol (EE) and estradiol (E2), E4 ... [more ▼]

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced exclusively by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. Its physiological activity remains unknown. In contrast to ethinyl estradiol (EE) and estradiol (E2), E4 has a minimal impact on liver cells activity and could provide a better safety profile in contraception or hormone therapy. The aim of this study was to delineate if E4 exhibits an activity profile distinct from that of E2 on mammary gland. Compared to E2, E4 acted as a low affinity estrogen in both, human in vitro and murine in vivo, models. E4 was 100 times less potent than E2 to stimulate the proliferation of human breast epithelial (HBE) cells and murine mammary gland in vitro and in vivo, respectively. This effect was prevented by fulvestrant and by tamoxifen supporting the notion that ERalpha is the main mediator of the estrogenic effect of E4 on the breast. Interestingly, when E4 was administered along with E2, it significantly antagonized the strong stimulatory effect of E2 on HBE cells proliferation and on the growth of mammary ducts. This study characterizes for the first time the impact of E4 on mammary gland. Our results highlight that E4 is less potent than E2 and exhibits antagonistic properties towards the proliferative effect of E2 on breast epithelial cells. These data support E4 as a potential new estrogen for clinical use with a reduced impact on breast proliferation. [less ▲]

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See detailEstrogens and neonatal neuroprotection
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg

Scientific conference (2014, November 27)

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See detailEstetrol attenuates neonatal hypoxic–ischemic brain injury
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Experimental Neurology (2014), 261

Estetrol (E4) is a recently described natural estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. It has important antioxidative activity. The aim ... [more ▼]

Estetrol (E4) is a recently described natural estrogen with four hydroxyl-groups that is synthesized exclusively during pregnancy by the human fetal liver. It has important antioxidative activity. The aim of the present study was to define the importance of E4 in the attenuation of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Antioxidative effect of 650μM, 3.25mM and 6.5mM E4 on primary hippocampal cell cultures was studied before/after H202-induced oxidative stress. To examine oxidative stress and cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase activity and cell proliferation colorimetric assays were performed. To study the neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of E4 in vivo neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy model of 7-day-old newborn rat pups was used. The neuroprotective and therapeutic effects of estetrol before/after hypoxic-ischemic insult was studied in 1mg/kg/day, 5mg/kg/day, 10mg/kg/day, 50mg/kg/day E4 pretreated/treated groups and compared with the sham and the vehicle treated groups. The body temperature of the rat pups was examined along with their body and brain weights. Brains were studied at the level of the hippocampus and cortex. Intact cell counting and expressions of microtubule-associated protein-2, doublecortin and vascular-endothelial growth factor were evaluated by histo- and immunohistochemistry. ELISAs were performed on blood samples to detect concentrations of S100B and glial fibrillary acidic protein as brain damage markers. This work reveals for the first time that E4 significantly decreases LDH activity and enhances cell proliferation in primary hippocampal neuronal cell cultures in vitro, and decreases the early gray matter loss and promotes neuro- and angiogenesis in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Search of New First Trimester Biomarkers for Ischemic Placental Disease
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Austin Journal of Obstetrrics and Gynecology (2014), 1(2), 1-3

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See detailEstetrol and neuroprotection against perinatal ischemic insult
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Estetrol attenuates neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (2014)

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See detailE4 and neonatal neural protection
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg

Scientific conference (2013, November 14)

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See detailEstrogenic components for use in the treatment of neurological disorders
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg

Patent (2013)

The invention relates to the prophylactic and therapeutic applications of certain estrogenic components such as estetrol in neurological disorders such as neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

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See detailEstetrol: a new fetal estrogen with antioxidative and neuroprotective activity in the newborn
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nisolle, Michelle ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Estetrol attenuates neonatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury (2013)

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See detailEffects of 4-Hydroxy-2-Nonenal, a Major Lipid Peroxidation-Derived Aldehyde, and N-Acetylcysteine on the Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression in Human Uterine Myometrium.
Temma-Asano, K.; Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Kanagawa, T. et al

in Gynecologic & Obstetric Investigation (2011)

Background: Chorioamnionitis is one of the important causes of preterm labor. Preterm labor with chorioamnionitis is associated with oxidative stress. We reported that 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), a major ... [more ▼]

Background: Chorioamnionitis is one of the important causes of preterm labor. Preterm labor with chorioamnionitis is associated with oxidative stress. We reported that 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (4-HNE), a major end product of oxidative fatty acid metabolism, is accumulated in the placenta with chorioamnionitis. The aim of this study was to confirm the effect of 4-HNE on cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and prostaglandin (PG) induction in the uterine myometrial tissues. We also examined the effect of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) on 4-HNE-induced COX-2 expression. Methods: Uterine myometrial tissues were obtained from 5 patients. One of them underwent elective cesarean section without labor, and 4 of them underwent hysterectomy because of placental previa or atonic bleeding. We stimulated the uterine myometrial tissues with 4-HNE. In addition, the tissues were pretreated with NAC before 4-HNE treatment. The expression of COX-2 mRNA was observed by real-time PCR. PGE2 and prostacyclin release into the supernatants of the tissue cultures was measured by ELISA. Results: 4-HNE induced the COX-2 mRNA expression and PGE2 production in the uterine myometrial tissue culture in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner. NAC inhibited 4-HNE-induced COX-2 expression. Conclusion: 4-HNE may play an important role in preterm labor. NAC might be protective against preterm labor under oxidative stress. [less ▲]

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See detailTumor-associated antigen RCAS1 and its role in pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg

Scientific conference (2010, March 01)

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See detailThe effect of tumor-associated protein RCAS1 gene silencing on blood pressure and urinary protein excretion in pregnant mouse: a pilot study.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kinugasa-Taniguchi, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010), 203(4), 3646-36412

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein gene silencing might affect blood pressure and proteinuria in pregnant mice. STUDY DESIGN: On postcoital day 7.5, pregnant imprinting control region mice were subjected to the transfer of small interfering RNA (siRNA) against RCAS1 protein into the uterine cavity with the use of a hemagglutinating virus Japan envelope. Scramble siRNA was used as a negative control. Blood pressure and urine albumin/creatinine measurements were performed. The effect of the transferred siRNA was examined in uterine samples on postcoital day 8.5 with the use of Western blotting and immunohistochemistry analyses. RESULTS: In the RCAS1 siRNA group, blood pressure significantly raised on postcoital days 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 15.5, whereas urine albumin/creatinine ratio was significantly increased on postcoital day 9.5 CONCLUSION: Our results suggest the importance of RCAS1 protein in the pathophysiologic condition of preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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See detailMaternal Blood Serum and Plasma Human Tumor-Associated Antigen RCAS1 During the Course of Uncomplicated Pregnancies: A Prospective Study.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Sharentuya, Namuxila; Tsubouchi, Hiroaki et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010), 64(3), 218-24

Citation Tskitishvili E, Sharentuya N, Tsubouchi H, Kinugasa-Taniguchi Y, Kanagawa T, Shimoya K, Tomimatsu T, Kimura T. Maternal blood serum and plasma human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 during the ... [more ▼]

Citation Tskitishvili E, Sharentuya N, Tsubouchi H, Kinugasa-Taniguchi Y, Kanagawa T, Shimoya K, Tomimatsu T, Kimura T. Maternal blood serum and plasma human tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 during the course of uncomplicated pregnancies: a prospective study. Am J Reprod Immunol 2010; 64: 218-224 Problem We aimed to investigate the expression of the tumor-associated RCAS1 protein in maternal blood of uncomplicated pregnancies. Method of study Maternal blood was obtained from women with uncomplicated pregnancies (N = 43) at 11-13, 20-22, 32-34, 37-38 weeks of gestation, and immediately after delivery. Serum RCAS1 concentration was studied by ELISA, and plasma mRNA was subjected to real-time (RT)-PCR. Results Serum RCAS1 protein concentration was significantly up-regulated at 11-13 and 20-22 weeks than that at 32-34 weeks and after delivery. RCAS1 mRNA level was significantly increased at 11-13 weeks than that at 37-38 weeks. A significant positive correlation was defined between RCAS1 serum concentration at 11-13 weeks and gestational age at delivery and that between plasma RCAS1 mRNA levels at 37-38 weeks and umbilical cord blood base excess. A significant negative correlation was found between RCAS1 serum concentration at 37-38 weeks and umbilical cord blood pH at delivery. Conclusions RCAS1 protein might have importance in the development of uncomplicated pregnancies and for the prediction of pregnancy outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailTemporal and spatial expression of tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 in pregnant mouse uterus.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULg; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kinugasa-Taniguchi, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2010), 63(2), 137-43

PROBLEM: The tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of maternal immune response during pregnancy, and ... [more ▼]

PROBLEM: The tumor-associated antigen RCAS1 (receptor-binding cancer antigen expressed on SiSo cells) is considered to play a role in the inhibition of maternal immune response during pregnancy, and participates in the initiation of labor and placental detachment. The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of RCAS1 protein in the uteri of normal pregnant mice. METHOD: of study Uteri with fetuses were collected from pregnant ICR mice on days 1.5, 3.5, 5.5, 7.5, and 9.5 p.c., and uterine and placental tissues were obtained separately on days 11.5, 13.5, 15.5, and 17.5 p.c. Samples were examined using real-time (RT)-PCR, Western blotting, and immunohistochemical analyses. RESULTS: In normal pregnant mice, RCAS1 protein mRNA was significantly increased on day 7.5 p.c. Antigen localization was detected in the placenta, decidua, and fetus. CONCLUSION: The results of this study suggest the importance of day 7.5 p.c. for RCAS1 protein expression in connection with placentation as a possible target for future in vivo studies. [less ▲]

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