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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108384/molecular-features-of-the-l-type-amino-acid-transporter-2-determine-different-import-and-export-profiles-for-thyroid-hormones-and-amino-acids
#1
Katrin M Hinz, Dominik Neef, Claudia Rutz, Jens Furkert, Josef Köhrle, Ralf Schülein, Gerd Krause
The L-type amino acid transporter 2 (LAT2) imports amino acids (AA) and also certain thyroid hormones (TH), e.g. 3,3'-T2 and T3, but not rT3 and T4. We utilized LAT2 mutations (Y130A, N133S, F242W) that increase 3,3'-T2 import and focus here on import and export capacity for AA, T4, T3, BCH and derivatives thereof to delineate molecular features. Transport studies and analysis of competitive inhibition of import by radiolabelled TH and AA were performed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. Only Y130A, a pocket widening mutation, enabled import for T4 and increased it for T3...
January 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104390/progesterone-and-vip-cross-talk-enhances-phagocytosis-and-anti-inflammatory-profile-in-trophoblast-derived-cells
#2
Daiana Vota, Mariana Aguero, Esteban Grasso, Vanesa Hauk, Lucila Gallino, Elizabeth Soczewski, Claudia Pérez Leirós, Rosanna Ramhorst
Trophoblast cells produce several inmmuneregulators like the Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and P4 targeting multiple circuits, and also display an intese phagocytic ability allowing embryo implantation in a tolerogenic context. Here, we explored whether P4 and VIP- crosstalk modulates trophoblast cell function, focus on the phagocytic ability and the immune homeostasis maintenance. P4 enhanced the phagocytosis in trophoblast-derived cells quantified by the engulfment of latex-beads or eryptotic erythrocytes...
January 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089824/mitochondrial-uncoupling-protein-2-in-human-cumulus-cells-is-associated-with-regulating-autophagy-and-apoptosis-maintaining-gap-junction-integrity-and-progesterone-synthesis
#3
Hongshan Ge, Fan Zhang, Duan Ping, Nan Zhu, Jiayan Zhang, Feijun Ye, Dan Shan, Hua Chen, XiaoSheng Lu, ChunFang Zhu, Renshan Ge, Zhenkun Lin
To explore the roles of mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein 2 (UCP2) in cumulus cells (CCs), human CCs were cultured in vitro, and the UCP2 was inhibited by treatment with Genipin, a special UCP inhibitor, or by RNA interference targeting UCP2. No significant differences in adenosine triphosphate levels and the ratio of ADP/ATP were observed after UCP2 inhibition. UCP2 inhibition caused a significant increase in cellular oxidative damage, which was reflected in alterations to several key parameters, including reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation levels and the ratio of reduced GSH to GSSG...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089823/thyroid-hormones-and-browning-of-adipose-tissue
#4
Juliane Weiner, Mohammed Hankir, John T Heiker, Wiebke Fenske, Kerstin Krause
Thyroid hormone (TH) disorders are associated with profound changes in whole body energy metabolism. A major TH target is thermogenic brown adipose tissue (BAT), which can be stimulated directly through thyroid hormone receptors (TRs) expressed in brown adipocytes and indirectly, through TRs expressed in hypothalamic neurons. White adipose tissue (WAT) adopts BAT characteristics by a diverse range of stimuli in a process referred to as browning. It is now understood that TH also induce WAT browning through peripheral and central mechanisms...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089822/micrornas-in-pituitary-tumors
#5
Anne Wierinckx, Magali Roche, Catherine Legras-Lachuer, Jacqueline Trouillas, Gérald Raverot, Joël Lachuer
Since the presence of microRNAs was first observed in normal pituitary, the majority of scientific publications addressing their role and the function of microRNAs in the pituitary have been based on pituitary tumor studies. In this review, we briefly describe the involvement of microRNAs in the synthesis of pituitary hormones and we present a comprehensive inventory of microRNA suppressors and inducers of pituitary tumors. Finally, we summarize the functional role of microRNAs in tumorigenesis, progression and aggressiveness of pituitary tumors, mechanisms contributing to the regulation (transcription factors, genomic modifications or epigenetic) or modulation (pharmacological treatment) of microRNAs in these tumors, and the interest of thoroughly studying the expression of miRNAs in body fluids...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089821/the-role-of-stat3-in-glioblastoma-progression-through-dual-influences-on-tumor-cells-and-the-immune-microenvironment
#6
Nakho Chang, Sun Hee Ahn, Doo-Sik Kong, Hye Won Lee, Do-Hyun Nam
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive form of cancer that begins within the brain; generally, the patient has a dismal prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is a critical mediator of tumorigenesis, tumor progression, and suppression of anti-tumor immunity in GBM. In a high percentage of GBM cells and tumor microenvironments, persistent activation of STAT3 induces cell proliferation, anti-apoptosis, glioma stem cell maintenance, tumor invasion, angiogenesis, and immune evasion...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089820/deregulated-expression-of-vhl-mrna-variants-in-papillary-thyroid-cancer
#7
Enke Baldini, Chiara Tuccilli, Yannick Arlot-Bonnemains, Frank Chesnel, Salvatore Sorrenti, Corrado De Vito, Antonio Catania, Eleonora D'Armiento, Alessandro Antonelli, Poupak Fallahi, Sara Watutantrige-Fernando, Francesco Tartaglia, Susi Barollo, Caterina Mian, Marco Bononi, Stefano Arceri, Domenico Mascagni, Massimo Vergine, Daniele Pironi, Massimo Monti, Angelo Filippini, Salvatore Ulisse
Recent findings demonstrated that a subset of papillary thyroid cancers (PTCs) is characterized by reduced expression of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene, and that lowest levels associated with more aggressive PTCs. In the present study, the levels of the two VHL mRNA splicing variants, VHL-213 (V1) and VHL-172 (V2), were measured in a series of 96 PTC and corresponding normal matched tissues by means of quantitative RT-PCR. Variations in the mRNA levels were correlated with patients' clinicopathological parameters and disease-free interval (DFI)...
January 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088469/estrogen-induced-expression-of-tissue-factor-pathway-inhibitor-2-in-mcf7-cells-involves-lysine-specific-demethylase-1
#8
Marianne S Andresen, Huda Omar Ali, Christiane Filion Myklebust, Per Morten Sandset, Benedicte Stavik, Nina Iversen, Grethe Skretting
Hormone-sensitive cancers can be influenced by estrogens, a process usually mediated through the estrogen receptor (ER). Tissue factor pathway inhibitor type 2 (TFPI-2) is a Kunitz-type serine protease inhibitor involved in regulating the extracellular matrix. The present study demonstrates that the expression of TFPI-2 can be induced by estrogens. Breast cancer data from GOBO displayed increased levels of TFPI-2 and increased survival in patients with ERα+ tumors. Treatment of MCF7 cells (ERα+) with 17β-estradiol (E2) or 17α-ethinyl estradiol (EE2) increased TFPI-2 mRNA and protein levels...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088468/hypothalamic-effects-of-thyroid-hormone
#9
Zhi Zhang, Anita Boelen, Peter H Bisschop, Andries Kalsbeek, Eric Fliers
Thyroid hormone (TH) is a key driver of metabolism in mammals. Plasma concentrations of TH are kept within a narrow range by negative feedback regulation in the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis. Plasma TH concentrations are an important determinant of metabolic processes in liver and brown adipose tissue (BAT). In addition to endocrine effects of TH derived from the circulation, recent studies have demonstrated additional neural routes for intrahypothalamic thyroid hormone to regulate metabolism in liver and BAT via the sympathetic and parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (ANS)...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088467/stat3-signaling-mediates-tumour-resistance-to-egfr-targeted-therapeutics
#10
Ahmad A Zulkifli, Fiona H Tan, Tracy L Putoczki, Stanley S Stylli, Rodney B Luwor
Several EGFR inhibitors are currently undergoing clinical assessment or are approved for the clinical management of patients with varying tumour types. However, treatment often results in a lack of response in many patients. The majority of patients that initially respond eventually present with tumours that display acquired resistance to the original therapy. A large number of receptor tyrosine and intracellular kinases have been implicated in driving signaling that mediates this tumour resistance to anti-EGFR targeted therapy, and in a few cases these discoveries have led to overall changes in prospective tumour screening and clinical practice (K-RAS in mCRC and EGFR T790M in NSCLC)...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088466/teneurin-2-tenm2-deficiency-induces-ucp1-expression-in-differentiating-human-fat-cells
#11
D Tews, T Fromme, M Keuper, S M Hofmann, K M Debatin, M Klingenspor, M Wabitsch, P Fischer-Posovszky
Under certain conditions UCP1 expressing adipocytes arise in white adipose tissue depots of both mice and humans. It is still not fully understood whether these cells differentiate de novo from specific progenitor cells or if they transdifferentiate from mature white adipocytes. Performing expression pattern analysis comparing adipocyte progenitor cells from deep and subcutaneous neck adipose tissue, we recently identified teneurin-2 (TENM2) enriched in white adipocyte progenitor cells. Here we tested whether TENM2 deficiency in adipocyte progenitor cells would lead to a brown adipocyte phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088465/neuronal-effects-of-thyroid-hormone-metabolites
#12
Eva K Wirth, Franziska Meyer
Thyroid hormones and their metabolites are active regulators of gene expression, mitochondrial function and various other physiological actions in different organs and tissues. These actions are mediated by a spatio-temporal regulation of thyroid hormones and metabolites within a target cell. This spatio-temporal resolution as well as classical and non-classical actions of thyroid hormones and metabolites is accomplished and regulated on multiple levels as uptake, local activation and signaling of thyroid hormones...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088464/microparticles-inflammatory-and-haemostaticbiomarkers-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#13
L M L Carvalho, C N Ferreira, M O Sóter, M F Sales, K F Rodrigues, S R Martins, A L Candido, F M Reis, I O Silva, F M F Campos, K B Gomes
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is associated with a chronic low-grade inflammation and predisposition to hemostatic and atherosclerotic complications. This case-control study evaluated the microparticles (MPs) profile in patients with the PCOS and related these MPs to clinical and biochemical parameters. MPs derived from platelets (PMPs), leuckocytes (LMPs) and endothelial cells (EMPs) were evaluated, as well as MPs expressing tissue factor (TFMPs), by flow cytometry, comparing women with PCOS (n = 50) and a healthy control group (n = 50)...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088463/stress-induced-egf-receptor-signaling-through-stat3-and-tumor-progression-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#14
Nikolas Balanis, Cathleen R Carlin
Elevated STAT3 activity is a hallmark of many epithelial carcinomas particularly in breast cancers where it is known to contribute to tumor progression through a variety of context-dependent biological responses. However, its role downstream of stress-exposed EGF receptors (EGFR) that are transactivated in endosomes independent of exogenous ligand has not been studied. This review discusses how STAT3 signaling induced by therapeutic stress in EGFR-driven triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) might override normal epithelial homeostatic mechanisms and provide a survival advantage for tumor cells before they leave the primary tumor and spread to distant sites...
January 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087388/unravelling-the-role-of-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-cancer-through-the-foxo3-foxm1-axis
#15
Paula Saavedra-García, Katie Nichols, Zimam Mahmud, Lavender Yuen-Nam Fan, Eric W-F Lam
Obesity and cachexia represent divergent states of nutritional and metabolic imbalance but both are intimately linked to cancer. There is an extensive overlap in their signalling pathways and molecular components involved such as fatty acids (FAs), which likely play a crucial role in cancer. Forkhead box (FOX) proteins are responsible of a wide range of transcriptional programmes during normal development, and the FOXO3-FOXM1 axis is associated with cancer initiation, progression and drug resistance. Free fatty acids (FFAs), FA synthesis and β-oxidation are associated with cancer development and progression...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087387/orbital-fibroblasts-of-graves-orbitopathy-stimulated-with-proinflammatory-cytokines-promote-b-cell-survival-by-secreting-baff
#16
Fen Tang, Xiaoqing Chen, Yuxiang Mao, Shangtao Wan, Siming Ai, Huasheng Yang, Guangming Liu, Yusha Zou, Miaoli Lin, Liang Dan
The success of rituximab for the treatment of active Graves' orbitopathy (GO) suggests that B cells play a critical role in intraorbital inflammation. B cell activating factor (BAFF) and its homolog a proliferation-inducing ligand (APRIL) are critical for B cell survival. However, the contribution of BAFF/APRIL to GO remains unclear. We sought to determine the role of BAFF/APRIL in the orbits of GO, and found that BAFF was markedly upregulated, while APRIL was not. Additionally, cultured GO orbital fibroblasts (GO-OFs)(2) expressing BAFF were induced to produce a large amount of BAFF...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087386/androgens-and-androgen-receptor-signaling-contribute-to-ovarian-development-in-the-chicken-embryo
#17
Ryoma Tanaka, Hiroe Izumi, Asato Kuroiwa
Androgens and androgen receptor (AR) signaling play important roles throughout development. In the chicken, AR signaling is involved in reproduction; however, its specific role is unclear. We show that AR signaling is involved in the normal development of the female embryonic gonads. The AR mRNA level was detected in male and female embryonic gonads by quantitative RT-PCR, and its expression was higher in females than in males at all developmental stages examined. In female embryos, the AR localized to nuclei of cells in the left gonad...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087385/berberine-exerts-renoprotective-effects-by-regulating-the-ages-rage-signaling-pathway-in-mesangial-cells-during-diabetic-nephropathy
#18
Yuan-Ye Qiu, Li-Qin Tang, Wei Wei
In this study, we explored the effect of berberine treatment on the AGEs-RAGE pathway in a rat model of diabetic nephropathy, and we investigated the mechanism by which key factors caused kidney injury and the effects of berberine. In vivo, berberine improved fasting blood glucose, body weight, the majority of biochemical and renal function parameters and histopathological changes in the diabetic kidney. Western blotting and immunohistochemistry revealed significant increases in the levels of AGEs, RAGE, P-PKC-β and TGF-β1 in injured kidneys, and these levels were markedly decreased by treatment with berberine...
January 10, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081987/serum-folate-vitamin-b12-levels-and-diabetic-peripheral-neuropathy-in-type-2-diabetes-a-meta-analysis
#19
Dan Wang, Jun-Xia Zhai, Dian-Wu Liu
The association between serum folate and vitamin B12 levels and the risk of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) remains unclear. This meta-analysis included 16 studies of serum folate levels (1190 cases and 1501 controls) and 18 studies of serum vitamin B12 levels (1239 cases and 1562 controls) in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Reduced serum levels of folate and vitamin B12 were found in patients with T2DM and DPN compared with patients with T2DM but without DPN; weighted mean difference (WMD) = -1...
January 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069537/cardiac-actions-of-thyroid-hormone-metabolites
#20
Grazia Rutigliano, Riccardo Zucchi
Thyroid hormones (THs) have a major role in regulating cardiac function. Their classical mechanism of action is genomic. Recent findings have broadened our knowledge about the (patho)physiology of cardiac regulation by THs, to include non-genomic actions of THs and their metabolites (THM). This review provides an overview of classical and non-classical cardiac effects controlled by: i) iodothyronines (thyroxine, T4; 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine,T3; 3, 5-diiodothyronine, T2); ii) thyronamines (thyronamine, T0AM; 3-iodothyronamine, T1AM); and iii) iodothyroacetic acids (3, 5, 3', 5'-tetraiodothyroacetic acid, tetrac; 3, 5, 3'-triiodothyroacetic acid, triac; 3-iodothyroacetic acid, TA1)...
January 6, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
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