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Molecular Metabolism

Linda A Villani, Brennan K Smith, Katarina Marcinko, Rebecca J Ford, Lindsay A Broadfield, Alex E Green, Vanessa P Houde, Paola Muti, Theodoros Tsakiridis, Gregory R Steinberg
OBJECTIVE: The sodium-glucose transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors Canagliflozin and Dapagliflozin are recently approved medications for type 2 diabetes. Recent studies indicate that SGLT2 inhibitors may inhibit the growth of some cancer cells but the mechanism(s) remain unclear. METHODS: Cellular proliferation and clonogenic survival were used to assess the sensitivity of prostate and lung cancer cell growth to the SGLT2 inhibitors. Oxygen consumption, extracellular acidification rate, cellular ATP, glucose uptake, lipogenesis, and phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and the p70S6 kinase were assessed...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Paula Mera, Kathrin Laue, Jianwen Wei, Julian Meyer Berger, Gerard Karsenty
OBJECTIVE: A decrease in muscle protein turnover and therefore in muscle mass is a hallmark of aging. Because the circulating levels of the bone-derived hormone osteocalcin decline steeply during aging in mice, monkeys and humans we asked here whether this hormone might regulate muscle mass as mice age. METHODS: We examined muscle mass and strength in mice lacking osteocalcin (Ocn-/-) or its receptor in all cells (Gprc6a-/-) or specifically in myofibers (Gprc6a Mck -/-) as well as in 9 month-old WT mice receiving exogenous osteocalcin for 28 days...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Yen Ching Lim, Sook Yoong Chia, Shengnan Jin, Weiping Han, Chunming Ding, Lei Sun
OBJECTIVE: DNA methylation may be a stable epigenetic contributor to defining fat cell lineage. METHODS: We performed reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and RNA-seq to depict a genome-wide integrative view of the DNA methylome and transcriptome during brown and white adipogenesis. RESULTS: Our analysis demonstrated that DNA methylation is a stable epigenetic signature for brown and white cell lineage before, during, and after differentiation...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Hong Wang, Yongping Wang, Matthew D Taussig, Robert H Eckel
OBJECTIVE: Compared to men, postmenopausal women suffer from a disproportionate burden of many co-morbidities associated with obesity, e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. The underlying mechanism for this sex difference is not well understood but is believed to relate to absence of the protective effect of estrogen through the action of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) in the central nervous system. With the recently developed neuron-specific lipoprotein lipase deficient mice (NEXLPL-/-) (Wang et al...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Miguel Angel Sánchez-Garrido, Kirk M Habegger, Christoffer Clemmensen, Cassie Holleman, Timo D Müller, Diego Perez-Tilve, Pengyun Li, Archita S Agrawal, Brian Finan, Daniel J Drucker, Matthias H Tschöp, Richard D DiMarchi, Alexei Kharitonenkov
OBJECTIVE: Fibroblast activation protein (FAP) is a serine protease belonging to a S9B prolyl oligopeptidase subfamily. This enzyme has been implicated in cancer development and recently reported to regulate degradation of FGF21, a potent metabolic hormone. Using a known FAP inhibitor, talabostat (TB), we explored the impact of FAP inhibition on metabolic regulation in mice. METHODS: To address this question we evaluated the pharmacology of TB in various mouse models including those deficient in FGF21, GLP1 and GIP signaling...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Christopher D Morrison, Zheng Hao, Michael B Mumphrey, R Leigh Townsend, Heike Münzberg, Jianping Ye, Hans-Rudolf Berthoud
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms by which bariatric surgeries so effectively and lastingly reduce body weight and normalize metabolic dysfunction are not well understood. Fibroblast growth fator-21 (FGF21) is a key regulator of metabolism and is currently considered for treatment of obesity. Although elevated by acute food deprivation, it is downregulated after weight loss induced by chronic calorie restriction but not after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Therefore, the goal of the present study was to assess the role of FGF21-signaling in the beneficial effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB)...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Cyrielle Billon, Sadichha Sitaula, Thomas P Burris
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of mortality in Western countries. Atherosclerosis is a multi-step inflammatory disease characterized at early stages by accumulation of cholesterol in the arterial wall followed by recruitment of immune cells. We sought to determine if pharmacological suppression of RORα/γ activity is beneficial in treatment of atherosclerosis. METHODS: To identify the role of RORα and RORγ in atherosclerosis, we used the LDL-R(-/-) mouse model of atherosclerosis placed on a high cholesterol diet treated with SR1001, a RORα/γ inverse agonist, for four weeks...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Kevin Vivot, Valentine S Moullé, Bader Zarrouki, Caroline Tremblay, Arturo D Mancini, Hasna Maachi, Julien Ghislain, Vincent Poitout
OBJECTIVE: G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling regulates insulin secretion and pancreatic β cell-proliferation. While much knowledge has been gained regarding how GPCRs are activated in β cells, less is known about the mechanisms controlling their deactivation. In many cell types, termination of GPCR signaling is controlled by the family of Regulators of G-protein Signaling (RGS). RGS proteins are expressed in most eukaryotic cells and ensure a timely return to the GPCR inactive state upon removal of the stimulus...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Mahmoud El Azzouny, Melissa J Longacre, Israr-Ul H Ansari, Robert T Kennedy, Charles F Burant, Michael J MacDonald
OBJECTIVE: Glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells requires metabolic signals including the generation of glucose-derived short chain acyl-CoAs in the cytosol from mitochondrially-derived metabolites. One concept of insulin secretion is that ATP citrate lyase generates short chain acyl-CoAs in the cytosol from mitochondrially-derived citrate. Of these, malonyl-CoA, is believed to be an important signal in insulin secretion. Malonyl-CoA is also a precursor for lipids...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Hejiao Bian, Jean Z Lin, Chendi Li, Stephen R Farmer
OBJECTIVE: Arising from common progenitors in the bone marrow, adipogenesis and osteogenesis are closely associated yet mutually exclusive during bone marrow mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC) development. Previous studies have shown that morphological changes can affect the early commitment of pluripotent BMSCs to the adipose versus osteoblastic lineage via modulation of RhoA activity. The RhoA pathway regulates actin polymerization to promote the incorporation of globular actin (G-actin) into filamentous actin (F-actin)...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Zulaykho Shamansurova, Paul Tan, Basma Ahmed, Emilie Pepin, Ondrej Seda, Julie L Lavoie
OBJECTIVE: We previously demonstrated that the handle-region peptide, a prorenin/renin receptor [(P)RR] blocker, reduces body weight and fat mass and may improve insulin sensitivity in high-fat fed mice. We hypothesized that knocking out the adipose tissue (P)RR gene would prevent weight gain and insulin resistance. METHODS: An adipose tissue-specific (P)RR knockout (KO) mouse was created by Cre-loxP technology using AP2-Cre recombinase mice. Because the (P)RR gene is located on the X chromosome, hemizygous males were complete KO and had a more pronounced phenotype on a normal diet (ND) diet compared to heterozygous KO females...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Giulia Ferrannini, Maria Namwanje, Bin Fang, Manashree Damle, Dylan Li, Qiongming Liu, Mitchell A Lazar, Li Qiang
OBJECTIVE: Genetic background largely contributes to the complexity of metabolic responses and dysfunctions. Induction of brown adipose features in white fat, known as brown remodeling, has been appreciated as a promising strategy to offset the positive energy balance in obesity and further to improve metabolism. Here we address the effects of genetic background on this process. METHODS: We investigated browning remodeling in a depot-specific manner by comparing the response of C57BL/6J, 129/Sv and FVB/NJ mouse strains to cold...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Gerald Grandl, Sebastian Müller, Hansjörg Moest, Caroline Moser, Bernd Wollscheid, Christian Wolfrum
OBJECTIVE: Adipose tissue shows a high degree of plasticity, and adipocyte hyperplasia is an important mechanism for adipose tissue expansion. Different adipose depots respond differently to an increased demand for lipid storage. Orchestrating cellular expansion in vivo requires extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and a high degree of interaction between cells and ECM. METHODS: We studied decellularized primary adipose stromal cell derived ECM of different adipose depots and reseeded them with primary adipose precursors...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Carles Lerin, Allison B Goldfine, Tanner Boes, Manway Liu, Simon Kasif, Jonathan M Dreyfuss, Ana Luisa De Sousa-Coelho, Grace Daher, Irini Manoli, Justin R Sysol, Elvira Isganaitis, Niels Jessen, Laurie J Goodyear, Kirk Beebe, Walt Gall, Charles P Venditti, Mary-Elizabeth Patti
OBJECTIVE: Plasma levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) are consistently elevated in obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) and can also prospectively predict T2D. However, the role of BCAA in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and T2D remains unclear. METHODS: To identify pathways related to insulin resistance, we performed comprehensive gene expression and metabolomics analyses in skeletal muscle from 41 humans with normal glucose tolerance and 11 with T2D across a range of insulin sensitivity (SI, 0...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Loic Yengo, Abdelilah Arredouani, Michel Marre, Ronan Roussel, Martine Vaxillaire, Mario Falchi, Abdelali Haoudi, Jean Tichet, Beverley Balkau, Amélie Bonnefond, Philippe Froguel
OBJECTIVE: Characterizing specific metabolites in sub-clinical phases preceding the onset of type 2 diabetes to enable efficient preventive and personalized interventions. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We developed predictive models of type 2 diabetes using two strategies. One strategy focused on the probability of incidence only and was based on logistic regression (MRS1); the other strategy accounted for the age at diagnosis of diabetes and was based on Cox regression (MRS2)...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Sarbani Ghoshal, Qingzhang Zhu, Alice Asteian, Hua Lin, Haifei Xu, Glen Ernst, James C Barrow, Baoji Xu, Michael D Cameron, Theodore M Kamenecka, Anutosh Chakraborty
OBJECTIVE: Obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) lead to various life-threatening diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, asthma, and neurodegeneration. Therefore, extensive research is ongoing to identify novel pathways that can be targeted in obesity/T2D. Deletion of the inositol pyrophosphate (5-IP7) biosynthetic enzyme, inositol hexakisphosphate kinase-1 (IP6K1), protects mice from high fat diet (HFD) induced obesity (DIO) and insulin resistance. Yet, whether this pathway is a valid pharmacologic target in obesity/T2D is not known...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Karl J Kaiyala, Kayoko Ogimoto, Jarrell T Nelson, Kenjiro Muta, Gregory J Morton
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role played by leptin in thermoregulation, we studied the effects of physiological leptin replacement in leptin-deficient ob/ob mice on determinants of energy balance, thermogenesis and heat retention under 3 different ambient temperatures. METHODS: The effects of housing at 14 °C, 22 °C or 30 °C on core temperature (telemetry), energy expenditure (respirometry), thermal conductance, body composition, energy intake, and locomotor activity (beam breaks) were measured in ob/ob mice implanted subcutaneously with osmotic minipumps at a dose designed to deliver a physiological replacement dose of leptin or its vehicle-control...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Jia Sun, Yong Gao, Ting Yao, Yiru Huang, Zhenyan He, Xingxing Kong, Kai-Jiang Yu, Rui-Tao Wang, Hongbo Guo, Jianqun Yan, Yongsheng Chang, Hong Chen, Philipp E Scherer, Tiemin Liu, Kevin W Williams
OBJECTIVE: Adiponectin receptors (AdipoRs) are located on neurons of the hypothalamus involved in metabolic regulation - including arcuate proopiomelanocortin (Pomc) and Neuropeptide Y/Agouti-related peptide (NPY/AgRP) neurons. AdipoRs play a critical role in regulating glucose and fatty acid metabolism by initiating several signaling cascades overlapping with Leptin receptors (LepRs). However, the mechanism by which adiponectin regulates cellular activity in the brain remains undefined...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Kavaljit H Chhabra, Jessica M Adams, Graham L Jones, Miho Yamashita, Martin Schlapschy, Arne Skerra, Marcelo Rubinstein, Malcolm J Low
OBJECTIVE: A major challenge for obesity treatment is the maintenance of reduced body weight. Diet-induced obese mice are resistant to achieving normoweight once the obesogenic conditions are reversed, in part because lowered circulating leptin leads to a reduction in metabolic rate and a rebound of hyperphagia that defend the previously elevated body weight set point. Because hypothalamic POMC is a central leptin target, we investigated whether changes in circulating leptin modify Pomc expression to maintain normal energy balance in genetically predisposed obese mice...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
Soledad Pitra, Yumei Feng, Javier E Stern
BACKGROUND: Hypertension and obesity are highly interrelated diseases, being critical components of the metabolic syndrome. Despite the growing prevalence of this syndrome in the world population, efficient therapies are still missing. Thus, identification of novel targets and therapies are warranted. An enhanced activity of the hypothalamic renin-angiotensin system (RAS), including the recently discovered prorenin (PR) and its receptor (PRR), has been implicated as a common mechanism underlying aberrant sympatho-humoral activation that contributes to both metabolic and cardiovascular dysregulation in the metabolic syndrome...
October 2016: Molecular Metabolism
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