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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430962/ulk1-prevents-cardiac-dysfunction-in-obesity-through-autophagy-meditated-regulation-of-lipid-metabolism
#1
Minae An, Dong-Ryeol Ryu, Jang Won Park, Ji Ha Choi, Eun-Mi Park, Kyung Eun Lee, Minna Woo, Minsuk Kim
Aims: Autophagy is essential to maintain tissue homeostasis, particularly in long-lived cells such as cardiomyocytes. Whereas many studies support the importance of autophagy in the mechanisms underlying obesity-related cardiac dysfunction, the role of autophagy in cardiac lipid metabolism remains unclear. In the heart, lipotoxicity is exacerbated by cardiac lipoprotein lipase (LPL), which mediates accumulation of fatty acids to the heart through intravascular triglyceride (TG) hydrolysis...
April 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421673/endothelial-erbb4-deficit-induces-alterations-in-exploratory-behavior-and-brain-energy-metabolism-in-mice
#2
Gang Wu, Xiu-Xiu Liu, Nan-Nan Lu, Qi-Bing Liu, Yun Tian, Wei-Feng Ye, Guo-Jun Jiang, Rong-Rong Tao, Feng Han, Ying-Mei Lu
AIMS: The receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB4 is present throughout the primate brain and has a distinct functional profile. In this study, we investigate the potential role of endothelial ErbB4 receptor signaling in the brain. RESULTS: Here, we show that the endothelial cell-specific deletion of ErbB4 induces decreased exploratory behavior in adult mice. However, the water maze task for spatial memory and the memory reconsolidation test reveal no changes; additionally, we observe no impairment in CaMKII phosphorylation in Cdh5Cre;ErbB4(f/f) mice, which indicates that the endothelial ErbB4 deficit leads to decreased exploratory activity rather than direct memory deficits...
April 18, 2017: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421304/increased-autophagic-degradation-contributes-to-the-neuroprotection-of-hydrogen-sulfide-against-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#3
Yuanjun Zhu, Mengyang Shui, Xiaoyan Liu, Wenhui Hu, Yinye Wang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), an endogenous gaseous signal molecule, exhibits protective effect against ischemic injury. However, its underlying mechanism is not fully understood. We have recently reported that exogenous H2S decreases the accumulation of autophagic vacuoles in mouse brain with ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. To further investigate whether this H2S-induced reduction of autophagic vacuoles is caused by the decreased autophagosome synthesis and/or the increased autophagic degradation inautophagic flux, we performed in vitro and in vivo studies using SH-SY5Y cells for the oxygen and glucose deprivation/reoxygenation (OGD/R) and mice for the cerebral I/R, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420820/high-insulin-impaired-ovarian-function-in-early-pregnant-mice-and-the-role-of-autophagy-in-this-process
#4
Yan Su, Juan Wu, Junlin He, Xueqing Liu, Xuemei Chen, Yubin Ding, Chen Zhang, Wenqi Chen, Yingxiong Wang, Rufei Gao
Metabolic disorders, such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus), are associated with menstrual dysfunction, anovulation, infertility, and early pregnancy loss. Ovarian dysfunction is not only related to low pregnancy rates but also to the increased risk of miscarriage. Women with PCOS or T2DM, characterized by hyperinsulinemia, commonly experience ovarian dysfunction. In this study, we first explored whether high insulin levels directly affected ovarian functioning during embryo implantation...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420621/association-between-polymorphisms-of-autophagy-pathway-and-responses-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-treated-with-platinum-based-chemotherapy
#5
Wang Shiming, Song Xiao, Zhao Xueying, Chen Hongyan, Wang Jiucun, Wu Junjie, Gao Zhiqiang, Qian Ji, Bai Chunxue, Li Qiang, Han Baohui, Lu Daru
Platinum-based chemotherapy is an important treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. However, the effectiveness of the treatment varies among the patients. We investigated the association between DNA polymorphisms of the autophagy pathway and responses of such treatment among 1004 Chinese patients. Ninety-nine SNPs located on 13 genes of the autophagy pathway were genotyped and assessed for their association with clinical benefit, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). The results showed that rs7953348 (G>A) (P=0...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410240/ulk1-over-expression-in-human-gastric-cancer-is-correlated-with-patients-t-classification-and-cancer-relapse
#6
Min-Bin Chen, Xiao-Zhi Ji, Yuan-Yuan Liu, Ping Zeng, Xin-Yu Xu, Rong Ma, Zheng-Dong Guo, Jian-Wei Lu, Ji-Feng Feng
Ulk1 is a key autophagy protein. Here, we tested expression and potential function of Ulk1 in human gastric cancer. Ulk1 mRNA and protein were significantly elevated in multiple fresh human gastric cancer tissues. Its level was relatively low in surrounding normal epithelial tissues. Ulk1 over-expression was also observed in several gastric cancer cell lines (AGS, HGC-27, and SNU601). Remarkably, Ulk1 knockdown by targeted-shRNA inhibited AGS gastric cancer cell survival and proliferation. On the other hand, exogenous Ulk1 over-expression could further promote AGS cell survival and proliferation...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401013/resistin-confers-resistance-to-doxorubicin-induced-apoptosis-in-human-breast-cancer-cells-through-autophagy-induction
#7
Zhenyu Liu, Aiping Shi, Dong Song, Bing Han, Zhiru Zhang, Le Ma, Dongxu Liu, Zhimin Fan
Clear evidence has linked obesity to a high risk of incidence as well as poor clinical outcome of breast cancer. It has been proven that changes in the levels of adipokines caused by obesity are associated with the initiation and progression of breast cancer. Resistin is a novel adipokine that is upregulated in breast cancer patients and promotes breast cancer cell growth, invasion, and migration. The aim of the study was to investigate whether resistin affected the efficacy of doxorubicin (Dox), one of the most effective anthracycline chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of breast cancer...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401008/autophagy-inhibits-cell-death-induced-by-the-anti-cancer-drug-morusin
#8
Sang Woo Cho, Wooju Na, Minji Choi, Shin Jung Kang, Seok-Geun Lee, Cheol Yong Choi
Autophagy is a cellular process by which damaged organelles and dysfunctional proteins are degraded. Morusin is an anti-cancer drug isolated from the root bark of Morus alba. Morusin induces apoptosis in human prostate cancer cells by reducing STAT3 activity. In this study, we examined whether morusin induces autophagy and also examined the effects of autophagy on the morusin-induced apoptosis. Morusin induces LC3-II accumulation and ULK1 activation in HeLa cells. In addition, we found that induction of ULK1 Ser317 phosphorylation and reduction of ULK1 Ser757 phosphorylation occurred simultaneously during morusin-induced autophagy...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389629/inhibition-of-p70-s6-kinase-s6k1-activity-by-a77-1726-the-active-metabolite-of-leflunomide-induces-autophagy-through-tak1-mediated-ampk-and-jnk-activation
#9
Xiulong Xu, Jing Sun, Ruilong Song, Michelle E Doscas, Ashley J Williamson, Jingsong Zhou, Jun Sun, Xinan Jiao, Xiufan Liu, Yi Li
mTOR activation suppresses autophagy by phosphorylating ULK1 at S757 and suppressing its enzymatic activity. Here we report that feedback activation of mTOR in the PI-3 kinase pathway by two p70 S6 kinase (S6K1) inhibitors (PF-4708671 and A77 1726, the active metabolite of an immunosuppressive drug leflunomide) or by S6K1 knockdown did not suppress but rather induced autophagy. Suppression of S6K1 activity led to the phosphorylation and activation of AMPK, which then phosphorylated ULK1 at S555. While mTOR feedback activation led to increased phosphorylation of ULK1 at S757, this modification did not the disrupt ULK1-AMPK interaction nor dampen ULK1 S555 phosphorylation and the induction of autophagy...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389568/hepatitis-c-virus-triggers-golgi-fragmentation-and-autophagy-through-the-immunity-related-gtpase-m
#10
Marianne D Hansen, Ingvild B Johnsen, Kim A Stiberg, Tatyana Sherstova, Takaji Wakita, Gabriel Mary Richard, Richard K Kandasamy, Eliane F Meurs, Marit W Anthonsen
Positive-stranded RNA viruses, such as hepatitis C virus (HCV), assemble their viral replication complexes by remodeling host intracellular membranes to a membranous web. The precise composition of these replication complexes and the detailed mechanisms by which they are formed are incompletely understood. Here we show that the human immunity-related GTPase M (IRGM), known to contribute to autophagy, plays a previously unrecognized role in this process. We show that IRGM is localized at the Golgi apparatus and regulates the fragmentation of Golgi membranes in response to HCV infection, leading to colocalization of Golgi vesicles with replicating HCV...
April 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381396/caspase-3-controls-aml1-eto-driven-leukemogenesis-via-autophagy-modulation-in-a-ulk1-dependent-manner
#11
Na Man, Yurong Tan, Xiao-Jian Sun, Fan Liu, Guoyan Cheng, Sarah Greenblatt, Camilo Martinez, Daniel L Karl, Koji Ando, Ming Sun, Dan Hou, Bingyi Chen, Mingjiang Xu, Feng-Chun Yang, Zhu Chen, Saijuan Chen, Stephen D Nimer, Lan Wang
AML1-ETO (AE), a fusion oncoprotein, generated by the t(8;21), can trigger acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in collaboration with mutations including c-Kit, ASXL1/2, FLT3, N-RAS, and K-RAS. Caspase-3, a key executor among its family, plays multiple roles in cellular processes, including hematopoietic development and leukemia progression. Caspase-3 was revealed to directly cleave AE in vitro, suggesting that AE may accumulate in a Caspase-3 compromised background and thereby accelerate leukemogenesis. Therefore, we developed a Caspase-3 knockout genetic mouse model of AML and found that loss of Caspase-3 actually delayed AML1-ETO9a (AE9a)-driven leukemogenesis, indicating that Caspase-3 may play distinct roles in the initiation and/or progression of AML...
April 5, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381171/identification-and-validation-of-a-novel-autophagy-gene-expression-signature-for-human-bladder-cancer-patients
#12
Sanaa Eissa, Marwa Matboli, Nahla Awad, Yousif Kotb
We sought to identify and validate a novel urinary autophagy transcript signature in patients with bladder cancer and evaluate its clinical utility. We performed an initial screening for seven autophagy transcript-based panel (autophagy-related protein 12 (ATG12); WD repeat domain, phosphoinositide interacting 2 (WIPI2); FYVE and coiled-coil domain-containing protein 1 (FYCO1); microtubule-associated protein light chain (MAPLC3); RB1-inducible coiled-coil 1 (RB1CC1); tachylectin-II-like beta-propeller domain 1 (TECPR1); and Unc-51-like kinase (ULK1)) that was identified based on bioinformatics analysis followed by SYBR Green-based polymerase chain reaction array validation in paired tissue and urine samples...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379541/resistance-to-apoptosis-and-autophagy-leads-to-enhanced-survival-in-sertoli-cells
#13
Ferial Aslani, Tim Sebastian, Miguel Keidel, Suada Fröhlich, Hans-Peter Elsässer, Hans-Christian Schuppe, Jörg Klug, Poornima Mahavadi, Monika Fijak, Martin Bergmann, Andreas Meinhardt, Sudhanshu Bhushan
STUDY QUESTION: What is the underlying mechanism of Sertoli cell (SC) resistance to cell death? SUMMARY ANSWER: High expression of pro-survival B cell lymphoma-2 (BCL2) proteins and inhibition of apoptosis and autophagy prolongs SC survival upon exposure to stress stimuli. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In human and in experimental models of orchitis, tolerogenic SC survive stress conditions, while germ cells undergo massive apoptosis. In general, non-dividing highly differentiated cells tend to resist stress conditions for a longer time by favoring activation of pro-survival mechanisms and inhibition of cell death pathways...
April 3, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356270/ulk1-mediated-autophagy-plays-an-essential-role-in-mitochondrial-remodeling-and-functional-regeneration-of-skeletal-muscle
#14
Jarrod A Call, Rebecca J Wilson, Rhianna C Laker, Mei Zhang, Mondira Kundu, Zhen Yan
Autophagy is a conserved cellular process for degrading aggregate proteins and dysfunctional organelle. It is still debatable if autophagy and mitophagy (a specific process of autophagy of mitochondria) play important roles in myogenic differentiation and functional regeneration of skeletal muscle. We tested the hypothesis that autophagy is critical for functional regeneration of skeletal muscle. We first observed time-dependent increases (3-6 fold) of autophagy-related proteins (Atgs), including Ulk1, Beclin1 and LC3, along with reduced p62 expression during C2C12 differentiation, suggesting increased autophagy capacity and flux during myogenic differentiation...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330873/amp-activated-protein-kinase-%C3%AE-1-promotes-atherogenesis-by-increasing-monocyte-to-macrophage-differentiation
#15
Miao Zhang, Huaiping Zhu, Ye Ding, Zhaoyu Liu, Zhejun Cai, Ming-Hui Zou
Monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation, which can be initiated by physiological or atherogenic factors, is a pivotal process in atherogenesis, a disorder in which monocytes adhere to endothelial cells and subsequently migrate into the sub-endothelial spaces, where they differentiate into macrophages and macrophage-derived foam cells and cause atherosclerotic lesions. However, the monocyte-differentiation signaling pathways that are activated by atherogenic factors are poorly defined. Here we report that the AMP- activated protein kinase (AMPK) α1 in monocytes promotes atherosclerosis by increasing monocyte differentiation and survival...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323964/dysregulated-autophagy-in-hepatocytes-promotes-bisphenol-a-bpa-induced-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-male-mice
#16
Shumin Yang, Ting Li, Aipin Zhang, Rufei Gao, Chuan Peng, Lulu Liu, Qingfeng Cheng, Mei Mei, Ying Song, Xiaojiao Xiang, Chaodong Wu, Xiaoqiu Xiao, Qifu Li
Context: Accumulating evidence suggests that bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Disruption of autophagy causes lipid accumulation in hepatocytes. Whether and how BPA regulates autophagy remains to be explored. Objective: We investigated the effect of BPA on autophagy in hepatocytes and examined the influence of BPA-regulated autophagy on hepatic lipid accumulation. Design: Male CD1 mice were treated with BPA for eight weeks, followed by histological and biochemical evaluation of liver lipids and autophagy...
February 21, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317932/bacterial-secretion-system-skews-the-fate-of-legionella-containing-vacuoles-towards-lc3-associated-phagocytosis
#17
Andree Hubber, Tomoko Kubori, Cevayir Coban, Takeshi Matsuzawa, Michinaga Ogawa, Tsuyoshi Kawabata, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Hiroki Nagai
The evolutionarily conserved processes of endosome-lysosome maturation and macroautophagy are established mechanisms that limit survival of intracellular bacteria. Similarly, another emerging mechanism is LC3-associated phagocytosis (LAP). Here we report that an intracellular vacuolar pathogen, Legionella dumoffii, is specifically targeted by LAP over classical endocytic maturation and macroautophagy pathways. Upon infection, the majority of L. dumoffii resides in ER-like vacuoles and replicate within this niche, which involves inhibition of classical endosomal maturation...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301741/mechanisms-of-autophagy-initiation
#18
James H Hurley, Lindsey N Young
Autophagy is the process of cellular self-eating by a double-membrane organelle, the autophagosome. A range of signaling processes converge on two protein complexes to initiate autophagy: the ULK1 (unc51-like autophagy activating kinase 1) protein kinase complex and the PI3KC3- C1 (class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase complex I) lipid kinase complex. Some 90% of the mass of these large protein complexes consists of noncatalytic domains and subunits, and the ULK1 complex has essential noncatalytic activities...
March 15, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299793/foxo1-ampk-ulk1-regulates-ethanol-induced-autophagy-in-muscle-by-enhanced-atg14-association-with-the-becn1-pik3c3-complex
#19
Ly Q Hong-Brown, C Randell Brown, Maithili Navaratnarajah, Charles H Lang
BACKGROUND: Excessive alcohol (EtOH) consumption causes an imbalance in protein metabolism. EtOH impairs protein synthesis in C2C12 myoblasts via a FoxO1-AMPK-TSC2-mTORC1 pathway and also induces protein degradation. As the underlying regulatory signaling cascades for these processes are currently poorly defined, we tested the hypothesis that alcohol-induced autophagy is mediated via activation of the PIK3C3 complex that is regulated by FoxO1-AMPK. METHODS: C2C12 myoblasts were incubated with EtOH for various periods of time, and autophagy pathway-related proteins were assessed by Western blotting and immunoprecipitation...
May 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292700/canonical-and-noncanonical-functions-of-ulk-atg1
#20
REVIEW
Bo Wang, Mondira Kundu
Mammalian Unc-51-like kinases 1 and 2 (ULK1 and ULK2) belong to the ULK/Atg1 family of serine/threonine kinases, which are conserved from yeast to mammals. Although ULK/Atg1 is best known for regulating flux through the autophagy pathway, it has evolutionarily conserved noncanonical functions in protein trafficking that are essential for maintaining cellular homeostasis. As a direct target of energy- and nutrient-sensing kinases, ULK/Atg1 is positioned to regulate the distribution and use of cellular resources in response to metabolic cues...
March 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
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