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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088541/secretory-pathway-optimization-of-cho-producer-cells-by-co-engineering-of-the-mitosrna-1978-target-genes-cers2-and-tbc1d20
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Lisa A Pieper, Michaela Strotbek, Till Wenger, Martin Gamer, Monilola A Olayioye, Angelika Hausser
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the most commonly used host for the production of biopharmaceuticals. Although transcription and translation engineering strategies have been employed to generate high-producer cell clones, the secretory pathway still remains a bottleneck in cellular productivity. In this study we show that ectopic expression of a human mitochondrial genome-encoded small RNA (mitosRNA-1978) in an IgG expressing CHO cell line strongly improved specific productivity by functioning in a microRNA-like fashion...
January 11, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087695/novel-interconnections-in-lipid-metabolism-revealed-by-overexpression-of-sphingomyelin-synthase-1
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Gergana M Deevska, Patrick P Dotson, Alexander A Karakashian, Giorgis Isaac, Mark Wrona, Samuel B Kelly, Alfred H Merrill, Mariana N Nikolova-Karakashian
This study investigates the consequences of elevating sphingomyelin synthase 1 (SMS1) activity, which generates the main mammalian sphingolipid, sphingomyelin. HepG2 cells stably transfected with SMS1 (HepG2-SMS1), exhibit elevated enzyme activity in vitro and increased sphingomyelin content (mainly C22:0- and C24:0-sphingomyelin), but lower hexosylceramide (Hex-Cer) levels. HepG2-SMS1 cells have less triacylglycerols than controls but similar diacylglycerol acyltransferase activity, triacylglycerol secretion, and mitochondrial function...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081222/at7867-inhibits-human-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-akt-dependent-and-akt-independent-mechanisms
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Shihu Zhang, Zhengming Deng, Chen Yao, Ping Huang, Yi Zhang, Shibing Cao, Xiangcheng Li
AKT is often hyper-activated in human colorectal cancers (CRC). This current study evaluated the potential anti-CRC activity by AT7867, a novel AKT and p70S6K1 (S6K1) dual inhibitor. We showed that AT7867 inhibited survival and proliferation of established (HT-29, HCT116 and DLD-1 lines) and primary human CRC cells. Meanwhile, it provoked caspase-dependent apoptosis in the CRC cells. Molecularly, AT7867 blocked AKT-S6K1 activation in CRC cells. Restoring AKT-S6K1 activation, via expression of a constitutively-active AKT1 ("ca-AKT1"), only partially attenuated AT7867-induced HT-29 cell death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078595/method-to-measure-sphingomyelin-synthase-activity-changes-in-response-to-cd95l
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Fatima Bilal, Michaël Pérès, Nathalie Andrieu-Abadie, Thierry Levade, Bassam Badran, Ahmad Daher, Bruno Ségui
Sphingomyelin synthases 1 and 2 convert the anti-oncometabolite ceramide to sphingomyelin, the most abundant sphingolipid in plasma membrane. CD95L-induced ceramide increase is associated with the caspase-dependent inhibition of sphingomyelin synthesis, which enhances the mitochondrial route to apoptosis. Knocking down sphingomyelin synthase 1 or inhibiting sphingomyelin synthesis facilitates ceramide accumulation, cytochrome c release from mitochondria, and caspase-9 activation in cancer cell upon CD95L treatment...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035926/pleiotropic-effect-of-human-apoe4-on-cerebral-ceramide-and-saturated-fatty-acid-levels
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Sandra den Hoedt, Carola I F Janssen, Guiseppe Astarita, Daniele Piomelli, Frank P J Leijten, Simone M Crivelli, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Helga E de Vries, Jochen Walter, Pilar Martinez-Martinez, Eric J G Sijbrands, Amanda J Kiliaan, Monique T Mulder
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is known for its role in lipid trafficking and the ɛ4 allele is a risk factor for late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, aberrant ceramide and fatty acid (FA) levels have been implicated in AD. OBJECTIVE: To determine the specific effects of human ApoE4 (hE4) on cerebral ceramide and FA content during chow or a high fat/high cholesterol (HFHC) diet. METHODS: Cerebral ceramide and FA profiles were determined by LC-MSMS in 15-month-old female wild-type (WT), ApoE-knockout (E0), and hE4-knockin mice fed chow or a HFHC diet for 3 months...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035360/hepatic-inflammatory-cytokine-production-can-be-regulated-by-modulating-sphingomyelinase-and-ceramide-synthase-6
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Min Hee Kim, Hee Kyung Ahn, Eun-Ji Lee, Su-Jeong Kim, Ye-Ryung Kim, Joo-Won Park, Woo-Jae Park
Chronic inflammation is associated with the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and diabetic complications, and palmitate has been nominated as a candidate for the molecular link between these disorders. Recently, a crucial role of ceramide in inflammation and metabolic diseases has been reported. Therefore, in this study, we investigated whether ceramide formation is involved in palmitate‑induced hepatic inflammation in vitro and in vivo. Ceramide can be generated either by the de novo pathway or by sphingomyelin degradation, and six different ceramide synthases (CerS) determine the specific acyl chain length of ceramide in mammals...
December 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031787/lac-1-and-lag-1-with-ras-1-affect-aging-and-the-biological-clock-in-neurospora-crassa
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John K Brunson, James Griffith, Daneisha Bowles, Mary E Case, Jonathan Arnold
Using an automated cell counting technique developed previously (Case et al., Ecology and Evolution 2014; 4: 3494), we explore the lifespan effects of lac-1, a ceramide synthase gene paralogous to lag-1 in Neurospora crassa in conjunction with the band bd (ras-1) gene. We find that the replicative lifespan of a lac-1(KO)bd double mutants is short, about one race tube cycle, and this double mutant lacks a strong ~21-hr clock cycle as shown by race tube and fluorometer analysis of fluorescent strains including lac-1(KO) ...
December 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881717/localization-of-1-deoxysphingolipids-to-mitochondria-induces-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Irina Alecu, Andrea Tedeschi, Natascha Behler, Klaus Wunderling, Christian Lamberz, Mario A R Lauterbach, Anne Gaebler, Daniela Ernst, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Ashraf Al-Amoudi, Eicke Latz, Alaa Othman, Lars Kuerschner, Thorsten Hornemann, Frank Bradke, Christoph Thiele, Anke Penno
1-Deoxysphingolipids (deoxySLs) are atypical sphingolipids that are elevated in the plasma of patients with type 2 diabetes and hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1 (HSAN1). Clinically, diabetic neuropathy and HSAN1 are very similar, suggesting the involvement of deoxySLs in the pathology of both diseases. However, very little is known about the biology of these lipids and the underlying pathomechanism. We synthesized an alkyne analog of 1-deoxysphinganine (doxSA), the metabolic precursor of all deoxySLs, to trace the metabolism and localization of deoxySLs...
January 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853511/molecular-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-of-inositol-phosphorylceramide-synthase-inhibitor-complex-in-leishmaniasis-insight-into-the-structure-based-drug-design
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Vineetha Mandlik, Shailza Singh
Inositol phosphorylceramide synthase (IPCS) has emerged as an important, interesting and attractive target in the sphingolipid metabolism of Leishmania. IPCS catalyzes the conversion of ceramide to IPC which forms the most predominant sphingolipid in Leishmania. IPCS has no mammalian equivalent and also plays an important role in maintaining the infectivity and viability of the parasite. The present study explores the possibility of targeting IPCS; development of suitable inhibitors for the same would serve as a treatment strategy for the infectious disease leishmaniasis...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842800/anti-candida-albicans-natural-products-sources-of-new-antifungal-drugs-a-review
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REVIEW
A Zida, S Bamba, A Yacouba, R Ouedraogo-Traore, R T Guiguemdé
INTRODUCTION: Candida albicans is the most prevalent fungal pathogen in humans. Due to the development of drug resistance, there is today a need for new antifungal agents for the efficient management of C. albicans infections. Therefore, we reviewed antifungal activity, mechanisms of action, possible synergism with antifungal drugs of all natural substances experimented to be efficient against C. albicans for future. METHODS: An extensive and systematic review of the literature was undertaken and all relevant abstracts and full-text articles analyzed and included in the review...
November 11, 2016: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836537/possible-roles-of-long-chain-sphingomyelines-and-sphingomyelin-synthase-2-in-mouse-macrophage-inflammatory-response
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Hideaki Sakamoto, Tetsuya Yoshida, Takao Sanaki, Shuhei Shigaki, Hirotoshi Morita, Miki Oyama, Masaru Mitsui, Yoshikazu Tanaka, Toru Nakano, Susumu Mitsutake, Yasuyuki Igarashi, Hiroshi Takemoto
To evaluate the precise role of sphingomyelin synthase 2 (SMS2) in sphingomyelin (SM) metabolism and their anti-inflammatory properties, we analyzed species of major SM and ceramide (Cer) (18:1, 18:0 sphingoid backbone, C14 - C26 N-acyl part) in SMS2 knockout and wild-type mouse plasma and liver using HPLC-MS. SMS2 deficiency significantly decreased very long chain SM (SM (d18:1/22:0) and SM (d18:1/24:0 or d18:0/24:1)) and increased very long chain Cer (Cer (d18:1/24:0 or d18:0/24:1) and Cer (d18:1/24:1)), but not long chain SM (SM (d18:1/16:0), SM (d18:1/18:0 or d18:0/18:1) and SM (d18:1/18:1)) in plasma...
January 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809764/cross-phenotype-association-tests-uncover-genes-mediating-nutrient-response-in-drosophila
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Christopher S Nelson, Jennifer N Beck, Kenneth A Wilson, Elijah R Pilcher, Pankaj Kapahi, Rachel B Brem
BACKGROUND: Obesity-related diseases are major contributors to morbidity and mortality in the developed world. Molecular diagnostics and targets of therapies to combat nutritional imbalance are urgently needed in the clinic. Invertebrate animals have been a cornerstone of basic research efforts to dissect the genetics of metabolism and nutrient response. We set out to use fruit flies reared on restricted and nutrient-rich diets to identify genes associated with starvation resistance, body mass and composition, in a survey of genetic variation across the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP)...
November 4, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806293/sphingosine-kinase-1-cooperates-with-autophagy-to-maintain-endocytic-membrane-trafficking
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Megan M Young, Yoshinori Takahashi, Todd E Fox, Jong K Yun, Mark Kester, Hong-Gang Wang
Sphingosine kinase 1 (Sphk1) associates with early endocytic membranes during endocytosis; however, the role of sphingosine or sphingosine-1-phosphate as the critical metabolite in endocytic trafficking has not been established. Here, we demonstrate that the recruitment of Sphk1 to sphingosine-enriched endocytic vesicles and the generation of sphingosine-1-phosphate facilitate membrane trafficking along the endosomal pathway. Exogenous sphingosine and sphingosine-based Sphk1 inhibitors induce the Sphk1-dependent fusion of endosomal membranes to accumulate enlarged late endosomes and amphisomes enriched in sphingolipids...
November 1, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775668/role-of-intracellular-lipid-logistics-in-the-preferential-usage-of-very-long-chain-ceramides-in-glucosylceramide
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Toshiyuki Yamaji, Aya Horie, Yuriko Tachida, Chisato Sakuma, Yusuke Suzuki, Yasunori Kushi, Kentaro Hanada
Ceramide is a common precursor of sphingomyelin (SM) and glycosphingolipids (GSLs) in mammalian cells. Ceramide synthase 2 (CERS2), one of the six ceramide synthase isoforms, is responsible for the synthesis of very long chain fatty acid (C20-26 fatty acids) (VLC)-containing ceramides (VLC-Cer). It is known that the proportion of VLC species in GSLs is higher than that in SM. To address the mechanism of the VLC-preference of GSLs, we used genome editing to establish three HeLa cell mutants that expressed different amounts of CERS2 and compared the acyl chain lengths of SM and GSLs by metabolic labeling experiments...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728904/hypothalamic-lipids-key-regulators-of-whole-body-energy-balance
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Ismael González-García, Johan Fernø, Carlos Diéguez, Rubén Nogueiras, Miguel López
Hypothalamic lipid metabolism plays a major role in the physiological regulation of energy balance. Modulation of several enzymatic activities that control lipid biosynthesis, such as fatty acid synthase (FAS) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), impacts both feeding and energy expenditure. However, lipids can also cause pathological alterations in the hypothalamus. Lipotoxicity is promoted by excess lipids in tissues non suitable for their storage. A large amount of evidence has demonstrated that lipotoxicity is a pathophysiological mechanism leading to metabolic diseases, such as insulin resistance, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerosis and steatohepatitis...
October 11, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703011/a-role-for-ceramides-but-not-sphingomyelins-as-antagonists-of-insulin-signaling-and-mitochondrial-metabolism-in-c2c12-myotubes
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Min Park, Vincent Kaddai, Jianhong Ching, Kevin T Fridianto, Ryan J Sieli, Shigeki Sugii, Scott A Summers
The accumulation of sphingolipids in obesity leads to impairments in insulin sensitivity and mitochondrial metabolism, but the precise species driving these defects is unclear. We have modeled these obesity-induced effects in cultured C2C12 myotubes, using BSA-conjugated palmitate to increase synthesis of endogenous sphingolipids and to inhibit insulin signaling and oxidative phosphorylation. Palmitate (a) induced the accumulation of sphingomyelin (SM) precursors such as sphinganine, dihydroceramide, and ceramide; (b) inhibited insulin stimulation of a central modulator of anabolic metabolism, Akt/PKB; (c) inhibited insulin-stimulated glycogen synthesis; and (d) decreased oxygen consumption and ATP synthesis...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27647482/spinal-muscular-atrophy-associated-with-progressive-myoclonus-epilepsy
#17
Haluk Topaloglu, Judith Melki
A rare syndrome characterized by lower motor neuron disease associated with progressive myoclonic epilepsy, referred to as "spinal muscular atrophy associated with progressive myoclonic epilepsy" (SMA-PME), has been described in childhood and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait. SMA-PME is caused by mutation in the ASAH1 gene encoding acid ceramidase. Ceramide and the metabolites participate in various cellular events as lipid mediators. The catabolism of ceramide in mammals occurs in lysosomes through the activity of ceramidase...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634569/developmental-inhibition-of-mir-iab8-3p-disrupts-mushroom-body-neuron-structure-and-adult-learning-ability
#18
Germain U Busto, Tugba Guven-Ozkan, Molee Chakraborty, Ronald L Davis
MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that inhibit protein expression post-transcriptionally. They have been implicated in many different physiological processes, but little is known about their individual involvement in learning and memory. We recently identified several miRNAs that either increased or decreased intermediate-term memory when inhibited in the central nervous system, including miR-iab8-3p. We report here a new developmental role for this miRNA. Blocking the expression of miR-iab8-3p during the development of the organism leads to hypertrophy of individual mushroom body neuron soma, a reduction in the field size occupied by axonal projections, and adult intellectual disability...
November 15, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618929/autosomal-recessive-progressive-myoclonus-epilepsy-due-to-impaired-ceramide-synthesis
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Edoardo Ferlazzo, Pasquale Striano, Domenico Italiano, Tiziana Calarese, Sara Gasparini, Nicola Vanni, Floriana Fruscione, Pierre Genton, Federico Zara
Autosomal recessive progressive myoclonus epilepsy due to impaired ceramide synthesis is an extremely rare condition, so far reported in a single family of Algerian origin presenting an unusual, severe form of progressive myoclonus epilepsy characterized by myoclonus, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and moderate to severe cognitive impairment, with probable autosomal recessive inheritance. Disease onset was between 6 and 16 years of age. Genetic study allowed to identify a homozygous nonsynonymous mutation in CERS1, the gene encoding ceramide synthase 1, a transmembrane protein of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), catalyzes the biosynthesis of C18-ceramides...
September 1, 2016: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27591968/regulation-of-glucose-homeostasis-and-insulin-action-by-ceramide-acyl-chain-length-a-beneficial-role-for-very-long-chain-sphingolipid-species
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Magdalene K Montgomery, Simon H J Brown, Xin Y Lim, Corrine E Fiveash, Brenna Osborne, Nicholas L Bentley, Jeremy P Braude, Todd W Mitchell, Adelle C F Coster, Anthony S Don, Gregory J Cooney, Carsten Schmitz-Peiffer, Nigel Turner
In a recent study, we showed that in response to high fat feeding C57BL/6, 129X1, DBA/2 and FVB/N mice all developed glucose intolerance, while BALB/c mice displayed minimal deterioration in glucose tolerance and insulin action. Lipidomic analysis of livers across these five strains has revealed marked strain-specific differences in ceramide (Cer) and sphingomyelin (SM) species with high-fat feeding; with increases in C16-C22 (long-chain) and reductions in C>22 (very long-chain) Cer and SM species observed in the four strains that developed HFD-induced glucose intolerance...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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