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Mitochondria AND mTOR

Yingying Liu, Shanshan Fang, Qiushi Sun, Bo Liu
Glioblastoma is one of the most vascular brain tumour and highly resistant to current therapy. Targeting both glioblastoma cells and angiogenesis may present an effective therapeutic strategy for glioblastoma. In our work, we show that an anthelmintic drug, ivermectin, is active against glioblastoma cells in vitro and in vivo, and also targets angiogenesis. Ivermectin significantly inhibits growth and anchorage-independent colony formation in U87 and T98G glioblastoma cells. It induces apoptosis in these cells through a caspase-dependent manner...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
K R Vogel, G R Ainslie, E E W Jansen, G S Salomons, K M Gibson
Aldehyde dehydrogenase 5a1-deficient (aldh5a1(-/-)) mice, the murine orthologue of human succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD), manifest increased GABA (4-aminobutyric acid) that disrupts autophagy, increases mitochondria number, and induces oxidative stress, all mitigated with the mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) inhibitor rapamycin [1]. Because GABA regulates mTOR, we tested the hypothesis that aldh5a1(-/-) mice would show altered levels of mRNA for genes associated with mTOR signaling and oxidative stress that could be mitigated by inhibiting mTOR...
October 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Darius Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Afshin Saffari, Lara Wahlster, Alessia Di Nardo, Daria Turner, Tommy L Lewis, Christopher Conrad, Jonathan M Rothberg, Jonathan O Lipton, Stefan Kölker, Georg F Hoffmann, Min-Joon Han, Franck Polleux, Mustafa Sahin
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurodevelopmental disease caused by TSC1 or TSC2 mutations and subsequent activation of the mTORC1 kinase. Upon mTORC1 activation, anabolic metabolism, which requires mitochondria, is induced, yet at the same time the principal pathway for mitochondrial turnover, autophagy, is compromised. How mTORC1 activation impacts mitochondrial turnover in neurons remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate impaired mitochondrial homeostasis in neuronal in vitro and in vivo models of TSC...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Lelin Hu, Hao Wang, Li Huang, Yong Zhao, Junjie Wang
Autophagy induced by radiation is critical to cell fate decision. Evidence now sheds light on the importance of autophagy induced by cancer radiotherapy. Traditional view considers radiation can directly or indirectly damage DNA which can activate DNA damage the repair signaling pathway, a large number of proteins participating in DNA damage repair signaling pathway such as p53, ATM, PARP1, FOXO3a, mTOR and SIRT1 involved in autophagy regulation. However, emerging recent evidence suggests radiation can also cause injury to extranuclear targets such as plasma membrane, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and induce accumulation of ceramide, ROS, and Ca2+ concentration which activate many signaling pathways to modulate autophagy...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Longbin Zheng, Ying Li, Xuesong Li, Jiayuan Kou, Zhaoyu Zhong, Yueqing Jiang, Zhongni Liu, Ye Tian, Liming Yang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is considered a new approach for the treatment of atherosclerosis. We previously confirmed that hydroxyl acetylated curcumin (HAC) was a sonosensitizer. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of THP-1 macrophage apoptosis and autophagy induced by HAC mediated SDT (HAC-SDT). METHODS: Cell viability was measured using a CCK-8 assay. Laser scanning confocal microscopy was used to measure the levels of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), sub-cellular HAC localization, BAX and cytochrome C translocation, LC3 expression, monodansylcadaverine staining and Dil-labeled oxidized low density lipoprotein (Dil-ox-LDL) uptake...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
M-U-D Lone, K S Baghel, R K Kanchan, R Shrivastava, S A Malik, B N Tewari, C Tripathi, M P S Negi, V K Garg, M Sharma, M L B Bhatt, S Bhadauria
Augmented reactive oxygen species levels consequential to functional alteration of key mitochondrial attributes contribute to carcinogenesis, either directly via oxidative DNA damage infliction or indirectly via activation of oncogenic signaling cascades. We previously reported activation of a key oncogenic signaling cascade via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling complex-2 (mTORC2) owing to estrogen receptor (ER-α)-dependent augmentation of O2(.-) within the mitochondria of 17-β-estradiol (E2)-stimulated breast cancer cells...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Ren-Jie Wei, Su-Shuan Lin, Wen-Ren Wu, Lih-Ren Chen, Chien-Feng Li, Han-De Chen, Chien-Ting Chou, Ya-Chun Chen, Shih-Shin Liang, Shang-Tao Chien, Yow-Ling Shiue
The objective was to investigate the upstream mechanisms of apoptosis which were triggered by a novel anti-microtubule drug, ABT-751, in hepatocellular carcinoma-derived Huh-7 cells. Effects of ABT-751 were evaluated by immunocytochemistry, flow cytometric, alkaline comet, soft agar, immunoblotting, CytoID, green fluorescent protein-microtubule associated protein 1 light chain 3 beta detection, plasmid transfection, nuclear/cytosol fractionation, coimmunoprecipitation, quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, small-hairpin RNA interference and mitochondria/cytosol fractionation assays...
September 24, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Clara Correia-Melo, João F Passos
In a study published in The EMBO Journal, we demonstrated that mitochondria are necessary for the proinflammatory phenotype of senescence. Furthermore, we identified a new senescence-regulatory pathway involving mTOR-dependent mitochondrial biogenesis. These data highlight mitochondria as targets for interventions that counteract the pro-aging effects of senescence while preserving tumor suppression.
July 2016: Molecular & Cellular Oncology
Qiang Li, Li Shen, Zhen Wang, Hai-Peng Jiang, Li-Xia Liu
OBJECTIVE: To determine the mechanism by which Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) relieves myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury (MIRI) in rats via the PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats received an intravenous injection of Tan IIA and LY294002 and were divided into the sham, control (myocardial ischemia reperfusion), Tan-L (low-dose Tan IIA), Tan-H (high-dose Tan IIA), Tan-L+LY (low-dose Tan IIA+LY294002), Tan-H+LY (high-dose Tan IIA+LY294002) and LY (LY294002) groups...
September 16, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jiao Wang, Yue Wang, Qiang Liu, Linnan Yang, Rongrong Zhu, Chengzhong Yu, Shilong Wang
Breast cancer is the primary reason for cancer-related death in women worldwide and the development of new formulations to treat breast cancer patients is crucial. Curcumin (Cur), a natural product, exerts promising anticancer activities against various cancer types. However, its therapeutic efficacy is hindered as a result of poor water solubility, instability, and low bioavailability. The aim of this work is to assess the curative effect of a novel nanoformulation, i.e., Cur-loaded and calcium-doped dendritic mesoporous silica nanoparticles modified with folic acid (Cur-Ca@DMSNs-FA) for breast cancer therapy...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dah Ihm Kim, Ki Hoon Lee, Amr Ahmed Gabr, Gee Euhn Choi, Jun Sung Kim, So Hee Ko, Ho Jae Han
Mitochondrial dysfunction is known as one of causative factors in Alzheimer's disease (AD), inducing neuronal cell death. Mitochondria regulate their functions through changing their morphology. The present work was undertaken to investigate whether Amyloid β (Aβ) affects mitochondrial morphology in neuronal cells to induce apoptosis. Aβ treatment induced not only the fragmentation of mitochondria but also neuronal apoptosis in association with an increase in caspase-9 and -3 activity. Calcium influx induced by Aβ up-regulated the activation of Akt through CaMKII resulting in changes to the phosphorylation level of Drp1 in a time-dependent manner...
September 3, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yang-Ling Li, Jiao Sun, Xiu Hu, Yi-Ni Pan, Wei Yan, Qing-Yu Li, Fei Wang, Neng-Ming Lin, Chong Zhang
PURPOSE: Epothilone B and its derivatives are tested in multiple clinical trials. Epothilone B induces neurotoxic effect in clinical trials; however, low-dose epothilone B regimen can promote neuroprotection and neurogenesis. Thus, the study of new combination chemotherapy regimen incorporating low-dose epothilone B with other chemotherapeutic agents might help to develop epothilone B-based approaches to cancer treatment and avoid the neurotoxicity of epothilone B. METHODS: Cell proliferation was assessed by SRB cell viability assay...
November 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Su-Hua Huang, Jin-Cherng Lien, Chao-Jung Chen, Yu-Ching Liu, Ching-Ying Wang, Chia-Fong Ping, Yu-Fong Lin, An-Cheng Huang, Cheng-Wen Lin
Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, has five genotypes (I, II, III, IV, and V). JEV genotype I circulates widely in some Asian countries. However, current JEV vaccines based on genotype III strains show low neutralizing capacities against genotype I variants. In addition, JE has no specific treatment, except a few supportive treatments. Compound CW-33, an intermediate synthesized derivative of furoquinolines, was investigated for its antiviral activities against JEV in this study...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Kara R Vogel, Garrett R Ainslie, K Michael Gibson
Recent studies have identified a role for supraphysiological gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the regulation of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), a protein kinase with pleiotropic roles in cellular development and homeostasis, including integration of growth factors and nutrient sensing and synaptic input in neurons (Lakhani et al. 2014; Vogel et al. 2015). Aldehyde dehydrogenase 5a1-deficient (aldh5a1 (-/-) ) mice, the murine orthologue of human succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADHD), manifest increased GABA that disrupts mitophagy and increases mitochondria number with enhanced oxidant stress...
November 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Yu-Jen Wu, Bing-Sang Wong, Shu-Hao Yea, Chi-I Lu, Shun-Hsiang Weng
Sinularin is an active compound isolated from the cultured soft coral Sinularia flexibilis. In this study, we investigated the effects of sinularin on two human gastric cancer cell lines, AGS and NCI-N87. Our results demonstrated that sinularin suppressed the proliferation of gastric cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner and induced apoptosis. In addition, the loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, the release of cytochrome C, the activation of Bax, Bad and caspase-3/9, and the suppression of p-Bad, Bcl-xL and Bcl-2 were observed in the cells treated with sinularin...
2016: Marine Drugs
Bin Fan, Fu-Qaing Li, Ling Zuo, Guang-Yu Li
Acute energy depletion contributes to ischemia-induced retinal neuronal injury, causing photoreceptor death and subsequent vision loss. The mTOR pathway is a crucial cellular signaling hub modulating RNA transcription, protein synthesis, and metabolic balance. Thus, we mimicked acute energy depletion in photoreceptor cells (661W cells) with glucose deprivation and investigated neuroprotective mechanisms of mTOR inhibition. We found that treatment with rapamycin, an mTOR-specific inhibitor, reduced intracellular ROS, maintained the mitochondrial membrane potential and restored mitochondrial dysfunction...
October 2016: Neurochemistry International
Yajun He, Quan Mo, Yanchun Hu, Biao Luo, Yan Qiao, Ruiguang Xu, Zhicai Zuo, Junliang Deng, Guangneng Peng, Nong Xiang, Wei He, Yahui Wei
E. adenophorum has reported to cause hepatotoxicity. But, the precise effects of E. adenophorum on hepatocytes is unclear. Saanen goats were fed on E. adenophorum to detect the cytotoxicity effects of E. adenophorum on hepatocytes. Our study has shown that the typical apoptotic features, the increasing apoptotic hepatocytes and activated caspase-9, -3 and the subsequent cleavage of PARP indicated the potent pro-apoptotic effects of E. adenophorum. Moreover, the translocation of Bax and Cyt c between mitochondria and cytosol triggering the forming of apoptosome proved that the mitochondria-mediated apoptosis was triggered by E...
July 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiaoli Zhang, Xiping Cheng, Lu Yu, Junsheng Yang, Raul Calvo, Samarjit Patnaik, Xin Hu, Qiong Gao, Meimei Yang, Maria Lawas, Markus Delling, Juan Marugan, Marc Ferrer, Haoxing Xu
Cellular stresses trigger autophagy to remove damaged macromolecules and organelles. Lysosomes 'host' multiple stress-sensing mechanisms that trigger the coordinated biogenesis of autophagosomes and lysosomes. For example, transcription factor (TF)EB, which regulates autophagy and lysosome biogenesis, is activated following the inhibition of mTOR, a lysosome-localized nutrient sensor. Here we show that reactive oxygen species (ROS) activate TFEB via a lysosomal Ca(2+)-dependent mechanism independent of mTOR...
2016: Nature Communications
Kan He, Dongshi Chen, Hang Ruan, Xiangyun Li, Jingshan Tong, Xiang Xu, Lin Zhang, Jian Yu
mTOR activation is commonly caused by oncogenic mutations in RAS/RAF/MAPK and PI3K/AKT pathways, and promotes cancer progression and therapeutic resistance. However, mTOR inhibitors show limited single agent efficacy in patients. mTOR inhibitors suppress tumor cell growth and angiogenesis, and have recently been shown to induce death receptor/FADD-dependent apoptosis in colon cancers. Using a panel of BRAF V600E and WT colorectal cancer cell lines and in vitro selected resistant culture, and xenograft models, we demonstrate here that BRAFV600E confers resistance to mTOR inhibitors...
June 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Zachary Oaks, Thomas Winans, Tiffany Caza, David Fernandez, Yuxin Liu, Steve K Landas, Katalin Banki, Andras Perl
BACKGROUND: Anti-phospholipid antibodies (aPL) constitute a diagnostic criterion of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). aPL have been linked to liver disease in SLE. Since the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a regulator of oxidative stress, which contributes to the development of aPL, we examined the involvement of liver mitochondria in mouse lupus pathogenesis. METHODS: Mitochondria were isolated from lupus-prone MRL/lpr, C57BL/6.lpr and MRL mice, age-matched C57BL/6 negative controls, and transaldolase-deficient mice which exhibit oxidative stress in the liver...
June 22, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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