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Sang-Jin Lee, Jeongmi Hwang, Hyeon-Ju Jeong, Miran Yoo, Ga-Yeon Go, Jae-Rin Lee, Young-Eun Leem, Jong Woo Park, Dong-Wan Seo, Yong Kee Kim, Myong-Joon Hahn, Jeung-Whan Han, Jong-Sun Kang, Gyu-Un Bae
Skeletal myogenesis is coordinated by multiple signaling pathways that control cell adhesion/migration, survival and differentiation accompanied by muscle-specific gene expression. A cell surface protein Cdo is involved in cell contact-mediated promyogenic signals through activation of p38MAPK and AKT. Protein kinase C-related kinase 2 (PKN2/PRK2) is implicated in regulation of various biological processes, including cell migration, adhesion and death. It has been shown to interact with and inhibit AKT thereby inducing cell death...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Victoria C Foletta, Michelle Palmieri, Joachim Kloehn, Shaun Mason, Stephen F Previs, Malcolm J McConville, Oliver M Sieber, Clinton R Bruce, Greg M Kowalski
Deuterated water (²H₂O), a stable isotopic tracer, provides a convenient and reliable way to label multiple cellular biomass components (macromolecules), thus permitting the calculation of their synthesis rates. Here, we have combined ²H₂O labelling, GC-MS analysis and a novel cell fractionation method to extract multiple biomass components (DNA, protein and lipids) from the one biological sample, thus permitting the simultaneous measurement of DNA (cell proliferation), protein and lipid synthesis rates...
October 13, 2016: Metabolites
Michela De Bellis, Roberta Carbonara, Julien Roussel, Alessandro Farinato, Ada Massari, Sabata Pierno, Marilena Muraglia, Filomena Corbo, Carlo Franchini, Maria Rosaria Carratù, Annamaria De Luca, Diana Conte Camerino, Jean-François Desaphy
Although the sodium channel blocker, mexiletine, is the first choice drug in myotonia, some myotonic patients remain unsatisfied due to contraindications, lack of tolerability, or incomplete response. More therapeutic options are thus needed for myotonic patients, which require clinical trials based on solid preclinical data. In previous structure-activity relationship studies, we identified two newly-synthesized derivatives of tocainide, To040 and To042, with greatly enhanced potency and use-dependent behavior in inhibiting sodium currents in frog skeletal muscle fibers...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
Shinichiro Hayashi, Ichiro Manabe, Yumi Suzuki, Frédéric Relaix, Yumiko Oishi
Krüppel-like factor 5 (Klf5) is a zinc-finger transcription factor that controls various biological processes, including cell proliferation and differentiation. We show that Klf5 is also an essential mediator of skeletal muscle regeneration and myogenic differentiation. During muscle regeneration after injury (cardiotoxin injection), Klf5 was induced in the nuclei of differentiating myoblasts and newly formed myofibers expressing myogenin in vivo. Satellite cell-specific Klf5 deletion severely impaired muscle regeneration, and myotube formation was suppressed in Klf5-deleted cultured C2C12 myoblasts and satellite cells...
October 15, 2016: ELife
Shantaé M Thornton, James E Krolopp, Marcia J Abbott
Molecular mediators of metabolic processes, to increase energy expenditure, have become a focus for therapies of obesity. The discovery of cytokines secreted from the skeletal muscle (SKM), termed "myokines," has garnered attention due to their positive effects on metabolic processes. Interleukin-15 (IL-15) is a myokine that has numerous positive metabolic effects and is linked to the PPAR family of mitochondrial regulators. Here, we aimed to determine the importance of PPARα and/or PPARδ as targets of IL-15 signaling...
2016: PPAR Research
Annalisa Bonifacio, Gerda M Sanvee, Karin Brecht, Denise V Kratschmar, Alex Odermatt, Jamal Bouitbir, Stephan Krähenbühl
Statins are generally well tolerated, but treatment with these drugs may be associated with myopathy. The mechanisms of statin-associated myopathy are not completely understood. Statins inhibit AKT phosphorylation by an unclear mechanism, whereas insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) activates the IGF-1/AKT signaling pathway and promotes muscle growth. The aims of the study were to investigate mechanisms of impaired AKT phosphorylation by simvastatin and to assess effects of IGF-1 on simvastatin-induced myotoxicity in C2C12 myotubes...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Yoichi Munehira, Ze Yang, Or Gozani
Histone methylation dynamics play a critical role in cellular programming during development. For example, specific lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) and demethylases (KDMs) have been implicated in the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into various cell lineages. However, a systematic functional analysis for an entire family of KMT or KDM enzymes has not been performed. Here we test the function of all the known and candidate KDMs in myoblast and osteoblast differentiation using the C2C12 cell differentiation model system...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Tianzheng Yu, Patricia Deuster, Yifan Chen
The regulation of mitochondrial morphology is closely coupled to cell survival during stress. We examined changes in the mitochondrial morphology of mouse C2C12 skeletal muscle cells in response to heat acclimation and heat shock exposure. Acclimated cells showed a greater survival rate during heat shock exposure than non-acclimated cells, and were characterized by long interconnected mitochondria and reduced expression of dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) for their mitochondrial fractions. Exposure of C2C12 muscle cells to heat shock led to apoptotic death featuring activation of caspase 3/7, release of cytochrome c and loss of cell membrane integrity...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Yuanfei Zhou, Jiao Ren, Tongxing Song, Jian Peng, Hongkui Wei
The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) integrates amino acid (AA) availability to support protein synthesis and cell growth. Taste receptor type 1 member (T1R) is a G protein-coupled receptor that functions as a direct sensor of extracellular AA availability to regulate mTORC1 through Ca(2+) stimulation and extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) activation. However, the roles of specific AAs in T1R1/T1R3-regulated mTORC1 are poorly defined. In this study, T1R1 and T1R3 subunits were expressed in C2C12 myotubes, and l-AA sensing was accomplished by T1R1/T1R3 to activate mTORC1...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Nitu Bhaskar, Nagarajan Padmavathy, Shubham Jain, Suryasarathi Bose, Bikramjit Basu
Herein, we report the development of a unique architecture by chemically crosslinking the salicylic acid (SA) based poly (anhydride-ester) onto a biodegradable amine functionalized polycaprolactone (PCL), using lactic acid as a spacer. The ester and amide linkages in the SA-PCL polymer, synthesized through melt condensation, were confirmed by NMR and FT-IR spectroscopic techniques. The enzymatic and non-enzymatic hydrolytic degradation profile exhibited linear degradation kinetics over extended time period (>5 weeks)...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Frédéric Capel, Naoufel Cheraiti, Cécile Acquaviva, Carole Hénique, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Christine Vianey-Saban, Carina Prip-Buus, Béatrice Morio
Because the protective effect of oleate against palmitate-induced insulin resistance may be lessened in skeletal muscle once cell metabolism is overloaded by fatty acids (FAs), we examined the impact of varying amounts of oleate on palmitate metabolic channeling and insulin signaling in C2C12 myotubes. Cells were exposed to 0.5mM of palmitate and to increasing doses of oleate (0.05, 0.25 and 0.5mM). Impacts of FA treatments on radio-labelled FA fluxes, on cellular content in diacylglycerols (DAG), triacylglycerols (TAG), ceramides, acylcarnitines, on PKCθ, MAPKs (ERK1/2, p38) and NF-ΚB activation, and on insulin-dependent Akt phosphorylation were examined...
October 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chonlada Charoenviriyakul, Yuki Takahashi, Masaki Morishita, Akihiro Matsumoto, Makiya Nishikawa, Yoshinobu Takakura
Exosomes are small membrane vesicles secreted from cells and are expected to be used as drug delivery systems. Important characteristics of exosomes, such as yield, physicochemical properties, and pharmacokinetics, may be different among different cell types. However, there is limited information about the effect of cell type on these characteristics. In the present study, we evaluated these characteristics of exosomes derived from five different types of mouse cell lines: B16BL6 murine melanoma cells, C2C12 murine myoblast cells, NIH3T3 murine fibroblasts cells, MAEC murine aortic endothelial cells, and RAW264...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Jeong-Seok Kim, Young-Hee Lee, Yong-Uoo Chang, Ho-Keun Yi
Excessive exercise induces an inflammatory response caused by oxidative stress, which delays recovery of damaged muscle fibers. The reduction of inflammatory response is important for skeletal muscle homeostasis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is an anti-inflammatory molecule, but the role of PPARγ in skeletal muscle as anti-inflammatory activity is not clear. Thus, this study examined the anti-inflammatory role of PPARγ against H2O2-induced oxidative stress in skeletal muscle. Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were exercised on a treadmill to induce oxidative stress...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Ruyi Zou, Da Li, Gang Wang, Mo Zhang, Yili Zhao, Zeyu Yang
The transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) functions as a downstream regulatory target in the Hippo signaling pathway that plays various roles. We previously developed a cell-based assay and identified the TAZ activator IBS008738 as a potential therapeutic target for glucocorticoid-induced atrophy. To further explore the application of IBS008738 in various muscle-related diseases, we examined the function of IBS008738 in inflammatory cytokine-mediated mouse muscle responses after traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
October 7, 2016: Inflammation
R M Downs, M A Hughes, S T Kinsey, M C Johnson, B L Baumgarner
Caffeine is a widely consumed stimulant that has previously been shown to promote cytotoxic stress and even cell death in numerous mammalian cell lines. Thus far there is little information available regarding the toxicity of caffeine in skeletal muscle cells. Our preliminary data revealed that treating C2C12 myotubes with 5 mM caffeine for 6 h increased nuclear fragmentation and reduced basal and maximal oxygen consumption rate (OCR) in skeletal myotubes. The purpose of this study was to further elucidate the pathways by which caffeine increased cell death and reduced mitochondrial respiration...
October 4, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Lisa Oezel, Hanna Then, Anna L Jung, Samir Jabari, Gabriel A Bonaterra, Thaddeus T Wissniowski, Susanne F Önel, Matthias Ocker, Kati Thieme, Ralf Kinscherf, Pietro Di Fazio
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and depression. The aim was to analyze potential mitochondrial dysfunction or autophagy in mice after exposure to intermittent cold stress (ICS). Muscle and liver specimens were obtained from 36 mice. Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) activity was measured. Microtubule-associated protein light chain 3 (MAP1LC3B) and glycogen content were determined histologically; muscle ultrastructure by electron microscopy. Mitochondrial- and autophagy-related markers were analyzed by RT-qPCR and Western blotting...
October 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
N Wang, J Zhang, J X Yang
Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) stimulates osteoclast differentiation and suppresses osteoblast differentiation, leading to bone loss and decreased bone mass in local inflammation areas in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The growth factor progranulin (PGRN) is expressed in various types of cells and play crucial roles in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and arthritis by blocking TNF-α. Here, we investigated the role of PGRN in blocking TNF-α-mediated inhibition of osteoblast differentiation and the regulatory mechanism...
September 9, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Indumathi Chennamsetty, Michael Coronado, Kévin Contrepois, Mark P Keller, Ivan Carcamo-Orive, John Sandin, Giovanni Fajardo, Andrew J Whittle, Mohsen Fathzadeh, Michael Snyder, Gerald Reaven, Alan D Attie, Daniel Bernstein, Thomas Quertermous, Joshua W Knowles
We recently identified human N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) as an insulin resistance (IR) gene. Here, we examine the cellular mechanism linking NAT2 to IR and find that Nat1 (mouse ortholog of NAT2) is co-regulated with key mitochondrial genes. RNAi-mediated silencing of Nat1 led to mitochondrial dysfunction characterized by increased intracellular reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial fragmentation as well as decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, biogenesis, mass, cellular respiration, and ATP generation...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
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 modelled these obesity-induced effects in cultured C2C12 myotubes, using BSA-conjugated palmitate to increase synthesis of endogenous sphingolipids and inhibit insulin signaling and oxidative phosphorylation. Palmitate (a) induced the accumulation of 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...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Isabela Estrada-Alcalde, Miriam R Tenorio-Guzman, Armando R Tovar, Daniela Salinas-Rubio, Ivan Torre-Villalvazo, Nimbe Torres, Lilia G Noriega
Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) catabolism is regulated by the branched-chain aminotransferase (BCAT2) and the branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase complex (BCKDH). BCAT2 and BCKDH expression and activity are modified during adipogenesis and altered in adipose tissues of mice with genetic or diet-induced obesity. However, little is known about how these modifications and alterations affect the intracellular metabolic fate of BCAAs during adipogenesis, in adipocytes from mice fed a control or high-fat diet or in C2C12 myotubes...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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