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AMPK energy metabolism

Lars Kullmann, Michael P Krahn
The tumor suppressor LKB1 is an essential serine/threonine kinase, which regulates various cellular processes such as cell metabolism, cell proliferation, cell polarity, and cell migration. Germline mutations in the STK11 gene (encoding LKB1) are the cause of the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, which is characterized by benign polyps in the intestine and a higher risk for the patients to develop intestinal and extraintestinal tumors. Moreover, mutations and misregulation of LKB1 have been reported to occur in most types of tumors and are among the most common aberrations in lung cancer...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Eunyoung Bang, Boyoung Lee, Joon-Oh Park, Yooncheol Jang, Aekyong Kim, Sungwuk Kim, Hee-Sup Shin
In recent years, as the aging population grows, aging-induced cognitive impairments including dementia and Alzheimer's disease (AD) have become the biggest challenges for global public health and social care. Therefore, the development of potential therapeutic drugs for aging-associated cognitive impairment is essential. Metabolic dysregulation has been considered to be a key factor that affects aging and dementia. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a primary sensor of cellular energy states and regulates cellular energy metabolism...
February 2018: Experimental Neurobiology
Hussain N Alhamami, Md Main Uddin, A S M Hasan Mahmood, Karen P Briski
The hypothalamic energy sensor adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), an important regulator of counter-regulatory responses to hypoglycemia, responds to pharmacological manipulation of hindbrain AMPK activity. Dorsomedial hindbrain A2 noradrenergic neurons express hypoglycemia-sensitive metabolo-sensory biomarkers, including AMPK. Here, adult male rats were pretreated by intra-caudal fourth ventricular administration of the selective neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) to determine if catecholamine signaling from the aforesaid site governs hypothalamic AMPK activation during insulin-induced hypoglycemia (IIH)...
March 10, 2018: Neuroscience
Alicia Bort, Sergio Quesada, Ágata Ramos-Torres, Marta Gargantilla, Eva María Priego, Sophie Raynal, Franck Lepifre, Jose M Gasalla, Nieves Rodriguez-Henche, Ana Castro, Inés Díaz-Laviada
The key metabolic sensor adenosine monophosphate-dependent kinase (AMPK) has emerged as a promising therapeutic target for cancer prevention and treatment. Besides its role in energy homeostasis, AMPK blocks cell cycle, regulates autophagy and suppresses the anabolic processes required for rapid cell growth. AMPK is especially relevant in prostate cancer in which activation of lipogenic pathways correlate with tumor progression and aggressiveness. This study reports the discovery of a new series of 2-oxindole derivatives whose AMPK modulatory ability, as well as the antitumoral profile in prostate cancer cells, was evaluated...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Juliana Harumi Arita, Mário H Barros, Felipe Gustavo Ravagnani, Marcello Ziosi, Lívia Rentas Sanches, Fabíola Rosa Picosse, Tania Oliveira Lopes, Patrícia de Carvalho Aguiar, Carolina Habermann Macabelli, Marcos Chiaratti, José Luiz Pedroso, Catarina M Quinzi, Orlando Graziani Póvoas Barsottini, Claudia Cristina Ferreiro-Barros
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) regulates many different metabolic pathways in eukaryote cells including mitochondria biogenesis and energy homeostasis. Here we identify a patient with hypotonia, weakness, delayed milestones and neurological impairment since birth harbouring a novel homozygous mutation in the AMPK catalytic α-subunit 1, encoded by the PRKAA1 gene. The homozygous mutation p.S487 L in isoform 1 present in the patient is in a cryptic residue for AMPK activity. In the present study, we performed the characterization of mitochondrial respiratory properties of the patient, in comparison to healthy controls, through the culture of skin fibroblasts in order to understand some of the cellular consequences of the PRKAA1 mutation...
March 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Tiande Zou, Bo Wang, Qiyuan Yang, Jeanene M de Avila, Mei-Jun Zhu, Jinming You, Daiwen Chen, Min Du
Development of brown and beige/brite adipocytes increases thermogenesis and helps to reduce obesity and metabolic syndrome. Our previous study suggests that dietary raspberry can ameliorate metabolic syndromes in diet-induced obese mice. Here, we further evaluated the effects of raspberry on energy expenditure and adaptive thermogenesis and determined whether these effects were mediated by AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Mice deficient in the catalytic subunit of AMPKα1 and wild-type (WT) mice were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) or HFD supplemented with 5% raspberry (RAS) for 10 weeks...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Peng Liu, Tingting Feng, Xuan Zuo, Xiao Wang, Jinque Luo, Ni Li, Xiaowan Han, Ningyu Zhu, Suowen Xu, Yanni Xu, Zheng Gen Jin, Shuyi Si
Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) is an NAD+ -dependent protein deacetylase that plays a critical role in controlling energy metabolism, stress response and aging. Hence, enhancing SIRT1 activity could be a potential therapeutic strategy to treat metabolic diseases such as diabetes. However, pharmacological activators for SIRT1 are scarce to date. In this study, using the optimized high throughput screening, we identified E6155, a piperazine 1, 4- diamide compound, as a new small molecular activator of SIRT1. We further found that E6155 significantly upregulated glucose uptake in cultured mouse liver cells and skeletal muscle cells through increasing SIRT1 deacetylase activity...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Francesca Martorana, Daniela Gaglio, Maria Rosaria Bianco, Federica Aprea, Assunta Virtuoso, Marcella Bonanomi, Lilia Alberghina, Michele Papa, Anna Maria Colangelo
Neuronal differentiation involves extensive modification of biochemical and morphological properties to meet novel functional requirements. Reorganization of the mitochondrial network to match the higher energy demand plays a pivotal role in this process. Mechanisms of neuronal differentiation in response to nerve growth factor (NGF) have been largely characterized in terms of signaling, however, little is known about its impact on mitochondrial remodeling and metabolic function. In this work, we show that NGF-induced differentiation requires the activation of autophagy mediated by Atg9b and Ambra1, as it is disrupted by their genetic knockdown and by autophagy blockers...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Marc A Tuazon, Sara C Campbell, Dylan J Klein, Sue A Shapses, Keith R Anacker, Tracy G Anthony, Mehmet Uzumcu, Gregory C Henderson
BACKGROUND: Menopause is associated with fatty liver, glucose dysregulation, increased body fat, and impaired bone quality. Previously, it was demonstrated that single sessions of high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) are more effective than distance- and duration-matched continuous exercise (CE) on altering hepatic triglyceride (TG) metabolism and very-low density lipoprotein-TG (VLDL-TG) secretion. METHODS: Six weeks training using these modalities was examined for effects on hepatic TG metabolism/secretion, glucose tolerance, body composition, and bone mineral density (BMD) in ovariectomized (OVX) and sham-operated (SHAM) mice...
March 6, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Zengpeng Lv, Hao Fan, Beibei Zhang, Chao Ning, Kun Xing, Yuming Guo
Genistein (GEN) is a type of isoflavone mainly derived from soy products. In this experiment, we added 40 and 400 mg/kg GEN to the diet of laying broiler breeder hens to clarify the maternal effects of GEN on the development and metabolism of chick embryos. GEN treatment at 40 mg/kg increased embryonic length, weight, and liver index, as well as the width of the proliferative zone in the tibial growth plate of chick embryos. Gene ontology (GO) cluster analysis of the hepatic transcriptome showed that GEN treatment promoted embryonic development and cell proliferation...
March 8, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Lingyan Wu, Lina Zhang, Bohan Li, Haowen Jiang, Yanan Duan, Zhifu Xie, Lin Shuai, Jia Li, Jingya Li
Obesity occurs when excess energy accumulates in white adipose tissue (WAT), whereas brown adipose tissue (BAT), which is specialized in dissipating energy through thermogenesis, potently counteracts obesity. White adipocytes can be converted to thermogenic "brown-like" cells (beige cells; WAT browning) under various stimuli, such as cold exposure. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a crucial energy sensor that regulates energy metabolism in multiple tissues. However, the role of AMPK in adipose tissue function, especially in the WAT browning process, is not fully understood...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Loredana Mauro, Giuseppina Daniela Naimo, Luca Gelsomino, Rocco Malivindi, Leonardo Bruno, Michele Pellegrino, Roberta Tarallo, Domenico Memoli, Alessandro Weisz, Maria Luisa Panno, Sebastiano Andò
Adipose tissue is a metabolic and endocrine organ that secretes bioactive molecules called adipocytokines. Among these, adiponectin has a crucial role in obesity-associated breast cancer. The key molecule of adiponectin signaling is AMPK, which is mainly activated by liver kinase B1 (LKB1). Here, we demonstrated that estrogen receptor-α (ERα)/LKB1 interaction may negatively interfere with the LKB1 capability to phosphorylate AMPK and inhibit its downstream signaling TSC2/mTOR/p70S6k. In adiponectin-treated MCF-7 cells, AMPK signaling was not working, resulting in its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) being still active...
March 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Diane M Sepa-Kishi, Glen Katsnelson, George Bikopoulos, Ayesha Iqbal, Rolando B Ceddia
This study investigated the molecular and metabolic responses of the liver to cold-induced thermogenesis. To accomplish that, male Wistar rats were exposed to cold (4°C) for 7 days. Livers were then extracted and used for the determination of glucose and fatty acid oxidation, glycogen content, the expression and content of proteins involved in insulin signaling, as well as in the regulation of gluconeogenesis and de novo lipid synthesis. Despite being hyperphagic, cold-acclimated rats displayed normoglycemia with reduced insulinemia, which suggests improved whole-body insulin sensitivity...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Yi-Xuan Guo, Hai-Tao Nie, Chen-Jie Xu, Guo-Min Zhang, Ling-Wei Sun, Ting-Ting Zhang, Zhen Wang, Xu Feng, Pei-Hua You, Feng Wang
The aim of this study was to determine whether nutrient restriction and arginine treatment affect energy metabolism changes and oxidative stress through the mitochondrial pathway in the ovarian tissue of ewes during the luteal phase. On days 6-15 of the estrous cycle, 24 multiparous Hu sheep (BW = 43.56 ± 1.53 kg) were randomly assigned to three groups: control group (CG; n = 6), restriction group (RG; n = 9), and l-arginine group (AG; n = 9) administered Arg treatment (or vehicle) three times per day...
February 22, 2018: Theriogenology
Claudia Marinangeli, Jérome Kluza, Philippe Marchetti, Luc Buée, Valérie Vingtdeux
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is the intracellular master energy sensor and metabolic regulator. AMPK is involved in cell energy homeostasis through the regulation of glycolytic flux and mitochondrial biogenesis. Interestingly, metabolic dysfunctions and AMPK deregulations are observed in many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's. While these deregulations could play a key role in the development of these diseases, the study of metabolic fluxes has remained quite challenging and time-consuming...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Biplab Dasgupta, William Seibel
The evolutionary conserved energy sensor AMPK plays crucial roles in many biological processes-both during normal development and pathology. Loss-of-function genetic studies in mice as well as in lower organisms underscore its importance in embryonic development, stress physiology in the adult, and in key metabolic disorders including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. In contrast to several other kinases important in human health and medicine where specific/selective inhibitors are available, no AMPK-specific inhibitors are available...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Adrien Grenier, Pierre Sujobert, Séverine Olivier, Hélène Guermouche, Johanna Mondésir, Olivier Kosmider, Benoit Viollet, Jérôme Tamburini
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a critical energy sensor, regulating signaling networks involved in pathology including metabolic diseases and cancer. This increasingly recognized role of AMPK has prompted tremendous research efforts to develop new pharmacological AMPK activators. To precisely study the role of AMPK, and the specificity and activity of AMPK activators in cellular models, genetic AMPK inactivating tools are required. We report here methods for genetic inactivation of AMPK α1/α2 catalytic subunits in human cell lines by the CRISPR/Cas9 technology, a recent breakthrough technique for genome editing...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Elite Possik, Arnim Pause
Glycogen is a main carbohydrate energy storage primarily found in fungi and animals. It is a glucose polymer that comprises α(1-4) glycosidic linkages attaching UDP-glucose molecules linearly and α(1-6) linkages branching glucose chains every 8-10 molecules to the main backbone chain. Glycogen synthase, branching enzyme, and glycogen phosphorylase are key enzymes involved in glycogen synthesis and degradation. These enzymes are tightly regulated by upstream kinases and phosphatases that respond to hormonal cues in order to coordinate storage and degradation and meet the cellular and organismal metabolic needs...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Julia A Hubbard, Bing Xiao, Jon R Wilson
Determination of the crystal structure of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is fundamental to understanding its biological function and role in a number of diseases related to energy metabolism including type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cancer. We describe methods for the expression and purification of a human full-length active AMPK complex that is suitable for biochemical and structural analyses, followed by methods for its crystallization in complex with small molecule activators. Quality control of the purified protein by functional and biophysical analysis was an essential part of the process enabling the achievement of crystals of the full-length protein capable of being used for high-resolution structure determination by X-ray diffraction...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Gopi S Gadupudi, Benjamin A Elser, Fabian A Sandgruber, Xueshu Li, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Larry W Robertson
3,3',4,4',5-pentachlorobiphenyl (PCB126), a dioxin-like PCB, elicits toxicity through a wide array of non-carcinogenic effects, including metabolic syndrome, wasting, and non-alcoholic fatty-liver disease (NAFLD). Previously, we reported decreases in the transcription of several enzymes involved in gluconeogenesis, before the early onset of lipid accumulation. Hence, this study was aimed at understanding the impact of resultant decreases gluconeogenic enzymes on growth, weight and metabolism in the liver, upon extended exposure...
February 20, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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