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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534814/autophagy-regulates-proteasome-inhibitor-induced-pigmentation-in-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Kati Juuti-Uusitalo, Ali Koskela, Niko Kivinen, Johanna Viiri, Juha M T Hyttinen, Mika Reinisalo, Arto Koistinen, Hannu Uusitalo, Debasish Sinha, Heli Skottman, Kai Kaarniranta
The impairment of autophagic and proteasomal cleansing together with changes in pigmentation has been documented in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell degeneration. However, the function and co-operation of these mechanisms in melanosome-containing RPE cells is still unclear. We show that inhibition of proteasomal degradation with MG-132 or autophagy with bafilomycin A1 increased the accumulation of premelanosomes and autophagic structures in human embryonic stem cell (hESC)-derived RPE cells. Consequently, upregulation of the autophagy marker p62 (also known as sequestosome-1, SQSTM1) was confirmed in Western blot and perinuclear staining...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496098/combined-treatment-with-metformin-and-2-deoxy-glucose-induces-detachment-of-viable-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-in-vitro
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Maruša Bizjak, Petra Malavašič, Klemen Dolinar, Jelka Pohar, Sergej Pirkmajer, Mojca Pavlin
Triple naegative breast cancer has an increased rate of distant metastasis and consequently poor prognosis. To metastasize, breast cancer cells must detach from the main tumour mass and resist anoikis, a programmed cell death induced by lack of cell-extracellular matrix communication. Although cancer cells must detach to metastasize in vivo, the viability of floating cancer cells in vitro is rarely investigated. Here we show that co-treatment of anoikis-resistant MDA-MB-231 cells with metformin and 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) increased the percentage of floating cells, of which about 95% were viable...
May 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494020/pannexin-3-regulates-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-odontoblasts-via-its-hemichannel-activities
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Tsutomu Iwamoto, Takashi Nakamura, Masaki Ishikawa, Keigo Yoshizaki, Asuna Sugimoto, Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Hayato Ohshima, Masahiro Saito, Yoshihiko Yamada, Satoshi Fukumoto
Highly coordinated regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation contributes to the formation of functionally shaped and sized teeth; however, the mechanism underlying the switch from cell cycle exit to cell differentiation during odontogenesis is poorly understood. Recently, we identified pannexin 3 (Panx3) as a member of the pannexin gap junction protein family from tooth germs. The expression of Panx3 was predominately localized in preodontoblasts that arise from dental papilla cells and can differentiate into dentin-secreting odontoblasts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485811/the-effects-of-second-messenger-camp-and-its-relative-components-on-the-contraction-of-uterine-smooth-muscle-of-rat
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S-J Shu, X-G Lei, J-H Liang, Y-H Song, Q Xu, X-D Chen, L-G Mao, Z-G Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of second messenger pathways on the uterine smooth muscle contraction and their associated mechanisms, and compare the evaluation methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Preparation of uterine smooth muscle strips from healthy pregnant 18-21 d SD and non-pregnant rats. When the contraction of muscle strips was stable, we conducted gradient administration: PDE4 inhibitors (Z90), prostaglandin PGE2, adenylate cyclase inhibitor (SQ 22,530), cAMP analogs (dbcAMP) and AMPK agonists (AICAR), solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) as controlled...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481450/novel-regulation-of-melanogenesis-by-adiponectin-via-the-ampk-crtc-pathway
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Seunghyun Bang, Kwang Hee Won, Hye-Rim Moon, Hanju Yoo, Areum Hong, Youngsup Song, Sung Eun Chang
Several studies observed that adiponectin, an important adipokine that improves glucose metabolism by regulating AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling, is dermatologically beneficial. In our recent microarray data, we found that adiponectin expression was lower in lesional skin than in non-lesional skin of melasma patients. Given that AMPK is a key adiponectin signaling mediator, we investigated the role of adiponectin and AICAR, a cell-permeable AMPK activator, in melanogenesis. We herein showed that adiponectin and AICAR downregulated MITF, tyrosinase, TRP-1, and DCT expression and reduced melanin content in normal human and mouse melanocytes...
May 8, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479394/ampk-contributes-to-aerobic-exercise-induced-antinociception-downstream-of-endocannabinoids
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Tanya S King-Himmelreich, Christine V Möser, Miriam C Wolters, Julia Schmetzer, Yannik Schreiber, Nerea Ferreirós, Otto Q Russe, Gerd Geisslinger, Ellen Niederberger
Physical exercise has been repeatedly associated with decreased nociceptive responses but the underlying mechanisms have still not been fully clarified. In this study, we investigated exercise-induced effects after a single bout of treadmill running on the mouse model of formalin-induced inflammatory nociception. As potential molecular mediators, we focused on endogenous endocannabinoids as well as AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Our results showed that wild type mice display a reduced nociceptive response in the formalin test after treadmill running, while exercise had no effect on inflammatory nociception in AMPKα2 knockout mice...
May 4, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473772/lack-of-effects-of-metformin-and-aicar-chronic-infusion-on-the-development-of-hypertension-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
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Tengis S Pavlov, Vladislav Levchenko, Daria V Ilatovskaya, Hui Li, Oleg Palygin, Nuria M Pastor-Soler, Kenneth R Hallows, Alexander Staruschenko
In the kidney, reabsorption via the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) is involved in long-term blood pressure control. Previously we demonstrated that ENaC hyperactivity is associated with development of salt-sensitive (SS) hypertension in Dahl SS rats. AMP-activated kinase (AMPK), playing a role in cellular energy homeostasis, has been shown to decrease ENaC activity. Here, we tested whether metformin and AICAR, two drugs that activate AMPK, affect the development of salt-induced hypertension. High salt diet significantly increased mean arterial pressure (MAP) in Dahl SS rats...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455001/the-influence-of-aicar-direct-activator-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-on-liver-proteome-in-apoe-knockout-mice
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Maciej Suski, Anna Wiśniewska, Aneta Stachowicz, Rafał Olszanecki, Katarzyna Kuś, Magdalena Białas, Józef Madej, Ryszard Korbut
There is a growing body of evidence that altered functioning of apoE may aggravate cellular energy homeostasis and stress response, leading to oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and inflammation, leading to hypercholesterolemia, dyslipidemia, liver steatosis and neurodegeneration. One of the key cellular responses to mitochondria and ER-stress related processes and cellular energy imbalance is AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), considered as a cellular master energy sensor and critical regulator of mitochondrial homeostasis...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445821/the-ampk-mtor-pathway-is-involved-in-d-dopachrome-tautomerase-gene-transcription-in-adipocytes-differentiated-from-sgbs-cells-a-human-preadipocyte-cell-line
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Takeo Iwata, Kyoko Kuribayashi, Masahiko Nakasono, Noriko Saito-Tarashima, Noriaki Minakawa, Noriko Mizusawa, Rie Kido, Katsuhiko Yoshimoto
In adipose tissue, D-dopachrome tautomerase (DDT), a cytokine with structural similarity to macrophage migration inhibitory factor, is mainly expressed in adipocytes rather than preadipocytes and acts as an anti-obesity adipokine in an autocrine manner. However, its transcriptional regulation is largely unknown. In order to explore molecules affecting DDT transcription, a chemical library screening using HEK293 cells stably expressing a DDT promoter-reporter construct was performed. Several derivatives of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-d-ribofuranoside (AICAR), an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, were identified as transcriptional activators of the DDT gene...
April 23, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435970/-amp-activated-kinase-activation-inhibits-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-production-in-cardiac-fibroblasts-via-targeting-c-ebp%C3%AE
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Han Xiao, Cheng-Shi Piao, Rui-Fei Chen, You-Yi Zhang
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation has been shown to protect against fibrosis. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here we explored the effect of AMPK activation on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGFβ1) production induced by angiotensin II (AngII) in cardiac fibroblasts and the underlying mechanisms. Adult mouse cardiac fibroblasts were isolated. TGFβ1 and AMPK activity were determined by ELISA and Western blots, respectively. Pretreatment of AMPK activator AICAR inhibited TGFβ1 production induced by AngII in cardiac fibroblasts, which was reversed by AMPK inhibitor compound C...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432301/ampk-signaling-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core-mediates-cue-induced-reinstatement-of-cocaine-seeking
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Xue-Jiao Gao, Kai Yuan, Lu Cao, Wei Yan, Yi-Xiao Luo, Min Jian, Jian-Feng Liu, Qin Fang, Ji-Shi Wang, Ying Han, Jie Shi, Lin Lu
Relapse to drug seeking can be caused by exposure to drug-associated cues, provoking drug craving even after prolonged abstinence. Recent studies demonstrated that AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) regulates neuronal morphology and membrane excitability in neurons. Here, we investigated the role of AMPK activity in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) in relapse to cocaine seeking. We found that exposure to drug-related cues reinstated cocaine-seeking behavior and increased AMPK and p70s6k phosphorylation in the NAc core but not shell...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409163/pgc1%C3%AE-activators-mitigate-diabetic-tubulopathy-by-improving-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-quality-control
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So-Young Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Dong-Jin Kim, Seon Hwa Park, Hye Yun Jeong, Yu Ho Lee, Yang Gyun Kim, Dong Ho Yang, Sang Ho Lee
Purpose. In this study, we investigated the effect of PGC1α activators on mitochondrial fusion, fission, and autophagic quality control in renal tubular cells in a diabetic environment in vivo and in vitro. We also examined whether the upregulation of PGC1α attenuates diabetic tubulopathy by normalizing mitochondrial homeostasis. Methods. HKC8 cells were subjected to high-glucose conditions (30 mM D-glucose). Diabetes was induced with streptozotocin (STZ, 50 mg/kg i.p. for 5 days) in male C57/BL6J mice...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407446/doping-control-study-of-aicar-in-postrace-urine-and-plasma-samples-from-horses
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Jenny K Y Wong, Wai Him Kwok, George H M Chan, Timmy L S Choi, Emmie N M Ho, Murielle Jaubert, Ludovic Bailly-Chouriberry, Yves Bonnaire, Adam Cawley, H Ming Williams, John Keledjian, Lydia Brooks, Adam Chambers, Yuanyuan Lin, Terence S M Wan
Acadesine, 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-1-β-D-ribofuranoside, commonly known as AICAR, is a naturally occurring adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator in many mammals including humans and horses. AICAR has attracted considerable attention recently in the field of doping control due to a study showing enhancement of endurance performance in unexercised or untrained mice, resulting in the term "exercise pill". Its use has been classified as gene doping by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and since it is endogenous, it may only be possible to control deliberate administration of AICAR to racehorses after establishment of an appropriate threshold...
April 13, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387458/anti-tumorigenic-potential-of-a-novel-orlistat-aicar-combination-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Clayton Wright, Anand Krishnan V Iyer, Vivek Kaushik, Neelam Azad
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in men worldwide. Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is reported to be overexpressed in several cancers including PCa, and this has led to clinical cancer treatments that utilize various FASN inhibitors such as the anti-obesity drug, Orlistat. However, pharmacological limitations have impeded the progress in cancer treatments expected thus far with FASN inhibition. In this study, we investigated a novel therapeutic combination to enhance the toxic potential of Orlistat in three different PCa cell-lines (DU145, PC3, and LNCaP)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360860/acanthoic-acid-can-partially-prevent-alcohol-exposure-induced-liver-lipid-deposition-and-inflammation
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You-Li Yao, Xin Han, Zhi-Man Li, Li-Hua Lian, Ji-Xing Nan, Yan-Ling Wu
Aims: The present study aims to detect the effect of acanthoic acid (AA) on alcohol exposure-induced liver lipid deposition and inflammation, and to explore the mechanisms. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were pretreated with single dose of AA (20 and 40 mg/kg) by oral gavage or equal volume of saline, and then exposed to three doses of ethanol (5 g/kg body weight, 25%, w/v) by gavage within 24 h. The mice were sacrificed at 6 h after the last ethanol dosing. Serum and hepatic indexes were detected by western blot, RT-PCR, and histopathological assay...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325600/synthesis-and-anti-cancer-activities-of-new-sulfonamides-4-substituted-triazolyl-nucleosides
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Soukaina Alaoui, Maeva Dufies, Mohsine Driowya, Luc Demange, Khalid Bougrin, Guillaume Robert, Patrick Auberger, Gilles Pagès, Rachid Benhida
Nucleoside analogues are among the most known drugs commonly used in antiviral and anticancer chemotherapies. Among them, those featuring a five-membered ring nucleobase are of utmost interest such as the anti-cancer agent AICAR or the anti-viral drug ribavirin. Despite its low activity in vitro in different cell lines, AICAR is under clinical development for several pathologies, thanks to its original mode of action. Indeed, AICAR induced autophagy cell death and is able, following this mechanism, to circumvent resistance to apoptotic drugs including kinase inhibitors currently on the market...
May 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298333/multiple-ampk-activators-inhibit-l-carnitine-uptake-in-c2c12-skeletal-muscle-myotubes
#17
Andy Shaw, Stewart Jeromson, Kenneth R Watterson, John D Pediani, Iain Gallagher, Tim Whalley, Gillian Dreczkowski, Naomi Brooks, Stuart Galloway, D Lee Hamilton
Mutations in the gene that encodes the principal L-Carnitine transporter, OCTN2, can lead to a reduced intracellular L-Carnitine pool and the disease Primary Carnitine Deficiency. L-Carnitine supplementation is used therapeutically to increase intracellular L-Carnitine. As AMPK and insulin regulate fat metabolism and substrate uptake we hypothesised that AMPK activating compounds and insulin would increase L-Carnitine uptake in C2C12 myotubes. The cells express all three OCTN transporters at the mRNA level and immunohistochemistry confirmed expression at the protein level...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244615/geniposide-protects-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-from-high-glucose-mediated-injury-by-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase
#18
Chunyan Liu, Yanan Hao, Fei Yin, Yonglan Zhang, Jianhui Liu
Our previous works indicated that geniposide could regulate glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS), and improved chronic high glucose-induced dysfunctions in pancreatic β cells, but the molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated the role of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in high glucose induced cell injury and explored the associated molecular mechanisms in rat INS-1 pancreatic β cells. Data suggested that geniposide obviously prevented the cell damage induced by high (25 mM) glucose in INS-1 cells, which increased the protein levels of cell apoptosis-associated enzymes, including heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), and Bcl-2, but apparently attenuated the protein level of Bax, an apoptotic protein...
May 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235712/ampk-activation-reduces-the-number-of-atheromata-macrophages-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Jing Wang, Ang Ma, Ming Zhao, Haibo Zhu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CC chemokine receptor 2 (Ccr2) governs migration of inflammatory Ly6C(hi) monocytes from the bone marrow (BM) to the circulating blood, which is a key step for macrophage accumulation during progression of atherosclerosis. Hyperlipidemia is often accompanied by low AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) activity and increased expression of Ccr2. The aim of this study was to examine whether there is a link between AMPK and chemokine networks. METHODS: ApoE(-/-) mice were fed a western diet and treated daily with AMPK activators (AICAR, A769662, or Metformin) or vehicle for 10 weeks...
March 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211632/amp-activated-protein-kinase-activator-a-769662-increases-intracellular-calcium-and-atp-release-from-astrocytes-in-an-ampk-independent-manner
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Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Josephine L Robb, Ana M Cruz, Amrinder Malhi, Paul G Weightman Potter, Michael L J Ashford, Rory J McCrimmon, Kate L J Ellacott, Craig Beall
AIM: Astrocytes are the main sources of extracellular ATP (eATP) within the brain, which functions as a gliotransmitter, capable of modulating neuronal and astrocytic activity. These cells play an important role in regulating energy homeostasis partly via astrocyte-derived ATP. Given the role of AMPK in regulating intracellular ATP levels, we hypothesised that AMPK may alter ATP release from astrocytes. METHODS: Measurements of ATP release were made from human U373 astrocytoma cells, primary mouse hypothalamic (HTAS) and cortical astrocytes (CRTAS) and wild type and AMPK α1/α2 null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
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