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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087254/anti-diabetic-drug-metformin-dilates-retinal-blood-vessels-through-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in-rats
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Asami Mori, Eriko Ishikawa, Tomoyo Amano, Kenji Sakamoto, Tsutomu Nakahara
The aim of this study was to examine whether metformin, a biguanide anti-hyperglycemic drug, dilates retinal blood vessels in rats. Ocular fundus images were captured with an original high-resolution digital fundus camera in vivo and diameters of retinal blood vessels were measured. Both systemic blood pressure and heart rate were continuously recorded. Metformin (0.01-0.3mg/kg/min) increased diameters of retinal blood vessels in a dose-dependent manner. This retinal vasodilator effect of metformin was abolished by compound C, an inhibitor of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and N(G)-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester, an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthase...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068384/hypoxia-regulates-mtorc1-mediated-keratinocyte-motility-and-migration-via-the-ampk-pathway
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Tiantian Yan, Junhui Zhang, Di Tang, Xingyue Zhang, Xupin Jiang, Liping Zhao, Qiong Zhang, Dongxia Zhang, Yuesheng Huang
Keratinocyte migration, the initial event and rate-limiting step in wound healing, plays a vital role in restoration of the intact skin barrier, also known as re-epithelialization. After acute tissue injury, hypoxic microenvironment gradually develops and acts as an early stimulus to initiate the healing process. Although we have previously found that hypoxia induces keratinocyte migration, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. Here, we first observed that hypoxia increased mTORC1 activity. Recombinant lentivirus vector and Rapamycin were used for silencing mTORC1 in HaCaT cells and primary mouse keratinocytes (MKs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067669/targeting-deregulated-ampk-mtorc1-pathways-improves-muscle-function-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-i
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Marielle Brockhoff, Nathalie Rion, Kathrin Chojnowska, Tatiana Wiktorowicz, Christopher Eickhorst, Beat Erne, Stephan Frank, Corrado Angelini, Denis Furling, Markus A Rüegg, Michael Sinnreich, Perrine Castets
Myotonic dystrophy type I (DM1) is a disabling multisystemic disease that predominantly affects skeletal muscle. It is caused by expanded CTG repeats in the 3'-UTR of the dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK) gene. RNA hairpins formed by elongated DMPK transcripts sequester RNA-binding proteins, leading to mis-splicing of numerous pre-mRNAs. Here, we have investigated whether DM1-associated muscle pathology is related to deregulation of central metabolic pathways, which may identify potential therapeutic targets for the disease...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052040/nuclear-receptor-retinoid-related-orphan-receptor-alpha-promotes-apoptosis-but-is-reduced-in-human-gastric-cancer
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Zhengguang Wang, Fangyuan Xiong, Xiaoshan Wang, Yijun Qi, Haoyuan Yu, Yong Zhu, Huaqing Zhu
Retinoid-related orphan receptor α (RORα) is a nuclear receptor, which regulates inflammation and immune responses, lipid metabolism and circadian rhythm. Although RORα suppresses breast tumor invasion, it is unknown whether RORα is dysregulated in gastric cancer leading to cellular survival. Therefore, we hypothesize that RORα is dysfunctional in gastric carcinoma and this causes decreased apoptosis in gastric cancer cells. To test this hypothesis, we employed human gastric cancer tissues with different stages to determine RORα expression, as well as in vitro human gastric cancer cells to determine how RORα is reduced during apoptosis...
December 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041982/4-nonylphenol-induces-autophagy-and-attenuates-mtor-p70s6k-4ebp1-signaling-by-modulating-ampk-activation-in-sertoli-cells
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Peng Duan, Chunhui Hu, Chao Quan, Tingting Yu, Wenting Huang, Wei Chen, Sha Tang, Yuqin Shi, Francis L Martin, Kedi Yang
The estrogenic chemical 4-nonylphenol (NP) is known to impair testicular devolopment and spermatogenesis in rodents. The objective of this study was to explore the effects of NP on autophagy induction and AMPK-mTOR signaling pathway in Sertoli cells (SCs), which are the "nursemaid cells" for meiosis of spermatocytes. In this study we exposed 7-week-old male rats to NP by intra-peritoneal injection at 0, 20, 50 or 100mg/kg body weight/2days for 20 consecutive days. Our results showed that exposure to NP dose-dependently induces the formation of autophagosomes in SCs, increases the expression of Beclin-1, the conversion of LC3-I to LC3-II and the mRNA expression of Atg3, Atg5, Atg7 and Atg12 in testis, and these effects are concomitant with the activation of AMPK, and the suppression of TSC2-mTOR-p70S6K/4EBP1 signaling cascade in testis...
December 29, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008135/gfat1-phosphorylation-by-ampk-promotes-vegf-induced-angiogenesis
#6
Darya Zibrova, Franck Vandermoere, Olga Göransson, Mark Peggie, Karina Mariño, Anne Knierim, Katrin Spengler, Cora Weigert, Benoit Viollet, Nicholas A Morrice, Kei Sakamoto, Regine Heller
Activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in endothelial cells regulates energy homeostasis, stress protection and angiogenesis, but the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. Using a label-free phosphoproteomic analysis, we identified glutamine:fructose-6-phosphate amidotransferase 1 (GFAT1) as an AMPK substrate. GFAT1 is the rate-limiting enzyme in the hexosamine biosynthesis pathway (HBP) and as such controls the modification of proteins by O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc). In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that AMPK controls O-GlcNAc levels and function of endothelial cells via GFAT1 phosphorylation using biochemical, pharmacological, genetic and in vitro angiogenesis approaches...
December 22, 2016: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997894/zedoarondiol-inhibits-platelet-derived-growth-factor-induced-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-proliferation-via-regulating-amp-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Huimin Mao, Tianqi Tao, Dandan Song, Mi Liu, Xiaoren Wang, Xiuhua Liu, Dazhuo Shi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) proliferation contributes significantly to atherosclerosis and in-stent restenosis. Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) plays a vital role in VSMCs proliferation. Zedoarondiol, a sesquiterpene lactone compound, has an anti-inflammatory activity. However, the role of zedoarondiol in PDGF-BB-mediated VSMCs proliferation remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of zedoarondiol on PDGF-BB-induced VSMCs proliferation and explored the possible mechanisms...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991529/the-biosynthetic-pathway-of-2-azahypoxanthine-in-fairy-ring-forming-fungus
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Tomohiro Suzuki, Naoki Yamamoto, Jae-Hoon Choi, Tomoyuki Takano, Yohei Sasaki, Yurika Terashima, Akinobu Ito, Hideo Dohra, Hirofumi Hirai, Yukino Nakamura, Kentaro Yano, Hirokazu Kawagishi
"Fairy rings" resulting from fungus-stimulated plant growth occur all over the world. In 2010, 2-azahypoxanthine (AHX) from a fungus Lepista sordida was identified as the "fairy" that stimulates plant growth. Furthermore, 2-aza-8-oxohypoxanthine (AOH) was isolated as a common metabolite of AHX in plants, and the endogenous existence of AHX and AOH in plants was proved. The structure of AHX allowed us to hypothesize that AHX was derived from 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (AICAR). Thus, we performed a feeding experiment that supplied AICAR to L...
December 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988363/in-vitro-antiglioma-action-of-indomethacin-is-mediated-via-amp-activated-protein-kinase-mtor-complex-1-signalling-pathway
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Aleksandar Pantovic, Mihajlo Bosnjak, Katarina Arsikin, Milica Kosic, Milos Mandic, Biljana Ristic, Jelena Tosic, Danica Grujicic, Aleksandra Isakovic, Nikola Micic, Vladimir Trajkovic, Ljubica Harhaji-Trajkovic
We investigated the role of the intracellular energy-sensing AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway in the in vitro antiglioma effect of the cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitor indomethacin. Indomethacin was more potent than COX inhibitors diclofenac, naproxen, and ketoprofen in reducing the viability of U251 human glioma cells. Antiglioma effect of the drug was associated with p21 increase and G2M cell cycle arrest, as well as with oxidative stress, mitochondrial depolarization, caspase activation, and the induction of apoptosis...
December 14, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957796/involvement-of-ampk-in-regulating-the-degradation-of-mad2b-under-high-glucose-in-neuronal-cells
#10
Xianfang Meng, Guangpin Chu, Chen Ye, Hui Tang, Ping Qiu, Yue Hu, Man Li, Chun Zhang
Although our recent study has demonstrated that mitotic spindle assembly checkpoint protein (MAD2B) mediates high glucose-induced neuronal apoptosis, the mechanisms for MAD2B degradation under hyperglycaemia have not yet been elucidated. In this study, we first found that the activation of adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) was decreased in neurons, accompanied with the increased expression of MAD2B. Mechanistically, we demonstrated that activation of AMPK with its activators such as AICAR and metformin decreased the expression of MAD2B, indicating a role of AMPK in regulating the expression of MAD2B...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916511/liqustri-lucidi-fructus-inhibits-hepatic-injury-and-functions-as-an-antioxidant-by-activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Hye Lim Seo, Su Youn Baek, Eun Hye Lee, Ju-Hee Lee, Seul-Gi Lee, Kwang-Youn Kim, Mi Hee Jang, Min-Hui Park, Joung-Hee Kim, Keuk-Jun Kim, Hyeong Sik Lee, Soon-Cheol Ahn, Jong Rok Lee, Sook Jahr Park, Sang Chan Kim, Young Woo Kim
Medicinal herbs are used to treat or prevent various diseases, and function to regulate protective mechanisms as nutraceuticals. Fructus Ligustri lucidi is the fruit of Ligustrum lucidum and has been used for its tonic effects on the liver. This study was designed to examine the effects of Fructus Ligustri lucidi water extract (FLL) against severe oxidative stress and mitochondrial impairment in vivo and in vitro and to elucidate its cellular mechanisms of action. Treatment of HepG2 cells with arachidonic acid (AA) + iron successfully induced oxidative stress and apoptosis, as indicated by depletion of glutathione, formation of ROS, decreses in mitochondrial membrane potential (Δψm), and altered expression of apoptosis-related proteins, such as procaspase-3 and Bcl-xL...
January 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906079/muscle-specific-loss-of-bmal1-leads-to-disrupted-tissue-glucose-metabolism-and-systemic-glucose-homeostasis
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Brianna D Harfmann, Elizabeth A Schroder, Maureen T Kachman, Brian A Hodge, Xiping Zhang, Karyn A Esser
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the USA, and disruption of circadian rhythms is gaining recognition as a contributing factor to disease prevalence. This disease is characterized by hyperglycemia and glucose intolerance and symptoms caused by failure to produce and/or respond to insulin. The skeletal muscle is a key insulin-sensitive metabolic tissue, taking up ~80 % of postprandial glucose. To address the role of the skeletal muscle molecular clock to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, we generated an inducible skeletal muscle-specific Bmal1 (-/-) mouse (iMSBmal1 (-/-))...
March 30, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898346/amp-kinase-promotes-bcl6-expression-in-both-mouse-and-human-t-cells
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Markus M Xie, Tohti Amet, Hong Liu, Qigui Yu, Alexander L Dent
The transcription factor Bcl6 is a master regulator of follicular helper T (TFH) cells, and understanding the signaling pathway that induces Bcl6 and TFH cell differentiation is therefore critical. IL-2 produced during T cell activation inhibits Bcl6 expression but how TFH cells evade IL-2 inhibition is not completely understood. Here we show that Bcl6 is highly up-regulated in activated CD4 T cells following glucose deprivation (GD), and this pathway is insensitive to inhibition by IL-2. Similar to GD, the glucose analog 2-deoxyglucose (2DG) inhibits glycolysis, and 2DG induced Bcl6 expression in activated CD4 T cells...
January 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878239/aicar-induces-mitochondrial-apoptosis-in-human-osteosarcoma-cells-through-an-ampk-dependent-pathway
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Masayuki Morishita, Teruya Kawamoto, Hitomi Hara, Yasuo Onishi, Takeshi Ueha, Masaya Minoda, Etsuko Katayama, Toshiyuki Takemori, Naomasa Fukase, Masahiro Kurosaka, Ryosuke Kuroda, Toshihiro Akisue
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribonucleotide (AICAR) modulates cellular energy metabolism, and promotes mitochondrial proliferation and apoptosis. Previous studies have shown that AICAR has anticancer effects in various cancers, however the roles of AMPK and/or the effects of AICAR on osteosarcoma have not been reported. In the present study, we evaluated the effects of AICAR on tumor growth and mitochondrial apoptosis in human osteosarcoma both in vitro and in vivo...
January 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847321/aicar-activates-er-stress-dependent-apoptosis-in-gallbladder-cancer-cells
#15
Jifeng Nie, Aidong Liu, Qunya Tan, Kai Zhao, Kui Hu, Yong Li, Bin Yan, Lin Zhou
AICAR (5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide riboside or acadesine) is an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) agonist, its activity in human gallbladder cancer cells was evaluated here. We show that AICAR provoked significant apoptosis in human gallbladder cancer cell lines (Mz-ChA-1, QBC939 and GBC-SD) and primary gallbladder cancer cells. AICAR-induced cytotoxicity in gallbladder cancer cells appears independent of AMPK activation. Inhibition of AMPK, via AMPKα shRNA knockdown or dominant negative mutation (T172A), failed to rescue GBC-SD cells from AICAR...
January 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826658/a-tbc1d1-ser231ala-knockin-mutation-partially-impairs-aicar-but-not-exercise-induced-muscle-glucose-uptake-in-mice
#16
Qiaoli Chen, Bingxian Xie, Sangsang Zhu, Ping Rong, Yang Sheng, Serge Ducommun, Liang Chen, Chao Quan, Min Li, Kei Sakamoto, Carol MacKintosh, Shuai Chen, Hong Yu Wang
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: TBC1D1 (tre-2/USP6, BUB2, cdc16 domain family member 1) is a Rab GTPase-activating protein (RabGAP) that has been implicated in regulating GLUT4 trafficking. TBC1D1 can be phosphorylated by the AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) on Ser(231), which consequently interacts with 14-3-3 proteins. Given the key role for AMPK in regulating insulin-independent muscle glucose uptake, we hypothesised that TBC1D1-Ser(231) phosphorylation and/or 14-3-3 binding may mediate AMPK-governed glucose homeostasis...
February 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809464/hat-inhibitors-antagonize-ampk-in-postmortem-glycolysis
#17
Qiong Li, Zhongwen Li, Aihua Lou, Zhenyu Wang, Dequan Zhang, Qingwu Shen
Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation on protein acetylation and glycolysis in postmortem muscle to better understand the mechanism by which AMPK regulates postmortem glycolysis and meat quality. Methods: A total of 32 mice were randomly assigned to four groups and intraperitoneally injected with 5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide1-β-D-ribofuranoside (AICAR, a specific activator of AMPK), AICAR and histone acetyltransferase inhibitor II, or AICAR, Trichostatin A (TSA, an inhibitor of histone deacetylase I and II) and Nicotinamide (NAM, an inhibitor of the Sirt family deacetylases)...
October 28, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798331/glycine-regulates-protein-turnover-by-activating-protein-kinase-b-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-and-by-inhibiting-murf1-and-atrogin-1-gene-expression-in-c2c12-myoblasts
#18
KaiJi Sun, Zhenlong Wu, Yun Ji, Guoyao Wu
BACKGROUND: The regulation of protein turnover in skeletal muscle is essential for the maintenance of integrity, growth, and function of this tissue. We recently reported that glycine enhances skeletal muscle growth in young pigs. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unknown. OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted with a mouse myoblast cell line, C2C12, to test the hypothesis that glycine activates protein kinase B/mammalian target of rapamycin (Akt/mTOR), as well as inhibits 5'-adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and the expression of genes for proteolysis...
December 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797909/enhanced-muscle-insulin-sensitivity-after-contraction-exercise-is-mediated-by-ampk
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Rasmus Kjøbsted, Nanna Munk-Hansen, Jesper B Birk, Marc Foretz, Benoit Viollet, Marie Björnholm, Juleen R Zierath, Jonas T Treebak, Jørgen F P Wojtaszewski
Earlier studies have demonstrated that muscle insulin sensitivity to stimulate glucose uptake is enhanced several hours after an acute bout of exercise. Using 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide-ribonucleotide (AICAR), we recently demonstrated that prior activation of AMPK is sufficient to increase insulin sensitivity in mouse skeletal muscle. Here we aimed to determine whether activation of AMPK is also a prerequisite for the ability of muscle contraction to increase insulin sensitivity. We found that prior in situ contraction of m...
October 26, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792760/ampk-activation-prevents-and-reverses-drug-induced-mitochondrial-and-hepatocyte-injury-by-promoting-mitochondrial-fusion-and-function
#20
Sun Woo Sophie Kang, Ghada Haydar, Caitlin Taniane, Geoffrey Farrell, Irwin M Arias, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Dong Fu
Mitochondrial damage is the major factor underlying drug-induced liver disease but whether conditions that thwart mitochondrial injury can prevent or reverse drug-induced liver damage is unclear. A key molecule regulating mitochondria quality control is AMP activated kinase (AMPK). When activated, AMPK causes mitochondria to elongate/fuse and proliferate, with mitochondria now producing more ATP and less reactive oxygen species. Autophagy is also triggered, a process capable of removing damaged/defective mitochondria...
2016: PloS One
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