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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913603/the-tumor-suppressor-flcn-mediates-an-alternate-mtor-pathway-to-regulate-browning-of-adipose-tissue
#1
Shogo Wada, Michael Neinast, Cholsoon Jang, Yasir H Ibrahim, Gina Lee, Apoorva Babu, Jian Li, Atsushi Hoshino, Glenn C Rowe, James Rhee, José A Martina, Rosa Puertollano, John Blenis, Michael Morley, Joseph A Baur, Patrick Seale, Zoltan Arany
Noncanonical mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways remain poorly understood. Mutations in the tumor suppressor folliculin (FLCN) cause Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome, a hamartomatous disease marked by mitochondria-rich kidney tumors. FLCN functionally interacts with mTOR and is expressed in most tissues, but its role in fat has not been explored. We show here that FLCN regulates adipose tissue browning via mTOR and the transcription factor TFE3. Adipose-specific deletion of FLCN relieves mTOR-dependent cytoplasmic retention of TFE3, leading to direct induction of the PGC-1 transcriptional coactivators, drivers of mitochondrial biogenesis and the browning program...
December 2, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911673/genetic-syndromes-associated-with-central-nervous-system-tumors
#2
Charmi Vijapura, Ehab Saad Aldin, Aristides A Capizzano, Bruno Policeni, Yutaka Sato, Toshio Moritani
Several genetic tumor syndromes have associated central nervous system (CNS) neoplasms. The spectrum of syndromes that have intracranial tumor manifestations includes ataxia telangiectasia, Cowden syndrome, familial adenomatous polyposis, hereditary non-polyposis-related colorectal cancer, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Gorlin syndrome, neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1, tuberous sclerosis complex, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and Turcot syndrome. Many of these disorders are inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, and identification of the associated genetic defects has led to improved understanding of the molecular pathways involved in tumorigenesis, helping pave the way to the emergence of molecularly targeted therapeutics...
December 2, 2016: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910945/thyroid-transcription-factor-1-distinguishes-subependymal-giant-cell-astrocytoma-from-its-mimics-and-supports-its-cell-origin-from-the-progenitor-cells-in-the-medial-ganglionic-eminence
#3
Jen-Fan Hang, Chih-Yi Hsu, Shih-Chieh Lin, Chih-Chun Wu, Han-Jui Lee, Donald Ming-Tak Ho
Subependymal giant cell astrocytoma is a benign brain tumor mostly associated with tuberous sclerosis complex. However, it may be misinterpreted as other high-grade brain tumors due to the presence of large tumor cells with conspicuous pleomorphism and occasional atypical features, such as tumor necrosis and endothelial proliferation. In this study, we first investigated thyroid transcription factor-1 (TTF-1) expression in a large series of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas and other histologic and locational mimics to validate the diagnostic utility of this marker...
December 2, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909410/mechanosensitive-molecular-networks-involved-in-transducing-resistance-exercise-signals-into-muscle-protein-accretion
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REVIEW
Emil Rindom, Kristian Vissing
Loss of skeletal muscle myofibrillar protein with disease and/or inactivity can severely deteriorate muscle strength and function. Strategies to counteract wasting of muscle myofibrillar protein are therefore desirable and invite for considerations on the potential superiority of specific modes of resistance exercise and/or the adequacy of low load resistance exercise regimens as well as underlying mechanisms. In this regard, delineation of the potentially mechanosensitive molecular mechanisms underlying muscle protein synthesis (MPS), may contribute to an understanding on how differentiated resistance exercise can transduce a mechanical signal into stimulation of muscle accretion...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907099/analysis-of-a-mouse-skin-model-of-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#5
Yanan Guo, John R Dreier, Juxiang Cao, Heng Du, Scott R Granter, David J Kwiatkowski
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant tumor suppressor gene syndrome in which patients develop several types of tumors, including facial angiofibroma, subungual fibroma, Shagreen patch, angiomyolipomas, and lymphangioleiomyomatosis. It is due to inactivating mutations in TSC1 or TSC2. We sought to generate a mouse model of one or more of these tumor types by targeting deletion of the Tsc1 gene to fibroblasts using the Fsp-Cre allele. Mutant, Tsc1ccFsp-Cre+ mice survived a median of nearly a year, and developed tumors in multiple sites but did not develop angiomyolipoma or lymphangioleiomyomatosis...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894621/glomerulocystic-kidney-presenting-as-a-unilateral-kidney-mass-in-a-newborn-with-tuberous-sclerosis-report-of-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#6
Miguel Rito, Rafael Adame Cabrera
Glomerular cysts are defined as a 2-3 times dilation of Bowman spaces and their presence in at least 5% of the glomeruli defines the kidneys as glomerulocystic (GCK). The association between cystic kidney disease and the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is well known, but its presentation as a unilateral mass with glomerulocystic pattern is rare. We describe a case of an infant with a prenatal diagnosis of TSC, with a renal mass that was believed to be a renal tumor. A four-month-old infant with maternal history of TSC and prenatally diagnosed subependymal nodules and a right renal mass underwent nephrectomy...
November 18, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893452/confounding-of-the-association-between-radiation-exposure-from-ct-scans-and-risk-of-leukemia-and-brain-tumors-by-cancer-susceptibility-syndromes
#7
Johanna M Meulepas, Cécile M Ronckers, Johannes Merks, Michel E Weijerman, Jay H Lubin, Michael Hauptmann
Recent studies linking radiation exposure from pediatric computed tomography (CT) to increased risks of leukemia and brain tumors lacked data to control for cancer susceptibility syndromes (CSS). These syndromes might be confounders because they are associated with an increased cancer risk and may increase the likelihood of pediatric CT scans. We identify CSS predisposing to leukemia and brain tumors through a systematic literature search and summarize prevalence and risk. Since empirical evidence is lacking in published literature on patterns of CT use for most types of CSS, we estimate confounding bias of relative risks (RR) for categories of radiation exposure based on expert opinion about patterns of CT scans among CSS patients...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890237/mosaic-disorders-of-the-pi3k-pten-akt-tsc-mtorc1-signaling-pathway
#8
REVIEW
Neera Nathan, Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Leslie G Biesecker, Joel Moss, Thomas N Darling
Somatic mutations in genes of the PI3K/PTEN/AKT/TSC/mTORC1 signaling pathway cause segmental overgrowth, hamartomas, and malignant tumors. Mosaicism for activating mutations in AKT1 or PIK3CA cause Proteus syndrome and PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, respectively. Postzygotic mutations in PTEN or TSC1/TSC2 cause mosaic forms of PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome or tuberous sclerosis complex, respectively. Distinct features observed in these mosaic conditions in part reflect differences in embryological timing or tissue type harboring the mutant cells...
January 2017: Dermatologic Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889578/molecular-neurobiology-of-mtor
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Switon, Katarzyna Kotulska, Aleksandra Janusz-Kaminska, Justyna Zmorzynska, Jacek Jaworski
Mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine-threonine kinase that controls several important aspects of mammalian cell function. mTOR activity is modulated by various intra- and extracellular factors; in turn, mTOR changes rates of translation, transcription, protein degradation, cell signaling, metabolism, and cytoskeleton dynamics. mTOR has been repeatedly shown to participate in neuronal development and the proper functioning of mature neurons. Changes in mTOR activity are often observed in nervous system diseases, including genetic diseases (e...
November 23, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878438/interdependence-of-clinical-factors-predicting-cognition-in-children-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#10
I E Overwater, B J H Verhaar, H F Lingsma, G C B Bindels-de Heus, A M W van den Ouweland, M Nellist, L W Ten Hoopen, Y Elgersma, H A Moll, M C Y de Wit
Cognitive development in patients with tuberous sclerosis complex is highly variable. Predictors in the infant years would be valuable to counsel parents and to support development. The aim of this study was to confirm factors that have been reported to be independently correlated with cognitive development. 102 patients included in this study were treated at the ENCORE-TSC expertise center of the Erasmus Medical Center-Sophia Children's Hospital. Data from the first 24 months of life were used, including details on epilepsy, motor development and mutation status...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878332/accelerated-cardiac-rhabdomyoma-regression-with-everolimus-in-infants-with-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#11
Fatou Aw, Isabelle Goyer, Marie-Josée Raboisson, Christine Boutin, Philippe Major, Nagib Dahdah
Tuberous sclerosis complex is associated with benign tumors such as cardiac rhabdomyomas (RHM) caused by the disinhibition of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) protein. Recent reports on everolimus, an mTOR inhibitor, have shown size reduction of RHM. We compared cases recently treated with everolimus to historic controls whose first echocardiography was within first month of life. The largest dimension of the largest RHM was reported as a percentage compared to the earliest echocardiography study. Treatment of the four cases was started at a median age of 6...
November 23, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874009/corrigendum-regulation-of-perk-eif2%C3%AE-signalling-by-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-1-controls-homoeostasis-and-survival-of-myelinating-oligodendrocytes
#12
Minqing Jiang, Lei Liu, Xuelian He, Haibo Wang, Wensheng Lin, Huimin Wang, Sung O Yoon, Teresa L Wood, Q Richard Lu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 22, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871249/benign-clear-cell-sugar-tumor-of-the-lung-in-a-patient-with-birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome-a-case-report
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Yoko Gunji-Niitsu, Toshio Kumasaka, Shigehiro Kitamura, Yoshito Hoshika, Takuo Hayashi, Hitoshi Tokuda, Riichiro Morita, Etsuko Kobayashi, Keiko Mitani, Mika Kikkawa, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Kuniaki Seyama
BACKGROUND: Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome is a rare inherited autosomal genodermatosis and caused by germline mutation of the folliculin (FLCN) gene, a tumor suppressor gene of which protein product is involved in mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway regulating cell growth and metabolism. Clinical manifestations in BHD syndrome is characterized by fibrofolliculomas of the skin, pulmonary cysts with or without spontaneous pneumothorax, and renal neoplasms. There has been no pulmonary neoplasm reported in BHD syndrome, although the condition is due to deleterious sequence variants in a tumor suppressor gene...
November 21, 2016: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866088/is-ketogenic-diet-treatment-hepatotoxic-for-children-with-intractable-epilepsy
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Nur Arslan, Orkide Guzel, Engin Kose, Unsal Yılmaz, Pınar Kuyum, Betül Aksoy, Tansel Çalık
PURPOSE: Long-term ketogenic diet (KD) treatment has been shown to induce liver steatosis and gallstone formation in some in vivo and clinical studies. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the hepatic side effects of KD in epileptic children. METHOD: A total of 141 patients (mean age: 7.1±4.1years [2-18 years], 45.4% girls), receiving KD at least one year for intractable epilepsy due to different diagnoses (congenital brain defects, GLUT-1 deficiency, West syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, hypoxic brain injury, etc...
November 13, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863419/tsc-loss-distorts-dna-replication-programme-and-sensitises-cells-to-genotoxic-stress
#15
Govind M Pai, Alexandra Zielinski, Dennis Koalick, Kristin Ludwig, Zhao-Qi Wang, Kerstin Borgmann, Helmut Pospiech, Ignacio Rubio
Tuberous Sclerosis (TSC) is characterized by exorbitant mTORC1 signalling and manifests as non-malignant, apoptosis-prone neoplasia. Previous reports have shown that TSC-/- cells are highly susceptible to mild, innocuous doses of genotoxic stress, which drive TSC-/- cells into apoptotic death. It has been argued that this hypersensitivity to stress derives from a metabolic/energetic shortfall in TSC-/- cells, but how metabolic dysregulation affects the DNA damage response and cell cycle alterations in TSC-/- cells exposed to genotoxic stress is not understood...
November 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862655/mourning-dr-alfred-g-knudson-the-two-hit-hypothesis-tumor-suppressor-genes-and-the-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
#16
REVIEW
Okio Hino, Toshiyuki Kobayashi
On July 10, 2016, Alfred G. Knudson, Jr., MD, PhD, a leader in cancer research, died at the age of 93 years. We deeply mourn his loss. Knudson's two-hit hypothesis, published in 1971, has been fundamental for understanding tumor suppressor genes and familial tumor-predisposing syndromes. To understand the molecular mechanism of two-hit-initiated tumorigenesis, Knudson utilized an animal model of a dominantly inherited tumor, the Eker rat. From the molecular identification of Tsc2 germline mutations, the Eker rat became a model for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a familial tumor-predisposing syndrome...
November 11, 2016: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860334/maintenance-therapy-with-everolimus-for-subependymal-giant-cell-astrocytoma-in-patients-with-tuberous-sclerosis-the-eminents-study
#17
Joanna Trelinska, Iwona Dachowska, Dobromila Baranska, Konrad Stawiski, Katarzyna Kotulska, Wojciech Fendler, Sergiusz Jozwiak, Wojciech Mlynarski
OBJECTIVE: One of the therapeutic options for patients with tuberous sclerosis (TCS) and subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA) is everolimus treatment once daily, every day, to attain trough concentrations of 5-15 ng/ml (standard treatment). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a reduced dose of everolimus (three times a week with a daily dose as in standard treatment-maintenance therapy) in a group of patients who were previously treated with standard dose for at least 12 months...
November 15, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860216/somatic-overgrowth-disorders-of-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-therapeutic-strategies
#18
Kim M Keppler-Noreuil, Victoria E R Parker, Thomas N Darling, Julian A Martinez-Agosto
The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway plays an essential role in regulation of normal cell growth, metabolism, and survival. Somatic activating mutations in the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway are among the most common mutations identified in cancer, and have been shown to cause a spectrum of overgrowth syndromes including PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, Proteus syndrome, and brain overgrowth conditions. Clinical findings in these disorders may be isolated or multiple, including sporadic or mosaic overgrowth (adipose, skeletal, muscle, brain, vascular, or lymphatic), and skin abnormalities (including epidermal nevi, hyper-, and hypopigmented lesions), and have the potential risk of tumorigenesis...
November 18, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859041/increased-subcortical-oligodendroglia-like-cells-in-pharmacoresistant-focal-epilepsy-in-children-correlate-with-extensive-epileptogenic-zones
#19
Satoru Sakuma, William C Halliday, Ruka Nomura, Shiro Baba, Yosuke Sato, Kazuo Okanari, Midori Nakajima, Elysa Widjaja, Cyrus Boelman, Ayako Ochi, O Carter Snead, James T Rutka, James Drake, Steven Miller, Hiroshi Otsubo
OBJECTIVE: Cortical resections in epilepsy surgery tend to involve multiple lobes in children, compared to adults, partly due to underlying pathology. Oligodendroglia-like cells (OLCs) have been observed in surgical specimens from children with pharmacoresistant epilepsy. We hypothesize that OLCs recruit multiple-lobe epileptogenic zones in pediatric pharmacoresistant focal epilepsy. METHODS: We examined the surgical specimens from 30 children who underwent epilepsy surgery (1...
November 8, 2016: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859028/phenotypic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-chinese-children-diagnosed-withtuberous-sclerosis-complex
#20
Guang Yang, ZeNing Shi, Yan Meng, XiuYu Shi, LingYu Pang, ShuFang Ma, MengNa Zhang, YanYan Wang, LiPing Zou
We investigated the clinical phenotypes and genetic mutations in Chinese children diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Sequencing of TSC1 and TSC2 genes was performed in 117 children with TSC and their parents. Association of TSC gene mutations with clinical manifestations was investigated. All gene mutations were heterozygous including in 16 patients (13.7%) with mutations in TSC1 gene and 101 patients (86.3%) with mutations in TSC2 gene. Among the 16 patients with TSC1 gene mutations, 15 different types of mutations were found, which included five novel mutations; all patients had skin manifestations and epilepsy...
November 8, 2016: Clinical Genetics
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