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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-vivo-and-in-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, Keun-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, increases in mitochondrial membrane permeability (MMP), and altered expression of apoptosis-related proteins, such as procaspase-3 and Bcl-xL...
December 1, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910069/lkb1-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-uterine-cancer-mouse-models-and-translational-studies
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Christopher G Peña, Diego H Castrillón
The LKB1 tumor suppressor was identified in 1998 as the gene mutated in the Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome (PJS), a hereditary cancer predisposition characterized by gastrointestinal polyposis and a high incidence of cancers, particularly carcinomas, at a variety of anatomic sites including the gastrointestinal tract, lung, and female reproductive tract. Women with PJS have a high incidence of carcinomas of the uterine corpus (endometrium) and cervix. The LKB1 gene is also somatically mutated in human cancers arising at these sites...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908725/par3l-enhances-colorectal-cancer-cell-survival-by-inhibiting-lkb1-ampk-signaling-pathway
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Taiyuan Li, Dongning Liu, Xiong Lei, Qunguang Jiang
Partitioning defective 3-like protein (Par3L) is a recently identified cell polarity protein that plays an important role in mammary stem cell maintenance. Previously, we showed that high expression of Par3L is associated with poor survival in malignant colorectal cancer (CRC), but the underlying mechanism remained unknown. To this end, we established a Par3L knockout colorectal cancer cell line using the CRISPR/Cas system. Interestingly, reduced proliferation, enhanced cell death and caspase-3 activation were observed in Par3L knockout (KO) cells as compared with wildtype (WT) cells...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896618/loss-of-liver-kinase-b1-causes-planar-polarity-defects-in-cochlear-hair-cells-in-mice
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Yuqin Men, Aizhen Zhang, Liwen Zhang, Yecheng Jin, Zhishuo Wang, Jing Zhao, Xiaolin Yu, Jian Zhang, Jiangang Gao
The tumor suppressor gene liver kinase B1 (LKB1), also called STK11, encodes a serine/threonine kinase. LKB1 plays crucial roles in cell differentiation, proliferation, and polarity. In this study, LKB1 conditional knockout mice (LKB1(Pax2) CKO mice) were generated using Pax2-Cre mice to investigate the function of LKB1 in inner ear hair cells during early embryonic period. LKB1(Pax2) CKO mice died perinatally. Immunofluorescence and scanning electron microscopy revealed that stereociliary bundles in LKB1(Pax2) CKO mice were clustered and misoriented, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875786/inflammation-dysregulated-metabolism-and-aromatase-in-obesity-and-breast-cancer
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Heba Zahid, Evan R Simpson, Kristy A Brown
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of estrogen-dependent breast cancer after menopause. Adipose tissue undergoes important changes in obesity due to excess storage of lipids, leading to adipocyte cell death and the recruitment of macrophages. The resultant state of chronic low-grade inflammation is associated with the activation of NFkB signaling and elevated levels of aromatase, the rate-limiting enzyme in estrogen biosynthesis. This occurs not only in the visceral and subcutaneous fat, but also in the breast fat...
November 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849007/two-ptp-receptors-mediate-cspg-inhibition-by-convergent-and-divergent-signaling-pathways-in-neurons
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Yosuke Ohtake, Daniella Wong, P M Abdul-Muneer, Michael E Selzer, Shuxin Li
Receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase σ (PTPσ) and its subfamily member LAR act as transmembrane receptors that mediate growth inhibition of chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (CSPGs). Inhibition of either receptor increases axon growth into and beyond scar tissues after CNS injury. However, it is unclear why neurons express two similar CSPG receptors, nor whether they use the same or different intracellular pathways. We have now studied the signaling pathways of these two receptors using N2A cells and primary neurons derived from knockout mice...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824128/deletion-of-lkb1-in-adult-mice-results-in-body-weight-reduction-and-lethality
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Tizhong Shan, Yan Xiong, Shihuan Kuang
Liver kinase B1 (Lkb1) plays crucial roles in development, metabolism and survival. As constitutive knockout of Lkb1 in mice leads to embryonic lethality, whether Lkb1 is required for the growth and survival of adult mice is unclear. Here we address this question using a tamoxifen-inducible Lkb1 knockout (KO) mouse model: Rosa26-Cre(ER): Lkb1(flox/flox) (abbreviated as Rosa-Lkb1). The Rosa-Lkb1 mice exhibited body weight reduction and died within 6 weeks after tamoxifen induction. The body weight reduction was due to reduced weight of various tissues but the brown and white adipose tissues underwent much more pronounced weight reduction relative to the overall body weight reduction...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824080/lycium-barbarum-polysaccharide-attenuates-high-fat-diet-induced-hepatic-steatosis-by-up-regulating-sirt1-expression-and-deacetylase-activity
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Li Jia, Wang Li, Jianning Li, Yan Li, Hui Song, Yansong Luan, Hui Qi, Lirong Ma, Xiaohong Lu, Yi Yang
In this study, we aimed to investigate the protective effects and underlying mechanism of Lycium barbarum polysaccharide (LBP) on high-fat-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Recently, sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) has been shown to play an important role in the regulation of hepatocellular lipid metabolism. Here, we demonstrated that LBP up-regulates SIRT1 deacetylase activity and protein expression by enhancing the NAD(+)/NADH ratio. Subsequently, LBP promoted LKB1 deacetylation and AMPK phosphorylation via SIRT1-dependent signalling...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821489/a-transcriptional-signature-identifies-lkb1-functional-status-as-a-novel-determinant-of-mek-sensitivity-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Jacob M Kaufman, Tadaaki Yamada, Kyungho Park, Cynthia D Timmers, Joseph M Amann, David P Carbone
LKB1 is a commonly mutated tumor suppressor in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that exerts complex effects on signal transduction and transcriptional regulation. To better understand the downstream impact of loss of functional LKB1, we developed a transcriptional fingerprint assay representing this phenotype. This assay was predictive of LKB1 functional loss in cell lines and clinical specimens, even those without detected sequence alterations in the gene. In silico screening of drug sensitivity data identified putative LKB1-selective drug candidates, revealing novel associations not apparent from analysis of LKB1 mutations alone...
November 7, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816546/anhydroicaritin-improves-diet-induced-obesity-and-hyperlipidemia-and-alleviates-insulin-resistance-by-suppressing-srebps-activation
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Zu-Guo Zheng, Ya-Ping Zhou, Xin Zhang, Pyone Myat Thu, Zhi-Shen Xie, Chong Lu, Tao Pang, Bin Xue, Da-Qian Xu, Yan Chen, Xiao-Wei Chen, Hui-Jun Li, Xiaojun Xu
SREBPs play important roles in the regulation of lipid metabolism, and are closely related to the occurrence and development of many metabolic diseases. Small molecular inhibitors of SERBPs are important tools in developing efficient treatment of metabolic diseases. However, there are no listing drug targeting SREBPs. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop highly specific small molecules that inhibit SREBPs. In this study, using a hepatocyte-based high-throughput screening, we identified anhydroicaritin (AHI) as a novel inhibitor of SREBPs...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812982/ampk-and-cancer
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Zhiyu Wang, Neng Wang, Pengxi Liu, Xiaoming Xie
This chapter focuses on the role of AMPK as a stress-response molecule with an emphasis on its duplex implication in carcinogenesis and cancer drug resistance. AMPK is closely correlated to the tumor-suppressive functions of LKB1 and P53, consequently modulating the activity of cellular survival signaling such as mTOR and Akt, leading to cell growth inhibition and cell cycle arrest. On the contrary, AMPK is tightly involved in cancer drug resistance via interacting with multiple known mechanisms of chemoresistance such as ABCG2 expression, autophagy induction, and cancer stem cells enrichment...
2016: EXS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799657/lkb1-loss-links-serine-metabolism-to-dna-methylation-and-tumorigenesis
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Filippos Kottakis, Brandon N Nicolay, Ahlima Roumane, Rahul Karnik, Hongcang Gu, Julia M Nagle, Myriam Boukhali, Michele C Hayward, Yvonne Y Li, Ting Chen, Marc Liesa, Peter S Hammerman, Kwok Kin Wong, D Neil Hayes, Orian S Shirihai, Nicholas J Dyson, Wilhelm Haas, Alexander Meissner, Nabeel Bardeesy
Intermediary metabolism generates substrates for chromatin modification, enabling the potential coupling of metabolic and epigenetic states. Here we identify a network linking metabolic and epigenetic alterations that is central to oncogenic transformation downstream of the liver kinase B1 (LKB1, also known as STK11) tumour suppressor, an integrator of nutrient availability, metabolism and growth. By developing genetically engineered mouse models and primary pancreatic epithelial cells, and employing transcriptional, proteomics, and metabolic analyses, we find that oncogenic cooperation between LKB1 loss and KRAS activation is fuelled by pronounced mTOR-dependent induction of the serine-glycine-one-carbon pathway coupled to S-adenosylmethionine generation...
October 31, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798096/chronic-pancreatitis-and-lipomatosis-are-associated-with-defective-function-of-ciliary-genes-in-pancreatic-ductal-cells
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Cécile Augereau, Louis Collet, Pierfrancesco Vargiu, Carmen Guerra, Sagrario Ortega, Frédéric P Lemaigre, Patrick Jacquemin
Genetic diseases associated with defects in primary cilia are classified as ciliopathies. Pancreatic lesions and ductal cysts are found in patients with ciliopathic polycystic kidney diseases suggesting a close connection between pancreatic defects and primary cilia. Here we investigate the role of two genes whose deletion is known to cause primary cilium defects, namely Hnf6 and Lkb1, in pancreatic ductal homeostasis. We find that mice with postnatal duct-specific deletion of Hnf6 or Lkb1 show duct dilations...
October 7, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793977/acute-stimulation-of-glucose-influx-upon-mitoenergetic-dysfunction-requires-lkb1-ampk-sirt2-and-mtor-raptor
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Dania C Liemburg-Apers, Jori A L Wagenaars, Jan A M Smeitink, Peter H G M Willems, Werner J H Koopman
Mitochondria play a central role in cellular energy production, and their dysfunction can trigger a compensatory increase in glycolytic flux to sustain cellular ATP levels. Here, we studied the mechanism of this homeostatic phenomenon in C2C12 myoblasts. Acute (30 min) mitoenergetic dysfunction induced by the mitochondrial inhibitors piericidin A and antimycin A stimulated Glut1-mediated glucose uptake without altering Glut1 (also known as SLC2A1) mRNA or plasma membrane levels. The serine/threonine liver kinase B1 (LKB1; also known as STK11) and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) played a central role in this stimulation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779671/simvastatin-exerts-anti-hepatitis-b-virus-activity-by-inhibiting-expression-of-minichromosome-maintenance-protein-7-in-hepg2-2-15-cells
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Wenjie Li, Fei Cao, Juan Li, Zhixin Wang, Yu Ren, Zheyong Liang, Peijun Liu
Simvastatin (SIM), a 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitor, has been reported to inhibit the activity of hepatitis B virus (HBV), however, the mechanism underlying its antiviral function remains unknown. Minichromosome maintenance (MCM) 7, a component of the MCM complex, has been reported to act as an important host factor aiding virus genome replication in host cells. The present study demonstrated that downregulation of MCM7 inhibited the expression of proteins transferred by adenoviral vectors...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768972/micellar-nanocomplexes-for-biomagnetic-delivery-of-intracellular-proteins-to-dictate-axon-formation-during-neuronal-development
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Giulia Suarato, Seong-Il Lee, Weiyi Li, Sneha Rao, Tanvir Khan, Yizhi Meng, Maya Shelly
During mammalian embryonic development, neurons polarize to create distinct cellular compartments of axon and dendrite that inherently differ in form and function, providing the foundation for directional signaling in the nervous system. Polarization results from spatio-temporal segregation of specific proteins' activities to discrete regions of the neuron to dictate axonal vs. dendritic fate. We aim to manipulate axon formation by directed subcellular localization of crucial intracellular protein function...
January 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754854/hyperglycaemia-induced-resistance-to-docetaxel-is-negated-by-metformin-a-role-for-igfbp-2
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Kalina Biernacka, Raj A Persad, Amit Bahl, David Gillatt, Jeff M P Holly, Claire M Perks
The incidence of many common cancers varies between different populations and appears to be affected by a Western lifestyle. Highly proliferative malignant cells require sufficient levels of nutrients for their anabolic activity. Therefore targeting genes and pathways involved in metabolic pathways could yield future therapeutics. A common pathway implicated in energetic and nutritional requirements of a cell is the LKB1/AMPK pathway. Metformin is a widely studied anti-diabetic drug, which improves glycaemia in patients with type 2 diabetes via targeting this pathway...
October 17, 2016: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748285/pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-its-regulator-tumour-suppressor-genes-pten-lkb1-in-human-uterine-leiomyomas
#18
Annu Makker, Madhu Mati Goel, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Vikram Bhatia, Vinita Das, Anjoo Agarwal, Amita Pandey
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Despite their high occurrence and associated significant level of morbidity manifesting as spectrum of clinical symptoms, the pathogenesis of uterine leiomyomas (ULs) remains unclear. We investigated expression profile of tumour suppressor genes PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten) and LKB1 (liver kinase B1), and key signaling components of P13K (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase)/Akt (protein kinase B)/mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway in leiomyomas and adjacent normal myometrium in women of reproductive age, to explore the possibility of targeting this pathway for future therapeutic implications...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743861/udca-and-cdca-alleviate-17%C3%AE-ethinylestradiol-induced-cholestasis-through-pka-ampk-pathways-in-rats
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Xiaojiaoyang Li, Zihang Yuan, Runping Liu, Hozeifa M Hassan, Hang Yang, Rong Sun, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Estrogen-induced cholestasis, known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), is an estrogen-related liver disease that is widely recognized as female or pregnancy-specific. Our previous findings showed that the synthetic estrogen, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE), induced cholestatic injury through ERK1/2-LKB1-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway and its mediated suppression of farnesoid X receptor (FXR). To investigate the role played by bile acids in EE-induced cholestasis, we evaluated the effects of chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA) on sandwich cultured rat primary hepatocytes (SCRHs) and an in vivo rat model...
October 12, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733682/activation-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-by-metformin-induces-protein-acetylation-in-prostate-and-ovarian-cancer-cells
#20
Luciano Galdieri, Himavanth Gatla, Ivana Vancurova, Ales Vancura
AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is an energy sensor and master regulator of metabolism. AMPK functions as a fuel gauge monitoring systemic and cellular energy status. Activation of AMPK occurs when the intracellular AMP/ATP ratio increases and leads to a metabolic switch from anabolism to catabolism. AMPK phosphorylates and inhibits acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), which catalyzes carboxylation of acetyl-CoA to malonyl-CoA, the first and rate-limiting reaction in de novo synthesis of fatty acids. AMPK thus regulates homeostasis of acetyl-CoA, a key metabolite at the crossroads of metabolism, signaling, chromatin structure, and transcription...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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