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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...
October 8, 2016: Biomaterials
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
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
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
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...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ziye Xu, Jiaqi Liu, Tizhong Shan
Adipose tissues regulate energy metabolism and reproduction. There are three types of adipocytes (brown, white and beige adipocytes) in mammals. White adipocytes store energy and are closely associated with obesity and other metabolic diseases. The beige and brown adipocytes have numerous mitochondria and high levels of UCP1 that dissipates lipid to generate heat and defend against obesity. The global epidemic of obesity and its associated metabolic diseases urge an imperative need for understating the regulation of adipogenesis...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Chunyan Chen, Xiaomei Zhang, Deqiang Wang, Fangyu Wang, Jian Pan, Zhenkai Wang, Chang Liu, Lin Wu, Heng Lu, Nan Li, Juan Wei, Hui Shi, Haijun Wan, Ming Zhu, Senqing Chen, Yun Zhou, Xin Zhou, Liu Yang, Jiong Liu
BACKGROUND Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease. It severely decreases patient quality of life and leads elevated cancer risk. Germline mutation of LKB1 is the leading cause of familial PJS. MATERIAL AND METHODS To characterize the germline mutation of LKB1 gene in Chinese familial and sporadic PJS patients, 14 PJS families, 5 sporadic PJS patients, and 250 healthy adults were collected and genomic DNAs of peripheral blood were extracted. Mutation screenings of LKB1 were performed using MLPA (multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification), PCR, direct sequencing, and PCR-DHPLC (denaturing high-performance liquid chromatography)...
October 10, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Yang Xiao, Mandy Kwong, Anneleen Daemen, Marcia Belvin, Xiaorong Liang, Georgia Hatzivassiliou, Thomas O'Brien
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) is a cofactor involved in a wide range of cellular metabolic processes and is a key metabolite required for tumor growth. NAMPT, nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase, which converts nicotinamide (NAM) to nicotinamide mononucleotide (NMN), the immediate precursor of NAD, is an attractive therapeutic target as inhibition of NAMPT reduces cellular NAD levels and inhibits tumor growth in vivo. However, there is limited understanding of the metabolic response to NAD depletion across cancer cell lines and whether all cell lines respond in a uniform manner...
2016: PloS One
Yi-Shu Wang, Jianfeng Chen, Fengmei Cui, Huibo Wang, Shuai Wang, Wei Hang, Qinghua Zeng, Cheng-Shi Quan, Ying-Xian Zhai, Jian-Wei Wang, Xiang-Feng Shen, Yong-Ping Jian, Rui-Xun Zhao, Kaitlin D Werle, Rutao Cui, Jiyong Liang, Yu-Lin Li, Zhi-Xiang Xu
Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) functions as a tumor suppressor encoded by STK11, a gene that mutated in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome and in sporadic cancers. Previous studies showed that LKB1 participates in IR- and ROS-induced DNA damage response (DDR). However, the impact of LKB1 mutations on targeted cancer therapy remains unknown. Herein, we demonstrated that LKB1 formed DNA damage-induced nuclear foci and co-localized with ataxia telangiectasia mutated kinase (ATM), γ-H2AX, and breast cancer susceptibility 1 (BRCA1)...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Runping Liu, Linxi Yu, Zihang Yuan, Rong Sun, Hang Yang, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) is widely used to induce cholestasis in basic researches. Although direct damage induced by ANIT to bile duct epithelial cells has been documented in previous studies, few works investigated ANIT-induced effects on hepatocytes. Our previous study indicated that activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) inhibited farnesoid X receptor (FXR) expression and further participated in the pathogenesis of estrogen-induced cholestasis. However, whether ANIT has effects on bile acid homeostasis in hepatocytes, and the role of AMPK-FXR pathway played in these effects remain unclear...
October 1, 2016: Toxicology
Grit S Herter-Sprie, Shohei Koyama, Houari Korideck, Josephine Hai, Jiehui Deng, Yvonne Y Li, Kevin A Buczkowski, Aaron K Grant, Soumya Ullas, Kevin Rhee, Jillian D Cavanaugh, Neermala Poudel Neupane, Camilla L Christensen, Jan M Herter, G Mike Makrigiorgos, F Stephen Hodi, Gordon J Freeman, Glenn Dranoff, Peter S Hammerman, Alec C Kimmelman, Kwok-Kin Wong
Radiation therapy (RT), a critical modality in the treatment of lung cancer, induces direct tumor cell death and augments tumor-specific immunity. However, despite initial tumor control, most patients suffer from locoregional relapse and/or metastatic disease following RT. The use of immunotherapy in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could potentially change this outcome by enhancing the effects of RT. Here, we report significant (up to 70% volume reduction of the target lesion) and durable (up to 12 weeks) tumor regressions in conditional Kras-driven genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of NSCLC treated with radiotherapy and a programmed cell death 1 antibody (αPD-1)...
June 16, 2016: JCI Insight
Yong Yang, Ting Bai, You-Li Yao, De-Quan Zhang, Yan-Ling Wu, Li-Hua Lian, Ji-Xing Nan
Thymoquinone (TQ) is a biologically active compound isolated from the seeds of Nigella sativa L. (Ranuculaceae). This study investigated the hepato-protective effect of TQ on liver injury through AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). In vitro, TGF-β time-dependently attenuated liver kinase B-1 (LKB1) and AMPK phosphorylation, which were blocked by pretreatment with TQ and AICAR (an activator of AMPK). TQ significantly inhibited collagen-Ι, α-SMA, TIMP-1 and enhanced MMP-13 expression, contributing to prevent TGF-β-induced human HSCs activation...
September 26, 2016: Toxicology Letters
Sun Ae Kim, Kyung Young Lee, Jae-Ryong Kim, Hyoung Chul Choi
The prevalence rate of cardiovascular disease is higher for males than females, and estradiol (E2) induces AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, which is known to regulate proliferation of VSMC. We identified the estrogenic properties of nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA, a lignan phytoestrogen) that inhibit VSMC proliferation and explored the underlying mechanisms. Both the phosphorylation and expression of LKB1 were increased by NDGA. In addition, NDGA significantly attenuated angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced VSMC proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
Robert U Svensson, Seth J Parker, Lillian J Eichner, Matthew J Kolar, Martina Wallace, Sonja N Brun, Portia S Lombardo, Jeanine L Van Nostrand, Amanda Hutchins, Lilliana Vera, Laurie Gerken, Jeremy Greenwood, Sathesh Bhat, Geraldine Harriman, William F Westlin, H James Harwood, Alan Saghatelian, Rosana Kapeller, Christian M Metallo, Reuben J Shaw
Continuous de novo fatty acid synthesis is a common feature of cancer that is required to meet the biosynthetic demands of a growing tumor. This process is controlled by the rate-limiting enzyme acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC), an attractive but traditionally intractable drug target. Here we provide genetic and pharmacological evidence that in preclinical models ACC is required to maintain the de novo fatty acid synthesis needed for growth and viability of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. We describe the ability of ND-646-an allosteric inhibitor of the ACC enzymes ACC1 and ACC2 that prevents ACC subunit dimerization-to suppress fatty acid synthesis in vitro and in vivo...
October 2016: Nature Medicine
Rui Jin, Wei Zhou
Cancer cells devote the majority of their energy consumption to ribosome biogenesis, and pre-ribosomal RNA transcription accounts for 30-50% of all transcriptional activity. This aberrantly elevated biological activity is an attractive target for cancer therapeutic intervention if approaches can be developed to circumvent the development of side effects in normal cells. TIF-IA is a transcription factor that connects RNA polymerase I with the UBF/SL-1 complex to initiate the transcription of pre-ribosomal RNA...
September 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sukriti Krishan, Des R Richardson, Sumit Sahni
Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a cellular energy sensor that monitors ATP levels. There is also evidence that AMPK has onco-suppressive properties. Iron plays a crucial role in cellular energy transducing pathways and tumor cell proliferation. Therefore, metals (e.g., iron) could play an important role in the regulation of AMPK-dependent pathways. Hence, this investigation examined the effect of the iron and copper chelator and potent anti-cancer agent, di-2-pyridylketone 4,4-dimethyl-3-thiosemicarbazone (Dp44mT), on the AMPK-mediated pathway...
September 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Eijiro Yamada, Shuichi Okada, Claire C Bastie, Manu Vatish, Yasuyo Nakajima, Ryo Shibusawa, Atsushi Ozawa, Jeffrey E Pessin, Masanobu Yamada
We previously demonstrated that proto-oncogene Fyn decreased energy expenditure and increased metabolic phenotypes. Also Fyn decreased autophagy-mediated muscle mass by directly inhibiting LKB1 and stimulating STAT3 activities, respectively. AMPK, a downstream target of LKB1, was recently identified as a key molecule controlling autophagy. Here we identified that Fyn phosphorylates the α subunit of AMPK on Y436 and inhibits AMPK enzymatic activity without altering the assembly state of the AMPK heterotrimeric complex...
September 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Ava Vila-Leahey, Sharon A Oldford, Paola A Marignani, Jun Wang, Ian D Haidl, Jean S Marshall
Histamine receptor 2 (H2) antagonists are widely used clinically for the control of gastrointestinal symptoms, but also impact immune function. They have been reported to reduce tumor growth in established colon and lung cancer models. Histamine has also been reported to modify populations of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). We have examined the impact of the widely used H2 antagonist ranitidine, on both myeloid cell populations and tumor development and spread, in three distinct models of breast cancer that highlight different stages of cancer progression...
July 2016: Oncoimmunology
Sun Young Park, Mei Ling Jin, Ziyu Wang, Geuntae Park, Young-Whan Choi
2,3,4',5-Tetrahydroxystilbene-2-O-β-d-glucoside (THSG) affects neuroinflammation-related neurodegenerative diseases and inhibits neuroinflammatory mediators. However, the detailed impacts and underlying mechanisms of THSG on neuroinflammatory responses are still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the anti-neuroinflammatory mechanism of THSG via AMPK/Nrf2 signaling pathways. This study showed that THSG attenuated LPS-induced iNOS, COX-2, TNF-α, and IL-6 activation in microglia. Furthermore, it was observed that activation of IκBα and NF-κB was significantly increased upon LPS stimulation, and suppressed by THSG treatment in a dose-dependent manner...
September 13, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Alma Delia Campos-Parra, Alejandra Padua-Bracho, Abraham Pedroza-Torres, Gabriela Figueroa-González, Jorge Fernández-Retana, Oliver Millan-Catalan, Oscar Peralta-Zaragoza, David Cantú de León, Luis A Herrera, Carlos Pérez-Plasencia
OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to provide genomic and transcriptomic information that may improve clinical outcomes for locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) patients by searching for therapeutic targets or potential biomarkers through the analysis of significantly altered signaling pathways in LACC. METHODS: Microarray-based transcriptome profiling of 89 tumor samples from women with LACC was performed. Through Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) analysis, significantly over-expressed genes in LACC were identified; these genes were validated by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction in an independent cohort, and the protein expression data were obtained from the Human Protein Atlas...
August 28, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
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