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Insulin resistance AND mtor

Chi Han Li, Shing Chun Tang, Chi Hin Wong, Yan Wang, Jian-Dong Jiang, Yangchao Chen
Berberine is a Chinese herbal medicine extracted from rhizoma coptidis that functions to improve insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia, hepatosteatosis and inflammation. Berberine can modify the activity of cell metabolism and signaling pathways by regulating expression of genes. However, the roles and effects of differential microRNA (miRNA) expression induced by berberine treatment are largely unexplored. It is believed that miRNAs expression modified by berberine contributes to its therapeutic effects to diseases such as hepatosteatosis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Fanxing Zeng, Hua Zhao, Jingwen Liao
This study was designed to investigate the effects of exogenous androgen and resistance exercise on skeletal muscle hypertrophy and the role of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling during the process. A total of 24 male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to sham operation and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) implantation groups with subgroups subjected to sedentary conditions or resistance exercise (SHAM+SED, SHAM+EX, DHT+SED, and DHT+EX). The experimental procedure lasted for 10 days. The mRNA expression of androgen receptor (AR) and insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), the expression of myosin heavy chain (MHC), as well as the phosphorylation statuses of AR, mTOR, p70 ribosomal S6 kinase (p70S6K ), and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E-binding protein 1 (4EBP1) were determined in the white gastrocnemius muscle...
December 2017: Biology of Sport
Gabriel Keine Kuga, Vitor Rosetto Muñoz, Rafael Calais Gaspar, Susana Castelo Branco Ramos Nakandakari, Adelino Sanchez Ramos da Silva, José Diego Botezelli, José Alexandre Curiacos de Almeida Leme, Ricardo José Gomes, Leandro Pereira de Moura, Dennys Esper Cintra, Eduardo Rochete Ropelle, José Rodrigo Pauli
The insulin and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) signaling in the hippocampus promotes synaptic plasticity and memory formation. On the other hand, aging is related to the cognitive decline and is the main risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The Protein-Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is related to several deleterious processes in neurons and emerges as a promising target for new therapies. In this context, our study aims to investigate the age-related changes in PTP1B content, insulin signaling, β-amyloid content, and Tau phosphorylation in the hippocampus of middle-aged rats...
February 5, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Amadou Gaye, Ayo P Doumatey, Sharon K Davis, Charles N Rotimi, Gary H Gibbons
Several clinical guidelines have been proposed to distinguish metabolically healthy obesity (MHO) from other subgroups of obesity but the molecular mechanisms by which MHO individuals remain metabolically healthy despite having a high fat mass are yet to be elucidated. We conducted the first whole blood transcriptomic study designed to identify specific sets of genes that might shed novel insights into the molecular mechanisms that protect or delay the occurrence of obesity-related co-morbidities in MHO. The study included 29 African-American obese individuals, 8 MHO and 21 metabolically abnormal obese (MAO)...
2018: NPJ Genomic Medicine
Junpei Wang, Weili Yang, Zhenzhen Chen, Ji Chen, Yuhong Meng, Biaoqi Feng, Libo Sun, Lin Dou, Jian Li, Qinghua Cui, Jichun Yang
Mammalian genomes encode a huge number of LncRNAs with unknown functions. This study determined the role and mechanism of a new LncRNA, LncRNA Suppressor of Hepatic Gluconeogenesis and Lipogenesis (LncSHGL), in regulating hepatic glucose/lipid metabolism. In the livers of obese mice and NAFLD patient, the expression levels of mouse LncSHGL and its human homologous LncRNA B4GALT1-AS1 were reduced. Hepatic LncSHGL restoration improved hyperglycemia, insulin resistance and steatosis in obese diabetic mice, whereas hepatic LncSHGL inhibition promoted fasting hyperglycemia and lipid deposition in normal mice...
January 30, 2018: Diabetes
Jaume Folch, Miren Ettcheto, Oriol Busquets, Elena Sánchez-López, Rubén D Castro-Torres, Ester Verdaguer, Patricia R Manzine, Saghar Rabiei Poor, María Luisa García, Jordi Olloquequi, Carlos Beas-Zarate, Carme Auladell, Antoni Camins
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is progressive neurodegenerative disorder characterized by brain accumulation of the amyloid β peptide (Aβ), which form senile plaques, neurofibrillary tangles (NFT) and, eventually, neurodegeneration and cognitive impairment. Interestingly, epidemiological studies have described a relationship between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and this pathology, being one of the risk factors for the development of AD pathogenesis. Information as it is, it would point out that, impairment in insulin signalling and glucose metabolism, in central as well as peripheral systems, would be one of the reasons for the cognitive decline...
January 29, 2018: Pharmaceuticals
Aliz Szabo, Katalin Sumegi, Katalin Fekete, Eniko Hocsak, Balazs Debreceni, Gyorgy Setalo, Krisztina Kovacs, Laszlo Deres, Andras Kengyel, Dominika Kovacs, Jozsef Mandl, Miklos Nyitrai, Mark A Febbraio, Ferenc Gallyas, Balazs Sumegi
Mitochondria fragmentation destabilizes mitochondrial membranes, promotes oxidative stress and facilitates cell death, thereby contributing to the development and the progression of several mitochondria-related diseases. Accordingly, compounds that reverse mitochondrial fragmentation could have therapeutic potential in treating such diseases. BGP-15, a hydroxylamine derivative, prevents insulin resistance in humans and protects against several oxidative stress-related diseases in animal models. Here we show that BGP-15 promotes mitochondrial fusion by activating optic atrophy 1 (OPA1), a GTPase dynamin protein that assist fusion of the inner mitochondrial membranes...
January 26, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Minsung Kang, Xiaobing Liu, Yuchang Fu, W Timothy Garvey
INTRODUCTION: Short non-coding micro-RNAs (miRNAs) are post-transcriptional factors that directly regulate protein expression by degrading or inhibiting target mRNAs; however, the role of miRNAs in obesity and cardiometabolic disease remains unclarified. Based on our earlier study demonstrating that miR-150 influences lipid metabolism, we have studied effects of miR-150 on systemic metabolism and adipocyte biology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Metabolic phenotypes including body weight, food intake, body composition, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity were assessed in WT and global miR-150 KO male mice fed a high-fat diet...
January 15, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
Lisa Schmitz, Rebecca Kuglin, Inga Bae-Gartz, Ruth Janoschek, Sarah Appel, Andrea Mesaros, Igor Jakovcevski, Christina Vohlen, Marion Handwerk, Regina Ensenauer, Jörg Dötsch, Eva Hucklenbruch-Rother
OBJECTIVE: Maternal obesity and a disturbed metabolic environment during pregnancy and lactation have been shown to result in many long-term health consequences for the offspring. Among them, impairments in neurocognitive development and performance belong to the most dreaded ones. So far, very few mechanistic approaches have aimed to determine the responsible molecular events. METHODS: In a mouse model of maternal diet-induced obesity and perinatal hyperinsulinemia, we assessed adult offspring's hippocampal insulin signaling as well as concurrent effects on markers of hippocampal neurogenesis, synaptic plasticity and function using western blotting and immunohistochemistry...
December 28, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Paul Denver, Victor A Gault, Paula L McClean
AIMS: Metabolic disease increases risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive dysfunction. Chronic high fat diet (HFD) feeding leads to cognitive impairment and neuroinflammation. This study demarcated pathological events in brain as a result of short-term to chronic HFD feeding. Efficacy of Xenin-25[Lys(13)PAL] was assessed in chronic HFD-fed mice. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were fed HFD or normal diet for 18 days, 34 days, 10 and 21 weeks. Cognition was assessed using novel object recognition and Morris water maze...
January 5, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Weiche Wu, Ziye Xu, Ling Zhang, Jiaqi Liu, Jie Feng, Xinxia Wang, Tizhong Shan, Yizhen Wang
Excessive intramyocellular triacylglycerols (IMTGs, muscle lipids) are associated with the abnormal energy metabolism and insulin resistance of skeletal muscle. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a crucial cellular energy sensor, consists of α, β and γ subunits. Researchers have not clearly determined whether Prkaa1 (also known as AMPKα1) affects IMTG accumulation in skeletal muscle. Here, we show an important role of Prkaa1 in skeletal muscle lipid metabolism. Deletion of muscle Prkaa1 leads to the delayed development of skeletal muscles but does not affect glucose tolerance or insulin sensitivity in animals fed a normal diet...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Lauren Herschbein, Jane L Liesveld
The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (Akt)/mechanistic target of rapamycin (PI3K/Akt/mTOR) pathway is amplified in 60-80% of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Since this complex pathway is crucial to cell functions such as growth, proliferation, and survival, inhibition of this pathway would be postulated to inhibit leukemia initiation and propagation. Inhibition of the mTORC1 pathway has met with limited success in AML due to multiple resistance mechanisms including direct insensitivity of the mTORC1 complex, feedback activation of the PI3k/Akt signaling network, insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) activation of PI3K, and others...
December 2, 2017: Blood Reviews
Uddin Md Nazim, Ji-Hong Moon, You-Jin Lee, Jae-Won Seol, Yong Ju Kim, Sang-Youel Park
The combination of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) with subsidiary agents is a promising anticancer strategy to conquer TRAIL resistance in malignant cells. Glipizide is a second-generation oral hypoglycemic medicine for the cure of type II diabetes because of its capability to selectively stimulate insulin secretion from β-cells. In this study, we revealed that glipizide could trigger TRAIL-mediated apoptotic cell death in human lung adenocarcinoma cells. Pretreatment with glipizide downregulation of p-Akt and p-mTOR in different concentrations...
November 21, 2017: Oncotarget
Xuzhu Lin, Lewan Parker, Emma Mclennan, Xinmei Zhang, Alan Hayes, Glenn McConell, Tara C Brennan-Speranza, Itamar Levinger
Emerging evidence suggests that undercarboxylated osteocalcin (ucOC) improves muscle glucose uptake in rodents. However, whether ucOC can directly increase glucose uptake in both glycolytic and oxidative muscles and the possible mechanisms of action still need further exploration. We tested the hypothesis that ucOC per se stimulates muscle glucose uptake via extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), and/or the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2)-protein kinase B (AKT)-AKT substrate of 160 kDa (AS160) signaling cascade...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Ming Zhang, Yujie Zhao, Zhen Li, Congying Wang
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a progressive disease and poses a high risk of severe liver damage. However, the pathogenesis of NASH is still unclear. Accumulation of lipid droplets and insulin resistance is the hallmark of NASH. Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase isoenzyme 4 (PDK4) plays key role in glucose metabolism via regulating the activity of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC). Here, we demonstrated a novel of PDK4 in NASH by regulating hepatic steatosis and insulin signaling pathway in methionine and choline deficient (MCD) diet induced NASH model...
November 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Roberto Villalobos-Labra, Luis Silva, Mario Subiabre, Joaquín Araos, Rocío Salsoso, Bárbara Fuenzalida, Tamara Sáez, Fernando Toledo, Marcelo González, Claudia Quezada, Fabián Pardo, Delia I Chiarello, Andrea Leiva, Luis Sobrevia
Insulin resistance is characteristic of pregnancies where the mother shows metabolic alterations, such as preeclampsia (PE) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), or abnormal maternal conditions such as pregestational maternal obesity (PGMO). Insulin signalling includes activation of insulin receptor substrates 1 and 2 (IRS1/2) as well as Src homology 2 domain-containing transforming protein 1, leading to activation of 44 and 42 kDa mitogen-activated protein kinases and protein kinase B/Akt (Akt) signalling cascades in the human foetoplacental vasculature...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
Katharina Gohr, Alexandra Hamacher, Laura H Engelke, Matthias U Kassack
BACKGROUND: Widely established targeted therapies directed at triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) are missing. Classical chemotherapy remains the systemic treatment option. Cisplatin has been tested in TNBC but bears the disadvantage of resistance development. The purpose of this study was to identify resistance mechanisms in cisplatin-resistant TNBC cell lines and select targeted therapies based on these findings. METHODS: The TNBC cell lines HCC38 and MDA-MB231 were subjected to intermittent cisplatin treatment resulting in the 3...
November 3, 2017: BMC Cancer
Caitlin D May, Sharon M Landers, Svetlana Bolshakov, XiaoYan Ma, Davis R Ingram, Christine M Kivlin, Kelsey L Watson, Ghadah A Al Sannaa, Angela D Bhalla, Wei-Lien Wang, Alexander J Lazar, Keila E Torres
Undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcomas (UPSs) are aggressive mesenchymal malignancies with no definitive cell of origin or specific recurrent genetic hallmarks. These tumors are largely chemoresistant; thus, identification of potential therapeutic targets is necessary to improve patient outcome. Previous studies demonstrated that high expression of activated protein kinase B (AKT) in patients with UPS corresponds to poor disease-specific survival. Here, we demonstrate that inhibiting phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/mTOR) signaling using a small molecule inhibitor reduced UPS cell proliferation and motility and xenograft growth; however, increased phosphorylation of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) indicated the potential for adaptive resistance following treatment through compensatory receptor activation...
October 3, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
Joaquim Javary, Nathalie Allain-Courtois, Nicolas Saucisse, Pierre Costet, Capucine Heraud, Fadila Benhamed, Rémi Pierre, Corinne Bure, Nestor Pallares-Lupon, Marcio Do Cruzeiro, Catherine Postic, Daniela Cota, Pierre Dubus, Jean Rosenbaum, Samira Benhamouche-Trouillet
OBJECTIVE: The AAA+ ATPase Reptin is overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma and preclinical studies indicate that it could be a relevant therapeutic target. However, its physiological and pathophysiological roles in vivo remain unknown. This study aimed to determine the role of Reptin in mammalian adult liver. DESIGN AND RESULTS: We generated an inducible liver-specific Reptin knockout (RepinLKO ) mouse model. Following Reptin invalidation, mice displayed decreased body and fat mass, hypoglycaemia and hypolipidaemia...
October 26, 2017: Gut
Kun Han, Ning Jia, Yi Zhong, Xiuli Shang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by Aβ plaque deposition in the brain, which is related to the disorder of autophagosome maturation, transport and formation of autolysosome. Notably, abnormal insulin signaling is connected with cognitive dysfunction in AD. In this study, using APP/PS1 transgenic mice as AD model, we investigated the mechanism by which S14G-humanin (HNG) improved autophagy and insulin signaling in AD brain. Immunohistochemistry was used to determine the levels of mTOR and Aβ deposition, and Western blot analysis was used to determine IRS-1, IRS-1 pSEr636, ULK1, p62, LC3 I/LC3 II protein levels...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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