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Mei Jin, Ming Cao, Mingxing Chu, Jing'ai Piao, Xu Guo, Fengqin Zhao, Jun Piao
Liaoning cashmere goats are the most precious genetic resources in China. The function of LAMTOR3 [late endosomal/lysosomal adaptor, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and mammalian target of rapamycin activator 3/MAPK scaffold protein 1] gene is expressed in the skin of Liaoning cashmere goats. In situ hybridization (ISH) found that LAMTOR3 is expressed in the inner root sheath (IRS) of hair follicles. During the anagen or catagen phase, the expression of LAMTOR3 is higher in secondary hair follicles than in primary hair follicles...
March 22, 2018: Animal Biotechnology
Zhouyang Li, Yinfang Wu, Haipin Chen, Chen Zhu, Lingling Dong, Yong Wang, Huiwen Liu, Xuchen Xu, Jiesen Zhou, Yanping Wu, Wen Li, Songmin Ying, Huahao Shen, Zhihua Chen
Increasing toxicological and epidemiological studies have demonstrated that ambient particulate matter (PM) could cause adverse health effects including inflammation in the lung. Alveolar macrophages represent a major type of innate immune responses to foreign substances. However, the detailed mechanisms of inflammatory responses induced by PM exposure in macrophages are still unclear. We observed that coarse PM treatment rapidly activated mechanistic target of rapamycin (MTOR) in mouse alveolar macrophages in vivo, and in cultured mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages, mouse peritoneal macrophages, and RAW264...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Zhe Yang, Jordan Follett, Markus C Kerr, Thomas Clairfeuille, Mintu Chandra, Brett M Collins, Rohan D Teasdale
The Alanine, Serine, Cysteine-preferring Transporter 2 (ASCT2; SLC1A5) is responsible for the uptake of glutamine into cells, a major source of cellular energy and a key regulator of mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) activation. Furthermore, ASCT2 expression has reported in several human cancers making it a potential target for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Here we identify ASCT2 as a membrane trafficked cargo molecule, sorted through a direct interaction with the PDZ domain of Sorting Nexin 27 (SNX27)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Anders Wallin, Gustavo C Román, Margaret Esiri, Petronella Kettunen, Johan Svensson, George P Paraskevas, Elisabeth Kapaki
Subcortical small-vessel disease (SSVD) is a disorder well characterized from the clinical, imaging, and neuropathological viewpoints. SSVD is considered the most prevalent ischemic brain disorder, increasing in frequency with age. Vascular risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, elevated homocysteine, and obstructive sleep apnea. Ischemic white matter lesions are the hallmark of SSVD; other pathological lesions include arteriolosclerosis, dilatation of perivascular spaces, venous collagenosis, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, microbleeds, microinfarcts, lacunes, and large infarcts...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Umberto Crisafulli, André M Xavier, Fabiana B Dos Santos, Tavane D Cambiaghi, Seo Y Chang, Marimélia Porcionatto, Beatriz A Castilho, Bettina Malnic, Isaias Glezer
Chronic inflammatory process in the nasal mucosa is correlated with poor smell perception. Over-activation of immune cells in the olfactory epithelium (OE) is generally associated with loss of olfactory function, and topical steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been largely used for treating such condition. Whether this therapeutic strategy could directly affect the regenerative process in the OE remains unclear. In this study, we show that nasal topical application of dexamethasone (DEX; 200 or 800 ng/nostril), a potent synthetic anti-inflammatory steroid, attenuates OE lesion caused by Gram-negative bacteria lipopolysaccharide (LPS) intranasal infusion...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Christos Gournas, Stelios Gkionis, Mélanie Carquin, Laure Twyffels, Donatienne Tyteca, Bruno André
The eukaryotic plasma membrane is compartmentalized into domains enriched in specific lipids and proteins. However, our understanding of the molecular bases and biological roles of this partitioning remains incomplete. The best-studied domain in yeast is the membrane compartment containing the arginine permease Can1 (MCC) and later found to cluster additional transporters. MCCs correspond to static, furrow-like invaginations of the plasma membrane and associate with subcortical structures named "eisosomes" that include upstream regulators of the target of rapamycin complex 2 (TORC2) in the sensing of sphingolipids and membrane stress...
March 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Zhiguo Li, Yifan Kong, Longzhen Song, Qian Luo, Jinghui Liu, Chen Shao, Xianzeng Hou, Xiaoqi Liu
The AKT/TSC/mTOR axis is an important pathway controlling cell growth, survival and proliferation in response to extracellular cues. Recently, it was reported that AKT activity fluctuates across the cell cycle. However, it remains unclear whether downstream targets of AKT are also regulated by the cell cycle. Here we report that mTORC1 activity inversely correlates with AKT activity during the cell cycle. Mechanistically, Plk1 phosphorylation of TSC1 at S467 and S578 interfered with TSC1/TSC2 binding, destabilized TSC1, promoted dissociation of the TSC complex from the lysosome, and eventually led to mTORC1 activation...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Manoj P Dandekar, Tao Peng, David D McPherson, Joao Quevedo, Jair C Soares, Shaoling Huang
AIM: Similar to ketamine, xenon gas acts as a glutamatergic N-methyl-d -aspartate receptor antagonist, but devoid of propensity to cause untoward effects. Herein, we loaded xenon gas into a liposomal carrier called xenon-containing liposomes (Xe-liposome) for systemic delivery, and investigated its effect as an antidepressant and also analyzed synaptic biomarkers including brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), protein kinase B (AKT), mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), protein kinase C (PKC) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase-1/2 (ERK1/2) in blood and brain...
March 17, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Kenneth Maiese
BACKGROUND: With the global increase in life span expectancy, neurodegenerative disorders continue to affect an ever increasing number of individuals throughout the world. New treatment strategies for neurodegenerative diseases are desperately required given the lack of current treatment modalities. METHODS: Here we examine novel strategies for neurodegenerative disorders that include circadian clock genes, non-coding ribonucleic acids (RNAs), and the mammalian forkhead transcription factors of the O class (FoxOs)...
March 19, 2018: Current Neurovascular Research
Tinglei Huang, Meiling Wang, Bo Huang, Augustus Chang, Feng Liu, Yanjie Zhang, Bin Jiang
As an evolutionarily conserved serine/threonine kinase of the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) related kinase family, the mechanistic/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) plays vital roles in the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway, participating in different cellular processes including cell survival, metabolism and proliferation. Aberrant activity of this signaling pathway may lead to oncogenesis. Over the last two decades, great progress has been made in the understanding of mTOR activation and how its response is counteracted for maintaining tissue homeostasis...
March 19, 2018: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Motohiro Tani, Kouichi Funato
Life is dependent on the protection of cellular functions from various stresses. Sphingolipids are essential biomembrane components in eukaryotic organisms, which are exposed to risks that may disrupt sphingolipid metabolism, threatening their lives. Defects of the sphingolipid biosynthesis pathway cause profound defects of various cellular functions and ultimately cell death. Therefore, cells are equipped with defense response mechanisms against aberrant metabolism of sphingolipids, the most characterized one being the target of rapamycin complex 2-mediated regulation of sphingolipid biosynthesis in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
March 19, 2018: Current Genetics
Ping Wang, Xiao-Min Liu, Lei Ding, Xin-Ju Zhang, Zhong-Liang Ma
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of single-stranded RNAs, 18-23 nucleotides in length that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. Dysregulation of miRNAs has been closely associated with the development of cancer. In the process of tumorigenesis, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) plays important roles, and the mTOR signaling pathway is aberrant in various types of human cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), breast cancer, prostate cancer, as well as others. However, the relationship between miRNAs and the mTOR signaling pathway is indistinct...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Jun Zhang, Xiaohong Xiang, Shuangshuang Shu, Cuiling Zhang, Yuling Liang, Tingting Jiang, Wenying Zhang, Tingting Guo, Xiujie Liang, Xun Tang
It is well known that autophagy serves a crucial role in renal tubular epithelial cell (RTEC) injury in the pathogenesis of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The accumulation of advanced oxidation protein products (AOPPs) also participates in the progression of CKD. However, the effects of AOPPs on autophagy remain unknown. To clarify the underlying mechanism of RTEC injury in CKD, the effect of AOPPs on HK-2 cells, an RTEC cell line, was investigated. The results of the present study revealed that AOPP exposure downregulated the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2-interacting myosin-like coiled-coil protein 1, reduced the conversion of microtubule-associated proteins 1 light chain 3B (LC3)-I to LC3-II and the formation of autophagosomes, and lead to an accumulation of p62...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Ilaria J Chicca, Michael R Milward, Iain Leslie C Chapple, Gareth Griffiths, Rod Benson, Thomas Dietrich, Paul R Cooper
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are DNA-based antimicrobial web-like structures whose release is predominantly mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS); their purpose is to combat infections. However, unbalanced NET production and clearance is involved in tissue injury, circulation of auto-antibodies and development of several chronic diseases. Currently, there is lack of agreement regarding the high-throughput methods available for NET investigation. This study, therefore, aimed to develop and optimize a high-content analysis (HCA) approach, which can be applied for the assay of NET production and for the screening of compounds involved in the modulation of NET release...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Dong Liu, Adam Stowie, Nuria de Zavalia, Tanya Leise, Salil Saurav Pathak, Lester R Drewes, Alec J Davidson, Shimon Amir, Nahum Sonenberg, Ruifeng Cao
Mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling controls cell growth, proliferation, and metabolism in dividing cells. Less is known regarding its function in postmitotic neurons in the adult brain. Here we created a conditional mTOR knockout mouse model to address this question. Using the Cre-LoxP system, the mTOR gene was specifically knocked out in cells expressing Vip (vasoactive intestinal peptide), which represent a major population of interneurons widely distributed in the neocortex, suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), olfactory bulb (OB), and other brain regions...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wasim Khan, Brian T Layden, Partha Chakrabarti
Glutamine, a well-established oncometabolite, anaplerotically fuels mitochondrial energy metabolism and modulates activity of mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin complexes (mTOR). Currently, mTOR inhibitors are in clinical use for certain types of cancer but with limited success. Since glutamine is essential for growth of many cancers, we reasoned that glutamine deprivation under conditions of mTOR inhibition should be more detrimental to cancer cell survival. However, our results show that when cells are deprived of glutamine concomitant with mTOR inhibition, hepatocarcinoma cells elicit an adaptive response which aids in their survival due to enhanced autophagic flux...
March 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yan Wang, Wenbin Xu, Zixun Yan, Weili Zhao, Jianqing Mi, Junmin Li, Hua Yan
BACKGROUND: Metformin is a commonly used drug for the treatment of diabetes. Accumulating evidence suggests that it exerts anti-tumor effects in many cancers, including multiple myeloma (MM); however, the underlying molecular mechanisms have not been clearly elucidated. METHODS: The anti-myeloma effects of metformin were evaluated using human MM cell lines (RPMI8226 and U266) in vitro and in vivo NOD-SCID murine xenograft MM model. Cell viability was assessed with CCK8 and cell proliferation was measured by EdU incorporation assay...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Jie Lei, Lei Zhao, Yujing Zhang, Yanfeng Wu, Yanbo Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The mechanisms by which high glucose (HG) results in podocyte damage remains unclear. We investigated the potential role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and mTOR signaling in HG injured podocyte. METHODS: In cultured mouse podocytes, cellular apoptosis was assessed using FITC-Annexin V and propidium iodide staining followed by flow cytometry analysis. Apoptosis-related proteins as well as the ER stress and the mTOR signals were evaluated using immunoblot assay...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Joni A Mettler, Dillon M Magee, Barbara M Doucet
PURPOSE: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is commonly used in rehabilitation settings to increase muscle mass and strength. However, the effects of NMES on muscle growth are not clear and no human studies have compared anabolic signaling between low-frequency (LF-) and high-frequency (HF-) NMES. The purpose of this study was to determine the skeletal muscle anabolic signaling response to an acute bout of LF- and HF-NMES. METHODS: Eleven young healthy volunteers (6 men; 5 women) received an acute bout of LF- (20 Hz) and HF- (60 Hz) NMES...
March 16, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Xi Song, Qiyang Shen, Liting Fan, Qiuxiao Yu, Xiao Jia, Yu Sun, Wenpei Bai, Jihong Kang
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrinopathy in women of reproductive age and also an important metabolic disorder associated with insulin resistance (IR). Hyperandrogenism is a key feature of PCOS. However, whether hyperandrogenism can cause IR in PCOS remains largely unknown. The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) and its regulated autophagy are closely associated with IR. In the present study, we investigated the role of mTORC1-autophagy pathway in skeletal muscle IR in a dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)-induced PCOS mouse model...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
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