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Ruijie Zhang, Nana Zhang, Hai Zhang, Chunxiao Liu, Xiaoqing Dong, Xiaoxue Wang, Yu Zhu, Chong Xu, Lei Liu, Sijun Yang, Shile Huang, Long Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Increasing evidence has suggested cadmium (Cd), as an inducer of reactive oxygen species (ROS), is a potential pathogenic factor in human neurodegenerative diseases. Thus, it is important to find effective interventions for Cd-induced oxidative stress in the central nervous system. The purpose of this study was to determine whether and how celastrol, a plant-derived triterpene, could mitigate Cd-induced ROS and cell death in neuronal cells. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: PC12, SH-SY5Y cells and primary murine neurons were chosen as a model to study celastrol neuroprotection against Cd-poisoning...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Haleh Vaez, Moslem Najafi, Maryam Rameshrad, Negisa Seyed Toutounchi, Mehraveh Garjani, Jaleh Barar, Alireza Garjani
Toll like receptors (TLRs) are key players in the innate immune responses. The energy sensing enzyme, AMPK, has been implicated in the modulation of immunity. The present study investigated whether AMPK activation by metformin could contribute to the regulation of immune responses in the isolated heart via suppression of TLR4 activity, independent of circulatory immunity. Isolated Wistar rat hearts were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer in the absence or presence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.2μM), LPS+metformin (10mM), and LPS+metformin+compound C (10μM)...
October 14, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Juthika Kundu, In Gyeong Chae, Kyung-Soo Chun
BACKGROUND: Fraxetin (7,8-dihydroxy-6-methoxy coumarin), a coumarin derivative, has been reported to possess antioxidative, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. A number of recent observations suggest that the induction of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) inhibits inflammation and tumorigenesis. In the present study, we determined the effect of fraxetin on HO-1 expression in HaCaT human keratinocytes and investigated its underlying molecular mechanisms. METHODS: Reverse transcriptase-PCR and Western blot analysis were performed to detect HO-1 mRNA and protein expression, respectively...
September 2016: Journal of Cancer Prevention
Yong-Hong Wu, Quan Li, Ping Li
LPS stimulation in macrophages/monocytes induces TNFα production. We here tested the potential effect of GSK621, a novel AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, against the process. In RAW264.7 macrophages, murine bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients' monocytes, GSK621 significantly inhibited LPS-induced TNFα protein secretion and mRNA synthesis. Inhibition of AMPK, through AMPKα shRNA knockdown or dominant negative mutation (T172A), almost abolished GSK621's suppression on TNFα in RAW264...
October 3, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sang Gil Lee, Chan Gyu Lee, Hong Min Wu, Choong Sik Oh, So Won Chung, Sang Geon Kim
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October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ru Fang, Xudong Zhu, Yaqin Zhu, Xing Tong, Kexue Li, Hui Bai, Xiaoyu Li, Jingjing Ben, Hanwen Zhang, Qing Yang, Qi Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It has been accepted that AMPK (Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase) activation exhibits many beneficial effects on glucolipid metabolism. Lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) is an important lysophospholipid which can improve blood glucose levels in diabetic mice and attenuate inflammation by activating AMPK signal pathway in macrophages. Synthetic alkylphospholipids (ALPs), such as miltefosine, is used as an alternate of LPC for the clinical application...
2016: PloS One
Xaoyan Dai, Ye Ding, Zhaoyu Liu, Wencheng Zhang, Ming-Hui Zou
RATIONALE: Elevated levels of C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP), a member of the C/EBP transcription factor family, in advanced atherosclerotic plaques is reported to be associated with atherosclerotic plaque rupture in humans. However, the molecular mechanism by which CHOP accumulation occurs is poorly defined. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate if (1) macrophage AMP-activated kinase (AMPK) regulates cellular CHOP accumulation and (2) whole-body Ampk deletion leads to neointimal disruption...
September 20, 2016: Circulation Research
I M Aparicio, J Espino, I Bejarano, A Gallardo-Soler, M L Campo, G M Salido, J A Pariente, F J Peña, J A Tapia
Macroautophagy (hereafter autophagy) is an evolutionarily highly conserved cellular process that participates in the maintenance of intracellular homeostasis through the degradation of most long-lived proteins and entire organelles. Autophagy participates in some reproductive events; however, there are not reports regarding the role of autophagy in the regulation of sperm physiology. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate whether autophagy-related proteins are present and functionally active in human spermatozoa...
2016: Scientific Reports
Dawei Xu, Wei Zhao, Xinhui Zhu, Jianbo Fan, Shengyu Cui, Yuyu Sun, Xiang Chen, Wei Liu, Zhi-Ming Cui
Excessive dexamethasone (Dex) application causes osteoblast cell death, which could lead to osteoporosis or osteonecrosis. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation is shown to protect osteoblasts/osteoblastic cells from Dex. In this report, we tested the potential effect of OSU53, a novel AMPK activator, in Dex-treated osteoblastic cells. We show that OSU53 activated AMPK signaling in human OB-6 osteoblastic cells. Further, Dex-induced osteoblastic OB-6 cell death and apoptosis were largely attenuated with pre-treatment with OSU53...
2016: PloS One
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
Adriana D Hernandez-García, Daniel A Columbus, Rodrigo Manjarín, Hanh V Nguyen, Agus Suryawan, Renán A Orellana, Teresa A Davis
Sepsis disrupts skeletal muscle proteostasis and mitigates the anabolic response to leucine (Leu) in muscle of mature animals. We have shown that Leu stimulates muscle protein synthesis (PS) in healthy neonatal piglets. To determine if supplemental Leu can stimulate PS and reduce protein degradation (PD) signaling in neonatal muscle during endotoxemia, overnight-fasted neonatal pigs were infused for 8 h with LPS or saline while plasma amino acids, glucose, and insulin were maintained at fasting levels during pancreatic-substrate clamps...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Diansa Gao, Zhong Zuo, Jing Tian, Quaisar Ali, Yi Lin, Han Lei, Zhongjie Sun
Arterial stiffness is an independent risk factor for stroke and myocardial infarction. This study was designed to investigate the role of SIRT1, an important deacetylase, and its relationship with Klotho, a kidney-derived aging-suppressor protein, in the pathogenesis of arterial stiffness and hypertension. We found that the serum level of Klotho was decreased by ≈45% in patients with arterial stiffness and hypertension. Interestingly, Klotho haplodeficiency caused arterial stiffening and hypertension, as evidenced by significant increases in pulse wave velocity and blood pressure in Klotho-haplodeficient (KL(+/-)) mice...
November 2016: Hypertension
Qing Tang, JingJing Wu, Fang Zheng, YuQing Chen, Swei Sunny Hann
Emodin has anti-neoplastic activities on multiple tumors. In here, we showed that emodin inhibit cell cycle arrest of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. To further explore this, we found that emodin increased PPARγ protein and luciferase activity, which were abolished by inhibitors of MEK/ERK (PD98059) and AMPK (Compound C). Silencing of PPARγ abrogated emodin-inhibited cell growth and cell cycle arrest. Furthermore, emodin elevated IGFBP1 mRNA, protein, and promoter activity through activation of PPARγ...
September 8, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yueli Tian, Jingting Ma, Wudong Wang, Lingjuan Zhang, Jia Xu, Kai Wang, Dongfu Li
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is characterized by high levels of nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), inflammation, and hepatic steatosis. Inflammation plays a crucial role in the development of fatty liver. Resveratrol (RSV) supplement could improve inflammatory response and hepatic steatosis, whereas the underlying mechanism was not well understood. In this study, mice fed with high-fat diet (HFD) exhibited severe hepatic injury and high blood concentrations of the inflammatory cytokines TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-1β...
November 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Baoping Jiang, Liang Le, Haibo Liu, Lijia Xu, Chunnian He, Keping Hu, Yong Peng, Peigen Xiao
Diabetic encephalopathy, which is characterized by cognitive decline and dementia, commonly occurs in patients with long-standing diabetes. Previous studies have suggested that methylglyoxal (MG), an endogenous toxic compound, plays an important role in diabetic complications such as cognitive impairment. MG induces neuronal apoptosis. To clarify whether marein, a major compound from the hypoglycemic plant Coreopsis tinctoria, prevents PC12 cell damage induced by MG, we cultured PC12 cells in the presence of MG and marein...
September 6, 2016: Free Radical Research
Xiuying Wang, Yulan Liu, Shuhui Wang, Dingan Pi, Weibo Leng, Huiling Zhu, Jing Zhang, Haifeng Shi, Shuang Li, Xi Lin, Jack Odle
Pro-inflammatory cytokines are critical in mechanisms of muscle atrophy. In addition, asparagine (Asn) is necessary for protein synthesis in mammalian cells. We hypothesised that Asn could attenuate lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced muscle atrophy in a piglet model. Piglets were allotted to four treatments (non-challenged control, LPS-challenged control, LPS+0·5 % Asn and LPS+1·0 % Asn). On day 21, the piglets were injected with LPS or saline. At 4 h post injection, piglet blood and muscle samples were collected...
October 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
Yoon Kyung Choi, Ji-Hee Kim, Dong-Keon Lee, Kwang-Soon Lee, Moo-Ho Won, Dooil Jeoung, Hansoo Lee, Kwon-Soo Ha, Young-Guen Kwon, Young-Myeong Kim
AIMS: The heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)/carbon monoxide (CO) pathway induced in astrocytes after ischemic brain injury promotes vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression to maintain and repair neurovascular function. Although HO-1-derived CO has been shown to induce hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α)-dependent VEGF expression, the underlying mechanism independent of HIF-1α remains to be elucidated. RESULTS: HO-1 and VEGF were co-expressed in astrocytes of ischemic mouse brain tissues...
August 23, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Hong Jiang, Wei Liu, Shi-Kun Zhan, Yi-Xin Pan, Liu-Guan Bian, Bomin Sun, Qing-Fang Sun, Si-Jian Pan
Here, we studied the anti-glioma cell activity by a novel AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator GSK621. We showed that GSK621 was cytotoxic to human glioma cells (U87MG and U251MG lines), possibly via provoking caspase-dependent apoptotic cell death. Its cytotoxicity was alleviated by caspase inhibitors. GSK621 activated AMPK to inhibit mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and downregulate Tetraspanin 8 (Tspan8) in glioma cells. AMPK inhibition, through shRNA knockdown of AMPKα or introduction of a dominant negative (T172A) AMPKα, almost reversed GSK621-induced AMPK activation, mTOR inhibition and Tspan8 degradation...
2016: PloS One
Brittany A Edgett, Trisha D Scribbans, James P Raleigh, Jennifer B L Matusiak, Kristen Boonstra, Craig A Simpson, Christopher G R Perry, Joe Quadrilatero, Brendon J Gurd
The present study examined the impact of a 48 h fast on the expression and activation status of SIRT1 and GCN5, the relationship between SIRT1/GCN5 and the gene expression of PGC-1α, and the PGC-1α target PDK4 in the skeletal muscle of 10 lean healthy men (age, 22.0 ± 1.5 years; peak oxygen uptake, 47.2 ± 6.7 mL/(min·kg)). Muscle biopsies and blood samples were collected 1 h postprandial (Fed) and following 48 h of fasting (Fasted). Plasma insulin (Fed, 80.8 ± 47.9 pmol/L; Fasted, not detected) and glucose (Fed, 4...
September 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Jian-Fu Zhang, Xiang-Ming Yan, Bin Lan, Yin-Rui Lei, Xiao-Hu Li, Shuai Gao, Yi-Feng Guo, Fang Guo
Prostate Cancer has become the second leading cause of male cancer-related incidence and mortality in United States. Hyperthermia (HT) is known to serve as a powerful tool in treatment of prostate cancer in clinical. The combination treatment with HT and cisplatin has a synergistic effect to inhibit prostate cancer progression and demonstrates better clinical effectiveness than HT or chemotherapy alone. But molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon have not been illuminated clearly. In this study, we used MTS assay to examine cell viabilities of PC-3, LNCaP, DU-145 and RM-1 cells after treated by HT and cisplatin...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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