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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732195/fake-inhibitors-ampk-activation-trumps-inhibition
#1
Christopher G Langendorf, John W Scott, Bruce E Kemp
Protein kinase inhibitors have become increasingly important therapeutic drugs for the treatment of human diseases; however, resistance and off-target effects can limit their use. In this issue of Cell Chemical Biology, Ross et al. (2017) reveal a novel off-target mechanism where the Src kinase inhibitor SU6656 paradoxically primes AMPK for phosphorylation and activation by the upstream kinase LKB1.
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731433/the-effects-of-cardiotrophin-1-on-early-synaptic-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-synaptic-pathology-in-appswe-ps1de9-mice
#2
Dongmei Wang, Xiaozhuan Liu, Yumei Liu, Sanqiang Li, Chenying Wang
The coexistence of neuronal mitochondrial pathology and synaptic dysfunction is an early pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1) has been shown to exhibit impressive neuroprotective effects. Previous studies have shown positive effects of CT-1 on brain glucose metabolism and cognition in APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice; however, little is known about the effects of CT-1 on early synaptic mitochondrial dysfunction and resultant synaptic pathology in the brain. In this study, 4-month-old transgenic mice with brain tissue-specific CT-1 expression were used alone or in combination with APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice to evaluate the effect of CT-1 on synaptic mitochondrial dysfunction and resultant synaptic pathology, and cryptic memory deficits in the APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic mice...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729704/growth-hormone-reverses-dyslipidemia-in-adult-offspring-after-maternal-undernutrition
#3
Wei-Fen Zhu, Sheng-Jie Tang, Zheng Shen, Ying-Min Wang, Li Liang
The abnormal intrauterine milieu of fetal growth retardation could lead to dyslipidemia in adulthood. Studies have shown that growth hormone (GH) therapy in small for gestational age (SGA) children would be beneficial for metabolic parameters. Here we investigated whether GH treatment introduced at adolescent period in SGA could reverse dyslipidemia during later life. SGA rat model was established by using semi-starvation treatment during the whole pregnancy. SGA or appropriate for gestational age (AGA) offspring were assigned to receive GH or normal saline (NS)...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729062/pharmacological-activation-of-ampk-inhibits-incision-evoked-mechanical-hypersensitivity-and-the-development-of-hyperalgesic-priming-in-mice
#4
Michael D Burton, Dipti V Tillu, Khadijah Mazhar, Galo L Mejia, Marina N Asiedu, Kufreobong Inyang, Travis Hughes, Bo Lian, Gregory Dussor, Theodore J Price
New therapeutics to manage post-surgical pain are needed to mitigate the liabilities of opioid and other analgesics. Our previous work shows that key modulators of excitability in peripheral nociceptors, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) are inhibited by activation of adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK). We hypothesized that AMPK activation would attenuate acute incision-evoked mechanical hypersensitivity and the development of hyperalgesic priming caused by surgery in mice...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728079/probucol-ameliorates-renal-injury-in-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-the-redox-enzyme-p66shc
#5
Shikun Yang, Li Zhao, Yachun Han, Yu Liu, Chao Chen, Ming Zhan, Xiaofen Xiong, Xuejing Zhu, Li Xiao, Chun Hu, Fuyou Liu, Zhiguang Zhou, Yashpal S Kanwar, Lin Sun
AIMS: Probucol is an anti-hyperlipidemic agent and a potent antioxidant drug that can delay progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and reverses renal oxidative stress in diabetic animal models; however, the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. p66Shc is a newly recognized mediator of mitochondrial ROS production in renal cells under high-glucose (HG) ambience. We previously showed that p66Shc can serve as a biomarker for renal oxidative injury in DN patients and that p66Shc up-regulation is correlated with renal damage in vivo and in vitro...
July 4, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727756/dysregulation-of-micrornas-and-renin-angiotensin-system-in-high-salt-diet-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-in-uninephrectomized-rats
#6
Venkateswara Rao Amara, Sunil Kumar Surapaneni, Kulbhushan Tikoo
Uninephrectomy is not associated with major adverse events in cardiovascular and renal functions of live kidney donors. The effect of high salt diet on the quality of life of live kidney donors is largely unknown. Hence in this study, we aimed to determine the effect of high salt diet on the alterations of renin-angiotensin system and microRNAs leading to CV and renal dysfunction in uninephrectomized rats. In order to mimic clinical scenario, uninephrectomized male Sprague Dawley rats were fed initially with normal pellet diet for 12 weeks and then for 20 weeks with high salt (10% w/w NaCl) diet...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727570/hyperosmotic-stress-stimulates-autophagy-via-polycystin-2
#7
Daniel Peña-Oyarzun, Rodrigo Troncoso, Catalina Kretschmar, Cecilia Hernando, Mauricio Budini, Eugenia Morselli, Sergio Lavandero, Alfredo Criollo
Various intracellular mechanisms are activated in response to stress, leading to adaptation or death. Autophagy, an intracellular process that promotes lysosomal degradation of proteins, is an adaptive response to several types of stress. Osmotic stress occurs under both physiological and pathological conditions, provoking mechanical stress and activating various osmoadaptive mechanisms. Polycystin-2 (PC2), a membrane protein of the polycystin family, is a mechanical sensor capable of activating the cell signaling pathways required for cell adaptation and survival...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726347/md2-blockage-protects-obesity-induced-vascular-remodeling-via-activating-ampk-nrf2
#8
Lintao Wang, Jibo Han, Peiren Shan, Shengban You, Xuemei Chen, Yiyi Jin, Jingying Wang, Weijian Huang, Yi Wang, Guang Liang
OBJECTIVE: Obesity and increased free fatty acid (FFA) levels are tightly linked with vascular oxidative stress and remodeling. Myeloid differentiation 2 (MD2), an important protein in innate immunity, is requisite for endotoxin lipopolysaccharide responsiveness. This study shows that palmitic acid (PA) also bonds to MD2, initiating cardiac inflammatory injury. However, it is not clear whether MD2 plays a role in noninflammatory systems such as obesity- and FFA-related oxidative stress involved in vascular remodeling and injury...
July 20, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726277/aged-garlic-extract-suppresses-inflammation-in-apolipoprotein-e-knockout-mice
#9
Naoaki Morihara, Atsuko Hino, Satomi Miki, Miyuki Takashima, Jun-Ichiro Suzuki
SCOPE: Chronic inflammation plays a major role in the formation and progression of atherosclerotic plaques. To clarify the mode of action of aged garlic extract (AGE) to retard atherosclerosis, we investigated whether AGE suppresses the inflammation in apolipoprotein E-knockout (ApoE-KO) mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: ApoE-KO mice were fed standard diet with or without 3% AGE for 12 weeks. AGE feeding inhibited the progression of atherosclerotic lesion by 27% and reduced the level of C-reactive protein (CRP) and thromboxane B2 (TXB2 ), a marker of platelet activation, in serum by 39% and 33%, respectively, compared to ApoE-KO mice without AGE treatment...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726275/cpkc%C3%AE-mediated-down-regulation-of-uchl1-alleviates-ischaemic-neuronal-injuries-by-decreasing-autophagy-via-erk-mtor-pathway
#10
Dan Zhang, Song Han, Shizun Wang, Yanlin Luo, Li Zhao, Junfa Li
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the world, but its underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Both conventional protein kinase C (cPKC)γ and ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCHL1) are neuron-specific proteins. In the models of 1-hr middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)/24-hr reperfusion in mice and 1-hr oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)/24-hr reoxygenation in cortical neurons, we found that cPKCγ gene knockout remarkably aggravated ischaemic injuries and simultaneously increased the levels of cleaved (Cl)-caspase-3 and LC3-I proteolysis product LC3-II, and the ratio of TUNEL-positive cells to total neurons...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723898/fructose-1-6-bisphosphate-and-aldolase-mediate-glucose-sensing-by-ampk
#11
Chen-Song Zhang, Simon A Hawley, Yue Zong, Mengqi Li, Zhichao Wang, Alexander Gray, Teng Ma, Jiwen Cui, Jin-Wei Feng, Mingjiang Zhu, Yu-Qing Wu, Terytty Yang Li, Zhiyun Ye, Shu-Yong Lin, Huiyong Yin, Hai-Long Piao, D Grahame Hardie, Sheng-Cai Lin
The major energy source for most cells is glucose, from which ATP is generated via glycolysis and/or oxidative metabolism. Glucose deprivation activates AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), but it is unclear whether this activation occurs solely via changes in AMP or ADP, the classical activators of AMPK. Here, we describe an AMP/ADP-independent mechanism that triggers AMPK activation by sensing the absence of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate (FBP), with AMPK being progressively activated as extracellular glucose and intracellular FBP decrease...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723566/genome-wide-rnai-screen-for-fat-regulatory-genes-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-identifies-a-proteostasis-ampk-axis-critical-for-starvation-survival
#12
Christopher M Webster, Elizabeth C Pino, Christopher E Carr, Lianfeng Wu, Ben Zhou, Lucydalila Cedillo, Michael C Kacergis, Sean P Curran, Alexander A Soukas
Organisms must execute metabolic defenses to survive nutrient deprivation. We performed a genome-wide RNAi screen in Caenorhabditis elegans to identify fat regulatory genes indispensable for starvation resistance. Here, we show that opposing proteostasis pathways are principal determinants of starvation survival. Reduced function of cytoplasmic aminoacyl tRNA synthetases (ARS genes) increases fat mass and extends starvation survival, whereas reduced proteasomal function reduces fat and starvation survival. These opposing pathways converge on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) as the critical effector of starvation defenses...
July 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721811/moving-to-the-rhythm-with-clock-circadian-genes-autophagy-mtor-and-sirt1-in-degenerative-disease-and-cancer
#13
Kenneth Maiese
BACKGROUND: The mammalian circadian clock and its associated clock genes are increasingly be recognized as critical components for a number of physiological and disease processes that extend beyond hormone release, thermal regulation, and sleep-wake cycles. New evidence suggests that clinical behavior disruptions that involve prolonged shift work and even space travel may negatively impact circadian rhythm and lead to multi-system disease. METHODS: In light of the significant role circadian rhythm can hold over the body's normal physiology as well as disease processes, we examined and discussed the impact circadian rhythm and clock genes hold over lifespan, neurodegenerative disorders, and tumorigenesis...
July 17, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721631/1-trichloromethyl-1-2-3-4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline-taclo-alters-cell-cycle-progression-in-human-neuroblastoma-cell-lines
#14
Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Doris Feineis, Gerhard Bringmann, Bernd L Fiebich, Ravi Shankar Akundi
1-Trichloromethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline, abbreviated as TaClo, is an endogenous neurotoxin capable of formation in the brain through the condensation of neuronal tryptamine with ingested exogenous toxins such as trichloroethylene or chloral hydrate. Due to its structural resemblance to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,5,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), and similar ability to inhibit mitochondrial complex I, TaClo has been implicated in the etiology of Parkinson's disease. Previous studies have shown the cytotoxicity of TaClo in various cell culture models...
July 18, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720775/metformin-ameliorates-the-phenotype-transition-of-peritoneal-mesothelial-cells-and-peritoneal-fibrosis-via-a-modulation-of-oxidative-stress
#15
Hyun-Soo Shin, Jiyeon Ko, Dal-Ah Kim, Eun-Sun Ryu, Hye-Myung Ryu, Sun-Hee Park, Yong-Lim Kim, Eok-Soo Oh, Duk-Hee Kang
Phenotype transition of peritoneum is an early mechanism of peritoneal fibrosis. Metformin, 5'-adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activator, has recently received a new attention due to its preventive effect on organ fibrosis and cancer metastasis by inhibiting epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We investigated the effect of metformin on EMT of human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMC) and animal model of peritoneal dialysis (PD). TGF-β1-induced EMT in HPMC was ameliorated by metformin...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720584/protein-kinase-n2-regulates-amp-kinase-signaling-and-insulin-responsiveness-of-glucose-metabolism-in-skeletal-muscle
#16
Maxwell A Ruby, Isabelle Riedl, Julie Massart, Marcus Åhlin, Juleen R Zierath
Insulin resistance is central to the development of type 2 diabetes and related metabolic disorders. As skeletal muscle is responsible for the majority of whole body insulin-stimulated glucose uptake, regulation of glucose metabolism in this tissue is of particular importance. While Rho GTPases and many of their affecters influence skeletal muscle metabolism, there is a paucity of information on the protein kinase N (PKN) family of serine/threonine protein kinases. We investigated the impact of PKN2 on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in primary human skeletal muscle cells in vitro and mouse tibialis anterior muscle in vivo...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719670/suppressive-effect-of-amp-activated-protein-kinase-on-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
#17
Ryo Matoba, Yuki Morizane, Yusuke Shiode, Masayuki Hirano, Shinichiro Doi, Shinji Toshima, Ryoichi Araki, Mika Hosogi, Tomoko Yonezawa, Fumio Shiraga
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells plays a central role in the development of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a key regulator of energy homeostasis, on the EMT in RPE cells. In this study, EMT-associated formation of cellular aggregates was induced by co-stimulation of cultured ARPE-19 cells with tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α (10 ng/ml) and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β2 (5 ng/ml)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718701/occludin-regulates-glucose-uptake-and-atp-production-in-pericytes-by-influencing-amp-activated-protein-kinase-activity
#18
Victor Castro, Marta Skowronska, Jorge Lombardi, Jane He, Neil Seth, Martina Velichkovska, Michal Toborek
Energetic regulation at the blood-brain barrier is critical for maintaining its integrity, transport capabilities, and brain demands for glucose. However, the underlying mechanisms that regulate these processes are still poorly explored. We recently characterized the protein occludin as a NADH oxidase and demonstrated its influence on the expression and activation of the histone deacetylase SIRT-1. Because SIRT-1 works in concert with AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) (AMPK), we investigated the impact of occludin on this metabolic switch...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717968/deletion-of-type-2-cannabinoid-receptor-induces-alzheimer-s-disease-like-tau-pathology-and-memory-impairment-through-ampk-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway
#19
Lin Wang, Bing-Jin Liu, Yun Cao, Wei-Qi Xu, Dong-Sheng Sun, Meng-Zhu Li, Fang-Xiao Shi, Man Li, Qing Tian, Jian-Zhi Wang, Xin-Wen Zhou
Although several studies have shown that type-2 cannabinoid receptor (CB2R) is involved in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology, the effects of CB2R on AD-like tau abnormal phosphorylation and its underlying mechanism remain unclear. Herein, we employed the CB2R(-/-) mice as the animal model to explore roles of CB2R in regulating tau phosphorylation and brain function. We found that CB2R(-/-) mice display AD-like tau hyperphosphorylation, hippocampus-dependent memory impairment, increase of GSK3β activity, decrease of AMPK and Sirt1 activity and mitochondria dysfunction...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717180/a-three-mirnas-signature-predicts-survival-in-cervical-cancer-using-bioinformatics-analysis
#20
Bin Liang, Yunhui Li, Tianjiao Wang
Growing evidences showed that a large number of miRNAs were abnormally expressed in cervical cancer tissues and played irreplaceable roles in tumorigenesis, progression and metastasis. The aim of the present study was to identify the differential miRNAs expression between cervical cancer and normal cervical tissues by analyzing the high-throughput miRNA data downloaded from TCGA database. Additionally, we evaluated the prognostic values of the differentially expressed miRNAs and constructed a three-miRNA signature that could effectively predict patient survival...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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