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Min Xie, Yan Yu, Rui Kang, Shan Zhu, Liangchun Yang, Ling Zeng, Xiaofang Sun, Minghua Yang, Timothy R Billiar, Haichao Wang, Lizhi Cao, Jianxin Jiang, Daolin Tang
Sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock are the main cause of mortality in non-cardiac intensive care units. Immunometabolism has been linked to sepsis; however, the precise mechanism by which metabolic reprogramming regulates the inflammatory response is unclear. Here we show that aerobic glycolysis contributes to sepsis by modulating inflammasome activation in macrophages. PKM2-mediated glycolysis promotes inflammasome activation by modulating EIF2AK2 phosphorylation in macrophages. Pharmacological and genetic inhibition of PKM2 or EIF2AK2 attenuates NLRP3 and AIM2 inflammasomes activation, and consequently suppresses the release of IL-1β, IL-18 and HMGB1 by macrophages...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
R-H Xu, B Liu, J-D Wu, Y-Y Yan, J-N Wang
OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is recognized as a chronic inflammatory disease leading to hardening of the vessel wall and narrowing of arteries. Endothelial cells (ECs) exhibit highly active glycolysis, the dysfunction of which leads to accumulation of lipids in the arterial wall and formation of atherosclerotic plaque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: qRT-PCR was performed to compare the deregulated miR-143 between atherosclerotic plaque and normal vessel tissues. The direct target of miR-143 was verified by Western blot and luciferase assay...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Lan Wei, Kuangfa Li, Xueli Pang, Bianqin Guo, Min Su, Yunxiu Huang, Nian Wang, Feihu Ji, Changli Zhong, Junhong Yang, Zhiqian Zhang, Yulin Jiang, Yifeng Liu, Tingmei Chen
BACKGROUND: Accumulating researches have shown that epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) contributes to tumor metastasis. Leptin, a key adipokine secreted from adipocytes, shapes the tumor microenvironment, potentiates the migration of breast cancer cells and angiogenesis, and is also involved in EMT. However, the potential mechanism remains unknown. This study aims to explore the effect of leptin on EMT in breast cancer cells and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: With the assessment of EMT-associated marker expression in MCF-7, SK-BR-3, and MDA-MB-468 cells, the effect of leptin on breast cancer cells was analyzed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
María Noel Galardo, Agostina Gorga, Joaquín Pedro Merlo, Mariana Regueira, Eliana Herminia Pellizzari, Selva Beatriz Cigorraga, María Fernanda Riera, Silvina Beatriz Meroni
Hypoxia Inducible Factors (HIFs) are master regulators of glycolytic metabolism. HIFs consist of a constitutive HIFbeta (HIFβ) subunit and a HIFalpha (HIFα) subunit, whose half-life depends on prolyl-hydroxylases activity. Inhibition of prolyl-hydroxylases by hypoxia or transition metals, or augmentation of HIFα subunit levels by hormonal stimuli lead to a higher HIF transcriptional activity. On the other hand, it is well known that lactate produced by Sertoli cells is delivered to and used by germ cells as an energy substrate...
October 14, 2016: Biochimie
J Luo, L Y Shen, H G Lei, K P Zhu, Y Z Jiang, L Bai, M Z Li, G Q Tang, X W Li, S H Zhang, L Zhu
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the correlations among muscle concentration of three glycometabolic-related hormones (insulin, epinephrine and glucagon), muscle glycolysis and meat quality in representative muscles of either glycolytic or oxidative types. Moreover, the relative glycometabolic-related gene expression was measured. One Western crossbreed DLY (Duroc × (Landrace × Yorkshire)), one crossbreed with half-Chinese native-pig origin DL (Duroc × LiangShan) and one pure Chinese native pig TP (Tibetan pig) were used in this study...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Viviana De Rosa, Francesca Iommelli, Marcello Monti, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Rosa Fonti, Silvana Del Vecchio
BACKGROUND: The two main mechanisms of resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are the occurrence of T790M secondary mutation in the kinase domain of EGFR and MET amplification. The aim of the present study was to test whether early changes of (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake in animal models bearing erlotinib-resistant NSCLC may have different imaging patterns of response to erlotinib depending on the molecular mechanisms underlying resistance...
December 2016: EJNMMI Research
Daisuke Yamada, Satoshi Watanabe, Kohichi Kawahara, Takehiko Maeda
Aberrant changes to several signaling pathways because of genetic mutations or increased cytokine production are critical for tumor cells to become malignant. Semaphorin 3A (SEMA3A) acts as a bivalent factor that suppresses or promotes tumor development in different pathological backgrounds. Previously, we showed that SEMA3A positively regulated the proliferative and glycolytic activities of mouse-derived Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells. Plexins A1-A4 (PLXNA1-PLXNA4) are SEMA3A receptors; however, it is not known which subtype is critical for oncogenic SEMA3A signaling...
October 4, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Taro Sugiyama, Kohei Taniguchi, Nobuhisa Matsuhashi, Toshihiro Tajirika, Manabu Futamura, Tomoaki Takai, Yukihiro Akao, Kazuhiro Yoshida
The metabolism in tumor cells shifts from oxidative phosphorylation to glycolysis even in an aerobic environment, which phenomenon is known as the Warburg effect. This effect is regulated mainly by polypyrimidine tract-binding protein 1 (PTBP1), which is a splicer of the mRNA for the rate-limiting enzymes of glycolysis, pyruvate kinase muscle 1 and 2 (PKM1 and PKM2). In the present study, we demonstrated that miR-133b reduced PTBP1 expression at translational level and that the expression levels of miR-133b were significantly down-regulated in gastric cancer clinical samples and human cell lines, whereas the protein expression level of PTBP1 was up-regulated in 80% of the 20 clinical samples of gastric cancer examined...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Science
Vincenzo N Talesa, Ivana Ferri, Guido Bellezza, Harold D Love, Angelo Sidoni, Cinzia Antognelli
BACKGROUND: Glyoxalase 2 (Glo2), together with glyoxalase 1 (Glo1), forms the main scavenging system of methylglyoxal, a potent pro-apoptotic agent mainly generated by glycolysis. An increased rate of glycolysis is a well known signature of cancer cells. As a survival strategy, Glo1 is overexpressed in many human malignant cells, including prostate cancer (PCa), where it plays a crucial role in progression. No information is available on the role of Glo2 in the same ambit. PCa is the most common malignancy affecting men in the western world...
October 3, 2016: Prostate
Adam Rzechonek, Aleksandra Kaminska, Piotr Mamczur, Arkadiusz Drapiewski, Władysław Budzynski
Metabolism of tumor tissue differs from the normal one by the intensity of protein synthesis and glycolysis. The dimeric pyruvate kinase (PKM2) is a specific enzyme for tumor glycolysis. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the activity of PKM2 and the type and stage of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A second objective was to compare the expression of PKM2 with disease progression and prognosis. We studied 65 patients divided into two groups: 45 patients with lung cancer and 20 non-cancer healthy subjects taken as control...
September 29, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Zheng-Xuan Liu, Liang Hong, Song-Qing Fang, Guang-Hua Tan, Pei-Guan Huang, Zhi Zeng, Xue Xia, Xiao-Xu Wang
It is stated that high expression of pyruvate kinase (PKM2) emerges as a significant player in the metabolism and progression of various human malignancies. However, the expression of PKM2 and its association with the prognosis of osteosarcoma had not yet been studied. In the present study, the expression and biological significance of PKM2 in osteosarcoma were investigated. We found that PKM2 expression was elevated in the cancerous tissues and it was more abundant than the adjacent normal tissues (60.2 vs 26...
September 19, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Maria Elena Bravo-Adame, Rosario Vera-Estrella, Bronwyn J Barkla, Cecilia Martínez-Campos, Angel Flores-Alcantar, Jose Pablo Ocelotl-Oviedo, Gustavo Pedraza-Alva, Yvonne Rosenstein
CD43 is one of the most abundant co-stimulatory molecules on a T-cell surface; it transduces activation signals through its cytoplasmic domain, contributing to modulation of the outcome of T-cell responses. The aim of this study was to uncover new signalling pathways regulated by this sialomucin. Analysis of changes in protein abundance allowed us to identify pyruvate kinase isozyme M2 (PKM2), an enzyme of the glycolytic pathway, as an element potentially participating in the signalling cascade resulting from the engagement of CD43 and the T-cell receptor (TCR)...
September 8, 2016: Immunology
Raymond H de Wit, Azra Mujić-Delić, Jeffrey R van Senten, Alberto Fraile-Ramos, Marco Siderius, Martine J Smit
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) encoded chemokine receptor US28 promotes tumorigenesis through activation of various proliferative and angiogenic signaling pathways. Upon infection, US28 displays constitutive activity and signals in a G protein-dependent manner, hijacking the host's cellular machinery. In tumor cells, the hypoxia inducible factor-1α/pyruvate kinase M2 (HIF-1α/PKM2) axis plays an important role by supporting proliferation, angiogenesis and reprogramming of energy metabolism. In this study we show that US28 signaling results in activation of the HIF-1α/PKM2 feedforward loop in fibroblasts and glioblastoma cells...
September 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Magdalena Dziegala, Monika Kasztura, Kamil Kobak, Jacek Bania, Waldemar Banasiak, Piotr Ponikowski, Ewa A Jankowska
The differential availability of iron during hypoxia is presumed to affect the functioning of cardiac and skeletal myocytes. Rat H9C2 cardiomyocytes and L6G8C5 myocytes were cultured for 48 h in normoxic or hypoxic conditions at the optimal, reduced or increased iron concentration. The mRNA expression levels of markers of apoptosis [B‑cell lymphoma‑2 (Bcl2; inhibition) and Bcl‑2‑activated X protein (Bax; induction)], atrophy (Atrogin), glycolysis (pyruvate kinase 2; PKM2) and iron metabolism [transferrin receptor 1 (TfR1; iron importer), ferroportin 1 (FPN1; iron exporter), ferritin heavy chain (FTH; iron storage protein) and hepcidin (HAMP; iron regulator)] were determined using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and cell viability was measured using an tetrazolium reduction assay...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Sujuan Yuan, Tiankui Qiao, Xibing Zhuang, Wei Chen, Na Xing, Qi Zhang
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to explore the relationships between the M2 isoform of pyruvate kinase (PKM2) and the sensitivity of human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells to docetaxel in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: With the method of plasmid transfection, we silenced the expression of PKM2 successfully in A549 and H460 cells. Western blotting and real-time PCR were applied to detect PKM2 expression at protein and gene levels. Cell viability was examined by CCK8 assay...
November 2016: Yonsei Medical Journal
Yu Liu, Xiaolong Yuan, Wenhui Li, Qianqian Cao, Yusheng Shu
Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is a potent stimulator of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), which is a key event in the initiation of tumor cell metastasis. Aspirin-triggered resolvin D1 (AT-RvD1) is known to be involved in the resolution of inflammation; however, whether AT-RvD1 exerts effects on TGF-β1-induced EMT remains unclear. Thus, we first explored the effects of AT-RvD1 on the EMT of lung cancer cells. Treatment with TGF-β1 increased the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reduced the expression of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2)...
October 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Fang Liang, Qiao Li, Xiayu Li, Zheng Li, Zhaojian Gong, Hao Deng, Bo Xiang, Ming Zhou, Xiaoling Li, Guiyuan Li, Zhaoyang Zeng, Wei Xiong
We previously identified TSC22D2 (transforming growth factor β-stimulated clone 22 domain family, member 2) as a novel cancer-associated gene in a rare multi-cancer family. However, its role in tumor development remains completely unknown. In this study, we found that TSC22D2 was significantly downregulated in colorectal cancer (CRC) and that TSC22D2 overexpression inhibited cell growth. Using a co-immunoprecipitation (co-IP) assay combined with mass spectrometry analysis to identify TSC22D2-interacting proteins, we demonstrated that TSC22D2 interacts with pyruvate kinase isoform M2 (PKM2)...
September 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Sarah E Corcoran, Luke A J O'Neill
HIF1α is a common component of pathways involved in the control of cellular metabolism and has a role in regulating immune cell effector functions. Additionally, HIF1α is critical for the maturation of dendritic cells and for the activation of T cells. HIF1α is induced in LPS-activated macrophages, where it is critically involved in glycolysis and the induction of proinflammatory genes, notably Il1b. The mechanism of LPS-stimulated HIF1α induction involves succinate, which inhibits prolyl hydroxylases (PHDs)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Valéria Grobárová, Karel Vališ, Pavel Talacko, Barbora Pavlů, Lucie Hernychová, Jana Nováková, Eva Stodůlková, Miroslav Flieger, Petr Novák, Jan Černý
Quambalarine B (QB) is a secondary metabolite produced by the basidiomycete Quambalaria cyanescens with potential anticancer activity. Here we report that QB at low micromolar concentration inhibits proliferation of several model leukemic cell lines (Jurkat, NALM6, and REH), whereas higher concentrations induce cell death. By contrast, the effect of QB on primary leukocytes (peripheral blood mononuclear cells) is significantly milder with lower toxicity and cytostatic activity. Moreover, QB inhibited expression of the C-MYC oncoprotein and mRNA expression of its target genes, LDHA, PKM2, and GLS...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Andrei A Yarushkin, Yuliya A Kazantseva, Elena A Prokopyeva, Diana N Markova, Yuliya A Pustylnyak, Vladimir O Pustylnyak
It is well-known that constitutive androstane receptor (CAR) activation by 1,4-bis[2-(3,5-dichloropyridyloxy)]benzene (TCPOBOP) increases the liver-to-body weight ratio. CAR-mediated liver growth is correlated with increased expression of the pleiotropic transcription factor cMyc, which stimulates cell cycle regulatory genes and drives proliferating cells into S phase. Because glycolysis supports cell proliferation and cMyc is essential for the activation of glycolytic genes, we hypothesized that CAR-mediated up-regulation of cMyc in mouse livers might play a role in inducing the expression of glycolytic genes...
September 23, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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