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David R Driscoll, Saadia A Karim, Makoto Sano, David M Gay, Wright Jacob, Jun Yu, Yusuke Mizukami, Aarthi Gopinathan, Duncan I Jodrell, T R Jeffry Evans, Nabeel Bardeesy, Michael N Hall, Brian J Quattrochi, David S Klimstra, Simon T Barry, Owen J Sansom, Brian C Lewis, Jennifer P Morton
mTOR signaling controls several critical cellular functions and is deregulated in many cancers, including pancreatic cancer. To date, most efforts have focused on inhibiting the mTORC1 complex. However, clinical trials of mTORC1 inhibitors in pancreatic cancer have failed, raising questions about this therapeutic approach. We employed a genetic approach to delete the obligate mTORC2 subunit Rictor and identified the critical times during which tumorigenesis requires mTORC2 signaling. Rictor deletion resulted in profoundly delayed tumorigenesis...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Pinling Lai, Qiancheng Song, Cheng Yang, Zhen Li, Sichi Liu, Bin Liu, Mangmang Li, Hongwen Deng, Daozhang Cai, Dadi Jin, Anling Liu, Xiaochun Bai
Osteoblast dysfunction is a major cause of age-related bone loss, but the mechanisms underlying changes in osteoblast function with aging are poorly understood. This study demonstrates that osteoblasts in aged mice exhibit markedly impaired adhesion to the bone formation surface and reduced mineralization in vivo and in vitro. Rictor, a specific component of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) that controls cytoskeletal organization and cell survival, is downregulated with aging in osteoblasts...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Xingguang Lin, Jialong Yang, Jinli Wang, Hongxiang Huang, Hong-Xia Wang, Pengcheng Chen, Shang Wang, Yun Pan, Yu-Rong Qiu, Gregory A Taylor, Bruce A Vallance, Jimin Gao, Xiao-Ping Zhong
T-cells play an important role in promoting mucosal immunity against pathogens, but the mechanistic basis for their homeostasis in the intestine is still poorly understood. We report here that T-cell-specific deletion of mTOR results in dramatically decreased CD4 and CD8 T-cell numbers in the lamina propria of both small and large intestines under both steady-state and inflammatory conditions. These defects result in defective host resistance against a murine enteropathogen, Citrobacter rodentium, leading to the death of the animals...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tamás Sticz, Anna Molnár, Ágnes Márk, Melinda Hajdu, Noémi Nagy, Gyula Végső, Tamás Micsik, László Kopper, Anna Sebestyén
AIMS: Tumour heterogeneity and altered activation of signalling pathways play important roles in therapy resistance. The PI3K/Akt/mTOR signalling network is a well-known regulator of several functions that contribute to tumour growth. mTOR exists in two functionally different multiprotein complexes. We aimed to determine mTOR activity-related proteins in clinically followed, conventionally treated colon carcinomas and to analyse the correlation between clinical data and mTORC1 and mTORC2 activity...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Kittichate Visuttijai, Jennifer Pettersson, Yashar Mehrbani Azar, Iman van den Bout, Charlotte Örndal, Janusz Marcickiewicz, Staffan Nilsson, Michael Hörnquist, Björn Olsson, Katarina Ejeskär, Afrouz Behboudi
Myosin-1C (MYO1C) is a tumor suppressor candidate located in a region of recurrent losses distal to TP53. Myo1c can tightly and specifically bind to PIP2, the substrate of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), and to Rictor, suggesting a role for MYO1C in the PI3K pathway. This study was designed to examine MYO1C expression status in a panel of well-stratified endometrial carcinomas as well as to assess the biological significance of MYO1C as a tumor suppressor in vitro. We found a significant correlation between the tumor stage and lowered expression of MYO1C in endometrial carcinoma samples...
2016: PloS One
Xiong Guo, Chong Huang, Kun Lian, Shan Wang, Huishou Zhao, Feng Yan, Xiaomeng Zhang, Jinglong Zhang, Huaning Xie, Rui An, Ling Tao
Diabetic mellitus (DM) portends poor prognosis concerning pressure overloaded heart disease. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), elements of essential amino acids, have been found altered in its catabolism in diabetes decades ago. However, the relationship between BCAAs and DM induced deterioration of pressure overloaded heart disease remains controversial. This study is aimed to investigate the particular effect of BCKA, a metabolite of BCAA, on myocardial injury induced by pressure overloaded. Primary cardiomyocytes were incubated with or without BCKA and followed by treatment with isoproterenol (ISO); then cell viability was detected by CCK8 and apoptosis was examined by TUNNEL stain and caspase-3 activity analysis...
September 30, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jialong Yang, Xingguang Lin, Yun Pan, Jinli Wang, Pengcheng Chen, Hongxiang Huang, Hai-Hui Xue, Jimin Gao, Xiao-Ping Zhong
T follicular helper (Tfh) cells play critical roles for germinal center responses and effective humoral immunity. We report here that mTOR in CD4 T cells is essential for Tfh differentiation. In Mtor(f/f)-Cd4Cre mice, both constitutive and inducible Tfh differentiation is severely impaired, leading to defective germinal center B cell formation and antibody production. Moreover, both mTORC1 and mTORC2 contribute to Tfh and GC B cell development but may do so via distinct mechanisms. mTORC1 mainly promotes CD4 T cell proliferation to reach the cell divisions necessary for Tfh differentiation, while Rictor/mTORC2 regulates Tfh differentiation by promoting Akt activation and TCF1 expression without grossly influencing T cell proliferation...
September 30, 2016: ELife
Shiming Wang, Xiao Song, Xiaoying Li, Xueying Zhao, Hongyan Chen, Jiucun Wang, Junjie Wu, Zhiqiang Gao, Ji Qian, Baohui Han, Chunxue Bai, Qiang Li, Daru Lu
AIM: We investigated the association between RICTOR polymorphisms and clinical outcomes of platinum-based chemotherapy for Chinese non-small-cell lung cancer patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: Ten tag SNPs were genotyped in 1004 patients to assess their association with clinical benefit, overall survival, progression-free survival, gastrointestinal toxicity, neutropenia, anemia and thrombocytopenia. RESULTS: rs6878291 was significantly associated with clinical benefit (odds ratio: 2...
October 2016: Pharmacogenomics
Brian S Edwards, William J Isom, Amy M Navratil
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) assembles into two different multi-protein complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. The mTORC2 complex is distinct due to the unique expression of the specific core regulatory protein Rictor (rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR). mTORC2 has been implicated in regulating actin cytoskeletal reorganization but its role in gonadotrope function is unknown. Using the gonadotrope-derived LβT2 cell line, we find that the GnRH agonist buserelin (GnRHa) phosphorylates both mTOR and Rictor...
September 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
S-S Rao, Q Mu, Y Zeng, P-C Cai, F Liu, J Yang, Y Xia, Q Zhang, L-J Song, L-L Zhou, F-Z Li, Y-X Lin, J Fang, P A Greer, H-Z Shi, W-L Ma, Y Su, H Ye
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is characterized by inflammation and airway remodelling. Airway remodelling with excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) and larger smooth muscle mass are correlated with increased airway responsiveness and asthma severity. Calpain is a family of calcium-dependent endopeptidases, which plays an important role in ECM remodelling. However, the role of calpain in airway smooth muscle remodelling remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of calpain in asthmatic airway remodelling as well as the underlying mechanism...
September 20, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Samy L Habib, Anamika Yadav, Dawit Kidane, Robert Weiss, Sitai Liang
Exposure of renal cells to high glucose (HG) during diabetes has been recently proposed to be involved in renal injury. In the present study, we investigated a potential mechanism by which AICAR treatment regulates the DNA repair enzyme, 8-oxoG-DNA glycosylase (OGG1) in renal proximal tubular mouse cells exposed to HG and in kidney of db/db mice. Cells treated with HG for 2 days show inhibition in OGG1 promoter activity as well as OGG1 and Nrf2 protein expression. In addition, activation of AMPK by AICAR resulted in an increase raptor phosphorylation at Ser(792) and leads to increase the promoter activity of OGG1 through upregulation of Nrf2...
September 9, 2016: Cell Cycle
Tao Yang, Linnan Zhu, Yanhua Zhai, Qingjie Zhao, Jianxia Peng, Hongbing Zhang, Zhongzhou Yang, Lianfeng Zhang, Wenjun Ding, Yong Zhao
The tuberous sclerosis complex 1 (TSC1) is a tumor suppressor that inhibits the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), which serves as a key regulator of inflammatory responses after bacterial stimulation in monocytes, macrophages, and primary dendritic cells. Previous studies have shown that TSC1 knockout (KO) macrophages produced increased inflammatory responses including tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and IL-12 to pro-inflammatory stimuli, but whether and how TSC1 regulates pro-IL-1β expression remains unclear...
September 2016: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
Tomoyo Okada, Ann Y Lee, Li-Xuan Qin, Narasimhan Agaram, Takahiro Mimae, Yawei Shen, Rachael O'Connor, Miguel A López-Lago, Amanda Craig, Martin L Miller, Phaedra Agius, Evan Molinelli, Nicholas D Socci, Aimee M Crago, Fumi Shima, Chris Sander, Samuel Singer
: Myxofibrosarcoma is a common mesenchymal malignancy with complex genomics and heterogeneous clinical outcomes. Through gene-expression profiling of 64 primary high-grade myxofibrosarcomas, we defined an expression signature associated with clinical outcome. The gene most significantly associated with disease-specific death and distant metastasis was ITGA10 (integrin-α10). Functional studies revealed that myxofibrosarcoma cells strongly depended on integrin-α10, whereas normal mesenchymal cells did not...
October 2016: Cancer Discovery
Ja Young Kim-Muller, Jason Fan, Young Jung R Kim, Seung-Ah Lee, Emi Ishida, William S Blaner, Domenico Accili
Insulin-producing β cells become dedifferentiated during diabetes progression. An impaired ability to select substrates for oxidative phosphorylation, or metabolic inflexibility, initiates progression from β-cell dysfunction to β-cell dedifferentiation. The identification of pathways involved in dedifferentiation may provide clues to its reversal. Here we isolate and functionally characterize failing β cells from various experimental models of diabetes and report a striking enrichment in the expression of aldehyde dehydrogenase 1 isoform A3 (ALDH(+)) as β cells become dedifferentiated...
2016: Nature Communications
Fredrick J Rosario, Theresa L Powell, Thomas Jansson
Folate deficiency in fetal life is strongly associated with structural malformations and linked to intrauterine growth restriction. In addition, limited availability of methyl donors, such as folate, during pregnancy may result in abnormal gene methylation patterns and contribute to developmental programming. The fetus is dependent on placental transfer of folate, however the molecular mechanisms regulating placental folate transport are unknown. We used cultured primary human trophoblast cells to test the hypothesis that mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) and 2 (mTORC2) regulate folate transport by post-translational mechanisms...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yuetao Zhou, Madhuri S Salker, Britta Walker, Patrick Münzer, Oliver Borst, Meinrad Gawaz, Erich Gulbins, Yogesh Singh, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Regulatory T cell (Treg) is required for the maintenance of tolerance to various tissue antigens and to protect the host from autoimmune disorders. However, Treg may, indirectly, support cancer progression and bacterial infections. Therefore, a balance of Treg function is pivotal for adequate immune responses. Acid sphingomyelinase (ASM) is a rate limiting enzyme involved in the production of ceramide by breaking down sphingomyelin. Previous studies in T-cells have suggested that ASM is involved in CD28 signalling, T lymphocyte granule secretion, degranulation, and vesicle shedding similar to the formation of phosphatidylserine-exposing microparticles from glial cells...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Dejuan Kong, Lijie Gong, Edith Arnold, Sumathi Shanmugam, Patrice E Fort, Thomas W Gardner, Steven F Abcouwer
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) can provide long-term neurotrophic support by activation of Akt, inhibition of FoxO nuclear localization and suppression of Bim gene transcription in multiple neuronal systems. However, MEK/ERK activation can also promote neuron survival through phosphorylation of BimEL. We explored the contribution of the PI3K/Akt/FoxO and MEK/ERK/BimEL pathways in IGF-1 stimulated survival after serum deprivation (SD) of R28 cells differentiated to model retinal neurons. IGF-1 caused rapid activation of Akt leading to FoxO1/3-T32/T24 phosphorylation, and prevented FoxO1/3 nuclear translocation and Bim mRNA upregulation in response to SD...
October 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Tomohiro Miyoshi, Shigeki Umemura, Yuki Matsumura, Sachiyo Mimaki, Satoshi Tada, Genichiro Ishii, Hibiki Udagawa, Shingo Matsumoto, Kiyotaka Yoh, Seiji Niho, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Keiju Aokage, Tomoyuki Hishida, Junji Yoshida, Kanji Nagai, Koichi Goto, Masahiro Tsuboi, Katsuya Tsuchihara
PURPOSE: Although large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung shares many clinical characteristics with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), little is known about its molecular features. We analyzed lung LCNECs to identify biologically relevant genomic alterations. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed targeted capture sequencing of all the coding exons of 244 cancer-related genes on 78 LCNEC samples (65 surgically resected cases, including 10 LCNECs combined with non-small cell lung cancer [NSCLC] types analyzed separately, and biopsies of 13 advanced cases)...
August 9, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Y Fang, Y Yang, C Hua, S Xu, M Zhou, H Guo, N Wang, X Zhao, L Huang, F Yu, H Cheng, M L Wang, L Meng, T Cheng, W Yuan, D Ma, J Zhou
Little is known about the roles of Rictor/mTORC2 in the leukemogenesis of AML. Here, we demonstrated that Rictor is essential for the maintenance of MLL-driven leukemia by preventing LSCs from exhaustion. Rictor depletion led to a reactive activation of mTORC1 signaling by facilitating the assembly of mTORC1. Hyperactivated mTORC1 signaling in turn drove LSCs into cycling, compromised the quiescence of LSCs and eventually exhausted their capacity to generate leukemia. At the same time, loss of Rictor had led to a reactive activation of FoxO3a in leukemia cells, which acts as negative feedback to restrain greater over-reactivation of mTORC1 activity and paradoxically protects leukemia cells from exhaustion...
August 8, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Yeon Ja Choi, Kyoung Mi Moon, Ki Wung Chung, Ji Won Jeong, Daeui Park, Dae Hyun Kim, Byung Pal Yu, Hae Young Chung
Mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2), one of two different enzymatic complexes of mTOR, regulates a diverse set of substrates including Akt. mTOR pathway is one of well-known mediators of aging process, however, its role in skin aging has not been determined. Skin aging can be induced by physical age and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation which are intrinsic and extrinsic factors, respectively. Here, we report increased mTORC2 pathway in intrinsic and photo-induced skin aging, which is implicated in the activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)...
July 29, 2016: Oncotarget
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