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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627414/role-of-akt-hyperactivation-and-the-potential-of-akt-targeted-therapy-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
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Jinfen Wang, Zijun Y Xu-Monette, Kausar J Jabbar, Qi Shen, Ganiraju C Manyam, Alexandar Tzankov, Carlo Visco, Jing Wang, Santiago Montes-Moreno, Karen Dybkær, Wayne Tam, Govind Bhagat, Eric D Hsi, J Han van Krieken, Maurilio Ponzoni, Andrés J M Ferreri, Shi Wang, Michael B Møller, Miguel A Piris, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Yong Li, Lan V Pham, Ken H Young
AKT signaling is important for proliferation and survival of tumor cells. The clinical significance of AKT activation in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is not well analyzed. Here, we assessed expression of phosphorylated AKT (p-AKT) in 522 DLBCL patients. We found high levels of p-AKT nuclear expression, observed in 24.3% of the study cohort, were associated with significantly worse progression-free survival and Myc and Bcl-2 overexpression. However, multivariate analysis indicated that AKT hyperactivation was not an independent factor...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608572/identification-of-candidate-genes-involved-in-the-etiology-of-sporadic-tourette-syndrome-by-exome-sequencing
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Yosuke Eriguchi, Hitoshi Kuwabara, Aya Inai, Yuki Kawakubo, Fumichika Nishimura, Chihiro Kakiuchi, Mamoru Tochigi, Jun Ohashi, Naoto Aoki, Kayoko Kato, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Mitsui, Shoji Tsuji, Koichiro Doi, Jun Yoshimura, Shinichi Morishita, Takafumi Shimada, Masaomi Furukawa, Tadashi Umekage, Tsukasa Sasaki, Kiyoto Kasai, Yukiko Kano
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by chronic motor and vocal tics. Although there is a large genetic contribution, the genetic architecture of TS remains unclear. Exome sequencing has successfully revealed the contribution of de novo mutations in sporadic cases with neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Here, using exome sequencing, we investigated de novo mutations in individuals with sporadic TS to identify novel risk loci and elucidate the genetic background of TS...
June 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602697/gsk3-inhibitor-ar-a014418-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-via-erk-and-mtorc2-akt-signaling-pathway
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Min Zhang, Ping Zhang, Yunsong Liu, Yongsheng Zhou
Small molecule-based bone tissue engineering is emerging as a promising strategy for bone defects restoration. In this study, we intended to identify the roles and mechanisms of AR-A014418, a highly selective inhibitor of GSK3, on the osteogenic differentiation. We found that AR-A014418 exhibited a dose-dependent effect on osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs). hASCs treated with AR-A014418 showed higher activity of ERK and mTORC2/Akt signaling. Administration of ERK inhibitor U0126 or knockdown of RICTOR by siRNA attenuated AR-A014418 induced osteogenic differentiation of hASCs...
June 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585698/lycopene-protects-keratinocytes-against-uvb-radiation-induced-carcinogenesis-via-negative-regulation-of-foxo3a-through-the-mtorc2-akt-signaling-pathway
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Ping Chen, Shina Xu, Jinlong Qu
Lycopene, one of the most potent anti-oxidants, has been reported to exhibit potent anti-proliferative properties in a wide range of cancer cells through modulation of the cell cycle and apoptosis. Forkhead box O3a (FOXO3a) plays a pivotal role in modulating the expression of genes involved in cell death. Herein, we investigated the role of FOXO3a signaling in the anti-cancer effects of lycopene. Results showed that lycopene pretreatment attenuated UVB-induced cell hyper-proliferation and promoted apoptosis, accompanied by decreased cyclin-dependent kinase 2 (CDK2) and CDK4 complex in both human keratinocytes and SKH-1 hairless mice...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585302/rictor-mtorc2-promotes-macrophage-activation-and-kidney-fibrosis
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Jiafa Ren, Jianzhong Li, Ye Feng, Bingyan Shu, Yuan Gui, Wei Wei, Weichun He, Junwei Yang, Chunsun Dai
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling controls many essential cellular functions. However, the role for Rictor/mTORC2 in regulating macrophage activation and kidney fibrosis remains largely unknown. We report here that Rictor/mTORC2 was activated in macrophages from the fibrotic kidneys of mice. Ablation of Rictor in macrophages diminished kidney fibrosis, inflammatory cell accumulation, macrophage proliferation and polarization after unilateral ureter obstruction (UUO) or ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI)...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576773/distinct-roles-for-the-mtor-pathway-in-postnatal-morphogenesis-maturation-and-function-of-pancreatic-islets
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Katie L Sinagoga, William J Stone, Jacqueline V Schiesser, Jamie I Schweitzer, Leesa Sampson, Yi Zheng, James M Wells
While much is known about the molecular pathways that regulate embryonic development and adult homeostasis of the endocrine pancreas, little is known about what regulates early postnatal development and maturation of islets. Given that birth marks the first exposure to enteral nutrition, we investigated how nutrient-regulated signaling pathways influence postnatal islet development. To do this we performed loss-of-function studies of mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), a highly conserved kinase within a nutrient-sensing pathway known to regulate cellular growth, morphogenesis and metabolism...
June 2, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573133/regulation-of-osteoclast-growth-and-fusion-by-mtor-raptor-and-mtor-rictor-akt
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Kerstin Tiedemann, Damien Le Nihouannen, Jenna E Fong, Osama Hussein, Jake E Barralet, Svetlana V Komarova
Osteoclasts are giant bone cells formed by fusion from monocytes and uniquely capable of a complete destruction of mineralized tissues. Previously, we have demonstrated that in energy-rich environment not only osteoclast fusion index (the number of nuclei each osteoclast contains), but also cytoplasm volume per single nucleus was increased. The goal of this study was to investigate the regulation of metabolic sensor mTOR during osteoclast differentiation in energy-rich environment simulated by addition of pyruvate...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546423/overexpression-of-kinase-dead-mtor-impairs-glucose-homeostasis-by-regulating-insulin-secretion-and-not-%C3%AE-cell-mass
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Emilyn U Alejandro, Nadejda Bozadjieva, Manuel Blandino-Rosano, Michelle Ann Wasan, Lynda Elghazi, Suryakiran Vadrevu, Leslie Satin, Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi
Regulation of glucose homeostasis by insulin depends on β-cell growth and function. Nutrients and growth factors stimuli converge on the conserved protein kinase mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), existing in two complexes mTORC1 and mTORC2. To understand the functional relevance of mTOR enzymatic activity in β-cell development and in glucose homeostasis, we generated mice overexpressing either one or two copies of a kinase-dead mTOR mutant (KD-mTOR) transgene exclusively in β-cells. We examined glucose homeostasis and β-cell function of these mice in control chow and in high-fat diet (HFD)...
May 25, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468668/proteomic-anaysis-of-aged-microglia-shifts-in-transcription-bioenergetics-and-nutrient-response
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Antwoine Flowers, Harris Bell-Temin, Ahmad Jalloh, Stanley M Stevens, Paula C Bickford
BACKGROUND: Age is the primary risk factor for many diseases. As such, age is a critical co-factor for examination in order to understand the progression and potential intervention in disease progression. Studies examining both the phenotype and transcriptome of aged microglia demonstrated a propensity for the development of a pro-inflammatory phenotype. Less well studied is the concomitant blunting of anti-inflammatory aspects of microglial function with age which also impact plasticity and repair in the CNS...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467426/pkb%C3%AE-akt3-loss-of-function-causes-learning-and-memory-deficits-and-deregulation-of-akt-mtorc2-signaling-relevance-for-schizophrenia
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Kristy R Howell, Kirsten Floyd, Amanda J Law
Psychiatric genetic studies have identified genome-wide significant loci for schizophrenia. The AKT3/1q44 locus is a principal risk region and gene-network analyses identify AKT3 polymorphisms as a constituent of several neurobiological pathways relevant to psychiatric risk; the neurobiological mechanisms remain unknown. AKT3 shows prenatal enrichment during human neocortical development and recurrent copy number variations involving the 1q43-44 locus are associated with cortical malformations and intellectual disability, implicating an essential role in early brain development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464351/mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-complex-2-regulates-muscle-glucose-uptake-during-exercise-in-mice
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Maximilian Kleinert, Benjamin L Parker, Andreas M Fritzen, Jonas R Knudsen, Thomas E Jensen, Rasmus Kjøbsted, Lykke Sylow, Markus Ruegg, David E James, Erik A Richter
KEY POINTS: Exercise is a potent physiological stimulus to clear blood glucose from the circulation into skeletal muscle. The mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) is an important regulator of muscle glucose uptake in response to insulin stimulation. Here we report for the first time that the activity of mTORC2 in mouse muscle increases during exercise. We further show that glucose uptake during exercise is decreased in mouse muscle that lacks mTORC2 activity. We also provide novel identifications of new mTORC2 substrates during exercise in mouse muscle...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462076/acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-in-western-diet-fed-mice-protects-against-adipocyte-hypertrophy-and-diet-induced-liver-steatosis
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Svenja Sydor, Jan-Peter Sowa, Dominik A Megger, Martin Schlattjan, Sami Jafoui, Lena Wingerter, Alexander Carpinteiro, Hideo A Baba, Lars P Bechmann, Barbara Sitek, Guido Gerken, Erich Gulbins, Ali Canbay
OBJECTIVE: Alterations in sphingolipid and ceramide metabolism have been associated with various diseases, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Acid sphingomyelinase (ASM) converts the membrane lipid sphingomyelin to ceramide, thereby affecting membrane composition and domain formation. We investigated the ways in which the Asm knockout (Smpd1(-/-)) genotype affects diet-induced NAFLD. METHODS: Smpd1(-/-) mice and wild type controls were fed either a standard or Western diet (WD) for 6 weeks...
May 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453552/specific-blockade-of-rictor-mtor-association-inhibits-mtorc2-activity-and-is-cytotoxic-in-glioblastoma
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Angelica Benavides-Serrato, Jihye Lee, Brent Holmes, Kenna A Landon, Tariq Bashir, Michael E Jung, Alan Lichtenstein, Joseph Gera
A small molecule which specifically blocks the interaction of Rictor and mTOR was identified utilizing a high-throughput yeast two-hybrid screen and evaluated as a potential inhibitor of mTORC2 activity in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). In vitro, CID613034 inhibited mTORC2 kinase activity at submicromolar concentrations and in cellular assays specifically inhibited phosphorylation of mTORC2 substrates, including AKT (Ser-473), NDRG1 (Thr-346) and PKCα (Ser-657), while having no appreciable effects on the phosphorylation status of the mTORC1 substrate S6K (Thr-389) or mTORC1-dependent negative feedback loops...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445935/inhibition-of-mtorc2-component-rictor-impairs-tumor-growth-in-pancreatic-cancer-models
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Katharina M Schmidt, Claus Hellerbrand, Petra Ruemmele, Christoph W Michalski, Bo Kong, Alexander Kroemer, Christina Hackl, Hans J Schlitt, Edward K Geissler, Sven A Lang
Mammalian Target of Rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) and its regulatory component Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR (RICTOR) are increasingly recognized as important players in human cancer development and progression. However, the role of RICTOR in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is unclear so far. Here, we sought to analyze the effects of RICTOR inhibition in human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, RICTOR expression was determined in human PDAC samples. Results demonstrate that depletion of RICTOR with siRNA (transient knock-down) or shRNA (stable knock-down) has an inhibitory effect on tumor growth in vitro...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435021/the-mtorc2-pkc-pathway-sustains-compensatory-insulin-secretion-of-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-in-response-to-metabolic-stress
#15
Yun Xie, Canqi Cui, Aifang Nie, Yan Wang, Qicheng Ni, Yun Liu, Qinglei Yin, Hongli Zhang, Yong Li, Qidi Wang, Yanyun Gu, Guang Ning
BACKGROUND: Compensation of the pancreatic β cell functional mass in response to metabolic stress is key to the pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes. The mTORC2 pathway governs fuel metabolism and β cell functional mass. It is unknown whether mTORC2 is required for regulating metabolic stress-induced β cell compensation. METHODS: We challenged four-week-old β-cell-specific Rictor (a key component of mTORC2)-knockout mice with a high fat diet (HFD) for 4weeks and measured metabolic and pancreatic morphological parameters...
August 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410220/reprogramming-induced-by-isoliquiritigenin-diminishes-melanoma-cachexia-through-mtorc2-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-signaling
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Xiao-Yu Chen, De-Fang Li, Ji-Chun Han, Bo Wang, Zheng-Ping Dong, Li-Na Yu, Zhao-Hai Pan, Chuan-Jun Qu, Ying Chen, Shi-Guo Sun, Qiu-Sheng Zheng
Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a member of the flavonoids, is known to have anti-tumor activity in vitro and in vivo. The effect of ISL on reprogramming in cancer cells, however, remains elusive. In this study, we investigated the effect of ISL on reprogramming in human melanoma A375 cells. ISL (15 μg/ml) significantly inhibited A375 cell proliferation, anchorage independent cell proliferation and G2/M cell cycle arrest after ISL exposure for 24 h. However, there were no significant changes in apoptosis rate. Terminal differentiation indicators (melanin content, melanogenesis mRNA expression, tyrosinase (TYR) activity) were all up-regulated by ISL treatment...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353644/methylmercury-induced-neurotoxicity-and-the-influence-of-selenium-in-the-brains-of-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Josef Daniel Rasinger, Anne-Katrine Lundebye, Samuel James Penglase, Ståle Ellingsen, Heidi Amlund
The neurotoxicity of methylmercury (MeHg) is well characterised, and the ameliorating effects of selenium have been described. However, little is known about the molecular mechanisms behind this contaminant-nutrient interaction. We investigated the influence of selenium (as selenomethionine, SeMet) and MeHg on mercury accumulation and protein expression in the brain of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio). Fish were fed diets containing elevated levels of MeHg and/or SeMet in a 2 × 2 full factorial design for eight weeks...
March 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319045/akt-mediated-stabilization-of-histone-methyltransferase-whsc1-promotes-prostate-cancer-metastasis
#18
Ni Li, Wei Xue, Huairui Yuan, Baijun Dong, Yufeng Ding, Yongfeng Liu, Min Jiang, Shan Kan, Tongyu Sun, Jiale Ren, Qiang Pan, Xiang Li, Peiyuan Zhang, Guohong Hu, Yan Wang, Xiaoming Wang, Qintong Li, Jun Qin
Loss of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway are hallmarks of prostate cancer (PCa). However, these alterations alone are insufficient for cells to acquire metastatic traits. Here, we have shown that the histone dimethyl transferase WHSC1 critically drives indolent PTEN-null tumors to become metastatic PCa. In a PTEN-null murine PCa model, WHSC1 overexpression in prostate epithelium cooperated with Pten deletion to produce a metastasis-prone tumor. Conversely, genetic ablation of Whsc1 prevented tumor progression in PTEN-null mice...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303961/the-metabolic-waste-ammonium-regulates-mtorc2-and-mtorc1-signaling
#19
Ahmad Merhi, Paul Delrée, Anna Maria Marini
Two structurally and functionally distinct mammalian TOR complexes control cell growth and metabolism in physiological and pathological contexts including cancer. Upregulated glutaminolysis is part of the metabolic reprogramming occurring in cancer, providing fuels for growth but also liberating ammonium, a potent neurotoxic waste product. Here, we identify ammonium as a novel dose-dependent signal mediating rapid mTORC2 activation and further regulating mTORC1. We show that ammonium induces rapid RICTOR-dependent phosphorylation of AKT-S473, a process requiring the PI3K pathway and further involving the Src-family kinase YES1, the FAK kinase and the ITGβ1 integrin...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300280/rapamycin-attenuates-baff-extended-proliferation-and-survival-via-disruption-of-mtorc1-2-signaling-in-normal-and-neoplastic-b-lymphoid-cells
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Qingyu Zeng, Shanshan Qin, Hai Zhang, Beibei Liu, Jiamin Qin, Xiaoxue Wang, Ruijie Zhang, Chunxiao Liu, Xiaoqing Dong, Shuangquan Zhang, Shile Huang, Long Chen
B cell activating factor from the TNF family (BAFF) stimulates B-cell proliferation and survival, but excessive BAFF promotes the development of aggressive B cells leading to malignant and autoimmune diseases. Recently, we have reported that rapamycin, a macrocyclic lactone, attenuates human soluble BAFF (hsBAFF)-stimulated B-cell proliferation/survival by suppressing mTOR-mediated PP2A-Erk1/2 signaling pathway. Here, we show that the inhibitory effect of rapamycin on hsBAFF-promoted B cell proliferation/survival is also related to blocking hsBAFF-stimulated phosphorylation of Akt, S6K1, and 4E-BP1, as well as expression of survivin in normal and B-lymphoid (Raji and Daudi) cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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