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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343126/pi3k-signaling-in-cancer-beyond-akt
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REVIEW
Evan C Lien, Christian C Dibble, Alex Toker
The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway is one of the most frequently altered pathways in human cancer and has a critical role in driving tumor initiation and progression. Although PI3K and its lipid product phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) have been shown to activate multiple downstream signaling proteins, the vast majority of studies have focused on the protein kinase AKT as the dominant effector of PI3K signaling. However, recent studies have demonstrated many contexts under which other PIP3-dependent signaling proteins critically contribute to cancer progression, illustrating the importance of understanding AKT-independent signaling downstream of PI3K...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334043/cc-223-blocks-mtorc1-c2-activation-and-inhibits-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Zichen Xie, Jiqin Wang, Mei Liu, Deshan Chen, Chao Qiu, Keyu Sun
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related human mortalities. Over-activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is important for HCC tumorigenesis and progression. The current study assessed the potential anti-HCC activity by a novel mTOR kinase inhibitor, CC-223. We demonstrate that CC-223, at nM concentrations, induced profound cytotoxic and anti-proliferative activities against established HCC cell lines (HepG2, KYN-2 and Huh-7) and primary human HCC cells. Meanwhile, CC-223 activated caspase-3/-9 and apoptosis in the above HCC cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319045/akt-mediated-stabilization-of-histone-methyltransferase-whsc1-promotes-prostate-cancer-metastasis
#3
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...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315487/xpln-is-modulated-by-hdac-inhibitors-and-negatively-regulates-sparc-expression-by-targeting-mtorc2-in-human-lung-fibroblasts
#4
Koichiro Kamio, Arata Azuma, Jiro Usuki, Kuniko Matsuda, Minoru Inomata, Nobuhiko Nishijima, Shioto Itakura, Hiroki Hayashi, Takeru Kashiwada, Nariaki Kokuho, Kenichiro Atsumi, Tomoyoshi Yamaguchi, Kazue Fujita, Yoshinobu Saito, Shinji Abe, Kaoru Kubota, Akihiko Gemma
Pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) remains unclear. Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein that participates in the assembly and turnover of the extracellular matrix, whose expression is regulated by transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 through activation of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2). Exchange factor found in platelets, leukemic, and neuronal tissues (XPLN) is an endogenous inhibitor of mTORC2. However, whether XPLN modulates SPARC expression remains unknown...
March 14, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303961/the-metabolic-waste-ammonium-regulates-mtorc2-and-mtorc1-signaling
#5
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
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295259/applying-the-tor-c-que-in-inkt-cells-a-new-twist-in-an-old-tale
#7
Mihalis Verykokakis, Barbara L Kee
The mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) protein controls the machinery necessary for T-cell activation, differentiation, and memory formation, as a component of mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2, which function both downstream and upstream of AKT. Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are a unique T-cell subset that exist in a primed state, capable of rapid activation, and produce large quantities of cytokines. iNKT-cell effector differentiation is dependent on the mTORC1 complex; however, the requirements for mTORC2 in iNKT cells have been controversial...
March 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294596/the-macrolide-toxin-mycolactone-promotes-bim-dependent-apoptosis-in-buruli-ulcer-through-inhibition-of-mtor
#8
Raphael Bieri, Nicole Scherr, Thérèse Ruf, Jean-Pierre Dangy, Philipp Gersbach, Matthias Gehringer, Karl-Heinz Altmann, Gerd Pluschke
Mycolactone, the macrolide exotoxin produced by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is central to the pathogenesis of the chronic necrotizing skin disease Buruli ulcer (BU). Here we show that mycolactone acts as an inhibitor of the mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway by interfering with the assembly of the two distinct mTOR protein complexes mTORC1 and mTORC2, which regulate different cellular processes. Inhibition of the assembly of the rictor containing mTORC2 complex by mycolactone prevents phosphorylation of the serine/threonine protein kinase Akt...
March 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287249/mtorc1-and-mtorc2-play-different-roles-in-regulating-cardiomyocyte-differentiation-from-embryonic-stem-cells
#9
Bei Zheng, Jiadan Wang, Leilei Tang, Jiana Shi, Danyan Zhu
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine kinase and functions through two distinct complexes, mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and complex 2 (mTORC2), with their key components Raptor and Rictor, to play crucial roles in cellular survival and growth. However, the roles of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in regulating cardiomyocyte differentiation from mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells are not clear. In this study, we performed Raptor or Rictor knockdown experiments to investigate the roles of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in cardiomyocyte differentiation...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278709/microrna-185-5p-restores-glucocorticoid-sensitivity-by-suppressing-the-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-complex-mtorc-signaling-pathway-to-enhance-glucocorticoid-receptor-autoregulation
#10
Peisong Chen, Ting Shen, Huimin Wang, Zhiyong Ke, Yaru Liang, Juan Ouyang, Tang Jiang
Overexpression of microRNA-185-5p (miR-185-5p) in glucocorticoid (GC)-sensitive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was identified using a microarray and reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and was further confirmed in ALL cell lines. A reporter assay confirmed that the Rictor-one component of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) is a target of miR-185-5p. Decreased mTORC activity was also confirmed in GC-sensitive patients. Overexpression of miR-185-5p significantly enhanced GC sensitivity in CEM-C1 cells (GC resistance) by increasing the rate of cell apoptosis and cycle arrest, and decreasing cell survival, accompanied by a decrease in mTORC activity and an increase in GC-induced glucocorticoid receptor (GR) expression...
February 28, 2017: Leukemia & Lymphoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273354/mtorc2-controls-th9-polarization-and-allergic-airway-inflammation
#11
Hui Chen, Lianjun Zhang, Peng Wang, Huiting Su, Wei Wang, Zhulang Chu, Lianfeng Zhang, Xiaodong Zhang, Yong Zhao
BACKGROUND: T helper type 9 (Th9) cells, a subpopulation of CD4(+) T cells, play a critical role in the pathogenesis of allergic airway inflammation. However, it remains unknown whether mTORC2 regulates Th9 differentiation or function during allergic inflammation. METHODS: T cell-specific Rictor-deficient mice, a mouse model of allergic airway inflammation induced by OVA sensitization and a mouse model of adoptive transfer of induced Th9 cells were used to address the roles of mTORC2 in the pathogenesis of allergic airway inflammation...
March 8, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266914/a-central-role-for-a-region-in-the-middle
#12
Edward Stuttfeld, Stefan Imseng, Timm Maier
A domain called the 'Conserved region in the middle' is responsible for target recognition in the TORC2 complex in fission yeast and the mTORC2 complex in mammals.
March 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264193/substrate-specificity-of-tor-complex-2-is-determined-by-a-ubiquitin-fold-domain-of-the-sin1-subunit
#13
Hisashi Tatebe, Shinichi Murayama, Toshiya Yonekura, Tomoyuki Hatano, David Richter, Tomomi Furuya, Saori Kataoka, Kyoko Furuita, Chojiro Kojima, Kazuhiro Shiozaki
The target of rapamycin (TOR) protein kinase forms multi-subunit TOR complex 1 (TORC1) and TOR complex 2 (TORC2), which exhibit distinct substrate specificities. Sin1 is one of the TORC2-specific subunit essential for phosphorylation and activation of certain AGC-family kinases. Here, we show that Sin1 is dispensable for the catalytic activity of TORC2, but its conserved region in the middle (Sin1CRIM) forms a discrete domain that specifically binds the TORC2 substrate kinases. Sin1CRIM fused to a different TORC2 subunit can recruit the TORC2 substrate Gad8 for phosphorylation even in the sin1 null mutant of fission yeast...
March 7, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257457/concurrent-inhibition-of-mtorc1-and-mtorc2-by-wye-687-inhibits-renal-cell-carcinoma-cell-growth-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#14
Xiao-Dong Pan, Dong-Hua Gu, Jia-Hui Mao, Hua Zhu, Xinfeng Chen, Bing Zheng, Yuxi Shan
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) represents a valuable oncotarget for treatment. We here tested the potential anti-RCC activity by a novel mTOR kinase inhibitor WYE-687in vitro and in vivo.WYE-687 was cytotoxic and anti-proliferative to established RCC cell lines (786-O and A498) and primary human RCC cells. Yet, it was non-cytotoxic toHK-2 tubular epithelial cells.WYE-687 provoked caspase-dependent apoptosis in the RCC cells. At the molecular level, WYE-687 almost completely blocked mTORC1 (p-S6K1 and p-S6) and mTORC2 (p-Akt Ser 473) activation in both 786-Ocells and primary human RCC cells, where it downregulated both hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and HIF-2α expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253969/evaluating-the-mtor-pathway-in-physiological-and-pharmacological-settings
#15
S Hong, K Inoki
Mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an evolutionarily conserved genuine protein kinase, which phosphorylates serine/threonine in response to growth factors and nutrients. It functions as a catalytic core in two distinct multiprotein complexes: mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTOR complex 2 (mTORC2). mTORC1 promotes cell growth and proliferation by positively regulating translation, transcription, and lipid biosynthesis in response to growth factors and amino acids, whereas it inhibits autophagy, an essential degradation and recycling pathway...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250969/mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-alleviating-sepsis-induced-mice-cardiac-dysfunction-via-inhibition-of-mtorc1-p70s6k-signal-pathway
#16
Wei Huang, Wensi Fan, Yabin Wang, Dong Han, Xiujuan Li, Shuang Li, Congye Li, Bin Xu, Yuesheng Huang, Xiaobin Fu, Feng Cao
Sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients suffered from severe trauma. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) -based treatment has been verified as a promising approach to mitigate the sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction, but the mechanism is still ambiguous. Thus, our study was designed to explore the potential role of MSCs in sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction. In vivo bioluminescence imaging revealed 80% acute donor cell death of bone marrow-derived MSCs (BM-MSCs) within 3 days after transplantation...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246204/science-signaling-podcast-for-28-february-2017-balancing-autophagy-in-the-stressed-heart
#17
Saumya Das, Annalisa M VanHook
This Podcast features an interview with Saumya Das, senior author of a Research Article that appears in the 28 February 2017 issue of Science Signaling, about a protein that inhibits pathological cardiac hypertrophy in mice. Temporary increases in cardiac workload, such as those caused by exercise or pregnancy, induce physiological cardiac hypertrophy, a beneficial type of heart enlargement that is adaptive. However, a sustained increase in workload due to metabolic stress or uncontrolled high blood pressure induces pathological cardiac hypertrophy, which can contribute to heart failure...
February 28, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246202/ddit4l-promotes-autophagy-and-inhibits-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-response-to-stress
#18
Bridget Simonson, Vinita Subramanya, Mun Chun Chan, Aifeng Zhang, Hannabeth Franchino, Filomena Ottaviano, Manoj K Mishra, Ashley C Knight, Danielle Hunt, Ionita Ghiran, Tejvir S Khurana, Maria I Kontaridis, Anthony Rosenzweig, Saumya Das
Physiological cardiac hypertrophy, in response to stimuli such as exercise, is considered adaptive and beneficial. In contrast, pathological cardiac hypertrophy that arises in response to pathological stimuli such as unrestrained high blood pressure and oxidative or metabolic stress is maladaptive and may precede heart failure. We found that the transcript encoding DNA damage-inducible transcript 4-like (DDiT4L) was expressed in murine models of pathological cardiac hypertrophy but not in those of physiological cardiac hypertrophy...
February 28, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237819/the-complex-roles-of-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-in-adipocytes-and-beyond
#19
REVIEW
Peter L Lee, Su Myung Jung, David A Guertin
Having healthy adipose tissue is essential for metabolic fitness. This is clear from the obesity epidemic, which is unveiling a myriad of comorbidities associated with excess adipose tissue including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Lipodystrophy also causes insulin resistance, emphasizing the importance of having a balanced amount of fat. In cells, the mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) complexes 1 and 2 (mTORC1 and mTORC2, respectively) link nutrient and hormonal signaling with metabolism, and recent studies are shedding new light on their in vivo roles in adipocytes...
February 22, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223357/lipid-sensing-by-mtor-via-de-novo-synthesis-of-phosphatidic-acid
#20
Deepak Menon, Darin Salloum, Elyssa Bernfeld, Elizabeth Gorodetsky, Alla Akselrod, Maria A Frias, Jessica Sudderth, Pei-Hsuan Chen, Ralph DeBerardinis, David A Foster
mTOR, the mammalian target of rapamycin, integrates growth factor and nutrient signals to promote a transformation from catabolic to anabolic metabolism, cell growth, and cell cycle progression. Phosphatidic acid (PA)(2) interacts with the FRB (FK506 binding protein-12-rapamycin binding) domain of mTOR, which stabilizes both mTOR complexes - mTORC1 and mTORC2. We report here that mTORC1 and mTORC2 are activated in response to exogenously supplied fatty acids via the de novo synthesis of PA, a central metabolite for membrane phospholipid biosynthesis...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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