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Stanley Ching-Cheng Huang, Amber M Smith, Bart Everts, Marco Colonna, Erika L Pearce, Joel D Schilling, Edward J Pearce
Macrophage activation status is intrinsically linked to metabolic remodeling. Macrophages stimulated by interleukin 4 (IL-4) to become alternatively (or, M2) activated increase fatty acid oxidation and oxidative phosphorylation; these metabolic changes are critical for M2 activation. Enhanced glucose utilization is also characteristic of the M2 metabolic signature. Here, we found that increased glucose utilization is essential for M2 activation. Increased glucose metabolism in IL-4-stimulated macrophages required the activation of the mTORC2 pathway, and loss of mTORC2 in macrophages suppressed tumor growth and decreased immunity to a parasitic nematode...
October 18, 2016: Immunity
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
L C Kim, R S Cook, J Chen
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a crucial signaling node that integrates environmental cues to regulate cell survival, proliferation and metabolism, and is often deregulated in human cancer. mTOR kinase acts in two functionally distinct complexes, mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and 2 (mTORC2), whose activities and substrate specificities are regulated by complex co-factors. Deregulation of this centralized signaling pathway has been associated with a variety of human diseases including diabetes, neurodegeneration and cancer...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
Jesús M Gómez-Salinero, Marina M López-Olañeta, Paula Ortiz-Sánchez, Javier Larrasa-Alonso, Alberto Gatto, Leanne E Felkin, Paul J R Barton, Inmaculada Navarro-Lérida, Miguel Ángel Del Pozo, Pablo García-Pavía, Balaji Sundararaman, Giovanna Giovinazo, Gene W Yeo, Enrique Lara-Pezzi
Embryonic stem cells (ESC) have the potential to generate all the cell lineages that form the body. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying ESC differentiation and especially the role of alternative splicing in this process remain poorly understood. Here, we show that the alternative splicing regulator MBNL1 promotes generation of the atypical calcineurin Aβ variant CnAβ1 in mouse ESCs (mESC). CnAβ1 has a unique C-terminal domain that drives its localization mainly to the Golgi apparatus by interacting with Cog8...
September 28, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
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
Annalisa Bonifacio, Gerda M Sanvee, Karin Brecht, Denise V Kratschmar, Alex Odermatt, Jamal Bouitbir, Stephan Krähenbühl
Statins are generally well tolerated, but treatment with these drugs may be associated with myopathy. The mechanisms of statin-associated myopathy are not completely understood. Statins inhibit AKT phosphorylation by an unclear mechanism, whereas insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) activates the IGF-1/AKT signaling pathway and promotes muscle growth. The aims of the study were to investigate mechanisms of impaired AKT phosphorylation by simvastatin and to assess effects of IGF-1 on simvastatin-induced myotoxicity in C2C12 myotubes...
October 12, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
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
MacRae F Linton, Vladimir R Babaev, Jiansheng Huang, Edward F Linton, Huan Tao, Patricia G Yancey
Macrophage apoptosis and the ability of macrophages to clean up dead cells, a process called efferocytosis, are crucial determinants of atherosclerosis lesion progression and plaque stability. Environmental stressors initiate endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and activate the unfolded protein response (UPR). Unresolved ER stress with activation of the UPR initiates apoptosis. Macrophages are resistant to apoptotic stimuli, because of activity of the PI3K/Akt pathway. Macrophages express 3 Akt isoforms, Akt1, Akt2 and Akt3, which are products of distinct but homologous genes...
October 8, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
M-U-D Lone, K S Baghel, R K Kanchan, R Shrivastava, S A Malik, B N Tewari, C Tripathi, M P S Negi, V K Garg, M Sharma, M L B Bhatt, S Bhadauria
Augmented reactive oxygen species levels consequential to functional alteration of key mitochondrial attributes contribute to carcinogenesis, either directly via oxidative DNA damage infliction or indirectly via activation of oncogenic signaling cascades. We previously reported activation of a key oncogenic signaling cascade via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling complex-2 (mTORC2) owing to estrogen receptor (ER-α)-dependent augmentation of O2(.-) within the mitochondria of 17-β-estradiol (E2)-stimulated breast cancer cells...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
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
Liufeng Zheng, Wei Zhang, Yuanfei Zhou, Fengna Li, Hongkui Wei, Jian Peng
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is the central regulator of mammalian cell growth, and is essential for the formation of two structurally and functionally distinct complexes: mTORC1 and mTORC2. mTORC1 can sense multiple cues such as nutrients, energy status, growth factors and hormones to control cell growth and proliferation, angiogenesis, autophagy, and metabolism. As one of the key environmental stimuli, amino acids (AAs), especially leucine, glutamine and arginine, play a crucial role in mTORC1 activation, but where and how AAs are sensed and signal to mTORC1 are not fully understood...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Didi Wu, Dahai Yu, Xiuxia Wang, Bingzhi Yu
: In mouse fertilized eggs, correct assembly and distribution of the actin cytoskeleton are intimately related to cleavage in early-stage embryos. However, in mouse fertilized eggs, mechanisms and involved factors responsible for regulating the actin cytoskeleton are poorly defined. In this study, mTORC2, PKB/Akt and Girdin were found to modulate division of mouse fertilized eggs by regulating distribution of the actin cytoskeleton. RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated depletion of mTORC2, Akt1 or Girdin disrupted F-actin rearrangement and strongly inhibited egg development...
September 25, 2016: Cell Proliferation
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
De Huang, Tingting Li, Lin Wang, Long Zhang, Ronghui Yan, Kui Li, Songge Xing, Gongwei Wu, Lan Hu, Weidong Jia, Sheng-Cai Lin, Chi V Dang, Libing Song, Ping Gao, Huafeng Zhang
Cancer cells are known for their capacity to rewire metabolic pathways to support survival and proliferation under various stress conditions. Ketone bodies, though produced in the liver, are not consumed in normal adult liver cells. We find here that ketone catabolism or ketolysis is re-activated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells under nutrition deprivation conditions. Mechanistically, 3-oxoacid CoA-transferase 1 (OXCT1), a rate-limiting ketolytic enzyme whose expression is suppressed in normal adult liver tissues, is re-induced by serum starvation-triggered mTORC2-AKT-SP1 signaling in HCC cells...
October 2016: Cell Research
Hu Zeng, Sivan Cohen, Cliff Guy, Sharad Shrestha, Geoffrey Neale, Scott A Brown, Caryn Cloer, Rigel J Kishton, Xia Gao, Ben Youngblood, Mytrang Do, Ming O Li, Jason W Locasale, Jeffrey C Rathmell, Hongbo Chi
Follicular helper T (Tfh) cells are crucial for germinal center (GC) formation and humoral adaptive immunity. Mechanisms underlying Tfh cell differentiation in peripheral and mucosal lymphoid organs are incompletely understood. We report here that mTOR kinase complexes 1 and 2 (mTORC1 and mTORC2) are essential for Tfh cell differentiation and GC reaction under steady state and after antigen immunization and viral infection. Loss of mTORC1 and mTORC2 in T cells exerted distinct effects on Tfh cell signature gene expression, whereas increased mTOR activity promoted Tfh responses...
September 20, 2016: Immunity
Scott M Thompson, Matthew R Callstrom, Danielle E Jondal, Kim A Butters, Bruce E Knudsen, Jill L Anderson, Karen R Lien, Shari L Sutor, Ju-Seog Lee, Snorri S Thorgeirsson, Joseph P Grande, Lewis R Roberts, David A Woodrum
Thermal ablative therapies are important treatment options in the multidisciplinary care of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but lesions larger than 2-3 cm are plagued with high local recurrence rates and overall survival of these patients remains poor. Currently no adjuvant therapies exist to prevent local HCC recurrence in patients undergoing thermal ablation. The molecular mechanisms mediating HCC resistance to thermal ablation induced heat stress and local recurrence remain unclear. Here we demonstrate that the HCC cells with a poor prognostic hepatic stem cell subtype (Subtype HS) are more resistant to heat stress than HCC cells with a better prognostic hepatocyte subtype (Subtype HC)...
2016: PloS One
Jiayue Yang, Richard T Waldron, Hsin-Yuan Su, Aune Moro, Hui-Hua Chang, Guido Eibl, Kevin Ferreri, Fouad R Kandeel, Aurelia Lugea, Ling Li, Stephen J Pandol
Epidemiological studies support strong links between obesity, diabetes, and pancreatic disorders including pancreatitis and pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is associated with insulin resistance, hyperglycemia, and hyperinsulinemia, the latter due to increased insulin secretion by pancreatic beta-cells. We reported that high-fat diet-induced PDAC progression in mice is associated with hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, and activation of pancreatic stellate cells (PaSC). We investigated here the effects of high concentrations of insulin and glucose on mouse and human PaSC growth and fibrosing responses...
October 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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