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Akt/PKB heart

Shentang Li, Jie Jiang, Zuocheng Yang, Zhuoying Li, Xing Ma, Xin Li
Exosomes are cell‑derived vesicles released from a variety of mammalian cells that are involved in cell‑to‑cell signalling. It has been reported that cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) derived from an adult heart are one of the most promising stem cell types for cardioprotection and repair. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathway is a pivotal regulator in CPCs, therefore, CPC‑derived exosomes were used in the present study to investigate whether it can promote H9C2 cell growth through the protein kinase B (PKB, or Akt)/mTOR signalling pathway...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Su Tu, Feng Xiao, Xiaoyan Min, Huiping Chen, Xiaochun Fan, Kejiang Cao
Accumulating evidence has established that systemic inflammation is an important pathophysiologic factor of coronary heart disease (CHD). In this study, we investigated whether catechin exerts anti-inflammatory function in CHD rats. CHD model of rats was established by high-fat diet feeding and pituitrin injection. The successful building of CHD model was confirmed using blood liquid biochemical analyzer. Additionally, the effects of catechin on CHD parameters and several inflammatory signaling were investigated...
February 20, 2018: Cardiovascular Toxicology
Joon-Seung Han, Jong Hwan Sung, Seung Kwon Lee
GINST, a hydrolyzed ginseng extract, has been reported to have antidiabetic effects and to reduce hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia. Hypercholesterolemia is caused by diet or genetic factors and can lead to atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease. Thus, the purpose of this study is to determine whether GINST and the ginsenoside metabolite, IH-901 (compound K), reduce cholesterol synthesis in HepG2 cells and the signal transduction pathways involved. Concentrations of cholesterol were measured by using an enzymatic method...
November 2017: Journal of Food Science
Ke-Qiong Deng, Jing Li, Zhi-Gang She, Jun Gong, Wen-Lin Cheng, Fu-Han Gong, Xue-Yong Zhu, Yan Zhang, Zhihua Wang, Hongliang Li
Cardiac hypertrophy occurs in response to numerous stimuli like neurohumoral stress, pressure overload, infection, and injury, and leads to heart failure. Mfge8 (milk fat globule-EGF factor 8) is a secreted protein involved in various human diseases, but its regulation and function during cardiac hypertrophy remain unexplored. Here, we found that circulating MFGE8 levels declined significantly in failing hearts from patients with dilated cardiomyopathy. Correlation analyses revealed that circulating MFGE8 levels were negatively correlated with the severity of cardiac dysfunction and remodeling in affected patients...
October 2017: Hypertension
Philipp Schlegel, Julia Reinkober, Eric Meinhardt, Henrike Tscheschner, Erhe Gao, Sarah M Schumacher, Ancai Yuan, Johannes Backs, Patrick Most, Thomas Wieland, Walter J Koch, Hugo A Katus, Philip W Raake
The increase in protein activity and upregulation of G-protein coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) is a hallmark of cardiac stress and heart failure. Inhibition of GRK2 improved cardiac function and survival and diminished cardiac remodeling in various animal heart failure models. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of GRK2 on cardiac hypertrophy and dissect potential molecular mechanisms. In mice we observed increased GRK2 mRNA and protein levels following transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
2017: PloS One
Ali Khalilimeybodi, Alireza Daneshmehr, Babak Sharif-Kashani
The chronic stimulation of β-adrenergic receptors plays a crucial role in cardiac hypertrophy and its progression to heart failure. In β-adrenergic signaling, in addition to the well-established classical pathway, Gs/AC/cAMP/PKA, activation of non-classical pathways such as Gi/PI3K/Akt/GSK3β and Gi/Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK contribute in cardiac hypertrophy. The signaling network of β-adrenergic-induced hypertrophy is very complex and not fully understood. So, we use a computational approach to investigate the dynamic response and contribution of β-adrenergic mediators in cardiac hypertrophy...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
Shuai Yang, Xinmei Zhao, Hui Xu, Fan Chen, Yitao Xu, Zhe Li, Daniel Sanchis, Liang Jin, Yubin Zhang, Junmei Ye
The AKT (protein kinase B, PKB) family has been shown to participate in diverse cellular processes, including apoptosis. Previous studies demonstrated that protein kinase B2 (AKT2(-/-)) mice heart was sensitized to apoptosis in response to ischemic injury. However, little is known about the mechanism and apoptotic signaling pathway. Here, we show that AKT2 inhibition does not affect the development of cardiomyocytes but increases cell death during cardiomyocyte ischemia. Caspase-dependent apoptosis of both the extrinsic and intrinsic pathway was inactivated in cardiomyocytes with AKT2 inhibition during ischemia, while significant mitochondrial disruption was observed as well as intracytosolic translocation of cytochrome C (Cyto C) together with apoptosis-inducing factor (AIF) and endonuclease G (EndoG), both of which are proven to conduct DNA degradation in a range of cell death stimuli...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ademola Adetokunbo Oyagbemi, Dirk Bester, Johan Esterhuyse, Ebenezer Olatunde Farombi
OBJECTIVE: The study was designed to investigate the ameliorative effect of Kolaviron (KV) on ischemic/reperfusion injury in experimental animal models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into two groups: Group 1 received corn oil as a vehicle and rats in Group 2 were administered KV at 200 mg/kg for 4 weeks. The rats were fed with rat standard chow pellet and water administered ad libitum . After 4 weeks of KV administration, hearts were excised and mounted on the working heart perfusion system...
January 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
Ruduwaan Salie, Amanda Lochner, Dirk J Loubser
AIMS: Exposure of the heart to 5 min global ischaemia (I) followed by 5 min reperfusion (R) (ischaemic preconditioning, IPC) or transient Beta 2-adrenergic receptor (B2-AR) stimulation with formoterol (B2PC), followed by 5 min washout before index ischaemia, elicits cardioprotection against subsequent sustained ischaemia. As the washout period during preconditioning is essential for subsequent cardioprotection, the aim of this study was to investigate the involvement of protein kinase A (PKA), reactive oxygen species (ROS), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), PKB/Akt, p38 MAPK and c-jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) during this period...
June 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Hsueh-Wei Yen, Hui-Li Lin, Chi-Long Hao, Fu-Chih Chen, Chun-Yun Chen, Jia-Hao Chen, Kuo-Ping Shen
To investigate using pre-germinated brown rice (PGBR) to treat metabolic syndrome, we fed one group of mice standard-regular-diet (SRD) for 20 weeks and another group of mice high-fat-diet (HFD) for 16 weeks. We subdivided them into HFD group and HFD + PGBR group whose dietary carbohydrate was replaced with PGBR for 4 weeks. The HFD group gained more weight, had higher blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose and lipids, liver levels of TG, feces TG and bile acid, lower adipose levels of adipocytokine, lower skeletal muscle IR, IRS-1, IRS-2, PI3 K, Akt/PKB, GLUT-1, GLUT-4, GCK and PPAR-γ; higher liver SREBP-1, SCD-1, FAS, HMGCR, LDLR, CYP7α1 and PPAR-α, and higher adipose SREBP-1, SCD-1, FAS, and lower adipose PPAR-α and adiponectin...
May 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Luz Ibarra-Lara, María Sánchez-Aguilar, Alicia Sánchez-Mendoza, Leonardo Del Valle-Mondragón, Elizabeth Soria-Castro, Elizabeth Carreón-Torres, Eulises Díaz-Díaz, Héctor Vázquez-Meza, Verónica Guarner-Lans, María Esther Rubio-Ruiz
Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) activation promotes oxidative stress which increases the risk of cardiac dysfunction in metabolic syndrome (MetS) and favors local insulin resistance. Fibrates regulate RAS improving MetS, type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. We studied the effect of fenofibrate treatment on the myocardic signaling pathway of Angiotensin II (Ang II)/Angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1) and its relationship with oxidative stress and myocardial insulin resistance in MetS rats under heart ischemia...
December 28, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Hui Li, Yiqing Mao, Qun Zhang, Qing Han, Zhenming Man, Jingyu Zhang, Xi Wang, Ruobi Hu, Xuehui Zhang, David M Irwin, Gang Niu, Huanran Tan
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Using insects, such as the cockroach, for the treatment of disease has a long history in traditional Chinese medicine. Xinmailong (XML) Injection, a bioactive composite extracted from Periplaneta americana (a species of cockroach), shows reasonable protective effects against cardiovascular injury and was approved for the use in the treatment of cardiac dysfunction in 2006, yet its cardio protective mechanisms remain unclear. AIM: The present study aims to examine the protective effects of XML against epirubicin-induced cardiotoxicity in vivo and determine its underlying mechanisms...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Qianqian Liang, Baoyu Wang, Lingxia Pang, Youpei Wang, Meiqin Zheng, Qing Wang, Jingbin Yan, Jinzhong Xu
OBJECTIVES: Higher cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels is important in reducing cellular energy charge (EC) by increasing the levels of key metabolic protein, and nitrosative modifications, and have been shown to damage the cardiac tissue of diabetic mice. However, the relation between energy production and heart function is unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Streptozotocin (STZ, 150 mg/kg body weight) was injected intraperitoneally once to mice that had been fasted overnight for induction of diabetes...
January 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Yun-tai Yao, Ding-hua Liu, Li-huan Li
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether the combination of anesthetic preconditioning and anesthetic postconditioning could elicit additional cardio-protection as compared to either anesthetic preconditioning or anesthetic postconditioning alone and its underlying mechanism. METHODS: Isolated rat hearts were randomized into one of four groups: CTRL group (30 min of ischemia followed by 120 min of reperfusion alone); SpreC group (3% sevoflurane preconditioning was administered for 15 min followed by 10 min of washout before ischemia); SpostC group (3% sevoflurane postconditioning was administered during the first 15 min of reperfusion after ischemia); SpreC+SpostC group (the protocols of SpreC and SpostC were combined)...
March 2016: Perfusion
Amy E Mendham, Rob Duffield, Aaron J Coutts, Frank Marino, Andriy Boyko, David J Bishop
INTRODUCTION: The present study investigated whether rugby small-sided games (SSG) could be an effective alternative to continuous stationary cycling (CYC) training at reducing clinical risk factors associated with the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). METHODS: Thirty-three middle-aged (48.6±6.6y), inactive men were randomized into a CYC (n=11), SSG (n=11), or control (CON, n=11) group. Participants trained 3d·wk(-1) for 8 weeks, while control participants maintained normal activity and dietary patterns...
2015: PloS One
Mei Peng, Xiaoping Yang
Diabetes, particularly type II diabetes, is a severe disease condition which affects human health worldwide, with a dramatically increasing trend in Asian countries including China. Currently, no efficient drugs other than those with observable side effects are available. Chromium complexes, with the most known representative chromium picolinate, have been listed as one of most attractive health supplements to attenuate this disease condition in western countries. Recent efforts have been made to develop new chromium complexes with novel ligands...
May 2015: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
X-J Qian, X-L Li, X Xu, X Wang, Q-T Feng, C-J Yang
The phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) - phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1)-Akt/protein kinase B (PKB) cascade plays a critical role in cardiovascular development and tumor genesis. But the role of PDK1 in the microenvironment of heart and tumor remains unknown. To clarify the effects of PDK1 on tissue microenvironment in vivo, here, we created α-SMA-Cre-mediated excision of PDK1 mice. And the mice were injected subcutaneously with Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells. We found PDK1-deficient mice had post-natal praecox dilated cardiomyopathy, decelerated tumor growth and severe tumor metastasis...
April 2015: Pathologie-biologie
Sang-Bing Ong, Andrew R Hall, Rachel K Dongworth, Siavash Kalkhoran, Aswin Pyakurel, Luca Scorrano, Derek J Hausenloy
The mechanism through which the protein kinase Akt (also called PKB), protects the heart against acute ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is not clear. Here, we investigate whether Akt mediates its cardioprotective effect by modulating mitochondrial morphology. Transfection of HL-1 cardiac cells with constitutively active Akt (caAkt) changed mitochondrial morphology as evidenced by an increase in the proportion of cells displaying predominantly elongated mitochondria (73 ± 5.0 % caAkt vs 49 ± 5.8 % control: N=80 cells/group; p< 0...
March 2015: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Ruduwaan Salie, Barbara Huisamen, Amanda Lochner
BACKGROUND: Although obesity is still considered a risk factor in the development of cardiovascular disorders, recent studies suggested that it may also be associated with reduced morbidity and mortality, the so-called "obesity paradox". Experimental data on the impact of diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance on myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion injury are controversial. Similar conflicting data have been reported regarding the effects of ischaemic preconditioning on ischaemia/reperfusion injury in hearts from such animals...
2014: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Frederic Nduhirabandi, Barbara Huisamen, Hans Strijdom, Dee Blackhurst, Amanda Lochner
Chronic melatonin treatment has been shown to prevent the harmful effects of diet-induced obesity and reduce myocardial susceptibility to ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI). However, the exact mechanism whereby it exerts its beneficial actions on the heart in obesity/insulin resistance remains unknown. Herein, we investigated the effects of relatively short-term melatonin treatment on the heart in a rat model of diet-induced obesity. Control and diet-induced obese Wistar rats (fed a high calorie diet for 20 wk) were each subdivided into three groups receiving drinking water with or without melatonin (4 mg/kg/day) for the last 6 or 3 wk of experimentation...
October 2014: Journal of Pineal Research
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