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Darius Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Afshin Saffari, Lara Wahlster, Alessia Di Nardo, Daria Turner, Tommy L Lewis, Christopher Conrad, Jonathan M Rothberg, Jonathan O Lipton, Stefan Kölker, Georg F Hoffmann, Min-Joon Han, Franck Polleux, Mustafa Sahin
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurodevelopmental disease caused by TSC1 or TSC2 mutations and subsequent activation of the mTORC1 kinase. Upon mTORC1 activation, anabolic metabolism, which requires mitochondria, is induced, yet at the same time the principal pathway for mitochondrial turnover, autophagy, is compromised. How mTORC1 activation impacts mitochondrial turnover in neurons remains unknown. Here, we demonstrate impaired mitochondrial homeostasis in neuronal in vitro and in vivo models of TSC...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Piotr T Filipczak, Cynthia L Thomas, Wenshu Chen, Andrew Salzman, Jacob D McDonald, Yong Lin, Steven A Belinsky
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic multi-organ disorder characterized by the development of neoplastic lesions in kidney, lung, brain, heart and skin. It is caused by an inactivating mutation in tumor suppressor genes coding the TSC1/TSC2 complex, resulting in hyperactivation of mTOR- and Raf/MEK/MAPK-dependent signaling that stimulates tumor cell proliferation and metastasis. Despite its oncogenic effect, cells with TSC deficiency were more sensitive to oxidative stress and dependent on mitochondrial metabolism, providing a rationale for a new therapeutic approach...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Research
Barbara Kathage, Sebastian Gehlert, Anna Ulbricht, Laura Lüdecke, Victor E Tapia, Zacharias Orfanos, Daniela Wenzel, Wilhelm Bloch, Rudolf Volkmer, Bernd K Fleischmann, Dieter O Fürst, Jörg Höhfeld
The cochaperone BAG3 is a central protein homeostasis factor in mechanically strained mammalian cells. It mediates the degradation of unfolded and damaged forms of the actin-crosslinker filamin through chaperone-assisted selective autophagy (CASA). In addition, BAG3 stimulates filamin transcription in order to compensate autophagic disposal and to maintain the actin cytoskeleton under strain. Here we demonstrate that BAG3 coordinates protein synthesis and autophagy through spatial regulation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)...
October 15, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Jinhyun Cho, Jeeyun Lee, Jusun Kim, Seung Tae Kim, Sujin Lee, Sun Young Kim, Sang Yun Ha, Cheol-Keun Park, Ho Yeong Lim
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death globally. Mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is frequently up-regulated in HCC and plays an important role in HCC tumorigenesis. Tumors with loss of tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2), a negative regulator of mTOR signaling, tend to respond well to mTOR inhibitors. We analyzed TSC2 expression status in Korean patients with HCC and evaluated the correlation between TSC2 loss and response to the mTOR inhibitor, everolimus...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Kristen T Crowell, David I Soybel, Charles H Lang
Muscle deconditioning is commonly observed in patients surviving sepsis. Little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms regulating muscle protein homeostasis during the recovery or convalescence phase. We adapted a sepsis-recovery mouse model that uses cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), followed 24 h later by cecal resection and antibiotic treatment, to identify putative cellular pathways regulating protein synthesis and breakdown in skeletal muscle. Ten days after CLP, body weight and food consumption did not differ between control and sepsis-recovery mice, but gastrocnemius weight was reduced...
October 5, 2016: Shock
Samara L Potter, Rajkumar Venkatramani, Scott Wenderfer, Brett H Graham, Sanjeev A Vasudevan, Andrew Sher, Hao Wu, David A Wheeler, Yaping Yang, Christine M Eng, Richard A Gibbs, Angshumoy Roy, Sharon E Plon, D Williams Parsons
Pediatric renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a rare cancer that can be associated with inherited diseases including tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) caused by germline mutations in TSC1 or TSC2. Somatic mutations in TSC1 and TSC2 have also been reported in adult RCC, which predict response to mTOR inhibitors. Here, we present the first case of RCC in a child with methylmalonic acidemia (MMA). Clinical whole exome sequencing of blood and tumor samples confirmed the diagnosis of MMA and revealed two somatic inactivating mutations in TSC2, suggesting the potential consideration of an mTOR inhibitor in the event of tumor recurrence...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Eric Segal, Helio Pedro, Karen Valdez-Gonzalez, Sarah Parisotto, Felicia Gliksman, Stephen Thompson, Jomard Sabri, Evan Fertig
BACKGROUND: When no chromosomal variations are identified, patients with suspected genetic etiologies can be tested using next-generation sequencing utilizing epilepsy panels. The primary objective of this study was to analyze the diagnostic yield of next-generation sequencing epilepsy panels in medication-resistant epilepsy subjects with non-clinically significant comparative genomic hybridization microarray results. METHODS: We completed a single-center retrospective review of the diagnostic yield of next-generation sequencing epilepsy panels in medication-resistant epilepsy subjects aged 18 years or less who had non-clinically significant comparative genomic hybridization microarray results from January 2011 to December 2014...
July 1, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Ying-Bei Chen, Jianing Xu, Anders Jacobsen Skanderup, Yiyu Dong, A Rose Brannon, Lu Wang, Helen H Won, Patricia I Wang, Gouri J Nanjangud, Achim A Jungbluth, Wei Li, Virginia Ojeda, A Ari Hakimi, Martin H Voss, Nikolaus Schultz, Robert J Motzer, Paul Russo, Emily H Cheng, Filippo G Giancotti, William Lee, Michael F Berger, Satish K Tickoo, Victor E Reuter, James J Hsieh
Renal cell carcinomas with unclassified histology (uRCC) constitute a significant portion of aggressive non-clear cell renal cell carcinomas that have no standard therapy. The oncogenic drivers in these tumours are unknown. Here we perform a molecular analysis of 62 high-grade primary uRCC, incorporating targeted cancer gene sequencing, RNA sequencing, single-nucleotide polymorphism array, fluorescence in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry and cell-based assays. We identify recurrent somatic mutations in 29 genes, including NF2 (18%), SETD2 (18%), BAP1 (13%), KMT2C (10%) and MTOR (8%)...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Samy L Habib, Noor Y Al-Obaidi, Maciej Nowacki, Katarzyna Pietkun, Barbara Zegarska, Tomasz Kloskowski, Wojciech Zegarski, Tomasz Drewa, Edward A Medina, Zhenze Zhao, Sitai Liang
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant and multi-system genetic disorder in humans. TSC affects around 25,000 to 40,000 individuals in the United States and about 1 to 2 million individuals worldwide, with an estimated prevalence of one in 6,000 newborns. TSC occurs in all races and ethnic groups, and in both genders. TSC is caused by defects or mutations in two genes, TSC1 and TSC2. Loss of TSC1/TSC2 leads to dysregulation of mTOR, resulting in aberrant cell differentiation and development, and abnormal enlargement of cells...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Sanjay Konakondla, Mayur Jayarao, Jami Skrade, Caterina Giannini, Michael J Workman, Chad J Morgan
INTRODUCTION: The well-described entity of Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma (SEGA) in the setting of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is profound in current literature. It has been described in children as well as adults with or without identifiable clinical presentations of tuberous sclerosis. To our knowledge there has not been any report of a negative genetic workup of Tuberous Sclerosis Complex in an adult patient presenting with an isolated SEGA. CASE REPORT: We present a case of a 25-year-old female with no medical history who presented to the emergency room for headaches...
November 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Jianbin Zhang, Jigang Wang, Jian Xu, Yuanqiang Lu, Jiukun Jiang, Liming Wang, Han-Ming Shen, Dajing Xia
Curcumin is a hydrophobic polyphenol derived from the herb Curcumalonga and its wide spectrum of pharmacological activities has been widely studied. It has been reported that Curcumin can induce autophagy through inhibition of the Akt-mTOR pathway. However, the effect of Curcumin on lysosome remains largely elusive. In this study, we first found that Curcumin treatment enhances autophagic flux in both human colon cancer HCT116 cells and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Moreover, Curcumin treatment promotes lysosomal function, evidenced by the increased lysosomal acidification and enzyme activity...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Joanna Trelinska, Wojciech Fendler, Iwona Dachowska, Katarzyna Kotulska, Sergiusz Jozwiak, Karolina Antosik, Piotr Gnys, Maciej Borowiec, Wojciech Mlynarski
BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis (TSC) is a monogenic disease resulting from defects of the TSC1 or TSC2 genes, which encode the proteins forming hamartin-tuberin tumor suppressor complex, the mammalian target of rapamycin complex (mTOR). The mTOR pathway is constitutively activated in response to tuberin or hamartin defects. The mTOR pathway is also regulated by a multitude of epigenetic mechanisms, one of which is regulation by microRNA (miRNA) inhibition. This leads us to hypothesize that organ-level abnormalities of miRNA expression patterns are widespread in TSC...
September 29, 2016: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Stephen M Bonsib, Christie Boils, Neriman Gokden, David Grignon, Xin Gu, John P T Higgins, Xavier Leroy, Jesse K McKenney, Samih H Nasr, Carrie Phillips, Ankur R Sangoi, Jon Wilson, Ping L Zhang
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) results from mutation of TSC1 or TSC2 that encode for hamartin and tuberin. It affects the kidneys often in advance of extra-renal stigmata. We studied 14 TSC cases, and 4 possible TSC cases with multiple angiomyolipomas (AMLs) for hamartin and tuberin protein expression to determine if the staining profile could predict mutation status or likelihood of TSC with renal-limited disease. The 18 cases included 15 nephrectomies and 1 section of 6 TSC-associated renal cell carcinomas (RCC)...
April 30, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Kalpana Kumari, Mehar C Sharma, Aanchal Kakkar, Prit B Malgulwar, Pankaj Pathak, Vaishali Suri, Chitra Sarkar, Sarat P Chandra, Mohammed Faruq, Rakesh K Gupta, Ravindra K Saran
BACKGROUND: Subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGA) are slow-growing benign intraventricular tumors, the pathogenesis of which is debated. Recent studies have shown that tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) 1 and TSC2 genes are linked to the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) cell signaling pathway. We aimed to analyze TSC1 and TSC2 gene mutation, hamartin and tuberin protein expression, and protein expression of mTOR signaling cascade in a series of SEGA to determine their role in pathogenesis...
September 2016: Neurology India
Mónica Furlano, Yaima Barreiro, Teresa Martí, Carme Facundo, César Ruiz-García, Iara DaSilva, Nadia Ayasreh, Cristina Cabrera-López, José Ballarín, Elisabet Ars, Roser Torra
We report the case of a 32-year-old male diagnosed with TSC2/PKD1 contiguous gene syndrome, presenting with tuberous sclerosis (TS) and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease simultaneously. He progressed to end-stage renal disease and received a kidney transplant at the age of 12. The native kidneys presented angiomyolipomas (AML), which are common benign tumours in patients with TS. Seventeen years after transplantation, he presented with abdominal pain, anaemia and a retroperitoneal haematoma, the latter caused by renal AML bleeding...
August 29, 2016: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
S Brakemeier, F Bachmann, K Budde
In adult tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) patients, renal complications are the leading cause of death. Beginning in childhood, up to 80 % of patients develop renal angiomyolipoma characterized by a size-dependent risk of life-threatening bleeding. After discovery of the two causative genes, TSC1 and TSC2, and the role of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) regulation in the pathogenesis of TSC, an increasing number of clinical studies evaluating mTOR inhibition in TSC patients have shown impressive results in many organ manifestations, such as brain, lung, and kidney...
September 1, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Nooshin Mirkheshti, Sulgi Park, Shoulei Jiang, Jodie Cropper, Sherry L Werner, Chung S Song, Bandana Chatterjee
Androgen receptor (AR) and PI3K/AKT/mTORC1 are major survival signals that drive prostate cancer to a lethal disease. Reciprocal activation of these oncogenic pathways from negative cross talks contributes to low/limited success of pathway-selective inhibitors in curbing prostate cancer progression. We report that the antibiotic salinomycin, a cancer stem cell blocker, is a dual-acting AR and mTORC1 inhibitor, inhibiting PTEN-deficient castration-sensitive and castration-resistant prostate cancer in culture and xenograft tumors...
August 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Aneta A Koronowicz, Paula Banks, Dominik Domagała, Adam Master, Teresa Leszczyńska, Ewelina Piasna, Mariola Marynowska, Piotr Laidler
BACKGROUND: Our previous study showed that fatty acids extract obtained from CLA-enriched egg yolks (EFA-CLA) suppressed the viability of MCF-7 cancer cell line more effectively than extract from non-enriched egg yolks (EFA). In this study, we analysed the effect of EFA-CLA and EFA on transcriptome profile of MCF-7 cells by applying the whole Human Genome Microarray technology. RESULTS: We found that EFA-CLA and EFA treated cells differentially regulated genes involved in cancer development and progression...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
E Steve Roach
Tuberous sclerosis complex is a dominantly inherited disorder that variably affects the brain, skin, kidneys, heart, and other organs. Its neurological manifestations include epilepsy, autism, cognitive and behavioral dysfunction, and giant cell tumors. A mutation of either TSC1 or TSC2 can cause tuberous sclerosis complex. Their two gene products, hamartin and tuberin, form a physical complex which normally inhibits protein synthesis mediated through the mechanistic target of rapamycin, so a TSC1 or TSC2 mutation results in overactivation of the mechanistic target of rapamycin cascade...
October 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Ana García-Aguilar, Carlos Guillén, Mark Nellist, Alberto Bartolomé, Manuel Benito
There is a growing evidence of the role of protein acetylation in different processes controlling metabolism. Sirtuins (histone deacetylases nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent) activate autophagy playing a protective role in cell homeostasis. This study analyzes tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC2) lysine acetylation, in the regulation of mTORC1 signaling activation, autophagy and cell proliferation. Nicotinamide 5mM (a concentration commonly used to inhibit SIRT1), increased TSC2 acetylation in its N-terminal domain, and concomitantly with an augment in its ubiquitination protein status, leading to mTORC1 activation and cell proliferation...
August 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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