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Yi Cai, Wenda Wang, Hao Guo, Hanzhong Li, Yu Xiao, Yushi Zhang
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disorder characterized by tumor formation in multiple organs, with over 80% of TSC patients developing angiomyolipomas (TSC-AMLs). However, the molecular events that contribute to TSC-AMLs are not well understood. Recent reports have demonstrated that microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical in TSC cortical tubers. However, little is known about the role of miRNAs in TSC-AMLs. In the current study, we analyzed changes in the miRNA and mRNA profiles in TSC-AMLs and matched normal adjacent tissues...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Loredana Mauro, Giuseppina Daniela Naimo, Luca Gelsomino, Rocco Malivindi, Leonardo Bruno, Michele Pellegrino, Roberta Tarallo, Domenico Memoli, Alessandro Weisz, Maria Luisa Panno, Sebastiano Andò
Adipose tissue is a metabolic and endocrine organ that secretes bioactive molecules called adipocytokines. Among these, adiponectin has a crucial role in obesity-associated breast cancer. The key molecule of adiponectin signaling is AMPK, which is mainly activated by liver kinase B1 (LKB1). Here, we demonstrated that estrogen receptor-α (ERα)/LKB1 interaction may negatively interfere with the LKB1 capability to phosphorylate AMPK and inhibit its downstream signaling TSC2/mTOR/p70S6k. In adiponectin-treated MCF-7 cells, AMPK signaling was not working, resulting in its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) being still active...
March 7, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Zhen Yan, James P Grenert, Nancy M Joseph, Chuanli Xu, Xin Chen, Nafis Shafizadeh, Sanjay Kakar
AIMS: Hepatic angiomyolipoma (AML) often shows epithelioid morphology with inconspicuous fat. Epithelioid component can mimic hepatocellular adenoma (HCA) or carcinoma (HCC). The aims were to examine the expression of commonly used markers for HCA or HCC in hepatic AML, and highlight pitfalls in diagnosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Resected hepatic AML (n=16) were reviewed; reticulin stain, immunohistochemistry for GS, β-catenin, LFABP were performed along with Sanger sequencing of exon 3 of CTNNB1 and next generation sequencing (NGS)...
March 7, 2018: Histopathology
Sidney Abou Sawan, Stephan van Vliet, Justin T Parel, Joseph W Beals, Michael Mazzulla, Daniel W D West, Andrew Philp, Zhong Li, Scott A Paluska, Nicholas A Burd, Daniel R Moore
Translocation and colocalization of mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) with regulatory proteins represents a critical step in translation initiation of protein synthesis in vitro. However, mechanistic insight into the control of postprandial skeletal muscle protein synthesis rates at rest and after an acute bout of endurance exercise in humans is lacking. In crossover trials, eight endurance-trained men received primed-continuous infusions of L-[ring-2 H5 ]phenylalanine and consumed a mixed-macronutrient meal (18 g protein, 60 g carbohydrates, 17 g fat) at rest (REST) and after 60 min of treadmill running at 70% VO2peak (EX)...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Barbara Ogórek, Hilaire C Lam, Damir Khabibullin, Heng-Jia Liu, Julie Nijmeh, Robinson Triboulet, David J Kwiatkowski, Richard I Gregory, Elizabeth P Henske
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by germline inactivating mutations of TSC1 or TSC2. In TSC-associated tumors of the brain, heart, skin, kidney, and lung, inactivation of both alleles of TSC1 or TSC2 leads to hyperactivation of the mTORC1 pathway. The TSC/mTORC1 pathway is a key regulator of cellular processes related to growth, proliferation and autophagy. We and others have previously found that mTORC1 regulates microRNA biogenesis, but the mechanisms are not fully understood...
March 2, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Yong Wang, Juan Liu, Jie-Sen Zhou, Hua-Qiong Huang, Zhou-Yang Li, Xu-Chen Xu, Tian-Wen Lai, Yue Hu, Hong-Bin Zhou, Hai-Pin Chen, Song-Min Ying, Wen Li, Hua-Hao Shen, Zhi-Hua Chen
Airway epithelial cell death and inflammation are pathological features of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Mechanistic target of rapamycin (MTOR) is involved in inflammation and multiple cellular processes, e.g., autophagy and apoptosis, but little is known about its function in COPD pathogenesis. In this article, we illustrate how MTOR regulates cigarette smoke (CS)-induced cell death, airway inflammation, and emphysema. Expression of MTOR was significantly decreased and its suppressive signaling protein, tuberous sclerosis 2 (TSC2), was increased in the airway epithelium of human COPD and in mouse lungs with chronic CS exposure...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Huajie Li, Yi Ren, Keshi Mao, Fei Hua, Yilin Yang, Ning Wei, Chunxian Yue, Dawen Li, Hao Zhang
Diabetes and obesity are commonly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Accumulating evidence show that insulin signaling defects are protentional upstream driver of AD. However, the mechanism by which diabetes and insulin signaling defects contribute to AD remains unknown. Here we show that Fat mass and obesity-associated protein (FTO) is involved the insulin defects-associated AD. Defective insulin signaling in diabetes and obesity in human and mice activated Fto in the brain tissues. Lentivirus-mediated knockdown of Fto reduced the phosphorylation of Tau protein whereas overexpression of FTO promoted the level of phosphorylated Tau in neurons...
March 1, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Anna Papadopoulou, Argyrios Dinopoulos, George Koutsodontis, Roser Pons, Pelagia Vorgia, Vasiliki Koute, Athanassios Vratimos, Dimitrios Zafeiriou
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare neurocutaneous syndrome inherited by an autosomal dominant manner. The disorder is commonly manifested by the presence of multiple benign tumors located in numerous tissues, including the brain, heart, skin and kidneys. Seizures, autism, developmental and behavioral delay, as well as non-neurological phenotypic findings, are suggestive of TSC. The identification of one pathogenic mutation in either the TSC1 or TSC2 genes is considered to be an independent diagnostic criterion...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Qian Shi, Suryavathi Viswanadhapalli, William E Friedrichs, Chakradhar Velagapudi, Cédric Szyndralewiez, Shweta Bansal, Manzoor A Bhat, Goutam Ghosh Choudhury, Hanna E Abboud
The mechanism by which TSC2 inactivation or deficiency contributes to the pathology of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is not fully clear. We show that renal angiomyolipomas from TSC patients and kidney cortex from Tsc2+/- mice exhibit elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Downregulation of tuberin (protein encoded by TSC2 gene) in renal proximal tubular epithelial cells significantly increased ROS concomitant with enhanced Nox4. Similarly, we found elevated levels of Nox4 in the renal cortex of Tsc2+/- mice and in the renal angiomyolipomas from TSC patients...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Somak Roy, William A LaFramboise, Ta-Chiang Liu, Dengfeng Cao, Alyssa Luvison, Caitlyn Miller, Maureen A Lyons, Roderick J O'Sullivan, Amer H Zureikat, Melissa E Hogg, Allan Tsung, Kenneth K Lee, Nathan Bahary, Randall E Brand, Jennifer S Chennat, Kenneth E Fasanella, Kevin McGrath, Marina N Nikiforova, Georgios I Papachristou, Adam Slivka, Herbert J Zeh, Aatur D Singhi
Despite prognostic grading and staging systems, it is a challenge to predict outcomes for patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PanNETs). Sequencing studies of PanNETs have identified alterations in death domain-associated protein (DAXX) and ATRX chromatin remodeler (ATRX). In tumors, mutations in DAXX or ATRX and corresponding loss of protein expression correlate with shorter times of disease-free survival and disease-specific survival of patients. However, DAXX or ATRX proteins were lost in only 50% of distant metastases analyzed...
February 24, 2018: Gastroenterology
Daphne M Hasbani, Peter B Crino
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal-dominant or sporadic multisystem disorder that results from mutations in either TSC1 or TSC2. The primary organs affected include the brain, skin, lung, kidney, and heart, all with variable frequency, penetrance, and severity. There are over 2000 known allelic variants for TSC, including nonsense and misssense mutation, and all pathogenic mutations are inactivating, leading to loss-of-function effects on the encoded proteins, TSC1 and TSC2. These proteins form a complex to constitutively inhibit the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling cascade, and as a consequence, mTOR signaling is constitutively active within all TSC-associated lesions...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
Valentina Citi, Marzia Del Re, Alma Martelli, Vincenzo Calderone, Maria Cristina Breschi, Romano Danesi
BACKGROUND: Everolimus is the hydroxyethyl derivative of sirolimus and a strong inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). This drug has immunosuppressive and anticancer activities and the present in vitro study was aimed at identifying the cellular and molecular profiles of breast cancer cells predictive of sensitivity to everolimus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MCF-7, T-47D, ZR-75-1, CAMA-1, HCC-1500 and MCF-10A cells were used and viability was assessed using WST-1 dye...
February 23, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Evgeny N Suspitsin, Grigoriy A Yanus, Marina Yu Dorofeeva, Tatiana A Ledashcheva, Nataliya V Nikitina, Galina V Buyanova, Elena V Saifullina, Anna P Sokolenko, Evgeny N Imyanitov
Tuberous sclerosis (TS) is a rare autosomal-dominant genetic disease. TS is manifested by the development of multiple hamartomas, which affect brain, kidneys, retina, skin and other organs. This study aimed to reveal specific features of molecular epidemiology of TS in Russia. Blood DNA samples from 61 patients with definite (n = 53) or probable (n = 8) clinical diagnosis of TS were tested for mutations in TSC1 and TSC2 genes using Sanger sequencing and MLPA analysis. Five TSC1/2 mutation-negative patients were further analyzed by exome sequencing...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Maria Sundberg, Ivan Tochitsky, David E Buchholz, Kellen Winden, Ville Kujala, Kush Kapur, Deniz Cataltepe, Daria Turner, Min-Joon Han, Clifford J Woolf, Mary E Hatten, Mustafa Sahin
Accumulating evidence suggests that cerebellar dysfunction early in life is associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the molecular mechanisms underlying the cerebellar deficits at the cellular level are unclear. Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a neurocutaneous disorder that often presents with ASD. Here, we developed a cerebellar Purkinje cell (PC) model of TSC with patient-derived human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to characterize the molecular mechanisms underlying cerebellar abnormalities in ASD and TSC...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Jothilatha Krishnamoorthy, Clara Tenkerian, Jyotsana Gupta, Nour Ghaddar, Shuo Wang, Cedric Darini, Kirk A Staschke, Abhishek Ghosh, Valentina Gandin, Ivan Topisirovic, Arnold S Kristof, Maria Hatzoglou, George Simos, Antonis E Koromilas
Oxidative stress determines cell fate through several mechanisms, among which regulation of mRNA translation by the phosphorylation of the alpha (α) subunit of the translation initiation factor eIF2α at serine 51 (eIF2αP) plays a prominent role. Increased eIF2αP can contribute to tumor progression as well as tumor suppression. While eIF2αP is increased in most cells to promote survival and adaptation to different forms of stress, we demonstrate that eIF2αP is reduced in tuberous sclerosis complex 2 (TSC2)-deficient cells subjected to oxidative insults...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Chi-Shuan Fan, Wei-Shone Chen, Li-Li Chen, Chia-Chi Chen, Yu-Ting Hsu, Kee Voon Chua, Horng-Dar Wang, Tze-Sing Huang
Osteopontin (OPN) is a multi-functional phospho-glycoprotein that can stimulate angiogenesis through acting on endothelial cells. As angiogenic sprouting involves endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT), we are intrigued to know whether OPN exerts an effect on EndoMT. Clinically, we indeed detected EndoMT-derived cells next to OPN-expressing cells in colorectal cancer tissues. Furthermore, we treated OPN to primary cultures of endothelial cells to investigate the EndoMT-inducing activity and the underlying mechanisms...
January 12, 2018: Oncotarget
Angela Peron, Aglaia Vignoli, Francesca La Briola, Emanuela Morenghi, Lucia Tansini, Rosa Maria Alfano, Gaetano Bulfamante, Silvia Terraneo, Filippo Ghelma, Giuseppe Banderali, David H Viskochil, John C Carey, Maria Paola Canevini
Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a multisystemic condition caused by mutations in TSC1 or TSC2, but a pathogenic variant is not identified in up to 10% of the patients. The aim of this study was to delineate the phenotype of pediatric and adult patients with a definite clinical diagnosis of TSC and no mutation identified in TSC1 or TSC2. We collected molecular and clinical data of 240 patients with TSC, assessing over 50 variables. We compared the phenotype of the homogeneous group of individuals with No Mutation Identified (NMI) with that of TSC patients with a TSC1 and TSC2 pathogenic variant...
February 9, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Yuchun Pan, Weiqing Wu, Caiqun Luo, Jiansheng Xie, Zhiyong Xu, Qian Geng, Ying Hao
OBJECTIVE To provide prenatal diagnosis for families affected with tuberous sclerosis complex and explore the correlation between phenotype and genotype. METHODS For probands from 10 families, all exons and splicing regions of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes were analyzed with high throughput DNA sequencing. Suspected mutations were verified by Sanger sequencing. RESULTS All probands were found to have mutations, which included 1 case with TSC1 mutation and 9 cases with TSC2 mutations (missense mutations in 6, nonsense mutations in 2, and frameshifting mutation in 1 case)...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Da-Peng Chen, Ye-Ping Ma, Li Zhuo, Zheng Zhang, Gu-Ming Zou, Yue Yang, Hong-Mei Gao, Wen-Ge Li
1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3(1,25(OH)2 D3) is a secosteroid with antiproliferative property. It also plays a pivotal renoprotective role in diabetic nephropathy. We investigated whether 1,25(OH)2D3 could inhibit the proliferation of rat mesangial cells exposed to high glucose via the DNA-damage-inducible transcript 4/mammalian target of rapamycin(DDIT4/mTOR) pathway. The cell proliferation rate and cell cycle duration were measured using cell counting kit-8 assay and flow cytometry. Protein expression was assayed by Western blot...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Wendy K Steagall, Gustavo Pacheco-Rodriguez, Thomas N Darling, Olga Torre, Sergio Harari, Joel Moss
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a multisystem disease of women, affecting lungs, kidneys, and lymphatics. It is caused by the proliferation of abnormal smooth muscle-like LAM cells, with mutations and loss of heterozygosity in the tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) 1 or, more frequently, 2 genes. Isolated pulmonary LAM cells have been difficult to maintain in culture and most studies of LAM lung cells involve mixtures of TSC2 wild-type and TSC2-null cells. A clonal population of LAM lung cells has not been established, making analysis of the cells challenging...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
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