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glycogen synthase kinase

Kaimin Lu, Xin Wang, Yuyu Chen, Danfeng Liang, Hao Luo, Li Long, Zongyue Hu, Jinku Bao
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignant bone tumor among adolescents worldwide with high mortality rate. Glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) is a serine/threonine kinase and is considered as a validated target in osteosarcoma therapy. Therefore, the study of GSK3β inhibitors is one of the most popular fields in anti-osteosarcoma drug development. Here, the tools of bioinformatics were used to screen novel effective inhibitors of GSK3β from ZINC Drug Database. The molecular docking, molecular dynamic simulations, MM/GBSA, and energy decomposition analysis were performed to identify the inhibitors...
March 13, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Tian-Xing Chen, Xiao-Ying Cheng, Yun Wang, Wu Yin
Toosendanin (TSN), a triterpenoid extracted from Melia toosendan, has been reported to possess anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and anti-arthritic activities. However, its anti-adipogenic effect remains unknown. Here, we found that TSN dose-dependently attenuated lipid accumulation in preadipocytes 3T3-L1 as evidenced by Oil Red O staining. TSN also significantly downregulated mRNA and protein levels of adipocytokines (adiponectin and leptin), CCAAT/enhancer binding proteins α (C/EBP-α), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPAR-γ), fatty acid synthase, and acetyl-CoA carboxylase in adipocytes...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Xue-Yang Jiang, Ting-Kai Chen, Jun-Ting Zhou, Si-Yu He, Hong-Yu Yang, Yao Chen, Wei Qu, Feng Feng, Hao-Peng Sun
Designing multitarget-directed ligands (MTDLs) is considered to be a promising approach to address complex and multifactorial maladies such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). The concurrent inhibition of the two crucial AD targets, glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) and human acetylcholinesterase ( h AChE), might represent a breakthrough in the quest for clinical efficacy. Thus, a novel family of GSK-3β/AChE dual-target inhibitors was designed and synthesized. Among these hybrids, 2f showed the most promising profile as a nanomolar inhibitor on both h AChE (IC50 = 6...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Bo Li, Xiangsong Wu, Hanbei Chen, Chengle Zhuang, Zhiguo Zhang, Shuangshuang Yao, Dongsheng Cai, Guang Ning, Qing Su
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to contribute to many metabolic diseases, including diabetes. In this study, we investigated the role of miR199a-5p in the regulation of hepatic insulin sensitivity. Ad-anti-miR199a-5p adenoviruses were injected into male C57BL/6J WT mice fed a high-fat diet to inhibit miR199a-5p expression before the glucose levels and insulin resistance were assessed. Similarly, Ad-miR199a-5p adenoviruses were injected into male C57BL/6J WT mice to cause the overexpression of miR199a-5p. To investigate the roles of autophagy-related protein 14 (ATG14) and miR199a-5p in the regulation of insulin sensitivity, we injected Ad-miR199a-5p with or without Ad-ATG14 viruses into WT C57BL/6J mice before performing functional assays...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Won Kyung Kim, Woong Sub Byun, Hwa-Jin Chung, Jedo Oh, Hyen Joo Park, Jae Sue Choi, Sang Kook Lee
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common malignant disease worldwide due to its metastasis via the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process. E-cadherin and Wnt signaling are emerging as potential targets for suppressing the EMT. In this context, Axin2 has been recognized as a negative regulator that inhibits glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-mediated degradation of Snail1, a transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin. However, Axin2 can also impede Wnt signaling via β-catenin degradation. Therefore, Axin2 may serve as either a promoter or suppressor of tumors, and the effects of its inhibition on the cell proliferation and metastasis of CRC require further elucidation...
March 10, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Chao Li, Runchen Miao, Jingyao Zhang, Kai Qu, Chang Liu
Accumulating evidence highlights the fact that long non‑coding RNAs (lncRNAs) serve as critical factors in the growth of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The dysregulation of lncRNA KCNQ1 opposite strand/antisense transcript 1 (KCNQ1OT1) has been reported in numerous human benign diseases. However, the role of KCNQ1OT1 in human HCC remains poorly understood. In this study, we demonstrated that the expression of KCNQ1OT1 was abnormally increased in HCC tissues. The ectopic high expression of KCNQ1OT1 was associated with liver cirrhosis, a larger tumor size, an advanced TNM stage, and a worse overall survival and tumor‑free survival...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
P Zanos, T D Gould
Clinical studies have demonstrated that a single sub-anesthetic dose of the dissociative anesthetic ketamine induces rapid and sustained antidepressant actions. Although this finding has been met with enthusiasm, ketamine's widespread use is limited by its abuse potential and dissociative properties. Recent preclinical research has focused on unraveling the molecular mechanisms underlying the antidepressant actions of ketamine in an effort to develop novel pharmacotherapies, which will mimic ketamine's antidepressant actions but lack its undesirable effects...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Yunfei Gao, Jiaoping Mi, Fenghong Chen, Zhenpeng Liao, Xiaoshan Feng, Minghui Lv, Haixin He, Yujie Cao, Yan Yan, Zhe Zhu, Yunping Fan, Haiyu Hong
PURPOSE: Chronic tonsillitis (TC) is among the most common bacterial diseases in pediatric otolaryngology. We aimed to evaluate the expression of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) in a cohort of children with chronic tonsillitis (TC), and the correlation between GSK-3β activity index and inflammatory profiles of TC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The expression of GSK-3β was comparably evaluated between children with TC (n = 26) and tonsillar hypertrophy (TH, n = 26)...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
Shaoyong Zhuang, Xiangwei Hua, Kang He, Tao Zhou, Jiang Zhang, Haoyu Wu, Xiong Ma, Qiang Xia, Jianjun Zhang
The contribution of glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) to cholestatic liver disease (CLD) remains unknown. We investigated the role and mechanism of GSK-3β in vivo in liver tissues of patients with CLD and the bile duct ligation (BDL) mouse model and in vitro using a hepatic progenitor cell (HPC) and hepatic stellate cell (HSC) coculture system. In liver tissues of patients with CLD, expression of the inactive form of GSK-3β, phospho-GSK-3β(Ser9), was increased in HPCs. GSK-3β inhibition by SB216763 treatment aggravated liver fibrosis and elevated the expression of osteopontin (OPN) in the BDL mouse model...
March 12, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Glenn R Bantug, Marco Fischer, Jasmin Grählert, Maria L Balmer, Gunhild Unterstab, Leyla Develioglu, Rebekah Steiner, Lianjun Zhang, Ana S H Costa, Patrick M Gubser, Anne-Valérie Burgener, Ursula Sauder, Jordan Löliger, Réka Belle, Sarah Dimeloe, Jonas Lötscher, Annaïse Jauch, Mike Recher, Gideon Hönger, Michael N Hall, Pedro Romero, Christian Frezza, Christoph Hess
Glycolysis is linked to the rapid response of memory CD8+ T cells, but the molecular and subcellular structural elements enabling enhanced glucose metabolism in nascent activated memory CD8+ T cells are unknown. We found that rapid activation of protein kinase B (PKB or AKT) by mammalian target of rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) led to inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) at mitochondria-endoplasmic reticulum (ER) junctions. This enabled recruitment of hexokinase I (HK-I) to the voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) on mitochondria...
March 1, 2018: Immunity
Brittany A Potz, Laura A Scrimgeour, Sharif A Sabe, Richard T Clements, Neel R Sodha, Frank W Sellke
OBJECTIVES: Glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) inhibition has been reported to increase microvascular density and improve myocardial blood flow in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia and metabolic syndrome. Inhibition of GSK-3β can also be cardioprotective by modulating fibrosis signaling and mitochondrial-induced apoptosis. We hypothesized GSK-3β inhibition would have a beneficial effect on myocardial fibrosis and oxidative stress in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia and metabolic syndrome...
February 2, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Jung Won Lee, Wha Young Kim, Jeong-Hoon Kim
Leptin in the rat's nucleus accumbens (NAcc) core has previously shown to disrupt the effects of acute administration of cocaine on both locomotor activity and the phosphorylation levels of glycogen synthase kinase 3β. In the present study, we further measured the phosphorylation levels of GluA1 after bilateral microinjections of leptin in this site followed by acute administration of cocaine. Interestingly, leptin in the NAcc core significantly blocks the increase of GluA1 phosphorylation levels at serine 845 induced by acute administration of cocaine...
March 8, 2018: Neuroreport
Qing-Xia Xu, Ying Hu, Gui-Yang Li, Wei Xu, Ying-Tao Zhang, Xiu-Wei Yang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease that is mediated by multiple signaling pathways. In recent years, the components of Psoralea Fructus (PF) have demonstrated some anti-Alzheimer effects both in vitro and in vivo. To further reveal the active compounds of PF and their mechanisms regulating key targets of AD, in this study, we identified four prenylated compounds from the 70% ethanolic aqueous extract of PF, namely bavachin, bavachinin, bavachalcone, and isobavachalcone. Multi-target bioactivity analysis showed that these compounds could differentially inhibit neuroinflammation, oxidative damage, and key AD-related protein targets, such as amyloid β-peptide 42, β-secretase, glycogen synthase kinase 3β, and acetylcholinesterase...
March 8, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Yuanjian Huang, Duxun Tan, Juan Xiao, Qiaoyun Li, Xianfeng Zhang, Zhiqiang Luo
Introduction: Radiotherapy has been the primary treatment for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), but the NPC radiocurability was severely limited with the radioresistance. The research suggested the important role of miRNAs in cancer therapeutic response. Materials and Methods: A radioresistant NPC cell line CNE-2R, we exposed CNE-2 cells to a range of radiation doses. Levels of miR-150 were measured by quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction in CNE-2R and CNE-2 cells...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Panos Zanos, Scott M Thompson, Ronald S Duman, Carlos A Zarate, Todd D Gould
Traditional pharmacological treatments for depression have a delayed therapeutic onset, ranging from several weeks to months, and there is a high percentage of individuals who never respond to treatment. In contrast, ketamine produces rapid-onset antidepressant, anti-suicidal, and anti-anhedonic actions following a single administration to patients with depression. Proposed mechanisms of the antidepressant action of ketamine include N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) modulation, gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic interneuron disinhibition, and direct actions of its hydroxynorketamine (HNK) metabolites...
March 7, 2018: CNS Drugs
Ahmed S Kamel, Noha F Abdelkader, Sahar S Abd El-Rahman, Marwan Emara, Hala F Zaki, Mahmoud M Khattab
Overactivation of angiotensin-converting enzyme/angiotensin 2/angiotensin receptor-1 (ACE/Ang2/AT1) axis provokes amyloid-β-induced apoptosis and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Moreover, activation of AT1 impairs the survival pathway phosphoinositide 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt). Interestingly, the coupling between ACE2/Ang(1-7)/Mas receptor (MasR) axis and PI3K/Akt activation opposes AT1-induced apoptosis. However, the effect of in vivo stimulation of MasR against AD and its correlation to PI3K/Akt is not yet elucidated...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Yanfei Deng, Guiting Huang, Lingxiu Zou, Tianying Nong, Xiaoling Yang, Jiayu Cui, Yingming Wei, Sufang Yang, Deshun Shi
Amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) from livestock are valuable resources for animal reproduction and veterinary therapeutic. The purpose of this study is to explore a suitable way to isolate and culture the buffalo AMSCs (bAMSCs), and to identify their biological characteristics. Digestion with a combination of trypsin-EDTA and collagenase type I could obtain pure bAMSCs more effectively than trypsin-EDTA or collagenase type I alone. bAMSCs could proliferate steadily in vitro culture and exhibited fibroblastic-like morphology in vortex-shaped colony...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Florence F Wagner, Lina Benajiba, Arthur J Campbell, Michel Weïwer, Joshua R Sacher, Jennifer P Gale, Linda Ross, Alexandre Puissant, Gabriela Alexe, Amy Conway, Morgan Back, Yana Pikman, Ilene Galinsky, Daniel J DeAngelo, Richard M Stone, Taner Kaya, Xi Shi, Matthew B Robers, Thomas Machleidt, Jennifer Wilkinson, Olivier Hermine, Andrew Kung, Adam J Stein, Damodharan Lakshminarasimhan, Michael T Hemann, Edward Scolnick, Yan-Ling Zhang, Jen Q Pan, Kimberly Stegmaier, Edward B Holson
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3), a key regulatory kinase in the wingless-type MMTV integration site family (WNT) pathway, is a therapeutic target of interest in many diseases. Although dual GSK3α/β inhibitors have entered clinical trials, none has successfully translated to clinical application. Mechanism-based toxicities, driven in part by the inhibition of both GSK3 paralogs and subsequent β-catenin stabilization, are a concern in the translation of this target class because mutations and overexpression of β-catenin are associated with many cancers...
March 7, 2018: Science Translational Medicine
Yassan Abdolazimi, Sooyeon Lee, Haixia Xu, Paul Allegretti, Timothy M Horton, Benjamin Yeh, Hannah P Moeller, Robert J Nichols, David McCutcheon, Aryaman Shalizi, Mark Smith, Neali A Armstrong, Justin P Annes
Pharmacologic expansion of endogenous β-cells is a promising therapeutic strategy for diabetes. To elucidate the molecular pathways that control β-cell growth we screened ∼2,400 bioactive compounds for rat β-cell replication-modulating activity. Numerous hit compounds impaired or promoted rat β-cell replication, including CC-401, an advanced clinical candidate previously characterized as a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor. Surprisingly, CC-401 induced rodent (in vitro and in vivo) and human (in vitro) β-cell replication via dual specificity tyrosine-phosphorylation-regulated kinases (DYRK1A/B) inhibition...
March 5, 2018: Endocrinology
Hongjin Si, Yao Zhang, Yuqing Song, Lili Li
The poor survival rate of transplanted mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) within the ischemic heart limits their therapeutic potential for cardiac repair. Adrenomedullin (ADM) has been identified as a potent apoptotic inhibitor. The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of ADM on MSCs against hypoxia and serum deprivation (H/SD)‑induced apoptosis, and to determine the potential underlying mechanisms. In the present study, a recombinant adenovirus expressing the ADM gene was established and was infected into MSCs...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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