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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544747/k-ras-mutation-and-amplification-status-is-predictive-of-resistance-and-high-basal-pakt-is-predictive-of-sensitivity-to-everolimus-in-biliary-tract-cancer-cell-lines
#1
Yvonne Yeung, David K Lau, Fiona Chionh, Hoanh Tran, Janson W T Tse, Andrew J Weickhardt, Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Andrew M Scott, Niall C Tebbutt, John M Mariadason
Advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC) has a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. The PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway is hyperactivated in a subset of BTCs and clinical activity to the mTOR inhibitor everolimus has been observed in some BTC patients. The goal of this study was to identify biomarkers predictive of everolimus response. Twenty BTC cell lines were assessed for everolimus sensitivity with a spectrum of growth inhibitory responses observed. Molecular biomarkers of sensitivity and resistance were identified by interrogation of the activation status of the Ras/MAPK and PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathways...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543637/evidence-of-the-immunomodulatory-role-of-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitors-in-graft-survival
#2
Valery Vilchez, Lilia Turcios, D Allan Butterfield, Mihail I Mitov, Cristin L Coquillard, Anthony J Brandon, Virgilius Cornea, Roberto Gedaly, Francesc Marti
The PI3K/mTOR signaling cascade is fundamental in T-cell activation and fate decisions. We showed the distinct regulation of PI3K/mTOR in regulatory and effector T-cells and proposed the potential therapeutic benefit of targeting this pathway to control the balance between effector and regulatory T-cell activities. Substantial adverse effects in long-term clinical usage of Rapamycin suggest the use of alternative treatments in restraining effector T-cell function in transplant patients. We hypothesize that dual PI3K/mTOR inhibitors may represent an immunosuppressant alternative...
May 24, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542873/a-map-of-the-phosphoproteomic-alterations-that-occur-after-a-bout-of-maximal-intensity-contractions
#3
Gregory K Potts, Rachel M McNally, Rocky Blanco, Jae-Sung You, Alexander S Hebert, Michael S Westphall, Joshua J Coon, Troy A Hornberger
The maintenance of skeletal muscle mass is essential for health and quality of life. It is well recognized that maximal-intensity contractions, such as those which occur during resistance exercise, promote an increase in muscle mass. Yet, the molecules that sense the mechanical information and convert it into the signalling events (e.g. phosphorylation) that drive the increase in muscle mass remain undefined. Here we describe a phosphoproteomics workflow to examine the effects of electrically evoked maximal-intensity contractions (MIC) on protein phosphorylation in mouse skeletal muscle...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542590/the-mth1-inhibitor-th588-demonstrates-anti-tumoral-effects-alone-and-in-combination-with-everolimus-5-fu-and-gamma-irradiation-in-neuroendocrine-tumor-cells
#4
Elke Tatjana Aristizabal Prada, Michael Orth, Svenja Nölting, Gerald Spöttl, Julian Maurer, Christoph Auernhammer
Modulation of the redox system in cancer cells has been considered a promising target for anti-cancer therapy. The novel MTH1 inhibitor TH588 proved tremendous potential in terms of cancer cell eradication, yet its specificity has been questioned by recent reports, indicating that TH588 may also induce cancer cell death by alternative mechanisms than MTH1 inhibition. Here we used a panel of heterogeneous neuroendocrine tumor cells in order to assess cellular mechanisms and molecular signaling pathways implicated in the effects of TH588 alone as well as dual-targeting approaches combining TH588 with everolimus, cytotoxic 5-fluorouracil or γ-irradiation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542433/beneficial-effect-of-combined-treatment-with-octreotide-and-pasireotide-in-pck-rats-an-orthologous-model-of-human-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease
#5
Masanori Kugita, Kazuhiro Nishii, Tamio Yamaguchi, Atsushi Suzuki, Yukio Yuzawa, Shigeo Horie, Eiji Higashihara, Shizuko Nagao
Increased intracellular cyclic AMP (cAMP) in renal tubular epithelia accelerates the progression of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). Thus, decreasing cAMP levels by an adenylyl cyclase inhibitory G protein activator is considered to be an effective approach in ameliorating PKD. In fact, pasireotide (PAS) was effective in reducing disease progression in animal models of PKD. However, hyperglycemia caused by the administration of PAS is an adverse effect in its clinical use. Whereas, co-administration of octreotide (OCT) with PAS did not increase serum glucose in normal rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542147/restricting-the-induction-of-ngf-in-ovarian-stroma-engenders-selective-follicular-activation-through-the-mtor-signaling-pathway
#6
Yuanlin He, Xiaoxu Peng, Tinghe Wu, Weijie Yang, Wenwen Liu, Jing Zhang, Yiping Su, Feifei Kong, Xiaowei Dou, Jing Li
In mammalian ovaries, primordial follicles remain in a quiescent state until activation by the surrounding microenvironment. Ovarian intervention, for example, ovarian cystectomy, ovarian wedge resection or laser drilling therapies for polycystic ovarian syndrome, has long been reported to change follicular development by an unknown mechanism(s). Herein, we established a murine model with partial ovarian resection of one ovary unilaterally, with the contralateral ovary undamaged. We found the injury accelerated follicular activation and development through the mTORC1 signaling pathway...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542142/deletion-of-pdcd5-in-mice-led-to-the-deficiency-of-placenta-development-and-embryonic-lethality
#7
Ge Li, Chentong Xu, Xin Lin, Liujing Qu, Dan Xia, Beiqi Hongdu, Yan Xia, Xiaokun Wang, Yaxin Lou, Qihua He, Dalong Ma, Yingyu Chen
Programmed cell death 5 (PDCD5) is an apoptosis promoter molecule that displays multiple biological activities. However, the function of PDCD5 in vivo has not yet been investigated. Here, we generated a Pdcd5 knockout mouse model to study the physiological role of PDCD5 in vivo. Knockout of the Pdcd5 gene resulted in embryonic lethality at mid-gestation. Histopathological analysis revealed dysplasia in both the LZs and JZs in Pdcd5(-/-) placentas with defects in spongiotrophoblasts and trophoblast giant cells...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542038/hypoxia-as-a-target-for-drug-combination-therapy-of-liver-cancer
#8
Cressida Bowyer, Andrew L Lewis, Andrew W Lloyd, Gary J Phillips, Wendy M Macfarlane
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third most frequent cause of cancer deaths worldwide. The standard of care for intermediate HCC is transarterial chemoembolization, which combines tumour embolization with locoregional delivery of the chemotherapeutic doxorubicin. Embolization therapies induce hypoxia, leading to the escape and proliferation of hypoxia-adapted cancer cells. The transcription factor that orchestrates responses to hypoxia is hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1). The aim of this work is to show that targeting HIF-1 with combined drug therapy presents an opportunity for improving outcomes for HCC treatment...
May 24, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541267/choroidal-melanoma-sector-melanocytosis-and-retinal-pigment-epithelial-microdetachments-in-birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome
#9
Charlotte L Marous, Molly R Marous, R Joel Welch, Jerry A Shields, Carol L Shields
PURPOSE: Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome (BHDS) is a rare autosomal dominant condition that can predispose patients to numerous cutaneous fibrofolliculomas and other cutaneous lesions, pulmonary cysts with spontaneous pneumothorax, and multifocal renal tumors and cancer. The genetic mutations responsible for BHDS are related to tumor suppression and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway. Previous reports of the ocular findings in BHDS include eyelid fibrofolliculomas, "flecked chorioretinopathy," and one report of choroidal melanoma...
May 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540646/the-molecular-mechanism-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-therapy-in-alzheimer-s-disease-based-on-a-mechanistic-target-of-rapamycin-pathway
#10
Lin Li
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) is an important molecule that connects aging, lifespan, energy balance, glucose and lipid metabolism, and neurodegeneration. Rapamycin exerts effects in numerous biological activities via its target protein, playing a key role in energy balance, regulation of autophagy, extension of lifespan, immunosuppression, and protection against neurodegeneration. There are many similar pathophysiological processes and molecular pathways between Alzheimer's disease (AD) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and pharmacologic agents used to treat T2DM, including glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogs, seem to be beneficial for AD...
May 24, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539264/op16-a-novel-ent-kaurene-diterpenoid-potentiates-the-antitumor-effect-of-rapamycin-by-inhibiting-rapamycin-induced-feedback-activation-of-akt-signaling-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Ke-Zheng Peng, Yu Ke, Qi Zhao, Fei Tian, Hong-Min Liu, Guiqin Hou, Zhaoming Lu
Hyperactivation of mTOR signaling pathway has been viewed as a significant molecular pathogenesis of cancer. However, inhibition of mTOR by rapamycin and its analogs could induce numerous negative feedback loops to attenuate their therapeutic efficacy. As a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Rabdosia rubescens has been used to treat esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) for hundreds of years, and its major effective component is oridonin. Here we reported that OP16, a novel analog of oridonin, showed potent inhibition of cell proliferation and Akt phosphorylation in ESCC cells...
May 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539263/nutrients-neurogenesis-and-brain-ageing-from-disease-mechanisms-to-therapeutic-opportunities
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REVIEW
Marco Fidaleo, Virve Cavallucci, Giovambattista Pani
Appreciation of the physiological relevance of mammalian adult neurogenesis has in recent years rapidly expanded from a phenomenon of homeostatic cell replacement and brain repair to the current view of a complex process involved in high order cognitive functions. In parallel, an array of endogenous or exogenous triggers of neurogenesis have also been identified, among which metabolic and nutritional cues have drawn significant attention. Converging evidence from animal and in vitro studies point to nutrient sensing and energy metabolism as major physiological determinants of neural stem cell fate, and modulators of the whole neurogenic process...
May 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537457/inhibition-of-mtor-kinase-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#13
Yoko Tabe, Agostino Tafuri, Kazumasa Sekihara, Haeun Yang, Marina Konopleva
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML), the most common acute leukemia in adults, remains a therapeutic challenge. The phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/AKT/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/AKT/mTOR) signaling pathway is one of the key aberrant intracellular axes involved in AML. Areas covered: mTOR plays a critical role in sensing and responding to environmental determinants such as nutrient availability, stress, and growth factor concentrations; and in modulating key cellular functions such as proliferation, metabolism, and survival...
May 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536640/survival-rates-of-homozygotic-tp53-knockout-rats-as-a-tool-for-preclinical-assessment-of-cancer-prevention-and-treatment
#14
Damian Strzemecki, Magdalena Guzowska, Paweł Grieb
BACKGROUND: The gene that encodes tumor protein p53, Tp53, is mutated or silenced in most human cancers and is recognized as one of the most important cancer drivers. Homozygotic Tp53 knockout mice, which develop lethal cancers early in their lives, are already used in cancer prevention studies, and now Tp53 knockout rats have also been generated. This study assessed feasibility of using homozygous Tp53 knockout rats to evaluate the possible outcome of cancer chemoprevention. METHODS: A small colony of Tp53 knockout rats with a Wistar strain genetic background was initiated and maintained in the animal house at our institution...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536634/microrna-210-induces-endothelial-cell-apoptosis-by-directly-targeting-pdk1-in-the-setting-of-atherosclerosis
#15
Ying Li, Chunyan Yang, Lili Zhang, Ping Yang
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a chronically inflammatory disease and one of the leading causes of deaths worldwide. Endothelial cell apoptosis plays a crucial role in its development. Several microRNAs (miRNAs) are reportedly involved in atherosclerotic plaque formation, including miRNA-210 (miR-210). However, the underlying mechanism of its role in endothelial cell apoptosis during atherosclerosis is still largely unknown. METHODS: A mouse model with atherosclerosis induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) was built in ApoE (-/-) mice...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536139/effects-of-leucine-supplementation-and-resistance-training-on-myopathy-of-diabetic-rats
#16
Carlos Eduardo C Martins, Vanessa B de S Lima, Brad J Schoenfeld, Julio Tirapegui
Leucine supplementation and resistance training positively influence the protein translation process and the cell signaling mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway that regulates muscle protein balance and muscle remodeling, and thus may be therapeutic to diabetic myopathy. However, the effect of a combined intervention has not been well studied. Forty male Wistar rats were divided into five groups, control (C), diabetic control (D), diabetic + trained (DT), diabetic + L-leucine (DL), diabetic + L-leucine + trained (DLT)...
May 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538182/targeting-metabolic-reprogramming-by-influenza-infection-for-therapeutic-intervention
#17
Heather S Smallwood, Susu Duan, Marie Morfouace, Svetlana Rezinciuc, Barry L Shulkin, Anang Shelat, Erika E Zink, Sandra Milasta, Resha Bajracharya, Ajayi J Oluwaseum, Martine F Roussel, Douglas R Green, Ljiljana Pasa-Tolic, Paul G Thomas
Influenza is a worldwide health and financial burden posing a significant risk to the immune-compromised, obese, diabetic, elderly, and pediatric populations. We identified increases in glucose metabolism in the lungs of pediatric patients infected with respiratory pathogens. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we found metabolic changes occurring after influenza infection in primary human respiratory cells and validated infection-associated increases in c-Myc, glycolysis, and glutaminolysis. We confirmed these findings with a metabolic drug screen that identified the PI3K/mTOR inhibitor BEZ235 as a regulator of infectious virus production...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537902/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-promotes-autophagy-and-apoptosis-and-reverses-chemoresistance-in-human-ovarian-cancer-cells
#18
Jin-Long Hu, Xin-Long Hu, Ai-Ye Guo, Chao-Jie Wang, Yi-Yang Wen, Shun-Dong Cang
Ovarian cancer presents the highest mortality rate among gynecological tumors. Here, we measured cell viability, proliferation, apoptosis, autophagy, and expression of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS)-related proteins, PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway-related proteins, and apoptosis- and autophagy-related proteins in SKOV3 and SKOV3/CDDP cells treated with combinations of CDDP, tunicamycin, and BEZ235 (blank control, CDDP, CDDP + tunicamycin, CDDP + BEZ235, and CDDP + tunicamycin + BEZ235). Increasing concentrations of tunicamycin and CDDP activated ERS in SKOV3 cells, reduced cell viability and proliferation, increased apoptosis and autophagy, enhanced expression of ERS-related proteins, and inhibited expression of PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway-related proteins...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537878/biological-characterization-of-sn32976-a-selective-inhibitor-of-pi3k-and-mtor-with-preferential-activity-to-pi3k%C3%AE-in-comparison-to-established-pan-pi3k-inhibitors
#19
Gordon W Rewcastle, Sharada Kolekar, Christina M Buchanan, Swarna A Gamage, Anna C Giddens, Kit Y Tsang, Jackie D Kendall, Ripudaman Singh, Woo-Jeong Lee, Greg C Smith, Weiping Han, David J Matthews, William A Denny, Peter R Shepherd, Stephen M F Jamieson
Multiple therapeutic agents have been developed to target the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway, which is frequently dysregulated in cancer promoting tumor growth and survival. These include pan PI3K inhibitors, which target class Ia PI3K isoforms and have largely shown limited single agent activity with narrow therapeutic windows in clinical trials. Here, we characterize SN32976, a novel pan PI3K inhibitor, for its biochemical potency against PI3K isoforms and mTOR, kinase selectivity, cellular activity, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and antitumor efficacy relative to five clinically-evaluated pan PI3K inhibitors: buparlisib, dactolisib, pictilisib, omipalisib and ZSTK474...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535458/mtor-signaling-in-the-differentiation-and-function-of-regulatory-and-effector-t-cells
#20
REVIEW
Hu Zeng, Hongbo Chi
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway integrates environmental signals and cellular metabolism to regulate T cell development, activation and differentiation. Recent studies reveal the importance of exquisite control of mTOR activity for proper T cell function, and detailed molecular mechanisms that regulate mTOR signaling in different T cell subsets. Here, we review the latest advances in our understanding of the mTOR pathway and its regulation in the differentiation and function of regulatory T cells and effector T cells...
May 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
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