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Daohua Shi, Tiancheng Xie, Jie Deng, Peiguang Niu, Weizhen Wu
PURPOSE: We intend to investigate the association between tacrolimus-induced new-onset diabetes after transplantation (NODAT) and polymorphisms of CYP3A4, CYP3A5, ATP-binding cassette transporter sub-family C member 8 (ABCC8), and glucokinase (GCK) in renal transplant recipients. METHODS: Polymorphisms of CYP3A4 *18B, CYP3A5 *3, ABCC8 T-3C, and GCK G-30A were genotyped in 169 renal transplant recipients. Trough concentrations of tacrolimus were detected by an ELISA kit...
March 15, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Naoyuki Kitao, Akinobu Nakamura, Hideaki Miyoshi, Hiroshi Nomoto, Kiyohiko Takahashi, Kazuno Omori, Kohei Yamamoto, Kyu Yong Cho, Yasuo Terauchi, Tatsuya Atsumi
OBJECTIVE: We investigated whether glucokinase and insulin receptor substrate-2 were required for beta cell proliferation induced by short-term high-fat (HF) diet feeding, as has been shown for long-term HF diet. METHODS: Eight-week-old C57BL/6 J mice were exposed to either a standard chow (SC) or HF diet. After 1 week on the diet, histopathological beta cell proliferation and gene expression in isolated islets were examined. Additionally, 8-week-old beta cell-specific glucokinase haploinsufficient (Gck+/- ) and Irs2 knockout (Irs2-/- ) mice were exposed to either an SC or HF diet...
March 12, 2018: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
A Ando, D Gantulga, M Nakata, F Maekawa, K Dezaki, S Ishibashi, T Yada
Hyperphagia triggers and accelerates diabetes, and prevents proper dietary control of glycemia. Inversely, the impact of hyperglycemia on hyperphagia and possible mechanistic cause common for these two metabolic disorders in type 2 diabetes are less defined. The present study examined the precise developmental process of hyperglycemia and hyperphagia and explored the alterations in the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus (ARC), the primary feeding and metabolic center, in Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats with type 2 diabetes and nearly normal body weight...
February 6, 2018: Neuropeptides
Hernán Gonzalo Villagarcía, María Cecilia Castro, Luisa González Arbelaez, Guillermo Schinella, María Laura Massa, Eduardo Spinedi, Flavio Francini
AIM: Hypothalamic obese rats are characterized by pre-diabetes, dyslipidemia, hyperadiposity, inflammation and, liver dysmetabolism with oxidative stress (OS), among others. We studied endocrine-metabolic dysfunctions and, liver OS and inflammation in both monosodium l-glutamate (MSG)-neonatally damaged and control litter-mate (C) adult male rats, either chronically treated with N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine since weaned (C-NAC and MSG-NAC) or not. METHODOLOGY: We evaluated circulating TBARS, glucose, insulin, triglycerides, uric acid (UA) and, aspartate and alanine amino-transferase; insulin sensitivity markers (HOMA indexes, Liver Index of Insulin Sensitivity -LISI-) were calculated and liver steps of the insulin-signaling pathway were investigated...
March 6, 2018: Life Sciences
Neha Charaya, Deepti Pandita, Ajmer Singh Grewal, Viney Lather
Glucokinase (GK) is the main enzyme which controls the blood glucose levels in a safe and narrow physiological range in humans. GK activators are the novel type of therapeutic agents which act on GK enzyme and show their anti-diabetic potential. The present work was planned to synthesize and evaluate the antidiabetic potential of a new series of thiazole-2-yl benzamide derivatives as potential GK activators. A series of thiazole-2-yl benzamide derivatives were synthesized from benzoic acid and evaluated by in vitro enzymatic assay for GK activation...
February 27, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Hailian Wang, Xia He, Tiantian Lei, Yilong Liu, Guoli Huai, Minghan Sun, Shaoping Deng, Hongji Yang, Rongsheng Tong, Yi Wang
Previous studies by our group on mangiferin demonstrated that it exerts an anti‑hyperglycemic effect through the regulation of cell cycle proteins in 3‑month‑old, partially pancreatectomized (PPx) mice. However, β‑cell proliferation is known to become severely restricted with advanced age. Therefore, it is unknown whether mangiferin is able to reverse the diabetic condition and retain β‑cell regeneration capability in aged mice. In the present study, 12‑month‑old C57BL/6J mice that had undergone PPx were subjected to mangiferin treatment (90 mg/kg) for 28 days...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Xiuzhen Li, Tzer Hwu Ting, Huiying Sheng, Cui Li Liang, Yongxian Shao, Minyan Jiang, Aijing Xu, Yunting Lin, Li Liu
BACKGROUND: There is scarcity of information on the clinical features and genetics of glucokinase-maturity-onset diabetes of the young (GCK-MODY) in China. The aim of the study was to investigate the clinical and molecular characteristics of Chinese children with GCK-MODY. METHODS: Eleven children with asymptomatic hyperglycemia and clinically suspected GCK-MODY were identified from the database of children with diabetes in the biggest children's hospital in South China...
March 6, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Xiao-Jiao Li, Jin-Shu Pang, Yao-Mei Li, Farah Abdirahman Ahmed, Rong-Quan He, Jie Ma, Fu-Chao Ma, Gang Chen
OBJECTIVE: An increasing number of studies have confirmed that survivin (BIRC5) plays essential roles in ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, inconsistent or controversial results exist in some studies. In the present study, we sought to determine the clinical significance of survivin and its potential molecular pathways. METHODS: The correlation between survivin (BIRC5) expression and diagnostic value, prognostic value and clinicopathological features was assessed by meta-analysis with more than 4000 patients from literature, GEO and TCGA...
January 2, 2018: Pathology, Research and Practice
Yiping Lu, Lei Wang, Fei Teng, Jianing Zhang, Meirong Hu, Yong Tao
Myo-inositol (inositol) is important in the cosmetics, pharmaceutical and functional food industries. Here, we report a novel pathway to produce inositol from glucose by a trienzymatic cascade system involving polyphosphate glucokinase (PPGK), inositol 1-phosphate synthase (IPS) and inositol monophosphatase (IMP). The system contained three highly active enzymes, AspPPGK from Arthrobacter sp. OY3WO11, TbIPS from Trypanosoma brucei TREU927, and EcIMP from Escherichia coli. A trienzymatic cascade reaction was implemented, and the conversion ratio from glucose to inositol reached 90%, which is promising for the enzymatic synthesis of inositol without ATP supplementation...
May 2018: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
Chuanqing Zhong, Jiafang Fu, Tianyi Jiang, Chunming Zhang, Guangxiang Cao
The ability of Microlunatus phosphovorus to accumulate large amounts of polyphosphate (Poly-P) plays an important role in removing soluble phosphorus from wastewater. Strain JN459, isolated from a sewage system, was previously demonstrated to be Microlunatus phosphovorus. In this study, we analyzed the phosphorus-accumulating and phosphorus-releasing characteristics of strain JN459. Our analyses indicate that strain JN459 accumulates Poly-P under aerobic conditions but releases phosphorus under anaerobic conditions...
February 22, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Lei Lei, Shuainan Liu, Yongqiang Li, Huipeng Song, Lianchao He, Quan Liu, Sujuan Sun, Yan Li, Zhiqiang Feng, Zhufang Shen
Glucokinase was glucose sensor in hepatocytes and islet beta cells. It not only promoted glucose metabolism, but also advanced glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Glucokinase activators had been reported as one kind of new potential drugs for treatment of type 2 diabetes. Compound 6-(5-(3-fluorobenzyloxy)-2-ethoxybenzamido) pyridine-3-carboxylic acid (SHP289-04) was found to increase glucokinase activity effectively by our lab. In order to demonstrate its effect of anti-diabetes, in vitro, human liver carcinoma cell line HepG2 was used to glucose consumption test, and pancreatic cell line NIT-1 was used to assess insulin secretion in response to different concentration of glucose (5mmol/l and 20mmol/l)...
February 22, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Kuo-Ping Shen, Hui-Li Lin, Hsueh-Wei Yen, Su-Ling Hsieh, Li-Mei An, Bin-Nan Wu
This study examined the effects of eugenosedin-A (Eu-A) in a streptozotocin (STZ)/nicotinamide-induced rat model of type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Six-week-old Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into three groups: (1) RD group, normal rats fed a regular diet (RD), (2) DM group, T2DM rats fed a high-fat diet, and (3) Eu-A group, T2DM rats fed a high fat diet plus oral Eu-A (5 mg/kg/day). After 30 days, the DM group had higher body weight, higher blood glucose and lower insulin levels than the RD group...
March 2018: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Yuanye Chen, Yongfei Liu, Dongqin Ding, Lina Cong, Dawei Zhang
L-tryptophan (L-trp) is a precursor of various bioactive components and has great pharmaceutical interest. However, due to the requirement of several precursors and complex regulation of the pathways involved, the development of an efficient L-trp production strain is challenging. In this study, Escherichia coli (E. coli) strain KW001 was designed to overexpress the L-trp operator sequences (trpEDCBA) and 3-deoxy-D-arabinoheptulosonate-7-phosphate synthase (aroGfbr ). To further improve the production of L-trp, pyruvate kinase (pykF) and the phosphotransferase system HPr (ptsH) were deleted after inactivation of repression (trpR) and attenuation (attenuator) to produce strain KW006...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jose M Mellado-Gil, Esther Fuente-Martín, Petra I Lorenzo, Nadia Cobo-Vuilleumier, Livia López-Noriega, Alejandro Martín-Montalvo, Irene de Gracia Herrera Gómez, Maria Ceballos-Chávez, Laura Gómez-Jaramillo, Antonio Campos-Caro, Silvana Y Romero-Zerbo, Júlia Rodríguez-Comas, Joan-Marc Servitja, Gemma Rojo-Martinez, Abdelkrim Hmadcha, Bernat Soria, Marco Bugliani, Piero Marchetti, Francisco J Bérmudez-Silva, Jose C Reyes, Manuel Aguilar-Diosdado, Benoit R Gauthier
HMG20A (also known as iBRAF) is a chromatin factor involved in neuronal differentiation and maturation. Recently small nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the HMG20A gene have been linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) yet neither expression nor function of this T2DM candidate gene in islets is known. Herein we demonstrate that HMG20A is expressed in both human and mouse islets and that levels are decreased in islets of T2DM donors as compared to islets from non-diabetic donors. In vitro studies in mouse and human islets demonstrated that glucose transiently increased HMG20A transcript levels, a result also observed in islets of gestating mice...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Hanho Shin, Ji Hye Han, Juhwan Yoon, Hyo Jung Sim, Tae Joo Park, Siyoung Yang, Eun Kyung Lee, Rohit N Kulkarni, Josephine M Egan, Wook Kim
Cannabinoid 1 receptors (CB1Rs) are expressed in peripheral tissues, including islets of Langerhans, where their function(s) is under scrutiny. Using mouse β-cell lines, human islets and CB1R-null (CB1R-/- ) mice, we have now investigated the role of CB1Rs in modulating β-cell function and glucose responsiveness. Synthetic CB1R agonists diminished GLP-1-mediated cAMP accumulation and insulin secretion as well as glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in mouse β-cell lines and human islets. In addition, silencing CB1R in mouse β cells resulted in an increased expression of pro-insulin, glucokinase (GCK) and glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2), but this increase was lost in β cells lacking insulin receptor...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Cristina Otero-Rodiño, Ana Rocha, Rosa Álvarez-Otero, Rosa M Ceinos, Marcos A López-Patiño, Jesús M Míguez, José Miguel Cerdá-Reverter, José L Soengas
To assess the hypothesis of glucosensing systems present in fish telencephalon, we first demonstrated in rainbow trout by in situ hybridization the presence of glucokinase (GK). Then, we assessed the response of glucosensing markers in rainbow trout telencephalon 6h after ICV treatment with glucose or 2-deoxyglucose (inducing glucoprivation). We evaluated the response of parameters related to the mechanisms dependent on GK, liver X receptor (LXR), mitochondrial activity, sweet taste receptor, and sodium-glucose linked transporter 1 (SGLT-1)...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Shawn Sternisha, Peilu Liu, Alan G Marshall, Brian G Miller
Human glucokinase (GCK) acts as the body's primary glucose sensor and plays a critical role in glucose homeostatic maintenance. Gain-of-function mutations in gck produce hyperactive enzyme variants that cause congenital hyperinsulinism. Prior biochemical and biophysical studies suggest that activated disease variants can be segregated into two mechanistically distinct classes, termed α-type and β-type. Steady-state viscosity variation studies indicate that the kcat values of wild-type GCK and an α-type variant are partially diffusion-limited, whereas the kcat value of a β-type variant is viscosity-independent...
February 9, 2018: Biochemistry
Felipe Pollak C, Marcela Lagos L, José L Santos M, Helena Poggi, Abraham Urzúa C, Hana Rumié C
Maturity-Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY) refers to a heterogeneous group of monogenic diabetes. Unlike other types of MODY characterized by genetic defects in transcription factors, MODY 2 is triggered by metabolic alterations caused by mutations of glucokinase (GCK), the first enzyme of the glycolytic pathway. We report a three-generation Chilean family with multiple cases affected with this disease. The index case is a patient who presented severe neonatal hyperglycemia (831 mg/dl, without ketosis) requiring continuous infusion of insulin, which was suspended after 48 hours with normalization of blood glucose...
September 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
Davide Basco, Quan Zhang, Albert Salehi, Andrei Tarasov, Wanda Dolci, Pedro Herrera, Ioannis Spiliotis, Xavier Berney, David Tarussio, Patrik Rorsman, Bernard Thorens
Glucagon secretion by pancreatic α-cells is triggered by hypoglycemia and suppressed by high glucose levels; impaired suppression of glucagon secretion is a hallmark of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Here, we show that α-cell glucokinase (Gck) plays a role in the control of glucagon secretion. Using mice with α-cell-specific inactivation of Gck (αGckKO mice), we find that glucokinase is required for the glucose-dependent increase in intracellular ATP/ADP ratio and the closure of KATP channels in α-cells and the suppression of glucagon secretion at euglycemic and hyperglycemic levels...
February 7, 2018: Nature Communications
Sajad Jamalpour, Shamsul Mohd Zain, Maryam Mosavat, Zahurin Mohamed, Siti Zawiah Omar
BACKGROUND: Although the influence of a common variant in the glucokinase regulatory gene (GCKR rs780094) in type 2 diabetes mellitus has been well documented, less data however, is available of its role in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). We carried out a case control study to assess the association between GCKR rs780094 and GDM in the Asian, and also a meta-analysis to further assess the strength of the association. METHODS: Demographic, clinical and genotype data were determined for 1122 women (267 cases and 855 controls) recruited from the University of Malaya Medical Centre in the Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur...
January 30, 2018: Gene
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