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Damilola D Adingupu, Suvi E Heinonen, Anne-Christine Andréasson, Mikael Brusberg, Andrea Ahnmark, Margareta Behrendt, Brendan Leighton, Ann-Cathrine Jönsson-Rylander
Aim. Models combining diabetes and atherosclerosis are important in evaluating the cardiovascular (CV) effects and safety of antidiabetes drugs in the development of treatments targeting CV complications. Our aim was to evaluate if crossing the heterozygous glucokinase knockout mouse (GK(+/-)) and hyperlipidemic mouse deficient in apolipoprotein E (ApoE(-/-)) will generate a disease model exhibiting a diabetic and macrovascular phenotype. Methods. The effects of defective glucokinase on the glucose metabolism and on the progression and regression of atherosclerosis on high-fat diets were studied in both genders of GK(+/-)ApoE(-/-) and ApoE(-/-) mice...
2016: Journal of Diabetes Research
María M Adeva-Andany, Noemi Pérez-Felpete, Carlos Fernández-Fernández, Cristóbal Donapetry-García, Cristina Pazos-García
Information about normal hepatic glucose metabolism may help to understand pathogenic mechanisms underlying obesity and diabetes mellitus. In addition, liver glucose metabolism is involved in glycosylation reactions and connected with fatty acid metabolism. The liver receives dietary carbohydrates directly from the intestine via the portal vein. Glucokinase phosphorylates glucose to glucose 6-phosphate inside the hepatocyte, ensuring that an adequate flow of glucose enters the cell to be metabolized. Glucose 6-phosphate may proceed to several metabolic pathways...
October 5, 2016: Bioscience Reports
Hui Teng, Lei Chen, Hongbo Song
Agrimonia pilosa Ledeb (AP) has already been applied in practice for the treatment of different disorders and is available to access without the provision of a medical prescription. The present study aims at investigating the effect of bioactive compounds isolated from AP on the improvement of insulin resistance, figuring out the mechanism in insulin-responsive cell lines. Five compounds were isolated from AP using column chromatography, including agrimonolide (K1), desmethylagrimonolide (K2), tormentic acid (K3), ursolic acid (K4), and quercetin (K5)...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Dudipeta Vasu, Pasupuleti Santhosh Kumar, Uppu Venkateswara Prasad, Vimjam Swarupa, Sthanikam Yeswanth, Lokanathan Srikanth, Manne Mudhu Sunitha, Abhijith Choudhary, Potukuchi Venkata Gurunadha Krishna Sarma
BACKGROUND: When Staphylococcus aureus is grown in the presence of high concentration of external glucose, this sugar is phosphorylated by glucokinase (glkA) to form glucose-6-phosphate. This product subsequently enters into anabolic phase, which favors biofilm formation. The presence of ROK (repressor protein, open reading frame, sugar kinase) motif, phosphate-1 and -2 sites, and tyrosine kinase sites in glkA of S. aureus indicates that phosphorylation must regulate the glkA activity...
October 1, 2016: Iranian Biomedical Journal
Luisa Pozzo, Andrea Vornoli, Ilaria Coppola, Clara Maria Della Croce, Lucia Giorgetti, Pier Giovanni Gervasi, Vincenzo Longo
AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate lipid, cholesterol and glucose metabolism in a novel rat model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MAIN METHODS: Rats (Wistar) were fed high fat/cholesterol diet (HFD) and a single low dose (35mg/kg) of streptozotocin (STZ). Collagen and glycogen content, oxidative stress and glucokinase activity were measured using biochemical assays. Other metabolic pathway were assessed by qRT-PCR. KEY FINDINGS: HFD/STZ treated rats, compared to control ones, showed an increase in expression of biomarkers of inflammation (TNFα, IL6), fibrosis (TGFβ), mitochondrial stress (UCP2) and oxidative stress (GSH and carbonylated proteins) but not of ER stress (CHOP, XBP1)...
September 28, 2016: Life Sciences
Mark F McCarty
In type 1 diabetics, hepatic exposure to insulin is chronically subnormal even in the context of insulin therapy; as a result, expression of glycolytic enzymes is decreased, and that of gluconeogenic enzymes is enhanced, resulting in a physiologically inappropriate elevation of hepatic glucose output. Subnormal expression of glucokinase (GK) is of particular importance in this regard. Possible strategies for correcting this perturbation of hepatic enzyme expression include administration of small molecule allosteric activators of GK, as well as a procedure known as chronic intermittent intravenous insulin therapy (CIIIT); however, side effects accompany the use of GK activators, and CIIIT is time and labor intensive...
October 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Kalathookunnel Antony Antu, Mariam Philip Riya, Anupama Nair, Arvind Mishra, Arvind K Srivastava, Kozhiparambil Gopalan Raghu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: This plant has been utilized in Indian system of medicine for treatment of diabetes. This is clearly evident from the composition of Ayurvedic preparation for diabetes 'Nisakathakadi Kashayam' where this is one of the main ingredients of this preparation. AIM OF THE STUDY: The study aims in elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying the insulin sensitizing effects of Symplocos cochinchinensis ethanol extract (SCE) using a high fructose and saturated fat (HFS) fed insulin resistant rat model...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Febriyansyah Saputra, Ya-Li Shiu, Yo-Chia Chen, Asthervina Widyastami Puspitasari, Ridha Handriany Danata, Chun-Hung Liu, Shao-Yang Hu
Bacillus amyloliquefaciens has attracted attention as a probiotic in aquaculture due to its immunostimulatory activity against pathogenic infection. Xylanases are extensively used in animal feed to degrade plant ingredients, enhancing nutrient utilization and increasing the growth rate of various animals. In the present study, the effects of dietary supplementation with B. amyloliquefaciens and xylanase-expressing B. amyloliquefaciens R8 on the growth of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) and immunity against Aeromonas hydrophila were evaluated...
September 23, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Nynke Simons, Jacqueline M Dekker, Marleen M J van Greevenbroek, Giel Nijpels, Leen M 't Hart, Carla J H van der Kallen, Casper G Schalkwijk, Nicolaas C Schaper, Coen D A Stehouwer, Martijn C G J Brouwers
OBJECTIVE: Small molecules that disrupt the binding between glucokinase and glucokinase regulatory protein (GKRP) are potential new glucose-lowering targets. They stimulate hepatic glucose disposal by increasing glucokinase activity in the liver. It can, however, be anticipated that increased hepatic glucokinase activity might be accompanied by the development of hypertriglyceridemia, particularly in type 2 diabetes. We examined whether the strength of association between rs1260326, a common, functional gene variant in GKRP, and plasma lipids is affected by glucose metabolism...
October 2016: Diabetes Care
Amanda J Brahm, Grace Wang, Jian Wang, Adam D McIntyre, Henian Cao, Matthew R Ban, Robert A Hegele
OBJECTIVES: Maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) is the most common form of monogenic diabetes, reportedly accounting for 2% to 5% of all cases of diabetes. In samples from Canadian patients referred for molecular genetic confirmation of a clinically suspected MODY, we determined the prevalence of likely disease-causing DNA variants in known MODY genes. METHODS: Between 1999 and 2015, our centre received requests from colleagues for DNA sequencing of 96 samples from unrelated Canadian patients with clinically suspected MODY...
September 12, 2016: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Ramesh Ram, Salma M Wakil, Nzioka P Muiya, Editha Andres, Nejat Mazhar, Samya Hagos, Maie Alshahid, Brian F Meyer, Grant Morahan, Nduna Dzimiri
Hypertriglyceridemia (hTG) is a lipid disorder, resulting from an elevation in triglyceride levels, with a strong genetic component. It constitutes a significant risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), a leading cause of death worldwide. In the present study, we performed a common variant association study for hTG in ethnic Saudi Arabs. We genotyped 5501 individuals in a two-phase experiment using Affymetrix Axiom® Genome-Wide CEU 1 Array that contains a total of 587,352 SNPs. The lead variant was the rs1558861 [1...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Helmut Kleinwechter, Norbert Demandt
In Germany in 5.5% of all births diabetes is registered. In patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes planning pregnancy, preconception counseling, diabetologic care with optimized periconceptional metabolic control and folic acid supplementation are essential for good pregnancy outcome. Gestational diabetes (GDM) should be diagnosed timely and managed according to existing guidelines. GDM is treated with insulin in approximately 20%. In 1-2% of GDM cases a glucokinase gene mutation is present (MODY 2). Pregnancies after bariatric-metabolic surgery are increasing and show high risks...
September 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Hernán Gonzalo Villagarcía, Vanesa Sabugo, María Cecilia Castro, Guillermo Schinella, Daniel Castrogiovanni, Eduardo Spinedi, María Laura Massa, Flavio Francini
We investigated the impact of chronic hypercorticosteronemia (due to neonatal monosodium L-glutamate, MSG, and treatment) on liver oxidative stress (OS), inflammation, and carbohydrate/lipid metabolism in adult male rats. We evaluated the peripheral concentrations of several metabolic and OS markers and insulin resistance indexes. In liver we assessed (a) OS (GSH and protein carbonyl groups) and inflammatory (IL-1b, TNFa, and PAI-1) biomarkers and (b) carbohydrate and lipid metabolisms. MSG rats displayed degenerated optic nerves, hypophagia, low body and liver weights, and enlarged adipose tissue mass; higher peripheral levels of glucose, triglycerides, insulin, uric acid, leptin, corticosterone, transaminases and TBARS, and peripheral and liver insulin resistance; elevated liver OS, inflammation markers, and glucokinase (mRNA/activity) and fructokinase (mRNA)...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Sepideh Safayee, Narges Karbalaei, Ali Noorafshan, Elham Nadimi
Thyroid hormones have important role in metabolism and impairment of glucose metabolism and insulin secretion has been shown in hypothyroid rats but the exact mechanisms for this defect are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hypothyroidism on oxidative stress parameters, insulin secretory pathway and histomorphometric changes of pancreas. In the isolated islets of the control and methimazole -treated hypothyroid insulin secretion and content, ATP production, Glucokinase, and hexokinase specific activity and kATP and L-type channels sensitivity were assayed...
August 26, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Mauren Isfer Anghebem-Oliveira, Susan Webber, Dayane Alberton, Emanuel Maltempi de Souza, Giseli Klassen, Geraldo Picheth, Fabiane Gomes de Moraes Rego
BACKGROUND: The glucokinase regulatory protein (GCKR) regulates the activity of the glucokinase (GCK), which plays a key role in glucose homeostasis. Genetic variants in GCK have been associated with diabetes and gestational diabetes (GDM). Due to the relationship between GCKRP and GCK, polymorphisms in GCKR are also candidates for genetic association with GDM. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between the GCKR rs780094 polymorphism and GDM in a Brazilian population...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Takahisa Kogure, Takeshi Kubota, Masako Suda, Kazumi Hiraga, Masayuki Inui
Corynebacterium glutamicum with the ability to simultaneously utilize glucose/pentose mixed sugars was metabolically engineered to overproduce shikimate, a valuable hydroaromatic compound used as a starting material for the synthesis of the anti-influenza drug oseltamivir. To achieve this, the shikimate kinase and other potential metabolic activities for the consumption of shikimate and its precursor dehydroshikimate were inactivated. Carbon flux toward shikimate synthesis was enhanced by overexpression of genes for the shikimate pathway and the non-oxidative pentose phosphate pathway...
August 20, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
Elena Ermakova
Glucokinase (GK) plays a key role in the regulation of hepatic glucose metabolism. Inactivation of GK is associated with diabetes, and an increase of its activity is linked to hypoglycemia. Possibility to regulate the GK activity using small chemical compounds as allosteric activators induces the scientific interest to the study of the activation mechanism and to the development of new allosteric glucokinase activators. Interaction of glucokinase with ligands is the first step of the complicated mechanism of regulation of the GK functioning...
August 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Steffi F Baldini, Agata Steenackers, Stéphanie Olivier-Van Stichelen, Anne-Marie Mir, Marlène Mortuaire, Tony Lefebvre, Céline Guinez
Blood glucose fluctuates with the fasting-feeding cycle. One of the liver's functions is to maintain blood glucose concentrations within a physiological range. Glucokinase (GCK) or hexokinase IV, is the main enzyme that regulates the flux and the use of glucose in the liver leading to a compensation of hyperglycemia. In hepatocytes, GCK catalyzes the phosphorylation of glucose into glucose-6-phosphate. This critical enzymatic reaction is determinant for the metabolism of glucose in the liver which includes glycogen synthesis, glycolysis, lipogenesis and gluconeogenesis...
September 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Manne Mudhu Sunitha, Lokanathan Srikanth, Pasupuleti Santhosh Kumar, Chodimella Chandrasekhar, Potukuchi Venkata Gurunadha Krishna Sarma
Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) possess multipotent ability to differentiate into various types of cells on providing appropriate niche. In the present study, the differentiating potential of human HSCs into β-cells of islets of langerhans was explored. Human HSCs were apheretically isolated from a donor and cultured. Phenotypic characterization of CD34 glycoprotein in the growing monolayer HSCs was confirmed by immunocytochemistry and flow cytometry techniques. HSCs were induced by selection with beta cell differentiating medium (BDM), which consists of epidermal growth factor (EGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), transferrin, Triiodo-l-Tyronine, nicotinamide and activin A...
October 2016: Cell Biology International
Rinki Murphy
Monogenic diabetes is frequently mistakenly diagnosed as either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, yet accounts for approximately 1-2% of diabetes. Identifying monogenic forms of diabetes has practical implications for specific therapy, screening of family members and genetic counselling. The most common forms of monogenic diabetes are due to glucokinase (GCK), hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF)-1A and HNF-4A, HNF-1B, m.3243A>G gene defects. Practical aspects of their recognition, diagnosis and management are outlined, particularly as they relate to pregnancy...
September 2015: Obstetric Medicine
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