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Zhe Sha, Helena M Schnell, Kerstin Ruoff, Alfred Goldberg
Proteasome inhibitors are used as research tools and to treat multiple myeloma, and proteasome activity is diminished in several neurodegenerative diseases. We therefore studied how cells compensate for proteasome inhibition. In 4 h, proteasome inhibitor treatment caused dramatic and selective induction of GABARAPL1 (but not other autophagy genes) and p62 , which binds ubiquitinated proteins and GABARAPL1 on autophagosomes. Knockdown of p62 or GABARAPL1 reduced cell survival upon proteasome inhibition. p62 induction requires the transcription factor nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 1 (Nrf1), which simultaneously induces proteasome genes...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Nicola Amodio, Maria Angelica Stamato, Giada Juli, Eugenio Morelli, Mariateresa Fulciniti, Martina Manzoni, Elisa Taiana, Luca Agnelli, Maria Eugenia Gallo Cantafio, Enrica Romeo, Lavinia Raimondi, Daniele Caracciolo, Valeria Zuccalà, Marco Rossi, Antonino Neri, Nikhil C Munshi, Pierosandro Tagliaferri, Pierfrancesco Tassone
The biological role and therapeutic potential of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in multiple myeloma (MM) are still to be investigated. Here, we studied the functional significance and the druggability of the oncogenic lncRNA MALAT1 in MM. Targeting MALAT1 by novel LNA-gapmeR antisense oligonucleotide antagonized MM cell proliferation and triggered apoptosis both in vitro and in vivo in a murine xenograft model of human MM. Of note, antagonism of MALAT1 downmodulated the two major transcriptional activators of proteasome subunit genes, namely NRF1 and NRF2, and resulted in reduced trypsin, chymotrypsin and caspase-like proteasome activities and in accumulation of polyubiquitinated proteins...
February 22, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Jessica Sacks, Anny Mulya, Ciaran E Fealy, Hazel Huang, John D Mosinski, Mangesh R Pagadala, Hideharu Shimizu, Esam Batayyah, Philip R Schauer, Stacy A Brethauer, John P Kirwan
Bariatric surgery provides significant and durable improvements in glycemic control and hepatic steatosis, but the underlying mechanisms that drive improvements in these metabolic parameters remain to be fully elucidated. Recently, alterations in mitochondrial morphology have shown a direct link to nutrient adaptations in obesity. Here, we evaluate the effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery on markers of liver mitochondrial dynamics in a diet-induced obesity Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat model. Livers were harvested from adult male SD rats 90-days after either Sham or RYGB surgery and continuous high-fat feeding...
February 2018: Physiological Reports
Wei Gao, Meihong Wu, Ning Wang, Yingyi Zhang, Jing Hua, Gusheng Tang, Yajie Wang
Nuclear respiratory factor-1 (Nrf1) and mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) are involved in the regulation of a variety of mitochondrial functional genes, which are associated with decreased sensitivity of tumor cells to chemotherapy. However, the expression status of Nrf1 and TFAM, as well as their clinical significance in breast cancer, is unknown. In the present study, tumor tissues and corresponding adjacent normal tissues were collected from 336 patients with breast cancer, and Nrf1 and TFAM expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry using a tissue microarray...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Hua Wu, Dan Luo, Changxing Li, Hui Zhang, A Shunxian, Yuanxin Zhang, Chao Sun
Yak is a wild bovine species living on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau that demonstrates good adaptability to the hypoxic environment. Chicoric acid, a natural phenolic compound, is known as having anti-oxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. However, its effect on hypoxia adaptability of yak is still unclear. In this study 40 yaks were selected that were of similar age, parity and weight, and divided into the control group and experimental groups 1, 2, 3, randomly. Results showed that chicoric acid significantly improved RBC, HGB, and WBC...
February 12, 2018: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Qingqing Qin, Jieqiong Jin, Fang He, Yongqin Zheng, Tingting Li, Yun Zhang, Jundong He
Mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with β-cell failure and insulin resistance in diabetes. Humanin is an endogenous cytoprotective peptide. In the current study, we aimed to define the effects of Humanin on mitochondrial biogenesis in pancreatic β-cells. Our findings demonstrated that Humanin treatment significantly increased the expression of PGC-1α and its downstream target genes NRF1 and TFAM in MIN6 β-cells. Notably, Humanin treatment significantly promoted mitochondrial biogenesis by increasing mitochondrial mass, elevating mtDNA/nDNA ratio, and stimulating the expression of cytochrome B, which were suppressed by the specific AMPK inhibitor compound C...
February 9, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Huihui Wang, Jiayu Zhu, Zhiyuan Liu, Hang Lv, Peng Lv, Feng Chen, Jingqi Fu, Yongyong Hou, Rui Zhao, Yuanyuan Xu, Qiang Zhang, Jingbo Pi
Macrophages are a major component of the immune system and play an important role in regulating the magnitude, duration, and quality of the inflammatory response. Dissecting the functions of transcription factors regulating macrophage activation is important for understanding the inflammatory responses. Nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 1 (NFE2L1, also known as Nrf1) is a CNC-bZIP protein, which has multiple isoforms. While the exact physiological functions of various isoforms of NFE2L1 are still under investigation, accumulating evidence indicate that long isoforms of NFE2L1 (NFE2L1(L)) are important regulators in the antioxidant response, proteasome homeostasis and inflammation...
February 2, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Sana Belkahla, Abrar Ul Haq Khan, Delphine Gitenay, Catherine Alexia, Claire Gondeau, Dang-Nghiem Vo, Stefania Orecchioni, Giovanna Talarico, Francesco Bertolini, Guillaume Cartron, Javier Hernandez, Martine Daujat-Chavanieu, Nerea Allende-Vega, Martin Villalba Gonzalez
Changes in metabolism require the efflux and influx of a diverse variety of metabolites. The ABC superfamily of transporters regulates the exchange of hundreds of substrates through the impermeable cell membrane. We show here that a metabolic switch to oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS), either by treating cells with dichloroacetate (DCA) or by changing the available substrates, reduced expression of ABCB1, ABCC1, ABCC5 and ABCG2 in wild-type p53-expressing cells. This metabolic change reduced histone changes associated to active promoters...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Maria Manczak, Ramesh Kandimalla, Xiangling Yin, P Hemachandra Reddy
The purpose of our study was to determine the toxic effects of hippocampal mutant APP and amyloid beta (Aβ) in 12-month-old APP transgenic mice. Using rotarod and Morris Water Maze tests, immunoblotting & immunofluorescence, Golgi-cox staining and transmission electron microscopy, we assessed cognitive behavior, protein levels of synaptic, autophagy, mitophagy, mitochondrial dynamics, biogenesis, dendritic protein MAP2, and quantified dendritic spines and mitochondrial number and length in 12-month-old APP mice that express swedish mutation...
February 1, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Wen Tian, Yongsheng Li, Jinghua Zhang, Jijun Li, Jinghua Gao
Osteosarcoma (OS) is a common primary malignancy in children and adolescents with relative high survival rate after chemotherapy. While, the toxicity of chemotherapy and personalized different response to chemotherapy makes it difficult for the selection of therapeutics and improvement of diagnosis. In this study, we conducted a combined analysis of two types of microarray datasets (gene expression and DNA methylation) from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO). Differential methylation sites (DMS) were identified by the IMA package and differential expression genes (DEGs) were screened out via the limma package...
April 15, 2018: Gene
Alexander Bartelt, Scott B Widenmaier, Christian Schlein, Kornelia Johann, Renata L S Goncalves, Kosei Eguchi, Alexander W Fischer, Günes Parlakgül, Nicole A Snyder, Truc B Nguyen, Oliver T Bruns, Daniel Franke, Moungi G Bawendi, Matthew D Lynes, Luiz O Leiria, Yu-Hua Tseng, Karen E Inouye, Ana Paula Arruda, Gökhan S Hotamisligil
Adipocytes possess remarkable adaptive capacity to respond to nutrient excess, fasting or cold exposure, and they are thus an important cell type for the maintenance of proper metabolic health. Although the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a critical organelle for cellular homeostasis, the mechanisms that mediate adaptation of the ER to metabolic challenges in adipocytes are unclear. Here we show that brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenic function requires an adaptive increase in proteasomal activity to secure cellular protein quality control, and we identify the ER-localized transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-like 1 (Nfe2l1, also known as Nrf1) as a critical driver of this process...
February 5, 2018: Nature Medicine
Natália da Silva Lima, Lucimara Teixeira, Alessandra Gambero, Marcelo Lima Ribeiro
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of guarana on mitochondrial biogenesis in a high-fat diet (HFD)-fed mice. C57BL6J mice were divided in two groups: high-fat diet HFD and high-fat diet + guarana (HFD-GUA). Both groups received HFD and water ad libitum and the HFD-GUA group also received a daily gavage of guarana (1 g/kg weight). Body weight and food intake was measured weekly. Glycemic, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels were determined. VO₂ and energy expenditure (EE) were determined by indirect calorimetry...
January 31, 2018: Nutrients
Katie G Owings, Joshua B Lowry, Yiling Bi, Matthew Might, Clement Y Chow
Autosomal recessive loss-of-function mutations in N-Glycanase 1 (NGLY1) cause NGLY1 deficiency, the only known human disease of deglycosylation. Patients present with developmental delay, movement disorder, seizures, liver dysfunction, and alacrima. NGLY1 is a conserved cytoplasmic component of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Associated Degradation (ERAD) pathway. ERAD clears misfolded proteins from the ER lumen. However, it is unclear how loss of NGLY1 function impacts ERAD and other cellular processes and results in the constellation of problems associated with NGLY1 deficiency...
January 15, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Lingling Zhou, Cong Zhou, Zhe Feng, Zhangpu Liu, Huaxu Zhu, Xueping Zhou
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The hepatotoxicity of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook. f. (TW), due to the presence of triptolide (TP), limits its therapeutic potential. Based on the traditional Chinese medicine theory, the theory of "Yi lei xiang zhi" was proposed that Chinese herbs with different efficacy can restrict each other to achieve the least adverse reactions. AIM OF THE STUDY: To observe the effects of Catapol (CAT) and Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS), active ingredients in Rehmannia glutinosa (RG) and Panax notoginseng (PN) respectively, on reducing TP-induced hepatotoxicity, and further to explore the mechanisms...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Li-Hong Wu, Hao-Chun Chang, Pei-Ching Ting, Danny L Wang
Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are constantly subjected to flow-induced shear stress that is crucial for endothelial functions. Laminar shear stress (LSS) exerts atheroprotection to ECs. Mitochondrial homeostasis is essential for cellular survival. However, the effects of LSS on mitochondrial homeostasis in ECs remain unclear. Mitochondrial homeostasis in ECs exposed to LSS was examined. Cultured human umbilical vein ECs were subjected to LSS (12 dynes/cm2 ) generated by a parallel-plate flow chamber system...
June 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Jingqi Fu, Hongzhi Zheng, Qi Cui, Chengjie Chen, Simeng Bao, Jing Sun, Lu Li, Bei Yang, Huihui Wang, Yongyong Hou, Yuanyuan Xu, Yuanhong Xu, Qiang Zhang, Jingbo Pi
The transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-like 1 (NFE2L1 or NRF1) is involved in various critical cell processes such as maintenance of ubiquitin-proteasome system and regulation of the cellular antioxidant response. We previously determined that pancreatic β-cell-specific Nfe2l1 -knockout mice had hyperinsulinemia and that silencing of Nfe2l1 in mouse islets or MIN6 insulinoma β-cells induced elevated basal insulin release and altered glucose metabolism. Hypoglycemia is a major issue with aggressive insulinomas, although a role of NFE2L1 in this pathology is not defined...
March 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Frederick M Tomlin, Ulla I M Gerling-Driessen, Yi-Chang Liu, Ryan A Flynn, Janakiram R Vangala, Christian S Lentz, Sandra Clauder-Muenster, Petra Jakob, William F Mueller, Diana Ordoñez-Rueda, Malte Paulsen, Naoko Matsui, Deirdre Foley, Agnes Rafalko, Tadashi Suzuki, Matthew Bogyo, Lars M Steinmetz, Senthil K Radhakrishnan, Carolyn R Bertozzi
Proteasome inhibitors are used to treat blood cancers such as multiple myeloma (MM) and mantle cell lymphoma. The efficacy of these drugs is frequently undermined by acquired resistance. One mechanism of proteasome inhibitor resistance may involve the transcription factor Nuclear Factor, Erythroid 2 Like 1 (NFE2L1, also referred to as Nrf1), which responds to proteasome insufficiency or pharmacological inhibition by upregulating proteasome subunit gene expression. This "bounce-back" response is achieved through a unique mechanism...
November 22, 2017: ACS Central Science
Goutam Chandra, Madhuchhanda Kundu, Suresh B Rangasamy, Sridevi Dasarathy, Supurna Ghosh, Richard Watson, Kalipada Pahan
This study highlights a novel approach to upregulate mitochondrial biogenesis in neuronal cells. RNS60 is a 0.9% saline solution containing oxygenated nanobubbles that is generated by subjecting normal saline to Taylor-Couette-Poiseuille (TCP) flow under elevated oxygen pressure. RNS60, but not NS (normal saline), PNS60 (saline containing a comparable level of oxygen without the TCP modification), or RNS10.3 (TCP-modified normal saline without excess oxygen), increased the expression of Nrf1, Tfam, Mcu, and Tom20 (genes associated with mitochondrial biogenesis) and upregulated mitochondrial biogenesis in MN9D dopaminergic neuronal cells...
November 29, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology: the Official Journal of the Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Sarah E Lacher, Adnan Alazizi, Xuting Wang, Douglas A Bell, Roger Pique-Regi, Francesca Luca, Matthew Slattery
Late onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a multifactorial disorder, with AD risk influenced by both environmental and genetic factors. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified genetic loci associated with increased risk of developing AD. The MS4A (membrane-spanning 4-domains subfamily A) gene cluster is one of the most significant loci associated with AD risk, and MS4A6A expression is correlated with AD pathology. We identified a single nucleotide polymorphism, rs667897, at the MS4A locus that creates an antioxidant response element and links MS4A6A expression to the stress responsive Cap-n-Collar (CNC) transcription factors NRF1 (encoded by NFE2L1) and NRF2 (encoded by NFE2L2)...
April 2018: Redox Biology
R Zamora-Mendoza, H Rosas-Vargas, M T Ramos-Cervantes, P Garcia-Zuniga, H Perez-Lorenzana, P Mendoza-Lorenzo, A C Perez-Ortiz, F J Estrada-Mena, A Miliar-Garcia, E Lara-Padilla, G Ceballos, A Rodriguez, F Villarreal, I Ramirez-Sanchez
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate mitochondrial biogenesis (MB), structure, metabolism and dysfunction in abdominal adipose tissue from male pediatric patients with obesity. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Samples were collected from five children with obesity (percentile ⩾95) and five eutrophic boys (percentile ⩾5/⩽85) (8-12 years old) following parental informed consent. We analyzed the expression of key genes involved in MB (sirtuin-1 (SIRT1), peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ), PPARγ coactivator-1α (PGC1α), nuclear respiratory factors 1 and 2 (NRF1, NRF2) and mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) and surrogates for mitochondrial function/structure/metabolism (porin, TOMM20, complex I and V, UCP1, UCP2, SIRT3, SOD2) by western blot...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
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