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P-M Martin, R E Stanley, A P Ross, A E Freitas, C E Moyer, A C Brumback, J Iafrati, K S Stapornwongkul, S Dominguez, S Kivimäe, K A Mulligan, M Pirooznia, W R McCombie, J B Potash, P P Zandi, S M Purcell, S J Sanders, Y Zuo, V S Sohal, B N R Cheyette
Mice lacking DIX domain containing-1 (DIXDC1), an intracellular Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway protein, have abnormal measures of anxiety, depression and social behavior. Pyramidal neurons in these animals' brains have reduced dendritic spines and glutamatergic synapses. Treatment with lithium or a glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibitor corrects behavioral and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in these animals. Analysis of DIXDC1 in over 9000 cases of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals higher rates of rare inherited sequence-disrupting single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in these individuals compared with psychiatrically unaffected controls...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Steven F Grieco, Dmitry Velmeshev, Marco Magistri, Hagit Eldar-Finkelman, Mohammad A Faghihi, Richard S Jope, Eleonore Beurel
OBJECTIVES: We examined mechanisms that contribute to the rapid antidepressant effect of ketamine in mice that is dependent on glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibition. METHODS: We measured serotonergic (5HT)-2C-receptor (5HTR2C) cluster microRNA (miRNA) levels in mouse hippocampus after administering an antidepressant dose of ketamine (10 mg/kg) in wild-type and GSK3 knockin mice, after GSK3 inhibition with L803-mts, and in learned helpless mice. RESULTS: Ketamine up-regulated cluster miRNAs 448-3p, 764-5p, 1264-3p, 1298-5p and 1912-3p (2- to 11-fold)...
October 10, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
June Baik, Alessandro Magli, Naoyuki Tahara, Scott A Swanson, Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Luciene Borges, Ron Stewart, Daniel J Garry, Yasuhiko Kawakami, James A Thomson, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Mechanisms of haematopoietic and cardiac patterning remain poorly understood. Here we show that the BMP and Wnt signalling pathways are integrated in an endoglin (Eng)-dependent manner in cardiac and haematopoietic lineage specification. Eng is expressed in early mesoderm and marks both haematopoietic and cardiac progenitors. In the absence of Eng, yolk sacs inappropriately express the cardiac marker, Nkx2.5. Conversely, high levels of Eng in vitro and in vivo increase haematopoiesis and inhibit cardiogenesis...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Q Schick Auh, Kyung Ran Park, Hyung Mun Yun, Hyun Chang Lim, Ga Hyun Kim, Dong Sung Lee, Youn Chul Kim, Hyuncheol Oh, Eun Cheol Kim
Although sulfuretin, the major flavonoid of Rhus verniciflua Stokes, has a variety of biological actions, its in vitro and in vivo effects on osteogenic potential remain poorly understood. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of sulfuretin on in vitro osteoblastic differentiation and the underlying signal pathway mechanisms in primary cultured osteoblasts and on in vivo bone formation using critical-sized calvarial defects in mice. Sulfuretin promoted osteogenic differentiation of primary osteoblasts, with increased ALP activity and mineralization, and upregulated differentiation markers, including ALP, osteocalcin, and osteopontin, in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Vincent Portegijs, Lars-Eric Fielmich, Matilde Galli, Ruben Schmidt, Javier Muñoz, Tim van Mourik, Anna Akhmanova, Albert J R Heck, Mike Boxem, Sander van den Heuvel
During cell division, the mitotic spindle segregates replicated chromosomes to opposite poles of the cell, while the position of the spindle determines the plane of cleavage. Spindle positioning and chromosome segregation depend on pulling forces on microtubules extending from the centrosomes to the cell cortex. Critical in pulling force generation is the cortical anchoring of cytoplasmic dynein by a conserved ternary complex of Gα, GPR-1/2, and LIN-5 proteins in C. elegans (Gα-LGN-NuMA in mammals). Previously, we showed that the polarity kinase PKC-3 phosphorylates LIN-5 to control spindle positioning in early C...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Boris Prinz, Katherine L Harvey, Louisa Wilcke, Ulrike Ruch, Klemens Engelberg, Laura Biller, Isabelle Lucet, Steffen Erkelenz, Dorothee Heincke, Tobias Spielmann, Christian Doerig, Conrad Kunick, Brendan S Crabb, Paul R Gilson, Tim W Gilberger
Central to the pathogenesis of malaria is the proliferation of Plasmodium falciparum parasites within human erythrocytes. Parasites invade erythrocytes via a coordinated sequence of receptor-ligand interactions between the parasite and host cell. One key ligand, Apical Membrane Antigen 1 (AMA1), is a leading blood-stage vaccine and previous work indicates that phosphorylation of its cytoplasmic domain (CPD) is important to its function during invasion. Here we investigate the significance of each of the six available phospho-sites in the CPD...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kamdeo K Pramanik, Abhay K Singh, Manzar Alam, Tanushree Kashyap, Prajna Mishra, Aditya K Panda, Ratan K Dey, Ajay Rana, Siddavaram Nagini, Rajakishore Mishra
The reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK) and glycogen synthase kinase (GSK3) are novel tumor suppressors, and emerging evidence has suggested their active role in oral cancer pathogenesis. In the present study, 112 human samples, including 55 fresh samples of 14 adjacent normal tissues, 25 noninvasive oral tumors, and 18 invasive tumors, were included. The messenger RNA (mRNA) expression, protein expression, and promoter methylation of the RECK gene, as well as the expression of GSK3β, phospho/total β-catenin, and c-myc, were measured by RT-PCR, bisulphate modification-PCR, immunohistochemistry, and Western blot analysis...
September 30, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Dhiana Efani Dahari, Raifana Mohamad Salleh, Fauze Mahmud, Lee Ping Chin, Noor Embi, Hasidah Mohd Sidek
Exploiting natural resources for bioactive compounds is an attractive drug discovery strategy in search for new anti-malarial drugs with novel modes of action. Initial screening efforts in our laboratory revealed two preparations of soil-derived actinomycetes (H11809 and FH025) with potent anti-malarial activities. Both crude extracts showed glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β)-inhibitory activities in a yeast-based kinase assay. We have previously shown that the GSK3 inhibitor, lithium chloride (LiCl), was able to suppress parasitaemia development in a rodent model of malarial infection...
August 2016: Tropical Life Sciences Research
Eléonore Beurel, Steven F Grieco, Celeste Amadei, Kimberlee Downey, Richard S Jope
OBJECTIVES: Sub-anesthetic doses of ketamine have been found to provide rapid antidepressant actions, indicating that the cellular signaling systems targeted by ketamine are potential sites for therapeutic intervention. Ketamine acts as an antagonist of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors, and animal studies indicate that subsequent augmentation of signaling by α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methylisoxazole-4-propionic acid (AMPA) receptors is critical for the antidepressant outcome. METHODS: In this study, we tested if the inhibitory effect of ketamine on glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) affected hippocampal cell-surface AMPA receptors using immunoblotting of membrane and synaptosomal extracts from wild-type and GSK3 knockin mice...
September 30, 2016: Bipolar Disorders
Man-Yu Liu, Wei-Zhang Wang, Fen-Fang Liao, Qing-Qing Wu, Xiang-Hua Lin, Yong-Hen Chen, Lin Chen, Xiao-Bao Jin, Jia-Yong Zhu
Imatinib mesylate (IM) and other BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have improved chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patient survival markedly but fail to eradicate quiescent CML leukemia stem cells (LSCs). Thus, strategies targeting LSCs are required to induce long-term remission and achieve cure. Here we investigated the ability of topoisomerase II (Top II) inhibitor etoposide (Eto) to target CML LSCs. Treatment with Eto combined with IM markedly induced apoptosis in primitive CML CD34(+) CD38(-) stem cells resistant to eradication by IM alone, but not in normal hematopoietic stem cells, CML and normal mature CD34(-) cells and other leukemia and lymphoma cell lines...
September 28, 2016: Cell Biology International
Gabriel Nasri Marzuca-Nassr, Kaio Fernando Vitzel, Luís Gustavo De Sousa, Gilson M Murata, Amanda Rabello Crisma, Carlos Flores Rodrigues Junior, Phablo Abreu, Rosângela Pavan Torres, Jorge Mancini-Filho, Sandro M Hirabara, Philip Newsholme, Rui Curi
The effects of either eicosapentaenoic (EPA)- or docosahexaenoic (DHA)-rich fish oils on hindlimb suspension (HS)-induced muscle disuse atrophy were compared. Daily oral supplementations (0.3 mL/100 g b.w.) with mineral oil (MO) or high EPA or high DHA fish oils were performed in adult rats. After 2 weeks, the animals were subjected to HS for further 2 weeks. The treatments were maintained alongside HS At the end of 4 weeks, we evaluated: body weight gain, muscle mass and fat depots, composition of fatty acids, cross-sectional areas (CSA) of the soleus muscle and soleus muscle fibers, activities of cathepsin L and 26S proteasome, and content of carbonylated proteins in the soleus muscle...
September 2016: Physiological Reports
Thiago Bruder-Nascimento, Glaucia Callera, Augusto Cesar Montezano, Tayze T Antunes, Ying He, Aurelie Nguyen Dinh Cat, Nathanne S Ferreira, Pedro A Barreto, Vânia C Olivon, Rita C Tostes, Rhian M Touyz
Potential benefits of statins in the treatment of chronic kidney disease beyond lipid-lowering effects have been described. However, molecular mechanisms involved in renoprotective actions of statins have not been fully elucidated. We questioned whether statins influence development of diabetic nephropathy through reactive oxygen species, RhoA and Akt/GSK3 pathway, known to be important in renal pathology. Diabetic mice (db/db) and their control counterparts (db/+) were treated with atorvastatin (10 mg/Kg/day, p...
2016: PloS One
Demirpolat Eren, Yerer Mukerrem Betul
BACKGROUND AND AIM: In our study, anticancer effects of 6-gingerol, 6-shogaol from ginger and curcumin from turmeric were investigated and the results were compared with each other. We aimed to reveal their effects on microsomal prostaglandine E2 synthase 1 (mPGES-1) which is related with cancer progression and inflammation as well as β-catenin and glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) that are the main components of Wnt/GSK3 pathway. As it is known activation of GSK-3β and high levels of mPGES-1 pathway leads to cell proliferation and aggravates cancer progression...
October 25, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Sayaka Higuchi, Sawako Yoshina, Shohei Mitani
Stem cells are regulated by their surrounding microenvironments, called niche, such as cell-cell interaction and extracellular matrix. Classically, feeder cells as a niche have been used in the culture of iPS cells from both the mouse and the human. However, the regulation mechanism of stem cells by feeder cells as a niche still have been partially unclear. In this study, we used three murine iPS cell lines, iPS-MEF-Ng-20D-17, iPS-MEF-Ng-178B-5 and iPS-MEF-Fb/Ng-440A-3, which were generated by different reprogramming methods...
September 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Antonina Luca, Carmela Calandra, Maria Luca
Objective. To discuss the link between glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) and the main biological alterations demonstrated in bipolar disorder (BD), with special attention to the redox status and the evidence supporting the efficacy of lithium (a GSK3 inhibitor) in the treatment of BD. Methods. A literature research on the discussed topics, using Pubmed and Google Scholar, has been conducted. Moreover, a manual selection of interesting references from the identified articles has been performed. Results. The main biological alterations of BD, pertaining to inflammation, oxidative stress, membrane ion channels, and circadian system, seem to be intertwined...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Aldwin Suryo Rahmanto, Vasil Savov, Andrä Brunner, Sara Bolin, Holger Weishaupt, Alena Malyukova, Gabriela Rosén, Matko Čančer, Sonja Hutter, Anders Sundström, Daisuke Kawauchi, David Tw Jones, Charles Spruck, Michael D Taylor, Yoon-Jae Cho, Stefan M Pfister, Marcel Kool, Andrey Korshunov, Fredrik J Swartling, Olle Sangfelt
SOX9 is a master transcription factor that regulates development and stem cell programs. However, its potential oncogenic activity and regulatory mechanisms that control SOX9 protein stability are poorly understood. Here, we show that SOX9 is a substrate of FBW7, a tumor suppressor, and a SCF (SKP1/CUL1/F-box)-type ubiquitin ligase. FBW7 recognizes a conserved degron surrounding threonine 236 (T236) in SOX9 that is phosphorylated by GSK3 kinase and consequently degraded by SCF(FBW) (7α) Failure to degrade SOX9 promotes migration, metastasis, and treatment resistance in medulloblastoma, one of the most common childhood brain tumors...
September 13, 2016: EMBO Journal
Takeshi Kaneko, Hironari Dehari, Takanori Sasaki, Tomohiro Igarashi, Kazuhiro Ogi, Jun-Ya Okamoto, Mayumi Kawata, Jun-Ichi Kobayashi, Akihiro Miyazaki, Kenji Nakamori, Hiroyoshi Hiratsuka
OBJECTIVE: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays an important role in cancer invasion and metastasis induced by hypoxia. Here, we examined whether phosphorylation of GSK3-β via phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3 K)/Akt signaling is involved in enhancing the hypoxia-induced EMT in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). STUDY DESIGN: Experiments were performed in OSCC cell lines (HSC-2, HSC-3, HSC-4, SAS, and HO-1-U-1) under normoxic or hypoxic conditions. The EMT was assessed by Matrigel invasion assays and wound healing assays...
June 22, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Katrin Blondrath, Jennifer H Steel, Loukia Katsouri, Miriam Ries, Malcolm G Parker, Mark Christian, Magdalena Sastre
The receptor interacting protein-140 (RIP140) is a cofactor for several nuclear receptors and has been involved in the regulation of metabolic and inflammatory genes. We hypothesize that RIP140 may also affect Aβ generation because it modulates the activity of transcription factors previously implicated in amyloid precursor protein (APP) processing, such as peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ). We found that the levels of RIP140 are reduced in Alzheimer's disease (AD) postmortem brains compared with healthy controls...
August 12, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Ksenia G Kolobynina, Valeria V Solovyova, Konstantin Levay, Albert A Rizvanov, Vladlen Z Slepak
Tescalcin (TESC, also known as calcineurin-homologous protein 3, CHP3) is a 24-kDa EF-hand Ca(2+)-binding protein that has recently emerged as a regulator of cell differentiation and growth. The TESC gene has also been linked to human brain abnormalities, and high expression of tescalcin has been found in several cancers. The expression level of tescalcin changes dramatically during development and upon signal-induced cell differentiation. Recent studies have shown that tescalcin is not only subjected to up- or down-regulation, but also has an active role in pathways that drive cell growth and differentiation programs...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Liyang Gao, Mingyan Zhao, Peng Li, Junchao Kong, Zhijun Liu, Yonghua Chen, Rui Huang, Jiaqi Chu, Juanhua Quan, Rong Zeng
The ability to generate neural progenitor cells from human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) has provided an option to treat neurodegenerative diseases. To establish a method for this purpose, we characterized the early neural markers of hUC-MSCs-derived cells under different conditions. We found that neither the elimination of signals for alternative fate nor N2 supplement was sufficient to differentiate hUC-MSCs into neural precursor cells, but the GSK3 inhibitor SB216763 could promote an efficient neural commitment of hUC-MSCs...
September 7, 2016: Human Cell
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