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  • Acheva, Anna; Kärki, Tytti; Schaible, Niccole; Krishnan, Ramaswamy; Tojkander, Sari (2021)
    In postmenopausal women, a major risk factor for the development of breast cancer is obesity. In particular, the adipose tissue-derived adipokine leptin has been strongly linked to tumor cell proliferation, migration, and metastasis, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that treatment of normal mammary epithelial cells with leptin induces EMT-like features characterized by higher cellular migration speeds, loss of structural ordering of 3D-mammo spheres, and enhancement of epithelial traction forces. Mechanistically, leptin triggers the phosphorylation of myosin light chain kinase-2 (MLC-2) through the interdependent activity of leptin receptor and Ca2+ channels. These data provide evidence that leptin-activated leptin receptors, in co-operation with mechanosensitive Ca2+ channels, play a role in the development of breast carcinomas through the regulation of actomyosin dynamics.
  • Graner, M.; Gustavsson, S.; Nyman, Kristofer; Siren, R.; Pentikainen, M. O.; Lundbom, J.; Hakkarainen, A.; Lauerma, K.; Lundbom, N.; Boren, J.; Nieminen, M. S.; Taskinen, M. -R. (2016)
    Background and aims: Lipid oversupply to cardiomyocytes or decreased utilization of lipids leads to cardiac steatosis. We aimed to examine the role of different circulating metabolic biomarkers as predictors of myocardial triglyceride (TG) content in non-diabetic men. Methods and results: Myocardial and hepatic TG contents were measured with 1.5 T magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy, and LV function, visceral adipose tissue (VAT), abdominal subcutaneous tissue (SAT), epicardial and pericardial fat by MR imaging in 76 non-diabetic men. Serum concentration of circulating metabolic biomarkers [adiponectin, leptin, adipocyte-fatty acid binding protein 4 (A-FABP 4), resistin, and lipocalin-2] including beta-hydroxybuturate (beta-OHB) were measured. Subjects were stratified by tertiles of myocardial TG into low, moderate, and high myocardial TG content groups. Concentrations of beta-OHB were lower (p = 0.003) and serum levels of A-FABP 4 were higher (p <0.001) in the group with high myocardial TG content compared with the group with low myocardial TG content. beta-OHB was negatively correlated with myocardial TG content (r = -0.316, p = 0.006), whereas A-FABP 4 was not correlated with myocardial TG content (r = 0.192, p = 0.103). In multivariable analyses beta-OHB and plasma glucose levels were the best predictors of myocardial TG content independently of VAT and hepatic TG content. The model explained 58.8% of the variance in myocardial TG content. Conclusion: Our data showed that beta-OHB and fasting glucose were the best predictors of myocardial TG content in non-diabetic men. These data suggest that hyperglycemia and alterations in lipid oxidation may be associated with cardiac steatosis in humans. (C) 2015 The Italian Society of Diabetology, the Italian Society for the Study of Atherosclerosis, the Italian Society of Human Nutrition, and the Department of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, Federico II University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
  • Galante, Laura; Pundir, Shikha; Lagström, Hanna; Rautava, Samuli; Reynolds, Clare Marie; Milan, Amber Marie; Cameron-Smith, David; Vickers, Mark Hedley (2020)
    Background:Human milk bioactives may play a role in infant health and development. Although the variability in their concentrations in milk is well-established, the impact of differential milk profiles on infant growth outcomes remains unclear. Thus, the aim of the present study was to investigate whether different concentrations of metabolic hormones are associated with different weight and BMI in infants beyond the first year of life. Methods:Milk samples at 2.6 (+/- 0.4) months after birth and anthropometric measures at 13 months, 2, 3, and 5 years were collected as part of the Finnish STEPS cohort study from 501 mothers and the respective 507 infants. Leptin, adiponectin, insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 and cyclic glycine-proline (cGP) in milk were analyzed. Multiple regression models and a repeated measures mixed model were used to examine associations between milk hormone concentrations and weight and BMI z-scores across time, at each time-point, and weight gain from birth to each follow-up visit. All models were corrected for birth weight, infant sex, duration of exclusive and total breastfeeding, time of introduction of solid foods and maternal pre-pregnancy BMI. Results:Higher milk IGF-1 was associated with higher weight at 13 months (p= 0.004) but lower weight at 3 (p= 0.011) and 5 years of age (p= 0.049). Higher cGP was associated with lower weight across the 5 years (p= 0.019) but with higher BMI at 5 years (p= 0.021). Leptin and adiponectin did not display associations with infant growth at this time. Sex interactions were also absent. Conclusions:Our results suggest that the interplay between human milk-borne IGF-1 and cGP is similar to that reported in other mammals and may have an important role in defining infant growth trajectories beyond the first year of life. Further research should explore the determinants and origins of these milk-borne compounds and evaluate their effect on infant growth and metabolism.
  • Hunjadi, Monika; Lamina, Claudia; Kahler, Patrick; Bernscherer, Tamara; Viikari, Jorma; Lehtimäki, Terho; Kähönen, Mika; Hurme, Mikko; Juonala, Markus; Taittonen, Leena; Laitinen, Tomi; Jokinen, Eero; Tossavainen, Päivi; Hutri-Kähönen, Nina; Raitakari, Olli; Ritsch, Andreas (2020)
    The atherogenic process begins already in childhood and progresses to symptomatic condition with age. We investigated the association of cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC) and vascular markers of subclinical atherosclerosis in healthy, young adults. CEC was determined in 2282 participants of the Young Finns study using cAMP treated H-3-cholesterol-labeled J774 cells. The CEC was correlated to baseline and 6-year follow-up data of cardiovascular risk factors and ultrasound measurements of arterial structure and function. CEC was higher in women, correlated with total cholesterol, HDL-C, and apolipoprotein A-I, but not with LDL-C or apolipoprotein B. Compared to the lowest CEC quartile, the highest CEC quartile was significantly associated with high CRP levels and inversely associated with adiponectin. At baseline, high CEC was associated with decreased flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and carotid artery distensibility, as well as an increased Young's modulus of elasticity, indicating adverse changes in arterial structure, and function. The association reversed with follow-up FMD data, indicating the interaction of preclinical parameters over time. A higher CEC was directly associated with a lower risk of subclinical atherosclerosis at follow-up. In young and healthy subjects, CEC was associated with important lipid risk parameters at baseline, as in older patients and CAD patients, but inversely with early risk markers for subclinical atherosclerosis.
  • Mantula, Paula S.; Outinen, Tuula K.; Jaatinen, Pia; Hämäläinen, Mari; Huhtala, Heini; Pörsti, Ilkka H.; Vaheri, Antti; Mustonen, Jukka T.; Mäkelä, Satu M. (2018)
    Background Puumala hantavirus (PUUV) infected patients typically suffer from acute kidney injury (AKI). Adipokines have inflammation modulating functions in acute diseases including AKI. We examined plasma levels of three adipokines (resistin, leptin, and adiponectin) in acute PUUV infection and their associations with disease severity. Methods This study included 79 patients hospitalized due to acute PUUV infection. Plasma resistin, leptin, adiponectin, as well as IL-6 and CRP, were measured at the acute phase, recovery phase and one year after hospitalization. Results Plasma resistin levels were significantly higher in the acute phase compared to the recovery phase and one year after (median resistin 28 pg/mL (11-107) vs. 17 pg/mL (7-36) vs. 14 pg/mL (7-31), p= 353.6 mu mol/L) (OR 1.08, 95% CI 1.02-1.14). Neither plasma leptin nor adiponectin level had any correlation with creatinine concentration or the amount of albuminuria. Conclusions Plasma resistin independently associates with the severity of AKI in acute PUUV infection. The association of resistin with the amount of albuminuria suggests that the level of plasma resistin is not only influenced by renal clearance but could have some role in the pathogenesis of AKI during PUUV infection.
  • Ahonen, Maria A.; Asghar, Muhammad Yasir; Parviainen, Suvi J.; Liebisch, Gerhard; Höring, Marcus; Leidenius, Marjut; Fischer-Posovszky, Pamela; Wabitsch, Martin; Mikkola, Tomi S.; Törnquist, Kid; Savolainen-Peltonen, Hanna; Haridas, P. A. Nidhina; Olkkonen, Vesa M. (2021)
    MicroRNA-221-3p (miR-221-3p) is associated with both metabolic diseases and cancers. However, its role in terminal adipocyte differentiation and lipid metabolism are uncharacterized. miR-221-3p or its inhibitor was transfected into differentiating or mature human adipocytes. Triglyceride (TG) content and adipogenic gene expression were monitored, global lipidome analysis was carried out, and mechanisms underlying the effects of miR-221-3p were investigated. Finally, cross-talk between miR-221-3p expressing adipocytes and MCF-7 breast carcinoma (BC) cells was studied, and miR-221-3p expression in tumor-proximal adipose biopsies from BC patients analyzed. miR-221-3p overexpression inhibited terminal differentiation of adipocytes, as judged from reduced TG storage and gene expression of the adipogenic markers SCDI , GLUT4, FAS, DGATI /2, AP2, ATGL and AdipoQ, whereas the miR-221-3p inhibitor increased TG storage. Knockdown of the predicted miR-221-3p target, 14-3-3 gamma, had similar antiadipogenic effects as miR-221-3p overexpression, indicating it as a potential mediator of mir-221-3p function. Importantly, miR-221-3p overexpression inhibited de novo lipogenesis but increased the concentrations of ceramides and sphingomyelins, while reducing diacylglycerols, concomitant with suppression of sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase, ATP citrate lyase, and acid ceramidase. miR-221-3p expression was elevated in tumor proximal adipose tissue from patients with invasive BC. Conditioned medium of miR-221-3p overexpressing adipocytes stimulated the invasion and proliferation of BC cells, while medium of the BC cells enhanced miR-221-3p expression in adipocytes. Elevated miR-221-3p impairs adipocyte lipid storage and differentiation, and modifies their ceramide, sphingomyelin, and diacylglycerol content. These alterations are relevant for metabolic diseases but may also affect cancer progression.
  • Galli, Emilia; Rossi, Jari; Neumann, Thomas; Andressoo, Jaan-Olle; Drinda, Stefan; Lindholm, Päivi (2019)
    Dietary restriction induces beneficial metabolic changes and prevents age-related deterioration. Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) shows protective effects on cells in various models of degenerative diseases. Here we studied whether circulating concentrations of MANF are associated with fasting-induced positive effects. We quantified the levels of circulating MANF from 40 human subjects before and after therapeutic fasting. As measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), the mean concentration of plasma MANF increased after an average fasting of 15 days. Plasma MANF levels correlated inversely with adiponectin, a hormone that regulates metabolism, thus suggesting that MANF levels are related to metabolic homeostasis. To study the effects of dietary intervention on MANF concentrations in mice, we developed an ELISA for mouse MANF and verified its specificity using MANF knock-out (KO) tissue. A switch from high-fat to normal diet increased MANF levels and downregulated the expression of unfolded protein response (UPR) genes in the liver, indicating decreased endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Liver MANF and serum adiponectin concentrations correlated inversely in mice. Our findings demonstrate that MANF expression and secretion increases with dietary intervention. The MANF correlation to adiponectin and its possible involvement in metabolic regulation and overall health warrants further studies.
  • Pirinen, Eija; Auranen, Mari; Khan, Nahid A.; Brilhante, Virginia; Urho, Niina; Pessia, Alberto; Hakkarainen, Antti; Kuula, Juho; Heinonen, Ulla; Schmidt, Mark S.; Haimilahti, Kimmo; Piirilä, Päivi; Lundbom, Nina; Taskinen, Marja-Riitta; Brenner, Charles; Velagapudi, Vidya; Pietiläinen, Kirsi H.; Suomalainen, Anu (2020)
    NAD(+) is a redox-active metabolite, the depletion of which has been proposed to promote aging and degenerative diseases in rodents. However, whether NAD(+) depletion occurs in patients with degenerative disorders and whether NAD(+) repletion improves their symptoms has remained open. Here, we report systemic NAD(+) deficiency in adult-onset mitochondrial myopathy patients. We administered an increasing dose of NAD(+) booster niacin, a vitamin B3 form (to 750-1,000 mg/day; NCT03973203) for patients and their matched controls for 10 or 4 months, respectively. Blood NAD(+) increased in all subjects, up to 8-fold, and muscle-NAD(+) of patients reached the level of their controls. Some patients showed anemia tendency, while muscle strength and mitochondrial biogenesis increased in all subjects. In patients, muscle metabolome shifted toward controls and liver fat decreased even 50%. Our evidence indicates that blood analysis is useful in identifying NAD(+) deficiency and points niacin to be an efficient NAD(+) booster for treating mitochondrial myopathy.