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  • Marini, Selena; Santangeli, Olena; Saarelainen, Pirjo; Middleton, Benita; Chowdhury, Namrata; Skene, Debra J.; Costa, Rodolfo; Porkka-Heiskanen, Tarja; Montagnese, Sara (2017)
    Patients with liver cirrhosis can develop hyperammonemia and hepatic encephalopathy (HE), accompanied by pronounced daytime sleepiness. Previous studies with healthy volunteers show that experimental increase in blood ammonium levels increases sleepiness and slows the waking electroencephalogram. As ammonium increases adenosine levels invitro, and adenosine is a known regulator of sleep/wake homeostasis, we hypothesized that the sleepiness-inducing effect of ammonium is mediated by adenosine. Eight adult male Wistar rats were fed with an ammonium-enriched diet for 4 weeks; eight rats on standard diet served as controls. Each animal was implanted with electroencephalography/electromyography (EEG/EMG) electrodes and a microdialysis probe. Sleep EEG recording and cerebral microdialysis were carried out at baseline and after 6 h of sleep deprivation. Adenosine and metabolite levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and targeted LC/MS metabolomics, respectively. Baseline adenosine and metabolite levels (12 of 16 amino acids, taurine, t4-hydroxy-proline, and acetylcarnitine) were lower in hyperammonemic animals, while putrescine was higher. After sleep deprivation, hyperammonemic animals exhibited a larger increase in adenosine levels, and a number of metabolites showed a different time-course in the two groups. In both groups the recovery period was characterized by a significant decrease in wakefulness/increase in NREM and REM sleep. However, while control animals exhibited a gradual compensatory effect, hyperammonemic animals showed a significantly shorter recovery phase. In conclusion, the adenosine/metabolite/EEG response to sleep deprivation was modulated by hyperammonemia, suggesting that ammonia affects homeostatic sleep regulation and its metabolic correlates.
  • El-Khoury, Riyad; Dufour, Eric; Rak, Malgorzata; Ramanantsoa, Nelina; Grandchamp, Nicolas; Csaba, Zsolt; Duvillie, Bertrand; Benit, Paule; Gallego, Jorge; Gressens, Pierre; Sarkis, Chamsy; Jacobs, Howard T.; Rustin, Pierre (2013)
  • Mäkitie, Riikka E.; Kämpe, Anders; Costantini, Alice; Alm, Jessica J.; Magnusson, Per; Mäkitie, Outi (2020)
    Recent advancements in genetic research have uncovered new forms of monogenic osteoporosis, expanding our understanding of the molecular pathways regulating bone health. Despite active research, knowledge on the pathomechanisms, disease-specific biomarkers, and optimal treatment in these disorders is still limited. Mutations in WNT1, encoding a WNT/beta-catenin pathway ligand WNT1, and PLS3, encoding X chromosomally inherited plastin 3 (PLS3), both result in early-onset osteoporosis with prevalent fractures and disrupted bone metabolism. However, despite marked skeletal pathology, conventional bone markers are usually normal in both diseases. Our study aimed to identify novel bone markers in PLS3 and WNT1 osteoporosis that could offer diagnostic potential and shed light on the mechanisms behind these skeletal pathologies. We measured several parameters of bone metabolism, including serum dickkopf-1 (DKK1), sclerostin, and intact and C-terminal fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) concentrations in 17 WNT1 and 14 PLS3 mutation-positive subjects. Findings were compared with 34 healthy mutation-negative subjects from the same families. Results confirmed normal concentrations of conventional metabolic bone markers in both groups. DKK1 concentrations were significantly elevated in PLS3 mutation-positive subjects compared with WNT1 mutation-positive subjects (p <.001) or the mutation-negative subjects (p = .002). Similar differences were not seen in WNT1 subjects. Sclerostin concentrations did not differ between any groups. Both intact and C-terminal FGF23 were significantly elevated in WNT1 mutation-positive subjects (p = .039 and p = .027, respectively) and normal in PLS3 subjects. Our results indicate a link between PLS3 and DKK1 and WNT1 and FGF23 in bone metabolism. The normal sclerostin and DKK1 levels in patients with impaired WNT signaling suggest another parallel regulatory mechanism. These findings provide novel information on the molecular networks in bone. Extended studies are needed to investigate whether these biomarkers offer diagnostic value or potential as treatment targets in osteoporosis. (c) 2020 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
  • Lengefeld, Jette; Cheng, Chia-Wei; Maretich, Pema; Blair, Marguerite; Hagen, Hannah; McReynolds, Melanie R.; Sullivan, Emily; Majors, Kyra; Roberts, Christina; Kang, Joon Ho; Steiner, Joachim D.; Miettinen, Teemu P.; Manalis, Scott R.; Antebi, Adam; Morrison, Sean J.; Lees, Jacqueline A.; Boyer, Laurie A.; Yilmaz, Ömer H.; Amon, Angelika (2021)
    Stem cells are remarkably small. Whether small size is important for stem cell function is unknown. We find that hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) enlarge under conditions known to decrease stem cell function. This decreased fitness of large HSCs is due to reduced proliferation and was accompanied by altered metabolism. Preventing HSC enlargement or reducing large HSCs in size averts the loss of stem cell potential under conditions causing stem cell exhaustion. Last, we show that murine and human HSCs enlarge during aging. Preventing this age-dependent enlargement improves HSC function. We conclude that small cell size is important for stem cell function in vivo and propose that stem cell enlargement contributes to their functional decline during aging.
  • Wang, Liang; Li, Menglu; Bu, Qian; Li, Hongchun; Xu, Wei; Liu, Chunqi; Gu, Hui; Zhang, Jiamei; Wan, Xuemei; Zhao, Yinglan; Cen, Xiaobo (2019)
    Much efforts have been tried to clarify the molecular mechanism of alcohol-induced brain damage from the perspective of genome and protein; however, the effect of chronic alcohol exposure on global lipid profiling of brain is unclear. In the present study, by using Q-TOF/MS-based lipidomics approach, we investigated the comprehensive lipidome profiling of brain from the rats orally administrated with alcohol daily, continuously for one year. Through systematically analysis of all lipids in prefrontal cortex (PFC) and striatum region, we found that long-term alcohol exposure profoundly modified brain lipidome profiling. Notably, three kinds of lipid classes, glycerophospholipid (GP), glycerolipid (GL) and fatty acyls (FA), were significantly increased in these two brain regions. Interestingly, most of the modified lipids were involved in synthetic pathways of endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which may result in ER stress-related metabolic disruption. Moreover, alcohol-modified lipid species displayed long length of carbon chain with high degree of unsaturation. Taken together, our results firstly present that chronic alcohol exposure markedly modifies brain lipidomic profiling, which may activate ER stress and eventually result in neurotoxicity. These findings provide a new insight into the mechanism of alcohol-related brain damage.
  • Reichhardt, Martin P.; Lundin, Karolina; Lokki, A. Inkeri; Recher, Gaëlle; Vuoristo, Sanna; Katayama, Shintaro; Tapanainen, Juha S.; Kere, Juha; Meri, Seppo; Tuuri, Timo (2019)
    It is essential for early human life that mucosal immunological responses to developing embryos are tightly regulated. An imbalance of the complement system is a common feature of pregnancy complications. We hereby present the first full analysis of the expression and deposition of complement molecules in human pre-implantation embryos. Thus, far, immunological imbalance has been considered in stages of pregnancy following implantation. We here show that complement activation against developing human embryos takes place already at the pre-implantation stage. Using confocal microscopy, we observed deposition of activation products on healthy developing embryos, which highlights the need for strict complement regulation. We show that embryos express complement membrane inhibitors and bind soluble regulators. These findings show that mucosal complement targets human embryos, and indicate potential adverse pregnancy outcomes, if regulation of activation fails. In addition, single-cell RNA sequencing revealed cellular expression of complement activators. This shows that the embryonic cells themselves have the capacity to express and activate C3 and C5. The specific local embryonic expression of complement components, regulators, and deposition of activation products on the surface of embryos suggests that complement has immunoregulatory functions and furthermore may impact cellular homeostasis and differentiation at the earliest stages of life.
  • Lagus, Heli; Klaas, Mariliis; Juteau, Susanna; Elomaa, Outi; Kere, Juha; Vuola, Jyrki; Jaks, Viljar; Kankuri, Esko (2019)
    Because molecular memories of past inflammatory events can persist in epidermal cells, we evaluated the long-term epidermal protein expression landscapes after dermal regeneration and in psoriatic inflammation. We first characterized the effects of two dermal regeneration strategies on transplants of indicator split-thickness skin grafts (STSGs) in ten adult patients with deep burns covering more than 20% of their body surface area. After fascial excision, three adjacent areas within the wound were randomized to receive a permanent dermal matrix, a temporary granulation-tissue-inducing dressing or no dermal component as control. Control areas were covered with STSG immediately, and treated areas after two-weeks of dermis formation. Epidermis-dermis-targeted proteomics of one-year-follow-up samples were performed for protein expression profiling. Epidermal expression of axonemal dynein heavy chain 10 (DNAH10) was increased 20-fold in samples having had regenerating dermis vs control. Given the dermal inflammatory component found in our dermal regeneration samples as well as in early psoriatic lesions, we hypothesized that DNAH10 protein expression also would be affected in psoriatic skin samples. We discovered increased DNAH10 expression in inflammatory lesions when compared to unaffected skin. Our results associate DNAH10 expression with cell proliferation and inflammation as well as with the epidermal memory resulting from the previous regenerative signals of dermis. This study (ISRCTN14499986) was funded by the Finnish Ministry of Defense and by government subsidies for medical research.
  • Bickert, Andreas; Ginkel, Christina; Kol, Matthijs; vom Dorp, Katharina; Jastrow, Holger; Degen, Joachim; Jacobs, Rene L.; Vance, Dennis E.; Winterhager, Elke; Jiang, Xian-Cheng; Doermann, Peter; Somerharju, Pentti; Holthuis, Joost C. M.; Willecke, Klaus (2015)
    Besides bulk amounts of SM, mammalian cells produce small quantities of the SM analog ceramide phosphoethanolamine (CPE). Little is known about the biological role of CPE or enzymes responsible for CPE production. Heterologous expression studies revealed that SM synthase (SMS) 2 is a bifunctional enzyme producing both SM and CPE, whereas SMS-related protein (SMSr) serves as monofunctional CPE synthase. Acute disruption of SMSr catalytic activity in cultured cells causes a rise in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) ceramides, fragmentation of ER exit sites, and induction of mitochondrial apoptosis. To address the relevance of CPE biosynthesis in vivo, we analyzed the tissue-specific distribution of CPE in mice and generated mouse lines lacking SMSr and SMS2 catalytic activity. We found that CPE levels were >300-fold lower than SM in all tissues examined. Unexpectedly, combined inactivation of SMSr and SMS2 significantly reduced, but did not eliminate, tissue-specific CPE pools and had no obvious impact on mouse development or fertility. While SMSr is widely expressed and serves as the principal CPE synthase in the brain, blocking its catalytic activity did not affect ceramide levels or secretory pathway integrity in the brain or any other tissue. Our data provide a first inventory of CPE species and CPE-biosynthetic enzymes in mammals.
  • Binder, Martin; Chmielarz, Piotr; Mckinnon, Peter J.; Biggs, Leah C.; Thesleff, Irma; Balic, Anamaria (2019)
    Continuous growth of the mouse incisor teeth is due to the life-long maintenance of epithelial stem cells (SCs) in their niche called cervical loop (CL). Several signaling factors regulate SC maintenance and/or their differentiation to achieve organ homeostasis. Previous studies indicated that Hedgehog signaling is crucial for both the maintenance of the SCs in the niche, as well as for their differentiation. How Hedgehog signaling regulates these two opposing cellular behaviors within the confinement of the CL remains elusive. In this study, we used in vitro organ and cell cultures to pharmacologically attenuate Hedgehog signaling. We analyzed expression of various genes expressed in the SC niche to determine the effect of altered Hedgehog signaling on the cellular hierarchy within the niche. These genes include markers of SCs (Sox2 and Lgr5) and transit-amplifying cells (P-cadherin, Sonic Hedgehog, and Yap). Our results show that Hedgehog signaling is a critical survival factor for SCs in the niche, and that the architecture and the diversity of the SC niche are regulated by multiple Hedgehog ligands. We demonstrated the presence of an additional Hedgehog ligand, nerve-derived Desert Hedgehog, secreted in the proximity of the CL. In addition, we provide evidence that Hedgehog receptors Ptch1 and Ptch2 elicit independent responses, which enable multimodal Hedgehog signaling to simultaneously regulate SC maintenance and differentiation. Our study indicates that the cellular hierarchy in the continuously growing incisor is a result of complex interplay of two Hedgehog ligands with functionally distinct Ptch receptors. Stem Cells 2019;37:1238-1248
  • Pervjakova, N.; Kukushkina, V.; Haller, T.; Kasela, S.; Joensuu, A.; Kristiansson, K.; Annilo, T.; Perola, M.; Salomaa, V.; Jousilahti, P.; Metspalu, A.; Magi, R. (2018)
    The aim of the study was to explore the parent-of-origin effects (POEs) on a range of human nuclear magnetic resonance metabolites. Materials & methods: We search for POEs in 14,815 unrelated individuals from Estonian and Finnish cohorts using POE method for the genotype data imputed with 1000 G reference panel and 82 nuclear magnetic resonance metabolites. Results: Meta-analysis revealed the evidence of POE for the variant rs1412727 in PTPRD gene for the metabolite: triglycerides in medium very low-density lipoprotein. No POEs were detected for genetic variants that were previously known to have main effect on circulating metabolites. Conclusion: We demonstrated possibility to detect POEs for human metabolites, but the POEs are weak, and therefore it is hard to detect those using currently available sample sizes.
  • Hebbar, Prashantha; Abu-Farha, Mohamed; Alkayal, Fadi; Nizam, Rasheeba; Elkum, Naser; Melhem, Motasem; John, Sumi Elsa; Channanath, Arshad; Abubaker, Jehad; Bennakhi, Abdullah; Al-Ozairi, Ebaa; Tuomilehto, Jaakko; Pitkäniemi, Janne; Alsmadi, Osama; Al-Mulla, Fahd; Thanaraj, Thangavel Alphonse (2020)
    Consanguineous populations of the Arabian Peninsula, which has seen an uncontrolled rise in type 2 diabetes incidence, are underrepresented in global studies on diabetes genetics. We performed a genome-wide association study on the quantitative trait of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) in unrelated Arab individuals from Kuwait (discovery-cohort:n = 1,353; replication-cohort:n = 1,196). Genome-wide genotyping in discovery phase was performed for 632,375 markers from Illumina HumanOmniExpress Beadchip; and top-associating markers were replicated using candidate genotyping. Genetic models based on additive and recessive transmission modes were used in statistical tests for associations in discovery phase, replication phase, and meta-analysis that combines data from both the phases. A genome-wide significant association with high FPG was found at rs1002487 (RPS6KA1) (p-discovery = 1.64E-08, p-replication = 3.71E-04, p-combined = 5.72E-11; beta-discovery = 8.315; beta-replication = 3.442; beta-combined = 6.551). Further, three suggestive associations (p-values <8.2E-06) with high FPG were observed at rs487321 (CADPS), rs707927 (VARS and 2Kb upstream of VWA7), and rs12600570 (DHX58); the first two markers reached genome-wide significance in the combined analysis (p-combined = 1.83E-12 and 3.07E-09, respectively). Significant interactions of diabetes traits (serum triglycerides, FPG, and glycated hemoglobin) with homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance were identified for genotypes heterozygous or homozygous for the risk allele. Literature reports support the involvement of these gene loci in type 2 diabetes etiology.
  • Luukkonen, Panu K.; Tukiainen, Taru; Juuti, Anne; Sammalkorpi, Henna; Haridas, P. A. Nidhina; Niemelä, Onni; Arola, Johanna; Orho-Melander, Marju; Hakkarainen, Antti; Kovanen, Petri T.; Dwivedi, Om; Groop, Leif; Hodson, Leanne; Gastaldelli, Amalia; Hyötyläinen, Tuulia; Oresic, Matej; Yki-Järvinen, Hannele (2020)
    Carriers of the hydroxysteroid 17-beta dehydrogenase 13 (HSD17B13) gene variant (rs72613567:TA) have a reduced risk of NASH and cirrhosis but not steatosis. We determined its effect on liver histology, lipidome, and transcriptome using ultra performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and RNA-seq. In carriers and noncarriers of the gene variant, we also measured pathways of hepatic fatty acids (de novo lipogenesis [ONLI and adipose tissue lipolysis [ATL] using (H2O)-H-2 and H-2-glycerol) and insulin sensitivity using H-3-glucose and euglycemic-hyperinsulinemic clamp) and plasma cytokines. Carriers and noncarriers had similar age, sex and BMI. Fibrosis was significantly less frequent while phospholipids, but not other lipids, were enriched in the liver in carriers compared with noncarriers. Expression of 274 genes was altered in carriers compared with noncarriers, consisting predominantly of downregulated inflammation-related gene sets. Plasma IL-6 concentrations were lower, but DNL, ATL and hepatic insulin sensitivity were similar between the groups. In conclusion, carriers of the HSD17B13 variant have decreased fibrosis and expression of inflammation-related genes but increased phospholipids in the liver. These changes are not secondary to steatosis, ONL, ATL, or hepatic insulin sensitivity. The increase in phospholipids and decrease in fibrosis are opposite to features of choline-deficient models of liver disease and suggest HSD17B13 as an attractive therapeutic target.
  • Martinez-Sanchez, Noelia; Seoane-Collazo, Patricia; Contreras, Cristina; Varela, Luis; Villarroya, Joan; Rial-Pensado, Eva; Buque, Xabier; Aurrekoetxea, Igor; Delgado, Teresa C.; Vazquez-Martinez, Rafael; Gonzalez-Garcia, Ismael; Roa, Juan; Whittle, Andrew J.; Gomez-Santos, Beatriz; Velagapudi, Vidya; Loraine Tung, Y. C.; Morgan, Donald A.; Voshol, Peter J.; Martinez de Morentin, Pablo B.; Lopez-Gonzalez, Tania; Linares-Pose, Laura; Gonzalez, Francisco; Chatterjee, Krishna; Sobrino, Tomas; Medina-Gomez, Gema; Davis, Roger J.; Casals, Nuria; Oresic, Matej; Coll, Anthony P.; Vidal-Puig, Antonio; Mittag, Jens; Tena-Sempere, Manuel; Malagon, Maria M.; Dieguez, Carlos; Martinez-Chantar, Maria Luz; Aspichueta, Patricia; Rahmouni, Kamal; Nogueiras, Ruben; Sabio, Guadalupe; Villarroya, Francesc; Lopez, Miguel (2017)
    Thyroid hormones (THs) act in the brain to modulate energy balance. We show that central triiodothyronine (T3) regulates de novo lipogenesis in liver and lipid oxidation in brown adipose tissue (BAT) through the parasympathetic (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS), respectively. Central T3 promotes hepatic lipogenesis with parallel stimulation of the thermogenic program in BAT. The action of T3 depends on AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-induced regulation of two signaling pathways in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH): decreased ceramide-induced endoplasmic reticulum(ER) stress, which promotes BAT thermogenesis, and increased c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation, which controls hepatic lipid metabolism. Of note, ablation of AMPK alpha 1 in steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1) neurons of the VMH fully recapitulated the effect of central T3, pointing to this population in mediating the effect of central THs on metabolism. Overall, these findings uncover the underlying pathways through which central T3 modulates peripheral metabolism.
  • Gao, Yaijing; Yan, Yan; Tripathi, Sushil; Pentinmikko, Nalle; Amaral, Ana; Päivinen, Pekka; Domenech-Moreno, Eva; Andersson, Simon; Wong, Iris P. L.; Clevers, Hans; Katajisto, Pekka; Mäkelä, Tomi P. (2020)
    BACKGROUND & AIMS: In addition to the Notch and Wnt signaling pathways, energy metabolism also regulates intestinal stem cell (ISC) function. Tumor suppressor and kinase STK11 (also called LKB1) regulates stem cells and cell metabolism. We investigated whether loss of LKB1 alters ISC homeostasis in mice. METHODS: We deleted LKB1 from ISCs in mice using Lgr5-regulated CRE-ERT2 (Lkb1(Lgr5-KO) mice) and the traced lineages by using a CRE-dependent TdTomato reporter. Intestinal tissues were collected and analyzed by immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence analyses. We purified ISCs and intestinal progenitors using flow cytometry and performed RNA-sequencing analysis. We measured organoid-forming capacity and ISC percentages using intestinal tissues from Lkb1(Lgr5-KO) mice. We analyzed human Ls174t cells with knockdown of LKB1 or other proteins by immunoblotting, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and the Seahorse live-cell metabolic assay. RESULTS: Some intestinal crypts from Lkb1(Lgr5-KO) mice lost ISCs compared with crypts from control mice. However, most crypts from Lkb1(Lgr5-KO) mice contained functional ISCs that expressed increased levels of Atoh1 messenger RNA (mRNA), acquired a gene expression signature associated with secretory cells, and generated more cells in the secretory lineage compared with control mice. Knockdown of LKB1 in Ls174t cells induced expression of Atoh1 mRNA and a phenotype of increased mucin production; knockdown of ATOH1 prevented induction of this phenotype. The increased expression of Atoh1 mRNA after LKB1 loss from ISCs or Ls174t cells did not involve Notch or Wnt signaling. Knockdown of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 (PDK4) or inhibition with dichloroacetate reduced the up-regulation of Atoh1 mRNA after LKB1 knockdown in Ls174t cells. Cells with LKB1 knockdown had a reduced rate of oxygen consumption, which was partially restored by PDK4 inhibition with dichloroacetate. ISCs with knockout of LKB1 increased the expression of PDK4 and had an altered metabolic profile. CONCLUSIONS: LKB1 represses transcription of ATOH1, via PDK4, in ISCs, restricting their differentiation into secretory lineages. These findings provide a connection between metabolism and the fate determination of ISCs.
  • 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.
  • Sonninen, Tuuli-Maria; Hämäläinen, Riikka H.; Koskuvi, Marja; Oksanen, Minna; Shakirzyanova, Anastasia; Wojciechowski, Sara; Puttonen, Katja; Naumenko, Nikolay; Goldsteins, Gundars; Laham-Karam, Nihay; Lehtonen, Marko; Tavi, Pasi; Koistinaho, Jari; Lehtonen, Sarka (2020)
    In Parkinson's disease (PD), the loss of dopaminergic (DA) neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta is associated with Lewy bodies arising from the accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein which leads ultimately to movement impairment. While PD has been considered a disease of the DA neurons, a glial contribution, in particular that of astrocytes, in PD pathogenesis is starting to be uncovered. Here, we report findings from astrocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells of LRRK2 G2019S mutant patients, with one patient also carrying a GBA N370S mutation, as well as healthy individuals. The PD patient astrocytes manifest the hallmarks of the disease pathology including increased expression of alpha-synuclein. This has detrimental consequences, resulting in altered metabolism, disturbed Ca2+ homeostasis and increased release of cytokines upon inflammatory stimulation. Furthermore, PD astroglial cells manifest increased levels of polyamines and polyamine precursors while lysophosphatidylethanolamine levels are decreased, both of these changes have been reported also in PD brain. Collectively, these data reveal an important role for astrocytes in PD pathology and highlight the potential of iPSC-derived cells in disease modeling and drug discovery.
  • Oh, Sehyun; Cho, Youngup; Chang, Minsun; Park, Sunghyouk; Kwon, Hyuk Nam (2021)
    The biguanide drug metformin has been widely used for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, and there is evidence supporting the anticancer effect of metformin despite some controversy. Here, we report the growth inhibitory activity of metformin in the breast cancer (MCF-7) cells, both in vitro and in vivo, and the associated metabolic changes. In particular, a decrease in a well-known oncometabolite 2-hydroxyglutarate (2-HG) was discovered by a metabolomics approach. The decrease in 2-HG by metformin was accompanied by the reduction in histone methylation, consistent with the known tumorigenic mechanism of 2-HG. The relevance of 2-HG inhibition in breast cancer was also supported by a higher level of 2-HG in human breast cancer tissues. Genetic knockdown of PHGDH identified the PHGDH pathway as the producer of 2-HG in the MCF-7 cells that do not carry isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 (IDH1/IDH2) mutations, the conventional producer of 2-HG. We also showed that metformin's inhibitory effect on the PHGDH-2HG axis may occur through the regulation of the AMPK-MYC pathway. Overall, our results provide an explanation for the coherent pathway from complex I inhibition to epigenetic changes for metformin's anticancer effect.
  • Porkka-Heiskanen, Tarja; Wigren, Henna-Kaisa (2020)
    One of the key features of sleep is that if the duration of a waking period is prolonged, the following sleep period will be longer, including more slow-wave activity. This homeostasis is explained by production of sleep pressure that accumulates during the waking period. It is generally accepted that neuronal activity, in one way or other, is the driving force for accumulation of sleep pressure, both during spontaneous sleep-wake cycle and during prolonged wakefulness. Prolonged wakefulness is associated with increased energy consumption, production of danger signals and modulations in neural plasticity. Data derived from experiments with Drosophila melanogaster introduces a fascinating window to the basic mechanisms of sleep and sleep homeostasis, and undoubtedly sheds light to the mechanisms of sleep regulation also in humans. However, the existence of substantial cortex, which is regarded as a key actor in mammalian NREM sleep regulation, will add to the complexity of the regulatory circuits.
  • Poon, Wing-Lam; Lee, Jetty Chung-Yung; Leung, Kin Sum; Alenius, Harri; El-Nezami, Hani; Karisola, Piia (2020)
    Bioactive, oxygenated metabolites of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are important indicators of inflammation and oxidative stress but almost nothing is known about their interactions with nanomaterials (NMs). To investigate the effects of nano-sized materials (n-TiO2, n-ZnO, n-Ag) and their bulk-sized or ionic (b-TiO2, b-ZnO, i-Ag) counterpart, we studied the status of oxidative stress and PUFA metabolism in THP-1 cells at low-toxic concentrations (
  • Flanagan, Dustin J.; Pentinmikko, Nalle; Luopajärvi, Kalle; Willis, Nicky J.; Gilroy, Kathryn; Raven, Alexander P.; Mcgarry, Lynn; Englund, Johanna I.; Webb, Anna T.; Scharaw, Sandra; Nasreddin, Nadia; Hodder, Michael C.; Ridgway, Rachel A.; Minnee, Emma; Sphyris, Nathalie; Gilchrist, Ella; Najumudeen, Arafath K.; Romagnolo, Beatrice; Perret, Christine; Williams, Ann C.; Clevers, Hans; Nummela, Pirjo; Lähde, Marianne; Alitalo, Kari; Hietakangas, Ville; Hedley, Ann; Clark, William; Nixon, Colin; Kirschner, Kristina; Jones, E. Yvonne; Ristimäki, Ari; Leedham, Simon J.; Fish, Paul; Vincent, Jean-Paul; Katajisto, Pekka; Sansom, Owen J. (2021)
    The tumour suppressor APC is the most commonly mutated gene in colorectal cancer. Loss of Apc in intestinal stem cells drives the formation of adenomas in mice via increased WNT signalling(1), but reduced secretion of WNT ligands increases the ability of Apc-mutant intestinal stem cells to colonize a crypt (known as fixation)(2). Here we investigated how Apc-mutant cells gain a clonal advantage over wild-type counterparts to achieve fixation. We found that Apc-mutant cells are enriched for transcripts that encode several secreted WNT antagonists, with Notum being the most highly expressed. Conditioned medium from Apc-mutant cells suppressed the growth of wild-type organoids in a NOTUM-dependent manner. Furthermore, NOTUM-secreting Apc-mutant clones actively inhibited the proliferation of surrounding wild-type crypt cells and drove their differentiation, thereby outcompeting crypt cells from the niche. Genetic or pharmacological inhibition of NOTUM abrogated the ability of Apc-mutant cells to expand and form intestinal adenomas. We identify NOTUM as a key mediator during the early stages of mutation fixation that can be targeted to restore wild-type cell competitiveness and provide preventative strategies for people at a high risk of developing colorectal cancer.