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Exercise Rescues Gene Pathways Involved In Vascular Expansion And Promotes Functional Angiogenesis In Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue, So Yun Min, Heather Learnard, Shashi Kant, Olga Gaelikman, Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez, Tiffany Desouza, Anand Desai, John F. Keaney Jr., Silvia Corvera, Siobhan M. Craige Apr 2019

Exercise Rescues Gene Pathways Involved In Vascular Expansion And Promotes Functional Angiogenesis In Subcutaneous White Adipose Tissue, So Yun Min, Heather Learnard, Shashi Kant, Olga Gaelikman, Raziel Rojas-Rodriguez, Tiffany Desouza, Anand Desai, John F. Keaney Jr., Silvia Corvera, Siobhan M. Craige

Open Access Articles

Exercise mitigates chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and obesity; however, the molecular mechanisms governing protection from these diseases are not completely understood. Here we demonstrate that exercise rescues metabolically compromised high fat diet (HFD) fed mice, and reprograms subcutaneous white adipose tissue (scWAT). Using transcriptomic profiling, scWAT was analyzed for HFD gene expression changes that were rescued by exercise. Gene networks involved in vascularization were identified as prominent targets of exercise, which led us to investigate the vasculature architecture and endothelial phenotype. Vascular density in scWAT was found to be compromised in HFD, and exercise rescued this defect ...


A Persistence Detector For Metabolic Network Rewiring In An Animal, Jote T. Bulcha, Gabrielle E. Giese, Zulfikar Ali, Yong-Uk Lee, Melissa D. Walker, Amy D. Holdorf, L. Safak Yilmaz, Robert C. Brewster, Albertha J. M. Walhout Jan 2019

A Persistence Detector For Metabolic Network Rewiring In An Animal, Jote T. Bulcha, Gabrielle E. Giese, Zulfikar Ali, Yong-Uk Lee, Melissa D. Walker, Amy D. Holdorf, L. Safak Yilmaz, Robert C. Brewster, Albertha J. M. Walhout

Open Access Articles

Biological systems must possess mechanisms that prevent inappropriate responses to spurious environmental inputs. Caenorhabditis elegans has two breakdown pathways for the short-chain fatty acid propionate: a canonical, vitamin B12-dependent pathway and a propionate shunt that is used when vitamin B12 levels are low. The shunt pathway is kept off when there is sufficient flux through the canonical pathway, likely to avoid generating shunt-specific toxic intermediates. Here, we discovered a transcriptional regulatory circuit that activates shunt gene expression upon propionate buildup. Nuclear hormone receptor 10 (NHR-10) and NHR-68 function together as a "persistence detector" in a type 1, coherent feed-forward loop ...


The Effects Of Inulin And Galactooligosaccharides On The Production Of Reuterin By Lactobacillus Reuteri, Micah Dwight Forshee Dec 2018

The Effects Of Inulin And Galactooligosaccharides On The Production Of Reuterin By Lactobacillus Reuteri, Micah Dwight Forshee

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The microbiome is a dynamic community that can positively and negatively influence host health. Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic that has received much attention for its ability to inhibit pathogens such as Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, and Clostridium difficile. It does so by its unique ability to metabolize glycerol into the antimicrobial compound 3-HPA, which is commonly referred to as reuterin. The ability to secrete reuterin is dependent not only on glycerol availability but also the concentration of glucose. In fact, there appears to be a “goldilocks” ratio between glucose and glycerol as either too much or too little glucose ...


The Effects Of Inulin And Galactooligosaccharides On The Production Of Reuterin By Lactobacillus Reuteri, Micah Forshee Apr 2018

The Effects Of Inulin And Galactooligosaccharides On The Production Of Reuterin By Lactobacillus Reuteri, Micah Forshee

Scholar Week 2016 - present

The microbiome is a dynamic community that can positively and negatively influence host health. Lactobacillus reuteri is a probiotic that has received much attention for its ability to inhibit pathogens such as Salmonella Typhimurium, Escherichia coli, and Clostridium difficile. It does so by its unique ability to metabolize glycerol into the antimicrobial compound 3-HPA, which is commonly referred to as reuterin. The ability to secrete reuterin is dependent not only on glycerol availability but also the concentration of glucose. In fact, there appears to be a “goldilocks” ratio between glucose and glycerol as either too much or too little glucose ...


Identification And Characterization Of Regulators Of Glut4 Trafficking, Daniel Richard Gulbranson Feb 2018

Identification And Characterization Of Regulators Of Glut4 Trafficking, Daniel Richard Gulbranson

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Cargo proteins moving between organelles are transported by membrane-enclosed vesicles. Identifying the factors regulating vesicle-mediated transport remains a major challenge in mammalian cells. Here, we performed unbiased genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 genetic screens to systematically dissect insulin-dependent translocation of glucose transporters (GLUTs), a classic vesicle transport pathway crucial to mammalian physiology. These screens identified known regulators of the pathway as well as a large number of unknown regulatory factors that we validated in secondary screens. The identified genes encode established or predicted factors involved in vesicle budding or fusion, cargo sorting, signal transduction, cell motility, and cellular metabolism, as well as proteins ...


Functions Of Maize Genes Encoding Pyruvate Phosphate Dikinase In Developing Endosperm, Ryan R. Lappe, John W. Baier, Susan K. Boehlein, Ryan Huffman, Qiaohui Lin, Fabrice Wattebled, A. Mark Settles, L. Curtis Hannah, Ljudmilla Borisjuk, Hardy Rolletschek, Jon D. Stewart, M. Paul Scott, Tracie A. Hennen-Bierwagen, Alan M. Myers Jan 2018

Functions Of Maize Genes Encoding Pyruvate Phosphate Dikinase In Developing Endosperm, Ryan R. Lappe, John W. Baier, Susan K. Boehlein, Ryan Huffman, Qiaohui Lin, Fabrice Wattebled, A. Mark Settles, L. Curtis Hannah, Ljudmilla Borisjuk, Hardy Rolletschek, Jon D. Stewart, M. Paul Scott, Tracie A. Hennen-Bierwagen, Alan M. Myers

Agronomy Publications

Maize opaque2 (o2) mutations are beneficial for endosperm nutritional quality but cause negative pleiotropic effects for reasons that are not fully understood. Direct targets of the bZIP transcriptional regulator encoded by o2 include pdk1 and pdk2 that specify pyruvate phosphate dikinase (PPDK). This enzyme reversibly converts AMP, pyrophosphate, and phosphoenolpyruvate to ATP, orthophosphate, and pyruvate and provides diverse functions in plants. This study addressed PPDK function in maize starchy endosperm where it is highly abundant during grain fill. pdk1 and pdk2 were inactivated individually by transposon insertions, and both genes were simultaneously targeted by endosperm-specific RNAi. pdk2 accounts for the ...


Skeletal Muscle Metabolism: From Tissue To Stem Cell, Katherine Elise Gadek Jan 2018

Skeletal Muscle Metabolism: From Tissue To Stem Cell, Katherine Elise Gadek

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Excessive circulating triglycerides due to reduction or loss of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity contribute to hypertriglyceridemia and increased risk for pancreatitis. The only gene therapy treatment for LPL deficiency decreases pancreatitis but minimally reduces hypertriglyceridemia. Synthesized in striated muscle and adipose tissue, LPL is then trafficked to blood vessel endothelial cells where it hydrolyzes triglycerides into free fatty acids. We conditionally knocked out LPL in differentiated striated muscle tissue lowering striated muscle LPL activity and causing hypertriglyceridemia. We crossed these LPL knockout mice with mice possessing a conditional avian retroviral receptor gene and infected mice with human LPL or mCherry ...


Investigating The Molecular Mechanism Of Glut4 Trafficking, Jessica Miller Jan 2018

Investigating The Molecular Mechanism Of Glut4 Trafficking, Jessica Miller

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The insulin-stimulated glucose transporter GLUT4 is essential to maintaining metabolic homeostasis in mammalian cells. Regulated trafficking of GLUT4 to and from the plasma membrane relies on a complex molecular mechanism integrating insulin signaling and vesicle transport. Understanding this pathway becomes increasingly crucial as Type II Diabetes, a disease characterized by insulin resistance, becomes more prevalent in the population. Despite decades of research, the molecular mechanism of GLUT4 trafficking is not yet fully understood. CRISPR-Cas9 allows for the ablation of individual genes so their role in GLUT4 trafficking can be investigated. A flow cytometry-based assay is used in this study to ...


Emergence Of New Metabolic Pathways In Escherichia Coli, Michael Kristofich Jan 2018

Emergence Of New Metabolic Pathways In Escherichia Coli, Michael Kristofich

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Catalytic promiscuity provides a starting point for the evolution of new enzymes. Taking this concept further, a series of promiscuous enzymes may assemble to form the basis of a new metabolic pathway (termed “serendipitous pathway”) that may emerge and become more efficient in adapting bacterial cells that require it to grow. The Copley lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder has been observing genetic changes that improve growth of Escherichia coli cells that lack the essential gene pdxB. These genetic changes are believed to improve the flux of metabolites through one or more serendipitous pathways that make up for ...


Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres Dec 2017

Serine-Dependent Sphingolipid Synthesis Is A Metabolic Liability Of Aneuploid Cells, Sunyoung Hwang, H. Tobias Gustafsson, Ciara O'Sullivan, Gianna Bisceglia, Xinhe Huang, Christian Klose, Andrej Schevchenko, Robert C. Dickson, Paola Cavaliere, Noah Dephoure, Eduardo M. Torres

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Aneuploidy disrupts cellular homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the physiological responses and adaptation to aneuploidy are not well understood. Deciphering these mechanisms is important because aneuploidy is associated with diseases, including intellectual disability and cancer. Although tumors and mammalian aneuploid cells, including several cancer cell lines, show altered levels of sphingolipids, the role of sphingolipids in aneuploidy remains unknown. Here, we show that ceramides and long-chain bases, sphingolipid molecules that slow proliferation and promote survival, are increased by aneuploidy. Sphingolipid levels are tightly linked to serine synthesis, and inhibiting either serine or sphingolipid synthesis can specifically impair the fitness ...


Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany Aug 2017

Critical Role For Arginase 2 In Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Cancer, Tamara Zaytouni, Pei-Yun Tsai, Daniel S. Hitchcock, Cory D. Dubois, Elizaveta Freinkman, Lin Lin, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Patrick J. Lenehan, Brian M. Wolpin, Mari Mino-Kenudson, Eduardo M. Torres, Nicholas Stylopoulos, Clary B. Clish, Nada Y. Kalaany

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Obesity is an established risk factor for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). Despite recent identification of metabolic alterations in this lethal malignancy, the metabolic dependencies of obesity-associated PDA remain unknown. Here we show that obesity-driven PDA exhibits accelerated growth and a striking transcriptional enrichment for pathways regulating nitrogen metabolism. We find that the mitochondrial form of arginase (ARG2), which hydrolyzes arginine into ornithine and urea, is induced upon obesity, and silencing or loss of ARG2 markedly suppresses PDA. In vivo infusion of (15)N-glutamine in obese mouse models of PDA demonstrates enhanced nitrogen flux into the urea cycle and infusion of ...


A Genetic Analysis Of Nuclear Functions Of The Lipin Protein In Drosophila Melanogaster, Xeniya Rudolf May 2017

A Genetic Analysis Of Nuclear Functions Of The Lipin Protein In Drosophila Melanogaster, Xeniya Rudolf

Theses and Dissertations

Lipins are a family of proteins that have critical functions in the control of fat storage and energy homeostasis. Biochemically, lipins have two functions. They provide an enzymatic activity (phosphatidate phosphatase or PAP activity) in the glycerol-3 phosphate pathway that leads to the production of storage fats (triacylglycerols). In addition, they play a role in the regulation of genes in the cell nucleus as transcriptional co-regulators. The PAP activity of lipins has been widely studied in a number of organisms. However, the transcriptional co-regulator function is not as well described in the literature. The transcriptional function of lipins depends on ...


Cytosolic Acetyl-Coa Promotes Histone H3 Lysine 27 Acetylation In Arabidopsis, Chen Chen Feb 2017

Cytosolic Acetyl-Coa Promotes Histone H3 Lysine 27 Acetylation In Arabidopsis, Chen Chen

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Acetyl-coenzyme A (acetyl-CoA) serves as a central metabolite in energy metabolism and biosynthesis. High level of acetyl-CoA can fuel the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle to generate energy and store excess energy in fatty acids. Meanwhile, it also provides acetyl groups for protein acetylation, which normally occurs at the lysine or arginine residues. Acetylation regulates protein functions largely due to the change of total charges. Acetylation of histones, for example, can lead to loss of the interaction between histone and DNA, thus relaxing chromatin structure and potentially promoting gene expression. However, whether and how acetyl-CoA regulates plant chromatin remains unexplored. Here ...


Histone Deacetylase 3 And The Epigenomic Regulation Of Brown Adipose Physiology, Matthew Joseph Emmett Jan 2017

Histone Deacetylase 3 And The Epigenomic Regulation Of Brown Adipose Physiology, Matthew Joseph Emmett

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a thermogenic organ, which helps to protect body temperature against cold and can counteract metabolic disease. Numerous pathways modulate the activity of BAT in a highly regulated and coordinated manner to exert tight control over its immense calorie burning capacity. However, less is known regarding the transcriptional and epigenomic mechanisms controlling the thermogenic gene program of brown adipocytes. Here, we show that histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) is required for the activation of BAT enhancers to ensure thermogenic aptitude, thus enabling survival of dangerously cold environmental temperature. Loss of HDAC3 leads to deficient expression of uncoupling ...


Identification And Characterization Of Regulators Of Glut4 Trafficking, Daniel Richard Gulbranson Jan 2017

Identification And Characterization Of Regulators Of Glut4 Trafficking, Daniel Richard Gulbranson

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Cargo proteins moving between organelles are transported by membrane-enclosed vesicles. Identifying the factors regulating vesicle-mediated transport remains a major challenge in mammalian cells. Here, we performed unbiased genome-wide CRISPR-Cas9 genetic screens to systematically dissect insulin-dependent translocation of glucose transporters (GLUTs), a classic vesicle transport pathway crucial to mammalian physiology. These screens identified known regulators of the pathway as well as a large number of unknown regulatory factors that we validated in secondary screens. The identified genes encode established or predicted factors involved in vesicle budding or fusion, cargo sorting, signal transduction, cell motility, and cellular metabolism, as well as proteins ...


Cancer Metabolism: Fueling More Than Just Growth, Namgyu Lee, Dohoon Kim Dec 2016

Cancer Metabolism: Fueling More Than Just Growth, Namgyu Lee, Dohoon Kim

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The early landmark discoveries in cancer metabolism research have uncovered metabolic processes that support rapid proliferation, such as aerobic glycolysis (Warburg effect), glutaminolysis, and increased nucleotide biosynthesis. However, there are limitations to the effectiveness of specifically targeting the metabolic processes which support rapid proliferation. First, as other normal proliferative tissues also share similar metabolic features, they may also be affected by such treatments. Secondly, targeting proliferative metabolism may only target the highly proliferating "bulk tumor" cells and not the slower-growing, clinically relevant cancer stem cell subpopulations which may be required for an effective cure. An emerging body of research indicates ...


The Effect Of Transformed Escherichia Coli On The Mouse Intestine Microbiome: The Microbial Metabolic Enhancement Hypothesis, Bryar P. Kader May 2016

The Effect Of Transformed Escherichia Coli On The Mouse Intestine Microbiome: The Microbial Metabolic Enhancement Hypothesis, Bryar P. Kader

Senior Honors Theses

Metabolic disorders affect around thirty-four percent of the population in the United States. Among these disorders is lactose intolerance, which results from diminished production of the human lactase enzyme. This disorder and others like it are genetically determined and cannot be cured. However, the use of transformed bacteria implanted in the colon may provide a means by which the faulty pathway can be bypassed. To test whether transformed bacteria have the capability to aid in the digestion of normally indigestible compounds, a transformed strain of Escherichia coli overexpressing the beta-galactosidase enzyme encoded by the lacZ gene was colonized in the ...


Car Drivers And Fuel Sources: How Distinct Signaling Domains In Chimeric Antigen Receptors Reprogram T Cells, Omkar Uday Kawalekar Jan 2016

Car Drivers And Fuel Sources: How Distinct Signaling Domains In Chimeric Antigen Receptors Reprogram T Cells, Omkar Uday Kawalekar

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

With breakthroughs in synthetic biology, improved cell culture techniques and advanced genetic engineering, it has now become possible to generate bi-specific primary human T cells with desired specificities. One mode of redirecting specificity is the modification of T cells to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs). Recent studies indicate that natural T cells have distinct biochemical and metabolic features that endow them with short lived effector or long lived memory fates. The central objective of this thesis was to investigate whether the signaling endodomain of CARs could reprogram T cells with pre-specified effector and memory fates. This thesis describes a novel ...


Nampt-Mediated Nad+ Homeostasis In Skeletal Muscle: Implications For Healthy Aging, David Frederick Jan 2016

Nampt-Mediated Nad+ Homeostasis In Skeletal Muscle: Implications For Healthy Aging, David Frederick

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

Mammalian skeletal muscle is a highly dynamic organ capable of structural and metabolic remodeling in response to exercise demands, nutrient supply, and environmental insults. Muscle also plays a central role in the maintenance of whole-body energy balance, capable of both storing and oxidizing carbohydrate and lipid fuels. The course of natural aging leads to a gradual decline in the mass, strength, and oxidative capacity of skeletal muscle, which increases the susceptibility of the elderly to frailty and metabolic diseases, such as Type II Diabetes. Ectopic muscle lipids can also exacerbate the metabolic complications of obesity, prompting interest in new means ...


Linking Acetyl-Coa Metabolism And Histone Acetylation To Dynamic Gene Regulation In Yeast And Mouse Hippocampus, Philipp Mews Jan 2016

Linking Acetyl-Coa Metabolism And Histone Acetylation To Dynamic Gene Regulation In Yeast And Mouse Hippocampus, Philipp Mews

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

A compelling body of evidence suggests an intimate relationship between metabolic state and chromatin regulation. This link is manifested in key metabolites that participate in biochemical pathways as intermediates, and function as cofactors to regulate chromatin modifying enzymes. Of particular interest is the metabolite acetyl-CoA, given its central role as an intermediate of cellular energy metabolism and key determinant of all histone acetylation. How nuclear acetyl-CoA levels are regulated to, in turn, control histone acetylation is under intense investigation, and holds promise for increased understanding of the molecular mechanisms adapting gene expression to internal and external stimuli. We studied the ...


The Biochemistry Of Cellobiose Metabolism In Sinorhizobium Meliloti, Myhanh T. Chu Jan 2016

The Biochemistry Of Cellobiose Metabolism In Sinorhizobium Meliloti, Myhanh T. Chu

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Sinorhizobium meliloti is a root-nodulating soil bacterium that is agriculturally important due to its ability to synthesize NH3 from N2 through the process of nitrogen fixation.1 To effectively harness S. meliloti's nitrogen-fixing ability, rhizobial metabolism of carbon sources found in the soil must be understood. Understanding how S. meliloti metabolizes cellobiose is important because cellobiose is a degradation product of the cellulose found in plant walls and cellulose is found in high concentrations in the soil.2,3 Growth on cellobiose was completely eliminated in constructed double mutant strains lacking a β-glucosidase and another unidentified gene ...


Determination Of Fatty Acid Oxidation And Lipogenesis In Mouse Primary Hepatocytes, Thomas E. Akie, Marcus P. Cooper Aug 2015

Determination Of Fatty Acid Oxidation And Lipogenesis In Mouse Primary Hepatocytes, Thomas E. Akie, Marcus P. Cooper

GSBS Student Publications

Lipid metabolism in liver is complex. In addition to importing and exporting lipid via lipoproteins, hepatocytes can oxidize lipid via fatty acid oxidation, or alternatively, synthesize new lipid via de novo lipogenesis. The net sum of these pathways is dictated by a number of factors, which in certain disease states leads to fatty liver disease. Excess hepatic lipid accumulation is associated with whole body insulin resistance and coronary heart disease. Tools to study lipid metabolism in hepatocytes are useful to understand the role of hepatic lipid metabolism in certain metabolic disorders. In the liver, hepatocytes regulate the breakdown and synthesis ...


Exploring The Role Of Intracellular Aminopeptidases In Staphylococcus Aureus Pathogenesis, Devon Nicole Marking Jan 2015

Exploring The Role Of Intracellular Aminopeptidases In Staphylococcus Aureus Pathogenesis, Devon Nicole Marking

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Staphylococcus aureus is a remarkably pathogenic bacterium that is widely prevalent among the human population. It is the leading agent of skin and soft tissue infections, and is also responsible for causing an array of severe and life threatening diseases. The invasiveness of the pathogen, coupled with increasing antibiotic resistance seen for S. aureus infections, makes this bacterium a prominent public health concern. The extended pathogenicity of S. aureus is largely due to its repertoire of virulence factors, which are typically characterized by being bound to the cell wall, or secreted into the extracellular environment. Previously, our lab identified a ...


Strategies For Preventing Age And Neurodegenerative Disease-Associated Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Vedad Delic Jan 2015

Strategies For Preventing Age And Neurodegenerative Disease-Associated Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Vedad Delic

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a pivotal role in the development of aging phenotypes and aging-associated neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Strategies that restore mitochondrial dysfunction may rescue the deficits of central metabolism in these disorders and improve cell survival. For example, we found that modulating the mTOR signaling pathway in a tissue culture model of aging-induced mitochondrial DNA mutation enhanced mitochondrial function as evidenced by increased oxygen consumption. Our previous melatonin studies also led us to hypothesize that caloric restriction and the hormone melatonin would reverse brain mitochondrial dysfunction ...


The Role Of Crebh In Hepatic Energy Regulation Under Metabolic Stress, Roberto Mendez Jan 2015

The Role Of Crebh In Hepatic Energy Regulation Under Metabolic Stress, Roberto Mendez

Wayne State University Dissertations

Lipid metabolism is tightly regulated by nuclear receptors, transcription factors, and cellular enzymes in response to nutritional, hormonal, and stress signals. Hepatocyte specific, cyclic AMP responsive element-binding protein (CREBH) is a transcription factor that is preferentially expressed in the liver and localized in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. CREBH is known to be activated by ER stress, inflammatory stimuli, and metabolic signals to regulate hepatic acute-phase response, lipid metabolism, and glucose metabolism. In my thesis research, I have characterized the roles and mechanisms of CREBH in these functions, as well as the overall phenotype of CrebH-null mice. I demonstrated that ...


Diabetes And Obesity Induce Transcriptomic And Metabolomic Changes Enhancing Pancreatic Cancer Aggressiveness, Guermarie Velázquez Torres May 2014

Diabetes And Obesity Induce Transcriptomic And Metabolomic Changes Enhancing Pancreatic Cancer Aggressiveness, Guermarie Velázquez Torres

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most aggressive types of cancer, with poor prognosis that lacks effective diagnostic markers and therapies. It is expected that in 2014 the incidence and the mortality of pancreatic cancer in the United States will be 46,420 and 39,590 respectively. Diabetes and obesity are modifiable risk factors associated with accelerated pancreatic carcinogenesis and tumor progression, but the biological mechanisms are not completely understood. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate direct evidence for the mechanisms mediating these epidemiologic phenomena. Our hypothesis is that obesity and diabetes mellitus type 2 (DM2) accelerate pancreatic ...


Effects Of Phytochemicals From Rhodiola Crenulata On Highly Invasive Breast Cancer Cell Lines And Embryonic Models Of Migration, Adaris Rodriguez-Cortes Sep 2013

Effects Of Phytochemicals From Rhodiola Crenulata On Highly Invasive Breast Cancer Cell Lines And Embryonic Models Of Migration, Adaris Rodriguez-Cortes

Open Access Dissertations

The root of the Tibetan plant Rhodiola crenulata is part of eastern traditional medicine. Studies have suggested that members of the Rhodiola genus display anticancer properties. In this study we examine the effect of R. crenulata in a cellular model of invasive breast cancer, this disease being the second cause of cancer death among women in the US. Deregulation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been frequently observed in breast cancers and appears to have a key role in the transformation of benign cells to a malignant form. Although mutations of the Wnt growth factor are rarely observed in cancer ...


Role Of Retinoids In The Regulation Of Hepatic Glucose And Lipid Metabolism, Rui Li May 2013

Role Of Retinoids In The Regulation Of Hepatic Glucose And Lipid Metabolism, Rui Li

Doctoral Dissertations

The liver plays an important role in controlling glucose and lipid homeostasis. Metabolic abnormalities such as obesity and type 2 diabetes are often associated with profound changes in the expression of genes involved in hepatic glucose and lipid metabolism. Dietary nutrients provide us with macronutrients for energy and micronutrients for maintenance of general health. However, the effects of individual micronutrients on the development of metabolic diseases are unknown. Sterol regulatory element binding protein-1c (SREBP-1c) is the master regulator of fatty acid synthesis, and glucokinase (GK) is the key enzyme in glucose metabolism. Based on the preliminary results from our laboratory ...


Identification And Functional Characterization Of The Zebrafish Gene Quetschkommode (Que), Timo Friedrich Sep 2012

Identification And Functional Characterization Of The Zebrafish Gene Quetschkommode (Que), Timo Friedrich

Open Access Dissertations

Locomotion in vertebrates depends on proper formation and maintenance of neuronal networks in the hind-brain and spinal cord. Malformation or loss of factors required for proper maintenance of these networks can lead to severe neurodegenerative diseases limiting or preventing locomotion. A powerful tool to investigate the genetic and cellular requirements for development and/or maintenance of these networks is a collection of zebrafish mutants with defects in motility. The zebrafish mutant quetschkommode (que) harbors a previously unknown gene defect leading to abnormal locomotor behavior. Here I show that the que mutants display a seizure-like behavior starting around four days post ...


Regulation Of Protein Degradation In The Heart By Amp-Activated Protein Kinase, Kedryn K. Baskin, Kedryn K. Baskin May 2012

Regulation Of Protein Degradation In The Heart By Amp-Activated Protein Kinase, Kedryn K. Baskin, Kedryn K. Baskin

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

The degradation of proteins by the ubiquitin proteasome system is essential for cellular homeostasis in the heart. An important regulator of metabolic homeostasis is AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). During nutrient deprivation, AMPK is activated and intracellular proteolysis is enhanced through the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS). Whether AMPK plays a role in protein degradation through the UPS in the heart is not known. Here I present data in support of the hypothesis that AMPK transcriptionally regulates key players in the UPS, which, under extreme conditions can be detrimental to the heart. The ubiquitin ligases MAFbx /Atrogin-1 and MuRF1, key regulators of ...