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Coenzyme Q10(CoQ10) is a known anti-adipogenic factor. However, the mechanism by which CoQ10 acts is unclear. In this study, we found that CoQ10 increased the phosphorylation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in 3T3-L1preadipocytes. CoQ10 induced an increase in cytoplasmic calcium concentrations, which is reflected by increased Fluo-3 intensity under(More)
Curcumin has been shown to exert a variety of beneficial human health effects. However, mechanisms by which curcumin acts are poorly understood. In this study, we report that curcumin activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and increased glucose uptake in rat L6 myotubes. In addition, curcumin activated the mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase(More)
Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, and there are clinical caveats in predicting tumor response to chemotherapy. This study describes the construction of an in vitro pharmacogenomic database, and the selection of genes associated with chemosensitivity in gastric cancer cell lines. Gene expression and chemosensitivity databases were(More)
Insulin resistance is the primary cause responsible for type 2 diabetes. Phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) plays a negative role in insulin signaling and its inhibition improves insulin sensitivity. Metformin is a widely used insulin-sensitizing drug; however, the mechanism by which metformin acts is poorly understood. To gain insight into the role of(More)
Retinoic acid (RA) is one of the major components of vitamin A. In the present study, we found that retinoic acid activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). RA induced Rac1-GTP formation and phosphorylation of its downstream target, p21-activated kinase (PAK), whereas the inhibition of AMPK blocked RA-induced Rac1 activation. Moreover, cofilin, an actin(More)
The gene MT3-MMP (also known as MMP16) encodes the membrane type 3 matrix metalloproteinase, which is a member of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) gene family. Several MMPs are associated with migration in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the methylation status of the MT3-MMP promoter in CRC has not been reported. The methylation status and expression(More)
Metformin is a major oral anti-diabetic drug and is known as an insulin sensitizer. However, the mechanism by which metformin acts is unclear. In this study, we found that AICAR, an AMPK activator, and metformin increased the expression of Rab4 mRNA and protein levels in skeletal muscle C2C12 cells. The promoter activity of Rab4 was increased by metformin(More)
A strain of Legionella pneumophila (designated Concord 3) was isolated from a postmortem lung specimen of a patient with pneumonia. Direct fluorescent-antibody and immunoelectrophoresis tests, using absorbed and unabsorbed reagents prepared to this and other strains of legionellae, indicated that the Concord 3 strain represents a new serogroup of L.(More)
OBJECTIVES Significant variability in the efficacy and toxicity of an anticancer drug is observed in cancer patients. Currently, there are no standard tools for prediction of a patient's tumor response or his risk of adverse events to chemotherapy. METHODS We investigate an association between polymorphisms of gemcitabine metabolism-related genes and its(More)
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an endogenous ligand of G protein-coupled receptor 120 (GPR120). However, the mechanisms underlying DHA action are poorly understood. In this study, DHA stimulated glucose uptake in the skeletal muscles in an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK)-dependent manner. GPR120-mediated increase in intracellular Ca(2+) was critical for(More)