Sara N. Vallerie

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The stress-activated c-Jun amino-terminal kinase (JNK) plays a pivotal role in metabolic conditions such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Intricate tissue-specific tweaking of JNK activity in preclinical models of metabolic diseases reveals a complex interplay among local and systemic effects on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.(More)
It has been established that c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1) is essential to the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Although JNK influences inflammatory signaling pathways, it remains unclear whether its activity in macrophages contributes to adipose tissue inflammation and ultimately to the regulation of systemic metabolism. To(More)
Arachidonic acid is converted to prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) by a sequential enzymatic reaction performed by two isoenzyme groups, cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2) and terminal prostaglandin E synthases (cPGES, mPGES-1, and mPGES-2). mPGES-1 is widely considered to be the final enzyme regulating COX-2-dependent PGE(2) synthesis. These generalizations have(More)
We reported earlier that β-cell-specific overexpression of glutathione peroxidase (GPx)-1 significantly ameliorated hyperglycemia in diabetic db/db mice and prevented glucotoxicity-induced deterioration of β-cell mass and function. We have now ascertained whether early treatment of Zucker diabetic fatty (ZDF) rats with ebselen, an oral GPx mimetic, will(More)
The six-transmembrane protein Stamp2 plays an important role in metabolically triggered inflammation and insulin action. We report that Stamp2 is expressed in human and mouse macrophages, is regulated upon differentiation or activation, acts as an anti-inflammatory protein, and regulates foam cell formation. Absence of Stamp2 results in significant(More)
Cardiovascular cells that contribute directly to atherosclerosis and cardiac dysfunction are known to exhibit metabolic flexibility, characterized by the ability to switch from generating ATP primarily through oxidative phosphorylation to using glycolysis as the predominate energy source, and to shift from one fuel source to another. This flexibility occurs(More)
Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) is associated with cardiovascular complications induced by atherosclerosis. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is often raised in states of inflammation, including diabetes, and regulates inflammatory processes. In myeloid cells, a key cell type in atherosclerosis, PGE2 acts predominately through its Prostaglandin E Receptor 4 (EP4;(More)