Amino acids and mTORC1: From lysosomes to disease

ArticleinTrends in Molecular Medicine 18(9):524-33 · June 2012with25 Reads
DOI: 10.1016/j.molmed.2012.05.007 · Source: PubMed
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) kinase controls growth and metabolism, and its deregulation underlies the pathogenesis of many diseases, including cancer, neurodegeneration, and diabetes. mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) integrates signals arising from nutrients, energy, and growth factors, but how exactly these signals are propagated await to be fully understood. Recent findings have placed the lysosome, a key mediator of cellular catabolism, at the core of mTORC1 regulation by amino acids. A multiprotein complex that includes the Rag GTPases, Ragulator, and the v-ATPase forms an amino acid-sensing machinery on the lysosomal surface that affects the decision between cell growth and catabolism at multiple levels. The involvement of a catabolic organelle in growth signaling may have important implications for our understanding of mTORC1-related pathologies.
    • "Milk exosomal microRNAs and TGFβ attenuate DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) expression promoting TSDR demethylation (AAs: amino acids; ω3‑FAs; ω‑3 fatty acids; HMO: human milk oligosaccacharides; I: insulin; IGF1: insulin‑like growth factor‑1; miRs: microRNA‑148a, microRNA‑29, microRNA‑21; mTORC1: mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1; TGFβ: transforming growth factor‑β; STAT3: signal transducer and activator of transcription 3; TSDR: Treg‑specific demethylated region) Page 3 of 9 Melnik et al. Clin Transl Allergy (2016) 6:18 glutamine increases the activity of the nutrient-sensitive kinase mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) [45][46][47]. Milk has recently been identified as a signalling system of mammalian evolution controlling mTORC1-dependent translation [48, 49]. Enhanced mTORC1 activity was found in the brain and ileum of mice with cow's milk allergy (CMA) [50]. "
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