Noriko Kitanaka

Kagawa University, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a 76-amino-acid chemokine thought to be the major chemotactic factor for monocytes. MCP-1 is found in macrophage-rich areas of atherosclerotic lesions. Recent report indicates that MCP-1 is induced by glucose-stimulation, raising the important link between diabetes mellitus and atherosclerosis. One of the rare sugars, d-psicose (d-ribo-2-hexulose) is present in small quantities in commercial carbohydrate complexes, however the physiological functions of d-psicose have not been evaluated. In this study, we examined the effects of d-psicose on MCP-1 expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Results showed that MCP-1 mRNA and protein were stimulated following exposure to 22.4 mM glucose. Transcriptional activity of MCP-1 promoter paralleled endogenous expression of the gene and this activity was dependent on the dose of d-glucose. d-Psicose inhibited these effects. Next we used inhibitors of selected signal transduction pathways to show that high-glucose (HG) stimulated MCP-1 promoter activity was sensitive to p38-Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (p38-MAPK) pathway inhibitor. As expected, a dominant-negative p38-MAPK abolished the stimulatory effect of HG on the promoter activity. To incubate the cells with HG and d-psicose reduced the activation of p38-MAPK. Together, these results indicate that the d-psicose suppression of HG induced MCP-1 expression is mediated in part by inhibition of the p38-MAPK pathway and raise the possibility that d-psicose may be of therapeutic value in the treatment of diseases such as atherosclerosis.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2007 · Life Sciences
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    ABSTRACT: Glucokinase (GK) plays a key role in the regulation of glucose use and glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in pancreatic islet cells. Gene targeting of the IGF-I receptor down-regulated pancreatic islet GK activity. That finding prompted us to examine the potential mechanism that may control GK gene activity using an islet cell line, INS-1, known to express IGF-I receptor. Exposure of these cells to IGF-I induced GK protein expression and activity of the enzyme in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, IGF-I induced activity of a reporter construct containing the GK promoter in parallel with the effect on endogenous GK mRNA levels. The stimulatory effect of IGF-I on GK promoter activity was abrogated by wortmannin and LY294002, specific inhibitors of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase. Exposure of cells to IGF-I elicited a rapid phosphorylation of Akt and FoxO1, a known target of Akt signaling. Constitutively active Akt stimulates the activity of the GK promoter, and a dominant-negative mutant of Akt or mutagenesis of a FoxO1 response element in the GK promoter abolished the ability of IGF-I to stimulate the promoter activity. Furthermore, cell knockdown of FoxO1 with small interfering RNA disrupted the effect of IGF-I on GK expression. These results demonstrate that the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt/FoxO1 pathway contributes to the regulation of GK gene expression in response to IGF-I stimulation.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2007 · Endocrinology