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Satoh T.,Gunma University | Katano-Toki A.,Gunma University | Tomaru T.,Gunma University | Yoshino S.,Gunma University | And 9 more authors.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2014

Emerging evidence has indicated that the transcription and processing of precursor mRNA (pre-mRNA) are functionally coupled to modulate gene expression. In collaboration with coregulators, several steroid hormone receptors have previously been shown to directly affect alternative pre-mRNA splicing coupled to hormone-induced gene transcription; however, the roles of the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) and its coregulators in alternative splicing coordinated with transcription remain unknown. In the present study, we constructed a luciferase reporter and CD44 alternative splicing (AS) minigene driven by a minimal promoter carrying 2 copies of the palindromic thyroid hormone-response element. We then examined whether TR could modulate pre-mRNA processing coupled to triiodothyronine (T3)-induced gene transcription using luciferase reporter and splicing minigene assays in HeLa cells. In the presence of cotransfected TRβ1, T3 increased luciferase activities along with the inclusion of the CD44 variable exons 4 and 5 in a dose- and time-dependent manner. In contrast, cotransfected TRβ1 did not affect the exon-inclusion of the CD44 minigene driven by the cytomegalovirus promoter. T3-induced two-exon inclusion was significantly increased by the cotransfection of the TR-associated protein, 150-kDa, a subunit of the TRAP/Mediator complex that has recently been shown to function as a splicing factor. In contrast, T3-induced two-exon inclusion was significantly decreased by cotransfection of the polypyrimidine tract-binding protein-associated splicing factor, which was previously shown to function as a corepressor of TR. These results demonstrated that liganded TR in cooperation with its associating cofactors could modulate alternative pre-mRNA splicing coupled to gene transcription. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Tanida M.,Kanazawa Medical University | Gotoh H.,Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine | Yamamoto N.,Hokuriku University | Wang M.,Kanazawa Medical University | And 4 more authors.
Diabetes | Year: 2015

Nesfatin-1 acts on the hypothalamus and regulates the autonomic nervous system. However, the hypothalamic mechanisms of nesfatin-1 on the autonomic nervous system are not well understood. In this study, we found that intracerebroventricular (ICV) administration of nesfatin-1 increased the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activity in rats. Furthermore, the activity of sympathetic nerves, in the kidneys, liver, and white adipose tissue (WAT), and blood pressure was stimulated by the ICV injection of nesfatin-1, and these effects were abolished owing to pharmacological inhibition of ERK. Renal sympathoexcitatory and hypertensive effects were also observed with nesfatin-1 microinjection into the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN). Moreover, nesfatin-1 increased the number of phospho (p)-ERK1/2-positive neurons in the PVN and coexpression of the protein in neurons expressing corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH). Pharmacological blockade of CRH signaling inhibited renal sympathetic and hypertensive responses to nesfatin-1. Finally, sympathetic stimulation of WAT and increased p-ERK1/2 levels in response to nesfatin-1 were preserved in obese animals such as rats that were fed a high-fat diet and leptin receptor-deficient Zucker fatty rats. These findings indicate that nesfatin-1 regulates the autonomic nervous system through ERK signaling in PVNCRH neurons to maintain cardiovascular function and that the antiobesity effect of nesfatin-1 is mediated by hypothalamic ERK-dependent sympathoexcitation in obese animals. © 2015 by the American Diabetes Association. Source

Darambazar G.,Jichi Medical University | Nakata M.,Jichi Medical University | Okada T.,National Institute of Neuroscience | Wang L.,Jichi Medical University | And 6 more authors.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2015

An adipokine leptin plays a central role in the regulation of feeding and energy homeostasis via acting on the hypothalamus. However, its downstream neuronal mechanism is not thoroughly understood. The neurons expressing nucleobindin-2 (NUCB2)-derived nesfatin-1 in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) have been implicated in feeding and energy homeostasis. The present study aimed to explore the role of PVN NUCB2/nesfatin-1 in the leptin action, by using adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors encoding shRNA targeting NUCB2 (AAV-NUCB2-shRNA). Leptin directly interacted and increased cytosolic Ca2+ in single neurons isolated from the PVN, predominantly in NUCB2/nesftin-1-immunoreactive neurons. Treatment with leptin in vivo and in vitro markedly increased NUCB2 mRNA expression in the PVN. Peripheral and central injections of leptin failed to significantly inhibit food intake in mice receiving AAV-NUCB2. These results indicate that PVN NUCB2/nesfatin-1 is directly targeted by leptin, and mediates its anorexigenic effect. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Shimoda Y.,Gunma University | Satoh T.,Gunma University | Takahashi H.,Gunma University | Katano-Toki A.,Gunma University | And 11 more authors.
Endocrine Journal | Year: 2014

Thyroid storm (TS) is a life-threatening endocrine emergency. However, the pathogenesis of TS is poorly understood. A 40-year-old man was admitted to a nearby hospital with body weight loss and jaundice. Five days after a contrasted abdominal computerized tomography (CT) scan, he exhibited high fever and disturbance of consciousness. He was diagnosed with TS originating from untreated Graves' disease and was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) of our hospital. The patient exhibited impaired consciousness (E4V1M4 in Glasgow coma scale), high fever (39.3°C), and atrial flutter with a pulse rate 162/min, and was complicated by heart failure, acute hepatic failure, and disseminated intravascular coagulation syndrome (DIC). His circulating level of soluble interleukin-2 receptor (sIL-2R), a serum marker of an activated immune response, was highly elevated (7,416 U/mL, reference range: 135-483). Multiple organ failure (MOF) and DIC were successfully managed by multimodality treatments using inorganized iodide, glucocorticoids, antithyroid drugs, beta-blockers, and diuretics as well as an anticoagulant agent and the transfusion of platelet concentrate and fresh frozen plasma. sIL-2R levels gradually decreased during the initial treatment, but were still above the reference range even after thyroidectomy. Mild elevations in serum levels of sIL-2R have previously been correlated with thyroid hormone levels in non-storm Graves' disease. The present study demonstrated, for the first time, that circulating sIL-2R levels could be markedly elevated in TS. The marked increase in sIL-2R levels was speculated to represent an inappropriate generalized immune response that plays an unknown role in the pathogenesis of TS. © The Japan Endocrine Society. Source

Yoshino S.,Gunma University | Satoh T.,Gunma University | Yamada M.,Gunma University | Hashimoto K.,Gunma University | And 14 more authors.
Endocrinology | Year: 2014

Obesity arises from impaired energy balance, which is centrally coordinated by leptin through activation of the long form of leptin receptor (Leprb). Obesity causes central leptin resistance. However, whether enhanced peripheral leptin sensitivity could overcome central leptin resistance remains obscure. A peripheral metabolic organ targeted by leptin is the liver, with low Leprb expression. We here show that mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and obese patients with hepatosteatosis exhibit increased expression of hepatic helicase with zinc finger 2, a transcriptional coactivator (Helz2), which functions as a transcriptional coregulator of several nuclear receptors, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ in vitro. To explore the physiological importance of Helz2, we generated Helz2-deficient mice and analyzed their metabolic phenotypes. Helz2-deficient mice showing hyperleptinemia associated with central leptin resistance were protected against HFD-induced obesity and had significantly up-regulated hepatic Leprb expression. Helz2 deficiency and adenovirus-mediated liver-specific exogenous Leprb overexpression in wild-type mice significantly stimulated hepatic AMP-activated protein kinase on HFD, whereas Helz2-deficient db/db mice lacking functional Leprb did not. Fatty acid-β oxidation was increased in Helz2-deficeint hepatocytes, and Helz2-deficient mice revealed increased oxygen consumption and decreased respiratory quotient in calorimetry analyses. The enhanced hepatic AMP-activated protein kinase energy-sensing pathway in Helz2-deficient mice ameliorated hyperlipidemia, hepatosteatosis, and insulin resistance by reducing lipogenic gene expression and stimulating lipid-burning gene expression in the liver. These findings together demonstrate that Helz2 deficiency ameliorates HFD-induced metabolic abnormalities by stimulating endogenous hepatic Leprb expression, despite central leptin resistance. Hepatic HELZ2 might be a novel target molecule for the treatment of obesity with hepatosteatosis. Copyright © 2014 by the Endocrine Society. Source

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