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Synergenics | Date: 2013-10-24

A voice call is established using a computing device. A user is instructed to prepare a first device for pairing with the computing device and a server may instruct the computing device to scan for additional devices. The server may identify a first device from a list of devices and may instruct the computing device to pair with the first device.

Wu X.,University of Utah | Romero D.,Synergenics | Swiatek W.I.,University of Utah | Dorweiler I.,University of Utah | And 9 more authors.
Cell Reports | Year: 2014

Elevated hepatic synthesis of fatty acids and triglycerides, driven by hyperactivation of the SREBP-1c transcription factor, has been implicated as a causal feature of metabolic syndrome. SREBP-1c activation requires the proteolytic maturation of the endoplasmic-reticulum-bound precursor to the active, nuclear transcription factor, which is stimulated by feeding and insulin signaling. Here, we show that feeding and insulin stimulate the hepatic expression of PASK. We also demonstrate, using genetic and pharmacological approaches, that PASK is required for the proteolytic maturation of SREBP-1c in cultured cells and in the mouse and rat liver. Inhibition of PASK improves lipid and glucose metabolism in dietary animal models of obesity and dyslipidemia. Administration of a PASK inhibitor decreases hepatic expression of lipogenic SREBP-1c target genes, decreases serum triglycerides, and partially reverses insulin resistance. While the signaling network that controls SREBP-1c activation is complex, we propose that PASK is an important component with therapeutic potential. © 2014 The Authors.

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