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CCR5 Is a Therapeutic Target for Recovery after Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury

We tested a newly described molecular memory system, CCR5 signaling, for its role in recovery after stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI). CCR5 is uniquely expressed in cortical neurons after stroke. Post-stroke neuronal knockdown of CCR5 in pre-motor cortex leads to early recovery of motor control. Recovery is associated with preservation of dendritic spines, new […]

Habenular TCF7L2 links nicotine addiction to diabetes

Diabetes is far more prevalent in smokers than non-smokers, but the underlying mechanisms of vulnerability are unknown. Here we show that the diabetes-associated gene Tcf7l2 is densely expressed in the medial habenula (mHb) region of the rodent brain, where it regulates the function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Inhibition of TCF7L2 signalling in the mHb increases […]

Hypothalamus-hippocampus circuitry regulates impulsivity via melanin-concentrating hormone

Behavioral impulsivity is common in various psychiatric and metabolic disorders. Here we identify a hypothalamus to telencephalon neural pathway for regulating impulsivity involving communication from melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH)-expressing lateral hypothalamic neurons to the ventral hippocampus subregion (vHP). Results show that both site-specific upregulation (pharmacological or chemogenetic) and chronic downregulation (RNA interference) of MCH communication to […]

Decreased Expression of Cilia Genes in Pancreatic Islets as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes in Mice and Humans

An insufficient adaptive beta-cell compensation is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Primary cilia function as versatile sensory antennae regulating various cellular processes, but their role on compensatory beta-cell replication has not been examined. Here, we identify a significant enrichment of downregulated, cilia-annotated genes in pancreatic islets of diabetes-prone NZO mice as compared with […]

BRD7 deficiency leads to the development of obesity and hyperglycemia

Obesity is a debilitating disease that has become a global epidemic. Although progress is being made, the underlying molecular mechanism by which obesity develops still remains elusive. Recently, we reported that the expression levels of bromodomain-containing protein 7 (BRD7) are significantly reduced in the liver of obese mice. However, it is not clear whether decreased […]

Neratinib protects pancreatic beta cells in diabetes

The loss of functional insulin-producing ß-cells is a hallmark of diabetes. Mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (MST1) is a key regulator of pancreatic ß-cell death and dysfunction; its deficiency restores functional ß-cells and normoglycemia. The identification of MST1 inhibitors represents a promising approach for a ß-cell-protective diabetes therapy. Here, we identify neratinib, an FDA-approved drug […]

BCAA catabolism in brown fat controls energy homeostasis through SLC25A44

Branched-chain amino acid (BCAA; valine, leucine and isoleucine) supplementation is often beneficial to energy expenditure; however, increased circulating levels of BCAA are linked to obesity and diabetes. The mechanisms of this paradox remain unclear. Here we report that, on cold exposure, brown adipose tissue (BAT) actively utilizes BCAA in the mitochondria for thermogenesis and promotes […]

The RNA demethylase FTO is required for maintenance of bone mass and functions to protect osteoblasts from genotoxic damage

he fat mass and obesity-associated gene (FTO) encodes an m6A RNA demethylase that controls mRNA processing and has been linked to both obesity and bone mineral density in humans by genome-wide association studies. To examine the role of FTO in bone, we characterized the phenotype of mice lacking Fto globally (FtoKO) or selectively in osteoblasts […]