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Articles by D. E Lee
Total Records ( 5 ) for D. E Lee
  D. E Lee , S Kehlenbrink , H Lee , M Hawkins and J. S. Yudkin

Obesity is associated with resistance of skeletal muscle to insulin-mediated glucose uptake, as well as resistance of different organs and tissues to other metabolic and vascular actions of insulin. In addition, the body is exquisitely sensitive to nutrient imbalance, with energy excess or a high-fat diet rapidly increasing insulin resistance, even before noticeable changes occur in fat mass. There is a growing acceptance of the fact that, as well as acting as a storage site for surplus energy, adipose tissue is an important source of signals relevant to, inter alia, energy homeostasis, fertility, and bone turnover. It has also been widely recognized that obesity is a state of low-grade inflammation, with adipose tissue generating substantial quantities of proinflammatory molecules. At a cellular level, the understanding of the signaling pathways responsible for such alterations has been intensively investigated. What is less clear, however, is how alterations of physiology, and of signaling, within one cell or one tissue are communicated to other parts of the body. The concepts of cell signals being disseminated systemically through a circulating "endocrine" signal have been complemented by the view that local signaling may similarly occur through autocrine or paracrine mechanisms. Yet, while much elegant work has focused on the alterations in signaling that are found in obesity or energy excess, there has been less attention paid to ways in which such signals may propagate to remote organs. This review of the integrative physiology of obesity critically appraises the data and outlines a series of hypotheses as to how interorgan cross talk takes place. The hypotheses presented include the "fatty acid hypothesis,", the "portal hypothesis,", the "endocrine hypothesis,", the "inflammatory hypothesis,", the "overflow hypothesis,", a novel "vasocrine hypothesis," and a "neural hypothesis," and the strengths and weaknesses of each hypothesis are discussed.

  K. M Lee , D. E Lee , S. K Seo , M. K Hwang , Y. S Heo , K. W Lee and H. J. Lee

Kaempferol (KF), which is a natural dietary flavonoid, has potential beneficial effects as a chemopreventive agent for critical health conditions, such as cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the activity of KF remain unknown. We report on the inhibition of neoplastic cell transformation by KF through the suppression of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) activity. Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-induced neoplastic transformation of mouse epidermal JB6 P+ cells was inhibited by 40 µM KF. The activation of activator protein-1 and nuclear factor-B induced by EGF was also attenuated by KF. The EGF-induced phosphorylation of Akt (protein kinase B) was completely suppressed by KF, although extracellular signal-regulated kinase, p38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase and p90 ribosomal S6 kinase were unaffected by KF. Kinase assay data revealed that KF bound directly to PI3K, which is upstream of Akt, and suppressed its activity. Furthermore, KF inhibited ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced PI3K activity and attenuated UVB-induced phosphorylation of Akt. Our results suggest that KF docks at the adenosine triphosphate-binding site of PI3K, which is located between the N-lobe and C-lobe of the kinase domain. Inhibition by KF of PI3K, which is an important factor in carcinogenesis, and its downstream effects may explain the chemopreventive action of KF.

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