GSK3β Regulates Brain Energy Metabolism

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  • GSK3β is a serine threonine kinase implicated in the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Although the role of GSK3β in growth and pathology has been extensively studied, little is known about the metabolic consequences of GSK3β manipulation, particularly in the brain. Here, we show that GSK3β regulates mitochondrial energy metabolism in human H4 neuroglioma cells and rat PC12-derived neuronal cells and that inhibition of GSK3β in mice in vivo alters metabolism in the hippocampus in a region-specific manner. We demonstrate that GSK3β inhibition increases mitochondrial respiration and membrane potential and alters NAD(P)H metabolism. These metabolic effects are associated with increased PGC-1α protein stabilization, enhanced nuclear localization, and increased transcriptional co-activation. In mice treated with the GSK3β inhibitor lithium carbonate, changes in hippocampal energy metabolism are linked to increased PGC-1α. These data highlight a metabolic role for brain GSK3β and suggest that the GSK3β/PGC-1α axis may be important in neuronal metabolic integrity. Martin et al. demonstrate that GSK3β is a regulator of energy metabolism in the brain. They show that GSK3β inhibition stimulates mitochondrial regulator PGC-1α and leads to activation of mitochondrial and redox pathways in glia, in neurons in culture, and in the hippocampus in mice in vivo.
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  • Cell Reports  Journal
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  • Martin SA; Souder DC; Miller KN; Clark JP; Sagar AK; Eliceiri KW; Puglielli L; Beasley TM; Anderson RM
  • Start Page

  • 1922
  • End Page

  • 1931.e4
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 7