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Hyperactivation of Akt/mTOR and deficiency in tuberin increased the oxidative DNA damage in kidney cancer patients with diabetes

Samy L. Habib _ and Sitai Liang

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Oncotarget. 2014; 5:2542-2550. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.1833

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Samy L. Habib1,2 and Sitai Liang2

1 Department of Geriatric, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, South Texas Veterans Healthcare System,

2 Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX.


Samy L Habib, email:

Keywords: Diabetes, RCC, Tuberin, mTOR, 8-OxodG and OGG1

Received: January 22, 2014 Accepted: March 17, 2014 Published: March 17, 2014


Recent study from our laboratory showed that patients with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing kidney cancer. In the current study, we have explored one of the mechanisms by which diabetes accelerates tumorigenesis in the kidney. Kidney cancer tissue from patients with diabetes showed a higher activity of Akt and decreased in total protein of tuberin compared to kidney cancer patient without diabetes or diabetes alone. In addition, a significant increase in phospho-Akt/tuberin expression was associated with an increase in Ki67 expression and activation of mTOR in kidney tumor with or without diabetes compared to diabetes alone. In addition, decrease in tuberin expression resulted in a significant decrease in protein expression of OGG1 and increased in oxidative DNA damage, 8-oxodG in kidney tissues from patients with cancer or cancer+diabetes. Importantly, these data showed that the majority of the staining of Akt/tuberin/p70S6K phosphorylation was more prominently in the tubular cells. In addition, accumulation of oxidative DNA damage is localized only in the nucleus of tubular cells within the cortex region. These data suggest that Akt/tuberin/mTOR pathway plays an important role in the regulation DNA damage and repair pathways that may predispose diabetic kidneys to pathogenesis of renal cell carcinoma.

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