Ting Ting Zhao

Ting Ting Zhao

China-Japan Friendship Hospital, P.R. China

Title: The glycosaminoglycan chain of decorin plays an important role in AMPK signaling


Ting Ting Zhao has completed her PhD at the age of 27 years from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. She has published 19 papers in the international journals.


Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the major microvascular complications of diabetes. Energy metabolism is altered under diabetic conditions. Decorin is a multifunctional small leucine-rich proteoglycan involved in the autophagy and energetic homeostasis. We investigated the role of decorin and its glycosaminoglycan chain in DN. Both decorin and phosphoralated AMPK were highly expressed in the kidney of an accelerated type 1 DN induced by streptozotocin in uninephrectomized Wistar rats at week 20. In high glucose cultured HK2 cell, glycosaminoglycan-free decorin, generated by mutating Ser4 of the mature protein core into Ala (DCN-S4A), showed more significant role in promoting of AMPK phosphoralation and LC3 II compared with the decorin proteoglycan. These data provides clues that the glycosaminoglycan chain of decorin has a reducing effect on activation of AMPK signaling pathway in DN.