L Agius


Affiliation: University of Newcastle
Country: UK


  1. Alshawi A, Agius L. Low metformin causes a more oxidized mitochondrial NADH/NAD redox state in hepatocytes and inhibits gluconeogenesis by a redox-independent mechanism. J Biol Chem. 2019;294:2839-2853 pubmed publisher
  2. Leitch A, Lakey A, Hotham W, Agius L, Kass G, Blain P, et al. The ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium (M8OI) is an activator of the human estrogen receptor alpha. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018;503:2167-2172 pubmed publisher
    ..The human ERβ was not activated by M8OI when expressed in HEK293 cells. These data demonstrate that M8OI is a xenoestrogen capable of activating the human ERα and super-activating the murine variant 2 ERβ. ..
  3. Agius L. Lessons from glucokinase activators: the problem of declining efficacy. Expert Opin Ther Pat. 2014;24:1155-9 pubmed publisher
    ..Progress in understanding the mechanisms of intracellular phosphometabolite homeostasis is crucial for development of better drug therapies and appropriate dietary intervention for type 2 diabetes. ..
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    Agius L, Peak M, Newgard C, Gomez Foix A, Guinovart J. Evidence for a role of glucose-induced translocation of glucokinase in the control of hepatic glycogen synthesis. J Biol Chem. 1996;271:30479-86 pubmed
  5. Agius L. High-carbohydrate diets induce hepatic insulin resistance to protect the liver from substrate overload. Biochem Pharmacol. 2013;85:306-12 pubmed publisher
    ..Pharmacological targeting of the glucokinase-GCKR interaction can favour either glucose clearance by the liver or intrahepatic metabolite homeostasis. ..
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    Agius L. Physiological control of liver glycogen metabolism: lessons from novel glycogen phosphorylase inhibitors. Mini Rev Med Chem. 2010;10:1175-87 pubmed
  7. Agius L. Glucokinase and molecular aspects of liver glycogen metabolism. Biochem J. 2008;414:1-18 pubmed publisher
    ..Defects in both the activation of glucokinase and in the dephosphorylation of glycogen phosphorylase are potential contributing factors to the dysregulation of hepatic glucose metabolism in Type 2 diabetes. ..
  8. Agius L. Role of glycogen phosphorylase in liver glycogen metabolism. Mol Aspects Med. 2015;46:34-45 pubmed publisher
    ..GPa to GPb conversion is a major upstream event in the regulation of glycogen synthesis by glucose, its downstream metabolites and extracellular signals such as insulin and neurotransmitters. ..
  9. Agius L. Hormonal and Metabolite Regulation of Hepatic Glucokinase. Annu Rev Nutr. 2016;36:389-415 pubmed publisher