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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339535/functional-changes-of-ampa-responses-in-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-progenitors-in-fragile-x-syndrome
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Venkat Swaroop Achuta, Tommi Möykkynen, Ulla-Kaisa Peteri, Giorgio Turconi, Claudio Rivera, Kari Keinänen, Maija L Castrén
Altered neuronal network formation and function involving dysregulated excitatory and inhibitory circuits are associated with fragile X syndrome (FXS). We examined functional maturation of the excitatory transmission system in FXS by investigating the response of FXS patient-derived neural progenitor cells to the glutamate analog (AMPA). Neural progenitors derived from induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines generated from boys with FXS had augmented intracellular Ca2+ responses to AMPA and kainate that were mediated by Ca2+-permeable AMPA receptors (CP-AMPARs) lacking the GluA2 subunit...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339534/inactivating-mutations-in-drosha-mediate-vascular-abnormalities-similar-to-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
#2
Xuan Jiang, Whitney L Wooderchak-Donahue, Jamie McDonald, Prajakta Ghatpande, Mai Baalbaki, Melissa Sandoval, Daniel Hart, Hilary Clay, Shaun Coughlin, Giorgio Lagna, Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir, Akiko Hata
The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family of cytokines critically regulates vascular morphogenesis and homeostasis. Impairment of TGF-β or BMP signaling leads to heritable vascular disorders, including hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). Drosha, a key enzyme for microRNA (miRNA) biogenesis, also regulates the TGF-β and BMP pathway through interaction with Smads and their joint control of gene expression through miRNAs. We report that mice lacking Drosha in the vascular endothelium developed a vascular phenotype resembling HHT that included dilated and disorganized vasculature, arteriovenous fistulae, and hemorrhages...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339533/learning-dependent-chromatin-remodeling-highlights-noncoding-regulatory-regions-linked-to-autism
#3
John N Koberstein, Shane G Poplawski, Mathieu E Wimmer, Giulia Porcari, Charlly Kao, Bruce Gomes, Davide Risso, Hakon Hakonarson, Nancy R Zhang, Robert T Schultz, Ted Abel, Lucia Peixoto
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with genetic risk factors. Most human disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are not located in genes but rather are in regulatory regions that control gene expression. The function of regulatory regions is determined through epigenetic mechanisms. Parallels between the cellular basis of development and the formation of long-term memory have long been recognized, particularly the role of epigenetic mechanisms in both processes...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317521/ca2-dependent-demethylation-of-phosphatase-pp2ac-promotes-glucose-deprivation-induced-cell-death-independently-of-inhibiting-glycolysis
#4
Ha Yin Lee, Yoko Itahana, Stefan Schuechner, Masahiro Fukuda, H Shawn Je, Egon Ogris, David M Virshup, Koji Itahana
Cancer cells increase glucose metabolism to support aerobic glycolysis. However, only some cancer cells are acutely sensitive to glucose withdrawal, and the underlying mechanism of this selective sensitivity is unclear. We showed that glucose deprivation initiates a cell death pathway in cancer cells that is dependent on the kinase RIPK1. Glucose withdrawal triggered rapid plasma membrane depolarization and an influx of extracellular calcium into the cell through the L-type calcium channel Cav1.3 (CACNA1D), followed by activation of the kinase CAMK1...
January 9, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317520/atm-directs-dna-damage-responses-and-proteostasis-via-genetically-separable-pathways
#5
Ji-Hoon Lee, Michael R Mand, Chung-Hsuan Kao, Yi Zhou, Seung W Ryu, Alicia L Richards, Joshua J Coon, Tanya T Paull
The protein kinase ATM is a master regulator of the DNA damage response but also responds directly to oxidative stress. Loss of ATM causes ataxia telangiectasia, a neurodegenerative disorder with pleiotropic symptoms that include cerebellar dysfunction, cancer, diabetes, and premature aging. We genetically separated the activation of ATM by DNA damage from that by oxidative stress using separation-of-function mutations. We found that deficient activation of ATM by the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 complex and DNA double-strand breaks resulted in loss of cell viability, checkpoint activation, and DNA end resection in response to DNA damage...
January 9, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317519/%C3%AE-arrestin-biased-%C3%AE-adrenergic-signaling-promotes-extinction-learning-of-cocaine-reward-memory
#6
Bing Huang, Youxing Li, Deqin Cheng, Guanhong He, Xing Liu, Lan Ma
Extinction learning of cocaine-associated contextual cues can help prevent cocaine addicts from relapsing. Pharmacological manipulation of β-adrenergic receptor (β-AR) during extinction learning is being developed as a potential strategy to treat drug addiction. We demonstrated that the extinction learning of cocaine-associated memory was mediated by β-arrestin2-biased but not heterotrimeric guanine nucleotide-binding protein (G protein)-dependent β-adrenergic signaling. We found that administration of the nonbiased β-AR antagonist propranolol, but not the G protein-biased β-AR antagonist carvedilol, blocked extinction learning of cocaine-conditioned place preference and the associated ERK activation in the infralimbic prefrontal cortex...
January 9, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295957/the-depalmitoylase-apt1-directs-the-asymmetric-partitioning-of-notch-and-wnt-signaling-during-cell-division
#7
Ewa Stypulkowski, Irfan A Asangani, Eric S Witze
Asymmetric cell division results in two distinctly fated daughter cells. A molecular hallmark of asymmetric division is the unequal partitioning of cell fate determinants. We have previously established that growth factor signaling promotes protein depalmitoylation to foster polarized protein localization, which, in turn, drives migration and metastasis. We report protein palmitoylation as a key mechanism for the asymmetric partitioning of the cell fate determinants Numb and β-catenin through the activity of the depalmitoylating enzyme APT1...
January 2, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295956/predicting-the-future-of-signaling-for-2018
#8
EDITORIAL
Michael B Yaffe
In this Editorial, the Chief Scientific Editor of Science Signaling predicts some of the emerging areas to watch for advances in signaling research in 2018.
January 2, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295955/structural-principles-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-superfamily-signaling
#9
REVIEW
Éva S Vanamee, Denise L Faustman
The tumor necrosis factor (TNF) ligand and receptor superfamilies play an important role in cell proliferation, survival, and death. Stimulating or inhibiting TNF superfamily signaling pathways is expected to have therapeutic benefit for patients with various diseases, including cancer, autoimmunity, and infectious diseases. We review our current understanding of the structure and geometry of TNF superfamily ligands, receptors, and their interactions. A trimeric ligand and three receptors, each binding at the interface of two ligand monomers, form the basic unit of signaling...
January 2, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295954/blockade-of-tnfr2-signaling-enhances-the-immunotherapeutic-effect-of-cpg-odn-in-a-mouse-model-of-colon-cancer
#10
Yingjie Nie, Jiang He, Hidekazu Shirota, Anna L Trivett, De Yang, Dennis M Klinman, Joost J Oppenheim, Xin Chen
Through the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) receptor type II (TNFR2), TNF preferentially activates, expands, and promotes the phenotypic stability of CD4+Foxp3+ regulatory T (Treg) cells. Those Treg cells that have a high abundance of TNFR2 have the maximal immunosuppressive capacity. We investigated whether targeting TNFR2 could effectively suppress the activity of Treg cells and consequently enhance the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. We found that, relative to a suboptimal dose of the immunostimulatory Toll-like receptor 9 ligand CpG oligodeoxynucleotide (ODN), the combination of the suboptimal dose of CpG ODN with the TNFR2-blocking antibody M861 more markedly inhibited the growth of subcutaneously grafted mouse CT26 colon tumor cells...
January 2, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295953/the-endoplasmic-reticulum-residing-chaperone-bip-is-short-lived-and-metabolized-through-n-terminal-arginylation
#11
Sang Mi Shim, Ha Rim Choi, Ki Woon Sung, Yoon Jee Lee, Sung Tae Kim, Daeho Kim, Su Ran Mun, Joonsung Hwang, Hyunjoo Cha-Molstad, Aaron Ciechanover, Bo Yeon Kim, Yong Tae Kwon
BiP and other endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident proteins are thought to be metabolically stable and to function primarily in the ER lumen. We sought to assess how the abundance of these proteins dynamically fluctuates in response to various stresses and how their subpopulations are relocated to non-ER compartments such as the cytosol. We showed that the molecular chaperone BiP (also known as GRP78) was short-lived under basal conditions and ER stress. The turnover of BiP was in part driven by its amino-terminal arginylation (Nt-arginylation) by the arginyltransferase ATE1, which generated an autophagic N-degron of the N-end rule pathway...
January 2, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259102/altered-homeostasis-and-development-of-regulatory-t-cell-subsets-represent-an-il-2r-dependent-risk-for-diabetes-in-nod-mice
#12
Connor J Dwyer, Allison L Bayer, Carmen Fotino, Liping Yu, Cecilia Cabello-Kindelan, Natasha C Ward, Kevin H Toomer, Zhibin Chen, Thomas R Malek
The cytokine interleukin-2 (IL-2) is critical for the functions of regulatory T cells (Tregs). The contribution of polymorphisms in the gene encoding the IL-2 receptor α subunit (IL2RA), which are associated with type 1 diabetes, is difficult to determine because autoimmunity depends on variations in multiple genes, where the contribution of any one gene product is small. We investigated the mechanisms whereby a modest reduction in IL-2R signaling selectively in T lymphocytes influenced the development of diabetes in the NOD mouse model...
December 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259101/oncogenic-pi3k-promotes-methionine-dependency-in-breast-cancer-cells-through-the-cystine-glutamate-antiporter-xct
#13
Evan C Lien, Laura Ghisolfi, Renee C Geck, John M Asara, Alex Toker
The precursor homocysteine is metabolized either through the methionine cycle to produce methionine or through the transsulfuration pathway to synthesize cysteine. Alternatively, cysteine can be obtained through uptake of its oxidized form, cystine. Many cancer cells exhibit methionine dependency such that their proliferation is impaired in growth media in which methionine is replaced by homocysteine. We showed that oncogenic PIK3CA and decreased expression of SLC7A11, a gene that encodes a cystine transporter also known as xCT, correlated with increased methionine dependency in breast cancer cells...
December 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259100/mglur5-antagonism-increases-autophagy-and-prevents-disease-progression-in-the-zq175-mouse-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#14
Khaled S Abd-Elrahman, Alison Hamilton, Shaunessy R Hutchinson, Fang Liu, Ryan C Russell, Stephen S G Ferguson
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by an expansion in the huntingtin protein (also called Htt) that induces neuronal cell death with age. We found that the treatment of 12-month-old symptomatic heterozygous and homozygous zQ175 huntingtin knockin mice for 12 weeks with CTEP, a negative allosteric modulator of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5), reduced the size and number of huntingtin aggregates, attenuated caspase-3 activity, and reduced both neuronal apoptosis and neuronal loss in brain tissue...
December 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259099/il-2r%C3%AE-abundance-differentially-tunes-il-2-signaling-dynamics-in-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells
#15
Geoffrey A Smith, Jack Taunton, Arthur Weiss
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) stimulates both activated CD4+ and CD8+ T cells to proliferate. IL-2 signals through an identical receptor complex and promotes the same dose-dependent phosphorylation of the canonical transcription factor STAT5 in both cell types. Despite this, CD8+ T cells enter the S phase earlier and proliferate to a greater extent than do CD4+ T cells in response to IL-2. We identified distinct IL-2 signaling dynamics in CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. In IL-2-stimulated CD8+ T cells, STAT5 phosphorylation increased rapidly and was sustained for 6 hours...
December 19, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233918/rhob-controls-the-rab11-mediated-recycling-and-surface-reappearance-of-lfa-1-in-migrating-t-lymphocytes
#16
Malin Samuelsson, Katarzyna Potrzebowska, Janne Lehtonen, Jason P Beech, Ekatarina Skorova, Heli Uronen-Hansson, Lena Svensson
The regulation of cell adhesion and motility is complex and requires the intracellular trafficking of integrins to and from sites of cell adhesion, especially in fast-moving cells such as leukocytes. The Rab family of guanosine triphosphatases (GTPases) is essential for vesicle transport, and vesicles mediate intracellular integrin trafficking. We showed that RhoB regulates the vesicular transport of the integrin LFA-1 along the microtubule network in migrating T lymphocytes. Impairment in RhoB function resulted in the accumulation of both LFA-1 and the recycling endosomal marker Rab11 at the rear of migrating T lymphocytes and decreased the association between these molecules...
December 12, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233917/c-reactive-protein-promotes-bone-destruction-in-human-myeloma-through-the-cd32-p38-mapk-twist-axis
#17
Jing Yang, Zhiqiang Liu, Huan Liu, Jin He, Jianling Yang, Pei Lin, Qiang Wang, Juan Du, Wencai Ma, Zheng Yin, Eric Davis, Robert Z Orlowski, Jian Hou, Qing Yi
Bone destruction is a hallmark of myeloma and affects 80% of patients. Myeloma cells promote bone destruction by activating osteoclasts. In investigating the underlying mechanism, we found that C-reactive protein (CRP), a protein secreted in increased amounts by hepatocytes in response to myeloma-derived cytokines, activated myeloma cells to promote osteoclastogenesis and bone destruction in vivo. In mice bearing human bone grafts and injected with multiple myeloma cells, CRP bound to surface CD32 (also known as FcγRII) on myeloma cells, which activated a pathway mediated by the kinase p38 MAPK and the transcription factor Twist that enhanced the cells' secretion of osteolytic cytokines...
December 12, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233916/aging-impairs-both-primary-and-secondary-rig-i-signaling-for-interferon-induction-in-human-monocytes
#18
Ryan D Molony, Jenny T Nguyen, Yong Kong, Ruth R Montgomery, Albert C Shaw, Akiko Iwasaki
Adults older than 65 account for most of the deaths caused by respiratory influenza A virus (IAV) infections, but the underlying mechanisms for this susceptibility are poorly understood. IAV RNA is detected by the cytosolic sensor retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I), which induces the production of type I interferons (IFNs) that curtail the spread of the virus and promote the elimination of infected cells. We have previously identified a marked defect in the IAV-inducible secretion of type I IFNs, but not proinflammatory cytokines, in monocytes from older (>65 years) healthy human donors...
December 12, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208683/il-33-and-st2-mediate-fak-dependent-antitumor-immune-evasion-through-transcriptional-networks
#19
Bryan Serrels, Niamh McGivern, Marta Canel, Adam Byron, Sarah C Johnson, Henry J McSorley, Niall Quinn, David Taggart, Alex Von Kreigsheim, Stephen M Anderton, Alan Serrels, Margaret C Frame
Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) mediates tumor cell-intrinsic behaviors that promote tumor growth and metastasis. We previously showed that FAK also induces the expression of inflammatory genes that inhibit antitumor immunity in the microenvironment. We identified a crucial, previously unknown role for the dual-function cytokine interleukin-33 (IL-33) in FAK-dependent immune evasion. In murine squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells, specifically nuclear FAK enhanced the expression of the genes encoding IL-33, the chemokine CCL5, and the soluble, secreted form of the IL-33 receptor, called soluble ST2 (sST2)...
December 5, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208682/the-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-epha2-promotes-glutamine-metabolism-in-tumors-by-activating-the-transcriptional-coactivators-yap-and-taz
#20
Deanna N Edwards, Verra M Ngwa, Shan Wang, Eileen Shiuan, Dana M Brantley-Sieders, Laura C Kim, Albert B Reynolds, Jin Chen
Malignant tumors reprogram cellular metabolism to support cancer cell proliferation and survival. Although most cancers depend on a high rate of aerobic glycolysis, many cancer cells also display addiction to glutamine. Glutamine transporters and glutaminase activity are critical for glutamine metabolism in tumor cells. We found that the receptor tyrosine kinase EphA2 activated the TEAD family transcriptional coactivators YAP and TAZ (YAP/TAZ), likely in a ligand-independent manner, to promote glutamine metabolism in cells and mouse models of HER2-positive breast cancer...
December 5, 2017: Science Signaling
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