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Kwong-Fai Wong, Angela M Liu, Wanjin Hong, Zhi Xu, John M Luk
The Hippo pathway regulates the down-stream target Yes-associated protein (YAP) to maintain organ homeostasis, which is commonly inactivated in many types of cancers. However, how cell adhesion dysregulates the Hippo pathway activating YAP oncogene in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. Our findings demonstrate that α2β1 integrin (but not other β1 integrins) expressed in HCC cells, after binding to collagen extracellular matrix, could inhibit MST1 kinase phosphorylation and activate YAP pro-oncogenic activities...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Marlen Thiere, Stefanie Kliche, Bettina Müller, Jan Teuber, Isabell Nold, Oliver Stork
Integrin-mediated cell adhesion and signaling is of critical importance for neuronal differentiation. Recent evidence suggests that an "inside-out" activation of β1-integrin, similar to that observed in hematopoietic cells, contributes to the growth and branching of dendrites. In this study, we investigated the role of the hematopoietic adaptor protein adhesion and degranulation promoting adapter protein (ADAP) in these processes. We demonstrate the expression of ADAP in the developing and adult nervous hippocampus, and in outgrowing dendrites of primary hippocampal neurons...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Hao Zhang, Decheng Geng, Jian Gao, Yanhua Qi, Yi Shi, Yan Wang, Yang Jiang, Yu Zhang, Jiale Fu, Yu Dong, Shangfeng Gao, Rutong Yu, Xiuping Zhou
Dysregulation of Hippo/YAP signaling leads to aberrant cell growth and neoplasia. Although the roles and regulation of Hippo/YAP signaling were extensively studied in cancer biology recently, study systematically checking the expression pattern of core components of this pathway at the tumor tissue level remains lacking. In this study, we thoroughly examined the profile of core components of Hippo/YAP signaling in patient specimens both at the mRNA and at protein levels. We found that the mRNA level of YAP1/TAZ and their target genes, CRY61, CTGF, and BIRC5, was remarkably amplified in glioma tissues...
October 7, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Goar Sánchez-Sanz, Bartłomiej Tywoniuk, David Matallanas, David Romano, Lan K Nguyen, Boris N Kholodenko, Edina Rosta, Walter Kolch, Nicolae-Viorel Buchete
RASSF enzymes act as key apoptosis activators and tumor suppressors, being downregulated in many human cancers, although their exact regulatory roles remain unknown. A key downstream event in the RASSF pathway is the regulation of MST kinases, which are main effectors of RASSF-induced apoptosis. The regulation of MST1/2 includes both homo- and heterodimerization, mediated by helical SARAH domains, though the underlying molecular interaction mechanism is unclear. Here, we study the interactions between RASSF1A, RASSF5, and MST2 SARAH domains by using both atomistic molecular simulation techniques and experiments...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Angela R M Kurz, Monika Pruenster, Ina Rohwedder, Mahalakshmi Ramadass, Kerstin Schäfer, Ute Harrison, Gabriel Gouveia, Claudia Nussbaum, Roland Immler, Johannes R Wiessner, Andreas Margraf, Dae-Sik Lim, Barbara Walzog, Steffen Dietzel, Markus Moser, Christoph Klein, Dietmar Vestweber, Rainer Haas, Sergio D Catz, Markus Sperandio
Neutrophils need to penetrate the perivascular basement membrane for successful extravasation into inflamed tissue, but this process is incompletely understood. Recent findings have associated mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (MST1) loss of function with a human primary immunodeficiency disorder, suggesting that MST1 may be involved in immune cell migration. Here, we have shown that MST1 is a critical regulator of neutrophil extravasation during inflammation. Mst1-deficient (Mst1-/-) neutrophils were unable to migrate into inflamed murine cremaster muscle venules, instead persisting between the endothelium and the basement membrane...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Jianqiang Hu, Lei Zhang, Yang Yang, Yanjie Guo, Yanhong Fan, Mingming Zhang, Wanrong Man, Erhe Gao, Wei Hu, Russel J Reiter, Haichang Wang, Dongdong Sun
Melatonin reportedly protects against several cardiovascular diseases including ischemia/reperfusion (I/R), atherosclerosis and hypertension. The present study investigated the effects and mechanisms of melatonin on cardiomyocyte autophagy, apoptosis and mitochondrial injury in the context of MI. We demonstrated that melatonin significantly alleviated cardiac dysfunction after MI. Four weeks after MI, echocardiography and Masson staining indicated that melatonin notably mitigated adverse left ventricle remodeling...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Pineal Research
Jie Lin, Lei Zhang, Mingming Zhang, Jianqiang Hu, Tingting Wang, Yu Duan, Wanrong Man, Bin Wu, Jiaxu Feng, Lei Sun, Congye Li, Rongqing Zhang, Haichang Wang, Dongdong Sun
Cardiovascular complications account for a substantial proportion of morbidity and mortality in diabetic patients. Abnormalities of cardiac microvascular endothelial cells (CMECs) lead to impaired cardiac microvascular vessel integrity and subsequent cardiac dysfunction, underlining the importance of coronary microvascular dysfunction. In this study, experimental diabetes models were constructed using Mst1 transgenic, Mst1 knockout and sirt1 knockout mice. Diabetic Mst1 transgenic mice exhibited impaired cardiac microvessel integrity and decreased cardiac function...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yin Xu, Kaiqiang Wang, Qin Yu
FRMD6 is an Ezrin/Radixin/Moesin (ERM) family protein and a human homologue of Drosophila expanded (ex). Ex functions in parallel of Drosophila merlin at upstream of the Hippo signaling pathway that controls proliferation, apoptosis, tissue regeneration, and tumorigenesis. Even though the core kinase cascade (MST1/2-Lats1/2-YAP/TAZ) of the Hippo pathway has been well established, its upstream regulators are not well understood. Merlin promotes activation of the Hippo pathway. However, the effect of FRMD6 on the Hippo pathway is controversial...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Tsung-Jen Liao, Chung-Jung Tsai, Hyunbum Jang, David Fushman, Ruth Nussinov
Is RASSF5 a tumor suppressor or activator? RASSF5 links K-Ras and the Hippo pathway. Hippo's signaling promotes YAP1 phosphorylation and degradation. YAP1 overexpression promotes cancer. Most reports point to RASSF5 suppressing cancer; however, some point to its promoting cancer. Our mechanistic view explains how RASSF5 can activate MST1/2 and suppress cancer in vivo; but inhibits MST1/2 in vitro. We propose that both activation and inhibition of MST1/2 can take place via SARAH heterodimerization. Our thesis in vivo, membrane-anchored Ras dimers (or nanoclusters) can promote SARAH domain heterodimerization, Raf-like MST1/2 kinase domain homodimerization and trans-autophosphorylation...
September 16, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Kati Kemppainen, Nina Wentus, Taru Lassila, Asta Laiho, Kid Törnquist
Sphingosylphosphorylcholine (SPC) is a bioactive sphingolipid which regulates many cancer-related processes, including cellular proliferation. The Hippo signaling pathway consists of a cascade of tumor suppressive kinases Mst1/2 and Lats1/2 and their downstream targets YAP and TAZ which are generally pro-proliferative transcriptional regulators. Direct phosphorylation by Lats1/2 causes inhibition or degradation of YAP/TAZ and down-regulation of their target genes. We found SPC treatment of MDA-MB-435S breast cancer cells to strongly inhibit their proliferation and to induce a sustained Lats2 protein expression (6-24h)...
December 2016: Cellular Signalling
Jacob A Galan, Joseph Avruch
The MST1 and MST2 protein kinases comprise the GCK-II subfamily of protein kinases. In addition to their amino-terminal kinase catalytic domain, related to that of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae protein kinase Ste20, their most characteristic feature is the presence near the carboxy terminus of a unique helical structure called a SARAH domain; this segment allows MST1/MST2 to homodimerize and to heterodimerize with the other polypeptides that contain SARAH domains, the noncatalytic polypeptides RASSF1-6 and Sav1/WW45...
October 4, 2016: Biochemistry
Xingcheng Chen, Yuanhong Chen, Jixin Dong
Mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1/2 (MST1/2) are core tumor suppressors in the Hippo signaling pathway. MST1/2 have been shown to regulate mitotic progression. Here, we report a novel mechanism for phospho-regulation of MST2 in mitosis and its biological significance in cancer. We found that the mitotic kinase cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) phosphorylates MST2 in vitro and in vivo at serine 385 during antimitotic drug-induced G2/M phase arrest. This phosphorylation occurs transiently during unperturbed mitosis...
December 2016: Cellular Signalling
Daniela Araiza-Olivera, Jonathan Chernoff
Ras oncoproteins can promote or suppress cellular apoptosis, but the mechanisms underlying these varied responses remain incompletely understood. Ras is linked to the Hippo tumor suppressor pathway, a highly conserved signaling cassette that regulates organ size in animals ranging from flies to humans. The proximal members of this pathway, Mammalian Ste20-like kinases (Msts) -1 and -2, self-associate in homodimers and also form heterodimers with other proteins. Formation of such complexes is known to regulate Mst kinase activity and thus, the Hippo pathway...
August 25, 2016: Small GTPases
Sepideh Vahid, Daksh Thaper, Kate F Gibson, Jennifer L Bishop, Amina Zoubeidi
Heat shock protein 27 (Hsp27) is a molecular chaperone highly expressed in aggressive cancers, where it is involved in numerous pro-tumorigenic signaling pathways. Using functional genomics we identified for the first time that Hsp27 regulates the gene signature of transcriptional co-activators YAP and TAZ, which are negatively regulated by the Hippo Tumor Suppressor pathway. The Hippo pathway inactivates YAP by phosphorylating and increasing its cytoplasmic retention with the 14.3.3 proteins. Gain and loss of function experiments in prostate, breast and lung cancer cells showed that Hsp27 knockdown induced YAP phosphorylation and cytoplasmic localization while overexpression of Hsp27 displayed opposite results...
2016: Scientific Reports
Fuqin Fan, Zhixiang He, Lu-Lu Kong, Qinghua Chen, Quan Yuan, Shihao Zhang, Jinjin Ye, Hao Liu, Xiufeng Sun, Jing Geng, Lunzhi Yuan, Lixin Hong, Chen Xiao, Weiji Zhang, Xihuan Sun, Yunzhan Li, Ping Wang, Lihong Huang, Xinrui Wu, Zhiliang Ji, Qiao Wu, Ning-Shao Xia, Nathanael S Gray, Lanfen Chen, Cai-Hong Yun, Xianming Deng, Dawang Zhou
Tissue repair and regenerative medicine address the important medical needs to replace damaged tissue with functional tissue. Most regenerative medicine strategies have focused on delivering biomaterials and cells, yet there is the untapped potential for drug-induced regeneration with good specificity and safety profiles. The Hippo pathway is a key regulator of organ size and regeneration by inhibiting cell proliferation and promoting apoptosis. Kinases MST1 and MST2 (MST1/2), the mammalian Hippo orthologs, are central components of this pathway and are, therefore, strong target candidates for pharmacologically induced tissue regeneration...
August 17, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Jing Yi, Li Lu, Kilangsungla Yanger, Wenqi Wang, Bo Hwa Sohn, Ben Z Stanger, Min Zhang, James F Martin, Jaffer A Ajani, Junjie Chen, Ju-Seog Lee, Shumei Song, Randy L Johnson
: In the adult liver, the Hippo pathway mammalian STE20-like protein kinases 1 and 2 and large tumor suppressor homologs 1 and 2 (LATS1/2) control activation of the transcriptional coactivators Yes-associated protein (YAP) and WW domain containing transcription regulator 1 (TAZ) in hepatocytes and biliary epithelial cells, thereby regulating liver cell proliferation, differentiation, and malignant transformation. Less is known about the contribution of Hippo signaling to liver development...
November 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Sung-Young Shin, Lan K Nguyen
The Hippo signalling pathway has recently emerged as an important regulator of cell apoptosis and proliferation with significant implications in human diseases. In mammals, the pathway contains the core kinases MST1/2, which phosphorylate and activate LATS1/2 kinases. The pro-apoptotic function of the MST/LATS signalling axis was previously linked to the Akt and ERK MAPK pathways, demonstrating that the Hippo pathway does not act alone but crosstalks with other signalling pathways to coordinate network dynamics and cellular outcomes...
2016: Genes
Wang Fei, Zhang Huiyu, Dou Yuxin, Li Shiting, Zhang Gang, Tan Yinghui
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have clarified that calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) can promote the biologi- cal activity of osteoblasts. To further reveal the role of CGRP in bone repair, we studied its influence on osteogenic differentia- tion of mouse bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and initially explored the effect of the Hippo signaling pathway with this process. METHODS: BMSCs were induced to osteogenic differentiate osteoblasts by different concentrations of CGRP for a screening of the optimal concentration...
June 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
Mingming Zhang, Lei Zhang, Jianqiang Hu, Jie Lin, Tingting Wang, Yu Duan, Wanrong Man, Jiaxu Feng, Lei Sun, Hongbing Jia, Congye Li, Rongqing Zhang, Haichang Wang, Dongdong Sun
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is associated with suppressed autophagy and augmented apoptosis in the heart although the interplay between the two remains elusive. The ability of mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 to regulate both autophagy and apoptosis prompted us to investigate it as a possible candidate in the progression of DCM. METHODS: Wild-type, Mst1 (also known as Stk4) transgenic and Mst1-knockout mice were challenged with streptozotocin to induce experimental diabetes...
November 2016: Diabetologia
Kun Zhang, Zhimei Hu, Haixia Qi, Zhemin Shi, Yanan Chang, Qingbin Yao, Hongmei Cui, Lina Zheng, Yawei Han, Xiaohui Han, Zhen Zhang, Ting Chen, Wei Hong
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers leading to high mortality. However, long-term administration of anti-tumor therapy for CRC is not feasible due to the side effects. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs), particularly DHA and EPA, exert protection against CRC, but the mechanisms are unclear. Here, we show that ω-3 PUFAs inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of CRC cells in vitro and alleviate AOM/DSS-induced mice colorectal cancer in vivo. Moreover, ω-3 PUFAs promote phosphorylation and cytoplasmic retention of YAP and this effect was mediated by MST1/2 and LATS1, suggesting that the canonical Hippo Pathway is involved in ω-3 PUFAs function...
August 5, 2016: Oncotarget
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