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Honghong Zhou, Yongshuo Liu, Rui Zhu, Fang Ding, Xiufeng Cao, Dongxin Lin, Zhihua Liu
Snail is a key regulator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and plays an important role in tumor progression and metastasis. Snail is rapidly degraded in the cells and its protein level is critically controlled. Although several E3 ligases regulating Snail degradation have been defined, the deubiquitinases (DUBs) responsible for Snail deubiquitination are less studied. We identified ovarian tumor domain-containing ubiquitin aldehyde binding protein 1 (OTUB1) as a DUB that stabilizes Snail through preventing its ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation...
March 21, 2018: Oncogene
Sheng Zhang, Chengrong Xie, Honghe Li, Kang Zhang, Jie Li, Xiaomin Wang, Zhenyu Yin
Ubiquitin-specific protease 11 (USP11) is a deubiquitinating enzyme that exerts its biological functions by regulating multiple signaling pathways such as p53, NF-κB, TGF-β, and Hippo. A large body of evidence supports a link between UPS11 and tumorigenesis. However, the clinical significance and biological function of USP11 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. Here, USP11 expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry in a pilot series of 71 HCC clinical samples, and the association between USP11 expression and clinicopathological features and overall survival time was analyzed...
March 15, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Weinan Guo, Jinyuan Ma, Tianli Pei, Tao Zhao, Sen Guo, Xiuli Yi, Yu Liu, Shiyu Wang, Guannan Zhu, Zhe Jian, Tianwen Gao, Chunying Li, Wenjun Liao, Qiong Shi
Melanoma is the most malignant skin cancer with increasing incidence worldwide. Although innovative therapies such as BRAF inhibitor and immune checkpoint inhibitor have gained remarkable advances, metastatic melanoma remains an incurable disease for its notorious aggressiveness. Therefore, further clarification of the underlying mechanism of melanoma pathogenesis is critical for the improvement of melanoma therapy. Ubiquitination is an important regulatory event for cancer hallmarks and melanoma development, and the deubiquitinating enzymes including ubiquitin-specific peptidase (USP) families are greatly implicated in modulating cancer biology...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Wen Ye, Shaoping Ling, Ran-Yi Liu, Zhi-Zhong Pan, Gaoyuan Wang, Shijuan Gao, Jiangxue Wu, Lihua Cao, Lili Dong, Yingchang Li, Yi Zhou, Wuying Du, Xiangqi Meng, Jinna Chen, Xinyuan Guan, Yulong He, Changchuan Pan, X F Steven Zheng, Xuemei Lu, Shuai Chen, Wenlin Huang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide, with more than 1.3 million new cases and 690,000 deaths each year. In China, the incidence of CRC has increased dramatically due to dietary and lifestyle changes, to become the fifth leading cause of cancer-related death. Here, we performed whole-exome sequencing in 50rectal cancer cases among the Chinese population as part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium research project. Frequently-mutated genes and enriched pathways were identified...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pathology
Marcin D Tomala, Katarzyna Magiera-Mularz, Katarzyna Kubica, Sylwia Krzanik, Bartosz Zieba, Bogdan Musielak, Marcin Pustula, Grzegorz M Popowicz, Michael Sattler, Grzegorz Dubin, Lukasz Skalniak, Tad A Holak
USP2a is a deubiquitinating protease that rescues its target proteins from destruction by the proteasome by reversing the process of protein ubiquitination. USP2a shows oncogenic properties in vivo and has been found to be a specific activator of cyclin D1. Many types of cancers are addicted to cyclin D1 expression. Targeting USP2a is a promising strategy for cancer therapy but little progress has been made in the field of inhibition of USP2a. Using NMR-based fragment screening and biophysical binding assays, we have discovered small molecules that bind to USP2a...
March 5, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Ashraf Brik, Roman Meledin, Sachitanand Mali, Oded Kleifeld
We report a general and novel semisynthetic strategy for the preparation of ubiquitinated protein activity based probes applying sequential dehydroalanine formation on expressed proteins. We applied this approach to construct physiologically and therapeutically relevant ubiquitinated α-globin probe, which was used for the enrichment and proteomic identification of α-globin modulating deubiquitinases. We found USP15 as a potential deubiquitinase, modulating α-globin, which excess aggravates beta-thalassemia symptoms...
March 12, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Guanghui Qian, Xiaohan Hu, Gen Li, Yueyue Ding, Liyan Zhu, Hui Zheng, Mei Li, Zhiheng Li, Jian Pan, Yiping Li, Gang Li, Chun Yang, Ying Liu, Yi Xie, Haitao Lv
Protein ubiquitination and deubiquitination enzymes are widely involved in innate immune responses. The ubiquitin specific protease 25 (USP25), a deubiquitinating enzyme, has been demonstrated to play an important role in virus infection and immunity. However, how USP25 is degraded and regulated by E3 ubiquitin ligases remains poorly understood. Here, we identified Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor 1(Smurf1) as a first novel E3 ubiquitin ligase of USP25. Smurf1 overexpression decreases USP25 protein turnover, and the E3 ligase enzymatic activity of Smurf1 is required for USP25 degradation...
March 5, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Soo-Yeon Kim, Seul-Ki Kwon, So-Young Lee, Kwang-Hyun Baek
Most proteins undergo ubiquitination, a process by which ubiquitin proteins bind to their substrate proteins; by contrast, deubiquitination is a process that reverses ubiquitination. Deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) function to remove ubiquitin proteins from the protein targets and serve an essential role in regulating DNA repair, protein degradation, apoptosis and immune responses. Abnormal regulation of DUBs may affect a number of cellular processes and may lead to a variety of human diseases, including cancer...
March 5, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Cai Li, Ji Zhang, Haiwei Xu, Mujun Chang, Chuntao Lv, Wenhua Xue, Zhizhen Song, Lizhen Zhang, Xiaojian Zhang, Xin Tian
Acute stress could trigger maladaptive changes associated with stress-related cognitive and emotional deficits. Dysfunction of ion channel or receptor in the hippocampal area has been linked to the cognitive deficits induced by stress. It is known that Kv7 channel openers, including FDA-approved drug retigabine, show cognitive protective efficacy. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. Here we showed that exposing adult male rats to acute stress significantly impaired the spatial memory, a cognitive process controlled by the hippocampus...
March 1, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Pei-Ying Wang, Kuei-Ting Chang, Yu-Mei Lin, Ting-Yu Kuo, Guey-Shin Wang
The Muscleblind-like protein family (MBNL) plays an important role in regulating the transition between differentiation and pluripotency and in the pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), a CTG expansion disorder. How different MBNL isoforms contribute to the differentiation and are affected in DM1 has not been investigated. Here, we show that the MBNL1 cytoplasmic, but not nuclear, isoform promotes neurite morphogenesis and reverses the morphological defects caused by expanded CUG RNA. Cytoplasmic MBNL1 is polyubiquitinated by lysine 63 (K63)...
February 27, 2018: Cell Reports
Benoit Miotto, Claire Marchal, Guillaume Adelmant, Nadège Guinot, Ping Xie, Jarrod A Marto, Lingqiang Zhang, Pierre-Antoine Defossez
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are a byproduct of cell metabolism, and can also arise from environmental sources, such as toxins or radiation. Depending on dose and context, ROS have both beneficial and deleterious roles in mammalian development and disease, therefore it is crucial to understand how these molecules are generated, sensed, and detoxified. The question of how oxidative stress connects to the epigenome, in particular, is important yet incompletely understood. Here we show that an epigenetic regulator, the methyl-CpG-binding protein ZBTB38, limits the basal cellular production of ROS, is induced by ROS, and is required to mount a proper response to oxidative stress...
February 27, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Jun Hwan Kim, Dongyeob Seo, Sun-Jick Kim, Dong Wook Choi, Jin Seok Park, Jihoon Ha, Jungwon Choi, Ji-Hyung Lee, Su Myung Jung, Kyoung-Wan Seo, Eun-Woo Lee, Youn Sook Lee, Heesun Cheong, Cheol Yong Choi, Seok Hee Park
Autophagy begins with the formation of autophagosomes, a process that depends on the activity of the serine/threonine kinase ULK1 (hATG1). Although earlier studies indicated that ULK1 activity is regulated by dynamic polyubiquitination, the deubiquitinase involved in the regulation of ULK1 remained unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that ubiquitin-specific protease 20 (USP20) acts as a positive regulator of autophagy initiation through stabilizing ULK1. At basal state, USP20 binds to and stabilizes ULK1 by removing the ubiquitin moiety, thereby interfering with the lysosomal degradation of ULK1...
February 27, 2018: EMBO Reports
Ishita Gupta, Kanika Singh, Nishant K Varshney, Sameena Khan
Regulatory functions of the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) are exercised mainly by the ubiquitin ligases and deubiquitinating enzymes. Degradation of apoptotic proteins by UPS is central to the maintenance of cell health, and deregulation of this process is associated with several diseases including tumors, neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, and inflammation. Therefore, it is the view that interrogating protein turnover in cells can offer a strategy for delineating disease-causing mechanistic perturbations and facilitate identification of drug targets...
2018: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
Thomas Hermanns, Christian Pichlo, Ilka Woiwode, Karsten Klopffleisch, Katharina F Witting, Huib Ovaa, Ulrich Baumann, Kay Hofmann
Deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) regulate ubiquitin signaling by trimming ubiquitin chains or removing ubiquitin from modified substrates. Similar activities exist for ubiquitin-related modifiers, although the enzymes involved are usually not related. Here, we report human ZUFSP (also known as ZUP1 and C6orf113) and fission yeast Mug105 as founding members of a DUB family different from the six known DUB classes. The crystal structure of human ZUFSP in covalent complex with propargylated ubiquitin shows that the DUB family shares a fold with UFM1- and Atg8-specific proteases, but uses a different active site more similar to canonical DUB enzymes...
February 23, 2018: Nature Communications
Leena Arpalahti, Alli Laitinen, Jaana Hagström, Harri Mustonen, Arto Kokkola, Camilla Böckelman, Caj Haglund, Carina I Holmberg
Gastric cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Accurate prediction of disease progression is difficult, and new biomarkers for clinical use are essential. Recently, we reported that the proteasome-associated deubiquitinating enzyme UCHL5/Uch37 is a new prognostic marker in both rectal cancer and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Here, we have assessed by immunohistochemistry UCHL5 tumor expression in gastric cancer. The study cohort comprised 650 patients, who underwent surgery in Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, between 1983 and 2009...
2018: PloS One
Aram Ko, Su Yeon Han, Chel Hun Choi, Hanbyoul Cho, Min-Sik Lee, Soo-Youl Kim, Joon Seon Song, Kyeong-Man Hong, Han-Woong Lee, Stephen M Hewitt, Joon-Yong Chung, Jaewhan Song
Oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) is a critical tumor-suppressor mechanism, which prevents hyper-proliferation and transformation of cells. c-Myc promotes OIS through the transcriptional activation of p14ARF followed by p53 activation. Although the oncogene-mediated transcriptional regulation of p14ARF has been well addressed, the post-translational modification of p14ARF regulated by oncogenic stress has yet to be investigated. Here, we found that c-Myc increased p14ARF protein stability by inducing the transcription of ubiquitin-specific protease 10 (USP10)...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Ke Xu, Hua Pei, Zhenhao Zhang, Huamin Wang, Liang Li, Qianfeng Xia
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most aggressive types of brain tumor worldwide. Despite the advances made in treatment and research, the median survival time for GBM patients remains <1.5 years, providing impetus for the identification of potential novel therapeutic target genes to improve GBM treatment. The deubiquitinating enzyme ubiquitin specific peptidase 15 (USP15) has emerged as a pro-oncogenic factor; however, its function in GBM has yet to be fully elucidated. The present study sought to determine whether or not USP15 is implicated in GBM cell invasion and proliferation...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Cong Yan, Huanhuan Huo, Cuiwei Yang, Tao Zhang, Yuanyuan Chu, Yanfen Liu
Ubiquitination modification has been shown to play a key role in autophagy. Increasing studies reported the involvement of de-ubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) in autophagy pathway. To systematically search how DUBs manipulate autophagy, we utilized a double fluorescence tagged LC3 stable HeLa cell line, and did a genome wide screen of 55 human DUBs which is about 60% coverage of the DUB family. We found a bunch of DUBs have impact on autophagy by either changing the LC3 puncta formation or the autophagy flux. One of them, Ubiquitin C-Terminal Hydrolase L1 (UCHL1) correlated to Parkinson's disease, strongly affects autophagy by inhibiting autophagosome formation...
February 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shannel R Adams, So Maezawa, Kris G Alavattam, Hironori Abe, Akihiko Sakashita, Megan Shroder, Tyler J Broering, Julie Sroga Rios, Michael A Thomas, Xinhua Lin, Carolyn M Price, Artem Barski, Paul R Andreassen, Satoshi H Namekawa
The sex chromosomes are enriched with germline genes that are activated during the late stages of spermatogenesis. Due to meiotic sex chromosome inactivation (MSCI), these sex chromosome-linked genes must escape silencing for activation in spermatids, thereby ensuring their functions for male reproduction. RNF8, a DNA damage response protein, and SCML2, a germline-specific Polycomb protein, are two major, known regulators of this process. Here, we show that RNF8 and SCML2 cooperate to regulate ubiquitination during meiosis, an early step to establish active histone modifications for subsequent gene activation...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Lei Li, Tongzheng Liu, Yunhui Li, Chenming Wu, Kuntian Luo, Yujiao Yin, Yuping Chen, Somaira Nowsheen, Jinhuan Wu, Zhenkun Lou, Jian Yuan
The Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1), a major downstream effector of the Hippo pathway, functions as a transcriptional regulator and has an important role in cellular control of organ size and tumor growth. Elevated oncogenic activity of YAP1 has been clarified in different types of human cancers, which contributes to cancer cell survival and chemoresistance. However, the molecular mechanism of YAP1 overexpression in cancer is still not clear. Here we demonstrate that the deubiquitination enzyme USP9X deubiquitinates and stabilizes YAP1, thereby promoting cancer cell survival...
February 16, 2018: Oncogene
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