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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646551/prospero-related-homeobox-1-drives-angiogenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-selectively-activating-il-8-expression
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Yanfeng Liu, Yonglong Zhang, Shenghao Wang, Qiong-Zhu Dong, Zhongliang Shen, Wei Wang, Shuai Tao, Chenjian Gu, Jing Liu, Youhua Xie, Lun-Xiu Qin
Angiogenesis has been proven to play an important role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular mechanism underlying HCC angiogenesis is not well understood. In this study, Prospero-related homeobox 1 (PROX1) was identified as a novel pro-angiogenic factor in HCC cell lines and tissues. A strong positive correlation was found between the levels of PROX1 and microvessel density in HCC tissues. Knockdown of PROX1 expression in HCC cells significantly inhibited the in vitro capillary tube formation by human vascular endothelial cells and in vivo angiogenesis of HCC, while overexpression of PROX1 in HCC cells induced the opposite effects...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639727/switching-futile-para-quinone-to-efficient-ros-generator-ubiquitin-specific-protease-2-inhibition-electrocatalysis-and-quantification
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Ashraf Brik, Pushparathinam Gopinath, Atif Mahammed, Tal Eilon-Shaffer, Mickal Nawatha, Shimrit Ohayon, Doron Shabat, Zeev Gross
Understanding the correlation between structural features of small molecule drugs to its mode of action is a fascinating topic and crucial for the drug discovery process. However, in many cases the exact parameters that dictate the mode of action is still lacking. Following a large screening for USP2 inhibition identified effective para-quinone based inhibitor with unclear mode of action. For gaining a deep knowledge on its mechanism of inhibition, a set of para-quinones was prepared and studied for USP2 inhibition, electrocatalysis and ROS quantification...
June 22, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621429/the-sumo-targeted-ubiquitin-ligase-dgrn-is-essential-for-drosophila-innate-immunity
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Bella Koltun, Eliza Shackelford, François Bonnay, Nicolas Matt, Jean Marc Reichhart, Amir Orian
The ability of metazoans to combat pathogenic infection involves both systemic and local responses to the invading pathogens. Ubiquitin and SUMO pathways molecularly regulate the response to infection, immune signaling and gene expression. Here, we report that Degringolade (Dgrn, CG10981), a SUMO-targeted ubiquitin ligase connecting the two pathways, is essential for the innate immunity response in Drosophila. dgrn(DK) null and heterozygous mutant adult flies are severely immune-compromised and succumb rapidly to both pathogenic bacteria and fungi infections...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619731/usp25-regulates-wnt-signaling-by-controlling-the-stability-of-tankyrases
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Daichao Xu, Jianping Liu, Tao Fu, Bing Shan, Lihui Qian, Lifeng Pan, Junying Yuan
Aberrant activation of the Wnt signaling pathway plays an important role in human cancer development. Wnt signaling is negatively regulated by Axin, a scaffolding protein that controls a rate-limiting step in the destruction of β-catenin, the central activator of the Wnt pathway. In Wnt-stimulated cells, Axin is rapidly modified by tankyrase-mediated poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation, which promotes the proteolysis of Axin and consequent stabilization of β-catenin. Thus, regulation of the levels and activity of tankyrases is mechanistically important in controlling Wnt signaling...
June 15, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597490/downregulation-of-usp32-inhibits-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-human-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Wenyu Hu, Haiyan Wei, Keming Li, Pei Li, Jiamao Lin, Rui Feng
OBJECTIVES: Ubiquitin specific protease 32 (USP32) is a highly conserved but uncharacterized gene, which has been reported to be associated with growth of breast cancer cells. However, the role of USP32 in human small cell lung cancer (SCLC) has not been uncovered. The aim of this study was to investigate and evaluate the clinical significance of USP32 in patients with SCLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expression of USP32 was firstly investigated using public online data sets and then determined in SCLC tissues and cell lines using quantitative real-time PCR, Western blotting and immunohistochemical staining...
June 9, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589199/the-strategies-for-identification-and-quantification-of-sumoylation
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Yan Zhang, Yueying Li, Bo Tang, Chun-Yang Zhang
SUMOylation is a post-translational modification that plays critical roles in a multitude of cellular processes including transcription, cellular localization, DNA repair and cell cycle progression. Similar to ubiquitin, the small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) are covalently attached to the epsilon amino group of lysine residues in the substrates. To understand the regulation and the dynamics of post-translational modifications (PTMs), the identification and quantification of SUMOylation is strictly needed...
June 7, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587923/generation-and-validation-of-intracellular-ubiquitin-variant-inhibitors-for-usp7-and-usp10
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Wei Zhang, Maria A Sartori, Taras Makhnevych, Kelly E Federowicz, Xiaohui Dong, Li Liu, Satra Nim, Aiping Dong, Jingsong Yang, Yanjun Li, Dania Haddad, Andreas Ernst, Dirk Heerding, Yufeng Tong, Jason Moffat, Sachdev S Sidhu
Post-translational modification of the p53 signaling pathway plays an important role in cell cycle progression and stress-induced apoptosis. Indeed, a large body of work has shown that dysregulation of p53 and its E3 ligase MDM2 by the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) promotes carcinogenesis and malignant transformation. Thus, drug discovery efforts have focused on the restoration of wild-type p53 activity or inactivation of oncogenic mutant p53 by targeted inhibition of UPS components, particularly key deubiquitinases (DUBs) of the ubiquitin-specific protease (USP) class...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584101/deubiquitinating-enzyme-vcip135-dictates-the-duration-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-a-intoxication
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Yien Che Tsai, Archana Kotiya, Erkan Kiris, Mei Yang, Sina Bavari, Lino Tessarollo, George A Oyler, Allan M Weissman
Botulism is characterized by flaccid paralysis, which can be caused by intoxication with any of the seven known serotypes of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), all of which disrupt synaptic transmission by endoproteolytic cleavage of SNARE proteins. BoNT serotype A (BoNT/A) has the most prolonged or persistent effects, which can last several months, and exerts its effects by specifically cleaving and inactivating SNAP25. A major factor contributing to the persistence of intoxication is the long half-life of the catalytic light chain, which remains enzymatically active months after entry into cells...
June 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574164/limited-and-digestive-proteolysis-crosstalk-between-evolutionary-conserved-pathways
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Elena A Minina, Panagiotis N Moschou, Peter V Bozhkov
I. II. III. IV. V. References SUMMARY: Proteases can either digest target proteins or perform the so-called 'limited proteolysis' by cleaving polypeptide chains at specific site(s). Autophagy and the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) are two main mechanisms carrying out digestive proteolysis. While the net outcome of digestive proteolysis is the loss of function of protein substrates, limited proteolysis can additionally lead to gain or switch of function. Recent evidence of crosstalk between autophagy, UPS and limited proteolysis indicates that these pathways are parts of the same proteolytic nexus...
June 2, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544703/high-ubiquitin-specific-protease-44-expression-induces-dna-aneuploidy-and-provides-independent-prognostic-information-in-gastric-cancer
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Sho Nishimura, Eiji Oki, Koji Ando, Makoto Iimori, Yu Nakaji, Yuichiro Nakashima, Hiroshi Saeki, Yoshinao Oda, Yoshihiko Maehara
Chromosomal instability (CIN), characterized by aneuploidy, is a major molecular subtype of gastric cancer. The deubiquitinase USP44 is an important regulator of APC activation in the spindle checkpoint and leads to proper chromosome separation to prevent aneuploidy. Aberrant expression of USP44 leads CIN in cells; however, the correlation between USP44 and DNA aneuploidy in gastric cancer is largely unknown. We analyzed USP44 expression in 207 patients with gastric cancer by immunohistochemistry and found that the proportion of USP44 expression was higher in gastric cancer tumors (mean, 39...
June 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544031/ubiquitin-specific-protease-8-is-a-novel-prognostic-marker-in-early-stage-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Yunjung Kim, Aya Shiba-Ishii, Tomoki Nakagawa, Ryan Edbert Husni, Shingo Sakashita, Tomoyo Takeuchi, Masayuki Noguchi
Alterations of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression frequently occur in early-stage lung adenocarcinoma. Ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8) has been reported to stabilize EGFR protein at the plasma membrane through the recycling pathway. Here, we examined the correlation between USP8 expression and the expression or mutation status of EGFR, as well as the clinicopathological features of lung adenocarcinoma and patient outcome. Expression of EGFR and USP8 in surgically resected specimens of lung adenocarcinoma (82 cases) was examined by immunohistochemistry...
May 19, 2017: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542609/potent-and-selective-inhibition-of-pathogenic-viruses-by-engineered-ubiquitin-variants
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Wei Zhang, Ben A Bailey-Elkin, Robert C M Knaap, Baldeep Khare, Tim J Dalebout, Garrett G Johnson, Puck B van Kasteren, Nigel J McLeish, Jun Gu, Wenguang He, Marjolein Kikkert, Brian L Mark, Sachdev S Sidhu
The recent Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Ebola and Zika virus outbreaks exemplify the continued threat of (re-)emerging viruses to human health, and our inability to rapidly develop effective therapeutic countermeasures. Many viruses, including MERS-CoV and the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus (CCHFV) encode deubiquitinating (DUB) enzymes that are critical for viral replication and pathogenicity. They bind and remove ubiquitin (Ub) and interferon stimulated gene 15 (ISG15) from cellular proteins to suppress host antiviral innate immune responses...
May 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540600/microglial-interferon-signaling-and-white-matter
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Ashley McDonough, Richard V Lee, Jonathan R Weinstein
Microglia, the resident immune cells of the CNS, are primary regulators of the neuroimmune response to injury. Type I interferons (IFNs), including the IFNαs and IFNβ, are key cytokines in the innate immune system. Their activity is implicated in the regulation of microglial function both during development and in response to neuroinflammation, ischemia, and neurodegeneration. Data from numerous studies in multiple sclerosis (MS) and stroke suggest that type I IFNs can modulate the microglial phenotype, influence the overall neuroimmune milieu, regulate phagocytosis, and affect blood-brain barrier integrity...
May 25, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538147/structural-and-functional-investigations-of-the-n-terminal-ubiquitin-binding-region-of-usp25
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Yuanyuan Yang, Li Shi, Yiluan Ding, Yanhong Shi, Hong-Yu Hu, Yi Wen, Naixia Zhang
Ubiquitin-specific protease 25 (Usp25) is a deubiquitinase that is involved in multiple biological processes. The N-terminal ubiquitin-binding region (UBR) of Usp25 contains one ubiquitin-associated domain, one small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO)-interacting motif and two ubiquitin-interacting motifs. Previous studies suggest that the covalent sumoylation in the UBR of Usp25 impairs its enzymatic activity. Here, we raise the hypothesis that non-covalent binding of SUMO, a prerequisite for efficient sumoylation, will impair Usp25's catalytic activity as well...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534493/usp13-negatively-regulates-antiviral-responses-by-deubiquitinating-sting
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He Sun, Qiang Zhang, Ying-Ying Jing, Man Zhang, Hai-Ying Wang, Zeng Cai, Tianzi Liuyu, Zhi-Dong Zhang, Tian-Chen Xiong, Yan Wu, Qi-Yun Zhu, Jing Yao, Hong-Bing Shu, Dandan Lin, Bo Zhong
STING (also known as MITA) is critical for host defence against viruses and the activity of STING is regulated by ubiquitination. However, the deubiquitination of STING is not fully understood. Here, we show that ubiquitin-specific protease 13 (USP13) is a STING-interacting protein that catalyses deubiquitination of STING. Knockdown or knockout of USP13 potentiates activation of IRF3 and NF-κB and expression of downstream genes after HSV-1 infection or transfection of DNA ligands. USP13 deficiency results in impaired replication of HSV-1...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520590/role-of-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-pituitary-tumours-from-bench-to-bedside
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Anat Ben-Shlomo, Odelia Cooper
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Treatment of aggressive pituitary tumours often yields suboptimal control of the tumour and confers significant morbidity. Lactotroph and corticotroph-derived tumours express ErbB receptors and ligands, and mutations in ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8), which alters epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) degradation, have been implicated in Cushing disease pathogenesis. EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy has emerged as a potential new therapeutic approach for patients with aggressive prolactinomas and Cushing disease...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510446/modularly-constructed-synthetic-granzyme-b-molecule-enables-interrogation-of-intracellular-proteases-for-targeted-cytotoxicity
#17
Patrick Ho, Christopher Ede, Yvonne Y Chen
Targeted therapies promise to increase the safety and efficacy of treatments against diseases ranging from cancer to viral infections. However, the vast majority of targeted therapeutics relies on the recognition of extracellular biomarkers, which are rarely restricted to diseased cells and are thus prone to severe and sometimes-fatal off-target toxicities. In contrast, intracellular antigens present a diverse yet underutilized repertoire of disease markers. Here, we report a protein-based therapeutic platform-termed Cytoplasmic Oncoprotein VErifier and Response Trigger (COVERT)-which enables the interrogation of intracellular proteases to trigger targeted cytotoxicity...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505279/somatic-usp8-gene-mutations-are-a-common-cause-of-pediatric-cushing-disease
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Fabio R Faucz, Amit Tirosh, Christina Tatsi, Annabel Berthon, Laura C Hernández-Ramírez, Nikolaos Settas, Anna Angelousi, Ricardo Correa, Georgios Z Papadakis, Prashant Chittiboina, Martha Quezado, Nathan Pankratz, John Lane, Aggeliki Dimopoulos, James L Mills, Maya Lodish, Constantine A Stratakis
Context: Somatic mutations in the ubiquitin-specific protease 8 (USP8) gene have been recently identified as the most common genetic alteration in patients with Cushing disease (CD). However, the frequency of these mutations in the pediatric population has not been extensively assessed. Objective: We investigated the status of the USP8 gene at the somatic level in a cohort of pediatric patients with corticotroph adenomas. Design and Methods: The USP8 gene was fully sequenced in both germline and tumor DNA samples from 42 pediatric CD patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499884/inhibition-of-ubiquitin-specific-protease-34-usp34-induces-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-promotes-stemness-in-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Eunhye Oh, Ji Young Kim, Daeil Sung, Youngkwan Cho, Nahyun Lee, Hyunsook An, Yoon-Jae Kim, Tae-Min Cho, Jae Hong Seo
Ubiquitin-specific protease 34 (USP34) is a deubiquitinating enzyme that regulates Axin stability and plays a critical role in Wnt/β-catenin signaling. We sought to investigate the role of USP34 on epithelial-mesenchymal (EMT) induction and its effects on mammary epithelial stem cells. USP34 expression levels were relatively lower in MDA-MB-231 and 4T1 mesenchymal-like cells when compared to epithelial-like cells. Inhibition of USP34 in NMuMG cells induced EMT, as evidenced by the upregulation of EMT markers including N-cadherin, phospho-Smad3, Snail and active-β-catenin, as well as the downregulation of Axin 1 and E-cadherin...
May 10, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498477/identification-of-candidate-substrates-of-ubiquitin-specific-protease-13-using-2d-dige
#20
Jianmin Wang, Yingli Liu, Lijuan Tang, Sufen Qi, Yingjun Mi, Dianwu Liu, Qingbao Tian
The present study aimed to identify candidate substrates of ubiquitin-specific protease (USP)13 using two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE). USP13 is a well-characterized member of the USP family, which regulates diverse cellular functions by cleaving ubiquitin from ubiquitinated protein substrates. However, existing studies indicate that USP13 has no detectable hydrolytic activity in vitro. This finding implies that USP13 likely has different substrate specificity. In this study, a USP cleavage assay was performed using two different types of model substrates (glutathione S-transferase-Ub52 and ubiquitin-β-galactosidase) to detect the deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB) activity of USP13...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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