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Myelin regulatory factor

Tomohisa Okamura, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are necessary for the maintenance of immune tolerance. Tregs are divided into two major populations: one is thymus derived and the other develops in the periphery. Among these Tregs, CD4+ CD25+ Tregs, which mainly originate in the thymus, have been extensively studied. Transcription factor Foxp3 is well known as a master regulatory gene for the development and function of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs. On the other hand, peripheral Tregs consist of distinct cell subsets including Foxp3-dependent extrathymically developed Tregs and interleukin (IL)-10-producing type I regulatory T (Tr1) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Elena Stolyarova, Liubov Beduleva, Igor Menshikov, Alexandr Snigiryev, Tatyana Khramova
BACKGROUND: One mechanism that underlies protection from autoimmunity and avoidance of uncontrolled inflammation is the controlled contraction of lymphocyte expansion during the immune response. We identified regulatory rheumatoid factor (regRF), the production of which is associated with resistance to and remission of experimental autoimmune diseases. RegRF is anti-idiotypic antibodies to lymphocyte receptors against autoimmune disease-inducing antigens; at the same time, it is specific to epitopes in the hinge Fc fragments of IgG...
March 8, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Maryam Majd, Aref Hosseini, Kamran Ghaedi, Abbas Kiani-Esfahani, Somayeh Tanhaei, Hanieh Shiralian-Esfahani, Seyed Yahya Rahnamaee, Seyed Javad Mowla, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani
Objectives: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is considered as a chronic type of an inflammatory disease characterized by loss of myelin of CNS. Recent evidence indicates that Interleukin 17 (IL-17)-producing T helper cells (Th17 cells) population are increased and regulatory T cells (Treg cells) are decreased in MS. Despite extensive research in understanding the mechanism of Th17 and Treg differentiation, the role of microRNAs in MS is not completely understood. Thereby, as a step closer, we analyzed the expression profile of miR-9-5p and miR-106a-5p, and protein level of retinoic acid receptor (RAR)-related orphan receptor C ( RORC ; Th17 master transcription factor) as direct target of miR-106a-5p and forkhead box P3 ( FOXP3 ; Treg master transcription factor) as indirect target of miR-9-5p in CD4+ T cells in two groups of relapsing and remitting in our relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Matthias Weider, Laura Julia Starost, Katharina Groll, Melanie Küspert, Elisabeth Sock, Miriam Wedel, Franziska Fröb, Christian Schmitt, Tina Baroti, Anna C Hartwig, Simone Hillgärtner, Sandra Piefke, Tanja Fadler, Marc Ehrlich, Corinna Ehlert, Martin Stehling, Stefanie Albrecht, Ammar Jabali, Hans R Schöler, Jürgen Winkler, Tanja Kuhlmann, Michael Wegner
Oligodendrocytes produce myelin for rapid transmission and saltatory conduction of action potentials in the vertebrate central nervous system. Activation of the myelination program requires several transcription factors including Sox10, Olig2, and Nkx2.2. Functional interactions among them are poorly understood and important components of the regulatory network are still unknown. Here, we identify Nfat proteins as Sox10 targets and regulators of oligodendroglial differentiation in rodents and humans. Overall levels and nuclear fraction increase during differentiation...
March 2, 2018: Nature Communications
Shogo Nakayama, Kanae Yumimoto, Atsuki Kawamura, Keiichi I Nakayama
The ubiquitin-proteasome system regulates the abundance of many cellular proteins by mediating their targeted degradation. We previously developed a method-differential proteomics-based identification of ubiquitylation substrates (DiPIUS)-for the comprehensive identification of substrates for a given F-box protein subunit of SCF-type ubiquitin ligases. We have now applied DiPIUS to the F-box protein Fbxw7 in three cell lines (mHepa, Neuro2A, and C2C12) and thereby identified myelin regulatory factor (MyRF)-an endoplasmic reticulum-anchored transcription factor that is essential for myelination of nerves in the central nervous system-as a candidate substrate of Fbxw7 specifically in mHepa cells...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ryo Okada, Xinwen Zhang, Yuka Harada, Zhou Wu, Hiroshi Nakanishi
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to investigate the role of cathepsin H (CatH), a lysosomal cysteine protease, in the development of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of multiple sclerosis. METHODS: EAE was induced in CatH-deficient mice (CatH-/- ) and wild-type littermates (+/+) using myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) 35-55. The effects of CatH deficiency were determined by clinical scoring, mRNA expression levels of Tbx21, Rorc and FoxP3, protein levels of poly(I:C)-induced toll-like receptor 3 (TLR3) and phosphorylation of IRF3, and secretion of interferon-β (IFN-β) by splenocytes...
February 22, 2018: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Hailey Pinz, Louise C Pyle, Dong Li, Kosuke Izumi, Cara Skraban, Jennifer Tarpinian, Stephen R Braddock, Aida Telegrafi, Kristin G Monaghan, Elaine Zackai, Elizabeth J Bhoj
Myelin Regulatory Factor (MYRF) is a transcription factor that has previously been associated with the control of the expression of myelin-related genes. However, it is highly expressed in human tissues and mouse embryonic tissues outside the nervous system such as the stomach, lung, and small intestine. It has not previously been reported as a cause of any Mendelian disease. We report here two males with Scimitar syndrome [MIM 106700], and other features including penoscrotal hypospadias, cryptorchidism, pulmonary hypoplasia, tracheal anomalies, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, cleft spleen, thymic involution, and thyroid fibrosis...
February 15, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Fan Yang, Xiao Feng, Arndt Rolfs, Jiankai Luo
Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare neurovisceral disorder caused by mutations of either NPC1 or NPC2 gene and characterized by defective intracellular transport of cholesterol and glycosphingolipids, leading to neuron loss and myelin aberration in the central nervous system. In this study, by comparing protein expression in the cortical white matter tracts from mice at different postnatal days, we identified that in the NPC1 mutant (NPC1-/-) mice, the onset of myelination is delayed and the amount of the major myelin protein MBP and PLP, and oligodendrocyte regulatory factor Olig1 and Olig2, but not NG2 and Sox10, decreased significantly, suggesting a disruption of oligodendrocyte differentiation...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
I-Tsu Chyuan, Hwei-Fang Tsai, Chien-Sheng Wu, Chi-Chang Sung, Ping-Ning Hsu
Objective: Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) induces cell apoptosis by transducing apoptosis signals after interacting with its receptor (TRAIL-R). Although the actual biological role of TRAIL remains to be elucidated, recent accumulating evidence implies that TRAIL regulates immune responses and immune cell homeostasis via an apoptosis-independent pathway, suggesting a novel immune-regulatory role of TRAIL in autoimmune diseases. The purpose of this study is to address the immune-regulatory role and molecular mechanism of TRAIL in regulating T cell activation in autoimmune diseases...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Xiaolin Hou, Rui Zhang, Junyan Wang, Yunhong Li, Fan Li, Yan Zhang, Xiaomin Zheng, Ying Shen, Yin Wang, Liang Zhou
Oligodendrocytes (OLs) are myelin-forming cells that are present within the central nervous system. Impaired oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) differentiation into mature OLs is a major cause of demyelination diseases. Therefore, identifying the underlying molecular mechanisms of OPC differentiation is crucial to understand the processes of myelination and demyelination. It has been acknowledged that various extrinsic and intrinsic factors are involved in the control of OPC differentiation; however, the function of ion channels, particularly the voltage‑gated chloride channel (CLC), in OPC differentiation and myelination are not fully understood...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jing-Ping Lin, Yevgeniya A Mironova, Peter Shrager, Roman J Giger
Low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1 (LRP1) is a large endocytic and signaling molecule broadly expressed by neurons and glia. In adult mice, global inducible (Lrp1flox/flox;CAG-CreER) or oligodendrocyte (OL)-lineage specific ablation (Lrp1flox/flox;Pdgfra-CreER) of Lrp1 attenuates repair of damaged white matter. In oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), Lrp1 is required for cholesterol homeostasis and differentiation into mature OLs. Lrp1 deficient OPC/OLs show a strong increase in the sterol-regulatory element-binding protein-2, yet are unable to maintain normal cholesterol levels, suggesting more global metabolic deficits...
December 18, 2017: ELife
Nadia García-Mateo, Raquel Pascua-Maestro, Alberto Pérez-Castellanos, Concepción Lillo, Diego Sanchez, Maria D Ganfornina
To compact the extracellular sides of myelin, an important transition must take place: from membrane sliding, while building the wraps, to membrane adhesion and water exclusion. Removal of the negatively charged glycocalyx becomes the limiting factor in such transition. What is required to initiate this membrane-zipping process? Knocking-out the Lipocalin Apolipoprotein D (ApoD), essential for lysosomal functional integrity in glial cells, results in a specific defect in myelin extracellular leaflet compaction in peripheral and central nervous system, which results in reduced conduction velocity and suboptimal behavioral outputs: motor learning is compromised...
March 2018: Glia
WenYu Wu, Xiangkai Zhen, Ning Shi
An extra affiliation is added for the authors of the article by Wu et al. [(2017), Acta Cryst. F73, 393-397].
December 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Daniel C Cole, Youngcheul Chung, Khatuna Gagnidze, Kaitlyn H Hajdarovic, Violeta Rayon-Estrada, Dewi Harjanto, Benedetta Bigio, Judit Gal-Toth, Teresa A Milner, Bruce S McEwen, F Nina Papavasiliou, Karen Bulloch
Microglia (MG), a heterogeneous population of phagocytic cells, play important roles in central nervous system (CNS) homeostasis and neural plasticity. Under steady-state conditions, MG maintain homeostasis by producing antiinflammatory cytokines and neurotrophic factors, support myelin production, and remove synapses and cellular debris, as well as participating in "cross-correction," a process that supplies neurons with key factors for executing autophagy-lysosomal function. As sentinels for the immune system, MG also detect "danger" signals (pathogenic or traumatic insult), become activated, produce proinflammatory cytokines, and recruit monocytes and dendritic cells to the site of damage through a breached blood-brain barrier or via brain lymphatics...
December 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wayne A Chen, T David Luo, Jonathan C Barnwell, Thomas L Smith, Zhongyu Li
BACKGROUND: Schwann cells are integral to the regenerative capacity of the peripheral nervous system, which declines after adolescence. The mechanisms underlying this decline are poorly understood. This study sought to compare the protein expression of Notch, c-Jun, and Krox-20 after nerve crush injury in adolescent and young adult rats. We hypothesized that these Schwann cell myelinating regulatory factors are down-regulated after nerve injury in an age-dependent fashion. METHODS: Adolescent (2 months old) and young adult (12 months old) rats (n = 48) underwent sciatic nerve crush injury...
December 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
Luca Franco Castelnovo, Veronica Bonalume, Simona Melfi, Marinella Ballabio, Deborah Colleoni, Valerio Magnaghi
The development, maturation and regeneration of Schwann cells (SCs), the main glial cells of the peripheral nervous system, require the coordinate and complementary interaction among several factors, signals and intracellular pathways. These regulatory molecules consist of integrins, neuregulins, growth factors, hormones, neurotransmitters, as well as entire intracellular pathways including protein-kinase A, C, Akt, Erk/MAPK, Hippo, mTOR, etc. For instance, Hippo pathway is overall involved in proliferation, apoptosis, regeneration and organ size control, being crucial in cancer proliferation process...
July 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
WenYu Wu, Xiangkai Zhen, Ning Shi
The myelin sheath, which envelops axons in the vertebrate central nervous system, is crucial for the rapid conduction of action potentials. Myelin-gene regulatory factor (MRF) is a recently identified transcription factor that is required for myelin-sheath formation. Loss of MRF leads to demyelinating diseases and motor learning deficiency. MRF is a membrane-bound transcription factor that undergoes autocleavage from the endoplasmic reticulum membrane. The N-terminus of MRF contains a DNA-binding domain (DBD) that functions as a homotrimer...
July 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
Lídia Cantacorps, Silvia Alfonso-Loeches, Maria Moscoso-Castro, Javier Cuitavi, Irene Gracia-Rubio, Raúl López-Arnau, Elena Escubedo, Consuelo Guerri, Olga Valverde
Alcohol binge drinking is on the increase in the young adult population, and consumption during pregnancy can be deleterious for foetal development. Maternal alcohol consumption leads to a wide range of long-lasting morphological and behavioural deficiencies known as foetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities. We sought to test the effects of alcohol on neuroimmune system activation and its potential relation to alcohol-induced neurodevelopmental and persistent neurobehavioural effects in offspring after maternal alcohol binge drinking during the prenatal period or in combination with lactation...
June 29, 2017: Neuropharmacology
Greg J Duncan, Jason R Plemel, Peggy Assinck, Sohrab B Manesh, Fraser G W Muir, Ryan Hirata, Matan Berson, Jie Liu, Michael Wegner, Ben Emery, G R Wayne Moore, Wolfram Tetzlaff
Remyelination is limited in the majority of multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions despite the presence of oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs) in most lesions. This observation has led to the view that a failure of OPCs to fully differentiate underlies remyelination failure. OPC differentiation requires intricate transcriptional regulation, which may be disrupted in chronic MS lesions. The expression of few transcription factors has been differentially compared between remyelinating lesions and lesions refractory to remyelination...
September 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
Xiangkai Zhen, Bowen Li, Fen Hu, Shufeng Yan, Gabriele Meloni, Huiliang Li, Ning Shi
Myelin-gene Regulatory Factor (MyRF) is one of the master transcription factors controlling myelin formation and development in oligodendrocytes which is crucial for the powerful brain functions. The N-terminal of MyRF, which contains a proline-rich region and a DNA binding domain (DBD), is auto-cleaved from the ER membrane, and then enters the nucleus to participate in transcription regulation of the myelin genes. Here we report the crystal structure of MyRF DBD. It shows an Ig-fold like architecture which consists of two antiparallel β-sheets with 7 main strands, packing against each other, forming a β-sandwich...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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