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Silvia Mrvová, Klára Frydrýšková, Martin Pospíšek, Václav Vopálenský, Tomáš Mašek
Alternative polyadenylation is an important and pervasive mechanism that generates heterogeneous 3'-termini of mRNA and is considered an important regulator of gene expression. We performed bioinformatics analyses of ESTs and the 3'-UTRs of the main transcript splice variants of the translational initiation factor eIF4E1 and its family members, eIF4E2 and eIF4E3. This systematic analysis led to the prediction of new polyadenylation signals. All identified polyadenylation sites were subsequently verified by 3'RACE of transcripts isolated from human lymphoblastic cell lines...
September 23, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Osamu Takeuchi
The activation of inflammatory cells is controlled at transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Posttranscriptional regulation modifies mRNA stability and translation, allowing for elaborate control of proteins required for inflammation, such as proinflammatory cytokines, prostaglandin synthases, cell surface co-stimulatory molecules, and even transcriptional modifiers. Such regulation is important for coordinating the initiation and resolution of inflammation, and is mediated by a set of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), including Regnase-1, Roquin, Tristetraprolin (TTP), and AU-rich elements/poly(U)-binding/degradation factor 1 (AUF1)...
September 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
Kyung-Won Min, Myung Hyun Jo, Soochul Shin, Sylvia Davila, Richard W Zealy, Soo Im Kang, Lawson T Lloyd, Sungchul Hohng, Je-Hyun Yoon
Eukaryotic mRNA decay is tightly modulated by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) and microRNAs (miRNAs). RBP AU-binding factor 1 (AUF1) has four isoforms resulting from alternative splicing and is critical for miRNA-mediated gene silencing with a distinct preference of target miRNAs. Previously, we have shown that AUF1 facilitates miRNA loading to Argonaute 2 (AGO2), the catalytic component of the RNA-induced silencing complex. Here, we further demonstrate that depletion of AUF1 abolishes the global interaction of miRNAs and AGO2...
June 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Apostolia Fragkouli, Pelagia Koukouraki, Ioannis S Vlachos, Maria D Paraskevopoulou, Artemis G Hatzigeorgiou, Epaminondas Doxakis
Aβ peptide that accumulates in Alzheimer's disease brain, derives from proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) that exists in three main isoforms derived by alternative splicing. The isoform APP695, lacking exons 7 and 8, is predominately expressed in neurons and abnormal neuronal splicing of APP has been observed in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Herein, we demonstrate that expression of the neuronal members of the ELAVL protein family (nELAVLs) correlate with APP695 levels in vitro and in vivo...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Smita Shukla, Genie Elson, Perry J Blackshear, Carol S Lutz, S Joseph Leibovich
We have shown previously that bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated suppression of phospholipase-Cβ-2 (PLCβ-2) expression is involved in M1 (inflammatory) to M2-like (wound healing) phenotypic switching of macrophages triggered by adenosine. This suppression is mediated post-transcriptionally by destabilization of PLCβ-2 mRNA (messenger ribonucleic acid). To investigate the mechanism of this LPS-mediated destabilization, we examined the roles of RNA-binding agents including microRNAs and RNA-binding proteins that are involved in regulating stability of mRNAs encoding growth factors, inflammatory mediators, and proto-oncogenes...
April 2017: Inflammation
Cheol Kyu Hwang, Yadav Wagley, Ping-Yee Law, Li-Na Wei, Horace H Loh
Gene regulation at the post-transcriptional level is frequently based on cis- and trans-acting factors on target mRNAs. We found a C-rich element (CRE) in mu-opioid receptor (MOR) 3'-untranslated region (UTR) to which poly (rC) binding protein 1 (PCBP1) binds, resulting in MOR mRNA stabilization. RNA immunoprecipitation and RNA EMSA revealed the formation of PCBP1-RNA complexes at the element. Knockdown of PCBP1 decreased MOR mRNA half-life and protein expression. Stimulation by forskolin increased cytoplasmic localization of PCBP1 and PCBP1/MOR 3'-UTR interactions via increased serine phosphorylation that was blocked by protein kinase A (PKA) or (phosphatidyl inositol-3) PI3-kinase inhibitors...
January 20, 2017: Gene
Yi Gao, Wenjie Wang, Jinming Cao, Fangjun Wang, Yangyang Geng, Jianping Cao, Xiaohui Xu, Jundong Zhou, Pengfei Liu, Shuyu Zhang
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) has one of the highest mortality rates worldwide. AU-rich element RNA-binding factor 1 (AUF1) is an established RNA-binding protein. AUF1 influences the process of development, apoptosis and tumorigenesis via interacting with adenylate-uridylate rich elements (AREs) bearing mRNAs. However, the clinical relevance of AUF1 and its biological function in ESCC progression have not been reported. In the present study, we first investigated the expression of AUF1 in the ESCC tissue samles and normal samples...
November 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Shuhong Sun, Xiaotian Zhang, Lin Lyu, Xixi Li, Siliang Yao, Junjie Zhang
Autotaxin (ATX) is a key enzyme that converts lysophosphatidylcholine (LPC) into lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), a lysophospholipid mediator that regulates cellular activities through its specific G protein-coupled receptors. The ATX-LPA axis plays an important role in various physiological and pathological processes, especially in inflammation and cancer development. Although the transcriptional regulation of ATX has been widely studied, the post-transcriptional regulation of ATX is largely unknown. In this study, we identified conserved adenylate-uridylate (AU)-rich elements in the ATX mRNA 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR)...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Si Li, Hai-Yan Zhang, Zhen-Xian Du, Chao Li, Ming-Xin An, Zhi-Hong Zong, Bao-Qin Liu, Hua-Qin Wang
Beclin 1 has emerged as a haploinsufficient tumor suppression gene in a variety of human carcinomas. In order to clarify the role of Beclin 1 in thyroid cancer, Beclin 1 was knockdown in thyroid cancer cell lines. The current study demonstrated that knockdown of Beclin 1 resulted in morphological and molecular changes of thyroid cancer cells consistent with epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a morphogenetic procedure during which cells lose their epithelial characteristics and acquire mesenchymal properties concomitantly with gene expression reprogramming...
October 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Elizabeth J F White, Aerielle E Matsangos, Gerald M Wilson
AUF1 is a family of four RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) generated by alternative pre-messenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing, with canonical roles in controlling the stability and/or translation of mRNA targets based on recognition of AU-rich sequences within mRNA 3' untranslated regions. However, recent studies identifying AUF1 target sites across the transcriptome have revealed that these canonical functions are but a subset of its roles in posttranscriptional regulation of gene expression. In this review, we describe recent developments in our understanding of the RNA-binding properties of AUF1 together with their biochemical implications and roles in directing mRNA decay and translation...
March 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
Huda H Al-Khalaf, Abdelilah Aboussekhra
Senescence and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) processes are under the control of common tumor suppressor proteins, EMT transcription factors, and microRNAs. However, the molecular mechanisms that coordinate the functional link between senescence and EMT are still elusive. We have shown here that p16(INK4A) -related induction of senescence is mediated through miR-141 and miR-146b-5p. These two microRNAs are up-regulated in aging human fibroblast and epithelial cells. Furthermore, miR-141 and miR146b-5p trigger cell cycle arrest at G1 phase and induce senescence in primary human fibroblasts and breast cancer cells in the presence and absence of p16(INK4A) ...
March 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Jiahui Chen, Lihui Liu, Guifeng Wei, Wei Wu, Huaxia Luo, Jiao Yuan, Jianjun Luo, Runsheng Chen
The identification and characterization of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in diverse biological processes has recently developed rapidly. The large amounts of non-coding RNAs scale consistent with developmental complexity in eukaryotes, indicating that most of these transcripts may have functions in the regulation of biological processes and disorder in the organisms. In particular, Understanding of the overall biological significance of lncRNAs in cancers still remains limited. Here, we found a nuclear-retained lncRNA, termed Lnc_ASNR (apoptosis suppressing-noncoding RNA), which serves as a repressor of apoptosis...
August 31, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zdenka Navratilova, Eva Novosadova, Michael Hagemann-Jensen, Susanna Kullberg, Vitezslav Kolek, Johan Grunewald, Martin Petrek
BACKGROUND: Sarcoidosis is characterised by up-regulation of cytokines and chemokine ligands/receptors and proteolytic enzymes. This pro-inflammatory profile is regulated post-transcriptionally by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). We investigated in vivo expression of six RBPs (AUF1, HuR, NCL, TIA, TIAR, PCBP2) and two inhibitors of proteolytic enzymes (RECK, PTEN) in pulmonary sarcoidosis and compared it to the expression in four control groups of healthy individuals and patients with other respiratory diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma and idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs)...
2016: PloS One
Susann Friedrich, Tobias Schmidt, Angelika Schierhorn, Hauke Lilie, Grit Szczepankiewicz, Sandra Bergs, Uwe G Liebert, Ralph P Golbik, Sven-Erik Behrens
A prerequisite for the intracellular replication process of the Flavivirus West Nile virus (WNV) is the cyclization of the viral RNA genome, which enables the viral replicase to initiate RNA synthesis. Our earlier studies indicated that the p45 isoform of the cellular AU-rich element binding protein 1 (AUF1) has an RNA chaperone activity, which supports RNA cyclization and viral RNA synthesis by destabilizing a stem structure at the WNV RNA's 3'-end. Here we show that in mammalian cells, AUF1 p45 is consistently modified by arginine methylation of its C terminus...
October 2016: RNA
Devon M Chenette, Adam B Cadwallader, Tiffany L Antwine, Lauren C Larkin, Jinhua Wang, Bradley B Olwin, Robert J Schneider
Following skeletal muscle injury, muscle stem cells (satellite cells) are activated, proliferate, and differentiate to form myofibers. We show that mRNA-decay protein AUF1 regulates satellite cell function through targeted degradation of specific mRNAs containing 3' AU-rich elements (AREs). auf1(-/-) mice undergo accelerated skeletal muscle wasting with age and impaired skeletal muscle repair following injury. Satellite cell mRNA analysis and regeneration studies demonstrate that auf1(-/-) satellite cell self-renewal is impaired due to increased stability and overexpression of ARE-mRNAs, including cell-autonomous overexpression of matrix metalloprotease MMP9...
August 2, 2016: Cell Reports
Young Jun Choi, Je-Hyun Yoon, Jeong Ho Chang
AU-rich element binding/degradation factor 1 (AUF1) plays a role in destabilizing mRNAs by forming complexes with AU-rich elements (ARE) in the 3'-untranslated regions. Multiple AUF1-ARE complexes regulate the translation of encoded products related to the cell cycle, apoptosis, and inflammation. AUF1 contains two tandem RNA recognition motifs (RRM) and a Gln- (Q-) rich domain in their C-terminal region. To observe how the two RRMs are involved in recognizing ARE, we obtained the AUF1-p37 protein covering the two RRMs...
2016: BioMed Research International
Siti-Fauziah Hendrayani, Bothaina Al-Harbi, Mysoon M Al-Ansari, Gabriela Silva, Abdelilah Aboussekhra
The IL-6/STAT3/NF-κB positive feedback loop links inflammation to cancer and maintains cells at a transformed state. Similarly, cancer-associated myofibroblats remains active even in absence of cancer cells. However, the molecular basis of this sustained active state remains elusive. We have shown here that breast cancer cells and IL-6 persistently activate breast stromal fibroblasts through the stimulation of the positive IL-6/STAT3/NF-κB feedback loop. Transient neutralization of IL-6 in culture inhibited this signaling circuit and reverted myofibrobalsts to a normalized state, suggesting the implication of the IL-6 autocrine feedback loop as well...
July 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Nicole Noren Hooten, Alejandro Martin-Montalvo, Douglas F Dluzen, Yongqing Zhang, Michel Bernier, Alan B Zonderman, Kevin G Becker, Myriam Gorospe, Rafael de Cabo, Michele K Evans
Metformin, an oral hypoglycemic agent, has been used for decades to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus. Recent studies indicate that mice treated with metformin live longer and have fewer manifestations of age-related chronic disease. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying this phenotype are unknown. Here, we show that metformin treatment increases the levels of the microRNA-processing protein DICER1 in mice and in humans with diabetes mellitus. Our results indicate that metformin upregulates DICER1 through a post-transcriptional mechanism involving the RNA-binding protein AUF1...
June 2016: Aging Cell
B Trojanowicz, C Sekulla, H Dralle, C Hoang-Vu
Both adenylate-uridylate rich elements binding proteins AUF1 and HuR may participate in thyroid carcinoma progression. In this study we investigated the expression of both factors on a protein level with a special focus on follicular adenoma and follicular thyroid carcinoma. By employment of immunofluorescence and western blot on 68 thyroid tissues including 7 goiter, 16 follicular adenoma (4 adenomatous hyperplasia), 19 follicular thyroid carcinomas, 13 papillary thyroid carcinomas and 14 undifferentiated thyroid carcinomas we investigated protein expression of AUF1 and HuR...
2016: Neoplasma
Jianguo Huang, Ali Zhang, Tsui-Ting Ho, Ziqiang Zhang, Nanjiang Zhou, Xianfeng Ding, Xu Zhang, Min Xu, Yin-Yuan Mo
Linc-RoR was originally identified to be a regulator for induced pluripotent stem cells in humans and it has also been implicated in tumorigenesis. However, the underlying mechanism of Linc-RoR-mediated gene expression in cancer is poorly understood. The present study demonstrates that Linc-RoR plays an oncogenic role in part through regulation of c-Myc expression. Linc-RoR knockout (KO) suppresses cell proliferation and tumor growth. In particular, Linc-RoR KO causes a significant decrease in c-Myc whereas re-expression of Linc-RoR in the KO cells restores the level of c-Myc...
April 20, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
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