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Sebastian Guettler
The poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) Tankyrase uses ankyrin repeat modules to capture substrates via Tankyrase-binding peptide motifs. In this issue of Structure, Eisemann et al. (2016) describe how the signaling protein AXIN can access and conformationally adapt the multivalent ankyrin repeat region of Tankyrase and discuss potential implications for enzymatic substrate modification.
October 4, 2016: Structure
Hannah A Scarborough, Barbara A Helfrich, Matias Casas-Selves, Alwin Schuller, Shaun E Grosskurth, Jihye Kim, Aik-Choon Tan, Daniel C Chan, Zhiyong Zhang, Vadym Zaberezhnyy, Paul A Bunn, James DeGregori
PURPOSE: The emergence of EGFR-inhibitors such as gefitinib, erlotinib and osimertinib has provided novel treatment opportunities in EGFR-driven non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, most patients with EGFR-driven cancers treated with these inhibitors eventually relapse. Recent efforts have identified the canonical Wnt pathway as a mechanism of protection from EGFR-inhibition and that inhibiting tankyrase, a key player in this pathway, is a potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of EGFR-driven tumors...
September 23, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ludovic Zimmerlin, Tea Soon Park, Jeffrey S Huo, Karan Verma, Sarshan R Pather, C Conover Talbot, Jasmin Agarwal, Diana Steppan, Yang W Zhang, Michael Considine, Hong Guo, Xiufeng Zhong, Christian Gutierrez, Leslie Cope, M Valeria Canto-Soler, Alan D Friedman, Stephen B Baylin, Elias T Zambidis
The derivation and maintenance of hPSC in stable naïve pluripotent states has wide impact in human developmental biology. However, hPSC are unstable in classical naïve mouse ESC WNT and MEK/ERK signal inhibition (2i) culture. We show that a broad repertoire of conventional human embryonic stem cell (hESC) and transgene-independent hiPSC lines could be reverted to stable human preimplantation ICM-like naïve states with only WNT, MEK/ERK, and tankyrase inhibition (LIF-3i). LIF-3i-reverted hPSC retained normal karyotypes and attained defining mouse ESC-like functional features including high clonal self-renewal, independence from MEK-ERK signalling, dependence on JAK-STAT3 and BMP4 signaling, and naïve-specific transcriptional and epigenetic configurations...
September 22, 2016: Development
Tim Koopmans, Stijn Crutzen, Mark H Menzen, Andrew J Halayko, Tillie-Louise Hackett, Darryl A Knight, Reinoud Gosens
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Asthma is a heterogeneous chronic inflammatory disease, characterized by the development of structural changes (airway remodelling). β-catenin, a transcriptional co-activator is fundamentally involved in airway smooth muscle growth, and may be a potential target in the treatment of airway smooth muscle remodelling. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Using small-molecule compounds that selectively target β-catenin breakdown or its interactions with transcriptional co-activators, we assessed their ability to inhibit airway smooth muscle remodelling in vitro and in vivo...
September 15, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Guillaume Renner, Fanny Noulet, Marie-Cécile Mercier, Laurence Choulier, Nelly Etienne-Selloum, Jean-Pierre Gies, Maxime Lehmann, Isabelle Lelong-Rebel, Sophie Martin, Monique Dontenwill
The Wnt/beta catenin pathway has been highlighted as an important player of brain tumors aggressiveness and resistance to therapies. Increasing knowledges of the regulation of beta-catenin transactivation point out its hub position in different pathophysiological outcomes in glioma such as survival and migration. Crosstalks between integrins and beta-catenin pathways have been suggested in several tumor tissues. As we demonstrated earlier that α5β1 integrin may be considered as a therapeutic target in high grade glioma through its contribution to glioma cell migration and resistance to chemotherapy, we addressed here the potential relationship between α5β1 integrin and beta-catenin activation in glioma cells...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Travis Eisemann, Michael McCauley, Marie-France Langelier, Kushol Gupta, Swati Roy, Gregory D Van Duyne, John M Pascal
The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase enzyme Tankyrase-1 (TNKS) regulates multiple cellular processes and interacts with diverse proteins using five ankyrin repeat clusters (ARCs). There are limited structural insights into functional roles of the multiple ARCs of TNKS. Here we present the ARC1-3 crystal structure and employ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to investigate solution conformations of the complete ankyrin repeat domain. Mutagenesis and binding studies using the bivalent TNKS binding domain of Axin1 demonstrate that only certain ARC combinations function together...
October 4, 2016: Structure
Jesung Moon, James F Amatruda
The activity of tankyrase (Tnks) enzymes modulates the activity of the β-catenin destruction complex in the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. Here, we describe a method for determining the accessibility of various zebrafish tissues in vivo and in vitro to small molecule inhibitors of Tankyrase enzymes. This biochemical assay will facilitate chemically based studies focused on understanding the role of Tankyrase in cell fate reprogramming and tissue homeostasis and provide insights into the potential role of Wnt/β-catenin signaling in these processes...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jasminka Boskovic, Jaime Martinez-Gago, Marinela Mendez-Pertuz, Alberto Buscato, Jorge Luis Martinez-Torrecuadrada, Maria A Blasco
Telomeres are specific DNA-protein structures found at both ends of eukaryotic chromosomes that protect the genome from degradation and from being recognized as double-stranded breaks. In vertebrates, telomeres are composed of tandem repeats of the TTAGGG sequence that are bound by a six-subunit complex called shelterin. Molecular mechanisms of telomere functions remain unknown in large part due to lack of structural data on shelterins, shelterin complex, and its interaction with the telomeric DNA repeats. TRF1 is one of the best studied shelterin components however the molecular architecture of the full length protein remains unknown...
August 25, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
F Linke, M Harenberg, M M Nietert, S Zaunig, F von Bonin, A Arlt, M Szczepanowski, H A Weich, S Lutz, C Dullin, P Janovská, M Krafčíková, L Trantírek, P Ovesná, W Klapper, T Beissbarth, F Alves, V Bryja, L Trümper, J Wilting, D Kube
The interaction between vascular endothelial cells (ECs) and cancer cells is of vital importance to understand tumor dissemination. A paradigmatic cancer to study cell-cell interactions is classical Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL) owing to its complex microenvironment. The role of the interplay between cHL and ECs remains poorly understood. Here we identify canonical WNT pathway activity as important for the mutual interactions between cHL cells and ECs. We demonstrate that local canonical WNT signaling activates cHL cell chemotaxis toward ECs, adhesion to EC layers and cell invasion using not only the Wnt-inhibitor Dickkopf, tankyrases and casein kinase 1 inhibitors but also knockdown of the lymphocyte enhancer binding-factor 1 (LEF-1) and β-catenin in cHL cells...
October 4, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Craig I Campbell, Payman Samavarchi-Tehrani, Miriam Barrios-Rodiles, Alessandro Datti, Anne-Claude Gingras, Jeffrey L Wrana
The Crumbs complex is an important determinant of epithelial apical-basal polarity that functions in regulation of tight junctions, resistance to epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions and as a tumour suppressor. Although the functional role of the Crumbs complex is being elucidated, its regulation is poorly understood. Here, we show that suppression of RNF146, an E3 ubiquitin ligase that recognizes ADP-ribosylated substrates, and tankyrase, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase, disrupts the junctional Crumbs complex and disturbs the function of tight junctions...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Zhongming Jia, Yan Liu, Qiang Gao, Yong Han, Guoqiang Zhang, Shujian Xu, Kai Cheng, Weiwei Zou
Identification of key genes driving the aggressiveness of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is important to develop effective therapies. In this study, we examined the expression and biological roles of microRNA (miR)-490-3p in TNBC. Our data showed that miR-490-3p-3p was underexpressed in TNBC compared with non-TNBC tissues (P=0.0021). Similarly, this miRNA was expressed at lower levels in TNBC cell lines than in non-TNBC cell lines. Gain-of-function studies revealed that miR-490-3p-3p overexpression inhibited cell growth and invasion in both MDA-MB-231 and MDA-MB-436 TNBC cells and impaired tumorigenesis of MDA-MB-231 cells in nude mice...
November 15, 2016: Gene
Amanda A Riccio, Michael McCauley, Marie-France Langelier, John M Pascal
Tankyrase-1 (TNKS1/PARP-5a) is a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) enzyme that regulates multiple cellular processes creating a poly(ADP-ribose) posttranslational modification that can lead to target protein turnover. TNKS1 thereby controls protein levels of key components of signaling pathways, including Axin1, the limiting component of the destruction complex in canonical Wnt signaling that degrades β-catenin to prevent its coactivator function in gene expression. There are limited molecular level insights into TNKS1 regulation in cell signaling pathways...
September 6, 2016: Structure
Laura Mariotti, Catherine M Templeton, Michael Ranes, Patricia Paracuellos, Nora Cronin, Fabienne Beuron, Edward Morris, Sebastian Guettler
The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) Tankyrase (TNKS and TNKS2) is paramount to Wnt-β-catenin signaling and a promising therapeutic target in Wnt-dependent cancers. The pool of active β-catenin is normally limited by destruction complexes, whose assembly depends on the polymeric master scaffolding protein AXIN. Tankyrase, which poly(ADP-ribosyl)ates and thereby destabilizes AXIN, also can polymerize, but the relevance of these polymers has remained unclear. We report crystal structures of the polymerizing TNKS and TNKS2 sterile alpha motif (SAM) domains, revealing versatile head-to-tail interactions...
August 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
S Kuusela, H Wang, A A Wasik, H Suleiman, S Lehtonen
Inappropriate activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been indicated in podocyte dysfunction and injury, and shown to contribute to the development and progression of nephropathy. Tankyrases, multifunctional poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) superfamily members with features of both signaling and cytoskeletal proteins, antagonize Wnt/β-catenin signaling. We found that tankyrases interact with CD2-associated protein (CD2AP), a protein essential for kidney ultrafiltration as CD2AP-knockout (CD2AP-/-) mice die of kidney failure at the age of 6-7 weeks...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Vijaya Lakshmi Tiruveedi, Swarna Bale, Amit Khurana, Chandraiah Godugu
Tankyrases belong to a group of enzymes called poly ADP ribosyl polymerases (PARPs). With the advent of a new class of small molecule inhibitors of PARP for clinical use like OLAPARIB; that gained accelerated approval by the USFDA in treating ovarian and breast cancers, the horizons of the PARPs as a novel target in various disease conditions has risen. Tankyrases (PARP 5) are yet another class of PARPs that perform poly ADP ribosylation on different substrate proteins aiding in progression of many diseases like cancer, fibrosis, diabetes and neurological disorders even...
July 15, 2016: Current Drug Targets
Paul A DaRosa, Sergey Ovchinnikov, Wenqing Xu, Rachel E Klevit
Tankyrase 1 (TNKS1; a.k.a. ARTD5) and tankyrase 2 (TNKS2; a.k.a ARTD6) are highly homologous poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs) that function in a wide variety of cellular processes including Wnt signaling, Src signaling, Akt signaling, Glut4 vesicle translocation, telomere length regulation, and centriole and spindle pole maturation. Tankyrase proteins include a sterile alpha motif (SAM) domain that undergoes oligomerization in vitro and in vivo. However, the SAM domains of TNKS1 and TNKS2 have not been structurally characterized and the mode of oligomerization is not yet defined...
September 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
A N Kuimov, A S Zhozhikashvili, V N Manskikh, L V Platonova, T G Dyuzheva
Tankyrase, one of the NAD+ ADP-ribosyltransferases, is a target for drugs developed for their anticancer and other pharmacological activities. We designed an assay for estimation of the inhibition or activation of the enzyme in preclinical studies. In mice, the highest specific activity of tankyrase was observed in thymus, spleen, pancreas, and bone marrow. In murine liver, tankyrase is active in ontogenesis and during reparative regeneration; however, the basal activity is hardly detectable in normal liver and most of other organs of adult animals...
March 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Hui Wang, Bo Lu, Johnny Castillo, Yue Zhang, Zinger Yang, Gregory McAllister, Alicia Lindeman, John Reece-Hoyes, John Tallarico, Carsten Russ, Greg Hoffman, Wenqing Xu, Markus Schirle, Feng Cong
YAP signaling pathway plays critical roles in tissue homeostasis, and aberrant activation of YAP signaling has been implicated in cancers. To identify tractable targets of YAP pathway, we have performed a pathway-based pooled CRISPR screen and identified tankyrase and its associated E3 ligase RNF146 as positive regulators of YAP signaling. Genetic ablation or pharmacological inhibition of tankyrase prominently suppresses YAP activity and YAP target gene expression. Using a proteomic approach, we have identified angiomotin family proteins, which are known negative regulators of YAP signaling, as novel tankyrase substrates...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ryoko Okada-Iwasaki, Yuichi Takahashi, Yasuo Watanabe, Hiroshi Ishida, Jun-Ichi Saito, Ryuichiro Nakai, Akira Asai
The Wnt/β-catenin pathway is a well-known oncogenic pathway. Its suppression has long been considered as an important challenge in treating cancer patients. Among colon cancer patients in particular, most patients carry an adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) mutation that leads to an aberration of Wnt/β-catenin pathway. To discover the small molecule inhibitors of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, we conducted high-throughput screening in APC-mutant colon cancer DLD-1 cells using a transcriptional reporter assay, which identified a selective Wnt/β-catenin pathway inhibitor, K-756...
July 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Zhenghan Wang, Ai Tian, Hassina Benchabane, Ofelia Tacchelly-Benites, Eungi Yang, Hisashi Nojima, Yashi Ahmed
Wnt/β-catenin signaling controls intestinal stem cell (ISC) proliferation, and is aberrantly activated in colorectal cancer. Inhibitors of the ADP-ribose polymerase Tankyrase (Tnks) have become lead therapeutic candidates for Wnt-driven cancers, following the recent discovery that Tnks targets Axin, a negative regulator of Wnt signaling, for proteolysis. Initial reports indicated that Tnks is important for Wnt pathway activation in cultured human cell lines. However, the requirement for Tnks in physiological settings has been less clear, as subsequent studies in mice, fish and flies suggested that Tnks was either entirely dispensable for Wnt-dependent processes in vivo, or alternatively, had tissue-specific roles...
May 15, 2016: Development
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