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Valeria Lanza, Alessio Travaglia, Gaetano Malgieri, Roberto Fattorusso, Giuseppe Grasso, Giuseppe Di Natale, Valeria Zito, Giuseppe Arena, Danilo Milardi, Enrico Rizzarelli
Many biochemical pathways involving nerve growth factor (NGF), a neurotrophin with copper(II) binding abilities, are regulated by the ubiquitin (Ub) proteasome system. However, whether NGF binds Ub and the role played by copper(II) ions in modulating their interactions have not yet been investigated. Herein NMR spectroscopy, circular dichroism, ESI-MS, and titration calorimetry are employed to characterize the interactions of NGF with Ub. NGF1-14 , which is a short model peptide encompassing the first 14 N-terminal residues of NGF, binds the copper-binding regions of Ub (KD =8...
October 19, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Tomonori Sato, Yoshiaki Ito, Takashi Nagasawa
Sarcopenia is a condition of the loss of muscle mass that is associated with aging and that increases the risk for bedridden state, thereby warranting studies of interventions that attenuate sarcopenia. Here the effects of 2-month dietary L-lysine (Lys) supplementation (1.5-3.0 %) on myofibrillar protein degradation and major proteolytic systems were investigated in senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8). At 36 weeks of age, skeletal muscle and lean body mass was reduced in SAMP8 when compared with control senescence-accelerated mouse resistant 1 (SAMR1)...
October 17, 2016: Biogerontology
Ching-Hao Li, Chen-Wei Liu, Chi-Hao Tsai, Yi-Jen Peng, Yu-Hsuan Yang, Po-Lin Liao, Chen-Chen Lee, Yu-Wen Cheng, Jaw-Jou Kang
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR), a ligand-activated transcription factor, has been studied extensively in carcinogenesis through the genomic pathway. In recent years, AHR has also been reported to exert positive or negative effects on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), the crucial step in tumor malignant progression. However, the detailed mechanism remains controversial. Analysis of AHR-expression levels in non-small cell lung cancer cell lines and lung cancer tissues revealed an inverse correlation between AHR protein levels and tumor cell invasion and metastasis...
October 17, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
J Xu, B J Hartley, P Kurup, A Phillips, A Topol, M Xu, C Ononenyi, E Foscue, S-M Ho, T D Baguley, N Carty, C S Barros, U Müller, S Gupta, P Gochman, J Rapoport, J A Ellman, C Pittenger, B Aronow, A C Nairn, M W Nestor, P J Lombroso, K J Brennand
The brain-specific tyrosine phosphatase, STEP (STriatal-Enriched protein tyrosine Phosphatase) is an important regulator of synaptic function. STEP normally opposes synaptic strengthening by increasing N-methyl D-aspartate glutamate receptor (NMDAR) internalization through dephosphorylation of GluN2B and inactivation of the kinases extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 and Fyn. Here we show that STEP61 is elevated in the cortex in the Nrg1(+/-) knockout mouse model of schizophrenia (SZ). Genetic reduction or pharmacological inhibition of STEP prevents the loss of NMDARs from synaptic membranes and reverses behavioral deficits in Nrg1(+/-) mice...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Sili Liu, Gabrielle L Boulianne
Neuralized Homology Repeats (NHRs) were first identified in Neuralized, an E3-ubiquitin ligase that plays a key role in the Notch signalling pathway. Since their original discovery, NHR domains have been shown to regulate protein-protein interactions in a broad range of developmental processes and in a wide variety of species from flies to humans. The NHR family of proteins can be categorized into three groups: (1) those that contain a RING finger, (2) those that contain a SOCS box and, (3) those that only have NHR domains...
October 14, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Elsa Perrody, Laurence Abrami, Michal Feldman, Beatrice Kunz, Sylvie Urbé, Gisou van der Goot
Many membrane proteins fold inefficiently and require the help of enzymes and chaperones. Here we reveal a novel folding assistance system that operates on membrane proteins from the cytosolic side of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We show that folding of the Wnt signaling coreceptor LRP6 is promoted by ubiquitination of a specific lysine, retaining it in the ER while avoiding degradation. Subsequent ER exit requires removal of ubiquitin from this lysine by the deubiquitinating enzyme USP19. This ubiquitination-deubiquitination is conceptually reminiscent of the glucosylation-deglucosylation occurring in the ER lumen during the calnexin/calreticulin folding cycle...
October 18, 2016: ELife
Débora Broch Trentini, Marcin Józef Suskiewicz, Alexander Heuck, Robert Kurzbauer, Luiza Deszcz, Karl Mechtler, Tim Clausen
Protein turnover is a tightly controlled process critical for the removal of aberrant polypeptides and for cellular signalling. Whereas ubiquitin marks eukaryotic proteins for proteasomal degradation, a general tagging system for the equivalent bacterial Clp proteases is not known. Here we address the targeting mechanism of the ClpC:ClpP proteolytic complex from Bacillus subtilis. Quantitative affinity proteomics using a ClpP trapping mutant show that proteins phosphorylated on arginine residues are selectively targeted to ClpC:ClpP...
October 6, 2016: Nature
Kristen T Crowell, David I Soybel, Charles H Lang
Muscle deconditioning is commonly observed in patients surviving sepsis. Little is known regarding the molecular mechanisms regulating muscle protein homeostasis during the recovery or convalescence phase. We adapted a sepsis-recovery mouse model that uses cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), followed 24 h later by cecal resection and antibiotic treatment, to identify putative cellular pathways regulating protein synthesis and breakdown in skeletal muscle. Ten days after CLP, body weight and food consumption did not differ between control and sepsis-recovery mice, but gastrocnemius weight was reduced...
October 5, 2016: Shock
Farha Naz, Neha Sami, Abu Turab Naqvi, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Human microtubule affinity-regulating kinase 4 (MARK4) is considered as an encouraging drug target for the design and development of inhibitors to cure several life threatening diseases such as Alzheimer disease, cancer, obesity and type-II diabetes. Recently, we have reported four ligands namely, BX-912, BX-795, PKR-inhibitor and OTSSP167 (hydrochloride) which bind preferentially to the two different constructs of human MARK4 containing kinase domain. To ensure the role of ubiquitin associated (UBA) domain in the ligand binding, we made a newer construct of MARK4 which contain both kinase and UBA domains, named as MARK4-F3...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Robert C A M van Waardenburg
Tyrosyl-DNA phosphodiesterase I (TDP1), like most DNA repair associated proteins, is not essential for cell viability. However, dysfunctioning TDP1 or ATM (ataxia telangiectasia mutated) results in autosomal recessive neuropathology with similar phenotypes, including cerebellar atrophy. Dual inactivation of TDP1 and ATM causes synthetic lethality. A TDP1H(493)R catalytic mutant is associated with spinocerebellar ataxia with axonal neuropathy (SCAN1), and stabilizes the TDP1 catalytic obligatory enzyme-DNA covalent complex...
2016: Journal of Neurology & Neuromedicine
Ragnhild Reehorst Lereim, Eystein Oveland, Yichuan Xiao, Øivind Torkildsen, Stig Wergeland, Kjell-Morten Myhr, Shao-Cong Sun, Frode S Berven
The ubiquitin ligase Peli1 has previously been suggested as a potential treatment target in multiple sclerosis. In the multiple sclerosis disease model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, Peli1 knock-out led to less activated microglia and less inflammation in the central nervous system. Despite being important in microglia, Peli1 expression has also been detected in glial and neuronal cells. In the present study the overall brain proteomes of Peli1 knock-out mice and wild-type mice were compared prior to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis induction, at onset of the disease and at disease peak...
September 2016: Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics
Evgenia Karousou, Suniti Misra, Shibnath Ghatak, Katalin Dobra, Martin Götte, Davide Vigetti, Alberto Passi, Nikos K Karamanos, Spyros S Skandalis
Synthesis, deposition, and interactions of hyaluronan (HA) with its cellular receptor CD44 are crucial events that regulate the onset and progression of tumors. The intracellular signaling pathways initiated by HA interactions with CD44 leading to tumorigenic responses are complex. Moreover, HA molecules may perform dual functions depending on their concentration and size. Overexpression of variant isoforms of CD44 (CD44v) is most commonly linked to cancer progression, whereas their loss is associated with inhibition of tumor growth...
October 13, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Rei Mimoto, Naoe T Nihira, Shinichi Hirooka, Hiroshi Takeyama, Kiyotsugu Yoshida
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor, everolimus, provides benefit for metastatic hormone receptor positive breast cancer after failure of the endocrine therapy. The present report highlights Dual Specificity Tyrosine Phosphorylation Regulated Kinase 2 (DYRK2) as a predictive marker for everolimus sensitivity. The key node and KEGG pathway analyses revealed that mTORC1 pathway is activated in DYRK2-depleted cells. Everolimus was more effective in DYRK2-depleted cells compared with control cells. In xenograft model, everolimus treatment significantly inhibited tumor growth compared with vehicle or eribulin treatment...
October 13, 2016: Cancer Letters
Guoqiang Ma, Shuang Li, Yuhong Han, Shuangxi Li, Tao Yue, Bing Wang, Jin Jiang
Hedgehog (Hh) signaling plays a central role in development and diseases. Hh activates its signal transducer and GPCR-family protein Smoothened (Smo) by inducing Smo phosphorylation, but whether Smo is activated through other post-translational modifications remains unexplored. Here we show that sumoylation acts in parallel with phosphorylation to promote Smo cell-surface expression and Hh signaling. We find that Hh stimulates Smo sumoylation by dissociating it from a desumoylation enzyme Ulp1. Sumoylation of Smo in turn recruits a deubiquitinase UBPY/USP8 to antagonize Smo ubiquitination and degradation, leading to its cell-surface accumulation and elevated Hh pathway activity...
October 7, 2016: Developmental Cell
Fumiaki Ohtake, Yasushi Saeki, Satoshi Ishido, Jun Kanno, Keiji Tanaka
Polyubiquitin chains of different topologies regulate diverse cellular processes. K48- and K63-linked chains, the two most abundant chain types, regulate proteolytic and signaling pathways, respectively. Although recent studies reported important roles for heterogeneous chains, the functions of branched ubiquitin chains remain unclear. Here, we show that the ubiquitin chain branched at K48 and K63 regulates nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) signaling. A mass-spectrometry-based quantification strategy revealed that K48-K63 branched ubiquitin linkages are abundant in cells...
October 8, 2016: Molecular Cell
Annika Strauch, Martin Haslbeck
All organisms rely on a conserved cellular machinery supporting and controlling the life cycle of proteins: the proteostasis network. Within this network, the main players that determine the fate of proteins are molecular chaperones, the ubiquitin-proteasome and the lysosome-autophagy systems. sHsps (small heat-shock proteins) represent one family of molecular chaperones found in all domains of life. They prevent irreversible aggregation of unfolded proteins and maintain proteostasis by stabilizing promiscuously a variety of non-native proteins in an ATP-independent manner...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
John S Bett
Cells have developed an evolutionary obligation to survey and maintain proteome fidelity and avoid the possible toxic consequences of protein misfolding and aggregation. Disturbances to protein homoeostasis (proteostasis) can result in severe cellular phenotypes and are closely linked with the accumulation of microscopically visible deposits of aggregated proteins. These include inclusion bodies found in AD (Alzheimer's disease), HD (Huntington's disease) and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) patient neurons...
October 15, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
Fei Lu, Xiaojun Wu, Feng Yin, Christina Chia-Fang Lee, Min Yu, Ivailo S Mihaylov, Jiekai Yu, Hong Sun, Hui Zhang
DNA replication licensing occurs on chromatin, but how the chromatin template is regulated for replication remains mostly unclear. Here, we have analyzed the requirement of histone methyltransferases for a specific type of replication: the DNA re-replication induced by the downregulation of either Geminin, an inhibitor of replication licensing protein CDT1, or the CRL4CDT2 ubiquitin E3 ligase. We found that siRNA-mediated reduction of essential components of the MLL-WDR5-RBBP5 methyltransferase complexes including WDR5 or RBBP5, which transfer methyl groups to histone H3 at K4 (H3K4), suppressed DNA re-replication and chromosomal polyploidy...
October 15, 2016: Biology Open
Olivia Gay, Benoît Gilquin, Nicole Assard, Pascal Stuelsatz, Christian Delphin, Joël Lachuer, Xavier Gidrol, Jacques Baudier
Refilins (RefilinA and RefilinB) are members of a novel family of Filamin binding proteins that function as molecular switches to conformationally alter the Actin filament network into bundles. We show here that Refilins are extremely labile proteins. An N-terminal PEST/DSG(X)2-4S motif mediates ubiquitin-independent rapid degradation. A second degradation signal is localized within the C-terminus. Only RefilinB is protected from rapid degradation by an auto-inhibitory domain that masks the PEST/DSG(X)2-4S motif...
October 15, 2016: Biology Open
V S Manu, Gianluigi Veglia
Identity operation in the form of π pulses is widely used in NMR spectroscopy. For an isolated single spin system, a sequence of even number of π pulses performs an identity operation, leaving the spin state essentially unaltered. For multi-spin systems, trains of π pulses with appropriate phases and time delays modulate the spin Hamiltonian to perform operations such as decoupling and recoupling. However, experimental imperfections often jeopardize the outcome, leading to severe losses in sensitivity. Here, we demonstrate that a newly designed Genetic Algorithm (GA) is able to optimize a train of π pulses, resulting in a robust identity operation...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
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