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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211522/structure-and-polymorphisms-of-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-in-the-oriental-stork-ciconia-boyciana
#1
Hiroki Tsuji, Yukio Taniguchi, Shintaro Ishizuka, Hirokazu Matsuda, Takahisa Yamada, Kazuaki Naito, Hiroaki Iwaisaki
The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is highly polymorphic and plays a central role in the vertebrate immune system. Despite its functional consistency, the MHC genomic structure differs substantially among organisms. In birds, the MHCs of Galliformes and the Japanese crested ibis (Pelecaniformes) are well-characterized, but information about other avian MHCs remains scarce. The Oriental stork (Ciconia boyciana, order Ciconiiformes) is a large endangered migrant. The current Japanese population of this bird originates from a few founders; thus, understanding the genetic diversity among them is critical for effective population management...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205554/the-oncoppi-network-of-cancer-focused-protein-protein-interactions-to-inform-biological-insights-and-therapeutic-strategies
#2
Zenggang Li, Andrei A Ivanov, Rina Su, Valentina Gonzalez-Pecchi, Qi Qi, Songlin Liu, Philip Webber, Elizabeth McMillan, Lauren Rusnak, Cau Pham, Xiaoqian Chen, Xiulei Mo, Brian Revennaugh, Wei Zhou, Adam Marcus, Sahar Harati, Xiang Chen, Margaret A Johns, Michael A White, Carlos Moreno, Lee A D Cooper, Yuhong Du, Fadlo R Khuri, Haian Fu
As genomics advances reveal the cancer gene landscape, a daunting task is to understand how these genes contribute to dysregulated oncogenic pathways. Integration of cancer genes into networks offers opportunities to reveal protein-protein interactions (PPIs) with functional and therapeutic significance. Here, we report the generation of a cancer-focused PPI network, termed OncoPPi, and identification of >260 cancer-associated PPIs not in other large-scale interactomes. PPI hubs reveal new regulatory mechanisms for cancer genes like MYC, STK11, RASSF1 and CDK4...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195723/drug-discovery-targeting-bromodomain-containing-protein-4-brd4
#3
Zhiqing Liu, Pingyuan Wang, Haiying Chen, Eric A Wold, Bing Tian, Allan R Brasier, Jia Zhou
BRD4, the most extensively studied member of BET family, is an epigenetic regulator that localizes to DNA via binding acetylated histones and controls the expression of therapeutically important gene regulatory networks through recruiting transcription factors to form mediator complexes, phosphorylating RNA polymerase II and by its intrinsic histone acetyltransferase activity. Disrupting the protein-protein interactions between BRD4 and acetyl-lysine has been shown to effectively block cell proliferation in cancer, cytokine production in acute inflammation, etc...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194432/bet-inhibitors-block-pancreatic-stellate-cell-collagen-i-production-and-attenuate-fibrosis-in-vivo
#4
Krishan Kumar, Brian T DeCant, Paul J Grippo, Rosa F Hwang, David J Bentrem, Kazumi Ebine, Hidayatullah G Munshi
The fibrotic reaction, which can account for over 70%-80% of the tumor mass, is a characteristic feature of human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tumors. It is associated with activation and proliferation of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are key regulators of collagen I production and fibrosis in vivo. In this report, we show that members of the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) family of proteins are expressed in primary PSCs isolated from human PDAC tumors, with BRD4 positively regulating, and BRD2 and BRD3 negatively regulating, collagen I expression in primary cancer-associated PSCs...
February 9, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187439/long-non-coding-rna-in-glioma-signaling-pathways
#5
REVIEW
Jia Shi, Bo Dong, Jiachao Cao, Yumin Mao, Wei Guan, Ya Peng, Suinuan Wang
Glioma is regarded as the most prevalent malignant carcinoma of the central nervous system. Thus, the development of new therapeutic strategies targeting glioma is of significant clinical importance. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are functional RNA molecules without a protein-coding function and are reportedly involved in the initiation and progression of glioma. Dysregulation of lncRNAs in glioma is due to activation of several signaling pathways, such as the BRD4-HOTAIR-β-catenin/PDCD4, p53-Hif-H19/IGF2 and CRNDE/mTOR pathways...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182006/coordinate-activities-of-brd4-and-cdk9-in-the-transcriptional-elongation-complex-are-required-for-tgf%C3%AE-induced-nox4-expression-and-myofibroblast-transdifferentiation
#6
Talha Ijaz, Mohammad Jamaluddin, Yingxin Zhao, Yueqing Zhang, Jayson Jay, Celeste C Finnerty, David N Herndon, Ronald G Tilton, Allan R Brasier
Transdifferentiation of quiescent dermal fibroblasts to secretory myofibroblasts has a central role in wound healing and pathological scar formation. This myofibroblast transdifferentiation process involves TGFβ-induced de novo synthesis of alpha smooth muscle cell actin (αSMA)+ fibers that enhance contractility as well as increased expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, including collagen and fibronectin. These processes are mediated upstream by the reactive oxygen species (ROS)-producing enzyme Nox4, whose induction by TGFβ is incompletely understood...
February 9, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174254/the-essential-transcriptional-function-of-brd4-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#7
Jae-Seok Roe, Christopher R Vakoc
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is often initiated by genetic alterations of machineries that regulate chromatin and transcription, thereby blocking cell differentiation. Such mechanisms may also render leukemia cells vulnerable to perturbations of transcriptional regulators, which includes small molecules targeting the coactivator protein BRD4. Numerous studies have validated BRD4 as a therapeutic target in diverse subtypes of AML; however, the vital function of BRD4 in this disease is only beginning to be understood...
February 7, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173625/bet-proteins-an-approach-to-future-therapies-in-transplantation
#8
Beatriz Suarez-Álvarez, Ramón M Rodríguez, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Carlos López-Larrea
In order to develop new efficient therapies for organ transplantation it is essential to acquire a comprehensive knowledge of the molecular mechanisms and processes, such as immune activation, chronic inflammation and fibrosis that lead to rejection and long-term graft loss. Recent efforts have shed some light on the epigenetic regulation associated with these processes. In this context, the bromo and extraterminal (BET) family of bromodomain proteins (BRD2, BRD3, BRD4 and BRDT) have emerged as major epigenetic players, connecting chromatin structure with gene expression changes...
February 7, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169998/erratum-brd4-is-a-histone-acetyltransferase-that-evicts-nucleosomes-from-chromatin
#9
Ballachanda N Devaiah, Chanelle Case-Borden, Anne Gegonne, Chih Hao Hsu, Qingrong Chen, Daoud Meerzaman, Anup Dey, Keiko Ozato, Dinah S Singer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 6, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161994/conformation-dependent-qsar-approach-for-the-prediction-of-inhibitory-activity-of-bromodomain-modulators
#10
C R García-Jacas, K Martinez-Mayorga, Y Marrero-Ponce, J L Medina-Franco
Epigenetic drug discovery is a promising research field with growing interest in the scientific community, as evidenced by the number of publications and the large amount of structure-epigenetic activity information currently available in the public domain. Computational methods are valuable tools to analyse and understand the activity of large compound collections from their structural information. In this manuscript, QSAR models to predict the inhibitory activity of a diverse and heterogeneous set of 88 organic molecules against the bromodomains BRD2, BRD3 and BRD4 are presented...
February 6, 2017: SAR and QSAR in Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154167/in-vivo-knockdown-of-pathogenic-proteins-via-specific-and-nongenetic-iap-dependent-protein-erasers-snipers
#11
Nobumichi Ohoka, Keiichiro Okuhira, Masahiro Ito, Katsunori Nagai, Norihito Shibata, Takayuki Hattori, Osamu Ujikawa, Kenichiro Shimokawa, Osamu Sano, Ryokichi Koyama, Hisashi Fujita, Mika Teratani, Hirokazu Matsumoto, Yasuhiro Imaeda, Hiroshi Nara, Nobuo Cho, Mikihiko Naito
Many diseases, especially cancers, result from aberrant or over-expression of pathogenic proteins. Specific inhibitors against these proteins have shown remarkable therapeutic effects, but are limited mainly to enzymes. An alternative approach that may have utility in drug development relies on selective degradation of pathogenic proteins via small, chimeric molecules linking an E3 ubiquitin ligase to the targeted protein for proteasomal degradation. To this end, we recently developed a protein-knockdown system based on hybrid small-molecule SNIPERs (Specific and Nongenetic IAP-dependent Protein Erasers) that recruit inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) ubiquitin ligases to specifically degrade targeted proteins...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146632/antibody-targeted-cyclodextrin-based-nanoparticles-for-sirna-delivery-in-the-treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-physicochemical-characteristics-in-vitro-mechanistic-studies-and-ex-vivo-patient-derived-therapeutic-efficacy
#12
Jianfeng Guo, Eileen G Russell, Raphael Darcy, Thomas G Cotter, Sharon L McKenna, Mary R Cahill, Caitriona M O'Driscoll
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is the most common type of acute leukemia in adults and is associated with high relapse rates. It is known that leukemia stem cells (LSCs), a very small subpopulation of the total number of leukemic cells, maintain the leukemia phenotype (∼80-90% of AML remain the same as at first diagnosis), display chemotherapy resistance, and contribute to disease regeneration. Therefore, targeting LSCs could control the relapse of AML. Small interfering RNA (siRNA), an effector of the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway, can selectively downregulate any gene implicated in the pathology of disease, presenting great potential for treatment of AML...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143717/the-bet-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-radiosensitizes-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-by-upregulating-p21
#13
Jian Wang, Ye Wang, Hong Mei, Zhongyuan Yin, Yuanyuan Geng, Tao Zhang, Gang Wu, Zhenyu Lin
Radiotherapy is an important treatment modality in the management of locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, radioresistance markedly impairs its efficacy in clinic. Bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) bromodomain inhibitors have demonstrated dramatic antitumor activity in several preclinical human cancer models. In this study, we investigated for the first time the effect of JQ1, a novel BET bromodomain inhibitor, on tumor cell radiosensitivity of NSCLC in vitro and in vivo. Our results demonstrated that JQ1 significantly enhanced the effect of irradiation in NSCLC cell lines through a c-myc-independent mechanism...
January 29, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137841/dual-activity-pi3k-brd4-inhibitor-for-the-orthogonal-inhibition-of-myc-to-block-tumor-growth-and-metastasis
#14
Forest H Andrews, Alok R Singh, Shweta Joshi, Cassandra A Smith, Guillermo A Morales, Joseph R Garlich, Donald L Durden, Tatiana G Kutateladze
MYC is a major cancer driver but is documented to be a difficult therapeutic target itself. Here, we report on the biological activity, the structural basis, and therapeutic effects of the family of multitargeted compounds that simultaneously disrupt functions of two critical MYC-mediating factors through inhibiting the acetyllysine binding of BRD4 and the kinase activity of PI3K. We show that the dual-action inhibitor impairs PI3K/BRD4 signaling in vitro and in vivo and affords maximal MYC down-regulation...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135585/genome-wide-profiling-reveals-remarkable-parallels-between-insertion-site-selection-properties-of-the-mlv-retrovirus-and-the-piggybac-transposon-in-primary-human-cd4-t-cells
#15
Andreas Gogol-Döring, Ismahen Ammar, Saumyashree Gupta, Mario Bunse, Csaba Miskey, Wei Chen, Wolfgang Uckert, Thomas F Schulz, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Zoltán Ivics
The inherent risks associated with vector insertion in gene therapy need to be carefully assessed. We analyzed the genome-wide distributions of Sleeping Beauty (SB) and piggyBac (PB) transposon insertions as well as MLV retrovirus and HIV lentivirus insertions in human CD4(+) T cells with respect to a panel of 40 chromatin states. The distribution of SB transposon insertions displayed the least deviation from random, while the PB transposon and the MLV retrovirus showed unexpected parallels across all chromatin states...
March 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134933/inhibition-of-the-integrin-fak-signaling-axis-and-c-myc-synergistically-disrupts-ovarian-cancer-malignancy
#16
B Xu, J Lefringhouse, Z Liu, D West, L A Baldwin, C Ou, L Chen, D Napier, L Chaiswing, L D Brewer, D St Clair, O Thibault, J R van Nagell, B P Zhou, R Drapkin, J-A Huang, M L Lu, F R Ueland, X H Yang
Integrins, a family of heterodimeric receptors for extracellular matrix, are promising therapeutic targets for ovarian cancer, particularly high-grade serous-type (HGSOC), as they drive tumor cell attachment, migration, proliferation and survival by activating focal adhesion kinase (FAK)-dependent signaling. Owing to the potential off-target effects of FAK inhibitors, disruption of the integrin signaling axis remains to be a challenge. Here, we tackled this barrier by screening for inhibitors being functionally cooperative with small-molecule VS-6063, a phase II FAK inhibitor...
January 30, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28119527/runx3-is-oncogenic-in-natural-killer-t-cell-lymphoma-and-is-transcriptionally-regulated-by-myc
#17
V Selvarajan, M Osato, G S S Nah, J Yan, C Tae-Hoon, Dc-C Voon, Y Ito, M F Ham, M Salto-Tellez, N Shimizu, S-N Choo, S Fan, W-J Chng, S-B Ng
RUNX3, runt-domain transcription factor, is a master regulator of gene expression in major developmental pathways. It acts as a tumor suppresser in many cancers but is oncogenic in certain tumors. We observed upregulation of RUNX3 mRNA and protein expression in nasal-type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma (NKTL) patient samples and NKTL cell lines compared to normal NK cells. RUNX3 silenced NKTL cells showed increased apoptosis and reduced cell proliferation. Potential binding sites for MYC were identified in the RUNX3 enhancer region...
January 25, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118076/targeting-ampk-ulk1-mediated-autophagy-for-combating-bet-inhibitor-resistance-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-stem-cells
#18
Ji Eun Jang, Ju-In Eom, Hoi-Kyung Jeung, June-Won Cheong, Jung Yeon Lee, Jin Seok Kim, Yoo Hong Min
Bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) inhibitors are promising epigenetic agents for the treatment of various subsets of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the resistance of leukemia stem cells (LSCs) to BET inhibitors remains a major challenge. In this study, we evaluated the mechanisms underlying LSC resistance to the BET inhibitor JQ1. We evaluated the levels of apoptosis and macroautophagy/autophagy induced by JQ1 in LSC-like leukemia cell lines and primary CD34(+) CD38(-) leukemic blasts obtained from AML cases with normal karyotype without recurrent mutations...
January 24, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115161/cg13250-a-novel-bromodomain-inhibitor-suppresses-proliferation-of-multiple-myeloma-cells-in-an-orthotopic-mouse-model
#19
Natsuki Imayoshi, Makoto Yoshioka, Jay Chauhan, Susumu Nakata, Yuki Toda, Steven Fletcher, Jeffrey W Strovel, Kazuyuki Takata, Eishi Ashihara
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by the clonal proliferation of neoplastic plasma cells. Despite a stream of new molecular targets based on better understanding of the disease, MM remains incurable. Epigenomic abnormalities contribute to the pathogenesis of MM. bromodomain 4 (BRD4), a member of the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) family, binds to acetylated histones during M/G1 transition in the cell cycle promoting progression to S phase. In this study, we investigated the effects of a novel BET inhibitor CG13250 on MM cells...
January 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108460/enhancer-remodeling-during-adaptive-bypass-to-mek-inhibition-is-attenuated-by-pharmacological-targeting-of-the-p-tefb-complex
#20
Jon S Zawistowski, Samantha M Bevill, Daniel R Goulet, Timothy J Stuhlmiller, Adriana S Beltran, Jose F Olivares-Quintero, Darshan Singh, Noah Sciaky, Joel S Parker, Naim U Rashid, Xin Chen, James S Duncan, Martin C Whittle, Steven P Angus, Sara Hanna Velarde, Brian T Golitz, Xiaping He, Charlene Santos, David B Darr, Kristalyn Gallagher, Lee M Graves, Charles M Perou, Lisa A Carey, H Shelton Earp, Gary L Johnson
Targeting the dysregulated BRaf-MEK-ERK pathway in cancer has increasingly emerged in clinical trial design. Despite clinical responses in specific cancers using inhibitors targeting BRaf and MEK, resistance develops often involving non-genomic adaptive bypass mechanisms. Inhibition of MEK1/2 by trametinib in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients induced dramatic transcriptional responses, including upregulation of receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) comparing tumor samples before and after one week of treatment...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Discovery
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