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Zhouhui Ren, Tong Yang, Jie Ding, Weihong Liu, Xiangyu Meng, Pingping Zhang, Kaitai Liu, Ping Wang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in human tumorigenesis as oncogenes or tumor suppressors by directly binding to the 3'-untranslated region of their target mRNAs. MiR-520d-3p has been reported as a tumor suppressor gene in ovarian cancer and gastric cancer, while the function of miR-520d-3p in human breast cancers is still uninvolved. In this study, we initially identified that the expression of miR-520d-3p was significantly reduced in breast cancer specimens and cell lines. The restoration of miR-520d-3p expression not only reduced breast cancer cell viability by causing the accumulation of G2 phase and cell apoptosis, but also inhibited tumorigenicity in vivo ...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Xiao-Jun He, Er-Bao Bian, Chun-Chun Ma, Chao Wang, Hong-Liang Wang, Bing Zhao
The long non-coding RNA SPRY4-intronic transcript 1 (SPRY4-IT1) has been shown to promote the progression of cancer; however, the role of SPRY4-IT1 in glioma remains unclear. The present study demonstrated that SPRY4-IT1 expression was markedly increased in glioma tissues and cells compared with normal brain tissues, whereas knockdown of SPRY4-IT1 inhibited cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in U251 cells. Spindle and kinetochore associated complex subunit 2 (SKA2) was found to be a target of SPRY4-IT1 and was downregulated by SPRY4-IT1-knockdown...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Sushama Sivakumar, Gary J Gorbsky
Kinetochores move chromosomes on dynamic spindle microtubules and regulate signaling of the spindle checkpoint. The spindle- and kinetochore-associated (Ska) complex, a hexamer composed of two copies of Ska1, Ska2 and Ska3, has been implicated in both roles. Phosphorylation of kinetochore components by the well-studied mitotic kinases Cdk1, Aurora B, Plk1, Mps1, and Bub1 regulate chromosome movement and checkpoint signaling. Roles for the opposing phosphatases are more poorly defined. Recently, we showed that the C terminus of Ska1 recruits protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) to kinetochores...
November 15, 2017: Biology Open
A B Niculescu, H Le-Niculescu, D F Levey, P L Phalen, H L Dainton, K Roseberry, E M Niculescu, J O Niezer, A Williams, D L Graham, T J Jones, V Venugopal, A Ballew, M Yard, T Gelbart, S M Kurian, A Shekhar, N J Schork, G E Sandusky, D R Salomon
Suicide remains a clear, present and increasing public health problem, despite being a potentially preventable tragedy. Its incidence is particularly high in people with overt or un(der)diagnosed psychiatric disorders. Objective and precise identification of individuals at risk, ways of monitoring response to treatments and novel preventive therapeutics need to be discovered, employed and widely deployed. We sought to investigate whether blood gene expression biomarkers for suicide (that is, a 'liquid biopsy' approach) can be identified that are more universal in nature, working across psychiatric diagnoses and genders, using larger cohorts than in previous studies...
September 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
Qian Zhang, Sushama Sivakumar, Yujue Chen, Haishan Gao, Lu Yang, Zhu Yuan, Hongtao Yu, Hong Liu
The spindle and kinetochore-associated (Ska) protein complex is required for accurate chromosome segregation during mitosis [1-6] and consists of two copies each of Ska1, Ska2, and Ska3 proteins [4, 7]. The Ska complex contains multiple microtubule-binding elements and promotes kinetochore-microtubule attachment [8-11]. The Ska1 C-terminal domain (CTD) recruits protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) to kinetochores to promote timely anaphase onset [12]. The Ska complex regulates, and is regulated by, Aurora B [13]. Aurora B phosphorylates both Ska1 and Ska3 to inhibit the kinetochore localization of the Ska complex [14]...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
Yitao Wang, Huali Weng, Ying Zhang, Yinjiang Long, Yi Li, Yulong Niu, Fangzhou Song, Youquan Bu
We previously identified proline-rich protein 11 (PRR11) as a novel cancer-related gene that is implicated in the regulation of cell cycle and tumorigenesis. Our recent study demonstrated that PRR11 and its adjacent gene, kinetochore associated 2 (SKA2), constitute a classic head-to-head gene pair that is coordinately regulated by nuclear factor Y (NF-Y). In the present study, we further show that the PRR11-SKA2 bidirectional transcription unit is an indirect target of the tumor suppressor p53. A luciferase reporter assay revealed that overexpression of wild type p53, but not mutant p53, significantly represses the basal activity and NF-Y mediated transactivation of the PRR11-SKA2 bidirectional promoter...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Nadine M Melhem, Sara Munroe, Anna Marsland, Katarina Gray, David Brent, Giovanna Porta, Antoine Douaihy, Mark L Laudenslager, Frank DePietro, Rasim Diler, Henry Driscoll, Priya Gopalan
BACKGROUND: Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis dysregulation is associated with increased risk for suicidal behavior. However, it is not clear whether such dysregulation exists prior to or is a consequence of attempt. Studies also show an activation of inflammatory responses in suicidal behavior but often combine attempters with those with ideation. METHODS: The sample consisted of psychiatric inpatients, aged 15-30 years, admitted for suicide attempt (SA, n=38), inpatients admitted for suicidal ideation with no prior history of attempts (SI, n=40), and healthy controls (n=37)...
March 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Makena L Clive, Marco P Boks, Christiaan H Vinkers, Lauren M Osborne, Jennifer L Payne, Kerry J Ressler, Alicia K Smith, Holly C Wilcox, Zachary Kaminsky
BACKGROUND: Suicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents in the USA, and rates are rising. Methods to identify individuals at risk are essential for implementing prevention strategies, and the development of a biomarker can potentially improve prediction of suicidal behaviors. Prediction of our previously reported SKA2 biomarker for suicide and PTSD is substantially improved by questionnaires assessing perceived stress or anxiety and is therefore reliant on psychological assessment...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
Gitte H Bruun, Thomas K Doktor, Jonas Borch-Jensen, Akio Masuda, Adrian R Krainer, Kinji Ohno, Brage S Andresen
BACKGROUND: Many pathogenic genetic variants have been shown to disrupt mRNA splicing. Besides splice mutations in the well-conserved splice sites, mutations in splicing regulatory elements (SREs) may deregulate splicing and cause disease. A promising therapeutic approach is to compensate for this deregulation by blocking other SREs with splice-switching oligonucleotides (SSOs). However, the location and sequence of most SREs are not well known. RESULTS: Here, we used individual-nucleotide resolution crosslinking immunoprecipitation (iCLIP) to establish an in vivo binding map for the key splicing regulatory factor hnRNP A1 and to generate an hnRNP A1 consensus binding motif...
July 5, 2016: BMC Biology
Enza Mozzillo, Carla Cozzolino, Rita Genesio, Daniela Melis, Giulia Frisso, Ada Orrico, Barbara Lombardo, Valentina Fattorusso, Valentina Discepolo, Roberto Della Casa, Francesca Simonelli, Lucio Nitsch, Francesco Salvatore, Adriana Franzese
In childhood, several rare genetic diseases have overlapping symptoms and signs, including those regarding growth alterations, thus the differential diagnosis is sometimes difficult. The proband, aged 3 years, was suspected to have Silver-Russel syndrome because of intrauterine growth retardation, postnatal growth retardation, typical facial dysmorphic features, macrocephaly, body asymmetry, and bilateral fifth finger clinodactyly. Other features were left atrial and ventricular enlargement and patent foramen ovale...
August 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Er-Bao Bian, Chun-Chun Ma, Xiao-Jun He, Chao Wang, Gang Zong, Hong-Liang Wang, Bing Zhao
Aberrant expression of miR-141 has recently implicated in the occurrence and development of various types of malignant tumors. However whether the involvement of miR-141 in the pathogenesis of glioma remains unknown. Here, we showed that miR-141 was markedly downregulated in glioma tissues and cell lines compared with normal brain tissues, and its expression correlated with the pathological grading. Enforced expression of miR-141 in glioma cells significantly inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, whereas knockdown of miR-141 exerted opposite effect...
May 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Naomi Sadeh, Erika J Wolf, Mark W Logue, Jasmeet P Hayes, Annjanette Stone, L Michelle Griffin, Steven A Schichman, Mark W Miller
BACKGROUND: DNA methylation of the SKA2 gene has recently been implicated as a biomarker of suicide risk and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). To examine the specificity and reliability of these findings, we examined associations between SKA2 DNA methylation, broad dimensions of psychiatric symptoms, and suicide phenotypes in adults with high levels of trauma exposure. METHODS: A total of 466 White, non-Hispanic veterans and their intimate partners (65% male) underwent clinical assessment and had blood drawn for genotyping and methylation analysis...
April 2016: Depression and Anxiety
Honglei Yin, Hanga Galfalvy, Spiro P Pantazatos, Yung-Yu Huang, Gorazd B Rosoklija, Andrew J Dwork, Ainsley Burke, Victoria Arango, Maria A Oquendo, J John Mann
INTRODUCTION: We tested the relationship between genotype, gene expression and suicidal behavior and major depressive disorder (MDD) in live subjects and postmortem samples for three genes, associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, suicidal behavior, and MDD; FK506-binding protein 5 (FKBP5), Spindle and kinetochore-associated protein 2 (SKA2), and Glucocorticoid Receptor (NR3C1). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and haplotypes were tested for association with suicidal behavior and MDD in a live (N = 277) and a postmortem sample (N = 209)...
June 2016: Depression and Anxiety
Ghanshyam N Pandey, Hooriyah S Rizavi, Hui Zhang, Runa Bhaumik, Xinguo Ren
BACKGROUND: Recent study of genome-wide DNA methylation profiling in the postmortem brain of suicidal and nonsuicidal subjects found that gene expression of spindle and kinetochore associated complex subunit 2 (SKA2) is decreased in the postmortem brain of suicide victims compared with nonsuicidal, nonpsychiatric control subjects. METHODS: To determine if decreased SKA2 is specific to suicide and independent of diagnosis, we determined gene and protein expression of SKA2 in the prefrontal cortex obtained from suicide victims (n= 52), nonsuicidal psychiatric subjects (n= 27), and normal controls (n= 24)...
August 2016: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
N Sadeh, J M Spielberg, M W Logue, E J Wolf, A K Smith, J Lusk, J P Hayes, E Sperbeck, W P Milberg, R E McGlinchey, D H Salat, W C Carter, A Stone, S A Schichman, D E Humphries, M W Miller
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March 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Haihui Zhuang, Xiangyu Meng, Yanyuan Li, Xue Wang, Shuaishuai Huang, Kaitai Liu, Michael Hehir, Rong Fang, Lei Jiang, Jeff X Zhou, Ping Wang, Yu Ren
Emerging evidence shows that the aberrantly expressed cyclic AMP responsive element-binding protein (CREB) is associated with tumor development and progression in several cancers. Spindle and kinetochore-associated protein 2 (SKA2) is essential for regulating the progress of mitosis. In this study, we evaluate in vitro and in vivo the functional relationship between CREB and SKA2 in renal cell carcinoma (RCC). Suppressing and replenishing CREB levels were used to manipulate SKA2 expression, observing the effects on RCC cell lines...
March 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Caryn S Gonsalves, Chen Li, Punam Malik, Stanley M Tahara, Vijay K Kalra
Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) play important roles in pulmonary hypertension (PH) in sickle cell disease (SCD). Our previous studies show higher levels of placenta growth factor (PlGF) in SCD correlate with increased plasma levels of ET-1, PAI-1, and other physiological markers of PH. PlGF-mediated ET-1 and PAI-1 expression occurs via activation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α). However, relatively little is understood regarding post-transcriptional regulation of PlGF-mediated expression of ET-1 and PAI-1...
October 12, 2015: Bioscience Reports
Marco P Boks, Bart P F Rutten, Elbert Geuze, Lotte C Houtepen, Eric Vermetten, Zachary Kaminsky, Christiaan H Vinkers
Genomic variation in the SKA2 gene has recently been identified as a promising suicide biomarker. In light of its role in glucocorticoid receptor transactivation, we investigated whether SKA2 DNA methylation influences cortisol stress reactivity and is involved in the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Increased SKA2 methylation was significantly associated with lower cortisol stress reactivity in 85 healthy individuals exposed to the Trier Social Stress Test (B=-173.40, t=-2.324, p-value=0...
April 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
N Sadeh, J M Spielberg, M W Logue, E J Wolf, A K Smith, J Lusk, J P Hayes, E Sperbeck, W P Milberg, R E McGlinchey, D H Salat, W C Carter, A Stone, S A Schichman, D E Humphries, M W Miller
Methylation of the SKA2 (spindle and kinetochore-associated complex subunit 2) gene has recently been identified as a promising biomarker of suicide risk. Based on this finding, we examined associations between SKA2 methylation, cortical thickness and psychiatric phenotypes linked to suicide in trauma-exposed veterans. About 200 trauma-exposed white non-Hispanic veterans of the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan (91% male) underwent clinical assessment and had blood drawn for genotyping and methylation analysis...
March 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Z Kaminsky, H C Wilcox, W W Eaton, K Van Eck, V Kilaru, T Jovanovic, T Klengel, B Bradley, E B Binder, K J Ressler, A K Smith
Traumatic stress results in hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis abnormalities and an increased risk to both suicidal behaviors and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Previous work out of our laboratory identified SKA2 DNA methylation associations with suicidal behavior in the blood and brain of multiple cohorts. Interaction of SKA2 with stress predicted suicidal behavior with ~80% accuracy. SKA2 is hypothesized to reduce the ability to suppress cortisol following stress, which is of potentially high relevance in traumatized populations...
2015: Translational Psychiatry
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