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K Kollmann, W Warsch, C Gonzalez-Arias, F L Nice, E Avezov, J Milburn, J Li, D Dimitropoulou, S Biddie, M Wang, E Poynton, M Colzani, M R Tijssen, S Anand, U McDermott, B Huntly, T Green
Most MPN patients lacking JAK2 mutations harbour somatic CALR mutations that are thought to activate cytokine signalling although the mechanism is unclear. To identify kinases important for survival of CALR-mutant cells we developed a novel strategy (KISMET) which utilises the full range of kinase selectivity data available from each inhibitor and thus takes advantage of off-target noise that limits conventional siRNA or inhibitor screens. KISMET successfully identified known essential kinases in haematopoietic and non-haematopoietic cell lines and identified the MAPK pathway as required for growth of the CALR-mutated MARIMO cells...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Prasad Kottayil Padmanabhan, Ouafa Zghidi-Abouzid, Mukesh Samant, Carole Dumas, Bruno Guedes Aguiar, Jerome Estaquier, Barbara Papadopoulou
DDX3 is a highly conserved member of ATP-dependent DEAD-box RNA helicases with multiple functions in RNA metabolism and cellular signaling. Here, we describe a novel function for DDX3 in regulating the mitochondrial stress response in the parasitic protozoan Leishmania. We show that genetic inactivation of DDX3 leads to the accumulation of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) associated with a defect in hydrogen peroxide detoxification. Upon stress, ROS production is greatly enhanced, causing mitochondrial membrane potential loss, mitochondrial fragmentation, and cell death...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Geoffrey E Ciarlone, Jay B Dean
Central CO2 chemoreceptive neurons in the caudal solitary complex (cSC) are stimulated by hyperoxia via a free radical mechanism. Hyperoxia has been shown to increase superoxide and nitric oxide in the cSC, but it remains unknown how changes in pCO2 during hyperoxia affect the production of O2-dependent reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) downstream that can lead to increased levels of oxidative and nitrosative stress, cellular excitability, and potentially, dysfunction. We used real time fluorescence microscopy in rat brain slices to determine how hyperoxia and hypercapnic acidosis (HA) modulate one another in the production of key RONS, as well as colorimetric assays to measure levels of oxidized and nitrated lipids and proteins...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Daniele Tibullo, Nunzia Caporarello, Cesarina Giallongo, Carmelina Daniela Anfuso, Claudia Genovese, Carmen Arlotta, Fabrizio Puglisi, Nunziatina L Parrinello, Vincenzo Bramanti, Alessandra Romano, Gabriella Lupo, Valeria Toscano, Roberto Avola, Maria Violetta Brundo, Francesco Di Raimondo, Salvatore Antonio Raccuia
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a clonal B-cell malignancy characterized by an accumulation of clonal plasma cells (PC) in the bone marrow (BM) leading to bone destruction and BM failure. Despite recent advances in pharmacological therapy, MM remains a largely incurable pathology. Therefore, novel effective and less toxic agents are urgently necessary. In the last few years, pomegranate has been studied for its potential therapeutic properties including treatment and prevention of cancer. Pomegranate juice (PGJ) contains a number of potential active compounds including organic acids, vitamins, sugars, and phenolic components that are all responsible of the pro-apoptotic effects observed in tumor cell line...
October 1, 2016: Nutrients
Wen-Juan Huang, Wei-Wei Chen, Xia Zhang
Huntington's disease (HD) is a frequent and incurable hereditary neurodegenerative disorder that impairs motor and cognitive functions. Mutations in huntingtin (HTT) protein, which is essential for neuronal development, lead to the development of HD. An increase in the number of CAG repeats within the HTT gene, which lead to an expansion of polyglutamine tract in the resulting mutated HTT protein, which is toxic, is the causative factor of HD. Although the molecular basis of HD is known, there is no known cure for this disease other than symptomatic relief treatment approaches...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yogesh S Jethava, Frits van Rhee
Multiple myeloma is a disorder characterized by accumulation of malignant plasma cells in the bone marrow, hypercalcemia, monoclonal protein, and end organ damage. Recently newer generation proteosome inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies and novel agents have been approved by FDA, which is undoubtedly increasing life expectancy of the patients. However, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation still remains the cornerstone of the treatment. In this chapter, we are discussing the autologous stem cell transplant, allogeneic stem cell transplant and total therapy trials with outcomes...
2016: Cancer Treatment and Research
Qiang Zhao, Yi-Ran Ren, Qing-Jie Wang, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chun-Xiang You, Yu-Jin Hao
Fe homeostasis is crucial for plant growth and development. A network of bHLH transcription factors (TFs) positively regulates Fe uptake during iron deficiency. However, their upregulation or overexpression leads to Fe overload and ROS generation, thereby damaging the plants. Here, we found that two BTB/TAZ proteins, MdBT1 and MdBT2, interact with the MbHLH104 protein in apple. In addition, the function of MdBT2 was characterized as a regulator of MdbHLH104 degradation via ubiquitination and the 26S proteosome pathway, thereby controlling the activity of plasma membrane H+-ATPases and the acquisition of iron...
September 22, 2016: Plant Physiology
Yiwei Wang, Shuiliang Yu, Dan Huang, Min Cui, Huankai Hu, Lihua Zhang, Weihuan Wang, Neetha Parameswaran, Mark Jackson, Barbara Osborne, Barbara Bedogni, Chaoyang Li, Man-Sun Sy, Wei Xin, Lan Zhou
Up-regulation of human prion protein (PrP) in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is associated with a poor prognosis. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of PrP-mediated tumorigenesis is not completely understood. In this study, we found that PDAC cell lines can be divided into either PrP high expresser or PrP low expresser. In addition to filamin A (FLNA), PrP interacts with Notch1, forming a PrP/FLNA/Notch1 complex. Silencing PrP in high-expresser cells decreases Notch1 expression and Notch1 signaling...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Rasheduzzaman Chowdhury, Ivanhoe K H Leung, Ya-Min Tian, Martine I Abboud, Wei Ge, Carmen Domene, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Isabelle Landrieu, Adam P Hardy, Christopher W Pugh, Peter J Ratcliffe, Timothy D W Claridge, Christopher J Schofield
The response to hypoxia in animals involves the expression of multiple genes regulated by the αβ-hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs). The hypoxia-sensing mechanism involves oxygen limited hydroxylation of prolyl residues in the N- and C-terminal oxygen-dependent degradation domains (NODD and CODD) of HIFα isoforms, as catalysed by prolyl hydroxylases (PHD 1-3). Prolyl hydroxylation promotes binding of HIFα to the von Hippel-Lindau protein (VHL)-elongin B/C complex, thus signalling for proteosomal degradation of HIFα...
2016: Nature Communications
Sarah M Beard, Ryan B Smit, Benjamin G Chan, Paul E Mains
After fertilization, rapid changes of the Caenorhabditis elegans cytoskeleton occur in the transition from meiosis to mitosis, requiring precise regulation. The MEI-1/MEI-2 katanin microtubule-severing complex is essential for meiotic spindle formation but must be quickly inactivated to allow for proper formation of the mitotic spindle. MEI-1/MEI-2 inactivation is dependent on multiple redundant pathways. The primary pathway employs the MEL-26 substrate adaptor for the CUL-3/cullin-based E3 ubiquitin ligase, which targets MEI-1 for proteosomal degradation...
October 13, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Baoguo Sun, Haoxuan Luo, Liuxiang Deng, Shijun Zhang, Zexiong Chen
Various studies have investigated hepatic carcinoma cachexia, however, there is little published information regarding the effect of Chinese Medicine carcinoma cachexia. The present study was performed to investigate the effect of modified Chinese herbal compound jianpijiedu (MJPJD) on a mouse model of ascites‑induced hepatic carcinoma cachexia. C57BL/6 mice were randomized to five groups: Control (Group A); xenograft tumor (Group B); low concentration of MJPJD (Group C); high concentration of MJPJD (Group D) and medroxyprogesterone (MPA) combined with indometacin (IND; Group E)...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Fernando Puente-Sánchez, Sanna Olsson, Angeles Aguilera
Heavy metals are toxic compounds known to cause multiple and severe cellular damage. However, acidophilic extremophiles are able to cope with very high concentrations of heavy metals. This study investigated the stress response under natural environmental heavy metal concentrations in an acidophilic Dunaliella acidophila. We employed Illumina sequencing for a de novo transcriptome assembly and to identify changes in response to high cadmium concentrations and natural metal-rich water. The photosynthetic performance was also estimated by pulse amplitude-modulated (PAM) fluorescence...
October 2016: Microbial Ecology
Claudiu T Supuran
Inhibition of the β-carbonic anhydrases (CAs, EC from pathogenic fungi (Cryptococcus neoformans, Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, Malassezia globosa) and bacteria (three isoforms from Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Rv3273, Rv1284 and Rv3588), as well from the insect Drosophila melanogaster (DmeCA) and the plant Flaveria bidentis (FbiCA1) with the boronic acid peptidomimetic proteosome inhibitor bortezomib was investigated. Bortezomib was a micromolar inhibitor of all these enzymes, with KIs ranging between 1...
September 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Dohun Pyeon, Khalid Amine Timani, Fahad Gulraiz, Johnny J He, In-Woo Park
HIV-1 Nef is necessary and may be sufficient for HIV-1-associated AIDS pathogenicity, in that knockout of Nef alone can protect HIV-infected patients from AIDS. We therefore investigated the feasibility of physical knockout of Nef, using the host ubiquitin proteasome system in HIV-1-infected cells. Our co-immunoprecipitation analysis demonstrated that Nef interacted with ubiquitin specific protease 15 (USP15), and that USP15, which is known to stabilize cellular proteins, degraded Nef. Nef could also cause decay of USP15, although Nef-mediated degradation of USP15 was weaker than USP15-mediated Nef degradation...
September 2, 2016: Virus Research
Hailey B Koh, Anne M Scruggs, Steven K Huang
DNA methylation is a fundamental epigenetic mark that plays a critical role in differentiation and is mediated by the actions of DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs). TGF-β1 is one of the most potent inducers of fibroblast differentiation, and although many of its actions on fibroblasts are well described, the ability of TGF-β1 to modulate DNA methylation in mesenchymal cells is less clear. Here, we examine the ability of TGF-β1 to modulate the expression of various DNMTs in primary lung fibroblasts (CCL210). TGF-β1 increased the protein expression, but not RNA levels, of both DNMT1 and DNMT3a...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ravi Kumar Eslavath, Deepshikha Sharma, Nabil A M Bin Omar, Rajasekhar Chikati, Mahesh Kumar Teli, G K Rajanikant, Surya S Singh
Hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α, a subunit of HIF transcription factor, regulates cellular response to hypoxia. In normoxic conditions, it is hydroxylated by prolyl hydroxylase (PHD)-2 and targeted for proteosomal degradation. Drugs which inhibit PHD-2 have implications in conditions arising from insufficient blood supply. β-ODAP (β-N- oxalyl-l-α, β- diaminopropionic acid), a non-protein excitatory amino acid present in Lathyrus sativus, is an α-amino-3-hydroxy-5- methyl-4-isoxazole propionic acid receptor agonist known to activate conventional protein kinase C and stabilize HIF-1α under normoxic conditions...
July 5, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Paola Di Lello, Lionel Rougé, Borlan Pan, Till Maurer
The deubiquitinase Ubiquitin Specific Protease 7 (USP7) is part of the regulatory cascade of proteins that modulates the activity of the tumor suppressor protein p53. Deubiquitination of its target Murine Double Minute 2 (MDM2) leads to increased proteosomal degradation of p53. Consequently, USP7 has emerged as an attractive oncology target because its inhibition stabilizes p53, thereby promoting p53-dependent apoptosis in cancer cells. Here we report the backbone resonance assignment for the 40.5 kDa catalytic domain of USP7...
October 2016: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
Shenq-Shyang Huang, Wan-Pei Su, Hsin-Pin Lin, Hsiang-Ling Kuo, Hsiao-Ling Wei, Nan-Shan Chang
Whether tumor suppressor WWOX (WW domain-containing oxidoreductase) stimulates immune cell maturation is largely unknown. Here, we determined that Tyr-33-phosphorylated WWOX physically binds non-phosphorylated ERK and IκBα in immature acute lymphoblastic leukemia MOLT-4 T cells and in the naïve mouse spleen. The IκBα·ERK·WWOX complex was shown to localize, in part, in the mitochondria. WWOX prevents IκBα from proteasomal degradation. Upon stimulating MOLT-4 with ionophore A23187/phorbol myristate acetate, endogenous IκBα and ERK undergo rapid phosphorylation in <5 min, and subsequently WWOX is Tyr-33 and Tyr-287 de-phosphorylated and Ser-14 phosphorylated...
August 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yizhi Zhang, Zhoujia Chen, Xuerui Luo, Bin Wu, Bin Li, Bin Wang
Foxp3-expressing Treg cells have been well documented to provide immune regulation by promoting immune tolerance and suppressing immune over-reaction. Cimetidine (CIM), used to inhibit stomach acid secretion, has been reported to promote immune responses and suppress Treg cell function in several studies. However, the underlying mechanism is unknown. To investigate CIM effects on the suppressive function of Treg and Foxp3, here we used CIM to stimulate human CD4+CD25+ Treg cells and Jurkat T cells and evaluated changes of Foxp3 expression and stability...
June 20, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Arwin J Brouwer, Natalia Herrero Álvarez, Adriano Ciaffoni, Helmus van de Langemheen, Rob M J Liskamp
The success of inhibition of the proteasome by formation of covalent bonds is a major victory over the long held-view that this would lead to binding the wrong targets and undoubtedly lead to toxicity. Great challenges are now found in uncovering ensembles of new moieties capable of forming long lasting ties. We have introduced peptido sulfonyl fluorides for this purpose. Tuning the reactivity of this electrophilic trap may be crucial for modulating the biological action. Here we describe incorporation of a vinyl moiety into a peptido sulfonyl fluoride backbone, which should lead to a combined attack of the proteasome active site threonine on the double bond and the sulfonyl fluoride...
August 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
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