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Ronald S Cheung, Maria Castella, Antonio Abeyta, Philip R Gafken, Nyka Tucker, Toshiyasu Taniguchi
Repair of interstrand crosslinks by the Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway requires both monoubiquitination and de-ubiquitination of the FANCI/FANCD2 (FANCI/D2) complex. In the standing model, the phosphorylation of six sites in the FANCI S/TQ cluster domain occurs upstream of, and promotes, FANCI/D2 monoubiquitination. We generated phospho-specific antibodies against three different S/TQ cluster sites (serines 556, 559, and 565) on human FANCI and found that, in contrast to the standing model, distinct FANCI sites were phosphorylated either predominantly upstream (ubiquitination independent; serine 556) or downstream (ubiquitination-linked; serines 559 and 565) of FANCI/D2 monoubiquitination...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
Guangyuan Li, Furhan Iqbal, Liu Wang, Zhipeng Xu, Xiaoyan Che, Wen Yu, Liang Shi, Tonghang Guo, Guixiang Zhou, Xiaohua Jiang, Huan Zhang, Yuanwei Zhang, Dexin Yu
Balanced translocations are known to be associated with infertility, spontaneous abortions and birth defects in mammals. Spermatocyte spreading and immunostaining were applied to detect meiotic prophase I progression, homologous chromosome pairing, synapsis and recombination in an azoospermic reciprocal translocation 46,X,t(Y;1)(p11.3;p31) carrier. Histological examination of testicular sections revealed a severely reduced number of germ cells with no spermatids or sperm in the carrier. A significant reduction in XY recombination was observed in the patient...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Kyungsoo Ha, Chengxian Ma, Han Lin, Lichun Tang, Zhusheng Lian, Fang Zhao, Ju-Mei Li, Bei Zhen, Huadong Pei, Suxia Han, Marcos Malumbres, Jianping Jin, Huan Chen, Yongxiang Zhao, Qing Zhu, Pumin Zhang
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) are repaired through two major pathways, homology-directed recombination (HDR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). While HDR can only occur in S/G2, NHEJ can happen in all cell cycle phases (except mitosis). How then is the repair choice made in S/G2 cells? Here we provide evidence demonstrating that APC(Cdh1) plays a critical role in choosing the repair pathways in S/G2 cells. Our results suggest that the default for all DSBs is to recruit 53BP1 and RIF1. BRCA1 is blocked from being recruited to broken ends because its recruitment signal, K63-linked poly-ubiquitin chains on histones, is actively destroyed by the deubiquitinating enzyme USP1...
June 12, 2017: Nature Communications
Ann P Lawson, Daniel W Bak, D Alexander Shannon, Marcus J C Long, Tushara Vijaykumar, Runhan Yu, Farid El Oualid, Eranthie Weerapana, Lizbeth Hedstrom
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and kale have well documented chemopreventative and anticancer effects that are attributed to the presence of isothiocyanates (ITCs). ITCs modulate the levels of many oncogenic proteins, but the molecular mechanisms of ITC action are not understood. We previously reported that phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) inhibits two deubiquitinases (DUBs), USP9x and UCH37. DUBs regulate many cellular processes and DUB dysregulation is linked to the pathogenesis of human diseases including cancer, neurodegeneration, and inflammation...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
Jussara Maria Gonçalves, Mabel Mariela Rodriguez Cordeiro, Elena Riet Correa Rivero
Recently some studies identified the Basic-Helix-Loop-Helix (bHLH) transcription factor as a significant regulator for the evolution of neoplasms. The binding between bHLH proteins and DNA is restricted by heterodimerization with Inhibitors of DNA binding (ID). IDs prevent cellular differentiation, promote growth and sustain tumor development. The wide presence of stem cells in cancers suggests that genes ID are essential to cancer stem cells (CSC) progress. The enzyme Ubiquitin-specific protease 1 (USP1) is reported by deubiquitination and stabilization of IDs...
March 15, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Deepika Sharma Das, Abhishek Das, Arghya Ray, Yan Song, Mehmet K Samur, Nikhil C Munshi, Dharminder Chauhan, Kenneth C Anderson
PURPOSE: The ubiquitin proteasome pathway is a validated therapeutic target in multiple myeloma (MM). Deubiquitylating enzyme USP1 participates in DNA damage response and cellular differentiation pathways. To date, the role of USP1 in MM biology is not defined. In the present study, we investigated the functional significance of USP1 in MM using genetic and biochemical approaches. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: To investigate the role of USP1 in myeloma, we utilized USP1 inhibitor SJB3-019A (SJB) for studies in myeloma cell lines and patient MM cells...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
A Mercuri, M Pagliari, F Baxevanis, R Fares, N Fotaki
In this study the selection of in vivo predictive in vitro dissolution experimental set-ups using a multivariate analysis approach, in line with the Quality by Design (QbD) principles, is explored. The dissolution variables selected using a design of experiments (DoE) were the dissolution apparatus [USP1 apparatus (basket) and USP2 apparatus (paddle)], the rotational speed of the basket/or paddle, the operator conditions (dissolution apparatus brand and operator), the volume, the pH, and the ethanol content of the dissolution medium...
February 25, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sylvie van Twest, Vincent J Murphy, Charlotte Hodson, Winnie Tan, Paolo Swuec, Julienne J O'Rourke, Jörg Heierhorst, Wayne Crismani, Andrew J Deans
Monoubiquitination and deubiquitination of FANCD2:FANCI heterodimer is central to DNA repair in a pathway that is defective in the cancer predisposition syndrome Fanconi anemia (FA). The "FA core complex" contains the RING-E3 ligase FANCL and seven other essential proteins that are mutated in various FA subtypes. Here, we purified recombinant FA core complex to reveal the function of these other proteins. The complex contains two spatially separate FANCL molecules that are dimerized by FANCB and FAAP100. FANCC and FANCE act as substrate receptors and restrict monoubiquitination to the FANCD2:FANCI heterodimer in only a DNA-bound form...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
Nicole M Hjortland, Andrew D Mesecar
USP17 is a deubiquitinating enzyme that is upregulated in numerous cancers and therefore a drug target. We developed a robust expression, purification, and assay system for USP17 enabling its enzymatic and structural characterization. USP17 was expressed in E. coli as inclusion bodies and then solubilized, refolded, and purified using affinity and size-exclusion chromatography. Milligram quantities of pure USP17 can be produced that is catalytically more efficient (kcat/Km = 1500 (x10(3)) M(-1)sec(-1)) than other human USPs studied to date...
December 15, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Shreya Dharadhar, Marcello Clerici, Willem J van Dijk, Alexander Fish, Titia K Sixma
Regulation of deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB) activity is an essential step for proper function of cellular ubiquitin signals. UAF1 is a WD40 repeat protein, which binds and activates three important DUBs, USP1, USP12 and USP46. Here, we report the crystal structure of the USP12-Ub/UAF1 complex at a resolution of 2.8Å and of UAF1 at 2.3Å. In the complex we find two potential sites for UAF1 binding, analogous to what was seen in a USP46/UAF1 complex. In line with these observed dual binding states, we show here that USP12/UAF1 complex has 1:2 stoichiometry in solution, with a two-step binding at 4nM and 325nM respectively...
December 2016: Journal of Structural Biology
Ebru Goncu, Ramazan Uranlı, Gozde Selek, Osman Parlak
Steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone is known as the systemic regulators of insect cells; however, how to impact the fate and function of mature and stem cells is unclear. For the first time, we report ecdysone regulatory cascades in both mature midgut cell and stem cell fractions related to developmental events by using histological, immunohistochemical, biochemical and gene expression analysis methods. Ecdysone receptor-B1 (EcR-B1) and ultraspiracle 1 (USP-1) mRNAs were detected mainly in mature cells during programmed cell death (PCD)...
2016: Journal of Insect Science
Lenka Wachsmannova, Sona Ciernikova, Juraj Majek, Michal Mego, Viola Stevurkova, Vladimir Zajac
OBJECTIVES: Bacteria from the intestinal tract of Slovak and American HIV/AIDS patients and Slovak colon cancer patients were tested for the capacity to be internalized by cells of the HL-60 cell line as well as by normal human lymphocytes. They were anticipated to possess a specific characteristic, i.e. a vigorous ability to be internalized by HL-60 cells and human lymphocytes. This assumption was confirmed by gentamicin protection assay. RESULTS: Internalization of bacteria from HIV/AIDS patients frequently resulted in partial (patients SKM1, SKM22) or complete lysis (patients SKK1-1, SKM12) of HL-60 cells...
July 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Scott Cukras, Euiho Lee, Emily Palumbo, Pamela Benavidez, George-Lucian Moldovan, Younghoon Kee
USP1 deubiquitinating enzyme and its stoichiometric binding partner UAF1 play an essential role in promoting DNA homologous recombination (HR) repair in response to various types of DNA damaging agents. Deubiquitination of FANCD2 may be attributed to the key role of USP1-UAF1 complex in regulating HR repair, however whether USP1-UAF1 promotes HR repair independently of FANCD2 deubiquitination is not known. Here we show evidence that the USP1-UAF1 complex has a FANCD2-independent function in promoting HR repair...
October 2016: Cell Cycle
Bela Keshan, Bembem Thounaojam, Sanathoibi D Kh
Insulin and ecdysone signaling play a critical role on the growth and development of insects including Bombyx mori. Our previous study showed that Bombyx larvae reached critical weight for metamorphosis between day 3.5 and 4 of the fifth larval instar. The present study showed that the effect of insulin on the accumulation of glycogen in fat body of Bombyx larvae depends on the critical growth period. When larvae are in active growth period (before reaching critical weight), insulin caused increased accumulation of glycogen, while its treatment in larvae at terminal growth period (after critical period) resulted in an increased mobilization of glycogen...
January 15, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Fengshan Liang, Simonne Longerich, Adam S Miller, Caroline Tang, Olga Buzovetsky, Yong Xiong, David G Maranon, Claudia Wiese, Gary M Kupfer, Patrick Sung
The UAF1-USP1 complex deubiquitinates FANCD2 during execution of the Fanconi anemia DNA damage response pathway. As such, UAF1 depletion results in persistent FANCD2 ubiquitination and DNA damage hypersensitivity. UAF1-deficient cells are also impaired for DNA repair by homologous recombination. Herein, we show that UAF1 binds DNA and forms a dimeric complex with RAD51AP1, an accessory factor of the RAD51 recombinase, and a trimeric complex with RAD51 through RAD51AP1. Two small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO)-like domains in UAF1 and a SUMO-interacting motif in RAD51AP1 mediate complex formation...
June 7, 2016: Cell Reports
Müge Ogrunc, Ricardo Ivan Martinez-Zamudio, Paul Ben Sadoun, Gregory Dore, Helene Schwerer, Philippe Pasero, Jean-Marc Lemaitre, Anne Dejean, Oliver Bischof
Oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) is a potent barrier for the transformation of pre-cancerous cells. The molecular pathways involved in the execution of OIS are still incompletely understood, but they include chronic DNA damage signaling and post-translational modifications of key factors. Here, we show that OIS-associated transcriptional downregulation of deubiquitinating enzyme USP1 triggers and maintains a DNA damage checkpoint response with atypical DNA lesions that is dependent on functional FANCD2-FI-ATR-CHK1-p53-CDKN1A signaling...
May 17, 2016: Cell Reports
Xiaoshan Zhang, Xiaoyan Lu, Shamima Akhter, Maria-Magdalena Georgescu, Randy J Legerski
Akt is a critical mediator of the oncogenic PI3K pathway, and its activation is regulated by kinases and phosphatases acting in opposition. We report here the existence of a novel protein complex that is composed minimally of Akt, PHLPP1, PHLPP2, FANCI, FANCD2, USP1 and UAF1. Our studies show that depletion of FANCI, but not FANCD2 or USP1, results in increased phosphorylation and activation of Akt. This activation is due to a reduction in the interaction between PHLPP1 and Akt in the absence of FANCI. In response to DNA damage or growth factor treatment, the interactions between Akt, PHLPP1 and FANCI are reduced consistent with the known phosphorylation of Akt in response to these stimuli...
2016: Cell Cycle
Gilbert J Rahme, Zhonghua Zhang, Alison L Young, Chao Cheng, Eric J Bivona, Steven N Fiering, Yasuyuki Hitoshi, Mark A Israel
Glioblastoma is the most aggressive primary brain tumor and responds poorly to currently available therapies. Transcriptomic characterization of glioblastoma has identified distinct molecular subtypes of glioblastoma. Gain-of-function alterations leading to enhanced platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) signaling are commonly observed in the proneural subtype of glioblastoma and can drive gliomagenesis. However, little is known about the downstream effectors of PDGF signaling in glioblastoma. Using a mouse model of proneural glioma and comparative transcriptomics, we determined that PDGF signaling upregulated ubiquitin-specific peptidase 1 (Usp1) to promote the survival of murine proneural glioma cells...
May 15, 2016: Cancer Research
Mei-Juan Cai, Wen-Li Zhao, Yu-Pu Jing, Qian Song, Xiao-Qian Zhang, Jin-Xing Wang, Xiao-Fan Zhao
Insulin inhibits transcription factor Forkhead box O (FoxO) activity, and the steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) activates FoxO; however, the mechanism is unclear. We hypothesized that 20E upregulates phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate 3-phosphatase (PTEN) expression to activate FoxO, thereby promoting proteolysis during molting in the lepidopteran insect Helicoverpa armigera. FoxO expression is increased during molting and metamorphosis. The knockdown of FoxO in fifth instar larvae results in larval molting failure...
March 15, 2016: Development
Jin Ki Jung, Seok-Won Jang, Jung Min Kim
Defects in the regulation of centrosome duplication lead to tumorigenesis through abnormal cell division and resulting chromosome missegregation. Therefore, maintenance of accurate centrosome number is critical for cell fate. The deubiquitinating enzyme USP1 plays important roles in DNA repair and cell differentiation. Importantly, increased levels of USP1 are detected in certain types of human cancer, but little is known about the significance of USP1 overexpression in cancer development. Here we show that Usp1 plays a novel role in regulating centrosome duplication...
2016: Cell Cycle
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