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Jen-Kuan Chang, Yang Ni, Liang Han, James Sinnett-Smith, Rodrigo Jacamo, Osvaldo Rey, Steven H Young, Enrique Rozengurt
While PKC-mediated phosphorylation of protein kinase D1 (PKD1) has been extensively characterized, little is known about PKD1 regulation by other upstream kinases. Here, we report that stimulation of epithelial or fibroblastic cells with G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) agonists, including angiotensin II or bombesin induced rapid and persistent PKD1 phosphorylation at Ser(203), a highly conserved residue located within the PKD1 N-terminal domain. Exposure to PKD or PKC family inhibitors did not prevent PKD1 phosphorylation at Ser(203), indicating that it is not mediated by autophosphorylation...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Pallavi Varshney, Chinmoy Sankar Dey
We have recently reported P21-activated kinase 2 (PAK2), a serine/threonine kinase as a negative regulator of neuronal glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity. Resveratrol (RSV), a natural polyphenol with anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, regulates PAK2 activity in HepG2 and ESC-B5 cell apoptosis. However, regulation of PAK2 by RSV in neuronal insulin signaling pathway, if any, is still unknown. In the present study, RSV treatment significantly increased PAK2 activity under insulin-sensitive and insulin-resistant condition, along with a marked decrease in glucose uptake in differentiated N2A cells...
April 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Verena Supper, Ingrid Hartl, Cyril Boulègue, Anna Ohradanova-Repic, Hannes Stockinger
Numerous publications have addressed CD147 as a tumor marker and regulator of cytoskeleton, cell growth, stress response, or immune cell function; however, the molecular functionality of CD147 remains incompletely understood. Using affinity purification, mass spectrometry, and phosphopeptide enrichment of isotope-labeled peptides, we examined the dynamic of the CD147 microenvironment and the CD147-dependent phosphoproteome in the Jurkat T cell line upon treatment with T cell stimulating agents. We identified novel dynamic interaction partners of CD147 such as CD45, CD47, GNAI2, Lck, RAP1B, and VAT1 and, furthermore, found 76 CD147-dependent phosphorylation sites on 57 proteins...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Julia E Sero, Chris Bakal
Mechanical signals from the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cellular geometry regulate the nuclear translocation of transcriptional regulators such as Yes-associated protein (YAP). Elucidating how physical signals control the activity of mechanosensitive proteins poses a technical challenge, because perturbations that affect cell shape may also affect protein localization indirectly. Here, we present an approach that mitigates confounding effects of cell-shape changes, allowing us to identify direct regulators of YAP localization...
January 25, 2017: Cell Systems
Gao-Feng Qiu, Liang-Wei Xiong, Zhi-Ke Han, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Jian-Bin Feng, Xu-Gan Wu, Yin-Long Yan, Hong Shen, Long Huang, Li Chen
The Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis is the most economically important cultivated crab species in China, and its genome has a high number of chromosomes (2n = 146). To obtain sufficient markers for construction of a dense genetic map for this species, we employed the recently developed specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing (SLAF-seq) method for large-scale SNPs screening and genotyping in a F1 full-sib family of 149 individuals. SLAF-seq generated 127,677 polymorphic SNP markers, of which 20,803 valid markers were assigned into five segregation types and were used together with previous SSR markers for linkage map construction...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
Giselle A Joseph, Min Lu, Maria Radu, Jennifer K Lee, Steven J Burden, Jonathan Chernoff, Robert S Krauss
Skeletal myogenesis is regulated by signal transduction, but the factors and mechanisms involved are not well understood. The group I Paks Pak1 and Pak2 are related protein kinases and direct effectors of Cdc42 and Rac1. Group I Paks are ubiquitously expressed and specifically required for myoblast fusion in Drosophila We report that both Pak1 and Pak2 are activated during mammalian myoblast differentiation. One pathway of activation is initiated by N-cadherin ligation and involves the cadherin coreceptor Cdo with its downstream effector, Cdc42...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Hongyu Li, Yanru Wang, Hongliang Liu, Qiong Shi, Yinghui Xu, Wenting Wu, Dakai Zhu, Christopher I Amos, Shenying Fang, Jeffrey E Lee, Jiali Han, Qingyi Wei
To identify genetic variants involved in prognosis of cutaneous melanoma (CM), we investigated associations of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of genes in the integrin signaling pathway with CM survival by re-analyzing a published genome-wide association study (GWAS) from The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) and then validated significant SNPs in another GWAS from Harvard University. In the MDACC study, 1,148 SNPs were significantly associated with CM-specific survival (CMSS) (p ≤ 0...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Scott J Eron, Kishore Raghupathi, Jeanne A Hardy
Caspases, the cysteine proteases that execute apoptosis, are tightly regulated via phosphorylation by a series of kinases. Although all apoptotic caspases work in concert to promote apoptosis, different kinases regulate individual caspases. Several sites of caspase-7 phosphorylation have been reported, but without knowing the molecular details, it has been impossible to exploit or control these complex interactions, which normally prevent unwanted proliferation. During dysregulation, PAK2 kinase plays an alternative anti-apoptotic role, phosphorylating caspase-7 and promoting unfettered cell growth and chemotherapeutic resistance...
November 22, 2016: Structure
Wei-Wei Deng, Lei Wu, Lin-Lin Bu, Jian-Feng Liu, Yi-Cun Li, Si-Rui Ma, Guang-Tao Yu, Liang Mao, Wen-Feng Zhang, Zhi-Jun Sun
P21 activated kinase 2 (PAK2) is a member of Group I PAKs family and highly expressed in various cancers. Current studies have demonstrated that PAK2 played a pivotal role in tumor progression. However, the role of PAK2 in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma is still unclear. This study aims to explore the expression and the function of PAK2 in AdCC. Human salivary gland tissue microarray, including 18 normal salivary glands (NSG), 12 pleomorphic adenoma (PMA) and 72 AdCC, and immunohistochemistry were used to evaluate the expression of PAK2...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Andrea Imle, Bettina Stolp, Verena Böhmer, Matthias Geyer, Erez Raz, Oliver T Fackler
The HIV-1 pathogenesis factor Nef interacts with numerous ligands to affect cellular vesicular transport, signal transduction and cytoskeletal dynamics. While most Nef functions depend on multivalent protein interaction motifs, disrupting actin dynamics requires a motif that specifically recruits the host kinase PAK2. An adjacent aspartate was recently predicted to mediate Nef-β-catenin interactions. We report here that β-catenin can be co-immunoprecipitated with Nef.GFP from Jurkat T cell lysates. This association is conserved among lentiviral Nef proteins but does not involve classical Nef protein interaction motifs, including the critical aspartate...
November 2016: Virology
Beata Fuchsova, Anabel Alvarez Juliá, Hooriyah S Rizavi, Alberto Carlos Frasch, Ghanshyam N Pandey
The p21-activated kinases (PAKs) of group I are the main effectors for the small Rho GTPases, critically involved in neurodevelopment, plasticity and maturation of the nervous system. Moreover, the neuronal complexity controlled by PAK1/PAK3 signaling determines the postnatal brain size and synaptic properties. Stress induces alterations at the level of structural and functional synaptic plasticity accompanied by reductions in size and activity of the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex (PFC). These abnormalities are likely to contribute to the pathology of depression and, in part, reflect impaired cytoskeleton remodeling pointing to the role of Rho GTPase signaling...
October 1, 2016: Neuroscience
S L K Bowers, P R Norden, G E Davis
During capillary network formation, ECs establish interconnecting tubes with defined lumens that reside within vascular guidance tunnels (physical spaces generated during EC tubulogenesis). Pericytes are recruited to EC tubes within these tunnels and capillary basement membrane deposition occurs to facilitate tube maturation. Here, we discuss molecular mechanisms controlling EC tubulogenesis demonstrating the involvement of integrins, MT1-MMP, extracellular matrix, Cdc42, Rac1, Rac2, k-Ras, Rap1b, and key downstream effectors including Pak2, Pak4, IQGAP1, MRCKβ, and Rasip1...
2016: Advances in Pharmacology
Alexandra Richard, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Rabab Debs, Pauline Reach, Khadija Tahiri, Wassila Carpentier, Justine Gueguen, Vincent Guillemot, Céline Labeyrie, David Adams, Karine Viala, Fleur Cohen Aubart
We have studied the response to intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg) by a transcriptomic approach in 11 chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) patients (CIDP duration = 6 [0.83-6.5] years). RNA was extracted from cells in whole blood collected before and 3 weeks after IVIg treatment, and hybridized on Illumina chips. After RNA quality controls, gene expression was analyzed using statistical tests fitted for microarrays (R software, limma package), and a pathway analysis was performed using DAVID software...
May 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Joachim Rudolph, Lesley J Murray, Chudi O Ndubaku, Thomas O'Brien, Elizabeth Blackwood, Weiru Wang, Ignacio Aliagas, Lewis Gazzard, James J Crawford, Joy Drobnick, Wendy Lee, Xianrui Zhao, Klaus P Hoeflich, David A Favor, Ping Dong, Haiming Zhang, Christopher E Heise, Angela Oh, Christy C Ong, Hank La, Paroma Chakravarty, Connie Chan, Diana Jakubiak, Jennifer Epler, Sreemathy Ramaswamy, Roxanne Vega, Gary Cain, Dolores Diaz, Yu Zhong
p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) has an important role in transducing signals in several oncogenic pathways. The concept of inhibiting this kinase has garnered significant interest over the past decade, particularly for targeting cancers associated with PAK1 amplification. Animal studies with the selective group I PAK (pan-PAK1, 2, 3) inhibitor G-5555 from the pyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-7-one class uncovered acute toxicity with a narrow therapeutic window. To attempt mitigating the toxicity, we introduced significant structural changes, culminating in the discovery of the potent pyridone side chain analogue G-9791...
June 9, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Pallavi Varshney, Chinmoy Sankar Dey
P21-activated kinases (PAKs) are recently reported as important players of insulin signaling and glucose homeostasis in tissues like muscle, pancreas and liver. However, their role in neuronal insulin signaling is still unknown. Present study reports the involvement of PAK2 in neuronal insulin signaling, glucose uptake and insulin resistance. Irrespective of insulin sensitivity, insulin stimulation decreased PAK2 activity. PAK2 downregulation displayed marked enhancement of GLUT4 translocation with increase in glucose uptake whereas PAK2 over-expression showed its reduction...
July 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Xiangwen Peng, Quanze He, Guobao Li, Jinmin Ma, Tao P Zhong
P-21 activated kinases, or PAKs, are serine-threonine kinases that play important roles in diverse heart functions include heart development, cardiovascular development and function in a range of models; however, the mechanisms by which PAKs mediate heart regeneration are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that PAK2 and PAK4 expression is induced in cardiomyocytes and vessels, respectively, following zebrafish heart injury. Inhibition of PAK2 and PAK4 using a specific small molecule inhibitor impedes cardiomyocyte proliferation/dedifferentiation and cardiovascular regeneration, respectively...
April 15, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Pavankumar N G Reddy, Maria Radu, Ke Xu, Jenna Wood, Chad E Harris, Jonathan Chernoff, David A Williams
Cytoskeletal remodeling of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) is essential for homing to the bone marrow (BM). The Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate (Rac)/cell division control protein 42 homolog (CDC42) effector p21-activated kinase (Pak2) has been implicated in HSPC homing and engraftment. However, the molecular pathways mediating Pak2 functions in HSPCs are unknown. Here, we demonstrate that both Pak2 kinase activity and its interaction with the PAK-interacting exchange factor-β (β-Pix) are required to reconstitute defective ITALIC! Pak2 (ITALIC! Δ/Δ)HSPC homing to the BM...
April 21, 2016: Blood
Shashi K Gopal, David W Greening, Eric G Hanssen, Hong-Jian Zhu, Richard J Simpson, Rommel A Mathias
The metastatic cascade describes the escape of primary tumour cells to distant secondary sites. Cells at the leading tumour edge are thought to undergo epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), to enhance their motility and invasion for spreading. Whether EMT cells directly promote tumour angiogenesis, and the role of exosomes (30-150 nm extracellular vesicles) remains largely unknown. We examined the functional effects of exosomes from MDCK cells, MDCK cells stably expressing YBX1 (MDCKYBX1, intermediate EMT), and Ras-transformed MDCK cells (21D1 cells, complete EMT)...
April 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Bernardo Nuche-Berenguer, Irene Ramos-Álvarez, R T Jensen
In a recent study we explored Group-1-p21-activated kinases (GP.1-PAKs) in rat pancreatic acini. Only PAK2 was present; it was activated by gastrointestinal-hormones/neurotransmitters and growth factors in a PKC-, Src- and small-GTPase-mediated manner. PAK2 was required for enzyme-secretion and ERK/1-2-activation. In the present study we examined PAK2's role in CCK and TPA-activation of important distal signaling cascades mediating their physiological/pathophysiological effects and analyzed its role in pathophysiological processes important in early pancreatitis...
June 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Masato Ogura, Haruhisa Kikuchi, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Junko Yamaki, Miwako K Homma, Yoshiteru Oshima, Yoshimi Homma
Development of new immunosuppressing agents is necessary in organ transplantation or immune diseases. Because Ppc-1 exhibits a suppressing effect on interleukin-2 (IL2) production in Jurkat cells, we synthesized and screened Ppc-1 derivatives that preserve prenylated quinolinecarboxylic acid (PQA) structure, and identified compound 18 (PQA-18) as a novel molecule with immunosuppressing effect. PQA-18 suppressed not only IL2 but also IL4, IL6, and tumor necrosis factor-α production in human peripheral lymphocytes without affecting cell viability...
April 1, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
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