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Virginia Tajadura-Ortega, Ritu Garg, Richard Allen, Claudia Owczarek, Michael D Bright, Samuel Kean, Aisyah Mohd-Noor, Anita Grigoriadis, Timothy C Elston, Klaus M Hahn, Anne J Ridley
BACKGROUND: Cell migration is essential for development and tissue repair, but it also contributes to disease. Rho GTPases regulate cell migration, but a comprehensive analysis of how each Rho signalling component affects migration has not been carried out. RESULTS: Through an RNA interference screen, and using a prostate cancer cell line, we find that approximately 25% of Rho network components alter migration. Some genes enhance migration while others decrease basal and/or hepatocyte growth factor-stimulated migration...
March 6, 2018: BMC Biology
Jesse Lyons, Douglas K Brubaker, Phaedra C Ghazi, Katherine R Baldwin, Amanda Edwards, Myriam Boukhali, Samantha Dale Strasser, Lucia Suarez-Lopez, Yi-Jang Lin, Vijay Yajnik, Joseph L Kissil, Wilhelm Haas, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Kevin M Haigis
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that has limited treatment options. To gain insight into the pathogenesis of chronic colonic inflammation (colitis), we performed a multiomics analysis that integrated RNA microarray, total protein mass spectrometry (MS), and phosphoprotein MS measurements from a mouse model of the disease. Because we collected all three types of data from individual samples, we tracked information flow from RNA to protein to phosphoprotein and identified signaling molecules that were coordinately or discordantly regulated and pathways that had complex regulation in vivo...
February 27, 2018: Science Signaling
Agnieszka Gęgotek, Pedro Domingues, Elżbieta Skrzydlewska
BACKGROUND: Rutin, due to its polyphenolic structure, has antioxidant properties and can be used as a cytoprotective compound against UV-induced effects on skin cells. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the effect of rutin on proteomic profile in human skin fibroblasts irradiated with UV dose that induces apoptosis. METHODS: Proteome analysis based on the results obtained by the QExactive OrbiTrap mass spectrometer. RESULTS: Results show that rutin treatment more strongly protects against UVA-induced rather than UVB-induced increases in the total expression of proteins involved in antioxidant (such as SOD, TrxR, and Prxs 1/2) and inflammatory response (e...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Dermatological Science
Kyung Hee Koo, Heechung Kwon
Depending on the function of their target genes, microRNAs (miRNAs) act as either tumor suppressors or oncogenes. Therefore, miRNAs represent a novel therapeutic strategy for prevention and management of cancer by targeting of onco-miRNAs or mimicking of tumor suppressor miRNAs. Herein, we identified novel tumor suppressor miRNAs and investigated their molecular mechanisms. To identify novel tumor suppressor miRNAs, we used 532 human miRNA mimic libraries and measured cell viability using MTS assays. The function of miR-4779 was then analyzed using cell cycle analyses and apoptosis, colony forming, and soft agar assays...
January 23, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Yinghui Zhang, Lynn Wester, Jichao He, Tamar Geiger, Marja Moerkens, Ram Siddappa, Jean A Helmijr, Mieke M Timmermans, Maxime P Look, Caroline H M van Deurzen, John W M Martens, Chantal Pont, Marjo de Graauw, Erik H J Danen, Els M J J Berns, John H N Meerman, Maurice P H M Jansen, Bob van de Water
Antiestrogen resistance in estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer is associated with increased expression and activity of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R). Here, a kinome siRNA screen has identified 10 regulators of IGF1R-mediated antiestrogen with clinical significance. These include the tamoxifen resistance suppressors BMPR1B, CDK10, CDK5, EIF2AK1, and MAP2K5, and the tamoxifen resistance inducers CHEK1, PAK2, RPS6KC1, TTK, and TXK. The p21-activated kinase 2, PAK2, is the strongest resistance inducer...
January 22, 2018: Oncogene
Tsu-Yao Cheng, Yi-Chieh Yang, Hsiu-Po Wang, Yu-Wen Tien, Chia-Tung Shun, Hsin-Yi Huang, Michael Hsiao, Kuo-Tai Hua
Pyruvate kinase muscle isozymes (PKMs) have crucial roles in regulating metabolic changes during carcinogenesis. A switch from PKM1 to PKM2 isoform was thought to lead to aerobic glycolysis promoting carcinogenesis, and was considered as one of the cancer signatures. However, recent evidence has argued against the existence of PKM isoform switch and related metabolic effects during cancer progression. We compared the effects of PKM1 and PKM2 in cell invasiveness and metastasis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC)...
January 16, 2018: Oncogene
Jinyong Choi, David Randall Pease, Siqi Chen, Bin Zhang, Hyewon Phee
The p21-activated kinase 2 (Pak2), an effector molecule of the Rho family GTPases Rac and Cdc42, regulates diverse functions of T cells. Previously, we showed that Pak2 is required for development and maturation of T cells in the thymus, including thymus-derived regulatory T cells (tTregs). However, whether Pak2 is required for functions of various subsets of peripheral T cells, such as naïve CD4 and helper T cell subsets including Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Foxp3+Tregs), is unknown. To determine the role of Pak2 in CD4 T cells in the periphery, we generated inducible Pak2 knockout (KO) mice, in which Pak2 was deleted in CD4 T cells acutely by administration of tamoxifen...
January 3, 2018: Immunology
Yi Zeng, Seongmin Hahn, Jessica Stokes, Emely A Hoffman, Monika Schmelz, Maria Proytcheva, Jonathan Chernoff, Emmanuel Katsanis
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are CD11b+Gr1+ cells that induce T-cell hyporesponsiveness, thus impairing antitumor immunity. We have previously reported that disruption of Pak2, a member of the p21-activated kinases (Paks), in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) induces myeloid lineage skewing and expansion of CD11bhighGr1high cells in mice. In this study, we confirmed that Pak2-KO CD11bhighGr1high cells suppressed T-cell proliferation, consistent with an MDSC phenotype. Loss of Pak2 function in HSPCs led to (1) increased hematopoietic progenitor cell sensitivity to granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) signaling, (2) increased MDSC proliferation, (3) decreased MDSC sensitivity to both intrinsic and Fas-Fas ligand-mediated apoptosis, and (4) promotion of MDSCs by Pak2-deficient CD4+ T cells that produced more interferon γ, tumor necrosis factor α, and GM-CSF...
October 10, 2017: Blood Advances
Kyle L O'Hagan, Stephen D Miller, Hyewon Phee
Foxp3, a key transcription factor that drives lineage differentiation of regulatory T cells (Tregs), was thought to imprint a unique and irreversible genetic signature within Tregs. Recent evidence, however, suggests that loss or attenuation of Foxp3 expression can cause Tregs to de-differentiate into effector T cells capable of producing proinflammatory cytokines. Herein, we report that the signaling kinase, p21-activated kinase 2 (Pak2), is essential for maintaining Treg stability and suppressive function...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Nicholas J Carruthers, Allen J Rosenspire, Joseph A Caruso, Paul M Stemmer
Exposure of Wehi-231 B-cells to Hg2+ for 5min resulted in concentration dependent changes in protein phosphorylations. Phosphorylation was quantified using mass spectrometry to analyze TiO2 and anti-pTyr antibody selected phosphopeptides from Wehi-231 digests. The most frequent and largest amplitude responses to Hg2+ exposure were increased phosphorylation although a decrease was observed for 1% of phosphoproteins detected in the untreated cells. A subset of proteins responded with an increase in phosphorylation to Hg2+ exposure at low micromolar concentrations...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
Mathilde Gavillet, Kimberly Martinod, Raffaele Renella, Denisa D Wagner, David A Williams
NET formation in mice (NETosis) is supported by reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by NADPH oxidase and histone hypercitrullination by peptidylarginine deiminase 4 (PAD4). Rac1 and Rac2, expressed in polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), regulate the cytoskeleton, cell shape, adhesion, and migration and are also essential components of the NADPH oxidase complex. We aimed to explore the role of the Rac signaling pathway including the upstream guanosine exchange factor (GEF) activator, Vav, and a downstream effector, the p21-activated kinase, Pak, on NETosis in PMNs using a previously described flow-cytometry-based assay...
February 2018: American Journal of Hematology
Ivana Nedeljkovic, Lies Lahousse, Elena Carnero Montoro, Alen Faiz, Judith M Vonk, Kim de Jong, Diana A van der Plaat, Cleo C van Diemen, Maarten van den Berge, Ma'en Obeidat, Yohan Bossé, David C Nickle, Andre G Uitterlinden, Joyce B J van Meurs, Bruno H C Stricker, Guy G Brusselle, Dirkje S Postma, H Marike Boezen, Cornelia M van Duijn, Najaf Amin
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is among the major health burdens in adults. While cigarette smoking is the leading risk factor, a growing number of genetic variations have been discovered to influence disease susceptibility. Epigenetic modifications may mediate the response of the genome to smoking and regulate gene expression. Chromosome 19q13.2 region is associated with both smoking and COPD, yet its functional role is unclear. Our study aimed to determine whether rs7937 (RAB4B, EGLN2), a top genetic variant in 19q13...
October 28, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
Matthew D Buschman, Seth J Field
MYO18A is a divergent member of the myosin family characterized by the presence of an amino-terminal PDZ domain. MYO18A has been found in a few different complexes involved in intracellular transport processes. MYO18A is found in a complex with LURAP1 and MRCK that functions in retrograde treadmilling of actin. It also has been found in a complex with PAK2, βPIX, and GIT1, functioning to transport that protein complex from focal adhesions to the leading edge. Finally, a high proportion of MYO18A is found in complex with GOLPH3 at the trans Golgi, where it functions to promote vesicle budding for Golgi-to-plasma membrane trafficking...
September 18, 2017: Advances in Biological Regulation
Eduardo Tejera, Maykel Cruz-Monteagudo, Germán Burgos, María-Eugenia Sánchez, Aminael Sánchez-Rodríguez, Yunierkis Pérez-Castillo, Fernanda Borges, Maria Natália Dias Soeiro Cordeiro, César Paz-Y-Miño, Irene Rebelo
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a multifactorial disease with unknown pathogenesis. Even when recent studies explored this disease using several bioinformatics tools, the main objective was not directed to pathogenesis. Additionally, consensus prioritization was proved to be highly efficient in the recognition of genes-disease association. However, not information is available about the consensus ability to early recognize genes directly involved in pathogenesis. Therefore our aim in this study is to apply several theoretical approaches to explore preeclampsia; specifically those genes directly involved in the pathogenesis...
August 8, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
Yaozhong Shao, Ying Qi, Yujing Huang, Zhongyang Liu, Yanping Ma, Xin Guo, Shujuan Jiang, Zhengrong Sun, Qiang Ruan
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) encodes ≥26 microRNAs (miRNAs). These miRNAs are utilized by HCMV to regulate its own genes in addition to the genes of the host cell, during infection. The present study first identified p21‑activated kinase 2 (PAK2) as a target of hcmv‑miR‑US4‑5p, via hybrid polymerase chain reaction, which was further verified using a luciferase reporter assay. The protein expression level of PAK2, detected via western blotting, was demonstrated to be directly downregulated by overexpression of hcmv‑miR‑US4‑5p in HEK293, HELF and THP‑1 cells...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Leo Edlinger, Angelika Berger-Becvar, Ingeborg Menzl, Gregor Hoermann, Georg Greiner, Eva Grundschober, Zsuzsanna Bago-Horvath, Wael Al-Zoughbi, Gerald Hoefler, Christine Brostjan, Lars Gille, Richard Moriggl, Andreas Spittler, Veronika Sexl, Andrea Hoelbl-Kovacic
The p21-activated kinases (PAKs) are key nodes in oncogenic signalling pathways controlling growth, survival, and motility of cancer cells. Their activity is increased in many human cancers and is associated with poor prognosis. To date, PAK deregulation has mainly been studied in solid tumours, where PAK1 and PAK4 are the main isoforms deregulated. We show that PAK1 and PAK2 are the critical isoforms in a BCR/ABL1(+) haematopoietic malignancy. In suspension, leukaemic cells deficient for PAK1 and PAK2 undergo apoptosis, while the loss of either protein is well tolerated...
October 2017: British Journal of Haematology
Lina Wati Durani, Shy Cian Khor, Jen Kit Tan, Kien Hui Chua, Yasmin Anum Mohd Yusof, Suzana Makpol
Piper betle (PB) is a traditional medicine that is widely used to treat different diseases around Asian region. The leaf extracts contain various bioactive compounds, which were reported to have antidiabetic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. In this study, the effect of PB aqueous extracts on replicative senescent human diploid fibroblasts (HDFs) was investigated by determining the expressions of senescence-associated genes using quantitative PCR. Our results showed that PB extracts at 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
Sho Hiroyasu, Gregory P Stimac, Susan B Hopkinson, Jonathan C R Jones
During healing of the skin, the cytoskeleton of keratinocytes and their matrix adhesions, including focal adhesions (FAs), undergo reorganization. These changes are coordinated by small GTPases and their regulators, including the guanine nucleotide exchange factor β-PIX (also known as ARHGEF7). In fibroblasts, β-PIX activates small GTPases, thereby enhancing migration. In keratinocytes in vitro, β-PIX localizes to FAs. To study β-PIX functions, we generated β-PIX knockdown keratinocytes. During wound closure of β-PIX knockdown cell monolayers, disassembly of FAs is impaired, and their number and size are increased...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
Rajesh Abraham Jacob, Aaron L Johnson, Emily N Pawlak, Brennan S Dirk, Logan R Van Nynatten, S M Mansour Haeryfar, Jimmy D Dikeakos
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is characterized by a decline in CD4(+) T cells. Here, we elucidated the mechanism underlying apoptosis in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) infection by examining host apoptotic pathways hijacked by the HIV-1 Nef protein in the CD4(+) T-cell line Sup-T1. Using a panel of Nef mutants unable to bind specific host proteins we uncovered that Nef generates pro- and anti-apoptotic signals. Apoptosis increased upon mutating the motifs involved in the interaction of Nef:AP-1 (NefM20A or NefEEEE62-65AAAA) or Nef:AP-2 (NefLL164/165AA), implying these interactions limit Nef-mediated apoptosis...
September 2017: Virology
Nicole Tegtmeyer, Matthias Neddermann, Carmen Isabell Asche, Steffen Backert
Helicobacter pylori is a paradigm of persistent pathogens and major risk factor for developing severe diseases including adenocarcinoma in the human stomach. An important bacterial factor linked to gastric disease progression is the cag pathogenicity island-encoded type-IV secretion system (T4SS) effector protein CagA. Translocated CagA undergoes tyrosine phosphorylation at EPIYA-motifs and then activates or inactivates multiple host signaling proteins in a phosphorylation-dependent and phosphorylation-independent fashion...
August 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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