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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
Pieter R Norden, Dae Joong Kim, David M Barry, Ondine B Cleaver, George E Davis
A critical and understudied property of endothelial cells is their ability to form lumens and tube networks. Although considerable information has been obtained concerning these issues, including the role of Cdc42 and Rac1 and their effectors such as Pak2, Pak4, Par6b, and co-regulators such as integrins, MT1-MMP and Par3; many key questions remain that are necessary to elucidate molecular and signaling requirements for this fundamental process. In this work, we identify new small GTPase regulators of EC tubulogenesis including k-Ras, Rac2 and Rap1b that act in conjunction with Cdc42 as well as the key downstream effectors, IQGAP1, MRCKβ, beta-Pix, GIT1, and Rasip1 (which can assemble into multiprotein complexes with key regulators including α2β1 integrin and MT1-MMP)...
2016: PloS One
L W Durani, F Jaafar, J K Tan, K Tajul Arifin, Y A Mohd Yusof, W Z Wan Ngah, S Makpol
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Tocotrienols have been known for their antioxidant properties besides their roles in cellular signalling, gene expression, immune response and apoptosis. This study aimed to determine the molecular mechanism of tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) in preventing cellular senescence of human diploid fibroblasts (HDFs) by targeting the genes in senescence-associated signalling pathways. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Real time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) was utilized to evaluate the expression of genes involved in these pathways...
November 2015: La Clinica Terapeutica
Alexandre Dubrac, Gael Genet, Roxana Ola, Feng Zhang, Laurence Pibouin-Fragner, Jinah Han, Jiasheng Zhang, Jean-Léon Thomas, Alain Chedotal, Martin A Schwartz, Anne Eichmann
BACKGROUND: Sprouting angiogenesis is a key process driving blood vessel growth in ischemic tissues and an important drug target in a number of diseases, including wet macular degeneration and wound healing. Endothelial cells forming the sprout must develop front-rear polarity to allow sprout extension. The adaptor proteins Nck1 and 2 are known regulators of cytoskeletal dynamics and polarity, but their function in angiogenesis is poorly understood. Here, we show that the Nck adaptors are required for endothelial cell front-rear polarity and migration downstream of the angiogenic growth factors VEGF-A and Slit2...
January 26, 2016: Circulation
Aurélie Cleret-Buhot, Yuwei Zhang, Delphine Planas, Jean-Philippe Goulet, Patricia Monteiro, Annie Gosselin, Vanessa Sue Wacleche, Cécile L Tremblay, Mohammad-Ali Jenabian, Jean-Pierre Routy, Mohamed El-Far, Nicolas Chomont, Elias K Haddad, Rafick-Pierre Sekaly, Petronela Ancuta
BACKGROUND: The HIV-1 infection is characterized by profound CD4(+) T cell destruction and a marked Th17 dysfunction at the mucosal level. Viral suppressive antiretroviral therapy restores Th1 but not Th17 cells. Although several key HIV dependency factors (HDF) were identified in the past years via genome-wide siRNA screens in cell lines, molecular determinants of HIV permissiveness in primary Th17 cells remain to be elucidated. RESULTS: In an effort to orient Th17-targeted reconstitution strategies, we investigated molecular mechanisms of HIV permissiveness in Th17 cells...
2015: Retrovirology
Ivanete de Oliveira Furo, Amanda Almeida Monte, Michelly da Silva dos Santos, Marcella Mergulhão Tagliarini, Patricia C M O'Brien, Malcolm A Ferguson-Smith, Edivaldo H C de Oliveira
The sunbittern (Eurypyga helias) is a South American Gruiformes, the only member of Family Eurypigidae. In most phylogenetic proposals, it is placed in a more distant position than other families of the so-called "core Gruiformes". Different studies based on molecular, morphological and biogeographical data suggest that the Eurypigidae is closely related to the kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus), the only species in Rynochetidae, another family not included in the core Gruiformes. Here, the karyotype of the sunbittern is described for the first time, by classical and molecular cytogenetics, using whole chromosome probes derived from Gallus gallus and Leucopternis albicollis...
2015: PloS One
Eiji Shinya, Masumi Shimizu, Atsuko Owaki, Samantha Paoletti, Lucia Mori, Gennaro De Libero, Hidemi Takahashi
Dendritic cells (DCs) play a major role in in vivo pathogenesis of HIV-1 infection. Therefore, DCs may provide a promising strategy to control and eventually overcome the fatal infection. Especially, immature DCs express all CD1s, the non-MHC lipid antigen -presenting molecules, and HIV-1 Nef down-regulates CD1 expression besides MHC. Moreover, CD1d-restricted CD4(+) NKT cells are infected by HIV-1, reducing the number of these cells in HIV-1-infected individuals. To understand the exact role of DCs and CD1-mediated immune response during HIV-1 infection, Nef down-regulation of CD1a-restricted lipid/glycolipid Ag presentation in iDCs was analyzed...
January 2016: Virology
Kyle L O'Hagan, Jie Zhao, Olga Pryshchep, Chyung-Ru Wang, Hyewon Phee
NKT cells constitute a small population of T cells developed in the thymus that produce large amounts of cytokines and chemokines in response to lipid Ags. Signaling through the Vα14-Jα18 TCR instructs commitment to the NKT cell lineage, but the precise signaling mechanisms that instruct their lineage choice are unclear. In this article, we report that the cytoskeletal remodeling protein, p21-activated kinase 2 (Pak2), was essential for NKT cell development. Loss of Pak2 in T cells reduced stage III NKT cells in the thymus and periphery...
December 1, 2015: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ting Shuang, Min Wang, Cong Shi, Yingying Zhou, Dandan Wang
MiR-134 has been reported to have a role in the development and progression of various cancers. In this study, we found that miR-134 expression was significantly decreased in chemo-resistant serous epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. Over-expression of miR-134 enhanced the sensitivity of SKOV3-TR30 cells to paclitaxel, and increased paclitaxel-induced apoptosis. Further, Pak2 was identified as a direct target of miR-134, and Pak2-specific siRNA increased cell inhibition rate and promoted paclitaxal-induced apoptosis...
October 7, 2015: FEBS Letters
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