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Aurora kinase

Marco A Ferraz Nogueira Filho, Cody J Peer, Jeffers Nguyen, Amy McCalla, Lee Helman, William D Figg
The Aurora kinase family facilitates cell division through various processes and is overexpressed in a wide variety of human cancers, leading to aneuploidy. For that reason, these enzymes are currently targets of a rising class of anticancer drugs, with some molecules already in therapeutic use. In this study, a new UHPLC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to quantitate a new pan Aurora kinase inhibitor still in preclinical development, SCH-1473759. This bioanalytical method employed a liquid-liquid extraction from plasma using ethyl acetate before evaporation...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Jacek Z Kubiak, Claude Prigent
The aim of this short review is to describe the contribution of Xenopus laevis egg extracts to the discovery and understanding of the regulation and function of the serine/threonine kinase Aurora-A. The power of these extracts to recapitulate cell cycle events makes them a precious tool to decipher complex biological processes at the molecular level, including the mechanisms that affect Aurora-A (post-translational modifications) and mechanisms in which Aurora-A plays a crucial role (bipolar spindle assembly)...
2016: International Journal of Developmental Biology
Su-Yeon Lee, Eun-Young Kim, Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, Kyung-Ah Lee
Previously, we demonstrated that Bcl-2-like 10 (Bcl2l10) is associated with meiotic spindle assembly and that the gene that is most strongly down-regulated by Bcl2l10 RNAi is targeting protein for Xklp2 (Tpx2). Tpx2 is a well-known cofactor that controls the activity and localization of Aurora kinase A (Aurka) during mitotic spindle assembly. Therefore, this study was conducted (1) to identify the associations among Bcl2l10, Tpx2, and Aurka and (2) to understand how Bcl2l10 regulates meiotic spindle assembly in mouse oocytes...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Ming-Shyen Yen, Jen-Ruei Chen, Peng-Hui Wang, Kuo-Chang Wen, Yi-Jen Chen, Heung-Tat Ng
Uterine sarcoma is a very aggressive and highly lethal disease. Even after a comprehensive staging surgery or en block cytoreduction surgery followed by multimodality therapy (often chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy), many patients relapse or present with distant metastases, and finally die of diseases. The worst outcome of uterine sarcomas is partly because of their rarity, unknown etiology, and highly divergent genetic aberration. Uterine sarcomas are often classified into four distinct subtypes, including uterine leiomyosarcoma, low-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, high-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, and undifferentiated uterine sarcoma...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Dominic J Pollard, Joanna C Young, Valentina Covarelli, Silvia Herrera-León, Thomas R Connor, Maria Fookes, Danielle Walker, Aurora Echeita, Nicholas R Thomson, Cedric N Berger, Gad Frankel
Salmonella spp. utilize type III secretion systems (T3SS) to translocate effectors into the cytosol of mammalian host cells, subverting cell signaling and facilitating the onset of gastroenteritis. In this study we compared a draft genome assembly of S. enterica subsp. salamae strain 3588/07 (S. salamae) against the genomes of S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium strain LT2 and S. bongori strain 12419. S. salamae encode the Salmonella pathogenicity island (SPI)-1; SPI-2 and the locus of enterocyte effacement (LEE) T3SSs...
October 10, 2016: Infection and Immunity
Mai Takagi, Takuya Sakamoto, Ritsuko Suzuki, Keiichirou Nemoto, Takeshi Obayashi, Takeshi Hirakawa, Tomoko M Matsunaga, Daisuke Kurihara, Yuko Nariai, Takeshi Urano, Tatsuya Sawasaki, Sachihiro Matsunaga
Aurora kinase (AUR) is a well-known mitotic serine/threonine kinase that regulates centromere formation, chromosome segregation, and cytokinesis in eukaryotes. In addition to regulating mitotic events, AUR has been shown to regulate protein dynamics during interphase in animal cells. In contrast, there has been no identification and characterization of substrates and/or interacting proteins during interphase in plants. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes three AUR paralogues, AtAUR1, AtAUR2, and AtAUR3...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
W Bruinsma, M Aprelia, I García-Santisteban, J Kool, Y J Xu, R H Medema
When cells in G2 phase are challenged with DNA damage, several key mitotic regulators such as Cdk1/Cyclin B, Aurora A and Plk1 are inhibited to prevent entry into mitosis. Here we have studied how inhibition of Plk1 is established after DNA damage. Using a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based biosensor for Plk1 activity, we show that inhibition of Plk1 after DNA damage occurs with relatively slow kinetics and is entirely dependent on loss of Plk1-T210 phosphorylation. As T210 is phosphorylated by the kinase Aurora A in conjunction with its co-factor Bora, we investigated how they are affected by DNA damage...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Yoo Hong Min, Wootae Kim, Ja-Eun Kim
Mitotic progression is crucial for the maintenance of chromosomal stability. A proper progression is ensured by the activities of multiple kinases. One of these enzymes, the serine/threonine kinase Aurora A, is required for proper mitosis through the regulation of centrosome and spindle assembly. In this study, we functionally characterized a newly developed Aurora kinase A inhibitor, TC-A2317. In human lung cancer cells, TC-A2317 slowed proliferation by causing aberrant formation of centrosome and microtubule spindles and prolonging the duration of mitosis...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhu Xingyu, Ma Peijie, Peng Dan, Wang Youg, Wang Daojun, Chen Xinzheng, Zhang Xijun, Song Yangrong
aurora B kinase is highly expressed in several cancer cells and promotes tumorigenesis and progression, and therefore, it is an important target for drug to treat tumors. Quercetin was identified to be an antitumor agent. Herein, we report for the first time that quercetin inhibited aurora B activities by directly binding with aurora B in vitro and in vivo. Ex vivo studies showed that quercetin inhibited aurora B activities in JB6 Cl41 cells and A549 lung cancer cells. Moreover, knockdown of aurora B in A549 cells decreased their sensitivities to quercetin...
October 5, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Yoshitaka Hiruma, Andre Koch, Shreya Dharadhar, Robbie P Joosten, Anastassis Perrakis
Monopolar spindle 1 (Mps1, also known as TTK) is a protein kinase crucial for ensuring that cell division progresses to anaphase only after all chromosomes are connected to spindle microtubules. Incomplete chromosomal attachment leads to abnormal chromosome counts in the daughter cells (aneuploidy), a condition common in many solid cancers. Therefore Mps1 is an established target in cancer therapy. Mps1 kinase inhibitors include reversine (2-(4-morpholinoanilino)-6-cyclohexylaminopurine), a promiscuous compound first recognized as an inhibitor of the Aurora B mitotic kinase...
October 3, 2016: Proteins
Vishnu V Krishnamurthy, John S Khamo, Wenyan Mei, Aurora J Turgeon, Humza M Ashraf, Payel Mondal, Dil B Patel, Noah Risner, Ellen E Cho, Jing Yang, Kai Zhang
A limited number of signaling pathways are repeatedly used to regulate a wide variety of processes during development and differentiation. Lack of tools to dynamically manipulate signaling pathways in space and time has been a major technical challenge for biologists. Optogenetic techniques, which utilize light to control protein functions in a reversible fashion, hold promise in modulating intracellular signaling networks with high spatial and temporal resolution. Applications of the optogenetics in multicellular organisms, however, have not been widely reported...
October 3, 2016: Development
Jihoon Shin, Hong-Duk Youn
In embryonic stem cells (ESCs), cell cycle regulation is deeply connected to pluripotency. Especially, core transcription factors (CTFs) which are essential to maintain the pluripotency transcription programs should be reset during M/G1 transition. However, it remains unknown about how CTFs are governed during cell cycle progression. Here, we describe that the regulation of Oct4 by Aurora kinase b (Aurkb)/protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) axis during the cell cycle is important for resetting Oct4 to pluripotency and cell cycle related target genes in determining the identity of ESCs...
September 29, 2016: BMB Reports
Anuj Rathi, Riyaz Syed, Vijay Singh, Han-Seung Shin, Rahul V Patel
Cancer accounts for a numbers of deaths each year. Consequently, prevention of this deadly disease though the invention of new anticancer agents is of utmost importance. The current review elaborates the importance of indole designs as patented in the form of anticancer drug-like molecules targeting different cites of biological arena, specifically kinases such as platelet-derived growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor and fibroblast growth factor receptor, Bruton's tyrosine kinase, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, Janus kinase, cyclin-dependent kinase aurora kinases A, B and C, checkpoint kinases, protein kinase R, Pim kinases, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, altered proteins kinases, polo-like kinase and many more...
October 3, 2016: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
Jörg O Schulze, Giorgio Saladino, Katrien Busschots, Sonja Neimanis, Evelyn Süß, Dalibor Odadzic, Stefan Zeuzem, Valerie Hindie, Amanda K Herbrand, María-Natalia Lisa, Pedro M Alzari, Francesco L Gervasio, Ricardo M Biondi
Allostery is a phenomenon observed in many proteins where binding of a macromolecular partner or a small-molecule ligand at one location leads to specific perturbations at a site not in direct contact with the region where the binding occurs. The list of proteins under allosteric regulation includes AGC protein kinases. AGC kinases have a conserved allosteric site, the phosphoinositide-dependent protein kinase 1 (PDK1)-interacting fragment (PIF) pocket, which regulates protein ATP-binding, activity, and interaction with substrates...
October 20, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
Edward Jd Greenwood, Nicholas J Matheson, Kim Wals, Dick Jh van den Boomen, Robin Antrobus, James C Williamson, Paul J Lehner
Viruses manipulate host factors to enhance their replication and evade cellular restriction. We used multiplex tandem mass tag (TMT)-based whole cell proteomics to perform a comprehensive time course analysis of >6,500 viral and cellular proteins during HIV infection. To enable specific functional predictions, we categorized cellular proteins regulated by HIV according to their patterns of temporal expression. We focussed on proteins depleted with similar kinetics to APOBEC3C, and found the viral accessory protein Vif to be necessary and sufficient for CUL5-dependent proteasomal degradation of all members of the B56 family of regulatory subunits of the key cellular phosphatase PP2A (PPP2R5A-E)...
September 30, 2016: ELife
Hidemasa Goto, Hironori Inaba, Masaki Inagaki
The primary cilium is a non-motile and microtubule-enriched protrusion ensheathed by plasma membrane. Primary cilia function as mechano/chemosensors and signaling hubs and their disorders predispose to a wide spectrum of human diseases. Most types of cells assemble their primary cilia in response to cellular quiescence, whereas they start to retract the primary cilia upon cell-cycle reentry. The retardation of ciliary resorption process has been shown to delay cell-cycle progression to the S or M phase after cell-cycle reentry...
September 26, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Richard Ottman, Jenna Levy, Grizzle E Williams, Ratna Chakrabarti
miR-17-92a cluster miRNAs are transcribed from a polycistronic transcription unit C13orf25 that generates six mature miRNAs, miR-17, miR-18a, miR-19a, miR-19b, miR-20a and miR-92a that are overexpressed in lung and colon cancers. Here we show that the expression of miR-17-92a miRNAs are reduced in cancerous prostate tissues compared to uninvolved areas and also in aggressive prostate cancer cells. Restoration of expression of all members of miR-17-92a cluster showed, decreased expression of cell cycle regulatory proteins cyclin D1 and SSH1; and LIMK1 and FGD4 of RhoGTPase signaling pathway...
September 16, 2016: Oncotarget
Jennifer M Sahni, Sylvia S Gayle, Kristen L Weber-Bonk, Leslie Cuellar Vite, Jennifer L Yori, Bryan Webb, Erika K Ramos, Darcie D Seachrist, Melissa D Landis, Jenny C Chang, James E Bradner, Ruth A Keri
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins are epigenetic "readers" that recognize acetylated histones and mark areas of the genome for transcription. BRD4, a BET family member protein, has been implicated in a number of types of cancer, and BET protein inhibitors (BETi) are efficacious in many preclinical cancer models. However, the drivers of response to BETi vary depending on tumor type, and little is known regarding the target genes conveying BETi activity in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Here, we show that BETi repress growth of multiple in vitro and in vivo models of TNBC by inducing two terminal responses: apoptosis and senescence...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hui Dong, Hao Sun
Microfluidics-based single-cell study is an emerging approach in personalized treatment or precision medicine studies. Single-cell gene expression holds a potential to provide treatment selections with maximized efficacy to help cancer patients based on a genetic understanding of their disease. This work presents a multi-layer microchip for single-cell multiplexed gene expression profiling and genotoxicity detection. Treated by three drug reagents (i.e., methyl methanesulfonate, docetaxel and colchicine) with varied concentrations and time lengths, individual human cancer cells (MDA-MB-231) are lysed on-chip, and the released mRNA templates are captured and reversely transcribed into single strand DNA...
2016: Sensors
Anna A Ye, Julia Torabi, Thomas J Maresca
During cytokinesis, aurora B kinase (ABK) relocalizes from centromeres to the spindle midzone, where it is thought to provide a spatial cue for cytokinesis. While global ABK inhibition in Drosophila S2 cells results in macro- and multi-nucleated large cells, mislocalization of midzone ABK (mABK) by depletion of Subito (Drosophila MKLP2) does not cause notable cytokinesis defects. Subito depletion was, therefore, used to investigate the contribution of other molecules and redundant pathways to cytokinesis in the absence of mABK...
August 2016: Biological Bulletin
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