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Dual leucine zipper kinase

Derek S Welsbie, Katherine L Mitchell, Vinod Jaskula-Ranga, Valentin M Sluch, Zhiyong Yang, Jessica Kim, Eugen Buehler, Amit Patel, Scott E Martin, Ping-Wu Zhang, Yan Ge, Yukan Duan, John Fuller, Byung-Jin Kim, Eman Hamed, Xitiz Chamling, Lei Lei, Iain D C Fraser, Ze'ev A Ronai, Cynthia A Berlinicke, Donald J Zack
Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) has been implicated in cell death signaling secondary to axonal damage in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and other neurons. To better understand the pathway through which DLK acts, we developed enhanced functional genomic screens in primary RGCs, including use of arrayed, whole-genome, small interfering RNA libraries. Explaining why DLK inhibition is only partially protective, we identify leucine zipper kinase (LZK) as cooperating with DLK to activate downstream signaling and cell death in RGCs, including in a mouse model of optic nerve injury, and show that the same pathway is active in human stem cell-derived RGCs...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
Svenja Börchers, Rohollah Babaei, Catarina Klimpel, Jorge Duque Escobar, Sabine Schröder, Roland Blume, Muhammad Nasir Hayat Malik, Elke Oetjen
Reduction in beta-cell mass and function contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type 2. The proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α and interleukin (IL)-1β have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this disease. Overexpression of the dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) inhibits beta-cell function and induces apoptosis in the beta-cell line HIT. In the present study, it was investigated whether TNFα or IL-1β stimulates DLK enzymatic activity. Immunoblot analysis, transient transfection with luciferase reporter gene assays, and immunofluorescence were used...
August 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Martin Larhammar, Sarah Huntwork-Rodriguez, Zhiyu Jiang, Hilda Solanoy, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Bei Wang, Joshua S Kaminker, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Eastham-Anderson, Michael Siu, Zora Modrusan, Madeline M Farley, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Joseph W Lewcock, Trent A Watkins
The PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) arm of the Integrated Stress Response (ISR) is implicated in neurodegenerative disease, although the regulators and consequences of PERK activation following neuronal injury are poorly understood. Here we show that PERK signaling is a component of the mouse MAP kinase neuronal stress response controlled by the Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK) and contributes to DLK-mediated neurodegeneration. We find that DLK-activating insults ranging from nerve injury to neurotrophin deprivation result in both c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling and the PERK- and ISR-dependent upregulation of the Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4)...
April 25, 2017: ELife
Cheng Yin, Guang-Fu Huang, Xiao-Chuan Sun, Zongduo Guo, John H Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK/MA3K12) has been reported involved in apoptosis and neuronal degeneration during neural development and traumatic brain injury. This study was designed to investigate the role of DLK with its adaptor protein JNK interacting protein-3 (JIP3), and its downstream MA2K7/JNK signaling pathway in early brain injury (EBI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in a rat model. DESIGN: Controlled in vivo laboratory study. SETTING: Animal research laboratory...
July 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
Yu-Wen Alvin Huang, Bo Zhou, Marius Wernig, Thomas C Südhof
Human apolipoprotein E (ApoE) apolipoprotein is primarily expressed in three isoforms (ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4) that differ only by two residues. ApoE4 constitutes the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), ApoE3 is neutral, and ApoE2 is protective. How ApoE isoforms influence AD pathogenesis, however, remains unclear. Using ES-cell-derived human neurons, we show that ApoE secreted by glia stimulates neuronal Aβ production with an ApoE4 > ApoE3 > ApoE2 potency rank order. We demonstrate that ApoE binding to ApoE receptors activates dual leucine-zipper kinase (DLK), a MAP-kinase kinase kinase that then activates MKK7 and ERK1/2 MAP kinases...
January 26, 2017: Cell
Sung Min Han, Huma S Baig, Marc Hammarlund
Axon regeneration is essential to restore the nervous system after axon injury. However, the neuronal cell biology that underlies axon regeneration is incompletely understood. Here we use in vivo, single-neuron analysis to investigate the relationship between nerve injury, mitochondrial localization, and axon regeneration. Mitochondria translocate into injured axons so that average mitochondria density increases after injury. Moreover, single-neuron analysis reveals that axons that fail to increase mitochondria have poor regeneration...
December 21, 2016: Neuron
Carolyne Simard-Bisson, Julie Bidoggia, Danielle Larouche, Sylvain L Guérin, Richard Blouin, Syu-Ichi Hirai, Lucie Germain
Dual leucine zipper-bearing kinase (DLK) is an inducer of keratinocyte differentiation, a complex process also involving microtubule reorganization to the cell periphery. However, signaling mechanisms involved in this process remain to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that DLK enhances and is required for microtubule reorganization to the cell periphery in human cell culture models and in Dlk knockout mouse embryos. In tissue-engineered skins with reduced DLK expression, cortical distribution of two microtubule regulators, LIS1 and HSP27, is impaired as well as desmosomal and tight junction integrity...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Meifan Chen, Cédric G Geoffroy, Hetty N Wong, Oliver Tress, Mallorie T Nguyen, Lawrence B Holzman, Yishi Jin, Binhai Zheng
Leucine Zipper-bearing Kinase (LZK/MAP3K13) is a member of the mixed lineage kinase family with high sequence identity to Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK/MAP3K12). While DLK is established as a key regulator of axonal responses to injury, the role of LZK in mammalian neurons is poorly understood. By gain- and loss-of-function analyses in neuronal cultures, we identify LZK as a novel positive regulator of axon growth. LZK signals specifically through MKK4 and JNKs among MAP2Ks and MAPKs respectively in neuronal cells, with JNK activity positively regulating LZK protein levels...
2016: Scientific Reports
Andréanne Blondeau, Jean-François Lucier, Dominick Matteau, Lauralyne Dumont, Sébastien Rodrigue, Pierre-Étienne Jacques, Richard Blouin
BACKGROUND: Recent genetic studies in model organisms, such as Drosophila, C. elegans and mice, have highlighted a critical role for dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) in neural development and axonal responses to injury. However, exactly how DLK fulfills these functions remains to be determined. Using RNA-seq profiling, we evaluated the global changes in gene expression that are caused by shRNA-mediated knockdown of endogenous DLK in differentiated Neuro-2a neuroblastoma cells. RESULTS: Our analysis led to the identification of numerous up- and down-regulated genes, among which several were found to be associated with system development and axon guidance according to gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analyses, respectively...
2016: Neural Development
Alexander I Feoktistov, Tory G Herman
Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) promotes growth cone motility and must be restrained to ensure normal development. PHR (Pam/Highwire/RPM-1) ubiquitin ligases therefore target DLK for degradation unless axon injury occurs. Overall DLK levels decrease during development, but how DLK levels are regulated within a developing growth cone has not been examined. We analyzed the expression of the fly DLK Wallenda (Wnd) in R7 photoreceptor growth cones as they halt at their targets and become presynaptic boutons. We found that Wnd protein levels are repressed by the PHR protein Highwire (Hiw) during R7 growth cone halting, as has been observed in other systems...
August 15, 2016: Development
Ngang Heok Tang, Andrew D Chisholm
The capacity of an axon to regenerate is regulated by its external environment and by cell-intrinsic factors. Studies in a variety of organisms suggest that alterations in axonal microtubule (MT) dynamics have potent effects on axon regeneration. We review recent findings on the regulation of MT dynamics during axon regeneration, focusing on the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. In C. elegans the dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) promotes axon regeneration, whereas the exchange factor for Arf6 (EFA-6) inhibits axon regeneration...
2016: F1000Research
Yan Hao, Erin Frey, Choya Yoon, Hetty Wong, Douglas Nestorovski, Lawrence B Holzman, Roman J Giger, Aaron DiAntonio, Catherine Collins
A broadly known method to stimulate the growth potential of axons is to elevate intracellular levels of cAMP, however the cellular pathway(s) that mediate this are not known. Here we identify the Dual Leucine-zipper Kinase (DLK, Wnd in Drosophila) as a critical target and effector of cAMP in injured axons. DLK/Wnd is thought to function as an injury 'sensor', as it becomes activated after axonal damage. Our findings in both Drosophila and mammalian neurons indicate that the cAMP effector kinase PKA is a conserved and direct upstream activator of Wnd/DLK...
June 7, 2016: ELife
Elke Oetjen
Diabetes mellitus is one of the most rapidly increasing diseases worldwide, whereby approximately 90-95% of patients suffer from type 2 diabetes. Considering its micro- and macrovascular complications like blindness and myocardial infarction, a reliable anti-diabetic treatment is needed. Maintaining the function and the mass of the insulin producing beta-cells despite elevated levels of beta-cell-toxic prediabetic signals represents a desirable mechanism of action of anti-diabetic drugs. The dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) inhibits the action of two transcription factors within the beta-cell, thereby interfering with insulin secretion and production and the conservation of beta-cell mass...
June 2016: Archiv der Pharmazie
Cheng Yin, Guang-Fu Huang, Xiao-Chuan Sun, Zongduo Guo, John H Zhang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Since tozasertib is neuroprotective for injured optic nerve, this study is intended to test whether tozasertib reduces early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in a rat model. METHODS: Two hundred sixteen (216) male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly subjected to endovascular perforation model of SAH and sham group. SAH grade, neurological score, and brain water content were measured at 24 and 72 h after SAH. Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) and its downstream factors, JNK-interacting protein 3 (JIP3), MA2K7, p-JNK/JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase), and apoptosis related proteins cleaved caspase-3 (CC-3), Bim, Bcl-2, and cleaved caspase-9 (CC-9) were analyzed by western blot at 24 h after SAH...
September 2016: Neuropharmacology
Elke Oetjen, Thomas Lemcke
INTRODUCTION: The dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK, MAP3K12) is essential for neuronal development and has been shown to mediate axon regeneration. On the other hand, DLK is involved in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease and diabetes mellitus. Several patents have been published claiming to modulate or inhibit DLK by various approaches including ATP competitive inhibitors. In addition, two publications describe SAR of highly selective DLK inhibitors with efficacy in distinct mouse models of neurodegeneration...
May 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Taigo Kato, Hiroyuki Inoue, Seiya Imoto, Yoshinori Tamada, Takashi Miyamoto, Yo Matsuo, Yusuke Nakamura, Jae-Hyun Park
T-lymphokine-activated killer cell-originated protein kinase (TOPK) and maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) have been reported to play critical roles in cancer cell proliferation and maintenance of stemness. In this study, we investigated possible roles of TOPK and MELK in kidney cancer cells and found their growth promotive effect as well as some feedback mechanism between these two molecules. Interestingly, the blockade of either of these two kinases effectively caused downregulation of forkhead box protein M1 (FOXM1) activity which is known as an oncogenic transcriptional factor in various types of cancer cells...
April 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Manuel Wallbach, Jorge Duque Escobar, Rohollah Babaeikelishomi, Marie-Jeannette Stahnke, Roland Blume, Sabine Schröder, Jenny Kruegel, Kathrin Maedler, Oliver Kluth, Ralph H Kehlenbach, Nicolai Miosge, Elke Oetjen
The dual leucine zipper kinase DLK induces β-cell apoptosis by inhibiting the transcriptional activity conferred by the β-cell protective transcription factor cAMP response element binding protein CREB. This action might contribute to β-cell loss and ultimately diabetes. Within its kinase domain DLK shares high homology with the mixed lineage kinase (MLK) 3, which is activated by tumor necrosis factor (TNF) α and interleukin (IL)-1β, known prediabetic signals. In the present study, the regulation of DLK in β-cells by these cytokines was investigated...
April 2016: Cellular Signalling
Sabrina M Holland, Kaitlin M Collura, Andrea Ketschek, Kentaro Noma, Toby A Ferguson, Yishi Jin, Gianluca Gallo, Gareth M Thomas
Dual leucine-zipper kinase (DLK) is critical for axon-to-soma retrograde signaling following nerve injury. However, it is unknown how DLK, a predicted soluble kinase, conveys long-distance signals and why homologous kinases cannot compensate for loss of DLK. Here, we report that DLK, but not homologous kinases, is palmitoylated at a conserved site adjacent to its kinase domain. Using short-hairpin RNA knockdown/rescue, we find that palmitoylation is critical for DLK-dependent retrograde signaling in sensory axons...
January 19, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Aniek van der Vaart, Suzanne Rademakers, Gert Jansen
Cilia are sensory organelles present on almost all vertebrate cells. Cilium length is constant, but varies between cell types, indicating that cilium length is regulated. How this is achieved is unclear, but protein transport in cilia (intraflagellar transport, IFT) plays an important role. Several studies indicate that cilium length and function can be modulated by environmental cues. As a model, we study a C. elegans mutant that carries a dominant active G protein α subunit (gpa-3QL), resulting in altered IFT and short cilia...
December 2015: PLoS Genetics
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