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Duanyang Zhai, Chunhui Cui, Lang Xie, Lianxu Cai, Jinlong Yu
Metastasis is the primary cause of mortality in colorectal cancer (CRC), the mechanism of which remains unclear. In the present study, by detecting mRNA expression using a reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), it was revealed that sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1 (SREBP1) is highly expressed in CRC. Using a cell wound healing assay and a cell invasion assay, a novel metastasis-promoting role for SREBP1 in CRC was identified. Furthermore, snail family transcriptional repressor 1 (SNAIL) was identified as a key downstream effector of SREBP1 in CRC by the use of small interfering RNA against SNAIL...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yaqiong Liu, Yi Fan, Xiaoyu Wang, Zijian Huang, Kun Shi, Bei Zhou
Cervical cancer is one of the most common gynecological malignancies. Mousasi 2 (Msi2) is a RNA-binding protein that regulates various key cellular functions and has emerged as a crucial regulator of cancer development. However, the clinical significance and biological functions of Msi2 in cervical cancer remain unknown. The current study assessed the expression of Msi2 mRNA using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Furthermore, the expression of Msi2 was examined in 162 cervical cancer samples using immunohistochemistry and the association between Msi2 expression and patient clinicopathological features was analyzed...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Harinarayanan Janakiraman, Reniqua P House, Vamsi K Gangaraju, J Alan Diehl, Philip H Howe, Viswanathan Palanisamy
RNA-binding proteins (RBP) and noncoding RNAs (ncRNA), such as long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) and microRNAs (miRNA), control co- and posttranscriptional gene regulation (PTR). At the PTR level, RBPs and ncRNAs contribute to pre-mRNA processing, mRNA maturation, transport, localization, turnover, and translation. Deregulation of RBPs and ncRNAs promotes the onset of cancer progression and metastasis. Both RBPs and ncRNAs are altered by signaling cascades to cooperate or compete with each other to bind their nucleic acid targets...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Hee Kyoung Chung, Shelley R Wang, Lan Xiao, Navneeta Rathor, Douglas J Turner, Peixin Yang, Myriam Gorospe, Jaladanki N Rao, Jian-Ying Wang
The mammalian intestinal epithelium is a rapidly self-renewing tissue in the body and its homeostasis depends on a dynamic balance among proliferation, migration, apoptosis, and differentiation of intestinal epithelial cells (IECs). The PP2A-associated protein α4 controls the activity and specificity of serine/threonine phosphatases and is thus implicated in many cellular processes. Here we investigated the mechanisms whereby α4 controls the homeostasis of the intestinal epithelium using a genetic approach...
March 19, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dai Hatakeyama, Masaki Shoji, Seiya Yamayoshi, Rina Yoh, Naho Ohmi, Shiori Takenaka, Ayaka Saitoh, Yumie Arakaki, Aki Masuda, Tsugunori Komatsu, Rina Nagano, Masahiro Nakano, Takeshi Noda, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Takashi Kuzuhara
Histone acetylation plays crucial roles in transcriptional regulation and chromatin organization. Viral RNA of the influenza virus interacts with its nucleoprotein (NP), whose function corresponds to that of eukaryotic histones. NP regulates viral replication and has been shown to undergo acetylation by the CREB-binding protein (CBP) from the host. However, whether NP is the target of other host acetyltransferases is unknown. Here, we show that influenza virus NP undergoes acetylation by the two host acetyltransferases GCN5 and P300/CBP-associated factor (PCAF) and that this modification affects viral polymerase activities...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hua Rong, Yini Liang, Yingcai Niu
Oxidative stress is an important pathogenic factor in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has emerged as a master regulator for the endogenous antioxidant response, and thus represents an attractive therapeutic target against AD. The aim of this study is to test the hypothesis that rosmarinic acid (RosA) attenuates amyloid-β (Aβ)-evoked oxidative stress through activating Nrf2-inducible cellular antioxidant defense system. Here, we reported that RosA attenuated Aβ-induced cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and lipid hydroperoxides (LPO)...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Seong-Hyun Park, Kyung-Lee Yu, Yu-Mi Jung, Seong-Deok Lee, Ji Chang You
Transcription termination factor-1 (TTF-I) is an RNA polymerase 1-mediated transcription terminator and consisting of a C-terminal DNA-binding domain, central domain, and N-terminal regulatory domain. This protein binds to a so-called 'Sal box' composed of an 11-base pair motif. The interaction of TTF-I with the 'Sal box' is important for many cellular events, including efficient termination of RNA polymerase-1 activity involved in pre-rRNA synthesis and formation of a chromatin loop. To further understand the role of TTF-I in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-I virus production, we generated various TTF-I mutant forms...
March 20, 2018: BMB Reports
Renata C Fleith, Harriet V Mears, Xin Yun Leong, Thomas J Sanford, Edward Emmott, Stephen C Graham, Daniel S Mansur, Trevor R Sweeney
Interferon-induced proteins with tetratricopeptide repeats (IFITs) are highly expressed during the cell-intrinsic immune response to viral infection. IFIT1 inhibits translation by binding directly to the 5' end of foreign RNAs, particularly those with non-self cap structures, precluding the recruitment of the cap-binding eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4F and ribosome recruitment. The presence of IFIT1 imposes a requirement on viruses that replicate in the cytoplasm to maintain mechanisms to avoid its restrictive effects...
March 15, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Cinthia C Amaya Ramirez, Petra Hubbe, Nicolas Mandel, Julien Béthune
Initially identified as a factor involved in tyrosine kinase receptor signaling, Grb10-interacting GYF protein 2 (GIGYF2) has later been shown to interact with the 5' cap-binding protein 4EHP as part of a translation repression complex, and to mediate post-transcriptional repression of tethered reporter mRNAs. A current model proposes that GIGYF2 is indirectly recruited to mRNAs by specific RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) leading to translation repression through its association with 4EHP. Accordingly, we recently observed that GIGYF2 also interacts with the miRNA-induced silencing complex and probably modulates its translation repression activity...
March 15, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Huai Guan, Maoying Wang, Chenghong Liao, Jing Liang, Prajwalini Mehere, Meiling Tian, Hairong Liu, Howard Robinson, Jianyong Li, Qian Han
Mosquitoes transmit a number of diseases in animals and humans, including Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses that affect millions of people each year. Controlling the disease-transmitting mosquitoes has proven to be a successful strategy to reduce the viruses transmission. Polyamines are required for the life cycle of the RNA viruses, Chikungunya virus and Zika virus, and a depletion of spermidine and spermine in the host via induction of spermine N-acetyltransferase restricts their replication. Spermine N-acetyltransferase is a key catabolic enzyme in the polyamine pathway, however there is no information of the enzyme identification in any insects...
2018: PloS One
Eri Soejima, Tsuyoshi Ohki, Yayoi Kurita, Xiaohong Yuan, Kayo Tanaka, Satomi Kakino, Kento Hara, Hitomi Nakayama, Yuji Tajiri, Kentaro Yamada
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study was to elucidate the mechanism by which severe hypoglycemia accelerates vascular complications. Furthermore, we assessed the possible protective effect of ketone bodies against the endothelial cell damage caused by glucose deficiency. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were cultured at a glucose level of either 0.56 or 5.6 mmol/L with or without 3-hydroxybutyrate (3-HB) supplementation. Cell viability was assessed with a CCK-8 assay and a lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release assay...
2018: PloS One
Po-Chia Chen, Pawel Masiewicz, Vladimir Rybin, Dmitri I Svergun, Janosch Hennig
We present a screening protocol utilizing small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to obtain structural information of biomolecular interactions independent of prior knowledge, so as to complement affinity-based screening and provide leads for further exploration. This protocol categorizes ligand titrations by computing pair-wise agreement between curves, and separately estimates affinities by quantifying complex formation as a departure from the linear sum properties of solution SAXS. The protocol is validated by sparse sequence search around the native poly-uridine RNA motifs of the two-RRM domain Sex-lethal protein (Sxl)...
March 19, 2018: ACS Combinatorial Science
John A Calarco, Adam D Norris
Genetic interaction screens are a powerful methodology to establish novel roles for genes and elucidate functional connections between genes. Such studies have been performed to great effect in single-cell organisms such as yeast and E. coli (Schuldiner et al ., 2005; Butland et al ., 2008; Costanzo et al ., 2010), but similar large-scale interaction studies using targeted reverse-genetic deletions in multi-cellular organisms have not been feasible. We developed a CRISPR/Cas9-based method for deleting genes in C...
March 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
Jun Li, Qian Li, Ling Chen, Yanli Gao, Bei Zhou, Jingyun Li
Infantile hemangioma (IH) is the most common vascular tumour in infants. The pathogenesis of IH is complex and poorly understood. Therefore, achieving a deeper understanding of IH pathogenesis is of great importance. Here, we used the Ribo-Zero RNA-Seq and HiSeq methods to examine the global expression profiles of protein-coding transcripts and non-coding RNAs, including miRNAs and lncRNAs, in IH and matched normal skin controls. Bioinformatics assessments including gene ontology (GO) and kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes (KEGG) pathway analyses were performed...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Yuefeng Han, Mingjie Zhang, Deshang Chen, Hui Li, Xiaomin Wang, Shiyin Ma
RNA binding motif protein 17 (RBM17) is a protein-coding gene. The protein encoded by RBM17 is involved in the regulation of alternative splicing and is overexpressed in cancer. The present study aimed to determine the effect of RBM17-knockdown in hypopharyngeal carcinoma FaDu cells using the lentivirus-mediated shRNA method. Cell proliferation was detected by an MTT assay. Flow cytometry analysis was used to determine cell cycle distribution and apoptosis. The results of the present study demonstrated that RBM17 expression was significantly decreased in FaDu cells infected with lentivirus-shRNA...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yang Guo, Ying Hu, Mingming Hu, Jiabei He, Baolan Li
Lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide, with a low 5-year survival rate of 16.1%. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms behind lung cancer tumorigenesis remain largely unknown. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to serve a function in the tumorigenesis of multiple types of cancer. The objective of the present study was to identify the function of a newly identified lncRNA zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 antisense RNA 1 (ZEB2-AS1) in human lung cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Wenjie Zhang, Feng Yu, Yu Wang, Yu Zhang, Lingxin Meng, Yuhua Chi
As a novel member of the Rab GTPase family, the role of Rab23 has been reported in multiple types of tumor. However, to the best of our knowledge, the role of Rab23 in ovarian cancer (OC) has not yet been reported. In the present study, immunohistochemistry analysis demonstrated that Rab23 was upregulated in OC tissue; survival analysis indicated that Rab23 expression was associated with a reduced overall survival (OS) rate and disease-free survival (DFS) time. In vitro experiments also demonstrated the increased expression of Rab23 in the OC cells lines, A2780 and SKOV-3, compared with in the normal ovarian cell line, IOSE80...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Andrej Steyer, Tilen Konte, Martin Sagadin, Marko Kolenc, Andrej Škoberne, Julija Germ, Tadeja Dovč-Drnovšek, Miha Arnol, Mateja Poljšak-Prijatelj
Noroviruses are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis, and they can affect humans of all age groups. In immunocompromised patients, norovirus infections can develop into chronic diarrhea or show prolonged asymptomatic virus shedding. Chronic norovirus infections are frequently reported for solid organ transplant recipients, with rapid intrahost norovirus evolution seen. In this report, we describe a case of chronic norovirus infection in an immunocompromised patient who was followed up for over 5 years...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Yong-Eun Kim, Chungoo Park, Kyoon Eon Kim, Kee K Kim
Alternative splicing is an essential process in eukaryotes, as it increases the complexity of gene expression by generating multiple proteins from a single pre-mRNA. However, information on the regulatory mechanisms for alternative splicing is lacking, because splicing occurs over a short period via the transient interactions of proteins within functional complexes of the spliceosome. Here, we investigated in detail the molecular mechanisms connecting alternative splicing with epigenetic mechanisms. We identified interactions between histone proteins and splicing factors such as Rbfox2, Rbfox3, and splicing factor proline and glutamine rich protein (SFPQ) by in vivo crosslinking and immunoprecipitation...
March 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Silvana Konermann, Peter Lotfy, Nicholas J Brideau, Jennifer Oki, Maxim N Shokhirev, Patrick D Hsu
Class 2 CRISPR-Cas systems endow microbes with diverse mechanisms for adaptive immunity. Here, we analyzed prokaryotic genome and metagenome sequences to identify an uncharacterized family of RNA-guided, RNA-targeting CRISPR systems that we classify as type VI-D. Biochemical characterization and protein engineering of seven distinct orthologs generated a ribonuclease effector derived from Ruminococcus flavefaciens XPD3002 (CasRx) with robust activity in human cells. CasRx-mediated knockdown exhibits high efficiency and specificity relative to RNA interference across diverse endogenous transcripts...
March 8, 2018: Cell
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