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Zhenghan Wang, Ofelia Tacchelly-Benites, Eungi Yang, Yashi Ahmed
Deregulation of the Wnt signal transduction pathway underlies numerous congenital disorders and cancers. Axin, a concentration-limiting scaffold protein, facilitates assembly of a "destruction complex" that prevents signaling in the unstimulated state and a plasma membrane-associated "signalosome" that activates signaling following Wnt stimulation. In the classical model, Axin is cytoplasmic under basal conditions, but relocates to the cell membrane after Wnt exposure; however, due to the very low levels of endogenous Axin, this model is based largely on examination of Axin at supraphysiological levels...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
Mira I Pronobis, Natalie Deuitch, Vinya Posham, Yuko Mimori-Kiyosue, Mark Peifer
Negatively regulating key signaling pathways is critical to development and altered in cancer. Wnt signaling is kept off by the destruction complex, which is assembled around the tumor suppressors APC and Axin and targets β-catenin for destruction. Axin and APC are large proteins with many domains and motifs that bind other partners. We hypothesized that if we identified the essential regions required for APC:Axin cooperative function and used these data to design a minimal β-catenin-destruction machine, we would gain new insights into the core mechanisms of destruction complex function...
January 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Xiaomin Song, Wenwen Cai, Lin Li
The scaffold protein Axin plays important roles in multiple signaling pathways through mediating the formation of different signaling complexes. Axin is best known for its role as a negative regulator in Wnt/β-catenin pathway. Aberrant activation of the key components in Wnt/β-catenin pathway including Axin has been linked to a variety of human cancers. Drugs developed for this pathway are far from satisfying largely due to the limited targets especially enzymesin this pathway. Almost all Axinsignal pathways depend on a number of protein-protein interactions (PPIs) for transmitting information, making PPIs attractive targets and probably a future direction for drug discovery...
2016: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
Ricardo Gargini, Maribel Escoll, Esther García, Ramón García-Escudero, Francisco Wandosell, Inés María Antón
In cancer, the deregulation of growth signaling pathways drives changes in the cell's architecture and its environment that allow autonomous growth of tumors. These cells then acquire a tumor-initiating "stemness" phenotype responsible for disease advancement to more aggressive stages. Here, we show that high levels of the actin cytoskeleton-associated protein WIP (WASP-interacting protein) correlates with tumor growth, both of which are linked to the tumor-initiating cell phenotype. We find that WIP controls tumor growth by boosting signals that stabilize the YAP/TAZ complex via a mechanism mediated by the endocytic/endosomal system...
November 15, 2016: Cell Reports
Sebastian Guettler
The poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase (PARP) Tankyrase uses ankyrin repeat modules to capture substrates via Tankyrase-binding peptide motifs. In this issue of Structure, Eisemann et al. (2016) describe how the signaling protein AXIN can access and conformationally adapt the multivalent ankyrin repeat region of Tankyrase and discuss potential implications for enzymatic substrate modification.
October 4, 2016: Structure
Nives Pećina-Šlaus, Anja Kafka, Tomislav Vladušić, Hrvoje Ivan Pećina, Reno Hrašćan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Tumor suppressor gene AXIN1 is an inhibitor of Wnt signaling pathway. It down-regulates the pathway's main signaling effector molecule, beta-catenin, in an AXIN-based destruction complex. In the present study we investigated the involvement of AXIN1 in intracranial meningioma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Loss of heterozygosity and microsatellite instability analyses were performed. The consequences of genetic changes on protein expression levels were studied in the same patients by immunohistochemistry...
2016: Anticancer Research
Yingnan Ye, Xinxin Long, Lijie Zhang, Jieying Chen, Pengpeng Liu, Hui Li, Feng Wei, Wenwen Yu, Xiubao Ren, Jinpu Yu
Neurotensin (NTS) is a neuropeptide distributed in central nervous and digestive systems. In this study, the significant association between ectopic NTS expression and tumor invasion was confirmed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In primary HCC tissues, the NTS and neurotensin receptor 1 (NTR1) co-expression (NTS+NTR1+) is a poor prognostic factor correlated with aggressive biological behaviors and poor clinical prognosis. Enhanced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) features, including decreased E-cadherin, increased β-catenin translocation and N-cadherin expression, were identified in NTS+NTR1+ HCC tissues...
September 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Minsuh Kim, Young-Ah Suh, Ju-Hee Oh, Bo Ra Lee, Joon Kim, Se Jin Jang
Aberrant Wnt/β-catenin signalling is implicated in the progression of several human cancers, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, mutations in Wnt/β-catenin pathway components are uncommon in NSCLC, and their epigenetic control remains unclear. Here, we show that KIF3A, a member of the kinesin-2 family, plays a role in suppressing Wnt/β-catenin signalling in NSCLC cells. KIF3A knockdown increases both β-catenin levels and transcriptional activity with concomitant promotion of malignant potential, such as increased proliferation and migration and upregulation of stemness markers...
2016: Scientific Reports
Louise Bohr Mordhorst, Cecilia Ahlin, Bengt Sorbe
Wnt signaling proteins were assessed in patients with primary cervical carcinomas who received chemoradiation. The associations between three Wnt signaling proteins and prognosis were assessed. Specimens from 122 patients with cervical carcinomas (FIGO stage I-IV) were immunohistochemically (IHC) analyzed for β-catenin, APC and axin protein expression. Associations between these Wnt-protein expressions, clinicopathological factors, and clinical outcome data were examined.Positive IHC staining for the β-catenin protein (cell-membranes, cytoplasm and nuclei) was recorded in 88%, 58% and 5%, respectively...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Weijie Wu, Qingqing Liu, Yuxi Liu, Zhaohui Yu, Youhua Wang
Dixdc1 (DIX domain containing-1), the mammalian homolog of Ccd1 (Coiled-coil-Dishevelled-Axin1), is a protein containing a coiled-coil domain and a Dishevelled-Axin (DIX) domain. As a novel component of the Wnt pathway, Dixdc1 has been reported to be able to promote neural progenitor proliferation and neuronal differentiation via Wnt/β-catenin signaling. But there still remains something unknown about Dixdc1 distribution and functions in the lesion and regeneration of the peripheral nervous system (PNS), so we tried to investigate dynamic changes of Dixdc1 expression in a rat sciatic nerve crush (SNC) model in this study...
September 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xiaohong Li, Ying Xiao, Shaoqing Fan, Mingbing Xiao, Xiaotong Wang, Xiaolin Zhu, Xudong Chen, Chunsun Li, Guijuan Zong, Guoxiong Zhou, Chunhua Wan
DIX domain containing 1 (DIXDC1), a protein containing a coiled-coil domain and a Dishevelled-Axin (DIX) domain, is involved in the progression of multiple cancers. However, the role of DIXDC1 in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the role and prognostic value of DIXDC1 in the development of human PDAC. Western blot analysis revealed that DIXDC1 was highly expressed in PDAC tissues and cell lines. Immunohistochemistry on 165 paraffin-embedded sections showed that high expression of DIXDC1 was significantly correlated with tumor size (P=...
August 3, 2016: Human Pathology
Laura Mariotti, Catherine M Templeton, Michael Ranes, Patricia Paracuellos, Nora Cronin, Fabienne Beuron, Edward Morris, Sebastian Guettler
The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) Tankyrase (TNKS and TNKS2) is paramount to Wnt-β-catenin signaling and a promising therapeutic target in Wnt-dependent cancers. The pool of active β-catenin is normally limited by destruction complexes, whose assembly depends on the polymeric master scaffolding protein AXIN. Tankyrase, which poly(ADP-ribosyl)ates and thereby destabilizes AXIN, also can polymerize, but the relevance of these polymers has remained unclear. We report crystal structures of the polymerizing TNKS and TNKS2 sterile alpha motif (SAM) domains, revealing versatile head-to-tail interactions...
August 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Igor Cervenka, Jana Valnohova, Ondrej Bernatik, Jakub Harnos, Matej Radsetoulal, Katerina Sedova, Katerina Hanakova, David Potesil, Miroslava Sedlackova, Alena Salasova, Zachary Steinhart, Stephane Angers, Gunnar Schulte, Ales Hampl, Zbynek Zdrahal, Vitezslav Bryja
Dishevelled (DVL) is a key scaffolding protein and a branching point in Wnt signaling pathways. Here, we present conclusive evidence that DVL regulates the centrosomal cycle. We demonstrate that DVL dishevelled and axin (DIX) domain, but not DIX domain-mediated multimerization, is essential for DVL's centrosomal localization. DVL accumulates during the cell cycle and associates with NIMA-related kinase 2 (NEK2), which is able to phosphorylate DVL at a multitude of residues, as detected by a set of novel phospho-specific antibodies...
August 16, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
William Q Gillis, Arif Kirmizitas, Yasuno Iwasaki, Dong-Hyuk Ki, Jonathan M Wyrick, Gerald H Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Canonical Wnt signals, transduced by stabilized β-catenin, play similar roles across animals in maintaining stem cell pluripotency, regulating cell differentiation, and instructing normal embryonic development. Dysregulated Wnt/β-catenin signaling causes diseases and birth defects, and a variety of regulatory processes control this pathway to ensure its proper function and integration with other signaling systems. We previously identified GTP-binding protein 2 (Gtpbp2) as a novel regulator of BMP signaling, however further exploration revealed that Gtpbp2 can also affect Wnt signaling, which is a novel finding reported here...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Pu-Hyeon Cha, Kang-Yell Choi
Mutations of APC and KRAS are frequently observed in human colorectal cancers (CRCs) and the Wnt/β-catenin and Ras pathways are consequently activated in a significant proportion of CRC patients. Mutations in these two genes are also known to synergistically induce progression of CRCs. Through a series of studies, we have demonstrated that inhibition of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway negatively regulates Ras stability, therefore, Ras abundance is increased together with β-catenin in both mice and human CRCs harboring adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) mutations...
September 2016: BMB Reports
Senjun Zhou, Jiliang Shen, Shuang Lin, Xiaolong Liu, Ming Xu, Liang Shi, Xianfa Wang, Xiujun Cai
Dishevelled-Axin domain containing 1 (DIXDC1) is a DIX (Dishevelled-Axin) domain possessing protein that acts as a positive regulator of the Wnt pathway. Although DIXDC1 has been investigated in several cancers, it has not yet been studied in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The purpose of the current study was to investigate the expression pattern of DIXDC1 and assess the clinical significance of DIXDC1 expression in HCC patients. Data containing three independent investigations from Oncomine database demonstrated that DIXDC1 mRNA was downregulated in HCC compared with matched non-cancerous tissues...
October 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Guilherme Muniz Bourroul, Hélio José Fragoso, José Walter Feitosa Gomes, Vivian Sati Oba Bourroul, Celina Tizuko Fujiyama Oshima, Thiago Simão Gomes, Gabriela Tognini Saba, Rogério Tadeu Palma, Jaques Waisberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the destruction complex of beta-catenin by the expression of the proteins beta-catetenin, adenomatous polyposis coli, GSK3β, axin and ubiquitin in colorectal carcinoma and colonic adenoma. METHODS: Tissue samples from 64 patients with colorectal carcinoma and 53 patients with colonic adenoma were analyzed. Tissue microarray blocks and slides were prepared and subjected to immunohistochemistry with polyclonal antibodies in carcinoma, adjacent non-neoplastic mucosa, and adenoma tissues...
April 2016: Einstein
Kun Zhuang, Yuan Yan, Xin Zhang, Jun Zhang, Lingxia Zhang, Kun Han
Gastric cancer is the most common epithelial malignancy and the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide; metastasis is a crucial factor in the progression of gastric cancer. The present study applied gastrin-17 amide (G-17) in SGC7901 cells. The results showed that G-17 promoted the cell cycle by accelerating the G0/G1 phase and by increasing the cell proliferation rate by binding to the gastrin receptor. The migratory and invasive abilities of the SGC7901 cells were increased by G-17. The expression levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-7, MMP-9 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were enhanced by G-17 as well...
September 2016: Oncology Reports
Diego A Vargas, Meng Sun, Khikmet Sadykov, Maria A Kukuruzinska, Muhammad H Zaman
The cellular network composed of the evolutionarily conserved metabolic pathways of protein N-glycosylation, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, and E-cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion plays pivotal roles in determining the balance between cell proliferation and intercellular adhesion during development and in maintaining homeostasis in differentiated tissues. These pathways share a highly conserved regulatory molecule, β-catenin, which functions as both a structural component of E-cadherin junctions and as a co-transcriptional activator of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, whose target is the N-glycosylation-regulating gene, DPAGT1...
July 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Vijaya Lakshmi Tiruveedi, Swarna Bale, Amit Khurana, Chandraiah Godugu
Tankyrases belong to a group of enzymes called poly ADP ribosyl polymerases (PARPs). With the advent of a new class of small molecule inhibitors of PARP for clinical use like OLAPARIB; that gained accelerated approval by the USFDA in treating ovarian and breast cancers, the horizons of the PARPs as a novel target in various disease conditions has risen. Tankyrases (PARP 5) are yet another class of PARPs that perform poly ADP ribosylation on different substrate proteins aiding in progression of many diseases like cancer, fibrosis, diabetes and neurological disorders even...
July 15, 2016: Current Drug Targets
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