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Tycho E T Mevissen, Yogesh Kulathu, Monique P C Mulder, Paul P Geurink, Sarah L Maslen, Malte Gersch, Paul R Elliott, John E Burke, Bianca D M van Tol, Masato Akutsu, Farid El Oualid, Masato Kawasaki, Stefan M V Freund, Huib Ovaa, David Komander
The post-translational modification of proteins with polyubiquitin regulates virtually all aspects of cell biology. Eight distinct chain linkage types co-exist in polyubiquitin and are independently regulated in cells. This 'ubiquitin code' determines the fate of the modified protein. Deubiquitinating enzymes of the ovarian tumour (OTU) family regulate cellular signalling by targeting distinct linkage types within polyubiquitin, and understanding their mechanisms of linkage specificity gives fundamental insights into the ubiquitin system...
October 12, 2016: Nature
Alessandra Rossi, Karin J Ferrari, Andrea Piunti, SriGanesh Jammula, Fulvio Chiacchiera, Luca Mazzarella, Andrea Scelfo, Pier Giuseppe Pelicci, Diego Pasini
Leukemia is a complex heterogeneous disease often driven by the expression of oncogenic fusion proteins with different molecular and biochemical properties. Whereas several fusion proteins induce leukemogenesis by activating Hox gene expression (Hox-activating fusions), others impinge on different pathways that do not involve the activation of Hox genes (non-Hox-activating fusions). It has been postulated that one of the main oncogenic properties of the HOXA9 transcription factor is its ability to control the expression of the p16/p19 tumor suppressor locus (Cdkn2a), thereby compensating Polycomb-mediated repression, which is dispensable for leukemias induced by Hox-activating fusions...
October 2016: Science Advances
Li Fan, Wei Xiao
PCNA plays critical roles in DNA replication and various DNA repair pathways including DNA damage tolerance (DDT). In budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, DDT (aka DNA postreplication repair, PRR) is achieved by sequential ubiquitination of PCNA encoded by POL30. Our previous studies revealed that two Arabidopsis PCNA genes were able to complement the essential function of POL30 in budding yeast, but failed to rescue the PRR activity. Here we hypothesize that a certain amino acid variation(s) is responsible for the difference, and identified K196 as a critical residue for the PRR activity...
September 22, 2016: DNA Repair
Anuradha Pandey, Santosh Kumar Goru, Almesh Kadakol, Vajir Malek, Nisha Sharma, Anil Bhanudas Gaikwad
Monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP-1) and transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β1)-markers of inflammation and fibrosis, are central to type 2 diabetic nephropathy (T2DN) progression. ow H2AK119Ub affects the expression of MCP-1 and TGF-β1 and their regulation by Angiotensin II receptor subtypes remains unknown. In the current study, we aimed to study the effect of Angiotensin II receptors' blockade on the macrophage infiltration and histone modifications occurring at the promoter region of Mcp1 and Tgfb1in high fat diet fed and low dose streptozotocin treated male Wistar rats...
September 27, 2016: Biochimie
Gregory Segala, Marcela A Bennesch, Deo Prakash Pandey, Nicolas Hulo, Didier Picard
Covalent modifications of histones play a crucial role in the regulation of gene expression. Histone H2B monoubiquitination has mainly been described as a regulator of transcription elongation, but its role in transcription initiation is poorly documented. We investigated the role of this histone mark (H2Bub1) on different inducible enhancers, in particular those regulated by estrogen receptor α, by loss- and gain-of-function experiments with the specific E3-ubiquitin ligase complex of H2B: RNF20/RNF40. RNF20/RNF40 overexpression causes repression of the induced activity of these enhancers...
September 15, 2016: Molecular Cell
Anthony DiBello, Ajit B Datta, Xiangbin Zhang, Cynthia Wolberger
Members of the RING E3 ubiquitin ligase family bind to both substrate and ubiquitin-charged E2 enzyme, promoting transfer of ubiquitin from the E2 to substrate. Either a single ubiquitin or one of several types of polyubiquitin chains can be conjugated to substrate proteins, with different types of ubiquitin modifications signaling distinct outcomes. E2 enzymes play a central role in governing the nature of the ubiquitin modification, although the essential features of the E2 that differentiate mono- versus polyubiquitinating E2 enzymes remain unclear...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Jing Feng, Donghong Chen, Alexandre Berr, Wen-Hui Shen
Histone H2A monoubiquitination (H2Aub1), catalyzed by Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1), is a key epigenetic mark in Polycomb silencing. However, little is known about how H2Aub1 is read to exert downstream physiological functions. The animal ZUOTIN RELATED FACTOR 1 (ZRF1) has been reported to bind H2Aub1 to promote or repress expression of varied target genes. Here we show that the Arabidopsis ZRF1 homologues, AtZRF1a and AtZRF1b, are key regulators of multiple processes during plant growth and development...
September 14, 2016: Plant Physiology
Laura D Gallego, Medini Ghodgaonkar Steger, Anton A Polyansky, Tobias Schubert, Bojan Zagrovic, Ning Zheng, Tim Clausen, Franz Herzog, Alwin Köhler
Cotranscriptional ubiquitination of histone H2B is key to gene regulation. The yeast E3 ubiquitin ligase Bre1 (human RNF20/40) pairs with the E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzyme Rad6 to monoubiquitinate H2B at Lys123. How this single lysine residue on the nucleosome core particle (NCP) is targeted by the Rad6-Bre1 machinery is unknown. Using chemical cross-linking and mass spectrometry, we identified the functional interfaces of Rad6, Bre1, and NCPs in a defined in vitro system. The Bre1 RING domain cross-links exclusively with distinct regions of histone H2B and H2A, indicating a spatial alignment of Bre1 with the NCP acidic patch...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Santosh Kumar Goru, Almesh Kadakol, Anuradha Pandey, Vajir Malek, Nisha Sharma, Anil Bhanudas Gaikwad
Hyperglycaemia-induced expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) components plays a major role in the development diabetic nephropathy (DN). The epigenetic mechanisms that modulate ECM gene expression in DN remain unclear. Therefore, we examined the role of histone H2A and H2B mono-ubiquitination on epigenetic chromatin marks such as histone H3 lysine dimethylation (H3K4Me2, H3K9Me2 and H3K79Me2) in type 1 diabetic rat kidney. Hyperglycaemia increased collagen deposition and Col1a1 gene expression. In whole kidney of diabetic animals, both H2AK119 mono-ubiquitination (H2AK119Ub) and H2BK120 mono-ubiquitination (H2BK120Ub) were found to be increased whereas, in glomeruli of diabetic animals expression of both H2AK119Ub and H2BK120Ub were reduced...
August 31, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Daniel C Scott, David Y Rhee, David M Duda, Ian R Kelsall, Jennifer L Olszewski, Joao A Paulo, Annemieke de Jong, Huib Ovaa, Arno F Alpi, J Wade Harper, Brenda A Schulman
Hundreds of human cullin-RING E3 ligases (CRLs) modify thousands of proteins with ubiquitin (UB) to achieve vast regulation. Current dogma posits that CRLs first catalyze UB transfer from an E2 to their client substrates and subsequent polyubiquitylation from various linkage-specific E2s. We report an alternative E3-E3 tagging cascade: many cellular NEDD8-modified CRLs associate with a mechanistically distinct thioester-forming RBR-type E3, ARIH1, and rely on ARIH1 to directly add the first UB and, in some cases, multiple additional individual monoubiquitin modifications onto CRL client substrates...
August 25, 2016: Cell
Yang Duan, Dawei Huo, Jie Gao, Heng Wu, Zheng Ye, Zhe Liu, Kai Zhang, Lin Shan, Xing Zhou, Yue Wang, Dongxue Su, Xiang Ding, Lei Shi, Yan Wang, Yongfeng Shang, Chenghao Xuan
Whether transcriptional regulators are functionally involved in mitosis is a fundamental question in cell biology. Here we report that the RNF20/40 complex, a major ubiquitin ligase catalysing histone H2B monoubiquitination, interacts with the motor protein Eg5 during mitosis and participates in spindle assembly. We show that the RNF20/40 complex monoubiquitinates and stabilizes Eg5. Loss of RNF20/40 results in spindle assembly defects, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Consistently, depletion of either RNF20/40 or Eg5 suppresses breast cancer in vivo...
2016: Nature Communications
Keith W Pratz, Michelle A Rudek, Ivana Gojo, Mark R Litzow, Michael A McDevitt, Jiuping Jay Ji, Larry Karnitz, James G Herman, Robert Kinders, B Douglas Smith, Steven D Gore, Hetty Carraway, Margaret M Showel, Douglas E Gladstone, Mark J Levis, Hua-Ling Tsai, Gary L Rosner, Alice Chen, Scott H Kaufmann, Judith Karp
PURPOSE: The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor veliparib delays DNA repair and potentiates cytotoxicity of multiple classes of chemotherapy drugs, including topoisomerase I inhibitors and platinating agents. This study evaluated veliparib incorporation into leukemia induction therapy using a previously described topotecan/carboplatin backbone. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Employing a 3+3 trial design, we administered escalating doses of veliparib combined with topotecan + carboplatin in relapsed or refractory acute leukemias, aggressive myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)...
August 22, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Hiroaki Daitoku, Yuta Kaneko, Kenji Yoshimochi, Kaori Matsumoto, Sho Araoi, Jun-Ichi Sakamaki, Yuta Takahashi, Akiyoshi Fukamizu
Forkhead box O (FOXO; DAF-16 in nematode) transcription factors activate a program of genes that control stress resistance, metabolism, and lifespan. Given the adverse impact of the stochastic DNA damage on organismal development and ageing, we examined the role of FOXO/DAF-16 in UV-induced DNA-damage response. Knockdown of FOXO1, but not FOXO3a, increases sensitivity to UV irradiation when exposed during S phase, suggesting a contribution of FOXO1 to translesion DNA synthesis (TLS), a replicative bypass of UV-induced DNA lesions...
August 22, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Xavier Renaudin, Leticia Koch Lerner, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck, Filippo Rosselli
Fanconi anaemia (FA) is a hereditary disorder characterized by bone marrow failure, developmental defects, predisposition to cancer and chromosomal abnormalities. FA is caused by biallelic mutations that inactivate genes encoding proteins involved in replication stress-associated DNA damage responses. The 20 FANC proteins identified to date constitute the FANC pathway. A key event in this pathway involves the monoubiquitination of the FANCD2-FANCI heterodimer by the collective action of at least 10 different proteins assembled in the FANC core complex...
July 2016: Mutation Research. Reviews in Mutation Research
Svenja Daschkey, Kirsten Bienemann, Volker Schuster, Hans Wolfgang Kreth, René Martin Linka, Andrea Hönscheid, Gerhard Fritz, Christian Johannes, Bernhard Fleckenstein, Bettina Kempkes, Michael Gombert, Sebastian Ginzel, Arndt Borkhardt
Hereditary defects in several genes have been shown to disturb the normal immune response to EBV and to give rise to severe EBV-induced lymphoproliferation in the recent years. Nevertheless, in many patients, the molecular basis of fatal EBV infection still remains unclear. The Fanconi anemia-associated protein 24 (FAAP24) plays a dual role in DNA repair. By association with FANCM as component of the FA core complex, it recruits the FA core complex to damaged DNA. Additionally, FAAP24 has been shown to evoke ATR-mediated checkpoint responses independently of the FA core complex...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Min Jeong Chun, Sunshin Kim, Soo Kyung Hwang, Bong Sub Kim, Hyoun Geun Kim, Hae In Choi, Jong Heon Kim, Sung Ho Goh, Chang-Hun Lee
Fanconi anemia complementation group (FANC) proteins constitute the Fanconi Anemia (FA)/BRCA pathway that is activated in response to DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICLs). We previously performed yeast two-hybrid screening to identify novel FANC-interacting proteins and discovered that the alpha subunit of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPKα1) was a candidate binding partner of the FANCG protein, which is a component of the FA nuclear core complex. We confirmed the interaction between AMPKα and both FANCG using co-immunoprecipitation experiments...
July 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Yibo Fan, Xiujuan Qu, Yanju Ma, Yunpeng Liu, Xuejun Hu
Cancer cell detachment from the primary tumor site represents the first stage of metastasis. Previous studies have identified that cell detachment is triggered by cytoskeletal disruption, which may induce a wide variety of cellular changes. Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) exhibits crucial cellular functions, including regulation of the cytoskeleton. These observations have provided exciting insights into the effect of FAK in cell detachment; however, the involvement of FAK in cell detachment remains controversial...
August 2016: Oncology Letters
Heather Root, Andrew Larsen, Martin Komosa, Fakhriya Al'Azri, Ren Li, David P Bazett-Jones, M Stephen Meyn
Fanconi Anemia and Bloom syndrome are genomic instability syndromes caused by mutations in proteins that participate in overlapping DNA repair and replication pathways. Here, we show that the monoubiquitinated form of the Fanconi Anemia protein FANCD2 acts in opposition to the BLM DNA helicase to restrain telomere replication and recombination in human cells that utilize the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) pathway. ALT relies on exchanges of telomeric DNA to maintain telomeres, a process that we show FANCD2 suppresses...
July 17, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Stephanie Hampp, Tina Kiessling, Kerstin Buechle, Sabrina F Mansilla, Jürgen Thomale, Melanie Rall, Jinwoo Ahn, Helmut Pospiech, Vanesa Gottifredi, Lisa Wiesmüller
DNA damage tolerance facilitates the progression of replication forks that have encountered obstacles on the template strands. It involves either translesion DNA synthesis initiated by proliferating cell nuclear antigen monoubiquitination or less well-characterized fork reversal and template switch mechanisms. Herein, we characterize a novel tolerance pathway requiring the tumor suppressor p53, the translesion polymerase ι (POLι), the ubiquitin ligase Rad5-related helicase-like transcription factor (HLTF), and the SWI/SNF catalytic subunit (SNF2) translocase zinc finger ran-binding domain containing 3 (ZRANB3)...
July 26, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Chih-Chao Liang, Zhuolun Li, David Lopez-Martinez, William V Nicholson, Catherine Vénien-Bryan, Martin A Cohn
The Fanconi anaemia (FA) pathway is important for the repair of DNA interstrand crosslinks (ICL). The FANCD2-FANCI complex is central to the pathway, and localizes to ICLs dependent on its monoubiquitination. It has remained elusive whether the complex is recruited before or after the critical monoubiquitination. Here, we report the first structural insight into the human FANCD2-FANCI complex by obtaining the cryo-EM structure. The complex contains an inner cavity, large enough to accommodate a double-stranded DNA helix, as well as a protruding Tower domain...
2016: Nature Communications
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