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Ewelina Mnich, Ruben Vanholme, Paula Oyarce, Sarah Liu, Fachuang Lu, Geert Goeminne, Bodil Jørgensen, Mohammed Saddik Motawie, Wout Boerjan, John Ralph, Peter Ulvskov, Birger Lindberg Møller, Nanna Bjarnholt, Jesper Harholt
Lignin is a major polymer in the secondary plant cell wall and composed of hydrophobic interlinked hydroxyphenylpropanoid units. The presence of lignin hampers conversion of plant biomass into biofuels; plants with modified lignin are therefore being investigated for increased digestibility. The bacterium Sphingomonas paucimobilis produces lignin-degrading enzymes including LigD, LigF and LigG involved in cleaving the most abundant lignin inter-unit linkage, the β-aryl ether bond. In this study, we expressed the LigD, LigF and LigG (LigDFG) genes in Arabidopsis thaliana to introduce post-lignification modifications into the lignin structure...
October 24, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Francis Vallières, Denis Girard D
The interleukin (IL)-21/IL-21 receptor (R) is a promising system to be exploited for the development of therapeutic strategies. Although the biological activities of IL-21 and its cell signaling events have been largely studied in immunocytes, its interaction with human monocytes and macrophages have been neglected. Previously, we reported that IL-21 enhances FcRγ-mediated phagocytosis in human monocytes and in human monocyte-derived macrophages (HMDM) and identified Syk as a novel molecular target of IL-21...
October 24, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Liang Gao, Gülce Sila Gülcüler, Lieke Golbach, Helena Block, Alexander Zarbock, Ana Martin-Villalba
Integrin activation is crucial for regulation of leukocyte rolling, adhesion and trans-vessel migration during inflammation and occurs by engagement of myeloid cells through factors presented by inflamed vessels. However, endothelial-dependent mechanisms of myeloid cell recruitment are not fully understood. Here we show using an autoperfused flow chamber assay of whole blood neutrophils and intravital microscopy of the inflamed cremaster muscle that CD95 mediates leukocyte slow rolling, adhesion and transmigration upon binding of CD95-ligand (CD95L) that is presented by endothelial cells...
October 20, 2016: ELife
Jae-Myung Yoo, Ju-Hye Yang, Young Soo Kim, Won-Kyung Cho, Jin Yeul Ma
The mistletoe Loranthus parasiticus has been used as a compound for traditional medicine in Northeast Asia for a long time and is known to possess neuroprotective action. Nonetheless, the effect of Loranthus parasiticus on allergic responses remains unknown. In the present study, we evaluated whether the water extract of Loranthus parasiticus (LPE) could inhibit IgE-mediated allergic responses in RBL-2H3 cells. LPE inhibited the release of β-hexosaminidase (IC50, 184.5 μg/mL) and the formation of tumor necrosis factor-α (IC50, 84...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Jesus Duque-Afonso, Chiou-Hong Lin, Kyuho Han, Michael C Wei, Jue Feng, Jason Kurzer, Corina Schneidawind, Stephen H K Wong, Michael C Bassik, Michael L Cleary
There is limited understanding of how signaling pathways are altered by oncogenic fusion transcription factors that drive leukemogenesis. To address this, we interrogated activated signaling pathways in a comparative analysis of mouse and human leukemias expressing the fusion protein E2A-PBX1, which is present in 5-7% of pediatric and 50% of pre-B-cell receptor (preBCR+) acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). In this study, we describe remodeling of signaling networks by E2A-PBX1 in pre-B-ALL which result in hyperactivation of the key oncogenic effector enzyme PLCγ2...
October 7, 2016: Cancer Research
Jeffrey D Cooney, Ricardo C T Aguiar
Phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4) inhibition restores the suppressive effects of cyclic-AMP in lymphocytes. In this concise review, we detail how PDE4 inhibition downmodulates the B-cell receptor (BCR)-related kinases SYK and PI3K, inhibits VEGFA secretion by tumor cells, inducing cancer cell apoptosis and blocking angiogenesis in the microenvironment. We describe the successful clinical repurposing of PDE4 inhibitors in B-cell malignancies, and propose that given their anti-inflammatory/immunomodulatory activity, these agents will suppress BCR signals without the toxicity associated with other targeted biological doublets...
October 18, 2016: Blood
Mijeong Park, Mark J Raftery, Paul S Thomas, Carolyn L Geczy, Katherine Bryant, Nicodemus Tedla
FcγRI cross-linking on monocytes may trigger clathrin-mediated endocytosis, likely through interaction of multiple intracellular molecules that are controlled by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation events. However, the identity of phospho-proteins and their regulation are unknown. We proposed the leukocyte immunoglobulin-like receptor B4 (LILRB4) that inhibits FcγRI-mediated cytokine production via Tyr dephosphorylation of multiple kinases, may also regulate endocytosis/phagocytosis through similar mechanisms...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zibo Li, Jianfu Heng, Jinhua Yan, Xinwu Guo, Lili Tang, Ming Chen, Limin Peng, Yepeng Wu, Shouman Wang, Zhi Xiao, Zhongping Deng, Lizhong Dai, Jun Wang
PURPOSE: Gene-specific methylation and expression have shown biological and clinical importance for breast cancer diagnosis and prognosis. Integrated analysis of gene methylation and gene expression may identify genes associated with biology mechanism and clinical outcome of breast cancer and aid in clinical management. METHODS: Using high-throughput microfluidic quantitative PCR, we analyzed the expression profiles of 48 candidate genes in 96 Chinese breast cancer patients and investigated their correlation with gene methylation and associations with breast cancer clinical parameters...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Ewa Jablonska, Patryk Gorniak, Maciej Szydlowski, Tomasz Sewastianik, Emilia Bialopiotrowicz, Anna Polak, Krzysztof Warzocha, Przemyslaw Juszczynski
B-cell receptor (BCR) signaling plays pivotal role in the pathogenesis of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCL), and targeting the BCR pathway is a highly promising therapeutic strategy in this malignancy. Oncogenic microRNA miR-17-92 modulates multiple cellular processes such as survival, proliferation, apoptosis, angiogenesis and BCR signaling. In the present study, we identified new targets of miR-17-92, PTPROt and PP2A phosphatases, which regulate SYK and AKT activity- critical components of BCR signal transduction in DLBCL cells...
October 6, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Kenta Fujimoto, Takehiro Motowaki, Naoya Tamura, Yasuaki Aratani
Myeloperoxidase (MPO), a major component of neutrophils, catalyzes the production of hypochlorous acid from hydrogen peroxide and chloride anion. Phagocytosis is a critical event induced by neutrophils for host defense and inflammation. Interestingly, we found that MPO-deficient (MPO(-/-)) neutrophils engulfed larger amounts of zymosan than wild-type neutrophils. Blocking of the CD11b subunit of complement receptor 3 (CR3) as well as inhibition of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) dramatically reduced zymosan phagocytosis...
October 4, 2016: Free Radical Research
Matthew D Blunt, Stefan Koehrer, Rachel Dobson, Marta Larrayoz, Sarah Wilmore, Alice Hayman, Jack Parnell, Lindsay D Smith, Andrew Davies, Peter Wm Johnson, Pamela B Conley, Anjali Pandey, Jonathan C Strefford, Freda K Stevenson, Graham Packham, Francesco Forconi, Greg P Coffey, Jan Burger, Andrew J Steele
PURPOSE: B-cell receptor (BCR)-associated kinase inhibitors such as ibrutinib have revolutionised the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, these agents are not curative and resistance is already emerging in a proportion of patients. Interleukin-4 (IL-4), expressed in CLL lymph nodes, can augment BCR-signalling and reduce the effectiveness of BCR-kinase inhibitors. Therefore simultaneous targeting of the IL-4- and BCR-signalling pathways by cerdulatinib, a novel dual Syk/JAK inhibitor currently in clinical trials (NCT01994382), may improve treatment responses in patients...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Maninder Kaur, Om Silakari
The clinical efficacy of multiple kinase inhibitors has caught the interest of Pharmaceutical and Biotech researchers to develop potential drugs with multi-kinase inhibitory activity for complex diseases. In the present work, we attempted to identify dual inhibitors of. Syk and JAK3, keys players in immune signaling, by developing ideal pharmacophores integrating Ligand based pharmacophore models (LBPMs) and Structure based pharmacophore models (SBPMs), thereby projecting the optimum pharmacophoric required for inhibition of both the kinases...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Milton Pereira, Panagiotis Tourlomousis, John Wright, Tom P Monie, Clare E Bryant
Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) is a proinflammatory cytokine required for host control of bacterial infections, and its production must be tightly regulated to prevent excessive inflammation. Here we show that caspase recruitment domain-containing protein 9 (CARD9), a protein associated with induction of proinflammatory cytokines by fungi, has a negative role on IL-1β production during bacterial infection. Specifically, in response to activation of the nucleotide oligomerization domain receptor pyrin-domain containing protein 3 (NLRP3) by Salmonella infection, CARD9 negatively regulates IL-1β by fine-tuning pro-IL-1β expression, spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK)-mediated NLRP3 activation and repressing inflammasome-associated caspase-8 activity...
2016: Nature Communications
Shao-Hung Wang, Shou-Chieh Wang, Pei-Ching Chen, Shou-Tsung Wang, Yi-Wen Liu
In the present data, we found that Candida albicans (C. albicans) caused bladder epithelial cell morphology alteration, cell damage, and inflammatory responses, including cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) gene and protein expression as well as prostaglandin E2 accumulation. In addition, the molecular pathway underlying C. albicans-induced urothelial COX-2 gene expression was examined. Among MAPK pathways, phosphorylation of ERK1/2, p38, and JNK each increased following C. albicans infection for 12 h. However, C. albicans-induced COX-2 protein expression was inhibited by specific inhibitors of ERK and p38 (U0126 and SB203580) but not by JNK inhibitor SP600125...
September 23, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Robert Roskoski
The Bruton non-receptor protein-tyrosine kinase (BTK), a deficiency of which leads to X-linked agammaglobulinemia, plays a central role in B cell antigen receptor signaling. Owing to the exclusivity of this enzyme in B cells, the acronym could represent B cell tyrosine kinase. BTK is activated by the Lyn and SYK protein kinases following activation of the B cell receptor. BTK in turn catalyzes the phosphorylation and activation of phospholipase Cγ2 leading to the downstream activation of the Ras/RAF/MEK/ERK pathway and the NF-κB pathways...
September 15, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Arul M Varman, Lian He, Rhiannon Follenfant, Weihua Wu, Sarah Wemmer, Steven A Wrobel, Yinjie J Tang, Seema Singh
Sphingobium sp. SYK-6 is a soil bacterium boasting a well-studied ligninolytic pathway and the potential for development into a microbial chassis for lignin valorization. An improved understanding of its metabolism will help researchers in the engineering of SYK-6 for the production of value-added chemicals through lignin valorization. We used (13)C-fingerprinting, (13)C metabolic flux analysis ((13)C-MFA), and RNA-sequencing differential expression analysis to uncover the following metabolic traits: (i) SYK-6 prefers alkaline conditions, making it an efficient host for the consolidated bioprocessing of lignin, and it also lacks the ability to metabolize sugars or organic acids; (ii) the CO2 release (i...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Spandan Shah, Andrew W Gibson, Chuanyi Ji, Eric Darrington, James Mobley, Kyoko Kojima, Jeffrey C Edberg, Robert P Kimberly
The common FcRγ, an immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)- containing adaptor protein, associates with multiple leukocyte receptor complexes and mediates signal transduction through the ITAM in the cytoplasmic domain. The presence of multiple serine and threonine residues within this motif suggests the potential for serine/threonine phosphorylation in modulating signaling events. Single-site mutational analysis of these residues in RBL-2H3 cells indicates that each may contribute to net FcRγ-mediated signaling, and mass spectrometry of WT human FcRγ from receptor-stimulated cells shows consistent preferential phosphorylation of the serine residue at position 51...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
JoAnn Trial, Katarzyna A Cieslik, Mark L Entman
INTRODUCTION: We studied monocyte transendothelial migration and subsequent polarization into M1/M2 macrophages in response to C-reactive protein (CRP) with two disease-related ligands: (1) phosphocholine (PC) and (2) multilamellar liposomes containing both unoxidized and oxidized forms of the lipid, phosphatidylcholine. These ligands differ in biological origin: PC is present on bacterial cell walls while oxidized lipids are present in atherogenic lipids. METHODS: We used an in vitro model of human monocyte transendothelial migration and assessed the polarization of monocytes and T cells and signaling through Fcγ receptors in monocytes...
September 2016: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Daniela Justa-Schuch, Maria Silva-Garcia, Esther Pilla, Michael Engelke, Markus Kilisch, Christof Lenz, Ulrike Möller, Fumihiko Nakamura, Henning Urlaub, Ruth Geiss-Friedlander
The aminopeptidase DPP9 removes dipeptides from N-termini of substrates having a proline or alanine in second position. Although linked to several pathways including cell survival and metabolism, the molecular mechanisms underlying these outcomes are poorly understood. We identified a novel interaction of DPP9 with Filamin A, which recruits DPP9 to Syk, a central kinase in B-cell signalling. Syk signalling can be terminated by degradation, requiring the ubiquitin E3 ligase Cbl. We show that DPP9 cleaves Syk to produce a neo N-terminus with serine in position 1...
September 10, 2016: ELife
Kevin Reppschläger, Jeanne Gosselin, Carol A Dangelmaier, Dafydd H Thomas, Nick Carpino, Steven E McKenzie, Satya P Kunapuli, Alexander Y Tsygankov
Protein tyrosine phosphatase TULA-2 has been shown to regulate receptor signaling in several cell types, including platelets. Platelets are critical for maintaining vascular integrity; this function is mediated by platelet aggregation in response to recognition of the exposed basement membrane collagen by the GPVI receptor, which is non-covalently associated with the signal-transducing FcRγ polypeptide chain. Our previous studies suggested that TULA-2 plays an important role in negatively regulating signaling through GPVI/FcRγ and indicated that the tyrosine protein kinase Syk is a key target of TULA-2's regulatory action in platelets...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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