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José Ignacio Garzón, Lei Deng, Diana Murray, Sagi Shapira, Donald Petrey, Barry Honig
We present a database, PrePPI (Predicting Protein-Protein Interactions), of more than 1.35 million predicted protein-protein interactions (PPIs). Of these at least 127,000 are expected to constitute direct physical interactions although the actual number may be much larger (~500,000). The current PrePPI, which contains predicted interactions for about 85% of the human proteome is related to an earlier version but is based on additional sources of interaction evidence and is far larger in scope. The use of structural relationships allows PrePPI to infer numerous previously unreported interactions...
October 22, 2016: ELife
Kyung-Ha Lee, Peipei Zhang, Hong Joo Kim, Diana M Mitrea, Mohona Sarkar, Brian D Freibaum, Jaclyn Cika, Maura Coughlin, James Messing, Amandine Molliex, Brian A Maxwell, Nam Chul Kim, Jamshid Temirov, Jennifer Moore, Regina-Maria Kolaitis, Timothy I Shaw, Bing Bai, Junmin Peng, Richard W Kriwacki, J Paul Taylor
Expansion of a hexanucleotide repeat GGGGCC (G4C2) in C9ORF72 is the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Transcripts carrying (G4C2) expansions undergo unconventional, non-ATG-dependent translation, generating toxic dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins thought to contribute to disease. Here, we identify the interactome of all DPRs and find that arginine-containing DPRs, polyGly-Arg (GR) and polyPro-Arg (PR), interact with RNA-binding proteins and proteins with low complexity sequence domains (LCDs) that often mediate the assembly of membrane-less organelles...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Flavia A Mercurio, Daniela Marasco, Concetta Di Natale, Luciano Pirone, Susan Costantini, Emilia M Pedone, Marilisa Leone
The EphA2 receptor controls diverse physiological and pathological conditions and its levels are often upregulated in cancer. Targeting receptor overexpression, through modulation of endocytosis and consequent degradation, appears to be an appealing strategy for attacking tumor malignancy. In this scenario, the Sam domain of EphA2 plays a pivotal role because it is the site where protein regulators of endocytosis and stability are recruited by means of heterotypic Sam-Sam interactions. Because EphA2-Sam heterotypic complexes are largely based on electrostatic contacts, we have investigated the possibility of attacking these interactions with helical peptides enriched in charged residues...
October 20, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Maria Böhm, Marco Wachtel, Joana G Marques, Natalie Streiff, Dominik Laubscher, Paolo Nanni, Kamel Mamchaoui, Raffaella Santoro, Beat W Schäfer
A vast number of cancer genes are transcription factors that drive tumorigenesis as oncogenic fusion proteins. Although the direct targeting of transcription factors remains challenging, therapies aimed at oncogenic fusion proteins are attractive as potential treatments for cancer. There is particular interest in targeting the oncogenic PAX3-FOXO1 fusion transcription factor, which induces alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (aRMS), an aggressive cancer of skeletal muscle cells for which patient outcomes remain dismal...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Eva Maria Putz, Andrea Majoros, Dagmar Gotthardt, Michaela Prchal-Murphy, Eva Maria Zebedin-Brandl, Daniela Alexandra Fux, Andreas Schlattl, Robert D Schreiber, Sebastian Carotta, Mathias Müller, Christopher Gerner, Thomas Decker, Veronika Sexl
STAT1 is an important regulator of NK cell maturation and cytotoxicity. Although the consequences of Stat1-deficiency have been described in detail the underlying molecular functions of STAT1 in NK cells are only partially understood. Here, we describe a novel non-canonical role of STAT1 that was unmasked in NK cells expressing a Stat1-Y701F mutant. This mutation prevents JAK-dependent phosphorylation, subsequent nuclear translocation and cytokine-induced transcriptional activity as verified by RNA-seq analysis...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Yi Yang, Na Wu, Zhiyong Wang, Fei Zhang, Ran Tian, Wei Ji, Xiubao Ren, Ruifang Niu
The emergence of multidrug resistance is always associated with more rapid tumor recurrence and metastasis. P-glycoprotein (P-gp), which is a well-known multidrug-efflux transporter, confers enhanced invasion ability in drug-resistant cells. Previous studies have shown that P-gp probably exerts its tumor-promoting function via protein-protein interaction. These interactions were implicated in the activation of intracellular signal transduction. We previously showed that P-gp binds to Anxa2 and promotes the invasiveness of multidrug-resistant (MDR) breast cancer cells through regulation of Anxa2 phosphorylation...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jing-Woei Li, Heung-Man Lee, Ying Wang, Amy Hin-Yan Tong, Kevin Y Yip, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Si Lok, Risa Ozaki, Andrea O Luk, Alice P S Kong, Wing-Yee So, Ronald C W Ma, Juliana C N Chan, Ting-Fung Chan
Protein interactions play significant roles in complex diseases. We analyzed peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) transcriptome using a multi-method strategy. We constructed a tissue-specific interactome (T2Di) and identified 420 molecular signatures associated with T2D-related comorbidity and symptoms, mainly implicated in inflammation, adipogenesis, protein phosphorylation and hormonal secretion. Apart from explaining the residual associations within the DIAbetes Genetics Replication And Meta-analysis (DIAGRAM) study, the T2Di signatures were enriched in pathogenic cell type-specific regulatory elements related to fetal development, immunity and expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL)...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Schammim Ray Amith, Krista Marie Vincent, Jodi Marie Wilkinson, Lynne Marie Postovit, Larry Fliegel
Mounting evidence supports a major role for the Na(+)/H(+) exchanger NHE1 in cancer progression and metastasis. NHE1 is hyperactive at the onset of oncogenic transformation, resulting in intracellular alkalinization and extracellular microenvironmental acidification. These conditions promote invasion and facilitate metastasis. However, the signal pathways governing the regulation of exchanger activity are still unclear. This is especially important in the aggressively metastatic, triple-negative basal breast cancer subtype...
October 15, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Maksim Kitsak, Amitabh Sharma, Jörg Menche, Emre Guney, Susan Dina Ghiassian, Joseph Loscalzo, Albert-László Barabási
Genes carrying mutations associated with genetic diseases are present in all human cells; yet, clinical manifestations of genetic diseases are usually highly tissue-specific. Although some disease genes are expressed only in selected tissues, the expression patterns of disease genes alone cannot explain the observed tissue specificity of human diseases. Here we hypothesize that for a disease to manifest itself in a particular tissue, a whole functional subnetwork of genes (disease module) needs to be expressed in that tissue...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Maurizio Cirilli, Oxana Bereshchenko, Olga Ermakova, Claus Nerlov
BACKGROUND: C/EBPa and C/EBPb are transcription factors with tissue specific expression regulating several important cellular processes. They work by recruiting protein complexes to a common DNA recognition motif and both are able to compensate each other's absence in many cell types, thus showing functional redundancy. They also play distinct roles in specific cellular pathways and their abnormal functioning gives raise to different human pathologies. METHODS: To investigate the molecular basis of C/EBPa and C/EBPb specificity and redundancy we characterized their in vivo protein-protein interaction networks by Tandem Affinity Purification and Mass Spectrometry...
October 13, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
P Zhang, L Tao, X Zeng, C Qin, S Y Chen, F Zhu, S Y Yang, Z R Li, W P Chen, Y Z Chen
The studies of biological, disease and pharmacological networks are facilitated by the systems-level investigations using computational tools. In particular, the network descriptors developed in other disciplines have found increasing applications in the study of the protein, gene regulatory, metabolic, disease, and drug-targeted networks. Facilities are provided by the public web-servers for computing network descriptors, but many descriptors are not covered including those used or useful for biological studies...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Ruth Ruiz Esparza-Garrido, Juan Manuel Rodríguez-Corona, Javier Enrique López-Aguilar, Marco Antonio Rodríguez-Florido, Ana Claudia Velázquez-Wong, Rubí Viedma-Rodríguez, Fabio Salamanca-Gómez, Miguel Ángel Velázquez-Flores
Expression changes for long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been identified in adult glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and in a mixture of adult and pediatric astrocytoma. Since adult and pediatric astrocytomas are molecularly different, the mixture of both could mask specific features in each. We determined the global expression patterns of lncRNAs and messenger RNA (mRNAs) in pediatric astrocytoma of different histological grades. Transcript expression changes were determined with an HTA 2.0 array. lncRNA interactions with microRNAs and mRNAs were predicted by using an algorithm and the LncTar tool, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Zhe Wang
Biology research has entered into big data era. Systems biology approaches therefore become the powerful tools to obtain the whole landscape of how cell separate, grow, and resist the stresses. Fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is wonderful unicellular eukaryote model, especially studying its division and metabolism can facilitate to understanding the molecular mechanism of cancer and discovering anticancer agents. In this perspective, we discuss the recent advanced fission yeast systems biology tools, mainly focus on metabolomics profiling and metabolic modeling, protein-protein interactome and genetic interaction network, DNA sequencing and applications, and high-throughput phenotypic screening...
October 11, 2016: Current Genetics
Rita Puglisi, Robert Yan, Salvatore Adinolfi, Annalisa Pastore
Iron sulfur clusters are essential universal prosthetic groups which can be formed inorganically but, in biology, are bound to proteins and produced enzymatically. Most of the components of the machine that produces the clusters are conserved throughout evolution. In bacteria, they are encoded in the isc operon. Previous reports provide information on the role of specific components but a clear picture of how the whole machine works is still missing. We have carried out a study of the effects of the co-chaperone HscB from the model system E...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Yajiao Sun, Ranran Zhang, Zhe Jiang, Rongyao Xia, Jingwen Zhang, Jing Liu, Fuhui Chen
Despite recent advances in therapeutic strategies for lung cancer, mortality is still increasing. Therefore, there is an urgent need to identify effective novel drugs. In the present study, we implement drug repositioning for lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) by a bioinformatics method followed by experimental validation. We first identified differentially expressed genes between LUAD tissues and nontumor tissues from RNA sequencing data obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. Then, candidate small molecular drugs were ranked according to the effect of their targets on differentially expressed genes of LUAD by a random walk with restart algorithm in protein-protein interaction networks...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Marlene Reichel, Yalin Liao, Mandy Rettel, Chikako Ragan, Maurits Evers, Anne-Marie Alleaume, Rastislav Horos, Matthias W Hentze, Thomas Preiss, Anthony A Millar
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) control the fate and expression of a transcriptome. Despite this fundamental importance, our understanding of plant RBPs is rudimentary, being mainly derived via bioinformatic extrapolation from other kingdoms. Here, we have adapted the mRNA-protein interactome capture method to investigate the RNA-binding proteome in planta. From Arabidopsis thaliana (At) etiolated seedlings, we captured more than 700 proteins, including 300 with high confidence that we have defined as the At-RBP set...
October 11, 2016: Plant Cell
Tzvetina Brumbarova, Rumen Ivanov
Endosomal recycling of plasma membrane proteins contributes significantly to the regulation of cellular transport and signaling processes. Members of the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) SORTING NEXIN (SNX) protein family were shown to mediate the endosomal retrieval of transporter proteins in response to external challenges. Our aim is to understand the possible ways through which external stimuli influence the activity of SNX1 in the root. Several proteins are known to contribute to the function of SNX1 through direct protein-protein interaction...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Rajeeve Sivadasan, Daniel Hornburg, Carsten Drepper, Nicolas Frank, Sibylle Jablonka, Anna Hansel, Xenia Lojewski, Jared Sterneckert, Andreas Hermann, Pamela J Shaw, Paul G Ince, Matthias Mann, Felix Meissner, Michael Sendtner
Intronic hexanucleotide expansions in C9ORF72 are common in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, but it is unknown whether loss of function, toxicity by the expanded RNA or dipeptides from non-ATG-initiated translation are responsible for the pathophysiology. We determined the interactome of C9ORF72 in motor neurons and found that C9ORF72 was present in a complex with cofilin and other actin binding proteins. Phosphorylation of cofilin was enhanced in C9ORF72-depleted motor neurons, in patient-derived lymphoblastoid cells, induced pluripotent stem cell-derived motor neurons and post-mortem brain samples from ALS patients...
October 10, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
Mayra de A Marques, Guilherme A P de Oliveira
Inherited myopathies affect both skeletal and cardiac muscle and are commonly associated with genetic dysfunctions, leading to the production of anomalous proteins. In cardiomyopathies, mutations frequently occur in sarcomeric genes, but the cause-effect scenario between genetic alterations and pathological processes remains elusive. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) was the first cardiac disease associated with a genetic background. Since the discovery of the first mutation in the β-myosin heavy chain, more than 1400 new mutations in 11 sarcomeric genes have been reported, awarding HCM the title of the "disease of the sarcomere...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Kristopher W Brannan, Wenhao Jin, Stephanie C Huelga, Charles A S Banks, Joshua M Gilmore, Laurence Florens, Michael P Washburn, Eric L Van Nostrand, Gabriel A Pratt, Marie K Schwinn, Danette L Daniels, Gene W Yeo
RNA metabolism is controlled by an expanding, yet incomplete, catalog of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), many of which lack characterized RNA binding domains. Approaches to expand the RBP repertoire to discover non-canonical RBPs are currently needed. Here, HaloTag fusion pull down of 12 nuclear and cytoplasmic RBPs followed by quantitative mass spectrometry (MS) demonstrates that proteins interacting with multiple RBPs in an RNA-dependent manner are enriched for RBPs. This motivated SONAR, a computational approach that predicts RNA binding activity by analyzing large-scale affinity precipitation-MS protein-protein interactomes...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Cell
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