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Mengying Wu, Zhuojia Lin, Xiaonan Li, Xiaoru Xin, Jiahui An, Qidi Zheng, Yuxin Yang, Dongdong Lu
The dysregulation of lncRNAs has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in cancers. Our results demonstrate HULC, MALAT1 and TRF2 are highly expressed in human hepatocellular carcinoma tissues, and HULC plus MALAT1 overexpression drastically promotes the growth of liver cancer stem cells. Mechanistically, both HULC and MALAT1 overexpression enhanced RNA polII, P300, CREPT to load on the promoter region of telomere repeat-binding factor 2(TRF2), triggering the overexpression, phosphorylation and SUMOylation of TRF2...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Benedikt M Kessler, Sara Bursomanno, Joanna F McGouran, Ian D Hickson, Ying Liu
Posttranslational modification of proteins with the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) regulates protein function in the context of cell cycle and DNA repair. The occurrence of SUMOylation is less frequent as compared to protein modification with ubiquitin, and appears to be controlled by a smaller pool of conjugating and deconjugating enzymes. Mass spectrometry has been instrumental in defining specific as well as proteome-wide views of SUMO-dependent biological processes, and several methodological approaches have been developed in the recent past...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Aimee Reed, Lisa Lin, Claire Ostertag-Hill, Qing Wang, Zhixing Wu, Tim Miller-Morgan, Ling Jin
Koi herpesvirus (KHV) is highly pathogenic to Cyprinus carpio. KHV can also become latent in recovered fish and reactivate from latency under stressful conditions. Understanding KHV latency is important for development of strategies against herpesvirus latent infection. Our previous studies found KHV ORF6 mRNA is detectable during latent infection. In this study, ORF6 protein expression was investigated by a polyclonal antibody specific to ORF6 peptide. Positive staining by an immunofluorescence assay was observed in both KHV infected CCB (common carp brain) cells and IgM(+) white blood cells (WBCs) from recovered KHV(+) koi...
October 20, 2016: Virology
Akhi Akhter, Emanuel Rosonina
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae transcription factor Gcn4 is expressed during amino acid starvation and its abundance is controlled by ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis. Cdk8, a kinase component of the RNA polymerase II Mediator complex, phosphorylates Gcn4 which triggers its ubiquitination/proteolysis and is thought to link Gcn4 degradation with transcription of target genes. In addition to phosphorylation and ubiquitination, we previously showed that Gcn4 becomes sumoylated in a DNA-binding dependent manner, while a non-sumoylatable form of Gcn4 showed increased chromatin occupancy, but only if Cdk8 was present...
October 21, 2016: Genetics
Alexander Bernt, Ashraf Y Rangrez, Matthias Eden, Andreas Jungmann, Sylvia Katz, Claudia Rohr, Oliver J Müller, Hugo A Katus, Samuel T Sossalla, Tatjana Williams, Oliver Ritter, Derk Frank, Norbert Frey
The objective of this study was to identify unknown modulators of Calcineurin (Cn)-NFAT signaling. Measurement of NFAT reporter driven luciferase activity was therefore utilized to screen a human cardiac cDNA-library (~10(7) primary clones) in C2C12 cells through serial dilutions until single clones could be identified. This extensive screening strategy culminated in the identification of SUMO2 as a most efficient Cn-NFAT activator. SUMO2-mediated activation of Cn-NFAT signaling in cardiomyocytes translated into a hypertrophic phenotype...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tobias Wagner, Maren Godmann, Thorsten Heinzel
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) are controlling dynamic protein acetylation by removing acetyl moieties from lysine. Histone deacetylases themselves are regulated on the posttranslational level, including modifications with small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) proteins. Detecting SUMO modifications of deacetylases by immunoblotting is technically challenging due to the typically low ratio of the modified compared to the unmodified species. Here, we describe a set of methods for the detection of endogenous sumoylated HDACs by immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting techniques...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Simona Citro, Susanna Chiocca
Attachment of ubiquitin or ubiquitin-like (Ubl) modifiers, such as the small ubiquitin-related modifier SUMO, is a posttranslational modification (PTM) that reversibly regulates the function and the stability of target proteins. The SUMO paralogs SUMO1 and SUMO2/3, although sharing a common conjugation pathway, seem to play different roles in the cell. Many regulatory mechanisms, which contribute to SUMO-paralog-specific modification, have emerged. We have recently found that cell environment affects SUMO-paralog-specific sumoylation of HDAC1, whose conjugation to SUMO1 and not to SUMO2 facilitates its protein turnover...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Alberto Campanaro, Raffaella Battaglia, Massimo Galbiati, Ari Sadanandom, Chiara Tonelli, Lucio Conti
SUMOylation and anther growth. During fertilization, stamen elongation needs to be synchronized with pistil growth. The phytohormone gibberellic acid (GA) promotes stamen growth by stimulating the degradation of growth repressing DELLA proteins. DELLA accumulation is negatively regulated by GAs through the ubiquitin-proteasome system. In Arabidopsis thaliana, a proportion of DELLAs is also conjugated to the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) protein, which stabilizes DELLAs. Increased DELLA levels occur in the SUMO protease-deficient OVERLY TOLERANT TO SALT 1 and 2 (ots1 ots2) double mutants, especially under salt stress conditions...
October 19, 2016: Plant Reproduction
Sarah Tessier, Natalia Martin-Martin, Hugues de Thé, Arkaitz Carracedo, Valerie Lallemand-Breitenbach
SIGNIFICANCE: Cellular metabolic activity impacts on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), both positively through mitochondrial oxidative processes and negatively by promoting the production of reducing agents (including NADPH and reduced glutathione). A defined metabolic state in cancer cells is critical for cell growth and long-term self-renewal, and such state is intrinsically associated to redox balance. Promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML) regulates several biological processes, at least in part through its ability to control the assembly of PML Nuclear Bodies (PML NBs)...
October 19, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Guoqiang Ma, Shuang Li, Yuhong Han, Shuangxi Li, Tao Yue, Bing Wang, Jin Jiang
Hedgehog (Hh) signaling plays a central role in development and diseases. Hh activates its signal transducer and GPCR-family protein Smoothened (Smo) by inducing Smo phosphorylation, but whether Smo is activated through other post-translational modifications remains unexplored. Here we show that sumoylation acts in parallel with phosphorylation to promote Smo cell-surface expression and Hh signaling. We find that Hh stimulates Smo sumoylation by dissociating it from a desumoylation enzyme Ulp1. Sumoylation of Smo in turn recruits a deubiquitinase UBPY/USP8 to antagonize Smo ubiquitination and degradation, leading to its cell-surface accumulation and elevated Hh pathway activity...
October 7, 2016: Developmental Cell
Serena Marcelli, Elena Ficulle, Filomena Iannuzzi, Enikö Kövari, Robert Nisticò, Marco Feligioni
Synaptic dysfunction has been recognized as an early feature occurring at the onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Compromised neurotransmission leads over time to synaptic loss and these events correlate with the cognitive decline that progressively affects AD patients.Protein SUMOylation (Small Ubiquitin-like MOdifier) is a post-translational modification (PTM) involved in several cellular processes including synaptic transmission.We here demonstrate that cortical synaptosomes prepared from Tg2576 mice of 6 months of age show an increased SUMO-1ylation, which returns back to normal levels at 20 months although synaptic SUMOylation, at this age, resulted more sensible to KCl stimulus...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Aminat T Oki, Bernice Huang, Andrea R Beyer, Levi J May, Hilary K Truchan, Naomi J Walker, Nathan L Galloway, Dori L Borjesson, Jason A Carlyon
Anaplasma phagocytophilum, a member of the family Anaplasmataceae and the obligate intracellular bacterium that causes granulocytic anaplasmosis, resides in a host cell-derived vacuole. Bacterial proteins that localize to the A. phagocytophilum-occupied vacuole membrane (AVM) are critical host-pathogen interfaces. Of the few bacterial AVM proteins that have been identified, the domains responsible for AVM localization and the host cell pathways that they co-opt are poorly defined. APH0032 is an effector that is expressed and localizes to the AVM late during the infection cycle...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Krzysztof Mikołajczyk, Radosław Kaczmarek, Marcin Czerwiński
Transcription factor EKLF (Erythroid Krüppel-Like Factor) belongs to the group of Krüppellike factors, which regulate proliferation, differentiation, development and apoptosis of mammalian cells. EKLF factor is present in erythroid cells, where it participates in regulation of hematopoiesis, expression of genes encoding transmembrane proteins (including blood group antigens), and heme biosynthesis enzymes. It is also a key factor in downregulation of γ-globins and activation of β-globin gene expression...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Sisi Liu, Jianyin Long, Bo Yuan, Mingjie Zheng, Mu Xiao, Jianming Xu, Xia Lin, Xin-Hua Feng
Smad nuclear interacting protein-1 (SNIP1) is a transcription repressor for the TGF-β and NF-κB signaling pathways through disrupting the recruitment of coactivator p300. However, it is unclear how the functions of SNIP1 in the TGF-β signaling pathway are controlled. Our present studies show that SNIP1 is covalently modified by SUMO in vitro and in vivo at three lysine sites: Lys5, Lys30 and Lys108, with Lys30 being the major SUMO modification site. SUMOylation of SNIP1 is enhanced by SUMO E3 ligases PIAS proteins and inhibited by SUMO proteases SENP1/2...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Tingting Yu, Yong Zuo, Rong Cai, Xian Huang, Shuai Wu, Chenxi Zhang, Y Eugene Chin, Dongdong Li, Zhenning Zhang, Nansong Xia, Qi Wang, Hao Shen, Xuebiao Yao, Zhong-Yin Zhang, Song Xue, Lei Shen, Jinke Cheng
Interferon-γ (IFN-γ) triggers macrophage for inflammation response by activating the intracellular JAK-STAT1 signaling. SOCS1 and protein tyrosine phosphatases can negatively modulate IFN-γ signaling. Here we identify a novel negative feedback loop mediated by STAT3-SOCS3, which is tightly controlled by SENP1 via de-SUMOylation of protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B), in IFN-γ signaling. SENP1-deficient macrophages show defects in IFN-γ signaling and M1 macrophage activation. PTP1B in SENP1-deficient macrophages is highly SUMOylated, which reduces PTP1B-induced de-phosphorylation of STAT3...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Jai Shankar Singh, Vaibhav Kumar Shukla, Mansi Gujrati, Ram Kumar Mishra, Ashutosh Kumar
One of the most debilitating diseases Malaria, in its different forms, is caused by protozoan of Plasmodium species. Deadliest among these forms is the "cerebral malaria" which is afflicted upon by Plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium adopts numerous strategies including various post-translational modifications (PTMs) to infect and survive in the human host. These PTMs have proven their critical requirement in the Plasmodium biology. Recently, sumoylation has been characterized as one of the important PTMs and many of its putative substrates have been identified in Plasmodium...
October 3, 2016: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
Johnathan Neiswinger, Ijeoma Uzoma, Eric Cox, HeeSool Rho, Guang Song, Corry Paul, Jun Seop Jeong, Kuan-Yi Lu, Chien-Sheng Chen, Heng Zhu
Protein microarrays have emerged as a powerful tool for the scientific community, and their greatest advantage lies in the fact that thousands of reactions can be performed in a parallel and unbiased manner. The first high-density protein microarray, dubbed the "yeast proteome array," consisted of approximately 5800 full-length yeast proteins and was initially used to identify protein-lipid interactions. Further assays were subsequently developed to allow measurement of protein-DNA, protein-RNA, and protein-protein interactions, as well as four well-known posttranslational modifications: phosphorylation, acetylation, ubiquitylation, and SUMOylation...
October 3, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Johnathan Neiswinger, Ijeoma Uzoma, Eric Cox, HeeSool Rho, Jun Seop Jeong, Heng Zhu
Protein microarray technology provides a straightforward yet powerful strategy for identifying substrates of posttranslational modifications (PTMs) and studying the specificity of the enzymes that catalyze these reactions. Protein microarray assays can be designed for individual enzymes or a mixture to establish connections between enzymes and substrates. Assays for four well-known PTMs-phosphorylation, acetylation, ubiquitylation, and SUMOylation-have been developed and are described here for use on functional protein microarrays...
October 3, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Teng Li, Liang Chen, Juanxian Cheng, Jiang Dai, Yijiao Huang, Jian Zhang, Zhaoshan Liu, Ang Li, Na Li, Hongxia Wang, Xiaomin Yin, Kun He, Ming Yu, Tao Zhou, Xuemin Zhang, Qing Xia
Chromosome alignment is required for accurate chromosome segregation. Chromosome misalignment can result in genomic instability and tumorigenesis. Here, we show that NF-κB activating protein (NKAP) is critical for chromosome alignment through anchoring CENP-E to kinetochores. NKAP knockdown causes chromosome misalignment and prometaphase arrest in human cells. NKAP dynamically localizes to kinetochores, and is required for CENP-E kinetochore localization. NKAP is SUMOylated predominantly in mitosis and the SUMOylation is needed for NKAP to bind CENP-E...
October 3, 2016: Nature Communications
Louise von Stechow, Jesper V Olsen
Genomic instability is a critical driver in the process of cancer formation. At the same time, inducing DNA damage by irradiation or genotoxic compounds constitutes a key therapeutic strategy to kill fast-dividing cancer cells. Sensing of DNA lesions initiates a complex set of signalling pathways, collectively known as the DNA damage response (DDR). Deciphering DDR signalling pathways with high-throughput technologies could provide insights into oncogenic transformation, metastasis formation and therapy responses, and could build a basis for better therapeutic interventions in cancer treatment...
September 28, 2016: Proteomics
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