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Mary E Matyskiela, Weihong Zhang, Hon-Wah Man, George Muller, Godrej Khambatta, Frans Baculi, Matthew Hickman, Laurie LeBrun, Barbra Pagarigan, Gilles Carmel, Chin-Chun Lu, Gang Lu, Mariko Riley, Yoshitaka Satoh, Peter Schafer, Thomas O Daniel, James Carmichael, Brian E Cathers, Philip P Chamberlain
The drugs lenalidomide and pomalidomide bind to the protein cereblon, directing the CRL4-CRBN E3 ligase toward the transcription factors Ikaros and Aiolos to cause their ubiquitination and degradation. Here we describe CC-220 (compound 6), a cereblon modulator in clinical development for systemic lupus erythematosis and relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Compound 6 binds cereblon with a higher affinity than lenalidomide or pomalidomide. Consistent with this, the cellular degradation of Ikaros and Aiolos is more potent and the extent of substrate depletion is greater...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Zhiyan Zhu, Hao Wang, Yiliang Wei, Fanrong Meng, Zhe Liu, Zhenfa Zhang
The zinc-finger transcription factor PRDM1 (PR domain containing 1) plays key roles in the development of malignant lymphoma, leukaemia and some non-haematopoietic cancers, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer and glioma. However, little is known regarding the function of PRDM1 in the progression of lung cancer. Here, we found that PRDM1 is expressed in normal human lung epithelium but is downregulated in lung cancer cells. Decreased expression of PRDM1 correlates with poor prognosis in lung cancer. Depletion of PRDM1 in lung cancer cells promotes cellular invasion and anoikis resistance in vitro and lung metastasis in vivo...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Julie L Mitchell, Amara Seng, Thomas M Yankee
The Ikaros family of transcription factors includes five highly homologous members that can homodimerize or heterodimerize in any combination. Dimerization is essential for their ability to bind DNA and function as transcription factors. Previous studies showed that eliminating the function of the entire family blocks lymphocyte development while deletion of individual family members has relatively minor defects. These data indicate that multiple family members function during T cell development, so we examined the changes in expression of each family member as thymocytes progressed from the CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) to the CD4(+)CD8(+) double positive (DP) developmental stage...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Immunology
Joshua D Hansen, Kevin Condroski, Matthew Correa, George Muller, Hon-Wah Man, Alexander Ruchelman, Weihong Zhang, Fan Vocanson, Tim Crea, Wei Liu, Gang Lu, Frans Baculi, Laurie LeBrun, Afshin Mahmoudi, Gilles Carmel, Matt Hickman, Chin-Chun Lu
We previously disclosed the identification of cereblon modulator 3 (CC-885), with potent antitumor activity mediated through the degradation of GSPT1. We describe herein the structure-activity relationships for analogs of 3 with exploration of the structurally related dioxoisoindoline class. The observed activity of protein degradation could in part be rationalized through docking into the previously disclosed 3-CRBN-GSPT1 cocrystal ternary complex. For SAR that could not be rationalized through the cocrystal complex, we sought to predict SAR through a QSAR model developed in house...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Sanny Moussette, Abeer Al Tuwaijri, Hamid-Reza Kohan-Ghadr, Samar Elzein, Raquel Farias, Julie Bérubé, Bianca Ho, Catherine Laprise, Cynthia G Goodyer, Simon Rousseau, Anna K Naumova
Chromosomal region 17q12-q21 is associated with asthma and harbors regulatory polymorphisms that influence expression levels of all five protein-coding genes in the region: IKAROS family zinc finger 3 (Aiolos) (IKZF3), zona pellucida binding protein 2 (ZPBP2), ORMDL sphingolipid biosynthesis regulator 3 (ORMDL3), and gasdermins A and B (GSDMA, GSDMB). Furthermore, DNA methylation in this region has been implicated as a potential modifier of the genetic risk of asthma development. To further characterize the effect of DNA methylation, we examined the impact of treatment with DNA methyltransferase inhibitor 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-aza-dC) that causes DNA demethylation, on expression and promoter methylation of the five 17q12-q21 genes in the human airway epithelium cell line NuLi-1, embryonic kidney epithelium cell line 293T and human adenocarcinoma cell line MCF-7...
2017: PloS One
J Krönke, F Kuchenbauer, M Kull, V Teleanu, L Bullinger, D Bunjes, A Greiner, S Kolmus, S Köpff, M Schreder, L-O Mügge, C Straka, M Engelhardt, H Döhner, H Einsele, F Bassermann, R Bargou, S Knop, C Langer
Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory compound with high clinical activity in multiple myeloma. Lenalidomide binding to the Cereblon (CRBN) E3 ubiquitin ligase results in targeted ubiquitination and degradation of the lymphoid transcription factors Ikaros (IKZF1) and Aiolos (IKZF3) leading to growth inhibition of multiple myeloma cells. Recently, Basigin (BSG) was identified as another protein regulated by CRBN that is involved in the activity of lenalidomide. Here, we analyzed the prognostic value of IKZF1, IKZF3, CRBN and BSG mRNA expression levels in pretreatment plasma cells from 60 patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma uniformly treated with lenalidomide in combination with intensive chemotherapy within a clinical trial...
January 20, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Julie L Mitchell, Thomas M Yankee
BACKGROUND: Pediatric T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a highly heterogeneous disease in which the cells share phenotypic characteristics with normal human thymocytes. The Ikaros family of transcription factors includes five members that are required for normal T cell development and are implicated in leukemogenesis. The goal of this work was to correlate the pattern of expression of Ikaros family members with the phenotype of the T-ALL cells. METHODS: We obtained twenty-four samples from pediatric T-ALL patients and used multi-parameter flow cytometry to characterize each sample, comparing the phenotype of the leukemic cells with normal human thymocytes...
October 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
Julie L Mitchell, Amara Seng, Thomas M Yankee
The Ikaros family of transcription factors is essential for normal T-cell development, but their expression pattern in human thymocytes remains poorly defined. Our goal is to determine how protein levels of Ikaros, Helios and Aiolos change as human thymocytes progress through the positive selection and lineage commitment stages. To accomplish this goal, we used multi-parameter flow cytometry to define the populations in which positive selection and lineage commitment are most likely to occur. After human thymocytes express CD3 and receive positive selection signals, the cells down-regulate expression of CD4 to become transitional single-positive (TSP) CD8(+) thymocytes...
December 2016: Immunology
Takumi Ito, Hiroshi Handa
Thalidomide was first developed as a sedative around 60 years ago, but exhibited teratogenicity, leading to serious defects such as limb deformities. Nevertheless, thalidomide is now recognized as a therapeutic drug for the treatment of Hansen's disease and myeloma. Immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), a new class of anti-cancer drug derived from thalidomide, have also been developed and exert potent anti-cancer effects. Although the molecular mechanism of thalidomide and IMiDs remained unclear for a long time, cereblon, a substrate receptor of the CRL4 E3 ubiquitin ligase was identified as a primary direct target by a new affinity technique...
September 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Takumi Ito, Hideki Ando, Hiroshi Handa
Half a century ago, the sedative thalidomide caused a serious drug disaster because of its teratogenicity and was withdrawn from the market. However, thalidomide, which has returned to the market, is now used for the treatment of leprosy and multiple myeloma (MM) under strict control. The mechanism of thalidomide action had been a long-standing question. We developed a new affinity bead technology and identified cereblon (CRBN) as a thalidomide-binding protein. We found that CRBN functions as a substrate receptor of an E3 cullin-Ring ligase complex 4 (CRL4) and is a primary target of thalidomide teratogenicity...
May 2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Qinqin Xu, Yue-xian Hou, Paul Langlais, Patrick Erickson, James Zhu, Chang-Xin Shi, Moulun Luo, Yuanxiao Zhu, Ye Xu, Lawrence J Mandarino, Keith Stewart, Xiu-bao Chang
BACKGROUND: Immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), such as lenalidomide, are therapeutically active compounds that bind and modulate the E3 ubiquitin ligase substrate recruiter cereblon, thereby affect steady-state levels of cereblon and cereblon binding partners, such as ikaros and aiolos, and induce many cellular responses, including cytotoxicity to multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Nevertheless, it takes many days for MM cells to die after IMiD induced depletion of ikaros and aiolos and thus we searched for other cereblon binding partners that participate in IMiD cytotoxicity...
May 3, 2016: BMC Cancer
Pavel Otáhal, Dana Průková, Vlastimil Král, Milan Fabry, Petra Vočková, Lucie Latečková, Marek Trněný, Pavel Klener
Tumor immunotherapy based on the use of chimeric antigen receptor modified T cells (CAR T cells) is a promising approach for the treatment of refractory hematological malignancies. However, a robust response mediated by CAR T cells is observed only in a minority of patients and the expansion and persistence of CAR T cells in vivo is mostly unpredictable.Lenalidomide (LEN) is an immunomodulatory drug currently approved for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) and mantle cell lymphoma, while it is clinically tested in the therapy of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma of activated B cell immunophenotype...
April 2016: Oncoimmunology
Michel Jourdan, Maïlys Cren, Peter Schafer, Nicolas Robert, Christophe Duperray, Laure Vincent, Patrice Ceballos, Guillaume Cartron, Jean-François Rossi, Jérôme Moreaux, Rajesh Chopra, Bernard Klein
Thalidomide, lenalidomide and pomalidomide have greatly improved the outcome of patients with multiple myeloma. However, their effects on plasma cells, the healthy counterpart of myeloma cells, are unknown. Here, we investigated lenalidomide effects on normal human plasma cell generation using an in vitro model. Lenalidomide inhibited the generation of pre-plasmablasts and early plasma cells, while it moderately affected plasmablast production. It also reduced the expression level of Ikaros, Aiolos, and IRF4 transcription factors, in plasmablasts and early plasma cells...
May 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Emily Rychak, Derek Mendy, Tao Shi, Yuhong Ning, Jim Leisten, Ling Lu, Karen Miller, Rama K Narla, Robert Z Orlowski, Heather K Raymon, Chad C Bjorklund, Anjan Thakurta, Anita K Gandhi, Brian E Cathers, Rajesh Chopra, Thomas O Daniel, Antonia Lopez-Girona
Pomalidomide is an IMiD(®) immunomodulatory agent, which has shown clinically significant benefits in relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma (rrMM) patients when combined with dexamethasone, regardless of refractory status to lenalidomide or bortezomib. (Schey et al, ; San Miguel et al, 2013; Richardson et al, 2014; Scott, ) In this work, we present preclinical data showing that the combination of pomalidomide with dexamethasone (PomDex) demonstrates potent anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic activity in both lenalidomide-sensitive and lenalidomide-resistant MM cell lines...
March 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Georg Petzold, Eric S Fischer, Nicolas H Thomä
Thalidomide and its derivatives, lenalidomide and pomalidomide, are immune modulatory drugs (IMiDs) used in the treatment of haematologic malignancies. IMiDs bind CRBN, the substrate receptor of the CUL4-RBX1-DDB1-CRBN (also known as CRL4(CRBN)) E3 ubiquitin ligase, and inhibit ubiquitination of endogenous CRL4(CRBN) substrates. Unexpectedly, IMiDs also repurpose the ligase to target new proteins for degradation. Lenalidomide induces degradation of the lymphoid transcription factors Ikaros and Aiolos (also known as IKZF1 and IKZF3), and casein kinase 1α (CK1α), which contributes to its clinical efficacy in the treatment of multiple myeloma and 5q-deletion associated myelodysplastic syndrome (del(5q) MDS), respectively...
April 7, 2016: Nature
K-H Hung, S-T Su, C-Y Chen, P-H Hsu, S-Y Huang, W-J Wu, M-J M Chen, H-Y Chen, P-C Wu, F-R Lin, M-D Tsai, K-I Lin
The transcriptional repressor B lymphocyte-induced maturation protein-1 (Blimp-1) has crucial roles in the control of plasma cell differentiation and in maintaining survival of plasma cells. However, how Blimp-1 ensures the survival of plasma cell malignancy, multiple myeloma (MM), has remained elusive. Here we identified Aiolos, an anti-apoptotic transcription factor of MM cells, as a Blimp-1-interacting protein by mass spectrometry. ChIP coupled with DNA microarray was used to profile the global binding of Aiolos and Blimp-1 to endogenous targets in MM cells, which revealed their co-binding to a large number of genes, including apoptosis-related genes...
July 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Julie L Mitchell, Amara Seng, Thomas M Yankee
In human T cell development, the mechanisms that regulate cell fate decisions after TCRβ expression remain unclear. We defined the stages of T cell development that flank TCRβ expression and found distinct patterns of human T cell development. In half the subjects, T cell development progressed from the CD4(-)CD8(-) double-negative stage to the CD4(+)CD8(+) double-positive (DP) stage through an immature single-positive (ISP) CD4(+) intermediate. However, in some patients, CD4 and CD8 were expressed simultaneously and the ISP population was small...
April 2016: Immunologic Research
Xinze Cai, Xudong Liu, Shuyan Du, Xiaoxue Xu, Ang Liu, Xin Ge, Ying Qiao, Yi Jiang
Genetic studies demonstrate that the Aiolos polymorphisms contribute to the susceptibility to autoimmune diseases. The purpose of the study was to investigate the Aiolos expression in lymphocytes and monocytes in the peripheral blood from patients with SLE and RA, and to explore the correlation between Aiolos expression in cell subsets and laboratory measurements. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 32 patients with SLE, 35 patients with RA, and 37 healthy controls were purified. Aiolos expression in PBMC subsets was examined by flow cytometry...
February 2016: Biochemical Genetics
Cinzia Fionda, Maria Pia Abruzzese, Alessandra Zingoni, Francesca Cecere, Elisabetta Vulpis, Giovanna Peruzzi, Alessandra Soriani, Rosa Molfetta, Rossella Paolini, Maria Rosaria Ricciardi, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Angela Santoni, Marco Cippitelli
Immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) have potent anti-tumor activities in multiple myeloma (MM) and are able to enhance the cytotoxic function of natural killer (NK) cells, important effectors of the immune response against MM. Here, we show that these drugs can enhance the expression of the NKG2D and DNAM-1 activating receptor ligands MICA and PVR/CD155 in human MM cell lines and primary malignant plasma cells. Depletion of cereblon (CRBN) by shRNA interference strongly impaired upregulation of these ligands and, more interestingly, IMiDs/CRBN-mediated downregulation of the transcription factors Ikaros (IKZF1), Aiolos (IKZF3) and IRF4 was critical for these regulatory mechanisms...
September 15, 2015: Oncotarget
Carine Bouffi, Andrey V Kartashov, Kaila L Schollaert, Xiaoting Chen, W Clark Bacon, Matthew T Weirauch, Artem Barski, Patricia C Fulkerson
The production of mature eosinophils (Eos) is a tightly orchestrated process with the aim to sustain normal Eos levels in tissues while also maintaining low numbers of these complex and sensitive cells in the blood. To identify regulators of homeostatic eosinophilopoiesis in mice, we took a global approach to identify genome-wide transcriptome and epigenome changes that occur during homeostasis at critical developmental stages, including Eos-lineage commitment and lineage maturation. Our analyses revealed a markedly greater number of transcriptome alterations associated with Eos maturation (1199 genes) than with Eos-lineage commitment (490 genes), highlighting the greater transcriptional investment necessary for differentiation...
September 15, 2015: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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