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Brian B Gowen, Jonna B Westover, Jinxin Miao, Arnaud J Van Wettere, Johanna D Rigas, Brady T Hickerson, Kie-Hoon Jung, Rong Li, Bettina L Conrad, Skot Nielson, Yousuke Furuta, Zhongde Wang
: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging tick-borne disease endemic in parts of Asia. The etiologic agent, SFTS virus (SFTSV; Bunyaviridae family, Phlebovirus genus) has caused significant morbidity and mortality in China, Korea, and Japan, with key features of disease being intense fever, thrombocytopenia, and leukopenia. Case fatality rates are estimated in the 30% range and no antivirals or vaccines are approved for use for treatment and prevention of SFTS...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Virology
Lan-Juan Zhao, Sheng-Fei He, Yuan Liu, Ping Zhao, Zhong-Qi Bian, Zhong-Tian Qi
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) pathway plays an important role in antiviral efficacy of interferon alpha (IFN-α). IFN-α is the main therapeutic against hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. We explored effects of IFN-α on HCV replication and antiviral gene expression by targeting STAT. METHODS: In response to IFN-α, STAT status, HCV replication, and antiviral gene expression were analyzed in human hepatoma Huh7.5.1 cells before and after cell culture-derived HCV infection...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Yuxin Wang, Jing Nan, Belinda Willard, Xin Wang, Jinbo Yang, George R Stark
The transcription factor ISGF3, comprised of IRF9 and tyrosine-phosphorylated STATs 1 and 2, transmits the signal from the type I interferon receptor to the genome. We have discovered a novel phosphorylation of STAT2 on T387 that negatively regulates this response. In most untreated cell types, the majority of STAT2 is phosphorylated on T387 constitutively. In response to interferon-β, the T387A mutant of STAT2 is much more effective than wild-type STAT2 in mediating the expression of many interferon-stimulated genes, in protecting cells against virus infection, and in inhibiting cell growth...
November 16, 2016: EMBO Journal
Annika Bergauer, Nina Sopel, Bettina Kroß, Tytti Vuorinen, Paraskevi Xepapadaki, Scott T Weiss, Ashley Blau, Himanshu Sharma, Cornelia Kraus, Rebekka Springel, Manfred Rauh, Susanne Mittler, Anna Graser, Theodor Zimmermann, Volker O Melichar, Alexander Kiefer, Marek L Kowalski, Anna Sobanska, Tuomas Jartti, Heikki Lukkarinen, Nikolaos G Papadopoulos, Susetta Finotto
We analysed the influence of rhinovirus (RV) in nasopharyngeal fluid (NPF) on type I and III interferon (IFN) responses (e.g. IFN-α and IFN -: λ) and their signal transduction, at baseline and during disease exacerbation, in cohorts of pre-school children with and without asthma.At the time of recruitment into the Europe-wide study PreDicta, and during symptoms, NPF was collected and the local RV colonisation was analysed. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were challenged in vitro with RV or not...
November 11, 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Shun Maekawa, Takashi Aoki, Han-Ching Wang
In fish, as well as vertebrates, type I interferons (IFNs) are important cytokines that help to provide innate, antiviral immunity. Although low amounts of IFN are constitutively secreted under normal physiological conditions, long-term and excessive IFN stimulation leads to reduced sensitivity to the IFN signal. This provides a negative feedback mechanism that prevents inappropriate responses and autoimmunity. At present, however, neither IFN desensitization nor the normal physiological role of constitutive IFN are well characterized in fish...
November 5, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Tiziana Lorenzini, Laura Dotta, Mauro Giacomelli, Donatella Vairo, Raffaele Badolato
STAT proteins are a family of transcription factors that mediate cellular response to cytokines and growth factors. Study of patients with familial susceptibility to pathogens and/or autoimmune diseases has led to the identification of 7 inherited disorders that are caused by mutations of 4 STAT family genes. Homozygous or compound heterozygous mutations of STAT1 lead to complete or partial forms of STAT1 deficiency that are associated with susceptibility to intracellular pathogens and herpetic infections. Patients with heterozygous STAT1 gain-of-function (GOF) mutations usually present with chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis (CMC) but may also experience bacterial and viral infections, autoimmune manifestations, lymphopenia, cerebral aneurysms, and increased risk to develop tumors...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Håkan C Steen, Kevin P Kotredes, Shoko Nogusa, Michele Y Harris, Siddharth Balachandran, Ana M Gamero
Serine phosphorylation of STAT proteins is an important post-translational modification event that, in addition to tyrosine phosphorylation, is required for strong transcriptional activity. However, we recently showed that phosphorylation of STAT2 on S287 induced by type I interferons (IFN-α and IFN-β), evoked the opposite effect. S287-STAT2 phosphorylation inhibited the biological effects of IFN-α. We now report the identification and characterization of S734 on the C-terminal transactivation domain of STAT2 as a new phosphorylation site that can be induced by type I IFNs...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Anil Kumar, Shangmei Hou, Adriana M Airo, Daniel Limonta, Valeria Mancinelli, William Branton, Christopher Power, Tom C Hobman
Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne pathogen that is associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults and microcephaly and other neurological defects in newborns. Despite being declared an international emergency by the World Health Organization, comparatively little is known about its biology. Here, we investigate the strategies employed by the virus to suppress the host antiviral response. We observe that once established, Zika virus infection is impervious to interferon treatment suggesting that the virus deploys effective countermeasures to host cell defences...
December 2016: EMBO Reports
Sajith Nair, Pradeep Bist, Neha Dikshit, Manoj N Krishnan
Type I interferon (IFN-I) mediated innate immune response controls virus infections by inducing the expression of interferon stimulated genes (ISGs). Although ubiquitination plays key roles in immune signaling regulation, a human genome-wide understanding of the role of E3 ubiquitin ligases in interferon mediated ISG induction is lacking. Here, we report a genome-wide profiling of the effect of ectopic expression of 521 E3 ubiquitin ligases and substrate recognition subunits encoded in the human genome (which constitutes 84...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Johnathan Ho, Christin Pelzel, Andreas Begitt, Maureen Mee, Hany M Elsheikha, David J Scott, Uwe Vinkemeier
STAT2 is the quintessential transcription factor for type 1 interferons (IFNs), where it functions as a heterodimer with STAT1. However, the human and murine STAT2-deficient phenotypes suggest important additional and currently unidentified type 1 IFN-independent activities. Here, we show that STAT2 constitutively bound to STAT1, but not STAT3, via a conserved interface. While this interaction was irrelevant for type 1 interferon signaling and STAT1 activation, it precluded the nuclear translocation specifically of STAT1 in response to IFN-γ, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and IL-27...
October 2016: PLoS Biology
Tamar Harel, Wan Hee Yoon, Caterina Garone, Shen Gu, Zeynep Coban-Akdemir, Mohammad K Eldomery, Jennifer E Posey, Shalini N Jhangiani, Jill A Rosenfeld, Megan T Cho, Stephanie Fox, Marjorie Withers, Stephanie M Brooks, Theodore Chiang, Lita Duraine, Serkan Erdin, Bo Yuan, Yunru Shao, Elie Moussallem, Costanza Lamperti, Maria A Donati, Joshua D Smith, Heather M McLaughlin, Christine M Eng, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Fan Xia, Tommaso Pippucci, Pamela Magini, Marco Seri, Massimo Zeviani, Michio Hirano, Jill V Hunter, Myriam Srour, Stefano Zanigni, Richard Alan Lewis, Donna M Muzny, Timothy E Lotze, Eric Boerwinkle, Richard A Gibbs, Scott E Hickey, Brett H Graham, Yaping Yang, Daniela Buhas, Donna M Martin, Lorraine Potocki, Claudio Graziano, Hugo J Bellen, James R Lupski
ATPase family AAA-domain containing protein 3A (ATAD3A) is a nuclear-encoded mitochondrial membrane protein implicated in mitochondrial dynamics, nucleoid organization, protein translation, cell growth, and cholesterol metabolism. We identified a recurrent de novo ATAD3A c.1582C>T (p.Arg528Trp) variant by whole-exome sequencing (WES) in five unrelated individuals with a core phenotype of global developmental delay, hypotonia, optic atrophy, axonal neuropathy, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We also describe two families with biallelic variants in ATAD3A, including a homozygous variant in two siblings, and biallelic ATAD3A deletions mediated by nonallelic homologous recombination (NAHR) between ATAD3A and gene family members ATAD3B and ATAD3C...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Aryn A Price, Dana Tedesco, Mona R Prasad, Kimberly A Workowski, Christopher M Walker, Mehul S Suthar, Jonathan R Honegger, Arash Grakoui
Maternal innate and adaptive immune responses are modulated during pregnancy to concurrently defend against infection and tolerate the semiallogeneic fetus. The restoration of these systems after childbirth is poorly understood. We reasoned that enhanced innate immune activation may extend beyond gestation while adaptive immunity recovers. To test this hypothesis, the transcriptional profiles of total peripheral blood mononuclear cells following delivery in healthy women were compared with those of nonpregnant control subjects...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Yang Chen, Qi Xu, Yang Li, Ran Liu, Zhengyang Huang, Bin Wang, Guohong Chen
Retinoic acid inducible gene I (RIG-I) can recognize influenza viruses and evoke the innate immune response. RIG-I is absent in the chicken genome, but is conserved in the genome of ducks. Lack of RIG-I renders chickens more susceptible to avian influenza infection, and the clinical symptoms are more prominent than in other poultry. It is unknown whether introduction of duck RIG-I into chicken cells can establish the immunity as is seen in ducks and the role of RIG-I in established immunity is unknown. In this study, a chicken cell strain with stable expression of duRIG-I was established by lentiviral infection, giving DF1/LV5-RIG-I, and a control strain DF1/LV5 was established in parallel...
December 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Chih-Feng Chian, Yi-Ting Hwang, Harn-Jing Terng, Shih-Chun Lee, Tsui-Yi Chao, Hung Chang, Ching-Liang Ho, Yi-Ying Wu, Wann-Cherng Perng
Peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC)-derived gene signatures were investigated for their potential use in the early detection of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In our study, 187 patients with NSCLC and 310 age- and gender-matched controls, and an independent set containing 29 patients for validation were included. Eight significant NSCLC-associated genes were identified, including DUSP6, EIF2S3, GRB2, MDM2, NF1, POLDIP2, RNF4, and WEE1. The logistic model containing these significant markers was able to distinguish subjects with NSCLC from controls with an excellent performance, 80...
July 13, 2016: Oncotarget
E V Pankratova, A G Stepchenko, I D Krylova, T N Portseva, S G Georgieva
We studied the role of transcription factor Oct-1 in the regulation of expression of genes of the JAK-STAT signaling pathway in the Namalwa Burkitt's lymphoma cell line. Overexpression of Oct-1 isoforms (Oct-1A, Oct-1L, and Oct-1X) causes a decrease in the activity of four genes involved in the JAK-STAT signaling pathway-IFNAR2, STAT1, STAT2, and STAT4. As a result of our research, it was found that genes STAT2 and STAT4 are direct targets for Oct-1 protein.
May 2016: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Amitabh Das, Sun Hwa Kim, Sarder Arifuzzaman, Taeho Yoon, Jin Choul Chai, Young Seek Lee, Kyoung Sun Park, Kyoung Hwa Jung, Young Gyu Chai
BACKGROUND: Microglia are resident myeloid cells in the CNS that are activated by infection, neuronal injury, and inflammation. Established BV2 microglial cell lines have been the primary in vitro models used to study neuroinflammation for more than a decade because they reduce the requirement of continuously maintaining cell preparations and animal experimentation models. However, doubt has recently been raised regarding the value of BV2 cell lines as a model system. METHODS: We used triplicate RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to investigate the molecular signature of primary and BV2 microglial cell lines using two transcriptomic techniques: global transcriptomic biological triplicate RNA-seq and quantitative real-time PCR...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Sheng Li, Li-Juan Yang, Ping Wang, Yu-Jiao He, Jun-Mei Huang, Han-Wei Liu, Xiao-Fei Shen, Fei Wang
BACKGROUND: Type I interferons (IFN-α/β) have broad and potent immunoregulatory and antiproliferative activities. However, it is still known whether the dietary flavonoids exhibit their antiviral and anticancer properties by modulating the function of type I IFNs. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at determining the role of apigenin, a dietary plant flavonoid abundant in common fruits and vegetables, on the type I IFN-mediated inhibition of cancer cell viability. DESIGN: Inhibitory effect of apigenin on human 26S proteasome, a known negative regulator of type I IFN signaling, was evaluated in vitro...
2016: Food & Nutrition Research
Keigo Nakamura, Kazuya Kusama, Rulan Bai, Toshihiro Sakurai, Kazuto Isuzugawa, James D Godkin, Yoshihito Suda, Kazuhiko Imakawa
Biochemical and/or physical communication between the conceptus and the uterine endometrium is required for conceptus implantation to the maternal endometrium, leading to placentation and the establishment of pregnancy. We previously reported that in vitro co-culture system with bovine trophoblast CT-1 cells, primary uterine endometrial epithelial cells (EECs), and uterine flushings (UFs) mimics in vivo conceptus attachment process. To identify molecules in UFs responsible for this change, we first characterized protein contents of UFs from day 17 cyclic (C17) and pregnant (P17) ewes through the use of two dimensional-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (2D-PAGE), followed by Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis...
2016: PloS One
Belinda Jobst, Julia Weigl, Carina Michl, Fabio Vivarelli, Sophia Pinz, Sabine Amslinger, Anne Rascle
The JAK/STAT pathway is an essential mediator of cytokine signaling, often upregulated in human diseases and therefore recognized as a relevant therapeutic target. We previously identified the synthetic chalcone α-bromo-2',3,4,4'-tetramethoxychalcone (α-Br-TMC) as a novel JAK2/STAT5 inhibitor. We also found that treatment with α-Br-TMC resulted in a downward shift of STAT5 proteins in SDS-PAGE, suggesting a post-translational modification that might affect STAT5 function. In the present study, we show that a single cysteine within STAT5 is responsible for the α-Br-TMC-induced protein shift, and that this modification does not alter STAT5 transcriptional activity...
June 24, 2016: Biological Chemistry
Carina Michl, Fabio Vivarelli, Julia Weigl, Gina Rosalinda De Nicola, Donatella Canistro, Moreno Paolini, Renato Iori, Anne Rascle
Sulforaphane (SFN) and moringin (GMG-ITC) are edible isothiocyanates present as glucosinolate precursors in cruciferous vegetables and in the plant Moringa oleifera respectively, and recognized for their chemopreventive and medicinal properties. In contrast to the well-studied SFN, little is known about the molecular pathways targeted by GMG-ITC. We investigated the ability of GMG-ITC to inhibit essential signaling pathways that are frequently upregulated in cancer and immune disorders, such as JAK/STAT and NF-κB...
2016: PloS One
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