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Masahiko Horiba, Takao Yamaguchi, Satoshi Obika
We previously reported the synthesis and evaluation of 2'-O,4'-C-spirocyclopropylene-bridged nucleic acid (scpBNA) bearing a thymine (T) nucleobase. Oligonucleotides (ONs) modified with scpBNA-T exhibited strong binding affinity to complementary single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) and high enzymatic stability. These biophysical properties suggest that scpBNAs are well suited for use in antisense strategies. Herein we describe the synthesis of scpBNA monomers bearing 5-methylcytosine (mC), adenine (A), and guanine (G) nucleobases for use in a variety of sequences...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Yohei Yamauchi, Yuki Miura, Yasunori Kanaho
The Small GTPase ADP-ribosylation factor 6 (Arf6) functions as the molecular switch in cellular signaling pathways by cycling between GDP-bound inactive and GTP-bound active form, which is precisely regulated by two regulators, guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) and GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Numerous studies have shown that these machineries play critical roles in tumor angiogenesis/growth and cancer cell invasion/metastasis through regulating the cycling of Arf6. Here, we summarize accumulating knowledge for involvement of Arf6 GEFs/GAPs and small molecule inhibitors of Arf6 signaling/cycling in cancer progression, and discuss possible strategies for developing innovative anti-cancer drugs targeting Arf6 signaling/cycling...
October 18, 2016: Advances in Biological Regulation
Elisabeth Salzer, Deniz Cagdas, Miroslav Hons, Emily M Mace, Wojciech Garncarz, Özlem Yüce Petronczki, René Platzer, Laurène Pfajfer, Ivan Bilic, Sol A Ban, Katharina L Willmann, Malini Mukherjee, Verena Supper, Hsiang Ting Hsu, Pinaki P Banerjee, Papiya Sinha, Fabienne McClanahan, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Winfried F Pickl, John G Gribben, Hannes Stockinger, Keiryn L Bennett, Johannes B Huppa, Loïc Dupré, Özden Sanal, Ulrich Jäger, Michael Sixt, Ilhan Tezcan, Jordan S Orange, Kaan Boztug
RASGRP1 is an important guanine nucleotide exchange factor and activator of the RAS-MAPK pathway following T cell antigen receptor (TCR) signaling. The consequences of RASGRP1 mutations in humans are unknown. In a patient with recurrent bacterial and viral infections, born to healthy consanguineous parents, we used homozygosity mapping and exome sequencing to identify a biallelic stop-gain variant in RASGRP1. This variant segregated perfectly with the disease and has not been reported in genetic databases. RASGRP1 deficiency was associated in T cells and B cells with decreased phosphorylation of the extracellular-signal-regulated serine kinase ERK, which was restored following expression of wild-type RASGRP1...
October 24, 2016: Nature Immunology
Bor L Tang
Hexanucleotide repeat expansion in an intron of Chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) is the most common genetic cause of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). While functional haploinsufficiency of C9orf72 resulting from the mutation may play a role in ALS/FTD, the actual cellular role of the protein has been unclear. Recent findings have now shown that C9orf72 physically and functionally interacts with multiple members of the Rab small GTPases family, consequently exerting important influences on cellular membrane traffic and the process of autophagy...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Richard Wong, Larry Feig
RalGDS is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor that promotes the active GTP-bound form of Ral GTPases, RalA and RalB. GTP-bound Ras has the capacity to activate Ral GTPases at least in part by binding to the C-terminal Ras-binding domain (RBD) of RalGDS and directing the protein to Ral GTPases in the plasma membrane. In many cases, activation of Ral proteins complements other Ras effector pathways to carry out a cell function, but in others it opposes them. Moreover, in many cases activation of Ral proteins contributes to the oncogenic potential of Ras...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Riyam T Zreik, Laurel A Littrell, Long Jin, Andre M Oliveira, Karen J Fritchie
Malignant transformation of fibrous dysplasia (FD) is exceedingly rare, occurring in <1% of all FD cases, and has been described in both monostotic and polyostotic forms of this entity. We report a case of a large proximal femur mass arising in a 45-year-old man. The biopsy revealed a high-grade pleomorphic malignancy that focally expressed multiple keratins. Based on the presence of keratin immunoreactivity, the morphologic differential diagnosis included metastatic sarcomatoid carcinoma. However, review of the clinical information revealed a history of polyostotic FD, and imaging findings were compatible with malignant transformation of FD...
October 19, 2016: Human Pathology
Richard A Manderville, Stacey D Wetmore
The formation of DNA adducts by the attack of intermediates derived from toxic substances at the C8 position of 2-deoxyguanosine (dG) is a common damaging event. Although the majority of studies on C8-dG adducts have focused on lesions containing a C8-N-C tether between the bulky moiety and the nucleobase, the formation of O-linked lesions with a similar tether topology and C-linked adducts involving direct C8-C connectivity have also been uncovered. Several studies have been done to try to better understand the structural impact and mutagenicity of O-linked and C-linked aryl C8-dG adducts, including lesions arising from unsubstituted and chloro substituted phenols, and the food mutagen ochratoxin A (OTA)...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Wenyan Xu, Daniel Kool, Derek K O'Flaherty, Ashley Keating, Lauralicia Sacre, Martin Egli, Anne Marietta Noronha, Christopher James Wilds, Linlin Zhao
DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are cytotoxic DNA lesions derived from reactions of DNA with a number of anti-cancer reagents as well as endogenous bifunctional electrophiles. Deciphering the DNA repair mechanisms of ICLs is important for understanding the toxicity of DNA cross-linking agents and for the development of effective chemotherapies. Previous research has focused on ICLs cross-linked with the N7 and N2 atoms of guanine as well as those formed at the N6 atom of adenine; however, little is known about the mutagenicity of O6-dG-derived ICLs...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Masaru Ide, Shinichi Koba, Naoko Sueoka-Aragane, Akemi Sato, Yuri Nagano, Takuya Inoue, Noriyuki Misago, Yutaka Narisawa, Shinya Kimura, Eisaburo Sueoka
: BRAF gene mutations have been observed in 30-50 % of malignant melanoma patients. Recent development of therapeutic intervention using BRAF inhibitors requires an accurate and rapid detection system for BRAF mutations. In addition, the clinical characteristics of the melanoma associated with BRAF mutations in Japanese patients have not been investigated on a large scale evaluation. We recently established quenching probe system (QP) for detection of an activating BRAF mutation, V600E and evaluated 113 melanoma samples diagnosed in Saga University Hospital from 1982 to 2011...
October 21, 2016: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Sagar Satpathi, Mandar Kulkarni, Arnab Mukherjee, Partha Hazra
Among different polymorphs of DNA, G-quadruplex (GQ) formation in guanine rich sequences has received special attention due to its direct relevance to cellular aging and abnormal cell growths. To date, smaller ions like Na(+), K(+), Li(+), and NH4(+) are the best possible selective GQ stabilizing materials. Herein, we report that an ionic liquid (IL), i.e. guanidinium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate, can not only instigate the GQ formation in the absence of conventional GQ forming ions (like Na(+), K(+), NH4(+), etc...
October 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Katsuya Sato, Masashi Kimura, Kazue Sugiyama, Masashi Nishikawa, Yukio Okano, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Takahiro Nagase, Yukio Kitade, Hiroshi Ueda
PLEKHG2/FLJ00018 is a Gβγ-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPases Rac and Cdc42 and has been shown to mediate the signaling pathways leading to actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Here we showed that the zinc finger domain-containing protein four-and-a-half LIM domains 1 (FHL1) acts as a novel interaction partner of PLEKHG2 by the yeast two-hybrid system. Among the isoforms of FHL1 (i.e., FHL1A, FHL1B and FHL1C), FHL1A and FHL1B interacted with PLEKHG2. We found that there was an FHL1-binding region at amino acids 58-150 of PLEKHG2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hailong Li, Jiye Li, Gang Cheng, Jianning Zhang, Xuezhen Li
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the potential association between IDH mutation and O(6)-methyl-guanine methyl transferase (MGMT) gene promoter methylation and pseudoprogression disease (psPD) in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) patients after concurrent temozolomide (TMZ)-based chemoradiotherapy. METHODS: A total of 157 GBM patients who received concurrent TMZ-based chemoradiotherapy were included in this retrospective study. The association between psPD and a number of demographic and genetic factors, including IDH mutation and MGMT promoter methylation, were analyzed based on logistic regression, Cox regression, and multivariate analysis...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Indu Jose Thoompumkal, Krishnan Rehna, Kumaraswamy Anbarasu, Sundarasamy Mahalingam
Guanine nucleotide binding protein-like 3-like (GNL3L) is an evolutionarily conserved putative nucleolar GTPase belonging to the HSR1-MMR1 family. In the present study, using protein-protein interaction assays, we show that Leucine Zipper Down-regulated in Cancer-1 (LDOC1) is a novel interacting partner of GNL3L. Furthermore, our results reveal that ectopic expression of LDOC1 destabilizes endogenous GNL3L levels and down modulates GNL3L-induced cell proliferation, in contrast, the knockdown of LDOC1 potentiates cell proliferation upon GNL3L expression...
October 20, 2016: Cell Cycle
Lang Pan, Bing Zhu, Wenjing Hao, Xianlu Zeng, Spiros A Vlahopoulos, Tapas K Hazra, Muralidhar L Hegde, Zsolt Radak, Attila Bacsi, Allan R Brasier, Xueqing Ba, Istvan Boldogh
A large percentage of redox-responsive gene promoters contain evolutionarily conserved guanine-rich clusters; guanines are the bases most susceptible to oxidative modification(s). Consequently, 7,8-dihydro-8-oxoguanine (8-oxoG) is one of the most abundant base lesions in promoters and is primarily repaired via the 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase1 (OOG1)-initiated base excision repair pathway. In view of a prompt cellular response to oxidative challenge, we hypothesized that the 8-oxoG lesion and the cognate repair protein OGG1 are utilized in transcriptional gene activation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Shimpei Baba, Takashi Saito, Yasukazu Yamada, Eri Takeshita, Noriko Nomura, Kenichiro Yamada, Nobuaki Wakamatsu, Masayuki Sasaki
Lesch-Nyhan disease (LND) is a rare X-linked recessive disorder caused by deficiency of the purine salvage enzyme hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase (HPRT), encoded by the HPRT1. To date, nearly all types of mutations have been reported in the whole gene; however, duplication mutations are rare. We here report the case of a 9-month-old boy with LND. He showed developmental delay, athetosis, and dystonic posture from early infancy, but no self-injurious behaviors. Hyperuricemia was detected, and his HPRT enzyme activity in erythrocytes was completely deficient...
October 18, 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
Anne Blangy
Tensins are focal adhesion molecules that were identified and characterized in the late 1980's - early 1990's. They play an essential role in the control of cell adhesion. Tensins can bind the tail of ß integrin via their Phospho Tyrosine Binding (PTB) domain, they exhibit various protein interaction domains including a Src Homology 2 (SH2) domain and they are serine-, threonine- and tyrosine-phosphorylated in response to various stimuli. Tensins serve as scaffolds to gather signaling molecules at the extracellular matrix adhesion complexes...
October 17, 2016: Biology of the Cell
M Wu, M Hamaker, L Li, D Small, A S Duffield
The FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 (FLT3) gene is the most commonly mutated gene in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and patients carrying internal tandem duplication (ITD) mutations have a poor prognosis. Long-term inhibition of FLT3 activity in these patients has been elusive. To provide a more complete understanding of FLT3 biology, a mass spectroscopy-based screen was performed to search for FLT3-interacting proteins. The screen identified dedicator of cytokinesis 2 (DOCK2), which is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor for Rho GTPases, and its expression is limited to hematolymphoid cells...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Jun-Qin Qiao, Chao Liang, Lan-Chun Wei, Zhao-Ming Cao, Hong-Zhen Lian
The study on nucleic acid retention in ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography mainly focuses on size-dependence, however, other factors influencing retention behaviors have not been comprehensively clarified up to date. In this present work, the retention behaviors of oligonucleotides and double-stranded DNAs were investigated on silica-based C18 stationary phase by ion-pair reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography. It is found that the retention of oligonucleotides was influenced by base composition and base sequence as well as size, and oligonucleotides prone to self-dimerization have weaker retention than those not prone to self-dimerization but with the same base composition...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Noah Fine, Ioannis D Dimitriou, Jacob Rullo, María José Sandí, Björn Petri, Jack Haitsma, Hisham Ibrahim, Jose La Rose, Michael Glogauer, Paul Kubes, Myron Cybulsky, Robert Rottapel
Leukocyte crawling and transendothelial migration (TEM) are potentiated by shear stress caused by blood flow. The mechanism that couples shear stress to migration has not been fully elucidated. We found that mice lacking GEF-H1 (GEF-H1(-/-)), a RhoA-specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF), displayed limited migration and recruitment of neutrophils into inflamed tissues. GEF-H1(-/-) leukocytes were deficient in in vivo crawling and TEM in the postcapillary venules. We demonstrated that although GEF-H1 deficiency had little impact on the migratory properties of neutrophils under static conditions, shear stress triggered GEF-H1-dependent spreading and crawling of neutrophils and relocalization of GEF-H1 to flotillin-2-rich uropods...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Michael A Terzidis, Andreea Prisecaru, Zara Molphy, Niall Barron, Antonio Randazzo, Elise Dumont, Marios G Krokidis, Andrew Kellett, Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu
Herein we report the quantification of purine lesions arising from gamma-radiation sourced hydroxyl radicals (HO(•)) on tertiary dsDNA helical forms of supercoiled (SC), open circular (OC) and linear (L) conformation, along with single-stranded folded and non-folded sequences of guanine rich DNA in selected G-quadruplex structures. We identify that DNA helical topology and folding plays major, and unexpected, roles in the formation of 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-oxo-dG) and 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2'-deoxyadenosine (8-oxo-dA), along with tandem-type purine lesions 5',8-cyclo-2'-deoxyguanosine (5',8-cdG) and 5',8-cyclo-2'-deoxyadenosine (5',8-cdA)...
October 13, 2016: Free Radical Research
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