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Xiaodong Lai, Yanchun Guo, Zhitao Guo, Ruibao Liu, Xunguo Wang, Fang Wang
miR‑574‑5p has been reported involved in the pathogenesis of numerous human malignancies such as colorectal and lung cancer. In this study, we aimed to explore the roles of REL and miR‑574 in the recurrence of prostate cancer (PCa) and to identify the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our literature search found that miR‑574 is regulated in cancer stem cells (CSCs), and next we used the microRNA (miRNA) database ( to find REL as a target of miR‑574. Luciferase assay was performed to verify the miRNA/target relationship...
October 24, 2016: Oncology Reports
Y Ilan
BACKGROUND: The systemic immune system plays a role in inflammation and fibrogenesis associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and has become a potential target for drug development. In particular, the gut immune system has been suggested as a means for generating signals that can target the systemic immune system. AIM: To describe seven novel methods being developed for the treatment of NASH that target the gut immune system for alleviation of the systemic inflammatory response, including oral administration of fatty-liver-derived proteins, anti-CD3 antibodies, tumour necrosis factor fusion protein, anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies, glucosylceramide, delayed-release mercaptopurine, and soy-derived extracts...
October 24, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hui Feng, Yalei Wang, Jiaojiao Su, Hongwei Liang, Chen-Yu Zhang, Xi Chen, Weiyan Yao
OBJECTIVES: ErbB3 (HER3) has been associated with pancreatic cancer progression, but little is known about its regulatory mechanisms. We investigated whether microRNAs (miRNAs) regulate levels of ErbB3 in pancreatic cancer cells. METHODS: We used bioinformatic analyses to search for miRNAs that can potentially target ERBB3. Furthermore, the biological consequences of the targeting of ERBB3 by miR-148a were examined by cell proliferation and migration assays in vitro...
October 2016: Pancreas
Rebekka Wild, Michael Hothorn
Obtaining well-ordered crystals remains a significant challenge in protein X-ray crystallography. Carrier-driven crystallization can facilitate crystal formation and structure solution of difficult target proteins. We obtained crystals of the small and highly flexible SPX domain from the yeast vacuolar transporter chaperone 4 (Vtc4) when fused to a C-terminal, non-cleavable macro tag derived from human histone macroH2A1.1. Initial crystals diffracted to 3.3 Å resolution. Reductive protein methylation of the fusion protein yielded a new crystal form diffracting to 2...
October 24, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Adrian Fischer, Wilfried Weber, Bettina Warscheid, Gerald Radziwill
Scaffold proteins are hubs for the coordination of intracellular signaling networks. The scaffold protein CNK1 promotes several signal transduction pathway. Here we demonstrate that sterile motif alpha (SAM) domain-dependent oligomerization of CNK1 stimulates CNK1-mediated signaling in growth factor-stimulated cells. We identified Ser22 located within the SAM domain as AKT-dependent phosphorylation site triggering CNK1 oligomerization. Oligomeric CNK1 increased the affinity for active AKT indicating a positive AKT feedback mechanism...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Yi Lin, Eiichiro Mori, Masato Kato, Siheng Xiang, Leeju Wu, Ilmin Kwon, Steven L McKnight
Two complementary approaches were used in search of the intracellular targets of the toxic PR poly-dipeptide encoded by the repeat sequences expanded in the C9orf72 form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The top categories of PRn-bound proteins include constituents of non-membrane invested cellular organelles and intermediate filaments. PRn targets are enriched for the inclusion of low complexity (LC) sequences. Evidence is presented indicating that LC sequences represent the direct target of PRn binding and that interaction between the PRn poly-dipeptide and LC domains is polymer-dependent...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Xing Ke, Jingshun Zhang, Shiyun Lai, Qi Chen, Yu Zhang, Yirong Jiang, Weimin Mo, Yiping Ren
The aim of the study was to develop a method for quantification of cow's whey and whole milk powder in goat or sheep milk products including infant formula. A ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) method was established for simultaneous quantification of four caseins and two major whey proteins by detecting their signature peptides, which were able to act as markers for differentiating goat or sheep from cow whey and whole milk powder in infant formulas. The signature peptides were screened based on the computational prediction by Biolynx software, and confirmed by database searching after analysis of liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (LC-Q-TOF-MS)...
October 19, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Yvonne Schaletzki, Marie-Luise Kromrey, Susanne Bröderdorf, Elke Hammer, Markus Grube, Paul Hagen, Sonja Sucic, Michael Freissmuth, Uwe Völker, Andreas Greinacher, Bernhard H Rauch, Heyo K Kroemer, Gabriele Jedlitschky
The multidrug resistance protein 4 (MRP4/ABCC4) has been identified as an important transporter for signalling molecules including cyclic nucleotides and several lipid mediators in platelets and may thus represent a novel target to interfere with platelet function. Besides its localisation in the plasma membrane, MRP4 has been also detected in the membrane of dense granules in resting platelets. In polarised cells it is localised at the basolateral or apical plasma membrane. To date, the mechanism of MRP4 trafficking has not been elucidated; protein interactions may regulate both the localisation and function of this transporter...
October 20, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Songjia Lu, Chunhui Cai, Gonghong Yan, Zhuan Zhou, Yong Wan, Vicky Chen, Lujia Chen, Gregory F Cooper, Lina M Obeid, Yusuf A Hannun, Adrian V Lee, Xinghua Lu
Defining processes that are synthetic lethal with p53 mutations in cancer cells may reveal possible therapeutic strategies. In this study, we report the development of a signal-oriented computational framework for cancer pathway discovery in this context. We applied our bipartite-graph-based functional module discovery algorithm to identify transcriptomic modules abnormally expressed in multiple tumors, such that the genes in a module were likely regulated by a common, perturbed signal. For each transcriptomic module, we applied our weighted k-path merge algorithm to search for a set of somatic genome alterations (SGA) that likely perturbed the signal, i...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Maria Rosaria Carratù, Anna Signorile, Domenico De Rasmo, Antonia Reale, Angelo Vacca
BACKGROUND: The serine-threonine protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) regulates multiple cell signaling cascades and its inactivation by viral oncoproteins, mutation of specific structural subunits or upregulation of the cellular endogenous inhibitors may contribute to malignant transformation by regulating specific phosphorylation events. Pharmacological modulation of PP2A activity is becoming an attractive strategy for cancer treatment. Some compounds targeting PP2A are able to induce PP2A reactivation and subsequent cell death in several types of cancer...
October 14, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Irina G Tikhonova
Five G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been identified to be activated by free fatty acids (FFA). Among them, FFA1 (GPR40) and FFA4 (GPR120) bind long-chain fatty acids, FFA2 (GPR43) and FFA3 (GPR41) bind short-chain fatty acids and GPR84 binds medium-chain fatty acids. Free fatty acid receptors have now emerged as potential targets for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and immune diseases. The recent progress in crystallography of GPCRs has now enabled the elucidation of the structure of FFA1 and provided reliable templates for homology modelling of other FFA receptors...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Hoyun Choi, Suk Kyeong Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of noncoding RNA molecules approximately 19 to 25 nucleotides in length that downregulate the expression of target genes at the post-transcriptional level by binding to the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR). Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) generates at least 44 miRNAs, but the functions of most of these miRNAs have not yet been identified. Previously, we reported BRUCE as a target of miR-BART15-3p, a miRNA produced by EBV, but our data suggested that there might be other apoptosis-associated target genes of miR-BART15-3p...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Virology
Peter L Stern, Richard Harrop
The natural history of a patient's cancer is often characterised by genetic diversity and sequential sweeps of clonal dominance. It is therefore not surprising that identifying the most appropriate tumour-associated antigen for targeted intervention is challenging. The 5T4 oncofoetal antigen was identified by searching for surface molecules shared between human trophoblast and cancer cells with the rationale that they may function to allow survival of the foetus as a semi-allograft in the mother or a tumour in its host...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Valerie Collij, Eleonora A M Festen, Rudi Alberts, Rinse K Weersma
BACKGROUND: Currently, 200 genetic risk loci have been identified for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although these findings have significantly advanced our insight into IBD biology, there has been little progress in translating this knowledge toward clinical practice, like more cost-efficient drug development. Our aim was to use genetic knowledge to identify drugs that warrant further investigation in IBD treatment. METHODS: We hypothesized that proteins encoded by IBD candidate genes are potential IBD drug targets because genetic information can increase successful drug identification...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Jinshan Jin, Ying-Hsin Hsieh, Jianmei Cui, Krishna Damera, Chaofeng Dai, Arpana S Chaudhary, Hao Zhang, Hsiuchin Yang, Nannan Cao, Chun Jiang, Martti Vaara, Binghe Wang, Phang C Tai
With the widespread emergence of drug resistance, there is an urgent need to search for new antimicrobials, especially those against Gram-negative bacteria. Along this line, the identification of viable targets is a critical first step. The protein translocase SecA is commonly believed to be an excellent target for the development of broad-spectrum antimicrobials. In recent years, we developed three structural classes of SecA inhibitors that have proven to be very effective against Gram-positive bacteria. However, we have not achieved the same level of success against Gram-negative bacteria, despite the potent inhibition of SecA in enzyme assays by the same inhibitors...
October 18, 2016: ChemMedChem
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
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
Jing-Yi Li, Li-Li Zheng, Ting-Ting Wang, Min Hu
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is a type of cancer that develops from the pigment-containing cells. Until now, its pathological mechanisms remain largely unknown. The aim of this study was to identify metastasis-related microRNA (miRNAs) and gain an understanding of the biological functions in the metastasis of melanoma. METHODS: We searched the PubMed and Gene Expression Omnibus database to collect miRNA expression profiling datasets about melanoma, with key words of "melanoma", "miRNA", "microarray", and "gene expression profiling"...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Jennifer Gile, Tobias Eckle
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. A powerful strategy for cardioprotection would be to identify specific molecules or targets that mimic ischemic preconditioning (IP), where short non-lethal episodes of ischemia and reperfusion prior to myocardial infarction result in dramatic reduction of infarct sizes. Since 1960 researchers believed that adenosine has a strong cardio-protective potential. In fact, with the discovery of cardiac IP in 1986 by Murry et al., adenosine was the first identified molecule that was used in studying the underlying mechanism of IP...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Jianjun Yang, Donghong Yuan, Tongchao Xing, Hongli Su, Shengjun Zhang, Jiansheng Wen, Qiqiang Bai, Dongmei Dang
BACKGROUND: Ginsenoside Rh2 (GRh2) is the main bioactive component in American ginseng, a commonly used herb, and its antitumor activity had been studied in previous studies. PDZ-binding kinase/T-LAK cell-originated protein kinase (PBK/TOPK), a serine/threonine protein kinase, is highly expressed in HCT116 colorectal cancer cells. METHODS: We examined the effect of GRh2 on HCT116 cells ex vivo. Next, we performed in vitro binding assay and in vitro kinase assay to search for the target of GRh2...
October 2016: Journal of Ginseng Research
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