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Neelam Dabas Sen, Fujun Zhou, Michael S Harris, Nicholas T Ingolia, Alan G Hinnebusch
DEAD-box RNA helicases eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4A (eIF4A) and Ded1 promote translation by resolving mRNA secondary structures that impede preinitiation complex (PIC) attachment to mRNA or scanning. Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4B (eIF4B) is a cofactor for eIF4A but also might function independently of eIF4A. Ribosome profiling of mutants lacking eIF4B or with impaired eIF4A or Ded1 activity revealed that eliminating eIF4B reduces the relative translational efficiencies of many more genes than does inactivation of eIF4A, despite comparable reductions in bulk translation, and few genes display unusually strong requirements for both factors...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hélène Malka-Mahieu, Isabelle Girault, Margot Rubington, Melissa Leriche, Caroline Welsch, Nyam Kamsu-Kom, Qian Zhao, Laurent Desaubry, Stéphan Vagner, Caroline Robert
Activating mutations of the NRAS (neuroblastoma rat sarcoma viral oncogene) protein kinase, present in many cancers, induce a constitutive activation of both the RAS-RAF-MEK-ERK mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signal transduction pathway and the PI(3)K-AKT-mTOR, pathway. This in turn regulates the formation of the eIF4F eukaryotic translation initiation complex, comprising the eIF4E cap-binding protein, the eIF4G scaffolding protein and the eIF4A RNA helicase, which binds to the 7-methylguanylate cap (m(7)G) at the 5' end of messenger RNAs...
September 16, 2016: Cell Cycle
Zhaofeng Gao, Andrea A Putnam, Heath A Bowers, Ulf-Peter Guenther, Xuan Ye, Audrey Kindsfather, Angela K Hilliker, Eckhard Jankowsky
Eukaryotic translation initiation involves two conserved DEAD-box RNA helicases, eIF4A and Ded1p. Here we show that S. cerevisiae eIF4A and Ded1p directly interact with each other and simultaneously with the scaffolding protein eIF4G. We delineate a comprehensive thermodynamic framework for the interactions between Ded1p, eIF4A, eIF4G, RNA and ATP, which indicates that eIF4A, with and without eIF4G, acts as a modulator for activity and substrate preferences of Ded1p, which is the RNA remodeling unit in all complexes...
2016: ELife
Fionn McLoughlin, Eman Basha, Mary E Fowler, Minsoo Kim, Juliana Bordowitz, Surekha Katiyar-Agarwal, Elizabeth Vierling
The ubiquitous small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) are well documented to act in vitro as molecular chaperones to prevent the irreversible aggregation of heat-sensitive proteins. However, the in vivo activities of sHSPs remain unclear. To investigate the two most abundant classes of plant cytosolic sHSPs (class I [CI] and class II [CII]), RNA interference (RNAi) and overexpression lines were created in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) and shown to have reduced and enhanced tolerance, respectively, to extreme heat stress...
October 2016: Plant Physiology
Parimal Kumar, Christopher U T Hellen, Tatyana V Pestova
Ribosomal attachment to mammalian capped mRNAs is achieved through the cap-eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E)-eIF4G-eIF3-40S chain of interactions, but the mechanism by which mRNA enters the mRNA-binding channel of the 40S subunit remains unknown. To investigate this process, we recapitulated initiation on capped mRNAs in vitro using a reconstituted translation system. Formation of initiation complexes at 5'-terminal AUGs was stimulated by the eIF4E-cap interaction and followed "the first AUG" rule, indicating that it did not occur by backward scanning...
July 1, 2016: Genes & Development
Guiqing Liu, Xuehong Qiu, Li Cao, Yi Zhang, Zubing Zhan, Richou Han
Reverse transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is the sensitive method to quantify the expression levels of target genes on the basis of endogenous control. An appropriate reference gene set for normalization is essential for reliable results. The ghost moth, Thitarodes armoricanus, a host species of a medicinal fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis, is an economically important member of the Lepidoptera. Recent studies have focused on the mechanism of adaptation of this species to its high-altitude environment and host immune response to O...
2016: PloS One
Maxwell S Bush, Olivier Pierrat, Candida Nibau, Veronika Mikitova, Tao Zheng, Fiona M K Corke, Konstantinos Vlachonasios, Laura K Mayberry, Karen S Browning, John H Doonan
Eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A) is a highly conserved RNA-stimulated ATPase and helicase involved in the initiation of messenger RNA translation. Previously, we found that eIF4A interacts with cyclin-dependent kinase A (CDKA), the plant ortholog of mammalian CDK1. Here, we show that this interaction occurs only in proliferating cells where the two proteins coassociate with 5'-cap-binding protein complexes, eIF4F or the plant-specific eIFiso4F. CDKA phosphorylates eIF4A on a conserved threonine residue (threonine-164) within the RNA-binding motif 1b TPGR...
September 2016: Plant Physiology
Scott H Olejniczak, Gaspare La Rocca, Megan R Radler, Shawn M Egan, Qing Xiang, Ralph Garippa, Craig B Thompson
Cell growth and proliferation require the coordinated activation of many cellular processes, including cap-dependent mRNA translation. MicroRNAs oppose cap-dependent translation and set thresholds for expression of target proteins. Emerging data suggest that microRNA function is enhanced by cellular activation due in part to induction of the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) scaffold protein GW182. In the current study, we demonstrate that increased expression of GW182 in activated or transformed immune cells results from effects of phosphoinositol 3-kinase-Akt-mechanistic target of rapamycin (PI3K-Akt-mTOR) and Jak-Stat-Pim signaling on the translation of GW182 mRNA...
September 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Regina Cencic, Jerry Pelletier
Protein synthesis and its regulatory signaling pathways play essential roles in the initiation and maintenance of the cancer phenotype. Insight obtained over the last 3 decades on the mechanisms regulating translation in normal and transformed cells have revealed that perturbed control in cancer cells may offer an Achilles' heel for the development of novel anti-neoplastic agents. Several small molecule inhibitors have been identified and characterized that target translation initiation - more specifically, the rate-limiting step where ribosomes are recruited to mRNA templates...
January 2016: Translation
Rachel Ruoff, Olga Katsara, Victoria Kolupaeva
Regulation of protein synthesis plays a vital role in posttranscriptional modulation of gene expression. Translational control most commonly targets the initiation of protein synthesis: loading 40S ribosome complexes onto mRNA and AUG start codon recognition. This step is initiated by eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) (the m7GTP cap-binding protein), whose binding to eIF4G (a scaffolding subunit) and eIF4A (an ATP-dependent RNA helicase) leads to assembly of active eIF4F complex. The ability of eIF4E to recognize the cap is prevented by its binding to eIF4E binding protein (4E-BP), which thereby inhibits cap-dependent translation by sequestering eIF4E...
July 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Shintaro Iwasaki, Stephen N Floor, Nicholas T Ingolia
Rocaglamide A (RocA) typifies a class of protein synthesis inhibitors that selectively kill aneuploid tumour cells and repress translation of specific messenger RNAs. RocA targets eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A), an ATP-dependent DEAD-box RNA helicase; its messenger RNA selectivity is proposed to reflect highly structured 5' untranslated regions that depend strongly on eIF4A-mediated unwinding. However, rocaglate treatment may not phenocopy the loss of eIF4A activity, as these drugs actually increase the affinity between eIF4A and RNA...
June 23, 2016: Nature
Prakash Babu Narasimhan, Sasisekhar Bennuru, Zhaojing Meng, Rachel N Cotton, Kathleen R Elliott, Sundar Ganesan, Renee McDonald-Fleming, Timothy D Veenstra, Thomas B Nutman, Roshanak Tolouei Semnani
Immune modulation is a hallmark of patent filarial infection, including suppression of antigen-presenting cell function and downmodulation of filarial antigen-specific T cell responses. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway has been implicated in immune regulation, not only by suppressing T cell responses but also by regulating autophagy (through mTOR sensing amino acid availability). Global proteomic analysis (liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry) of microfilaria (mf)-exposed monocyte-derived dendritic cells (DC) indicated that multiple components of the mTOR signaling pathway, including mTOR, eIF4A, and eIF4E, are downregulated by mf, suggesting that mf target this pathway for immune modulation in DC...
September 2016: Infection and Immunity
Pascale Vonaesch, François-Xavier Campbell-Valois, Alexandre Dufour, Philippe J Sansonetti, Pamela Schnupf
Invasion and multiplication of the facultative, cytosolic, enteropathogen Shigella flexneri within the colonic epithelial lining leads to an acute inflammatory response, fever and diarrhea. During the inflammatory process, infected cells are subjected to numerous stresses including heat, oxidative stress and genotoxic stress. The evolutionarily conserved pathway of cellular stress management is the formation of stress granules that store translationally inactive cellular mRNAs and interfere with cellular signalling pathways by sequestering signalling components...
July 2016: Cellular Microbiology
Jennifer Chu, Gabriela Galicia-Vázquez, Regina Cencic, John R Mills, Alexandra Katigbak, John A Porco, Jerry Pelletier
Targeting translation initiation is an emerging anti-neoplastic strategy that capitalizes on de-regulated upstream MAPK and PI3K-mTOR signaling pathways in cancers. A key regulator of translation that controls ribosome recruitment flux is eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4F, a hetero-trimeric complex composed of the cap binding protein eIF4E, the scaffolding protein eIF4G, and the RNA helicase eIF4A. Small molecule inhibitors targeting eIF4F display promising anti-neoplastic activity in preclinical settings...
June 14, 2016: Cell Reports
Chun-Xiang Zhuo, Alois Fürstner
The marine macrolide pateamine A and its non-natural sibling DMDA-Pat A are potent translation inhibitors targeting the eukaryotic initiation factor 4A (eIF4A), an enzyme with RNA helicase activity. Although essential for every living cell, this protein target seems "drugable" since DMDA-Pat A has previously been shown to exhibit remarkable in vivo activity against two different melanoma mouse models. The novel entry into this promising compound presented herein is shorter and significantly more productive than the literature route...
May 10, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Marta M Swierczynska, Michael N Hall
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May 17, 2016: EMBO Journal
Michael G Kearse, Katelyn M Green, Amy Krans, Caitlin M Rodriguez, Alexander E Linsalata, Aaron C Goldstrohm, Peter K Todd
Repeat-associated non-AUG (RAN) translation produces toxic polypeptides from nucleotide repeat expansions in the absence of an AUG start codon and contributes to neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS and fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome. How RAN translation occurs is unknown. Here we define the critical sequence and initiation factors that mediate CGG repeat RAN translation in the 5' leader of fragile X mRNA, FMR1. Our results reveal that CGG RAN translation is 30%-40% as efficient as AUG-initiated translation, is m(7)G cap and eIF4E dependent, requires the eIF4A helicase, and is strongly influenced by repeat length...
April 21, 2016: Molecular Cell
Rafael Cuesta, Marina K Holz
The p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (RSK) is a family of MAPK-activated serine/threonine kinases (RSK1-4) whose expression and/or activity are deregulated in several cancers, including breast cancer. Up-regulation of RSKs promotes cellular processes that drive tumorigenesis in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) cells. Although RSKs regulate protein synthesis in certain cell types, the role of RSK-mediated translational control in oncogenic progression has yet to be evaluated. We demonstrate that proliferation and migration of TNBC MDA-MB-231 cells, unlike ER/PR-positive MCF7 cells, rely on RSK activity...
May 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Nancy Kedersha, Marc D Panas, Christopher A Achorn, Shawn Lyons, Sarah Tisdale, Tyler Hickman, Marshall Thomas, Judy Lieberman, Gerald M McInerney, Pavel Ivanov, Paul Anderson
Mammalian stress granules (SGs) contain stalled translation preinitiation complexes that are assembled into discrete granules by specific RNA-binding proteins such as G3BP. We now show that cells lacking both G3BP1 and G3BP2 cannot form SGs in response to eukaryotic initiation factor 2α phosphorylation or eIF4A inhibition, but are still SG-competent when challenged with severe heat or osmotic stress. Rescue experiments using G3BP1 mutants show that phosphomimetic G3BP1-S149E fails to rescue SG formation, whereas G3BP1-F33W, a mutant unable to bind G3BP partner proteins Caprin1 or USP10, rescues SG formation...
March 28, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Foivos-Filippos Tsokanos, Marie-Astrid Albert, Constantinos Demetriades, Kerstin Spirohn, Michael Boutros, Aurelio A Teleman
Amino acids regulate TOR complex 1 (TORC1) via two counteracting mechanisms, one activating and one inactivating. The presence of amino acids causes TORC1 recruitment to lysosomes where TORC1 is activated by binding Rheb. How the absence of amino acids inactivates TORC1 is less well understood. Amino acid starvation recruits the TSC1/TSC2 complex to the vicinity of TORC1 to inhibit Rheb; however, the upstream mechanisms regulating TSC2 are not known. We identify here the eIF4A-containing eIF4F translation initiation complex as an upstream regulator of TSC2 in response to amino acid withdrawal in Drosophila We find that TORC1 and translation preinitiation complexes bind each other...
May 17, 2016: EMBO Journal
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