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Yang Chen, Youyou Wang, Lujun Zhao, Ping Wang, Jifeng Sun, Rudi Bao, Chenghai Li, Ningbo Liu
Objective: To investigate the potential of HS-10182, a second-generation epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI), as a radiosensitizer in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: Two cell lines of NSCLCs, A549 that possesses wild-type (WT) EGFRs and H1975 that possesses EGFR L858R/T790M double mutations, were treated with HS-10182 at various concentrations, and cell viabilities were determined using the MTS assay. The cells were tested by clonogenic survival assays to identify the radiosensitivity of both groups...
February 2018: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Jian-Song Sun, Xiu-Hai Yang
The aim of the present study was to explore the expression and distribution of DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) in tumor tissues and adjacent normal mucosa tissues of patients with laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC), and further analyze the association between the expression and the clinicopathological parameters of patients with LSCC. Clinical data of tumor tissues and corresponding adjacent normal mucosa tissues of pathologically diagnosed LSCC in 96 cases were collected in the present study...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Xuanxuan Wang, Hai Liu, Liming Shi, Xiaoli Yu, Yanjun Gu, Xiaonan Sun
LncRNA in non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway 1 (LINP1) is an lncRNA which promotes therapeutic resistance in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). However, the expression and function of LINP1 in cervical cancer is not yet well-understood. In this study, we evaluated the expression levels of LINP1 in tumor tissues and cell lines of cervical cancer. We found that LINP1 associates with NHEJ proteins (Ku80 and DNA-PKcs). LINP1 translocates from cytosol to nucleus in response to irradiation. In addition, LINP1 knockdown significantly increases the levels of cleaved caspase3 and PARP, leading to enhanced cell apoptosis after ionizing radiation (IR)...
March 12, 2018: Cell Cycle
Macarena Guijo, María Ceballos-Chávez, Elena Gómez-Marín, Laura Basurto-Cayuela, José C Reyes
Tudor domain containing protein 9 (TDRD9) is a RNA helicase normally expressed in the germline, where it is involved in the biosynthesis of PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs). Here, we show that TDRD9 is highly expressed in a subset of non-small cell lung carcinomas and derived cell lines by hypomethylation of its CpG island. Furthermore, TDRD9 expression is associated with poor prognosis in lung adenocarcinoma. We find that downregulation of TDRD9 expression in TDRD9-positive cell lines causes a decrease in cell proliferation, S-phase cell cycle arrest, and apoptosis...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Alisa Dewan, Mengtan Xing, Marie Benner Lundbæk, Raquel Gago-Fuentes, Carole Beck, Per Arne Aas, Nina-Beate Liabakk, Siri Sæterstad, Khac Thanh Phong Chau, Bodil Merete Kavli, Valentyn Oksenych
To ensure genome stability, mammalian cells employ several DNA repair pathways. Nonhomologous DNA end joining (NHEJ) is the DNA repair process that fixes double-strand breaks throughout the cell cycle. NHEJ is involved in the development of B and T lymphocytes through its function in V(D)J recombination and class switch recombination (CSR). NHEJ consists of several core and accessory factors, including Ku70, Ku80, XRCC4, DNA ligase 4, DNA-PKcs, Artemis, and XLF. Paralog of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is the recently described accessory NHEJ factor that structurally resembles XRCC4 and XLF and interacts with Ku70/Ku80...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Raquel Gago-Fuentes, Mengtan Xing, Siri Sæterstad, Antonio Sarno, Alisa Dewan, Carole Beck, Stefano Bradamante, Magnar Bjørås, Valentyn Oksenych
DNA repair consists of several cellular pathways which recognize and repair damaged DNA. The classical nonhomologous DNA end-joining (NHEJ) pathway repairs double-strand breaks in DNA. It is required for maturation of both B and T lymphocytes by supporting V(D)J recombination as well as B-cell differentiation during class switch recombination (CSR). Inactivation of NHEJ factors Ku70, Ku80, XRCC4, DNA ligase 4, DNA-PKcs, and Artemis impairs V(D)J recombination and blocks lymphocyte development. Paralogue of XRCC4 and XLF (PAXX) is an accessory NHEJ factor that has a significant impact on the repair of DNA lesions induced by ionizing radiation in human, murine, and chicken cells...
March 2018: FEBS Open Bio
Marek Adamowicz, Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna, Jelena Vermezovic
DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) controls one of the most frequently used DNA repair pathways in a cell, the non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway. However, the exact role of DNA-PKcs in NHEJ remains poorly defined. Here we show that NOTCH1 attenuates DNA-PKcs-mediated autophosphorylation, as well as the phosphorylation of its specific substrate XRCC4. Surprisingly, NOTCH1-expressing cells do not display any significant impairment in the DNA damage repair, nor cellular survival, and remain sensitive to small molecule DNA-PKcs inhibitor...
February 1, 2018: Mutation Research
Ting-Hsiang Huang, Faith Fowler, Chin-Chuan Chen, Zih-Jie Shen, Barry Sleckman, Jessica K Tyler
The access-repair-restore model for the role of chromatin in DNA repair infers that chromatin is a mere obstacle to DNA repair. However, here we show that blocking chromatin assembly, via knockdown of the histone chaperones ASF1 or CAF-1 or a mutation that prevents ASF1A binding to histones, hinders Rad51 loading onto ssDNA during homologous recombination. This is a consequence of reduced recruitment of the Rad51 loader MMS22L-TONSL to ssDNA, resulting in persistent RPA foci, extensive DNA end resection, persistent activation of the ATR-Chk1 pathway, and cell cycle arrest...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Cell
Ana B Blázquez, Ángela Vázquez-Calvo, Miguel A Martín-Acebes, Juan-Carlos Saiz
Flaviviruses are relevant animal and human pathogens that include West Nile virus (WNV), Japanese encephalitis virus, dengue virus, or Zika virus, among others. Currently, no licensed therapy is available to fight flaviviral infections. Protein kinases C (PKCs) constitute a family of multifunctional lipid-dependent isoenzymes that regulate a wide variety of cellular processes (apoptosis, differentiation, proliferation, cellular transformation, motility, adhesion, etc.) being currently considered at the front line of drug development for the treatment of diverse human disorders...
February 23, 2018: Viruses
Liangliang Ren, Chaoying Li, Youliang Wang, Yan Teng, Huichuan Sun, Baocai Xing, Xiao Yang, Ying Jiang, Fuchu He
Aberrant kinases contribute to cancer survival and proliferation. Here, we quantitatively characterized phosphoproteomic changes in an HBx-transgenic mouse model of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using high-resolution mass spectrometry, profiled 22,539 phosphorylation sites on 5,431 proteins. Utilizing a strategy to interpret kinase-substrate relations in HCC and to uncover predominant kinases in tumors, our results, revealed elevated kinase activities of Src family kinases (SFKs), PKCs, MAPKs, and ROCK2 in HCC, representatives of which were further validated in cell models and clinical HBV-positive HCC samples...
February 22, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Laura J Eccles, Andrew C Bell, Simon N Powell
When Fanconi Anemia (FA) proteins were depleted in human U2OS cells with integrated DNA repair reporters, we observed decreases in homologous recombination (HR), decreases in mutagenic non-homologous end joining (m-NHEJ) and increases in canonical NHEJ, which was independently confirmed by measuring V(D)J recombination. Furthermore, depletion of FA proteins resulted in reduced HR protein foci and increased NHEJ protein recruitment to replication-associated DSBs, consistent with our observation that the use of canonical NHEJ increases after depletion of FA proteins in cycling cells...
February 10, 2018: DNA Repair
Yanling Wang, Haineng Xu, Tianrun Liu, Menggui Huang, Param-Puneet Butter, Chunsheng Li, Lin Zhang, Gary D Kao, Yanqing Gong, Amit Maity, Constantinos Koumenis, Yi Fan
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) - known to be resistant to genotoxic radiation and chemotherapy - are fundamental to therapy failure and cancer relapse. Here, we reveal that glioma CSCs are hypersensitive to radiation, but a temporal DNA repair mechanism converts the intrinsic sensitivity to genomic instability and treatment resistance. Transcriptome analysis identifies DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) as a predominant DNA repair enzyme in CSCs. Notably, DNA-PK activity is suppressed after irradiation when ROS induce the dissociation of DNA-PKcs with Ku70/80, resulting in delayed DNA repair and radiosensitivity; subsequently, after ROS clearance, the accumulated DNA damage and robust activation of DNA-PK induce genomic instability, facilitated by Rad50-mediated cell-cycle arrest, leading to enhanced malignancy, CSC overgrowth, and radioresistance...
February 8, 2018: JCI Insight
Amrita Singh, Navneet Singh, Digambar Behera, Siddharth Sharma
The DNA repair genes XRCC6 and XRCC7 formed an integral part of double strand break repair (DSBR) pathway. The two genes are thought to play an important role in the repair of lethal double strand damage on DNA. Polymorphic DSBR genes are studied to effect genomic stability. We intend to explore the association of DSBR genes i.e. XRCC6 and XRCC7 with susceptibility and survival in North Indian lung cancer patients. DNA isolation and genotyping was done for 320 controls and 330 lung cancer cases enrolled in the study...
February 3, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
Dayu Li, Yun Liu, Chunbo Yu, Xiping Liu, Fang Fan
Objective To study the effect of the knock-down of the DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) on the cell cycle of the multidrug-resistant (MDR) Bel7402/5-Fu hepatocellular carcinoma cells and its MDR mechanism. Methods After cationic liposome-mediated siDNA-PKcs oligonucleotide transfection, the drug sensitivity of Bel7402/5-Fu cells to 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) and adriamycin (ADM) was determined by MTT assay; the cell cycle were detected by flow cytometry; meanwhile, the protein expressions of cell cycle-related proteins P21, cell cycle protein B1 (cyclin B1), cell cycle division protein 2 (CDC2) were tested by Western blotting; the expressions of ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) and p53 at both mRNA and protein levels were detected by real-time PCR and Western blot analysis...
December 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Soo-Jin Kim, Yong-Seok Song, Thu-Huyen Pham, Yesol Bak, Hee-Pom Lee, Jin-Tae Hong, Do-Young Yoon
(E)-2-Methoxy-4- (3-(4-methoxyphenyl) prop-1-en-1-yl) phenol (MMPP), a new (E)-2,4-bis(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2 - butenal derivative, reportedly has therapeutic effects such as anti-arthritic properties. Although previous studies showed that MMPP has anti-arthritic effects on rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the anti-inflammation mechanism of MMPP remains unclear. In this study, phorbol-12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) was used as an inflammatory stimulus to evaluate the detailed mechanism of the MMPP-mediated anti-inflammatory effect in human monocytic THP-1 cells...
January 22, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Anna Strzeszewska, Olga Alster, Grażyna Mosieniak, Agata Ciolko, Ewa Sikora
Senescence of cancer cells is an important outcome of treatment of many cancer types. Cell senescence is a permanent cell cycle arrest induced by stress conditions, including DNA damage. DNA damage activates DNA damage response (DDR), which involves members of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-related kinase (PIKK) superfamily: protein kinases ATM, ATR, and DNA-PKcs. The so-far collected data indicate that ATM, with its downstream targets CHK2, p53, and p21, is the key protein involved in DDR-dependent senescence...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Munirah S Abd Rahim, Lisa A M Sommer, Anja Wacker, Martin Schaad, Sonja A Dames
FAT C-terminal (FATC) is a circa 33 residue-long domain. It controls the kinase functionality in phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase-related kinases (PIKKs). Recent NMR- and CD-monitored interaction studies indicated that the FATC domains of all PIKKs can interact with membrane mimetics albeit with different preferences for membrane properties such as surface charge and curvature. Thus they may generally act as membrane anchoring unit. Here, we present the 1H, 15N, and 13C chemical shift assignments of the DPC micelle immersed FATC domains of the human PIKKs ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM, residues 3024-3056) and DNA protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs, residues 4096-4128), both fused to the 56 residue long B1 domain of Streptococcal protein G (GB1)...
January 18, 2018: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
Jung Hee Park, Kyung Hee Jung, Soo Jung Kim, Zhenghuan Fang, Hong Hua Yan, Mi Kwon Son, Juyoung Kim, Yeo Wool Kang, Ji Eun Lee, Boreum Han, Joo Han Lim, Soon-Sun Hong
Activation of PI3K/AKT pathway occurs frequently in tumors and is correlated with radioresistance. The PI3K/AKT pathway can be an important target for improvement of radiotherapy. Although adding of chemotherapy to radiation therapy regimen enhances survival in patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer, more effective therapies for increasing radiosensitivity are urgently needed. In this study, we investigated whether the novel PI3K inhibitor HS-173 could attenuate radiation-induced up-regulation of DNA damage repair processes and assessed its efficacy as a radio- and chemo-sensitizer...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
Cláudia Bessa, Joana Soares, Liliana Raimundo, Joana B Loureiro, Célia Gomes, Flávio Reis, Miguel L Soares, Daniel Santos, Chetna Dureja, Saumya R Chaudhuri, Cynthia Lopez-Haber, Marcelo G Kazanietz, Jorge Gonçalves, Maria F Simões, Patrícia Rijo, Lucília Saraiva
Protein kinase C (PKC) isozymes play major roles in human diseases, including cancer. Yet, the poor understanding of isozymes-specific functions and the limited availability of selective pharmacological modulators of PKC isozymes have limited the clinical translation of PKC-targeting agents. Here, we report the first small-molecule PKCδ-selective activator, the 7α-acetoxy-6β-benzoyloxy-12-O-benzoylroyleanone (Roy-Bz), which binds to the PKCδ-C1-domain. Roy-Bz potently inhibited the proliferation of colon cancer cells by inducing a PKCδ-dependent mitochondrial apoptotic pathway involving caspase-3 activation...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jun Dong, Yufeng Ren, Tian Zhang, Zhenyu Wang, Clifton C Ling, Gloria C Li, Fuqiu He, Chengtao Wang, Bixiu Wen
The DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) complex plays a pivotal role in non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) repair. We investigated the mechanism of NU7441, a highly selective DNA-PK inhibitor, in NHEJ-competent mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells and NHEJ-deficient cells and explored the feasibility of its application in radiosensitizing nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells. We generated wild-type and DNA-PKcs-/- MEF cells. Clonogenic survival assays, flow cytometry, and immunoblotting were performed to study the effect of NU7441 on survival, cell cycle, and DNA repair...
January 16, 2018: Oncology Reports
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