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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932483/roles-and-regulations-of-the-ets-transcription-factor-elf4-mef
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REVIEW
Mary Ann Suico, Tsuyoshi Shuto, Hirofumi Kai
Most E26 transformation-specific (ETS) transcription factors are involved in the pathogenesis and progression of cancer. This is in part due to the roles of ETS transcription factors in basic biological processes such as growth, proliferation, and differentiation, and also because of their regulatory functions that have physiological relevance in tumorigenesis, immunity, and basal cellular homoeostasis. A member of the E74-like factor (ELF) subfamily of the ETS transcription factor family-myeloid elf-1-like factor (MEF), designated as ELF4-has been shown critically involved in immune response and signalling, osteogenesis, adipogenesis, cancer, and stem cell quiescence...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924574/genetic-validation-of-cell-proliferation-via-ras-independent-activation-of-the-raf-mek-erk-pathway
#2
Carmen G Lechuga, Lucía Simón-Carrasco, Harrys K C Jacob, Matthias Drosten
Signaling transmitted by the Ras family of small GTPases (H-, N-, and K-Ras) is essential for proliferation of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). However, constitutive activation of the downstream Raf/Mek/Erk pathway can bypass the requirement for Ras proteins and allow cells to proliferate in the absence of the three Ras isoforms. Here we describe a protocol for a colony formation assay that permits evaluating the role of candidate proteins that are positive or negative regulators of cell proliferation mediated via Ras-independent Raf/Mek/Erk pathway activation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919628/trivalent-pneumococcal-protein-vaccine-protects-against-experimental-acute-otitis-media-caused-by-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-an-infant-murine-model
#3
Qingfu Xu, Karin Pryharski, Michael E Pichichero
BACKGROUND: Currently licensed serotype-based pneumococcal vaccines are effective in preventing invasive pneumococcal diseases, but less effective in preventing non-bacteremic pneumonia and acute otitis media (AOM). We previously reported that a trivalent pneumococcal protein recombinant vaccine (PPrV) protected against pneumonia in a murine model. Here we evaluated PPrV protection against AOM in an infant murine model. METHODS: C57BL/6J mice were intramuscularly vaccinated at 1-3weeks of age with monovalent pneumococcal histidine triad protein D (PhtD), or pneumococcal choline binding protein A (PcpA), or detoxified pneumolysin (PlyD1), or trivalent vaccine, and transtympanically challenged at 7-8weeks of age with 1×10(2)CFU of pneumococcal strain BG7322 (6A) or 1×10(4)CFU of pneumococcal nontypeable strain 0702064MEF...
December 2, 2016: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909995/solithromycin-a-novel-fluoroketolide-for-the-treatment-of-community-acquired-bacterial-pneumonia
#4
REVIEW
George G Zhanel, Erika Hartel, Heather Adam, Sheryl Zelenitsky, Michael A Zhanel, Alyssa Golden, Frank Schweizer, Bala Gorityala, Philippe R S Lagacé-Wiens, Andrew J Walkty, Alfred S Gin, Daryl J Hoban, Joseph P Lynch, James A Karlowsky
Solithromycin is a novel fluoroketolide developed in both oral and intravenous formulations to address increasing macrolide resistance in pathogens causing community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP). When compared with its macrolide and ketolide predecessors, solithromycin has several structural modifications which increase its ribosomal binding and reduce its propensity to known macrolide resistance mechanisms. Solithromycin, like telithromycin, affects 50S ribosomal subunit formation and function, as well as causing frame-shift errors during translation...
December 1, 2016: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909049/control-of-secreted-protein-gene-expression-and-the-mammalian-secretome-by-the-metabolic-regulator-pgc-1%C3%AE
#5
Neri Minsky, Robert G Roeder
Secreted proteins serve pivotal roles in the development of multicellular organisms, acting as structural matrix, extracellular enzymes and signal molecules. However, how the secretome is regulated remains incompletely understood. Here we demonstrate, unexpectedly, that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α), a critical transcriptional co-activator of metabolic gene expression, functions to down-regulate expression of diverse genes encoding secreted molecules and extracellular matrix (ECM) components to modulate the secretome...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904898/a-dual-photoluminescence-enhancement-system-stabilization-of-a-water-soluble-aiee-fluorogen-using-silver-nanowire
#6
Ying-Chen Chiang, Chun-Ta Huang, Wei Hsin Wang, Cheng-Chung Chang
This manuscript describes the preparation of water soluble aggregation-induced emission enhancement (AIEE)-based fluorescent organic nanoparticles (FONs). The fluorescence diversity of the FONs was investigated in the presence of silver nanowires. We observed that the emission of the FONs can be enhanced by mixing with the nanowires, which is believed to originate from resonance between the emission of the FONs and the surface plasmon resonances of the metal surface. That is, the AIEE phenomenon was promoted according to the metal-enhanced fluorescence (MEF) mechanism that can be used to build up a novel double emission enhancement (DEE) platform and to extend the range of AIEE applications...
December 1, 2016: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889261/nik-map3k14-regulates-mitochondrial-dynamics-and-trafficking-to-promote-cell-invasion
#7
Ji-Ung Jung, Sowndharya Ravi, Dong W Lee, Kassandra McFadden, Michael L Kamradt, L Gerard Toussaint, Raquel Sitcheran
Although the role of NF-κB-inducing kinase (NIK) in immunity is well established, its relevance in cancer is just emerging. Here we describe novel functions for NIK in regulating mitochondrial dynamics and motility to promote cell invasion. We show that NIK is localized to mitochondria in cancer cell lines, ex vivo tumor tissue, and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). NIK promotes mitochondrial fission, velocity, and directional migration, resulting in subcellular distribution of mitochondria to the periphery of migrating cells...
November 15, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888072/movement-related-cortical-magnetic-fields-associated-with-self-paced-tongue-protrusion-in-humans
#8
Hitoshi Maezawa, Hidetoshi Oguma, Yoshiyuki Hirai, Kazunari Hisadome, Hideaki Shiraishi, Makoto Funahashi
Sophisticated tongue movements are coordinated finely via cortical control. We elucidated the cortical processes associated with voluntary tongue movement. Movement-related cortical fields were investigated during self-paced repetitive tongue protrusion. Surface tongue electromyograms were recorded to determine movement onset. To identify the location of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1), tongue somatosensory evoked fields were measured. The readiness fields (RFs) over both hemispheres began prior to movement onset and culminated in the motor fields (MFs) around movement onset...
November 22, 2016: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886109/influence-of-secondary-structure-folding-on-the-mutually-exclusive-folding-process-of-gl5-i27-protein-evidence-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#9
Qing Wang, Yan Wang, Guangju Chen
Mutually exclusive folding proteins are a class of multidomain proteins in which the host domain remains folded while the guest domain is unfolded, and both domains achieve exchange of their folding status by a mutual exclusive folding (MEF) process. We carried out conventional and targeted molecular dynamics simulations for the mutually exclusive folding protein of GL5/I27 to address the MEF transition mechanisms. We constructed two starting models and two targeted models, i.e., the starting models GL5/I27-S and GL5/I27-ST in which the first model involves the host domain GL5 and the secondary-structure unfolded guest domain I27-S, while the second model involves the host domain GL5 and the secondary/tertiary-structure extending guest domain I27-ST, and the target models GL5-S/I27 and GL5-ST/I27 in which GL5-S and GL5-ST represent the secondary-structure unfolding and the secondary/tertiary-structure extending, respectively...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885588/a-mouse-model-reveals-that-mfsd2a-is-critical-for-unfolded-protein-response-upon-exposure-to-tunicamycin
#10
Hiroshi Moritake, Megumi Obara, Yusuke Saito, Ayako Kashimada, Masatoshi Takagi, Megumi Funakoshi-Tago, Tomofusa Fukuyama, Mikio Yoshioka, Akira Inoue, Hiroyuki Komatsu, Hideki Nishitoh, Hiroaki Kataoka, Hiroyuki Nunoi
Major facilitator superfamily domain containing 2a (Mfsd2a) is a member of the major facilitator superfamily. Mfsd2a functions as a transporter for docosahexaenoic acid and also plays a role in the unfolded protein response (UPR) upon tunicamycin (TM) exposure. UPR is involved in the pathogenesis of various human diseases. TM and thapsigargin are representative experimental reagents that induce UPR. To elucidate the detailed function of Mfsd2a in UPR in vivo, we generated Mfsd2a-deficient mice and investigated the role of Mfsd2a during UPR induced by TM or thapsigargin...
November 24, 2016: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879319/amp-activated-kinase-ampk-promotes-innate-immunity-and-antiviral-defense-through-modulation-of-stimulator-of-interferon-genes-sting-signaling
#11
Daniel Prantner, Darren J Perkins, Stefanie N Vogel
The host protein Stimulator of Interferon Genes (STING) has been shown to be essential for recognition of both viral and intracellular bacterial pathogens, but its regulation remains unclear. Previously, we reported that mitochondrial membrane potential regulates STING-dependent IFN-beta induction independently of ATP synthesis. Since mitochondrial membrane potential controls calcium homeostasis, and AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is regulated, in part, by intracellular calcium, we postulated that AMPK participates in STING activation; however, its role has yet to be been defined...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879249/glucosamine-induces-er-stress-by-disrupting-lipid-linked-oligosaccharide-biosynthesis-and-n-linked-protein-glycosylation
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Daniel R Beriault, Vi T Dang, Lexy H Zhong, Christina I Petlura, Cameron S McAlpine, Yuanyuan Shi, Geoff H Werstuck
Glucosamine is an essential substrate for N-linked protein glycosylation. However, elevated levels of glucosamine can induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Glucosamine-induced ER stress has been implicated in the development of diabetic complications including atherosclerosis and hepatic steatosis. In this study, we investigate the potential relationship between the effects of glucosamine on lipid linked oligosaccharide (LLO) biosynthesis, N-linked glycosylation, and ER homeostasis. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) were cultured in the presence of 0-5 mM glucosamine for up to 18 hours and LLO biosynthesis was monitored by fluorescence-assisted carbohydrate electrophoresis...
November 22, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875275/histone-chaperone-aplf-regulates-induction-of-pluripotency-in-murine-fibroblasts
#13
Khaja Mohieddin Syed, Sunu Joseph, Ananda Mukherjee, Aditi Majumder, Jose M Teixeira, Debasree Dutta, Madhavan Radhakrishna Pillai
Induction of pluripotency in differentiated cells by the exogenous expression of transcription factors, Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and cMyc, involves reprogramming at the epigenetic level. Histones and their metabolism governed by histone chaperones constitute a significant aspect of epigenetics. We hypothesized that histone chaperones might facilitate or inhibit the course of reprogramming. For the first time, we report here that the downregulation of histone chaperone Aprataxin PNK-like factor (APLF) promotes reprogramming by augmenting the expression of E-cadherin (Cdh1), implicated in mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition (MET) involved in the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869555/the-influence-of-the-ctip-polymorphism-q418p-on-homologous-recombination-and-predisposition-to-radiation-induced-tumorigenesis-mainly-raml-in-mice
#14
Agata Patel, Jennifer Anderson, Daniela Kraft, Rosemary Finnon, Paul Finnon, Cheryl L Scudamore, Grainne Manning, Robert Bulman, Natalie Brown, Simon Bouffler, Peter O'Neill, Christophe Badie
Exposure to ionizing radiation increases the incidence of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which has been diagnosed in Japanese atomic bombing survivors, as well as patients treated with radiotherapy. The genetic basis for susceptibility to radiation-induced AML is not well characterized. We previously identified a candidate murine gene for susceptibility to radiation-induced AML (rAML): C-terminal binding protein (CTBP)-interacting protein (CTIP)/retinoblastoma binding protein 8 (RBBP8). This gene is essential for embryonic development, double-strand break (DSB) resection in homologous recombination (HR) and tumor suppression...
November 21, 2016: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869166/skp2-loss-destabilizes-ezh2-by-promoting-traf6-mediated-ubiquitination-to-suppress-prostate-cancer
#15
W Lu, S Liu, B Li, Y Xie, M G Izban, B R Ballard, S A Sathyanarayana, S E Adunyah, R J Matusik, Z Chen
EZH2 is crucial for the progression of prostate cancer (PCa) and castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) through upregulation and activation of progenitor genes, as well as androgen receptor (AR)-target genes. However, the mechanisms by which EZH2 is regulated in PCa and CRPC remain elusive. Here we report that EZH2 is post-transcriptionally regulated by SKP2 in vitro in cultured cells and in vivo in mouse models. We observed aberrant upregulation of Skp2, Ezh2 and histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) in both Pten null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) and Pten null mouse prostate tissues...
November 21, 2016: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867007/srf-co-factors-control-the-balance-between-cell-proliferation-and-contractility
#16
Francesco Gualdrini, Cyril Esnault, Stuart Horswell, Aengus Stewart, Nik Matthews, Richard Treisman
The ERK-regulated ternary complex factors (TCFs) act with the transcription factor serum response factor (SRF) to activate mitogen-induced transcription. However, the extent of their involvement in the immediate-early transcriptional response, and their wider functional significance, has remained unclear. We show that, in MEFs, TCF inactivation significantly inhibits over 60% of TPA-inducible gene transcription and impairs cell proliferation. Using integrated SRF ChIP-seq and Hi-C data, we identified over 700 TCF-dependent SRF direct target genes involved in signaling, transcription, and proliferation...
November 5, 2016: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861153/epithelial-derived-matrix-metalloproteinase-mmp9-exhibits-a-novel-defensive-role-of-tumor-suppressor-in-colitis-associated-cancer-by-activating-mmp9-notch1-arf-p53-axis
#17
Lewins Walter, Adani Pujada, Noopur Bhatnagar, Agnieszka B Bialkowska, Vincent W Yang, Hamed Laroui, Pallavi Garg
Colitis associated cancer (CAC) is chronic inflammation driven colon cancer, prevalent among individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Matrix-metalloproteinase (MMP9) is one of the essential regulators of extra cellular matrix components. We have shown that MMP9 is protective in CAC contrary to its inflammatory role in acute-colitis. Aim of our study is to identify the mechanism of the protective role of epithelial derived-MMP9 in CAC. We used homozygous transgenic mice constitutively-expressing MMP9 in colonic-epithelium (TgM9) and wild-type (WT) littermates for in vivo experiments...
November 16, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857169/mobile-phone-signal-exposure-triggers-a-hormesis-like-effect-in-atm-and-atm-mouse-embryonic-fibroblasts
#18
Chuan Sun, Xiaoxia Wei, Yue Fei, Liling Su, Xinyuan Zhao, Guangdi Chen, Zhengping Xu
Radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) have been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as possible carcinogens to humans; however, this conclusion is based on limited epidemiological findings and lacks solid support from experimental studies. In particular, there are no consistent data regarding the genotoxicity of RF-EMFs. Ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) is recognised as a chief guardian of genomic stability. To address the debate on whether RF-EMFs are genotoxic, we compared the effects of 1,800 MHz RF-EMF exposure on genomic DNA in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) with proficient (Atm(+/+)) or deficient (Atm(-/-)) ATM...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856330/metformin-suppresses-adipogenesis-through-both-amp-activated-protein-kinase-ampk-dependent-and-ampk-independent-mechanisms
#19
Suet Ching Chen, Rebecca Brooks, Jessica Houskeeper, Shaun K Bremner, Julia Dunlop, Benoit Viollet, Pamela J Logan, Ian P Salt, S Faisal Ahmed, Stephen J Yarwood
People with Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) have reduced bone mineral density and an increased risk of fractures due to altered mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) differentiation in the bone marrow. This leads to a shift in the balance of differentiation away from bone formation (osteogenesis) in favour of fat cell development (adipogenesis). The commonly used anti-diabetic drug, metformin, activates the osteogenic transcription factor Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), which may suppress adipogenesis, leading to improved bone health...
November 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849008/ku70-serine-155-mediates-aurora-b-inhibition-and-activation-of-the-dna-damage-response
#20
Victoria L Fell, Elizabeth A Walden, Sarah M Hoffer, Stephanie R Rogers, Amelia S Aitken, Louisa M Salemi, Caroline Schild-Poulter
The Ku heterodimer (Ku70/Ku80) is the central DNA binding component of the classical non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) pathway that repairs DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs), serving as the scaffold for the formation of the NHEJ complex. Here we show that Ku70 is phosphorylated on Serine 155 in response to DNA damage. Expression of Ku70 bearing a S155 phosphomimetic substitution (Ku70 S155D) in Ku70-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) triggered cell cycle arrest at multiple checkpoints and altered expression of several cell cycle regulators in absence of DNA damage...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
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