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Young Joon Kwon, Marni J Falk, Michael J Bennett
CLN3 disease (Spielmeyer-Vogt-Sjogren-Batten disease, previously known as classic juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, NCL) is a pediatric-onset progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by progressive vision loss, seizures, loss of cognitive and motor function, and early death. While no precise biochemical mechanism or therapies are known, the pathogenesis of CLN3 disease involves intracellular calcium accumulation that may trigger apoptosis. Our prior work in in vitro cell models of CLN3 deficiency suggested that FDA-approved calcium channel antagonists may have therapeutic value...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
Jason L J Lin, Chyuan-Chuan Wu, Wei-Zen Yang, Hanna S Yuan
Endonuclease G (EndoG) is an evolutionarily conserved mitochondrial protein in eukaryotes that digests nucleus chromosomal DNA during apoptosis and paternal mitochondrial DNA during embryogenesis. Under oxidative stress, homodimeric EndoG becomes oxidized and converts to monomers with diminished nuclease activity. However, it remains unclear why EndoG has to function as a homodimer in DNA degradation. Here, we report the crystal structure of the Caenorhabditis elegans EndoG homologue, CPS-6, in complex with single-stranded DNA at a resolution of 2...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Xudong Chen, Yue Wang, Yu-Zen Chen, Brian L Harry, Akihisa Nakagawa, Eui-Seung Lee, Hongyan Guo, Ding Xue
Caspases are cysteine proteases with critical roles in apoptosis. The Caenorhabditis elegans caspase CED-3 is activated by autocatalytic cleavage, a process enhanced by CED-4. Here we report that the CED-3 zymogen localizes to the perinuclear region in C. elegans germ cells and that CED-3 autocatalytic cleavage is held in check by C. elegans nuclei and activated by CED-4. The nuclear-pore protein NPP-14 interacts with the CED-3 zymogen prodomain, colocalizes with CED-3 in vivo and inhibits CED-3 autoactivation in vitro...
October 10, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Andrew R Schwendeman, Shai Shaham
Programmed cell death is a ubiquitous process in metazoan development. Apoptosis, one cell death form, has been studied extensively. However, mutations inactivating key mammalian apoptosis regulators do not block most developmental cell culling, suggesting that other cell death pathways are likely important. Recent work in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans identified a non-apoptotic cell death form mediating the demise of the male-specific linker cell. This cell death process (LCD, linker cell-type death) is morphologically conserved, and its molecular effectors also mediate axon degeneration in mammals and Drosophila...
2016: PloS One
Zhi-Hang Yuan, Zeng-Enni Liang, Jing Wu, Jin-E Yi, Xiao-Jun Chen, Zhi-Liang Sun
Koumine is a kind of alkaloid extracted from Gelsemium elegans (G. elegans). Benth, which has shown promise as an anti-tumor, anxiolytic, and analgesic agent. In our present study, the effect of koumine on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-mediated RAW 264.7 cell apoptosis was evaluated. MTT assays showed that koumine obviously increased cell viability in LPS-mediated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Preincubation with koumine ameliorated LPS-medicated apoptosis by decreasing reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which resulted in a significant decrease in the levels of nitric oxide (NO) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)...
September 30, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Angela Paterna, Sofia E Gomes, Pedro M Borralho, Silva Mulhovo, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Maria-José U Ferreira
Phytochemical investigation of the roots of the African medicinal plant Tabernaemontana elegans led to the isolation of three new (1-3) and two known (4 and 5) bisindole alkaloids of the vobasinyl-iboga type. The structures of 1-3 were assigned by spectroscopic methods, mainly using 1D and 2D NMR experiments. All of the isolated compounds were evaluated for their cytotoxicity against HCT116 colon and HepG2 liver carcinoma cells by the MTS metabolism assay. Compounds 1-3 and 5 were found to be cytotoxic to HCT116 colon cancer cells, displaying IC50 values in the range 8...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
Hanting Yang, Miaohui Hu, Jianli Guo, Xiaomin Ou, Tanxi Cai, Zhenfeng Liu
Intracellular Ca(2+) signalling processes are fundamental to muscle contraction, neurotransmitter release, cell growth and apoptosis. Release of Ca(2+) from the intracellular stores is supported by a series of ion channels in sarcoplasmic or endoplasmic reticulum (SR/ER). Among them, two isoforms of the trimeric intracellular cation (TRIC) channel family, named TRIC-A and TRIC-B, modulate the release of Ca(2+) through the ryanodine receptor or inositol triphosphate receptor, and maintain the homeostasis of ions within SR/ER lumen...
October 3, 2016: Nature
Leena Ackermann, Michael Schell, Wojciech Pokrzywa, Éva Kevei, Anton Gartner, Björn Schumacher, Thorsten Hoppe
Multiple protein ubiquitination events at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) regulate damage recognition, signaling and repair. It has remained poorly understood how the repair process of DSBs is coordinated with the apoptotic response. Here, we identified the E4 ubiquitin ligase UFD-2 as a mediator of DNA-damage-induced apoptosis in a genetic screen in Caenorhabditis elegans. We found that, after initiation of homologous recombination by RAD-51, UFD-2 forms foci that contain substrate-processivity factors including the ubiquitin-selective segregase CDC-48 (p97), the deubiquitination enzyme ATX-3 (Ataxin-3) and the proteasome...
September 26, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Peter Zeller, Jan Padeken, Robin van Schendel, Veronique Kalck, Marcel Tijsterman, Susan M Gasser
Histone H3 lysine 9 (H3K9) methylation is a conserved modification that generally represses transcription. In Caenorhabditis elegans it is enriched on silent tissue-specific genes and repetitive elements. In met-2 set-25 double mutants, which lack all H3K9 methylation (H3K9me), embryos differentiate normally, although mutant adults are sterile owing to extensive DNA-damage-driven apoptosis in the germ line. Transposons and simple repeats are derepressed in both germline and somatic tissues. This unprogrammed transcription correlates with increased rates of repeat-specific insertions and deletions, copy number variation, R loops and enhanced sensitivity to replication stress...
September 26, 2016: Nature Genetics
Mohammad Al-Amin, Hyemin Min, Yhong-Hee Shim, Ichiro Kawasaki
We previously reported that germline apoptosis in C. elegans increased by loss of PGL-1 and PGL-3, members of a family of constitutive germ-granule components, from germ cells in adult hermaphrodite gonads. In this study, we found that somatic apoptosis was reduced in synthetic multivulva class B (synMuv B) mutants due to ectopic expression of PGL-1 and PGL-3 in the soma. In synMuv B-mutant somatic cells, CED-4 expression level was reduced due to ectopic expression of PGL-1. Furthermore, in contrast to wild type, somatic apoptosis in synMuv B mutants increased following DNA damage in a SIR-2...
2016: Scientific Reports
Baolong Yan, Weiwei Sun, Lanzhu Yan, Liangliang Zhang, Yuan Zheng, Yuzhen Zeng, Huicong Huang, Shaohui Liang
Fork head box transcription factors subfamily O (FoxO) is regarded to be significant in cell-cycle control, cell differentiation, ageing, stress response, apoptosis, tumour formation and DNA damage repair. In the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the FoxO transcription factor is encoded by Ce-daf-16, which is negatively regulated by insulin-like signaling (IIS) and involved in promoting dauer formation through bringing about its hundreds of downstream genes expression. In nematode parasites, orthologues of daf-16 from several species have been identified, with functions in rescue of dauer phenotypes determined in a surrogate system C...
September 9, 2016: Acta Tropica
Angela Paterna, Sofia E Gomes, Pedro M Borralho, Silva Mulhovo, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Maria-José U Ferreira
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Tabernaemontana elegans Stapf. (Apocynaceae) is a medicinal plant traditionally used in African countries to treat cancer. AIMS OF THE STUDY: To discover new apoptosis inducing lead compounds from T. elegans and provide scientific validation of the ethnopharmacological use of this plant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Through fractionation, (3'R)-hydroxytaberanelegantine C (1), a vobasinyl-iboga bisindole alkaloid, was isolated from a cytotoxic alkaloid fraction of the methanol extract of T...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Tisha Bohr, Guinevere Ashley, Evan Eggleston, Kyra Firestone, Needhi Bhalla
Synapsis involves the assembly of a proteinaceous structure, the synaptonemal complex (SC), between paired homologous chromosomes and is essential for proper meiotic chromosome segregation. In C. elegans, the synapsis checkpoint selectively removes nuclei with unsynapsed chromosomes by inducing apoptosis. This checkpoint depends on Pairing Centers (PCs), cis- acting sites that promote pairing and synapsis. We have hypothesized that the stability of homolog pairing at PCs is monitored by this checkpoint. Here, we report that SC components SYP-3, HTP-3, HIM-3 and HTP-1 are required for a functional synapsis checkpoint...
September 7, 2016: Genetics
Vanesa Fernández-Majada, Patrick-Simon Welz, Maria A Ermolaeva, Michael Schell, Alexander Adam, Felix Dietlein, David Komander, Reinhard Büttner, Roman K Thomas, Björn Schumacher, Manolis Pasparakis
The tumour suppressor CYLD is a deubiquitinase previously shown to inhibit NF-κB, MAP kinase and Wnt signalling. However, the tumour suppressing mechanisms of CYLD remain poorly understood. Here we show that loss of CYLD catalytic activity causes impaired DNA damage-induced p53 stabilization and activation in epithelial cells and sensitizes mice to chemical carcinogen-induced intestinal and skin tumorigenesis. Mechanistically, CYLD interacts with and deubiquitinates p53 facilitating its stabilization in response to genotoxic stress...
2016: Nature Communications
Zachary Lundby, Jessica Camacho, Patrick Allard
Germ cells are unique in their ability to transfer traits and genetic information from one generation to the next. The proper development and integrity of their genome are therefore of utmost importance for the health of organisms and survival of species. Many features of mammalian germ cells, including their long development span and difficulty of access, present challenges for their study in the context of toxicity assays. In light of these barriers, the model system Caenorhabditis elegans shows great potential given its ease of manipulation and genetic tractability which can be easily adapted for high-throughput analysis...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yichang Chen, Le Shu, Zhiqun Qiu, Dong Yeon Lee, Sara J Settle, Shane Que Hee, Donatello Telesca, Xia Yang, Patrick Allard
Concerns about the safety of Bisphenol A, a chemical found in plastics, receipts, food packaging and more, have led to its replacement with substitutes now found in a multitude of consumer products. However, several popular BPA-free alternatives, such as Bisphenol S, share a high degree of structural similarity with BPA, suggesting that these substitutes may disrupt similar developmental and reproductive pathways. We compared the effects of BPA and BPS on germline and reproductive functions using the genetic model system Caenorhabditis elegans...
July 2016: PLoS Genetics
Jennifer A Malin, Maxime J Kinet, Mary C Abraham, Elyse S Blum, Shai Shaham
Programmed cell death is an essential aspect of animal development. Mutations in vertebrate genes that mediate apoptosis only mildly perturb development, suggesting that other cell death modes likely have important roles. Linker cell-type death (LCD) is a morphologically conserved cell death form operating during the development of Caenorhabditis elegans and vertebrates. We recently described a molecular network governing LCD in C. elegans, delineating a key role for the transcription factor heat-shock factor 1 (HSF-1)...
July 29, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Ning Liu, Zhanyang Yu, Yu Xun, Miaomiao Li, Xiaoning Peng, Ye Xiao, Xiang Hu, Yi Sun, Manjun Yang, Shiquan Gan, Shishan Yuan, Xiaoying Wang, Shuanglin Xiang, Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-beta (Aβ) accumulation is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) that can lead to neuronal dysfunction and apoptosis. Tumor necrosis factor, alpha-induced protein 1 (TNFAIP1) is an apoptotic protein that was robustly induced in the transgenic C. elegans AD brains. However, the roles of TNFAIP1 in AD have not been investigated. RESULTS: We found TNFAIP1 protein and mRNA levels were dramatically elevated in primary mouse cortical neurons and Neuro2a (N2a) cells exposed to Aβ25-35...
2016: BMC Neuroscience
Gholamali Jafari, Brian M Wasko, Matt Kaeberlein, Antony R Crofts
Several intragenic mutations suppress the C. elegans isp-1(qm150) allele of the mitochondrial Rieske iron-sulfur protein (ISP), a catalytic subunit of Complex III of the respiratory chain. These mutations were located in a helical region of the "tether" span of ISP-1, distant from the primary mutation in the extrinsic head, and suppressed all pleiotropic phenotypes associated with the qm150 allele. Analysis of these suppressors revealed control of electron transfer into Complex III through a "spring-loaded" mechanism involving a binding force for formation of enzyme-substrate complex, counter balanced by forces (a chemical "spring") favoring helix formation in the tether...
April 2016: Worm
Jason L J Lin, Akihisa Nakagawa, Riley Skeen-Gaar, Wei-Zen Yang, Pei Zhao, Zhe Zhang, Xiao Ge, Shohei Mitani, Ding Xue, Hanna S Yuan
Endonuclease G (EndoG) is a mitochondrial protein that is released from mitochondria and relocated into the nucleus to promote chromosomal DNA fragmentation during apoptosis. Here, we show that oxidative stress causes cell-death defects in C. elegans through an EndoG-mediated cell-death pathway. In response to high reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, homodimeric CPS-6-the C. elegans homolog of EndoG-is dissociated into monomers with diminished nuclease activity. Conversely, the nuclease activity of CPS-6 is enhanced, and its dimeric structure is stabilized by its interaction with the worm AIF homolog, WAH-1, which shifts to disulfide cross-linked dimers under high ROS levels...
July 12, 2016: Cell Reports
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