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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920471/identification-of-il11ra-and-melk-amplification-in-gastric-cancer-by-comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-gastric-cancer-cell-lines
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Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, Sylvia Santomi Takeno, Carolina Oliveira Gigek, Mariana Ferreira Leal, Fernanda Wisnieski, Elizabeth Suchi Chen, Taíssa Maíra Thomaz Araújo, Eleonidas Moura Lima, Maria Isabel Melaragno, Samia Demachki, Paulo Pimentel Assumpção, Rommel Rodriguez Burbano, Marília Cardoso Smith
AIM: To identify common copy number alterations on gastric cancer cell lines. METHODS: Four gastric cancer cell lines (ACP02, ACP03, AGP01 and PG100) underwent chromosomal comparative genome hybridization and array comparative genome hybridization. We also confirmed the results by fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis using the bacterial artificial chromosome clone and quantitative real time PCR analysis. RESULTS: The amplification of 9p13...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915972/resistance-to-cell-death-and-its-modulation-in-cancer-stem-cells
#2
Ahmad R Safa
Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that human cancers arise from various tissues of origin that initiate from cancer stem cells (CSCs) or cancer-initiating cells. The extrinsic and intrinsic apoptotic pathways are dysregulated in CSCs, and these cells play crucial roles in tumor initiation, progression, cell death resistance, chemo- and radiotherapy resistance, and tumor recurrence. Understanding CSC-specific signaling proteins and pathways is necessary to identify specific therapeutic targets that may lead to the development of more efficient therapies selectively targeting CSCs...
2016: Critical Reviews in Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899501/unraveling-fungal-radiation-resistance-regulatory-networks-through-the-genome-wide-transcriptome-and-genetic-analyses-of-cryptococcus-neoformans
#3
Kwang-Woo Jung, Dong-Hoon Yang, Min-Kyu Kim, Ho Seong Seo, Sangyong Lim, Yong-Sun Bahn
The basidiomycetous fungus Cryptococcus neoformans has been known to be highly radiation resistant and has been found in fatal radioactive environments such as the damaged nuclear reactor at Chernobyl. To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the radiation resistance phenotype of C. neoformans, we identified genes affected by gamma radiation through genome-wide transcriptome analysis and characterized their functions. We found that genes involved in DNA damage repair systems were upregulated in response to gamma radiation...
November 29, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859413/zak%C3%AE-antagonizes-and-ameliorates-the-cardiac-hypertrophic-and-apoptotic-effects-induced-by-zak%C3%AE
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Chien-Yao Fu, Wei-Wen Kuo, Tsung-Jung Ho, Su-Ying Wen, Ling-Chun Lin, Yan-Shen Tseng, Hui-Chuan Hung, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Jaw-Ji Yang, Chih-Yang Huang
ZAK (sterile alpha motif and leucine zipper containing kinase AZK), a serine/threonine kinase with multiple biochemical functions, has been associated with various cell processes, including cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cardiac hypertrophy. In our previous reports, we found that the activation of ZAKα signaling was critical for cardiac hypertrophy. In this study, we show that the expression of ZAKα activated apoptosis through both a FAS-dependent pathway and a mitochondria-dependent pathway by subsequently inducing caspase-3...
November 16, 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798878/expression-of-maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-melk-correlates-to-malignant-potentials-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kiyokazu Hiwatashi, Shinichi Ueno, Masahiko Sakoda, Satoshi Iino, Koji Minami, Keiichi Yonemori, Yuka Nishizono, Hiroshi Kurahara, Yuko Mataki, Kosei Maemura, Hiroyuki Shinchi, Shoji Natsugoe
BACKGROUND/AIM: Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is categorized as a member of AMP-activated protein kinase families. Various MELK-associated cellular and biological processes affect multiple stages of tumorigenesis. The aim of the present study was to clarify the relationship between MELK expression and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) clinicopathological features. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In thirty conserved frozen primary HCC and non-HCC samples MELK mRNA expression was examined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
October 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783979/a-requirement-for-zak-kinase-activity-in-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Shyam Nyati, Areeb Chator, Katerina Schinske, Brandon S Gregg, Brian Dale Ross, Alnawaz Rehemtulla
The sterile alpha motif and leucine zipper containing kinase ZAK (AZK, MLT, MLK7), is a MAPK-kinase kinase (MKKK). Like most MAPKKKs which are known to activate the c-Jun. amino-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway, ZAK has been shown to participate in the transduction of Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-mediated non-canonical signaling. A role for ZAK in SMAD-dependent, canonical TGF-β signaling has not been previously appreciated. Using a combination of functional genomics and biochemical techniques, we demonstrate that ZAK regulates canonical TGFβRI/II signaling in lung and breast cancer cell lines and may serve as a key node in the regulation of TGFBR kinase activity...
December 2016: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27754177/sy-15-4-role-of-histone-deacetylases-in-regulating-endothelial-and-vascular-function
#7
InKyeom Kim
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) act as co-repressors in gene transcription by erasing the acetylation of histones, resulting in epigenetic gene silencing. Recent studies revealed that HDAC inhibitors attenuated blood pressure of several hypertensive animal models such as spontaneously hypertensive rats, hyperaldosteronism rats, angiotensin II-induced hypertensive rats and pulmonary hypertensive rats. Unexpectedly, microarray studies uncovered that administration of HDAC inhibitors decreased expression of some genes for example extracellular matrix proteins, oxidative stress-related proteins, cytokines, chemokines and ion transporters, mostly targets of corticoid receptors...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27725371/mypt1-isoforms-expressed-in-hek293t-cells-are-differentially-phosphorylated-after-gtp%C3%AE-s-treatment
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Simon Lin, Frank V Brozovich
Agonist stimulation of smooth muscle is known to activate RhoA/Rho kinase signaling, and Rho kinase phosphorylates the myosin targeting subunit (MYPT1) of myosin light chain (MLC) phosphatase at Thr696 and Thr853, which inhibits the activity of MLC phosphatase to produce a Ca(2+) independent increase in MLC phosphorylation and force (Ca(2+) sensitization). Alternative mRNA splicing produces four MYPT1 isoforms, which differ by the presence or absence of a central insert (CI) and leucine zipper (LZ). This study was designed to determine if Rho kinase differentially phosphorylates MYPT1 isoforms...
2016: Journal of Smooth Muscle Research, Nihon Heikatsukin Gakkai Kikanshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27693640/melk-is-an-oncogenic-kinase-essential-for-early-hepatocellular-carcinoma-recurrence
#9
Hongping Xia, Shik Nie Kong, Jianxiang Chen, Ming Shi, Karthik Sekar, Veerabrahma Pratap Seshachalam, Muthukumar Rajasekaran, Brian Kim Poh Goh, London Lucien Ooi, Kam M Hui
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Many kinases have been found to be intimately involved in oncogenesis and the deregulation of kinase function has emerged as a major mechanism by which cancer cells evade normal physiological constraints on growth and survival. Previously, we have performed gene expression profile analysis on HCC samples and have identified a host of kinases that are remarkably overexpressed in HCC. Among these, the Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase (MELK) is highly overexpressed in HCC and its overexpression strongly correlates with early recurrence and poor patients' survival...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680505/the-possible-roles-of-b-cell-novel-protein-1-bcnp1-in-cellular-signalling-pathways-and-in-cancer
#10
Sapan J Patel, Gaurang L Trivedi, Costel C Darie, Bayard D Clarkson
B-cell novel protein-1 (BCNP1) or Family member of 129C (FAM129C) was identified as a B-cell-specific plasma-membrane protein. Bioinformatics analysis predicted that BCNP1 might be heavily phosphorylated. The BCNP1 protein contains a pleckstrin homology (PH) domain, two proline-rich (PR) regions and a Leucine Zipper (LZ) domain suggesting that it may be involved in protein-protein interactions. Using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data sets, we investigated the correlation of alteration of the BCNP1 copy-number changes and mutations in several cancer types...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27643134/sy-15-4-role-of-histone-deacetylases-in-regulating-endothelial-and-vascular-function
#11
InKyeom Kim
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) act as co-repressors in gene transcription by erasing the acetylation of histones, resulting in epigenetic gene silencing. Recent studies revealed that HDAC inhibitors attenuated blood pressure of several hypertensive animal models such as spontaneously hypertensive rats, hyperaldosteronism rats, angiotensin II-induced hypertensive rats and pulmonary hypertensive rats. Unexpectedly, microarray studies uncovered that administration of HDAC inhibitors decreased expression of some genes for example extracellular matrix proteins, oxidative stress-related proteins, cytokines, chemokines and ion transporters, mostly targets of corticoid receptors...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636029/downregulation-of-a-novel-human-gene-rogdi-increases-radiosensitivity-in-cervical-cancer-cells
#12
Yi-Fan Chen, Jonathan J Cho, Tsai-Hua Huang, Chao-Neng Tseng, Eng-Yen Huang, Chung-Lung Cho
ROGDI is a protein that contains a leucine zipper domain and may be involved in cell proliferation. In addition, ROGDI is associated with genome stability by regulating the activity of a DNA damage marker, γ-H2AX. The role of ROGDI in tumor radiosensitization has not been investigated. Previous studies have indicated that radiosensitivity is associated with DNA repair and the cell cycle. In general, the G2/M DNA damage checkpoint is more sensitive to radiation, whereas the G1/S phase transition is more resistant to radiation...
August 12, 2016: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629417/induction-of-glucocorticoid-induced-leucine-zipper-gilz-contributes-to-anti-inflammatory-effects-of-the-natural-product-curcumin-in-macrophages
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Jessica Hoppstädter, Nina Hachenthal, Jenny Vanessa Valbuena-Perez, Sebastian Lampe, Ksenia Astanina, Michael M Kunze, Stefano Bruscoli, Carlo Riccardi, Tobias Schmid, Britta Diesel, Alexandra K Kiemer
GILZ (glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper) is inducible by glucocorticoids and plays a key role in their mode of action. GILZ attenuates inflammation mainly by inhibition of NF-κB and mitogen-activated protein kinase activation but does not seem to be involved in the severe side effects observed after glucocorticoid treatment. Therefore, GILZ might be a promising target for new therapeutic approaches. The present work focuses on the natural product curcumin, which has previously been reported to inhibit NF-κB...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590064/n-terminal-domains-of-arc1-are-essential-for-interaction-with-the-n-terminal-region-of-exo70a1-in-transducing-self-incompatibility-of-brassica-oleracea
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Songmei Shi, Qiguo Gao, Jing Zeng, Xiaohuan Liu, Quanming Pu, Guixi Liu, Hecui Zhang, Xiaohong Yang, Liquan Zhu
Self-incompatibility (SI) is an important mating system to prevent inbreeding and promote outcrossing. ARC1 and Exo70A1 function as the downstream targets of the S-locus receptor kinase and play conservative roles in Brassica SI signaling. Based on the sequence homology, Exo70A1 is divided into four subdomains: leucine zipper (Leu(128)-Leu(149)), hypervariable region (Ser(172)-Leu(197)), SUMO modification motif (Glu(260)-Ile(275)), and pfamExo70 domain (His(271)-Phe(627)). ARC1 contains four domains as follows: leucine zipper (Leu(116)-Leu(137)), coiled-coil domain (Thr(210)-Val(236)), U-box (Asp(282)-Trp(347)) motif, and ARM (Ala(415)-Thr(611)) domain...
September 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27528663/mitotic-melk-eif4b-signaling-controls-protein-synthesis-and-tumor-cell-survival
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Yubao Wang, Michael Begley, Qing Li, Hai-Tsang Huang, Ana Lako, Michael J Eck, Nathanael S Gray, Timothy J Mitchison, Lewis C Cantley, Jean J Zhao
The protein kinase maternal and embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is critical for mitotic progression of cancer cells; however, its mechanisms of action remain largely unknown. By combined approaches of immunoprecipitation/mass spectrometry and peptide library profiling, we identified the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4B (eIF4B) as a MELK-interacting protein during mitosis and a bona fide substrate of MELK. MELK phosphorylates eIF4B at Ser406, a modification found to be most robust in the mitotic phase of the cell cycle...
August 30, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27519653/a-role-for-dlk-in-microtubule-reorganization-to-the-cell-periphery-and-in-the-maintenance-of-desmosomal-and-tight-junction-integrity
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Carolyne Simard-Bisson, Julie Bidoggia, Danielle Larouche, Sylvain L Guérin, Richard Blouin, Syu-Ichi Hirai, Lucie Germain
Dual leucine zipper-bearing kinase (DLK) is an inducer of keratinocyte differentiation, a complex process also involving microtubule reorganization to the cell periphery. However, signaling mechanisms involved in this process remain to be elucidated. Here, we demonstrate that DLK enhances and is required for microtubule reorganization to the cell periphery in human cell culture models and in Dlk knockout mouse embryos. In tissue-engineered skins with reduced DLK expression, cortical distribution of two microtubule regulators, LIS1 and HSP27, is impaired as well as desmosomal and tight junction integrity...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27511108/leucine-zipper-bearing-kinase-promotes-axon-growth-in-mammalian-central-nervous-system-neurons
#17
Meifan Chen, Cédric G Geoffroy, Hetty N Wong, Oliver Tress, Mallorie T Nguyen, Lawrence B Holzman, Yishi Jin, Binhai Zheng
Leucine Zipper-bearing Kinase (LZK/MAP3K13) is a member of the mixed lineage kinase family with high sequence identity to Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK/MAP3K12). While DLK is established as a key regulator of axonal responses to injury, the role of LZK in mammalian neurons is poorly understood. By gain- and loss-of-function analyses in neuronal cultures, we identify LZK as a novel positive regulator of axon growth. LZK signals specifically through MKK4 and JNKs among MAP2Ks and MAPKs respectively in neuronal cells, with JNK activity positively regulating LZK protein levels...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27478065/appl1-promotes-glucose-uptake-in-response-to-mechanical-stretch-via-the-pkc%C3%AE-non-muscle-myosin-iia-pathway-in-c2c12-myotubes
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Tsugumichi Saito, Shuichi Okada, Yoko Shimoda, Yuko Tagaya, Aya Osaki, Eijiro Yamada, Ryo Shibusawa, Yasuyo Nakajima, Atsushi Ozawa, Tetsurou Satoh, Masatomo Mori, Masanobu Yamada
Expression of adaptor protein, phosphotyrosine interaction, pleckstrin homology domain, and leucine zipper containing 1 (APPL1) promoted glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4) translocation and glucose uptake in adipose and muscle tissues in response to stimulation with insulin, adiponectin, or exercise. In response to mechanical stretch, knockdown of APPL1 in C2C12 myotubes suppressed glucose uptake. APPL1-induced increased glucose uptake was mediated by protein kinase C (PKC) ζ but not AKT, AMPK, or calmodulin-dependent protein kinase...
November 2016: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27468987/dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-regulates-expression-of-axon-guidance-genes-in-mouse-neuronal-cells
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Andréanne Blondeau, Jean-François Lucier, Dominick Matteau, Lauralyne Dumont, Sébastien Rodrigue, Pierre-Étienne Jacques, Richard Blouin
BACKGROUND: Recent genetic studies in model organisms, such as Drosophila, C. elegans and mice, have highlighted a critical role for dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) in neural development and axonal responses to injury. However, exactly how DLK fulfills these functions remains to be determined. Using RNA-seq profiling, we evaluated the global changes in gene expression that are caused by shRNA-mediated knockdown of endogenous DLK in differentiated Neuro-2a neuroblastoma cells. RESULTS: Our analysis led to the identification of numerous up- and down-regulated genes, among which several were found to be associated with system development and axon guidance according to gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analyses, respectively...
2016: Neural Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27463710/non-ligand-induced-dimerization-is-sufficient-to-initiate-the-signalling-and-endocytosis-of-egf-receptor
#20
George Kourouniotis, Yi Wang, Steven Pennock, Xinmei Chen, Zhixiang Wang
The binding of epidermal growth factor (EGF) to EGF receptor (EGFR) stimulates cell mitogenesis and survival through various signalling cascades. EGF also stimulates rapid EGFR endocytosis and its eventual degradation in lysosomes. The immediate events induced by ligand binding include receptor dimerization, activation of intrinsic tyrosine kinase and autophosphorylation. However, in spite of intensified efforts, the results regarding the roles of these events in EGFR signalling and internalization is still very controversial...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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