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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929759/selective-inhibitors-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dlk-map3k12-with-activity-in-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Snahel Patel, William J Meilandt, Rebecca I Erickson, Jinhua Chen, Gauri Deshmukh, Anthony A Estrada, Reina N Fuji, Paul Gibbons, Amy Gustafson, Seth F Harris, Jose Imperio, Wendy Liu, Xingrong Liu, Yichin Liu, Joseph P Lyssikatos, Changyou Ma, Jianping Yin, Joseph W Lewcock, Michael Siu
Significant data exists to suggest that dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK, MAP3K12) is a conserved regulator of neuronal degeneration following neuronal injury and in chronic neurodegenerative disease. Consequently, there is considerable interest in the identification of DLK inhibitors with a profile compatible with development for these indications. Herein, we use structure-based drug design combined with a focus on CNS drug-like properties to generate compounds with superior kinase selectivity and metabolic stability as compared to previously disclosed DLK inhibitors...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928839/analysis-of-resistance-associated-gene-expression-in-docetaxel-resistant-prostate-cancer-cells
#2
Sangchul Lee, Kwangtaek Kim, Jin-Nyoung Ho, Hyunjin Jin, Seok-Soo Byun, Eunsik Lee
Docetaxel-based chemotherapy is the standard treatment for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). However, a number of patients with metastatic CRPC are refractory to docetaxel or develop docetaxel resistance. The underlying molecular mechanisms of docetaxel resistance remain unclear, which is a significant burden to the management of metastatic prostate cancer. In the present study, the differential gene expression between docetaxel-sensitive (PC3) and docetaxel-resistant (PC3DR2) prostate cancer cells was identified using DNA microarrays, western blot analysis and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926338/melk-is-not-necessary-for-the-proliferation-of-basal-like-breast-cancer-cells
#3
Hai-Tsang Huang, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Tinghu Zhang, Yubao Wang, Baishan Jiang, Qing Li, Dennis L Buckley, Behnam Nabet, Justin M Roberts, Joshiawa Paulk, Shiva Dastjerdi, Georg E Winter, Hilary McLauchlan, Jennifer Moran, James E Bradner, Michael J Eck, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, Jean J Zhao, Nathanael S Gray
Thorough preclinical target validation is essential for the success of drug discovery efforts. In this study, we combined chemical and genetic perturbants, including the development of a novel selective maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) inhibitor HTH-01-091, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated MELK knockout, a novel chemical-induced protein degradation strategy, RNA interference and CRISPR interference to validate MELK as a therapeutic target in basal-like breast cancers (BBC). In common culture conditions, we found that small molecule inhibition, genetic deletion, or acute depletion of MELK did not significantly affect cellular growth...
September 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885866/caspase-inhibitors-a-review-of-recently-patented-compounds-2013-2015
#4
Hyemin Lee, Eun Ah Shin, Jae Hee Lee, Deoksoo Ahn, Chang Geun Kim, Ju-Ha Kim, Sung-Hoon Kim
Although many caspase inhibitors have been patented, caspase inhibitors have not entered the market due to their toxicity and poor pharmacokinetic profile. Areas covered: In this article, we review patents (2013-2015) for peptide and non-peptide caspase inhibitors and their compositions. Expert opinion: Noteworthy patents include a peptidic caspase-2 inhibitor for nasal administration and a peptidomimetic caspase-6 inhibitor that can be administered via several routes for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases...
September 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878352/s1pr1-drives-a-feed-forward-signalling-loop-to-regulate-batf3-and-the-transcriptional-programme-of-hodgkin-lymphoma-cells
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K Vrzalikova, M Ibrahim, M Vockerodt, T Perry, S Margielewska, L Lupino, E Nagy, E Soilleux, D Liebelt, R Hollows, A Last, G Reynolds, M Abdullah, H Curley, M Care, D Krappmann, R Tooze, J Allegood, S Spiegel, W Wei, C B J Woodman, P G Murray
The Hodgkin/Reed-Sternberg (HRS) cells of classical Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) are characterised by the aberrant activation of multiple signalling pathways. Here we show that a subset of HL displays altered expression of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptors (S1PR). S1P activates phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3-K) in these cells that is mediated by the increased expression of S1PR1 and the decreased expression of S1PR2. We also showed that genes regulated by PI3-K signalling pathway in HL cell lines significantly overlap with the transcriptional programme of primary HRS cells...
September 7, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814543/loss-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-signaling-is-protective-in-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-disease
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Claire E Le Pichon, William J Meilandt, Sara Dominguez, Hilda Solanoy, Han Lin, Hai Ngu, Alvin Gogineni, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Zhiyu Jiang, Seung-Hye Lee, Janice Maloney, Vineela D Gandham, Christine D Pozniak, Bei Wang, Sebum Lee, Michael Siu, Snahel Patel, Zora Modrusan, Xingrong Liu, York Rudhard, Miriam Baca, Amy Gustafson, Josh Kaminker, Richard A D Carano, Eric J Huang, Oded Foreman, Robby Weimer, Kimberly Scearce-Levie, Joseph W Lewcock
Hallmarks of chronic neurodegenerative disease include progressive synaptic loss and neuronal cell death, yet the cellular pathways that underlie these processes remain largely undefined. We provide evidence that dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) is an essential regulator of the progressive neurodegeneration that occurs in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. We demonstrate that DLK/c-Jun N-terminal kinase signaling was increased in mouse models and human patients with these disorders and that genetic deletion of DLK protected against axon degeneration, neuronal loss, and functional decline in vivo...
August 16, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764577/melk-a-potential-novel-therapeutic-target-for-tnbc-and-other-aggressive-malignancies
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REVIEW
Mary Kathryn Pitner, Juliana M Taliaferro, Kevin N Dalby, Chandra Bartholomeusz
There is an unmet need in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) patients for targeted therapies. Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is a promising target for inhibition based on the abundance of correlative and functional data supporting its role in various cancer types. Areas covered: This review endeavors to outline the role of MELK in cancer. Studies covering a range of biological functions including proliferation, apoptosis, cancer stem cell phenotypes, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, metastasis, and therapy resistance are discussed here in order to understand the potential of MELK as a clinically significant target for TNBC patients...
September 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733463/tlr4-and-c5ar-crosstalk-in-dendritic-cells-induces-a-core-regulatory-network-of-rsk2-pi3k%C3%AE-sgk1-and-foxo-transcription-factors
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Anouk Zaal, Benjamin Nota, Kat S Moore, Miranda Dieker, S Marieke van Ham, Anja Ten Brinke
Crosstalk between complement component 5a receptors (C5aRs) and TLRs in dendritic cells (DCs) occurs upon pathogen invasion; however, studies on C5aR and TLR crosstalk mainly focused on the modulating effect of C5a on TLR-induced cytokine production. To elucidate the breadth of C5aR and TLR4 crosstalk, the effect of simultaneous treatment with C5a and LPS was investigated in human monocyte-derived DCs (moDCs) 2 h after stimulation using whole transcriptome sequencing analysis. Although the effect of C5a on hallmark genes defining TLR4-induced DC maturation was limited at this time point, RNA sequencing analysis revealed a great variety of novel C5a targets, of which many interfere with TLR4-mediated immune activation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683086/phosphorylation-of-the-hiv-1-capsid-by-melk-triggers-uncoating-to-promote-viral-cdna-synthesis
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Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hideki Saito, Takeshi Noda, Tadashi Miyamoto, Tomokazu Yoshinaga, Kazutaka Terahara, Hiroshi Ishii, Yasuko Tsunetsugu-Yokota, Shoji Yamaoka
Regulation of capsid disassembly is crucial for efficient HIV-1 cDNA synthesis after entry, yet host factors involved in this process remain largely unknown. Here, we employ genetic screening of human T-cells to identify maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) as a host factor required for optimal uncoating of the HIV-1 core to promote viral cDNA synthesis. Depletion of MELK inhibited HIV-1 cDNA synthesis with a concomitant delay of capsid disassembly. MELK phosphorylated Ser-149 of the capsid in the multimerized HIV-1 core, and a mutant virus carrying a phosphorylation-mimetic amino-acid substitution of Ser-149 underwent premature capsid disassembly and earlier HIV-1 cDNA synthesis, and eventually failed to enter the nucleus...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673044/ctenopharyngodon-idella-ikk%C3%AE-interacts-with-pkr-and-i%C3%AE%C2%BAb%C3%AE
#10
Haizhou Wang, Qun Xu, Xiaowen Xu, Yousheng Hu, Qunhao Hou, Youlin Zhu, Chengyu Hu
Inhibitor of nuclear factor kappa-B kinase β (IKKβ) is a subunit of the IKK complex. It can activate the NF-κB pathway through phosphorylating IκB in response to a wide range of stimuli. In the present study, an IKKβ gene from grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella; KT282114) was cloned and identified by homologous cloning and rapid-amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) technique. The complete CiIKKβ cDNA is 3428 bp in length, with the longest open reading frame (ORF) of 2337 bp encoding a polypeptide of 778 amino acids...
August 1, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652378/caenorhabditis-elegans-ces-1-snail-represses-pig-1-melk-expression-to-control-asymmetric-cell-division
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Hai Wei, Bo Yan, Julien Gagneur, Barbara Conradt
Snail-like transcription factors affect stem cell function through mechanisms that are incompletely understood. In the Caenorhabditis elegans neurosecretory motor neuron (NSM) neuroblast lineage, CES-1 Snail coordinates cell cycle progression and cell polarity to ensure the asymmetric division of the NSM neuroblast and the generation of two daughter cells of different sizes and fates. We have previously shown that CES-1 Snail controls cell cycle progression by repressing the expression of cdc-25.2 CDC25. However, the mechanism through which CES-1 Snail affects cell polarity has been elusive...
August 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641113/enhanced-functional-genomic-screening-identifies-novel-mediators-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-injury-signaling-in-neurons
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Derek S Welsbie, Katherine L Mitchell, Vinod Jaskula-Ranga, Valentin M Sluch, Zhiyong Yang, Jessica Kim, Eugen Buehler, Amit Patel, Scott E Martin, Ping-Wu Zhang, Yan Ge, Yukan Duan, John Fuller, Byung-Jin Kim, Eman Hamed, Xitiz Chamling, Lei Lei, Iain D C Fraser, Ze'ev A Ronai, Cynthia A Berlinicke, Donald J Zack
Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) has been implicated in cell death signaling secondary to axonal damage in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and other neurons. To better understand the pathway through which DLK acts, we developed enhanced functional genomic screens in primary RGCs, including use of arrayed, whole-genome, small interfering RNA libraries. Explaining why DLK inhibition is only partially protective, we identify leucine zipper kinase (LZK) as cooperating with DLK to activate downstream signaling and cell death in RGCs, including in a mouse model of optic nerve injury, and show that the same pathway is active in human stem cell-derived RGCs...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640357/rna-sequencing-of-esophageal-adenocarcinomas-identifies-novel-fusion-transcripts-including-npc1-melk-arising-from-a-complex-chromosomal-rearrangement
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Zhixiong Wang, Yulan Cheng, John M Abraham, Rong Yan, Xi Liu, Wei Chen, Sariat Ibrahim, Gary P Schroth, Xiquan Ke, Yulong He, Stephen J Meltzer
BACKGROUND: Studies of chromosomal rearrangements and fusion transcripts have elucidated mechanisms of tumorigenesis and led to targeted cancer therapies. This study was aimed at identifying novel fusion transcripts in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC). METHODS: To identify new fusion transcripts associated with EAC, targeted RNA sequencing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) verification were performed in 40 EACs and matched nonmalignant specimens from the same patients...
June 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611248/the-aspergillus-fumigatus-crza-transcription-factor-activates-chitin-synthase-gene-expression-during-the-caspofungin-paradoxical-effect
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Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Marina Campos Rocha, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Rafael Silva-Rocha, Roberto Nascimento Silva, Fernanda Zanolli Freitas, Leandro José de Assis, Maria Célia Bertolini, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes invasive aspergillosis (IA), a life-threatening disease in immunocompromised humans. The echinocandin caspofungin, adopted as a second-line therapy in combating IA, is a β-1,3-glucan synthase inhibitor, which, when used in high concentrations, reverts the anticipated A. fumigatus growth inhibition, a phenomenon called the "caspofungin paradoxical effect" (CPE). The CPE has been widely associated with increased chitin content in the cell wall due to a compensatory upregulation of chitin synthase-encoding genes...
June 13, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593342/the-role-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dlk-in-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis-a-potential-target-for-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-commentary-to-b%C3%A3-rchers-et-al-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-dlk-activation-contributes-to-apoptosis-in-the-%C3%AE-cell-line-hit
#15
EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588728/maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
#16
Jianjian Cheng, Binyu Qin, Bao Liu, Taibo Huang, Yuguang Li, Lijun Ma
Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) performs an important role in self-renewal and proliferation of progenitor cells or tumor stem cells, and is expressed in aggressive cancers, contributing to tumorigenesis. However, the function of MELK in metastasis is unknown. In the present study, the lung cancer A549 cell line was utilized in order to study the role of MELK in epithelial-mesenchymal transitions (EMTs), the initial step of tumor metastasis. It was identified that transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) could downregulate the expression of MELK, and that MELK could inhibit EMT by regulating TGF-β signaling...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586211/structure-based-design-of-n-3-1h-pyrazolo-3-4-b-pyridin-5-yl-ethynyl-benzenesulfonamides-as-selective-leucine-zipper-and-sterile-%C3%AE-motif-kinase-zak-inhibitors
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Yu Chang, Xiaoyun Lu, Marthandam Asokan Shibu, Yi-Bo Dai, Jinfeng Luo, Yan Zhang, Yingjun Li, Peng Zhao, Zhang Zhang, Yong Xu, Zheng-Chao Tu, Qing-Wen Zhang, Cai-Hong Yun, Chih-Yang Huang, Ke Ding
A series of N-(3-((1H-pyrazolo[3,4-b]pyridin-5-yl)ethynyl)benzenesulfonamides were designed as the first class of highly selective ZAK inhibitors. The representative compound 3h strongly inhibits the kinase activity of ZAK with an IC50 of 3.3 nM and dose-dependently suppresses the activation of ZAK downstream signals in vitro and in vivo, while it is significantly less potent for the majority of 403 nonmutated kinases evaluated. Compound 3h also exhibits orally therapeutic effects on cardiac hypertrophy in a spontaneous hypertensive rat model...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578021/transcriptome-profiling-of-the-floral-buds-and-discovery-of-genes-related-to-sex-differentiation-in-the-dioecious-cucurbit-coccinia-grandis-l-voigt
#18
Jatindra Nath Mohanty, Sanghamitra Nayak, Sumita Jha, Raj Kumar Joshi
Dioecious species offer an inclusive structure to study the molecular basis of sexual dimorphism in angiosperms. Despite having a small genome and heteromorphic sex chromosomes, Coccinia grandis is a highly neglected dioecious species with little information available on its physical state, genetic orientation and key sex-defining elements. In the present study, we performed RNA-Seq and DGE analysis of male (MB) and female (FB) buds in C. grandis to gain insights into the molecular basis of sex determination in this plant...
August 30, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550372/tnf%C3%AE-induced-dlk-activation-contributes-to-apoptosis-in-the-beta-cell-line-hit
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Svenja Börchers, Rohollah Babaei, Catarina Klimpel, Jorge Duque Escobar, Sabine Schröder, Roland Blume, Muhammad Nasir Hayat Malik, Elke Oetjen
Reduction in beta-cell mass and function contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus type 2. The proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF)α and interleukin (IL)-1β have been implicated in the pathogenesis of this disease. Overexpression of the dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) inhibits beta-cell function and induces apoptosis in the beta-cell line HIT. In the present study, it was investigated whether TNFα or IL-1β stimulates DLK enzymatic activity. Immunoblot analysis, transient transfection with luciferase reporter gene assays, and immunofluorescence were used...
August 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539269/ursodeoxycholic-acid-attenuates-experimental-autoimmune-arthritis-by-targeting-th17-and-inducing-pampk-and-transcriptional-corepressor-smile
#20
Eun-Jung Lee, Jeong-Eun Kwon, Min-Jung Park, Kyung-Ah Jung, Da-Som Kim, Eun-Kyung Kim, Seung Hoon Lee, Jong Young Choi, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
BACKGROUND: Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) has been known that UDCA has prominent effects on liver, however, there is little known about its influence on autoimmune disease. Here, the benefit of UDCA on arthritis rheumatoid (RA) in vivo was tested. METHODS: RA mouse were induced using collagen II (CIA, collagen induced arthritis) where the disease severity or UDCA-related signaling pathway such as AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) or small heterodimer partner interacting leucine zipper protein (SMILE) was evaluated by westerblot and immunohistochemical staining...
August 2017: Immunology Letters
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