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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151817/microrna-214-3p-inhibits-proliferation-and-cell-cycle-progression-by-targeting-melk-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-correlates-cancer-prognosis
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Yue Li, You Li, Yao Chen, Qian Xie, Ningning Dong, Yanjun Gao, Huan Deng, Chunhua Lu, Suihai Wang
Background: MicroRNAs are considered as potential regulators in various biological pathways and contribute to the diagnosis and prognosis of cancers. MicroRNA-214-3p (miR-214-3p) was proved to be correlated with various cancers in recent studies. However, the biological functions of miR-214-3p in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its association with the prognosis of HCC after liver transplantation are still unevaluated. Here we intended to elucidate the functional implication of miR-214-3p in regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis and its potential prediction of clinical prognosis of HCC patients...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122991/maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-is-a-novel-target-for-proliferation-associated-high-risk-myeloma
#2
Arnold Bolomsky, Roy Heusschen, Karin Schlangen, Kathrin Stangelberger, Joséphine Muller, Wolfgang Schreiner, Niklas Zojer, Jo Caers, Heinz Ludwig
Treatment of high-risk patients is a major challenge in multiple myeloma. This is especially true for patients assigned to the gene-expression-profiling defined proliferation subgroup. Although recent efforts have identified some key players of proliferative myeloma, genetic interactions and players that can be targeted with clinically effective drugs have to be identified to overcome the poor prognosis of these patients. We therefore examined maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) for its implications in hyper-proliferative myeloma and analysed the activity of the MELK inhibitor OTSSP167 in vitro and in vivo...
November 9, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079530/identification-and-function-of-camp-response-element-binding-protein-in-oak-silkworm-antheraea-pernyi
#3
Jin Gao, Yu Sun, Yuxuan Sun, Chen Chen, Saima Kausar, Jiwu Tian, Baojian Zhu, Chaoliang Liu
Cyclic AMP response element binding (CREB) proteins participate in the regulation of many biological processes. However, little is known about their role in immune regulation in the Oak silkworm (Antheraea pernyi). In this study, a CREB gene was identified in A. pernyi and its role in immune regulation was investigated. ApCREB shares conserved signature motifs with other CREB proteins, and includes a typical leucine zipper domain, specific DNA-binding site, nuclear localisation signal (NLS) and cAMP-dependent protein kinase phosphorylation site...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059216/protective-effect-of-dexamethasone-on-5-fu-induced-oral-mucositis-in-hamsters
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Susana Barbosa Ribeiro, Aurigena Antunes de Araújo, Raimundo Fernandes de Araújo Júnior, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Renata Carvalho Leitão, Maisie Mitchele Barbosa, Vinicius Barreto Garcia, Aldo Cunha Medeiros, Caroline Addison Carvalho Xavier de Medeiros
Oral mucositis (OM) is an important side effect of cancer treatment, characterized by ulcerative lesions in the mucosa of patients undergoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy, which has marked effects on patient quality of life and cancer therapy continuity. Considering that few protocols have demonstrated efficacy in preventing this side effect, the aim of this study was to examine the effect of dexamethasone (DEX) on OM induced by 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in hamsters by studying signaling pathways. OM was induced in hamsters by 5-FU followed by mechanical trauma (MT) on day 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28993483/the-ste20-family-kinases-map4k4-mink1-and-tnik-converge-to-regulate-stress-induced-jnk-signaling-in-neurons
#5
Martin Larhammar, Sarah Huntwork-Rodriguez, York Rudhard, Arundhati Sengupta-Ghosh, Joseph W Lewcock
The c-Jun-N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling pathway regulates nervous system development, axon regeneration, and neuronal degeneration following acute injury or in chronic neurodegenerative disease. Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK) is required for stress-induced JNK signaling in neurons, yet the factors that initiate DLK/JNK pathway activity remain poorly defined. In the present study, we identify the Ste20 kinases MAP4K4, TNIK, and MINK1 as upstream regulators of DLK/JNK signaling in neurons. Using a trophic factor withdrawal-based model of neurodegeneration in both male and female embryonic mouse dorsal root ganglion neurons, we show that MAP4K4, TNIK, and MINK1 act redundantly to regulate DLK activation and downstream JNK dependent phosphorylation of c-Jun in response to stress...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982580/stimulation-of-transient-receptor-potential-m3-trpm3-channels-increases-interleukin-8-gene-promoter-activity-involving-ap-1-and-extracellular-signal-regulated-protein-kinase
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Sandra Rubil, Andrea Lesch, Naofumi Mukaida, Gerald Thiel
Stimulation of Ca(2+) permeable TRPM3 (transient receptor potential melastatin-3) channels with the steroid ligand pregnenolone sulfate activates stimulus-responsive transcription factors, including the transcription factor AP-1 (activator protein-1). As part of a search for AP-1-regulated target genes we analyzed the gene encoding interleukin-8 (IL-8) in HEK293 cells expressing TRPM3 channels. Here, we show that stimulation of TRPM3 channels activated transcription of an IL-8 promoter-controlled reporter gene that was embedded into the chromatin of the cells...
October 2, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946816/effect-of-tnf-%C3%AE-on-molecules-related-to-the-insulin-action-in-endometrial-cells-exposed-to-hyperandrogenic-and-hyperinsulinic-conditions-characteristics-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#7
Lorena Oróstica, Paula García, Carolina Vera, Víctor García, Carmen Romero, Margarita Vega
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects not only ovarian functions but is also able to affect endometrium metabolism. Around 80% of women with PCOS are obese. High tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α production and low adiponectin levels are characteristics of obesity. Interestingly, endometrium from obese women with PCOS presents an insulin-resistance condition, high TNF-α levels, and low adiponectin levels. However, TNF-α effect on molecules associated with insulin action in endometrial cells remains unclear...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929759/selective-inhibitors-of-dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dlk-map3k12-with-activity-in-a-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
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...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928839/analysis-of-resistance-associated-gene-expression-in-docetaxel-resistant-prostate-cancer-cells
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#13
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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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
#15
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...
October 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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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...
October 15, 2017: Cancer
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