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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764577/melk-a-potential-novel-therapeutic-target-for-tnbc-and-other-aggressive-malignancies
#1
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...
August 16, 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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
Hai Wei, Bo Yan, Julien Gagneur, Barbara Conradt
Snail-like transcription factors affect stem cell function through mechanisms that are incompletely understood. In the C. elegans 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...
June 26, 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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588728/maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-regulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
#10
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
#11
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
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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
#14
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536141/melk-and-ezh2-cooperate-to-regulate-medulloblastoma-cancer-stem-like-cell-proliferation-and-differentiation
#15
Hailong Liu, Qianwen Sun, Youliang Sun, Junping Zhang, Hongyu Yuan, Shuhuan Pang, Xueling Qi, Haoran Wang, Mingshan Zhang, Hongwei Zhang, Chunjiang Yu, Chunyu Gu
Medulloblastoma is the most common malignant brain tumor in children. Although accumulated research has suggested that cancer stem-like cells play a key role in medulloblastoma tumorigenesis, the specific molecular mechanism regarding proliferation remains elusive. Here, we reported more abundant expression of maternal embryonic leucine-zipper kinase (MELK) and enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) in medulloblastoma stem-like cells than in neural stem cells and the interaction between the two proteins could mediate the self-renewal of sonic hedgehog subtype medulloblastoma...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528776/structural-basis-of-tpr-mediated-oligomerization-and-activation-of-oncogenic-fusion-kinases
#16
Kuntal Pal, Abhishek Bandyopadhyay, X Edward Zhou, Qingping Xu, David P Marciano, Joseph S Brunzelle, Smitha Yerrum, Patrick R Griffin, George Vande Woude, Karsten Melcher, H Eric Xu
The nuclear pore complex subunit TPR is found in at least five different oncogenic fusion kinases, including TPR-MET, yet how TPR fusions promote activation of kinases and their oncogenic activities remains poorly understood. Here we report the crystal structure of TPR(2-142), the MET fusion partner of oncogenic TPR-MET. TPR(2-142) contains a continuous 124-residue α helix that forms an antiparallel tetramer from two leucine zipper-containing parallel coiled coils. Remarkably, single mutations cause strikingly different conformations of the coiled coil, indicating its highly dynamic nature...
June 6, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440222/dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-perk-activation-contributes-to-neuronal-degeneration-following-insult
#17
Martin Larhammar, Sarah Huntwork-Rodriguez, Zhiyu Jiang, Hilda Solanoy, Arundhati Sengupta Ghosh, Bei Wang, Joshua S Kaminker, Kevin Huang, Jeffrey Eastham-Anderson, Michael Siu, Zora Modrusan, Madeline M Farley, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Joseph W Lewcock, Trent A Watkins
The PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) arm of the Integrated Stress Response (ISR) is implicated in neurodegenerative disease, although the regulators and consequences of PERK activation following neuronal injury are poorly understood. Here we show that PERK signaling is a component of the mouse MAP kinase neuronal stress response controlled by the Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase (DLK) and contributes to DLK-mediated neurodegeneration. We find that DLK-activating insults ranging from nerve injury to neurotrophin deprivation result in both c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) signaling and the PERK- and ISR-dependent upregulation of the Activating Transcription Factor 4 (ATF4)...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438385/small-molecules-inhibit-stat3-activation-autophagy-and-cancer-cell-anchorage-independent-growth
#18
Donghui Zhou, Maya Z Springer, David Xu, Degang Liu, Andy Hudmon, Kay F Macleod, Samy O Meroueh
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack the signature targets of other breast tumors, such as HER2, estrogen receptor, and progesterone receptor. These aggressive basal-like tumors are driven by a complex array of signaling pathways that are activated by multiple driver mutations. Here we report the discovery of 6 (KIN-281), a small molecule that inhibits multiple kinases including maternal leucine zipper kinase (MELK) and the non-receptor tyrosine kinase bone marrow X-linked (BMX) with single-digit micromolar IC50s...
June 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396258/dlk-silencing-attenuated-neuron-apoptosis-through-jip3-ma2k7-jnk-pathway-in-early-brain-injury-after-sah-in-rats
#19
Cheng Yin, Guang-Fu Huang, Xiao-Chuan Sun, Zongduo Guo, John H Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK/MA3K12) has been reported involved in apoptosis and neuronal degeneration during neural development and traumatic brain injury. This study was designed to investigate the role of DLK with its adaptor protein JNK interacting protein-3 (JIP3), and its downstream MA2K7/JNK signaling pathway in early brain injury (EBI) after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) in a rat model. DESIGN: Controlled in vivo laboratory study. SETTING: Animal research laboratory...
July 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362657/epigenetics-of-cd4-t-cells-in-autoimmune-diseases
#20
Zijun Wang, Christopher Chang, Qianjin Lu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Autoimmune disorders are a group of overactive symptoms because of abnormal immune responses. Progress of novel mechanisms for autoimmune diseases has been restrained by incomplete understanding of immune disturbance. Recent advances in autoimmune diseases have been well documented by epigenetic alterations (DNA methylation, histone modification, and microRNAs), which alter the transcription activity of genes that are involved in autoimmune responses. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple environmental factors (trichloroethylene, breast milk, and vitamin C) initiate aberrant epigenetic modifications in CD4 T cells, leading to a list of transcriptional deregulations in several genes (Ifng, Cd70, Tnf, Dnmt3a, and Foxp3) that determine T-cell identity...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
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