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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440222/dual-leucine-zipper-kinase-dependent-perk-activation-contributes-to-neuronal-degeneration-following-insult
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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
#2
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...
March 23, 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
#3
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...
April 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362657/epigenetics-of-cd4-t-cells-in-autoimmune-diseases
#4
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...
March 30, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351607/discovery-of-a-potent-inhibitor-of-melk-that-inhibits-expression-of-the-anti-apoptotic-protein-mcl-1-and-tnbc-cell-growth
#5
Ramakrishna Edupuganti, Juliana M Taliaferro, Qiantao Wang, Xuemei Xie, Eun Jeong Cho, Fnu Vidhu, Pengyu Ren, Eric V Anslyn, Chandra Bartholomeusz, Kevin N Dalby
Despite recent advances in molecularly directed therapy, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) remains one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, still without a suitable target for specific inhibitors. Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is highly expressed in TNBC, where level of overexpression correlates with poor prognosis and an aggressive disease course. Herein, we describe the discovery through targeted kinase inhibitor library screening, and structure-guided design of a series of ATP-competitive indolinone derivatives with subnanomolar inhibition constants towards MELK...
May 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337968/crispr-cas9-mutagenesis-invalidates-a-putative-cancer-dependency-targeted-in-on-going-clinical-trials
#6
Ann Lin, Christopher J Giuliano, Nicole M Sayles, Jason M Sheltzer
The Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase (MELK) has been reported to be a genetic dependency in several cancer types. MELK RNAi and small-molecule inhibitors of MELK block the proliferation of various cancer cell lines, and MELK knockdown has been described as particularly effective against the highly-aggressive basal/triple-negative subtype of breast cancer. Based on these preclinical results, the MELK inhibitor OTS167 is currently being tested as a novel chemotherapy agent in several clinical trials. Here, we report that mutagenizing MELK with CRISPR/Cas9 has no effect on the fitness of basal breast cancer cell lines or cell lines from six other cancer types...
March 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275243/the-microrna-expression-signature-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-tumor-suppressors-of-mir-27a-5p-and-mir-34b-3p-and-their-targeted-oncogenes
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Keiko Mizuno, Hiroko Mataki, Takayuki Arai, Atsushi Okato, Kazuto Kamikawaji, Tomohiro Kumamoto, Tsubasa Hiraki, Kazuhito Hatanaka, Hiromasa Inoue, Naohiko Seki
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) constitutes approximately 15% of all diagnosed lung cancers. SCLC is a particularly lethal malignancy, as the 2-year survival rate after appropriate treatment is less than 5%. The patients with SCLC have not been received a benefit of the recently developed molecular targeted treatment. Therefore, a new treatment strategy is necessary for the patients. The molecular mechanisms underlying the aggressiveness of SCLC cells and their development of treatment-resistance are still ambiguous...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230786/sex-specificity-of-mineralocorticoid-target-gene-expression-during-renal-development-and-long-term-consequences
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Laurence Dumeige, Caroline Storey, Lyvianne Decourtye, Melanie Nehlich, Christophe Lhadj, Say Viengchareun, Laurent Kappeler, Marc Lombès, Laetitia Martinerie
Sex differences have been identified in various biological processes, including hypertension. The mineralocorticoid signaling pathway is an important contributor to early arterial hypertension, however its sex-specific expression has been scarcely studied, particularly with respect to the kidney. Basal systolic blood pressure (SBP) and heart rate (HR) were measured in adult male and female mice. Renal gene expression studies of major players of mineralocorticoid signaling were performed at different developmental stages in male and female mice using reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR), and were compared to those of the same genes in the lung, another mineralocorticoid epithelial target tissue that regulates ion exchange and electrolyte balance...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222251/prognostic-methylation-markers-for-overall-survival-in-cytogenetically-normal-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-treated-on-swog-trials
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Xiaoyu Qu, Megan Othus, Jerry Davison, Yu Wu, Liying Yan, Soheil Meshinchi, Fabiana Ostronoff, Elihu H Estey, Jerry P Radich, Harry P Erba, Frederick R Appelbaum, Min Fang
BACKGROUND: Aberrant DNA methylation is known to occur in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), whereas methylation signatures and prognostic markers have been proposed. The objective of the current study was to evaluate all CpG sites of the genome and identify prognostic methylation markers for overall survival in patients with AML with normal karyotype (AML-NK). METHODS: AML-NK samples from 7 SWOG trials were analyzed using a novel genome-wide approach called "CHARMcox" (comprehensive high-throughput array-based relative methylation analysis combined with the Cox proportional hazards model) controlling for known clinical covariates...
February 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214016/melk-expression-in-ovarian-cancer-correlates-with-poor-outcome-and-its-inhibition-by-otssp167-abrogates-proliferation-and-viability-of-ovarian-cancer-cells
#10
Reto S Kohler, Henriette Kettelhack, Alexandra M Knipprath-Mészaros, André Fedier, Andreas Schoetzau, Francis Jacob, Viola Heinzelmann-Schwarz
OBJECTIVE: Maternal embryonic leucine-zipper kinase (MELK) shows oncogenic properties in basal-like breast cancer, a cancer subtype sharing common molecular features with high-grade serous ovarian cancer. We examined the potential of MELK as a molecular and pharmacological target for treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). METHODS/MATERIALS: Bioinformatic analysis was performed on nine OC transcriptomic data sets totaling 1241 patients. Effects of MELK depletion by shRNA or inhibition by OTSSP167 in cell lines were assessed by colony formation and MTT (proliferation) assays, Western blotting (apoptosis), and flow cytometry (cell cycle analysis)...
February 14, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186750/-addition-and-subtraction-selectivity-design-for-type-ii-maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-inhibitors
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Xin Chen, John Giraldes, Elizabeth R Sprague, Subarna Shakya, Zhuoliang Chen, Yaping Wang, Carol Joud, Simon Mathieu, Christine Hiu-Tung Chen, Christopher Straub, Jose Duca, Kristen Hurov, Yanqiu Yuan, Wenlin Shao, B Barry Touré
While adding the structural features that are more favored by on-target activity is the more common strategy in selectivity optimization, the opposite strategy of subtracting the structural features that contribute more to off-target activity can also be very effective. Reported here is our successful effort of improving the kinase selectivity of type II maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase inhibitors by applying these two complementary approaches together, which clearly demonstrates the powerful synergy between them...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111074/apoe2-apoe3-and-apoe4-differentially-stimulate-app-transcription-and-a%C3%AE-secretion
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Yu-Wen Alvin Huang, Bo Zhou, Marius Wernig, Thomas C Südhof
Human apolipoprotein E (ApoE) apolipoprotein is primarily expressed in three isoforms (ApoE2, ApoE3, and ApoE4) that differ only by two residues. ApoE4 constitutes the most important genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD), ApoE3 is neutral, and ApoE2 is protective. How ApoE isoforms influence AD pathogenesis, however, remains unclear. Using ES-cell-derived human neurons, we show that ApoE secreted by glia stimulates neuronal Aβ production with an ApoE4 > ApoE3 > ApoE2 potency rank order. We demonstrate that ApoE binding to ApoE receptors activates dual leucine-zipper kinase (DLK), a MAP-kinase kinase kinase that then activates MKK7 and ERK1/2 MAP kinases...
January 26, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030830/ikaros-regulation-of-the-bcl6-bach2-axis-and-its-clinical-relevance-in-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Zheng Ge, Xilian Zhou, Yan Gu, Qi Han, Jianyong Li, Baoan Chen, Qinyu Ge, Elanora Dovat, Jonathon L Payne, Tianyu Sun, Chunhua Song, Sinisa Dovat
B-Cell CLL/Lymphoma 6 (BCL6) is a proto-oncogene that is highly expressed in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). BTB and CNC Homology 1 Basic Leucine Zipper Transcription Factor 2 (BACH2) is a suppressor of transcription. The BACH2-BCL6 balance controls selection at the pre-B cell receptor checkpoint by regulating p53 expression. However, the underlying mechanism and the clinical relevance of the BCL6/BACH2 axis are unknown. Here, we found that Ikaros, a tumor suppressor encoded by IKZF1, directly binds to both the BCL6 and BACH2 promoters where it suppresses BCL6 and promotes BACH2 expression in B-cell ALL (B-ALL) cells...
January 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018412/the-role-and-regulation-of-abi5-aba-insensitive-5-in-plant-development-abiotic-stress-responses-and-phytohormone-crosstalk
#14
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Anna Skubacz, Agata Daszkowska-Golec, Iwona Szarejko
ABA Insensitive 5 (ABI5) is a basic leucine zipper transcription factor that plays a key role in the regulation of seed germination and early seedling growth in the presence of ABA and abiotic stresses. ABI5 functions in the core ABA signaling, which is composed of PYR/PYL/RCAR receptors, PP2C phosphatases and SnRK2 kinases, through the regulation of the expression of genes that contain the ABSCISIC ACID RESPONSE ELEMENT (ABRE) motif within their promoter region. The regulated targets include stress adaptation genes, e...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017720/retinal-expression-and-localization-of-mef2c-support-its-important-role-in-photoreceptor-gene-expression
#15
Anne Wolf, Alexander Aslanidis, Thomas Langmann
Photoreceptor-specific gene expression is controlled by a hierarchical network of transcription factors, including the master regulators cone-rod homeobox (Crx) and neural retina leucine zipper (Nrl). Myocyte-enhancer factor 2c (Mef2c) is an ubiquitously expressed transcription factor with important functions in the cardiovascular system. Here, we performed a detailed analysis of Mef2c expression, localization and function in the retina to further elucidate its potential role for photoreceptor gene regulation...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009276/mitochondria-localize-to-injured-axons-to-support-regeneration
#16
Sung Min Han, Huma S Baig, Marc Hammarlund
Axon regeneration is essential to restore the nervous system after axon injury. However, the neuronal cell biology that underlies axon regeneration is incompletely understood. Here we use in vivo, single-neuron analysis to investigate the relationship between nerve injury, mitochondrial localization, and axon regeneration. Mitochondria translocate into injured axons so that average mitochondria density increases after injury. Moreover, single-neuron analysis reveals that axons that fail to increase mitochondria have poor regeneration...
December 21, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920471/identification-of-il11ra-and-melk-amplification-in-gastric-cancer-by-comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-gastric-cancer-cell-lines
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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...
December 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Function
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