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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290796/prlz-increases-prostate-cancer-docetaxel-resistance-by-inhibiting-lkb1-ampk-mediated-autophagy
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Jin Zeng, Wei Liu, Yi-Zeng Fan, Da-Lin He, Lei Li
Rationale: Docetaxel-mediated chemotherapy is the first-line standard approach and has been determined to show a survival advantage for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients. However, a substantial proportion of patients eventually becomes refractory due to drug resistance. The detailed mechanisms remain unclear. We have previously reported that Prostate Leucine Zipper (PrLZ), a specific oncogene of prostate cancer (PCa), promotes PCa cell growth at the castration-resistant stage, thus suggesting a vital role of PrLZ in the progression of CRPC...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224245/regulation-of-c-myc-transcriptional-activity-by-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-stimulated-clone-22
#2
Ling Zheng, Hiroyuki Suzuki, Yuka Nakajo, Akinobu Nakano, Mitsuyasu Kato
C-MYC stimulates cell proliferation through the suppression of cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) inhibitors including P15 (CDKN2B) and P21 (CDKN1A). It also activates E-box-mediated transcription of various target genes including telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) that is involved in cellular immortality and tumorigenesis. Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-β1)-stimulated clone 22 (TSC-22/TSC22D1) encodes a highly conserved leucine zipper protein that is induced by various stimuli, including TGF-β. TSC-22 inhibits cell growth in mammalian cells and in Xenopus embryos...
December 10, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212029/melk-promotes-melanoma-growth-by-stimulating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#3
Radoslav Janostiak, Navin Rauniyar, TuKiet T Lam, Jianhong Ou, Lihua J Zhu, Michael R Green, Narendra Wajapeyee
Melanoma accounts for more than 80% of skin cancer-related deaths, and current therapies provide only short-term benefit to patients. Here, we show in melanoma cells that maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is transcriptionally upregulated by the MAPK pathway via transcription factor E2F1. MELK knockdown or pharmacological inhibition blocked melanoma growth and enhanced the effectiveness of BRAFV600E inhibitor against melanoma cells. To identify mediators of MELK function, we performed stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) and identified 469 proteins that had downregulated phosphorylation after MELK inhibition...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192136/up-regulated-maternal-embryonic-leucine-zipper-kinase-predicts-poor-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Shaohan Wu, Xujian Chen, Chundong Hu, Jing Wang, Yiyu Shen, Zhengxiang Zhong
BACKGROUND Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) has been implicated in various types of tumors, but its expression profile and clinicopathologic significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Chinese Han people remains unknown. Therefore, this study attempted to investigate the expression pattern of MELK in HCC tissues obtained from a Chinese Han population. MATERIAL AND METHODS The expression of MELK, from RNA to protein levels, in HCC or disease-free human liver tissues was evaluated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assays and immunohistochemistry staining, and its prognostic significance was determined based on its impact on HCC patients' survival...
December 1, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191878/the-target-landscape-of-clinical-kinase-drugs
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Susan Klaeger, Stephanie Heinzlmeir, Mathias Wilhelm, Harald Polzer, Binje Vick, Paul-Albert Koenig, Maria Reinecke, Benjamin Ruprecht, Svenja Petzoldt, Chen Meng, Jana Zecha, Katrin Reiter, Huichao Qiao, Dominic Helm, Heiner Koch, Melanie Schoof, Giulia Canevari, Elena Casale, Stefania Re Depaolini, Annette Feuchtinger, Zhixiang Wu, Tobias Schmidt, Lars Rueckert, Wilhelm Becker, Jan Huenges, Anne-Kathrin Garz, Bjoern-Oliver Gohlke, Daniel Paul Zolg, Gian Kayser, Tonu Vooder, Robert Preissner, Hannes Hahne, Neeme Tõnisson, Karl Kramer, Katharina Götze, Florian Bassermann, Judith Schlegl, Hans-Christian Ehrlich, Stephan Aiche, Axel Walch, Philipp A Greif, Sabine Schneider, Eduard Rudolf Felder, Juergen Ruland, Guillaume Médard, Irmela Jeremias, Karsten Spiekermann, Bernhard Kuster
Kinase inhibitors are important cancer therapeutics. Polypharmacology is commonly observed, requiring thorough target deconvolution to understand drug mechanism of action. Using chemical proteomics, we analyzed the target spectrum of 243 clinically evaluated kinase drugs. The data revealed previously unknown targets for established drugs, offered a perspective on the "druggable" kinome, highlighted (non)kinase off-targets, and suggested potential therapeutic applications. Integration of phosphoproteomic data refined drug-affected pathways, identified response markers, and strengthened rationale for combination treatments...
December 1, 2017: Science
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
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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
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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
#9
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
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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
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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
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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...
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#20
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
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