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Leucine zipper kinase

Kimberly A Fernandes, Katherine L Mitchell, Amit Patel, Olivia J Marola, Peter Shrager, Donald J Zack, Richard T Libby, Derek S Welsbie
Optic neuropathies such as glaucoma are characterized by the degeneration of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and the irreversible loss of vision. In these diseases, focal axon injury triggers a propagating axon degeneration and, eventually, cell death. Previous work by us and others identified dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) and JUN N-terminal kinase (JNK) as key mediators of somal cell death signaling in RGCs following axonal injury. Moreover, others have shown that activation of the DLK/JNK pathway contributes to distal axonal degeneration in some neuronal subtypes and that this activation is dependent on the adaptor protein, sterile alpha and TIR motif containing 1 (SARM1)...
March 8, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Wolfgang Dröge-Laser, Christoph Weiste
Sustaining energy homeostasis is crucial to every living being. To balance energy supply and demand, plants make use of an evolutionarily conserved management system consisting of two counteracting kinases, TOR (TARGET OF RAPAMYCIN) and SnRK1 (Snf1-RELATED PROTEIN KINASE 1). SnRK1 is involved in reorganizing enzymatic and transcriptional responses to survive energy-limiting conditions. Recently, members of the bZIP (basic leucine zipper) transcription factor family have been established as SnRK1 downstream mediators...
March 7, 2018: Trends in Plant Science
Gerald Thiel, Oliver G Rössler
The polyphenol resveratrol is found and many plant and fruits and is a constituent of our diet. Resveratrol has been proposed to have chemopreventive and anti-inflammatory activities. On the cellular level, resveratrol activates stimulus-regulated transcription factors. To identify resveratrol-responsive elements within a natural gene promoter, the molecular pathway leading to c-Fos gene expression by resveratrol was dissected. The c-Fos gene encodes a basic region leucine zipper transcription factor and is a prototype of an immediate-early gene that is regulated by a wide range of signaling molecules...
March 4, 2018: Gene
Harri Härmä, Natalia Tong-Ochoa, Arjan J van Adrichem, Ilian Jelesarov, Krister Wennerberg, Kari Kopra
Post-translational modification (PTM) of proteins plays essential regulatory roles in a variety of pathological conditions. Reliable and practical assays are required to accelerate the discovery of inhibitors and activators for PTM related diseases. Today, methodologies are based on specific or group-specific PTM recognition of e.g. phosphate for kinase activity without extending to other type of PTMs. Here we have established a universal time-resolved luminescence assay on a peptide-break platform for the direct detection of wide variety of PTMs...
March 2, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Yan Wang, Caifu Luan, Guili Zhang, Chengming Sun
cMaf is a leucine-zipper transcription factor that is involved in cell differentiation, oncogenic transformation, and human diseases; however, the functions of cMaf in inflammatory responses in macrophages are still not fully understood. Western blot analysis showed that cMaf expression was induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation in mouse macrophages. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to detect the level of expression of inflammatory cytokines after knockdown of cMaf expression in macrophages using a small interfering RNA (siRNA)...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Amanda K Galan-Davila, Jiyoon Ryu, Kun Dong, Yang Xiao, Zhe Dai, Deling Zhang, Zhi Li, Amanda M Dick, Kevin D Liu, Amrita Kamat, Min Lu, Qunfeng Dong, Feng Liu, Lily Q Dong
Adiponectin is an adipocyte-derived hormone with antidiabetic activities, which include increasing the sensitivity of cells to insulin. Adaptor protein containing pleckstrin homology domain, phosphotyrosine-binding domain, and leucine zipper motif (APPL1) stimulates adiponectin signaling and promotes adiponectin's insulin-sensitizing effects by binding to two adiponectin receptors, AdipoR1 and AdipoR2, and the insulin receptor. In the present study, we report on an alternative splicing variant of APPL1 (APPL1sv) that is highly expressed in mouse liver, pancreas, and spleen tissues...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Emira Ayroldi, Maria Grazia Petrillo, Maria Cristina Marchetti, Lorenza Cannarile, Simona Ronchetti, Erika Ricci, Luigi Cari, Nicola Avenia, Sonia Moretti, Efisio Puxeddu, Carlo Riccardi
Long glucocorticoid-induced leucine zipper (L-GILZ) has recently been implicated in cancer cell proliferation. Here, we investigated its role in human thyroid cancer cells. L-GILZ protein was highly expressed in well-differentiated cancer cells from thyroid cancer patients and differentiated thyroid cancer cell lines, but poorly expressed in anaplastic tumors. A fusion protein containing L-GILZ, when overexpressed in an L-GILZ-deficient 8505C cell line derived from undifferentiated human thyroid cancer tissue, inhibited cellular proliferation in vitro...
February 21, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Mei Jiang, Dan-Dan Tu, Wen-Bin Gu, Yi-Lian Zhou, Qi-Hui Zhu, Xiao-Ling Guo, Miao-An Shu
IKK (inhibitor of NF-κB kinase) is the core regulator for NF-κB (nuclear factor-κB) pathway against pathogenic invasion in vertebrates or invertebrates. However, the IKK from crab species has not yet been identified. In the present study, three full-length cDNA sequences of IKKs from mud crab Scylla paramamosain, designated as SpIKKβ, SpIKKε1 and SpIKKε2, were firstly cloned through RT-PCR and RACE methods. This is also the first report about the identification of two IKKε genes in mud crab and even in crustaceans...
February 15, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Kosei Hasegawa, Yuji Ikeda, Yuko Kunugi, Akira Kurosaki, Yuichi Imai, Shunsuke Kohyama, Shoji Nagao, Eito Kozawa, Koji Yoshida, Takuya Tsunoda, Yusuke Nakamura, Keiichi Fujiwara
Cancer immunotherapy has now been established as a leading standard therapeutic option in a subset of patients with cancer. In this study, we conducted a phase I dose-escalation trial using a mixture of 5 peptides to vaccinate cervical cancer patients with HLA-A*2402. The primary endpoints were safety and determination of a recommended vaccine dose, and the secondary endpoints were evaluations of immunologic responses and clinical efficacy. All patients had recurrent or persistent disease and had failed to respond to or were intolerant to prior standard chemotherapy...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Christopher J Giuliano, Ann Lin, Joan C Smith, Ann C Palladino, Jason M Sheltzer
The Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase (MELK) has been identified as a promising therapeutic target in multiple cancer types. MELK over-expression is associated with aggressive disease, and MELK has been implicated in numerous cancer-related processes, including chemotherapy resistance, stem cell renewal, and tumor growth. Previously, we established that triple-negative breast cancer cell lines harboring CRISPR/Cas9-induced null mutations in MELK proliferate at wild-type levels in vitro (<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="bib34">Lin et al...
February 8, 2018: ELife
Shan Guan, Jiaxiong Lu, Yanling Zhao, Yang Yu, Hui Li, Zhenghu Chen, Zhongcheng Shi, Haoqian Liang, Mopei Wang, Kevin Guo, Xiangmei Chen, Wenjing Sun, Shayahati Bieerkehazhi, Xin Xu, Surong Sun, Saurabh Agarwal, Jianhua Yang
Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is known to modulate intracellular signaling and control cellular processes. However, the role of MELK in oncogenesis is not well defined. In this study, using two microarray datasets of neuroblastoma (NB) patients, we identified that MELK expression is significantly correlated to poor overall survival, unfavorable prognosis, and high-risk status. We found that MELK is a direct transcription target of MYCN and MYC in NB, and MYCN increases MELK expression via direct promoter binding...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Shu Zhou, Guo-Bo Li, Lin Luo, Lei Zhong, Kai Chen, Hui Li, Xiao-Juan Jiang, Qi Fu, Xin Long, Jin-Ku Bao
Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK), a serine/threonine protein kinase, has oncogenic properties and plays a key functional role in various cancer cells. Although MELK may not be a cancer addiction target, the development of specific MELK inhibitors would provide useful chemical tools for synthetic lethal investigation. Herein, we identified several hit compounds using a customized structure-based virtual screening, among which compounds 4 and 16 showed the most potent inhibition to MELK with IC50 values of 3...
February 7, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Shuangbing Xu, Yan Li, Yanwei Lu, Jing Huang, Jinghua Ren, Sheng Zhang, Zhongyuan Yin, Kai Huang, Gang Wu, Kunyu Yang
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) activity is aberrantly activated in nasopharyngeal carcinoma. However, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we found that Leucine zipper tumor suppressor 2 (LZTS2) was downregulated and predicted poor prognosis in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients. Furthermore, we identified the PI3K subunit p85 as a novel LZTS2-interacting protein using an unbiased proteomics approach. Moreover, we demonstrated that LZTS2 competes with p110 for p85 binding and inhibits activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway...
January 31, 2018: Cancer Letters
Kohei Kido, Satoru Ato, Takumi Yokokawa, Koji Sato, Satoshi Fujita
Adapter protein containing PH domain, PTB domain, and leucine zipper motif 1 (APPL1) has been reported as a positive regulator of insulin-stimulated Akt activation. The expression of APPL1 is reduced in skeletal muscles of type 2 diabetic (T2D) animals, implying that APPL1 may be an important factor affecting insulin sensitivity. However, the regulation of APPL1 expression and the physiological interventions modulating these effects are unclear. Accordingly, we first confirmed that APPL1 expression and Akt phosphorylation were significantly attenuated in skeletal muscles of T2D rats...
February 6, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Liang Shen, Ming Liu, Wei Liu, Jing Cui, Changzhong Li
In the present study, the RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data of uterine corpus endometrial carcinoma (UCEC) samples were collected and analyzed using bioinformatics tools to identify potential genes associated with the development of UCEC. UCEC RNA-seq data were downloaded from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. Differential analysis was performed using edgeR software. A false discovery rate <0.01 and |log2(fold change)|>1 were set as the cut-off criteria to screen for differentially expressed genes (DEGs)...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Jin-Sun Lee, Yuh-Yih Lin, Tsu-Shing Wang, Jer-Yuh Liu, Wei-Wen Lin, Jaw-Ji Yang
Sterile alpha motif- and leucine-zipper-containing kinase (ZAK) plays a role in the regulation of cell cycle progression and oncogenic transformation. The ZAK gene generates two transcript variants, ZAKα and ZAKβ, through alternative splicing. In this study, we identified that ZAKα proteins were upregulated in tumor tissues, whereas ZAKβ proteins were mostly expressed in corresponding normal tissues. The ectopically expressed ZAKβ proteins in cancer cells inhibited cancer cell proliferation as well as anchorage-independent growth...
January 29, 2018: Chinese Journal of Physiology
Lorenzo Pedrotti, Christoph Weiste, Thomas Nägele, Elmar Wolf, Francesca Lorenzin, Katrin Dietrich, Andrea Mair, Wolfram Weckwerth, Markus Teige, Elena Baena-González, Wolfgang Dröge-Laser
Sustaining energy homeostasis is of pivotal importance for all living organisms. In Arabidopsis thaliana, evolutionarily conserved SnRK1 kinases (Snf1-RELATED KINASE1) control metabolic adaptation during low energy stress. To unravel starvation-induced transcriptional mechanisms, we performed transcriptome studies of inducible knock-down lines and found that S1-basic leucine Zipper transcription factors (S1-bZIPs) control a defined subset of genes downstream of SnRK1. For example, S1-bZIPs coordinate the expression of genes involved in branched-chain amino acid catabolism, which constitutes an alternative mitochondrial respiratory pathway that is crucial for plant survival during starvation...
January 18, 2018: Plant Cell
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
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...
February 2018: Cancer Science
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
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