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Tianfang Jiang, Qian Sun, Shengdi Chen
Oxidative stress reflects an imbalance between the overproduction and incorporation of free radicals and the dynamic ability of a biosystem to detoxify reactive intermediates. Free radicals produced by oxidative stress are one of the common features in several experimental models of diseases. Free radicals affect both the structure and function of neural cells, and contribute to a wide range of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Although the precise mechanisms that result in the degeneration of neurons and the relevant pathological changes remain unclear, the crucial role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases is associated with several proteins (such as α-synuclein, DJ-1, Amyloid β and tau protein) and some signaling pathways (such as extracellular regulated protein kinases, phosphoinositide 3-kinase/Protein Kinase B pathway and extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2) that are tightly associated with the neural damage...
October 18, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
Yingxue Yu, Xuehua Sun, Jinyang Gu, Chang Yu, Yankai Wen, Yueqiu Gao, Qiang Xia, Xiaoni Kong
Liver fibrosis is a global health problem and previous studies have demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in fibrogenesis. Parkinson disease (autosomal recessive, early onset) 7 (Park7) also called DJ-1 has an essential role in modulating cellular ROS levels. DJ-1 therefore may play functions in liver fibrogenesis and modulation of DJ-1 may be a promising therapeutic approach. Here, wild-type (WT) and DJ-1 knockout (DJ-1 KO) mice were administrated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) to induce liver fibrosis or acute liver injury...
2016: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Chien-Wei Feng, Han-Chun Hung, Shi-Ying Huang, Chun-Hong Chen, Yun-Ru Chen, Chun-Yu Chen, San-Nan Yang, Hui-Min David Wang, Ping-Jyun Sung, Jyh-Horng Sheu, Kuan-Hao Tsui, Wu-Fu Chen, Zhi-Hong Wen
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by tremor, rigidity, bradykinesia, and gait impairment. In a previous study, we found that the marine-derived compound 11-dehydrosinulariolide (11-de) upregulates the Akt/PI3K pathway to protect cells against 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-mediated damage. In the present study, SH-SY5Y, zebrafish and rats were used to examine the therapeutic effect of 11-de. The results revealed the mechanism by which 11-de exerts its therapeutic effect: the compound increases cytosolic or mitochondrial DJ-1 expression, and then activates the downstream Akt/PI3K, p-CREB, and Nrf2/HO-1 pathways...
October 17, 2016: Marine Drugs
Kelly L Stauch, Lance M Villeneuve, Phillip R Purnell, Sanjit Pandey, Chittibabu Guda, Howard S Fox
This article reports changes in the striatal non-synaptic mitochondrial proteome of DJ-1, Parkin, and PINK1 knockout (KO) rats at 3 months of age. DJ-1, Parkin, and PINK1 mutations cause autosomal-recessive parkinsonism. It is thought that loss of function of these proteins contributes to the onset and pathogenesis of Parkinson׳s disease (PD). As DJ-1, Parkin, and PINK1 have functions in the regulation of mitochondria, the dataset generated here highlights protein expression changes, which can be helpful for understanding pathological mitochondrial alterations...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Qingye Li, Yuxian Tang, Jing Qin, Lan Yi, Yening Yang, Juan Wang, Jie He, Qi Su, Hui Tan
Diallyl disulfide (DADS) has been demonstrated to exert potent anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo. Previous studies indicate that DADS may induce the differentiation and/or apoptosis of human leukemia cells in vitro. However, the mechanisms underlying these anticancer effects remain elusive. The aim of the present study was to investigate alterations in the subcellular localization of protein deglycase DJ‑1 (also known as Parkinsonism associated deglycase-7, PARK-7) in the cytoplasm, nucleus and mitochondria of human leukemia HL‑60 cells induced by DADS, in order to provide novel experimental evidence for the molecular mechanisms underlying the anticancer mechanisms of DADS in leukemia cells...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hajera Amatullah, Yuexin Shan, Brittany L Beauchamp, Patricia L Gali, Sahil Gupta, Tatiana Maron-Gutierrez, Edwin R Speck, Alison E Fox-Robichaud, Jennifer L Y Tsang, Shirley H J Mei, Tak W Mak, Patricia Rm Rocco, John W Semple, Haibo Zhang, Pingzhao Hu, John C Marshall, Duncan J Stewart, Mary-Ellen Harper, Patricia C Liaw, W Conrad Liles, Claudia C Dos Santos
RATIONALE & OBJECTIVES: Effective and rapid bacterial clearance is a fundamental determinant of outcome(s) in sepsis. DJ-1 is a well-established reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger. As cellular ROS status is pivotal to inflammation and bacterial killing, we determined the role of DJ-1 in bacterial sepsis. METHODS: We used cell and murine models with gain and loss of function experiments, plasma and cells from septic patients. MEASUREMENTS & RESULTS: Stimulation of bone marrow derived macrophages (BMM) with endotoxin resulted in increased DJ-1 mRNA and protein expression...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Prahlad V Raninga, Giovanna Di Trapani, Slavica Vuckovic, Kathryn F Tonissen
Multiple myeloma (MM) is an incurable plasma B cell malignancy. Despite recent advancements in anti-MM therapies, development of drug resistance remains a major clinical hurdle. DJ-1, a Parkinson's disease-associated protein, is upregulated in many cancers and its knockdown suppresses tumor growth and overcomes chemoresistance. However, the role of DJ-1 in MM remains unknown. Using gene expression databases we found increased DJ-1 expression in MM patient cells, which correlated with shorter overall survival and poor prognosis in MM patients...
October 12, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Roman Tatura, Theo Kraus, Armin Giese, Thomas Arzberger, Malte Buchholz, Günter Höglinger, Ulrich Müller
INTRODUCTION: In order to better understand the role of epigenetic influences in the etiology of Parkinson's disease (PD), we studied the expression of microRNAs in gyri cinguli of patients and controls. METHODS: Expression profiling of 744 well-characterized microRNAs in gyri cinguli from patients and controls using TaqMan array microRNA cards. Verification of significantly dysregulated microRNAs by SYBR Green qRT-PCR. RESULTS: First screen by TaqMan array identified 43 microRNAs that were upregulated in gyri cinguli from patients...
September 28, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
In-Kang Song, Jae-Jin Lee, Jin-Hwan Cho, Jihye Jeong, Dong-Hae Shin, Kong-Joo Lee
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are key molecules regulating various cellular processes. However, what the cellular targets of ROS are and how their functions are regulated is unclear. This study explored the cellular proteomic changes in response to oxidative stress using H2O2 in dose- and recovery time-dependent ways. We found discernible changes in 76 proteins appearing as 103 spots on 2D-PAGE. Of these, Prxs, DJ-1, UCH-L3 and Rla0 are readily oxidized in response to mild H2O2 stress, and then degraded and active proteins are newly synthesized during recovery...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kiran Aslam, Chai-Jui Tsai, Tony R Hazbun
The yeast homolog of DJ-1, Hsp31, is a multifunctional protein that is involved in several cellular pathways including detoxification of the toxic metabolite methylglyoxal and as a protein deglycase. Prior studies ascribed Hsp31 as a molecular chaperone that can inhibit α-Syn aggregation in vitro and alleviate its toxicity in vivo. It was also shown that Hsp31 inhibits Sup35 aggregate formation in yeast, however, it is unknown if Hsp31 can modulate [PSI(+)] phenotype and Sup35 prionogenesis. Other small heat shock proteins, Hsp26 and Hsp42 are known to be a part of a synergistic proteostasis network that inhibits Sup35 prion formation and promotes its disaggregation...
October 3, 2016: Prion
Yoshihisa Kitamura, Masatoshi Inden, Yasuto Kimoto, Kazuyuki Takata, Daijiro Yanagisawa, Masanori Hijioka, Eishi Ashihara, Ikuo Tooyama, Shun Shimohama, Hiroyoshi Ariga
Previously, DJ-1 modulator UCP0054278/comp-B was identified by virtual screening, where comp-B interacts with DJ-1 to produce antioxidant and neuroprotective responses in Parkinson's disease models. However, the effect of comp-B in an in vivo Alzheimer's disease (AD) model is yet undetermined. Thus, we examined the effect of comp-B on spatial learning, memory, and amyloid-β (Aβ) clearance in a transgenic mouse model of AD. We found that comp-B resolved the cognitive deficits, reduced insoluble Aβ42 levels, and prevented the degeneration of synaptic functions, thereby suggesting that comp-B may become a major compound for AD treatment...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Larissa Berloffa Belardin, Paula Toni Del Giudice, Mariana Camargo, Paula Intasqui, Mariana Pereira Antoniassi, Ricardo Pimenta Bertolla, Agnaldo Pereira Cedenho
PURPOSE: To verify if the presence of varicocele (grades II and III) with and without seminal alterations, using the 5(th) centile cutoff values in table A1.1 of the World Health Organization (WHO, 2010) manual, alters the seminal plasma levels of proteins DNASE1 (deoxyribonuclease-1) and IGFBP7 (Insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 7), which are related to apoptosis regulation and cell proliferation, respectively, demonstrating that these proteins are important for correct spermatogenesis...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Ya-Ping Yan, Bo Zhang, Yan-Fang Mao, Zhang-Yu Guo, Jun Tian, Guo-Hua Zhao, Jia-Li Pu, Wei Luo, Zhi-Yuan Ouyang, Bao-Rong Zhang
Dopa-responsive dystonia (DRD) comprises a heterogeneous group of movement disorders. A limited number of studies of Chinese patients with DRD have been reported. In the present study, we investigated the clinical and genetic features of 12 Chinese DRD families. Point mutation analysis of the GTP-cyclohydrolase I (GCH1), tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) and sepiapterin reductase (SPR) genes was conducted by direct sequencing. In addition, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification targeting GCH1 and TH was performed in "mutation-free" patients...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
Muntasir Kamal, Dayana R D'Amora, Terrance J Kubiseski
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the leading causes of neurological disorders in humans. Mitochondrial perturbations lead to adaptive mechanisms that include HIF-1 stabilization, though the consequences of increased levels of HIF-1 following mitochondrial stress remain poorly understood. RESULTS: Using Caenorhabditis elegans, we show that a hif-1 loss-of-function mutation confers resistance towards the mitochondrial toxin ethidium bromide (EtBr) and suppresses EtBr-induced production of ROS...
2016: BMC Cell Biology
Gunnar F Kwakye, Rachael A McMinimy, Michael Aschner
Human disease commonly manifests as a result of complex genetic and environmental interactions. In the case of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD), understanding how environmental exposures collude with genetic polymorphisms in the central nervous system to cause dysfunction is critical in order to develop better treatment strategies, therapies, and a more cohesive paradigm for future research. The intersection of genetics and the environment in disease etiology is particularly relevant in the context of their shared pathophysiological mechanisms...
September 9, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Do-Kyun Kim, Michael A Beaven, Joseph M Kulinski, Avanti Desai, Geethani Bandara, Yun Bai, Calman Prussin, Lawrence B Schwartz, Hirsh Komarow, Dean D Metcalfe, Ana Olivera
Neoplastic accumulation of mast cells in systemic mastocytosis (SM) associates with activating mutations in the receptor tyrosine kinase KIT. Constitutive activation of tyrosine kinase oncogenes has been linked to imbalances in oxidant/antioxidant mechanisms in other myeloproliferative disorders. However, the impact of KIT mutations on the redox status in SM and the potential therapeutic implications are not well understood. Here, we examined the regulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and of the antioxidant protein DJ-1 (PARK-7), which increases with cancer progression and acts to lessen oxidative damage to malignant cells, in relationship with SM severity...
2016: PloS One
Francesca Morgante, Alfonso Fasano, Monia Ginevrino, Simona Petrucci, Lucia Ricciardi, Francesco Bove, Chiara Criscuolo, Marcello Moccia, Anna De Rosa, Chiara Sorbera, Anna Rita Bentivoglio, Paolo Barone, Giuseppe De Michele, Maria Teresa Pellecchia, Enza Maria Valente
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this multicenter, case-control study was to investigate the prevalence and severity of impulsive-compulsive behaviors (ICBs) in a cohort of patients with parkin-associated Parkinson disease (PD) compared to a group of patients without the mutation. METHODS: We compared 22 patients with biallelic parkin mutations (parkin-PD) and 26 patients negative for parkin, PINK1, DJ-1, and GBA mutations (PD-NM), matched for age at onset, disease duration, levodopa, and dopamine agonist equivalent daily dose...
October 4, 2016: Neurology
Shu Zhang, Seema Mukherjee, Xuejun Fan, Ahmad Salameh, Kalpana Mujoo, Zhao Huang, Leike Li, Georgina To'a Salazar, Ningyan Zhang, Zhiqiang An
HER3/ErbB3 has emerged as a new therapeutic target for cancer. Currently, more than a dozen anti-HER3 antibodies are in clinical trials for treatment of various cancers. However, limited understanding of the complex HER3 signaling in cancer and lack of established biomarkers have made it challenging to stratify cancer patients who can benefit from HER3 targeted therapies. In this study, we identified DJ-1/PARK7 (Parkinson Protein 7) as a novel interaction partner of HER3 and demonstrated the potential of DJ-1 as a biomarker for anti-HER3 cancer therapy...
August 25, 2016: Oncotarget
Sourish Ghosh, Sriparna Mukherjee, Nabonita Sengupta, Arunava Roy, Dhritiman Dey, Surajit Chakraborty, Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Arpan Banerjee, Anirban Basu
Network analysis through graph theory provides a quantitative approach to characterize specific proteins and their constituent assemblies that underlie host-pathogen interactions. In the present study, graph theory was used to analyze the interactome designed out of 50 differentially expressing proteins from proteomic analysis of Chandipura Virus (CHPV, Family: Rhabdoviridae) infected mouse brain tissue to identify the primary candidates for intervention. Using the measure of degree centrality, that quantifies the connectedness of a single protein within a milieu of several other interacting proteins, DJ-1 was selected for further molecular validation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Nuramatjan Ablat, Deyong Lv, Rutong Ren, Yilixiati Xiaokaiti, Xiang Ma, Xin Zhao, Yi Sun, Hui Lei, Jiamin Xu, Yingcong Ma, Xianrong Qi, Min Ye, Feng Xu, Hongbin Han, Xiaoping Pu
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a major age-related neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra par compacta (SNpc). Rotenone is a neurotoxin that is routinely used to model PD to aid in understanding the mechanisms of neuronal death. Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius. L.) has long been used to treat cerebrovascular diseases in China. This plant contains flavonoids, which have been reported to be effective in models of neurodegenerative disease. We previously reported that kaempferol derivatives from safflower could bind DJ-1, a protein associated with PD, and that a flavonoid extract from safflower exhibited neuroprotective effects in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-induced mouse model of PD...
August 24, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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