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A R Jayakumar, X Y Tong, N Shamaladevi, S Barcelona, G Gaidosh, A Agarwal, M D Norenberg
Transactivating DNA-binding protein-43 (TDP-43) inclusions and the accumulation of phosphorylated and ubiquitinated tau proteins (p-tau) have been identified in postmortem brain specimens from patients with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). To examine whether these proteins contribute to the development of CTE, we utilized an in vitro trauma system known to reproduce many of the findings observed in humans and experimental animals with traumatic brain injury. Accordingly, we examined the role of TDP-43 and Tau in an in vitro model of trauma, and determined whether these proteins contribute to the defective neuronal integrity associated with CNS trauma...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Yan Xu, Jie Chen, Lan Xiao, Hee Kyoung Chung, Yuan Zhang, Joseph C Robinson, Jaladanki N Rao, Jian-Ying Wang
The RNA-binding protein HuR is crucial for normal intestinal mucosal regeneration by modulating the stability and translation of target mRNAs, but the exact mechanism underlying HuR trafficking between the cytoplasm and nucleus remains largely unknown. Here we report a novel function of transcription factor JunD in the regulation of HuR subcellular localization through the control of importin-α1 expression in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs). Ectopically expressed JunD specifically inhibited importin-α1 at the transcription level, and this repression is mediated via interaction with CREB-binding site that was located at the proximal region of importin-α1 promoter...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Hyeon Gyu Seo, Han Byeol Kim, Min Jueng Kang, Joo Hwan Ryum, Eugene C Yi, Jin Won Cho
Nucleocytoplasmic O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) attaches a single GlcNAc to hydroxyl groups of serine and threonine residues. Although the cellular localisation of OGT is important to regulate a variety of cellular processes, the molecular mechanisms regulating the nuclear localisation of OGT is unclear. Here, we characterised three amino acids (DFP; residues 451-453) as the nuclear localisation signal of OGT and demonstrated that this motif mediated the nuclear import of non-diffusible β-galactosidase. OGT bound the importin α5 protein, and this association was abolished when the DFP motif of OGT was mutated or deleted...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tetsuji Moriyama, Shu Tanaka, Yasumune Nakayama, Masahiro Fukumoto, Kenji Tsujimura, Kohji Yamada, Takeshi Bamba, Yoshihiro Yoneda, Eiichiro Fukusaki, Masahiro Oka
Transaldolase 1 (TALDO1) is a rate-limiting enzyme involved in the pentose phosphate pathway, which is traditionally thought to occur in the cytoplasm. In this study, we found that the gene TALDO1 has two translational initiation sites, generating two isoforms that differ by the presence of the first 10 N-terminal amino acids. Notably, the long and short isoforms were differentially localised to the cell nucleus and cytoplasm, respectively. Pull-down and in vitro transport assays showed that the long isoform, unlike the short one, binds to importin α and is actively transported into the nucleus in an importin α/β-dependent manner, demonstrating that the 10 N-terminal amino acids are essential for its nuclear localisation...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Roy Baas, Ayestha Sijm, Hetty A A M van Teeffelen, Robert van Es, Harmjan R Vos, H Th Marc Timmers
Gene-specific transcription factors (GSTFs) control gene transcription by DNA binding and specific protein complex recruitment, which regulates promoter accessibility for transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II. Mutations in the GSTFs Suppressor of Mothers Against Decapentaplegic 2 (SMAD2) and SMAD4 are frequently associated with colon and rectal carcinomas. These proteins play an important role in bone morphogenic protein (BMP) and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling pathways controlling cell fate and proliferation...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Junjie Zhao, Weidong Xu, Minghui He, Zhensheng Zhang, Shuxiong Zeng, Chong Ma, Yinghao Sun, Chuanliang Xu
Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) often has a worse prognosis following its progression to muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), despite radical cystectomy with pelvic lymph node dissection combined with chemotherapy. Therefore, the discovery of novel biomarkers for predicting the progression of this disease and of therapeutic targets for preventing it is crucial. We performed whole-exome sequencing to analyze superficial tumor tissues (Tsup) and basal tumor tissues (Tbas) from 3 MIBC patients and identified previously unreported copy number variations in IPO11 that warrants further investigation as a molecular target...
September 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Ravikiran S Yedidi, Amatullah K Fatehi, Cordula Enenkel
The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) plays a critical role in cellular protein homeostasis and is required for the turnover of short-lived and unwanted proteins, which are targeted by poly-ubiquitination for degradation. Proteasome is the key protease of UPS and consists of multiple subunits, which are organized into a catalytic core particle (CP) and a regulatory particle (RP). In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, proteasome holo-enzymes are engaged in degrading poly-ubiquitinated substrates and are mostly localized in the nucleus during cell proliferation...
September 28, 2016: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Lei Fang, Danqi Chen, Clinton Yu, Hongjie Li, Jason Brocato, Lan Huang, Chunyuan Jin
Acrolein is a major component of cigarette smoke and cooking fumes. Previously, we reported that acrolein compromises chromatin assembly; however, underlying mechanisms have not been defined. Here, we report that acrolein reacts with lysine residues including lysines 5 and 12 on histone H4 in vitro and in vivo, sites important for chromatin assembly. Acrolein-modified histones are resistant to acetylation, suggesting that the reduced H4K12 acetylation following acrolein exposure is likely due to the formation of acrolein-histone lysine adducts...
September 26, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Christian Reichen, Simon Hansen, Cristina Forzani, Annemarie Honegger, Sarel J Fleishman, Ting Zhou, Fabio Parmeggiani, Patrick Ernst, Chaithanya Madhurantakam, Christina Ewald, Peer R E Mittl, Oliver Zerbe, David Baker, Amedeo Caflisch, Andreas Plückthun
Armadillo repeat proteins (ArmRPs) recognize their target peptide in extended conformation and bind, in a first approximation, two residues per repeat. Thus, they may form the basis for building a modular system, in which each repeat is complementary to a piece of the target peptide. Accordingly, preselected repeats could be assembled into specific binding proteins on demand and thereby avoid the traditional generation of every new binding molecule by an independent selection from a library. Stacked armadillo repeats, each consisting of 42 aa arranged in three α-helices, build an elongated superhelical structure...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Yuwei Cui, Xiaofeng Fang, Yijun Qi
In Arabidopsis thaliana, microRNAs (miRNAs) are mainly loaded into ARGONAUTE1 (AGO1) to post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression. We previously found that ENHANCED MiRNA ACTIVITY1 (EMA1), an importin β family protein, negatively regulates miRNA loading into AGO1. In this study, through a suppressor screening of ema1, we identified another importin β protein, TRANSPORTIN1 (TRN1), as a regulatory component in the miRNA pathway. Mutation of TRN1 did not reduce miRNA accumulation, but it impaired miRNA activity...
September 23, 2016: Plant Cell
Amir S Sharili, Fiona N Kenny, Maria K Vartiainen, John T Connelly
The actin cytoskeleton is a classic biomechanical mediator of cell migration. While it is known that actin also shuttles in and out of the nucleus, its functions within this compartment remain poorly understood. In this study, we investigated how nuclear actin regulates keratinocyte gene expression and cell behavior. Gene expression profiling of normal HaCaT keratinocytes compared to HaCaTs over-expressing wild-type β-actin or β-actin tagged with a nuclear localization sequence (NLS-actin), identified multiple adhesive and cytoskeletal genes, such as MYL9, ITGB1, and VCL, which were significantly down-regulated in keratinocytes with high levels of nuclear actin...
2016: Scientific Reports
Viswanadh Madugula, Lei Lu
The sensory functions of cilia are dependent on the enrichment of cilium-resident proteins. Although it is known that ciliary targeting signals (CTSs) specifically target ciliary proteins to cilia, it is still unclear how CTSs facilitate the entry and retention of cilium-resident proteins at the molecular level. We found that non-ciliary membrane reporters can passively diffuse into cilia through the lateral transport pathway, and the translocation of membrane reporters through the ciliary diffusion barrier is facilitated by importin binding motifs and domains...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Moon Y F Tay, Kate Smith, Ivan H W Ng, Kitti W K Chan, Yongqian Zhao, Eng Eong Ooi, Julien Lescar, Dahai Luo, David A Jans, Jade K Forwood, Subhash G Vasudevan
Dengue virus NS5 is the most highly conserved amongst the viral non-structural proteins and is responsible for capping, methylation and replication of the flavivirus RNA genome. Interactions of NS5 with host proteins also modulate host immune responses. Although replication occurs in the cytoplasm, an unusual characteristic of DENV2 NS5 is that it localizes to the nucleus during infection with no clear role in replication or pathogenesis. We examined NS5 of DENV1 and 2, which exhibit the most prominent difference in nuclear localization, employing a combination of functional and structural analyses...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Michelle D Audsley, David A Jans, Gregory W Moseley
Paramyxoviruses replicate in the cytoplasm with no obvious requirement to interact with the nucleus. Nevertheless, the W protein of the highly lethal bat-borne paramyxovirus Nipah virus (NiV) is known to undergo specific targeting to the nucleus, mediated by a single nuclear localisation signal (NLS) within the C-terminal domain. Here, we report for the first time that additional sites modulate nucleocytoplasmic localisation of W. We show that the N-terminal domain interacts with importin α1 and contributes to nuclear accumulation of W, indicative of a novel N-terminal NLS...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kezhen Yao, Yongyan Wu, Qi Chen, Zihan Zhang, Xin Chen, Yong Zhang
The mouse intracellular pathogen resistance 1 (Ipr1) gene plays important roles in mediating host immunity and previous work showed that it enhances macrophage apoptosis upon mycobacterium infection. However, to date, little is known about the regulation pattern of Ipr1 action. Recent studies have investigated the protein-coding genes and microRNAs regulated by Ipr1 in mouse macrophages, but the structure and the functional motif of the Ipr1 protein have yet to be explored. In this study, we analyzed the domains and functional motif of the Ipr1 protein...
2016: PloS One
Prasad H Babar, Vishakha Dey, Praveen Jaiswar, Swati Patankar
Many Plasmodium falciparum proteins do not share homology with, and are generally longer than their respective orthologs. This, to some extent, can be attributed to insertions. Here, we studied a P. falciparum RNA hypermethylase, trimethylguanosine synthase (PfTGS1) that harbors a 76 amino acid insertion in its methyltransferase domain. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that this insertion was present in TGS1 orthologs from other Plasmodium species as well. Interestingly, a classical nuclear localization signal (NLS) was predicted in the insertions of primate parasite TGS1 proteins...
September 9, 2016: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Xing Li, Yin Zhao, Qian Xia, Lu Zheng, Lu Liu, Baoming Zhao, Jing Shi
Previous data have suggested that the nuclear translocation of annexin 1 (ANXA1) is involved in neuronal apoptosis after ischemic stroke. As the mechanism and function of ANXA1 nuclear migration remain unclear, it is important to clarify how ANXA1 performs its role as an apoptosis 'regulator' in the nucleus. Here we report that importazole (IPZ), an importin β (Impβ)-specific inhibitor, decreased ANXA1 nuclear accumulation and reduced the rate of neuronal death induced by nuclear ANXA1 migration after oxygen-glucose deprivation-reoxygenation (OGD/R)...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Belén Torrado, Martín Graña, José L Badano, Florencia Irigoín
Gli2 is the primary transcriptional activator of Hedgehog signalling in mammals. Upon stimulation of the pathway, Gli2 moves into the cilium before reaching the nucleus. However, the mechanisms underlying its entry into the cilium are not completely understood. Since several similarities have been reported between nuclear and ciliary import, we investigated if the nuclear import machinery participates in Gli2 ciliary entry. Here we show that while two conserved classical nuclear localization signals mediate Gli2 nuclear localization via importin (Imp)-α/β1, these sequences are not required for Gli2 ciliary import...
2016: PloS One
Stela Virgilio, Fernanda Barbosa Cupertino, Natália Elisa Bernardes, Fernanda Zanolli Freitas, Agnes Alessandra Sekijima Takeda, Marcos Roberto de Mattos Fontes, Maria Célia Bertolini
Environmental pH induces a stress response triggering a signaling pathway whose components have been identified and characterized in several fungi. Neurospora crassa shares all six components of the Aspergillus nidulans pH signaling pathway, and we investigate here their regulation during an alkaline pH stress response. We show that the N. crassa pal mutant strains, with the exception of Δpal-9, which is the A. nidulans palI homolog, exhibit low conidiation and are unable to grow at alkaline pH. Moreover, they accumulate the pigment melanin, most likely via regulation of the tyrosinase gene by the pH signaling components...
2016: PloS One
Michael Soniat, Tolga Cağatay, Yuh Min Chook
N-terminal tails of histones H3 and H4 are known to bind several different Importins to import the histones into the cell nucleus. However, it is not known what binding elements in the histone tails are recognized by the individual Importins. Biochemical studies of H3 and H4 tails binding to seven Importins, Impβ, Kapβ2, Imp4, Imp5, Imp7, Imp9, and Impα, show the H3 tail binding more tightly than the H4 tail. The H3 tail binds Kapβ2 and Imp5 with KD values of 77 and 57 nm, respectively, and binds the other five Importins more weakly...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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