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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938651/positive-transcription-elongation-factor-b-p-tefb-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-human-multiple-myeloma
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Yu Zhang, Liang Zhou, Yun Leng, Yun Dai, Robert Z Orlowski, Steven Grant
The role of the positive RNA Pol II regulator, P-TEFb (positive transcription elongation factor b), in maintenance of the anti-apoptotic protein Mcl-1 and bortezomib (btz) resistance was investigated in human multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Mcl-1 was up-regulated in all MM lines tested, including bortezomib-resistant lines, human MM xenograft mouse models, and primary CD138(+) MM cells. Mcl-1 over-expression significantly reduced bortezomib lethality, indicating a functional role for Mcl-1 in bortezomib resistance...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931940/brd4-regulates-adiponectin-gene-induction-by-recruiting-the-p-tefb-complex-to-the-transcribed-region-of-the-gene
#2
Naoko Sakurai, Yuko Inamochi, Takuya Inoue, Natsuyo Hariya, Musashi Kawamura, Masami Yamada, Anup Dey, Akira Nishiyama, Takeo Kubota, Keiko Ozato, Toshinao Goda, Kazuki Mochizuki
We previously reported that induction of the adipocyte-specific gene adiponectin (Adipoq) during 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation is closely associated with epigenetic memory histone H3 acetylation on the transcribed region of the gene. We used 3T3-L1 adipocytes and Brd4 heterozygous mice to investigate whether the induction of Adipoq during adipocyte differentiation is regulated by histone acetylation and the binding protein bromodomain containing 4 (BRD4) on the transcribed region. Depletion of BRD4 by shRNA and inhibition by (+)-JQ1, an inhibitor of BET family proteins including BRD4, reduced Adipoq expression and lipid droplet accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878233/a-chalcone-derivative-reactivates-latent-hiv-1-transcription-through-activating-p-tefb-and-promoting-tat-sec-interaction-on-viral-promoter
#3
Jun Wu, Ming-Tao Ao, Rui Shao, Hui-Ru Wang, Diao Yu, Mei-Juan Fang, Xiang Gao, Zhen Wu, Qiang Zhou, Yu-Hua Xue
The principal barrier to the eradication of HIV/AIDS is the existence of latent viral reservoirs. One strategy to overcome this barrier is to use latency-reversing agents (LRAs) to reactivate the latent proviruses, which can then be eliminated by effective anti-retroviral therapy. Although a number of LRAs have been found to reactivate latent HIV, they have not been used clinically due to high toxicity and poor efficacy. In this study, we report the identification of a chalcone analogue called Amt-87 that can significantly reactivate the transcription of latent HIV provirses and act synergistically with known LRAs such as prostratin and JQ1 to reverse latency...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842560/reactivation-of-hiv-1-from-latency-by-an-ingenol-derivative-from-euphorbia-kansui
#4
Pengfei Wang, Panpan Lu, Xiying Qu, Yinzhong Shen, Hanxian Zeng, Xiaoli Zhu, Yuqi Zhu, Xian Li, Hao Wu, Jianqing Xu, Hongzhou Lu, Zhongjun Ma, Huanzhang Zhu
Cells harboring latent HIV-1 pose a major obstacle to eradication of the virus. The 'shock and kill' strategy has been broadly explored to purge the latent reservoir; however, none of the current latency-reversing agents (LRAs) can safely and effectively activate the latent virus in patients. In this study, we report an ingenol derivative called EK-16A, isolated from the traditional Chinese medicinal herb Euphorbia kansui, which displays great potential in reactivating latent HIV-1. A comparison of the doses used to measure the potency indicated EK-16A to be 200-fold more potent than prostratin in reactivating HIV-1 from latently infected cell lines...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820318/7sk-small-nuclear-rna-a-multifunctional-transcriptional-regulatory-rna-with-gene-specific-features
#5
Sylvain Egloff, Cécilia Studniarek, Tamás Kiss
The 7SK small nuclear RNA is a multifunctional transcriptional regulatory RNA that controls the nuclear activity of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb), specifically targets P-TEFb to the promoter regions of selected protein-coding genes and promotes transcription of RNA polymerase II-specific spliceosomal small nuclear RNA genes.
August 18, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768201/human-tfiih-kinase-cdk7-regulates-transcription-associated-chromatin-modifications
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Christopher C Ebmeier, Benjamin Erickson, Benjamin L Allen, Mary A Allen, Hyunmin Kim, Nova Fong, Jeremy R Jacobsen, Kaiwei Liang, Ali Shilatifard, Robin D Dowell, William M Old, David L Bentley, Dylan J Taatjes
CDK7 phosphorylates the RNA polymerase II (pol II) C-terminal domain CTD and activates the P-TEFb-associated kinase CDK9, but its regulatory roles remain obscure. Here, using human CDK7 analog-sensitive (CDK7as) cells, we observed reduced capping enzyme recruitment, increased pol II promoter-proximal pausing, and defective termination at gene 3' ends upon CDK7 inhibition. We also noted that CDK7 regulates chromatin modifications downstream of transcription start sites. H3K4me3 spreading was restricted at gene 5' ends and H3K36me3 was displaced toward gene 3' ends in CDK7as cells...
August 1, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722178/cdk9-a-key-player-in-cancer-and-other-diseases
#7
Lia Carolina Franco, Fátima Morales, Silvia Boffo, Antonio Giordano
Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 9 (CDK9) is part of a functional diverse group of enzymes responsible for cell cycle control and progression. It associates mainly with Cyclin T1 and forms the Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (p-TEFb) complex responsible for regulation of transcription elongation and mRNA maturation. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of CDK9 in many relevant pathologic processes, like cancer, cardiovascular diseases and viral replication. Herein we provide an overview of the different pathways in which CDK9 is directly and indirectly involved...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715973/the-molecular-basis-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-latency
#8
Uri Mbonye, Jonathan Karn
Although potent combination antiretroviral therapy can effectively block viral replication in the host, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) persists due to the existence of latent but replication-competent proviruses residing primarily in a very small population of resting memory CD4(+) T cells. Viral latency is established when the expression of the autoregulatory viral trans-activating factor Tat is reduced to subthreshold levels. The absence of Tat reduces HIV transcription and protein production to levels that make the host cell invisible to the immune system and refractory to antiretroviral treatment...
July 17, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699519/the-tat-p-tefb-protein-protein-interaction-determining-transcriptional-activation-of-hiv
#9
Kaori Asamitsu, Takashi Okamoto
Human immunodeficiency virus type (HIV) transcription is crucial for its life cycle and is primarily involved in the maintenance of viral latency. HIV transcription is regulated by both viral and cellular transcription factors. Numerous epigenetic factors, as well as transcriptional suppressor proteins, play major roles in the maintenance of transcriptional silencing of viral gene expression from the proviral DNA. Once inducible transcription factors such as nuclear factor B are activated through extracellular signaling, viral latency is terminated and transcription from the silenced proviral DNA is initiated...
July 10, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694331/transcriptional-elongation-control-of-hepatitis-b-virus-covalently-closed-circular-dna-transcription-by-super-elongation-complex-and-brd4
#10
Joel Celio Francisco, Qian Dai, Zhuojuan Luo, Yan Wang, Roxanne Hui-Heng Chong, Yee Joo Tan, Wei Xie, Guan-Huei Lee, Chengqi Lin
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection can lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. HBV reactivation during or after chemotherapy is a potentially fatal complication for cancer patients with chronic HBV infection. Transcription of HBV is a critical intermediate step of the HBV life cycle. However, factors controlling HBV transcription remain largely unknown. Here, we found that different P-TEFb complexes are involved in the transcription of the HBV viral genome. Both BRD4 and the super elongation complex (SEC) bind to the HBV genome...
October 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677507/the-hiv-1-tat-protein-mechanism-of-action-and-target-for-hiv-1-cure-strategies
#11
Andrew P Rice
The general mechanism involved in Tat activation of RNA Polymerase II (RNAP II) elongation of the integrated HIV-1 was elucidated over 20 years ago. This mechanism involves Tat binding to the TAR RNA element that forms at the 5' end of viral transcripts and recruiting a general RNAP II elongation factor termed as P-TEFb. This elongation factor consists of CDK9 and Cyclin T1, and when recruited by Tat to TAR RNA, CDK9 was proposed to phosphorylate the carboxyl terminal domain of RNAP II and thereby activate elongation...
July 4, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646117/cyclin-dependent-kinase-9-is-a-novel-specific-molecular-target-in-adult-t-cell-leukemia-lymphoma
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Tomoko Narita, Takashi Ishida, Asahi Ito, Ayako Masaki, Shiori Kinoshita, Susumu Suzuki, Hisashi Takino, Takashi Yoshida, Masaki Ri, Shigeru Kusumoto, Hirokazu Komatsu, Kazunori Imada, Yuetsu Tanaka, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Hiroshi Inagaki, Arne Scholz, Philip Lienau, Taruho Kuroda, Ryuzo Ueda, Shinsuke Iida
Cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9), a subunit of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) complex, regulates gene transcription elongation by phosphorylating the carboxy-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA polymerase II (RNAPII).  The deregulation of CDK9/P-TEFb has important implications for many cancer types.  BAY 1143572 is a novel and highly selective CDK9/P-TEFb inhibitor currently being investigated in phase I studies. We evaluated the therapeutic potential of BAY 1143572 in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL)...
June 23, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641535/hiv-1-transcription-inhibitors-increase-the-synthesis-of-viral-non-coding-rna-that-contribute-to-latency
#13
Yao A Akpamagbo, Catherine DeMarino, Michelle L Pleet, Angela Schwab, Myosotys Rodriguez, Robert A Barclay, Gavin Sampey, Sergey Iordanskiy, Nazira El-Hage, Fatah Kashanchi
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 can be preserved in long-lived resting CD4+ T- and myeloid cells, forming a viral reservoir in tissues of the infected individuals. Infected patients primarily receive cART, which, to date, is the most efficient treatment against HIV/AIDS. However, the major problem in the eradication of HIV-1 from patients is the lack of therapeutic approaches to recognize the latent HIV-1 provirus and to eliminate latently infected cells. RESULTS: In the current review, we describe the effect of HIV-1 transcriptional inhibitors CR8#13 and F07#13 using a series of in vitro and in vivo assays...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638377/a-novel-bromodomain-inhibitor-reverses-hiv-1-latency-through-specific-binding-with-brd4-to-promote-tat-and-p-tefb-association
#14
Huachao Huang, Shuai Liu, Maxime Jean, Sydney Simpson, He Huang, Mark Merkley, Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Weili Kong, Irene Rodríguez-Sánchez, Xiaofeng Zhang, Hailemichael O Yosief, Hongyu Miao, Jianwen Que, James J Kobie, James Bradner, Netty G Santoso, Wei Zhang, Jian Zhu
While combinatory antiretroviral therapy (cART) can effectively reduce HIV-1 viremia, it cannot eliminate HIV-1 infection. In the presence of cART, viral reservoirs remain latent, impeding the cure of HIV-1/AIDS. Recently, latency-reversing agents (LRAs) have been developed with the intent of purging latent HIV-1, providing an intriguing strategy for the eradication of the residual viral reservoirs. Our earlier studies show that the first-generation, methyl-triazolo bromodomain, and extra-terminal domain inhibitor (BETi), JQ1, facilitates the reversal of HIV-1 latency...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608935/cdk9-regulates-apoptosis-of-myoblast-cells-by-modulation-of-microrna-1-expression
#15
Vahideh Tarhriz, Kay-Dietrich Wagner, Zahra Masoumi, Ommoleila Molavi, Mohammad Saeid Hejazi, Hossein Ghanbarian
Cdk9 is the catalytic core of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and regulates transcriptional elongation factors by phosphorylation of RNA pol II. Apart from its role on myogenic gene expression, Cdk9 regulation of muscle-specific microRNAs in the early stage of cardiomyogenesis is poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that Cdk9 not only regulates myogenic transcription factors, but also controls muscle-specific microRNAs. During cardiac differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells, high Cdk9 expression preceded up-regulation of miR-1...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591571/global-hypertranscription-in-the-mouse-embryonic-germline
#16
Michelle Percharde, Priscilla Wong, Miguel Ramalho-Santos
Primordial germ cells (PGCs) are vital for inheritance and evolution. Their transcriptional program has been extensively studied and is assumed to be well known. We report here a remarkable global upregulation of the transcriptome of mouse PGCs compared to somatic cells. Using cell-number-normalized genome-wide analyses, we uncover significant transcriptional amplification in PGCs, including mRNAs, rRNA, and transposable elements. Hypertranscription preserves tissue-specific gene expression patterns, correlates with cell size, and can still be detected in E15...
June 6, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578223/serpinb2-is-regulated-by-dynamic-interactions-with-pause-release-proteins-and-enhancer-rnas
#17
Lihua Shii, Li Song, Kelly Maurer, Zhe Zhang, Kathleen E Sullivan
The SERPINB2 gene is strongly upregulated in inflammatory states. In monocytes, it can constitute up to 1% of total cellular protein. It functions in protection from proteotoxic stress and plays a role in angioedema. The purpose of this study was to define the roles of enhancer RNAs embedded in the SERPIN gene complex. We found that the upstream enhancer RNAs upregulated SERPINB2 and the enhancer RNAs were expressed prior to those of SERPINB2 mRNA. Studies of the SERPINB2 promoter demonstrated the presence of an RNA polymerase II pause-inducing protein, NELF...
August 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539972/site-specific-regulation-of-histone-h1-phosphorylation-in-pluripotent-cell-differentiation
#18
Ruiqi Liao, Craig A Mizzen
BACKGROUND: Structural variation among histone H1 variants confers distinct modes of chromatin binding that are important for differential regulation of chromatin condensation, gene expression and other processes. Changes in the expression and genomic distributions of H1 variants during cell differentiation appear to contribute to phenotypic differences between cell types, but few details are known about the roles of individual H1 variants and the significance of their disparate capacities for phosphorylation...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490802/transcriptome-analysis-of-dominant-negative-brd4-mutants-identifies-brd4-specific-target-genes-of-small-molecule-inhibitor-jq1
#19
Tim-Michael Decker, Michael Kluge, Stefan Krebs, Nilay Shah, Helmut Blum, Caroline C Friedel, Dirk Eick
The bromodomain protein Brd4 is an epigenetic reader and plays a critical role in the development and maintenance of leukemia. Brd4 binds to acetylated histone tails and activates transcription by recruiting the positive elongation factor P-TEFb. Small molecule inhibitor JQ1 competitively binds the bromodomains of Brd4 and displaces the protein from acetylated histones. However, it remains unclear whether genes targeted by JQ1 are mainly regulated by Brd4 or by other bromodomain proteins such as Brd2 and Brd3...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481226/neonatal-expression-of-rna-binding-protein-igf2bp3-regulates-the-human-fetal-adult-megakaryocyte-transition
#20
Kamaleldin E Elagib, Chih-Huan Lu, Goar Mosoyan, Shadi Khalil, Ewelina Zasadzińska, Daniel R Foltz, Peter Balogh, Alejandro A Gru, Deborah A Fuchs, Lisa M Rimsza, Els Verhoeyen, Miriam Sansó, Robert P Fisher, Camelia Iancu-Rubin, Adam N Goldfarb
Hematopoietic transitions that accompany fetal development, such as erythroid globin chain switching, play important roles in normal physiology and disease development. In the megakaryocyte lineage, human fetal progenitors do not execute the adult morphogenesis program of enlargement, polyploidization, and proplatelet formation. Although these defects decline with gestational stage, they remain sufficiently severe at birth to predispose newborns to thrombocytopenia. These defects may also contribute to inferior platelet recovery after cord blood stem cell transplantation and may underlie inefficient platelet production by megakaryocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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