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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091296/rn7sk-small-nuclear-rna-is-involved-in-neuronal-differentiation
#1
Zahra Bazi, Michele Bertacchi, Mozhgan Abasi, Samira Mohammadi-Yeganeh, Masoud Soleimani, Nicole Wagner, Hossein Ghanbarian
Rn7SK-mediated global transcriptional regulation, key function of this small nuclear RNA (snRNA), is mediated by inhibition of the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb). Recently, we have identified a potential anti-proliferative and tumor-suppressive function of Rn7SK. However, its possible regulatory role in development and cell programming has not been investigated so far. Here, we examined transcriptional levels of Rn7SK in different mouse organs. Interestingly, an increased expression level of the RNA was observed in the brain...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082287/flow-cytometric-analysis-of-hiv-1-transcriptional-activity-in-response-to-shrna-knockdown-in-a2-and-a72-j-lat-cell-lines
#2
Daniela Boehm, Melanie Ott
The main obstacle to eradicating HIV-1 from patients is post-integration latency (Finzi et al., 1999). Antiretroviral treatments target only actively replicating virus, while latent infections that have low or no transcriptional activity remain untreated (Sedaghat et al., 2007). To eliminate viral reservoirs, one strategy focuses on reversing HIV-1 latency via 'shock and kill' (Deeks, 2012). The basis of this strategy is to overcome the molecular mechanisms of HIV-1 latency by therapeutically inducing viral gene and protein expression under antiretroviral therapy and to cause selective cell death via the lytic properties of the virus, or the immune system now recognizing the infected cells...
June 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077158/effects-of-caloric-restriction-on-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptors-and-positive-transcription-elongation-factor-b-expression-in-obese-rats
#3
Y-B Yang, X-L Wu, B Ke, Y-J Huang, S-Q Chen, Y-Q Su, J Qin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of caloric restriction (CR) on expressions of peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARs) and positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) (including cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9) and cyclin T1) protein in visceral adipose tissue of obese rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Obese rats were induced by high-fat diet for 8 weeks. Then they were divided into three groups: Model (n=5), 50% Calorie Restricted (50% CR, n=5), Intermittent Fasting (IF) (eight cycles of 3-d fasting and 3-d refeeding, n=6) for 8 weeks...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037489/latent-hiv-1-tar-regulates-7sk-responsive-p-tefb-target-genes-and-targets-cellular-immune-responses-in-the-absence-of-tat
#4
Sebastian Eilebrecht, Bernd-Joachim Benecke, Arndt G Benecke
The transactivating response element (TAR) structure of the nascent HIV-1 transcript is critically involved in the recruitment of inactive positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) to the promoter proximal paused RNA polymerase II. The viral transactivator Tat is responsible for subsequent P-TEFb activation in order to start efficient viral transcription elongation. In the absence of the viral transactivator of transcription (Tat), e.g., during latency or in early stages of HIV transcription, TAR mediates an interaction of P-TEFb with its inhibitor hexamethylene bis-acetamide-inducible protein 1 (HEXIM1), keeping P-TEFb in its inactive form...
October 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021396/quiescence-promotes-latent-hiv-infection-and-resistance-to-reactivation-from-latency-with-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors
#5
Mark M Painter, Thomas D Zaikos, Kathleen L Collins
Human immunodeficiency virus type-1 (HIV-1) establishes transcriptionally silent latent infections in many cell types, including resting memory T cells and hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), which allow the virus to persist in infected individuals despite antiretroviral therapy. Developing in vitro models of HIV-1 latency that recapitulate the characteristics of latently-infected cells in vivo is crucial to identifying and developing effective latency-reversing therapies. HSPCs exist in a quiescent state in vivo, and quiescence is correlated with latent infections in T cells...
October 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28994650/cdk9-dependent-rna-polymerase-ii-pausing-controls-transcription-initiation
#6
Saskia Gressel, Björn Schwalb, Tim Michael Decker, Weihua Qin, Heinrich Leonhardt, Dirk Eick, Patrick Cramer
Gene transcription can be activated by decreasing the duration of RNA polymerase II pausing in the promoter-proximal region, but how this is achieved remains unclear. Here we use a 'multi-omics' approach to demonstrate that the duration of polymerase pausing generally limits the productive frequency of transcription initiation in human cells ('pause-initiation limit'). We further engineer a human cell line to allow for specific and rapid inhibition of the P-TEFb kinase CDK9, which is implicated in polymerase pause release...
October 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28992937/substrate-specificity-of-the-kinase-p-tefb-towards-the-rna-polymerase-ii-c-terminal-domain
#7
Eric B Gibbs, Tatiana N Laremore, Grace A Usher, Bede Portz, Erik C Cook, Scott A Showalter
The positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) promotes transcription elongation through phosphorylation of the RNA polymerase II C-terminal domain. This process is not well understood, partly due to difficulties in determining the specificity of P-TEFb toward the various heptad repeat motifs within the C-terminal domain. A simple assay using mass spectrometry was developed to identify the substrate specificity of the Drosophila melanogaster P-TEFb (DmP-TEFb) in vitro. This assay demonstrated that DmP-TEFb preferentially phosphorylates Ser5 and, surprisingly, that pre-phosphorylation or conserved amino acid variation at the 7-position in the heptad can alter DmP-TEFb specificity, leading to the creation of distinct double-phosphorylation marks...
November 7, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955517/aff1-and-aff4-differentially-regulate-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-mscs
#8
Chen-Chen Zhou, Qiu-Chan Xiong, Xin-Xing Zhu, Wen Du, Peng Deng, Xiao-Bing Li, Yi-Zhou Jiang, Shu-Juan Zou, Cun-Yu Wang, Quan Yuan
AFF1 and AFF4 belong to the AFF (AF4/FMR2) family of proteins, which function as scaffolding proteins linking two different transcription elongation factors, positive elongation factor b (P-TEFb) and ELL1/2, in super elongation complexes (SECs). Both AFF1 and AFF4 regulate gene transcription through elongation and chromatin remodeling. However, their function in the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is unknown. In this study, we show that small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated depletion of AFF1 in human MSCs leads to increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, enhanced mineralization and upregulated expression of osteogenic-related genes...
2017: Bone Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938651/positive-transcription-elongation-factor-b-p-tefb-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-human-multiple-myeloma
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
#16
REVIEW
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...
September 29, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699519/the-tat-p-tefb-protein-protein-interaction-determining-transcriptional-activation-of-hiv
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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 C-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 1 studies. We evaluated the therapeutic potential of BAY 1143572 in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL)...
August 31, 2017: Blood
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