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Priya Mishra, Updesh Dixit, Ashutosh K Pandey, Alok Upadhyay, Virendra N Pandey
We recently identified a cell-factor, ErbB3 binding protein 1 (Ebp-1), which specifically interacts with the viral RNA genome and modulates HCV replication and translation. Ebp1 has two isoforms, p48, and p42, that result from differential splicing. We found that both isoforms interact with HCV proteins NS5A and NS5B, as well as cell-factor PKR. The p48 isoform, which localizes in the cytoplasm and nuclei, promoted HCV replication, whereas the shorter p42 isoform, which resides exclusively in the cytoplasm, strongly inhibited HCV replication...
October 19, 2016: Virology
Emily C Lumley, Acadia R Osborn, Jessica E Scott, Amanda G Scholl, Vicki Mercado, Young T McMahan, Zachary G Coffman, Jay L Brewster
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has the ability to signal organelle dysfunction via a complex signaling network known as the unfolded protein response (UPR). In this work, hamster fibroblast cells exhibiting moderate levels of ER stress were compared to those exhibiting severe ER stress. Inhibition of N-linked glycosylation was accomplished via a temperature-sensitive mutation in the Dad1 subunit of the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex or by direct inhibition with tunicamycin (Tm). Temperature shift (TS) treatment generated weak activation of ER stress signaling when compared to doses of Tm that are typically used in ER stress studies (500-1000 nM)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Jovan Nikolic, Ahmet Civas, Zoé Lama, Cécile Lagaudrière-Gesbert, Danielle Blondel
Stress granules (SGs) are membrane-less dynamic structures consisting of mRNA and protein aggregates that form rapidly in response to a wide range of environmental cellular stresses and viral infections. They act as storage sites for translationally silenced mRNAs under stress conditions. During viral infection, SG formation results in the modulation of innate antiviral immune responses, and several viruses have the ability to either promote or prevent SG assembly. Here, we show that rabies virus (RABV) induces SG formation in infected cells, as revealed by the detection of SG-marker proteins Ras GTPase-activating protein-binding protein 1 (G3BP1), T-cell intracellular antigen 1 (TIA-1) and poly(A)-binding protein (PABP) in the RNA granules formed during viral infection...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Farha Naz, Neha Sami, Abu Turab Naqvi, Asimul Islam, Faizan Ahmad, Md Imtaiyaz Hassan
Human microtubule affinity-regulating kinase 4 (MARK4) is considered as an encouraging drug target for the design and development of inhibitors to cure several life threatening diseases such as Alzheimer disease, cancer, obesity and type-II diabetes. Recently, we have reported four ligands namely, BX-912, BX-795, PKR-inhibitor and OTSSP167 (hydrochloride) which bind preferentially to the two different constructs of human MARK4 containing kinase domain. To ensure the role of ubiquitin associated (UBA) domain in the ligand binding, we made a newer construct of MARK4 which contain both kinase and UBA domains, named as MARK4-F3...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Saiprasad Ramnarayanan, Chandrashekara Kyathanahalli, Judith Ingles, Miejung Park-York, Pancharatnam Jeyasuria, Jennifer C Condon
There is considerable evidence that implicates oxidative stress in the pathophysiology of human pregnancy complications. However the role and the mechanism of maintaining an anti-oxidant pro-survival uterine environment during normal pregnancy is largely unresolved. Herein we report the highly active uterine unfolded protein response plays a key role in promoting anti-oxidant activity in the uterine myocyte across gestation. The unfolded protein response senses the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and activates a signaling network that consists of the transmembrane protein kinase eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 alpha kinase 3/PKR-like-ER kinase (EIF2AK3), which acts to decrease protein translation levels allowing for a lowered need for protein folding during periods of ER stress...
October 12, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
Soshi Kanemoto, Ryota Nitani, Tatsuhiko Murakami, Masayuki Kaneko, Rie Asada, Koji Matsuhisa, Atsushi Saito, Kazunori Imaizumi
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) plays a pivotal role in maintaining cellular homeostasis. However, numerous environmental and genetic factors give rise to ER stress by inducing an accumulation of unfolded proteins. Under ER stress conditions, cells initiate the unfolded protein response (UPR). Here, we demonstrate a novel aspect of the UPR by electron microscopy and immunostaining analyses, whereby multivesicular body (MVB) formation was enhanced after ER stress. This MVB formation was influenced by inhibition of ER stress transducers inositol required enzyme 1 (IRE1) and PKR-like ER kinase (PERK)...
October 7, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jumpei Teramachi, Yuji Inagaki, Hiroki Shinohara, Hirohiko Okamura, Di Yang, Kazuhiko Ochiai, Ryoko Baba, Hiroyuki Morimoto, Toshihiko Nagata, Tatsuji Haneji
OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we aimed to clarify the precise mechanism underlying LPS-induced osteoclastogenesis in periodontal disease with a special reference to PKR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We dissected the role of PKR in LPS-induced osteoclast differentiation and function using primary mouse bone marrow cells and RAW264.7 preosteoclastic cell line. We used a rat experimental periodontitis (PD) model induced by ligature placement with a Porphyromonas gingivalis LPS injection (PD rat), and analyzed the therapeutic effects of C16, a PKR inhibitor, on bone loss in PD rats...
October 8, 2016: Oral Diseases
Kaori Terasaki, Sydney I Ramirez, Shinji Makino
Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), a member of the genus Phlebovirus within the family Bunyaviridae, causes periodic outbreaks in livestocks and humans in countries of the African continent and Middle East. RVFV NSs protein, a nonstructural protein, is a major virulence factor that exhibits several important biological properties. These include suppression of general transcription, inhibition of IFN-β promoter induction and degradation of double-stranded RNA-dependent protein kinase R. Although each of these biological functions of NSs are considered important for countering the antiviral response in the host, the individual contributions of these functions towards RVFV virulence remains unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Ning Li, Tianqi Hong, Rong Li, Yao Wang, Mengjiao Guo, Zongxi Cao, Yumei Cai, Sidang Liu, Tongjie Chai, Liangmeng Wei
Mitochondrial antiviral-signaling protein (MAVS), an adaptor protein of retinoic acid-inducible gene I (RIG-I)-like receptors (RLRs)-mediated signal pathway, is involved in innate immunity. In this study, Cherry Valley duck MAVS (duMAVS) was cloned from the spleen and analyzed. duMAVS was determined to have a caspase activation and recruitment domain at N-terminal, followed by a proline-rich domain and a transmembrane domain at C-terminal. Quantitative real-time PCR indicated that duMAVS was expressed in all tissues tested across a broad expression spectrum...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
M A G Rabbani, Michael Ribaudo, Ju-Tao Guo, Sailen Barik
: A major arm of cellular innate immunity is type I interferon (IFN), represented by IFN-α and IFN-β. Type I IFN transcriptionally induces a large number of cellular genes, collectively known as IFN-Stimulated Genes or ISGs, which act as antivirals. The IFIT (interferon-induced proteins with tetratricopeptide repeats)-family proteins constitute a major subclass of ISG, and are characterized by multiple tetratricopeptide repeats (TPRs). Here, we have interrogated IFIT proteins for their ability to inhibit the growth of human parainfluenza virus type 3 (PIV3), a nonsegmented negative-strand RNA virus of the Paramyxoviridae family and major cause of respiratory disease in children...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Virology
Kengo Asai, Aiko Fukazawa, Shigehiro Yamaguchi
A series of thiophene-fused tropylium ions, containing various electron-donating amino groups at the terminal positions, was synthesized. Both the fusion of the thiophene rings, as well as the presence of the terminal amino groups endow the cationic tropylium ion with excellent stability and high pKR+ values. X-ray crystallographic analysis of these compounds revealed a pronounced quinoidal character for the amino-substituted dithienotropylium skeletons. These compounds exhibit attractive photophysical properties, e...
September 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Juan Chen, Xue-Feng Hou, Gang Wang, Qing-Xiang Zhong, Ying Liu, Hui-Hui Qiu, Nan Yang, Jun-Fei Gu, Chun-Fei Wang, Li Zhang, Jie Song, Lu-Qi Huang, Xiao-Bin Jia, Ming-Hua Zhang, Liang Feng
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Multiple lines of evidences have suggested that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-related inflammatory responses play a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Moutan Cortex (MC), the root bark of Paeonia suffruticosa Andr., is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which has been used clinically for treating inflammatory diseases in China. The findings from our previous research suggested that terpene glycoside (TG) component of MC possessed favorable anti-inflammatory properties in curing DN...
September 21, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Jeremy W Duncan, Shakevia Johnson, Xiao Zhang, Baoying Zheng, Jia Luo, Xiao-Ming Ou, Craig A Stockmeier, Jun Ming Wang
BACKGROUND: Ethanol (EtOH) neurotoxicity can result in devastating effects on brain and behavior by disrupting homeostatic signaling cascades and inducing cell death. One such mechanism involves double-stranded RNA activated protein kinase (PKR), a primary regulator of protein translation and cell viability in the presence of a virus or other external stimuli. EtOH-mediated up-regulation of interferon-gamma (IFN-γ; the oxidative stress-inducible regulator of PKR), PKR, and its target, p53, are still being fully elucidated...
September 20, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Jeffrey M Axten
INTRODUCTION: PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (PERK) is an essential component of the unfolded protein response (UPR) and a critical regulator of protein synthesis during endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. Transient PERK activation is protective; however, chronic ER stress and sustained PERK activation can be detrimental to cell health. Many diseases are associated with PERK over-activation, suggestive that small molecule PERK inhibitors may provide new opportunities for treating cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, among others...
September 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Sarah Gourmaud, François Mouton-Liger, Claire Abadie, Eliane F Meurs, Claire Paquet, Jacques Hugon
In Alzheimer's disease (AD), the amyloid cascade hypothesis proposes that amyloid-beta (Aβ) neurotoxicity leads to neuroinflammation, synaptic loss, and neuronal degeneration. In AD patients, anti-amyloid immunotherapies did not succeed because they were possibly administered late in AD progression. Modulating new targets associated with Aβ toxicity, such as PKR (double-stranded RNA dependent kinase), and JNK (c-Jun N-terminal kinase) is a major goal for neuroprotection. These two pro-apoptotic kinases are activated in AD brains and involved in Aβ production, tau phosphorylation, neuroinflammation, and neuronal death...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Shusuke Taniuchi, Masato Miyake, Kazue Tsugawa, Miho Oyadomari, Seiichi Oyadomari
The integrated stress response (ISR) is a cytoprotective pathway initiated upon phosphorylation of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2α) residue designated serine-51, which is critical for translational control in response to various stress conditions. Four eIF2α kinases, namely heme-regulated inhibitor (HRI), protein kinase R (PKR), PKR-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase, (PERK) and general control non-depressible 2 (GCN2), have been identified thus far, and they are known to be activated by heme depletion, viral infection, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and amino acid starvation, respectively...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ira Vashisht, Tarun Pal, Hemant Sood, Rajinder S Chauhan
Transcriptional regulation of picrosides biosynthesis, the iridoid glycosides of an endangered medicinal herb, Picrorhiza kurroa, is completely unknown. P. kurroa plants obtained from natural habitat accumulate higher picrosides than in-vitro cultured plants, which necessitates identification of transcription factors (TFs) regulating their differential biosynthesis. The current study investigates complete spectrum of different TF classes in P. kurroa transcriptomes and discerns their association with picrosides biosynthesis...
September 15, 2016: Molecular Biology Reports
Zhongying Cao, Zhangchuan Xia, Yaqin Zhou, Xiaodan Yang, Hua Hao, Nanfang Peng, Shi Liu, Ying Zhu
RNA virus infections are detected by the RIG-I family of receptors, which signal through the adaptor molecule mitochondrial antiviral signaling (MAVS). MAVS then recruits the adaptor's tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor (TRAF) 3 and TRAF6, which in turn activate IRF3 and NF-κB, respectively, to induce interferons (IFNs) and inflammatory responses. Here we show that the biotin-containing enzyme methylcrotonoyl-CoA carboxylase 1 (MCCC1) enhances virus-induced, MAVS-mediated IFN and inflammatory cytokine expression through the NF-κB signaling pathway...
2016: Scientific Reports
Nischal Ranganath, Teslin S Sandstrom, Saleh Fadel, Sandra C Côté, Jonathan B Angel
BACKGROUND: The latent HIV-1 reservoir represents the primary barrier to the eradication of HIV-1 infection. The design of novel reservoir-clearance strategies, however, is impeded in part by the inability to distinguish latently HIV-infected cells from uninfected cells. Significant impairment of the type I interferon (IFN-I) response is observed during productive HIV-1 infection. Although this remains poorly described in the context of latent HIV-1 infection, presence of potential defects may serve as a novel therapeutic target...
2016: Retrovirology
Eun Kyung Lee, Seung-Hyun Hong, Sooyong Shin, Hyun-Sung Lee, Ju-Seog Lee, Eun Jung Park, Sun Shim Choi, Jae Woong Min, Daeyoon Park, Jung-Ah Hwang, Betty H Johnson, Sung Ho Jeon, In-Hoo Kim, Yeon-Su Lee, Yong Sun Lee
nc886 is a recently identified cellular non-coding RNA and its depletion leads to acute cell death via PKR (Protein Kinase RNA-activated) activation. nc886 expression is increased in some malignancies, but silenced in others. However, the precise role of nc886/PKR is controversial: is it a tumor suppressor or an oncogene? In this study, we have clarified the role of nc886 in thyroid cancer by sequentially generating PKR knockout (KO) and PKR/nc886 double KO cell lines from Nthy-ori 3-1, a partially transformed thyroid cell line...
September 6, 2016: Oncotarget
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