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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107481/bet-inhibitors-disrupt-rad21-dependent-conformational-control-of-kshv-latency
#1
Horng-Shen Chen, Alessandra De Leo, Zhuo Wang, Andrew Kerekovic, Robert Hills, Paul M Lieberman
Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) establishes stable latent infection in B-lymphocytes and pleural effusion lymphomas (PELs). During latency, the viral genome persists as an epigenetically constrained episome with restricted gene expression programs. To identify epigenetic regulators of KSHV latency, we screened a focused small molecule library containing known inhibitors of epigenetic factors. We identified JQ1, a Bromodomain and Extended Terminal (BET) protein inhibitor, as a potent activator of KSHV lytic reactivation from B-cells carrying episomal KSHV...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103888/photoreceptor-protection-via-blockade-of-bet-epigenetic-readers-in-a-murine-model-of-inherited-retinal-degeneration
#2
Lei Zhao, Jun Li, Yingmei Fu, Mengxue Zhang, Bowen Wang, Jonathan Ouellette, Pawan K Shahi, Bikash R Pattnaik, Jyoti J Watters, Wai T Wong, Lian-Wang Guo
BACKGROUND: The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) family proteins (BET2, BET3, and BET4) "read" (bind) histone acetylation marks via two distinct bromodomains (Brom1 and Brom2) facilitating transcriptional activation. These epigenetic "readers" play crucial roles in pathogenic processes such as inflammation. The role of BETs in influencing the degenerative process in the retina is however unknown. METHODS: We employed the rd10 mouse model (Pde6b (rd10) mutation) of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) to examine the involvement of BET proteins in retinal neurodegeneration...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100400/replication-study-bet-bromodomain-inhibition-as-a-therapeutic-strategy-to-target-c-myc
#3
Fraser Aird, Irawati Kandela, Christine Mantis
In 2015, as part of the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, we published a Registered Report (Kandela et al., 2015) that described how we intended to replicate selected experiments from the paper "BET bromodomain inhibition as a therapeutic strategy to target c-Myc" (Delmore et al., 2011). Here we report the results of those experiments. We found that treatment of human multiple myeloma (MM) cells with the small-molecular inhibitor of BET bromodomains, (+)-JQ1, selectively downregulated MYC transcription, which is similar to what was reported in the original study (Figure 3B; Delmore et al...
January 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074072/targeting-bet-proteins-improves-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-bcl-2-inhibition-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#4
S Peirs, V Frismantas, F Matthijssens, W Van Loocke, T Pieters, N Vandamme, B Lintermans, M P Dobay, G Berx, B Poppe, S Goossens, B C Bornhauser, J-P Bourquin, P Van Vlierberghe
Inhibition of anti-apoptotic BCL-2 has recently emerged as a promising new therapeutic strategy for the treatment of a variety of human cancers, including leukemia. Here, we used T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia as a model system to identify novel synergistic drug combinations with the BH3 mimetic venetoclax (ABT-199). In vitro drug screening in primary leukemia specimens that were derived from patients with high risk of relapse or relapse and cell lines revealed synergistic activity between venetoclax and the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1...
January 11, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069948/genomic-targeting-of-epigenetic-probes-using-a-chemically-tailored-cas9-system
#5
Glen P Liszczak, Zachary Z Brown, Samuel H Kim, Rob C Oslund, Yael David, Tom W Muir
Recent advances in the field of programmable DNA-binding proteins have led to the development of facile methods for genomic localization of genetically encodable entities. Despite the extensive utility of these tools, locus-specific delivery of synthetic molecules remains limited by a lack of adequate technologies. Here we combine the flexibility of chemical synthesis with the specificity of a programmable DNA-binding protein by using protein trans-splicing to ligate synthetic elements to a nuclease-deficient Cas9 (dCas9) in vitro and subsequently deliver the dCas9 cargo to live cells...
January 9, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063381/brd4-inhibition-attenuates-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-induced-fibrosis-by-blocking-tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-nox4-expression
#6
Baoshang Zhou, Jiao Mu, Yi Gong, Caibao Lu, Youguang Zhao, Ting He, Zhexue Qin
Uncovering new therapeutic targets for renal fibrosis holds promise for the treatment of chronic kidney diseases. Bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) protein inhibitors have been shown to effectively ameliorate pathological fibrotic responses. However, the pharmacological effects and underlying mechanisms of these inhibitors in renal fibrosis remain elusive. In this study, we determined that the inhibition of Brd4, a BET family member, with a selective potent chemical inhibitor, JQ1, could prevent the development of renal fibrosis and block the progression of fibrosis in rats that have undergone unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
December 30, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061448/targeting-basal-like-breast-tumors-with-bromodomain-and-extraterminal-domain-bet-and-polo-like-kinase-inhibitors
#7
Cristina Nieto-Jiménez, Ana Alcaraz-Sanabria, Javier Pérez-Peña, Verónica Corrales-Sánchez, Gemma Serrano-Heras, Eva M Galán-Moya, Leticia Serrano-Oviedo, Juan Carlos Montero, Miguel Burgos, Juan Llopis, Atanasio Pandiella, Alberto Ocaña
Metastatic triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an incurable disease with limited therapeutic options, and no targeted therapies available. Triple negative tumors and the basal-like genomic subtype, are both characterized by a high proliferation rate and an increase in cell division. In this context, protein kinases involved in the mitotic formation have a relevant role in this tumor subtype. Recently, Bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) inhibitors have shown to be active in this disease by modulating the expression of several transcription factors...
January 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059436/the-bet-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-suppresses-chondrosarcoma-cell-growth-via-regulation-of-yap-p21-c-myc-signaling
#8
Huan-Tian Zhang, Tao Gui, Yuan Sang, Jie Yang, Yu-Hang Li, Gui-Hong Liang, Thomas Li, Qing-Yu He, Zhen-Gang Zha
Chondrosarcoma, the second-most frequent primary bone malignancy, is generally more resistant to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Therefore, the development of an effective adjuvant therapy is necessary. Recently, targeting the epigenetic regulator such as bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) proteins has achieved great success. For instance, the bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 has been shown to inhibit the growth of several cancer cells both in vitro and in vivo. Herein we demonstrated that JQ1 significantly inhibited chondrosarcoma cell growth and colony formation...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039300/pharmacological-inhibition-of-bromodomain-proteins-suppresses-retinal-inflammatory-disease-and-downregulates-retinal-th17-cells
#9
Malihe Eskandarpour, Robert Alexander, Peter Adamson, Virginia L Calder
Experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU), in which CD4(+) Th1 and/or Th17 cells are immunopathogenic, mimics various clinical features of noninfectious uveitis in humans. The impact of bromodomain extraterminal (BET) inhibitors on Th17 cell function was studied in a mouse model of EAU in vivo and in mouse and human Th17 cells in vitro. Two BET inhibitors (GSK151 and JQ1) were able to ameliorate the progression of inflammation in EAU and in mouse CD4(+) T cells in vitro, downregulating levels of Th17 cells. Additionally, the uveitogenic capacity of Th17 cells to transfer EAU was abrogated by BET inhibitors in an adoptive transfer model...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035374/activation-of-oncogenic-pathways-in-classical-hodgkin-lymphoma-by-decitabine-a-rationale-for-combination-with-small-molecular-weight-inhibitors
#10
Tatjana Maria Swerev, Thomas Wirth, Alexey Ushmorov
DNA methylation is an epigenetic control mechanism that contributes to the specific phenotype and to the oncogenic program of virtually all tumor entities. Although efficacy of demethylating agents in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) was not specifically tested, a case of regression of relapsed metastatic cHL was described as a fortunate side‑effect of the demethylating agent 5‑azacytidine in a patient with myelodysplastic syndrome. We investigated molecular mechanisms of decitabine (5‑Aza‑dC) antitumor activity in cHL using gene expression profiling followed by gene set enrichment analysis...
February 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026145/the-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-triggers-growth-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-testicular-germ-cell-tumours-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Sina Jostes, Daniel Nettersheim, Martin Fellermeyer, Simon Schneider, François Hafezi, Friedemann Honecker, Valerie Schumacher, Matthias Geyer, Glen Kristiansen, Hubert Schorle
Type II testicular germ cell cancers (TGCT) are the most frequently diagnosed tumours in young men (20-40 years) and are classified as seminoma or non-seminoma. TGCTs are commonly treated by orchiectomy and chemo- or radiotherapy. However, a subset of metastatic non-seminomas (embryonal carcinomas) displays only incomplete remission or relapse and requires novel treatment options. Recent studies have shown effective application of the small-molecule inhibitor JQ1 in tumour therapy, which interferes with the function of 'bromodomain and extraterminal (BET)' proteins...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012209/link-between-er-stress-ppar-alpha-activation-and-bet-inhibition-in-relation-to-apolipoprotein-a-i-transcription-in-hepg2-cells
#12
Sophie E van der Krieken, Herman E Popeijus, Ronald P Mensink, Jogchum Plat
Activating transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα) may increase apoA-I transcription. Furthermore, Bromodomain and Extra-Terminal domain (BET) protein inhibitors increase, whereas Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) stress decreases apoA-I transcription. We examined possible links between these processes as related to apoA-I transcription in HepG2 cells. JQ1(+), thapsigargin and GW7647 were used to induce respectively BET inhibition, ER-stress and PPARα activation. Expression of ER-stress markers (CHOP, XBP1s) was analyzed by western blotting...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941949/in-vitro-effects-of-the-small-molecule-protein-kinase-c-agonists-on-hiv-latency-reactivation
#13
Jessica Brogdon, Widade Ziani, Xiaolei Wang, Ronald S Veazey, Huanbin Xu
The persistence of latently HIV-infected cellular reservoirs represents the major obstacle to virus eradication in patients under antiretroviral therapy (ART). Cure strategies to eliminate these reservoirs are thus needed to reactivate proviral gene expression in latently infected cells. In this study, we tested optimal concentrations of PKC agonist candidates (PEP005/Ingenol-3-angelate, prostratin, bryostatin-1, and JQ1) to reactivate HIV latency in vitro, and examined their effects on cell survival, activation and epigenetic histone methylation after treatment alone or in combination in cell line and isolated CD4 T cells from SIV-infected macaques...
December 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903272/inhibition-of-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-proteins-increases-nkg2d-ligand-mica-expression-and-sensitivity-to-nk-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-in-multiple-myeloma-cells-role-of-cmyc-irf4-mir-125b-interplay
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Maria Pia Abruzzese, Maria Teresa Bilotta, Cinzia Fionda, Alessandra Zingoni, Alessandra Soriani, Elisabetta Vulpis, Cristiana Borrelli, Beatrice Zitti, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Maria Rosaria Ricciardi, Rosa Molfetta, Rossella Paolini, Angela Santoni, Marco Cippitelli
BACKGROUND: Anti-cancer immune responses may contribute to the control of tumors after conventional chemotherapy, and different observations have indicated that chemotherapeutic agents can induce immune responses resulting in cancer cell death and immune-stimulatory side effects. Increasing experimental and clinical evidence highlight the importance of natural killer (NK) cells in immune responses toward multiple myeloma (MM), and combination therapies able to enhance the activity of NK cells against MM are showing promise in treating this hematologic cancer...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872098/systematic-drug-screening-identifies-tractable-targeted-combination-therapies-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#15
Vikram B Wali, Casey G Langdon, Matthew A Held, James T Platt, Gauri A Patwardhan, Anton Safonov, Bilge Aktas, Lajos Pusztai, David F Stern, Christos Hatzis
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) remains an aggressive disease without effective targeted therapies. In this study, we addressed this challenge by testing 128 FDA-approved or investigational drugs as either single agents or in 768 pairwise drug combinations in TNBC cell lines to identify synergistic combinations tractable to clinical translation. Medium-throughput results were scrutinized and extensively analyzed for sensitivity patterns, synergy, anticancer activity, and were validated in low-throughput experiments...
January 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864418/ampk-ulk1-mediated-autophagy-confers-resistance-to-bet-inhibitor-jq1-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-stem-cells
#16
Ji Eun Jang, Ju In Eom, Hoi Kyung Jeung, June-Won Cheong, Jung Yeon Lee, Jin Seok Kim, Yoo Hong Min
PURPOSE: Bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) inhibitors are promising epigenetic agents for the treatment of various subsets of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). However, the resistance of leukemia stem cells (LSCs) to BET inhibitors remains a major challenge. In this study, we evaluated the mechanisms underlying LSC resistance to the BET inhibitor JQ1. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We evaluated the levels of apoptosis and autophagy induced by JQ1 in LSC-like leukemia cell lines and primary CD34(+)CD38(-) leukemic blasts obtained from AML cases with normal karyotype without recurrent mutations...
November 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863698/striatal-h3k27-acetylation-linked-to-glutamatergic-gene-dysregulation-in-human-heroin-abusers-holds-promise-as-therapeutic-target
#17
Gabor Egervari, Joseph Landry, James Callens, John F Fullard, Panos Roussos, Eva Keller, Yasmin L Hurd
BACKGROUND: Opiate abuse and overdose reached epidemic levels in the United States. However, despite significant advances in animal and in vitro models, little knowledge has been directly accrued regarding the neurobiology of the opiate-addicted human brain. METHODS: We used postmortem human brain specimens from a homogeneous European Caucasian population of heroin users for transcriptional and epigenetic profiling, as well as direct assessment of chromatin accessibility in the striatum, a brain region central to reward and emotion...
September 28, 2016: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821592/bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-protein-inhibitors-suppress-chondrocyte-differentiation-and-restrain-bone-growth
#18
Ningning Niu, Rui Shao, Guang Yan, Weiguo Zou
Small molecule inhibitors for bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) proteins have recently emerged as potential therapeutic agents in clinical trials for various cancers. However, to date, it is unknown whether these inhibitors have side effects on bone structures. Here, we report that inhibition of BET bromodomain proteins may suppress chondrocyte differentiation and restrain bone growth. We generated a luciferase reporter system using the chondrogenic cell line ATDC5 in which the luciferase gene was driven by the promoter of Col2a1, an elementary collagen of the chondrocyte...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803105/bet-inhibitors-suppress-aldh-activity-by-targeting-aldh1a1-super-enhancer-in-ovarian-cancer
#19
Yuhki Yokoyama, Hengrui Zhu, Jeong Heon Lee, Andrew V Kossenkov, Sherry Y Wu, Jayamanna M Wickramasinghe, Xiangfan Yin, Katherine C Palozola, Alessandro Gardini, Louise C Showe, Kenneth S Zaret, Qin Liu, David Speicher, Jose R Conejo-Garcia, James E Bradner, Zhiguo Zhang, Anil K Sood, Tamas Ordog, Benjamin G Bitler, Rugang Zhang
The emergence of tumor cells with certain stem-like characteristics, such as high aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity due to ALDH1A1 expression, contributes to chemotherapy resistance and tumor relapse. However, clinically applicable inhibitors of ALDH activity have not been reported. There is evidence to suggest that epigenetic regulation of stem-related genes contributes to chemotherapy efficacy. Here, we show that bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) inhibitors suppress ALDH activity by abrogating BRD4-mediated ALDH1A1 expression through a super-enhancer element and its associated enhancer RNA...
November 1, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775715/design-and-characterization-of-bivalent-bet-inhibitors
#20
Minoru Tanaka, Justin M Roberts, Hyuk-Soo Seo, Amanda Souza, Joshiawa Paulk, Thomas G Scott, Stephen L DeAngelo, Sirano Dhe-Paganon, James E Bradner
Cellular signaling is often propagated by multivalent interactions. Multivalency creates avidity, allowing stable biophysical recognition. Multivalency is an attractive strategy for achieving potent binding to protein targets, as the affinity of bivalent ligands is often greater than the sum of monovalent affinities. The bromodomain and extraterminal domain (BET) family of transcriptional coactivators features tandem bromodomains through which BET proteins bind acetylated histones and transcription factors...
December 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
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