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Jennifer M Maurer, Charles G Sagerström
BACKGROUND: Signaling cascades, such as the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, play vital roles in early vertebrate development. Signals through these pathways are initiated by a growth factor or hormone, are transduced through a kinase cascade, and result in the expression of specific downstream genes that promote cellular proliferation, growth, or differentiation. Tight regulation of these signals is provided by positive or negative modulators at varying levels in the pathway, and is required for proper development and function...
March 15, 2018: BMC Developmental Biology
Yukie Kashima, Ayako Suzuki, Ying Liu, Masahito Hosokawa, Hiroko Matsunaga, Masataka Shirai, Kohji Arikawa, Sumio Sugano, Takashi Kohno, Haruko Takeyama, Katsuya Tsuchihara, Yutaka Suzuki
Single-cell RNA-seq is a powerful tool for revealing heterogeneity in cancer cells. However, each of the current single-cell RNA-seq platforms has inherent advantages and disadvantages. Here, we show that combining the different single-cell RNA-seq platforms can be an effective approach to obtaining complete information about expression differences and a sufficient cellular population to understand transcriptional heterogeneity in cancers. We demonstrate that it is possible to estimate missing expression information...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mario Picozza, Daniele Avitabile, Alessandra Magenta
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March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Kerstin Tjaden, Christina Adam, Rinesh Godfrey, Peter J Hanley, Evangelia Pardali, Johannes Waltenberger
BACKGROUND: Hypercholesterolemia (HC) is an important cardiovascular risk factor characterized by elevated low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) plasma levels. HC negatively affects monocyte function by reducing their chemotactic response towards different growth factors. We aimed to elucidate the molecular mechanisms by which LDL induces monocyte dysfunction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Human monocytes exposed to either native (nLDL) or oxidized LDL (oxLDL) in vitro showed reduced chemotactic responses towards vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), but displayed enhanced random migration (chemokinesis)...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Kuo-Hua Lin, Ming-Yii Huang, Wei-Chung Cheng, Shu-Chi Wang, Shih-Hua Fang, Hung-Pin Tu, Chia-Cheng Su, Yung-Li Hung, Po-Len Liu, Chi-Shuo Chen, Yu-Ting Wang, Chia-Yang Li
Shikonin is a naphthoquinone isolated from the dried root of Lithospermum erythrorhizon, an herb used in Chinese medicine. Although several studies have indicated that shikonin exhibits antitumor activity in breast cancer, the mechanism of action remains unclear. In the present study, we performed transcriptome analysis using RNA-seq and explored the mechanism of action of shikonin in regulating the growth of different types of breast cancer cells. The IC50 of shikonin on MCF-7, SKBR-3 and MDA-MB-231 cells were 10...
February 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lars Tögel, Rebecca Nightingale, Rui Wu, Anderly C Chüeh, Sheren Al-Obaidi, Ian Luk, Mercedes Dávalos-Salas, Fiona Chionh, Carmel Murone, Daniel D Buchanan, Zac Chatterton, Oliver M Sieber, Diego Arango, Niall C Tebbutt, David Williams, Amardeep S Dhillon, John M Mariadason
The ERK signalling pathway regulates key cell fate decisions in the intestinal epithelium and is frequently dysregulated in colorectal cancers (CRCs). Variations in the dynamics of ERK activation can induce different biological outcomes and are regulated by multiple mechanisms, including activation of negative feedback loops involving transcriptional induction of dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs). We have found that the nuclear ERK-selective phosphatase DUSP5 is downregulated in colorectal tumours and cell lines, as previously observed in gastric and prostate cancer...
January 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
Bonsu Ku, Won Hong, Chae Won Keum, Myeongbin Kim, Hyunyeol Ryu, Donghwan Jeon, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae Hoon Kim, Seung Jun Kim, Seong Eon Ryu
Dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) constitute a subfamily of protein tyrosine phosphatases, and are intimately involved in the regulation of diverse parameters of cellular signaling and essential biological processes. DUSP28 is one of the DUSP subfamily members that is known to be implicated in the progression of hepatocellular and pancreatic cancers, and its biological functions and enzymatic characteristics are mostly unknown. Herein, we present the crystal structure of human DUSP28 determined to 2.1 Å resolution...
2017: PloS One
Chun Hwa Wei, Hee Gyeong Min, Myeongbin Kim, Gwan Hee Kim, Ha-Jung Chun, Seong Eon Ryu
Dual specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) include MAP kinase phosphatases and atypical dual specificity phosphatases and mediate cell growth and differentiation, brain function, and immune responses. They serve as targets for drug development against cancers, diabetes and depression. Several DUSPs have non-canonical conformation of the central β-sheet and active site loops, suggesting that they may have conformational switch that is related to the regulation of enzyme activity. Here, we determined the crystal structure of DUSP13a, and identified two different structures that represent intermediates of the postulated conformational switch...
October 26, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Sharol Su Lei Cho, Jian Han, Sharmy J James, Chin Wen Png, Madhushanee Weerasooriya, Sylvie Alonso, Yongliang Zhang
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are activated in innate immune cells such as macrophages upon the detection of microbial infection, critically regulating the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines such as TNF-α, IL-6, and MCP-1. As a result, activation of MAPKs is tightly regulated to ensure appropriate and adequate immune responses. Dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) are a family of proteins which specifically dephosphorylates threonine and tyrosine residues essential for MAPK activation to negatively regulate their activation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Justine S Habibian, Mitra Jefic, Rushita A Bagchi, Robert H Lane, Robert A McKnight, Timothy A McKinsey, Ron F Morrison, Bradley S Ferguson
Adipose tissue inflammation is a central pathological element that regulates obesity-mediated insulin resistance and type II diabetes. Evidence demonstrates that extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK 1/2) activation (i.e. phosphorylation) links tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) to pro-inflammatory gene expression in the nucleus. Dual specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) inactivate ERK 1/2 through dephosphorylation and can thus inhibit inflammatory gene expression. We report that DUSP5, an ERK1/2 phosphatase, was induced in epididymal white adipose tissue (WAT) in response to diet-induced obesity...
October 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
Raman G Kutty, Marat R Talipov, Robert D Bongard, Rachel A Jones Lipinski, Noreena L Sweeney, Daniel S Sem, Rajendra Rathore, Ramani Ramchandran
The mammalian genome contains approximately 200 phosphatases that are responsible for catalytically removing phosphate groups from proteins. In this review, we discuss dual specificity phosphatase 5 (DUSP5). DUSP5 belongs to the dual specificity phosphatase (DUSP) family, so named after the family members' abilities to remove phosphate groups from serine/threonine and tyrosine residues. We provide a comparison of DUSP5's structure to other DUSPs and, using molecular modeling studies, provide an explanation for DUSP5's mechanistic interaction and specificity toward phospho-extracellular regulated kinase, its only known substrate...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
Camille Buffet, Karine Hecale-Perlemoine, Léopoldine Bricaire, Florent Dumont, Camille Baudry, Frédérique Tissier, Jérôme Bertherat, Beatrix Cochand-Priollet, Marie-Laure Raffin-Sanson, Françoise Cormier, Lionel Groussin
BACKGROUND: Molecular alterations of the MAPK pathway are frequently observed in papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). It leads to a constitutive activation of the signalling pathway through an increase in MEK and ERK phosphorylation. ERK is negatively feedback-regulated by Dual Specificity Phosphatases (DUSPs), especially two ERK-specific DUSPs, DUSP5 (nuclear) and DUSP6 (cytosolic). These negative MAPK regulators may play a role in thyroid carcinogenesis. METHODS: MAPK pathway activation was analyzed in 11 human thyroid cancer cell lines...
2017: PloS One
Bradley N Mills, George P Albert, Marc W Halterman
The dual specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) constitute a family of stress-induced enzymes that provide feedback inhibition on mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) critical in key aspects of oncogenic signaling. While described in other tumor types, the landscape of DUSP mRNA expression in glioblastoma (GB) remains largely unexplored. Interrogation of the REpository for Molecular BRAin Neoplasia DaTa (REMBRANDT) revealed induction (DUSP4, DUSP6), repression (DUSP2, DUSP7-9), or mixed (DUSP1, DUSP5, DUSP10, DUSP15) DUSP transcription of select DUSPs in bulk tumor specimens...
August 18, 2017: Cancer Microenvironment: Official Journal of the International Cancer Microenvironment Society
Jan Kučera, Julie Netušilová, Stanislava Sladeček, Martina Lánová, Ondřej Vašíček, Kateřina Štefková, Jarmila Navrátilová, Lukáš Kubala, Jiří Pacherník
Hypoxia is involved in the regulation of stem cell fate, and hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) is the master regulator of hypoxic response. Here, we focus on the effect of hypoxia on intracellular signaling pathways responsible for mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell maintenance. We employed wild-type and HIF-1α-deficient ES cells to investigate hypoxic response in the ERK, Akt, and STAT3 pathways. Cultivation in 1% O2 for 24 h resulted in the strong dephosphorylation of ERK and its upstream kinases and to a lesser extent of Akt in an HIF-1-independent manner, while STAT3 phosphorylation remained unaffected...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Seyed M Moosavi, Pavan Prabhala, Alaina J Ammit
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphatase 1 (MKP-1) is a protein with anti-inflammatory properties and the archetypal member of the dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) family that have emerged over the past decade as playing an instrumental role in the regulation of airway inflammation. Not only does MKP-1 serve a critical role as a negative feedback effector, controlling the extent and duration of pro-inflammatory MAPK signalling in airway cells, upregulation of this endogenous phosphatase has also emerged as being one of the key cellular mechanism responsible for the beneficial actions of clinically-used respiratory medicines, including β2-agonists, phosphodiesterase inhibitors and corticosteroids...
August 10, 2017: Respiratory Research
Shuo Li, Gaixiang Hao, Jiafang Li, Weijiao Peng, Xuyun Geng, Jinsheng Sun
Dual-specificity MAP kinase (MAPK) phosphatases (DUSPs) are well-established negative modulators in regulating MAPK signaling in mammalian cells and tissues. Our previous studies have shown the involvement of DUSP6 in regulating innate immunity in Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus. In order to gain a better understanding of the role of DUSPs in fish innate immunity, in the present study we identified and characterized three additional DUSP genes including DUSP1, 2 and 5 in P. olivaceus. The three Japanese flounder DUSP proteins share common domain structures composed of a conserved N-terminal Rhodanase/CDC25 domain and a C-terminal catalytic phosphatase domain, while they show only less than 26% sequence identities, indicating that they may have different substrate selectivity...
September 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Pei-Chi Hou, Yo-Hua Li, Shih-Chieh Lin, Shau-Chieh Lin, Jenq-Chang Lee, Bo-Wen Lin, Jing-Ping Liou, Jang-Yang Chang, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Yi-Min Liu, H Sunny Sun, Shaw-Jenq Tsai
Cancer stem-like cells (CSC) evolve to overcome the pressures of reduced oxygen, nutrients or chemically induced cell death, but the mechanisms driving this evolution are incompletely understood. Here, we report that hypoxia-mediated downregulation of the dual specificity phosphatase 2 (DUSP2) is critical for the accumulation of CSC in colorectal cancer. Reduced expression of DUSP2 led to overproduction of COX-2-derived prostaglandin E2, which promoted cancer stemness via the EP2/EP4 signaling pathways. Genetic and pharmacological inhibition of PGE2 biosynthesis or signal transduction ameliorated loss-of-DUSP2-induced tumor growth and cancer stemness...
August 15, 2017: Cancer Research
Ling Huang, Nicolle H R Litjens, Nynke M Kannegieter, Mariska Klepper, Carla C Baan, Michiel G H Betjes
BACKGROUND: Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) have an impaired immune response with a prematurely aged T-cell system. Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) and p38, regulate diverse cellular programs by transferring extracellular signals into an intracellular response. T cell receptor (TCR)-induced phosphorylation of ERK (pERK) may show an age-associated decline, which can be reversed by inhibiting dual specific phosphatase (DUSP) 6, a cytoplasmic phosphatase with substrate specificity to dephosphorylate pERK...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
Yi-Ping Leng, Ye-Shuo Ma, Xiao-Gang Li, Rui-Fang Chen, Ping-Yu Zeng, Xiao-Hui Li, Cheng-Feng Qiu, Ya-Pei Li, Zhen Zhang, Alex F Chen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vascular inflammation, including the expression of inflammatory cytokines in endothelial cells, plays a critical role in hyperhomocysteinemia-associated vascular diseases. Cathepsin V, specifically expressed in humans, is involved in vascular diseases through its elastolytic and collagenolytic activities. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of cathepsin V on the L-homocysteine (L-Hcy)-induced vascular inflammation. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: A high methionine diet-induced hyperhomocysteinemic mice model was used to assess the cathepsin V expression and vascular inflammation...
June 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
Said Ahmad Shah, Hajime Ishinaga, Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Clarithromycin is a 14-membered macrolide antibiotic. Low-dose, long-term macrolide therapy is effective in patients with chronic airway diseases, such as diffuse panbronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and chronic sinusitis. However, the mechanism underlying this clinical efficacy remains unclear. The dual specificity phosphatase MKP-1 (MAPK phosphatase-1), also called DUSP (dual specificity phosphatase-1), was initially identified as an in vitro ERK-specific phosphatase, but depending on the cell type, it can also dephosphorylate other members of the MAPK family, such as p38 and JNK, and thus suppress downstream signaling of these kinases...
August 2017: International Immunopharmacology
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