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Philippe A Melas, Johanna S Qvist, Matteo Deidda, Chirag Upreti, Ya Bin Wei, Fabrizio Sanna, Walter Fratta, Maria Scherma, Paola Fadda, Denise B Kandel, Eric R Kandel
Reduced eukaryotic Initiation Factor 2 (eIF2)α phosphorylation (p-eIF2α) enhances protein synthesis, memory formation, and addiction-like behaviors. However, p-eIF2α has not been examined with regard to psychoactive cannabinoids and cross-sensitization. Here, we find that a cannabinoid receptor agonist (WIN 55,212-2 mesylate [WIN]) reduced p-eIF2α in vitro by upregulating GADD34 (PPP1R15A), the recruiter of protein phosphatase 1 (PP1). The induction of GADD34 was linked to ERK/CREB signaling and to CREB-binding protein (CBP)-mediated histone hyperacetylation at the Gadd34 locus...
March 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Lie Wang, Giri Kumar Chandaka, Robert C Foehring, Joseph C Callaway, William E Armstrong
Oxytocin (OT) neurons exhibit larger afterhyperpolarizations (AHPs) following spike trains during pregnancy and lactation, when these neurons burst and release more OT. Calcium-dependent AHPs mediated by SK channels show this plasticity, and are reduced when the channel is phosphorylated by casein kinase 2 (CK2), and increased when dephosphorylated by protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A), by altering Ca2+ sensitivity. We compared AHP currents in supraoptic OT neurons after CK2 inhibition with 4,5,6,7-tetrabromobenzotriazole (TBB), or PP1-PP2A inhibition with okadaic acid (OA) focusing on the peak current at 100 ms representing the SK-mediated, medium AHP (ImAHP )...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Sylwia Kedziora, Vamsi K Gali, Rosemary H C Wilson, Kate R M Clark, Conrad A Nieduszynski, Shin-Ichiro Hiraga, Anne D Donaldson
The Rif1 protein negatively regulates telomeric TG repeat length in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, but how it prevents telomere over-extension is unknown. Rif1 was recently shown to control DNA replication by acting as a Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1)-targeting subunit. Therefore, we investigated whether Rif1 controls telomere length by targeting PP1 activity. We find that a Rif1 mutant defective for PP1 interaction causes a long-telomere phenotype, similar to that of rif1Δ cells. Tethering PP1 at a specific telomere partially substitutes for Rif1 in limiting TG repeat length, confirming the importance of PP1 in telomere length control...
February 26, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Ségolène De Vaugelade, Edith Nicol, Svetlana Vujovic, Sophie Bourcier, Stéphane Pirnay, Stéphane Bouchonnet
RATIONALE: The present work is devoted to the structural elucidation of by-products issued from the direct UV-visible irradiation of dehydroacetic acid (DHA) in solution and in cosmetic emulsion. METHODS: Analyses were carried out using a gas chromatography coupled with an ion trap mass spectrometer and by a high performance liquid chromatography coupled with ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (LC-UHRMS). The potential toxicities of by-products were estimated by in silico calculations based on a QSAR (Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship) approach and by in vitro bioassays conducted on Vibrio fischeri bacteria...
March 8, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Fernando Gallardo, Joan Bertran, Erika López-Arribillaga, Jéssica González, Silvia Menéndez, Ignacio Sánchez, Luis Colomo, Mar Iglesias, Marta Garrido, Luis Francisco Santamaría-Babí, Ferran Torres, Ramon M Pujol, Anna Bigas, Lluís Espinosa
Cutaneous T-cell lymphomas (CTCLs) represent different subtypes of lymphoproliferative disorders with no curative therapies for the advanced forms of the disease (namely mycosis fungoides and the leukemic variant, Sézary syndrome). Molecular events leading to CTCL progression are heterogeneous, however recent DNA and RNA sequencing studies highlighted the importance of NF-κB and β-catenin pathways. We here show that the kinase TAK1, known as essential in B-cell lymphoma, is constitutively activated in CTCL cells, but tempered by the MYPT1/PP1 phosphatase complex...
February 22, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Zoltán Kónya, Bálint Bécsi, Andrea Kiss, István Tamás, Beáta Lontay, László Szilágyi, Katalin E Kövér, Ferenc Erdődi
Aralkyl and aryl selenoglycosides as well as glycosyl selenocarboxylate derivatives were assayed on the activity of protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) and -2A (PP2A) catalytic subunits (PP1c and PP2Ac) in search of compounds for PP1c and PP2Ac effectors. The majority of tested selenoglycosides activated both PP1c and PP2Ac by ∼2-4-fold in a phosphatase assay with phosphorylated myosin light chain substrate when the hydroxyl groups of the glycosyl moiety were acetylated, but they were without any effects in the non-acetylated forms...
February 22, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Charles-Adrien Richard, Vincent Rincheval, Safa Lassoued, Jenna Fix, Christophe Cardone, Camille Esneau, Sergei Nekhai, Marie Galloux, Marie-Anne Rameix-Welti, Christina Sizun, Jean-François Eléouët
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) RNA synthesis occurs in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies (IBs) in which all the components of the viral RNA polymerase are concentrated. In this work, we show that RSV P protein recruits the essential RSV transcription factor M2-1 to IBs independently of the phosphorylation state of M2-1. We also show that M2-1 dephosphorylation is achieved by a complex formed between P and the cellular phosphatase PP1. We identified the PP1 binding site of P, which is an RVxF-like motif located nearby and upstream of the M2-1 binding region...
February 28, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Zhengyuan Cheng, Lei Liu, Zhi Wang, Yingying Cai, Qing Xu, Pingsheng Chen
The aggravation of renal interstitial fibrosis in the advanced-stage of chronic kidney disease is related to decreased matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity, which is induced by hypoxia in the kidney; however, the specific mechanism remains unclear. We previously demonstrated that inhibition of Caveolin-1, a key gene involved in endocytosis, increased MMP-2 activity in hypoxic HK-2 cells. It has been reported that activated Src (phospho-Src Tyr416) is a key molecule in multiple fibrotic pathways. However, whether Src functions on the regulation of Caveolin-1 and MMP-2 activity in hypoxic HK-2 cells remains poorly understood...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sujatha Muralidharan, Arlene Lim, Donna Catalano, Pranoti Mandrekar
Binge/moderate alcohol suppresses TLR4-MyD88 proinflammatory cytokines; however, alcohol's effects on TLR-TRIF signaling, especially after in vivo exposure in humans, are unclear. We performed a comparative analysis of the TLR4-MyD88, TLR4-TRIF, and TLR3-TRIF pathways in human monocytes following binge alcohol exposure. Mechanistic regulation of TLR-TRIF signaling by binge alcohol was evaluated by analyzing IRF3 and TBK1, upstream regulator protein phosphatase 1 (PP1), and immunoregulatory stress proteins HspA1A and XBP-1 in alcohol-treated human and mouse monocytes/macrophages...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Bryndon J Oleson, Aaron Naatz, Sarah C Proudfoot, Chay Teng Yeo, John A Corbett
Nitric oxide is produced at micromolar levels by pancreatic β-cells during exposure to proinflammatory cytokines. While classically viewed as damaging, nitric oxide also activates pathways that promote β-cell survival. We have shown that nitric oxide, in a cell type selective manner, inhibits the DNA damage response (DDR) and, in doing so, protects β-cells from DNA damage-induced apoptosis. This study explores potential mechanisms by which nitric oxide inhibits DDR signaling. We show that inhibition of DDR signaling (measured by γH2AX formation and the phosphorylation of KAP1) is selective for nitric oxide, as other forms of reactive oxygen/nitrogen species do not impair DDR signaling...
February 14, 2018: Diabetes
James Grey, Dominic Jones, Laura Wilson, Sirintra Nakjang, Jake Clayton, Richard Temperley, Emma Clark, Luke Gaughan, Craig Robson
The Androgen Receptor (AR) is a key molecule in the development, maintenance and progression of prostate cancer (PC). However, the relationship between the AR and co-regulatory proteins that facilitate AR activity in castrate resistant settings remain understudied. Here we show that protein phosphatase 1 regulatory subunits, identified from a phosphatase RNAi screen, direct PP1 catalytic subunits to a varied yet significant response in AR function. As such, we have characterised the PP1β holoenzyme, myosin phosphatase (MLCP), as a novel ligand independent regulator of the AR...
January 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Simone Chiola, Mihn Duc Do, Lucy Centrone, Antonello Mallamaci
The architecture of neocortical projection neurons is subject of a complex gene control. Here we demonstrated that Foxg1, a transcription factor gene which patterns the early rostral brain and sets the pace of telencephalic neuronogenesis, specifically stimulates dendrite elongation. This phenomenon occurs in vivo like in vitro, and it is detectable even upon moderate changes of Foxg1 expression levels. We found that Foxg1 acts by stimulating Hes1, which in turn upregulates pCreb1, a well-known pro-dendritogenic effector, and downregulates Syt and Ndr1, namely two established antagonizers of dendrite elongation...
January 28, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
Jingxia Gao, Xiao-Dong Hu, Hongtian Yang, Houhui Xia
Protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) constrains learning and memory formation in part through its effects on the induction threshold of long-term potentiation (LTP) and depression (LTD). LTD induction requires both the enzymatic activity of PP1 and its proper anchoring to synaptic spines. We have shown previously that neurabin, a major synaptic scaffolding protein, targets PP1 to synapses for LTD induction. Here, we show that PP1 bound on spinophilin, a close homolog of neurabin and another major synaptic PP1 anchoring protein, does not play a role in LTD induction, which suggests that neurabin plays a privileged role in nanodomain targeting of PP1 in LTD induction...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Sara Damiano, Serena Montagnaro, Maria Valeria Puzio, Lorella Severino, Ugo Pagnini, Marcella Barbarino, Daniele Cesari, Antonio Giordano, Salvatore Florio, Roberto Ciarcia
In clinical practice for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia, second generation of tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as Nilotinib (NIL) specific and potent inhibitor of the BCR/ABL kinase and Dasatinib (DAS) a inhibitor of BCR/ABL and Src family kinase were developed to clinically overcome imatinib resistance. In this study we wanted to test the ability of some antioxidants such Resveratrol (RES) or a new recombinant mitochondrial manganese containing superoxide dismutase (rMnSOD) or δ-tocotrienol (δ-TOCO) to interact with DAS and NIL on viability, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, lipid peroxidation and apoptosis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Mariem Bradai, Habib Mahjoubi, Andrea Chini, Marie-Edith Chabouté, Moez Hanin, Chantal Ebel
Reversible phosphorylation is an essential mechanism regulating signal transduction during development and environmental stress responses. An important number of dephosphorylation events in the cell are catalyzed by type one protein phosphatases (PP1), which catalytic activity is driven by the binding of regulatory proteins that control their substrate specificity or subcellular localization. Plants harbor several PP1 isoforms accounting for large functional redundancies. While animal PP1s were reported to play relevant roles in controlling multiple cellular processes, plant orthologs remain poorly studied...
2018: PloS One
Célio J C Fernandes, Fábio Bezerra, Marcel R Ferreira, Amanda F C Andrade, Thais Silva Pinto, Willian F Zambuzzi
Over the last several years, we have focused on the importance of intracellular signaling pathways in dynamically governing the biointerface between pre-osteoblast and surface of biomaterial. Thus, this study investigates the molecular hallmarks involved in the pre-osteoblast relationship with different topography considering Machined (Mc), Dual Acid-Etching (DAE), and nano hydroxyapatite-blasted (nHA) groups. There was substantial differences in topography of titanium surface, considering Atomic Force Microscopy and water contact angle (Mc = 81...
December 28, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Chu-Ting Liang, Yu-Shan Lin, Yi-Choang Huang, Hsien-Lu Huang, Jia-Qian Yang, Tsung-Hsien Wu, Chi-Fon Chang, Shing-Jong Huang, Hsien-Bin Huang, Ta-Hsien Lin
Inhibitor-1 is converted into a potent inhibitor of native protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) when Thr35 is phosphorylated by cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA). However, PKA-phosphorylated form of inhibitor-1 displayed a weak activity in inhibition of recombinant PP1. The mechanism for the impaired activity of PKA-phosphorylated inhibitor-1 toward inhibition of recombinant PP1 remained elusive. By using NMR spectroscopy in combination with site-directed mutagenesis and inhibitory assay, we found that the interaction between recombinant PP1 and the consensus PP1-binding motif of PKA-thiophosphorylated form of inhibitor-1 was unexpectedly weak...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lucy C Young, Pablo Rodriguez-Viciana
MRAS is the closest relative to the classical RAS oncoproteins and shares most regulatory and effector interactions. However, it also has unique functions, including its ability to function as a phosphatase regulatory subunit when in complex with SHOC2 and protein phosphatase 1 (PP1). This phosphatase complex regulates a crucial step in the activation cycle of RAF kinases and provides a key coordinate input required for efficient ERK pathway activation and transformation by RAS. MRAS mutations rarely occur in cancer but deregulated expression may play a role in tumorigenesis in some settings...
January 8, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
Kyu Pil Lee, Hyun Jin Kim, Dongki Yang
Protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) is involved in various signal transduction mechanisms as an extensive regulator. The PP1 catalytic subunit (PP1c) recognizes and binds to PP1-binding consensus residues (FxxR/KxR/K) in NBCe1-B. Consequently, we focused on identifying the function of the PP1-binding consensus residue, 922FMDRLK927, in NBCe1-B. Using site-directed mutagenesis and co-immunoprecipitation assays, we revealed that in cases where the residues were substituted (F922A, R925A, and K927A) or deleted (deletion of amino acids 922-927), NBCe1-B mutants inhibited PP1 binding to NBCe1-B...
January 2018: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Mei Wang, Ping Su
The Fas/FasL signaling pathway is one of the major pathways that regulate apoptosis. Increasing studies have shown that the activation of the Fas/FasL signaling pathway is closely associated with testicular cell apoptosis. However, the mechanism involved is still unclear. We discuss recent findings regarding the molecular mechanisms by which environmental toxicants induce testicular pathology via Fas/FasL signaling. These findings suggest that Fas/FasL signaling is employed to impact the sensitivity (a response to external factors) of germ cells, disrupt steroidogenic hormone and cytokine metabolism mediated by Sertoli cells, and elicit the activation of NFAT (nuclear factor of activated T-cells) in Leydig cell apoptosis...
January 4, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
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