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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521657/several-inhibitors-of-the-plk1-polo-box-domain-turn-out-to-be-non-specific-protein-alkylators
#1
Vincent Archambault, Karine Normandin
For almost a decade, there has been much interest in the development of chemical inhibitors of Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) protein interactions. Plk1 is a master regulator of the cell division cycle that controls numerous substrates. It is a promising target for cancer drug development. Inhibitors of the kinase domain of Plk1 had some success in clinical trials. However, they are not perfectly selective. In principle, Plk1 can also be inhibited by interfering with its protein interaction domain, the Polo-Box Domain (PBD)...
May 19, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512243/plk1-phosphorylation-of-mre11-antagonizes-the-dna-damage-response
#2
Zhiguo Li, Jie Li, Yifan Kong, Shan Yan, Nihal Ahmad, Xiaoqi Liu
The mitotic kinase Plk1 contributes to the DNA damage response (DDR) by targeting multiple factors downstream of the core responder kinase ATM/ATR. In this study, we show that Plk1 also phosphorylates key factors upstream of ATM/ATR and regulates their DDR-related functions. Plk1 phosphorylated Mre11, a component of the Mre11/Rad50/Nbs1 (MRN) complex, at serine 649 (S649) during DDR. Phosphorylation of Mre11-S649 by Plk1 primed subsequent CK2-mediated phosphorylation at Mre11-serine 688 (S688). Phosphorylation of Mre11 at S649/S688 inhibited loading of the MRN complex to damaged DNA, leading to both premature DNA damage checkpoint termination and inhibition of DNA repair...
May 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504248/the-flavonoid-tl-2-8-induces-cell-death-and-immature-mitophagy-in-breast-cancer-cells-via-abrogating-the-function-of-the-aha1-hsp90-complex
#3
Hui-Juan Liu, Xiao-Xiao Jiang, Yi-Zhen Guo, Fang-Hui Sun, Xin-Hui Kou, Yong Bao, Zhu-Qing Zhang, Zhao-Hu Lin, Ting-Bo Ding, Lan Jiang, Xin-Sheng Lei, Yong-Hua Yang
The flavonoid quercetin exhibits significant anticancer activities with few side effects. In the current study, we characterized TL-2-8, a quercetin derivative, as a novel anticancer agent in vitro and in vivo. Cell proliferation and viability were assessed using Cell Counting Kit-8 and CellTiter-Blue assay, respectively. Cell death was examined using PI staining or a TUNEL assay. Mitophagy was determined by measuring autophagic flux and by confocal imaging. Protein expression was examined by Western blotting...
May 1, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499276/augmented-expression-of-polo-like-kinase-1-indicates-poor-clinical-outcome-for-breast-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#4
REVIEW
Zhang Yunfeng, Wu Zhibin, Liu Dapeng, Wang Meng, Xiao Guodong, Wang Peili, Sun Xin, Ren Hong, Tang Shou-Ching, Du Ning
Polo-like kinases 1 (PLK1), a key regulator of mitosis, plays an essential role in maintaining genomic stability. Up-regulation of PLK1 was found in tumorigenesis and tumor progression of diverse cancers. However, the clinicopathological and prognostic implications of PLK1 in breast cancer (BC) have yet to be unveiled. Therefore, using PubMed, Web of Science, Embase, and Chinese databases, we conducted a meta-analysis to define the potential clinical value of PLK1 in BC. Eleven eligible articles with 2481 patients enrolled were included in the present meta-analysis, of which eight studies reported on the relationship between PLK1 expression and clinicopathological features, and nine studies provided survival data in BC patients...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487115/lncrna-hoxd-as1-regulates-proliferation-and-chemo-resistance-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-via-recruiting-wdr5
#5
Peng Gu, Xu Chen, Ruihui Xie, Jinli Han, Weibin Xie, Bo Wang, Wen Dong, Changhao Chen, Meihua Yang, Junyi Jiang, Ziyue Chen, Jian Huang, Tianxin Lin
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) that occurs after the failure of androgen deprivation therapy is the leading cause of deaths in prostate cancer patients. Thus, there is an obvious and urgent need to fully understand the mechanism of CRPC and discover novel therapeutic targets. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are crucial regulators in many human cancers, yet their potential roles and molecular mechanisms in CRPC are poorly understood. In this study, we discovered that an lncRNA HOXD-AS1 is highly expressed in CRPC cells and correlated closely with Gleason score, T stage, lymph nodes metastasis, and progression-free survival...
May 6, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482026/pre-clinical-drug-screen-reveals-topotecan-actinomycin-d-and-volasertib-as-potential-new-therapeutic-candidates-for-etmr-brain-tumor-patients
#6
Christin Schmidt, Nil A Schubert, Sebastian Brabetz, Norman Mack, Benjamin Schwalm, Jennifer A Chan, Florian Selt, Christel Herold-Mende, Olaf Witt, Till Milde, Stefan M Pfister, Andrey Korshunov, Marcel Kool
Background: Embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes (ETMR) is a rare and aggressive embryonal brain tumor that solely occurs in infants and young children and has only recently been recognized as a separate brain tumor entity in the WHO classification for CNS tumors. Patients have a very dismal prognosis with a median survival of 12 months upon diagnosis despite aggressive treatment. The aim of this study was to develop novel treatment regimens in a pre-clinical drug screen in order to inform potentially more active clinical trial protocols...
May 8, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477025/eribulin-alone-or-in-combination-with-the-plk1-inhibitor-bi-6727-triggers-intrinsic-apoptosis-in-ewing-sarcoma-cell-lines
#7
Lilly Magdalena Weiß, Manuela Hugle, Simone Fulda
In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanisms of eribulin-induced cell death and its therapeutic potential in combination with the PLK1 inhibitor BI 6727 in Ewing sarcoma (ES). Here, we show that eribulin triggers cell death in a dose-dependent manner in a panel of ES cell lines. In addition, eribulin at subtoxic, low nanomolar concentrations acts in concert with BI 6727 to induce cell death and to suppress long-term clonogenic survival. Mechanistic studies reveal that eribulin monotherapy at cytotoxic concentrations and co-treatment with eribulin at subtoxic concentrations together with BI 6727 arrest cells in the M phase of the cell cycle prior to the onset of cell death...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474672/stat3-regulates-centrosome-clustering-in-cancer-cells-via-stathmin-plk1
#8
Edward J Morris, Eiko Kawamura, Jordan A Gillespie, Aruna Balgi, Nagarajan Kannan, William J Muller, Michel Roberge, Shoukat Dedhar
Cancer cells frequently have amplified centrosomes that must be clustered together to form a bipolar mitotic spindle, and targeting centrosome clustering is considered a promising therapeutic strategy. A high-content chemical screen for inhibitors of centrosome clustering identified Stattic, a Stat3 inhibitor. Stat3 depletion and inhibition in cancer cell lines and in tumours in vivo caused significant inhibition of centrosome clustering and viability. Here we describe a transcription-independent mechanism for Stat3-mediated centrosome clustering that involves Stathmin, a Stat3 interactor involved in microtubule depolymerization, and the mitotic kinase PLK1...
May 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465359/elevated-foxg1-and-sox2-in-glioblastoma-enforces-neural-stem-cell-identity-through-transcriptional-control-of-cell-cycle-and-epigenetic-regulators
#9
Harry Bulstrode, Ewan Johnstone, Maria Angeles Marques-Torrejon, Kirsty M Ferguson, Raul Bardini Bressan, Carla Blin, Vivien Grant, Sabine Gogolok, Ester Gangoso, Sladjana Gagrica, Christine Ender, Vassiliki Fotaki, Duncan Sproul, Paul Bertone, Steven M Pollard
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is an aggressive brain tumor driven by cells with hallmarks of neural stem (NS) cells. GBM stem cells frequently express high levels of the transcription factors FOXG1 and SOX2. Here we show that increased expression of these factors restricts astrocyte differentiation and can trigger dedifferentiation to a proliferative NS cell state. Transcriptional targets include cell cycle and epigenetic regulators (e.g., Foxo3, Plk1, Mycn, Dnmt1, Dnmt3b, and Tet3). Foxo3 is a critical repressed downstream effector that is controlled via a conserved FOXG1/SOX2-bound cis-regulatory element...
May 2, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445592/polo-like-kinase-1-is-a-proviral-host-factor-for-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
#10
Ahmed M Diab, Adrien Foca, Floriane Fusil, Thomas Lahlali, Pascal Jalaguier, Fouzia Amirache, Lia N'Guyen, Nathalie Isorce, François-Loïc Cosset, Fabien Zoulim, Ourania M Andrisani, David Durantel
Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and current treatments for CHB and HCC are perfectible. Herein, we identified cellular Serine/Threonine Polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK1) as a positive effector of HBV replication. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the proviral role of PLK1 in HBV biosynthesis and validate PLK1 inhibition a potential antiviral strategy. To this end, we employed physiologically relevant HBV infection models of Primary Human Hepatocytes (PHH) and differentiated HepaRG cells, in conjunction with pharmacologic PLK1 inhibitors, siRNA-mediated knockdown, and overexpression of constitutively active PLK1 (PLK1(CA) )...
April 26, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436952/playing-polo-during-mitosis-plk1-takes-the-lead
#11
REVIEW
G Combes, I Alharbi, L G Braga, S Elowe
Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1), the prototypical member of the polo-like family of serine/threonine kinases, is a pivotal regulator of mitosis and cytokinesis in eukaryotes. Many layers of regulation have evolved to target PLK1 to different subcellular structures and to its various mitotic substrates in line with its numerous functions during mitosis. Collective work is starting to illuminate an important set of substrates for PLK1: the mitotic kinases that together ensure the fidelity of the cell division process...
April 24, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435066/cross-talk-between-sumoylation-and-phosphorylation-in-mouse-spermatocytes
#12
Yuxuan Xiao, Benjamin Lucas, Elana Molcho, Margarita Vigodner
The meiotic G2/M1 transition is mostly regulated by posttranslational modifications, however, the cross-talk between different posttranslational modifications is not well-understood, especially in spermatocytes. Sumoylation has emerged as a critical regulatory event in several developmental processes, including reproduction. In mouse oocytes, inhibition of sumoylation caused various meiotic defects and led to aneuploidy. However, the role of sumoylation in male reproduction has only begun to be elucidated. Given the important role of several SUMO targets (including kinases) in meiosis, in this study, the role of sumoylation was addressed by monitoring the G2/M1 transition in pachytene spermatocytes in vitro upon inhibition of sumoylation...
April 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432586/cdc20-with-malignant-progression-and-poor-prognosis-of-astrocytoma-revealed-by-analysis-on-gene-expression
#13
Yiming Ding, Shuqing Yu, Zhaoshi Bao, Yanwei Liu, Tingyu Liang
The malignant transformation of astrocytoma may result from the accumulation of multiple genetic alterations. Current research shows that diffuse astrocytoma (AIIs, WHO grade II) is inherently predisposed to recur locally, and to spontaneously progress to anaplastic astrocytoma (AAIIIs, WHO grade III) and eventually secondary glioblastoma (sGBMIVs, WHO grade IV). The aim of the study was to identify and validate the important gene(s) associated with malignant progression and poor prognosis of astrocytoma. Average expression levels of 82 samples (35 AIIs, 13 AAIIIs and 34 sGBMIVs) were compared to each other through no-paired student test...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430578/involvement-of-polo-like-kinase-1-plk1-in-quiescence-regulation-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-of-the-gastric-cancer-cell-lines
#14
Lin Zhu, Sheng Xing, Li Zhang, Jian-Min Yu, Cheng Lin, Wei-Jun Yang
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been hypothesized to initiate tumor growth and be resistant to chemoradiotherapy, and these processes appear to be closely related to CSC quiescence. Here, a CSC-like cell population with a high level of CD44 expression was obtained from the human gastric cancer cell lines MKN45 and MKN74. Using a PKH26-labeling retention assay, quiescent CSC-like cells with low levels of Ki67 and PCNA expression were found in spheres formed in serum-free medium, and exhibited resistance to drug and radiation treatments...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427185/transcriptional-landscape-of-human-cancers
#15
Mengyuan Li, Qingrong Sun, Xiaosheng Wang
The homogeneity and heterogeneity in somatic mutations, copy number alterations and methylation across different cancer types have been extensively explored. However, the related exploration based on transcriptome data is lacking. In this study we explored gene expression profiles across 33 human cancer types using The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data. We identified consistently upregulated genes (such as E2F1, EZH2, FOXM1, MYBL2, PLK1, TTK, AURKA/B and BUB1) and consistently downregulated genes (such as SCARA5, MYOM1, NKAPL, PEG3, USP2, SLC5A7 and HMGCLL1) across various cancers...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416758/synergistic-interactions-between-plk1-and-hdac-inhibitors-in-non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-cells-occur-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-and-proceed-through-multiple-mechanisms
#16
Tri Nguyen, Rebecca Parker, Elisa Hawkins, Beata Holkova, Victor Yazbeck, Akhil Kolluri, Maciej Kmieciak, Mohamed Rahmani, Steven Grant
Interactions between the polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor volasertib and the histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACI) belinostat were examined in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) cells in vitro and in vivo. Exposure of DLBCL cells to very low concentrations of volasertib in combination with belinostat synergistically increased cell death (apoptosis). Similar interactions occurred in GC-, ABC-, double-hit DLBCL cells, MCL cells, bortezomib-resistant cells and primary lymphoma cells...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396830/the-g2-checkpoint-a-node-based-molecular-switch
#17
Mark C de Gooijer, Arnout van den Top, Irena Bockaj, Jos H Beijnen, Thomas Würdinger, Olaf van Tellingen
Tight regulation of the eukaryotic cell cycle is paramount to ensure genomic integrity throughout life. Cell cycle checkpoints are present in each phase of the cell cycle and prevent cell cycle progression when genomic integrity is compromised. The G2 checkpoint is an intricate signaling network that regulates the progression of G2 to mitosis (M). We propose here a node-based model of G2 checkpoint regulation, in which the action of the central CDK1-cyclin B1 node is determined by the concerted but opposing activities of the Wee1 and cell division control protein 25C (CDC25C) nodes...
April 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387346/plk1-regulates-the-repressor-function-of-foxm1b-by-inhibiting-its-interaction-with-the-retinoblastoma-protein
#18
Nishit K Mukhopadhyay, Vaibhav Chand, Akshay Pandey, Dragana Kopanja, Janai R Carr, Yi-Ju Chen, Xiubei Liao, Pradip Raychaudhuri
FoxM1b is a cell cycle-regulated transcription factor, whose over-expression is a marker for poor outcome in cancers. Its transcriptional activation function requires phosphorylation by Cdk1 or Cdk2 that primes FoxM1b for phosphorylation by Plk1, which triggers association with the co-activator CBP. FoxM1b also possesses transcriptional repression function. It represses the mammary differentiation gene GATA3 involving DNMT3b and Rb. We investigated what determines the two distinct functions of FoxM1b: activation and repression...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360195/g1-s-phase-progression-is-regulated-by-plk1-degradation-through-the-cdk1-%C3%AE-trcp-axis
#19
Servando Giráldez, María Galindo-Moreno, M Cristina Limón-Mortés, A Cristina Rivas, Joaquín Herrero-Ruiz, Mar Mora-Santos, Carmen Sáez, Miguel Á Japón, Maria Tortolero, Francisco Romero
Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) is a serine/threonine kinase involved in several stages of the cell cycle, including the entry and exit from mitosis, and cytokinesis. Furthermore, it has an essential role in the regulation of DNA replication. Together with cyclin A, PLK1 also promotes CDH1 phosphorylation to trigger its ubiquitination and degradation, allowing cell cycle progression. The PLK1 levels in different type of tumors are very high compared to normal tissues, which is consistent with its role in promoting proliferation...
March 30, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351953/sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-through-its-receptor-s1p5-promotes-chromosome-segregation-and-mitotic-progression
#20
Guillaume Andrieu, Adeline Ledoux, Sophie Branka, Magalie Bocquet, Julia Gilhodes, Thierry Walzer, Kousuke Kasahara, Masaki Inagaki, Roger A Sabbadini, Olivier Cuvillier, Anastassia Hatzoglou
Sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) promotes cell proliferation and survival, and its abundance is often increased in tumors. SphK1 produces the signaling lipid sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P), which activates signaling cascades downstream five G protein-coupled receptors (S1P1-5) to modulate vascular and immune system function and promote proliferation. We identified a new function of the SphK1-S1P pathway specifically in the control of mitosis. SphK1 depletion in HeLa cells caused prometaphase arrest, whereas its overexpression or activation accelerated mitosis...
March 28, 2017: Science Signaling
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