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Caterina Peraldo Neia, Giuliana Cavalloni, Giovanna Chiorino, Paola Ostano, Massimo Aglietta, Francesco Leone
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is an aggressive and lethal malignancy with limited therapeutic options. Trabectedin has a high antitumor activity in preclinical models of biliary tract carcinoma (BTC), being a promising alternative treatment. Here, we studied the effect of trabectedin at transcriptomic level on an ICC patient derived xenograft (PDX) and on the derived cell line, MT-CHC01. Further, putative targets of trabectedin were explored in the in vitro model. In vitro, trabectedin inhibited genes involved in protein modification, neurogenesis, migration, and motility; it induced the expression of genes involved in keratinization, tissues development, and apoptotic processes...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Lucia E Rameh, Ashley M Mackey
Despite being one of the most studied signalling pathways, precisely how phospholipid synthesis is regulated in the phosphoinositide signalling cascade remains unclear. The scaffold protein IQGAP1 is now shown to orchestrate the assembly of a multi-enzyme complex that streamlines PtdIns(3,4,5)P3 synthesis to facilitate Akt activation in response to extracellular stimuli.
November 29, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Carlos Acebes, Neil McKay, Anna Ciechomska, Nicola Alcorn, John P Harvie, Barbara Robson, Nico Groenendijk, Moira McDonald, Alison Wilson, Jesus Garrido
The aim of the study was to assess agreement between three-dimensional volumetric ultrasound (3D US) performed by inexperienced staff and real-time conventional ultrasound (2D US) performed by experienced rheumatologists in detecting and scoring rheumatoid arthritis (RA) lesions. Thirty-one RA patients underwent examination of seven joints by 2D and 3D US for synovitis and tenosynovitis in B and PD modes and erosions in B mode. A global score for synovitis and global counts for synovitis, tenosynovitis and erosions were also calculated for every patient...
November 28, 2016: Rheumatology International
Mostafa A Borahay, Mehmet R Asoglu, Aymara Mas, Sarah Adam, Gokhan S Kilic, Ayman Al-Hendy
Uterine fibroids are the most common gynecologic tumors with a significant medical and financial burden. Several genetic, hormonal, and biological factors have been shown to contribute to the development and growth of fibroid tumors. Of these factors, estrogen is particularly critical since fibroids are considered estrogen dependent because no prepubertal cases have been described in the literature and tumors tend to regress after menopause. Understanding the role of estrogen in fibroids is not only important for understanding the pathobiology of fibroids but also for the development of successful therapeutics...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
Deborah Denis, Cecile Rouleau, Brian S Schaffhausen
: Middle T antigen (MT), the principal oncoprotein of murine polyomavirus, transforms by association with cellular proteins. PP2A, YAP, Src family tyrosine kinases, Shc, phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K) and PLCγ1 have all been implicated in MT transformation. Mutant dl1015, deleting residues 338-347 in the C-terminal region, has been an enigma, because the basis for its transformation defect has not been apparent. This work probes the dl1015 region of MT. Because the region is proline rich, the hypothesis that it targets SH3 domains was tested, but mutation of the putative SH3 binding motif did not affect transformation...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Virology
Bryn S Moore, Ann N Stepanchick, Paul H Tewson, Cassandra M Hartle, Jin Zhang, Anne Marie Quinn, Thomas E Hughes, Tooraj Mirshahi
Protein kinase A (PKA) phosphorylates Gli proteins, acting as a negative regulator of the Hedgehog pathway. PKA was recently detected within the cilium, and PKA activity specifically in cilia regulates Gli processing. Using a cilia-targeted genetically encoded sensor, we found significant basal PKA activity. Using another targeted sensor, we measured basal ciliary cAMP that is fivefold higher than whole-cell cAMP. The elevated basal ciliary cAMP level is a result of adenylyl cyclase 5 and 6 activity that depends on ciliary phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3), not stimulatory G protein (Gαs), signaling...
October 31, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Robert P Sparks, Jermaine L Jenkins, Gregory E Miner, Yan Wang, Wayne C Guida, Charles E Sparks, Rutilio A Fratti, Janet D Sparks
Sortilin is a multi-ligand sorting receptor that interacts with B100-containing VLDL and LDL as well as other ligands including neurotensin (NT). The current study investigates the hypothesis that phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3) generated downstream of insulin action can directly bind to sortilin. NT binds to sortilin at a well characterized site via its carboxy terminus (C-term). Using a crystal structure of human sortilin (hsortilin), PIP3 is predicted to bind at this C-term site. Binding of PIP3 to hsortilin is demonstrated using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) flowing PIP3 nanodiscs over immobilized hsortilin...
October 21, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Abdul Mannan Baig, Naveed A Khan, Vardah Effendi, Zohaib Rana, H R Ahmad, Farhat Abbas
Recent reports on acetylcholine muscarinic receptor subtype 3 (CHRM3) have shown its growth-promoting role in prostate cancer. Additional studies report the proliferative effect of the cholinergic agonist carbachol on prostate cancer by its agonistic action on CHRM3. This study shows that the type 1 acetylcholine muscarinic receptor (CHRM1) contributes toward the proliferation and growth of prostate cancer. We used growth and cytotoxic assays, the prostate cancer microarray database and CHRM downstream pathways' homology of CHRM subtypes to uncover multiple signals leading to the growth of prostate cancer...
January 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
Simon J Bulley, Alaa Droubi, Jonathan H Clarke, Karen E Anderson, Len R Stephens, Phillip T Hawkins, Robin F Irvine
Phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinases (PI5P4Ks) are enigmatic lipid kinases with physiological functions that are incompletely understood, not the least because genetic deletion and cell transfection have led to contradictory data. Here, we used the genetic tractability of DT40 cells to create cell lines in which endogenous PI5P4Kα was removed, either stably by genetic deletion or transiently (within 1 h) by tagging the endogenous protein genomically with the auxin degron. In both cases, removal impacted Akt phosphorylation, and by leaving one PI5P4Kα allele present but mutating it to be kinase-dead or have PI4P 5-kinase activity, we show that all of the effects on Akt phosphorylation were dependent on the ability of PI5P4Kα to synthesize phosphatidylinositol (4,5)-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] rather than to remove PI5P...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
William Wang, Jiapei Lv, Lingyan Wang, Xiangdong Wang, Ling Ye
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase catalytic subunit alpha (PIK3CA) plays a crucial role in the initiation and progress of cancerous tumors through the overexpression of the PI3K pathway promoting uncontrollable levels of cell proliferation. In addition only Class I PI3K has been discovered to be involved in human cancer due to its unique ability to produce phosphoinositide 3,4,5 trisphosphate (PIP3), which has been discovered to play a crucial role in human oncogenesis. The role of PIK3CA is lucubrated in breast cancer and gastric cancer, but is not well characterized in lung diseases...
August 28, 2016: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Sarah H Ross, Christina Rollings, Karen E Anderson, Phillip T Hawkins, Len R Stephens, Doreen A Cantrell
Interleukin-2 (IL-2) is a fundamental cytokine that controls proliferation and differentiation of T cells. Here, we used high-resolution mass spectrometry to generate a comprehensive and detailed map of IL-2 protein phosphorylations in cytotoxic T cells (CTL). The data revealed that Janus kinases (JAKs) couple IL-2 receptors to the coordinated phosphorylation of transcription factors, regulators of chromatin, mRNA translation, GTPases, vesicle trafficking, and the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton. We identified an IL-2-JAK-independent SRC family Tyr-kinase-controlled signaling network that regulates ∼10% of the CTL phosphoproteome, the production of phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-trisphosphate (PIP3), and the activity of the serine/threonine kinase AKT...
September 20, 2016: Immunity
Daniel M Houslay, Karen E Anderson, Tamara Chessa, Suhasini Kulkarni, Ralph Fritsch, Julian Downward, Jonathan M Backer, Len R Stephens, Phillip T Hawkins
Class I phosphoinositide 3-kinases (PI3Ks) catalyze production of the lipid messenger phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3), which plays a central role in a complex signaling network regulating cell growth, survival, and movement. This network is overactivated in cancer and inflammation, and there is interest in determining the PI3K catalytic subunit (p110α, p110β, p110γ, or p110δ) that should be targeted in different therapeutic contexts. Previous studies have defined unique regulatory inputs for p110β, including direct interaction with Gβγ subunits, Rac, and Rab5...
2016: Science Signaling
Laura Spinelli, Nicholas R Leslie
PTEN is a one of the most frequently mutated tumor suppressors in human cancers. It is essential for regulating diverse biological processes and through its lipid phosphatase activity regulates the PI 3-Kinase signaling pathway. Sensitive phosphatase assays are employed to study the catalytic activity of PTEN against phospholipid substrates. Here we describe protocols to assay PTEN lipid phosphatase activity using either purified enzyme (purified PTEN lipid phosphatase assay) or PTEN immunopurified from tissues or cultured cells (cellular IP PTEN lipid phosphatase assay) against vesicles containing radiolabeled PIP3 substrate...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
Markus Lange, Jana Prassler, Mary Ecke, Annette Müller-Taubenberger, Günther Gerisch
Chemotactic responses of eukaryotic cells require a signal processing system that translates an external gradient of attractant into directed motion. To challenge the response system to its limits, we increased the size of Dictyostelium discoideum cells by using electric-pulse-induced fusion. Large cells formed multiple protrusions at different sites along the gradient of chemoattractant, independently turned towards the gradient and competed with each other. Finally, these cells succeeded to re-establish polarity by coordinating front and tail activities...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Srinivas Ayyadevara, Meenakshisundaram Balasubramaniam, Jay Johnson, Ramani Alla, Samuel G Mackintosh, Robert J Shmookler Reis
Class-I phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3KI) converts phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2) to phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-triphosphate (PIP3). PIP3 comprises two fatty-acid chains that embed in lipid-bilayer membranes, joined by glycerol to inositol triphosphate. Proteins with domains that specifically bind that head-group (e.g. pleckstrin-homology [PH] domains) are thus tethered to the inner plasma-membrane surface where they have an enhanced likelihood of interaction with other PIP3-bound proteins, in particular other components of their signaling pathways...
July 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Héctor Diez, Ma José Benitez, Silvia Fernandez, Ignacio Torres-Aleman, Juan José Garrido, Francisco Wandosell
PI3K proteins family have multiple and essential functions in most cellular events. This family is composed of class I, class II and class III PI3Ks, which upstream and downstream elements are not completely elucidated. Previous studies using the broad PI3K inhibitor, LY294002 allowed to propose that PI3 kinase>Akt pathway is a key element in the determination of axonal polarity in hippocampal neurons. Recently, new inhibitors with a higher selectivity for class I PI3K have been characterized. In the present study we have examined this widely accepted theory using a new class I PI3K inhibitor (GDC-0941), as well as Akt inhibitors, and PTEN phosphatase constructs to reduce PIP3 levels...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Marion Jasnin, Mary Ecke, Wolfgang Baumeister, Günther Gerisch
In a 3D environment, motile cells accommodate their protruding and retracting activities to geometrical cues. Dictyostelium cells migrating on a perforated film explored its holes by forming actin rings around their border and extending protrusions through the free space. The response was initiated when an actin wave passed a hole, and the rings persisted only in the PIP3-rich territories surrounded by a wave. To reconstruct actin structures from cryo-electron tomograms, actin rings were identified by cryo-correlative light and electron microscopy, and thin wedges of relevant regions were obtained by cryo-focused ion-beam milling...
July 6, 2016: Structure
Kyuri Jo, Inuk Jung, Ji Hwan Moon, Sun Kim
MOTIVATION: To understand the dynamic nature of the biological process, it is crucial to identify perturbed pathways in an altered environment and also to infer regulators that trigger the response. Current time-series analysis methods, however, are not powerful enough to identify perturbed pathways and regulators simultaneously. Widely used methods include methods to determine gene sets such as differentially expressed genes or gene clusters and these genes sets need to be further interpreted in terms of biological pathways using other tools...
June 15, 2016: Bioinformatics
Zan Chen, Stefani N Thomas, David M Bolduc, Xuejun Jiang, Xiangbin Zhang, Cynthia Wolberger, Philip A Cole
PTEN is a lipid phosphatase that converts phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5-phosphate (PIP3) to phosphatidylinositol 4,5-phosphate (PIP2) and plays a critical role in the regulation of tumor growth. PTEN is subject to regulation by a variety of post-translational modifications, including phosphorylation on a C-terminal cluster of four Ser/Thr residues (380, 382, 383, and 385) and ubiquitylation by various E3 ligases, including NEDD4-1 and WWP2. It has previously been shown that C-terminal phosphorylation of PTEN can increase its cellular half-life...
July 5, 2016: Biochemistry
Günther Gerisch, Mary Ecke
When cells of Dictyostelium discoideum orientate in a gradient of chemoattractant, they are polarized into a protruding front pointing toward the source of attractant, and into a retracting tail. Under the control of chemotactic signal inputs, Ras is activated and PIP3 is synthesized at the front, while the PIP3-degrading phosphatase PTEN decorates the tail region. As a result of signal transduction, actin filaments assemble at the front into dendritic structures associated with the Arp2/3 complex, in contrast to the tail region where a loose actin meshwork is associated with myosin-II and cortexillin, an antiparallel actin-bundling protein...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
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