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Qianqian Wang, Jiahui Xu, Ying Li, Jumin Huang, Zebo Jiang, Yuwei Wang, Liang Liu, Elaine Lai Han Leung, Xiaojun Yao
Protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) is able to regulate gene transcription by catalyzing the symmetrical dimethylation of arginine residue of histone, which plays a key role in tumorigenesis. Many efforts have been taken in discovering small-molecular inhibitors against PRMT5, but very few were reported and most of them were SAM-competitive. EPZ015666 is a recently reported PRMT5 inhibitor with a new binding site, which is different from S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)-binding pocket. This new binding site provides a new clue for the design and discovery of potent and specific PRMT5 inhibitors...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Maioli E, Daveri E, Maellaro E, Ietta F, Cresti L, Valacchi G
In the past few years, we focused the interest on rottlerin, an old/new natural substance that, over the time, has revealed a number of cellular and molecular targets, all potentially implicated in the fight against cancer. Past and recent literature well demonstrated that rottlerin is an inhibitor of enzymes, transcription factors and signaling molecules that control cancer cell life and death. Although the rottlerin anticancer activity has been mainly ascribed to apoptosis and/or autophagy induction, recent findings unveiled the existence of additional mechanisms of toxicity...
March 12, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Shuang-An Li, Wei-Dan Jiang, Lin Feng, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Juan Yang, Xu Tang, He-Qun Shi, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
In this study, we investigated the effects of dietary myo-inositol on the intestinal immune barrier function and related signaling pathway in young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 540 young grass carp (221.33 ± 0.84 g) were fed six diets containing graded levels of myo-inositol (27.0, 137.9, 286.8, 438.6, 587.7 and 737.3 mg/kg) for 10 weeks. After the growth trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila. The results indicated that compared with the optimal dietary myo-inositol level, myo-inositol deficiency (27...
March 12, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Laura Rosenberg, Charles H Yoon, Gaurav Sharma, Monica M Bertagnolli, Nancy L Cho
Desmoid tumors (DTs) are unusual neoplasms of mesenchymal origin that exhibit locally invasive behavior. Surgical resection is the initial treatment of choice for DTs. For patients with recurrent or unresectable disease, however, medical options are limited. Sorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor with known anti-tumor activity in various cancers via suppression of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. Here, we examined the effects of sorafenib on patient-derived DT cell lines, with the aim of characterizing the efficacy and molecular mechanism of action...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
V Venturi, T Masek, M Pospisek
Elevated levels of eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) are implicated in neoplasia, with cumulative evidence pointing to its role in the etiopathogenesis of hematological diseases. As a node of convergence for several oncogenic signaling pathways, eIF4E has attracted a great deal of interest from biologists and clinicians whose efforts have been targeting this translation factor and its biological circuits in the battle against leukemia. The role of eIF4E in myeloid leukemia has been ascertained and drugs targeting its functions have found their place in clinical trials...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Siegfried H Reich, Paul A Sprengeler, Gary G Chiang, Jim R Appleman, Joan Chen, Jeff Clarine, Boreth Eam, Justin T Ernst, Qing Han, Vikas K Goel, Edward Zr Han, Vera Huang, Ivy Nj Hung, Adrianna Jemison, Katti A Jessen, Jolene Molter, Douglas Murphy, Melissa Neal, Gregory S Parker, Michael Shaghafi, Samuel Sperry, Jocelyn Staunton, Craig R Stumpf, Peggy A Thompson, Chinh Tran, Stephen E Webber, Christopher J Wegerski, Hong Zheng, Kevin R Webster
Dysregulated translation of mRNA plays a major role in tumorigenesis. MNK1/2 kinases are key regulators of mRNA translation integrating signals from oncogenic and immune signaling pathways through phosphorylation of eIF4E and other mRNA binding proteins. Modulation of these key effector proteins regulates mRNA which control tumor/stromal cell signaling. 23 (eFT508), an exquisitely selective, potent dual MNK1/2 inhibitor, was designed to assess the potential for control of oncogene signaling at the level of mRNA translation...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Tobias Brandmann, Hana Fakim, Zoya Padamsi, Ji-Young Youn, Anne-Claude Gingras, Marc R Fabian, Martin Jinek
The LSM domain-containing protein LSM14/Rap55 plays a role in mRNA decapping, translational repression, and RNA granule (P-body) assembly. How LSM14 interacts with the mRNA silencing machinery, including the eIF4E-binding protein 4E-T and the DEAD-box helicase DDX6, is poorly understood. Here we report the crystal structure of the LSM domain of LSM14 bound to a highly conserved C-terminal fragment of 4E-T. The 4E-T C-terminus forms a bi-partite motif that wraps around the N-terminal LSM domain of LSM14. We also determined the crystal structure of LSM14 bound to the C-terminal RecA-like domain of DDX6...
March 6, 2018: EMBO Journal
Laura Graham, Kalyan Banda, Alba Torres, Brett S Carver, Yu Chen, Katie Pisano, Greg Shelkey, Tracy Curley, Howard I Scher, Tamara L Lotan, Andrew C Hsieh, Dana E Rathkopf
Background MLN0128 is a first-in-class, dual mTOR inhibitor with potential to outperform standard rapalogs through inhibition of TORC1 and TORC2. This phase II study was designed to assess antitumor activity of MLN0128 in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Methods Eligible patients had mCRPC previously treated with abiraterone acetate and/or enzalutamide. Five patients started MLN0128 at 5 mg once daily, subsequently dose reduced to 4 mg because of toxicity. Four subsequent patients started MLN0128 at 4 mg daily...
March 6, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Keigo Okada, Ayako Nogami, Shinya Ishida, Hiroki Akiyama, Cheng Chen, Yoshihiro Umezawa, Osamu Miura
FLT3-ITD is the most frequent tyrosine kinase mutation in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) associated with poor prognosis. We previously reported that activation of STAT5 confers resistance to PI3K/Akt inhibitors on the FLT3-ITD-positive AML cell line MV4-11 and 32D cells driven by FLT3-ITD (32D/ITD) but not by FLT3 mutated in the tyrosine kinase domain (32D/TKD). Here, we report the involvement of Pim kinases expressed through STAT5 activation in acquisition of this resistance. The specific pan-Pim kinase inhibitor AZD1208 as well as PIM447 in combination with the PI3K inhibitor GDC-0941 or the Akt inhibitor MK-2206 cooperatively downregulated the mTORC1/4EBP1 pathway, formation of the eIF4E/eIF4G complex, and Mcl-1 expression leading to activation of Bak and Bax to induce caspase-dependent apoptosis synergistically in these cells...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Jaroslav Kalous, Anna Tetkova, Michal Kubelka, Andrej Susor
Although the involvement of the extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) pathway in the regulation of cytostatic factor (CSF) activity; as well as in microtubules organization during meiotic maturation of oocytes; has already been described in detail; rather less attention has been paid to the role of ERK1/2 in the regulation of mRNA translation. However; important data on the role of ERK1/2 in translation during oocyte meiosis have been documented. This review focuses on recent findings regarding the regulation of translation and the role of ERK1/2 in this process in the meiotic cycle of mammalian oocytes...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Joshua Casaos, Sakibul Huq, Tarik Lott, Raphael Felder, John Choi, Noah Gorelick, Michael Peters, Yuanxuan Xia, Russell Maxwell, Tianna Zhao, Chenchen Ji, Thomas Simon, Julie Sesen, Sarah J Scotland, Richard E Kast, Jeffrey Rubens, Eric Raabe, Charles G Eberhart, Eric M Jackson, Henry Brem, Betty Tyler, Nicolas Skuli
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT) are highly aggressive, malignant tumors and are the most common malignant brain tumor in children under 6 months of age. Currently, there is no standard treatment for AT/RT. Recent studies have reported potential anti-tumoral properties of ribavirin, a guanosine analog and anti-viral molecule approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of hepatitis C. We previously demonstrated that ribavirin inhibited glioma cell growth in vitro and in vivo . Based on these results and the fact that no pre-clinical model of ribavirin in AT/RT exists, we decided to investigate the effect of ribavirin on several human AT/RT cell lines (BT12, BT16, and BT37) both in vitro and in vivo ...
January 30, 2018: Oncotarget
Timothy McKinnon, Rosemarie Venier, Marielle Yohe, Sivasish Sindiri, Berkley E Gryder, Jack F Shern, Leah Kabaroff, Brendan Dickson, Krista Schleicher, Guillaume Chouinard-Pelletier, Serena Menezes, Abha Gupta, Xiaohu Zhang, Rajarashi Guha, Marc Ferrer, Craig J Thomas, Yuhong Wei, Dariush Davani, Cynthia J Guidos, Javed Khan, Rebecca A Gladdy
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common pediatric soft tissue sarcoma and outcomes have stagnated, highlighting a need for novel therapies. Genomic analysis of RMS has revealed that alterations in the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)/RAS/PI3K axis are common and that FGFR4 is frequently mutated or overexpressed. Although FGFR4 is a potentially druggable receptor tyrosine kinase, its functions in RMS are undefined. This study tested FGFR4-activating mutations and overexpression for the ability to generate RMS in mice...
February 28, 2018: Oncogene
Yan Wang, Caifu Luan, Guili Zhang, Chengming Sun
cMaf is a leucine-zipper transcription factor that is involved in cell differentiation, oncogenic transformation, and human diseases; however, the functions of cMaf in inflammatory responses in macrophages are still not fully understood. Western blot analysis showed that cMaf expression was induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation in mouse macrophages. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was performed to detect the level of expression of inflammatory cytokines after knockdown of cMaf expression in macrophages using a small interfering RNA (siRNA)...
February 23, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
L L Yu, T Gao, M M Zhao, P A Lv, L Zhang, J L Li, Y Jiang, F Gao, G H Zhou
In ovo feeding (IOF) of l-arginine (Arg) can affect growth performance of broilers, but the response of IOF of Arg on breast muscle growth is unclear, and the mechanism involved in protein deposition remains unknown. Hense, this experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of IOF of Arg on breast muscle growth and protein-deposited signalling in post-hatch broilers. A total of 720 fertile eggs were collected from 34-week-old Arbor Acres breeder hens and distributed to three treatments: (1) non-injected control group; (2) 7...
February 26, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
Jamie K Moy, Arkady Khoutorsky, Marina N Asiedu, Gregory Dussor, Theodore J Price
Plasticity in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons that promotes pain requires activity-dependent mRNA translation. Protein synthesis inhibitors block the ability of many pain-promoting molecules to enhance excitability in DRG neurons and attenuate behavioral signs of pain plasticity. In line with this, we have recently shown that phosphorylation of the 5' cap-binding protein, eIF4E, plays a pivotal role in plasticity of DRG nociceptors in models of hyperalgesic priming. However, mRNA targets of eIF4E phosphorylation have not been elucidated in the DRG...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Santiago Ramon Y Cajal, Josep Castellvi, Stefan Hümmer, Vicente Peg, Jerry Pelletier, Nahum Sonenberg
One of the daunting challenges facing modern medicine lies in the understanding and treatment of tumor heterogeneity. Most tumors show intra-tumor heterogeneity at both genomic and proteomic levels, with marked impacts on the responses of therapeutic targets. Therapeutic target-related gene expression pathways are affected by hypoxia and cellular stress. However, the finding that targets such as eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4E (and its phosphorylated form, p-eIF4E) are generally homogenously expressed throughout tumors, regardless of the presence of hypoxia or other cellular stress conditions, opens the exciting possibility that malignancies could be treated with therapies that combine targeting of eIF4E phosphorylation with immune checkpoint inhibitors or chemotherapy...
February 21, 2018: Oncogene
Nathaniel Robichaud, Brian E Hsu, Roman Istomine, Fernando Alvarez, Julianna Blagih, Eric H Ma, Sebastian V Morales, David L Dai, Glenn Li, Margarita Souleimanova, Qianyu Guo, Sonia V Del Rincon, Wilson H Miller, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Morag Park, Russell G Jones, Ciriaco A Piccirillo, Peter M Siegel, Nahum Sonenberg
The translation of mRNAs into proteins serves as a critical regulatory event in gene expression. In the context of cancer, deregulated translation is a hallmark of transformation, promoting the proliferation, survival, and metastatic capabilities of cancer cells. The best-studied factor involved in the translational control of cancer is the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E). We and others have shown that eIF4E availability and phosphorylation promote metastasis in mouse models of breast cancer by selectively augmenting the translation of mRNAs involved in invasion and metastasis...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Fangfang Duan, Hao Wu, Dongwei Jia, Weicheng Wu, Shifang Ren, Lan Wang, Shushu Song, Xinying Guo, Fenglin Liu, Yuanyuan Ruan, Jianxin Gu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Aberrant oncogenic mRNA translation and protein O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminylation (O-GlcNAcylation) are general features during tumorigenesis. Nevertheless, whether and how these two pathways are interlinked remain unknown. Our previous study indicated that ribosomal RACK1 promoted the chemoresistance and growth in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to examine the role of RACK1 O-GlcNAcylation in oncogene translation and HCC carcinogenesis...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Mei Ding, Theodorus H van der Kwast, Ravi N Vellanki, Warren D Foltz, Trevor D McKee, Nahum Sonenberg, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Marianne Koritzinsky, Bradly G Wouters
The mTOR signaling pathway is a central regulator of protein synthesis and cellular metabolism in response to the availability of energy, nutrients, oxygen, and growth factors. mTOR activation leads to phosphorylation of multiple downstream targets including the eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) binding proteins-1 and -2 (EIF4EBP1/4E-BP1 and EIF4EBP2/4E-BP2). These binding proteins inhibit protein synthesis, but are inactivated by mTOR to stimulate cell growth and metabolism. However, the role of these proteins in the context of aberrant activation of mTOR, which occurs frequently in cancers through loss of PTEN or mutational activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway, is unclear...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Arianna Piserà, Adele Campo, Salvatore Campo
In eukaryotic cells, protein synthesis is a complex and multi-step process that has several mechanisms to start the translation including cap-dependent and cap-independent initiation. The translation control of eukaryotic gene expression occurs principally at the initiation step. In this context, it is critical that the eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF4E bind to the 7-methylguanosine (m7G) cap present at the 5'-UTRs of most eukaryotic mRNAs. Combined with other initiation factors, eIF4E mediates the mRNA recruitment on ribosomes to start the translation...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
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