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Splicing inhibitor

Daniel Nava Rodrigues, Gunther Boysen, Semini Sumanasuriya, George Seed, Angelo M De Marzo, Johann de Bono
Prostate cancer (PCa) is a clinically heterogeneous disease and current treatment strategies are based largely on anatomical and pathological parameters. In the recent past, several DNA sequencing studies of primary and advanced PCa have revealed recurrent patterns of genomic aberrations that expose mechanisms of resistance to available therapies and potential new drug targets. Suppression of androgen receptor (AR) signalling is the cornerstone of advanced prostate cancer treatment. Genomic aberrations of the androgen receptor or alternative splicing of its mRNA are increasingly recognized as biomarkers of resistance to AR-targeted therapy such as abiraterone or enzalutamide...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Zachery R Reichert, Maha Hussain
The development of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) signals the terminal disease phase. The preceding hormone-dependent disease setting is effectively managed with androgen deprivation therapy. This foundation of treatment has a high rate of biochemical and clinical response and meaningful clinical benefit but is finite in duration as most cancers will progress to castration resistance. Historically, treatment for mCRPC entailed androgen receptor (AR) inhibitors (nilutamide, flutamide, bicalutamide), nonspecific steroidal biosynthesis inhibitors (ketoconazole, itraconazole), steroids (prednisone, diethylstilbesterol, dexamethasone), or palliative chemotherapy (mitoxantrone, estramustine), but none of these strategies impacted survival...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Michael Saul, Petra Majdak, Samuel Perez, Matthew Reilly, Theodore Garland, Justin S Rhodes
Though exercise is critical for health, many lack the motivation to exercise, and it is unclear how motivation might be increased. To uncover the molecular underpinnings of increased motivation for exercise, we analyzed the transcriptome of the striatum in four mouse lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running and four non-selected control lines. The striatum was dissected and RNA was extracted and sequenced from four individuals of each line. We found multiple genes and gene systems with strong relationships to both selection and running history over the previous 6 days...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Tasuku Suzuki, Yoji Sasahara, Atsuo Kikuchi, Humihiko Kakuta, Toshihiko Kashiwabara, Takashi Ishige, Yoshiko Nakayama, Masanori Tanaka, Akihiro Hoshino, Hirokazu Kanegane, Daiki Abukawa, Shigeo Kure
PURPOSE: Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a heterogeneous disorder caused by multiple factors. Although genetic and immunological analyses are required for a definitive diagnosis, no reports of a comprehensive genetic study of a Japanese population are available. METHODS: In total, 35 Japanese patients <16 years of age suffering from IBD, including 27 patients aged <6 years with very early-onset IBD, were enrolled in this multicenter study. Exome and targeted gene panel sequencing was performed for all patients...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Alessandra Ruggieri, Simona Saredi, Simona Zanotti, Maria Barbara Pasanisi, Lorenzo Maggi, Marina Mora
Mutations in the DNAJB6 gene have been associated with the autosomal dominant limb girdle muscular dystrophy type 1D (LGMD1D), a disorder characterized by abnormal protein aggregates and rimmed vacuoles in muscle fibers. DNAJB6 is a ubiquitously expressed Hsp40 co-chaperone characterized by a J domain that specifies Hsp70 functions in the cellular environment. DNAJB6 is also a potent inhibitor of expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) aggregation preventing aggregate toxicity in cells. In DNAJB6-mutated patients this anti-aggregation property is significantly reduced, albeit not completely lost...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Veenu Tripathi, Katherine M Sixt, Shaojian Gao, Xuan Xu, Jing Huang, Roberto Weigert, Ming Zhou, Ying E Zhang
In advanced stages of cancers, TGF-β promotes tumor progression in conjunction with inputs from receptor tyrosine kinase pathways. However, mechanisms that underpin the signaling cooperation and convert TGF-β from a potent growth inhibitor to a tumor promoter are not fully understood. We report here that TGF-β directly regulates alternative splicing of cancer stem cell marker CD44 through a phosphorylated T179 of SMAD3-mediated interaction with RNA-binding protein PCBP1. We show that TGF-β and EGF respectively induce SMAD3 and PCBP1 to colocalize in SC35-positive nuclear speckles, and the two proteins interact in the variable exon region of CD44 pre-mRNA to inhibit spliceosome assembly in favor of expressing the mesenchymal isoform CD44s over the epithelial isoform CD44E...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Katsuto Takenaka
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are chronic hematopoietic stem cell disorders, including polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytosis, and primary myelofibrosis. The JAK2V617F mutation was identified in 2005, followed by the discovery of the JAK2 exon12, MPNW515 mutation, and CALR mutation. About 90% of patients with BCR/ABL negative MPNs have been shown to have one of these driver mutations. In addition, mutations in epigenetic regulators and RNA splicing genes were found to co-exist with driver mutations and to play critical roles in the disease progression of MPNs...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Pradeep S Jadhavar, Sreekanth A Ramachandran, Eduardo Riquelme, Ashu Gupta, Kevin P Quinn, Devleena Shivakumar, Soumya Ray, Dnyaneshwar Zende, Anjan K Nayak, Sandeep K Miglani, Balaji D Sathe, Mohd Raja, Olivia Farias, Ivan Alfaro, Sebastián Belmar, Javier Guerrero, Sebastián Bernales, Sarvajit Chakravarty, David T Hung, Jeffrey N Lindquist, Roopa Rai
While enzalutamide and abiraterone are approved for treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), approximately 20-40% of patients have no response to these agents. It has been stipulated that the lack of response and the development of secondary resistance to these drugs may be due to the presence of AR splice variants. HDAC6 has a role in regulating the androgen receptor (AR) by modulating heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) acetylation, which controls the nuclear localization and activation of the AR in androgen-dependent and independent scenarios...
October 4, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Michael Wainberg, Babak Alipanahi, Brendan Frey
BACKGROUND: Alternative mRNA splicing is critical to proteomic diversity and tissue and species differentiation. Exclusion of cassette exons, also called exon skipping, is the most common type of alternative splicing in mammals. RESULTS: We present a computational model that predicts absolute (though not tissue-differential) percent-spliced-in of cassette exons more accurately than previous models, despite not using any 'hand-crafted' biological features such as motif counts...
October 7, 2016: BMC Genomics
Eliot L Osher, Ali Tavassoli
Cyclic peptides are an important class of molecules that are increasingly viewed as an ideal scaffold for inhibition of protein-protein interactions (PPI). Here we detail an approach that enables the intracellular synthesis of cyclic peptide libraries of around 10(8) members. The method utilizes split intein mediated circular ligation of peptides and proteins (SICLOPPS), taking advantage of split intein splicing to cyclize a library of peptide sequences. SICLOPPS allows the ring size, set residues and number of random residues within a library to be predetermined by the user...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Emily J Faivre, Denise Wilcox, Xiaoyu Lin, Paul Hessler, Maricel Torrent, Wei He, Tamar Uziel, Daniel H Albert, Keith McDaniel, Warren Kati, Yu Shen
: Competitive inhibitors of acetyl-lysine binding to the bromodomains of the BET (bromodomain and extra terminal) family are being developed for the treatment of solid and hematologic malignancies. The function of BET family member BRD4 at enhancers/super-enhancers has been shown to sustain signal-dependent or pathogenic gene expression programs. Here the hypothesis was tested that the transcription factor drivers of castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) clinical progression, including the Androgen Receptor (AR), are critically dependent on BRD4 and thus represent a sensitive solid tumor indication for the BET inhibitor ABBV-075...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Jacey H Ma, Joshua J Wang, Junhua Li, Bruce A Pfeffer, Yiming Zhong, Sarah X Zhang
Purpose: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tight junctions play a pivotal role in maintaining the homeostatic environment of the neural retina. Herein, we investigated the role of X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-responsive transcription factor, in regulation of RPE tight junctions. Methods: Human RPE cell line (ARPE-19) and primary primate RPE cells were used for in vitro experiments and RPE-specific XBP1 knockout (KO) mice were used for in vivo study...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Adam T Szafran, Cliff Stephan, Michael Bolt, Maureen G Mancini, Marco Marcelli, Michael A Mancini
BACKGROUND: AR-V7 is an androgen receptor (AR) splice variant that lacks the ligand-binding domain and is isolated from prostate cancer cell lines. Increased expression of AR-V7 is associated with the transition from hormone-sensitive prostate cancer to more advanced castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Due to the loss of the ligand-binding domain, AR-V7 is not responsive to traditional AR-targeted therapies, and the mechanisms that regulate AR-V7 are still incompletely understood...
October 4, 2016: Prostate
Hanna Kędzierska, Piotr Popławski, Grażyna Hoser, Beata Rybicka, Katarzyna Rodzik, Elżbieta Sokół, Joanna Bogusławska, Zbigniew Tański, Anna Fogtman, Marta Koblowska, Agnieszka Piekiełko-Witkowska
Serine and arginine rich splicing factor 2(SRSF2) belongs to the serine/arginine (SR)-rich family of proteins that regulate alternative splicing. Previous studies suggested that SRSF2 can contribute to carcinogenic processes. Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common subtype of kidney cancer, highly aggressive and difficult to treat, mainly due to resistance to apoptosis. In this study we hypothesized that SRSF2 contributes to the regulation of apoptosis in ccRCC. Using tissue samples obtained from ccRCC patients, as well as independent validation on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data, we demonstrate for the first time that expression of SRSF2 is decreased in ccRCC tumours when compared to non-tumorous control tissues...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
S Shanmugaapriya, A van Caam, L de Kroon, Elly L Vitters, B Walgreen, H van Beuningen, E Blaney Davidson, Peter M van der Kraan
OBJECTIVE: RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing (RBPMS) has been shown to physically interact with Smads and enhance transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-mediated Smad2/3 transcriptional activity in mammalian cells. Objective of this study was to examine whether expression of RBPMS is regulated by interleukin-1β (IL)-1β and TGF-β superfamily growth factors and whether expression of RBPMS is altered during aging and experimental osteoarthritis. METHODS: Expression of RBPMS protein was investigated in chondrocyte cell lines of murine (H4) and human (G6) origin using Western blot analysis...
October 2016: Cartilage
José Carlos Páez-Franco, Ignacio González-Sánchez, Nora A Gutiérrez-Nájera, Lilián G Valencia-Turcotte, Alfonso Lira-Rocha, Marco A Cerbón, Rogelio Rodríguez-Sotres
9-[(3-chloro)phenylamine]-2-[3-(diethylamine)propylamine]thiazolo[5,4-b]quinolone (D3ClP) is a bioisostere of N-(4-(acridin-9-ylamino)-3-methoxyphenyl)methanesulfonamide (m-AMSA) a DNA topoisomerase II inhibitor with proven cytotoxic activity and known to induce DNA damage and apoptotic cell death in K562 cells. However, recent evidence is not consistent with DNA topoisomerase II (DNA TOP2) as the primary target of D3ClP, in contrast to m-AMSA. We provide evidence of histone γH2AX phosphorylation at Ser135 in HeLa cells treated with D3ClP, a marker of DNA double strand repair through Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 (MRN) pathway...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Mary-Ellen Taplin, Rana R McKay, Lillian Werner, Elahe A Mostaghel, Rosina T Lis, Olga Voznesensky, Zhenwei Zhang, Brett Marck, Alvin M Matsumoto, Liran Domachevsky, Katherine A Zukotynski, Manoj K Bhasin, Glenn J Bubley, Bruce Montgomery, Philip W Kantoff, Steven P Balk
PURPOSE: Despite the efficacy of abiraterone, a CYP17A1 inhibitor, in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), nearly all patients develop resistance. The purpose of this phase II study was to evaluate mechanisms of resistance to more complete androgen synthesis inhibition with abiraterone and dutasteride. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Eligible metastatic CRPC patients underwent a baseline metastasis biopsy. Patients received abiraterone and prednisone for two 4-week cycles...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Budbazar Enkhjargal, Devin W McBride, Anatol Manaenko, Cesar Reis, Yasushi Sakai, Jiping Tang, John H Zhang
In this study, we investigated the role of vitamin D3 (VitD3) on endogenous osteopontin (OPN), a neuroprotective glycoprotein, after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The endovascular perforation SAH model in Sprague-Dawley rats was used to study the effect of intranasal VitD3 (30 ng/kg) before (Pre-SAH + VitD3) and after (Post-SAH + VitD3) subarachnoid hemorrhage. Vitamin D3 (30, 60, 120 ng/kg/day) increased more than one fold endogenous OPN expression in astrocytes and endothelial cells of rat brain...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
Yu Ling, Sahar Alshareef, Haroon Butt, Jorge Lozano-Juste, Lixin Li, Aya A Galal, Ahmed Moustafa, Afaque Ahmad Momin, Manal Tashkandi, Dale N Richardson, Hiroaki Fujii, Stefan Arold, Pedro L Rodriguez, Paula Duque, Magdy M Mahfouz
Alternative splicing (AS) of precursor RNAs enhances transcriptome plasticity and proteome diversity in response to diverse growth and stress cues. Recent work showed that AS is pervasive across plant species, with more than 60% of intron-containing genes producing different isoforms. Mammalian cell-based assays have discovered various AS inhibitors. Here, we show that the macrolide Pladienolide B (PB) inhibits constitutive splicing and AS in plants. Also, our RNA-seq data revealed that PB mimics abiotic stress signals including salt, drought, and abscisic acid (ABA)...
September 24, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Xiaowei Zhang, Kyeong-Man Kim
The amino acid sequences and signaling pathways of D2-like dopamine receptors (D2R, D3R, and D4R) are highly conserved. D4R has been suggested to be associated with novelty seeking, and binds with high affinity to an atypical antipsychotic drug with fewer motor function-related side effects than typical neuroleptics. A study comparing D2R and D3R reported that palmitoylation is important for the proper functioning of D3R. Although D4R is a member of the D2-like receptor family, its palmitoylation status and the functional significance of any such posttranslational modification are unknown...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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