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Thioredoxin Modulates Protein Arginine Deiminase 4 (Pad4)-Catalyzed Citrullination, Mitesh Nagar, Ronak Tilvawala, Paul R. Thompson Feb 2019

Thioredoxin Modulates Protein Arginine Deiminase 4 (Pad4)-Catalyzed Citrullination, Mitesh Nagar, Ronak Tilvawala, Paul R. Thompson

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Protein citrullination is a post-translational modification catalyzed by the protein arginine deiminases (PADs). This modification plays a crucial role in the pathophysiology of numerous autoimmune disorders including RA. Recently, there has been a growing interest in investigating physiological regulators of PAD activity to understand the primary cause of the associated disorders. Apart from calcium, it is well-documented that a reducing environment activates the PADs. Although the concentration of thioredoxin (hTRX), an oxidoreductase that maintains the cellular reducing environment, is elevated in RA patients, its contribution toward RA progression or PAD activity has not been explored. Herein, we demonstrate that hTRX ...


Peptidylarginine Deiminases 2 And 4 Modulate Innate And Adaptive Immune Responses In Tlr-7-Dependent Lupus., Yudong Liu, Yaíma L Lightfoot, Nickie Seto, Santanu Mondal, Padmavathy Nandha Premnath, Paul R. Thompson Dec 2018

Peptidylarginine Deiminases 2 And 4 Modulate Innate And Adaptive Immune Responses In Tlr-7-Dependent Lupus., Yudong Liu, Yaíma L Lightfoot, Nickie Seto, Santanu Mondal, Padmavathy Nandha Premnath, Paul R. Thompson

University of Massachusetts Medical School Publications

The peptidylarginine deiminases PAD2 and PAD4 are implicated in the pathogenesis of several autoimmune diseases. PAD4 may be pathogenic in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) through its role in neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation that promotes autoantigen externalization, immune dysregulation, and organ damage. The role of this enzyme in mouse models of autoimmunity remains unclear, as pan-PAD chemical inhibitors improve clinical phenotype, whereas PAD4-KO models have given conflicting results. The role of PAD2 in SLE has not been investigated. The differential roles of PAD2 and PAD4 in TLR-7-dependent lupus autoimmunity were examined. Padi4-/- displayed decreased autoantibodies, type I IFN responses, immune ...


T Cell Epitope Engineering: An Avian H7n9 Influenza Vaccine Strategy For Pandemic Preparedness And Response, Leonard Moise, Bethany M. Biron, Christine M. Boyle, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hyesun Jang, Celia A. Schiffer, Ted M. Ross, William D. Martin, Anne S. De Groot Sep 2018

T Cell Epitope Engineering: An Avian H7n9 Influenza Vaccine Strategy For Pandemic Preparedness And Response, Leonard Moise, Bethany M. Biron, Christine M. Boyle, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Hyesun Jang, Celia A. Schiffer, Ted M. Ross, William D. Martin, Anne S. De Groot

Schiffer Lab Publications

The delayed availability of vaccine during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic created a sense of urgency to better prepare for the next influenza pandemic. Advancements in manufacturing technology, speed and capacity have been achieved but vaccine effectiveness remains a significant challenge. Here, we describe a novel vaccine design strategy called immune engineering in the context of H7N9 influenza vaccine development. The approach combines immunoinformatic and structure modeling methods to promote protective antibody responses against H7N9 hemagglutinin (HA) by engineering whole antigens to carry seasonal influenza HA memory CD4(+) T cell epitopes - without perturbing native antigen structure - by galvanizing HA-specific memory ...


Selective Targeting Of Bromodomains Of The Bromodomain-Phd Fingers Family Impairs Osteoclast Differentiation, Julia C. Meier, Hanna Witwicka, Sung-Yong Hwang, Mark J. Birnbaum, Stefan Knapp Oct 2017

Selective Targeting Of Bromodomains Of The Bromodomain-Phd Fingers Family Impairs Osteoclast Differentiation, Julia C. Meier, Hanna Witwicka, Sung-Yong Hwang, Mark J. Birnbaum, Stefan Knapp

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Histone acetyltransferases of the MYST family are recruited to chromatin by BRPF scaffolding proteins. We explored functional consequences and the therapeutic potential of inhibitors targeting acetyl-lysine dependent protein interaction domains (bromodomains) present in BRPF1-3 in bone maintenance. We report three potent and selective inhibitors: one (PFI-4) with high selectivity for the BRPF1B isoform and two pan-BRPF bromodomain inhibitors (OF-1, NI-57). The developed inhibitors displaced BRPF bromodomains from chromatin and did not inhibit cell growth and proliferation. Intriguingly, the inhibitors impaired RANKL-induced differentiation of primary murine bone marrow cells and human primary monocytes into bone resorbing osteoclasts by specifically repressing transcriptional ...


A Novel Bromodomain And Extra-Terminal Domain Inhibitors (Beti) That Reverses Hiv-1 Latency, Shuai Liu, Maxime Jean, Wei Zhang, Jian Zhu May 2017

A Novel Bromodomain And Extra-Terminal Domain Inhibitors (Beti) That Reverses Hiv-1 Latency, Shuai Liu, Maxime Jean, Wei Zhang, Jian Zhu

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Although combinatory antiretroviral therapy (cART) is effective to reduce HIV-1 viremia, it does not eliminate HIV-1 infection. HIV-1 remains latent with the presence of cART, impeding the cure of AIDS. Recently, latency-reversing agents (LRAs) have been developed to purge latent HIV-1, providing an intriguing strategy for eradication of residual, latent viral reservoirs. Our earlier studies show that antagonism of HIV-1 competitive factor bromodomain containing 4 (BRD4) using bromodomain and extra-terminal domain inhibitor (BETi) JQ1 may facilitate the reversal of HIV-1 latency. BETis have recently emerged as a class of compounds that are promising for both the anticancer and HIV-1 latency-reversing ...


Dengue Virus Ns2b/Ns3 Protease Inhibitors Exploiting The Prime Side, Kuan-Hung Lin, Akbar Ali, Linah Rusere, Djade I. Soumana, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer Apr 2017

Dengue Virus Ns2b/Ns3 Protease Inhibitors Exploiting The Prime Side, Kuan-Hung Lin, Akbar Ali, Linah Rusere, Djade I. Soumana, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The mosquito-transmitted dengue virus (DENV) infects millions of people in tropical and subtropical regions. Maturation of DENV particles requires proper cleavage of the viral polyprotein, including processing of 8 of the 13 substrate cleavage sites by dengue virus NS2B/NS3 protease. With no available direct-acting antiviral targeting DENV, NS2/NS3 protease is a promising target for inhibitor design. Current design efforts focus on the nonprime side of the DENV protease active site, resulting in highly hydrophilic and nonspecific scaffolds. However, the prime side also significantly modulates DENV protease binding affinity, as revealed by engineering the binding loop of aprotinin, a ...


Abrogation Of Collagen-Induced Arthritis By A Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase Inhibitor Is Associated With Modulation Of T Cell-Mediated Immune Responses, Joanna Kawalkowska, Anne-Marie Quirke, Fatemeh Ghari, Simon Davis, Venkataraman Subramanian, Paul R. Thompson, Richard O. Williams, Roman Fischer, Nicholas B. La Thangue, Patrick J. Venables May 2016

Abrogation Of Collagen-Induced Arthritis By A Peptidyl Arginine Deiminase Inhibitor Is Associated With Modulation Of T Cell-Mediated Immune Responses, Joanna Kawalkowska, Anne-Marie Quirke, Fatemeh Ghari, Simon Davis, Venkataraman Subramanian, Paul R. Thompson, Richard O. Williams, Roman Fischer, Nicholas B. La Thangue, Patrick J. Venables

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Proteins containing citrulline, a post-translational modification of arginine, are generated by peptidyl arginine deiminases (PAD). Citrullinated proteins have pro-inflammatory effects in both innate and adaptive immune responses. Here, we examine the therapeutic effects in collagen-induced arthritis of the second generation PAD inhibitor, BB-Cl-amidine. Treatment after disease onset resulted in the reversal of clinical and histological changes of arthritis, associated with a marked reduction in citrullinated proteins in lymph nodes. There was little overall change in antibodies to collagen or antibodies to citrullinated peptides, but a shift from pro-inflammatory Th1 and Th17-type responses to pro-resolution Th2-type responses was demonstrated by serum ...


Crystal Protein Cry5b As A Novel And Powerful Anthelmintic, David Koch, Zeynep Mirza, Yan Hu, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Gary R. Ostroff, Raffi V. Aroian May 2016

Crystal Protein Cry5b As A Novel And Powerful Anthelmintic, David Koch, Zeynep Mirza, Yan Hu, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Gary R. Ostroff, Raffi V. Aroian

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs), most notably, hookworms, whipworms, and Ascaris, are nematodes that infect more than 1.5 billion of the poorest people and are amongst the leading causes of morbidity worldwide. Only two classes of de-worming drugs (anthelmintics) are available for treatment, and only one is commonly used in mass drug administrations. New anthelmintics are urgently needed to overcome emerging resistance and to produce higher cure rates. Crystal (Cry) proteins, in particular Cry5B, made by Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) are promising new candidates. Cry5B has excellent anthelmintic properties against many free-living and parasitic nematodes, including in vivo efficacy against multiple STH ...


Theoretical And Experimental Analysis Of The Antioxidant And Anti-Amyloid Features Of Synthetic Resveratrol Mimics, William Horton, Anne Kokel, Fanni Török, Chris Tran, Marianna Török, Bela Török May 2016

Theoretical And Experimental Analysis Of The Antioxidant And Anti-Amyloid Features Of Synthetic Resveratrol Mimics, William Horton, Anne Kokel, Fanni Török, Chris Tran, Marianna Török, Bela Török

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Diaryl hydrazones, possessing similar structure to the popular red wine antioxidant resveratrol, have been previously identified as multitarget compounds interfering with several processes associated with the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These compounds exhibited particularly strong inhibition of the amyloid beta (A) peptide self-assembly, including blocking the formation of fibrils and oligomers, species that are widely accepted to be neurotoxic. The molecules were also powerful free radical scavengers and thus have a potential to defend against oxidative stress.

In order to learn more about the mode of action of the compounds, theoretical and experimental studies have been carried out ...


Terpenes As ‘Resistance-Busting” Anthelmintic Drug, Zeynep Mirza, David Koch, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Yan Hu, Raffi V. Aroian, Gary R. Ostroff May 2016

Terpenes As ‘Resistance-Busting” Anthelmintic Drug, Zeynep Mirza, David Koch, Thanh-Thanh Nguyen, Yan Hu, Raffi V. Aroian, Gary R. Ostroff

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

There is an urgent need for new therapies for parasitic helminthic diseases affecting 1.5-2 billion people worldwide due to the threat of wide-spread resistance development to existing treatments and due to problems of incomplete efficacies.

Terpenes are plant secondary metabolites and major essential oil constituents. Historically, the terpene thymol was successfully used to cure hookworm infections in the 1900’s. Although effective, large doses were needed and thymol treatment had significant side effects. Because free terpenes are absorbed in the stomach, less than 10% of oral terpenes entered the site where the parasites live. To overcome these problems we ...


Molecular Targeting Of Protein Arginine Deiminases To Suppress Colitis And Prevent Colon Cancer, Erin E. Witalison, Xiangli Cui, Corey P. Causey, Paul R. Thompson, Lorne J. Hofseth Nov 2015

Molecular Targeting Of Protein Arginine Deiminases To Suppress Colitis And Prevent Colon Cancer, Erin E. Witalison, Xiangli Cui, Corey P. Causey, Paul R. Thompson, Lorne J. Hofseth

Thompson Lab Publications

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic disease, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops ulcers leading to abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. The extent of these symptoms depends on disease severity. The protein arginine deiminase (PAD) family of enzymes converts peptidyl-Arginine to peptidyl-Citrulline through citrullination. PADs are dysregulated, with abnormal citrullination in many diseases, including UC and colorectal cancer (CRC). We have developed the small molecule, pan-PAD inhibitor, Chlor-amidine (Cl-amidine), with multiple goals, including treating UC and preventing CRC. Building off our recent results showing that: 1) Cl-amidine suppresses colitis in vivo in a dextran ...


Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania V. Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill A. Zitzewitz, John E. Landers, Bruce L. Goode, Celia A. Schiffer, Daryl A. Bosco Jun 2015

Structural Basis For Mutation-Induced Destabilization Of Profilin 1 In Als, Sivakumar Boopathy, Tania V. Silvas, Maeve Tischbein, Silvia Jansen, Shivender Shandilya, Jill A. Zitzewitz, John E. Landers, Bruce L. Goode, Celia A. Schiffer, Daryl A. Bosco

Schiffer Lab Publications

Mutations in profilin 1 (PFN1) are associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); however, the pathological mechanism of PFN1 in this fatal disease is unknown. We demonstrate that ALS-linked mutations severely destabilize the native conformation of PFN1 in vitro and cause accelerated turnover of the PFN1 protein in cells. This mutation-induced destabilization can account for the high propensity of ALS-linked variants to aggregate and also provides rationale for their reported loss-of-function phenotypes in cell-based assays. The source of this destabilization is illuminated by the X-ray crystal structures of several PFN1 proteins, revealing an expanded cavity near the protein core of the ...


Enhancing Antibiotic Activity Using Nanomaterial-Antibiotic Conjugates, H. Surangi N. Jayawardena, Thareendra De Zoysa, Kalana W. Jayawardana, Scott T. Boiko, Mingdi Yan May 2014

Enhancing Antibiotic Activity Using Nanomaterial-Antibiotic Conjugates, H. Surangi N. Jayawardena, Thareendra De Zoysa, Kalana W. Jayawardana, Scott T. Boiko, Mingdi Yan

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

We demonstrate that streptomycin conjugated on silica nanoparticles (SNP-Str) can be used to effectively target streptomycin-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria by lowering the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of streptomycin up to 2 log folds. Silica nanoparticles were synthesized with an average diameter of 80, 50 and 30 nm, respectively. Streptomycin was then covalently conjugated to SNP using efficient photocoupling chemistry. The MIC for free streptomycin sulfate was recorded as a high 2.0 mg/mL for an engineered Strr mutant E. coli ORN 208. Conjugating the streptomycin to SNP resulted in the decrease in MIC to 161 μg/mL ...


Interactions Of Carbohydrate-Conjugated Nanoparticles With Mycobacterium Smegmatis, Kalana W. Jayawardana, H. Surangi N. Jayawardena, Thareendra De Zoysa, Mingdi Yan May 2014

Interactions Of Carbohydrate-Conjugated Nanoparticles With Mycobacterium Smegmatis, Kalana W. Jayawardana, H. Surangi N. Jayawardena, Thareendra De Zoysa, Mingdi Yan

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Mycobacterium smegmatis is a non-pathogenic microorganism and has been widely used as a model organism to study infections caused by M. tuberculosis and other mycobacterial pathogens. We report that nanoparticles conjugated with selected carbohydrate show a striking increase in the surface adherence by M. smegmatis. This applies to silica nanoparticles and magnetic nanoparticles ranging from 100 nm to 5 nm. Under the same experimental conditions, minimum adhesion was observed for unfunctionalized nanoparticles. The synthesis and characterization of the glyconanoparticles will be presented. The finding is applied to imaging M. smegmatis infected lung epithelial cells, and the results will be discussed.


In Vivo Evaluation Of A Biomimetic Polymer-Doxorubicin Conjugate For Cancer Therapy, Matthew Skinner, Samantha Mcrae Page, Xiangji Chen, Sangram S. Parelkar, Kaitlyn Wong, Maria Mora, Sallie S. Schneider, Todd S. Emrick May 2014

In Vivo Evaluation Of A Biomimetic Polymer-Doxorubicin Conjugate For Cancer Therapy, Matthew Skinner, Samantha Mcrae Page, Xiangji Chen, Sangram S. Parelkar, Kaitlyn Wong, Maria Mora, Sallie S. Schneider, Todd S. Emrick

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

This poster will describe a novel polymer pro-drug platform designed for conjugation and delivery of chemotherapeutics. Specifically, polymer pro-drugs were prepared from functional polymer zwitterions and doxorubicin (DOX), and evaluated in vivo to assess toxicological, pharmacokinetic and therapeutic properties. The biocompatible polymer scaffold (PolyMPC) consists of zwitterionic phosphorylcholine pendent groups, which mimic the natural hydrophilic moieties of phospholipids in cell membranes, and hydrazone linkages that allow for pH-triggered release of DOX. PolyMPC-DOX pro-drugs were isolated as dry solids using a facile strategy that allows for precise control of molecular weight and DOX incorporation. In vivo toxicity of PolyMPC and PolyMPC-DOX ...