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Molecular And Structural Mechanism Of Pan-Genotypic Hcv Ns3/4a Protease Inhibition By Glecaprevir, Jennifer Timm, Klajdi Kosovrasti, Mina Henes, Florian Leidner, Shurong Hou, Akbar Ali, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Molecular And Structural Mechanism Of Pan-Genotypic Hcv Ns3/4a Protease Inhibition By Glecaprevir, Jennifer Timm, Klajdi Kosovrasti, Mina Henes, Florian Leidner, Shurong Hou, Akbar Ali, Nese Kurt Yilmaz, Celia A. Schiffer

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Hepatitis C virus (HCV), causative agent of chronic viral hepatitis, infects 71 million people worldwide and is divided into seven genotypes and multiple subtypes with sequence identities between 68 to 82%. While older generation direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) had varying effectiveness against different genotypes, the newest NS3/4A protease inhibitors including glecaprevir (GLE) have pan-genotypic activity. The structural basis for pan-genotypic inhibition and effects of polymorphisms on inhibitor potency were not well known due to lack of crystal structures of GLE-bound NS3/4A or genotypes other than 1. In this study, we determined the crystal structures of NS3/4A from genotypes ...


Identification Of Small Molecule Enzyme Inhibitors As Broad-Spectrum Anthelmintics, Rahul Tyagi, Elfawal A. Mostafa, Scott A. Wildman, Jon Helander, Christina A. Bulman, Judy Sakanari, Bruce A. Rosa, Paul J. Brindley, James W. Janetka, Raffi V. Aroian, Makedonka Mitreva 2019 Washington University in St. Louis

Identification Of Small Molecule Enzyme Inhibitors As Broad-Spectrum Anthelmintics, Rahul Tyagi, Elfawal A. Mostafa, Scott A. Wildman, Jon Helander, Christina A. Bulman, Judy Sakanari, Bruce A. Rosa, Paul J. Brindley, James W. Janetka, Raffi V. Aroian, Makedonka Mitreva

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Targeting chokepoint enzymes in metabolic pathways has led to new drugs for cancers, autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases. This is also a cornerstone approach for discovery and development of anthelmintics against nematode and flatworm parasites. Here, we performed omics-driven knowledge-based identification of chokepoint enzymes as anthelmintic targets. We prioritized 10 of 186 phylogenetically conserved chokepoint enzymes and undertook a target class repurposing approach to test and identify new small molecules with broad spectrum anthelmintic activity. First, we identified and tested 94 commercially available compounds using an in vitro phenotypic assay, and discovered 11 hits that inhibited nematode motility. Based on ...


A Comprehensive Review Of Pegvaliase, An Enzyme Substitution Therapy For The Treatment Of Phenylketonuria, Tasmina Hydery, Valerie Azzopardi Coppenrath 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Comprehensive Review Of Pegvaliase, An Enzyme Substitution Therapy For The Treatment Of Phenylketonuria, Tasmina Hydery, Valerie Azzopardi Coppenrath

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Objective: To review the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, safety, and place in therapy of a phenylalanine-metabolizing enzyme indicated to reduce blood phenylalanine concentrations, pegvaliase injection.

Data Sources: Searches of MEDLINE (1946-September 1, 2018) were conducted using the terms pegvaliase and phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL). Additional data were obtained from the prescribing information, the product dossier obtained from the manufacturer, and Clinicaltrials.gov.

Study Selection and Data Extraction: All English language articles related to pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy, or safety of the combination therapy in human subjects were reviewed.

Data Synthesis: Pegvaliase is a pegylated PAL enzyme that converts phenylalanine to ammonia and ...


Ste5 Membrane Localization Allows Mapk Pathway Signaling In Trans Between Kinases On Separate Scaffold Molecules, Rachel E. Lamson, Matthew J. Winters, Peter M. Pryciak 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ste5 Membrane Localization Allows Mapk Pathway Signaling In Trans Between Kinases On Separate Scaffold Molecules, Rachel E. Lamson, Matthew J. Winters, Peter M. Pryciak

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The MAP kinase cascade is a ubiquitous eukaryotic signaling module that can be controlled by a diverse group of scaffold proteins. In budding yeast, activation of the mating MAP kinase cascade involves regulated membrane recruitment of the archetypal scaffold protein Ste5. This event promotes activation of the first kinase, but it also enhances subsequent signal propagation through the remainder of the cascade. By studying this latter effect, we find that membrane recruitment promotes signaling in trans between kinases on separate Ste5 molecules. First, trans signaling requires all Ste5 domains that mediate membrane recruitment, including both protein-binding and membrane-binding domains. Second ...


Extracellular-Signal Regulated Kinase: A Central Molecule Driving Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition In Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Daniela Zuniga-Eulogio, Miguel Angel Mendoza-Catalan, Hugo Alberto Rodriguez-Ruiz, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito 2019 Autonomous University of Guerrero

Extracellular-Signal Regulated Kinase: A Central Molecule Driving Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition In Cancer, Monserrat Olea-Flores, Miriam Daniela Zuniga-Eulogio, Miguel Angel Mendoza-Catalan, Hugo Alberto Rodriguez-Ruiz, Eduardo Castaneda-Saucedo, Carlos Ortuno-Pineda, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Napoleon Navarro-Tito

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Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a reversible cellular process, characterized by changes in gene expression and activation of proteins, favoring the trans-differentiation of the epithelial phenotype to a mesenchymal phenotype. This process increases cell migration and invasion of tumor cells, progression of the cell cycle, and resistance to apoptosis and chemotherapy, all of which support tumor progression. One of the signaling pathways involved in tumor progression is the MAPK pathway. Within this family, the ERK subfamily of proteins is known for its contributions to EMT. The ERK subfamily is divided into typical (ERK 1/2/5), and atypical (ERK 3/4 ...


Trim5alpha Restricts Flavivirus Replication By Targeting The Viral Protease For Proteasomal Degradation, Abhilash I. Chiramel, Nicholas R. Meyerson, Kristin L. McNally, Rebecca M. Broeckel, Vanessa R. Montoya, Omayra Mendez-Solis, Shelly J. Robertson, Gail L. Sturdevant, Kirk J. Lubick, Vinod Nair, Brian H. Youseff, Robin M. Ireland, Catharine M. Bosio, Kyusik Kim, Jeremy Luban, Vanessa M. Hirsch, R. Travis Taylor, Fadila Bouamr, Sara L. Sawyer, Sonja M. Best 2019 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Trim5alpha Restricts Flavivirus Replication By Targeting The Viral Protease For Proteasomal Degradation, Abhilash I. Chiramel, Nicholas R. Meyerson, Kristin L. Mcnally, Rebecca M. Broeckel, Vanessa R. Montoya, Omayra Mendez-Solis, Shelly J. Robertson, Gail L. Sturdevant, Kirk J. Lubick, Vinod Nair, Brian H. Youseff, Robin M. Ireland, Catharine M. Bosio, Kyusik Kim, Jeremy Luban, Vanessa M. Hirsch, R. Travis Taylor, Fadila Bouamr, Sara L. Sawyer, Sonja M. Best

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Tripartite motif-containing protein 5alpha (TRIM5alpha) is a cellular antiviral restriction factor that prevents early events in retrovirus replication. The activity of TRIM5alpha is thought to be limited to retroviruses as a result of highly specific interactions with capsid lattices. In contrast to this current understanding, we show that both human and rhesus macaque TRIM5alpha suppress replication of specific flaviviruses. Multiple viruses in the tick-borne encephalitis complex are sensitive to TRIM5alpha-dependent restriction, but mosquito-borne flaviviruses, including yellow fever, dengue, and Zika viruses, are resistant. TRIM5alpha suppresses replication by binding to the viral protease NS2B/3 to promote its K48-linked ubiquitination and ...


Selective Inhibition Of N-Linked Glycosylation Impairs Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Processing, Elsenoor Klaver, Peng Zhao, Melanie May, Heather Flanagan-Steet, Hudson H. Freeze, Reid Gilmore, Lance Wells, Joseph Contessa, Richard Steet 2019 University of Georgia

Selective Inhibition Of N-Linked Glycosylation Impairs Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Processing, Elsenoor Klaver, Peng Zhao, Melanie May, Heather Flanagan-Steet, Hudson H. Freeze, Reid Gilmore, Lance Wells, Joseph Contessa, Richard Steet

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Global inhibition of N-linked glycosylation broadly reduces glycan occupancy on glycoproteins, but identifying how this inhibition functionally impacts specific glycoproteins is challenging. This limits our understanding of pathogenesis in the congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG). We used selective exo-enzymatic labeling of cells deficient in the two catalytic subunits of oligosaccharyltransferase - STT3A and STT3B - to monitor the presence and glycosylation status of cell surface glycoproteins. We show reduced abundance of two canonical tyrosine receptor kinases - the insulin receptor and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) - at the cell surface in STT3A-null cells, due to decreased N-linked glycan site occupancy and proteolytic ...


Conditional, Inducible Gene Silencing In Dopamine Neurons Reveals A Sex-Specific Role For Rit2 Gtpase In Acute Cocaine Response And Striatal Function, Carolyn G. Sweeney, Patrick Kearney, Rita R. Fagan, Lindsey A. Smith, Nicholas C. Bolden, Rubing Zhao-Shea, Iris V. Rivera, Jenya Kolpakova, Jun Xie, Guangping Gao, Andrew R. Tapper, Gilles E. Martin, Haley Melikian 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Conditional, Inducible Gene Silencing In Dopamine Neurons Reveals A Sex-Specific Role For Rit2 Gtpase In Acute Cocaine Response And Striatal Function, Carolyn G. Sweeney, Patrick Kearney, Rita R. Fagan, Lindsey A. Smith, Nicholas C. Bolden, Rubing Zhao-Shea, Iris V. Rivera, Jenya Kolpakova, Jun Xie, Guangping Gao, Andrew R. Tapper, Gilles E. Martin, Haley Melikian

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Dopamine (DA) signaling is critical for movement, motivation, and addictive behavior. The neuronal GTPase, Rit2, is enriched in DA neurons (DANs), binds directly to the DA transporter (DAT), and is implicated in several DA-related neuropsychiatric disorders. However, it remains unknown whether Rit2 plays a role in either DAergic signaling and/or DA-dependent behaviors. Here, we leveraged the TET-OFF system to conditionally silence Rit2 in Pitx3IRES2-tTA mouse DANs. Following DAergic Rit2 knockdown (Rit2-KD), mice displayed an anxiolytic phenotype, with no change in baseline locomotion. Further, males exhibited increased acute cocaine sensitivity, whereas DAergic Rit2-KD suppressed acute cocaine sensitivity in females ...


An Order-To-Disorder Structural Switch Activates The Foxm1 Transcription Factor, Aimee H. Marceau, Caileen M. Brison, Santrupti Nerli, Heather E. Arsenault, Andrew C. McShan, Eefei Chen, Hsiau-Wei Lee, Jennifer A. Benanti, Nikolaos G. Sgourakis, Seth M. Rubin 2019 University of California, Santa Cruz

An Order-To-Disorder Structural Switch Activates The Foxm1 Transcription Factor, Aimee H. Marceau, Caileen M. Brison, Santrupti Nerli, Heather E. Arsenault, Andrew C. Mcshan, Eefei Chen, Hsiau-Wei Lee, Jennifer A. Benanti, Nikolaos G. Sgourakis, Seth M. Rubin

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Intrinsically disordered transcription factor transactivation domains (TADs) function through structural plasticity, adopting ordered conformations when bound to transcriptional co-regulators. Many transcription factors contain a negative regulatory domain (NRD) that suppresses recruitment of transcriptional machinery through autoregulation of the TAD. We report the solution structure of an autoinhibited NRD-TAD complex within FoxM1, a critical activator of mitotic gene expression. We observe that while both the FoxM1 NRD and TAD are primarily intrinsically disordered domains, they associate and adopt a structured conformation. We identify how Plk1 and Cdk kinases cooperate to phosphorylate FoxM1, which releases the TAD into a disordered conformation that ...


Adipocyte Acly Facilitates Dietary Carbohydrate Handling To Maintain Metabolic Homeostasis In Females, Sully Fernandez, John M. Viola, AnnMarie Torres, Martina Wallace, Sophie Trefely, Steven Zhao, Hayley C. Affronti, Jivani M. Gengatharan, David A. Guertin, Nathaniel W. Snyder, Christian M. Metallo, Kathryn E. Wellen 2019 University of Pennsylvania

Adipocyte Acly Facilitates Dietary Carbohydrate Handling To Maintain Metabolic Homeostasis In Females, Sully Fernandez, John M. Viola, Annmarie Torres, Martina Wallace, Sophie Trefely, Steven Zhao, Hayley C. Affronti, Jivani M. Gengatharan, David A. Guertin, Nathaniel W. Snyder, Christian M. Metallo, Kathryn E. Wellen

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Sugars and refined carbohydrates are major components of the modern diet. ATP-citrate lyase (ACLY) is upregulated in adipocytes in response to carbohydrate consumption and generates acetyl-coenzyme A (CoA) for both lipid synthesis and acetylation reactions. Here, we investigate the role of ACLY in the metabolic and transcriptional responses to carbohydrates in adipocytes and unexpectedly uncover a sexually dimorphic function in maintaining systemic metabolic homeostasis. When fed a high-sucrose diet, Acly(FAT-/-) females exhibit a lipodystrophy-like phenotype, with minimal fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and hepatic lipid accumulation, whereas Acly(FAT-/-) males have only mild metabolic phenotypes. We find that ACLY is ...


Serum Deprivation Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Improves Exosome Activity And Alters Lipid And Protein Composition, Reka A. Haraszti, Rachael Miller, Michelle L. Dubuke, Andrew H. Coles, Marie C. Didiot, Dimas Echeverria, Matteo Stoppato, Yves Y. Sere, John D. Leszyk, Julia F. Alterman, Bruno M. D. C. Godinho, Matthew R. Hassler, Rachel Wollacott, Yan Wang, Scott A. Shaffer, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Serum Deprivation Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Improves Exosome Activity And Alters Lipid And Protein Composition, Reka A. Haraszti, Rachael Miller, Michelle L. Dubuke, Andrew H. Coles, Marie C. Didiot, Dimas Echeverria, Matteo Stoppato, Yves Y. Sere, John D. Leszyk, Julia F. Alterman, Bruno M. D. C. Godinho, Matthew R. Hassler, Rachel Wollacott, Yan Wang, Scott A. Shaffer, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova

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Exosomes can serve as delivery vehicles for advanced therapeutics. The components necessary and sufficient to support exosomal delivery have not been established. Here we connect biochemical composition and activity of exosomes to optimize exosome-mediated delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs). This information is used to create effective artificial exosomes. We show that serum-deprived mesenchymal stem cells produce exosomes up to 22-fold more effective at delivering siRNAs to neurons than exosomes derived from control cells. Proteinase treatment of exosomes stops siRNA transfer, indicating that surface proteins on exosomes are involved in trafficking. Proteomic and lipidomic analyses show that exosomes derived in ...


Arf Gtpases And Their Gefs And Gaps: Concepts And Challenges, Elizabeth Sztul, Pei-Wen Chen, James E. Casanova, Jacqueline Cherfils, Joel B. Dacks, David G. Lambright, Fang-Jen S. Lee, Paul A. Randazzo, Lorraine C. Santy, Annette Schurmann, Ilka Wilhelmi, Marielle E. Yohe, Richard A. Kahn 2019 University of Alabama, Birmingham

Arf Gtpases And Their Gefs And Gaps: Concepts And Challenges, Elizabeth Sztul, Pei-Wen Chen, James E. Casanova, Jacqueline Cherfils, Joel B. Dacks, David G. Lambright, Fang-Jen S. Lee, Paul A. Randazzo, Lorraine C. Santy, Annette Schurmann, Ilka Wilhelmi, Marielle E. Yohe, Richard A. Kahn

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Detailed structural, biochemical, cell biological, and genetic studies of any gene/protein are required to develop models of its actions in cells. Studying a protein family in the aggregate yields additional information, as one can include analyses of their coevolution, acquisition or loss of functionalities, structural pliability, and the emergence of shared or variations in molecular mechanisms. An even richer understanding of cell biology can be achieved through evaluating functionally linked protein families. In this review, we summarize current knowledge of three protein families: the ARF GTPases, the guanine nucleotide exchange factors (ARF GEFs) that activate them, and the GTPase-activating ...


Jnk(1/2) Represses Lkb(1)-Deficiency-Induced Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression, Jian Liu, Tianyuan Wang, Chad J. Creighton, San-Pin Wu, Madhumita Ray, Kyathanahalli S. Janardhan, Cynthia J. Willson, Sung-Nam Cho, Patricia D. Castro, Michael M. Ittmann, Jian-Liang Li, Roger J. Davis, Francesco J. DeMayo 2019 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Jnk(1/2) Represses Lkb(1)-Deficiency-Induced Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma Progression, Jian Liu, Tianyuan Wang, Chad J. Creighton, San-Pin Wu, Madhumita Ray, Kyathanahalli S. Janardhan, Cynthia J. Willson, Sung-Nam Cho, Patricia D. Castro, Michael M. Ittmann, Jian-Liang Li, Roger J. Davis, Francesco J. Demayo

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Mechanisms of lung squamous cell carcinoma (LSCC) development are poorly understood. Here, we report that JNK1/2 activities attenuate Lkb1-deficiency-driven LSCC initiation and progression through repressing DeltaNp63 signaling. In vivo Lkb1 ablation alone is sufficient to induce LSCC development by reducing MKK7 levels and JNK1/2 activities, independent of the AMPKalpha and mTOR pathways. JNK1/2 activities is positively regulated by MKK7 during LSCC development. Pharmaceutically elevated JNK1/2 activities abates Lkb1 dependent LSCC formation while compound mutations of Jnk1/2 and Lkb1 further accelerate LSCC progression. JNK1/2 is inactivated in a substantial proportion of human LSCC and JNK1 ...


Plasma Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase Activity As A Potential Biomarker For Early Diagnosis Of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis In Tuberculosis Patients, Wen Shi, Juan Wu, Qi Tan, Chun-Mei Hu, Xia Zhang, Hong-Qiu Pan, Zhen Yang, Meng-Yu He, Min Yu, Bo Zhang, Wei-Ping Xie, Hong Wang 2019 The First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University

Plasma Indoleamine 2,3-Dioxygenase Activity As A Potential Biomarker For Early Diagnosis Of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis In Tuberculosis Patients, Wen Shi, Juan Wu, Qi Tan, Chun-Mei Hu, Xia Zhang, Hong-Qiu Pan, Zhen Yang, Meng-Yu He, Min Yu, Bo Zhang, Wei-Ping Xie, Hong Wang

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Purpose: Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) remains a challenge of global TB control, with difficulty in early detection of drug-sensitive tuberculosis (DS-TB). We investigate the diagnostic significance of IDO as a potential biomarker to discriminate MDR patients among the TB patients.

Patients and methods: Plasma indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) was measured by the ratio of kynurenine (Kyn) to tryptophan (Trp) concentrations, using high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Chest computed tomography (CT) imaging signs from TB patients were collected and analyzed in 18 DS-TB patients, 16 MDR-TB patients, 6 lung cancer (LC) patients, and 11 healthy individuals. Lung imaging signs from ...


Implications Of Genetic Variation Of Common Drug Metabolizing Enzymes And Abc Transporters Among The Pakistani Population, Nasir Ali Afsar, Henrike Bruckmueller, Anneke Nina Werk, Muhammad Kashif Nisa, H R. Ahmad, Ingolf Cascorbi 2019 Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Sohail University, Karachi, Pakistan

Implications Of Genetic Variation Of Common Drug Metabolizing Enzymes And Abc Transporters Among The Pakistani Population, Nasir Ali Afsar, Henrike Bruckmueller, Anneke Nina Werk, Muhammad Kashif Nisa, H R. Ahmad, Ingolf Cascorbi

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Genetic polymorphism of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters may influence drug response. The frequency varies substantially between ethnicities thus having implications on appropriate selection and dosage of various drugs in different populations. The distribution of genetic polymorphisms in healthy Pakistanis has so far not been described. In this study, 155 healthy adults (98 females) were included from all districts of Karachi. DNA was extracted from saliva and genotyped for relevant SNVs in CYP1A1, CYP2B6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP3A4 and CYP3A5 as well as ALDH3A1, GSTA1, ABCB1 and ABCC2. About 64% of the participants were born to parents who were unrelated ...


Brown Fat Organogenesis And Maintenance Requires Akt1 And Akt2, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Camila Martinez Calejman, Su Myung Jung, Huawei Li, David A. Guertin 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Brown Fat Organogenesis And Maintenance Requires Akt1 And Akt2, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Camila Martinez Calejman, Su Myung Jung, Huawei Li, David A. Guertin

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OBJECTIVE: Understanding the signaling mechanisms that control brown adipose tissue (BAT) development is relevant to understanding energy homeostasis and obesity. The AKT kinases are insulin effectors with critical in vivo functions in adipocytes; however, their role in adipocyte development remains poorly understood. The goal of this study was to investigate AKT function in BAT development.

METHODS: We conditionally deleted Akt1 and Akt2 either individually or together with Myf5-Cre, which targets early mesenchymal precursors that give rise to brown adipocytes. Because Myf5-Cre also targets skeletal muscle and some white adipocyte lineages, comparisons were made between AKT function in BAT versus white ...


Ouabain Enhances Cell-Cell Adhesion Mediated By Beta1 Subunits Of The Na(+),K(+)-Atpase In Cho Fibroblasts, Claudia Andrea Vilchis-Nestor, Maria Luisa Roldan, Angelina Leonardi, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Liora Shoshani 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ouabain Enhances Cell-Cell Adhesion Mediated By Beta1 Subunits Of The Na(+),K(+)-Atpase In Cho Fibroblasts, Claudia Andrea Vilchis-Nestor, Maria Luisa Roldan, Angelina Leonardi, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides, Liora Shoshani

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Adhesion is a crucial characteristic of epithelial cells to form barriers to pathogens and toxic substances from the environment. Epithelial cells attach to each other using intercellular junctions on the lateral membrane, including tight and adherent junctions, as well as the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase. Our group has shown that non-adherent chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells transfected with the canine beta1 subunit become adhesive, and those homotypic interactions amongst beta1 subunits of the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase occur between neighboring epithelial cells. Ouabain, a cardiotonic steroid, binds to the alpha subunit of the Na(+),K(+)-ATPase, inhibits the pump activity and induces ...


A Highly Expressed Intestinal Cysteine Protease Of Ancylostoma Ceylanicum Protects Vaccinated Hamsters From Hookworm Infection, Jason B. Noon, Erich M. Schwarz, Gary R. Ostroff, Raffi V. Aroian 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

A Highly Expressed Intestinal Cysteine Protease Of Ancylostoma Ceylanicum Protects Vaccinated Hamsters From Hookworm Infection, Jason B. Noon, Erich M. Schwarz, Gary R. Ostroff, Raffi V. Aroian

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BACKGROUND: Human hookworms (Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale, and Ancylostoma ceylanicum) are intestinal blood-feeding parasites that infect ~500 million people worldwide and are among the leading causes of iron-deficiency anemia in the developing world. Drugs are useful against hookworm infections, but hookworms rapidly reinfect people, and the parasites can develop drug resistance. Therefore, having a hookworm vaccine would be of tremendous benefit.

METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We investigated the vaccine efficacy in outbred Syrian hamsters of three A. ceylanicum hookworm antigen candidates from two classes of proteins previously identified as promising vaccine candidates. These include two intestinally-enriched, putatively secreted cathepsin B cysteine ...


The Nua4 Acetyltransferase And Histone H4 Acetylation Promote Replication Recovery After Topoisomerase I-Poisoning, Chiaki Noguchi, Tanu Singh, Melissa A. Ziegler, Jasmine D. Peake, Lyne Khair, Ana Aza, Toru M. Nakamura, Eishi Noguchi 2019 Drexel University

The Nua4 Acetyltransferase And Histone H4 Acetylation Promote Replication Recovery After Topoisomerase I-Poisoning, Chiaki Noguchi, Tanu Singh, Melissa A. Ziegler, Jasmine D. Peake, Lyne Khair, Ana Aza, Toru M. Nakamura, Eishi Noguchi

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BACKGROUND: Histone acetylation plays an important role in DNA replication and repair because replicating chromatin is subject to dynamic changes in its structures. However, its precise mechanism remains elusive. In this report, we describe roles of the NuA4 acetyltransferase and histone H4 acetylation in replication fork protection in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

RESULTS: Downregulation of NuA4 subunits renders cells highly sensitive to camptothecin, a compound that induces replication fork breakage. Defects in NuA4 function or mutations in histone H4 acetylation sites lead to impaired recovery of collapsed replication forks and elevated levels of Rad52 DNA repair foci, indicating the ...


The Erk Mapk Pathway Is Essential For Skeletal Development And Homeostasis, Jung-Min Kim, Yeon-Suk Yang, Kwang Hwan Park, Hwanhee Oh, Matthew B. Greenblatt, Jae-Hyuck Shim 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Erk Mapk Pathway Is Essential For Skeletal Development And Homeostasis, Jung-Min Kim, Yeon-Suk Yang, Kwang Hwan Park, Hwanhee Oh, Matthew B. Greenblatt, Jae-Hyuck Shim

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Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are a family of protein kinases that function as key signal transducers of a wide spectrum of extracellular stimuli, including growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Dysregulation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) MAPK pathway is associated with human skeletal abnormalities including Noonan syndrome, neurofibromatosis type 1, and cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome. Here, we demonstrate that ERK activation in osteoprogenitors is required for bone formation during skeletal development and homeostasis. Deletion of Mek1 and Mek2, kinases upstream of ERK MAPK, in osteoprogenitors (Mek1(Osx)Mek2(-/-)), resulted in severe osteopenia and cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), similar to that seen in humans ...


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