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Normal Saline solutions cause endothelial dysfunction through loss of membrane integrity, ATP release, and inflammatory responses mediated by P2X7R/p38 MAPK/MK2 signaling pathways.
Cheung-Flynn J, Alvis BD, Hocking KM, Guth CM, Luo W, McCallister R, Chadalavada K, Polcz M, Komalavilas P, Brophy CM
(2019) PLoS One 14: e0220893
MeSH Terms: Adenosine Triphosphate, Animals, Aorta, Cell Membrane, Endothelial Cells, Humans, Inflammation, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Phosphorylation, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Rats, Receptors, Purinergic P2X7, Saline Solution, Saphenous Vein, Signal Transduction, Swine, p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases
Show Abstract · Added March 3, 2020
Resuscitation with 0.9% Normal Saline (NS), a non-buffered acidic solution, leads to increased morbidity and mortality in the critically ill. The goal of this study was to determine the molecular mechanisms of endothelial injury after exposure to NS. The hypothesis of this investigation is that exposure of endothelium to NS would lead to loss of cell membrane integrity, resulting in release of ATP, activation of the purinergic receptor (P2X7R), and subsequent activation of stress activated signaling pathways and inflammation. Human saphenous vein endothelial cells (HSVEC) incubated in NS, but not buffered electrolyte solution (Plasma-Lyte, PL), exhibited abnormal morphology and increased release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and decreased transendothelial resistance (TEER), suggesting loss of membrane integrity. Incubation of intact rat aorta (RA) or human saphenous vein in NS but not PL led to impaired endothelial-dependent relaxation which was ameliorated by apyrase (hydrolyzes ATP) or SB203580 (p38 MAPK inhibitor). Exposure of HSVEC to NS but not PL led to activation of p38 MAPK and its downstream substrate, MAPKAP kinase 2 (MK2). Treatment of HSVEC with exogenous ATP led to interleukin 1β (IL-1β) release and increased vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM) expression. Treatment of RA with IL-1β led to impaired endothelial relaxation. IL-1β treatment of HSVEC led to increases in p38 MAPK and MK2 phosphorylation, and increased levels of arginase II. Incubation of porcine saphenous vein (PSV) in PL with pH adjusted to 6.0 or less also led to impaired endothelial function, suggesting that the acidic nature of NS is what contributes to endothelial dysfunction. Volume overload resuscitation in a porcine model after hemorrhage with NS, but not PL, led to acidosis and impaired endothelial function. These data suggest that endothelial dysfunction caused by exposure to acidic, non-buffered NS is associated with loss of membrane integrity, release of ATP, and is modulated by P2X7R-mediated inflammatory responses.
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Arrestin-3 interaction with maternal embryonic leucine-zipper kinase.
Perry NA, Fialkowski KP, Kaoud TS, Kaya AI, Chen AL, Taliaferro JM, Gurevich VV, Dalby KN, Iverson TM
(2019) Cell Signal 63: 109366
MeSH Terms: Arrestins, HEK293 Cells, Humans, Protein Binding, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, S Phase
Show Abstract · Added March 18, 2020
Maternal embryonic leucine-zipper kinase (MELK) overexpression impacts survival and proliferation of multiple cancer types, most notably glioblastomas and breast cancer. This makes MELK an attractive molecular target for cancer therapy. Yet the molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of MELK in tumorigenic processes are unknown. MELK participates in numerous protein-protein interactions that affect cell cycle, proliferation, apoptosis, and embryonic development. Here we used both in vitro and in-cell assays to identify a direct interaction between MELK and arrestin-3. A part of this interaction involves the MELK kinase domain, and we further show that the interaction between the MELK kinase domain and arrestin-3 decreases the number of cells in S-phase, as compared to cells expressing the MELK kinase domain alone. Thus, we describe a new mechanism of regulation of MELK function, which may contribute to the control of cell fate.
Copyright © 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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IRE1α-XBP1 signaling in leukocytes controls prostaglandin biosynthesis and pain.
Chopra S, Giovanelli P, Alvarado-Vazquez PA, Alonso S, Song M, Sandoval TA, Chae CS, Tan C, Fonseca MM, Gutierrez S, Jimenez L, Subbaramaiah K, Iwawaki T, Kingsley PJ, Marnett LJ, Kossenkov AV, Crespo MS, Dannenberg AJ, Glimcher LH, Romero-Sandoval EA, Cubillos-Ruiz JR
(2019) Science 365:
MeSH Terms: Animals, Cells, Cultured, Cyclooxygenase 2, Dinoprostone, Endoribonucleases, Humans, Leukocytes, Mice, Mice, Inbred C57BL, Myeloid Cells, Pain, Postoperative, Promoter Regions, Genetic, Prostaglandin-E Synthases, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Signal Transduction, Unfolded Protein Response, Visceral Pain, X-Box Binding Protein 1
Show Abstract · Added March 12, 2020
Inositol-requiring enzyme 1[α] (IRE1[α])-X-box binding protein spliced (XBP1) signaling maintains endoplasmic reticulum (ER) homeostasis while controlling immunometabolic processes. Yet, the physiological consequences of IRE1α-XBP1 activation in leukocytes remain unexplored. We found that induction of prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (/Cox-2) and prostaglandin E synthase (/mPGES-1) was compromised in IRE1α-deficient myeloid cells undergoing ER stress or stimulated through pattern recognition receptors. Inducible biosynthesis of prostaglandins, including the pro-algesic mediator prostaglandin E2 (PGE), was decreased in myeloid cells that lack IRE1α or XBP1 but not other ER stress sensors. Functional XBP1 transactivated the human and genes to enable optimal PGE production. Mice that lack IRE1α-XBP1 in leukocytes, or that were treated with IRE1α inhibitors, demonstrated reduced pain behaviors in PGE-dependent models of pain. Thus, IRE1α-XBP1 is a mediator of prostaglandin biosynthesis and a potential target to control pain.
Copyright © 2019 The Authors, some rights reserved; exclusive licensee American Association for the Advancement of Science. No claim to original U.S. Government Works.
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Energy metabolism couples hepatocyte integrin-linked kinase to liver glucoregulation and postabsorptive responses of mice in an age-dependent manner.
Trefts E, Hughey CC, Lantier L, Lark DS, Boyd KL, Pozzi A, Zent R, Wasserman DH
(2019) Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 316: E1118-E1135
MeSH Terms: Age Factors, Animals, Blood Glucose, Cell Differentiation, Cell Respiration, Energy Metabolism, Gene Knockout Techniques, Glucose, Glucose Tolerance Test, Hepatocytes, Homeostasis, Inflammation, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Liver, Liver Cirrhosis, Mice, Obesity, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
Show Abstract · Added March 26, 2019
Integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a critical intracellular signaling node for integrin receptors. Its role in liver development is complex, as ILK deletion at E10.5 (before hepatocyte differentiation) results in biochemical and morphological differences that resolve as mice age. Nevertheless, mice with ILK depleted specifically in hepatocytes are protected from the hepatic insulin resistance during obesity. Despite the potential importance of hepatocyte ILK to metabolic health, it is unknown how ILK controls hepatic metabolism or glucoregulation. The present study tested the role of ILK in hepatic metabolism and glucoregulation by deleting it specifically in hepatocytes, using a cre-lox system that begins expression at E15.5 (after initiation of hepatocyte differentiation). These mice develop the most severe morphological and glucoregulatory abnormalities at 6 wk, but these gradually resolve with age. After identifying when the deletion of ILK caused a severe metabolic phenotype, in depth studies were performed at this time point to define the metabolic programs that coordinate control of glucoregulation that are regulated by ILK. We show that 6-wk-old ILK-deficient mice have higher glucose tolerance and decreased net glycogen synthesis. Additionally, ILK was shown to be necessary for transcription of mitochondrial-related genes, oxidative metabolism, and maintenance of cellular energy status. Thus, ILK is required for maintaining hepatic transcriptional and metabolic programs that sustain oxidative metabolism, which are required for hepatic maintenance of glucose homeostasis.
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Treating Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease From the Outside In?
Flynn CR
(2019) Cell Mol Gastroenterol Hepatol 7: 682-683
MeSH Terms: Animals, Hepatocytes, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Mice, Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Oligonucleotides, Antisense, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
Added April 15, 2019
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Serine Threonine Kinase 17A Maintains the Epithelial State in Colorectal Cancer Cells.
Short SP, Thompson JJ, Bilotta AJ, Chen X, Revetta FL, Washington MK, Williams CS
(2019) Mol Cancer Res 17: 882-894
MeSH Terms: Apoptosis Regulatory Proteins, Cell Line, Tumor, Cell Movement, Colorectal Neoplasms, Epithelial Cells, Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition, Fluorouracil, HCT116 Cells, Humans, Neoplasm Metastasis, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
Show Abstract · Added April 15, 2019
Serine threonine kinase 17A (STK17A) is a ubiquitously expressed kinase originally identified as a regulator of apoptosis; however, whether it functionally contributes to colorectal cancer has not been established. Here, we have analyzed STK17A in colorectal cancer and demonstrated decreased expression of STK17A in primary tumors, which is further reduced in metastatic lesions, indicating a potential role in regulating the metastatic cascade. Interestingly, changes in STK17A expression did not modify proliferation, apoptosis, or sensitivity of colorectal cancer cell lines to treatment with the chemotherapeutic 5-fluorouracil. Instead, knockdown induced a robust mesenchymal phenotype consistent with the epithelial-mesenchymal transition, including spindle-like cell morphology, decreased expression of adherens junction proteins, and increased migration and invasion. Additionally, overexpression of decreased cell size and induced widespread membrane blebbing, a phenotype often associated with activation of cell contractility. Indeed, STK17A-overexpressing cells displayed heightened phosphorylation of myosin light chain in a manner dependent on STK17A catalytic activity. Finally, patient-derived tumor organoid cultures were used to more accurately determine STK17A's effect in primary human tumor cells. Loss of STK17A induced morphologic changes, decreased E-cadherin, increased invasion, and augmented organoid attachment on 2D substrates, all together suggesting a more metastatic phenotype. Collectively, these data indicate a novel role for STK17A in the regulation of epithelial phenotypes and indicate its functional contribution to colorectal cancer invasion and metastasis. IMPLICATIONS: Loss of serine threonine kinase 17A occurs in colorectal cancer metastasis, induces mesenchymal morphologies, and contributes to tumor cell invasion and migration in colorectal cancer.
©2019 American Association for Cancer Research.
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Comprehensive Molecular Characterization of the Hippo Signaling Pathway in Cancer.
Wang Y, Xu X, Maglic D, Dill MT, Mojumdar K, Ng PK, Jeong KJ, Tsang YH, Moreno D, Bhavana VH, Peng X, Ge Z, Chen H, Li J, Chen Z, Zhang H, Han L, Du D, Creighton CJ, Mills GB, Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, Camargo F, Liang H
(2018) Cell Rep 25: 1304-1317.e5
MeSH Terms: Base Sequence, Cell Line, Tumor, Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic, Humans, MicroRNAs, Models, Biological, Mutation, Neoplasms, Prognosis, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Signal Transduction
Show Abstract · Added October 30, 2019
Hippo signaling has been recognized as a key tumor suppressor pathway. Here, we perform a comprehensive molecular characterization of 19 Hippo core genes in 9,125 tumor samples across 33 cancer types using multidimensional "omic" data from The Cancer Genome Atlas. We identify somatic drivers among Hippo genes and the related microRNA (miRNA) regulators, and using functional genomic approaches, we experimentally characterize YAP and TAZ mutation effects and miR-590 and miR-200a regulation for TAZ. Hippo pathway activity is best characterized by a YAP/TAZ transcriptional target signature of 22 genes, which shows robust prognostic power across cancer types. Our elastic-net integrated modeling further reveals cancer-type-specific pathway regulators and associated cancer drivers. Our results highlight the importance of Hippo signaling in squamous cell cancers, characterized by frequent amplification of YAP/TAZ, high expression heterogeneity, and significant prognostic patterns. This study represents a systems-biology approach to characterizing key cancer signaling pathways in the post-genomic era.
Copyright © 2018 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Unicellular ancestry and mechanisms of diversification of Goodpasture antigen-binding protein.
Darris C, Revert F, Revert-Ros F, Gozalbo-Rovira R, Feigley A, Fidler A, Lopez-Pascual E, Saus J, Hudson BG
(2019) J Biol Chem 294: 759-769
MeSH Terms: Basement Membrane, Evolution, Molecular, Humans, Isoenzymes, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
Show Abstract · Added November 19, 2018
The emergence of the basement membrane (BM), a specialized form of extracellular matrix, was essential in the unicellular transition to multicellularity. However, the mechanism is unknown. Goodpasture antigen-binding protein (GPBP), a BM protein, was uniquely poised to play diverse roles in this transition owing to its multiple isoforms (GPBP-1, -2, and -3) with varied intracellular and extracellular functions (ceramide trafficker and protein kinase). We sought to determine the evolutionary origin of GPBP isoforms. Our findings reveal the presence of GPBP in unicellular protists, with GPBP-2 as the most ancient isoform. In vertebrates, GPBP-1 assumed extracellular function that is further enhanced by membrane-bound GPBP-3 in mammalians, whereas GPBP-2 retained intracellular function. Moreover, GPBP-2 possesses a dual intracellular/extracellular function in cnidarians, an early nonbilaterian group. We conclude that GPBP functioning both inside and outside the cell was of fundamental importance for the evolutionary transition to animal multicellularity and tissue evolution.
© 2019 Darris et al.
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Evaluation of Lineage Changes in the Gastric Mucosa Following Infection With and Specified Intestinal Flora in INS-GAS Mice.
Pinzon-Guzman C, Meyer AR, Wise R, Choi E, Muthupalani S, Wang TC, Fox JG, Goldenring JR
(2019) J Histochem Cytochem 67: 53-63
MeSH Terms: Adenocarcinoma, Animals, Gastric Mucosa, Gastrointestinal Microbiome, Helicobacter Infections, Helicobacter pylori, Hyaluronan Receptors, Immunohistochemistry, Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Male, Mice, Mucin-4, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Stomach Neoplasms
Show Abstract · Added November 14, 2018
Gastric adenocarcinoma develops in metaplastic mucosa associated with infection in the stomach. We have sought to evaluate the precise lineage changes in the stomachs of insulin-gastrin (INS-GAS) mice infected with and/or intestinal flora (Altered Schaedler's Flora; ASF). Stomachs from groups infected with contained progressive spasmolytic polypeptide-expressing metaplasia (SPEM) compared with germ-free and mice infected with ASF alone. The overall phenotype of the -infected mice was dominated by Ulex europaeus lectin (UEAI)-positive foveolar hyperplasia that was distinct from GSII/CD44v9-positive SPEM. However, in the mice with co-infected with ASF, we identified a subpopulation of UEAI-positive foveolar cells that co-expressed intestinal mucin 4 (MUC4). These regions of foveolar cells were variably positive for CD44v9 as well as TFF3. Interestingly, an intravascular lesion identified in a dual /ASF-infected mouse expressed both UEAI and . Finally, we identified an increase in the number of tuft cells within the mucosa of -infected groups. Our findings suggest that infection promotes foveolar hyperplasia as well as metaplasia, while co-infection may promote progressive foveolar and metaplastic lesions as well as dysplasia. Grading of gastric lesions in mice as preneoplastic requires multiple immunostaining markers to assign lineage derivation and behavior.
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Excipients for the lyoprotection of MAPKAP kinase 2 inhibitory peptide nano-polyplexes.
Mukalel AJ, Evans BC, Kilchrist KV, Dailing EA, Burdette B, Cheung-Flynn J, Brophy CM, Duvall CL
(2018) J Control Release 282: 110-119
MeSH Terms: Cell Line, Drug Stability, Enzyme Inhibitors, Excipients, Freeze Drying, Humans, Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins, Nanoparticles, Peptides, Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases, Sucrose, Trehalose, Trisaccharides
Show Abstract · Added May 22, 2018
Herein, excipients are investigated to ameliorate the deleterious effects of lyophilization on peptide-polymer nano-polyplex (NP) morphology, cellular uptake, and bioactivity. The NPs are a previously-described platform technology for intracellular peptide delivery and are formulated from a cationic therapeutic peptide and the anionic, pH-responsive, endosomolytic polymer poly(propylacrylic acid) (PPAA). These NPs are effective when formulated and immediately used for delivery into cells and tissue, but they are not amenable to reconstitution following storage as a lyophilized powder due to aggregation. To develop a lyophilized NP format that facilitates longer-term storage and ease of use, MAPKAP kinase 2 inhibitory peptide-based NPs (MK2i-NPs) were prepared in the presence of a range of concentrations of the excipients sucrose, trehalose, and lactosucrose prior to lyophilization and storage. All excipients improved particle morphology post-lyophilization and significantly improved MK2i-NP uptake in human coronary artery smooth muscle cells relative to lyophilized NPs without excipient. In particular, MK2i-NPs lyophilized with 300 mM lactosucrose as an excipient demonstrated a 5.23 fold increase in cellular uptake (p < 0.001), a 2.52 fold increase in endosomal disruption (p < 0.05), and a 2.39 fold increase in ex vivo bioactivity (p < 0.01) compared to MK2i-NPs lyophilized without excipients. In sum, these data suggest that addition of excipients, particularly lactosucrose, maintains and even improves the uptake and therapeutic efficacy of peptide-polymer NPs post-lyophilization relative to freshly-made formulations. Thus, the use of excipients as lyoprotectants is a promising approach for the long-term storage of biotherapeutic NPs and poises this NP platform for clinical translation.
Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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