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iScience ; 23(11): 101684, 2020 Nov 20.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33196019

RESUMO

Cancer cells alter their nutrition metabolism to cope the stressful environment. One important metabolism adjustment is that cancer cells activate glutaminolysis in response to the reduced carbon from glucose entering into the TCA cycle due to inactivation of several enzymes in glycolysis. An important question is how the cancer cells coordinate the changes of glycolysis and glutaminolysis. In this report, we demonstrate that the pyruvate kinase inactive dimer PKM2 facilitates activation of glutaminolysis. Our experiments show that growth stimulations promote PKM2 dimer. The dimer PKM2 plays a role in regulation of glutaminolysis by upregulation of mitochondrial glutaminase I (GLS-1). PKM2 dimer regulates the GLS-1 expression by controlling internal ribosome entry site (IRES)-dependent c-myc translation. Growth stimulations promote PKM2 interacting with c-myc IRES-RNA, thus facilitating c-myc IRES-dependent translation. Our study reveals an important linker that coordinates the metabolism adjustment in cancer cells.

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Biomaterials ; 224: 119478, 2019 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31542517

RESUMO

The Liver is the most common organ for metastasis for various cancers, including uveal melanoma, the most common primary intraocular tumor. Uveal melanoma metastasizes to the liver in ~90% of patients, and results in death in almost all cases due to late detection and lack of effective treatment. There is a pressing unmet medical need to develop MRI contrast agents and imaging methodologies with desired sensitivity and specificity to overcome the high heterogeneous background and in vivo properties as well as reduced toxicity. Herein, we report the development of a collagen targeting protein contrast agent (ProCA32.collagen1), since collagen is a diagnostic biomarker and therapeutic target for many types of primary and metastatic cancers and the tumor microenvironment. In addition to a strong affinity to collagen I, ProCA32.collagen1 possesses high relaxivities (r1 and r2 are 68.0 ±â€¯0.25 and 100.0 ±â€¯0.32 mM-1 s-1 at 1.4 T, respectively, and 42.6 ±â€¯1.0 and 217 ±â€¯2.4 mM-1s-1 at 7.0 T per particle). ProCA32.collagen1 also has strong serum stability against degradation, resistance to transmetallation, and 102 and 1013-fold higher metal selectivity for Gd3+ over Ca2+ and Zn2+, respectively, compared to clinical contrast agents. ProCA32.collagen1 does not exhibit any cell toxicity for various cell lines. Sensitive detection of liver lesions in animal models can be achieved using multiple imaging methodologies, taking advantage of the dual relaxation property of ProCA32.collagen1. ProCA32.collagen1 enables sensitive and early stage detection of hepatic micrometastasis as small as 0.144 mm2 and two different tumor growth patterns. Further development of ProCA32.collagen1 has the potential to greatly facilitate non-invasive, early detection and staging of primary and metastatic liver cancers, and devising effective treatments.


Assuntos
Colágeno/química , Meios de Contraste/química , Neoplasias Hepáticas/diagnóstico , Neoplasias Hepáticas/secundário , Imagem por Ressonância Magnética , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Sobrevivência Celular , Endocitose , Feminino , Humanos , Fígado/patologia , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Distribuição Tecidual
3.
Front Physiol ; 7: 447, 2016.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27761115

RESUMO

The transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily A, member 1 (TRPA1) is conserved between many arthropods, and in some has been shown to function as a chemosensor for noxious compounds. Activation of arthropod TRPA1 channels by temperature fluctuations has been tested in only a few insect species, and all of them were shown to be activated by heat. The recent identification of chemosensitive TRPA1 channels from two honey bee ectoparasitic mite species (VdTRPA1 and TmTRPA1) have provided an opportunity to study the temperature-dependent activation and the temperature-associated physiological functions of TRPA1 channels in non-insect arthropods. We found that both mite TRPA1 channels are heat sensitive and capable of rescuing the temperature-related behavioral defects of a Drosophila melanogaster trpA1 mutant. These results suggest that heat-sensitivity of TRPA1 could be conserved between many arthropods despite its amino acid sequence diversity. Nevertheless, the ankyrin repeats (ARs) 6 and 7 are well-conserved between six heat-sensitive arthropod TRPA1 channels and have critical roles for the heat activation of VdTRPA1.

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Open Biol ; 6(6)2016 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27307515

RESUMO

We identified and characterized the TRPA1 channel of Tropilaelaps mercedesae (TmTRPA1), one of two major species of honeybee ectoparasitic mite. Three TmTRPA1 isoforms with unique N-terminal sequences were activated by heat, and the isoform highly expressed in the mite's front legs, TmTRPA1b, was also activated by 27 plant-derived compounds including electrophiles. This suggests that the heat- and electrophile-dependent gating mechanisms as nocisensitive TRPA1 channel are well conserved between arthropod species. Intriguingly, one TmTRPA1 isoform, TmTRPA1a, was activated by only six compounds compared with two other isoforms, demonstrating that the N-terminal sequences are critical determinants for the chemical sensitivity. This is the first example of isoform-specific modulation of chemical sensitivity of TRPA1 channel in one species. α-terpineol showed repellent activity towards T. mercedesae in a laboratory assay and repressed T. mercedesae entry for reproduction into the brood cells with fifth instar larvae in hives. Thus, α-terpineol could be used as the potential compound to control two major honeybee ectoparasitic mites, T. mercedesae and Varroa destructor, in the apiculture industry.


Assuntos
Ácaros/metabolismo , Canal de Cátion TRPA1/genética , Canal de Cátion TRPA1/metabolismo , Processamento Alternativo , Animais , Proteínas de Artrópodes/genética , Proteínas de Artrópodes/metabolismo , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos , Cicloexenos/farmacologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácaros/efeitos dos fármacos , Ácaros/genética , Monoterpenos/farmacologia , Isoformas de Proteínas/química , Isoformas de Proteínas/genética , Isoformas de Proteínas/metabolismo , Canal de Cátion TRPA1/química , Distribuição Tecidual
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Cell Rep ; 12(2): 190-202, 2015 Jul 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26146083

RESUMO

We have identified and characterized the TRPA1 channel of Varroa destructor (VdTRPA1), a major ectoparasitic mite of honey bee. One of the two VdTRPA1 isoforms, VdTRPA1L, was activated by a variety of plant-derived compounds, including electrophilic compounds, suggesting that chemical activation profiles are mostly shared between arthropod TRPA1 channels. Nevertheless, carvacrol and α-terpineol activated VdTRPA1L but not a honey bee noxious-stimuli-sensitive TRPA, AmHsTRPA, and Drosophila melanogaster TRPA1. Activation of VdTRPA1L in D. melanogaster taste neurons by the above compounds was sufficient to modify the gustatory behaviors. Carvacrol and α-terpineol repelled V. destructor in a laboratory assay, and α-terpineol repressed V. destructor entry for reproduction into the brood cells in hives. Understanding the functions of parasite TRP channels not only gives clues about the evolving molecular and cellular mechanisms of parasitism but also helps in the development of control methods.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Artrópodes/metabolismo , Cicloexenos/farmacologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Monoterpenos/farmacologia , Canais de Receptores Transientes de Potencial/metabolismo , Varroidae/metabolismo , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Proteínas de Artrópodes/química , Abelhas/metabolismo , Comportamento Animal/efeitos dos fármacos , Cálcio/metabolismo , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos , Cicloexenos/química , Cicloexenos/isolamento & purificação , Cimenos , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Controle de Insetos , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Monoterpenos/química , Monoterpenos/isolamento & purificação , Plantas/química , Plantas/metabolismo , Isoformas de Proteínas/química , Isoformas de Proteínas/genética , Isoformas de Proteínas/metabolismo , Alinhamento de Sequência , Canais de Receptores Transientes de Potencial/química , Canais de Receptores Transientes de Potencial/genética
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Mol Phylogenet Evol ; 84: 145-57, 2015 Mar.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24981559

RESUMO

The functions of TRP channels have primarily been characterized in model organisms within a limited evolutionary context. We thus characterize the TRP channels in choanoflagellate, sponge, Cnidaria, Lophotrochozoa, and arthropods to understand how they emerged during early evolution of animals and have changed during diversification of various species. As previously reported, five metazoan TRP subfamily members (TRPA, TRPC, TRPM, TRPML, and TRPV) were identified in choanoflagellates, demonstrating that they evolved before the emergence of multicellular animals. TRPN was identified in Hydra magnipapillata, and therefore emerged in the last common ancestor of Cnidaria-Bilateria. A novel subfamily member (TRPVL) was identified in Cnidaria and Capitella teleta, indicating that it was present in the last common ancestor of Cnidaria-Bilateria but has since been lost in most bilaterians. The characterization of arthropod TRP channels revealed that Daphnia pulex and insects have specifically expanded the TRPA subfamily, which diverged from the ancient TRPA1 channel gene. The diversity of TRPA channels except TRPA1 was detectable even within a single insect family, namely the ant lineage. The present study demonstrates the evolutionary history of TRP channel genes, which may have diverged in conjunction with the specific habitats and life histories of individual species.


Assuntos
Evolução Biológica , Filogenia , Canais de Receptores Transientes de Potencial/classificação , Animais , Invertebrados/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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Environ Microbiol Rep ; 5(1): 74-7, 2013 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23757133

RESUMO

The role of protozoan parasites in honey bee health and distribution in the world is not well understood. Therefore, we carried out a molecular survey for the presence of Crithidia mellificae and Apicystis bombi in the colonies of both non-native Apis mellifera and native Apis cerana japonica in Japan. We found that A. mellifera, but not A. c. japonica, colonies are parasitized with C. mellificae and A. bombi. Their absence in A. c. japonica colonies indicates that A. mellifera is their native host. Nevertheless, the prevalence in A. mellifera colonies is low compared with other pathogens such as viruses and Nosema microsporidia. Japanese C. mellificae isolates share well-conserved nuclear-encoded gene sequences with Swiss and US isolates. We have found two Japanese haplotypes (A and B) with two nucleotide differences in the kinetoplast-encoded cytochrome b sequence. The haplotype A is identical to Swiss isolate. These results demonstrate that C. mellificae and A. bombi distribute in Asia, Oceania, Europe, and South and North Americas.


Assuntos
Apicomplexa/isolamento & purificação , Abelhas/parasitologia , Crithidia/isolamento & purificação , Animais , Apicomplexa/genética , Crithidia/genética , Citocromos b/genética , Fragmentação do DNA , Europa (Continente) , Haplótipos , Vírus de Insetos/genética , Vírus de Insetos/isolamento & purificação , Japão , América do Norte , Nosema/genética , Nosema/isolamento & purificação , Filogenia , Análise de Sequência de DNA
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Ecol Evol ; 3(2): 298-311, 2013 Feb.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23467539

RESUMO

China has the largest number of managed honey bee colonies, which produce the highest quantity of honey and royal jelly in the world; however, the presence of honey bee pathogens and parasites has never been rigorously identified in Chinese apiaries. We thus conducted a molecular survey of honey bee RNA viruses, Nosema microsporidia, protozoan parasites, and tracheal mites associated with nonnative Apis mellifera ligustica and native Apis cerana cerana colonies in China. We found the presence of black queen cell virus (BQCV), chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV), deformed wing virus (DWV), Israeli acute paralysis virus (IAPV), and sacbrood virus (SBV), but not that of acute bee paralysis virus (ABPV) or Kashmir bee virus (KBV). DWV was the most prevalent in the tested samples. Phylogenies of Chinese viral isolates demonstrated that genetically heterogeneous populations of BQCV, CBPV, DWV, and A. cerana-infecting SBV, and relatively homogenous populations of IAPV and A. meliifera-infecting new strain of SBV with single origins, are spread in Chinese apiaries. Similar to previous observations in many countries, Nosema ceranae, but not Nosema apis, was prevalent in the tested samples. Crithidia mellificae, but not Apicystis bombi was found in five samples, including one A. c. cerana colony, demonstrating that C. mellificae is capable of infecting multiple honey bee species. Based on kinetoplast-encoded cytochrome b sequences, the C. mellificae isolate from A. c. cerana represents a novel haplotype with 19 nucleotide differences from the Chinese and Japanese isolates from A. m. ligustica. This suggests that A. c. cerana is the native host for this specific haplotype. The tracheal mite, Acarapis woodi, was detected in one A. m. ligustica colony. Our results demonstrate that honey bee RNA viruses, N. ceranae, C. mellificae, and tracheal mites are present in Chinese apiaries, and some might be originated from native Asian honey bees.

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Mol Biol Rep ; 39(12): 11023-30, 2012 Dec.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-23053992

RESUMO

The first complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Tachinidae Exorista sorbillans (Diptera) is sequenced by PCR-based approach. The circular mitogenome is 14,960 bp long and has the representative mitochondrial gene (mt gene) organization and order of Diptera. All protein-coding sequences are initiated with ATN codon; however, the only exception is Cox I gene, which has a 4-bp ATCG putative start codon. Ten of the thirteen protein-coding genes have a complete termination codon (TAA), but the rest are seated on the H strand with incomplete codons. The mitogenome of E. sorbillans is biased toward A+T content at 78.4 %, and the strand-specific bias is in reflection of the third codon positions of mt genes, and their T/C ratios as strand indictor are higher on the H strand more than those on the L strand pointing at any strain of seven Diptera flies. The length of the A+T-rich region of E. sorbillans is 106 bp, including a tandem triple copies of a13-bp fragment. Compared to Haematobia irritans, E. sorbillans holds distant relationship with Drosophila. Phylogenetic topologies based on the amino acid sequences, supporting that E. sorbillans (Tachinidae) is clustered with strains of Calliphoridae and Oestridae, and superfamily Oestroidea are polyphyletic groups with Muscidae in a clade.


Assuntos
Dípteros/genética , Evolução Molecular , Genoma Mitocondrial/genética , Animais , Composição de Bases/genética , Sequência de Bases , DNA Intergênico/genética , Drosophila/genética , Genes Mitocondriais/genética , Genes de RNAr/genética , Variação Genética , Dados de Sequência Molecular , Fases de Leitura Aberta/genética , Filogenia , RNA de Transferência/genética , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Fatores de Tempo
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