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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(10): 1259-1268, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999205

RESUMO

RNA interference (RNAi) is the standard method of suppressing gene expression because of its target specificity, potency, and ability to silence the expression of virtually any gene. Using 21-mer small interfering RNA (siRNA) is the general approach for inducing RNAi, as siRNA can be easily prepared using a DNA/RNA synthesizer. Synthetic siRNA can be chemically modified to increase the potency of RNAi activity and abrogate innate immune stimulation. However, designing chemically modified siRNA requires substantial experimentation. A practical method for understanding the interaction of siRNA and RNAi-related proteins and how modifications affect RNA-protein interactions is therefore needed. Plasmid DNA (pDNA) expressing short hairpin RNA (shRNA) can also be used to induce RNAi. pDNA produces numerous shRNAs that induce RNAi with potent and longterm RNAi activity, even if only one pDNA molecule is delivered to the nucleus. However, this approach has some drawbacks with regard to its therapeutic application, such as a low pDNA transfection efficiency due to its huge molecular size and innate immune responses induced by extra genes, such as CpG motifs. To overcome these issues with RNAi inducers (siRNA and pDNA), our group developed some chemical approaches using chemically modified oligonucleotides. This article focuses on our two original approaches. The first involves the groove modification of siRNA duplexes to understand siRNA-protein interactions using 7-bromo-7-deazaadenosine and 3-bromo-3-deazaadenosine as chemical probes, while the second involves the generation of RNAi medicine using chemically modified DNA, known as an intelligent shRNA expression device (iRed).


Assuntos
Desenvolvimento de Medicamentos/métodos , Interferência de RNA , RNA Interferente Pequeno/síntese química , DNA , Imunidade Inata , Oligonucleotídeos/química , Domínios e Motivos de Interação entre Proteínas , RNA Interferente Pequeno/química , Terapêutica com RNAi , Tubercidina/química
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4859, 2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978401

RESUMO

Cell death is intrinsically linked with immunity. Disruption of an immune-activated MAPK cascade, consisting of MEKK1, MKK1/2, and MPK4, triggers cell death and autoimmunity through the nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NLR) protein SUMM2 and the MAPK kinase kinase MEKK2. In this study, we identify a Catharanthus roseus receptor-like kinase 1-like (CrRLK1L), named LETUM2/MEDOS1 (LET2/MDS1), and the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored protein LLG1 as regulators of mekk1-mkk1/2-mpk4 cell death. LET2/MDS1 functions additively with LET1, another CrRLK1L, and acts genetically downstream of MEKK2 in regulating SUMM2 activation. LET2/MDS1 complexes with LET1 and promotes LET1 phosphorylation, revealing an intertwined regulation between different CrRLK1Ls. LLG1 interacts with the ectodomain of LET1/2 and mediates LET1/2 transport to the plasma membrane, corroborating its function as a co-receptor of LET1/2 in the mekk1-mkk1/2-mpk4 cell death pathway. Thus, our data suggest that a trimeric complex consisting of two CrRLK1Ls LET1, LET2/MDS1, and a GPI-anchored protein LLG1 that regulates the activation of NLR SUMM2 for initiating cell death and autoimmunity.


Assuntos
Autoimunidade/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/genética , Proteínas de Transporte/metabolismo , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/genética , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Autoimunidade/fisiologia , Proteínas de Transporte/imunologia , Catharanthus/genética , Catharanthus/metabolismo , Morte Celular/genética , Proteínas Ligadas por GPI/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Glicosilfosfatidilinositóis , MAP Quinase Quinase Quinases/genética , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Quinases de Proteína Quinase Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Proteínas de Plantas/imunologia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Interferência de RNA , Transcriptoma
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008669, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32866146

RESUMO

Exposure of adult mosquitoes to pyriproxyfen (PPF), an analog of insect juvenile hormone (JH), has shown promise to effectively sterilize female mosquitoes. However, the underlying mechanisms of the PPF-induced decrease in mosquito fecundity are largely unknown. We performed a comprehensive study to dissect the mode of PPF action in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Exposure to PPF prompted the overgrowth of primary follicles in sugar-fed Ae. aegypti females but blocked the development of primary follicles at Christopher's Stage III after blood feeding. Secondary follicles were precociously activated in PPF-treated mosquitoes. Moreover, PPF substantially altered the expression of many genes that are essential for mosquito physiology and oocyte development in the fat body and ovary. In particular, many metabolic genes were differentially expressed in response to PPF treatment, thereby affecting the mobilization and utilization of energy reserves. Furthermore, PPF treatment on the previtellogenic female adults considerably modified mosquito responses to JH and 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), two major hormones that govern mosquito reproduction. Krüppel homolog 1, a JH-inducible transcriptional regulator, showed consistently elevated expression after PPF exposure. Conversely, PPF upregulated the expression of several key players of the 20E regulatory cascades, including HR3 and E75A, in the previtellogenic stage. After blood-feeding, the expression of these 20E response genes was significantly weaker in PPF-treated mosquitoes than the solvent-treated control groups. RNAi-mediated knockdown of the Methoprene-tolerant (Met) protein, the JH receptor, partially rescued the impaired follicular development after PPF exposure and substantially increased the hatching of the eggs produced by PPF-treated female mosquitoes. Thus, the results suggested that PPF relied on Met to exert its sterilizing effects on female mosquitoes. In summary, this study finds that PPF exposure disturbs normal hormonal responses and metabolism in Ae. aegypti, shedding light on the molecular targets and the downstream signaling pathways activated by PPF.


Assuntos
Aedes/efeitos dos fármacos , Culicidae/efeitos dos fármacos , Inseticidas/farmacologia , Metoprene/metabolismo , Esterilização , Animais , Ecdisterona/farmacologia , Corpo Adiposo/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Feminino , Glicogênio/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/genética , Hormônios Juvenis/farmacologia , Ovário/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Piridinas , Interferência de RNA , Triglicerídeos/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4496, 2020 09 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32901024

RESUMO

Aging is characterized by the loss of homeostasis and the general decline of physiological functions, accompanied by various degenerative diseases and increased rates of mortality. Aging targeting small molecule screens have been performed many times, however, few have focused on endogenous metabolic intermediates-metabolites. Here, using C. elegans lifespan assays, we conducted a worm metabolite screen and identified an eukaryotes conserved metabolite, myo-inositol (MI), to extend lifespan, increase mobility and reduce fat content. Genetic analysis of enzymes in MI metabolic pathway suggest that MI alleviates aging through its derivative PI(4,5)P2. MI and PI(4,5)P2 are precursors of PI(3,4,5)P3, which is negatively related to longevity. The longevity effect of MI is dependent on the tumor suppressor gene, daf-18 (homologous to mouse Pten), independent of its classical pathway downstream genes, akt or daf-16. Furthermore, we found MI effects on aging and lifespan act through mitophagy regulator PTEN induced kinase-1 (pink-1) and mitophagy. MI's anti-aging effect is also conserved in mouse, indicating a conserved mechanism in mammals.


Assuntos
Envelhecimento/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/metabolismo , Inositol/metabolismo , Longevidade/fisiologia , PTEN Fosfo-Hidrolase/metabolismo , Envelhecimento/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Caenorhabditis elegans/metabolismo , Proteínas de Caenorhabditis elegans/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Feminino , Fatores de Transcrição Forkhead/genética , Inositol/administração & dosagem , Locomoção/fisiologia , Longevidade/efeitos dos fármacos , Redes e Vias Metabólicas/genética , Metabolômica , Camundongos , Mitofagia/fisiologia , Modelos Animais , Fosfatos de Fosfatidilinositol/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/genética , Proteínas Serina-Treonina Quinases/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA , RNA-Seq
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mBio ; 11(5)2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32934084

RESUMO

Bats are primary reservoirs for multiple lethal human viruses, such as Ebola, Nipah, Hendra, rabies, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERS-CoV), and, most recently, SARS-CoV-2. The innate immune systems of these immensely abundant, anciently diverged mammals remain insufficiently characterized. While bat genomes contain many endogenous retroviral elements indicative of past exogenous infections, little is known about restrictions to extant retroviruses. Here, we describe a major postentry restriction in cells of the yinpterochiropteran bat Pteropus alecto Primate lentiviruses (HIV-1, SIVmac) were potently blocked at early life cycle steps, with up to 1,000-fold decreases in infectivity. The block was specific, because nonprimate lentiviruses such as equine infectious anemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus were unimpaired, as were foamy retroviruses. Interspecies heterokaryons demonstrated a dominant block consistent with restriction of incoming viruses. Several features suggested potential TRIM5 (tripartite motif 5) or myxovirus resistance protein 2 (MX2) protein restriction, including postentry action, cyclosporine sensitivity, and reversal by capsid cyclophilin A (CypA) binding loop mutations. Viral nuclear import was significantly reduced, and this deficit was substantially rescued by cyclosporine treatment. However, saturation with HIV-1 virus-like particles did not relieve the restriction at all. P. alecto TRIM5 was inactive against HIV-1 although it blocked the gammaretrovirus N-tropic murine leukemia virus. Despite major divergence in a critical N-terminal motif required for human MX2 activity, P. alecto MX2 had anti-HIV activity. However, this did not quantitatively account for the restriction and was independent of and synergistic with an additional CypA-dependent restriction. These results reveal a novel, specific restriction to primate lentiviruses in the Pteropodidae and advance understanding of bat innate immunity.IMPORTANCE The COVID-19 pandemic suggests that bat innate immune systems are insufficiently characterized relative to the medical importance of these animals. Retroviruses, e.g., HIV-1, can be severe pathogens when they cross species barriers, and bat restrictions corresponding to retroviruses are comparatively unstudied. Here, we compared the abilities of retroviruses from three genera (Lentivirus, Gammaretrovirus, and Spumavirus) to infect cells of the large fruit-eating bat P. alecto and other mammals. We identified a major, specific postentry restriction to primate lentiviruses. HIV-1 and SIVmac are potently blocked at early life cycle steps, but nonprimate lentiviruses and foamy retroviruses are entirely unrestricted. Despite acting postentry and in a CypA-dependent manner with features reminiscent of antiretroviral factors from other mammals, this restriction was not saturable with virus-like particles and was independent of P. alecto TRIM5, TRIM21, TRIM22, TRIM34, and MX2. These results identify a novel restriction and highlight cyclophilin-capsid interactions as ancient species-specific determinants of retroviral infection.


Assuntos
Quirópteros/imunologia , Gammaretrovirus/imunologia , Imunidade Inata/imunologia , Lentivirus de Primatas/imunologia , Spumavirus/imunologia , Células 3T3 , Animais , Aotidae , Gatos , Linhagem Celular , Quirópteros/virologia , Ciclofilina A/metabolismo , Furões , Gammaretrovirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Lentivirus de Primatas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Camundongos , Interferência de RNA , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Spumavirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Proteínas com Motivo Tripartido/metabolismo
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4677, 2020 09 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32938929

RESUMO

The Integrated Stress Response (ISR) helps metazoan cells adapt to cellular stress by limiting the availability of initiator methionyl-tRNA for translation. Such limiting conditions paradoxically stimulate the translation of ATF4 mRNA through a regulatory 5' leader sequence with multiple upstream Open Reading Frames (uORFs), thereby activating stress-responsive gene expression. Here, we report the identification of two critical regulators of such ATF4 induction, the noncanonical initiation factors eIF2D and DENR. Loss of eIF2D and DENR in Drosophila results in increased vulnerability to amino acid deprivation, susceptibility to retinal degeneration caused by endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and developmental defects similar to ATF4 mutants. eIF2D requires its RNA-binding motif for regulation of 5' leader-mediated ATF4 translation. Consistently, eIF2D and DENR deficient human cells show impaired ATF4 protein induction in response to ER stress. Altogether, our findings indicate that eIF2D and DENR are critical mediators of ATF4 translational induction and stress responses in vivo.


Assuntos
Proteínas de Drosophila/genética , Drosophila melanogaster/genética , Estresse do Retículo Endoplasmático/genética , Fatores de Iniciação em Eucariotos/genética , Biossíntese de Proteínas , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fator 4 Ativador da Transcrição/genética , Fator 4 Ativador da Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Animais Geneticamente Modificados , Sítios de Ligação , Linhagem Celular , Proteínas de Drosophila/metabolismo , Drosophila melanogaster/metabolismo , Fator de Iniciação 2 em Eucariotos/genética , Fator de Iniciação 2 em Eucariotos/metabolismo , Fatores de Iniciação em Eucariotos/metabolismo , Humanos , Mutação , Fases de Leitura Aberta , Interferência de RNA , Degeneração Retiniana/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 170: 104700, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32980067

RESUMO

Argonautes (Ago) are important core proteins in RNA interference (RNAi) pathways of eukaryotic cells. Generally, it is thought that Ago1, Ago2 and Ago3 are involved in the miRNA (microRNA), siRNA (small interfering RNA) and piRNA (Piwi-interacting RNA)-mediated RNAi pathways, respectively. As a main component of the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC), Ago2 plays an indispensable role in using siRNA to recognize and cut target messenger RNAs resulting in suppression of transcript levels, but the contributions of Ago1 and Ago3 to the siRNA-mediated RNAi pathway remain to be explored in many insect species. In this study, we investigated the contributions of four Ago genes (named LmAgo1, LmAgo2a and LmAgo2b and LmAgo3) to RNAi efficiency in Locusta migratoria by using both in vivo and in vitro experiments. Our results showed that suppression of each of the Ago genes significantly impaired RNAi efficiency when targeting Lmß-tubulin transcripts, resulting in recovery of 48, 43.3, 61.4 or 26% of Lmß-tubulin transcripts following RNAi-mediated suppression of LmAgo1, LmAgo2a, LmAgo2b, and LmAgo3, respectively. Furthermore, overexpression of LmAgo1, LmAgo2a, LmAgo2b, or LmAgo3 in a PAc5.1-V5/HisB vector and co-transfection with psicheck2 fluorescence vector in S2 cells reduced luciferase fluorescence by 38.3, 58.9, 53.3 or 55.6%, respectively. Taken together, our results showed that LmAgo1, LmAgo2a, LmAgo2b, and LmAgo3 each make significant contributions to RNAi efficiency in L. migratoria and suggest that the involvement of all four enzymes could be one of the major factors supporting robust RNAi responses observed in this species.


Assuntos
Locusta migratoria/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Animais , Proteínas Argonauta/genética , Interferência de RNA , RNA de Cadeia Dupla/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética
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Life Sci ; 259: 118168, 2020 Oct 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32739469

RESUMO

AIMS: Circular RNA PRKCI (circPRKCI) and poly ADP-ribose polymerase 9 (PARP9) are related to the development of cancers. In this study, we aimed to explore the regulatory mechanisms between circPRKCI and PARP9 in EC progression and radioresistance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The levels of circPRKCI, PARP9 mRNA, and miR-186-5p were assessed by quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). Western blot analysis was employed to examine the levels of several proteins. The viability, colony formation, cell cycle progression, and apoptosis of EC cells were determined with CCK-8, colony formation, or flow cytometry assays. The relationship between circPRKCI or PARP9 and miR-186-5p was verified with the dual-luciferase reporter and RIP assays. KEY FINDINGS: We observed that circPRKCI and PARP9 were upregulated while miR-186-5p was downregulated in EC tissues and cells. Furthermore, circPRKCI knockdown decreased tumor growth in vivo and constrained cell viability, colony formation, cell cycle progression, elevated cell radiosensitivity in EC cells in vitro. Importantly, circPRKCI modulated PARP9 expression through sponging miR-186-5p. Besides, PARP9 overexpression overturned circPRKCI silencing-mediated effects on the viability, colony formation, cell cycle progression, and radiosensitivity of EC cells. SIGNIFICANCE: CircPRKCI regulated cell malignancy and radioresistance through modulating the miR-186-5p /PARP9 axis in EC, which provided a might target for EC treatment.


Assuntos
Neoplasias Esofágicas/genética , Neoplasias Esofágicas/terapia , Isoenzimas/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Poli(ADP-Ribose) Polimerases/genética , Proteína Quinase C/genética , RNA Circular/genética , Animais , Apoptose , Ciclo Celular , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Progressão da Doença , Neoplasias Esofágicas/radioterapia , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Humanos , Camundongos , Células-Tronco Neoplásicas , Interferência de RNA , Radiossensibilizantes/uso terapêutico , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236882, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32790688

RESUMO

N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most prevalent type of RNA modification. METTL3 in the methyltransferase complex is the core enzyme responsible for methylation. METTL3 selectively catalyzes the adenosines centered in the RRAC motif. Functional studies established that m6A could enhance the translation efficiency (TE) of modified genes by recruiting reader protein YTHDF1 and other initiation factors. We downloaded the m6A peaks in HeLa cells from a previous study and defined the m6A modified genes and sites. Ancestral mutations in the genic region fixed in the HeLa cell samples were defined using their mRNA-Seq data and the alignment between human and mouse genomes. Furthermore, in the small interfering (si)-METTL3 sample, the calculated TE foldchange of all genes was compared to that in the negative control. The TE of m6A genes was globally down-regulated in si-METTL3 versus control compared to the non-m6A genes. In m6A modified genes, RRAC motif mutations were suppressed compared to mutations in non-motif regions or non-m6A genes. Among the m6A genes, a fraction RRAC motif mutations negatively correlated with the TE foldchange (si-METTL3 versus control). The TE of m6A modified genes was enhanced in HeLa cells. RRAC motif mutations could potentially prevent methylation of adenosines and consequently abolish the enhanced translation. Such mutations in the RRAC motif might be deleterious. Accordingly, we observed lower fractions of mutations in RRAC motifs than in other regions. This prevention of mutations in the RRAC motif could be a strategy adopted by cancer cells to maintain the elevated translation of particular genes.


Assuntos
Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Metiltransferases/genética , Adenosina/genética , Adenosina/metabolismo , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Células HeLa , Humanos , Metiltransferases/antagonistas & inibidores , Metiltransferases/metabolismo , Camundongos , Mutação , Interferência de RNA , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo
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Pestic Biochem Physiol ; 169: 104672, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32828377

RESUMO

RNA interference (RNAi) is a revolutionary technique for silencing gene expression, but the success of this technique is dependent upon the stability of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) molecules. In many insects, especially lepidopteran species, RNAi efficiency is limited by high instability of dsRNA in the gut and/or hemolymph, preventing the development of RNAi-based strategies for many serious pests. Previous attempts to perform RNAi on Ostrinia nubilalis (ECB, Lepidoptera: Crambidae) indicate low RNAi efficiency with both dsRNA injection and feeding. To investigate the contribution of dsRNA instability to low RNAi efficiency in ECB, a serious of ex vivo incubation experiments were performed where dsRNA integrity was assessed following incubation in larval gut continents and hemolymph using gel electrophoresis or RT-qPCR. DsRNA was less stable in the gut contents from ECB than in gut contents from Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, a coleopteran exhibiting high RNAi efficiency. Furthermore, characterization of dsRNA stability in ECB gut contents and hemolymph revealed that dsRNA was rapidly degraded under physiologically relevant conditions as a result of enzymatic activity that was neither size- nor sequence-dependent. These findings suggest that instability of dsRNA in ECB tissues is a contributing factor to the poor efficiency of RNAi in this pest. This work advances our understanding of mechanisms impacting RNAi efficiency in ECB and related lepidopteran insects for which novel pest management strategies are needed, and may facilitate the development of strategies for enhancing dsRNA stability in ECB tissues.


Assuntos
Microbioma Gastrointestinal , RNA de Cadeia Dupla , Animais , Hemolinfa , Larva , Interferência de RNA
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 08 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32842491

RESUMO

RNA interference (RNAi) provides the means for alternative antiviral therapy. Delivery of RNAi in the form of short interfering RNA (siRNA), short hairpin RNA (shRNA) and micro-RNA (miRNA) have demonstrated efficacy in gene silencing for therapeutic applications against viral diseases. Bioinformatics has played an important role in the design of efficient RNAi sequences targeting various pathogenic viruses. However, stability and delivery of RNAi molecules have presented serious obstacles for reaching therapeutic efficacy. For this reason, RNA modifications and formulation of nanoparticles have proven useful for non-viral delivery of RNAi molecules. On the other hand, utilization of viral vectors and particularly self-replicating RNA virus vectors can be considered as an attractive alternative. In this review, examples of antiviral therapy applying RNAi-based approaches in various animal models will be described. Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, a special emphasis will be dedicated to targeting Coronavirus Disease-19 (COVID-19).


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Interferência de RNA , Animais , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Biologia Computacional , Inativação Gênica , Humanos , Hospedeiro Imunocomprometido , Pandemias
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4153, 2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32814769

RESUMO

The histone methyltransferase DOT1L methylates lysine 79 (K79) on histone H3 and is involved in Mixed Lineage Leukemia (MLL) fusion leukemogenesis; however, its role in prostate cancer (PCa) is undefined. Here we show that DOT1L is overexpressed in PCa and is associated with poor outcome. Genetic and chemical inhibition of DOT1L selectively impaired the viability of androgen receptor (AR)-positive PCa cells and organoids, including castration-resistant and enzalutamide-resistant cells. The sensitivity of AR-positive cells is due to a distal K79 methylation-marked enhancer in the MYC gene bound by AR and DOT1L not present in AR-negative cells. DOT1L inhibition leads to reduced MYC expression and upregulation of MYC-regulated E3 ubiquitin ligases HECTD4 and MYCBP2, which promote AR and MYC degradation. This leads to further repression of MYC in a negative feed forward manner. Thus DOT1L selectively regulates the tumorigenicity of AR-positive prostate cancer cells and is a promising therapeutic target for PCa.


Assuntos
Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/genética , Neoplasias da Próstata/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-myc/genética , Receptores Androgênicos/genética , Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Adenosina/farmacologia , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica/métodos , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/antagonistas & inibidores , Histona-Lisina N-Metiltransferase/metabolismo , Humanos , Masculino , Camundongos Endogâmicos NOD , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos SCID , Compostos de Fenilureia/farmacologia , Neoplasias da Próstata/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Próstata/terapia , Estabilidade Proteica/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-myc/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA , Terapêutica com RNAi/métodos , Receptores Androgênicos/metabolismo , Ensaios Antitumorais Modelo de Xenoenxerto/métodos
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4184, 2020 08 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32826889

RESUMO

Oncogenic processes exert their greatest effect by targeting regulators of cell proliferation. Studying the mechanism underlying growth augmentation is expected to improve clinical therapies. The ovarian tumor (OTU) subfamily deubiquitinases have been implicated in the regulation of critical cell-signaling cascades, but most OTUs functions remain to be investigated. Through an unbiased RNAi screen, knockdown of OTUD5 is shown to significantly accelerate cell growth. Further investigation reveals that OTUD5 depletion leads to the enhanced transcriptional activity of TRIM25 and the inhibited expression of PML by altering the ubiquitination level of TRIM25. Importantly, OTUD5 knockdown accelerates tumor growth in a nude mouse model. OTUD5 expression is markedly downregulated in tumor tissues. The reduced OTUD5 level is associated with an aggressive phenotype and a poor clinical outcome for cancers patients. Our findings reveal a mechanism whereby OTUD5 regulates gene transcription and suppresses tumorigenesis by deubiquitinating TRIM25, providing a potential target for oncotherapy.


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Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/genética , Proteínas de Ligação a DNA/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Proteases Específicas de Ubiquitina/genética , Proteases Específicas de Ubiquitina/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/genética , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica , Técnicas de Silenciamento de Genes , Predisposição Genética para Doença/genética , Células HEK293 , Xenoenxertos , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Neoplasias Pulmonares/metabolismo , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Camundongos Nus , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Neoplasias Ovarianas/genética , Neoplasias Ovarianas/metabolismo , Neoplasias Ovarianas/patologia , Interferência de RNA , Transdução de Sinais , Transcriptoma , Ubiquitinação
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Mol Cell Biol ; 40(20)2020 09 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32778571

RESUMO

Many proteins, including DICER1 and hAgo2, are involved in the biogenesis of microRNAs (miRNAs). Whether hAgo2 regulates DICER1 expression is unknown. Exogenously overexpressed hAgo2 suppressed DICER1 expression at the levels of both protein and mRNA, and the reduction in hAgo2 expression enhanced DICER1 expression. Precursor miRNA processing mediated by DICER1 was also modulated by hAgo2. However, hAgo2 protein did not suppress DICER1 promoter activity. Therefore, hAgo2 protein probably regulates DICER1 expression at the posttranscriptional level. Indeed, hAgo2 protein inhibited the reporter assay of the DICER1 mRNA 3' untranslated region (3'-UTR). Previous reports have demonstrated that miRNAs (e.g., let-7 and miR-103/107) inhibited DICER1 expression posttranscriptionally. However, hAgo2 still suppressed DICER1 expression in the cells depleted of these miRNAs. Moreover, the reporter activities of the DICER1 mRNA 3'-UTR without these miRNA binding sites were still suppressed by hAgo2. Therefore, in addition to an miRNA-dependent pathway, hAgo2 can also modulate DICER1 expression through an miRNA-independent mechanism. Downregulation of DICER1 expression was further proven to be dependent on both hAgo2 and AUF1 proteins. Interactions of hAgo2 and AUF1 proteins were demonstrated by the coimmunoprecipitation assay. As expected, hAgo2 could not suppress the DICER1 mRNA 3'-UTR reporter with a mutation in the potential AUF1-binding site. Thus, downregulation of DICER1 expression through the 3'-UTR requires both hAgo2 and AUF1.


Assuntos
Proteínas Argonauta/genética , RNA Helicases DEAD-box/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/genética , MicroRNAs/genética , Neoplasias/genética , Ribonuclease III/genética , Regiões 3' não Traduzidas/genética , Células A549 , Proteínas Argonauta/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , RNA Helicases DEAD-box/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Células HeLa , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/genética , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/metabolismo , Humanos , Interferência de RNA , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Interferente Pequeno/genética , Ribonuclease III/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0235930, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32750054

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Circadian clocks control rhythms in physiology and behavior entrained to 24 h light-dark cycles. Despite of conserved general schemes, molecular circadian clockworks differ between insect species. With RNA interference (RNAi) we examined an ancient circadian clockwork in a basic insect, the hemimetabolous Madeira cockroach Rhyparobia maderae. With injections of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) of cockroach period (Rm´per), timeless 1 (Rm´tim1), or cryptochrome 2 (Rm´cry2) we searched for essential components of the clock´s core negative feedback loop. Single injections of dsRNA of each clock gene into adult cockroaches successfully and permanently knocked down respective mRNA levels within ~two weeks deleting daytime-dependent mRNA rhythms for Rm´per and Rm´cry2. Rm´perRNAi or Rm´cry2RNAi affected total mRNA levels of both genes, while Rm´tim1 transcription was independent of both, also keeping rhythmic expression. Unexpectedly, circadian locomotor activity of most cockroaches remained rhythmic for each clock gene knockdown employed. It expressed weakened rhythms and unchanged periods for Rm´perRNAi and shorter periods for Rm´tim1RNAi and Rm´cry2RNAi.As a hypothesis of the cockroach´s molecular clockwork, a basic network of switched differential equations was developed to model the oscillatory behavior of clock cells expressing respective clock genes. Data were consistent with two synchronized main groups of coupled oscillator cells, a leading (morning) oscillator, or a lagging (evening) oscillator that couple via mutual inhibition. The morning oscillators express shorter, the evening oscillators longer endogenous periods based on core feedback loops with either PER, TIM1, or CRY2/PER complexes as dominant negative feedback of the clockwork. We hypothesize that dominant morning oscillator cells with shorter periods express PER, but not CRY2, or TIM1 as suppressor of clock gene expression, while two groups of evening oscillator cells with longer periods either comprise TIM1 or CRY2/PER suppressing complexes. Modelling suggests that there is an additional negative feedback next to Rm´PER in cockroach morning oscillator cells.


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Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/metabolismo , Baratas/fisiologia , Criptocromos/metabolismo , Proteínas de Insetos/metabolismo , Proteínas Circadianas Period/metabolismo , Animais , Proteínas de Ciclo Celular/genética , Relógios Circadianos , Ritmo Circadiano , Baratas/genética , Criptocromos/genética , Proteínas de Insetos/genética , Masculino , Proteínas Circadianas Period/genética , Fotoperíodo , Interferência de RNA
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PLoS Biol ; 18(8): e3000830, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32810128

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Plants are attacked by herbivores, which often specialize on different tissues, and in response, have evolved sophisticated resistance strategies that involve different types of chemical defenses frequently targeted to different tissues. Most known phytohormones have been implicated in regulating these defenses, with jasmonates (JAs) playing a pivotal role in complex regulatory networks of signaling interactions, often generically referred to as "cross talk." The newly identified class of phytohormones, strigolactones (SLs), known to regulate the shoot architecture, remain unstudied with regard to plant-herbivore interactions. We explored the role of SL signaling in resistance to a specialist weevil (Trichobaris mucorea) herbivore of the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata, that attacks the root-shoot junction (RSJ), the part of the plant most strongly influenced by alterations in SL signaling (increased branching). As SL signaling shares molecular components, such as the core F-box protein MORE AXILLARY GROWTH 2 (MAX2), with another new class of phytohormones, the karrikins (KARs), which promote seed germination and seedling growth, we generated transformed lines, individually silenced in the expression of NaMAX2, DWARF 14 (NaD14: the receptor for SL) and CAROTENOID CLEAVAGE DIOXYGENASE 7 (NaCCD7: a key enzyme in SL biosynthesis), and KARRIKIN INSENSITIVE 2 (NaKAI2: the KAR receptor). The mature stems of all transgenic lines impaired in the SL, but not the KAR signaling pathway, overaccumulated anthocyanins, as did the stems of plants attacked by the larvae of weevil, which burrow into the RSJs to feed on the pith of N. attenuata stems. T. mucorea larvae grew larger in the plants silenced in the SL pathway, but again, not in the KAI2-silenced plants. These phenotypes were associated with elevated JA and auxin (indole-3-acetic acid [IAA]) levels and significant changes in the accumulation of defensive compounds, including phenolamides and nicotine. The overaccumulation of phenolamides and anthocyanins in the SL pathway-silenced plants likely resulted from antagonism between the SL and JA pathway in N. attenuata. We show that the repressors of SL signaling, suppressor of max2-like (NaSMXL6/7), and JA signaling, jasmonate zim-domain (NaJAZs), physically interact, promoting NaJAZb degradation and releasing JASMONATE INSENSITIVE 1 (JIN1/MYC2) (NaMYC2), a critical transcription factor promoting JA responses. However, the increased performance of T. mucorea larvae resulted from lower pith nicotine levels, which were inhibited by increased IAA levels in SL pathway-silenced plants. This inference was confirmed by decapitation and auxin transport inhibitor treatments that decreased pith IAA and increased nicotine levels. In summary, SL signaling tunes specific sectors of specialized metabolism in stems, such as phenylpropanoid and nicotine biosynthesis, by tailoring the cross talk among phytohormones, including JA and IAA, to mediate herbivore resistance of stems. The metabolic consequences of the interplay of SL, JA, and IAA signaling revealed here could provide a mechanism for the commonly observed pattern of herbivore tolerance/resistance trade-offs.


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Herbivoria/fisiologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Parasita , Lactonas/metabolismo , Caules de Planta/metabolismo , Caules de Planta/parasitologia , Transdução de Sinais , Tabaco/metabolismo , Tabaco/parasitologia , Animais , Antocianinas/metabolismo , Ciclopentanos/metabolismo , Ácidos Indolacéticos/metabolismo , Larva , Metabolômica , Oxilipinas/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Interferência de RNA , Gorgulhos/fisiologia
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Vet Microbiol ; 247: 108793, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32768236

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Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) belongs to the Alphacoronavirus genus in the Coronaviridae family. Similar to other coronaviruses, PEDV encodes two papain-like proteases. Papain-like protease (PLP)2 has been proposed to play a key role in antagonizing host innate immunity. However, the function of PLP1 remains unclear. In this study, we found that overexpression of PLP1 significantly promoted PEDV replication and inhibited production of interferon-ß. Immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry were used to identify cellular interaction partners of PLP1. Host cell poly(C) binding protein 2 (PCBP2) was determined to bind and interact with PLP1. Both endogenous and overexpressed PCBP2 co-localized with PLP1 in the cytoplasm. Overexpression of PLP1 upregulated expression of PCBP2. Furthermore, overexpression of PCBP2 promoted PEDV replication. Silencing of endogenous PCBP2 using small interfering RNAs attenuated PEDV replication. Taken together, these data demonstrated that PLP1 negatively regulated the production of type 1 interferon by interacting with PCBP2 and promoted PEDV replication.


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Papaína/metabolismo , Vírus da Diarreia Epidêmica Suína/metabolismo , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/fisiologia , Animais , Chlorocebus aethiops , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/fisiologia , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Interferon beta/genética , Interferon beta/metabolismo , Proteína Proteolipídica de Mielina/metabolismo , Papaína/genética , Vírus da Diarreia Epidêmica Suína/genética , Vírus da Diarreia Epidêmica Suína/fisiologia , Interferência de RNA , Proteínas de Ligação a RNA , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/farmacologia , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética
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Circulation ; 142(12): 1190-1204, 2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32755395

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BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) converts angiotensin II, a potent vasoconstrictor, to angiotensin-(1-7) and is also a membrane protein that enables coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infectivity. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) phosphorylation of ACE2 enhances ACE2 stability. This mode of posttranslational modification of ACE2 in vascular endothelial cells is causative of a pulmonary hypertension (PH)-protective phenotype. The oncoprotein MDM2 (murine double minute 2) is an E3 ligase that ubiquitinates its substrates to cause their degradation. In this study, we investigated whether MDM2 is involved in the posttranslational modification of ACE2 through its ubiquitination of ACE2, and whether an AMPK and MDM2 crosstalk regulates the pathogenesis of PH. METHODS: Bioinformatic analyses were used to explore E3 ligase that ubiquitinates ACE2. Cultured endothelial cells, mouse models, and specimens from patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension were used to investigate the crosstalk between AMPK and MDM2 in regulating ACE2 phosphorylation and ubiquitination in the context of PH. RESULTS: Levels of MDM2 were increased and those of ACE2 decreased in lung tissues or pulmonary arterial endothelial cells from patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension and rodent models of experimental PH. MDM2 inhibition by JNJ-165 reversed the SU5416/hypoxia-induced PH in C57BL/6 mice. ACE2-S680L mice (dephosphorylation at S680) showed PH susceptibility, and ectopic expression of ACE2-S680L/K788R (deubiquitination at K788) reduced experimental PH. Moreover, ACE2-K788R overexpression in mice with endothelial cell-specific AMPKα2 knockout mitigated PH. CONCLUSIONS: Maladapted posttranslational modification (phosphorylation and ubiquitination) of ACE2 at Ser-680 and Lys-788 is involved in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension and experimental PH. Thus, a combined intervention of AMPK and MDM2 in the pulmonary endothelium might be therapeutically effective in PH treatment.


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Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-mdm2/metabolismo , Hipertensão Arterial Pulmonar/patologia , Ubiquitinação , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/deficiência , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/genética , Animais , Suscetibilidade a Doenças , Células Endoteliais/citologia , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Pulmão/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-mdm2/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-mdm2/genética , Interferência de RNA , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Ratos
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0238076, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32857768

RESUMO

Epidermal lineages and injury induced regeneration are controlled by transcriptional programs coordinating cellular signaling and epigenetic regulators, but the mechanism remains unclear. Previous studies showed that conditional deletion of the transcriptional coactivator Mediator 1 (Med1) changes epidermal lineages and accelerates wound re-epithelialization. Here, we studied a molecular mechanism by which Med1 facilitates these processes, in particular, by focusing on TGFß signaling through genome wide transcriptome analysis. The expression of the TGF ligands (Tgfß1/ß2) and their downstream target genes is decreased in both normal and wounded Med1 null skin. Med1 silencing in cultured keratinocytes likewise reduces the expression of the ligands (TGFß1/ß2) and diminishes activity of TGFß signaling as shown by decreased p-Smad2/3. Silencing Med1 increases keratinocyte proliferation and migration in vitro. Epigenetic studies using chromatin immuno-precipitation and next generation DNA sequencing reveals that Med1 regulates transcription of TGFß components by forming large clusters of enhancers called super-enhancers at the regulatory regions of the TGFß ligand and SMAD3 genes. These results demonstrate that Med1 is required for the maintenance of the TGFß signaling pathway. Finally, we show that pharmacological inhibition of TGFß signaling enhances epidermal lineages and accelerates wound re-epithelialization in skin similar to that seen in the Med1 null mice, providing new insights into epidermal regeneration.


Assuntos
Subunidade 1 do Complexo Mediador/genética , Regeneração/fisiologia , Transdução de Sinais , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta2/metabolismo , Animais , Linhagem da Célula , Movimento Celular , Proliferação de Células , Regulação para Baixo , Epiderme/fisiologia , Queratinócitos/citologia , Queratinócitos/metabolismo , Subunidade 1 do Complexo Mediador/antagonistas & inibidores , Subunidade 1 do Complexo Mediador/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Interferência de RNA , RNA Interferente Pequeno/metabolismo , Pele/metabolismo , Pele/patologia , Proteína Smad3/genética , Proteína Smad3/metabolismo , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta2/genética , Regulação para Cima
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