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  • Larson, Eric D.; Magno, Jose Pedrito M.; Steritz, Matthew J.; Llanes, Erasmo Gonzalo d; Cardwell, Jonathan; Pedro, Melquiadesa; Roberts, Tori Bootpetch; Einarsdottir, Elisabet; Rosanes, Rose Anne Q.; Greenlee, Christopher; Santos, Rachel Ann P.; Yousaf, Ayesha; Streubel, Sven-Olrik; Santos, Aileen Trinidad R.; Ruiz, Amanda G.; Mae Lagrana-Villagracia, Sheryl; Ray, Dylan; Yarza, Talitha Karisse L.; Scholes, Melissa A.; Anderson, Catherine B.; Acharya, Anushree; Gubbels, Samuel P.; Bamshad, Michael J.; Cass, Stephen P.; Lee, Nanette R.; Shaikh, Rehan S.; Nickerson, Deborah A.; Mohlke, Karen L.; Prager, Jeremy D.; Cruz, Teresa Luisa G.; Yoon, Patricia J.; Abes, Generoso T.; Schwartz, David A.; Chan, Abner L.; Wine, Todd M.; Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz, Eva; Friedman, Norman; Kechris, Katerina; Kere, Juha; Leal, Suzanne M.; Yang, Ivana; Patel, Janak A.; Tantoco, Ma Leah C.; Riazuddin, Saima; Chan, Kenny H.; Mattila, Petri S.; Reyes-Quintos, Maria Rina T.; Ahmed, Zubair M.; Jenkins, Herman A.; Chonmaitree, Tasnee; Hafren, Lena; Chiong, Charlotte M.; Santos-Cortez, Regie Lyn P. (2019)
    A genetic basis for otitis media is established, however, the role of rare variants in disease etiology is largely unknown. Previously a duplication variant within A2ML1 was identified as a significant risk factor for otitis media in an indigenous Filipino population and in US children. In this report exome and Sanger sequencing was performed using DNA samples from the indigenous Filipino population, Filipino cochlear implantees, US probands, Finnish, and Pakistani families with otitis media. Sixteen novel, damaging A2ML1 variants identified in otitis media patients were rare or low-frequency in population-matched controls. In the indigenous population, both gingivitis and A2ML1 variants including the known duplication variant and the novel splice variant c.4061 + 1 G>C were independently associated with otitis media. Sequencing of salivary RNA samples from indigenous Filipinos demonstrated lower A2ML1 expression according to the carriage of A2ML1 variants. Sequencing of additional salivary RNA samples from US patients with otitis media revealed differentially expressed genes that are highly correlated with A2ML1 expression levels. In particular, RND3 is upregulated in both A2ML1 variant carriers and high-A2ML1 expressors. These findings support a role for A2ML1 in keratinocyte differentiation within the middle ear as part of otitis media pathology and the potential application of ROCK inhibition in otitis media.
  • Jia, S.; Zhou, J.; Wee, Y.; Mikkola, M. L.; Schneider, P.; D'Souza, R. N. (2017)
    To date, surgical interventions are the only means by which craniofacial anomalies can be corrected so that function, esthetics, and the sense of well-being are restored in affected individuals. Unfortunately, for patients with cleft palate-one of the most common of congenital birth defects-treatment following surgery is prolonged over a lifetime and often involves multidisciplinary regimens. Hence, there is a need to understand the molecular pathways that control palatogenesis and to translate such information for the development of noninvasive therapies that can either prevent or correct cleft palates in humans. Here, we use the well-characterized model of the Pax9(-/-) mouse, which displays a consistent phenotype of a secondary cleft palate, to test a novel therapeutic. Specifically, we demonstrate that the controlled intravenous delivery of a novel mouse monoclonal antibody replacement therapy, which acts as an agonist for the ectodysplasin (Eda) pathway, can resolve cleft palate defects in Pax9(-/-) embryos in utero. Such pharmacological interventions did not reverse the arrest in tooth, thymus, and parathyroid gland development, suggesting that the relationship of Pax9 to the Eda/Edar pathway is both unique and essential for palatogenesis. Expression analyses and unbiased gene expression profiling studies offer a molecular explanation for the resolution of palatal defects, showing that Eda and Edar-related genes are expressed in normal palatal tissues and that the Eda/Edar signaling pathway is downstream of Pax9 in palatogenesis. Taken together, our data uncover a unique relationship between Pax9 and the Eda/Edar signaling pathway that can be further exploited for the development of noninvasive, safe, and effective therapies for the treatment of cleft palate conditions and other single-gene disorders affecting the craniofacial complex.
  • Manjur, A. B. M. Kaiser; Lempiainen, Joanna K.; Malinen, Marjo; Varjosalo, Markku; Palvimo, Jorma J.; Niskanen, Einari A. (2021)
    Glucocorticoid (GC) receptor (GR) is a key transcription factor (TF) that regulates vital metabolic and antiinflammatory processes. We have identified BCL6 corepressor (BCOR) as a dexamethasone-stimulated interaction partner of GR. BCOR is a component of non-canonical polycomb repressor complex 1.1 (ncPCR1.1) and linked to different developmental disorders and cancers, but the role of BCOR in GC signaling is poorly characterized. Here, using ChIP-seq we show that, GC induces genome-wide redistribution of BCOR chromatin binding towards GR-occupied enhancers in HEK293 cells. As assessed by RNA-seq, depletion of BCOR altered the expression of hundreds of GC-regulated genes, especially the ones linked to TNF signaling, GR signaling and cell migration pathways. Biotinylation-based proximity mapping revealed that GR and BCOR share several interacting partners, including nuclear receptor corepressor NCOR1. ChIP-seq showed that the NCOR1 co-occurs with both BCOR and GR on a subset of enhancers upon GC treatment. Simultaneous depletion of BCOR and NCOR1 influenced GR target gene expression in a combinatorial and gene-specific manner. Finally, we show using live cell imaging that the depletion of BCOR together with NCOR1 markedly enhances cell migration. Collectively, our data suggest BCOR as an important gene and pathway selective coregulator of GR transcriptional activity.
  • Elo, Teresa; Lindfors, Paivi H.; Lan, Qiang; Voutilainen, Maria; Trela, Ewelina; Ohlsson, Claes; Huh, Sung-Ho; Ornitz, David M.; Poutanen, Matti; Howard, Beatrice A.; Mikkola, Marja L. (2017)
    Mammary gland development begins with the appearance of epithelial placodes that invaginate, sprout, and branch to form small arborized trees by birth. The second phase of ductal growth and branching is driven by the highly invasive structures called terminal end buds (TEBs) that form at ductal tips at the onset of puberty. Ectodysplasin (Eda), a tumor necrosis factor-like ligand, is essential for the development of skin appendages including the breast. In mice, Eda regulates mammary placode formation and branching morphogenesis, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. Fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) receptors have a recognized role in mammary ductal development and stem cell maintenance, but the ligands involved are ill-defined. Here we report that Fgf20 is expressed in embryonic mammary glands and is regulated by the Eda pathway. Fgf20 deficiency does not impede mammary gland induction, but compromises mammary bud growth, as well as TEB formation, ductal outgrowth and branching during puberty. We further show that loss of Fgf20 delays formation of Eda-induced supernumerary mammary buds and normalizes the embryonic and postnatal hyperbranching phenotype of Eda overexpressing mice. These findings identify a hitherto unknown function for Fgf20 in mammary budding and branching morphogenesis.
  • Backlund, Michael; Paukku, Kirsi; Kontula, Kimmo K.; Lehtonen, Jukka Y. A. (2016)
    As the formation of ribonucleoprotein complexes is a major mechanism of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) regulation, we sought to identify novel AT1R mRNA binding proteins. By affinity purification and mass spectroscopy, we identified TIA-1. This interaction was confirmed by colocalization of AT1R mRNA and TIA-1 by FISH and immunofluorescence microscopy. In immunoprecipitates of endogenous TIA-1, reverse transcription-PCR amplified AT1R mRNA. TIA-1 has two binding sites within AT1R 3'-UTR. The binding site proximal to the coding region is glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH)-dependent whereas the distal binding site is not. TIA-1 functions as a part of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress response leading to stress granule (SG) formation and translational silencing. We and others have shown that AT1R expression is increased by ER stress-inducing factors. In unstressed cells, TIA-1 binds to AT1R mRNA and decreases AT1R protein expression. Fluorescence microscopy shows that ER stress induced by thapsigargin leads to the transfer of TIA-1 to SGs. In FISH analysis AT1R mRNA remains in the cytoplasm and no longer colocalizes with TIA-1. Thus, release of TIA-1-mediated suppression by ER stress increases AT1R protein expression. In conclusion, AT1R mRNA is regulated by TIA-1 in a ER stress-dependent manner.
  • Göös, Helka; Fogarty, Christopher L.; Sahu, Biswajyoti; Plagnol, Vincent; Rajamäki, Kristiina; Nurmi, Katariina; Liu, Xiaonan; Einarsdottir, Elisabet; Jouppila, Annukka; Pettersson, Tom; Vihinen, Helena; Krjutskov, Kaarel; Saavalainen, Päivi; Järvinen, Asko; Muurinen, Mari; Greco, Dario; Scala, Giovanni; Curtis, James; Nordström, Dan; Flaumenhaft, Robert; Vaarala, Outi; Kovanen, Panu E.; Keskitalo, Salla; Ranki, Annamari; Kere, Juha; Lehto, Markku; Notarangelo, Luigi D.; Nejentsev, Sergey; Eklund, Kari K.; Varjosalo, Markku; Taipale, Jussi; Seppänen, Mikko R. J. (2019)
    Background: CCAAT enhancer-binding protein epsilon (C/EBP epsilon) is a transcription factor involved in late myeloid lineage differentiation and cellular function. The only previously known disorder linked to C/EBP epsilon is autosomal recessive neutrophil-specific granule deficiency leading to severely impaired neutrophil function and early mortality. Objective: The aim of this study was to molecularly characterize the effects of C/EBP epsilon transcription factor Arg219His mutation identified in a Finnish family with previously genetically uncharacterized autoinflammatory and immunodeficiency syndrome. Methods: Genetic analysis, proteomics, genome-wide transcriptional profiling by means of RNA-sequencing, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) sequencing, and assessment of the inflammasome function of primary macrophages were performed. Results: Studies revealed a novel mechanism of genome-wide gain-of-function that dysregulated transcription of 464 genes. Mechanisms involved dysregulated noncanonical inflammasome activation caused by decreased association with transcriptional repressors, leading to increased chromatin occupancy and considerable changes in transcriptional activity, including increased expression of NLR family, pyrin domain-containing 3 protein (NLRP3) and constitutively expressed caspase-5 in macrophages. Conclusion: We describe a novel autoinflammatory disease with defective neutrophil function caused by a homozygous Arg219His mutation in the transcription factor C/EBP epsilon. Mutated C/EBPe acts as a regulator of both the inflammasome and interferome, and the Arg219His mutation causes the first human monogenic neomorphic and noncanonical inflammasomopathy/immunodeficiency. The mechanism, including widely dysregulated transcription, is likely not unique for C/EBP epsilon. Similar multiomics approaches should also be used in studying other transcription factor-associated diseases.
  • Stenman, Lotta K.; Holma, Reetta; Korpela, Riitta (2012)
  • Pakarinen, Emmi; Danilova, Tatiana; Voikar, Vootele; Chmielarz, Piotr; Piepponen, Petteri; Airavaara, Mikko; Saarma, Mart; Lindahl, Maria (2020)
    Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) localized protein that regulates ER homeostasis and unfolded protein response (UPR). The biology of endogenous MANF in the mammalian brain is unknown and therefore we studied the brain phenotype of MANF-deficient female and male mice at different ages focusing on the midbrain dopamine system and cortical neurons. We show that a lack of MANF from the brain led to the chronic activation of UPR by upregulation of the endoribonuclease activity of the inositol-requiring enzyme 1 alpha (IRE1 alpha) pathway. Furthermore, in the aged MANF-deficient mouse brain in addition the protein kinase-like ER kinase (PERK) and activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6) branches of the UPR pathways were activated. Neuronal loss in neurodegenerative diseases has been associated with chronic ER stress. In our mouse model, increased UPR activation did not lead to neuronal cell loss in the substantia nigra (SN), decrease of striatal dopamine or behavioral changes of MANF-deficient mice. However, cortical neurons lacking MANF were more vulnerable to chemical induction of additional ER stress in vitro. We conclude that embryonic neuronal deletion of MANF does not cause the loss of midbrain dopamine neurons in mice. However, endogenous MANF is needed for maintenance of neuronal ER homeostasis both in vivo and in vitro.
  • Eräsalo, Heikki; Hämäläinen, Mari; Leppänen, Tiina; Mäki-Opas, Ilari; Laavola, Mirka; Haavikko, Raisa; Yli-Kauhaluoma, Jari; Moilanen, Eeva (2018)
    Stilbenoids are a group of polyphenolic compounds found in plants, trees, berries, and nuts. Stilbenoids have been shown to serve an antimicrobial and antifungal function in plants. There is also evidence that as a part of the human diet, stilbenoids play an important role as antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory effects. The PI3K/Akt pathway is a well-characterized signaling pathway controlling cellular functions involved in growth and cell cycle and in metabolism. There is also increasing evidence to show the involvement of this pathway in the regulation of inflammatory responses. In the present study, an attempt was made to investigate the anti-inflammatory properties of the naturally occurring stilbenoids pinosylvin (1), monomethylpinosylvin (2), resveratrol (3), pterostilbene (4), piceatannol (5), and rhapontigenin (6). Glycosylated derivatives of piceatannol and rhapontigenin, namely, astringin (7) and rhaponticin (8), respectively, were also investigated. In addition to the natural stilbenoids, pinosylvin derivatives (9-13) were synthesized and subjected to the testing of their effects on the PI3K/Akt pathway in inflammatory conditions. The investigated natural stilbenoids (except the glycosylated derivatives) were found to down-regulate Akt phosphorylation, which is a well-acknowledged marker for PI3K activity. It was also found that all of the studied natural stilbenoids had anti-inflammatory effects in vitro. The three most potent stilbenoids, piceatannol, pinosylvin, and pterostilbene, were selected for in vivo testing and were found to suppress inflammatory edema and to down-regulate the production of inflammatory mediators IL6 and MCP1 in carrageenan-induced paw inflammation in mice. When compared to the commercial PI3K inhibitor LY294002, the anti-inflammatory effects appeared to be quite similar. The results reveal hitherto unknown anti-inflammatory effects of natural stilbenoids and suggest that those effects may be mediated via inhibition of the PI3K/Akt pathway.
  • Eerola, Sini K.; Santio, Niina M.; Rinne, Sanni; Kouvonen, Petri; Corthals, Garry L.; Scaravilli, Mauro; Scala, Giovanni; Serra, Angela; Greco, Dario; Ruusuvuori, Pekka; Latonen, Leena; Rainio, Eeva-Marja; Visakorpi, Tapio; Koskinen, Päivi J. (2019)
    Background Progression of prostate cancer from benign local tumors to metastatic carcinomas is a multistep process. Here we have investigated the signaling pathways that support migration and invasion of prostate cancer cells, focusing on the role of the NFATC1 transcription factor and its post-translational modifications. We have previously identified NFATC1 as a substrate for the PIM1 kinase and shown that PIM1-dependent phosphorylation increases NFATC1 activity without affecting its subcellular localization. Both PIM kinases and NFATC1 have been reported to promote cancer cell migration, invasion and angiogenesis, but it has remained unclear whether the effects of NFATC1 are phosphorylation-dependent and which downstream targets are involved. Methods We used mass spectrometry to identify PIM1 phosphorylation target sites in NFATC1, and analysed their functional roles in three prostate cancer cell lines by comparing phosphodeficient mutants to wild-type NFATC1. We used luciferase assays to determine effects of phosphorylation on NFAT-dependent transcriptional activity, and migration and invasion assays to evaluate effects on cell motility. We also performed a microarray analysis to identify novel PIM1/NFATC1 targets, and validated one of them with both cellular expression analyses and in silico in clinical prostate cancer data sets. Results Here we have identified ten PIM1 target sites in NFATC1 and found that prevention of their phosphorylation significantly decreases the transcriptional activity as well as the pro-migratory and pro-invasive effects of NFATC1 in prostate cancer cells. We observed that also PIM2 and PIM3 can phosphorylate NFATC1, and identified several novel putative PIM1/NFATC1 target genes. These include the ITGA5 integrin, which is differentially expressed in the presence of wild-type versus phosphorylation-deficient NFATC1, and which is coexpressed with PIM1 and NFATC1 in clinical prostate cancer specimens. Conclusions Based on our data, phosphorylation of PIM1 target sites stimulates NFATC1 activity and enhances its ability to promote prostate cancer cell migration and invasion. Therefore, inhibition of the interplay between PIM kinases and NFATC1 may have therapeutic implications for patients with metastatic forms of cancer.