Xueyan Duan

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States

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Publications (6)53.17 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) signaling pathway regulates a wide range of cellular responses in metazoans. A key step in the canonical BMP signaling is the phosphorylation and activation of transcription factors Smad1, Smad5 and Smad8 (collectively Smad1/5/8) by the type I BMP receptors. We previously identified PPM1A as a phosphatase towards dephosphorylation of all R-Smads, including Smad1/5/8. Here we report another nuclear phosphatase named SCP4/CTDSPL2, belonging to the FCP/SCP family, as a novel Smad phosphatase in the nucleus. SCP4 physically interacts with and specifically dephosphorylates Smad1/5/8, and as a result attenuates BMP-induced transcriptional responses. Knockdown of SCP4 in multipotent mesenchymal C2C12 cells leads to increased expression of BMP target genes and consequently promotes BMP-induced osteogenic differentiation. Collectively, our results demonstrate that SCP4, as a Smad phosphatase, play a critical role in BMP-induced signaling and cellular functions.
    The Journal of biological chemistry. 08/2014;
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    ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) belong to the TGF-β superfamily of structurally related signaling proteins that regulate a wide array of cellular functions. The key step in BMP signal transduction is the BMP receptor-mediated phosphorylation of transcription factors Smad1, 5, and 8 (collectively Smad1/5/8), which leads to the subsequent activation of BMP-induced gene transcription in the nucleus. In this study, we describe the identification and characterization of PPM1H as a novel cytoplasm-localized Smad1/5/8-specific phosphatase. PPM1H directly interacts with Smad1/5/8 through its Smad-binding domain, and dephosphorylates phospho-Smad1/5/8 (P-Smad1/5/8) in the cytoplasm. Ectopic expression of PPM1H attenuates BMP signaling, whereas loss of PPM1H activity or expression greatly enhances BMP-dependent gene regulation and mesenchymal differentiation. In conclusion, this study suggests that PPM1H acts as a gatekeeper to prevent excessive BMP signaling through dephosphorylation and subsequent nuclear exclusion of P-Smad1/5/8 proteins.Cell Research advance online publication 15 April 2014; doi:10.1038/cr.2014.48.
    Cell Research 04/2014; · 10.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Somatostatin receptor subtype 5 (SSTR5) mediates the inhibitory effect of somatostatin and its analogs on insulin expression/secretion and islet cell proliferation. We provide biochemical and genetic evidence that SSTR5 exerted its physiological actions via down-regulating pancreatic and duodenal homeobox-1 (PDX-1), a β-cell-specific homeodomain-containing transcription factor. Cotransfection of SSTR5 with PDX-1 resulted in dose-dependent inhibition of PDX-1 expression in human embryonic kidney 293 cells. SSTR5 agonist RPL-1980 inhibited PDX-1 expression and abolished glucagon-like peptide 1-stimulated PDX-1 expression in mouse insulinoma β-TC-6 cells. SSTR5 knockdown by short hairpin RNA led to increased PDX-1 expression that was accompanied by enhanced insulin secretion stimulated by high glucose in β-TC6 cells and alternated expressions of cell cycle proteins that favor cell proliferation in mouse insulinoma MIN6 cells. Quantitative RT-PCR analysis showed that cotransfected SSTR5 inhibited PDX-1 mRNA expression, whereas knockdown of SSTR5 increased PDX-1 mRNA expression. In addition, we found that cotransfected wild-type SSTR5 increased PDX-1 ubiquitination in human embryonic kidney 293 cells, whereas SSTR5 P335L, a hypofunctional single nucleotide polymorphism of SSTR5, inhibited PDX-1 ubiquitination. SSTR5 knockout resulted in increased expression of PDX-1, insulin, and proliferating cell nuclear antigen in the islets of sstr(-/-) mice. Immunohistochemistry analysis showed that SSTR5 P335L was associated with elevated expression of PDX-1 in human pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. Taken together, our studies demonstrated that SSTR5 is a negative regulator for PDX-1 expression and that SSTR5 may mediate the inhibitory effects of somatostatin and its analogs on insulin expression/secretion and cell proliferation via down-regulating PDX-1 at both transcriptional and posttranslational levels.
    Molecular Endocrinology 06/2012; 26(7):1225-34. · 4.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In eukaryotes, regulation of signaling mediators/effectors in the nucleus is one of the principal mechanisms that govern duration and strength of signaling. Smads are a family of structurally related intracellular proteins that serve as signaling effectors for transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) and TGF-beta-related proteins. Accumulating evidence demonstrates that Smads possess intrinsic nucleocytoplasmic shuttling capacity, which enables them to transmit TGF-beta signals from cell membrane to nucleus. We recently identified two important steps in the termination of nuclear Smad signaling. The first step is initiated by a serine/threonine phosphatase PPM1A that dephosphorylates Smad2/3 in the nucleus, thereby shutting down signaling capacity of phosphorylated Smad2/3. The second step involves nuclear export of dephosphorylated Smad2/3 with the aid of nuclear protein RanBP3 to terminate Smad signaling. This chapter introduces methods for examining nuclear export of Smad2/3 in TGF-beta signaling.
    Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 01/2010; 647:125-37. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are secreted polypeptides belonging to the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily that activates a broad range of biological responses in the metazoan organism. The BMP-initiated signaling pathway is under tight control by processes including regulation of the ligands, the receptors, and the key downstream intracellular effector Smads. A critical point of control in BMP signaling is the phosphorylation of Smad1, Smad5, and Smad8 in their C-terminal SXS motif. Although such phosphorylation, which is mediated by the type I BMP receptor kinases in response to BMP stimulation, is well characterized, biochemical mechanisms underlying Smad dephosphorylation remain to be elucidated. In this study, we have found that PPM1A, a metal ion-dependent protein serine/threonine phosphatase, physically interacts with and dephosphorylates Smad1 both in vitro and in vivo. Functionally, overexpression of PPM1A abolishes BMP-induced transcriptional responses, whereas RNA interference-mediated knockdown of PPM1A enhances BMP signaling. Collectively, our study suggests that PPM1A plays an important role in controlling BMP signaling through catalyzing Smad dephosphorylation.
    Journal of Biological Chemistry 01/2007; 281(48):36526-32. · 4.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: TGFbeta signaling controls diverse normal developmental processes and pathogenesis of diseases including cancer and autoimmune and fibrotic diseases. TGFbeta responses are generally mediated through transcriptional functions of Smads. A key step in TGFbeta signaling is ligand-induced phosphorylation of receptor-activated Smads (R-Smads) catalyzed by the TGFbeta type I receptor kinase. However, the potential of Smad dephosphorylation as a regulatory mechanism of TGFbeta signaling and the identity of Smad-specific phosphatases remain elusive. Using a functional genomic approach, we have identified PPM1A/PP2Calpha as a bona fide Smad phosphatase. PPM1A dephosphorylates and promotes nuclear export of TGFbeta-activated Smad2/3. Ectopic expression of PPM1A abolishes TGFbeta-induced antiproliferative and transcriptional responses, whereas depletion of PPM1A enhances TGFbeta signaling in mammalian cells. Smad-antagonizing activity of PPM1A is also observed during Nodal-dependent early embryogenesis in zebrafish. This work demonstrates that PPM1A/PP2Calpha, through dephosphorylation of Smad2/3, plays a critical role in terminating TGFbeta signaling.
    Cell 07/2006; 125(5):915-28. · 31.96 Impact Factor