Bingtao Zhu

Capital Normal University, Peping, Beijing, China

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Publications (6)20.54 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a key enzyme in the folate cycle, catalyzes the reduction of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, a co-substrate for homocysteine remethylation to methionine. Methionine serves as the precursor of the active methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine, which provides methyl groups for many biological methylations. It has been reported that MTHFR is highly phosphorylated under unperturbed conditions and T34 is the priming phosphorylation site. In this report, we generated a phospho-specific antibody that recognized T34-phosphorylated form of MTHFR and revealed that MTHFR was phosphorylated at T34 in vivo and this phosphorylation peaked during mitosis. We further demonstrated that the cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1)/Cyclin B1 complex is the kinase that mediates MTHFR phosphorylation at T34 and the MTHFR immunocomplex purified from mitotic cells exhibited lower enzymatic activity. Inhibition of MTHFR expression resulted in a decrease of H3K9me3 levels, and an increase of transcription of the centromeric heterochromatin markers. Taken together, our results demonstrated that CDK1/Cyclin B1 phosphorylates MTHFR on T34 and MTHFR plays a role in the heterochromatin maintenance at the centromeric region.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 04/2014; · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Timely and proper cellular response to DNA damage is essential for maintenance of genome stability and integrity. B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 10 (BCL10) facilitates ubiquitination of NEMO in the cytosol, activating NFκB signaling. Translocation and/or point mutations of BCL10 associate with mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphomas and other malignancies. However, the mechanisms by which the resulting aberrant expression of BCL10 leads to cellular oncogenesis are poorly understood. In this report, we found that BCL10 in the nucleus is enriched at the DNA damage sites in an ATM- and RNF8-dependent manner. ATM-dependent phosphorylation of BCL10 promotes its interaction with and presentation of UBC13 to RNF8, and RNF8-mediated ubiquitination of BCL10 enhances binding of BCL10 and UBC13 to RNF168. This allows mono-ubiquitination on H2AX by RNF168 and further poly-ubiquitnation by the RNF8/RNF168-containing complex. Depletion of BCL10 compromised homology recombination-mediated DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair because of insufficient recruitment of BRCA1, RAD51, and the ubiquitinated DNA damage response factors. Taken together, our results demonstrate a novel function of BCL10 in delivering UBC13 to RNF8/RNF168 to regulate ubiquitination-mediated DSB signaling and repair.
    Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 04/2014; 13(11). · 5.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR), a key enzyme in the folate cycle, catalyzes the reduction of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, a co-substrate for homocysteine remethylation to methionine. Methionine serves as the precursor of the active methyl donor S-adenosylmethionine, which provides methyl groups for many biological methylations. It has been reported that MTHFR is highly phosphorylated under unperturbed conditions and T34 is the priming phosphorylation site. In this report, we generated a phospho-specific antibody that recognized T34-phosphorylated form of MTHFR and revealed that MTHFR was phosphorylated at T34 in vivo and this phosphorylation peaked during mitosis. We further demonstrated that the cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1)/Cyclin B1 complex is the kinase that mediates MTHFR phosphorylation at T34 and the MTHFR immunocomplex purified from mitotic cells exhibited lower enzymatic activity. Inhibition of MTHFR expression resulted in a decrease of H3K9me3 levels, and an increase of transcription of the centromeric heterochromatin markers. Taken together, our results demonstrated that CDK1/Cyclin B1 phosphorylates MTHFR on T34 and MTHFR plays a role in the heterochromatin maintenance at the centromeric region.
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 01/2014; · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: DNA endonuclease CtIP is involved in both DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair and transcriptional repression/activation. The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor P21, which is induced at transcription level in response to a variety of stresses, controls G 1/S transition. In this report, we found that CtIP bound to the P21 promoter, and this binding was enhanced in response to DNA damage. Concomitantly, ectopic expression of CtIP increased P21 promoter activity, and this increment was enhanced upon camptothecin treatment. Conversely, DNA damage failed to induce P21 gene expression in CtIP-deficient cells. Taken together, our data demonstrate that CtIP is required for DNA damage-induced P21 induction.
    Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 10/2013; 13(1). · 5.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: DNA double-strand break (DSB) is the most severe form of DNA damage, which is repaired mainly through high-fidelity homologous recombination (HR) or error-prone non-homologous end joining (NHEJ). Defects in the DNA damage response lead to genomic instability and ultimately predispose organs to cancer. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt), which is involved in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide metabolism, is overexpressed in a variety of tumors. In this report, we found that Nampt physically associated with CtIP and DNA-PKcs/Ku80, which are key factors in HR and NHEJ, respectively. Depletion of Nampt by small interfering RNA (siRNA) led to defective NHEJ-mediated DSB repair and enhanced HR-mediated repair. Furthermore, the inhibition of Nampt expression promoted proliferation of cancer cells and normal human fibroblasts and decreased β-galactosidase staining, indicating a delay in the onset of cellular senescence in normal human fibroblasts. Taken together, our results suggest that Nampt is a suppressor of HR-mediated DSB repair and an enhancer of NHEJ-mediated DSB repair, contributing to the acceleration of cellular senescence.
    Chinese journal of cancer 06/2012; 31(8):392-8.
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    ABSTRACT: DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are among the most lethal lesions associated with genome stability which, when destabilized, predisposes organs to cancers. DSBs are primarily fixed either with little fidelity by non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair or with high fidelity by homology-directed repair (HDR). The phosphorylated form of H2AX on serine 139 (γ-H2AX) is a marker of DSBs. In this study, we explored if the protein phosphatase PP6 is involved in DSB repair by depletion of its expression in human cancer cell lines, and determined PP6 expression in human breast cancer tissues by immunohistochemistry staining. We found that bacterially-produced PP6c (the catalytic subunit of PP6)-containing heterotrimeric combinations exhibit phosphatase activity against γ-H2AX in the in vitro phosphatase assays. Depletion of PP6c or PP6R2 led to persistent high levels of γ-H2AX after DNA damage and a defective HDR. Chromatin immunoprecipitation assays demonstrated that PP6c was recruited to the region adjacent to the DSB sites. Expression of PP6c, PP6R2, and PP6R3 in human breast tumors was significantly lower than those in benign breast diseases. Taken together, our results suggest that γ-H2AX is a physiological substrate of PP6, and PP6 is required for HDR and its expression may harbor a protective role during the development of breast cancer.
    Cell cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) 05/2011; 10(9):1411-9. · 5.24 Impact Factor