[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Ran-binding protein in microtubule-organizing center (RanBPM) has been reported to interact with the neurotrophin receptors p75NTR and TrkA, meanwhile p75NTR and TrkA can also interact with TRAF6. Whether RanBPM interacts directly with TRAF6 has not yet been established. In this study, using a yeast two-hybrid system and glutathione-S: -transferase pull-down assays, we determined that RanBPM binds to the TRAF6 C-terminus through its SPRY motif. Complex formation between overexpressed RanBPM and TRAF6 was also confirmed with a co-immunoprecipitation assay, laser scanning confocal and fluorescence resonance energy transfer. Additional co-immunoprecipitation experiments verified that endogenous RanBPM and TRAF6 interact in several mammalian cell lines. A series of experiments revealed that RanBPM influences TRAF6 ubiquitination and the TRAF6-triggered NF-κB signaling pathway through RanBPM's interaction with TRAF6. These data suggest that RanBPM participates in gene transcription by binding to TRAF6.
No preview · Article · Jul 2011 · Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study compares the density and tissue-specific distribution of 5-methyl cytosine (5mC) in genomic DNA from human fetuses with or without neural tube defects (NTD) and examines whether low maternal serum folate is a possible correlate and/or risk factor for NTD. The results demonstrate significant hypomethylation of brain genomic DNA in NTD fetuses relative to controls (P<.01), as well as relative hypermethylation of skin and heart in NTD fetuses. In normal fetuses, the level of 5mC in liver genomic DNA decreased from fetal week 18 to 28 and increased over the same developmental period in kidney genomic DNA, but these trends were absent in genomic DNA from NTD fetuses. Mean maternal serum folate was significantly lower in NTD fetuses than in controls (P<.01), and maternal serum folate correlated with density of 5mC in genomic brain DNA from NTD fetuses (r=0.610). The results indicate that aberrant DNA methylation in NTD may be due to maternal folate deficiency and may be involved in the pathogenesis of NTD in humans.
No preview · Article · Feb 2011 · The Journal of nutritional biochemistry
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: RanBPM as a novel binding protein can interact with neurotrophin receptor p75NTR and tyrosine kinase receptor Met which has a similar tyrosine kinase structure as receptor TrkA has. Whether RanBPM interacts with neurotrophin receptor TrkA has not been established to date. In this study, using yeast two-hybrid system, it was identified that RanBPM bound to the intracellular domain (ICD) of neurotrophin receptor TrkA through its SPRY motif. We confirmed the formation of complexes between RanBPM and TrkA by co-immunoprecipitation studies and GST pull-down assays. The region of TrkA interacted with the SPRY domain of RanBPM was located in its tyrosine kinase domain. Furthermore, coimmunoprecipitaiton revealed endogenous RanBPM and receptors TrkA did interact in several mammalian cell lines. It was found that the overexpression of RanBPM could inhibit NGF-induced increase of nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) dependent luciferase expression through its interaction with receptor TrkA, and NFAT transcriptional activity plays an important role in neuronal signal transduction. These data suggested that RanBPM could participate in neurotrophin-mediated gene transcription and expression by its binding to TrkA.
No preview · Article · Nov 2006 · Neuroscience Letters