The present study indicates that NMN. produces significant beneficial effects by attenuating apoptosis and improving energy metabolism in a cellular model of PD. These results suggest that NMN may become a promising therapeutic drug for PD.”
“Ribosomal Protein L22 (RPL22) encodes a protein that is a component of the 60S subunit of
the ribosome. Variants in this gene have recently been linked to cancer development. Mutations in an A8 repeat in exon 2 were found in a recent study in 52% of microsatellite-unstable endometrial tumors. These tumors are particularly prone to mutations in repeats due to mismatch repair deficiency. We screened this coding repeat in our collection of microsatellite-unstable endometrial tumors (EC) and colorectal VDA inhibitor tumors (CRC). We found 50% mutation frequency for EC and 77% mutation frequency for CRC. These results confirm the previous study on the involvement of RPL22 in EC and, more importantly, reports for the first time such high mutation frequency in this gene in colorectal cancer. Furthermore, considering the high mutation frequency found,
our data point toward an important role for RPL22 in microsatellite instability carcinogenesis.”
“CENP-A is a centromere-specific histone H3 variant that epigenetically determines centromere identity to ensure kinetochore assembly and proper chromosome segregation, but the precise mechanism of its specific localization within centromeric heterochromatin remains obscure. We have discovered that CUL4A-RBX1-COPS8 E3 ligase activity is required for CENP-A Alisertib mouse ubiquitylation on lysine 124 (K124) and CENP-A centromere localization. A mutation of CENP-A, K124R, reduces interaction with HJURP (a CENP-A-specific histone
chaperone) and abrogates localization of CENP-A to the centromere. Addition of monoubiquitin is sufficient to restore CENP-A EVP4593 inhibitor K124R to centromeres and the interaction with HJURP, indicating that “signaling” ubiquitylation is required for CENP-A loading at centromeres. The CUL4A-RBX1 complex is required for loading newly synthesized CENP-A and maintaining preassembled CENP-A at centromeres. Thus, CENP-A K124R ubiquitylation, mediated by the CUL4A-RBX1-COPS8 complex, is essential for CENP-A deposition at the centromere.”
“Extra-axial ependymomas are exceedingly rare neuroectodermal tumors that arise outside the central nervous system. The majority behave in a benign clinical fashion. In this case, an elderly woman developed an intraperitoneal ependymoma that after surgical excision recurred twice over a period of twenty four years. At each presentation, the tumor demonstrated identical histologic appearances with prominent rosettes as well as perivascular pseudorosettes. Immunohistochemistry showed strong positivity for glial fibrilary acidic protein, estrogen receptors, CAM 5.2 and CD99 with weak staining for pankeratin.