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Development of novel methods that monitor necroptosis and the release of DAMPs at the single cell resolution

Hiroyasu Nakano, Shin Murai, Yoshifumi Yamaguchi, Yoshitaka Shirasaki, Osamu Nakabayashi and Soh Yamazaki

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Necroptosis is a regulated form of necrosis that depends on receptor-interacting protein kinase (RIPK)3 and mixed lineage kinase domain-like protein (MLKL). While danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP)s are released from dead cells and involved in various pathological conditions, the mechanisms underlying regulation of the release of DAMPs are not fully understood. Apoptosis and pyroptosis can be detected by several types of sensors such as Forster resonance energy transfer (FRET) biosensors, termed SCAT1 (a sensor for caspase 1 activation based on FRET) and SCAT3, respectively. These sensors have provided better understanding of pyroptosis and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. However, there have been no biosensors to monitor necroptosis. Development of a FRET biosensor that monitors necroptosis and generation of transgenic mice expressing such FRET biosensor might be useful to understand the mechanisms underlying the execution of necroptosis and also the consequences of necroptosis in vivo. In our recent study (Nat Commun, 9(1):4457), we developed a FRET biosensor for necroptosis, termed SMART (a sensor for MLKL activation by RIPK3 based on FRET). SMART is composed of a fragment of MLKL and monitors necroptosis, but not apoptosis or necrosis. Moreover, we recently developed a platform called Live-Cell Imaging for Secretion activity (LCI-S) to monitor protein secretion at the single cell level. This platform has enabled us to monitor the release of HMGB1 (High Mobility Group Box 1), one of the DAMPs, at the single cell level and reveals two different modes of the release of HMGB1 from necroptotic cells.

PDF | Published online: 22/01/2019 | In press

R-loops: formation, function, and relevance to cell stress

David F Allison and Gang Greg Wang

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Exposure of genomic, single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) during transcription and replication creates opportunities for the formation of inappropriate secondary structures. Cells manage this exposure by using topoisomerases and helicases to reduce the inherent topological stress that arises from unwinding the double helix and by coating ssDNA with protective protein complexes. Interestingly, specific DNA-RNA hybrids, known as R-loops, form during transcription and exist in homeostasis throughout the genomes of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. These hybrids nucleate from guanine rich clusters in the template strand and extend across GC rich spans of transcribed genes. In vivo regulatory functions have evolved from R-loops, including regulation of gene expression and telomere lengthening. However, they also exist as a form of stress, particularly when replication forks collide with the transcription machinery. New methodologies and models are being developed to delineate the biology of R-loops, including those related to cell stress-based diseases like cancer. As accumulation of R-loops is associated with disease, targeting molecular pathways that regulate their formation or removal could provide new avenues for therapeutic intervention. This review covers recent understandings of the molecular basis for R-loop formation, removal, and biological outcomes in the context of cellular stress.

PDF | Published online: 21/01/2019 | In press

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