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    Rujin Huang, Jinyang Liu, Xi Chen, Ying Zhi, Shuangyuan Ding, Jia Ming, Yulin Li, Yangming Wang, Jie Na
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 153-157.
    Lili Yu, Lei Jiang, Meng Wu, Wenlong Dou, Kaiyuan Ji, Jianlong Zhou, Jinchul Kim, Yang Xu
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 149-152.
    Kai Zhang, Chang Zhou, Zemin Li, Xuehan Li, Ziyun Zhou, Linjia Cheng, Ahmed Hammad Mirza, Yumeng Shi, Bingbing Chen, Mengwei Zhang, Liujuan Cui, Congyan Zhang, Taotao Wei, Xuelin Zhang, Shuyan Zhang, Pingsheng Liu
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 143-148.
    Mingyue Ma, Zhenxing Zhong, Yuwen Zhu, Yuan Gu, Ruxin Jin, Zhipeng Meng, Yu Wang, Fa-Xing Yu
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 137-142.
    Yirui Cheng, Xin Lu, Fan Li, Zhuo Chen, Yanshuang Zhang, Qing Han, Qingyu Zeng, Tingyu Wu, Ziming Li, Shun Lu, Cecilia Williams, Weiliang Xia
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 123-136.

    NDFIP1 has been previously reported as a tumor suppressor in multiple solid tumors, but the function of NDFIP1 in NSCLC and the underlying mechanism are still unknown. Besides, the WW domain containing proteins can be recognized by NDFIP1, resulted in the loading of the target proteins into exosomes. However, whether WW domain-containing transcription regulator 1 (WWTR1, also known as TAZ) can be packaged into exosomes by NDFIP1 and if so, whether the release of this oncogenic protein via exosomes has an effect on tumor development has not been investigated to any extent. Here, we first found that NDFIP1 was low expressed in NSCLC samples and cell lines, which is associated with shorter OS. Then, we confirmed the interaction between TAZ and NDFIP1, and the existence of TAZ in exosomes, which requires NDFIP1. Critically, knockout of NDFIP1 led to TAZ accumulation with no change in its mRNA level and degradation rate. And the cellular TAZ level could be altered by exosome secretion. Furthermore, NDFIP1 inhibited proliferation in vitro and in vivo, and silencing TAZ eliminated the increase of proliferation caused by NDFIP1 knockout. Moreover, TAZ was negatively correlated with NDFIP1 in subcutaneous xenograft model and clinical samples, and the serum exosomal TAZ level was lower in NSCLC patients. In summary, our data uncover a new tumor suppressor, NDFIP1 in NSCLC, and a new exosome-related regulatory mechanism of TAZ.

    Fangyu Wang, Xuan Liu, Shaowen Li, Chen Zhao, Yumei Sun, Kuan Tian, Junbao Wang, Wei Li, Lichao Xu, Jing Jing, Juan Wang, Sylvia M. Evans, Zhiqiang Li, Ying Liu, Yan Zhou
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 105-122.

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a highly malignant and heterogeneous brain tumor, contains various types of tumor and non-tumor cells. Whether GBM cells can trans-differentiate into non-neural cell types, including mural cells or endothelial cells (ECs), to support tumor growth and invasion remains controversial. Here we generated two genetic GBM models de novo in immunocompetent mouse brains, mimicking essential pathological and molecular features of human GBMs. Lineage-tracing and transplantation studies demonstrated that, although blood vessels in GBM brains underwent drastic remodeling, evidence of trans-differentiation of GBM cells into vascular cells was barely detected. Intriguingly, GBM cells could promiscuously express markers for mural cells during gliomagenesis. Furthermore, single-cell RNA sequencing showed that patterns of copy number variations (CNVs) of mural cells and ECs were distinct from those of GBM cells, indicating discrete origins of GBM cells and vascular components. Importantly, single-cell CNV analysis of human GBM specimens also suggested that GBM cells and vascular cells are likely separate lineages. Rather than expansion owing to trans-differentiation, vascular cell expanded by proliferation during tumorigenesis. Therefore, cross-lineage trans-differentiation of GBM cells is very unlikely to occur during gliomagenesis. Our findings advance understanding of cell lineage dynamics during gliomagenesis, and have implications for targeted treatment of GBMs.

    Álvaro Díaz, Anabella A. Barrios, Leticia Grezzi, Camila Mouhape, Stephen J. Jenkins, Judith E. Allen, Cecilia Casaravilla
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 87-104.

    The larval stages of the cestode parasites belonging to the genus Echinococcus grow within internal organs of humans and a range of animal species. The resulting diseases, collectively termed echinococcoses, include major neglected tropical diseases of humans and livestock. Echinococcus larvae are outwardly protected by the laminated layer (LL), an acellular structure that is unique to this genus. The LL is based on a fibrillar meshwork made up of mucins, which are decorated by galactose-rich O-glycans. In addition, in the species cluster termed E. granulosus sensu lato, the LL features nano-deposits of the calcium salt of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (Insp6). The main purpose of our article is to update the immunobiology of the LL. Major recent advances in this area are (i) the demonstration of LL “debris” at the infection site and draining lymph nodes, (ii) the characterization of the decoy activity of calcium Insp6 with respect to complement, (iii) the evidence that the LL mucin carbohydrates interact specifically with a lectin receptor expressed in Kupffer cells (Clec4F), and (iv) the characterization of what appear to be receptor-independent effects of LL particles on dendritic cells and macrophages. Much information is missing on the immunology of this intriguing structure: we discuss gaps in knowledge and propose possible avenues for research.

    Boyi Gan
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 84-86.
    Huan Liu, Kaijing Huang, Xuefan Yuan, Hao Cheng
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(2): 79-83.
    Simeng Zhao, Fengjiang Liu, Shizhen Qiu, Qiaoshuai Lan, Yiran Wu, Wei Xu, Junzi Ke, Jie Yang, Xiaoyan Liu, Kun Wang, Hangtian Guo, Shuai Xia, Fangfang Zhang, Jiabei Wang, Xiaowen Hu, Lu Lu, Shibo Jiang, Suwen Zhao, Lianxin Liu, Youhua Xie, Xiuna Yang, Haopeng Wang, Guisheng Zhong
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 74-78.
    Dali Tong, Mei Zhang, Yunru Yang, Han Xia, Haiyang Tong, Huajun Zhang, Weihong Zeng, Muziying Liu, Yan Wu, Huan Ma, Xue Hu, Weiyong Liu, Yuan Cai, Yanfeng Yao, Yichuan Yao, Kunpeng Liu, Shifang Shan, Yajuan Li, Ge Gao, Weiwei Guo, Yun Peng, Shaohong Chen, Juhong Rao, Jiaxuan Zhao, Juan Min, Qingjun Zhu, Yanmin Zheng, Lianxin Liu, Chao Shan, Kai Zhong, Zilong Qiu, Tengchuan Jin, Sandra Chiu, Zhiming Yuan, Tian Xue
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 69-73.
    Fei Feng, Yunkai Zhu, Yanlong Ma, Yuyan Wang, Yin Yu, Xinran Sun, Yuanlin Song, Zhugui Shao, Xinxin Huang, Ying Liao, Jingyun Ma, Yuping He, Mingyuan Wang, Longhai Tang, Yaowei Huang, Jincun Zhao, Qiang Ding, Youhua Xie, Qiliang Cai, Hui Xiao, Chun Li, Zhenghong Yuan, Rong Zhang
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 64-68.
    Yue Lv, Gang Lu, Yuling Cai, Ruibao Su, Liang Liang, Xin Wang, Wenyu Mu, Xiuqing He, Tao Huang, Jinlong Ma, Yueran Zhao, Zi-Jiang Chen, Yuanchao Xue, Hongbin Liu, Wai-Yee Chan
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 51-63.

    RBM46 is a germ cell-specific RNA-binding protein required for gametogenesis, but the targets and molecular functions of RBM46 remain unknown. Here, we demonstrate that RBM46 binds at specific motifs in the 3'UTRs of mRNAs encoding multiple meiotic cohesin subunits and show that RBM46 is required for normal synaptonemal complex formation during meiosis initiation. Using a recently reported, high-resolution technique known as LACE-seq and working with low-input cells, we profiled the targets of RBM46 at single-nucleotide resolution in leptotene and zygotene stage gametes. We found that RBM46 preferentially binds target mRNAs containing GCCUAU/GUUCGA motifs in their 3'UTRs regions. In Rbm46 knockout mice, the RBM46-target cohesin subunits displayed unaltered mRNA levels but had reduced translation, resulting in the failed assembly of axial elements, synapsis disruption, and meiotic arrest. Our study thus provides mechanistic insights into the molecular functions of RBM46 in gametogenesis and illustrates the power of LACE-seq for investigations of RNA-binding protein functions when working with low-abundance input materials.

    Daming Zuo, Yu Chen, Jian-piao Cai, Hao-Yang Yuan, Jun-Qi Wu, Yue Yin, Jing-Wen Xie, Jing-Min Lin, Jia Luo, Yang Feng, Long-Jiao Ge, Jia Zhou, Ronald J. Quinn, San-Jun Zhao, Xing Tong, Dong-Yan Jin, Shuofeng Yuan, Shao-Xing Dai, Min Xu
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 37-50.

    The twenty-first century has already recorded more than ten major epidemics or pandemics of viral disease, including the devastating COVID-19. Novel effective antivirals with broad-spectrum coverage are urgently needed. Herein, we reported a novel broad-spectrum antiviral compound PAC5. Oral administration of PAC5 eliminated HBV cccDNA and reduced the large antigen load in distinct mouse models of HBV infection. Strikingly, oral administration of PAC5 in a hamster model of SARS-CoV-2 omicron (BA.1) infection significantly decreases viral loads and attenuates lung inflammation. Mechanistically, PAC5 binds to a pocket near Asp49 in the RNA recognition motif of hnRNPA2B1. PAC5-bound hnRNPA2B1 is extensively activated and translocated to the cytoplasm where it initiates the TBK1-IRF3 pathway, leading to the production of type I IFNs with antiviral activity. Our results indicate that PAC5 is a novel small-molecule agonist of hnRNPA2B1, which may have a role in dealing with emerging infectious diseases now and in the future.

    Le Chang, Lei Zhao, Yan Xiao, Tingting Xu, Lan Chen, Yan Cai, Xiaojing Dong, Conghui Wang, Xia Xiao, Lili Ren, Lunan Wang
    Protein & Cell, 2023, 14(1): 28-36.

    The emerging of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) caused COVID-19 pandemic. The first case of COVID- 19 was reported at early December in 2019 in Wuhan City, China. To examine specific antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in biological samples before December 2019 would give clues when the epidemic of SARS-CoV-2 might start to circulate in populations. We obtained all 88,517 plasmas from 76,844 blood donors in Wuhan between 1 September and 31 December 2019. We first evaluated the pan-immunoglobin (pan-Ig) against SARS-CoV-2 in 43,850 samples from 32,484 blood donors with suitable sample quality and enough volume. Two hundred and sixty-four samples from 213 donors were pan-Ig reactive, then further tested IgG and IgM, and validated by neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Two hundred and thirteen samples (from 175 donors) were only pan-Ig reactive, 8 (from 4 donors) were pan-Ig and IgG reactive, and 43 (from 34 donors) were pan-Ig and IgM reactive. Microneutralization assay showed all negative results. In addition, 213 screened reactive donors were analyzed and did not show obviously temporal or regional tendency, but the distribution of age showed a difference compared with all tested donors. Then we reviewed SARS-CoV-2 antibody results from these donors who donated several times from September 2019 to June 2020, partly tested in a previous published study, no one was found a significant increase in S/CO of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. Our findings showed no SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies existing among blood donors in Wuhan, China before 2020, indicating no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 before December 2019 in Wuhan, China.