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Articles by G Zhu
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  S Yao , S Wang , Y Zhu , L Luo , G Zhu , S Flies , H Xu , W Ruff , M Broadwater , I. H Choi , K Tamada and L. Chen

Programmed death one (PD-1) is an inducible molecule belonging to the immunoglobulin superfamily. It is expressed on activated T and B lymphocytes and plays pivotal roles in the negative regulation of adaptive immune responses. We report here an unexpected finding: that PD-1 could also be induced on splenic dendritic cells (DCs) by various inflammatory stimuli. Adoptive transfer of PD-1–deficient DCs demonstrates their superior capacity to wild-type DCs in innate protection of mice against lethal infection by Listeria monocytogenes. Furthermore, PD-1–deficient mice are also more resistant to the infection than wild-type controls, even in the absence of T and B cells, accompanied by elevated production of DC-derived interleukin-12 and tumor necrosis factor-. Our results reveal a novel role of PD-1 in the negative regulation of DC function during innate immune response.

  X Hu , X Xu , G Zhu , D Atzler , M Kimoto , J Chen , E Schwedhelm , N Luneburg , R. H Boger , P Zhang and Y. Chen

Background— Asymmetrical methylarginines inhibit NO synthase activity and thereby decrease NO production. Dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase 1 (DDAH1) degrades asymmetrical methylarginines. We previously demonstrated that in the heart DDAH1 is predominantly expressed in vascular endothelial cells. Because an earlier study showed that mice with global DDAH1 deficiency experienced embryonic lethality, we speculated that a mouse strain with selective vascular endothelial DDAH1 deficiency (endo-DDAH1–/–) would largely abolish tissue DDAH1 expression in many tissues but possibly avoid embryonic lethality.

Methods and Results— By using the LoxP/Cre approach, we generated the endo-DDAH1–/– mice. The endo-DDAH1–/– mice had no apparent defect in growth or development compared with wild-type littermates. DDAH1 expression was greatly reduced in kidney, lung, brain, and liver, indicating that in these organs DDAH1 is distributed mainly in vascular endothelial cells. The endo-DDAH1–/– mice showed a significant increase of asymmetric dimethylarginine concentration in plasma (1.41 µmol/L in the endo-DDAH1–/– versus 0.69 µmol/L in the control mice), kidney, lung, and liver, which was associated with significantly increased systolic blood pressure (132 mm Hg versus 113 mm Hg in wild-type). The endo-DDAH1–/– mice also exhibited significantly attenuated acetylcholine-induced NO production and vessel relaxation in isolated aortic rings.

Conclusions— Our study demonstrates that DDAH1 is highly expressed in vascular endothelium and that endothelial DDAH1 plays an important role in regulating blood pressure. In the context that asymmetric methylarginines are broadly produced by many type of cells, the strong DDAH1 expression in vascular endothelium demonstrates for the first time that vascular endothelium can be an important site to actively dispose of toxic biochemical molecules produced by other types of cells.

  W Zhang , L Wang , Y Liu , J Xu , G Zhu , H Cang , X Li , M Bartlam , K Hensley , G Li , Z Rao and X. C. Zhang

Eukaryotic lanthionine synthetase C-like protein 1 (LanCL1) is homologous to prokaryotic lanthionine cyclases, yet its biochemical functions remain elusive. We report the crystal structures of human LanCL1, both free of and complexed with glutathione, revealing glutathione binding to a zinc ion at the putative active site formed by conserved GxxG motifs. We also demonstrate by in vitro affinity analysis that LanCL1 binds specifically to the SH3 domain of a signaling protein, Eps8. Importantly, expression of LanCL1 mutants defective in Eps8 interaction inhibits nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth, providing evidence for the biological significance of this novel interaction in cellular signaling and differentiation.

  N Chalhoub , G Zhu , X Zhu and S. J. Baker

Loss of PTEN causes unregulated activation of downstream components of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling, including PDK1, and disrupts normal nervous system development and homeostasis. We tested the contribution of Pdk1 to the abnormalities induced by Pten deletion in the brain. Conditional deletion of Pdk1 caused microcephaly. Combined deletion of Pdk1 and Pten rescued hypertrophy, but not migration defects of Pten-deficient neurons. Pdk1 inactivation induced strikingly different effects on the regulation of phosphorylated Akt in glia versus neurons. Our results show Pdk1-dependent and Pdk1-independent abnormalities in Pten-deficient brains, and demonstrate cell type specific differences in feedback regulation of the ubiquitous PI3K pathway.

  L Jones , G Wei , S Sevcikova , V Phan , S Jain , A Shieh , J. C. Y Wong , M Li , J Dubansky , M. L Maunakea , R Ochoa , G Zhu , T. R Tennant , K. M Shannon , S. W Lowe , M. M Le Beau and S. C. Kogan

Gain of chromosome 8 is the most common chromosomal gain in human acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It has been hypothesized that gain of the MYC protooncogene is of central importance in trisomy 8, but the experimental data to support this are limited and controversial. In a mouse model of promyelocytic leukemia in which the MRP8 promoter drives expression of the PML-RARA fusion gene in myeloid cells, a Myc allele is gained in approximately two-thirds of cases as a result of trisomy for mouse chromosome 15. We used this model to test the idea that MYC underlies acquisition of trisomy in AML. We used a retroviral vector to drive expression of wild-type, hypermorphic, or hypomorphic MYC in bone marrow that expressed the PML-RARA transgene. MYC retroviruses cooperated in myeloid leukemogenesis and suppressed gain of chromosome 15. When the PML-RARA transgene was expressed in a Myc haploinsufficient background, we observed selection for increased copies of the wild-type Myc allele concomitant with leukemic transformation. In addition, we found that human myeloid leukemias with trisomy 8 have increased MYC. These data show that gain of MYC can contribute to the pathogenic effect of the most common trisomy of human AML.

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