Liran Zhou

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Androgen receptor (AR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that mediates the action of androgens and is essential for the growth, function, and cell differentiation of the prostate gland. Here, we demonstrated that the prostate apoptosis response factor-4 (par-4) functions as a novel AR coactivator. Par-4 physically interacted with the DNA-binding(More)
Cortisol, and heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) are known to perform key roles as part of the fish stress response. In the present study, two in vitro systems were used to investigate a possible cortisol-HSP70-apoptosis regulatory relationship. Using a developed silver sea bream fibroblast cell line (SSF), cortisol was found to induce HSP70 synthesis with a(More)
The androgen receptor (AR) is a ligand-dependent transcription factor that mediates androgen functions by regulating the expression of genes it targets. In the present study, we mapped 2 regions in human transforming growth factor β1 and cyclin-dependent kinase 2 promoters that negatively regulated transcriptional activity in an androgen-dependent(More)
The androgen receptor (AR) cofactor p44/WDR77, which regulates expression of a set of androgen target genes, is required for differentiation of prostate epithelium. Aberrant localization of p44/WDR77 in the cytoplasm is associated with prostate tumorigenesis. Here, we describe studies that used the mouse prostate and human prostate cancer cells as model(More)
Various cofactors have been shown to regulate androgen receptor (AR) transactivation, but their physiological functions in the AR pathway and prostate tumorigenesis are undefined. Here, we found that AR cofactor (p44) translocation from the nucleus to the cytoplasm in prostate epithelial cells (ECs) is associated with prostate tumorigenesis. The forced(More)
We recently discovered that the protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) B55α subunit (PPP2R2A) is under-expressed in primary blast cells and is unfavorable for remission duration in AML patients. In this study, reverse phase protein analysis (RPPA) of 230 proteins in 511 AML patient samples revealed a strong correlation of B55α with a number of proteins including(More)
Recent studies in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) suggest activation of pro-proliferative signaling cascades including those mediated by protein kinase C (PKC) represent a poor prognostic factor for patients. The classical PKC isoforms α and β generally support survival signaling and have emerged as important targets for anti-cancer therapy. Enzastaurin is a(More)
This study was performed in order to elucidate the role and importance of three mitogenic hormones [growth hormone (GH), insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-1) and prolactin (PRL)] on heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) expression in a silver sea bream fibroblast cell line and a primary macrophage preparation. Fibroblasts and macrophages that were exposed to GH at(More)
Aberrant activation of multiple signaling pathways is common in acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) cells, which can be linked to a poor prognosis for patients with this disease. Previous research with mTOR or MEK inhibitors revealed cytostatic, rather than cytotoxic, effects in in vitro and in vivo AML models. We evaluated the combination effect of the mTOR(More)
The androgen receptor (AR) pathway plays critical roles in controlling differentiation and proliferation of prostate epithelial cells. We previously identified a novel AR cofactor, p44/WDR77, which specifically enhances AR transcriptional activity in the prostate gland and prostate cancer. To further elucidate p44/WDR77's role in the AR signaling pathway,(More)