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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642363/nuclear-phosphorylated-dicer-processes-double-stranded-rna-in-response-to-dna-damage
#1
Kaspar Burger, Margarita Schlackow, Martin Potts, Svenja Hester, Shabaz Mohammed, Monika Gullerova
The endoribonuclease Dicer is a key component of the human RNA interference pathway and is known for its role in cytoplasmic microRNA production. Recent findings suggest that noncanonical Dicer generates small noncoding RNA to mediate the DNA damage response (DDR). Here, we show that human Dicer is phosphorylated in the platform-Piwi/Argonaute/Zwille-connector helix cassette (S1016) upon induction of DNA damage. Phosphorylated Dicer (p-Dicer) accumulates in the nucleus and is recruited to DNA double-strand breaks...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642362/regulation-of-rhoa-by-stat3-coordinates-glial-scar-formation
#2
Francois Renault-Mihara, Masahiko Mukaino, Munehisa Shinozaki, Hiromi Kumamaru, Satoshi Kawase, Matthieu Baudoux, Toshiki Ishibashi, Soya Kawabata, Yuichiro Nishiyama, Keiko Sugai, Kaori Yasutake, Seiji Okada, Masaya Nakamura, Hideyuki Okano
Understanding how the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) controls glial scar formation may have important clinical implications. We show that astrocytic STAT3 is associated with greater amounts of secreted MMP2, a crucial protease in scar formation. Moreover, we report that STAT3 inhibits the small GTPase RhoA and thereby controls actomyosin tonus, adhesion turnover, and migration of reactive astrocytes, as well as corralling of leukocytes in vitro. The inhibition of RhoA by STAT3 involves ezrin, the phosphorylation of which is reduced in STAT3-CKO astrocytes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637749/cell-cycle-dependent-spatial-segregation-of-telomerase-from-sites-of-dna-damage
#3
Faissal Ouenzar, Maxime Lalonde, Hadrien Laprade, Geneviève Morin, Franck Gallardo, Samuel Tremblay-Belzile, Pascal Chartrand
Telomerase can generate a novel telomere at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), an event called de novo telomere addition. How this activity is suppressed remains unclear. Combining single-molecule imaging and deep sequencing, we show that the budding yeast telomerase RNA (TLC1 RNA) is spatially segregated to the nucleolus and excluded from sites of DNA repair in a cell cycle-dependent manner. Although TLC1 RNA accumulates in the nucleoplasm in G1/S, Pif1 activity promotes TLC1 RNA localization in the nucleolus in G2/M...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637748/impaired-spliceosomal-usnrnp-assembly-leads-to-sm-mrna-down-regulation-and-sm-protein-degradation
#4
Archana Bairavasundaram Prusty, Rajyalakshmi Meduri, Bhupesh Kumar Prusty, Jens Vanselow, Andreas Schlosser, Utz Fischer
Specialized assembly factors facilitate the formation of many macromolecular complexes in vivo. The formation of Sm core structures of spliceosomal U-rich small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particles (UsnRNPs) requires assembly factors united in protein arginine methyltransferase 5 (PRMT5) and survival motor neuron (SMN) complexes. We demonstrate that perturbations of this assembly machinery trigger complex cellular responses that prevent aggregation of unassembled Sm proteins. Inactivation of the SMN complex results in the initial tailback of Sm proteins on the PRMT5 complex, followed by down-regulation of their encoding mRNAs...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637747/f-actin-prevents-interaction-between-sperm-dna-and-the-oocyte-meiotic-spindle-in-c-elegans
#5
Michelle T Panzica, Harold C Marin, Anne-Cecile Reymann, Francis J McNally
Fertilization occurs during female meiosis in most animals, which raises the question of what prevents the sperm DNA from interacting with the meiotic spindle. In this study, we find that Caenorhabditis elegans sperm DNA stays in a fixed position at the opposite end of the embryo from the meiotic spindle while yolk granules are transported throughout the embryo by kinesin-1. In the absence of F-actin, the sperm DNA, centrioles, and organelles were transported as a unit with the yolk granules, resulting in sperm DNA within 2 µm of the meiotic spindle...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637746/early-protection-to-stress-mediated-by-cdk-dependent-pi3-5p2-signaling-from-the-vacuole-lysosome
#6
Natsuko Jin, Yui Jin, Lois S Weisman
Adaptation to environmental stress is critical for cell survival. Adaptation generally occurs via changes in transcription and translation. However, there is a time lag before changes in gene expression, which suggests that more rapid mechanisms likely exist. In this study, we show that in yeast, the cyclin-dependent kinase Pho85/CDK5 provides protection against hyperosmotic stress and acts before long-term adaptation provided by Hog1. This protection requires the vacuolar/endolysosomal signaling lipid PI3,5P2 We show that Pho85/CDK5 directly phosphorylates and positively regulates the PI3P-5 kinase Fab1/PIKfyve complex and provide evidence that this regulation is conserved in mammalian cells...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634262/rassf4-regulator-of-plasma-membrane-pi-4-5-p2
#7
Eamonn J Dickson
Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2) is a negatively charged phospholipid that plays a major role in recruiting and regulating proteins at the plasma membrane-cytosol interface. In this issue, Chen et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201606047) demonstrate that RAS association domain family 4 (RASSF4) positively influences PI(4,5)P2 synthesis through ARF6-dependent regulation of PIP5K.
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634261/autophagy-gene-fip200-in-neural-progenitors-non-cell-autonomously-controls-differentiation-by-regulating-microglia
#8
Chenran Wang, Syn Yeo, Michael A Haas, Jun-Lin Guan
Recent studies have shown important roles for autophagy genes in the regulation of different tissue stem cells, including neural stem/progenitor cells (NSCs). However, little is known about whether autophagy can regulate NSCs through cell-extrinsic mechanisms. Here, we show that deletion of an essential autophagy gene, FIP200, in NSCs increased expression of Ccl5 and Cxcl10 in a p53-independent manner, mediating increased infiltration of microglia into the subventricular zone of both FIP200hGFAP conditional knockout (cKO) and FIP200;p53hGFAP 2cKO mice...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630147/a-bifurcated-signaling-cascade-of-nima-related-kinases-controls-distinct-kinesins-in-anaphase
#9
Sierra N Cullati, Lilian Kabeche, Arminja N Kettenbach, Scott A Gerber
In mitosis, cells undergo a precisely orchestrated series of spatiotemporal changes in cytoskeletal structure to divide their genetic material. These changes are coordinated by a sophisticated network of protein-protein interactions and posttranslational modifications. In this study, we report a bifurcation in a signaling cascade of the NIMA-related kinases (Neks) Nek6, Nek7, and Nek9 that is required for the localization and function of two kinesins essential for cytokinesis, Mklp2 and Kif14. We demonstrate that a Nek9, Nek6, and Mklp2 signaling module controls the timely localization and bundling activity of Mklp2 at the anaphase central spindle...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630146/er-stress-causes-widespread-protein-aggregation-and-prion-formation
#10
Norfadilah Hamdan, Paraskevi Kritsiligkou, Chris M Grant
Disturbances in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) homeostasis create a condition termed ER stress. This activates the unfolded protein response (UPR), which alters the expression of many genes involved in ER quality control. We show here that ER stress causes the aggregation of proteins, most of which are not ER or secretory pathway proteins. Proteomic analysis of the aggregated proteins revealed enrichment for intrinsically aggregation-prone proteins rather than proteins which are affected in a stress-specific manner...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630145/activity-dependent-trafficking-of-lysosomes-in-dendrites-and-dendritic-spines
#11
Marisa S Goo, Laura Sancho, Natalia Slepak, Daniela Boassa, Thomas J Deerinck, Mark H Ellisman, Brenda L Bloodgood, Gentry N Patrick
In neurons, lysosomes, which degrade membrane and cytoplasmic components, are thought to primarily reside in somatic and axonal compartments, but there is little understanding of their distribution and function in dendrites. Here, we used conventional and two-photon imaging and electron microscopy to show that lysosomes traffic bidirectionally in dendrites and are present in dendritic spines. We find that lysosome inhibition alters their mobility and also decreases dendritic spine number. Furthermore, perturbing microtubule and actin cytoskeletal dynamics has an inverse relationship on the distribution and motility of lysosomes in dendrites...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630144/crmp-1-enhances-evl-mediated-actin-elongation-to-build-lamellipodia-and-the-actin-cortex
#12
Hui-Chia Yu-Kemp, James P Kemp, William M Brieher
Cells can control actin polymerization by nucleating new filaments or elongating existing ones. We recently identified CRMP-1 as a factor that stimulates the formation of Listeria monocytogenes actin comet tails, thereby implicating it in actin assembly. We now show that CRMP-1 is a major contributor to actin assembly in epithelial cells, where it works with the Ena/VASP family member EVL to assemble the actin cytoskeleton in the apical cortex and in protruding lamellipodia. CRMP-1 and EVL bind to one another and together accelerate actin filament barbed-end elongation...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630143/extracellular-vesicles-of-stromal-origin-target-and-support-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
#13
Gregoire Stik, Simon Crequit, Laurence Petit, Jennifer Durant, Pierre Charbord, Thierry Jaffredo, Charles Durand
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been recently reported as crucial mediators in cell-to-cell communication in development and disease. In this study, we investigate whether mesenchymal stromal cells that constitute a supportive microenvironment for hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) released EVs that could affect the gene expression and function of HSPCs. By taking advantage of two fetal liver-derived stromal lines with widely differing abilities to maintain HSPCs ex vivo, we demonstrate that stromal EVs play a critical role in the regulation of HSPCs...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626002/ride-the-wave-retrograde-trafficking-becomes-ca-2-dependent-with-baiap3
#14
Jakob B Sørensen
The functions of four of the five proteins in the mammalian uncoordinated-13 (Munc13) family have been identified as priming factors in SNARE-dependent exocytosis. In this issue, Zhang et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201702099) show that the fifth member, BAIAP3 (brain-specific angiogenesis inhibitor I-associated protein 3), acts in retrograde trafficking by returning secretory vesicle material to the trans-Golgi network. In its absence, secretory vesicle formation is impaired, leading to accumulation of immature vesicles, or lysosomal vesicle degradation...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626001/krs-a-cut-away-from-release-in-exosomes
#15
Catherine Rabouille
Cancer cells often trigger an inflammatory process, which in some cases may be driven by the presence of lysyl-tRNA synthetase (KRS) in the medium. Kim et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201605118) now demonstrate that cleavage of the KRS by caspase-8 inside cells triggers its interaction with syntenin and its release in inflammatory exosomes.
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626000/baiap3-a-c2-domain-containing-munc13-protein-controls-the-fate-of-dense-core-vesicles-in-neuroendocrine-cells
#16
Xingmin Zhang, Shan Jiang, Kelly A Mitok, Lingjun Li, Alan D Attie, Thomas F J Martin
Dense-core vesicle (DCV) exocytosis is a SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion attachment protein receptor)-dependent anterograde trafficking pathway that requires multiple proteins for regulation. Several C2 domain-containing proteins are known to regulate Ca(2+)-dependent DCV exocytosis in neuroendocrine cells. In this study, we identified others by screening all (∼139) human C2 domain-containing proteins by RNA interference in neuroendocrine cells. 40 genes were identified, including several encoding proteins with known roles (CAPS [calcium-dependent activator protein for secretion 1], Munc13-2, RIM1, and SYT10) and many with unknown roles...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625999/andrea-ventura-decrypting-noncoding-rnas
#17
Melina Casadio
Ventura explores the biological functions of noncoding RNAs in cancer and development.
June 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619714/the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr31-promotes-membrane-association-of-kras
#18
Nicole Fehrenbacher, Israel Tojal da Silva, Craig Ramirez, Yong Zhou, Kwang-Jin Cho, Shafi Kuchay, Jie Shi, Susan Thomas, Michele Pagano, John F Hancock, Dafna Bar-Sagi, Mark R Philips
The product of the KRAS oncogene, KRAS4B, promotes tumor growth when associated with the plasma membrane (PM). PM association is mediated, in part, by farnesylation of KRAS4B, but trafficking of nascent KRAS4B to the PM is incompletely understood. We performed a genome-wide screen to identify genes required for KRAS4B membrane association and identified a G protein-coupled receptor, GPR31. GPR31 associated with KRAS4B on cellular membranes in a farnesylation-dependent fashion, and retention of GPR31 on the endoplasmic reticulum inhibited delivery of KRAS4B to the PM...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619713/molecular-model-of-fission-yeast-centrosome-assembly-determined-by-superresolution-imaging
#19
Andrew J Bestul, Zulin Yu, Jay R Unruh, Sue L Jaspersen
Microtubule-organizing centers (MTOCs), known as centrosomes in animals and spindle pole bodies (SPBs) in fungi, are important for the faithful distribution of chromosomes between daughter cells during mitosis as well as for other cellular functions. The cytoplasmic duplication cycle and regulation of the Schizosaccharomyces pombe SPB is analogous to centrosomes, making it an ideal model to study MTOC assembly. Here, we use superresolution structured illumination microscopy with single-particle averaging to localize 14 S...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615195/a-stitch-in-time-replicate-early-and-escape-dosage-compensation-to-express-more
#20
María Gómez
The biological significance of conserved replication timing patterns in eukaryotic genomes remains a mystery. In this issue, Müller and Nieduszynski (2017. J. Cell Biol. https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201701061) find that early replication is a requirement for the highest expression levels of certain genes.
June 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
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