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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187910/analysis-of-gap-junctional-intercellular-communications-using-a-dielectrophoresis-based-microchip
#1
Marta Tellez-Gabriel, Céline Charrier, Bénédicte Brounais-Le Royer, Mathilde Mullard, Hannah K Brown, Franck Verrecchia, Dominique Heymann
Gap junctions are transmembrane structures that directly connect the cytoplasm of adjacent cells, making intercellular communications possible. It has been shown that the behaviour of several tumours - such as bone tumours - is related to gap junction intercellular communications (GJIC). Several methodologies are available for studying GJIC, based on measuring different parameters that are useful for multiple applications, such as the study of carcinogenesis for example. These methods nevertheless have several limitations...
February 6, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153412/tipping-the-scales-lessons-from-simple-model-systems-on-inositol-imbalance-in-neurological-disorders
#2
REVIEW
Anna D Frej, Grant P Otto, Robin S B Williams
Inositol and inositol-containing compounds have signalling and regulatory roles in many cellular processes, suggesting that inositol imbalance may lead to wide-ranging changes in cellular functions. Indeed, changes in inositol-dependent signalling have been implicated in various diseases and cellular functions such as autophagy, and these changes have often been proposed as therapeutic targets. However, few studies have highlighted the links between inositol depletion and the downstream effects on inositol phosphates and phosphoinositides in disease states...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129919/loss-of-huntingtin-stimulates-capture-of-retrograde-dense-core-vesicles-to-increase-synaptic-neuropeptide-stores
#3
Dinara Bulgari, David L Deitcher, Edwin S Levitan
The Huntington's disease protein Huntingtin (Htt) regulates axonal transport of dense-core vesicles (DCVs) containing neurotrophins and neuropeptides. DCVs travel down axons to reach nerve terminals where they are either captured in synaptic boutons to support later release or reverse direction to reenter the axon as part of vesicle circulation. Currently, the impact of Htt on DCV dynamics in the terminal is unknown. Here we report that knockout of Drosophila Htt selectively reduces retrograde DCV flux at proximal boutons of motoneuron terminals...
January 22, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132723/eb1-contributes-to-proper-front-to-back-polarity-in-neutrophil-like-hl-60-cells
#4
Matthias Samereier, Michael Schleicher, Heike Roth, Doris Brechtefeld, Barbara Walzog, Annette Müller-Taubenberger
Directed migration of leukocytes towards a chemotactic source is largely dependent on coordinated actin cytoskeleton functions that provide the driving forces at the cell front and enable contractility at the rear. In contrast to the force-generating properties of the actin cytoskeleton, the microtubule network assumes a regulatory function in balancing front-to-back polarity. In migrating neutrophils, microtubules are mostly concentrated at the cell rear, and previously published work suggested that microtubules are stabilized and kept in place by a mechanism involving Cdc42, WASP, CD11b, and the end-binding protein 1 (EB1)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110910/acetylation-of-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-promotes-its-degradation-through-chaperone-mediated-autophagy
#5
Anne Bonhoure, Alice Vallentin, Marianne Martin, Andrea Senff-Ribeiro, Robert Amson, Adam Telerman, Michel Vidal
Translationally controlled tumor protein (Tpt1/TCTP) is a multi-functional cytosolic protein whose cellular levels are finely tuned. TCTP regulates protein behavior by favoring stabilization of protein partners or on the contrary by promoting degradation of others. TCTP has been shown to be transcriptionally and translationally regulated, but much less is known about its degradation process. In this study, we present evidence that chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) contributes to TCTP regulation. CMA allows lysosomal degradation of specific cytosolic proteins on a molecule-by-molecule basis...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109635/impact-of-high-cholesterol-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-model-prevention-of-lysosomal-leakage-versus-stimulation-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation
#6
Ida Eriksson, Sangeeta Nath, Per Bornefall, Ana Maria Villamil Giraldo, Karin Öllinger
Parkinson's disease is characterized by accumulation of intraneuronal cytoplasmic inclusions, Lewy bodies, which mainly consist of aggregated α-synuclein. Controversies exist as to whether high blood cholesterol is a risk factor for the development of the disease and whether statin treatment could have a protective effect. Using a model system of BE(2)-M17 neuroblastoma cells treated with the neurotoxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP(+)), we found that MPP(+)-induced cell death was accompanied by cholesterol accumulation in a lysosomal-like pattern in pre-apoptotic cells...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104305/cp39-cp75-and-cp91-are-major-structural-components-of-the-dictyostelium-centrosome-s-core-structure
#7
Irene Meyer, Tatjana Peter, Petros Batsios, Oliver Kuhnert, Anne Krüger-Genge, Carl Camurça, Ralph Gräf
The acentriolar Dictyostelium centrosome is a nucleus-associated body consisting of a core structure with three plaque-like layers, which are surrounded by a microtubule-nucleating corona. The core duplicates once per cell cycle at the G2/M transition, whereby its central layer disappears and the two outer layers form the mitotic spindle poles. Through proteomic analysis of isolated centrosomes, we have identified CP39 and CP75, two essential components of the core structure. Both proteins can be assigned to the central core layer as their centrosomal presence is correlated to the disappearance and reappearance of the central core layer in the course of centrosome duplication...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094049/ep4-receptor-promotes-invadopodia-and-invasion-in-human-breast-cancer
#8
Felix Tönisen, Louisiane Perrin, Battuya Bayarmagnai, Koen van den Dries, Alessandra Cambi, Bojana Gligorijevic
The production of Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is elevated in human breast cancer cells. The abnormal expression of COX-2, which is involved in the synthesis of PGE2, was recently reported as a critical determinant for invasiveness of human breast cancer cells. Autocrine and paracrine PGE2-mediated stimulation of the PGE2 receptor EP4 transduces multiple signaling pathways leading to diverse patho-physiological effects, including tumor cell invasion and metastasis. It is known that PGE2-induced EP4 activation can transactivate the intracellular signaling pathway of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)...
January 10, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964885/membrane-protein-trafficking-in-drosophila-photoreceptor-cells
#9
REVIEW
Krystina Schopf, Armin Huber
Membrane protein trafficking occurs throughout the lifetime of neurons and includes the initial protein synthesis and anterograde transport to the plasma membrane as well as internalization, degradation, and recycling of plasma membrane proteins. Defects in protein trafficking can result in neuronal degeneration and underlie blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa as well as other neuronal disorders. Drosophila photoreceptor cells have emerged as a model system for identifying the components and mechanisms involved in membrane protein trafficking in neurons...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057356/cell-wall-synthesis-and-central-carbohydrate-metabolism-are-interconnected-by-the-snf1-mig1-pathway-in-kluyveromyces-lactis
#10
Dorthe Rippert, Katja Backhaus, Rosaura Rodicio, Jürgen J Heinisch
The trimeric AMP-activated kinase complex (AMPK) is conserved from yeast to humans and is best known for its role in balancing energy metabolism. Additional functions, including the regulation of cell wall biosynthesis, have been proposed for the SNF1 complex, the baker's yeast homolog of AMPK. We here demonstrate that this function is conserved in the Crabtree-negative milk yeast Kluyveromyces lactis. Deletion mutants in the genes encoding the subunits of the trimeric complex (Klsnf1, Klgal83, Klsnf4) displayed increased sensitivities towards cell wall stress agents and a mutant lacking the kinase subunit had a thinner cell wall in transmission electron micrographs as compared to wild type...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049557/dynamical-modeling-of-liver-aquaporin-9-expression-and-glycerol-permeability-in-hepatic-glucose-metabolism
#11
Patrizia Gena, Nicoletta Del Buono, Marcello D'Abbicco, Maria Mastrodonato, Marco Berardi, Maria Svelto, Luciano Lopez, Giuseppe Calamita
Liver is crucial in the homeostasis of glycerol, an important metabolic intermediate. Plasma glycerol is imported by hepatocytes mainly through Aquaporin-9 (AQP9), an aquaglyceroporin channel negatively regulated by insulin in rodents. AQP9 is of critical importance in glycerol metabolism since hepatic glycerol utilization is rate-limited at the hepatocyte membrane permeation step. Glycerol kinase catalyzes the initial step for the conversion of the imported glycerol into glycerol-3-phosphate, a major substrate for de novo synthesis of glucose (gluconeogenesis) and/or triacyglycerols (lipogenesis)...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017376/myogenic-potential-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-lacking-functional-pax7-tested-in-vitro-by-5-azacitidine-treatment-and-in-vivo-in-regenerating-skeletal-muscle
#12
Anita Helinska, Maciej Krupa, Karolina Archacka, Areta M Czerwinska, Wladyslawa Streminska, Katarzyna Janczyk-Ilach, Maria A Ciemerych, Iwona Grabowska
Regeneration of skeletal muscle relies on the presence of satellite cells. Satellite cells deficiency accompanying some degenerative diseases is the reason for the search for the "replacement cells" that can be used in the muscle therapies. Due to their unique properties embryonic stem cells (ESCs), as well as myogenic cells derived from them, are considered as a promising source of therapeutic cells. Among the factors crucial for the specification of myogenic precursor cells is Pax7 that sustains proper function of satellite cells...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988106/external-factors-influencing-mesenchymal-stem-cell-fate-in-vitro
#13
REVIEW
Sajjad Sisakhtnezhad, Elham Alimoradi, Hassan Akrami
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have extensive potentials, which make them attractive candidates for the developmental biology, drug discovery and regenerative medicine. However, the use of MSCs is limited by their scarceness in tissues and in culture conditions. They also exhibit various degrees of potency which subsequently influencing their applications. Nowadays, questions remain about how self-renewal and differentiation of MSCs can be controlled in vitro and in vivo, how they will behave and migrate to the right place and how they modulate the immune system...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939274/helional-induced-activation-of-human-olfactory-receptor-2j3-promotes-apoptosis-and-inhibits-proliferation-in-a-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-line
#14
Benjamin Kalbe, Viola Maria Schulz, Marian Schlimm, Stathis Philippou, Nikolina Jovancevic, Fabian Jansen, Paul Scholz, Hermann Lübbert, Marvin Jarocki, Andreas Faissner, Erich Hecker, Sophie Veitinger, Teresa Tsai, Sabrina Osterloh, Hanns Hatt
Studies within the last decade have localized the functional expression of olfactory receptors (ORs) to cells outside of the olfactory epithelium. In human hepatocarcinoma and prostate cancer cells, the activation of ORs by odors modulates elementary physiological processes and leads to an inhibitory effect on proliferation. Cells of the respiratory tract are in direct contact with the surrounding air, in which a myriad of volatile molecules, especially odors, are present. Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has a high prevalence, a high mortality rate and is difficult to treat...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919433/sodc-modulates-ras-and-pkb-signaling-in-dictyostelium
#15
Boris Castillo, Seon-Hee Kim, Mujataba Sharief, Tong Sun, Lou W Kim
We have previously reported that the basal RasG activity is aberrantly high in cells lacking Superoxide dismutase C (SodC). Here we report that other Ras proteins such as RasC and RasD activities are not affected in sodC(-) cells and mutagenesis studies showed that the presence of the Cys(118) in the Ras proteins is essential for the superoxide-mediated activation of Ras proteins in Dictyostelium. In addition to the loss of SodC, lack of extracellular magnesium ions increased the level of intracellular superoxide and active RasG proteins...
January 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871651/erk-activated-by-histamine-h1-receptor-is-anti-proliferative-through-spatial-restriction-in-the-cytosol
#16
Ruchi Jain, Uchenna Watson, Deepak Kumar Saini
Histamine, a primary mediator of allergic responses, elicits its effects by activating specific receptors belonging to the GPCR family in target cells. Activation of histamine receptor can activate MAP kinases as recorded by monitoring the phosphorylation of extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK). Despite this, ERK phosphorylation does not translate into pro-proliferative changes after histamine stimulation in HeLa cells. Here we show that histamine H1 receptor activation mediates MAPK activation through PLCβ, Src, PKCδ and MEK pathway, but does not lead to nuclear relocalization of phospho-ERK (pERK), classically associated with pro-proliferative changes...
December 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823812/pex17p-dependent-assembly-of-pex14p-dyn2p-subcomplexes-of-the-peroxisomal-protein-import-machinery
#17
Anna Chan, Andreas Schummer, Sven Fischer, Thomas Schröter, Luis Daniel Cruz-Zaragoza, Julian Bender, Friedel Drepper, Silke Oeljeklaus, Wolf-H Kunau, Wolfgang Girzalsky, Bettina Warscheid, Ralf Erdmann
Peroxisomal matrix protein import is facilitated by cycling receptors that recognize their cargo proteins in the cytosol by peroxisomal targeting sequences (PTS). In the following, the assembled receptor-cargo complex is targeted to the peroxisomal membrane where it docks to the docking-complex as part of the peroxisomal translocation machinery. The docking-complex is composed of Pex13p, Pex14p and in yeast also Pex17p, whose function is still elusive. In order to characterize the function of Pex17p, we compared the composition and size of peroxisomal receptor-docking complexes from wild-type and pex17Δ cells...
December 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769530/inactivation-of-p120-catenin-in-mice-disturbs-intrahepatic-bile-duct-development-and-aggravates-liver-carcinogenesis
#18
Jolanda van Hengel, Celine Van den Broeke, Tim Pieters, Louis Libbrecht, Ilse Hofmann, Frans van Roy
p120 catenin (p120ctn) is required for the stability of classic cadherins at the cell surface and is thought to play a central role in modulating cell-cell adhesion. Cytoplasmic p120ctn promotes cell motility, and probably other activities, by modulating the activities of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42. E-cadherin is expressed in periportal but not in perivenous hepatocytes. In contrast, all hepatocytes of normal mouse liver express N-cadherin. Cholangiocytes express exclusively E-cadherin. Mice with p120ctn ablation in hepatocytes and cholangiocytes (p120LiKO mice) were generated by Cre-loxP technology...
December 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756483/formation-of-mos-rna-granules-in-the-zebrafish-oocyte-that-differ-from-cyclin-b1-rna-granules-in-distribution-density-and-regulation
#19
Mayu Horie, Tomoya Kotani
Many translationally repressed mRNAs are deposited in the oocyte cytoplasm for progression of the meiotic cell cycle and early development. mos and cyclin B1 mRNAs encode proteins promoting oocyte meiosis, and translational control of these mRNAs is important for normal progression of meiotic cell division. We previously demonstrated that cyclin B1 mRNA forms RNA granules in the zebrafish and mouse oocyte cytoplasm and that the formation of RNA granules is crucial for regulating the timing of translational activation of the mRNA...
December 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666151/united-we-stand-adhesion-and-molecular-mechanisms-driving-cell-fusion-across-species
#20
REVIEW
Francesca Zito, Nadia Lampiasi, Igor Kireev, Roberta Russo
Cell-cell fusion is a physiological process playing an essential role for fertilization, shaping organs, tissue repair and immune defense in multicellular organisms. Recent research in the field aims to understand why two or more cells fuse each other and to decipher the general mechanisms regulating this process. Few basic and general steps can be identified, i.e. migration, adhesion and fusion, which are common to different types of cells. As pre-fused and fused cells undergo dramatic changes in their ultrastructure and behavior, the coordinated action of multiple factors is required, including adhesion molecules, cell surface receptors, intracellular kinases, transcription factors, and miRNAs...
December 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
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