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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044949/induction-of-erythropoietin-gene-expression-in-epithelial-cells-by-chemicals-identified-in-gata-inhibitor-screenings
#1
Hiroshi Kaneko, Takehide Katoh, Ikuo Hirano, Atsushi Hasegawa, Tadayuki Tsujita, Masayuki Yamamoto, Ritsuko Shimizu
Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone that promotes proliferation, differentiation and survival of erythroid progenitors. EPO gene expression is regulated in a tissue-specific and hypoxia-inducible manner and is mainly restricted to renal EPO-producing cells after birth. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) confers high risk for renal anemia due to lower EPO production from injured kidneys. In transgenic reporter lines of mice, disruption of a GATA-binding motif within the Epo gene promoter-proximal region restores constitutive reporter expression in epithelial cells...
October 18, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980748/hikeshi-modulates-the-proteotoxic-stress-response-in-human-cells-implication-for-the-importance-of-the-nuclear-function-of-hsp70s
#2
Khondoker Md Zulfiker Rahman, Hiroshi Mamada, Masatoshi Takagi, Shingo Kose, Naoko Imamoto
Hikeshi mediates the heat stress-induced nuclear import of heat-shock protein 70 (HSP70s: HSP70/HSC70). Dysfunction of Hikeshi causes some serious effects in humans; however, the cellular function of Hikeshi is largely unknown. Here, we investigated the effects of Hikeshi depletion on the survival of human cells after proteotoxic stress and found opposite effects in HeLa and hTERT-RPE1 (RPE) cells; depletion of Hikeshi reduced the survival of HeLa cells, but increased the survival of RPE cells in response to proteotoxic stress...
October 5, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898551/elucidation-of-glcnac-binding-properties-of-type-iii-intermediate-filament-proteins-using-glcnac-bearing-polymers
#3
Hirohiko Ise, Sadanori Yamasaki, Kazuaki Sueyoshi, Yoshiko Miura
Vimentin, desmin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and peripherin belong to type III intermediate filament family and are expressed in mesenchymal cells, skeletal muscle cells, astrocytes and peripheral neurons, respectively. Vimentin and desmin possess N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (GlcNAc)-binding properties on cell surfaces. The rod II domain of these proteins is a GlcNAc-binding site, which also exists in GFAP and peripherin. However, the GlcNAc-binding activities and behaviors of these proteins remain unclear...
September 12, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884934/extracellular-vesicle-mediated-mfg-e8-localization-in-the-extracellular-matrix-is-required-for-its-integrin-dependent-function-in-mouse-mammary-epithelial-cells
#4
Takuya Ooishi, Daita Nadano, Tsukasa Matsuda, Kenzi Oshima
Milk fat globule-EGF factor 8 (MFG-E8) is a divalent-binding secretory protein possessing an Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif and a phosphatidylserine (PS)-binding motif. This protein has been shown to be involved in mammary gland development and morphogenesis. Integrin-binding activity is necessary for these MFG-E8-dependent cell processes. Although the target cells and molecules of MFG-E8 in the cellular microenvironment are important to understand its physiological function, its localization is largely unclear. Here, we found that mouse MFG-E8 localized to the basal lamina of the mammary gland during involution...
September 8, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884885/effect-of-different-light-dark-schedules-on-estrous-cycle-in-mice-and-implications-for-mitigating-the-adverse-impact-of-night-work
#5
Kiichi Yoshinaka, Ai Yamaguchi, Ritsuko Matsumura, Koichi Node, Isao Tokuda, Makoto Akashi
Approximately 20% of workers in developed countries are involved in night work. Nevertheless, many studies have strongly suggested that night-work-induced chronic circadian misalignment increases the risk of a diverse range of health problems. Although a relation between night work and irregular menstrual cycles has been indicated epidemiologically, a direct causal link remains elusive. Here, we report that repetitive reversal of light-dark (LD) cycles triggers irregular estrous cycles in mice. The findings showed that the estrous cycle remained irregular for more than four weeks after the mice were returned to regular LD cycles...
September 8, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791779/crystal-structure-of-the-xpo1p-nuclear-export-complex-bound-to-the-sxfg-pxfg-repeats-of-the-nucleoporin-nup42p
#6
Masako Koyama, Hidemi Hirano, Natsuki Shirai, Yoshiyuki Matsuura
Xpo1p (yeast CRM1) is the major nuclear export receptor that carries a plethora of proteins and ribonucleoproteins from the nucleus to cytoplasm. The passage of the Xpo1p nuclear export complex through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) is facilitated by interactions with nucleoporins (Nups) containing extensive repeats of phenylalanine-glycine (so-called FG repeats), although the precise role of each Nup in the nuclear export reaction remains incompletely understood. Here we report structural and biochemical characterization of the interactions between the Xpo1p nuclear export complex and the FG repeats of Nup42p, a nucleoporin localized at the cytoplasmic face of yeast NPCs and has characteristic SxFG/PxFG sequence repeat motif...
August 8, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776863/artificial-acceleration-of-mammalian-cell-reprogramming-by-bacterial-proteins
#7
Takashi Ikeda, Ikuo Uchiyama, Mio Iwasaki, Tetsuhiko Sasaki, Masato Nakagawa, Keisuke Okita, Shinji Masui
The molecular mechanisms of cell reprogramming and differentiation involve various signaling factors. Small molecule compounds have been identified to artificially influence these factors through interacting cellular proteins. Although such small molecule compounds are useful to enhance reprogramming and differentiation and to show the mechanisms that underlie these events, the screening usually requires a large number of compounds to identify only a very small number of hits (e.g., one hit among several tens of thousands of compounds)...
August 4, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771906/cdk1-interacting-protein-cip1-is-regulated-by-the-s%C3%A2-phase-checkpoint-in-response-to-genotoxic-stress
#8
Ze Zhang, Ping Ren, Ajay A Vashisht, James A Wohlschlegel, David G Quintana, Fanli Zeng
In eukaryotic cells, a surveillance mechanism, the S phase checkpoint, detects and responds to insults that challenge chromosomal replication, arresting cell cycle progression and triggering appropriate events to prevent genomic instability. In the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Mec1/ATM/ATR, and its downstream kinase, Rad53/Chk2, mediate the response to genotoxic stress. In this study, we place Cip1, a recently identified Cdk1 inhibitor (CKI), under the regulation of Mec1 and Rad53 in response to genotoxic stress...
October 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791781/many-transcription-factors-contribute-to-c-%C3%A2-elegans-growth-and-fat-storage
#9
Akihiro Mori, Amy D Holdorf, Albertha J M Walhout
Reverse genetic screens by RNA interference (RNAi) in model organisms such as the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans have provided numerous insights into gene function, thereby connecting genotype to phenotype. However, genes that contribute only subtly are often missed because relatively large numbers of measurements and reliable quantification are required to overcome experimental and biological noise that may mask subtle phenotypic effects. Here, we address this challenge by focusing on two phenotypes in C...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776905/expression-of-cytokine-and-extracellular-matrix-mrnas-in-fetal-hepatic-stellate-cells
#10
Keai Sinn Tan, Kasem Kulkeaw, Yoichi Nakanishi, Daisuke Sugiyama
In mouse fetal liver, hepatoblasts, sinusoidal endothelial cells and macrophages (or erythroblastic islands) promote differentiation and proliferation of hematopoietic cells through cell-cell interactions and secretion of cytokines and extracellular matrix factors. Until now, we have had little knowledge of the hematopoietic cytokines or extracellular matrix mRNAs expressed in hepatic stellate cells. Using p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) to mark this cell population, we sorted 12.5, 14.5 and 16.5 dpc hepatic stellate cells and analyzed expression of cytokines and extracellular matrix mRNAs...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776895/characterization-of-sarcocystis-fayeri-s-actin-depolymerizing-factor-as-a-toxin-that-causes-diarrhea
#11
Daisuke Irikura, Morihiro Saito, Yoshiko Sugita-Konishi, Takahiro Ohnishi, Kei-Ichi Sugiyama, Maiko Watanabe, Akiko Yamazaki, Shinji Izumiyama, Hirotaka Sato, Yusuke Kimura, Rie Doi, Yoichi Kamata
Raw horsemeat has the potential to induce food poisoning which often presents with diarrheal symptoms. A sample of horsemeat was found to be infected with Sarcocystis fayeri, and a 15-kDa protein isolated from the cysts of S. fayeri was found to clearly show its diarrhea-inducing activity. A nested polymerase chain reaction was used to clone the cDNA of the 15-kDa protein. The deduced amino acid sequence showed homology to actin-depolymerizing factor (ADF). A recombinant 15-kDa protein depolymerized prepolymerized actins in a test tube...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752912/functional-analysis-of-the-cyclophilin-ppib-role-in-bacterial-cell-division
#12
Aggeliki Skagia, Chrysoula Zografou, Anastasia Venieraki, Costas Fasseas, Panagiotis Katinakis, Maria Dimou
Escherichia coli PpiB is a peptidyl-prolyl cis/trans isomerase (PPIase, EC: 5.2.1.8) with chaperone activity. Here, we show that the ΔppiB deletion strain and the PpiB over-expression wild-type strain are both characterized by defects in cell division involving milder or severe cell filamentation, respectively. Using various PpiB mutants, we show that the PPIase activity of PpiB is necessary for the observed cell filamentation, whereas other structural features apart from the active site are also important for this phenotype...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745000/sycp3-regulates-strand-invasion-activities-of-rad51-and-dmc1
#13
Wataru Kobayashi, Noriko Hosoya, Shinichi Machida, Kiyoshi Miyagawa, Hitoshi Kurumizaka
The synaptonemal complex is a higher-ordered proteinaceous architecture formed between homologous chromosomes. SYCP3 is a major component of the lateral/axial elements in the synaptonemal complex and is essential for meiotic recombination. Previous genetic studies showed that SYCP3 functions in meiotic homologous recombination biased to interhomologous chromosomes, by regulating the strand invasion activities of the RAD51 and DMC1 recombinases. However, the mechanism by which SYCP3 regulates RAD51- and DMC1-mediated strand invasion remains elusive...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695676/matrin3-binds-directly-to-intronic-pyrimidine-rich-sequences-and-controls-alternative-splicing
#14
Yuri Uemura, Takuya Oshima, Munetaka Yamamoto, Charles Jourdan Reyes, Pedro Henrique Costa Cruz, Toshiharu Shibuya, Yukio Kawahara
Matrin3 is an RNA-binding protein that is localized in the nuclear matrix. Although various roles in RNA metabolism have been reported for Matrin3, in vivo target RNAs to which Matrin3 binds directly have not been investigated comprehensively so far. Here, we show that Matrin3 binds predominantly to intronic regions of pre-mRNAs. Photoactivatable Ribonucleoside-Enhanced Cross-linking and Immunoprecipitation (PAR-CLIP) analysis using human neuronal cells showed that Matrin3 recognized pyrimidine-rich sequences as binding motifs, including the polypyrimidine tract, a splicing regulatory element...
September 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707405/generation-of-biallelic-f0-mutants-in-medaka-using-the-crispr-cas9-system
#15
Rie Sawamura, Natsumi Osafune, Takahiro Murakami, Fumiya Furukawa, Takeshi Kitano
Several animal models generated by genome editing methods develop somatic mosaic mutations including wild-type genome sequence in F0 generation because it is difficult to use editing tools at the one-cell stage. Producing complete knockout animals quickly is a great advantage in determining the function of target genes. This study investigated the generation of F0 knockout medaka using the CRISPR/Cas9 system. To determine whether this editing system induced mutations in the medaka genome at the one-cell stage, recombinant Cas9 protein, tracrRNA and crRNA for dead end (dnd), which is essential for germ cell development, were injected into one-cell stage embryos of olvas-DsRedExpress transgenic medaka...
July 14, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695613/ngl-3-induced-presynaptic-differentiation-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-an-afadin-dependent-nectin-1-independent-manner
#16
Tomohiko Maruo, Kenji Mandai, Muneaki Miyata, Shotaro Sakakibara, Shujie Wang, Kousyoku Sai, Yu Itoh, Aika Kaito, Takeshi Fujiwara, Akira Mizoguchi, Yoshimi Takai
A hippocampal mossy fiber synapse, which is implicated in learning and memory, has a complex structure. We have previously shown using afadin-deficient mice that afadin plays multiple roles in the structural and functional differentiations of this synapse. We investigated here using a co-culture system with cultured hippocampal neurons and non-neuronal COS-7 cells expressing synaptogenic cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) whether afadin is involved in the presynaptic differentiation of hippocampal synapses. Postsynaptic CAMs NGL-3 (alias, a Lrrc4b gene product) and neuroligin induced presynaptic differentiation by trans-interacting with their respective presynaptic binding CAMs LAR (alias, a Ptprf gene product) and neurexin...
July 11, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639742/two-zinc-finger-proteins-from-mycobacterium-smegmatis-dna-binding-and-activation-of-transcription
#17
Subho Ghosh, Dipankar Chatterji
Single zinc finger domain containing proteins are very few in number. Of numerous zinc finger proteins in eukaryotes, only three of them like GAGA, Superman and DNA binding by one finger (Dof) have single zinc finger domain. Although few zinc finger proteins have been described in eubacteria, no protein with single C4 zinc finger has been described in details in anyone of them. In this article, we are describing two novel C-terminal C4 zinc finger proteins-Msmeg_0118 and Msmeg_3613 from Mycobacterium smegmatis...
June 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639422/medaka-and-zebrafish-contactin1-mutants-as-a-model-for-understanding-neural-circuits-for-motor-coordination
#18
Miki Takeuchi, Chikako Inoue, Akiko Goshima, Yusuke Nagao, Koichi Shimizu, Hiroki Miyamoto, Takashi Shimizu, Hisashi Hashimoto, Shigenobu Yonemura, Atsuo Kawahara, Yutaka Hirata, Masayuki Yoshida, Masahiko Hibi
A spontaneous medaka ro mutant shows abnormal wobbling and rolling swimming behaviors. By positional cloning, we mapped the ro locus to a region containing the gene encoding Contactin1b (Cntn1b), which is an immunoglobulin (Ig)-superfamily domain-containing membrane-anchored protein. The ro mutant had a deletion in the cntn1b gene that introduced a premature stop codon. Furthermore, cntn1b mutants generated by the CRISPR/Cas9 system and trans-heterozygotes of the CRISPR mutant allele and ro had abnormal swimming behavior, indicating that the cntn1b gene was responsible for the ro-mutant phenotype...
June 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631873/roles-of-afadin-in-functional-differentiations-of-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-synapse
#19
Xiaoqi Geng, Tomohiko Maruo, Kenji Mandai, Irwan Supriyanto, Muneaki Miyata, Shotaro Sakakibara, Akira Mizoguchi, Yoshimi Takai, Masahiro Mori
A hippocampal mossy fiber synapse has a complex structure and is implicated in learning and memory. In this synapse, the mossy fiber boutons attach to the dendritic shaft by puncta adherentia junctions and wrap around a multiply-branched spine, forming synaptic junctions. We have recently shown using transmission electron microscopy, immunoelectron microscopy and serial block face-scanning electron microscopy that atypical puncta adherentia junctions are formed in the afadin-deficient mossy fiber synapse and that the complexity of postsynaptic spines and mossy fiber boutons, the number of spine heads, the area of postsynaptic densities and the density of synaptic vesicles docked to active zones are decreased in the afadin-deficient synapse...
June 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597544/endoplasmic-reticulum-proteins-sdf2-and-sdf2l1-act-as-components-of-the-bip-chaperone-cycle-to-prevent-protein-aggregation
#20
Tsutomu Fujimori, Ryoji Suno, Shun-Ichiro Iemura, Tohru Natsume, Ikuo Wada, Nobuko Hosokawa
The folding of newly synthesized proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is assisted by ER-resident chaperone proteins. BiP (immunoglobulin heavy-chain-binding protein), a member of the HSP70 family, plays a central role in protein quality control. The chaperone function of BiP is regulated by its intrinsic ATPase activity, which is stimulated by ER-resident proteins of the HSP40/DnaJ family, including ERdj3. Here, we report that two closely related proteins, SDF2 and SDF2L1, regulate the BiP chaperone cycle...
June 9, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
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