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Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS

Stephan M Feller, Marc Lewitzky
Non-protein coding RNAs in different flavors (miRNAs, piRNAs, snoRNAs, lncRNAs, SHOT-RNAs), exosomes, large oncosomes, exoDNA and now tumor-educated platelets (TEPs) have emerged as crucial signal transmitting, transporting and regulating devices of cells in the last two decades. They are also establishing themselves increasingly in the realm of tumor research. We are currently witnessing a mushrooming of candidate entities for diagnostic and prognostic cancer detection and characterization tests that could have a major impact on how this diverse group of diseases is initially spotted and subsequently treated in the near future...
September 27, 2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Michael J Shamblott, Marci L O'Driscoll, Danielle L Gomez, Dustin L McGuire
BACKGROUND: Reports of exocrine-to-endocrine reprogramming through expression or stabilization of the transcription factor neurogenin 3 (NGN3) have generated renewed interest in harnessing pancreatic plasticity for therapeutic applications. NGN3 is expressed by a population of endocrine progenitor cells that give rise exclusively to hormone-secreting cells within pancreatic islets and is necessary and sufficient for endocrine differentiation during development. In the adult human pancreas, NGN3 is expressed by dedifferentiating exocrine cells with a phenotype resembling endocrine progenitor cells and the capacity for endocrine differentiation in vitro...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Peter M Benz, Ingrid Fleming
Under physiological conditions, endothelial cells and the endothelial nitric oxide (NO) synthase (eNOS) are the main source of NO in the cardiovascular system. However, several other cell types have also been implicated in the NO-dependent regulation of cell function, including erythrocytes. NO derived from red blood cells has been proposed to regulate erythrocyte membrane fluidity, inhibit platelet activation and induce vasodilation in hypoxic areas, but these proposals are highly controversial. In the current issue of Cell Communication and Signaling, an elegant study by Gambaryan et al...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Peter M Benz, Hebatullah Laban, Joana Zink, Lea Günther, Ulrich Walter, Stepan Gambaryan, Karim Dib
BACKGROUND: Vasodilator-Stimulated Phosphoprotein (VASP) is involved in the inhibition of agonist-induced platelet aggregation by cyclic nucleotides and the adhesion of platelets to the vascular wall. αIIbβ3 is the main integrin responsible for platelet activation and Rap1b plays a key role in integrin signalling. We investigated whether VASP is involved in the regulation of Rap1b in platelets since VASP-null platelets exhibit augmented adhesion to endothelial cells in vivo. METHODS: Washed platelets from wild type and VASP-deficient mice were stimulated with thrombin, the purinergic receptors agonist ADP, or the thromboxane A2 receptor agonist U46619 and Rap1b activation was measured using the GST-RalGDS-RBD binding assay...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Catharina Melzer, Yuanyuan Yang, Ralf Hass
Tumor development and tumor progression is not only determined by the corresponding tumor cells but also by the tumor microenvironment. This includes an orchestrated network of interacting cell types (e.g. immune cells, endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and mesenchymal stroma/stem cells (MSC)) via the extracellular matrix and soluble factors such as cytokines, chemokines, growth factors and various metabolites. Cell populations of the tumor microenvironment can interact directly and indirectly with cancer cells by mutually altering properties and functions of the involved partners...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Stanley G Kimani, Sushil Kumar, Viralkumar Davra, Yun-Juan Chang, Canan Kasikara, Ke Geng, Wen-I Tsou, Shenyan Wang, Mainul Hoque, Andrej Boháč, Anita Lewis-Antes, Mariana S De Lorenzo, Sergei V Kotenko, Raymond B Birge
BACKGROUND: Tyro3, Axl, and Mertk (TAMs) are a family of three conserved receptor tyrosine kinases that have pleiotropic roles in innate immunity and homeostasis and when overexpressed in cancer cells can drive tumorigenesis. METHODS: In the present study, we engineered EGFR/TAM chimeric receptors (EGFR/Tyro3, EGFR/Axl, and EGF/Mertk) with the goals to interrogate post-receptor functions of TAMs, and query whether TAMs have unique or overlapping post-receptor activation profiles...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Linda Yu, Kyle Ham, Xiaohua Gao, Lysandra Castro, Yitang Yan, Grace E Kissling, Charles J Tucker, Norris Flagler, Ray Dong, Trevor K Archer, Darlene Dixon
BACKGROUND: The phytoestrogen, genistein at low doses nongenomically activates mitogen-activated protein kinase p44/42 (MAPKp44/42) via estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) leading to proliferation of human uterine leiomyoma cells. In this study, we evaluated if MAPKp44/42 could activate downstream effectors such as mitogen- and stress-activated protein kinase 1 (MSK1), which could then epigenetically modify histone H3 by phosphorylation following a low dose (1 μg/ml) of genistein. RESULTS: Using hormone-responsive immortalized human uterine leiomyoma (ht-UtLM) cells, we found that genistein activated MAPKp44/42 and MSK1, and also increased phosphorylation of histone H3 at serine10 (H3S10ph) in ht-UtLM cells...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Ekaterina Smirnova, Jamie J Kwan, Ryan Siu, Xin Gao, Georg Zoidl, Borries Demeler, Vivian Saridakis, Logan W Donaldson
BACKGROUND: CASKIN2 is a homolog of CASKIN1, a scaffolding protein that participates in a signaling network with CASK (calcium/calmodulin-dependent serine kinase). Despite a high level of homology between CASKIN2 and CASKIN1, CASKIN2 cannot bind CASK due to the absence of a CASK Interaction Domain and consequently, may have evolved undiscovered structural and functional distinctions. RESULTS: We demonstrate that the crystal structure of the Sterile Alpha Motif (SAM) domain tandem (SAM1-SAM2) oligomer from CASKIN2 is different than CASKIN1, with the minimal repeating unit being a dimer, rather than a monomer...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Stepan Gambaryan, Hariharan Subramanian, Linda Kehrer, Igor Mindukshev, Julia Sudnitsyna, Cora Reiss, Natalia Rukoyatkina, Andreas Friebe, Iraida Sharina, Emil Martin, Ulrich Walter
BACKGROUND: Direct interaction between Red blood cells (RBCs) and platelets is known for a long time. The bleeding time is prolonged in anemic patients independent of their platelet count and could be corrected by transfusion of RBCs, which indicates that RBCs play an important role in hemostasis and platelet activation. However, in the last few years, opposing mechanisms of platelet inhibition by RBCs derived nitric oxide (NO) were proposed. The aim of our study was to identify whether RBCs could produce NO and activate soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) in platelets...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
William Q Gillis, Arif Kirmizitas, Yasuno Iwasaki, Dong-Hyuk Ki, Jonathan M Wyrick, Gerald H Thomsen
BACKGROUND: Canonical Wnt signals, transduced by stabilized β-catenin, play similar roles across animals in maintaining stem cell pluripotency, regulating cell differentiation, and instructing normal embryonic development. Dysregulated Wnt/β-catenin signaling causes diseases and birth defects, and a variety of regulatory processes control this pathway to ensure its proper function and integration with other signaling systems. We previously identified GTP-binding protein 2 (Gtpbp2) as a novel regulator of BMP signaling, however further exploration revealed that Gtpbp2 can also affect Wnt signaling, which is a novel finding reported here...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Christa Pfeifhofer-Obermair, Karin Albrecht-Schgoer, Sebastian Peer, Manfred Nairz, Kerstin Siegmund, Victoria Klepsch, David Haschka, Nikolaus Thuille, Natascha Hermann-Kleiter, Thomas Gruber, Günter Weiss, Gottfried Baier
BACKGROUND: The serine/threonine protein kinase C (PKC) theta has been firmly implicated in T cell-mediated immunity. Because its role in macrophages has remained undefined, we employed PKCtheta-deficient (PKCtheta (-/-)) mice in order to investigate if PKCtheta plays a role in macrophage-mediated immune responses during bacterial infections. RESULTS: Our results demonstrate that PKCtheta plays an important role in host defense against the Gram-negative, intracellular bacterium Salmonella typhimurium, as reflected both by markedly decreased survival and a significantly enhanced number of bacteria in spleen and liver of PKCtheta (-/-) mice, when compared to wild-type mice...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Giulia Cesi, Geoffroy Walbrecq, Christiane Margue, Stephanie Kreis
Extracellular vesicles are cell-derived vesicles, which can transport various cargos out of cells. From their cell of origin, the content molecules (proteins, non-coding RNAs including miRNAs, DNA and others) can be delivered to neighboring or distant cells and as such extracellular vesicles can be regarded as vehicles of intercellular communication or "homing pigeons". Extracellular vesicle shuttling is able to actively modulate the tumor microenvironment and can partake in tumor dissemination. In various diseases, including cancer, levels of extracellular vesicle secretion are altered resulting in different amounts and/or profiles of detectable vesicular cargo molecules and these distinct content profiles are currently being evaluated as biomarkers...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Susana M Nunes de Miranda, Thomas Wilhelm, Michael Huber, Carolin N Zorn
BACKGROUND: Antigen (Ag)/IgE-mediated mast cell (MC) responses play detrimental roles in allergic diseases. MC activation via the high-affinity receptor for IgE (FcεRI) is controlled by the Src family kinase Lyn. Lyn-deficient (-/-) bone marrow-derived MCs (BMMCs) have been shown by various laboratories to exert stronger activation of the PI3K pathway, degranulation, and production of pro-inflammatory cytokines compared to wild-type (wt) cells. This mimics the phenotype of BMMCs deficient for the SH2-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1)...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Michael Gutknecht, Julian Geiger, Simone Joas, Daniela Dörfel, Helmut R Salih, Martin R Müller, Frank Grünebach, Susanne M Rittig
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Lara Donaldson, Stuart Meier, Christoph Gehring
BACKGROUND: Cyclic nucleotides have been shown to play important signaling roles in many physiological processes in plants including photosynthesis and defence. Despite this, little is known about cyclic nucleotide-dependent signaling mechanisms in plants since the downstream target proteins remain unknown. This is largely due to the fact that bioinformatics searches fail to identify plant homologs of protein kinases and phosphodiesterases that are the main targets of cyclic nucleotides in animals...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Aino I Järvelin, Marko Noerenberg, Ilan Davis, Alfredo Castello
RNA-binding proteins play a key role in the regulation of all aspects of RNA metabolism, from the synthesis of RNA to its decay. Protein-RNA interactions have been thought to be mostly mediated by canonical RNA-binding domains that form stable secondary and tertiary structures. However, a number of pioneering studies over the past decades, together with recent proteome-wide data, have challenged this view, revealing surprising roles for intrinsically disordered protein regions in RNA binding. Here, we discuss how disordered protein regions can mediate protein-RNA interactions, conceptually grouping these regions into RS-rich, RG-rich, and other basic sequences, that can mediate both specific and non-specific interactions with RNA...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Carles Corbi-Verge, Philip M Kim
Protein-protein interactions (PPI) are involved in virtually every cellular process and thus represent an attractive target for therapeutic interventions. A significant number of protein interactions are frequently formed between globular domains and short linear peptide motifs (DMI). Targeting these DMIs has proven challenging and classical approaches to inhibiting such interactions with small molecules have had limited success. However, recent new approaches have led to the discovery of potent inhibitors, some of them, such as Obatoclax, ABT-199, AEG-40826 and SAH-p53-8 are likely to become approved drugs...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Svetlana Skolekova, Miroslava Matuskova, Martin Bohac, Lenka Toro, Erika Durinikova, Silvia Tyciakova, Lucia Demkova, Jan Gursky, Lucia Kucerova
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Sebastian Halbach, Zehan Hu, Christine Gretzmeier, Julia Ellermann, Franziska U Wöhrle, Jörn Dengjel, Tilman Brummer
BACKGROUND: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is driven by the fusion kinase Bcr-Abl. Bcr-Abl tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as imatinib mesylate (IM), revolutionized CML therapy. Nevertheless, about 20 % of CMLs display primary or acquired TKI resistance. TKI resistance can be either caused by mutations within the Bcr-Abl kinase domain or by aberrant signaling by its effectors, e.g. Lyn or Gab2. Bcr-Abl mutations are frequently observed in TKI resistance and can only in some cases be overcome by second line TKIs...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Anne Hennig, Robby Markwart, Katharina Wolff, Katja Schubert, Yan Cui, Ian A Prior, Manuel A Esparza-Franco, Graham Ladds, Ignacio Rubio
BACKGROUND: Growth factors induce a characteristically short-lived Ras activation in cells emerging from quiescence. Extensive work has shown that transient as opposed to sustained Ras activation is critical for the induction of mitogenic programs. Mitogen-induced accumulation of active Ras-GTP results from increased nucleotide exchange driven by the nucleotide exchange factor Sos. In contrast, the mechanism accounting for signal termination and prompt restoration of basal Ras-GTP levels is unclear, but has been inferred to involve feedback inhibition of Sos...
2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
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