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Stuart J Grice, James N Sleigh, M Zameel Cader
Dominant mutations in GARS , encoding the ubiquitous enzyme glycyl-tRNA synthetase (GlyRS), cause peripheral nerve degeneration and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2D (CMT2D). This genetic disorder exemplifies a recurring paradigm in neurodegeneration, in which mutations in essential genes cause selective degeneration of the nervous system. Recent evidence suggests that the mechanism underlying CMT2D involves extracellular neomorphic binding of mutant GlyRS to neuronally-expressed proteins. Consistent with this, our previous studies indicate a non-cell autonomous mechanism, whereby mutant GlyRS is secreted and interacts with the neuromuscular junction (NMJ)...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Zhiqiong Wang, Xiaochuan Wang, Hongying Zhou, Xiao Dan, Lixiang Jiang, Yifei Wu
Melanoma is the most malignant and aggressive form of skin carcinoma originating in the pigment-producing melanocytes. In this study, to further investigate the molecular mechanisms of the development and progression of melanoma, we explored the impacts of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) CASC2 on melanoma cell functions. Microarray analysis was carried out to identify the expression of lncRNA CASC2 in melanoma cells. MiR-181a was predicted as a sponging target of CASC2 by miRcode, while the 3'-UTR of Plexin C1 (PLXNC1) was a potential target of miR-181a according to the TargetScan database...
March 5, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Yongqiang Cai, Jinping Lu, Faqing Tang
Molecule interacting with CasL 2 (MICAL2), a microtubule associated monooxygenase, is involved in cell growth, axon guidance, vesicle trafficking and apoptosis. Recent studies have demonstrated that MICAL2 is highly expressed in tumor and accelerates tumor progression and it is deemed to be a novel tumor-promoting factor. MICAL2 overexpression increases cell proliferation to accelerate tumor growth, and MICAL2 also promotes epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related proteins to increase cancer cell metastasis...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Sugandha Saxena, Yuri Hayashi, Lingyun Wu, Mohammad Awaji, Pranita Atri, Michelle L Varney, Abhilasha Purohit, Satyanarayana Rachagani, Surinder K Batra, Rakesh K Singh
Semaphorin-5A (SEMA5A) has differential cell surface expression between normal and cancer cells and represents an attractive target for therapeutic intervention in pancreatic cancer (PC). In this study, we delineated the pathological expression and significance of SEMA5A during PC progression and metastasis. We utilized human tissue microarrays and different PC mouse models (Pdx1-cre; LSL- Kras(G12D) , Pdx1-Cre; LSL-Kras(G12D) ; LSL-p53(R172H) and RIP1-Tag2) to analyze SEMA5A expression during PC progression...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Pei-Pei Meng, Zhe Li, Sheng-Yu Wang, Wen-Wen Zhou, Malik Samiullah, Na Chen, Fang-Hong Luo, Ting Wu, Jiang-Hua Yan
Class three semaphorins were originally identified as mediators of axon guidance, which repelled axons and collapsed growth cones. As a member of class three semaphorins, semaphorin3F (Sema3F) has been found to have similar effects on tumor cells and endothelial cells and also is implicated in the signaling of tumor metastasis by forming a complex with neuropilins and plexins. In this study, our laboratory produced a monoclonal antibody against the C-terminal domain of Sema3F (Sema3Fc mAb) using the hybridoma method, expecting to explore the potential role of the antibody and its application in the detection of Sema3F...
February 8, 2018: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
Hisayo Shimizu, Masataka Nakagawa, Nemuri Todaka, Keitaro Imaizumi, Yasunori Kurosawa, Toshiaki Maruyama, C J Okumura, Takashi Shibata, Yosuke Tanaka, Yoshinori Sato, Yasuo Ono, Teruo Akuta
Rabbit monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have many advantages over mouse antibodies in biological research and diagnostics applications because they exhibit high affinity and specificity. However, the methods of recombinant rabbit mAb production have not been optimized to the same extent as techniques used to produce mouse and human mAbs. In this study, we sought to optimize the production of a recombinant rabbit mAb against human plexin domain containing protein 2 (PLXDC2), a known cell surface antigen, by culturing HEK293-6E cells transfected with antibody-encoding genes at two different temperatures and by purifying the end-product by three different chromatography methods...
January 26, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
Shishu Huang, Zhenxia Li, Yunhui Liu, Dashuang Gao, Xinzhou Zhang, Jin Hao, Fan Yang
The metabolism and homeostasis of skeletal system has historically been regarded to be associated with the endocrine system. However, such view has been expanded with the recognition of several neural pathways playing important roles in the regulation of bone metabolism via central relays. In particular, bone metabolism and homeostasis has been reported to be precisely modulated by the central neural signaling. Initiated by the finding of leptin, the axis of neural regulation on bone expands rapidly. Semaphorin-plexin system play an important role in the crosstalk between osteoclasts and osteoblasts, a complex system has also been identified and includes neuropeptide Y and cannabinoids...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
James W Peacock, Ario Takeuchi, Norihiro Hayashi, Liangliang Liu, Kevin J Tam, Nader Al Nakouzi, Nastaran Khazamipour, Tabitha Tombe, Takashi Dejima, Kevin Ck Lee, Masaki Shiota, Daksh Thaper, Wilson Cw Lee, Daniel Hf Hui, Hidetoshi Kuruma, Larissa Ivanova, Parvin Yenki, Ivy Zf Jiao, Shahram Khosravi, Alice L-F Mui, Ladan Fazli, Amina Zoubeidi, Mads Daugaard, Martin E Gleave, Christopher J Ong
Growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) pathway activation is a key mechanism for mediating cancer growth, survival, and treatment resistance. Cognate ligands play crucial roles in autocrine or paracrine stimulation of these RTK pathways. Here, we show SEMA3C drives activation of multiple RTKs including EGFR, ErbB2, and MET in a cognate ligand-independent manner via Plexin B1. SEMA3C expression levels increase in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), where it functions to promote cancer cell growth and resistance to androgen receptor pathway inhibition...
January 18, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Leonie Grube, Rafael Dellen, Fabian Kruse, Holger Schwender, Kai Stuehler, Gereon Poschmann
Secretome analysis faces several challenges, including detection of low abundant proteins and the discrimination of bona fide secreted proteins from false-positive identifications stemming from cell leakage or serum. Here, we developed a two-step secretomics approach and applied it to the analysis of secreted proteins of C2C12 skeletal muscle cells since the skeletal muscle has been identified as an important endocrine organ secreting myokines as signaling molecules. First, we compared culture supernatants with corresponding cell lysates by mass spectrometry-based proteomics and label-free quantification...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
Xiao-Feng Zhao, Rafi Kohen, Rachel Parent, Yuntao Duan, Grace L Fisher, Matthew J Korn, Lingchao Ji, Guoqiang Wan, Jing Jin, Andreas W Püschel, David F Dolan, Jack M Parent, Gabriel Corfas, Geoffrey G Murphy, Roman J Giger
Dentate gyrus (DG) development requires specification of granule cell (GC) progenitors in the hippocampal neuroepithelium, as well as their proliferation and migration into the primordial DG. We identify the Plexin family members Plxna2 and Plxna4 as important regulators of DG development. Distribution of immature GCs is regulated by Sema5A signaling through PlxnA2 and requires a functional PlxnA2 GTPase-activating protein (GAP) domain and Rap1 small GTPases. In adult Plxna2-/- but not Plxna2-GAP-deficient mice, the dentate GC layer is severely malformed, neurogenesis is compromised, and mossy fibers form aberrant synaptic boutons within CA3...
January 9, 2018: Cell Reports
S J Moisá, P Ji, J K Drackley, S L Rodriguez-Zas, J J Loor
Background: Dairy cows can readily overconsume dietary energy during most of the prepartum period, often leading to higher prepartal concentrations of insulin and glucose and excessive body fat deposition. The end result of these physiologic changes is greater adipose tissue lipolysis post-partum coupled with excessive hepatic lipid accumulation and compromised health. Although transcriptional regulation of the adipose response to energy availability is well established in non-ruminants, such regulation in cow adipose tissue depots remains poorly characterized...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Ilja Ovsiy, Vladimir Riabov, Ioannis Manousaridis, Julia Michel, Kondaiah Moganti, Shuiping Yin, Tengfei Liu, Carsten Sticht, Elisabeth Kremmer, Martin C Harmsen, Sergij Goerdt, Alexei Gratchev, Julia Kzhyshkowska
Monocytes are actively recruited at sites of chronic inflammation. However, molecular factors involved in this process are not fully elucidated. Here, we show that cytokine IL-4 which is implicated in the development of chronic inflammatory disease atopic dermatitis (AD) induces expression of transcription factor FoxQ1 in human monocytes and macrophages. FoxQ1 mRNA levels were elevated in monocytes of AD patients compared to healthy donors. Overexpression of FoxQ1 in RAW 264.7 monocytic cells facilitated their migration towards MCP-1 and was associated with decreased expression of migration-regulating genes (claudin 11 and plexin C1)...
December 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yu He, Yonghong Guo, Chao Fan, Yingfeng Lei, Yun Zhou, Mingjie Zhang, Chuantao Ye, Guangxi Ji, Li Ma, Jianqi Lian, Jonathan P Moorman, Zhi Q Yao, Jiuping Wang, Chunqiu Hao, Ying Zhang, Zhansheng Jia
Background: CD100, also known as Sema4D, is an immune semaphorin constitutively expressed on natural killer (NK) cells and T cells. As an immune activation molecule, CD100 has important immunoregulatory effects on NK functions by enhancing the interactions between NK cells and target cells. The aim of this study was to investigate whether hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects CD100 expression, and whether interferon-α treatment enhances NK killing activity to facilitate HCV clearance via CD100...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
Efthalia Angelopoulou, Christina Piperi
Gliomas are highly invasive brain tumors with increased resistance to chemotherapy and high recurrence rate. Neoplastic cells commonly infiltrate into the surrounding tissue even at low grade tumors. Cell migration is often ceased at white and grey matter junctions indicating the involvement of tropic and axon guidance molecules in glioma growth and invasion. Emerging evidence implicates plexin-semaphorin signaling in the pathobiology of gliomas. Plexins are transmembrane receptors divided into four subfamilies (Plexins-A to -D) with differential specificity and functionality...
February 1, 2018: Cancer Letters
Taewook Kang, Pia Jensen, Honggang Huang, Gitte Lund Christensen, Nils Billestrup, Martin R Larsen
Normal pancreatic islet β-cells (PBCs) abundantly secrete insulin in response to elevated blood glucose levels, in order to maintain an adequate control of energy balance and glucose homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the insulin secretion are unclear. Improving our understanding of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) mechanisms under normal conditions is a prerequisite for developing better interventions against diabetes. Here, we aimed at identifying novel signaling pathways involved in the initial release of insulin from PBCs after glucose stimulation using quantitative strategies for the assessment of phosphorylated proteins and sialylated N-linked (SA) glycoproteins...
November 7, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Sarah E Emerson, Sarah E Light, Alicia M Ebert
Plexins (Plxns) and Semaphorins (Semas) are key signaling molecules that regulate many aspects of development. Plxns are a family of transmembrane protein receptors that are activated upon extracellular binding by Semas. Activated Plxns trigger intracellular signaling cascades, which regulate a range of developmental processes, including axon guidance, neuronal positioning and vasculogenesis. Semas are a large family of both transmembrane and secreted signaling molecules, and show subtype specific binding to different Plxn family members...
October 28, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
Wenhao Yu, Kevin A Goncalves, Shuping Li, Hiroko Kishikawa, Guangjie Sun, Hailing Yang, Nil Vanli, Yunxia Wu, Yuxiang Jiang, Miaofen G Hu, Roland H Friedel, Guo-Fu Hu
Angiogenin (ANG) is a secreted ribonuclease (RNase) with cell-type- and context-specific roles in growth, survival, and regeneration. Although these functions require receptor-mediated endocytosis and appropriate subcellular localization, the identity of the cell surface receptor remains undefined. Here, we show that plexin-B2 (PLXNB2) is the functional receptor for ANG in endothelial, cancer, neuronal, and normal hematopoietic and leukemic stem and progenitor cells. Mechanistically, PLXNB2 mediates intracellular RNA processing that contribute to cell growth, survival, and regenerative capabilities of ANG...
November 2, 2017: Cell
Sarvenaz Sarabipour, Feilim Mac Gabhann
All known splice isoforms of vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) can bind to the receptor tyrosine kinases VEGFR-1 and VEGFR-2. We focus here on VEGF-A121a and VEGF-A165a, two of the most abundant VEGF-A splice isoforms in human tissue 1 , and their ability to bind the Neuropilin co-receptors NRP1 and NRP2. The Neuropilins are key vascular, immune, and nervous system receptors on endothelial cells, neuronal axons, and regulatory T cells respectively. They serve as co-receptors for the Plexins in Semaphorin binding on neuronal and vascular endothelial cells, and for the VEGFRs in VEGF binding on vascular and lymphatic endothelial cells, and thus regulate the initiation and coordination of cell signaling by Semaphorins and VEGFs...
November 2, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Riley M St Clair, Sarah E Emerson, Kristen P D'Elia, Marion E Weir, Anna M Schmoker, Alicia M Ebert, Bryan A Ballif
Plexins (Plxns) are semaphorin (Sema) receptors that play important signaling roles, particularly in the developing nervous system and vasculature. Sema-Plxn signaling regulates cellular processes such as cytoskeletal dynamics, proliferation, and differentiation. However, the receptor-proximal signaling mechanisms driving Sema-Plxn signal transduction are only partially understood. Plxn tyrosine phosphorylation is thought to play an important role in these signaling events as receptor and nonreceptor tyrosine kinases have been shown to interact with Plxn receptors...
January 2018: FEBS Journal
Thomas Wylie, Ritu Garg, Anne J Ridley, Maria R Conte
The Rnd family of proteins, Rnd1, Rnd2 and Rnd3, are atypical Rho family GTPases, which bind to but do not hydrolyse GTP. They interact with plexins, which are receptors for semaphorins, and are hypothesised to regulate plexin signalling. We recently showed that each Rnd protein has a distinct profile of interaction with three plexins, Plexin-B1, Plexin-B2 and Plexin-B3, in mammalian cells, although it is unclear which region(s) of these plexins contribute to this specificity. Here we characterise the binary interactions of the Rnd proteins with the Rho-binding domain (RBD) of Plexin-B1 and Plexin-B2 using biophysical approaches...
2017: PloS One
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