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Proximity ligation assay

Mandy Berndt-Paetz, Luise Herbst, Annett Weimann, Andreas Gonsior, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Jochen Neuhaus
PURPOSE: Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) regulate a number of important physiological functions. Alteration of mAChR expression or function has been associated in the etiology of several pathologies including functional bladder disorders (e.g bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis - BPS/IC). In a previous study we found specific mAChR expression patterns associated with BPS/IC, while correlation between protein and gene expression was lacking. Posttranslational regulatory mechanisms, e...
March 15, 2018: Acta Histochemica
Magdalena Kolasa, Joanna Solich, Agata Faron-Górecka, Dariusz Żurawek, Paulina Pabian, Sylwia Łukasiewicz, Maciej Kuśmider, Kinga Szafran-Pilch, Marta Szlachta, Marta Dziedzicka-Wasylewska
Recently, it has been shown that serotonin 5-HT1A receptor interacts with dopamine D2 receptor in vitro. However, the existence of 5-HT1A -D2 heteromers in native tissue remains unexplored. In the present study, we investigated 5-HT1A -D2 receptor heteromerization in mice treated acutely or chronically with paroxetine (10 mg/kg) or risperidone (0.05 mg/kg). Receptor heteromerization was visualized and quantified in the mouse brain by in situ proximity ligation assay (PLA). Additionally, we aimed to determine the cellular localization of 5-HT1A -D2 receptor heteromers in mouse adult primary neuronal cells by immunofluorescent staining with markers for astrocytes (GFAP) and neurons (NeuN and MAP2)...
March 12, 2018: Neuroscience
Mattia Laffranchi, Romina Berardelli, Riccardo Ronzoni, David A Lomas, Annamaria Fra
The most common genotype associated with severe α1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) is the Z homozygote. The Z variant (Glu342Lys) of α1-antitrypsin (AAT) undergoes a conformational change and is retained within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of hepatocytes leading to the formation of ordered polymeric chains and inclusion bodies. Accumulation of mutated protein predisposes to cirrhosis whilst plasma AAT deficiency leads to emphysema. Increased risk of liver and lung disease has also been reported in heterozygous subjects who carry Z in association with the milder S allele (Glu264Val) or even with wild-type M...
March 10, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Ivan Martinez-Valbuena, Irene Amat-Villegas, Rafael Valenti-Azcarate, Maria Del Mar Carmona-Abellan, Irene Marcilla, Maria-Teresa Tuñon, Maria-Rosario Luquin
Parkinson's disease patients experience a wide range of non-motor symptoms that may be provoked by deposits of phosphorylated α-synuclein in the peripheral nervous system. Pre-existing diabetes mellitus might be a risk factor for developing Parkinson's disease, and indeed, nearly 60% of Parkinson's disease patients are insulin resistant. Thus, we have investigated whether phosphorylated α-synuclein is deposited in pancreatic tissue of subjects with synucleinopathies. We studied pancreatic tissue from 39 subjects diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Lewy body Dementia or incidental Lewy bodies disease, as well as that from 34 subjects with diabetes mellitus and a normal neuropathological examination, and 52 subjects with a normal neuropathological examination...
March 13, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
Mo Chen, Tao Qiu, Jiajie Wu, Yang Yang, Graham D Wright, Min Wu, Ruowen Ge
Classic endocytosis destinations include the recycling endosome returning to the plasma membrane or the late endosome (LE) merging with lysosomes for cargo degradation. However, the anti-angiogenic proteins angiostatin and isthmin, are endocytosed and trafficked to mitochondria (Mito) to execute apoptosis of endothelial cells. How these extracellular proteins reach mitochondria remains a mystery. Through confocal and super-resolution fluorescent microscopy, we demonstrate that angiostatin and isthmin are trafficked to mitochondria through the interaction between LE and Mito...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Aurèle Piazza, Romain Koszul, Wolf-Dietrich Heyer
Homologous recombination faithfully restores the sequence information interrupted by a DNA double-strand break by referencing an intact DNA molecule as a template for repair DNA synthesis. DNA synthesis is primed from 3'-OH end of the invading DNA strand in the displacement loop (D-loop). Here, we describe a simple and quantitative proximity ligation-based assay to study the initiation of homologous recombination-associated DNA synthesis initiated at the D-loop and final product formation. The D-loop extension assay overcomes the semiquantitative nature and some limitations of the current PCR-based technique and facilitates the study of the recombination-associated DNA synthesis...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
Charlotte Aaberg-Jessen, Mia D Sørensen, Ana L S A Matos, José M Moreira, Nils Brünner, Arnon Knudsen, Bjarne W Kristensen
BACKGROUND: We have previously identified tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) as a prognostic marker in glioblastomas. TIMP-1 has been associated with chemotherapy resistance, and CD63, a known TIMP-1-binding protein, has been suggested to be responsible for this effect. The aim of this study was to assess CD63 expression in astrocytomas focusing on the prognostic potential of CD63 alone and in combination with TIMP-1. METHODS: CD63 expression was investigated immunohistochemically in a cohort of 111 astrocytomas and correlated to tumor grade and overall survival by semi-quantitative scoring...
March 9, 2018: BMC Cancer
Hadjer Miloudi, Karen Leroy, Fabrice Jardin, Brigitte Sola
Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) is a distinct B-cell lymphoma subtype with unique clinicopathological and molecular features. PMBL cells are characterised by several genetic abnormalities that conduct to the constitutive activation of the Janus kinase 2/signal transducer and activator of transcription 6 (JAK2/STAT6) signalling pathway. Among recurrent genetic changes in PMBL, we previously reported that the XPO1 gene encoding exportin 1 that controls the nuclear export of cargo proteins and RNAs, is mutated (p...
March 1, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Marta Szlachta, Maciej Kuśmider, Paulina Pabian, Joanna Solich, Magdalena Kolasa, Dariusz Żurawek, Marta Dziedzicka-Wasylewska, Agata Faron-Górecka
G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) heterodimers are new targets for the treatment of schizophrenia. Dopamine D2 receptors and serotonin 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors play an important role in neurotransmission and have been implicated in many human psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. Therefore, in this study, we investigated whether antipsychotic drugs (clozapine (CLZ) and haloperidol (HAL)) affected the formation of heterodimers of D2 -5-HT1A receptors as well as 5-HT1A -5-HT2A receptors. Proximity ligation assay (PLA) was used to accurately visualize, for the first time, GPCR heterodimers both at in vitro and ex vivo levels...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
Hyun-Kyung Kim, Mi Ae Kang, Mi-Sook Kim, Young-Joo Shin, Sung-Gil Chi, Jae-Hoon Jeong
High mobility group box 2 (HMGB2) is an abundant, chromatin-associated, non-histone protein involved in transcription, chromatin remodeling, and recombination. Recently, the HMGB2 gene was found to be significantly downregulated during senescence and shown to regulate the expression of senescent-associated secretory proteins. Here, we demonstrate that HMGB2 transcription is repressed by p21 during radiation-induced senescence through the ATM-p53-p21 DNA damage signaling cascade. The loss of p21 abolished the downregulation of HMGB2 caused by ionizing radiation, and the conditional induction of p21 was sufficient to repress the transcription of HMGB2...
February 28, 2018: Molecules and Cells
Mei-Shiue Kuo, Julien Adam, Nicolas Dorvault, Angélique Robin, Luc Friboulet, Jean-Charles Soria, Ken A Olaussen
ERCC1/XPF endonuclease plays an important role in multiple DNA repair pathways and stands as a potential prognostic and predictive biomarker for cisplatin-based chemotherapy. Four distinct ERCC1 isoforms arising from alternative splicing have been described (201, 202, 203 and 204) but only the 202 isoform is functional in DNA excision repair, when interacting with its obligate partner XPF. Currently, there is no tool to assess specifically the expression of ERCC1-202 due to high sequence homology between the four isoforms...
February 11, 2018: DNA Repair
Sunetra Roy, Jessica W Luzwick, Katharina Schlacher
DNA replication reactions are central to diverse cellular processes including development, cancer etiology, drug treatment, and resistance. Many proteins and pathways exist to ensure DNA replication fidelity and protection of stalled or damaged replication forks. Consistently, mutations in proteins involved in DNA replication are implicated in diverse diseases that include defects during embryonic development and immunity, accelerated aging, increased inflammation, blood disease, and cancer. Thus, tools for efficient quantitative analysis of protein interactions at active and stalled replication forks are key for advanced and accurate biological understanding...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Ahmed M Hashad, Maria Sancho, Suzanne E Brett, Donald G Welsh
Vascular T-type Ca2+ channels (CaV 3.1 and CaV 3.2) play a key role in arterial tone development. This study investigated whether this conductance is a regulatory target of angiotensin II (Ang II), a vasoactive peptide that circulates and which is locally produced within the arterial wall. Patch clamp electrophysiology performed on rat cerebral arterial smooth muscle cells reveals that Ang II (100 nM) inhibited T-type currents through AT1 receptor activation. Blocking protein kinase C failed to eliminate channel suppression, a finding consistent with unique signaling proteins enabling this response...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Dora Baczyk, Melanie C Audette, Etienne Coyaud, Brian Raught, John C Kingdom
SUMOylation is a dynamic, reversible post-translational modification that regulates cellular protein stability and localization. SUMOylation occurs in response to various stressors, including hypoxia and inflammation, features common in the obstetrical condition of pre-eclampsia. SUMO isoforms 1-4 have recently been identified in the human placenta, however less is known about their role in response to pre-eclamptic stress. We hypothesized that SUMOylation components have a unique spatiotemporal distribution during placental development and that their subcellular localization can be further modulated by extra-cellular stressors...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Jonathan C Reed, Nick Westergreen, Brook C Barajas, Dylan T B Ressler, Daryl J Phuong, John V Swain, Vishwanath R Lingappa, Jaisri R Lingappa
During immature capsid assembly in cells, HIV-1 Gag co-opts a host RNA granule, forming a pathway of intracellular assembly intermediates containing host components, including two cellular facilitators of assembly, ABCE1 and DDX6. A similar assembly pathway has been observed for other primate lentiviruses. Here we asked whether feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), a non-primate lentivirus, also forms RNA-granule-derived capsid assembly intermediates. First, we showed that the released FIV immature capsid and a large FIV-Gag-containing intracellular complex are unstable during analysis, unlike for HIV-1...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Aditya Ganju, Subhash C Chauhan, Bilal Bin Hafeez, Kyle Doxtater, Manish K Tripathi, Nadeem Zafar, Murali M Yallapu, Rakesh Kumar, Meena Jaggi
BACKGROUND: Cancer progression and metastasis is profoundly influenced by protein kinase D1 (PKD1) and metastasis-associated protein 1 (MTA1) in addition to other pathways. However, the nature of regulatory relationship between the PKD1 and MTA1, and its resulting impact on cancer metastasis remains unknown. Here we present evidence to establish that PKD1 is an upstream regulatory kinase of MTA1. METHODS: Protein and mRNA expression of MTA1 in PKD1-overexpressing cells were determined using western blotting and reverse-transcription quantitative real-time PCR...
February 20, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Sitanshu S Singh, Seetharama D Jois
Protein dimerization controls many physiological processes in the body. Proteins form homo-, hetero-, or oligomerization in the cellular environment to regulate the cellular processes. Any deregulation of these processes may result in a disease state. Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) can be inhibited by antibodies, small molecules, or peptides, and inhibition of PPI has therapeutic value. PPI drug discovery research has steadily increased in the last decade, and a few PPI inhibitors have already reached the pharmaceutical market...
2018: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
María S García-Gutiérrez, Francisco Navarrete, Gemma Navarro, Irene Reyes-Resina, Rafael Franco, Jose Luis Lanciego, Salvador Giner, Jorge Manzanares
Recent studies point to the cannabinoid CB 2 receptors (CB 2 r) and the non-cannabinoid receptor GPR55 as potential key targets involved in the response to stress, anxiety, and depression. Considering the close relationship between neuropsychiatric disorders and suicide, the purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential alterations of CB 2 r and GPR55 in suicide victims. We analyzed gene and protein expression of both receptors by real-time PCR and western blot, respectively, in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) of 18 suicide victims with no clinical psychiatric history or treatment with anxiolytics or antidepressants, and 15 corresponding controls...
February 12, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Meritxell Balmaña, Adrià Duran, Catarina Gomes, Esther Llop, Raquel López-Martos, M Rosa Ortiz, Sílvia Barrabés, Celso A Reis, Rosa Peracaula
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC) lacks efficient biomarkers. Mucins are glycoproteins that can carry aberrant glycosylation in cancer. Our objective was to identify cancer-related glycan epitopes on MUC1 and MUC5AC mucins in PDAC as potential biomarkers. We have analysed the tumour-associated carbohydrate antigens sialyl-Lewis x (SLex) and sialyl-Tn (STn) on MUC1 and MUC5AC in PDAC tissues. The selected cohort for this study consisted of twenty-one PDAC tissues positive for SLex antigen and three normal pancreas specimens as controls...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Yusuke Okamoto, Watal M Iwasaki, Kazuto Kugou, Kazuki K Takahashi, Arisa Oda, Koichi Sato, Wataru Kobayashi, Hidehiko Kawai, Ryo Sakasai, Akifumi Takaori-Kondo, Takashi Yamamoto, Masato T Kanemaki, Masato Taoka, Toshiaki Isobe, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Hideki Innan, Kunihiro Ohta, Masamichi Ishiai, Minoru Takata
During mild replication stress provoked by low dose aphidicolin (APH) treatment, the key Fanconi anemia protein FANCD2 accumulates on common fragile sites, observed as sister foci, and protects genome stability. To gain further insights into FANCD2 function and its regulatory mechanisms, we examined the genome-wide chromatin localization of FANCD2 in this setting by ChIP-seq analysis. We found that FANCD2 mostly accumulates in the central regions of a set of large transcribed genes that were extensively overlapped with known CFS...
January 31, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
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