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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717253/prostacyclin-reverses-platelet-stress-fibre-formation-causing-platelet-aggregate-instability
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M Z Yusuf, Z Raslan, L Atkinson, A Aburima, S G Thomas, K M Naseem, S D J Calaminus
Prostacyclin (PGI2) modulates platelet activation to regulate haemostasis. Evidence has emerged to suggest that thrombi are dynamic structures with distinct areas of differing platelet activation. It was hypothesised that PGI2 could reverse platelet spreading by actin cytoskeletal modulation, leading to reduced capability of platelet aggregates to withstand a high shear environment. Our data demonstrates that post-flow of PGI2 over activated and spread platelets on fibrinogen, identified a significant reduction in platelet surface area under high shear...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714588/cellular-force-assay-detects-altered-contractility-caused-by-a-nephritis-associated-mutation-in-nonmuscle-myosin-iia
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Shota P Fukuda, Tsubasa S Matsui, Takafumi Ichikawa, Taichi Furukawa, Noriyuki Kioka, Shuichiro Fukushima, Shinji Deguchi
Recent progress in understanding the essential roles of mechanical forces in regulating various cellular processes expands the field of biology to one where interdisciplinary approaches with engineering techniques become indispensable. Contractile forces or contractility-inherently present in proliferative cells due to the activity of ubiquitous nonmuscle myosin II (NMII)-are one of such mechano-regulators, but because NMII works downstream of diverse signaling pathways, it is often difficult to predict how the inherent cellular forces change upon perturbations to particular molecules...
July 17, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714309/characterization-of-blebbistatin-inhibition-of-smooth-muscle-myosin-and-nonmuscle-myosin-2
#3
Hai-Man Zhang, Huan-Hong Ji, Tong Ni, Rong-Na Ma, Aibing Wang, Xiang-Dong Li
Blebbistatin is a potent and specific inhibitor of the motor functions of class II myosins, including striated muscle myosin and nonmuscle myosin-2 (NM2). However, the blebbistatin inhibition of NM2c has not been determined and it remains controversial on the efficacy of blebbistatin inhibition of smooth muscle myosin (SmM), which is highly homologous to NM2. To clarify these issues, we analyzed the effects of blebbistatin on the motor activities of the recombinant SmM and three NM2s (NM2a, 2b, and 2c). We found that blebbistatin potently inhibits the actin-activated ATPase activities of SmM and NM2s with following IC50 values: 6...
July 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712722/cell-polarity-regulates-biased-myosin-activity-and-dynamics-during-asymmetric-cell-division-via-drosophila-rho-kinase-and-protein-kinase-n
#4
Anna Tsankova, Tri Thanh Pham, David Salvador Garcia, Fabian Otte, Clemens Cabernard
Cell and tissue morphogenesis depends on the correct regulation of non-muscle Myosin II, but how this motor protein is spatiotemporally controlled is incompletely understood. Here, we show that in asymmetrically dividing Drosophila neural stem cells, cell intrinsic polarity cues provide spatial and temporal information to regulate biased Myosin activity. Using live cell imaging and a genetically encoded Myosin activity sensor, we found that Drosophila Rho kinase (Rok) enriches for activated Myosin on the neuroblast cortex prior to nuclear envelope breakdown (NEB)...
July 7, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708271/melatonin-protects-against-the-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy-induced-by-transverse-aortic-constriction-through-activating-pgc-1%C3%AE-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-studies
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Mengen Zhai, Zhenhua Liu, Bin Zhang, Lin Jing, Buying Li, Kaifeng Li, Xiuju Chen, Meng Zhang, Bo Yu, Kai Ren, Yang Yang, Wei Yi, Jian Yang, Jincheng Liu, Dinghua Yi, Hongliang Liang, Zhenxiao Jin, Russel J Reiter, Weixun Duan, Shiqiang Yu
Melatonin, a circadian molecule secreted by the pineal gland, confers a protective role against cardiac hypertrophy induced by hyperthyroidism, chronic hypoxia and isoproterenol. However, its role against pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy and the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the pharmacological effects of melatonin on pathological cardiac hypertrophy induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Male C57BL/6 mice underwent TAC or sham surgery at day 0 and were then treated with melatonin (20 mg/kg/day, via drinking water) for 4 or 8 weeks...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707142/myosin-ii-sequences-for-lethocerus-indicus
#6
Lanette Fee, Weili Lin, Feng Qiu, Robert J Edwards
We present the genomic and expressed myosin II sequences from the giant waterbug, Lethocerus indicus. The intron rich gene appears relatively ancient and contains six regions of mutually exclusive exons that are alternatively spliced. Alternatively spliced regions may be involved in the asymmetric myosin dimer structure known as the interacting heads motif, as well as stabilizing the interacting heads motif within the thick filament. A lack of negative charge in the myosin S2 domain may explain why Lethocerus thick filaments display a perpendicular interacting heads motif, rather than one folded back to contact S2, as is seen in other thick filament types such as those from tarantula...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701425/self-sorting-of-nonmuscle-myosins-iia-and-iib-polarizes-the-cytoskeleton-and-modulates-cell-motility
#7
Maria S Shutova, Sreeja B Asokan, Shefali Talwar, Richard K Assoian, James E Bear, Tatyana M Svitkina
Nonmuscle myosin II (NMII) is uniquely responsible for cell contractility and thus defines multiple aspects of cell behavior. To generate contraction, NMII molecules polymerize into bipolar minifilaments. Different NMII paralogs are often coexpressed in cells and can copolymerize, suggesting that they may cooperate to facilitate cell motility. However, whether such cooperation exists and how it may work remain unknown. We show that copolymerization of NMIIA and NMIIB followed by their differential turnover leads to self-sorting of NMIIA and NMIIB along the front-rear axis, thus producing a polarized actin-NMII cytoskeleton...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689737/asymmetrically-deployed-actomyosin-based-contractility-generates-a-boundary-between-developing-leg-segments-in-drosophila
#8
Dan Ly, Erin Resch, George Ordiway, Stephen DiNardo
The formation of complex tissues from simple epithelial sheets requires the regional subdivision of the developing tissue. This is initially accomplished by a sequence of gene regulatory hierarchies that set up distinct fates within adjacent territories, and rely on cross-regulatory interactions to do so. However, once adjacent territories are established, cells that confront one another across territorial boundaries must actively participate in maintaining separation from each other. Classically, it was assumed that adhesive differences would be a primary means of sorting cells to their respective territories...
July 6, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687667/membrane-tension-controls-adhesion-positioning-at-the-leading-edge-of-cells
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Bruno Pontes, Pascale Monzo, Laurent Gole, Anabel-Lise Le Roux, Anita Joanna Kosmalska, Zhi Yang Tam, Weiwei Luo, Sophie Kan, Virgile Viasnoff, Pere Roca-Cusachs, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Nils C Gauthier
Cell migration is dependent on adhesion dynamics and actin cytoskeleton remodeling at the leading edge. These events may be physically constrained by the plasma membrane. Here, we show that the mechanical signal produced by an increase in plasma membrane tension triggers the positioning of new rows of adhesions at the leading edge. During protrusion, as membrane tension increases, velocity slows, and the lamellipodium buckles upward in a myosin II-independent manner. The buckling occurs between the front of the lamellipodium, where nascent adhesions are positioned in rows, and the base of the lamellipodium, where a vinculin-dependent clutch couples actin to previously positioned adhesions...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687623/nonmuscle-myosin-ii-b-regulates-epicardial-integrity-and-epicardial-derived-mesenchymal-cell-maturation
#10
Xuefei Ma, Derek C Sung, Yanqin Yang, Yoshi Wakabayashi, Robert S Adelstein
Nonmuscle myosin II-B (NMII-B) is essential for cardiac myocyte cytokinesis. The role of NMII-B in other cardiac cells is not known. Here we show that NMII-B is required in epicardial formation and function to support myocardial proliferation and coronary vessel development. Ablation of NMII-B in epicardial cells results in disruption of epicardial integrity with a loss of E-cadherin at cell-cell junctions and a focal detachment of epicardial cells from the myocardium. NMII-B ablated or blebbistatin inhibited epicardial explants demonstrate impaired mesenchymal cell maturation during epicardial epithelial-mesenchymal transition...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680155/polarized-distribution-of-active-myosin-ii-regulates-directional-migration-of-cultured-olfactory-ensheathing-cells
#11
Cheng-Gen Zheng, Fan Zhang, Xiao-Mei Bao, Shi-Yang Wu, Peng Wang, Jia-Nan Zhou, Yuan Gao, Hong-Lin Teng, Ying Wang, Zhi-Hui Huang
Migration of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) is critical for development of olfactory system and essential for neural regeneration after OEC transplantation into nerve injury site. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of directional migration of OECs remain unclear. In this study, we found that in migrating OECs, phosphorylated myosin light chain (p-MLC, active myosin II) displayed a polarized distribution, with the leading front exhibiting higher than soma and trailing process. Over-expression of GFP-MLC significantly reduced OEC migration...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679631/myosin-independent-cytokinesis-in-giardia-utilizes-flagella-to-coordinate-force-generation-and-direct-membrane-trafficking
#12
William R Hardin, Renyu Li, Jason Xu, Andrew M Shelton, Germain C M Alas, Vladimir N Minin, Alexander R Paredez
Devoid of all known canonical actin-binding proteins, the prevalent parasite Giardia lamblia uses an alternative mechanism for cytokinesis. Unique aspects of this mechanism can potentially be leveraged for therapeutic development. Here, live-cell imaging methods were developed for Giardia to establish division kinetics and the core division machinery. Surprisingly, Giardia cytokinesis occurred with a median time that is ∼60 times faster than mammalian cells. In contrast to cells that use a contractile ring, actin was not concentrated in the furrow and was not directly required for furrow progression...
July 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674943/host-induced-silencing-of-pathogenicity-genes-enhances-resistance-to-fusarium-oxysporum-wilt-in-tomato
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Poonam Bharti, Poonam Jyoti, Priya Kapoor, Vandana Sharma, V Shanmugam, Sudesh Kumar Yadav
This study presents a novel approach of controlling vascular wilt in tomato by RNAi expression directed to pathogenicity genes of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici. Vascular wilt of tomato caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici leads to qualitative and quantitative loss of the crop. Limitation in the existing control measures necessitates the development of alternative strategies to increase resistance in the plants against pathogens. Recent findings paved way to RNAi, as a promising method for silencing of pathogenicity genes in fungus and provided effective resistance against fungal pathogens...
July 3, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655757/actin-turnover-maintains-actin-filament-homeostasis-during-cytokinetic-ring-contraction
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Ting Gang Chew, Junqi Huang, Saravanan Palani, Ruth Sommese, Anton Kamnev, Tomoyuki Hatano, Ying Gu, Snezhana Oliferenko, Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, Mohan K Balasubramanian
Cytokinesis in many eukaryotes involves a tension-generating actomyosin-based contractile ring. Many components of actomyosin rings turn over during contraction, although the significance of this turnover has remained enigmatic. Here, using Schizosaccharomyces japonicus, we investigate the role of turnover of actin and myosin II in its contraction. Actomyosin ring components self-organize into ∼1-µm-spaced clusters instead of undergoing full-ring contraction in the absence of continuous actin polymerization...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652350/chimpanzee-super-strength-and-human-skeletal-muscle-evolution
#15
Matthew C O'Neill, Brian R Umberger, Nicholas B Holowka, Susan G Larson, Peter J Reiser
Since at least the 1920s, it has been reported that common chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) differ from humans in being capable of exceptional feats of "super strength," both in the wild and in captive environments. A mix of anecdotal and more controlled studies provides some support for this view; however, a critical review of available data suggests that chimpanzee mass-specific muscular performance is a more modest 1.5 times greater than humans on average. Hypotheses for the muscular basis of this performance differential have included greater isometric force-generating capabilities, faster maximum shortening velocities, and/or a difference in myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform content in chimpanzee relative to human skeletal muscle...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648599/2-3-butandione-2-monoxime-inhibits-skeletal-myosin-ii-by-accelerating-atp-cleavage
#16
Hideyuki Komatsu, Yuji Koseki, Takeshi Kanno, Shunsuke Aoki, Takao Kodama
2,3-Butandione 2-monoxime (BDM) is a widely used myosin inhibitor with an unclear mode of action. In this report, we investigated the mechanism of BDM oxime group nucleophilic reactivity on the phosphoester bond of ATP. BDM increased the ATPase activity of skeletal myosin subfragment 1 (S1) under conditions in which ATP cleavage is the rate-limiting step (K(+), EDTA-ATPase activity of native S1 and Mg(2+)-ATPase activity of trinitrophenylated S1 and partially unfolded S1). Furthermore, the effect of BDM on the S1-bound adenosine 5'-(β,γ-imido) triphosphate (AMPPNP) (31)P NMR spectrum suggests that BDM changes the microenvironment around the phosphorus atoms of myosin-bound nucleotide...
June 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643776/ezrin-enhances-line-tension-along-transcellular-tunnel-edges-via-nmiia-driven-actomyosin-cable-formation
#17
Caroline Stefani, David Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Yosuke Senju, Anne Doye, Nadia Efimova, Sébastien Janel, Justine Lipuma, Meng Chen Tsai, Daniel Hamaoui, Madhavi P Maddugoda, Olivier Cochet-Escartin, Coline Prévost, Frank Lafont, Tatyana Svitkina, Pekka Lappalainen, Patricia Bassereau, Emmanuel Lemichez
Transendothelial cell macroaperture (TEM) tunnels control endothelium barrier function and are triggered by several toxins from pathogenic bacteria that provoke vascular leakage. Cellular dewetting theory predicted that a line tension of uncharacterized origin works at TEM boundaries to limit their widening. Here, by conducting high-resolution microscopy approaches we unveil the presence of an actomyosin cable encircling TEMs. We develop a theoretical cellular dewetting framework to interpret TEM physical parameters that are quantitatively determined by laser ablation experiments...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635959/optogenetic-activation-of-plexin-b1-reveals-contact-repulsion-between-osteoclasts-and-osteoblasts
#18
Abhijit Deb Roy, Taofei Yin, Shilpa Choudhary, Vladimir Rodionov, Carol C Pilbeam, Yi I Wu
During bone remodelling, osteoclasts induce chemotaxis of osteoblasts and yet maintain spatial segregation. We show that osteoclasts express the repulsive guidance factor Semaphorin 4D and induce contact inhibition of locomotion (CIL) in osteoblasts through its receptor Plexin-B1. To examine causality and elucidate how localized Plexin-B1 stimulation may spatiotemporally coordinate its downstream targets in guiding cell migration, we develop an optogenetic tool for Plexin-B1 designated optoPlexin. Precise optoPlexin activation at the leading edge of migrating osteoblasts readily induces local retraction and, unexpectedly, distal protrusions to steer cells away...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633918/traction-force-and-its-regulation-during-cytokinesis-in-dictyostelium-cells
#19
Md Golam Sarowar Jahan, Shigehiko Yumura
Cytokinesis is the final stage of cell division. Dictyostelium cells have multiple modes of cytokinesis, including cytokinesis A, B and C. Cytokinesis A is a conventional mode, which depends on myosin II in the contractile ring. Myosin II null cells divide depending on substratum-attachment (cytokinesis B) or in a multi-polar fashion independent of the cell cycle (cytokinesis C). We investigated the traction stress exerted by dividing cells in the three different modes using traction force microscopy. In all cases, the traction forces were directed inward from both poles...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630813/mutations-in-the-sh1-helix-alter-the-thermal-properties-of-myosin-ii
#20
Kotomi Shibata, Tsubasa Koyama, Shohei Inde, Sosuke Iwai, Shigeru Chaen
The myosin II SH1 helix is a joint that links the converter subdomain to the rest of the myosin motor domain and possibly plays a key role in the arrangement of the converter/lever arm. Several point mutations within the SH1 helix in human myosin IIs have been shown to cause diseases. To reveal whether these SH1 helix mutations affect not only motile activities but also thermal properties of myosin II, here we introduced the E683K or R686C point mutation into the SH1 helix in Dictyostelium myosin II. Thermal inactivation as well as thermal aggregation rates of these mutant proteins demonstrated that these mutations decreased the thermal stability of myosin II...
2017: Biophysics and Physicobiology
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