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Lorenza Tulli, Francesca Cattaneo, Juliette Vinot, Cosima T Baldari, Ugo D'Oro
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a key role in the activation of innate immune cells, in which their engagement leads to production of cytokines and co-stimulatory molecules. TLRs signaling requires recruitment of toll/IL-1R (TIR) domain-containing adaptors, such as MyD88 and/or TRIF, and leads to activation of several transcription factors, such as NF-κB, the AP1 complex, and various members of the interferon regulatory factor (IRF) family, which in turn results in triggering of several cellular functions associated with these receptors...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jun Kim, Hong Lan Jin, Dae Sik Jang, Kwang Won Jeong, Se-Young Choung
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is among the increasing number of diseases causing irreversible blindness in the elderly. Dry AMD is characterized by the accumulation of lipofuscin in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. N-Retinylidene-N-retinylethanolamine (A2E), a component of lipofuscin, is oxidized to oxo-A2E under blue light illumination, leading to retinal cell death. The aim of this study was to investigate the protective effect and mechanism of quercetin-3-O-α-l-arabinopyranoside (QA) against blue light (BL)-induced damage in both RPE cells and mice models...
March 15, 2018: Food & Function
Daniela Ponce-Balbuena, Guadalupe Guerrero-Serna, Carmen R Valdivia, Ricardo Caballero, F J Díez-Guerra, Eric N Jiménez-Vázquez, Rafael J Ramirez, Andre Monteiro da Rocha, Todd J Herron, Katherine F Campbell, B C Willis, Francisco J Alvarado, Manuel Zarzoso, Kuljeet Kaur, Marta Pérez-Hernández, Marcos Matamoros, Héctor H Valdivia, Eva Delpón, José Jalife
<u>Rationale:</u> In cardiomyocytes, NaV 1.5 and Kir2.1 channels interact dynamically as part of membrane bound macromolecular complexes. <u>Objective:</u> To test whether NaV 1.5 and Kir2.1 preassemble during early forward trafficking and travel together to common membrane microdomains. <u>Methods and Results:</u> In patch-clamp experiments, co-expression of trafficking deficient mutants Kir2.1Δ314-315 or Kir2.1R44A/R46A with wildtype (WT) NaV 1.5WT in heterologous cells reduced INa , compared to NaV 1...
March 7, 2018: Circulation Research
Junlin Shi, Lihui Wang, Chunlin Zou, Yudui Xia, Siyuan Qin, Evan Keller, Atsushi Mizokami, Jian Zhang, Yi Lu
Metastasis causes high mortality in various malignancies, including prostate cancer (PCa). Accumulating data has suggested that cancer cells spread from the primary tumor to distant sites at early stage, which is characterized by disseminated tumor cells (DTCs). However, lack of direct evidence of partial localized PCa cells occurring epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and disseminating to distant sites (e.g bone marrow). In this study, we used luciferase labeled PCa cells to establish an EMT mouse model and to detect whether DTCs spread into the bone marrow...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Igor V Kubasov, Andrei Stepanov, Danila Bobkov, Przemysław B Radwanski, Maxim A Terpilowski, Maxim Dobretsov, Sandor Gyorke
The cardiac action potential (AP) is commonly recoded as an integral signal from isolated myocytes or ensembles of myocytes (with intracellular microelectrodes and extracellular macroelectrodes, respectively). These signals, however, do not provide a direct measure of activity of ion channels and transporters located in two major compartments of a cardiac myocyte: surface sarcolemma and the T-tubule system, which differentially contribute to impulse propagation and excitation-contraction (EC) coupling. In the present study we investigated electrical properties of myocytes within perfused intact rat heart employing loose patch recording with narrow-tip (2 μm diameter) extracellular electrodes...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Takehito Tanzawa, Koji Kato, Dylan Girodat, Toyoyuki Ose, Yuki Kumakura, Hans-Joachim Wieden, Toshio Uchiumi, Isao Tanaka, Min Yao
Archaea and eukaryotes have ribosomal P stalks composed of anchor protein P0 and aP1 homodimers (archaea) or P1•P2 heterodimers (eukaryotes). These P stalks recruit translational GTPases to the GTPase-associated center in ribosomes to provide energy during translation. The C-terminus of the P stalk is known to selectively recognize GTPases. Here we investigated the interaction between the P stalk and elongation factor 2 by determining the structures of Pyrococcus horikoshii EF-2 (PhoEF-2) in the Apo-form, GDP-form, GMPPCP-form (GTP-form), and GMPPCP-form bound with 11 C-terminal residues of P1 (P1C11)...
February 20, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Linda Ye, Lei Gu, Joseph Caprioli, Natik Piri
Rbpms (RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing) is a member of the RRM (RNA Recognition Motif) family of RNA-binding proteins, which is expressed as multiple alternatively spliced transcripts encoding different protein isoforms. We have shown earlier that Rbpms expression in the retina is restricted to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), and have characterized this gene as a marker for RGCs. The aim of this study was to identify isoforms representing Rbpms in human retinas and to analyze its transcriptional regulation...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Indhupriya Subramanian, Vivek K Singh, Abhay Jere
BACKGROUND: Topical Betamethasone (BM) and Pimecrolimus (PC) are widely used drugs in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (AD). Though the biomolecules and biological pathways affected by the drugs are known, the causal inter-relationships among these pathways in the context of skin is not available. We aim to derive this insight by using transcriptomic data of AD skin samples treated with BM and PC using systems biology approach. METHODS: Transcriptomic datasets of 10 AD patients treated with Betamethasone and Pimecrolimus were obtained from GEO datasets...
February 7, 2018: BMC Dermatology
Yulin Bi, Lu Xu, Lingling Qiu, Shasha Wang, Xiangping Liu, Yani Zhang, Yang Chen, Yang Zhang, Qi Xu, Guobin Chang, Guohong Chen
Chicken reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) causes the atrophy of immune organs and immuno-suppression. The pathogenic mechanisms of REV are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to use RNA sequencing to analyse the effect of REV on immunity and cell proliferation in chicken lymphocytes from peripheral blood in vitro . Overall, 2977 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were examined from cells between infected with REV or no; 56 DEGs related to cell proliferation and 130 DEGs related to immunity were identified...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ji Yoon Lee, Jihwa Chung, Kyoung Hwa Kim, Shung Hyun An, Minsuk Kim, Junbeom Park, Kihwan Kwon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular endothelial cells (ECs) are exposed to fluid shear stress (FSS), which modulates vascular pathophysiology. Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) is crucial in endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis. We elucidated the mechanism regulating LOX-1 expression in ECs by FSS. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were exposed to laminar shear stress (LSS) of indicated intensities using a unidirectional steady flow, or to oscillatory shear stress (OSS) using a bidirectional disturbed flow...
January 31, 2018: Atherosclerosis
Min-Su Kim, Kwan-Sik Min, Hwan-Hoo Seong, Chan-Lan Kim, Ik Soo Jeon, Sung Woo Kim, Kazuhiko Imakawa
Conceptus interferon tau (IFNT), produced by the embryonic trophectoderm, is known as a major signaling protein essential for the process of maternal recognition of pregnancy in ruminants. Similar to other IFN gene families such as IFNA and IFNB, multiple IFNT genes exist. The number of IFNT genes actively transcribed and regulated in conceptuses of cattle has, however, not been well characterized. In this study, IFNT transcripts in utero were studied through the use of next generation sequencer. Among 38 IFN genes registered and eight annotated as IFNT, only two transcripts, IFNT1 and IFNTc1, were found in conceptuses in utero...
March 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Miho Kaneko-Suzuki, Rie Ishikawa, Chiaki Terakawa, Chojiro Kojima, Misa Fujiwara, Izuru Ohki, Hiroyuki Tsuji, Ko Shimamoto, Ken-Ichiro Taoka
Hd3a, a rice homolog of FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT), is a florigen that induces flowering. Hd3a makes a ternary 'florigen activation complex' (FAC) with 14-3-3 protein and OsFD1 transcription factor, a rice homologue of FD that induces transcription of OsMADS15, a rice homologue of APETALA1 (AP1), which leads to flowering. TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) represses flowering and controls inflorescence architecture. However, the molecular basis for floral repression by TFL1 remains poorly understood. Here we show that RICE CENTRORADIALIS (RCN), rice TFL1-like proteins, compete with Hd3a for 14-3-3 binding...
February 1, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
Paul Hadweh, Iro Chaitoglou, Maria Joao Gravato-Nobre, Petros Ligoxygakis, George Mosialos, Eudoxia Hatzivassiliou
The human cylindromatosis tumor suppressor (HsCyld) has attracted extensive attention due to its association with the development of multiple types of cancer. HsCyld encodes a deubiquitinating enzyme (HsCYLD) with a broad range of functions that include the regulation of several cell growth, differentiation and death pathways. HsCyld is an evolutionarily conserved gene. Homologs of HsCyld have been identified in simple model organisms such as Drosophila melanogaster and Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) which offer extensive possibilities for functional analyses...
2018: PloS One
E C Martin, A T Qureshi, C B Llamas, E C Boos, A G King, P C Krause, O C Lee, V Dasa, M A Freitas, J A Forsberg, E A Elster, T A Davis, J M Gimble
Post-traumatic heterotopic ossification (HO) is the formation of ectopic bone in non-osseous structures following injury. The precise mechanism for bone development following trauma is unknown; however, early onset of HO may involve the production of pro-osteogenic serum factors. Here we evaluated serum from a cohort of civilian and military patients post trauma to determine early induction gene signatures in orthopaedic trauma induced HO. To test this, human adipose derived stromal/stem cells (hASCs) were stimulated with human serum from patients who developed HO following trauma and evaluated for a gene panel with qPCR...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Hyungjin Rhee, Hye-Young Kim, Ji-Hye Choi, Hyun Goo Woo, Jeong Eun Yoo, Ji Hae Nahm, Jin Sub Choi, Young Nyun Park
Keratin (KRT) 19 is a poor prognostic marker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), however regulatory mechanisms underlying its expression remain unclear. We have previously reported the presence of fibrous tumor stroma in KRT19-positive HCC, suggesting that crosstalk between cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) and tumor epithelial cells could regulate KRT19 expression. This was investigated in this study using an in vitro model of paracrine interaction between HCC cell lines (HepG2, SNU423) and hepatic stellate cells (HSC), a major source of hepatic myofibroblasts...
January 23, 2018: Cancer Research
Xiaofei Cheng, Guifen Li, Yuhong Tang, Jiangqi Wen
Development of inflorescence architecture is controlled by genetic regulatory networks. TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1), APETALA1 (AP1), LEAFY (LFY), and FRUITFULL (FUL) are core regulators for inflorescence development. To understand the regulation of compound inflorescence development, we characterized mutants of corresponding orthologous genes, MtTFL1, MtAP1, SINGLE LEAFLET1 (SGL1), and MtFULc, in Medicago truncatula, and analyzed expression patterns of these genes. Results indicate that MtTFL1, MtFULc, MtAP1, and SGL1 play specific roles in identity determination of primary inflorescence meristems, secondary inflorescence meristems, floral meristems, and common primordia, respectively...
January 18, 2018: Development
Guillaume Alain Castillon, Patricia Burriat-Couleru, Daniel Abegg, Nina Criado Santos, Reika Watanabe
Recently studies in animal models demonstrate potential roles for clathrin and AP1 in apical protein sorting in epithelial tissue. However, the precise functions of these proteins in apical protein transport remain unclear. Here, we reveal mis-targeting of endogenous GPI-APs and soluble secretory proteins in MDCK cells upon clathrin heavy chain or AP1 subunit knockdown (KD). Using a novel directional endocytosis and recycling assay, we found that these KD cells are not only affected for apical sorting of GPI-APs in biosynthetic pathway but also for their apical recycling and basal to apical transcytosis routes...
January 20, 2018: Traffic
Renu Garg, Nagesh Peddada, Kunzes Dolma, Neeraj Khatri, Ashish Ashish
Plasma gelsolin (pGSN), a protein primarily involved in clearance of circulating actin filaments, is an upcoming novel biomarker. Its level changes in multiple disease and injury conditions, attributable mainly to its consumption during actin clearance, the endogenous regulation of its expression, however, remains elusive as well as unexplored. Here, we are reporting first isolation of the promoter region of pGSN gene and investigation of its transcriptional regulation during pregnancy (a natural process associated with a well programmed injury course of parturition)...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Xuanrui Zeng, Hailun Liu, Hongyang Du, Sujing Wang, Wenming Yang, Yingjun Chi, Jiao Wang, Fang Huang, Deyue Yu
BACKGROUND: The MADS-box transcription factors are an ancient family of genes that regulate numerous physiological and biochemical processes in plants and facilitate the development of floral organs. However, the functions of most of these transcription factors in soybean remain unknown. RESULTS: In this work, a MADS-box gene, GmAGL1, was overexpressed in soybean. Phenotypic analysis showed that GmAGL1 overexpression not only resulted in early maturation but also promoted flowering and affected petal development...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
Yewei Dong, Jianhong Zhao, Junliang Chen, Shuqi Wang, Yang Liu, Qinghao Zhang, Cuihong You, Óscar Monroig, Douglas R Tocher, Yuanyou Li
The rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus was the first marine teleost demonstrated to have the ability of biosynthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) from C18 PUFA precursors, and all genes encoding the key enzymes for LC-PUFA biosynthesis have been cloned and functionally characterized, which provides us a potential model to study the regulatory mechanisms of LC-PUFA biosynthesis in teleosts. As the primary step to clarify such mechanisms, present research focused on promoter analysis of gene encoding ∆6/∆5 fatty acyl desaturase (Fad), a rate-limiting enzyme catalyzing the first step in the conversion of C18 PUFA to LC-PUFA...
January 9, 2018: Gene
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