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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737767/sensitive-and-non-invasive-method-for-the-in-vivo-analysis-of-membrane-permeability-in-small-animals
#1
Andrea Fernandez-Carrera, Eva Vigo, Carla Regueiro-Rodríguez, África González-Fernández, David Olivieri, Luiz S Aroeira
Tissue membranes are boundaries that isolate organs or cavities in the body. These semi-permeable membranes are responsible for passive protection that acts through the regulation of nutrient absorption, secretion and filtration of small molecules. These functions could be altered as a consequence of inflammation or trauma, which in turn could lead to changes in permeability, allowing the entrance of toxins, antigens, proteins or facilitating the spread of tumors. Membrane permeability therefore plays an important role in numerous diseases...
July 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734932/a-pyridone-derivative-activates-serca2a-by-attenuating-the-inhibitory-effect-of-phospholamban
#2
Manami Kaneko, Hisato Yamamoto, Hiroki Sakai, Yusuke Kamada, Toshiki Tanaka, Shuji Fujiwara, Synsuke Yamamoto, Hiroki Takahagi, Hideyuki Igawa, Shizuo Kasai, Masakuni Noda, Makoto Inui, Tomoyuki Nishimoto
The cardiac sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) plays a central role in Ca(2+) handling within cardiomyocytes and is negatively regulated by phospholamban (PLN), a sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) membrane protein. The activation of SERCA2a, which has been reported to improve cardiac dysfunction in heart failure, is a potential therapeutic approach for heart failure. Therefore, we developed a novel small molecule, compound A and characterized it both in vitro and in vivo. Compound A activated the Ca(2+)-dependent ATPase activity of cardiac SR vesicles but not that of skeletal muscle SR vesicles that lack PLN...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731153/altered-profile-of-mrna-expression-in-atrioventricular-node-of-streptozotocin%C3%A2-induced-diabetic-rats
#3
Frank Christopher Howarth, Khatija Parekh, Petrilla Jayaprakash, Edward Samuel Inbaraj, Murat Oz, Halina Dobrzynski, Thomas Edward Adrian
Prolonged action potential duration, reduced action potential firing rate, upstroke velocity and rate of diastolic depolarization have been demonstrated in atrioventricular node (AVN) cells from streptozotocin (STZ)‑induced diabetic rats. To further clarify the molecular basis of these electrical disturbances, the mRNA profiles encoding a variety of proteins associated with the generation and conduction of electrical activity in the AVN, were evaluated in the STZ‑induced diabetic rat heart. Expression of mRNA was measured in AVN biopsies using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction techniques...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720901/a-novel-connection-between-the-cell-wall-integrity-and-the-pka-pathways-regulates-cell-wall-stress-response-in-yeast
#4
Raúl García, Enrique Bravo, Sonia Diez-Muñiz, Cesar Nombela, Jose M Rodríguez-Peña, Javier Arroyo
Fungal cells trigger adaptive mechanisms to survive in situations that compromise cell wall integrity. We show here that the global transcriptional response elicited by inhibition of the synthesis of β-1,3-glucan by caspofungin, encompasses a set of genes that are dependent on Slt2, the MAPK of the Cell Wall Integrity (CWI) pathway, and a broad group of genes regulated independently of Slt2. Genes negatively regulated by the cyclic AMP/Protein Kinase A (PKA) signaling pathway were overrepresented in the latter group...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715583/tnf%C3%AE-induced-disruption-of-the-blood-retinal-barrier-in-vitro-is-regulated-by-intracellular-3-5-cyclic-adenosine-monophosphate-levels
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Anne-Eva van der Wijk, Ilse M C Vogels, Cornelis J F van Noorden, Ingeborg Klaassen, Reinier O Schlingemann
Purpose: Proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor (TNFα) may have a causative role in blood-retinal barrier (BRB) disruption, which is an essential step in the development of diabetic macular edema. The purpose of our study was to determine whether TNFα increases permeability in an in vitro model of the BRB and to explore the mechanisms involved. Methods: Primary bovine retinal endothelial cells (BRECs) were grown on Transwell inserts and cells were stimulated with TNFα or a combination of TNFα, IL1β, and VEGF...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715131/transcriptome-analysis-suggests-a-role-for-the-differential-expression-of-cerebral-aquaporins-and-the-mapk-signalling-pathway-in-human-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#6
Mootaz M Salman, Mariam A Sheilabi, Dev Bhattacharyya, Philip Kitchen, Alex C Conner, Roslyn M Bill, M Nicola Woodroofe, Matthew T Conner, Alessandra P Princivalle
Epilepsies are common disorders of the central nervous system (CNS), affecting up to 2% of the global population. Pharmaco-resistance is a major clinical challenge affecting about 30% of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) patients. Water homeostasis has been shown crucial for regulation of neuronal excitability. The control of water movement is achieved through a family of small integral membrane channel proteins called aquaporins (AQPs). Despite the fact that changes in water homeostasis occur in sclerotic hippocampi of people with TLE, the expression of AQPs in the epileptic brain is not fully characterised...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713996/downregulation-of-aqp2-in-the-anterior-vaginal-wall-is-associated-with-the-pathogenesis-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence
#7
Zujuan Zhang, Pan Xu, Zhenwei Xie, Fengxian Shen, Ning Chen, Liming Yu, Ronghuan He
The pathogenesis of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is unclear. Aquaporins (AQPs) are a family of transmembrane proteins that transport water and small solutes, including glycerol, across cell membranes. AQPs have been demonstrated to serve a role in skin hydration, cellular proliferation, migration, immunity, wound healing and vascular remodeling in multiple organs. Furthermore, studies have confirmed that abnormal synthesis and degradation of collagens in extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling contributes to SUI, by altering normal tissue architecture and mechanical properties...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713858/life-stage-specific-cargo-receptors-facilitate-glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored-surface-coat-protein-transport-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#8
Emilia K Kruzel, George P Zimmett, James D Bangs
The critical virulence factor of bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei is the glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI)-anchored variant surface glycoprotein (VSG). Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) exit of VSG is GPI dependent and relies on a discrete subset of COPII machinery (TbSec23.2/TbSec24.1). In other systems, p24 transmembrane adaptor proteins selectively recruit GPI-anchored cargo into nascent COPII vesicles. Trypanosomes have eight putative p24s (TbERP1 to TbERP8) that are constitutively expressed at the mRNA level...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713335/a-novel-regulatory-cascade-involving-blur-ycgz-and-lon-controls-the-expression-of-escherichia-coli-ompf-porin
#9
Valérie Duval, Kimberly Foster, Jennifer Brewster, Stuart B Levy
In Escherichia coli, OmpF is an important outer membrane protein, which serves as a passive diffusion pore for small compounds including nutrients, antibiotics, and toxic compounds. OmpF expression responds to environmental changes such as temperature, osmolarity, nutrients availability, and toxic compounds via complex regulatory pathways involving transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation. Our study identified a new regulatory cascade that controls the expression of OmpF porin. This pathway involves BluR, a transcriptional regulator repressing the expression of the ycgZ-ymgABC operon...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712872/suppression-of-cd36-attenuates-adipogenesis-with-a-reduction-of-p2x7-expression-in-3t3-l1-cells
#10
Huanqing Gao, Danyang Li, Ping Yang, Lei Zhao, Li Wei, Yaxi Chen, Xiong Z Ruan
Adipogenesis is a process of differentiation from preadipocyte into adipocyte, and is regulated by several transcription factors, including the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and the CCAAT-enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/EBPα). CD36 is a membrane protein which contributes to the metabolic disorders such as obesity. Although the previous study demonstrated CD36 participated in the progression of adipogenesis, the mechanism is still unclear. We report here that knockdown of CD36 expression by CD36 small interfering RNA (siRNA) resulted in a reduction of adipocyte differentiation and adipogenic protein expression...
July 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710588/identification-and-molecular-characterization-of-a-trans-acting-small-interfering-rna-producing-locus-regulating-leaf-rust-responsive-gene-expression-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Summi Dutta, Dhananjay Kumar, Shailendra Jha, Kumble Vinod Prabhu, Manish Kumar, Kunal Mukhopadhyay
A novel leaf rust responsive ta-siRNA-producing locus was identified in wheat showing similarity to 28S rRNA and generated four differentially expressing ta-siRNAs by phasing which targeted stress responsive genes. Trans-acting-small interfering RNAs (Ta-siRNAs) are plant specific molecules generally involved in development and are also stress responsive. Ta-siRNAs identified in wheat till date are all responsive to abiotic stress only. Wheat cultivation is severely affected by rusts and leaf rust particularly affects grain filling...
July 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710431/hiv-1-enhances-mtorc1-activity-and-repositions-lysosomes-to-the-periphery-by-co-opting-rag-gtpases
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Alessandro Cinti, Valerie Le Sage, Miroslav P Milev, Fernando Valiente-Echeverría, Christina Crossie, Marie-Joelle Miron, Nelly Panté, Martin Olivier, Andrew J Mouland
HIV-1 co-opts several host machinery to generate a permissive environment for viral replication and transmission. In this work we reveal how HIV-1 impacts the host translation and intracellular vesicular trafficking machineries for protein synthesis and to impede the physiological late endosome/lysosome (LEL) trafficking in stressful conditions. First, HIV-1 enhances the activity of the master regulator of protein synthesis, the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Second, the virus commandeers mTOR-associated late endosome/lysosome (LEL) trafficking and counteracts metabolic and environmental stress-induced intracellular repositioning of LEL...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708313/human-biliverdin-reductase-regulates-the-molecular-mechanism-underlying-cancer-development
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Min Zhang, Wei Xin, Zhi Yi, Yue Li, Ying Liu, Hongyue Zhang, He Chen, Xinxin Chen, Shujie Tan, Daling Zhu
Human biliverdin reductase (hBVR), is an enzyme, that converts biliverdin to bilirubin, and has been implicated in epithelial-mesenchymal transition?EMT? in breast cancer. However, few studies have investigated the role of hBVR in cell apoptosis in other cancers. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of hBVR in several lines of cancer cells. The results of this study showed that hBVR expression was up-regulated in breast, lung, and liver cancers, but not ovarian cancer. Moreover, hBVR inhibition by small interfering RNA (si-hBVR) attenuated cell survival and increased caspase-3 protein expression, which was mediated by the ERK1/2 signaling pathway in relative cancer cells...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707887/full-characterization-of-localization-diversity-in-human-protein-interactome
#14
Lixin Cheng, Kaili Fan, Yan Huang, Dong Wang, Kwong-Sak Leung
Spatial-temporal regulation amongst proteins forms dynamic networks in cells. Co-existence in common cell compartments can improve biological reliability of the protein-protein interactions. However, this is usually overlooked by most proteomic studies and leads to unrealistic discoveries. In this paper, we systematically characterize the interaction localization diversity in human protein interactome using localization coefficient, a novel metric proposed for assessing how diversely the interactions localize among cell compartments...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707374/localization-and-functional-analysis-of-the-insect-specific-rabx4-in-the-brain-of-bombyx-mori
#15
Tomohide Uno, Masayuki Furutani, Katsuhiko Sakamoto, Yuichi Uno, Kengo Kanamaru, Akira Mizoguchi, Susumu Hiragaki, Makio Takeda
Rab proteins are small monomeric GTPases/GTP-binding proteins, which form the largest branch of the Ras superfamily. The different Rab GTPases are localized to the cytosolic face of specific intracellular membranes, where they function as regulators of distinct steps in membrane trafficking. RabX4 is an insect-specific Rab protein that has no close homolog in vertebrates. There is little information about insect-specific Rab proteins. RabX4 was expressed in Escherichia coli and subsequently purified. Antibodies against Bombyx mori RabX4 were produced in rabbits for western immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry...
July 14, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700922/the-functional-amyloid-orb2a-binds-to-lipid-membranes
#16
Maria A Soria, Silvia A Cervantes, Thalia H Bajakian, Ansgar B Siemer
Lipid membranes interact with and influence the aggregation of many amyloid-forming proteins. Orb2 is a cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding protein homolog in Drosophila melanogaster that forms functional amyloids necessary for long-term memory. One isoform, Orb2A, has a unique N-terminus that has been shown to be important for the formation of amyloid-like aggregates and long-term memory in vivo. Orb2A is also found enriched in the synaptic membrane fraction. Our sequence and hydropathy analysis suggests that it can form an amphipathic helix, which is ideal for lipid membrane interaction...
July 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698598/classification-and-function-of-small-open-reading-frames
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Juan-Pablo Couso, Pedro Patraquim
Small open reading frames (smORFs) of 100 codons or fewer are usually - if arbitrarily - excluded from proteome annotations. Despite this, the genomes of many metazoans, including humans, contain millions of smORFs, some of which fulfil key physiological functions. Recently, the transcriptome of Drosophila melanogaster was shown to contain thousands of smORFs of different classes that actively undergo translation, which produces peptides of mostly unknown function. Here, we present a comprehensive analysis of smORFs in flies, mice and humans...
July 12, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698138/a-novel-fluorinated-thiosemicarbazone-derivative-2-3-4-difluorobenzylidene-hydrazinecarbothioamide-induces-apoptosis-in-human-a549-lung-cancer-cells-via-ros-mediated-mitochondria-dependent-pathway
#18
Yue Zhao, Chuanlong Guo, LiJun Wang, ShuaiYu Wang, XiangQian Li, Bo Jiang, Ning Wu, ShuJu Guo, RenShuai Zhang, Kun Liu, DaYong Shi
Thiosemicarbazone, a class of compounds with excellent biological activity, especially antitumor activity, have attracted wide attention. In this study, a novel fluorinated thiosemicarbazone derivative, 2-(3,4-difluorobenzylidene) hydrazinecarbothioamide (compound 1) was synthesized and its antitumor activities were further investigated on a non-small cell lung cancer cell line (A549) along with its underlying mechanisms. Compound 1 showed significant anti-proliferative activity on A549 cells, which was further proved by colony formation experiment...
July 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696251/endothelin-1-stimulates-vasoconstriction-through-rab11a-serine-177-phosphorylation
#19
Xue Zhai, Marie D Leo, Jonathan H Jaggar
Rationale: Large-conductance calcium (Ca(2+))-activated potassium channels (BK) are composed of pore-forming BKα and auxiliary β1 subunits in arterial smooth muscle cells (myocytes). Vasoconstrictors, including endothelin-1 (ET-1), inhibit myocyte BK channels, leading to contraction, but mechanisms involved are unclear. Recent evidence indicates that BKα is primarily plasma membrane-localized, whereas the cellular location of β1 can be rapidly altered by Rab11A-positive recycling endosomes. Whether vasoconstrictors regulate the multi-subunit composition of surface BK channels to stimulate contraction is unclear...
July 10, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693265/overexpression-of-the-transmembrane-protein-bst-2-induces-akt-and-erk-phosphorylation-in-bladder-cancer
#20
Yoshinori Shigematsu, Naohide Oue, Yuri Nishioka, Naoya Sakamoto, Kazuhiro Sentani, Yohei Sekino, Shoichiro Mukai, Jun Teishima, Akio Matsubara, Wataru Yasui
Bladder cancer, the majority of which is urothelial carcinoma (UC), is a common malignancy worldwide. Genes encoding transmembrane/secretory proteins expressed specifically in certain cancers may be ideal biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and may represent therapeutic targets. In the present study, the expression and function of the bone marrow stromal cell antigen 2 (BST2) gene was analyzed in UC. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction demonstrated that expression of BST2 in normal tissue samples was the highest in liver tissue...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
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