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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896523/a-cd57-ctl-degranulation-assay-effectively-identifies-familial-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-type-3-patients
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Masayuki Hori, Takahiro Yasumi, Saeko Shimodera, Hirofumi Shibata, Eitaro Hiejima, Hirotsugu Oda, Kazushi Izawa, Tomoki Kawai, Masataka Ishimura, Naoko Nakano, Ryutaro Shirakawa, Ryuta Nishikomori, Hidetoshi Takada, Satoshi Morita, Hisanori Horiuchi, Osamu Ohara, Eiichi Ishii, Toshio Heike
PURPOSE: Familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis type 3 (FHL3) is a genetic disorder that results in immune dysregulation. It requires prompt and accurate diagnosis. A natural killer (NK) cell degranulation assay is often used to screen for FHL3 patients. However, we recently encountered two cases of late-onset FHL3 carrying novel UNC13D missense mutations: in these cases, the degranulation assays using freshly isolated and interleukin (IL)-2-activated NK cells yielded contradictory results...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885029/the-atg-conjugation-systems-are-important-for-degradation-of-the-inner-autophagosomal-membrane
#2
Kotaro Tsuboyama, Ikuko Koyama-Honda, Yuriko Sakamaki, Masato Koike, Hideaki Morishita, Noboru Mizushima
In macroautophagy, cytoplasmic contents are sequestered into the double-membrane autophagosome, which fuses with the lysosome to become the autolysosome. It has been thought that the autophagy-related (ATG) conjugation systems are required for autophagosome formation. Here, we found that autophagosomal soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) syntaxin 17-positive autophagosome-like structures could be generated even in the absence of the ATG conjugation systems, although at a reduced rate...
November 25, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851964/caps1-rna-editing-promotes-dense-core-vesicle-exocytosis
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Kotaro Miyake, Toshio Ohta, Hisako Nakayama, Nobutaka Doe, Yuri Terao, Eiji Oiki, Izumi Nagatomo, Yui Yamashita, Takaya Abe, Kazuko Nishikura, Atsushi Kumanogoh, Kouichi Hashimoto, Yukio Kawahara
Calcium-dependent activator protein for secretion 1 (CAPS1) plays a distinct role in the priming step of dense core vesicle (DCV) exocytosis. CAPS1 pre-mRNA is known to undergo adenosine-to-inosine RNA editing in its coding region, which results in a glutamate-to-glycine conversion at a site in its C-terminal region. However, the physiological significance of CAPS1 RNA editing remains elusive. Here, we created mutant mice in which edited CAPS1 was solely expressed. These mice were lean due to increased energy expenditure caused by physical hyperactivity...
November 15, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836773/distinct-roles-of-prolactin-epidermal-growth-factor-and-glucocorticoids-in-%C3%AE-casein-secretion-pathway-in-lactating-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Ken Kobayashi, Shoko Oyama, Chinatsu Kuki, Yusaku Tsugami, Kota Matsunaga, Takahiro Suzuki, Takanori Nishimura
Beta-casein is a secretory protein contained in milk. Mammary epithelial cells (MECs) synthesize and secrete β-casein during lactation. However, it remains unclear how the β-casein secretion pathway is developed after parturition. In this study, we focused on prolactin (PRL), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and glucocorticoids, which increase in blood plasma and milk around parturition. MECs cultured with PRL, EGF and dexamethasone (DEX: glucocorticoid analog) developed the β-casein secretion pathway. In the absence of PRL, MECs hardly expressed β-casein...
November 9, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832597/caveolin-1-regulation-of-disrupted-in-schizophrenia-1-as-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-schizophrenia
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Adam Kassan, Junji Egawa, Zheng Zhang, Angels Almenar-Queralt, Quynh My Nguyen, Yasaman Lajevardi, Kaitlyn Kim, Edmund Posadas, Dilip V Jeste, David M Roth, Piyush M Patel, Hemal H Patel, Brian P Head
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia is a debilitating psychiatric disorder manifested in early adulthood. Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia-1 (DISC1) is a susceptible gene for schizophrenia (54, 76, 101) implicated in neuronal development, brain maturation and neuroplasticity (12, 20). Therefore, DISC1 is a promising candidate gene for schizophrenia, but the molecular mechanisms underlying its role in the pathogenesis of the disease are still poorly understood. Interestingly, Caveolin-1 (Cav-1), a cholesterol binding and scaffolding protein, regulates neuronal signal transduction and promotes neuroplasticity...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812750/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-of-upland-vs16-and-lowland-ap13-ecotypes-of-switchgrass
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Vasudevan Ayyappan, Malay C Saha, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Venkateswara R Sripathi, Ketaki P Bhide, Elizabeth Fiedler, Rita K Hayford, Venu Kal Kalavacharla
Transcriptomes of two switchgrass genotypes representing the upland and lowland ecotypes will be key tools in switchgrass genome annotation and biotic and abiotic stress functional genomics. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is an important bioenergy feedstock for cellulosic ethanol production. We report genome-wide transcriptome profiling of two contrasting tetraploid switchgrass genotypes, VS16 and AP13, representing the upland and lowland ecotypes, respectively. A total of 268 million Illumina short reads (50 nt) were generated, of which, 133 million were obtained in AP13 and the rest 135 million in VS16...
November 3, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810382/immunohistochemical-localization-of-snare-core-proteins-in-intrapulpal-and-intradentinal-nerve-fibers-of-rat-molar-teeth
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Shiho Honma, Kohki Kadono, Akiyo Kawano, Satoshi Wakisaka
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to elucidate whether three soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (SNARE) core proteins, syntaxin-1, synaptosomal-associated protein of 25kDa (SNAP-25), and vesicle-associated membrane protein-2 (VAMP-2), are present in the dental pulp of the rat molar at both the light and electron microscopic levels. DESIGN: Immunohistochemistry for protein gene product 9.5 (PGP 9.5), a pan-neuronal marker, syntaxin-1, SNAP-25, and VAMP-2 was performed on decalcified rat molars for light and electron microscopic analyses...
October 26, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802163/acid-sphingomyelinase-is-required-for-cell-surface-presentation-of-met-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-in-cancer-cells
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Linyu Zhu, Xiahui Xiong, Yongsoon Kim, Naomi Okada, Fei Lu, Hui Zhang, Hong Sun
Receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) are embedded in the lipid bilayer of the plasma membrane, but the specific roles of various lipids in cell signaling remain largely uncharacterized. We have previously found that acid sphingomyelinase (ASM; also known as SMPD1) regulates the conserved DAF-2 (the ortholog IGF-1R in mammals) RTK signaling pathway in Caenorhabditis elegans How ASM and its catalytic products, ceramides, control RTK signaling pathways remain unclear. Here, we report that ASM regulates the homeostasis of Met, an RTK that is frequently overexpressed in various cancers...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795424/potent-inhibition-of-hcmv-by-modulating-the-cellular-snare-syntaxin-5
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Linda Cruz, Nicholas T Streck, Kevin Ferguson, Trisha Desai, Dhimant H Desai, Shantu G Amin, Nicholas J Buchkovich
: Formation of the cytoplasmic viral assembly compartment (cVAC) is an important step for efficient HCMV assembly. To do this, the virus must alter and repurpose the normal cellular balance of membrane and protein flux, a process that is not well understood. Although a recent screen identified three viral proteins essential for cVAC formation, less is known about the contribution of cellular factors. We show that HCMV infection increases the protein level of a cellular trafficking factor, Syntaxin 5 (STX5), a member of the syntaxin family of SNARE proteins...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794539/human-r1441c-lrrk2-regulates-the-synaptic-vesicle-proteome-and-phosphoproteome-in-a-drosophila-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Shariful Islam, Hendrik Nolte, Wright Jacob, Anna B Ziegler, Stefanie Pütz, Yael Grosjean, Karolina Szczepanowska, Aleksandra Trifunovic, Thomas Braun, Hermann Heumann, Rolf Heumann, Bernhard Hovemann, Darren J Moore, Marcus Krüger
Mutations in leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) cause late-onset, autosomal dominant familial Parkinson's disease (PD) and variation at the LRRK2 locus contributes to the risk for idiopathic PD. LRRK2 can function as a protein kinase and mutations lead to increased kinase activity. To elucidate the pathophysiological mechanism of the R1441C mutation in the GTPase domain of LRRK2, we expressed human wild-type or R1441C LRRK2 in dopaminergic neurons of Drosophila and observe reduced locomotor activity, impaired survival and an age-dependent degeneration of dopaminergic neurons thereby creating a new PD-like model...
October 29, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791468/the-stx6-vti1b-vamp3-complex-facilitates-xenophagy-by-regulating-the-fusion-between-recycling-endosomes-and-autophagosomes
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Takashi Nozawa, Atsuko Minowa-Nozawa, Chihiro Aikawa, Ichiro Nakagawa
Macroautophagy/autophagy plays a critical role in immunity by directly degrading invading pathogens such as Group A Streptococcus (GAS), through a process that has been named xenophagy. We previously demonstrated that autophagic vacuoles directed against GAS, termed GAS-containing autophagosome-like vacuoles (GcAVs), use recycling endosomes (REs) as a membrane source. However, the precise molecular mechanism that facilitates the fusion between GcAVs and REs remains unclear. Here, we demonstrate that STX6 (syntaxin 6) is recruited to GcAVs and forms a complex with VTI1B and VAMP3 to regulate the GcAV-RE fusion that is required for xenophagy...
October 28, 2016: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771897/profiling-of-signaling-proteins-in-penumbra-after-focal-photothrombotic-infarct-in-the-rat-brain-cortex
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Svetlana Demyanenko, Anatoly Uzdensky
In ischemic stroke, cell damage propagates from infarct core to surrounding tissue. To reveal proteins involved in neurodegeneration and neuroprotection, we explored the protein profile in penumbra surrounding the photothrombotic infarct core induced in rat cerebral cortex by local laser irradiation after Bengal Rose administration. Using antibody microarrays, we studied changes in expression of 224 signaling proteins 1, 4, or 24 h after photothrombotic infarct compared with untreated contralateral cortex...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27732637/tomosyn-negatively-regulates-arginine-vasopressin-secretion-in-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-neurons
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Seiji Takeuchi, Shintaro Iwama, Hiroshi Takagi, Atsushi Kiyota, Kohtaro Nakashima, Hisakazu Izumida, Haruki Fujisawa, Naoko Iwata, Hidetaka Suga, Takashi Watanabe, Kozo Kaibuchi, Yutaka Oiso, Hiroshi Arima, Yoshihisa Sugimura
Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is secreted via exocytosis; however, the precise molecular mechanism underlying the exocytosis of AVP remains to be elucidated. To better understand the mechanisms of AVP secretion, in our study we have identified proteins that bind with a 25 kDa synaptosomal-associated protein (SNAP25). SNAP25 plays a crucial role in exocytosis, in the posterior pituitary. Embryonic stem (ES) cell-derived AVP neurons were established to investigate the functions of the identified proteins. Using glutathione S-transferase (GST)-pulldown assays and proteomic analyses, we identified tomosyn-1 (syntaxin-binding protein 5) as a SNAP25-binding protein in the posterior pituitary...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27712998/inhibitors-of-retrograde-trafficking-active-against-ricin-and-shiga-toxins-also-protect-cells-from-several-viruses-leishmania-and-chlamydiales
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Neetu Gupta, Romain Noël, Amélie Goudet, Karen Hinsinger, Aurélien Michau, Valérie Pons, Hajer Abdelkafi, Thomas Secher, Ayaka Shima, Olena Shtanko, Yasuteru Sakurai, Sandrine Cojean, Sébastien Pomel, Vanessa Liévin-Le Moal, Véronique Leignel, Jo-Ana Herweg, Annette Fischer, Ludger Johannes, Kate Harrison, Philippa M Beard, Pascal Clayette, Roger Le Grand, Jonathan O Rayner, Thomas Rudel, Joël Vacus, Philippe M Loiseau, Robert A Davey, Eric Oswald, Jean-Christophe Cintrat, Julien Barbier, Daniel Gillet
Medical countermeasures to treat biothreat agent infections require broad-spectrum therapeutics that do not induce agent resistance. A cell-based high-throughput screen (HTS) against ricin toxin combined with hit optimization allowed selection of a family of compounds that meet these requirements. The hit compound Retro-2 and its derivatives have been demonstrated to be safe in vivo in mice even at high doses. Moreover, Retro-2 is an inhibitor of retrograde transport that affects syntaxin-5-dependent toxins and pathogens...
October 3, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701906/escrts-and-associated-proteins-in-lysosomal-fusion-with-endosomes-and-autophagosomes
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Priyanka Majumder, Oishee Chakrabarti
Endolysosomal and autophagosomal degradation pathways are highly connected at various levels, sharing multiple molecular effectors that modulate them individually or simultaneously. These two lysosomal degradative pathways are primarily involved in the disposal of cargo internalized from the cell surface or long-lived proteins or aggregates and aged organelles present in the cytosol. Both of these pathways involve a number of carefully regulated vesicular fusion events that are dependent on ESCRT proteins. The ESCRT proteins especially ESCRT-I and III participate in the regulation of fusion events between autophagosome/amphisome and lysosome...
July 22, 2016: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699600/the-motor-kif5c-links-the-requirements-of-stable-microtubules-and-igf-1-receptor-membrane-insertion-for-neuronal-polarization
#16
Mariana Oksdath, Alvaro F Nieto Guil, Diego Grassi, Lucas J Sosa, Santiago Quiroga
Three early signals of asymmetry have been described to occur in a single neurite of neurons at stage 2 of differentiation (before polarization) and shown to be essential for neuronal polarization: (i) accumulation of stable microtubules, (ii) enrichment of the plasma membrane with activatable IGF-1r, and (iii) polarized transport of the microtubular motor KIF5C. Here, we studied the possible relationship between these three phenomena. Our results show that the activatable (membrane-inserted) IGF-1r and stable microtubules accumulate in the same neurite of cells at stage 2...
October 3, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27694038/targeting-mast-cells-uncovering-prolific-therapeutic-role-in-myriad-diseases
#17
Jatinder Singh, Ramanpreet Shah, Dhandeep Singh
The mast cells are integral part of immune system and they have pleiotropic physiological functions in our body. Any type of abnormal stimuli causes the mast cells receptors to spur the otherwise innocuous mast cells to degranulate and release inflammatory mediators like histamine, cytokines, chemokines and prostaglandins. These mediators are involved in various diseases like allergy, asthma, mastocytosis, cardiovascular disorders, etc. Herein, we describe the receptors involved in degranulation of mast cells and are broadly divided into four categories: G-protein coupled receptors, ligand gated ion channels, immunoreceptors and pattern recognition receptors...
September 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662481/the-snare-protein-syntaxin-3-confers-specificity-for-polarized-axonal-trafficking-in-neurons
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Linda Soo Hoo, Chris D Banna, Carolyn M Radeke, Nikunj Sharma, Mary E Albertolle, Seng Hui Low, Thomas Weimbs, Carol A Vandenberg
Cell polarity and precise subcellular protein localization are pivotal to neuronal function. The SNARE machinery underlies intracellular membrane fusion events, but its role in neuronal polarity and selective protein targeting remain unclear. Here we report that syntaxin 3 is involved in orchestrating polarized trafficking in cultured rat hippocampal neurons. We show that syntaxin 3 localizes to the axonal plasma membrane, particularly to axonal tips, whereas syntaxin 4 localizes to the somatodendritic plasma membrane...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27648472/loss-of-munc13-1-function-causes-microcephaly-cortical-hyperexcitability-and-fatal-myasthenia
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Andrew G Engel, Duygu Selcen, Xin-Ming Shen, Margherita Milone, C Michel Harper
OBJECTIVE: To identify the molecular basis of a fatal syndrome of microcephaly, cortical hyperexcitability, and myasthenia. METHODS: We performed clinical and in vitro microelectrode studies of neuromuscular transmission, examined neuromuscular junctions cytochemically and by electron microscopy (EM), and searched for mutations by Sanger and exome sequencing. RESULTS: Neuromuscular transmission was severely compromised by marked depletion of the readily releasable pool of quanta, but the probability of quantal release was normal...
October 2016: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646276/the-munc18-1-domain-3a-hinge-loop-controls-syntaxin-1a-nanodomain-assembly-and-engagement-with-the-snare-complex-during-secretory-vesicle-priming
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Ravikiran Kasula, Ye Jin Chai, Adekunle T Bademosi, Callista B Harper, Rachel S Gormal, Isabel C Morrow, Eric Hosy, Brett M Collins, Daniel Choquet, Andreas Papadopulos, Frédéric A Meunier
Munc18-1 and syntaxin-1A control SNARE-dependent neuroexocytosis and are organized in nanodomains on the plasma membrane of neurons and neurosecretory cells. Deciphering the intra- and intermolecular steps via which they prepare secretory vesicles (SVs) for fusion is key to understanding neuronal and hormonal communication. Here, we demonstrate that expression of a priming-deficient mutant lacking 17 residues of the domain 3a hinge-loop (Munc18-1(Δ317-333)) in PC12 cells engineered to knockdown Munc18-1/2 markedly prolonged SV docking...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
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