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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728277/-effects-of-pi3k%C3%AE-rhoa-pathway-on-phagocytosis-defect-of-alveolar-macrophages-in-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#1
S T Hu, Q Xia, X L Zeng, H R Bao, X J Liu
Objective: To investigate effects of Phosphoinositide3-Kinases (PI3Kδ)-Ras homolog gene family member A(RhoA) pathway on phagocytosis deficiency of alveolar macrophages (AMs) in a mouse model of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Twenty mice were exposed to cigarette smoking to establish the COPD model, with 20 mice as the control group. AMs were isolated from lung tissue by discontinuous density gradient centrifugation and then divided into a healthy control group, a COPD group, a healthy IC87114 group and a COPD IC87114 group...
July 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727496/modulation-of-vegf-induced-migration-and-network-formation-by-lymphatic-endothelial-cells-roles-of-platelets-and-podoplanin
#2
Stacey A Langan, Leyre Navarro-Núñez, Steve P Watson, Gerard B Nash
Lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC) express the transmembrane receptor podoplanin whose only known endogenous ligand CLEC-2 is found on platelets. Both podoplanin and CLEC-2 are required for normal lymphangiogenesis as mice lacking either protein develop a blood-lymphatic mixing phenotype. We investigated the roles of podoplanin and its interaction with platelets in migration and tube formation by LEC. Addition of platelets or antibody-mediated crosslinking of podoplanin inhibited LEC migration induced by vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF-A or VEGF-C), but did not modify basal migration or the response to basic fibroblast growth factor or epidermal growth factor...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726800/role-of-nicotinamide-n-methyltransferase-in-dorsal-striatum-in-cocaine-place-preference
#3
Li Luo, Fei-Fei Shang, Hailei Long, Linhong Jiang, Ruiming Zhu, Qian Zhao, Hui Gu, Jueying Kong, Wei Xu, Yinglan Zhao, Xiaobo Cen
Nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) transfers the methyl from S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM) to nicotinamide (NA) to produce S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine (SAH) and 1-methylnicotinamide (MeN). NNMT has been implicated in a variety of diseases; however, the role of NNMT in drug addiction is largely unknown. Here, we found that the expression of Nnmt was significantly upregulated in the dorsal striatum (DS) of cocaine-conditioned mice. Cocaine significantly decreased SAM/SAH ratio levels in the DS, which was accompanied with the decreased activities of Rac1 and RhoA...
July 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719725/effects-of-eupatilin-on-the-contractility-of-corpus-cavernosal-smooth-muscle-through-nitric-oxide-independent-pathways
#4
S H Choo, S W Lee, M R Chae, S J Kang, H H Sung, D H Han, J N Chun, J K Park, C Y Kim, H K Kim, I So
Eupatilin (5,7-dihydroxy-3,4,6-trimethoxyflavone) is one of the main compounds present in Artemisia species. Eupatilin has both antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties and a relaxation effect on vascular contraction regardless of endothelial function. We evaluated the relaxant effects of eupatilin on the corpus cavernosum (CC) of rabbits and the underlying mechanisms of its activity in human corpus cavernosum smooth muscle (CCSM) cells. Isolated rabbit CC strips were mounted in an organ bath system. A conventional whole-cell patch clamp technique was used to measure activation of calcium-sensitive K(+) -channel currents in human CCSM cells...
July 18, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718066/the-preventive-effects-of-taurine-on-neural-tube-defects-through-the-wnt-pcp-jnk-dependent-pathway
#5
Qinghua Zhang, Yang Liu, Hui Wang, Li Ma, Hechun Xia, Jianguo Niu, Tao Sun, Li Zhang
The aim of this study was to clarify the protective role of taurine in neuronal apoptosis and the role of the Wnt/PCP-Jnk pathway in mediating the preventive effects of taurine on neural tube defects (NTDs). HT-22 cells (a hippocampal neuron cell line) were divided into a control group, a glutamate-induced apoptosis group, and glutamate (4.0 mmol/L) plus low-dose taurine (L; 0.5 mmol/L) and high-dose taurine (H; 2.0 mmol/L) groups. The MTT assay was used to monitor cell proliferation and cell survival. Immunofluorescence and Western blot analyses were used to determine caspase 9 expression...
July 17, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717253/prostacyclin-reverses-platelet-stress-fibre-formation-causing-platelet-aggregate-instability
#6
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/28715583/tnf%C3%AE-induced-disruption-of-the-blood-retinal-barrier-in-vitro-is-regulated-by-intracellular-3-5-cyclic-adenosine-monophosphate-levels
#7
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/28714177/curved-microstructures-promote-osteogenesis-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-via-the-rhoa-rock-pathway
#8
Qi Zhang, Shiyu Lin, Tao Zhang, Taoran Tian, Quanquan Ma, Xueping Xie, Changyue Xue, Yunfeng Lin, Bofeng Zhu, Xiaoxiao Cai
OBJECTIVES: Cells in the osteon reside in a curved space, accordingly, the curvature of the microenvironment is an important geometric feature in bone formation. However, it is not clear how curved microstructures affect cellular behaviour in bone tissue. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rat primary bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on wavy microgrooves were exposed to PDMS substrates with various curvatures to investigate alterations in cellular morphology and osteogenic differentiation...
August 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712859/tyr42-phosphorylation-of-rhoa-gtpase-promotes-tumorigenesis-through-nuclear-factor-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#9
Jae-Gyu Kim, Kyoung-Chan Choi, Chang-Won Hong, Hwee-Seon Park, Eun-Kyoung Choi, Yong-Sun Kim, Jae-Bong Park
Dysregulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels is implicated in the pathogenesis of several diseases, including cancer. However, the molecular mechanisms of ROS in tumorigenesis have not been clearly elucidated. Hydrogen peroxide activated nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and RhoA GTPase. In particular, we found that hydrogen peroxide phosphorylated RhoA at Tyr42 via Src. P-Ty42 residue of RhoA was a binding site of Vav2, a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) that activates p-Tyr42 RhoA. P-Tyr42 RhoA then bound to IκB kinase γ (IKKγ), leading IKKβ activation...
July 13, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709411/rho-kinase-proteins-display-aberrant-upregulation-in-vascular-tumors-and-contribute-to-vascular-tumor-growth
#10
Clarissa N Amaya, Dianne C Mitchell, Brad A Bryan
BACKGROUND: The serine/threonine protein kinases ROCK1 and 2 are key RhoA-mediated regulators of cell shape and cytoskeletal dynamics. These proteins perform multiple functions in vascular endothelial cell physiology and are attractive targets for cancer therapy based on their roles as oncogenes and metastatic promoters. Given their critical functions in both of these processes, we hypothesized that molecular targeting of ROCK proteins would be exceedingly effective against vascular tumors such as hemangiomas and angiosarcomas, which are neoplasms composed of aberrant endothelial cells...
July 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702704/ezrin-orchestrates-signal-transduction-in-airway-cells
#11
Lei-Miao Yin, Ting-Ting Duan, Luis Ulloa, Yong-Qing Yang
Ezrin is a critical structural protein that organizes receptor complexes and orchestrates their signal transduction. In this study, we review the ezrin-meditated regulation of critical receptor complexes, including the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), CD44, vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM), and the deleted in colorectal cancer (DCC) receptor. We also analyze the ezrin-meditated regulation of critical pathways associated with asthma, such as the RhoA, Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK), and protein kinase A (cAMP/PKA) pathways...
July 13, 2017: Reviews of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701343/let-99-functions-in-the-astral-furrowing-pathway-where-it-is-required-for-myosin-enrichment-in-the-contractile-ring
#12
Kari L Price, Lesilee S Rose
The anaphase spindle determines the position of the cytokinesis furrow, such that the contractile ring assembles in an equatorial zone between the two spindle poles. Contractile ring formation is mediated by RhoA activation at the equator by the centralspindlin complex and midzone microtubules. Astral microtubules also inhibit RhoA accumulation at the poles. In the C. elegans one-cell embryo, the astral microtubule dependent pathway requires anillin, NOP-1 and LET-99. LET-99 is well characterized for generating the asymmetric cortical localization of the Gα-dependent force-generating complex that positions the spindle during asymmetric division...
July 12, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698029/critical-role-of-epha4-in-early-brain-injury-after-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rat
#13
Ruiming Fan, Budbazar Enkhjargal, Richard Camara, Feng Yan, Lei Gong, ShengtaoYao, Jiping Tang, Yangmei Chen, John H Zhang
Early brain injury (EBI) is reported as a primary cause of mortality in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) patients. Eph receptor A4 (EphA4) has been associated with blood-brain barrier integrity and pro-apoptosis. We aimed to investigate a role of EphA4 in EBI after SAH. One hundred and seventy-nine male adult Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into sham versus endovascular perforation model of SAH groups. SAH grade, neurological score, Evans blue dye extravasation, brain water content, mortality, Fluoro-Jade staining, immunofluorescence staining, and western blot experiments were performed after SAH...
July 8, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697804/ang-ii-at2r-increases-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-signaling-through-the-fak-and-rhoa-cdc42-pathways-in-vitro
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Xiu-Ping Xu, Hong-Li He, Shu-Ling Hu, Ji-Bin Han, Li-Li Huang, Jing-Yuan Xu, Jian-Feng Xie, Ai-Ran Liu, Yi Yang, Hai-Bo Qiu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) migrate via the bloodstream to sites of injury and are possibly attracted by inflammatory factors. As a proinflammatory mediator, angiotensin II (Ang II) reportedly enhances the migration of various cell types by signaling via the Ang II receptor in vitro. However, few studies have focused on the effects of Ang II on MSC migration and the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Human bone marrow MSCs migration was measured using wound healing and Boyden chamber migration assays after treatments with different concentrations of Ang II, an AT1R antagonist (Losartan), and/or an AT2R antagonist (PD-123319)...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695771/microrna-200b-suppresses-the-invasion-and-migration-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-downregulating-rhoa-and-circrna_000839
#15
Ben-Gang Wang, Jun-Shuai Li, Yong-Feng Liu, Qian Xu
MicroRNAs could mediate the targeted coding gene and the targeted non-coding RNA to form endogenous competition, which have an important regulatory role in tumorigenesis of many types of cancer, including hepatocellular carcinoma. The goal of this study was to characterize the role of miR-200b in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma. We identified miR-200b that was predicted to regulate RhoA and circ_000839. Our data establish that miR-200b is expressed at a relatively low level in hepatocellular carcinoma ( p < 0...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694326/genomic-analysis-of-220-ctcls-identifies-a-novel-recurrent-gain-of-function-alteration-in-rltpr-p-q575e
#16
Joonhee Park, Jingyi Yang, Alexander T Wenzel, Akshaya Ramachandran, Wung J Lee, Jay C Daniels, Juhyun Kim, Estela Martinez-Escala, Nduka Amankulor, Barbara Pro, Joan Guitart, Marc L Mendillo, Jeffrey N Savas, Titus J Boggon, Jaehyuk Choi
Cutaneous T cell lymphoma (CTCL) is an incurable non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the skin-homing T cell. In early stage disease, lesions are limited to the skin, but in later stage disease, the tumor cells can escape into the blood, the lymph nodes, and at times the visceral organs. To clarify the genomic basis of CTCL, we performed genomic analysis of 220 CTCLs. Our analyses identify 55 putative driver genes, including 17 genes not previously implicated in CTCL. These novel mutations are predicted to affect chromatin (BCOR, KDM6A, SMARCB1, TRRAP), immune surveillance (CD58, RFXAP), MAPK signaling (MAP2K1, NF1), NF-κB signaling (PRKCB, CSNK1A1), PI-3-Kinase signaling (PIK3R1, VAV1), RHOA/cytoskeleton remodeling (ARHGEF3), RNA-splicing (U2AF1), T cell receptor signaling (PTPRN2, RLTPR), and T cell differentiation (RARA)...
July 10, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693721/mitosis-can-drive-cell-cannibalism-through-entosis
#17
Joanne Durgan, Yun-Yu Tseng, Jens C Hamann, Marie-Charlotte Domart, Lucy Collinson, Alan Hall, Michael Overholtzer, Oliver Florey
Entosis is a form of epithelial cell cannibalism that is prevalent in human cancer, typically triggered by loss of matrix adhesion. Here, we report an alternative mechanism for entosis in human epithelial cells, driven by mitosis. Mitotic entosis is regulated by Cdc42, which controls mitotic morphology. Cdc42 depletion enhances mitotic deadhesion and rounding, and these biophysical changes, which depend on RhoA activation and are phenocopied by Rap1 inhibition, permit subsequent entosis. Mitotic entosis occurs constitutively in some human cancer cell lines and mitotic index correlates with cell cannibalism in primary human breast tumours...
July 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692064/plk1-regulates-contraction-of-postmitotic-smooth-muscle-cells-and-is-required-for-vascular-homeostasis
#18
Guillermo de Cárcer, Paulina Wachowicz, Sara Martínez-Martínez, Jorge Oller, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Beatriz Escobar, Alejandra González-Loyola, Tohru Takaki, Aicha El Bakkali, Juan A Cámara, Luis J Jiménez-Borreguero, Xosé R Bustelo, Marta Cañamero, Francisca Mulero, María de Los Ángeles Sevilla, María Jose Montero, Juan Miguel Redondo, Marcos Malumbres
Polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1), an essential regulator of cell division, is currently undergoing clinical evaluation as a target for cancer therapy. We report an unexpected function of Plk1 in sustaining cardiovascular homeostasis. Plk1 haploinsufficiency in mice did not induce obvious cell proliferation defects but did result in arterial structural alterations, which frequently led to aortic rupture and death. Specific ablation of Plk1 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) led to reduced arterial elasticity, hypotension, and an impaired arterial response to angiotensin II in vivo...
July 10, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691928/mutations-in-5-methylcytosine-oxidase-tet2-and-rhoa-cooperatively-disrupt-t-cell-homeostasis
#19
Shengbing Zang, Jia Li, Haiyan Yang, Hongxiang Zeng, Wei Han, Jixiang Zhang, Minjung Lee, Margie Moczygemba, Sevinj Isgandarova, Yaling Yang, Yubin Zhou, Anjana Rao, M James You, Deqiang Sun, Yun Huang
Angioimmunoblastic T cell lymphoma (AITL) represents a distinct, aggressive form of peripheral T cell lymphoma with a dismal prognosis. Recent exome sequencing in patients with AITL has revealed the frequent coexistence of somatic mutations in the Rho GTPase RhoA (RhoAG17V) and loss-of-function mutations in the 5-methylcytosine oxidase TET2. Here, we have demonstrated that TET2 loss and RhoAG17V expression in mature murine T cells cooperatively cause abnormal CD4+ T cell proliferation and differentiation by perturbing FoxO1 gene expression, phosphorylation, and subcellular localization, an abnormality that is also detected in human primary AITL tumor samples...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688804/crotoxin-a-rattlesnake-toxin-down-modulates-functions-of-bone-marrow-neutrophils-and-impairs-the-syk-gtpase-pathway
#20
Tatiane S Lima, Camila L Neves, Vanessa O Zambelli, Flávia S R Lopes, Sandra C Sampaio, Maria Cristina Cirillo
Neutrophils have a critical role in the innate immune response; these cells represent the primary line of defense against invading pathogens or tissue injury. Crotoxin (CTX), the major toxin of the South American rattlesnake (Crotalus durissus terrificus) venom, presents longstanding anti-inflammatory properties, inhibiting neutrophil migration and phagocytosis by peritoneal neutrophils for 14 days. Herein, to elucidate these sustained inhibitory effects induced by CTX, we performed in vitro and in vivo studies evaluating the functionality of bone marrow neutrophils and possible molecular mechanisms associated with these effects...
July 5, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
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