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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103314/expression-of-a-mutant-sema3a-protein-with-diminished-signalling-capacity-does-not-alter-als-related-motor-decline-or-confer-changes-in-nmj-plasticity-after-botoxa-induced-paralysis-of-male-gastrocnemic-muscle
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Elizabeth B Moloney, Barbara Hobo, Fred De Winter, Joost Verhaagen
Terminal Schwann cells (TSCs) are specialized cells that envelop the motor nerve terminal, and play a role in the maintenance and regeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). The chemorepulsive protein semaphorin 3A (SEMA3A) is selectively up-regulated in TSCs on fast-fatigable muscle fibers following experimental denervation of the muscle (BotoxA-induced paralysis or crush injury to the sciatic nerve) or in the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Re-expression of SEMA3A in this subset of TSCs is thought to play a role in the selective plasticity of nerve terminals as observed in ALS and following BotoxA-induced paralysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101231/the-biological-significance-of-methylome-differences-in-human-papilloma-virus-associated-head-and-neck-cancer
#2
Maria J Worsham, Kang Mei Chen, Indrani Datta, Josena K Stephen, Dhananjay Chitale, Alexandra Gothard, George Divine
In recent years, studies have suggested that promoter methylation in human papilloma virus (HPV) positive head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has a mechanistic role and has the potential to improve patient survival. The present study aimed to replicate key molecular findings from previous analyses of the methylomes of HPV positive and HPV negative HNSCC in an independent cohort, to assess the reliability of differentially methylated markers in HPV-associated tumors. HPV was measured using real-time quantitative PCR and the biological significance of methylation differences was assessed by Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA)...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098758/neurotrophin-promotes-neurite-outgrowth-by-inhibiting-rif-gtpase-activation-downstream-of-mapks-and-pi3k-signaling
#3
Xiaoxia Tian, Huijuan Yan, Jiayi Li, Shuang Wu, Junyu Wang, Lifei Fan
Members of the well-known semaphorin family of proteins can induce both repulsive and attractive signaling in neural network formation and their cytoskeletal effects are mediated in part by small guanosine 5'-triphosphatase (GTPases). The aim of this study was to investigate the cellular role of Rif GTPase in the neurotrophin-induced neurite outgrowth. By using PC12 cells which are known to cease dividing and begin to show neurite outgrowth responding to nerve growth factor (NGF), we found that semaphorin 6A was as effective as nerve growth factor at stimulating neurite outgrowth in PC12 cells, and that its neurotrophic effect was transmitted through signaling by mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096505/the-neuropilin-2-isoform-nrp2b-uniquely-supports-tgf%C3%AE-mediated-progression-in-lung-cancer
#4
Robert M Gemmill, Patrick Nasarre, Joyce Nair-Menon, Federico Cappuzzo, Lorenza Landi, Armida D'Incecco, Hidetaka Uramoto, Takeshi Yoshida, Eric B Haura, Kent Armeson, Harry A Drabkin
Neuropilins (NRP1 and NRP2) are co-receptors for heparin-binding growth factors and class 3 semaphorins. Different isoforms of NRP1 and NRP2 are produced by alternative splicing. We found that in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines, transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) signaling preferentially increased the abundance of NRP2b. NRP2b and NRP2a differ only in their carboxyl-terminal regions. Although the presence of NRP2b inhibited cultured cell proliferation and primary tumor growth, NRP2b enhanced cellular migration, invasion into Matrigel, and tumorsphere formation in cultured cells in response to TGFβ signaling and promoted metastasis in xenograft mouse models...
January 17, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095470/endogenous-semaphorin-7a-impedes-human-lung-fibroblast-differentiation
#5
Stephane Esnault, Elizabeth E Torr, Ksenija Bernau, Mats W Johansson, Elizabeth A Kelly, Nathan Sandbo, Nizar N Jarjour
Semaphorin-7A is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein, initially characterized as an axon guidance protein. Semaphorin-7A also contributes to immune cell regulation and may be an essential pro-fibrotic factor when expressed by non-fibroblast cell types (exogenous). In mouse models, semaphorin-7A was shown to be important for TGF-ß1-induced pulmonary fibrosis characterized by myofibroblast accumulation and extracellular matrix deposition, but the cell-specific role of semaphorin-7A was not examined in fibroblasts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075131/classical-galactosemia-insight-into-molecular-pathomechanisms-by-differential-membrane-proteomics-of-fibroblasts-under-galactose-stress
#6
Simon Staubach, Stefan Müller, Murat Pekmez, Franz-Georg Hanisch
Classical galactosemia, a hereditary metabolic disease caused by the deficiency of galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase (GALT; EC 2.7.712), results in an impaired galactose metabolism and serious long-term developmental affection of the CNS and ovaries, potentially related in part to endogenous galactose-induced protein dysglycosylation. In search for galactose-induced changes in membrane raft proteomes of GALT-deficient cells, we performed differential analyses of lipid rafts from patient-derived (Q) and sex- and age-matched control fibroblasts (H) in the presence or absence of the stressor...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075028/a-recognizable-type-of-syndromic-short-stature-with-arthrogryposis-caused-by-bi-allelic-sema3a-loss-of-function-variants
#7
Matthias Baumann, Elisabeth Steichen-Gersdorf, Birgit Krabichler, Thomas Müller, Andreas R Janecke
The semaphorins constitute a large family of secreted and membrane-associated proteins that regulate many developmental processes, including neural circuit assembly, bone formation and angiogenesis. Recently, bi-allelic loss-of-function variants in SEMA3A (semaphorin 3A) were identified in a single patient with a particular pattern of multiple congenital anomalies (MCA). Using homozygosity mapping combined with exome sequencing, we identified a homozygous SEMA3A variant causing a premature stop codon in an 8-year-old boy with the same pattern of MCA...
January 11, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064225/influence-of-mechanical-force-on-bone-matrix-proteins-in-ovariectomised-mice-and-osteoblast-like-mc3t3-e1-cells
#8
Meng Zhang, Shintaro Ishikawa, Tomoko Inagawa, Hideshi Ikemoto, Shiyu Guo, Masataka Sunagawa, Tadashi Hisamitsu
AIM: To investigate the effect of mechanical stress on periostin and semaphorin-3A expression in a murine model of postmenopausal osteoporosis and in osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female mice were divided into three groups and treated with a sham operation, ovariectomy (OVX) or OVX plus treadmill training (OVX+Run). After 10 weeks, tibias were used for histological analysis. MC3T3-E1 cells were burdened by mechanical stress using a centrifuge or were treated with periostin, and the production of biologically-active semaphorin-3A was examined in vitro...
2, 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059444/tnf-%C3%AE-promotes-osteoclastogenesis-through-jnk-signaling-dependent-induction-of-semaphorin3d-expression-in-estrogen-deficiency-induced-osteoporosis
#9
Chenglin Sang, Jiefeng Zhang, Yongxian Zhang, Fangjing Chen, Xuecheng Cao, Lei Guo
Tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α)-induced osteoclast formation have been demonstrated to play an important role in the pathogenesis of estrogen deficiency-mediated bone loss, but the exact mechanisms by which TNF-α enhanced osteoclast differentiation were not fully elucidated. The class III semaphorins members were critical to regulate bone homeostasis. Here, we identified a novel mechanism whereby TNF-α increasing Semaphorin3D expression contributes to estrogen deficiency-induced osteoporosis. In this study, we found that Semaphorin3D expression was upregulated by TNF-α during the process of RANKL-induced osteoclast differentiation...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052247/sema-1a-reverse-signaling-promotes-midline-crossing-in-response-to-secreted-semaphorins
#10
Melissa Hernandez-Fleming, Ethan W Rohrbach, Greg J Bashaw
Commissural axons must cross the midline to form functional midline circuits. In the invertebrate nerve cord and vertebrate spinal cord, midline crossing is mediated in part by Netrin-dependent chemoattraction. Loss of crossing, however, is incomplete in mutants for Netrin or its receptor Frazzled/DCC, suggesting the existence of additional pathways. We identified the transmembrane Semaphorin, Sema-1a, as an important regulator of midline crossing in the Drosophila CNS. We show that in response to the secreted Semaphorins Sema-2a and Sema-2b, Sema-1a functions as a receptor to promote crossing independently of Netrin...
January 3, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038451/androgen-receptor-transcriptionally-regulates-semaphorin-3c-in-a-gata2-dependent-manner
#11
Kevin J Tam, Kush Dalal, Michael Hsing, Chi Wing Cheng, Shahram Khosravi, Parvin Yenki, Charan Tse, James W Peacock, Aishwariya Sharma, Yan Ting Chiang, Yuzhuo Wang, Artem Cherkasov, Paul S Rennie, Martin E Gleave, Christopher J Ong
The androgen receptor (AR) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily of transcription factors and is central to prostate cancer (PCa) progression. Ligand-activated AR engages androgen response elements (AREs) at androgen-responsive genes to drive the expression of gene batteries involved in cell proliferation and cell fate. Understanding the transcriptional targets of the AR has become critical in apprehending the mechanisms driving treatment-resistant stages of PCa. Although AR transcription regulation has been extensively studied, the signaling networks downstream of AR are incompletely described...
December 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038319/recruitment-of-tiam1-to-semaphorin-4d-activates-rac-and-enhances-proliferation-invasion-and-metastasis-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#12
Hua Zhou, Maricel G Kann, Emily K Mallory, Ying-Hua Yang, Amr Bugshan, Nada O Binmadi, John R Basile
The semaphorins and the plexins are a family of large, cysteine-rich proteins originally identified as regulators of axon growth and lymphocyte activation that are now known to provide motility and positional information for a number of cell and tissue types. For example, our group and others have shown that some malignancies over express Semaphorin 4D (S4D), which acts through its receptor Plexin-B1 (PB1) on endothelial cells to attract blood vessels from the surrounding stroma for the purpose of supporting tumor growth...
December 27, 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027822/semaphorin-4d-enhances-angiogenic-potential-and-suppresses-osteo-odontogenic-differentiation-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cells
#13
Ting Zou, Waruna Lakmal Dissanayaka, Shan Jiang, Shuai Wang, Boon Chin Heng, Xiaojing Huang, Chengfei Zhang
INTRODUCTION: To investigate the roles of semaphorin 4D (Sema4D)/plexin-B1 signaling on the angiogenic potential and osteo-/odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) and to uncover the corresponding molecular mechanisms. METHODS: DPSCs were treated with Sema4D (10 μg/mL) for different time durations. Osteo-/odontogenic differentiation was assessed by quantifying alkaline phosphatase activity, mineralized nodule formation, and osteo-/odontogenic gene (ALP, Col1A1, BSP, RUNX2, and DSPP) and protein (Col1A1 and DSPP) expression...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013333/semaphorin-3a-expression-following-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-sox10-venus-mice
#14
Masahiro Takeda, Katsumi Miyahara, Manabu Okawada, Chihiro Akazawa, Geoffrey J Lane, Atsuyuki Yamataka
PURPOSE: Semaphorin 3A (Sema3A) is a protein secreted during development of the nervous system that plays an important role in neuronal pathophysiology. However, there is no known correlation between Sema3A and intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. We assessed Sema3A expression and distribution in relation to enteric nervous system (ENS) damage seen after intestinal I/R injury in Sox10-Venus mice. METHODS: Intestinal I/R injury was induced by vascular occlusion for 3 h...
December 24, 2016: Pediatric Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007914/a-reverse-signaling-pathway-downstream-of-sema4a-controls-cell-migration-via-scrib
#15
Tianliang Sun, Lida Yang, Harmandeep Kaur, Jenny Pestel, Mario Looso, Hendrik Nolte, Cornelius Krasel, Daniel Heil, Ramesh K Krishnan, Marie-Josée Santoni, Jean-Paul Borg, Moritz Bünemann, Stefan Offermanns, Jakub M Swiercz, Thomas Worzfeld
Semaphorins comprise a large family of ligands that regulate key cellular functions through their receptors, plexins. In this study, we show that the transmembrane semaphorin 4A (Sema4A) can also function as a receptor, rather than a ligand, and transduce signals triggered by the binding of Plexin-B1 through reverse signaling. Functionally, reverse Sema4A signaling regulates the migration of various cancer cells as well as dendritic cells. By combining mass spectrometry analysis with small interfering RNA screening, we identify the polarity protein Scrib as a downstream effector of Sema4A...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003812/semaphorin-4c-a-novel-component-of-b-cell-polarization-in-th2-driven-immune-responses
#16
Di Xue, Marylin Desjardins, Gabriel N Kaufman, Marianne Béland, Salem Al-Tememi, Eisha Ahmed, Shao Tao, Roland H Friedel, Walid Mourad, Bruce D Mazer
BACKGROUND: Semaphorins are important molecules in embryonic development and multiple semaphorins have been identified as having key roles in immune regulation. To date, there is little known about Semaphorin 4C (Sema4C) in immune biology. We report for the first time that Sema4C is inducible in human and murine B-cells and may be important for normal B-cell development. METHODS: Human tonsillar B-cells were studied following activation via anti-CD40 antibodies in the presence or absence of representative Th1, Th2, and regulatory cytokines...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984026/allosteric-inhibition-of-a-semaphorin-4d-receptor-plexin-b1-by-a-high-affinity-macrocyclic-peptide
#17
Yukiko Matsunaga, Nasir K Bashiruddin, Yu Kitago, Junichi Takagi, Hiroaki Suga
Semaphorin axonal guidance factors are multifunctional proteins that play important roles in immune response, cancer cell proliferation, and organogenesis, making semaphorins and their signaling receptor plexins important drug targets for various diseases. However, the large and flat binding surface of the semaphorin-plexin interaction interface is difficult to target by traditional small-molecule drugs. Here, we report the discovery of a high-affinity plexin B1 (PlxnB1)-binding macrocyclic peptide, PB1m6 (KD = 3...
November 17, 2016: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974617/hermes-regulates-axon-sorting-in-the-optic-tract-by-post-trancriptional-regulation-of-neuropilin-1
#18
Hanna Hörnberg, Jean-Michel Cioni, William A Harris, Christine E Holt
: The establishment of precise topographic maps during neural development is facilitated by the presorting of axons in the pathway before they reach their targets. In the vertebrate visual system, such topography is seen clearly in the optic tract (OT) and in the optic radiations. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in pretarget axon sorting are poorly understood. Here, we show in zebrafish that the RNA-binding protein Hermes, which is expressed exclusively in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), is involved in this process...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913633/chemorepellent-semaphorin-3e-negatively-regulates-neutrophil-migration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Hesam Movassagh, Abeer Saati, Saravanan Nandagopal, Ashfaque Mohammed, Nazanin Tatari, Lianyu Shan, Jonathan S Duke-Cohan, Keith R Fowke, Francis Lin, Abdelilah S Gounni
Neutrophil migration is an essential step in leukocyte trafficking during inflammatory responses. Semaphorins, originally discovered as axon guidance cues in neural development, have been shown to regulate cell migration beyond the nervous system. However, the potential contribution of semaphorins in the regulation of neutrophil migration is not well understood. This study examines the possible role of a secreted chemorepellent, Semaphorin 3E (Sema3E), in neutrophil migration. In this study, we demonstrated that human neutrophils constitutively express Sema3E high-affinity receptor, PlexinD1...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912840/the-semaphorins-and-their-receptors-as-modulators-of-tumor-progression
#20
Gera Neufeld, Yelena Mumblat, Tanya Smolkin, Shira Toledano, Inbal Nir-Zvi, Keren Ziv, Ofra Kessler
The semaphorins were initially characterized as repulsive axon guidance factors. However, they are currently also recognized as important regulators of diverse biological processes which include regulation of immune responses, angiogenesis, organogenesis, and a variety of additional physiological and developmental functions. The semaphorin family consists of more than 20 genes divided into seven subfamilies, all of which contain the sema domain signature. They usually transduce signals by activation of receptors belonging to the plexin family, either directly, or indirectly following the binding of some semaphorins to receptors of the neuropilin family which subsequently associate with plexins...
November 2016: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
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