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Jiawen Lv, Junchao Zeng, Wen Zhao, Yuanxiong Cheng, Lin Zhang, Shaoxi Cai, Guodong Hu, Yinghua Chen
BACKGROUND: After stimulation due to injury, cell division cycle protein 42 (Cdc42) restores and enhances barrier functions by strengthening intercellular adherens junctions; however, its influence on cell proliferation after injury remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of stimulation using small doses of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) on the proliferation of pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (PMVECs). METHODS: We stimulated PMVECs with different doses of LPS and evaluated the effects on cell proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Microvascular Research
Jolanda van Hengel, Celine Van den Broeke, Tim Pieters, Louis Libbrecht, Ilse Hofmann, Frans van Roy
p120 catenin (p120ctn) is required for the stability of classic cadherins at the cell surface and is thought to play a central role in modulating cell-cell adhesion. Cytoplasmic p120ctn promotes cell motility, and probably other activities, by modulating the activities of RhoA, Rac and Cdc42. E-cadherin is expressed in periportal but not in perivenous hepatocytes. In contrast, all hepatocytes of normal mouse liver express N-cadherin. Cholangiocytes express exclusively E-cadherin. Mice with p120ctn ablation in hepatocytes and cholangiocytes (p120LiKO mice) were generated by Cre-loxP technology...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
Yong-Xia Wang, Yan-Ru Chen, Shan-Shan Liu, Ya-Ping Ye, Hong-Li Jiao, Shu-Yang Wang, Zhi-Yuan Xiao, Wen-Ting Wei, Jun-Feng Qiu, Li Liang, Wen-Ting Liao, Yan-Qing Ding
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most common cancer worldwide. Metastatic progression is a primary factor contributing to lethality of CRC patients. However, the molecular mechanisms forming early local invasion and distant metastatic colonies are still unclear and the present therapeutic approaches for CRC are unsatisfactory. Therefore, novel therapies targeting metastatic invasion that could prevent tumor spreading and recurrence are urgently needed. Our study showed that the decrease of miR-384 was found in 83...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Katsuya Sato, Masashi Kimura, Kazue Sugiyama, Masashi Nishikawa, Yukio Okano, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Takahiro Nagase, Yukio Kitade, Hiroshi Ueda
PLEKHG2/FLJ00018 is a Gβγ-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPases Rac and Cdc42 and has been shown to mediate the signaling pathways leading to actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Here we showed that the zinc finger domain-containing protein four-and-a-half LIM domains 1 (FHL1) acts as a novel interaction partner of PLEKHG2 by the yeast two-hybrid system. Among the isoforms of FHL1 (i.e., FHL1A, FHL1B and FHL1C), FHL1A and FHL1B interacted with PLEKHG2. We found that there was an FHL1-binding region at amino acids 58-150 of PLEKHG2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Delyan R Mutavchiev, Marcin Leda, Kenneth E Sawin
The Rho family GTPase Cdc42 is a key regulator of eukaryotic cellular organization and cell polarity [1]. In the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, active Cdc42 and associated effectors and regulators (the "Cdc42 polarity module") coordinate polarized growth at cell tips by controlling the actin cytoskeleton and exocytosis [2-4]. Localization of the Cdc42 polarity module to cell tips is thus critical for its function. Here we show that the fission yeast stress-activated protein kinase Sty1, a homolog of mammalian p38 MAP kinase, regulates localization of the Cdc42 polarity module...
October 1, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Kerstin Kick, Katharina Nekolla, Markus Rehberg, Angelika M Vollmar, Stefan Zahler
OBJECTIVE: Cell-matrix interactions are crucial for regulating cellular activities, such as migration. This is of special importance for morphogenic processes, such as angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). Most of our understanding of cell migration relies on 2-dimensional (2D) experiments. However, the awareness that 3D settings might elicit different results has increased. Knowledge about endothelial cell (EC) behavior in 3D environments and the influence of matrix composition on EC migration, in particular, is still limited...
October 13, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Kamil Kowalski, Aleksandra Kołodziejczyk, Maria Helena Sikorska, Jagoda Płaczkiewicz, Paulina Cichosz, Magdalena Kowalewska, Wladyslawa Streminska, Katarzyna Janczyk-Ilach, Marta Koblowska, Anna Fogtman, Roksana Iwanicka-Nowicka, Maria A Ciemerych, Edyta Brzoska
The skeletal muscle regeneration occurs due to the presence of tissue specific stem cells - satellite cells. These cells, localized between sarcolemma and basal lamina, are bound to muscle fibers and remain quiescent until their activation upon muscle injury. Due to pathological conditions, such as extensive injury or dystrophy, skeletal muscle regeneration is diminished. Among the therapies aiming to ameliorate skeletal muscle diseases are transplantations of the stem cells. In our previous studies we showed that Sdf-1 (stromal derived factor -1) increased migration of stem cells and their fusion with myoblasts in vitro...
October 13, 2016: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Cunzhen Zhang, Fenghua Liu, Haiyang Chen, Nan Li, Zaili Luo, Weixing Guo, Dandan Huang, Shanhua Tang, Honggang Wang, Shuqun Cheng, Zhong Li, Hongyang Wang
Tumor metastasis is the process by which tumor cells disseminate from tumors and enter nearby and distant microenvironments for new colonization. Bif-1 (BAX-interacting factor 1), which has a BAR domain and an SH3 domain, has been reported to be involved in cell growth, apoptosis and autophagy. However, the influence of Bif-1 on metastasis has been less studied. To understand the role of Bif-1 in metastasis, we studied the expression levels of Bif-1 in human HCC specimens using immunohistochemistry, a tissue microarray and quantitative PCR...
October 11, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
David J McGarry, Michael F Olson
Unravelling the role of cytoskeleton regulators may be complicated by adaptations to experimental manipulations. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Cerikan et al. (2016) reveal how acute effects of DOCK6 RhoGEF depletion on RAC1 and CDC42 activation are reversed over time by compensatory mechanisms that re-establish cellular homeostasis.
October 10, 2016: Developmental Cell
Weiliang Lu, Xixi Wang, Jingjing Liu, Yu He, Ziwei Liang, Zijing Xia, Ying Cai, Liangxue Zhou, Hongxia Zhu, Shufang Liang
The protein ARHGDIA has been found to play distinct roles in cancer progression for several tumors. However, it remains elusive whether and how ARHGDIA plays functions in human glioma. In this study, we discovered that ARHGDIA is much downregulated in human glioma; meanwhile, its expression negatively correlates with glioma malignancy and positively relates to prognosis of glioma patients. It has independent predictive value of ARHGDIA expression level for overall survival of human glioma patients. Glioma patients with ARHGDIA-positive expression have a longer overall survival time than ARHGDIA-negative patients...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Maeve Long, Jeremy C Simpson
The Golgi complex is the central unit of the secretory pathway, modifying, processing and sorting proteins and lipids to their correct cellular localisation. Changes to proteins at the Golgi complex can have deleterious effects on the function of this organelle, impeding trafficking routes through it, potentially resulting in disease. It is emerging that several Rho GTPase proteins, namely Cdc42, RhoBTB3, RhoA and RhoD are at least in part localised to the Golgi complex, and a number of studies have shown that dysregulation of their levels or activity can be associated with cellular changes which ultimately drive cancer progression...
September 28, 2016: Tissue & Cell
Joanna R Watson, Darerca Owen, Helen R Mott
The small GTPase, Cdc42, is a key regulator of actin dynamics, functioning to connect multiple signals to actin polymerization through effector proteins of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) and Transducer of Cdc42-dependent actin assembly (TOCA) families. WASP family members serve to couple Cdc42 with the actin nucleator, the Arp2/3 complex, via direct interactions. The regulation of these proteins in the context of actin dynamics has been extensively studied. Studies on the TOCA family, however, are more limited and relatively little is known about their roles and regulation...
August 11, 2016: Small GTPases
Tatjana J Autenrieth, Stephanie C Frank, Alexandra M Greiner, Dominik Klumpp, Benjamin Richter, Mario Hauser, Seong-Il Lee, Joel Levine, Martin Bastmeyer
Although much is known about chemotaxis- induced by gradients of soluble chemical cues - the molecular mechanisms involved in haptotaxis (migration induced by substrate-bound protein gradients) are largely unknown. We used micropatterning to produce discontinuous gradients consisting of μm-sized fibronectin-dots arranged at constant lateral but continuously decreasing axial spacing. Parameters like gradient slope, protein concentration and size or shape of the fibronectin dots were modified to determine optimal conditions for directional cell migration in gradient patterns...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
William R Holmes, Adriana E Golding, William M Bement, Leah Edelstein-Keshet
Rho GTPases are regulatory proteins whose patterns on the surface of a cell affect cell polarization, cell motility and repair of single-cell wounds. The stereotypical patterns formed by two such proteins, Rho and Cdc42, around laser-injured frog oocytes permit experimental analysis of GTPase activation, inactivation, segregation and crosstalk. Here, we review the development and analysis of a spatial model of GTPase dynamics that describe the formation of concentric zones of Rho and Cdc42 activity around wounds, and describe how this model has provided insights into the roles of the GTPase effector molecules protein kinase C (PKCβ and PKCη) and guanosine nucleotide dissociation inhibitor (GDI) in the wound response...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Zhongwei Xu, Linghui Zhai, Tailong Yi, Huiying Gao, Fengxu Fan, Yanchang Li, Youliang Wang, Ning Li, Xiaohua Xing, Na Su, Feilin Wu, Lei Chang, Xiuli Chen, Erhei Dai, Chao Zhao, Xiao Yang, Chunping Cui, Ping Xu
Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) participates in the occurrence and development processes of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) as a multifunctional regulation factor. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains obscure. Here, we describe the use of p21HBx/+ mouse and SILAM (Stable Isotope Labeling in Mammals) strategy to define the pathological mechanisms for the occurrence and development of HBx induced liver cancer. We systematically compared a series of proteome samples from regular mice, 12- and 24-month old p21HBx/+ mice representing the inflammation and HCC stages of liver disease respectively and their nontransgenic wild-type (WT) littermates...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Julia Y Chu, Ian Dransfield, Adriano G Rossi, Sonja Vermeren
Neutrophils are peripheral blood leukocytes that represent the first line of immune cell defense against bacterial and fungal infections but are also crucial players in the generation of the inflammatory response. Many neutrophil cell surface receptors regulate important cellular processes via activation of agonist-activated PI3Ks. We show here that activation of human neutrophils with insoluble immune complexes drives a previously uncharacterized, PI3K-dependent, non-canonical, pro-apoptotic signaling pathway, FcγR-PI3Kβ/δ-Cdc42-Pak-Mek-Erk...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Daniel D Shaye, Iva Greenwald
The C. elegans excretory cell (EC) is a powerful model for tubulogenesis, a conserved process that requires precise cytoskeletal regulation. EXC-6, an ortholog of the disease-associated formin INF2, coordinates cell outgrowth and lumen formation during EC tubulogenesis by regulating F-actin at the tip of the growing canal and the dynamics of basolateral microtubules. EXC-6 functions in parallel to EXC-5/FGD, a predicted activator of the Rho GTPase Cdc42. Here we identify the parallel pathway: EXC-5 functions through CDC-42 to regulate two other formins: INFT-2, another INF2 ortholog, and CYK-1, the sole ortholog of mammalian Diaphanous (mDia)...
October 3, 2016: Development
Diana Santander-García, Maria Cristina Ortega, Silvia Benito-Martínez, Susana Barroso, Ignacio Jiménez-Alfaro, Jaime Millán
Correct corneal endothelial barrier function is essential for maintaining corneal transparency. However, research on cell signaling pathways mediating corneal endothelial barrier dysfunction has progressed more slowly than that involving other cellular barriers because of the lack of human corneal endothelial cell models. Here we have optimized the culture of the human corneal endothelial cell (HCEC) line B4G12 as a model for studying paracellular permeability. We show that B4G12-HCECs form confluent monolayers with stable cell-cell junctions when cultured on plastic, but not glass, surfaces precoated with various extracellular matrix components...
September 30, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Julien Leconte, Sahar Bagherzadeh Yazdchi, Vincent Panneton, Woong-Kyung Suh
The inducible costimulator (ICOS) is a T cell costimulatory receptor that plays crucial roles in T cell differentiation and function. So far, ICOS has been shown to activate three signaling components: phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), intracellular calcium mobilization, and TANK binding kinase 1 (TBK1). By generating a knock-in strain of mice in which the ICOS gene is modified such that the ICOS-mediated PI3K pathway is selectively abrogated while the capacity of ICOS to mobilize intracellular calcium remains intact, we have shown that ICOS-mediated PI3K activation is required for some but not all T cell responses...
September 29, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Lushen Li, Hongyu Liu, Shaneen S Baxter, Ning Gu, Min Ji, Xi Zhan
The family of inverse BAR (I-BAR) domain proteins participates in a range of cellular processes associated with membrane dynamics and consists of five distinct members. Three of the I-BAR proteins, including insulin receptor tyrosine kinase substrate (IRTKS), contain an SH3 domain near their C-termini. Yet, the function of the SH3 domain of IRTKS remains uncharacterized. Here we report that in contrast to MIM, which is a prototype of I-BAR proteins and does not contain an SH3 domain, IRTKS promoted serum-induced cell migration along with enhanced phosphorylation of mitogen activated kinases Erk1/2 and p38, and activation of small GTPases Rac1 and Cdc42...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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