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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636946/ptbp2-controls-an-alternative-splicing-network-required-for-cell-communication-during-spermatogenesis
#1
Molly M Hannigan, Leah L Zagore, Donny D Licatalosi
Alternative splicing has essential roles in development. Remarkably, spermatogenic cells express more alternatively spliced RNAs compared to most whole tissues; however, regulation of these RNAs remains unclear. Here, we characterize the alternative splicing landscape during spermatogenesis and reveal an essential function for the RNA-binding protein Ptbp2 in this highly regulated developmental program. We found that Ptbp2 controls a network of genes involved in cell adhesion, migration, and polarity, suggesting that splicing regulation by Ptbp2 is critical for germ cell communication with Sertoli cells (multifunctional somatic cells necessary for spermatogenesis)...
June 20, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636424/fluid-shear-stress-regulates-hepg2-cell-migration-though-time-dependent-integrin-signaling-cascade
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Hongchi Yu, Yang Shen, Jingsi Jin, Yingying Zhang, Tang Feng, Xiaoheng Liu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a subtype of malignant liver cancer with poor prognosis and limited treatment options. It is noteworthy that mechanical forces in tumor microenvironment play a pivotal role in mediating the behaviors and functions of tumor cells. As an instrumental type of mechanical forces in vivo, fluid shear stress (FSS) has been reported having potent physiologic and pathologic effects on cancer progression. However, the time-dependent mechanochemical transduction in HCC induced by FSS remains unclear...
June 21, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634045/egfr-egfrviii-remodels-the-cytoskeleton-via-epigenetic-silencing-of-ajap1-in-glioma-cells
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Chao Yang, Yan-Sheng Li, Qi-Xue Wang, Kai Huang, Jian-Wei Wei, Yun-Fei Wang, Jun-Hu Zhou, Kai-Kai Yi, Kai-Liang Zhang, Bing-Cong Zhou, Cong Liu, Liang Zeng, Chun-Sheng Kang
EGFR amplification and mutations are the most common oncogenic events in GBM. EGFR overexpression correlates with GBM invasion, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In a previous study, we showed that AJAP1 is involved in regulating F-actin to inhibit the invasive ability of GBM. In addition, in a GBM cell line, the AJAP1 promoter was highly bound by H3K27me3 and, through bioinformatics analysis, we found that AJAP1 expression was negatively correlated with EGFR. In this study, we found that the pathway downstream of EGFR had a higher activation level in GBM cell lines, which led to excessive tumor suppressor silencing...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630355/apical-and-basal-epitheliomuscular-f-actin-dynamics-during-hydra-bud-evagination
#4
Roland Aufschnaiter, Roland Wedlich-Söldner, Xiaoming Zhang, Bert Hobmayer
Bending of 2D cell sheets is a fundamental morphogenetic mechanism during animal development and reproduction. A critical player driving cell shape during tissue bending is the actin cytoskeleton. Much of our current knowledge about actin dynamics in whole organisms stems from studies of embryonic development in bilaterian model organisms. Here, we have analysed actin-based processes during asexual bud evagination in the simple metazoan Hydra We created transgenic Hydra strains stably expressing the actin marker Lifeact-GFP in either ectodermal or endodermal epitheliomuscular cells...
June 19, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628642/nanoscale-quantification-of-the-biophysical-characterization-of-combretastatin-a-4-treated-tumor-cells-using-atomic-force-microscopy
#5
Yanchun Li, Jv Chen, Yutong Liu, Weige Zhang, Wenhui He, Hanying Xu, Lianqing Liu, Enlong Ma
As an inhibitor of microtubule assembly, combretastatin A-4 (CA-4)-induced biological responses in tumor cells have been well known, but the corresponding changes in nano-biophysical properties were not investigated given the lack of an ideal tool. Using AFM technique, we investigated the alteration of nano-biophysical properties when CA-4-treated tumor cells underwent the different biological processes, including cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and autophagy. We found that CA-4-resistant cells were rougher with the presence of characteristic "ridges", indicating that the development of "ridge" structure may be a determinant of the sensitivity of cells to CA-4 compounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627346/-study-on-rac1-mapk-erk-pathway-mediated-mechanism-and-role-in-rats-with-ventilator-induced-lung-injury
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Guanghua Tao, Linghui Pan, Ren Jing, Fei Lin, Huijun Dai, Wanyun Ge
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 1/mitogen-activated protein kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Rac1/MAPK/ERK) signal pathway in rats with ventilator induced lung injury (VILI) and its mechanism. METHODS: Thirty Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into spontaneous respiration group, normal tidal volume (VT) group and high VT group with 10 rats in each group. The rats in spontaneous respiration group were kept their spontaneous breathing...
March 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626446/gnrh-induces-erk-dependent-bleb-formation-in-gonadotrope-cells-involving-recruitment-of-members-of-a-gnrh-receptor-associated-signalosome-to-the-blebs
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Liat Rahamim-Ben Navi, Anna Tsukerman, Alona Feldman, Philippa Melamed, Melanija Tomić, Stanko S Stojilkovic, Ulrich Boehm, Rony Seger, Zvi Naor
We have previously described a signaling complex (signalosome) associated with the GnRH receptor (GnRHR). We now report that GnRH induces bleb formation in the gonadotrope-derived LβT2 cells. The blebs appear within ~2 min at a turnover rate of ~2-3 blebs/min and last for at least 90 min. Formation of the blebs requires active ERK1/2 and RhoA-ROCK but not active c-Src. Although the following ligands stimulate ERK1/2 in LβT2 cells: EGF > GnRH > PMA > cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), they produced little or no effect on bleb formation as compared to the robust effect of GnRH (GnRH > PMA > cAMP > EGF), indicating that ERK1/2 is required but not sufficient for bleb formation possibly due to compartmentalization...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624895/semaphorin4d-plexinb1-signaling-attenuates-photoreceptor-outer-segment-phagocytosis-by-reducing-rac1-activity-of-rpe-cells
#8
Ayelen Bulloj, Arvydas Maminishkis, Masayuki Mizui, Silvia C Finnemann
Semaphorins form a family of secreted and membrane-bound molecules that were identified originally as axonal guidance factors during neuronal development. Given their wide distribution in many including mature tissues, semaphorin 4D (sema4D) and its main functional receptor plexin B1 (plxnB1) are expected to fulfill additional functions that remain to be uncovered. A main characteristic of the plexin receptor family is its ability to reorganize the cytoskeleton. PlxnB1 specifically may directly interact with Rho family GTPases to regulate F-actin driven pathways in cells in culture...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620580/the-human-nadph-oxidase-nox4-regulates-cytoskeletal-organization-in-two-cancer-cell-lines-hepg2-and-sh-sy5y
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Simon Auer, Mark Rinnerthaler, Johannes Bischof, Maria Karolin Streubel, Hannelore Breitenbach-Koller, Roland Geisberger, Elmar Aigner, Janne Cadamuro, Klaus Richter, Mentor Sopjani, Elisabeth Haschke-Becher, Thomas Klaus Felder, Michael Breitenbach
NADPH oxidases of human cells are not only functional in defense against invading microorganisms and for oxidative reactions needed for specialized biosynthetic pathways but also during the past few years have been established as signaling modules. It has been shown that human Nox4 is expressed in most somatic cell types and produces hydrogen peroxide, which signals to remodel the actin cytoskeleton. This correlates well with the function of Yno1, the only NADPH oxidase of yeast cells. Using two established tumor cell lines, which are derived from hepatic and neuroblastoma tumors, respectively, we are showing here that in both tumor models Nox4 is expressed in the ER (like the yeast NADPH oxidase), where according to published literature, it produces hydrogen peroxide...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620318/extraction-protocols-for-individual-zebrafish-s-ventricle-myosin-and-skeletal-muscle-actin-for-in-vitro-motility-assays
#10
Lisa-Mareike Scheid, Cornelia Weber, Nasrin Bopp, Matias Mosqueira, Rainer H A Fink
The in vitro motility assay (IVMA) is a technique that enables the measurement of the interaction between actin and myosin providing a relatively simple model to understand the mechanical muscle function. For actin-myosin IVMA, myosin is immobilized in a measurement chamber, where it converts chemical energy provided by ATP hydrolysis into mechanical energy. The result is the movement of fluorescently labeled actin filaments that can be recorded microscopically and analyzed quantitatively. Resulting sliding speeds and patterns help to characterize the underlying actin-myosin interaction that can be affected by different factors such as mutations or active compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620202/nanotopological-plate-stimulates-osteogenic-differentiation-through-taz-activation
#11
Jun-Ha Hwang, Dong-Hyun Lee, Mi Ran Byun, A Rum Kim, Kyung Min Kim, Jung Il Park, Ho Taek Oh, Eun Sook Hwang, Kyu Back Lee, Jeong-Ho Hong
The topographical environment, which mimics the stem cell niche, provides mechanical cues to regulate the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). Diverse topographical variations have been engineered to investigate cellular responses; however, the types of mechanical parameters that affect cells, and their underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, we screened nanotopological pillars with size gradient to activate transcriptional coactivator with PDZ binding motif (TAZ), which stimulates osteogenesis of MSC...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620136/pnma5-is-essential-to-the-progression-of-meiosis-in-mouse-oocytes-through-a-chain-of-phosphorylation
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Xiao-Lan Zhang, Peng Liu, Zhi-Xia Yang, Jing-Jing Zhao, Lei-Lei Gao, Bo Yuan, Li-Ya Shi, Chun-Xiang Zhou, Hai-Feng Qiao, Ya-Hong Liu, Xiao-Yan Ying, Jun-Qiang Zhang, Xiu-Feng Ling, Dong Zhang
PNMA (paraneoplastic antigen MA) family includes Pnma1-6. Although other members have been found to be involved in paraneoplastic neurological disorders, death receptor-dependent apoptosis, and tumorigenesis, Pnma5 was thought to be a female fertility factor, as indicated by one genome-wide study. But until now there have not been any further functional studies about Pnma5 in female meiosis. Our preliminary study indicated that Pnma5 might play important roles in meiosis. To further address this, Pnma5 was knocked down in in-vitro maturated (IVM) mouse oocytes, which are common models for mammalian female meiosis, by specific siRNA, and results showed that the loss of Pnma5 significantly delayed the progression of meiosis I and increased chromosome segregation errors during anaphase I...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615189/bar-coding-neurodegeneration-identifying-sub-cellular-effects-of-human-neurodegenerative-disease-proteins-using-drosophila-leg-neurons
#13
Josefin Fernius, Annika Starkenberg, Stefan Thor
Genetic, biochemical and histological studies have identified a number of different proteins as key drivers of human neurodegenerative diseases. Whereas different proteins are typically involved in different disease, there is also considerable overlap. Addressing disease protein dysfunction in an in vivo neuronal context is often time-consuming and requires labor-intensive analysis of transgenic models. To facilitate the rapid, cellular analysis of disease protein dysfunction, we have developed a fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) adult leg neuron assay...
June 14, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607632/mitochondrial-transfer-from-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cell-to-merrf-cybrid-reduces-oxidative-stress-and-improves-mitochondrial-bioenergetics
#14
Yao-Chung Chuang, Chia-Wei Liou, Shang-Der Chen, Pei-Wen Wang, Jiin-Haur Chuang, Mao-Meng Tiao, Te-Yao Hsu, Hung-Yu Lin, Tsu-Kung Lin
Myoclonus epilepsy associated with ragged-red fibers (MERRF) is a maternally inherited mitochondrial disease affecting neuromuscular functions. Mt.8344A>G mutation in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is the most common cause of MERRF syndrome and has been linked to an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) level and oxidative stress, as well as impaired mitochondrial bioenergetics. Here, we tested whether WJMSC has therapeutic potential for the treatment of MERRF syndrome through the transfer of mitochondria...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607071/ca-2-induced-movement-of-tropomyosin-on-native-cardiac-thin-filaments-revealed-by-cryoelectron-microscopy
#15
Cristina Risi, Jamie Eisner, Betty Belknap, David H Heeley, Howard D White, Gunnar F Schröder, Vitold E Galkin
Muscle contraction relies on the interaction of myosin motors with F-actin, which is regulated through a translocation of tropomyosin by the troponin complex in response to Ca(2+) The current model of muscle regulation holds that at relaxing (low-Ca(2+)) conditions tropomyosin blocks myosin binding sites on F-actin, whereas at activating (high-Ca(2+)) conditions tropomyosin translocation only partially exposes myosin binding sites on F-actin so that binding of rigor myosin is required to fully activate the thin filament (TF)...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607062/biomechanical-coupling-facilitates-spinal-neural-tube-closure-in-mouse-embryos
#16
Gabriel L Galea, Young-June Cho, Gauden Galea, Matteo A Molè, Ana Rolo, Dawn Savery, Dale Moulding, Lucy H Culshaw, Evanthia Nikolopoulou, Nicholas D E Greene, Andrew J Copp
Neural tube (NT) formation in the spinal region of the mammalian embryo involves a wave of "zippering" that passes down the elongating spinal axis, uniting the neural fold tips in the dorsal midline. Failure of this closure process leads to open spina bifida, a common cause of severe neurologic disability in humans. Here, we combined a tissue-level strain-mapping workflow with laser ablation of live-imaged mouse embryos to investigate the biomechanics of mammalian spinal closure. Ablation of the zippering point at the embryonic dorsal midline causes far-reaching, rapid separation of the elevating neural folds...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607044/regulation-of-spinogenesis-in-mature-purkinje-cells-via-mglur-pkc-mediated-phosphorylation-of-camkii%C3%AE
#17
Takeyuki Sugawara, Chihiro Hisatsune, Hiroyuki Miyamoto, Naoko Ogawa, Katsuhiko Mikoshiba
Dendritic spines of Purkinje cells form excitatory synapses with parallel fiber terminals, which are the primary sites for cerebellar synaptic plasticity. Nevertheless, how density and morphology of these spines are properly maintained in mature Purkinje cells is not well understood. Here we show an activity-dependent mechanism that represses excessive spine development in mature Purkinje cells. We found that CaMKIIβ promotes spine formation and elongation in Purkinje cells through its F-actin bundling activity...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606990/the-formin-daam-is-required-for-coordination-of-the-actin-and-microtubule-cytoskeleton-in-axonal-growth-cones
#18
Szilárd Szikora, István Földi, Krisztina Tóth, Ede Migh, Andrea Vig, Beáta Bugyi, József Maléth, Péter Hegyi, Péter Kaltenecker, Natalia Sanchez-Soriano, József Mihály
Directed axonal growth depends on proper coordination of the actin and microtubule cytoskeleton in the growth cone. However, despite the relatively large number of proteins implicated in actin-microtubule cross-talk, the mechanisms whereby actin polymerization is coupled to microtubule stabilization and advancement in the peripheral growth cone remained largely unclear. Here we identified the formin DAAM as a novel factor playing a role in concerted regulation of actin and microtubule remodeling in Drosophila primary neurons...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606871/higher-ordered-actin-structures-remodeled-by-arabidopsis-actin-depolymerizing-factor5-are-important-for-pollen-germination-and-pollen-tube-growth
#19
Jingen Zhu, Qiong Nan, Tao Qin, Dong Qian, Tonglin Mao, Shunjie Yuan, Xiaorong Wu, Yue Niu, Qifeng Bai, Lizhe An, Yun Xiang
Higher-order structures of the actin cytoskeleton are essential for pollen germination and pollen tube growth. ACTIN-DEPOLYMERIZING FACTORs (ADFs) typically contribute to actin turnover by severing/depolymerizing actin filaments. Recently, we demonstrated that Arabidopsis subclass III ADFs (ADF5 and ADF9) evolved F-actin bundling function from conserved F-actin depolymerizing function. However, little is known about the physiological function, the evolutional significance and the actin-bundling mechanism of these neofunctionalized ADFs...
June 9, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606474/regulation-of-intracellular-trafficking-and-secretion-of-adiponectin-by-myosin-ii
#20
Deepa Bedi, John C Dennis, Edward E Morrison, Tim D Braden, Robert L Judd
Adiponectin is a protein secreted by white adipocytes that plays an important role in insulin action, energy homeostasis and the development of atherosclerosis. The intracellular localization and trafficking of GLUT4 and leptin in adipocytes has been well studied, but little is known regarding the intracellular trafficking of adiponectin. Recent studies have demonstrated that constitutive adiponectin secretion is dependent on PIP2 levels and the integrity of cortical F-actin. Non-muscle myosin II is an actin-based motor that is associated with membrane vesicles and participates in vesicular trafficking in mammalian cells...
June 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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