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P Gómez-Contreras, J M Ramiro-Díaz, A Sierra, C Stipp, F E Domann, R J Weigel, G Lal
ECM1 overexpression is an independent predictor of poor prognosis in primary breast carcinomas, however the mechanisms by which ECM1 affects tumor progression have not been completely elucidated. ECM1 was silenced in the triple-negative breast cancer cell lines Hs578T and MDAMB231 using siRNA and the cells were evaluated for changes in morphology, migration, invasion and adhesion. Actin cytoskeleton alterations were evaluated by fluorescent staining and levels of activated Rho GTPases by pull down assays. ECM1 downregulation led to significantly diminished cell migration (p = 0...
October 21, 2016: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Julienne K Muenzner, Bernhard Biersack, Alexander Albrecht, Tobias Rehm, Ulrike Lacher, Wolfgang Milius, Angela Casini, Jing-Jing Zhang, Ingo Ott, Viktor Brabec, Olga Stuchlikova, Ion C Andronache, Detlef Schuppan, Leonard Kaps, Rainer Schobert
Four gold(I) carbene complexes featuring 4-ferrocenyl substituted imidazol-2-ylidene ligands were investigated for antiproliferative and antivascular properties. They were active against a panel of seven cancer cell lines, including multidrug-resistant ones, with low micromolar or nanomolar IC50 (72 h) values, according to their lipophilicity and cellular uptake. The delocalised lipophilic cationic complexes 8 and 10 acted by increasing the reactive oxygen species in two ways: via a genuine ferrocene effect and by inhibiting the thioredoxin reductase...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Fahmy A Mamuya, Jose Luis Cano-Peñalver, Wei U Li, Diego Rodriguez-Puyol, Manuel Rodríguez-Puyol, Dennis Brown, Sergio de Frutos, Hua Jenny Lu
Within the past decade tremendous efforts have been made to understand the mechanism behind aquaporin-2 (AQP2) water channel trafficking and recycling, in order to open a path towards effective diabetes insipidus therapeutics. A recent study has shown that Integrin-Linked Kinase (ILK) conditional-knockdown mice developed polyuria along with decreased expression of AQP2. To understand whether ILK also regulates AQP2 trafficking in kidney tubular cells, we performed in vitro analysis using LLCPK1 cells stably expressing rat AQP2 (LLC-AQP2 cells)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Yingmei Wang, Limei Hu, Ping Ji, Fei Teng, Wenyan Tian, Yuexin Liu, David Cogdell, Jinsong Liu, Anil K Sood, Russell Broaddus, Fengxia Xue, Wei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is one of the most common malignancies of the female reproductive system. Migration and invasion inhibitory protein (MIIP) gene was recently discovered candidate tumor suppress gene which located at chromosome 1p36.22. 1p36 deletion was found in many types of tumor including EC. In the present study, we will determine the role and mechanism of MIIP in EC metastasis. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to measure MIIP expression in normal and EC tissue...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Martin Sztacho, Sandra Segeletz, Maria Arantzazu Sanchez-Fernandez, Cornelia Czupalla, Christian Niehage, Bernard Hoflack
Bone resorption in vertebrates relies on the ability of osteoclasts to assemble F-actin-rich podosomes that condense into podosomal belts, forming sealing zones. Sealing zones segregate bone-facing ruffled membranes from other membrane domains, and disassemble when osteoclasts migrate to new areas. How podosome/sealing zone dynamics is regulated remains unknown. We illustrate the essential role of the membrane scaffolding F-BAR-Proline-Serine-Threonine Phosphatase Interacting Proteins (PSTPIP) 1 and 2 in this process...
2016: PloS One
Weiwei Luo, Zi Zhao Lieu, Ed Manser, Alexander D Bershadsky, Michael P Sheetz
A nodal cytoplasmic actin network underlies actin cytoplasm cohesion in the absence of stress fibers. We previously described such a network that forms upon Latrunculin A (LatA) treatment, in which formin DAAM1 was localized at these nodes. Knock down of DAAM1 reduced the mobility of actin nodes but the nodes remained. Here we have investigated DAAM1 containing nodes after LatA washout. DAAM1 was found to be distributed between the cytoplasm and the plasma membrane. The membrane binding likely occurs through an interaction with lipid rafts, but is not required for F-actin assembly...
2016: PloS One
Delilah F G Hendriks, Lisa Fredriksson Puigvert, Simon Messner, Wolfgang Mortiz, Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg
Drug-induced cholestasis (DIC) is poorly understood and its preclinical prediction is mainly limited to assessing the compound's potential to inhibit the bile salt export pump (BSEP). Here, we evaluated two 3D spheroid models, one from primary human hepatocytes (PHH) and one from HepaRG cells, for the detection of compounds with cholestatic liability. By repeatedly co-exposing both models to a set of compounds with different mechanisms of hepatotoxicity and a non-toxic concentrated bile acid (BA) mixture for 8 days we observed a selective synergistic toxicity of compounds known to cause cholestatic or mixed cholestatic/hepatocellular toxicity and the BA mixture compared to exposure to the compounds alone, a phenomenon that was more pronounced after extending the exposure time to 14 days...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tzu-Pin Shentu, Ming He, Xiaoli Sun, Jianlin Zhang, Fan Zhang, Brendan Gongol, Traci L Marin, Jiao Zhang, Liang Wen, Yinsheng Wang, Gregory G Geary, Yi Zhu, David A Johnson, John Y-J Shyy
OBJECTIVE: Cortactin translocates to the cell periphery in vascular endothelial cells (ECs) on cortical-actin assembly in response to pulsatile shear stress. Because cortactin has putative sites for AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) phosphorylation and sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) deacetylation, we examined the hypothesis that AMPK and SIRT1 coregulate cortactin dynamics in response to shear stress. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Analysis of the ability of AMPK to phosphorylate recombinant cortactin and oligopeptides whose sequences matched AMPK consensus sequences in cortactin pointed to Thr-401 as the site of AMPK phosphorylation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Alexander E Lang, Sonja Kühn, Hans Georg Mannherz
Actin is one of the most abundant cellular proteins and an essential constituent of the actin cytoskeleton, which by its dynamic behavior participates in many cellular activities. The organization of the actin cytoskeleton is regulated by a large number of proteins and represents one of the major targets of bacterial toxins. A number of bacterial effector proteins directly modify actin: Clostridial bacteria produce toxins, which ADP-ribosylate actin at Arg177 leading to inhibition of actin polymerization. The bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens produces several types of protein toxins, including the high molecular weight Tc toxin complex, whose component TccC3 ADP-ribosylates actin at Thr148 promoting polymerization and aggregation of intracellular F-actin leading to inhibition of several cellular functions, such as phagocytosis...
October 19, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Pavel Hanč, Oliver Schulz, Hanna Fischbach, Stephen R Martin, Svend Kjær, Caetano Reis E Sousa
DNGR-1 is receptor expressed by certain dendritic cell (DC) subsets and by DC precursors in mouse. It possesses a C-type lectin-like domain (CTLD) followed by a poorly characterized neck region coupled to a transmembrane region and short intracellular tail. The CTLD of DNGR-1 binds F-actin exposed by dead cell corpses and causes the receptor to signal and potentiate cross-presentation of dead cell-associated antigens by DCs. Here, we describe a conformational change that occurs in the neck region of DNGR-1 in a pH- and ionic strength-dependent manner and that controls cross-presentation of dead cell-associated antigens...
October 17, 2016: EMBO Journal
Fa-Min Zeng, Yang-Min Xie, Lian-Di Liao, Li-Yan Li, Bo Chen, Jian-Jun Xie, Li-Yan Xu, En-Min Li
The key molecular events that contribute to tumorigenesis are incompletely understood. The aim of the present study was to characterize and compare the biological phenotypes of three human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and/or human papillomavirus 16 E6 and E7‑immortalized esophageal epithelial cell lines, NE2‑hTERT (NE2), NE3‑E6E7‑hTERT (NE3) and NEcA6‑E6E7‑hTERT (NEcA6). The present study used soft‑agar colony formation assays, tumorigenicity assays in nude mice, and cell proliferation, adhesion and migration assays to identify the biological characteristics of NE2, NE3 and NEcA6 cells...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Xinjian Mao, Zhe Chen, Qing Luo, Bingyu Zhang, Guanbin Song
Exposure to microgravity during space flight affects almost all human physiological systems. Migration, proliferation, and differentiation of stem cells are crucial for tissues repair and regeneration. However, the effect of microgravity on the migration potentials of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) is unclear, which are important progenitor and supporting cells. Here, we utilized a clinostat to model simulated microgravity (SMG) and found that SMG obviously inhibited migration of rat BMSCs. We detected significant reorganization of F-actin filaments and increased Young's modulus of BMSCs after exposure to SMG...
October 15, 2016: Cytotechnology
Chun-Hong Wu, Qiong Zong, An-Li Du, Wei Zhang, Han-Chao Yao, Xiao-Qiang Yu, Yu-Feng Wang
Dynamitin (Dmn) is a major component of dynactin, a multiprotein complex playing important roles in a variety of intracellular motile events. We previously found that Wolbachia bacterial infection resulted in a reduction of Dmn protein. As Wolbachia may modify sperm in male hosts, we speculate that Dmn may have a function in male fertility. Here we used nosGal4 to drive Dmn knock down in testes of Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the functions of Dmn in spermatogenesis. We found that knockdown of Dmn in testes dramatically decreased male fertility, overexpression of Dmn in Wolbachia-infected males significantly rescued male fertility, indicating an important role of Dmn in inducing male fertility defects following Wolbachia infection...
October 11, 2016: Developmental Biology
Matthias Schuppler, Felix C Keber, Martin Kröger, Andreas R Bausch
Cells set up contractile actin arrays to drive various shape changes and to exert forces to their environment. To understand their assembly process, we present here a reconstituted contractile system, comprising F-actin and myosin II filaments, where we can control the local activation of myosin by light. By stimulating different symmetries, we show that the force balancing at the boundaries determine the shape changes as well as the dynamics of the global contraction. Spatially anisotropic attachment of initially isotropic networks leads to a self-organization of highly aligned contractile fibres, being reminiscent of the order formation in muscles or stress fibres...
October 14, 2016: Nature Communications
Xiaocui Chen, Jing Li, Zuowang Cheng, Yinghua Xu, Xia Wang, Xiaorui Li, Dongmei Xu, Carolyn M Kapron, Ju Liu
Cadmium (Cd) is a heavy metal and environmental pollutant. The kidney is the principal target organ of Cd exposure. Previously, we found that low concentration of Cd damages the integrity of the glomerular filtration barrier. However, little is known about the effects of Cd on renal mesangial cells, which provide structural support for the glomerular capillary loops and regulate intraglomerular blood flow. In this study, human renal mesangial cells (HRMCs) were cultured in the presence of serum and treated with 4 μM Cd...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Gongqing Wu, Yunhong Yi
The bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens produces a number of insecticidal proteins to kill its larval prey. In this study, we cloned the gene coding for a binary toxin PirA1B1 and purified the recombinant protein using affinity chromatography combined with desalination technology. Furthermore, the cytotoxicity of the recombinant protein against the haemocytes of Galleria mellonella larvae was investigated. We found that the protein had haemocoel insecticidal activity against G. mellonella with an LD50 of 131...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Pouriska B Kivanany, Kyle C Grose, W Matthew Petroll
Extracellular matrix (ECM) supplies both physical and chemical signals to keratocytes which can impact their differentiation to fibroblasts and/or myofibroblasts. It also provides a substrate through which they migrate during wound repair. We have previously shown that following transcorneal freeze injury (FI), migrating corneal fibroblasts align parallel to the stromal lamellae during wound repopulation. In this study, we compare cell and ECM patterning both within and on top of the stroma at different time points following lamellar keratectomy (LK) in the rabbit...
October 9, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Anna Cecília Dias Maciel Carneiro, Isadora Caixeta da Silveira, Arthur Silva Rezende, Bruna Raphaela Oliveira Silva, Virgínia Oliveira Crema
BACKGROUND: Oral squamous cell carcinoma is extremely invasive, this behavior is regulated by binding of extracellular molecules to the cell membrane receptors. The TKI-258 inhibits phosphorylation of FGFRs VEGFRs and PDGFRs. Our aim was to analyze the effect of TKI-258 treatment in cell movement by using SCC-4 cell line from human oral squamous cell carcinoma. METHODS: F-actin was stained with rhodamine phalloidin and confocal analysis was performed. The migration and invasion (membrane covered with Matrigel(TM) ) three-dimensional assays were performed, control and cells treated with TKI-258 that migrated through the membrane were counted after 24 h...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Etsuo Yokota
Actin-binding proteins mediate and regulate the dynamics of actin and the organization of highly ordered structures of F-actin. Villin is generally expressed in plant cells and is associated with G-actin or F-actin dependent on Ca(2+) concentrations. Using a DNase I affinity column chromatography approach, the villin and the G-actin can be isolated from plant material. An outline of this method including the preparation of crude protein extract from plant material, its application on the affinity column, and the successive elution of villin with a solution containing EGTA and then of G-actin with denatured reagents is presented...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Florian Schmitt, Heidrun Draut, Bernhard Biersack, Rainer Schobert
Three 3-(3-halo-4,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-1-(2-naphthyl)prop-2-en-1-ones 1 and three structurally related 2-pyrazolines 2 were prepared and assessed in vitro for anticancer activity. The chalcones 1 were antiproliferative with low double-digit micromolar IC50 values against six tumor cell lines whereas the pyrazolines 2 showed low single-digit micromolar IC50 values against this panel. The pyrazolines inhibited ATP-binding cassette efflux transporters of types P-gp and BCRP while the chalcones inhibited selectively BCRP...
September 30, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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