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Protein signaling

Johannes A Eble
The dissociation constant describes the interaction between two partners in the binding equilibrium and is a measure of their affinity. It is a crucial parameter to compare different ligands, e.g., competitive inhibitors, protein isoforms and mutants, for their binding strength to a binding partner. Dissociation constants are determined by plotting concentrations of bound versus free ligand as binding curves. In contrast, titration curves, in which a signal that is proportional to the concentration of bound ligand is plotted against the total concentration of added ligand, are much easier to record...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Renee Wei-Yan Chow, Paola Lamperti, Emily Steed, Francesco Boselli, Julien Vermot
During embryogenesis, cells undergo dynamic changes in cell behavior, and deciphering the cellular logic behind these changes is a fundamental goal in the field of developmental biology. The discovery and development of photoconvertible proteins have greatly aided our understanding of these dynamic changes by providing a method to optically highlight cells and tissues. However, while photoconversion, time-lapse microscopy, and subsequent image analysis have proven to be very successful in uncovering cellular dynamics in organs such as the brain or the eye, this approach is generally not used in the developing heart due to challenges posed by the rapid movement of the heart during the cardiac cycle...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Toshiaki Teratani, Kengo Tomita, Takahiro Suzuki, Hirotaka Furuhashi, Rie Irie, Makoto Nishikawa, Junji Yamamoto, Toshifumi Hibi, Soichiro Miura, Tohru Minamino, Yuichi Oike, Ryota Hokari, Takanori Kanai
Incidence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), which is considered a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome, has been increasing worldwide with the rise in obesity; however, its pathological mechanism is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that the hepatic expression of aortic carboxypeptidase-like protein (ACLP), a glycosylated, secreted protein, increases in NASH in humans and mice. Furthermore, we elucidate that ACLP is a ligand, unrelated to WNT proteins, that activates the canonical WNT pathway and exacerbates NASH pathology...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Yi Shi, Yanhui Su, Joshua H Lipschutz, Glenn P Lobo
Cilia are highly-conserved organelles projecting from the cell surface of nearly every cell type in vertebrates. Ciliary proteins have essential functions in human physiology, particularly in signaling and organ development. As cilia are a component of almost all vertebrate cells, cilia dysfunction can manifest as a constellation of features that characteristically include, retinal degeneration, renal disease and cerebral anomalies. The terminology "Ciliopathies" refers to inherited human disorders caused by genetic mutations in ciliary genes, leading to cilia dysfunctions that form an important and ever expanding multi-organ disease spectrum...
December 2017: Clin Nephrol Res
Airi Ohsaki, Yuki Miyano, Rei Tanaka, Sei-Ichi Tanuma, Shuji Kojima, Mitsutoshi Tsukimoto
Skin inflammation is caused by excessive production of cytokines and chemokines in response to an external stimulus, such as radiation, but the mechanisms involved are not completely understood. Here, we report a novel mechanism of γ-irradiation-induced IL-6 production mediated by P2Y11 receptors in epidermal cells. After irradiation of HaCaT cells derived from human epidermal keratinocytes with 5 Gy of γ-rays (137 Cs : 0.78 Gy/min), IL-6 production was unchanged at 24 h after γ-irradiation, but was increased at 48 h...
March 16, 2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Gembu Maryu, Haruko Miura, Yoichi Uda, Akira T Komatsubara, Michiyuki Matsuda, Kazuhiro Aoki
Protein kinases play pivotal roles in intracellular signal transduction, and dysregulation of kinases leads to pathological results such as malignant tumors. Kinase activity has hitherto been measured by biochemical methods such as in vitro phosphorylation assay and western blotting. However, these methods are less useful to explore spatial and temporal changes in kinase activity and its cell-to-cell variation. Recent advances in fluorescent proteins and live-cell imaging techniques enable us to visualize kinase activity in living cells with high spatial and temporal resolutions...
March 17, 2018: Cell Structure and Function
Jiyoung Kim, Gi-Ho Sung
Beauvericin is a mycotoxin which has insecticidal, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-cancer activities. Beauvericin biosynthesis is rapidly catalyzed by the beauvericin synthetase (BEAS) in Beauveria bassiana. Ca2+ plays crucial roles in multiple signaling pathways in eukaryotic cells. These Ca2+ signals are partially decoded by Ca2+ sensor calmodulin (CaM). In this report, we describe that B. bassiana BEAS (BbBEAS) can interact with CaM in a Ca2+ -dependent manner. A synthetic BbBEAS peptide, corresponding to the putative CaM-binding motif, formed a stable complex with CaM in the presence of Ca2+ ...
March 19, 2018: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
Qun Dai, Yu-Qing Ge
Platycodin D(PD) has a significantly inhibitory effect on multiple malignant tumors, and can inhibit the proliferation of leukemia cells K562 and induce apoptosis. However, its effect in improving the sensitivity of drug-resistant cells to imatinib and their molecular mechanism remained unclear. To investigate the effect and mechanism of PD alone or combined with imatinib (IM) in inhibiting CML imatinib resistant cell line K562/R, the cell proliferation was examined by CCK8 assay to reveal the effect of PD on the inhibitory function of imatinib...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xiao-Yan Huang, Yu-Guang Wang, Yi Wang, Yue Gao
This study aimed to investigate the effect and mechanism of ophiopogonin D (OP-D) on Ang Ⅱ-induced HUVECs apoptosis, in order to provide a reliable basis for the safety and efficacy of traditional Chinese medicines. The effect of Ang Ⅱ on survival and total proteins content of HUVECs were measured by MTT and Western blotting. The effect of OP-D on Ang Ⅱ-induced lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release rate in HUVECs was measured by enzyme standard instrument. The effects of OP-D and 11,12-EET on phosphorylation of JNK/c-Jun induced by Ang Ⅱ were measured by Western blot and RT-PCR with the help of JNK specific inhibitor SP600125 and CYP450 isozymes selective inhibitor 6-(2-propargyloxyphenyl) hexanoic acid (PPOH)...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Ge Shi, Wei Wu, Yi-Gang Wan, He Wei-Ming Hex, Yue Tu, Wen-Bei Han, Bu-Hui Liu, Ying-Lu Liu, Zi-Yue Wan
To explore the effects and molecular mechanisms of triptolide(TP)on improving podocyte epithelial-mesenchymal transition(EMT)induced by high dose of D-glucose(HG), the immortalized podocytes of mice in vitro were divided into the normal group(N), the high dose of D-glucose group(HG), the low dose of TP group(L-TP), the high dose of TP group(H-TP)and the mannitol group(MNT), and treated by the different measures respectively. More specifically, the podocytes in each group were separately treated by D-glucose(DG, 5 mmol·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)+ TP(3 μg·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)+ TP(10 μg·L⁻¹)or DG(5 mmol·L⁻¹)+ MNT(24...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Ya-Ping Xiao, Jie Zeng, Lin-Na Jiao, Xiao-Yu Xu
The treatment effect and signaling pathway regulation effects of kidney-tonifying traditional Chinese medicine on osteoporosis have been widely studied, but there is no systematic summary currently. This review comprehensively collected and analyzed the traditional Chinese medicines on the treatment and signaling pathway regulation of osteoporosis in recent ten years, such as Epimedii Folium, Drynariae Rhizoma, Cnidii Fructus, Eucommiae Cortex, Psoraleae Fructus and Dipsaci Radix. Based on the existing findings, the following conclusions were obtained: ①kidney-tonifying traditional Chinese medicine treated osteoporosis mainly through BMP-Smads, Wnt/ β -catenin, MAPK, PI3K/AKT signaling pathway to promote osteoblast bone formation and through OPG/RANKL/ RANK, estrogen, CTSK signaling pathway to inhibit osteoclasts of bone resorption...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xue Zhang, Dong Lan, Shuhua Ning, Liwen Ruan
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is one of the cancers responsible for significant morbidity and mortality across the globe. The treatment options for skin cancer are limited and associated with significant toxicity. Therefore, researches have been directed towards exploring molecules that could prove beneficial in the treatment of this disease. Lactucopicrin is an important sesquiterpene lactone with important pharmacological potential. METHODS: In the present study the anticancer effects of lactucopicrin against human skin SKMEL-5 cancer cell line were investigated...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Jia Yang, Peng Xiao, Jiaming Sun, Liang Guo
PURPOSE: Melanoma is an aggressive form of human cancer with limited treatment options currently available. The present study was aimed to evaluate the anticancer activity of kaempferol (KAM) against the human malignant melanoma A375 cell line along with evaluation of its effects on apoptosis, cell cycle, cell migration and m-TOR/PI3K/AKT pathway. METHODS: Effects on cell viability were assessed by MTT assay while clonogenic assay measured the effects of KAM on colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
JinYing Liu, Xiaokang Liu, Wei Ma, Wei Kou, CaiLi Li, Jin Zhao
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the deadly causes of gynecological cancer related mortality worldwide. Despite initial responses to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses. Therefore there is an urgent need for identification of anticancer lead molecules for treatment and management of ovarian cancer. The present study evaluated the anticancer activity of cucurbitacin-A on ovarian SKVO3 cancer cells. METHODS: The cell viability of SKVO3 cells was evaluated by MTT assay, while clonogenic assay was used to evaluate the effects on cancer cell colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Laura C D Pomatto, Sarah Wong, John Tower, Kelvin J A Davies
Adaptive homeostasis enables rapid cellular signaling, leading to transcriptional and translational modifications (Davies, 2016) [1]. The Proteasome is one of the main cellular proteolytic enzymes that plays an essential role in the rapid clearance of oxidatively damaged cellular proteins, and is highly responsive to oxidative stress. Upon exposure to even very low, signaling levels of oxidants, the predominant form of the Proteasome becomes the ATP-independent 20S proteasome that enables rapid clearance of damaged proteins...
April 2018: Data in Brief
Seeyoung Choi, Paul E Love
Oxidative inactivation of cysteine-dependent Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases (PTPs) by cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays a critical role in regulating signal transduction in multiple cell types. The phosphatase activity of most PTPs depends upon a 'signature' cysteine residue within the catalytic domain that is maintained in the de-protonated state at physiological pH rendering it susceptible to ROS-mediated oxidation. Direct and indirect techniques for detection of PTP oxidation have been developed (Karisch and Neel, 2013)...
January 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
Jun-Ichi Satoh, Yoshihiro Kino, Motoaki Yanaizu, Yuko Saito
Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder, characterized by progressive presenile dementia and formation of multifocal bone cysts, caused by genetic mutations of either triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 ( TREM2 ) or TYRO protein tyrosine kinase binding protein ( TYROBP ), alternatively named DNAX-activation protein 12 ( DAP12 ), both of which are expressed on microglia in the brain and form the receptor-adaptor complex that chiefly recognizes anionic lipids. TREM2 transmits the signals involved in microglial survival, proliferation, chemotaxis, and phagocytosis...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Naixiang Zhai, Yanqin Lu, Yanzhou Wang, Xiuzhi Ren, Jinxiang Han
Circular RNA (circRNA) is a non-linear form of RNA derived from exonic, intronic, and exon-intron gene regions. circRNAs are characterized by covalent closed loops, highly stable nuclease resistance, and specific expression in species and developmental stages. CircRNA molecules have been identified as playing roles in the regulation of cell transcription, transcriptional expression after translation, interactions with microRNAs, and protein coding. A high stability and tissue- and disease-specific expression allow circRNAs to serve as potential biomarkers both for diseases and prognosis...
February 2018: Intractable & Rare Diseases Research
Qiqi Sun, Zhongya Qin, Wanjie Wu, Yue Lin, Congping Chen, Sicong He, Xuesong Li, Zhenguo Wu, Yi Luo, Jianan Y Qu
Femtosecond laser microsurgery has become an advanced method for clinical procedures and biological research. The tissue treated by femtosecond laser can become highly fluorescent, indicating the formation of new fluorescent compounds that can naturally label the treated tissue site. We systematically characterized the fluorescence signals produced by femtosecond laser ablation in biological tissues in vivo . Our findings showed that they possess unique fluorescence properties and can be clearly differentiated from endogenous signals and major fluorescent proteins...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Takako Miyamae, Takuma Hara, Aki Hanaya, Yumi Tani, Takayuki Kishi, Hisashi Yamanaka
A 10-year-old girl manifested persistent fever, skin rash, leg pain, fatigue, and joint pain. Based on muscle weakness, elevated muscle-derived enzymes, magnetic resonance imaging, and skin biopsy results, the diagnosis was juvenile idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (JIIM). Chest CT was normal; the anti-melanoma differentiation-associated protein-5 (anti-MDA5) autoantibody was positive. Initial manifestations subsided after prednisolone (PSL) and methotrexate treatment. After the PSL dosage was decreased, the patient presented with metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint pain and swelling in both index fingers, synovial fluid, and signals on power Doppler ultrasound...
2018: Case Reports in Rheumatology
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