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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334785/amino-acid-substitution-equivalent-to-human-chorea-acanthocytosis-i2771r-in-yeast-vps13-protein-affects-its-binding-to-phosphatidylinositol-3-phosphate
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Weronika Rzepnikowska, Krzysztof Flis, Joanna Kaminska, Marcin Grynberg, Agnieszka Urbanek, Kathryn R Ayscough, Teresa Zoladek
The rare human disorder chorea-acanthocytosis (ChAc) is caused by mutations in hVPS13A gene. The hVps13A protein interacts with actin and regulates the level of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate (PI4P) in the membranes of neuronal cells. Yeast Vps13 is involved in vacuolar protein transport and, like hVps13A, participates in PI4P metabolism. Vps13 proteins are conserved in eukaryotes, but their molecular function remains unknown. One of the mutations found in ChAc patients causes amino acids substitution I2771R which affects the localization of hVps13A in skeletal muscles...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334696/effects-of-hypergravity-on-the-angiogenic-potential-of-endothelial-cells
#2
Raquel Costa-Almeida, Daniel T O Carvalho, Miguel J S Ferreira, Guilherme Aresta, Manuela E Gomes, Jack J W A van Loon, Kim Van der Heiden, Pedro L Granja
Angiogenesis, the formation of blood vessels from pre-existing ones, is a key event in pathology, including cancer progression, but also in homeostasis and regeneration. As the phenotype of endothelial cells (ECs) is continuously regulated by local biomechanical forces, studying endothelial behaviour in altered gravity might contribute to new insights towards angiogenesis modulation. This study aimed at characterizing EC behaviour after hypergravity exposure (more than 1g), with special focus on cytoskeleton architecture and capillary-like structure formation...
November 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333953/involvement-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-actin-isoforms-in-actin-cytoskeleton-organization-and-migration-abilities-of-bleb-forming-human-colon-cancer-cells
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Aleksandra Simiczyjew, Antonina Joanna Mazur, Ewelina Dratkiewicz, Dorota Nowak
Amoeboid movement is characteristic for rounded cells, which do not form strong adhesion contacts with the ECM and use blebs as migratory protrusions. It is well known that actin is the main component of mature forms of these structures, but the exact role fulfilled by non-muscle actin isoforms β- and γ- in bleb formation and migration of these cells is still not fully understood. The aim of this study was to establish the role of β- and γ-actin in migration of bleb-forming cancer cells using isoform-specific antibodies and expression of fluorescently tagged actin isoforms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333264/single-cell-transcriptomics-mega-phylogeny-and-the-genetic-basis-of-morphological-innovations-in-rhizaria
#4
Anders K Krabberød, Russell J S Orr, Jon Bråte, Tom Kristensen, Kjell R Bjørklund, Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi
The innovation of the eukaryote cytoskeleton enabled phagocytosis, intracellular transport and cytokinesis, and is responsible for the diversity of eukaryotic morphologies. Still, the relationship between phenotypic innovations in the cytoskeleton and their underlying genotype is poorly understood. To explore the genetic mechanism of morphological evolution of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton we provide the first single cell transcriptomes from uncultured, free-living unicellular eukaryotes: the polycystine radiolarian Lithomelissa setosa (Nassellaria) and Sticholonche zanclea (Taxopodida)...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333241/dysmorphic-patterns-are-associated-with-cytoskeletal-alterations-in-human-oocytes
#5
Mariabeatrice Dal Canto, Maria Cristina Guglielmo, Mario Mignini Renzini, Rubens Fadini, Clarissa Moutier, Maria Merola, Elena De Ponti, Giovanni Coticchio
Study Question: Are specific morphological anomalies in human mature oocytes, as revealed by transmitted light microscopy, associated with intrinsic damage to the meiotic spindle and actin cytoskeleton? SUMMARY ANSWER: Aggregates of smooth endoplasmic reticulum (SER) and domains of centrally localized granular cytoplasm (GC) reflect intrinsic damage to the oocyte cytoskeleton, namely alterations in spindle size, chromosome misalignment and cortical actin disorganization...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332566/a-conformational-change-within-the-wave2-complex-regulates-its-degradation-following-cellular-activation
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Noah Joseph, Guy Biber, Sophia Fried, Barak Reicher, Omer Levy, Batel Sabag, Elad Noy, Mira Barda-Saad
WASp family Verprolin-homologous protein-2 (WAVE2), a member of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASp) family of actin nucleation promoting factors, is a central regulator of actin cytoskeleton polymerization and dynamics. Multiple signaling pathways operate via WAVE2 to promote the actin-nucleating activity of the actin-related protein 2/3 (Arp2/3) complex. WAVE2 exists as a part of a pentameric protein complex known as the WAVE regulatory complex (WRC), which is unstable in the absence of its individual proteins...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331816/inhibition-of-fat-cell-differentiation-in-3t3-l1-pre-adipocytes-by-all-trans-retinoic-acid-integrative-analysis-of-transcriptomic-and-phenotypic-data
#7
Katharina Stoecker, Steffen Sass, Fabian J Theis, Hans Hauner, Michael W Pfaffl
The process of adipogenesis is controlled in a highly orchestrated manner, including transcriptional and post-transcriptional events. In developing 3T3-L1 pre-adipocytes, this program can be interrupted by all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). To examine this inhibiting impact by ATRA, we generated large-scale transcriptomic data on the microRNA and mRNA level. Non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs represent a field in RNA turnover, which is very important for understanding the regulation of mRNA gene expression. High throughput mRNA and microRNA expression profiling was performed using mRNA hybridisation microarray technology and multiplexed expression assay for microRNA quantification...
March 2017: Biomolecular Detection and Quantification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331073/stability-and-function-of-a-putative-microtubule-organizing-center-in-the-human-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii
#8
Jacqueline M Leung, Yudou He, Fangliang Zhang, Yu-Chen Hwang, Eiji Nagayasu, Jun Liu, John M Murray, Ke Hu
The organization of the microtubule cytoskeleton is dictated by microtubule nucleators or organizing centers.  Toxoplasma gondii, an important human parasite, has an array of 22 regularly spaced cortical microtubules stemming from a hypothesized organizing center, the apical polar ring. Here, we examine the functions of the apical polar ring by characterizing two of its components, KinesinA and APR1, and discovered that its putative role in templating can be separated from its mechanical stability. Parasites that lack both KinesinA and APR1 (ΔkinesinAΔapr1) are capable of generating 22 cortical microtubules...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330564/proteomic-analysis-of-stipe-explants-reveals-differentially-expressed-proteins-involved-in-early-direct-somatic-embryogenesis-of-the-tree-fern-cyathea-delgadii-sternb
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Lucyna Domżalska, Sylwia Kędracka-Krok, Urszula Jankowska, Małgorzata Grzyb, Mirosław Sobczak, Jan J Rybczyński, Anna Mikuła
Using cyto-morphological analysis of somatic embryogenesis (SE) in the tree fern Cyathea delgadii as a guide, we performed a comparative proteomic analysis in stipe explants undergoing direct SE. Plant material was cultured on hormone-free medium supplemented with 2% sucrose. Phenol extracted proteins were separated using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and mass spectrometry was performed for protein identification. A total number of 114 differentially regulated proteins was identified during early SE, i...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330431/fabrication-and-characterization-of-biphasic-silk-fibroin-scaffolds-for-tendon-ligament-to-bone-tissue-engineering
#10
Sònia Font Tellado, Walter Bonani, Elizabeth Rosado Balmayor, Peter Föhr, Antonella Motta, Claudio Migliaresi, Martijn van Griensven
Tissue engineering is an attractive strategy for tendon/ligament-to-bone interface repair. The structure and extracellular matrix composition of the interface are complex and allow for a gradual mechanical stress transfer between tendons/ligaments and bone. Thus, scaffolds mimicking the structural features of the native interface may be able to better support functional tissue regeneration. In this study, we fabricated biphasic silk fibroin scaffolds designed to mimic the gradient in collagen molecule alignment present at the interface...
March 23, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329908/re-evaluating-the-roles-of-myosin-18a%C3%AE-and-f-actin-in-determining-golgi-morphology
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Kyle Bruun, Jordan R Beach, Sarah M Heissler, Kirsten Remmert, James R Sellers, John A Hammer
The peri-centrosomal localization and morphology of the Golgi apparatus depends largely on the microtubule cytoskeleton and the microtubule motor protein dynein. Recent studies proposed that myosin 18Aα (M18Aα) also contributes to Golgi morphology by binding the Golgi protein GOLPH3 and walking along adjacent actin filaments to stretch the Golgi into its classic ribbon structure. Biochemical analyses have shown, however, that M18A is not an actin-activated ATPase and lacks motor activity. Our goal, therefore, was to define the precise molecular mechanism by which M18Aα determines Golgi morphology...
March 22, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328153/behavioral-transcriptomic-and-epigenetic-responses-to-social-challenge-in-honey-bees
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Hagai Y Shpigler, Michael C Saul, Emma E Murdoch, Amy C Cash-Ahmed, Christopher H Seward, Laura Sloofman, Sriram Chandrasekaran, Saurabh Sinha, Lisa J Stubbs, Gene E Robinson
Understanding how social experiences are represented in the brain and shape future responses is a major challenge in the study of behavior. We addressed this problem by studying behavioral, transcriptomic and epigenetic responses to intrusion in honey bees. Previous research showed that initial exposure to an intruder provokes an immediate attack; we now show that this also leads to longer-term changes in behavior in the response to a second intruder, with increases in the probability of responding aggressively and the intensity of aggression lasting two and one hours, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327558/actomyosin-generated-tension-on-cadherin-is-similar-between-dividing-and-non-dividing-epithelial-cells-in-early-xenopus-laevis-embryos
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Gaëtan Herbomel, Guillaume Hatte, Julien Roul, Sergi Padilla-Parra, Jean-Pierre Tassan, Marc Tramier
Epithelia represent a unique situation where polarized cells must maintain sufficiently strong cell-cell contacts to guarantee the epithelial integrity indispensable for barrier functions. Nevertheless, epithelia must also keep sufficient plasticity which is crucial during development and morphogenesis. Adherens junctions and mechanical forces produced by the actomyosin cytoskeleton are major players for epithelial integrity maintenance and plasticity regulations. To understand how the epithelium is able to meet such a challenge, it is indispensable to determine how cellular junctions and mechanical forces acting at adherens junctions are regulated...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326098/nuclear-actin-in-development-and-transcriptional-reprogramming
#14
REVIEW
Shinji Misu, Marina Takebayashi, Kei Miyamoto
Actin is a highly abundant protein in eukaryotic cells and dynamically changes its polymerized states with the help of actin-binding proteins. Its critical function as a constituent of cytoskeleton has been well-documented. Growing evidence demonstrates that actin is also present in nuclei, referred to as nuclear actin, and is involved in a number of nuclear processes, including transcriptional regulation and chromatin remodeling. The contribution of nuclear actin to transcriptional regulation can be explained by its direct interaction with transcription machineries and chromatin remodeling factors and by controlling the activities of transcription factors...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325758/the-tubulin-code-at-a-glance
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REVIEW
Sudarshan Gadadhar, Satish Bodakuntla, Kathiresan Natarajan, Carsten Janke
Microtubules are key cytoskeletal elements of all eukaryotic cells and are assembled of evolutionarily conserved α-tubulin-β-tubulin heterodimers. Despite their uniform structure, microtubules fulfill a large diversity of functions. A regulatory mechanism to control the specialization of the microtubule cytoskeleton is the 'tubulin code', which is generated by (i) expression of different α- and β-tubulin isotypes, and by (ii) post-translational modifications of tubulin. In this Cell Science at a Glance article and the accompanying poster, we provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular components of the tubulin code, and discuss the mechanisms by which these components contribute to the generation of functionally specialized microtubules...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323988/basement-membrane-laminin-%C3%AE-2-regulates-btb-dynamics-via-its-effects-on-f-actin-and-microtubule-mt-cytoskeletons-via-mtorc1-signaling
#16
Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, C Yan Cheng
A local axis connects the apical ectoplasmic specialization (apical ES) at the Sertoli-spermatid interface, the basal ES at the blood-testis barrier (BTB), and the basement membrane across the seminiferous epithelium functionally in rat testes. As such, cellular events that take place across the epithelium such as spermiation and BTB remodeling that occur at the apical ES and the basal ES, respectively, at stage VIII of the cycle are coordinated. Herein, laminin α2, a structural component of the basement membrane, was found to regulate BTB dynamics...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323401/zinc-and-copper-effects-on-stability-of-tubulin-and-actin-networks-in-dendrites-and-spines-of-hippocampal-neurons
#17
Laura Perrin, Stephane Roudeau, Asuncion Carmona, Florelle Domart, Jennifer D Petersen, Sylvain Bohic, Yang Yang, Peter Cloetens, Richard Ortega
Zinc and copper ions can modulate the activity of glutamate-receptors. However, labile zinc and copper ions likely represent only the tip of the iceberg and other neuronal functions are suspected for these metals in their bound state. We performed synchrotron X-ray fluorescence imaging with 30 nm resolution to image total biometals in dendrites and spines from hippocampal neurons. We found that zinc is distributed all along the dendrites while copper is mainly pinpointed within the spines. In spines, zinc content is higher within the spine head while copper is higher within the spine neck...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323208/platinum-replica-electron-microscopy-imaging-the-cytoskeleton-globally-and-locally
#18
Tatyana M Svitkina
Structural studies reveal how smaller components of a system work together as a whole. However, combining high resolution of details with full coverage of the whole is challenging. In cell biology, light microscopy can image many cells in their entirety, but at a lower resolution, whereas electron microscopy affords very high resolution, but usually at the expense of the sample size and coverage. Structural analyses of the cytoskeleton are especially demanding, because cytoskeletal networks are unresolvable by light microscopy due to their density and intricacy, whereas their proper preservation is a challenge for electron microscopy...
March 18, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322932/disruption-of-the-epithelial-barrier-during-intestinal-inflammation-quest-for-new-molecules-and-mechanisms
#19
REVIEW
Susana Lechuga, Andrei I Ivanov
The intestinal epithelium forms a key protective barrier that separates internal organs from the harmful environment of the gut lumen. Increased permeability of the gut barrier is a common manifestation of different inflammatory disorders contributing to the severity of disease. Barrier permeability is controlled by epithelial adherens junctions and tight junctions. Junctional assembly and integrity depend on fundamental homeostatic processes such as cell differentiation, rearrangements of the cytoskeleton, and vesicle trafficking...
March 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322315/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-on-activated-hepatic-stellate-cells-reversion-reveal-stat1-as-a-key-regulator-between-liver-fibrosis-and-recovery
#20
Hongyu Zhang, Fangyan Chen, Xu Fan, Cong Lin, Yunwei Hao, Handong Wei, Weiran Lin, Ying Jiang, Fuchu He
Understanding the changes of activated HSCs reversion is an essential step toward clarifying the potential roles of HSCs in the treatment of liver fibrosis. In this study, we chose adipocyte differentiation mixture to induce LX-2 cells for 2 days in vitro as reversion phase, comparing with normal cultured LX-2 cells as activation phase. Mass spectrometric-based SILAC technology was adopted to study differentially expressed proteome of LX-2 cells between reversion and activation. Compared with activated HSCs, 273 proteins showed significant differences in reverted HSCs...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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