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Alexis Combes, Voahirana Camosseto, Prudence N'Guessan, Rafael J Argüello, Julie Mussard, Christophe Caux, Nathalie Bendriss-Vermare, Philippe Pierre, Evelina Gatti
Toll-like receptors (TLR) are essential components of the innate immune system. Several accessory proteins, such as UNC93B1, are required for transport and activation of nucleic acid sensing Toll-like receptors in endosomes. Here, we show that BAD-LAMP (LAMP5) controls TLR9 trafficking to LAMP1(+) late endosomes in human plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC), leading to NF-κB activation and TNF production upon DNA detection. An inducible VAMP3(+/)LAMP2(+/)LAMP1(-) endolysosome compartment exists in pDCs from which TLR9 activation triggers type I interferon expression...
October 13, 2017: Nature Communications
Ingrid Morales, Alberto Sanchez, Clara Rodriguez-Sabate, Manuel Rodriguez
The role of astrocytes in Parkinson's disease is still not well understood. This work studied the astrocytic response to the dopaminergic denervation. Rats were injected in the lateral ventricles with 6-hydroxydopamine (25μg), inducing a dopaminergic denervation of the striatum not accompanied by non-selective tissue damage. The dopaminergic debris were found within spheroids (free-spheroids) which retained some proteins of dopaminergic neurons (e.g., tyrosine hydroxylase, the dopamine transporter protein, and APP) but not others (e...
2017: PloS One
Shuo Chen, Dan-Dan Wu, Xiu-Bo Sang, Li-Li Wang, Zhi-Hong Zong, Kai-Xuan Sun, Bo-Liang Liu, Yang Zhao
Highly upregulated in liver cancer (HULC) is a long noncoding RNA (lncRNA), which has recently been identified as a key regulator in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma, gliomas and gastric cancer. However, its role in epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC) remains unknown. In this study, HULC expression was examined in EOC, borderline and benign ovarian tumors, and normal ovarian tissues by RT-PCR. Ovarian cancer cell phenotypes, as well as autophagy-associated proteins were examined after HULC overexpression or downregulation by plasmid or small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfection, respectively...
October 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
Antonella Pasquato, Antonio Herrador Fernandez, Stefan Kunz
Host cell entry is the first and most fundamental step of every virus infection and represents a major barrier for zoonotic transmission and viral emergence. Targeting viral entry appears further as a promising strategy for therapeutic intervention. Several cellular receptors have been identified for Lassa virus, including dystroglycan, TAM receptor tyrosine kinases, and C-type lectins. Upon receptor binding, LASV enters the host cell via a largely unknown clathrin- and dynamin-independent endocytotic pathway that delivers the virus to late endosomes, where fusion occurs after engagement of a second, intracellular receptor, the late endosomal/lysosomal resident protein LAMP1...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Mohammad Ejaz Ahmed, Shankar Iyer, Ramasamy Thangavel, Duraisamy Kempuraj, Govindhasamy Pushpavathi Selvakumar, Sudhanshu P Raikwar, Smita Zaheer, Asgar Zaheer
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the presence of intracellular neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) containing hyperphosphorylated tau, and the extracellular deposition of amyloid plaques (APs) with misfolded amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide. Glia maturation factor (GMF), a highly conserved pro-inflammatory protein, isolated and cloned in our laboratory, has been shown to activate glial cells leading to neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration in AD. We hypothesized that inflammatory reactions promoted by NLRP3-Caspase-1inflammasome pathway trigger dysfunction in autophagy and accumulation of Aβ which is amplified and regulated by GMF in AD...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Na Li, Bin Tang, Yin-Ping Jia, Pan Zhu, Yuan Zhuang, Yao Fang, Qian Li, Kun Wang, Wei-Jun Zhang, Gang Guo, Tong-Jian Wang, You-Jun Feng, Bin Qiao, Xu-Hu Mao, Quan-Ming Zou
Cytotoxin-associated-gene A (CagA) of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a virulence factor that plays critical roles in H. pylori-induced gastric inflammation. In the present study, gastric biopsies were used for genotyping cagA and vacA genes, determining the autophagic activity, and the severity of gastric inflammation response. It was revealed that autophagy in gastric mucosal tissues infected with cagA(+)H. pylori strains was lower than the levels produced by cagA(-)H. pylori strains, accompanied with accumulation of SQSTM1 and decreased LAMP1 expression...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Sonali Pal-Ghosh, Gauri Tadvalkar, Mary Ann Stepp
Purpose: To determine the impact of the loss of syndecan 1 (SDC1) on intraepithelial corneal nerves (ICNs) during homeostasis, aging, and in response to 1.5-mm trephine and debridement injury. Methods: Whole-mount corneas are used to quantify ICN density and thickness over time after birth and in response to injury in SDC1-null and wild-type (WT) mice. High-resolution three-dimensional imaging is used to visualize intraepithelial nerve terminals (INTs), axon fragments, and lysosomes in corneal epithelial cells using antibodies against growth associated protein 43 (GAP43), βIII tubulin, and LAMP1...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Timothy F Murphy, Charmaine Kirkham, Mary C Gallo, Yang Yang, Gregory E Wilding, Melinda M Pettigrew
Background: Nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi) persists in the airways in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). NTHi expresses four IgA protease variants (A1, A2, B1, B2) with distinct cleavage specificities for human IgA1. Little is known about the different roles of IgA protease variants in NTHi infection. Methods: Twenty-six NTHi isolates from a 20-year longitudinal study of COPD were analyzed for IgA protease expression, survival in human respiratory epithelial cells and cleavage of lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 (LAMP1)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Mahsa Namakchian, Kristin Kassler, Heinrich Sticht, Michael Hensel, Jörg Deiwick
The facultative intracellular pathogen Salmonella enterica survives and replicates inside the Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV) of mammalian host cells. SifA is a key effector protein translocated by a type III secretion system and involved in formation of Salmonella-induced filaments (SIF), extensive tubular endosomal compartments. Recruitment of LAMP1 (lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1)-positive membranes to SIF ensures integrity and dynamics of the membrane network. The binding of SifA to the host protein SKIP (SifA and kinesin interacting protein) was proposed as crucial for this function...
September 8, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Mohammad W Khan, Abdulrahman Saadalla, Ahmed H Ewida, Khalid Al-Katranji, Ghadier Al-Saoudi, Zachary T Giaccone, Fotini Gounari, Ming Zhang, David A Frank, Khashayarsha Khazaie
The transcription factor signal activator and transducer or transcription (STAT3), which regulates genes controlling proliferation, survival, and invasion, is activated inappropriately in many human cancers, including breast cancer. Activation of STAT3 can lead to both malignant cellular behavior and suppression of immune cell function in the tumor microenvironment. Through a chemical-biology screen, pyrimethamine (PYR), an FDA approved anti-microbial drug, was identified as an inhibitor of STAT3 function at concentrations known to be achieved safely in humans...
September 5, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Marie S Prevost, Nikos Pinotsis, Maud Dumoux, Richard D Hayward, Gabriel Waksman
Legionella pneumophila infects human alveolar macrophages and is responsible for Legionnaire's disease, a severe form of pneumonia. L. pneumophila encodes more than 300 putative effectors, which are translocated into the host cell via the Dot/Icm type IV secretion system. These effectors highjack the host's cellular processes to allow bacterial intracellular growth and replication. Here we adopted a multidisciplinary approach to investigate WipB, a Dot/Icm effector of unknown function. The crystal structure of the N-terminal domain at 1...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xiao-Feng Yan, Pei Zhao, Dong-Yan Ma, Yi-Lu Jiang, Jiao-Jiao Luo, Liu Liu, Xiao-Ling Wang
AIM: To investigate the capability of salvianolic acid B (Sal B) to protect hepatocytes from hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)/carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced lysosomal membrane permeabilization. METHODS: Cell Counting Kit-8 assay was used to measure cell viability. Apoptosis and death were assayed through flow cytometry. BrdU incorporation was used to detect cell proliferation. Serum alanine aminotransferase activity and liver malondialdehyde (MDA) content were measured...
August 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Fang Li, Fangfang Lang, Huilin Zhang, Liangdong Xu, Yidan Wang, Chunxiao Zhai, Enkui Hao
Apigenin, a component in daily diets, demonstrates antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we intended to explore the mechanism of apigenin-mediated endotoxin-induced myocardial injury and its role in the interplay among inflammation, oxidative stress, and autophagy. In our lipopolysaccharide- (LPS-) induced myocardial injury model, apigenin ameliorated cardiac injury (lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK)), cell death (TUNEL staining, DNA fragmentation, and PARP activity), and tissue damage (cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and cardiac myosin light chain-1 (cMLC1)) and improved cardiac function (ejection fraction (EF) and end diastolic left ventricular inner dimension (LVID))...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Monika Hułas-Stasiak, Piotr Dobrowolski, Bożena Pawlikowska-Pawlęga, Ewa Tomaszewska, Siemowit Muszyński
Excessive exposure to glucocorticoids can alter ovarian function by modulating oogenesis, folliculogenesis and steroidogenesis. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of dexamethasone (DEX) administered during pregnancy on folliculogenesis and corpus luteum development in the postpartum spiny mouse ovary. DEX (125 μg kg-1 body weight per day) was applied to pregnant spiny mouse from day 20 of gestation to parturition. The obtained ovaries were fixed and used for immunohistochemistry and TEM analysis...
2017: PloS One
Lise Chauveau, Daniel Aaron Donahue, Blandine Monel, Francoise Porrot, Timothée Bruel, Lea Richard, Nicoletta Casartelli, Olivier Schwartz
HIV-1 poorly infects monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs). This is in large part due to SAMHD1, which restricts viral reverse transcription. Pseudotyping HIV-1 with vesicular stomatitis virus G protein (VSV-G) strongly enhances infection, suggesting that earlier steps of viral replication, including fusion, are also inefficient in MDDCs. The site of HIV-1 fusion remains controversial and may depend on the cell type, with reports indicating that it occurs at the plasma membrane or, conversely, in an endocytic compartment...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
Alexandre Gidon, Signe Elisabeth Åsberg, Claire Louet, Liv Ryan, Markus Haug, Trude Helen Flo
Pathogenic mycobacteria reside in macrophages where they avoid lysosomal targeting and degradation through poorly understood mechanisms proposed to involve arrest of phagosomal maturation at an early endosomal stage. A clear understanding of how this relates to host defenses elicited from various intracellular compartments is also missing and can only be studied using techniques allowing single cell and subcellular analyses. Using confocal imaging of human primary macrophages infected with Mycobacterium avium (Mav) we show evidence that Mav phagosomes are not arrested at an early endosomal stage, but mature to a (LAMP1+/LAMP2+/CD63+) late endosomal/phagolysosomal stage where inflammatory signaling and Mav growth restriction is initiated through a mechanism involving Toll-like receptors (TLR) 7 and 8, the adaptor MyD88 and transcription factors NF-κB and IRF-1...
August 2017: PLoS Pathogens
Kumar Sachin Singh, Rishabh Sharma, Deepa Keshari, Nirbhay Singh, Sudheer Kumar Singh
Malate synthase is a condensing enzyme responsible for conversion of glyoxylate to malate in the presence of acetyl-CoA. This reaction helps in bypassing the TCA cycle reactions involving carbon loss and leads to diverting some of the carbon skeletons to gluconeogenic events while rest can continue to provide TCA cycle intermediates. Malate synthase (GlcB) is encoded by MRA_1848 of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Ra (Mtb-Ra). We developed a knockdown (KD) Mtb-Ra strain by down-regulating GlcB. The survival studies suggested increased susceptibility to oxidative and nitrosative stress as well as to rifampicin...
September 2017: Tuberculosis
Anne-Sophie Benischke, Shivakumar Vasanth, Takashi Miyai, Kishore Reddy Katikireddy, Tomas White, Yuming Chen, Adna Halilovic, Marianne Price, Francis Price, Paloma B Liton, Ula V Jurkunas
Human corneal endothelial cells (HCEnCs) are terminally differentiated cells that have limited regenerative potential. The large numbers of mitochondria in HCEnCs are critical for pump and barrier function required for corneal hydration and transparency. Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD) is a highly prevalent late-onset oxidative stress disorder characterized by progressive loss of HCEnCs. We previously reported increased mitochondrial fragmentation and reduced ATP and mtDNA copy number in FECD. Herein, carbonyl cyanide m-chlorophenyl hydrazone (CCCP)-induced mitochondrial depolarization decreased mitochondrial mass and Mfn2 levels, which were rescued with mitophagy blocker, bafilomycin, in FECD...
July 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yukiko Yoshida, Sayaka Yasuda, Toshiharu Fujita, Maho Hamasaki, Arisa Murakami, Junko Kawawaki, Kazuhiro Iwai, Yasushi Saeki, Tamotsu Yoshimori, Noriyuki Matsuda, Keiji Tanaka
Ubiquitination functions as a signal to recruit autophagic machinery to damaged organelles and induce their clearance. Here, we report the characterization of FBXO27, a glycoprotein-specific F-box protein that is part of the SCF (SKP1/CUL1/F-box protein) ubiquitin ligase complex, and demonstrate that SCF(FBXO27) ubiquitinates glycoproteins in damaged lysosomes to regulate autophagic machinery recruitment. Unlike F-box proteins in other SCF complexes, FBXO27 is subject to N-myristoylation, which localizes it to membranes, allowing it to accumulate rapidly around damaged lysosomes...
August 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Cheng-Chang Chen, Elisabeth S Butz, Yu-Kai Chao, Yulia Grishchuk, Lars Becker, Stefan Heller, Susan A Slaugenhaupt, Martin Biel, Christian Wahl-Schott, Christian Grimm
To resolve the subcellular distribution of endolysosomal ion channels, we have established a novel experimental approach to selectively patch clamp Rab5 positive early endosomes (EE) versus Rab7/LAMP1-positive late endosomes/lysosomes (LE/LY). To functionally characterize ion channels in endolysosomal membranes with the patch-clamp technique, it is important to develop techniques to selectively enlarge the respective organelles. We found here that two small molecules, wortmannin and latrunculin B, enlarge Rab5-positive EE when combined but not Rab7-, LAMP1-, or Rab11 (RE)-positive vesicles...
July 20, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
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