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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793219/stiff-substrates-increase-inflammation-induced-endothelial-monolayer-tension-and-permeability
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Rebecca Lownes Urbano, Christina Furia, Sarah Basehore, Alisa Morss Clyne
Arterial stiffness and inflammation are associated with atherosclerosis, and each have individually been shown to increase endothelial monolayer tension and permeability. The objective of this study was to determine if substrate stiffness enhanced endothelial monolayer tension and permeability in response to inflammatory cytokines. Porcine aortic endothelial cells were cultured at confluence on polyacrylamide gels of varying stiffness and treated with either tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) or thrombin. Monolayer tension was measured through vinculin localization at the cell membrane, traction force microscopy, and phosphorylated myosin light chain quantity and actin fiber colocalization...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792637/modulation-of-chondrocyte-motility-by-tetrahedral-dna-nanostructures
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Sirong Shi, Shiyu Lin, Xiaoru Shao, Qianshun Li, Zhang Tao, Yunfeng Lin
OBJECTIVES: Contemporarily, a highly increasing attention was paid to nanoconstructs, particularly DNA nanostructures possessing precise organization, functional manipulation, biocompatibility and biodegradability. Amongst these DNA nanomaterials, tetrahedral DNA nanostructures (TDNs) are a significantly ideal bionanomaterials with focusing on the property that can be internalized into cytoplasm in the absence of transfection. Therefore, the focus of this study was on investigating the influence of TDNs on the chondrocytes locomotion...
August 9, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783415/cadherin-mediated-cell-cell-interactions-in-normal-and-cancer-cells
#3
Natalya A Gloushankova, Svetlana N Rubtsova, Irina Y Zhitnyak
Adherens junctions (AJs) are molecular complexes that mediate cell-cell adhesive interactions and play pivotal roles in maintenance of tissue organization in adult organisms and at various stages of development. AJs consist of cadherin adhesion receptors, providing homophilic ligation with cadherins on adjacent cells, and members of the catenin protein family: p120, β- and α-catenin. α-catenin's linkage with the actin cytoskeleton defines the linear or punctate organization of AJs in different cell types...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783324/a-noncanonical-binding-site-in-the-evh1-domain-of-vasp-regulates-its-interactions-with-the-proline-rich-region-of-zyxin
#4
Lucila Andrea Acevedo, Alexander Ian Greenwood, Linda K Nicholson
Vasodilator-Stimulated Phosphoprotein, VASP, is a processive actin polymerase with roles in the control of cell shape and cell migration. Through interaction with the cytoskeletal adaptor protein Zyxin, VASP can localize to damaged stress fibers where it serves to repair and reinforce these structures. VASP localization is mediated by its N-terminal Ena/VASP Homology domain (EVH1), which binds to the motif (W/F)PxφP (most commonly occurring as FPPPP) found in cytoskeletal proteins such as vinculin, lamellipodin, and Zyxin...
August 7, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768239/vinculin-and-filamin-c-are-two-potential-prognostic-biomarkers-and-therapeutic-targets-for-prostate-cancer-cell-migration
#5
Jianzhong Ai, Tao Jin, Lu Yang, Qiang Wei, Yang Yang, Hong Li, Ye Zhu
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common diseases for male population, and the effective treatment for metastatic castration-resistant PCa is still lacking. To unravel the underlying mechanism of PCa cell migration, we plan to analyze the related crucial proteins and their roles. In our study, we firstly identify the differentially expressed proteins using quantitative proteomics, and confirm their mRNA expression using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). The alterations of these proteins at DNA and mRNA levels are obtained from cBioPortal database...
July 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767718/zygotic-vinculin-is-not-essential-for-embryonic-development-in-zebrafish
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Mitchell K L Han, Gerard N M van der Krogt, Johan de Rooij
The formation of multicellular tissues during development is governed by mechanical forces that drive cell shape and tissue architecture. Protein complexes at sites of adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cell neighbors, not only transmit these mechanical forces, but also allow cells to respond to changes in force by inducing biochemical feedback pathways. Such force-induced signaling processes are termed mechanotransduction. Vinculin is a central protein in mechanotransduction that in both integrin-mediated cell-ECM and cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesions mediates force-induced cytoskeletal remodeling and adhesion strengthening...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764802/mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-inflamed-dental-pulpal-and-gingival-tissue-a-potential-application-for-bone-formation
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Laura Tomasello, Rodolfo Mauceri, Antonina Coppola, Maria Pitrone, Giuseppe Pizzo, Giuseppina Campisi, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Carla Giordano
BACKGROUND: Chronic periodontal disease is an infectious disease consisting of prolonged inflammation of the supporting tooth tissue and resulting in bone loss. Guided bone regeneration procedures have become common and safe treatments in dentistry, and in this context dental stem cells would represent the ideal solution as autologous cells. In this study, we verified the ability of dental pulp mesenchymal stem cells (DPSCs) and gingival mesenchymal stem cells (GMSCs) harvested from periodontally affected teeth to produce new mineralized bone tissue in vitro, and compared this to cells from healthy teeth...
August 1, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754648/microtopographical-cues-promote-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-via-transient-mtorc2-activation
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Suzanne E Thomson, Chloe Charalambous, Carol-Anne Smith, Penelope M Tsimbouri, Theophile Déjardin, Paul J Kingham, Andrew M Hart, Mathis O Riehle
Despite microsurgical repair, recovery of function following peripheral nerve injury is slow and often incomplete. Outcomes could be improved by an increased understanding of the molecular biology of regeneration and by translation of experimental bioengineering strategies. Topographical cues have been shown to be powerful regulators of the rate and directionality of neurite regeneration, and in this study we investigated the downstream molecular effects of linear micropatterned structures in an organotypic explant model...
July 25, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726546/nanotopographic-influence-on-the-in-vitro-behavior-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#9
Ji-Yun Ko, Hyun-Jik Oh, Jimin Lee, Gun-Il Im
While the influence of nanotopography on stem cell behavior have been extensively investigated on adult stem cells, far fewer studies have investigated the interaction of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) with various nanotopographical patterns. The purpose of this study was to identify nanopatterns that can influence the stemness and proliferation as well as the adhesive properties in iPSCs, and thereby explore the feasibility of applying these nano-features for regenerative medicine. Three kinds of nanopatterns were fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes, irregular patterned membrane (IPM), groove patterned membrane (GPM), and post patterned membrane (PPM), in addition to flat patterned membrane (FPM) which did not have any nanotopographic features and was used as the control pattern...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711873/vinculin-mediated-sensing-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound
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July 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711870/symmetrical-retrograde-actin-flow-in-the-actin-fusion-structure-is-involved-in-osteoclast-fusion
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Jiro Takito, Hirotada Otsuka, Satoshi Inoue, Tsubasa Kawashima, Masanori Nakamura
The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of the zipper-like structure (ZLS), a podosome-related structure that transiently appears at the cell contact zone, in osteoclast fusion. Live-cell imaging of osteoclasts derived from RAW264.7 cells transfected with EGFP-actin revealed consistent symmetrical retrograde actin flow in the ZLS, but not in the podosome cluster, the podosome ring or the podosome belt. Confocal imaging showed that the distributions of F-actin, vinculin, paxillin and zyxin in the ZLS were different from those in the podosome belt...
July 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697804/ang-ii-at2r-increases-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration-by-signaling-through-the-fak-and-rhoa-cdc42-pathways-in-vitro
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Xiu-Ping Xu, Hong-Li He, Shu-Ling Hu, Ji-Bin Han, Li-Li Huang, Jing-Yuan Xu, Jian-Feng Xie, Ai-Ran Liu, Yi Yang, Hai-Bo Qiu
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) migrate via the bloodstream to sites of injury and are possibly attracted by inflammatory factors. As a proinflammatory mediator, angiotensin II (Ang II) reportedly enhances the migration of various cell types by signaling via the Ang II receptor in vitro. However, few studies have focused on the effects of Ang II on MSC migration and the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Human bone marrow MSCs migration was measured using wound healing and Boyden chamber migration assays after treatments with different concentrations of Ang II, an AT1R antagonist (Losartan), and/or an AT2R antagonist (PD-123319)...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692740/switching-of-%C3%AE-catenin-from-epithelial-to-neuronal-type-during-lens-epithelial-cell-differentiation
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Rupalatha Maddala, Ponugoti Vasantha Rao
Purpose: Ocular lens fiber cell elongation, differentiation, and compaction are associated with extensive reorganization of cell adhesive interactions and cytoskeleton; however, our knowledge of proteins critical to these events is still evolving. This study characterizes the distribution pattern of neuronal-specific α-catenin (αN-catenin) and its interaction with the N-cadherin-associated adherens junctions (AJs) and their stability in the mouse lens fibers. Methods: Expression and distribution of αN-catenin in developing mouse and adult human lenses was determined by RT-PCR, immunoblot, and immunofluorescence analyses...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687667/membrane-tension-controls-adhesion-positioning-at-the-leading-edge-of-cells
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Bruno Pontes, Pascale Monzo, Laurent Gole, Anabel-Lise Le Roux, Anita Joanna Kosmalska, Zhi Yang Tam, Weiwei Luo, Sophie Kan, Virgile Viasnoff, Pere Roca-Cusachs, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Nils C Gauthier
Cell migration is dependent on adhesion dynamics and actin cytoskeleton remodeling at the leading edge. These events may be physically constrained by the plasma membrane. Here, we show that the mechanical signal produced by an increase in plasma membrane tension triggers the positioning of new rows of adhesions at the leading edge. During protrusion, as membrane tension increases, velocity slows, and the lamellipodium buckles upward in a myosin II-independent manner. The buckling occurs between the front of the lamellipodium, where nascent adhesions are positioned in rows, and the base of the lamellipodium, where a vinculin-dependent clutch couples actin to previously positioned adhesions...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655496/mosquito-aging-modulates-the-heart-rate-and-the-proportional-directionality-of-heart-contractions
#15
Charlotte R Doran, Tania Y Estévez-Lao, Julián F Hillyer
Mosquito aging impacts a myriad of physiological processes, including digestion, flight, mating, reproductive success, and immunity. In the present study, we conducted intravital video imaging in 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20-day-old Anopheles gambiae female adults to assess whether aging impacts mosquito heart physiology. We found that the heart contraction rate increases over the first 15days of adulthood and then decreases. These changes occur for both contraction directions, although aging results in a relative change in the anterograde versus retrograde contraction rates...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654129/nanotopography-featured-polycaprolactone-polyethyleneoxide-microfibers-modulate-endothelial-cell-response
#16
Mehmet Berat Taskin, Dan Xia, Flemming Besenbacher, Mingdong Dong, Menglin Chen
Among many physical properties, surface nanotopography has been found to strongly affect cell adhesion, migration and other functions. Accurate biological interpretation requires the nanotopography to be presented in a three-dimensional (3D) micro-environment. Herein, immiscible blends of polycaprolactone (PCL)/polyethyleneoxide (PEO) were electrospun into a grounded coagulation bath, resulting in macroporous microfibers with nanotopography featured surfaces. Variations in PCL/PEO ratios enabled tunable surface nanotopographic structures, from longitudinal submicron grooves to transverse nano-lamellae...
July 6, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636424/fluid-shear-stress-regulates-hepg2-cell-migration-though-time-dependent-integrin-signaling-cascade
#17
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/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/28620171/mechanical-stability-of-talin-rod-controls-cell-migration-and-substrate-sensing
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Rolle Rahikainen, Magdaléna von Essen, Markus Schaefer, Lei Qi, Latifeh Azizi, Conor Kelly, Teemu O Ihalainen, Bernhard Wehrle-Haller, Martin Bastmeyer, Cai Huang, Vesa P Hytönen
Cells adhere to the surrounding tissue and probe its mechanical properties by forming cell-matrix adhesions. Talin is a critical adhesion protein and participates in the transmission of mechanical signals between extracellular matrix and cell cytoskeleton. Force induced unfolding of talin rod subdomains has been proposed to act as a cellular mechanosensor, but so far evidence linking their mechanical stability and cellular response has been lacking. Here, by utilizing computationally designed mutations, we demonstrate that stepwise destabilization of the talin rod R3 subdomain decreases cellular traction force generation, which affects talin and vinculin dynamics in cell-matrix adhesions and results in the formation of talin-rich but unstable adhesions...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611383/integrin-%C3%AE-2%C3%AE-1-in-nonactivated-conformation-can-induce-focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling
#20
Maria Salmela, Johanna Jokinen, Silja Tiitta, Pekka Rappu, R Holland Cheng, Jyrki Heino
Conformational activation of integrins is generally required for ligand binding and cellular signalling. However, we have previously reported that the nonactivated conformation of α2β1 integrin can also bind to large ligands, such as human echovirus 1. In this study, we show that the interaction between the nonactivated integrin and a ligand resulted in the activation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) in a protein kinase C dependent manner. A loss-of-function mutation, α2E336A, in the α2-integrin did not prevent the activation of FAK, nor did EDTA-mediated inactivation of the integrin...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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