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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301568/surfen-a-proteoglycan-binding-agent-reduces-inflammation-but-inhibits-remyelination-in-murine-models-of-multiple-sclerosis
#1
Jordan R Warford, Anna-Claire Lamport, Derek R Clements, Alicia Malone, Barry E Kennedy, Youra Kim, Shashi A Gujar, David W Hoskin, Alexander S Easton
Proteoglycans are promising therapeutic targets in Multiple Sclerosis (MS), because they regulate many aspects of the immune response. This was studied using surfen, an agent that binds both heparan sulphate proteoglycans (HSPGs) and chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans (CSPGs). Initial cell culture work on bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs) found that surfen reduced concentrations of the chemokines CCL2, CCL4 and CCL5, with reduced messenger (m)RNA expression for Tumor Necrosis Factor, IL-6, IL-1β and inducible nitric oxide synthase...
January 4, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285255/agrin-para-secreted-by-pdgf-activated-human-hepatic-stellate-cells-promotes-hepatocarcinogenesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#2
Xing Lv, Cheng Fang, Ruozhe Yin, Bowei Qiao, Runze Shang, Jianlin Wang, Wenjie Song, Yong He, Yong Chen
Evaluating the process and mechanism of fibrogenesis is essential in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), especially in hepatocyte transformation and oncogenic signaling. We evaluated the oncogenic role of agrin secreted by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-induced hepatic stellate cell (HSC) in HCC. Cells were co-cultured to investigate the effect of activated HSC on hepatocytes. Liquid chromatography and protein profiling analysis were used to search the distinct proteins secreted in HSC supernatant. Sprague Dawley rats with Diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced HCC were used to simulate human liver cancer and sorafenib was administered to investigate its effect on hepatocarcinogenesis...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193204/engineered-agrin-attenuates-the-severity-of-experimental-autoimmune-myasthenia-gravis
#3
Zhiguo Li, Minshu Li, Kristofer Wood, Steffan Hettwer, Suraj A Muley, Fu-Dong Shi, Qiang Liu, Shafeeq S Ladha
Introduction-Agrin is essential for the formation and maintenance of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). NT-1654 is a C-terminal fragment of mouse neural agrin. In this study, we determined the effects of NT-1654 on the severity of experimental autoimmune myasthenia gravis (EAMG). Methods-EAMG was induced in female Lewis rats by immunization with the Torpedo acetylcholine receptor (tAChR) and complete Freund's adjuvant. NT-1654 was dissolved in PBS and injected daily s.c. into tAChR immunized rats during the first 10 days after immunization, and then every other day for the following 20 days...
November 28, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175953/distinct-roles-of-different-pre-and-post-synaptic-ncam-isoforms-in-early-motoneuron-myotube-interactions-required-for-functional-synapse-formation
#4
Katsusuke Hata, Yuka Maeno-Hikichi, Norihiro Yumoto, Steven J Burden, Lynn T Landmesser
The neural cell adhesion molecule NCAM is expressed both pre- and postsynaptically during neuromuscular junction formation. Genetic deletion in mice of all three isoforms (180kD, 140kD and 120 kD), or just the 180 isoform, suggested that different isoforms played distinct roles in synaptic maturation. Here we characterized in mice of either sex the earliest adhesive contacts between the growth cones of motoneurons and myotubes and their subsequent maturation into functional synapses in co-cultures of motoneurons and myotubes, that expressed their normal complement of NCAM isoforms, or were lacking all isoforms either pre- or post-synaptically...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113996/characterization-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-underlying-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-from-isolated-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-using-ptmomics
#5
Taewook Kang, Pia Jensen, Honggang Huang, Gitte Lund Christensen, Nils Billestrup, Martin R Larsen
Normal pancreatic islet β-cells (PBCs) abundantly secrete insulin in response to elevated blood glucose levels, in order to maintain an adequate control of energy balance and glucose homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the insulin secretion are unclear. Improving our understanding of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) mechanisms under normal conditions is a prerequisite for developing better interventions against diabetes. Here, we aimed at identifying novel signaling pathways involved in the initial release of insulin from PBCs after glucose stimulation using quantitative strategies for the assessment of phosphorylated proteins and sialylated N-linked (SA) glycoproteins...
November 7, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29068555/diagnostic-utility-of-cortactin-antibodies-in-myasthenia-gravis
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REVIEW
Isabel Illa, Elena Cortés-Vicente, María Ángeles Martínez, Eduard Gallardo
Patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) without antibodies to the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) or muscle-specific tyrosine kinase (MuSK) have been classified as having double-seronegative myasthenia gravis (dSNMG). We used the sera from six dSNMG patients with positive immunohistochemistry assays in a protein array to screen reactivity with 9000 human proteins. We identified cortactin, an intracellular protein that interacts with agrin/MuSK favoring AChR aggregation, as a new antigen in dSNMG. We then designed an in-house enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay as a screening assay and confirmed these results by western blot...
October 25, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950424/testosterone-does-not-affect-agrin-cleavage-in-mobility-limited-older-men-despite-improvement-in-physical-function
#7
T Gagliano-Jucá, T W Storer, K M Pencina, T G Travison, Z Li, G Huang, S Hettwer, P Dahinden, S Bhasin, S Basaria
In a subset of men, sarcopenia and physical dysfunction occur due to destabilization of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ), which is manifested by elevated serum concentrations of C-terminal agrin fragment (CAF). Testosterone administration improves physical function in some studies; however, its effects on serum circulating CAF concentrations remain unknown. Here we evaluate the effects of testosterone administration on circulating CAF levels in mobility-limited men with low testosterone aged 65 or older participating in the Testosterone in Older Men with Mobility Limitations (TOM) Trial...
September 26, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883042/real-time-acquisition-of-transendothelial-electrical-resistance-in-an-all-human-in-vitro-3-dimensional-blood-brain-barrier-model-exemplifies-tight-junction-integrity
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Zaynah Maherally, Helen L Fillmore, Sim Ling Tan, Suk Fei Tan, Samah A Jassam, Friederike I Quack, Kathryn E Hatherell, Geoffrey J Pilkington
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) consists of endothelial cells, astrocytes, and pericytes embedded in basal lamina (BL). Most in vitro models use nonhuman, monolayer cultures for therapeutic-delivery studies, relying on transendothelial electrical resistance (TEER) measurements without other tight-junction (TJ) formation parameters. We aimed to develop reliable, reproducible, in vitro 3-dimensional (3D) models incorporating relevant human, in vivo cell types and BL proteins. The 3D BBB models were constructed with human brain endothelial cells, human astrocytes, and human brain pericytes in mono-, co-, and tricultures...
September 7, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874828/srsf1-suppresses-selection-of-intron-distal-5-splice-site-of-dok7-intron-4-to-generate-functional-full-length-dok-7-protein
#9
Khalid Bin Ahsan, Akio Masuda, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Mohammad Nazim, Bisei Ohkawara, Mikako Ito, Kinji Ohno
Dok-7 is a non-catalytic adaptor protein that facilitates agrin-induced clustering of acetylcholine receptors (AChR) at the neuromuscular junction. Alternative selection of 5' splice sites (SSs) of DOK7 intron 4 generates canonical and frame-shifted transcripts. We found that the canonical full-length Dok-7 enhanced AChR clustering, whereas the truncated Dok-7 did not. We identified a splicing cis-element close to the 3' end of exon 4 by block-scanning mutagenesis. RNA affinity purification and mass spectrometry revealed that SRSF1 binds to the cis-element...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846617/in-vitro-innervation-as-an-experimental-model-to-study-the-expression-and-functions-of-acetylcholinesterase-and-agrin-in-human-skeletal-muscle
#10
REVIEW
Katarina Mis, Zoran Grubic, Paola Lorenzon, Marina Sciancalepore, Tomaz Mars, Sergej Pirkmajer
Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and agrin, a heparan-sulfate proteoglycan, reside in the basal lamina of the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) and play key roles in cholinergic transmission and synaptogenesis. Unlike most NMJ components, AChE and agrin are expressed in skeletal muscle and α-motor neurons. AChE and agrin are also expressed in various other types of cells, where they have important alternative functions that are not related to their classical roles in NMJ. In this review, we first focus on co-cultures of embryonic rat spinal cord explants with human skeletal muscle cells as an experimental model to study functional innervation in vitro...
August 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843658/trunk-mutational-events-present-minimal-intra-and-inter-tumoral-heterogeneity-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#11
Sara Torrecilla, Daniela Sia, Andrew N Harrington, Zhongyang Zhang, Laia Cabellos, Helena Cornella, Agrin Moeini, Genis Camprecios, Wei-Qiang Leow, Maria Isabel Fiel, Ke Hao, Laia Bassaganyas, Milind Mahajan, Swan N Thung, Augusto Villanueva, Sander Florman, Myron E Schwartz, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND & AIMS: According to the clonal model of tumor evolution, trunk alterations arise at early stages and are ubiquitous. Through the characterization of early stages of hepatocarcinogenesis, we aimed to identify trunk alterations in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and study their intra- and inter-tumor distribution in advanced lesions. METHODS: A total of 151 samples representing the multistep process of hepatocarcinogenesis were analyzed by targeted-sequencing and a single nucleotide polymorphism array...
December 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729214/milk-fat-globule-membrane-supplementation-with-voluntary-running-exercise-attenuates-age-related-motor-dysfunction-by-suppressing-neuromuscular-junction-abnormalities-in-mice
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Michiko Yano, Yoshihiko Minegishi, Satoshi Sugita, Noriyasu Ota
Age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function attenuates physical performance, and maintaining fine muscle innervation is known to play an important role in its prevention. We had previously shown that consumption of milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) with habitual exercise improves the muscle mass and motor function in humans and mice. Improvement of neuromuscular junction (NMJ) was suggested as one of the mechanisms underlying these effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MFGM intake combined with voluntary running (MFGM-VR) on morphological changes of NMJ and motor function in aging mice...
October 15, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727885/sustained-activation-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-induces-cell-death-in-fuchs-endothelial-corneal-dystrophy
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Naoki Okumura, Miu Kitahara, Hirokazu Okuda, Keisuke Hashimoto, Emi Ueda, Makiko Nakahara, Shigeru Kinoshita, Robert D Young, Andrew J Quantock, Theofilos Tourtas, Ursula Schlötzer-Schrehardt, Friedrich Kruse, Noriko Koizumi
Purpose: The unfolded protein response (UPR) is believed to play a role in the pathogenesis of Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether unfolded proteins accumulate in the corneal endothelium in FECD and if they are involved in triggering cell death. Methods: Descemet's membranes with corneal endothelial cells (CECs) were obtained during keratoplasty, and expression of aggresomes, type 1 collagen, fibronectin, and agrin was evaluated...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718435/agrin-to-yap-in-cancer-and-neuromuscular-junctions
#14
Wen-Cheng Xiong, Lin Mei
Agrin is utilized by motor neurons to stimulate the LRP4-MuSK receptor in muscles for neuromuscular junction (NMJ) formation. Recent studies of cancer have identified novel functions of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 4-muscle-specific kinase (LRP4-MuSK) pathway. Agrin may act as a mechanotransduction signal in the extracellular matrix (ECM) to coordinate the cross-talk between the LRP4-MuSK pathway and integrin-focal adhesion pathway. Ensuing Yes-associated protein (YAP) activation promotes hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
April 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697334/heart-regeneration-4-0-matrix-medicine
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COMMENT
Elif Eroglu, Kenneth R Chien
The heart has a markedly limited capacity for regeneration. Reporting in Nature, Bassat et al. (2017) and Morikawa et al. (2017) have uncovered a new mechanism of Yap inhibition by the dystrophin glycoprotein complex (DGC) that is released by the extracellular matrix protein Agrin in order to promote cardiac regeneration.
July 10, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659438/linker-proteins-restore-basement-membrane-and-correct-lama2-related-muscular-dystrophy-in-mice
#16
Judith R Reinhard, Shuo Lin, Karen K McKee, Sarina Meinen, Stephanie C Crosson, Maurizio Sury, Samantha Hobbs, Geraldine Maier, Peter D Yurchenco, Markus A Rüegg
LAMA2-related muscular dystrophy (LAMA2 MD or MDC1A) is the most frequent form of early-onset, fatal congenital muscular dystrophies. It is caused by mutations in LAMA2, the gene encoding laminin-α2, the long arm of the heterotrimeric (α2, β1, and γ1) basement membrane protein laminin-211 (Lm-211). We establish that despite compensatory expression of laminin-α4, giving rise to Lm-411 (α4, β1, and γ1), muscle basement membrane is labile in LAMA2 MD biopsies. Consistent with this deficit, recombinant Lm-411 polymerized and bound to cultured myotubes only weakly...
June 28, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646861/c-terminal-fragment-of-agrin-caf-levels-predict-acute-kidney-injury-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Spyridon Arampatzis, Georgios Chalikias, Vasilios Devetzis, Stavros Konstantinides, Uyen Huynh-Do, Dimitrios Tziakas
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute myocardial infarction are at high risk for acute kidney injury. Novel biomarkers that can predict acute kidney injury in AMI may allow timely interventions. C-terminal fragment of agrin (CAF), a proteoglycan of the glomerular and tubular basement membrane, have been recently associated with rapid renal function deterioration and proximal tubular dysfunction. It is unknown whether elevated CAF levels may serve as a novel AKI biomarker in patients presenting with AMI...
June 24, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626780/igg-specific-cell-based-assay-detects-potentially-pathogenic-musk-abs-in-seronegative-mg
#18
Saif Huda, Patrick Waters, Mark Woodhall, Maria Isabel Leite, Leslie Jacobson, Anna De Rosa, Michelangelo Maestri, Roberta Ricciardi, Jeannine M Heckmann, Angelina Maniaol, Amelia Evoli, Judy Cossins, David Hilton-Jones, Angela Vincent
OBJECTIVE: To increase the detection of MuSK-Abs using a CBA and test their pathogenicity. METHODS: Sera from 69 MuSK-RIA-positive patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) (Definite MuSK-MG), 169 patients negative for MuSK-RIA and AChR-RIA (seronegative MG, SNMG), 35 healthy individuals (healthy controls, HCs), and 16 NMDA receptor-Ab-positive (NMDAR-Ab) disease controls were tested for binding to MuSK on a CBA using different secondary antibodies. RESULTS: Initially, in addition to 18% of SNMG sera, 11% of HC and 19% of NMDAR-Ab sera showed positive binding to MuSK-transfected cells; this low specificity was due to anti-IgG(H+L) detection of IgM bound nonspecifically to MuSK...
July 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581497/the-extracellular-matrix-protein-agrin-promotes-heart-regeneration-in-mice
#19
Elad Bassat, Yara Eid Mutlak, Alex Genzelinakh, Ilya Y Shadrin, Kfir Baruch Umansky, Oren Yifa, David Kain, Dana Rajchman, John Leach, Daria Riabov Bassat, Yael Udi, Rachel Sarig, Irit Sagi, James F Martin, Nenad Bursac, Shenhav Cohen, Eldad Tzahor
The adult mammalian heart is non-regenerative owing to the post-mitotic nature of cardiomyocytes. The neonatal mouse heart can regenerate, but only during the first week of life. Here we show that changes in the composition of the extracellular matrix during this week can affect cardiomyocyte growth and differentiation in mice. We identify agrin, a component of neonatal extracellular matrix, as required for the full regenerative capacity of neonatal mouse hearts. In vitro, recombinant agrin promotes the division of cardiomyocytes that are derived from mouse and human induced pluripotent stem cells through a mechanism that involves the disassembly of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex, and Yap- and ERK-mediated signalling...
July 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555889/reduced-muscle-strength-in-ether-lipid-deficient-mice-is-accompanied-by-altered-development-and-function-of-the-neuromuscular-junction
#20
Fabian Dorninger, Ruth Herbst, Bojana Kravic, Bahar Z Camurdanoglu, Igor Macinkovic, Gerhard Zeitler, Sonja Forss-Petter, Siegfried Strack, Muzamil Majid Khan, Hans R Waterham, Rüdiger Rudolf, Said Hashemolhosseini, Johannes Berger
Inherited deficiency in ether lipids, a subgroup of phospholipids whose biosynthesis needs peroxisomes, causes the fatal human disorder rhizomelic chondrodysplasia punctata. The exact roles of ether lipids in the mammalian organism and, therefore, the molecular mechanisms underlying the disease are still largely enigmatic. Here, we used glyceronephosphate O-acyltransferase knockout (Gnpat KO) mice to study the consequences of complete inactivation of ether lipid biosynthesis and documented substantial deficits in motor performance and muscle strength of these mice...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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