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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324731/basement-membranes
#1
Ranjay Jayadev, David R Sherwood
Basement membranes (BMs) are thin, dense sheets of specialized, self-assembled extracellular matrix that surround most animal tissues (Figure 1, top). The emergence of BMs coincided with the origin of multicellularity in animals, suggesting that they were essential for the formation of tissues. Their sheet-like structure derives from two independent polymeric networks - one of laminin and one of type IV collagen (Figure 1, bottom). These independent collagen and laminin networks are thought to be linked by several additional extracellular matrix proteins, including nidogen and perlecan (Figure 1, bottom)...
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298885/functional-roles-of-the-interaction-of-app-and-lipoprotein-receptors
#2
REVIEW
Theresa Pohlkamp, Catherine R Wasser, Joachim Herz
The biological fates of the key initiator of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the amyloid precursor protein (APP), and a family of lipoprotein receptors, the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-related proteins (LRPs) and their molecular roles in the neurodegenerative disease process are inseparably interwoven. Not only does APP bind tightly to the extracellular domains (ECDs) of several members of the LRP group, their intracellular portions are also connected through scaffolds like the one established by FE65 proteins and through interactions with adaptor proteins such as X11/Mint and Dab1...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273460/agrin-as-a-mechanotransduction-signal-regulating-yap-through-the-hippo-pathway
#3
Sayan Chakraborty, Kizito Njah, Ajaybabu V Pobbati, Ying Bena Lim, Anandhkumar Raju, Manikandan Lakshmanan, Vinay Tergaonkar, Chwee Teck Lim, Wanjin Hong
The Hippo pathway effectors YAP and TAZ act as nuclear sensors of mechanical signals in response to extracellular matrix (ECM) cues. However, the identity and nature of regulators in the ECM and the precise pathways relaying mechanoresponsive signals into intracellular sensors remain unclear. Here, we uncover a functional link between the ECM proteoglycan Agrin and the transcriptional co-activator YAP. Importantly, Agrin transduces matrix and cellular rigidity signals that enhance stability and mechanoactivity of YAP through the integrin-focal adhesion- and Lrp4/MuSK receptor-mediated signaling pathways...
March 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228399/accumulation-of-worn-out-gbm-material-substantially-contributes-to-mesangial-matrix-expansion-in-diabetic-nephropathy
#4
Wilhelm Kriz, Jana Löwen, Giuseppina Federico, Jacob van den Born, Elisabeth Gröne, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Thickening of the glomerular basement membrane (GBM) and expansion of the mesangial matrix are hallmarks of diabetic nephropathy (DN) generally considered to emerge from different sites of overproduction; GBM components from podocytes and mesangial matrix from mesangial cells. Re-evaluation of 918 biopsies with DN revealed strong evidence that these mechanisms are connected to each other, wherein excess GBM components fail to undergo degradation and are deposited in the mesangium. These data do not exclude that also mesangial cells synthesize components that contribute to the accumulation of matrix in the mesangium...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221305/a-novel-missense-variant-in-the-agrn-gene-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-presenting-with-head-drop
#5
Mert Karakaya, Ozge Ceyhan-Birsoy, Alan H Beggs, Haluk Topaloglu
Congenital myasthenic syndromes (CMS) are a heterogeneous group of diseases of the neuromuscular junction caused by compromised synaptic transmission. Clinical features include early-onset weakness of limbs and oculobulbar muscles resulting in hypotonia, bulbar paresis, ptosis, and hypoventilation. The first dropped head syndrome in children were detected in 2 patients with LMNA and SEPN1 mutations. We report a 17-month-old boy with dropped head and limb-girdle weakness, who had no ptosis or ophthalmoplegia at presentation...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127382/dietary-supplementation-with-bovine-derived-milk-fat-globule-membrane-lipids-promotes-neuromuscular-development-in-growing-rats
#6
James F Markworth, Brenan Durainayagam, Vandre C Figueiredo, Karen Liu, Jian Guan, Alastair K H MacGibbon, Bertram Y Fong, Aaron C Fanning, Angela Rowan, Paul McJarrow, David Cameron-Smith
BACKGROUND: The milk fat globule membrane (MFGM) is primarily composed of polar phospho- and sphingolipids, which have established biological effects on neuroplasticity. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of dietary MFGM supplementation on the neuromuscular system during post-natal development. METHODS: Growing rats received dietary supplementation with bovine-derived MFGM mixtures consisting of complex milk lipids (CML), beta serum concentrate (BSC) or a complex milk lipid concentrate (CMLc) (which lacks MFGM proteins) from post-natal day 10 to day 70...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126467/mixed-hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma-tumors-cholangiolocellular-carcinoma-is-a-distinct-molecular-entity
#7
Agrin Moeini, Daniela Sia, Zhongyang Zhang, Genis Camprecios, Ashley Stueck, Hui Dong, Robert Montal, Laura Torrens, Iris Martinez-Quetglas, M Isabel Fiel, Ke Hao, Augusto Villanueva, Swan N Thung, Myron E Schwartz, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Mixed hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma (HCC-CCA) is a rare and poorly understood type of primary liver cancer. We aimed to perform a comprehensive molecular characterization of this malignancy. METHODS: We performed gene expression profiling, DNA copy number detection, and exome sequencing using formalin-fixed samples from 18 patients with mixed HCC-CCA encompassing the whole histological spectrum of the disease. Comparative genomic analysis was performed with independent datasets of HCC (n=164) and iCCA (n=149)...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123487/brain-derived-and-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-fusion-protein-immobilization-to-laminin
#8
Baoxin Wang, Junjie Yuan, Jiafeng Xu, Xinwei Chen, Xinjiang Ying, Pin Dong
Damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve often causes hoarseness, dyspnea, dysphagia, and sometimes asphyxia due to vocal cord paralysis which result in a reduction of quality of life. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) play critical roles in peripheral nerve regeneration. However, methods for efficiently delivering these molecules are lacking, which limits their use in clinical applications. The present study reports an effective strategy for targeting BDNF and GDNF to laminin by fusing the N-terminal domains of these molecules with agrin (NtA)...
January 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107841/adeno-associated-virus-mediated-mini-agrin-delivery-is-unable-to-rescue-disease-phenotype-in-a-mouse-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-type-2i
#9
Charles H Vannoy, Haowen Zhou, Chunping Qiao, Xiao Xiao, Anne G Bang, Qi L Lu
Agrin is a basement membrane-specific proteoglycan that can regulate orientation of cytoskeleton proteins and improve function of dystrophic skeletal muscle. In skeletal muscle, agrin binds with high affinity to laminin(s) and α-dystroglycan (α-DG), an integral part of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex. Miniaturized forms of agrin (mAgrin) have been shown to ameliorate disease pathology in a laminin-α2 knockout mouse model of muscular dystrophy, acting as a link between α-DG and laminin(s). Here, we test whether mAgrin might also improve pathologies associated with FKRP-related dystroglycanopathies, another form of muscular dystrophy characterized by weak interactions between muscle and basement membranes...
February 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072465/splicing-regulation-and-dysregulation-of-cholinergic-genes-expressed-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
#10
REVIEW
Kinji Ohno, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Mohammad Nazim, Farhana Nasrin, Yingni Lin, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Akio Masuda
We humans have evolved by acquiring diversity of alternative RNA metabolisms including alternative means of splicing and transcribing non-coding genes, and not by acquiring new coding genes. Tissue-specific and developmental stage-specific alternative RNA splicing is achieved by tightly regulated spatiotemporal regulation of expressions and activations of RNA-binding proteins that recognize their cognate splicing cis-elements on nascent RNA transcripts. Genes expressed at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are also alternatively spliced...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069562/effect-of-electroacupuncture-on-the-expression-of-agrin-and-acetylcholine-receptor-subtypes-in-rats-with-tibialis-anterior-muscular-atrophy-induced-by-sciatic-nerve-injection-injury
#11
Jianqi Yu, Meng Wang, Junying Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Shengbo Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of electroacupuncture (EA) on mRNA and protein expression of agrin, acetylcholine receptor (AChR)-ε and AChR-γ in a rat model of tibialis anterior muscle atrophy induced by sciatic nerve injection injury, and to examine the underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: Fifty-four adult Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: healthy control group (CON, n=6); sciatic nerve injury group (SNI, n=24), comprising rats euthanased at 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks, respectively, after penicillin injection-induced SNI (n=6 each); CON+EA group (n=12), comprising healthy rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA at GB30 and ST36); and SNI+EA group, comprising rats euthanased at 4 and 6 weeks (after 2 and 4 weeks, respectively, of EA)...
January 9, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27977898/expansion-of-divergent-sea-domains-in-cell-surface-proteins-and-nucleoporin-54
#12
Jimin Pei, Nick V Grishin
SEA (sea urchin sperm protein, enterokinase, agrin) domains, many of which possess autoproteolysis activity, have been found in a number of cell surface and secreted proteins. Despite high sequence divergence, SEA domains were also proposed to be present in dystroglycan based on a conserved autoproteolysis motif and receptor-type protein phosphatase IA-2 based on structural similarity. The presence of a SEA domain adjacent to the transmembrane segment appears to be a recurring theme in quite a number of type I transmembrane proteins on the cell surface, such as MUC1, dystroglycan, IA-2, and Notch receptors...
March 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965060/igg4-autoantibodies-against-muscle-specific-kinase-undergo-fab-arm-exchange-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
#13
Inga Koneczny, Jo A A Stevens, Anna De Rosa, Saif Huda, Maartje G Huijbers, Abhishek Saxena, Michelangelo Maestri, Konstantinos Lazaridis, Paraskevi Zisimopoulou, Socrates Tzartos, Jan Verschuuren, Silvère M van der Maarel, Philip van Damme, Marc H De Baets, Peter C Molenaar, Angela Vincent, Roberta Ricciardi, Pilar Martinez-Martinez, Mario Losen
Autoimmunity mediated by IgG4 subclass autoantibodies is an expanding field of research. Due to their structural characteristics a key feature of IgG4 antibodies is the ability to exchange Fab-arms with other, unrelated, IgG4 molecules, making the IgG4 molecule potentially monovalent for the specific antigen. However, whether those disease-associated antigen-specific IgG4 are mono- or divalent for their antigens is unknown. Myasthenia gravis (MG) with antibodies to muscle specific kinase (MuSK-MG) is a well-recognized disease in which the predominant pathogenic IgG4 antibody binds to extracellular epitopes on MuSK at the neuromuscular junction; this inhibits a pathway that clusters the acetylcholine (neurotransmitter) receptors and leads to failure of neuromuscular transmission...
February 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964993/laminin-is-instructive-and-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii-is-non-permissive-for-the-formation-of-complex-aggregates-of-acetylcholine-receptors-on-myotubes-in-culture
#14
Raphael Vezina-Audette, Mathieu Tremblay, Salvatore Carbonetto
Previous work has shown that myotubes cultured on laminin-coated substrates form complex aggregates of synaptic proteins that are similar in shape and composition to neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). Here we show that laminin instructs the location of complex aggregates which form only on the lower surface when laminin is coated onto culture dishes but over the entire cell when laminin is added in solution. Silencing of myotubes by agents that block electrical activity (tetrodotoxin, verapamil) or by inhibitors of calmodulin dependent kinase (CaMKII) render the myotube permissive for the formation of complex aggregates...
January 2017: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956075/natural-product-htp-screening-for-attenuation-of-cytokine-induced-neutrophil-chemo-attractants-cincs-and-no2-in-lps-ifn%C3%AE-activated-glioma-cells
#15
Elizabeth A Mazzio, David Bauer, Patricia Mendonca, Equar Taka, Karam F A Soliman
Chronic and acute central nervous system (CNS) inflammation are contributors toward neurological injury associated with head trauma, stroke, infection, Parkinsons or Alzheimers disease. CNS inflammatory illnesses can also contribute toward risk of developing glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). With growing public interest in complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs), we conduct a high throughput (HTP) screening of >1400 natural herbs, plants and over the counter (OTC) products for anti-inflammatory effects on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)/interferon gamma (IFNγ) activated C6 glioma cells...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943179/a-cell-culture-system-to-investigate-the-presynaptic-control-of-subsynaptic-membrane-differentiation-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
#16
Nadine Schmidt, Sreya Basu, Stephan Kröger, Hans Rudolf Brenner
For decades the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) has been a favorite preparation to investigate basic mechanisms of synaptic function and development. As its function is to transmit action potentials in a 1:1 ratio from motor neurons to muscle fibers, the NMJ shows little or no functional plasticity, a property that makes it poorly suited to investigate mechanisms of use-dependent adaptations of synaptic function, which are thought to underlie learning and memory formation in the brain. On the other hand, the NMJ is unique in that the differentiation of the subsynaptic membrane is regulated by one major factor secreted from motor neurons, agrin...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756107/agrin-and-low-density-lipoprotein-related-receptor-protein-4-antibodies-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
#17
Michael H Rivner, Siyang Liu, Brandy Quarles, Brandi Fleenor, Chengyong Shen, Jinxiu Pan, Lin Mei
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence and characteristics of agrin and low-density lipoprotein-related receptor protein 4 (LRP4) antibody-positive amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients were studied. METHODS: We tested 82 ALS patients and 59 controls for agrin and LRP4 antibodies using enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA). RESULTS: We found that 13.8% of ALS patients had agrin antibodies, and 9.8% had LRP4 antibodies. Women with ALS are twice as likely as men to have antibodies...
March 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753903/os-02-03-effect-of-high-glucose-exposure-on-endothelial-microparticle-formation-and-composition
#18
Maddison Turner, Larissa Reid, Mercedes Munkonda, Dylan Burger
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes and hypertension are cognate diseases that often coexist, potentiating one's risk for cardiovascular complications. Both diseases are typified by the development of endothelial dysfunction and are accompanied by increased circulating endothelial microparticles (eMPs). Microparticles are small membrane-derived vesicles that are secreted ubiquitously following cell stress. We have previously shown that eMPs are sensitive markers of vascular injury in hypertension and identified eMP-mediated signaling pathways that lead to endothelial injury...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704496/myasthenia-gravis
#19
Daniel B Drachman
The basic abnormality in myasthenia gravis (MG) is a reduction in acetylcholine receptors (AChRs) at neuromuscular junctions due to the effects of autoantibodies that are directed against the AChRs in most patients, or against neighboring proteins involved in the clustering of AChRs (MuSK, LRP-4, or agrin). Clinically, MG is characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue, often in typical patterns. The diagnosis may be missed early, and depends on the recognition of clinical manifestations, the measurement of autoantibodies, and/or electrophysiological features...
October 2016: Seminars in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27666825/musk-kinase-activity-is-modulated-by-a-serine-phosphorylation-site-in-the-kinase-loop
#20
B Z Camurdanoglu, C Hrovat, G Dürnberger, M Madalinski, K Mechtler, R Herbst
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) forms when a motor neuron contacts a muscle fibre. A reciprocal exchange of signals initiates a cascade of signalling events that result in pre- and postsynaptic differentiation. At the centre of these signalling events stands muscle specific kinase (MuSK). MuSK activation, kinase activity and subsequent downstream signalling are crucial for NMJ formation as well as maintenance. Therefore MuSK kinase activity is tightly regulated to ensure proper NMJ development. We have identified a novel serine phosphorylation site at position 751 in MuSK that is increasingly phosphorylated upon agrin stimulation...
September 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
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