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David W Howell, Camille L Duran, Shang-Pu Tsai, Sarah E Bondos, Kayla J Bayless
Successful design of tissue engineering scaffolds must include the ability to stimulate vascular development by incorporating angiogenic growth factors. Current approaches can allow diffusion of growth factors, incorporate active factors randomly, or can leave residual toxins. We addressed these problems by genetically fusing the gene encoding Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) with the Ultrabithorax (Ubx) gene to produce fusion proteins capable of self-assembly into materials. We demonstrate that VEGF-Ubx materials enhance human endothelial cell migration, prolong cell survival, and dose-dependently activate the VEGF signaling pathway...
October 7, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Jianping Zhao, Zhengguo Zhang, Shumin Ren, Yanan Zong, Xiangdong Kong
Down's syndrome (DS) is a type of chromosome disease. The present study aimed to explore the underlying molecular mechanisms of DS. GSE5390 microarray data downloaded from the gene expression omnibus database was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in DS. Pathway enrichment analysis of the DEGs was performed, followed by co-expression network construction. Significant differential modules were mined by mutual information, followed by functional analysis. The accuracy of sample classification for the significant differential modules of DEGs was evaluated by leave-one-out cross-validation...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Daria Shlyueva, Antonio C A Meireles-Filho, Michaela Pagani, Alexander Stark
Hox homeodomain transcription factors are key regulators of animal development. They specify the identity of segments along the anterior-posterior body axis in metazoans by controlling the expression of diverse downstream targets, including transcription factors and signaling pathway components. The Drosophila melanogaster Hox factor Ultrabithorax (Ubx) directs the development of thoracic and abdominal segments and appendages, and loss of Ubx function can lead for example to the transformation of third thoracic segment appendages (e...
2016: PloS One
Hongjie Li, Yanyan Qi, Heinrich Jasper
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of metazoans is lined by a series of regionally distinct epithelia. To maintain structure and function of the GI tract, regionally diversified differentiation of somatic stem cell (SC) lineages is critical. The adult Drosophila midgut provides an accessible model to study SC regulation and specification in a regionally defined manner. SCs of the posterior midgut (PM) have been studied extensively, but the control of SCs in the middle midgut (MM) is less well understood. The MM contains a stomach-like copper cell region (CCR) that is regenerated by gastric stem cells (GSSCs) and contains acid-secreting copper cells (CCs)...
August 25, 2016: Developmental Biology
M Raghavendran, A Venugopal, Vinay N Kaushik
Urinary Bladder Xanthomas (UBX) are non-neoplastic reactive tumor like process. Isolated UBX is rare with only around 15 cases reported (Yu, Patel, & Bonert, 2015). UBX are reported in older patients who present with non specific symptoms like UTI or hematuria. Patients often have associated lipid anomalies. UBX have been vaguely described as yellowish white plaques or patches. Also, recent reports have stressed on the role of Immunohistochemistry in the diagnosis (Al-Daraji, Varghese, & Husain, 2007; Vimal, Masih, Manipadam, & Chacko, 2012)...
September 2016: Urology Case Reports
Jia Jia Lim, Youngjin Lee, Tue Tu Ly, Jung Youn Kang, Jung-Gyu Lee, Jun Yop An, Hyung-Seop Youn, Kyoung Ryoung Park, Tae Gyun Kim, Jin Kuk Yang, Youngsoo Jun, Soo Hyun Eom
RHBDL4 is an active rhomboid that specifically recognizes and cleaves atypical, positively charged transmembrane endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD) substrates. Interaction of valosin-containing protein (p97/VCP) and RHBDL4 is crucial to retrotranslocate polyubiquitinated substrates for ERAD pathway. Here, we report the first complex structure of VCP-binding motif (VBM) with p97 N-terminal domain (p97N) at 1.88 Å resolution. Consistent with p97 adaptor proteins including p47-ubiquitin regulatory X (UBX), gp78-VCP-interacting motif (VIM), OTU1-UBX-like element, and FAF1-UBX, RHBDL4 VBM also binds at the interface between the two lobes of p97N...
September 15, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Naveen Prasad, Shreeharsha Tarikere, Dhanashree Khanale, Farhat Habib, L S Shashidhara
In the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster, the differential development of wing and haltere is dependent on the function of the Hox protein Ultrabithorax (Ubx). Here we compare Ubx-mediated regulation of wing patterning genes between the honeybee, Apis mellifera, the silkmoth, Bombyx mori and Drosophila. Orthologues of Ubx are expressed in the third thoracic segment of Apis and Bombyx, although they make functional hindwings. When over-expressed in transgenic Drosophila, Ubx derived from Apis or Bombyx could suppress wing development, suggesting evolutionary changes at the level of co-factors and/or targets of Ubx...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ramesh Rijal, Khalid Arhzaouy, Karl-Heinz Strucksberg, Megan Cross, Andreas Hofmann, Rolf Schröder, Christoph S Clemen, Ludwig Eichinger
p97 (VCP) is a homo-hexameric triple-A ATPase that exerts a plethora of cellular processes. Heterozygous missense mutations of p97 cause at least five human neurodegenerative disorders. However, the specific molecular consequences of p97 mutations are hitherto widely unknown. Our in silico structural models of human and Dictyostelium p97 showed that the disease-causing human R93C, R155H, and R155C as well as Dictyostelium R154C, E219K, R154C/E219K p97 mutations constitute variations in surface-exposed locations...
June 2016: European Journal of Cell Biology
Hui-Su Kim, Bo-Mi Kim, Bo-Young Lee, Sami Souissi, Heum Gi Park, Jae-Seong Lee
We report the first identification of the entire complement of the eight typical homeobox (hox) genes (lab, pb, Dfd, scr, antp, ubx, Abd-A, and Abd-B) and the ftz gene in a 192.8 kb region in the cyclopoid copepod Paracyclopina nana. A Hox3 gene ortholog was not present in the P. nana hox gene cluster, while the P. nana Dfd gene was transcribed in the opposite direction to the Daphnia pulex Dfd gene, but in the same direction as the Dfd genes of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum...
March 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Mikhail Savitsky, Maria Kim, Oksana Kravchuk, Yuri B Schwartz
Chromatin insulators are remarkable regulatory elements that can bring distant genomic sites together and block unscheduled enhancer-promoter communications. Insulators act via associated insulator proteins of two classes: sequence-specific DNA binding factors and "bridging" proteins. The latter are required to mediate interactions between distant insulator elements. Chromatin insulators are critical for correct expression of complex loci; however, their mode of action is poorly understood. Here, we use the Drosophila bithorax complex as a model to investigate the roles of the bridging proteins Cp190 and Mod(mdg4)...
February 2016: Genetics
Julia B Lau, Simone Stork, Daniel Moog, Julian Schulz, Uwe G Maier
Most secondary plastids of red algal origin are surrounded by four membranes and nucleus-encoded plastid proteins have to traverse these barriers. Translocation across the second outermost plastid membrane, the periplastidal membrane (PPM), is facilitated by a ERAD-(ER-associated degradation) derived machinery termed SELMA (symbiont-specific ERAD-like machinery). In the last years, important subunits of this translocator have been identified, which clearly imply compositional similarities between SELMA and ERAD...
April 2016: Molecular Microbiology
Arnaud Martin, Julia M Serano, Erin Jarvis, Heather S Bruce, Jennifer Wang, Shagnik Ray, Carryn A Barker, Liam C O'Connell, Nipam H Patel
Crustaceans possess a diverse array of specialized limbs. Although shifts in Hox gene expression domains have been postulated to play a role in generating this limb diversity, little functional data have been provided to understand the precise roles of Hox genes during crustacean development. We used a combination of CRISPR/Cas9-targeted mutagenesis and RNAi knockdown to decipher the function of the six Hox genes expressed in the developing mouth and trunk of the amphipod Parhyale hawaiensis. These experimentally manipulated animals display specific and striking homeotic transformations...
January 11, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Sanam Sane, Ammara Abdullah, Morgan E Nelson, Hongmin Wang, Subhash C Chauhan, Samuel S Newton, Khosrow Rezvani
Overexpression of the oncoprotein mortalin in cancer cells and its protein partners enables mortalin to promote multiple oncogenic signaling pathways and effectively antagonize chemotherapy-induced cell death. A UBX-domain-containing protein, UBXN2A, acts as a potential mortalin inhibitor. This current study determines whether UBXN2A effectively binds to and occupies mortalin's binding pocket, resulting in a direct improvement in the tumor's sensitivity to chemotherapy. Molecular modeling of human mortalin's binding pocket and its binding to the SEP domain of UBXN2A followed by yeast two-hybrid and His-tag pull-down assays revealed that three amino acids (PRO442, ILE558, and LYS555) within the substrate-binding domain of mortalin are crucial for UBXN2A binding to mortalin...
March 2016: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Franziska Trusch, Anja Matena, Maja Vuk, Lisa Koerver, Helene Knævelsrud, Paul S Freemont, Hemmo Meyer, Peter Bayer
Valosin-containing protein/p97 is an ATP-driven protein segregase that cooperates with distinct protein cofactors to control various aspects of cellular homeostasis. Mutations at the interface between the regulatory N-domain and the first of two ATPase domains (D1 and D2) deregulate the ATPase activity and cause a multisystem degenerative disorder, inclusion body myopathy associated with Paget disease of bone and frontotemporal dementia/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Intriguingly, the mutations affect only a subset of p97-mediated pathways correlating with unbalanced cofactor interactions and most prominently compromised binding of the ubiquitin regulatory X domain-containing protein 1 (UBXD1) cofactor during endolysosomal sorting of caveolin-1...
December 4, 2015: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Malavika Raman, Mikhail Sergeev, Maija Garnaas, John R Lydeard, Edward L Huttlin, Wolfram Goessling, Jagesh V Shah, J Wade Harper
The AAA-ATPase VCP (also known as p97 or CDC48) uses ATP hydrolysis to 'segregate' ubiquitylated proteins from their binding partners. VCP acts through UBX-domain-containing adaptors that provide target specificity, but the targets and functions of UBXD proteins remain poorly understood. Through systematic proteomic analysis of UBXD proteins in human cells, we reveal a network of over 195 interacting proteins, implicating VCP in diverse cellular pathways. We have explored one such complex between an unstudied adaptor UBXN10 and the intraflagellar transport B (IFT-B) complex, which regulates anterograde transport into cilia...
October 2015: Nature Cell Biology
Kristen B Farrell, Caitlin Grossman, Santiago M Di Pietro
Despite the importance of clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME) for cell biology, it is unclear if all components of the machinery have been discovered and many regulatory aspects remain poorly understood. Here, using Saccharomyces cerevisiae and a fluorescence microscopy screening approach we identify previously unknown regulatory factors of the endocytic machinery. We further studied the top scoring protein identified in the screen, Ubx3, a member of the conserved ubiquitin regulatory X (UBX) protein family...
November 2015: Genetics
Sarah E Bondos, Liskin Swint-Kruse, Kathleen S Matthews
To modulate transcription, a variety of input signals must be sensed by genetic regulatory proteins. In these proteins, flexibility and disorder are emerging as common themes. Prokaryotic regulators generally have short, flexible segments, whereas eukaryotic regulators have extended regions that lack predicted secondary structure (intrinsic disorder). Two examples illustrate the impact of flexibility and disorder on gene regulation: the prokaryotic LacI/GalR family, with detailed information from studies on LacI, and the eukaryotic family of Hox proteins, with specific insights from investigations of Ultrabithorax (Ubx)...
October 9, 2015: Journal of Biological Chemistry
David Armisén, Peter Nagui Refki, Antonin Jean Johan Crumière, Séverine Viala, William Toubiana, Abderrahman Khila
How novel genetic interactions evolve, under what selective pressures, and how they shape adaptive traits is often unknown. Here we uncover behavioural and developmental genetic mechanisms that enable water striders to survive attacks by bottom-striking predators. Long midlegs, critical for antipredator strategy, are shaped through a lineage-specific interaction between the Hox protein Ultrabithorax (Ubx) and a new target gene called gilt. The differences in leg morphologies are established through modulation of gilt differential expression between mid and hindlegs under Ubx control...
2015: Nature Communications
Savita Singh, Ernesto Sánchez-Herrero, L S Shashidhara
In Drosophila, differential development of wing and haltere, which differ in cell size, number and morphology, is dependent on the function of Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx). Here we report our studies on Ubx-mediated regulation of the Fat/Hippo and IIS/dAkt pathways, which control cell number and cell size during development. Over-expression of Yki or down regulation of negative components of the Fat/Hippo pathway, such as expanded, caused considerable increase in haltere size, mainly due to increase in cell number...
November 2015: Mechanisms of Development
Aenne Geyer, Ioanna Koltsaki, Christian Hessinger, Simone Renner, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes control divergent segment identities along the anteroposterior body axis of bilateral animals by regulating a large number of processes in a cell context-specific manner. How Hox proteins achieve this functional diversity is a long-standing question in developmental biology. In this study we investigate the role of alternative splicing in functional specificity of the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx). We focus specifically on the embryonic central nervous system (CNS) and provide a description of temporal expression patterns of three major Ubx isoforms during development of this tissue...
November 2015: Mechanisms of Development
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