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Antonella Sferra, Fabiana Fattori, Teresa Rizza, Elsabetta Flex, Emanuele Bellacchio, Alessandro Bruselles, Stefania Petrini, Serena Cecchetti, Massimo Teson, Fabrizia Restaldi, Andrea Ciolfi, Filippo M Santorelli, Ginevra Zanni, Sabina Barresi, Claudia Castiglioni, Marco Tartaglia, Enrico Bertini
Microtubules participate in fundamental cellular processes, including chromosomal segregation and cell division, migration, and intracellular trafficking. Their proper function is required for correct central nervous system development and operative preservation, and mutations in genes coding tubulins, the constituting units of microtubules, underlie a family of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, collectively known as "tubulinopathies", characterized by a wide range of neuronal defects resulting from defective proliferation, migration, and function...
March 14, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
Seow Theng Ong, Madhavi Latha Somaraju Chalasani, M H U Turabe Fazil, Praseetha Prasannan, Atish Kizhakeyil, Graham D Wright, Dermot Kelleher, Navin Kumar Verma
Centrosome- and Golgi-localized protein kinase N-associated protein (CG-NAP), also known as AKAP450, is a cytosolic scaffolding protein involved in the targeted positioning of multiple signaling molecules, which are critical for cellular functioning. Here, we show that CG-NAP is predominantly expressed in human primary T-lymphocytes, localizes in close proximity (<0.2 μm) with centrosomal and Golgi structures and serves as a docking platform for Protein Kinase A (PKA). GapmeR-mediated knockdown of CG-NAP inhibits LFA-1-induced T-cell migration and impairs T-cell chemotaxis toward the chemokine SDF-1α...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Chia-Sheng Yen, Cheuk-Sing Choy, Wei-Jan Huang, Shiu-Wen Huang, Pin-Ye Lai, Meng-Chieh Yu, Ching Shiue, Ya-Fen Hsu, Ming-Jen Hsu
Growing evidence shows that hydroxamate-based compounds exhibit broad-spectrum pharmacological properties including anti-tumor activity. However, the precise mechanisms underlying hydroxamate derivative-induced cancer cell death remain incomplete understood. In this study, we explored the anti-tumor mechanisms of a novel aliphatic hydroxamate-based compound, WMJ-J-09, in FaDu head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) cells. WMJ-J-09 induced G2/M cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in FaDu cells. These actions were associated with liver kinase B1 (LKB1), AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38MAPK) activation, transcription factor p63 phosphorylation, as well as modulation of p21 and survivin...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Chaoqiong Liang, Jianjun Hao, Yan Meng, Laixin Luo, Jianqiang Li
Cucumber green mottle mosaic virus (CGMMV) is an economically important pathogen and causes significant reduction of both yield and quality of cucumber (Cucumis sativus). Currently, there were no satisfied strategies for controlling the disease. A better understanding of microRNA (miRNA) expression related to the regulation of plant-virus interactions and virus resistance would be of great assistance when developing control strategies for CGMMV. However, accurate expression analysis is highly dependent on robust and reliable reference gene used as an internal control for normalization of miRNA expression...
2018: PloS One
Z Kamali Sarwestani, S J Hashemi, S Rezaie, M Gerami Shoar, S Mahmoudi, M Elahi, M Bahardoost, A Tajdini, S Abutalebian, R Daie Ghazvini
INTRODUCTION: Aspergillus niger is the most commonly reported etiology of otomycosis based on morphological characteristics. This fungus is a member of Aspergillus section Nigri, a set of morphologically indistinguishable species that can harbor various antifungal susceptibility patterns. The aim of this study was to accurately identify and determine the susceptibility pattern of a set of black aspergilli isolated from otomycosis patients. METHODS: Forty-three black Aspergillus isolates from otomycosis patients were identified by using the PCR-sequencing of the β-tubulin gene...
March 11, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Samuel J Yang, Marc Berndl, D Michael Ando, Mariya Barch, Arunachalam Narayanaswamy, Eric Christiansen, Stephan Hoyer, Chris Roat, Jane Hung, Curtis T Rueden, Asim Shankar, Steven Finkbeiner, Philip Nelson
BACKGROUND: Large image datasets acquired on automated microscopes typically have some fraction of low quality, out-of-focus images, despite the use of hardware autofocus systems. Identification of these images using automated image analysis with high accuracy is important for obtaining a clean, unbiased image dataset. Complicating this task is the fact that image focus quality is only well-defined in foreground regions of images, and as a result, most previous approaches only enable a computation of the relative difference in quality between two or more images, rather than an absolute measure of quality...
March 15, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
Mimi Gao, Melanie Berghaus, Simone Möbitz, Vitor Schuabb, Nelli Erwin, Marius Herzog, Karin Julius, Christian Sternemann, Roland Winter
For over 50 years, it has been known that the mitosis of eukaryotic cells is inhibited already at high hydrostatic pressure conditions of 30 MPa. This effect has been attributed to the disorganization of microtubules, the main component of the spindle apparatus. However, the structural details of the depolymerization and the origin of the pressure sensitivity have remained elusive. It has also been a puzzle how complex organisms could still successfully inhabit extreme high-pressure environments such as those encountered in the depth of oceans...
March 13, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Na Jia, Yuan-Chun Zheng, Jia-Fu Jiang, Rui-Ruo Jiang, Bao-Gui Jiang, Ran Wei, Hong-Bo Liu, Qiu-Bo Huo, Yi Sun, Yan-Li Chu, Hang Fan, Qiao-Cheng Chang, Nan-Nan Yao, Wen-Hui Zhang, Hong Wang, Dong-Hui Guo, Xue Fu, Ya-Wei Wang, Peter J Krause, Ju-Liang Song, Wu-Chun Cao
Background: Human babesiosis is an emerging health problem in China. Methods: Babesia were identified in ticks, sheep, and humans in northeastern China using PCR followed by genetic sequencing. We enrolled residents of Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces between 2015 and 2016 who reported a recent tick bite and experienced a viral like illness after recent tick bite or were healthy residents. We evaluated them for Babesia infection using history; physical examination; and blood smear, PCR, and genetic sequencing...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
A V Revishchin, G M Solus, I I Poletaeva, G V Pavlova
Using immunoblotting, we showed that in rats of audiogenic epilepsy (AE) prone strain (Krushinsky- Molodkina, KM) the superior colliculus tissue (SC) contains significantly less quantity of glial neurotrophic factor (GDNF), beta-tubulin and actin in comparison to the same brain region in "0" rats, nonprone to AE. This fact led to the suggestion that the histological structure of the SC in KM rats could differ significantly from that of the "0" strain. Using neuromorphologу technique, we demonstrated that the total number of SC cells, as well as the number of neurons were significantly less in KM rats than in the "0" strain rats...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Shandiz Tehrani, R Katherine Delf, William O Cepurna, Lauren Davis, Elaine C Johnson, John C Morrison
Small molecule delivery to the optic nerve would allow for exploration of molecular and cellular pathways involved in normal physiology and optic neuropathies such as glaucoma, and provide a tool for screening therapeutics in animal models. We report a novel surgical method for small molecule drug delivery to the optic nerve head (ONH) in a rodent model. In proof-of-principle experiments, we delivered cytochalasin D (Cyt D; a filamentous actin inhibitor) to the junction of the superior optic nerve and globe in rats to target the actin-rich astrocytic cytoskeleton of the ONH...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Wen Dun, Peter Danilo, Peter J Mohler, Penelope A Boyden
Cardiac Na+ channel remodeling provides a critical substrate for generation of reentrant arrhythmias in border zones of the infarcted canine heart. Recent studies show that Nav1.5 cytoskeletal- and endosomal-based membrane trafficking and function are linked to tubulin, microtubular (MT) networks, and Eps15 homology domain containing proteins like EHD4. AIM: Our objective is to understand the relation of tubulin and EHD4 to Nav 1.5 channel protein remodeling observed in border zone cells (IZs) when arrhythmias are known to occur; that is, 3-h, 48-h and 5-day post coronary occlusion...
March 10, 2018: Life Sciences
Magdalena Izdebska, Marta Hałas-Wiśniewska, Iwona Adamczyk, Ismena Lewandowska, Iga Kwiatkowska, Maciej Gagat, Alina Grzanka
BACKGROUND: Niacinamide is a stable and water-soluble form of vitamin B3, a valuable and versatile cosmetic ingredient, which is well absorbed and tolerated by the skin. A large body of literature has reported on the antioxidant and cell repair properties of niacinamide. Therefore, it has been shown to be useful in the protection of the skin against ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation and free radicals. Despite numerous hypotheses on the mechanism of vitamin B3, its protective effects have not yet been fully elucidated...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Agnese Secondo, Alba Esposito, Tiziana Petrozziello, Francesca Boscia, Pasquale Molinaro, Valentina Tedeschi, Anna Pannaccione, Roselia Ciccone, Natascia Guida, Gianfranco Di Renzo, Lucio Annunziato
Nuclear envelope (NE) is a Ca2+ -storing organelle controlling neuronal differentiation through nuclear Ca2+ concentrations ([Ca2+ ]n ). However, how [Ca2+ ]n regulates this important function remains unknown. Here, we investigated the role of the nuclear form of the Na+ /Ca2+ exchanger 1(nuNCX1) during the different stages of neuronal differentiation and the involvement of PTEN/PI3'K/Akt pathway. In neuronal cells, nuNCX1 was detected on the inner membrane of the NE where protein expression and activity of the exchanger increased during NGF-induced differentiation...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Daniel R Peet, Nigel J Burroughs, Robert A Cross
Kinesin-1 is a nanoscale molecular motor that walks towards the fast-growing (plus) ends of microtubules, hauling molecular cargo to specific reaction sites in cells. Kinesin-driven transport is central to the self-organization of eukaryotic cells and shows great promise as a tool for nano-engineering1 . Recent work hints that kinesin may also play a role in modulating the stability of its microtubule track, both in vitro2,3 and in vivo4 , but the results are conflicting5-7 and the mechanisms are unclear. Here, we report a new dimension to the kinesin-microtubule interaction, whereby strong-binding state (adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-bound and apo) kinesin-1 motor domains inhibit the shrinkage of guanosine diphosphate (GDP) microtubules by up to two orders of magnitude and expand their lattice spacing by ~1...
March 12, 2018: Nature Nanotechnology
Miriam Ratliff, Katherine L Hill-Harfe, Elizabeth J Gleason, Huiping Ling, Tim L Kroft, Steven W L'Hernault
Covalent attachment of ubiquitin to substrate proteins changes their function or marks them for proteolysis, and specificity of ubiquitin attachment is mediated by the numerous E3 ligases encoded by animals. Mind Bomb is an essential E3 ligase during Notch pathway signaling in insects and vertebrates. While C. elegans encodes a Mind Bomb homolog ( mib-1 ), it has never been recovered in the extensive Notch suppressor/enhancer screens that have identified numerous pathway components. Here, we show that C. elegans mib-1 null mutants have a spermatogenesis-defective phenotype that results in a heterogeneous mixture of arrested spermatocytes, defective spermatids and motility-impaired spermatozoa...
March 12, 2018: Genetics
Raghavendra Yadavalli, Tobili Y Sam-Yellowe
In this study we performed light, immunofluorescent and transmission electron microscopy of Colpodella trophozoites to characterize trophozoite morphology and protein distribution. The use of Giemsa staining and antibodies to distinguish Colpodella life cycle stages has not been performed previously. Rhoptry and β-tubulin antibodies were used in immunofluorescent assays (IFA) to identify protein localization and distribution in the trophozoite stage of Colpodella (ATCC 50594). We report novel data identifying "doughnut-shaped" vesicles in the cytoplasm and apical end of Colpodella trophozoites reactive with antibodies specific to Plasmodium merozoite rhoptry proteins...
December 2017: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
Jinxing Wang, Manzar Abbas, Yanzhong Wen, Dongsheng Niu, Ling Wang, Yuhan Sun, Yun Li
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) is an easy to raise, fast growing, medium-sized deciduous tree species highly tolerant to harsh eco-conditions, i.e., drought and harsh winters, and it is widely adaptable to sandy, loamy, and marshy soils. The basis for this adaptability remains to be investigated at the transcriptomic level using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). Selection of a reliable gene for the normalization of qPCR data is important for obtaining accurate results in gene expression. The goal of this study was to identify an appropriate reference gene from 12 candidate genes for gene expression analysis in black locust exposed to various stressors such as abscisic acid (ABA), NaCl, polyethylene glycol (PEG) and varying temperatures...
2018: PloS One
Qun Yue, Yan Li, Li Chen, Xiaoling Zhang, Xingzhong Liu, Zhiqiang An, Gerald F Bills
The echinocandins are antifungal lipopeptides targeting fungi via noncompetitive inhibition of the β-1,3-D-glucan synthase FKS1 subunit. A novel echinocandin resistance mechanism involving an auxiliary copy of FKS1 in echinocandin-producing fungus Pezicula radicicola NRRL 12192 was discovered. We sequenced the genome of NRRL 12192 and predicted two FKS1-encoding genes (prfks1n and prfks1a), rather than a single FKS1 gene typical of filamentous ascomycetes. The prfks1a gene sits immediately adjacent to an echinocandin (sporiofungin) gene cluster which was confirmed by disruption of prnrps4 and abolishment of sporiofungin production...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
Sinem Şeker, Celal Güven, Handan Akçakaya, Nurten Bahtiyar, Fahri Akbaş, İlhan Onaran
BACKGROUND:  Gene expression analysis of cells treated with extreme dilutions or micro amounts of drugs has been used to provide useful suggestions about biological responses. However, most of the previous studies were performed on medicines being prepared from a variety of herbal and metal sources. This study investigated the effects of ultramolecular dilution of the taxane anti-cancer drugs, which are not commonly used in homeopathic medicines, on mRNA expression profiles of five key genes ( p53, p21, COX-2, TUBB2A and TUBB3) in the breast cancer cell line MCF-7...
February 2018: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
A Srivastava, S Singh, A Pandey, D Kumar, C S Rajpurohit, V K Khanna, A B Pant
The secretome-mediated responses over cellular physiology are well documented. Stem cells have been ruling the field of secretomics and its role in regenerative medicine since the past few years. However, the mechanistic aspects of secretome-mediated responses and the role of other cells in this area remain somewhat elusive. Here, we investigate the effects of secretome-enriched conditioned medium (CM) of neuronally differentiated PC12 cells on the neuronal differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs)...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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