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Hiroaki Iwata, Mayumi Kamaguchi, Hideyuki Ujiie, Machiko Nishimura, Kentaro Izumi, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Wataru Nishie, Hiroshi Shimizu
Macropinocytosis is an endocytic pathway that is involved in the nonselective fluid uptake of extracellular fluid. Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is an autoimmune subepidermal blistering disease associated with autoantibodies to type XVII collagen (COL17), which is a component of hemidesmosome. When keratinocytes are treated with BP-IgG, COL17 internalizes into cells by way of the macropinocytosis. We investigated the mechanism of COL17 macropinocytosis using DJM-1 cells, a cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma cell line...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Ziyu Liu, Nam Jeong Cho
We have previously shown that muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) promote global protein biosynthesis in SNU-407 colon cancer cells. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying this event, we examined whether mAChRs regulate the phosphorylation of eIF4B (eukaryotic initiation factor 4B), an essential component of the translation machinery. When SNU-407 cells were treated with the cholinergic agonist carbachol, eIF4B was phosphorylated in a dose- and time-dependent manner. This carbachol effect was almost completely blocked by the muscarinic antagonist atropine, demonstrating that mAChRs specifically mediate the phosphorylation of eIF4B...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ki Mo Kim, Deok Rim Heo, Young-A Kim, Jun Lee, No Soo Kim, Ok-Sun Bang
Coniferaldehyde (CA) exerts anti-inflammatory properties by inducing heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). To define the regulation mechanism by which CA induces a cytoprotective function and HO-1 expression, the up-stream regulations involved in the activation of nuclear transcription factor-erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf)-2/HO-1 pathway were investigated. CA dramatically increased the Nrf-2 nuclear translocation and HO-1 expression. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, and cell death were down-regulated by CA, which were reversed by inhibition of HO-1 activity...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Laura de Diego-García, Mercedes Ramírez-Escudero, Álvaro Sebastián-Serrano, Juan Ignacio Diaz-Hernández, Jesús Pintor Just, José J Lucas, Miguel Díaz-Hernández
The Ubiquitin-Proteasome System (UPS) is essential for the regulation of the cellular proteostasis. Indeed, it has been postulated that an UPS dysregulation is the common mechanism that underlies several neurological disorders. Considering that extracellular nucleotides, through their selective P2Y2 receptor (P2Y2R), play a neuroprotective role in various neurological disorders that course with an UPS impairment, we wonder if this neuroprotective capacity resulted from their ability to modulate the UPS. Using a cellular model expressing two different UPS reporters, we found that the stimulation of P2Y2R by its selective agonist Up4U induced a significant reduction of UPS reporter levels...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Y Zaid, N Senhaji, Y Darif, K Kojok, M Oudghiri, A Naya
Platelet activation is a complex balance of positive and negative signaling pathways. Several protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms are expressed in human platelets. They are a major regulator of platelet granule secretion, activation and aggregation activity. One of those isoforms is the PKCδ isozyme, it has a central yet complex role in platelets such as opposite signaling functions depending on the nature of the agonist, it concentration and pathway. In fact, it has been shown that PKCδ has an overall negative influence on platelet function in response to collagen, while, following PAR stimulation, PKCδ has a positive effect on platelet function...
July 2016: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Erik Richter, Manuela Harms, Katharina Ventz, Rolf Nölker, Martin J Fraunholz, Jörg Mostertz, Falko Hochgräfe
Internalization of Staphylococcus aureus by non-professional phagocytic cells is a major suspected cause of persistent and difficult-to-treat infections, including pneumonia. In this study, we established an infection model with 16HBE14o- human bronchial epithelial cells and demonstrated internalization, escape from phagosomal clearance and intracellular replication of S. aureus HG001 within the first four hours post-infection. We used quantitative phosphoproteomics to identify characteristic signaling networks in the host at different infection stages...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Margarida Ressurreição, Firat Elbeyioglu, Ruth S Kirk, David Rollinson, Aidan M Emery, Nigel M Page, Anthony J Walker
During infection of their human definitive host, schistosomes transform rapidly from free-swimming infective cercariae in freshwater to endoparasitic schistosomules. The 'somules' next migrate within the skin to access the vasculature and are surrounded by host molecules that might activate intracellular pathways that influence somule survival, development and/or behaviour. However, such 'transactivation' by host factors in schistosomes is not well defined. In the present study, we have characterized and functionally localized the dynamics of protein kinase C (PKC) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation during early somule development in vitro and demonstrate activation of these protein kinases by human epidermal growth factor, insulin, and insulin-like growth factor I, particularly at the parasite surface...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Grazyna Nowak, Diana Takacsova Bakajsova, Judit Megyesi
Previously, we documented that activation of protein kinase C-ε (PKC-ε) mediates mitochondrial dysfunction in cultured renal proximal tubule cells (RPTC). This study tested whether deletion of the PKC-ε decreases dysfunction of renal cortical mitochondria and improves kidney function after renal ischemia. PKC-ε levels in mitochondria of ischemic kidneys increased 24h after ischemia. Complex I- and complex II-coupled state 3 respirations were reduced 44% and 27%, respectively, in wild-type (WT) but unchanged and increased in PKC-ε-deficient (KO) mice after ischemia...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Guoping Fu, Mei Yu, Yuhong Chen, Yongwei Zheng, Wen Zhu, Debra K Newman, Demin Wang, Renren Wen
Pre-T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is required for pre-T cell survival, proliferation, and differentiation from the CD4 and CD8 double negative (DN) to the double positive (DP) stage. However, the pre-TCR signal transduction pathway is not fully understood and the signaling molecules involved have not been completely identified. Phospholipase Cγ (PLCγ) 1 is an important signaling molecule that generates two second messengers, diacylglycerol and inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate, that are important to mediate PKC activation and intracellular Ca(2+) flux in many signaling pathways...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
Natarajan Suganthy, Kasi Pandima Devi, Seyed Fazel Nabavi, Nady Braidy, Seyed Mohammad Nabavi
Quercetin, a ubiquitous flavonoid that is widely distributed in plants is classified as a cognitive enhancer in traditional and oriental medicine. The protective effects of quercetin for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders and cerebrovascular diseases have been demonstrated in both in vitro and in vivo studies. The free radical scavenging activity of quercetin has been well-documented, wherein quercetin has been observed to exhibit protective effects against oxidative stress mediated neuronal damage by modulating the expression of NRF-2 dependent antioxidant responsive elements, and attenuation of neuroinflammation by suppressing NF-κB signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT-1)...
October 15, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Yanling Zhang, Junyan Wu, Trefor Morgan
OBJECTIVE: Recently, some findings support the (pro) renin-(Pro) renin receptor (P) RR interaction at exceptionally high (pro) renin levels in vitro. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of cardiac (P) RR and its downward signals on mean arterial pressure (MAP) in rats with abdominal aortic constriction, following treatment of handle region peptide (HRP) and phospholipase C-β3 (PLC-b3) inhibitor, U73122. DESIGN AND METHOD: Seventy-five SD rats were divided into 5 groups (n=15 each group) as following: sham operated (SO), rats with the aortic ligation (AL), AL rats were given HRP (4 μg kg d, SC), AL rats given U73122 (40 μg kg d, SC) and AL rats given HRP+U73122...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Li Qin, Chan Liu, Ya-Guang Ni, Ya-Ning Shi, Bao-Xue Ao, Zheng Liu, Duan-Fang Liao
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is closely associated with profound vascular remodeling, especially proliferation and hyperplasia of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aberrant Wnt5a signaling has been related to vascular diseases, but its role on the proliferation of VSMCs is unclear. The study evaluated the effect of Wnt5a on the proliferation of VSMCs and its possible mechanism. DESIGN AND METHOD: The capability of cell proliferation was detected by the assays of MTT, colony formation and EdU cell proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jian Shi, Francesc Miralles, Lutz Birnbaumer, William A Large, Anthony P Albert
In vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), stimulation of TRPC1-based SOCs mediate Ca(2+) entry pathways which regulate contractility, proliferation and migration. It is therefore important to understand how these channels are activated. Studies have shown that stimulation of TRPC1-based SOCs requires Gαq/PLCβ1 activities and PKC phosphorylation, but it is unclear how store depletion stimulates this gating pathway. The present work examines this issue by focusing on the role of STIM1, an endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) sensor...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Shi-Hong Gu, Yun-Chih Hsieh, Pei-Ling Lin
Our previous studies showed that adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/the target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling is involved in prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH)-stimulated ecdysteroidogenesis in Bombyx mori prothoracic glands (PGs). In the present study, we further investigated the signaling involved in PTTH-stimulated phosphorylation of 4E-BP. We found that 4E-BP phosphorylation stimulated by PTTH was partially reduced in Ca(2+)-free medium, indicating the involvement of Ca(2+). In addition, we found that a potent and specific inhibitor of phospholipase C (PLC), U73122, greatly inhibited 4E-BP phosphorylation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Jian-Feng Wu, Jie Ji, Shu-Ying Dong, Bei-Bei Li, Mei-Ling Yu, Dan-Dan Wu, Liang Tao, Xu-Hui Tong
Chemotherapeutic drug-induced apoptosis is enhanced by gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) in a variety of tumor cells. Oxaliplatin and gefitinib are the most widely used chemotherapeutic drugs. However, the synergistic influence remains unknown in testicular cancer chemotherapy. The aim of the present study was to investigate the apoptosis induced by oxaliplatin combined with gefitinib and the potential mechanisms in I-10 testicular cancer cells. The results showed that gefitinib significantly enhanced oxaliplatin-induced apoptosis...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Carla Marrassini, Claudia Anesini
There is a well known link between inflammation and cancer during initiation, propagation and metastasis. Urera aurantiaca (UA) Wedd. (Urticaceae) is a medicinal plant used in traditional medicine to treat inflammatory processes with proven in vivo antiinflammatory and antinociceptive effects. The effects of a methanolic extract (UA) and a purified fraction (PF) on the proliferation of normal and tumoral lymphocytes under the effect of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) and on nitric oxide production by lipopolysaccharide-stimulated macrophages was evaluated...
October 17, 2016: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
Fahima Madouri, Pauline Chenuet, Chloé Beuraud, Louis Fauconnier, Tiffany Marchiol, Nathalie Rouxel, Aurélie Ledru, Margaux Gallerand, Vincent Lombardi, Laurent Mascarell, Quentin Marquant, Lionel Apetoh, François Erard, Marc Le Bert, Fabrice Trovero, Valérie F J Quesniaux, Bernhard Ryffel, Dieudonnée Togbe
BACKGROUND: Protein Kinase C theta (PKC-θ), a serine/threonine kinase is involved in T helper 2 (Th2) cell activation and proliferation. Innate lymphoid cells 2 (ILC2) resemble Th2 cells; produce the Th2 cytokines IL-5 and IL-13, but lack antigen specific receptors. The mechanism by which PKC-θ drives innate immune cells to instruct Th2 responses in allergic lung inflammation remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that PKC-θ contributes to ILC2 activation and may be necessary for ILC2 to instruct Th2 response...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Jingying Gao, Tao Bai, Lele Ren, Yaqin Ding, Xiangqin Zhong, Hui Wang, Yangyan Guo, Jie Li, Yunfeng Liu, Yi Zhang
Uncarboxylated osteocalcin, a bone matrix protein, has been proposed to regulate glucose metabolism by increasing insulin secretion, improving insulin sensitivity and stimulating β cell proliferation. Our previous study also indicated that uncarboxylated osteocalcin stimulates insulin secretion by inhibiting voltage-gated potassium (KV) channels. The goal of this study is to further investigate the underlying mechanisms for the regulation of Kv channels and insulin secretion by uncarboxylated osteocalcin. Insulin secretion and Kv channel currents were examined by radioimmunoassay and patch-clamp technique, respectively...
October 14, 2016: Peptides
Birgitte Georg, Birgitte Falktoft, Jan Fahrenkrug
The neuropeptide PACAP is expressed throughout the central and peripheral nervous system where it modulates diverse physiological functions including neuropeptide gene expression. We here report that in human neuroblastoma NB-1 cells PACAP transiently induces its own expression. Maximal PACAP mRNA expression was found after stimulation with PACAP for 3h. PACAP auto-regulation was found to be mediated by activation of PACAP specific PAC1Rs as PACAP had >100-fold higher efficacy than VIP, and the PAC1R selective agonist Maxadilan potently induced PACAP gene expression...
September 30, 2016: Neuropeptides
Amit Modgil, Manasa L Parakala, Mike A Ackley, James J Doherty, Stephen J Moss, Paul A Davies
The neuroactive steroid (NAS) tetrahydrodeoxycorticosterone (THDOC) increases protein kinase C (PKC) mediated phosphorylation of extrasynaptic GABAA receptor (GABAAR) subunits leading to increased surface expression of α4/β3 subunit-containing extrasynaptic GABAARs, leading to a sustained increase in GABAAR tonic current density. Whether other naturally occurring and synthetic NASs share both an allosteric and metabotropic action on GABAARs is unknown. Here, we examine the allosteric and metabotropic properties of allopregnanolone (ALLO), and synthetic NASs SGE-516 and ganaxolone...
October 12, 2016: Neuropharmacology
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