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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343338/expression-of-typical-osteoclast-markers-by-pbmcs-after-peg-induced-fusion-as-a-model-for-studying-osteoclast-differentiation
#1
Luz M Castillo, Carlos A Guerrero, Orlando Acosta
Bone is a metabolically active organ subjected to continuous remodeling process that involves resorption by osteoclast and subsequent formation by osteoblasts. Osteoclast involvement in this physiological event is regulated by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) and receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL). Fusion of mono-nuclear pre-osteoclasts is a critical event for osteoclast differentiation and for bone resorption. Here we show that PBMCs can be successfully fused with polyethylenglicol (PEG) in order to generated viable osteoclast-like cells that exhibit tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and bone resorptive activities...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343126/pi3k-signaling-in-cancer-beyond-akt
#2
REVIEW
Evan C Lien, Christian C Dibble, Alex Toker
The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway is one of the most frequently altered pathways in human cancer and has a critical role in driving tumor initiation and progression. Although PI3K and its lipid product phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP3) have been shown to activate multiple downstream signaling proteins, the vast majority of studies have focused on the protein kinase AKT as the dominant effector of PI3K signaling. However, recent studies have demonstrated many contexts under which other PIP3-dependent signaling proteins critically contribute to cancer progression, illustrating the importance of understanding AKT-independent signaling downstream of PI3K...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343121/phylogeny-and-systematics-of-leptomyxid-amoebae-amoebozoa-tubulinea-leptomyxida
#3
Alexey Smirnov, Elena Nassonova, Stefan Geisen, Michael Bonkowski, Alexander Kudryavtsev, Cedric Berney, Anna Glotova, Natalya Bondarenko, Iva Dyková, Martin Mrva, Jose Fahrni, Jan Pawlowski
We describe four new species of Flabellula, Leptomyxa and Rhizamoeba and publish new SSU rRNA gene and actin gene sequences of leptomyxids. Using these data we provide the most comprehensive SSU phylogeny of leptomyxids to date. Based on the analyses of morphological data and results of the SSU rRNA gene phylogeny we suggest changes in the systematics of the order Leptomyxida (Amoebozoa: Lobosa: Tubulinea). We propose to merge the genera Flabellula and Paraflabellula (the genus Flabellula remains valid by priority rule)...
October 26, 2016: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343108/the-effects-of-modified-versus-unmodified-wheat-gluten-administration-in-patients-with-celiac-disease
#4
Mariacatia Marino, Rossella Casale, Raffaele Borghini, Sara Di Nardi, Giuseppe Donato, Antonio Angeloni, Salvatore Moscaritolo, Lorenza Grasso, Giuseppe Mazzarella, Marco Di Tola, Mauro Rossi, Antonio Picarelli
Celiac disease (CD) treatment requires a gluten-free diet (GFD), although alternative approaches have been proposed. Modification of gliadin peptides using microbial transglutaminase (mTG) inhibits their ability to induce immune response in vitro. Our aim was to evaluate the safety of mTG-modified wheat flour ingestion in CD patients. Twenty-one CD patients in remission were randomized to receive mTG-modified (n=11) or unmodified (n=10) wheat flour rusks, in double-blind fashion. Monthly, patients completed a symptom questionnaire...
March 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342965/effects-of-i2-imidazoline-receptor-ir-alkylating-bu99006-in-the-mouse-brain-upregulation-of-nischarin-i1-ir-and-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-proteins-and-modulation-of-associated-signalling-pathways
#5
Benjamin Keller, Jesús A García-Sevilla
5-isothiocyanato-2-benzofuranyl-2-imidazoline (BU99006) was shown to selectively and irreversibly bind to I2-imidazoline receptors (IRs) in vitro and in vivo, but cell signalling consequences of I2-IR alkylation have not been reported previously. This study assessed by Western blot the effects of BU99006 on nischarin (candidate I1-IR), μ-OR (regulated by nischarin) and associated signalling mediators in the mouse brain. Acute treatment with BU99006 (20 mg/kg, i.p., 1-3 h) led to fast (peak at 1 h) and shortlasting (decline up to 3 h) upregulation of nischarin and μ-OR contents in the hippocampus (less or non-significant effects in cortex) and altered the expression of cytoskeletal β-actin (reduced contents at 3 h)...
March 23, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342361/giant-leiomyosarcoma-of-the-rectum-with-lymph-node-metastasis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Hiroyuki Anzai, Hiroaki Nozawa, Junichiro Tanaka, Koji Yasuda, Kensuke Otani, Takeshi Nishikawa, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Keisuke Hata, Kazushige Kawai, Tetsuo Ushiku, Soichiro Ishihara, Toshimi Takano, Masashi Fukayama, Toshiaki Watanabe
INTRODUCTION: Leiomyosarcoma of the gastrointestinal tract is very rare, with a reported frequency of less than 0.1% of all malignancies of the colorectum. It is important to diagnose leiomyosarcoma definitively by immunohistochemical profiling of smooth muscle actin, desmin, and CD34. True leiomyosarcoma of the colorectum diagnosed by immunnohistochemical profiling is extremely rare that only 13 reports have been published in reviews of resected gastrointestinal mesenchymal tumors after 1998...
March 8, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342321/improvement-of-paracellular-transport-in-the-caco-2-drug-screening-model-using-protein-engineered-substrates
#7
Rebecca L DiMarco, Daniel R Hunt, Ruby E Dewi, Sarah C Heilshorn
The Caco-2 assay has achieved wide popularity among pharmaceutical companies in the past two decades as an in vitro method for estimation of in vivo oral bioavailability of pharmaceutical compounds during preclinical characterization. Despite its popularity, this assay suffers from a severe underprediction of the transport of drugs which are absorbed paracellularly, that is, which pass through the cell-cell tight junctions of the absorptive cells of the small intestine. Here, we propose that simply replacing the collagen I matrix employed in the standard Caco-2 assay with an engineered matrix, we can control cell morphology and hence regulate the cell-cell junctions that dictate paracellular transport...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341448/the-drosophila-dock-family-protein-sponge-is-required-for-development-of-the-air-sac-primordium
#8
Kazushge Morishita, Dang Ngoc Anh Suong, Hideki Yoshida, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Dedicator of cytokinesis (DOCK) family genes are known as DOCK1-DOCK11 in mammals. DOCK family proteins mainly regulate actin filament polymerization and/or depolymerization and are GEF proteins, which contribute to cellular signaling events by activating small G proteins. Sponge (Spg) is a Drosophila counterpart to mammalian DOCK3/DOCK4, and plays a role in embryonic central nervous system development, R7 photoreceptor cell differentiation, and adult thorax development. In order to conduct further functional analyses on Spg in vivo, we examined its localization in third instar larval wing imaginal discs...
March 21, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339907/o-linked-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosamine-modification-of-proteins-is-essential-for-foot-process-maturation-and-survival-in-podocytes
#9
Shinya Ono, Shinji Kume, Mako Yasuda-Yamahara, Kosuke Yamahara, Naoko Takeda, Masami Chin-Kanasaki, Hisazumi Araki, Osamu Sekine, Hideki Yokoi, Masashi Mukoyama, Takashi Uzu, Shin-Ichi Araki, Hiroshi Maegawa
Background.: O-linked β- N -acetylglucosamine modification O-GlcNAcylation) is a post-translational modification of intracellular proteins, serving as a nutrient sensor. Growing evidence has demonstrated its physiological and pathological importance in various mammalian tissues. This study examined the physiological role of O-GlcNAcylation in podocyte function and development. Methods.: O-GlcNAc transferase (Ogt) is a critical enzyme for O-GlcNAcylation and resides on the X chromosome...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339089/hmgb1-induces-lung-fibroblast-to-myofibroblast-differentiation-through-nf%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb%C3%A2-mediated-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-1-release
#10
Qiong Wang, Jun Wang, Junfang Wang, Shanchao Hong, Feifei Han, Jingyu Chen, Guoqian Chen
The proinflammatory factor high‑mobility group box protein 1 (HMGB1) has been implicated in the pathogenesis of lung fibrosis; however, the role of HMGB1 in lung fibrosis remains unclear. It has previously been reported that nuclear factor (NF)‑κB and transforming growth factor (TGF)‑β1 may be involved in lung fibrosis. Therefore, the present study aimed to examine the potential molecular mechanisms that underlie HMGB1‑induced lung fibrosis via the regulation of NF‑κB and TGF‑β1. The results demonstrated that HMGB1 stimulation increased the activation of NF‑κB and the release of TGF‑β1, as well as the expression of α‑smooth muscle actin (α‑SMA) and collagen I in human lung fibroblasts in vitro...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339048/agr2-ameliorates-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-via-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-mediated-mlck-p-mlc-pathway-activation
#11
Xiaolin Ye, Mei Sun
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Anterior gradient protein 2 homologue (AGR2) assists in maintaining intestinal homeostasis in dextran sulphate sodium-induced mouse ileocolitis; however, it is unclear whether it modulates intestinal barrier function. Our study aimed to investigate the protective role of AGR2 in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced intestinal epithelial barrier injury. Caco-2 cell monolayers were pre-transfected with an AGR2 plasmid and then exposed to TNF-α...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338873/molecular-dissection-of-the-actin-binding-ability-of-the-fission-yeast-%C3%AE-actinin-ain1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#12
Rikuri Morita, Masak Takaine, Osamu Numata, Kentaro Nakano
A contractile ring (CR) is involved in cytokinesis in animal and yeast cells. Although several types of actin-bundling proteins associate with F-actin in the CR, their individual roles in the CR have not yet been elucidated in detail. Ain1 is the sole α-actinin homologue in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe and specifically localizes to the CR with a high turnover rate. S. pombe cells lacking the ain1+ gene show defects in cytokinesis under stress conditions. We herein investigated the biochemical activity and cellular localization mechanisms of Ain1...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338736/microcompartmentation-of-cytosolic-aldolase-by-interaction-with-the-actin-cytoskeleton-in-arabidopsis
#13
Constantine Garagounis, Kalliopi-Ioanna Kostaki, Tim J Hawkins, Ian Cummins, Mark D Fricker, Patrick J Hussey, Alistair M Hetherington, Lee J Sweetlove
Evidence is accumulating for molecular microcompartments formed when proteins interact in localized domains with the cytoskeleton, organelle surfaces, and intracellular membranes. To understand the potential functional significance of protein microcompartmentation in plants, we studied the interaction of the glycolytic enzyme fructose bisphosphate aldolase with actin in Arabidopsis thaliana. Homology modelling of a major cytosolic isozyme of aldolase, FBA8, suggested that the tetrameric holoenzyme has two actin binding sites and could therefore act as an actin-bundling protein, as was reported for animal aldolases...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338091/intermediate-filament-reorganization-dynamically-influences-cancer-cell-alignment-and-migration
#14
Andrew W Holle, Melih Kalafat, Adria Sales Ramos, Thomas Seufferlein, Ralf Kemkemer, Joachim P Spatz
The interactions between a cancer cell and its extracellular matrix (ECM) have been the focus of an increasing amount of investigation. The role of the intermediate filament keratin in cancer has also been coming into focus of late, but more research is needed to understand how this piece fits in the puzzle of cytoskeleton-mediated invasion and metastasis. In Panc-1 invasive pancreatic cancer cells, keratin phosphorylation in conjunction with actin inhibition was found to be sufficient to reduce cell area below either treatment alone...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338090/septin-9_i2-is-downregulated-in-tumors-impairs-cancer-cell-migration-and-alters-subnuclear-actin-filaments
#15
P Verdier-Pinard, D Salaun, H Bouguenina, S Shimada, M Pophillat, S Audebert, E Agavnian, S Coslet, E Charafe-Jauffret, T Tachibana, A Badache
Functions of septin cytoskeletal polymers in tumorigenesis are still poorly defined. Their role in the regulation of cytokinesis and cell migration were proposed to contribute to cancer associated aneuploidy and metastasis. Overexpression of Septin 9 (Sept9) promotes migration of cancer cell lines. SEPT9 mRNA and protein expression is increased in breast tumors compared to normal and peritumoral tissues and amplification of SEPT9 gene was positively correlated with breast tumor progression. However, the existence of multiple isoforms of Sept9 is a confounding factor in the analysis of Sept9 functions...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337500/direct-observation-of-orientation-distributions-of-actin-filaments-in-a-solution-undergoing-shear-banding
#16
K Sato, I Kunita, Y Takikawa, D Takeuchi, Y Tanaka, T Nakagaki, H Orihara
Shear banding is frequently observed in complex fluids. However, the configuration of macromolecules in solutions undergoing shear banding has not yet been directly observed. In this study, by using the fact that F-actin solutions exhibit shear banding and actin filaments are visualized by fluorescent labels, we directly observed the intrinsic states of an actin solution undergoing shear banding. By combining the 3D imaging of labeled actin filaments and particle image velocimetry (PIV), we obtained orientation distributions of actin filaments in both high and low shear rate regions, whose quantitative differences are indicated...
March 24, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337270/n-wasp-promotes-invasion-and-migration-of-cervical-cancer-cells-through-regulating-p38-mapks-signaling-pathway
#17
Jinxuan Hou, Hui Yang, Xin Huang, Xiaohua Leng, Fuxiang Zhou, Conghua Xie, Yunfeng Zhou, Yu Xu
Neural Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASP) is an important member of the WASP family involved in the actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Recent evidence suggests that N-WASP may play important roles in tumor progression and metastasis. However, the contribution of N-WASP to cervical cancer is still unknown. The present study focused on elucidating the role of N-WASP in the malignant behavior of cervical cancer cells. We found that N-WASP overexpressed in cervical cancer tissues compared with paired paracancerous tissues and normal tissues, and similar results were observed in several cervical cancer cell lines...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336879/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-a-three-dimensional-porous-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-scaffold-for-bone-regeneration
#18
Manabu Tanaka, Yoshinori Sato, Mei Zhang, Hisao Haniu, Masanori Okamoto, Kaoru Aoki, Takashi Takizawa, Kazushige Yoshida, Atsushi Sobajima, Takayuki Kamanaka, Hiroyuki Kato, Naoto Saito
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have attracted a great deal of attention for the biological and medical science fields because of their characteristic physical and biological properties. In this study, we investigated the capacity of the 3D porous CNT scaffold (CNT porous block; CNTp) for bone regenerative medicine. Surface observations using a scanning electron microscope (SEM), crystal depositions on the surface of CNTps immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF), and evaluations of protein adsorption and controlled releasing were conducted to assess physical properties...
February 17, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336812/tgf-%C3%AE-1-stimulates-hdac4-nucleus-to-cytoplasm-translocation-and-nadph-oxidase4-derived-reactive-oxygen-species-in-normal-human-lung-fibroblasts
#19
Weichao Guo, Shigeki Saito, Cecilia G Sanchez, Yan Zhuang, Rafael E Gongora Rosero, Bin Shan, Fayong Luo, Joseph A Lasky
Myofibroblasts are important mediators of fibrogenesis, thus blocking fibroblast to myofibroblast differentiation (FMD) may be an effective strategy to treat pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Previously we reported that HDAC4 activity is necessary for TGF-β1-induced human lung FMD. Here we show that TGF-β1 increases NOX4 mRNA and protein expression in normal human lung fibroblasts (NHLFs) and causes nuclear export of HDAC4. Application of the NOX family inhibitor, diphenyleneiodonium chloride (DPI), reduces TGF-β1-induced HDAC4 nuclear export, expression of the myofibroblast marker α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and α-SMA fiber formation...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336806/fluorouracil-enhances-photodynamic-therapy-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-via-a-p53-independent-mechanism-that-increases-protoporphyrin-ix-levels-and-tumor-cell-death
#20
Sanjay Anand, Kishore R Rollakanti, Niokelta Brankov, Douglas E Brash, Tayyaba Hasan, Edward V Maytin
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), using 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) to drive synthesis of protoporphryin IX (PpIX) is a promising, scar-free alternative to surgery for skin cancers, including squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and SCC precursors called actinic keratoses (AK). In the United States, PDT is only FDA approved for treatment of AK; this narrow range of indications could be broadened if PDT efficacy were improved. Toward that goal, we developed a mechanism-based combination approach using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) as a neoadjuvant for ALA-based PDT...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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