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Frédéric Adam, Alexandre Kauskot, Mathieu Kurowska, Nicolas Goudin, Isabelle Munoz, Jean-Claude Bordet, Jian-Dong Huang, Marijke Bryckaert, Alain Fischer, Delphine Borgel, Geneviève de Saint Basile, Olivier D Christophe, Gaël Ménasché
OBJECTIVE: Platelet secretion is crucial for many physiological platelet responses. Even though several regulators of the fusion machinery for secretory granule exocytosis have been identified in platelets, the underlying mechanisms are not yet fully characterized. APPROACH AND RESULTS: By studying a mouse model (cKO [conditional knockout]Kif5b ) lacking Kif5b (kinesin-1 heavy chain) in its megakaryocytes and platelets, we evidenced unstable hemostasis characterized by an increase of blood loss associated to a marked tendency to rebleed in a tail-clip assay and thrombus instability in an in vivo thrombosis model...
March 8, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Emanuele Felice Osimo, Katherine Beck, Tiago Reis Marques, Oliver D Howes
Although synaptic loss is thought to be core to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, the nature, consistency and magnitude of synaptic protein and mRNA changes has not been systematically appraised. Our objective was thus to systematically review and meta-analyse findings. The entire PubMed database was searched for studies from inception date to the 1st of July 2017. We selected case-control postmortem studies in schizophrenia quantifying synaptic protein or mRNA levels in brain tissue. The difference in protein and mRNA levels between cases and controls was extracted and meta-analysis conducted...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Sarah B Nyenhuis, David S Cafiso
Synaptotagmin-1 (Syt1) functions as the Ca2+ sensor in neuronal exocytosis, and it is routinely incorporated into lipid bilayers along with other components of the fusion machinery in order to reconstruct the in-vivo fusion process. Here, we demonstrate that the detergent used to reconstitute full-length Syt1 has a significant effect on the state of the protein in bilayers. When OG (octyl-β-D-glucopyranoside) is used to reconstitute the protein, Syt1 is present in an aggregated state that is mediated by the long juxta-membrane linker...
March 3, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Alfredo Toledo-Leyva, Julio César Villegas-Pineda, Sergio Encarnación-Guevara, Dolores Gallardo-Rincón, Patricia Talamás-Rohana
Background: Epithelial ovarian cancer is the second most lethal gynecological cancer worldwide. Ascites can be found in all clinical stages, however in advanced disease stages IIIC and IV it is more frequent and could be massive, associated with worse prognosis. Due to the above, it was our interest to understanding how the ascites of ovarian cancer patients induces the mechanisms by which the cells present in it acquire a more aggressive phenotype and to know new proteins associated to this process...
2018: Proteome Science
Mounir Bendahmane, Kevin P Bohannon, Mazdak M Bradberry, Tejeshwar C Rao, Michael W Schmidtke, Prabhodh S Abbineni, Nara L Chon, Sherleen Tran, Hai Lin, Edwin R Chapman, Jefferson D Knight, Arun Anantharam
In chromaffin cells, the kinetics of fusion pore expansion vary depending on which synaptotagmin isoform (Syt-1 or Syt-7) drives release. Our recent studies have shown that fusion pores of granules harboring Syt-1 expand more rapidly than those harboring Syt-7. Here, we sought to define the structural specificity of synaptotagmin action at the fusion pore by manipulating the Ca 2+ -binding C2B module. We generated a chimeric Syt-1 in which its C2B Ca 2+ -binding loops had been exchanged for those of Syt-7. Fusion pores of granules harboring a Syt-1 C2B chimera with all three Ca 2+ -binding loops of Syt-7 (Syt-1:7C2B 123 ) exhibited slower rates of fusion pore expansion and neuropeptide cargo release relative to WT Syt-1...
February 14, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Olga Zueva, Maleana Khoury, Thomas Heinzeller, Daria Mashanova, Vladimir Mashanov
Background: Brittle stars (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata) have been increasingly used in studies of animal behavior, locomotion, regeneration, physiology, and bioluminescence. The success of these studies directly depends on good working knowledge of the ophiuroid nervous system. Results: Here, we describe the arm nervous system at different levels of organization, including the microanatomy of the radial nerve cord and peripheral nerves, ultrastructure of the neural tissue, and localization of different cell types using specific antibody markers...
2018: Frontiers in Zoology
Michael E Fealey, Benjamin P Binder, Vladimir N Uversky, Anne Hinderliter, David D Thomas
We used time-resolved Förster resonance energy transfer, circular dichroism, and molecular dynamics simulation to investigate the structural dependence of synaptotagmin 1's intrinsically disordered region (IDR) on phosphorylation and dielectric constant. We found that a peptide corresponding to the full-length IDR sequence, a ∼60-residue strong polyampholyte, can sample structurally collapsed states in aqueous solution, consistent with its κ-predicted behavior, where κ is a sequence-dependent parameter that is used to predict IDR compaction...
February 6, 2018: Biophysical Journal
Katie L Davis-Anderson, Hendrik Wesseling, Lara M Siebert, Emilie R Lunde-Young, Vishal D Naik, Hanno Steen, Jayanth Ramadoss
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) describe neurodevelopmental deficits in children exposed to alcohol in utero. We hypothesized that gestational alcohol significantly alters fetal brain regional protein signature. Pregnant rats were binge-treated with alcohol or pair-fed and nutritionally-controlled. Mass spectrometry identified 1,806, 2,077, and 1,456 quantifiable proteins in the fetal hippocampus, cortex, and cerebellum, respectively. A stronger effect of alcohol exposure on the hippocampal proteome was noted: over 600 hippocampal proteins were significantly (P < 0...
January 31, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Yi Zheng, Wei Shen, Jian Zhang, Bo Yang, Yao-Nan Liu, Huihui Qi, Xia Yu, Si-Yao Lu, Yun Chen, Yu-Zhou Xu, Yun Li, Fred H Gage, Shuangli Mi, Jun Yao
CRISPR-Cas9 has been demonstrated to delete genes in postmitotic neurons. Compared to the establishment of proliferative cell lines or animal strains, it is more challenging to acquire a highly homogeneous consequence of gene editing in a stable neural network. Here we show that dCas9-based CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) can efficiently silence genes in neurons. Using a pseudotarget fishing strategy, we demonstrate that CRISPRi shows superior targeting specificity without detectable off-target activity. Furthermore, CRISPRi can achieve multiplex inactivation of genes fundamental for neurotransmitter release with high efficiency...
February 5, 2018: Nature Neuroscience
T Bonfiglio, G Olivero, M Vergassola, L Di Cesare Mannelli, A Pacini, F Iannuzzi, M Summa, R Bertorelli, M Feligioni, C Ghelardini, A Pittaluga
The effect of "prophylactic" environmental stimulation on clinical symptoms and presynaptic defects in mice suffering from the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) at the acute stage of disease (21 ± 1 days post immunization, d.p.i.) was investigated. In EAE mice raised in an enriched environment (EE), the clinical score was reduced when compared to EAE mice raised in standard environment (SE).Concomitantly, gain of weight and increased spontaneous motor activity and curiosity were observed, suggesting increased well-being in mice...
February 2, 2018: Neuropharmacology
Kristie Stefanoska, Alexander Volkerling, Josefine Bertz, Anne Poljak, Yazi Diana Ke, Lars Matthias Ittner, Arne Ittner
Compared with other mammalian species, humans are particularly susceptible to tau-mediated neurodegenerative disorders. Differential interactions of the tau protein with other proteins are critical for mediating tau's physiological functions as well as tau-associated pathological processes. Primate tau harbors an 11-amino-acid-long motif in its N-terminal region (residues 18-28), which is not present in non-primate species and whose function is unknown. Here, we used deletion mutagenesis to remove this sequence region from the longest human tau isoform, followed by glutathione-S transferase (GST) pulldown assays paired with isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) multiplex labeling, a quantitative method to measure protein abundance by mass spectrometry...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ao Hu, Xue-Tong Zhao, Heng Tu, Ting Xiao, Ting Fu, Yan Wang, Yong Liu, Xiong-Jie Shi, Jie Luo, Bao-Liang Song
The transport of LDL-derived cholesterol from lysosomes to peroxisomes is mediated by membrane contacts, which are facilitated by the lysosomal protein synaptotagmin VII and the peroxisomal lipid phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-bisphosphate (PI(4,5)P2). Here, we used RNA interference to search for regulators of PI(4,5)P2 and to study the effects of altered PI(4,5)P2 homeostasis on cholesterol transport. We found that knockdown of phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate 4-kinase type-2 alpha (PIP4K2A) reduced peroxisomal PI(4,5)P2 levels, decreased lysosome-peroxisome membrane contacts, and increased accumulation of lysosomal cholesterol in human SV-589 fibroblasts...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Ibu Matsuzaki, Hideto Iguchi, Yurina Mikasa, Hiromu Morishita, Katsuya Okuda, Keita Nakaguchi, Yuki Mori, Yoshifumi Iwahashi, Kenji Warigaya, Masakazu Fujimoto, Fumiyoshi Kojima, Shin-Ichi Murata
Identification of fusion genes in cancer is essential for pathological diagnosis and clinical therapy. Although methods for detection of fusion genes, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR), have been developed in last two decades, these methods are not ideal for detection of these genetic alterations owing to their high cost and time-consuming procedures. In this study, we developed novel application for detection of gene translocations using loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP)...
December 26, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
Alexandros H Kanellopoulos, Jennifer Koenig, Honglei Huang, Martina Pyrski, Queensta Millet, Stéphane Lolignier, Toru Morohashi, Samuel J Gossage, Maude Jay, John E Linley, Georgios Baskozos, Benedikt M Kessler, James J Cox, Annette C Dolphin, Frank Zufall, John N Wood, Jing Zhao
The voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.7 plays a critical role in pain pathways. We generated an epitope-tagged NaV1.7 mouse that showed normal pain behaviours to identify channel-interacting proteins. Analysis of NaV1.7 complexes affinity-purified under native conditions by mass spectrometry revealed 267 proteins associated with Nav1.7 in vivo The sodium channel β3 (Scn3b), rather than the β1 subunit, complexes with Nav1.7, and we demonstrate an interaction between collapsing-response mediator protein (Crmp2) and Nav1...
January 15, 2018: EMBO Journal
Erika Bereczki, Rui M Branca, Paul T Francis, Joana B Pereira, Jean-Ha Baek, Tibor Hortobágyi, Bengt Winblad, Clive Ballard, Janne Lehtiö, Dag Aarsland
See Attems and Jellinger (doi:10.1093/brain/awx360) for a scientific commentary on this article.Cognitive changes occurring throughout the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases are directly linked to synaptic loss. We used in-depth proteomics to compare 32 post-mortem human brains in the prefrontal cortex of prospectively followed patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease with dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies and older adults without dementia. In total, we identified 10 325 proteins, 851 of which were synaptic proteins...
February 1, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Changhe Wang, Xinjiang Kang, Li Zhou, Zuying Chai, Qihui Wu, Rong Huang, Huadong Xu, Meiqin Hu, Xiaoxuan Sun, Suhua Sun, Jie Li, Ruiying Jiao, Panli Zuo, Lianghong Zheng, Zhenyu Yue, Zhuan Zhou
Loss-of-function mutations in Parkin are the most common causes of autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD). Many putative substrates of parkin have been reported; their pathogenic roles, however, remain obscure due to poor characterization, particularly in vivo. Here, we show that synaptotagmin-11, encoded by a PD-risk gene SYT11, is a physiological substrate of parkin and plays critical roles in mediating parkin-linked neurotoxicity. Unilateral overexpression of full-length, but not C2B-truncated, synaptotagmin-11 in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) impairs ipsilateral striatal dopamine release, causes late-onset degeneration of dopaminergic neurons, and induces progressive contralateral motor abnormalities...
January 8, 2018: Nature Communications
Man-Li Hu, Hong-Mei Zhu, Qiu-Lin Zhang, Jing-Jing Liu, Yi Ding, Ju-Ming Zhong, Vitaly Vodyanoy, Ming-Xing Ding
Electroacupuncture (EA) can relieve various pains. However, its mechanism in terms of the transcriptome is still not well-known. To explore the full profile of EA-induced molecular modification in the central nerve system, three twins of goats were selected for a match-paired experiment: EA stimulation (60 Hz, 30 min) and none-EA (control). Goats in the EA group showed an increased (p < 0.05) nociceptive threshold compared with the control goats. Experimental goats were sacrificed at 4 h of the experiment, and the periaqueductal grays were harvested for RNA sequencing...
December 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Tong-Yu Wang, Zhuo Ma, Can Wang, Chang Liu, Dong-Ying Yan, Yu Deng, Wei Liu, Zhao-Fa Xu, Bin Xu
Overexposure to Manganese (Mn) has been known to disrupt neurotransmitter release in the brain. However, the underlying mechanisms of Mn exposure on neurotransmitter vesicle release are still unclear. The current study investigated whether Mn-induced alpha-synuclein protein overexpression could disrupt the Rab3 cycle leading to synaptic vesicle fusion dysfunction. After the neurons were exposed to Mn (100 μM) for 0, 6, 12, 24 h, [Ca2+ ]i , alpha-synuclein and Rab3A-GTP protein expression increased gradually...
March 15, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Amy R Dunn, Carlie A Hoffman, Kristen A Stout, Minagi Ozawa, Rohan K Dhamsania, Gary W Miller
The synaptic vesicle glycoprotein 2C (SV2C) is an undercharacterized protein with enriched expression in phylogenetically old brain regions. Its precise role within the brain is unclear, though various lines of evidence suggest that SV2C is involved in the function of synaptic vesicles through the regulation of vesicular trafficking, calcium-induced exocytosis, or synaptotagmin function. SV2C has been linked to multiple neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease and psychiatric conditions. SV2C is expressed in various cell types-primarily dopaminergic, GABAergic, and cholinergic cells...
December 21, 2017: Brain Research
Sébastien Houy, Alexander J Groffen, Iwona Ziomkiewicz, Matthijs Verhage, Paulo S Pinheiro, Jakob Balslev Sørensen
Doc2B is a cytosolic protein with binding sites for Munc13 and Tctex-1 (dynein light chain), and two C2-domains that bind to phospholipids, Ca2+ and SNAREs. Whether Doc2B functions as a calcium sensor akin to synaptotagmins, or in other calcium-independent or calcium-dependent capacities is debated. We here show by mutation and overexpression that Doc2B plays distinct roles in two sequential priming steps in mouse adrenal chromaffin cells. Mutating Ca2+-coordinating aspartates in the C2A-domain localizes Doc2B permanently at the plasma membrane, and renders an upstream priming step Ca2+-independent, whereas a separate function in downstream priming depends on SNARE-binding, Ca2+-binding to the C2B-domain of Doc2B, interaction with ubMunc13-2 and the presence of synaptotagmin-1...
December 23, 2017: ELife
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