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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351997/spatiotemporal-organization-of-exocytosis-emerges-during-neuronal-shape-change
#1
Fabio L Urbina, Shawn M Gomez, Stephanie L Gupton
Neurite elongation and branching in developing neurons requires plasmalemma expansion, hypothesized to occur primarily via exocytosis. We posited that exocytosis in developing neurons and nonneuronal cells would exhibit distinct spatiotemporal organization. We exploited total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy to image vesicle-associated membrane protein (VAMP)-pHluorin-mediated exocytosis in mouse embryonic cortical neurons and interphase melanoma cells, and developed computer-vision software and statistical tools to uncover spatiotemporal aspects of exocytosis...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340032/c3g-promotes-a-selective-release-of-angiogenic-factors-from-activated-mouse-platelets-to-regulate-angiogenesis-and-tumor-metastasis
#2
Víctor Martín-Granado, Sara Ortiz-Rivero, Rita Carmona, Sara Gutiérrez-Herrero, Mario Barrera, Laura San-Segundo, Celia Sequera, Pedro Perdiguero, Francisco Lozano, Francisco Martín-Herrero, José Ramón González-Porras, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli, Almudena Porras, Carmen Guerrero
Previous observations indicated that C3G (RAPGEF1) promotes α-granule release, evidenced by the increase in P-selectin exposure on the platelet surface following its activation. The goal of the present study is to further characterize the potential function of C3G as a modulator of the platelet releasate and its implication in the regulation of angiogenesis. Proteomic analysis revealed a decreased secretion of anti-angiogenic factors from activated transgenic C3G and C3G∆Cat platelets. Accordingly, the secretome from both transgenic platelets had an overall pro-angiogenic effect as evidenced by an in vitro capillary-tube formation assay with HUVECs (human umbilical vein endothelial cells) and by two in vivo models of heterotopic tumor growth...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328362/microrna-493-5p-promotes-apoptosis-and-suppresses-proliferation-and-invasion-in-liver-cancer-cells-by-targeting-vamp2
#3
Guannan Wang, Xiaosan Fang, Meng Han, Xiaoming Wang, Qiang Huang
The aim of the present study was to explore the role of miR‑493-5p in liver cancer tissues and cell lines, and its effect on cell behavioral characteristics. The expression of miR-493-5p was detected by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) in liver cancer tissues and cell lines (hepatic cell line HL-7702 and the liver cancer cell lines HCCC-9810, HuH-7 and HepG2). In addition, the mechanism by which miR-493-5p mediates its effects was analyzed via the transfection of miR-493-5p mimic and negative control miRNA into HepG2 cells...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295994/vampnets-for-deep-learning-of-molecular-kinetics
#4
Andreas Mardt, Luca Pasquali, Hao Wu, Frank Noé
There is an increasing demand for computing the relevant structures, equilibria, and long-timescale kinetics of biomolecular processes, such as protein-drug binding, from high-throughput molecular dynamics simulations. Current methods employ transformation of simulated coordinates into structural features, dimension reduction, clustering the dimension-reduced data, and estimation of a Markov state model or related model of the interconversion rates between molecular structures. This handcrafted approach demands a substantial amount of modeling expertise, as poor decisions at any step will lead to large modeling errors...
January 2, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284612/vamp-3-mediates-platelet-endocytosis
#5
Charles J Lowenstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 28, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189100/a-soft-tube-climbing-robot
#6
Mohit S Verma, Alar Ainla, Dian Yang, Daniel Harburg, George M Whitesides
This article demonstrates a pneumatically actuated soft robot capable of navigating the inside of a tube. This robot was built using buckling pneumatic actuators (vacuum-actuated muscle-inspired pneumatic structures, or VAMPs). The tube climber can navigate through a tube with turns, inclines, and varying diameters. The robot is also able to remove obstacles (of more than 10 times its own weight) from tubes to perform a clearing function. It maintains climbing and clearing performance in wet conditions and under water...
November 30, 2017: Soft Robotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29173820/orp-mediated-er-contact-with-endocytic-sites-facilitates-actin-polymerization
#7
Javier Encinar Del Dedo, Fatima-Zahra Idrissi, Isabel María Fernandez-Golbano, Patricia Garcia, Elena Rebollo, Marek K Krzyzanowski, Helga Grötsch, Maria Isabel Geli
Oxysterol binding protein-related proteins (ORPs) are conserved lipid binding polypeptides, enriched at ER contacts sites. ORPs promote non-vesicular lipid transport and work as lipid sensors in the context of many cellular tasks, but the determinants of their distinct localization and function are not understood. Here, we demonstrate that the yeast endocytic invaginations associate with the ER and that this association specifically requires the ORPs Osh2 and Osh3, which bridge the endocytic myosin-I Myo5 to the ER integral-membrane VAMP-associated protein (VAP) Scs2...
November 17, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170639/a-cell-line-for-detection-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-type-b
#8
Aleksander Rust, Ciara Doran, Rosalyn Hart, Thomas Binz, Paul Stickings, Dorothea Sesardic, Andrew A Peden, Bazbek Davletov
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) type A and type B are commonly used as biopharmaceutics for neurological diseases, uniquely allowing months-long paralysis of target muscles. Their exquisite neuronal specificity is conferred by a multistep process of binding, internalization, cytosolic escape and cleavage of the neuron-specific proteins, SNAP-25 and vesicle-associated membrane proteins (VAMPs), ultimately to inhibit secretion of neurotransmitters. Currently the mouse lethality bioassay is the only available method for quality control testing of VAMP-cleaving botulinum products...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098081/reduced-expression-of-vamp8-in-lacrimal-gland-affected-by-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
#9
Masaki Fukui, Yoko Ogawa, Shin Mukai, Mizuka Kamoi, Teru Asato, Yutaka Kawakami, Kazuo Tsubota
Purpose: To investigate whether the SNARE protein vesicle-associated membrane protein 8 (VAMP8) was implicated in the development of chronic ocular graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Methods: Firstly, the chronic GVHD (cGVHD) and Sjögren's syndrome (SS)-impaired lacrimal gland (LG) tissue sections from humans for diagnostic purpose were evaluated for VAMP8 expression by histopathology and immunohistochemistry. Next, serial changes of tear secretion and VAMP8 expression at both protein and mRNA level of LG in an animal cGVHD model compared with the syngeneic control...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982136/augmentation-of-vamp-catalytic-activity-of-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-b-does-not-result-in-increased-potency-in-physiological-systems
#10
Mark Elliott, Jacquie Maignel, Sai Man Liu, Christine Favre-Guilmard, Imran Mir, Paul Farrow, Fraser Hornby, Sandra Marlin, Shilpa Palan, Matthew Beard, Johannes Krupp
Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are used extensively as therapeutic agents. Serotypes A and B are available as marketed products. Higher doses of BoNT/B are required to reach an efficacy similar to that of products containing BoNT/A. Advances in our understanding of BoNT/B mechanism of action have afforded the opportunity to make rational modifications to the toxin aimed at increasing its activity. Recently, a mutation in the light chain of BoNT/B (S201P) was described that increases the catalytic activity of the isolated BoNT/B light chain in biochemical assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28950150/first-year-midwifery-students-experience-with-self-recorded-and-assessed-video-of-selected-midwifery-practice-skills-at-otago-polytechnic-in-new-zealand
#11
Carolyn McIntosh, Jean Patterson, Suzanne Miller
Studying undergraduate midwifery at a distance has advantages in terms of accessibility and community support but presents challenges for practice based competence assessment. Student -recorded videos provide opportunities for completing the assigned skills, self-reflection, and assessment by a lecturer. This research asked how midwifery students experienced the process of completing the Video Assessment of Midwifery Practice Skills (VAMPS) in 2014 and 2015. The aim of the survey was to identify the benefits and challenges of the VAMPS assessment and to identify opportunities for improvement from the students' perspective...
September 20, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938593/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-membrane-expression-of-crt-erp57-induces-immunogenic-apoptosis-in-drug-resistant-endometrial-cancer-cells
#12
Qin Xu, Chuanben Chen, An Lin, Yunqing Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-mediated CRT/ERp57 complex expression underlying the mechanism of resistance to doxorubicin (DOX) in endometrial carcinoma (EC) in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: The expression of CRT, ERp57, p-PERK, eIF2α, p-eIF2α in EC patients and EC cells was detected by Western blots and by immunofluorescence assay. MTT assay was used to determine the LC50 of EC cells to DOX and cell viability. Apoptosis was assayed using flow cytometer...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931526/cellubrevin-vesicle-associated-membrane-protein-3-vamp-3-mediated-endocytosis-and-trafficking-regulate-platelet-functions
#13
Meenakshi Banerjee, Smita Joshi, Jinchao Zhang, Carole L Moncman, Shilpi Yadav, Beth A Bouchard, Brian Storrie, Sidney W Whiteheart
Endocytosis is key to fibrinogen (Fg) uptake, trafficking of integrins (αIIbβ3, αvβ3) and purinergic receptors (P2Y1, P2Y12), and thus for normal platelet function. However, the molecular machinery required and possible trafficking routes are still ill-defined. To further identify elements of the platelet endocytic machinery, we examined the role of a vesicle-residing, Soluble N-ethylmaleimide Factor Attachment Protein Receptor (v-SNARE) called Cellubrevin/Vesicle-Associated Membrane Protein-3 (VAMP-3) in platelet function...
September 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912432/mitigating-motor-neuronal-loss-in-c-elegans-model-of-als8
#14
Wendy Zhang, Antonio Colavita, Johnny K Ngsee
ALS8 is a late-onset familial autosomal dominant form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) caused by a point mutation (P56S) in the VAPB gene (VAMP associated protein isoform B). Here, we generated two C. elegans models of the disease: a transgenic model where human VAPB wild-type (WT) or P56S mutant was expressed in a subset of motor neurons, and a second model that targeted inducible knockdown of the worm's orthologue, vpr-1. Overexpression of human VAPB in DA neurons caused a backward locomotion defect, axonal misguidance, and premature neuronal death...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770820/identification-and-characterization-of-a-novel-botulinum-neurotoxin
#15
Sicai Zhang, Geoffrey Masuyer, Jie Zhang, Yi Shen, Daniel Lundin, Linda Henriksson, Shin-Ichiro Miyashita, Markel Martínez-Carranza, Min Dong, Pål Stenmark
Botulinum neurotoxins are known to have seven serotypes (BoNT/A-G). Here we report a new BoNT serotype, tentatively named BoNT/X, which has the lowest sequence identity with other BoNTs and is not recognized by antisera against known BoNTs. Similar to BoNT/B/D/F/G, BoNT/X cleaves vesicle-associated membrane proteins (VAMP) 1, 2 and 3, but at a novel site (Arg66-Ala67 in VAMP2). Remarkably, BoNT/X is the only toxin that also cleaves non-canonical substrates VAMP4, VAMP5 and Ykt6. To validate its activity, a small amount of full-length BoNT/X was assembled by linking two non-toxic fragments using a transpeptidase (sortase)...
August 3, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753981/a-membrane-fusion-model-that-exploits-a-%C3%AE-to-%C3%AE-transition-in-the-hydrophobic-domains-of-syntaxin-1a-and-synaptobrevin-2
#16
Cameron B Gundersen
Parallel zippering of the SNARE domains of syntaxin 1A/B, SNAP-25, and VAMP/synaptobrevin 2 is widely regarded as supplying the driving force for exocytotic events at nerve terminals and elsewhere. However, in spite of intensive research, no consensus has been reached concerning the molecular mechanism by which these SNARE proteins catalyze membrane fusion. As an alternative to SNARE-based models, a scenario was developed in which synaptotagmin 1 (or, 2) can serve as a template to guide lipid movements that underlie fast, synchronous exocytosis at nerve terminals...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698274/noroviruses-co-opt-the-function-of-host-proteins-vapa-and-vapb-for-replication-via-a-phenylalanine-phenylalanine-acidic-tract-motif-mimic-in-nonstructural-viral-protein-ns1-2
#17
Broc T McCune, Wei Tang, Jia Lu, James B Eaglesham, Lucy Thorne, Anne E Mayer, Emily Condiff, Timothy J Nice, Ian Goodfellow, Andrzej M Krezel, Herbert W Virgin
The Norovirus genus contains important human pathogens, but the role of host pathways in norovirus replication is largely unknown. Murine noroviruses provide the opportunity to study norovirus replication in cell culture and in small animals. The human norovirus nonstructural protein NS1/2 interacts with the host protein VAMP-associated protein A (VAPA), but the significance of the NS1/2-VAPA interaction is unexplored. Here we report decreased murine norovirus replication in VAPA- and VAPB-deficient cells. We characterized the role of VAPA in detail...
July 11, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636623/the-basolateral-vesicle-sorting-machinery-and-basolateral-proteins-are-recruited-to-the-site-of-enteropathogenic-e-coli-microcolony-growth-at-the-apical-membrane
#18
Gitte A Pedersen, Helene H Jensen, Anne-Sofie B Schelde, Charlotte Toft, Hans N Pedersen, Maj Ulrichsen, Frédéric H Login, Manuel R Amieva, Lene N Nejsum
Foodborne Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC) infections of the small intestine cause diarrhea especially in children and are a major cause of childhood death in developing countries. EPEC infects the apical membrane of the epithelium of the small intestine by attaching, effacing the microvilli under the bacteria and then forming microcolonies on the cell surface. We first asked the question where on epithelial cells EPEC attaches and grows. Using models of polarized epithelial monolayers, we evaluated the sites of initial EPEC attachment to the apical membrane and found that EPEC preferentially attached over the cell-cell junctions and formed microcolonies preferentially where three cells come together at tricellular tight junctions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634273/the-c-elegans-vapb-homolog-vpr-1-is-a-permissive-signal-for-gonad-development
#19
Pauline A Cottee, Tim Cole, Jessica Schultz, Hieu D Hoang, Jack Vibbert, Sung Min Han, Michael A Miller
VAMP/synaptobrevin-associated proteins (VAPs) contain an N-terminal major sperm protein domain (MSPd) that is associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. VAPs have an intracellular housekeeping function, as well as an extracellular signaling function mediated by the secreted MSPd. Here we show that the C. elegans VAP homolog VPR-1 is essential for gonad development. vpr-1 null mutants are maternal effect sterile due to arrested gonadogenesis following embryo hatching. Somatic gonadal precursor cells and germ cells fail to proliferate fully and complete their respective differentiation programs...
June 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625264/-suppressive-effect-of-corm-2-on-platelet-%C3%AE-granule-exocytosis-in-sepsis-via-snare-munc18b-complex-formation
#20
Mingfeng Zhuang, Bingwei Sun, Dadong Liu, Yuan Shi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the suppressive effect of carbon monoxide-releasing molecule II (CORM-2) on LPS induced platelet α-granule exocytosis in sepsis via soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attached protein receptor/mammalian uncoordinated 18b (SNARE/Munc18b) complex formation. METHODS: Blood was collected from healthy volunteers' cubital vein, then platelets were isolated by differential centrifugation. Platelets were randomly divided into 5 groups. The control group did not undergo any treatment, the LPS group received 10 mg/L LPS simulation, the CORM-2 group and iCORM-2 group underwent LPS simulation and immediate administration of CORM-2 (10 μmol/L and 50 μmol/L) or iCORM-2 (50 μmol/L), respectively...
February 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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