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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104388/the-nedd4-binding-protein-3-is-required-for-anterior-neural-development-in-xenopus-laevis
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Lena-Maria Kiem, Petra Dietmann, Alexander Linnemann, Michael J Schmeisser, Susanne J Kühl
The Fezzin family member Nedd4-binding protein 3 (N4BP3) is known to regulate axonal and dendritic branching. Here, we show that n4bp3 is expressed in the neural tissue of the early Xenopus laevis embryo including the eye, the brain and neural crest cells. Knockdown of N4bp3 in the Xenopus anterior neural tissue results in severe developmental impairment of the eye, the brain and neural crest derived cranial cartilage structures. Moreover, we demonstrate that N4bp3 depletion leads to a significant reduction of both eye and brain specific marker genes and reduced neural crest cell migration...
January 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100790/genome-wide-analysis-in-brazilians-reveals-highly-differentiated-native-american-genome-regions
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Josyf C Mychaleckyj, Alexandre Havt, Uma Nayak, Relana Pinkerton, Emily Farber, Patrick Concannon, Aldo A Lima, Richard L Guerrant
Despite its population, geographic size, and emerging economic importance, disproportionately little genome-scale research exists into genetic factors that predispose Brazilians to disease, or the population genetics of risk. After identification of suitable proxy populations and careful analysis of tri-continental admixture in 1,538 North-Eastern Brazilians to estimate individual ancestry and ancestral allele frequencies, we computed 400,000 genome-wide locus-specific branch length (LSBL) Fst statistics of Brazilian Amerindian ancestry compared to European and African; and a similar set of differentiation statistics for their Amerindian component compared to the closest Asian 1000 Genomes population (surprisingly, Bengalis in Bangladesh)...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096261/tuning-collective-cell-migration-by-cell-cell-junction-regulation
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Peter Friedl, Roberto Mayor
Collective cell migration critically depends on cell-cell interactions coupled to a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. Important cell-cell adhesion receptor systems implicated in controlling collective movements include cadherins, immunoglobulin superfamily members (L1CAM, NCAM, ALCAM), Ephrin/Eph receptors, Slit/Robo, connexins and integrins, and an adaptive array of intracellular adapter and signaling proteins. Depending on molecular composition and signaling context, cell-cell junctions adapt their shape and stability, and this gradual junction plasticity enables different types of collective cell movements such as epithelial sheet and cluster migration, branching morphogenesis and sprouting, collective network migration, as well as coordinated individual-cell migration and streaming...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092460/a-three-dimensional-lymphatic-endothelial-cell-tube-formation-assay-to-identify-novel-kinases-involved-in-lymphatic-vessel-remodeling
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T Jessica Gambino, Steven P Williams, Carol Caesar, Daniel Resnick, Cameron J Nowell, Rae H Farnsworth, Marc G Achen, Steven A Stacker, Tara Karnezis
The lymphatic system is a series of vessels that transport cells and excess fluid from tissues to the blood vascular system. Normally quiescent, the lymphatics can grow or remodel in response to developmental, immunological, or cells pathological stimuli. Lymphatic vessels comprise lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) that can respond to external growth factors by undergoing proliferation, migration, adhesion, and tube and lumen formation into new vessel structures, a process known as lymphangiogenesis. To understand the key gene and signaling pathways necessary for lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic vessel remodeling, we have developed a three-dimensional LEC tube formation assay to explore the role of kinase signaling in these processes...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089725/high-concentration-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-promotes-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-migration-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-via-mtorc1-activation
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Olha Zhenyukh, Esther Civantos, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Maria Soledad Sánchez, Clotilde Vázquez, Concepción Peiró, Jesús Egido, Sebastián Mas
Leucine, isoleucine and valine are essential aminoacids termed branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) due to its aliphatic side-chain. In several pathological and physiological conditions increased BCAA plasma concentrations have been described. Elevated BCAA levels predict insulin resistance development. Moreover, BCAA levels higher than 2mmol/L are neurotoxic by inducing microglial activation in maple syrup urine disease. However, there are no studies about the direct effects of BCAA in circulating cells. We have explored whether BCAA could promote oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from healthy donors...
January 13, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087633/the-abl-pathway-bifurcates-to-balance-enabled-and-rac-signaling-in-axon-patterning-in-drosophila
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Ramakrishnan Kannan, Jeong-Kuen Song, Tatiana Karpova, Akanni Clarke, Madhuri Shivalkar, Benjamin Wang, Lyudmila Kotlyanskaya, Irina Kuzina, Qun Gu, Edward Giniger
The Abl tyrosine kinase signaling network controls cell migration, epithelial organization, axon patterning and other aspects of development. While individual components are known, the relationships among them remain mysterious. We now use FRET measurements of pathway activity, analysis of protein localization and genetic epistasis to dissect the structure of this network in Drosophila We find that the adaptor protein Disabled stimulates Abl kinase activity. Abl suppresses the actin regulatory factor Enabled, and we find that Abl also acts through the GEF Trio to stimulate the signaling activity of Rac GTPase: Abl gates the activity of the spectrin repeats of Trio, allowing them to relieve intramolecular repression of Trio GEF activity by the Trio N-terminal domain...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087625/faithful-mrna-splicing-depends-on-the-prp19-complex-subunit-faint-sausage-and-is-required-for-tracheal-branching-morphogenesis-in-drosophila
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Julia Sauerwald, Charlotte Soneson, Mark D Robinson, Stefan Luschnig
Morphogenesis requires the dynamic regulation of gene expression, including transcription, mRNA maturation and translation. Dysfunction of the general mRNA splicing machinery can cause surprisingly specific cellular phenotypes, but the basis for these effects is not clear. Here we show that the Drosophila faint sausage (fas) locus, implicated in epithelial morphogenesis and previously reported to encode a secreted immunoglobulin domain protein, in fact encodes a subunit of the spliceosome-activating Prp19 complex, which is essential for efficient pre-mRNA splicing...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079948/induction-of-antibodies-directed-against-branched-core-o-mannosyl-glycopeptides-selectivity-complimentary-to-the-cona-lectin
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Jin Yu, Oliver C Grant, Christian Pett, Sabine Strahl, Robert J Woods, Ulrika Westerlind
Mammalian protein O-mannosylation comprise a group of post-translational modifications (PTMs) involved in muscle and brain development. Despite the enormous progress made, to date the biological impact of the mammalian O-mannosyl glycoproteome remains largely unknown. Tools are still needed to investigate the structure, role and abundance of O-mannosyl glycans. While O-mannosyl branching has been shown to be of relevance in integrin-dependent cell-migration, and also plays a role in demyelinating diseases, a broader understanding of the biological roles of branched O-mannosyl glycans is lacking in part due to the paucity of detection tools...
January 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074314/a-novel-effect-of-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptor-on-mammary-branching-morphogenesis-and-its-possible-implications-in-breast-cancer
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Lucía Gargiulo, María May, Ezequiel M Rivero, Sabrina Copsel, Caroline Lamb, John Lydon, Carlos Davio, Claudia Lanari, Isabel A Lüthy, Ariana Bruzzone
Understanding the mechanisms that govern normal mammary gland development is crucial to the comprehension of breast cancer etiology. β-adrenergic receptors (β-AR) are targets of endogenous catecholamines such as epinephrine that have gained importance in the context of cancer biology. Differences in β2-AR expression levels may be responsible for the effects of epinephrine on tumor vs non-tumorigenic breast cell lines, the latter expressing higher levels of β2-AR. To study regulation of the breast cell phenotype by β2-AR, we over-expressed β2-AR in MCF-7 breast cancer cells and knocked-down the receptor in non-tumorigenic MCF-10A breast cells...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056236/-cd137-cd137l-signaling-promotes-angiogenesis-in-atherosclerosis-plaque-of-mice-through-activating-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-c1
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J Y Weng, J C Yan, Y Chen, Z Q Wang, C P Wang, C Shao
Objective: To explore whether CD137-CD137L signaling can promote angiogenesis in atherosclerosis plaque via activating nuclear factor of activated T cells c1 (NFATc1). Methods: Apolipoprotein E knock out mice were divided into the following groups: control group (n=5), CD137 activated group(n=5)and CD137 inhibited group (n=5). Immunohistochemistry was performed to detect the expression of CD31 in aortic plaque. Endothelial cells (bEnd.3) were purchased from ATCC and divided into the following groups: control group, IgG isotype control group, CD137 activated group and CD137 inhibited group...
December 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056014/prevalence-of-chagas-disease-in-a-u-s-population-of-latin-american-immigrants-with-conduction-abnormalities-on-electrocardiogram
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Mahmoud I Traina, Salvador Hernandez, Daniel R Sanchez, Jalal Dufani, Mohsin Salih, Adieb M Abuhamidah, Wilman Olmedo, Jason S Bradfield, Colin J Forsyth, Sheba K Meymandi
Chagas disease (CD) affects over six million people and is a leading cause of cardiomyopathy in Latin America. Given recent migration trends, there is a large population at risk in the United States (US). Early stage cardiac involvement from CD usually presents with conduction abnormalities on electrocardiogram (ECG) including right bundle branch block (RBBB), left anterior or posterior fascicular block (LAFB or LPFB, respectively), and rarely, left bundle branch block (LBBB). Identification of disease at this stage may lead to early treatment and potentially delay the progression to impaired systolic function...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052414/microrna-218-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-increases-chemosensitivity-to-cddp-treatment-by-targeting-bcat1-in-prostate-cancer
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Wenjing Zhu, Yiqun Shao, Yu Peng
MicroRNAs have been reported to be associated with chemosensitivity of several types of cancers. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we explored miR-218 increased the chemosensitivity to cis-diaminedichloroplatinum treatment of prostate cancer. We found that the expression level of miR-218 was down-regulated in the human prostate cancer specimens. Moreover, overexpression of miR-218 inhibited cell viability, migration, and invasion in PC3 and DU145 cells. Furthermore, we demonstrated that the tumor suppressive role of miR-218 was mediated by negatively regulating branched-chain amino acid transaminase 1 (BCAT1) protein expression...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035583/specific-n-glycan-alterations-are-coupled-in-emt-induced-by-different-density-cultivation-of-mcf-10a-epithelial-cells
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Qingsong Xu, Xueming Niu, Wenjing Wang, Wen Yang, Yuguang Du, Jianguo Gu, Linsheng Song
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process in tumor progression during which cancer cells undergo dramatic changes acquiring highly invasive properties. In a widespread adoption of TGF-β-induced EMT model, we have previously observed that expression of bisecting GlcNAc on N-glycans was dramatically decreased. Herein, we performed in vitro studies with the MCF10A cell line. In response to low cell density, MCF10A cells suffered spontaneously morphologic and phenotypic EMT-like changes, including elongated spindle shape, extended out from edge of the cell sheet, cytoskeleton reorganization, vimentin and fibronectin up-regulation, catenins redistribution, and cadherin switching...
December 29, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034921/matrix-stiffening-promotes-a-tumor-vasculature-phenotype
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Francois Bordeleau, Brooke N Mason, Emmanuel Macklin Lollis, Michael Mazzola, Matthew R Zanotelli, Sahana Somasegar, Joseph P Califano, Christine Montague, Danielle J LaValley, John Huynh, Nuria Mencia-Trinchant, Yashira L Negrón Abril, Duane C Hassane, Lawrence J Bonassar, Jonathan T Butcher, Robert S Weiss, Cynthia A Reinhart-King
Tumor microvasculature tends to be malformed, more permeable, and more tortuous than vessels in healthy tissue, effects that have been largely attributed to up-regulated VEGF expression. However, tumor tissue tends to stiffen during solid tumor progression, and tissue stiffness is known to alter cell behaviors including proliferation, migration, and cell-cell adhesion, which are all requisite for angiogenesis. Using in vitro, in vivo, and ex ovo models, we investigated the effects of matrix stiffness on vessel growth and integrity during angiogenesis...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013022/nano-scale-actin-network-characterization-of-fibroblast-cells-lacking-functional-arp2-3-complex
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Karen L Anderson, Christopher Page, Mark F Swift, Praveen Suraneni, Mandy E W Janssen, Thomas D Pollard, Rong Li, Niels Volkmann, Dorit Hanein
Arp2/3 complex is thought to be the primary protrusive force generator in cell migration by controlling the assembly and turnover of the branched filament network that pushes the leading edge of moving cells forward. However, mouse fibroblasts without functional Arp2/3 complex migrate at rates similar to wild-type cells, contradicting this paradigm. We show by correlative fluorescence and large-scale cryo-tomography studies combined with automated actin-network analysis that the absence of functional Arp2/3 complex has profound effects on the nano-scale architecture of actin networks...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009009/bacteriophage-t5-gene-d10-encodes-a-branch-migration-protein
#16
Io Nam Wong, Jon R Sayers, Cyril M Sanders
Helicases catalyze the unwinding of double-stranded nucleic acids where structure and phosphate backbone contacts, rather than nucleobase sequence, usually determines substrate specificity. We have expressed and purified a putative helicase encoded by the D10 gene of bacteriophage T5. Here we report that this hitherto uncharacterized protein possesses branch migration and DNA unwinding activity. The initiation of substrate unwinding showed some sequence dependency, while DNA binding and DNA-dependent ATPase activity did not...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998771/deficiency-in-ubiquitin-like-protein-ubl4a-impairs-migration-of-fibroblasts-and-macrophages
#17
Yu Zhao, Huaiyuan Zhang, Carlos Affonso, Raiza Bonomo, Adriana Mañas, Jialing Xiang
Ubiquitin-like protein Ubl4A is a small, multi-functional protein with no ubiquitination activity. We have previously demonstrated that Ubl4A directly interacts with actin-related protein 2/3 complex (Arp2/3) and promotes Arp2/3-dependent actin branching, thereby accelerating plasma membrane translocation of protein kinase Akt upon insulin stimulation. Here, we show that Ubl4A is critical for plasma membrane protrusion and cell migration. Ubl4A, F-actin and Arp2/3 are co-localized at the cell leading edges during wound closure...
December 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998072/effect-of-several-hiv-antigens-simultaneously-loaded-with-g2-nn16-carbosilane-dendrimer-in-the-cell-uptake-and-functionality-of-human-dendritic-cells
#18
Daniel Sepúlveda-Crespo, Enrique Vacas-Córdoba, Valeria Márquez-Miranda, Ingrid Araya-Durán, Rafael Gómez, Francisco Javier de la Mata, Fernando Danilo González-Nilo, Ma Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández
Dendrimers are highly branched, star-shaped, and nanosized polymers that have been proposed as new carriers for specific HIV-1 peptides. Dendritic cells (DCs) are the most-potent antigen-presenting cells that play a major role in the development of cell-mediated immunotherapy due to the generation and regulation of adaptive immune responses against HIV-1. This article reports on the associated behavior of two or three HIV-derived peptides simultaneously (p24/gp160 or p24/gp160/NEF) with cationic carbosilane dendrimer G2-NN16...
December 21, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995292/initial-experience-with-elective-perventricular-melody-valve-placement-in-small-patients
#19
Aamisha Gupta, Damien Kenny, Massimo Caputo, Zahid Amin
Perventricular Melody valve placement has been described as a bailout approach or alternative RVOT approach in patients >30 kg. We present three patients <20 kg and two patients with limited venous access, where we electively performed the perventricular approach. Retrospective analysis of patients <30 kg and vascular access limitation undergoing elective hybrid pulmonary valve replacement were reviewed. The subcostal approach was performed without sternotomy with the sheath introduced through the diaphragmatic surface of the right ventricle...
December 20, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994175/phylogeography-genetic-diversity-and-demographic-history-of-the-iranian-kurdish-groups-based-on-mtdna-sequences
#20
Fatah Zarei, Hassan Rajabi-Maham
Throughout the history of modern humans, the current Kurdish-inhabited area has served as part of a tricontinental crossroad for major human migrations. Also, a significant body of archaeological evidence points to this area as the site of Neolithic transition. To investigate the phylogeography, origins and demographic history, mtDNA D-loop region of individuals representing four Kurdish groups from Iran were analysed. Our data indicated that most of the Kurds mtDNA lineages belong to branches of the haplogroups with the Western Eurasian origin; with small fractions of the Eastern Eurasian and sub-Saharan African lineages...
December 2016: Journal of Genetics
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