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Maud Martin, Alexandra Veloso, Jingchao Wu, Eugene A Katrukha, Anna Akhmanova
Microtubules control different aspects of cell polarization. In cells with a radial microtubule system, a pivotal role in setting up asymmetry is attributed to the relative positioning of the centrosome and the nucleus. Here, we show that centrosome loss had no effect on the ability of endothelial cells to polarize and move in 2D and 3D environments. In contrast, non-centrosomal microtubules stabilized by the microtubule minus-end-binding protein CAMSAP2 were required for directional migration on 2D substrates and for the establishment of polarized cell morphology in soft 3D matrices...
March 16, 2018: ELife
Seow Theng Ong, Madhavi Latha Somaraju Chalasani, M H U Turabe Fazil, Praseetha Prasannan, Atish Kizhakeyil, Graham D Wright, Dermot Kelleher, Navin Kumar Verma
Centrosome- and Golgi-localized protein kinase N-associated protein (CG-NAP), also known as AKAP450, is a cytosolic scaffolding protein involved in the targeted positioning of multiple signaling molecules, which are critical for cellular functioning. Here, we show that CG-NAP is predominantly expressed in human primary T-lymphocytes, localizes in close proximity (<0.2 μm) with centrosomal and Golgi structures and serves as a docking platform for Protein Kinase A (PKA). GapmeR-mediated knockdown of CG-NAP inhibits LFA-1-induced T-cell migration and impairs T-cell chemotaxis toward the chemokine SDF-1α...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Jennifer T Wang, Tim Stearns
The centriole is a defining feature of many eukaryotic cells. It nucleates a cilium, organizes microtubules as part of the centrosome, and is duplicated in coordination with the cell cycle. Centrioles have a remarkable structure, consisting of microtubules arranged in a barrel with ninefold radial symmetry. At their base, or proximal end, centrioles have unique triplet microtubules, formed from three microtubules linked to each other. This microtubule organization is not found anywhere else in the cell, is conserved in all major branches of the eukaryotic tree, and likely was present in the last eukaryotic common ancestor...
March 14, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
Nirmesh Patel, Daniel Weekes, Konstantinos Drosopoulos, Patrycja Gazinska, Elodie Noel, Mamun Rashid, Hasan Mirza, Jelmar Quist, Fara Brasó-Maristany, Sumi Mathew, Riccardo Ferro, Ana Mendes Pereira, Cynthia Prince, Farzana Noor, Erika Francesch-Domenech, Rebecca Marlow, Emanuele de Rinaldis, Anita Grigoriadis, Spiros Linardopoulos, Pierfrancesco Marra, Andrew N J Tutt
Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) lack recurrent targetable driver mutations but demonstrate frequent copy number aberrations (CNAs). Here, we describe an integrative genomic and RNAi-based approach that identifies and validates gene addictions in TNBCs. CNAs and gene expression alterations are integrated and genes scored for pre-specified target features revealing 130 candidate genes. We test functional dependence on each of these genes using RNAi in breast cancer and non-malignant cells, validating malignant cell selective dependence upon 37 of 130 genes...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Katarína Skalická, Gabriela Hrčková, Anita Vaská, Ágnes Baranyaiová, László Kovács
AIM: To evaluate the genetic defects of ciliary genes causing the loss of primary cilium in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). METHODS: We analyzed 191 structural and functional genes of the primary cilium using next-generation sequencing analysis. We analyzed the kidney samples, which were obtained from 7 patients with ADPKD who underwent nephrectomy. Each sample contained polycystic kidney tissue and matched normal kidney tissue. RESULTS: In our study, we identified genetic defects in the 5 to 15 genes in each ADPKD sample...
March 6, 2018: World Journal of Nephrology
Daigo Inoue, Joachim Wittbrodt, Oliver J Gruss
Centrosomes are the main microtubule organizing centers in animal cells. In particular during embryogenesis, they ensure faithful spindle formation and proper cell divisions. As metazoan centrosomes are eliminated during oogenesis, they have to be reassembled upon fertilization. Most metazoans use the sperm centrioles as templates for new centrosome biogenesis while the egg's cytoplasm re-prepares all components for on-going centrosome duplication in rapidly dividing embryonic cells. We discuss our knowledge and the experimental challenges to analyze zygotic centrosome reformation, which requires genetic experiments to enable scrutinizing respective male and female contributions...
March 9, 2018: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Ravi Kiran Deevi, Arman Javadi, Jane McClements, Jekaterina Vohhodina, Kienan Savage, Maurice Bernard Loughrey, Emma Evergren, Frederick Charles Campbell
Histological grading provides prognostic stratification of colorectal cancer (CRC) by scoring heterogeneous phenotypes. Features of aggressiveness include aberrant mitotic spindle configurations, chromosomal breakage, and bizarre multicellular morphology, but pathobiology is poorly understood. Protein kinase C zeta (PKCz) controls mitotic spindle dynamics, chromosome segregation, and multicellular patterns, but its role in CRC phenotype evolution remains unclear. Here, we show that PKCz couples genome segregation to multicellular morphology through control of interphase centrosome anchoring...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Pathology
You Kure Wu, Hiroki Umeshima, Junko Kurisu, Mineko Kengaku
Nuclear migration of newly born neurons is essential for cortex formation in the brain. The nucleus is translocated by actin and microtubules, yet the actual force generated by the interplay of these cytoskeletons remains elusive. High-resolution time-lapse observation of migrating murine cerebellar granule cells revealed that the nucleus actively rotates along the direction of its translocation, independently of centrosome motion. Pharmacological and molecular perturbation indicated that spin torque is primarily generated by microtubule motors through the LINC complex in the absence of actomyosin contractility...
March 8, 2018: Development
Lonneke Duijkers, L Ingeborgh van den Born, John Neidhardt, Nathalie M Bax, Laurence H M Pierrache, B Jeroen Klevering, Rob W J Collin, Alejandro Garanto
Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is a rare inherited retinal disorder affecting approximately 1:50,000 people worldwide. So far, mutations in 25 genes have been associated with LCA, with CEP290 (encoding the Centrosomal protein of 290 kDa) being the most frequently mutated gene. The most recurrent LCA-causing CEP290 mutation, c.2991+1655A>G, causes the insertion of a pseudoexon into a variable proportion of CEP290 transcripts. We previously demonstrated that antisense oligonucleotides (AONs) have a high therapeutic potential for patients homozygously harbouring this mutation, although to date, it is unclear whether rescuing one single allele is enough to restore CEP290 function...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yangyang Xu, Xiangxiang Zhou, Ying Li, Ya Zhang, Xin Wang
Context: T-cell lymphomas (TCLs) have been heterogeneous lymphoid malignancies with aggressive clinical phenotype and poor prognosis. Centrosomal protein 55 (CEP55) played a critical role in cytokinesis and served as a centrosome- and midbody-associated protein. Previous studies have reported the overexpression and clinical significance of CEP55 in various human malignancies, but the exact biological roles of CEP55 in TCLs remained unclear. Aims: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the CEP55 expression in patients with TCL and reactive hyperplasia of lymph nodes...
January 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Marie Rogne, Oksana Svaerd, Julia Madsen-Østerbye, Adnan Hashim, Geir E Tjønnfjord, Judith Staerk
Cytokinesis failure leads to the emergence of tetraploid cells and multiple centrosomes. Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is the most common haematological malignancy in adults and is characterized by clonal B cell expansion. Here, we show that a significant number of peripheral blood CLL cells are arrested in cytokinesis and that this event occurred after nuclear envelope reformation and before cytoplasmic abscission. mRNA expression data showed that several genes known to be crucial for cell cycle regulation, checkpoint and centromere function, such as ING4, ING5, CDKN1A and CDK4, were significantly dysregulated in CLL samples...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Arunika Das, Jeffry Cesario, Anna Maria Hinman, Janet K Jang, Kim S McKim
Bipolar spindle assembly occurs in the absence of centrosomes in the oocytes of most organisms. In the absence of centrosomes in Drosophila oocytes, we have proposed that the kinesin 6 Subito, a MKLP-2 homolog, is required for establishing spindle bipolarity and chromosome biorientation by assembling a robust central spindle during prometaphase I. Although the functions of the conserved motor domains of kinesins is well studied, less is known about the contribution of the poorly conserved N- and C- terminal domains to motor function...
March 7, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Joung-Sun Park, Ho-Jun Jeon, Jung-Hoon Pyo, Young-Shin Kim, Mi-Ae Yoo
Stem cell dysfunction is closely linked to tissue and organismal aging and age-related diseases, and heavily influenced by the niche cells' environment. The DNA damage response (DDR) is a key pathway for tissue degeneration and organismal aging; however, the precise protective role of DDR in stem cell/niche aging is unclear. The Drosophila midgut is an excellent model to study the biology of stem cell/niche aging because of its easy genetic manipulation and its short lifespan. Here, we showed that deficiency of DDR in Drosophila enterocytes (ECs) accelerates intestinal stem cell (ISC) aging...
March 7, 2018: Aging
Maren Mönnich, Louise Borgeskov, Loretta Breslin, Lis Jakobsen, Michaela Rogowski, Canan Doganli, Jacob M Schrøder, Johanne B Mogensen, Louise Blinkenkjær, Lea M Harder, Emma Lundberg, Stefan Geimer, Søren T Christensen, Jens S Andersen, Lars A Larsen, Lotte B Pedersen
The centrosome is the main microtubule-organizing center in animal cells and comprises a mother and daughter centriole surrounded by pericentriolar material. During formation of primary cilia, the mother centriole transforms into a basal body that templates the ciliary axoneme. Ciliogenesis depends on mother centriole-specific distal appendages, whereas the role of subdistal appendages in ciliary function is unclear. Here, we identify CEP128 as a centriole subdistal appendage protein required for regulating ciliary signaling...
March 6, 2018: Cell Reports
Paul Guichard, Virginie Hamel, Pierre Gönczy
The cartwheel is a striking structure critical for building the centriole, a microtubule-based organelle fundamental for organizing centrosomes, cilia, and flagella. Over the last 50 years, the cartwheel has been described in many systems using electron microscopy, but the molecular nature of its constituent building blocks and their assembly mechanisms have long remained mysterious. Here, we review discoveries that led to the current understanding of cartwheel structure, assembly, and function. We focus on the key role of SAS-6 protein self-organization, both for building the signature ring-like structure with hub and spokes, as well as for their vertical stacking...
March 6, 2018: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Hyun-Jin Na, Jung-Hoon Pyo, Ho-Jun Jeon, Joung-Sun Park, Hae-Young Chung, Mi-Ae Yoo
Age-related changes of adult stem cell are crucial for tissue aging and age-related diseases. Thus, clarifying mechanisms to prevent adult stem cell aging is indispensable for healthy aging. Metformin, a drug for type 2 diabetes, has been highlighted for its anti-aging and anti-cancer effect. In Drosophila intestinal stem cell (ISC), we previously reported the inhibitory effect of metformin on age-related phenotypes of ISC. Here, we showed that knockdown of Atg6, a crucial autophagy-related factor, in ISC induces age-related phenotypes of ISC such as hyperproliferation, centrosome amplification, and DNA damage accumulation...
February 26, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Daniel Ansari, Carolina Del Pino Bellido, Monika Bauden, Roland Andersson
The centrosome is the main microtubule-organizing center in human cells. It regulates normal cell-cycle progression and cell division. Aberrations in the number, structure and function of centrosomes have been found to drive genomic instability and tumorigenesis. Pancreatic cancer frequently displays centrosomal aberrations. Supernumerary and abnormal centrosomes are observed in the earliest stages of pancreatic tumor development, and the p53 pathway acts as an initial barrier to the proliferation of cells with extra centrosomes...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Ae Lee Jeong, Hye In Ka, Sora Han, Sunyi Lee, Eun-Woo Lee, Su Jung Soh, Hyun Jeong Joo, Buyanravjkh Sumiyasuren, Ji Young Park, Jong-Seok Lim, Jong Hoon Park, Myung Sok Lee, Young Yang
In most mammalian cells, the primary cilium is a microtubule-enriched protrusion of the plasma membrane and acts as a key coordinator of signaling pathways during development and tissue homeostasis. The primary cilium is generated from the basal body, and cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A), the overexpression of which stabilizes c-MYC to support the malignant growth of tumor cells, is localized in the centrosome. Here, we show that CIP2A overexpression induces primary cilia disassembly through the activation of Aurora A kinase, and CIP2A depletion increases ciliated cells and cilia length in retinal pigment epithelium (RPE1) cells...
February 28, 2018: EMBO Reports
Chengbing Wang, Jia Li, Ken-Ichi Takemaru, Xiaogang Jiang, Guoqiang Xu, Baolin Wang
The primary cilium is a microtubule-based organelle required for Hedgehog (Hh) signaling and consists of basal body, ciliary axoneme, and transition zone, a compartment between the first two structures. The transition zone serves as a gatekeeper to control protein composition in cilia, but less is known about its role in ciliary bud formation. Here, we show that centrosomal protein Dzip1l is required for Hh signaling between Smoothened and Sufu. Dzip1l colocalizes with basal body appendage proteins and Rpgrip1l, a transition zone protein...
February 27, 2018: Development
Lisbeth Charlotte Olsen, Ioannis Kourtesis, Henriette Busengdal, Marit Flo Jensen, Harald Hausen, Daniel Chourrout
BACKGROUND: Germ cell formation has been investigated in sessile forms of tunicates. This process involves the release of a subset of maternal transcripts from the centrosome-attracting body (CAB) in the progenitor cells of the germ line. When germ-soma segregation is completed, CAB structures are missing from the newly formed primordial germ cells (PGCs). In free-swimming tunicates, knowledge about germ cell formation is lacking. In this investigation, comparative gene expression and electron microscopy studies were used to address germ cell formation in Oikopleura dioica (O...
February 27, 2018: BMC Developmental Biology
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