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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340411/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-chalcone-derivatives-as-a-new-class-of-microtubule-destabilizing-agents
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Xiaochao Huang, Rizhen Huang, Lingxue Li, Shaohua Gou, Hengshan Wang
A series of novel chalcone derivatives were designed and synthesized as potential antitumor agents. Structures of target molecules were confirmed by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and HR-MS, and evaluated for their in vitro anti-proliferative activities using MTT assay. Among them, compound 12k displayed potent activity against the test tumor cell lines including multidrug resistant human cancer lines, with the IC50 values ranged from 3.75 to 8.42 μM. In addition, compound 12k was found to induce apoptosis in NCI-H460 cells via the mitochondrial pathway, including an increase of the ROS level, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, release of cytochrome c, down-regulation of Bcl-2, up-regulation of Bax, activation of caspase-9 and caspase-3, respectively...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334956/prune-is-crucial-for-normal-brain-development-and-mutated-in-microcephaly-with-neurodevelopmental-impairment
#2
Massimo Zollo, Mustafa Ahmed, Veronica Ferrucci, Vincenzo Salpietro, Fatemeh Asadzadeh, Marianeve Carotenuto, Reza Maroofian, Ahmed Al-Amri, Royana Singh, Iolanda Scognamiglio, Majid Mojarrad, Luca Musella, Angela Duilio, Angela Di Somma, Ender Karaca, Anna Rajab, Aisha Al-Khayat, Tribhuvan Mohan Mohapatra, Atieh Eslahi, Farah Ashrafzadeh, Lettie E Rawlins, Rajniti Prasad, Rashmi Gupta, Preeti Kumari, Mona Srivastava, Flora Cozzolino, Sunil Kumar Rai, Maria Monti, Gaurav V Harlalka, Michael A Simpson, Philip Rich, Fatema Al-Salmi, Michael A Patton, Barry A Chioza, Stephanie Efthymiou, Francesca Granata, Gabriella Di Rosa, Sarah Wiethoff, Eugenia Borgione, Carmela Scuderi, Kshitij Mankad, Michael G Hanna, Piero Pucci, Henry Houlden, James R Lupski, Andrew H Crosby, Emma L Baple
PRUNE is a member of the DHH (Asp-His-His) phosphoesterase protein superfamily of molecules important for cell motility, and implicated in cancer progression. Here we investigated multiple families from Oman, India, Iran and Italy with individuals affected by a new autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental and degenerative disorder in which the cardinal features include primary microcephaly and profound global developmental delay. Our genetic studies identified biallelic mutations of PRUNE1 as responsible. Our functional assays of disease-associated variant alleles revealed impaired microtubule polymerization, as well as cell migration and proliferation properties, of mutant PRUNE...
February 28, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334804/a-critical-role-of-hrd1-in-the-regulation-of-optineurin-degradation-and-aggresome-formation
#3
Jiahui Mao, Qin Xia, Chunfeng Liu, Zheng Ying, Hongfeng Wang, Guanghui Wang
Mutations in optineurin (OPTN) are associated with several human disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG). OPTN is known to be a multifunctional autophagy receptor that plays important roles in NF-κB signaling, vesicle trafficking, maintenance of the Golgi apparatus and autophagy. Given that a loss of neurons and an abnormal aggregation of disease proteins are two key features of neurodegenerative diseases, protein quality control systems are considered to be tightly associated with neurodegeneration...
March 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334732/high-stmn1-level-is-associated-with-chemo-resistance-and-poor-prognosis-in-gastric-cancer-patients
#4
Tuya Bai, Takehiko Yokobori, Bolag Altan, Munenori Ide, Erito Mochiki, Mitsuhiro Yanai, Akiharu Kimura, Norimichi Kogure, Toru Yanoma, Masaki Suzuki, Pinjie Bao, Kyoichi Kaira, Takayuki Asao, Ayaka Katayama, Tadashi Handa, Navchaa Gombodorj, Masahiko Nishiyama, Tetsunari Oyama, Kyoichi Ogata, Hiroyuki Kuwano
BACKGROUND: Stathmin1 (STMN1) is a cytosolic phosphoprotein that regulates cellular microtubule dynamics and is known to have oncogenic activity. Despite several reports, its roles in gastric cancer (GC) remain unclear owing to a lack of analyses of highly metastatic cases. This study aimed to investigate STMN1 as a prognostic and predictive indicator of response to paclitaxel therapy in patients with GC, including inoperable cases. METHODS: Immunohistochemical analysis of STMN1 was performed on both operable (n=95) and inoperable GC (n=61) samples...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333984/synthesis-and-bioevaluation-of-n-4-diaryl-1-3-thiazole-2-amines-as-tubulin-inhibitors-with-potent-antiproliferative-activity
#5
Maolin Sun, Qile Xu, Jingwen Xu, Yue Wu, Yueting Wang, Daiying Zuo, Qi Guan, Kai Bao, Jian Wang, Yingliang Wu, Weige Zhang
A series of N,4-diaryl-1,3-thiazole-2-amines containing three aromatic rings with an amino linker were designed and synthesized as tubulin inhibitors and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity in three human cancer cell lines. Most of the target compounds displayed moderate antiproliferative activity, and N-(2,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-4-(4-methoxyphenyl)-1,3-thiazol-2-amine (10s) was determined to be the most potent compound. Tubulin polymerization and immunostaining experiments revealed that 10s potently inhibited tubulin polymerization and disrupted tubulin microtubule dynamics in a manner similar to CA-4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332584/akt-targeting-as-a-strategy-to-boost-chemotherapy-efficacy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-metabolism-suppression
#6
Marion Le Grand, Raphael Berges, Eddy Pasquier, Marie-Pierre Montero, Laurence Borge, Alice Carrier, Sophie Vasseur, Veronique Bourgarel, Duje Buric, Nicolas André, Diane Braguer, Manon Carré
Metabolic reprogramming is a hallmark of cancer development, mediated by genetic and epigenetic alterations that may be pharmacologically targeted. Among oncogenes, the kinase Akt is commonly overexpressed in tumors and favors glycolysis, providing a rationale for using Akt inhibitors. Here, we addressed the question of whether and how inhibiting Akt activity could improve therapy of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that represents more than 80% of all lung cancer cases. First, we demonstrated that Akt inhibitors interacted synergistically with Microtubule-Targeting Agents (MTAs) and specifically in cancer cell lines, including those resistant to chemotherapy agents and anti-EGFR targeted therapies...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332020/temperature-effects-on-the-activity-shape-and-storage-of-platelets-from-13-lined-ground-squirrels
#7
Scott Cooper, Sarah Lloyd, Anthony Koch, Xingxing Lin, Katie Dobbs, Thomas Theisen, Matt Zuberbuehler, Kaley Bernhardt, Michael Gyorfi, Tanner Tenpas, Skyler Hying, Sarah Mortimer, Christine Lamont, Marcus Lehmann, Keith Neeves
The objective of this study is to determine how a hibernating mammal avoids the formation of blood clots under periods of low blood flow. A microfluidic vascular injury model was performed to differentiate the effects of temperature and shear rate on platelet adhesion to collagen. Human and ground squirrel whole blood was incubated at 15 or 37 °C and then passed through a microfluidic chamber over a 250-µm strip of type I fibrillar collagen at that temperature and the shear rates of 50 or 300 s(-1) to simulate torpid and aroused conditions, respectively...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331094/herpes-simplex-virus-ge-gi-and-us9-promote-both-envelopment-and-sorting-of-virus-particles-in-the-cytoplasm-of-neurons-two-processes-that-precede-anterograde-transport-in-axons
#8
Grayson DuRaine, Todd W Wisner, Paul Howard, David C Johnson
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) anterograde transport in neuronal axons is vital, allowing spread from latently-infected ganglia to epithelial tissues where viral progeny are produced in numbers allowing spread to other hosts. HSV membrane proteins gE/gI and US9 initiate the process of anterograde axonal transport ensuring that virus particles are transported from the cytoplasm into the most proximal segments of axons. These proteins do not appear to be important once HSV is inside axons. Previously we described HSV double mutants lacking both gE and US9 that failed to transport virus particles into axons...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331073/stability-and-function-of-a-putative-microtubule-organizing-center-in-the-human-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii
#9
Jacqueline M Leung, Yudou He, Fangliang Zhang, Yu-Chen Hwang, Eiji Nagayasu, Jun Liu, John M Murray, Ke Hu
The organization of the microtubule cytoskeleton is dictated by microtubule nucleators or organizing centers.  Toxoplasma gondii, an important human parasite, has an array of 22 regularly spaced cortical microtubules stemming from a hypothesized organizing center, the apical polar ring. Here, we examine the functions of the apical polar ring by characterizing two of its components, KinesinA and APR1, and discovered that its putative role in templating can be separated from its mechanical stability. Parasites that lack both KinesinA and APR1 (ΔkinesinAΔapr1) are capable of generating 22 cortical microtubules...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331072/direct-measurement-of-microtubule-attachment-strength-to-yeast-centrosomes
#10
Kimberly K Fong, Krishna K Sarangapani, Erik C Yusko, Michael Riffle, Aida Llauró, Beth Graczyk, Trisha N Davis, Charles L Asbury
Centrosomes, or spindle pole bodies (SPBs) in yeast, are vital mechanical hubs that maintain load-bearing attachments to microtubules during mitotic spindle assembly, spindle positioning, and chromosome segregation. However, the strength of microtubule-centrosome attachments is unknown, and the possibility that mechanical force might regulate centrosome function has scarcely been explored. To uncover how centrosomes sustain and regulate force, we purified SPBs from budding yeast and used laser trapping to manipulate single attached microtubules in vitro Our experiments reveal that SPB-microtubule attachments are extraordinarily strong, rupturing at forces about 4-fold higher than kinetochore attachments under identical loading conditions...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331070/cytoplasmic-flows-as-signatures-for-the-mechanics-of-mitotic-positioning
#11
Ehssan Nazockdast, Abtin Rahimian, Daniel Needleman, Michael Shelley
The proper positioning of mitotic spindle in the single-cell Caenorhabditis elegans embryo is achieved initially by the migration and rotation of the pronuclear complex (PNC) and its two associated astral microtubules (MTs). Pronuclear migration produces global cytoplasmic flows that couple the mechanics of all microtubules, the PNC, and the cell periphery with each other through their hydrodynamic interactions (HIs). We present the first computational study that explicitly accounts for detailed HIs between the cytoskeletal components and demonstrate the key consequences of HIs on the mechanics of pronuclear migration...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330734/enhanced-cellular-uptake-and-gene-silencing-activity-of-sirna-using-temperature-responsive-polymer-modified-liposome
#12
Jian Wang, Eri Ayano, Yoshie Maitani, Hideko Kanazawa
Short interfering RNA (siRNA) delivery systems using nanoparticle carriers have been limited by inefficient intracellular delivery. One drawback is the poor cellular uptake of siRNA/particle complexes through the plasma membrane and release of the nucleic acids into the cytosol. In this study, to develop the temperature-responsive liposome as a novel carrier for siRNA delivery, we prepared lipoplexes and assessed cellular uptake of siRNA and gene silencing activity of target genes, compared with those of a commercial transfection reagent, Lipofectamine RNAiMAX, and non-modified or PEGylated liposomes...
March 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329908/re-evaluating-the-roles-of-myosin-18a%C3%AE-and-f-actin-in-determining-golgi-morphology
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Kyle Bruun, Jordan R Beach, Sarah M Heissler, Kirsten Remmert, James R Sellers, John A Hammer
The peri-centrosomal localization and morphology of the Golgi apparatus depends largely on the microtubule cytoskeleton and the microtubule motor protein dynein. Recent studies proposed that myosin 18Aα (M18Aα) also contributes to Golgi morphology by binding the Golgi protein GOLPH3 and walking along adjacent actin filaments to stretch the Golgi into its classic ribbon structure. Biochemical analyses have shown, however, that M18A is not an actin-activated ATPase and lacks motor activity. Our goal, therefore, was to define the precise molecular mechanism by which M18Aα determines Golgi morphology...
March 22, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329028/non-equilibrium-assembly-of-microtubules-from-molecules-to-autonomous-chemical-robots
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REVIEW
H Hess, Jennifer L Ross
Biological systems have evolved to harness non-equilibrium processes from the molecular to the macro scale. It is currently a grand challenge of chemistry, materials science, and engineering to understand and mimic biological systems that have the ability to autonomously sense stimuli, process these inputs, and respond by performing mechanical work. New chemical systems are responding to the challenge and form the basis for future responsive, adaptive, and active materials. In this article, we describe a particular biochemical-biomechanical network based on the microtubule cytoskeletal filament - itself a non-equilibrium chemical system...
March 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328318/toward-discovery-of-novel-microtubule-targeting-agents-a-snap-tag-based-high-content-screening-assay-for-the-analysis-of-microtubule-dynamics-and-cell-cycle-progression
#15
Nina Berges, Katharina Arens, Verena Kreusch, Rainer Fischer, Stefano Di Fiore
Microtubule targeting agents (MTAs) are used for the treatment of cancer. Novel MTAs could provide additional and beneficial therapeutic options. To improve the sensitivity and throughput of standard immunofluorescence assays for the characterization of MTAs, we used SNAP-tag technology to produce recombinant tubulin monomers. To visualize microtubule filaments, A549 cells transfected with SNAP-tubulin were stained with a membrane-permeable, SNAP-reactive dye. The treatment of SNAP-tubulin cells with stabilizing MTAs such as paclitaxel resulted in the formation of coarsely structured microtubule filaments, whereas depolymerizing MTAs such as nocodazole resulted in diffuse staining patterns in which the tubulin filaments were no longer distinguishable...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327603/first-evidence-for-temporary-and-permanent-adhesive-systems-in-the-stalked-barnacle-cyprid-octolasmis-angulata
#16
Fook Choy Yap, Wey-Lim Wong, Aaron G Maule, Gerard P Brennan, Ving Ching Chong, Lee Hong Susan Lim
Although there have been extensive studies on the larval adhesion of acorn barnacles over the past few decades, little is known about stalked barnacles. For the first time, we describe the larval adhesive systems in the stalked barnacle, Octolasmis angulata and the findings differ from previous reports of the temporary (antennulary) and cement glands in thoracican barnacles. We have found that the temporary adhesives of cyprid are produced by the clustered temporary adhesive glands located within the mantle, instead of the specialised hypodermal glands in the second antennular segment as reported in the acorn barnacles...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325809/the-rab7-effector-plekhm1-binds-arl8b-to-promote-cargo-traffic-to-lysosomes
#17
Rituraj Marwaha, Subhash B Arya, Divya Jagga, Harmeet Kaur, Amit Tuli, Mahak Sharma
Endocytic, autophagic, and phagocytic vesicles move on microtubule tracks to fuse with lysosomes. Small GTPases, such as Rab7 and Arl8b, recruit their downstream effectors to mediate this transport and fusion. However, the potential cross talk between these two GTPases is unclear. Here, we show that the Rab7 effector PLEKHM1 simultaneously binds Rab7 and Arl8b, bringing about clustering and fusion of late endosomes and lysosomes. We show that the N-terminal RUN domain of PLEKHM1 is necessary and sufficient for interaction with Arl8b and its subsequent localization to lysosomes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325808/membrane-remodeling-during-embryonic-abscission-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#18
Julia König, E B Frankel, Anjon Audhya, Thomas Müller-Reichert
Abscission is the final step of cytokinesis and results in the physical separation of two daughter cells. In this study, we conducted a time-resolved series of electron tomographic reconstructions to define the steps required for the first embryonic abscission in Caenorhabditis elegans Our findings indicate that membrane scission occurs on both sides of the midbody ring with random order and that completion of the scission process requires actomyosin-driven membrane remodeling, but not microtubules. Moreover, continuous membrane removal predominates during the late stages of cytokinesis, mediated by both dynamin and the ESCRT (endosomal sorting complex required for transport) machinery...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325758/the-tubulin-code-at-a-glance
#19
REVIEW
Sudarshan Gadadhar, Satish Bodakuntla, Kathiresan Natarajan, Carsten Janke
Microtubules are key cytoskeletal elements of all eukaryotic cells and are assembled of evolutionarily conserved α-tubulin-β-tubulin heterodimers. Despite their uniform structure, microtubules fulfill a large diversity of functions. A regulatory mechanism to control the specialization of the microtubule cytoskeleton is the 'tubulin code', which is generated by (i) expression of different α- and β-tubulin isotypes, and by (ii) post-translational modifications of tubulin. In this Cell Science at a Glance article and the accompanying poster, we provide a comprehensive overview of the molecular components of the tubulin code, and discuss the mechanisms by which these components contribute to the generation of functionally specialized microtubules...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323988/basement-membrane-laminin-%C3%AE-2-regulates-btb-dynamics-via-its-effects-on-f-actin-and-microtubule-mt-cytoskeletons-via-mtorc1-signaling
#20
Ying Gao, Haiqi Chen, Wing-Yee Lui, Will M Lee, C Yan Cheng
A local axis connects the apical ectoplasmic specialization (apical ES) at the Sertoli-spermatid interface, the basal ES at the blood-testis barrier (BTB), and the basement membrane across the seminiferous epithelium functionally in rat testes. As such, cellular events that take place across the epithelium such as spermiation and BTB remodeling that occur at the apical ES and the basal ES, respectively, at stage VIII of the cycle are coordinated. Herein, laminin α2, a structural component of the basement membrane, was found to regulate BTB dynamics...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
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