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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910998/aurora-a-shines-on-t-cell-activation-through-the-regulation-of-lck
#1
Noelia Blas-Rus, Eugenio Bustos-Morán, Noa B Martín-Cófreces, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
Different protein kinases control signaling emanating from the T cell receptor (TCR) during antigen-specific T cell activation. Mitotic kinases, e.g. Aurora-A, have been widely studied in the context of mitosis due to their role during microtubule (MT) nucleation, becoming critical regulators of cell cycle progression. We have recently described a specific role for Aurora-A kinase in antigenic T cell activation. Blockade of Aurora-A in T cells severely disrupts the dynamics of MTs and CD3ζ-bearing signaling vesicles during T cell activation...
December 2, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910888/microtubule-stabilising-peptides-rescue-tau-phenotypes-in-vivo
#2
Shmma Quraishe, Megan Sealey, Louise Cranfield, Amritpal Mudher
The microtubule cytoskeleton is a highly dynamic, filamentous network underpinning cellular structure and function. In Alzheimer's disease, the microtubule cytoskeleton is compromised, leading to neuronal dysfunction and eventually cell death. There are currently no disease-modifying therapies to slow down or halt disease progression. However, microtubule stabilisation is a promising therapeutic strategy that is being explored. We previously investigated the disease-modifying potential of a microtubule-stabilising peptide NAP (NAPVSIPQ) in a well-established Drosophila model of tauopathy characterised by microtubule breakdown and axonal transport deficits...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909723/inhibition-of-jnk-suppresses-autophagy-and-attenuates-insulin-resistance-in-a-rat-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#3
Hua Yan, Yanqiong Gao, Ying Zhang
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common chronic liver disease, the pathological process of which is complex. Activation of the c‑Jun N‑terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway is associated with the mechanism underlying obesity-induced insulin resistance. Furthermore, the JNK signaling pathway and dysfunctional autophagy serve important roles in hepatic lipid metabolism. However, the exact role of JNK in autophagy and obesity‑induced insulin resistance is not fully understood. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms by which the JNK signaling pathway regulates autophagy and insulin resistance in fatty liver...
November 24, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908980/phase-2-study-of-eribulin-in-patients-with-previously-treated-advanced-or-metastatic-soft-tissue-sarcoma
#4
Akira Kawai, Nobuhito Araki, Yoichi Naito, Toshifumi Ozaki, Hideshi Sugiura, Yasuo Yazawa, Hideo Morioka, Akihiko Matsumine, Kenichi Saito, Shun Asami, Kazuo Isu
OBJECTIVE: Eribulin, a microtubule dynamics inhibitor, is approved for the treatment of patients with breast cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. We investigated the efficacy and safety of eribulin in Japanese patients with soft tissue sarcoma. METHODS: This open-label, multicenter, nonrandomized, Phase 2 study enrolled Japanese patients with measurable, advanced/metastatic soft tissue sarcoma of high/intermediate grade and ≥1 prior chemotherapy for advanced disease...
December 1, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908937/the-centrosome-a-multitalented-renaissance-organelle
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Anastassiia Vertii, Heidi Hehnly, Stephen Doxsey
The centrosome acts as a microtubule-organizing center (MTOC) from the G1 to G2 phases of the cell cycle; it can mature into a spindle pole during mitosis and/or transition into a cilium by elongating microtubules (MTs) from the basal body on cell differentiation or cell cycle arrest. New studies hint that the centrosome functions in more than MT organization. For instance, it has recently been shown that a specific substructure of the centrosome-the mother centriole appendages-are required for the recycling of endosomes back to the plasma membrane...
December 1, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906670/stag3-regulates-microtubule-stability-to-maintain-euploidy-during-mouse-oocyte-meiotic-maturation
#6
Mianqun Zhang, Xiaoxin Dai, Yalu Sun, Yajuan Lu, Changyin Zhou, Yilong Miao, Ying Wang, Bo Xiong
Stag3, a meiosis-specific subunit of cohesin complex, has been demonstrated to function in both male and female reproductive systems in mammals. However, its roles during oocyte meiotic maturation have not been fully defined. In the present study, we report that Stag3 uniquely accumulates on the spindle apparatus and colocalizes with microtubule fibers during mouse oocyte meiotic maturation. Depletion of Stag3 by gene-targeting morpholino disrupts normal spindle assembly and chromosome alignment in oocytes...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906661/dynamics-of-microtubules-and-their-associated-proteins-recent-insights-and-clinical-implications
#7
Ziv Gan-Or, Guy A Rouleau, Eduardo E Benarroch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 15, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906223/axial-super-resolution-evanescent-wave-tomography
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Sarang Pendharker, Swapnali Shende, Ward Newman, Stephen Ogg, Neda Nazemifard, Zubin Jacob
Optical tomographic reconstruction of a three-dimensional (3D) nanoscale specimen is hindered by the axial diffraction limit, which is 2-3 times worse than the focal plane resolution. We propose and experimentally demonstrate an axial super-resolution evanescent wave tomography method that enables the use of regular evanescent wave microscopes like the total internal reflection fluorescence microscope beyond surface imaging and achieve a tomographic reconstruction with axial super-resolution. Our proposed method based on Fourier reconstruction achieves axial super-resolution by extracting information from multiple sets of 3D fluorescence images when the sample is illuminated by an evanescent wave...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905536/post-translational-incorporation-of-l-phenylalanine-into-the-c-terminus-of-%C3%AE-tubulin-as-a-possible-cause-of-neuronal-dysfunction
#9
Yanina Ditamo, Yanela M Dentesano, Silvia A Purro, Carlos A Arce, C Gastón Bisig
α-Tubulin C-terminus undergoes post-translational, cyclic tyrosination/detyrosination, and L-Phenylalanine (Phe) can be incorporated in place of tyrosine. Using cultured mouse brain-derived cells and an antibody specific to Phe-tubulin, we showed that: (i) Phe incorporation into tubulin is reversible; (ii) such incorporation is not due to de novo synthesis; (iii) the proportion of modified tubulin is significant; (iv) Phe incorporation reduces cell proliferation without affecting cell viability; (v) the rate of neurite retraction declines as level of C-terminal Phe incorporation increases; (vi) this inhibitory effect of Phe on neurite retraction is blocked by the co-presence of tyrosine; (vii) microtubule dynamics is reduced when Phe-tubulin level in cells is high as a result of exogenous Phe addition and returns to normal values when Phe is removed; moreover, microtubule dynamics is also reduced when Phe-tubulin is expressed (plasmid transfection)...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904881/sfr1-a-tetrahymena-thermophila-sfi1-repeat-protein-modulates-the-production-of-cortical-row-basal-bodies
#10
Westley Heydeck, Alexander J Stemm-Wolf, Janin Knop, Christina C Poh, Mark Winey
Basal bodies are essential microtubule-based structures that template, anchor, and orient cilia at the cell surface. Cilia act primarily in the generation of directional fluid flow and sensory reception, both of which are utilized for a broad spectrum of cellular processes. Although basal bodies contribute to vital cell functions, the molecular contributors of their assembly and maintenance are poorly understood. Previous studies of the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila revealed important roles for two centrin family members in basal body assembly, separation of new basal bodies, and stability...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903610/nk-cells-converge-lytic-granules-to-promote-cytotoxicity-and-prevent-bystander-killing
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Hsiang-Ting Hsu, Emily M Mace, Alexandre F Carisey, Dixita I Viswanath, Athanasia E Christakou, Martin Wiklund, Björn Önfelt, Jordan S Orange
Natural killer (NK) cell activation triggers sequential cellular events leading to destruction of diseased cells. We previously identified lytic granule convergence, a dynein- and integrin signal-dependent movement of lysosome-related organelles to the microtubule-organizing center, as an early step in the cell biological process underlying NK cell cytotoxicity. Why lytic granules converge during NK cell cytotoxicity, however, remains unclear. We experimentally controlled the availability of human ligands to regulate NK cell signaling and promote granule convergence with either directed or nondirected degranulation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900774/paclitaxel-inhibits-post-traumatic-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-regeneration-into-the-posterior-cricoarytenoid-muscle-in-a-canine-model
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Andrea M Park, Neel K Bhatt, Randal C Paniello
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the efficacy of paclitaxel, a potent microtubule inhibitor with a more favorable therapeutic index as compared with vincristine, in preventing post-traumatic nerve regeneration of the recurrent laryngeal nerve into the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle in a canine laryngeal model. STUDY DESIGN: Experimental animal study. METHODS: Forty-nine canine hemilaryngeal specimens were divided into five experimental groups...
November 30, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900578/potential-mechanism-of-neurite-outgrowth-enhanced-by-electrical-stimulation-involvement-of-microrna-363-5p-targeting-dclk1-expression-in-rat
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Xin Quan, Liangliang Huang, Yafeng Yang, Teng Ma, Zhongyang Liu, Jun Ge, Jinghui Huang, Zhuojing Luo
Electrical stimulation (ES) promotes neurite outgrowth and nerve regeneration, but the underlying mechanisms remain undefined. In the present study, we investigated the role of micro RNAs (miRNAs) in ES-mediated neurite outgrowth. First, we performed microarray analyses to identify changes in the miRNAs profile of dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRGNs) following ES. The expression of 16 known miRNAs was altered by ES. Bioinformatics showed that the potential targets of these differentially expressed miRNAs were involved in neurite outgrowth...
November 30, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899629/enhanced-non-viral-gene-delivery-by-coordinated-endosomal-release-and-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-tubulin-deactylase
#14
Yoon Khei Ho, Li Han Zhou, Kam C Tam, Heng Phon Too
Efficient non-viral gene delivery is highly desirable but often unattainable with some cell-types. We report here that non-viral DNA polyplexes can efficiently transfect differentiated neuronal and stem cells. Polyplex transfection centrifugation protocols was enhanced by including a simultaneous treatment with a DOPE/CHEMS lipid suspension and a microtubule inhibitor, Tubastatin A. Lipoplex transfection protocols were not improved by this treatment. This mechanism of action was unravelled by systematically identifying and rationally mitigating barriers limiting high transfection efficiency, allowing unexpected improvements in the transfection of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), primary neuron and several hard-to-transfect cell types beyond what are currently achievable using cationic polymers...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899285/a-model-of-processive-movement-of-dimeric-kinesin
#15
Si-Kao Guo, Peng-Ye Wang, Ping Xie
Dimeric kinesin can move processively on microtubule filaments by hydrolyzing ATP. Diverse aspects of its movement dynamics have been studied extensively by using various experimental methods. However, the detailed molecular mechanism of the processive movement is still undetermined and a model that can provide a consistent and quantitative explanation of the diverse experimental data is still lacking. Here, we present a model, with which we study the movement dynamics of the dimer under variations of solution viscosity, external load, ATP concentration, neck linker length, effect of neck linker docking, effect of a large-size particle attached to one kinesin head, etc...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899190/genetic-changes-associated-with-testicular-cancer-susceptibility
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REVIEW
Louise C Pyle, Katherine L Nathanson
Testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT) is a highly heritable cancer primarily affecting young white men. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been particularly effective in identifying multiple common variants with strong contribution to TGCT risk. These loci identified through association studies have implicated multiple genes as associated with TGCT predisposition, many of which are unique among cancer types, and regulate processes such as pluripotency, sex specification, and microtubule assembly. Together these biologically plausible genes converge on pathways involved in male germ cell development and maturation, and suggest that perturbation of them confers susceptibility to TGCT, as a developmental defect of germ cell differentiation...
October 2016: Seminars in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896282/a-patient-with-lissencephaly-developmental-delay-and-infantile-spasms-due-to-de-novo-heterozygous-mutation-of-kif2a
#17
Guoling Tian, Ana G Cristancho, Holly A Dubbs, Grant T Liu, Nicholas J Cowan, Ethan M Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Microtubules are dynamic polymers of α/β tubulin heterodimers that play a critical role in cerebral cortical development, by regulating neuronal migration, differentiation, and morphogenesis. Mutations in genes that encode either α- or β-tubulin or a spectrum of proteins involved in the regulation of microtubule dynamics lead to clinically devastating malformations of cortical development, including lissencephaly. METHODS: This is a single case report or a patient with lissencephaly, developmental delay, nystagmus, persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous, and infantile spasms, and undertook a neurogenetic workup...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896021/lithocholic-acid-induces-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-autophagy-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells
#18
Ahmed A Gafar, Hossam M Draz, Alexander A Goldberg, Mohamed A Bashandy, Sayed Bakry, Mahmoud A Khalifa, Walid AbuShair, Vladimir I Titorenko, J Thomas Sanderson
Lithocholic acid (LCA) is a secondary bile acid that is selectively toxic to human neuroblastoma, breast and prostate cancer cells, whilst sparing normal cells. We previously reported that LCA inhibited cell viability and proliferation and induced apoptosis and necrosis of androgen-dependent LNCaP and androgen-independent PC-3 human prostate cancer cells. In the present study, we investigated the roles of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, autophagy and mitochondrial dysfunction in the toxicity of LCA in PC-3 and autophagy deficient, androgen-independent DU-145 cells...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895381/reactive-oxygen-species-induce-neurite-degeneration-before-induction-of-cell-death
#19
Koji Fukui
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) induce neuronal cell death in a time- and concentration-dependent manner. Treatment of cultured cells with a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide induces neurite degeneration, but not cell death. Neurites (axons and dendrites) are vulnerable to ROS. Neurite degeneration (shrinkage, accumulation, and fragmentation) has been found in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. However, the mechanism of ROS-related neurite degeneration is not fully understood...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894788/neurotoxic-mechanisms-of-paclitaxel-are-local-to-the-distal-axon-and-independent-of-transport-defects
#20
Erica L Gornstein, Thomas L Schwarz
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a dose-limiting side effect of paclitaxel and other chemotherapeutic agents. Paclitaxel binds and stabilizes microtubules, but the cellular mechanisms that underlie paclitaxel's neurotoxic effects are not well understood. We therefore used primary cultures of adult murine dorsal root ganglion neurons, the cell type affected in patients, to examine leading hypotheses to explain paclitaxel neurotoxicity. We address the role of microtubule hyperstabilization and its downstream effects...
November 25, 2016: Experimental Neurology
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