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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092672/bpgap1-spatially-integrates-jnk-erk-signaling-crosstalk-in-oncogenesis
#1
T Jiang, C Q Pan, B C Low
Simultaneous hyperactivation of stress-activated protein kinase/c-Jun N-terminal protein kinase (SAPK/JNK) and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase/extracellular signal-regulated kinase (MEK/ERK) signaling cascades has been reported in carcinogenesis. However, how they are integrated to promote oncogenesis remains unknown. By analyzing breast invasive carcinoma database (The Cancer Genome Altas), we found that the mRNA expression levels of both JNK1 and ERK2 are positively correlated with the mRNA level of EEA1, an endosome associated protein, indicating the potential JNK/ERK crosstalk at endosome...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092269/analysis-of-microtubule-growth-dynamics-arising-from-altered-actin-network-structure-and-contractility-in-breast-tumor-cells
#2
Eleanor Ory, Lekhana Bhandary, Amanda Boggs, Kristi Chakrabarti, Joshua Parker, Wolfgang Losert, Stuart S Martin
The periphery of epithelial cells is shaped by opposing cytoskeletal physical forces generated predominately by two dynamic force generating systems - growing microtubule ends push against the boundary from the cell center, and the actin cortex contracts the attached plasma membrane. Here we investigate how changes to the structure and dynamics of the actin cortex alter the dynamics of microtubules. Current drugs target actin polymerization and contraction to reduce cell division and invasiveness; however, the impacts on microtubule dynamics remain incompletely understood...
January 16, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090285/pulmonary-vascular-and-ventricular-dysfunction-in-the-susceptible-patient-2015-grover-conference-series
#3
REVIEW
Bradley A Maron, Roberto F Machado, Larissa Shimoda
Pulmonary blood vessel structure and tone are maintained by a complex interplay between endogenous vasoactive factors and oxygen-sensing intermediaries. Under physiological conditions, these signaling networks function as an adaptive interface between the pulmonary circulation and environmental or acquired perturbations to preserve oxygenation and maintain systemic delivery of oxygen-rich hemoglobin. Chronic exposure to hypoxia, however, triggers a range of pathogenetic mechanisms that include hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α)-dependent upregulation of the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin 1 in pulmonary endothelial cells...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089670/in%C3%A2-vitro-propagation-and-branching-morphogenesis-from-single-ureteric-bud%C3%A2-cells
#4
Shunsuke Yuri, Masaki Nishikawa, Naomi Yanagawa, Oak D Jo, Norimoto Yanagawa
A method to maintain and rebuild ureteric bud (UB)-like structures from UB cells in vitro could provide a useful tool for kidney regeneration. We aimed in our present study to establish a serum-free culture system that enables the expansion of UB progenitor cells, i.e., UB tip cells, and reconstruction of UB-like structures. We found that fibroblast growth factors or retinoic acid (RA) was sufficient for the survival of UB cells in serum-free condition, while the proliferation and maintenance of UB tip cells required glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor together with signaling from either WNT-β-catenin pathway or RA...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088401/pharmacological-rescue-of-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-in-a-mouse-model-of-x-linked-intellectual-disability
#5
Manuela Allegra, Cristina Spalletti, Beatrice Vignoli, Stefano Azzimondi, Irene Busti, Pierre Billuart, Marco Canossa, Matteo Caleo
Oligophrenin-1 (OPHN1) is a Rho GTPase activating protein whose mutations cause X-linked intellectual disability (XLID). How loss of function of Ophn1 affects neuronal development is only partly understood. Here we have exploited adult hippocampal neurogenesis to dissect the steps of neuronal differentiation that are affected by Ophn1 deletion. We found that mice lacking Ophn1 display a reduction in the number of newborn neurons in the dentate gyrus. A significant fraction of the Ophn1-deficient newly generated neurons failed to extend an axon towards CA3, and showed an altered density of dendritic protrusions...
January 11, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087594/a-human-proteome-array-approach-to-identifying-key-host-proteins-targeted-by-toxoplasma-kinase-rop18
#6
Zhaoshou Yang, Yongheng Hou, Taofang Hao, Hee-Sool Rho, Jun Wan, Yizhao Luan, Xin Gao, Jianping Yao, Aihua Pan, Zhi Xie, Jiang Qian, Wanqin Liao, Heng Zhu, Xingwang Zhou
Toxoplasma kinase ROP18 is a key molecule responsible for the virulence of Toxoplasma gondii; however, the mechanisms by which ROP18 exerts parasite virulence via interaction with host proteins remain limited to a small number of identified substrates. To identify a broader array of ROP18 substrates we successfully purified bioactive mature ROP18 and used it to probe a human proteome array. Sixty-eight new putative host targets were identified. Functional annotation analysis suggested that these proteins have a variety of functions including metabolic process, kinase activity and phosphorylation, cell growth, apoptosis and cell death, and immunity, indicating a pleiotropic role of ROP18 kinase...
January 13, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081460/blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-induced-by-silica-nps-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-involvement-of-oxidative-stress-and-rho-kinase-jnk-signaling-pathways
#7
Xin Liu, Baiyan Sui, Jiao Sun
Silica nanoparticles (SiO2-NPs) has been extensively exploited in biomedical fields and mostly designed to enter the circulatory system, however, few studies focused on the potential adverse effects of SiO2-NPs exposure on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) that serves as a critical barrier between the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral circulation. This study attempts to provide an understanding of whether and how SiO2-NPs disrupts the BBB in vitro and in vivo. Through a human BBB model, we found that SiO2-NPs could induce tight junction loss and cytoskeleton arrangement, and increase inflammatory response and the release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) of brain microvessel endothelial cells (BMECs), which further activates astrocytes to amplify the generation of VEGF and increase the aquaporin-4 expression, and thus causing BBB disruption through a complex immunoregulatory loop between BMECs and astrocytes under SiO2-NPs exposure...
January 4, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078613/l-f001-a-multifunction-rock-inhibitor-prevents-6-ohda-induced-cell-death-through-activating-akt-gsk-3beta-and-nrf2-ho-1-signaling-pathway-in-pc12-cells-and-attenuates-mptp-induced-dopamine-neuron-toxicity-in-mice
#8
Liting Luo, Jingkao Chen, Dan Su, Meihui Chen, Bingling Luo, Rongbiao Pi, Lan Wang, Wei Shen, Rikang Wang
Amounting evidences demonstrated that Rho/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) might be a novel target for the therapy of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we synthesized L-F001 and revealed it was a potent ROCK inhibitor with multifunctional effects. Here we investigated the effects of L-F001 in PD models. We found that L-F001 potently attenuated 6-OHDA-induced cytotoxicity in PC12 cells and significantly decreased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), prevented the 6-OHDA-induced decline of mitochondrial membrane potential and intracellular GSH levels...
January 11, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078487/the-role-of-the-nox4-derived-ros-mediated-rhoa-rho-kinase-pathway-in-rat-hypertension-induced-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#9
Wen Lu, Jing Kang, Ke Hu, Si Tang, Xiufang Zhou, Lifang Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Shuhui Yu
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which is a risk factor for resistant hypertension, is characterized by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) and is associated with many cardiovascular diseases. CIH elicits systemic oxidative stress and sympathetic hyperactivity, which lead to hypertension. Rho kinases (ROCKs) are considered to be major effectors of the small GTPase RhoA and have been extensively studied in the cardiovascular field. Upregulation of the RhoA/ROCK signaling cascade is observed in various cardiovascular disorders, such as atherosclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, and stroke...
January 11, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077617/calcineurin-the-ca2-dependent-phosphatase-regulates-rga2-a-cdc42-gtpase-activating-protein-to-modulate-pheromone-signaling
#10
Nina Ly, Martha S Cyert
Calcineurin, the conserved Ca(2+)/calmodulin-activated phosphatase, is required for viability during prolonged exposure to pheromone, and acts through multiple substrates to down regulate yeast pheromone signaling. Calcineurin regulates Dig2 and Rod1/Art4 to inhibit mating-induced gene expression and activate receptor internalization, respectively. Recent systematic approaches identified Rga2, a GTPase activating protein (GAP) for the Cdc42 Rho-type GTPase, as a calcineurin substrate. Here, we establish a physiological context for this regulation, and show that calcineurin dephosphorylates and positively regulates Rga2 during pheromone signaling...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076854/open-angle-glaucoma-drug-development-pipeline-during-the-last-20-years-1995-2015
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André Vicente, Sylvie Prud'homme, Joana Ferreira, Luís Abegão Pinto, Ingeborg Stalmans
OBJECTIVES: To analyse drug development for open-angle glaucoma during the last 20 years. METHODS: Research was performed by referring to clinical trials registered at the International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP). A search for the condition "open-angle glaucoma" with the intervention "drug" was performed. We included trials registered from 01/01/1995 to 01/01/2015, only involving studies in phases 1, 2, and 3. Only studies resorting to novel treatment strategies (either novel drugs or yet-untested fixed associations of approved medication) were considered...
January 12, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074433/partial-contribution-of-rho-kinase-inhibition-to-the-bioactivity-of-ganoderma-lingzhi-and-its-isolated-compounds-insights-on-discovery-of-natural-rho-kinase-inhibitors
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Yhiya Amen, Qinchang Zhu, Hai-Bang Tran, Mohamed S Afifi, Ahmed F Halim, Ahmed Ashour, Kuniyoshi Shimizu
Recent studies identified Rho-kinase enzymes (ROCK-I and ROCK-II) as important targets that are involved in a variety of diseases. Synthetic Rho-kinase inhibitors have emerged as potential therapeutic agents to treat disorders such as hypertension, stroke, cancer, diabetes, glaucoma, etc. Our study is the first to screen the total ethanol extract of the medicinal mushroom Ganoderma lingzhi with thirty-five compounds for Rho-kinase inhibitory activity. Moreover, a molecular binding experiment was designed to investigate the binding affinity of the compounds at the active sites of Rho-kinase enzymes...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065575/multiparametric-analysis-of-cell-shape-demonstrates-that-%C3%AE-pix-directly-couples-yap-activation-to-extracellular-matrix-adhesion
#13
Julia E Sero, Chris Bakal
Mechanical signals from the extracellular matrix (ECM) and cellular geometry regulate the nuclear translocation of transcriptional regulators such as Yes-associated protein (YAP). Elucidating how physical signals control the activity of mechanosensitive proteins poses a technical challenge, because perturbations that affect cell shape may also affect protein localization indirectly. Here, we present an approach that mitigates confounding effects of cell-shape changes, allowing us to identify direct regulators of YAP localization...
January 2, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062705/novel-p21-activated-kinase-4-pak4-allosteric-modulators-overcome-drug-resistance-and-stemness-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#14
Amro Aboukameel, Irfana Muqbil, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, Sharon Shacham, Michael Kauffman, Philip A Philip, Ramzi M Mohammad, Asfar S Azmi
The p21-activated kinase 4 (PAK4) is a key downstream effector of the Rho family GTPases and is found to be overexpressed in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cells but not in normal human pancreatic ductal epithelia (HPDE). Gene copy number amplification studies in PDAC patient cohorts confirmed PAK4 amplification making it an attractive therapeutic target in PDAC. We investigated the antitumor activity of novel PAK4 allosteric modulators (PAM) on a panel of PDAC cell lines and chemotherapy-resistant flow-sorted PDAC cancer stem cells (CSC)...
January 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059107/single-cell-time-lapse-analysis-reveals-that-podoplanin-enhances-cell-survival-and-colony-formation-capacity-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells
#15
Tomoyuki Miyashita, Youichi Higuchi, Motohiro Kojima, Atsushi Ochiai, Genichiro Ishii
Tumor initiating cells (TICs) are characterized by high clonal expansion capacity. We previously reported that podoplanin is a TIC-specific marker for the human squamous cell carcinoma cell line A431. The aim of this study is to explore the molecular mechanism underlying the high clonal expansion potential of podoplanin-positive A431cells using Fucci imaging. Single podoplanin-positive cells created large colonies at a significantly higher frequency than single podoplanin-negative cells, whereas no difference was observed between the two types of cells with respect to cell cycle status...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057795/pleiotropic-effects-of-statins-on-the-cardiovascular-system
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REVIEW
Adam Oesterle, Ulrich Laufs, James K Liao
The statins have been used for 30 years to prevent coronary artery disease and stroke. Their primary mechanism of action is the lowering of serum cholesterol through inhibiting hepatic cholesterol biosynthesis thereby upregulating the hepatic low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors and increasing the clearance of LDL-cholesterol. Statins may exert cardiovascular protective effects that are independent of LDL-cholesterol lowering called pleiotropic effects. Because statins inhibit the production of isoprenoid intermediates in the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway, the post-translational prenylation of small GTP-binding proteins such as Rho and Rac, and their downstream effectors such as Rho kinase and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidases are also inhibited...
January 6, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054559/the-rhoa-rock-pathway-ameliorates-adhesion-and-inflammatory-infiltration-induced-by-ages-in-glomerular-endothelial-cells
#17
Jialing Rao, Zengchun Ye, Hua Tang, Cheng Wang, Hui Peng, Weiyan Lai, Yin Li, Wanbing Huang, Tanqi Lou
A recent study demonstrated that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a role in monocyte infiltration in mesangial areas in diabetic nephropathy. The Ras homolog gene family, member A Rho kinase (RhoA/ROCK) pathway plays a role in regulating cell migration. We hypothesized that the RhoA/ROCK pathway affects adhesion and inflammation in endothelial cells induced by AGEs. Rat glomerular endothelial cells (rGECs) were cultured with AGEs (80 μg/ml) in vitro. The ROCK inhibitor Y27632 (10 nmol/l) and ROCK1-siRNA were used to inhibit ROCK...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052041/non-malignant-respiratory-epithelial-cells-preferentially-proliferate-from-resected-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-specimens-cultured-under-conditionally-reprogrammed-conditions
#18
Boning Gao, Chunxian Huang, Kemp Kernstine, Vasiliki Pelekanou, Yuval Kluger, Tingting Jiang, Jennifer R Peters-Hall, Melissa Coquelin, Luc Girard, Wei Zhang, Kenneth Huffman, Dwight Oliver, Fumi Kinose, Eric Haura, Jamie K Teer, Uwe Rix, Anh T Le, Dara L Aisner, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Robert C Doebele, Kyle R Covington, Oliver A Hampton, Harsha V Doddapaneni, Joy C Jayaseelan, Jianhong Hu, David A Wheeler, Jerry W Shay, David L Rimm, Adi Gazdar, John D Minna
The "conditionally reprogrammed cells" (CRC) method, using a Rho kinase inhibitor and irradiated mouse fibroblast cells has been described for the efficient growth of cells from malignant and non-malignant samples from primary tumor and non-malignant sites. Using the CRC method, four institutions independently cultured tumor tissues from 48 non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC, mostly from primary resected tumors) and 22 non-malignant lungs. We found that epithelial cells could be cultured from tumor and non-malignant lung...
December 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051998/prex1-integrates-g-protein-coupled-receptor-and-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-signaling-to-promote-glioblastoma-invasion
#19
Alexander Gont, Manijeh Daneshmand, John Woulfe, Sylvie J Lavictoire, Ian A J Lorimer
A defining feature of the brain cancer glioblastoma is its highly invasive nature. When glioblastoma cells are isolated from patients using serum free conditions, they accurately recapitulate this invasive behaviour in animal models. The Rac subclass of Rho GTPases has been shown to promote invasive behaviour in glioblastoma cells isolated in this manner. However the guanine nucleotide exchange factors responsible for activating Rac in this context have not been characterized previously. PREX1 is a Rac guanine nucleotide exchange factor that is synergistically activated by binding of G protein αγ subunits and the phosphoinositide 3-kinase pathway second messenger phosphatidylinositol 3,4,5 trisphosphate...
December 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051168/mechanisms-of-yersinia-yopo-kinase-substrate-specificity
#20
Wei Lin Lee, Pavithra Singaravelu, Sheena Wee, Bo Xue, Khay Chun Ang, Jayantha Gunaratne, Jonathan M Grimes, Kunchithapadam Swaminathan, Robert C Robinson
Yersinia bacteria cause a range of human diseases, including yersiniosis, Far East scarlet-like fever and the plague. Yersiniae modulate and evade host immune defences through injection of Yersinia outer proteins (Yops) into phagocytic cells. One of the Yops, YopO (also known as YpkA) obstructs phagocytosis through disrupting actin filament regulation processes - inhibiting polymerization-promoting signaling through sequestration of Rac/Rho family GTPases and by using monomeric actin as bait to recruit and phosphorylate host actin-regulating proteins...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
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