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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331044/journey-of-oocyte-from-metaphase-i-to-metaphase-ii-stage-in-mammals
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Alka Sharma, Meenakshi Tiwari, Anumegha Gupta, Ashutosh N Pandey, Pramod K Yadav, Shail K Chaube
In mammals, journey from metaphase-I (M-I) to metaphase-II (M-II) is important since oocyte extrude first polar body (PB-I) and gets converted into haploid gamete. The molecular and cellular changes associated with meiotic cell cycle progression from M-I to M-II stage and extrusion of PB-I remain ill understood. Several factors drive oocyte meiosis from M-I to M-II stage. The mitogen-activated protein kinase3/1 (MAPK3/1), signal molecules and Rho family GTPases act through various pathways to drive cell cycle progression from M-I to M-II stage...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330094/p21-activated-kinase-signaling-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Chetan K Rane, Audrey Minden
The p21 Activated Kinases (PAKs) are a family of serine threonine kinases, that consist of 6 members, PAKs 1-6, which are positioned at an intersection of multiple signaling pathways implicated in oncogenesis. The PAKs were originally identified as protein kinases that function downstream of the Ras related Rho GTPases Cdc42 and Rac. PAK1 and PAK4, which belong to Group I and Group II PAKs, respectively, are most often associated with tumorigenesis. On account of their well characterized roles in cancer, several small molecule inhibitors are being developed to inhibit the PAKs, and there is interest in investigating their efficacy as either first line or adjuvant treatments for cancer...
January 9, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329780/oncogenic-rac1-and-nras-drive-resistance-to-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-through-mek-erk-signalling
#3
Michael D Bright, Paul A Clarke, Paul Workman, Faith E Davies
Cancer cells are able to survive under conditions that cause endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER-stress), and can adapt to this stress by upregulating cell-survival signalling pathways and down-regulating apoptotic pathways. The cellular response to ER-stress is controlled by the unfolded protein response (UPR). Small Rho family GTPases are linked to many cell responses including cell growth and apoptosis. In this study, we investigate the function of small GTPases in cell survival under ER-stress. Using siRNA screening we identify that RAC1 promotes cell survival under ER-stress in cells with an oncogenic N92I RAC1 mutation...
January 9, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328417/microrna-129-5p-suppresses-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-via-targeting-rock1-in-osteosarcoma
#4
Chaofan Han, Wenbo Wang
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary malignancy of the bone in teenagers and accounts for 20‑35% of all malignant primary bone tumors. Increasing evidence shows that microRNAs (miRNAs) are abnormally expressed in several types of human cancer. miRNAs are necessary to maintain the malignant phenotype of cancer cells and can function as either tumor suppressors or oncogenes. The present study aimed to measure the expression of miRNA‑129‑5p (miR‑129‑5p) in OS, determine the effects of miR‑129‑5p on the malignant behaviors of OS cells, and elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying the oncogenesis and progression of OS...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323739/fasudil-alleviates-pressure-overload-induced-heart-failure-by-activating-nrf2-mediated-antioxidant-responses
#5
Peng Guan, Yingran Liang, Na Wang
The RhoA/Rho-kinase cascade plays an important role in many aspects of cardiovascular function. This study aims to investigate the protective effects of fasudil, a Rho-kinase inhibitor, on pressure overload induced heart failure in rats. Pressure overload induced heart failure was induced in SD rats by banding the abdominal aorta for 8 weeks. The rats were divided into four groups: Sham, TAC, TAC plus low dose of fasudil and TAC plus high dose of fasudil group. Low dose and high dose fasudil were 5 mg/kg/day and 10 mg/kg/day respectively...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323185/biogenesis-of-podosome-rosettes-through-fission
#6
Szu-Lin Kuo, Chien-Lin Chen, Yi-Ru Pan, Wen-Tai Chiu, Hong-Chen Chen
Podosomes are dynamic actin-based membrane protrusions that are important for extracellular matrix degradation and invasive cell motility. Individual podosomes are often found to organize into large rosette-like structures in some types of cells, such as osteoclasts, endothelial cells, Src-transformed fibroblasts, and certain highly invasive cancer cells. In this study, we show that new podosome rosettes arise through one of two mechanisms; de novo assembly or fission of a pre-existing podosome rosette in Src-transformed fibroblasts...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319354/inhibition-of-the-rhoa-rho-associated-coiled-coil-containing-protein-kinase-1-pathway-is-involved-in-the-therapeutic-effects-of-simvastatin-on-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#7
Wei-Hua Liu, Xiao-Hong Xu, Qin Luo, Hong-Liang Zhang, Yong Wang, Qun-Ying Xi, Zhi-Hui Zhao, Zhi-Hong Liu
BACKGROUND: Recent research has shown that statins improve pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), but their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the role of RhoA/ROCK1 regulation in the therapeutic effects of simvastatin on PAH. METHODS: For in vivo experiments, rats (N = 40) were randomly assigned to four groups: control, simvastatin, monocrotaline (MCT), and MCT + simvastatin. The MCT group and MCT + simvastatin groups received proline dithiocarbamate (50 mg/kg, i...
January 10, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317503/er-stress-mobilization-of-death-associated-protein-kinase-1-dependent-xenophagy-counteracts-mitochondria-stress-induced-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction
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Fernando Lopes, Åsa V Keita, Alpana Saxena, Jose Luis Reyes, Nicole Mancini, Ala Al Rajabi, Arthur Wang, Cristiane Baggio, Michael Dicay, Rob van Dalen, Younghee Ahn, Matheus Carneiro, Nathan Peters, Jong M Rho, Wallace MacNaughton, Stephan E Girardin, Humberto Jijon, Dana J Philpott, Johan D Söderholm, Derek M McKay
The gut microbiome contributes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in which bacteria can be present within the epithelium. Epithelial barrier function is decreased in IBD, and dysfunctional epithelial mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress have been individually associated with IBD. We therefore hypothesized that the combination of ER and mitochondrial stresses significantly disrupt epithelial barrier function. Here, we treated human colonic biopsies, epithelial colonoids, and epithelial cells with an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation, dinitrophenol (DNP), with or without the ER stressor tunicamycin, and assessed epithelial barrier function by monitoring internalization and translocation of commensal bacteria...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316327/physical-confinement-alters-cytoskeletal-contributions-towards-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration
#9
Mary T Doolin, Kimberly M Stroka
The in vivo microenvironment is critical for providing physico-chemical signaling cues which ultimately regulate human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) behavior in clinically-relevant applications. hMSCs experience mechanical confinement of the cell body and nucleus in 3D tissues during homing and in porous tissue engineered scaffolds, yet the effects of this mechanical cue on hMSC migration are not known. Here, we use a microchannel device to systematically examine the effect of confinement on hMSC migration and cytoskeletal organization...
January 6, 2018: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314498/design-of-aminobenzothiazole-inhibitors-of-rho-kinases-1-and-2-utilizing-pka-as-a-structure-surrogate
#10
Russell Judge, Victoria Scott, Gricelda Simler, Steve Pratt, Marian Namovic, Brent Putman, Ana Aguirre, Vincent Stoll, Mulugeta Mamo, Steve Swann, Adrian D Hobson
We describe the design, synthesis and SAR of a series of 2-aminobenzothiazole inhibitors of Rho Kinase (ROCK) 1 and 2 which were optimized to low nanomolar potencies using structure-based design. Protein Kinase A was used as a surrogate protein structure to guide compound design. A subset of these molecules also showed robust activity in a myosin phosphatase cell based assay and in a mechanical hyperalgesia in vivo pain model.
January 4, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310804/the-cytoskeletal-network-regulates-expression-of-the-profibrotic-genes-pai-1-and-ctgf-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#11
Rohan Samarakoon, Paul J Higgins
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are subject to changing hemodynamic stimuli that alter cytoskeletal dynamics, cellular architecture, and structure-associated signal transduction. Tensional stress, force application, and structural perturbations are sensed by VSMCs and impact the physiological as well as pathophysiological responses of the vasculature. Microtubule-targeting drugs provide useful tools to analyze cytoskeletal-associated signaling pathways and their linkages to pathological outcomes. Architecture-based controls on a subset of profibrotic genes commonly expressed in vascular disease are highlighted by their frequent induction in mechanically manipulated cells and with associated changes in cytoskeletal dynamics...
2018: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306925/calcium-sensitization-mechanisms-in-detrusor-smooth-muscles
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REVIEW
Irfan Anjum
The contraction of detrusor smooth muscles depends on the increase in intracellular calcium. The influx of calcium from the plasma membrane calcium channels and calcium release from the sarcoplasmic reticulum give rise to intracellular calcium. Under the pathophysiological conditions, the increased sensitivity of regulatory and contractile proteins to calcium also plays an important role in maintaining the spontaneous detrusor smooth muscle activity. Many proteins have been identified to play a role in calcium sensitization...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305605/role-of-the-autotaxin-lpa-pathway-in-dexamethasone-induced-fibrotic-responses-and-extracellular-matrix-production-in-human-trabecular-meshwork-cells
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Megumi Honjo, Nozomi Igarashi, Junko Nishida, Makoto Kurano, Yutaka Yatomi, Koji Igarashi, Kuniyuki Kano, Junken Aoki, Makoto Aihara
Purpose: Dexamethasone (Dex) regulates aqueous humor outflow by inducing reorganization of the cytoskeleton and extracellular matrix (ECM) production. Rho kinase (ROCK) has an important role in this process, but the upstream pathway leading to its activation remains elusive. The purpose of the study was to determine the role of autotaxin (ATX), an enzyme involved in the generation of lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), in the Dex-induced fibrotic response and ECM production in human trabecular meshwork (HTM) cells...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298188/sphingosine-kinase-1-regulates-inflammation-and-contributes-to-acute-lung-injury-in-pneumococcal-pneumonia-via-the-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-2
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Birgitt Gutbier, Stefanie M Schönrock, Carolin Ehrler, Rainer Haberberger, Kristina Dietert, Achim D Gruber, Wolfgang Kummer, Laura Michalick, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Andreas C Hocke, Kolja Szymanski, Eleftheria Letsiou, Anja Lüth, Fabian Schumacher, Burkhard Kleuser, Timothy J Mitchell, Wilhelm Bertrams, Bernd Schmeck, Denise Treue, Frederick Klauschen, Torsten T Bauer, Mario Tönnies, Norbert Weissmann, Stefan Hippenstiel, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
OBJECTIVES: Severe pneumonia may evoke acute lung injury, and sphingosine-1-phosphate is involved in the regulation of vascular permeability and immune responses. However, the role of sphingosine-1-phosphate and the sphingosine-1-phosphate producing sphingosine kinase 1 in pneumonia remains elusive. We examined the role of the sphingosine-1-phosphate system in regulating pulmonary vascular barrier function in bacterial pneumonia. DESIGN: Controlled, in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo laboratory study...
January 2, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297928/p21-activated-kinase-2-is-essential-in-maintenance-of-peripheral-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells
#15
Jinyong Choi, David Randall Pease, Siqi Chen, Bin Zhang, Hyewon Phee
The p21-activated kinase 2 (Pak2), an effector molecule of the Rho family GTPases Rac and Cdc42, regulates diverse functions of T cells. Previously, we showed that Pak2 is required for development and maturation of T cells in the thymus, including thymus-derived regulatory T cells (tTregs). However, whether Pak2 is required for functions of various subsets of peripheral T cells, such as naïve CD4 and helper T cell subsets including Foxp3+ regulatory T cells (Foxp3+Tregs), is unknown. To determine the role of Pak2 in CD4 T cells in the periphery, we generated inducible Pak2 knockout (KO) mice, in which Pak2 was deleted in CD4 T cells acutely by administration of tamoxifen...
January 3, 2018: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29295922/cdc42-binds-pak4-via-an-extended-gtpase-effector-interface
#16
Byung Hak Ha, Titus J Boggon
The p21-activated kinase (PAK) group of serine/threonine kinases are downstream effectors of RHO GTPases and play important roles in regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, cell growth, survival, polarity, and development. Here we probe the interaction of the type II PAK, PAK4, with RHO GTPases. Using solution scattering we find that the full-length PAK4 heterodimer with CDC42 adopts primarily a compact organization. X-ray crystallography reveals the molecular nature of the interaction between PAK4 and CDC42 and shows that in addition to the canonical PAK4 CDC42/RAC interactive binding (CRIB) domain binding to CDC42 there are unexpected contacts involving the PAK4 kinase C-lobe, CDC42, and the PAK4 polybasic region...
January 2, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29290990/molecular-and-functional-crosstalk-between-extracellular-hsp90-and-ephrin-a1-signaling
#17
Abdelkader Daoud, Udhayakumar Gopal, Jasmine Kaur, Jennifer S Isaacs
The Eph receptor tyrosine kinase family member EphA2 plays a pivotal role in modulating cytoskeletal dynamics to control cancer cell motility and invasion. EphA2 is frequently upregulated in diverse solid tumors and has emerged as a viable druggable target. We previously reported that extracellular Hsp90 (eHsp90), a known pro-motility and invasive factor, collaborates with EphA2 to regulate tumor invasion in the absence of its cognate ephrin ligand. Here, we aimed to further define the molecular and functional relationship between EphA2 and eHsp90...
December 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285182/effects-of-caszi-on-bronchopulmonary-development-of-neonatal-rats
#18
Liping Xu, Ruifang Tong, Xiangnan Li, Lihong Liang, Han Huang
The effect of CASZI on bronchopulmonary development in neonatal rats was investigated. Forty SD rats were randomly divided into the control group (n=20) and the experimental group (n=20) using a random number table. The experimental group was treated with hyperoxia to establish the bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) model, while the control group received no treatment. At 14 days of experiment, rats in each group were treated, and lung tissues were taken for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining. Radial alveolar count (RAC) and morphological changes in lung tissues were observed under a microscope, and the thickness of respiratory membrane was detected via IPP6 image...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284478/phoyunnanin-e-inhibits-migration-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-via-suppression-of-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-integrin-%C3%AE-v-and-integrin-%C3%AE-3
#19
Nareerat Petpiroon, Boonchoo Sritularak, Pithi Chanvorachote
BACKGROUND: The conversion of the epithelial phenotype of cancer cells into cells with a mesenchymal phenotype-so-called epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)-has been shown to enhance the capacity of the cells to disseminate throughout the body. EMT is therefore becoming a potential target for anti-cancer drug discovery. Here, we showed that phoyunnanin E, a compound isolated from Dendrobium venustum, possesses anti-migration activity and addressed its mechanism of action. METHODS: The cytotoxic and proliferative effects of phoyunnanin E on human non-small cell lung cancer-derived H460, H292, and A549 cells and human keratinocyte HaCaT cells were investigated by MTT assay...
December 29, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283979/inhibition-of-rho-kinase-by-fasudil-attenuates-ischemic-lung-injury-after-cardiac-arrest-in-rats
#20
Jian Wei, Peng Wang, Yi Li, Qingli Dou, Jiali Lin, Wuyuan Tao, Jinle Lin, Xuan Fu, Zitong Huang, Wenwu Zhang
Lung injury is a common complication after cardiac arrest (CA) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and Rho kinase (ROCK) may be involved in the process of this injury. In this study, we aimed to study the effects of ROCK inhibition by fasudil on lung injury induced by asphyxial CA and CPR in rats. A total of 130 rats were randomized into three groups: Sham, Control, and Fasudil intervention group. Animals in the Fasudil intervention group were intraperitoneally administered with 10 mg/kg of the drug, 1 h before inducing CA...
December 27, 2017: Shock
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