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Helen L May-Simera, Jessica D Gumerson, Chun Gao, Maria Campos, Stephanie M Cologna, Tina Beyer, Karsten Boldt, Koray D Kaya, Nisha Patel, Friedrich Kretschmer, Matthew W Kelley, Ronald S Petralia, Megan G Davey, Tiansen Li
Microtubule actin crosslinking factor 1 (MACF1) plays a role in the coordination of microtubules and actin in multiple cellular processes. Here, we show that MACF1 is also critical for ciliogenesis in multiple cell types. Ablation of Macf1 in the developing retina abolishes ciliogenesis, and basal bodies fail to dock to ciliary vesicles or migrate apically. Photoreceptor polarity is randomized, while inner retinal cells laminate correctly, suggesting that photoreceptor maturation is guided by polarity cues provided by cilia...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Hirokazu Taniguchi, Shinji Takeuchi, Koji Fukuda, Takayuki Nakagawa, Sachiko Arai, Shigeki Nanjo, Tadaaki Yamada, Hiroyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Mukae, Seiji Yano
Crizotinib, a first-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine-kinase inhibitor, is known to be effective against echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (EML4)-ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancers. Nonetheless, the tumors subsequently become resistant to crizotinib and recur in almost every case. The mechanism of the acquired resistance needs to be deciphered. In this study, we established crizotinib-resistant cells (A925LPE3-CR) via long-term administration of crizotinib to a mouse model of pleural carcinomatous effusions; this model involved implantation of the A925LPE3 cell line, which harbors the EML4-ALK gene rearrangement...
October 26, 2016: Cancer Science
Tobias Cohen, Toni M Schwarz, Frederic Vigant, Thomas J Gardner, Rosmel E Hernandez, Benhur Lee, Domenico Tortorella
Human cytomegalovirus is a ubiquitous β-herpesvirus that infects many different cell types through an initial binding to cell surface receptors followed by a fusion event at the cell membrane or endocytic vesicle. A recent high-throughput screen to identify compounds that block a step prior to viral gene expression identified podofilox as a potent and nontoxic inhibitor. Time-of-addition studies in combination with quantitative-PCR analysis demonstrated that podofilox limits an early step of virus entry at the cell surface...
October 24, 2016: Viruses
Luis Sanchez-Pulido, Laurent Perez, Steffen Kuhn, Isabelle Vernos, Miguel A Andrade-Navarro
BACKGROUND: TPX2 (Targeting Protein for Xklp2) is essential for spindle assembly, activation of the mitotic kinase Aurora A and for triggering microtubule nucleation. Homologs of TPX2 in Chordata and plants were previously identified. Currently, proteins of the TPX2 family have little structural information and only small parts are covered by defined protein domains. METHODS: We have used computational sequence analyses and structural predictions of proteins of the TPX2 family, supported with Circular Dichroism (CD) measurements...
October 26, 2016: BMC Structural Biology
Subhajit Ghosh, Saswat Mohapatra, Anisha Thomas, Debmalya Bhunia, Abhijit Saha, Gaurav Das, Batakrishna Jana, Surajit Ghosh
An ideal nano drug delivery agent must be potent enough to carry high dose of therapeutics, competent enough in targeting specific cell of interest, having adequate optimized physiochemical properties and biocompatibility. Carrying differentially polar therapeutics simultaneously will make them superior in their class. However, it is of enormous challenge to the researchers to find out such a unique nanocarrier and engineer all the above-mentioned features into it. In this manuscript, we have shown for the first time that Apoferritin (Apf) can carry and deliver high dose of doxorubicin (Dox), docetaxel (Doc) and combination of both Dox and Doc specifically into the cancer cell and enhances killing compared to free drug without any functionalization or property modulation...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Saswat Mohapatra, Abhijit Saha, Prasenjit Mondal, Batakrishna Jana, Subhajit Ghosh, Atanu Biswas, Surajit Ghosh
Microtubule dynamics play a crucial role in cancer cell division. Various drugs are developed to target microtubule. Although a few of them show potential in treatment of cancer, but success rate is limited due to their poor bioavailability and lack of specificity. Thus, development of highly bioavailable and target specific anticancer drug is extremely necessary. To address these key issues, here, a combination of approaches such as development of a dodecapeptide-docetaxel nanoassembly targeted to tubulin and MUC1 (mucin 1, cell surface associated glycoprotein) targeting oligonucleotide aptamer conjugated liposome for delivering peptide-docetaxel nanoassembly into the breast cancer cell have been demonstrated...
October 26, 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Rongwei Li, Kang Ma, Hengli Zhao, Zhou Feng, Yang Yang, Hongfei Ge, Xuan Zhang, Jun Tang, Yi Yin, Xin Liu, Liang Tan, Hua Feng
The morbidity, mortality, and disability associated with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) secondary to intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) represent a global burden. To date, there is no effective therapy for ICH other than supportive care. In this study, we assessed the neuroprotective effects of Cattle encephalon glycoside and ignotin (CEGI) injection in a rat model of ICH with ventricular extension (IVH/ICH). The IVH/ICH rat model was induced via injection of type IV collagenase in the caudate nucleus of Sprague-Dawley rats...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elena Parrini, Valerio Conti, William B Dobyns, Renzo Guerrini
Malformations of cortical development (MCD) represent a major cause of developmental disabilities, severe epilepsy, and reproductive disadvantage. Genes that have been associated to MCD are mainly involved in cell proliferation and specification, neuronal migration, and late cortical organization. Lissencephaly-pachygyria-severe band heterotopia are diffuse neuronal migration disorders causing severe global neurological impairment. Abnormalities of the LIS1, DCX, ARX, RELN, VLDLR, ACTB, ACTG1, TUBG1, KIF5C, KIF2A, and CDK5 genes have been associated with these malformations...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Max Schelker, Caroline Maria Mair, Fabian Jolmes, Robert-William Welke, Edda Klipp, Andreas Herrmann, Max Flöttmann, Christian Sieben
After endocytic uptake, influenza viruses transit early endosomal compartments and eventually reach late endosomes. There, the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) triggers fusion between endosomal and viral membrane, a critical step that leads to release of the viral segmented genome destined to reach the cell nucleus. Endosomal maturation is a complex process involving acidification of the endosomal lumen as well as endosome motility along microtubules. While the pH drop is clearly critical for the conformational change and membrane fusion activity of HA, the effect of intracellular transport dynamics on the progress of infection remains largely unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Hiroko Kitahara, Mariko Hirai, Koroku Kato, George Bou-Gharios, Hiroyuki Nakamura, Shuichi Kawashiri
Inhibition of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signalling has emerged as a new treatment strategy for oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Previously, we found that loss of EGFR expression in OSCC was associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and may have functional implications with regard to resistance to cetuximab, a monoclonal anti-EGFR antibody. Eribulin (a microtubule inhibitor) reportedly renders breast cancer less aggressive, and less likely to metastasise, by triggering mesenchymal‑to‑epithelial (MET) transition...
October 21, 2016: Oncology Reports
Edgar Teddy Quispe-Soto, Gloria M Calaf
Global cancer burden increased to 14.1 million new cases in 2012; and breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. Curcumin is the major bioactive ingredient extracted from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa (turmeric). Paclitaxel is a microtubule-stabilizing agent originally isolated from the bark of Taxus brevifolia. Curcumin and paclitaxel were evaluated with two human breast cancer cell lines as the luminal MCF-7 and the basal-like MDA-MB-231 that are either positive or negative for hormonal receptors estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER2, respectively...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Shujuan Tian, Jingjing Wu, Fen Li, Jianwei Zou, Yuwen Liu, Bing Zhou, Yang Bai, Meng-Xiang Sun
Kinesins comprise a superfamily of microtubule-based motor proteins involved in essential processes in plant development, but few kinesins have been functionally identified during seed development. Especially, few kinesins that regulate cell division during embryogenesis have been identified. Here we report the functional characterization of NtKRP, a motor protein of the kinesin-12 family. NtKRP is predominantly expressed in embryos and embryonic roots. NtKRP RNAi lines displayed reductions in cell numbers in the meristematic zone, in embryonic root length, and in mature embryo and seed sizes...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Juan Manuel Gomez, Lyubov Chumakova, Natalia A Bulgakova, Nicholas H Brown
Interphase microtubule organization is critical for cell function and tissue architecture. In general, physical mechanisms are sufficient to drive microtubule organization in single cells, whereas cells within tissues are thought to utilize signalling mechanisms. By improving the imaging and quantitation of microtubule alignment within developing Drosophila embryos, here we demonstrate that microtubule alignment underneath the apical surface of epithelial cells follows cell shape. During development, epidermal cell elongation and microtubule alignment occur simultaneously, but by perturbing cell shape, we discover that microtubule organization responds to cell shape, rather than the converse...
October 25, 2016: Nature Communications
Toshifumi Fujiwara, Shiqiao Ye, Thiago Castro-Gomes, Caylin G Winchell, Norma W Andrews, Daniel E Voth, Kottayil I Varughese, Samuel G Mackintosh, Yunfeng Feng, Nathan Pavlos, Takashi Nakamura, Stavros C Manolagas, Haibo Zhao
Mutations of the Plekhm1 gene in humans and rats cause osteopetrosis, an inherited bone disease characterized by diminished bone resorption by osteoclasts. PLEKHM1 binds to RAB7 and is critical for lysosome trafficking. However, the molecular mechanisms by which PLEKHM1 regulates lysosomal pathways remain unknown. Here, we generated germline and conditional Plekhm1-deficient mice. These mice displayed no overt abnormalities in major organs, except for an increase in trabecular bone mass. Furthermore, loss of PLEKHM1 abrogated the peripheral distribution of lysosomes and bone resorption in osteoclasts...
October 20, 2016: JCI Insight
Cuijie Shao, Changsheng Duan, Jiani Wang, Shunlian Luan, Yong Gao, Dan Jin, Deqiang Wang, Yuming Li, Lihua Xu
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanisms underlying the development and progression of gastric carcinoma remain poorly understood. The main objective of this study was to investigate the expression level of targeting protein for Xenopus kinesin-like protein 2 (TPX2) and its clinical significance in human gastric carcinoma. METHODS: Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blotting were used to determine the mRNA and protein levels of TPX2 in 20 paired gastric carcinoma tissues and the adjacent normal tissues, and the expression of TPX2 protein in 106 specimens of a gastric carcinoma tissue microarray was determined by immunohistochemistry...
2016: Cancer Cell International
Peter E Ghaly, Rabab M Abou El-Magd, Cassandra D M Churchill, Jack A Tuszynski, F G West
Noscapine, a naturally occurring opium alkaloid, is a widely used antitussive medication. Noscapine has low toxicity and recently it was also found to possess cytotoxic activity which led to the development of many noscapine analogues. In this paper we report on the synthesis and testing of a novel noscapine analogue. Cytotoxicity was assessed by MTT colorimetric assay using SKBR-3 and paclitaxel-resistant SKBR-3 breast cancer cell lines using different concentrations for both noscapine and the novel compound...
June 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Jihye Chung, Shunsuke Aburaya, Wataru Aoki, Mitsuyoshi Ueda
In very early stages of cancer development, one or a few cells expressing cancer-associated genes appear among a much larger number of surrounding normal cells. To analyze the molecular changes induced by this co-existence, we artificially prepared transformed cells with complete loss of tumor suppressor gene, SCRIB, among normal human embryonic kidney (HEK293T) cells. A cell strain with SCRIB-knockout was successfully constructed by using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9 nuclease system and co-cultured with normal cells...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Yong-Bo Li, Xiang-Ru Li, Ting Yang, Jin-Xing Wang, Xiao-Fan Zhao
Autophagy regulates cell survival (or cell death in several cases), whereas apoptosis regulates cell death. However, the relationship between autophagy and apoptosis and the regulative mechanism is unclear. We report that steroid hormone 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E) promotes switching from autophagy to apoptosis by increasing intracellular calcium levels in the midgut of the lepidopteran insect Helicoverpa armigera. Autophagy and apoptosis sequentially occurred during midgut programmed cell death under 20E regulation, in which lower concentrations of 20E induced microtubule-associated protein 1 light chain 3-phosphatidylethanolamine (LC3-II, also known as autophagy-related gene 8, ATG8) expression and autophagy...
October 21, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Rakesh Kumar
Professor Ferid Murad has been a remarkable colleague and a mentor. During our very first meeting, he not only shared unresolved puzzles in Nitric Oxide (NO) research but also listened to my questions pointing to protein nitration and nitrosylation. This was start of a new avenue in my laboratory involving protein nitration, inducible nitric oxide synthase and nitrite production in the context of signaling and gene expression in cancer cells. Dynamic changes in the cytoskeleton remodeling in response to the cell membrane generated signals are regulated by p21-activated kinase 1 (PAK1) which also feed into microtubules (MT) dynamic via phosphorylating Tubulin Cofactor B (CoB) on serine 65 and serine 128...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Florent Xavier Smit, Jurriaan A Luiken, Peter G Bolhuis
We performed replica exchange molecular dynamics and forward flux sampling simulations of hexapeptide VQIINK and VQIVYK systems, also known as, respectively, fragments PHF6* and PHF6 from tau protein. Part of the microtubule binding region, these fragments are known to be aggregation prone, and at least one of them is a prerequisite for fibril formation of the tau protein. Using a coarse-grained force field, we establish the phase behavior of both fragments, and investigate the nucleation kinetics for the conversion into a β-sheet fibril...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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