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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213802/high-expression-of-aspm-correlates-with-tumor-progression-and-predicts-poor-outcome-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer
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Jian-Jiang Xie, Yang-Jia Zhuo, Yu Zheng, Ru-Jun Mo, Ze-Zhen Liu, Bo-Wei Li, Zhi-Duan Cai, Xue-Jin Zhu, Yu-Xiang Liang, Hui-Chan He, Wei-de Zhong
PURPOSE: Abnormal spindle microtubule assembly (ASPM) gene was known to be linked with poor clinical prognosis in various tumors. However, the clinical significance of ASPM in prostate cancer (PCa) has not yet been understood. The purpose of this study was to determine the association of ASPM with tumor progression and prognosis in PCa patients. METHODS: The expression of ASPM at protein level in human PCa and non-cancerous prostate tissue was detected by immunohistochemical analysis, which was further validated by using microarray-based dataset (NCBI GEO: GSE21032 and The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset) at mRNA level...
February 17, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213771/a-novel-spiroindoline-targets-cell-cycle-and-migration-via-modulation-of-microtubule-cytoskeleton
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Naveen Kumar, Santanu Hati, Parthapratim Munshi, Subhabrata Sen, Seema Sehrawat, Shailja Singh
Natural product-inspired libraries of molecules with diverse architectures have evolved as one of the most useful tools for discovering lead molecules for drug discovery. In comparison to conventional combinatorial libraries, these molecules have been inferred to perform better in phenotypic screening against complicated targets. Diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) is a forward directional strategy to access such multifaceted library of molecules. From a successful DOS campaign of a natural product-inspired library, recently a small molecule with spiroindoline motif was identified as a potent anti-breast cancer compound...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213332/shear-stress-enhances-ca-2-sparks-through-nox2-dependent-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-in-rat-ventricular-myocytes
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Joon-Chul Kim, Jun Wang, Min-Jeong Son, Sun-Hee Woo
Shear stress enhances diastolic and systolic Ca(2+) concentration in ventricular myocytes. Here, using confocal Ca(2+) imaging in rat ventricular myocytes, we assessed the effects of shear stress (~16dyn/cm(2)) on the frequency of spontaneous Ca(2+) sparks and explored the mechanism underlying shear-mediated Ca(2+) spark regulation. The frequency of Ca(2+) sparks was immediately increased by shear stress (by ~80%), and increased further (by ~150%) during prolonged exposure (20s). The 2-D size and duration of individual sparks were increased by shear stimulation...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213273/2-methoxyestradiol-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-alcoholic-fatty-liver-by-enhancing-sirtuin-1-mediated-autophagy
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Hong-Ik Cho, Min-Jong Seo, Sun-Mee Lee
Alcoholic fatty liver (AFL) is susceptible to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, responding with inflammation and extensive hepatocellular damage. Autophagy maintains cellular homeostasis and regulates inflammation and lipid metabolism. 2-Methoxyestradiol (2-ME2), an endogenous metabolite of estradiol, exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This study examined the cytoprotective mechanisms of 2-ME2 on hepatic I/R in AFL, focusing on autophagy signaling. C57BL/6 mice were fed an ethanol diet (ED) to induce AFL, or a control diet (CD) for 6 weeks, and then subjected to 60 min of ischemia and 5 h of reperfusion...
February 14, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212984/hiv-1-vpr-disrupts-mitochondria-axonal-transport-and-accelerates-neuronal-aging
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Ying Wang, Maryline Santerre, Italo Tempera, Kayla Martin, Ruma Mukerjee, Bassel E Sawaya
Disruption of mitochondria axonal transport, essential for the maintenance of synaptic and neuronal integrity and function, has been identified in neurodegenerative diseases. Whether HIV-1 viral proteins affect mitochondria axonal transport is unknown, albeit HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders occur in around half of the patients living with HIV. Therefore, we sought to examine the effect of HIV-1 viral protein R (Vpr) on mitochondria axonal transport. Using mice primary neuronal cultures, we demonstrated that 4-day Vpr treatment reduced the ratio of moving mitochondria associated with (i) less energy (ATP) supply, (ii) reduction in Miro-1 and (iii) increase of α-synuclein which led to loss of microtubule stability as demonstrated by inconsecutive distribution of acetylated α-tubulin along the axons...
February 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212571/activation-of-jnk-and-ire1-is-critically-involved-in-tanshinone-i-induced-p62-dependent-autophagy-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-cells-implication-of-p62-uba-domain
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Jihyun Lee, Eun Jung Sohn, Sangwook Yoon, Gunho Won, Chang Geun Kim, Ji Hoon Jung, Sung-Hoon Kim
The aim of present study is to elucidate autophagic mechanism of tanshinone I (Tan I) in H28 and H2452 mesothelioma cells. Herein, Tan I exerted cytotoxicity with autophagic features of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5)/ microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B-light chain 3II (LC3 II) activation, p62/sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1) accumulation and increased number of LC3II punctae, acridine orange-stained cells and autophagic vacuoles. However, 3-methyladenine (3MA) and NH4Cl increased cytotoxicity in Tan I treated H28 cells...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211616/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-chalcone-containing-shikonin-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-tubulin-polymerization
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Han-Yue Qiu, Fang Wang, Xue Wang, Wen-Xue Sun, Jin-Liang Qi, Yan-Jun Pang, Rong-Wu Yang, Gui-Hua Lu, Xiao-Ming Wang, Yong-Hua Yang
The biological importance of microtubules in mitosis makes them an interesting target for the development of anticancer agents. In this study, a series of novel chalcone-containing shikonin derivatives was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for biological activities. Among them, derivative PMMB-259 [(R)-1-(5,8-dihydroxy-1,4-dioxo-1,4-dihydronaphthalen-2-yl)-4-methylpent-3-en-1-yl (E)-2-(4-(3-oxo-3-(3-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl)prop-1-en-1-yl)phenoxy)acetate] was identified as a potent inhibitor of tubulin polymerization...
February 17, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210976/regenerative-medicine-for-parkinson-s-disease-using-differentiated-nerve-cells-derived-from-human-buccal-fat-pad-stem-cells
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Haruka Takahashi, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Akira Tanaka
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of human adipose stem cells derived from the buccal fat pad (hBFP-ASCs) for nerve regeneration. Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive death of dopaminergic neurons. PD is a candidate disease for cell replacement therapy because it has no fundamental therapeutic methods. We examined the properties of neural-related cells induced from hBFP-ASCs as a cell source for PD treatment. hBFP-ASCs were cultured in neurogenic differentiation medium for about 2 weeks...
February 16, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210903/role-of-exchange-protein-directly-activated-by-camp-epac1-in-breast-cancer-cell-migration-and-apoptosis
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Naveen Kumar, Sonal Gupta, Surbhi Dabral, Shailja Singh, Seema Sehrawat
Despite the current progress in cancer research and therapy, breast cancer remains the leading cause of mortality among half a million women worldwide. Migration and invasion of cancer cells are associated with prevalent tumor metastasis as well as high mortality. Extensive studies have powerfully established the role of prototypic second messenger cAMP and its two ubiquitously expressed intracellular cAMP receptors namely the classic protein kinaseA/cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA) and the more recently discovered exchange protein directly activated by cAMP/cAMP-regulated guanine nucleotide exchange factor (EPAC/cAMP-GEF) in cell migration, cell cycle regulation, and cell death...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209780/microtubule-associated-protein-4-map4-controls-nanovesicle-dynamics-and-t-cell-activation
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Eugenio Bustos-Morán, Noelia Blas-Rus, Noa Martin-Cófreces, Francisco Sánchez-Madrid
The Immune Synapse (IS) is a specialized structure formed at the contact area between T lymphocytes and antigen-presenting cells (APC), essential for the adaptive immune response. Proper T cell activation requires its polarization towards the APC, which is highly dependent on the tubulin cytoskeleton. Microtubule associated protein-4 (MAP4) is a microtubule (MT)-stabilizing protein that controls MTs in physiological processes such as cell division, migration, vesicular transport or primary cilia formation. In this study, we have assessed the role of MAP4 in T cell activation...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209731/transport-of-fungal-rab11-secretory-vesicles-involves-myosin-5-dynein-dynactin-p25-and-kinesin-1-and-is-independent-of-kinesin-3
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Miguel A Peñalva, Jun Zhang, Xin Xiang, Areti Pantazopoulou
Hyphal tip cells of the fungus Aspergillus nidulans are useful to study long-range intracellular traffic. Post-Golgi secretory vesicles (SVs) containing the RAB11 orthologue RabE engage myosin-5 as well as plus-end- and minus-end-directed microtubule motors, providing an experimental system to investigate the interplay between microtubule and actin motors acting on the same cargo. By exploiting the fact that depolymerization of F-actin 'unleashes' SVs focused at the apex by myosin-5 to microtubule-dependent motors, we establish that the minus-end directed transport of SVs requires the dynein/dynactin supercomplex...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209268/inorganic-mercury-prevents-the-differentiation-of-sh-sy5y-cells-amyloid-precursor-protein-microtubule-associated-proteins-and-ros-as-potential-targets
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Miguel Chin Chan, Elizabeth Bautista, Isabel Alvarado-Cruz, Betzabet Quintanilla-Vega, José Segovia
Exposure to mercury (Hg) occurs through different pathways and forms including methylmecury (MeHg) from seafood and rice, ethylmercury (EtHg), and elemental Hg (Hg(0)) from dental amalgams and artisanal gold mining. Once in the brain all these forms are transformed to inorganic Hg (I-Hg), where it bioaccumulates and remains for long periods. Hg is a well-known neurotoxicant, with its most damaging effects reported during brain development, when cellular key events, such as cell differentiation take place. A considerable number of studies report an impairment of neuronal differentiation due to MeHg exposure, however the effects of I-Hg, an important form of Hg found in brain, have received less attention...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208320/dynamic-model-for-kinesin-mediated-long-range-transport-and-its-local-traffic-jam-caused-by-tau-proteins
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Woochul Nam, Bogdan I Epureanu
In neurons, several intracellular cargoes are transported by motor proteins (kinesins) which walk on microtubules (MTs). However, kinesins can possibly unbind from the MTs before they reach their destinations. The unbound kinesins randomly diffuse in neurons until they bind to MTs. Then, they walk again along the MTs to continue their tasks. Kinesins repeat this cycle of motion until they transport their cargoes to the destinations. However, most previous models mainly focused on the motion of kinesins when they walk on MTs...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207984/structural-basis-of-microtubule-stabilization-by-discodermolide
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Andrea E Prota, Katja Bargsten, Mariano Redondo, Amos B Smith Iii, Chia-Ping H Yang, Hayley M McDaid, Ian Paterson, Susan B Horwitz, José Fernando Díaz, Michel O Steinmetz
Microtubule-stabilizing agents (MSAs) are widely used in chemotherapy. Here, using X-ray crystallography we describe the detailed binding modes of two potent MSAs, (+)-discodermolide (DDM) and the DDM-paclitaxel-hybrid KS-1-199-32, in the taxane pocket of ß-tubulin. Both compounds bind in a very similar hairpin conformation as previously observed in solution. However, they differentially stabilize the M-loop of ß-tubulin: KS-1-199-32 induces an M-loop helical conformation that is not observed for DDM. In the context of the microtubule structure, both MSAs connect the ß-tubulin helices H6 and H7 and loop S9-S10 with the M-loop, which is similar to the structural effects elicited by epothilone A, but distinct from paclitaxel...
February 16, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205572/ran-dependent-tpx2-activation-promotes-acentrosomal-microtubule-nucleation-in-neurons
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Wen-Shin Chen, Yi-Ju Chen, Yung-An Huang, Bing-Yuan Hsieh, Ho-Chieh Chiu, Pei-Ying Kao, Chih-Yuan Chao, Eric Hwang
The microtubule (MT) cytoskeleton is essential for the formation of morphologically appropriate neurons. The existence of the acentrosomal MT organizing center in neurons has been proposed but its identity remained elusive. Here we provide evidence showing that TPX2 is an important component of this acentrosomal MT organizing center. First, neurite elongation is compromised in TPX2-depleted neurons. In addition, TPX2 localizes to the centrosome and along the neurite shaft bound to MTs. Depleting TPX2 decreases MT formation frequency specifically at the tip and the base of the neurite, and these correlate precisely with the regions where active GTP-bound Ran proteins are enriched...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204846/regulation-of-end-binding-protein-eb1-in-the-control-of-microtubule-dynamics
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REVIEW
Anne Nehlig, Angie Molina, Sylvie Rodrigues-Ferreira, Stéphane Honoré, Clara Nahmias
The regulation of microtubule dynamics is critical to ensure essential cell functions, such as proper segregation of chromosomes during mitosis or cell polarity and migration. End-binding protein 1 (EB1) is a plus-end-tracking protein (+TIP) that accumulates at growing microtubule ends and plays a pivotal role in the regulation of microtubule dynamics. EB1 autonomously binds an extended tubulin-GTP/GDP-Pi structure at growing microtubule ends and acts as a molecular scaffold that recruits a large number of regulatory +TIPs through interaction with CAP-Gly or SxIP motifs...
February 15, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203043/influence-of-antenatal-synthetic-glucocorticoid-administration-on-pyramidal-cell-morphology-and-microtubule-associated-protein-type-2-map2-in-rat-cerebrocortical-neurons
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Rodrigo Pascual, Isabel Cuevas, Odra Santander, Martina Valencia
Previous animal studies have indicated that excessive prenatal circulating glucocorticoid (GC) levels induced by the antenatal administration of synthetic GC (sGC) significantly alter neuronal development in the cerebellar and hippocampal neurons of the offspring. However, it is unknown whether antenatal sGC administration results in long-term neocortical pyramidal cell impairment. In the current study, we examined whether an equivalent therapeutic dose of antenatal betamethasone phosphate (BET) in pregnant rats alters the Golgi-stained basilar dendritic length and histochemical expression of dendritic microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP2) of neocortical pyramidal cells in infant, adolescent, and young adult offspring...
January 2017: Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology: Case Reports and Clinical Investigations: Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202734/proper-division-plane-orientation-and-mitotic-progression-together-allow-normal-growth-of-maize
#18
Pablo Martinez, Anding Luo, Anne Sylvester, Carolyn G Rasmussen
How growth, microtubule dynamics, and cell-cycle progression are coordinated is one of the unsolved mysteries of cell biology. A maize mutant, tangled1, with known defects in growth and proper division plane orientation, and a recently characterized cell-cycle delay identified by time-lapse imaging, was used to clarify the relationship between growth, cell cycle, and proper division plane orientation. The tangled1 mutant was fully rescued by introduction of cortical division site localized TANGLED1-YFP. A CYCLIN1B destruction box was fused to TANGLED1-YFP to generate a line that mostly rescued the division plane defect but still showed cell-cycle delays when expressed in the tangled1 mutant...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202667/lrrk2-from-kinase-to-gtpase-to-microtubules-and-back
#19
REVIEW
Marian Blanca Ramírez, Antonio Jesús Lara Ordóñez, Elena Fdez, Sabine Hilfiker
Mutations in the Leucine-Rich Repeat Kinase 2 (LRRK2) gene are intimately linked to both familial and sporadic Parkinson's disease. LRRK2 is a large protein kinase able to bind and hydrolyse GTP. A wealth of in vitro studies have established that the distinct pathogenic LRRK2 mutants differentially affect those enzymatic activities, either causing an increase in kinase activity without altering GTP binding/GTP hydrolysis, or displaying no change in kinase activity but increased GTP binding/decreased GTP hydrolysis...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202041/the-microtubule-plus-end-tracking-protein-tacc3-promotes-persistent-axon-outgrowth-and-mediates-responses-to-axon-guidance-signals-during-development
#20
Burcu Erdogan, Garrett M Cammarata, Eric J Lee, Benjamin C Pratt, Andrew F Francl, Erin L Rutherford, Laura Anne Lowery
BACKGROUND: Formation of precise neuronal connections requires proper axon guidance. Microtubules (MTs) of the growth cone provide a critical driving force during navigation of the growing ends of axons. Pioneer MTs and their plus-end tracking proteins (+TIPs) are thought to play integrative roles during this navigation. TACC3 is a + TIP that we have previously implicated in regulating MT dynamics within axons. However, the role of TACC3 in axon guidance has not been previously explored...
February 15, 2017: Neural Development
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