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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501501/anti-tumor-effects-of-differentiation-inducing-factor-1-in-malignant-melanoma-gsk-3-mediated-inhibition-of-cell-proliferation-and-gsk-3-independent-suppression-of-cell-migration-and-invasion
#1
Masaki Arioka, Fumi Takahashi-Yanaga, Momoko Kubo, Kazunobu Igawa, Katsuhiko Tomooka, Toshiyuki Sasaguri
Differentiation-inducing factor-1 (DIF-1) isolated from Dictyostelium discoideum strongly inhibits the proliferation of various mammalian cells through the activation of glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3). To evaluate DIF-1 as a novel anti-cancer agent for malignant melanoma, we examined whether DIF-1 has anti-proliferative, anti-migratory, and anti-invasive effects on melanoma cells using in vitro and in vivo systems. DIF-1 reduced the expression levels of cyclin D1 and c-Myc by facilitating their degradation via GSK-3 in mouse (B16BL6) and human (A2058) malignant melanoma cells, and thereby strongly inhibited their proliferation...
May 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499132/multiple-dictyostelid-species-destroy-biofilms-of-klebsiella-oxytoca-and-other-gram-negative-species
#2
Dean Sanders, Katarzyna D Borys, Fikrullah Kisa, Sheryl A Rakowski, Marcela Lozano, Marcin Filutowicz
Dictyostelids are free-living phagocytes that feed on bacteria in diverse habitats. When bacterial prey is in short supply or depleted, they undergo multicellular development culminating in the formation of dormant spores. In this work, we tested isolates representing four dictyostelid species from two genera (Dictyostelium and Polysphondylium) for the potential to feed on biofilms preformed on glass and polycarbonate surfaces. The abilities of dictyostelids were monitored for three hallmarks of activity: 1) spore germination on biofilms, 2) predation on biofilm enmeshed bacteria by phagocytic cells and 3) characteristic stages of multicellular development (streaming and fructification)...
April 12, 2017: Protist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495969/fold-change-detection-and-scale-invariance-of-cell-cell-signaling-in-social-amoeba
#3
Keita Kamino, Yohei Kondo, Akihiko Nakajima, Mai Honda-Kitahara, Kunihiko Kaneko, Satoshi Sawai
Cell-cell signaling is subject to variability in the extracellular volume, cell number, and dilution that potentially increase uncertainty in the absolute concentrations of the extracellular signaling molecules. To direct cell aggregation, the social amoebae Dictyostelium discoideum collectively give rise to oscillations and waves of cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate (cAMP) under a wide range of cell density. To date, the systems-level mechanism underlying the robustness is unclear. By using quantitative live-cell imaging, here we show that the magnitude of the cAMP relay response of individual cells is determined by fold change in the extracellular cAMP concentrations...
May 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463965/ancient-bacteria-amoeba-relationships-and-pathogenic-animal-bacteria
#4
Joan E Strassmann, Longfei Shu
Long before bacteria infected humans, they infected amoebas, which remain a potentially important reservoir for human disease. Diverse soil amoebas including Dictyostelium and Acanthamoeba can host intracellular bacteria. Though the internal environment of free-living amoebas is similar in many ways to that of mammalian macrophages, they differ in a number of important ways, including temperature. A new study in PLOS Biology by Taylor-Mulneix et al. demonstrates that Bordetella bronchiseptica has two different gene suites that are activated depending on whether the bacterium finds itself in a hot mammalian or cool amoeba host environment...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442431/reducing-isoform-complexity-of-human-tetraspanins-by-optimized-expression-in-dictyostelium-discoideum-enables-high-throughput-functional-read-out
#5
Tineke Scheltz, Julia von Bülow, Eric Beitz
The human tetraspanin family of scaffold proteins comprises 33 isoforms. Being integral membrane proteins, they organize a so-called tetraspanin web via homomeric and heteromeric protein-protein interactions with integrins, immunoglobulins, growth factors, receptor tyrosine kinases, proteases, signaling proteins, and viral capsid proteins. Tetraspanins promote cellular effects, such as adhesion, migration, invasion, signaling, membrane fusion, protein trafficking, cancer progression, and infections. The ubiquitous expression of multiple tetraspanin isoforms and partner proteins hampers specific interaction studies...
April 22, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424231/mroh1-a-lysosomal-regulator-localised-by-wash-generated-actin
#6
Peter A Thomason, Jason S King, Robert H Insall
The steps leading to constitutive exocytosis are poorly understood. In Dictyostelium WASH complex mutants, exocytosis is blocked, so cells that take up fluorescent dextran from the medium retain it and remain fluorescent. Here we establish a FACS-based method to select cells that retain fluorescent dextran, allowing identification of mutants with disrupted exocytosis. Screening a pool of random mutants identified the WASH complex, as expected, and multiple mutants in the conserved HEAT-repeat containing protein Mroh1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422986/a-critical-like-collective-state-leads-to-long-range-cell-communication-in-dictyostelium-discoideum-aggregation
#7
Giovanna De Palo, Darvin Yi, Robert G Endres
The transition from single-cell to multicellular behavior is important in early development but rarely studied. The starvation-induced aggregation of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum into a multicellular slug is known to result from single-cell chemotaxis towards emitted pulses of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP). However, how exactly do transient, short-range chemical gradients lead to coherent collective movement at a macroscopic scale? Here, we developed a multiscale model verified by quantitative microscopy to describe behaviors ranging widely from chemotaxis and excitability of individual cells to aggregation of thousands of cells...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415314/cell-alignment-patterns-in-the-collective-migration-of-cells-with-polarized-adhesion
#8
Katsuyoshi Matsushita
Dictyostelium discoideum (Dd) utilizes inhomogeneities in the distribution of cell-cell adhesion molecules on cell membranes for collective cell migration. A simple example of an inhomogeneity is a front-side (leading-edge) polarization in the distribution at the early streaming stage. Experiments have shown that the polarized cell-cell adhesion induces side-by-side contact between cells [Beug et al., Nature (London) 274, 445 (1978)NATUAS0028-083610.1038/274445a0]. This result is counterintuitive, as one would expect cells to align front to front in contact with each other on the basis of front-side polarization...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414774/mycobacterium-marinum-antagonistically-induces-an-autophagic-response-while-repressing-the-autophagic-flux-in-a-torc1-and-esx-1-dependent-manner
#9
Elena Cardenal-Muñoz, Sonia Arafah, Ana Teresa López-Jiménez, Sébastien Kicka, Alexandra Falaise, Frauke Bach, Olivier Schaad, Jason S King, Monica Hagedorn, Thierry Soldati
Autophagy is a eukaryotic catabolic process also participating in cell-autonomous defence. Infected host cells generate double-membrane autophagosomes that mature in autolysosomes to engulf, kill and digest cytoplasmic pathogens. However, several bacteria subvert autophagy and benefit from its machinery and functions. Monitoring infection stages by genetics, pharmacology and microscopy, we demonstrate that the ESX-1 secretion system of Mycobacterium marinum, a close relative to M. tuberculosis, upregulates the transcription of autophagy genes, and stimulates autophagosome formation and recruitment to the mycobacteria-containing vacuole (MCV) in the host model organism Dictyostelium...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413119/the-two-dictyostelium-discoideum-autophagy-8-proteins-have-distinct-autophagic-functions
#10
Susanne Meßling, Jan Matthias, Qiuhong Xiong, Sarah Fischer, Ludwig Eichinger
Autophagy is a highly conserved cellular degradation pathway which is crucial for various cellular processes. The autophagic process is subdivided in the initiation, autophagosome maturation and lysosomal degradation phases and involves more than forty core and accessory autophagy-related (ATG) proteins. Autophagy 8 (ATG8, in mammals LC3) is a well-established marker of autophagy and is linked to the autophagic membrane from initiation until fusion with the lysosome. We generated single and double knock-out mutants of the two Dictyostelium paralogues, ATG8a and ATG8b, as well as strains that expressed RFP-ATG8a and/or GFP-ATG8b, RFP-ATG8b, RFP-GFP-ATG8a or RFP-GFP-ATG8b in different knock-out mutants...
April 4, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406973/tre5-a-retrotransposition-profiling-reveals-putative-rna-polymerase-iii-transcription-complex-binding-sites-on-the-dictyostelium-extrachromosomal-rdna-element
#11
Thomas Spaller, Marco Groth, Gernot Glöckner, Thomas Winckler
The amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has a haploid genome in which two thirds of the DNA encodes proteins. Consequently, the space available for selfish mobile elements to expand without excess damage to the host genome is limited. The non-long terminal repeat retrotransposon TRE5-A maintains an active population in the D. discoideum genome and apparently adapted to this gene-dense environment by targeting positions ~47 bp upstream of tRNA genes that are devoid of protein-coding regions. Because only ~24% of tRNA genes are associated with a TRE5-A element in the reference genome, we evaluated whether TRE5-A retrotransposition is limited to this subset of tRNA genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403138/bordetella-bronchiseptica-exploits-the-complex-life-cycle-of-dictyostelium-discoideum-as-an-amplifying-transmission-vector
#12
Dawn L Taylor-Mulneix, Liron Bendor, Bodo Linz, Israel Rivera, Valerie E Ryman, Kalyan K Dewan, Shannon M Wagner, Emily F Wilson, Lindsay J Hilburger, Laura E Cuff, Christopher M West, Eric T Harvill
Multiple lines of evidence suggest that Bordetella species have a significant life stage outside of the mammalian respiratory tract that has yet to be defined. The Bordetella virulence gene (BvgAS) two-component system, a paradigm for a global virulence regulon, controls the expression of many "virulence factors" expressed in the Bvg positive (Bvg+) phase that are necessary for successful respiratory tract infection. A similarly large set of highly conserved genes are expressed under Bvg negative (Bvg-) phase growth conditions; however, these appear to be primarily expressed outside of the host and are thus hypothesized to be important in an undefined extrahost reservoir...
April 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400531/genomics-and-evolution-of-protein-phosphatases
#13
Mark J Chen, Jack E Dixon, Gerard Manning
Protein phosphatases are the essential opposite to protein kinases; together, these enzymes regulate all protein phosphorylation and most cellular processes. To better understand the global roles of protein phosphorylation, we cataloged the human protein phosphatome, composed of 189 known and predicted human protein phosphatase genes. We also identified 79 protein phosphatase pseudogenes or retrogenes, some of which may have residual function. We traced the origin and diversity of phosphatases by building protein phosphatomes for eight other eukaryotes, from the protist Dictyostelium to the sea urchin...
April 11, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395088/neuropathological-hallmarks-of-brain-malformations-in-extreme-phenotypes-related-to-dync1h1-mutations
#14
Annie Laquerriere, Camille Maillard, Mara Cavallin, Françoise Chapon, Florent Marguet, Arnaud Molin, Sabine Sigaudy, Marie Blouet, Guillaume Benoist, Carla Fernandez, Karine Poirier, Jamel Chelly, Sophie Thomas, Nadia Bahi-Buisson
Dyneins play a critical role in a wide variety of cellular functions such as the movement of organelles and numerous aspects of mitosis, making it central player in neocortical neurogenesis and migration. Recently, cytoplasmic dynein-1, heavy chain-1 (DYNC1H1) mutations have been found to cause a wide spectrum of brain cortical malformations. We report on the detailed neuropathological features of brain lesions from 2 fetuses aged 36 and 22 weeks of gestation (WG), respectively, carrying de novo DYNC1H1 mutations, p...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385668/cooperation-induces-other-cooperation-fruiting-bodies-promote-the-evolution-of-macrocysts-in-dictyostelium-discoideum
#15
Shota Shibasaki, Yuka Shirokawa, Masakazu Shimada
Biological studies of the evolution of cooperation are challenging because this process is vulnerable to cheating. Many mechanisms, including kin discrimination, spatial structure, or by-products of self-interested behaviors, can explain this evolution. Here we propose that the evolution of cooperation can be induced by other cooperation. To test this idea, we used a model organism Dictyostelium discoideum because it exhibits two cooperative dormant phases, the fruiting body and the macrocyst. In both phases, the same chemoattractant, cyclic AMP (cAMP), is used to collect cells...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385010/coactosin-like-protein-1-inhibits-the-neuronal-migration-during-mouse-corticogenesis
#16
Guohong Li, Yupeng Yin, Jiong Chen, Yanle Fan, Juhong Ma, Yingxue Huang, Chen Chen, Pengxiu Dai, Shulin Chen, Shanting Zhao
Coactosin-like protein-1 (Cotl1), a member of the actin-depolymerizing factor (ADF)/cofilin family, was first purified from the soluble fraction of Dictyostelium discoideum cells. Neuronal migration requires cytoskeletal remodeling and actin regulation. Although Cotl1 strongly binds to F-actin, the role of Cotl1 in neuronal migration remains unknown. Here, we revealed that Cotl1 overexpression impaired the migration of both early- and late-born neurons during mouse corticogenesis. Moreover, Cotl1 overexpression delayed, rather than blocked, neuronal migration in late-born neurons...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372375/adaptive-microfluidic-gradient-generator-for-quantitative-chemotaxis-experiments
#17
Alexander Anielski, Eva K B Pfannes, Carsten Beta
Chemotactic motion in a chemical gradient is an essential cellular function that controls many processes in the living world. For a better understanding and more detailed modelling of the underlying mechanisms of chemotaxis, quantitative investigations in controlled environments are needed. We developed a setup that allows us to separately address the dependencies of the chemotactic motion on the average background concentration and on the gradient steepness of the chemoattractant. In particular, both the background concentration and the gradient steepness can be kept constant at the position of the cell while it moves along in the gradient direction...
March 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365442/loss-of-cln3-impacts-protein-secretion-in-the-social-amoeba-dictyostelium
#18
Robert J Huber
Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL), also referred to as Batten disease, is the most common form of childhood neurodegeneration. Mutations in CLN3 cause the most prevalent subtype of the disease, which manifests during early childhood and is currently untreatable. The precise function of the CLN3 protein is still not known, which has inhibited the development of targeted therapies. In the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, loss of the CLN3 homolog, Cln3, reduces adhesion during early development, which delays streaming and aggregation...
March 29, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346441/altering-the-threshold-of-an-excitable-signal-transduction-network-changes-cell-migratory-modes
#19
Yuchuan Miao, Sayak Bhattacharya, Marc Edwards, Huaqing Cai, Takanari Inoue, Pablo A Iglesias, Peter N Devreotes
The diverse migratory modes displayed by different cell types are generally believed to be idiosyncratic. Here we show that the migratory behaviour of Dictyostelium was switched from amoeboid to keratocyte-like and oscillatory modes by synthetically decreasing phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate levels or increasing Ras/Rap-related activities. The perturbations at these key nodes of an excitable signal transduction network initiated a causal chain of events: the threshold for network activation was lowered, the speed and range of propagating waves of signal transduction activity increased, actin-driven cellular protrusions expanded and, consequently, the cell migratory mode transitions ensued...
April 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330902/regulation-of-nucleosome-positioning-by-a-chd-type-iii-chromatin-remodeler-and-its-relationship-to-developmental-gene-expression-in-dictyostelium
#20
James L Platt, Nicholas A Kent, Alan R Kimmel, Adrian J Harwood
Nucleosome placement and repositioning can direct transcription of individual genes; however, the precise interactions of these events are complex and largely unresolved at the whole-genome level. The Chromodomain-Helicase-DNA binding (CHD) Type III proteins are a subfamily of SWI2/SNF2 proteins that control nucleosome positioning and are associated with several complex human disorders, including CHARGE syndrome and autism. Type III CHDs are required for multicellular development of animals and Dictyostelium but are absent in plants and yeast...
April 2017: Genome Research
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