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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338098/increase-in-motility-and-invasiveness-of-mcf7-cancer-cells-induced-by-nicotine-is-abolished-by-melatonin-through-inhibition-of-erk-phosphorylation
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Sara Proietti, Angela Catizone, Maria Grazia Masiello, Simona Dinicola, Gianmarco Fabrizi, Mirko Minini, Giulia Ricci, Roberto Verna, Russel J Reiter, Alessandra Cucina, Mariano Bizzarri
Through activation of the ERK pathway nicotine, in both normal MCF-10A and low malignant breast cancer cells (MCF7), promotes increased motility and invasiveness. Melatonin antagonizes both these effects by inhibiting almost completely ERK phosphorylation. As melatonin has no effect on not-stimulated cells, it is likely that melatonin can counteract ERK-activation only downstream of nicotine-induced activation. This finding suggests that melatonin hampers ERK phosphorylation presumably by targeting a still unknown intermediate factor that connects nicotine stimulation to ERK phosphorylation...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329879/mir-134-modulates-chronic-stress-induced-structural-plasticity-and-depression-like-behaviors-via-downregulation-of-limk1-cofilin-signaling-in-rats
#2
Cuiqin Fan, Xiuzhi Zhu, Qiqi Song, Peng Wang, Zhuxi Liu, Shu Yan Yu
Increasing evidence has suggested that depression is a neuropsychiatric condition associated with neuroplasticity within specific brain regions. However, the mechanisms by which neuroplasticity exerts its effects in depression remain largely uncharacterized. In the present study we show that chronic stress effectively induces depression-like behaviors in rats, an effect which was associated with structural changes in dendritic spines and synapse abnormalities within neurons of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC)...
January 9, 2018: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321664/mitochondrial-fission-and-mitophagy-depend-on-cofilin-mediated-actin-depolymerization-activity-at-the-mitochondrial-fission-site
#3
Guo-Bing Li, Hong-Wei Zhang, Ruo-Qiu Fu, Xiao-Ye Hu, Lei Liu, Yu-Nong Li, Yan-Xia Liu, Xin Liu, Jin-Jiao Hu, Qin Deng, Qing-Song Luo, Rong Zhang, Ning Gao
Mitochondria fission and mitophagy are fundamentally crucial to cellular physiology and play important roles in cancer progression. Developing a comprehensive understanding of the molecular mechanism underlying mitochondrial fission and mitophagy will provide novel strategies for cancer prevention and treatment. Actin has been shown to participate in mitochondrial fission and mitophagy regulation. Cofilin is best known as an actin-depolymerizing factor. However, the molecular mechanism by which cofilin regulates mitochondrial fission and mitophagy remains largely unknown...
January 11, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319181/the-small-gtpase-rhoa-regulates-the-limk1-2-cofilin-pathway-to-modulate-cytoskeletal-dynamics-in-oocyte-meiosis
#4
Xing Duan, Yu Zhang, Kun-Lin Chen, Hao-Lin Zhang, Lan-Lan Wu, Hong-Lin Liu, Zhen-Bo Wang, Shao-Chen Sun
LIM kinases (LIMK1/2) are LIM domain-containing serine/threonine/tyrosine kinases that mediate multiple cellular processes in mitosis. In the present study, we explored the functional roles and potential signaling pathway of LIMK1/2 during mouse oocyte meiosis. Disruption of LIMK1/2 activity and expression significantly decreased oocyte polar body extrusion. Live-cell imaging revealed that spindle migration was disturbed after both LIMK1 and LIMK2 knock down, and this might be due to aberrant distribution of actin filaments in the oocyte cytoplasm and cortex...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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/29290790/changes-in-the-microarchitecture-of-the-pancreatic-cancer-stroma-are-linked-to-neutrophil-dependent-reprogramming-of-stellate-cells-and-reflected-by-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Philipp Mayer, Christine Dinkic, Ralf Jesenofsky, Miriam Klauss, Peter Schirmacher, Ulrike Dapunt, Thilo Hackert, Florian Uhle, G Maria Hänsch, Matthias M Gaida
In pancreatic cancer (PDAC) intratumor infiltration of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) is associated with histologically apparent alterations of the tumor growth pattern. The aim of this study was to examine possible associations between PMN infiltration, tumor microarchitecture, and water diffusivity in diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI), and to further asses the underlying mechanisms. Methods: DW-MRI was performed in 33 PDAC patients prior to surgery. In parallel, tissue specimen were examined histologically for growth pattern, azurocidin-positive PMN infiltrates, and the presence of alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) and metalloproteinase 9 (MMP9)-positive myofibroblastic cells...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280352/mg-al-and-zn-al-layered-double-hydroxides-promote-dynamic-expression-of-marker-genes-in-osteogenic-differentiation-by-modulating-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases
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Ha Ram Kang, Célio Junior da Costa Fernandes, Rodrigo Augusto da Silva, Vera Regina Leopoldo Constantino, Ivan Hong Jun Koh, Willian F Zambuzzi
The effect of LDH samples comprised of chloride anions intercalated between positive layers of magnesium/aluminum (Mg-Al LDH) or zinc/aluminum (Zn-Al LDH) chemical composition on pre-osteoblast performance is investigated. Non-cytotoxic concentrations of both LDHs modulated pre-osteoblast adhesion by triggering cytoskeleton rearrangement dependent on recruiting of Cofilin, which is modulated by the inhibition of the Protein Phosphatase 2A (PP2A), culminating in osteoblast differentiation with a significant increase of osteogenic marker genes...
December 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259197/catastrophic-disassembly-of-actin-filaments-via-mical-mediated-oxidation
#8
Elena E Grintsevich, Peng Ge, Michael R Sawaya, Hunkar Gizem Yesilyurt, Jonathan R Terman, Z Hong Zhou, Emil Reisler
Actin filament assembly and disassembly are vital for cell functions. MICAL Redox enzymes are important post-translational effectors of actin that stereo-specifically oxidize actin's M44 and M47 residues to induce cellular F-actin disassembly. Here we show that Mical-oxidized (Mox) actin can undergo extremely fast (84 subunits/s) disassembly, which depends on F-actin's nucleotide-bound state. Using near-atomic resolution cryoEM reconstruction and single filament TIRF microscopy we identify two dynamic and structural states of Mox-actin...
December 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241219/yap-inhibits-the-apoptosis-and-migration-of-human-rectal-cancer-cells-via-suppression-of-jnk-drp1-mitochondrial-fission-htra2-omi-pathways
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Haijun Li, Fucheng He, Xin Zhao, Yuan Zhang, Xi Chu, Chunlan Hua, Yunhui Qu, Yu Duan, Liang Ming
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The Hippo-Yap pathway is associated with tumor development and progression. However, little evidence is available concerning its role in cancer cell apoptosis and migration via mitochondrial homeostasis. Here, we identify mitochondrial fission as a regulator of the Hippo-Yap pathway in human rectal cancer tumorigenesis and metastasis. METHODS: In this study, we performed loss-of function assays concerning Yap in RCC via shRNA. Cellular viability and apoptosis were measured via MTT, the TUNEL assay and trypan blue staining...
December 12, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228856/uncovering-the-proteome-response-of-murine-neuroblastoma-cells-against-low-dose-exposure-to-saxitoxin
#10
Xiao Chen, Ye Sun, Haiyan Huang, Wei Liu, Panpan Hu, Xinfeng Huang, Fei Zou, Jianjun Liu
The potent neurotoxin saxitoxin produced by both marine and freshwater phytoplankton causes paralytic shellfish poisoning syndrome. The toxicity and mode of action of the acute exposure of high-dose saxitoxin have been intensively studied for decades; however, the potential risk of exposure of low-dose saxitoxin remained to be uncovered. Here we present a proteomics study of murine neuroblastoma N2A cell with low-dose saxitoxin exposure (1 nM and 10 nM, 24-h intoxication). Differential proteins were profiled by two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS)...
December 11, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226331/a-novel-pathway-activated-by-somatostatin-receptor-type-2-sst2-inhibition-of-pituitary-tumor-cell-migration-and-invasion-through-cytoskeleton-protein-recruitment
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E Peverelli, E Giardino, D Treppiedi, R Catalano, F Mangili, M Locatelli, A G Lania, M Arosio, A Spada, G Mantovani
The pharmacological therapy of GH-secreting pituitary tumors is based on somatostatin (SS) analogs that reduce GH secretion and cell proliferation by binding mainly SS receptors type 2 (SST2). Antimigratory effects of SS have been demonstrated in different cell models, but no data on pituitary tumors are available. Aims of this study were to evaluate SST2 effects on migration and invasion of human and rat tumoral somatotrophs, and to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved focusing on the role of cofilin and filamin A (FLNA)...
December 11, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222746/cadmium-favors-f-actin-depolymerization-in-rat-renal-mesangial-cells-by-site-specific-disulfide-based-dimerization-of-the-cap1-protein
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Ying Liu, Weiqun Xiao, Manasi Shinde, Jeffrey Field, Douglas M Templeton
Cadmium is a toxic metal that produces oxidative stress and has been shown to disrupt the actin cytoskeleton in rat renal mesangial cells (RMC). In a survey of proteins that might undergo Cd2+-dependent disulfide crosslinking, we identified the adenylyl cyclase-associated protein, CAP1, as undergoing a dimerization in response to Cd2+ (5-40 µM) that was sensitive to disulfide reducing agents, was reproduced by the disulfide crosslinking agent diamide, and was shown by site-directed mutagenesis to involve the Cys29 residue of the protein...
December 8, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208529/vesicular-transport-protein-arf6-modulates-cytoskeleton-dynamics-for-polar-body-extrusion-in-mouse-oocyte-meiosis
#13
Xing Duan, Hao-Lin Zhang, Meng-Hao Pan, Yu Zhang, Shao-Chen Sun
Arf6 (ADP-ribosylation factor 6) is known to play important roles in membrane dynamics through the regulation of actin filament reorganization for multiple cellular processes such as cytokinesis, phagocytosis, cell migration and tumor cell invasion. However, the functions of Arf6 in mammalian oocyte meiosis have not been clarified. In present study we showed that Arf6 expressed in mouse oocytes and was mainly distributed around the spindle during meiosis. Depletion of Arf6 by morpholino microinjection caused oocytes failing to extrude first polar body...
December 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207028/role-of-the-cofilin-2-gene-in-regulating-the-myosin-heavy-chain-genes-in-mouse-myoblast-c2c12-cells
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Hongyan Zhu, Huixin Yang, Song Zhao, Junfeng Zhang, Dan Liu, Yumin Tian, Zhiyi Shen, Yuhong Su
The cofilin 2 (CFL2) and myosin heavy chain (MyHC) genes play a key role in muscle development and myofibrillar formation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of CFL2 on genes involved in fiber formation and the mechanisms underlying this process. Undifferentiated and differentiated C2C12 cells (UDT and DT, respectively) were transfected with CFL2 small interfering RNA (siRNA). CFL2 mRNA and protein levels were assessed using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and western blotting, respectively...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190896/cofilin-1-promotes-bladder-cancer-and-is-regulated-by-tcf7l2
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Fei Wang, Dinglan Wu, Housheng Fu, Fengrong He, Congjie Xu, Jiaquan Zhou, Daoyuan Li, Guoping Li, Jianbing Xu, Qinghui Wu, Jianxiang Chen, Liangju Su, Weifu Wang, Shufang Zhang
Earlier reports demonstrated that Cofilin expression is increased in bladder cancer samples, though its function remains unknown. Here, we found that Cofilin 1 expression was higher in bladder cancer tissues than in paracancerous tissues. Overexpression of Cofilin 1 promoted, while Cofilin 1 knockdown inhibited, proliferation, migration, and invasion in the T24 and RT4 bladder cancer cell lines. In addition, Cofilin 1 overexpression increased, while Cofilin 1 knockdown decreased, bladder tumor volumes in mouse xenograft experiments...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188873/p49-strap-a-serum-response-factor-binding-protein-srfbp1-is-involved-in-the-redistribution-of-cytoskeletal-f-actin-proteins-during-glucose-deprivation
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E D Williams, S C Rogers, X Zhang, G Azhar, J Y Wei
The functional decline that usually accompanies adult aging also encompasses cellular changes including cytoplasmic architecture. In addition to their role in cytoskeletal structure, actin microfilaments have important roles in various cellular processes, including cell-to-cell communication and intracellular signaling. Age-related diseases and late-stage cellular morphological appearances often correlate with altered f-actin structure, which has been observed most notably in cancer. What remains less clear are the molecular pathways that may be involved in normal and premature aging-induced f-actin changes...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188531/mir-519d-3p-suppresses-breast-cancer-cell-growth-and-motility-via-targeting-lim-domain-kinase-1
#17
Dengfeng Li, Hongming Song, Tianqi Wu, Dan Xie, Jiashu Hu, Junyong Zhao, Qiang Shen, Lin Fang
Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in women, and its estrogen receptor (ER)-negative subtype (ENBC) and triple-negative subtype (TNBC) have unfavorable prognosis in comparison with ER-positive subtype. MiRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that bind to the 3'-UTR region of targeting mRNAs to regulate gene expression. Mir-519d-3p was found to be associated with breast cancer for its potential role in proliferation and metastasis. To explore its potential role and mechanism of miR-519d-3p in breast carcinogenesis, we determined whether miR-519d-3p regulates breast cancer cell proliferation and motility by performing wound-healing assays and migration-invasion assays...
November 29, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184140/induced-cortical-tension-restores-functional-junctions-in-adhesion-defective-carcinoma-cells
#18
Shoko Ito, Satoru Okuda, Masako Abe, Mari Fujimoto, Tetsuo Onuki, Tamako Nishimura, Masatoshi Takeichi
Normal epithelial cells are stably connected to each other via the apical junctional complex (AJC). AJCs, however, tend to be disrupted during tumor progression, and this process is implicated in cancer dissemination. Here, using colon carcinoma cells that fail to form AJCs, we investigated molecular defects behind this failure through a search for chemical compounds that could restore AJCs, and found that microtubule-polymerization inhibitors (MTIs) were effective. MTIs activated GEF-H1/RhoA signaling, causing actomyosin contraction at the apical cortex...
November 28, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170805/role-of-actin-depolymerizing-factor-cofilin-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-oxidative-stress-response-and-pathogenesis
#19
Xiaodong Jia, Xi Zhang, Yingsong Hu, Mandong Hu, Shuguang Tian, Xuelin Han, Yansong Sun, Li Han
Aspergillus fumigatus is a major fungal pathogen that is responsible for approximately 90% of human aspergillosis. Cofilin is an actin depolymerizing factor that plays crucial roles in multiple cellular functions in many organisms. However, the functions of cofilin in A. fumigatus are still unknown. In this study, we constructed an A. fumigatus strain overexpressing cofilin (cofilin OE). The cofilin OE strain displayed a slightly different growth phenotype, significantly increased resistance against H2O2 and diamide, and increased activation of the high osmolarity glycerol pathway compared to the wild-type strain (WT)...
November 23, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166822/myeloid-cell-leukemia-1-mcl-1-an-unexpected-modulator-of-protein-kinase-signaling-during-invasion
#20
Adelaide Ij Young, Paul Timpson, David Gallego-Ortega, Christopher J Ormandy, Samantha R Oakes
Myeloid cell leukemia-1 (MCL-1), closely related to B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2), has a well-established role in cell survival and has emerged as an important target for cancer therapeutics. We have demonstrated that inhibiting MCL-1 is efficacious in suppressing tumour progression in pre-clinical models of breast cancer and revealed that in addition to its role in cell survival, MCL-1 modulated cellular invasion. Utilizing a MCL-1-specific genetic antagonist, we found two possible mechanisms; firstly MCL-1 directly binds to and alters the phosphorylation of the cytoskeletal remodeling protein, Cofilin, a protein important for cytoskeletal remodeling during invasion, and secondly MCL-1 modulates the levels SRC family kinases (SFKs) and their targets...
November 23, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
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