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Plant Autophagy

Maria Esther Perez-Perez, Stéphane D Lemaire, Jose L Crespo
Autophagy is a major catabolic pathway by which eukaryotic cells deliver unnecessary or damaged cytoplasmic material to the vacuole for its degradation and recycling in order to maintain cellular homeostasis. Control of autophagy has been associated with the production of reactive oxygen species in several organisms including plants and algae but the precise regulatory molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we show that the ATG4 protease, an essential protein for autophagosome biogenesis, plays a central role for the redox regulation of autophagy in the model green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology
V Paunovic, M Kosic, S Djordjevic, A Zugic, N Djalinac, U Gasic, V Trajkovic, J Harhaji-Trajkovic
Marrubium vulgare is a European medicinal plant with numerous beneficial effects on human health. The aim of the study was to isolate the plant ethanolic extract (MVE) and to investigate its anti-melanoma and anti-glioma effects. MVE was prepared by the modified pharmacopoeial percolation method and characterized by UHPLC-LTQ OrbiTrap MS. MVE dose-dependently reduced viability of melanoma (B16) and glioma (U251) cells, but not peripheral blood mononuclear cells. It arrested cell cycle in S+G2/M phase, which was associated with the activation of MAP kinase p38 and up-regulation of antiproliferative genes p53, p21 and p27...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Zeng Xiaowei, Liu Cuicui, Han Ning, Bian Hongwu, Zhu Muyuan
Autophagy is an evolutionarily highly conserved catabolic pathway among eukaryotic cells that protects the organisms against environmental stress. Normally, autophagy is mainly involved with autophagy-related proteins(ATGs) and autophagic regulators including a series of cytoplasmic proteins and small molecules. Besides, the selective autophagy, which targets damaged organalles or protein aggregates, is mediated by the additional receptors to help the ATGs recognize different substrates. In this review, we summarize recent advances in autophagic regulators like ROS(Reactive oxygen species), TOR(Target of rapamycin) and receptors like NBR1(Neighbor of BRCA1 gene protein), RPN10(Regulatory particle non-ATPase 10) as well as their functional mechanisms mainly in Arabidopsis thaliana...
July 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Weiwei Li, Ming Chen, Erhui Wang, Liqin Hu, Malcolm J Hawkesford, Li Zhong, Zhu Chen, Zhaoshi Xu, Liancheng Li, Yongbin Zhou, Changhong Guo, Youzhi Ma
BACKGROUND: Autophagy is a cellular degradation process that is highly evolutionarily-conserved in yeast, plants, and animals. In plants, autophagy plays important roles in regulating intracellular degradation and recycling of amino acids in response to nutrient starvation, senescence, and other environmental stresses. Foxtail millet (Setaria italica) has strong resistance to stresses and has been proposed as an ideal material for use in the study of the physiological mechanisms of abiotic stress tolerance in plants...
October 12, 2016: BMC Genomics
Rodrigo Dutra Nunes, Guilherme Ventura-Martins, Débora Monteiro Moretti, Priscilla Medeiros-Castro, Carlucio Rocha-Santos, Carlos Renato de Oliveira Daumas-Filho, Paula Rego Barros Bittencourt-Cunha, Karina Martins-Cardoso, Cecília Oliveira Cudischevitch, Rubem Figueiredo Sadok Menna-Barreto, José Henrique Maia Oliveira, Desiely Silva Gusmão, Francisco José Alves Lemos, Daniela Sales Alviano, Pedro Lagerblad Oliveira, Carl Lowenberger, David Majerowicz, Ricardo Melo Oliveira, Rafael Dias Mesquita, Georgia Correa Atella, Mário Alberto Cardoso Silva-Neto
BACKGROUND: Mosquitoes feed on plant-derived fluids such as nectar and sap and are exposed to bioactive molecules found in this dietary source. However, the role of such molecules on mosquito vectorial capacity is unknown. Weather has been recognized as a major determinant of the spread of dengue, and plants under abiotic stress increase their production of polyphenols. RESULTS: Here, we show that including polyphenols in mosquito meals promoted the activation of AMP-dependent protein kinase (AMPK)...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Hervé Bègue, Sylvain Jeandroz, Cécile Blanchard, David Wendehenne, Claire Rosnoblet
BACKGROUND: The chaperone-like p97 is a member of the AAA+ ATPase enzyme family that contributes to numerous cellular activities. P97 has been broadly studied in mammals (VCP/p97) and yeasts (CDC48: Cell Division Cycle 48/p97) and numerous investigations highlighted that this protein is post-translationally regulated, is structured in homohexamer and interacts with partners and cofactors that direct it to distinct cellular signalization pathway including protein quality control and degradation, cell cycle regulation, genome stability, vesicular trafficking, autophagy and immunity...
October 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lisa B Frankel, Michal Lubas, Anders H Lund
Macroautophagy/autophagy is a key catabolic process, essential for maintaining cellular homeostasis and survival through the removal and recycling of unwanted cellular material. Emerging evidence has revealed intricate connections between the RNA and autophagy research fields. While a majority of studies have focused on protein, lipid and carbohydrate catabolism via autophagy, accumulating data supports the view that several types of RNA and associated ribonucleoprotein complexes are specifically recruited to phagophores (precursors to autophagosomes) and subsequently degraded in the lysosome/vacuole...
October 7, 2016: Autophagy
Marien Havé, Anne Marmagne, Fabien Chardon, Céline Masclaux-Daubresse
As a result of climate changes, land use and agriculture have to adapt to new demands. Agriculture is responsible for a large part of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that have to be urgently reduced in order to protect the environment. At the same time, agriculture has to cope with the challenges of sustainably feeding a growing world population. Reducing the use of the ammonia-nitrate fertilizers that are responsible for a large part of the GHGs released and that have a negative impact on carbon balance is one of the objectives of precision agriculture...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Xin-Chun Huang, Yuko Inoue-Aono, Yuji Moriyasu, Pei-Ying Hsieh, Wei-Ming Tu, Shae-Chien Hsiao, Wan-Neng Jane, Hsin-Yun Hsu
Autophagy is a self-protection process against reactive oxygen species (ROS). The intracellular level of ROS increased when cells were cultured under nutrient starvation. Antioxidants such as glutathione and ascorbic acid play an important role in ROS removal. However, the cellular redox state in the autophagic pathway is still unclear. Herein, we developed a new redox-sensitive probe with a disulfide-linked silica scaffold to enable the sensing of the reduction environment in cell organelles. This redox-responsive silica nanoprobe (ReSiN) could penetrate the plant cell wall and release fluorescent molecules in response to redox states...
October 6, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Chao Nie, Jie Zhou, Xiaokang Qin, Xianming Shi, Qingqi Zeng, Jia Liu, Shihai Yan, Lei Zhang
Diosgenin, a plant steroid compound from Dioscorea nipponica, is an anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, antitumor, vasodilatory compound, which also reduces blood lipid content and protects against ischemia‑induced neuronal damage. However, a limited number of studies have been performed on the antitumor effect of diosgenin on prostate cancer, the underlying mechanism of which remains to be fully elucidated. In the present study, the effect and underlying mechanism of diosgenin on DU145 human prostate cancer cells was investigated...
September 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Qin He, Dan Mei, Sha Sha, Shanshan Fan, Lin Wang, Ming Dong
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a burgeoning health problem and is considered as a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. Increasing evidence demonstrates that berberine (BBR), a natural plant alkaloid, is beneficial for obesity-associated NAFLD. However, the mechanisms about how BBR improves hepatic steatosis remain uncertain. Recently, some reports revealed that enhance autophagy could decrease hepatic lipid accumulation. In this study, we first established a high-fed diet (HFD) mice model and oleate-palmitate-induced lipotoxicity hepatocytes to explore the association between BBR, autophagy, and hepatic steatosis...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Shan-Shan Guo, Xiao-Fang Gao, Yan-Rong Gu, Zhong-Xiao Wan, A-Ming Lu, Zheng-Hong Qin, Li Luo
Maca has been used as a foodstuff and a traditional medicine in the Andean region for over 2,000 years. Recently the neuroprotective effects of maca also arouse interest of researchers. Decrease in mitochondrial function and decline in autophagy signaling may participate in the process of age-related cognitive decline. This study aimed to investigate if maca could improve cognitive function of middle-aged mice and if this effect was associated with improvement of mitochondrial activity and modulation of autophagy signaling in mouse cortex...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Roxana A Roeschlin, María A Favaro, María A Chiesa, Sergio Alemano, Adrián A Vojnov, Atilio P Castagnaro, María P Filippone, Frederick G Gmitter, José Gadea, María R Marano
Xanthomonas citri ssp. citri (X. citri) is the causal agent of Asiatic citrus canker, a disease that seriously affects most commercially important Citrus species worldwide. We have previously identified a natural variant, X. citri A(T) , that triggers a host-specific defense response in Citrus limon. However, the mechanisms involved in this canker disease resistance are unknown. In this work, the defense response induced by X. citri A(T) was assessed by transcriptomic, physiological and ultrastructural analyses and the effects on bacterial biofilm formation were monitored in parallel...
September 20, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
Reo Nozaki, Toru Kono, Hiroki Bochimoto, Tsuyoshi Watanabe, Kaori Oketani, Yuichi Sakamaki, Naoto Okubo, Koji Nakagawa, Hiroshi Takeda
Zanthoxylum fruit, obtained from the Japanese pepper plant (Zanthoxylum piperitum De Candolle), and its extract (Zanthoxylum fruit extract, ZFE) have multiple physiological activities (e.g., antiviral activity). However, the potential anticancer activity of ZFE has not been fully examined. In this study, we investigated the ability of ZFE to induce autophagic cell death (ACD). ZFE caused remarkable autophagy-like cytoplasmic vacuolization, inhibited cell proliferation, and ultimately induced cell death in the human cancer cell lines DLD-1, HepG2, and Caco-2, but not in A549, MCF-7, or WiDr cells...
September 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Kenichi Shibuya, Tetsuya Yamada, Kazuo Ichimura
Petal senescence, or programmed cell death (PCD) in petals, is a developmentally regulated and genetically programmed process. During petal senescence, petal cells show morphological changes associated with PCD: tonoplast rupture and rapid destruction of the cytoplasm. This type of PCD is classified as vacuolar cell death or autolytic PCD based on morphological criteria. In PCD of petal cells, characteristic morphological features including an autophagy-like process, chromatin condensation, and nuclear fragmentation are also observed...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Marisa Granato, Celeste Rizzello, Maria Anele Romeo, Shivangi Yadav, Roberta Santarelli, Gabriella D'Orazi, Alberto Faggioni, Mara Cirone
Burkitt's lymphoma is an aggressive B cell lymphoma whose pathogenesis involves mainly c-Myc translocation and hyperexpression, in addition to antigen-independent BCR signaling and, in some cases, EBV infection. As result of BCR signaling activation, the PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway results constitutively activated also in the absence of EBV, promoting cell survival and counterbalancing the pro-apoptotic function that c-Myc may also exert. In this study we found that quercetin, a bioflavonoid widely distributed in plant kingdom, reduced c-Myc expression and inhibited the PI3K/AKT/mTOR activity in BL, leading to an apoptotic cell death...
October 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Dexiang Liu, Zunji Ke, Jia Luo
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is an essential nutrient and indispensable for normal growth and development of the organism due to its multilateral participation in key biochemical and physiological processes. Humans must obtain thiamine from their diet since it is synthesized only in bacteria, fungi, and plants. Thiamine deficiency (TD) can result from inadequate intake, increased requirement, excessive deletion, and chronic alcohol consumption. TD affects multiple organ systems, including the cardiovascular, muscular, gastrointestinal, and central and peripheral nervous systems...
September 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Naoya Ueno, Saori Nihei, Naoto Miyakawa, Tadashi Hirasawa, Motoki Kanekatsu, Wataru Marubashi, Wouter G van Doorn, Tetsuya Yamada
PCD with features of vacuolar cell death including autophagy-related features were detected in hybrid tobacco cells, and detailed time course of features of vacuolar cell death were established. A type of interspecific Nicotiana hybrid, Nicotiana suaveolens × N. tabacum exhibits temperature-sensitive lethality. This lethality results from programmed cell death (PCD) in hybrid seedlings, but this PCD occurs only in seedlings and suspension-cultured cells grown at 28 °C, not those grown at 36 °C. Plant PCD can be classified as vacuolar cell death or necrotic cell death...
September 1, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
Georgina Estrada-Navarrete, Neftaly Cruz-Mireles, Ramiro Lascano, Xochitl Alvarado-Affantranger, Alejandra Hernàndez, Aaron Barraza, Juan Elias Olivares, Manoj Kumar Arthikala, Luis Cardenas, Carmen Quinto, Federico Sanchez
Eukaryotes contain three types of lipid kinases that belong to the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) family. In plants and Saccharomyces, only PI3K class III family members have been identified. These enzymes regulate the innate immune response, intracellular trafficking, autophagy, and senescence. Here, we report that RNAi-mediated down-regulation of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) PI3K severely impaired symbiosis in composite P. vulgaris plants with endosymbionts such as Rhizobium tropici and Rhizophagus irregularis...
August 30, 2016: Plant Cell
Qingyuan Yang, Jianchun Wu, Yingbin Luo, Nan Huang, Ni Zhen, Yun Zhou, Fenyong Sun, Zhi Li, Qiuhui Pan, Yan Li
(-)-Guaiol, generally known as an antibacterial compound, has been found in many medicinal plants. Its roles in tumor suppression are still under investigation. In the study, we mainly focused on exploring its applications in dealing with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the underlying mechanisms. Here, we show that (-)-Guaiol significantly inhibits cell growth of NSCLC cells both in vitro and in vivo. Further high throughput analysis reveals that RAD51, a pivotal factor in homologous recombination repair, is a potential target for it...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
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