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Weili Hong, Anjneya Takshak, Olaolu Osunbayo, Ambarish Kunwar, Michael Vershinin
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October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Christopher S Medina, Octavian Biris, Tomas L Falzone, Xiaowei Zhang, Amber J Zimmerman, Elaine L Bearer
Microtubule-based motors carry cargo back and forth between the synaptic region and the cell body. Defects in axonal transport result in peripheral neuropathies, some of which are caused by mutations in KIF5A, a gene encoding one of the heavy chain isoforms of conventional kinesin-1. Some mutations in KIF5A also cause severe central nervous system defects in humans. While transport dynamics in the peripheral nervous system have been well characterized experimentally, transport in the central nervous system is less experimentally accessible and until now not well described...
October 14, 2016: NeuroImage
Bert Nitzsche, Elzbieta Dudek, Lukasz Hajdo, Andrzej A Kasprzak, Andrej Vilfan, Stefan Diez
Single-molecule experiments have been used with great success to explore the mechanochemical cycles of processive motor proteins such as kinesin-1, but it has proven difficult to apply these approaches to nonprocessive motors. Therefore, the mechanochemical cycle of kinesin-14 (ncd) is still under debate. Here, we use the readout from the collective activity of multiple motors to derive information about the mechanochemical cycle of individual ncd motors. In gliding motility assays we performed 3D imaging based on fluorescence interference contrast microscopy combined with nanometer tracking to simultaneously study the translation and rotation of microtubules...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Courtney R Bone, Yu-Tai Chang, Natalie E Cain, Shaun P Murphy, Daniel A Starr
Cellular migrations through constricted spaces are a critical aspect of many developmental and disease processes including hematopoiesis, inflammation, and metastasis. A limiting factor in these events is nuclear deformation. Here, we establish an in vivo model where nuclei can be visualized while moving through constrictions and use it to elucidate mechanisms for nuclear migration. C. elegans hypodermal P-cell larval nuclei traverse a narrow space about 5% their width. This constriction is blocked by fibrous organelles, structures connecting the muscles to cuticle through P cells...
October 3, 2016: Development
Mathew A Sherman, Michael LaCroix, Fatou Amar, Megan E Larson, Colleen Forster, Adriano Aguzzi, David A Bennett, Martin Ramsden, Sylvain E Lesné
UNLABELLED: Despite the demonstration that amyloid-β (Aβ) can trigger increased tau phosphorylation and neurofibrillary tangle (NFT) formation in vivo, the molecular link associating Aβ and tau pathologies remains ill defined. Here, we observed that exposure of cultured primary neurons to Aβ trimers isolated from brain tissue of subjects with Alzheimer's disease led to a specific conformational change of tau detected by the antibody Alz50. A similar association was supported by postmortem human brain analyses...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Huong T Vu, Shaon Chakrabarti, Michael Hinczewski, D Thirumalai
Fluctuations in the physical properties of biological machines are inextricably linked to their functions. Distributions of run lengths and velocities of processive molecular motors, like kinesin-1, are accessible through single-molecule techniques, but rigorous theoretical models for these probabilities are lacking. Here, we derive exact analytic results for a kinetic model to predict the resistive force (F)-dependent velocity [P(v)] and run length [P(n)] distribution functions of generic finitely processive molecular motors...
August 12, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Martin Schuster, Magdalena Martin-Urdiroz, Yujiro Higuchi, Christian Hacker, Sreedhar Kilaru, Sarah J Gurr, Gero Steinberg
Fungal cells are surrounded by an extracellular cell wall. This complex matrix of proteins and polysaccharides protects against adverse stresses and determines the shape of fungal cells. The polysaccharides of the fungal wall include 1,3-β-glucan and chitin, which are synthesized by membrane-bound synthases at the growing cell tip. A hallmark of filamentous fungi is the class V chitin synthase, which carries a myosin-motor domain. In the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis, the myosin-chitin synthase Mcs1 moves to the plasma membrane in secretory vesicles, being delivered by kinesin-1 and myosin-5...
2016: Nature Microbiology
Michael Winding, Michael T Kelliher, Wen Lu, Jill Wildonger, Vladimir I Gelfand
The plus-end microtubule (MT) motor kinesin-1 is essential for normal development, with key roles in the nervous system. Kinesin-1 drives axonal transport of membrane cargoes to fulfill the metabolic needs of neurons and maintain synapses. We have previously demonstrated that kinesin-1, in addition to its well-established role in organelle transport, can drive MT-MT sliding by transporting "cargo" MTs along "track" MTs, resulting in dramatic cell shape changes. The mechanism and physiological relevance of this MT sliding are unclear...
August 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wen Lu, Michael Winding, Margot Lakonishok, Jill Wildonger, Vladimir I Gelfand
Cytoplasmic streaming in Drosophila oocytes is a microtubule-based bulk cytoplasmic movement. Streaming efficiently circulates and localizes mRNAs and proteins deposited by the nurse cells across the oocyte. This movement is driven by kinesin-1, a major microtubule motor. Recently, we have shown that kinesin-1 heavy chain (KHC) can transport one microtubule on another microtubule, thus driving microtubule-microtubule sliding in multiple cell types. To study the role of microtubule sliding in oocyte cytoplasmic streaming, we used a Khc mutant that is deficient in microtubule sliding but able to transport a majority of cargoes...
August 23, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Takeshi Seno, Tatsuki Ikeno, Kousuke Mennya, Masayuki Kurishita, Narumi Sakae, Makoto Sato, Hiroki Takada, Yoshiyuki Konishi
The ability of neurons to generate multiple arbor terminals from a single axon is crucial for establishing proper neuronal wiring. Although growth and retraction of arbor terminals are differentially regulated within the axon, the mechanisms by which neurons locally control their structure remain largely unknown. In the present study, we found that the kinesin-1 (Kif5 proteins) head domain (K5H) preferentially marks a subset of arbor terminals. Time-lapse imaging clarified that these arbor terminals were more stable than others, because of a low retraction rate...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Mitra Shojania Feizabadi
The extent to which beta tubulin isotypes contribute to the function of microtubules and the microtubule-driven transport of molecular motors is poorly understood. The major differences in these isotypes are associated with the structure of their C-terminal tails. Recent studies have revealed a few aspects of the C-terminal tails' regulatory role on the activities of some of the motor proteins on a single-molecule level. However, little attention is given to the degree to which the function of a team of motor proteins can be altered by the microtubule's tail...
September 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
Biman Jana, José N Onuchic
A structure-based model of myosin motor is built in the same spirit of our early work for kinesin-1 and Ncd towards physical understanding of its mechanochemical cycle. We find a structural adaptation of the motor head domain in post-powerstroke state that signals faster ADP release from it compared to the same from the motor head in the pre-powerstroke state. For dimeric myosin, an additional forward strain on the trailing head, originating from the postponed powerstroke state of the leading head in the waiting state of myosin, further increases the rate of ADP release...
August 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Takayuki Torisawa, Daisuke Taniguchi, Shuji Ishihara, Kazuhiro Oiwa
Microtubule (MT) networks play key roles in cell division, intracellular transport, and cell motility. These functions of MT networks occur through interactions between MTs and various associated proteins, notably motor proteins that bundle and slide MTs. Our objective in this study was to address the question of how motors determine the nature of MT networks. We conducted in vitro assays using homotetrameric kinesin Eg5, a motor protein involved in the formation and maintenance of the mitotic spindle. The mixing of Eg5 and MTs produced a range of spatiotemporal dynamics depending on the motor/filament ratio...
July 26, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Rebecca K Phillips, Logan G Peter, Susan P Gilbert, Ivan Rayment
Kinesin-1, -2, -5, and -7 generate processive hand-over-hand 8-nm steps to transport intracellular cargoes toward the microtubule plus end. This processive motility requires gating mechanisms to coordinate the mechanochemical cycles of the two motor heads to sustain the processive run. A key structural element believed to regulate the degree of processivity is the neck-linker, a short peptide of 12-18 residues, which connects the motor domain to its coiled-coil stalk. Although a shorter neck-linker has been correlated with longer run lengths, the structural data to support this hypothesis have been lacking...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Masahiko Yamagishi, Hideki Shigematsu, Takeshi Yokoyama, Masahide Kikkawa, Mitsuhiro Sugawa, Mari Aoki, Mikako Shirouzu, Junichiro Yajima, Ryo Nitta
Kinesin-14 is a unique minus-end-directed microtubule-based motor. A swinging motion of a class-specific N-terminal neck helix has been proposed to produce minus-end directionality. However, it is unclear how swinging of the neck helix is driven by ATP hydrolysis utilizing the highly conserved catalytic core among all kinesins. Here, using a motility assay, we show that in addition to the neck helix, the conserved five residues at the C-terminal region in kinesin-14, namely the neck mimic, are necessary to give kinesin-1 an ability to reverse its directionality toward the minus end of microtubules...
August 2, 2016: Structure
Henri Palacci, Ofer Idan, Megan J Armstrong, Ashutosh Agarwal, Takahiro Nitta, Henry Hess
Motor proteins such as myosin and kinesin play a major role in cellular cargo transport, muscle contraction, cell division, and engineered nanodevices. Quantifying the collective behavior of coupled motors is critical to our understanding of these systems. An excellent model system is the gliding motility assay, where hundreds of surface-adhered motors propel one cytoskeletal filament such as an actin filament or a microtubule. The filament motion can be observed using fluorescence microscopy, revealing fluctuations in gliding velocity...
August 9, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Chelsea T Tiernan, Benjamin Combs, Kristine Cox, Gerardo Morfini, Scott T Brady, Scott E Counts, Nicholas M Kanaan
In Alzheimer's disease (AD), tau undergoes numerous modifications, including increased phosphorylation at serine-422 (pS422). In the human brain, pS422 tau protein is found in prodromal AD, correlates well with cognitive decline and neuropil thread pathology, and appears associated with increased oligomer formation and exposure of the N-terminal phosphatase-activating domain (PAD). However, whether S422 phosphorylation contributes to toxic mechanisms associated with disease-related forms of tau remains unknown...
September 2016: Experimental Neurology
Adarsh Dharan, Sarah Talley, Abhishek Tripathi, João I Mamede, Matthias Majetschak, Thomas J Hope, Edward M Campbell
Following envelope mediated fusion, the HIV-1 core is released into the cytoplasm of the target cell and undergoes a series of trafficking and replicative steps that result in the nuclear import of the viral genome, which ultimately leads to the integration of the proviral DNA into the host cell genome. Previous studies have found that disruption of microtubules, or depletion of dynein or kinesin motors, perturb the normal uncoating and trafficking of the viral genome. Here, we show that the Kinesin-1 motor, KIF5B, induces a relocalization of the nuclear pore component Nup358 into the cytoplasm during HIV-1 infection...
June 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Peter T Ruane, Laura F Gumy, Becky Bola, Beverley Anderson, Marcin J Wozniak, Casper C Hoogenraad, Victoria J Allan
Microtubules and their associated proteins (MAPs) underpin the polarity of specialised cells. Adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) is one such MAP with a multifunctional agenda that requires precise intracellular localisations. Although APC has been found to associate with kinesin-2 subfamily members, the exact mechanism for the peripheral localization of APC remains unclear. Here we show that the heavy chain of kinesin-1 directly interacts with the APC C-terminus, contributing to the peripheral localisation of APC in fibroblasts...
2016: Scientific Reports
Ammathnadu S Amrutha, K R Sunil Kumar, Kazuya Matsuo, Nobuyuki Tamaoki
Recently we demonstrated the photoregulation of the activity of kinesin-1 using an azobenzene-tethered peptide (azo-peptide: Azo-Ile-Pro-Lys-Ala-Ile-Gln-Ala-Ser-His-Gly-Arg-OH). To understand the mechanism behind this photoswitchable inhibition, here we studied the structure-property relationships of a range of azo-peptides through systematic variations in the structures of the peptide and azobenzene units. The vital peptide sequence for kinesin inhibition-mediated through electrostatic, hydrophobic and C-Hπ interactions-was the same as that for the self-inhibition of kinesin...
July 26, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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