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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732005/filamin-actin-binding-and-titin-binding-fulfill-distinct-functions-in-z-disc-cohesion
#1
Nicanor González-Morales, Tristan K Holenka, Frieder Schöck
Many proteins contribute to the contractile properties of muscles, most notably myosin thick filaments, which are anchored at the M-line, and actin thin filaments, which are anchored at the Z-discs that border each sarcomere. In humans, mutations in the actin-binding protein Filamin-C result in myopathies, but the underlying molecular function is not well understood. Here we show using Drosophila indirect flight muscle that the filamin ortholog Cheerio in conjunction with the giant elastic protein titin plays a crucial role in keeping thin filaments stably anchored at the Z-disc...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723790/relationship-of-medial-gastrocnemius-relative-fascicle-excursion-and-ankle-joint-power-and-work-performance-during-gait-in-typically-developing-children-a-cross-sectional-study
#2
Teresa Martín Lorenzo, Gustavo Albi Rodríguez, Eduardo Rocon, Ignacio Martínez Caballero, Sergio Lerma Lara
Muscle fascicles lengthen in response to chronic passive stretch through in-series sarcomere addition in order to maintain an optimum sarcomere length. In turn, the muscles' force generating capacity, maximum excursion, and contraction velocity is enhanced. Thus, longer fascicles suggest a greater capacity to develop joint power and work. However, static fascicle length measurements may not be taking sarcomere length differences into account. Thus, we considered relative fascicle excursions through passive ankle dorsiflexion may better correlate with the capacity to generate joint power and work than fascicle length...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717924/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-the-myosin-mesa-viewing-an-old-disease-in-a-new-light
#3
REVIEW
Darshan V Trivedi, Arjun S Adhikari, Saswata S Sarkar, Kathleen M Ruppel, James A Spudich
The sarcomere is an exquisitely designed apparatus that is capable of generating force, which in the case of the heart results in the pumping of blood throughout the body. At the molecular level, an ATP-dependent interaction of myosin with actin drives the contraction and force generation of the sarcomere. Over the past six decades, work on muscle has yielded tremendous insights into the workings of the sarcomeric system. We now stand on the cusp where the acquired knowledge of how the sarcomere contracts and how that contraction is regulated can be extended to an understanding of the molecular mechanisms of sarcomeric diseases, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)...
July 17, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717602/expression-of-various-sarcomeric-tropomyosin-isoforms-in-equine-striated-muscles
#4
Syamalima Dube, Henry Chionuma, Amr Matoq, Ruham Alshiekh-Nasany, Lynn Abbott, Bernard J Poiesz, Dipak K Dube
In order to better understand the training and athletic activity of horses, we must have complete understanding of the isoform diversity of various myofibrillar protein genes like tropomyosin. Tropomyosin (TPM), a coiled-coil dimeric protein, is a component of thin filament in striated muscles. In mammals, four TPM genes (TPM1, TPM2, TPM3, and TPM4) generate a multitude of TPM isoforms via alternate splicing and/or using different promoters. Unfortunately, our knowledge of TPM isoform diversity in the horse is very limited...
2017: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717563/multiphoton-in-vivo-imaging-with-a-femtosecond-semiconductor-disk-laser
#5
Fabian F Voigt, Florian Emaury, Philipp Bethge, Dominik Waldburger, Sandro M Link, Stefano Carta, Alexander van der Bourg, Fritjof Helmchen, Ursula Keller
We use an ultrafast diode-pumped semiconductor disk laser (SDL) to demonstrate several applications in multiphoton microscopy. The ultrafast SDL is based on an optically pumped Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VECSEL) passively mode-locked with a semiconductor saturable absorber mirror (SESAM) and generates 170-fs pulses at a center wavelength of 1027 nm with a repetition rate of 1.63 GHz. We demonstrate the suitability of this laser for structural and functional multiphoton in vivo imaging in both Drosophila larvae and mice for a variety of fluorophores (including mKate2, tdTomato, Texas Red, OGB-1, and R-CaMP1...
July 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717163/titin-mediated-thick-filament-activation-through-a-mechanosensing-mechanism-introduces-sarcomere-length-dependencies-in-mathematical-models-of-rat-trabecula-and-whole-ventricle
#6
Lorenzo Marcucci, Takumi Washio, Toshio Yanagida
Recent experimental evidence in skeletal muscle demonstrated the existence of a thick-filament mechanosensing mechanism, acting as a second regulatory system for muscle contraction, in addition to calcium-mediated thin filament regulation. These two systems cooperate to generate force, but the extent to which their interaction is relevant in physiologically contracting muscle was not yet assessed experimentally. Therefore, we included both regulatory mechanisms in a mathematical model of rat trabecula and whole ventricle...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717008/the-cardiac-z-disc-protein-cefip-regulates-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-by-modulating-calcineurin-signaling
#7
Franziska Dierck, Christian Kuhn, Claudia Rohr, Susanne Hille, Julia Braune, Samuel Sossalla, Sibylle Molt, Peter F M van der Ven, Dieter O Fürst, Norbert Frey
The z-disc is a structural component at the lateral borders of the sarcomere and is important for mechanical stability and contractility of both cardiac and skeletal muscles. Of note, the sarcomeric z-disc also represents a nodal point in cardiomyocyte function and signaling. Mutations of numerous z-disc proteins are associated with cardiomyopathies and muscle diseases. To identify additional z-disc proteins that might contribute to cardiac disease, we employed an in silico screen for cardiac-enriched cDNAs...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715970/scaffold-in-scaffold-potential-to-induce-growth-and-differentiation-of-cardiac-progenitor-cells
#8
Matteo Ciocci, Federico Mochi, Felicia Carotenuto, Emilia Di Giovanni, Paolo Prosposito, Roberto Francini, Fabio De Matteis, Igor Reshetov, Mauro Casalboni, Sonia Melino, Paolo Di Nardo
The design of reliable biocompatible and biodegradable scaffolds remains one of the most important challenges for tissue engineering. In fact, properly designed scaffolds must display an adequate and interconnected porosity to facilitate cell spreading and colonization of the inner layers, and must release physical signals concurring to modulate cell function to ultimately drive cell fate. In the present study, a combination of optimal mechanical and biochemical properties has been considered to design a one-component 3D multitextured hydrogel scaffold in order to favor cell-scaffold interactions...
July 17, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715029/anisotropic-microfibrous-scaffolds-enhance-the-organization-and-function-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#9
Maureen Wanjare, Luqia Hou, Karina H Nakayama, Joseph J Kim, Nicholas P Mezak, Oscar J Abilez, Evangeline Tzatzalos, Joseph C Wu, Ngan F Huang
Engineering of myocardial tissue constructs is a promising approach for treatment of coronary heart disease. To engineer myocardial tissues that better mimic the highly ordered physiological arrangement and function of native cardiomyocytes, we generated electrospun microfibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds with either randomly oriented (14 μm fiber diameter) or parallel-aligned (7 μm fiber diameter) microfiber arrangement and co-seeded the scaffolds with human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iCMs) and endothelial cells (iECs) for up to 12 days after iCM seeding...
July 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710827/comparison-of-non-coding-rnas-in-exosomes-and-functional-efficacy-of-human-embryonic-stem-cell-versus-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
#10
Won Hee Lee, Wenyi Chen, Ning-Yi Shao, Dan Xiao, Xulei Qin, Natalie Baker, Hye Ryeong Michelle Bae, Praveen Shukla, Haodi Wu, Kazuki Kodo, Sang-Ging Ong, Joseph C Wu
BACKGROUND: Both human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (ESC-CMs) and human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) can serve as unlimited cell sources for cardiac regenerative therapy. However, the functional equivalency between human ESC-CMs and iPSC-CMs for cardiac regenerative therapy has not been demonstrated. Here we performed a head-to-head comparison of ESC-CMs and iPSC-CMs in their ability to restore cardiac function in a rat myocardial infarction (MI) model as well as their exosomal secretome...
July 14, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702782/immunohistochemical-localization-of-histidine-rich-glycoprotein-in-human-skeletal-muscle-preferential-distribution-of-the-protein-at-the-sarcomeric-i-band
#11
L Mattii, L Rossi, C Ippolito, G Alì, D Martini, A Raggi, Antonietta R M Sabbatini
Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG) is a relatively abundant plasma protein that is synthesized by parenchymal liver cells. Using Western blot analysis and immunoperoxidase techniques, we have previously shown the presence of HRG in human skeletal muscle. This paper reports the results of immunofluorescence experiments carried out on sections of human normal skeletal muscle biopsies to investigate the subcellular localization of HRG. The HRG localization was also compared with that of skeletal muscle AMP deaminase (AMPD1), since we have previously described an association of the enzyme with the protein...
July 12, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698718/the-holy-grail-of-orthopedic-surgery-mesenchymal-stem-cells-their-current-uses-and-potential-applications
#12
REVIEW
Roberto Berebichez-Fridman, Ricardo Gómez-García, Julio Granados-Montiel, Enrique Berebichez-Fastlicht, Anell Olivos-Meza, Julio Granados, Cristina Velasquillo, Clemente Ibarra
Only select tissues and organs are able to spontaneously regenerate after disease or trauma, and this regenerative capacity diminishes over time. Human stem cell research explores therapeutic regenerative approaches to treat various conditions. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are derived from adult stem cells; they are multipotent and exert anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. They can differentiate into multiple cell types of the mesenchyme, for example, endothelial cells, osteoblasts, chondrocytes, fibroblasts, tenocytes, vascular smooth muscle cells, and sarcomere muscular cells...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698364/loss-of-mouse-cardiomyocyte-talin-1-and-talin-2-leads-to-%C3%AE-1-integrin-reduction-costameric-instability-and-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#13
Ana Maria Manso, Hideshi Okada, Francesca M Sakamoto, Emily Moreno, Susan J Monkley, Ruixia Li, David R Critchley, Robert S Ross
Continuous contraction-relaxation cycles of the heart require strong and stable connections of cardiac myocytes (CMs) with the extracellular matrix (ECM) to preserve sarcolemmal integrity. CM attachment to the ECM is mediated by integrin complexes localized at the muscle adhesion sites termed costameres. The ubiquitously expressed cytoskeletal protein talin (Tln) is a component of muscle costameres that links integrins ultimately to the sarcomere. There are two talin genes, Tln1 and Tln2. Here, we tested the function of these two Tln forms in myocardium where Tln2 is the dominant isoform in postnatal CMs...
July 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697927/a-unique-case-of-type-1-facioscapulohumeral-muscular-dystrophy-and-sarcomeric-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#14
Gustavo Lima da Silva, Tatiana Guimarães, Fausto J Pinto, Dulce Brito
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 8, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697421/meat-quality-attributes-of-agile-wallabies
#15
Geert H Geesink, Aaron van den Heuvel, Warren Hunt
Meat quality traits of Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) M. longissimus (loin) and M. semimembranosus (topside) were investigated. Both muscles exhibited a relatively high pH (>5.7) and dark colour (L*-, a*-, and b*-values). Aging the loins from 2 to 21days p.m. had a significant effect on shear force. However, the results regarding shear force, myofibrillar fragmentation index (MFI) and degradation of desmin and troponin-T suggested that the aging response largely occurred within 2days p.m. Suspension of carcasses from one leg resulted in a side effect on shear force of the loin at 2 and 7days p...
June 29, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689239/structure-function-relationship-of-the-human-external-anal-sphincter
#16
Amanda M Stewart, Mark S Cook, Keisha Y Dyer, Marianna Alperin
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Obstetrical external anal sphincter (EAS) injury and subsequent dysfunction are leading risk factors for female fecal incontinence (FI). Limited knowledge of the EAS structure-function relationship hinders treatment optimization. We directly measured functionally relevant intrinsic parameters of human EAS and tested whether vaginal delivery alters the EAS structure-function relationship. METHODS: Major predictors of in vivo EAS function were compared between specimens procured from vaginally nulliparous (VN, n = 5) and vaginally parous (VP, n = 7) cadaveric donors: operational sarcomere length (Ls), which dictates force-length relationship; physiological cross-sectional area (PCSA), which determines isometric force-generating capacity; fiber length (Lfn), responsible for muscle excursion and contractile velocity; and muscle stiffness...
July 8, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688751/electro-mechanical-conditioning-of-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-translational-research
#17
REVIEW
Katharina Kroll, Mamta Chabria, Ken Wang, Fabian Häusermann, Franz Schuler, Liudmila Polonchuk
RATIONALE: Impaired maturation of human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) currently limits their use in experimental research and further optimization is required to unlock their full potential. OBJECTIVE: To push hiPSC-CMs towards maturation, we recapitulated the intrinsic cardiac properties by electro-mechanical stimulation and explored how these mimetic biophysical cues interplay and influence the cell behaviour. METHODS AND RESULTS: We introduced a novel device capable of applying synchronized electrical and mechanical stimuli to hiPSC-CM monolayers cultured on a PDMS membrane and evaluated effects of conditioning on cardiomyocyte structure and function...
July 5, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687478/factors-influencing-the-phenotypic-expression-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-genetic-carriers
#18
Inmaculada Pérez-Sánchez, Antonio José Romero-Puche, Esperanza García-Molina Sáez, María Sabater-Molina, José María López-Ayala, Carmen Muñoz-Esparza, David López-Cuenca, Gonzalo de la Morena, Francisco José Castro-García, Juan Ramón Gimeno-Blanes
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a disorder with variable expression. It is mainly caused by mutations in sarcomeric genes but the phenotype could be modulated by other factors. The aim of this study was to determine whether factors such as sex, systemic hypertension, or physical activity are modifiers of disease severity and to establish their role in age-related penetrance of HCM. METHODS: We evaluated 272 individuals (mean age 49 ± 17 years, 57% males) from 72 families with causative mutations...
July 4, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676430/insulin-regulates-titin-pre-mrna-splicing-through-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-kinase-axis-in-a-rbm20-dependent-manner
#19
Chaoqun Zhu, Zhiyong Yin, Bihua Tan, Wei Guo
Titin, a giant sarcomeric protein, is largely responsible for the diastolic properties of the heart. It has two major isoforms, N2B and N2BA due to pre-mRNA splicing regulated mainly by a splicing factor RNA binding motif 20 (RBM20). Mis-splicing of titin pre-mRNA in response to external stimuli may lead to altered ratio of N2B to N2BA, and thus, impaired cardiac contractile function. However, little is known about titin alternative splicing in response to external stimuli. Here, we reported the detailed mechanisms of titin alternative splicing in response to insulin...
July 1, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672880/ankyrin-repeat-domain-1-protein-a-functionally-pleiotropic-protein-with-cardiac-biomarker-potential
#20
REVIEW
Samantha S M Ling, Yei-Tsung Chen, Juan Wang, Arthur M Richards, Oi Wah Liew
The ankyrin repeat domain 1 (ANKRD1) protein is a cardiac-specific stress-response protein that is part of the muscle ankyrin repeat protein family. ANKRD1 is functionally pleiotropic, playing pivotal roles in transcriptional regulation, sarcomere assembly and mechano-sensing in the heart. Importantly, cardiac ANKRD1 has been shown to be highly induced in various cardiomyopathies and in heart failure, although it is still unclear what impact this may have on the pathophysiology of heart failure. This review aims at highlighting the known properties, functions and regulation of ANKRD1, with focus on the underlying mechanisms that may be involved...
June 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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