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rho kinase and endoplasmic reticulum

Swati Koli, Atul Prakash, Soumen Choudhury, Rajesh Mandil, Satish K Garg
Adverse effects of mercury on female reproduction are reported; however, its effect on myogenic activity of uterus and mechanism thereof is obscure. Present study was undertaken to unravel the mechanistic pathways of mercuric chloride (HgCl2 )-induced myometrial contraction in rats. Isometric tension in myometrial strips of rats following in vitro exposure to HgCl2 was recorded using data acquisition system-based physiograph. HgCl2 produced concentration-dependent (10 nM-100 μM) uterotonic effect which was significantly (p < 0...
May 21, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
C X Que, Y J Yu, H Chen, C Shi, A M Xue
Coronary artery spasm (CAS) is a hyper-contraction of segmental coronary artery in response to multiple stimuli. At present, it's still in lack of specific diagnostic indicators of sudden cardiac death caused by CAS. This review summarizes current researches on the mechanisms of CAS and describes the roles of vascular endothelial dysfunction and vascular smooth muscle hypersensitivity in the course of CAS. Furthermore, the molecular mechanisms of the endogenous NO and endothelin-1 cause vascular endothelial dysfunction, and the phosphorylation of MLC2, Rho kinase and endoplasmic reticulum stress related to vascular smooth muscle hypersensitivity are discussed...
February 2018: Fa Yi Xue za Zhi
Cameron G McCarthy, Camilla F Wenceslau, Safia Ogbi, Theodora Szasz, R Clinton Webb
Traditionally, Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) signals through an MyD88-dependent cascade that results in proinflammatory gene transcription. Recently, it was reported that TLR9 also participates in a stress tolerance signaling cascade in nonimmune cells. In this noncanonical pathway, TLR9 binds to and inhibits sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ -ATPase 2 (SERCA2), modulating intracellular calcium handling, and subsequently resulting in the activation of 5'-AMP-activated protein kinase α (AMPK α ). We have previously reported that TLR9 causes increased contraction in isolated arteries; however, the mechanisms underlying this vascular dysfunction need to be further clarified...
April 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Michael D Bright, Paul A Clarke, Paul Workman, Faith E Davies
Cancer cells are able to survive under conditions that cause endoplasmic reticulum stress (ER-stress), and can adapt to this stress by upregulating cell-survival signalling pathways and down-regulating apoptotic pathways. The cellular response to ER-stress is controlled by the unfolded protein response (UPR). Small Rho family GTPases are linked to many cell responses including cell growth and apoptosis. In this study, we investigate the function of small GTPases in cell survival under ER-stress. Using siRNA screening we identify that RAC1 promotes cell survival under ER-stress in cells with an oncogenic N92I RAC1 mutation...
April 2018: Cellular Signalling
Fernando Lopes, Åsa V Keita, Alpana Saxena, Jose Luis Reyes, Nicole L Mancini, Ala Al Rajabi, Arthur Wang, Cristiane H Baggio, Michael Dicay, Rob van Dalen, Younghee Ahn, Matheus B H Carneiro, Nathan C Peters, Jong M Rho, Wallace K MacNaughton, Stephen E Girardin, Humberto Jijon, Dana J Philpott, Johan D Söderholm, Derek M McKay
The gut microbiome contributes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), in which bacteria can be present within the epithelium. Epithelial barrier function is decreased in IBD, and dysfunctional epithelial mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress have been individually associated with IBD. We therefore hypothesized that the combination of ER and mitochondrial stresses significantly disrupt epithelial barrier function. Here, we treated human colonic biopsies, epithelial colonoids, and epithelial cells with an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation, dinitrophenol (DNP), with or without the ER stressor tunicamycin and assessed epithelial barrier function by monitoring internalization and translocation of commensal bacteria...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Asvi A Francois, Kofo Obasanjo-Blackshire, James E Clark, Andrii Boguslavskyi, Mark R Holt, Peter J Parker, Michael S Marber, Richard J Heads
Aims: PKN1 is a stress-responsive protein kinase acting downstream of small GTP-binding proteins of the Rho/Rac family. The aim was to determine its role in endogenous cardioprotection. Methods and results: Hearts from PKN1 knockout (KO) or wild type (WT) littermate control mice were perfused in Langendorff mode and subjected to global ischaemia and reperfusion (I/R). Myocardial infarct size was doubled in PKN1 KO hearts compared to WT hearts. PKN1 was basally phosphorylated on the activation loop Thr778 PDK1 target site which was unchanged during I/R...
January 1, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Haoran Dai, Qingquan Liu, Baoli Liu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) together with glomerular hyperfiltration has been implicated in the development of diabetic microangiopathy in the initial stage of diabetic diseases. Increased amounts of urinary protein in DN may be associated with functional and morphological alterations of podocyte, mainly including podocyte hypertrophy, epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferentiation (EMT), podocyte detachment, and podocyte apoptosis. Accumulating studies have revealed that disruption in multiple renal signaling pathways had been critical in the progression of these pathological damages, such as adenosine monophosphate-activated kinase signaling pathways (AMPK), wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways, endoplasmic reticulum stress-related signaling pathways, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)/autophagy pathway, and Rho GTPases...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
Jacey H Ma, Joshua J Wang, Junhua Li, Bruce A Pfeffer, Yiming Zhong, Sarah X Zhang
Purpose: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) tight junctions play a pivotal role in maintaining the homeostatic environment of the neural retina. Herein, we investigated the role of X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1), an endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-responsive transcription factor, in regulation of RPE tight junctions. Methods: Human RPE cell line (ARPE-19) and primary primate RPE cells were used for in vitro experiments and RPE-specific XBP1 knockout (KO) mice were used for in vivo study...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Chao Li, Fang-Ling Yeh, Alice Y Cheung, Qiaohong Duan, Daniel Kita, Ming-Che Liu, Jacob Maman, Emily J Luu, Brendan W Wu, Laura Gates, Methun Jalal, Amy Kwong, Hunter Carpenter, Hen-Ming Wu
The Arabidopsis receptor kinase FERONIA (FER) is a multifunctional regulator for plant growth and reproduction. Here we report that the female gametophyte-expressed glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein (GPI-AP) LORELEI and the seedling-expressed LRE-like GPI-AP1 (LLG1) bind to the extracellular juxtamembrane region of FER and show that this interaction is pivotal for FER function. LLG1 interacts with FER in the endoplasmic reticulum and on the cell surface, and loss of LLG1 function induces cytoplasmic retention of FER, consistent with transport of FER from the endoplasmic reticulum to the plasma membrane in a complex with LLG1...
2015: ELife
Ga Bin Park, Dae Young Hur, Daejin Kim
BACKGROUND: Phosphoinositide-3 kinase (PI3K) inhibition attenuates proliferation and survival in B-cell malignancies. Celecoxib induces endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced apoptosis via a cyclo-oxgenase-2 (COX2)-independent manner in certain types of cancer cells. In the present study, we assessed the effects of combinations of drugs with a p110δ-specific inhibitor, CAL-101, and celecoxib to induce apoptosis in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-transformed B-cells and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) cells...
May 2015: Anticancer Research
Qiang Li, Bo Chen, Chong Zeng, Aihui Fan, Yongjun Yuan, Xiaohua Guo, Xuliang Huang, Qiaobing Huang
What is the central question of this study? Why do different doses of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) induce distinct biological effects in endothelial cells? What is the main finding and its importance? S1P at physiological concentrations preserved endothelial barrier function by binding to S1P receptor 1, then triggering Ca(2+) release from endoplasmic reticulum through phosphoinositide phospholipase C and inositol triphosphate, and consequently strengthening tight junction and F-actin assembly through Rac1 activation...
January 2015: Experimental Physiology
Jisheng Chen, Zhenbiao Yang
ROP GTPases (Rho-like GTPase from plants), plant counterparts of animal and fungal Rho-family GTPases, have recently been shown to be key components of a novel signaling pathway activated by the plant hormone auxin. Auxin (indole acetic acid) is a key regulator of virtually every aspect of plant growth and development, yet the molecular mechanisms of auxin responses remain largely unknown. AUXIN BINDING PROTEIN1 (ABP1) is an ancient protein that binds auxin and has been implied as a receptor for a number of auxin responses, but its precise mechanism remains unresolved...
June 30, 2014: Small GTPases
Natalia V Oleinik, Kristi L Helke, Emily Kistner-Griffin, Natalia I Krupenko, Sergey A Krupenko
Folate, an important nutrient in the human diet, has been implicated in cancer, but its role in metastasis is not established. We have shown previously that the withdrawal of medium folate leads to the inhibition of migration and invasion of A549 lung carcinoma cells. Here we have demonstrated that medium folate regulates the function of Rho GTPases by enabling their carboxyl methylation and translocation to plasma membrane. Conversely, the lack of folate leads to the retention of these proteins in endoplasmic reticulum...
September 19, 2014: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jisheng Chen, Zhenbiao Yang
ROP GTPases (Rho-like GTPase from plants), plant counterparts of animal and fungal Rho-family GTPases, have recently been shown to be key components of a novel signaling pathway activated by the plant hormone auxin. Auxin (indole acetic acid) is a key regulator of virtually every aspect of plant growth and development, yet the molecular mechanisms of auxin responses remain largely unknown. AUXIN BINDING PROTEIN1 (ABP1) is an ancient protein that binds auxin and has been implied as a receptor for a number of auxin responses, but its precise mechanism remains unresolved...
June 30, 2014: Small GTPases
Ronit Sharon-Friling, Thomas Shenk
The human cytomegalovirus immediate-early protein pUL37x1 induces the release of Ca(2+) stores from the endoplasmic reticulum into the cytosol. This release causes reorganization of the cellular actin cytoskeleton with concomitant cell rounding. Here we demonstrate that pUL37x1 activates Ca(2+)-dependent protein kinase Cα (PKCα). Both PKCα and Rho-associated protein kinases are required for actin reorganization and cell rounding; however, only PKCα is required for the efficient production of virus progeny, arguing that HCMV depends on the kinase for a second function...
March 25, 2014: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Ana Griciuc, Michel J Roux, Juliane Merl, Angela Giangrande, Stefanie M Hauck, Liviu Aron, Marius Ueffing
Inherited mutations that lead to misfolding of the visual pigment rhodopsin (Rho) are a prominent cause of photoreceptor neuron (PN) degeneration and blindness. How Rho proteotoxic stress progressively impairs PN viability remains unknown. To identify the pathways that mediate Rho toxicity in PNs, we performed a comprehensive proteomic profiling of retinas from Drosophila transgenics expressing Rh1(P37H), the equivalent of mammalian Rho(P23H), the most common Rho mutation linked to blindness in humans. Profiling of young Rh1(P37H) retinas revealed a coordinated upregulation of energy-producing pathways and attenuation of energy-consuming pathways involving target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling, which was reversed in older retinas at the onset of PN degeneration...
February 19, 2014: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Olga S Sizova, Vishal M Shinde, Austin R Lenox, Marina S Gorbatyuk
We previously reported activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) in P23H rhodopsin (RHO) retinas with autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (ADRP). Knowing that the UPR can trigger Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum and regulate cellular signaling we examined the level of Ca(2+)-regulated proteins. We also looked for changes in the expression of Bcl2 family proteins, autophagy proteins and the mTOR/AKT pathways, as well as for the induction of mitochondria-associated apoptosis in the P23H RHO retina...
April 2014: Cellular Signalling
Carlos O Arregui, Ángela González, Juan E Burdisso, Ana E González Wusener
Cell migration requires a highly coordinated interplay between specialized plasma membrane adhesion complexes and the cytoskeleton. Protein phosphorylation/dephosphorylation modifications regulate many aspects of the integrin-cytoskeleton interdependence, including their coupling, dynamics, and organization to support cell movement. The endoplasmic reticulum-bound protein tyrosine phosphatase PTP1B has been implicated as a regulator of cell adhesion and migration. Recent results from our laboratory shed light on potential mechanisms, such as Src/FAK signaling through Rho GTPases and integrin-cytoskeletal coupling...
September 2013: Cell Adhesion & Migration
Eui-Soon Park, Juhyeok Kim, Tae-uk Ha, Jong-Soon Choi, Kwan Soo Hong, Jaerang Rho
Apoptosis has an important role in maintaining tissue homeostasis in cellular stress responses such as inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum stress, and oxidative stress. T-cell death-associated gene 51 (TDAG51) is a member of the pleckstrin homology-like domain family and was first identified as a pro-apoptotic gene in T-cell receptor-mediated cell death. However, its pro-apoptotic function remains controversial. In this study, we investigated the role of TDAG51 in oxidative stress-induced apoptotic cell death in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
2013: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Michelle J Connolly, Jesus Prieto-Lloret, Silke Becker, Jeremy P T Ward, Philip I Aaronson
  Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) maintains blood oxygenation during acute hypoxia but contributes to pulmonary hypertension during chronic hypoxia. The mechanisms of HPV remain controversial, in part because HPV is usually studied in the presence of agonist-induced preconstriction ('pretone'). This potentiates HPV but may obscure and distort its underlying mechanisms. We therefore carried out an extensive assessment of proposed mechanisms contributing to HPV in isolated intrapulmonary arteries (IPAs) in the absence of pretone by using a conventional small vessel myograph...
September 15, 2013: Journal of Physiology
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