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Sandra Huber, Tulin Karagenc, Dominic Ritler, Sven Rottenberg, Kerry Woods
Theileria annulata is an apicomplexan parasite that modifies the phenotype of its host cell completely, inducing uncontrolled proliferation, resistance to apoptosis and increased invasiveness. The infected cell thus resembles a cancer cell, and changes to various host cell signaling pathways accompany transformation. Most of the molecular mechanisms leading to Theileria-induced immortalization of leukocytes remain unknown. The parasite dissolves the surrounding host cell membrane soon after invasion and starts interacting with host proteins, ensuring its propagation by stably associating with the host cell microtubule network...
March 8, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Harikesh Dubey, Kavita Gulati, Arunabha Ray
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders mainly affecting elderly people. It is characterized by progressive loss of memory and cognitive function. More than 95% of AD cases are related to sporadic or late-onset AD (LOAD). The etiology of LOAD is still unclear. It has been reported that environmental factors and epigenetic alterations play a significant role in AD pathogenesis. Furthermore, recently, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified 10 novel risk genes: ABCA7, APOE, BIN1, CD2AP, CD33, CLU, CR1, MS4A6A, MS4A4E, and PICALM, which play an important role for LOAD...
February 5, 2018: Reviews in the Neurosciences
Shan Cao, Yun-Guang Liu
Transient receptor potential cation channel 6 (TRPC6) is a member of the transient receptor superfamily encoded by the TRPC6 gene and is widely expressed in tissues and organs of the human body, especially in the glomerular podocytes. TRPC6 interacts with various slit diaphragm (SD) proteins including podocin, nephrin, ACTN4, and CD2AP to maintain the normal structure and function of glomerular podocytes. Foot process fusion caused by podocyte damage due to various factors is the most important morphological change in kidney disease...
January 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Hee Gyung Kang, Moses Lee, Kyoung Boon Lee, Michael Hughes, Bo Sang Kwon, Sangmoon Lee, Kelly M McNagny, Yo Han Ahn, Jung Min Ko, Il-Soo Ha, Murim Choi, Hae Il Cheong
Many cellular structures directly imply specific biological functions. For example, normal slit diaphragm structures that extend from podocyte foot processes ensure the filtering function of renal glomeruli. These slits are covered by a number of surface proteins, such as nephrin, podocin, podocalyxin and CD2AP. Here we report a human patient presenting with congenital nephrotic syndrome, omphalocele and microcoria due to two loss-of-function mutations in PODXL, which encodes podocalyxin, inherited from each parent...
December 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
Timothy D Cummins, Kevin Z L Wu, Polyxeni Bozatzi, Kevin S Dingwell, Thomas J Macartney, Nicola T Wood, Joby Varghese, Robert Gourlay, David G Campbell, Alan Prescott, Eric Griffis, James C Smith, Gopal P Sapkota
Our previous studies of PAWS1 (protein associated with SMAD1; also known as FAM83G) have suggested that this molecule has roles beyond BMP signalling. To investigate these roles, we have used CRISPR/Cas9 to generate PAWS1-knockout U2OS osteosarcoma cells. Here, we show that PAWS1 plays a role in the regulation of the cytoskeletal machinery, including actin and focal adhesion dynamics, and cell migration. Confocal microscopy and live cell imaging of actin in U2OS cells indicate that PAWS1 is also involved in cytoskeletal dynamics and organization...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
Henry L Bushnell, Christina E Feiler, Kwami F Ketosugbo, Mark B Hellerman, Valerie L Nazzaro, Ruth I Johnson
Apoptosis is crucial during the morphogenesis of most organs and tissues, and is utilized for tissues to achieve their proper size, shape and patterning. Many signaling pathways contribute to the precise regulation of apoptosis. Here we show that Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK) activity contributes to the coordinated removal of interommatidial cells via apoptosis in the Drosophila pupal retina. This is consistent with previous findings that JNK activity promotes apoptosis in other epithelia. However, we found that JNK activity is repressed by Cindr (the CIN85 and CD2AP ortholog) in order to promote cell survival...
January 1, 2018: Developmental Biology
Anja K Büscher, Nora Celebi, Peter F Hoyer, Hanns-Georg Klein, Stefanie Weber, Julia Hoefele
BACKGROUND: In 2010, INF2 mutations were associated with autosomal-dominant focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), clinically presenting with moderate proteinuria in adolescence. However, in the meantime, cases with more severe clinical courses have been described, including progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) during childhood. INF2 mutations in patients with isolated FSGS are clustered in exons 2 to 4, encoding the diaphanous inhibitory domain, involved in the regulation of the podocyte actin cytoskeleton...
October 6, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Sang-Ho Kwon, Sekyung Oh, Marisa Nacke, Keith E Mostov, Joshua H Lipschutz
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October 6, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Joel Huovinen, Seppo Helisalmi, Jussi Paananen, Tiina Laiterä, Maria Kojoukhova, Anna Sutela, Ritva Vanninen, Marjo Laitinen, Tuomas Rauramaa, Anne M Koivisto, Anne M Remes, Hilkka Soininen, Mitja Kurki, Annakaisa Haapasalo, Juha E Jääskeläinen, Mikko Hiltunen, Ville Leinonen
BACKGROUND: Idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH) is a late onset, surgically treated progressive brain disease caused by impaired cerebrospinal fluid dynamics and subsequent ventriculomegaly. Comorbid Alzheimer's disease (AD) seems to be frequent in iNPH. OBJECTIVE: We aim to evaluate the role of AD-related polymorphisms in iNPH. METHODS: Overall 188 shunt-operated iNPH patients and 688 controls without diagnosed neurodegenerative disease were included into analysis...
2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Pauliina Saurus, Tuomas A Tolvanen, Sonja Lindfors, Sara Kuusela, Harry Holthöfer, Eero Lehtonen, Sanna Lehtonen
Lack of CD2-associated protein (CD2AP) in mice increases podocyte apoptosis and leads to glomerulosclerosis and renal failure. We showed previously that SHIP2, a negative regulator of the PI3K/AKT signalling pathway, interacts with CD2AP. Here, we found that the expression level and activity of SHIP2 and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are increased in cultured CD2AP knockout (CD2AP-/-) mouse podocytes. Oxidative stress was also increased in CD2AP-/- mouse glomeruli in vivo. We found that puromycin aminonucleoside (PA), known to increase ROS production and apoptosis, increases SHIP2 activity and reduces CD2AP expression in cultured human podocytes...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Kenji Tsuji, Teodor G Păunescu, Hani Suleiman, Dongping Xie, Fahmy A Mamuya, Jeffrey H Miner, Hua A Jenny Lu
Helium ion scanning microscopy (HIM) is a novel technology that directly visualizes the cell surface ultrastructure without surface coating. Despite its very high resolution, it has not been applied extensively to study biological or pathology samples. Here we report the application of this powerful technology to examine the three-dimensional ultrastructural characteristics of proteinuric glomerulopathy in mice with CD2-associated protein (CD2AP) deficiency. HIM revealed the serial alteration of glomerular features including effacement and disorganization of the slit diaphragm, followed by foot process disappearance, flattening and fusion of major processes, and eventual transformation into a podocyte sheet as the disease progressed...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
Sutong Li, Xiaoxia Liu, Jie Lei, Junle Yang, Puxun Tian, Yi Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a microangiopathic disease characterized by excessive urinary albumin excretion, which occurs in 30% of patients with diabetes mellitus. It is the second leading cause of end-stage renal diseases in China. Nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) is reported to be closely correlated with the inflammation underlying diabetes-associated renal damage. Crocin, a plant-derived compound, has antioxidant properties that may inhibit NF-κB. METHODS: In the present study, we used a conditionally immortalized mouse podocyte cell line to explore whether crocin could effectively block albuminuria...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Yukie Takahashi, Chizu Tanikawa, Takafumi Miyamoto, Makoto Hirata, Guanxiong Wang, Koji Ueda, Tsunehiko Komatsu, Koichi Matsuda
p53, one of the most frequently mutated genes in colon cancer, suppresses cancer development through transactivation of its targets. Herein, we conducted a comprehensive analysis of the p53 downstream pathway in colorectal cancer by using multi-omics analysis. Mass spectrometric analysis of HCT116 p53+/+ and HCT116 p53-/- cells treated with adriamycin identified 124 proteins increased by DNA damage in a p53-dependent manner. Further screening using a cDNA microarray and the TCGA database revealed MICALL1 as a novel p53 target, and we identified functional p53 binding motifs located approximately 3000 base pairs upstream of the MICALL1 gene...
August 2017: International Journal of Oncology
Yuqiu Lu, Yuting Ye, Wenduona Bao, Qianqian Yang, Jinquan Wang, Zhihong Liu, Shaolin Shi
Gene expression differs substantially among individual cells of the same type. We speculate that genes that are expressed in all but a portion of cells of a given cell type would be likely essential and required for either the cell survival (housekeeping) or for the cell type's unique structure and function, enabling the organism to survive. Here, we performed RNA-seq of 20 mouse podocytes using the Fluidigm C1 system and identified 335 genes that were expressed in all of them. Among them, 239 genes were also expressed in mesangial and endothelial cells and were involved in energy metabolism, protein synthesis, etc...
November 2017: Kidney International
Zengpeng Han, Han Huang, Yue Gao, Qingyang Huang
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) discovered a number of SNPs and genes associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, how these SNPs and genes influence the liability to AD is not fully understood. We deployed computational approaches to explore the function and action mechanisms of AD -related SNPs and genes identified by GWASs, including the effects of 195 GWAS lead SNPs and 338 proxy SNPs on miRNAs binding and protein phosphorylation, their RegulomeDB and 3DSNP scores, and gene ontology, pathway enrichment and protein-protein interaction network of 126 AD-associated genes...
2017: PloS One
Tae-Sun Ha, Ja Ae Nam, Su-Bin Seong, Moin A Saleem, Se Jin Park, Jae Il Shin
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Interleukin-13 (IL-13) has recently been reported to be a potential cytokine in the pathogenesis of minimal-change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS). However, the mechanistic insights associated with podocyte dysfunction mediated by IL-13-induced changes in various slit diaphragm (SD) and cytoskeletal molecules have not yet been shown in cultured human podocytes in vitro. MATERIALS: Human conditionally immortalized podocytes were used. TREATMENT: Podocytes were incubated with various concentrations of IL-13 during the indicated time periods (6, 12, and 24 h) and montelukast was administered with the dose of 0...
September 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
Dong-Hee Cho, Jin-Sol Bae, Ji-Min Jeong, Hyun-Ja Han, Deok Chan Lee, Mi Young Cho, Sung Hee Jung, Do-Hyung Kim, Chan-Il Park
CD2 is expressed on the surfaces of virtually all T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. In mammals, the CD2 molecule is 50 kDa. The cytoplasmic tail of CD2 interacts with CD2-associated protein (CD2AP), which plays an important role in mediating the trigger signal in outer magnetic pole cells. In this study, we identified CD2AP from rock bream and investigated its gene expression. The ORF of CD2AP (1950 bp) encodes 650 amino acids (aa). CD2AP has a Src homology 3 (SH3) domain. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis revealed that CD2AP shows higher expression in the gills and skin...
August 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Nan Dong, Lixia Meng, Ruqun Xue, Meng Yu, Zhonghua Zhao, Xueguang Liu
PURPOSE: Podocyte injury is a key event in proteinuric kidney disease and eventually glomerular scarring. While adrenomedullin (AM), a potent vasodilatory peptide, has been reported to confer renoprotection in several experimental models of kidney diseases, its effect on injured podocytes and the related mechanism is still largely unknown. METHODS: Employing Western blotting analysis, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence, we investigated the effects of AM on the expressions of podocyte cytoskeletal proteins and Rho-family small GTPases (Rho GTPases) in puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced podocyte injury, both in cultured podocytes and in PAN nephrosis rats...
August 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
Antje Schaefer, Trynette J van Duijn, Jisca Majolee, Keith Burridge, Peter L Hordijk
Inflammation is driven by excessive transmigration (diapedesis) of leukocytes from the blood to the tissue across the endothelial cell monolayer that lines blood vessels. Leukocyte adhesion, crawling, and transmigration are regulated by clustering of the endothelial mechanosensitive receptor intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1). Whereas several proteins are known to promote ICAM-1 function, the molecular mechanisms that limit ICAM-1-mediated adhesion to prevent excessive leukocyte transmigration remain unknown...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Qing-Qing Tao, Zhi-Jun Liu, Yi-Min Sun, Hong-Lei Li, Ping Yang, De-Shan Liu, Bin Jiang, Xiao-Yan Li, Jian-Feng Xu, Zhi-Ying Wu
Many sporadic Alzheimer's disease (SAD) risk genes have been identified in the last decades, but most of them have not been consistently accepted. Here, we sought to identify SAD-associated genes and their potential mechanisms involved in SAD pathogenesis. A 2-stage design was employed. In stage 1, 95 variants in 75 genes that were previously reported as SAD-risk genes in Caucasian populations were evaluated in 1857 subjects (422 SAD patients and 1435 controls). In stage 2, a subset of promising variants found in stage 1 were further evaluated in an independent cohort of 1001 subjects (254 SAD and 747 controls)...
August 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
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