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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136506/a-paradoxical-tumor-suppressor-role-for-the-rac1-exchange-factor-vav1-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Javier Robles-Valero, L Francisco Lorenzo-Martín, Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Isabel Fernández-Pisonero, Antonio Abad, Mireia Camós, María L Toribio, Lluis Espinosa, Anna Bigas, Xosé R Bustelo
Rho guanine exchange factors (GEFs), the enzymes that stimulate Rho GTPases, are deemed as potential therapeutic targets owing to their protumorigenic functions. However, the understanding of the spectrum of their pathobiological roles in tumors is still very limited. We report here that the GEF Vav1 unexpectedly possesses tumor-suppressor functions in immature T cells. This function entails the noncatalytic nucleation of complexes between the ubiquitin ligase Cbl-b and the intracellular domain of Notch1 (ICN1) that favors ICN1 ubiquitinylation and degradation...
November 13, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130632/dock3-related-neurodevelopmental-syndrome-biallelic-intragenic-deletion-of-dock3-in-a-boy-with-developmental-delay-and-hypotonia
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Aiko Iwata-Otsubo, Alyssa L Ritter, Brooke Weckselbatt, Nicole R Ryan, David Burgess, Laura K Conlin, Kosuke Izumi
Dedicator of cytokinesis (DOCK) family are evolutionary conserved guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) for the Rho GTPases, Rac, and Cdc42. DOCK3 functions as a GEF for Rac1, and plays an important role in promoting neurite and axonal growth by stimulating actin dynamics and microtubule assembly pathways in the central nervous system. Here we report a boy with developmental delay, hypotonia, and ataxia due to biallelic DOCK3 deletion. Chromosomal single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarray analysis detected a 170 kb homozygous deletion including exons 6-12 of the DOCK3 gene at 3p21...
November 12, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121646/the-phosphomimetic-mutation-of-syndecan-4-binds-and-inhibits-tiam1-modulating-rac1-activity-in-pdz-interaction-dependent-manner
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Aniko Keller-Pinter, Bettina Ughy, Monika Domoki, Aladar Pettko-Szandtner, Tamas Letoha, Jozsef Tovari, Jozsef Timar, Laszlo Szilak
The small GTPases of the Rho family comprising RhoA, Rac1 and Cdc42 function as molecular switches controlling several essential biochemical pathways in eukaryotic cells. Their activity is cycling between an active GTP-bound and an inactive GDP-bound conformation. The exchange of GDP to GTP is catalyzed by guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs). Here we report a novel regulatory mechanism of Rac1 activity, which is controlled by a phosphomimetic (Ser179Glu) mutant of syndecan-4 (SDC4). SDC4 is a ubiquitously expressed transmembrane, heparan sulfate proteoglycan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061365/rho-specific-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factors-rho-gefs-inhibition-affects-macrophage-phenotype-and-disrupts-golgi-complex
#4
Wei Chen, Yue Zhao, Xian C Li, Jacek Z Kubiak, Rafik M Ghobrial, Malgorzata Kloc
Macrophages play crucial role in tissue homeostasis and the innate and adaptive immune response. Depending on the state of activation macrophages acquire distinct phenotypes that depend on actin, which is regulated by small GTPase RhoA. The naive M0 macrophages are slightly elongated, pro-inflammatory M1 are round and M2 anti-inflammatory macrophages are elongated. We showed previously that interference with RhoA pathway (RhoA deletion or RhoA/ROCK kinase inhibition) disrupted actin, produced extremely elongated (hummingbird) macrophage phenotype and inhibited macrophage movement toward transplanted hearts...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055010/an-excitable-rho-gtpase-signaling-network-generates-dynamic-subcellular-contraction-patterns
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Melanie Graessl, Johannes Koch, Abram Calderon, Dominic Kamps, Soumya Banerjee, Tomáš Mazel, Nina Schulze, Jana Kathrin Jungkurth, Rutuja Patwardhan, Djamschid Solouk, Nico Hampe, Bernd Hoffmann, Leif Dehmelt, Perihan Nalbant
Rho GTPase-based signaling networks control cellular dynamics by coordinating protrusions and retractions in space and time. Here, we reveal a signaling network that generates pulses and propagating waves of cell contractions. These dynamic patterns emerge via self-organization from an activator-inhibitor network, in which the small GTPase Rho amplifies its activity by recruiting its activator, the guanine nucleotide exchange factor GEF-H1. Rho also inhibits itself by local recruitment of actomyosin and the associated RhoGAP Myo9b...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046349/differential-regulation-of-the-rac1-gtpase-activating-protein-gap-bcr-during-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-in-hippocampal-and-cortical-neurons
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Katharine R Smith, Dipen Rajgor, Jonathan G Hanley
Brain ischemia causes oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD) in neurons, triggering a cascade of events leading to synaptic accumulation of glutamate. Excessive activation of glutamate receptors causes excitotoxicity and delayed cell death in vulnerable neurons. Following global cerebral ischemia, hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons are more vulnerable to injury than their cortical counterparts, but the mechanisms that underlie this difference are unclear. Signalling via Rho-family small GTPases, their upstream Guanine nucleotide Exchange Factors (GEFs) and GTPase Activating Proteins (GAPs) is differentially dysregulated in response to OGD/ischemia in hippocampal and cortical neurons...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970150/flcn-the-causative-gene-for-birt-hogg-dub%C3%A3-syndrome
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REVIEW
Laura S Schmidt, W Marston Linehan
Germline mutations in the novel tumor suppressor gene FLCN are responsible for the autosomal dominant inherited disorder Birt-Hogg-Dubé (BHD) syndrome that predisposes to fibrofolliculomas, lung cysts and spontaneous pneumothorax, and an increased risk for developing kidney tumors. Although the encoded protein, folliculin (FLCN), has no sequence homology to known functional domains, x-ray crystallographic studies have shown that the C-terminus of FLCN has structural similarity to DENN (differentially expressed in normal cells and neoplasia) domain proteins that act as guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) for small Rab GTPases...
January 15, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911825/paving-the-rho-in-cancer-metastasis-rho-gtpases-and-beyond
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Sepp Jansen, Reinoud Gosens, Thomas Wieland, Martina Schmidt
Malignant carcinomas are often characterized by metastasis, the movement of carcinoma cells from a primary site to colonize distant organs. For metastasis to occur, carcinoma cells first must adopt a pro-migratory phenotype and move through the surrounding stroma towards a blood or lymphatic vessel. Currently, there are very limited possibilities to target these processes therapeutically. The family of Rho GTPases is an ubiquitously expressed division of GTP-binding proteins involved in the regulation of cytoskeletal dynamics and intracellular signaling...
September 11, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910410/the-function-of-drosophila-larval-class-iv-dendritic-arborization-sensory-neurons-in-the-larval-pupal-transition-is-separable-from-their-function-in-mechanical-nociception-responses
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Hannah E Brown, Trishna Desai, Allison J Murphy, Harshida Pancholi, Zachary W Schmidt, Hannah Swahn, Eric C Liebl
The sensory and physiological inputs which govern the larval-pupal transition in Drosophila, and the neuronal circuity that integrates them, are complex. Previous work from our laboratory identified a dosage-sensitive genetic interaction between the genes encoding the Rho-GEF Trio and the zinc-finger transcription factor Sequoia that interfered with the larval-pupal transition. Specifically, we reported heterozygous mutations in sequoia (seq) dominantly exacerbated the trio mutant phenotype, and this seq-enhanced trio mutant genotype blocked the transition of third instar larvae from foragers to wanderers, a requisite behavioral transition prior to pupation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882897/the-tiam1-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factor-is-auto-inhibited-by-its-pleckstrin-homology-coiled-coil-extension-domain
#10
Zhen Xu, Lokesh Gakhar, Fletcher E Bain, Maria Spies, Ernesto J Fuentes
T-cell lymphoma invasion and metastasis 1 (Tiam1) is a Dbl-family guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) that specifically activates the Rho-family GTPase Rac1 in response to upstream signals, thereby regulating cellular processes including cell adhesion and migration. Tiam1 contains multiple domains, including an N-terminal pleckstrin homology coiled-coiled extension (PHn-CC-Ex) and catalytic Dbl homology and C-terminal pleckstrin homology (DH-PHc) domain. Previous studies indicate that larger fragments of Tiam1, such as the region encompassing the N-terminal to C-terminal pleckstrin homology domains (PHn-PHc), are auto-inhibited...
October 27, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860633/a-cdc42-centered-signaling-unit-is-a-dominant-positive-regulator-of-endothelial-integrity
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J Amado-Azevedo, N R Reinhard, J van Bezu, R X de Menezes, V W van Beusechem, G P van Nieuw Amerongen, V W M van Hinsbergh, P L Hordijk
Endothelial barrier function is carefully controlled to protect tissues from edema and damage inflicted by extravasated leukocytes. RhoGTPases, in conjunction with myriad regulatory proteins, exert both positive and negative effects on the endothelial barrier integrity. Precise knowledge about the relevant mechanisms is currently fragmented and we therefore performed a comprehensive analysis of endothelial barrier regulation by RhoGTPases and their regulators. Combining RNAi with electrical impedance measurements we quantified the relevance of 270 Rho-associated genes for endothelial barrier function...
August 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859988/cytoskeletal-remodeling-via-rho-gtpases-during-oxidative-and-thermal-stress-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Rahul Patel, Sindhu Sriramoji, Marena Marucci, Ibrahim Aziz, Sejal Shah, Federico Sesti
Biological systems are highly sensitive to changes in their environment. Indeed, the molecular basis of the environmental stress response suggests that the specialized stress responses share more commonalities than previously believed. Here, we used the nematode C. elegans to gain insight into the role of Rho signaling during two common environmental challenges, oxidative and thermal stress. In response to heat shock (HS), wild type (N2) worms demonstrated reduced viability which was rescued by genetic suppression of CDC42 and RHO-1...
October 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28835609/myosin-efflux-promotes-cell-elongation-to-coordinate-chromosome-segregation-with-cell-cleavage
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Emilie Montembault, Marie-Charlotte Claverie, Lou Bouit, Cedric Landmann, James Jenkins, Anna Tsankova, Clemens Cabernard, Anne Royou
Chromatid segregation must be coordinated with cytokinesis to preserve genomic stability. Here we report that cells clear trailing chromatids from the cleavage site by undergoing two phases of cell elongation. The first phase relies on the assembly of a wide contractile ring. The second phase requires the activity of a pool of myosin that flows from the ring and enriches the nascent daughter cell cortices. This myosin efflux is a novel feature of cytokinesis and its duration is coupled to nuclear envelope reassembly and the nuclear sequestration of the Rho-GEF Pebble...
August 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807941/the-rac-gtpase-in-cancer-from-old-concepts-to-new-paradigms
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REVIEW
Marcelo G Kazanietz, Maria J Caloca
Rho family GTPases are critical regulators of cellular functions that play important roles in cancer progression. Aberrant activity of Rho small G-proteins, particularly Rac1 and their regulators, is a hallmark of cancer and contributes to the tumorigenic and metastatic phenotypes of cancer cells. This review examines the multiple mechanisms leading to Rac1 hyperactivation, particularly focusing on emerging paradigms that involve gain-of-function mutations in Rac and guanine nucleotide exchange factors, defects in Rac1 degradation, and mislocalization of Rac signaling components...
October 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799234/arhgef10-knockout-inhibits-platelet-aggregation-and-protects-mice-from-thrombus-formation
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D-H Lu, C-C Hsu, S-W Huang, H-J Tu, T-F Huang, H-C Liou, H-M Liao, C-H Chen, W-M Fu, S S-F Gau
Essentials ARHGEF10 single-nucleotide polymorphism provides risk of ischemic and atherothrombotic stroke. The role of ARHGEF10 in platelet function was examined using ARHGEF10 knockout mice. ARHGEF10 deficiency inhibits platelet function and arterial thrombus formation. ARHGEF10 knockout protects mice from stroke-induced infarction. SUMMARY: Background ARHGEF10, a member of the Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) family, stimulates Rho GTPases. Rho GTPases have been reported to regulate a variety of cellular behaviors, such as cell polarity, cytoskeletal organization, and gene transcription...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780965/regulation-of-systemic-autoimmunity-and-cd11c-tbet-b-cells-by-swef-proteins
#16
Michela Manni, Edd Ricker, Alessandra B Pernis
Recent studies have revealed the existence of a T-bet dependent subset of B cells, which expresses unique phenotypic and functional characteristics including high levels of CD11c and CD11b. In the murine system this B cell subset has been termed Age/autoimmune-associated B cells (ABCs) since it expands with age in non-autoimmune mice and it prematurely accumulates in autoimmune-prone strains. The molecular mechanisms that promote the expansion and function of ABCs are largely unknown. This review will focus on the SWEF proteins, a small family of Rho GEFs comprised of SWAP-70 and its homolog DEF6, a newly identified risk variant for human SLE...
July 11, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775097/platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-pdgfr%C3%AE-and-ras-related-c3-botulinum-toxin-substrate-1-rac1-regulate-mechano-responsiveness-of-lung-fibroblasts
#17
Stephen E McGowan, Diann M McCoy
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)-A, which only signals through PDGF-receptor-alpha (PDGFRα) is required for secondary alveolar septal formation. Although PDGFRα distinguishes mesenchymal progenitor cells during the saccular stage, PDGFRα-expressing alveolar cells persist through adulthood. PDGF-A sustains proliferation, limits apoptosis, and maintains alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA) containing alveolar cells, which congregate at the alveolar entry ring at postnatal day (P)12. PDGFRα-expressing, αSMA-containing, alveolar cells re-distribute in the elongating septum, suggesting that they migrate to the alveolar entry rings where mechanical tension is higher...
August 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754687/cells-lay-their-own-tracks-optogenetic-cdc42-activation-stimulates-fibronectin-deposition-supporting-directed-migration
#18
Seth P Zimmerman, Sreeja B Asokan, Brian Kuhlman, James E Bear
Rho GTPase family members are known regulators of directed migration and therefore play key roles in processes including development, the immune response and cancer metastasis. However, their individual contributions to these processes are complex. Here, we modify the activity of the two Rho GTPase family members Rac and Cdc42 by optogenetically recruiting specific guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) DH or PH domains to defined regions of the cell membrane. We find that the localized activation of both GTPases produces lamellipodia in cells plated on a fibronectin substrate...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743335/-regulation-of-paxillin-tyrosine-phosphorylation-via-inhibition-of-c-abl-kinase-to-protect-ventilator-induce-lung-injury-in-vivo-in-rats
#19
Rong Zhong, Jun Xiao, Chunguang Dai, Zhihui Yu
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the inhibition of paxillin tyrosine residues 31 and tyrosine residues 118 (Pxn Y31 and Pxn Y118) phosphorylation via inhibition of c-Abl kinase will effectively block its downstream effector molecules vessel endothelium-cadherin (VE-cad), and whether Rho/Rho kinase activation which will induce the vascular barrier dysfunction. METHODS: Ninety healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into nine groups (each n =10)...
July 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742002/cdc42-activation-state-affects-its-localization-and-protein-levels-in-fission-yeast
#20
Miguel Estravís, Sergio Antonio Rincón, Elvira Portales, Pilar Pérez, Beatriz Santos
Rho GTPases control polarized cell growth and are well-known regulators of exocytic and endocytic processes. Cdc42 is an essential GTPase, conserved from yeast to humans, that is critical for cell polarization. Cdc42 is negatively regulated by the GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs) and the GDP dissociation inhibitors (GDIs), and positively regulated by guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs). Cdc42 GTPase can be found in a GTP- or GDP-bound state, which determines the ability to bind downstream effector proteins and activate signalling pathways...
July 26, 2017: Microbiology
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