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C Ross, N D Fogarty, R Ritson-Williams, V J Paul
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is involved in the regulation of numerous reproductive and morphogenic processes across an array of taxa. Extracellular H2 O2 can be widespread in oceanic waters, and elevated sea surface temperatures can cause increased levels of intracellular H2 O2 within cnidarian tissue, but it remains unclear how this compound affects early life-history processes in corals, such as fertilization, metamorphosis, and settlement. To evaluate the effects of H2 O2 on multiple stages of recruitment, experiments were conducted using Caribbean corals with various reproductive modes, including the brooders Porites astreoides and Favia fragum and the broadcast-spawning species Acropora palmata and Orbicella franksi...
December 2017: Biological Bulletin
Kelsey A Herrmann, Heather T Broihier
Although retrograde neurotrophin signaling has provided an immensely influential paradigm for understanding growth factor signaling in the nervous system, recent studies indicate that growth factors also signal via cell-autonomous, or autocrine, mechanisms. Autocrine signals have been discovered in many neuronal contexts, providing insights into their regulation and function. The growing realization of the importance of cell-autonomous signaling stems from advances in both conditional genetic approaches and in sophisticated analyses of growth factor dynamics, which combine to enable rigorous in vivo dissection of signaling pathways...
March 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
William C Smith
This review covers recent advances in our understanding of the cell biology and morphogenesis of the ascidian notochord. In its development, the ascidian notochord undergoes a rapid series of cellular and morphogenic events that transform a group of 40 loosely packed cells in the neurula embryo into a tubular column with central lumen in the larva. The ascidian notochord has been a subject of intensive research in recent years, and particular focus in this review will be on events associated with the development and function of polarized cell properties, and the mechanism of lumen formation...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
David R Shook, Eric M Kasprowicz, Lance A Davidson, Raymond Keller
Indirect evidence suggests that blastopore closure during gastrulation of anamniotes, including amphibians such as Xenopus laevis , depends on circumblastoporal convergence forces generated by the marginal zone (MZ), but direct evidence is lacking. We show that explanted MZs generate tensile convergence forces up to 1.5 mN during gastrulation and over 4 mN thereafter. These forces are generated by convergent thickening (CT) until the midgastrula and increasingly by convergent extension (CE) thereafter. Explants from ventralized embryos, which lack tissues expressing CE but close their blastopores, produce up to 2 mN of tensile force, showing that CT alone generates forces sufficient to close the blastopore...
March 13, 2018: ELife
Paola Occhetta, Giuseppe Isu, Marta Lemme, Chiara Conficconi, Philipp Oertle, Christian Räz, Roberta Visone, Giulia Cerino, Marija Plodinec, Marco Rasponi, Anna Marsano
In vitro cardiac models able to mimic the fibrotic process are paramount to develop an effective anti-fibrosis therapy that can regulate fibroblast behaviour upon myocardial injury. In previously developed in vitro models, typical fibrosis features were induced by using scar-like stiffness substrates and/or potent morphogen supplementation in monolayer cultures. In our model, we aimed to mimic in vitro a fibrosis-like environment by applying cyclic stretching of cardiac fibroblasts embedded in three-dimensional fibrin-hydrogels alone...
March 13, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Roberto De Gregorio, Salvatore Pulcrano, Claudia De Sanctis, Floriana Volpicelli, Ezia Guatteo, Lars von Oerthel, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Roberta Esposito, Rosa Maria Piscitelli, Carla Perrone-Capano, Valerio Costa, Dario Greco, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Marten P Smidt, Umberto di Porzio, Massimiliano Caiazzo, Nicola Biagio Mercuri, Meng Li, Gian Carlo Bellenchi
The differentiation of dopaminergic neurons requires concerted action of morphogens and transcription factors acting in a precise and well-defined time window. Very little is known about the potential role of microRNA in these events. By performing a microRNA-mRNA paired microarray screening, we identified miR-34b/c among the most upregulated microRNAs during dopaminergic differentiation. Interestingly, miR-34b/c modulates Wnt1 expression, promotes cell cycle exit, and induces dopaminergic differentiation. When combined with transcription factors ASCL1 and NURR1, miR-34b/c doubled the yield of transdifferentiated fibroblasts into dopaminergic neurons...
March 2, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Thibaut Thery, Elke K Arendt
Plant defensins are small, cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptides of the immune system found in several organs during plant development. A synthetic peptide, KT43C, a linear analogue of the native Cp-thionin II found in cowpea seeds, was evaluated for its antifungal potential. It was found that KT43C displayed antifungal activity against Fusarium culmorum, Penicillium expansum and Aspergillus niger. Like native plant defensins, KT43C showed thermostability up to 100 °C and cation sensitivity. The synthetic peptide decreased the fungal growth without inducing morphogenic changes in the fungal hyphae...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Sabine Schürmann, Georg Steffes, Dominique Manikowski, Philipp Kastl, Ursula Malkus, Shyam Bandari, Stefanie Ohlig, Corinna Ortmann, Rocio Rebollido-Rios, Mandy Otto, Harald Nüsse, Daniel Hoffmann, Christian Klämbt, Milos Galic, Jürgen Klingauf, Kay Grobe
Cell fate determination during development often requires morphogen transport from producing to distant responding cells. Hedgehog (Hh) morphogens present a challenge to this concept, as all Hhs are synthesized as terminally lipidated molecules that form insoluble clusters at the surface of producing cells. While several proposed Hh transport modes tie directly into these unusual properties, the crucial step of Hh relay from producing cells to receptors on remote responding cells remains unresolved. Using wing development in Drosophila melanogaster as a model, we show that Hh relay and direct patterning of the 3-4 intervein region strictly depend on proteolytic removal of lipidated N-terminal membrane anchors...
March 9, 2018: ELife
M А Boldyreva, I V Bondar, I S Stafeev, P I Makarevich, I B Beloglazova, E S Zubkova, E K Shevchenko, Y D Molokotina, M N Karagyaur, Е I Rаtner, Ye V Parfyonova
Peripheral nerve injury remains a common clinical problem with no satisfactory treatment options. Numerous studies have shown that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) exerts neurotrophic effect in motor, sensory, and parasympathetic neurons in addition to mitogenic, morphogenic, angiogenic, antiapoptotic, antifibrotic, and anti-inflammatory effect on various tissues and cells. In our study we examined efficacy of gene therapy with HGF-bearing plasmid (pC4W-hHGF) to improve consequences of traumatic nerve injury in mice...
March 5, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Rosana D Meyer, Xueqing Zou, Marwa Ali, Esma Ersoy, Philip Apraku Bondzie, Mehrdad Lavaei, Ilya Alexandrov, Joel Henderson, Nader Rahimi
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is a high-risk metastasizing tumor with a poor prognosis and poorly understood mechanism. In this study, we demonstrate that transmembrane and immunoglobulin domain-containing 1 (TMIGD1) is a novel tumor suppressor that is highly expressed in normal renal tubular epithelial cells, but it is downregulated in human renal cancer. We have identified CCAAT/enhancer-binding proteinβ (C/EBPβ, also called LAP) as a key transcriptional regulator of TMIGD1, whose loss of expression is responsible for downregulation of TMIGD1 in RCC...
February 9, 2018: Oncotarget
Nancy B Schwartz, Miriam S Domowicz
Proteoglycans are diverse, complex extracellular/cell surface macromolecules composed of a central core protein with covalently-linked glycosaminoglycan (GAG) chains; both of these components contribute to the growing list of important bio-active functions attributed to proteoglycans. Increasingly, attention has been paid to the roles of proteoglycans in nervous tissue development due to their highly regulated spatio/temporal expression patterns, whereby they promote/inhibit neurite outgrowth, participate in specification and maturation of various precursor cell types, and regulate cell behaviors like migration, axonal pathfinding, synaptogenesis, and plasticity...
March 7, 2018: FEBS Letters
Hiroki Goto, Miki Nishio, Yoko To, Tatsuya Oishi, Yosuke Miyachi, Tomohiko Maehama, Hiroshi Nishina, Haruhiko Akiyama, Tak Wah Mak, Yuma Makii, Taku Saito, Akihiro Yasoda, Noriyuki Tsumaki, Akira Suzuki
Hippo signaling is modulated in response to cell density, external mechanical forces, or rigidity of the extracellular matrix (ECM). The Mps one binder kinase activator (MOB) adaptor proteins are core components of Hippo signaling and have important effects on Yes-associated protein-1 (YAP1) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ), which are potent transcriptional regulators. YAP1/TAZ are key contributors to cartilage and bone development but the molecular mechanisms by which the Hippo pathway controls chondrogenesis are largely unknown...
March 6, 2018: Development
Curtis A Thorne, Ina W Chen, Laura E Sanman, Melanie H Cobb, Lani F Wu, Steven J Altschuler
The intestinal epithelium maintains a remarkable balance between proliferation and differentiation despite rapid cellular turnover. A central challenge is to elucidate mechanisms required for robust control of tissue renewal. Opposing WNT and BMP signaling is essential in establishing epithelial homeostasis. However, it has been difficult to disentangle contributions from multiple sources of morphogen signals in the tissue. Here, to dissect epithelial-autonomous morphogenic signaling circuits, we developed an enteroid monolayer culture system that recapitulates four key properties of the intestinal epithelium, namely the ability to maintain proliferative and differentiated zones, self-renew, polarize, and generate major intestinal cell types...
February 26, 2018: Developmental Cell
Anne-Clémence Vion, Silvanus Alt, Alexandra Klaus-Bergmann, Anna Szymborska, Tuyu Zheng, Tijana Perovic, Adel Hammoutene, Marta Bastos Oliveira, Eireen Bartels-Klein, Irene Hollfinger, Pierre-Emmanuel Rautou, Miguel O Bernabeu, Holger Gerhardt
Blood flow shapes vascular networks by orchestrating endothelial cell behavior and function. How endothelial cells read and interpret flow-derived signals is poorly understood. Here, we show that endothelial cells in the developing mouse retina form and use luminal primary cilia to stabilize vessel connections selectively in parts of the remodeling vascular plexus experiencing low and intermediate shear stress. Inducible genetic deletion of the essential cilia component intraflagellar transport protein 88 (IFT88) in endothelial cells caused premature and random vessel regression without affecting proliferation, cell cycle progression, or apoptosis...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
Ze-Jian Li, Chun-Ting Lu, Ren-Fa Lai
To explore the ectopic osteogenesis effect of sequential sustained release application of recombinant human bone morphogenic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). Antigen-extracted xenogeneic cancellous bone coupled with growth factor-loaded chitosan nanocapsules were implanted in rats in intramuscular site in accordance with the following experimental pattern: group A: simultaneous burst release of rhBMP-2 and bFGF; group B: simultaneous sustained release of rhBMP-2 and bFGF; group C: preferential burst release of rhBMP-2, then sustained release of bFGF; group D: preferential burst release of bFGF, then sustained release of rhBMP-2; group E: sustained release of rhBMP-2 alone; group F: sustained release of bFGF alone, blank control group G: antigen-extracted xenogeneic cancellous bone graft only; negative control group H: not filled with anything...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
Suneel Gupta, Michael K Fink, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Ratnakar Tripathi, Prashant R Sinha, Ajay Sharma, Nathan P Hesemann, Shyam S Chaurasia, Elizabeth A Giuliano, Rajiv R Mohan
Purpose: We tested the potential of bone morphogenic protein 7 (BMP7) and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) combination gene therapy to treat preformed corneal fibrosis using established rabbit in vivo and human in vitro models. Methods: Eighteen New Zealand White rabbits were used. Corneal fibrosis was produced by alkali injury. Twenty-four hours after scar formation, cornea received topically either balanced salt solution (BSS; n = 6), polyethylenimine-conjugated gold nanoparticle (PEI2-GNP)-naked plasmid (n = 6) or PEI2-GNP plasmids expressing BMP7 and HGF genes (n = 6)...
February 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Francesca L'Episcopo, Cataldo Tirolo, Maria F Serapide, Salvatore Caniglia, Nunzio Testa, Loredana Leggio, Silvia Vivarelli, Nunzio Iraci, Stefano Pluchino, Bianca Marchetti
Neuroinflammatory processes are recognized key contributory factors in Parkinson's disease (PD) physiopathology. While the causes responsible for the progressive loss of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neuronal cell bodies in the subtantia nigra pars compacta are poorly understood, aging, genetics, environmental toxicity, and particularly inflammation, represent prominent etiological factors in PD development. Especially, reactive astrocytes, microglial cells, and infiltrating monocyte-derived macrophages play dual beneficial/harmful effects, via a panel of pro- or anti-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, neurotrophic and neurogenic transcription factors...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Herui Wang, Chi Zhang, Xiaowen Wang, Yaru Lian, Bin Guo, Miao Han, Xiaoe Zhang, Xiaoting Zhu, Sixian Xu, Zengli Guo, Yunli Bi, Qian Shen, Xiang Wang, Jiaojiao Liu, Yuan Zhuang, Ting Ni, Hong Xu, Xiaohui Wu
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are among the most common developmental defects in humans. Despite of several known CAKUT-related loci ( HNF1B , PAX2 , EYA1 , etc.), the genetic etiology of CAKUT remains to be elucidated for most patients. In this study, we report that disruption of the Holliday Junction resolvase gene Gen1 leads to renal agenesis, duplex kidney, hydronephrosis, and vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) in mice. GEN1 interacts with SIX1 and enhances the transcriptional activity of SIX1/EYA1, a key regulatory complex of the GDNF morphogen...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Jingjing Wang, Jian Xu, Xinyun Zhao, Weiping Xie, Hong Wang, Hui Kong
Regulation of leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions and of vascular permeability plays a critical role in the maintenance of functional pulmonary microvascular barriers. Little is yet known about the effect of the Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor fasudil on leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions or the underlying mechanism. In the present study, as evaluated using co-culture systems of neutrophils and human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMECs), fasudil dose-dependently suppressed neutrophil chemotaxis by decreasing the production of chemotactic factors in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated HPMECs...
February 23, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Huijing Du, Yangyang Wang, Daniel Haensel, Briana Lee, Xing Dai, Qing Nie
The mammalian skin epidermis is a stratified epithelium composed of multiple layers of epithelial cells that exist in appropriate sizes and proportions, and with distinct boundaries separating each other. How the epidermis develops from a single layer of committed precursor cells to form a complex multilayered structure of multiple cell types remains elusive. Here, we construct stochastic, three-dimensional, and multiscale models consisting of a lineage of multiple cell types to study the control of epidermal development...
February 26, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
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