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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430877/the-accessible-chromatin-landscape-during-conversion-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-trophoblast-by-bmp4
#1
Yajun Liu, Dewu Ding, Hongde Liu, Xiao Sun
Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) exposed to the growth factor bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) in the absence of FGF2 have been used as a model to study the development of placental development. However, little is known about the cis-regulatory mechanisms underlying this important process. In this study, we used the public available chromatin accessibility data of hESC H1 cells and BMP4-induced trophoblast (TB)cell lines to identify DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs) in the two cell lines, as well as the transcription factor binding sites within the DHSs...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424609/a-neurochemical-basis-for-phenotypic-differentiation-in-alzheimer-s-disease-turing-s-morphogens-revisited
#2
Heather T Whittaker, Jason D Warren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418582/cop1-conveys-warm-temperature-information-to-hypocotyl-thermomorphogenesis
#3
Young-Joon Park, Hyo-Jun Lee, Jun-Ho Ha, Jae Young Kim, Chung-Mo Park
Plants adjust their architecture to optimize growth and reproductive success under changing climates. Hypocotyl elongation is a pivotal morphogenic trait that is profoundly influenced by light and temperature conditions. While hypocotyl photomorphogenesis has been well characterized at the molecular level, molecular mechanisms underlying hypocotyl thermomorphogenesis remains elusive. Here, we demonstrate that the E3 ubiquitin ligase CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 1 (COP1) conveys warm temperature signals to hypocotyl thermomorphogenesis...
April 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409341/zebrafish-pronephros-development
#4
Richard W Naylor, Sarah S Qubisi, Alan J Davidson
The pronephros is the first kidney type to form in vertebrate embryos. The first step of pronephrogenesis in the zebrafish is the formation of the intermediate mesoderm during gastrulation, which occurs in response to secreted morphogens such as BMPs and Nodals. Patterning of the intermediate mesoderm into proximal and distal cell fates is induced by retinoic acid signaling with downstream transcription factors including wt1a, pax2a, pax8, hnf1b, sim1a, mecom, and irx3b. In the anterior intermediate mesoderm, progenitors of the glomerular blood filter migrate and fuse at the midline and recruit a blood supply...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409313/extracellular-regulation-of-the-mitotic-spindle-and-fate-determinants-driving-asymmetric-cell-division
#5
Prestina Smith, Mark Azzam, Lindsay Hinck
Stem cells use mode of cell division, symmetric (SCD) versus asymmetric (ACD), to balance expansion with self-renewal and the generation of daughter cells with different cell fates. Studies in model organisms have identified intrinsic mechanisms that govern this process, which involves partitioning molecular components between daughter cells, frequently through the regulation of the mitotic spindle. Research performed in vertebrate tissues is revealing both conservation of these intrinsic mechanisms and crucial roles for extrinsic cues in regulating the frequency of these divisions...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408481/palmitoylation-of-proteins-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Marilyn D Resh
Post-translational modification of proteins by attachment of palmitate serves as a mechanism to regulate protein localization and function in both normal and malignant cells. Given the essential role that palmitoylation plays in cancer cell signaling, approaches that target palmitoylated proteins and palmitoyl acyltransferases (PATs) have the potential for therapeutic intervention in cancer. Highlighted here are recent advances in understanding the importance of protein palmitoylation in tumorigenic pathways...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401685/characterization-of-new-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-2-regulatory-alleles
#7
Tapan A Shah, Youhua Zhu, Nadia N Shaikh, Marie A Harris, Stephen E Harris, Melissa B Rogers
Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2, HGNC:1069, GeneID: 650) is a classical morphogen; a molecule that acts at a distance and whose concentration influences cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Key events requiring precise Bmp2 regulation include heart specification and morphogenesis and neural development. In mesenchymal cells, the concentration of BMP2 influences myogenesis, adipogenesis, chondrogenesis, and osteogenesis. Because the amount, timing, and location of BMP2 synthesis influence pattern formation and organogenesis, the mechanisms that regulate Bmp2 are crucial...
April 12, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396716/tumor-reactive-stroma-in-cholangiocarcinoma-the-fuel-behind-cancer-aggressiveness
#8
EDITORIAL
Simone Brivio, Massimiliano Cadamuro, Mario Strazzabosco, Luca Fabris
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a highly aggressive epithelial malignancy still carrying a dismal prognosis, owing to early lymph node metastatic dissemination and striking resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Although mechanisms underpinning CCA progression are still a conundrum, it is now increasingly recognized that the desmoplastic microenvironment developing in conjunction with biliary carcinogenesis, recently renamed tumor reactive stroma (TRS), behaves as a paramount tumor-promoting driver. Indeed, once being recruited, activated and dangerously co-opted by neoplastic cells, the cellular components of the TRS (myofibroblasts, macrophages, endothelial cells and mesenchymal stem cells) continuously rekindle malignancy by secreting a huge variety of soluble factors (cyto/chemokines, growth factors, morphogens and proteinases)...
March 28, 2017: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393020/effects-of-exogenous-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenic-protein-7-on-the-corneal-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-fibrosis
#9
Jin Kwon Chung, Shin Ae Park, Hee Sun Hwang, Kwang Sung Kim, Yang Je Cho, Yong Sung You, Young Sik Kim, Ju Woong Jang, Sung Jin Lee
AIM: To evaluate the effect of exogenous recombinant human bone morphogenic protein-7 (rhBMP-7) on transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)-induced epithelial mesenchymal cell transition (EMT) and assessed its antifibrotic effect via topical application. METHODS: The cytotoxic effect of rhBMP-7 was evaluated and the EMT of human corneal epithelial cells (HECEs) was induced by TGF-β. HECEs were then cultured in the presence of rhBMP-7 and/or hyaluronic acid (HA). EMT markers, fibronectin, E-cadherin, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and matrix metaloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), were evaluated...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392831/directing-three-dimensional-multicellular-morphogenesis-by-self-organization-of-vascular-mesenchymal-cells-in-hyaluronic-acid-hydrogels
#10
Xiaolu Zhu, Shiva Gojgini, Ting-Hsuan Chen, Peng Fei, Siyan Dong, Chih-Ming Ho, Tatiana Segura
BACKGROUND: Physical scaffolds are useful for supporting cells to form three-dimensional (3D) tissue. However, it is non-trivial to develop a scheme that can robustly guide cells to self-organize into a tissue with the desired 3D spatial structures. To achieve this goal, the rational regulation of cellular self-organization in 3D extracellular matrix (ECM) such as hydrogel is needed. RESULTS: In this study, we integrated the Turing reaction-diffusion mechanism with the self-organization process of cells and produced multicellular 3D structures with the desired configurations in a rational manner...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392224/the-non-equilibrium-basis-of-turing-instability-and-localised-biological-work
#11
REVIEW
Yoram Schiffmann
Turing's theory for biological pattern formation is based on the instability of the homogeneous state, which occurs if certain key criteria are met. The problem of how localised chemical energy is converted to localised biological work requires one to understand not only the basis of localised power generation, but also the age-old puzzle of how organisms decrease their entropy; these problems can only be solved by the identification of the Turing Instability. At the heart of this is how natural selection, not chemistry, has fashioned the large non-equilibrium overall affinity (ΔG is a large negative quantity) for the oxidation of the fuel molecules...
April 6, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389839/p15-peptide-stimulates-chondrogenic-commitment-and-endochondral-ossification
#12
Jun Zhang, Peter Eisenhauer, Ozҫan Kaya, Alexander R Vaccaro, Carol Diallo, Andrzej Fertala, Theresa A Freeman
PURPOSE: The synthetic 15 amino acid biomimetic peptide sequence (P15) derived from a region of the alpha (α)-1 chain of collagen I, has been shown to promote α2 integrin activation and enhance intramembranous ossification. In this study, we ask if the P15 peptide also enhances bone formation through endochondral ossification, and determine if direct binding of α2 integrin with P15 mediates integrin activation. METHODS: Mesenchymal cells (C3H10T1/2) were cultured in chondrogenic media and the expression of chondrogenic markers and integrin activation was determined by Western blot and fluorescent immunohistochemistry...
April 8, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389476/defects-in-er-endosome-contacts-impact-lysosome-function-in-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia
#13
Rachel Allison, James R Edgar, Guy Pearson, Tania Rizo, Timothy Newton, Sven Günther, Fiamma Berner, Jennifer Hague, James W Connell, Jürgen Winkler, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Christian Beetz, Beate Winner, Evan Reid
Contacts between endosomes and the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) promote endosomal tubule fission, but the mechanisms involved and consequences of tubule fission failure are incompletely understood. We found that interaction between the microtubule-severing enzyme spastin and the ESCRT protein IST1 at ER-endosome contacts drives endosomal tubule fission. Failure of fission caused defective sorting of mannose 6-phosphate receptor, with consequently disrupted lysosomal enzyme trafficking and abnormal lysosomal morphology, including in mouse primary neurons and human stem cell-derived neurons...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377456/a-role-for-planar-cell-polarity-during-early-endoderm-morphogenesis
#14
Lee B Miles, Takamasa Mizoguchi, Yutaka Kikuchi, Heather Verkade
The zebrafish endoderm begins to develop at gastrulation stages as a monolayer of cells. The behaviour of the endoderm during gastrulation stages is well understood. However, knowledge of the morphogenic movements of the endoderm during somitogenesis stages, as it forms a mesenchymal rod, is lacking. Here we characterise endodermal development during somitogenesis stages, and describe the morphogenic movements as the endoderm transitions from a monolayer of cells into a mesenchymal endodermal rod. We demonstrate that, unlike the overlying mesoderm, endodermal cells are not polarised during their migration to the midline at early somitogenesis stages...
April 4, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376090/turing-mechanism-underlying-a-branching-model-for-lung-morphogenesis
#15
Hui Xu, Mingzhu Sun, Xin Zhao
The mammalian lung develops through branching morphogenesis. Two primary forms of branching, which occur in order, in the lung have been identified: tip bifurcation and side branching. However, the mechanisms of lung branching morphogenesis remain to be explored. In our previous study, a biological mechanism was presented for lung branching pattern formation through a branching model. Here, we provide a mathematical mechanism underlying the branching patterns. By decoupling the branching model, we demonstrated the existence of Turing instability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372636/concerted-action-of-neuroepithelial-basal-shrinkage-and-active-epithelial-migration-ensures-efficient-optic-cup-morphogenesis
#16
Jaydeep Sidhaye, Caren Norden
Organ formation is a multi-scale event that involves changes at the intracellular, cellular and tissue level. Organogenesis often starts with the formation of characteristically shaped organ precursors. However, the cellular mechanisms driving organ precursor formation are often not clear. Here, using zebrafish, we investigate the epithelial rearrangements responsible for the development of the hemispherical retinal neuroepithelium (RNE), a part of the optic cup. We show that in addition to basal shrinkage of RNE cells, active migration of connected epithelial cells into the RNE is a crucial player in its formation...
April 4, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371333/behavior-of-prostate-cancer-cells-in-a-nanohydroxyapatite-collagen-bone-scaffold
#17
S Cruz-Neves, N Ribeiro, I Graça, C Jerónimo, S R Sousa, F J Monteiro
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second leading cause of death among men in Europe and US. The metastatic dissemination pattern of PCa is unique, developing bone metastasis as the only site of progression, consequently with a prognosis very poor. The cancer cells interactions within the surrounding bone environment are critical for tumor growth and progression. SPARC (Secreted Protein, Acidic and Rich in Cysteine) is described to be involved in PCa cells migration and invasion into bone. 3D in vitro systems that are able to closely resemble the in vivo microenvironment are recently taking importance in cancer research...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363788/mesenchymal-stem-cell-fate-following-non-viral-gene-transfection-strongly-depends-on-the-choice-of-delivery-vector
#18
T Gonzalez-Fernandez, B N Sathy, C Hobbs, G M Cunniffe, H O McCarthy, N J Dunne, V Nicolosi, F J O'Brien, D J Kelly
Controlling the phenotype of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) through the delivery of regulatory genes is a promising strategy in tissue engineering (TE). Essential to effective gene delivery is the choice of gene carrier. Non-viral delivery vectors have been extensively used in TE, however their intrinsic effects on MSC differentiation remain poorly understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of three different classes of non-viral gene delivery vectors: (1) cationic polymers (polyethylenimine, PEI), (2) inorganic nanoparticles (nanohydroxyapatite, nHA) and (3) amphipathic peptides (RALA peptide) on modulating stem cell fate after reporter and therapeutic gene delivery...
March 28, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362386/in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-into-trophoblastic-cells
#19
Jianle Wang, Montserrat C Anguera
The placenta is the first organ to develop during embryogenesis and is required for the survival of the developing embryo. The placenta is comprised of various trophoblastic cells that differentiate from the extra-embryonic trophectoderm cells of the preimplantation blastocyst. As such, our understanding of the early differentiation events of the human placenta is limited because of ethical and legal restrictions on the isolation and manipulation of human embryogenesis. Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) are a robust model system for investigating human development and can also be differentiated in vitro into trophoblastic cells that express markers of the various trophoblast cell types...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360132/dose-dependent-transduction-of-hedgehog-relies-on-phosphorylation-based-feedback-between-the-gpcr-smoothened-and-the-kinase-fused
#20
Matthieu Sanial, Isabelle Bécam, Line Hofmann, Julien Behague, Camilla Argüelles, Vanessa Gourhand, Lucia Bruzzone, Robert A Holmgren, Anne Plessis
Smoothened (SMO) is a GPCR-related protein required for the transduction of Hedgehog (HH). The HH gradient leads to graded phosphorylation of SMO, mainly by the PKA and CKI kinases. How thresholds in HH morphogen regulate SMO to promote switch-like transcriptional responses is a central unsolved issue. Using the wing imaginal disc model in Drosophila, we identified novel SMO phosphosites that enhance the effects of the PKA/CKI kinases on SMO accumulation, its localization at the plasma membrane and its activity...
March 30, 2017: Development
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