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Rebecca L Lamason, Effie Bastounis, Natasha M Kafai, Ricardo Serrano, Juan C Del Álamo, Julie A Theriot, Matthew D Welch
Spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae are human pathogens that infect cells in the vasculature. They disseminate through host tissues by a process of cell-to-cell spread that involves protrusion formation, engulfment, and vacuolar escape. Other bacterial pathogens rely on actin-based motility to provide a physical force for spread. Here, we show that SFG species Rickettsia parkeri typically lack actin tails during spread and instead manipulate host intercellular tension and mechanotransduction to promote spread...
October 20, 2016: Cell
Christian Schulz, Radovan Vukićević, Anne Krüger-Genge, Axel T Neffe, Andreas Lendlein, Friedrich Jung
The formation of a functionally-confluent and shear-resistant endothelial cell monolayer on cardiovascular implants is a promising strategy to prevent thrombogenic processes after implantation. On the basis of existing studies with arterial endothelial cells adhering after two hours on gelatin-based hydrogels in marked higher numbers compared to tissue culture plates, we hypothesize that also venous endothelial cells (HUVEC) should be able to adhere and form an endothelial monolayer on these hydrogels after days...
October 15, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Rong-Hua Yang, Shao-Hai Qi, Shu-Bin Ruan, Ze-Peng Lin, Yan Lin, Feng-Gang Zhang, Xiao-Dong Chen, Ju-Lin Xie
Epidermal growth factor (EGF)-like family members mediate a wide range of biological activities including cell proliferation and migration. Increasing evidence indicated that EGF plays an important role in the process of wound healing by stimulating fibroblast motility. The aim of this study was to see whether EGF-like domain 7 (EGFL7)-overexpressing epidermal stem cells (EGFL7-ESCs) would promote fibroblast proliferation and migration. We found that mRNA and protein levels of EGFL7 expression were significantly increased in EGFL7-ESCs...
October 20, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Namitosh Tyagi, D Dash, Rashmi Singh
OBJECTIVE: Paraquat (PQ), a potent herbicide can cause severe toxicity. We report here that fibroproliferation phase of acute lung injury (ALI) is initiated much earlier (within 48 h) after PQ intoxication than previously reported (after 2 weeks) and we aimed to study the protective effects of intranasal curcumin as new therapeutic strategy in mouse model. METHODS: Mice (Park's strain) were divided into five experimental groups (I) control, received only saline (0...
October 20, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Yaohong Wang, Sudeep P George, Swati Roy, Eric Pham, Amin Esmaeilniakooshkghazi, Seema Khurana
In the small intestine, epithelial cells are derived from stem cells in the crypts, migrate up the villus as they differentiate and are ultimately shed from the villus tips. This process of proliferation and shedding is tightly regulated to maintain the intestinal architecture and tissue homeostasis. Apoptosis regulates both the number of stem cells in the crypts as well as the sloughing of cells from the villus tips. Previously, we have shown that villin, an epithelial cell-specific actin-binding protein functions as an anti-apoptotic protein in the gastrointestinal epithelium...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Nicole S Nicholas, Aikaterini Pipili, Michaela S Lesjak, Simon M Ameer-Beg, Jenny L C Geh, Ciaran Healy, Alistair D MacKenzie Ross, Maddy Parsons, Frank O Nestle, Katie E Lacy, Claire M Wells
Cancer cells are thought to use actin rich invadopodia to facilitate matrix degradation. Formation and maturation of invadopodia requires the co-ordained activity of Rho-GTPases, however the molecular mechanisms that underlie the invadopodia lifecycle are not fully elucidated. Previous work has suggested a formation and disassembly role for Rho family effector p-21 activated kinase 1 (PAK1) however, related family member PAK4 has not been explored. Systematic analysis of isoform specific depletion using in vitro and in vivo invasion assays revealed there are differential invadopodia-associated functions...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Katsuya Sato, Masashi Kimura, Kazue Sugiyama, Masashi Nishikawa, Yukio Okano, Hitoshi Nagaoka, Takahiro Nagase, Yukio Kitade, Hiroshi Ueda
PLEKHG2/FLJ00018 is a Gβγ-dependent guanine nucleotide exchange factor for the small GTPases Rac and Cdc42 and has been shown to mediate the signaling pathways leading to actin cytoskeleton reorganization. Here we showed that the zinc finger domain-containing protein four-and-a-half LIM domains 1 (FHL1) acts as a novel interaction partner of PLEKHG2 by the yeast two-hybrid system. Among the isoforms of FHL1 (i.e., FHL1A, FHL1B and FHL1C), FHL1A and FHL1B interacted with PLEKHG2. We found that there was an FHL1-binding region at amino acids 58-150 of PLEKHG2...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Suxu Tan, Jun Yao, Tao Zhou, Shikai Liu, Zihao Yuan, Changxu Tian, Qi Li, Zhanjiang Liu
The Rho family GTPases are a group of small monomeric G proteins, which are molecular switches in signaling pathways. They have been known to regulate a diverse range of cellular processes including actin cytoskeleton rearrangement and microtubule dynamics. In particular, their participations in immune responses are also significant. However, little information of the Rho GTPases is available in teleost including channel catfish, an economically important species and one of the best teleost models for immune research...
October 17, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Silvia Vincenzetti, Alberto Felici, Giorgio Ciarrocchi, Stefania Pucciarelli, Massimo Ricciutelli, Ambra Ariani, Valeria Polzonetti, Paolo Polidori
Clams have long been a fisheries and aquaculture sector of great importance in Italy, the main resource of fisheries is the Chamelea gallina of indigenous origin, whereas clams breeding is supported almost entirely by the Tapes philippinarum, a species of Indo-Pacific origin. Bivalve molluscs quality depends mainly on the water quality, and then by a series of factors such as water temperature and salinity, gametogenic cycle, food availability, and environmental conditions, that affect the Condition Index. In this work crude extracts obtained from the edible part of Chamelea gallina and Tapes philippinarum were analyzed by a proteomic approach based on a two-dimensional gel electrophoresis followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, in order to detect biomarkers useful for identification of the two kinds of clams and to assess their nutritional characteristics...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Natalya Bildyug
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are implicated in many physiological and pathological processes, including contraction, migration, differentiation, and proliferation. These processes all involve cell phenotype changes, known to be accompanied by reorganization of actin cytoskeleton. Growing evidence indicates a correlation between MMP activity and the dynamics of actin system, suggesting their mutual regulation. Here, data on the influence of MMPs on the actin microfilament system, on the one hand, and the dependence of MMP expression and activation on the organization of actin structures, on the other hand, are reviewed...
October 20, 2016: Biomolecular Concepts
Pieter Uvin, Maarten Albersen, Ine Bollen, Maarten Falter, Emmanuel Weyne, Loes Linsen, Hanna Tinel, Peter Sandner, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Dirk Jmk De Ridder, Frank Van der Aa, Bert Brône, Koenraad Van Renterghem
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the expression of the Rho/Rho associated protein kinase (ROCK) pathway in corpus cavernosum of patients with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to healthy human corpus cavernosum, and to test the functional effects of two Rho Kinase Inhibitors (RKI) on erectile tissue of patients with severe ED, not responding to phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5-i). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Human corpus cavernosum samples were obtained after consent from individuals undergoing penile prosthesis implantation (n = 7 for organ bath experiments, n = 17 for qPCR)...
October 20, 2016: BJU International
Luca Fusi, Valentina Percario, Elisabetta Brunello, Marco Caremani, Pasquale Bianco, Joseph D Powers, Massimo Reconditi, Vincenzo Lombardi, Gabriella Piazzesi
KEY POINTS: Myosin filament mechanosensing determines the efficiency of the contraction by adapting the number of switched ON motors to the load. Accordingly, the unloaded shortening velocity (V0 ) is already set at the end of the latency relaxation (LR), ∼10 ms after the start of stimulation, when the myosin filament is still in the OFF state. Here the number of actin-attached motors per half-myosin filament (n) during V0 shortening imposed either at the end of LR or at the plateau of the isometric contraction is estimated from the relation between half-sarcomere compliance and force during the force redevelopment after the shortening...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Xin Tian, Zaixing Yang, Guangxin Duan, Anqing Wu, Zonglin Gu, Leili Zhang, Chunying Chen, Zhifang Chai, Cuicui Ge, Ruhong Zhou
Graphene and graphene-based nanomaterials are broadly used for various biomedical applications due to their unique physiochemical properties. However, how graphene-based nanomaterials interact with biological systems has not been thoroughly studied. This study shows that graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets retard A549 lung carcinoma cell migration through nanosheet-mediated disruption of intracellular actin filaments. After GO nanosheets treatment, A549 cells display slower migration and the structure of the intracellular actin filaments is dramatically changed...
October 20, 2016: Small
Yvonne Voß, Ekram Wassel, Siyu Jiang, Qimeng Song, Sergey I Druzhinin, Holger Schönherr
Poly(di(ethylene glycol)methyl ether methacrylate) (PDEGMA) brushes, which are known to suppress protein adsorption and prevent cell attachment, are reported here to possess interesting and tunable thermoresponsive behavior, if the brush thickness is reduced or the grafting density is altered. PDEGMA brushes with a dry ellipsometric thickness of 5 ± 1 nm can be switched from cell adherent behavior at 37 °C to cell nonadherent at 25 °C. This behavior coincides with the temperature-dependent irreversible adsorption of fibronectin from phosphate saline buffer and proteins present in the cell culture medium, as unveiled by surface plasmon resonance measurements...
October 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Kien Xuan Ngo, Nobuhisa Umeki, Saku T Kijima, Noriyuki Kodera, Hiroaki Ueno, Nozomi Furutani-Umezu, Jun Nakajima, Taro Q P Noguchi, Akira Nagasaki, Kiyotaka Tokuraku, Taro Q P Uyeda
Heavy meromyosin (HMM) of myosin II and cofilin each binds to actin filaments cooperatively and forms clusters along the filaments, but it is unknown whether the two cooperative bindings are correlated and what physiological roles they have. Fluorescence microscopy demonstrated that HMM-GFP and cofilin-mCherry each bound cooperatively to different parts of actin filaments when they were added simultaneously in 0.2 μM ATP, indicating that the two cooperative bindings are mutually exclusive. In 0.1 mM ATP, the motor domain of myosin (S1) strongly inhibited the formation of cofilin clusters along actin filaments...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xinhui Wu, Yao Fu, Xulei Sun, Chang Liu, Menglong Chai, Chengzhen Chen, Lisheng Dai, Yan Gao, Hao Jiang, Jiabao Zhang
Porcine cumulus cells are localized around oocytes and act as a specific type of granulosa that plays essential roles in the development and maturation of oocytes, the development and atresia of follicles and the development of embryos. Studies of FAT1 have demonstrated its functions in cell-cell contact, actin dynamics, and cell growth suppression. To understand whether the FAT1 gene affects the apoptosis of porcine cumulus cells and to elucidate the mechanism of this potential action, FAT1 was knocked down using RNA interference...
October 20, 2016: Cell Biology International
Shinnosuke Ikemura, Nao Aramaki, Satoshi Fujii, Keisuke Kirita, Shigeki Umemura, Shingo Matsumoto, Kiyotaka Yoh, Seiji Niho, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Takeshi Kuwata, Motohiro Kojima, Atsushi Ochiai, Tomoko Betsuyaku, Masahiro Tsuboi, Koichi Goto, Genichiro Ishii
Metastasis and growth in neoplastic lesions requires the multi-step regulation of microenvironmental factors. We aimed to elucidate the microenvironmental changes in the process of lymphatic metastasis of lung squamous cell carcinoma. We examined the morphological characteristics of 102 cases of Primary Tumor (PT), 50 of intralymphatic tumor (ILT), 51 of lymph node (LN) micrometastasis (LN-Mic; less than 2 mm in size) and 82 of LN macrometastasis (LN-Mac; greater than 10 mm in size). Afterwards we evaluated the expression of nine molecules (EGFR, FGFR2, CD44, ALDH1, Podoplanin, E-cadherin, S100A4, geminin and ezrin) in matched PT, ILT, LN-Mic and LN-Mac from 23 of these cases...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Science
Julienne K Muenzner, Bernhard Biersack, Alexander Albrecht, Tobias Rehm, Ulrike Lacher, Wolfgang Milius, Angela Casini, Jing-Jing Zhang, Ingo Ott, Viktor Brabec, Olga Stuchlikova, Ion C Andronache, Detlef Schuppan, Leonard Kaps, Rainer Schobert
Four gold(I) carbene complexes featuring 4-ferrocenyl substituted imidazol-2-ylidene ligands were investigated for antiproliferative and antivascular properties. They were active against a panel of seven cancer cell lines, including multidrug-resistant ones, with low micromolar or nanomolar IC50 (72 h) values, according to their lipophilicity and cellular uptake. The delocalised lipophilic cationic complexes 8 and 10 acted by increasing the reactive oxygen species in two ways: via a genuine ferrocene effect and by inhibiting the thioredoxin reductase...
October 20, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Yaira Barranco-Ruiz, Antonio Martínez-Amat, Cristina Casals, Jerónimo Aragón-Vela, Silvia Rosillo, Silvana N Gomes, Ana Rivas-García, Rafael Guisado, Jesús R Huertas
The effect of exercise-induced oxidative stress on health and aging is not clearly explained. This study examined the effects of habitual sport practice, age, and submaximal exercise on the blood markers of oxidative stress, muscle damage, and antioxidant response. Seventy-two healthy men were grouped by their habitual sport practice: inactive (<1.5 h/week), recreational (3-8 h/week), and trained athletes (>8 h/week), and further divided by age: young (18-25 years), adult (40-55 years), and senior (>55 years)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Francesca Bianchini, Silvia Peppicelli, Pierangelo Fabbrizzi, Alessio Biagioni, Benedetta Mazzanti, Gloria Menchi, Lido Calorini, Alberto Pupi, Andrea Trabocchi
Fibrosis is the dramatic consequence of a dysregulated reparative process in which activated fibroblasts (myofibroblasts) and Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGFβ1) play a central role. When exposed to TGFβ1, fibroblast and epithelial cells differentiate in myofibroblasts; in addition, endothelial cells may undergo endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) and actively participate to the progression of fibrosis. Recently, the role of αv integrins, which recognize the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) tripeptide, in the release and signal transduction activation of TGFβ1 became evident...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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