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Andrea B Agarwal, Cheng-Yuan Feng, Amy L Altick, David R Quilici, Dan Wen, L Alan Johnson, Christopher S von Bartheld
Purpose: To determine whether structural protein composition and expression of key regulatory genes are altered in strabismic human extraocular muscles. Methods: Samples from strabismic horizontal extraocular muscles were obtained during strabismus surgery and compared with normal muscles from organ donors. We used proteomics, standard and customized PCR arrays, and microarrays to identify changes in major structural proteins and changes in gene expression. We focused on muscle and connective tissue and its control by enzymes, growth factors, and cytokines...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Ruijie Liu, Hadi Khalil, Suh-Chin J Lin, Michelle A Sargent, Allen J York, Jeffery D Molkentin
Nemo-like kinase (NLK) is an evolutionary conserved serine/threonine protein kinase implicated in development, proliferation and apoptosis regulation. Here we identified NLK as a gene product induced in the hearts of mice subjected to pressure overload or myocardial infarction injury, suggesting a potential regulatory role with pathological stimulation to this organ. To examine the potential functional consequences of increased NLK levels, cardiac-specific transgenic mice with inducible expression of this gene product were generated, as well as cardiac-specific Nlk gene-deleted mice...
2016: PloS One
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
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
Yongbo Bao, Xiao Liu, Weiwei Zhang, Jianping Cao, Wei Li, Chenghua Li, Zhihua Lin
Clam, a filter-feeding lamellibranch mollusk, is capable to accumulate high levels of trace metals and has therefore become a model for investigation the mechanism of heavy metal toxification. In this study, the effects of cadmium were characterized in the gills of Tegillarca granosa during a 96-hour exposure course using integrated metabolomic and proteomic approaches. Neurotoxicity and disturbances in energy metabolism were implicated according to the metabolic responses after Cd exposure, and eventually affected the osmotic function of gill tissue...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Younggeon Jin, Anthony T Blikslager
Intestinal anoxia/reoxygenation (A/R) injury induces loss of barrier function followed by epithelial repair. Myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) has been shown to alter barrier function via regulation of interepithelial tight junctions (TJ), but has not been studied in intestinal A/R injury. We hypothesized that A/R injury would disrupt TJ barrier function via MLCK activation and MLC phosphorylation. Caco-2BBe1 monolayers were subjected to anoxia for 2 hours followed by reoxygenation in 21% O2, after which barrier function was determined by measuring transepithelial resistance (TER) and FITC-dextran flux...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
John Patton, Carmen Brewer, Wade Chien, Jennifer J Johnston, Andrew J Griffith, Leslie G Biesecker
Variants in the unconventional myosin gene, MYO1A, have been reported to cause non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss with a pattern of autosomal dominant inheritance. Others have challenged this association. We used a genotypic ascertainment study design to test the association of MYO1A variants with hearing loss. We evaluated MYO1A variants from a cohort of 951 individuals with exome sequencing who were not ascertained for hearing loss. Five individuals had one of two variants claimed to be associated with sensorineural hearing loss in a prior study and 33 individuals had one of 13 predicted deleterious variants...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Jenna K Zalewski, Joshua H Mo, Simone Heber, Annie Heroux, Richard G Gardner, Jeffrey D Hildebrand, Andrew P VanDemark
Shroom-mediated remodeling of the actomyosin cytoskeleton is a critical driver of cellular shape and tissue morphology that underlies the development of many tissues, including the neural tube, eye, intestines, and vasculature. Shroom uses a conserved SD2 domain to direct the subcellular localization of Rho-kinase (Rock) which in turn drives changes in the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology through its ability to phosphorylate and activate non-muscle myosin II. Here, we present the structure of the human Shroom-Rock binding module, revealing an unexpected stoichiometry for Shrm in which two Shrm SD2 domains bind independent surfaces on Rock...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Thomas A Masters, John Kendrick-Jones, Folma Buss
Myosins are cytoskeletal motor proteins that use energy derived from ATP hydrolysis to generate force and movement along actin filaments. Humans express 38 myosin genes belonging to 12 classes that participate in a diverse range of crucial activities, including muscle contraction, intracellular trafficking, cell division, motility, actin cytoskeletal organisation and cell signalling. Myosin malfunction has been implicated a variety of disorders including deafness, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Usher syndrome, Griscelli syndrome and cancer...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Sampath K Gollapudi, Murali Chandra
Many studies have demonstrated that depressed myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity is common to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in humans. However, it remains unclear whether a single determinant-such as myofilament Ca(2+) sensitivity-is sufficient to characterize all cases of DCM because the severity of disease varies widely with a given mutation. Because dynamic features dominate in the heart muscle, alterations in dynamic contractile parameters may offer better insight on the molecular mechanisms that underlie disparate effects of DCM mutations on cardiac phenotypes...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Juan Felipe Osorio-Méndez, Andrea Vizcaíno-Castillo, Rebeca Manning-Cela, Roberto Hernandez, Ana María Cevallos
The role and regulation of actin in Trypanosoma cruzi and other related parasites is largely unknown. Based on early genome analysis, it was proposed that there was a reduced dependency on the acto-myosin system in the trypanosomatid parasites. However, more recent studies have extended the set of potential actin regulatory proteins, particularly for T. cruzi. One of the identified actin-binding proteins in trypanosomatids is profilin. In other systems, it is capable of simultaneously binding both monomeric actin and several actin-regulatory factors...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qiongying Wang, Peng Chang, Han Xu, Feng Bai, Jing Yu
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension induced hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction and is associated with cardiac oxidation and reduced NO production. We hypothesized that tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) can regulate the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/protein kinase B (PI3K/Akt) signaling pathway and reverse cardiac hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction in spontaneously hypertensive rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Ten-week-old male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and age-matched normotensive control Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats were divided into five groups, WKY,WKY + BH4, SHR, SHR + BH4 and SHR + VAL...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Limin Liu, Lin Chen, Zhihui Mai, Zhuli Peng, Kafung Yu, Guanqi Liu, Hong Ai
The role of myosin light chain II (MLC‑II) in cellular differentiation of rat mandibular condylar chondrocytes (MCCs) induced by cyclical uniaxial compressive stress (CUCS) remains unclear. In the current study, a four‑point bending system was used to apply CUCS to primary cultured MCCs from rats. It was identified that CUCS stimulated features of cellular differentiation including morphological alterations, cytoskeleton rearrangement and overproduction of proteoglycans. Furthermore, CUCS promoted runt‑related transcription factor‑2 (RUNX2) expression at mRNA (P<0...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Min Pang, Xin-Yan Bai, Yan Li, Ji-Zhong Bai, Li-Rong Yuan, Shou-An Ren, Xiao-Yun Hu, Xin-Ri Zhang, Bao-Feng Yu, Rui Guo, Hai-Long Wang
Clara cell protein (CC16) is an anti-inflammatory protein, which is expressed in the airway epithelium. It is involved in the development of airway inflammatory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. However, the exact molecular mechanism underlying its anti‑inflammatory action remains to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to define the protein profiles of the anti‑inflammatory effect of CC16 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑treated rat tracheal epithelial (RTE) cells using shotgun proteomics...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Kangwook Lee, Sung-Gook Cho, Sang-Mi Woo, Ah Jeong Kim, Kang Min Lee, Ho Yeon Go, Seung-Ho Sun, Tae-Hun Kim, Ki-Yong Jung, You-Kyung Choi, Eun Mee Lim, Yun-Kyung Song, Jong-Hyeong Park, Chan-Yong Jun, Seong-Gyu Ko
Danggui-Sayuk-Ga-Osuyu-Senggang-Tang (DSGOST), one of the traditional Chinese medicines, has long been prescribed for patients suffering from Raynaud phenomenon (RP) in Northeast Asian countries, including China, Japan and Korea. Although a previous in vitro study from our laboratory revealed that DSGOST prevents cold (25˚C)‑induced RhoA activation and endothelin‑1 (ET‑1) production in endothelial cells (ECs), the mechanisms by which DSGOST is able to alleviate the symptoms of RP have yet to be fully elucidated...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Lijun Du, John J Kim, Jinhua Shen, Ning Dai
The barrier function of the intestine is essential for maintaining the normal homeostasis of the gut and mucosal immune system. Abnormalities in intestinal barrier function expressed by increased intestinal permeability have long been observed in various gastrointestinal disorders such as Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC), celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Imbalance of metabolizing junction proteins and mucosal inflammation contributes to intestinal hyperpermeability. Emerging studies exploring in vitro and in vivo model system demonstrate that Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase- (ROCK-) and myosin light chain kinase- (MLCK-) mediated pathways are involved in the regulation of intestinal permeability...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Christoph Zinner, David Morales-Alamo, Niels Ørtenblad, Filip J Larsen, Tomas A Schiffer, Sarah J Willis, Miriam Gelabert-Rebato, Mario Perez-Valera, Robert Boushel, Jose A L Calbet, Hans-Christer Holmberg
To elucidate the mechanisms underlying the differences in adaptation of arm and leg muscles to sprint training, over a period of 11 days 16 untrained men performed six sessions of 4-6 × 30-s all-out sprints (SIT) with the legs and arms, separately, with a 1-h interval of recovery. Limb-specific VO2peak, sprint performance (two 30-s Wingate tests with 4-min recovery), muscle efficiency and time-trial performance (TT, 5-min all-out) were assessed and biopsies from the m. vastus lateralis and m. triceps brachii taken before and after training...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Jyoti R Misra, Kenneth D Irvine
The protocadherins Dachsous and Fat initiate a signaling pathway that controls growth and planar cell polarity by regulating the membrane localization of the atypical myosin Dachs. How Dachs is regulated by Fat signaling has remained unclear. Here we identify the vamana gene as playing a crucial role in regulating membrane localization of Dachs and in linking Fat and Dachsous to Dachs regulation. Vamana, an SH3-domain-containing protein, physically associates with and co-localizes with Dachs and promotes its membrane localization...
October 7, 2016: Developmental Cell
Priscila de Souza, Karla Lorena Guarido, Karin Scheschowitsch, Luísa Mota da Silva, Maria Fernanda Werner, Jamil Assreuy, José Eduardo da Silva-Santos
We investigated long-lasting changes in endothelial and vascular function in adult rat survivors of severe sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model. For this, male Wistar rats (200-350g) had their cecum punctured once (non-transfixing hole) with a 14-gauge needle. Performed in this way, a mortality rate around 30% was achieved in the first 72h. The survivors, together with age-matched control rats (not subjected to CLP), were maintained in our holding room for 60 days (S60 group) and had the descending thoracic aorta processed for functional, histological, biochemical or molecular analyses...
September 30, 2016: Redox Biology
Keiji Ohata, Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa, Toshi Menju, Ei Miyamoto, Satona Tanaka, Mamoru Takahashi, Hideki Motoyama, Kyoko Hijiya, Akihiro Aoyama, Hiroshi Date
BACKGROUND: Rho-kinase, an intracellular serine/threonine kinase, is a key regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics. Recent studies have demonstrated that Rho-kinase is involved in the ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) pathogenesis of many organs; however, its involvement with lung IRI remains unclear. This study assessed the association of Rho-kinase with lung IRI and evaluated the protective effect of inhaled Rho-kinase inhibitors in lung IRI. METHODS: The study included isolated rat lung perfusion models, divided into three groups: sham, Rho-kinase inhibitor, and warm ischemia (n = 6 each)...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
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