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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148051/mechanical-parameters-of-the-molecular-motor-myosin-ii-determined-in-permeabilised-fibres-from-slow-and-fast-skeletal-muscles-of-the-rabbit
#1
Valentina Percario, Simona Boncompagni, Feliciano Protasi, Irene Pertici, Francesca Pinzauti, Marco Caremani
The skeletal muscle exhibits large functional differences depending on the myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoform expressed in its molecular motor myosin II. The differences in the mechanical features of force generation by myosin isoforms are investigated in situ by using fast sarcomere-level mechanical methods in permeabilised fibres (sarcomere length 2.4 μm, temperature 12°C, 4% dextran T-500) from the slow (soleus, containing the MHC-1 isoform) and the fast (psoas, containing the MHC-2X isoform) skeletal muscle of the rabbit...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146399/label-free-discrimination-analysis-of-de-differentiated-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-their-vascular-and-osteogenic-progeny-using-vibrational-spectroscopy
#2
Claire Molony, Jennifer McIntyre, Adrian Maguire, Roya Hakimjavadi, Denise Burtenshaw, Gillian Casey, Mariana Di Luca, Bryan Hennelly, Hugh J Byrne, Paul A Cahill
The accumulation of vascular smooth muscle (SMC)-like cells and stem cell-derived myogenic and osteogenic progeny contributes significantly to arteriosclerotic disease. This study established whether label-free vibrational spectroscopy can discriminate de-differentiated 'synthetic' SMCs from undifferentiated stem cells and their myogenic and osteogenic progeny in vitro, compared with conventional immunocytochemical and genetic analyses. TGF-β1- and Jagged1-induced myogenic differentiation of CD44(+)mesenchymal stem cells was confirmed in vitro by immunocytochemical analysis of specific SMC differentiation marker expression (α-actin, calponin and myosin heavy chain 11), an epigenetic histone mark (H3K4me2) at the myosin heavy chain 11 locus, promoter transactivation and mRNA transcript levels...
November 13, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146339/proteomic-profiling-of-oxidized-cysteine-and-methionine-residues-by-hydroxyl-radicals-in-myosin-of-pork
#3
Han Lu, Yongkang Luo, Rene Lametsch
In order to investigate the effects of hydroxyl radicals on the myosin of pork, with focus on reducible and non-reducible oxidation of specific cysteine and methionine residues, extracted myofibrillar protein from longissimus dorsi of pork was incubated with H2O2 for 24, 48 and 72h, respectively. The thiol contents and crosslinking of myofibrillar protein were analyzed after oxidation of the protein. Moreover, cysteine (labeled with N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and iodoacetamide (IAM) before and after reduction, respectively) and methionine oxidation were detected by LC/MS using label-free quantitation...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146333/comparative-time-course-of-lipid-and-myofibrillar-protein-oxidation-in-different-biphasic-systems-under-hydroxyl-radical-stress
#4
Jiayi Yang, Youling L Xiong
This study aimed to investigate the relative reaction rate of protein and lipid oxidation in different biphasic model systems (linoleic acid; liposome; emulsion) containing myofibrillar protein (MFP at 1, 8 and 20 mg/mL) under hydroxyl radical stress. Protein oxidation markers exhibited significant changes in 2 h: reduced tryptophan fluorescence intensity, carbonyl formation, and extensive polymerization of myosin. In contrast, no detectable changes (P > .05) in lipid peroxide occurred within 2 h except for samples with 1 mg/mL MFP which showed an early TBARS formation...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146292/identification-of-interfaces-involved-in-weak-interactions-with-application-to-f-actin-aldolase-rafts
#5
Guiqing Hu, Dianne W Taylor, Jun Liu, Kenneth A Taylor
Macromolecular interactions occur with widely varying affinities. Strong interactions form well defined interfaces but weak interactions are more dynamic and variable. Weak interactions can collectively lead to large structures such as microvilli via cooperativity and are often the precursors of much stronger interactions, e.g. the initial actin-myosin interaction during muscle contraction. Electron tomography combined with subvolume alignment and classification is an ideal method for the study of weak interactions because a 3-D image is obtained for the individual interactions, which subsequently are characterized collectively...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143984/crispr-cas9-mediated-knockout-of-lim-domain-only-4-retards-organ-of-corti-cell-growth
#6
Rajamani Rathinam, Rita Rosati, Samson Jamesdaniel
Lim-domain only 4 (LMO4) plays a critical role in mediating the ototoxic side-effects of cisplatin, a highly effective anti-cancer drug. However, the signaling mechanism by which cochlear LMO4 mediates otopathology is yet to be fully understood. Knockout cell culture models are useful tools for investigating the functional roles of novel genes and delineating associated signaling pathways. Therefore, LMO4 knockout organ of Corti cells were generated by using the CRISPR (clustered regularly interspersed short palindromic repeats)/Cas9 (CRISPR-associated protein 9) system...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142021/inf2-mediated-actin-polymerization-at-the-er-stimulates-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake-inner-membrane-constriction-and-division
#7
Rajarshi Chakrabarti, Wei-Ke Ji, Radu V Stan, Jaime de Juan Sanz, Timothy A Ryan, Henry N Higgs
Mitochondrial division requires division of both the inner and outer mitochondrial membranes (IMM and OMM, respectively). Interaction with endoplasmic reticulum (ER) promotes OMM division by recruitment of the dynamin Drp1, but effects on IMM division are not well characterized. We previously showed that actin polymerization through ER-bound inverted formin 2 (INF2) stimulates Drp1 recruitment in mammalian cells. Here, we show that INF2-mediated actin polymerization stimulates a second mitochondrial response independent of Drp1: a rise in mitochondrial matrix calcium through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141185/increased-cross-bridge-recruitment-contributes-to-transient-increase-in-force-generation-beyond-maximal-capacity-in-human-myocardium
#8
Nima Milani-Nejad, Jae-Hoon Chung, Benjamin D Canan, Vadim V Fedorov, Bryan A Whitson, Ahmet Kilic, Peter J Mohler, Paul M L Janssen
Cross-bridge attachment allows force generation to occur, and rate of tension redevelopment (ktr) is a commonly used index of cross-bridge cycling rate. Tension overshoots have been observed briefly after a slack-restretch ktr maneuver in various species of animal models and humans. In this study, we set out to determine the properties of these overshoots and their possible underlying mechanism. Utilizing human cardiac trabeculae, we have found that tension overshoots are temperature-dependent and that they do not occur at resting states...
November 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140910/polygenic-profile-and-exercise-induced-muscle-damage-by-a-competitive-half-ironman
#9
Juan Del Coso, Juan J Salinero, Beatriz Lara, César Gallo-Salazar, Francisco Areces, David Herrero, Carlos Puente
Del Coso, J, Salinero, JJ, Lara, B, Gallo-Salazar, C, Areces, F, Herrero, D, and Puente, C. Polygenic profile and exercise-induced muscle damage by a competitive half-ironman. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2017-To date, it is still unknown why some individuals develop higher levels of muscle damage than other individuals, despite participating in exercise with comparable levels of physical intensity. The aim of this investigation was to analyze 7 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are candidates to explain individual variations in the level of muscle damage attained during a half-ironman competition...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140787/tgf-%C3%AE-requires-the-activation-of-canonical-and-non-canonical-signalling-pathways-to-induce-skeletal-muscle-atrophy
#10
Johanna Ábrigo, Fabian Campos, Felipe Simon, Claudia Riedel, Daniel Cabrera, Cristian Vilos, Claudio Cabello-Verrugio
The transforming growth factor type beta (TGF-β) induces skeletal muscle atrophy characterized by a decrease in fiber's diameter and levels of myosin heavy chain (MHC), also as an increase of MuRF-1 expression. In addition, TGF-β induces muscle atrophy by a mechanism dependent on reactive oxygen species (ROS). TGF-β signals by activating both canonical Smad-dependent, and non-canonical signalling pathways such as ERK1/2, JNK1/2, and p38 MAPKs. However, the participation of canonical and non-canonical signalling pathways in the TGF-β atrophic effect on skeletal muscle is unknown...
August 28, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140585/timap-the-versatile-protein-phosphatase-1-regulator-in-endothelial-cells
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Anita Boratkó, Csilla Csortos
Transforming growth factor (TGF)-β inhibited membrane associated protein, TIMAP, is the member of the myosin phosphatase targeting protein (MYPT) family of protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) regulatory subunits. The N-terminal part of TIMAP has a typical MYPT family structure with a sequence element called MyPhone (myosin phosphatase N-terminal element), a putative bipartite nuclear localization signal, a PP1 catalytic subunit binding motif, and five ankyrin repeats. The C-terminal half of TIMAP is intrinsically disordered, but ends with a functional CAAX box for lipid modification which allows localization of TIMAP at the plasma membrane...
November 15, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137478/effects-of-increased-myocardial-tissue-concentration-of-myristic-palmitic-and-palmitoleic-acids-on-the-course-of-cardiac-atrophy-of-the-failing-heart-unloaded-by-heterotopic-transplantation
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M Pokorný, I Mrázová, J Malý, J Pirk, I Netuka, Z Vaňourková, Š DoleŽelová, L Červenková, H Maxová, V Melenovský, J Šochman, J Sadowski, L Červenka
The present experiments were performed to evaluate if increased heart tissue concentration of fatty acids, specifically myristic, palmitic and palmitoleic acids that are believed to promote physiological heart growth, can attenuate the progression of unloading-induced cardiac atrophy in rats with healthy and failing hearts. Heterotopic abdominal heart transplantation (HT(x)) was used as a model for heart unloading. Cardiac atrophy was assessed from the ratio of the native- to-transplanted heart weight (HW)...
November 10, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137374/hypoxia-favors-myosin-heavy-chain-beta-gene-expression-in-an-hif-1alpha-dependent-manner
#13
Lucia Binó, Jiřina Procházková, Katarzyna Anna Radaszkiewicz, Jan Kučera, Jana Kudová, Jiří Pacherník, Lukáš Kubala
The potentiation of the naturally limited regenerative capacity of the heart is dependent on an understanding of the mechanisms that are activated in response to pathological conditions such as hypoxia. Under these conditions, the expression of genes suggested to support cardiomyocyte survival and heart adaptation is triggered. Particularly important are changes in the expression of myosin heavy chain (MHC) isoforms. We propose here that alterations in the expression profiles of MHC genes are induced in response to hypoxia and are primarily mediated by hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137270/human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-ameliorate-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension-induced-by-maternal-inflammation-and-neonatal-hyperoxia-in-rats
#14
Chung-Ming Chen, Willie Lin, Liang-Ti Huang, Hsiu-Chu Chou
Pulmonary hypertension is a critical problem in infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia. This study determined the therapeutic effects of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on pulmonary hypertension in an animal model. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were intraperitoneally injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS, 0.5 mg/kg/day) on gestational days 20 and 21. The pups were randomly assigned to two treatment conditions: room air (RA) or an O2-enriched atmosphere. On postnatal day 5, they were intratracheally transplanted with human MSCs (3 × 10(5) and 1 × 10(6) cells) in 0...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136638/a-free-boundary-model-of-a-motile-cell-explains-turning-behavior
#15
Masoud Nickaeen, Igor L Novak, Stephanie Pulford, Aaron Rumack, Jamie Brandon, Boris M Slepchenko, Alex Mogilner
To understand shapes and movements of cells undergoing lamellipodial motility, we systematically explore minimal free-boundary models of actin-myosin contractility consisting of the force-balance and myosin transport equations. The models account for isotropic contraction proportional to myosin density, viscous stresses in the actin network, and constant-strength viscous-like adhesion. The contraction generates a spatially graded centripetal actin flow, which in turn reinforces the contraction via myosin redistribution and causes retraction of the lamellipodial boundary...
November 14, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133625/the-interplay-of-peptide-affinity-and-scaffold-stiffness-on-neuronal-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells
#16
Jessica M Stukel, Rebecca Kuntz Willits
Cells are sensitive to physical cues in their environment, such as the stiffness of the substrate, peptide density, and peptide affinity. Understanding how neural stem cells (NSCs) sense and respond to these matrix cues has the potential to improve disease outcome, particularly if a regenerative response can be exploited. While the material properties are known to influence other stem cells, little is known about how NSC differentiation is altered by this interplay of mechanical, or bulk properties, with peptide concentration and affinity, or microscale properties...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132641/force-spectroscopy-with-9-%C3%AE-s-resolution-and-sub-pn-stability-by-tailoring-afm-cantilever-geometry
#17
Devin T Edwards, Jaevyn K Faulk, Marc-André LeBlanc, Thomas T Perkins
Atomic force microscopy (AFM)-based single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) is a powerful yet accessible means to characterize the unfolding/refolding dynamics of individual molecules and resolve closely spaced, transiently occupied folding intermediates. On a modern commercial AFM, these applications and others are now limited by the mechanical properties of the cantilever. Specifically, AFM-based SMFS data quality is degraded by a commercial cantilever's limited combination of temporal resolution, force precision, and force stability...
November 10, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128901/fgl2-knockdown-improves-heart-function-through-regulation-of-tlr9-signaling-in-the-experimental-autoimmune-myocarditis-rats
#18
Zhenzhong Zheng, Longhui Yu, Yujing Wu, Hao Wu
Fibrinogen-like protein 2 (FGL2) is an important immune regulator of both innate and adaptive response. It is present on the surface of macrophages and endothelial cells, and can be constitutively secreted by CD4(+)CD8(+) T cells. Previous studies showed that FGL2 is a potential target for the treatment of experimental autoimmune myocarditis. However, the molecular mechanism of the roles of FGL2 in experimental autoimmune myocarditis is poorly understood. Here, we silenced FGL2 gene by using FGL2-RNAi lentivirus to reveal the heart function in experimental autoimmune myocarditis rats...
November 11, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127005/the-pleckstrin-homology-like-domain-family-member-tdag51-is-temporally-regulated-during-skeletal-muscle-regeneration
#19
Samantha K Coleman, Andrew W Cao, Irena A Rebalka, Gabriel Gyulay, Paige J Chambers, A Russell Tupling, Richard C Austin, Thomas J Hawke
The capacity for skeletal muscle to repair from daily insults as well as larger injuries is a vital component to maintaining muscle health over our lifetime. Given the importance of skeletal muscle for our physical and metabolic well-being, identifying novel factors mediating the growth and repair of skeletal muscle will thus build our foundational knowledge and help lead to potential therapeutic avenues for muscle wasting disorders. To that end, we investigated the expression of T-cell death associated gene 51 (TDAG51) during skeletal muscle repair and studied the response of TDAG51 deficient (TDAG51(-/-)) mice to chemically-induced muscle damage...
November 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126605/a-novel-patterned-magnetic-micropillar-array-substrate-for-analysis-of-cellular-mechanical-responses
#20
Kazuaki Nagayama, Takuya Inoue, Yasuhiro Hamada, Takeo Matsumoto
Traction forces generated at cellular focal adhesions (FAs) play an essential role in regulating various cellular functions. These forces (1-100 nN) can be measured by observing the local displacement of a flexible substrate upon which cells have been plated. Approaches employing this method include using microfabricated arrays of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) micropillars that bend by cellular traction forces. A tool capable of applying a force to FAs independently, by actively moving the micropillars, should become a powerful tool to delineate the cellular mechanotransduction mechanisms...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
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