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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649232/ion-channels-of-pituitary-gonadotrophs-and-their-roles-in-signaling-and-secretion
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REVIEW
Stanko S Stojilkovic, Ivana Bjelobaba, Hana Zemkova
Gonadotrophs are basophilic cells of the anterior pituitary gland specialized to secrete gonadotropins in response to elevation in intracellular calcium concentration. These cells fire action potentials (APs) spontaneously, coupled with voltage-gated calcium influx of insufficient amplitude to trigger gonadotropin release. The spontaneous excitability of gonadotrophs reflects the expression of voltage-gated sodium, calcium, potassium, non-selective cation-conducting, and chloride channels at their plasma membrane (PM)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639275/statin-regulated-erk5-stimulates-tight-junction-formation-and-reduces-permeability-in-human-cardiac-endothelial-cells
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Emma L Wilkinson, James E Sidaway, Michael J Cross
The MEKK3/MEK5/ERK5 signalling axis is required for cardiovascular development in vivo. We analysed the physiological role of ERK5 in cardiac endothelial cells and the consequence of activation of this kinase by the statin class of HMG Co-A reductase inhibitor drugs. We utilised human microvascular endothelial cells (HCMECs) and altered ERK5 expression using siRNA mediated gene silencing or overexpression of constitutively active MEK5 and ERK5 to reveal a role for ERK5 in regulating endothelial tight junction formation and cell permeability...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622296/bcl-2-family-integrating-stress-responses-at-the-er-to-control-cell-demise
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Philippe Pihán, Amado Carreras-Sureda, Claudio Hetz
In the last decade, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has emerged as a central organelle regulating the core mitochondrial apoptosis pathway. At the ER membrane, a variety of stress signals are integrated toward determining cell fate, involving a complex cross talk between key homeostatic pathways including the unfolded protein response, autophagy, calcium signaling and mitochondrial bioenergetics. In this context, key regulators of cell death of the BCL-2 and TMBIM/BI-1 family of proteins have relevant functions as stress rheostats mediated by the formation of distinct protein complexes that regulate the switch between adaptive and proapoptotic phases under stress...
June 16, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612137/cross-talk-between-the-crumbs-complex-and-hippo-signaling-in-renal-epithelial-cells
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U Michgehl, H Pavenstädt, B Vollenbröker
Cell polarity has a crucial role in organizing cells into tissues and in mediating transport processes and cell-cell communication. Especially the cells of the nephron require apicobasal polarity to establish and maintain their barrier function. The Crumbs complex including the integral membrane protein Crumbs, as well as Pals1 and Patj, is essential for the establishment of apicobasal polarity. The interactions of the core proteins and the interplay with other processes have been characterized in various epithelial cell lines in detail...
June 13, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594286/peroxisomes-as-modulators-of-cellular-protein-thiol-oxidation-a-new-model-system
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Celien Lismont, Marcus Nordgren, Chantal Brees, Bernard Knoops, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Marc Fransen
<b><i>Aims:</i></b> Peroxisomes are ubiquitous, single membrane-bounded organelles that contain considerable amounts of enzymes involved in the production or breakdown of hydrogen peroxide (H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>), a key signaling molecule in multiple biological processes and disease states. Despite this, the role of this organelle in cross-compartmental H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub> signaling remains largely unclear, mainly because of the difficulty to modulate peroxisomal H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub> production in a selective manner...
June 8, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592587/linaclotide-activates-guanylate-cyclase-c-cgmp-protein-kinase-ii-dependent-trafficking-of-cftr-in-the-intestine
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Md Kaimul Ahsan, Boris Tchernychev, Marco M Kessler, Robert M Solinga, David Arthur, Cristina I Linde, Inmaculada Silos-Santiago, Gerhard Hannig, Nadia A Ameen
The transmembrane receptor guanylyl cyclase-C (GC-C), expressed on enterocytes along the intestine, is the molecular target of the GC-C agonist peptide linaclotide, an FDA-approved drug for treatment of adult patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. Polarized human colonic intestinal cells (T84, CaCo-2BBe) rat and human intestinal tissues were employed to examine cellular signaling and cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR)-trafficking pathways activated by linaclotide using confocal microscopy, in vivo surface biotinylation, and protein kinase-II (PKG-II) activity assays...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578276/decoding-nadph-oxidase-4-expression-in-human-tumors
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Jennifer L Meitzler, Hala R Makhlouf, Smitha Antony, Yongzhong Wu, Donna Butcher, Guojian Jiang, Agnes Juhasz, Jiamo Lu, Iris Dahan, Pidder Jansen-Dürr, Haymo Pircher, Ajay M Shah, Krishnendu Roy, James H Doroshow
NADPH oxidase 4 (NOX4) is a redox active, membrane-associated protein that contributes to genomic instability, redox signaling, and radiation sensitivity in human cancers based on its capacity to generate H2O2 constitutively. Most studies of NOX4 in malignancy have focused on the evaluation of a small number of tumor cell lines and not on human tumor specimens themselves; furthermore, these studies have often employed immunological tools that have not been well characterized. To determine the prevalence of NOX4 expression across a broad range of solid tumors, we developed a novel monoclonal antibody that recognizes a specific extracellular region of the human NOX4 protein, and that does not cross-react with any of the other six members of the NOX gene family...
May 26, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559894/multifactorial-modulation-of-food-induced-anaphylaxis
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Sara Benedé, María Garrido-Arandia, Laura Martín-Pedraza, Cristina Bueno, Araceli Díaz-Perales, Mayte Villalba
Prevalence of food-induced anaphylaxis increases progressively and occurs in an unpredictable manner, seriously affecting the quality of life of patients. Intrinsic factors including age, physiological, and genetic features of the patient as well as extrinsic factors such as the intake of drugs and exposure to environmental agents modulate this disorder. It has been proven that diseases, such as mastocytosis, defects in HLA, or filaggrin genes, increase the risk of severe allergic episodes. Certain allergen families such as storage proteins, lipid transfer proteins, or parvalbumins have also been linked to anaphylaxis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556799/impaired-insulin-signaling-is-associated-with-hepatic-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-ir-irs-1-double-heterozygous-ir-irs1dh-mice
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Andras Franko, Alexander Kunze, Marlen Böse, Jürgen-Christoph von Kleist-Retzow, Mats Paulsson, Ursula Hartmann, Rudolf J Wiesner
Mitochondria play a pivotal role in energy metabolism, but whether insulin signaling per se could regulate mitochondrial function has not been identified yet. To investigate whether mitochondrial function is regulated by insulin signaling, we analyzed muscle and liver of insulin receptor (IR)(+/-)-insulin receptor substrate-1 (IRS-1)(+/-) double heterozygous (IR-IRS1dh) mice, a well described model for insulin resistance. IR-IRS1dh mice were studied at the age of 6 and 12 months and glucose metabolism was determined by glucose and insulin tolerance tests...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549065/c-elegans-daf-16-foxo-interacts-with-tgf-%C3%A3-bmp-signaling-to-induce-germline-tumor-formation-via-mtorc1-activation
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Wenjing Qi, Yijian Yan, Dietmar Pfeifer, Erika Donner V Gromoff, Yimin Wang, Wolfgang Maier, Ralf Baumeister
Activation of the FOXO transcription factor DAF-16 by reduced insulin/IGF signaling (IIS) is considered to be beneficial in C. elegans due to its ability to extend lifespan and to enhance stress resistance. In the germline, cell-autonomous DAF-16 activity prevents stem cell proliferation, thus acting tumor-suppressive. In contrast, hypodermal DAF-16 causes a tumorous germline phenotype characterized by hyperproliferation of the germline stem cells and rupture of the adjacent basement membrane. Here we show that cross-talk between DAF-16 and the transforming growth factor ß (TGFß)/bone morphogenic protein (BMP) signaling pathway causes germline hyperplasia and results in disruption of the basement membrane...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546512/wnt5a-promotes-frizzled-4-signalosome-assembly-by-stabilizing-cysteine-rich-domain-dimerization
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Zachary J DeBruine, Jiyuan Ke, Kaleeckal G Harikumar, Xin Gu, Peter Borowsky, Bart O Williams, Wenqing Xu, Laurence J Miller, H Eric Xu, Karsten Melcher
Wnt/β-catenin signaling is activated when extracellular Wnt ligands bind Frizzled (FZD) receptors at the cell membrane. Wnts bind FZD cysteine-rich domains (CRDs) with high affinity through a palmitoylated N-terminal "thumb" and a disulfide-stabilized C-terminal "index finger," yet how these binding events trigger receptor activation and intracellular signaling remains unclear. Here we report the crystal structure of the Frizzled-4 (FZD4) CRD in complex with palmitoleic acid, which reveals a CRD tetramer consisting of two cross-braced CRD dimers...
May 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545854/transcriptome-wide-identification-of-host-genes-targeted-by-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-derived-small-interfering-rnas
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Shunmugiah V Ramesh, Sarah Williams, Madhu Kappagantu, Neena Mitter, Hanu R Pappu
RNA silencing mechanism functions as a major defense against invading viruses. The caveat in the RNA silencing mechanism is that the effector small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) act on any RNA transcripts with sequence complementarity irrespective of target's origin. A subset of highly expressed viral small interfering RNAs (vsiRNAs) derived from the tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV; Tospovirus: Bunyaviridae) genome was analyzed for their propensity to downregulate the tomato transcriptome. A total of 11898 putative target sites on tomato transcripts were found to exhibit a propensity for down regulation by TSWV-derived vsiRNAs...
May 22, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507517/the-role-of-unfolded-protein-response-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-with-special-focus-on-prion-diseases
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REVIEW
Syed Zahid Ali Shah, Deming Zhao, Tariq Hussain, Lifeng Yang
Prion diseases are neurodegenerative pathologies characterized by the accumulation of a protease-resistant form of the cellular prion protein named prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)) in the brain. PrP(Sc) accumulation in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) result in a dysregulated calcium (Ca(2+)) homeostasis and subsequent initiation of unfolded protein response (UPR) leading to neuronal dysfunction and apoptosis. The molecular mechanisms for the transition between adaptation to ER stress and ER stress-induced apoptosis are still unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507245/conformational-changes-of-inter-domain-linker-mediate-mechanical-signal-transmission-in-sensor-kinase-bvgs
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Elodie Lesne, Elian Dupré, Camille Locht, Rudy Antoine, Françoise Jacob-Dubuisson
The whooping cough agent, Bordetella pertussis, controls the expression of its large virulence regulon in a coordinated manner through the two-component system BvgAS. BvgS is a dimeric, multi-domain sensor-kinase. Each monomer comprises in succession tandem periplasmic Venus flytrap (VFT) domains, a transmembrane segment, a cytoplasmic Per-ArnT-Sim (PAS) domain, a kinase module and additional phosphorelay domains. BvgS shifts between kinase and phosphatase modes of activity in response to chemical modulators that modify the clamshell motions of the VFT domains...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502790/crystallographic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-dimeric-architecture-of-site-2-protease
#15
Magdalena Schacherl, Monika Gompert, Els Pardon, Tobias Lamkemeyer, Jan Steyaert, Ulrich Baumann
Regulated intramembrane proteolysis by members of the site-2 protease family (S2P) is an essential signal transduction mechanism conserved from bacteria to humans. There is some evidence that extra-membranous domains, like PDZ and CBS domains, regulate the proteolytic activity of S2Ps and that some members act as dimers. Here we report the crystal structure of the regulatory CBS domain pair of S2P from Archaeoglobus fulgidus, AfS2P, in the apo and nucleotide-bound form in complex with a specific Nanobody from llama...
May 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498728/a-family-affair-a-ral-exocyst-centered-network-links-ras-rac-rho-signaling-to-control-cell-migration
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Giulia Zago, Marco Biondini, Jacques Camonis, Maria Carla Parrini
Cell migration is central to many developmental, physiologic and pathological processes, including cancer progression. The Ral GTPases (RalA and RalB) which act down-stream the Ras oncogenes, are key players in the coordination between membrane trafficking and actin polymerization. A major direct effector of Ral, the exocyst complex, works in polarized exocytosis and is at the center of multiple protein-protein interactions that support cell migration by promoting protrusion formation, front-rear polarization, and extra-cellular matrix degradation...
May 12, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484221/a-novel-non-genomic-glucocorticoid-signaling-mediated-by-a-membrane-palmitoylated-glucocorticoid-receptor-cross-talks-with-gnrh-in-gonadotrope-cells
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Mohsen Ayrout, Violaine Simon, Valérie Bernard, Nadine Binart, Joëlle Cohen-Tannoudji, Marc Lombès, Stéphanie Chauvin
Glucocorticoid hormones (GC) are the main stress mediators associated with reproductive disorders. GC exert their effects through activation of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) principally acting as a transcription factor. Beside well-established GR-mediated genomic actions, several lines of evidence suggest a role for rapid membrane-initiated GC signaling in gonadotrope cells triggered by a membrane-associated GR. Herein, we demonstrate the existence of a specific membrane-initiated GC signaling in LβT2 gonadotrope cells involving two related phosphoproteins: Ca(2+)/Calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and synapsin-I...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479401/development-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-igm-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis-and-analysis-of-phagocytosis-of-fluorescence-microspheres-by-migm-lymphocytes
#18
Shun Yang, Xiaoqian Tang, Xiuzhen Sheng, Jing Xing, Wenbin Zhan
In this work, the two positive hybridomas designated as 1B2 and 2G9 secreting monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against half-smooth tongue sole IgM were produced and then cloned by limited dilution. Western blotting showed that MAbs 1B2 and 2G9 could specifically react with the heavy and light chains of IgM, respectively. The indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) showed that green fluorescent signals were detected on the membrane of lymphocytes, which indicated that membrane-bound IgM (mIgM) could be recognized by both MAbs 1B2 and 2G9...
May 4, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469638/novel-insights-into-the-role-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p50-in-astrocyte-mediated-fate-specification-of-adult-neural-progenitor-cells
#19
REVIEW
Valeria Bortolotto, Mariagrazia Grilli
Within the CNS nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) transcription factors are involved in a wide range of functions both in homeostasis and in pathology. Over the years, our and other groups produced a vast array of information on the complex involvement of NF-κB proteins in different aspects of postnatal neurogenesis. In particular, several extracellular signals and membrane receptors have been identified as being able to affect neural progenitor cells (NPC) and their progeny via NF-κB activation. A crucial role in the regulation of neuronal fate specification in adult hippocampal NPC is played by the NF-κB p50 subunit...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459396/-mechanical-ventilation-leads-to-remodeling-of-diaphragma-and-soleus-in-rats
#20
Lei Shao, Zhifang Wang, Feifei Wang, Jiaru Huang, Xiaoping Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the structural response of diaphragm and soleus of the rat after mechanical ventilation (MV), and to explore the specific mechanism of the dysfunction of both muscles. METHODS: Sixteen male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into control group and MV group, with 8 rats in each group. Rats in MV group were treated with controlled ventilation and maintained anesthesia, and those in control group were only anesthetized without MV and maintained anesthesia...
January 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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